Are We the People this Hadith is Referring To?

March 30, 2008

Narrated Abu ‘Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari that he heard the Prophet saying, “From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful. And there will be some people who will stay near the side of a mountain and in the evening their shepherd will come to them with their sheep and ask them for something, but they will say to him, ‘Return to us tomorrow.’ Allah will destroy them during the night and will let the mountain fall on them, and He will transform the rest of them into monkeys and pigs and they will remain so till the Day of Resurrection.”

The hadith mentioned above is narrated by Imam Bukhari (Volume 7, Book 69, Number 494v).  Subhana’Allah, let us just consider this one hadith and ponder over it for a few minutes on the four things that are listed above.

  1. Illegal Sexual Intercourse – How many people engage in the detestable act of masturbation and consider it permissible?  Remember there is zina of the eyes (by looking), of the tongue (by talking), of the legs (by walking), etc.  Are we completely free of zina?
  2. Wearing of Silk – How many people consider the wearing of silk ties as permissible?
  3. Drinking of Alcoholic Drinks – How many Muslims drink nowadays? Anas ibn Maalik (ra) said Rasoolullah (SAW) cursed ten with regard to alcohol: the one who squeezes it (the grapes etc), the one for whom it is squeezed, the one who drinks it, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried, the one who pours it, the one who sells it, the one who consumes its price, the one who buys it, and the one for whom it is brought” (narrated by Tirmidhi and classified as sahih by Shaykh al-Albaani).  Subhana’Allah, can you imagine being cursed by Allah?  I’ve heard scholars say being cursed by Allah means being thrown outside the Mercy of Allah (SWT)!
  4. Use of Musical Instruments -Needless to say many people will argue music is permissible looking for any fatwa they can find.  The fact of the matter is that all four madhabs (Hanafi, Maliki, Hanbali, Shafi) all have opinions that music is prohibited.  Just looking at this hadith, is it not enough that music is listed in the same sentence as alcohol and illegal sexual intercourse?  How many of us listen to music and consider it lawful?

Just thought I would share this hadith as I just read it last night.  May Allah (SWT) save us from being amongst those people that the above hadith mentions.  Ameen.

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