These days, our younger generation is very actively engaged in communication via SMS. They may be intriguing facts, emotional statements, political messages, jokes, and of course, texts sent in the name of Islam, which is our current topic of discussion.
Islamic messages are of numerous sorts, and almost every mobile user would have forwarded many such texts. Here are just a few examples:
A call to recite the Darood something like 5,000,000,000 times, or sending a series of duas with the message 'Let's see how Shaitan stops you from reading this'.
The first kalima is written, and you are asked to choose whether you want to scroll down, only to find the statement 'main Muhammad (S) ki qasam kha kar kehta hoon keh main yeh message 10 logon ko send karoon ga'.
Words of address to Allah, such as 'Ya Hayyu, Ya Qayyum, Ya Rahman, Ya Raheem', followed by 'yeh message 10 logon ko forward karain aur aap ki sab sai bari mushkil door ho jai gi'. There may also be a warning of calamity befalling the one who does not forward it.
Some say a scientist made a recent discovery that as we come across various electric fields in our daily lives, unwanted charge accumulates inside our body, that is gotten rid of by touching our forehead to the ground, which Muslims do five times a day (ending with "Subhan'Allah").
At the start of almost every month in the Islamic calendar, you will receive a message saying: 'xxxx ka maheena mubarak ho. Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.) ne farmaya, jis ne sab se pehlai kisi ko xxxx kai maheenai ki mubarak di us par Jannat wajib ho gi'. As mentioned earlier, sending this message for every month is the norm for people nowadays. This message goes to one person who sends it to so many others, hoping to get the reward it mentions.
I've stated the various forms of Islamic texts that most of us forward to others without ever considering their content. However, it would require immense proportions of self-restraint to remain silent at the blasphemous and deceitful statements that we people spread in the name of Islam. Ask Allah for His continuous Mercy and Guidance as you continue reading.
Let's consider these texts one by one to see in how much concordance they are with the Quran and the established sayings of the Prophet (S).
Firstly, the invitation of reciting Darood. It is very righteous, but it is better not to fix any figure with the number of times you want the Darood to be recited. Your aim should be to have as many people recite the Darood, without fixing any number, so a simple 'Please Darood Shareef parh kar message forward kar dain' would suffice.
Then comes the text about 'let's see how Shaitaan stops you from reading this'. It should be noted that the duas that are typed there, are mostly just skimmed through by the recipients, instead of being recited. So please ask them to recite them as well. Also, not reciting those duas does not make you a sinner, as the text does not make the recitation an obligation upon the recipient (it does not become a fardh). So mentioning Shaitaan is apparently illogical here.
Now come the much more serious ones…
There is the text message which makes you swear by the Prophet (S). First of all, simply reading an oath doesn't oblige you to act on it. But something that is far more serious than this false way of making another person swear, is using the words 'main Muhammad (S) ki qasam khata hoon'.
Whoever considers it right to swear by the Prophet (S), read the following Ahadith:
"Whoever wants to swear (an oath), let him swear by Allah or else remain silent." (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2679)
"Whoever swears by something other than Allah has committed an act of shirk." (Narrated by Abu Dawood (3251); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Sunan Abi Dawood.)
Consider this: If you have such extreme love for the Prophet (S) (because of which you ask others to swear by him), the least you can do is follow his commandments. Swearing by the Prophet (S) is shirk! Anyone who loves him will obey him.
The message about sending the attributes of Allah to different people and getting your greatest problem solved. The noble and glorious Quran says:
*With Him are the keys of the unseen, the treasures that none knoweth but He. (Al-An'aam, 06:59)
*Narrated 'Aisha (R): "And whoever tells you that the Prophet knows what is going to happen tomorrow, is a liar." She then recited: 'No soul can know what it will earn tomorrow.' (31.34) (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 6, Book 60, Number 378)
This verse and Hadith together prove that only Allah has knowledge of the Unseen.
Based on this, no one has any right to claim 'your biggest problem will be solved', without even using the statement "In sha'Allah". No one can claim that by calling Allah with these attributes your biggest trouble will be solved, because Allah can always test His slaves by making them go through hardships, to see how submissive they are and if they still thank Him and turn to Him when in trouble. As for the warning they give to those who delete these messages right there, without forwarding them; again, do not feel obliged. Allah is the one to make the rules and give warnings, not your regular 'innovation suppliers'.
Now we come to the claim that Muslims dispel an electric charge from their body by touching their forehead to the ground. All I need is one authentic source to prove that charge can only exit the human body from the forehead. We're in contact with the earth all the time which should be enough to 'ground' us should any excess charge ever develop inside our bodies. Why is it that we can only dispel it by touching our forehead to the ground? It is just intriguing how people can forward such messages, thinking it is serving Islam. A non-Muslim will only make fun of you and Islam if you present this fallacy to him. Won't he ask 'how many non-Muslims have so far been affected by this accumulation of charges?' All this because of a baseless text message claiming 'a scientist made a recent discovery' (the details end there). Please do not link such groundless scientific 'breakthroughs' with Islam. If tomorrow someone were to prove them wrong (duh, I just did), Islam would get the blame, because of the false notion you have spread in its name.
I ask all those who take these Islamic texts so religiously: Why not send someone a Hadith like 'Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle (S) said, "Whoever says, 'Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi,' one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, 5999), and then say Subhan'Allah at the end? Isn't that far better, sticking to what our Lord and our Prophet (S) taught us rather than spreading our own innovated ideas and methods of worship? (Note: As per renowned scholars, minor sins are forgiven this way, but not major sins like murder and theft, which need separate repentance.)
Lastly, coming to the message about congratulating another Muslim of a new Islamic month, and that the Prophet (S) supposedly said that whoever does so will get entrance into Paradise (Allah forgive).
Nothing can be said about this but that it is an outrageous fabrication, created by the enemies of Islam seeking to distort its concepts in our hearts (no devout Muslim would do this). Because of these people, we are also led into this trap.
Here are some references for people who propagate this erroneous belief without due thought process.
*"O you who believe! If a Faasiq (liar — evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done."
*Narrated Al-Mughira: I heard the Prophet (S) saying, "Ascribing false things to me is not like ascribing false things to anyone else. Whosoever tells a lie against me intentionally then surely let him occupy his seat in Hell-Fire."
(Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 23, Number 378)
*The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "It is enough lying for a man to speak of everything that he hears."
(Narrated by Muslim in al-Muqaddimah, 6; Saheeh al-Jaami, 4482)
I hope you realize the seriousness of propagating such ideas while quoting the Prophet (S). Allah asks us to verify such news when it reaches us. It becomes a lot more significant when our Deen and our Prophet (S) are concerned. If you forward such messages without confirming them, it is equivalent to lying, and not just any lying. It is misquoting the Prophet (S), the penalty of which is Hell-Fire. Would you really take such a risk? 'Jis ne doosrai ko sab sai pehlai 'xxxx' kai maheenai ki khushkhabri di us par Jannat wajib ho gi.' Ironic, isn't it?
One really weird message asks us to not forward verses from the Quran because we end up deleting them, and it is among the signs of the Hour, that Muslims will erase the Quran with their own hands. This is also a lie, because the sign of the hour is that 'knowledge would decrease', with the death of the scholars until none are left (Bukhari: Book 1, Volume 3, Hadith 100), not what this message says. On black/white boards in schools and madrassas, on notebooks, on computer screens, we see ayaat all the time, which later are rubbed off, or go off-screen. So, seeing that it comes under the same category, should we close all madrassas, change our method of teaching Islamiyat in schools, and shut down all Islamic websites? This is implausible, and seems like nothing more than a conspiracy itself, to make Muslims stop spreadin g authentic verses and Ahadith. Such claims can easily be made by people who do not really strive to learn and understand our Deen, and are always ready to make and propagate baseless speculations whenever some wild thought inflames their emotions.
I guess that covers it all up. Now you know what messages you should watch out for. It's true that one cannot always ascertain the reference of a Hadith, especially when all the Hadith books are probably not even available online (excluding Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim). You can still use your sound reasoning and not propagate anything that comes without a reference, how sweet and inspiring it may seem at first. Forwarding such ridiculous claims that can be made by just anyone is not serving Islam; rather it is distorting the ideas and beliefs of other Muslims. I once got a text the gist of which was that Allah says if a believer gets up at night and goes back to sleep, then he has done injustice to Him, and if he gets up, does Wudhu and offers two nafals of prayer, then supplicates to him, and He does not fulfill his pr ayers, then Allah has done injustice to him, and this is something He does not do. Reference? Surah Mulk. Astaghfirullah! Those who have read Surah Al-Mulk with translation would know that it talks about the might, power, sovereignty and miracles of the Creator, without any mention of this baseless and fabricated narration. Lastly, no message coming from Makkah or Madinah (if it did in the first place) carries any religious significance, because, regardless of the blessed and prestigious location of the sender, it is still just a text message, created and sent by a human being, not a revelation from Allah, Na'oozubillah.