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17/1 khutbah–Emulating The Prophet’s Way Of Educating Family

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Friday Sermon

17 January 2014 / 15 Rabiulawal 1435

Emulating The Prophet’s Way Of Educating Family

 

Dear blessed Friday Jemaah,

Let us heighten our takwa towards Allah s.w.t. Take advantage of the age that He has given to us to be consistent in heeding all of Allah’s commands and avoiding what is prohibited upon us. Let us emulate our beloved Prophet, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. in all of our affairs, both worldly affairs and religious affairs, as Allah s.w.t. says in surah al-Ahzab verse 21:

Which means: “There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah often.”

 

My dear brothers, Rasulullah s.a.w. said:

 

Which means: Teach your children to guard their prayers and nurture them to do good deeds, and verily doing good deeds will become a habit for them.” [Hadith narrated by at-Tabrani]

 

This hadith is a beautiful reminder for us, at a time when our children are facing all sorts of challenges and various temptations that can affect their lives and their faith. It reminds us that we need to ensure that the hearts of our children are nurtured to love what is good and to inculcate performing good deeds as a habit, something that should come naturally for them.

Dear jemaah,

Rasulullah s.a.w. did not just leave behind advice and guidance on how to educate our children, but Rasulullah s.a.w. himself showed us the example through his ways of bringing up his family. When we study them, we will realise that often Rasulullah’s methods did not involve any use of force or coercion, but through good examples and gentle mannerisms. Here, I will share several examples which we can reflect upon through several hadith that have been narrated.

 

First: Early exposure to the teachings of Islam and an environment that encourages ibadah (acts of worship).

 

There are many sahih hadith which tells us that Rasulullah s.a.w. brought his grandchildren Hasan, Husain and Umamah binte Abi Al-‘As to the mosque when the Prophet s.a.w was leading fardhu prayers at the mosque. That was how he exposed them to the obligation of prayer, so that it will eventually become a part of their daily lives.

 

Wouldn’t it be beautiful if we are able to expose our children to acts of worship such as solat from a very young age, and make it a habit for them? When they look at us and observe what we normally do, they will insyaAllah be motivated to do the same. And not just acts of worship, but we should also demonstrate to them good akhlak and acts of kindness that they can imitate. This is in line with studies on children’s psychology where children learn through observational learning from as young as a year old. Thus, when children want to join us and imitate us during prayer, we should not chase them away; instead we should work hard to ensure that they will always be encouraged and facilitated in their efforts to be close to the masjid and to be close to Allah s.w.t.

 

The second example: Teaching them about what Islam forbids, with clear and detailed explanations as to why they are prohibited.

 

It is narrated in Sahih Bukhari and Muslim that when Hasan, the grandson of Rasulullah s.a.w. took one date from a bunch of dates which was given in charity to the people, Rasulullah s.a.w. quickly took the date out of Hasan’s mouth and said to him: “It is not halal for us (because it was given to charity)”.

 

Here, we have been taught the best way to stop a child from doing something that is not allowed or prohibited in Islam, and that is to give a clear explanation as to why it is not allowed.

 

Sometimes, what is needed is just a gentle reminder. Even so, sometimes the Prophet s.a.w will be firm for the sake of justice, and obviously he will not lighten the error of his own family members if they commit an offense. We can learn this through a hadith which says:

Which means: By Allah, if Fatima, daughter of Muhammad, were to steal, I would have her hand cut off.” [Hadith narrated by Bukhari and Muslim]

 

As parents, we need to know our children’s friends, the people they mix with, what our children are up to and the activities they are involved in. Often, we hear parents lamenting that they regret what their children have done, and complain that they do not know what their children do outside the home. We should realise that it is our duty as parents to find out about what our children are up to.

 

Third: Build a close relationship with your children through displays of affection in our words and acts. Indeed, this was the most important approach showed by Rasulullah s.a.w. who was very loving towards children. Anas bin Malik r.a. said:

Which means: “I have not met anyone who was more loving towards children than Rasulullah s.a.w.” [Hadith narrated by Muslim]

 

It was narrated that Rasulullah s.a.w. often carried and kissed his children and grandchildren. By fostering a close relationship with our children from a young age, they will be very close to us and will easily emulate and learn from us.

 

May we be able to truly follow Rasulullah s.a.w. in our lives, and succeed in inculcating love towards the Prophet s.a.w. in our hearts, as well as in the hearts of our children. May Allah s.w.t. grant us hidayah (guidance) in fulfilling our responsibilities towards our family, and may we be able to build a family that is successful and tranquil (sakinah). Amin Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.

 

 

Salaam..

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10/1 khutbah–Appreciating The Bounty Of Allah’s Favours

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Friday Sermon

10 January 2013 / 8 Rabiulawal 1435

Appreciating The Bounty Of Allah’s Favours

Dear blessed Friday jemaah,

Let us take the opportunity of this noble Friday to strengthen our resolve to increase our takwa towards Allah s.w.t.  My brothers, let us heed Allah commands in full obedience and avoid what Allah has prohibited upon us. In striving to do so, let us emulate Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

Dear jemaah,

I would like to take the opportunity of today’s gathering to call upon all of us to reflect upon a story narrated in the book of Tabaqat Ibn Sa’ad. It goes as such: There was once when Sayyidina Fatimah r.a, came to her father with a piece of bread. Nabi s.a.w asked her: “What is this oh Fatimah?” Fatimah replied: “I have brought a piece of bread. I feel restless my dear father, until I have brought this piece of bread for you.” And Rasulullah said: “Indeed this is my first meal since the past three days.”

Subhanallah! How amazing is the character of Allah’s Messenger who has stepped into the gardens of Paradise when Allah rose him to the heavens (the event of Isra’ and Mi’raj). This noble man chose to lead a humble lifestyle, even though he was the leader of his country and the leader of the ummah. In fact, the poverty that he felt was also felt by his children and family. Sayidina Ibn Abbas r.a. said:

Which means: “Rasulullah and his family had to starve for several nights consecutively because there was no food.”

In another hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari and Muslim, Sayidina Umar ibn Khattab r.a. once cried in sadness because he was moved by the marks on the Prophet’s body left by the mattress made of palm fronds used by the Prophet.

These stories and many more similar stories, tell us of the life of Rasulullah s.a.w. Although he faced poverty and lack of comforts in life, Rasulullah s.a.w. has never whined or questioned Allah’s will. In fact, he still worked hard to increase his acts of worship as a sign of a grateful servant of Allah. Rasulullah s.a.w. was conscious that every minute and second, we are enjoying the blessings Allah has bestowed upon us. It is up to us whether we choose to realise it or otherwise.

My dear brothers,

Let us pay attention to what Allah s.w.t has said in surah Luqman, verse 20:

Which means : “Do you not see that Allah has made subject to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth and amply bestowed upon you His favours, [both] apparent and unapparent? But of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening Book [from Him].”

Sometimes, we think that the bounty of Allah’s favours is only in the tangible form. We express our gratitude only when our salaries have been raised, when we have been promoted and so on. However, when Allah s.w.t. takes back these tangible favours that He has bestowed upon us, then we start to whine, question Allah’s fairness and maybe even forget to be thankful for the thousands of other nikmat (blessings) that Allah has continuously showered upon us.

Do not become like some of Allah’s servants who find it very hard to be grateful to Allah s.w.t. as Allah has mentioned in the Quran in surah Saba’ verse 13:

Which means: “and [remember that] few are the truly grateful [even] among My servants!”

Dear jemaah,

This is a characteristic of the Prophet that we should emulate. Only a heart that is constantly in gratitude will be at ease and feel calm. Let us not be like some people who are constantly complaining about every other matter and what Allah has determined for them, and feel that they should not be given as such. I am sure we have met such individuals. For example, a couple who has been given children, and then they complain or regret having children and wishes for the opposite, while others are pining for the joy of having a family.

In fact, because we lead a very comfortable life in Singapore as compared to many others in other countries, we may easily become people who are ungrateful if we are not careful. For example, sometimes we may complain about weak Wi-Fi signals or slow Internet connection, when for some people in other countries, Wi-Fi is a luxury for them and a very valuable tool in accessing knowledge and information. We may grumble that our smartphones are not the latest model with the most advanced technology, while others elsewhere are grateful simply with having a simple mobile phone to enable them to communicate with the family and friends.

My brothers, we should be aware that if we fail to be grateful for all these blessings with sincerity – not just paying lip service – then our hearts will never be at ease. We will always be caught up in the chase for worldly comforts and material wants and may even forget about the true objective of our existence on this earth, which is to seek Allah’s pleasures through doing good deeds.

Dear jemaah,

When one is grateful to Allah s.w.t., he will strive to make use of all of the favours Allah has granted upon him for noble purposes, in order to reap Allah’s pleasures. His wealth will be spent through halal means and ways that Allah s.w.t will be pleased with. The education and upbringing of his children and wife will be prioritised in order to gain Allah’s love. His energy, his sight, hearing and in fact his entire body will be used to fulfil the commands of Allah and His messenger. He does not simply desire what is not his but in fact, he is grateful for the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon him, and makes use of them to the best of his ability.

Only when we can link the blessings we are given in this world to that sense of gratitude, then it can be our provision for the hereafter and not as a distraction from the hereafter. This was the character of Rasulullah s.a.w. which we should strive to uphold. We strive for material success as a means towards bringing ourselves closer to eternal success in the hereafter.

May Allah s.w.t. grant our entire family love for Allah and His Messenger. May the love be the kind of love that will drive us to strive hard to emulate Prophet Muhammad s.a.w., enliven his Sunnah and hold on to his message to guide our lives. Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.

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3 Jan khutbah–Understanding The Character Of Rasulullah s.a.w.

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Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura

Friday Sermon

3 January 2014 / 1 Rabiulawal 1435

Understanding The Character Of Rasulullah s.a.w. 

 

Dear blessed brothers,

Last week’s sermon reminded us not to forget to be grateful for all the nikmat (blessings) that Allah s.w.t. has bestowed upon us. Let us embark on a journey to become better servants of Allah, who are in constant gratitude to Him by renewing our intention and strengthening our resolve to be people of takwa towards Allah s.w.t. Obey all of Allah’s commands and avoid what Allah has prohibited upon.

My brothers,

Allah s.w.t. says in the Quran, in surah Ibrahim verse 5:

 

Which means: “And We certainly sent Musa with Our signs, [saying], “Bring out your people from darkness into the light and remind them of the days of Allah.” Indeed in that are signs for everyone patient and grateful.

 

According to scholars of tafsir such as Imam At-Tabari, what is meant by the days of Allah are the blessings or nikmat from Allah. In short, this verse encourages us to remember the blessings that Allah s.w.t. has granted us.

 

Among the blessings that Allah has given to us, whether we realise it or not, is the birth of our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. His presence brought the light of faith to the world. In the midst of the deterioration of akhlak, immorality, injustice and oppression, Allah s.w.t. sent His servant who would bring hope to the community and eventually spread that ray of hope to all of mankind.

 

Dear jemaah,

It is through Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. that we learn who is Allah and His Might. It is through the presence of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. that we learn of Allah’s messages, revealed to the Prophet, and now eternalised in the Holy Quran. It is through the beauty of Rasulullah’s good manners and noble akhlak that we learn about the importance of good akhlak and being well-mannered. In fact, the presence of Nabi s.a.w. and his courage helped to raise the standing of all humankind. When the philosophy of man in those days were to value a servant nothing more than just a good that could be traded, Nabi s.a.w. taught humankind that the only servitude is servitude to Allah s.w.t. Moreover, Nabi s.a.w. granted the honour to make the very first call to prayer to Bilal bin Abi Rabah who was once a slave. And so it was Bilal bin Abi Rabah who made the first azan, calling upon all of mankind to pray to Allah Lord of the Universe.

 

At the same time, Nabi s.a.w. brought the message on the importance of knowledge, and the opportunity for seeking knowledge was made available to all. At that time, reading, writing and pursuing education was limited to those who were from the elite class within the community. But the message that Nabi s.a.w. taught to his followers was one that demanded them to read and to attain knowledge, no matter what their standing in society and their lineage was. In short, Nabi s.a.w shook the world with his good manners, his guidance, his courage and the message that he brought.

 

Dear Jemaah,

The akhlak of Rasulullah s.a.w. has never failed to impress his friends and enemies. His good manners and how he treated others, his qualities of being trustworthy and honest, impressed everyone who dealt and interacted with him. This is what we should remember every year at the start of Rabiulawal. We hope that by truly understanding and appreciating the life of our dearly beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w., our love for him will continue to blossom just like the love and affection felt by his Companions, who were blessed to have seen the beautiful face of Rasulullah s.a.w. and fought alongside our  beloved Prophet s.a.w.

 

In a story narrated by Imam Muslim transmitted from Anas r.a. that an Arab Bedouin met Rasulullah s.a.w. and asked: “Ya Rasulullah, when is Kiamat (Day of Judgement)”? Rasulullah said: “What have you prepared for it?” The man replied: “Love for Allah and His Messenger!” Rasulullah then replied with these beautiful words: “You will be with those whom you love!” Anas r.a. who heard the words of the Prophet s.a.w. said: “We have not felt happier than this, since the coming of Islam, when we heard the words of Rasulullah s.a.w. I love Allah and the Messenger of Allah, Abu Bakr and `Umar, and I hope that Allah will resurrect me with them, even though I did not perform actions similar to theirs.”

 

Allah! This is indeed good news from Rasulullah s.a.w. for all of us who sincerely strive to love Allah and the Prophet. My brothers, imagine when you are in love with someone. Every time you hear the person’s name mentioned, most of the time your heart will skip a beat in happiness and this happiness is mixed with the feeling of missing that person. We are willing to do anything to make the special person in our life feel happy. Maybe some of us would go to the extent of watching our expenses to save for a special present for that special someone. There may be those who are willing to give up a bad habit when the person we truly love and care for asks us to do so, right?

 

Do we feel that way when we hear the words of Allah and the hadith of Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. being recited? Are we willing to make the same sacrifices when Allah s.w.t and Rasulullah s.a.w. have asked us to leave behind what is bad for us and to enjoin each other in goodness? If the answer is yes, then Alhamdulillah we must continue to be grateful and uphold this. If we are not there yet, then we should strive to learn more about the Prophet s.a.w. and learn about him as a father, husband, friend, and neighbour and how he was as an opposition.

 

There is a Malay saying that goes, “If you don’t know, then you won’t love”. Make it a habit for us and our children to read about the character of Rasulullah s.a.w. Today, there are many books and resources in both Malay and English which tells us about the Prophet s.a.w. There are also various ‘ilm events all around Singapore which discuss the sirah (history) of the life of Rasulullah or teach the book of “Syamail Muhammadiyah” collection of hadith by Imam Tirmidzi regarding the character and life of Rasulullah s.a.w.

 

My brothers, even if we may be more interested in the rulings of fiqh fardhu ain which is practical in nature, we must learn the character of the person who conveyed the rulings that Allah has laid upon us. This is important because if we only learn Islamic rulings without learning the adab from Rasulullah s.a.w. then this will give rise to a community that is more religious but uphold less adab in their interactions and mannerisms with others.

For example, we learn the ruling or hukum that praying in the front saf is strongly encouraged. Thus, even if we have arrived at the mosque late, some of us will still try to make it to the front saf by stepping over and disturbing the jemaah that have arrived earlier. However, if we truly understand the sunnah, Rasulullah s.a.w. taught us that when we are late we should not disturb the other jemaah and step over their shoulders. Thus, this is an example of why we have to complete our understanding of Islamic rulings with the adab taught in Islam. This is to ensure that our religious practices can be understood and appreciated by those around us.

 

Thus, as we usher in the month of Rabiulawal, let us strive to at least read more hadith regarding the akhlak of Rasulullah s.a.w.

 

Furthermore, if we truly and sincerely love Rasulullah it will be reflected in our actions and our character. Just reflect upon the story of Sayidina Anas in the hadith we shared earlier. He was known as a companion who was always of service of the Prophet s.a.w, but this did not make him arrogant at all. In fact, he was being humble (tawaduk) when he said his actions where nothing like Abu Bakr and Umar r.a.

 

Thus, we should not become people who claim that they love Rasulullah s.a.w. but do not maintain good relations with Allah and one’s own family. Do not claim to uphold the sunnah of Rasulullah s.a.w. when our words or actions may still hurt others.

 

If we truly and sincerely love Rasulullah s.a.w., then we should be kind and compassionate to all, not just to all of mankind but all of Allah’s creations should be treated with care, respect, and should benefit from our co-existence. Our scholars show their love through their deeds and adab. Our scholars reflect their love for Rasulullah by striving hard to compile, memorise and then explain the hadith of Rasulullah s.a.w. Their love for Rasulullah s.a.w. was not limited to words and dressing. It is not simply claiming to uphold the Quran and Sunnah, but is founded on a strong understanding and knowledge; applying the sunnah of Rasulullah in various aspects of our lives within the family and the community, and to touch the lives of others.

 

May Allah grant us our desire to be among those who truly love Allah and Rasulullah. May Allah make us among those who truly deepen their knowledge of Islam together with their families, and are able to apply what they learn with good manners (adab) and ethics.

 

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20/12–Preserving Islam In The Era Of Globalisation

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Friday Sermon

20 December 2013 / 17 Safar 1435

Preserving Islam In The Era Of Globalisation

Dear Friday jemaah,

On this noble Friday, let us come together and strengthen our resolve to increase our takwa towards Allah s.w.t. Obey His commands and avoid what Allah has prohibited upon us.

 

Friday jemaah,

Throughout the past few weeks, we have been reminded to  take advantage of the advent of globalisation, while at the same time holding true to our principles as people who deeply love Allah and Rasulullah.

 

Today, I would like to call upon all of you to think about other negative effects of globalisation that we have to be aware of, and how we can play our roles as global citizens who are Muslims.

 

My brothers, along with globalisation comes the ease of doing business and thus, more opportunities to earn profits. This is definitely a positive outcome of globalisation. However, it may be otherwise if these opportunities fall into the hands of those who are irresponsible. One of the ill-effects of a global market economy that we have seen today is the widening income gap.

 

For example, there are many people in developing countries who toil away in factories producing branded goods. They receive meagre wages and work in extremely vulnerable conditions. Many children in these economies are also forced to work to help support their families. Instead of a childhood filled with laughter and the opportunity to seek knowledge, theirs are filled with hours of hard labour, some even have to stay in those factories, suffering from poor living conditions. Without education, it is extremely hard for them to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty and sadly, it often continues from one generation to another. Thus, we should be conscious of this, and should consider carefully before selling or buying products that are produced under those circumstances.

 

My brothers,

I am not saying that engaging in business is not encouraged. Far from it. In fact, Islam is a religion that strongly encourages one to engage in business. Rasulullah s.a.w. was asked what is  the best source of income:

 

“What is the best source of income” Rasulullah s.a.w. replied: “The best kind of work is the work of a man who performed it with his hands and every sale that is mabrur (accepted).” [Hadith narrated Imam Ahmad]

 

While we engage in business to earn profits, Islam seeks that the economic progress that we strive for must be based on fairness and equality. Allah s.w.t. says in surah Ash-Shu’ara verses 181-183:

This means: “Give full measure and do not be of those who cause loss.  And weigh with an even balance. And do not deprive people of their due and do not commit abuse on earth, spreading corruption.”

These values were also highlighted by Ibn Khaldun, a prominent Muslim scholar, known for his various contributions in many fields including economy. He discussed the concept of division of labour and specialisation which can improve economic productivity, yet he stressed that this would require justice and equality in order to ensure that it continues to function well.

 

Thus, for those of us who are entrepreneurs, we must ensure that we are ethical entrepreneurs, and are not solely profit-motivated.  We should never reap profits from the losses of others. And for buyers, we can also play our part by being responsible consumers. We should research about the products that we want to purchase. With advancements in technology in today’s globalised world, such information can be acquired easily. We should use the information we gather to make better choices. We should not limit our research to the halal status of a product, but also from an ethical perspective. We want to consume products that are halal and good (toyyib).

 

Thus, before we rush to buy anything, we should ask ourselves: By buying that new pair of shoes, are we actually contributing to the expansion of a company that uses child labour to produce these goods? Are we indirectly supporting the oppression faced by these individuals who work in terrible conditions and do not get justified wages? The decision to consume is within us, and we have to make the choice to be more aware of these problems and make a responsible decision. We must be aware that our power and influence as consumers can have a great impact on the production process in today’s globalised economy.

 

Dear jemaah,

As the demand for goods and services increase, this will lead to an increase in processes that will harm the environment, for example through certain processes in the manufacturing industry. The situation is worsened by those who do not take steps to reduce pollution. Lately, we have been experiencing changes in the weather globally, with rain, typhoon and snow hitting many countries, and at alarming records. We are all responsible for reducing pollution. Not just because we fear for the future of our children and grandchildren, but also because it is our responsibility as Muslims to care for the environment.

 

It was reported that Rasulullah s.a.w. passed Saad Abi Waqqas r.a. who was taking his ablution, and the Prophet said to him: “O Saad, why this wastage?” Saad then asked the Prophet, “Is there wastage even when we take our ablution? The Prophet s.a.w. replied “Yes, even if you are taking the ablution from a flowing river.”

 

Look at how Rasulullah s.a.w. greatly emphasised conserving natural resources, to the point that he did not allow us to waste resources even when performing ibadah. It is true that with globalisation, we are able to get hold of what we want conveniently, to the point that we may take this convenience for granted. As the ummah of Rasulullah s.aw. who truly love the Prophet, we should not contribute to the destruction and wastage of the earth’s resources and should always be mindful of the impact of our actions to the environment.

 

We should start the process of conserving natural resources with small, simple steps such as recycling goods like glass bottles and metal cans as well as paper instead of throwing them away at the trash bins. We should collect them and place them in the recycling bins available near our housing estates. As far as possible, we should avoid using Styrofoam and plastic products because when they are broken down, they emit harmful gases which can pollute the environment.

My brothers,

When we recite the syahadah ’lailaha illallah wa anna Muhammadar Rasulullah”, we are in fact making an oath to Allah s.w.t. that we will obey Him and protect this earth from destructions. Have we fulfilled our promise to Allah s.w.t.?

 

Dear jemaah,

Globalisation has brought about numerous advantages for us. However, in leveraging on these advantages, we must always preserve our Islamic values and ethics. We must be concerned with our development as Muslim individuals and at the same time, the Islamic requirement for us to fulfil our responsibilities as a citizen of this world.

 

 

 

Salaam…

 

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6/12– Enriching The Practice Of Religion In The Era Of Globalisation

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Friday Sermon

6 December 2013 / 3 Safar 1435

Enriching The Practice Of Religion In

The Era Of Globalisation

Dear Friday jemaah,

On this noble Friday, let us increase our takwa towards Allah s.w.t. Let us commit ourselves to fulfilling all of Allah’s commands and leave behind what He has prohibited upon us.

 

Dear blessed jemaah

We are now living in a borderless world, almost as if the world is now smaller. Just look at how easy it is to communicate with friends and family members thousands of miles away. We can also now order goods from overseas merely with the touch of a button on our mobile phone screens, and it will arrive swiftly. More than that, we can now receive all sorts of information and latest news around the globe easily. This is referred to as globalisation, where the world is described as getting smaller and interactions between men all over the world is faster and more accessible.

 

This phenomenon also brings about many challenges to our religious life. There are various outside influences, thoughts and foreign lifestyles which may be against the Islamic principles that we understand. Therefore, it is important for us to boost our resilience. This is to help ensure that our faith will always bloom and our takwa will remain strong as we tide through the challenges of modernity.

 

Whatever the success that we aim to achieve in this world, it should not weaken our bond with Allah s.w.t. We should strive to be like those whose hearts and souls are always close to Allah s.w.t. as Allah has mentioned in surah Al-Anfal, verse 2:

 

Which means: The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when His verses are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely -”

 

Dear brothers,

Islam is a religion which encourages its followers to be forward-thinking and progressive within the framework of Islam as outlined in the Syariah. The glorious Islamic civilisations emphasized the formation of individuals with strong faith and religiously resilient communities with good manners and are broad-minded.

 

As a result, we can see how our past scholars have achieved progress and success in improving the lives of men. The Islamic civilisation that they have developed is based on iman (faith) and takwa (piety).

 

Despite the rapid developments and progress that were achieved, Islamic principles and values were never pushed aside. In fact, Islamic values were the spirit that drove the development of a civilisation that contributed to the advancement of humankind globally. This is what we should emulate, my brothers. We have to remain confident as we face the challenges of globalisation. In our efforts to curb the negative impacts of globalisation in our lives as well as our spirituality, we have to take advantage of the positive elements that arise as a result of globalisation, to benefit us both in this world and the hereafter.

 

My dear brothers,

As an example, we can ride on the wave of globalisation to spread the noble values taught in Islam to the global community. Rasulullah s.a.w reminded us that:

Which means: “Verily I have been sent to perfect good character.”

[Hadith narrated by Imam Ahmad]

 

Thus with the ease of transportation and exchange of information today, we can easily introduce the values of ihsan (compassion), humanity (insan) and respect that was exemplified by Rasulullah’s character, to the entire world. For example, recently we saw how the Muslim community stepped forward to contribute to the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines through various humanitarian organisations and channels including the Rahmatan Lil’alamin Fund (RLAF).We also find that more of our youths have volunteered their time and energy to participate in humanitarian projects overseas during the school holidays to help improve the quality of lives to communities that are in need, at the same time bringing some hope and cheer to these poor communities outside Singapore.

 

Dear jemaah,

The rapid development of information technology allows us to strengthen friendships and bring closer the bonds that tie us together. In today’s globalised world, we have no excuse not to stay in touch and communicate with friends and acquaintances. This is also encouraged by the Prophet s.a.w. in a hadith which means:

Spread salam among you, serve the food, behave kindly with your blood relations, and offer prayer at night when others are asleep, and you will enter paradise safely.” [Narrated by Imam Ahmad and Tirmidzi]

 

 

 

My brothers,

Globalisation has given us a platform to improve our knowledge. Today, we are not limited by physical spaces in order to seek knowledge because we can easily attain knowledge and information through the cyberspace and virtual world. For example, if in the past we would have to step into a library or book store to borrow or buy books, today we can access various reading materials online through a computer, tablet or smart phone.

 

Besides that, we also have the opportunity to communicate and connect more closely with the Ulama and intellectuals globally through cyberspace as well as when they visit our country. Wherever we are, we can listen to and watch recordings of lectures by scholars (Ulama) from our own country as well as those based overseas. If we do not have time to listen to them live, then we should try and make time during this holiday season to listen and watch them with our families.

 

My brothers,

While rapid advancements in technology have brought with it a host of challenges, we can also take advantage of technology to enrich our religious life. For example, it is now very easy for us to determine the direction of kiblat and verify prayer times wherever we are, including in the airplane, simply by using applications that can be downloaded to our smartphones. This will ease our ibadah and fulfilling our religious obligations, and thus there are no excuses for us to miss our ibadah such as our prayers.

 

Friday Jemaah,

As more of our Muslim children pursue their education and training in the field of technology, we must ensure that they are motivated to apply their knowledge and skills to ensure that it benefits their religious lives as well as that of others. Let us make doa that there will be more Singaporean Muslims who would be able to make contributions to the advancements in technology for the improvement of the quality of lives globally

 

May Allah equip us with wisdom so that we are able to be of service to His deen through the use of technology which Allah has inspired in men. May Allah s.w.t. continue to protect us and our families in goodness.

Aamin ya Rabbal ‘Aalamin.

 

 

 

 

Salaam…

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29/11– Understanding The Responsibilities Of Taking Care Of Children

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Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura

Friday Sermon

29 November 2013 /  25 Muharram 1434

Understanding The Responsibilities Of

Taking Care Of Children

 

Dear Friday Jemaah,

Let us continue in our efforts to ensure that our families and ourselves remain in a state of takwa towards Allah s.w.t. Let us ensure that we do not ignore Allah’s commands, and neither do we transgress the boundaries Allah has set for us. May Allah keep us in His protection in this world and the hereafter

My brothers,

We are currently in the school holiday period. It is a very valuable time and we should not let it pass just like that. It is an opportunity for us to strengthen our ties with our children and family, and at the same time recall the joy of parenting that Allah has blessed upon us.

Dear Jemaah,

Raising children is challenging. That is why Allah has accorded a high status to parents. By granting us children, Allah s.w.t. is giving us the opportunity to have a special standing in His sight. By becoming parents, we are given the authority to shape the life of another human being. But this authority or privilege comes with huge responsibilities, befitting the high status Allah has accorded to parents. Thus, there are several reminders that I would like to share today:

First: We have to try to understand our children, and at the same time help them understand our concerns.

 

In the Quran Allah s.w.t. tells us of  the story of Prophet Ya’qub and Prophet Yusuf a.s, and this story is one of the best examples that reflects the relationship of a father and a child. Allah s.w.t. says in surah Yusuf, verses 4 and 5:

Which means: (Of these stories mention) when Yusuf said to his father, “O my father, indeed I have seen [in a dream] eleven stars and the sun and the moon; I saw them prostrating to me.” He said, “O my son, do not relate your vision to your brothers or they will contrive against you a plan. Indeed Satan, to man, is a manifest enemy.”

My brothers, notice how Prophet Ya’qub a.s. always listened to his son’s opinions even though he was still young. However, the love and care of a father towards his children does not mean he is willing to give in to all of his children’s requests. In the consecutive verse Prophet Ya’qub a.s. gave his personal opinion to his son, and thus asked his son to obey his wish by not telling his siblings about his dream.

This is an example in educating our children. At times, as parents we have to listen to them and accept their opinions. When both parents often discuss with their children on daily matters, it will develop the maturity and the personality of our children. However, in educating our children, we have to take a balanced approach. At times, both parents have to be firm by setting out what their children have to obey. Especially if it has to do with religious matters (such as performing their ibadah) and matters to do with their morals and akhlak as Muslim.

Second: We need to be responsible and fully aware of our children’s activities.

Of late, we have seen how some parents give in to all the wants and wishes of their children. Perhaps because they love their children very much, or some will reason that it is because of “mutual trust” between the parents and children; thus the children are allowed – as an example –  to sleep over at a friend’s house, a friend of the opposite gender. Or the parents do not mind who their children bring home, or even bother to find out who their children’s friends are and who their children mix with.

Besides that, we should also not allow our children to use the Internet and social media sites without any monitoring on our part, or without any form of guidance from us. Even though we need to give them space to leverage on technology, it is a fardhu ain for every mother and father to ensure that their children understands and applies the proper adab or etiquette when interacting online and in making use of these technology. For example, they need to be constantly reminded and as a family, we should discuss about the information that they read online (through websites, social media platforms and so on). We also need to set a time limit, both for themselves and ourselves, as to the amount of time we can spend online. Take the time during this holiday season to get to know our children better, learn who they are, who their friends are and their newly-found interests, if any.

Share with our children lessons about how Allah s.w.t watches over us and is aware of every deed, actions and intention. As Rasulullah s.a.w. said to a young companion:

Which means: “O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice]: Be Mindful of Allah and Allah will protect you. Be Mindful of Allah and you will find Him in front of you”.

[Hadith narrated by Imam Tirmidzi and Imam Ahmad]

When our children can understand and truly feel that Allah always sees them, it will strengthen their sense of taqwa. Thus, what becomes the standard is not whether their parents can know of everything that they do, but that Allah s.w.t. sees and knows everything that they do.

Third: Fill their time with beneficial activities.

Set their schedule with enough time for play, resting, entertainment and at the same time to be able to learn something new through interesting programmes. For example, we can encourage them to memorise supplications (doa) or several surah of their choice, or to read a book and then share with us what they have read. We can also send them to various camps that are being organised, those aimed at developing their confidence, character and leadership. Imam Al-Ghazali wrote in his book Bidayatul Hidayah that the barakah of time comes from good planning.

My brothers,

Our children are our heritage. If we raise them to be obedient towards Allah s.w.t. and diligent in helping others and doing good deeds, we not only groom them to become future dwellers of Paradise Insha’Allah, but hopefully, when the time has come for us to leave this world, the prayers and supplications of our children will accompany us.

May Allah s.w.t. bless our lives and that of our families, with His barakah and grant us with tranquility in this world and eternal happiness in the hereafter. Aamin ya Rabbal ‘Aalamin.

Salaam..

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