[3] Ed Husain: [A Desire to Be Recognised and Praised By Secularists Led to Shamelessness]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Allaah [The Exalted] stated about the hypocrites:

ٱلۡمُنَـٰفِقُونَ وَٱلۡمُنَـٰفِقَـٰتُ بَعۡضُهُم مِّنۢ بَعۡضٍ۬‌ۚ يَأۡمُرُونَ بِٱلۡمُنڪَرِ وَيَنۡہَوۡنَ عَنِ ٱلۡمَعۡرُوفِ وَيَقۡبِضُونَ أَيۡدِيَہُمۡ‌ۚ نَسُواْ ٱللَّهَ فَنَسِيَہُمۡ‌ۗ إِنَّ ٱلۡمُنَـٰفِقِينَ هُمُ ٱلۡفَـٰسِقُونَ
وَعَدَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلۡمُنَـٰفِقِينَ وَٱلۡمُنَـٰفِقَـٰتِ وَٱلۡكُفَّارَ نَارَ جَهَنَّمَ خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيہَا‌ۚ هِىَ حَسۡبُهُمۡ‌ۚ وَلَعَنَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ‌ۖ وَلَهُمۡ عَذَابٌ۬ مُّقِيمٌ۬

The hypocrites, men and women, are from one another, they enjoin (on the people) Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief and polytheism of all kinds and all that Islam has forbidden), and forbid (people) from Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do), and they close their hands [from giving (spending in Allah’s Cause) alms, etc.]. They have forgotten Allah, so He has forgotten them. Verily, the hypocrites are the Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah). Allah has promised the hypocrites; men and women, and the disbelievers, the Fire of Hell, therein shall they abide. It will suffice them. Allah has cursed them and for them is the lasting torment. [Surah At-Tawbah. Aayaat 67-68]

Allaah [The Exalted] stated about the believers:

وَٱلۡمُؤۡمِنُونَ وَٱلۡمُؤۡمِنَـٰتُ بَعۡضُهُمۡ أَوۡلِيَآءُ بَعۡضٍ۬‌ۚ يَأۡمُرُونَ بِٱلۡمَعۡرُوفِ وَيَنۡهَوۡنَ عَنِ ٱلۡمُنكَرِ وَيُقِيمُونَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَيُؤۡتُونَ ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَيُطِيعُونَ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ ۥۤ‌ۚ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ سَيَرۡحَمُهُمُ ٱللَّهُ‌ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ۬
وَعَدَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ وَٱلۡمُؤۡمِنَـٰتِ جَنَّـٰتٍ۬ تَجۡرِى مِن تَحۡتِهَا ٱلۡأَنۡهَـٰرُ خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيہَا وَمَسَـٰكِنَ طَيِّبَةً۬ فِى جَنَّـٰتِ عَدۡنٍ۬‌ۚ وَرِضۡوَٲنٌ۬ مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ أَڪۡبَرُ‌ۚ ذَٲلِكَ هُوَ ٱلۡفَوۡزُ ٱلۡعَظِيمُ

The believers, men and women, are Auliya’ (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin (on the people) Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islam has forbidden); they perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give the Zakat, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His Mercy on them. Surely Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise. Allah has promised to the believers -men and women, – Gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein forever, and beautiful mansions in Gardens of ‘Adn (Eden Paradise). But the greatest bliss is the Good Pleasure of Allah. That is the supreme success. [Surah At-Tawbah. Aayaat 71-72]

The Obligation of Enjoing Good and Forbidding Evil

Question to Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him]: “Is enjoining good and forbidding evil with the hand obligated on all Muslims, or is it restricted to those in authority and their deputies?”

Answer: Stopping evil is obligated on all Muslims according to their ability, because the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Anyone of you who sees evil [i.e. that which is declared an evil deed in Islaam], let him stop it with his hand; if he cannot, then with his tongue; and if not able, then with his heart, and that is the weakest of Imaan’’. [Muslim, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi & others]

However, stopping evil with the hand must be based on ability and should not result in greater corruption or evil. A man has the right to rectify matters with his hand in his home [i.e. based on what the law of the land allows him]; a manager has the authority to make changes with the hand within the organization they are responsible for, in accordance with the instructions that were given to them [i.e. the authority given to them by the state authorities]; otherwise, people should not change with their hand anything they are not authorised to change. If they do make changes in matters that they have no authority over, this will result in more evil and great corruption between them and the people and between the people and the state. In this case they should stop evil with their tongue (by speaking out). They may say: ‘’O Fulaan! Fear Allaah! This is not permissible; this is Haraam, or “This is obligated on you,’’ and clarify it with evidence from Sharee’ah. [NB: In the UK, verbally rebuking people can be tantamount harassment or verbal abuse, therefore a Muslim should be aware of what the law allows him before he says or does anything whilst living in the West].

As for stopping evil with the hand, this should be done where one has authority, such as one’s home [i.e. within what the law allows] when dealing with those under one’s responsibility, or those authorized by the ruler, such as organizations given permission and authority to enjoin good. They should make changes in accordance with the authority they have been given- in the way prescribed by the Sharee’ah, without exceeding their jurisdiction. The same applies to the governor of a city. [Fataawa Ibn Baaz 8/208]

Indeed, Ed Husain is deprived of these beautiful clarifications transmitted from the pious and upright scholars of the Ummah. Ed stated, “The only people to blame for rape are rapists. A woman should be allowed to walk naked if she chooses”

How can one with some shame openly proclaim that evil is to be allowed, especially the evil of nakedness. Indeed, Ed has completely opposed this hadith related to the different levels of enjoying good and forbidding evil, because even though none of us has the authority – whether in a Muslim or non-Muslim land – to stop this evil by our hand, however we have the ability to openly say that nakedness is a major sin or at least hate in our hearts if we were banned from uttering any objection; but as for Ed Husain, he openly proclaims that a woman should be allowed to be naked. Indeed, the likes of these statements cannot exit the mouth of those who are shy in the presence of their Lord – may Allaah include us and Ed amongst those granted shyness in private and public. Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Mad’khali [may Allaah preserve him] stated, “It has been reported in an authentic hadeeth -in Saheeh Al Bukhaari and Saheeh Muslim- that ‘A man will be brought on the Day of Resurrection and thrown into the Fire, then his intestines will spill forth in the Fire and he will go around it as a donkey goes around a millstone. The people of Hell will gather around him and will say: O So and so! What is the matter with you; did you not use to enjoin good and forbid evil? He will say: Yes, I used to enjoin good, but did not do it; and I used to forbid evil and did it [i.e. commit the evil I used to forbid’. [Al-Bukhaari 3267 & Muslim 2989] Indeed, there maybe someone who is worse than this man, for he [i.e. the one worse than the man mentioned in this Hadeeth] enjoins evil and forbids good, so what will be his state of affairs, and Allaah’s Refuge is sought?!” Therefore, Let Ed Husain and his ilk ponder upon this hadith and Al-Allaamah Rabee’s precise clarification!

He is reminded that Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Some women are clothed but naked, inclining to evil and seducing with it. They will not enter Paradise, nor smell its fragrance, even though it can be found from a distance of five hundred years of travel”. (1)

Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “This has been explained to mean that they will wear short clothing that does not cover the parts of the body one is obligated to cover [i.e. the entire body of a woman is to be covered besides the face and hands]. It has been explained to mean that they will wear revealing clothing that does not prevent one from seeing the woman’s skin. And it has been explained to mean that they will wear tifght clothing which covers the body, but reveals that which leads to trial through a woman”. (2)

NB: Regarding the statement ”They will not enter Paradise, nor smell its fragrance, even though it can be found from a distance of five hundred years of travel”. Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, ”The sinners [i.e. those who die whilst committing sins lesser than Shirk] are under the will of Allaah- if Allaah wishes, He will either punish or forgive them straight away, or He enters them into hell for some time and paradise thereafter, just as Allaah said: Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases]. [Surah An-Nisaa’ Aayah 48] (3)

Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] said: “Indeed shaytaan’s enmity towards the human being is an old affair since the time of his father Aadam [alayhis-salaam]. He has not ceased plotting against the human being in order to destroy him, as Allah stated [that shaytaan] said: [۬If You give me respite (keep me alive) to the Day of Resurrection, I will surely seize and mislead his offspring (by sending them astray) all but a few!]. [17:62]

And one of the greatest plots of shaytaan against the human being is the uncovering of the private parts due to what is found in that of obscenity and immorality, loss of shyness and modesty. So he conspired against Aadam and his wife to eat from the forbidden tree, ‘In order to uncover that which was hidden from them of their private parts’ [7:20]

So, Adam [peace be upon him] sinned and Allah censured him for that. He turned repentant to Allah and Allah forgave him, and cut off the path towards listening to shaytaan. However, the effect of the sin remained, [and led to] his expulsion from Paradise. This increased Aadam in repentance and striving in obedience to his Lord. [Then his Lord chose him, and turned to him with forgiveness, and gave him guidance] [20:122]

Shaytaan failed to attain his goal and there came about for Aadam nobility and a good end, which shaytaan could not take away. Then Allah [Glorified be He] warned the children of Aadam against the plots of this enemy who did what he did to their father, so that they are not deceived and made to fall into destruction through the path of negligence with regards to uncovering the private parts. Allaah [Glorified be He] provided them with two [types] of garments to cover their private parts: The garment to cover and beautify themselves and the garment that shields them from sins and beatifies them both outwardly and inwardly, and that is the garment of piety that is made to settle in their hearts. [O Children of Aadam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts) and as an adornment; and the raiment of taqwah, that is better]. [7:26] [Children of Aadam! Let not shaytaan deceive you, as he got your parents [Aadam and Hawwaa] out of Paradise, stripping them of their raiments, to show them their private parts]. [[7:27

Allah did not issue this warning to His slaves, except that because shaytaan would be pleased to gain victory over them again, so that he may command them [to commit the act of] nudity and removal of the covering and garment of modesty due to what is in that of evil aims and lowly desires. Indeed, he executed this plot against the people of the era of Pre-Islamic ignorance; he ordered men and women to perform Tawaaf around the kabah (whilst) naked, and he said to them: “Do not perform Tawaaf with the clothes you wore whilst being disobedient to Allah’. So, they obeyed him and argued that this is what they found their forefathers upon and that it is what Allah commanded them. (4)

Yes, indeed, a man cannot give any justification for raping a woman regardless her nakedness, and the punishment for a such a crime is capital punishment. But also openly proclaiming that a woman should be allowed to be naked is another crime in the sight of Allaah. None holds that a woman should be allowed – by law – to walk around naked except a blazing secularist, a stooge of the secularists or one seeking the approval and praise of secularists. We ask Allaah, saying: [يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِي عَلَى دِينِك – O Turner of the hearts! Keep our hearts firm upon the religion You have ordained].

اللَّهُمَّ أَصْلِحْ لِي دِينِي الَّذِي هُوَ عِصْمَةُ أَمْرِي

وَأَصْلِحْ لِي دُنْيَايَ الَّتِي فِيهَا مَعَاشِي

وَأَصْلِحْ لِي آخِرَتِي الَّتِي فِيهَا مَعَادِي

وَاجْعَلِ الْحَيَاةَ زِيَادَةً لِي فِي كُلِّ خَيْرٍ

وَاجْعَلِ الْمَوْتَ رَاحَةً لِي مِنْ كُلِّ شَرٍّ

O Allah! Rectify my religion for me, which is the safeguard of my affairs; rectify my worldly [affairs], wherein is my livelihood; and rectify my Afterlife to which is my return; and make life for me [as a means of] increase in every good and make death for me as a rest from every evil. [Saheeh Muslim Number: 2720]

To be continued…InShaaAllaah

Ref 1: Al-Muwaṭṭa 1694]

Ref 2: Fataawaa Shaikh Muhammad Bin Utrhaymeen. 2/825]

Ref 3: https://www.binbaz.org.sa/noor/2527%5D

Ref 4: An Excerpt from ‘Al-Bayaan Li-Akhtaa’i Ba’dil Kuttaab’ page 3/135-136. slightly paraphrased

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