Heart Of A Wolf
Islam is a way of life which guides people towards success in this world and in the Hereafter. However, there are some among us today who use Islam simply as a way to gain an edge in this world alone, while disregarding the real goal, which is working towards success in the Hereafter
The danger of those who use Islam for the sake of worldly gains was even stated in a hadith recorded by Imam at-Tirmidhi and narrated by Abu Hurairah RA, where Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said Which means: "It would appear that in the End of Times, men will come forth to fraudulently use religion for worldly ends, and wear sheepskins in public to display meekness. Their tongues will be sweeter than sugar, but their hearts will be the hearts of wolves."
An issue went viral on social media regarding a business which provides the service of reciting prayers in the Holy Land of Mecca for, and on behalf of, clients, for a price. We should keep away and do not fall for such services in order to avoid any exploitation or slander with regards to our worship and practices.
Islam does not prohibit us from succeeding in business. However, it is necessary to remember that the ends does not justify the means. Using religion to achieve commercial success is increasingly prevalent in the society today.
After verses from the Quran, and prayers are recited, a bottle of mineral water that originally costs RM1 will thereafter cost RM10. Similarly, the price of honey, raisins and dates would suddenly be inflated after a specific prayer or supplication is recited over it. These products are alleged to be able to solve marital problems, improve self-confidence, banish supernatural spirits, relieve stress, improve livelihoods and so on. Even chicken treated with verses from the Al-Quran are said to be able to sharpen the minds of those who eat them.
As a preventive measure in relation to elements of fraud and abuse of Quranic verses for commercial purposes, at the 108th Convention of the Council of National Fatwa Committee for Religious Affairs Malaysia, which was held on 2nd and 3rd November 2015, it was decided that the use of ‘Ruqyah’ and the term ‘Sunnah Food’ irresponsibly for profit and publicizing a product should be stopped because of the concern that it would be considered an act of exploiting Quranic verses for profit, which is prohibited by Islam.
This decision is in line with the prohibitions of Allah SWT against those who use Quranic verses for profit. Allah SWT declared in Surah al-Baqarah, verse 41:Which means: “And believe in what I reveal, confirming the revelation which is with you, and be not the first to reject Faith therein, nor sell My Signs for a small price; and fear Me, and Me alone.”
Therefore, the mimbar would like to advise the congregation to be more careful and that they should channel their donations to mosques, musollahs, zakat collection centres and charities which are recognized, with their authenticity verified.
Those who use religion for worldly gains will never feel content with what is bestowed by Allah SWT in life. In a hadith recorded by Ibn Majah and narrated by Zaid bin Thabit R.A, Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said:Which means: “Whoever places utmost importance on this world, Allah will confound his affairs and make poverty appear before his eyes and he will not get anything from the world except what has been decreed for him. Whoever places utmost importance on the Hereafter, Allah will settle his affairs and make him content in his heart and the world will come to him although he does not want it.”
To end the sermon today, let us together reflect on the following conclusions:
First: Ensure that we do not use religion for personal gains. Repent, so that we are protected from the wrath of Allah SWT.
Second: Beware of falling prey to those who exploit the religion. May our concerns and attentiveness help to distance the Ummah from being continuously maligned by the actions of irresponsible parties.
Third: Balance the affairs of the world and of the Hereafter so that we are always grateful for the blessings bestowed by Allah SWT. Being extravagant in worldly affairs will make our livesWhich means: “Whoever desires the harvest of the Hereafter - We increase for him in his harvest. And whoever desires the harvest of this world - We give him thereof, but there is not for him in the Hereafter any share.” unsettled and never satisfied of the blessings received.
As stated by Allah SWT in Surah Asy-Syura, verse 20:Which means: “Whoever desires the harvest of the Hereafter - We increase for him in his harvest. And whoever desires the harvest of this world - We give him thereof, but there is not for him in the Hereafter any share.”