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Islamic chain letters and doom if not forwarded

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Qibla.com

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

This is typical of a chain e-mail that I receive on a regular basis – promising doom if I don’t pass it on to others – can you please shed some light on this from the perspective of Islamic Law – so that I can pass this info onto the people who send these sorts of e-mails to me – the actual text of an e-mail sent to be follows: “>Believe In that… !! this is in Arabic.. this is what it says.. A young girl had a very serious illness.. nothing could cure her.. On laylat al qadr.. the girl was asleep… and in her dream… Zainub (our prophets (sallah allah 3ala wa sallam) daughter) gave the young girl some water… in the morning when the girl got up her illness had cured… next to her bed she found a piece of material saying that she must distribute that to 13 people… and so she did… A navy officer sent this letter to 13 people and he was promoted.. A business man received this letter and threw it away… not believing in it… and he lost everything he had within 13 days.. It reached a labourer and he distributed it to 13 people… he was promoted and all his problems were solved within 13 days… So you must send this e mail to 13 people for something good to happen to you (inshallah) so people… get sending !! 🙂 don’t be lazy.”

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

Most of the content of such letters is baseless, containing fabricated hadiths that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) never said and calling for matters that the scholars of traditional Sunni Islam never said.

Rather, the right thing to do is to seek a sound source of essential Islamic knowledge, which is knowledge relating to one’s religious practice and daily life and actions, and then to act on it with sincerity and love of Allah.

And Allah alone gives success.


Faraz Rabbani

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