Celebrating The Holidays of The Infidels by: Ahmad Musa Jibril

Bism-Allah Al-Rahman Al-Raheem


Verily, all praise belongs to Allah alone, we praise Him, seek His aid and His forgiveness. We repent to Him and seek refuge in Him from the evils of our souls and the evils of our actions. Whomsoever Allah guides there is none to misguide and whomsoever He misguides there is none to guide. I bear witness that there is no diety worthy of worship except Allah alone and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. Allah sent him with the guidance and the true religion and he conveyed the message, fulfilled the trust, advised the ummah and strove for Allah as He ought to be strived for until there came to him the certainty. He left his ummah on a pure and clear path, whose night is like its day and none deviates from it except one who is destroyed.

He explained (in this clear path) everything which the ummah is in need of in all of its affairs. This was done to the extent that Abu Dharr (radya Allah Anh) said, “The Messenger (sallah Allahu alayhi Wasalam) did not even leave a bird flapping its wings in the sky except that he mentioned to us knowledge regarding it.” Also a man from among the [1]mushrikeen said to Salmaan al-Farsy (radya Allahu Anh), “Your Messenger teaches you (so much), even toilet manners.” So Salmaan replied, “Yes! He has also forbidden us to face the qiblah while passing water or excrement or that we clean ourselves with less than three stones, or that we clean ourselves with the left hand or that we clean ourselves with dung or bones.”

Allah has explained in this Great Quran the fundamentals of the religion and its branches. He has explained Tawheed with all its types, Aqeedah[2] in great detail, the etiquette of meeting in gatherings, and even the details on the number of times to seek permission to enter people’s houses.

Allah Said, [3]“There is not an animal that lives on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but forms part of communities like. Nothing have we left out from this book, and they shall be gathered to their lord in the end.”

Among the widely spread deviations of the ummah concerning those in the west and fiercely invading Muslim countries is the celebrations of the holidays and festivals of the infidels. They have become a trend and a tradition to some, that one who does not celebrate them, and does not go along with the flow is in their eyes a burden, outcast, or even a radical and a fundamentalist. But that’s only in the scale of those walking on their faces, Allah said, [4]“Is then one who walks headlong, with his face groveling, better guided, or one who walks evenly on a straight way.”

What is more saddening than the “general masses” of the ummah deviating from this important aspect that concerns the core of our belief, are those ignorant heads who pave the path and justify these deviations. These so-called “scholars” give fatwa’s to this ummah based solely and purely on what the devil instigates to them and what their minds spill out for them. They do this, leaving behind their back the revelations that were inherited to guide us to success and victory. The deviations they are introducing only await humiliation and destruction.

For Muslims to even see the light of victory, they must begin to adhere to the Quran and Sunnah and understand them according to the only understanding approved by Allah and his messenger; the understanding of the salaf [5](sahabah). When one mentions anything, we ask for their proof rather than be ignorant, blind followers of humans who lead us to the brinks of hell without us perceiving it. It was the repeated saying of the four major imams in one form or another to continuously tell people to take from where they themselves took from (Quran and Sunnah). They said this so that people do not be their blind followers.

This booklet is based on the Quran, and Sunnah, according to the guided path of the companions (radya Allahu Anhum). It will prove, by no doubt, to any reader who takes the Quran and Sunnah as his guide the clear prohibition of participating, by any means, no matter how small it may seem, in the holidays of the kuffar.

I ask Allah for sincerity in this humble effort, and I ask Him that it be used as a tool to guide with to the right path. May Allah reward those who helped and advised me, especially my father, along with those who gave their valuable effort in editing it. May the peak of Jannah be their reward.

Ahmad Musa Jibril

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General proof on prohibiting celebrating the holidays of the Infidels:

A) Celebrating the holidays of the infidels is an innovation. These celebrations are not from within Islam, nor are they conduct of the salaf [6](sahabah). Therefore anything not established in Islam should not be followed, as this will lead to punishments, especially in area of [7]ebaddah.

Every single detail of ones life from birth to grave falls under one of the following categories “munkar (evil), mubaah (permissible), haram (prohibited), mustahabb (encouraged) and waajib (obligatory).

Islam is complete, and we derive our total lifestyle from Islam that Allah has completed for us, we cannot add nor eliminate any teachings from this co,pleted religion as the Prophet (sallah Allahu alayhi Wasalam) said,[8] “nothing of what would bring you closer to the Jannah and further away from the fire but I have clarified for you.”

As we will see not only is celebrating, and contributing by any means to the holidays of the kuffar an innovation to Islam but it is disobeying the explicit sayings forbidding it.

b) Celebrating the holidays of the infidels is an imitation of the kuffar. The prophet [9] (sallah Allahu alayhi Wasalam) in a plenty of ahadith prohibited imitating the infidels, he said “Whomever imitates the kuffar is one of them ”.

c) Muslims must differ in areas of similarities with non-Muslims.

Being different from the infidels is an important principle in Islam. Following the path of those cursed by Allah [10](Subhanahu wa ta’aala) is not part of Islam.

There is a pattern of showing this important principle that one can clearly see through the Koran and sunnah:

1. The changing of the Kiblah from Beit El Makdus to the Kabah was to be different from the Jews who faced the same direction.

2. Ibn Umar (radiya Allahu Anh) said the Prophet (sallah Allahu alayhi Wasalam) said [11] :(Be different than the Jews and Christians and grow your beards and trim your mustaches).

3. Abu Hurairah (radiya Allahu Anh) said the Prophet (sallah Allahu alayhi Wasalam) said,[12]”The Jews and Christians do not [13]dye their hair, therefore be different than them.”

4. Anas Bin Malik (radiya Allahu Anh) said, [14] “when Jewish women used to get their monthly period the Jewish men used to refuse to eat or sleep with them, the companions asked the Prophet (sallah Allahu alayhi Wasalam) about that and Allah revealed [15] ‘They ask thee concerning wome’s courses. Say: they are a hurt and a pollution so keep away from women and do not approach them until they are clean.’ They heard about that and said, ‘There is nothing this man is attempting to leave common amongst us and them’.”

5. Ibn Abbas (radiya Allahu Anhuma) said the Prophet (sallah Allahu alayhi Wasalam) said,[16] “Fast Ashura and be different from the Jews by fasting a day before it or a day after it along with it.”

6. Amro Bin Maymoon said, [17] “I seen Umar in [18]Juma’ and I heard him say the people of jahilyah used to leave this area after sunrise and the Prophet Muhammad (sallah Allahu alayhi Wasalam) wanted to be different and departed this area before sunrise.”

7. Deterring from praying after fajer until sunrise and before Maghrib was also because non-Muslims specialized those times for worship.

This is a mere sample of the tens of orders that the Prophet Muhammad (sallah Allahu alayhi Wasalam) deterred from doing or changed because we had them common with non-Muslims. So just as it was clear to the Jews during the Muhammad (sallah Allahu alayhi Wasalam) in the previously mentioned hadith that his goal was to change everything in common with the non-Muslims, we must realize this important principle of Islam and apply it.

The prophet Muhammad (sallah Allahu alayhi Wasalam) ran a pattern of trying to be different from the Kuffar and we see those ignorant heads with spoiled followers who attempt to run a contradicting pattern of imitating and enjoining them!

However, there are issues of tradition we are similar in, but we do not derive it from them, so there is a difference between innovating practices, traditions, saying and greetings to become similar to the infidels and those traditions that just coincidently continued on.

From showing you some examples of proof, we see clearly that celebrating the holidays of the infidels in any manner is prohibited because it is not from Islam.

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The detailed proof of prohibition from the Quran, Sunnah and unification of scholars are as follows:

From the Quran:

[19]“Those who witness no falsehood and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass by it with dignity.”

Ibn Taymiyyah [20](Rahimahu Allah) narrated a Hadeeth that Muhammad Bin Sireen said [21]“Falsehood” in this verse means the holiday of “Shaneen” where the Christians claim Iesa [22](Alayhi Alsalam) entered [23]Palestine.

Ibn Abbas [24](Radia Allahu anh), [25]Abu Alaieh, Tawoos, Ibn Sireen, Al-Dahak, Al Rabee bin Anas and others all said “falsehood” in this verse means the holidays of the [26]infidels.

“ Who witness no falsehood,” means they do not participate in [27]it.

There were other meanings given by other companions and major scholars regarding “falsehood.” Some said it was a statue, some said it was music, and some even said it meant associating a partner with Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala). All of the above does not contradict the verse referring to the holidays of the infidels. This was the path of the salaf to name a certain detail of a broad meaning of a verse to allow the listener to understand.

Therefore, Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) commanded the believers not to witness falsehood, let alone participate in it. This includes giving greetings, gifts or anything of that nature.

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From the Sunnah:

1. Hadeeth narrated by [28]Thabeit Ibn Al-Dahhaak (radia Allahu anh) said, [29] “At the time of the Messenger of Allah (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam), a man vowed to sacrifice some camels in [30]Bawanah. He came to the Messenger of Allah (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) and said, ‘I have vowed to sacrifice some camels in Bawanah.’ The Prophet of Allah (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) said, ‘were there any idols there that were worshipped during the [31]Jahiliyah?’ He said, ‘No.’ The Prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) said ‘Did they hold any of their holidays there?’ He said, ‘No.’ The Messenger of Allah (sallah Allah Alayhi Wasalam) said: ‘Then fulfill your vow, for there is no fulfillment of any vow which involves disobeying Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala), or with regard to something that the son of Adam does not own.’”

· This clearly shows the prohibition of conducting ceremonies or Islamic gatherings in areas where the Kuffar have used and were known by them to be used for worship and holidays.

· In the Hadeeth the Prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) said, “Then fulfill your vow.” Meaning the only reason he was ordered and ordained to fulfill his vow was because his vow was free from those two aspects: no idols worshipped and no holidays. The Prophet (Sallah Allah Alayhi Wasalam) asked him because had he said yes to any of those two, he would have prohibited him from sacrificing there.

· The Prophet (Sallah Allah Alayhi Wasalam) concluded the Hadeeth by saying, “There is no fulfillment of any vow which involves disobeying Allah.” Meaning that sacrificing an area where the Kuffar used to sacrifice in is prohibited. This is due to the fact that it involves disobeying Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala), otherwise this phrase of the Hadeeth would be meaningless.

· If it were permissible for one to sacrifice in an area where the kuffar held their holidays, then the Prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) would have immediately responded, ordering him to carry out with his [32]vow. It would be meaningless talk of the prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) to ask about those two factors if he was not going to base a prohibition on them.

· When the man came asking about his vow, the prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) would have immediately told him to carry out his vow, but there were restrictions that the Prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) had to ask about.

· If carrying one of the most important matters of [33]worship and obeying Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) is prohibited in these areas because the kuffar had held their celebrations there. What should be said about those that go to the infidel’s celebrations and participate with them? These people who participate with the infidels will be dirtying themselves and not following Islam.

· Note that this was not an ongoing event; the Prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) said ‘Did they hold any of their holidays there?’ in the past.

2. The Hadeeth narrated under the authority of Anas Bin Malik (Radia Allahu Anh) who said, “The Prophet (Sallah Allah Alayhi Wasalam) came to Medina with two days they played in.

The Prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) said, ‘What are these two days?’ They said, ‘These are two days we used to play in, in our Jahiliyah.’ The Prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) said, ‘Allah has replaced them with two better days: Eid Al Adhaa and Eid Al [34]Fitr’.”

It is explicitly clear how the Prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) did not allow them to continue in their play because it was a celebration from before Islam.

He (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) also told them “Allah has replaced them,” meaning you must leave what was replaced and go by that which it was replaced by with.

Also his saying (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam), “better days,” means to take that which is better and was pointed out to us by Islam, instead of what is worse, and has no basis in Islam. Not only are we disobeying the prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam)’s commands by celebrating the non-Muslim Holidays; we are adopting a characteristic of [35]Bany Israel in which Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) told them, [36] “Will ye exchange the better for the worse?”

These two days of celebrations were abandoned and no longer practiced. Had the Prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) not prohibited them in this celebration, they would have continued. It takes a very strong deterrence to change habits that have been in the hearts for a long time. Over the centuries, leaders and kings tried to change habits and traditions of their people unsuccessfully. The determined deterrence of the prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam), with the aid of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala), made him successful.

This Hadeeth is a reply to those who claim that it is permissible to celebrate traditions of the Kuffar as long as it holds no religious significance.

In this Hadeeth the Prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) saw kids playing. When he asked about this, he was told that in the past, they played in Jahiliyah. Note that in no part of the Hadeeth was there any religious significance, nor was there any worshipping attached to this holiday, yet the prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) barred them from it.

We heard of some scholars who excuse some Kuffar holidays like Thanksgiving or New Years as being permissible, because they have no religious significance. This authentic Hadeeth puts a dead end to that.

3. These Sayings of the prophet Muhammad (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) among others all prove that there were celebrations during the time of the Jahiliyah. With the coming of the prophet Muhammad (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam), all that was banned.

Had it not been for the prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam)’s determination and strong deterrence to his companions, they would have continued with these traditions and celebrations, and no one would have left them. If it had not been for the prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam)’s successful attempt of abolishing the smallest traces of their celebrations, they would have continued to celebrate them. What was strongly deterred by the Prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) is considered to be [37]haram.

Some claim that since the Prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) permitted the Kuffar to celebrate their holidays, is a reflection that Muslims are permitted to do the same. This would mean that we can participate in the biggest sin humanity can commit. This false statement can lead to [38]shirk.

4. The Hadeeth narrated under the authority of Aisha [39](Radia Allahu Anha) who said, “Abu Baker entered my house when I had two young girls from the [40]Ansar signing lyrics that were said in the day of [41]Buath. Abu Baker (Radia Allahu Anh) said, ‘in the devils tone do you sing in the Prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam)’s house?’

And it was a day of [42]Eid, so the Prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) said, ‘Oh Abu Baker, for every group is a Eid and this is our [43]Eid’.”

In another narration he said, “Oh Abu Baker for every people is a Eid, and today is our [44]Eid.”

From the above Hadeeth we can conclude that:

The prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam)’s saying, “for every group is a Eid,” means that there are special festivals and holidays for every religion that make them distinct from each other.

· As Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) said, [45] “To each among you we have we prescribed a Law and a clear way.” Just like we do not allow the Kuffar to join us in our religious holidays, or any religious aspect for that matter, we do not join them in theirs. Among other things, we differ from them in our holidays, our Lord, and the direction we face to worship Him.

b. In the Hadeeth, the prophet Muhammad (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) said, “and today is our Eid.” Meaning that our holiday (“Eid”) is confined in this day and we do not have any other festivals or [46]holidays.

The above does not mean that the prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) is limiting our only day of celebration to that one day. He (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) spoke in a general sense and was not giving a specific example. To make this point clearer, imagine yourself explaining prayer to someone that knows nothing about it. You would begin with the basics, and then say: “This is the prayer of the Muslims.” That doesn’t mean you are limiting Muslims’ prayer to this special one; this one is just an example.

In another Hadeeth, the Prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) named the specific days in which Muslims can celebrate. He (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) said, [47] “The day of Arafa, The day of Sacrifice, The day of Muna, are our holidays we the people of Islam, they are days of eating and drinking.”

c. Since the Muslims celebrations do not extend into, and blend with, the holidays of the Kuffar, the prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) allowed the young girls to continue singing. The reason he allowed for this to take place comes from his saying, “for every group is a holiday and this is our holiday.” This reason is specific for the Muslims. Had this reason been for any festival, it would have been meaningless to specify our holiday in particular. Yet he did specify our holiday, meaning that the permissibility is specific to our holidays, and us. This is not general to any holiday.

5. The lands of the Arabian Peninsula had Christians and Jews in them until Umar bin Alkhatab (Radia Allahu Anh) ousted them during the time of his leadership. It was even a known fact that the prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) died with his war shield ke[t as collateral by Jew. There was non-Muslims in every land where Islam spread.

That is an undeniable aspect. Those Jews followed their traditions, and holidays. They ate, drank, and wore new clothes, along with other things during those holidays.

A historic fact that can accept no doubt is that Muslims never enjoined in their holidays. They did not greet them, and they did not make any changes from their daily routines on the Kuffar holidays. Some used to fast, or called on to fasting, during the days of the infidels’ holidays in order to be different from them.

The Prophet (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam)’s order was strict and decisive that we not celebrate with the infidels. Had this not been the case, we would have heard of those who enjoined in their holidays or at least greeted them, as doing so was a tradition they were raised on. Had it not been for an order from Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) and His messenger (sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam), they would have continued with their old ways. The farthest extent some went to during the times of the infidels’ holidays was narrated to us: they used to go merely to watch. Even this, however, Umar Ibn Alkhatab (Radia Allahu Anh) banned them [48]from.

The narration’s that have reached us have been so detailed and specific so as to pass along, over the years, that some of the Salaf used to watch the infidels’ festivals. With this in mind, would you not agree that if they had participated in the celebrations themselves, or at least greeted the Kuffar during their holidays, this would have made the history books?

Umar Ibn Alkhatab (radia Allahu Anh) banned them from “looking” at the festivals of the infidels. What would he have done if he saw Muslims decorating their homes for Christmas, eating Turkey on Thanksgiving day, putting out pumpkins for Halloween, exchanging gifts and greetings on Mothers day, Fathers day, and so on?

6. The Hadeeth narrated by Abu Hurayrah, [49] “We are the last in this world, first on the judgment day. They were given the book before us; we were given the book after them. This is their day that Allah ordered them in, they disputed it but Allah guided us to it; the people are followers for us in it: Jews are tomorrow and Christians are the day after.”

In another Hadeeth the prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) said, [50] “Allah astrayed from the [51]jummah those before us. Jews had Saturday, and Christians Sunday. Then Allah brought us and guided us to Friday. So he made Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They are behind us in the judgement day. We are the last of this people on this earth, and the first who will be judged on the judgement day.”

These, and other hadeeth’s, all emphasize that we have our separate holidays.

Also, note how the prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) divided the days: Friday for us, Saturday for the Jews, and Sunday for the Christians.

That is like saying there are three cars: a Mercedes, Lincoln and a Cadillac. The Mercedes belongs to Mohammad, the Lincoln belongs to Abdullah and the Cadillac belongs to Abd-Alrahman. Each car belongs to an individual alone. No one other than this individual has the right to the car. The same applies to the days and how the prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) divided them out between us.

Commenting on this Hadeeth, Ibn Taymiyyah (Rahimahu Allah) said, [52] “If we celebrate their days then we disobey this Hadeeth. And if this is a weekly celebration, then the same applies to their yearly celebrations with no difference. In fact, if this is a celebration that may be known through Arabic calculations and calendars, then it is even worse for holidays of infidels that are not known except through the calculations of the Romans, Coptic, Pharisees, or Jews.”

Although in this life we are the last of all religions and revelations, we will be the leaders on the Day of Judgement. Our Prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) will be privileged with opening the gates of heaven. This is so because we were given the book after them, we were guided to that which they disputed, and our good actions preceded them. When we beat them to the right path, Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) honored us with being rewarded first.

Islam is a complete religion. It is the way of life. Every detail of our life, we take from it. Among these details is our specialty in our specific holidays. Therefore, to maintain our position as leaders on the Day of Judgement, we must follow that which was prescribed to us by Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) and His messenger (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) by celebrating only those days specified to us.

The prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) emphasized in this Hadeeth that we will be the first to be rewarded on the Day of Judgement because we were guided when the rest went astray. Yet out of all the things the Kuffar went astray in, whether it be major or minor, the Prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) chose to mention that they went astray in their days of holidays. This proves the importance of this topic and that it is a major issue, and not just a minor detail, as some claim.

By joining those who are less in rank than us, we are wasting away the privilege that Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) has granted us. We need this privilege most on the day of Judgement, when the Sun is less than a meter away from us, and each person is drowning in his sweat depending on his actions. So, why waist it away merely to join those lower than us in their holidays?

7. Kuraib, the servant of Ibn Abbas, narrated that, [53] “Ibn Abbas sent me and other companions of the prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) to Um Salamah (Radia Allahu Anha) to ask her: ‘what days did the prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) fast most?’ She said, ‘he fasted Saturday and Sunday, and he used to say, “They are holidays of the infidels and I love to be different from them in them.”

Not only is not enjoining their holidays a major sin, but being different than them is a principle commanded by Islam.

However, it must be noted, that scholars of the past have different point of views on what one must do on the holidays of the kuffar. Some said be different from them by fasting, some said disregard it totally and continue as though it was a normal day, and some went on to differ between Arabic and non-Arabic holidays in this matter. Note, that not a single one of them said it is permissible to celebrate their holidays, enjoin in them, or even greet them.

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1. It was previously mentioned that the Jews, Christians, and their likes were in the Muslim lands, and that they celebrated their holidays there. Not once was it recorded that the Muslims joined them in their celebrations, or even greeted them for their holidays. Had it not been for a strong command from the prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) that we not enjoin them in their holidays, we would have heard many situations in which the prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam)’s companions and their followers did so.

2. Umar (radia Allahu anh), the rest of the sahabah, and their followers from the most famous scholars, united upon a clause Umar (radia Allahu anh) placed with treaties on lands he conquered. This stated that the people of the book, who are under the rule of Muslims, are not permitted to publicly express their celebrations in the lands the Muslims.

If the Muslims agreed that the Kuffar cannot celebrate their own holidays openly in lands under Muslim rule, then how can a Muslim, by any means, do so? Is it not a worse crime if it was a Muslim that was celebrating their holidays?

They were banned from it because it is either a sin or a symbol for them. In any situation, a Muslim is prohibited from committing sins and from contributing to the symbols of the [54]Kuffar.

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From the Sayings of the Salaf:

1. Umar (Radia Allahu Anh) said [55]”Beware of the languages of the non-Arabs, and beware not to enter on the Mushrikeen on their holidays in their places of worship.”

2. Umar (Radia Allahu Anh) said, [56] “Do not learn the languages of the non-Arabs, and do not enter on the Mushrikeen in their churches on their holidays because the curse of Allah falls down upon them.”

3. Umar Ibn Alkhatab (radia Allah anh) said, [57] “Keep away from the enemies of Allah on their holidays.”

4. Abdullah Ibn Umar [58](Radia Allahu Anhuma) said, [59] “whomever builds in the lands of the non-Arabs, and makes their [60]Naiyrooz and festivals and imitates them, until he dies like that, will be stuck in hell fire with them.”

5. Abdullah Ibn Amr (Radia Allahu anh) said, [61] “whomever builds in the lands of non-Arabs and makes their Naiyrooz and festival and imitates them until he dies like that he will be stuck in hell fire with them.”

6. Muhammad Ibn Sireen said, “Ali (radia Allahu anh) was brought a gift for the holiday of Naiyrooz. He said, “What is this?” They said, “Oh leader of the Muslims, this is the day of the Naiyrooz.’ Ali (radia Allahu anh) said, “Make everyday a Fayrooz.”

Abu Usamah, a narrator in the chain of that saying, said that Ali (Radia Allahu Anh) called it Nayrooz, and hated them to call it what the Kuffar called it.

Notice how Ali (radia Allahu anh) changed the name of the holiday, as well as the days of it, so as to be different from the non-Muslims.

Umar (Radia Allahu anh) deterred from talking in their language, and the mere fact of entering their churches on their holidays. Knowing this, how can one do their actions, or that which may be symbolic or part of their religion? Isn’t it worse to be like them in their religion than in their language? Aren’t some of their holiday actions worse than merely entering the church?

And if the curse of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) falls on them on their holidays because of their actions, then whoever enjoins them in their actions or some of their actions receives the same punishment and subjects himself to Allah curse.

Umar (Radia Allah Anh) ordered us to “keep away from enemies of Allah on their holidays.” Is this not an order to keep away from them and meet with them on those days? What about those who intentionally go to the extent of doing some of what they do?

What his son, Abdullah Ibn Umar (Radia Allahu Anhuma), said of those who celebrate the Kuffar holidays shows that he considered them Kuffar themselves, or big sinners.

Ali (Radia Allahu anh) hated the commonality of the name and day, so how would have he reacted if he saw the Muslims nowadays agreeing with them in their actions?

Imam Ahmad, as well as many other known scholars have agreed to the narrations of the companions [62]above.

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1. Festivals of the infidels are part of the belief and path in Islam that Allah said about, [63]”For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies, which they must follow.” These are like facing the [64]Qiblah, praying, and fasting. There is no difference between enjoining them in a holiday of theirs and in any other aspect of their belief. In fact, celebrations are a specialty of the infidels and one of the biggest signs of distinctions between them, and us. Accepting their holidays is an invitation for a curse from Allah.

2. Their celebrations and festivals are abrogated and based on disobedience of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala). To say that we will look at their holidays from the best point of view is like praying to Beit Al-Maqdis in Palestine instead of the Kaa’bah in Makkah.
A Muslim who celebrates or greets the infidels in their holidays has implicitly approved their falsified religion or an innovated aspect of it.

3. If it had been permitted to associate with them in their holidays, even if it was by only greeting them, this would have drastic circumstances. More and more Muslims will do it, and soon enough it will be a habit between Muslims to greet the Kuffar on their holidays! It may even reach the extent that it will be considered a kind of holiday for us, in fact those who live in Kuffar countries can sense that now! It will then compete in the celebrations of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) and even overwhelm it to reach a point where it will kill Islam and give life to kufer. This has already begun to happen between the “westernized” Muslims.

4. Most of the celebrations of the infidels are a decoration from the devil to them. The biggest example of this is Christmas. They themselves, and among themselves, dispute the date of the birth of Issa (Alayhi Alsalam). In fact, all leaders from their sources point to him being born in the summer, not in the winter, as this is the time when they celebrate his birthday! In documentaries, a more realistic Kafer admitted, that Christmas is more of a business holiday than it is a spiritual one. Merchants and businesses take the lead role in making it as popular a holiday as it is today. However, what is sad is Muslims actually fall for this foolishness, and ignorance and approve of it! The rest of their holidays are similar to this one.

This entirely deviant act by Muslims is something that the prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) predicted, [65] “you will follow the path of those before you.”

Following the infidels starts off small, or in a small detail, by a small group of people. The majority do not forbid and crush that evil, so it spreads. The result is a westernized generation with a new spoiled religion that may be referred to as “Westernized Islam,” where you cannot tell a Muslim from a Jew, or Christian. The general trend among “westernized Muslims” now, has become to follow the path of interfaith, which I will present its details in a separate booklet [66]insha’ Allah.

1. The prophet (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam) said, [67] “There are no people who bring about an innovation but Allah takes away a Sunnah like it.”

Islam and Sunnah are food of the soul, if you do not fill it with one kind of food, you will need to fill it with another.

Therefore, it is an established fact that innovation takes the place of the Sunnah like Islam takes the place of kufer. An example of that is looking forward for it, and taking days off from work. If you celebrate the holidays of the infidels, or at least part of them, you will become too tired to celebrate the holidays of Islam. Its anticipation and love will not be the same to you if it was only one holiday to look forward to or to take time off for. Therefore, your soul will lose and be deeply affected.

Can you take two weeks off school, and work for Christmas like you take for Eid and have the same energy and inspiration for both?

Can you buy and give to your loved ones the same way you would have had there been only either Christmas or Eid?

Would you look forward to Christmas or Eid had there only been one of the two? Would you be inspired in those holidays had it only been one? If someone says, “I can handle both,” the answer is “if you commit yourself to one, it will be by all means more fulfilling than if you choose both.”

There is a distinction between one who enjoys, celebrates and focuses his energy to what is halal and one who refuses but to choose the sinful path and the worst of the two.

2. Mixing and mingling with the infidels in it self, is dangerous because people tend to react to each other in a special way when they become close. Mixing during celebrations is even worse than normal, because it can lead those who mix to act in a way in which cannot distinguish between the two except by name.

We have already seen this happen in Bosnia. Most Muslims there were similar to the Croats and Serbs. They were not distinguishable from them by anything other than their names. This is the effect of mixing and mingling with them for such a long time!

We see the same problems here in the United States. The new younger generation that has grown up in the states and was raised in its schools has become a spoiled, “westernized” generation with its mentality. The attitude and thinking is that of the Kuffar, but what may distinguish them from the Kuffar is their name, except some whom Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) was merciful with.

Therefore, mixing with the infidels in their holidays, greetings, or decorating for them, gives the Muslims the cursed characteristics of the Kuffar.

3. Imitating others externally initiates love, and affection internally, just like love internally initiates external imitation of that loved. That’s why it is proven that those with commonalities and similarities have a special bond more than others. If two people from the same homeland meet in a foreign land they will have a special bond and close ties. In fact, those who wear the same or those who work in the same type of jobs have special bonds, ties and emotions that tie them together.

Therefore, if imitation or a common bond in materialistic matters results in love, loyalty and special bond. The matter regarding religious issues makes bonds stronger and increases love and loyalty. Love and loyalty to non-Muslims is against Islam as Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) emphasized in the Quran in hundreds of verses:

[68] “Oh ye who believe take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors. They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them is of them, verily Allah guidith not a people of unjust. Those in whose hearts is a disease-thou seest how eagerly they run about amongst them, saying: ‘we do fear lest a change of fortune bring us a disaster.’ Ah! Perhaps Allah will give thee victory or a decision from him then will they regret of the thoughts which they secretly harbored in their hearts.”

The verses like this in the Quran are plenty: one who loves the Kuffar is not a true believer. Imitating them implies loving them, therefore it is prohibited.

Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) said, [69] “Thou will not find any people who believe in Allah and the last day loving those who oppose Allah and His messenger even though they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred.”

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From what was mentioned it is clear to anyone who has a heart and understanding that it is prohibited to celebrate the holidays of the kuffar. Whether this be by participating with in them in any way, greeting them, mingling with them on their holidays, entering the places where their parties are taking place, or any symbolic move, action or gesture that would appear symbolic or sympathetic for their holiday.

We should not purchase gifts for parents on fathers or mothers day, rather every day of a Muslims life is fathers and mothers days.

We should not celebrate birthdays because those better than us did not do so, and its origin was by the kuffar.

We should not decorate for their holidays as they do on Christmas, nor should we wear like them as they do on Halloween, nor should we eat as they do on Thanksgiving.

We should not eat Turkey and say our intention was otherwise; there are 364 days in the year for you to enjoy your Turkey, to choose that day specifically is symbolically participating in their holidays.

The same applies to those who decorate their homes with Christmas trees or seasonal lights during Christmas season, then claim their intention was otherwise.

If we do not wake up and take a stand, we will wake up one day before a hopeless generation that knows Islam only by its name. This is because celebrating and enjoining in the holidays of the infidels is a cancerous tumor in the core of the Islamic belief that will spread and will not stop until it devastates us and causes us to loose our identity and dignity. Worst of all, it will subject us to the curse and wrath of Allah.

It is not appropriate to find excuses and rationales in order to find a way out merely to satisfy surrounding pressure or to please the west and go along with the flow. It is our only duty in this life to adhere, listen and totally and fully accept the commands that come down to us from Allah and His messenger (Sallah Allahu Alayhi Wasalam). Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) makes this point clear in the Quran. He said, [70] “It is not fitting for a believer man or women when a matter has been decided by Allah and his messenger to have nay option about their decision. If anyone disobeys Allah and his messenger, he indeed is on a clearly wrong path.”

Allah said, [71] “But no by they lord, they can have no real faith, until they make thee judge in all disputes between them. And find in their souls no resistance against they decisions, but accept them with the fullest and total conviction.”

May we be of those who accept Allah and his messenger (sallah Allahu alayhi Wasalam)’s commands totally, happily and willingly and not be like the hypocrites whom Allah humiliated in the Koran, [72]”When it is said to them come to what Allah hath revealed and to the messenger thou seest the hypocrites avert their faces from thee in disgust.”




“Music: What is Evil Looks Good” By: Ahmad Musa Jibril (introduction by student)

“Habibty, please mama, wear this hijab for me for five minutes? Please, just for five minutes?” pleaded the mother. The mother had a sorry look on her face. She seemed overwhelmed by the rebellion in her 8 year old daughter’s eyes. “No! It’s ugly! It does not match my pink pants!” Rasha responded as she crouched back in the corner of the leather sofa. Back and forth, back and forth the bargaining droned on.

Embarrassment appeared on her parents’ faces as I stood there witnessing in silent shock. The little girl refused to wear what seemed to her as just a piece of cloth, up until her baba bribed her to wear it for a measly five minutes. Hearing the words “I will buy you a new toy if you do”, the little girl’s face finally lit up.

She tugged his arm and said in a small voice, “Baba is our visitor riding with us in the car? I wanna show her my new Sami Yusuf CD.”

I visited an old family friend I had not seen in many years. I became sorrowful to find that they too had been affected by the wave of corruption that plagues Muslims in the west today.

As my visit went on, it dawned upon me that the couple had also done something strange in their deen. Five years ago, both were clad in full modest clothing waving the banner of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Today, they live on a mortgage and a conscious effort to make their children blend into the western society. They genuinely believed they were improving and doing the right things.

My afternoon finally ended with a ride to a family dinner. The car speakers blasted a blend of Arabic musical instruments and the words of dhikr, the latest “Islamic” CD that’s hit the shelves. The little 8 year old girl sitting next to me winded about her hips to the music.

At that moment, I realized what was killing this little girl’s heart from loving Allah and His messenger.

Watching her imitate half-naked women she has seen on television while doing dhikr of Allah, it was made clear to me the direction her parents were taking their Islam- the confusing version. The little girl was unsure about her Islam, therefore her rebellion no longer came as a shock to me.

I imagined myself living at the time of the prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and telling the people that there will come a day when all the faire and flair of musical instruments of jahiliyah will be merged with the dhikr of Allah. I imagined the reaction, and realized that we have come to that.

Music. The shaitan, indeed, makes what is good look evil and what is evil look good.

This paper, by Sheikh Ahmad Musa Jibril, takes a look at the impermissibility of listening to Music from the stand point of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. In it you will find proofs and evidences from authentic sources.

Proof from the Qur’an and Sunnah
1st Proof from the Qur’an

” æãä ÇáäÇÓ ãä íÔÊÑí áåæ ÇáÍÏíË áíÖá Úä ÓÈíá Çááå [31:6]
“But there are, among men, those who purchase idle tales, without knowledge (or meaning), to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah and throw ridicule (on the Path): for such there will be a humiliating Penalty.” [31:6]
Ibn Abbas (radhi Allahu anh) said idle tales in this verse “lahu al hadith” is evil and music.

Mujahid (rahimahu Allah) said idle tales in this verse “lahu al hadith” was the drum.

Hassan AlBasri said this verse was revealed about music and musical instruments. Alsady included in this evil talk and musical instruments.

Ibn al Qayyim (rahimahu Allah) said, “The interpretation of the sahabah (companions) and Tabi3een (their followers) of idle tales in this verse “lahu al hadith” is sufficient in that it means music.

Abu Alsahbaa’ said I asked Ibn Masoood about Allah’s verse. He said, “Wallahi the one and only one its music – repeating it three times.” (this is authentic in being attributed to Ibn Masood and Ibn Abbas)

Ibn Umar (radhi Allahu anh) also said it means Music.

Therefore, if you take time to observe around you you will see that music is a path to adultery and fornication. It plants the seed of hypocrisy, the seed of polytheism. When people turn to music, like it and get addicted to it, it becomes the alcohol of the mind. One turns away from the Qur’an more than anything else once their hearts become addicted to music.

Allah says, “..for such there will be a humiliating Penalty .” for those who replaces the Qur’an with idle tales.

2nd Proof from the Qur’an

æÞÇá ÊÚÇáì : { æÇÓÊÝÒÒ ãä ÇÓÊØÚÊ ãäåã ÈÕæÊß æÇÌáÈ Úáíåã ÈÎíáß æÑÌáß æÔÇÑßåã Ýí ÇáÃãæÇá æÇáÃæáÇÏ æÚÏåã æãÇ íÚÏåã ÇáÔíØÇä ÅáÇ ÛÑæÑÇ } ÇáÅÓÑÇÁ : ¡64
“Lead to destruction those whom thou canst among them, with thy (seductive) voice, make assaults on them with thy cavalry and thy infantry; mutually share with them wealth and children; and make promises to them. “But Satan promises them nothing but deceit.” 17:64

Mujahid (rahimahu Allah) said, “..and his voice is music and evil.”

Ibn al Qayyim (rahimahu Allah) said, “everyone who speaks in disobedience to Allah and or user of musical instruments, flute, haram duff, drums is the voice of the shaytan.”

3rd Proof from the Qur’an:

æÞÇá ÊÚÇáì : ” ÃÝãä åÐÇ ÇáÍÏíË ÊÚÌÈæä ¡ æÊÖÍßæä æáÇ ÊÈßæä ¡ æÃäÊã ÓÇãÏæä ” ÇáäÌã 53:59-61
“Do ye then wonder at this recital? And will ye laugh and not weep. Wasting your time in vanities?” 53: 59-61

Ikrimah (rahimahu Allah) said Ibn Abbas said Sumood in the verse mean music; when you say “usmud lana” it means sing to us.

He said they used to when they heard the Qur’an sing, so Allah revealed the verse.
Ibn Katheer (rahimahu Allah) said in his tafseer under this verse, Sufyan Althawry narrated that his father heard Ibn Abbas say “usmud” for us means sing for us.

Proof from the Sunnah
1st Proof from the Sunnah:
The prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) said “There will be in my Ummah those who make it halal (permissible) adultery/fornication, silk, alcohol and musical instruments.”

This hadith shows that music is haram through two avenues:
a. The prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) mentioned that they will make permissible, meaning it is haram/prohibited and they will make it permissible. Note all the examples in the hadith are issues that are haram.
b. The prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) combined the musical instruments with that which is decisively haram like adultery/fornication and alcohol. Had music not been prohibited then it would not have been combined to that which is prohibited.

Had there not been other than this hadith to show music was haram it would have been enough.

Sheikh Al Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahu Allah) said this hadith proves musical instruments to be haram and “ma3azif” (the term in the hadith is a term used for all musical instruments.)

Then, he went on to say of those who play music or listen to it in the name of Islam, “And know that in the first three centuries whether in Arabian Peninsula, Sham, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Iraq, or Khurasan there were none of those who were religious and righteous of worshippers who gather to listen to music whether with a duff, clappings or flute. And, it was done after the first three centuries, when the imams saw this, they refuted it.”

2nd Proof from the Sunnah:
Nafe3 (rahimahu Allah) said Ibn Umar heard a musical instrument so he (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) placed his fingers in his ears and walked away from the area and said, “Nafe3 can u hear anything?” I said, “No!” He took his fingers out of his ears and said, “I was with the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) and he heard like this and did as I did.”
Some claim this hadith is not proof on the prohibition of musical instruments because had it been haram the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) would have plugged his ears and ordered Ibn Umar to do so, and Ibn Umar would have ordered Nafe3 to do that as well.

The reply to that is there is a difference between “sama3” and “istima3” “Sama3” is to unintentionally hear music and “Istima3” is to purposely listen to music or go in a setting where there is music. Here, Ibn Umar and the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) did not purposely listen and neither did did Nafe3.

Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahu Allah) said, “What one does not intend of listening to is not haram as all scholars agree. Therefore, the prohibition or reward is based on whether it’s istima3 or sama3. Someone who purposely listen to Qur’an “istima3” will get reward; yet another who listens accidentally (or not wanting or seeking) does not get reward. The same applies to musical instruments. Listening to it unintentionally and without seeking it will not hurt him.

Ibn Qudamah AlMaqdise (rahimahu Allah) said that Ibn Umar (radhi Allahu anhuma) did not intend to listen since he was just a passer-by and the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) walked away from that street. He (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) would not have came back had he not known the music ended and neither would he have taken his fingers out of his ears. Therefore, it was necessary for Ibn Umar (radhi Allahu anhuma) not to place his fingers in his ears to let the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) know when the music ended.

3rd Proof from the Sunnah:
The prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) walked with Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Awf in between pine trees. The prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) then placed his son Ibrahim on his lap and began to cry. Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Awf said, “Oh prophet of Allah do you cry when you stop us from crying?” He said, “I did not deter you from crying. I deterred you from two evil sinful voices – a voice with musical devilish instruments and a voice at a misery with scraping of the face and shredding of the clothe.”

Saying of the Imams Regarding Music
1. The Madhab of Imam Abu Hanifa:
The Madhab of Imam Abu Hanifa is among the most critical and harshest quotes on music. Imam Abu Hanifa’s students clearly declared musical instruments haram and anyone who listens to it is considered a fasiq whose testimony is not accepted.

Some went on to say that listening to music is fisq (astray) and enjoying it is kufr. They used weak hadith to support that statement.

They also said one must strive not to listen to it if he passes by it or if its near him.

Abu Yusuf, one of Abu Hanifa’s most famous teachers, said, “A house that music is heard from can be raided without permission because ordaining the good and forbidding the evil is fard, and if we require permission for entry in such situation then people would not be able to perform the fard of forbidding the evil.”

2. The Madhab of Imam Malik:
Imam Malik (rahimahu Allah) was asked about those who play the drums and flute and those who enjoy listening to it as one passes by.

He said one must get up and leave unless he is sitting for something extremely urgent or cannot get up. If he hears it in his pathway then he should go back or speed forward.

He said music is something the fusooq (astray) do.

Ibn Abdal Bar (rahimahu Allah) said scholars agree by ijma3 on the issue of riba, that the dowry of the prostitution is taking payment for weeping over the dead, forturne tellers those who claim to know unforeseen and news of the skies, musical instruments, and all wrongful play.

3. The Madhab of Imam Shafi’i:
His students and those truly knowledgeable of his madhab clearly declared music and musical instruments haram and denied that he ever said it was halal.

The author of “Kifayat al Akbar”, who is a Shafi’i scholar, considered musical instruments an evil that needed to be forbidden upon those who hear or see it. He said that a person is not excused if scholars who go with the flow are present (make a fatwa for it) or if they are poor (meaning the Sufis as that was one of their names back then). Because they are ignorant followers of everyone who barks. They never follow the brightness of knowledge but bend to every wind.

4. The Madhab of Imam Ahmad:
Imam Ahmad’s son, Abdullah, asked his father about music. His father said, “It grows hypocrisy within one’s heart and I dislike it.” And, then he said Imam Maliks quote that only fusooq (astray) do it.

Ibn Qudamah, who is considered among the biggest Imam of the Hanbali Madhabs, said, “Musical instruments are haram like guitar, trumpets, flutes, drums and so on. Whoever continues to listen to it, his testimony is rejected.
And then he goes on to say, “If one goes to a wedding with prohibition like alcohol musical instrument and can forbid evil then he must otherwise he should not attend.”

5. Ibn Taymiyyah:
He said, as evident with the four imam’s Madhab, that all musical instruments are haram. As the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) said in AlBukhari that there will be those who make halal musical instruments and that they will be transformed into apes and pigs. He notes that none of the followers of the four imams mentioned a dispute amongst them on this matter.

Ibn Taymiyyah also said musical instruments are alcohol to one’s soul, and it does to one soul more than what alcholol does.

6. More Scholars:
At-Tabary (rahimahu Allah) said the scholars of all countries have made ijama3 that music is hated and must be avoided. He mentioned quotes by Abul Faraj saying that “Alkafal, from our madhab, said ‘that one who listens to music or dances, his testimony cannot be accepted, as we have shown it is not permissible. Therefore, taking salary for it is haram as well.'” AlQasem said, “Music is of evil.”

Alhassan (rahimahu Allah) said if people invite u to a marriage that contains music then their invitation should not be accepted

Scholars on destroying musical instruments:

a. Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahu Allah) said “It is permissible to destroy musical instruments according to most scholars, and it is the mathab of Imam Malik and the selected chosen two among the Hanbalis.”
He also said it was not permissible to manufacture musical instruments.

b. Ibn Shaibah narrated that a man broke a musical instrument for another. They disputed the matter to a judge, and the judge found that the owner of the instrument receives nothing in compensation since it is a haram instrument with no value.

c. AlBahawy (rahimahu Allah) issued a fatwa in declaring all musical instruments haram and that they cannot be sold unless they are destroyed , They cannot be used for musical purpose but would be sold for its value of wood or metal.


Once it has been established from solid proof, like those mentioned above, that musical instruments are haram, anyone who states that a a particular musical instrument is halal must present proof.

Among the exception, and the only one in fact, is the use of a duff (a small hand drum) with no metallic tones on them.

The prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) made an exception to that instrument for ‘Eid and weddings.

It is not correct to claim that since he (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) permitted that, then drums must be halal, or other similar instruments are halal. They had drums then, and scholars named drums specifically among the haram. The scholars even specified the duff (small drum) with metal on its sides to make noise as being haram as well.

A famous hadith used when discussing the issue of music is the one narrated by Aisha (radhi Allahu anh). In this narration, two young girls were chanting with the duff on the day of ‘Eid while the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) had his back turned to them because he was preoccupied. Abu Bakr (radhi Allahu anh) walked in and scolded them for using instruments in the prophet’s house which the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) specifically forbade. The prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) told Abu Bakr to let them be for it was the day of ‘Eid.

We learn from that hadith that the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) heard the duff play, meaning its not haram. Therefore, it is not haram upon men to hear it even though it was known that men never played it.

Misconceptions from those who think music is halal:
1. They claim all the hadith on music are weak.
The reply is that they are all strong ahadeeth. Some ahadeeth are in the 2nd most authentic book after the Qur’an such as Sahih Bukhari. Although some ahadeeth are weak, there are more solid authentic hadith that prohibits music. We mentioned a few in this paper.

The scholars of the past have all united on the fact that the hadeeth on musical instruments are authentic, with the exception of Abu Hamed Alghazaly, who was not known to be a scholar of hadith, and Ibn Hazm.
Ibn Hazm said, “Had he known the hadith to be authentic he would consider music haram, we have no solid proof that it is authentic.”

2. Some say music is not haram for itself but only haram if combined to setting where there is alcohol or other issues that are haram. The belief that it must be combined to an additional matter is wrong. With this argument, we could also say fornication is not haram unless one drinks alcohol and listens to music at the same time since all of these actions are also included in the hadith. Meaning, why would fornication be haram in itself when it is combined in prohibition of musical instruments and alcohol?”

Also, there are verses in the Qur’an where Allah says, “He never believed in Allah and never encouraged to pay to the poor.” If we were to agree with their rationale, then according to their rule we would also argue that “Not believing in Allah is not haram unless you do not pay the poor.”

It is simply ridiculous to make such claims.

3. Some say music and musical instruments are not idle tales (lahu alhadith) as mentioned in the verse, or the verse is not clear on it being music.

The Qur’an is not for you and I to guess its meaning. The Qur’an is clear in meaning through the prophet Muhammad’s (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) explanation, as well as how his companions lived it.

This method of understanding is so important, especially with regards to matters such as music and other vices, that when the sahabah say “this is meant by this in the Qur’an or this is the ruling on this”, it has “hukm alrafa3”. Meaning, the ruling of what they have declared is as though the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) said it. This is because they would not give commands or prohibitions without knowing or hearing it from the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam).
Allah commanded us in the Qur’an “and a praise to those who follow them righteously” 9:100. Hence, if we do not follow them righteously, we are not worthy of the praise. We can only follow them righteously by following their interpretation of Islam, the Qur’an in particular.

Music was the interpretation of the sahabah. On it, Ibn Masood gave an oath three times. Scholars followed and agreed with what he said.

4. Some use the authentic hadith we mentioned where two girls were chanting warrior lyrics with a duff on the ‘Eid while the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) listened as proof music is halal.

The reply to this is that the two young girls had not reached puberty yet. Likewise, Aisha herself was very young. Ibn Al Qayyim (rahimahu Allah) stated that we do not know of Aisha’s sayings except that she hated music and degraded it. In fact, she taught her nephew AlQasim bin Muhammad the hatred of music as he was her student and who had expressed many quotes against it.

On the same note, this event was on the day of ‘Eid and using the duff only (small drum). Therefore, it is tolerable if one uses only the duff and on the ‘Eid or wedding. To add that these circumstances carry over to other circumstances, one must always provide proof.

5. Some of those addicted to music go on to say the sahabah and tabe3een listened to music. The reply to this is what Imam Muslim said in his introduction quoting Ibn Abdal Bar, “The chain of a narration is part of Islam, without it, people would have said what they want, when they want.”

This statement is a challenge to bring solid authentic proof for every claim. If the proof is not available on the issue, then the claim must not be valid.

In conclusion, people who were with the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) are the most knowledgeable people in Islam. Around them the Qur’an was revealed, and unto them it was recited first. They are the purest of the pure in the Arabic language. We do not leave their knowledge for the knowledge of people who come seven centuries later, or even fourteen centuries later. This applies to matters in Islam including Music.

Here in this paper, a story has been narrated. It is brief yet equivalent to what happens when matters of the deen are compromised. I have brought forth proof from the Qur’an, from the Sunnah, and from the scholars. I have also brought forth arguments from the other side, as well as what scholars in the past have said about musical instruments, those who listen and those who play and make them.

May Allah increase us in our strength to obey Him. Ameen.





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1 – Teaching Children Tawheed

Imam Shamsuddeen Muhammad bin Ahmad bin Uthmaan ad-Dhahabi (d.748 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said:

‘It is upon the parents to teach their children, the young ones, first things first; that what is obligatory to be kept away from, and what is necessary to carry out, and his belief.  So the father should study with, and remind his son with the matter of Tawheed and that Allaah is the Lord of the worlds. He is the Creator of things, the One who provides for the living, and that Muhammad is His Prophet and that Islam is his religion so that the child is familiar with these matters and he instils this in his nature.

When the child is able to distinguish, he is taught the Wudu and the prayer, and he is warned against…

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An Inspirational True Story & a Resolution

Subhaana Allah may Allah make us one of the to die in sujood yarabb


flower bismAn Inspirational true story happened to a Qur’aan teacher in Egypt & narrated by her colleague to her students.

A Qur’aan teacher always advised her students to live by this aayah:

وَعَجِلْتُ إِلَيْكَ رَبِّ لِتَرْضَى

“and I hastened to You, O my Lord, that You might be pleased.”
[soorah TaaHaa, v:84]

She told them, “This aayah is what moves me. When I hear the Adhaan and I’m in occupied and the middle of something, I remind myself of this aayah and so I get up to pray.”

“When my alarm goes off at 2:00 am (Tahajjud) and I want to go back to sleep I remember: “and I hastened to You, O my Lord, that You might be pleased” and so I get up.

Her husband had the following arrangement with her: on his way home from work he would call her so she will get the food hot &…

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