The PEOPLE of ‘FADILAT’ in ISLM

When people came to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) to enquire about Islam, he made it simple for them to understand. He called upon them to make the declaration of Faith: that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger; to perform the Five daily obligatory prayers (Salat); to Fast in Ramadhan (Suam); to make Payment of the obligatory alms (Zakat) and to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj).

In the Qur’an we have the following verse: The Bedouin say, “We have believed.” Say, “You have not [yet] believed; but say [instead], ‘We have submitted,’ for faith has not yet entered your hearts. And if you obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not deprive you from your deeds of anything. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Surah Hujurat 49:14)

This verse is SIGNIFICANT because it clearly indicates that the mere declaration of faith (or for that matter the ‘physical’ performance of prayer, fasting and the Hajj), are all INITIATING step towards the establishment of faith (iman) in Allah. This is in fact the ‘outer layer’ or the ‘husk’ of a coconut. These rituals QUALIFY you to be a Muslim. It is just the BEGINNING stage to realisation. Unfortunately, the majority of Muslims have this impression that this is ISLAM.

For ages now, Muslims acquire their religion on a SEGMENTAL BASIS. It is just a piece of the cake. For example, if you are preaching about the ‘benefits (fadilat) of prayer (salat)’, the whole emphasis is on prayer based on the Qur’an and Ahadith; if it is about building a mosque, then the emphasis is on what you will gain from it in heaven; Likewise Jihad and illness. 

YOUTUBE is full of these formats. I am not against this approach. It is part of Islamic education BUT it is JUST the beginning! GRADUATION does not take place here. This according to the Qur’an is ILMUL YAQEEN. You have yet to reach ‘AINUL YAQEEN and HAQUL YAQEEN. 

Recently, I received a WhatsApp message on the benefits (fadilat) of reciting Ayatul Kursi (the Throne of Allah). The message read: “It is said that when the Angel of Death is taking the spirit (often referred to as the soul or ruh) ou of the body, it is a painful experience. They say that when the dead are awaken on the Day of Judgement, the effect of the ruh being taken are still present. Therefore, Allah Allah has called upon us to recite Ayatul Kursi after every salat. It is stated that anyone doing so would experience death like a strand of hair being taken from a pile of flour.

For the sake of INVESTIGATION and APPLICATION in the LIGHT OF SUCH STATEMENTS with the INTENTION of STRIKING A BALANCE in ISLAM, I wish to state the following:

1 As a Muslim, there can be NO DOUBTS concerning the Qur’an.

2. As a Muslim, what our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) has said in relation to the Qur’an MUST be accepted because it is an elaboration of what Allah has revealed. For example, to know how to perform the prescribed solats in the Qur’an, we turn to the Prophet’s explanation and example in his SUNNAH and AHADITH. 

3. However, when it comes to OTHER MATTERS, one need’s to GO BEYOND WHAT IS SAID. The initial statement of the Hadith concerning the BENEFITS of reciting anything is SUBJECTED to many other conditions. For example, if you read about what the Prophet (s.a.w.) said about a lady entering paradise because she gave a thirsty dog some water to drink from a well – does this mean that you should go out and get some water from a well and give it to a dog, so that you can enter heaven?

If you were told that if you built a mosque, you would be rewarded with a mansion in paradise, so go out and build a mosque because your Prophet said so. Of course, you will receive a mansion in paradise, BUT DO NOT DISCOUNT THE POSSIBILITY that it can be confiscated from you due to DEBTS OF SINS? For Allah’s sake do not be a Muslims with a calculator, totally up his points every time he/she parys at Masjidil Haram or Masjidil Nabawiyah! Do NOT count the number of Umrah you have done during Hajj or Umrah. This approach are for children, who look forward to sweets. YOU ARE AN ADULT!

If you view some YOUTUBE video or listen to a talk by some  ustad or ustazah about INDIVIDUALS who have recovered from a MAJOR ILLNESS due to the recitation of some verse from the Qur’an or some supplication (doa) of the Prophet (s.a.w.), PLEASE be careful! This is NOT A LOTTERY TICKET DISHED OUT FOR JUST ANYONE TO WIN!

The ADVICE you were given is valid (sah) but it does not work for everyone. YOU NEED TO QUALIFY FOR IT or YOU MAY BE ONE OF THE FORTUNATE PEOPLE, ALLAH HAS EXTEND HIS MERCY TO. JUST THE RECITATION MAY NOT WORK. A PERDON WHO DOES SO AND IF IT DES NOT WORK AND HE DIES FROM HIS ILLNESS: WHAT WOULD HE BE THINKING AT THE TIME OF HIS DISAPPOINTMENT? HE DID AS YOU RECOMMENDED (RECITE AYATUL KURSI) BUT STLL DIED! When this happens, your escape route will be “IT IS THE WILL OF ALL!”

It is high time, all these so-called scholars of Islam PRESENTED ISLAM IN A WIDER CONTEXT. There are NO SHORTCUTS IN LIFE. To become a Brigadier-General in the army, you have to work yourself up for the position. In Islam, the situation is no different. There are NO SHORTCUT! TO ENJOY SUCH BENEFITS, YOU HAVE TO ATTAIN CLOSENESS TO ALLAH AND TO DO SO YOU HAVE TO PERFORM “MUHASABAH’ (Self-Examination daily; to reflect on your ROTTEN self; to seek Allah’s forgiveness, mercy etc and ask Him to help you improve your attitude, conduct and behaviour!). Purify yourself…. Only then will you be able to enjoy the benefits of closeness to Allah. I do this daily through MURAQABAH (Contemplation) and still remain rotten! I cannot UNDO my Fitrah (created state) that Allah ordained, BUT I can turn to Him for help!

There are a lot of Muslims PROMOTING AND CHAMPIONING many causes without taking a good look at themselves. There are a lot of Muslims, stuck up with PRIDE and EGOISTIC ideals, only to experience HUMILIATION to help them down the ladder to live with reality; to help them realise that it is NOT ALLAH’S WAY to existence.

Please, as a Muslim, place ISLAM first and then your ETHNIC CULTURE. Allah comes first; live by His rules; harm none nor intend any bad or evil towards anyone; treat every one with respect; GET OUT OF YOUR COCONUT SHELL; learn to live with other worldviews and cultures. DO NOT THINK YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE GOING TO HEAVEN! If you FOLLOW any FADILAT and enjoy its benefits, PLEASE remember that it is for your OWN GOOD. DO NOT LOOK DOWN on anyone who does not follow you ideals. DO NOT THINK it’s the ONLY way to heaven. In Islam, there are thousands of doors to heaven. Islam according to the Qur’an is a religion that strike a balance. Be MODERATE and HELPFUL; SUGGEST or RECOMMEND, BUT NEVER IMPOSE YOU WILL because Allah’s WILL reigns supreme!

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Dangers of Liberal Islam in an Islamic State and a Secular State

Just what is our understanding of “Liberal Islam”?  Before one can go into defining Liberal Islam, one needs to understand the “state of the Ummah” as a whole. After this, one needs to understand the “state of the Islamic scholars”. When you get through this maze, will you be able to understand the TYPES of Liberal Islam I am taking about.

Muslims in general are CULTURAL, ROBOTIC, RITUALISTIC and DOGMATIC in nature. The majority comes under this collective category. Now what does this mean? To sum it up, you could say that the recite the Shahadah; perform their Daily Prayers; Fast in Ramadhan; Pay their Zakat and go for Hajj – that bout it! We refer to this as “Rukun Islam” (the Fundamentals of Islam).

Now, do not get me wrong. If you look up Ahadith (Sayings of the Prophet s.a.w.), these fundamental principles ESTABLISH ISLAM. It is true, they do so BUT on further examination it takes far more than just that to qualify in terms of “nearness to Allah”. This state of being a Muslim is ONLY the initiating state of being a Muslim; a state that enable you to quality as a Muslim! Otherwise, the Prophet (s.a.w.) would NOT have said to a group of desert Arabs who came to him declaring that they “believe”. 

The Qur’an in Surah Hujurat 49:14 states: The Bedouin say, “We have believed.” Say, “You have not [yet] believed; but say [instead], ‘We have submitted,’ for faith has not yet entered your hearts. And if you obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not deprive you from your deeds of anything. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”

 Acquiring Iman is a process. One cannot determine it. According to Ahadith it fluctuates from one extreme to another. It depends to a great extent on your efforts to acquire it; it depends on Allah; it also depends on the degree of Taqwa (piety), Tawakkal (trust), Hidayah (guidance) and Hikmah (wisdom), you receive from Allah. Without this you are nothing but a ‘donkey laden with books!”

The Qur’an in Surah Jumu’ah 62:5 states: “The example of those who were entrusted with the Torah and then did not take it on is like that of a donkey who carries volumes [of books]. Wretched is the example of the people who deny the signs of Allah. And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.” This is the textual translation of the verse. However, if you look up the Qur’an on ‘ILMUL YAQEEN, ‘AINUL YAQEEN and HAQUL YAQEEN, you will be able to recognize the INTELLECTUAL BEGGOT, the one who has INNER-SIGHT and the one who understand REALITY as it really exists with Allah! 

What I just spoke about more or less also sums up Muslims scholars. They will sell the word of Allah for a miserable price!

The Qur’an is Surah Imran 3:199: “And indeed, among the People of the Scripture are those who believe in Allah and what was revealed to you and what was revealed to them, [being] humbly submissive to Allah. They do not exchange the verses of Allah for a small price. Those will have their reward with their Lord. Indeed, Allah is swift in account.” 

In brief, when you look up all this information and digest it, you will be able to understand why the Ummah of Muhammad (s.a.w.) is in such BAD shape! Instead of being the ‘leaders of mankind’, we have become the ‘beggars of mankind’. Our EXISTENCE and SURVIVAL depend on how WE SUBMIT OURSELVES to THOSE WHO DICTATE how we should lead our lives! If you live in a rotten Arab country, then going to the West (America or Europe) becomes ‘heaven’ to you. SUDDENLY you become a transformed ‘Modern Muslim’! 

Who is to be blamed for this situation? For Allah’s sake, PLEASE do NOT blame the Jews or America or the West…. BLAME YOURSELVES! Muslims as a whole are a disgrace. The Arabs cannot even regain an inch of the Golan Heights but they go killing one another to shouts of “Allahu-Akbar”, over being a Sunni or Shi’a! Some of these Arab nations are the richest in the world, yet all they have are high-rise building, jet planes, sport clubs BUT not a SINGLE plant to feed their nation! There NOT a single Arab/Muslim nation that enjoy credibility in the sight of Allah concerning Islam. Every news media in the name of Islam is a TRANSPLANT to brainwash the minds of Muslims; to create ‘bush-fires’; to incite Muslims and lead them to their own destruction!

Our Ulama are still living in the stone age and because the door to expression has been closed as a ‘copyright’, it has led to calls for the “liberalization of Islam”. It sounds good but it truth, almost every approach to liberalization in Islam is nothing but the Christianity of Islam. It is NOT about IMPROVING our approach to age old institutions of DIVORCE, MAINTENANCE, RIGHTS, JUSTICE etc…. we are in a scientific age but still continue with age old defunct Islamic laws. From an extreme position, it is about HUDUD in Malaysia. Yet rape and abuse go unabated in many Muslim countries; where cultural practices dominate Islam and NOT Islam for what it stands for. What is MOST disgusting is witnessing individuals, notable Muslim women, speaking about Islam and its reform, without even dressing up decently!

So just what form of LIBERAL ISLAM are we promoting? Does it deal with correcting injustices and reinstating Islam or is just about a woman wearing a man’s trousers! Is it about a woman’s soccer team? Or approving lesbians and gays? Or are we speaking about Counselling to know what caused people to end up like this?

You may have fasted Ramadhan, but PLEASE take a good look at yourself, and you will, if you possess sincerity of submission, realise that all you did was to qualify to be called a Muslim!

In an Islamic/Muslim State, Islam is manipulated to achieve credibility politically. In a Secular State, it all about being an “inward-looking Muslim”. With the first, it is a total manipulation and with the latter, its about family and living in peace, regardless of losing Baitul Maqdis! May Allah have mercy on all of us. There is nothing Muslims can do about it. And until we submit (not through violence), through self-examination and realisation, and improve upon our conduct and discipline, we will continue to amount to NOTHING!

The Way Your Life Ends Sums Up Your Existence

You may not realise it or you may have not noticed it but the last moment of your life sums up your existence. The saying: ‘As you sow so shall you reap’ is indeed valid and a good reminder to us. The way you live, behave and act is similar to a tree growing up to bear fruit. Most people assume they have the right to act the way they do because of their wealth, position and power. This is a misconception. Life was not brought into existence in this manner. It has to go through the process of accountability at some point in time. It may be immediate or may take years but it will arrive at your doorstep as ordained. 

Being a good worshiper or a good follower of some religion amounts to nothing much. It merely places a label on you. There is nothing to be proud about being a Jew, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu if you possess no character! The saying: ‘Never judge a book by its cover’ is also valid. Appearances amount to nothing. You may dress well by following the rules of your religion but that is only the surface of religion. You are measured by the principles you adhere to in life! These principles are universal and every living soul can recognise them. They deal with morals, righteousness, justice, honesty, trustworthiness etc. Your conscience, which is a gift from the Creator, warns you from time to time about the way you behave. All these values are non-tangible!

If you cannot recognise them or possess them, then your whole existence is a waste of time. You have lived for the wrong reasons. You are an animal living by the dictates of your egoistic desires! You became entrapped by the deceit and glitter of this worldly life which in turn governs your whole existence. From a religious perspective, we consist of body and soul. There is a ‘dark’ side and a ‘bright’ side to you. You are either Darth Vader or Luke Sky Walker. Without knowing it or realising it, they both were related. Both good and evil exists within us. They were created for a good reason – to see whether we are capable of recognising the reality of existence. Life is not about us, it is about God!

Like me, you may have wander around in life seeking the truth. You may have found it or think you have found it, but often, your version of the truth is a manipulation of the truth to serve self-interest! People in all religions do this to prove that their religion is the best! If you begin from your natural created state (fitrah), a value system already exists within you. Religion is supposed to polish it up, to make you an even more conscious person living up to your obligations and servitude to both God and mankind. Religion is not there to champion inhumane causes, brutality, genocide, corruption etc. These are all hallmarks of evil.

Most people do not understand their religion for what it really stands for. If you follow it in a robotic, traditional, ritualistic fashion, it will only represent a shining empty egg shell. But if you view it spiritually, it is the contents of the egg that really matters. Though related to the shell, it plays a far more significant role in your existence. Unfortunately, we like playing the role of God. Many think that they are indispensable. Many do not realise that their demise can take place anytime! They become obsessed and drunk with power, position and wealth and will undertake every means to retain it!

Even good Muslims are mistaken by their approach to life. Due to their traditional upbringing in life concerning Islam; due to the way they are taught about the Qur’an and Ahadith; they sincerely believe that they will be saved. What was missing was God’s gift of wisdom (hikmah). You may possess religious knowledge but it does not mean that you are blessed with insight! If the Arabs had this, they would not be in bad shape today! In fact, there is not a single Muslim country that has a standing in the sight of God. We have become the beggars of the world, living on handout, bullied, killed at will etc. Our response has not produced any results because they have not been directed ‘inward’ (muhasabah). We have many hang-ups. We fight over nitty-gritty issues, kill one another in God’s name, and believe we will all go to heaven!

Our religious elite manipulate the Qur’an and distort its meaning in a narrow context, resulting in the deaths of many innocent Muslims. If I am not speaking the truth then ask yourself: Why are we in state of existence; in this state of humiliation, where American can determine the existence of Palestine; where Israel can do whatever it likes. If you say in desperation: “O God! Where are you and what are you doing?” it is similar to the Christian asking God where was He during September 11. It is US Foreign Policy and now US Presidential Policy to do whatever Trump likes.

If you are a Muslim, looking forward to the arrival of Imam Mahdi to resolve our problems, that is not the answer. The only reason why God has not given us due attention is because we have failed to live up to His expectation as ‘leaders of mankind’ Whether Imam Mahdi arrives or not is irrelevant. What is important is that Muslims worldwide need to take a good look at themselves and do their very best to improve upon their character and submission to God!

The traditional approach to teaching Islam is fine but to understand reality, one needs to transcend beyond and this which requires viewing Islam from both ends of a ruler. You cannot simply preach Islam based on just statements, words, verses from the Qur’an and Sayings of the Prophet (s.a.w.). If you do this, you have only fulfilled delivery of the message of Islam. You have NOT delivered the whole message because you did NOT take in the wider picture! For example, if you preach: Uthman Ibnu Affan (r.a.) reported: The Messenger of Allah, (s.a.w.) said, “Whoever builds a mosque for Allah, then Allah will build for him a house like it in Paradise.” If you go about building a mosque just because you will get a house like it in paradise, you have misunderstood the message, The reason why you did so was because the preacher did not take in the wider picture! The wider picture represents your school report card. You got ‘A’ for building a mosque but eventually lost your house in paradise due to the way you parked your car on Fridays and the way you crossed over the heads of people (something the Prophet disliked) to reach the front row to get the most rewards!

This is how Islam is preached in an incomplete context; it is narrow in context and very misleading. It reminds me of Tabliqh Jema’ah. They do a good job in a narrow context. They preach the Shahdah but leave out other obligatory element of Islam. Many joined ISIS on this approach. They were told that God says in the Qur’an that you must go out and fight for His cause – which is true but in the current context was a proxy war conducted by Israel and America to reduce every Arab nation to poverty!

Many good Muslims believe that they need to give out Obligatory Alms (Zakat) and Additional Alms (Sadaqah), which of course is good and obligatory. However, most do so with assumptions. They think that by doing so their wealth etc will remain secure and that God will also increase it because He has said so. In the right context this thinking is valid but if you did so purely to remain wealthy you are wrong! Everything belongs to God. He merely bestowed it upon you and ordered you to dispense of it as He deemed fit. You cannot strike deals with God or assume that if you did this or that, you will benefit this or that. Such may exists but it is not for you to assume or determine. It is all up to Him! Do not corruptly manipulate your judgements when you have no rights to do so EVEN when you are right! You were created to serve God. In return, He will determine your rewards as He deems fit.

At the time of your death, you will know the truth. You will witness the outcome of your existence. At that point in time, your existence has been summed up for you like your school report card. You will receive it and be marched out of God’s presence to redeem yourself in hell or to enjoy of His rewards in heaven. When I speak about your death, I am not speaking about its physical state. Dying of cancer or from an accident does not sum this up. What I am speaking about is when you fall from grace; when you die humiliated, disgraced and look upon by humanity, family and friends, as a wretched person – that is the outcome of your life, where you amount to nothing in the sight of God! Reflect upon this; turn to God with shame and humility; seek His forgiveness and mercy; try to be a better person because at the end of the day you have to go and you want to be remembered with love and affection. That too is God’s ways of showing you that He loves you.

Traditional Islamic Thought

One of the major reasons why Muslims have not come out of HIBERNATION is because MOST are ROBOTIC, RITUALISTIC and TRADITIONAL. This is due to the way we are brought up as well as educated about Islam. It all about the Shari’ah, Fiqh, Madhab, Haram and Halal – we all get hung up over nitty-gritty things in a NARROW context that we are unable to take in the WIDER PICTURE. The whole world has gone ahead of us, while we, who claim to be Muslims, kill one another over being a Shi’a or Sunni, yet unable to regain an inch of the Golan Heights!

Why does this take place? It does so because many begin their Islam at the worldly level, not the spiritual level. We believe in Allah but our egoistic selves dictate every direction and action. There is NO submission to Allah. It is artificial and full of lip-service. The ONLY way to overcome this situation is through SELF-EXAMINATION (Muhasabah). Only in this manner will we be able to turn to Allah and to see who we really are!

Our mentality and attitude is one full of suspicion; everyone is WRONG, only we are right! We can NEVER agree upon anything! Every Muslim has SOME TECHNICAL ANGLE TO DISPUTE ABOUT. Even if you do right you are still wrong! Why? Because of some BITTERNESS or HANG-UP politically or religiously – because we belong to some group? We have GREAT difficulty looking forward; a change of attitude; the ability to recognise truth from falsehood etc. Because our adviser is IBLIS! If you ever get any thoughts or inspirations, the first thing you need to do is ask yourself is that any good in it? Please recite: “O my Lord! I seek refuge with You from the suggestions of the Evil Ones. And I seek refuge with You O my Lord! lest they should come near me.” (Surah Mu’minun 23:97-98).

Please try to be a positive, contributing, dynamic, Muslim. NOT some ‘donkey laden with books’ (Qur’anic verse). Please STOP setting of ‘bush fires’ (creating mischief and dissent)! Do not work for Iblis. Uphold the TRUTH for Allah’s sake and NOT for personal gain. Do NOT listen to information without confirming it. 

Give up being a ROBOTIC, RITUALISTIC, TRADITION Muslim. Comply with the same rules but look beyond. Consider these examples as perspectives: What is your understanding of Iblis? Traditionally, he is evil and you must keep away from him. Now let me ask you a question: Do you think Allah creates things (eg: Iblis, the pig etc) just for entertainment? Everything created by Allah is lawful and has a purpose. The pig is halal but prohibited to us for consumption, thus making it haram. Likewise Iblis is a creature. He started out good but his fitrah got the better of him. In modern terminology, under the CATEGORY JOB DESIGNATION – he was created to do what he does. It is his job. Nowhere in the Qur’an are you given permission to curse him. ONLY Allah can. All you can do is to seek refuge in Allah from him. Please look up Surah Mu’minun 23:97-98. You can also say: Aoozubillah hi-minas-shaitan nir-rajim. However, you can utter: Lanattullah ya Shaitan (Allah curses you). Now, why is this so? It is so because Allah created him and preordained that he would become what he is…. just like Adam eating of the forbidden fruit. When you reach the perception of REALITY: everything begins and ends with Allah. Every ilham you receive is from Him; every evil thought comes from Iblis with His PERMISSION – it is a trial upon you, to restrain yourself, and unless you have the spiritual power to do so, you will not be able to do so. Do NOT begin on the worldly platform but from the spiritual platform first (Tawheed), so that your efforts and dreams may become fruitful and blessed. You can make it on your own but the results will be incomplete.

Traditionally, you are told in Ahadith that if you build a mosque, you will have a garden in paradise. It is CORRECT. But did you look at it from this perspective: In school, you have a report card. You get A in some subjects and fail in others. Your real result is reflected in you FINAL results. Likewise, many turn up for solat, and park their cars obstructing traffic: so what is the end result? You get a PLUS for prayer and a MINUS for bad behaviour, bad parking! DO NOT BECOME A RITUALISTIC ROBOTIC TRADITIONAL MUSLIM! Be one with a BRAIN; be one who has FEELINGS, COMPASSION etc.; think about how it would be if you were in the other person’s shoes! Do NOT just think about yourself! 

Iblis has no power over you. The Qur’an is clear about this. He ONLY succeeds through your egoistic self. So, if you are angry or upset, you need to examine the reason and cause for this. Why are you affected? Because you could not get what you want? Even if you had a right to what you want, it does not mean that you are entitled to it. It is Allah who determines who, when and how, you get what you want. He knows best and He has His reasons.

We all habitually complain. Some complaints are valid some are not. Life is about Allah, not about us. So, we all have to fall in line; we have to subdue our desires or bring them into line with what has been preordained. However, this does not mean that we are ROBOTS. We have been granted the opportunity to strive within our means and to HOPE for success, but we MUST never go overboard with striving, because that will take on the form of SELF-JUSTIFICATION. It is sheer STUBBORNNESS and EGOISM to persist over something that has not been ordained. If you succeed, you are no different from Iblis. You will achieve what you want BUT it will bring you misery!

The time has come for all Muslims worldwide to take a good look at what we have become. From being ‘Leaders of Mankind’, we have ended up as beggars, disgraceful leaders, turning to others to remain in power; unable to redeem ourselves, thus causing worldwide misery to continue from Allah’s displeasure. All our problems cannot be solved by RESTORING THE CALIPHATE or by being a SUNNI or SHI’A but it can be resolved if we spend some time everyday on our praying mat and reflect upon Allah and the need to serve Him. All these IDEALISTIC concepts cannot work because the Ummah has gone astray in DIVERSE DIRECTIONS. The ONLY WAY left open is to undertake SELF-EXAMINATION (Muraqabah and Muhasabah). Insha Allah, that will leads us to SINCERE SERVITUDE, seeking ONLY the LOVE and AFFECTION of Allah.

We LIVE With a FUSE in Our Hands: Time for Change and Reform

I am once again proud of being a Malaysian. At last, we have given up grumbling and complaining about things. At last we have risen up to the occasion without spilling a drop of blood. We did it on our own. We, as a society, as a nation have become matured, brave and willing to undertake change for the better. Enough of all this tactics of fear and intimidation; enough of ‘red shirts’ and ‘green shirts’ misusing Allah’s name for personal glory and ambition. We have reached this point of clearness and we MUST keep it going for the wellbeing of all Malaysian. Enough of racial and religious politics. Laws need to be enacted against this! We want peace and prosperity. To achieve this we MUST put aside our differences and sentiments; we must acknowledge the rights of everyone and respect the constitution.

What we have achieved is unbelievable! No one expected such results! At last Malaysians have become wise and bold without a drop of blood being spilled! I believe EVERY Malaysian turned to his/her God or Creator, begging for change. We all loved BN but unfortunately, it refused to change, leaving most Malays without a choice but to say goodbye. Only those with invested interest remain. It was all about the money not about servitude! I feel sorry for all those who went along with dirty politics. May Allah have mercy on them. Many of them need to be sent to jail. We should NEVER again end up like this. If this administration fails, go to the ballot box once again and enforce the TRUTH! 

Everyone lives with a fuse in his hand. The length of that fuse is determined by Allah. It may be short or it may be long. If it is long, you have the opportunity with age and experience to undo many wrongdoings. Our PM Mahathir has proven it. Many were skeptical of whether he was speaking the truth but today we are witnessing it. Allah has forgiven him and may Allah forgive me, and many others for our disbelief in him (Mahathir). I begin a new day by praying to Allah to grant our PM a longer life so that he may be able to restore our honour and dignity; be able to unite us as a nation and to bring about fairness and justice. Long live Mahathir!

No one, not even a ruler should think that he or she is indispensable. We are all creatures of the Creator. We all hold fuses in our hands. History has shown us what has becomes of many monarchies. Every Malaysian acknowledges their presence. They are symbols of our unique system. They help preserve this nation’s identity. Any ambitions of a republic in the future should be put aside. Their presence, enshrines the status of the Malays in this country. However, at the same time, they too should realise that without public support, this institution will become history. So it is beneficial that respect exists between rulers and the wishes of the people who have been duly elected by the people in parliament.

 

Sin, Sinning & Sinners

Allah is ar-Rahman, nir-Rahim. He forgives whom He pleases and He punishes whom He pleases (according to His rules) – Qur’an. No one is perfect. We are prone to sin and Allah understands this because He created us (Qur’an). In Ahadith, it mentions that everyone is born with a degree of sin. Like Adam (a.s.), his sin was preordained; Like Musa (a.s.) and the killing of Pharaoh’s soldier, it too was preordained. What is ACCOUNTABLE is PREMEDITATED SIN, where you kill someone, destroy a person etc! I have sinned and so too have all those who claim to be righteous, BUT my sinning did not kill or destroy a person. It was just personal. The Qur’an is clear about this. ANYONE can turn to Allah for forgiveness and he/she will be forgiven. Adam was forgiven, but NEVER end up like Iblis! Many seek Allah’s forgiveness BUT remain the same! This type of seeking forgiveness is hypocrisy. According to Imam Ghazali, forgiveness is granted to those with Iman (faith), because it is this state that causes them to repent. Do you think that because you built a mosque, you will have a house in paradise? Yes! Our Nabi (s.a.w.) say so BUT please keep in mind that it can be CONFISCATED for debts due! The old teachings of Islam tell you about REWARDS but new teachings on Islam will take in a wider picture. SO BEWARE!

A LESSON ON POLITICAL POWER IN RELATION TO GOD

Whether you are a Jew, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or Atheist, we all share a common relation of mutual respect for one another; responsibility to one another, together with a conscience or inner voice that guides us towards recognising what is right or wrong. From an Islamic perspective your state of fitrah (created state) is improved upon through awareness of God, His position and state in relation to you and creation. This mechanism makes it very clear that life is all about Him and not about you; it is about submission and servitude towards Him and NOT to the dictates of your nafs (egoistic desires).

Always keep in mind that we survive on two parallel tracks, one is spiritual and the other worldly. It is the spiritual realisation of reality that subdues worldly desires, in the sense that it enables you to live a life of acceptance through submission to God, because He knows best and that everything is in His hands, and every outcome is determined by Him, not you. It may appear that you are in charge of your life. There is no doubt about it, but it is limited in scope and subjected to His approval.

Always remember to keep the world in your pocket and God in your heart. Whatever you have achieved or have, it is on loan to you. It does NOT and can NEVER belong to you. The wealth, power or position you hold is not yours. It belongs to Him and it was loaned to you with a string of responsibilities and reminders. The day you forget this, will be the day of your sorrow and demise. No nation, leader or ruler on earth has been granted permission to trod this earth with arrogance. God does NOT tolerate such and it is a matter of time – the duration may take years – but when it arrives, only humiliation and destruction awaits you. Do NOT make use of your religion to justify your action, nor claim rights, fabricated through justification to perpetuate your rule.

Trump does this and so too does Israel and many regimes in Africa, Latin America and Asia.. All it takes with God’s approval is to cause a simple-minded person like Nikol Pashinyan, an Armenian protester to topple a government. In Malaysia, we have witnessed the same. Most Malaysians hoped that the Barisan National, notably UMNO would change after each election victory. They kept voting for it until they could take it no longer.

Due to our multi-racial ethnic content, we have for ages been demonised with threats and fear based along racial lines. It has prevented us from becoming true Malaysians, with a single identity, acknowledging and respecting the rights of others according to the Federal Constitution. We suffer from too many racial scars, which can now be led to rest, if we want to start a new era of political reform, without undermining the constitution. However, we need to strengthen its weaker points through further enactments. This is important because it is unjust to prevent a legally elected government from taking power. The power is invested in democracy through parliamentary elections and no authority can prevent it from happening. Queen Elisabeth of England fulfils her role in a symbolic fashion. She does not prevent someone from taking office just because she does not like him or her. 

PAS has failed miserably in its presentation of Islam. Being a Muslim does not necessarily mean that you MUST vote PAS or go along with hudud, a PAS product, when in fact the whole country is neither Islamic in nature, but rather more robotic, traditionally and culturally in character, which really amounts to nothing much when you speak of character, discipline, morals and values. When you read the latest news that PAS has joined forces with BN in Perak to form a coalition government, it raises a question over how come an Islamic party can join forces with a nationalistic party, which it once labelled as kafir? Was it due to political gain or was it for Islam, or maybe, it was for being a Malay? This sort of hopping around for gain led to its defeat in many areas it once controlled. The reality of the situation was that the Chinese voted for PAS in the previous elections, because there was no PKR but only BN!

Political power is a kind of madness. Its similar to drug addiction. You begin by serving the people but as time goes by you forget that it was the people who put you in office. After some time, the cancer sets in to such an extent, that you will resort to every means to remain in power. That is the beginning of the end. It leads to total disgrace and humiliation!

In this era of globalisation, there are many forces working against Islam as well as againt any nation. The global conspiracy is to make religion null and void; to have it confined to individual practice on a private basis – private matter between you and God. On the other side of the spectrum, many get carried away with BLIND religious devotion. Most religions do this and it hampers unity and progress. What makes a religion great is its MORAL, RIGHTEOUS principles and these are exhibited through character, discipline, example, fairness, compassion etc, and NOT through slogans. To achieve this goal in modern times, there is a need to look inward. The Arabic word is muhasabah. It deals with self-examination. Only by doing so can we become aware of our own shortcomings and try to improve them. It is a waste of time viewing the faults and defects of other. We may point them out but ultimately its like pouring water on a duck’s back! But if you spend some time reflecting on your actions and attitudes, there is a possibility of recognising that they may not be right always!

Every ruler or politician in office; every person bestowed wealth, power and position; every individual entrusted with a duty has a responsibility to God and to humanity. And like everything else, it will all come and go. What remains is your legacy of servitude NOT your arrogance, which you deem is your right!

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