MUSLIM SERMON - MUCH EVIL COMES FROM SUMMER
importance of addressing the event of summer vacations.
necessity of summer vacations.
importance that Islaam has given to this period.
4) How do we
entertain, and how far does entertainment go?
practices during vacations:
Shifting the days into night and vice
Satellite and Cable TV, the evil
during weddings and other occasions.
The evil effects of the
Travelling to the countries of
importance of time in the life of a Muslim.
O Muslims! As the years have passed, various groups
of people have discussed a very important issue which many communities have in
common. People from all walks of life with different interests have discussed
the positive and negative aspects of this issue, because it is a very important
topic. Many people have commented on this through various means such as
magazines, mosques, clubs and other media, and from many different points of
This issue, O slaves of Allaah, is that of summer
or yearly vacations, which has become an indispensable event for many people.
All nations agree that this event has become a part of our lives and cannot be
ignored. It has imposed itself to be a part of a fixed yearly plan, and in most
cases it is unorganised and poorly planned, despite the fact that people feel
that it is a necessity.
When people think of their vacation, they do not
seem to have the proper objectives, and their plans seem to lack the limitations
of time and place, let alone the adherence to the Islamic guidelines that should
define what can and cannot be done during them.
Only an arrogant or ignorant person would deny the
fact that people need to rest after long periods of hard work, and that they
need to relax after stress. Islaam does not oblige people to make all their
words as those of the remembrance of Allaah, nor to make all their time be
occupied with acts of worship. Rather, Islaam has permitted rest and relaxation
within defined limits. As a mater of fact, when a companion of the Prophet
sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa
sallam by the name of
Handhalah Ibn ‘Aamir, may Allaah be pleased with him, came to the
‘alaihi wa sallam
complaining that the strength and level of his Eemaan decreased when he
returned home and played with his wife and children (as opposed to the time when
he was with the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). The Prophet
sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam replied to this by saying: “A time for this and a time for that”
(Bukhaari & Muslim) which means an hour for worship and
increasing ones Eemaan, and an hour for living ones life within the
limits and boundaries of Islaam, which would also help one increase their
Ibn ‘Abdul-Barr, may Allaah have mercy upon him, narrated that
‘Ali Ibn Abu Taalib, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: "Relax your
hearts and find some means of entertainment for them, because they become
apathetic just as bodies get tired."
Ibn Al-Jawzi, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: "I have
observed that man has shouldered many difficult responsibilities and
obligations. Amongst the heaviest of burdens is controlling himself and
persevering through that which he likes and dislikes, and it seems to me that
the correct thing to do is interrupt that with something that
This is how we should understand mixing seriousness
with amusement and hard work with relaxation, but there are important questions
regarding the behaviour of many Muslims during vacations that must be asked. How
far does amusement go during vacations? What is the ideal way of utilising our
time and maintaining our priorities? What should be our real understanding of
vacationing? Is it too much sleep? Is it holding expensive and extravagant
weddings? Is it switching days into nights and nights into days? Or is excessive
TV and internet viewing?
These are questions which come from the heart of
every believing man and woman, who have a conscience and are deeply concerned by
the manner in which our youth are spending their time and utilising their
topic requires a detailed research, so that objectives can be set for
the fruitful utilisation of time, and so that limits can be set for
people so that they remain within Islamic boundaries. Such a research
can be conducted by studying all available entertainment programs and
evaluating their pros and cons, and by establishing a strong link
between them, Islamic guidelines and people’s customs and traditions;
This could be in the form of a study that finds inventive ways of
accomplishing relaxation, entertainment and other benefits along with
the pleasure of Allaah during peoples vacations, and which analyses
people’s actions and reactions based on Islaam, in light of people’s
interests and hobbies. This would be a study that discovers the
benefits that vacations give, such as reviving people, energising them
and increasing their productivity, which will reflect on their
communities and benefit them in this life and the Hereafter.
Muslims! In order to recognise mature and responsible communities, who
are concerned about their individuals and the utilisation of the wasted
human resources within their ranks, we must observe what their stance
is regarding vacations and holiday periods, as well as the serious
researches that they conduct in order to find solutions for the
negative and unsavoury aspects of vacations.
if we were to attempt to go into detail about the negative practices
that take place during vacations in many of our communities, it would
take too long a time, but we will mention just a few to give an idea
about what takes place. It is best to be clear and honest about these
vacations which in many cases stray away from the teachings and
boundaries of Islaam.
the most dispraised practices during vacations is when people switch
their days into nights and vice versa; people stay up all night with
useless talk and incorrect behaviour. Sometimes this even involves
sinful words and actions. Some people spend their nights dancing or
listening to music, and then when the day comes they spend it sleeping,
heedless of the remembrance of Allaah, let alone in His worship. Such
practices make people heedless of the fact that Allaah made nights to
rest in and days for working, and that the alternation of the day and
night is one of the signs of the greatness of Allaah. In fact, when
Allaah wanted to give the disbelievers an example of His might and
power He mentioned the alternation of the day and night, as He says
that which translates as: “Say: 'Have you considered: if Allaah should
make for you the night continuous until the Day of Resurrection, what
deity other than Allaah could bring you light? Then will you not hear?'
Say: 'Have you considered: if Allaah should make for you the day
continuous until the Day of Resurrection, what deity other than Allaah
could bring you a night in which you may rest? Then will you not see?'
And out of His Mercy He made for you the night and the day that you may
rest therein and [by day] seek from His bounty and [that] perhaps you
will be grateful.” (Al-Qasas: 71-73).
of Allaah! From among the incorrect practices which frequently occur
during vacations and for which people in general and women in
particular long for, are the evil practices which occur during
weddings. In preparation for such events people spend excessive amounts
of money and concentrate all their efforts in this, they spend
ridiculous amounts on renting the halls where the event is to be held
and boast to others about doing so. They go to ridiculous lengths in
shopping for the event, and women expose their adornment during these
times. All of this happens prior to the wedding, as well as huge
amounts of money spent on clothes, food and drinks – solely for the
purpose of boasting and showing off. Dowries are so high that it seems
as if many couples are living in separate eras, the husband in one
which has passed and the wife in one which is yet to come, so how can
these two eras be reconciled?
young men barely have enough to live on, while the parents of the young
ladies they wish to marry spend wastefully; some young men just wish to
get married while the parents of the young ladies they wish to get
married to simply wish to boast. Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased
with him, narrated that a man came to the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi
wa sallam seeking assistance and said: "I have married a woman from the
Ansaar." The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam replied: “How much
did you pay? (i.e., as dowry)” the man replied: "One hundred and sixty
silver coins" the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said: “One
hundred and sixty silver coins! It is as though some of you dig silver
out from a mountain! - I have nothing to give you” (Muslim).
evil practice which is widespread during vacations is the satellite
television channels which prepare programs especially for the summer
vacation. They prepare for these just as people prepare to face an
enemy; they compete in broadcasting the most seductive programs which
destroy chastity and persevere in this so that the noble manners which
people might have acquired during the year are destroyed in a very
short amount of time. These channels act like a destructive hammer
which destroys any trace of morality that people may have in their
hearts; channels which are administered by people with no conscience
that would have made them distinguish between that which is good and
that which is shameless. The effect of these channels is that they
eradicate the strong community bonds that exist from their roots
regardless of whether we realise this or not. Moreover, some of what
these channels are broadcasting may be jeopardising the social
stability and security that we currently enjoy.
that we must realise is that those who steal people’s minds and command
their ideology are no less evil than those who steal money; both types
of thieves cause havoc and endanger security and stability.
should know that it is the media that controls the minds of people and
communities; it is through this that people’s ideologies are formed.
The media is what should propagate issues that are of concern to the
Muslims and support them, or, it could be the cause for facts to be
altered or caused to disappear. If anyone wishes to know whether a
nation is serious or careless, all they have to do is observe their
media and the issues that it regards as important, because this is what
will affect its community, both in a positive and negative manner.
of Allaah! Fear Allaah during your summer vacations and stay far away
from the satanic gatherings which lead people to destruction. Allaah
says that which translates as: “And do not be like she who untwisted
her spun thread after it was strong … ” (An-Nahl: 92).
are two other important issues which are not any less significant than
what has already been mentioned regarding evil practices during
vacations, and these are travelling to the lands of the disbelievers
and to Muslim countries which are in essence not much different from
the disbelieving countries.
a well known fact that anybody who is serious and fears their Lord, Who
has bestowed His bounties upon him, would never spend anything on that
which would result in his destruction. On the other hand, there are
others who have gone to ridiculous extremes in their entertainment and
have begun to think that they are imprisoned in their homes and
countries. They have slighted things which they used to consider as
serious and vital, and this has got to the point where these people
have become accustomed to vacationing with no apparent consideration of
whether this entails seeing shameless things which Allaah has
prohibited, such as nudity and other disgusting matters.
some committed practicing Muslims who are exposed to this become weaker
in performing their obligatory duties, or perform them but accompanied
by shame and embarrassment, as if they are stealing something; they may
offer their prayers in the midst of loud music, which would destroy
their tranquillity and concentration.
Haamid Al-Ghazaali, may Allaah have mercy upon him, mentioned some
types of vacationing by saying: "Continuous vacationing and
entertainment destroy the heart. Some people wish for nothing except to
boast and have a fine reputation, which leads them to resemble the
people of great disobedience in the way they talk, their habits, the
way they perform some acts of worship and their manners. They think
highly of themselves and think they are doing well. How foolish is the
one who cannot differentiate between being healthy and a having a wound
which is swollen; such people are despised by Allaah, because Allaah
hates unutilised youth, and the only thing which led such people to
this type of vacationing is unutilised youth".
Al-Jawzi, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: "If travelling through
the land is not for the purpose of seeking knowledge or propagating
Islaam, then it is prohibited."
Ahmad, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: "Travelling (for
entertainment) is not recommended in Islaam nor was it the practice of
the Prophets and the righteous, because it distracts the heart" and
when he was asked once about amusement, he, may Allaah have mercy upon
him replied: "No, rather, amusement is attained by frequently going to
of Allaah! Fear Allaah regarding your vacations and take a serious
stance towards finding the proper way of utilising and preserving your
time. In order to realise the importance of this issue, we must know
that everybody will have to answer five questions, which were mentioned
by the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Abu Barzah, may Allaah be
pleased with him: narrated that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa
sallam said: “No person’s feet will be able to move on the Day of
Resurrection until he is asked about five things: how he spent his
life; how he utilised his youth; how he earned his wealth and how he
spent it; and what he did with his knowledge” (Tirmidhi).
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