Sunday, 18 January 2015

On Mockery

A partial translation of this article

Imam ash-Shaʿrāwī, may Allah have mercy on him, was asked for his opinion regarding a book that one of the mockers of Islam had written and that had generated a lot of discussion in the 1990s.

He replied, ‘I haven’t read it and I will never read it.’ They then said, ‘How, when there has been so much discussion about it?’ Imam ash-Shaʿrāwī, may Allah have mercy on him, then recited the words of Allah the Exalted in Sūrat an-Nisāʾ:

{It has been sent down to you in the Book that when you hear Allah’s signs being rejected and mocked at by the people, you must not sit with them until they start talking about other things. If you do, you are just the same as them. Allah will gather all the hypocrites and disbelievers into Hell.} [4:140]

The disbelievers from amongst the Quraysh used to recite poems and songs that criticised the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, as well as the noble Companions, but these poems and songs haven’t reached us because the Muslims didn’t relate them and spread them, nor did they pay them any attention, and thus they fell into oblivion and were forgotten. Therefore, we must disregard and ignore anything that insults the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, or Islam, so that we don’t contribute to its spread.

And implement the sincere advice of ʿUmar, may Allah be pleased with him: ‘Put falsehood to death by being quiet about it, and do not chatter about it lest the malicious come to know of it.’

And may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon His Messenger.


Anonymous said...

Wise beyond words!

yusuf said...


How can you be contacted? How may one go about getting copies of your translation of the books from the Ihya? Thank you.

Mahdi Lock said...

Wa alaykum Assalaam,

Jazakum Allah khayran for the comment. You can contact me via email:

As for translations from the Ihya, this is the main link for Kitab al-Halaal wa al-Haraam:

And Kitab al-Kasb:

Alhamdulilah, these links have been updated and are working.

Here's another option:



Halima Krausen said...

Thanks for that, it's badly needed in today's world.
Would it be possible to give the precise source (in a way that is acceptable in a scholarly paper)?
Best wishes for success and blessings
Halima Krausen