Why? Is there a saviours day celebrated by some Muslims?

أعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْمِ
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
I seek refuge with Allah!
With the name Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Compassionate.

I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah; and I bear witness that Muhammed ibn Abdullah, to whom Allah revealed the Quran is HIS Last Servant and Messenger.

Say: “O you men! if you are in doubt as to my religion, (behold!) I worship not what you worship other than Allah But I worship Allah― Who will take your souls (at death): I am commanded to be (in the ranks) of the Believers.  “And further (thus): `Set thy face towards Religion with true piety, and never in anywise be of the Unbelievers;  “Nor call on any, other than Allah such will neither profit you nor hurt you : if thou dost behold! you shall certainly be of those who do wrong.”

– (Quran, 10:104-106)

Just why do they celebrate saviours day?

After wondering and searching for some time, I have finally found documented reasons behind this.  Excuse my bluntness, but it is pure paganism, Saviours Day, because it is a carry over from the misconceptions of the Nation of Islams beliefs prior to the passing of Elijah Mohammed.  I am now dealing with the question of why Warith Deen Mohammed brought it back into practice.  I have no knowledge of its practice until about 1989 (I made shahadatain in 1980), and as I said, I now realize what it is about.

It is not just the cultural identification a person can be proud of.  Proud in knowing that these African American people stood up for themselves (and in so doing, for all African Americans) as a people and built an African American Empire admired the world over.  More accurately, it should be termed Nation Day, as a purely cultural observance for those who choose to do so; while at the same time leaving the religous pantheon based in paganism in the past.

Paganism because ‘the’ central theme in the pantheon of those who were a part of the Nation of Islam was/is to believe the white man was created from the black man.  And, because this created man (the devil, as the pantheon relates) was evil (towards the black man), one had to be created to save the black man and lead him into knowledge of himself and ability to rule for himself, which was taken from him by the very white man he supposedly created from himself (I seek refuge with Allah!).  This, necessitated the so called saviour.  This saviour (أسْتَغْفِرُ الله ), is referred to by them as God in the Person of Master Fard Muhammed, I seek refuge with Allah, from the devil and his dupes.

It is well known that some followers of this (pantheon) belief system are now respected as true Muslim’s the world over because of their abandonment of these past beliefs for the belief in the true worship of Allah, not associating anything in worship of HIM Who has no need of help of any sort; and by their making the Quran and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad  صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ سَلَّمُ  the guide for their lives. But, however with their attachment to this aspect of their past and preaching it to others, can it truly be said that they have abandoned it completely? I would posit that some answer may be obtained if I had knowledge of when and why the Committee to Remove All Images that attempt to portray the Divine (C.R.A.I.D.) was abandoned, not long before the community began celebrating their saviours day.  I am all but certain that many did this all along, in private.  I have never heard a satisfactory explanation of  saviours day;  ‘what is saviours day?’  “why should I as a muslim celebrate this day?’  And most importantly saviour?”  In fact, it is the reason this question has kept pulling on me “why is this?”  Especially knowing that these people actively worshiped a man and juxtaposed another as a prophet, referring to both as their saviour.

With the name Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Compassionate.

“Those who split up their Religion, and become (mere) Sects each party rejoicing in that which is with itself!” 

(Quran 30:32).

With the name Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Compassionate.

As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah: He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did.

He that doeth good shall have ten times as much to his credit: he that doeth evil shall only be recompensed according to his evil. no wrong shall be done unto (any of) them.

Say: “Verily my Lord hath guided me to a way that is straight― a religion of right― the path (trod) by Abraham the true in Faith, and he (certainly) joined not gods with Allah.”

Say: “Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds:

No partner hath He: this am I commanded, and I am the first of those who bow to His Will.”

(Quran 6:159-163)

With the name Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Compassionate.

Say: He is Allah the One and Only;  Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;  And there is none like unto Him.

– (Quran 112)

With the name Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Compassionate.

“O you that believe! Fear Allah and believe in HIS Messenger, and HE will bestow on you a double portion of HIS Mercy: HE will provide for you a Light by which you shall walk (straight in your path), and HE will forgive you (your past): For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful:”  “That the People of the Book may know that they have no power whatever over the Grace of Allah, that (HIS) Grace is (entirely) in, HIS Hand, to bestow it on whomsoever He wills. For Allah is the Lord of Grace abounding;”

– (Quran 57:28-29).

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Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzan: Exaggeration of The Prophet

The Prophet [may the blessings of Allah and peace be upon him] has forbidden exaggeration in praising him, and thus exaggeration in praising others with greater reason. This is because such an act may lead to associating others in worship with Allah. The Prophet [may the blessings of Allah and peace be upon him] says:

“Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Mary, for I am only a slave. So, call me the slave of Allah and His Messenger.”

(Related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Exaggerating in praise mentioned in the above-mentioned Hadith refers to exceeding the limits in praising the Prophet [may the blessings of Allah and peace be upon him]. Put differently, the Prophet [may the blessings of Allah and peace be upon him] here instructs us not to exaggerate in praising him in the same way the Christians excessively praised Jesus [may the blessings of Allah and peace be upon him], the son of Mary, to the extent that they claimed his godhood. The Prophet’s words, “..for I am only a slave. So. call me the slave of Allah and His Messenger.” mean, “Since I am Allah’s Servant and Messenger, you should not describe me with any other titles:’ So, we should call him Allah’s Servant and Messenger, as these are the titles given to him by Allah.

For instance, Allah says in the Qur’an:

(All praise is [due] to Allah, Who has sent down upon His Servant [Muhammad] the Book .” (Qur’an: Al-Kahf: 1).

Allah says also in the Qur’an, “O Messenger” (Qur’an: Al-Maidah: 67).

Moreover, He says, “O Prophet” (Qur’an: At -Talaq: 1).

However, those who have committed shirk through glorifying the graves have insisted on acting against the Prophet’s commands and committed the things he has prohibited, so they have gravely contradicted his commands by glorifying him in the way he has forbidden. In this way they have resembled the Christians in committing shirk through exaggeration in praise. . . .

. . . Therefore, glorifying the Prophet [may the blessings of Allah and peace be upon him] and loving him are not attained except through following his footsteps and exerting the utmost effort to make his religion and Sunnah established and applied.

This ruling is further supported by the hadith narrated on the authority of Anas Ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) that reads:

”A group of men once said, ‘O Muhammad! You are our most righteous person, and the son of our most righteous person, our ‘sayyid’ (great Master) and the son of our ‘sayyid.’ The Messenger of Allah [may the blessings of Allah and peace be upon him] thereupon said, ‘O people! Say what you have to say, but do not allow Satan to deceive you. I am Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdullah, Allah’s Servant and Messenger. I do not like that you elevate me above the rank that Allah, Almighty and Ever-Majestic be He, has granted me.’ “

(Related by An-Nasa`i with a good chain of transmitters)

This hadith states that the Prophet [may the blessings of Allah and peace be upon him] forbade Muslims to call him ‘our sayyid’ for fear that they might, in this way, praise him excessively.

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