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Assalamualaikum, On This Diwali, I along with my friend (Muslim) were walking in the streets. A man came and asked where we do live? (He had no idea we were Muslims) When he came to knew we were resident of his area, he introduced himself as the Warden of our area and requested us to help him in the immersion (visarjan) of Goddess Kali idol since he could not find enough people for it and we being young would be an added benefit for him. In addition to this, he said, as we were simply talking (Having a casual time) and he was sure we were not at all busy. We simply refused. He politely pleaded us to help him. We kept denying. He said it would be a social service. We felt embarrassed at an elderly person requesting us repeatedly. We finally clarified that we were Muslim, and thus unwilling to help you. He said that he helps his Muslim friends and it would be a social service since the puja was organized by the ‘area-community’. After we refused again, he left. After his departure, we had a hot debate about whether we should have joined him or not? I sincerely and genuinely wanted to help him for the reasons: 1. This was a community function, and we are the part of the community.

  1. He was pleading and requesting repeatedly.

  2. Islam is strictly a religion of ‘niyat’ , and my sole intention was to

                                                                                   i.      To help someone in need.
                                                                                 ii.      To give a message to the whole community that Islam is a binding force.
                                                                                iii.      I considered it a very important social service to be performed.
                                                                               iv.      I was never willing to enchant their slogans (like, ‘jai Mata di’ , which is Shirk), just I wanted to help my community.

My friend argued: 1. Islam does not permit us to do so.

  1. If another Muslim see us, he would conclude, he is ‘following’ Hinduism, and I shall also do so.

  2. This would defame Islam (as Muslims are ‘attending’ a Hindu-ceremony).

  3. This is not a social service.

Please enlighten us, what should a true Muslim do in this situation? Expecting a prompt and unambiguous reply. Should I have helped him? I frequently indulge myself in clearing misconception about Islam. Your help will encourage me in this good work and will help me know Islam even better.


Dear Brother, you were rightly guided by your wisdom of choice and did the right thing. Although this man was elderly and he was of a pleasant nature and pleaded with you, your commitment to Allah Subhanahu Wa Taála and what He teaches us took precedence.

We know what Allah Subhanahu Wa Taála says in regards to any form of idolatry. Amongst many others, we have the Surahs pertaining to prophet Ibrahim Alayhum us-Salaam:

21:51. And certainly We gave to Ibrahim his rectitude before, and We knew him fully well.

  1. When he said to his father and his people: What are these images to whose worship you cleave?

  2. They said: We found our fathers worshipping them.

  3. He said: Certainly you have been, (both) you and your fathers, in manifest error.

  4. They said: Have you brought to us the truth, or are you one of the triflers?

  5. He said: Nay! Your Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, Who brought them into existence, and I am of those who bear witness to this:

  6. And, by Allah! I will certainly do something against your idols after you go away, turning back.

  7. So he broke them into pieces, except the chief of them, that haply they may return to it.

  8. They said: Who has done this to our gods? Most surely he is one of the unjust.

  9. They said: We heard a youth called Ibrahim speak of them.

  10. Said they: Then bring him before the eyes of the people, perhaps they may bear witness.

  11. They said: Have you done this to our gods, O Ibrahim?

  12. He said: Surely (some doer) has done it; the chief of them is this, therefore ask them, if they can speak.

  13. Then they turned to themselves and said: Surely you yourselves are the unjust;

  14. Then they were made to hang down their heads: Certainly you know that they do not speak.

  15. He said: What! Do you then serve besides Allah what brings you not any benefit at all, nor does it harm you?

  16. Fie on you and on what you serve besides Allah; What! Do you not then understand?

[31:13] Recall that Luqmaan said to his son, as he enlightened him, "O my son, do not set up any idols beside Allah; idolatry is a gross injustice."

[12:106] The majority of those who believe in Allah do not do so without committing idol worship.

[4:48] Allah does not forgive idolatry,* but He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who sets up idols beside Allah, has forged a horrendous offense.

[4:116] Allah does not forgive idol worship (if maintained until death),* and He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who idolizes any idol beside Allah has strayed far astray.

Subhanallah, how our Maker tests us! Your story has a moral to it:

Allah Subhanahu Wa Taála tells us to be kind and helpful towards people:

"Those who are kind and considerate to Allah's creatures, Allah bestows His kindness and affection on them. Show kindness to the creatures on the earth so that Allah may be kind to you." 48:29

"Allah is not kind to him who is not kind to people." Hadith - Muslim & Bukhari

BUT He also tells us that there are clear boundaries with regards to what:

O you who believe! Violate not the sanctity of the Symbols of Allah, nor of the Sacred Month, nor of the animals brought for sacrifice, nor the garlanded people or animals, etc. [Marked by the garlands on their necks made from the outer part of the tree-stems (of Makkah) for their security], nor the people coming to the Sacred House (Makkah), seeking the bounty and good pleasure of their Lord. But when you finish the Ihram (of Hajj or 'Umrah), you may hunt, and let not the hatred of some people in (once) stopping you from Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) lead you to transgression (and hostility on your part). Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment. 5:2

And Allah reassures us that He is there to guide and protect the righteous:

Indeed, they will never avail you against Allah at all. And indeed, the wrongdoers are allies of one another; but Allah is the protector of the righteous. 45:19

jazakAllahu khair

answered 5287 stronghold's gravatar image
edited Nov 19 '13 at 07:02

This link will help you discover the rulings and thoughts on stautes/ idols. It was to lengthy to paste here. InshaAllah this will help. But I feel the conlusion you came to was the right one. Have no dealings with stautes/ idols, for you do not know the true intentions for their use, or creation.

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