Boycott what we were ordered to boycott

 Shaykh Muhammad ibn Haadee al Madkhalee speaks about a number of instances from the Seerah where Allaah Subhanaahu wa Ta'aalah protected His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and continues…

…So we should know with certainty that Allaah defends/protects/ supports this Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), and we also call the people to support him, but it is imperative for people to firmly understand, especially during these days of great trials and tribulations, that supporting the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)r is practiced firstly within our own selves.


By loving him (صلى الله عليه وسلم). That he becomes more beloved to us than our families, our children, our wealth and even our own souls, as has been related in an authentic Hadeeth, that 'Umar (رضي الله تعالى عنه) said to the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم):

"You are more beloved to me than everything except my self."

So the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: "No, until I become more beloved to you than even your own self."

So 'Umar (رضي الله عنه) said: "By Allaah O Messenger of Allaah, you are now more beloved to me than even my own self."

The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: "Now O 'Umar."

So this is what is Waajib upon us, and loving the Messenger is by following his guidance.

It is surprising these days that a lot of people - and we will not enter into this topic because it's a whole other subject - but a lot of people call you to boycotting milk, cheese, and so on. If you look at the person who is giving out these papers (that call to boycotting products), you would find that he himself looks like George, or John. His pants/trousers are absurd, his hair is long and is fashioned in a weird style, (phrase unclear), they trim their beards and moustaches and join them or they shave both the moustache and the beard altogether, so if you look around you would find that it is as if you are living somewhere in Europe or America.

This is the person who is speaking and giving out these papers. This indicates that love for the religion is present in the hearts of these believers. But my brothers, have you taken advantage of such an opportunity to give Da'wah to the likes of these brothers who are in this situation.

Meaning, for example, you are calling me to boycott [these products], may Allaah reward you, this indicates that you love the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم), you are protective over him and you anger for the pleasure of Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta'aalah due to His Messenger being insulted…, but my brother, listen; The Prophet of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was insulted by the Jews, they performed Sihr (magic) on him, they tried to kill him by pushing a boulder over his head when he went to them seeking aid for the Diyah of a man who killied 'Amr ibn Umayah but were of course unsuccessful. The point is that he was insulted, Sihr was performed on him, they tried to murder him (صلى الله عليه وسلم), but this being the case, he died while his breastplate was with a Jew as collateral for about 20 Saa' of Sha'eer, he didn't boycott them. But now you have fallen into something that is greater than what you are calling me to [keep away from]: The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) has ordered you to boycott them in their manners by his saying:

"Do not resemble the Jews or the Christians"

He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) also said:

"Whoever resembles a people is one of them."

This Hadeeth is clear, but these days you see that a lot of the children of the Muslims in their attire and looks, greatly resemble the Jews and Christians; their beards are shaved, their moustaches are shaved, their hair is long and fashioned to resemble them and they dress like them. So why don't we boycott these products, their clothes, in which the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said to 'Abdullaah ibn 'Amr concerning them:

"O 'Abdullaah, this is the attire of the disbelievers so do not wear it!"

The attire of the disbelievers so do not wear it, he did not say do not eat the cheese of the disbelievers.

He said: "O 'Abdullaah, this is the attire of the disbelievers so do not wear it!"

So 'Abdullaah fired up the oven and burnt them in it.

What we are in need of now is to boycott what we were ordered to boycott, which is resembling them, because resembling them outwardly leads to resembling them inwardly, and we ask Allaah to alleviate us.

So it is imperative upon us to inform our Muslim brothers and to also take advantage of situations and circumstances such as these and direct them in the correct legislated direction which is supported by evidence.

I advice by brothers to read the last chapter of Al Jawaab As Saheeh because Shaykh-ul Islaam ibn Taymiyah wrote a beneficial, concise summary of the Seerah in which he suffices himself by citing only the authentic narrations.

My brothers, it is Waajib upon us to be students of knowledge, that we do not get carried away by feelings and emotions, rather we traverse upon well thought out principals and legislated evidences that were related by the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his companions and the leading scholars guidance, the A-immah of Ahl-us-Sunnah, may Allaah have mercy upon all of them. 


Audio Tape: 16-1-1427/15- 2-2006

Translated by: Abu 'Abdul Waahid, Nadir Ahmad.

 below translated hadiths were taken from the article of 

Abu Rayhana Abdul Hakim Ibn Ahmad Kamil
Darul Hadeeth, Dammaaj

 Verily, he

(salallaahu alahi wa sallam) taught and raised his companions to oppose the
People of the Book and the polytheists. And he worked very hard to
manifest this opposition. The proofs for this are many. I will mention from
them insha'Allah that which will suffice.
On the authority of Shaddad Ibn Aus (radiallaahu anhu) collected by Abu
Dawud, that the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, 

"Differ from the Jews, for certainly they don't pray with their shoes nor with their khuffs (leather socks)."

Imam Ahmad narrated from the hadeeth of Abi 'Ummah (radiallaahu anhu)
that the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) came out upon some elderly men from the Ansaar whose beards were white so he said, 

"Dye your beards red or yellow, and differ from the People of the Book. We said, "O Messenger of Allaah, the People of the Book wear pants and they don't wear the izaar."
So the Prophet said,"Wear pants and the izaar (meaning together), differ
from the People of the Book." We said," O messenger of Allaah, the People
of the Book wear khuffs and they don’t wear shoes." So he said,"Wear
khuffs and shoes, differ from the People to the Book."
We said," O Messenger of Allaah, the People of the Book cut their beards
and grow their mustaches." So the Prophet said," Cut your mustaches and
grow your beards, differ from the People of the Book."

Imam Muslim narrated from the hadeeth of Amr Ibn Al'Aas (radiallaahu anhu)
that the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, "The difference between our fast and the fast of the People of the Book is the eating of Sahoor."
Another proof which shows that the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) taught us to be different from the disbelievers is in the fasting of the Muslims on the Day of 'Aashura when this coincided with the fast of the Jews on the tenth of Muharram. The Prophet said, "If I live until the upcoming year I am going to fast on the 9th."

It is reported in Saheeh Muslim from the hadeeth of Anas (radiallaahu anhu)
that he said, "If a woman from amongst the Jews had her menses, the men
from amongst them did not eat with her nor sleep with her in the house." So,
the Companions of the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) asked the Prophet about this, after which Allaah ('Azza wa Jalla) revealed the verse, "They ask you about the menses, say the menses is harm so avoid the women during the menses..." to the end of the verse." So the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wasallam) said, "Do everything with your wives during their menses except having relations." When that reached the Jews they said,'This man does not leave anything from our affair except he opposes us in it.'"