Wishing you a Happy New Year???


Asalamu Alaykum

 

Is it only  me or anybody else feels just like I do…? What do I mean? Well they have  already started in Full Swing. The Happy New Year “Wishes”. And I am talking about Happy New Year Wishes between Muslims and not only…

I do agree that we, as Muslims need to be friendly   and accommodating and all good in order to create a welcoming feeling to others, give dawah and strengthen the bonds with those of other faiths and of course between ourselves. I have the feeling a lot of you, will dismiss me and be unhappy with what I am writing.

Going against the Sunnah and anyway which Happy New Year we are talking about? The Islamic New Year or the Gregorian Calendar one??? I think we really need to look into what the people of knowledge advise, people who have studied the religion for years and take notice.

But I feel that we should say something about innovations and introducing greetings and wishes unnecessarily.

Of course we wish all the best for everybody from the heart. But that is for every day of the year and we should always  make dua for everybody to be guided and protected by Allah (swt).

Surely this, does not need to be  be done verbally and also we do not need to single out the one day of the year to do so, to keep the relations warm.

The way I understand it is… If it it something bad, it must be removed, whether by our hand or the hand of someone else. If that is not possible then it must be done by our tongue (by us speaking out), and we should not worry whether they listen to or turn away from ; but we have to do is convey the message.If none of the above is possible at least we have to dislike it in our hearts. And Allah Knows best

Following is a q&a for you to read on and ponder.


Question
Should he respond to non-Muslims when they wish him a Happy New Year?
Is it permissible for me to say to non-Muslims “And the same to you” when they wish me a Happy New Year or say Best Wishes?.
Answer
Praise be to Allaah. 

It is not permissible to greet or congratulate the kuffaar on the occasion of Christmas, New Year or any of their other holidays, and it is not permissible to respond to them when they greet us on those occasions, because they are not festivals that are prescribed in our religion, and returning their greeting is an affirmation and approval of them. The Muslim should be proud of his religion and its rulings, and he should be keen to call others and convey to them the religion of Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about the ruling on greeting the kuffaar on the occasion of Christmas and how we should respond when they greet us on this occasion. Is it permissible to go to the parties that they hold on this occasion?

Is a person sinning if he does any of the things mentioned without intending to, and he only does it to be nice, or because of or shyness or embarrassment or other reasons? Is it permissible to imitate them in that?

He replied:

Greeting the kuffaar on the occasion of Christmas or any of their other religious holidays is haraam according to scholarly consensus, as was stated by Ibn al-Qayyim in his book Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah, where he says:

“Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘A happy festival to you’ or ‘May you enjoy your festival,’ and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall into this error; they do not realize the offensiveness of their actions. Whoever congratulates a person for his disobedience or bid’ah or kufr exposes himself to the wrath and anger of Allaah.” End quote.

Congratulating the kuffaar on their religious festivals is haraam to the extent described by Ibn al-Qayyim because it implies that one accepts or approves of their rituals of kufr, even if one would not accept those things for oneself. But the Muslim should not accept the rituals of kufr or congratulate anyone else for them, because Allaah does not accept any of that at all, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“If you disbelieve, then verily, Allaah is not in need of you, He likes not disbelief for His slaves. And if you are grateful (by being believers), He is pleased therewith for you.  .
[al-Zumar 39:7]

“. . .

This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion . .

[al-Maa’idah 5:3]

So congratulating them is forbidden, whether they are one’s colleagues at work or otherwise.

If they greet us on the occasion of their festivals, we should not respond, because these are not our festivals, and because they are not festivals which are acceptable to Allaah. These festivals are innovations in their religions, and even those which may have been prescribed formerly have been abrogated by the religion of Islaam, with which Allaah sent Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to the whole of mankind. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Whoever seeks a religion other than Islaam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:85]

It is haraam for a Muslim to accept invitations on such occasions, because this is worse than congratulating them as it implies taking part in their celebrations.

Similarly, Muslims are forbidden to imitate the kuffaar by having parties on such occasions, or exchanging gifts, or giving out sweets or food, or taking time off work, etc., because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”

Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyah said in his book Iqtidaa’ al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem Mukhaalifat Ashaab al-Jaheem: “Imitating them in some of their festivals implies that one is pleased with their false beliefs and practices, and gives them the hope that they may have the opportunity to humiliate and mislead the weak

End quote from Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 3/44.

And Allaah knows best.

Islam Q&A

32 thoughts on “Wishing you a Happy New Year???

  1. Assalamualaikum,

    I understand the fact that wishing to non-muslims on the occasion of their festivals is wrong and haraam. My question is what do we say to them ?

    Say for instance someone wishes you New year, what do we reply? keeping mum wont be the solution, going one step ahead they might even ask that they wish us on eid fitr and adha, and why dont we return the favour ? There must be some way, that we should respond right? I mean I live and work with some non-muslim friends, what do I say to them.

    Asking this question not to criticise the religion, but to find an answer … Expecting your reply ..

    jazakallah

    Hishaam

    • Wa alaykum salaam

      As far as I understand it from this article and from others, it is forbidden for us to Wish Happy New Year, or congratulations on any of the Non Muslims’ (yet), celebrations.

      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]

      The ones who are in favour (ie Wishing) they provide reasons of why we should be responding to such greetings.

      But reasons are not good enough.( Showing a good picture and strengthening friendships and relations or even giving dawah). We must follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah. If it is something that we do not understand we must refer the matter to people of knowledge.

      On this instance, and I am not a person of knowledge but only new to the religion and gaining knowledge Inshallah, what I do, is just remain silent.

      I am just pleasant, say hello and I just keep silent. I have no other suggestion.

      Of course I will invite brothers and sisters to contribute to this discussion here.

      If anybody asks me why I am not returning the greeting, I will just say that I am a Muslim, person, following the teachings of Islam and I will explain the reasons.

      Jazakallah Kheir

      And Allah knows best

      • Assalâmu ‘Alaikum waRahmatu(A)llâhi waBarakâtuh
        May Allâh such love of Allâh upon all of us.

    • Assalâmu ‘Alaikum waRahmatu(A)llâhi waBarakâtuh
      “I understand the fact that wishing to non-muslims on the occasion of their festivals is wrong and haraam. ”
      This concern about halâl and harâm is a sign of Eemân and Love of Allâh and His Rasool sall Allâhu ‘alaihi wasallam.

      The best advice I can give you as a brother in Dunyâ and in Jannah inshâAllâh in Aakhirah , is that be constant in five times daily prayers till we die just like sun,moon are constantly obeying Allâh since their creation.We will gradually and permanently stop sinning by the mercy of Allâh,inshâAllâh.Allâh promises and assures those who offers five prayers on their time, that He will admit them in Jannah, while He says that there is no such promise and assurance for those who don’t.

  2. Assalâmu ‘Alaikum waRahmatu(A)llâhi waBarakâtuh
    I meant to say:
    May Allâh bestow such love of Allâh upon all of us.

  3. Assalâmu ‘Alaikum waRahmatu(A)llâhi waBarakâtuh
    “If anybody asks me why I am not returning the greeting, I will just say that I am a Muslim, person, following the teachings of Islam and I will explain the reasons”
    Considering the global scale of this greetings,what a great prospect and opportunity of global Da’wah ilAllâh it is!

  4. I also found this suggestion as with regards to greetings

    Sinhala New Muslims
    If a non-Muslim greets a Muslim, “Happy New Year”, the Muslim is not allowed to respond in a similar manner or say, “Same to you.” Instead, in order not to offend or hurt the feelings of non-Muslim friends or acquaintances, one may say instead, “Happy holiday.”

    Again it is not a fatwa and I am only passing on the information:)

  5. Salam alaikum!

    Everything that we do is judged on our “Niyah” , our intention, at each and given time. So dont worry if your just “normal” and happen to spontaneously reply like in “normal life” a thing like “Happy New Year” . Saying it doesnt mean your bad or doing Haraam! Its what was meant in your heart to the people at that time, which usually is in most cases that you only Generally wish people good. So wishing people really good from your muslim point of you……..is not Haraam. All we mean in actual fact, and wish, is that all human beings be happy and live in peace…………………..the Intention, your intention Allah already knows…………..so KEEP it SIMPLE, “KEEP ISLAM SIMPLE” dont make life complicate when we have enough problems of our own. Use your knowledge, your best intentions, and dont WORRY about HAPPY NEW YEAR! (intention usually is, in my opinion, have a peaceful and good year and thats what we ALL WISH for in our hearts for all mankind. Being human is not HARAAM! )

    • Dear Scotty,
      As-Salamu ‘alaikum. I am afraid that you are mistaken. One cannot do an unlawful thing simply because one did it with a good intention. If that were the case, it would be permissible to pray as the sun is rising or setting, since one could claim that there was no intention to worship the sun. Likewise, your description of those who wish people “Happy New Year” as “normal” is offensive, since it suggests that those who adhere firmly to the Sunnah are abnormal. May Allah guide us all.

      • Never an Islamic Scholar, always a humble student and sometimes struggling :) but trying very hard. We have the Qur’an and the Sunnah for guidance and if we do not understand something we take our problem to scholars who have dedicated their livesin studying Islam. There is No compulsion in religion. I would call you Collin by the way.
        Kuffar as far as I know is somebody who knows the truth as being the truth and rejects it. Maybe you do not know the truth. Why are you calling yourself names?

      • “Kuffar” is the plural form of “Kafir” – Unbeliever – as taken from the Islamic Dictionary.
        Meaning of Word:
        Kuffar is the plural of the word Kafir. It means ‘unbelievers’.
        True Form: كفار
        Grammar:
        plural; singular=kafir;

        I deliberately chose my name because I am an unbeliever many times over!
        Please don’t bother replying.

      • How can you blame Religion for the acts of some of its followers, who might have misunderstood the teachings of their religion. And I am referring to the followers of any religion. Thank you for your comments in this blog.

      • ““Kuffar” is the plural form of “Kafir” – Unbeliever – as taken from the Islamic Dictionary.
        Meaning of Word:
        Kuffar is the plural of the word Kafir. It means ‘unbelievers’.
        True Form: كفار
        Grammar:
        plural; singular=kafir;

        I deliberately chose my name because I am an unbeliever many times over!
        Please don’t bother replying.”
        Yet, again Unbelievers is a word which has Christian connotations so try to understand it independently of non-Islamic religions.Deniers of Truth is the most appropriate literal translation of Kuffâr.May Allâh soften and open the hearts of all Kuffâr sons and daughters of Adam,Peace be upon Him(Aadam ‘alaihis salâm) for the Truth(Al-Haqq) of Islam.

  6. You must be like Jehovah’s Witnesses then – they don’t greet anyone with Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Birthday or Happy Easter either!
    Except that they’re Christian because they believe that Jesus (your Isa) is the Son of God (Yahweh) & is the Saviour of the world.
    As you can imagine,they are reviled by many people – perhaps their only saving grace is they will not go & kill someone for their beliefs.
    On the other hand I notice that many Muslims come to Western countries that are non-Muslim, KNOWING that those countries celebrate Christmas, Easter etc – by their very own choice of action – migrating – put themselves in their own uncomfortable situation & then wonder what to do when greeted by the “Kuffar”!
    Why migrate if it causes such discomfort?
    And then you come to Western countries uninvited & call non-believers in Islam “kuffar” – a real insult & degradation!
    But Western countries are evil & are of Satan – the US is called by Muslims the “Great Satan” & UK the “Little Satan” – so why migrate to these wicked countries in the power & control of Satan? You will be contaminated!

    • ““kuffar” – a real insult & degradation!”
      I am afraid you will end up superimposing and projecting,with all its connotations, the Christian-Infidel dichotomy of Christian history based on religious xenophobia exploited in Crusades and colonialism against Muslims, or Jew-Goy dichotomy of Jewish history based on racism of anti-Ishmaelitic bigotry, being exploited to rationalize Zionist occupation, upon Islamic history which is distinctive with its Scriptural acknowledgement of Jews and Christian as People of The Book(Ahl-ul-Kitâb), which they have practically betrayed.The more you develop the appreciation of the word Kuffâr(The Deniers of Truth) as distinct from Infidels and Goyim, the more you will appreciate why its use is justified.While all non-Islamic societies, which are “polytheistic and non-unitarian”(Mushrik) without exception from Islamic perspective, will eventually embrace Kufr(Disbelief,Denial of Truth) due to their intrinsic lack of immunity to Shaitânic(Satanic) secularization,Islam is the only impregnable(inshâAllâh) spiritual fortress left for humanity to take refuge in the solace of Eemân(Faith,Belief,antonym of Kufr).To be honest,I will fail to love a non-Muslim because I love Islam more than anything and anyone else.And, naturally I will show enmity to those who show enmity towards Islam,because I love Islam.So,dislike of Disbelief and Kufr is natural consequence of Love of Islam.Hence,Islam is a surgery, it hurts but it cures.There have been non-Muslims in Islamic history who have told of their experiences after conversion to Islam, as”Islam was the most hated religion for me before Islam,it become the most loved religion after Islam”.A case in point,is a debate by brother Hamza Tzortzis with the President of American Atheists Association which was titled as Islam and Atheism(literally Kufr, but a subset of Kufr in Islamic worldview).We want Kuffâr to become brothers and sisters in Islam to be in Jannah together.Even, Muslims will stop militant resistance against occupations by Kuffâr in Palestine,Iraq,Afghanistan,Kashmir because it is not territory which matters, but the souls of Kuffâr sons and daughters of Adam,Peace be upon Him(Aadam ‘alaihis salâm).However,Muslims can’t do Ikrâh(Coercion) to Kuffâr to become Muslims because Allâh explicitly forbade us to do so, in Qur’ân-ul-Hakeem,in Athe following Aayah of Soorah Al-Baqarah.
      256. Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.

      http://www.englishkuran.com/2-al-baqara-the-cow/

      Dear Kâfir(Denier of Truth) son of Aadam ‘alaihis salâm!May Allâh unite us in Jannah through Islam.

      You comment vindicates my previous observation that the above post will spiritually stimulate the curiosity of Kuffâr about the spiritual ocean of Islam.
      “Assalâmu ‘Alaikum waRahmatu(A)llâhi waBarakâtuh
      “If anybody asks me why I am not returning the greeting, I will just say that I am a Muslim, person, following the teachings of Islam and I will explain the reasons”
      Considering the global scale of this greetings,what a great prospect and opportunity of global Da’wah ilAllâh(Calling and Inviting towards Allâh) it is!”

    • You have not answered my questions & give a vague answer “Nobody has a choice of where they are born.”
      What has that got to do with those who CHOOSE to come to a Western country knowing full well that it has it’s own belief systems diametrically opposite Islam?
      How can you say “concentrate on the things we have in common and after that we can sort out our differences ” when in the Koran it says no religion is acceptable to allah except islam?
      And you keep using the insulting term “kuffar” to all non-muslims?
      There is nothing in common when so many muslims say “We love death like you love life” – so obviously muslims will kill for their faith but the Christians & Jews will die for theirs!
      More things in common – the koran says Jews descended from pigs & apes, but Mohammed,after killing a beautiful Jewish girls’ (Safiyah) husband :
      Tabari VIII:122; Ishaq:515:
      “The Prophet gave orders concerning Kinanah to Zubayr, saying, ‘Torture him until you root out and extract what he has. So Zubayr kindled a fire on Kinanah’s chest, twirling it with his firestick until Kinanah was near death. Then the Messenger gave him to Maslamah, who beheaded him.”
      Mo also killed Safiyah’s father the same day!
      She didn’t even have time to grieve before he married her!
      Things in common? I think not!

      • I am going to answer you but not straight away as it is now very late at night.
        From what you write, you have some things out of context. With due respect.
        Goodnight

      • Her Descent

        She is Safiyah bint Huyai bin Akhtab. Her decent goes back to prophet Harun (Aaron), peace be upon him.

        Lady Safiyah – May Allah be pleased with her – said: “I was the sweetheart of my father and uncle, Abu Yaser. Whenever they are with their children and see me, they take me and leave them. When the Prophet – peace be upon him – came to Medina, my father and uncle went to him from the morning and did not come back until the sunset time. They were very tired and walking slowly. Seeing that, I met them courteously as I usually do, but no one cared about me due to their dejection. I heard my uncle, Abu Yasser, saying to my father: Is it he? My father said: yes he is (the Prophet). My uncle said: do you know him surely? My father said: yes. My uncle said: then what will you do? My father said: He will be my enemy forever “.

        Her Birth & Upbringing Place

        The exact date of birth of Lady Safiyah – May Allah be pleased with her – is not known, but she was brought up in Al-Khazraj, and was of great dignity before Islam. She was Judaist by religion and lived in Medina. Her mother’s name was Burra bint Samwal.

        Her Attributes

        Lady Safiyah – May Allah be pleased with her – was known of her virtuous character, beauty, forbearing and sublime honor.

        Her Life Before Islam

        She was of a high dignity for her family. It is mentioned that she has got married twice before Islam; the first husband was called Salam ibn Mushkim; the knight and poet of his people. Then, she separated from him and married Kinanah bin Al-Rabi bin Ubai Al-Haqiq Al-Nasri, the owner of the Qomos Fortification; the most important fortification for the Jews. He was killed in the battle of Khaibar.

        Knowing the Prophet – Peace be upon him

        In the month of Moharram, the 7th year after Hijra, the Prophet – peace be upon him – got ready to fight the Jews in Khaibar. When the Prophet – peace be upon him – approached Khaibar he said: “Allah Akbar (Allah is The Greatest), Khaibar will be vanished because if we (the Muslims) fight any people – after being duly warned and notified and after their incompliance – we will surely prevail”.

        The fight flared up between the Muslims and the Jews and the result was the triumph of the Muslims. The men of Khaibar were killed and their women were taken as captives including Lady Safiyah – May Allah be pleased with her – and the fortifications of Khaibar were opened, including the fortification of Ibn Abi Al Haqiq. When the companion Bilal – May Allah be pleased with him – came back with the captives, he passed them by some of their killed people. Seeing that, the cousin of Safiyah cried and poured dust on her face. The Prophet – peace be upon him – was disturbed of that and ordered to take her away from him. The Prophet – peace be upon him – told Safiyah to stand behind him and covered her with his cloth in order not to see the killed; therefore, it is said that the Prophet – peace be upon him – has selected her for himself.

        It is mentioned also that the Prophet – peace be upon him – has invaded Khaibar and prayed Al-Fajr prayer (dawn) there with his companions. The Prophet – peace be upon him – and Abu Talha rode, and I rode behind Abu Talha and walked around the lane of Khaibar. My knee was so close to the thigh of the Prophet – peace be upon him – then the cover shrank and I saw the white thigh of the Prophet – peace be upon him – and when we entered the village, the Prophet – peace be upon him – said: ” Allah Akbar (Allah is The Greatest), Khaibar will be vanished because if we (the Muslims) fight any people – after being duly warned and notified and after their incompliance – we will surely prevail” three times. Then, the people went to their duties and the army invaded the village and collected the captives. Then Dohia came and said: O Prophet of Allah, give me one of the captive women, the Prophet – peace be upon him – said: go and take one. Then Dohia has taken Safiyah bint Huyai, but a man came to the Prophet – peace be upon him and said: O Prophet of Allah, you have given Safiyah bint Huyai to Dohia, she is the lady of Quraidha and Al Nadhir people, she is suiting you only. The Prophet – peace be upon him – said: call him to bring her. When he looked at her, the Prophet – peace be upon him – told Dohia: take another one of the captives. The Prophet – peace be upon him – has set her free and married her. In the way, Um Sulaim has prepared the bride for marriage and took her to the Prophet at night and he married her. In the morning, the Prophet – peace be upon him – stretched out his gown and asked for some food. Some men brought dates, some brought butter and some brought flour. Then, they made a banquet for the Prophet – peace be upon him.

        Narrated by Anas Bin Malek – the tradition is (True) – the narrator is: Al-Bukhari – the Source: Al Jame’ Al Sahih – page or No.: 371.

        Embracing Islam

        The Prophet – peace be upon him – was not obliging any person to embrace Islam by force until such person became fully convinced with the revelations of Allah and the Sunna (way) of the Prophet, peace be upon him. The Prophet – peace be upon him – asked her about that and gave her the free choice between remaining a Judaist or embracing Islam. If she choose Judaism, the Prophet – peace be upon him – will release her and if she embrace Islam, the Prophet will marry her. She chose Islam by her own will faithfully and sincerely out of her wish to repent and out of her love to the guidance of the Prophet – peace be upon him.

        Having came from Khaibar, she lived in the house of Haritha bin An No’man, and the women there came to see her after hearing something about her beauty, including Lady Aisha – may Allah be pleased with her – and it is mentioned that she were wearing a veil. After she went out, the Prophet asked Aisha about Safyiah, she replied: I saw a Judaist woman. The Prophet – peace be upon him – said: “She embraced Islam and became a good Muslim”.

        The Day of Wedding

        The Prophet – peace be upon him – has taken her to a house in Khaibar in order to marry her but she refused and the Prophet was disturbed for this. Then, they continued their way toward Al-Sahbaa’. There, Um Sulaim bint Malhan combed the hair of Safiyah, dressed and perfumed her and this made Safiyah look very beautiful & attracting. She was very happy to the degree that she forgot the misfortune of her family. Then the banquet was made, and her dowry was a servant called Razina. When the Prophet entered, Safiyah told him that at the night of her wedding with Kinana (her previous husband), she saw in her dream a moon falling on her lap. She told her husband who became very angry and said: Do you wish to marry Muhammad, the King of Hijaz? And slapped her.

        The Prophet – peace be upon him – asked her about the reason of her refusal to the wedding while they were in Khaibar, she replied that she feared something happened to the Prophet by the Jews.

        Umayah bint Qais said: “I heard that Safiyah was less than seventeen years old when she married the Prophet – peace be upon him.

        Her Stances with the Wives of the Prophet – Peace be upon him

        Safiyah – may Allah be pleased with her – heard that Hafsa (one of the Prophet’s wives) – May Allah be pleased with her – said about her “the daughter of a Jew”, so she cried and the Prophet – peace be upon him – entered while she was crying and asked her: Why are you crying? She replied: Hafsa said that I am the daughter of a Jew. The Prophet – peace be upon him – said: Your decent goes back to a father prophet (Moses) and uncle prophet (Aaron) and your husband is a Prophet – peace be upon them all – then why is she taking pride? The Prophet – peace be upon him – then told Hafsa: Fear Allah”.

        Narrated by: Anas bin Malek – a true tradition – the relator: Al-Albani – The Source: Mishkat Al Masabih – Page or number: 6143.

        The Prophet – peace be upon him – went to pilgrimage (Hajj) with his wives. In the way, a man got down and drove the caravan quickly. The Prophet said: are you driving the caravan of women like this (quickly). On the way, the camel of Safiyah, which was the best of the camels, knelt down; and she started crying. The Prophet peace be upon him – came when he was advised and began wiping her tears with his hand but she was even crying more and the Prophet was telling her to stop. However, when she continued crying – and though camping in this place was not the Prophet’s wish- he told his people to camp. That day was the share of Safiyah to be with the Prophet peace be upon him. The Prophet made a tent for him and entered it. Although that day was her share with him, Safiyah – May Allah be pleased with her – was hesitant to enter to the Prophet fearing that he is angry, therefore she went to Lady Aisha – May Allah be pleased with her – and told her: You know that it is impossible for me to waive my day with the Prophet but for the purpose of making him forgive me, I will give my day to you. Aisha agreed and took her veil, after putting some saffron and spraying water on it in order to have a good smell, and worn her clothes and went to the Prophet . Reaching there, the Prophet told her: It is not your turn today. Aisha replied: “That is the grace of Allah which he bestows on whom he pleases“. When the caravan resumed its way, Aisha – May Allah be pleased with her – told Zainab bint Jahsh, who was having camels more than them: Give a camel to your sister Safiyah, but Zainab replied: I will not give a camel to a Jew. Hearing that, the Prophet became angry, deserted Zainab and did not speak with her until they arrived Makka, and during the days of Mina (pilgrimage days) until they reached Medina, and continued like this in the months of Moharram and Safar. During such days, the Prophet – peace be upon him – did not sleep with her until she became hopeless. In the month of Rabi’ Al-Awal, the Prophet entered to her room. Seeing the shadow, she said: this is a shadow of a man and I am sure it is not the Prophet because he does not enter my room. Seeing him, she said: O Prophet of Allah, I do not know what to do. Zainab had a slave girl and was hiding her in order that the Prophet will not see her, but at that moment she said: this slave girl is my gift to you. The Prophet walked toward the bed of Zainab which was folded – since the Prophet peace be upon him did not enter her room for a long time – then he unfolded it, slept with his wife and forgave her.

        Narrated by: Safiyah bint Huyai – the validity of the tradition: the series of narrators contained Shumiya or Sumiya (the one who narrated from Safiyah), if they were the same person, then the tradition is true – the Relator: Al-Albani- the Source: Al-Silsila Al-Sahiha – Page or number: 7/621.

        The Death of the Prophet – Peace be upon him

        Zaid bin Aslam said: The wives of the Prophet – peace be upon him – assembled together during the illness of his death. Then Safiyah bint Huyai – May Allah be pleased with her – said: O Prophet of Allah, I swear by Allah that I wish to bear your illness and relive you if I can. Hearing that, the wives of the Prophet – peace be upon him – winked at that i.e. looking at each other as if they are not believing her. Then the Prophet – peace be upon him – said: Rinse out your mouths. They said: For what? He said: of your winking at her, I swear by Allah that she is truthful.

        Narrated by: Zaid bin Aslam – the validity of the tradition: good – the Relator: Ibn Hijr Al-Askalani – the Source: Al-Isabah – Page or number: 7/347.

        After the death of the Prophet – peace be upon him – she lost the protection and security and people continued mocking her origin.

        Other Stances

        The Prophet – peace be upon him – was making Itikaf (i.e. seclude himself in the mosque for the worship of Allah). Safiyah – May Allah be pleased with her – said: I went at night to visit the Prophet and speak with him, after that, I went to my home – in the house of Osama bin Zaid – and the Prophet – peace be upon him – accompanied me. In the way, we passed by two men from Al-Ansar (i.e. the people of Medina) who walked quickly when they saw us. The Prophet – peace be upon him – told them: wait, she is Safiyah bint Huyai (i.e. Don’t think I’m walking at night with a strange woman, I am walking with my wife), the two men replied: O Prophet of Allah, you are the prophet of Allah, how can we doubt you!! The Prophet – peace be upon him – said: The devil is all the time accompanying the man, just like his blood, and all the time whispering evil to him; therefore, I feared that the devil whispered any evil thoughts to you.

        Narrated by: Safiyah– the validity of the tradition: true – the Relator: Al-Albani- the Source: Sahih Abi Dawood – Page or number: 4994.

        At the reign of Omar Bin the Khattab – May Allah be pleased with him – the slave girl of Safiyah told him that Safiyah – May likes Saturdays and do visit the Jews. By asking her about that she replied: “As for Saturdays, I do not like them anymore because Allah The Almighty has blessed me with Fridays instead, and as for visiting the Jews, I am just visiting my family”. Thereafter, she asked her slave girl about the reason of doing so, the slave girl replied: it is the devil who whispered this to me; therefore, Safiyah – May Allah be pleased with her – has set her free.

        Narrating the Traditions (Hadith) of the Prophet – Peace be upon him

        She has ten narrations of traditions in the books of the Prophet’s traditions. One of them was narrated by Muslim & Al Bukhari. The persons who reported her narrations are: her nephew Kinana, Yazid bin Moteb, Zain Al-Abdin bin Ali bin Al Hussein, Ishaq bin Abdullah bin Al-Hareth and Muslim bin Safwan.

        Her Death:

        She died in Medina, at the reign of Mo’awiah, May Allah be pleased with him – in the 50th year after Hijrah, and was buried beside the other Mothers of Believers (the wives of the Prophet peace be upon him) may Allah be pleased with them all.

        Conclusion

        The most attractive thing of what I have read about Safiyah bint Huyai – May Allah be pleased with her – is her attitude when Omar bin Al-Khattab – May Allah be pleased with him – asked her about Saturdays and visiting the Jews. In spite of embracing Islam, she did not forget her family, and this is one of the important things emphasized in Islam.

      • I have tried to systematically answer your questions, although asking questions one by one can help in giving preciser answers to someone who really seeks answers, rather than advancing a political agenda.
        Quote ["You must be like Jehovah’s Witnesses then – they don’t greet anyone with Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Birthday or Happy Easter either!]
        Except that they’re Christian because they believe that Jesus (your Isa) is the Son of God (Yahweh) & is the Saviour of the world.”

        As you can imagine,they are reviled by many people”

        (It is good in the sight of Allâh to be reviled for doing something disliked by created beings, than being reviled by Allâh for appeasing created beings by doing something He has made harâm(forbidden))
        ["– perhaps their only saving grace is they will not go & kill someone for their beliefs."]

        (Muslims will never kill as well due to Qur’ân-ul-Hakeem)

        Quote["On the other hand I notice that many Muslims come to Western countries that are non-Muslim, KNOWING that those countries celebrate Christmas, Easter etc – by their very own choice of action – migrating – put themselves in their own uncomfortable situation & then wonder what to do when greeted by the “Kuffar”!"]

        (Muslims don’t say Happy Eid, as well, to Kuffâr children of our father Aadam ‘alaihis salâm(Adam,Peace be upon Him) and our mother Hawwâ ‘alaihas salâm(Eve,Peace be upon Her))

        Quote ["Why migrate if it causes such discomfort? "]

        (Many Muslims don’t.My father studied in US but came back for our better spiritual upbringing.I would suggest my brothers and sisters to return to spiritually preferable Muslim homelands, but honestly many are seduced by Western materialism, so I can pray for them.Practising Muslims,however, whether Western born, or Da’wah-intending, can help non-Muslims to develop a positive appreciation of Islamic spirituality)

        ["And then you come to Western countries uninvited"

        (Honestly tell what else is called xenophobia?)
        "& call non-believers in Islam “kuffar” – a real insult & degradation!"]

        (I have already responded to that)

        ["But Western countries are evil & are of Satan – the US is called by Muslims the “Great Satan” & UK the “Little Satan” – so why migrate to these wicked countries in the power & control of Satan? You will be contaminated!"]

        (Honestly ask yourself, whether it is Satan or God who loves nudity.)

        ["You have not answered my questions & give a vague answer “Nobody has a choice of where they are born.”
        What has that got to do with those who CHOOSE to come to a Western country knowing full well that it has it’s own belief systems diametrically opposite Islam? "]

        (Honestly ask yourself whether those belief systems are True and Divine or not.We know that non-Islamic belief systems are diametrically opposed to Islam, that’s why, Muslims are concerned about Aakhirah(Life of the next world after we die) of non-Muslims)

        ["How can you say “concentrate on the things we have in common and after that we can sort out our differences ” when in the Koran it says no religion is acceptable to allah except islam?"]
        (By Islam, Muslims refer to the pristine religion of Abraham,Moses and Jesus,Peace be upon them restored by Final Apostle of God,Peace be upon Him, to humanity)

        ["And you keep using the insulting term “kuffar” to all non-muslims?"]
        (Its uniqueness compared to the words Infidels and Goyim,I have explained earlier)

        ["There is nothing in common when so many muslims say “We love death like you love life” – so obviously muslims will kill for their faith but the Christians & Jews will die for theirs!"]

        (Muslims who are resisting irreligious spiritually destructive occupations have transcended the fear of death, and the love of life refers to the self-evidently obsessive materialism,greed,lust of Kuffâr)

        ["More things in common – the koran says Jews descended from pigs & apes,"]

        (It doesn’t say so.Rather,it says that Allâh punished the rebellious violators of Yawm-us-Sabt(Day of Sabbath) by transforming them into lower beings.In fact, Allâh who spontaneously created us from our father Aadam ‘alaihis salâm(Adam,Peace be upon Him) and our mother Hawwâ ‘alaihas salâm(Eve,Peace be upon Her), it is not difficult for Him to do so.
        In Tafseer Ibn Katheer rahimahu(A)llâh,in the Tafseer of Aayah 60 of Soorah Al-Mâidah,I found the following which negates the above assertion.
        Sufyan Ath-Thawri rahimahu(A)llâh narrated that Ibn Mas`ud radiyAllâhu ‘anhu said, “Allah’s Rasool sall Allâhu ‘alaihi wasallam was asked if the current monkeys and swine were those whom Allâh transformed. He said,
        (Allâh never destroyed a people by transforming them and making offspring or descendants for them. The monkeys and swine existed before that.)”)

        In Tafseer Ibn Katheer rahimahu(A)llâh,in the Tafseer of Aayah 65 of Soorah Al-Baqarah,I found the following:
        Ibn Abi Hatim rahimahu(A)llâh recorded that Ibn `Abbas radiyAllâhu ‘anhu said, “Those who violated the sanctity of Yawm-us-Sabt were turned into monkeys, then they perished without offspring.” Ad-Dahhak rahimahu(A)llâh said that Ibn `Abbas radiyAllâhu ‘anhu said, “Allah turned them into monkeys because of their sins. They only lived on the earth for three days, for no transformed person ever lives more than three days. They did not eat, drink or have offspring. Allah transformed their shapes into monkeys, and He does what He wills, with whom He wills and He changes the shape of whomever He wills. On the other hand, Allah created the monkeys, swines and the rest of the creation in the six days (of creation) that He mentioned in His Book.”

        [ "but Mohammed,after killing a beautiful Jewish girls’ (Safiyah) husband"]

        (She is revered by us a our spiritual mother(Umm-ul-Mu’mineen).There is no anti-Semitic racism on the part of Muslims.This marriage had set a noble precedent fourteen centuries ago.Yet, Muslim women continue to be massacred in Palestine due the racism of anti-Ishmaelitic bigotry.)

        ["Tabari VIII:122; Ishaq:515:
        “The Prophet gave orders concerning Kinanah to Zubayr, saying, ‘Torture him until you root out and extract what he has. So Zubayr kindled a fire on Kinanah’s chest, twirling it with his firestick until Kinanah was near death. Then the Messenger gave him to Maslamah, who beheaded him.”]

        (The relationship between Judaism and Islam in history can be better understood in a religious paradigm in terms of which can best be understood by Jewish Rabbis.

        I would quote the words of a Jewish Rabbi, a Tawrât(Pristine Torah) scholar named Abdullah ibn Salam radiyAllâhu ‘anhu who had converted to Islam and who knew the enormous political damage done by his previous co-religionists to Muslims who were being violently opposed by the Pagans on the other hand.
        “Auntie, he is really, by God, the brother of Moses and follows his religion. He was sent with the same mission as Moses.”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdullah_ibn_Salam

        The notion of God’s Kingdom is common to both Judaism and Islam.Had,Islamic God’s Kingdom not existed, the world would have transformed into a global Sodom by now.Abdullah ibn Salam radiyAllâhu ‘anhu must have known how religious jurisprudence deals with subversion to a religious state or Kingdom.The same notions are now being used for sake of irreligious political agendas in massacre of Muslims who can never think of opposing God’s Kingdom.If Jewish occupiers of Palestine convert to Islam, Muslims will stop militant resistance.Without a religious state,Sodomy and pornography,unkosher(harâm) even according to Tawrât(Pristine Torah), cannot be illegalized.

        Such hasty generalizations are only attempts at rationalization of massacre of Muslims by propaganda and blackmail.However,those martyrs dying by the bombs of Zionist murderers will meet Allâh and will tell Him about how the followers of Moses,Peace be upon Him and Jesus,Peace be upon Him, treated them in the previous life.Everyone has to die.

        No one should forget this.A contemporary Jewish Historian Zion Zohar for instance has written that Jews used to see Muslims as liberators from Christian persecution.Jewish Historian Amnon Cohen who writes that Jewish people, particularly women, used to go to Islamic authorities for adjudication of disputes even though they were always given the option to go to Rabbinical courts.)

  7. May Allah reward you for this article. I used to live in the UAE where the Ministry of Awqaf is controlled by Sufis and the Friday khutbah is distributed to ALL masajid from the Awqaf. And every year, in the last week of December, the khutbah would be about reflecting on our deeds at the end of the (Gregorian) year!

  8. But
    Most of the critics of Islam and some sites which are promoting false propaganda against Islam quote the Verse

    Kill the Mushrikoon (polytheists) where ever you find them , The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 9, Verse 5

    to show that Qur’an Commands the killing of Disbelievers

    This is quotation taken completely out of context. If you read the chapter(Surah At-Taubah) from the beginning the first verse talks about the treaty between the Muslims and the Mushriks (Pagans) of Mecca.

    Freedom from obligation (is proclaimed) from Allah and His messenger toward those of the idolaters with whom ye made a treaty , The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 9, Verse 1

    In the next verse The Meccans are given four months time to set things right otherwise a declaration of War and coming to verse [9:5], the complete verse is

    But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is oft-forgiving, Most merciful.” The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 9, Verse 5

    Hence if you read this in context we know that this statement was made in the battle field. Critics often fail to quote with context. Infact in the battle the Qur’an Commands that a person who seeks asylum should be escorted to a place of security.

    If one amongst the pagans ask thee for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be secure that is because they are men without knowledge.” The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 9, Verse 6

    The Qur’an explicitly forbids killing

    Whosoever kills a human being for other than Murder or Creating Mischief in the Land, it is as if he had killed the whole of Human Kind and whoso saved the life of one as if he has saved the life of all Mankind The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 5, Verse 12

    • Yair, right – forbids killing another muslim – anyone else doesn’t count.
      Of course you’ve got Sunni killing Shi’a & vice – versa, but that must be OK because in islam you HAVE to kill apostates!
      And you still haven’t answered my questions & neither will you – your Al Taqiyya is very poor.
      In fact don’t even bother, Muslims bombed a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria in Egypt,killing at least 21 people & injuring 79 after they celebrated a New Year mass – from the “Religion of Peace”.
      You are liars & murderers!
      The Real Islam – Muslim – Fitna (English) Jihad

      • Quote [“And you still haven’t answered my questions & neither will you – your Al Taqiyya is very poor.”]

        In Aayah 35 of Soorah Al-Ahzâb,Allâh says:
        35. For Muslim men and women,- for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for MEN WHO SPEAK TRUTH(Sâdiqoon) AND WOMEN WHO SPEAK TRUTH(Sâdiqât), for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast (and deny themselves), for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah’s praise,- for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward.

        http://www.englishkuran.com/33-al-ahzab-the-clans-the-coalition-the-combined-forces/

        I would rather say this accusation is a Freudian projection of Jewish Hasbara.

        Quote ["In fact don’t even bother, Muslims bombed a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria in Egypt,killing at least 21 people & injuring 79 after they celebrated a New Year mass – from the “Religion of Peace”.
        You are liars & murderers!"]

        There is no theological justification for Muslims for such an atrocity, except resistance against those Jews and Christians who are complicit in the massacre of Muslims by non-Muslim occupiers.Monastic Christians are respected by Muslims based on Qur’ânic appreciation of such Christians.

        In Aayah 82 of Soorah al-Maaidah, Allâh says:
        82. Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say, “We are Christians”: because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.

        http://www.englishkuran.com/5-al-maida-the-table-the-table-spread/

        One candle of light(Noor) is enough to counter the darkness of all anti-Islamic propaganda.Orthodox Muslims have treated monastic Christians with reverence and believe in their respectful treatment based on passages of Scripture least frequently quoted by Westerners with political agendas like Zionism.

        http://constitutionclub.org/2010/11/22/islamists-accuse-egypts-christians-of%E2%80%A6-radical-islam/

        May Allâh soften you heart to repent from your politically motivated anti-Islamic bigotry, and May Allâh soften and open your heart for Islam so that you may become our brother in Jannah.We will love you even if you repent after massacre of a million Muslims.

        “The Real Islam – Muslim – Fitna (English) Jihad”
        Islam is not a religion of cowardice and passive suffering.Many Muslims believe 9/11 was orchestrated by CIA to start Zionist Crusade against Islam.Israel says it benefitted her.If this is the xenophobic video made by Geert Wilders-an advocate of Sodomite enemies of God,then the relationship between his Zionist political motivation and anti-Ishmaelitic bigotry is clear. May Allâh guide him to His Path of Islam, because even if he hates Islam, he knows Islam, and in Islamic history important Islamic personalities who have been enemies of Islam became the greatest advocates of Islam.If he repents from the advocacy of Sodomy,this would be very probable inshâAllâh.
        Fitna means a spiritual danger and threat.I believe belief in Zionism is the greatest Fitna for Jews.It doesn’t serve God, but Satan.May Allâh soften and open the hearts of all Jewish men and women for Islam, like Jewish Rabbi Abdullah ibn Salam,grandson of an Orthodox Rabbi, Leopold Weiss, or Jewish sister, Margaret Marcus.
        The following will inshâAllâh help in the spiritual journey.

        http://www.jews-for-allah.org/

  9. Assalâmu ‘Alaikum waRahmatu(A)llâhi waBarakâtuh
    May Allâh unite us all in Jannah with our formerly Jewish mother Safiyah radiyAllâhu ‘anhâ.
    May Allâh unite us all in Jannah with our formerly Jewish brother Abdullah ibn Salam radiyAllâhu ‘anhu.
    May Allâh unite us all in Jannah with our formerly Jewish brother Muhammad Asad rahimahu(A)llâh(may Allâh bestow His Mercy upon Him).
    May Allâh unite us all in Jannah with our formerly Jewish sister Maryam Jameelah rahimahu(A)llâh(may Allâh bestow His Mercy upon Her).

  10. Resolution for 2012
    The calendar used in the West is the Christian (Gregorian) calendar that is based on the solar movements; should also be called Solar Calendar (Shamsi Calendar). On the other hand the Islamic (Hijri) calendar uses lunar movements and started with the emigration (Hijrah) of Prophet Muhammad (SAS) from Mecca to Medina should also be called Lunar Calendar (Qamari Calendar).
    Both the Sun and the Mon are the creations of Allah swt and both have the purposes to serve; I am quoting the following verses in this regards:-

    وَٱلشَّمۡسُ تَجۡرِى لِمُسۡتَقَرٍّ۬ لَّهَا‌ۚ ذَٲلِكَ تَقۡدِيرُ ٱلۡعَزِيزِ ٱلۡعَلِيمِ (٣٨) وَٱلۡقَمَرَ قَدَّرۡنَـٰهُ مَنَازِلَ حَتَّىٰ عَادَ كَٱلۡعُرۡجُونِ ٱلۡقَدِيمِ (٣٩) لَا ٱلشَّمۡسُ يَنۢبَغِى لَهَآ أَن تُدۡرِكَ ٱلۡقَمَرَ وَلَا ٱلَّيۡلُ سَابِقُ ٱلنَّہَارِ‌ۚ وَكُلٌّ۬ فِى فَلَكٍ۬ يَسۡبَحُونَ (٤٠)
    And the sun runs on its fixed course for a term (appointed). That is the Decree of the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing. (38) And the moon, We have measured for it mansions (to traverse) till it returns like the old dried curved date stalk. (39) It is not for the sun to overtake the moon, nor does the night outstrip the day. They all float, each in an orbit. (40)
    Surah Yasin (36: 38-40) Translated by Dr Mohsin Khan

    هُوَ ٱلَّذِى جَعَلَ ٱلشَّمۡسَ ضِيَآءً۬ وَٱلۡقَمَرَ نُورً۬ا وَقَدَّرَهُ ۥ مَنَازِلَ لِتَعۡلَمُواْ عَدَدَ ٱلسِّنِينَ وَٱلۡحِسَابَ‌ۚ مَا خَلَقَ ٱللَّهُ ذَٲلِكَ إِلَّا بِٱلۡحَقِّ‌ۚ يُفَصِّلُ ٱلۡأَيَـٰتِ لِقَوۡمٍ۬ يَعۡلَمُونَ (٥)
    It is He Who made the sun a shining thing and the moon as a light and measured out for it stages, that you might know the number of years and the reckoning. Allâh did not create this but in truth. He explains the Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) in detail for people who have knowledge. (5)
    Surah Yunus (10: 5) Translated by Dr Mohsin Khan
    We should enter in 2012 which is based on Solar Calendar, asking Allah’s forgiveness for our past mistakes and exchanging the best wishes and duas with the rest of the humanity. Being a humanbeing we are bound to make mistakes as mentioned by Prophet SAW:
    التوابون الخطائين وخير خطاء آدم بني كل
    Every son of Adam is a sinner and the best of sinners are those who repent.
    الترمذي رواه ( 2499 )

    There is one more hadith which I think comes true of our time 2011 and 2012:-
    Prophet (PBUH) said:
    “Soon my Ummah will reach a time wherein they will love five things and forget five things:

    1- They will love the world & forget the Hereafter,
    2- They will love wealth & forget the Day of Reckoning
    3- They will love the creation & forget the Creator
    4- They will love sinning & forget repenting and
    5- They will love their homes & forget the Grave

    May Allah accept our repentance and make our today (2012) better than yesterday (2011) & tomorrow(2013) better than today (2012)….. aameen.

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