What is mujahara? Mujahara refers to a person who commits a sin and then makes it public. This is one of the most prevalent things available on Instagram,Facebook, Twitter, Tiktok and other social networks, teaches Ustad Ali Hammuda from rememberaday.net.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, as was narrated by Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu), “Every one of my Ummah, every person, every Muslim will be safe on the day of Judgement except one category, those who publically proclaim their sins.” He explains, “And what mujahara means is the following, a person who commits a sin at night and then Allah Almighty through His infinite mercy veils him and he doesn’t disgrace him but then the next day comes and he (the sinner) says to the people, ‘Oh people, guess what? Last night I did such and such.’ Allah Almighty veiled him and he wakes up and tears the veil of Allah. This is mujahara.”
Networking and social media have taken socialising to another level. Instead of focusing on the whole, its primary focus is promotion of the individual. Yet we witness people, Muslims, advertising their own downfall using these tools.
Socialising endorses intermingling of men and women, self expression and liberalism. No longer are certain habits regarded taboos. They have been given the red light and accepted in social gatherings. Even things regarded a sin in Islam have entered the “grey” area and are just for the conservative Muslim. So much so that clear cut sins are captured on video or camera unconsciously.
Listening to music is a sin, but telling people on Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, Whatsapp etc that you are listening to track such and such by so and so, that is mujahara and that takes the sin to another level of criminality in the eyes of Allah. Going to a club is a sin in of itself, but tweeting about it and posting images of yourself amongst the bottles, the girls and the lights takes the sin to another level in the eyes of Allah. That’s mujahara.
There are sisters who may be struggling with their hijab or they may be struggling to leave the house without adorning themselves with perfume and makeup, repent to Allah and veil to yourself, but do not take the sin to another level by posting photos of yourself on social media.
Mujahara makes a small sin major and if a person insists on it, may even lead to disbelief in Allah. Because the mujaahir is essentially saying to Allah, “These are your commands. I will trespass them. I don’t care. I am going to show the whole world.” You are saying that you have chosen to disobey Allah SWT and that you think it is ok.
“This is why it is so dangerous. If you have fallen prey to any sin, smoking, sheesha, music, pornography, mingling with the opposite sex, zina, dressing contrary to Islam and hijab, any sin that you and I may be engaging in, which we are inevitably engaging in, veil yourself. Cry for you sins and don’t disclose them publically,” says Ustad Ali.
Imam ul Haq narrates in his Mustadrak, on the authority of Ibn Umar (radiallahu anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Stay away from these filthy sins that Almighty Allah has prohibited and whoever falls prey and commits any sin, let him veil himself with the veil of Allah.”
Let him cover himself with the covering of Allah and let him repent to his creator. Veil yourself and cry for your sins and do not tell people about it.
“We would never take a photo of ourselves responding to the call of nature in the bathroom because it is filthy and shameful. Disobeying Allah is filthier and it is more shameful. Why then do you deem it worthy of being uploaded, published, posted and broadcasted? Have we become so ill that we now see the pure as filthy and the filthy as pure?”
Over the last few years we have observed secret material see the light of day. Most times because of technological tools at our disposal. Secrets high profile people have tried to keep hidden. But what Allah SWT wants to keep hidden, He hides. What Allah SWT Wills to be revealed, He reveals. The tools we use to market ourselves can easily bring about our ruin.
There will come a time when every single sin and secret, if Allah wishes for us to reckon for them, will be brought before us. Images screened before us, our voices played back for us to hear. The world will be our audience. On that day, the covering we neglect now, might not be available. The audience whose attention we seek, we will have nowhere to hide from. The gadgets we so excitedly yearn for and occupy ourselves with might be used against us.
“We have to veil ourselves.”