Friday Sermon Text 7 December 2018AD / 29 Rabiulawal 1440H7 JAWI
A Harmonious Malaysia
The establishment of a state or country is to manage life and safeguard the safety of its citizens. Those who are united, obey the law, and practice the principle of mutual respect will create a harmonious nation.
Malaysia, as a country which is multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural and with multi-viewed politics, will certainly face challenges in maintaining stability and harmony.
Therefore, the idea of Rahmatan lil Alamin, or ‘mercy to the worlds’, would always emphasize on the unity of multi-ethnic peoples through the establishment of knowledge related to the relevant local Islamic jurisprudence.
A turbulent and unstable country will bring disadvantages and dangers. Therefore, rejecting harm is an obligation in Islam, as mentioned in a hadith recorded by Ibn Majah and narrated by Ibnu Abbas RA, where Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said: “Do not cause harm or be harmful.”
The principle in Islamic jurisprudence of placing a law based on waqi', or current situation, is very important and paramount.
Changes and differences in circumstances will result in differences in fatwas and views. This is a feature of Islamic law that is objective, realistic and dynamic, which always emphasizes the maslahah, or interests, of the people.
This understanding also comes with the nature of simplicity and justice, based on the reality of universal human life.
Simplicity means we reject bigotry in religion, beliefs and politics. Justice also means the government carries out its responsibilities and fulfils the rights of the people.
Every citizen also has the same responsibilities and roles towards the nation, in preserving and defending the constitution.
In order to form a harmonious Malaysia, the framework of thinking through the knowledge of Islamic jurisprudence, especially in contemporary matters, needs to be expanded.
The ijtihad, or common views, of scholars and fatwa of the mufti must take into consideration local cultures and practices and thereafter such views are placed on the right track according to Maqasid al- Syariah, or the underlying goals of the Syariah.
Religious figures should not easily spread the fatwa of other countries and cultures in order to apply them to the local framework, as it can cause misunderstandings in our society.
Among the features of our local Islamic jurisprudence is that it must always be dynamic and current, not rigid and static, in accordance with the passage of time and the interests of Malaysians.
A strong relationship between the Ulama, or scholars, and the government needs to be in line with formulating a unified knowledge.
The scholars act as a reference point for the people, while the government, on the other hand, is able to handle the affairs of the people efficiently, responsibly and with prudence.
For citizens, their minds must be well prepared to accept the change. Real success will not be achieved if the government and its citizens still fail to understand the concept of change itself.
In order to achieve balance, scholars must embrace the spirit of the Federal Constitution, the constitutional monarchy system, the process of parliamentary democracy and the cultural diversity that forms Malaysia today.
Among them are mutual respect for the rights and freedoms of religious practices, awareness of the beliefs of others, no violence, religious tolerance and other related matters.
There are three main elements in the Malaysian context, namely Islam, the spirit of togetherness, and a national system that is able to create a harmonious society for a New Malaysia.
Being respectful of non-Muslims does not mean accepting whatever wrongs they may have done, but seeking to rectify and correct them according to the Syariah.
Therefore, in order to provide something useful to the nation, the Islamic administration must be competitive and is not condemned by its own people. Everything can be achieved if we truly understand the philosophy of Maqasid al-Syariah.
Islam would indeed preserve the basic rights of all mankind. In this respect, in conjunction with the International Day of Persons With Disabilities, the mimbar would like to take the opportunity to remind all who are here today: let us together make a change, especially in the aspect of enhancing facilities for the disabled in our country.
This includes the relevant facilities at public places and at houses of worship. The mimbar is very concerned with the facilities for worship for the disabled at the mosques or suraus so that we are more inclusive and disabled-friendly.
The disabled are in dire need of our assistance in their daily affairs. They have the right to be treated well and to be respected.
Such is the teachings of Islam. Rasulullah SAW showed us the best model behaviour on how to assist the disabled, as stated in a hadith narrated by Imam Abu Dawud RH, based on a report from Jabir bin Abdillah RA : “Rasulullah SAW was behind us during the journey, He assisted the weak, got them to ride with him and asked for others to assist them.”
The conclusions that can be drawn from today's sermon are: -
First: Understand the concept of local jurisprudence so that we can interact with non-Muslims in a more tolerant, realistic and polite manner, based on the religion framework.
Second: Through this concept of localised Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamic law can be implemented easily as well as the justice and beauty of Islam can be highlighted.
Third: Understanding the waqi’, or the reality of the local environment, is very important when deciding on the implementation of Islamic law which is realistic and accordance with all places and times.
Allah SWT declared in Surah At-Taubah, verse 6: “And if any one of the polytheists seeks your protection, then grant him protection so that he may hear the words of Allah. Then deliver him to his place of safety. That is because they are a people who do not know.”
Friday Sermon Text: A Harmonious Malaysia
Friday Sermon Text 7 December 2018AD / 29 Rabiulawal 1440H7 JAWI
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