Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ECRL: Cerita makan kangkung, tanam durian...

Dengan nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah Lagi Maha Penyayang; selawat dan salam ke atas junjungan besar Nabi Muhammad s.a.w.

Renungan

"Dialah (Allah) yang menciptakan bagi kamu pasangan-pasangan (jodoh) daripada makhluk (jenis) kamu sendiri agar kamu condong kepadanya dan berasa tenteram dengannya. Kemudian Allah menciptakan kasih dan sayang antara kamu." (Surah Ar Rum: 21) 

PM Najib Razak baru-baru ini melancarkan projek Laluan Rel Pantai Timur (ECRL) di KotaSAS Sentral, Kuantan. Projek bernilai RM55 bilion dan sejauh ratusan kilometer itu dari Gombak, Selangor ke Kota Bharu, Kelantan diberi pelbagai reaksi - ada menyokong dan ada menyelar - termasuklah kritikan perasmiannya yang terlalu 'ke-Chinaan'.

Kritikan itu bukan sesuatu yang menghairankan kerana projek mega itu dibiayai dan dimajukan oleh pihak dari Tanah Besar China hampir sepenuhnya. Bercakap mengenai pembabitkan China ini teringatlah saya sejumlah 'cerita' (saya memilih dua saja) mengenai 'kebijaksanaan' orang Melayu dan Cina yang diberitahu oleh guru dan bijak pandai ketika saya kecil dulu.

Ada pihak mendakwa 'cerita' ini sebahagian daripada sejarah. Terpulanglah kepada pembaca bagaimana untuk mengaitkannya dengan perkembangan sekarang (termasuk siapa untung dan rugi) yang menyaksikan pembabitan yang semakin 'berpengaruh' oleh pihak dari Tanah Besar China seperti ECRL dan Bandar Malaysia!

CERITA I

Pada zaman kegemilangan kerajaan Kesultanan Melayu Melaka dulu,
ada sekumpulan pembesar Istana Melaka mengikuti rombongan Diraja
ke negara China.


Mereka yang dikononnya ketuai Tun Perpatih Putih (ada menyebut Hang Tuah) mengunjungi Maharaja China. Pada masa itu, salah satu pantang adalah melihat wajah Maharaja China. Menjadi kesalahan besar jika ada yang cuba melihat wajah Maharaja.

Rombongan Melaka disambut dengan penuh adat kebesaran. Mereka diundang untuk ke majlis santapan diraja. Tukang masak bertanya apakah hidangan diingini tetamu dari Melaka.

Tun Perpatih Putih meminta agar dimasakkan sayur kangkung tanpa mengerat sayuran tersebut kecil-kecil. Katanya, orang Melaka suka memakan kangkung panjang-panjang.

Pada majlis santapan, semua hadirin tunduk tidak berani mengangkat muka; apatah lagi melihat wajah Maharaja China. Tukang masak diraja pun menghidangkan lauk kangkung seperti yang diminta oleh orang Melaka.

Tetamu dari Melaka mengangkat sayur kangkung yang panjang ke atas. Mereka mendongakkan kepala bagi memasukkan sayuran itu ke dalam mulut masing-masing. 

Dengan berbuat begitu, dapatlah mereka menjeling, melihat wajah Maharaja China. Maharaja dan pembesar terkejut tetapi sebagai 'orang beradab', mereka tidak berbuat apa-apa bagi menjaga hati tetamu mereka iaitu orang Melaka.

* Nota - pembesar Melaka menjadikan kangkung bukan saja sebagai makanan pilihan tetapi benar-benar memakannya tetapi pembesar sekarang menamakan kangkung sebagai bahan makanan berharga murah tetapi tidak diketahui sama ada mereka benar-benar makan kangkung. Mungkin, kalau makan kangkung, akan lebih bijaksanalah mereka.

CERITA II

Buah kana di China dikatakan dikutip dari pokok-pokok yang sudah berusia lebih 100 tahun. Seorang lelaki tua di negara China ditanya oleh seorang pemuda mengapa dia menanam pokok itu sebab kemungkinan besar dia tidak berpeluang menikmati buah kana itu.

Cerita ini hampir sama dengan kisah seorang lelaki tua Melayu yang menanam durian; orang bertanya buat apa dia bersusah payah menanam durian sedangkan dia berkemungkinan besar tidak dapat menikmati buahnya.

Kedua-dua lelaki tua ini memberi jawapan yang sama - "atuk tanam pokok ini agar buahnya dapat dimakan oleh cucu cicit atuk." Ya, biar datuk tak merasa tetapi generasi berikut mendapat manfaatnya.

* Nota - atuk di negara China dan atuk Melayu dulu tinggalkan pokok kana dan durian untuk dinikmati anak cucu tetapi 'datuk' sekarang tinggalkan apa? Ada yang berkomentar 'datuk sekarang' meninggalkan hutang berbilion-bilion ringgit selain melelong 'tanah pusaka' ...persoalannya siapa terpaksa menanggung bebannya? Anak cucu dan cicitlah, siapa lagi!

Monday, August 21, 2017

U Masjid (33): Assiratul Mustaqeem serlah pemburuan dunia/akhirat...

Dengan Nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah Lagi Maha Penyayang, selawat dan salam ke atas junjungan besar Nabi Muhammad s.a.w.
Renungan
"Dan janganlah kamu menghampiri zina, sesungguhnya zina itu adalah satu perbuatan yang keji dan satu jalan yang jahat yang membawa kerosakan." - Maksud Ayat al-Quran Surah al-Israa': 32
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BUKU TERBUKA UNTUK JUALAN
4. Tajuk: Di Dalam Lembah Kehidupan
Penulis: Prof Dr Hamka 
Penerbit: Pustaka Dini
Muka surat: 207 (Harga asal dibeli RM17)
Hanya RM10 (termasuk belanja hantaran pos biasa)
Penilaian LanH terhadap buku ini yang sudah dibaca beliau: Sangat bagus
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3. Tajuk: Keadilan Ilahi
Penulis: Prof Dr Hamka 
Penerbit: Pustaka Dini
Muka surat: 123 (Harga asal dibeli RM13)
Hanya RM10 (termasuk belanja hantaran pos biasa)
Penilaian LanH terhadap buku ini yang sudah dibaca beliau: Sangat bagus
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2. Tajuk: Rahsia Madinah (Jejak Rasul 2)-----------(XXXXXXXXX  MAAF, SUDAH DIJUAL)
Penulis: Khalil Ibrahim Mulla Khothir 
Penerbit: Al-Hidayah Publishers
Muka surat: 218 (Harga tertulis di buku RM14)
Hanya RM10 (termasuk belanja hantaran pos biasa)
Penilaian LanH terhadap buku ini yang sudah dibaca beliau: Sangat bagus
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1. Tajuk: Rahsia Mekah (Jejak Rasul 1)-------------(XXXXXXXXXXXX MAAF, SUDAH DIJUAL)
Penulis: 'Atiq bin Ghaits Al-Biladi
Penerbit: Al-Hidayah Publishers
Muka surat: 300 (Harga tertulis di buku RM15)
Hanya RM10 (termasuk belanja hantaran pos biasa)
Penilaian LanH terhadap buku ini yang sudah dibaca beliau: Sangat bagus
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MINGGU lalu saya menaiki MRT laluan Kajang-Semantan yang dirasmikan PM Najib Razak pada 17 Julai. Saya memulakan perjalanan di stesen Kajang dan turun di Pasar Seni sebelum menaiki LRT dari stesen Masjid Jamek ke Titiwangsa untuk bertemu sahabat-sahabat lama di Jalan Pahang Barat.

Untuk ke stesen MRT Kajang saya menaiki tren komuter KTM di stesen Bandar Tasik Selatan selepas 'turun' dari bas ekspres di TBS. Tambangnya mengejutkan saya. RM3. Mahalnya. Ketika dalam tren, jam menunjukkan 1.00 petang; saya 'mengira-gira' masjid mana akan saya singgah untuk solat zuhur berjemaah dengan menjamakkannya dengan asar.

Alhamdulillah, sebelum tren menghampiri stesen Kajang, saya terpandang sebuah masjid 'comel' dengan reka bentuk menarik. Saya berazam untuk solat di masjid itu. Alhamdulillah, masjid itu memang terletak berdekatan stesen KTM Kajang dan sesuatu yang menambah kegembiraan, stesen MRT Kajang berada bersebelahan!

Dari stesen MRT Kajang saya menapak ke masjid itu. Lebih kurang 300 meter. Ketika menghampiri masjid, terlihat sejumlah buruh sedang membina tembok masjid. Bangunan masjid itu sendiri kelihatan baru selesai diubah suai. Masjid 'comel' itu berkonsepkan 'terbuka' - pengedaran udara sangat baik membolehkan jemaah solat dalam keadaan sungguh selesa.

Selepas solat, saya bertanyakan seorang lelaki tua India akan nama masjid itu. Percakapannya kurang jelas...saya 'merayau-rayau' mencari papan tanda...akhirnya ketemui sebuah yang ditulis: "Bangunan Madrasah Assiratul Mustaqeem (Masjid India Kajang) ini dibina dengan kos sepenuhnya oleh Abdul Hamid PV Abdu dan diwakafkan kerana Allah SWT pada 16hb Julai 2011 bersamaan 15 Syaaban 1432 Hijrah."

Stesen MRT Kajang sudah beroperasi, insya-Allah ia akan sesak dan sibuk tidak lama lagi. Apa yang membanggakan Madrasah Assitaul Mustaqeem sudah diubah suai (pembinaan tembok masih berterusan) bersesuaian dengan pembangunan di sekitarnya; ertinya pentadbirnya 'sangat bijak' mengambil kesempatan untuk 'meraih pahala' sebanyak mungkin dengan 'kebanjiran' orang ramai di kawasan itu tidak lama lagi.

Melihat persekitaran madrasah (mendapat kelulusan untuk didirikan solat Jumaat), bolehlah kita beranggapan pewakaf dan pentadbirnya 'berebut-rebut' untuk membuat kebajikan bagi meraihkan keuntungan dunia-akhirat sejajarnya doa yang kerap kita ungkapkan 'Rabbana atina fiddunya hasanah wa fil akhiroti hasanah waqina 'adzabannar' yang bermaksud: "Ya Tuhan kami, berilah kami kebaikan di dunia dan kebaikan di akhirat dan peliharalah kami daripada seksa neraka".) QS. Al Baqarah 201

Abdul Hamid PV Abdu, pewakaf dan pengerusi masjid, berkata rumah Allah itu diilhamkan daripada sebuah masjid kecil di bandar Madinah yang dilihatnya ketika beliau berkunjung ke kota suci itu.

Beliau berkata, Madrasah Assiratul Mustaqeem aktif menyediakan pengajian agama secara percuma kepada pelajar berumur antara lima hingga 15 tahun. Buat masa ini, seramai 30 pelajar mengikuti pengajian di madrasah itu selepas Asar hingga Isyak.

Antara subjek diajar guru agama yang bertugas adalah al-Quran, hafazan, tajwid dan fardu ain. Kelas diadakan di ruang bersebelahan dewan solat.

Kata Abdul Hamid, pengurusan masjid bercadang memanfaatkan kawasan kosong seluas 0.4 hektar di kawasan berkenaan untuk membina sekolah tahfiz.

Benar, sungguh damai ketika solat di masjid ini. Seorang pengunjung merakamkan: "Berada dalam masjid pada waktu zuhur hari itu amat menenangkan hati saya. Dengan angin petang yang bertiup masuk menyusuri landasan kereta api menambahkan lagi ketenangan dan kedamaian.

"Bersyukurlah kita kepada Allah SWT kerana dalam kesibukan lalu lintas dan dihimpit arus pembangunan termasuk stesen MRT Kajang, muncul sebuah surau (masjid) yang melonjakkan syiar Islam."

Friday, August 18, 2017

'Only Islam and 'iman' could unite people'...

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful; blessings and peace be upon Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.


Reflection

The Declining Day (Al-'Asr)
1. By the declining day,
2. Lo! Man is in a state of loss,
3. Save those who believe and do good works, and exhort 
one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance.

GLANCING at the calendar, I noticed in a few weeks time, we would be celebrating our National Day (Merdeka) 'side by side' with Hari Raya Aidiladha (Eid Al-Adha) - Merdeka is on 31st August (Thursday) while the Eid is on Friday, September 1st.

So to all readers, Happy Merdeka Day and Eid Mubarak. Since Merdeka and Eid Adha falls 'next to one another', in my opinion it is interesting to relate both events perhaps for the spiritual building of our souls for the benefits of ourselves, our society and the country.

According to the Muslim calendar (the Hijra year), Eid Al-Adha falls on the 10th Dhul-hijjah; the blessed month of Hajj.  For this year, Dhul-hijjah, the 12th month of the Muslim calendar of Hijra, 'insya-Allah' would began on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. This is the month Muslim perform hajj, with its peak when they do ‘wukuf’ (to stop or gather) in Arafah (or Arafat) 'insya-Allah' on the 9th Dhul-hijjah (Thursday, 31st August).

Wukuf, being the highest 'rukun' (component) of hajj must be rendered; without which hajj does not take place. The requirement is the presence in Arafat, regardless of whether the pilgrim is riding, walking, sitting or moving. In Arafat one is to spend the afternoon from dhuhr (midday) to maghrib (sunset) prayer times making du’as (supplications) and repenting to leave Arafat with all of one's sins forgiven.

For Muslims who are not performing hajj in their homelands, they are encouraged to perform recommended deeds during the first 10 days of Dhul-hijjah such as fasting especially on ‘Wukuf’ day and giving charity. Then during Eid Al-Adha (10th Dhul-Hijjah) when Muslims perform ‘solat’ (Eid prayers) and the days of Tashreek (11, 12, and 13th Dhul-Hijjah) they are recommended to do the slaughter or ‘korban’ (sacrifice) animals (such as sheep and cow).

Regarding the hajj, this year about four million Muslims from all corners of the world were expected in the Holy Land to perform the hajj manasik (rites and ceremonies performed at hajj). After Arafah, the pilgrims would then proceed towards Muzdalifah and pick up pebbles there to be used when stoning the Pillar of Aqabah or Qubra on Eid Adha (10th Dhul-Hijjah).

In Mina, they are required to stay for three nights where they will stone the three ‘jamrahs’ beginning with the first Pillar (i.e. the one which is furthest from Makkah), followed by the middle Pillar and lastly the Pillar of Aqabah. 

The pilgrims will also shave their heads or cut their hair and then proceed to Makkah to perform the Tawaf Al-Ifadah (circling the Kaabah seven times which is an essential part of Hajj) and then perform Sa’y (walking seven times between the hills of Safa and Marwa). After completing their hajj, pilgrims fulfill their days by performing prayers and 'tawaf' in the Grand Masjid of Makkah (Masjidil-Haram) before going home.

Back to the local scene, as we are about to celebrate our 60th Merdeka, the topic of unity is still the top concern of our leaders and 'rakyat'. Talking about unity, I remembered an Indonesian who I befriended in the Holy Land while performing hajj in 2002 who said only 'Pancasila' could unite the the people of his vast country with huge diversities in 'almost everything'.

After 'much talking' I told him that if he had traveled 'all the way' to the Holy Land but still cling to 'human made laws', then it is advisable to him to do some reflections about the life and struggle of the Prophet s.a.w. 

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. unites people with Islam and 'iman' (faith) in Madinah which was not only an abode for Muslims and Arabs but people of different beliefs, races and background such as the Jews and unbelievers. 

"As a Muslim, whats more you are in the Holy Land preparing to perform your hajj that is the fifth pillar of Islam (Rukun Islam), you must believe that only Islam could unite people...you must believe in the Prophet s.a.w. and must emulate his way of life..." I told him firmly.

I saw the change of color on the friend's face. I was scared, but wait...he was then in tears, sobbing; acknowledging that he was 'a bit' confused...He thanked me for reminding him that that as a Muslim, we must submit to all of the teachings of the Prophet s.a.w. He said he knew about this fact but was too emotional when mentioning his country. 

An 'ustaz' during his 'tazkirah' (lesson) at  a 'masjid' near my house which I followed recently said that to achieve total unity among us, we had to be united in 'iman' first.

Only with 'iman' we could be united in propagating the truth and of course we could not be united in propagating sinful acts and ill activities.  In the Qur'an, Allah SWT says: "...And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty." (Al-Ma'idah; 5:2)

Scholars said, Allah has enjoined upon us to cooperate in righteousness and piety with everybody. What matters is that our common endeavour is a good one. He has forbidden us from cooperating with people in sin and transgression, regardless of who they are. In this way, Allah has defined for us the limits of cooperation, but He has not placed restraints on who we can cooperate with. 

With 'iman' intact in our hearts, we could utilize fully 'the extra and temporary factors'; they could be steered to be in line with our 'iman' thus we would be rewarded both in this world and Hereafter. 

Allah told us to be successful in both worlds; we pleaded to Him with this du'a: 'Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil 'akhirati hasanatan waqina 'adhaban-nar' (Our Lord! grant us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire." (2:201)

In Islam all our actions are considered 'ibadah' (acts of worship) and would be rewarded by Allah The Greatest; be in small matters such as going to the toilet or of highly looked upon jobs such as administrating departments to governing states or countries. But one important aspect must be looked upon and that is our 'niat' (intention); if our 'niat' is in line with the teaching of Islam then we would be rewarded otherwise, our deeds would be wasted.

Well, if doing 'small things' such as going to the toilet could be an 'ibadah', then what could be said about 'bigger and more important things' such as involving in sports and celebrating one’s country’s independence day or 'Hari Merdeka'. It is also an 'ibadah' if we fulfill the requirements stipulated in Islam.

Let us look at what renowned Muslims have said about 'merdeka'. At the height of the conquest of Persia, the Muslim general, Sa'ad ibn Waqqas carried out Caliph Umar Al-Khattab's will and sent to Rustum (or Rustam), the Persian great general, a number of his companions lead by Asim ibn Amir to call on him to follow Islam and Allah's path.

The conversation between them and the Persian leader lasted long. Finally they ended their talk by Asim telling him, "Allah has chosen us to turn whom He chooses of His creatures from paganism to monotheism, from the narrowness of life to its freedom, from the ruler's injustice to Islam's fairness. Whoever accepts our offer we will leave him alone and will refrain from hurting him. Whoever fights us, we will fight him until we fulfill Allah's promise."

The points elaborated by Asim to Rustum are looked upon as the meaning of 'merdeka' (freedom). It was regarding 'transforming' people from paganism to monotheism, from the limitations of life to freedom and from a ruler's injustice to the fairness in Islam.

In Islam, each of us is equal in the eyes of Allah SWT. There is no difference between a rich and a poor man. Yes, only 'takwa' (fear of Allah) differentiates people for He says in the Qur'an: "O mankind! We have created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you with Allah is that who has At-Taqwa. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware." - (Surah Al-Hujurat, verse 13)

Doing reflections about the activities of hajj helps us to understand why it was concluded that only by 'iman' could united people. Imagine, the 'azan' (call of prayers) made 4,000,000 (four million) people went rushing to Masjidiharam (Haram Mosque), and then they were in deep concentration, prostrating to Allah SWT - all the actions of the 'imam' were followed by the million of congregators...where else in the planet could we see this demonstration of united hearts, souls and bodies?

Subhanalllah, only Islam and 'iman' could unites people...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ratib propaganda merdeka bergema kembali...

Dengan nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah Lagi Maha Penyayang; selawat dan salam ke atas junjungan besar Nabi Muhammad s.a.w.

Renungan

"Dialah (Allah) yang menciptakan bagi kamu pasangan-pasangan (jodoh) daripada makhluk (jenis) kamu sendiri agar kamu condong kepadanya dan berasa tenteram dengannya. Kemudian Allah menciptakan kasih dan sayang antara kamu." (Surah Ar Rum: 21) 

OGOS adalah bulan kemerdekaan sejumlah negara di rantau sebelah sini. Selain Malaysia yang menyambutnya pada 31 Ogos, Singapura pada 9 Ogos, India pada 15 Ogos manakala Indonesia meraikannya pada 17 Ogos.

Di Malaysia, menjelang tarikh keramat 31 Ogos akan kembalilah 'ratib' mengingatkan pengorbanan pejuang-pejuang tanah air seperti Leftenan Adnan Saidi, wira-wira (anggota polis) Bukit Kepong, Mat Kilau, Tok Bahaman, Tok Janggut dan sebagainya.

Di sebuah masjid berhampiran rumah saya, khutbah Jumaatnya baru-baru ini adalah berkaitan pengorbanan pejuang berkenaan; baguslah generasi muda diperingatkan mengenai perjuangan dan pengorbanan pahlawan bangsa.

Apabila khatib menyebut wira-wira Bukit Kepong; serta merta teringat di minda saya akan wawancara saya sebagai wartawan dengan wira terakhir yang terselamat dalam peristiwa Bukit Kepong, Sarjan (B) Yusof Rono (kini Allahyarham) yang ketika itu (wawancara) berusia 83 tahun.

Rumah Haji Yusof di Kampung Pengkalan Renggam, Kandang, terletak tidak jauh dari kediaman penulis. Menjelang kemuncak kempen pilihan raya Mac 2004, penulis dan rakan mengunjungi beliau di rumahnya. Walaupun Haji Yusof, ketika itu dalam keadaan kurang sihat selepas menjalani rawatan di sebuah hospital swasta, dia dan isterinya melayani kami dengan mesra sekali. 

Allahyarham menunjukkan cenderahati yang diterimanya dan akhir sekali menghadiahkan penulis sebuah buku kecil mengenai Peristiwa Bukit Kepong yang ditulis berdasarkan majlis Pengkisahan Sejarah oleh beliau di Memorial Perisytiharan Kemerdekaan di Bandar Hilir. 

Sekalipun bersyukur dengan kehidupan tenang di rumah kampung miliknya yang terletak berhampiran Sungai Duyong (sungai yang merakamkan pelbagai peristiwa mengenai pahlawan terbilang - Laksamana Tun Tuah), Haji Yusof tidak dapat menyembunyikan rasa kecewanya akibat layanan pemerintah terhadap dirinya. 

Dalam perbualan penulis dengannya, Haji Yusof antara lain mendedahkan bagaimana pegawai pihak berkuasa gagal membantu beliau membiayai kos perubatan sebaliknya menempelaknya dengan berkata dia berpura-pura sakit bagi membolehkan bantuan disalurkan kepadanya. 

Demikianlah, ketika hayatnya, wira Bukit Kepong ini 'tidak berapa dilayan'. Tetapi selepas mati barulah disebut jasanya. Hal ini lumrah sepanjang zaman, di Alam Melayu ini nama-nama seperti Hang Nadim, Hang Jebat, Tok Janggut, Tok Bahaman dan Mat Kilau dianggap penderhaka pada zaman mereka.

Kini di ambang kemerdekaan negara ke-60 sekali lagi kedengaran ratib kehebatan pahlawan bangsa termasuklah Leftenan Adnan, wira-wira Bukit Kepong, Mat Kilau dan Tok Janggut tanpa kita sedari betapa ramainya wira semasa seumpama itu kita 'kambing-hitamkan' semata-mata bagi memuaskan nafsu kita sama ada dari segi politik, pangkat, kuasa, kekayaan dan seumpamanya. 

Hari ini mereka yang menentang penguasa zalim termasuk yang korup dan penipu adalah pejuang tanah air tetapi di mana 'keberadaan' sesetengah daripada mereka sekarang ini? Ada yang disumbat dalam penjara, ada yang cuba 'dibisukan' dengan pelbagai akta drakonian dan tak kurang 'dibonsaikan' perjuangan mereka.

Baru-baru ini (pada bulan Ogos keramat ini ) pemimpin menghimpunkan bekas pahlawan (bekas anggota pasukan keselamatan) 'bagi menawarkan itu dan ini' termasuk sejumlah wang. Bagi sesetengah pihak ini ada petanda pilihan raya kian hampir; bekas pahlawan pun 'digula-gulakan' bagi membolehkan mereka mengekalkan kuasa. Hal ini seolah-olah bermakna, 'apabila ada faedah kamu dicari; kalau tak, kamu pergi main jauh-jauh'!

Ya, sang penguasa menyamai 'auta' pembesar-pembesar zaman Hang Nadim yang tidak sesekali membiarkan seorang anak bijak 'melawan' mereka kelak. Mereka bertindak menghapuskan Hang Nadim awal-awal lagi, demikianlah sejarah berulang dengan penguasa sekarang bertindak awal (melakukan 'preemptive strike') bagi menghapuskan bakal (tokoh) pencabar atau memecahbelahkan pihak lawan bagi memastikan mereka kekal berkuasa dulu, kini dan selamanya!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

U Masjid (32): Masjid 'dua darjat' di Terengganu...

Dengan nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah Lagi Maha Penyayang; selawat dan salam ke atas junjungan besar Nabi Muhammad s.a.w.

Renungan

"Dialah (Allah) yang menciptakan bagi kamu pasangan-pasangan (jodoh) daripada makhluk (jenis) kamu sendiri agar kamu condong kepadanya dan berasa tenteram dengannya. Kemudian Allah menciptakan kasih dan sayang antara kamu." (Surah Ar Rum: 21) 

‘BERKAPCAI' di sepanjang jalan raya Persekutuan di Terengganu; dari Kemaman sehingga Setiu baru-baru ini  bukan saja membolehkan saya singgah di sejumlah masjid yang cukup indah dan mengkagumkan seperti Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah (Masjid Terapung) tetapi juga di masjid dan surau dikendalikan ahli PAS yang keadaannya cukup sederhana seperti Surau Izzul Islam di Kelulut.

 

Benar jika kita menyelusuri jalan-jalan utama di Terengganu maka begitu mudah kita ketemui masjid-masjid tersergam indah hatta di kampung-kampung sekalipun tetapi kita ‘berinisiatif’ dengan ‘meredah’ lorong demi lorong, insya-Allah kita akan ketemui rumah Allah yang walaupun kelihatan ‘daif’ tetapi insya-Allah boleh mencetuskan cahaya keinsafan bagi tujuan membersih hati.

 

Sebagai contoh, di Kelulut, dari jauh saya sudah nampak Masjid Kelulut yang begitu gah. Hebat, masjidnya yang begitu besar, tersergam indah tetapi entahlah, ‘kapcai  saya tidak menuju ke situ’ sebaliknya meredah lorong perkampungan dan akhirnya ditakdirkan berhenti untuk solat dhuha di Surau Izzul Islam, Kelulut.

 

Ya, apa yang saya dapati di Surau Izzul Islam yang berdekatan dengan sebuah Pasti ini? Sebenarnya, tiada ada sesiapa pun berada di sini tetapi mengamati keadaan surau dan persekitarannya ‘membuahkan’ satu perasaan di hati yang sukar diceritakan.

 

Terdengar suara guru-guru mengajar di Pasti, diikuti suara beramai-ramai anak murid. Sebagai seseorang yang pernah diamanahkan sebagai pengerusi persatuan ibu bapa dan guru sebuah Pasti, terbayang di mata saya akan kesukaran mentadbir sebuah pusat pengajian seperti ini terutama dari segi kewangan dan tindakan keras sang penguasa; jadi pengorbanan dan air mata adalah cerita biasa di kalangan guru, pembantu, pentadbir dan muridnya. Tentunya komitmen tinggi dan istiqamah sahaja yang dapat mengerakkan Pasti-Pasti di seluruh tanah air yang ‘skrip’ ceritanya hampir sama.

 

Di negeri saya dulu, Pasti-Pasti diarahkan tutup; ada yang diancam untuk dirobohkan kononnya kerana bangunannya tiada CF malah ada yang sudah dirobohkan kerana tanah tapak Pasti mahu dibuat projek pembangunan awam seperti pembinaan jalan raya. Dengan adanya akta pengambilan tanah, tiada jalan untuk pentadbir Pasti bertahan, mereka terpaksa memberi laluan selepas dijanjikan sedikit pampasan.

 

Selepas solat, saya ‘bacalah apa yang patut’ di papan kenyataan. Alangkah sayu di hati apabila saya terpandang sebuah notis yang menghebahkan akan nama 28 orang yang ‘menokok’ RM10 setiap bulan bagi membolehkan bayaran elektrik dibereskan. Malah ‘seorang arwah’ bernama Roslida disenaraikan membayar RM10 sebulan…pasti arwah tidak melakukannya tetapi pembayaran dibuat oleh warisnya yang berhajat agar allahyarham sejahtera di alam sana.

 

Di Kampung Tepoh, beberapa kilometer di utara Kuala Terengganu, saya singgah di Masjid Kampung Petaling. Subhanallah, masjid yang sederhana ini masih dalam pembinaan – kampit-kampit simen bersusun di bahagian depan dengan debu simen di lantai. Berdasarkan keadaan dilihat, terfikir di benak saya, masjid ini masih memerlukan dana bagi menyiapkan pembinaannya.

 

Demikianlah, terlihat ‘kontras’ (mungkin boleh diungkapkan sebagai dua darjat) antara masjid yang dibina pemerintah dengan yang tidak mendapat peruntukan pihak berkenaan. Umum mengetahui masjid-masjid di Terengganu adalah gah dan hebat tetapi insaflah kerana di sini juga kedapatan masjid dan surau yang serba sederhana; dibina dan dimakmurkan dengan pengorbanan dan air mata!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Even Prophet Musa prayers were not answered until 40 years later...

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful; blessings and peace be upon Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.


Reflection

The Declining Day (Al-'Asr)
1. By the declining day,
2. Lo! Man is in a state of loss,
3. Save those who believe and do good works, and exhort 
one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance.
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BUKU TERBUKA UNTUK JUALAN
4. Tajuk: Di Dalam Lembah Kehidupan
Penulis: Prof Dr Hamka 
Penerbit: Pustaka Dini
Muka surat: 207 (Harga asal dibeli RM17)
Hanya RM10 (termasuk belanja hantaran pos biasa)
Penilaian LanH terhadap buku ini yang sudah dibaca beliau: Sangat bagus
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3. Tajuk: Keadilan Ilahi
Penulis: Prof Dr Hamka 
Penerbit: Pustaka Dini
Muka surat: 123 (Harga asal dibeli RM13)
Hanya RM10 (termasuk belanja hantaran pos biasa)
Penilaian LanH terhadap buku ini yang sudah dibaca beliau: Sangat bagus
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2. Tajuk: Rahsia Madinah (Jejak Rasul 2)-----------(XXXXXXXXX  MAAF, SUDAH DIJUAL)
Penulis: Khalil Ibrahim Mulla Khothir 
Penerbit: Al-Hidayah Publishers
Muka surat: 218 (Harga tertulis di buku RM14)
Hanya RM10 (termasuk belanja hantaran pos biasa)
Penilaian LanH terhadap buku ini yang sudah dibaca beliau: Sangat bagus
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1. Tajuk: Rahsia Mekah (Jejak Rasul 1)-------------(XXXXXXXXXXXX MAAF, SUDAH DIJUAL)
Penulis: 'Atiq bin Ghaits Al-Biladi
Penerbit: Al-Hidayah Publishers
Muka surat: 300 (Harga tertulis di buku RM15)
Hanya RM10 (termasuk belanja hantaran pos biasa)
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MY father in law was warded in a public hospital. I visited him almost daily and when I was in his ward, I took the opportunity to get to know patients near his bed. One person I love to chat to was Cikgu Abdul Aziz, a pensioner who was in his eighties.

I had spoken to him several times, every time I approached him, he was cheerful and most important of all, he would 'gave his mind' on matters regarding life - well his age spoke about his experiences...perfecting the Malay proverb - 'dia yang lebih dulu makan garam' (translated literally as he or she who tastes salt first).

One evening I queried him on how to have a happy marriage life. He said number one, both husband and wife must be 'bertakwa' (with piety). Both are willing to lead lives according the teaching of Islam. Their aim in life are to please Allah SWT; thus they are ready to make sacrifice including of that regarding their feelings, needs and pleasures.

How to make a 'bertakwa' husband and wife team? Among others, we must have knowledge, said the grand old man. Thus, learn and never stop learning. And 'du'a' (do supplication) and never stop from doing so.

What should we do if only the husband is pious and not the wife? Guide her including asking her to expand her knowledge. Do not dream of 'a magic (fast) result'. It is not you who could change people, but it is Allah SWT.

Allah says in the Qur'an to ask Him and He shall answer our prayers. It is within the power of Allah to alter our fate. It is through our 'du'a' that we ask Allah for His Mercy and Benevolence.
There is a hadith that mentions believers must have faith that Allah will answer their 'du'a'. Allah may answer our 'du'a' during our life in this temporal world or He may defer our request till we are in the Hereafter. Allah responds to our 'du'a' in many ways. He may answer by pardoning or obviating our sins, or by sparing us of an undesirable fate. Allah may choose to respond to our 'du'a' in any manner He so chooses.
Another hadith mentions that our dua will be more likely to be accepted if we are patient and not in any rush in making the 'du'a'. There is a story of Prophet Musa a.s. whose prayers were not answered until at least 40 years later. If this was how long a prophet's prayers were answered by Allah, then us mere believers should not be hasty in expecting an answer from Allah. We must never utter statements to the effect that Allah does not listen to our prayers.
The 'cikgu' said 'ilmu kahwin' (knowledge about marriage) is a must to not only to would be husband and wife but also to 'veteran brides and bridegrooms' (parents) because marriage is an 'ibadah' (act of devotion to Allah SWT). We must know what is 'halal' (permissible) and 'haram' in our marriage.

In this current world of easy divorces, broken relationship and same-sex marriages, some may wonder if the original institution of marriage that brings a man and a woman together can really withstand the test of time. What then is the secret to a long and fulfilling marriage...?

It is a question that cannot be easily answered because every relationship is unique. Bringing two different people - and probably also two families - together is a challenge in itself.

First of all, to have a ‘religious’ wife, you should be ‘religious’ too, said the 'cikgu'. A good man is for a good woman and vise versa. Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. in a 'hadith' by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim said: “A woman may be married for four things: for her wealth, for her noble descent, for her beauty or for her religion. Choose the one who is religious, may your hands be rubbed with dust!” 

So to dear young men and women out there, remember that the character of a good husband is not the one who provided for all the material pleasures demanded by his wife but who was able to guide her for her safety in this world and more importantly in the Hereafter. 

The Qur’an says with the meaning: “O! You who believe, save yourself and your families from Hell-fire, whose fuel are humans and stones (idols) over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who flinch not (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do (precisely) what they are commanded.” (At-Tahrim 66: 6)

Yes, provide for and save your wife from Hell-fire; you are on the right track to be a good husband. Unfortunately in today’s material world, a man who could provide worldly pleasures and fulfill the lust of his wife is looked upon as a good husband. 

The wife’s crave for those pleasures are fulfilled. ‘High class’ women demand ‘high class taste of living'; perhaps these included shopping in top fashion and capital cities of the world such as New York, London and Paris looking for Birkin handbags, diamond rings and so on. She also demands to stay in top and exclusive hotels of the world and attending star-studded party. 

A religious wife is a precious treasure to a man for example  she would not demand from her husband worldly pleasures which are not within his means. She knows his limitation and acknowledges her obligation to obey and please him.

In Islam, the husband is the ‘qawwaam’ (maintainer) of his wife so that he will be a ‘real man’ knowing how to steer the ship of family life towards the shore of safety and guidance. 

Islam warns all men against the trail and ‘fitnah’ (temptation) of women, which may make them heedless and weak, and lessen their religious commitment, so that they turn a blind eye to the waywardness and unIslamic behaviour of their wives. 

In such a case a husband has no say: his wife is controlling everything in the home, so that he dare not disobey her, or answer to her back, or refuse any of her wimps. The Prophet (s.a.w.) was right when he said that this is the most damaging of trails and temptations that a man can be faced with: “There will be no ‘fitnah’ after my death that is worse for men than the ‘fitnah’ of women.” (Bukhari and Muslim) 

The Muslim husband is a man who is not weak in dealing with the trial of a wayward wife, no matter how difficult that ‘fitnah’ is. He gently makes it clear to her that no matter how much he loves her, he loves Allah and the Prophet s.a.w. more, and his desire to please Allah is stronger than his feelings for her: Say, [O Muhammad], "If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihad in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people." (Qur’an 9:24) 

In this way, the female waywardness which we see in many so-called Muslim homes will be done away with. The man who sees his wife, daughters and sisters going out in the street with make-up, uncovered heads and bare arms, clothed but seeming naked and does nothing to stop this disobedience in Islam, has surely lost his manhood, abandoned Islam and earned the wrath of Allah SWT. He is a ‘dayus’. There is no way out of this predicament but sincere repentance which will wake him up, restore his manhood and set him back in the straight path. 

Islam considers women to be a trust which has been given to men for safe-keeping. As the wife is usually influenced by her husband, he may take her with him to Paradise or lead her to Hell. Therefore Allah SWT ordered the believing men to protect both themselves and their families from the Fire and gave a terrifying picture of the awful fate that awaits them if they neglect their responsibilities towards their wives and families and fail to compel them to adhere to the truth. 

To achieve a harmonious family, what more blessing from Allah SWT The Almighty; scholars gave these advises:

1. Before being married, the future husband and wife would have to have the intention of being a good partner.

2. Thanks the Almighty for giving us a partner, the husband should think that his wife is the best for him and vice versa.

3. An exemplary husband makes his wife proud.

4. Smile when the husband returns home, the husband too should be jovial when returning from work.

5. Make sure husband and wife have time to talk to one another.

6. The husband and wife communicate with one another by SMS, telephoning etc.

7. Make the wife happy by telling her stories.

8. Have lunch or dinner together with family members.

9. Husband and wife are encouraged to take their bath together.

10. Help the wife in doing household chores such as mending shoes and shirts.

11. Practice having meetings with family members.

12. Do not divulge each other’s secret.

13. Be respectful on the wife’s family members.

14. Becoming a forgiving person.

15. Fulfill the wife’s need.

Not long ago, our government launched an ambitious program named ‘Rumahku, syurgaku’ (translated literally as ‘My home, my heaven) so that families could have homes that were peaceful heaven – like abode for them.

The most important requirement in making ‘My home, my heaven’ for Muslims is that family members should perform ‘solat berjemaah’ (hold congregational prayers). They too have to practice reading and understanding the Qur’an, reading and studying religious books and ready to help one another. 

As for myself, after being married for almost 30 years now and experiencing the up and down of a marriage, I must agreed to my mother who is now in her 70-s, who said that as time passes, the challengers to maintain a marriage gets difficult by each days...only the 'iman' (faith) helps us to hold on.

At old age when 'almost everything' such as beauty, strength and pardon me sexual attractions and abilities had been taken away from us, only our love to Allah SWT made us still loyal to our spouses. We still love our husbands or wives because Allah SWT told us to do so. If we gave our earnest deeds and hearts to our partners in the name of Allah; then He would be please to us and rewarded us in this world and the Hereafter.