I'm sending you this chain letter....
About the email you just sent:
From: "Osama K Shana'a"
Assalam Aleikum wa Rahmatullah,
I just wrote this e-mail to all of you to read it carefully and warn you
about an e-mail that is currently circulating on the e-mail lists and you
might find it here and there.
The e-mail is compiled message claimed to be from Saudi Arabia and
specifically from Sheikh Ahmed who they claim to be a guardian and a
servant in the mosque of the prophet in Madina. The message basically
says that the prophet cam to that guy in a dream and said to him a bunch
of things discibing how his muslim umma are going astary and.. and.. The
interesting part is that the message says that the prophet told the guy to
distribute the message (30 copies in exact) and if any one who reads it
and does not distribute it he'll have a bad luck, like lose of money, or
lose his son or....
Now this message is nothing but a LIE. There is no Sheikh in Madina
inside the masjid of the prophet by the name Ahmed. Moreover, this is an
OLD message, it appeared as far as I recall in 1983 when I was in Saudi
Arabia at that time and tons of copies have been made (no e-mail was there
at that time). The Saudi big scholars announced clearly that this message
is nothing but a lie on the prophet (SAAW) and a dirty way to play with
muslims emotions and they banned it and even put punishments to those who
distribute it. It then re-appeared in 1987 and this time in Jordan when I
was a student there, and Jordanian scholars did the same thing and banned
it and clarified its falsehood on the TV. It is surprizing to me that this
message keeps comming from now and then and this time in the US after more
than 15 years of its invention but of course using the high-Tech means,
the internet! I received this message this week 4 times one of which was
through our ISSU web page feed-back form. Interestingly enough, the guy
included besides my name 29 others giving a total of 30 as the mesage
requested! of course the guy is a brother that fell in the trap of this
ugly false message.
So I hope non of you fall in the same trap and if you get a copy of that
message from a brother/sister, just inform him/her about the falsehood of
that message and then hit the "D" key.
I wanted to include a copy of that false message in this e-mail but I
figured out I might participate in distributing it (specially there is
more than 30 people on this list)!!!! so I decided not to.
Let's not allow our love of the prophet blind our eyes from what is right.
He left us a complete message that does not need a dream to prove true.
And as we discussed in our TGIJ once, if someone approach you and says
somethig, specially if it is a hadith or saying the prophet said so and
so, you have to ask and verify his source.
From: Suheil Laher
Alright, lets just clear this up in case people start forwarding this en
masse in panic.
1. It is authentically established that the Prophet (may Allah bless him
and his Household and grant them peace) said that whoever sees him in a
dream has indeed seen him, for Satan cannot impersonate him. Hence, if
Sheik Ahmed really claims that he saw the Prophet (peace and blessings
be upon him) in a dream, we will not refute him.
However, the way it stands, we have no way of verifying even that. All
we have is an anonymous message claiming that; we don't know from whom
the message originated, whether the writer is a Muslim, and if so
whether reliable and upright or not. At this point, I don't really know
if the watchman of al-Masjid al-Nabawiyy is even named Sheik Ahmed.
2. The hadith talks about _seeing_ the Prophet (may Allah bless him and
grant him peace), not about _hearing_. It is not inconceivable that one
may see the Prophet in a dream, but that Satan may whisper something to
the person, resulting in his thinking that the Prophet said it.
3. Even assuming that he claims to have heard the Prophet saying
something, those words do not become binding because:
3.1 Firstly, one of the conditions for acceptance of hadith is DabT
(precision in narrating) of the narrator. A sleeping person is not
conscious, and is therefore not considered DabiT (precise/reliable) in
what he reports from that state. Otherwise, what the dreamer reports
would be a hadith, and the dreamer would be a Sahabi!
3.2 Even if, for the sake of argument, we say that he is DabiT in his
narration, it still does not become binding, according to most
scholars. Legislation was completed and perfected by the death of the
Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace). Hence, a dream
cannot make something farD, or sunnah, or makruh, or Haram. Imam
al-Nawawi has reported consensus (ijma`) on this.
4. So, if someone thinks he heard the Prophet tell him something in a
dream, he is not obliged to follow it, although some considered that he
may follow it himself, but that he cannot oblige others to follow it.
All this is assuming that what he heard is in conformance with the
shari`ah. If it conflicts with the shar`iah, there is no disagreement
that it should be rejected as imaginings or Satanic whisperings, and
neither he nor anyone else may act on it.
5. Having established these general principles, we now turn to the
specific matter at hand. The things which this letter claims were
advised by the Prophet in the dream (wives obeying their husbands,
helping the poor, performance of pilgrimage, establishment of salah) are
certainly good things, in conformance with the shari`ah. Hence, if
someone wants to remind Muslims to do these good deeds, then inshaAllah
there is reward for him in that. In fact, this would be the case even
if there had been no such dream as that reported.
6. However, to make it a farD on Muslims to distribute 20 copies of the
letter, and to say that they will be punished in this world if they do
not do so is not a part of the shari`ah:
i) According to the Qur'an and Sunnah, a person is not necessarily
punished in this world for a sin. A Muslim may be punished in this
world, in which case he is freed from punishment for it in the
Hereafter. Or, Allah may forgive him in the Hereafter, or in fact even
before that if he repents sincerely. Evil people may not be punished in
this world, by way of istidraj (deception) - i.e. Allah gives them more
and more luxury and comfort, so that they fall further and deeper into
ii) Rationally, it is not sound for one to be punished heavily for
failing to distribute a letter, when one is not punished to the same
extent for not making da`wah to non-Muslims by propagating the message
of tawHeed and the Qur'an (which _is_ a farD for every Muslim living in
a non-Muslim country).
Admittedly, this second argument is only speculative, and not decisive.
Attached below is an extract from Imam Nawawi's commentary on SaHeeH
Muslim, for those who are interested in reading it, although I have
already mentioned above most of the points he discusses.
And Allah, the Flawless, knows best.
Translated from SharH SaHeeH Muslim, by Imam al-Nawawi.
Text (C) by Suheil Laher
Qadi `Iyad (may Allah have mercy upon him) said,
". . . . [It is] not that one can be certain of the matter of a dream,
nor that an established sunnah can be invalidated on account of [a
dream], nor that an unporved sunnah can be established [by it]. This is
by the consensus of the scholars."
These are the words of Qadi `Iyad, and the same has been said by others
of our colleagues [the Shafi`is] and others [besides them]. They
reported agreement that that which is established in the Law cannot be
changed on account of that which the sleeping person sees. This, which
we have mentioned, does not contradict the saying of [the Messenger of
Allah] (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), "Whoever sees me in a
dream has [indeed] seen me," for the meaning of the hadith is that his
vision is authentic and not part of [mere] muddled dreams, nor of the
deception of Satan. However, it is not permissible to establish a legal
ruling by it, because the state of sleep is not one of retention and
exactitude for that which the seer [of the dream] hears. [Scholars]
have agreed that among the conditions [stipulated] for those whose
narration and testimony may be accepted is that he be alert, not
inattentive nor of poor memory, nor very error-prone, nor of impeded
retention. The sleeping person does not have these characteristics, and
so his narration is not accepted, because of the impariment of his
retentive ability. All of this is with regard to a dream associated with
initiation of a verdict in contradiction to that by which the people of
authority judge. If, on the other hand, one saw the Prophet (may Allah
bless him and grant him peace) ordering one to do something which is
recommended, or forbidding one to do something forbidden, or directing
him to do something beneficial, then there is no disagreement over the
praiseworthiness of acting by it, for that is not a verdict based merely
on the dream, but rather on that which is established [in the Law]
regarding the basis of that [deed]. And Allah knows best.
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