Integrate, NOT Assimilate!

This was narrated by Qari Ismail Samni (Allah fill his grave with noor), Bolton.brit

“Shaykh AbulHassan Nadwi (Allah have mercy upon him) visited the UK and a programme was held for Ulama. At the start of the talk, Shaykh mentioned a dream in which he saw the blessed and glorious vision of the Final Messenger, the Seal of the Prophets ﷺ. In the dream, the Prophet ﷺ mentioned that he had his eyes on the Muslims of England (mere nazar England walo par hein).

 

On hearing this, the Ulama present were delighted and overjoyed. After which Shaykh stated, ‘There is no need to be so happy! Let me explain… if a mother has two children, one is playing in the garden and the second is playing near the fire. Which child does the mother have her eye on? Obviously, the one near the fire. Similarly, the interpretation of the dream is the Prophet ﷺ has his eyes fixated on the people of England because your Imaan is at risk. You may ask how? The Muslims of Makkah and Madinah will not sell their Imaan, because they are surrounded by Muslims and they are living in a Muslim country. At the most, they will commit sins. Same for the people of Pakistan, they will not sell their Imaan. As for the Muslims for India, they live in a Hindu country but totally oppose the actions of the Hindus. They dress differently, worship differently and keep Masjids and Hindu Temples separate.

What I have seen in the UK, especially in the young generation, step by step and inch by inch they follow the non-Muslims in every way; in their dress; in their food; their hairstyles; and their whole lifestyle. You are surrounded by non-Muslims, it is very easy to sell your Imaan living in the West.'”

Mawlana then continued his bayan.

 

It is December, the time of the year we see festive decorations and lights all around the country. Christmas is coming soon… Living in a non-Muslim country, how should we participate in this Christian festival? Are we allowed to attend Christmas parties? Should we let our children partake in Santa’s Grotto? When they attend school they want to play a part in the nativity play, is this Halal? Further, on Christmas day should we exchange gifts with our families and our Christian neighbours? Can we prepare a turkey dinner on Christmas day and enjoy it with the family? I won’t answer all these questions, but it is food for thought, further to the dream I mentioned in the start.

 

I will, however, like to touch on an issue increasing in the UK, having a turkey dinner on Christmas day. It is forbidden for a Muslim to prepare a turkey dinner on Christmas because this is an imitation of non-Muslims. It is confirmed in an authentic narration that “whoever imitates a people is one of them.”

 

Saying that the family gathers on this day and this is not with the purpose of imitating the non-Muslims but due to the fact that this day is a (bank) holiday, then this does not make it permissible for you to do this, because, in essence, you are imitating them. Gathering on this day could be on any other kind of food, why then have specifically a turkey dinner? Is this not imitating them even in the kind of food they eat?

The prohibition of resembling the non-Muslims is not restricted to inward actions [beliefs, actions of the heart] and intentions, but also to outward actions. It is for this reason that the Prophet ﷺ prohibited us from performing the prayer at sunset and sunrise, and he ﷺ said that it rises between two horns of the devil and the polytheist prostate to it at this time, despite the fact that a Muslim prays to Allah and not to the horns of the devil. However, the Prophet ﷺ forbade us from performing the prayer at that time regardless of our intention.

The Prophet ﷺ also used to differ from the people of the book even in the way they combed their hair.

Indeed, there are many narrations of the Prophet ﷺ about differing from the people of the Book in regard to both words and actions.

Therefore, we advise you to fear Allah and not imitate the polytheists and act in conformity with them in their festivals and traditions which are peculiar to them.

One should explain to the family, that it is permissible for the family to gather on that day because it is a holiday but without making this day as a festival and imitating the non-Muslims in their eating traditions and the like. It should be a family gathering like all other gatherings throughout the year [without any special food, settings or decorations].

Ismail Ibn Nazir Satia (One who is in dire need of Allah’s forgiveness, mercy and pleasure)

29 Rabiul Awwal 1440

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Double Standards

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

By Mawlana Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Allah have mercy on him)
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The Sole Treatment for all Evils
Cast a glance at those countries where the work of inviting to Allāh ta‛ālā, spirituality, true Allāh-worship and purification of the self has stopped for some time. And at the number of ‛ulamā’ (who pave the way for a connection between humans and Allāh ta‛ālā, and who direct them towards their internal rectification) which has dropped so much either because of the influence of Western civilization, being in close proximity to the West or for other reasons. In those countries you will find a vacuum – a terrifying and lengthy vacuum – which can neither be filled by extensive and in-depth knowledge, intelligence and sharpness of mind, literary skills, a deep bond with Arabic language and literature, genealogical relations, nor freedom and autonomy. This is a spiritual and moral dilemma for which there is no solution.
The upper classes and the masses have succumbed to a universal materialism, blind love for wealth, and other social and moral illnesses. The educated people and intellectuals (whether religious education and culture o r materialist) are all trapped in spiritual ailments such as the love for position and authority, jealousy and miserliness, pride and egotism, the desire for popularity, hypocrisy and flattery, and an awe for matter and power.
As for social and political movements they have been ruined by selfishness, an absence of training and weakness of their leaders.
As for institutes and organizations, mutual differences, a lack of perceiving their responsibilities, desire for the world, and a love for increase in salaries have rendered them useless. They have confined themselves to doing these things only.
As for the  ‛ulam ā ’ , externalism, superficiality, paying lipservice, unnecessary and pointless fear for poverty, desire for comforts and enjoyment have ruined their respect and dignity.
The treatment for all this can be found in nothing but that prophetic purification which is mentioned in the  Qur’ān , which is the objective of commissioning Rasūlullāh s allallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam, and in that rabbānīyyat which is required of the ‛ulamā’.  تنك امبو بتكلا نوملعت متنك امب يننبر اونوك نكلو نوسردت م
Become the men of Allāh as you used to teach the Book and just as you yourself used to study it.
I am not stressing any particular form of tazkiyah as is common nowadays, and which in the latter days is referred to as tasawwuf. I do not consider all the flag bearers of tasawwuf to be completely free from every erroneous way and misunderstanding, nor do I consider them to be sinless. However, what I can say is that it most essential for the vacuum which has crept into our lives and our society be filled as quickly as possible. For this, it is necessary for tazkiyah, ihsān and spiritual jurisprudence to be revived just as our predecessors had revived it in their respective times. All this has to be on the system of prophet-hood, in the light of the Qur’ān and Sunnah. This work is vital in every era and every place where Muslims are living. It is most crucial because this vacuum is a major serious vacuum, and it has far-reaching consequences on our individual and collective lives.
I would like to quote an Arab poet who speaks about those who criticize those who fulfilled this responsibility in their respective eras and rendered this service.  مكيبلأ ابأ لا مهيلع اولقأ– اودس يلذا نكالما اودس وأ موللا نم
May you be bereft of a father! Either stop denigrating them or fill the vacuum which they filled.
Too many criticisms have been levelled against these servants of Allāh. The question is if there is anyone to take their place who would treat the pain?

مفکر اسلام & شاہ فیصل

مفکر اسلام حضرت مولانا سید ابوالحسن علی ندوی علیہ الرحمہ شاہ فیصل سے ملاقات کیلئے جب ان کے محل تشریف لے گئے، تو محل کی خوبصورتی، اس کی سجاوٹ اور اس کی آرائش و زیبائش دیکھ کر شاہ فیصل سے یوں گویا ہوئے:
میں سوچ رہا ہوں اور مجھے یاد آرہا ہے کہ ہمارے ہندوستان میں بھی ایک بادشاہ
گذرا ہے، اس کی سلطنت آج کے پورے ہندوستان اور پاکستان پر نہیں بلکہ نیپال،
سری لنکا اور افغانستان تک پھیلی ہوئی تھی، اس نے 52 سال اتنی بڑی سلطنت پر
حکومت کی، مگر اقتدار کے 52 سالوں میں سے 20 سال گھوڑے کی پیٹھ پر گذارے، اس
کے دور میں مسلمان آزاد تھے، خوشحال تھے، ان کیلئے ہر قسم کی آسانیاں تھیں
لیکن بادشاہ کا حال یہ تھا کہ وہ پیوند لگے کپڑے پہنتا تھا، قرآن مجید کی
کتابت کر کے اور ٹوپیاں سی کر اپنا خرچ چلاتا تھا، خزانے کو ﷲ کی اور اس کی
مخلوق کی امانت سمجھتا تھا، وہ خود روکھی سوکھی کھاتا، مگر دوسروں کیلئے لنگر
چلاتاتھا، وہ خود تنگ دست تھا مگر دوسروں کیلئے موتی لٹاتا تھا، وہ فقیر تھا
مگر دل کھول کر غریبوں کی مدد کرتا تھا۔
عیاشی کے تمام سامان اس کے ایک اشارے پر فراہم ہو سکتے تھے،
مگر وہ آخرت کو
یاد کرکے روتا تھا۔ راتوں کو پروردگار کے حضور میں کھڑا رہتا تھا، اور اپنی
کوتاہیوں پر رو رو کر معافی مانگتا تھا، اپنے دربار میں وہ بادشاہ تھا، لیکن
اﷲ کے دربار میں فقیر بن کر کھڑا رہتا، اور آنسوؤں کا نذرانہ پیش کرتا، اس وقت
مسلم حکمراں غریب اور سادہ تھے، مگر عوام خوشحال اور آسودہ تھے۔
آج آپ کا یہ محل دیکھا تو خیال آیا کہ سب کچھ کتنا بدل گیا ہے، آج ہمارے
بادشاہ خوشحال ہیں اور عوام غریب و محتاج۔ بادشاہ شاندار محلوں میں رہتے ہیں،
مگر رعایا کو جھونپڑی بھی میسر نہیں۔ پہلے کے بادشاہ پوری قوم کیلئے درد مند
تھے مگر اب بادشاہوں کو کسی کا کوئی خیال ہی نہیں۔ اپنی عیاشی میں مست ہیں۔
فلسطین کے عربوں کو دیکھئیے کہ کیا حال کر دیا ہے ان کا یہودیوں اور نصرانیوں
نے، فلسطین میں مسلمان بے گھر ہیں، کشمیر میں ان کا لہو ارزاں ہے، وسط ایشیاء
میں وہ اسلام کی شناخت سے محروم ہیں۔ آج میں نے آپ کے محل میں قدم رکھا تو
اسلام کی پوری تاریخ میری نظر میں گھوم گئی اور پہلے کے اور اب کے بادشاہوں کے
تقابل میں کھوگیا۔جب مولانا خاموش ہوئے تو شاہ فیصل کا چہرہ آنسوؤں سے تر ہوچکا تھا، اب ان کی
باری تھی لیکن وہ زار و قطار رو رہے تھے، رونے کی آواز سن کر محافظ دوڑتے ہوئے
آئے، تو شاہ فیصل نے ہاتھ کے اشارے سے باہر جانے کیلئے کہا اور مولانا سے
مخاطب ہوکر بولے:
وہ بادشاہ اس لئے تھے کہ انہیں آپ کے جیسے بے باک اور مومنانہ شان رکھنے والے
ناصح میسر تھے۔ آپ تشریف لاتے رہیں تاکہ ہم کمزوروں کو نصیحت ملتی رہے۔
نوٹ : آپ سب کو یاد دلادوں وہ بادشاہ حضرت اورنگزیب عالمگیر رحمت اللہ علیہ ہے

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