Allah has given us this perfect religion. This perfect way of life. Why do we tarnish it. Why do we abandon it just for the temporary pleasure of this life? When the holiday seasons come we have no problem telling people happy holidays or merry Christmas. Why and how are we congratulating someone for their shirk? Would we congratulate them for fornicating, for drinking alcohol, for killing or theft? Do we not realize that shirk is the worst crime of all? It is the one crime that if a person dies upon it Allah will never forgive.
إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَغْفِرُ أَن يُشْرَكَ بِهِ وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَٰلِكَ لِمَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَمَن يُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا بَعِيدًا
Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly gone far astray.(4: 116)
I shouldn’t even have to say anything regarding this. But I do because we still do it. We feel we have to be friendly or kind, but it’s not kindness. Is it kindness to encourage someone to do something haraam? That is not kindness. Would they approve of our belief that the death penalty should apply on adulterers? Would they approve of our belief that Islam is the only way to Paradise? So why are we approving of their belief? So what if they tell you happy Eid. Eid is a celebration given to us by Allah, Christmas is a pagan holiday given to them by Shaitan. Just because they give gifts, and sing songs, doesn’t make it any less haraam. If you don’t congratulate them, and instead remain silent, you lose nothing. But if you do congratulate them, then you are sinning against Allah. Beware of what you’re doing.
وَقَالُوا اتَّخَذَ الرَّحْمَٰنُ وَلَدًا لَّقَدْ جِئْتُمْ شَيْئًا إِدًّا تَكَادُ السَّمَاوَاتُ يَتَفَطَّرْنَ مِنْهُ وَتَنشَقُّ الْأَرْضُ وَتَخِرُّ الْجِبَالُ هَدًّا أَن دَعَوْا لِلرَّحْمَٰنِ وَلَدًا
And they say, “The Most Merciful has taken [for Himself] a son.” (88) You have done an atrocious thing. (89) The heavens almost rupture therefrom and the earth splits open and the mountains collapse in devastation (90) That they attribute to the Most Merciful a son.(19: 88-91)
اتَّبِعُوا مَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكُم مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا مِن دُونِهِ أَوْلِيَاءَ قَلِيلًا مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ
Follow, [O mankind], what has been revealed to you from your Lord and do not follow other than Him any allies. Little do you remember.(7:3)
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا دِينَكُمْ هُزُوًا وَلَعِبًا مِّنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ وَالْكُفَّارَ أَوْلِيَاءَ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ
O you who have believed, take not those who have taken your religion in ridicule and amusement among the ones who were given the Scripture before you nor the disbelievers as allies. And fear Allah, if you should [truly] be believers.(5:57)
It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you hand span by hand span, cubit by cubit, to the extent that if they entered the hole of a lizard, you will enter it too.” We said: “O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?” He said: “Who else?”Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1397; Muslim, 4822.
It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”Narrated by Abu Dawood, 3512; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 2691.
Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “A man is upon the religion of his best friend, so let one of you look at whom he befriends.”
We have our own civilization, our own Islamic culture, our own laws, our own celebrations. We must teach our children the superiority of Islam over all other systems. Especially since we are here in the West. The school system will teach them that democracy and liberalism is the best system. That a man is a woman and a woman is a man. That it is normal and natural for a man to marry a man, and a woman to marry a woman. That actually it is a beautiful thing that needs to be praised. That if you don’t praise it you are a homophobe, you are intolerant. In essence they want everyone to submit to their man made inventions and leave our God given laws.
وَلَن تَرْضَىٰ عَنكَ الْيَهُودُ وَلَا النَّصَارَىٰ حَتَّىٰ تَتَّبِعَ مِلَّتَهُمْ
And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion.(2:120)
Unless we teach our children the weakness of those systems and the superiority of Islam, these children will grow up to be Muslim in name, but a kaafir in their heart. It’s not enough to just believe in Allah. If we say we believe in Allah but we’re involved in interest then we need to check our belief. If we say we believe in Allah but we respect and accept the LGBTQ+, then we need to check our belief. If we say we believe in Allah but we celebrate Christmas or congratulate others for their shirk holidays, then we need to check our belief.