عَنْ عَائِشَةَ ، أَنّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَانَ يَقُولُ : ” اللهم إنى إعوذ بك من عذاب القبر وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَسِيحِ الدَّجَّالِ
‘Āishah رضي الله عنها narrates that the Nabī صلى الله عليه و سلم used to say, “O Allāh I seek Your protection against the punishment of the grave and I seek Your protection against the tribulation of the false Messiah Dajjāl.” [Aḥmad]
One wonders how to reconcile the obsession of Muslims with, “When is Mahdī coming?” with their simultaneous involvement, if not promotion, in the forerunning or welcoming ceremonies for the Dajjāl.
It is certainly true that our Nabī صلى الله عليه وسلم commanded, “Your body has a right over you.” Islām commands balance and one’s body must be cared for as a vehicle which takes us towards the Hereafter. Sport in itself, and looking after one’s body may even be forms of worship within the correct context, yet one is absolutely dumbfounded when Muslims use the sacred Ḥadīth to justify sporting events which may entail:
· Neglect of Ṣalāh.
· Exposure and glancing at prohibited regions of the body e.g. the thighs.
· Intermingling of sexes.
· Contamination with intoxicants and other filths.
· Wasting not of millions, but billions whilst so many starve.
Of particular concern in the modern context is the spiritual and political harm sports can cause to Muslims in regards:
· Being used as a political tool to distract the masses from greater issues. Even educated Christians are aware of this nefarious device.
· Creating a cult of hero-worship whereby the Muslim youth have greater emotional attachment to sportsmen than to the Rasūl صلى الله عليه وسلم and friends of Allāh.
All these concerns however pale into insignificance in comparison to the triumph of open Paganism and idol worship at the “greatest” of all sporting events, the Olympics.
Such words may appear extreme and harsh even to myself. For one willing however to keep an open mind, I present certain facts for your perusal – and as this is not meant to be an encyclopaedia – you are thereafter welcome to conduct further research and draw your own conclusions.
First ask yourself what is the meaning of Olympics?
Olympia was a sanctuary in ancient Greece which housed the gigantic gold and ivory idol of Zeus. Games were held as a form of worship to this idol – hence the word Olympics.
If I were exposed to such information for the first time I would respond, “Well, so what? That doesn’t mean that participating or watching the modern games involves any form of idol-worship!”
Sadly such a response does not consider various realities of the modern Pagan Olympics. To start off, even the Olympic anthem is nothing short of a hymn to this idol, Zeus the Lightning “god”:
O Ancient immortal Spirit, pure father
Of beauty, of greatness and of truth,
|Zeus, lightning “god”
Descend, reveal yourself and flash like lightning here,
within the glory of your own earth and sky.
At running and at wrestling and at throwing,
Shine in the momentum of noble contests,
And crown with the unfading branch
And make the body worthy and ironlike. (twice)
Plains, mountains and seas glow with you
Like a white-and-purple great temple,
And hurries at the temple here, your pilgrim, (twice)
O Ancient immortal Spirit, every nation. (twice)
Consider also that the imagery of the modern games is consistently Pagan:
|Nike, Athens 2004
The Greek victory goddess is always on the medals. If the games are purely for sport, why the need to evoke yet another supposedly dead idol?
|Zeus & Nike, Athens 1896
The Olympic Flame represents the fire taken from Zeus. It is still lit at his sanctuary in an openly Pagan ceremony and passed onto the games! The following is the prayer intoned by the high priestess Maria Nafpliotou during the ceremony for the 2010 Vancouver games:
Apollo God of Sun and the idea of light send your rays and light the sacred torch for the hospitable city of Vancouver and you Zeus give peace to all peoples on earth and wreath the winners of the Sacred race.
|Do you also inadvertently worship Apollo?
In the 1996 Atlanta games, the temple of Zeus was resurrected.
“In the next sequence, Eros, the Greek god of love, was introduced flying over a pair of lovers frolicking in the pool of water located in the center of the stadium. … Eros flew over the parade, occasionally touching or stepping on the floats moving beneath him, thus reinforcing the theme of love and passion as the source for all history… The first float featured the iconic image of Minoan civilization: that of the fertility goddess clad in a bodice exposing her breasts and clutching serpents in both hands. ….At the end of the parade, “Eros” lowered enough to help a pregnant woman remove her outer garment….”
What is most saddening is that a great many Christians protest against this Polytheism, but I have yet to see a response from the Muslim world.
The Olympics are undeniably events which distract one from the majesty of Allāh. Islām is not against caring for the human body, but is this the justification for millions of Muslim to sit at their Dajjāl screens, munching away at their snacks? They turn off their mental faculties and participate in occult ceremonies which bear the hallmarks of the Dajjāl – Polytheism, music and deception. The world is being programmed or conditioned to accept the “reality” of gods besides Allāh.
It is not sufficient to pray, “and I seek Your protection against the tribulations of the false Messiah, the Dajjāl..” Implicit in the Du‘ā’ is for us to open our eyes and save ourselves from entrapment.
Allāh save us all.