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The Key To Paradise in Islam - Why Forwarding Islamic Text Messages Is Wrong

Updated on July 15, 2013

Acquiring The Key To Paradise

I was sitting down on my couch watching tv one night, when a good friend of mine sent me a text message. I read it and replied back to him straight away. The subject of the text was about 1,000 Hajis (people who have been to Mecca for a pilgrimage), who dreamt of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him), and they were all given a message to pass on.

All night i was bombarded with Islamic related text messages, which frankly, got on my nerves. You will understand the reason why after you read what i have to say about this forwarding texts business.

A while ago my good friend gave me a lift to work in his taxi, and he is a great man who does his prayers five times a day, always talks about the Deen (Islam), and is loved by everyone in the Muslim community. He tries his best to stay on the Seerat Al-Mustakim (Straight Path), and i pray he succeeds.

As we were in the car on my way to work, the subject of dying as a Muslim and acquiring the Key to Jannat (Paradise) was discussed. He said he once had a customer who, as he left the car and went to his front door to open it, had left his key in the taxi. My friend said to him, as he gave the key that was left on the car seat, "You won't be able to get in without the key."

We as Muslims have to acquire the key to open the doors of Jannat for us, like that customer who couldn't get into his house without his key. He had to come back to the taxi to find his key, because he could come back. After we die we can't come back to find our key to Jannat, because we only live once, and we have to take that one chance. The only way to get the key is by remembering Allah (God), praying five times a day and live a life based on the teachings of our Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). I agreed with my friend.

Shirk

There is an element of Shirk in forwarding Islamic text messages which promise good news or warn about bad news. It is not right and it is Shirk because you are believing in the mtext message or email that warns you that you will get bad news if you do not forward it to a certain number of people.

What is Shirk?

Shirk is when you assign partners to Allah. In the case of text messages or emails, if you believe them, then you are assigning partners to Allah.

Shirk is one of the major sins in Islam which Allah never forgives.

Be careful what you read and what you forward.

Forwarding Islamic Texts
Forwarding Islamic Texts

The Texts

This is how the text conversation ensued.

My friend

"Out of all the Medina's Hajis, one thousand Haji's dreamt of our Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), who said to them, "Tell my Nation to go and recite the Qur'an. Whoever, after hearing this, tell eleven other people, they will receive good news within the next nine days. Whoever does not pass on this message after hearing it, will not receive any good news for the next fifteen years." Please forward this message onto eleven other people to receive good news."

My reply

"Did our Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) say to forward this message via texts to eleven people, so you can receive good news within nine days?"

My friend

"No."

My reply

"Sorry, I don't believe in receiving good news, bad news or prayers answered by forwarding Islamic messages via texts. I believe we should pray directly to Allah, seek his forgiveness and be patient. We shouldn't depend on and hope by forwarding texts we will receive good news within a certain time.

It is ok to forward information to other Muslims via any medium, but telling people to forward certain number of texts for good news is wrong. This is because people will be misled into pinning their hopes of receiving good news, or their prayers being answered if they forward these kinds of texts to other people. Of course some people aren't religious, and this makes it easier to believe and follow, which is the work of satan.

You told me once, the only way to Paradise is to acquire the KEY, by praying five times a day and by living a life based on the teachings of our Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). Please try to understand what i have written, and i hope inshallah (God willing), you will not take offence."

My friend

"No problem brother, Inshallah we'll meet up soon."

The text conversation ended and i went to sleep.

The Door
The Door

The Conclusion

The message i am trying to convey to the Muslim Nation is that it is wrong to put your hopes on receiving good news, having your prayers answered or anything else for that matter via texts, emails and any other medium.

We should believe only in Allah alone. No one else, nothing else.

If you do receive these kinds of texts, then don't forward them but teach the sender, whoever it may be, that it is wrong. You will sin if you believe in such things.

Would you really believe me if i sent you a Dua (prayer), and then wrote "If you send this to 10 other people, you will receive good news within the next 24 hours, and if you don't, you will receive bad news for the next one year. Trust me, it works"?

What if that 24 hour passed and you didn't receive the good news you were promised? Would you be angry at the sender or that the forwarding of the text was unsuccessful? You would be confused, for sure!

Read the two paragraphs above again and try to understand where you may have rested your hopes on. The text message? Or Allah? I would say the text message, because that is the thing that is saying if i do so and so i will be rewarded with good news. Do you understand what i mean?

May Allah forgive us, and give us Tawfeeq to stay on the Right Path.

Text Message About Ramadan

There is a new text message going around about Ramadan.

This new text message mocks Ramadan because it makes relationships out of the the holy month of Ramadan, suhoor, taraweeh etc. This is a total disgrace and i despise the person who came up with it.

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      Sister123sb 

      2 years ago

      Hi giffgaff, may peace & blessings be with you, it's unfortunate you hold such a misinformed opinion of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, I suggest a little personal research of this topic might enlighten you. There was no rape, there was a marriage & whilst she (r.a) was young they lived apart, & we are not speaking of any ordinary lady, but one of the mothers of the Islamic faith, she was a blessed lady who had a most sharp mind, and extraordinary intellect with a special knowledge of science, who Allah himself sent a verse in the Qura'an for, some say Hazrat Bibi Aisha (r.a) was so young so she was able to pass on the message of Islam after Prophet Muhammad's death (pbuh), as she helped in compiling the Hadith to guide Muslims after his death (pbuh). I suggest you read more about how amazing and loving their relationship was so you might gain a truer & better understanding.

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      giffgaff 

      2 years ago

      i couldnt disagree with you more and also your prophet mohammed rapped a girl when she was only an infant PEACE BE UPON HIM I THINK NOT MATE!

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      4 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      Gous Ahmed 

      6 years ago from Muslim Nation

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      lidrexeupifeb 

      6 years ago

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      iman-faith 

      6 years ago

      I used to have bad dreams all the time , I would wake up with fear and heart pounding not knowing why and what is taking place. until I started listening to (QURAN) and recite sura's. ALHAMDULILLAH.praise be to Allah.

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      Tayyaba Sarwar 

      6 years ago

      I am very glad t0 read this txt...

      I also receive such txts but n0w I g0t the idea of h0w t0 handle them...

      thanks

      Allah bless u n all Muslims n help us in bec0ming true Muslims

      AMEEN

    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Yes it is sister.

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      BeautyQueen 

      6 years ago

      IS dating for muslims really haaram

    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thanks Abdul.

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      usman 

      6 years ago

      send me some islamic books name plz

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      Abdul Kayum 

      7 years ago

      Salam bro. i agree. very good info. also a lot people are foolish to believe these texts.

    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      7 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thank you all for your comments, i'm glad you enjoyed readin it and understood it the way i wanted readers to understand it.

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      TonyAtHubPages 

      7 years ago

      John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

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      mnaeem 

      7 years ago from Maldives

      I agreed with the contents of authors message. If anyone follows these type of text or graphic message s/he is in the way going to wrong crooked path. Advise to all to make strong your Faith towards ALLAH by reciting the Quran and follow its meaning and also read Hadhees of Prophet Mohamed (PBUH)and makes deed accordingly then you will be on the right straight track.

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      Wanderor 

      8 years ago

      I really like your thoughts and could not agree with them more!

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      Lightuponlight 

      8 years ago

      Ameen!!!

    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      8 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thanks for your comment Aamnah.

      When we near the end of the world nearly all Muslims will forget Allah and Muhammad (pbuh). The world will end when there is no one left who remembers Allah or Muhammad (pbuh).

      It is good to share and remind family and friends of GENUINE hadeeths and acting upon them. Sending the written name of prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in texts is not a problem either. Just remember one thing, whenever you say 'Muhammad', say sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Which means 'peace be upon him'. We should respect Muhammad (pbuh) and his name always.

      I know many youngsters who don't know who Muhammad (pbuh) is, which is very worrying. Ask them who is no.1 in the music charts, they'll tell you without hesitation.

      Thanks again for your comment, hope you have a good life.

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      Aamnah  

      8 years ago

      Salam bro ... very well said .. but sum of my friends say me tat its wrong to forward religious messages like hadiths n stuff because we include our prophet (PBUH) name in the text ... my friends say ths tat { our prophet (PBUH) once said duniya will erase my name while aakhirath ie, nearing judgement day } Is it really true ? i wud be very thankful 2 u if u can serve me with right knowledge

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      Gous Ahmed 

      8 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thank you very much GmaGoldie, i really appreciate your comment.

      I don't believe in forwarding texts with religious content which is more harmful to people than good. Both of the religions are very similar in some ways as i have read some of the bible aswell.

      I iwsh you all the best and hope you have a great life.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      G Miah,

      You are very wise. While I am a Christian, I read the Quran and find the religion very similar rather than different. I respect your beliefs and found this Hub very enlightening and extremely well written. I believe my Great Great Grandfather was a Muslim which I found out after I had close friends who were Muslims. You are a great asset to Hub Pages.

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      Gous Ahmed 

      8 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thanks for your comment Buraq. It really peeves me off when people send me these kinds of texts, so i send them a message back to make them understand. It just shows how weak some people's Imaan has become.

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      buraq 

      8 years ago from Vaniyambadi

      Very well said Bro......this is a gud way of explaining people what actually the message is and all this new generation way is a crap. To hear a gud news is to pray directly to Allah, and ask his forgiveness for the sins we done knowing and unknowingly. To receive a gud news is only when we pray and ask from god for something good, now this is SHIRK, as we believe in the text and do accordingly, rather than believe in Allah completely and ask his blessings.

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