Prohibitions in Islam - Page 32

of the precious gifts that people give one another on special occasions. Some people may not have these things at home, but they use them in other people’s homes and when invited to a meal. All of these are actions which are forbidden in Islam. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) issued a stern warning about using such vessels. Umm Salamah reported that he said: “The one who eats or drinks from a vessel of gold or silver is putting fire from Hell into his stomach.” (Reported by Muslim, 3/1634).
This ruling applies to every kind of vessel or utensil that is made of gold or silver, such as plates, forks, spoons, knives, trays on which food is offered to guests, boxes of sweets which are given to wedding guests, and so on.
Some people might say, “We are not using them, we are just putting them on display in a glass case.” This is not permitted either, to prevent any possibility of these things being used. (From the spoken statements of Sheikh ‘Abd al’-’Azeez Ibn Baaz.)
Bearing false witness
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “so shun the abomination (worship) of idols, and shun lying speech (false statements) - hunafaa’ Lillah (i.e., to worship none but Allah), not associating partners (in worship, etc.) unto Him” [Al-Hajj 22:30-31].
‘Abd Al-Rahman Ibn Abi Bakrah (may Allah be pleased with him and his father) reported that his father said: “We were with the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) when he said: ‘I fear for you three major sins’ -three times: ‘associating partners with Allah, disobedience to parents, and -’ - he was reclining but he sat up at this point and said: ‘- and bearing false witness.’ He kept repeating this with such fervor that we wished he would stop (for his own sake).” (Reported by Al-Bukhari, see Al-Fath, 5/261).
The warning against bearing false witness was uttered repeatedly because people take it too lightly and there are many motives for doing so, such as hatred and envy. The resulting corruption is great indeed: how many people have lost their rights because of false witness! How many innocent people have been treated unjustly, and how many people have gained what they did not deserve, because of it! An example of the ways in which people take this matter lightly is what sometimes happens in the courts, when a person might say to someone he has only just met, "Testify for me and I will testify for you." So one might testify for the other in a case where he does not have the necessary knowledge of what really happened, like testifying that this person owns a piece of land or a house, or recommending him when he has never seen him before that day in court. This is lying and false witness, whereas testimony should be as described in the Book of Allah: "we testify not except according to what we know” [Yusuf 12:81]
Listening to music and musical instruments
Ibn Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him) used to swear by Allah that the aayah “And of mankind is he who purchases idle talk to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah” [Luqmaan 31:6] referred to singing. Abu ‘Aamir and Abu Maalik Al-Ashari (may Allah be pleased with them) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Among my ummah will be those who make permissible Al-hira

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