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‘Ibad-ur Rahman – Refusal To Attend Immoral Gatherings | Part 7


Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”


“And [they are] those who do not testify to falsehood, and when they pass near ill speech, they pass by with dignity”
{Surah Al-Furqan 25: Verse 72}

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Today, we will look at the 7th characteristic of the ‘Ibad-ur Rahman, which Allah  describes in this ayah as “those who do not testify to falsehood.” Ibn Kathir  wrote in his tafsir with regard to this ayah,” they do not attend it, and they are not present when it happens.”

So what this ayah means is that the ‘Ibad-ur Rahman do not attend gatherings of lewdness, immorality, indecency, and disbelief. The ‘Ibad-ur Rahman do not associate themselves with these sort of gatherings as well as gatherings that consist foul speech and false words. The ‘Ibad-ur Rahman also does not give false testimony, i.e. deliberately lying to someone.

Abu Bakr  narrated that Allah ‘s Messenger said thrice, “Shall I not inform you of the biggest of the great sins?” We said, “Yes, O Allah ‘s Messenger ” He said, “To join partners in worship with Allah , to be undutiful to one’s parents.” The Prophet  sat up after he had been reclining and added, “And I warn you against giving forged statement and a false witness. I warn you against giving a forged statement and a false witness.” The Prophet kept on saying that warning till we thought that he would not stop.
[Sahih al-Bukhari]

Allah  says in the first part of the ayah,
“And [they are] those who do not testify to falsehood
{Surah Al-Furqan 25: Verse 72}

What is a falsehood?
According to Ibn Al-Jawzi  there are 8 scholarly opinions:

  1. It means idols belonging to the mushrikun. This is the opinion of Adh Dhohahk from Ibn ‘Abbas.
  2. It means music. This is the opinion of Muhammad ibn Al Hanafiyah and Makhul.
  3. It means shirk. This is the opinion of Adh Dhohak and Abu Malik.
  4. It means games in the times of jahiliyyah. This is the opinion of ‘Ikrimah.
  5. It means lies/falsehood. This is the opinion of Qatadah and Ibn Juraij.
  6. It means false witness or to lie deliberately. This is the opinion of ‘Ali ibn Abi Tholhah
  7. It means the festivity and celebration of the mushrikun. This is the opinion of Ar Robi’ ibn Anas.
  8. It means treacherous or treasonable assemblies. This is the opinion of ‘Amr ibn Qais.

All of these opinions support each other to mean that falsehood refers to a gathering of immoral activities. From these, we can conclude that:

  • The ‘Ibad-ur Rahman will not attend any gathering that promotes shirk which includes non-Muslim festivities such as Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
  • The ‘Ibad-ur Rahman will not attend gatherings that promote vice, lewdness, and falsehood such as music concerts and treacherous assemblies.

Now take a closer look at ourselves. Are we of those who think it’s okay to celebrate Christmas and its ilks? Are we of those who love to go to concerts? Are we of those who attend treasonable rallies? There is sufficient evidence in the ahadith as well as consensus among the majority of our righteous scholars that all of these are prohibited in Islam, and all of them are rightfully and beautifully summed up in this characteristic of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman. Suffice to say that the ‘Ibad-ur Rahman are not those who blindly follow their emotion or society’s philosophies, but they are people whose actions are defined by the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Truly, they should be our aspirations!

The ayah continues,

“…and when they pass near ill speech, they pass by with dignity.”
{Surah Al-Furqan 25: Verse 72}

❁ Ill speech means
1. Shirk
2. Sin
3. Statements of indecency
4. Any word, talk, or conversation that is thoughtless (done without thinking), and brings no benefit
5. Meaningless and useless actions or pastime

The ayah says that the ‘Ibad-ur Rahman do not utter ill speech, and if it so happens that they pass by it, they do not let it contaminate them in the slightest. If they pass by shirk, sinful and/or useless conversations and activities, they leave them in a dignified way.

My brothers and sisters in Islam, ‘Ibad-ur Rahman do not hang out until 2 in the morning spending hours discussing non-beneficial matters or gossiping. Indeed it is difficult to avoid gossip circles nowadays because it seems to be society’s favorite past time. But if we want to be one of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman, we need to learn to remove ourselves from such situation and not let them contaminate us. Don’t let football matches, video games, movies or TV dramas make you waste hours and hours of precious time.

I want to share with you something that I heard in a khutbah. The Ustadh told us how we would make a 5 or 10 years plan to accomplish certain goals in life – be it for career, wealth, etc and there is nothing wrong with that. But we always forget to plan for our last, yet greatest, destination ever – the Hereafter. How do we practically plan for it?

❁ Planning for the Hereafter
The planning for the Herafter boils down to:
1. How will I spend my time today?
2. What am I going to do afterward?
3. How am I going to spend tomorrow?
4. What am I doing with my free time?
5. When am I going to stop watching so much TV?
6. When am I going to erase those useless games?
7. When am I going to stop wasting time?
8. When am I going to hold myself to a higher standard if not today?

We have very little time on this earth, half of our life is spent sleeping, another 8 hours at work, a few more hours spent in commuting, and so forth. So what little time do we have left?

A day will come when a janazah announcement will be made – and it’s going to be mine and yours. It’s going to happen. And it’s not like we’re getting further away from that day. We’re only heading closer.

O Muslims, make the best of this world in order to earn Jannah. Make serious commitment to live our days differently. Hold ourselves to a higher standard. Heed this advice by Ibn Al-Jawzi :

“This world is the harvest field of the Hereafter; and in it, there is business, the profit of which will be visible in the Hereafter. So whoever utilizes his free time and good health in the obedience of Allah , he is the blessed one.
And he who utilizes them in the disobedience of Allah , he is the one who is unjust to himself, because the leisure time is affected by busyness and health is affected by sickness.”

‘Ibad-ur Rahman Characteristics Recap

7th characteristic
1. They do not give false testimony.
2. They do not attend sinful and immoral gatherings, such as gathering that promotes shirk and foul speech, music concerts, or treacherous assemblies.
3. They do not participate useless conversations and past time. If they come across such gathering, they will stay away and leave in an honorable manner.

May Allah  give us the understanding of the value of time. Allahumma Ameen.
Alhamdulillah, we have covered the seventh characteristic of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman. We will continue with the subsequent characteristics in the next posts, in sha’ Allah.

1. Tafsir Ibn Kathir
2. Fath al-Bari 11/230
3. Who Gets Allah’s Mercy by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan

Authored by Aida Misr
Edited by
Rima Mazlan

Prophet Muhammad - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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