In the name of Allah, the Most-Merciful, the All-Compassionate
“May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon You”
Praise be to Allaah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allaah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘ala Rasulillah
As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu
Send this Email to 10 Persons
Curse will come upon You …
Almost everyday we come across such chain emails , few of them just non-sense and few of them actually carry islamic (fabricated) message with a tagline – Forward this Email to 10 persons or Else ….
There occurs today a very detestable practice among our muslim circle in particular but not specific to them. It is the indulgence and participation in
email chain letters. For those of us not familiar with this activity, it is
where someone sends an email letter with some sort of story pertaining, in most cases but not always, to something Islamic, and then they put a condition at the end of this story to distribute this email to a certain number of people.
The condition usually is a severe warning against not forwarding the email to the certain number of people in which case some calamity or mishap will occur if it is not done. In other cases the condition proposes a special benefit for
forwarding the email to the certain number of people.
A lot of times we as muslims simply forward (but we may not think that it will bring ‘good luck’) , but in doing this we are simply circulating a lie.
Ordinarily this is a form of shirk that I think most people would be aware of or at least should recognize. Believing that some act not from the Quraan or Sunnah, if done, can cause some harm and/or benefit is indeed shirk. In doing
so we set up a rival to Allaah, for truly it is only Allaah who can benefit us
or harm us, and only Allaah can remove such harm. As Allaah says in Surah
Al-Anam ayah 17:
“And if Allaah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He, and if He
touches you with good, then He is Able to do all things.”
One of the things we learn from this ayat is that any harm that afflicts us can only be removed by Allaah, so to specifically believe in bad omens, which includes bad luck and the belief that certain practices, not endorsed by Allaah or The Prophet , can affect the outcome of future events, is in essence the meaning of an omen. So to believe in these omens would be belief that other than Allaah can remove such harm from us, which is setting a rival with Allaah in this removal of harm, which is shirk!
And Allaah says in Surah al-Maaidah ayah
72 : “Verily, whosoever sets up rivals in worship with Allaah, then Allaah has
forbidden Al-Jannah for him, and the Fire will be his abode.”
In many circumstances these chain emails threatens the reader that ‘if’ the
email is not sent to the certain number of people then ‘such and such’ will
As reported this is Shirk! As is reported on the authority of Ibn Masood radhi Allahu anhu in a marfoo form, that he said:
“At-tiyarah (belief in omens) is Shirk, at-tiyrah (belief in omens) is Shirk.
There is none among us who is not afflicted by it, but Allah, by true dependence on Him removes it from the heart.”  So this hadeeth / athar is a
rejection of belief in omens because such beliefs necessitates negation of
belief in Allah’s Qadr and because it causes the heart to become attached to
other than Allah, which is Shirk.
Also it is reported on the authority of Abu Hurairah radhi Allaahu anhu that the
Messenger of Allah said:
“There is no `adwaa , no tiyarah (belief in omens) and no
haamah and no Safar ” (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)
Muslim, in his Saheeh, adds: “…and no naw and no ghoul .”
Now what is even more disturbing is that these omens are presented and
beautified in the form of “harmless” conditions and mere fun.
The most recent one of these shirk chain emails that I came across, put the
condition that “if you love Allaah, then forward this letter to..”!!! This
should indeed be a higher degree of disturbing for Ahl Sunnah as it entails
speaking about an attribute of Allaah without knowledge, namely Allaah’s love.
How is it that one can put a condition to Allaah’s love based on doing an act
that has no precedence in The Book of Allaah or The Sunnah of His Messenger
This is indeed a form of ilhad (deviation) regarding the attribute of Allaah, and a form of shirk in this category of Tawheed (Asmaa wa Sifaat). The love of Allaah is attainable through many acts of ibaadah mentioned to us in the Quran and Sunnah, and thus to innovate in this noble venture is a disgusting type of bidah, pursued in most part by those of ahl kalam (The people of false rhetoric), the philosophers, and the sufis. Those people who chose not to be content with the established texts of Al-Islaam, but rather engage in exercising their intellect with regard to the deen. As we should know the Beautiful, Perfect and Lofty Names and Attributes of Allaah are tawqeefiyyah, meaning they are derived from the text of The Quraan and The Sunnah.
Speaking about Allaah’s Names and/or Attributes without knowledge that which was not mentioned by Allaah or His Messenger or the righteous predecessors of this Ummah constitutes a great offense against Allaah and His Deen.
Allaah Subhana wa Taala says in Surah Al Araf ayah 33: “Say: My Lord has forbidden.. and that you say about Allaah that of which you have no knowledge”.
And Allaah says in
Surah al-Israa ayah 36: “Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge.”
So we must be extremely careful not to attribute to Allaah or place a condition on His Taala attributes that is not mentioned in any text of The Quraan and
Sunnah, even if it appears to agree with our intellect. This is the methodology of the Sahabah concerning the Names and Attributes of Allaah, and it is the methodology that we in turn should adopt.
In conclusion I offer this sincere advise, and straightforward warning, if you or anyone you know is in the practice of writing these emails, or forwarding them, please revere Allaah and set not up rivals with him by spreading this fitnah of belief and indulgence in omens and superstious practices. Like so many other types of hidden shirk, it is beautified and marginalized until it enters our home as something that we take to be so minute and insignificant.
 Narrated by Abu Dawood and At-Tirmidhi, who said it is authentic, but considered
the last part of it to be Ibn Mas’ood’s own statement
 Infectious or contagious disease.
 Interpreting omens based on the flight of a nocturnal bird.
 Some scholars said that it refers to parasites which infest the stomach and
intestines of mankind and cattle, while others said that it refers to the pagan belief that the arrival of the month of Safar in the Muslim calendar bodes ill, while the dictionary defines safar as jaundice – and Allah knows best.
 belief that the positions of the stars affect the climate
 ghosts and ghouls