Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Making Fun of the Quran and Sunnah

With the increase of hypocrisy in him, the hypocrite finds the Islamic ordinances and teachings a burden on him and he brings to abandon them. He begins to make fun of them. He cares not for the Quran or the Sunnah the pious people or the hereafter. He as a plethora of excuses with him.

The hypocrites who lived with the Prophet SAWW used to pray the Salah with him and also to fast, make the pilgrimage, pay the Zakah and even wage jihad with him. When they did something wrong, ALLAH bracketed their evil with disbelief. He said:

وَلَئِن سَأَلْتَهُمْ لَيَقُولُنَّ إِنَّمَا كُنَّا نَخُوضُ وَنَلْعَبُ ۚ قُلْ أَبِاللَّـهِ وَآيَاتِهِ وَرَ‌سُولِهِ كُنتُمْ تَسْتَهْزِئُونَ 
  لَا تَعْتَذِرُ‌وا قَدْ كَفَرْ‌تُم بَعْدَ إِيمَانِكُمْ ۚ إِن نَّعْفُ عَن طَائِفَةٍ مِّنكُمْ نُعَذِّبْ طَائِفَةً بِأَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا مُجْرِ‌مِينَ  
And if you question them, then they will certainly say, "we were only jesting and playing." Say, "what, was it then at ALLAH and His revelations and His Messenger that you have been mocking? Make no excuses. You have indeed disbelieved after your belief. If we forgive a party of you we shall chastise another party, because they have been sinners" 9:65-66

This verse was revealed during the battle of Tabuk concerning the hypocrites. The background is narrated in the Hadith of Abdullah Ibn Umar RA. A man participating in the battle of Tabuk said to a gathering, "I have not seen anyone like these reciters of the Quran more lying with their tongues, more cowardly in the face of the enemy." Another man ejaculated, "you lie. Rather, you are a hypocrite. Indeed, I will inform ALLAH's Messenger SAWW (about it)." So, that was conveyed to ALLAH's
messenger and the Quran was revealed.

Abdullah Ibn Umar RA continued to narrate: I saw him hanging by the rope of the Prophet's SAWW she camel, the stones having wounded his feet and he was pleading, "O Messenger SAWW of ALLAH we were merely jesting and playing." ALLAH's Messenger SAWW was saying, "Is it ALLAH and His verses and His Messenger that you made fun of? Make no excuses. You became disbelievers after
you professed faith. If we forgive some of you, we shall punish some others, because they were guilty." Tafsir Ibn Kathir Surah Tawbah verses 65-66, Tabaari 14:333

There is a second incident too. Qatadah RA said about this particular verse (65 of at-Tawbah): while the Prophet SAWW was engaged in the battle of Tabuk and a unit of the hypocrites was ahead of him, they said, "He presumes that he will conquer the castles of Rome and his forts. Away, away!" ALLAH let his Prophet SAWW know of that which they were saying. So, he said: "It is incumbent on me to reckon with these people" and he summoned them and disclosed to them what they had been saying. They swore, "we were not but merely jesting and playing." Akhtar at-Tabarraj was sufur alal fard wa jamtama (ibn baz)

we must remember that to make fun of anything concerning religion is a sign of hypocrisy be it the veil, the beard, the dress or jihad. The person doing it is an infidel. This is what the verse says and Ibn Baz has ruled, "He who makes fun of a Muslim man or woman because of their conducting themselves on Shariah is a disbeliever." He has drawn his conclusion from the Hadith of Abdullah Ibn Umar RA.
Bukhari #11 6484 Muslim # 41-65 40-64 Tirmidhi # 2627, Nasaie # 4996. (narrated ibn Umar RA)

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