Celebrations of Non-Islamic Days In Light Of Shariah – (Part 1)

The benchmark for the success of mankind in this world and the Akhirah is the religion of Islam and its teachings. The foundation of the teachings of Islam focuses on the benefit of mankind and the eradication of distress and injustice from society. Islam has motivated mankind towards the adoption of ways and methodologies which preserve the rights of human beings, religion, man’s life, wealth and honor. This includes protecting the mind and thoughts of human beings and helping to keep nobility entact.

Hence, man has been commanded to stay away from all those acts that lead to destruction of the self or the environment and all that may even lead towards it. The most wonderful reason behind following the commandments of Allah (SWT) is His pleasure and the acquiring of His ultimate fadhl (bounty) which is Jannah. This has been made the prime purpose of the creation of the entire mankind as well as jinns.

Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ ﴿٥٦﴾۔

“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.”
[Adh-Dhariyat: 56]

Here, we find the clear evidence of the fundamentals of Islam – which is to worship Allah (SWT) alone. So, all those acts that prevent us from worshipping Allah (SWT) has been made unacceptable and hence haram. For example, consuming alcohol and gambling has been mentioned in the Qur’an in a manner that has been explained as they spread enmity. Not only do they spread enmity but they take man away from the remembrance of Allah (SWT) and prevent from salah..

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالْأَنصَابُ وَالْأَزْلَامُ رِجْسٌ مِّنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ ﴿٩٠﴾۔

“O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.”

Then it has been stated:

إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَن يُوقِعَ بَيْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاءَ فِي الْخَمْرِ وَالْمَيْسِرِ وَيَصُدَّكُمْ عَن ذِكْرِ اللَّـهِ وَعَنِ الصَّلَاةِ ۖ فَهَلْ أَنتُم مُّنتَهُونَ ﴿٩١﴾۔

Satan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not desist?

The Disbelievers are the worst enemies of those who follow Islam. Their aim is to destroy the Muslims and they will go to any lengths with their tactics to be able to do this. Overtime, their plans of the destruction of the Muslim Ummah seem to be taking lead.

Shaytan, since day one has been trying to derail the Muslims from what the Qur’an has called  the “Siraat Al Mustaqeem” (the Straight Path). Shaytan does not work alone in this ploy; He has with him his troops and they continue with their efforts night and day to be able to do this. Shaytan shall continue this striving for his evil cause till the Day of Judgement. Hence, it is mentioned in the Qur’an that all those who fall under the deception of Shaytan, whether it be a nation or an individual, and those who choose to follow the footsteps of Shaytan, whether it be in action or in characteristics, will face a horrendous end in the duniya as well as the Akhirah resulting in severe punishment.

The punishment has been clearly described in the Qur’an as well for the simple reason, that those following Shaytan can take a lesson and stop before it is too late for they will suffer a huge loss. The Qur’an has specifically defined these groups and nations to be the Disbelievers, Mushrikeen (idol worshippers) and especially the Jews and Christians. This truth has been unfolded clearly in the pages of the Qur’an that the Jews and the Christians will never be satisfied with the Muslims until the Muslims embrace their religion, the path, the ways and the customs.

Allah (SWT) states in the Qur’an:

وَلَن تَرْضَىٰ عَنكَ الْيَهُودُ وَلَا النَّصَارَىٰ حَتَّىٰ تَتَّبِعَ مِلَّتَهُمْ ۗ

“And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you () until you follow their religion.”
[Al-Baqara: 120]

The schemes of these nations are so devious in nature that Allah (SWT) has commanded us to seek protection from them in every prayer. Imagine how dangerous they are! Allah (SWT) has made obligatory the reciting of Surah AlFatiha in every raka’ah. This surah ends with,

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ ﴿٧﴾۔

“The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray.”
[AlFatiha: 7]

It is evident from Sahih hadith that ’المغضوب علیھم‘ (those who have evoked [Your] anger) refers to the Jews and ’’ الضالین‘‘  (those who are astray) refers to the Christians. These are the two groups we have been advised to be weary of as they have always wanted ill for the Muslim Ummah and do not desire goodness for us. They detest all of the Muslims and everything that is related to the religion of Islam. This includes Qur’an and all things that remind them of the religion including the Allah (SWT)’s commandments, the honor of Prophethood ﷺ, attacks at Bayt Al Maqdas or the Harmain (the two Holy Masajid). Their agenda has been exposed in the Qur’an in the following manner:

وَمَا تُخْفِي صُدُورُهُمْ أَكْبَرُ

“…and what their breasts conceal is greater…”
[Ali Imran: 118]

This is the actual battle that the Disbelievers are fighting with the Muslims worldwide and this is being fought on many fronts and in many ways. In this manner they are able to penetrate, target and negatively damage our beliefs, thoughts, customs, celebrations. Amongst the weapons of disbelief and falsehood is a weapon through which corruption is being widely spread in the Muslim families. This is the weapon of celebrating special days that are religiously unacceptable and promote wrong concepts contrary to Islamic beliefs.

The effect of these celebrations lead to moral deterioration of the Muslim Ummah and propagating such false values that are much more damaging in nature than the results of what an actual war can bring. Earlier on these celebrations did no harm the Muslim Ummah as much as we were much stronger in faith. Sadly, that is not the case anymore. As Iqbal, the famous poet has well aptly written in his work:

“From Christians you have learnt your style, your culture from Hindus;
How can a race as Muslims pass who shame even the Jews?”