Dekatilah Ulama’ oleh Sheikh Hussain Yee


Assalamu’alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,


Jamaah yang dikasihi,


Alhamdulillah hari-hari yang berlalu meninggalkan kita dengan bermacam-macam kenangan. Ada yang baik, buruk, manis, pahit, yang melahirkan anak, yang meninggal dunia, ada juga yang kembali ke jalan Allah dan tidak juga dinafikan ada yang semakin jauh dari Allah. Semoga Allah mengampuni segala dosa, kesilapan dan kelemahan kita semua, dan menerima apa juga amalan baik yang telah kita laksanakan.


Hari yang mendatang semakin mencabar. Khususnya remaja, pemuda pemudi kita dan anak cucu kita yang terlalu mudah terdedah dengan media sosial yang tak terkawal yang umumnya membawa fitnah dan merosakkan pemikiran dan akhlak mereka. Ingatlah: Syaitan bekerja penuh masa, kita umumnya bekerja separa masa. Bagaimana kita dapat mengalahkan syaitan dalam keadaan begini? InsyaAllah kita masih mempunyai kekuatan yang luar biasa. Jika kita dapat gunakan ketiga-tiga kekuatan ini, kita yakin kita dapat mengalahkan segala tipu daya muslihat syaitan dan kuncu-kuncunya.


Jaga keikhlasan hati dalam semua perbuatan dan ucapan kita, sepertimana dalam Surah Sad 38: 82-83.


Selalu hidup berjamaah dan tidak bersendirian, kerana Nabi (saw) telah bersabda, maksudnya: “Jemaah membawa rahmah, pepecahan atau bersendirian akan membawa kehancuran dan azab”.


Mesti ada semangat berbincang, ertinya jangan mengambil keputusan terburu-buru dan “judgemental”.


Dari Ibn Abbas dan Sabith al-Jumahi (ra) mereka berkata bahawa Rasulullah (pbuh) telah bersabda, maksudnya: “Apabila salah seseorang di antara kalian ditimpa musibah (kematian), maka hendaklah ia mengingat musibah yang dialami dengan (wafatnya) diri-ku, kerana sesungguhnya wafat-ku adalah musibah yang paling besar.” – Riwayat ibn Saad, Ad-Darimi dan ibn Majah


Nabi (pbuh) adalah pemimpin umat yang senantiasa membimbing, mendidik, menasihati umatnya dan tidak pernah berputus asa; sentiasa mendoakan kebaikan umatnya. Ingatlah bahawa tidak ada seseorang yang lebih sayang dengan umat ini lebih daripada Nabi Muhammad (pbuh).


Syukurnya kita masih ada para ulama yang berpandukan kepada Qur’an dan Sunnah sebagai pewaris Nabi (pbuh) dan ibu bapa yang sangat mengambil berat tentang hal ehwal seseorang anak. Maka di sini kami menyeru supaya sepanjang tahun ini sehingga tahun-tahun yang akan datang kita dekatilah para ulama yang berpandukan Qur’an dan Sunnah, bukan pendapat dan adat, untuk mendapat bimbingan yang jelas demi kebaikan diri kita sebagai ibu bapa, bagi memastikan kita dapat membantu anak-anak kita menjauhi daripada kesesatan dan kekufuran yang boleh mengakibatkan anak-anak kita murtad.


Wahai kaum ibu bapa yang kami sayangi, anak cucu kita merupai satu amanah. Begitu juga harta benda. Maka selamatkanlah mereka dan diri kita dari azab Allah. Ini adalah tanggung jawab asasi bagi setiap ibu bapa. Dekatilah ulama-ulama yang muktabar, yang mengajar mengikut Qur’an dan Sunnah, bukan nafsu dan pendapat, supaya kita mendapat hikmah untuk berbincang dengan anak cucu kita menggunakan pendekatan yang lojik, praktik dan rasional. Ingatlah bahawa adat tidak dapat menyelamatkan anak cucu, hanya dengan agama yang mengikut Qur’an dan Sunnnah mampu menghadapi segala perolahan hidup.


Kami doakan supaya Allah memberi kekuatan, kebijaksanaan, kesihatan dan kejayaan bagi kita semua untuk meneruskan perjuangan kita demi meninggikan kalimat Allah dan mempertahankan syiar Islam di mana saja kita berada. Ingatlah tidak ada satu amalan yang lebih disukai oleh Allah daripada memuliakan dan mempertahankan segala hukum-hakam yang Allah telah tentukan. Kami yakin insyaAllah dengan komitmen yang tulus ikhlas lillahi ta’ala, umat ini akan kembali menjadi khayr ummah.


Untuk mengakhiri lembaran ini, kami pihak Al-Khaadem mengalu-alukan kerjasama daripada semua pihak untuk menjayakan aktiviti Al-Khaadem agar mengembalikan umat kepada Islam yang berasaskan Qur’an dan Sunnah. InsyaAllah, aktiviti di Al-Khaadem akan dimantapkan lagi dan kami ucapkan syabas kepada semua yang telah memberi bantuan kepada kami, hanya Allah sahaja dapat membalas segala kebaikan.


Oleh: Sheikh Hussain Yee, President of Pertubuhan Al-Khaadem


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Selesaikan Dengan Hikmah


Saudara Saudari yang budiman,


Melihat kepada hakikat kehidupan ini tahun demi tahun ujian perjuangan kita bukan berkurangan bahkan semakin bertambah. Kita sedar bahawa fitnah-memfitnah antara ummah ini semakin banyak dan canggih kerana teknologi media sosial yang negatif dan tidak adanya tabayyun. Kita sedar bahawa orang Islam telah diberi panduan oleh Allah. Apabila kita menerima apa-apa berita daripada mana-mana pihak, sebelum kita “share” berita tersebut, kita mesti pastikan berita dan mesej itu benar melalui proses tabayyun.


Ini telah diingatkan oleh Allah kepada kita 1,400 tahun dahulu di dalam surah Al-Hujurat 49 ayat 6, yang bermaksud: “Wahai orang beriman, apabila sesuatu berita sampai kepada kamu dari orang-orang yang fasik (atau sesiapa sahaja yang suka membawa berita/cerita) hendaklah kamu pastikan bahawa berita tersebut adalah benar sebelum fitnah menimpa satu-satu kaum atau seseorang dan akhirnya kamu akan menyesal terhadap perbuatan kamu.”


Agama Islam yang begitu positif dan jelas memerintahkan kita supaya selalu bersatu dengan berpegang kepada Qur’an, wahyu dan Sunnah Nabi (saw), bukan pendapat majoriti atau kebiasaan. InsyaAllah kita dapat kurangkan salah faham, kekeliruan di antara kita dan akhirnya hilanglah kebencian, permusuhan, syak wasangka buruk sesama kita. Mudah-mudahan dengan itu bertambahlah kasih sayang di antara umat ini yang akan membawa suatu tenaga positif kepada generasi muda-mudi yang sedang keliru dan mencari-cari contoh dan teladan positif. Kalau kita gagal membawa contoh yang baik kepada mereka, ini boleh membawa fitnah yang lebih besar kepada generasi akan datang.


Di sini saya ingin menggalakkan dan menyeru supaya kita sebagai umat yang beragama dan berilmu hendaklah selalu menyelesaikan segala isu-isu yang kita hadapi dengan semangat ukhuwah Islamiah untuk saling bantu membantu dan memperbaiki segala salah faham yang wujud dengan mengadakan perjumpaan/pertemuan dan perbincangan secara bersemuka dengan ikhlas. Jangan sesekali menggunakan media sosial sebagai tempat perbincangan kerana fitnah melalui media massa tidak dapat dikawal. Bukankah agama Islam itu indah. Sunnah Nabi (saw) itu indah. Sahabat-sahabat dan Imam-imam telah meninggalkan contoh-contoh yang indah untuk umat menyelesaikan masalah dengan indah. Supaya keindahan Islam dapat dilihat oleh generasi muda dan juga orang yang belum Muslim.


Kita ada ramai cerdik pandai, yang professional, yang kaya, yang berkuasa dan sebagainya tetapi apa yang kurang antara kita sebenarnya ialah kita tidak mempunyai hikmah (wisdom). Hikmah selalu datang melalui pengalaman, kesabaran dan tawakkal. Di dalam Qur’an Allah sering mengingatkan kita dan mengguna kalimah “al kitab wal hikmah”. Hikmah yang dimaksudkan adalah contoh dari Nabi Muhammad (saw). Lihat bagaimana dalam masa 23 tahun sahaja, Nabi (saw) dapat menyatukan pelbagai kaum – yang musuh menjadi saudara – sehingga mereka menjadi satu ummah yang berkasih sayang. Mana lagi terdapat contoh di mana seorang individu dapat menyatu padukan semua bangsa dan menghapuskan syirik dalam masa yang singkat. Kami berharap agar setiap antara kita dapat mencari semula “lost treasure” ini yang dikenali sebagai “hikmah”.


Semoga Allah memudahkan dan mengkayakan kita dengan nilai-nilai yang murni, positif dan membina supaya kita kembali menjadi Khairun Ummah.


Oleh: Sheikh Hussain Yee, President of Pertubuhan Al-Khaadem


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Leading by Example


On the authority of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree (ra) who said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) say, “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then (let him change it) with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart – and that is the weakest of eeman.” – Muslim


Dear Brothers and Sisters,


One of the common hadiths that teaches us to be proactive and take ownership of our lives is the one we related above. The hadith basically explains that if you see anything that is bad (i.e. injustice/corruption) and if you have the means to change it with your hands, then you have to do it. If you can’t change a situation with your hands, then you change it with your tongue – by speaking out and alerting the public and the leaders. If you still can’t do it by voicing out, then your heart must reject the wrong – and this is the least you can do.


In other words, a Muslim cannot just be an innocent bystander.


When we speak of responsibilities, the basic responsibility of every Muslim wherever they are is also to the self, the family, and the community. Beginning with one’s self, Allah in the Qur’an says, meaning: “Indeed he succeeds who purifies his ownself and indeed he fails who corrupts his own self.” – Surah As-Shams, 91: 9-10.


It is imperative for everyone to strive to keep himself clean and pure from any injustice and corruption by being with good company and in a good environment. He who fails is the person who corrupts himself or allows others to corrupt him.


Evil exists everywhere and in everyone. Allah in the Qur’an says, meaning: “O you who believe, save yourself and your family from the fire of Hell …” – Surah Tahrim, 66: 6.


This ayah is a guidance for every believer who wants to lead or be a leader. The minimum that they must do is to ensure that they have fulfilled their basic obligation towards Allah by performing the wajibat – to himself and to his immediate family, on which he has authority upon them. If they have failed to even perform this basic obligation within themselves and their families, then they have failed to be a leader. The best leader for us to follow is Prophet Muhammad (ق), as Allah has said in the Qur’an, meaning: “Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a fine example of conduct to follow.” – Surah Al-Ahzab, 33: 21.


Leading by example is the best form of leadership.


We also have a responsibility towards our community. Allah says in the Qur’an, meaning: “Disgrace has been destined for them – wherever they are, they shall not find peace, except by a rope from Allah and a rope from men …” – Surah Ali’ Imran 3:112. This ayah is to remind us that we will fail and we will cause disgrace to ourselves until we have a good connection with Allah and a good connection with our fellow mankind. This is to show us that Islam is not just talking about being good to one’s self, but we must also be good to others. The Prophet (ق) did say: “None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.” – Bukhari & Muslim


It is not right when you want the best for yourself, but you forget to give the best to the community. You want justice for yourself, but you show injustice towards others. You want to have a good life, but you make others miserable. You like the comfortable life, but you neglect the comfort and wellbeing of the community. You live securely, but you don’t care about the public’s security. You want ease for yourself, but you forget the burdens, sufferings and pains of others.


To move forward, for the betterment of all of us in this country and to compete globally, let us follow this Divine guidance. Allah The Creator, The All Knowing and All Seer of what will happen in the future, has informed us, meaning:


“ … Be ready to help each other to change to be better and do not help or support evil and aggression. And be mindful of Allah; indeed Allah is severe in penalty.” – Surah Al-Maidah, 5:2.


Therefore, the best lifestyle is simplicity, because simplicity is part of eeman (the meaning of the saying of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the greatest leader of all mankind.)


We hope that both scholars and leaders will work closely to ensure that we always do good, behave fairly to one another, and be mindful of the outcomes we want to achieve. We pray that Allah protect this country of ours – including our leaders, the community, our families and us from further disgrace and destruction.


By: Sheikh Hussain Yee, President of Pertubuhan Al-Khaadem


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Kukuh Ilmu oleh Sheikh Hussain Yee


Assalamu’alaykum warah matullahi wabarakatuh.


Saudara Saudari dalam Islam yang dikasihi,


Semoga Allah SWT tingkatkan keimanan, kesabaran dan kesihatan kita semua.


Dalam lembaran ini, kami ingin mengingatkan diri kami dan semua jamaah Muslimin dan Muslimat agar mengutamakan perkara-perkara penting. Elakkan daripada membangkitkan atau mengfokuskan isu-isu yang kecil sehingga menyebabkan masalah-masalah dan kelemahan besar tidak dapat diatasi dengan baik.


Sedihnya, para Muslim gagal menangani dan mengabaikan perkara-perkara asas yang dikehendaki oleh Islam. Walaupun perkara-perkara kecil lain adalah penting, tetapi Allah tidak akan menyoal hambaNya mengenai hal-hal tersebut. Kita mesti mendalami perkara-perkara asas supaya agama dan iman menjadi lebih teguh dan menjadi teladan yang baik kepada keluarga dan rakan-rakan.


Apabila kita mengabaikan perkara-perkara asas, akhirnya masalah hidup kita bertambah rumit, perhubungan sesama ummah semakin lemah dan ukhwah Islamiyah hilang. Akhirnya, hilang kekuatan kita dan kita gagal menjadi khairun ummah dan contoh yang baik kepada orang lain, khususnya masyarakat belum Islam.


Untuk mengatasi segala salah faham, kekeliruan dan kelemahan kita marilah kita sama-sama ikhlaskan diri untuk mencari ilmu yang benar-benar mendatangkan manfaat kepada kita kerana Nabi (pbuh) juga telah ingatkan kita supaya berdoa kepada Allah dengan doa, yang maksudnya: “ Ya Allah, tambahlah kepada kami ilmu yang bermanfaat (berfaedah) dan jauhilah kami dari ilmu yang tidak bermanfaat.”


Di sini kami ingin mengingatkan kembali pada setiap pencinta ilmu – menurut adab mencari ilmu kita mesti mencari ilmu yang diwajibkan atas kita untuk diamalkan. Contohnya, ilmu fardhu ‘ain lebih penting dari ilmu fardhu kifayah. Semenjak kebelakangan ini, banyak majlis-majlis ilmu seperti Bahasa Arab, tajweed, sejarah, tasawuf, ekonomi islam, siasah dan ceramah-ceramah umum (conferences) dan kursus-kursus pendek yang mengandungi tajuk-tajuk umum sangat popular di kalangan masyarakat kita.


Namun demikian, ini membuatkan yang berilmu dan penuntut ilmu lupa akan kepentingan ilmu asasi yang dituntut oleh Allah dan Nabi-Nya. Lihat saja bagaimana Allah mewahyukan Al-Qur’an kepada Nabi (pbuh), mengikut keadaan dan keperluan yang ada kaitan dengan isu-isu semasa.


Maksudnya, kita perlu mencari ilmu yang boleh mendisiplinkan kita tentang bagaimana hendak menunaikan kewajiban kita kepada Allah. Pertama, seperti solat lima waktu: adab solat bersendirian, adab solat berjamaah, adab seorang imam, adab orang yang masbuq dalam solat, dan cara-cara menyempurnakan solat yang cacat dengan adanya sujud Sahwi. Ini sangat penting kerana ini ada kaitannya dengan ibadat harian kita. Amat rugilah kalau kita tidak mengambil berat atas isu-isu yang tersebut di atas.


Kedua, tanggungjawab kita terhadap ibu bapa: bagaimana untuk berbakti kepada mereka, memuliakan, bercakap dan mengutamakan ibu bapa. Ketiga, tanggungjawab seorang pekerja terhadap majikannya. Keempat, tanggungjawab suami dan isteri dalam sebuah rumahtangga. Kelima, tanggungjawab bapa kepada anak-anak. Keenam, tanggungjawab kita terhadap masyarakat: jiran tetangga dan masyarakat umum dalam menjalankan amal ma’ruf nahi mungkar supaya masyarakat hidup aman, bahagia dan selamat. Juga tanggungjawab kita terhadap alam sekitar, seperti menjaga kebersihan.


Seperti dalam Surah Isra’ 17: 23, yang bermaksud:


Secara ringkas, cara paling mudah untuk memperoleh ilmu-ilmu asasi yang tersebut di atas ialah dengan banyak bertanya kepada ustaz-ustaz atau ulamak-ulamak tentang ilmu-ilmu asasi yang penting untuk kita amalkan dengan segera. Ertinya bertanyalah kepada guru-guru sebagaimana sahabat Nabi (pbuh) suka bertanya kepada Nabi (pbuh) tentang amalan-amalan yang penting dan disukai Allah supaya mereka dapat melaksanakan ilmu itu dengan segera dan mudah. Tanpa bertanya, guru-guru agama tidak tahu apa yang kita tidak tahu. Tepuk dada tanya selera – hanya kita yang tahu kelemahan diri dan ilmu sendiri.


Masalahnya, umat-umat memang menyedari kepentingan mengukuhkan ilmu asasi, tetapi mereka mengambil ringan atau bersikap acuh tak acuh. Lebih teruk lagi, mereka hanya mementingkan diri sendiri, dan akibatnya tidak akan memperbaiki sikap dan perbuatan masing-masing walaupun berilmu.


Zaman ini, umat sangat sibuk melayani kelas-kelas terkini. Akibatnya, kelas-kelas ini dijadikan seperti ruang bergaul dan tempat bersosial. Selepas menghadiri kelas-kelas ini, adakah kita membuat perubahan kekal untuk menjadi insan yang lebih baik? Adakah kami berubah menjadi suami-isteri, ibubapa, pekerja dan majikan yang lebih berkualiti?


Bila ilmu asas itu tidak ditanam, semakin banyak ilmu yang dikutip semakin bertambahlah kekeliruan. Apabila ilmu asasi lemah, umat Islam menjadi keliru kerana mereka tidak tahu kepada siapa mereka harus bertanya dan berpedoman. Akhirnya, umat membazir masa kerana mereka melupai perkara-perkara asas yang penting. Maka, jangan bazir masa. Kukuhkan ilmu asas dan berpedomanlah dengan ustaz atau guru agar usaha-usaha mengejar ilmu dimanfaatkan dengan betul dan dijadikan pemangkin untuk berubah menurut pandangan Islam.


Oleh: Sheikh Hussain Yee, Presiden Pertubuhan Al-Khaadem


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Atasi Fitnah Ummah oleh Sheikh Hussain Yee


Assalamu’alaykum warah matullahi wabarakatuh.


Saudara Saudari dalam Islam yang dikasihi,


Alhamdulillah, dengan izin Allah kita bakal memasuki tahun Hijrah 1441. Mudah-mudahan tahun baru ini akan membawa suatu kemajuan dan pembaharuan kepada cara kefahaman kita sebagai seorang Islam terhadap agama Islam yang maha suci ini.


Islam adalah agama yang begitu indah dan sangat luas pembahagiannya. Ada urusan aqidah, syariah dan akhlaq (adab), yang mana di bawah syariat saja dibahagikan pembahagian ibadat seperti:


Urusan ibadat solat, kesucian/thoharah, puasa, zakat, umrah dan haji.


Bahagian muamalat: tanggungjawab kita terhadap kemasyarakatan seperti pendidikan, keselamatan, kesihatan, pengangkutan, pertanian, perikanan, perniagaan, perhubungan dalam dan luar negara, keadilan dan hak asasi kemanusian (perhubungan sesama Muslim dan belum Muslim), dll.


Bahagian munakahat: institusi kekeluargaan, perkara yang berkaitan dengan perkahwinan, penceraian, rujuk, tanggungjawab suami/isteri, hak-hak suami/isteri, tanggungajawab terhadap anak-anak dan hak anak-anak, faraidh, dll.


Jinayat: hukum hakam pidana.


Bila dilihat daripada sudut-sudut tersebut, jelas nyata Islam begitu luas pembahasannya dalam membangunkan umat dan negara. Oleh itu, umat Islam sepatutnya bekerjasama untuk menjalankan tugas tersebut untuk memastikan bahagian-bahagian itu dipenuhi oleh ahli-ahli ilmu dalam Islam. Kalau kita dapat fokus dalam bidang-bidang tersebut, saya berkeyakinan kita tidak perlu ada banyak persaingan, dengan itu barulah kita dapat menghayati ayat Allah dalam surah Al-Maidah, ayat 2: “Adalah kamu selalu bantu-membantu atas kebaikan dan yang membawa kepada ketaqwaan dan janganlah kamu bantu-membantu dalam urusan dosa yang membawa permusuhan atau kebencian.”


Ini kerana tanggungjawab kita adalah luas dan untuk kita memperkenalkan perjuangan Islam adalah untuk kebaikan semua pihak, Muslim dan belum Muslim, barulah kita dapat meyakinkan kepada masyarakat dunia bahawa Islam membawa rahmat, kasih sayang dan prihatin terhadap keamanan, keadilan dan kesejahteraan manusia.


Kita sama-sama rugi, masyarakat yang jahil masih jahil, kerana kita tidak bekerjasama untuk mengatasi masalah yang dihadapi oleh masyarakat dan belia yang terdedah kepada bermacam-macam fitnah.


Saya bagi pihak Al-Khaadem sangat mengharapkan supaya kita para pendakwah dan ahli-ahli ilmu dapat mengisi ruangan-ruangan tersebut untuk sama-sama memajukan Islam sebagai suatu agama yang syumul (comprehensive) yang mampu menyelesaikan masalah yang dihadapi oleh masyarakat. Sebagaimana Rasulullah (pbuh) dan para sahabat telah berjaya membawa keamanan dan kesejahteraan, kebahagian, keadilan dan kebaikan pada manusia dan alam sekitar, sesuai dengan firman Allah bahawa Nabi kita diutuskan untuk membawa rahmat kepada alam semesta (al-Anbiya 21:107).


Sama-samalah kita mencari persamaan yang akan mendatangkan manfaat dan mengguna kebijaksanaan untuk menyelesaikan apa-apa juga perbezaan yang wujud di antara kita.


Kalau kita lihat apa yang sedang berlaku di kalangan kita melalui pengajian-pengajian, pembahasan ilmu di institusi masjid atau surau, dan YouTube atau media sosial, pembahasan ahli-ahli ilmu sebagai pendakwah adalah hanya sekitar hukum hakam sahaja sehingga kita suka hukum menghukum di antara satu sama lain. Akhirnya ini dapat mengelirukan masyarakat khususnya belia dan beliawanis zaman sekarang yang kini semakin jauh dari Islam dan selalu mempunyai pandangan dan pendapat yang negatif terhadap guru-guru agama dan institusi agama. Ini memberi gambaran seakan-akan agama datang untuk menyusahkan orang dan bukan untuk memudahkan.


Oleh yang demikian, kami berkeyakinan kalau kita dapat sambut semangat kerjasama, dengan sama-sama memberi fokus kepada kekuatan yang ada pada diri masing-masing, kita akan berjaya menjalankan tanggungjawab kita sebagai khairul ummah kepada manusia. Contohnya, individu yang arif dalam urusan perniagaan boleh memberi panduan kepada masyarakat dalam urusan perniagaan menurut pandangan Islam; manakala kumpulan yang pakar dalam bidang kesihatan pula dapat memberi panduan kepada masyarakat tentang cara-cara perubatan yang tidak bercanggah dengan agama. Begitu juga dengan para pendakwah – mereka boleh memberi fokus kepada uslub (method) yang terbaik untuk mendekati masyarakat yang berbilang kaum tanpa menimbulkan salah faham dan kebencian dari mana-mana pihak. Orang ahli hukum pula boleh memastikan bahawa hukum Islam itu adalah yang terbaik dan adil untuk menjaga keselamatan dan hak asasi manusia.


Sekiranya kita dapat mengkhusus mengikut kepakaran masing-masing, serta mengisi kesemua pembahagian-pembahagian dalam Islam dengan jayanya, kita yakin dapat menambah baik bidang masing-masing dan menjimat banyak masa, wang ringgit dan tenaga, daripada kita bersaing dengan program yang sama sehingga kita bertindih atau “overlap” dengan program-program yang dilakukan oleh jemaah-jamaah lain. Kini, ramai di antara pendakwah yang merancang konferens, pelayaran, program pelancongan. Kenapa tidak berfikiran jauh dan membuat program yang lebih khusus dan berlainan? Umpamanya program khas ditujukan kepada kaum hawa yang termasuk spa dan kecantikan, atau program mengajar tata tertib kebersihan kepada anak-anak, atau program khas membina iman untuk saudara baru.


Alangkah baiknya jika kita dapat mencadangkan program-program unik yang dapat menarik minat jamaah. Selama ini alhamdulillah, kita telah sedikit sebanyak berjaya untuk mendekati generasi-generasi yang matang – samada Baby Boomers (lahir 1946 – 1964), Generasi X (1961 – 1981) dan milenial atau Generasi Y (1980 – 1994).


InsyaAllah, kita kena mempersiapkan diri kita masing-masing dan anak-anak (tidak kira Gen Y, Z atau Alpha) untuk menghadapi perubahan demi perubahan, kerana Islam agama yang sesuai kepada semua zaman hingga Hari Kiamat.


Semoga Allah menjadikan kita masyarakat yang beriman, yang selalu membawa manfaat kepada orang lain, dan bukan membebankan orang.


Oleh: Sheikh Hussain Yee, Presiden Pertubuhan Al-Khaadem


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Mary, An Inspiration To Faith, pt.4


MARY AS A BRIDGE


Mary’s example is pivotal today in bridging the gap between the two great civilisations and religions of our world: Islam and Christianity. Truly sincere Christians should see in Islam, particularly in the modest and covering dress and headscarves of Muslim women, an image of Mary’s chastity. No other religion today is as insistent upon chastity and sexual constraint – as a virtue of the kind taught in original Christianity – as Islam.


When the angel appeared before Mary in seclusion, Allah tells us in the Qur’an, she immediately called out the name of God. Thinking that he was a man approaching her, she reminded him of Allah: “She said, ‘Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, (so leave me), if you should be fearing Allah.’” – Surah Maryam, 19:18.


This is a model of chastity that every pious Muslim woman aspires to emulate. In fact, the Islamic hijab is a way for Muslim women to state the same idea perpetually: Be mindful of God and His limits when approaching me. In other words, Hijab is a statement of chastity and purity and it reminds (any decent-minded) onlooker immediately of Allah. There are of course enemies of God and satanic advocates of lust and lewdness who find this beautiful divine symbol an offence to their way of life.


Tawheed: Not Any Monotheism


Often the three Abrahamic faiths, Islam, Christianity and Judaism are labelled Monotheistic. Some scholars have pointed out that the term monotheistic, however is insufficient to describe the Islamic term Tawheed, for Tawheed is a much more comprehensive and all-encompassing concept than monotheism. In Islam, Tawheed means not just that there is one Creator God, as Monotheism implies, but also that it is the sole right of Allah to be worshipped (uluhiyyah) and that all of His attributes as Perfect and Unique cannot be interpreted in a human-like way. Tawheed is not merely a doctrine, a belief with which only out-of-fashion theologians are concerned. Rather, Tawheed is lived at every single moment of a Muslim’s life.


Five times a day, all practicing Muslims assert their Tawheed, which in this case means constant disciplined and collective obedience to One God. In these five daily prayers, we strive to think only of God, loving Him alone, asking from Him alone: thus striving for Tawheed of mind and heart so that all of our being submits to God alone. Tawheed is lived when we give required charity to the poor and the needy, because even at this time we are remembering Allah alone, trying to purify our intentions only for His sake, and hoping to find Allah watching over our deeds. We live Tawheed in every act of our life, and in fact, strive to submit even our reflections and stray thoughts to God.


It is this Tawheed in its fullness, in belief and in actions, that Jesus and his mother, peace be upon both of them, taught us. It is this same Tawheed that Muhammad, the Final Messenger and the Seal of the Prophets, peace be upon him, taught us in every way.


“And (beware the Day) when Allah will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, ‘Take me and my mother as deities beside Allah?’” He will say, “Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen.” – Surah Al-Ma’idah, 5:116.


Saying that God has a son violates Tawheed. Similarly, the Judaic attitude towards God as being a tribal God, personally bound to favour a particular race, and one who has a contract with a particular group of people rather than being above any limitations and weaknesses also violates the Islamic principle of Tawheed. This is beautifully captured fully in the oft-recited chapter of the Noble Qur’an, Surah of Al-Ikhlas.


Say, “He is Allah, (who is) One, Allah, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, nor is there to Him any equivalent.” – Surah Al-Ikhlas, 112:1-4.


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#AKReacts – Help The Weak


Abu Dharr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Allah Almighty said: O my servants, I have forbidden injustice for myself and I have forbidden it among you, so do not oppress one another …” – Sahih Muslim.


While it’s obvious that oppression has no place in humanity, exploiting the weak and bullying has become a common epidemic and in fact, a culture. Be it at school, the workplace and even online (cyberbullying), bullying takes on many forms.


Bullying is prevalent in today’s society with alarming statistics. A 2018 Unicef survey revealed eight out of 10 students in Malaysia have encountered bullying in school. Malaysia ranks sixth in a 2018 comparitech.com survey as the worst country with cyberbullying, with 23% of parents polled believing their child has been a victim at least once.


Alarming, indeed. As Muslims, our first duty is for amal maaruf nahi munkar (encourage good and prevent evil). We should see the weakness of others as an opportunity to help, not to exploit. “Believers, let not a group of you mock another. Perhaps they are better than you. Let not women mock each other; perhaps one is better than the other. And do not taunt one another, nor revile one another with nicknames. How terrible is the defamation after having true faith. Those who do not repent are certainly unjust.” (Quran, 49:11)


Islam teaches us that the strong should help the weak, the young should respect the old, the elderly should love the young, the rich should help the poor, and so forth. Ultimately, we should strive to help and be beneficial to one another rather than exploiting and taking advantage of a person’s weakness.


We know there are people out there who are affected by the act of bullying or trapped in in its vicious act. Whether you are the victim or perpetrator, together we can find ways to help. Humility begins by acknowledging we have a problem. Allah loves one that humbles themselves.


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Mary, An Inspiration To Faith, pt.3


WHO FOLLOWS MARY TODAY?


Christians and Muslims both revere Mary as a marvellous figure, a woman of immaculate character. But who follows her example? Who acts and looks more like Mary?


The majority of her people, the Children of Israel, rejected and slandered Mary and rejected the Prophethood of Jesus, peace be upon him. Rather than the recipient of a miraculous word by God, they considered Mary sinful. Those who later came to believe in Jesus, peace be upon him, were called Christians by some of their adversaries. Over time, as the Christians acquired political power and were established as a Church in the land of Roman pagans, they accepted foreign pagan ideas into their religion and the Church ended up inventing and supporting the concept of Trinity, while some of them even called Mary the devoted servant of Allah and the most pious of all women ‘the Mother of God.’ Mary, peace be upon her, would have been horrified by such a suggestion.


Unfortunately, as the Qur’an tells us, the Christians no longer have the pure and original teachings of their religion. Christianity is no longer the defining feature of the way of life of most Christians the way Islam is for the Muslims.  


Most Christians themselves admit to this fact and pride themselves in it. Religion has become merely a commodity among other commodities of life. Very few Christians sincerely submit to God alone, in spirit and in law, unconditionally and completely, like the Muslims. No wonder, we find the Muslims today are closer to the well-known teachings of Jesus Christ and the example of his honourable mother Mary, than even most Christians. And no wonder, it is Muslim, not Christian women, who resemble Mary in their modest dress as well as in their inner devotion to Allah.


Muslims honour Mary, peace be upon her, while retaining her full humanity and chastity, believing, therefore that in a way, she was an ordinary human being but extraordinarily a pious and a chaste woman who was given a miracle by Allah. Allah says: “And (the example of) Mary, the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity, so We blew into (her garment) through Our angel (i.e. Gabriel), and she believed in the words of her Lord and His scriptures and was one of the devoutly obedient.”- Surah at-Tahreem, 66: 12.


It is therefore possible for any woman with true faith to aspire to that level of chastity.


The repeated mention and profuse praise of Mary in the Qur’an has also made many readers of the Qur’an, particularly the non-Muslims, wonder at the amazing impartiality and universality of the Qur’an, and believe in its Divine origin. It was not Muhammad’s (pbuh) pious, supporting and believing wife Khadijah, or his daughter Fatimah, or another woman the Arabs could identify with that was praised in the Qur’an so frequently and so highly. It was Mary, the mother of Jesus, the prophet (or God) of Christianity, a rival religion to the Arab paganism and apparently a rival to Islam, that was chosen by the Qur’an. If the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) himself wrote the Qur’an (na’uzubillah, we seek Allah’s protection from such falsehood), why on earth would he praise his rival’s mother?


It could not be but from Allah, the Lord of Mary, Jesus, Moses and Muhammad, peace be upon all of them.


Nor did Muhammad (pbuh), have any conceivable benefit by praising Mary or Jesus. In fact, the praise of Jesus and his mother was politically incorrect at the time, for the immediate audience of the Qur’an, the Arabs, were outraged that the Qur’an was praising the ‘god’ of the Christians (by calling him an honourable Prophet of Allah) while affording no such reverence to their pagan gods of wood and stone: “And when the son of Mary was presented as an example, immediately your people laughed aloud. And they said, “Are our gods better, or is he?” They did not present it (i.e. the comparison) except for (mere) argument. But, (in fact) they are a people prone to dispute.” – Surah az-Zukhruf, 43: 57-58.


Besides, many other beliefs of the Judeo-Christian community in the Arabian Peninsula were criticised and corrected in the Qur’an, but the Qur’an was surgically careful and precise in censuring the incorrect teaching of Christianity while at the same time praising Jesus and his mother: “O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth.


The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul (created at a command) from Him. So, believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, “Three”, desist – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.” – Surah an-Nisa’ 4: 171.


It is no wonder that even today, many Christians find the objective and reverent treatment by the Qur’an of Jesus and his mother Mary moving and truthful. No one but Allah can be the author of such universal, objective and truthful speech. Allah makes the point explicit in the Qur’an: “That is from the news of the unseen which We reveal to you (O Muhammad). And you were not with them when they cast their pens as to which of them should be responsible for Mary. Nor were you with them when they disputed.” – Surah Ali ‘Imran 3: 44. That is, it is only by God’s revelation that you know of these things with such accurate details.


What Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, chastises people for, and condemns in strongest words, is the suggestion that any one could be God’s son or God’s mother. The Qur’an has avoided the language of father and son even figuratively, for it has always led to anthropomorphism (thinking of God as a human) and thus instead of worshipping God in His full, irreducible Majesty, people become attached to another human figure or image. Pious humans can be messengers of God and good examples, they can love God and be loved by Him, but they cannot be God in any way. The messenger of Allah, Muhammad (pbuh) was so extremely careful about any possible association with Allah that he disliked his name being mentioned with the name of Allah when the subject is a commandment that is exclusive to God.


When one of his companions said: “What Allah and His Messenger will” in an affair that apparently had to do with temporal matters that the Prophet (pbuh) commanded, the Prophet (pbuh) corrected him: “No, instead say ‘What Allah wills and then what His Messenger wills’”. – An-Nasa’i


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Mary, An Inspiration To Faith, pt.2


HUMAN PAIN AND THE WISDOM OF ALLAH


Before we continue Mary’s story of timeless beauty, let us pause to think about an important aspect of her inspiring story.


We may wonder why, despite her piety and devotion to Allah, was Mary tested with such physical and emotional pain?


Pain, in fact, is taken in today’s vocabulary as an unmitigated evil, an absolutely, totally bad thing. That may have been so, if our existence were to end with our last breath, but it does not. For those who believe in an afterlife, an unending afterlife, the calculations of this life are very different. Upon some reflection we learn that Allah, the Most Merciful, does not cause us to suffer without reason. In other words, for every pain we suffer, the benefit is ultimately bigger than the apparent or immediate loss. Indeed, it is the Sunnah of Allah (i.e., manner, way or law of Allah) to test His beloved servants with pain of different kinds. “Alif. Lam. Meem. Do the people think that they will be left to say, ‘We believe’, and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars.” – Surah al-Ankabut, 29:1-3.


Upon further reflection, we learn even more about the purpose of pain.


Pain, whether physical or emotional, has a profound meaning and indispensable function in our lives. Without pain, pleasure and happiness become meaningless. And when there is no pain and no pleasure, humans can no longer have any motivation. For all human activity, the basic motivation is to avoid pain and achieve happiness. But how would we avoid something we do not know, or something we have never experienced? It would be like frightening a two-year old toddler with news of plummeting stock prices! Isn’t this meaningless?


Pain is a necessary experience for all human beings for their life to have any enduring meaning and motivation. So, although we avoid pain, we would not have any meaning in life without it. God has placed pain as the basic motivating force in this life. Imagine if one has an injury but felt no pain, and therefore did nothing to cure it. Say you cut your finger while slicing carrots for a salad, but you don’t notice it. Even minor injuries would expand and rot until the entire body is destroyed.


Similarly, the emotional pain that results from loss and deprivation, social pain that results from differing levels of wealth, political pain that results from loss of freedom and from tyranny, etc., all have essential functions for humanity.


What an irony, we live to avoid pain, but we could not have lived at all without it.


Those who are truly faithful in Allah, take occasions of pain as gifts of Allah, and through their patience over calamities, not only earn great reward from Allah, but also increase the depth of their eeman. A famous hadeeth from the Messenger of Allah (pbuh), says: “Strange indeed are the affairs of the believers, for all their affairs are good for them. If good things happen to them, they are thankful, and that is good for them, and if bad things happen to them, they remain patient, and that too is good for them.” – Muslim


Mary’s pain and anguish, her loneliness and fears of agonizing slanders of her people, and pangs of pregnancy and childbirth, must have deepened her faith and gratitude beyond bounds.


Amazingly, the pangs of unbearable pain that a woman bears during childbirth have been so differently interpreted in Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions. In the Biblical tradition, childbirth is portrayed as a punishment to all women for Eve’s tempting Adam into eating the forbidden fruit of Eden, and thereby being condemned to live this life of punishment. In Islam, God mercifully responds to Mary’s childbirth pain, and consoles: “But he called her from below her, ‘Do not grieve, your Lord has provided beneath you a stream. And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree, it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates. So, eat and drink and be contented …’” – Surah Maryam, 19: 24-26.


For the Muslims, particularly the Muslim women, Mary, may Allah’s blessings be upon her, is a role model, an ideal. She is the model of chastity and devotion, a high example of how God responds to pure souls. In fact, many righteous Muslim women remember the example of Mary when undergoing labour pains themselves, and this gives them a profound sense of connection to Allah, and Allah responds to the desperate call of His pained servants, particularly during labour.


The intense pain experienced by a woman during childbirth is considered an expiation for her sins, and a means of earning extra rewards with Allah, according to the hadeeth: Abu Saeed al Khudri reported that the Prophet, (pbuh), said: “Whenever a Muslim is afflicted with a hardship, sickness, sadness, worry, harm, or depression, even a thorn’s prick, Allah expiates her or his sins because of it.” (Bukhari). According to another hadeeth, a woman who dies in childbirth is considered among the seven categories of martyrs who do not die on the battleground, but are rewarded as such due to other painful afflictions.


Of course, the reason for this different (and fair) interpretation in Islam of woman’s role and their motherhood is that according to the Qur’anic story of creation, Eve did not mislead Adam, may peace be upon both of them. Rather, they both committed a mistake together, and felt guilty and repented together, and most importantly, they were forgiven by Allah, the Merciful and Forgiving Lord. The story of creation is a lesson for human beings to recognise their enemy, the Satan, and his deception, to learn that seeking forgiveness and repenting is the key to success, and to learn that Allah’s commandments are not there to keep us from progress or pleasure, but indeed only for our eternal as well as short-term benefit.


But imagine, once again, Mary’s heroic patience and obedience to Allah’s commands, for at one moment, her agony is so great that she calls out: “Ah, would that I were dead and forgotten!” but right after that she is told to fast, which in the Shari’ah of the Israelites meant not talking to any human being. Just as her desire to defend herself is the greatest in front of a distrusting and malicious mob accusing her of fornication and cheating, she holds on to Allah’s decree:


“So, eat and drink and be contented. And if you see from among humanity anyone, say: ‘Indeed, I have vowed to the Most Merciful abstention, so I will not speak today to (any) man. Then she brought him to her people, carrying him. They said, ‘O Mary, you have certainly done a thing unprecedented. O sister (i.e. Descendant) of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste. So, she pointed to him. They said, ‘How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?’” – Surah Maryam. 19: 26-29.


By Allah’s permission and mercy, the newborn spoke miraculously and vindicated the chastity of his mother. “(Jesus) said, ‘Indeed I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet. And He has made me blessed wherever I am and He has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive. And (made me) dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant. And peace is on me the day I was born, and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive.” – Surah Maryam, 30: 33.


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#AKReacts – Value of Life


Whoever kills an innocent life, it as if he has killed the entire humanity. (Al-Maidah: 32)


It was narrated from ‘Abdullah that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “Just before the Hour, there will be days when knowledge will disappear, ignorance will become widespread and there will be much Harj. And Harj means killing.” (Sunan Ibn Majah 4050)


No one can truly know when The Hour will be except for Allah. But, there are many references to the Day of Judgement in the Qur’an and hadith of its major and minor signs — and one of it is widespread, senseless killings.


Violence is becoming the norm that it floods our news feed daily.


Killing today is headline fodder that sometimes doesn’t even get people to bat an eyelash.


Killings and murders remain a crime and major sin.


Such violence has no place in Islam, a religion so complete that it has a solution to every problem, including mitigating conflicts. And central to the Deen is peace and honouring the right of every human.


Allah says in the Quran, meaning: “And We ordained for them therein a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds is legal retribution. But whoever gives [up his right as] charity, it is an expiation for him. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed — then it is those who are the wrongdoers.” (5:45)


Embracing the meaning of this ayaah is knowing that the Islamic values and law are there to protect the rights of every individual, to honour them and to honour life.


We must condemn crimes of all forms. And remember: one may escape the judgement of this world, but one will never be able to escape Allah’s judgement in Akhirah.


An environment without violence, oppression and injustice is achievable. Each of us has the responsibility to strive for this: working collectively as a unit of the family, society and nation. The Deen has shown us the way. It’s time to practise and embed all its values as taught by our beloved Prophet (pbuh).


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