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Friday, October 15, 2004

Unlawful Acts done on Eid

HARAAM (Unlawful) acts done on Eid

Source: The Clear Path Issue Twenty Three

Copyright: The Clear Path

Know, O Muslim, may Allaah give us all understanding of the Religion, that the joy that occurs on Eid has made many people forget or become negligent of matters of their Religion and the Islamic regulations. Thus you see people perpetrating sins, doing acts that are reprehensible, while they think that they are doing good deeds. From the reprehensible acts are:

[1]: The man beautifying himself by shaving the beard. This is a thing that most Muslims do, even though shaving the beard is haraam (unlawful) in the Religion of Allaah, the Perfect and Free from all imperfections. The Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) said:

"Be different from the Mushrikeen (those who worship other than Allaah); trim your moustaches and leave your beards."

[Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]

Textual proof regarding the forbiddance of shaving the beard is found in the books of the four madhaahib (schools of jurisprudence).

[2]: A man shaking the hand of a strange woman - those that are not mahram (unlawful for marriage) for a man and likewise a woman shaking the hand of a non mahram man. This act is prohibited (haraam) because the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) said,

"To pierce a metal comb into a man’s head is better for him than for him to touch a woman, for whom he is not a mahram."

[Reported by ar-Ruyaanee in his Musnad (227/2]

[3]: Imitating the non-believers in their clothing, in listening to music and other reprehensible acts. Indeed the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) said:

"Whosoever imitates a people then he is from them."

[Reported by Ahmad (2/50, 92)]

Also, because of the saying of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam):

"There will be a group of people from my Ummah who will seek to make fornication, the wearing of silk, intoxicants and musical instruments permissible (halaal). Indeed a people will stay at the side of a mountain peak and when he - i.e. a needy person comes to them in the evening asking them for aid, they will say to him, ‘Come back tomorrow.’ Allaah will destroy them and cause the mountain to fall upon them and change others into apes and swine and they will remain like that until the Day of Judgement."

[Reported by al-Bukhaaree (no. 5590)]

[4]: Entering into the presence of people who are not mahram (unlawful for marriage) for them, such as the free mixing of men and women like cousins, or a man mixing with his brothers wife or a women mixing with her sisters husband e.t.c.

[5]: Tabarruj (open display of beauty) by the women, going to the market and other places. This is prohibited in the Laws of Allaah. Allaah, the Most High, says:

"Stay in your homes, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance and offer prayer perfectly and give the Zakaat (obligatory alms)..."

[Surah 33 V 33]

Something distressing that is seen at the Eid Prayer is women who come for the prayer and they are not properly covered, they wear clothing that, although may be deemed ‘customary clothing’ , is not acceptable according to Islaam. They wear high heels, prohibited in Islaam, make up and perfume, all of which is Haraam.

[6]: Particularizing the day of Eid for visiting graves; distributing sweets and other edible items at the grave, sitting upon the graves, the intermixing of men and women, the shameless uncovering of faces, wailing for the deceased and other reprehensible deeds.

[7]: Immoderation and squandering upon things that have no use and have no good or benefit. Allaah, the Most High, says:

"...but be not extravagant. Indeed He likes not the extravagant ones..."

[Surah 6 V141]

And Allaah says:

"...but spend not wastefully (in your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift. Verily spendthrifts are the brothers of the devils."

[Surah 17 V 26-27]

[8]: The abandonment, of the prayer in the mosque by many people, without having an Islaamically acceptable excuse; and some people not praying at all except the Eid Prayers, whilst they abandon praying the other prayers. By Allaah this is a great sin.

[9] The general Muslims going to the grave yard after the Fajr Prayer, leaving the Eid Prayer, cloaked by the innovation of particularizing the day of Eid for visiting the graveyard, others have added the placing of palm leaves or other tree branches on the graves. All of this has no basis in the Sunnah.

[10]: Not having any compassion for the poor and the needy. The sons of the rich people display their joy and happiness, they eat appetizing food and they do all of this in front of the poor and their children, without having any feelings of sympathy or feeling the need to help or have responsibility even though Allaah’s Messenger (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) said:

"None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother that which he wishes for himself"

[Reported by al-Bukhaaree (no. 13), Muslim (no. 45)]

[11]: The display of nationalism by going in cars at high speed and flying flags. This is not allowed in Islaam and nationalism is considered evil in Islaam. Also what form of da’wah is it to non-Muslims who see Muslims in cars with heads out of windows and sun roofs going at high speed shouting and screaming and flying a flag. Muslims must be well mannered and dignified at all times even in times of joy and celebration.

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