Sadly, a Haraam Eid Shopping Festival took place in Johannesburg during the weekend. The following ‘Da’wat’ (invite) was proudly displayed on their website:
The 7th annual EID SHOPPING FESTIVAL (ESF), is set to take place in Johannesburg and Cape Town this year. The leading high profile lifestyle cultural festival is increasingly growing bigger and better than before and is expecting over 80 000 visitors over the 4 day period in both cities. Make sure to join in this one of a kind shopping extravaganza
By now, Muslims who have some Imaani conscious will understand that this event was Haraam. The reason for it being Haraam is that since it is garbed in an Islamic ‘name’, Muslims were called, invited, welcomed, and encouraged to attend this festival in which many sins were committed but not regarded as sins due to this whole event been garbed in an Islamic name. At the same time, many Muslim women were also present at this Haraam festival.
Insha Allah, we will now explain why this and all other similar type of festivals, functions, Souks, ‘Halaal’ food expos and pre-Ramadhaan/Eid fetes/fairs which have become a common event in many towns across Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumulanga and other provinces that we are aware of, are un-Islamic and Haraam.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said once to Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam): “O Jibraeel! Which land is evil?’ Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) said: ‘I do not know. I shall ask my Rabb Azza Wa Jal.’ Then Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) departed and after some time returned and said: ‘O Muhammad! Verily, you had asked me: ‘Which land is evil?’ I had said that I do not know. I have asked my Rabb Azza Wa Jal: ‘Which land is evil?’ He said: “The souksof the land.” (Musnad Ahmad)
Hadhrat Salmaan (radhiyallahu anhu), narrating a Hadith of Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) said: “If you can, never be the first to enter the souk nor be the last one to leave it, for verily, the souk is the battleground of shaitaan. There he plants his flag.” (Muslim)
Whilst it is permissible to go to a Souk (shop, market etc.) to purchase daily items of necessities, it should be borne in mind, in the light of the above Ahaadith, that one should spend the least amount of time in doing so, due to there being a host of sins and open violation of the Laws of Allah Ta’ala which are common at the Souks of today.
The above Ahaadith and explanation are in the context of general Souks. The matter intensifies when these ‘evil lands’ and ‘battlegrounds of Shaitaan’ (i.e. the Souks) are beautified, fragranced, camouflaged and dressed with Sacred Islamic Words such as Ramadhaan, Eid and Halaal.
Each of the mentioned Islamic Words is a word which is found in the Qur’aan Majeed. However, we as Muslims have erroneous utilized the same pure words of the Qur’aan Majeed and shrouded our events of sin, intermingling of sexes, merrymaking, fashion parade, abaaya shopping, eating, merry grounds, photography, videoing and live broadcasting.
Almost every Muslim participant in any of the above shopping festivals under Islamic banners will be involved in almost all of the abovementioned things. However, Muslims won’t even consider them to be un-Islamic since they are made to believe and are brainwashed that everything is ‘Islamic’ since the event has an Islamic name.
Nowadays, Souks which are camouflaged in Islamic names have become frequent events which are organized in different parts of the country during or prior to different months. Hence Muslims have made an event for every occasion, a Souk for every Ramadhan and Eid.
Minus the abovementioned sins in which Muslims will involve themselves with, these events make Muslims unmindful of Allah Ta’ala and come directly under the scope of this Aayat of the Qur’aan Majeed:
“The life in this world is nothing but play and amusement (such as Souks, Halaal Expos, Ramadhaan fairs, fashion extravaganzas and Eid shopping festivals.)”
Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh, respected Mufti Saheb
JazaakAllah for the advice in the previous email. InSha Allah I'll follow Mufti Saheb's advice, بإذن الله , please make Duaa.
1) With regards to islaah and tasawwuf, once bay'at is taken, is there any harm in listening to various mashaaikh like their lectures that are available online? Not with the purpouse of specifically following the sheikhs views online but to listen as naseehat or to increase ones knowledge. Or will this interfere with the islaah and tasawwuf of a person?
2) What is the best form of zikr to read to reform oneself? And when should zikr be done?
It is the responsibility of a Muslim man to earn for himself and his family a pure and halal sustenance. Whether you are a very humble, lowly paid servant or a prestigious professional with a highly lucrative income, feeding your family with halal sustenance can be a means of earning immense rewards from Allah if you do it according to the commands of Allah the Most High and the Sunnah of Nabi Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him).
Given below are some of the occupations and professions that you may be involved in and how you can turn these careers into means of earning great blessings from Allah (praise be to Him who is pure and elevated).
An employee: Work with all sincerity and trust. Try to train yourself to work efficiently. Maintain strict punctuality. Have good relationships with your colleagues and co-worker even if they are not Muslims. Always be content. Never ever think of taking anything that does not belong to you even if you are in a great need. This way you will win the confidence of your employer and insha Allah, Allah will soon open ways for you from somewhere you never expected.
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29 October 2018
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