OF WORLD CUP AND OTHER SPORTING EVENTS
…FLEE TO ALLAH TA’ALA!
We all know that there are certain snakes and scorpions
which are extremely dangerous, and when they attack, their venom
or sting causes great harm and can even lead to death. Lions, cheetahs
and other wild animals attack, maim and kill. However, their harm
is on the physical body – and the physical body must inevitably
Then we have the snakes and scorpions and the wild
animals that attack the soul and they attack the Imaan of the person.
They sometimes maim and even kill the person’s Imaan and spirituality.
There is no doubt that the environment is a jungle
of Fitnah and Fasaad : It is extremely dangerous, with its vicious
And now we find ourselves in a period of time where
we also have the missiles of Fitnah targeting the Imaan of the Muslims
and bombs of Fitnah raining down upon the Muslims.
For those who want to restrain themselves and please
Allah Ta’ala, these times are a real Jihaad because there
are even those who are outwardly Deendaar but who advocate, promote
and support these Fitnahs.
On the outside, there is Deen, there is the garb
of the pious – but the person is caught up in the same Fitnahs.
So many watch on the television or go to those places… Young
children have written or wives have written that the fathers or
husbands, who are otherwise so Deendaar, forego their Salaah in
Jamaat, or even their Salaah, because they are viewing the World
Cup or the Cricket or the Rugby or other sport on television. Inna
Lillahi wa inna ilayhi ra’jioon.
We all know that the World Cup is a tsunami of
Fitnahs – It is an International upsurge of sins. What not
takes place and happens at these events – and we lend ourselves
to all of these sins. There is so much of Haraam, which is as clear
as daylight – but we still justify our viewing and participation.
We should hang our heads in shame if we are projecting
the image of piety to the world, but are obeying shaytaan in private.
This is what is termed as hypocrisy; Nifaaq. It is the currency
of the time. The person has two faces : A public face and a private
But we cannot hide our true selves from Allah Ta’ala.
In regard to the soccer matches, the young people will ask: “If
we cannot attend and view the World Cup, what do we do?”
We have to find alternatives. There’s no
We will not say that everyone must sit down in
the Masjid, read Qur’aan Sharief, read Tasbeeh and do nothing
else. …What is necessary and crucial is that the person runs
from those environments of sins. We have to distance ourselves from
venues of sins. We have to run towards Allah Ta’ala:
“…So flee to Allah…”
[Surah Adh-Dhariyat 51 : 50]
No doubt, this is a Jihad for many. But if we have
love for Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi
wasallam), then we would make every effort to restrain ourselves
from sins, knowing that sins will bring about a destruction of our
Imaan and will displease Allah Ta’ala, and cause hurt and
grief to the sensitive heart of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi
With this soccer mania and frenzy, where the majority
are only talking about the different teams and players and the goals
they scored, the condition of this team and that team. It is just
soccer, soccer, football, football – all the time. …What
a waste of precious time.
So here is a young person, who was, at one time,
addicted to the same. He is being encouraged to join them. The person
will feel pressurized. How is he going to restrain himself?
If he is seeking Allah Ta’ala’s Pleasures,
he will have to flee from that company because it is temptation
towards getting caught up in Fitnah. The person will have to make
new friends – friends who will take him to the Masjid, who
will talk of good things, move in the direction of good deeds.
So avoid the soccer company.
Talk, eat, drink – just don’t go to
any home where people will be viewing those soccer matches. If ten
of them are sitting and watching …then they will be dominant
against one person.
They will be screaming and jumping and they will
convince the person to join in … watching a group of adult
men run after a ball. Is this intelligence?
…Viewing adult men kicking a ball?
Stay away from the soccer supporters and addicts,
otherwise they will pull you in.
As that poet said:
“Last night, the person went to advise those who were drinking
in the bar,
but when he came out, he had a wobble in his walk.”
Keep yourself occupied with the permissible and
Company is extremely important. It is for these
reasons that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:
“A person is on the Deen (way of life) of his friend, so every
one of you should look at who he befriends.”
We need to be very, very careful and very cautious
regarding who we mix with and integrate with.
…If a huge python is approaching us, and
we can see it coming closer, will we remain where we are, or will
we look for the nearest exit? Will we admire skin of the snake and
go towards it, to touch and feel it?
In all those venues of sins, where filthy films
are screened, or people are dancing and partying, drinking and committing
other sins, if someone suddenly starts screaming: “Fire! Fire!”,
then is everyone going to continue with the dance and the party
and the sports? Or are they going to dash for the doors and exits?
If someone announces that there is a bomb in the
area, in the vicinity and it has been activated, will the person
remain there to see whether it is true or not?
We are so careful and cautious about our physical
health and well-being, and the protection of our lives. There should
also be caution and concern for our Imaan – to a far greater
…So in this regard also, there is nothing
better than to turn towards Allah Ta’ala and enjoy Sukoon
(tranquillity) in life.
In the midst of Fitnah also, the person can enjoy
Sukoon. Although so much Haraam is taking place, all around, but
the condition of the person will be like the waterproof watch.
If a person dives deep down in the ocean, that
watch, which is water-proof, will not be affected by the water,
because water cannot enter that watch. Allah Ta’ala will make
the person’s heart like that. All the madness and hubbub will
not enter that heart, when that heart has been placed in the protection
of Allah Ta’ala.
In this same football match, we can take some lesson.
If the one side has scored two goals and there is still ten minutes
to go till the final whistle, those players won’t relax. They
won’t say: “We already have two goals, why must we worry?”
They say: “Ten minutes to go - we don’t know what will
happen in the ten minutes.”
In the ten minutes, anything can happen. The opposition
can score more goals.
If it is a major match, of the kind that will be
played in this World Cup - all teams are going to be alert and sharp,
and will protect their goal. Even if they have scored two or three
goals, but there are ten minutes to go, each team will go all-out
until the final whistle is blown.
In a similar vein, the Mu’min has to be alert
and sharp. He keeps a check that nafs and shaytaan are not attacking
his Imaan, and he continues in the obedience of Allah Ta’ala,
until the final whistle is blown – so to say – until
“And serve you Lord, until there comes unto
you the hour that is Certain (i.e. Death).” [Surah Al-Hijr
15 : 99 ]
Like how those players protect their goal, so the
Believer is the goalkeeper of his heart and he protects his heart.
He does not allow shaytaan to infiltrate or gain the upper-hand,
and this continues life-long.
Just a few days of Mujahada – and really,
it is a few days. All these storms will soon pass – the days
will fly. Thereafter, everything gets back to routine, and it will
be then that people will realise the restlessness, the blunders
that they have made, and the other kinds of problems they will then
And the government will also realise what it has
done, and how much was wasted. The billions and billions that they
could have used to build thousands of homes, and done so much else.
So this is my message: Don’t feel that it
is an impossible to avoid. Don’t think: It cannot be avoided.
It is not that difficult. We avoid so many other
things. Why can we not avoid this?
Look at the restlessness that these events bring
- for the whole thirty days or thirty five days. May Allah Ta’ala
save me, save you and protect the Ummah at large.
…Don’t look at what people are doing,
and don’t argue and fight with others. So many are listing
the “benefits” and “virtues” of the World
…Allah Ta’ala’s Shaan is sometimes
Jalaali, sometimes Jamaali. We don’t know which Shaan of Allah
Ta’ala is focused when. Therefore, we have to be very, very
careful and cautious.
Sometimes, a person believes: My Allah is extremely
happy with me, because He is giving me plentiful to eat, and drink,
and wear, and travel around. I have a good car, good home, and everything....But
it could be Istidraaj – It could be that Allah Ta’ala
gives everything, and in the midst of all the Haraam enjoyment,
Allah Ta’ala seizes and punishes.
What will we earn of Deen and Aakhirah in all this
time spent in these sporting events, in hours and hours, days and
days watching men run after a ball - especially those, who will
shuttle from this end to that end, this province to that province,
and this stadium to that stadium? And after that, the discussions
will centre around the same thing - 24 hours of the day - the person
will be engaging in absolute futility.
‘Dunya’ is what makes the person forget
Allah Ta’ala and in that forgetfulness and heedlessness, he
wastes his time and chases after temporary pleasures.
Ghaflat (heedlessness) is the hen that lays the
eggs of sins.
Allah Ta’ala has given everybody intellect,
intelligence - put it to use
When anyone is engaged in uselessness and spends his hours and hours
in this manner, it is a clear sign that Allah Ta’ala’s
gaze of Rahmat has been turned away from this person
Now can that person then enjoy peace of mind, contentment,
Will he experience these blessings? Even plentiful
of wealth will bring nothing but restlessness. It will be like the
flood waters - which brings Bilharzia with it. Although the waters
are plentiful, it carries sickness.
When we talk about the evils, we talk about it
in general. We do not point a finger at any particular person, nor
do we say or believe that he is going to go to Jahannam, or he will
suffer the Azaab of Allah Ta’ala, because of whatever he does.
We are not the Judge. Allah Ta’ala is. We have no right to
make such deductions. We do not know when that person will make
sincere Taubah from his sins, and become a Wali of Allah Ta’ala.
“…Verily Allah loves those who repent…”
[Surah Al-Baqarah 2 : 222]
Yes, we can speak about general conditions and
this is what we are doing, and we are doing so to warn and caution
and fulfil the duty of Amr bil Ma’roof and Nahy anil Munkar
In the Ahaadeeth, we find that Nabi (Sallallaahu
‘alayhi wasallam) would say: “When people will do this…,”
“When people will engage in this…,” “when
people will engage in that…” - this will happen, that
will happen, that will happen.
Of course, we must look at our weaknesses too.
Whilst trying to take care of the spiritual needs of others, we
must not forget our own spiritual needs.
So the message is this : Avoid the company that
takes you away from Allah Ta’ala; avoid the venues, and avoid
the updates in the media and on social networks, which will tempt
you to join in. Flee from anything that opens the door to Allah
Ta’ala’s displeasure. Keep the company of those who
will take you closer to Allah Ta’ala and keep occupied in
what is good and Mubaah (permissible).
May Allah Ta’ala grant us all the Taufeeq
and understanding, and may Allah Ta’ala bless us with such
love for Him that we don’t move in the direction of His Displeasure
– and we work towards our meeting with Him.