Thousands Of Football Matches Fans Abandon (Friday) Salaat
By Shaykh Mashhur Hasan Aal-Salmaan
[Taken from “The Clarified Ruling Of Mistakes Done In Salaah”, Pp. 305-309]
The fans of football matches -the number of which may reach hundreds of thousands- crowd in the stadiums and when the ’Athaan calls them for Salaat, they respond not to it due to the paralysis in their minds and the blunting of their emotions, for what?! Only for being hideously fanatic to this or that team. Even the members of the same family, each cheers a team different from the other. The matter even gets worse when the supporters of the winning team make fun of the loosing one then severe fights follow immediately, the consequences of which are hundreds of casualties and deaths. The whole thing was plotted in order to busy the Islamic ’Ummah with trivials instead of being occupied with its great mission; namely fighting its enemies and solving its serious issues.
Accordingly, the ’Ummah looses its sense of pride and honour due to wasting alot of money and precious time on trivialities. Had these two factors been utilized properly, the Islamic ’Ummah would have been ahead of the developed nations in various domains.
Consequently, great values have been altered, the “hero” these days is the one who plays football professionally and hence makes a fortune (!!) not the one who sincerely defend the ’Ummah’s pride and honour. Indeed, Islaam does not agree on such unbalanced false values; in Islaam every human being receives what he deserves with no excessiveness nor negligence.
To conclude, football now has become one of the destructive hoes which our enemies are using in order to destroy the Islamic ’Ummah encouraging other nations to do the same.
The thirteenth protocol in “Protocolaat Hukamaa’ Suhyun” is a hard evidence on this. It states:
“ … and in order to keep crowds in their walking through the abys of astray, knowing nothing about the serious issues that concern them nor what should they be establishing, we are going to occupy them with trivial things, through establishing ways of fun, developing exciting games, various kinds of sports and encouraging them build great palaces and fascinating buildings, all with the help of mass media inviting crowds to sport matches, art galleries …’ etc. (1)
Dear brother, your enemies plan to lead you astray that you never see “light”. Through abandoning the Jumu‘ah Salaat, you are helping them achieve this purpose and hence a seal [be cast] on your heart that it no more receives goodness nor Allaah’s (swt) mercy touches it; consequently, it becomes impure and an absorbent of every evil. Indeed, we seek Allaah’s (swt) refuge from all this.
The apparent meaning of the aforementioned Ahaadith is that whoever does not present himself on Friday Salaat three times without having any Shar‘ excuse, his heart will be sealed and one will be of those ghaafilin and hypocrites. These three times are not necessarily successive ones, they could be separate – as some scholars held even if these three took place each in a different year; this heart will be sealed after the third time.
Ibn Abbaas’s Athar is a hard evidence for those who held that the three times should be successive ones.