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I have been invited for a dinner to my brother`s house for his son`s birthday.

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)

 

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dear brother in islam assalamo aleikum

could you please clarify the questions in detail

can a jinn see and touch a human being?

are the jinns capable of hurting human beings?

 

i have been invited for a dinner to my brother`s house for his son`s birthday. is it against islam for me to go? since all the relatives will be gathered to celebrate and if i donot go there will be problems in the family as my sister in law will make a big issue. in that case what should i do? pls. help and guide me.

is it gunah to keep t.v at home?

can a muslim english medium school celebrate golden jubilee? while celebrating they can cut the cake? it is compulsory for all the teachers to attend the function, is it sin for a muslim teacher to participate for this programme?

pls. reply me at your earliest.

thanking you in anticipation

a sister

 

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Attend birthday party

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Your Question: can a jinn see and touch a human being?

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 27:

27 O ye children of Adam! Let not the Shaytaan seduce you in the same manner as he got your parents (Adam and Hawwa) out of the garden stripping them of their raiment to expose their shame: for he (the Shaytaan) and his tribe watch you from a position where ye cannot see them: We made the evil ones friends (only) to those without faith.

 

In light of the above absolutely clear guidance of the Holy Quran, it is absolutely evident that the Jinns can see human beings, but the human beings cannot see them.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 275:

275 Those who devour riba will not stand except as stands one whom the Shaytaan by his touch hath driven to madness. That is because they say: "Trade is like usury but Allah hath permitted trade and forbidden usury. Those who after receiving direction from their Lord desist shall be pardoned for the past; their case is for Allah (to judge); but those who repeat (the offence) are companions of the fire: they will abide therein (for ever).

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.641 Narrated by Said bin Al Musaiyab

Abu Huraira said, "I heard Allah's Messenger (saws) saying, 'There is none born among the off-spring of Adam (except Prophet Jesus (a.s.)), but the Shaytaan touches it. A child therefore, cries loudly at the time of birth because of the touch of the Shaytaan

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.255 Narrated by Ali bin Al Husain from Safiya

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: The Shaytaan circulates in the body of Adam's offspring as his blood circulates in it!"

 

The vast majority of the good scholars and commentators are of the opinion that the above mentioned touch relates to Shaytaans influence or whisperings on the human heart and mind, and not a physical touch whereby a Jinn can pull, push, hurt, or benefit a human being by his physical touch. And Allah Alone Knows Best.

 

Your Question: are the jinns capable of hurting human beings?

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 114 Surah An-Naas verses 4-6:


4 (Say: I seek refuge in Allah ) from the mischief of the whisperer (of evil) who withdraws (after his whisper)

5 (The same) who whispers into the hearts of mankind

6 Among Jinns, and among men.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 14 Surah Ibraheem verse 22:

22 And the Shaytaan (on the Day of Judgment) will say when the matter is decided: "It was Allah Who gave you a promise of Truth: I too promised, but I failed in my promise to you. I had no authority over you except to call you, but ye listened to me: then reproach not me but reproach your own souls. I cannot listen to your cries nor can ye listen to mine. I reject your former act in associating me with Allah. For wrongdoers there must be a Grievous Penalty."

 

In light of the above absolutely clear guidance of the Quran, the absolute maximum the Jinn has the power to do is to whisper some evil into the hearts of men, and inspire man to transgress the boundaries of Allah and commit some evil! They have absolutely no power to help or hurt any human being, and they absolutely do not possess the power to physically hurt or possess a human being. Thus one who sincerely believes in Allah should keep their absolute and full trust and belief in none save the Lord Most High, and know with total conviction that Absolute and Complete Power and Strength is with none save their Lord, Allah Subhanah, the Lord of everything that exists.

 

If one fears any mischief from the evil Jinns, all one needs to do is follow the example of the Prophet (saws) and recite the Muawidaat or the 113th Surah Al-Falaq and 114th Surah An-Naas and reaffirm their seeking refuge in the Lord Most High from the mischief of the Shayaateen; it is expected that the Lord Most High will protect them from any and all mischief of the Shaytaan.

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4563 Narrated by Abu Sa'id al-Khudri

Allah's Messenger (saws) used to seek refuge in Allah from the Jinn and the evil eye in men till the Mu'awwidhatan (113th Surah Al-Falaq and 114th Surah An-Naas) were revealed, after which he made use of them and abandoned everything else.

 

Once one has sought refuge with Allah Subhanah, they should keep their absolute trust and belief in the Power and Strength of their Lord Alone, and need not fear any harm approaching them from any jinn, or magic, or evil eye, or any other quarter of the unseen! Allah Subhanah Alone suffices as ones Protector and Helper.

 

Your Question: i have been invited for a dinner to my brother`s house for his son`s birthday. is it against islam for me to go? since all the relatives will be gathered to celebrate and if i donot go there will be problems in the family as my sister in law will make a big issue. in that case what should i do? pls. help and guide me.

If one celebrates or commemorates the Prophets birthday with innovated religious rites or rituals, believing that their celebration or commemoration is pleasing and acceptable to Allah.then indeed it would constitute a bida or innovation in the pure and perfect deen of Islam.

 

Beloved sister in Islam, celebrating ones or someones birthday has more to do with imitating a pagan culture, than following or observing a bida or innovation in the deen of Islam.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.780 Narrated by Nafi

Ibn Umar reported that the Prophet (saws) said, "Do the opposite of what the pagans do!

 

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4020 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar

The Prophet (saws) said: He who copies any people is one of them.

 

Every people have a culture and Islam too has its own culture; and celebrating or commemorating ones birthday or anniversary with a feast or a party cannot be considered a part of Islamic culture. Islam guides towards the notion that every single day one is blessed to be alive is a day of celebration and a cause to be grateful and thankful to the Lord Creator for his innumerable blessings and favors. Besides, Islam has nominated its own special days of joyous commemoration and celebration, namely the two blessed days of Eid (Fitr and Adha) and every Friday of the week.

 

If one celebrates ones birthday or anniversary with a feast or a party amongst loved ones, cuts a cake, lights candles, sings the nominated song Happy Birthday to you.., gives presents, etc.; one cannot say with conviction that this rite or ritual has a religious connotation..but without an iota of a doubt, this rite and ritual of celebrating birthdays and/or anniversaries is an imitation of the unbelievers; and it definitely does not behove and befit a believer who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day to imitate the pagans or their rituals in any matter whatsoever!

 

Beloved Sister, it would be best, purest, and closer to piety and righteousness if you abstain from attending the birthday party. To make sure your brother and his wife understands your position, it would be prudent to call or visit them a couple of days before the party and explain with absolute humility, wisdom and politeness why you are unable to attend their birthday party; if you explain with humility, politeness and wisdom, it is expected that your brother and his wife will appreciate your honesty and piety and will not only excuse you from attending it, but maybe you might be able to instill the fear of Allah into their hearts and they stop celebrating birthdays in the future.

 

Beloved sister, in any case, a believer who sincerely fears and believes in Allah and the Last Day does not and should not willingly disobey Allah and His Messenger (saws) only to please fellow human beings!

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3696 Narrated by An-Nawwas ibn Sam'an

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "A creature is not to be obeyed when it involves disobedience to the Creator."

 

Your Question: is it gunah to keep t.v at home?

Beloved sister in Islam, the television was obviously not invented at the time of the Revelation of the Quran, and thus obviously the Quran and the Sunnah are silent on the particular subject. Thus the scholars in Islam have the responsibility of forming an opinion on such issues in light of the guidance of the Quran and Sunnah.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Noor verses 30-31:

30 Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.

31 And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 33:

Say: The things that my Lord hath indeed forbidden are: shameful deeds whether open or secret; sins and trespasses against truth or reason; assigning of partners to Allah for which he hath given no authority; and saying things about Allah of which ye have no knowledge.

 

There are basically three opinions amongst people regarding television:

  1. Some people take one extreme and declare it absolutely forbidden and impermissible to watch any television.
  2. Some people take the other extreme and watch everything that comes on television.
  3. And some people take the medium route, and watch only the good and educational programs on television, and abstain from the shameful and indecent programs which you have so rightly pointed out.

 

Beloved sister in Islam, in our humble opinion, the television if put to good use is a great invention and must be used effectively by the Ummah to propagate the Truth of Al-Islam, or used to watch good scientific or educational programs, or news programs, etc. There are many Islamic Channels on television like the Iqra Channel, or Saudi Channel 2, or Peace TV by Dr. Zakir Naik, etc. which are extremely good and wholesome channels, and at times they invite some of the best scholars of our times on their programs to give their views and sermons. There is absolutely no harm in watching these channels on television which have absolutely no fahisha, or indecency, or songs, or dances, etc.

 

But if indeed, one watches the regular channels which are nothing but a door-way to fahisha, and indecency, and songs, and dances, and other evils; then indeed being a witness to and watching these programs would be considered a sin in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.

 

It is not that an instrument like the television, or computers, or internet, or cd-players, or books, or magazines, etc. itself which are evil or unlawful; it is how one uses and utilizes that product which would determine whether its usage is a virtue or a sin.

 

Your Question: can a muslim english medium school celebrate golden jubilee? while celebrating they can cut the cake? it is compulsory for all the teachers to attend the function, is it sin for a muslim teacher to participate for this programme?

Celebrating a silver or golden jubilee of a school or an institution is no different from and are simply a manifestation of the celebration of birthdays and anniversaries; and it would be best for the believers to abstain from such gatherings.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan


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