Monday, February 01, 2021

... Kar madad k main Sabr karoon



بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 


Ya Jabbaar! Hoke bebas maine jab bhi Tujhe hai Duaon me pukaara
Mere toote tukdon ko Tune hi to kamzor sajdon me sanwaara
Ya Wahhaab! Hai samajh mujhko, magar mere dil ko bhi hidaayat de de
Ke wo samjhe is Duniya-e-faani ko, ye salaahiyat de de

Ya Baseer! Tujhse chupta nahi koi lamha is jahaan ka
Meri khataaon ko dekh kar bhi Tune khola darwaaza Apni panaah ka
Ya Samee! Tu har lamha sunta hai meri har dhadkan ko
Apni Maghfirat me lapeyt de mere har pagalpan ko

Ya Rahmaan! Apni Rehmat se Tune mujhko kabhi door na kiya
Mere gunaahon ko kabhi Tune Apne bandon me mashhoor na kiya
Ya Raheem! Tune kis tarah mujhe hamesha hai Apne paas rakha
Mere gunaahon ko dhakne ke liye Apni Rehmat ka libaas rakha

Ya Ghafoor! Meri bebasi jab Sabr ko todhti hai usey Tu maaf karde
Mere aamaal-naame se har naa-shukri ko Tu saaf karde
Ya Afuwwu! Jis tarah is zameen par Tune bachaaya hai mujhko har zillat se
Jab miloon Tujhse Aasmaanon me, mujhe bachaa lena Apni nafrat se

Ya Rabb! Kar madad meri, ke main is tarah Sabr karoon
Ke lab pe shikaayat na laaun, bas Tera Dhikr karoon
Mere ALLAAH! Meri raahat ki manzil Aakhirat likhde
Mere iss chote-se Sabr ke badle me Apni Jannat likhde... 

Apni Jannat likhde...

 
(Ameen Ya Rabb)


~ 🖤




Friday, January 01, 2021

Year 2020 - The Divine Teacher

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

Look what we just left behind!
A complete year, the strangest of its kind
We had taken for granted the Qur'an - a reprimand
To teach us a lesson, this is what Allaah planned!

HE put a full stop to our plans of advancement
HE caused us to ponder our ways of entertainment 
HE made us introspect our process of development
He taught us that patience is the only healing ointment 

Some lost their loved ones and some lost their wealth
Amidst this Divine strategy we realised the value of good health
While taking precautions against a virus with each breathe
At last we did realise that there is an imminent reality called death!

But Allaah has promised, HE cteated for every ailment a cure
With HIS will, of course, this pandemic will soon end, be sure
This world will once again continue in its efforts to lure
To corrupt our hearts, to make our intetions impure

Oh Slaves of the Almighty! Before you move on further
Turn back and reflect the bygone year for a look another
Those twelve months have moments, each in itself a teacher 
For a succesful purpose of your creation, study them deeper 

The virus of disobedience will always remain prevalent
Take precautions as long as you are alive against this invisible serpent
This virus affects our Duniya - in ways which are so evident
Siraat al-Mustaqeem is the only path to escape eternal torment

That Promised Day is very near, the Day of Standing before Rabb Al-Aalameen
The Day on which the followers will be blessed with the intercession of Rehmat al-lil-Aalameen (ﷺ) 
But that intercession and forgiveness is only for those who strongly believed in this unseen
And lived their lives upon this earth as strangers, wayfayrers they had been

Oh Ummah of Muhammad (ﷺ), understand the uncertainty of this Duniya
Know that the true destination of a Momin is the priceless Firdaus Al-Aala!
Find refuge in the protection of Sharee'ah, find peace in following the Sunnah!
Oh Creations of the Almighty Creator, prepare well for YOUR AAKHIRAH! 

~UmmHashir


Note: There is no concept of New Year celebration in Islaam (not even the 1st of Muharram), but since we use the calendar and our days and months depend on it, let us try to never forget the year 2020, it was a teacher - what we have learnt defines how wise we are. May Allaah help us to embrace each upcoming breathe in preparation for our Aakhirah. May Allaah bless us with good in this world, which helps us to prepare for the best in our Aakhirah. 

May Allaah be pleased with our deeds and save us from His wrath in Duniya and Aakhirah. 

Rabbanagh fir lee wa li waalidaiyah wa lil moomineena yawma yaqoomul hisaab! 

Ameen ya Allaah!









Thursday, December 24, 2020

Eesa - AbdAllaah ibn AmtAllaah (Alayhi Salaam)

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم






While millions around the world would be celebrating Christmas tomorrow, let us take a look at what this means to Muslims.


What do we think about Eesa (Alayhis Salaam) and his mother?


Do we believe that he was born on 25th December?


Can we celebrate Christmas with our Christian friends?


Can we wish them Merry Christmas?




MARYAM BINTE IMRAAN:


Maryam binte Imraan was a pious woman who grew up under the sponsorship of her uncle Zakariyyah (Alayhis Salaam), as her father died when she was born. She used to spend most of her time in seclusion, worshipping Allaah. She worshipped Allaah so much that she had no equal in the matters of worship. 


Allaah was so pleased with her that HE sent for her miraculous provision (fruits out of season). Seeing this, her uncle Zakariyyah, who had grown old and longed for a child (and had a barren wife) made dua to Allaah to bless him with a child, in the same as way He sent these miraculous fruits to Maryam. He was then blessed with a rightoeus child, Yahya (Alayhis Salaam). 


This karaamah of Maryam binte Imran is mentioned by her pleased Rabb like this, 



فَتَقَبَّلَهَا رَبُّهَا بِقَبُولٍ حَسَنٍۢ وَأَنۢبَتَهَا نَبَاتًا حَسَنًۭا وَكَفَّلَهَا زَكَرِيَّا ۖ

كُلَّمَا دَخَلَ عَلَيْهَا زَكَرِيَّا ٱلْمِحْرَابَ وَجَدَ عِندَهَا رِزْقًۭا ۖ

قَالَ يَـٰمَرْيَمُ أَنَّىٰ لَكِ هَـٰذَا ۖ قَالَتْ هُوَ مِنْ عِندِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَرْزُقُ مَن يَشَآءُ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ



“So her Lord accepted her with good acceptance and caused her to grow in a good manner and put her in the care of Zakariyyah Every time Zakariyyah entered upon her in the prayer chamber, he found with her provision. He said, ‘O Maryam, from where is this [coming] to you?’ She said, ‘It is from Allaah. Indeed, Allaah provides for whom He wills without account.’



هُنَالِكَ دَعَا زَكَرِيَّا رَبَّهُۥ ۖ قَالَ رَبِّ هَبْ لِى مِن لَّدُنكَ ذُرِّيَّةًۭ طَيِّبَةً ۖ إِنَّكَ سَمِيعُ ٱلدُّعَآءِ


At that, Zakariyyah called upon his Lord, saying, ‘My Lord, grant me from Yourself a good offspring. Indeed, You are the Hearer of supplication’”


[Surah Aal 'Imraan 3:37-38].


Al-Qurtubi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:


When Zakariyyah entered upon her, he would find winter fruits with her in the summer, and summer fruits with her in the winter.


He said: O Maryam, from where is this coming to you?


She said: It is from Allah.


At that point, Zakariyya began to hope for a son and said: The One Who gives her this is able to bless me with a son. 


Allaah was so much pleased with this servant and worshipper that He chose her to bless her with yet another miracle - a miracle like no other, the miracle of giving birth to a child with no male to aid in procreation. 


The angels gave her the glad tidings that Allaah had chosen her:

 

وَإِذْ قَالَتِ ٱلْمَلَـٰٓئِكَةُ يَـٰمَرْيَمُ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ ٱصْطَفَىٰكِ وَطَهَّرَكِ وَٱصْطَفَىٰكِ عَلَىٰ نِسَآءِ ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ


“And (remember) when the angels said: ‘O Maryam! Verily, Allaah has chosen you, purified you (from polytheism and disbelief), and chosen you above the women of the ‘Aalameen (mankind and jinn) (of her lifetime).’


يَـٰمَرْيَمُ ٱقْنُتِى لِرَبِّكِ وَٱسْجُدِى وَٱرْكَعِى مَعَ ٱلرَّٰكِعِينَ


O Maryam! ‘Submit yourself with obedience to your Lord (Allaah, by worshipping none but Him Alone) and prostrate yourself, and bow down along with Ar-Raaki‘oon (those who bow down)’”


[Surah Aal ‘Imraan 3:42-43] 


Then the angels gave Maryam the glad tidings that Allaah would bestow upon her a child, whom He would create and bring to life with the words “Be! And it is.” This child’s name would be Eesa ibn Maryam (Jesus son of Mary). He would be held in honour in this world and in the Hereafter, and he would be a Messenger to the Children of Israel, whom he would teach the Book and wisdom, the Tawraat and Injeel. And he would have attributes and miracles like nobody else. 


Allaah says describing this, 


إِذْ قَالَتِ ٱلْمَلَـٰٓئِكَةُ يَـٰمَرْيَمُ

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُبَشِّرُكِ بِكَلِمَةٍۢ مِّنْهُ ٱسْمُهُ ٱلْمَسِيحُ عِيسَى ٱبْنُ مَرْيَمَ

وَجِيهًۭا فِى ٱلدُّنْيَا وَٱلْـَٔاخِرَةِ وَمِنَ ٱلْمُقَرَّبِينَ


“(Remember) when the angels said: ‘O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allaah gives you the glad tidings of a Word [“Be!” — and he was! i.e. ‘Eesa (Jesus) the son of Maryam (Mary)] from Him, his name will be the Messiah ‘Eesa (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), held in honour in this world and in the Hereafter, and will be one of those who are near to Allaah.


وَيُكَلِّمُ ٱلنَّاسَ فِى ٱلْمَهْدِ وَكَهْلًۭا وَمِنَ ٱلصَّـٰلِحِينَ


He will speak to the people, in the cradle and in manhood, and he will be one of the righteous.’


قَالَتْ رَبِّ أَنَّىٰ يَكُونُ لِى وَلَدٌۭ وَلَمْ يَمْسَسْنِى بَشَرٌۭ ۖ

قَالَ كَذَٰلِكِ ٱللَّهُ يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَآءُ ۚ إِذَا قَضَىٰٓ أَمْرًۭا فَإِنَّمَا يَقُولُ لَهُۥ كُن فَيَكُونُ


She said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me.’ He said: ‘So (it will be) for Allaah creates what He wills. When He has decreed something, He says to it only: “Be!” and it is’” 


[Aal ‘Imraan 3:45-47] 


Allaah then tells us the rest of the glad tidings of the angels to Maryam of her son Eesa (peace be upon him):


وَيُعَلِّمُهُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ وَٱلْحِكْمَةَ وَٱلتَّوْرَىٰةَ وَٱلْإِنجِيلَ


“And He (Allaah) will teach him [‘Eesa (Jesus)] the Book and Al-Hikmah (i.e. the Sunnah, the faultless speech of the Prophets, wisdom), (and) the Tawraat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel).


وَرَسُولًا إِلَىٰ بَنِىٓ إِسْرَٰٓءِيلَ أَنِّى قَدْ جِئْتُكُم بِـَٔايَةٍۢ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ ۖ

أَنِّىٓ أَخْلُقُ لَكُم مِّنَ ٱلطِّينِ كَهَيْـَٔةِ ٱلطَّيْرِ فَأَنفُخُ فِيهِ فَيَكُونُ طَيْرًۢا بِإِذْنِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ

وَأُبْرِئُ ٱلْأَكْمَهَ وَٱلْأَبْرَصَ وَأُحْىِ ٱلْمَوْتَىٰ بِإِذْنِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ

وَأُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا تَأْكُلُونَ وَمَا تَدَّخِرُونَ فِى بُيُوتِكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ فِى ذَٰلِكَ لَـَٔايَةًۭ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ


And will make him [‘Eesa (Jesus)] a Messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): ‘I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, a figure like that of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allaah’s Leave; and I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I bring the dead to life by Allaah’s Leave. And I inform you of what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely, therein is a sign for you, if you believe.


وَمُصَدِّقًۭا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَىَّ مِنَ ٱلتَّوْرَىٰةِ وَلِأُحِلَّ لَكُم بَعْضَ ٱلَّذِى

حُرِّمَ عَلَيْكُمْ ۚ وَجِئْتُكُم بِـَٔايَةٍۢ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ فَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُونِ


And I have come confirming that which was before me of the Tawraat (Torah), and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden to you, and I have come to you with a proof from your Lord. So fear Allaah and obey me.


إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ رَبِّى وَرَبُّكُمْ فَٱعْبُدُوهُ ۗ هَـٰذَا صِرَٰطٌۭ مُّسْتَقِيمٌۭ


Truly, Allaah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him (Alone). This is the Straight Path’”


[Surah Aal ‘Imraan 3:48-51] 


Allaah says,


وَٱذْكُرْ فِى ٱلْكِتَـٰبِ مَرْيَمَ إِذِ ٱنتَبَذَتْ مِنْ أَهْلِهَا مَكَانًۭا شَرْقِيًّۭا


“And mention in the Book (the Qur’aan, O Muhammad, the story of) Maryam (Mary), when she withdrew in seclusion from her family to a place facing east.


فَٱتَّخَذَتْ مِن دُونِهِمْ حِجَابًۭا فَأَرْسَلْنَآ إِلَيْهَا رُوحَنَا فَتَمَثَّلَ لَهَا بَشَرًۭا سَوِيًّۭا


She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent to her Our Rooh [angel Jibreel (Gabriel)], and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all respects.


قَالَتْ إِنِّىٓ أَعُوذُ بِٱلرَّحْمَـٰنِ مِنكَ إِن كُنتَ تَقِيًّۭا


She said: ‘Verily, I seek refuge with the Most Gracious (Allaah) from you, if you do fear Allaah.’


قَالَ إِنَّمَآ أَنَا۠ رَسُولُ رَبِّكِ لِأَهَبَ لَكِ غُلَـٰمًۭا زَكِيًّۭا


(The angel) said: ‘I am only a messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son.’


قَالَتْ أَنَّىٰ يَكُونُ لِى غُلَـٰمٌۭ وَلَمْ يَمْسَسْنِى بَشَرٌۭ وَلَمْ أَكُ بَغِيًّۭا


She said: ‘How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?’


قَالَ كَذَٰلِكِ قَالَ رَبُّكِ هُوَ عَلَىَّ هَيِّنٌۭ ۖ وَلِنَجْعَلَهُۥٓ ءَايَةًۭ لِّلنَّاسِ وَرَحْمَةًۭ مِّنَّا ۚ وَكَانَ أَمْرًۭا مَّقْضِيًّۭا


He said: ‘So (it will be), your Lord said: ‘That is easy for Me (Allaah). And (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allaah), and it is a matter (already) decreed (by Allaah)’ ”


[Surah Maryam 19:16-21]  


When the Angel Jibreel told her the above words, she submitted to the will of Allaah and the angel breathed into the sleeves of her garment. This was a very difficult test for this chaste woman who was revered and honoured by the society she lived in. 


Allaah says, 


۞ فَحَمَلَتْهُ فَٱنتَبَذَتْ بِهِۦ مَكَانًۭا قَصِيًّۭا


“So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place (i.e. Bethlehem valley about 4-6 miles from Jerusalem).


فَأَجَآءَهَا ٱلْمَخَاضُ إِلَىٰ جِذْعِ ٱلنَّخْلَةِ قَالَتْ يَـٰلَيْتَنِى مِتُّ قَبْلَ هَـٰذَا وَكُنتُ نَسْيًۭا مَّنسِيًّۭا


And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a date palm. She said: ‘Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!’”


[Surah Maryam 19:22-23] 


Allaah then provided this righteous woman with food and water and commanded her not to speak to any human being - this was in preparation for the miracle that HE wanted the people to witness and believe in. 


Allaah says, 


فَنَادَىٰهَا مِن تَحْتِهَآ أَلَّا تَحْزَنِى قَدْ جَعَلَ رَبُّكِ تَحْتَكِ سَرِيًّۭا


“Then [the babe ‘Eesa (Jesus) or Jibreel (Gabriel)] cried unto her from below her, saying: ‘Grieve not: your Lord has provided a water stream under you.


وَهُزِّىٓ إِلَيْكِ بِجِذْعِ ٱلنَّخْلَةِ تُسَـٰقِطْ عَلَيْكِ رُطَبًۭا جَنِيًّۭا


And shake the trunk of the date palm towards you, it will let fall fresh ripe dates upon you.


فَكُلِى وَٱشْرَبِى وَقَرِّى عَيْنًۭا ۖ

فَإِمَّا تَرَيِنَّ مِنَ ٱلْبَشَرِ

أَحَدًۭا فَقُولِىٓ إِنِّى نَذَرْتُ لِلرَّحْمَـٰنِ صَوْمًۭا فَلَنْ أُكَلِّمَ ٱلْيَوْمَ إِنسِيًّۭا


So eat and drink and be glad. And if you see any human being, say: “Verily, I have vowed a fast unto the Most Gracious (Allaah) so I shall not speak to any human being this day”’”


[Surah Maryam 19:24-26] 


Allaah is absolutely perfect in His powers of Creation and Lordship. He is all able to create what He wills and how He wills. The birth of Eesa (peace be upon him) is as miraculous as was the creation of Adam (peace be upon him). Allaah created Adam from dust without any parent, and He created Hawwa from the rib of Adam (from a father, but without a mother). He then caused the progeny of Adam to have both a father and a mother. And HE CREATED Eesa from his mother without a fathher.

Subhan Allaah Al-Azeem!


MIRACULOUS BIRTH OF EESA IBN MARYAM:


After the child was born to her, Maryam returned to her people to Jerusalem, holding her newly born baby, Eesa. The people despised her and alleged her of committing a horrible sin, although her parents were righteous and chaste. She remained silent and pointed towards the baby and asked them to question him. 


Allaah says,


فَأَتَتْ بِهِۦ قَوْمَهَا تَحْمِلُهُۥ ۖ قَالُوا۟ يَـٰمَرْيَمُ لَقَدْ جِئْتِ شَيْـًۭٔا فَرِيًّۭا


“Then she brought him (the baby) to her people, carrying him. They said: ‘O Mary! Indeed you have brought a thing Fariyy (a mighty thing).


يَـٰٓأُخْتَ هَـٰرُونَ مَا كَانَ أَبُوكِ ٱمْرَأَ سَوْءٍۢ وَمَا كَانَتْ أُمُّكِ بَغِيًّۭا


O sister (i.e. the like) of Haaroon (Aaron)! Your father was not a man who used to commit adultery, nor your mother was an unchaste woman.’


فَأَشَارَتْ إِلَيْهِ ۖ قَالُوا۟ كَيْفَ نُكَلِّمُ مَن كَانَ فِى ٱلْمَهْدِ صَبِيًّۭا


Then she pointed to him. They said: How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?’”


[Surah Maryam 19:27-29] 


THE SPEECH OF NEWLY BORN EESA IBN MARYAM:


Although he was a child in the cradle, Eesa ibn Maryam spoke to the people - proving the innocence and chastity of his mother and the power and the ALMIGHTY Allaah!


Allaah says, 


قَالَ إِنِّى عَبْدُ ٱللَّهِ ءَاتَىٰنِىَ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ وَجَعَلَنِى نَبِيًّۭا


“He [‘Eesa (Jesus)] said: ‘Verily, I am a slave of Allaah, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet;


وَجَعَلَنِى مُبَارَكًا أَيْنَ مَا كُنتُ وَأَوْصَـٰنِى بِٱلصَّلَوٰةِ وَٱلزَّكَوٰةِ مَا دُمْتُ حَيًّۭا


And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined on me Salaah (prayer), and Zakaah, as long as I live.


وَبَرًّۢا بِوَٰلِدَتِى وَلَمْ يَجْعَلْنِى جَبَّارًۭا شَقِيًّۭا


And dutiful to my mother, and made me not arrogant or defiant. 


وَٱلسَّلَـٰمُ عَلَىَّ يَوْمَ وُلِدتُّ وَيَوْمَ أَمُوتُ وَيَوْمَ أُبْعَثُ حَيًّۭا


And Salaam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!’”


[Surah Maryam 19:30-33] 


So, when we ponder this concise speech of this blessed prophet of Allaah - the first words that he spoke were that that he is he SLAVE OF ALLAAH. He did not say that he was the son of Allaah.  


SLANDER AGAINST ALLAAH!


The People of the Book differed concerning Eesa and said that he was the son of Allaah, and some said that he was the third of three (trinity).


Nauzubillaah! The claims of Christians are false and the information provided in the Qur'an about Eesa ibn Maryam is that he was the Slave and the Messenger of Allaah. Allaah calls the claims of Christians slandering against Him - how great a sin this is!


Allaah says,


ذَٰلِكَ عِيسَى ٱبْنُ مَرْيَمَ ۚ قَوْلَ ٱلْحَقِّ ٱلَّذِى فِيهِ يَمْتَرُونَ


“Such is ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). (It is) a statement of truth, about which they doubt (or dispute).


مَا كَانَ لِلَّهِ أَن يَتَّخِذَ مِن وَلَدٍۢ ۖ سُبْحَـٰنَهُۥٓ ۚ إِذَا قَضَىٰٓ أَمْرًۭا فَإِنَّمَا يَقُولُ لَهُۥ كُن فَيَكُونُ


It befits not (the Majesty of) Allaah that He should beget a son [this refers to the slander of Christians against Allaah, by saying that ‘Eesa (Jesus) is the son of Allaah]. Glorified (and Exalted) be He (above all that they associate with Him). When He decrees a thing, He only says to it: “Be!” and it is.


وَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ رَبِّى وَرَبُّكُمْ فَٱعْبُدُوهُ ۚ هَـٰذَا صِرَٰطٌۭ مُّسْتَقِيمٌۭ


[‘Eesa (Jesus) said]: ‘And verily, Allaah is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him (Alone). That is the Straight Path. (Allaah’s religion of Islâmic Monotheism which He did ordain for all of His Prophets).’


فَٱخْتَلَفَ ٱلْأَحْزَابُ مِنۢ بَيْنِهِمْ ۖ فَوَيْلٌۭ لِّلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ مِن مَّشْهَدِ يَوْمٍ عَظِيمٍ


Then the sects differed [i.e. the Christians about ‘Eesa (Jesus)], so woe unto the disbelievers [those who gave false witness by saying that ‘Eesa (Jesus) is the son of Allaah] from the Meeting of a great Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection, when they will be thrown in the blazing Fire)


[Surah Maryam 19:34-37] 





CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS OR WISHING MERRY CHRISTMAS:


Therefore, it is clear that Eesa ibn Maryam had clearly told the people that he was only a slave and messenger of Allaah. He never claimed to be the son of Allaah. Believing in Eesa ibn Maryam as the prophet of Allaah who was sent as a Messenger to Bani Israel is an essential part of the faith of Muslims, as our faith is not complete if we do not believe in all the Messengers of Allaah. 


Allaah says,


ءَامَنَ ٱلرَّسُولُ بِمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْهِ مِن رَّبِّهِۦ وَٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ ۚ

كُلٌّ ءَامَنَ بِٱللَّهِ وَمَلَـٰٓئِكَتِهِۦ وَكُتُبِهِۦ وَرُسُلِهِۦ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍۢ مِّن رُّسُلِهِۦ ۚ


“The Messenger (Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say, ‘We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers...’”


[Surah al-Baqarah 2:285]. 


Therefore, we believe in all the books sent by Allaah and in all of His Messengers with no differentiating by believing in some and disbelieving in others. However, we follow the religion of Islaam (the way of worship and living) as taught by Muhammad-ur-Rasool Allaah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam), as he was he LAST of all the Messengers sent by Allaah and the Deen of Allaah was perfected and completed by him, Alhamdulillaah. 


No form of celebration of anyone's birthday is approved in Islaam. The ignorant people who celebrate the birthday of Rasool Allaah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) commit an innovation, the greatest of all innovations.


IMITATING THE KUFFAAR

It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you hand span by hand span, cubit by cubit, to the extent that if they entered the hole of a lizard, you will enter it too.” We said: “O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?” He said: “Who else?” 

[al-Bukhaari, 1397; Muslim, 4822]

This hadeeth indicates that it is haraam to imitate the Jews and the Christians, and that those who follow them and tread the same path as them are criticized. Islam has reinforced this prohibition, by describing those who imitate the kuffaar as being of them. 

It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” 

[Abu Dawood, 3512]

Celebrating Christmas is not only an innovation, but also immitation of Kuffar which is strongly prohibited in Islaam. Easa ibn Maryam (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) has NOTHING to do with this innovation or the innovators. Christmas is only an innovated, polytheistic celebration - which makes Shaytan and his followers happy.


With regards to wishing Christians on Christmas, this is also strongly prohibited. It involves supporting them in their belief and rather, as mentioned above, supporting the slanderers of Allaah, that He has a SON!! Astaghfirullaah! Astaghfirullaah!


Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 


Congratulating the disbelievers on the occasion of Christmas or any of their other religious festivals is haraam according to scholarly consensus, because it implies approval of what they follow of disbelief and approving of it for them. Even if he does not approve of this disbelief for himself, it is haraam for the Muslim to approve of rituals of disbelief or to congratulate someone else for them. Similarly, it is haraam for the Muslims to imitate the disbelievers by having parties on these occasions, or exchanging gifts, distributing sweets or plates of food, taking time off work, and so on, because the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Abu Dawood.


Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) also said:


Celebrating the eve of the birth of the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam) is not valid, whether from the point of view of the date or the point of view of Islamic teachings. 


To conclude, knowing the exact date of birth of ANY prophet of Allaah is not possible. So, even merely believing that Eesa (Alayhis Salaam) was born on the 25th of December or that Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) was born on the 12th (or even the 9th as some do) of Rabi al-Awwal is a sin! In fact both these days are the days when Shaytan is the most happy - 25th December every year - as people slander Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala (Nauzubillaah) that He had a son and on the 12th of Rabi al-Awwal, every year as the innovators celebrate grandly a prohibited immitation of the Kuffar and call it Milaad, while in reality it was the day that Rahmat al lil-Aalameen (sallaallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) departed from the world and returned to Allaah.


So, we should strive hard to remain away from both these innovators and try to guide the ignorant of them towards the truth with patiece and hikmah. But in no way is it permissible to congratulate them or to accept sweets, meals, fruits or cakes! There is no point of kindness in this. True Islaam is to stand for truth and speak for Allaah politely, but firmly. 


May Allaah make His love and honour the purpose of our life on this earth and help us to fight with Iblees at each step and make our path towards Jannah easy. 


Ameen Ya Rabb..


~ UmmHashir



I am nobody, but a stranger, only a simple wayfarer,
My journey is this life till I reach the Hereafter..
Traveling all along the footsteps of my Teacher
,
For I have to, in time, reach the destination promised by MY
SUSTAINER...