Preserve Life, Treasure The Soul
Islam is a special religion with an honourable goal. Allah SWT, with His infinite wisdom together with all His mercy, has taught mankind the importance of preserving life. In Islam, every individual is obliged to safeguard each other from threats and dangers. Islam strictly prohibits acts that can jeopardize the safety of our own lives and the lives of others.
Allah SWT has asserted this through Surah al-An'am, verse 151: “Say, "Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited to you. [He commands] that you not associate anything with Him, and to parents, good treatment, and do not kill your children out of poverty; We will provide for you and them. And do not approach immoralities - what is apparent of them and what is concealed. And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed] except by [legal] right. This has He instructed you that you may use reason."
Islam as a religion of rahmatan lil alamin, or mercy to all creations, has always called for peace and prosperity. It never promotes violations, invasions and violence. In this case, Islam assesses the life of every human being as being the same.
There is no difference between a king or his people, nobility or commoners, bumiputera or non-bumiputera, rich or poor and so forth.
Therefore, Islam prohibits criminal acts such as killing, injuring, unjustifiable lashing and so forth which relates to the invasion of life. In addition, Islam also forbids its believers from deliberately initiating arguments, fights, disputes and wars, which would lead to bloodshed. If there are still options available with regards to tolerance and peace, that option should be preferred over others
The culture of spreading provocation among the public, raising the atmosphere of racism, raising religious sentiments, and playing up sensitive issues primarily through social media, is something that needs to be taken seriously.
Indeed, a leader and the head of the family must take care of the security, safety and life of his people. Each leader will be accountable for his leadership. So is every one of us as a leader; each of us cannot avoid this responsibility.
In the Hereafter, nothing will evade the judgment of Allah SWT. Imam al-Bukhari and Muslim RH recorded a hadith narrated by Abdullah bin Mas'ud RA, in which Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said: "The first thing to be judged on the Day of Judgment with regards to relationships between human beings will pertain to bloodshed.”
In Islam, ‘preserving life’ is considered from a very wide context. It deals with the health and safety of every individual. Health problems arising from unhealthy diets, beverages, medicines, and lifestyle also threatens life. Additionally, security threats to the individual may also be due to the treachery or weakness of other parties, as well as stemming from self-negligence, whether intentional or not.
Among the dangers to individual health and life as well as to others is smoking, especially smoking in public places, notably at eateries and food establishments.
The act of smoking in public is essentially a symbol of selfishness and ignores the health, comfort and lives of the people around us. Be aware that such act is not just an offence and a violation of the law, but it is also an act that will destroy one’s self and the society.
Furthermore, it also leads to wastefulness, which is against the syariah aim of preserving property.
In order to maintain safety, health and life, the khatib wishes to outline some of the recommendations and actions that we can take. The first thing we need to pay attention to is our own inner thoughts and attitudes with regards to respecting the rights and the souls of others.
Efforts in establishing relationships and strengthening the brotherhood with neighbours and the surrounding communities should be cultivated so that affection grows in society.
In addition, as a caring and responsible citizen, we must unite in enhancing local security enforcements, such as strengthening the Rukun Tetangga, or Neighbourhood Watch, the Auxiliary Police Force, security volunteers and others, including having a close relationship with the security forces.
Looking at it from a different aspect, every Muslim individual should adopt a healthy lifestyle, such as observing a balanced diet, engaging in sports, not smoking, staying away from drugs, avoiding hooliganism, refraining from lepak culture, from addiction to gadgets, and so on.
At the same time, we eliminate acts of persecution, misappropriation, degrading the honour of others, bullying, extortion and so on.
Hopefully, in the future, our society and our country will be known around the world as an ideal society in fulfilling the Maqasid Syariah, especially in the aspect of preserving life.
To end the sermon today, here are the conclusions that we can, together, take as guidance and reminders:
First : Life and soul are the most precious gifts from Allah SWT.
Second : Islam strongly prohibits its believers from committing acts that may destroy the lives of themselves, or of others.
Third : All parties are responsible for the protection and safeguarding of themselves, and of others, in the quest for happiness in this world and in the Hereafter.
Allah SWT declared in Surah al-Nisa, verse 93: “But whoever kills a believer intentionally - his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and Allah has become angry with him and has cursed him and has prepared for him a great punishment.”