Category Archives: Hadith

Interview on Jewish Radio – Gharqad Hadith

عن أبى هريرة أن رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- قال « لا تقوم الساعة حتى يقاتل المسلمون اليهود فيقتلهم المسلمون ، حتى يختبئ اليهودى من وراء الحجر والشجر ، فيقول الحجر أو الشجر : يا مسلم يا عبد الله هذا يهودى خلفى فتعال فاقتله ، إلا الغرقد فإنه من شجر اليهود

Abū Hurayrah رضى الله عنه narrated that Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم  said:

The Hour shall not arise until the Muslims fight the Jews. The Muslims will slay them to extent that the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stone or the tree will call out, “O Muslim! O slave of Allāh! This is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him!”

The exception will be the Gharqad [Boxthorn/ Goji], for it is a tree of the Jews. [Muslim]

 

Interview held on Monday morning 3 April 2017. Uphill task of explaining the context honestly  (hopefully unoffensively) without compromising our own beliefs

سليمان الكندي
Twitter: @sulayman_Kindi

Junaid Jamshed & Muslim Social Media

 

حَدِيثٌ : ” كَفَى بِالْمَرْءِ كَذِبًا أَنْ يُحَدِّثَ بِكُلِّ مَا سَمِعَ ” ، مسلم في مقدمة صحيحه من حديث شعبة عن خُبيب بن عبد الرحمن عن حفص بن عاصم عن أبي هريرة به مرفوعا

Abū Hurayrah (May Allāh be pleased with him) narrated that Allāh’s Messenger صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ  said, “It is enough of a lie against a man that he should narrate whatever he hears. ” [Muslim]

 

This article is not about the life, personality, status and achievements of Junaid Jamshed. Those matters can easily be found elsewhere, and those who read my blog would recognise that I prefer dealing with topics which are less mentioned or not at mentioned at all, e.g. the Satanic entity that rules Makkah and al-Madīnah.

Jamshed’s accomplishments are well known and his reward lies with Allāh. What I wish to address are certain observations of Muslim behaviour which came to the fore when he died.

We first verify and we do not narrate everything

 

I had only read the headline that a PIA aircraft had crashed, when a brother announced that he had received a Whatsapp message from his wife, announcing the death of Junaid Jamshed. I respectfully asked him to withhold spreading such news until it had been verified, on the possibility that the news may not be correct. He agreed, but within a few minutes, again repeatedly announced is news to others. “Fortunately” for him the misfortune proved to be tragically true. I say “fortunately” in that at least he was saved from the sin of spreading false news.

This habit is unfortunately a very common one amongst people who are otherwise religious. The habit of immediately jumping and spreading every item of news is a characteristic of hypocrites, but  has infected the believers as well.

وَإِذَا جَاءهُمْ أَمْرٌ مِّنَ الأَمْنِ أَوِ الْخَوْفِ أَذَاعُواْ بِهِ وَلَوْ رَدُّوهُ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ وَإِلَى أُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنْهُمْ لَعَلِمَهُ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَنبِطُونَهُ مِنْهُمْ وَلَوْلاَ فَضْلُ اللّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ لاَتَّبَعْتُمُ الشَّيْطَانَ إِلاَّ قَلِيل

And if any news, whether of safety or fear, come unto [the hypocrites], they broadcast it, whereas if they had referred it to the Messenger and such of them as are in authority, those among them who are able to think out the matter would have known it. If it had not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy you would have followed Satan, except a few (of you).[an-Nisā: 83]

A believer refers delicate news to the relevant authority. Consider:

  • What if the news had been false, as is with so many broadcasts on social media?
  • The emotional trauma upon the close ones of Junaid Jamshed hearing the news from strangers on social media, whereas Islām prescribes delicacy in the way news of death must be conveyed to the family of the deceased. Refer to Amongst the Etiquettes of Islām by Shaykh Abdul Fattāḥ Abū Ghuddah. We have become uncouth and unthinking people in our slavery to push buttons without reflection of the consequences.
  • The lust to speak without thinking is a spiritual disease which harms oneself and society. Even if the news is true, what is the harm in obeying the below command of Allāh’s Messenger صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ and letting someone receive the news a bit later?

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه ، عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : من كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر ، فليقل خيرا أو ليصمت ، ومن كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر ، فليكرم جاره ، ومن كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر ، فليكرم ضيفه رواه البخاري ومسلم

 

Abū Hurayrah (May Allāh be pleased with him narrated that Allāh’s Messenger صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ  said, “He who believes in Allāh and the Last Day should speak good or remain silent…” [Al-Bukhārī & Muslim]

 

  • A believer guards his tongue or his smartphone and computer button as the case may be in this age. Even true news should not be broadcast simply for the sake of broadcasting. Allāh’s Messenger صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said, “It is enough of a lie against a man that he should narrate whatever he hears. ”

A scholar who occupies a responsible position in a well-known Islāmic institute was a student during the time that it was announced that Usāmah bin Lādin had been slain. I did use Twitter at the time, despite him trying to convince me. He then argued that amongst the virtues of Twitter is that a Pakistani witness had been tweeting what he had been seeing even before institutionalised media had broadcast the news. So to him, accepting the news of some unknown man who did not even understand what he was seeing and spreading it without verification, is a virtue. Truly the world has gone insane when the learned regard contravention of Ḥadīth principles as virtue.

Love of Name and Fame

 

Why do we engage in hasty reporting when such behaviour is clearly contrary to the commands of Allāh and His Messenger صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ  ? Each person’s outlook is different and there may be several motivating factors, but I contend that Riyā and Ḥubbul Jāh (ostentation and love of fame and status) are major motivating factors. Decades ago it was said that everyone will have “15 minutes of fame” as a consequence of the forms of the then new media and technology. So much has social media proliferated, that people now crave their mere 15 seconds of fame. There is just so much information overload and so many platforms, who gets an entire 15 minutes? People are unwilling to pause or even remain silent on a news item which they think that their circle may be unaware of. The anxious desire to spread news and be famous for being the one who did it first, is a sad hankering after the world, and for many, may well be within the ambit of the warning of Allāh’s Messenger صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ :

يقول النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: ( ما ذئبان جائعان أرسلا في غنم, بأفسد لها من حرص المرء على المال والشرف لدينه )رواه أحمد

“Two hungry wolves set loose amongst goats are not as detrimental to the flock as what a man’s greed for wealth and status [fame] is to his religion.” [Aḥmad]

Another indication of the love of fleeting fame is the amount of people, who during a sad time immediately following the tragedy, took to social media to post photographs (remember that word?) of themselves posing with Junaid Jamshed. That this included scholars amongst their ranks, is a tragedy in itself. I doubt if these people can give a conscious reply as to their motivation, for those who use social media irresponsibly do not think, they just press the button. Subconsciously however, what motivation can there be other than the craving to glean off the fame of Junaid Jamshed. Juristic arguments against unneeded depiction of the human form are simply out-dated cobwebbed thinking to the one who in effect says, “Hey! See who I was buddies with, I too am famous.”

What possible valid reason can there be if ostensibly you are expressing grief? You are so grief stricken that you have time to search, link and post your pic? Are you proving your love? That must be a real flimsy love if you now need pictorial evidence. To who is the message? Junaid? Is he reading your tweets? To his family? Is our social fabric so ruined that mourning families spend their time playing with social media instead of praying for the deceased? If you are indeed so close, surely a more personal avenue exists to communicate with the family. No, the message is to the world, that you too are famous.

Personality Cults

 

وَمَا مُحَمَّدٌ إِلاَّ رَسُولٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِن قَبْلِهِ الرُّسُلُ أَفَإِن مَّاتَ أَوْ قُتِلَ انقَلَبْتُمْ عَلَى أَعْقَابِكُمْ وَمَن يَنقَلِبْ عَلَىَ عَقِبَيْهِ فَلَن يَضُرَّ اللّهَ شَيْئًا وَسَيَجْزِي اللّهُ الشَّاكِرِينَ

Muhammad is but a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) have passed away before him. Will it be that, when he dies or is slain, you will turn back on your heels? He who turns back does no harm to Allah. Soon Allāh will reward the grateful ones. [Āl Imrān: 144]

 

Upon the demise Allāh’s Messenger صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ  , even such a great personality like Umar (may Allāh be pleased with him) was too overwhelmed with grief to think clearly. It took one greater than him, Abū Bakr (may Allāh be pleased with him) to put matters in perspective, by reciting the above Verse.

The good deeds of Junaid Jamshed is a matter of public record and we hope that he receives an excellent reward from the Most Generous.  However, the rude silence of Muslim social media, and also formal media, in regards the more than forty other Muslims who had perished in the same incident, is indicative of yet another psychosis  many Muslims suffer from – the personality cult. Why is only the famous Muslim deserving of your prayers and comment? I’d rather not say anything further about such people, except that the example is given to us, that we have to learn to contextualise the status of a personality, whilst bearing in mind the facts and what is expected of us. I too have become embroiled in the personality obsession of Muslims.  In this week I came across a reposting of an article of mine on another website’s forum. The forum discussion then ensued as to whether I have any standing since my opinion is different from other scholars (none of whom they actually named or referenced). Disagreement is part of Islām. What however disgusted me, was they did not once debate the points I had made. To them, facts of religion are of less significance than personal views and personalities. These are features of a cult, not Islām!

In summary, the social media activity following the PIA crash, brought to light some of the many dimensions of a tool which often irresponsibly used. A Muslim guards his every word or remains silent.

 

 

 

Guarding the tongue in regards Allāh

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه ، عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : من كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر ، فليقل خيرا أو ليصمت ، ومن كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر ، فليكرم جاره ، ومن كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر ، فليكرم ضيفه رواه البخاري ومسلم

Abū Hurayrah (May Allāh be pleased with him narrated that Allāh’s Messenger صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ  said, “He who believes in Allāh and the Last Day should speak good or remain silent…” [Al-Bukhārī & Muslim]

I noticed during the course of my Ramaḍān Tafsīr that I was wont to quote the above Ḥadīth. In fact, I may have even quoted it daily. It is just so applicable in so many situations.

Lèse-majesté is the crime of offending the majesty of the ruler or the state. It is unfortunate that many sincere and well-meaning Muslims commit Lèse-majesté against Allāh, the King of kings, through the careless choice of words, when referring to Allāh, or to other matters of Islāmic belief. These people do not maintain silence, and instead of speaking good, in fact commit the reverse.

You might argue that surely sincerity should count and it does not matter if an unintended meaning comes about from the wrong choice of words? No! If the above Ḥadīth appears to be too general to make one think and choose the correct word before speaking, then please refer to my previous article on the importance which Allāh’s Messenger صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ  placed on the selection of words and terminology.

Many of the words which slip from our tongues are offensive to the majesty of Allāh. If we should guard our tongues in regards the creation, how much more so in regards Allāh?

Allāh is not in need

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ أَنتُمُ الْفُقَرَاء إِلَى اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ هُوَ الْغَنِيُّ الْحَمِيدُ

O mankind! You are in need of Allāh, whereas Allāh is self-sufficient, Most Praiseworthy [al-Fāṭir: 15]

Allāh is aṣ-Ṣamad and al-Ghanī. He is free of any need and we are Fuqarā, in need of Allāh in every way during every moment of our existence. “Need” means that someone is deficient of something.   To intentionally ascribe need unto Allāh is clear unbelief. How possibly is your Lord Most High deficient and in need? To carelessly ascribe need unto Allāh is a sign of one not being careful with one’s tongue. This is a requirement of faith.

One commonly hears this word being used for Allāh in South Africa. “Allāh needs us to….”

My dear brother or sister, if you should ponder over the implications of your words, you would realise that your words are the opposite of the religious message you wished to convey. Allāh is not in need of our prayers, faith, repentance….our anything. Nor is Allāh your buddy that you may use any word you feel like. “Allāh wishes” or “Allāh commands” is more appropriate to Allah’s Majesty.

Allāh does not look, His knowledge is complete

وَاللّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ

….Allāh knows and you do not know. [al-Baqarah: 232]

A statement often repeated in speeches which makes my blood boil is, “Allāh is looking for ways to forgive us.” The words of this statement implies two meanings of “look” which are far from the majesty of Allāh:

  • look at Examine (a matter) and consider what action to take
  • usually look for Attempt to find

Both meanings contradict Allāh’s attribute of perfect knowledge. Allāh does not have to consider what to do. He already knows in His perfect knowledge. Nor does Allāh have to attempt to find a way to forgive us. He does not attempt or try anything, He does! Furthermore attempting to find something means that Allāh’s knowledge is incomplete He still needs to search for the means of forgiveness! Worse, since the speaker will then be advocating a specific good deed, the implication is that the speaker knows the means of forgiveness whilst Allāh is “still looking”. Allāh save us from such ignorance.

It is not me who is being small minded, it is the utterer of such carelessness who should be more respectful to his Creator. Allāh has created various means for us to earn His forgiveness. He does not “look for ways to forgive us”.

Allāh does not have to “attempt”

بَدِيعُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَإِذَا قَضَى أَمْراً فَإِنَّمَا يَقُولُ لَهُ كُن فَيَكُونُ

The Originator of the heavens and the earth! When He decrees a thing to be, He but says unto it, “Be” -and it is! [al-Baqarah: 117]

Already mentioned above, Allāh does not try or attempt anything, he simply does. The oft repeated phrase, “What Allāh is trying to say in this verse….”contradicts  Allāh’s perfection. Allāh says, Allāh does not try to say. It is you who does not know what to say, for “to try” means to exert oneself in an attempt to achieve an as yet unattained goal. Only imperfect creatures such as ourselves have to exert and our goals have yet to be accomplished. Allāh is HIs perfection does not exert, there is no effort on Him, and whatever He wishes becomes as He wills. Do not cast our imperfections upon Allāh.

There is no obligation on Allāh

فَعَّالٌ لِّمَا يُرِيدُ

He most certainly does as He pleases. [al-Burūj: 16]

Allāh is not obligated to us in any way. If He forgives us, it is through His mercy, not that He is obligated to accept repentance. If He grants us Paradise, it is through His generosity, not that He is obligated to reward our good deeds. Words such as “must” which mean that Allāh is obligated, are not in line with our beliefs. “I have prayed, so Allāh must answer…”  is your arrogance, not Islāmic belief. Humble yourself by saying instead, “I have prayed and I am confident that my Generous Lord will answer…” as the Ḥadīth teaches that supplications should be conducted with confidence.

Respect the Speech of Allāh

وَلَئِن سَأَلْتَهُمْ لَيَقُولُنَّ إِنَّمَا كُنَّا نَخُوضُ وَنَلْعَبُ قُلْ أَبِاللّهِ وَآيَاتِهِ وَرَسُولِهِ كُنتُمْ تَسْتَهْزِؤُونَ

And if you ask them, they will surely say, “We were only conversing and playing.” Say, “Is it Allah and His Signs and His Messenger that you were mocking?” [at-Tawbah: 65]

I had previously written on inappropriate Muslim “humour” and mocking the sacred. Since today’s topic is in regards words inappropriate to Allāh’s majesty, I shall conclude with discussing the using of the Qurān as humour, since it is the eternal speech of Allāh.

I find it tragic that as Islāmic knowledge increases, there are people who now have a greater platform for their jokes, just like the hypocrites mentioned in the Verse above, instead of having greater respect for the Qurān. It defies my understanding how the same people who rightfully show the utmost respect to the printed manuscript of the Qurān, are sometimes the worst culprits who disrespect the actual Speech of Allāh.

My ears have been polluted enough to hear variations of the South African “joke” that the Zulu nation is mentioned in the Qurān. Figure for yourself where the “zulu” sound occurs as part of Arabic words in the Qurān.

I recall as a student when we were taught the Verse containing “mustabīn”. The student sitting next to me is a person very respectful to the outer elements of the faith, yet he brayed, “Ha! Mister Bean is mentioned in the Qurān!”

Another idiocy I heard two decades ago and which just does not want to die, is that “Alif-Lām-Mīm means Allāh loves Memons.”

I will put this as simply as I can, and if does not sink in…then guidance is from Allāh.

The Qurān is the Speech of Allāh. Making jokes of the Qurān is mocking Allāh. This speech was brought to us through the efforts of His Messenger صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ  who bled and was tortured to bring us this Book of Guidance. Can you not watch your tongue in regards Allāh and His Speech?

I have given a few examples which may not be applicable to all places or peoples. It is up to each slave to behave with dignity in regards his Master.