New Year Greetings ? Happy Diwali ? Merry Christmas !!

Assalam Alaikum to all my muslim brothers and sisters who are visiting me today.

One often wonders which direction our ummah are heading in !!  I was totally shocked to see, my facebook page flooded with my muslim friends (and sadly) relatives, wishing all their friends ~ a prosperous Diwali ~ a happy diwali ~ a joyful diwali  ~ and what have you !!

Do you think, if I were to point out to some of them that wishing non-muslims on their own festivals was not permissible ~ do you really think, they would pay heed to my advise ???

Tell me, what do you do, when you see, that your brother’s son or your sister’s daughter,  is walking too close to the railway track ?? Do you just ignore it and carry on ? Do you warn them ? Do you caution them  ?

What worries me most are those who are already aware of ” deviation of path ” they have chosen. The ones who casually and sometimes, rebelliously say, ” I dont care” ~ and two years later, you find the very same people, bowing down before the Almighty, when their dear one has been diagnosed with a rare liver disorder !! Such are the ways of the Lord.

Then ofcourse there are those sisters, who innocently put it as “There’s no harm to include such and such ….. ” and before we know it, her son has already married a kuffar ~ and ofcourse, all her liberties and ideologies have carved the path to such a major decision for her son ..

Sheikh Assim Al Hakeem, is a well known Scholar. I have immense respect for the gentleman, becoz although he is a Saudi national based in Saudia Arabia ~ he has surprised me several times, by picking very controvertial subjects of today, and showing it in light of the Saheeh sunnah and Hadith.  He does not bend the rulings and he does not take the middle path ~ ( a path, unfortunately, taken by some scholars to please the leaders). He calls a spade a spade and does it with logic and a rational thought process ~ keeping Islam, Quran and Sunnah in the center.

15th November 2012, is first of Hijri ~ The muslim New year ~ as always, we are quick to inculcate “non-islamic” practises into anything that pleases us. Hence, quite beautifully, Sheikh explains on his facebook site, what and what not, we should do

” The question that is asked every year as we are approaching its end; what the ruling is on greeting others: happy New Hijri Year. Initiating it is not permissible as it is not something done by our Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam nor his companions. However, if someone greats you with such a greeting, you may greet him back and hope the Ummah and him a blessed year. This is the fatwa of Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal, Sheikh Ibn Bazz and Ibn Othaimeen. Therefore, don’t initiate the greeting but respond to it if greeted in a cordial manner. ~~ Sheikh Assim Al Hakeem “

So I placed this quote in my facebook status for all my brothers and sisters in deen ~ who are going to take the initiative to leave a status update on 1st of Hijri.

I do hope some of them realize that when  it is not advisable to wish our own brothers and sisters in deen, with a greeting that our beloved prophet did not practise ~ how does it “okay” us greeting non-muslims on their occasions ?????

Dr Zakir Naik carefully explains why it is forbidden to greet christians with a “Merry Christmas” in this youtube video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiOBpgEVLt4

And yet again, there is an elaborate explanation from : – 

Majmoo’ah Fataawa wa Rasaa’il al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 3/369)

” Greeting the kuffaar on Christmas and other religious holidays of theirs is haraam, by consensus, as Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said in Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah: “Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘A happy festival to you’ or ‘May you enjoy your festival,’ and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall into this error; they do not realize the offensiveness of their actions. Whoever congratulates a person for his disobedience or bid’ah or kufr exposes himself to the wrath and anger of Allaah.”

To read more on this explanation, please go here

500 years back, some folks decided to make a “tiny variation” in our deen to sit well with the culture of which ever country they were in, 500 years later, it is a part and parcel of their religion ~ the roots of which are nowhere to be found  in our sunnah or Quran yet they are practised more ardently than our own salaat ~ na-audhubillahi.

Dr Zakir Naik had said a very beautiful thing.” There are only two type of muslims, the practising and the non-practising”.

The so-called moderate muslims are the only munafiqs around. Those who conveniently bend the rulings of Quran and Sunnah to suit their convenience.  There is only more damage than good when rules are bend.

I believe, one must be kind, courteous and respectful of the other person’s character (muslim or non-muslim) ~ whether he/she be your neighbour, the person sitting next to you in a metro, the person working with you for a good 8 hours, the janitor or the postman. It is polite to share a meal, help with someone’s luggage, even get the disabled to cross the road, or to feed a stray cat/dog ~ there are hundreds of deeds that Allah rewards us for but clearly ~ inculcating another religion’s practises has no place in our religion, for please remember ~ Islam IS the last religion ~ Prophet Mohammed PBUH WAS THE LAST MESSENGER ~ and  clearly  in his last Khutbah amongst other things, he says 

“Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion.  He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things. “

Thus the beloved Prophet completed his Final Sermon, and upon it, near the summit of Arafat, the revelation came down:

“…This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My Grace upon you, and have chosen Islam for you as your religion…” (Quran 5:3)

If our religion is perfect today ~ why are we still practising non-muslim traditions and greetings. Again, I am quoting an excellent explanation by Sheikh Assim Al Hakeem :-

“There are Muslims who claim their unconditional love to the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, yet they are up to their necks in innovation. Their actions falsify their claim. An innovator is either accusing the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam of withholding information from us or accusing him of ignorance. He accuses the Prophet of not knowing that this innovation was good for his Ummah. How can an innovator claim that he loves the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam? What earth carries you when you believe that you know more than him? Your only means of salvation is when you submit your will to Allah and completely follow the Sunnah without innovation.
~ sheikh Assim Alhakeem

I trust you found this article informative and I so hope, you find, in your heart a way to strengthen your deen. Inshallah.

If the mountain looks too large, we can always start with one step, at a time. And inshallah, Allah swt will make our path easy. Ameen.

Jazak Allah khair for visiting me today.

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Hell and Heaven ~ The “small” Difference.

Please try to ponder on what is the deep meaning here :-

*A holy man* was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, “Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.”

The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in.

In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be starving. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

The Lord said, ‘You have seen the Hell.’

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The Lord said, ‘You have seen the Heaven.’

The holy man said, ‘I don’t understand the difference between two.

‘ It is simple’ said the Lord, ‘it requires but one skill.   You see, they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy men in the hell think only of themselves.’

 (Moral: Learn to Share)

PASTOR TERRY JONES

It is shocking and selfish how much harm can be done by one crazy religious man who is  irresponsible and using his status to ruin so many lives and the peace which is becoming so difficult to keep up in the world these days. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Does this man not realize how infuriated the common muslim man/woman would be, should his religious scriptures be burnt ?? Would it not be the reason for riots and endangering the scores and scores of americans outstationed all over the middleeast ??  I mean the bigger picture could get so ugly so easily with one mad mans actions !!!

The Quran shareef

I find it unbelievable how everytime, in any part of the world, anyone commits a crime, who maybe remotely muslim or even related to a muslim, or even lives in a muslim neighbourhood, the media splashs the news as “Islamists, or Islamic extremists, or Islamic radicals” doings !!!! I mean, just wake up !!

What is the matter with these people, why drag Islam into everything ?? If George Bush and his forces attacked into Afghanistan,  did the media report it as “christians attacking Afghanistan ?? No.  Then why judge an entire community, based on some accusations which have not even been proved as yet. Nobody has been able to prove that 9/11 was actually caused by whom, so many speculations and so many theories …. but then, they did try to wipe out an entire generation in Afghanistan on the basis of theories ….  how shameful !

When the Terry Jones story came out, I went thru the net world to see how the comman man in America felt about Islam and muslims, It really disappointed me that so many average americans felt so negative and wrote such nonsense and unbelievably  rude things about Islam and Our prophet Mohammed, PBUH.  It also goes to show that they have been kept away or given false information about our religion on that side of the Atlantic.  I dont blame them.  But I was disappointed when I read the comments to a post in washington post. It was really outrageous !!

Then I read a message from Dr Sabeel Ahmed from GainPeace.com and was so glad to read the contents.

You cannot force religion or beliefs on anyone. It comes from within. We all “need to” believe in a force greater than the world itself. We as muslims, already have that faith and we already know the “truth”.  Although it is our job to spread and educate our nation with the truth, Hidayath will come only from Allah himself.

Here is what Dr Sabeel had written thanking Pastor Terry Jones and their link :

Thank you Pastor Terry Jones for your service to Islam !

  1. Thanks for making Quran a bestseller. More copies Qurans and were sold on Amazon, local and online Islamic stores, thus providing humanity an opportunity to read and ponder over God’s guidance for humanity.

2. Thanks for the business. More people bought Islamic literature, along with the Quran, generating extra revenue for the Islamic stores.

 3. More individuals visited the mosques to attend Muslim open houses and Islam presentations, thus receiving the wonderful message of Islam.

 4. More individuals called on the GainPeace’s outreach hotline 800-662-ISLAM and inquired about the faith of Islam, giving Muslims an opportunity to explain Islam to our fellow citizens. You generated more publicity for Islam, then all our past outreach campaigns combined.

 5. More people Googled the words ‘Islam’ and ‘Quran’.The more that you spoke about Islam and the Quran, more people came to Muslim websites to learn about the truth of Islam.

 6. Libraries were busy loaning out copies of the Quran. Yes, libraries across the USA, Canada and Europe were busy lend out copies of the Quran to its patrons.

 7. Thanks for saving the Muslims advertisement dollars. The free publicity to the words ‘Quran’ and ‘Islam’, that you gave, Muslims could have spent millions of dollars but couldn’t have generated the same publicity and attention of the media, and thanks to you, the word of God (the Quran) became a household word.

 8. Thanks for waking up the Muslims. Muslim all across the world are now more passionate about the wonderful and peaceful faith of Islam and are eager to share it with their neighbors, colleagues, friends and humanity.

 9. Thanks for encouraging more people to embrace Islam. We had more people calling, learning and embracing Islam in the past few weeks, then we ever had since the last 40 years.

 10. Thanks for uniting the people of conscience, the Muslim, the Jews, the Christians, the Hindus, and the atheist, on the common platform of goodness, love and tolerance and against hatred, bias and bigotry.

 Pastor Terry Jones, we pray that you actually read the Quran with an open mind and heart and ponder over its message of the oneness of God. If you love Jesus, follow the religion of Jesus, the religion of Jesus was Islam, submission to the The Creator. May God, enlighten you to the truth of Islam and that you start worshiping the One Creator as was preached and practiced by Prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, peace be upon them. Welcome to Islam.

Dr. Sabeel Ahmed

Director

The GainPeace Project, USA

Please follow the link below to read more.

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Thank-you-Pastor-Terry-Jones—for-your-service-to-Islam-.html?soid=1102017010127&aid=uiLZlkFwUH4

Allah has his plans and “HIS plans are the BEST And superseed all others.   Who would have thought that this silly terry Jones could have lead thousands to buy a book they were once apprehensive of !!!

Alhamduallah.