Prohibitions in Islam - Page 39

decoration; these are more haram than other kinds, just as pictures which are hung up are worse than pictures which are not hung up. How often have pictures led to glorification and grief, and led to boasting! We should not say that the pictures are kept for memories, for true memories of dear fellow-Muslims lie in the heart, and one remembers them by praying for forgiveness and mercy for them. One should remove all these pictures, or blot them out, except when it is too difficult to do so, as with these pictures which are all over food packaging, or in encyclopedias and reference books; even then, you should try to remove it, and to be careful about the bad pictures in some books. It is permissible to keep some necessary pictures, such as those on identity cards and licenses, or pictures which are walked on (such as pictures in carpets). "So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can” [Al-Taghaabun 64:16]
Lying about one’s dreams
Some people deliberately fabricate dreams and visions that they have not really seen, as a means of gaining spiritual prestige and fame, or for some material gains, or to scare their enemies, and the like. Many of the common people have strong beliefs in dreams and are easily deceived by such lies. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) issued a stern warning to whoever does such a thing: "One of the worst types of lie is for a man to claim to belong to someone other than his real father, or to claim to have seen something which he did not see, or to attribute to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) words that he did not say." (Reported by Al- Bukhari, see Al-Fath, 6/540).
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also said: "Whoever claims to have seen a dream which he did not see will be ordered to tie two grains together, and he will never be able to do it " (Reported by Al-Bukhari; see Al-Fath, 12/427). Tying two grains together is impossible, so the punishment will fit the crime.
Sitting or walking on graves, or answering the call of nature in a graveyard
Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "If any of you were to sit on a live coal and let it burn his clothes until it reached his skin, this would be better for him than sitting on a grave." (Reported by Muslim, 2/667).
As for stepping on graves, many people do this, and when a person is buried you can see people who do not care where they walk (even wearing shoes sometimes) on neighboring graves, with no respect for the dead. The seriousness of this matter is clear from the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): "If I were to walk on coals or on a sword, or to mend my shoe with my own foot, this would be better for me than walking on the grave of a Muslim." (Reported by Ibn Maajah, 1/499; see also Sahih Al-Jami', 5038).
So what about those who take over the site of a graveyard and build businesses or homes there? As for responding to the call of nature in a graveyard, this is something done by people who have no morals at all. When they feel the need, they jump over the wall of the graveyard and offend the dead with their unpleasant odors and impure waste matter. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "'I wouldn't care if it were in the middle of the graveyard or in the middle of the marketplace" (ibid.) - i.e. answering the

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