The Shari’ah Protects Public Interest
Islamic law (or Shari’ah) is organized to regulate the lives of individuals, families, communities and the nation, for the sake of attaining happiness in this world and in the Hereafter.
The Shari’ah is based on four main pillars, namely the Al-Quran, Sunnah, Consensus (or Ijma’) and Analogy (or Qiyas). It is a complete system, universal and suitable for all walks of life, with no restrictions of time or place.
Each person who is an authority on Islamic laws (mujtahid) must refer to such sources before arriving at an opinion, beside the foundations which were already strengthened during the time of Rasulullah SAW.
This is a very important matter to be understood by the community, as a guide in life. In a Hadith recorded by Imam Ahmad Rahimahullah, from a narration by Abdullah bin Mas'ud RA, it was reported as follows:Which means: "One day Rasulullah SAW drew a line in the sand for them and said, "This is Allah's path." He then drew several lines to the right and to the left and said, "These are the paths [of misguidance] on each of which is a devil inviting people to follow it." He then recited the verse: 'Verily, this is my path, leading straight, so follow it. And do not follow the [other] paths for they will scatter you about from Allah's path. That is His command to you in order that you may be conscious of Allah.”
Islamic law includes the complete teachings regarding worship (ibadat), commercial transactions (muamalat), marriage, divorce and spousal responsibilities (munakahat), and crime and punishment (jinayat). There is no single aspect missing, either in the external or in the internal aspect.
All commands are for the good of the religion and for the good of Muslims. It is natural to move forward, and Islam provides clear rules as to how to ensure human life is always in the good estimation of Allah SWT. Allah SWT declared in Surah al-Jaathiah, verse 18:Which means: “Then We put you, [O Muhammad], on an ordained way concerning the matter [of religion]; so, follow it and do not follow the inclinations of those who do not know.”
Lately, we can see how some people make light of the term, ‘the end justifies the means’, to the point that there are those who willingly commit acts that deviate from the foundation of the Shari’ah, and erases his Muslim identity in the process. For example, using money sourced illegally from activities like gambling, theft, bribery and usury (riba) to perform charity.
Social media, such as Facebook, Instagram and others, are used as mediums to legalize their deeds. Their consideration is merely towards materialism and worldliness without emphasizing dignity, responsibility and honour.
They are confused in understanding the method of interacting with the Al-Quran and the Sunnah. Therefore, it is not surprising that there are people who sympathize with and help the struggle of these groups or individuals.
‘The end justifies the means’ is not a method sanctioned by Islam. The Halal and the Haram in Islam are determined by Allah SWT, and are not to be solely based on intention.
This is because good intentions are inadequate without being guided by the right source. Without the Shari’ah, mankind will be in chaos and deep in ignorance. As a result, many problems and difficulties will be encountered.
If the Shari'ah is practiced correctly, the beauty of Islam will be presented in full-blown reality and not just in theory. The completeness of Islam in preserving character and behaviour, have made the Muslim Ummah known as a people who have praiseworthy characters.
No system in the world has been able to overcome Islam. As stated by Allah SWT in Surah As-Syura, verse 15:Which means: “So to that [religion of Allah] invite, [O, Muhammad], and remain on a right course as you are commanded and do not follow their inclinations but say, "I have believed in what Allah has revealed of the Qur'an, and I have been commanded to do justice among you. Allah is our Lord and your Lord. For us are our deeds, and for you your deeds. There is no [need for] argument between us and you. Allah will bring us together, and to Him is the [final] destination."
Ending the sermon today, the mimbar would like to invite the congregation to contemplate and reflect upon the following matters:
First: The Shari'ah is a complete set of laws which was revealed by Allah SWT to all mankind, as guidance in life.
Second: Islam does not allow the principle of “the end justifies the means”. Halal and Haram in Islam are already determined by Allah SWT.
Third: Take care to ensure that our life is in compliance with the Shari’ah at all times.
As stated by Allah SWT in Surah As-Syura, verse 14: Which means: “And they did not become divided until after knowledge had come to them - out of jealous animosity between themselves. And if not for a word that preceded from your Lord [postponing the penalty] until a specified time, it would have been concluded between them. And indeed, those who were granted inheritance of the Scripture after them are, concerning it, in disquieting doubt.”