Confusion Of Identity
The Identity Card is the identification of a citizen. A foreigner is identified through a passport. But, what about our identity as Muslims? Does the word “Islam’, which is recorded in our Identity Card, immediately qualifies us as a Muslim in the eyes of Allah SWT? It is not that simple. Allah SWT has dictated certain criteria to identify us as true Muslims
First: Identity of Faith. Basically, Allah SWT created humans, by nature to be with religious faith, as Allah SWT declared in Surah Ar-Rum verse 30, which was read at the introduction of the sermon just now, which means: “So set your face steadily and truly to the Faith: (Establish) Allah's handiwork according to the pattern on which He has made mankind: no change (let there be) in the work (wrought) by Allah: that is the standard Religion: but most among mankind understand not.”
Second: The Identity of Worship. Worship in Islam is the culmination of a sense of servitude to Allah SWT as a Supreme Being, and devotion towards Him. Worship is also a bridge that connects and links the Creator to His creations. Therefore, Muslims are identified and recognised through their acts of worship, such as prayers, fasting, charity, pilgrimage, remembrance (zikir) and others, as exemplified by Rasulullah SAW.
Third: The Identity of Morality. It is not just faith and worship that is emphasized in Islam. What makes it even more complete is the emphasis on Islamic morals. Islam is recognized and acknowledged as a religion of impeccable morals, in terms of actions, speech, and even when being silent.
Fourth: The Identity of the Family and the Muslim community. Islam is not just about yourself. In fact, its identity should be propagated widely to the entire community. Therefore, the first step is to convey in advance the identity of Islam to our close family members.
Allah SWT emphasizes this in Surah AtTahrim, verse 6: Which means: “O, you who believe! Save yourselves and your families from the Fire of Hell whose fuel is Men and Stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who flinch not (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah SWT, but do (precisely) what they are commanded.”
In short, most Muslims no longer possess real Islamic identity, to the point of displaying visible gaps and weaknesses of themselves. Let us ponder and reflect for a moment, what are the causes?
First: Knowledge and Education. Let us ask ourselves, what are we imparting to our children from childhood to adolescence? Have we forsaken our responsibility as parents to provide knowledge and religious teachings of Islam, which encompasses faith, worship and morals, to them?
Second: Upholding the Right, Preventing the Wrong (or Amar Makruf, Nahi Mungkar). Although we witness upholding the right, preventing wrongdoing by the authorities, non-governmental organizations, religious leaders and so on, but it is still a great concern to the public because the influence of western ideas and culture is strongly affecting the current generation through multiple forms of new media. It is like a tsunami that destroys faith built over the years.
As reminded by Rasulullah SAW in a hadith narrated by Ibn Umar and recorded by Abu Daud RHM: ُْ َّ. )رواية أبي داود( وَمِْنه ُ مَنْ تَشََّب هَ بِقَوٍْم فَُ Which means: "Whoever imitates a group of people, then he is of them."
Third: Wisdom and discretion. The main loss of the current ummah is the loss of wisdom and discretion. As a result of desire, fanaticism and an environment that does not assist in the expansion of the mind, these people are weakened through a variety of things that distract and harm them.
Fellow Muslims blessed by Allah, To conclude this week’s sermon, the mimbar would like to summarise some of the key points, as a guide to us all:
First: Realise that the confusion of identity is increasingly plaguing the Muslims during these final days. Muslims are increasingly seen to be astray from the true teachings of Islam.
Second: The effect of the confusion of identity affects our environment, our future generations and the worldviews of the Muslims themselves.
Third: Let us reinforce faith, worship, morals, family values and the Muslim community in order for us to address the confusion of identity within our society.
Be reminded of Allah SWT's threat to the generation that eliminates their Islamic identity through Surah Al-An'am, verse 6: Which means: “Have they not seen many of those before them We did destroy? Generations We had established on the earth, in strength such as We have not given to you - for whom We poured out rain from the skies in abundance, and gave (fertile) streams flowing beneath their (feet): yet for their sins We destroyed them, and raised in their wake fresh generations (to succeed them).