Fatwa

March for Palestine

Fatwa #1013 Category: Miscellaneous Country: Zambia Date: 17th November 2023
Fatwa #1013 Date: 17th November 2023
Category: Miscellaneous
Country: Zambia

Question

I wanted to get your advice regarding the solidarity march on Friday at the Palestinian embassy. Is it advisable to go?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

As Muslims, we accept this world to be one of asbaab (means). Yet we firmly believe that ultimately, it is Almighty Allah who has the power to do as He wishes. The onus is on us to adopt the proper permissible means, and the rest is in the hands of Almighty Allah.

Protests, marches and vigils are all means we may adopt to voice our concerns regarding the plight of our fellow Muslims throughout the world. As with everything else, Shari’ah demands that none of its laws be violated when one decides to do something. It makes little sense to expect the help of Almighty Allah when the means one had adopted are either Haram or are tainted by Haram.

There is nothing inherently wrong in protests and marches as it remains one of the only ways a populace may make demands from the government. The efficacy of protests is debatable, but the permissibility would remain provided no laws of the Shari’ah are contravened.

Unfortunately, as is well known, many laws of the Shari’ah are flouted during protests such as unnecessary intermingling of sexes, carelessness with regards to covering the awrah, vandalism, missing of salah etc. Almighty Allah tells us in the Holy Quran that change cannot be brought about unless the people themselves first change. Therefore, it would be futile to expect the help of Almighty Allah when the very actions we are doing violate His commands.

As such, unless one is certain that the laws of Shari’ah will not be violated in protests and marches, they should be avoided. It is better to simply shed a tear for the people of Palestine and make due to Almighty Allah. He has watched over them for the past 75 years and will continue to do so till the day of Judgement.

It has also come to our attention that the march has encouraged people to bring candles which will be lit during the vigil. This is a practice that has no basis in our religion and can be traced back to the medieval church. Therefore, it must be avoided.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best 

Mufti Bilal Pandor

Concurred by
Mufti Nabeel Valli

Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah
Lusaka, Zambia

www.daruliftaazambia.com