Sunday, May 5, 2013

Spreading the message of love/Berkasih sayanglah; maafkanlah dan lupakan sengketa

******************* Dengan nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah Lagi Maha Penyayang; selawat dan salam ke atas junjungan besar Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. ******************** Renungan ******************** Syukur Alhamdulillah, solat subuh berjemaah sebentar tadi, imam membaca Surah Al-Insyirah (Alam Nasyrah - Melapangkan) pada rakaat kedua; ini permulaan yang membahagiakan pada hari penuh bersejarah 5 Mei 2013. *********************** Maksud ayat-ayat surah ini ************************** Dengan menyebut nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah Lagi Maha Penyayang. ************************* 1. Bukankah Kami telah melapangkan untukmu dadamu, *************************** 2. dan Kami telah menghilangkan daripadamu bebanmu, ************************** 3. yang memberatkan punggungmu, ************************* 4. Kerana sesungguhnya sesudah kesulitan itu ada kemudahan. ************************** 5. Maka apabila kamu telah selesai (daripada sesuatu urusan, kerjakanlah dengan sungguh-sungguh (urusan) yang lain, ************************* 6. dan hanya kepada Tuhanmu hendaknya kamu berharap. ****************************** ENGLISH TRANSLATION ******************* In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful ****************** 1. Have We not expanded thee thy breast?- ******************* 2. And removed from thee thy burden ******************** 3. The which did gall thy back?- ********************** 4. And raised high the esteem (in which) thou (art held)? ********************* 5. So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief: ************************** 6. Verily, with every difficulty there is relief. ***************************** 7. Therefore, when thou art free (from thine immediate task), still labour hard, 8. And to thy Lord turn (all) thy attention. *************************** In my previous article, I mentioned former Menteri Besar of Selangor for more than a decade, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib, in his speech after announcing his membership in PAS saying that Muslims in this country is fast losing the Islamic 'roh' (spirit) in them. *************************** Without 'roh', Muslims are living without purpose; true some selected few and their cronies were gaining material gains such as having many properties and monies while their places of worship such as 'masjid' were big and beautiful, but had no 'barakah' (not blessed) in their lives. *************************** Masjids are empty, while at home , 'kasih sayang' (love among family members) was on the decline; many children were without this 'kasih sayang', but instead showered with wealth. Some of these children from well off families (Tan Sri Muhammad mentioned Shah Alam as an example) lived on the fast lanes - with flashy cars and lots of money which they dump into pubs, clubs, casinos and into the hands of unmoral activities and women! ************************ I totally agree with you, Tan Sri Muhammad; I salute you to have make that great move; so let all of us lend our hands to help PAS with all our ability and resources in transforming all Muslims begining with our family members to lead lives in line with the teaching of Allah SWT and His Prophet, Muhammad (s.a.w.). It was touching for you Tan Sri Muhammad for saying that PAS having your trust in paving the way so that Muslims would lead safe lives in this world and Hereafter. ********************** Tan Sri Muhammad admitted that since Independence more than 50 years ago, we achieved leaps and bounds and saw tremendous transformation of physical developments but sadly our society has been losing out in human values at a very fast and alarming rate! ******************** If we were to measure our achivements based on these physical developments, in my opinion we were on the wrong track; for example societies in many Western countries are on the brink of collapsing even though they are front runners in materials terms. ************************* In the Qur'an, it is mentioned that great civilizations such as that of ancient Egypt and Tsamud were destroyed after their people went against the teaching of Allah SWT and His prophets. ************************* All of achievements and inventions of human civilization, cannot replace the human aspects of man and indeed are worthless if they are not used to enhance his humanity, purify him and make him truly happy. ************************* In the Qur'an, Allah The Greatest mentioned: "By the Soul, and proportion and order given to it. And its enlightenment as to its wrong and its right. Truly he succeds that purifies it. And he fails that corrupts it." (Qur'an 91: 7-10) *********************** The development of society is not measured solely in terms of its scientific achievements and material inventions. These are a factor, but there is another, more important, standard by which a society is also measured. That is the prevalance of human values such as love, empathy, altruism, sacrifice, uprightness and purity of thought, behaviour and dealing with others. *************************** If individuals are the basis of a society, and the pillars upon which every social renaissance is built, then rightly-guided societies pay attention to human development and enhance the positive, constructive aspects while seeking to eliminate, evil, destructive motives, so that the individual will become a model citizen. It is from groups of such model citizens that clean, civil, strong, healthy, religious societies are formed. - The Ideal Muslim by Muhammad Ali Al-Hashimi (IIPH) ***************************** Nowadays, if we were to look at our society beginning with ourselves and our families and 'kampung' people, we would realize that 'noble values' are fast disappearing from our lives. ************************** Almost everybody is busy chasing after material gain, perhaps the young would go for the paper chase (who would get a string of A's in their public examinations) while young men and women would go for thick wallets, branded cars and high taste fashion and accessories while matured men go for properties such as bungalows, lands and shares. ********************** In the event to gain those materials gains, they ignored what is right and wrong {for Muslim it is 'halal' (permissible) and 'haram' (forbidden)} and that is why crimes are on the rise in society. These included corruption, murder, breaking of trust and the practise of cronyism. ************************* The people must understand the love of the world (those material gains) is the root of all evil. The son of man grows and with him grows two things - the love of wealth and love of long life. ************************* Ibn 'Abbas (Abdullah bin Abbas) relates, he heard the Holy Prophet saying: "Even if there were for a man two valleys full of wealth he would aspire for a third one, and nothing would fill man's belly but dust, and Allah turns to him who turns to Allah." ************************* So, what's the way out of this miserable life? Perhaps love would help; step one is to love yourself first, make sure that you live in His straight path so that you would not lead a miserable life in this world and the Hereafter. **************************** Next love you family; bring them to live in Allah SWT path, for He had mentioned in the Qur'an: "'O' you who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is Men and Stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who flich not (from executing) the commands the receive from Allah, but do (precisely) what they are commanded." (Qur'an 66:6) *********************** Then extend your love to your neighbours, relatives, friends, work mates, those in your community and society up to the highest level. Animals, plants and environments too should not be left out; but do not forget, your highest love should only be reserved to Allah SWT The Almighty and His Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). *********************** Allah says, "Say: 'If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your mates, or your kindred; the wealth that ye have gained; the commerce in which ye fear a decline: or the dwellings in which ye delight - are dearer to you than Allah, or His Messenger, or the striving in His cause;- then wait until Allah brings about His decision: and Allah guides not the rebellious." (9:24) ************************** Those who love Allah SWT and the Prophet more than anyone else including 'their loves' would 'insya-Allah' (God willing) would receive Allah SWT blessing and His Prophet's 'syafaat' (acknowlegement). ********************* With Allah's blessing, life in this world would be full of love (kasih sayang) in all aspects of living life such as in family, society, countries, the world and universe and most importantly you would be safe in the Hereafter. Yes, with this 'investment of love', your will be successful in the Hereafter to enjoy the pleasure (paradise) of Allah SWT.

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