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Ignorance Through Attitudes; Modern-Day Jahiliyyah - Maulana Syed Muhammad Rizvi

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- Seasonal opposition to the celebration activities of Milad-un-Nabi
- Recent extremist fatwa of condemning the celebration of Milad-un-Nabi
- Counter fatawa of the majority population, allowing it
- The significant differentiation between pre-Islam and the Islamic era
- The era of Jahiliyya: the age of ignorance
- What does Jahiliyyah mean?
- Does the era of ignorance mean the Arabs knew nothing at all?
- 4 types of ignorance
- The story and example of Abu Jahl
- The Prophet's example telling us to move to an area with a just ruler, even if they aren't Muslim
- Imam Ali in the battle of Siffin, describing the characteristics of the people of Jahiliyyah
- The example of Bibi Fatima in the court fighting for Fadak, describing the people as being from the era of Jahiliyyah
- The challenge for modern day Muslims, and the dilemma of Jahiliyyah
- Allah's way of giving advice to the general public, by addressing important personalities
- Many examples of the modern day jahiliyyah, whether it's ISIS, Taliban, Al-Qaida, etc
- Example of charity for a non-Muslim from the Imam Jafar as-Sadiq
- Example of silatur-rahm (maintaining family relations) from the 6th Imam

“Jahiliyyah isn’t bound by time. It is a broader concept with more implications.”

“A very secure way making sure jahiliyyah of the early days doesn’t creep into our mentality, is to look at our beliefs within the framework of the Ahlul Bayt.”

“Sometimes people display a ‘jahiliyyah attitude’, asking why we should care about other people, if they aren’t of our kind, or not Muslim. Just look at the example of the 6th Imam for your answer. Once someone was travelling with him, and he narrates a story…”

“Look at the present Muslim world, with many unfortunate examples of the modern-day Jahiliyyah mentality. Besides the attitudes and behaviours within our own communities, there are also extreme cases such as the Taliban/Al-Qaida/ISIS. They are a manifestion of Jahiliyyatil U’la. The former jahiliyyah emerging in modern times."

“Every year Wahhabi muftis renew their fatawa stating Milad-un-Nabi celebrations are bid’at. This year, there was a counter fatwa from Al-Azhar in Egypt, stating it’s not bid’at, rather it’s in line with Islam. However, we don’t want to get into that discussion, we’ll leave them to argue with one another. This isn’t bid’at, this is part of the Sunnah of the Ahlul Bayt.”


Milad-un-Nabi: Wiladat of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) and the 6th Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (a.s.)
Recited By: Maulana Syed Muhammad Rizvi
Date: January 7th, 2015

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