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We’re family!

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Islam is not only a religion, nor is it only a way of life…Islam is an international  institution and Muslims are one big family.

Let me ask you a question..
Is it appropriate for your sister to be suffering under the hands of an oppressor with little hope of surviving on her part and you here are partying the night out as if that’s all there is to life? Of course we wouldn’t!!

Unfortunately, this is our current situation O Muslims! I’m not saying that your sibling is currently being terrorised. No.

I’m talking about the current situation of this ummah. How we, as a big family, remain indifferent to the sufferings of the other members of our family!

Ask ourselves! Our fellow brothers and sisters are suffering in Palestine just because they stood up for what they believed in…and what are we doing?
We have been successfully duped! Our brothers and sisters are being tortured and we are fooled into thinking that they, the Palestinians, asked for it(nauzubillah from such a thought!) or that ‘nah, it does not concern me.’ Reality check: it does concern us! Just as our mothers would get angry if we would be indifferent to our sibling’s suffering, more so would our Creator be if we remain indifferent to our fellow creation’s plight!

He made us responsible for each other! He made us one big family! We should not allow minute details to divide us! We should stop bickering over the little things that we disagree upon!
There is no time for such things!
We need to grow up. We need to look at the bigger picture. Our ‘siblings’ need us.
Don’t get fooled by the dunya. Take the dunya as your current temporary rental house and the akhira as your island paradise. Would you work to ensure you get to live the average life in your normal house or would you like to upgrade and ‘save up’ for the island paradise?

So, you might be thinking now…
You must be kidding! I can’t possibly go there and help them, given all the commitments I have to my community! It is not really feasible for me as well as all the other Muslims to leave their communities to go free Palestine.

Well, know that force is not the only way to help.

 

:عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيّ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ سَمِعْت رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه و سلم يَقُولُ

“مَنْ رَأَى مِنْكُمْ مُنْكَرًا فَلْيُغَيِّرْهُ بِيَدِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِلِسَانِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِقَلْبِهِ، وَذَلِكَ أَضْعَفُ الْإِيمَانِ”
[رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ].

On the authority of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say, “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim]

 

Here, two other modes of righting a wrong is mentioned: by the tongue or by the heart

So, how can i help Palestine using my tongue? Well, its surely not by promoting Palestinian cuisine><

We can use our words to spread the truth or the severity of the oppression they are receiving. Words are mightier than the sword. Correct the misunderstanding spread by the media on the reality of what is happening there. Motivate people who can take actions so as to spur them into taking action. Force is not necessarily the only answer. The answer is not objective.

What about the heart then? To help them using our hearts means to keep them forever in our duas, forever in our thoughts. Wake up in the early hours of the morning: praying, weeping and begging Allah to have mercy on them and grant them martyrdom.
You might be thinking that ”my doa is not as powerful..I’ve sinned a lot..”
Well, firstly, never lose hope in the Mercy of Allah and secondly, may our doa get barakah(blessing) due to the thing we doa-ed for…

So, instead of staying up all night watching movies, turn in early and wake up early the next morning to begin our ‘munajah’ to Allah Almighty.

Instead of wasting time lazing around flipping through channels, we could increase our knowledge of what is transpiring concerning Muslims worldwide so as to be a responsible brother/sister.

We should love for our brother what we’d love for ourselves. If we love peace, we too must love peace for our brother and hence, we have to help him obtain the thing that he loves due to our deep love for him for the sake of Allah.

May Allah forgive us for neglecting our family in the past and may He gives us the capabilities and strength as well as knowledge in spreading peace and unity among the sons of Adam (alayhissalam)

Ameen ya rabbal Alameen

Alhamdulillah alaa kulli nia’mihi alayya..

Salaam…

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20/12–Preserving Islam In The Era Of Globalisation

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Source: http://www.muis.gov.sg/cms/uploadedFiles/MuisGovSG/Khutbah/E13Dec20%20-%20Preserving%20Islam%20In%20The%20Era%20Of%20Globalisation.pdf

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

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Sorry for the delay..

Source: http://www.muis.gov.sg/cms/uploadedFiles/MuisGovSG/Khutbah/E13Nov29%20-%20Understanding%20The%20Responsibilities%20Of%20Taking%20Care%20Of%20Children.pdf

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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