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Islam / THE MUSLIM'S BELIEF
« on: April 26, 2005, 09:15:27 AM »
assalam,

mal,bamalli allah ya saka da alheri.

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General Board / Are Nigerian Muslims Doing the Right Thing?
« on: April 06, 2005, 11:16:19 AM »
assalam,

Muslim has to be very careful abt this arrangement...bcos there must be something fishy abt obasanjo's deniel of audience.

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General Board / Islam the only solution to this final century.
« on: March 29, 2005, 11:58:46 AM »
Quote from: "mallamt"
SAAHIB 92, does not seem to get the point what is being said here is you do your own, i do my own a zauna lafiya.  Believe and accept that the christians truth is as contained in the bible, the jews truth is as contained in the torah, the muslim truth is as contained in the quran.  Truth becomes very subjective when seen or discussed from a religious background, that is why we go a step further and talk about conviction and faith in religion.  So you just do your own i do my own in peace, let the one not impose his on the other, that is were the source of conflict lies



nagode mallamt

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General Board / Re: No one knows God
« on: March 24, 2005, 01:22:11 PM »
Quote from: "Dave_McEwan_Hill"
It is very arrogant to believe that you and those close to you know all the truth and everybody else is wrong. I believe that God has sent prophets among us from time to time to renew our belief in God and not to create divisions among those who believe in God. Adherents of all the world's major religions have been guilty of this arrogance which makes them want to destroy the religious beliefs of other peoples.
No one of us can hope to understand God and no one of us knows God. But God will judge us all by the way we treat all other people. As Mallamt says let everyone be guided by their own religion and leave other people to do the same.
Let me say also that those who want power in Nigeria and those who want to enrich themselves at Nigerias's expense will be happy to see the people spending all their energies arguing about religion and paying no attention to the nefarious deeds of the master thieves.
There is a forum for Islam provided on Kano Online. Should this sort of discussion not be going on there and leave this forum for politics and current affairs and other interesting topical issues.


Your response was very common phenomena among ppl who reject truth,and refuse  or hide truth inside their chest.....YOUR WORD ARROGANCE REPRESENT WHAT???


AM SORRY as u ve said 'no one of u can hope to understand god......???


when things are clear they do'nt need any argument, because reveallation and facts has clear all doubtful mind understand.this is a universal message that no one ,absolutely no one can  encode it.further more i reserverd the right to post what ever i wish provided it contain no vulgar or abuse.is a forum ain't it. if u ve doubt abt my post why dont u reply with evidence, proofs and exemplery teaching of  ur belief.

As for me, ISLAM IS THE UNIVERSAL AND FINAL MESSAGE

We believe that the Shari'ah of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is the religion of Islam, which Allah has chosen for His servants. He does not accept any other religion from anyone, for He, the Exalted, said: "Surely, the true religion in Allah's sight is Islam" (3:19), "Today I have perfected your religion for you and I have completed My favor upon you, and I have chosen Islam to be your religion" (5:3), and "Whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from Him, and in the Hereafter he will be among the losers" (3:85).

It is our opinion that whoever claims that any religion other than Islam is acceptable, such as Judaism, Christianity and so forth, is a non believer. He should be asked to repent.

It is also our opinion that whoever rejects the universal message of Muhammad, peace be upon him, rejects the message of all messengers, even if he claims that he believes and follows His Messenger. Allah, the Exalted, said: "Noah's people rejected the Messengers" (26:105). Thus, Allah considered them as rejecting all of the messengers despite the fact that there was no messenger before Noah. This is also clear from the following verses: "Those who disbelieve in Allah and His Messengers, and wish to make division between Allah and His Messengers, and say: 'We believe in some and disbelieve in others,' wishing to take a midway course. Those indeed are the unbelievers, and We have prepared for the unbelievers a humiliating punishment"(4:150-51).

MAY ALLAH GUIDE US.

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Islam / Are you ready to die now?
« on: March 24, 2005, 12:36:10 PM »
Quote from: "precious"
But  the question is -whether you are man or woman,single or married,rich or poor,literate or illiterate,happy or not,are you ready to die now?At this very moment?Are yoou sure of your deeds,the good deeds?
I dont believe you have to be married to go to Aljannah.I also agree it is better to be married before one dies but then look at the way marriages are turning out now in this day and age?Would you really say all these married people still engaged in zina(both men and women),still neglecting their marital duties in one way or the other are better off?.Look at it this way wouldnt it be better to be single and do all the wrong stuff than be married and do it while it carries twice as much burden than when single?Mind you im not saying that being single is an excuse for sinning.Just trying to put a point across.
So.You ready to die now?


ka fahimce ni kuwa????

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General Board / The assault on democracy by House members.
« on: March 21, 2005, 12:42:30 PM »
.......ALLAH YA SAWAKE  issues like this re not suprisin in nigeria.because those call leaders or elders re nothin......but another affliction of tsunami this time around to nigeria.ALLAH YA kawo mana sauyi mai anfani.[/b]

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Islam / Are you ready to die now?
« on: March 21, 2005, 12:02:32 PM »
precious,

as malbash ve said is better.....than not.OBJECTION YOUR HONOUR to some is better to remain single till the end of an era.......EXPERIENCE is a GOOD teacher.some women may lead by the brain,while some might lead you and controll you by the heart.it was ONLY few are GOOD MEN when it comes to dealin with ABOKIYAR ZAMA.

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General Board / wedding competitions in arewa
« on: March 21, 2005, 11:46:47 AM »
Quote from: "precious"
Please,please,please Hafsy touch him.
We like hearing of peoples experiences,especially when it has to do with 'woman'. :D


precious,

ok let her touch me.....i will reveal their good secret and ignore their darkest side.u know what ??they always like to operate behind the mask.ita ma ai tana da abin fade.....ka tambayi kaza hanyar rafi? tozon kure yana cikinsa.

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General Board / who re' the disblievers ?
« on: March 19, 2005, 12:59:38 PM »
Quote from: "mlbash"
MAL. SAAHIB. MAY ALLAH REWARD YOU AND BLESS YOU, AMEEN.


assalam,

malbash u n i n d rest of those who re' visitin this site, may allah involved them in ur prayer.

4 those who had believe on somethin n go astray may ALLAH open their heart to embrace ISLAM n understand its teachin in good faith.

maassalam

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General Board / wedding competitions in arewa
« on: March 19, 2005, 12:43:18 PM »
Quote from: "Hafsy_Lady"
THIS IS JUST FOR KITKAT

KITKAT! KITKAT! (na kira ka sau nawa? Ina tambayanka, sau nawa na kira ka? :twisted: ) If man is able to bring 10 boxes & a little extra to acquire him a bride, wetin bi di wahala?  If he can afford it, is there a problem? I have never seen or heard a bride who truly loves her man & that she won?t wed him unless 10 silly boxes are present.
So some demand a little extra & that is only 1 in a few.  And I have never seen or witnessed where parents of good religious background, iyayen kirki, masu sanin mutunci, wanda sukasan ya kamata & knowing their daughters husby is so not financially able, sunyi demanding 10 boxes or a bigger house (only the so silly families) instead, for a briefy, a niece dad gave her groom big house, two cars including the new BRIDE to start him off, a young boy who just finished his masters. Now with 2 kids those couples r up & living it up. Sannan ka bude baki kana cewa wani 10 boxes ku ana daura muku wahala. Ana daura muku wahala indeed! A?a ka manta gaba da wahala. Sai aka ce muku getting a bride is a catch 22 ko?
Do you even have any idea how it feels to leave the house where you started your first steps, a mother to hug for comfort or a daddy to look up to, siblings to share joy & pain,  fita yan yawace yawace tare da kawaye. A'a ku ake daura ma burdern. Or is that a camouflage of stingy men?  :P Ai ba dole sai duk a hakura. (Who go loose? Ku kuke son mata a gidanjenku ai) (Mata are the key element and the only foundations of builging each and every male their matrimonial backgrounds to a good living) Abi you wan challege?  Don kun kawo 10 boxes se mene? Allah sarki!

To bani kunnuwanka, ka kuma zauna ka natsu, in bayyanamaka. Bari na fahintar da kai tsaninin 10 samsonites  da abun da 10 suitcases can never repay.

10 boxes = in return a beautiful, respected bride mai mutunci, ilimi da addinin, idan kuma za a kawo ta gidanka, da cefanenta take zuwa. Ku kawai yar sadakinnnan dai da akwatinnan ne kawai naku. Idan kuma kuna MITA ne akan sadaki, bamu mukaceba ALLAH YACE kubiya. We are not market commodities, where you can buy, sell or throw away. Zaku biya, ku dauka, ku ijiye mu kuma biyan mu shine gina muku rayuwa mai kyau. Abi you never hear say wani hanyar arzikinshi shine matarsa ba? Apart from that sai kuma dan expenses/bills na biki after that shikenan. Saboda haka dun wahalan da dawainiya mu mukeyi. Kwarai da gaske! Mangyadannan, manjanan dan buhun siga, buhun shinkafa, vermicilla spagetti/macaroni, Washing liquid, kai har soson wanka, electronic gadgets ranging from for cookeries zuwa na entertaintment TV, Video, DVD, Hoover etc sai kuma furnitures gado, dining table, carpet, curtains. All you do is provide naked house, we furnish & decorate everything I CAN VENT ON AN ON :evil:  Na cigaba?

10 boxes = she will cook, clean, take care of you, she will be your backbone, she will be the one you will come home for comfort when the days job is stressing, she will make you laugh & smile, itace abokiyar shawara abokiyar gina rayuwarka.

10 boxes = Zata haifa maka yara masu albarka, she will feed & train them, Wai tsaya kama zan wahalan hauhuwa talkless of latching. Yes I know where most of you base your arguments on. You bring home the food, a roof over our head, & warmth to cover up. Sai kuma akace muku muma ba iyawa mukai ba. Ku bamu yaddar yin aiki kuga abun mamaki! Ina ganin albashina sai yayi multiplying na maigidan dari bisa dari. Am talking from experience here wo! Yarana biyu. Nasan rayuwa da wahalarta.

10 boxes = zai iya lalacewa, 10 boxes can depricate in value, it can equally get lost. The stuffs inside them ranging from cloth to shoes to lingerie?s duk ego fit finish, plus with fashion changing everyday, it can loose vagueness but ba?a yayin mata, season dinta baya taba wucewa kuma she doesnt depreciate in value, she is there for you by your side till death take its toil:evil: Amman ka wani bude baki kace wai yanzu ana daura muku wahala. Wake up! It?s the other way round. As for me, 10000 samsonite, Luis Vuitto, Prada, Gucci suitcases will never compensate me for a bride for I am worth more than 10 suitcases and everything in it. My husband & I wedded na tsakani da Allah & for his sake alone.

So for the time being maganan auren jikokinmu nawa da na kitkat which was finalised, I hereby call for its destruction, if your grandson no go fit bring 10 boxes (prefarably more) my beautiful grand daughter wont marry your  NOT SO FINE grand son!

So what are you saying? So make man carry GHANA MUST GO go donate in return for her hand abi na 10 Naira for bride price? Make wuna try that one see wonders :roll: .

assalam,

madam barka da warhaka, amma kitkat kai ne ka kira ruwa ita kuwa hafsy sai ta wanke ka da shi, ita kuma ruwan sai ya tafi da ita. because one may simply characterise the type and the taste that madam hafsy stay on.may be she forgot the wise saying.....bawan damina tajirin rani.....kuma inda yaro ya tsinci wuri nan ya kanfi saurin tunawa. mace mai mutunci da istiqama gami da ilmin addini itace mafi falalar dukkan mata. but can you pls recall the actuall dowry of a decent muslimah who obtained all the afore mention criterion? the criteria that re' difficult to find among hausa ladies, or women.......hafsy pls be object na san  mata da son kai,kin taba tambayar kanki.....WHY MARRIEGES RE' BREAKING UP BEFORE WEEDING CAKES ARE DIGESTED??? Mai da wukar ...if  u dare touches me i will reveal my experience about women. although,not all are the same to be fair.

maassalam

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General Board / who re' the disblievers ?
« on: March 18, 2005, 05:53:19 PM »
assalamu alaikum.



  The Noble Qur'an Al-'Imraan 3:85
''And whoever seeks a religion other than Isl?m, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers''.

Anyone who disbelieves in the complete truthfulness of The Qur'an or even one single ayat (verse) from the Qur'an, is a disbeliever and is not a brother or sister to the muslims.  

Often as Muslims, we do not fully understand verses, but that is not the same as disbelief.  If, however, we deny the truth of what is plain, or claim disbelief or corruption in any ayat of the Qur'an, we are calling the Words of Allah, swt, a lie and are in disbelief, thereby nullifying our Islam, i.e. becoming disbelievers.


The Noble Qur'an Al-Maa'idah 5:86
But those who disbelieved and belied Our Ay?t (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), they shall be the dwellers of the (Hell) Fire.

The Noble Qur'an Al-'Imraan 3:85
And whoever seeks a religion other than Isl?m, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.


In addition, Ibn Taimiyah said, "[The following is] a disbeliever: Whoever believes that churches are the houses of Allaah in which He is worshipped or who thinks that what the Jews and Christians do are valid acts of worship of Allaah and obedience to Him and His Messenger, or loves or approves of what they do, or aids them in having such places and establishing their religion, and he does so thinking that is a way of getting closer to Allaah or worshipping Allaah." He also stated, "If someone believes that visiting the Jews and the Christians in their places of worship is an act that brings him closer to Allaah, then he is an apostate."

[/b]ARE CHRISTIANS OUR BROTHERS ?

The misguided believe that because Christians believe in God, that they are believers and hence the brothers of Muslims.  Yes, they are believers... in something... but not in Islamic Monotheism.  When the Qur'an refers to the believers, it means believers in tawheed (Islamic monotheism), specifically the belief in "La ilaha ilAllah, Muhammad ar-Rasool-Allah".

To be a muslim, one must testify "La ilaha ilAllah, Muhammad ar-Rasool-Allah". While Christians claim to believe in one God alone, at the same time, they also worship Jesus as God's god-like child.  Doing so nullifies an individual's confession of "La ilaha ilAllah, Muhammad ar-Rasool-Allah".  The act of worship in both its major and minor forms, should be reserved for Allah, swt, alone.

If a Muslim abandons his salah, he nullifies his Islam and becomes a kaffir (disbeliever). Surely the non-Muslims, who obviously don't even make salah, are already kuffaar (disbelievers, plural of kaffir).  

Please note that abandonment is not necessarily the same as neglecting a single salah.  For example, if a husband walks outside his house, he has not necessarily abandoned his family; he may have just been going to the store and has intentions of returning.  A Muslim who neglects to do salah is in kufr (the state of disbelief) until returning to salah, and neglecting it to the point of abandonment makes him a kaffir. Allahu Alim as to when the sin changes from that of neglect to complete abandonment. Keep in mind: you do not want to die in a state of kufr, so fear Allah, swt, and be faithful in your salah.  


Hadith - Related by Ahmad, Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, anNasa'i and Ibn Majah
Buraidah reported that the Prophet  said, "The pact between us and them is prayer. Whoever abandons it is a disbeliever."

The Noble Qur'an 5:17
Surely, in disbelief are they who say that All?h is the Messiah, son of Maryam (Mary). Say (O Muhammad ): "Who then has the least power against All?h, if He were to destroy the Messiah, son of Maryam (Mary), his mother, and all those who are on the earth together?" And to All?h belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them. He creates what He wills. And All?h is Able to do all things.

The Noble Qur'an 5:73
Surely, disbelievers are those who said: "All?h is the third of the three (in a Trinity)." But there is no il?h (god) (none who has the right to be worshipped) but One Il?h (God -All?h). And if they cease not from what they say, verily, a painful torment will befall the disbelievers among them.


They remain as people of the Book since a Book was revealed to their respective Prophets. Whoever says he is a believer in their Books, even in their altered forms, is from the People of the Book.  Any Christian or Jew who dissociates himself from his respective Book and denies it, cannot be considered as being from the People of the Book.

On the other hand, Allah, the All-Wise and All-Just, legislated certain guidelines that define certain relationships between the Muslims and the People of the Book.  Amongst such relations, is marriage to the 'afeefah (chaste) women of them, eating their lawfully slaughtered meat, etc. Such distinctions do not make them true believers in Allah.

Shaykh-ul-Islaam ibn Taymeeyah commented on the following aayaat (verse, proof from the Qur'an):


The Noble Qur'an 98:1
Those who disbelieve from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and among Al-Mushrik?n, were not going to leave (their disbelief) until there came to them clear evidence.

The Noble Qur'an 3:20
So if they dispute with you (Muhammad ) say: "I have submitted myself to All?h (in Isl?m), and (so have) those who follow me." And say to those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and to those who are illiterates (Arab pagans): "Do you (also) submit yourselves (to All?h in Isl?m)?" If they do, they are rightly guided; but if they turn away, your duty is only to convey the Message; and All?h is All-Seer of (His) slaves.

He said, "And other aayaat like those above address those who exist [i.e.from the Jews, Christians, and mushrikeen].  The Scripture that is referred to is the Book in their hands in which alterations and abrogations were carried out, and does not refer to those who held to the Scriptures before they were altered and abrogated, because they were not kuffaar then. Also, they were not [the ones being addressed] by the Qur'aan as "you People of the Book," because they died before the Qur'aan was revealed.  So, all those who believe in the existing Books [altered and abrogated], are from the "People of the Book," and they are kuffaar because they hold to altered and abrogated Books, and they are, like all other kuffaar, in Hell forever, although Allah, the Exalted, commanded that they pay jizyah* and made it permissible to eat their food and marry their women." Wannan duk halak ne (allah ya sanar she mu ilmi mai amfani .allah ya sa muna bisa hanyarsa madaidaiciya. ma'assalam
 Quoted in Majmoo' Al-Fataawaa, vol. 35, pp. 227-228.

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General Board / Islam the only solution to this final century.
« on: March 18, 2005, 05:21:46 PM »
mydudu,

assalam. exactly i heard too that prophet alaihi salat wassalam will not passed more than 2000 yrs the saat will happen.....but to butter this mas'alah with cogent points and scholars view....lets put heads together and reserch.insha'allah zan tambayi masana abin da suka gaya mana muma sa mu sanar.....allah shine masani.


but for our cristian brothers they re' absolutely in disbelieve and they had lies,and disobey the prophet (isa alaihi ssalam)infact they re not his people and we muslims are more to ISA than cristians.see my next post.....who are  the disblievers
ma'assalam[/b]

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General Board / Islam the only solution to this final century.
« on: March 16, 2005, 02:48:04 PM »
Assalam my brothers,
 
May Allah be pleased with us all especially the people behind this platform for enbling muslims as well as non muslims to learn more about Allah, His Prophet and His Deen.
In this fatal moment of fitnah and confusion it is only Allah's fadl(grace) that He keeps us firm in His path of Islam.
Today we find that Islam has been mainly reduced to a mere religion of actions , i quote our beloved Prophet's tradition where he said that there will come a time only when names of Islam will remain i.e there will be several ahmeds and mohammeds and omars but very few actually live according to the Islamic way ,taqwa which is integral to it and which the worldly lifestyle is exactly opposite to it.
Our Prophet(PBUH) said there will come a time for my umma when they will be attacked from all corners of the world.The sahabas(RA) asked him wether this umma will be smalll in number ,the Prophet (PBUH) replies no they will plenty in number but will be like dirt flowing in the river. He continues and says they will have a major disease called "wahn" which means love for duniya(world and her ways) and hatred to death.
We all know how the Prohet(pbuh) and sahabas (rA) have lived. Then how did this transition take place,where did we go wrong. It may not be wise to put the blame on the non muslims as Allah says we are the best of ummats who are to correct others.But sadly we are getting corrupted by these cursed ways of non islamic concepts .
Islam is not a mere religion of traditions where one prays 5 times,fasting,and other rituals. Rituals are there in every religion ,then what is the difference that marks Islam and other religions. All the people in the world except the atheists have no problem in saying God is one,then again where does a muslim stand.
How did our beloved Prophet(pbuh) bring about this gigantic change in the behaivour of other wise rude and beastly bedoins. Today there are so many instituion spreading Islam in several ways (May Allah be pleased with All) and yet we cannot see any situation that may lead to this golden era.
One must indeed go back to the roots of the early Islam and make a clear study of how religion was taught by the Prophet(pbuh) and subsequent sahabas(RA).
".. and those who strive in Us we shall certainly guide through several ways.."
All Praise be to Allah ,
I humbly request your opinions and futher discussions,
ma'assalam

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Islam / islamic ruling on celebrating valentines day.
« on: March 08, 2005, 10:51:09 AM »
xank u very much , malbash i do all this bcos of few minded people like whose re' ready to share their knowledge wiz others xnanks .maassalam

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Islam / islamic ruling on celebrating valentines day.
« on: March 03, 2005, 11:44:12 AM »
assalam,



Allaah has chosen for us Islam as our religion and He will not accept any other religion from anyone, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

?And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers [Aal ?Imraan 3:85]

And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us that groups of his ummah would follow the enemies of Allaah in some of their rituals and customs, as it says in the hadeeth of Abu Sa?eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him), who narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ?You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you, span by span, cubit by cubit, until even if they were to enter a lizard?s hole, you would follow them.? We said, ?O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and Christians?? He said, ?Who else?!?

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari in al-I?tisaam bi?l-Kitaab wa?l-Sunnah, Baab Qawl al-Nabi (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) La tattabi?unna Sanan man kaana qablakum, 8/151; and by Muslim in Kitaab al-?Ilm, Baab Ittibaa? Sanan al-Yahood wa?l-Nasaara, 4/2054)

What the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) spoke of has indeed come to pass and has become widespread in recent times, in many of the Muslim countries. Many of the Muslims follow the enemies of Allaah 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 kuffaar 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 daa?iyahs to explain the rulings of sharee?ah concerning that, out of sincerity towards Allaah, 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 (?aqeedah) with which Allaah has blessed them.

This is a brief discussion of the origins, development and purpose of this holiday, and what the Muslim should do with regard to it.

The story of the Festival of Love (Valentine?s Day)

The Festival of Love was one of the festivals of the pagan Romans, when paganism was the prevalent religion of the Romans more than seventeen centuries ago. In the pagan Roman concept, it was an expression of ?spiritual love?.

There were myths associated with this pagan festival of the Romans, which persisted with their Christian heirs. Among the most famous of these myths was the Roman belief that Romulus, the founder of Rome, was suckled one day by a she-wolf, which gave him strength and wisdom.

The Romans used to celebrate this event in mid-February each year with a big festival. One of the rituals of this festival was the sacrifice of a dog and a goat. Two strong and muscular youths would daub the blood of the dog and goat onto their bodies, then they would wash the blood away with milk. After that there would be a great parade, with these two youths at its head, which would go about the streets. The two youths would have pieces of leather with which they would hit everyone who crossed their path. The Roman women would welcome these blows, because they believed that they could prevent or cure infertility.
Among the most important symbols of this holiday:

1 ? Expressing joy and happiness on this occasion, as on their other major festivals.

2 ? Exchanging red roses, which are an expression of love, the ?spiritual love? of the pagans or the ?love? of the Christians. Hence it is known to them as the Feast of Lovers.

3 ? The sending of greetings cards. On some of these cards are pictures of ?Cupid?, who appears as a child with two wings, carrying a bow and arrows. This was the god of love of the pagan Romans ? exalted be Allaah far above their fabrications and their association of others with Him.

4 ? Exchange of words of love and desire in the greetings cards which they send to one another, in verse, prose and short phrases. Some of the cards contain comical pictures and funny words, and they often contain the phrase ?be my Valentine?. This represents the Christian concept of this festival after it was taken from the pagan concept.

5 ? In many western countries, parties are held during the day and in the evening, where there is mixing of men and women, and dancing. Many of them send gifts such as roses and boxes of chocolates to their wives, friends and those whom they love.

Anyone who looks at what is said above about the myths surrounding this pagan festival will clearly understand the following:

Firstly: That its origins lie in the pagan beliefs of the Romans, where it was an expression of the spiritual love of the idols which they used to worship instead of Allaah. Whoever celebrates it is celebrating an occasion of shirk on which the idols are venerated. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

?Verily, whosoever sets up partners (in worship) with Allaah, then Allaah has forbidden Paradise to him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers) there are no helpers?[al-Maa?idah 5:72]

Secondly: That the development of this festival among the Romans was connected to myths and legends which no sound mind can accept, let alone the mind of the Muslim who believes in Allaah and His Messengers (peace be upon them). Can anyone of sound mind believe that a she-wolf suckled the founder of the city of Rome and gave him strength and wisdom. Moreover, these myths go against the belief (?aqeedah) of the Muslim because the One Who bestows strength and wisdom is the Creator, may He be glorified and exalted, not the milk of a she-wolf! The same applies to the myth that their idols could protect them from evil or keep wolves away from their flocks.

Thirdly: Among the ugly rituals of the Romans on this day was the sacrifice of a dog and a goat, the daubing of their blood onto two youths then washing the blood off with milk, etc? This is something that would cause revulsion in anyone of a sound nature, and it is unacceptable to the sound mind.

Fourthly: The connection between Saint Valentine and this festival has been questioned by many sources, and it considered to be far from definite. It would have been better for the Christians to reject this pagan festival in which they imitated the pagans. So how about us Muslims, who are commanded to be different from the Christians and the pagans before them?

Fifthly: this festival was denounced by the Christian clergy in Italy, the bastion of Catholicism, because it was spreading bad attitudes and having an adverse effect on the minds of young men and women. So it is better for the Muslims to reject it, warn others against it and to fulfil their duty towards it of enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil.

Someone may ask: why do we Muslims not celebrate this festival?

This question may be answered in several ways:

1. In Islam, the festivals are clearly defined and well established, and no additions or subtractions may be accepted. They are an essential part of our worship and there is no room for ijtihaad or personal opinion. They have been prescribed for us by Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

?Festivals are part of the laws, clear way and religious ceremonies of which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

?To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way[al-Maa?idah 5:48]

?For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies which they must follow?[al-Hajj 22:67]

like the qiblah (direction faced in prayer), prayer and fasting. So there is no difference between joining them in their festival and joining them in their other rituals. Agreeing with the whole festival is agreeing with kufr. Agreeing with some of their minor issues is the same as agreeing with them in some of the branches of kufr. Festivals are the most distinctive things by which religions are told apart, so whoever celebrates their festivals is agreeing with the most distinctive rituals of kufr. Undoubtedly going along with them in their festivals may in some cases lead to kufr. Dabbling in these things, at the very least, is a sin. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) referred to the fact that every nation has its own festivals when he said: ?Every nation has its own Eid and this is our Eid? (al-Bukhaari , 952, Muslim, 1892).? (al-Iqtidaa?, 1/471-472)

Because Valentine?s Day goes back to Roman times, not Islamic times, this means that it is something which belongs exclusively to the Christians, not to Islam, and the Muslims have no share and no part in it. If every nation has its own festivals, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said ? ?Every nation has its Eid? (narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim) ? 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.

2. Celebrating Valentine?s Day means resembling or imitating the pagan Romans, then the Christian People of the Book in their imitation of the Romans in something that was not a part of their religion. If it is not allowed to imitate the Christians in things that really are part of their religion ? but not part of our religion ? then how about things which they have innovated in their religion in imitation of idol-worshippers?!

Imitating the kuffaar in general ?whether they are idol-worshippers or People of the Book ? is haraam, whether that imitation is of their worship ? which is the most serious form ? or of their customs and behaviour. This is indicated by the Qur?aan, Sunnah and ijmaa? (scholarly consensus):

(i) From the Qur?aan: Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

?And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment?[Aal ?Imraan 3:105]

(ii) From the Sunnah: the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

?Whoever imitates a people is one of them.? (narrated by Ahmad, 2/50; Abu Dawood, 4021)

Shaykh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah) said: ?This hadeeth at the very least indicates that it is haraam to imitate them, although the apparent meaning implies that the one who imitates them is a kaafir, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): ?And if any amongst you takes them (as Awliyaa? [friends and helpers]), then surely, he is one of them? [al-Maa?idah 5:51].? (al-Iqtidaa?, 2/722-725)

(iii) With regard to ijmaa?, Ibn Taymiyan narrated that there was agreement that it is haraam to imitate the kuffaar in their festivals at the time of the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them), and Ibn al-Qayyim narrated that there was scholarly consensus on this point. (See al-Iqtidaa?, 1/454; Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah, 2/722-725)

Allaah has forbidden imitation of the kuffaar; He has described it as hateful and has warned against the consequences of that, in many aayahs, on many occasions, and in various ways, especially imitation of the kuffaar. 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?aan refer to the Jews and hypocrites (munaafiqeen), then the People of the Book in general and the mushrikeen. Allaah tells us in the Qur?aan that imitating and obeying the kuffaar may constitute riddah (apostasy). Allaah also forbids following them, obeying them, or following their whims and desires and bad characteristics.

Prohibition of imitating the kuffaar is one of the basic principles of sharee?ah. Allaah sent His Messenger with guidance and the true religion so that it might prevail over all other religions, and Allaah has perfected His religion for mankind:

?This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion?[al-Maa?idah 5:3 ? interpretation of the meaning].

Allaah has made Islam cover all (human) interests at all times and in all places and for all people. So there is no need to adopt the ways of the kuffaar or imitate them.Among the most important symbols of this holiday:

1 ? Expressing joy and happiness on this occasion, as on their other major festivals.

2 ? Exchanging red roses, which are an expression of love, the ?spiritual love? of the pagans or the ?love? of the Christians. Hence it is known to them as the Feast of Lovers.

3 ? The sending of greetings cards. On some of these cards are pictures of ?Cupid?, who appears as a child with two wings, carrying a bow and arrows. This was the god of love of the pagan Romans ? exalted be Allaah far above their fabrications and their association of others with Him.

4 ? Exchange of words of love and desire in the greetings cards which they send to one another, in verse, prose and short phrases. Some of the cards contain comical pictures and funny words, and they often contain the phrase ?be my Valentine?. This represents the Christian concept of this festival after it was taken from the pagan concept.

5 ? In many western countries, parties are held during the day and in the evening, where there is mixing of men and women, and dancing. Many of them send gifts such as roses and boxes of chocolates to their wives, friends and those whom they love.

Anyone who looks at what is said above about the myths surrounding this pagan festival will clearly understand the following:

Firstly: That its origins lie in the pagan beliefs of the Romans, where it was an expression of the spiritual love of the idols which they used to worship instead of Allaah. Whoever celebrates it is celebrating an occasion of shirk on which the idols are venerated. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

?Verily, whosoever sets up partners (in worship) with Allaah, then Allaah has forbidden Paradise to him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers) there are no helpers?[al-Maa?idah 5:72]

Secondly: That the development of this festival among the Romans was connected to myths and legends which no sound mind can accept, let alone the mind of the Muslim who believes in Allaah and His Messengers (peace be upon them). Can anyone of sound mind believe that a she-wolf suckled the founder of the city of Rome and gave him strength and wisdom. Moreover, these myths go against the belief (?aqeedah) of the Muslim because the One Who bestows strength and wisdom is the Creator, may He be glorified and exalted, not the milk of a she-wolf! The same applies to the myth that their idols could protect them from evil or keep wolves away from their flocks.

Thirdly: Among the ugly rituals of the Romans on this day was the sacrifice of a dog and a goat, the daubing of their blood onto two youths then washing the blood off with milk, etc? This is something that would cause revulsion in anyone of a sound nature, and it is unacceptable to the sound mind.

Fourthly: The connection between Saint Valentine and this festival has been questioned by many sources, and it considered to be far from definite. It would have been better for the Christians to reject this pagan festival in which they imitated the pagans. So how about us Muslims, who are commanded to be different from the Christians and the pagans before them?

Fifthly: this festival was denounced by the Christian clergy in Italy, the bastion of Catholicism, because it was spreading bad attitudes and having an adverse effect on the minds of young men and women. So it is better for the Muslims to reject it, warn others against it and to fulfil their duty towards it of enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil.

Someone may ask: why do we Muslims not celebrate this festival?

This question may be answered in several ways:

1. In Islam, the festivals are clearly defined and well established, and no additions or subtractions may be accepted. They are an essential part of our worship and there is no room for ijtihaad or personal opinion. They have been prescribed for us by Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

?Festivals are part of the laws, clear way and religious ceremonies of which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

?To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way[al-Maa?idah 5:48]

?For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies which they must follow?[al-Hajj 22:67]

like the qiblah (direction faced in prayer), prayer and fasting. So there is no difference between joining them in their festival and joining them in their other rituals. Agreeing with the whole festival is agreeing with kufr. Agreeing with some of their minor issues is the same as agreeing with them in some of the branches of kufr. Festivals are the most distinctive things by which religions are told apart, so whoever celebrates their festivals is agreeing with the most distinctive rituals of kufr. Undoubtedly going along with them in their festivals may in some cases lead to kufr. Dabbling in these things, at the very least, is a sin. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) referred to the fact that every nation has its own festivals when he said: ?Every nation has its own Eid and this is our Eid? (al-Bukhaari , 952, Muslim, 1892).? (al-Iqtidaa?, 1/471-472)

Because Valentine?s Day goes back to Roman times, not Islamic times, this means that it is something which belongs exclusively to the Christians, not to Islam, and the Muslims have no share and no part in it. If every nation has its own festivals, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said ? ?Every nation has its Eid? (narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim) ? 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.

2. Celebrating Valentine?s Day means resembling or imitating the pagan Romans, then the Christian People of the Book in their imitation of the Romans in something that was not a part of their religion. If it is not allowed to imitate the Christians in things that really are part of their religion ? but not part of our religion ? then how about things which they have innovated in their religion in imitation of idol-worshippers?!

Imitating the kuffaar in general ?whether they are idol-worshippers or People of the Book ? is haraam, whether that imitation is of their worship ? which is the most serious form ? or of their customs and behaviour. This is indicated by the Qur?aan, Sunnah and ijmaa? (scholarly consensus):

(i) From the Qur?aan: Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

?And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment?[Aal ?Imraan 3:105]

(ii) From the Sunnah: the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

?Whoever imitates a people is one of them.? (narrated by Ahmad, 2/50; Abu Dawood, 4021)

Shaykh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah) said: ?This hadeeth at the very least indicates that it is haraam to imitate them, although the apparent meaning implies that the one who imitates them is a kaafir, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): ?And if any amongst you takes them (as Awliyaa? [friends and helpers]), then surely, he is one of them? [al-Maa?idah 5:51].? (al-Iqtidaa?, 2/722-725)

(iii) With regard to ijmaa?, Ibn Taymiyan narrated that there was agreement that it is haraam to imitate the kuffaar in their festivals at the time of the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them), and Ibn al-Qayyim narrated that there was scholarly consensus on this point. (See al-Iqtidaa?, 1/454; Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah, 2/722-725)

Allaah has forbidden imitation of the kuffaar; He has described it as hateful and has warned against the consequences of that, in many aayahs, on many occasions, and in various ways, especially imitation of the kuffaar. 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?aan refer to the Jews and hypocrites (munaafiqeen), then the People of the Book in general and the mushrikeen. Allaah tells us in the Qur?aan that imitating and obeying the kuffaar may constitute riddah (apostasy). Allaah also forbids following them, obeying them, or following their whims and desires and bad characteristics.

Prohibition of imitating the kuffaar is one of the basic principles of sharee?ah. Allaah sent His Messenger with guidance and the true religion so that it might prevail over all other religions, and Allaah has perfected His religion for mankind:

?This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion?[al-Maa?idah 5:3 ? interpretation of the meaning].

Allaah has made Islam cover all (human) interests at all times and in all places and for all people. So there is no need to adopt the ways of the kuffaar or imitate them.

allahumma arshidna.

ma'assalam,
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