Seeking God’s Blessing In An Act He Has Forbidden?!

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

Blessed For Engaging In An Act That Is Forbidden In The Unadulterated Teachings of The Prophets! The Priest and Follower Have Completely Lost Their Minds

A person asked, “Two Christian leaders agree to allow something that is prohibited in the pure teachings of all the Prophets. One of them says that he is happy that some of his brethren in faith – amongst their religious leaders – will be allowed to ‘Offer God’s Blessings’ for two people who seek a marriage contract that is forbidden in the pure teachings of the Prophets, but he will not get involved personally. Is this not absurd or tantamount to making a mockery of religion?!”

Response: Seeking God’s blessings in a forbidden deed?! There is no doubt that the Christian who condones this type of behaviour in the name of God is no different from the Arab pagans! Allaah [The Exalted] stated:

وَإِذَا فَعَلُواْ فَـٰحِشَةً۬ قَالُواْ وَجَدۡنَا عَلَيۡہَآ ءَابَآءَنَا وَٱللَّهُ أَمَرَنَا بِہَا‌ۗ قُلۡ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يَأۡمُرُ بِٱلۡفَحۡشَآءِ‌ۖ أَتَقُولُونَ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ مَا لَا تَعۡلَمُونَ
قُلۡ أَمَرَ رَبِّى بِٱلۡقِسۡطِ‌ۖ وَأَقِيمُواْ وُجُوهَكُمۡ عِندَ ڪُلِّ مَسۡجِدٍ۬ وَٱدۡعُوهُ مُخۡلِصِينَ لَهُ ٱلدِّينَ‌ۚ كَمَا بَدَأَكُمۡ تَعُودُونَ
فَرِيقًا هَدَىٰ وَفَرِيقًا حَقَّ عَلَيۡہِمُ ٱلضَّلَـٰلَةُ‌ۗ إِنَّهُمُ ٱتَّخَذُواْ ٱلشَّيَـٰطِينَ أَوۡلِيَآءَ مِن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ وَيَحۡسَبُونَ أَنَّہُم مُّهۡتَدُونَ

And when they commit a Fahisha, they say: “We found our fathers doing it, and Allah has commanded us of it.” Say: “Nay, Allah never commands of Fahisha. Do you say of Allah what you know not?] Say (O Muhammad): My Lord has commanded justice and (said) that you should face Him only (i.e. worship none but Allah and face the Qiblah, i.e. the Ka’bah at Makkah during prayers) in each and every place of worship, in prayers (and not to face other false deities and idols), and invoke Him only making your religion sincere to Him by not joining in worship any partner to Him and with the intention that you are doing your deeds for Allah’s sake only. As He brought you (into being) in the beginning, so shall you be brought into being (on the Day of Resurrection) [in two groups, one as a blessed one (believers), and the other as a wretched one (disbelievers)]. A group He has guided, and a group deserved to be in error; (because) surely they took the Shayatin (devils) as Auliya’ (protectors and helpers) instead of Allah, and consider that they are guided. [Surah Al-A’raf. Aayaat 28-30]

Allah stated, whilst making known the repugnant state of the Mushrikoon who commit sins and attributed that to something Allaah commanded them. [وَإِذَا فَعَلُواْ فَـٰحِشَةً۬ – And when they commit a Fahisha]- Meaning, everything that is regarded to be indecent and repugnant, including when they performed Tawaaf around the Kabah whilst naked. [قَالُواْ وَجَدۡنَا عَلَيۡہَآ ءَابَآءَنَا – they say: “We found our fathers doing it]: they told the truth regarding this affair (i.e. that they found their forefathers upon those repugnant deeds); [وَٱللَّهُ أَمَرَنَا بِہَا‌ۗ – and Allah has commanded us of it], but they lied regarding this other affair and thus Allaah rebutted them for attributing this to Him, saying: [قُلۡ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يَأۡمُرُ بِٱلۡفَحۡشَآءِ‌ۖ – Say: “Nay, Allah never commands of Fahisha]- Meaning, it does not befit Allaah’s perfection and wisdom to command His servants to commit immorality, whether it is this act committed by the Mushrikoon or other than it. [أَتَقُولُونَ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ مَا لَا تَعۡلَمُونَ – Do you say of Allah what you know not?]- Meaning, what fabrication can be more severe than this?! Then Allaah stated: [قُلۡ أَمَرَ رَبِّى بِٱلۡقِسۡطِ‌ۖ – ?] Say (O Muhammad): My Lord has commanded justice] – Meaning, in acts of worship and mutual dealings, and not wrongdoing and injustice. (1)

Imaam Ash-Shanqeetee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated: Allaah mentions in this noble verse that when the unbelievers committed evil, they sought to establish it to be truth and something correct by saying that they found their forefathers doing the same, and that they have not done so, except because it is guidance and something correct. Allaah clarified in another verse of the Qur’aan that this is the state of affairs of all the nations (i.e. those who obstinately disbelieved in the Messengers), saying:

[وَكَذَٲلِكَ مَآ أَرۡسَلۡنَا مِن قَبۡلِكَ فِى قَرۡيَةٍ۬ مِّن نَّذِيرٍ إِلَّا قَالَ مُتۡرَفُوهَآ إِنَّا وَجَدۡنَآ ءَابَآءَنَا عَلَىٰٓ أُمَّةٍ۬ وَإِنَّا عَلَىٰٓ ءَاثَـٰرِهِم مُّقۡتَدُونَ – And similarly, We sent not a warner before you (O Muhammad) to any town (people) but the luxurious ones among them said: “We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we will indeed follow their footsteps.”] [Surah Az-Zukhruf. Aayah 23]

Allaah rebutted them for this blind following in many verses, such as His statement:

[أَوَلَوۡ كَانَ ءَابَآؤُهُمۡ لَا يَعۡقِلُونَ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا وَلَا يَهۡتَدُونَ – Even though their fathers did not understand anything nor were they guided? (Al-Baqarah 170)]

[أَوَلَوۡ كَانَ ءَابَآؤُهُمۡ لَا يَعۡلَمُونَ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا وَلَا يَہۡتَدُونَ – even though their fathers had no knowledge whatsoever and no guidance. (Al-Maa’idah 104)]

[قَـٰلَ أَوَلَوۡ جِئۡتُكُم بِأَهۡدَىٰ مِمَّا وَجَدتُّمۡ عَلَيۡهِ ءَابَآءَكُمۡ‌ۖ – Even if I bring you better guidance than that which you found your fathers following? (Az-Zukhruf 24)]

إِنَّہُمۡ أَلۡفَوۡاْ ءَابَآءَهُمۡ ضَآلِّينَ
فَهُمۡ عَلَىٰٓ ءَاثَـٰرِهِمۡ يُہۡرَعُونَ

Verily, they found their fathers on the wrong path; so they hastened [to follow] in their footsteps. [As-Saffaat. Aayah 69-70] (2)

As for the priest who condones this deed in religion, then indeed, the likes of these people are well know. Read here:

[Ref 1: An Excerpt from Tafseer As-Sadi. slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 2: Adwaa Al-Bayaan]

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