Using the expression 'Favorite Dish' to promote ethics and Dhikr
Q: This is a flier which I doubt its validity for publication. I got it from some Muslim brothers and I found in it some sentences that,
according to me, make fun of the religion of Islam.
Therefore, I refer it to you to know your opinion concerning it. I know that this flier is distributed among people; hence, I hope you could publish the reply in Al-Buhuth Al-Islamiyyah Magazine as soon as possible. May Allah protect you. I hope you may also direct a message to the publisher. As-salamu `alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah's Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you).
The Committee has studied the flier concerned, published by the collection office of Mr.
Talal ibn Hasan Al-Iskandrany, in
Al-Dammam, which has on one cover promotional phrases for the office and on the other cover the title "Favorite Dish". It reads as follows: Favorite Dish: Ingredients: one kilo of humility, one liter of forbearance, pieces of good judgment and patience.Preparation: Prepare yourself to be clean from hatred and grudge, and full of faith and good deeds.Put the "plate" of piety and faith in front of your eyes with regard to your dealings with those around you."Mix" fear and god-consciousness together, then "pour" patience and forbearance on (Part No. 3; Page No. 39) the mixture.Do not forget to put forgiveness when having the upper hand and tolerance at the end of the "mixture."Put the mixture in the "oven" of self-control, preferably "simmer" them.Lighten the "fire" of anger, for a blazing fire may burn the value of faith.Wait for one hour in seclusion and count yourself for what you did."Spice" this with goodwill and repentance, so that the "meal" will be free from impurities.Note: You could remove unpleasant smells by Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah). After an hour, get the "food" out of the "oven", and you will find it heavy in Mizan (the Scales for weighing deeds).The Committee gave the following answer: The owner of the office concerned should remove the writings on the second cover under the name of "Favorite Dish", for this implies contempt of Dhikr and Shar`y (Islamic legal) proprieties. This may lead to ridiculing Islam. This way has nothing to do with the way the Salaf (righteous predecessors) used to call to goodness. Accordingly, the owner of the shop and whoever gets a copy of this flier should destroy it. (Part No. 3; Page No. 40) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.