Is Maulood a Bid’ah?
- Category: Bid'ah
Hadhrat Abu Uthmaan Al-Khairi (rahmatullah alayh) said: “When a person makes the Sunnah his Haakim (Ruler), Hikmah (wisdom) emanates from him. When he makes the nafs his haakim, bid’ah emanates from him.”
Hikmah in this context refers to such wisdom which Allah Ta’ala inspires into the heart of the Mu’min, and Sunnah here means the entire Shariah of Islam, not only to the issues pertaining to Fiqah. Complete subservience to the Shariah generates Hikmah in the Mu’min’s heart.
This inspirational wisdom should not be confused with dubious nafsaani diplomacy designed to conceal the Haqq – a trait which has become a salient feature of the Ulama of this era. Concealment of the Haqq and silence in the face of baatil are nowadays described as ‘hikmah’ when in reality such nafsaani ‘hikmah’ is bid’ah.
When the Muslim is ruled by his nafs, his actions become bid’ah. He innovates practices which shaitaan adorns for him with the colours of the Deen. Every act innovated in conflict with the Sunnah or which effects a change in the Sunnah is bid’ah which is among the worst sins. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily, Allah deprives every man of bid’ah from Taubah.”
Since bid’ah is committed with the understanding that it is a Deeni act – an act of ibaadat, the bid’ati (the person of bid’ah) does not gain the taufeeq to make taubah (to repent). Every act innovated with a Deeni hue is mardood (accursed and rejected).
Bid’ah is among the most effective snares of shaitaan.
Source: Awake 2011
By Maulana Yunus Patel (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh)
Whilst taking a walk through Mitchell Park one morning, after Fajr, breathing in the fresh morning air, we found the pathway covered with flowers, having fallen off the trees.
I mentioned to my friends : ‘At one time these flowers were on the trees. They were admired. People enjoyed and appreciated their fragrance, inhaling and saying, ‘How beautiful…, ‘ ‘How sweet…’ ‘How charming…’ However, when the slight breeze touched those flowers, they left the branches of the trees. They fell onto the ground. Then we found those same people, who once admired and enjoyed those pretty flowers, trample over them as they took their walks. Those pretty, colourful and fragrant flowers became a carpet on the ground and were crushed underfoot – as if those visitors were squashing the hearts of those flowers. After some time, the garden service swept those flowers away and they were thrown into some bin. Thereafter, the bin bags were disposed of at some dump.’
I Then Presented this as an Analogy to My Friends
Once upon a time, Muslims were like those flowers on the trees. The fragrance of their Imaan and Islam, of their beautiful character and charming etiquette, were admired and appreciated by all. Their pleasant character and speech, their honesty, sincerity and service to mankind, emitted such beautiful fragrances which even non-Muslims benefited from.
The beautiful colours of their Ibaadah – be it Salaah, Zakaah, business transactions, social interaction were the means of not only people changing their faith, but also changing their culture and language, as we find in the time of the Sahaba-e-Kiraam (Radiallahu Anhum). They traveled far and wide and had an undeniable influence on different nations.
When they were flowers on the tree, people inhaled their ‘fragrance’ and accepted Islam.
When the breeze of temptation and sin blew, then as we find today, many Muslims have left the tree; they separated themselves from the strong, sturdy trunk of correct Aqaa`id and they lost the attachment they had to the branches of Ibaadaat (worship). They adopted the Western culture, and in turn, they lost their fragrance and they lost their colours as they withered away.
Having fallen onto the ground, the Muslim Ummah, globally, is literally being ‘crushed’ underfoot by the Kuffaar.
In whichever direction we turn, we find a picture to grieve over: So many amongst our precious youth cannot even be identified as the blossoming flowers of the Ummah. They have preferred to mix with sand and mud and in so doing, have lost their fragrance and colour. The Hollywood/Bollywood culture, with all its immorality and sins, is that sand and mud – more exactly, it is quicksand, which readily swallows our young Muslim sons and daughters.
And then we have the picture of the burdensome yoke of injustice, oppression and suppression. The lives of Muslims have become so cheap that hundreds, if not thousands are ‘swept’ into mass graves, where genocide has become a play and past time for many enemies of Islam. We have the destruction of Muslim homes, the deliberate killing of Muslim children, the rape of Muslim women, the theft of Muslim land – Oppression compounded.
When we turn away from this sad, heart wrenching sight, we see another picture to cry over: Many, many Muslims, in positions of authority and rule, are like puppets and their strings are pulled by non-Muslim governments. Some are treated like animals - they are “broken in”, or trained to listen and obey – as we find with some Muslim Governments, and there is no gain in return.
This is our reality. …From where to where, and from what to what.
…But there is no despairing if only we to return to Allah Ta’ala’s obedience and the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam). All that is required is to plant the seeds of Taqwa and those beautiful, fragrant, colourful flowers will bloom and blossom once more.
ISLÂHUL -MUÂSHARAT (CORRECTION OF SOCIAL ETIQUETTES)
1.) Women should not go to the house of the deceased, unless they are close family members. They should rather recite some Quran and convey the rewards to the deceased. Later on, they can go to the house to console the bereaved.
2.) When a woman goes to the house for condolence, she should ensure that she wears the dullest of outer cloaks. A loose-fitting simple unadorned burqah over the cloak will be most appropriate.
3.) It is totally prohibited for men to see the face of a ghair-mahram (strange) female; as well as for women to look at the face of strange men. It is forbidden for members of one sex to view the face of their neighbour, cousin, brother/sister-in-law of the opposite sex, spouses nephews/nieces, etc.
4.) Many men sit outside the house and discuss worldly matters. This is the time of remembering death and preparation for the hereafter. All should engage in dhikr, tilawat or keep quiet. Worse is when people discuss worldly matters at the graveyard. This can cause great hurt to close members of the deceased, as it shows that one is completely insensitive. It is also against etiquette to chat on the mobile or answer text messages at the graveyard.
5.) Those living nearby should not partake of meals. Remember that it is not permissible to utilize the items of the deceased person, as these are now the property of his heirs, more-so when the heirs are not mature. Only if food is arranged by others, and not from the estate will it be permissible to partake of the meals.
6.) Nowadays it has become customary for people to serve khîr/ badâm milk at janâzah homes. This is a baseless custom.
7.) At funeral homes, it is noticed that the table containing Yâsin booklets as well as the individual Qurân paras are strewn about. At times, keys, tasbîhs and even boards are placed on them. This is total disrespect.
A few etiquettes regarding ta’ziyat are as follows:
1.) Ta’ziyat consists of two acts: To console the bereaved and to send reward for the deceased. Everything else is baseless.
2.) When going for ta’ziyat, do not enquire about the details of the deceased’s illness and circumstances of his death.
3.) When going for ta’ziyat, console the family members. Do not do or say anything to increase their sorrow. Nowadays, instead of comforting the relatives of the deceased, people increase their grief by joining them in crying and wailing. On arrival, they sit down to cry. This is actually causing difficulty to others and not ta’ziyat. They utter statements such as, “I am grieved to hear the news. You must be shattered. His death is a great loss,” etc. This applies more to women. Their statements on such occasions are poisonous. They are harmful to one’s health and religion as well.
4.) When consoling the bereaved, say statements such as, “Whatever has happened has happened by the will of Allâh Ta’aala. Act in the interests and benefit of the deceased. Recite the Qurân Sharîf, perform nafl and make dhikr so that the reward reaches the deceased. Supplicate for forgiveness on behalf of the deceased. Have hope that he is entering Jannah where the comfort is greater. After a time we too shall depart and will meet up with the deceased.”
5.) The practice of visitors coming from far off, fixing of the seventh day, tenth day and forty day customs are all baseless.
6.) Ta’ziyat is permissible up to three days for those living in the same town. After three days, they should not go. The aim of ta’ziyat is to console, not to revive the grief and sorrow. As for those who are not nearby residents, ta’ziyat is permissible after three days as well.
7.) It is not correct for males to directly console non-mahram females and vice versa. Completely prohibited is the practice of hugging non mahrams in the name of consoling.