Category Archives: Christimas,New Year,and its like

Ruling on Muslims congratulating one another on the occasion of the Gregorian New Year

Is it permissible for muslims to congratulate each other and give duaa on the new year based on the Gregorian calendar without the intention of celebrating it ?

Praise be to Allah.

It is not permissible for the Muslims to exchange greetings on the occasion of the Gregorian New Year, and it is not permissible for them to celebrate it, because both of these matters involve imitation of the kuffaar, and we have been forbidden to do that.

The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 4031; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood

Moreover, offering greetings on this day that comes back each year comes under the heading of celebrating it and taking it as a festival, which is also forbidden.

And Allah knows best.
Islam Q&A

How could a Muslim celebrate Christmas and New Year’s? – By Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen

Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) :

Then what is worse than that; is some Muslims celebrate the New Year, and they glorify it and venerate it, and it is connected to the religious occasion of the Christians; which is; what? The birthday of the Messiah Eesa ibn Maryam peace be upon him. Thus celebrating New Year’s Eve, yes, in relation with the birth of the Messiah; this is rejoicing with their religious rites and practices. And rejoicing with kufr practices—if the person who is pleased with this is safe from disbelief—then it is as ibn Al Qayyim, may Allah have mercy upon him said in his book, ‘the ruling on the dhimmi’ it is more severe than being pleased with drinking alcohol and worshiping the cross.

Thus the affair is very dangerous O brothers. It is not permissible for the person to celebrate Christmas; if he is a Muslim. And it is not permissible for him to congratulate them for this holiday; if he is a Muslim. And it is not permissible for him to respond to this greeting if they congratulate him for this holiday; if he is a Muslim.

Subhan’Allah! Shall we congratulate them for a holiday which is considered as a religious practice? And is this anything other than being pleased with disbelief? But most of those who congratulate them do not intend to exalt their religion or practices, but rather they only intend what; to be courteous. And this is incorrect.

If someone says; I am courteous to them because they are courteous to me and they congratulate me for Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. We say: Alhamdulillah. If they congratulate you with Eid Al-Adha and Eid Al-Fitr, then they have congratulated you for legislated holiday, which Allah has made for His slaves. And it is mandatory for Eid Al-Adha and Eid Al-Fitr to be their holidays, because it is obligatory upon them to accept Islam. But if you congratulate them for Christmas then you are congratulating them for a holiday which Allah has not designated as a holiday.

Thus Christmas has no basis in history and it has no basis in the religious legislation. Eesa ibn Maryam did not command them to establish this holiday. Thus it is either that, which was entered into the religion of the Messiah as innovation and misguidance, or it was prescribed in the legislation of Eesa ibn Maryam but it has been abrogated by the legislation of Islam. Therefore it has no basis by any estimation. Because if we said it is from the innovation of the Christians and it is not from their legislation; then it is misguidance. And if we said it is from their legislation, then it has been abrogated; and to worship Allah with an abrogated religion is misguidance; thus it is misguidance by any estimation. And because it is misguidance, how is it befitting for me—while I am a Muslim—to congratulate them for it?!

And we have answered the issue of them congratulating us for our Eid and us not congratulating them for their holiday because our Eid has been legislated by Allah the Exalted; while their holiday is not legislated. This is because it has either been fabricated in their legislation or abrogated by our legislation.  Thus it has no basis in any regard.

Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
Masjid Tawheed wa Sunnah

The birth of Jesus the son of Maryam narrated from Sahih Muslim – Explained by Shaykh Umar Fullatah

The birth of Jesus the son of Maryam narrated from Sahih Muslim – Explained by Shaykh Umar Fullatah

Translator’s foreword:

About Shaykh Umar: Shaykh Abdul Mushin Al Abbad Al Badr said: As for his name, then he is my comrade, my friend, my beloved, the Shaykh Umar Muhammad Bakar Al Fulani known as Fullatah…and Al Fulani is an ascription to a tribe in Africa.

He was born in 1345H (1925) and he passed in 1419H (1999)

Shaykh Umar Fullatah may Allah have mercy upon him said:

I say: Eesa (Jesus) the son of Maryam; Allah created him from a mother and he does not have a father. Similarly Allah created Adam without a father or a mother. And likewise Allah created Hawwa (Eve) with a father and no mother. Thus the affair is not strange. Allah said in His glorious Book:

إِنَّ مَثَلَ عِيسَى عِنْدَ اللَّهِ كَمَثَلِ آدَمَ خَلَقَهُ مِنْ تُرَابٍ

Verily, the likeness of Eesa (Jesus) with Allah is the likeness of Adam. He created him from soil. (Soorah Aali Imraan 3:59)

Our father Adam—peace be upon him—Allah created him from soil, from sounding clay like the clay of pottery, from an adhesive soil. After that Allah ordered that a soul be blown into him with the statement, ‘Be’. Thus Adam was.

Where is the mother of Adam? Where is the father of Adam? The father of mankind—Adam—does not have a father or a mother. Thus the All-Knowing, the Most Great, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise, the One who does whatever He wants and chooses, created Adam without a mother or a father. And the affair is not like Darwin (upon him is the curse of Allah) says; the theory of Darwin which states the origin of mankind is from monkeys, and they evolved. The theory of evolution, says that monkeys evolved through stages until it became Adam. And that Adam is not from soil but rather he is an animal who evolved.

And Allah the Exalted said:

إِنَّ مَثَلَ عِيسَى عِنْدَ اللَّهِ كَمَثَلِ آدَمَ خَلَقَهُ مِنْ تُرَابٍ ثُمَّ قَالَ لَهُ كُنْ فَيَكُونُ

Verily, the likeness of Eesa (Jesus) with Allah is the likeness of Adam. He created him from soil, the He said to him ‘Be’ and he was. (Soorah Aali Imraan 3:59)

As for Hawwa (Eve); Allah created her from a rib from Adam. She does not have a mother while she has a father. Thus Allah the Exalted wanted to create Eesa (Jesus) so He created him from a mother, and she is the virgin Maryam, the untouched; may the best prayers and peace be upon her and upon our Prophet.

She is Maryam the daughter of Imraan, the one whom Allah described with His statement:

الَّتِي أَحْصَنَتْ فَرْجَهَا

The one who guarded her chastity (Soorh At Tahrim 66:12)

In this is a testimony from the Creator, the Exalted, that she surely guarded her chastity and she was not a lewd woman, peace be upon her.

Her father was a righteous man, a worshipper. Her mother became pregnant with her, meaning with Maryam, so she dedicated her to the service of Allah. (Her intent was) if Allah blessed her with a son, she would dedicate this son to the Masjid, worship and the obedience of Allah. But Allah decreed the mother of Maryam was to give birth to Maryam; a girl and not a boy who would take care of the affairs of the Masjid and worship Allah in the Masjid.

Thus when she gave birth to a girl she wanted an excuse with Allah, she said:

فَلَمَّا وَضَعَتْهَا قَالَتْ رَبِّ إِنِّي وَضَعْتُهَا أُنْثَى وَاللَّهُ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا وَضَعَتْ وَلَيْسَ الذَّكَرُ كَالْأُنْثَى وَإِنِّي سَمَّيْتُهَا مَرْيَمَ وَإِنِّي أُعِيذُهَا بِكَ وَذُرِّيَّتَهَا مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ

Then when she delivered her [child Maryam], she said: “O my Lord! I have delivered a female child,” – and Allah knew better what she delivered, – “And the male is not like the female, and I have named her Maryam, and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and for her offspring from Satan, the outcast.” (Soorah Aali Imraan 3:36)

Allah the Exalted said:

فَتَقَبَّلَهَا رَبُّهَا بِقَبُولٍ حَسَنٍ وَأَنْبَتَهَا نَبَاتًا حَسَنًا وَكَفَّلَهَا زَكَرِيَّا كُلَّمَا دَخَلَ عَلَيْهَا زَكَرِيَّا الْمِحْرَابَ وَجَدَ عِنْدَهَا رِزْقًا قَالَ يَا مَرْيَمُ أَنَّى لَكِ هَذَا قَالَتْ هُوَ مِنْ عِنْدِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَرْزُقُ مَنْ يَشَاءُ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ

So her Lord accepted her with good acceptance and caused her to grow in a good manner and put her in the care of Zakariya. Every time Zakariya entered upon her in the prayer chamber, he found with her provision. He said, “O Maryam, from where is this [coming] to you?” She said, “It is from Allah. Indeed, Allah provides for whom He wills without account.” (Soorah Aali Imraan 3:37)

Maryam—while she was still young—was honored by Allah. The provision that Zakariya found with Maryam—and Zakariya was from her closest guardians—he would come and find the fruits which only grow during the summer months with her during the winter months; and he would find with her the fruits which only grow during the winter months with her during the summer months. She was blessed, righteous, pious, throughout her youth and when she reached womanhood.

Yusuf the carpenter asked for her hand in marriage, and he was from her relatives. He desired to marry her. And she was righteous; dedicated to her prayer area, dedicated to obedience to Allah and worship. The entire community of that time period testified to her righteousness and piety. And for this reason when she became pregnant (they said to her)

يَا أُخْتَ هَارُونَ مَا كَانَ أَبُوكِ امْرَأَ سَوْءٍ وَمَا كَانَتْ أُمُّكِ بَغِيًّا

O sister of Harun, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste.”       (Soorah Maryam 19:28)

How did you get pregnant with this boy? Where did you get this boy from?

Verily this boy was a miracle from Allah the Exalted. Allah wanted for her to have this son, so an angel came to her. The angel informed her that Allah had sent him to her.

لِأَهَبَ لَكِ غُلَامًا زَكِيًّا

(To announce) to you the gift of a righteous son (Soorah Maryam 19:19)

قَالَتْ أَنَّى يَكُونُ لِي غُلَامٌ وَلَمْ يَمْسَسْنِي بَشَرٌ وَلَمْ أَكُ بَغِيًّا

She said: “How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?” (Soorah Maryam 19:20)

How can I have a son, I do not have a husband and I have not been unchaste nor committed fornication? So how can I have a son?

And it is from the way of Allah the Exalted that the child is not born except by two parents, between a husband and a wife, man and a woman. He (the angel) informed her that this is what Allah wanted.

قَالَتْ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِالرَّحْمَنِ مِنْكَ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَقِيًّا

She said: “Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah.” (Soorah Maryam 19:18)

قَالَ إِنَّمَا أَنَا رَسُولُ رَبِّكِ لِأَهَبَ لَكِ غُلَامًا زَكِيًّا

(The angel) said: “I am only a Messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son.” (Soorah Maryam 19:19)

Allah commanded him (the angel) to blow into the sleeve of her outer garment. Allah the Exalted commanded the angel Jibreel to blow (into the sleeve of her outer garment) the word ‘Be’. Thus Jibreel came with a command from Allah. Thus Jibreel blew the word ‘Be’ that Allah had sent him with (into the sleeve of her outer garment) and thus Maryam became pregnant with Eesa (Jesus) may the best prayers and peace be upon her and our Prophet.

And I remind you and I say to you, this affair is not strange. Because Allah created Adam peace be upon him, without a father or a mother, and we are all offspring of Adam, peace be upon him. This because Adam is the father of all mankind, except for those who follow the Darwin theory of evolution, so if they are not the children of Adam then they are the offspring of monkeys. But as for us, then we are the offspring of Adam; the one who Allah created with His Hands. And Allah breathed a soul into him. And Allah caused him to live in paradise, and Allah created from his rib Hawwa (Eve). After He entered them into paradise He forbade them to eat from the tree. When they ate from the tree He expelled them down to the earth. Thus this has been the linage since Allah created Adam and Hawwa up until this day of ours, and until Allah inherits the earth and all those upon it.

Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
Masjid Tawheed wa Sunnah

What do the Muslims believe about Eesa(Jesus) the son of Mary? – Explained by Shaykh Uthaymeen

Host: Shaykh Muhammad at the beginning of this gathering we would like for you to speak to us concerning the belief of the Muslims regarding Eesa (Jesus) peace be upon him. And what is the ruling for those who say he was killed and crucified?

Shaykh Uthaymeen: All praises belong to Allah, and may the prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.

The belief of the Muslims regards Eesa (Jesus) the son of Maryam peace be upon him, is that he is one of the noble Messengers; rather he is regarded as one of the five Messengers of strong will. And they are: Muhammad, Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), Eesa (Jesus) and Nuh (Noah) peace be upon them all.  Allah the Exalted has mentioned them (as a collective group) in two places in His Book. He said in chapter Al Ahzab:

وَإِذْ أَخَذْنَا مِنَ النَّبِيِّينَ مِيثَاقَهُمْ وَمِنْكَ وَمِنْ نُوحٍ وَإِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَى وَعِيسَى ابْنِ مَرْيَمَ وَأَخَذْنَا مِنْهُمْ مِيثَاقًا غَلِيظًا

And (remember) when We took from the Prophets their covenant, and from you (O Muhammad), and from Nuh (Noah), Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), and Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). We took from them a strong covenant. (Chapter Al Ahzab 33:7)

And He said in Chapter Ash-Shuraa:

 

شَرَعَ لَكُمْ مِنَ الدِّينِ مَا وَصَّى بِهِ نُوحًا وَالَّذِي أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ وَمَا وَصَّيْنَا بِهِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَى وَعِيسَى أَنْ أَقِيمُوا الدِّينَ وَلا تَتَفَرَّقُوا فِيهِ

He (Allah) has ordained for you the same religion which He ordained for Nuh (Noah), and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad), and that which We ordained for Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses) and Eesa (Jesus) saying you should establish religion, and make no divisions in it. (Chapter Ash-Shuraa 42:13)

And Eesa (Jesus) peace be upon him is a human from the children of Adam; created from a mother without a father. And he is a slave of Allah, and His Messenger. Thus he is a slave who his not to be worshipped, and he is a Messenger who is not to be disbelieved. And he does not possess any characteristics of Lordship at all. Rather he is, as Allah the Exalted said:

إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا عَبْدٌ أَنْعَمْنَا عَلَيْهِ وَجَعَلْنَاهُ مَثَلًا لِبَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ

He [Eesa (Jesus)] was not more than a slave. We granted Our Favor to him, and We made him an example to the Children of Israel. (Chapter Az Zukhruf 43:59)

And he (Eesa-Jesus) did not order his people to take him and his mother as gods to be worshipped instead of worshipping Allah (alone).  Rather he only said to his people:

اعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ رَبِّي وَرَبَّكُمْ

Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord (Chapter Al Maidah 5:117)

 

And he (Eesa-Jesus) peace be upon him was created by the word of Allah the Exalted. As Allah the Exalted said:

إِنَّ مَثَلَ عِيسَى عِنْدَ اللَّهِ كَمَثَلِ آدَمَ خَلَقَهُ مِنْ تُرَابٍ ثُمَّ قَالَ لَهُ كُنْ فَيَكُونُ

Indeed, the example of Eesa (Jesus) to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, “Be,” and he was. (Chapter Aali Imraan 3:59)

 

And there was no Messenger between Eesa (Jesus) and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon them. As Allah the Exalted said:

وَإِذْ قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ إِلَيْكُمْ مُصَدِّقًا لِمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَمُبَشِّرًا بِرَسُولٍ يَأْتِي مِنْ بَعْدِي اسْمُهُ أَحْمَدُ فَلَمَّا جَاءَهُمْ بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ قَالُوا هَذَا سِحْرٌ مُبِينٌ

And [mention] when  Eesa (Jesus), the son of Maryam, said, “O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad (i.e. Muhammad).” But when he came to them with clear evidences, they said, “This is obvious magic.”     (Chapter As Saff 61:6)

And no person’s faith will be complete until he believes that Eesa (Jesus) is a slave of Allah and His Messenger, and that he is free and clear of what the Jews attribute to him; those who say that he is the son of an unchaste women and he was born of fornication. We seek refuge in Allah from such as evil statement. Allah the Exalted has exonerated him from that.

And the Muslims are free from the Christians, those who have strayed as it relates to the true understanding concerning Eesa (Jesus) son of Maryam; such that they have taken him and his mother as gods to be worshipped instead of worshipping Allah (alone).  And some of them have said he is the son of Allah. And some of them have said: Allah is the third of the trinity.

As it relates to his killing and crucifixion; Allah the Exalted has surely negated that he was killed or crucified, with a clear absolute negation. Allah the Exalted said:

وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ وَمَا صَلَبُوهُ وَلَكِنْ شُبِّهَ لَهُمْ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ اخْتَلَفُوا فِيهِ لَفِي شَكٍّ مِنْهُ مَا لَهُمْ بِهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِلَّا اتِّبَاعَ الظَّنِّ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ يَقِينًا * بَلْ رَفَعَهُ اللَّهُ إِلَيْهِ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَزِيزًا حَكِيمًا * وَإِنْ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ إِلَّا لَيُؤْمِنَنَّ بِهِ قَبْلَ مَوْتِهِ وَيَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ يَكُونُ عَلَيْهِمْ شَهِيدًا

And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain. Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise. And there is none from the People of the Scripture except that he must believe in him before his death. And on the Day of Resurrection he will be against them a witness. (Chapter An Nisaa 4:157-159)

Thus whoever believes that Eesa (Jesus) son of Maryam peace be upon him was killed and crucified has disbelieved in the Quran, and whoever disbelieves in the Quran has disbelieved.

Thus we believe that Eesa (Jesus) peace be upon him was not killed and he was not crucified; rather we say verily the Jews have upon them the sin of killing and crucifying, as they think they killed the Messiah Eesa (Jesus) the son of Maryam, the Messenger of Allah. And they did not kill him in reality; rather they killed someone who was made to resemble him. As Allah placed his resemblance upon one of them, thus they killed and crucified him. And they said: verily we killed the Messiah Eesa (Jesus) the son of Maryam. Thus the Jews have the sin of killing and the sin of crucifixion based upon their assertion upon themselves that they did such.

And Allah the Exalted freed the Messiah Eesa (Jesus) son of Maryam from that, and He protected him, and raised him upon to Himself in the heavens.

And he will return to the earth during the last days and he will judge by the legislation of the Prophet peace be upon him. The he will die on the earth and be buried in it. And he will be raised from it just like the rest of the children of Adam.

مِنْهَا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ وَفِيهَا نُعِيدُكُمْ وَمِنْهَا نُخْرِجُكُمْ تَارَةً أُخْرَى

From it (the earth) We created you, and into it We will return you, and from it We will extract you another time. (Chapter Taha 20:55)

 

And His statement:

فِيهَا تَحْيَوْنَ وَفِيهَا تَمُوتُونَ وَمِنْهَا تُخْرَجُونَ

Therein you shall live, and therein you shall die, and from it you shall be brought out     (Chapter Al ‘Araf 7:25)

 

Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
Masjid Tawheed wa Sunnah

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