*TO PURPOSELY DIFFERENTIATE.*

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Bismihi Ta`ala

*TO PURPOSELY DIFFERENTIATE.*

Rasouloullah Swalallahou Alaihi Wasallam brought a deen that is outsourced from the ORIGINAL deen of prophet Adam a.s., Nuh a.s., Ibrahim a.s., Moossa a.s. and also Isaa a.s. The original revelations are similar in belief since all the revelations were all from ONE UNIQUE GOD, Allah Ta`ala. In fact, we are compelled to believe in all original revelations of Allah Ta`ala sent before Muhammad Swalallahou `Alaihi Sallam irrespective we know the names of the prophets or that we do not know, and also in the revelations revealed to the prophet Muhammad Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam(2:4).

  الَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِمَا أُنْزِلَ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا أُنْزِلَ مِنْ قَبْلِكَ وَبِالْآخِرَةِ هُمْ يُوقِنُونَ [البقرة : 4]


But since the end fate of these religions before Muhammad Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam are no longer on their originality, they have been adulterated and altered by man in cloaks, then the only choice of a divine unaltered religion is Islam. The Islam of beloved prophet Muhammad Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam is so preserved that until today we may refer to the words of God, the Quran in its originality and also the sayings of prophet Muhammad Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam and the established fiqh of different areas in the first golden century.To differentiate from the altered man-interfered religions, Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam prescribed us to differentiate from the non muslims. I wish to throw some light on this sphere of our deen, which is very impotant. Without this differentiating characteristic, it would be difficult for us to attract the Divine Help. The uniform of beard and sunnah clothing of the Taliban soldiers attracted the help of Allah to miraculously achieve victory in little time.

The help of Allah is still alive, but we just need to take the proper channel to achieve it. I would request Muslims to wear the same uniform to achieve same victory. Khair, let me start by Ashoura:


1. The fast of Ashura is on the 10th of Muharram. One who fast the 10th of Muharram will have his last year`s sins forgiven.(Muslim)

صحيح مسلم – ()وَصِيَامُ يَوْمِ عَاشُورَاءَ أَحْتَسِبُ عَلَى اللَّهِ أَنْ يُكَفِّرَ السَّنَةَ الَّتِي قَبْلَهُ

But since the jews used to fast that day(Bukhari), then Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam prescribed purposely to differentiate from them by fasting one more day either 9th or 10th.(Tirmizi)

سنن الترمذي – ()وَرُوِيَ عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ أَنَّهُ قَالَ صُومُوا التَّاسِعَ وَالْعَاشِرَ وَخَالِفُوا الْيَهُودَصحيح البخاري – ()قيس بن مسلم عن طارق بن شهاب عن أبي موسى رضي الله عنه قالدخل النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم المدينة وإذا أناس من اليهود يعظمون عاشوراء ويصومونه فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم نحن أحق بصومه فأمر بصومه

So Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam told us to oppose the jews and to add a fast either 9th and 10th or 10th and 11th. Makrooh Tanzihi to fast alone 10th of Muharram, although rewarded.

صحيح البخاري – (11 / 278)عن ابن شهاب قال قال أبو سلمة بن عبد الرحمن إن أبا هريرة رضي الله عنه قال إن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال إن اليهود والنصارى لا يصبغون فخالفوهم

 Rasouloullah Swalallahou Alaihi Wasallam said: ‘’The jews and the Christians does not colour their hair/beard. So oppose them(by colouring your hair/beard).’’BukhariIn the fiqh of colouring hair, one not allowed to use black and fancy colours. Mehendi is recommended. Else permissible brown, dark brown and natural hair colours. Looking at other ahadiths, we find that when completely white, then Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to recommend colouring of hair and beard. See all in Ibn Majah.


3.صحيح مسلم – ()أَخْبَرَنِي الْعَلَاءُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ يَعْقُوبَ مَوْلَى الْحُرَقَةِ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ جُزُّوا الشَّوَارِبَ وَأَرْخُوا اللِّحَى خَالِفُوا الْمَجُوسَ

Rasouloullah Swalallahou Alaihi Wasallam said: ‘’Cut the moustache short, leave the beard grow in opposition of Majoos/Iranians.’’(Sahih Muslim)It is important for you to know that it is wajib and compulsory to keep beard so long until the length of a fist.


4.سنن أبى داود – ()عَنْ أَبِي جَعْفَرِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَلِيِّ بْنِ رُكَانَةَ عَنْ أَبِيهِأَنَّ رُكَانَةَ صَارَعَ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَصَرَعَهُ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ رُكَانَةُ وَسَمِعْتُ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ فَرْقُ مَا بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ الْعَمَائِمُ عَلَى الْقَلَانِسِ

Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam said: ‘’The emblematic differentiating figure appearance between us and the polytheists is that our Imaamahs are on Topis.’’(Abu Dawood)5.The large Abayas/Jilbaabs that dissimulate and hide the silhouette of the muslim women is also a differentiating factor between us and non muslims, and that for centuries. Islam encourage hayaa and preventing seeing and seeing woman`s body. While others encourage nudity, indecency and adultery.In the same spirit, we are called not to imitate the Shias. So we fast on Ashura because it is sunnah of prophets. It was a day of victory and forgiveness. So we fast on that day. And also reported in different ahadiths that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam said: ‘’One who spend generously on his family on the day of Ashoura, then Allah Ta`ala will increase his sustenance throughout the whole year.’’(Shu`abul Imaan)

شعب الإيمان – (5 / 333)َخْبَرَنَا أَبُو سَعْدٍ الْمَالِينِيُّ، أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو أَحْمَدَ بْنُ عَدِيٍّ، حَدَّثَنَا الْحسَنُ بْنُ عَلِيٍّ الْأَهْوَازِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا مَعْمَرُ بْنُ سَهْلٍ، حَدَّثَنَا حَجَّاجُ بْنُ نُصَيْرٍ، حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ ذَكْوَانَ، عَنْ يَعْلَى بْنِ حَكِيمٍ، عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنِ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللهِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، قَالَ: ” مَنْ وَسَّعَ عَلَى عِيَالِهِ وَأَهْلِهِ يَوْمَ عَاشُورَاءَ وَسَّعَ اللهُ عَلَيْهِ سَائِرَ سَنَتِهِ ” . ” هَذِهِ الْأَسَانِيدُ وَإِنْ كَانَتْ ضَعِيفَةً فَهِيَ إِذَا ضُمَّ بَعْضُهَا إِلَى بَعْضٍ أَخَذَتْ قُوَّةً، وَاللهُ أَعْلَمُ

“So we distinguish ourselves from Shias by spending on our family and not mourning on the day Ashoura. And since the Shias have adopted to apply Kohl/Surma on the day of Ashura, so we say prohibited to apply Kohl on that day, because it became their emblem. And we don`t mourn on anyone on that day. Nor do we talk on Hazrat Hussein`s martyrdom to create sensation during these days.Those who have distinguished themselves with emblems of Islam in every sphere of their lives, well they will have their wouzu wet areas shine on the day of Qiyaamah. This will be the differenciating emblem of Ummah of Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam on the day of Qiyaamah(Bukhari).

صحيح البخاري – (1 / 234)عن خالد عن سعيد بن أبي هلال عن نعيم المجمر قالرقيت مع أبي هريرة على ظهر المسجد فتوضأ فقال إني سمعت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول إن أمتي يدعون يوم القيامة غرا محجلين من آثار الوضوء فمن استطاع منكم أن يطيل غرته فليفعل

Mufti Mackoojee

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