THE SOUKS OF SHAITAAN
MAULANA YUNUS PATEL (Rahmatullah alayh)
There is a sickness in society which has now reached epidemic proportions. It is so serious that it requires a repetition in its warnings to drive the point home.
Fitnahs (Trials, It also implies, corruption, mischief, etc.) abound, and the worst and most dangerous fitnah is that which takes the form and garb of Deen.
In the name and guise of Deen, Muslims are being invited to ‘Fund-raising’ programmes, lunches, dinners, pre-Ramadaan and Eid Fairs. Funds are being raised for Deeni projects in this manner. The context of these programmes is ‘Fun’ and ‘Entertainment’ which entails socializing. The Muslim is encouraged to bring along wife, daughters, mother and sisters.
Since this is in the name of Deen, people consider it as Ibaadah (worship), something virtuous. …One can gauge how serious the matter is. The person is not going to make Taubah for this. He is not going to consider the intermingling and the socializing as sinful, because the event is promoted as something meritorious and ‘Halaal’, and because the invitation is from people and organizations that are representing Deen, and whom it is expected, would know better as to what is Haraam and Halaal.
‘What a kind of revolution! …That Ummah which detested Haraam, which stayed far from that which is doubtful, now has no fear indulging in Haraam.’
Even if an ‘Aalim is involved in such activities or endorsing such programmes and is seen at such venues, this does not make Haraam, Halaal. …This is the weakness of that ‘Aalim.
There are so many who are deendaar and they know better than to attend such programmes; their hearts will give them the fatwa : ‘Don’t go’ – then why still go? …Thereafter complaints are presented of the immodest dressing of the women, the intermingling of sexes, the disconcerting condition of the youth, etc. …This is the trap of shaytaan and nafs! …So the person is gazing at such strange women (or vice versa), engaging the nafs in Haraam pleasure and destroying the heart with evil desires.
Those who have ta-alluk (a connection) with Deen and have ta-alluk with the Mashaa`ik, must prove their piety and sincerity by restraining themselves from such fitnah. The instruction and order of Shariah is:
‘IT IS NOT PERMISSIBLE TO BE PRESENT IN A GATHERING WHERE ALLAH TA’ALA IS BEING DISOBEYED.’
Mullah Ali Qaari (Rahmatullahi ‘alaih) has defined Hayaa (modesty) as : “The Haqeeqat (reality) of Hayaa is that your Maula (Your true Master) must not find you in that place which He has forbidden.” …Or indulging in that which He has forbidden.
Such events and functions bring one close to Zina (adultery). Allah Ta’ala says: “And come not near to Zina. Verily it is a shameful and evil path” [Surah Al- Isra 17 : 32]
Such functions promote Zina of the eyes, whereas it is from the Commandments of Allah Ta’ala that we lower our gazes from looking at ghair-mahareem. Allah Ta’ala addresses both the believing men and believing women: “Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at that which is Haraam) and to be modest … And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at that which is forbidden) and to be modest and not to show off their beauty …[Surah Nur 24 : 29/ 30]
Young men have written to me and have mentioned quite explicitly that their intentions in frequenting such functions, fairs, souks and programmes is for no other purpose but to admire the women. Some have even mentioned deriving Haraam pleasure by deliberately touching those women in the crowd (Na-uzu Billahi min zaalik) – and if these are not our wives, then they are our daughters or mothers or sisters or nieces who are exposed to lustful glances and touching.
So when it is plainly evident that these programmes and fairs are against the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala, we can stop ourselves and our families even if we cannot stop others.
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) said: “THE MOST BELOVED PLACES IN THE SIGHT OF ALLAH ARE THE MASAAJID, AND THE MOST DISLIKED PLACES IN THE SIGHT OF ALLAH ARE THE SOUKS (MARKETS and BAZAARS).” (Sahih Muslim)
17 Safar 1435
21 December 2013
United Ulama Council of South Africa
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