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PDA (Public Display of Affection)

PDA

PDA (Public display of Affection) is a vulgar culture, it is based on Western. yet it also took place among Muslims. Mostly, the married couples are seen hugging each other, holding hands in front of people… It is also still common in Social media as well…

It is very against modesty, and aswell it is contrary to protective jealousy of man.

It is the duty of a Muslim man to protect the honor of his wife, and he should make sure that she does not fall into any dangers.

Allah says in Quran

ٱلرِّجَالُ قَوَّٰمُونَ عَلَى ٱلنِّسَآءِ بِمَا فَضَّلَ ٱللَّهُ بَعۡضَهُمۡ عَلَىٰ بَعۡضٍ وَبِمَآ أَنفَقُواْ مِنۡ أَمۡوَٰلِهِمۡۚ فَٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتُ قَٰنِتَٰتٌ حَٰفِظَٰتٌ لِّلۡغَيۡبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ ٱللَّهُۚ

Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them, guard.

Therefore it is completely against Allah’s command that man should practice PDA with his wife.

Modesty is of great importance. It is reported in ahadith:

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Faith has seventy odd branches and modesty (Al-Haya’) is a branch of faith.”

Sunan an-Nasa’i 5004

Narrated Abu Mas`ud:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, ‘One of the sayings of the early Prophets which the people have got is: If you don’t feel ashamed, do whatever you like.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 6120

And it is also important that the man should also protect his wife’s honor, that he should have protective jealousy over her, and not allow any strangers to touch her.

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported that Sa’d b. Ubada (Allah be pleased with him) said:

Messenger of Allah, if I were to find with my wife a man, should I not touch him before bringing four witnesses? Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: Yes. He said: By no means. By Him Who has sent you with the Truth, I would hasten with my sword to him before that. Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: Listen to what your chief says. He is jealous of his honor, I am more jealous than he (is) and God is more jealous than I.

Sahih Muslim 1498 c

See how Hazrat Sa’d b Ubadah’s jealousy toward his wife was! Yet today, we come across many pictures of Muslim couples showing affection, holding hands, hugging, etc… This is not good.

Moreover, not only it also affects the honor of the couples, but it could lead to evil eyes as well. Many of our brothers and sisters are unmarried, even at older ages, and are still struggling to find spouses. So if they were to see what the married couples are doing in public, they would grow more depressed and feel hatred and envious toward those.

So, therefore, you must avoid displaying affection with your spouses publicly. Do it in private, don’t follow the kafirs’ way. Follow the Prophet peace be upon him and his companions, for they had best Ghayrah..

See about Hijab as-well

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Birthday

Birthday In Islam

A birthday is celebration which is celebrated when the person has reached his birth day. People often would give gifts, such as foods, watches, and sometimes expensive things, etc. The parties are held in home, office or schools

But can Muslims practice it?

We should look at how it started. Little research will be enough. According to this website

It all started with the Egyptians.

Scholars who study the Bible say that the earliest mention of a birthday was around 3,000 B.C.E. and was in reference to a Pharaoh’s birthday. But further study implies that this was not their birth into the world, but their “birth” as a god.

When Egyptian pharaohs were crowned in ancient Egypt, they were considered to have transformed into gods. This was a moment in their lives that became more important than even their physical birth.

Pagans, such as the ancient Greeks, believed that each person had a spirit that was present on the day of his or her birth. This spirit kept watch and had a mystic relation with the god on whose birthday that particular individual was born.

The Birthday candles was started by the Greeks.

Gods and goddesses were a huge part of Greek culture. Greeks offered many tributes and sacrifices to appease these gods. The lunar goddess, Artemis, was no different.

As a tribute to her, the Greeks would offer up moon-shaped cakes adorned with lit candles to recreate the glowing radiance of the moon and Artemis’ perceived beauty. The candles also symbolized the sending of a signal or prayer. Blowing out the candles with a wish is another way of sending that message to the gods.

Birthdays first started as a form of protection.

It is assumed that the Greeks adopted the Egyptian tradition of celebrating the “birth” of a god. They, like many other pagan cultures, thought that days of major change, such as these “birth” days, welcomed evil spirits. They lit candles in response to these spirits almost as if they represented a light in the darkness. This implies that birthday celebrations started as a form of protection.

In addition to candles, friends and family would gather around the birthday person and protect them from harm with good cheers, thoughts, and wishes. They would give gifts to bring even more good cheer that would ward off evil spirits. Noisemakers were also used to scare away the unwanted evil.


So what does Islam say about birthday?

These traditions mentioned above were all based on Shirks.

According to scholars, celebrating birthday is not permissible, because they imitate the Kafirs. and what they said is true, the roots of birthday as mentioned above, shows that it was actually the Kafirs who invented it for their false gods.

Even Muslims should not celebrate Christmas, because it is basically just pagan culture. The Bible does not even mention it either.

It is reported in hadith:

You would tread the same path as was trodden by those before you inch by inch and step by step so much so that if they had entered into the hole of the lizard, you would follow them in this also. We said: Allah’s Messenger, do you mean Jews and Christians (by your words)” those before you”? He said: Who else (than those two religious groups)?

Sahih Muslim 2669 a

What Prophet peace be upon him said has came true. We see that Muslims have took cultures from non muslims into their cultures. We should be proud of our religion, and we believe that it is the Truth, which Allah has guided us toward. Therefore there is no need to copy non muslims’ cultures.

ٱلۡيَوۡمَ أَكۡمَلۡتُ لَكُمۡ دِينَكُمۡ وَأَتۡمَمۡتُ عَلَيۡكُمۡ نِعۡمَتِى وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ ٱلۡإِسۡلَٰمَ دِينًاۚ

This day I have perfected for you your religion and compteled My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.

Surah Maida 3

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Hijab

Hijab

Modesty is one of the most praiseworthy characters of a Muslim.

It is reported in a hadith that Prophet peace be upon him said:

“Modesty (Al-Haya’) is a branch of Faith.”

Sunan an-Nasa’i 5006 (Sahih by Darussalam)

And in another hadith.

The Prophet (ﷺ) passed by a man who was admonishing his brother regarding Haya’ (pious shyness from committing religious indiscretions) and was saying, “You are very shy, and I am afraid that might harm you.” On that, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Leave him, for Haya’ is (a part) of Faith.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 6118

Hijab is an important aspect of modesty, that sisters should maintain. it is for protecting their chastity and seeking the pleasure of Allah by following His command. Allah says in Quran

وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَـٰتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَـٰرِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا ۖ وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَىٰ جُيُوبِهِنَّ ۖ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا لِبُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ ءَابَآئِهِنَّ أَوْ ءَابَآءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَآئِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَآءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ إِخْوَٰنِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِىٓ إِخْوَٰنِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِىٓ أَخَوَٰتِهِنَّ أَوْ نِسَآئِهِنَّ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَـٰنُهُنَّ أَوِ ٱلتَّـٰبِعِينَ غَيْرِ أُو۟لِى ٱلْإِرْبَةِ مِنَ ٱلرِّجَالِ أَوِ ٱلطِّفْلِ ٱلَّذِينَ لَمْ يَظْهَرُوا۟ عَلَىٰ عَوْرَٰتِ ٱلنِّسَآءِ ۖ وَلَا يَضْرِبْنَ بِأَرْجُلِهِنَّ لِيُعْلَمَ مَا يُخْفِينَ مِن زِينَتِهِنَّ ۚ وَتُوبُوٓا۟ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَ ٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for the necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, headcover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of feminine sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful”

Surah An-Nur 24:31

so according to Him, it is obligatory for women to wear hijab when going outside or when in presence of non-mahram.

Hazrat Aisha may Allah be pleased with her, said:

May Allah have mercy on the early immigrant women. When the verse “That they should draw their veils over their bosoms” was revealed, they tore their thick outer garments and made veils from them.

Sunan Abi Dawud 4102

But it is not just outer hijab, rather there is also inner hijab.

Women must protect their chastity and honors, by avoiding free mixing with non-mahram and making friends with them, they also should lower their gaze down, they also should avoid softening their voices in their presence too as well.

Unfortunately, there are still many women who wear hijab yet they free mix with nonmahram males and becoming their friends. this is not the way of hijab.

As for the men. They still have to cover their awrah, which is between navel and knees, and lowering their gaze down, avoiding any unnecessary contact with non-mahram or being friends or in Zina relationship with them.

Unfortunately, torn clothing which has become popular among clothing fashions is worn by the men, revealing their awrah without feeling ashamed. This is unIslamic.

Parents should teach their children, sons, and daughters to cover their awrah.

Hazrat Saladin, once said:

If you want to destroy any nation without war, make adultery and nudity common in the young generation. And Allah knows best.

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Nationalism in Islam

Nationalism in Islam

Nationalism means identification with one’s own nation and support for its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.

The concept of nationalism is contrary to Islam because this is calling of splitting ummah, it is similar to tribalism practiced during Day of Ignorance, undoubtedly, nationalism and tribalism both are sources of hatred, arrogance, and pride, and even it can affect marriage badly such as nationalists forbidding their children from marrying those not belonging to their homeland or of different race color.

Prophet peace be upon him warned us about fighting for sake of tribe.

It was narrated that Jundab bin ‘Abdullah said:

“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘Whoever fights for a cause that is not clear, advocating tribalism, getting angry for the sake of tribalism, then he has died a death of Jahiliyyah.'”

Sahih (Darussalam) Sunan an-Nasa’i 4115

In-book : Book 37, Hadith 150

English translation : Vol. 5, Book 37, Hadith 4120

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever fights under a banner of folly, supporting tribalism, or getting angry for the sake of tribalism, he dies in a state of ignorance.

“Sahih (Darussalam) Sunan Ibn Majah 3948

In-book: Book 36, Hadith 23

English translation: Vol. 5, Book 36, Hadith 3948

Sunan Ibn Majah

Indeed it does not matter what our race color is, be it black, white, or brown, we are all children of Adam, who was created from dust. Our Lord is One and Only worthy of being worshipped alone without any partner.

Allah tells us Al-Hujurat 49:13

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَٰكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَٰكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَآئِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوٓاْۚ إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ أَتْقَىٰكُمْۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ

O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.

And we should be aware that Allah does not look at our appearance or wealth but He looks at our heart.

May Allah protect us from the ugly nationalism and tribalism

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Prayer – Come back to prayer

Come back to prayer..

Oh my brothers,

Why do you not give thanks to Allah and worship Him?

Why do you miss salat?

Do you not know that through salat you are having conversations with your Creator Who created you, took care of you when you were a helpless baby?

Don’t you know that He feeds you when you were hungry and gives you water when you were dehydrated?

Don’t you know that He is Independent Being, free of need? He does not need you. But it is you who are in need of Him.

Why do you prefer watching football matches over going to masjid? Why have you not taken a break from your work and come to masjid when the adhaan has been announced?

Why do you ignore Fajr? Don’t you know that the two Rakat sunnah prayer is greater than anything in this world?

Don’t you know that missing salat can put your Deen at risk?

Allah says in Quran Al-Muddaththir 41-3

عَنِ ٱلْمُجْرِمِينَ

About the the criminals

مَا سَلَكَكُمْ فِى سَقَرَ

[And asking them], “What put you into Saqar?”

قَالُوا۟ لَمْ نَكُ مِنَ ٱلْمُصَلِّينَ

They will say, “We were not of those who prayed,

Indeed Prophet peace be upon him said.

Verily between man and between polytheism and unbelief is the negligence of prayer.

Sahih Muslim 82 a

When the adhan is recited, you hear the word “come to success” so if you want to be successful. Then you must pray salat.

My brothers, come back before there comes a time where you will pass away and put inside the earth, nothing will help you, except your deeds. Come back before it’s too late.

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Culture of Forefather

Forefathers’ culture

Sunnah is more important to you than your forefathers’ cultures, custom.

We live in an age where there is no land with sharia laws fully implemented currently, instead we have come across many strange cultures, that we are taught to follow instead of the beautiful sunnah of Prophet peace be upon him.

We often claim that we love Prophet peace be upon him, but we do not know what the love means. It is not the natural feeling that man gets toward his parents, children, and so. This means the obedience which we try to follow his footstep.

We come across many cultures that ends up being shirk, such as seeking help from dead, wearing amulet.

And then we come across some cultures that goes against Quran and Sunnah, such as some people shaving their beard and keeping moustache, or some keep beard but only trimmed because they see it more handsome than long beard.

Without following the Sunnah, how can we claim that we truly love Prophet peace be upon him? How can we even say that we love Allah when He commands us to follow Prophet peace be upon him yet we disobey Him??

Allah says in Quran.

Aal-e-Imran 3:31

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ ٱللَّهَ فَٱتَّبِعُونِى يُحْبِبْكُمُ ٱللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْۗ وَٱللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”

An-Nisa’ 4:80

مَّن يُطِعِ ٱلرَّسُولَ فَقَدْ أَطَاعَ ٱللَّهَۖ وَمَن تَوَلَّىٰ فَمَآ أَرْسَلْنَٰكَ عَلَيْهِمْ حَفِيظًا

He who obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah ; but those who turn away – We have not sent you over them as guardian

Do not follow your forefathers culture blindly.

Al-Baqarah 2:170

وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمُ ٱتَّبِعُواْ مَآ أَنزَلَ ٱللَّهُ قَالُواْ بَلْ نَتَّبِعُ مَآ أَلْفَيْنَا عَلَيْهِ ءَابَآءَنَآۗ أَوَلَوْ كَانَ ءَابَآؤُهُمْ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ شَيْـًٔا وَلَا يَهْتَدُونَ

And when it is said to them, “Follow what Allah has revealed,” they say, “Rather, we will follow that which we found our fathers doing.” Even though their fathers understood nothing, nor were they guided?

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