SOCCER CROSSES – AN INSULT TO ALLAH’s MAJESTY
Verily Allah does not forgive that Shirk be made with Him, but forgives what is less than that to whosoever He wishes. [Surah an-Nisa’: 48 & 116]
A sad indictment on the state of the Ummah’s Iman and knowledge is the wearing of garments with the Cross even in the Masjid under the pretext of supporting certain soccer teams. Included in Shirk is displaying or respecting symbols of Shirk such as the Cross.
What needs to be understood is that in matter of Shirk the mere display of such symbols is in itself a sin, and cannot be condoned on the excuse of a non-Shirk intention. Who would display a “beautifully” carved idol in the Masjid with the intention of adornment?? Who would erect a statue of Mary on the pretext that the Qur’an revers Bibi Maryam??
Allah and His Rasul (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) have declared Shirk to be the worse of sins. Whilst Allah may forgive sins, even if the sinner has not repented, the Qur’an specifically excludes Shirk– repentance MUST be made from it.
Allah’s Rasul (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) could not bear the sight of the Cross
Al-Imam at-Tirmidhi (rahmatullah alayh) narrates in his Kitaab Tafsir al Qur’an in Sunan at-Tirmidhi that ‘Adi bin Hatim (radhiyallahu anhu) narrates:
I came to Nabi (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) wearing a golden cross around my neck. He callled out, “O ‘Adi! Throw this idol off your neck!”
I then heard him reciting from Surah Bara’ah, “They made their priests and monks lords besides Allah”
He then commented, “They did not worship them, but if they made something Halal for them, they took it as Halal and when they made something Haraam for them they took it as Haraam.“
When comparing the above Hadith with the incident of the Bedouin urinating in the Masjid, we note:
⚫ Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) was so tolerant he forbade the Sahaabah (alayhim ar ridhwan) from interfering with the uneducated man urinating in the Masjid
⚫He forbade them from harming him in any way
⚫Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) waited for him to finish urinating.
⚫He (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) then only explained the bedouin’s error in a most kind and gentle manner.
⚫Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) however had no tolerance for the Cross and instantly reprimanded the wearer.
⚫ Therefore, Wearing a Cross is worse than urinating in the Masjid!
⚫Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) used the word, “itrah“, when there are more gentle words for “remove.”
⚫ The Cross is an idol according to Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)
Why do we place our nafs above the command of Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)?? When this matter is brought to our attention, many people defy the command of Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and present arguements, whether out of ignorance or sheer arrogance. The above Hadith should be sufficient for a true believer , but let us examine the arguements in the hope that perhaps some of these people may repent from this Shirk of wearing “…this idol…”
As for those who declare, “We did not know,” may Allah accept your excuse. As for the future, bear in mind that it is Allah’s command that we seek knowledge. If we can memorize every tiny detail about our favourite team, why should we not learn those details which might incur Allah’s Anger??
The Arguements for wearing the Cross
A Muslim is humble enough to admit his error, even if he still sins. Arguing against the Shari’ah is most dangerous to one’s Iman. Some of the common arguements heard in this regard:
1. It’s only a flag, not a Christian Symbol
2. It represents a hospital
3. We have never heard our senior ‘Ulama mention this.
It is only a Flag
Yes, Is it a flag, but a flag of what?? Let us examine the crests of the four most famous teams who display the Cross:
Do Muslim Barcelona supporters close their eyes when reading the FC Barcelona Website?? It clearly states:
And so the crest that the club wears to this day was created, although there have been a few variations. It is a bowl-shaped design, in which the two upper quarters maintain the St. George Cross and the red and yellow bars of the original, which are the most representative symbols of Barcelona and Catalonia.
Some might be unaware of the St. George flag. It should of course make no difference. Did Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) make a distinction between the host of styles of Christian Crosses when he reprimanded ‘Adi (radhiyallahu anhu)?? Did he specify a particular Cross when telling us thay when Hadhray ‘Eesa Maseeh (alayhissalaam) returns he will break the Crosses??
ST. GEORGE’S CROSS FLAG
This flag was in use during the crusades and it was one of the national emblems of England as early as 1227
St George’s Cross
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The St George’s Cross
St George’s Cross (or the Cross of St George) is a centred red cross on a white background. This pattern was associated with Saint George from medieval times.
St George’s Cross has been adopted on the coat of arms and flags of several countries and cities which have St George as a patron saint, notably England, Georgia, Genoa and Barcelona….. It was adopted for the uniform of English soldiers during the Crusades of the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries, particularly by the Knight Templar.
Some Muslims are not bothered to learn their history and do not know what the Crusades were. A Full explanationbis not possible here, but in short, they were wars waged by the Christians against the Muslims of al-Andalus (Spain and Portugal). The first city the Muslims lost there was … Barcelona. Today we celebrate that loss by wearing the Crusader flag in the Masjid. Would it make any difference to certain stubborn ones if they knew how Muslims were burnt alive in Andalus for no crime other than refusing to be baptised??
Does it make any difference to us that all the Masjid were turned into churches and stables?? Anyone with Iman would read and weep the accounts of how a Spanish Muslim would have to see the Crusaders bringing Crosses and statues of Jesus into the Masjid in which he prayed hia whole life. The modern Muslim proudly buys the Cross with his own money and brings it into the Masjid, not that wearing it outside the Masjid is in anyway condoned.
Here follows a short narration from a non-Muslim source describing the later Eastern Crusade at Bayt al Muqaddas. After reading it ask yourself how can you wear the flag under which this was perpetrated??
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Fall of Jerusalem
There now began an orgy of killing. The Crusaders went on a rampage, killing everyone they met. They went into houses and dragged out the inhabitants to kill them. They stole everything they found. The prince’s lost all control.
Muslim refugees had taken refuge in the Dome of the Rock, the Mosque inside the area of Mash’aril al Aqsa permises, the one tancred had taken. Despite his banner flying above, on the morning of the 16th a group of
Crusaders broke in and slaughtered everyone inside. Similarly, the Jews of the city fled to their synagogue, only to have the Crusaders set it on fire, killing everyone.
The chroniclers tell of streeta running with blood and the horses splashing blood up unto their riders’ leggings. Order returned on 17th July not so much because the commanders regained control as there was simply no one left to kill. All the Jews of Jerusalem were dead. All the Muslims were dead. The Christians had been expelled before the seige began. The city was empty of all save its conquerors.
The western sources are briskly uncontrite in their descriptions of the carnage, indicating that the chroniclers were no more dismayed than were the perpetrators. But the Muslim world would never forget or forgive the Crusaders’ behaviour. Jerusalem was a Holy city to the Muslims as much as it was to the Christians. The looting of sacred shrines and the slaughter of innocents confirmed the general Muslim opinion that the Westerners were savage barbarians with no faith at all save in blood and wealth.
A sad irony is that Muslims refuse to imitate Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and say, “It is only Sunnah,” but feel no shame in imitating the symbols of the crusaders! Who do you chose??
Portugal Cross of the Order of Christ Football T-Shirt
Let us look at the Portuguese symbol which is unanimously called, “Cross of the Order of Christ”, as can be seen in the above website. The name should be sufficient, that we discard this symbol.
For those who would wish for further information, read this about the symbol of a “religious military order.”
THE SUPREME ORDER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
This rarely given distinction cannot strictly be characterized today as an Order of Knighthood, but more as an award of honor of the highest possible standing. The recent reforms of the Papal Orders by Pope Paul VI, the Order of Christ was reserved to Catholic Heads of State to whom it might be given only to commemorate very special occasions at which the Pope himself was present. ….The original foundation was actually a religious military Order under the rule of Saint Benedict, constituted in Portugal by King Denis I on 14 August 1318, confirmed and granted statutory regulation by the Bull As ea ex quibus of Pope John XXII, given at Avignon 14/15 March 1319.
Brazil was a Portuguese colony and so also adopted the Portuguese Cross of the Order of Jesus Christ. It should be no surprise therefore when the words “Jesus” is sometimes weitten on the Brazilian Soccer Cross.
The issue of Muslims hero-worshipping Kafir soccer players and loving them more than the Sahaabah (alayhim ar ridhwan) is an issue on its own, but mention may be made of the former Brazilian idol to fill our hearta imstead of filling our hearts with love for Allah’s friends.
Kaka: a virtuoso with faith in Milan and Jesus
When it comes to religious dedication to his football, Ricardo Izecson de Santos Leite, or Kaka as he is better known, has been there, done it, and bought the T-shirt.
By Oliver Brown
Published: 10:40PM GMT
14 Jan 2009
Perhaps the abiding image of the Champions League final in 2007 was of the Brazilian, having just inspired Milan to victory over Liverpool stripping down to a vest with the message ‘I belong to Jesus’ emblazoned across his chest.
Such devotion has been closely interwined with Kaka’s extraordinary playing career from the outset.
They are not ashamed of their religion, but we compromise ours.
It represents a Hospital
Allah have mercy! What possible connecrion is there between a hospital and your team, unless they are so unmanly that they will all be put in hospital after a game?? The websites of your team deny this; the website of the Red Cross and Red Crescent denies this; and even if it were so, the Red Crescent itself admits that in the 33 Muslim countries the Red Crescent is used instead of the Red Cross, because of Muslim Imani feeling. May Allah grant us such feeling as well.
The Red Cross
The flag of Switzerland from which the original Red Cross is said to have been derived
The Red Cross emblem was officially approved in Geneva in 1863. The Red Cross flag is not to be confused with the St George’s Cross which is the flag of England, Barcelona, Freiburg and several other places….
The Red Crescent symbol
During the Russo-Rurkish War from 1876 to 1878, the Ottoman Empire used a Red Crescent instead of a Red Cross because its government believed that the Cross would alienate its Muslim soldiers…..Originally, the Red Crescent was used by Turkey and Egypt, from its official recognition to today, the Red Crescent became the organizational emblem of nearly every national society in countries with majority Muslim populations . The national societies of some countries such as Pakistan (1974), Malaysia (1975), or Bangladesh (1989) have officially changed their name and emblem from the Red Cross to the Red Crescent. The Red Crescent is used by 33 of the 186 recognized worldwide.
We have never heard our senior ‘Ulama mention this
You have been presented with facts and references and can no longer offer weak excuses. If certain people have not mentioned this to you before, then ask:
⚫ Is the great Muhaddith, al-Imam at-Tirmidhi, not senior enough??
⚫ Is the great Sahabi, ‘Adi bin Hatim (radhiyallahu anhu) not senior enough??
⚫ Is the greatest of all Rasul (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) not senior enough??
⚫ Is the warning of the King of Kings not senior enough??
O Allah, bear witness that in my limited capacity I have tried to convey the message and purify Your Housrs of this fetid Shirk and insult to Your Supreme Majesty. All guidance and might, is however in Your Hand.
Salutations to he who taught us that You are One
Maulana Sulayman al-Kindi (D.B)