Many of the Muslims follow the enemies of Allâh in many of their customs and ways of behaving, and imitate them in some of their rituals and in celebrating their holidays.
The matter has been made even worse by the opening up of mass communications between peoples, whereby the rituals and customs of the kuffâr are now transmitted with the glamorous adornment of sound and image from their countries into the Muslim countries, via satellite TV and the World Wide Web (Internet). Many Muslims have been deceived by their glamour. In recent years, a new phenomenon has spread among the Muslim youth – males and females alike – which does not bode well. This is manifested in their imitation of the Christians in their celebration of the Valentine’s Day, which has led the scholars and dâ’iyahs to explain the rulings of sharî’ah concerning that, out of sincerity towards Allâh, His Messenger, the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk, so that Muslims may have a clear understanding of this issue and so that they will not fall into that which will undermine the belief (‘aqîdah) with which Allâh has blessed them.
Then this means that every nation should be distinguished by its festivals. If the Christians have a festival and the Jews have a festival, which belongs exclusively to them, then no Muslim should join in with them, just as he does not share their religion or their direction of prayer.
Allâh has forbidden imitation of the kuffâr; He has described it as hateful and has warned against the consequences of that, in many âyahs, on many occasions, and in various ways, especially imitation of the kuffâr. Sometimes He does that by forbidding following them or obeying them; sometimes by warning against them or being deceived by their plots, following their opinions, or being influenced by their actions, conduct or attitude. Sometimes He does that by mentioning some of their characteristics that will put the believers off from them and from imitating them. Most of the warnings in the Qur’ân refer to the Jews and hypocrites (munâfiqîn), then the People of the Book in general and the mushrikîn. Allâh tells us in the Qur’ân that imitating and obeying the kuffâr may constitute riddah (apostasy). Allâh also forbids following them, obeying them, or following their whims and desires and bad characteristics.
Prohibition of imitating the kuffâr is one of the basic principles of sharî’ah. Allâh sent His Messenger with guidance and the true religion so that it might prevail over all other religions, and Allâh has perfected His religion for mankind.
Imitation causes defects in the Muslim personality, such as feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, weakness and defeatism, then it leads to shunning and keeping away from the path and laws of Allâh. Experience has shown that admiration for the kuffâr and imitation of them causes people to love them, have complete faith in them and take them as friends and helpers, and to reject Islam and its people, its heroes, its legacy and values, and become ignorant of all of that.
The purpose of Valentine’s Day in these times is to spread love between all people, believers and disbelievers alike. Undoubtedly it is harâm to love the kâfirs.
So he should love the believers and he should hate the disbelievers, oppose them, and be different from them. He should know that that will bring immeasurable benefits, just as imitating them causes far greater harm. In addition to that, when the Muslims imitate them it makes the kuffâr happy and fills their hearts with joy, and it leads the Muslims to love the kuffâr in their hearts. If any Muslim girl who celebrates this holiday because she sees Margaret or Hilary or whoever doing so, this undoubtedly reflects the fact that she is following them and approves of their behaviour.
He should not help any Muslims who celebrate it. Rather it is obligatory to denounce them, because for the Muslims to celebrate the festivals of the kuffâr is an evil action which must be denounced.
KUFFAR 2 “It is under such rules that non-Muslims are forbidden in the Muslim state from occupying certain key positions. For similar reasons, non-Muslim men are forbidden from marrying Muslim women.”
“Islam is filled with many Mu’minahs that completed their Taqwa of Allah. When the other girls put up posters of kafir singers and kafir athletes and kafir actresses, you should put up posters in your heart of Fatimah and many other Mu’minahs.”
“In this materialistic age when everything is being sacrificed at the altar of ‘freedom’, the world from east to west, is witnessing a total collapse of morality and decency. Virtue is portrayed as evil while sins of every type are being glamourized so as to seem acceptable to society. Honesty, fidelity, generosity, piety, chastity, the fear of Allah, etc. are rarely looked upon as praiseworthy qualities while adultery, gambling, fraud, usury, cheating, abortion, homosexuality, lesbianism, etc. are fast becoming the order of the day. In many of the so-called democracies, there is no longer any stigma in even committing sins openly because of the many corrupt laws that support such sins.
Unfortunately many of the abominable practices found in the west and other kuffaar societies are creeping into Muslim societies.
You are certainly aware that the sin of homosexuality is haraam. But do you know how serious this crime is and just how despicable it is in the sight of Allah Ta’ala?
The acts of homosexuality and lesbianism are certainly a perversion and a serious deviation from the inherent nature of man. These acts of defiance against human nature are also even viler and uglier than adultery. There is consensus among both Muslims and the followers of other religions that lesbianism and homosexuality are evil and filthy practices. This is why it is not surprising to find that Islam so vehemently prohibits it and adopts such a harsh attitude against it.
The punishment awaiting such people in the Hereafter has already been explained, but what about their punishment in this world?
Since such type of behaviour was previously totally unknown to the Arab people, there is no record of any such incident having occurred during the time of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) or that he was faced with a case of this nature. However, it has been confirmed that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said,
‘Kill the one who sodomizes and the one to who lets it be done to him.’(Tirmizi)
Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (RA) had passed such a ruling and Hadrat Ali (RA) was very severe in his ruling against such a crime. It is established that once Sayyiduna Khaalid bin Waleed (RA) found a man in the frontiers of Arabia marrying another man in the way a woman marries a man, so he wrote about it to Abu Bakr (RA). When Abu Bakr (RA) consulted with the Sahaabah, Ali (RA) who was the severest in his condemnation of it said, ‘Only one out of the many nations had indulged in it and you all know how Allah Ta’ala had dealt with them. I feel that he should be destroyed by fire.’ So Abu Bakr (RA) wrote back to Sayyiduna Khaalid (RA) who then put the man to death by means of fire.
Ibn Qassaar and Ibn Taymiyyah (AR) have said: All the Sahaabah (radhiallaahu anhum) were unanimous that he should be killed though some of them differed in the manner in which it should be done.
Abu Bakr (RA) said that he should be executed by being thrown from a great height.
Another view of Hadrat Ali (RA) was that a wall should be dropped upon him.
Hadrat Ibn Abbaas, Ali, Jaabir bin Zaid, Abdullah bin Ma`mar, Imaam Zuhri and Imaam Maalik (radhiallaahu anhum) have said that those who commit the evil deed of the people of Loot (AS) should be stoned to death, whether they be married or unmarried. This is also one of the narrations of Imaams Ahmad, Shaafi`ee and Abu Sawr (AR).
Hadrat Ibn Abbaas (RA) was once asked about the punishment for the homosexual. He replied, ‘He should be taken to the top of the highest building in the town and thrown headlong from there. Then he should be pelted with stones.’
Jaabir bin Zaid used to say, ‘The prohibitive decree of the anus is far more serious than the prohibitive decree of the vagina.’ In other words, the prohibition against anal intercourse is far more severe than the prohibition against illegitimate sexual intercourse (with a woman).
Among the evil consequences of this sin are the many deadly and contagious diseases that result from it. Some of these illnesses are such that medical science — with all its might, power and advanced technology – has failed to combat or even fully comprehend, let alone cure it. Certainly no one is able to rise above the Will of Allah Ta’ala and escape his wrath!
Some of these fatal diseases are:
* Aids: There is no cure for it. It is contracted and spread through unlawful sexual intercourse and perverted sexual acts like homosexuality.
* Gonorrhea: which causes inflammation of the testicles, blockage of the urethra, inflammation of the joints and sterility.
* Syphillis: This is a type of venereal disease commonly known among the Arabs as ‘the English Disease’ since its origin lies in European societies where free intermingling of the sexes and immorality is rife. It results in insanity, paralysis, blindness, and other nerve disorders. Also leads to blood vessel damage and death.
* Genital Ulcers: which causes inflammation of the lymphatic glands. It also gives rise to chronic festering of tumours, inflammation of the urethra, severe pain in the joints and swelling of the limbs.
* Hepatitis B: Its symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea and jaundice. It results in chronic hepatitis or liver cancer.
These are only a few of the many deadly diseases caused by perverted sexual behaviour. Could anyone ever desire contracting any of them?
May Allah Ta’ala protect all of us from all types of evil!”
“As for freedom of belief it is not absolute so that one may believe whatever he likes to believe. It is enjoined on all sane adults to believe in God as deity and lord, to accept His right to obedience and submission. Men may not choose to believe otherwise.
Abandoning Islam is considered as a rejection of the general system, since Islam is a comprehensive way of life. It is unparalleled comprehensiveness that includes rituals, relationships, penal law and judicial law. It comprises all the issues usually included in man-made laws, and goes beyond that.
Therefore, it is essential to view Islam as a comprehensive whole and not as confined only to man’s relation with God, as non-Muslims regard it. It is in the context of this that apostasy is seen to be a rejection of the general system.
By making apostasy punishable with death two types of converts are deterred : those who accept Islam out of hypocrisy and those who do so for some material benefit.”
“The Qur’ân clearly states that the evidence of two women is equivalent to that of one man, giving the reason that if one forgets, the other may remind her.
Giving evidence in court can be a daunting experience, especially as the judicial system will consist mainly of men, so the women can give each other moral support as well as reminders. It is a serious and burdensome responsibility, which has been lightened for women. There are four situations in which evidence is required:
a. Crimes related to penal ordinances and retaliation. If men and women are both available, the men will be called to give witness and the women will not be summoned.
b. In economic affairs related to wealth and property, which are usually the domains of men, the evidence of two men is accepted. If two men are not available, then one man and two women will be accepted.
c. In affairs concerning women only such as pregnancy, birth, sexual defects, the evidence of one woman alone is accepted.
d. In criminal cases where only women are the witnesses, the four Imams (religious leaders) are unanimous in not accepting the evidence of women.
They reason that in cases such as murder and rape, the women will be emotional and may get confused. Such evidence becomes suspicious, and a principle of Shar’iah (Islamic law) is that any suspicion about the evidence makes the evidence null and void. In this context the Zahiri school of thought is more credible. It states that if women alone are the witness in a criminal case, their evidence will be accepted according to the principle of two women’s evidence being equivalent to that of one man. So in cases of adultery, the evidence of four men or eight women will be accepted.
It is an established scientific fact that women cannot explain the intimate details of events with the accuracy which men are capable of.
According to one Hadith, the Prophet described women as being incomplete in reason and religious practice because they are exempted from the five daily prayers and fasting during their monthly menstruation. Their incompleteness in reason is taken into account in the field of legal evidence. Giving evidence in court is a serious responsibility from which a woman is relieved, just as she is relieved from attending the Mosque for the five daily prayers and the Friday prayer.
According to the principle of ‘Benefits according to responsibility’, the blood money of a woman is half that of a man.”
“To preserve the role differentiation and to retain the incentives for strengthening the family, Islam discourages women from working outside the home.
Women work today, not only through economic necessity, but because they are under other subtle pressures; accusations of wasting their talents on ‘degrading’ domestic chores, lack of status, boredom and isolation.”
“The man has the primary right to divorce.
This may seem unjust at first glance, but Allah the All-Mighty has given injunctions based on men and women’s different temperaments. The woman is controlled more by her emotions than by reason, and this is obviously an asset in the home.
In a situation of marital conflict, her emotional nature will be more inclined to exaggerate the seriousness of the conflict and to thus instigate divorce. The man will be more inclined to think calmly about the situation before pronouncing judgment.
It should be remembered that a woman is not helpless in the matter of divorce as is widely believed. Although she cannot pronounce divorce like a man, for the reasons of her temperament already given, she can obtain one through a Qadi or arbitrator.
In the Western world today, the high rates of divorce are widely attributed, among other things, to the financial independence of women and the ease with which they can obtain divorce for flimsy reasons.”
“We must remind ourselves that our husbands are not our possession but a gift from Allah . How can we ‘own’ another person when we do not even ‘own’ ourselves? Part of our inner jihad is to reeducate our thoughts on male-female relations. Our minds have been clouded by the Western institution of marriage which forbids polygyny.
The marriage structure and marital relations of the West influence many Muslims around the world. We have come to accept the idea of one man one women despite the evidence that these relations often fail quickly and easily and bring more harm to society than good. So why are we so eager to accept a Western practice that clearly does not work the majority of the time? Are we, as an ummah, afraid to be different? Are we trying to blend in with the kufr when we should be setting the example?
When our sisters demand that the marriage contract include an ‘escape clause’ in case of a second wife they are essentially stating that polygyny is haram. The same can be said of women who make it impossible , through personal and financial demands, for a husband to marry another (a right Allah gave all men). Yes, these sisters are not prohibiting polygyny for all, just for their husbands. Instead of helping a sister in need perhaps they are pushing her to sin.
Instead of criticizing and complaining about polygyny praise Allah (swt) for this wonderous blessing.”
“The Islamic shariah legitimizes polygany as it conforms with the totality of its system, and as it also conforms with the human nature of the male and the female.
That it conforms with the totality of the Islamic system is seen in that Islam is so strict in its prohibition of adultery and fornication, but it opens the door widely for marriage and polygamy.
From another perspective, men and women are different as to their readiness for intercourse. A woman is physically unready for intercourse during menstruation, which may last for ten days, and during her post-natal period (‘nifas’ in Islamic terminology ) which usually lasts for forty days. During pregnancy , too, many women are not receptive to intercourse. A man, however, does not have any of the above indispositions, and if his impulse is not satisfied this will encourage extra-marital sex.
Moreover, a man’s fertility lasts beyond a woman’s. While he can have children until after sixty, she will have menopause at about forty. If he is not allowed to marry more than one wife, reproduction will be left inoperative for half of the reproductive time.
That is the reason for legitimizing polygamy in the Islamic sharia. It wards off distress and frustration, realizes equality among women, and improves moral practice.”
“Islam also strictly forbids sexual relations outside marriage, and polygyny is again the only decent and honest solution in cases where a man wants more than one partner.”
“Thus all Muslims agree that sodomy is a fatal sin.
Sodomy is greater and uglier than adultery. The Prophet said : Kill the doer and the one that the action is done on him. THe Prophet also said Allaah damns he who does as the people of Lut have done. Ibn Abbas said : Look for the highest building and throw the sodomite from it. The Prophet said : Lesbianism between women is adultery. In al-Shafi’is view the penalty for the sodomite is as the penalty for the adultrous.”
“A women is allowed to trade and work in institutions for women only, and at all times she must observe the relevant rules on Hijab and Satr. A woman’s primary place is in the home but she may work if she has no one to support her or because her husband’s income is not sufficient for the family’s needs. As has already been mentioned under the discussion of Hijab, Islam does not permit the free mixing of men and women outside the close family circle.”
“If a woman is not the maintainer of her own home, how can she be expected to maintain the government of a country. The Prophet’s statement on this issue was very clear:
“The people who hand their rule over to a woman, will not be successful (or prosperous).” (Al-Bukhari)
During the early years of Islam, women were never appointed as Khalifah (caliph), governor or Qâdi (judge). The Prophet was survived by many of his wives and daughters, but they were never the rulers of any part of the vast Islamic state. The Muslims today who attempt to justify electing women as leaders of Muslim countries are in open flagrancy of Islamic teachings. Some Muslim countries, allow women to be ambassadors, and members of the parliament or the consultative assemblies but this too is inadvisable for various reasons, for example:
The nature of the job is that it suits men only, and women who try to take on a man’s work will inevitably find themselves out of their depth.”
“Sorcery according to the scholars does have a real impact with Allaah’s leave. That is why Allaah enjoined seeking refuge against it. As for the legal ruling concerning sorcerers in this world, they should be killed if evidence is established that they practice sorcery.
The Killing of sorcerers is for the purpose of protecting people from their harm and evil, in order to uproot all its manifestations from the Islaamic society and to preserve the purity of Muslims’ belief, their intellect, and properties. Islaam also encourages good and fights evil. Executing sorcerers is therefore the correct opinion of the scholars, even if he shows repentance because the companions did not ask the sorcerers to repent before they killed them.
Further, most sorcerers are liars. If a sorcerer is given a chance to repent, he is unlikely to be truthful. If he is however truthful in his heart his repentance will benefit him before Allaah but that does not save him from being executed because he has practised a malicious and wicked act.”
“This Verse is a very important one among the Verses revealed about Hijab, because it clearly states that hiding one’s face is included in the Commandment of Hijab.
Not only did the scholars of the Holy Qur’an clarify for us that, according to this Verse, it is mandatory for women to wear Hijab and hide their faces, but they also explained exactly how the Jalbab should be worn.
In addition to the scholars mentioned above, all interpreters of the Holy Qur’an, from the time of the Prophet (s.a.w.) to the present day, have consistently adhered to the same interpretation of this Verse, i.e., women are required to cover themselves when coming out of their homes and that hiding of the face is included in the Hijab.
It is also noteworthy that among these scholars are the followers of all the four schools of thought. Thus, regardless of whether they are Hanafi, Shafi, Humbali or Maliki, all include hiding of the face in the Commandment of Hijab without any disagreement.
Not only did Islam command women to stay home, to not talk to Ghair-Mahram men seductively, and to cover themselves with cloaks, it barricaded all those roads from where carnal excitement and bad thoughts may attack human beings.”
“On March 18, 2005 Amina Wadud led the first female-led Jumuah (Friday) prayer. On that day women took a huge step towards being more like men. But, did we come closer to actualizing our God-given liberation? I don’t think so.
What she didn’t recognize was that God dignifies both men and women in their distinctiveness–not their sameness. And on March 18, Muslim women made the very same mistake.
For 1400 years there has been a consensus of the scholars that men are to lead prayer.
As soon as we accept that everything a man has and does is better, all that follows is just a knee jerk reaction: if men have it-we want it too. If men pray in the front rows, we assume this is better, so we want to pray in the front rows too. If men lead prayer, we assume the imam is closer to God, so we want to lead prayer too. Somewhere along the line we’ve accepted the notion that having a position of worldly leadership is some indication of one’s position with God.
A Muslim woman does not need to degrade herself in this way.
It took women in the West almost a century of experimentation to realize a privilege given to Muslim women 1400 years ago.
Given my privilege as a woman, I only degrade myself by trying to be something I’m not–and in all honesty–don’t want to be: a man. As women, we will never reach true liberation until we stop trying to mimic men, and value the beauty in our own God-given distinctiveness.”
“The Religion of Islaam has made clear the prohibition of Music.
Contrary to the commonly held belief, there are a number of authentic narrations from the Prophetic Sunnah which clearly point to the indisputable fact that music, instruments, singing to accompaniment, etc. are objects prohibited by the Islamic Sharia.”
“The brief answer is that Allah made men to have a natural inclination towards women and gave them power over the females. He made women to be naturally inclined towards men though He made them weak and soft in nature. Hence, when free mixing occurs between women and (non-Mahram) men, its effects result in bad intentions, since the human self is inclined towards evil and (carnal) desires make a person blind and dumb, while Satan commands people to do indecent and evil things.
The evidences that we mentioned earlier that it is not permissible to gaze at women means that it is obligatory upon a woman to cover her entire body, since exposing it or part of it results in (forbidden) glances towards it, which in turn leads the heart to become attached to her and then utilizing the means to obtain her (for illicit relations). This is also the case with free mixing.
Allah commanded the wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him), who were the most pure and chaste women, to stay in their homes. This commandment is addressed to Muslim women in general too, since it is a well established principle of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) that directed speech is general in scope, except if there is an evidence proving that it is specific to whom it is addressed. However, there is no evidence to make it specific (the Prophet’s wives) in this case. Hence, if women are commanded to remain at home except in case of a necessity that required them to go out, then how can free mixing between them and men of the kind mentioned earlier be permissible? Moreover, in our times women have become too headstrong, have left modest all-covering garments and expose themselves wantonly to the extent of nudity in front of un-related (non-Mahram) men. Husbands and other guardians of women have little control over women whose well-being they are entrusted with.”
“If obeying such people constitutes major Shirk, then how about those who obey man-made laws that are the work of the unbelievers and the atheists, imported into Muslim countries and applied? They are much worse than the former. There is no altering of one condition into another, nor is there power except through Allâh. For the latter take the unbelievers as lords aside from Allâh to legislate laws for him, and legalize the illegal, and rule people by such laws.”
‘Eed al-Hubb (the celebration of Valentine’s Day) comes under the category of what has been mentioned here, since it is one of the pagan Christian holidays. Hence it is not permissible for any Muslim, who believes in Allaah and the Last Day, to participate in it, approve of it, or congratulate (anyone on that occasion). On the contrary, it is obligatory to abandon it and stay far away from it – in response to Allaah and His Messenger, and to distance oneself from the anger of Allaah and His punishment.
Additionally, it is forbidden for a Muslim to assist or help in this ‘Eed, or any other of the forbidden/illegal celebrations in any way whatsoever -whether by food or drink, selling or buying, production, gift-giving, correspondence, announcements, etc. All of these things are considered as co-operating in sin and transgression and disobedience of Allaah and His Messenger.
Likewise, it is obligatory for every Muslim to adhere strictly to the Qur.aan and Sunnah in every situation – especially in times of temptations and corruption. It is incumbent that he/she understand, be aware and be cautioned from falling into the deviations of those whom Allaah is angry with (Jews) and those who are astray (Christians) and the immoral people who have no fear of punishment – nor hope of reward – from Allaah, and who give no attention at all to Islaam.
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It therefore follows that any act which vitiates against the individual or which tends to weaken or isrupt the social order, especially the family, is no less a serious crime than, say, high treason against the state. The Shari`ah has accordingly made every possible arrangement to ensure, within the constraints of human limitations and imperfections, that the individual is not hampered in seeking in his fulfillment and carrying out the purpose of his creation; that the two pillars of the family, man and woman, continue to participate in and strengthen the family in accordance with the roles assigned to them; and that the social fabric is not damaged by any single person’s vandalism.
The role assigned to both man and women by the Shari’ah and the arrangements it makes to protect and reinforce these roles, can only be appreciated in the above perspective. Similarly, the severe penalties for extra-marital sex, theft, libel and drinking, and the prescription of requital, or qisas for murder and physical injury, must be seen in the context of this overall scheme of life.
There is no convincing case however for saying that role differentiation is socially caused; on the contrary, the cumulative weight of all evidence, whether from pre-history or history, indicates unmistakably that every society has chosen to do things the same way, even the contemporary West, which is so vociferous in professing ‘equality of the sexes’.
Hence the principle in the Shari’ah: the woman’s place is in the home. However, it is very important to note that to be different is NOT to be inferior.
To preserve the role differentiation and to retain the incentives for strengthening the family, Islam discourages women from working outside the home.