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⛔ *The religion of entertainment* ❗
The trend around the globe is that people are constantly looking for innovative ways of entertaining themselves.
This ‘hunger for entertainment’ has a gradual effect of retrogression on one’s spirituality.
In the recent past, the tendency of making jokes that entail the symbols of Islam have alarmingly increased.
Even more astonishing is the fact that many of us Muslims don’t even realize the proportion of its ill-effect.
🕋 *The Significance of a Symbol*
Allah ﷻ says:
ومن يعظم شعائر الله فإنها من تقوى القلوب
‘And whoever honours the symbols of Allah, does so out of the taqwa [that exits] in the heart.’
(Surah Haj, verse: 32)
A symbol is something that exclusively represents whatever it symbolizes.
*Making fun of the symbols of Islam is a mockery of Islam itself!* ⚠
The Fuqaha have ruled that when one mocks at a symbol of Islam, he could be removed from the fold!
(Durrul Mukhtar, with Raddul Muhtar, vol.5 pg.474)
🚫 *Jokes that portray people reciting the Quran or offering salah in a comical manner, or a man making du’a using words and phrases that are meant to create a laugh indeed fall very close to ‘One who mocks a symbol of Islam.’*
*Jokes about ‘God’ are also included in the above.* ⛔
How can a Muslim make fun at his very own religion? How did we reach such a level? It surely didn’t happen in the blink of an eye. *These are the ill-effects of our hunger for entertainment.*
Who is then to blame for defamatory cartoons and other such mockups of our religion⁉
Allah ﷻ has clearly stated:
وما هو بالهزل
‘And it (the Quran and its teachings, ie, Islam) is not a joke’
(Surah Tariq, verse: 14)
*What to do* ❓
⚠When one receives such a clip or joke, immediately delete it. Don’t share it with anyone, as this leads to it spreading. Sometimes, ignoring futility is the best way to eradicate it.
By sharing such jokes, we become guilty of this mockery ourselves!
⛔ Lastly, one should –if possible- tactfully advise the sender against sharing/creating such content.
_May Allah ﷻ save us from ‘the religion of entertainment’, as that is not the religion brought by Muhammad ﷺ !!_
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