Holding a candlelight walk to honour victims

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Q: Is the below permissible: 

Danforth-Donlands – Pocket Community: Vigil Friday night at the Mosque – February 3, 2017 Residents in the Danforth-Donlands area will hold a candlelight walk and vigil on Friday night, encircling the mosque – the Madinah Masjid – to honour fellow Canadians in Quebec City who were victims in the horrific mass shooting there. We will also demonstrate our support and solidarity with the mosque and its community, standing together in our mutual call for peace and unity [solidarity?]. Meet at 7:45 pm in front of the mosque at 1015 Danforth Avenue for a prayer and welcoming remarks. Vigil participants will walk west on the south side of Danforth to Jones, south on Jones, east on Chatham to Byron, north on Byron, and back along the south side of Danforth to the mosque for a moment of silence, ending at approximately 9 pm.


A: The greater and nobler work is to bring the light of truth i.e. holding onto the sunnat, living for the sunnat and dying in the sunnat. These are all emotional and sentimental outbursts that do not come forth with any real meaning.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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