The Muslim ummah imitates the Jews and Christians
The Prophet, said that some people from his Ummah (nation) will imitate the People of the Book in whatever they do. It was narrated on the authority of Abu Sa‘eed that the Prophet, said:
“You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you hand span by hand span, cubit by cubit, to the extent that if they enter the hole of a lizard, you will enter it too.’ We said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?’ He said: ‘Who else?’” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
This Hadeeth was also narrated
by Al-Haakim who judged it as authentic, on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaas .The end of the Hadeeth reads: “And to the extent that if one of them has sexual intercourse with his wife in the street, you will do so.”
Al-Munaawi said; “The chain of narrators of this Hadeeth is authentic.” [Tuhfat
Ibn Taymiyyah said;
“This reports the occurrence of such a thing and how such a person is
reproached as he (i.e., the Prophet, ) foretold what people will do before the Hour comes, including the portents of the Hour and the things that are forbidden.” [Faydh Al-Qadeer]
Imaam An-Nawawi said;
“The “hand”, “cubit”, and “hole of the lizard” are used to indicate a state of
extreme imitation (by Muslims of the People of the Book) and being complicit
with them in sins and disobedience, not in disbelief.
This is an evident miracle of the Messenger of Allaah, because what he foretold has really taken place.” [Sharh Saheeh Muslim] [Tuhfat Al-Ahwathi]
Ibn Katheer said; “By these reports on the deeds and sayings of the People of the Book, Allaah. The Almighty and His Messenger, forbade Muslims from imitating the People of the Book in their words and deeds, even if they have good intentions, because such deeds are outwardly the same as theirs.” [Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah]
Al-Munaawi said; “This is a miracle of the Prophet, because many people from his Ummah followed;
- The Persians in their practices: the way they ride, they way they dress, and raising their slogan in war and elsewhere.
- Muslims also followed the People of the Book in decorating mosques and
- Glorifying grave to the extent that some common people virtually worship them.
- Other areas of imitation are accepting bribes, inflicting the prescribed punishments on the weak people and leaving the strong ones, and stopping work on Fridays.” [Faydh Al-Qadeer]
Al-Haafith Ibn Hajar said;
“Ash-Shaafi‘i narrated through a good chain of narrators on the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr ‘You will follow the good and evil practices of those who were before you.’” [Fat-h Al-Baari]
Imitation has reached a great magnitude nowadays due to the technological progress achieved by the West, which has tempted many Muslims and helped to transmit their ideology and lifestyle from the farthest Western countries to the Muslim countries in a few seconds via the various mass media, visual and audio technology and the internet.
The world has become like glass house and the celebrations that are held in the cities of the world are seen by Muslims second by second as they are instantly transmitted
from one city to another.
A more curial situation facing the ummah;
The Messenger of Allaah, said: “Woe to the Arabs because of a great evil which is closely approaching them. It will be like patches of a dark night. A man will wake up as a believer, and will be a disbeliever by nightfall. People will sell their religion for a small amount of worldly goods. The one who adheres to his religion then will be like the one who is grasping an ember — or thorns.” This Hadeethwas narrated by Ahmad on the authority of Abu Hurayra.
Having recited this Hadeeth, Al-Hasan said;
“By Allaah, we have seen them as bodies without minds, butterflies falling into
fire, and flies competing in greed. They go in the morning for two Dirhams
and in the night for two Dirhams (they are motivated by money) and one
of them would sell his religion for the price of a goat.” [Ahmad and Al-Haakim]
It should be known that festivals in Islam are acts of worship that draw the Muslim closer to Allaah The Almight. Muslims have only three feasts: the Friday ‘Eed, ‘Eed Al-Fitr, and ‘Eed Al-Adh-ha. It was narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah
that he heard the Messenger of Allaah, saying: “Friday is a day of ‘Eed, so do not make the day of your ‘Eed the day when you fast, unless you fast before or after it.” [Ahmad] [Ibn Abu ‘Aasim: Al-Aahaad wal-Mathaani] [Ibn Khuzaymah] [Al-Haakim: Saheeh]
It was narrated on the authority of Anas that he said, “The Messenger of Allaah
came to Madeenah and they had two days when they would entertain themselves. He said;
‘What are these two days?’ They said, ‘We used to entertain ourselves on these days during the pre-Islamic period.’
The Messenger of Allaah said: ‘Allaah has given you instead two better days: the Day of Al-Adh-ha and the Day of Al-Fitr.’” [Ahmad] [Abu Daawood] [Al-Haakim: Authentic on the condition of Muslim]
Al-Haafith ibn Hajar said,
“This Hadeeth was narrated by Abu Daawood and An-Nasaa’i through an
authentic chain of narrators.” [Buloogh Al-Maraam / Fat-h Al-Baari]
Ibn Taymiyyah said;
“The Hadeeth indicates that it is forbidden to imitate the disbelievers
in their feasts, because the Prophet, did not approve of the two pre-Islamic feasts, nor did he let the people of Madeenah entertain themselves during them as usual. He just told them that Allaah The Almighty had replaced such days with different ones, and replacing something with another thing entails giving up the former first” [Faydh Al-Qadeer]
Let’s contemplate this hadeeth;
Abu Sa‘eed that the Prophet, , said:
“You will certainly follow the ways
of those who came before you hand span by hand span, cubit by cubit, to the extent that if they enter the hole of a lizard, you will enter it too.’ We said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?’ He said: ‘Who else?’” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
In my recent speech regarding a vast topic; Aqidah, I started my speech with this hadeeth, worried about the downfall of the ummah and the weakness of our iman against the dreaded sickness to withhold ourselves imitating foreign culture and thoughts.
Our education system changed to secular and our thoughts more liberal to receive new input control by Jews and Christians. Our economic control by hungry aliens, taking our resource to their advantage. Our wealthy kings stuff with luxuries to their heart content with food and entertainment. We put the blame on the black eyed aliens, but on the contrary we do not protect our fortress bombarded by falsehood. We lack concern towards our Muslims brothers; we eat delicious food ignoring the poor. Our home replaced with bigger 50 inches TV, latest videos and games, our shelves with magazines, vogue, and female, written to implement liberalism in the minds or our young hearts.
It is really a pain to see this happening, and when I sit down I ask from Allah forgiveness, for the lack of strength to change people around me and my lack of knowledge. It is like a heavy blow that the wilderness of moral values may change the young generation behaviour to a barbaric attitude with no iman and Islam.
I remembered the statement made by Dr Yusuf Qardawi, analysing the downfall of the ummah, he stated 20 reasons; He said when I make comparison of the type of ummah in the Quran and the ummah now, the ummah is not the virtues describe in the quran. Soorah al Mukminun.
A question lingers on; why is this situation happening to us? We have Islamic schools, and scholars and imams.
The Prophet saw. Starts his journey changing the barbaric tribes of Quraish from falsehood and idol worshipping to a vision never in his time happened, as to build great people with iman and Islam. He planted the seeds of Iman, in the hearts of that generation, with inspiring words of wisdom and reciting the words of God, with pure sincerity. From this true iman, it sends tremendous vibration that burst the hearts of
people around him and change them to people who live and sacrifice for Allah’s
sake and his messenger.
But the ummah has change; due to …
- the lack of knowledge
of the Quran and the hadeeth
- No night prayers like the rest of the people who sleep snoring the whole night.
- Lack of moral values.
- Less recitation of the quran
- Doing sins and forbidden affairs
- Indulge in music and entertainment
- In schools politic and poor management
- Political issues with no Islamic vision
- Lack of vision
The fall of Andalus, Spain had a significant lessons for us; noted by spies had found 2 weak points of Muslims;
- Weakness of muslims brotherhood
- Lack of qiyamul lail ( night prayers)
This means lack of united words and congregation as a unified body, The lack of iman and strong bond between a Muslim and Allah. Enemies came and destroy the ummah into pieces.
These are some of the ailment facing the generation and waiting for the last hour of fatal destruction. We have seen the fall of many Islamic nations. We are still sitting down and relax. We came to a point in life, that we teach or generation the ignorant of Islam and Iman, and our young Muslims imitate the jews and christians. We are bombarded daily with programs agianst our will, soon or later our generation get use to the fasehood in their life. Do you realize what is happening aroung you! look! ask your heart… are you the true believers… or perhaps just empty declaration! Only you can answer these questions.
Wake up! Change yourself , attitude, before you can change the ummah. It is the duty of all Muslims who truly believe, and their life for Allah’s pleasure.
But I believe there are still some good Muslims, We need to have an open heart and approach situation with wisdom.