From: Jamiatul Ulama of South Africa J.U.S.A
Sent: Monday, 12 January, 2009 5:14:35
Subject: Rally, not permissible
15 MUHARRAM 1430 – 12 JANUARY 2009
JAMIATUL ULAMA OF SOUTH AFRICA (JUSA)
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PARTICIPATION IN HARAAM RALLIES
On Wednesday 14 January 2009, a 'mass rally' has been organized to protest against the Israeli massacre of the Muslims of Gaza. The rally will ofcourse be a mixed event of males and females, and of different religions. From the pamphlet being circulated, the person whom The Majlis has dubbed Reverend Abraham will be participating on behalf of Muslims. Is it permissible for Muslims to join this type of rally? (Brother from Gauteng)
There should be no difficulty for Muslims to understand the impermissibility of participating in the haraam rally. The Reverend Abraham does not represent any segment of the Muslim community since he had reneged from Islam several years ago. Let us therefore not delve on this redundant entity.
Every Muslim with even a little intelligence and a very cursory understanding of Islam knows that this type of rally is haraam for the following three main reasons:
Intermingling of sexes
Besides these fundamental haraam elements, there will be considerable drivel and futility taking place. For example, the Reverend Abraham will speak much rubbish in the name of Islam. Such rallies are the methods of non-Muslims. Islamic culture precludes such rallies. Muslims have a Sunnah culture to follow. The ways and methods of non-Muslims suit them. Their methodology and culture are inappropriate for Muslims, in fact haraam.
There is no ambiguity in Islamic teaching. The Qur'aan commands greater Inaabat illallah (turning to Allah Ta'ala in repentance, obedience and supplication) in times of calamity and disaster. Thus, when Bani Israaeel complained to Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) about the persecution, torture and their massacre by Fir'oun, the Nabi of Allah did not organize a futile, stupid rally at which toothless resolutions are passed and hollow slogans clamoured to the satisfaction of the participants – Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing – absolutely nothing. What Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) did, was to instruct his people:
"Seek aid from Allah and adopt Sabr. Verily, the earth belongs
to Allah. He grants its sovereignty to whomever He wishes, and
the ultimate victorious end is for the Muttaqeen."
In Islam there are only two ways: (1) If Muslims have power and the capability, then Jihad.(2) In the absence of such capability, are only Sabr (patience) and Dua (supplication). The solution for Gaza is the Battlefield, not shouting slogans and prancing like monkeys in streets thousands of miles away from the arena of the massacre.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has warned us that when the Ummah turns its back to Allah Ta'ala, then He will appoint brutal enemies (such as the Israeli murderers) to dominate and brutalize us. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: "They (the appointed barbarians) will show no respect for your elders and no mercy for your little ones. (At that time when the
massacring is taking place), your pious people (your Buzroogs) will supplicate to Allah for aid, but their duas will be rejected." In other words, the Divine Athaab will run its full course.
While our hearts cry and while we have to supplicate to Allah Ta'ala for succour and to save the Gaza Muslims from this horrendous punishment which has befallen them, and while we should assist them financially to the best of our ability, we should not deny the reality which Allah Ta'ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had announced to us. The reality is that what is happening today in Gaza is Allah's Decree which no one can thwart. No about of stupid and hollow howling and pretentious and preposterous slogans will avail. Nothing will save the Ummah, but Nusrat-e-Ilaahi (Divine Aid), and this in turn pivots on Inaabat Ilallaah.
Muslims are required to make dua – much dua, individually and in seclusion – in the dark hours of the night and early morning (Tahajjud time). Supplicate to Allah Ta'ala to destroy the Israeli Butcher whose products SANHA has made 'halaal'. Make dua and implore Allah Ta'ala to save the Gaza Muslims from two oppressions: (1) The oppression of the Israeli Butcher, and (2) Their own oppression on their own souls –the oppression which they inflict on themselves with their total transgression and abandonment of the Deen.
It is only when Muslims understand the causes for them having become the scum of mankind, will their eyes open and a new lease of honourable life will begin with sincere Inaabat Ilallaah.
"If you aid (the Deen of) Allah, He will aid you
and plant your feet firmly." (Qur'aan)
PARTICIPATION IN THE HARAAM RALLY IS HARAAM.