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[13] Fighting extremism with extreme negligence! Ed Husain’s Distractive Ruse

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

Allah (The Most High) says:

 وَٱلَّذِينَ لَا يَشۡهَدُونَ ٱلزُّورَ وَإِذَا مَرُّواْ بِٱللَّغۡوِ مَرُّواْ ڪِرَامً۬ا

And those who do not witness falsehood, and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass by it with dignity]. [25:72]

Muhammad Ibn Al-Hanafiyyah [may Allah have mercy upon him] said: In this (Ayah) falsehood means music. This is what Layth [may Allah have mercy upon him] reported from Mujaahid [may Allah have mercy upon him]. [(1)]

Ed Husain stated:

Abu Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari [may Allah be pleased with him] narrated that he heard the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] saying, “From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk (i.e. for men), 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”. [(2)]

Imam Ibn Qudaamah Al-Maqdisee [may Allah have mercy upon him] said, “If you want to know the truth, look into the Qur’an as well as see whether the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] and his companions did any of that. Then look into the statements of those who followed the companions in righteousness and their followers and the jurists of the Ummah, such as Imam Maalik, Imam Abu Haneefah, Imam Shaafi’ee, and Imam Ahmad because all of them spoke ill of music. Imaam Maalik was asked about Music, so he said, ‘It is what the sinners do'”. [(3)]

Shaikh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah [may Allah have mercy upon him] stated regarding the evil effect of music on the souls, “It is the intoxicant of the souls. When the souls are intoxicated with the sounds (from music and musical instruments), Shirk (gradually) comes to them, they incline towards lewd acts and oppression, and thus they begin to commit Shirk, murder, and fornication. These three deeds are rife among the people who listen to music”. [(4)]

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim [may Allah have mercy upon him] said, “What we and others have witnessed, and know based on experience, is that musical instruments and instruments used for forbidden amusement do not appear amongst a people, spread amongst them and they busy themselves with it, except that Allah (allows) their enemy to overcome them, and they are afflicted with famine, drought, and evil rulers [Footnote a]. Therefore, the sensible person reflects on the state of affairs of the world and examines it. And Allah’s Aid is sought! [(5)]


Consequences of Persisting Upon Evil, Whilst Receiving More Provision

Allah [The Most High] said:

وَالَّذِينَ كَذَّبُوا بِآيَاتِنَا سَنَسْتَدْرِجُهُم مِّنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
وَأُمْلِي لَهُمْ ۚ إِنَّ كَيْدِي مَتِينٌ

Those who reject Our Ayat (proofs, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), We shall gradually seize them with punishment in ways they perceive not. And I respite them; certainly, My Plan is strong. [Surah Al-A’raaf. 182-183]

Imaam Sufyaan Ath-Thawree [may Allah have mercy upon him] said that this means, “Whenever they commit sins, Allah bestows a blessing on them and makes them forgetful of seeking forgiveness”. [(6)]

Allah [The Most High] said:
ظَهَرَ ٱلۡفَسَادُ فِى ٱلۡبَرِّ وَٱلۡبَحۡرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتۡ أَيۡدِى ٱلنَّاسِ لِيُذِيقَهُم بَعۡضَ ٱلَّذِى عَمِلُواْ لَعَلَّهُمۡ يَرۡجِعُونَ

Evil (sins and disobedience of Allah, etc.) has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned. [Surah Rum. Ayah 41]

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim [may Allah have mercy upon him] said, “This Ayah was revealed regarding the state of affairs of the world- the relationship between it and the events that occur. You see how the occurrence of those evil actions and defects (of the people) affects the harvest, vegetation, and animals in every era, and the manner in which those evils lead to other evils. Whenever the people initiate oppression and immorality, their Lord [The Blessed and Most High] brings about- from those evils and defects (of theirs)- deficiencies and harm in their nourishments, fruits, atmospheres, bodies, outward appearances and manners, as a justification for their deeds, acts of oppression and wickedness. The majority of the illnesses and the general evil affairs are remnants of the punishment afflicted upon the people of the previous nations, then there remained from that what remains, as a surprise punishment against those who remain upon the (evil) deeds of those previous nations”. [(7)]

Footnote a:

[(1)]: Ighaathatul Luhfaan 1/241-242

[(2)]: Saheeh Al-Bukhari 5590

[(3)]: Minhaaj Al-Qaasideen page 147

[(4)]: Majmoo Al-Fataawaa 10/417

[(5)]: Madaarij As-Saalikeen 1/500

[(6)]: Al-Mukhallisaat 2352

[(7)]: An Excerpt from “Badaa’i-ul At-Tafseer Al-Jaami Limaa Fassarahu Al-Imaam Ibnu Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah. 2/313. slightly paraphrased