There is a sickness in society
which has now reached epidemic proportions. It is so serious that
it requires a repetition in its warnings to drive the point home.
Fitnahs abound, and the worst and most dangerous
fitnah is that which takes the form and garb of Deen.
In the name and guise of Deen, Muslims are being invited to ‘Fund-raising’
programmes, lunches, dinners, pre-Ramadaan and Eid Fairs. Funds
are being raised for Deeni projects in this manner.
The context of these programmes is ‘Fun’and ‘Entertainment’which
entails socializing. The Muslim is encouraged to bring along wife,
daughters, mother and sisters.
Since this is in the name of Deen, people consider it as Ibaadah
(worship), something virtuous. …One can gauge how serious
the matter is. The person is not going to make Taubah for this.
He is not going to consider the intermingling and the socializing
as sinful, because the event is promoted as something meritorious
and‘Halaal’, and because the invitation is from people
and organizations that are representing Deen, and whom it is expected,
would know better as to what is Haraam and Halaal.
‘What a kind of revolution! …
That Ummah which detested Haraam, which stayed far
from that which is doubtful,
now has no fear indulging in Haraam.’
Even if an ‘Aalim is involved in such activities or endorsingsuch
programmes and is seen at such venues, this does not make Haraam,
Halaal. …This is the weakness of that ‘Aalim.
There are so many who are deendaar and they know better than to
attend such programmes; their hearts will give them the fatwa :‘Don’t
go’ – then why still go? …Thereafter
complaints are presented of the immodest dressing of the women,
the intermingling of sexes, the disconcerting condition of the youth,
etc.…This is the trap of shaytaan and nafs!…So the
person is gazing at such women(or vice versa), engaging the nafs
in Haraam pleasure and destroying the heart with evil desires.
Those who have ta-alluk with Deen and have ta-allukwith the Mashaa`ik,must
prove their piety and sincerity by restraining themselves from such
evils. The instruction and order of Shariah is :
‘It is not permissible to be present
in a gathering
where Allah Ta’ala is being disobeyed.’
Mullah Ali Qaari (Rahmatullahi ‘alaih) has defined Hayaa
(modesty) as :
“The Haqeeqat (reality) of Hayaa is
that your Maula must not find you in that place which He has forbidden.”
…Or indulging in that which He has forbidden.
Such events and functions bring one close to Zina(adultery). Allah
“And come not near to Zina.
Verily it is a shameful and evil path”
[Surah Al- Isra17 : 32]
Such functions promote Zina of the eyes, whereas it is from the
Commandments of Allah Ta’ala that we lower our gazes from
looking at ghair-mahareem.Allah Ta’ala addresses both the
believing men and believing women:
“Tell the believing men to lower their
gaze (from looking at that which is Haraam) and to be modest …
…And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking
at that which is forbidden) and to be modest and not to show off
their beauty …
[Surah Nur24 : 29/ 30]
Young men have written to me and have mentioned quite explicitly
that their intentions in frequenting such functions, fairs and programmes
is for no other purpose but to admire the women. Some have even
mentioned deriving Haraam pleasure by deliberately touching those
women in the crowd (Na-uzuBillahi min zaalik) – and if these
are not our wives, then they are our daughters or mothers or sisters
or nieces who are exposed to lustful glances and touching.
So when it is plainly evident that these programmesand fairs are
against the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala, we can stop ourselves
and our familieseven if we cannot stop others.
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhiwaSallam) said : “THE
MOST BELOVED PLACES IN THE SIGHT OF ALLAH ARE THE MASAAJID, AND
THE MOST DISLIKED PLACES IN THE SIGHT OF ALLAH ARE THE MARKETS.”