If you learn the fundamentals of the religion, you will have the ability to judge things that come your way, and know who to be for and who to be against, what to be in support of and what to take as an opponent.
A person needs to have foundations to build upon his religion so that he is strong, otherwise he will fall into all types of prohibited actions and even shirk.
In Islam, the foundations are the five pillars; the shahada, salat, sawm, zakat and Hajj. If a person does not pray or is lax with his salat then he is going to be in trouble in the dunya and the akhirah. The prophet told us that Allah (azza wa jal) will help us and provide for us as a result of the weak ones among us and as a result of our salat. This is the reason for the situation of the Muslims right now, because many people don’t pray and some of the ones that pray, don’t pray the prayer of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa salam).
So before we even get into what halloween is, we need to establish what is the foundation for the Muslim that his deen is built upon. If one’s deen is built upon that of looking into crystal balls and trying to tell the future or wearing tamima to protect from the evil eye, then this person will find it easy to do halloween as it is right up his alley. But, if a person’s Islam is that of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa salam) then he will find it easy to reject the concept of halloween and other nonsense similar to it.
Would you exchange that which is better for that which is lower? – Quran [2:61]
The scholars of Islam especially the scholars of Ahlul Hadith wrote books called Usool as-sunnah, thalaathatul Usool etc and then they would explain what are the foundations that the Muslim aqeedah is built upon. So they called these books, the foundations of the religion and they talked about what we believe and what we don’t believe about Allah and his religion, about sins, about yawmul qiyaamah etc.
In the Quran, there are many ayat that deal with this concept, Allah says:
Is it then he who laid the foundation of his building on Taqwa to Allah and His good pleasure better, or he who laid the foundation of his building on the brink of an undetermined precipice ready to crumble down, so that it crumbled to pieces with him into the fire of Hell. And Allah guides not the people who are the wrongdoers. – Quran [9:109]
This ayah is telling the Muslims pay attention to what you build upon.
The definition of Islam
Shaykh muhamad ibn abdul wahab, one of the great scholars of Islam writes many times in his books that islam consists of three components, and if a person is compromising in one these three or all of them then his Islam is suspect.
- Islam is for you to submit wholly to Allah through tawheed – meaning you don’t make shirk with Allah in anything. You swear only by Allah, you slaughter only for Allah, you are afraid of only Allah, you make sajdah only to Allah, you make dua only to Allah. You practice and you believe only in what Allah told you to practice and believe.
- You obey Allah in the things that he told you to do – these things have to be manifested on your limbs. You have to get up and pray, you have to fast in the month of Ramadan, you have to come to Jumuah, you have to be respectful to your parents, you have to make tawhbah to Allah. It is not enough just to say ‘I believe in Allah’ and stop right there.
- You free yourself from Shirk and the people of Shirk
Therefore, if you are doing shirk, then there is something wrong with your Islam. If you are not praying or doing the other actions of Islam, there is a problem with your Islam. If you are a Muslim and you don’t draw a line between you and Kufr and Kufaar, then there is a problem in your Islam. If you believe that it is okay to brink a birthday cake, put candles on that cake and blow it out, when the origins of all that is shirk and kufr, then there is something wrong with your Islam. If you and your brother each takes one part of the wish bone of the chicken and breaks it while making a wish, then there is something wrong with your Islam.
When it comes to freeing yourself from the people of shirk, there is an important point that we need to understand. For those of us living in the UK and other places it doesn’t mean we have to apologise for being citizens of that country. It doesn’t mean we are going to live on an island by ourselves, it doesn’t mean we are going to subtract ourselves from the non-muslims, it doens’t mean that Muslims don’t buy into and believe in community cohesion, it doesn’t mean none of that, as the prophet (sallaahy alayhi wa salam) told us:
“The believer who mixes with the people and endures their harm has a greater reward than one who does not mix with the people nor endures their harm.”
So the Muslim who mixes with Muslims and non-muslims and is patient with what he sees from them that annoys him, and gives dawah is better than the one who always wants to run off to live by himself in the mountains. But in living with non-muslims and living with non-muslim relatives and living with people doing bad things, that doesn’t mean you join in with them and their way of life.
Our example should be that of Ibrahim as Allah told us:
Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibrahim and those with him, when they said to their people: “Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allah, – Quran [60:4]