Q&A: At The Fair

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Question:

I recently attended a fair which was organised by a Muslim organisation to raise funds. The most distressing aspect was that due to the huge crowds, men and women were being pushed against each other. While some people seemed disturbed, most men and women just continued to squeeze past each other without much bother. Though I initially got caught in the midst of the crowd unintentionally, I then deliberately allowed myself to keep getting pushed against women. I am now feeling very guilty. How do I rectify the situation? (summary of question)  

 

Answer:

Allah Ta`ala has blessed us with the perfect Deen. Every command of Allah Ta`ala is entirely for our benefit. If any law is transgressed, it will naturally bring along its negative consequences. The clear injunction of the Qur`an regarding the complete segregation of males and females was ignored by the many women who thronged to this venue. The immediate negative consequence was that they became objects of Zina. Furthermore, such open shamelessness and zina is among the signs of qiyamah and directly invites the wrath and curse of Allah Ta’ala. Merely coming into such a gathering and allowing themselves to be touched, pushed and bumped by strange men included the women also in the sin, even if they did not have any illicit intention.

 

Unthinkable

The unthinkable gathering of Muslim men and women in the manner described, apparently in the name of Islam, is another indicator of the severe erosion of hayaa (shame and modesty) in the Muslim community. Even after being pushed and touched by strange men the Muslim mothers, wives and daughters did not flee out of the place in utter disgust? The fathers, husbands and brothers present obviously knew what was happening. The mere thought of something like this happening should have made them extremely nauseous, let alone see it happening in front of their eyes!!!

Your sin was also severe. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: “It is better for you to collide with a pig covered with mud than to rub your shoulder against the shoulder of a woman who is not permissible for you (in a crowd or elsewhere)” (Tabrani). The only remedy is sincere taubah. Beg Allah Ta’ala’s forgiveness and firmly resolve never to go to such places in the future. Also give some sadaqah or do some other good actions to compensate for the severe transgression.

 May Allah Ta’ala grant us the ability to do that which pleases Him at all times and save us from even a single moment of His displeasure. Aameen.
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