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The World Cup  [Part Three]

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THE OPPRESSION – INJUSTICE FACTOR


Transcription of a talk by Shaykh Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh) – 

There is a growing feeling of insecurity and misgiving amongst some of the South African Muslim Community – those who feel and say that there is a kind of pressure upon them to support and participate in the upcoming World Cup. So we find that some have become hesitant in their stance against the World Cup.

Sadly, we have many Muslims who criticize, mock and ridicule those Muslim brothers and sisters who wish to be good, obedient Muslims, and they label them as traitors to their country, un-patriotic, orthodox, foolish – and give them other such names.

But, we would like to ask all those Muslims that censure, mock and tease : What does the World Cup have do with a MUSLIM? … Why should we feel ashamed for not participating ?

WE ARE MUSLIMS, AND ARE PLEASED TO BE MUSLIMS. WE WANT TO SUBMIT, OBEY AND PLEASE ALLAH TA’ALA. WE ARE HAPPY IN OUR REFUSAL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD CUP BECAUSE WE WILL BE PLEASING OUR CREATOR.

Moreover, we can also ask those who disparage : What of their betrayal of Islam, their infidelity to Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ?

To re-iterate and to offer confidence to those Muslims who feel weak due to the pressure to participate, we take up our reasoning from a different angle.

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Besides the many Haraam (prohibited) engagements that will be rife at such events – whether it be intermingling, music, alcohol, indecent dressing, adultery and fornication, gambling and other such vices – which clearly make this entire event “TABOO” for the Muslim – beyond all of this, is a crime which is a crime against the entire South African community; even the patriots.

In Islam, it is categorized as ZULM or OPPRESSION; and is a major crime in the sight of Allah Ta’ala, which is not Divinely tolerated.

…How has the World Cup become a means of Zulm and oppresion ?

This oppression is the unjust utilization of tax money for entertainment and merriment, over and above the needs of the poor and destitute. It is the misuse of money which South Africans have given to the government by way of Tax, money which was to be used for the overall good of the country and its citizens – more especially, the poor, who have been promised ‘the world’ by the present government, with almost nothing delivered by the Government as yet.

Take a careful appraisal at the corruption in this entire affair…. Millions, nay billions, have went waste. Billions of Rands have been sucked from the taxpayers for the building of huge stadiums. For what ? …For fun and enjoyment. And who is entertained ? Who benefits ? Those who can afford to spend money on such tickets to watch those matches.

The employment of labourers for construction, etc. was and is only for a temporary period of time. What happens after completion of the stadiums and after the commotion of the World Cup?

Besides the billions which have been used for the stadiums, many billions of Rands were spent from the time of the application and confirmation to host the World Cup. We have a country that has spent billions on something so useless and futile, and which cannot benefit its poor and needy; a country steeped in many problems and challenges, including unemployment. A cursory glance at the number of protests in the different areas of work, throughout South Africa, because of non-delivery of all the promises made, is a clear indication of injustices.

Despite the stark reality of thousands of homeless, jobless South Africans, these Ministers are passing bills, bills, bills – bills upon bills, and sanctioning massive amounts of monies for stadiums and entertainment, for fun and pleasure. And of course, we cannot forget that they also seem to sanction plenty of that same money for themselves. …But whose money is it ? It is the money given by thousands of hard-working South Africans in tax.

What becomes of those South Africans who have a greater right to the taxpayers’ money ? They don’t have homes, they don’t have food, they don’t have decent clothing – Many are begging at our doors, making their plight evident to all of us. Do we just turn a blind eye, and deaf ear to their apparent want and destitution – preferring to direct our monies in support of play and amusement? Have we forgotten that we are Muslims and that the poor and needy have rights over us, even those that are non-Muslim?

According to Hazrat Anas Ibn Maalik (radhiyallahu anhu) when Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said : “Help your brother, irrespective of whether he is the oppressor or oppressed,” a man said : ‘O Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), I can help the oppressed, but how can I help the oppressor?” The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) replied : “Stop him from committing an act of oppression. That, in itself, is a form of help.” (Hadith of Bukhari and Muslim)

This Injustice is being committed in broad daylight, in full view of the entire country, the entire world – and we, Muslims, are there to brazenly support these Zaalims (Oppressors), by participating in that same crime of oppressing – oppressing the community and oppressing the poor. Look deeply into it. Our support and our backing of their crime are evident by our spending in that same direction, to entertain ourselves at those same venues.

Then again : Who are the sponsors ? …Whether it is cricket, rugby, football, the sponsors are companies which promote sin, such as Castle Lager. It is totally Haraam for us to then be part and parcel of such events.

What we are talking about is something which is building up into a tsunami of sins, on the verge of enveloping us all. …Everyone knows what happens at World Cups. Almost everyone gets carried away. But we are not talking about the non-Muslim community. We are talking about Muslims – who believe in the Hereafter, in the Day of Judgment and accountability. Our advice is to the Muslims.

As Muslims, we have a responsibility, we have a duty, we have an obligation. We have been chosen for a specific purpose. Allah Ta’ala has sent us here for a purpose. If we become party to all these sporting events and spend thousands of Rands in tickets, travel and accommodation with the sole purpose to go and view these events – then look at the precious time wasted, the neglect shown to Salaah and the general indifference to the sins around us ?

What do we, as Muslims, gain in all of this ? …Absolutely nothing, except the displeasure of Allah Ta’ala.

A famous Sahabi, Hazrat Abu Zarr (radhiyallahu anhu) relates that he came to the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), who was sitting in the shade of the Ka`bah. When he saw me, he said : ‘They stand to lose.’

I said : ‘May my parents ransom you. To whom do you refer?’

“To those with an excess of riches,” he replied, “who just squander their wealth, heedless of the fact that they can be saved only if they spend generously for a Good Cause. And there are very few wealthy men of that ilk.” (Hadith of Bukhari and Muslim)

My message is that we must demonstrate and project our Islamic identity, and Islam has nothing to do with World Cups. It is just a money-making event with the greatest beneficiary being FIFA. And who does not know the strangle-hold FIFA has over business houses. They cannot market anything which is connected to the World Cup 2010, without FIFA getting some profit.

Our participation would be accentuating our support for Zulm. And as Muslims, we are not here to support it in any way. Patriotism has absolutely nothing to do with a person objecting from an Islamic point of view, not condoning, not participating, not encouraging, not promoting, not purchasing tickets or whatever else – because the World Cup has no affiliation with Islam.

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Furthermore, giving full support and backing and encouraging the World Cup is going against the directives of Islam and Shariah. This is challenging Allah Ta’ala. This is directly or indirectly expressing disapproval of Allah Ta’ala’s Laws and Nabi’s (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) teachings. And this should not then become an invitation for Divine punishment. …We have to be very careful…

Have we forgotten what happened recently in Chile, in Haiti, and other parts of the world ? …Devastation on the Order of Allah Ta’ala, which no super-power could prevent or stop. Allah Ta’ala’s Might and Power is ALL-ENCOMPASSING. Everything of this world, everything in nature, is in His Full Control – the earth, water, wind, fire – EVERYTHING is owned by Allah Ta’ala.

I have often stated that it is due to the generosity of the Muslim Community in South Africa, in giving in charities, that Allah Ta’ala’s punishment is kept at bay. But this too should not make us complacent.

If we have purchased those tickets, sell them or throw them away. Let us be happy to say : ‘We are MUSLIMS and we cannot be in those places where Allah Ta’ala’s wrath and anger descends.’

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Some argue that it would be the lesser of the two evils to view from another venue, or watch over the television. This event is not a “necessity” for any person. There is no force and coercion. It is not a matter of life and death. And we cannot say that because there is a demand from the majority or because of the large number of our youth and even elderly are waiting eagerly to participate, that we too must now give in and accommodate.

This is not a question of engaging in the lesser of the two evils because there is no need for it. We rather say boldly and fearlessly, that the World Cup should be something that should be condemned, something that should be criticized, something that should have nothing to do with the Muslim Ummah.

After this, if someone participated, or even if the majority has to attend, we still cannot say that because the majority are demanding, that we have to now give the green-light to the World Cup, that we condone it. May Allah Ta’ala protect us from compromising on the principles of Deen and compromising on the Pleasure of Allah.

Unfortunately, this is the general weakness of all democracies throughout the world : Whatever is demanded by the public, and votes are coming from those people, then we must condone, we must pass legislation and make everything permissible. This is what has happened. When there was the demand that abortion be legalized, so because of the demand, it was legalized. Now a 12 year old girl can walk into any hospital and ask for an abortion and the parents cannot object.

As Muslims, we will not look at what the public demand; we will look at what the Qur`aan Sharief says, what the Hadith Sharief says, what our jurisprudence says. We will look towards the beautiful lifestyle and noble conduct of Rasulullah e and we will mould our lives accordingly.

We cannot support the World Cup. We cannot condone or justify it in anyway – because it will be condoning Injustice and numerous vices.

ALLAH TA’ALA INSTRUCTS US : “O YOU WHO BELIEVE! STAND OUT FIRMLY FOR JUSTICE, AS WITNESSES TO ALLAH, EVEN AGAINST YOURSELVES…” [SURAH AN-NISAA 4 : 135]

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THINK : If we attend, then where will we be sitting? Amidst so much of Haraam … What if there is shake up of the earth ? Who will stop and prevent that?

What kind of death will that be of the person whose dead body comes out of the stadium ? We have heard of janazas coming out from cinemas, clubs, prostitute quarters, hotels and other places of immorality and evil. We know of entire hotels being swallowed by the waters of the oceans when we had the tsunami; others digested by the earth during earthquakes – so can we be so confident that the same fate will definitely not befall us?

STRANGE IS THE VISA OF LIFE; IT CAN BE CANCELLED AT ANYTIME. THE DURATION OF ITS VALIDITY IS UNKNOWN AND ITS EXTENSION TOO, IMPOSSIBLE.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us correct understanding and acceptance of well-wishing. It is all said out of deep hearted pain and sincere love. We don’t want anyone to contend with hardship, difficulty, disgrace, humiliation …

‘WHOEVER RECOMMENDS AND HELPS A GOOD CAUSE BECOMES A PARTNER THEREIN : AND WHOEVER RECOMMENDS AND HELPS AN EVIL CAUSE SHARES IN ITS BURDEN…’ [SURAH AN-NISAA 4 : 85]

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