Imitating the Disbelieving People


Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported:

RasulAllah Sallalahu alayhi wasalam, said,

“Verily, you will follow the path of those before you,

step by step and

inch by inch;

if they entered the hole of a lizard,

you would follow.”

We said, “O Messenger of Allah, do you mean the Jews and Christians?”

RasulAllah Salalahu  alayhi wasalam said,

Who else?”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 3269, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2669

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon)

according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim



It is a time in our history, where much of the practices of Islam have been disregarded and thrown aside in favor of practices that have no foundation in Islam. It is sad to note, that these practices are also thought to be part of Islam when in fact it is not the case and such favored practices are bidah. The question which then arises is, where or how does this come to be?


Mu’adh ibn Anas reported:

Rasulallah sallallahu alayhi wasalam, said,

Whoever gives up fine clothes due to humility for the sake of Allah,

even though he is able to wear them,

then Allah will call him on the Day of Resurrection

in front of all creation that he may choose

any garment of faith he desires to wear.”

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2481

Grade: Sahih li ghayrihi (authentic due to external evidence) according to Al-Albani



Much of the practices of bidah stem from adopting and imitating the practices and culture of the disbelieving people. There are many ways in which the Muslims have been groomed to imitate the disbelieving folk. These range from the types of dressing, to cultural practices and daily, monthly or annual observances.


Specifying certain Days- an inexhaustive list

Valentines Day, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Birthday, Halloween, Guy Fawkes Day, Nawruz (Shiah-Iranian New Year),  etc

Ibn Umar reported:

Rasulallah Sallallahu alayhi wasalam, said:

Whoever imitates a people is one of them.

Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 4031,

Grade: Hasan



Imitation in Lifestyle

The value system of the disbelieving folk has been adopted whole-heartedly. Competing in the aspects of the Dunya (worldly gain) has become rampant in this ummah.

The value system of Muslims has changed from that of ideals and principles to that of individualistic gain of wealth. This has become so deeply entrenched, that it is believed that if you’re wealthy you’re blessed, and if you’re not wealthy, you’re simply ex-communicated.  What would the muslims of today then make of those Companions of Rasulallah Sallallahu alayhi wasalam; who lived in absolute poverty or who were wealth but gave all their wealth in the cause of Allah subhana wa taala?

It is clear that Muslim ummah has swallowed whole the aspects of striving for worldly gain, the material objects, the amassing of wealth, the amassing of assets, all this at the loss of living the lives as muslims should. The Zuhd of the Companions of Rasulallah salalahu alayhi wasalam has been pushed aside in a time of the rule of secularism. Islam has thus become ritualized, without any essence in its practices.

It is secularism which is now the chosen methodology over the sunnah, thus the sunnah has been bent to suit the lifestyle, and not the lifestyle bent to suit the sunnah. Thus we see the lifestyle of excess; glamour and glitz being chosen over the purity of Islam.


Abdullah ibn Umar reported:

Rasulallah sallallahu alayhi wasalam, said,

Whoever wears a garment in vanity,

Allah will make him wear a garment of humiliation on the Day of Resurrection,

then He will set it ablaze with fire.”

Source: Sunan Ibn Majah 3607

Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Albani


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