christmas eve ponderings

24 Dec

As-Salamu ‘Alaikum

Two kinds of kuffaar celebrate christmas:

1) the human-worshiping anthropomorphist pagans – the christians

2) the decadent secular consumerists who do not have any culture

In both these cases, we Muslims should stay away from such rituals of misguidance and should not exchange greetings and wishes with these people.

Presented below are some verses from the Quran, some ahadith of the Prophet, sal Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, and quotes from books of trusted scholars.

All Muslims should know these matters well if they are contemplating wishing a kafir a merry christmas or exchanging gifts or may Allah protect us all, mingling with them in their gatherings.

Please have a look at the following:


وَإِمَّا يُنسِيَنَّكَ الشَّيْطَانُ فَلاَ تَقْعُدْ بَعْدَ الذِّكْرَى مَعَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ

Translation of meaning: And if satan causes you to forget, then do not sit with the transgressors after you remember. (Holy Quran 6:68)


يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ ادْخُلُواْ فِي السِّلْمِ كَآفَّةً وَلاَ تَتَّبِعُواْ خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ

فَإِن زَلَلْتُمْ مِّن بَعْدِ مَا جَاءتْكُمُ الْبَيِّنَاتُ فَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ

هَلْ يَنظُرُونَ إِلاَّ أَن يَأْتِيَهُمُ اللّهُ فِي ظُلَلٍ مِّنَ الْغَمَامِ وَالْمَلآئِكَةُ وَقُضِيَ الأَمْرُ وَإِلَى اللّهِ تُرْجَعُ الأمُورُ

Translation of meaning: O you who believe, enter into submission (Islam) wholly and do not follow the footsteps of satan, indeed he is an open enemy to you. Then if you revert to sins after clear signs came to you, then know that Allah is ‘Azeez and Hakeem (Exalted in Power and All-Wise). Will they wait until Allah[‘s wrath] comes to them from clouds cast and angels descend from the skies, and the matter is then settled (which will be of no use then)? (Holy Quran 2:208-210)


هُمْ لِلْكُفْرِ يَوْمَئِذٍ أَقْرَبُ مِنْهُمْ لِلإِيمَانِ

Translation of meaning: They were that day nearer to disbelief compared to faith. (Holy Quran 3:167)

This verse talks about the hypocrites in religion, and we seek Allah’s refuge. We should question ourselves, our state on christmas eve and day should we greet kuffaar on this day.


وَدُّواْ لَوْ تَكْفُرُونَ كَمَا كَفَرُواْ فَتَكُونُونَ سَوَاء

Translation of meaning: They wish that somehow you too become kafir like them and that you all become equal. ( Holy Quran 4:89)

We seek Allah’s refuge from this.


يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تَتَّخِذُواْ بِطَانَةً مِّن دُونِكُمْ لاَ يَأْلُونَكُمْ خَبَالاً

Translation of meaning: O you who believe, do not take confidants from outside your ranks. (Holy Quran 3:118)


وَلَمْ يَتَّخِذُواْ مِن دُونِ اللّهِ وَلاَ رَسُولِهِ وَلاَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

Translation of meaning: And take none for friends other than Allah, His Messenger and the believers. (Holy Quran 9:16)

7) Tafseer of verse 3:118 from Mafatihul Ghayb:

لأن المسلمين كانوا يشاورونهم في أمورهم ويؤانسونهم لما كان بينهم من الرضاع والحلف ظنا منهم أنهم وإن خالفوهم في الدين فهم ينصحون لهم في أسباب المعاش فنهاهم الله تعالى بهذه الآية عنه،

فمنع المؤمنين أن يتخذوا بطانة من غير المؤمنين فيكون ذلك نهيا عن جميع الكفار وقال تعالى: {ياأيها الذين ءامنوا لا تتخذوا عدوى وعدوكم أولياء} (الممتحنة: 1) ومما يؤكد ذلك ما روي أنه قيل لعمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه: ههنا رجل من أهل الحيرة نصراني لا يعرف أقوى حفظا ولا أحسن خطأ منه، فإن رأيت أن تتخذه كاتبا، فامتنع عمر من ذلك وقال: إذن اتخذت بطانة من غير المؤمنين، فقد جعل عمر رضي الله عنه هذه الآية دليلا على النهي عن اتخاذ بطانة،

مفاتيح الغيب

Translation of meaning: Muslims used to consult with kafirs and had affinities with them. Because of this they had close relations and oaths between them. Muslims used to think that even though the kafirs are their opposition in religion, they are our well wishers in matters of trade and other such cases. Then after the revelation of this verse, Allah forbade Muslims from mateship with kafirs and keeping them as confidants (sharing secrets). So Allah commanded Muslims not to have any confidants other than Muslims; and this applies to ALL kafirs. And Allah said, “O you who believe, do not befriend Mine and your enemies” and this narration of Seyyidina ‘Umar strengthens this message where he was requested that a person from Ahl al-Hiirah who was a christian, who had an excellent memory and a beautiful handwriting, be hired by him as a clerk if he so wished. He, radi Allahu ‘anhu, replied that if he did such, he would be taking a confidant from outside of Muslims. Therefore, Seyyidina ‘Umar, radi Allahu ‘anhu, used this verse as a proof that it is forbidden to have [the christian] as a confidant.

8 ) Hadith from Sahih Muslim

لا تبدءوا اليهود ولا النصارى بالسلام، فإذا لقيتم أحدهم في طريق فاضطروه إلى أضيقه

Translation of meaning: Do not initiate the salam with jews and christians, and if you meet them in the street, then force them to take the narrowest path.

This is a very simple and straight forward command forbidding Muslims to treat christians and jews honorably and forbidding them from as much as initiating salam with them. Then what to say about those who seek to honor them and their rituals by greeting them for their festivals and exchanging gifts and so on.

9) Another hadith from Sahih Muslim says:

فإياكم وإياهم . لا يضلونكم ولا يفتنونكم

Translation of meaning: You flee from them and keep them away from you, lest they should misguide you and introduce you to mischief.

10) A hadith from Sunan Abu Dawud says:

من جامع المشرك وسكن معه فإنه مثله

Translation of meaning: He who gathers with a mushrik (polytheist) and stays with him, will become like him.

11) A hadith in Kanzul ‘Ummal says:

مَنْ كَثَّرَ سَوَادَ قَوْمٍ فَهُوَ مِنْهُمْ

كنز العمال   عن ابن مسعود حديث 24735     مؤسسة الرسالة بيروت    42/9

Translation of meaning: He who helps increase the numbers of any party, is counted from amongst them.

Mind you this only pertains to increasing their numbers by just being around. One can imagine the ruling for participating in their rituals, specially the foolish people who like to attend mass.

12) A hadith in Shua’b al-Iman says:

إذا مدح الفاسق غضب الرب و اهتز لذلك العرش

شعب الايمان   حديث 4886  دار الكتب العلمية بيروت 230/4

Translation of meaning: If a sinner is praised, Allah’s punishment is incurred and His ‘Arsh trembles due to this act.

One can imagine, if this is said in regards to praising a sinner, then what one would incur if he praised a kafir and/or his rituals.

13) For those who like to attend mass on this occasion should make note of this quote from ash-Shifa of Qadi ‘Ayad and echoed by Ibn Hajar

وکذا (یکفر) من فعل فعلا اجمع المسلمون علی انه لایصدر الا من کافر وان کان صاحبه مصرحا بالا سلام مع فعله

( الإعلام بقواطع الإسلام   الفصل الثالث   مکتبة الحقیقة استنبول ترکی    ص378)

Translation of meaning: And likewise, a person becomes kafir by doing something on which there is a consensus of Muslims that such a deed can’t be done by other than a kafir, even though the person claims to profess Islam after doing such.

14) It says in Durr ul-Mukhtar, a Hanafi fiqh primer:

لوسلم علی الذمی تبجیلا یکفر لان تبجیل الکافر کفر اوقال لمجوسی یااستاذ تبجیلا کفر

درالمختار شرح تنویر الابصار   کتاب الحظروالاباحة 2/251

Translation of meaning: If a [Muslim] person offers salam to a dhimmi (a kafir who pays jizya to the Muslim state) as a mark of honor, he becomes a kafir; or if he calls a fire-worshiper (majoosi) “hey, sir” to honor him, he has become a kafir.

Those who honor kafirs and seek to earn brownie points with them should take note of this and also what follows.

15) A hadith in Kashf al-Khafa says:

مَنْ تَوَاضَعَ لِغَنِيٍّ لأَجْلِ غِنَاهُ ذَهَبَ ثُلُثَا دِينِهِ

(كشف الخفاء  حديث 2442 دار الكتب العلمية بيروت  215/2)

Translation of meaning: He who respects a wealthy person due to his wealth, has lost a third of his deen.

We should take note that the wealthy person referred to here is a Muslim wealthy person. One can imagine the ruling for people who seek to honor kafirs.

16) It says in Hilyatul Awliyaa:

نهي النبي صلى الله تعالى عليه وسلم ان يصافح المشركون اويكنو اويرحب بهم

حلية الاولياء    دارالکتاب العربی بیروت    236/9

Translation of meaning: The Prophet, sal Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, forbade from shaking hands with a polytheist or to address him by his [respected] nicknames or to wholeheartedly welcome them [when they enter a place].

17) From the previous post ‘Tis the season:

These 2 ahadith are sahih and famous:

لعن الله المتشبهين من الرجال بالنساء، والمتشبهات من النساء بالرجال – رواه بخاري من حديث ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما

وعن أبي هريرة – رضي الله عنه – قال : لعن رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم – الرجل يلبس لبسة المرأة ، والمرأة تلبس لبسة الرجل . رواه أبو داود

The first one is narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas, radi Allahu ‘anhumaa, in Sahih al-Bukhariy which reports the Prophet as saying, what could be translated to, “Allah curses those amongst the men who imitate women, and those amongst the women who imitate the men.

The second one is narrated in Abu Dawood by Abu Hurayrah radi Allahu ‘anhu and he states as such: The Messenger of Allah, sal Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, cursed the man who wears women’s clothes, and the woman who wears men’s clothes.

When Muslim men and women are forbidden by Allah and Rasulullah ﷺ from imitating each other in matters that are specific to their own genders, and cursed if they do it,

THEN: How on earth can they even think about imitating the mubtadi’s and kuffaar in matters specific to them?

And there isn’t success except by Allah’s granting.



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5 responses to “christmas eve ponderings

  1. Bahram

    December 25, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Salamualaikum sidi,

    Hope you are well. Question, what if one is given a gift by their neighbors during these holidays, should one accept it or reject it?

    • 'Abd-Allah al-Mujaddidi al-Naqshbandi

      December 26, 2010 at 5:25 pm

      Wa’alaykum Salam brother.

      As per what the shuyukh told me, one may take the gift from the neighbor but not show respect to their religion. WAllahu Ta’ala a’alamu wa ahkam.

  2. Haneia

    February 4, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Assalam o alaikum,

    Though I am too late to comment but would definitely like to say that you have addressed a very important topic. I’ve seen many ‘so-called modern muslims’ who believe that they should wish the Christians on the occasions like christmas and easter. This is surely wrong and as you mentioned in one of the Ahadith that the one who does so becomes kafir.

    Now I have a question regarding paying honor to the kafirs. We are living in a society where we come across many kafirs, in neighborhood, at work and other routine activities, how are we supposed to behave with kafirs in this situation. You have stated a Hadith which says that even saying ‘hey sir,’ to a kafir makes a muslim kafir, then how should we treat our non-muslim colleagues, teachers, neighbours, and other fellows?

  3. 'Abd-Allah al-Mujaddidi al-Naqshbandi

    February 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Wale’ikum Salam

    I am copying (in my own words) three of the many advices Imam Abu Hanifa radi Allahu ‘anhu has instructed his esteemed students/son:

    1 – Always fear Allah, follow the commandments of the Shari’ah and adhere to taqwa.

    2 – DO NOT ever establish any relation with any person unless you have a deeni (religious) or duniyawiy (worldly) objective in mind.

    3 – Always remember, if you do not behave gently with people, they will become your enemies, even if they may be your parents.

    There is a lot of wisdom concealed in these words of advise for those who have an understanding in the basics of Shari’ah.


    Coming to the specific question you asked, and the advise I got from my shuyukh –

    while this entire blog is dedicated to killing the modern wave of perennialism and equating Islam and kufr, compromising on Islamic dignity and principles in the name of da’wah and “harmony” and licking the boots of the kuffaar – started by kafirs pretending to be Muslim scholars –

    the general guidelines in answer to your query are:

    1 – It is haram to unjustly hurt anyone, even a kafir. It is haram to be treacherous in one’s dealings, even with kafirs.

    2 – It is permitted to treat kafirs gently in matters of da’wah. However, this gentle treatment should not reach the level of respect and honor of the kafir or his religion.

    Da’wah is about propagating the truth of Islam above falsehood, and everything other than Islam is falsehood.

    Da’wah is NOT about compromising on Islam or designing exquisite and elaborate excuses for the purposes of honoring kafirs and their way of life or being subservient to them, as the heretic shayaateen pretending to be Muslim scholars do in our times.

    One should always uphold the dignity and the esteemed status of Islam and Muslims. A good analogy is that a Muslim’s gentle treatment of a kafir should be akin to a king’s gentle treatment of an amputee pauper, or your gentle treatment of your pet whom you own.

    3 – Keeping in mind Imam Abu Hanifa’s advises mentioned above and the two points preceding this one, never initiate any hostile treatment of anyone. But if a kafir is hostile to you for reasons of you being Muslim or because of hatred to Islam (ie, not because of anything directly related to your person), show him/her NO MERCY at all and do what ever is in your means to punish him/her or have him/her punished. DO NOT FORGIVE HIM/HER. Respond to his/her hostility to Islam, in kind. These are times when Islam is extremely weak and people are sparing no stones to harm it and hurt it.

    Our mother, ‘Aaisha, radi Allahu ‘anhaa, has said in a hadith by Sahih Muslim that the Prophet’s character is the Quran.

    عن سعد بن هشام قال سألت عائشة فقلت أخبريني عن خلق رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقالت : كان خلقه القرآن رواه مسلم

    The Quran itself says to the Prophet, sal Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam:

    68:4 وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلى خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ

    Translation of meaning: And indeed, you are of a supremely exalted character.

    The same Quran also commands the Prophet as thus:

    9:73 & 66:9 يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ جَاهِدِ الْكُفَّارَ وَالْمُنَافِقِينَ وَاغْلُظْ عَلَيْهِمْ

    Translation of meaning: O [beloved] Prophet! Launch jihad against the kafirs and the hypocrites and be tough with them.

    We have thus established that toughness to kafirs is from the Prophet’s supremely exalted character, as his character includes the following of Allah’s command to be tough with kafirs.

    Furthermore, the Quran describes the qualities of the believers as thus:

    48:29 مُّحَمَّدٌ رَّسُولُ اللَّهِ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ أَشِدَّاء عَلَى الْكُفَّارِ رُحَمَاء بَيْنَهُمْ

    Translation of meaning: Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah; and those with him are tough on the kafirs and merciful/compassionate amongst themselves.

    So please DO NOT respond to any hostility to Islam with any kindness, mercy, or compassion, what so ever.

    4 – There is a difference BETWEEN being an acquaintance, being neutral & professional AND being a friend or developing close affinities.

    Despite what the heretics who are embarrassed of being Muslim, and the innocent people misguided by them say, NEVER EVER EVER develop friendships and affinities with kafirs. See the verses of the Quran posted above in the post. Also, see this verse where the Quran says explicitly NOT to take jews and christians as friends:

    5:51 يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تَتَّخِذُواْ الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَى أَوْلِيَاء بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاء بَعْضٍ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْهُمْ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ

    Translation of meaning: O you who believe! Do not take the jews and christians as friends; they are friends of each other; and he amongst you who develops affinities with them, is from amongst them; indeed Allah does not guide the transgressors.

    There is no wala- (loyalty) to kafirs for a Muslim.

    A “friend” is typically defined as someone who can use your belongings without your permission and you are cool with it, as someone you confide in, as someone you hug, kiss and greet on festivities, and so on. None of those are allowed between a Muslim and a kafir. See the entire post above.

    5 – Your nickname indicates you are a female. Please note dear sister:

    ALL FOUR MADHHABS OF THE AHLUS SUNNAH – have ruled that – IT IS HARAM – for a Muslim sister to uncover in front of kafir women.

    Your hijab in front of kafir women SHOULD be the same as it is in front of men. The ‘awrah of a Muslim female in front of kafir females is EXACTLY what it is in front of males. (Only exception being face, palms, and feet below ankles)

    Just as our Master Rasulullah, sal Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, has forbidden us men folk from initiating the greeting with kafir men, the same ruling also applies to you sisters.

    It is NOT allowed for you to greet and kiss kafir women, the same way you greet and kiss your other sisters in Islam. It is reprehensibly disliked to shake hands with them.

    If a sister can help it, it is COMPULSORY for her to hire a MUSLIM midwife to help deliver her baby. If she cannot find a Muslim midwife despite her best efforts, she has an excuse and may hire a kafirah midwife.

    Please note dear sister, that it is disliked for you to even say salam to a strange MUSLIM man.

    Then what can we say about a Muslima greeting a kafir male with good cheer and laughter, and flirting with him, all in the name of da’wah?! It is nothing but a mockery of Islam of the highest order and compromising on the dignity and chastity of Islam.

    A Muslima’s interaction with ANY strange male (not her mahrams or husband) should be only to the point, and very cold (or professional, if you will, the aim is that there should be zero good cheer and at the same time no rudeness), without any of her feminine charm being used. This mannerism should be twice as staunch when dealing with a kafir male.

    Please note that da’wah is NOT compulsory to those who have received the message of Islam, which is almost all the people in our times who have heard of our beloved Prophet.

    It is HARAM for a Muslim sister to shake hands with even any Muslim male, worse yet kafir males. Being in the workplace is no excuse for it.

    6 – As stated, there is a difference between being neutral & professional, and being a friend & developing affinities.

    While a Muslim MUST strive as much as possible to minimize his interaction with kafirs, it is NOT forbidden to use kafirs on worldly matters, they may be used knowing full well in one’s heart that these people are those whom Allah has called “the worst of all creation” in the Quran.

    Imam Sarkhasi, an early era GIANT of the Hanafi madhhab says in his Sharh Jame’a As-Sagheer:

    والاستعانۃ باھل الذمۃ کالاستعانۃ بالکلاب

    “And taking help from a dhimmi (a kafir living in a Muslim state) is like utilizing a trained dog”

    One is allowed to buy/sell from them or hire their services and so on. Also, routine conventions at the workplace like saying “G’day” or shaking hands at business meetings (still haram for opposite genders) are just business conventions and social lubricants and not marks of respect or honor in the least. They are allowed in such circumstances. (How many kafir customer service reps do you know who cuss at other kafir customers right after they leave the room or hang up the phone?! These kind of things are proof that these are just meaningless conventions in the world of business.)

    Also “respecting” (ie acknowledging the authority of the status) an officer of the law or following the law of the land (like if one is assigned jury duty or attending court for some reason, and he has to stand up for a kafir judge) or students in a school standing up for a teacher are just conventions for respecting the worldly positions in and of themselves and not the person of the kafir per se.

    For example, even other kafirs will not “respect” a kafir policeman if he left his job or if he was not on duty in a uniform. They will just treat him like any other joe bloggs.

    The quote that you mentioned regarding saying “hey sir” is regarding calling on a kafir respectfully and deliberately respecting a kafir.

    It does not refer to meaningless business conventions like a customer service phone operator saying, “G’day mr. jones! How may I help you?” or a person using “sir” sarcastically like for example saying “you sir, are an incompetent politician!”

    7 – As much as possible and within one’s reach, Muslims living in kafir lands should strive to be self employed. This will save them from having a kafir in a “boss” position above them and being told what to do. It is far more reward-able to be working for oneself and live by one’s own terms and conditions, than to work in a global corporation where one has to take orders from others, much less a kafir.

    It is HARAM for a Muslim to take up employment in a position where his dignity will be compromised in front of kafirs.

    For example, working as a street-cleaner. Or a butler for kafirs. Or in a position where Muslims have to serve on kafirs, like their senior citizens homes.

    As stated right in the beginning, there is NO RESPECT or HONOR of kafirs in Islam, and the gentleness that CAN BE shown to a kafir is the kind of gentleness a king shows an amputee beggar or a person shows his pet animal.

    A kafir senior citizen is STILL a kafir and in no way, shape or form, worthy of being waited on by a Muslim. Shari’ah states that MUSLIM senior citizens must show respect to young Muslim scholars. SUCH IS THE DIGNITY OF ISLAM & ITS KNOWLEDGE. What then can we say about a kafir senior citizen?

    A Muslim must uphold his own dignity and the dignity of Islam and think that when these people’s own children and grandchildren do not take care of them, why on earth should a Muslim do it? They are only reaping what they have sown. There is NOTHING about them that should make them endearing to a Muslim.

    If one intends to do da’wah to them, they can organize informational seminars and events in such senior citizen’s homes but there is NOTHING that justifies a Muslim waiting on a kafir senior citizen in a home, pushing his wheel chair, and wiping his nose and putting his shoes on. We seek Allah’s refuge from such. al-‘iyadhu billah.

    Specially our sisters should take EXTREME caution to not be in a position where either Islam’s, Muslims’, their or their family’s chastity and dignity is compromised.

    For example, it is ok for a sister to work as a teacher.

    However it is HARAM for her to work as a babysitter to a kafir’s children changing their nappies and so on. While it’s a given that one must be tender to children and this in no way means that we consider children as responsible adults like their parents, IT STILL DOES NOT negate the fact that a kafir’s child belongs to the kafir and changing his nappies IS effectively waiting on the kafir.

    She is allowed to work as a babysitter to Muslim children or run a day care center for them.

    Muslim owners of eateries and restaurants should make their businesses self service or open buffets. Muslims should NOT wait tables to kafirs. It is especially low for a Muslim to utilize his wife or sister or daughter to wait tables for kafirs.

    Remember OUR RIZQ IS PRE-DESTINED FROM ALLAH. No amount of business procedures or compromises or strategies will change that.

    Therefore the course of wisdom is to earn a living in a manner that does NOT compromise on the rules of the Shari’ah or the dignity of Islam and Muslims.

    If compromising, undignified jobs are the only kinds of jobs you can work in, then please migrate to a Muslim country at your first possible instance. It is far better for you.

    8 – Muslims should always strive to improve the Muslim sub-economy by as much as possible buying and selling ONLY from other Muslims and boosting each other’s businesses.

    9 – Muslim business owners should ALWAYS seek to hire Muslims rather than kafirs. This is explicitly stated in ahadith and books of fiqh.

    10 – BUY real estate from anyone.

    BUT once a Muslim acquires real estate, NEVER EVER EVER sell it to a kafir.

    This will work wonders for Muslim diaspora in the long run, one way or another. Think about the community. Either hold on to it, or sell it only to other Muslims. (This is NOT a fatwa of haram, but an excellent guideline for the betterment and upliftment of the Muslim community)

    As much as possible, try also NOT to rent it to kafirs.

    For points 9 & 10 if the law of the land demands that you SHOULD accept all offers to sell your real estate, the simple rule to get by that law is, DO NOT advertise your vacancy or sale.

    The first thing you should do is put word of mouth out in the community that you “intend to” hire someone or sell your real estate. There is nothing legally binding you to not have an intention. If despite you best efforts, there are no results, then put out an advertisement, and then too, make sure to your best efforts possible, you hire a Muslim or sell your real estate to Muslims.

    Be wise and use the law and its loops to your advantage.

    11 – Court procedures in kafir lands generally take ages. Also taking your case to a court, is an implicit acknowledgment of the authority of the kafir’s court system. As much as you can, avoid taking your disputes to court, SPECIALLY disputes amongst Muslims must be tried to be resolved as much as possible by mutual agreements and arbitration of the community elders.

    12 – As long as you are free to practice the core tenets of Islam, and your life and property are not under threat, seek to uphold the laws of the land.

    13 – Send your children to a Muslim school or home school them, so that they do not learn the conventions of kufr and the kafir teachers in the public school systems. Give them advise from the above guidelines what ever is relevant to their ages and understandings and teach your child that the only friend of a Muslim is Muslim. Ingrain this well into your child’s psyche. As the Quran says, Allah invites us to heaven and the kafirs invite us to hellfire.

    I hope this will comprehensively answer your general query.

    First read these 3 (of the many) advises of Imam Abu Hanifa ponder well over them. Then read the rest of this post, and in sha Allah, you shall be able to find an answer that can help you connect the dots with wisdom.

    If it hasn’t, you are very welcome to post again and I will ask the shuyukh again.

    Alternately, please ask a trustworthy scholar of the Ahlus Sunnah regarding any specific queries you may have for any specific questions.

    WAllahu Ta’ala a’alamu wa ahkam.

    Was-Salamu ‘Alaikum

  4. 'Abd-Allah al-Mujaddidi al-Naqshbandi

    March 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Another answer given by an esteemed shaykh regarding sister Haneia’s question:

    Now I have a question regarding paying honor to the kafirs. We are living in a society where we come across many kafirs, in neighborhood, at work and other routine activities, how are we supposed to behave with kafirs in this situation. You have stated a Hadith which says that even saying ‘hey sir,’ to a kafir makes a muslim kafir, then how should we treat our non-muslim colleagues, teachers, neighbours, and other fellows?

    which was posted in response to this quote from Durrul Mukhtar in the post above:

    لوسلم علی الذمی تبجیلا یکفر لان تبجیل الکافر کفر اوقال لمجوسی یااستاذ تبجیلا کفر
    درالمختار شرح تنویر الابصار کتاب الحظروالاباحۃ 2/251

    Translation of meaning: If a [Muslim] person offers salam to a dhimmi (a kafir who pays jizya to the Muslim state) as a mark of honor, he becomes a kafir; or if he calls a fire-worshiper (majoosi) “hey, sir” to honor him, he has become a kafir.

    This is the answer given by the esteemed shaykh:

    What is meant here is if the intention in the heart is to glorify them because they are kuffaar, or prefer them over muslims because they are kuffaar.


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