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Friday Freaky Fatwa--Hadith of Jesus, Jinn, and the crecent moon

A Muslim asks a scholar

Is this hadeeth solid? “At the time of sunset, we say Bismillaah and close the windows so that the jinn will not enter.”
And the scholar replies
Praise be to Allah.

It is narrated in a hadith that the Prophet commanded us to close the doors and mention the name of Allah at night, when night begins, when going to sleep. That is so that the Muslim may protect his house and his family from any harmful devil coming in, whether from among mankind or the jinn, and from harmful animals or insects coming in.
It was narrated from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah that the Prophet said:

“When the wings of the night spread – or when evening comes – keep your children in, for the devils come out at that time. Then when part of the night has passed, let them go. And close the doors and mention the name of Allah, for the shaytaan does not open a closed door. And tie up your waterskins and mention the name of Allah, and cover your vessels and mention the name of Allah, even if you only put something over them, and extinguish your lamps.” And what, they couldn’t figure out themselves how to close the door? 
And these are the idiots today’s believers call the best, huh?  Ooook.

Imam al-Nawawi included this in a chapter entitled:

Chapter of the command to cover vessels, tie up waterskins, close doors and mention the name of Allah over them, and extinguish lamps and fires when going to sleep, and keeping children and livestock in after sunset. End quote.

Muslim narrated in the same chapter that Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allah said: The Messenger of Allah said: “Do not let your animals and children go out when the sun has set, until the first part of the night is over, for the devils come out when the sun sets, until the first part of the night is over.”
Kinda makes Muhammad look like a wus.  Bad Hadith.

The shaytaan does not open a closed door and he does not untie a water skin” this is telling us of the blessing of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, to his human slaves, for he(the shaytaan) has not been given the power to open the door, or undo a water skin or uncover a vessel; these things have been forbidden to him, even though he has been given the power to do some things that are more difficult than that, such as going through and penetrating in ways that man cannot. End quote.
Sounds to me more like, don’t blame shaytaan for drinking all the water or leaving the door open, one of you guys did it!

Ibn al-‘Arabi said: Some people think that the command to close doors is general and is applicable to all times, but that is not the case. Rather it is limited to the night. It is as if the night is singled out in this case because the day is usually the time when people are awake, unlike the night. The whole idea is connected to the shaytaan, because he is the one who makes the mouse burn the house. End quote.
Ok, the mouse did it.  He drank the water and left the door open….then burned the house down…ha!

And Allah knows best.
Allah didn’t get a vote in this fatwa

A Muslim asks a scholar

What is the ruling on seeking barakah from the relics of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), such as touching the walls and doors in the Prophet’s Mosque etc.?
And the scholar replies
Praise be to Allah.
Seeking barakah (blessing) from the relics of the Prophet was done at the time of the Prophet, from things like the water he used for wudoo’, his garment, his food and drink, his hair and everything from him. The ‘Abbaasi (Abassid) khaleefahs and the ‘Uthmaanis (Ottomans) after them preserved the cloak of the Prophet, seeking barakah from it, especially at times of war.
Then one day it just quit working :D

Seeking blessing from things that touched his body, such as his wudoo’, sweat, hair and so on, was something which was known to and was permissible according to the first believers, and those who followed them in truth, because of the goodness and barakah that are to be found in that. The Prophet approved of this.
Actually, he didn’t.  He never wanted that kind of attention.  The companions had to make him some kind of magical man and made up all kinds of crap about him.  Go to the top left and type in the word; miracles.  The Quran said he could do none, but Hadith--ah Hadith makes him appear to be a god.  Which is something else Muhammad did not want to happen.

But I love this bit…..

But touching the doors, walls, windows, etc, of al-Masjid or al-Masjid al-Nabawi is reprehensible innovation for which there is no basis. This must not be done, because acts of worship are not subject to personal opinion and it is not permissible to do any acts of worship except those which are approved by sharia.
Hmm…Sharia contradicts the Quran…those who follow it are hell bound.

The Prophet said: “Whoever innovates something is this matter of ours which is not part of it, will have it rejected”. According to a report narrated by Muslim, which Bukhaari also narrated, “Whoever does an action that is not in accordance with this matter of ours, will have it rejected.”
He was talking about Hadith!

It is narrated that Jaabir said: “The Prophet used to say: ‘The best of speech is the Book of Allah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad.
This was not said by Muhammad as he was a modest man and tried his best to teach the first believers that his only message was the Quran.  But they didn’t listen.  Even when they imitated everything he did, he would tell them not to.  Type in at the top left; to follow or imitate.

The Most evil of matters are those which are newly-invented, and every innovation is a going-astray.’” And there are many similar ahaadeeth. So the Muslim is obliged to follow that which Allah has prescribed, such as acknowledging the Black Stone and kissing it.
Great example.  Kissing the black stone is not in the Quran.  Neither are the words black stone.  But, the Quran does say NOT to follow Hadith and that there is a punishment for those who do…which is why I was invented…so says the Quran.

Hence there is a report which says that Umar said, when he kissed the Black Stone, “I know that you are a stone and you cannot bring benefit or cause harm. If I had not seen the Prophet kissing you, I would not have kissed you.”
This is the only reason believers kiss it.  Maybe that’s why they made it look like a female body part.

From this we know that acknowledging the other corners of the Ka’bah, and the walls or pillars, is not prescribed, because the Prophet did not do that, and he did not teach others to do it, because that is one of the means of shirk. The same applies even more so to the walls, pillars and windows of the Prophet’s grave, because the Prophet did not prescribe that or teach people to do it, and his companions did not do it either.
It is shirk to follow, obey or place any human equal to or partners God, to forbid or allow what God has not.  This is why there is a punishment attached to the verse that says not to follow Hadith.  Unfortunately not many Muslims read or follow the Quran.  If they did they would not follow Hadith and the scholars would not use Hadith as a basis for advice or Sharia.  And, there would be no such thing as Sunni/Shia hate as the Quran said not to fall into sects.

A Muslim asks a scholar

What is the symbolism behind the Muslim star and crescent? I did a keyword search of your site and searched my library's reference books and cannot find anything more than a reference to the flag of the Ottoman Empire. Thank you for your interest.

And the scholar replies
Praise be to Allah.
There is no basis in sharia for taking the crescent or star as a symbol of the Muslims. This was not known at the time of the Prophet, or at the time of the first four leaders of Islam after the death of the Prophet, or during the time of the Umayyad dynasty.

It emerged some time after that, and historians differ as to when this symbol was first adopted and who was the first to adopt it. Some say it was the Persians, others say it was the Greeks, and that this symbol was somehow passed to the Muslims.

It was said that the reason why the Muslims adopted the crescent was that when they conquered some western countries, the churches there had crosses on top of them, the Muslims replaced the crosses with these crescents, and the practice spread in this way. Whatever the case, symbols and banners must be in accordance with the teachings of Islam, and as there is no evidence that this symbol is prescribed by Islam, it is better not to use it. Neither the crescent nor the star are symbols of the Muslims, even though some Muslims may use them as symbols.
That was a very interesting and correct answer.

A Muslim asks a scholar

I have a few question about the one who was crucified instead of Isa (peace be upon him) I have seen in one place saying that the one who betrayed Isa (PBUH) was made to look like Isa and was crucified and I have seen in another place saying that one Isa’s companions volunteered to be crucified instead of Isa. I am confused, can you tell me which one is true?

And the scholar replies
Praise be to Allah.

The Qur’aan states that Jesus (peace be upon him) was not crucified or killed, and that he was lifted up to heaven.

There is no text of the Revelation that tells us the details of what happened on the day when that was made to appear to the Jews, but there is a hadith from Ibn ‘Abbaas that the Messiah said to those of his companions who were with him in the house: “Which of you will be made to look like me and be killed in my stead, and he will be with me in the same level as me (in Paradise)?”
A young man who was one of the youngest of them stood up, and he said to him: “Sit down.”
Then he repeated it and that young man stood up again, and he said: “Sit down.” Then he repeated it again and that young man stood up and said, “I will do it.” He said: “You are the one.”
So he was caused to look like Jesus and Jesus was lifted up from a window in the house to heaven.
Ibn Katheer said in his Tafseer/opinion, commenting on this report:  “Which of you will be made to look like me and be killed in my stead, and he will be my companion in Paradise?” End quote.
Remember that Katheer lived and died in the 1300’s.
Ibn Abbass was a cousin to Muhammad and was 10 when Muhammad died.

Then he said: Ibn Jareer favoured the view that all of his companions were made to look like Jesus. End quote.
This was mentioned in a report narrated from Wahb ibn Munabbih which was narrated by Ibn Jareer and quoted by Ibn Katheer (got all that?), in which it states that when they surrounded Jesus and his companions and entered upon them, “Allah made them all appear in the form of Jesus and they said to them, ‘You have bewitched us; send forth to us Jesus or we will kill you all,’ until they sent forth one of their number after Jesus promised Paradise to him, and they took him and crucified him.”

But Ibn Katheer said after that: This is a very strange story. End quote.
Yes, it is a very strange story.  Some of this is based on Barnabus whose followers were repeating this story throughout the deserts.

He also said: Some of the Christians claim that Judas Iscariot – who is the one who led the Jews to Jesus – is the one who was made to look like Jesus so they crucified him, and he said: I am not the one you want, I am the one who led you to him. Allah knows best what really happened. End quote.
Hmm…seems Allah told the story in the Gospels, which the Quran confirms.  Katheer didn’t believe in Allah’s other books or prophets?  That’s bad, very bad.

With that, Ibn Katheer concluded his discussion of this topic: Allah knows best what really happened. Knowledge of this matter is of no great benefit; if we needed to know that, our Prophet would have told us.
So why make up stories, Katheer?  To become famous?  Yeah, that’s why.

And Allaah knows best.
Then they should have used the text in the Quran.  And as the Quran corrects the 2 errors of the Gospels and confirms the all the rest, all Muslims should read the Bible and the Torah.

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