Some Common Mistakes in Islam

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Translated from the book “Akhtwaunaa fil Ibaadaat wal Mu3aamalaat, By Dr. Mustafa Muraad – Al-Azhar University – “
There are things we talk or do everyday but we do not realize they go against our ‘Aqeedah. Some of them are:
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1. Saying “working is Ibaadah (al-‘amal ‘ibaadah)” – This is a proverb always used by those who don’t pray. Using these words is a great mistake, because work can not be an alternative of Ibaadah, otherwise it can be an alternative of ibaadah attibuted to Satan.
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2. Saying “save an hour for your Lord and another hour for your heart” – In this proverb, they aim at legalizing the commitment of doing sinful acts. All hours must be saved for Allah. Every time we need Allah, we need to be thinking of Allah’s. Allah cares for us all the time, if He stops just for a second, we will all die.
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3. Sweeping in the house at night brings poverty. – This is a wrong belief, it was only used to encourage people not to work during night, but as time passed, people took it as it says. Wrong!
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4. Saying “Why me God?”, “Why this God?”, “God, why do you do this to me?”, “God, do I deserve this?” – This is playing with Allah and suspecting Him of not being just. But who are you to assess Allah’s qadar? Just say Alhamdulillah qaddara Allah wa maa shaa fa’ala.
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5. They say “No shyness in religion (Laa hayaa fi deen)” – This is a wrong saying. To make matters worse, many people understand it as a Hadith. Let’s see … Shyness is a branch of Imaan, meaning that there is shyness in religion. The Prophet salla Allah alaih wasallam said “…and shyness is a branch of Iman”. Those who say laa hayaa fi deen, were supposed to say “laa hayaa fi suaali ani al-deen” meaning: “No shyness to ask about religion”, “no shyness to learn about deen” as he (saw) said “two people can not learn; “a shy person and a proud person”.
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6. Saying “InshaAllah” on something that has already happened. – InshaAllah means If Allah wishes/wills – Some people say after having eaten nsima or any other food “I have eaten inshaAllah” . The right way is to say it upon what you wish should happen in future and not what has already happened. Allah Himself says “You will enter the sacred Masjid inshaAllah” al-fath 27
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7. Saying “Allah and His Messenger know (Allah wa Rasooluh a’lam)” – If the one saying this  believes that the Prophet (saw) knows the unseen, then he has disbelieved (kafar). But if he intends to refer the knowledge to Al-Qur’an and Sunnah, then he’s right. This sentence was rightly and well used during the time of Rasoolullah (saw), which meant ‘refering the knowledge and religious opinions to Allah and His Messenger . The Sahabahs did the same when they were asked something they didn’t know, they would refer the questioner to Allah (Quran) or the Prophet (Sunnah)’
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8. Saying “Yaa Rasoolullah madadi” , “Yaa Refaai madad” – Al-madad means power/help. This does not originate except from the Most Powerful Allah Ta’ala. To say “Yaa Rasoolullah madadi” means “O Rasoolullah, Help Us!”
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9. They say “Everyone prays for his Prophet” – This is wrong. It can mean that Muslims have only one Prophet…the truth is that Muslims believe in ALL Prophets. Muslims pray for all Prophets.
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10. Saying “Peace be upon who follows the guidance (Salaamun ‘alaa man tab’al huda)”, referring to a Muslim is wrong- The best salaam to say to a Muslim is: Assalam Alaikum, or Assalam Alaikum Warahmatullah, or Assalam Alaikum Warahmatullah Wabarakaatuh. Saying “Salaamun ‘alaa man tab’al huda” means that you are guiding someone who has not gotten the guidance, it was also used at the time of Rasoolullah (saw) when he sent letters to leaders of different nations, inviting them to Islam. It can be used to day as an introduction or greeting to infidels, polytheists or atheists in order to give them the idea that they are in darkness.
May the Almighty Allah wash away these kinds of sins from us,purify us and make us among the Firdaus dwellers on the Day of Judgment.
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