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Fourth Characteristic

Within the other characteristics of Jahillyyah are the conceptual corruptions and the erroneous views about life. For instance, in the past nations some of the ignorant people would not accept to give their daughters in marriage to individuals belonging to clans other than theirs since they believed that they had enjoyed superiority over others. In modern Jahillyyah, too many are the social classes that carry the same belief. The best example in this respect is the behaviors of some Sayyids—the descendants of the Holy Prophet. They refuse to give their daughters in marriage to individuals belonging to other than their lineage causing their daughters to become spinsters, to miss marriage and to be deprived of the right of establishing a family and feeling the pleasure of motherhood.


The reason beyond all these is their fathers' erroneous and ignorant views about life. Indeed, such wrong conceptions are opposite to the Holy Qur'an that says, "O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, Who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women. 4/1" Instructing his people, the Holy Prophet is reported to have said, "If you are sure of a person's reason and religiosity, you should then accept to marry him your daughter. " [1]

Likewise, if such people are taking pride in their belonging to the Holy Prophet, let it be known to them that the Holy Prophet takes pride in his belonging to Islam and in his obedience to Almighty Allah, not in his being Muhammad son of Abdullah.

Almighty Allah says: "But it has already been revealed to thee,- as it was to those before thee, 'If thou wert to join (gods with Allah), truly fruitless will be thy work (in life), and thou wilt surely be in the ranks of those who lose (all spiritual good).' 39/65"

"And if the messenger were to invent any sayings in Our name, We should certainly seize him by his right hand;. And We should certainly then cut off the artery of his heart; Nor could any of you withhold him (from Our wrath). 69/44-47"

The Holy Prophet himself says, "If I disobey (Almighty Allah), I will certainly be perished."  [2]

Hence, those who claim belonging in lineage to the Holy Prophet while they are violating his instructions are valueless. They are only trading in his name.



[1] Al-Hurr al-Amiliy: Was'il al-Shi'ah 14:51.

[2] Al-Majlisiy: Bihar al-Anwar 22:467.


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