Valentine Day: A day full of immoralities including ZINA. Will a Muslim celebrate such a day?!

Do you know that…

* It is St. Valentine’s Day not just valentine day. Can a Muslim name start with St.?!

* Its origins lie in the pagan beliefs of the Romans, where it was an expression of the spiritual love of the idols which they worship instead of Allaah. Allah says: “Verily, whosoever sets up partners (in worship) with Allaah, then Allaah has forbidden Paradise to him, and the Firewill be his abode. And for the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers) there are no helpers”[al-Maa’idah 5:72]

* It is known to be a day of promiscuity and sex for them, with no restraints or restrictions – ZINA. “And come not near to unlawful sex. Verily, it is a Faahishah (i.e. anything that transgresses its limits: a great sin, and an evil way that leads one to hell unless Allaah Forgives him)” [al-Isra’ 17:32]. And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No adulterer is a believer at the time when he is committing adultery” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (2475) and Muslim (57). And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If a man commits zina, faith comes out of him and hovers over him like a cloud, then when he stops, faith returns to him.” Narrated by Abu Dawood (4960) and al-Tirmidhi(2625); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) has told us of the punishment that those who commit zina will receive in their graves before the Hour begins, and that they will be punished with fire. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1320).

* Exchanging gifts like greeting cards, wishes of valentine is expression of love. Do you want to express your love to somebody that you are not legally married to?! It is haram…“And come not near to unlawful sex. Verily, it is a Faahishah (i.e. anything that transgresses its limits: a great sin, and an evil way that leads one to hell unless Allaah Forgives him)” Q17:32

* The husband who sincerely loves his wife does not need this holiday to remind him of his love. He expresses his love for his wife at all times and on all occasions. BUT the valentine day is the expression of love for mistress, lovers…. Not between husband and wife. Subhanallah!

* In Islam, husband loves his wife throughout the year, and he expresses that love towards her with gifts, in verse and in prose, in letters and in other ways, throughout the years – not just on one day of the year. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If a man loves his brother, let him tell him that he loves him.” (narrated by Abu Dawood, 5124; al-Tirmidhi, 2329; it is saheeh).

* Muslim to allocate a day for celebration based on his own thoughts and ideas, and to call it a festival, or make it like a festival or Eid is not allowed. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah(may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “It is not permissible for the Muslims to imitate them in anything that is specifically part of their festivals, whether it is food, clothing, bathing, lighting fires, or changing a custom of daily life or worship… To sum up, they should not do any of the specific rituals of their (the kuffaar’s) festival on that day; rather the day of their festival should be just another ordinary day for the Muslim.” (Majmoo’ al-Fataawa,25/329).

* We should not accept congratulations on Valentine’s Day, because it is not a holiday or an Eid for the Muslims. If the Muslim is congratulated on this occasion, he should not return the congratulations. Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:“With regard to congratulating others with the congratulations used by the kuffaar on such occasions, it is haraam by scholarly consensus, such as congratulating them on the occasion of their festivals or fasts, wishing them a blessed festival, etc. Even if the one who says this is free of kufr, it is still haraam. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross. It is even worse with Allaah and more hated by Him than congratulating someone for drinking alcohol, or committing murder or adultery, etc. Many of those who have no respect for religion do that, and they do not realize the abhorrence of their actions. Whoever congratulates a person for sin, innovation (bid’ah) or kufr exposes himself to the hatred and wrath of Allaah.” (Ahkaam Ahlal-Dhimmah, 1/441-442)

The Fatwa of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) on Celebration of Valentine

Question: In recent times the celebration of Valentine’s Day has become widespread, especially among female students. This is one of the Christian holidays. They wear all red clothes, including their shoes, and they exchange red flowers… We hope that you can tell us the ruling on celebrating such holidays. What do you advise the Muslims to do with regard to such things?May Allaah keep you and take care of you.

He replied: Celebrating Valentine’s Day is not permitted for several reasons:

1 – It is an innovated celebration which has no basis in sharee’ah.

2 – It calls for people to keep their hearts and minds busy with these foolish things that go against the guidance of the pious predecessors (may Allaah be pleased with them), so it is not permitted on this day to do any of the customs associated with that holiday, whether that be connected to food, drink, clothing, exchanging gifts or anything else. The Muslim should be proud of his religion and not be so weak of character that he follows everyone who makes a noise. I ask Allaah to protect the Muslims from all temptations, visible and invisible, and to take care of us and give us strength. And Allaah knows best.

May Allah grant us understanding of His religion

INSTINJA’ AND ISTIJMAAR (3 of 3)

Alhamdulillah wasolatu wasalam ‘alarosulillah

Ethics of Relieving Oneself (cont..)

9. It is not haraam for a man to urinate standing up, but it is Sunnah for him to urinate sitting down, and because this is more concealing, and it reduces the risk of any drops of urine splashing up onto him. ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “Whoever tells you that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to urinate standing up, do not believe him. He only ever used to urinate sitting down.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, al-Tahaarah, 12; he said, this is the most saheeh report on this topic. It was also classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Tirmidhi, no. 11).  It was narrated from ‘Umar, Ibn ‘Umar and Zayd ibn Thaabit (may Allaah be pleased with them) that it is allowed to urinate standing up because al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated from Hudhayfah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) urinated standing up. Fatawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/88.

10. One should not uncover his ‘awrah (private parts) until after he has squatted close to the ground. Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported: “When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) wanted to answer the call of nature, he would not lift his garment until he had squatted close to the ground.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 14; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 4652).

11. One should be careful to remove all impurity after answering the call of nature. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) warned against being careless in cleaning oneself after urinating: “Most of the punishment of the grave will be because of urine.” Ibn Maajah, 342; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1202. Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) passed by two graves, and said: “They are being punished, but they are not being punished for any major sin. One of them used not to protect himself (i.e. keep himself clean from) his urine, and the other used to walk about spreading malicious gossip.” al-Bukhaari, 5592.

12. Any impurity should be washed or wiped three times or an odd number of times greater than three. ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to wash his posterior three times. Ibn ‘Umar said: “We did this too and found it to be healing and cleansing.” Ibn Maajah, 350; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 4993. Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When anyone of you cleans himself (with stones or similar material) let him use an odd number.” Ahmad; classed as hasan in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 375.

13. One should not use bones or dung to clean himself to wipe away the impurity, rather, he should use stones, and the like. Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that he used to carry a vessel for the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to do wudoo’ and clean himself after answering the call of nature. Whilst he was following him, he (the Prophet) asked, “Who is that?” He said: “I am Abu Hurayrah.” He said: “Get me some stones I can use to clean myself, but do not bring me any bones or dung.” So I brought him some stones, carrying them in the hem of my garment, and placed them by his side, then I went away. When he had finished, I came back and asked him, “What is wrong with bones and dung?” He said: “They are the food of the jinn.” al-Bukhaari, 3571

14. One should not urinate into stagnant water. Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade anyone to urinate into stagnant water. Muslim, 423

15. One should not urinate by the roadside or in places where people seek shade. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Fear the two things that bring curses.” They asked, “What are the two things that bring curses, O Messenger of Allaah?” He said: “When a person relieves himself in the road where people walk or in the place where they seek shade.” Abu Dawud, 23; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 110

16. One should not greet a person who is answering the call of nature, or return a greeting whilst one is answering the call of nature, out of respect to Allaah by not mentioning His name in a dirty place. Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah reported that a man passed by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) whilst he was urinating, and greeted him. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to him: “If you see me in this state, do not greet me, because if you do, I will not respond.” Ibn Maajah, 346; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 575. The majority of scholars say that it is makrooh(disliked) to speak in the restroom unnecessarily. Imam Nawawi said. It is allowed only for the necessity of the toilet, (e.g. To ask for stones, or water.) Or to warn people in an emergency etc. Sharh Muslim

17. Prayer for stepping out of the toilet. It is mustahabb when coming out of the washroom to say “Ghufraanak(I ask You (Allaah) for Your forgiveness),” because it was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came out of the washroom, he would say, ‘Ghufraanak.’” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, al-Tahaarah, 7; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Tirmidhi, no. 7

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INSTINJA’ AND ISTIJMAAR (2 of 3)

Alhamdulillah wasolatu wasalam ‘alarosulillah

Ethics of Relieving Oneself

The ethics of relieving oneself are many, these include:

  1. Prayer for going to the toilet. It is a good manner according to Shari’ah to recite certain du’a (prayer) when entering or leaving the toilet. So, it is Sunnah to say “Bismillaah(in the name of Allaah)” when entering the washroom, because it was narrated from ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The eyes of the jinn are blocked from seeing the ‘awraat of the sons of Adam when one of them says, on entering the washroom, ‘Bismillaah.’”(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, al-Jumu’ah, 551. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Tirmidhi, no. 496). It was also proven in the hadeeth of Anas that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

 اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْخُبُثِ وَالْخَبَائِثِ

 “Allaahumma inni a’oodhu bika min al-khubthi wa’l-khabaa’ith (O Allaah, I seek refuge in You from all offensive and wicked things (evil deeds and evil spirits).” al-Bukhaari, al-Wudoo’, 139.

2. Jurists recommend to cover the head when going to the toilet. There is nothing wrong with entering the bathroom with the head uncovered, but the fuqaha’ (Jurists) regarded it as mustahabb to cover the head when entering the toilet due to corroborating narrations like narration from Ibn ‘Urwah, from his father, that Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq said, when he was addressing the people: O Muslims, feel shy before Allah, for by the One in Whose hand is my soul, I keep my head covered when I go to relieve myself in the open, out of shyness before my Lord. Ibn al-Mubaarak in az-Zuhd (1/107); Ibn Abi Shaybah in al-Musannaf (1/105). Its isnaad is saheeh. al-‘Ilal by ad-Daaraqutni (1/186) Al-Bayhaqi in as-Sunan (1/96), Majmoo‘ Fataawa wa Rasaa’il Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (11/68), Ibn Abi Shaybah (1/106), An-Nawawi in al-Majmoo‘ (2/93), Al-Mirdaawi in al-Insaaf (1/97), al-Mawsoo‘ah al-Fiqhiyyah (22/5)

3. To enter the toilet with the left foot first and leave with right-foot first. Shaikh al-Albaanee said in his notes upon ‘Ta·seesul-Ahkaam’ (1/34), concerning entering the toilet with the justify-foot: “I do not know anything from that in the Sunnah”, ‘as-Saylul-Jarraar’ (1/64). But through qiyas (analogical deduction), Shaikh Ibn Hajar, in Fathul-Baaree, says that “…it may be understood by some by the Prophet’s love of beginning good and pure things with the right hand/side that this (entering the toilet) falls into the opposite category.

4. It is disliked to urinate in the place where he takes a bath. From Humayd al-Himyaree who said: I met a man who had accompanied the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) just as Aboo Hurayrah accompanied him, who said: “Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade that one of us should comb his hair every day (to make us realise the value of time and to refrain from extravagance in our daily affairs), and that he should urinate in the place where he takes a bath.”  Saheeh Nasaai (232) an-Nasaai (1/130), Abu Daawood (1/50/28). In a situation where the water is draining out of the place, this is not included in that hadeeth, because if one urinates, he/she can pour water over it and the urine will be removed, but he should not start taking his shower until the urine has been removed by pouring water over it.

5. Not to face the qiblah (direction of prayer) when urinating or defecating. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When any one of you sits down to answer the call of nature, he should not face the qiblah or turn his back towards it.” Muslim, 389.

6. Not to touch the penis with his/her right hand when urinating. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When any one of you urinates, he should not hold his penis in his right hand or clean it with his right hand; and (when drinking), he should not breathe into the vessel.” al-Bukhaari, 150

7. Not to remove najaasah(impurity) with his/her right hand. the left hand should be used for this purpose, because of the hadeeth quoted above, and because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When any one of you wipes himself, he should not use his right hand.” al-Bukhaari, 5199. The Prophet’s wife Hafsah (may Allaah be pleased with her) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to use his right hand for eating, drinking, making wudoo’, getting dressed, and giving and taking things, and he used to use his left hand for other things. (Reported by Imaam Ahmad; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 4912). Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When any one of you cleans himself, he should not use his right hand, he should use his left hand.” Ibn Maajah, 308; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 322

8. One should be concealed from the sight of others when answering the call of nature in an open space. When a person is out in an open space and cannot find anything to conceal him when he needs to answer the call of nature, he should move far away from the other people around him. Al-Mugheerah ibn Shu’bah said: “I was with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) on a journey, when he felt the need to answer the call of nature, so he went far away.” al-Tirmidhi, 20. ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Abi Quraad said: “I went out with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to an open space, and when he needed to answer the call of nature, he moved away.” al-Nisaa’i, 16, Saheeh al-Jaami’, 4651.

To be cont….inshaa Allaah

May Allaah grant us understanding