December 23rd, 2016

Khutbah Jumaat : “Zakat Ditaati; Kebahagiaan Dinikmati ”

Petikan Khutbah Jumaat 23 Disember 2016:JAIS

 “Zakat Ditaati; Kebahagiaan Dinikmati ”

Kebahagiaan merupakan matlamat hidup setiap insan. Pelbagai usaha dilakukan demi mencapai ketenangan, ketenteraman dan kepuasan dalam hidup ini. Islam memandu manusia untuk beroleh kebahagiaan sesuai dengan syariat Allah SWT.

jais.jpgKebahagiaan akan diperolehi apabila kita mentaati segala perintah Allah SWT termasuklah kita membantu insan lain yang dalam kesusahan seperti membayar zakat. Allah SWT akan menganugerahkan kebahagiaan dan ketenangan kepada manusia apabila mereka bersifat pemurah, prihatin dan kasih kepada orang lain.

Firman Allah SWT dalam Surah At-Taubah, ayat 103;“Ambilah (sebahagian) dari harta mereka menjadi sedekah (zakat), supaya dengannya engkau membersihkan mereka (dari akhlak yang buruk); dan doakanlah mereka, kerana sesungguhnya doamu itu menjadi ketenteraman bagi mereka. Dan (Ingatlah) Allah Maha Mendengar lagi Maha mengetahui”.

Sesungguhnya ibadat zakat yang disyariatkan kepada manusia menjanjikan kebahagiaan kepada diri dan masyarakat, kemakmuran negeri dan negara serta kejayaan di dunia dan akhirat.

Antara kebahagiaan yang dijanjikan oleh Allah SWT ialah;

1. Berzakat akan menjadikan kita hamba yang bertaqwa. Maka dengan taqwalah, Allah SWT mengurniakan kejayaan dan kemudahan dalam hidup kita di dunia dan di akhirat seperti mana firman Allah SWT dalam Surah Al-Lail, ayat 5 hingga 11 yang bermaksud; “Jelasnya; adapun orang yang memberikan apa yang ada padanya ke jalan kebaikan dan bertaqwa (mengerjakan suruhan Allah dan meninggalkan segala larangan-Nya), serta ia mengakui dengan yakin akan perkara yang baik, maka sesungguhnya Kami akan memberikan kemudahan untuk mendapat kesenangan (Syurga). Sebaliknya: orang yang bakhil (daripada berbuat kebajikan) dan merasa cukup dengan kekayaan dan kemewahannya, serta ia mendustakan perkara yang baik, maka sesungguhnya kemudahan untuk mendapat kesusahan dan kesengsaraan. Dan apakah pertolongan yang dapat diberi kepadanya oleh hartanya apabila ia telah terjerumus (ke dalam azab seksa hari akhirat)”.

2. Sesungguhnya zakat merupakan pelaburan yang amat menguntungkan kita di akhirat kelak. Gandaan pahalanya bukan sahaja satu atau sepuluh tetapi tujuh ratus kali ganda banyaknya. Malah ia sebenarnya melebihi daripada apa yang mampu kita gambarkan.

Firman Allah SWT dalam Surah Al-Baqarah, ayat 261 yang bermaksud; “Bandingan (derma) orang-orang yang membelanjakan hartanya pada jalan Allah, ialah sama seperti sebiji benih yang tumbuh menerbitkan tujuh tangkai, tiap-tiap tangkai itu pula mengandungi seratus biji. Dan (ingatlah), Allah akan melipatgandakan pahala bagi sesiapa yang dikehendaki-Nya dan Allah Maha Luas (rahmat) kurnia-Nya, lagi Meliputi ilmu pengetahuan-Nya”.

3. Dengan berzakat, ia merupakan jalan yang disediakan oleh Allah SWT kepada kita untuk mencapai keredhaan-Nya. Disamping itu, ia menjadi tazkiyah an-nafs untuk kita tidak lalai dan leka dengan nikmat yang diperolehi.

Firman Allah SWT dalam Surah An-Nur, ayat 37 dan 38 yang bermaksud; “(Ibadat itu dikerjakan oleh) orang-orang yang kuat imannya yang tidak dilalaikan oleh perniagaan atau berjual-beli daripada menyebut serta mengingati Allah, dan mendirikan sembahyang serta membayar zakat; mereka takutkan hari (kiamat) yang padanya berbalik-balik hati dan pandangan. (Mereka mengerjakan semuanya itu) supaya Allah membalas mereka dengan sebaik-baik balasan bagi apa yang mereka kerjakan, dan menambahi mereka lagi dari limpah kurnia-Nya, dan sememangnya Allah memberi rezeki kepada sesiapa yang dikehendaki-Nya dengan tidak terhitung”.

4. Zakat dapat meningkatkan pertumbuhan ekonomi yang seimbang melalui agihan semula kekayaan kepada golongan asnaf. Disamping itu, ia merupakan bentuk penyucian harta dan jiwa bagi insan yang menunaikannya. Bagi golongan asnaf yang menerima sumbangan zakat, mereka akan dapat meningkatkan ekonomi keluarga, seterusnya menghilangkan rasa iri hati dan dendam sesama manusia. Natijahnya, kehidupan masyarakat akan aman, bersatu-padu, kestabilan ekonomi akan wujud, kecemerlangan pendidikan dan kesatuan ummah akan menjadi mantap dan jitu.

5. Zakat berperanan untuk mengelakkan daripada berlakunya penumpuan harta di kalangan golongan tertentu sahaja dalam masyarakat.

Sebuah hadis yang diriwayatkan oleh At-Tabrani daripada Ali R.Anhu bahawa Rasulullah SAW bersabda yang bermaksud : “Sesungguhnya Allah SWT mewajibkan (zakat) keatas orang-orang kaya dikalangan umat Islam pada harta mereka dengan batas sesuai dengan kecukupan fuqara’ antara mereka. Orang-orang fakir tidak akan kekurangan pada saat mereka lapar atau tidak berbaju kecuali kerana perilaku orangorang kaya di antara mereka. Ingatlah bahawa Allah akan menghisab mereka dengan keras dan mengazab mereka dengan pedih”.

Hadis ini memberi peringatan kepada kita semua, khasnya kepada orang-orang kaya supaya melaksanakan kewajipan zakat sebagai memenuhi amanah menyerahkan hak fakir dan miskin yang ada di dalam harta yang dimiliki.

Sebagai kesimpulannya, khatib ingin mengingatkan kepada sidang Jumaat sekelian;

1. Umat Islam wajib mengeluarkan zakat kerana ianya sama dengan kewajipan menunaikan solat.

2. Mereka yang enggan dan menafikan kewajipan zakat boleh terkeluar daripada Islam.

3. Tunaikan zakat atas harta yang kita miliki seperti emas, wang simpanan, perniagaan, pendapatan yang diperolehi, pelaburan saham, pertanian dan penternakan demi mendapat keberkatan hidup di dunia dan di akhirat,

4. Golongan yang enggan mengeluarkan zakat akan ditimpakan azab yang amat dahsyat di akhirat nanti.

“(Iaitu) pada hari dibakar emas perak (dan harta benda) itu dalam neraka jahanam, lalu diselar dengannya dahi mereka, dan rusuk mereka, serta belakang mereka (sambil dikatakan kepada mereka): "Inilah apa yang telah kamu simpan untuk diri kamu sendiri, oleh itu rasalah (azab dari) apa yang kamu simpan itu”. (al-Tawbah : 35).

Friday Sermon Text Lessons From Propagation Efforts In Taif

Friday Sermon Text  23 December 2016AD / 23 Rabiulawal 1438H JAWI

Lessons From Propagation Efforts In Taif

Do we still remember what happened to Rasulullah SAW when he went to Taif to propagate the teachings of Islam? Let us recall the unfortunate events that happened in Taif in the month of Syawal during Rasulullah SAW’s 10th year of Prophethood, which saw great jawi_logo.jpgresistance by the people of Taif against Rasulullah SAW’s efforts to propagate Islam. At that time, Rasulullah SAW, who was accompanied by Sayyidina Zaid bin Haritha R.A., walked to Taif to propagate the religion of Allah SWT.

Upon arriving in Taif, he was met by the heads of Bani Thaqif, the largest Arab tribe in Taif, namely `Abd Yalil, Mas`ud and Habib, who were also the children of Amru bin Umair al-Thaqafy. He called them to embrace Islam and asked for their support. But, one of the siblings responded by saying, "Allah has tore the shroud of the Kaabah if it is you who is sent as a prophet."

Another one said, "Is there nobody else for Allah SWT to send, apart from you?" The same attitude was shown by the third sibling when he insulted and humiliated the noble Rasulullah SAW. He said, "By Allah, I do not want to talk to you forever! If you are the man sent by Allah, then you are more dangerous for me to have any conversation with!" Rasulullah SAW stood up and requested permission to gracefully leave.

The rejection of the message and propagation of Rasulullah SAW did not end there. He remained in Taif for 10 days, to invite, to urge and to persuade the people of Taif to embrace Islam.

However, no one entertained the propagation efforts of Rasulullah SAW. In fact, the people of Taif drove Rasulullah SAW away and said, "Get out from our town!" It was recorded in the book of al-Rahiqul Makhtum that town officials and nobles had ordered the servants and the people of Taif to line up along the road to push and drive the Prophet out.

Imagine... the youths of Taif also threw stones at Rasulullah SAW while pouring scorn, mocking and taunting him, until Rasulullah SAW bled from wounds on his head, body and legs. Blood filled his shoes, while Sayiddina Zaid continued using his body to protect Rasulullah SAW, until he himself suffered head injuries. In fact, while descending down a steep hill in Taif, the stones thrown by the people of Taif continued to shower down upon them.

After some distance, Rasulullah SAW stopped to seek shelter and leaned against a stone wall. That was when Rasulullah SAW raised his hand and prayed and told Allah SWT of his feelings and grief.

When Rasulullah SAW was turning back towards Makkah, the angel Jibril AS, who was sent by Allah SWT together with the angel of the mountains, came close to Rasulullah SAW and said, "O, Muhammad, ask of your Lord’s consent for me to take the hills in Taif and crush them, for I will do it!”

And what was Rasulullah SAW’s response to the offer by Jibril AS? As narrated by Sayyidatina 'A'isha RA and recorded by Imam al-Bukhari and Muslim, Rasulullah SAW gave this answer instead: جو َأ ْن ُ ْ َج بَ ْل َأر يخْرِ ُ َ َّّه الل ُ د ُ مِ ْن َأ ْصلَابِهِْم مَ ْن يَعْب ُ َّّه ا ً بِهِ َشيْئ شْرِكُ ُ الل لَا ي ُ َحْدَه و Which means: “I rather hope that Allah will raise from among their descendants’ people who will worship Allah the One, and will not ascribe partners to Him (in worship).”

Let us reflect upon this. Are we not impressed with the words of Rasulullah SAW to Jibril AS? How would it have been if we were in Rasulullah SAW’s shoes at that time? Noble indeed was his character. Rather than condemning or thinking of reprisals, he prayed for good and love for the people of Taif.

History has etched the difficulties faced by Rasulullah SAW in his struggles to propagate the true teachings of Islam. Even after experiencing many challenges and obstacles, he still continued to preach and propagate, together with sincere prayers, determination and careful planning.

As a result, Taif successfully embraced Islam through Abdullah Ibn Abbas 12 years after the bitter events experienced by Rasulullah SAW. His optimistic attitude towards faith in Allah SWT’s assistance, as demonstrated by Rasulullah SAW, is akin to the parable "like a luxuriant fruit tree, living on the streets and pelted with stones, but still bears fruits as reward."

Remember, propagating Islam in the path of Allah SWT is the noblest path in the world. It is the way of the Apostles, the Prophets and the righteous people. A da`ie, or preacher, should always show examples of good character and work in tandem with the words.

Generally, if we play the role of a da`ie, then we must have the characteristics of a da`ie, which are as follows:

First: A close relationship with Allah SWT A da`ie who has a close relationship with Allah SWT will have strong beliefs and faith when faced with challenges, coming especially from the intended recipients. Propagation efforts must solely be for the sake of Allah SWT and not for other reasons.

Second: Controlling lust and desire Every da`ie should improve himself and control his desires, as well as obey all the commands and prohibitions of Allah SWT. For example, if we want to advise someone on the nature of greed, then we must also refrain from bad behaviour associated with it.

Third: Confidence in our self A da`ie must believe in himself, his religion and the message that is to be conveyed in the propagation effort. Public confidence in the da`ie will not exist until he himself can set a good example in actions, morals and knowledge through daily contact. The da`ie also needs to be proficient in the core knowledge, namely faith, jurisprudence and tassawuf, which is the study and cultivation of the relationship between Man and God. When a da`ie has obtained a high level of self-confidence, the propagation efforts will become increasingly smooth.

If we feel disheartened and lose our self-confidence in delivering religious advice, soothe and calm our hearts by remembering Allah SWT’s promise in Surah an-Nahl, verse 125: Which means: “Invite (all) to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for your Lord knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.”

Let us learn from the conclusions of the sermon delivered by the mimbar on this blessed Friday, which are as follows:

First: The efforts of propagation requires patience and perseverance of the soul, apart from careful planning and a realistic expectations.

Second: Rasulullah SAW is the greatest icon of propagating the truth, who remained consistent in delivering the truth of Islam, even in the face of great resistance and ridicule.

Third: It is the responsibility of all individuals to take care of the religion based on their specialised skills and field of expertise.

Reflect upon the words of Allah SWT as contained in Surah Fussilat, verse 33:Which means: “Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah, works righteousness, and says, "I am of those who bow in Islam?”