Channel: Kamil Ahmad
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Islam is a complete way of life.
It's not a religion like any other religion.
And so it's not a religion that teaches us what to believe in what not to believe in only.
It's not a religion that teaches us how to worship Allah only.
It's not a religion, that only tells us how to be good.
But rather, Islam also tells us when to celebrate and when to not, when to be joyous and happy and when to not.
And so we also know
from the life of the prophet Sallallahu, alayhi wasallam,
that he would always make it a point.
He would always make it a point to oppose the ways, the practices, the customs
of others, and the celebrations of others, all so that the Muslim can realize and understand that he is unique and different than others. A Muslim has an identity that is unique to him.
He has a deen to abide by that teaches him everything he needs in order to live
in this world.
And so this Islamic identity
is one that the Muslim must feel proud of.
It's not just a label. It's not just a name.
But with it comes an entire an entire lifestyle and an entire way of life.
And this is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said
we have our ways
and the kuffar they have their own waves. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said mentorship better be a coalmine for womanhood.
That Whoever imitates people, whoever
goes out of his way to be like another people than he is one of them.
And then another version of the same Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Lisa mean in mentorship, the Habib Irina, he is not one of us, the one
who imitates others other than us. And then he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, letter should boo La La Tersh la touche be who Alia who would want Nosara do not imitate the Jews nor the Christians.
Unless Radi Allahu Anhu narrates
he narrates that when the Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam made hijra to Medina and arrived in Medina. They had two festivals.
The people there had two festivals that they used to celebrate
so rasool Allah He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asked them,
What are these two days of the year that you guys celebrate?
And so the Companions, they said that these are two days in which
we would celebrate, we would play we would have fun on these two days during the days of Jamelia
in pre Islamic times.
And so when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam heard this, he said, Allah subhanho wa taala, has replaced these two days for you with two other days. And they are
the day of an aha, and the day of Alfetta, the two days of our Eid.
And so this hadith explains to us very clearly,
that every single non Islamic festival or celebration that is celebrated yearly,
it has been replaced for us Muslims, by the two days of aid. These are our two days of the year in which we celebrate, in which we have fun. And we mark these two days, as days of holiday. Besides this,
besides this, we have no other days that we consider to be special that we celebrate. And so it clarifies our stance as Muslims, all the various celebrations, whether they are religious in nature, or commercial, as they have become today.
They are not to be celebrated by Muslims. So whether it is Christmas, whether it is Valentine's Day,
whether it is Easter, whether it is Halloween, whether it is New Years, all of these are days, that mean nothing to a Muslim. And so as Muslims, we need to make sure that everything we do
that every single thing we do has its roots, has its roots, in the way of life laid out by ALLAH SubhanA who were to Allah and his messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and that whatever we do, does not break any of the commandments of Allah subhanahu wa taala.
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Whatever the messenger has given you, whatever He has commanded you to do, do it.
And whatever he has forbidden you from
staying away from it.
Even cathedra he says, in his Tafseer of this idea, what this means is, whatever he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has commanded you with do it, and whatever he has forbidding you from stay away from it, because he only commands you with what is good, and he only forbids you from what is evil.
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Fear Allah subhanaw, who had to
have the Taqwa of Allah, the consciousness of Allah.
And let each and every single one of you look to what he has sent for his tomorrow.
Referring to your life, after death,
your eternal life look to what you have prepared for that life.
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And so each and every single one of us needs to be conscious of Allah at all times.
Not heedless of Allah subhanho wa taala.
For our time, is quickly winding down.
we will be meeting ALLAH SubhanA Hua Tiana,
who will bring us to account for every single thing that we did in our lives. My dear brothers and sisters.
The first of January is just like any other day of the year,
there is nothing more special about it. And there is no need for the Muslim to treat it like a special day, there is no need for a Muslim to celebrate it or feel different on that day or the night that precedes it. Having understood this,
some Muslims may object and say that this is the calendar year that we all use.
We set our dates according to it.
Everything revolves around the dates of this particular calendar year. So why should we not celebrate?
This year that we use
in which we are about to enter into another one of its years. And so in response to this, we say, the US using this
is because we have no other choice, we have to use this calendar year.
And just because we use it, it does not mean that we should celebrate,
we should celebrate the New Year that approaches because even if we were to be using the Islamic calendar,
which we should use more often.
Even if we were to use the Islamic calendar,
the first Muharram is not a day to celebrate. We Muslims do not celebrate
the new Islamic year.
the new non Muslim, the new non Islamic calendar year is of even less significance to us.
And so we should understand that the purpose of these calendars that we use is simply to distinguish the various days to set our dates. And that's it, nothing more than that.
Others may object and say
that this celebration has no religious significance to it. It's not like we're celebrating a Christian holiday
or a Christian celebration. And so in response to that we say
the its roots can be traced back to pagan beliefs, and to Christianity. And so December the 31st. This day is known as St. Sylvester is day in commemoration of the Roman Pope Sylvester, who reigned during the Council of Nicaea.
This council was in the year 325.
After Easter, it has said
in which many of the Christian beliefs that they have today were adopted. And were given the rubber stamp of approval at this council, including the Trinity,
including the belief that a Sally has Salem is the Son of God. And as part of this trinity before this,
it was not the Christian belief, or it was not forced on all Christians to believe in this.
And so the pope who reigned over this council
his day that they gave to him to commemorate him was December the 31st. And then many centuries later
It was Pope Gregory who established the current Gregorian year, the current Gregorian calendar that we go by. And he set January 1
as the new year, showing us how this calendar year and January 1, in particular, how it takes its roots in Christianity.
Moreover, even if the people do not celebrate New Years, as a religious celebration,
the norm is to celebrate it, how to celebrate it, with music, with dancing, with drinking alcohol, and all other kinds of evils that a Muslim should stay far away from, and be nowhere near such an environment as almost a bit of a hotdog robiola when he said, Edge attorney Buddha Allah He ID him stay far away from the enemies of Islam, stay far away from the enemies of Allah, when they are celebrating their celebrations. Why? Because there's a good chance that ALLAH SubhanA who were to add, will punish them. And the Wrath of Allah will descend upon them, while they're while they're celebrating their celebrations. And so the Muslim doesn't want to be anywhere near such people on
someone else may object and say
that I may not celebrate this day, I may not celebrate the New Years. But I merely wish people happy new year, I make dua for Muslims, and even non Muslims, that they should have a wonderful year
And so in response to this, we say, once again, that this is not a calendar year, that has any special significance to alyssum. Also, to do so,
it falls under
it falls under the innovations that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam warned us from
why because you have specified a certain day, every year in which you congratulate people in which you make dua for them, and doing so falls under the innovations that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam warned us from. And so a Muslim does not make dua at a specific time, except
in those times that Allah and His Messenger have taught us more in certain places. You don't go to certain places and say, in this particular place, my dua will be accepted unless it is something that Allah or his messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam have taught us and finally,
it falls under imitating the kuffar. And so you only wish others a Happy New Year. Why? Because you've picked that up. You've picked that up from the kuffaar,
of which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said that whoever imitates whoever, whoever imitates others, Whoever imitates people, then he is one of them. As we're watching the kuffaar as they celebrate, even this is something that a Muslim should not do.
And so we should not go and watch as the kuffar celebrate, counting down to the New Year counting down on that late
for Allah subhanahu Allah says, well, leadin Allah Yasha Duna Zewde
among very bad or Rockman among the true servants of Allah.
Allah mentions one of their characteristics that they are people who do not witness falsehood when Medina la Yeshua dunya, zoo, some of the tabby room
of the tab your own, the students of the companions.
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that they are those who do not witness
those who do not witness I added Kuffar those who do not watch the celebrations of the disbelievers.
of the kuffar.
And so, but your brothers and sisters, the Muslim is unique in every way. He is different in every way. He has a Muslim identity that he needs to uphold, that he needs to be proud of.
And the only thing that will bring you any glory in this dunya is by holding on firmly to your deen and not looking elsewhere for fun for entertainment.
And so what we have in our deen is sufficient for us. And is the only thing that will bring us out honor as a role model the Allahu Anhu said
it is through Islam
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