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Over the past week, Muslimality has been met with harsh criticism over the recent Riaad Moosa parody fiasco. Muslimality has always maintained that critics are welcome to submit criticism & objections of pieces featured on the Muslimality blog as long as such submissions are substantiated with and accompanied by valid, authentic and academic evidence.

Our response to the Riaad Moosa fiasco was no different. The responses were and still are open to any valid criticism. Sadly, the vast majority of those who see no problem with the parody video have been unable to submit a single shred of evidence for their support of the parody. With everyone, from Supersport presenters to Saudi Embassy employees jumping on the band wagon to offer their take on the issue, Muslimality has yet to see a single response supporting the parody whilst being substantiated with simple, basic evidence from the Shari’ah. As Muslims, the actions we carry out and the choices we make are all evidenced by the Shari’ah. Our point is simple: Anyone can support the parody. This is their choice and so long as they can find a Shari’ah reason to validate their support, they are free to make open statements regarding their support and/or feelings.Likewise, any person who does not wish to support the video or wishes to speak out against it is welcome to do so as long as he/she has Shar’i proof.

One of the most common arguments which pro-parody judges have seen fit to whine about, constantly harping on about and quoting ahadeeth totally out of context and void of any authentic commentary was, “WHY DID YOU NOT ADVISE RIAAD MOOSA IN PRIVATE?YOU ARE GOING AGAINST THE TEACHINGS OF ISLAM”, “YOU HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING OF HADEETH”, “YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT SUNNAH MEANS” blah blah blah. We have allocated ample time for the retraction of such ludicrous statements and now wish to set part (a very big part) of the record straight.

Upon contacting Riaad Moosa via Twitter and ASKING HIM to contact us VIA EMAIL so that we could have advised him in private despite him slurring the Sunnah in public. Riaad Moosa then asked us to place our response on HIS Facebook page. We declined and offered to publish it on our blog rather; to which he asked, “What’s the blog addy?” An excerpt of the Twitter conversation is reproduced in the picture appended to this article.

We now request the various judges, whiners and commentators who saw fit to ‘judge’ Muslimality’s response without proper research of the matter at hand to please review the conversation we have referred to and explain to us WHY our response was made in public. Strange, isn’t it? Nonetheless, even though we hate to say, “We told you so,” we care very little for amassing brownie points and proving ourselves right with such small matters such as these. The bigger issue and greater matter is that of the degradation of Shari’ah and Sunnah on a PUBLIC scale.

Once again, if there is any Shar’i evidence proving our response to be incorrect, kindly forward us such evidence and we will gladly effect amendments. Until then, save your comments and baseless theories for some other blog.

Sincerely,

The Muslimality Team

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The good doctor, Mr Riaad Moosa has posted a response for the team here at Muslimality over on his website and Facebook page. The first thing to catch my eye when reading his piece was this line or admission asit were:

“I am not qualified to respond with Shariah proof,…”

I have quoted this to illustrate a very important aspect of Islam which many Muslims have taken for granted. You see, when you get to that point, a response of any sort should immediately cease. You are admitting that you have NO knowledge of your subject matter and yet, unbelievably you still would like people to read your ‘opinion’ (albeit a very ill-informed one by your own admission). I do not care for the intricacies of medical science. I have no qualifications in that field. Naturally, I respect whatever a professor’s opinion is on the impact of new cancer medication on a patient suffering from cancer purely because he is QUALIFIED to speak or comment on such matters.

So whether you’re a doctor or a lawyer or a chartered accountant, your opinion and your feelings matter very little in the field of Islamic academics. You could sing from the rooftops proclaiming the benefits of drinking wine or eating pork and a thousand other Muslims could support you and practise it themselves but numbers and opinions without valid, authentic Shar’i proof mean absolutely nothing really.

The necessity to mention this situation is indicative of the fact of the growing number of Muslims who resort to ‘winging – it’ when it comes to Islamic matters because they happen to read or hear somewhere that ‘Islam is easy’. It is quite unfortunate that we now have hoards of Muslims screaming ‘over-sensitivity’ when the reaction to a mockery of the Sunnah is harsh.

This is also indicative of the growing trend to take our religion from some of the most ridiculous sources. For example, Moosa mentions in his response the example of Maher Zain, Yusuf Islam etc.to illustrate that music may be permissible. For the newer generation, this may as well suffice as ‘proof’. But has it honestly come to this? We begin taking religion from laymen? Have we stopped looking at the four sources of Shari’ah? So we disregard the four sources of Shari’ah simply because there are people alive today whose actions somehow count as a proof in Shari’ah that music is permissible?

These people are not out Prophets, they are not illustrious Fuqahaa, they are not Sahaabah, they are not acting with Divine guidance. Their actions, words, opinions or comments are not and cannot be used as a proof in the Shari’ah. More of that later…

As you know, every action is judged by its intention.

It has become common to quote ahaadeeth when it suits us. Therefore, we have decided to devote as much of this article as possible to relay all the necessary ahaadeeth affecting this situation. It is unfortunate that many have read only that part of the hadeeth which you cite and now use it as a scapegoat for their actions. Do allow yourself to read the commentary to that hadeeth prior to citing it as an example for your actions.

You say that it is important to publically denounce anything thought to denounce Shariah. I accept that.

Great. Now that you accept that that is important, we can move on in this rebuttal. However, we would just like to make a few things clear. The Sunnah makes up the Shari’ah. It is one of the four sources of Shari’ah. A beard as described in the ahadeeth is a Sunnah, therefore that beard as described in the Sunnah is a part of the Shari’ah. Therefore keeping a beard as described in the Sunnah is both part of the Shari’ah and part of the Sunnah. You may consult any Aalim or Mufti to explain to you the many ahaadeeth available on the beard, the description of the beard etc. Time permitting, I will make all those ahadeeth available to you. You may find the views of Fuqaaha and the four Imaams in any authentic works of Fiqh. The most authentic and fully explanatory being those written in Arabic.

Again, we will reiterate (it seems from your response you have not adequately understood our explanation),we do not care whom you decide to parody. What was disturbing about your parody was the fact that you had chosen to relay an idea, movement or thought to the public, whether Muslim or non-Muslim i.e. that the beard should have or could have been removed in the name of freedom.

After so much persecution faced by our Muslim brothers in countries where they are not allowed to wear beards, your comment (through song, jest, mockery, parody etc. is STILL a comment nonetheless) that the shaving off of the beard will lead to freedom is done in poor taste. Would you consider acting out a parody for our sisters in France to remove the Niqaab in the name of freedom? Whether or not you used Osama bin Laden makes no difference to us. We really couldn’t care less but it was the words that you used and the message put across to the public which was highly offensive to followers of the Sunnah.

There are Muslims in this world who would die for the right to be able to practise Islam fully; Muslims who stick so dearly to the Sunnah that they defy governments and laws to be able to do this and in that they have found freedom but you claim freedom in the absence of the beard? What kind of message are you sending to the masses? Like I said, defending Osama bin Laden is not the aim, defending the Sunnah is. We are not concerned with his actions, his decisions, his innocence or lack thereof. We are concerned with the way in which you took an aspect of Osama bin Laden (i.e. his wearing of the beard) and relayed the absence of such an aspect amounting to freedom. Do you understand the difference? It is a very BIG difference.

Obviously you would have had to research your subject matter prior to writing those three lines, which you may have done but not sufficiently.

Muslims are overtly defensive and tend to have disproportionate reactions to relatively minor problems

These minor problems you speak of may be ‘minor’ to you but you have chosen to forget the thousands of Muslims who do not see the mocking, the degradation and flippancy of the beard as ‘minor’. This flippant attitude towards the Sunnah has become commonplace amongst many Muslims and such parodies only serve to fuel that sort of ideology. If you were to devote some time to learning about the Sunnah, you would probably see for yourself the importance of the Sunnah in the life of a Muslim.

There is a clear hadeeth which states:  When the two messengers of Kisra (Khusru – the Persian King) came to Rasulullah Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, they had long moustaches and shaved beards. Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam turned his face away in disgust and asked them, ‘Who commanded you to do this (despicable deed)?’ They replied, ‘Our Lord, (i.e. King)’ At this, Rasulullah Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned, ‘But my Lord has commanded me to lengthen my beard and shorten my moustache.’ (Tabaqaat ibn Sa’ad vol.1 pg.147; Taareekh Tabari vol.2 pg.267-266; Bidaaya wan Nihaaya)

So a person who encourages somebody (even though he may have passed away), in your opinion and after reading the above hadeeth, what is the status of such a person according to the hadeeth? Is he/she a person who commands others what his/her Lord has commanded otherwise? Remember that Rasulullah sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam chose to turn his face away in disgust of NON-BELIEVERS, so what of Muslims then?

Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Adhere compulsorily to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of my rightly -guided Khulafa.” There are numerous examples which may be cited to illustrate the Sunnah of the rightly-guided Khulafa. If the Sunnah of the rightly-guided Khulafa was to wear a beard (and it was), how can you sing in your parody ‘advising’ Osama to shave it!?! Where is the disconnection from the Sunnah? Where is the connection to Al Qaeda? The beard is a part of the Sunnah of Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam and if you agree that Osama bin Laden was, in fact, a Muslim then how can you advise a Muslim to shun the Sunnah in exchange for ‘freedom’?

Every aspect and sphere of the Sunnah is conservative and it is this holy conservatism which influences Muslims who are keen to lead a life under the Umbrella of the Sunnah. Our Qur’aan is traditional, our Sunnah is traditional, the Sahaabah radhiAllahu anhum whom we revere are conservative. In fact, their conservatism was such that once Hadhrat Hasan Basri (rahmatullah alayh), reprimanding his disciples, said:

“If you had to see the Sahaabah, you will brand them as madmen and if they had to see you, they would have branded you as kaafir.”

We take great offense to the mockery and flippancy of the Sunnah. That is the way of the Muslim. In the hadeeth it states, “Whoever amongst you sees anything objectionable, let him change it with his hand, if he is not able, then with his tongue, and if he is not even able to do so, then with his heart, and the latter is the weakest form of faith.”

Firstly, I need to categorically state that anyone taking my silly rhymes seriously must have absolutely no sense of humour. Just remember these are jokes

Islam has never stated that laughter is haraam. Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam preferred smiling to laughter but would jest with children nonetheless. The problem arises when a joke, jest or unusual idea/image is a direct mockery of the Sunnah. The Sunnah is what Muslims do and should hold dear to them. If a non-Muslim mocks the Sunnah, it is understandable. He does not know any better, he does not possess Imaan in his heart. What of the Muslim? The one who should hold on tightly to the Sunnah? Should we be mocking the Sunnah? Should we be treating the Sunnah with such flippancy? It’s all in the name of harmless fun right? A joke is a mockery is a degradation and in this case is a degradation of the Sunnah.

It is downright offensive when (as a joke) you imitate a man clothed in Sunnah attire with a Sunnah beard dancing to music. The Prophet sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam warned against dancing and singing. Your parody is acted out by you. Wearing of Sunnah attire and engaging in dancing and singing for the sole purposes of entertainment is directly in contradiction to the Sunnah. Whoever does it, whether knowingly or unknowingly, is and will be in error. Partaking of music and dancing has been made forbidden by Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam. We explain this point in great detail later in the article with adequate proof.

You may not have intentionally meant to offend in such a way but your execution did offend, degrade and mock the followers of the Sunnah. It degraded the Sunnah to an object of barter for freedom with freedom being the more desirable of the two.

Those lines ‘why didn’t you shave, you could have been free’ are not messages to Muslim people that they should shave. It is not my amendment proposition to the Shariah. It is purely a humorous observation that Osama didn’t seem to try to disguise himself while in hiding. In my mind I’m picturing CIA agent walking past a beardless Osama because he doesn’t recognise him without the beard – hence Osama would get away. It’s just a silly funny picture. Also if Osama did shave is beard at any point to avoid capture, this in my view is not an indictment on him. He may have done so, who knows. He was on the run from the U.S. Remember, we have a very practical religion. Muslims are even allowed to eat the Haraam flesh of swine if one is starving. Are you telling me that it is Haraam to for Osama to disguise himself without a beard to avoid capture? I am not making a comment about the beard as part of the Sunnah. It’s purely a joke about an Osama disguise – and it’s funny because it is an image of Osama that is unusual. Like it’s a funny image to see Helen Zille toing toing. Like me telling you the Dalai Lama has a twitter account (true. I follow him.). It’s a funny image. I doubt many Muslim people with beards, after watching my sketch, are going, ”Let’s get the shaving gel.” Don’t make my joke more than it is.

Perhaps a good re-reading of those lines should be in order.The ‘Why didn’t’ alludes to the fact that it did not happen. Again, an illustration of how you have missed the point completely. The offence is not based on the fact that the parody is centered around Osama bn Laden. We really couldn’t care less whom you decided to base it on. The fact still remains that you used the words, ‘Why didn’t you shave? You could have been free’. In saying, ‘we have a practical religion’ does not excuse the fact that this religion and its strong elements are being mocked, stripped of its dignity and reduced to flippancy for a good laugh!?!

Please go back to the hadeeth regarding the Persian missives and the disgust Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wa sallam showed at the absence of a beard. Islam stresses the keeping of a beard and its practicality arises when we are told exactly how long the beard should and whether or not we may trim the beard. That is the practicality of Islam i.e. its practicality being for the one who chooses to learn, understand and incorporate its practicality to the letter and not just ‘wing-it’ as many of us are prone to do in this day and age.

We hardly have knowledge of the sources of Shari’ah, cannot speak the language of Allah Ta’ala, cannot speak the language of our Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam (whom we claim to be our beloved) and yet we sing the ease and practicality of Islam, a religion most of us have been born into but yet only still know the basics of!?!?

If you or anybody else would like to poke fun at Islam, do so after you have studied your subject matter properly. In this way you are guaranteed not to step on anyone’s toes or offend any…what were those words again…hmmm ahh yes ‘overtly defensive’ Muslims.

As far as having beard in the video goes, I just thought that if I am going to parody an Al Qaeda Internet video, I’m going to dress myself in a manner resembling them.

It was just your unfortunate luck that you chose to parody an organisation whose manner of dress resembled the Sunnah. Again, let me remind you of the fact that we do NOT care which organisation you choose to parody. You may illustrate them in any manner you wish but you CHOSE to bring the Sunnah into it when you copied the Sunnah dress i.e.  the Beard and the Kurta (thowb) for Osama and a burka clad person to illustrate a female voice. Again let me reiterate the implication of your decision to include the illusion of a woman in a burka: How is a woman in a burka related to the parody of Al Qaeda? Sure you may have used it to aesthetically tie in to the song you chose but that has no bearing on Al Qaeda. Therefore your parody is not centered around Al Qaeda only.

Now to the crux…If your parody included a ‘woman’ or the illusion of one by using Simmi then why choose a burka? Prior to this aayah being revealed in the Qur’aan:

Surah Ahzab Verse 59

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ قُلْ لِأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَاءِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِنْ جَلَابِيبِهِنَّ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَدْنَىٰ أَنْ يُعْرَفْنَ فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَحِيمًا

The verse clearly states the command for women to cover themselves over and above what they were already using to cover themselves. So how exactly were the women dressing prior to the revelation of this verse? This should have been included in your research prior to making this video and including a man to wear the burka, dancing and singing along in your parody. If your research did not point to the fact that the burka was a salient feature of the dress of the sahaabiyaat prior to the revelation of the aayaah regarding the Jilbaab, your research sorely fell short. You also chose a black burka to further illustrate your parody. Unbeknownst to you, the Sahaabiyaat chose the colour black as in the darkness of the night, they would remain unseen, ‘Ibn Abi Haatim mentions, ‘On the authority of Umm Salmah radhiAllahu anhu, she said, ‘When this verse was revealed (yudneena alayhinna), the women of the Ansaar came out…and upon them were black clothes which they were wearing.”‘

Do bear in mind also that it was by your decision (as you have accepted full responsibility of the video) to allow a man to dress as a woman and let me remind you that according to the hadeeth, a man who imitates a woman is cursed, albeit in jest or otherwise. It is unfortunate that we allow such basic Islamic rules and laws to slide and even more imperative that people point out such things to us prior to commencing such acts in direct contradiction to the Shari’ah. The act becomes more heinous in nature because the ‘shemale’ in question chose to depict a ‘Muslim woman’ dancing and singing in your parody and this is highly reprehensible in terms of the Sunnah and an insult to every Muslim woman who has chosen to wear the burka.

Your reference to Zulu dress makes no sense unless you can prove that the Zulu people are commanded in their religion to dress a certain way. Same goes for the Amish, Jewish, Sikh etc. people. In Islam, men are commanded to lengthen their beards and trim the moustaches (refer back to the ahadeeth). In any event, this excuse does not abscond a person from encouraging or making statements which are contrary to what Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam states that Allah Ta’ala Himself has commanded.

We reiterate that these views are not of our own opinion. We only relay the opinion of the Shari’ah, Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam and in this case, the opinion of Allah Ta’ala Himself. If anybody has any view that is contradictory to this view, you are advised to take it up with your Creator as He commanded it.

Also I need to draw your attention to the fact that Abu Lahab and Abu Jahal may have been wearing something very similar to what I was wearing in the sketch as well. The Quraysh used to bury their daughters alive. They weren’t doing this wearing jeans and t-shirts.

The ‘may’ in your statement illustrates the fact that you’re unsure regarding this. As Muslims, Muslim scholars, students of Deen etc. we do not take our religion from the likes of Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab. We derive our religion from the four sources of Shari’ah as you already may know. It is unfortunate that once again your research may have cut you short…Allow me to elucidate with a few ahadeeth:

Hazrat Umme Salma (RadiAllahu Anha) narrates that Nabi (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) preferred the Kurta over all other types of clothing.

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RadiAllahu Anhu) reports that Nabi (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) would begin with the right side when wearing his Kurta.

Hazrat Ibn Abbas (RadiAllahu Anhu) reports that lengthwise, the Kurta of Nabi (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) would be above his ankles while the sleeves would reach upto his fingers.

Hazrat Anas (RadiAllahu Anhu) says that the sleeves of the Kurta of Nabi (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) would be upto the wrists.

Shu’ba reports that he met Muhaarib Ibn Dinaar. He was riding a horse on his way to the court for a case. I asked him about this (the above) Hadith? He replied that he had heard Ibn Umar (RadiAllahu Anhu) saying that Nabi (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “He who wears excessively long clothes (which flow below the ankles) due to pride, Allah Ta’ala will not look towards him (with mercy) on the day of Judgement.”

These ahadeeth are for your own reference and serve to illustrate the fact that the Kurta or thowb as worn by Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam is NOT a cultural dress as is believed by many Muslims today. It is SUNNAH.

There are numerous examples of the Kurta as worn by the sahaabah radhiAllahu anhum and the Tabieen. The descriptions go into much more detail but the idea is the same. The Kurta worn by Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam is SUNNAH. Therefore a parody used in jest or mockery is done in bad taste when the parody uses a man clad in the Sunnah clothing which is proven beyond a doubt to be SUNNAH.

Your mention of Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab is meaningless since: 1. You are not entirely sure what they did, in fact, actually wear. 2. You have no idea whether their dress was in accordance to the Sunnah (in which case it would still be reprehensible to mock their dress!) or not 3. It was common practise among the Arabs to wear the sleeves over the hands and wear their robes long so that they drag on the floor, hence the prohibition of allowing the trousers or clothing to be worn long 4. It is mentioned in the ahadeeth above that Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam preferred the kurta over all other types of dress. Is it possible that there may have been other types of dress available during that era? Perhaps not a jeans and a t-shirt but you would have to delve deeply into the commentary of this hadeeth and many similar ones to discern the probability and description of other types of clothing worn by the Arab men during the time of Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam.

Again, if you had simply researched the subject matter correctly, you would have come across these glaring facts.

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Having stated the above, I would like to once again say that I was ONLY sending up AL Qaeda. It was in no way my intention to comment, albeit indirectly, on Islam or the Nabi (SAW).

You may not have intended to do so but the illustration of facts preceding this correctly state that you HAVE commented and in  very negative way on the Sunnah of Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam by alluding to his Sunnah in your parody.

The Nikaab was used because in the original Puff Daddy “I’ll be missing you video,” Faith Evans (the Notorious BIG’s wife) sings that part. I couldn’t have used a western female outfit to parody this section. That would have also been criticised as well, and it would have been inaccurate. We decided not to use Parda as I thought people would find that too objectifying. We therefore settled on Burka and I got brother Simmi Areff to play that part because he had the best singing voice.

The use of even a man to portray a woman in a burka was unnecessary and had no bearing to the Al Qaeda themed parody. You were not forced to use or portray a man/woman with a burka and yet you still chose to include it. This already points to the fact that the parody was not only centered around Al Qaeda but had a very strong Muslim undertone to it which is quite understandable since Al Qaeda are Muslims, are they not? Or do they just choose to dress like that for the heck of it? Or is it because those are strong elements of Islamic identity which you have chosen to include in a parody using un-Islamic elements (singing – we’ll get to that, dancing,flippancy to the beard etc.)

If you say ALL forms of music is Haraam, I believe that is a debatable topic. There are numerous Muslim Musicians – Zain Bhika, Sami Yusuf, Yusuf Islam, etc.etc. I am no scholar though, so I’ll accept the fact that you believe playing any form of music is a mockery. I respect your view; although, I do not share your view. Once again, I must say, I’m just being honest about what I truly believe.

Firstly, a view is a view is a view unless you have facts to substantiate or prove your view.  Until then, it remains but a very ill-informed opinion which is a very big problem when you don’t actually have the proof to substantiate what you believe. There is no monopoly on knowledge. We are all free to learn and knowledge regarding Islam is not reserved for any person or group of people. The use of the ‘I’m no scholar’ excuse has ben used too often to excuse the facts that we are not making an adequate effort to actually understand and learn the Deen we so dearly hold close to us.

The fact that there exists numerous musicians (even if there exists a million or a billion), it doesn’t change Shari’ah. Numbers or majority doesn’t influence the swaying of Shari’ah. In the first battle of Islam, the Battle of Badr, the Muslims were in stark minority with the Kuffaar outnumbering the Muslims. Were your analogy to hold, the Muslims would have been in a sore minority and therefore been wrong in their beliefs since there were SO many to outnumber them.

Lastly, these musicians and their actions do not point to permissibility. They are not our God, they are not Ambiyaa, they are not Sahaabah, they are not even Fuqahaa! We do not take our religion, our deen from them. To even mention their names as some sort of validation regarding the permissibility of music is an insult to thousands of fuqahaa who have spent their lives in the pursuit of knowledge and bringing that knowledge to people who do not even bother to gain wisdom from that knowledge. It is a disgrace to mention them in light of the ahadeeth which are available that clearly denounce music.

Abu Umamah radhiAllahu anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam said: “Sell not singing girls,nor buy them,nor train them, and their price is unlawful.” In accordance with this, the following Qur’anic verse was revealed:’And of men there are those who purchase frivolous conversation.”

Jaber RadhiAllahu anhu reported that the Prophet sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam said, ‘ Song generates hypocrisy in the heart as water grows crops.”

Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan: “And, whatever the Messenger present to you,take hold of it. And, whatever he forbids you, abstain(from it).”

Said the Messenger of Allah sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam: “Verily Allah Ta’ala sent me as a mercy and as a guide unto the worlds. And Allah Azza Wa Jal commanded me with the destruction of musical instrument.”

Said the Messenger of Allah sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam with regard to the signs of the Hour: “And, singing girls and musical instruments will become plentiful.”

Said the Messenger of Allah sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam: “And, there is not a man who raises his voice with singing, but Allah sends two devils – one on either side of him (the singer). Both these devils strike their feet (dancing) until such time that he (singer) maintains silence.”

“Rasulullah sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam prohibited two stupid voices – i) the voice of one who cries aloud in funerals, and ii) the voice of a singer.”

“People in my Ummah will consume alcohol and give it some other name. And, musical instruments and singing girls will be performing to them – Allah will curse the earth to swallow them an, of them He will transform into apes and pigs.”

“Rasulullah sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam forbade the price of dogs and the income derived by a flute”

In a discussion with the Sahaabah radhiAllahu anhum , Rasulullah sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam said about singing and music:- “Listening to singing and music is sin; and sitting at it is Fisq (Rebellion); and to derive pleasure from it is an act of Kufr.”

Safwaan Ibn Umayyah radhiAllahu anhu says:”We were with the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) when Amr Bin Qurrah came to the Messenger (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam). Amr Bin Qurrah said, “O Messenger of Allah!, verily Allah has decreed misfortune for me. I am of the opinion that my sustenance or food is in my Daf (drum) which I beat with my own hand. Therefore grant me permission with regard to singing which does not contain any evil (or songs which are not bad). Rasulullah (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

“I do not give you permission fo it. In my sight you have no respect nor am I happy to meet you. O Enemy of Allah! You are speaking a lie. Allah Ta’ala has ordained Halaal Rizq for you, but you have chosen what Allah has made Haram for you. If before this I had forbidden it then I would have definitely punished you. Begone from me and repent. Now hear: After I have warned you if you again indulge in it (music and singing), I will beat you painfully and spoil your looks by shaving your hair; and I will have you ejected from your family; and give the youth of Medina permission to loot your property.”

Hearing this Amr Bin Qurrah left. Allah alone knows the state of extreme shame and disgrace n which he departed. When he left, Rasulullah said: These people are the disobedient ones…”

I think there’s a bit of miscommunication here. Obviously I see a link.

The Al Qaeda members are Muslims after all. Of course there would be a LINK. But saying there’s a link and saying that because of that link, I’m indirectly parodying the other is not fair. There are links between many things, but it does not mean that the linked item can be interchanged with the other. If a table has four legs and an Arabian Stallion has four legs, it does not mean an Arabian Stallion is a table.

The link can be plainly seen by the fact that the Sunnah elements are highlighted in your video. Whether this was unavoidable or not is not the issue. Mockery, jest or anything leading to the flippancy of the Sunnah can and should be avoided. Sunnah dress is not an abstract theory. There is a definitive description of the actual Sunnah dress of Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam. If the Sunnah dress is the same dress used by a specific organisation, it does not void the fact that it is a Sunnah and will remain a Sunnah. The same goes for a beard as detailed and described in the Sunnah. It will remain a Sunnah and mockery of the beard which conforms to the Sunnah is still a mockery of the Sunnah.For more on the topic, please consult Sunan At Tirmidhi.

I do not understand. You are saying that if anyone is dressed like the Nabi (SAW), he is seen to indirectly be the Nabi (SAW). You say because I’m parodying Osama, I am parodying the Nabi(SAW). So, by that logic, if an uncle wearing Sunnah garb starts swearing at another uncle during Ramadaan, I cannot criticize him because if I criticize him I am indirectly criticizing the prophet because he is wearing the same outfit as the prophet. This is what I understand by your argument. Please clarify if I am mistaken.

The criticism of what was done is not focused on Osama bin Laden or Al Qaeda alone. The criticism is centered around the use of wholly Islamic elements and the flippancy, mockery and jest thereof. You are parodying the SUNNAH by using clear SUNNAH elements in your parody and making stark references to these elements in jest. I hope you understand the difference between what you have inferred and the actual implication.

Using the Sunnah dress and a beard with a she-male in a burkha together with singing,dancing, rap etc. is a clear mockery of the Sunnah elements you chose to include in your parody.

Once again I’d like to state that I’m not ‘reaching a laughable conclusion’ as you put it. With that statement I’m just explaining that it was in no way my intention nor did I ever dream that people would say I meant to insult the Nabi (SAW).

I am not qualified to respond with Shariah proof, I therefore accept all the ‘Valid, authentic, authoritative, academic Shariah proof’ that you brought into the discussion. It’s not necessary to add any more Shariah proof. I accept everything that you have brought with love.

I am only responding to the conclusions that you draw with honesty and a need for greater understanding.

My final point I’d like to state is that you aim to be defenders of the Shariah and by implication the Sunnah, yet your entire essay is steeped in arrogance, and filled with demeaning little jibes with no intention but to belittle me. It is not written with the intention to come to a greater understanding between Muslim brothers and sisters. It is written with an air of superiority with no wish to understand where I am coming from and to advise a change in my behaviour. You have made up your mind about me without even communicating with me. You claim to be defenders of the Sunnah yet your entire piece was the opposite of humility, which I believe was a cornerstone of the character of the Nabi (SAW). I don’t need to requote the numerous unnecessary arrogant statements. You know where they are. The closest to the Nabi(SAW) are those who are close to his character. I’m not going to make a judgement on you as a person, but if your personal character is similar to the character displayed in your piece, I’m not sure that you should be the ones charged with defending the Shariah. I say this with respect and a yearning to be shown otherwise.

If you wish to – as you put it – “take me on a short journey of learning” in further notes, I welcome it.

However, since you are the defenders of the Sunnah and Shariah, please do so in the manner worthy of the Nabi (SAW) or more specifically how you said – [That’s sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam by the way].

May the Almighty grant us all greater understanding and learned people who are interested in actually building the Umma of the Nabi Mugammad sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam, Inshallah.

Best Regards

Dr Riaad Moosa

It is most unfortunate when there is even a need to have somebody defend the Shari’ah, especially to defend it to Muslims themselves! It is even more unfortunate when Muslims are now moving to defend such heinous actions against the Sunnah all in the name of a good laugh. Degradation of society? I would hope so rather than a degradation of love, respect and acknowledgment of the Sunnah – all of which seem to have fallen by the wayside.

On acknowledgment of the parody, we had definitely taken great offense and rightly so to the flippant attitude alluded to the Sunnah in your parody. Our aim is to prevent degradation of the Sunnah and the Shari’ah. Our allegiances lie with Allah Ta’ala alone and the aim is to protect the Deen and keep it in its Pristine and authentic form. We do not support watered down forms of Islam to appease the public. We believe in a stern, straight-forward approach as that adopted by Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam.

If there is anybody who disagrees with the ahadeeth quoted, the fatawa alluded to, this is not our own opinion. This is the opinion of the pristine Shari’ah and you are free to take up your disagreements with those reponsible for formulating the Shari’ah or alternatively, your Creator.

Sincerely,

Muslimality

فليقولوا ما يقولوا انت من ارجو رضاه
Let them say what they want to say, it is Your (Allah’s) Pleasure that I seek…

This week brings it with it another bout of madness. It was unfortunate that I had to wake up to the disappointing news of yet another attempt by a ‘professional’ to abuse Islam to further a lop-sided career.

Strong words, I know, but where do we draw the line of comedy. I’ve always enjoyed the occasional laugh but when does it border on being down-right offensive? I remember the throngs of Muslims waiting to pounce on the Danish cartoonist who himself thought the drawings of Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wa sallam was his exercising his right to freedom of speech and expression. In fact, many others thought it was funny, even hilarious BUT many Muslims weren’t chuffed at all. They succeeded in getting the Mail & Guardian to not publish the Danish cartoons.

So it really does come as a surprise when Muslims are being rather lenient with ‘comedian’ Riaad Moosa whose latest antics have landed him in hot water with the Muslim ‘extremist’ public. Moosa was featured on the Late Night News show (etv) singing a parody/rap/dance stunt in commemoration of the death of Osama Bin Laden. We pretty much couldn’t care less who he or any other individual parodied, however, if any aspect of anybody’s parody, speech,publicity stunt etc. bears even a slight link to any feature of Islam, salient or otherwise, students of the Shari’ah are obligated to not only point out any errors in such representation but to also publicly denounce these as defamatory and insulting to the Shari’ah.

We go on to reproduce some words from this publicity stunt:

“why didn’t you shave,

you could have been free,

you could have used a Gillette Mach 3”

The Shari’ah has a number of problems with such a ludicrous statement.

1. Such light-hearted reference to a salient feature of Islam i.e. the beard, is not only despicable, but can be authentically proven to be greatly disliked by Nabi Muhammed sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam. We do understand that you are trying to make people smile BUT, by insinuating that one should shun the beard in favour of freedom in a society which supposedly allows one and all to practise their religion is simply short-sighted and definitely in very bad taste.

Secondly, the beard may be seen by many to be a representative quality of Al Qaeda. Whether this is true or not, the beard is a salient feature of Islam. Parodying a person wearing the beard is to parody the Sunnah. Were we to assume that you parodied a person wearing the Niqaab, we would draw the same inference in light of the fact that the Niqaab is also a salient feature of Islam.

Let us take you on a short journey of learning.

2. Making people laugh is your own business and you may do it in whatever way you please except when making them laugh involves even a single aspect related to Islam. You claim to have been parodying Al Qaeda etc. We have no concern for Al Qaeda so you may parody them or any other organisation as much as you like. But let us pause for a moment; if you were parodying Al Qaeda only, why then the appearance of a burqa-clad person in the stunt. Have you not taken cognisance of the fact that this was the dress of the Ummahatul Mu’mineen? How then could you only link your stunt to Al Qaeda when this is in reality a piece of dressing which the Sahaabiyaat diligently adhered to.

3. Incorporating any form of music with the Sunnah dress is simply a mockery of Islam in general and the Sunnah specifically.

Hereunder is the response taken from Riaad Moosa’s website:

“My response  to the feedback of  Late Night News  Osama Song

The song was a parody on an Al Qaeda video. I accept that. That’s what I set out to do. I am sending up  Al Qaeda, albeit in a light way.

In fact, the lyrics of the song are generally sympathetic to Osama and critical of Obama. It is in no way my intention to make an association between our Beloved Nabi (SAW) and Osama bin Laden. I am concerned that people are doing this.

I did not say anything about Rasoolullah in the video and it is not my intention to do so. The Nabi (SAW) was the most perfect of people and for others put words in my mouth and associate the Nabi (SAW) with Al Qaeda is grossly incorrect and wrong.

The video is in no way a comment on religion. People are making too many jumps in association. If I do a parody song on Shrien Dewani in his wedding outfit it does not mean I am insulting Hinduism. I am parodying a Hindu guy who is accused of doing something hectic.

Much like the video. It is purely a parody on Al Qaeda. I accept full responsibility for parodying Al Qaeda. One cannot extrapolate anything more than this.

So please I ask that people don’t bring our beloved Prophet (PBUH) into this debate. I most certainly didn’t.

I will post a more detailed response video shortly Inshallah.”

“It is in no way my intention to make an association between our Beloved Nabi (SAW) and Osama bin Laden. I am concerned that people are doing this.” We find this laughable. With a beard, turban and Sunnah clothing, Osama Bin Laden imitated the Sunnah. How can you then make reference to him, his beard, the shaving off of his beard and not see the link between him and “our Beloved Nabi (SAW)”…[That’s sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam by the way].

In your own words, you mention the adjective ‘beloved’. Allow us to remind you of an Arabic couplet whose translation reads: “And the lover will always live in the obedience of the beloved”

How then does one parody an aspect so dearly loved by the ‘beloved’.

“I did not say anything about Rasoolullah in the video” – You did not need to mention Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wa sallam, the Sunnah represents him. Mere sight of the Sunnah infers the lifestyle of Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam whether you or anybody else states it or not.

“associate the Nabi (SAW) with Al Qaeda”- We do not care what you have to say about Al Qaeda nor are they the sources of OUR Shari’ah. Neither have we stated them to be representatives of the Sunnah. they are human beings just like everybody else. However, we have a problem with Sunnah aspects being discussed in a parody video. Let it be known that a parody is conducted purely to make people laugh. Since when do we use the Sunnah as a platform for laughter and mockery? Should you run out of jokes and/or new material, we advise you to pick on anything other than the Shari’ah.

“The video is in no way a comment on religion.”- We have no idea how you have reached such an astounding conclusion. Can one discuss a salient feature of Islam or a number of features without such discussion being considered comment on religion. Assuming your video was not to comment, what then is a purpose of a parody?

“If I do a parody song on Shrien Dewani in his wedding outfit it does not mean I am insulting Hinduism. I am parodying a Hindu guy who is accused of doing something hectic.” – This is a ridiculous analogy. The Hindu style of dressing is not the style of dressing commanded by the Creator of the Worlds. The Hindu style of dressing in the Hindu religion is not a style which the Hindu religion emphasizes as greatly as Islam emphasizes the Sunnah style. Islam COMMANDS us to follow the Sunnah diligently. Our Sunnah is NOT a cultural dress nor is it reserved for special occasions, marriages, deaths etc. It is the way we lead our lives and it is the way upon which we can only hope to die.

For your analogy to make academic sense, you would have to prove that the Hindu religion emphasizes the Hindu style of dressing as much as the Shari’ah emphasizes the Sunnah. Shrien Dewani in no way represented the Hindu religion in his dressing. Osama Bin Laden represented the Sunnah in his way of dressing (To our readers: Kindly note that we have no interest in Osama bin Laden’s political ideology, history, innocence or lack thereof as this is not the scope of this article. We will not defend him nor do we accuse him of anything due to the fact that we personally do not know anything of his motives. We are quite well informed regarding the Sunnah though and that is what we are commenting on)

Did Shrien Dewani don the Hindu religious clothing every single day? Did he adhere to it the way we adhere to the Sunnah? No? Then it is indeed quite laughable to try and draw an analogy using him as a point of reference.

Furthermore, should you have parodied Shrien Dewani wearing the Hindu dress and if we assume that Hindus had no objection to it; this has no relevance on the issue of parodying the Sunnah. Why does the supposed Hindu reaction or lack thereof have any bearing on how the followers of the Sunnah should react?

“So please I ask that people don’t bring our beloved Prophet (PBUH) into this debate. I most certainly didn’t.” – We fail to understand how you have reached such a laughable conclusion. Let us state once more:

THE BEARD, THE TURBAN, THE BURKA, THE NIQAAB, THE SUNNAH ARE FULLY REPRESENTATIVE OF NABI SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM AND WILL ENDURE AS A SALIENT FEATURE OF NOT ONLY HIS MISSION BUT HIS LIFE FOR ALL ETERNITY.

By including even a single aspect of the Sunnah in a video which was made just to kill time, it is YOU who has brought Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam into the issue.  As all comedians are wont to do, you have parodied, mocked, jeered etc. at many individuals, cultures etc. throughout your career. We will once again state, we couldn’t care less who you or any other comedian mocks at, includes in their acts etc. However, if a single aspect of Islam is represented in any way other than the Pristine manner in which it should be, we WILL stand up and voice the opinion of the Shari’ah in defence of the Shari’ah.

We await your response video with great anticipation. Due to the fact that you have taken it upon yourself to step into the domain of Islamic academic discussion by making a direct reference to the Sunnah and Shar’i principles in what can only be deemed a parody of worthless taste surpassed only by ignorance of the subject matter, we request the following:

1. Valid, authentic, authoritative, academic Shar’i proof that your actions on the Late Night News show are perfectly okay in light of the Shari’ah.

2. Clear, simple academic proof that a parody involving the shaving of the beard carried out by a Muslim is permissible in Islam.

3. Valid, academic proof that mockery of the burka falls within the confines of ‘fun’ in Islam.

A simple response to the above three questions would be highly appreciated. A request to readers: We have very little time for sad and emotional rants, ‘freedom of speech’ issues, ‘light-hearted’ banter and fun, open-minded entertainment etc. If you cannot provide us with valid, academic proof justifying the actions we have mentioned, do not even bother contacting us or commenting.

Muslims draw their knowledge of Islam from authentic sources of Shari’ah. We have ample proof that the actions of Riaad Moosa on the LAte Night News show are insulting and highly derogatory, not only to Muslims but to the Sunnah as well. Any rebuttal of this article should carry with it knowledge derived from the sources of Shari’ah. Commentators, writers, actors, famous people etc. are not a proof in Shari’ah.

Sincerely,

Muslimality