Regarding boycotting pro-Zionist Companies?‏

In, “Rasheed Abdullah” wrote:

 Bismillahi wa salaatu wa salaamu alaa rasulillah Alhamdulillah,

 we were very fortunate to have Shaykh Saalim at-Taweel spend five days here in California. In that time he went over the importance of following the Sunnah, sinning and what are the excuses that lift the blame of the sin, what wipes away the sin, the importance of istighfar, the hadeeth of forbidding oppression from hadeeth #24 of Arba’een an-Nawawi, plus questions and answers. From one of the more beneficial answers was the Shaykh’s nearly 50 minute answer to the question on boycotting. Here is an excerpt of the detailed answer as translated by Abu Muhammad al-Maghribi (he was the translator for the Shaykh during his visit): Question: Some of the companies, for example that support the Zionists and their like, such as McDonald’s and other big companies that supposedly support the Israeli state and so forth, should we boycott them? Answer: The answer, yes you can eat from them. Allah did not put it upon us that when we buy something from a person that we ask him, “What are you going to do with this money?” The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) used to deal with the Jews and they used to deal in ribaa and suht (evil). And they even tried to kill the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). And they poisoned his food. They were his enemies, but with all this, he didn’t boycott dealings with them. Boycotting in these things has no basis in Islaam. They put a hardship on the people. We shouldn’t worry about going to a restaurant and what they are going to do with the money we give them. You just make sure that what you buy is halaal and the money that you use is halaal. What that person does with the money is not up to you. If you say that you want to make sure of what he does with the money. Now, the one who gives the money, he has to ask, “What are you going to do with it?” And that one has to ask the one after him, “What are you going to do with it?” Then the other one will give the money to someone else and he’d have to ask, “What are you going to do with it?” And this will go on up till Yaumul Qiyaamah. (laughter from the gathering). Or do we ask (if we are the seller), “All of this money: where did you get it from?” (Let’s say) I have a car to sell. One person, he came to buy the car and I ask him, “From where did you get this money? And the one who gave it to you, where did he get the money? And the one who gave it to the one who gave it to the first one, who gave it to him?” until Aadam alayhi salaam (laughter from the gathering). Allah said he did not place upon you any haraj (hardship) in the deen. Just take what Allah has made lawful for you and stay away from what Allah has made unlawful. Many people spoke about boycotting and they make it difficult on the people: “don’t eat cheese, don’t drink milk,” and Allah didn’t command this. And we are in no need of this. Even the people who call people to boycott, they themselves are not truthful to that which they call people to. They don’t even boycott. He boycotts the milk, then he doesn’t do it another day. It’s not like they (those not true to their boycott) are going to die if they don’t eat the cheese and milk. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), at the end of his life, bought some barley from a Jew so that his family could eat. He is the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), he is the ruler over a large land, he had companions that, if he asked for their lives they would give it. With all of this, he accrued a debt to get barley from a Jew. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) didn’t have money. So he put up his shield that he used in battle as collateral. It is well known that if you put up something like that as collateral, if you don’t pay, you lose it. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) died and his shield was still with the Jew. This narration proved that until his last days he (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) still dealt with the Jews. He didn’t say, “This shield, the Jews will take it and get strong with it and fight the Muslims.” We’ll never end if we think like this and make it difficult for the people. This is strange and it is not supported with any proof from the Qur’an and Sunnah. I read something from one of the famous people–he’s deviant in his manhaj, I’m not going to mention his name—he said everyone buys something from the kuffaar with a dinar or dollar or qirsh or rubiyyah, the kaafir will take it and get strong and use it to kill the Muslims. The Muslims need to get certain things from the kuffaar: plane, cars, …, medicine. So actually with this decision you will make the Muslims weaker. Don’t buy from them? To deal with them is one thing, but to show allegiance to them is something else. The prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) died and his shield was still with a Jew. Rasheed Abdullah

Recieved as an email of the Q and A of Shiekh Taweel, hafiduhallah