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The following letter of lament is from a Sister of Durban:

Over the weekend an event was organized and hosted in Durban by a young Muslim woman. The event was called The Rosay Winter Carnival. As the name suggests, the activities and entertainment followed a carnival theme such as magic displays, comedians, food stalls, fashion shows, soccer displays, music events, car shows, various tutorials etc. The event also included various non muslim comedians, musicians, Dj’s etc. It goes without saying that intermingling, music, photography etc were all an acceptable part of the event. Though it was not advertised as a “Muslim” event or touted as “Muslim” entertainment, the organizers and many of the performers/entertainers including certain comedians, magicians, fitness/sport personalities, fashion show coordinators were Muslim thus many Muslims attended the event. The event was organized in conjunction with an NGO charity called Reach for a Dream and was therefore supported by many Muslim businesses in the form of stalls and sponsorships.

Mufti Saheb, this is just a brief overview of this event.  Unfortunately, in recent months many similar events - agricultural shows, restaurant openings, business reviews etc.- have been organized and hosted by prominent Muslim personalities/influencers/families. Each event has become more explicit in flouting the commands of Allah. Each subsequent event is hyped and endorsed by various Muslim social media influencers many of whom are females. These endorsements generate a great amount of interest and followers with the result being more Muslims are attending these events and condoning/overlooking the complete disregard of Allah’s rules. Furthermore, these organizers and influencers have large followings that support them against anyone who tries to reason, admonish or advise them about their wrong-doings.

To explain briefly, these influencers became famous for “Islamic” fashion, cooking/baking, travel, being entrepreneurs etc. Over time they have amassed large followings and have now diversified into comedy skits, Islamic advices, life coaching and advertising. Their followers look to them as role models for female empowerment and modern Islamic lifestyles and many Muslim businesses use these influencers to advertise. As a result, these influencers express strong opinions on various Islamic rulings such as Hijaab, Mahrams, Marriage, Iddat etc without any Islamic knowledge. Aalims are mocked, sometimes degraded and any person in opposition is ridiculed or told not ‘to judge’. Their popularity is so widespread that even Madrassah learners, Apas, Moulanas’s wives etc have all fallen into this trap of “following” these influencers. The justification is that it is just for recipes or an online shop etc. The extravagance, revealing clothing, music, intermingling, and open sinning are overlooked in the pursuit for the perfect image/lifestyle/recipe.

These influencers have now unified to form a support group to fight back against their ‘haters’ - any person/organization/Aalim who speaks out against them. Any person in opposition to them are named and shamed on social media platforms, they are ridiculed as ‘People who judge” and have even received law suits against them. As a result, the minority of people who do not support or approve or condone any of these events and influencers are now hesitant to speak out against them.

I myself intended to email the various influencers and organizers of the carnival with the intention of Amar bil Ma’ruf and out of concern for the escalating amount of such events/influencers. However, I have been advised by my family not to pursue this matter due to the legal backlash experienced by some who have tried. Therefore, I am emailing Mufti Saheb to please raise a strong awareness about these phenomena that has overtaken our communities and homes as I am overwhelmed and unsure on how to approach this matter.

Humble request for Duas.

Was salaam

Sister in Islam

(End of the Sister’s letter)


Allah Ta’ala says in His glorious Qur’aan Majeed:

“Verily, We have come to you with the Haqq, but most of you destest the Haqq.”


Allah Ta’ala instructed His Ambiya (Alayhimus Salaam) to say: “Upon us is only to deliver the Clear Message.” Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is commanded in several Aayaat to say: “I am not a guard appointed over you.” 

Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahy Anil Munkar is the obligation of the Ulama as well as of all Muslims capable of executing this Waajib obligation. Regardless of acceptance or rejection, the obligation has to be compulsorily executed.  Hidaayat is the prerogative of Allah Azza Wa Jal. People are guided only if Allah Ta’ala has ordained hidaayat for them.  People are guided or go astray according to the Will and Command of Allah Azza Wa Jal. Our duty is only to proclaim the Haqq. 

Furthermore, it should be well understood that with each passing day, Qiyaamah comes closer. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has predicted the rise and preponderance of evil, immorality and shaitaaniyat in Aakhiruz Zamaan (the last of ages in proximity to Qiyaamah). We should therefore understand that our propagation of the Haqq will not abolish the evil and satansim which the Ummah has today adopted as its lifestyle. Therefore, there is no need for frustration and despondency when the efforts of the Ulama-e-Haqq appear to be unsuccessful. The duty of Amr Bil Ma’roof is for Allah’s Pleasure. 

The Ulama who seek refuge in their fortresses of silence while the community is drowning in deluges of filth, immorality and even kufr have been described as ‘Dumb Devils’ by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). 

The evil described by the Sister, while lamentable should not be surprising. All those who participate in these evil, immoral satanic functions, carnivals, shows, sports, etc. are all the followers and agents of Iblees. They are in reality not Muslims. They are kuffaar of the murtad and zindeeq categories. They are the fuel of Jahannam. Their Salaat, fasting, Hajj, Sadqah, etc. do not render them Muslim. Their supposedly ‘good’ deeds are for the sewer gutter. Their deeds have no worth in Allah’s Eyes. About these devils and villains, fussaaq and fujjaar, the Qur’aan Majeed says:

“(O Muhammad!) Say (to them): “Shall I inform you of those whose deeds are lost (destroyed and rejected)?” They are those whose efforts have been destroyed in this worldly life whilst they labour in the impression that they are doing deeds of virtue.  (In reality) They are the ones who have committed kufr with the Aayaat of their Rabb and with His Meeting. Thus, their recompense is Jahannam because they committed kufr and made a mockery of My Laws and My Rusul (Messengers).”

All these Zanaadaqah, Fujjaar and Fussaaq come within the purview of this Qur’aanic Aayat as well as many other Aayaat. They all belong to the legion of Iblees, hence all of this fisq, fujoor and kufr must only be expected from them. 

Every Muslim, be he ignorant and sinful, if his Imaan is intact, can understand the satanism of these vile functions and carnivals which even some rubbish, devilish molvis support. The only function of the Ulama regarding these events of Jahaanam are concerned, is to vociferously and vigorously condemn them and their organizers. 

There is no need to fear any legal threats by these spineless rubbishes. So far, it is not illegal to state the Qur’aanic Haqq in this country. Yes, in Saudi Arabia and in Pakistan proclaiming the Haqq of the Qur’aan has been banned by the murtad and kuffaar regimes. But here is South Africa we are still free to state the Haqq. It is spineless to fear shadows. Let the agents of Iblees institute legal action against the proclaimers of the Haqq. They will miserably fail. 

It is not unlawful in South Africa to proclaim that these haraam functions are immoral and haraam. In proclaiming this Truth it is not necessary to comment in a manner which could constitute libel or defamation. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Proclaim the Haqq though it be bitter.” Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Majeed: “They do not fear the insults of those who insult.”

You should not abandon your intention of drawing the attention of the villains to their immoral villainy. Merely inform them that what they are perpetrating is haraam and the la’nat and ghadab of Allah Azza Wa Jal settle on those who organize fisq and fujoor. 

There silly comments about “being the judge” should not deter any one from proclaiming the Haqq. The mushrikeen had labelled the Ambiya with worse epithets. Proclamation of the Haqq necessarily brings criticism, insult and mockery in its wake. It is a necessary corollary of Amr Bil Ma’roof. This dunya is the arena for the conflict between Haqq and baatil. This conflict will continue until the Last Day. The silence of the Dumb Devils will not preclude the proclamation of the Haqq. Allah Ta’ala harnesses in every age a group of Ulama-e-Haqq to bear aloft the Standard of the Haqq. So be part of this Taaifah (Group) of the Haqq.

28 Shawwaal 1440 – 2 July 2019


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