Every person who is a Mu’min at heart accepts that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam said:
‘EVERY SPORT OF THE MU’MIN IS BAATIL…”
And, every Mu’min understands the meaning of the Qur’aanic aayat:
“Verily, the life of this world is only play and amusement, while the abode of the Aakhirah is best for those who have intelligence. What, do you not understand?”
Unadulterated sport by virtue of its diversionary influence – diverting the Mu’min from the remembrance of Allah, plunging him into nafsaaniyat and making him forgetful of the goals of the Aakhirah—is haraam for Muslims. Even if no evil and immoral factors and acts accompany the sporting activity, then too Islam prohibits indulgence in this sport, which is negatory of man’s purpose on earth. Allah Ta’ala has dispatched insaan (man) to earth for a noble and serious purpose. That purpose is his preparation for the Aakhirah- his preparation for the Meeting with Allah Ta’ala and for his presence in the Divine Court. Declaring this Purpose, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“Most assuredly, this world has been created for you, but you have been created for the Aakhirah.”
Islam teaches that man- the Mu’min – should acquire from this transitory worldly abode the materials and the means to take him safely across this hazardous earthly voyage to reach the Aakhirah safely. The Qur’aan Majeed and the Ahadith-e-Nabawi repeatedly warn man against a marriage with this carrion, deception and serpent known as the
Dunya. We have been warned by the Ambiya (alayhimus salaam) to stay far from the destructive clasp of this world. We are permitted to take from the worldly bounties bestowed by Allah Ta’ala only within the confines of the Shariah.
While the masses may take from the dunya within the limits prescribed by the Shariah, the elite (the Ulama and Auliya) are required to be abstemious and make do with whatever is only necessary. When the Elite of he Ummah become enraptured by the glitter of the dunya, they will then become the leaders to ruin the masses of the Ummah.
This digression from the subject of our discussion was necessary to indicate to Muslims that sport and amusement even if unaccompanied by fisq and fujoor (vice and immorality) are baatil and haraam and negatory of the Mu’min’s moral and spiritual life.
In previous issues of The Majlis we had explained the Islamic prohibition of kuffaar sport. There is no room in Islam for accommodation of kuffaar sports, which are nothing but a conglomeration of vice, evil and obedience to nafsaani promptings. Muslims who indulge in kuffaar sport, especially professional sport, display a hideous derangement of not only intelligence, but of spiritual perception. Those who indulge in kuffaar sport display their complete spiritual blindness and moral bankruptcy. The worst and most lamentable development in this regard is the dastardly attempt of some Ulama to present excuses, interpretations and justification for these ruinous kuffaar activities. But, these Ulama-e-Soo’ (Evil Ulama), deep down their hearts understand the duplicity, the evil and the spuriousness of their misinterpretations and haraam justification of what Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Qur’aan Majeed have unequivocally declared baatil, unlawful and haraam.
THE PAGANISM OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES
While all kuffaar sports are baatil and haraam even in their unadulterated hues, the Olympic Games, by no stretch of sane Islamic logic can be termed only lahw/la’b (play, sport, amusement). A variety of evil and haraam factors relegate these so-called games to the worst category of fisq and fujoor (vice and immorality). The very first Sabab-e-Hurmat (Factor of Prohibition) of this kaafir vice is its association with paganism (shirk and kufr).
These so-called games are dedicated to some of the mythological Greek gods of shirk and kufr. It is well-known that the pagan Greeks worshipped a plethora of idols and gods of their imagination and making. We hope some brother or sister supplements our claim by presenting an in-depth article on the origins of this immoral activity, the Olympic Games, in which this fallen Muslim Ummah is today indulging.
When Makkah was conquered, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) did not immediately enter the precincts of Musjidul Haraam nor the Baitullah Shareef. He sent his senior Sahaabah to purify the Holy Place from all vestiges of paganism – the idols and the paintings. Every vestige of kufr and shirk was obliterated. Only then did Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) enter the most sacred place on earth. But, alas! Today, Muslims from every country have vied with one another and with the kuffaar to indulge in this abominable activity of shirk and moral corruption and filth. Today Muslims are considering it honorable and incumbent to participate in this colossal display of paganism, fisq and fujoor- an activity which has gone light years beyond the limits of plain lahw and la’b (sport and amusement).
THE SATANIC FLAME OF SHIRK
The very initiation of these kufr games of paganism is with a shaitaani flame of shirk dedicated to some mythological man-conjectured god of the Greek mind polluted by the worst type of shirk – worse than the shirk of the pagan Arabs. The paganistic idols of the Arabs were not regarded as gods by the mushrikeen of Makkah. Their idols were believed to be intermediaries to facilitate proximity and acceptance by Allah Ta’ala. But, the evil Greek mind has conjectured a plethora of demon-gods, each independent in his/her domain of creation, destruction or whatever activity the polluted minds of degenerate men have fabricated for the stupid figment of their imagination.
Muslim shaitaani players and so-called sportsmen and sportswomen, all bow their heads and stand at attention, in reverence and in meditation and contemplation in kuffaar style in honour and obeisance to the Flame-god of shirk. In the most despicable display of shirk in our times, Muslims in their hundreds follow their kuffaar counterparts to worship a stupid shaitaani god in the form of a flame of Jahannum. Yet, the Ulama from all the countries from whence these fussaaq and fujjaar so-called Muslim sportspeople hail, maintain a deafening silence. Let them understand that they all are participants in this shirk and kufr – in the fisq and fujoor in which their respective countrymen have and are participating.
THE NABI’S WARNING
The Ulama who have condoned these games by either their misinterpretation or unjustified silence should open their ears and understand that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has said that one who is far from the venue of evil, but condones it, is a participant in that vice. These Ulama-e-Soo’, all fall into this category of misery and ruin.
Hadhrat Aishah Siddeeqah (radhiyallahu anha) said that in bygone times there was a city among whose inhabitants lived 20,000 Auliya whose deeds were like the deeds of the Ambiya (alayhimus salaam). Allah Ta’ala commanded Jibraeel ( alayhis salaam) to destroy the city along with the 20,000 Auliya notwithstanding their high state of piety and ibaadat. The reason for the Divine Punishment settling even on them was their silent condonation of the evil and immorality in which their people were involved. These Auliya by virtue of their association with their community had become desensitized to all the daily evil and transgression, which were taking place around them. They mingled with the community, attended their weddings, feasted with them, greeted them and generally associated with them as if everything was well. The incumbent duty of Hubb Lillaah (Love for the Sake of Allah) and Bughd Lillaah (Hatred for the Sake of Allah) had disappeared from their hearts. They thus fell under the disastrous Strike of Divine Punishment, which the Qur’aan Majeed states, in the following aayat:
“Beware of a Punishment which will overtake not only the Transgressors among you.”
FISQ AND FUJOOR
Besides shirk and kufr (the fundamental factor of prohibition), fisq and fujoor (vice and immorality) dominate these games of shirk. Liquor, drugs, gambling, nudity, zina of varying degrees, music, haraam pictography, prostitution, homosexuality and Allah knows what more vices, are all integral parts of this massive display of shaitaaniyat.
How blind have Muslims become? Every moral and spiritual precept of the Qur’aan and Sunnah is cast overboard and assigned into oblivion simply to participate and justify a huge shaitaani activity of the western kuffaar. Since the kuffaar have accorded the highest honour and respectability to the worst collective act of shaitaaniyat, Muslims who have enslaved their minds to kufr mentality also consider it honorable to follow in the footsteps of shaitaan by submitting to emulation of the kuffaar (Tashabbuh Bil Kuffaar). The time has dawned for the worst type of Tashabbuh Bil Kuffaar, viz., crawling behind the kuffaar even into “the lizard’s hole”, in the words of Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Every miserable and haraam act, every vice and immoral deed of the kuffaar is given legality, honour and respectability by Muslims who craw like rats behind the kuffaar and enter into the lizard’s hole of destruction- into a gateway to Jahannum.
It is deplorable to observe that Muslims from even so-called “Third World” countries which are groveling in poverty and misery due to corruption and malpractices of governments and even of the populace, squandering millions and millions of dollars to participate in kufr, stupid medals and the hollow and miserable imagined glory and fame which accompany these evil medals and participation in shirki games.
The selfsame kuffaar who are conspiring the elimination of Islam and the massacre of whole Muslim communities are being wooed and emulated by all Muslim countries. Muslims are being massacred, our sisters are being raped and our brethren are being murdered in Chechnya, Palestine, Kashmir, Philippines, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Burma, India and elsewhere. Yet, all Muslim countries embrace these kuffaar in acts of immoral cohabitation.
These so-called Muslims states squander millions and millions of dollars in games of shirk and fujoor while thousands and millions in their lands starve and grovel in ignorance and poverty. Millions of Muslim refugees displaced and expelled from their homes by the kuffaar are languishing in the open and in squalid refugee camps of misery. These lands are indebted to their necks, owing the kuffaar nations and the shaitaani World Bank astronomic sums in interest. They have bartered away the wealth of the Muslim lands to the kuffaar. They have bonded all the potential wealth of the Muslim lands to the kuffaar games of shirk and immorality. They are unable to arrange pension and aid schemes for millions of beggars roaming around the lands of Islam, but they live on the fat, cream and blood of the land.
THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT
The least, which is expected from those who are supposed to be the Guardians of the Deen, is that they should offer guidance to the Ummah in matters of this nature. It is the duty of the Ulama to vociferously proclaim and discharge their Fardh obligation of Amr Bil Maroof Nahy Anil Munkar (commanding righteousness and prohibiting evil). It is the duty of the Ulama to expose the evil of not only the Olympic Games which are the lowest ebb of moral degeneration of this Ummah, but of all other kuffaar sporting activities. It is the duty of the Ummah to create a wedge between the Ummah and all things associated with the kuffaar- all things, which divert the Muslimeen from the Goal of the Aakhirah. If the Ulama will fail in this duty as they are presently failing, they should understand that the day of total disaster in the form of Divine Wrath settling on whole Muslim communities is not far off. We are already witnessing such disasters in a number of Muslim lands. May Allah Ta’ala guide and save us from all calamities. May Allah Ta’ala kindle the hearts of the Believers with the Fire of Imaan so that the Noor of understanding settles in our brains.
Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Majeed:
“And turn towards your Rabb in repentance and submit wholly to Him (to His Shariah) before there comes to you the Athaab, then you will not be aided.”
Allah’s Athaab while it takes long to come, comes swiftly, silently and disastrously when it ultimately strikes. May Allah Ta’ala save us from His Wrath and Athaab.