Questioner: (As for) making use of ‘Aajo soap’ (voodoo soap) upon the understanding that Allaah does not detest voodoo, if a trader is given such voodoo soap, what is the ruling of Islaam on it?
Dr Sharof: Allaah does not detest ‘Aajo’ should either be a prophetic tradition or a verse of the Qur’aan (before it can be accepted). This is because a statement like this should not be mentioned except with its evidence. (A person says), Allaah does not detest ‘Aajo’, and what is meant by this is grinding the head of snake to make soaps and yet you say Allaah does not detest ‘Aajo’; Allaah detests it. What is meant by it is that an innocent child is used for money ritual, yet you say Allaah does not detest it; Allaah detests it. What is meant by it is that a person is charmed to death and you say Allaah does not detest it. You are lying against Allaah. For this reason, one must not lie against Allaah and the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
Yes, Allaah does not detest the ‘Aajo’ that has to do with being punctual at your market place and not frowning (at your customers) when doing your business. All these are ‘Aajo’ required for you to make huge sales. Allaah does not detest the ‘Aajo’ that has to do with packaging your goods in nylon for your customers.
However, believing that there is a soap that will help you make huge profits is a lie. (Funnily, Shaykh said), you have written a letter to ‘Okuta’ (misfortune), and it will come with DHL (if you have such belief). For this reason, we should be wary of this evil. There is a radio station announcing that if you want your business to progress you should come to them. They declared that advertising your business at their station is faster in action than ‘Awure’ (charm for luck). I hope you understand. This is because those people making ‘Awure’ for others also patronize radio stations (for advertisement). They utter many funny statements. A person may say he uses his palm to get good fortune for others; another one says he uses water; another says he uses mats; another one says he uses prayer kettle, and so on. Why should these set of people go to radio and television stations? I hope you understand. You had better find money and go advertise your business on the radio and television stations. These people who claim they can make you fortunate are also patronizing the radio and television stations. Those radio stations even say advertising at their place is superior to good luck charms. This shows that the lairs have known themselves as liars.
Allaah taught us a lesson which will make our provisions multiply and will make us productive and contented. Allaah says, ‘And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allaah, and remember Allaah often that you may succeed.’ [Soorah al-Jumu’ah (62):10] If you want your business to prevail, remember Allaah often; if you want to be successful, remember Allaah often; if you want promotion in your job, remember Allaah often. What else? Whatever you want, (just ensure that you) remember Allaah often. So what is it that the Muslim does not have for which he goes to the place of Shirk? What have you lost that you want to see at the shrines?
🌹🌲[SOURCE: Question and Answer session of the tape, Explanation of the harms of Takfeer at Ede’]🌲🌹
Transcribed by 🏮Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey🏮