CLARIFICATION ON 27TH OF RAJAB AND ITS FAST

  • Shaykhul-Hadeeth Mufti Muhammad of Jaami’atur-Rasheed, Karachi.

The month of Rajab is of much importance due to the fact that Nabee (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) after sighting the moon of Rajab made this du’aa,

ALLAAHUMMA BAARIKLANAA FEE RAJABA WA SHA’BAAN WA BALLIGHNAA RAMADHAAN

“Oh ALLAAH grant us Barakah in the month of Rajab & Sha’baan & make us reach Ramadhaan.”

 Grant us such ability that we reach Ramadhaan & perform the Fasts & Worships in Ramadhaan. This riwaayat (narration) is acceptable at the least even though its not completely saheeh (authentic), but it can be used for the purpose of Fadhaail (Virtues). Except this everything that is being narrated with regards to Rajab is not proven through any mustanad (authentic) sanad (chain).

Generally this has become famous that 27th of Rajab is the night of Me’raaj. And on this night (of 27th Rajab) ALLAAH Ta’aalaa granted this precious bounty to Nabee (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) of travelling through the heavens & interacting with ALLAAH Ta’aalaa in person. And Salaah was also gifted at that moment.This assumption (of 27th Rajab being the night of me’raaj) is not substantiated by any saheeh riwaayat (authentic narration).

DIFFERENT OPINIONS REGARDING THE DATE OF ME’RAAJ

Whereas (regarding the date) there are lot of different opinions. Here are some differing opinions,

  1. Did this journey take place before the Nubuwwat or after the Nubuwwat..?

If it was after Nubuwwat then there are 7 different opinions regarding the year.

  1. If it was before Hijrah then varying from 6 months to 5 years there are 8 nay 9 different opinions regarding how much period prior to Hijrah.

This in all together sum up to 18 different opinions.

1. Regarding the birth of Nabee (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) there are 2 different opinions i.e. Rabee’ul-Awwal or Ramadhaan.

  1. With regards to Hijrah there are 2 different opinions. That Hijrah took place after 10 years or 13 years of Nubuwwat.

All of these add up to 36 different opinions or even more.

  1. Regarding the month (of Me’raaj)  there are 8 different opinions.
  2. Regarding the date there are more than 9 different opinions.
  3. Regarding the day there are 3 different opinions of Friday, Saturday or Monday.

(AND) THERE IS NEITHER ANY PROOF FOR GIVING PREFERENCE TO EVEN A SINGLE OPINION.

NO SPECIAL DEED OR VIRTUE OF ANY DEED ORDAINED FOR THE NIGHT OF ME’RAAJ

Hadhrat ‘Allaamah Ibn Katheer (rahimahullaahu ta’aalaa) says,

Haafiz ‘Abdul-Ghani (rahimahullaahu ta’aalaa) has narrated this in his (kitaab on) Seerat,

“Annal-Israa-a kaana lailata Saabe wal Eshreen min Rajab”

(This journey of Me’raaj took place on 27th of Rajab)

     “Wa qad aurada hadeethann laa yassihhu sanaduhu.”

(He has narrated a Hadeeth for this but its sanad (chain) is not saheeh (authentic).)”

Accordingly  ‘Allaamah Qastalaani, ‘Allaamah Zurqaani (rahimahumullaahu ta’aalaa) says,

“Wa ammaa lailatul-Israa-i falam ya-ti fee arjaheeyatil-‘amali feehaa hadeethun saheehun walaa dha’eef”

(There is neither any Saheeh nor any Dha’eef Hadeeth specifying any special deed or Fadheelat (virtue) of any deed carrying more reward in this night)

          “Wa lidhaalika lam yu’ayyinhan-Nabiyyu (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) liashaabihi walaa ayyanahaa ahadum-minas-Sahaabah.”

(And regarding that (night) neither did Nabee Kareem (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) specifically informed it (which night) to his Sahaabah nor did anyone amongst Sahaabah specified it (exactly which night).)

Furthermore ‘Allaamah Zurqalaani (rahimahullaahu ta’aalaa) challengingly says,

          “Walaa Sahhah ilal aan walaa yassihhu ilaa antaqoomas-saa’tu feehaa shai.”

(Until now (centuries have passed by) we haven’t found any Saheeh Riwaayat (authentic  narration) & nor will it be found until qiyaamah)

Because if it would have ever existed then it would surely have been found in the early era. And when there wasn’t any Saheeh Riwaayat (authentic narration) available during the early eras then how will it be available in the later times..?

So he further says,

“Walaw ta’allaqaa bihaa naf’unn lilummati walaw zarratann la bayyanahu lahum Nabiyyuhum (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam).”

(And if there was any benfit or harm relating to it (night of me’raaj) for the Ummah then Nabee (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) would have definitely informed about that.)

But Nabee (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) didn’t inform any such thing.

CONCLUSION

So be it kundey of 22nd Rajab or Fast of 27thRajab there is not a single riwaayat (narration) with saheeh sanad (authentic chain) to substantiate it.

(IN THE MONTH OF RAJAB TO SPECIFY ANY DATE (FOR EXAMPLE 27TH) FOR THE EVENT OF ME’RAAJ SO AS) TO KEEP THE FAST ON ITS DAY OR TO MAKE ‘EBAADAT IN ITS NIGHT LIKE ON THE OTHER AUSPICIOUS NIGHTS, ASSUMING IT TO BE MORE VIRTUOUS & REWARDING IS BID’AH. AS THIS IS AN EXCESS IN DEEN.

  • To act within the confines of the Sharee’ah is called Deen.
  • That is to follow & act upon authentically proven practises.
  • To follow according to one’s desires is not Deen but to surrender & submit oneself (to the commands of Sharee’ah).
  • Only those nights are considered virtuous regarding which Nabee (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) has conveyed any virtue & those nights regarding which Nabee (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) hasn’t conveyed any virtue then they hold no virtue whatsoever.

And people have also invented some new practises specifically for that (occasion of me’raaj), for which they also present some narrations but all of which are either dha’eef (unreliably weak) or maudhoo’ (fabricated).

THERE IS NO SPECIAL ACT (ORDAINED BY SHAREE’AH) FOR THIS (EVENT OF ME’RAAJ)

May ALLAAH Ta’aalaa grant us Muslims the taufeeq to follow upon the pure & pristine Deen as Revealed, Taught & Demonstrated by Rasoolullaah (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam), Practised & Propagated by Sahaabah (radhiyallaahu ‘anhum) and Explained & Codified by Fuqahaa (rahmatullaahi ‘alayhim)…

And safeguard us from following the transmogrified version of Deen adulterated with our whims & desires thus earning the Wrath & Curses of ALLAAH Ta’aalaa…aameen

 

TABLIGHIS – OF THE SUNNAH THEY ARE BANKRUPT

By Mujlisul Ulama

A Tabligh Jamaat member, complaining about the haraam filth and mess of the Jamaat’s merrymaking in the Musaajid, writes:

“There was a tabligh programme at the Masjid in Tongaat on the 16th of March. The Jamaat comprised of a  few elders from the markaz Masjid Hilaal. The Jamaat arrived on Thursday 14th March and left on Sunday 17th. On the 16th was a big programme for the Ijtima fikr. Over 150 people were fed in the Masjid.

I helped in arranging the meals and serving. Also assisted with the clean up. A  few brothers were given the responsibility to clean up the kitchen and all the dishes.

This Wednesday the 27th, the trustee informed me that the kitchen was in a mess. The tea jug has worms. The fridge has cockroaches,  the degs (big pots) have maghots.

On the 19th of march I enquired from the brothers who had washed some of the dishes as to whether the kitchen was clean . They replied in the affirmative saying everything was done. However they washed the dishes but left the sink in a mess. The fridge was still in a mess with food that the Jamaat had left behind even though there is a sign on the fridge saying “Attention all Jamaats, please ensure the fridge is clear before you leave “

The trustees have now put up a notice that no cooking or feeding is to take place in the Masjid kitchen or basement.  What is the ruling regarding Jamaats eating and cooking in the Masjid? What is the ruling of feeding the awaam (the public) in the Masjid after a program?  Please find attached some pictures of the deplorable state of the kitchen.”

(End of the Brother’s lament)

ANSWER AND COMMENT

What the Tabligh Jamaat knows of the Sunnah is scandalously little. For them the ‘sunnah’ is to introduce bid’ah, violate the ahkaam of the Shariah and to flaunt only the beard, turban and kurtah. They are not even conscious of the kabeerah sin of wearing the trousers on and below the ankles.

Regarding the filth and mess described in the Brother’s letter, the following Hadith should be a salubrious lesson:

“Verily, Allah is CLEAN. He loves cleanliness. Therefore clean your afniyah.”

Afniyah is the portion outside, infront of one’s house. This is not one’s private property, yet Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordered that even this outside piece of ground should be maintained clean. From this fact it should be easy for genuine Muslims to understand how much more is the need to keep one’s home clean, and how much more is it necessary to keep the Musaajid clean, and how much more important it is to keep the physical body and the heart clean. The heart has to be purified from all the filth, especially the type of filth which has induced the two Tabligh Jamaat factions to wage shaitaani ‘jihad’ against one other.

The nauseating filth and mess described in the letter is an adequate and a vivid commentary of the filth – moral and spiritual filth – in the hearts of these  people who  flaunt their so-called ‘sunnah’, and who vociferously proclaim  their slogan of  ‘yaqeen’, and proudly believe that they are correctly in the ‘path of Allah’. When they are ignorant of the very basics of Tahaarat, what can they ever understand of Yaqeen and the Path of Allah?

The mess in the Musjid reveals what goes on in their brains and hearts. The disgorgement of physical filth mirrors the filth in the heart. A sure sign of their deviation and total lack of Deeni understanding will be the animosity which they will now display for the Brother who has reported this haraam episode of filth and mess.

They have absolutely no regard for Allah’s bounty of food. They do not have the haziest idea of Nazaafat (Cleanliness) and Tahaarat hence they left the Musjid premises in such a shaitaani mess. Shaitaan loves filth and mess. Thus they were pleasing the devil with their sin of messing the Musjid’s premises.

The Trustees acted correctly. They should not permit the Jamaats to eat and feed in the Musjid premises. They are too filthy, and they do not have the faintest idea of Islam’s concept of cleanliness – purity of body and heart.

The Musjid is not a venue for merrymaking. Feeding the public in the Musjid is haraam. The Tablighis have transformed their programmes into wedding-type merrymaking. After their programmes they resort to gluttony and indulge in raucous conduct. They have no regard and no respect for the House of Allah Ta’ala. They laugh loudly inside the Musjid proper, and engage in handshaking, embracing and light, stupid banter. The Musjid is not a place for such nonsense.

The Jamaats are notorious for conversation inside the Musjid. We are not referring to bayaans. They engage in conversation which effaces their good deeds. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Conversation inside the Musjid consumes good deeds just as cattle consume grass.”

They should not meet people, shake hands and embrace inside the Musjid. Such acts should be practised outside the Musjid. At times their loud talk in the Musjid is a cacophony of noises. The Tabligh Jamaat has indeed degenerated into an extremely noxious cesspool of inequity physically, morally and spiritually, hence  their shaitaani ‘jihad’ to eliminate  each other – to eliminate whoever does not subscribe to their ghulu’ (haraam bigotry).