It could have been the splash of red or the overabundance of hearts or the young man in a designer jeans that caught his eye, but Sheikh Hamaad stopped under the bold Valentines day Specials banner, set his shopping basket on the floor and watched the young man battling to select an appropriate gift from the heaps of hearts, teddy bears and chocolates. Like a busy humming bird he flitted from shelf to shelf struggling to choose. Sheikh Hamaad approached him as he stood scratching his head, Asalaamu Alaikum, young man, seems like youre battling to make a choice. Eish, Moulana, this is more difficult than I thought. And lucky I only have to choose for two of them, he said, picking up another heart decorated teddy bear, examining the price and putting down with disappointment. For your sisters? Sheikh asked, feigning innocence. Naah, just friends, you know how it is. You have to do these things came the prompt reply. Sheikh Hamaad remained silent and fixed his gentle gaze on the young man, something more than the loud Billabong T-shirt and hipster jeans told him that this young man had more than a spark of intelligence. Tell me, how many Valentines gifts do your sisters receive? Hey, hey.... Moulana my sisters are not like that. They dont do this boyfriend thing. My sisters...they are pure, exclaimed the young man an angry frown crossing his face. Just let the guy try and send my sisters one flower and Ill make him eat it. You dont know me! Oh, said Sheikh Hamaad without any apology, And your mother, how many Valentines gifts does she get? The young man took a step back and glared at Sheikh Hamaad, La howla wa.... his words swallowed by his anger, how can you even say such things about my mother? My mother, she doesnt do this stuff. She is like an angel. She is pure. How can you say this? Sheikh paused, waiting for the silence to absorb the boys anger, then said, tauntingly, So they dont receive any Valentines gifts or have boyfriends at all. I told you, Moulana, my family is pure and they dont do this junk stuff. Knowing the moment was right Sheikh but forward his reasoning, So you really dont like your sisters receiving these gifts or having boyfriends. No ways, came the emphatic reply, not on my life Then dont you think, Sheikh ventured, that other people would also not like their sisters, mothers or aunts to receive such gifts. Just as you would like your sisters to remain pure, they would also like their sisters to be pure? The young man dropped his head and shifted his feet nervously, You have a point, Moulana. Didnt ever think of it like that. I dont want to say...but you are right. I shouldnt be polluting other peoples family if I dont like my family to be polluted. This is all quite wrong isnt it? Yes, its quite wrong, without a hint of reprimand in his voice, this is not our way. But, he asked, trying to conceal his embarrassment, Its not like we doing anything serious. I mean its only a gift. Not like we doing something physical...so it should be ok, no? Without disturbing his calmness, Sheikh Hamaad replied, Do you like to go fishing? Now you talking my language. Not a Sunday, not one, that we not by the dam, he replied his hands waving with excitement, We sit the whole day me and my buddies. First we prime the place with milie bombs. Just so the fish know we there. And they come, Moulana. They come for the bait. The whole lot, man....carpe, bass, barbell, you name it. But whats that go to do with buying gifts. When Shaytaan wants to trap someone, Sheikh replied serenely, he first puts some bait. Innocent stuff like gifts, the odd sms, just a hello and then when the time is right ....he will strike and how you say...you fall hook, line and sinker. Then hes got you and its not long before he reels you in. So it starts with just a little bait. Just like the little gift that seems so innocent its the bait. The young man beamed with this new found revelation and couldnt wait to ask, You are so right! And you have an amazing way of getting a point across Moulana, you didnt just lecture me but you showed me how it is wrong. Thanks a mil. You must have learnt from a great teacher? No doubt, I learnt from the best of all teachers, Sheikh answered, In fact, the best of all mankind...The Noblest Messenger of Allah- Rasulallah sallahu alaihi wa salam The Ummah is Bleeding, can We be Celebrating??? "And whoever seeks a religion[a way of life] other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers" [Quran-Aal 'Imraan 3:85] How can anyone in the Ummah really enjoy this Haraam Occasion when there is so much brutality and suffering going on in the world today. The rivers of blood flow freely from the veins of our brothers and sisters from across the Muslim world. Celebrating unislamic occassions like Valentines Day , New year, Christmas and shouting the names of musical heroes and watching Bollywood & Hollywood Movies drown out the screams coming from the dungeons of Uzbekistan where brothers and sisters are boiled alive in vats of water. How many will take out valuable time and spend it for the upliftment of Islam? How many will sacrifice for our kin in Gaza , Kashmir, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Palestine, and Iraq? There are many more killing fields as well across the Asian and Arab world. Will you climb on theatre chairs and express your rage over Guantanamo Bay and other gulags where our brothers and sisters are being tortured, raped, sodomized, beaten, and burned? Or will you just switch off and enjoy with the Kuffar in celebrating this evil custom? VALENTINES DAY IS AN UNILSAMIC CUSTOM THAT HAS NO BASIS IN ISLAM AND IS PRESENTLY BEING PROMOTED BY CAPITALIST FOR COMMERCIAL REASONS....Listen to the pain of your global family! The enemies of Allah are destroying Islam and we are following in their footsteps! Be pro active and DO NOT- ENGAGE, SUPPORT OR ENCOURAGE THIS EVIL....!!! If you were intending to engage in this haraam practice and Now changed your mind, then do a noble deed by donating the money to an ISLAMIC CHARITABLE CAUSE which will make you the BELOVED of ALLAH and will earn you an immense reward in the everlasting life of the hereafter! ) Source- www.eislam.co.za)
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