October 5th, 2014

Bayangan minda dan keberkatan rezeki

Dalam konsep pemikiran ‘Reset Minda’ ditekan betapa pentingnya kita menggunakan minda kita dengan formula membuat bayangan positif, bagi mencapai matlamat yang telah kita tetapkan dan inginkan. Jauhi sikap pesimis dan negatif, yang selalu memikirkan perkara yang buruk dan kegagalan sebelum memulakan usaha dan tindakan.

Di samping membuat bayangan minda yang disertai dengan usaha, doa ialah satu formula yang amat penting bagi mencapai matlamat kehidupan. Contohnya jika kita mempunyai matlamat ingin menjadi kaya, maka amalkan doa-doa untuk mendapat kemurahan rezeki dan menjemput rezeki datang kepada kita. Berdoalah untuk memohon limpahan rezeki dan mendapat rezeki yang halal seperti berikut, yang diterjemahkan daripada bahasa Arab bermaksud, "Ya Allah, cukupkanlah aku dengan rezeki-Mu yang halal (hingga terhindar daripada yang haram). Kayakanlah aku dengan anugerah-Mu (hingga aku tidak meminta-minta) kepada yang lain selain-Mu."

Apabila kita bermatlamat ingin menjadi kaya, tentulah bayangan minda kita menggambarkan wang ringgit yang banyak, rumah yang besar, kereta yang mewah dan harta benda yang banyak yang kita harapkan menjadi rezeki kita. Sebenarnya rezeki tidak semestinya berbentuk fizikal yang memberikan imej mewah dan kaya seperti yang disebutkan di atas. Rezeki sebenar apa-apa sahaja yang kita nikmati dengan izin Allah atas sifat Allah Yang Maha Pemurah, Yang Maha Penyayang, Yang Maha Berkuasa dan Yang Maha Mengetahui. Sedangkan nikmat yang kita nikmati itu juga menjadi idaman orang lain, tetapi Allah memberi rezeki nikmat itu kepada kita. Oleh itu bagaimana cara untuk menjemput rezeki adalah seperti berikut. Pertama, utamakan solat, kerjakan solat wajib tepat pada waktunya, di samping mengerjakan solat-solat sunat seperti tahajjud, dhuha dan solat sunat taubat. Perbanyakan berdoa zikir dan beristighfar. Banyakkan mendoakan orang lain, banyakkan sedekah, membaca al-Quran dan membaca Asma 'ul-Husna. Lipat gandakan usaha dan tekun berusaha bagi menambahkan rezeki. Jadilah orang yang bersyukur dan bertakwa.

Sesungguhnya rezeki itu milik Allah SWT. Semakin kita ikhlas memberi kepada orang lain, insya-Allah, Dia memudahkan rezeki kita. Hal ini kerana itulah tanda-tanda keberkatan rezeki. Ada empat tanda rezeki yang berkat. Pertama, hati semakin dekat dengan Allah dan jiwa tenang. Iaitu semakin Allah memberikan kita rezeki kita semakin kuat beribadah. Bukan setelah Allah menaikkan pangkat kita menjadi semakin sibuk, solat pun tinggal atau dilambat-lambatkan. Kalau biasa setiap hari membaca al-Quran, setelah dinaikan pangkat tidak sempat mengaji lagi, kerana terlalu sibuk dengan tugas baharu. Kedua, kita mudah memberi sedekah dan menunaikan zakat. Semakin banyak rezeki semakin bermurah hati. Orang yang sebenar-benarnya terpenjara ialah mereka yang terpenjara oleh nafsu dan berdada sempit, sayang untuk menghulurkan rezekinya biarpun rezekinya luas, bagai laut yang terbentang di dada bumi.

Ketiga, keluarga harmoni dan anak-anak cemerlang. Rezeki tidak semestinya diukur dengan gaji yang besar dan duit yang banyak. Kita selalu jumpa orang yang gajinya kecil anaknya ramai, tetapi hidupnya bahagia sekeluarga dan anak-anak semuanya berjaya, kerana rezekinya berkat. Sebaliknya kita biasa jumpa, keluarga yang kaya raya tetapi anak-anaknya tidak menjadi dari segi akademik dan keluarga berantakan. Keempat, sentiasa berasa cukup dan bersyukur. Tidak membanding-bandingkan diri dengan orang lain. Muslim bertakwa sentiasa mempunyai kredibiliti dan berprestasi tinggi dengan menjaga hati supaya bersih.

Jika kita masih susah menggapai segala impian kita terutama dalam aspek kemurahan rezeki ini - renung, audit dan muhasabah diri, di mana kesilapan kita hingga mengapa rezeki kita begitu susah hendak masuk dalam kehidupan kita. Biasanya disebabkan oleh beberapa perkara. Pertama, gemar mengungkit-ungkit pemberian kita. Kedua, asyik mencanang perihal duit yang tidak cukup untuk urusan itu dan ini, hingga di mulut kita selalu terkeluar kata, tidak ada duit. Sedangkan kata-kata itu satu doa. Setiap yang kita ucapkan, kita fikirkan dan bisikkan dalam hati kita akan menjadi kenyataan. Yakni kita akan dapat apa yang kita fokuskan, kalau kita fokuskan kesusahan maka kesusahanlah yang kita akan dapat, dan sebaliknya.

Ketiga, berkira untuk bersedekah walaupun seringgit, sedangkan bersedekah itu pembuka rezeki dan penolak musibah. Keempat, berkira untuk membantu memudahkan hal yang baik. Kelima, banyak membuat maksiat dan kemungkaran. Keenam, tidak bersyukur dan banyak mengeluh.

Jom audit diri. Jika kita percaya kita bijak, kita akan berfikir dan bertindak bijak. Jika kita percaya kita baik, kita akan berfikir dan bertindak baik. Kita akan jadi sebagaimana yang kita fikir, dan kita akan bertindak sebagaimana kita fikir. "Jom jaga diri, jaga akidah, ibadah dan akhlak."

PROF. DR. MUHAYA MOHAMAD ialah Profesor Oftalmologi, Allianze University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS), Pengarah dan Pakar Mata, Prof. Muhaya Eye and Lasik Centre, dan Felo Dakwah YADIM (Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia) Utusan/Rencana/20141005

Merakyatkan korban atau mengorban rakyat

Pesanan yang dikongsi dalam media sosial mengejutkan penulis, apabila umat Islam diminta bersedia dengan pisau dan kapak hujung minggu ini. Ini disebabkan banyak yang bernyawa akan dikorbankan.


Rupa-rupanya ia hanya mesej untuk bergurau senda sempena Hari Raya Aidiladha yang mana banyak lembu, kerbau dan kambing biri-biri akan dikorbankan.

Ibadah korban sempena Hari Raya Haji sudah menjadi sebahagian budaya masyarakat Islam negara ini hingga orang yang tidak layak membuat korban turut berminat berbuat demikian. Apa yang penting kita perlu sedar bahawa ibadah korban bukan setakat majlis menumbangkan lembu semata-mata untuk disembelih.

Ia adalah manifestasi pengorbanan Nabi Ismail AS dan Nabi Ibrahim AS untuk menunaikan perintah Allah SWT dengan penuh tawaduk.

Seharusnya pihak berkuasa sama ada dalam bab agama dan pentadbiran politik memantau ibadah korban dengan sistematik, ditakuti ibadah mulia tersebut diadakan sekadar ritual semata-mata.

Hukum-hakam dalam bab berkorban perlu diteliti agar yang memberi korban dapat pahala yang sepatutnya.

Orang yang membuat korban wajib menyedekahkan daging korban kepada umat Islam dan beliau dibenarkan mengambil satu pertiga daripada daging korban yang dilakukannya.

Pendek kata pihak masjid, surau mahupun alim ulama wajar memantau ibadah tersebut sempurna dilakukan mengikut syarat-syarat agar ia tidak menjadi ibarat mencurah air di daun keladi.

Namun dalam kita 'kecoh' ingin menunaikan ibadah korban, para pemimpin harus menjadikan amalan ini sebagai amalan beragama dalam masyarakat yang menjanjikan pahala hingga ke syurga.

Ini disebabkan hari ini ibadah korban sudah menjadi suatu budaya semata-mata, hingga barokah dan manfaat kepada ummah seakan-akan hilang bak ekor lembu yang menjadi rebutan.

Penggerak

Sehubungan itu, pemimpin dan rakyat perlulah menghayati hikmah amalan korban dengan sempurna kerana ia mampu membentuk masyarakat yang bekerjasama dan bersatu-padu. Pemimpin di samping itu perlu menjadi penggerak kepada amalan korban tanpa mencampur-aduk elemen politik dalam penganjuran ibadah tersebut.

Jadilah pemimpin yang merakyatkan korban, yang mana program tersebut mampu menjadikan Islam dilihat sebagai agama keamanan sejagat.

Fenomena hari ini ada pemimpin yang sanggup menyusahkan rakyat untuk berkorban masa dan tenaga demi mencapai tujuan politik yang penuh tipu daya. Rakyat diheret dalam arena persaingan dan kemelut politik hingga isu rakyat seperti sampah, denggi dan perumahan masih gagal ditangani dengan sempurna.

Tidakkah pemimpin-pemimpin berkenaan kasihan, betapa rakyat bersusah-payah untuk disuruh mengundi berulang kali kerana mahu melantik orang yang secara lahiriah tidak layak menjadi ketua sebuah negeri.

Bagi rakyat sendiri, mengapa sanggup menjadi mangsa politik dan dikorbankan intelektualisme mereka kerana satu dua pemimpin yang melihat menukar pemimpin mampu mengisi nafsu serakah politik diri hingga kebajikan rakyat terabai.

Sedarlah wahai mana-mana pemimpin pembangkang mahupun sebaliknya yang menjadikan rakyat sebagai korban untuk mereka berada di tampuk kuasa.

Jangan meletakkan rakyat yang mengharapkan pemimpin membawa perubahan tetapi terus bersandiwara politik yang merupakan drama murahan yang sering ditonton setiap petang di TV.

Justeru, contohilah iltizam pemimpin seperti Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang sanggup mengorbankan rasa sedih, kemarahan ketika berbincang dengan pemimpin puak pemisah Ukraine bagi mengeluarkan jenazah mangsa-mangsa MH17 dari lokasi insiden. Sedangkan antara yang terkorban ialah nenek tiri beliau sendiri.

Itulah contoh pengorbanan seorang pemimpin demi mengurangkan derita perasaan waris-waris mangsa pesawat yang ditembak jatuh.

Sempena Hari Raya Korban ini kepada pemimpin negara mahupun masyarakat, teruskan merakyatkan ibadah korban. Bukan sebaliknya mengorbankan rakyat untuk agenda peribadi dan habuan politik duniawi semata-mata.   ABDUL RAZAK IDRIS Utusan/Rencana/20141005

Haji lambang kesatuan umat Islam

AIDILADHA menjadi saksi kepada beberapa ibadah istimewa yang dikhususkan dalam bulan mulia ini. Antara ibadah yang istimewa ini adalah ibadah korban yang melambangkan pengorbanan umat manusia bagi Tuhan Maha Pencipta.

Pada Aidiladha juga, umat Islam seluruh dunia berhimpun di Tanah Suci untuk menegakkan rukun Islam kelima iaitu ibadah haji. Di samping mendidik umat Islam untuk sanggup berkorban dengan meninggalkan keluarga dan harta demi Allah SWT dan Rasul-Nya, ibadah haji juga mengajak umat Islam bersatu demi mencapai matlamat yang mulia bersama.



JEMAAH haji dari seluruh dunia membanjiri kompleks melontar Jamrah di Makkah. - Foto hiasan

Ibadah haji lambang puncak kesatuan umat Islam sesuai dengan firman Allah SWT yang bermaksud: "Sesungguhnya umatmu ini adalah umat yang satu dan aku adalah Tuhanmu maka sembahlah aku." (Surah al-Anbiya', ayat 92).

Begitulah kehidupan di dunia ini, kita dituntut oleh Allah SWT untuk menyembah-Nya dan mengagungkan-Nya. Kewujudan kita di muka bumi ini tidak lain dan tidak bukan hanyalah untuk mengabdikan dan menyerahkan diri kepada-Nya.

Pastinya segala amal ibadah yang dilakukan tidak kira apa juga rupa dan bentuknya adalah untuk kita mendapat keredaan serta pahala daripada Allah SWT.

Korbankan keselesaan hidup

Pada musim haji ini, saudara kita mengorbankan masa, tenaga dan keselesaan hidup bersama keluarga untuk menunaikan kewajipan haji. Semoga tercapai cita-cita mereka mendapat haji mabrur, yang mana tiada ganjarannya melainkan dikurniakan syurga.

Bagi sebahagian daripada kita yang akan mengerjakan ibadah korban, pastinya kita ingin mendapatkan pahala daripada ibadah ini dan dihapuskan segala dosa. Tujuan untuk mendapat pahala dalam mengamalkan ibadah adalah satu tujuan murni.

Namun, selain mencari pahala, ada tujuan lebih besar di sebalik melakukan amal ibadah iaitu untuk mengukuhkan lagi keimanan kepada Allah SWT dan menambahkan lagi kecintaan kepada Baginda Rasulullah SAW.

Inilah yang dimaksudkan dengan kemanisan iman yang tidak dapat digugat walau apapun dugaan dan cabaran dihadapi. Bagi mencapai kemuncak keimanan, amal ibadah yang dilakukan perlu memberi kesan pada diri dan kehidupan kita. Amal ibadah yang kita lakukan perlu melahirkan nilai mulia dalam diri kita.

Antara nilai yang dapat kita pelajari daripada Aidiladha adalah pengorbanan dan perpaduan. Bersempena hari mulia ini bersamalah kita pelajari kepentingan nilai dan menerapkannya dalam kehidupan.

Ibadah korban mencontohi sejarah Nabi Ibrahim yang bersedia mengorbankan anak kesayangan demi mentaati perintah Allah SWT. Pengorbanan pertama dilakukan Nabi Ibrahim apabila baginda meninggalkan anaknya, Nabi Ismail yang masih kecil bersama ibunya di sebuah lembah gersang dan kering kontang.

Pengorbanan kedua ialah Nabi Ibrahim sanggup menyembelih anak kesayangannya, Nabi Ismail yang sudah meningkat dewasa dan Nabi Ismail pula sanggup dikorbankan kerana mentaati perintah Allah SWT.

Cerita ini diabadikan oleh Allah SWT melalui firman-Nya yang bermaksud: "Maka ketika anaknya itu sampai (ke peringkat umur yang membolehkan dia) berusaha bersama-sama dengannya, Nabi Ibrahim berkata: Wahai anak kesayanganku! Sesungguhnya aku melihat dalam mimpi (sebagai satu perintah) bahawa aku akan menyembelihmu; maka fikirkanlah apa pendapatmu? Anaknya menjawab: Wahai ayah, jalankanlah apa yang diperintahkan kepadamu; Insya Allah, ayah akan mendapati aku dari orang yang sabar. Setelah keduanya berserah bulat-bulat (menjunjung perintah itu) dan Nabi Ibrahim merebahkan anaknya dengan meletakkan iringan mukanya atas tompok tanah (untuk disembelih) serta Kami menyerunya: Wahai Ibrahim, engkau telah menyempurnakan maksud mimpi yang engkau lihat itu, demikianlah sebenarnya kami membalas orang yang berusaha mengerjakan kebaikan." (Surah as-Saffat, ayat 102-105)

Peristiwa itu bukanlah hanya untuk mengembalikan syiarnya sahaja tetapi yang lebih utama dan perlu dihayati ialah nilai pengorbanan dalam kehidupan. Untuk menjadi seorang yang berjaya di dunia dan akhirat, kita perlu ada pengorbanan.

Kita perlu sanggup berkorban sesuatu perkara yang kita sayangi dan cintai demi mencapai matlamat yang lebih utama. Contohnya, kita inginkan anak Islam berjaya. Impian ini pasti memerlukan pengorbanan kewangan, masa, memberi kasih sayang dan sokongan.

Selain nilai pengorbanan, ibadah haji juga mengajar nilai kesatuan, perpaduan dan kasih sayang dalam kehidupan. Saat ini umat Islam dari seluruh pelosok dunia berada di Tanah Suci melaungkan takbir, tahmid dan tasbih mengagungkan Allah SWT.

Baginda Rasulullah SAW bersabda: "Perumpamaan orang mukmin dalam keadaan berkasih-sayang, rahmat-merahmati dan bersikap lemah lembut sesama mereka, adalah seperti sebuah jasad, jika salah satu anggota merasakan kesakitan, anggota lain juga akan mengadu kesakitan." (Riwayat Imam Muslim)

Hubungan di antara manusia adalah berlandaskan rahmat, kesejahteraan dan kasih sayang. Dalam kehidupan seharian kita, nilai perpaduan dan persaudaraan penting demi untuk memastikan kerukunan, kejayaan serta kesejahteraan terus kekal.

Perlu saling melengkapi

Kita tidak mampu bergerak sendiri sebagai individu dalam menangani cabaran besar dalam masyarakat. Seharusnya kita saling memperlengkap kekurangan yang terdapat dalam masyarakat.

Kita kini mengalami pelbagai cabaran sosial seperti keluarga pincang dan berpendapatan rendah dan gejala sosial yang semakin meruncing. Di samping itu, dengan saluran maklumat yang tidak terbatas, kita juga terdedah kepada pelbagai pola fikir sama ada yang baik ataupun yang tidak sihat.

Bukan sahaja emosi bahkan minda kita turut tercabar untuk terus kekal relevan dan selesa beragama dalam konteks global hari ini. Untuk menghadapi cabaran demikian, selain pembangunan daya tahan individu, masyarakat perlu menggembleng tenaga bersatu dan bekerjasama untuk mengatasinya dengan berkesan.

Kita tidak boleh berhenti setakat mengetahui masalah dan cabaran atau memberikan komen kosong semata kerana semua itu tidak akan mendatangkan perubahan. Kita tidak boleh hanya berpeluk tubuh dan memikirkan untuk diri kita sahaja.

Semoga dengan menghayati semangat pengorbanan dan kesatuan di hari yang mulia ini, masyarakat Islam dapat menjadi contoh yang baik buat masyarakat lain. Penghayatan nilai pengorbanan dan perpaduan, kita akan mencapai kemuncak keimanan dan kemanisannya. Hasri Harun ialah Naib Presiden Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia Berita Harian  Rencana AHAD, 5 OKTOBER 2014 @ 8:38 AM

Sedutan Khutbah IdulAdha 1436H ~ 2014

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Bersama Khatib Anda !

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Kuang ! Kuang ! Kuang!

Sidang Jemaah Muslimin dan Muslimat Yang Dirahmati Allah Sekalian,

Mimbar pada hari ini akan menyampaikan khutbah yang bertajuk “IDULADHA: PENGORBANAN YANG SEJATI ”.
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Sidang Jemaah Muslimin dan Muslimat yang Dirahmati Allah,

1. Hari Raya Iduladha atau Hari Raya Haji adalah memperingati kisah Nabi Ibrahim AS. Pengorbanan besar Nabi Ibrahim AS dan keluarganya kepada Allah SWT dapat dilihat dalam kalimah talbiah yang berbunyi,
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Maksudnya: Wahai Tuhan kami, kami datang semata-mata dengan ikrar setia dan taat kepada perintahMu. Wahai Tuhan kami yang tiada sekutu bagiMu, kami sahut seruanMu. Sesungguhnya segala puji nikmat dan kekuasaan, kesemuanya adalah bagiMu, wahai Tuhan kami yang tiada sekutu bagiMu.

2. Ibadat haji yang dimulakan pada zaman Nabi Ibrahim AS ini diteruskan dan kemudiannya disyariatkan di zaman Nabi Muhammad SAW, sebagaimana dijelaskan melalui firman Allah SWT dalam surah al-Mumtahanah ayat 4:
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Maksudnya: Sesungguhnya adalah bagi kamu pada Nabi Ibrahim dan pengikut-pengikutnya contoh ikutan yang baik.
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Sidang Jemaah Muslimin dan Muslimat yang Dirahmati Allah,

3. Mereka yang melaksanakan ibadah haji ini hakikatnya menjadi simbul telah sempurna keimanan dan penghayatan melaksanakan perintah Allah.
4. Mereka melafazkan lafaz talbiah sebagai mengisytiharkan dan berikrar sebagai satu pengorbanan yang sejati. Sebab itulah mereka yang menunaikan ibadah haji dan mempertahankan sifat-sifat mahmudah atau sifat yang terpuji yang membawa kebaikan kepada keluarga, jiran, masyarakat dan negara dianggap sebagai telah mendapat haji mabrur.
5. Memperkukuhkan dan memperkasakan ukhuwwah sebagai agenda utama dalam menentukan masa depan umat Islam itu sendiri. Sikap bekerjasama dan mengambil berat ini akan dapat mengikis perasaan mementingkan diri sendiri.

Ingatlah wahai umat Islam sekalian setiap pengorbanan tanpa keikhlasan dan ketaqwaan kepada Allah SWT adalah sia-sia belaka. Sebagaimana Allah SWT menjelaskan perkara ini dalam surah al-Hajj ayat 37:
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Maksudnya: Daging dan darah binatang korban itu tidak akan sampai kepada Allah, tetapi yang sampai kepada-Nya ialah ketaqwaan kamu. Demikianlah Ia memudahkan binatang itu bagimu supaya kamu mengagungkan Allah atas petunjuk-Nya kepadamu. Dan sampaikanlah berita gembira kepada orang yang berusaha supaya baik amalnya.

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Sidang Jemaah Muslimin Dan Muslimat Yang Dirahmati Allah,
6.  Mimbar ingin menyatakan bahawa penyalahgunaan teknologi internet dan telekomunikasi adalah bertentangan dengan tuntutan agama, undang-undang serta tatasusila masyarakat.
Dengan perkembangan teknologi masa kini terutama teknologi internet, kita diserang dengan penyebaran berita yang menghina Islam dan umatnya samada melalui simbol-simbol, laman web, laman-laman sesawang atau blog serta laman-laman sosial seperti facebook dan twitter, whatapps dan sebagainya. Isu menghina Allah SWT, menghina Rasulullah SAW, menghina ibadah orang Islam, menghina Islam dengan menulis ayat-ayat suci pada pakaian, kasut, selipar, beg, jubin rumah, tatu badan dan lain-lain, cercaan terhadap sensitiviti Islam, orang Melayu dan Institusi Raja secara viral disebarkan secara meluas di alam siber.

Sesungguhnya akidah yang benar di sisi Allah ialah akidah yang didasari dengan keyakinan dan keimanan yang mantap terhadap keesaan dan keagungan Allah SWT. Sebagaimana Allah SWT berfirman dalam surah Ali Imran ayat 85:
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Maksudnya: Dan sesiapa yang mencari agama selain agama Islam, maka tidak akan diterima daripadanya, dan ia pada hari Akhirat kelak dari orang yang rugi.

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Sidang Jemaah muslimin dan muslimat yang di Rahmati Allah,
7.  Insaflah bahawa, ibadah haji dan ibadat korban mengingatkan kita agar jangan lupa bahawa kita berada dalam satu komuniti yang berteraskan perpaduan dan kemanusiaan dan jangan pula kita hancur menjadi mangsa korban kepada musuh-musuh Islam. Ingatlah,musuh Islam sentiasa bersatu demi kepentingan dan kejayaan agenda mereka. Namun, bagaimana pula dengan umat Islam apabila agama dan bangsa kita sedang diserang dan dijajah pemikiran? Adakah kita semakin bersatu atau semakin berpecah? Adakah kita sanggup menggadaikan agama Islam hanya kerana kepentingan peribadi kita?.
Marilah sama-sama kita menghayati firman Allah SWT dalam surah al-Kauthar ayat 1-3:
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Maksudnya: Sesungguhnya kami telah mengurniakan kepadamu(wahai Muhammad) kebaikan-kebaikan yang banyak(di dunia dan akhirat). Oleh itu kerjakanlah sembahyang kerana tuhanmu semata-mata, dan sembelihlah korban (sebagai bersyukur). Sesungguhnya orang yang bencikan engkau, dialah yang terputus (dari mendapat sebarang perkara yang diinginnya).
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KHUTBAH KEDUA IDULADHA

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Sidang Jemaah Yang Dikasihi Sekalian,

9.  Allah SWT tidak menerima ibadah yang dilakukan sambil lewa, tidak mematuhi peraturan yang ditetapkan serta mengabaikan soal kesempurnaan ibadat yang hendak dilaksanakan. Oleh itu ketelitian dan kesungguhan dalam melakukan apa jua kerja mestilah diberi perhatian oleh semua umat Islam.

Ingatlah bahawa setiap pengorbanan yang kita lakukan hendaklah disertakan dengan niat dan amalan yang ikhlas. Seandainya ibadat korban yang kita lakukan dicemari dengan sifat riak, takabbur dan menunjuk-nunjuk akan kemampuan, maka akan tertutuplah rahmat Allah SWT dan sia-sialah amalan yang kita lakukan. Janganlah ada rungutan atau membandingkan harga di antara kita yang menyertai ibadah korban ini dengan kata-kata: “ Di tempat lain satu bahagian korban lebih rendah harganya”. Atau dengan kata lain: “ Mahalnya harga satu bahagian lembu atau seekor kambing korban tahun ini”. Di situlah sebenarnya gambaran nilai jati diri, integrity atau keikhlasan kita melaksanakan ibadah korban atau lain-lain ibadah sama ada ibadah wajib atau sunat. daging korban sunat diagihkan kepada yang berhak menerimanya dalam bentuk daging mentah.

Sidang Jemaah Muslimin dan Muslimat yang Dirahmati Allah,

10. Pada hari ini marilah kita memperbanyakkan ucapan salawat dan salam ke atas baginda nabi Muhammad SAW kerana telah menyampaikan Islam kepada kita melalui berbagai bentuk pengorbanan dan jihad. Tanda kasih kita kepada baginda hendaklah dirakamkan dalam bentuk ucapan salawat dan salam sebagaimana firman Allah SWT di dalam surah al-Ahzab ayat 56:
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Maksudnya:Sesungguhnya Allah SWT dan malaikat-Nya berselawat (memberi segala penghormatan dan kebaikan) kepada Nabi (Muhammad SAW); Wahai orang-orang yang beriman berselawatlah kamu kepadanya serta ucapkanlah salam sejahtera dengan penghormatan yang sepenuhnya.


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Art & about: Symbol of Islam

AMONG the least probable but most published plans of IS/ISIS/ISIL is their reported intention of destroying the Kaaba in Mecca.

Equally unlikely is the suggested intention of the Saudi government to move the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad from its present location in Medina.

For now there is no chance of either atrocity happening, which is just as well for the millions of pilgrims this haj season.

The pilgrims know exactly what landmarks to expect, especially in Mecca, with the wealth of illustrated books and websites at their disposal. But this was not always the case.

There can be few cities on earth depicted as extensively as Mecca. The hypothetical prohibition of portraying living beings in Islam doesn’t need to apply to a cityscape such as this. The countless paintings of Mecca do not show the even greater number of people to have entered and circumambulated.

Art & about: Symbol of Islam


Magnetism by Ahmed Mater al-Ziad, from the 2012 ‘Hajj’ exhibition at the British Museum.


Representations of the heart of the holy cities are to be found throughout the Islamic world, and in the pre-photographic age every one was different. Whatever medium the image was in, the artist would stamp his mark on it. The Kaaba would usually be the centre of attention, and there is only a limited amount of artistic licence allowed with this holiest of sites. Being a large black cube with some discreet gold inscriptions also makes it relatively difficult to apply too much creativity. The surroundings within the Masjid al-Haram have changed constantly, however, and outside the walls of the mosque, the skyline looks different every month in the modern age.

For an object of such importance and visual presence, the Kaaba seldom appears by itself in art of the Islamic world. Images tend to be part of the general layout of Mecca, including the mountains beyond. The most popular representations are in the Futuh al-Haramayn guidebooks and in prayer books known as the Dalail al-Khayrat, which often have a page depicting Mecca that faces one depicting Medina. The Kaaba is generally depicted as being part of the process of pilgrimage and the other elements are not ignored. There are numerous maps, paintings, textiles and ceramics of the Ottoman era that take the form of an instruction manual in which every part of the haj experience is written next to the part of Mecca in which it happens. The Kaaba is usually at the centre but doesn’t always receive a description. Its presence is self-explanatory and part of a whole. Circumambulation is meaningless without performing the other haj rites of passage.

There is an emotional dimension to Mecca, and the Kaaba in particular, which can be seen in the talismanic properties attributed to the Kiswah black cloth covering and the willingness of viewers to snip pieces off the holy cloth in the same way that Medieval Christian relic hunters would dismember saints. A few years ago, the highest price ever paid for an Islamic work of art was almost US$20 million (RM65 million) for a purportedly 12th Century key that was said to have been made to unlock the door of the Kaaba. It turned out to be a fake.

Mecca has never been a fossilised city like Venice, preserved for the pleasure of tourists and newlywed film stars and human-rights lawyers. There is a connection between the two cities however. The German conceptual artist Gregor Schneider created a tribute to the Kaaba that was fractionally larger than the original and without religious inscriptions, which was accepted for the Venice Biennale 10 years ago. It was deemed to be a terrorist threat and was then cancelled. It would have looked almost as imposing in St Mark’s Square as the Kaaba does in the Masjid al-Haram, but it’s hard to think what else the two historic cities have in common. Schneider’s choice of location was made ostensibly because Venice had once been the gateway through which the Islamic world entered Europe. At another level he might have been aware of squares within squares.

Mecca is about religious duty and not sightseeing. This has not prevented artists from trying to record a city that was once rather small. The only unchanging features are the Kaaba and the hills behind Mecca, although they are now obscured by the high rises that dwarf the Masjid al-Haram.

In addition to the innumerable depictions on paper, one of the most intriguing media is ceramic. Tiles featuring significant elements of Mecca and the Masjid al-Haram are perhaps the most durable representations in existence. The most prized of these are Iznik wares from the Ottoman Empire, painted and fired near Istanbul. The two holy cities were for centuries among the greatest jewels in the Ottoman crown, only removed from them after the World War 1.

Just before this were the first ever photographs of the holiest city. Muhammad Sadiq Bey, an Egyptian colonel and engineer photographed Medina in 1861 and Mecca in 1880. Sotheby’s sold his original photographs of Mecca in 1998 for a world record of £1.25 million (RM6.6 million). This was the highest price for any photograph at the time. After that, photography was in effect banned until the 1970s when British Muslim Peter Sanders was officially invited to photograph the whole haj experience.

Of everything that exists in Mecca, it is the Kaaba that makes the city unique. It has been a sanctuary for Muslims since the Prophet Muhammad declared it to be so. Non-Muslims cannot go near it. This is, therefore, as potent a symbol to non-believers as to those who pray towards it. The Kaaba is something beyond the comprehension of non-believers. Orientalist painters of the 19th and early 20th Centuries tackled almost every forbidden aspect of the Islamic world, lingering especially long in the harem. Mecca was one theme that they did not approach. Orientalist pictures do not feature the Kaaba, although there are famous works by Leon Belly and others depicting the progress of haj pilgrims en route to their destination.

In addition to its spiritual significance, the Kaaba might be seen as a symbol of solidity in surroundings that are constantly changing. In the time of Muhammad, it was the shifting sands and barren landscape of Arabia that would have given the granite structure of the Kaaba some of its immutability. While the streets outside the mosque resonate to the sound of commerce, as they always have, and while the surrounding hotels and condominiums keep growing taller, the Kaaba remains unchanged. It existed before the time of Muhammad, although it cannot be called pre-Islamic as Islam stretches back to the time of the supposed original builder, Adam. It has been used for pagan purposes and its universality can be seen in the breadth of curiosity that it arouses.

The most recent source of fascination is a series of works by Ahmad Mater al-Ziad.

Magnetism is everything that the title suggests. By using a small magnet and a lot of iron filings, the artist has managed to show the effect that the Kaaba has on those around it. It’s an impressive metaphor and attractive in every way, and can be enjoyed by non-Muslims as much as by those who are allowed to be part of the real experience this week. LUCIEN DE GUISE - NST Lifestyle 5 OCTOBER 2014 @ 8:04 AM

Smart parenting: Sacrifice for a better life

TODAY is the 10th day of Zul-Hijjah of the lunar-based Islamic calendar. It is more popularly known as Aidiladha or Hari Raya Haji in Malaysia.

This is a major festival for Muslims. Historically, it is more important than Aidilfitri because of a significant event associated with this festival.

That event is the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael, his long-awaited, beloved and only son, because it was an order from God. It symbolises the highest degree of submission — to give a life away as a test of loyalty to God and to get His ultimate blessing. Fortunately, God displayed His utmost mercy by switching Ishmael with a lamb at the very last minute. This was unknown to Abraham as he had closed his eyes to carry out his duty.

PROOF OF LOYALTY

Abraham and Ishmael passed the loyalty test with flying colours. Both father and son then rejoiced in God’s mercy and blessings. Not many people would have dared to follow that ultimate instruction. But their faith in God was so strong, they found strength in each other. Ishmael even said that if that was God’s order, he was willing to give his life away.

They were not the only people involved in the sacrifice order. Years earlier, Ishmael’s mother, Hajar, had also sacrificed her relatively good life to raise her son. God ordered Abraham to bring the family to a dry, uninhabited valley (now Mecca) for safety reasons. He had to leave them there with a heavy heart, but Hajar knew that it was God’s order. So she took it in her stride and totally submitted herself to God. Again, God’s mercy saved them when he gave them an endless stream of water (now known as Zamzam Well).

GIVE BEFORE YOU RECEIVE

Today, Muslims all over the world replay those sacrifices during their haj pilgrimage. As they do so, they are reminded of the sacrifices made by Hajar, Abraham and Ishmael. Haj is a ritual that replays the family’s actions in search of God’s blessing.

Sacrifice is probably God’s way of teaching us that before you receive something good, you must be willing to sacrifice or give away something you love.

Hajar gave away her youth to raise Ishmael, but in the end they built a new city (Mecca) and country (Saudi Arabia).

Abraham was ready to give away his only son but, in the end, he was rewarded with prophecy and became a legend.

KEEP IT ALIVE

There are many lessons in their stories which we can still reapply in today’s modern, hurried world. In our quest for a better, wealthier life, we often forget the sacrifices we must make to achieve a bigger objective.

Even the haj pilgrimage is a sacrifice. Pilgrims have to leave behind their comfortable homes and families to mingle with some three million others in a relatively confined space.

Then there are those who sacrifice their lives for others. Working parents spend most of their time and energy to earn a living. Stay-home parents go all out to deliver the expectations of their spouses and kids. Mothers stay awake through the night to take care of their sick children. They also sacrifice their energy to breastfeed their newborns to ensure that they get the best nutrition.

The list is endless. But one thing’s for sure — we have to make sacrifices to receive something better.

EVERYONE’S JOB

People have argued that sacrifices are not sustainable in the long term. After some time, doubt may seep in especially if they feel that they are the only one doing so. They may also be burnt out and stop giving.

But the good news is that once we understand the need to sacrifice, we wouldn’t feel that way.

It starts with ensuring that everyone plays his or her role well, like Abraham’s family. Teach our children that they need to sacrifice their time (for example, away from gadgets) and energy before they can expect good grades. Tell them that we are not doing it to please a specific family member, but to achieve a bigger cause in the family’s journey.

Life is a daily struggle. But with the right sacrifices and teamwork, it will be a worthwhile, memorable and beautiful struggle.BY ZAID MOHAMAD - NST Lifestyle 5 OCTOBER 2014 @ 8:01 AM

Lessons from the haj




The haj experience leaves an indelible mark on those who’ve undertaken this spiritual journey, writes Intan Maizura Ahmad Kamal

AMONG other things, haj means “to continuously strive to reach one’s goal” and is the last of the five pillars of Islam. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who have the physical and financial means to undertake this journey to Mecca.

It’s a journey I have yet to make although the niat (intention) is there. One day, I tell myself.

Many Muslims I know embark on the haj with the hopes of returning permanently affected by the spirituality that they feel during the pilgrimage. Many aspire to see a change or deep spiritual transformation of self upon their return.

“I want to come back a better person, with greater empathy for those around me” a friend confided in me as she prepared for her journey a couple of years ago.

“It’s inner peace that I’m looking for,” said another.

I remember being awed by my own parents’ stories of their experience. I never tire of their tales of the weird, wondrous and wonderful, at times disbelieving but later acknowledging them as special miracles of the holy land. They, and many others like them, have emerged from the pilgrimage with important lessons which they’ve gone on to adapt and apply in their life and to their relationships with family and friends.

APPRECIATING ONE’S LOT

Lessons from the haj



Dr Fauziah Hassan was truly humbled by her experience.

“My husband and I have gone on the haj twice, in 2001 and in 2008,” says lecturer Dr Fauziah Hassan. The mother-of-four, who confesses that she’s currently on a mission to spend more quality time with her family, recalls with clarity her pilgrimage as if it was only yesterday.

“Two experiences remain etched in my mind,” says the 51-year-old. “One was the first time I set eyes on the Grand Kaaba. At that moment, I felt nothing else mattered. I just wanted to be there and to be there forever. Every time the image comes to mind, I feel as if my soul is uplifted and fulfilled.”

The second, recalls Fauziah, is the sight of a sea of white in the middle of the desert in Muzdalifah (an open level area near Mecca). “It was the pilgrims. There were no tents and no shelters. Just bare soil under us and the sky over our heads. I thought this must be how the field of Mahsyar would be like — everyone gathered at the same place as equals.”

Suffice to say, performing the haj is not without its challenges. “My biggest challenge was battling with myself to continue with the daily rituals, of braving the crowd to get to the mosque, waking up in the middle of the night to go to the mosque and perform my tahajud and other prayers. There were times when my naf (desires) kept telling me to just stay back and do it in the comfort of my room instead,” she says.

There were plenty of lessons learnt from the haj experience, concedes Fauziah. “I realised that it wasn’t just about having physical strength. Spiritual strength mattered more. Everything becomes effortless when it’s performed in the name of the Almighty.”

She says that, in addition to prayers, she derived spiritual strength from observing her surroundings. “For instance, as my husband and I were walking to the mosque in the wee hours of the morning, we saw pilgrims sleeping on the pavements under the open sky. They never complained and sure enough, they were often among the first to get to the mosque for the fajar (dawn) prayers.”

On another occasion, she was performing the tawaf and felt the excruciating pain of the exercise. “Sweat trickled down my body, my legs were hurting and just ahead of me, I saw a woman crawling on all fours, with a sleeping baby tied to her back, doing the tawaf. It was a truly humbling experience. I learnt then the virtues of gratitude,” she says.

Adding, Fauziah muses: “The answer was right in front of me. I was looking at people who were better off than me when I should’ve been looking at those who were worse off. I’ve been blessed with a lot more than others yet, throughout my life, I’ve never been truly satisfied with what I have. A valuable lesson I learnt is that it’s not about having more but appreciating what you already have.”

Looking thoughtful, she concludes: “Iman or faith needs to be progressively strengthened and consistently reinforced. Despite our hectic daily life, we must make time for Allah. I also remind myself and my family members to be conscious of our own desires in every decision and actions taken. Faith will lead one to true happiness, inner peace, and contentment.”

CAREFUL IN THOUGHTS AND ACTION

Kelantan-born Aimy Bazura Mohamed, an IT business analyst-cum-project manager, had the opportunity to perform her haj 14 years ago. The mother of one (plus five stepchildren) was 35 at the time and undertook this spiritual journey together with her parents (their second time).

“It was my dad’s idea for us to go,” recalls the bubbly 49-year-old. “When I was in my late 20s and early 30s, I had saved money to go travelling every year. Whenever I asked my dad for permission to go on holiday, he would give his consent. But in 1997, when I sought his consent for a trip to New Zealand, his answer was different. He said that since I had enough money to go for holiday, and time to take off from work, it meant that I was ready to perform my haj.”

He told her he was worried that all her travels would be haram if she didn’t at least perform her haj once in her life. “When I heard him say that, I told him that I couldn’t possibly go without a muhrim (relative within the prohibited degrees of marriage). He volunteered to accompany me. And when mum heard about it, she wanted to come too.”

The family registered themselves at Tabung Haji in 1997 and was informed that they’d have to wait five years for their turn. “Once we’d signed up, I resolved to prepare well for the trip. I walked around Tasik Titiwangsa almost every weekend for three years to build up my stamina. I prayed and asked Allah for three years, after each and every prayer, to give me patience to handle my parents. My mum and I have never been close and we don’t see eye-to-eye on most things. We’d disagree on almost anything and everything. So I was specifically worried about going with her,” she said

As luck would have it, the family didn’t have to wait long after all. In 2000, they got the call up — two years earlier than expected.

There were many highlights to her haj, confides Aimy. “The most memorable was when I first set eyes on the Kaaba and when I first entered Masjid al-Haram. I cried with happiness and gratitude to Allah for allowing me to be there and to see it with my own eyes,” she says.

Aimy recalls feeling humbled during her time in the holy land. “I’ve always been a very independent person. But when I was there, I found myself feeling very vulnerable and dependant on Allah for every little thing that I wanted to do,” she says.

“The feeling of I-am-in-control-of-anything-and-everything that I’d always had, was gone. I felt that Allah controlled everything and only He could decide what I could or couldn’t do and what was going to happen to me. I could feel all His attributes — greatness, mercifulness, and love.”

Aimy also learnt the virtues of patience and tolerance. And to be more careful with one’s thoughts. “Allah hears what we say in our heads and hearts. He tests, punishes and rewards us in real time in Mecca. And so we find ourselves being more careful with our thoughts when we’re there. But it shouldn’t just stop there. We have to practise the same once we’re back home too,” she says.

BELIEVE IN THE CREATOR

For Dr Mohd Idrus Mohd Masirin, a professor in geotechnical and transportation engineering, the opportunity to embark on his haj came six years ago when he was 48.

The Kajang-born went with his wife and sister-in-law. “I had initially planned to share the haj experience with my parents but unfortunately, my father died before my plans could be realised,” he recalls. “It was the saddest day of my life when he left us. But this served to show me that as human beings, we can plan but it’s the Almighty that determines everything in this world.”

Eyes thoughtful, he says he has never forgotten his father. “When I was in Mecca, I continuously prayed for him. I remembered the words of an ustaz who told me that his (my father) soul might be around in Mecca during haj.”

Awe in his voice, he continues: “True enough, one night after performing my solatul hajat, I dreamt of my late father. He was smiling and telling someone that he was happy and at peace now. Then he walked away. I remember waking up with a start and thinking that my wish and doa had been fulfilled.”

The Creator is always with us and He hears, says Mohd Idrus. Many incidents have strengthened his belief.

“One time I was praying in front of the Kaaba, asking for forgiveness, crying and begging for some signs that He was listening to me. Suddenly a man materialised and gave me a Quran and told me to read it. ‘Then you will understand,’ he said.”

The most important lesson he’s learnt from the experience, says the affable father of three, is that in life, one has to be honest and wholehearted in one’s undertakings. “Like doing the haj. You have to commit and surrender yourself to the Creator. In doing so, we will derive strength — not only strength to get through the haj experience but also as we navigate our path in life.”

ENCHANTED EXPERIENCE

She was 40 when Rahayu Zulkifli, a dispute settlement facility manager, undertook her spiritual journey to Mecca. The adventurous woman went alone but found herself sharing a 10-bedded room in Mecca. “Being a morning person, I chose to wake up at 2.30am so I could be the first to use the bathroom and be ready to go to Masjid al-Haram,” she says. “There was one particularly memorable morning. I had chosen a spot on the rooftop of the mosque to perform my solat sunaat and to recite the Quran. When the muezzin’s call to prayers came on the loudspeakers, the beautiful call to prayers reverberated throughout the Mecca valley and into the darkness.”

Continuing, she says breathlessly: “There I was, seated on my prayer mat, under millions of stars, alone, just me and my Creator, in the most blessed place on earth. It felt so magical that I just broke down and wept.”

Her experience was nothing short of magical for the 49-year-old Johor-born. “Seeing all these people from all corners of the world, all walks of life, in different shapes and sizes, languages and colour... and they were there for just one purpose: To worship the Almighty and perform the fifth pillar of Islam. The diversity was enchanting.”

Her experience in Mecca taught her many things. The single most important lesson for her? “Total and absolute submission to Allah actually goes a long way towards strengthening us,” she says.

When she returned from the haj, she carried with her the lessons that she learnt. “I got into the habit of reminding my friend, family and myself that whatever happens, it’s meant to be because it’s Allah’s will. He knows what’s best for you even though you may think that the situation is really hopeless.”

This sense of acceptance made the death of her younger sister a lot less painful to bear for Rahayu. “My sister died suddenly in 2010 at 41,” she says. “But I took it as a blessing in disguise. As part of a greater plan that only the Creator knows of. And we, as a family, accepted the outcome with open hearts.”


Pilgrims praying at the Plain of Arafat near Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Picture by AP
INTAN MAIZURA AHMAD KAMAL - NST Lifestyles 5 OCTOBER 2014 @ 8:05 AM