Kitab At-Tauhid (The Oneness of Allah)

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  • Kitab At-Tauhid (The Oneness of Allah)

  • CHAPTER No: 11

    Make no Animal Sacrifice for Allah in a place where

    Sacrifice is made for other than Allah


    The Statement of Allah the Exalted:


    "Never stand you there in. Verily, the mosque whose foundation was laid from the first day on piety is more worthy that you stand therein (to pray). In it are men who love to clean and to purify themselves. And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure [i.e. who clean their private parts with dust (i.e. to be considered as soap) and water from urine and stools, after answering the call of nature]."


    Thabit bin Dahhak (May Allah be pleased with him) said:


    A man made a vow to sacrifice a camel at a place called Buwanah, so he asked the Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) a about it. He said, "Did the place have any idol which is worshipped, of the idols of Jahiliyah?" They answered, "No". The Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) asked again, "Did the disbelievers hold any of their recurring festivities there?" They answered, "No."

    Allah's Messenger (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) then said, "Fulfill your vow. Verily there is no fulfilling of a vow made in disobedience to Allah, nor one that is beyond a person's capacity." [Reported by Abu Dawud on the conditions of verification of Al­Bukhari and Muslim].


    Important issues of the Chapter


    1) The explanation of the verse:

    "Never stand you therein."


    2) That disobedience of Allah leaves impressions on the earth as  does obedience.

    3) A problematic issue should be answered by a clear issue to eliminate any lack of clarity.

    4) One who gives a religious verdict (Mufti) may ask for details if needed.

    5) Vows can be specified for a particular place so long as that place is free from anything that would prohibit doing so.

    6) It is prohibited to fulfill the vows in a place, if there were present any idol of the idols of the times of ignorance even being a long time idolatry has been ended.

    7) It is prohibited to fulfill the vows in a place where disbelievers had celebrated any of their recurring festivities even it was stopped since a long time.

    8) A vow cannot be fulfilled what was made for any such place because it is considered a vow of disobedience (to Allah).

    9) A warning against resembling the polytheists in their celebrations even if not intended (i.e. the Muslims intention would not be the same as that of the polytheists).

    10) There is no valid vow in disobedience to Allah.

    11) No vow is valid for that beyond the possession of a person.[1]


    [1] Literally the children of Adam.

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