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Saying “Jesus” when something goes wrong

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Q: Some people say “Jesus” if something goes wrong. They just say it and I sometime say Jesus instead of saying “O my god”. Can we say Jesus?

Bismillaah

A: For two reasons you should refrain from this. The first reason is that this has a resemblance with the Christians. The second reason is that the Christians use the name Jesus attributing divinity to him and imploring help from him. A believer should refrain from resembling the Christians in uttering this statement as this could amount to shirk even though this is not his intention.

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

تَكَادُ السَّمَاوٰتُ يَتَفَطَّرْنَ مِنْهُ وَتَنشَقُّ الْأَرْضُ وَتَخِرُّ الْجِبَالُ هَدًّا ﴿٩٠﴾ أَن دَعَوْا لِلرَّحْمَـٰنِ وَلَدًا ﴿٩١﴾ وَمَا يَنبَغِي لِلرَّحْمَـٰنِ أَن يَتَّخِذَ وَلَدًا ﴿ سورة مريم ٩٢)

عن ابن عمر قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم.  (سنن أبي داود، الرقم: 4033)

من تشبه بقوم أي من شبه نفسه بالكفار مثلا في اللباس وغيره أو بالفساق أو الفجار أو بأهل التصوف والصلحاء الأبرار فهو منهم أي في الإثم والخير. (مرقاة شرح مشكاة 4/431).

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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