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Some Habits Proving Difficult to Abandon at Present- [Selfies and Haircuts]

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

We Acknowledge That One Can Encounter Hardship When Striving to Abandon Habits

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: Hardship is only encountered by the one who abandons the Ma’loofaat and Awaa’id [i.e. those habitual things, deeds, practices, customs etc] for other than the sake of Allaah. As for the one who abandons them truthfully and sincerely from the bottom of his heart- for the sake of Allaah alone- then indeed he does not encounter any difficulty due to abandoning them except in the beginning, in order that he is tested as to whether he is truthful or untruthful in abandoning them? If he exercises a little bit of patience, its [i.e. that abandonment] will alternate into pleasure. Ibn Seereen said that he heard Shurayh swearing by Allaah that “A servant does not abandon anything for the sake of Allaah and finds a loss in that.” And their statement [i.e. the people of knowledge] that ‘whoever abandons something for the Sake of Allaah, Allaah will replace it with what is better.” This is true. This compensation is of different types and the best of that which a person is compensated with is: the desire and yearning to get close to Allaah, seeking after Allaah’s pleasure, love of Allaah, and the heart granted-by way of it- tranquility, strength, enthusiasm, happiness and being pleased with its Lord [The Most High]. (1)

Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: It is obligated on every Muslim that he does not depend on custom; rather he presents it to the pure Islamic legislation [to be judged], so whatever the Islamic legislation affirms is permissible and whatever it does not affirm is impermissible. The customs of the people are not proof to determine the lawfulness of anything. All the customs of the people in their countries or tribes must be presented to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] for judgement, so whatever Allaah and His Messenger made permissible is permissible, and whatever they forbid, then it is obligatory to abandon it even if it is the custom of the people. (2)

Even The Scholars Have Been Warned Regarding Odd, Ambiguous or Weak Verdicts

Ibrahim Ibn Abee Ablah (died 152AH – may Allaah have mercy upon him) said, “He who carries the odd affairs of knowledge carries a lot of evil”. (3)

Abdur Rahmaan Bin Mahdi (died 198AH – may Allaah have mercy upon him) said, “The one takes the odd affairs of knowledge cannot be an Imaam in knowledge”. (4)

Imaam Ash-Shaatibee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: “If desires enters (a person), it leads to following the ambiguous affairs out of being eager to prevail and become victorious through establishing (lame) excuses in issues related to difference of opinion (or differing); but rather it leads to splitting, disharmony, enmity and hatred due to the different desires and lack of (sound) agreement; however, the Shariah came to curtail (vain) desires completely. If some of the premises of the evidence was not established except through desires, it will not result except in following desires and that is contrary to the Shariah; and opposing the Sharia is not part of the Shariah at all. Therefore, following desires in relation to what one may regard to be adherence to the Shariah is tantamount to misguidance in the Shariah”. (5)

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: “It is not permissible for a Mufti to act upon whatever he wants from the statements (of the scholars) and the different angles upon they seek to establish the proofs, without examining the affair that carries the weightier proof. The scholars hold a consensus that it is forbidden to do this”. (6)

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] also stated, “It is not permissible to act and issue fatwas in the religion ordained by Allaah [The Almighty] based on desires, preference and what is agreement with one’s goal, so he seeks a saying that agrees with his goal and the goal of those who love him; then he acts according to it, issues fatwa according to it and judges according to it; judges his enemy and issues fatwas against him. This is one of the most sinful acts and one of the greatest of sins, and Allaah’s Aid is sought (against this behaviour)”. (7)

Al-Allaamah Saalih Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] stated: “At present when someone desires something he would say, ‘Such and such a person has given a verdict on this (affair)’ without considering whether it has a basis in the Book and the Sunnah. And you say to him, ‘This verdict is wrong’, he says, ‘It has nothing to do with me as long as the verdict was given by such and such (person)’. And if the verdict is not in agreement with his desires, he says, ‘This verdict is not correct or it is a harsh one’. They gather lies and the mistakes of the scholars in a book and present it to the people, and spread it amongst the people with their assumptions, saying, ‘The Religion of Islam is easy. It does not make things difficult for the people’. And when it is said to them, ‘Examine it (i.e. these verdicts) under the Book and Sunnah’, they say, ‘These are statements of the scholars’. Is the scholar greater than the Book and the Sunnah? Are his statements not to be examined under the Book and the Sunnah?! This is how the people of desires act, and Allaah’s Refuge is sought. (8)

When Can One Manifest Stern Disapproval In Issues of Khilaaf?
May Allaah keep include us and all our youth amongst those who always seek after what is praiseworthy and better for our Imaan and characters Aameen.

Photography, Selfies and Picture-making are from the Major Sins, Proven by the Authentic Narrations: Heads and Faces on Photos Should be Erased or Removed: That is the Sunnah.

The Prohibition of Al-Qaza’ ― A Type of Hairstyle Disallowed by Allah’s Messenger Where a Part of the Head is Shaved and Other Parts are Left Long… Imitating the Styles and Fashions of the Unbelievers.

[Ref 1: Al-Fawaa’id page 166]
[Ref 2: Majmoo Al-Fataawas 6/510]
[Ref 3: Siyar A’laam An-Nubula 6/324]
[Ref 4: At-Tamheed 1/64 by Ibn Abdil Barr]
[Ref 5: Al-Muwaafaqaat 5/221]
[Ref 6: I’laam al-Muwaqqi’een 6/124]
[Ref 7: I’laam al-Muwaqqi’een 6/125]
[Ref 8: An Excerpt from Sharh Masaa’il Al-Jaahiliyyah. pages 74-77]

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