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UPDATE: There are many legitimate scholars that are of the opinion that foods with minute amounts of alcohol are allowed and that silk ties are allowed as they are only decorations. We advise that you research this yourself or talk to a local Imam/scholar for more clarification.

In Sahih Al-Bukhari, it mentions that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam),

“From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful.”

Nowadays, this Hadith is most often used in the debates regarding the permissibility of music in Islam. However, most people do not reflect on the whole Hadith and observe that all the signs have become commonplace among ‘followers’, as indicated by the Hadith, of Allah and His Prophet. Insha’Allah, we will be looking at all of the signs mentioned in the Hadith and note some real-day examples of these signs.

1. Music - I am sure that we have all witnessed this debate, of whether or not music is permissible or not in Islam, at some point in our lives. For those of you who may not know or believe that it is a ‘grey area’ with proofs on both sides, music is clearly Haraam, as shown by the Hadith and numerous other evidences. This has always been agreed upon until fairly recently, when some started to advocate for its permissibility. Of course, as the Hadith indicates, we know that some will eventually consider it to be lawful. Currently, the most prominent ‘Islamic music’ advocate, dubbed by TIME Magazine as ‘Islam’s Biggest Rock Star’, is Sami Yusuf. On his blog, he states that,

“I created records that were unthinkable by certain Islamic scholars, creating a new market among Muslims of all ages who were not permitted to listen to any popular music without incurring the wrath of family, friends and certain religious authorities.” Sitting there at the piano or violin, I never considered whether it was brave or stupid… …to create music no-one had ever created before … in a genre that didn’t exist …to a market which had never bought a pop record before.

Sounds pretty stupid right!

Yes, I’m sorry, but that sounds very stupid. To go against the very fundamentals and core of our religion, to create ‘records’ unthinkable by the majority of scholars, and then to blame parents fot ‘incurring their wrath’ when they are trying to make their children stay on the Straight Path… Very stupid indeed.

An interesting thing to note here by the way, is that for his first album, Al-Mu’allim, it was categorized as an Islamic Nasheed and thus confused and confounded thousands of Muslim youth. However, that deceptive marketing has come to an end. For the recent album, My Ummah, this is what the publishers have to say,

“Following al-Mu’allim came the groundbreaking, genre-defining album, My Ummah. Moving on from al-Mu’allim it was no longer ‘percussive’ or ‘anasheed’ orientated. Musically, it combined several different genres, perfectly blending into one another and exposing the listener to some truly powerful pieces of music.”

Yes, we hear you loud and clear. You have created a new genre, a genre that has made the use of musical instruments lawful. May Allah guide us all…

2. Alcohol – I went to a Muslim family’s house one day and they offered us food and a wine bottle. Yes, a wine bottle. Oh, but it was “alcohol-free.” Let us examine what that actually means:

Non-Alcoholic Beer

By Plindberg via Flickr: "Non-Alcoholic Beer"

On Wikipedia, under the topic of low-alcohol beer,  it states that,

Although labeled as non-alcoholic, some beers may still contain small amounts of alcohol; as a result, some American states prohibit their sale to minors and even to young adults.

In the United Kingdom, by government regulations, “alcohol-free” drinks are categorized into the following three categories:

Alcohol-free: Contains 0.05% alcohol or less
De-alcoholised: Contains 0.5% alcohol or less
Low-alcohol: contains more than 0.5% but no more than 1.2%

As one can easily see, there is actually alcohol in these so-called “alcohol-free” drinks!

While researching this topic, I came across this article:

“There are bar snacks, quiz nights, snooker tables and blaring music.

But if you fancy a beer you’ve come to the wrong pub.

The Halal Inn is open for non-alcoholic business only.”

A Halal pub?! That’s like saying a Halal Christmas tree or ‘Islamic Idol’ (which has sadly already begun)! There is a clear Hadith that mentions,

“Whoever resembles a people is one of them.”(Recorded by Abu Dawud)

I ask any fair-minded individual – if we are going around having Muslim pubs and trumping around with ‘non-alcoholic wine bottles’, are we not resembling a certain type of people?

3. Silk (for men) – Is silk ties allowed as we’re not exactly wearing them and they’re above our shirts? That is a question that is asked in many online Fatwa websites.

Pure Silk Ties

By Purolipan via Flickr

The answer is a resounding ‘no’ for men as the Prophet clearly said,

“Do not wear silk, for those who wear it in this life shall not wear it in the Hereafter.” (Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim)

On certain sites, however, they believe it’s permissible to wear it as “decorative objects” and not dresses. On a Shi’a website, it stated that:

“And there is similarly no problem in using it [100% silk] for waist-band…lace/braid…even the inner-linning of suits, etc.

In Ahmad, Abu Dawud, An-Nasaa’i, and Ibn Majah, it has been reported that:

`Ali [a Sahabi that the Shia' especially venerate!] reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) took some silk in his right hand and some gold in his left, declaring, “These two are haram for the males among my followers.”

And yet, we actually see people selling “Islamic Silk Ties“…

There is a Hadith of the Prophet in which he mentions,

Leave that about which you are in doubt for that about which you are in no doubt. (At-Tirmidhi)

Every sin is a stepping stone for another one, so let’s not even try getting near the forbidden and doubtful matters. Instead of buying silk ties, there are better alternatives to this, such as Jaan J., a Muslim company that sells luxury satin ties.

4. Adultery/Fornication – In Surah Isra, Ayah 32, it states,”

“And come not near to unlawful sexual intercourse. Verily, it is a faahishah (a great sin) and an evil way.”

Imaam al-Qurtubi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: The ulama said that the phrase And come not near to unlawful sexual intercourse is more eloquent than merely saying Do not commit zinaa, because the meaning is, Do not even come close to zinaa. This means not doing any deed that may get close to zinaa or lead to it, such as being alone with a member of the opposite sex, touching, looking, going to evil places, speaking in a haraam manner to a woman to whom one is not related, thinking about and planning immoral acts, and so on.

With these proofs and so many others, I couldn’t even conceive how one could legitimize illegal sexual intercourse outside of marriage. Therefore, I was very much shocked when I read on Newsweek that,

One recent Gallup poll found that more than 30 percent of French Muslims were ready to accept homosexuality, compared with zero in Britain. Almost half of French Muslims believed sex between unmarried people was morally acceptable, compared with 27 percent of German Muslims.

50 percent of French Muslims believe that Zina is acceptable?! That amounts to more than 2,000,000 Muslims!

As we can see, the Prophet’s Hadith has come true, and has left no space for doubt. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala help us to stay away from the doubtful matters, and keep on His Straight Path. Ameen…


   
  • http://www.youtube.com/abdelbaasit1 Abd Al-Baasit

    :) May Allah reward you immensely for writing this much needed article (especially for nowadays) جزاك الله خير الجزاء

    And just for anybody who wants to know, the Arabic of the first hadeeth (which this article discusses) is:

    ليكونن من أمتي أقوام يستحلون الحر والحرير والخمر والمعازف

    And as Br. Arif stated, its in Sahih Al-Bukhari narrated by Abu Maalik Al-Ash`ari. It was also recorded in many other hadeeth books, and authenticated by Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Qayyim, Ibn Salaah, Ibn Muflih, ‘Iraaqi, Ibn Hajar, Shawkaani, Albaani and others (I just put this for anybody who dares to doubt the authenticity of the hadeeth).

    I thank you again for this very informative & extremely beneficial article!! And may Allah guide all of us to practice what we learn and spread this knowledge to others آمين

  • http://www.youtube.com/abdelbaasit1 Abd Al-Baasit

    :) May Allah reward you immensely for writing this much needed article (especially for nowadays) جزاك الله خير الجزاء

    And just for anybody who wants to know, the Arabic of the first hadeeth (which this article discusses) is:

    ليكونن من أمتي أقوام يستحلون الحر والحرير والخمر والمعازف

    And as Br. Arif stated, its in Sahih Al-Bukhari narrated by Abu Maalik Al-Ash`ari. It was also recorded in many other hadeeth books, and authenticated by Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Qayyim, Ibn Salaah, Ibn Muflih, ‘Iraaqi, Ibn Hajar, Shawkaani, Albaani and others (I just put this for anybody who dares to doubt the authenticity of the hadeeth).

    I thank you again for this very informative & extremely beneficial article!! And may Allah guide all of us to practice what we learn and spread this knowledge to others آمين

  • http://www.anassar.net/ Ayman Nassar

    Very good presentation

  • http://www.twitter.com/atifman Atif

    Assalamu’alaykum Bro,
    Jazak Allah Khayr.
    A couple points regarding #2 and #3: there might be some difference of opinion involved. We learned it from the “Precious Provisions” class.

    Regarding non-alcoholic beer, it may be allowed if it doesn’t intoxicate even if taken in a large amount. The Prophet(s) said, ”
    Whatever intoxicates in large quantities, then a small quantity of it is forbidden.” So if it doesn’t intoxicate even in a large quantity (meaning, you would die of drinking too much before getting intoxicated), then it is allowed.
    See this fatwa: http://islamtoday.com/show_detail_section.cfm?q_id=165&main_cat_id=30

    As for silk ties, it’s questionable whether the ties are made from real silk produced from worms (although after doing a quick search on the net, it seems there isn’t much of a price difference between real silk ties and imitation silk ties). In any case, scholars say that the amount of silk in a tie is still relatively small so some of them say it’s allowed.

    Of course, we should avoid doubtful matters as you quoted above, but we should also be aware of what scholars say.

  • http://www.twitter.com/atifman Atif

    Assalamu’alaykum Bro,
    Jazak Allah Khayr.
    A couple points regarding #2 and #3: there might be some difference of opinion involved. We learned it from the “Precious Provisions” class.

    Regarding non-alcoholic beer, it may be allowed if it doesn’t intoxicate even if taken in a large amount. The Prophet(s) said, ”
    Whatever intoxicates in large quantities, then a small quantity of it is forbidden.” So if it doesn’t intoxicate even in a large quantity (meaning, you would die of drinking too much before getting intoxicated), then it is allowed.
    See this fatwa: http://islamtoday.com/show_detail_section.cfm?q_id=165&main_cat_id=30

    As for silk ties, it’s questionable whether the ties are made from real silk produced from worms (although after doing a quick search on the net, it seems there isn’t much of a price difference between real silk ties and imitation silk ties). In any case, scholars say that the amount of silk in a tie is still relatively small so some of them say it’s allowed.

    Of course, we should avoid doubtful matters as you quoted above, but we should also be aware of what scholars say.

  • http://www.muslimyouthmusings.com/ Arif Kabir

    @atif Jazaana Wa Iyyakum for the info – I actually never knew that Hadith before.

    #2 – In the link you sent me, the scholar still mentioned that, “As long as the food or beverage in question does not intoxicate even when large quantities are consumed, then it is not prohibited.” When researching about low-alcoholic beer, I noticed that many states does not allow selling these products to minors because large quantities do tend to cause one to become drunk.

    #3 – It’s true that a relatively small quantity of silk is allowed – `Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, has forbidden the wearing of silk except for an area whose width is of two fingers, three or four. (Reported by Muslim, 3/1644). However, I was talking more about wearing 100% silk ties because these are becoming commonplace among Muslims since their opinion is that ties are more of an accessory above one’s clothing. However, various Fataawa have stated that these ties are Haraam.

  • Ibrahim

    Masha Allah this article is Awesome

  • shiney

    Good article-very informative. That “halal” wine and Islamic Idol stuff is crazy! And it’s amazing how when people want to justify something wrong they’re doing (or want to do), they’ll try to take proofs from various scholars or invent wrong hadiths to prove themselves right. Like I know people who say that they can celebrate Halloween if they have the “right intention” for it because the intention is what counts right…? Subhan-Allah!
    Also, I have a question for anyone who can answer it. Are birthdays haram? Or just frowned upon because Rasulullah (SAW) didn’t celebrate his?

    • Anonymous

      As for your question:

      “Are birthdays haram (Prohibited)? Or just ‘frowned upon’ because Rasulullah (SAW) didn’t celebrate his?”

      - Celebrating birthdays is “not allowed” in Islaam.

      The evidence in the Qur’aan & Sunnah indicates that celebrating birthdays (الإحتفال بالموالد taking that 1 particular day that a person was born on as an Annual Day of Party and Celebration [i.e. عيد]) is undoubtedly a kind of bid’ah or innovation in religion, which has no basis in Islamic Law. It is not permitted to accept invitations to birthday celebrations, because this involves supporting and encouraging a bid’ah.

      Furthermore … according to authentic reports, our Prophet said: من عمل عملا ليس عليه أمرنا, فهو رَدّ “Whoever does something that is a not part of this matter of ours (i.e. Islam) will have it rejected” (Saheeh Muslim). There are many other statements of the Prophet that convey the same meaning.

      Besides being a bid’ah and having no basis in Islamic Law, these birthday celebrations also involve: imitation of the Jews and Christians in their birthday celebrations. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, warning us against following their ways and traditions: لتتبعن سنة من كان قبلكم حذو القذة بالقذة حتى لو دخلوا حجر ضب لدخلتموه “You (Muslims) will follow the ways & traditions of those who came before you step by step and inch by inch, to such an extent that if they were to enter a lizard’s hole, you would enter it too!” The Companions said, “O Messenger of Allah, do you mean the Jews and Christians?” He said, فمن؟ “Who else?” (Saheeh Al-Bukhaari and Muslim).

      The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم also said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” [This refers to imitating a people in a Specific Act that they do. E.g. Gathering together on the day of one's birth (الإحتفال بالموالد) and people coming to your house and what not... having a party, whatever! This is from their practice and tradition. * It has no Islamic precedent, neither from the Prophet, nor his students (Companions), nor the Predecessors, nor the 4 Imaams and the righteous followers.]

      Reference: Fataawa Islaamiyyah, 1/115

      Some people try to cite as evidence the fact that it is reported that our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was asked, “Why do you fast on Mondays?” He replied: “It was the day that I was born on & it was the day that the Revelation (first) started to descend to me.”

      * So they say that he was ‘celebrating his birthday’. 3 points: (a) He would not fast particularly ON the 1 day of the year that he was born on, rather he would fast every single Monday. (b) He would not just fast because of his “birthday”, but also because this was the Day that Allah’s Wahy first started to come to him. (c) He would do NOTHING MORE than fast. He would not ‘celebrate’ it.

      We need to avoid imitating the customs of the Jews/Christians in this regard – and the various things they do on “birthdays”.

      • shiney

        @abdulbaasit.Thank you so much for answering my questions. I have never recieved an answer like this on birthdays. I was always told it was either haram or ok.

        • Anonymous

          @shiney. You’re very welcome :) And thank you so much for asking.

  • shiney

    Good article-very informative. That “halal” wine and Islamic Idol stuff is crazy! And it's amazing how when people want to justify something wrong they're doing (or want to do), they'll try to take proofs from various scholars or invent wrong hadiths to prove themselves right. Like I know people who say that they can celebrate Halloween if they have the “right intention” for it because the intention is what counts right…? Subhan-Allah!
    Also, I have a question for anyone who can answer it. Are birthdays haram? Or just frowned upon because Rasulullah (SAW) didn't celebrate his?

  • abdulbaasit

    As for your question:

    “Are birthdays haram (Prohibited)? Or just 'frowned upon' because Rasulullah (SAW) didn't celebrate his?”

    - Celebrating birthdays is “not allowed” in Islaam.

    The evidence in the Qur'aan & Sunnah indicates that celebrating birthdays (الإحتفال بالموالد taking that 1 particular day that a person was born on as an Annual Day of Party and Celebration [i.e. عيد]) is undoubtedly a kind of bid'ah or innovation in religion, which has no basis in Islamic Law. It is not permitted to accept invitations to birthday celebrations, because this involves supporting and encouraging a bid’ah.

    Furthermore … according to authentic reports, our Prophet said: من عمل عملا ليس عليه أمرنا, فهو رَدّ “Whoever does something that is a not part of this matter of ours (i.e. Islam) will have it rejected” (Saheeh Muslim). There are many other statements of the Prophet that convey the same meaning.

    Besides being a bid’ah and having no basis in Islamic Law, these birthday celebrations also involve: imitation of the Jews and Christians in their birthday celebrations. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, warning us against following their ways and traditions: لتتبعن سنة من كان قبلكم حذو القذة بالقذة حتى لو دخلوا حجر ضب لدخلتموه “You (Muslims) will follow the ways & traditions of those who came before you step by step and inch by inch, to such an extent that if they were to enter a lizard’s hole, you would enter it too!” The Companions said, “O Messenger of Allah, do you mean the Jews and Christians?” He said, فمن؟ “Who else?” (Saheeh Al-Bukhaari and Muslim).

    The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم also said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” [This refers to imitating a people in a Specific Act that they do. E.g. Gathering together on the day of one's birth (الإحتفال بالموالد) and people coming to your house and what not... having a party, whatever! This is from their practice and tradition. * It has no Islamic precedent, neither from the Prophet, nor his students (Companions), nor the Predecessors, nor the 4 Imaams and the righteous followers.]

    Reference: Fataawa Islaamiyyah, 1/115

    Some people try to cite as evidence the fact that it is reported that our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was asked, “Why do you fast on Mondays?” He replied: “It was the day that I was born on & it was the day that the Revelation (first) started to descend to me.”

    * So they say that he was 'celebrating his birthday'. 3 points: (a) He would not fast particularly ON the 1 day of the year that he was born on, rather he would fast every single Monday. (b) He would not just fast because of his “birthday”, but also because this was the Day that Allah's Wahy first started to come to him. (c) He would do NOTHING MORE than fast. He would not 'celebrate' it.

    We need to avoid imitating the customs of the Jews/Christians in this regard – and the various things they do on “birthdays”.

  • shiney

    @abdulbaasit.Thank you so much for answering my questions. I have never recieved an answer like this on birthdays. I was always told it was either haram or ok.

  • abdulbaasit

    @shiney. You're very welcome :) And thank you so much for asking.

  • http://www.anassar.net Ayman Nassar

    Very good presentation

  • Ibrahim

    Masha Allah this article is Awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/hana.naseer Hana Naseer

    very good explanation !!!

  • http://youthmusings.wordpress.com/ Arif Kabir

    @atif Jazaana Wa Iyyakum for the info – I actually never knew that Hadith before.

    #2 – In the link you sent me, the scholar still mentioned that, “As long as the food or beverage in question does not intoxicate even when large quantities are consumed, then it is not prohibited.” When researching about low-alcoholic beer, I noticed that many states does not allow selling these products to minors because large quantities do tend to cause one to become drunk. In light of the Fatwa, then these low-alcoholic drinks become Haraam (if they do indeed make one drunk in large quantities). And Allah Knows Best.

    #3 – It’s true that a relatively small quantity of silk is allowed – `Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, has forbidden the wearing of silk except for an area whose width is of two fingers, three or four. (Reported by Muslim, 3/1644). However, I was talking more about wearing 100% silk ties because these are becoming commonplace among Muslims since their opinion is that ties are more of an accessory above one’s clothing. However, various Fataawa have stated that these ties are Haraam.

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