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20/12–Preserving Islam In The Era Of Globalisation

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Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura

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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13/12 khutbah–Challenges And Obstacles In The Era Of Globalisation

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Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
Friday Sermon
13 December 2013 / 10 Safar 1435
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hallenges And Obstacles In The Era Of Globalisation

Dear brothers, On this noble Friday, let us strengthen our iman towards Allah s.w.t. and aim to become Muslims who hold true to the teachings of Islam in every situation.

Dear Friday jemaah, Changing times and circumstances is a Sunnatullah, or the decree of Allah, which cannot be avoided. The situation today is not the same as ten years ago. Technological advancements in communication and transportation systems which we enjoy today have not only changed our lifestyles but also the way we think. Along with these beneficial changes come various challenges. The question that arises is; how do we Muslims face these challenges as an individual as well as a community?

Last week, we were reminded of the need to leverage on technology in today’s globalised world, to bring ourselves closer to Allah s.w.t. This can be done by taking advantage of platforms such as the Internet to spread the beauty of the akhlak of Rasulullah s.a.w. and to increase our knowledge. Alhamdulillah, we are grateful to Allah s.w.t. who has given us many pathways to deepen our understanding of His deen, and to seek His pleasure. We pray that we will become Muslims who will be of able to help others and bring benefits to others, just as Rasulullah s.a.w. said: Which means: “The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the res Continue reading

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

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Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura

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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