Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
28 December 2012 / 14 Safar 1433
Preserving Justice in the Daily Lives of Insan
Dear jemaah blessed by Allah,
Every Friday, we are reminded to increase our taqwa toward Allah s.w.t. This is because taqwa is the key to the doors of virtue. Taqwa is the compass that leads to the path of protecting ourselves from badness- whether in actions, speech or thoughts. Taqwa will also shine the path toward Allah s.w.t. And among the ways to bring us closer to taqwa is to be just and fair in our actions. As commanded by Allah s.w.t. in surah Al-Maa’idah verse 8:
Which means: “Be just; that is nearer to righteousness..”
My dear brothers,
The topic of justice in Islam is a wide and exhaustive topic. However, today I will share three important points as a reminder for all of us, as to how we can inculcate this trait into our daily lives.
Firstly, justice in enriching our souls.
All of us work hard every day and night, to earn income to sustain our families, but we must ensure that our spiritual and emotional needs are also met in order to attain peace and calmness in our lives.
The stressful environment at work or school, added on by the fast pace of life will definitely impact us emotionally. Unconsciously, such as a hectic lifestyle, can cause us to be angered easily, causing exasperation, anxiety and dissatisfaction in our lives. As an example, we are able to see this reflected clearly in the comments we read on Facebook and the newspapers. In fact, if we do not control these feelings of unhappiness, it can cause depression and may cause one to lose hope. Worse, it may affect our manners in dealing with others
This is where we should be fair to ourselves. Our hearts and souls face numerous daily pressures and it needs space to calm down. Thus, this is where we need to bring ourselves closer to Allah s.w.t. The five daily prayers which we perform daily should be seen as a much needed break for our hearts and souls.
Treat this as a time for our souls to recharge and find strength through Allah s.w.t. so as to enable us to move on with our daily lives. When our minds are stressed up, and our souls feel suffocated, take ablution (wudhu) and turn to Allah s.w.t to pour our hearts out. Always remember, my brothers, Allah’s message to us in surah Al-Ra’ad verse 28:
Which means: “ Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah . Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.”
Second, to be just in our actions and balanced in seeking duniawi and ukhrawi knowledge.
My brothers, a person who is just is also one who is balanced in his knowledge of worldly matters and the hereafter. Only when one is just in seeking both would he be able to achieve true satisfaction. Many of us may have attained material success with our knowledge of the world, but we have yet to feel neither satisfied nor calm. Even though they are able to fulfill their material needs, but they are still unsure of the true meaning of life. What is their purpose in life and where are their lives headed?
This is where the role of religious knowledge plays a part. It is the compass that points us to eternal happiness that is sought by mankind. With this knowledge, they will be able to achieve happiness and feel the calmness in their lives. Allah s.w.t. has taught us to ask for goodness in this world and the hereafter. Allah said in surah Al-Baqarah verse 201:
Which means: “ But among them is he who says, “Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.”.
My brothers, have we equipped ourselves with both these knowledge? Do we truly know and understand our religion that we are confident and clear on why we profess our belief? If we have children, are we able to explain to them when asked?
In fact, even if we already have basic religious knowledge, let us continue to deepen our understanding, for there are still many branches of knowledge to study such as Hadith, Tafsir and more, which must be explored and through which we will be able to learn the lessons that can be applied for us to achieve prosperity in this world and the hereafter.
Third, to be just in helping the people around us.
My brothers, Allah s.w.t. advised us in surah Al-Nahl verse 90:
Which means: “Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.”
In this verse, we find that the commandment to be just in our actions is followed by the call to act with compassion (ihsan). This is a reminder that while we strive to do good and work toward success and contentment for ourselves, we cannot forget to seek the same for those around us. The heart of a Mukmin will not be at ease if he knows that his relatives, friends or even neighbours are struggling.
Some of us may have received our year-end bonus and Alhamdulillah some have had the opportunity to travel with our families. At the same time, if we have been blessed with good fortune, let us not forget our friends who are in need. Take the time to ask how they are doing.
Even if it seems our wealth will decrease physically, the joy that we feel from helping those in need, and maybe even the reward from Allah in the form of other blessings (rezeki) will be surely be felt. This is the promise of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. to us in a hadith narrated by Imam At-Tirmidzi:
Which means: “Wealth will not be decreased by giving to charity”
Hopefully, through our sincere and dedicated efforts to inculcate the spirit of justice in our lives, Allah will reward us with calmness in our hearts, happiness and His pleasures in this world and the hereafter. Amin, Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.