“THE ONE WHO ADDS TO THE NUMBERS OF A PEOPLE IS COUNTED AS AMONG THEM”

Adding to the Numbers

‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was once invited to a
waleemah. As he reached the function, from the outside he
heard some impermissible activity taking place. He immediately
turned around and went back. When he was asked the reason for
his return, he replied that he heard Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam) saying,
من كثر سواد قوم فهو منهم ، ومن رضي عمل قوم كان شريكا في عملهم
“The one who adds to the numbers of a people is counted as among
them, and the one who is pleased with the wrong of a people will be
regarded as a partner in their actions.” (Ithaaful Khiyaratil Maharah
#3297)

If all types of haraam activities are taking place somewhere and
we too are there, though just “passively” and are not “actively”
taking part in the evils, we have still added to the numbers.
Perhaps one thousand people attended the function where
dancing and intermingling took place, music was played and the
way of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was trampled; but our
presence added to the glory of that haraam function.
Imagine if the décor, music, dancing and everything else was
arranged and set up but no one attended. The hosts will be left
completely disappointed. They spent so much, but no one came.
Therefore, it is the people that make up the function, and every
person counts.

Mulla ‘Ali Qari (rahimahullah) summarizes this in his
statement,
عدم الحضور عند مجلس فيه المحظور

“It is not permissible for a person to be in a gathering where there is
haraam taking place.” (Mirqaatul Mafaateeh, vol. 4, pg. 239)

We thus need to seriously ponder and reflect upon the direction
in which we are moving. One aspect is not to “actively”
participate. This is not good enough. Rather, we must excuse
ourselves from such haraam functions as well.
Allah Ta‘ala forbid, it should not happen that the wrath of
Allah Ta‘ala, which is raining upon such haraam functions, rains
upon our hearts as well because of us being present. Can anyone
claim that they felt a boost in their imaani spirit upon returning
home from such a function, or was their imaan really dented?

Avoiding Divine Wrath – Ml ILyas Patel