This [questioner] from Algeria asks: What is the ruling on specifying the day of Eid for visiting relatives and friends?
Shaykh Muhammad bin Hādī al-Madkhalī:
That is a good action and the relatives are most deserving of maintaining ties, because they are kinsfolk, they are more entitled than others [to this].
So start with them and then visit [the] others after that. That is what is required, that a person begins with his kinsfolk because they have a greater right upon him than others. He should treat them with kindness and if he has time [he can] visit his brothers.
If he achieves [all] that then all praise be to Allah – and if he does not achieve that, then it is not from the Sunnah to do that [anyway]. It is sufficient to meet the people at the Musalla – all praise and thanks be to Allah – and to meet them at the mosques at the five [daily] prayers, that can be achieved and is enough – and all praise and thanks be to Allah.
It is not a condition to visit [friends] at home. But this has become a custom of the people, and in this case the custom is not contradictory to the legislation, they do not claim that it is an act of worship and the reason for that is that it is a day of happiness and joy, so there is no problem in all that. And Allah knows best.
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Saying “Kullu ‘aamin wa antum bi khayr” (Wishing you well every year) – Shaykh al-Albanee(rahimahullaah)
In the casette no. 323 of the series “Silsilah al-Hudaa wal-Nur”, Shaykh al-Albanee (rahimahullaah) – following a conversation at the end of which a person gave him the greeting, “Kullu ‘aamin wa antum bi khayr” (Wishing you well every year) – he said:
“As for this closing reamrk, then it has no basis for it at all, it is sufficient for you (to say), “May Allaah accept your obedience.” As for “wishing you well every year,” this is a greeting of the non-Muslims which has crept into us the Muslims, due to our heedlesness, [Allaah says], “And remind, for verily reminder benefits the believers.”
And in the cassette no. 52 from the same series, in another conversation where someone greeted the Shaykh with the same statement, he (rahimahullaah) said,
“As for taking a specific phrase – wishing you will every year (kullu aaminwa antum bikhayr) – this has no basis, support from the Islamic Shari’ah, and is used in every Shari’ah, there is no difference (in this greeting) between a Jew, Christian and Muslim.”
Source : Translated from a post on Sahab.Net
- Warning Against The Greeting: ‘Sabaahul Khayr’, ‘Sabaahun Noor’, ‘Masaa ul-Khayr’, ‘Masaa-in-Noor’
- Exchanging Greetings and Well-Wishes for the New Year
- Congratulating on new Gregorian year, the new Hijri (lunar) year, and the Mawlid
- Greeting The Kuffaar On Christmas – Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen
- Greetings – Spreading Salaams
Eating the Meat Sacrificed by One who Does not Pray
The ‘Allaamah Muqbil ibn Haadee Al-Waadi’ee
My father is a man who does not pray. He sacrifices for us on the Day of ‘Eed. What is the ruling on this sacrifice when he slaughters or entrusts it to someone else?
If he slaughters then it is Haraam based upon the most correct of the statements of the people of knowledge. Because the one who abandons the prayer is considered a disbeliever due to the Hadeeth:
العَهدُ الذِي بَينَنَا وَبَينَهُمُ الصَّلاةُ ، فَمَن تَرَكَهَا فَقَد كَفَرَ
“The covenant that is between us and them is the prayer; whoever abandons it then he has disbelieved.”
And the Hadeeth:
ليس بين العبد وبين الشرك والكفر إلا الصلاة
“There is nothing between the slave Shirk and disbelief except the prayer.”
Na’am. Who reported the Hadeeth…? (After someone answers the Shaykh says:) Na’am, Muslim reported it. From the Hadeeth of whom? Huh? (After someone answers the Shaykh says:) From the Hadeeth of Jaabir. However, if other than him from those who pray were to slaughter then there is no harm (in eating it), insha-Allaah.
Translated By: Raha ibn Donald Batts