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Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad pens open letter to Trump

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 07:20

Muhammad won a bronze medal in women’s team sabre fencing.

As many star athletes do for their people, Ibtihaj Muhammad has become a symbol and a spokesperson for Muslim Americans.

It’s not just because she won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It’s not just because she competed while wearing a hijab headscarf, the first U.S. Olympic athlete to do so. It is also because she has accepted and embraced the role.

Muslim athletes whose opinions were sought during the 2016 Presidential campaign of candidate Donald Trump are answering questions from the media in 2017 about President Trump’s proposed travel ban on individuals from certain Muslim-majority countries. Among the Muslim athletes who have publicly condemned the ban are NBA center Enes Kanter, retired NFL lineman Ryan Harris and British track and field legend Mo Farah.

Muhammad, who was very public in her opposition to Trump’s rhetoric during his campaign, recently wrote an open letter to the president for TIME magazine:

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Dear President Trump,

Representing the United States in the Olympic Games was the greatest honor of my life. I will never forget walking into Opening Ceremonies behind our American flag that I revere surrounded by my teammates. Each drawn from different sports, many of different faiths and various ethnicities. Yet, in that diversity was America itself: united by love for our country.

My story is a quintessential small-town-America story. In my hometown, Maplewood, New Jersey, the question was always which sport I would play, not whether I would play one. My point isn’t really about sport, it’s about opportunity — the opportunity to strive for and believe in one’s own destiny. That is what made America’s story so unique from any that preceded it, and mine and every other American’s as well.

I love America because of the simultaneous idea that we are both exceptional and flawed — as individuals and a nation — and, that it is our collective responsibility as a people to honor each other’s potential.

That is why I am writing you this letter.

I am the picture of the American Dream — a public school kid, with loving parents who told me that with hard work and perseverance, I could be whatever I wanted to be. By believing in myself and refusing to take no for an answer, I have broken barriers and shattered stereotypes. I was the first Muslim woman to represent the United States in the Olympic Games wearing hijab. I was blessed to win an Olympic medal alongside my team at the Rio Games. I was a black Muslim woman in a little known sport. And on the world’s biggest stage, I defied labels and showed the world that being Muslim was also being American.

And yet, when I listen to you, I feel that the story you tell paints another picture entirely. You seem to see refugees fleeing terror as terror’s root, rather than refugees as terror’s victims. You seem to see our nation’s contributions to refugee resettlement as “bad deals,” rather than as shining examples of what America has always stood for. You seem to see the hijab I wear as a signal of threat and cause for fear. You’ve said, “I think Islam hates us.” That is not only wrong, it provokes fear and hatred, and as we have seen it also provokes violence against Muslims and our places of worship. Surely that was not your intention — I do not want to believe that. Yet I feel that you and your administration see me and people like me not as fellow Americans, but as “others.” Your ban on travelers from Muslim-majority countries and Syrian refugees has implications that are felt far beyond the countries listed. I am referring to implications not only in the courthouse, but in line at Starbucks. Not on the nightly news but in the night terrors of children who wonder if their home and parents, are safe. Is this what you intended when you took your oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States?

The climate of fear and hatred fueled and perpetuated by your campaign is gaining momentum through your actions in office. Since your election, I have been “profiled” at the airport, accused of looking “suspicious” and, on the streets of New York, I have been told to “go back to my country.” This isn’t the America that I know and it isn’t the America that the world looks to for inspiration and leadership.

There are 3 million American Muslims. They teach our children, treat our sick, fight our wars, and despite your attacks, continue to stand proudly on the front lines of keeping all Americans safe. My faith calls on me to help the less fortunate and speak out against injustice. President Trump, look at the math: we do not have a refugee terrorist problem. It simply doesn’t exist. But, I do fear a not-so-subtle campaign of terror now being waged on our American ideals of justice and equality.

The Olympic Movement chose its symbol of interlocking rings of many different colors to demonstrate humanity’s unity . Sport has always been an equalizer and a symbol of peace, even in the ancient Games when wars would cease for the competitions. Indeed, as much pride as I take in being one of America’s firsts, what I most love about my Olympic experience is that my success was born out of my opportunity, freedom and liberty as an American.

Overcoming obstacles was my challenge as an athlete. It is now my challenge as a citizen. I once represented you. Now you represent me. I urge you to do so with the humility, thoughtfulness and kindness befitting your sacred office. As an African-American Muslim Woman patriot, my religion commands me to remain hopeful, to believe in our ability to fight bigotry with love and draw our strength from diversity. That is what makes America great. Time and again.

Sincerely,

Ibtihaj Muhammad

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Which Hand to Count Tasbih on?

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 07:15

The narration about the Prophet (saw) counting Tasbih on his right hand… [Reported by Abu Dawud]

The extra wording “his right hand” is weak as it was singularly narrated by Muhammad b. Qudāmah and he opposed the other Huffadh (reliable narrators) that narrated this hadith without the extra addition.

Based on this, a person can count his Tasbih on his right and left hand.

– Sh. Bakr Abu Zayd (r)

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SPEAK WELL OR ITS BETTER TO KEEP SILENT

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 06:19

Silence is wisdom, especially if there are no good words to say. These days people tend to state anything for the sake of speaking, a few of them know that quietness is one of the good deeds that will be weighty on the scale; as if you keep silent you will save your self from falling into a huge sin.

Good words always bring goodness in this life and also hereafter. Good and kind words will allow you to see the kindness of others and therefore you have not any kind of hatred instilled in your heart.

If we put this idea into practice, words can not describe the tranquillity and peace that will flow through out our day and applying this good value helps us to become more productive by making complete use of our time which results from making commemoration, reading beneficial books or just contemplating. It is also very important to know why quietness is preferred when there are no good words to say, as our tongue will trap us into backbiting and we fall into speaking about others in awful intentions and say things that might reason regret later on.

There are numerous evidences from Hadith and Verses from the Holy Quran that address this issue, the advice we must take from the mentioned ahadiths are that we must defend our tongues and be conscious of what comes from it, as we would not desire to enter hellfire because of the harvest of our tongue. Let us analyze ourselves and think on what went on through out the whole day.

Be cautious of your words if you don’t have anything to say remember “speak well or remain silent”.

Verse 33:70-71 of Holy Quran,

O you who have believed, fear ALLAH and speak words of appropriate justice. He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys ALLAH and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.

Our tongue is like double-edges swords. They can work for us and also against us, both in this world and the Hereafter. We will be held answerable for what we say. ALLAH Almighty tells us in verse 50:18 of Holy Quran,

Man does not utter any word except that with him is an observer prepared [to record].

We should be watchful not to speak falsehood. We should think about what we are saying and the probable consequences of our words before we go ahead and speak. From the perfection of a person’s belief is his showing sympathy to those with whom he has dealings, especially his neighbours and his guests.

May ALLAH Almighty make us among those who hear the superior advice and follow the best of it.

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Most of the Latest Terrorist Attacks on American Soil Were Done by the CHILDREN of Muslim Immigrants/Refugees

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 06:09

I took an interest in this subject because someone I love very much lives in Columbus, Ohio, and that person lived in the same apartment complex as the person who committed the terrorist attack at Ohio State University.

I went to Wikipedia to discover more about this neighbor who ran over students with a car and attacked a professor with a machete. What I discovered led me on a quest to discover more about those who have hurt and killed Americans.

I just did a simple search of Wikipedia and discovered that most of the latest terrorist attacks were committed by CHILDREN of immigrants/refugees. (Forgive me if I don’t know all the legal terms.)

1.  Nidal Hassan (Fort Hood shooter)–CHILD of Palestinian immigrants:

“Hasan was born in Arlington County, Virginia, to Palestinian parents who immigrated to the U.S. from al-Bireh in the West Bank.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nidal_Hasan#Early_life)

2. Omar Mateen (Pulse shooter)–CHILD of Afghan immigrants:

“Mateen was born Omar Mir Seddique[6] on November 16, 1986,[7] in New Hyde Park, New York, to Afghan parents. His father, Mir Seddique Mateen, is a Persian-speaking Pashtun[8] who emigrated from Afghanistan in the 1980s.”(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Mateen#Early_life)

3. Abdul Artan (Ohio State University terrorist)–CHILD of Somalian immigrants:

Abdul Razak Ali Artan (1998 – November 28, 2016) was a Muslim Somali refugee and legal permanent resident of the United States . . . He moved to the U.S. on a refugee visa with his mother and six siblings in 2014.”(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Ohio_State_University_attack#Perpetrator)

4. Dzhokar Tsarnaev (Boston Marathon Bomber)–CHILD of Chechen refugees:

“Tsarnaev was born in Kyrgyzstan. As a child, he emigrated with his family to Russia and then, when he was eight years old, to the United States under political asylum.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzhokhar_Tsarnaev)

5.  Tamerlan Tsarnaev  (Boston Marathon Bomber)–CHILD of Chechen refugees:

“Tamerlan Tsarnaev was born in the Kalmyk Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (now Kalmykia), a North Caucasus[3] unit of Russia then in the Soviet Union.[41] He was a permanent resident of the U.S.,[34] a Russian citizen and a Kyrgyz citizen.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamerlan_Tsarnaev#Personal_background)

6. Syed Rizwan Farook (San Bernardino terrorist attack)–CHILD of Pakistani immigrants:

“Farook was born in Chicago, Illinois,[11][12][13] and was a U.S. citizen at the time of the attack. His parents had immigrated from Pakistan.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rizwan_Farook_and_Tashfeen_Malik#Personal_life)

7. Dahir Adan (Minnesota Mall Stabbing): CHILD of Somalian refugees:

“Dahir A. Adan (c. 1994 – September 17, 2016) was a member of St. Cloud’s Somali-American community.[15] He was born in Kenya and moved to the U.S. at the age of two[16][17][18][19] on a refugee visa, becoming a U.S. citizen in 2008.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Minnesota_mall_stabbing)

8. Muhammed Youssef Abdulazeez (Chattanooga shootings)–CHILD of Palestinian/Jordanian immigrants.

“Abdulazeez, a naturalized American citizen, was born in Kuwait on September 5, 1990, to Palestinian-Jordanian parents[1]Abdulazeez migrated to the U.S. with his family in 1996[32] and became a U.S. citizen in 2003.[33] ….During the Second Intifada, Abdulazeez, then fifteen, traveled with his father to Jamma’in, the village in the West Bank where the father was born, with the goal of acquiring a Palestinian ID[27][28][29][30]” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Chattanooga_shootings)

Like I said, the only reason I was doing this research was because someone I loved very much lived in the same apartment complex as a terrorist. I’ve heard many Christians say that we should at least take in the families with children, but in all of the most recent terrorist attacks it has been the CHILDREN of Muslim immigrants/refugees who have injured and murdered innocent people.

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Taalibatul Ilm Series: Memorizing Ilm

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 05:55
Many of us are not quite sure when it comes to memorizing anything other than the Qur’an. We c
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Musik

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 05:54

Pada kesempatan kali ini, mari kita simak bersama, apa sih sebenarnya hukum musik itu sendiri? Terkhusus lagi, jika musik itu dinisbatkan kepada Islam. Sebelum kita membahas bersama, ada kesepakatan yang harus kita patuhi. Karena kita adalah orang Islam, tentunya kita mengimani bahwasanya Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala adalah Tuhan kita dan Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam adalah Nabi dan panutan kita. Maka konsekuensi dari itu, kita harus meyakini kebenaran yang datang dari firman Allah dan sabda Rasul-Nya. Bukankah begitu, wahai saudaraku? Oke, mari kita simak dan renungkan bersama pembahasan kali ini.

Bagaimana Allah menerangkan hal ini dalam Al-Qur’an?

Ternyata, banyak sekali ayat-ayat dalam Al-Qur’an yang menerangkan akan hal ini. Satu di antaranya adalah:

Firman Allah ‘Azza wa jalla,

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَنْ يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الْحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَنْ سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَيَتَّخِذَهَا هُزُوًا أُولَئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُهِينٌ

Dan di antara manusia ada orang yang mempergunakan perkataan yang tidak berguna untuk menyesatkan manusia dari jalan Allah tanpa pengetahuan dan menjadikan jalan Allah itu olok-olokan. Mereka itu akan memperoleh azab yang menghinakan.” (QS. Lukman: 6)

Imam Ibnu Katsir rahimahullah dalam tafsirnya menjelaskan bahwasanya setelah Allah menceritakan tentang keadaan orang-orang yang berbahagia dalam ayat 1-5, yaitu orang-orang yang mendapat petunjuk dari firman Allah (Al-Qur’an) dan mereka merasa menikmati dan mendapatkan manfaat dari bacaan Al-Qur’an, lalu Allah Jalla Jalaaluh menceritakan dalam ayat 6 ini tentang orang-orang yang sengsara, yang mereka ini berpaling dari mendengarkan Al-Qur’an dan berbalik arah menuju nyanyian dan musik. 1

Abdullah bin Mas’ud radhiyallahu ‘anhu salah satu sahabat senior Nabi berkata ketika ditanya tentang maksud ayat ini, maka beliau menjawab bahwa itu adalah musik, seraya beliau bersumpah dan mengulangi perkataannya sebanyak tiga kali.2

Begitu juga dengan sahabat Abdullah bin Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhuma yang didoakan Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam agar Allah memberikan kelebihan kepada beliau dalam menafsirkan Al-Qur’an sehingga beliau dijuluki sebagai Turjumanul Qur’an, bahwasanya beliau juga mengatakan bahwa ayat tersebut turun berkenaan dengan nyanyian.3

Al-Wahidy berkata bahwasanya ayat ini menjadi dalil bahwa nyanyian itu hukumnya haram. 4

Dan masih banyak lagi, ayat-ayat lainnya yang menjelaskan akan hal ini.

Bagaimana Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam mengkabarkan kepada umatnya tentang musik?

Saudaraku, termasuk mukjizat yang Allah Ta’ala berikan kepada Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam adalah pengetahuan beliau tentang hal yang terjadi di masa mendatang. Dahulu, beliau pernah bersabda,

ليكونن من أمتي أقوام يستحلون الحر والحرير والخمر والمعازف

Sungguh akan ada sebagian dari umatku yang menghalalkan zina, sutera, minuman keras, dan alat-alat musik.”5

Saudaraku, bukankah apa yang telah dikabarkan oleh beliau itu telah terjadi pada zaman kita saat ini?

Dan juga dalam hadis lain, secara terang-terangan Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam menjelaskan tentang musik. Beliau pernah bersabda,

إني لم أنه عن البكاء ولكني نهيت عن صوتين أحمقين فاجرين : صوت عند نغمة لهو ولعب ومزامير الشيطان وصوت عند مصيبة لطم وجوه وشق جيوب ورنة شيطان

Aku tidak melarang kalian menangis. Namun, yang aku larang adalah dua suara yang bodoh dan maksiat; suara di saat nyanyian hiburan/kesenangan, permainan dan lagu-lagu setan, serta suara ketika terjadi musibah, menampar wajah, merobek baju, dan jeritan setan.”6

Kedua hadis di atas telah menjadi bukti untuk kita bahwasanya Allah dan Rasul-Nya telah melarang nyanyian beserta alat musik.

Sebenarnya, masih banyak bukti-bukti lain baik dari Al-Qur’an, hadis, maupun perkataan ulama yang menunjukkan akan larangan dan celaan Islam terhadap nyanyian dan alat musik. Dan hal ini bisa dirujuk kembali ke kitabnya Ibnul Qayyim yang berjudul Ighatsatul Lahafan atau kitab-kitab ulama lainnya yang membahas tentang hal ini.

Lalu, bagaimana dengan musik Islami?

Setelah kita mengetahui ketiga dalil di atas, mungkin ada yang bertanya di antara kita, lalu bagaimana dengan lagu-lagu yang isinya bertujuan untuk mendakwahkan manusia kepada kebaikan atau nasyid-nasyid Islami yang mengandung ajakan manusia untuk mengingat Allah? Bukankah hal itu mengandung kebaikan?

Maka kita jawab, ia benar. Hal itu mengandung kebaikan, tapi menurut siapa? Jika Allah dan Rasul-Nya menganggap hal itu adalah baik dan menjadi salah satu cara terbaik dalam berdakwah, maka Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam beserta para sahabat adalah orang-orang yang paling pertama kali melakukan hal tersebut. Akan tetapi tidak ada satu pun cerita bahwa Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam dan para sahabatnya melakukannya, bahkan mereka melarang dan mencela hal itu.

Wahai saudaraku, perlu diketahui, bahwasanya nasyid Islami yang banyak kita dengar sekarang ini itu, bukanlah nasyid yang dilakukan oleh para sahabat Nabi yang mereka lakukan ketika mereka melakukan perjalanan jauh ataupun ketika mereka bekerja, akan tetapi nasyid-nasyid saat ini itu merupakan budaya kaum sufi yang mereka lakukan dalam rangka mendekatkan diri kepada Allah Ta’ala. Mereka menjadikan hal ini sebagai bentuk pendekatan diri kepada Allah, yang padahal hal ini tidak pernah dilakukan oleh Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam dan para sahabatnya, maka dari mana mereka mendapatkan hal ini?

Maka telah jelas bagi kita, bahwa kaum sufi tersebut telah membuat syariat baru, yaitu membuat suatu bentuk pendekatan diri kepada Allah Ta’ala dengan cara melantunkan nasyid yang hal tersebut tidak pernah dicontohkan oleh Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. 7

Waktu-waktu yang diperbolehkan untuk bernyanyi dan bermain alat musik

Saudaraku, ternyata Islam tidak melarang kita secara mutlak untuk bernyanyi dan bermain alat musik. Ada waktu-waktu tertentu yang kita diperbolehkan untuk melakukan hal itu. Kapan itu?

1. Ketika Hari raya

Hal ini berdasarkan hadis yang diriwayatkan oleh istri beliau, Ummul Mukminin Aisyah radhiyallahu ‘anha, beliau berkata, “Abu Bakar radhiyallahu ‘anhu masuk (ke tempatku) dan di dekatku ada dua anak perempuan kecil dari wanita Anshar, sedang bernyanyi tentang apa yang dikatakan oleh kaum Anshar pada masa perang Bu’ats.” Lalu aku berkata, “Keduanya bukanlah penyanyi.” Lalu Abu Bakar berkata, “Apakah seruling setan ada di dalam rumah Rasulullah?” Hal itu terjadi ketika Hari Raya. Kemudian Rasulullah bersabda, “Wahai Abu Bakar, sesungguhnya setiap kaum memiliki hari raya dan ini adalah hari raya kita.” 8

2. Ketika pernikahan

Hal ini berdasarkan hadis sahih yang diriwayatkan oleh Imam Bukhari yang menceritakan tentang anak kecil yang menabuh rebana dan bernyanyi dalam acara pernikahannya Rubayyi’ bintu Mu’awwidz yang pada waktu itu Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam tidak mengingkari adanya hal tersebut.

Dan juga berdasarkan dari sebuah hadis, bahwasanya beliau pernah bersabda, “Pembeda antara yang halal dan yang haram adalah menabuh rebana dan suara dalam pernikahan.”9

Jadi, telah jelas bukan, bahwa keadaan yang diperbolehkan untuk bernyanyi dan bermain alat musik hanyalah ketika hari raya dan pernikahan. Dan alat musik yang diperbolehkan hanyalah duff (rebana) yang hanya dimainkan oleh wanita.

Beberapa karakter khas yang ada dalam nyanyian dan musik
  1. Dapat melalaikan hati
  2. Menghalangi hati untuk memahami Al-Qur’an dan merenungkannnya serta mengamalkan kandungannya
  3. Al-Qur’an dan nyanyian tidak akan bertemu secara bersamaan dalam hati selamanya. Karena Al Qur’an melarang mengikuti hawa nafsu dan memerintahkan untuk menjaga kesucian hati. Sedangkan nyanyian memerintahkan sebaliknya, bahkan menghiasinya dan merangsang jiwa manusia untuk mengikuti hawa nafsu.
  4. Nyanyian dan minuman keras ibarat saudara kembar dalam merangsang jiwa untuk melakukan keburukan. Saling mendukung dan menopang satu sama lain.
  5. Nyanyian itu pencabut kewibawaan seseorang
  6. Nyanyian dapat menyerap masuk ke dalam pusat khayalan, lalu membangkitkan nafsu dan syahwat yang terpendam di dalamnya.

Dan masih banyak lagi yang lainnya.10

Karakter-karakter khas yang terdapat pada musik tersebut mencakup semua jenis musik, baik itu musik rock, pop, dangdut, maupun musik Islami. Karena hal ini memang telah terbukti di kalangan para pecinta musik. Dan memang, nyanyian dan musik ini sangat besar pengaruhnya bagi para pelaku dan pendengarnya dari segala sisi, baik dari akidahnya, akhlaknya, maupun dari akal pikirannya yang telah menunjukkan adanya kemerosotan yang sangat signifikan jika dibanding dengan generasi kakek nenek kita, yang mana dulu masih jarang ditemukan adanya nyanyian ataupun musik.

Renungan

Wahai Saudara, kami rasa ketiga dalil dari Al-Qur’an dan hadis di atas dan penjelasan setelahnya, sudah cukup membuktikan kepada kita bahwa Islam melarang adanya nyanyian dan alat-alat musik. Dan juga, sudah cukup melegakan hati saudaraku yang memang sebelumnya kontra dengan musik. Dan menjadikan terang dan jelas bagi saudaraku yang sebelumnya pro dengan musik. Dan telah terjawab sudah, pertanyaan pada judul pembahasan kita saat ini. Bukankah demikian?

Namun memang sudah seharusnya bagi kita seorang muslim, untuk menerima dengan tunduk apa yang telah ditetapkan Allah dan Rasul-Nya, tanpa ada rasa berat dan penolakan sedikit pun dari dalam hati kita. Karena jika hal itu terjadi, maka itu adalah salah satu tanda adanya kesombongan yang ada dalam hati kita. Karena Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam bersabda,

لَا يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ مَنْ كَانَ فِي قَلْبِهِ مِثْقَالُ ذَرَّةٍ مِنْ كِبْرٍ» قَالَ رَجُلٌ: إِنَّ الرَّجُلَ يُحِبُّ أَنْ يَكُونَ ثَوْبُهُ حَسَنًا وَنَعْلُهُ حَسَنَةً، قَالَ: «إِنَّ اللهَ جَمِيلٌ يُحِبُّ الْجَمَالَ، الْكِبْرُ بَطَرُ الْحَقِّ، وَغَمْطُ النَّاسِ

Tidak akan masuk ke dalam surga seseorang yang di dalam hatinya ada setitik kesombongan.” Lalu ada seorang laki-laki bertanya pada beliau, “Sesungguhnya manusia itu menyukai baju yang indah dan sandal yang bagus.” Lalu beliau menjawab, “Sesungguhnya Allah itu indah dan menyukai keindahan. Kesombongan itu adalah menolak kebenaran dan meremehkan manusia.” 11

Semoga Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala senantiasa memberikan kita taufik dan kekuatan untuk bisa melakukan segala apa yang Dia perintahkan dan menjauhi segala apa yang Dia larang. Sesungguhnya Allah Ta’ala-lah yang Maha Pemberi taufik dan tidak ada daya dan kekuatan kecuali hanyalah milik Allah semata. Wallahu waliyyut taufiq.

 

Catatan kaki :

  1. Lihat Tafsir Ibnu Katsir, hal. 556/3
  2. Idem
  3. Idem
  4. Lihat Ighatsatul Lahafan karya Ibnul Qayyim, hal. 239
  5. HR. Bukhari, no. 5590
  6. HR. Hakim 4/40, Baihaqi 4/69
  7. Lihat penjelasan lebih lengkapnya di at Tahrim atau Ighatsatul Lahafan
  8. HR. Bukhari, no. 949, dan lain-lain
  9. HR. At Tirmidzi, no. 1080, dihasankan oleh Syekh Al-Albani
  10. Lihat At-Tahrim, hal. 151
  11. HR. Muslim, no. 275

Referensi :

  1. Imam Ibnu Katsir, Tafsir Al Qur’anil ‘Adzim. 2008. Mesir, Daarul Aqidah.
  2. Ibnu Qayyim al Jauziyyah, Ighatsatul Lahfaan. Maktabah syamilah
  3. Nashiruddin Al Albani, Tahriim Aalaatit Tharbi. Maktabah syamilah

 

 

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Why Don't Muslims Eat Pork?

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 05:01

Simply put: In the Quran (the Muslim bible) it is stated:

“Forbidden to you are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah.” [Al-Qur’an 5:3]

Translation: Don’t eat roadkill (er, anything you come accross that’s already dead), blood, pork, or any animal that wasn’t slaughtered in the name of Allah.

I cannot say one hundred percent why pork is on the “no no” list in  Islam as well as Judaism (and some Christian denominations ) but it is believed that because pigs are omnivores who will eat anything including their own poop, they are subject to housing a number of diseases, parasites, and viruses.

Do you get down with the swine? Tell me all about it in a comment below!

 

SOURCES:

https://www.whyislam.org/faqs/restrictions-in-islam/why-do-muslims-abstain-from-pork/

 

Categories: Islam

Why Don't Muslims Eat Pork?

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 05:01

Simply put: In the Quran (the Muslim bible) it is stated:

“Forbidden to you are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah.” [Al-Qur’an 5:3]

Translation: Don’t eat roadkill (er, anything you come accross that’s already dead), blood, pork, or any animal that wasn’t slaughtered in the name of Allah.

I cannot say one hundred percent why pork is on the “no no” list in  Islam as well as Judaism (and some Christian denominations ) but it is believed that because pigs are omnivores who will eat anything including their own poop, they are subject to housing a number of diseases, parasites, and viruses.

Do you get down with the swine? Tell me all about it in a comment below!

 

SOURCES:

https://www.whyislam.org/faqs/restrictions-in-islam/why-do-muslims-abstain-from-pork/

 

Categories: Islam

Iman, Islam, Ihsan

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 04:38

Suatu ketika malaikat Jibril dalam rupa seorang manusia datang kpd Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam & para shahabat utk mengajarkan tentang pokok-pokok ajaran agama, yaitu Islam, Iman & Ihsan. (Hadis Riwayat: Muslim).

Hadits tersebut kemudian dikenal dgn Hadits Jibril, sebuah hadits yg dipandang oleh para ulama mempunyai posisi yg sangat penting, karena mencakup semua amal baik lahir maupun batin serta menjadi referensi ajaran Islam.

حَدَّثَنَا مُسَدَّدٌ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو حَيَّانَ التَّيْمِيُّ عَنْ أَبِي زُرْعَةَ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ: كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بَارِزًا يَوْمًا لِلنَّاسِ فَأَتَاهُ جِبْرِيلُ فَقَالَ: مَا الإِيمَانُ قَالَ الإِيمَانُ أَنْ تُؤْمِنَ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَبِلِقَائِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَتُؤْمِنَ بِالْبَعْثِ، قَالَ: مَا الإِسْلاَمُ قَالَ: الإِسْلاَمُ أَنْ تَعْبُدَ اللَّهَ وَلاَ تُشْرِكَ بِهِ شَيْئًا وَتُقِيمَ الصَّلاَةَ وَتُؤَدِّيَ الزَّكَاةَ الْمَفْرُوضَةَ وَتَصُومَ رَمَضَانَ، قَالَ: مَا الإِحْسَانُ، قَالَ: أَنْ تَعْبُدَ اللَّهَ كَأَنَّكَ تَرَاهُ فَإِنْ لَمْ تَكُنْ تَرَاهُ فَإِنَّهُ يَرَاكَ، قَالَ: مَتَى السَّاعَةُ، قَالَ: مَا الْمَسْئُولُ عَنْهَا بِأَعْلَمَ مِنْ السَّائِلِ وَسَأُخْبِرُكَ عَنْ أَشْرَاطِهَا: إِذَا وَلَدَتْ الأَمَةُ رَبَّهَا وَإِذَا تَطَاوَلَ رُعَاةُ الإِبِلِ الْبُهْمُ فِي الْبُنْيَانِ، فِي خَمْسٍ لاَ يَعْلَمُهُنَّ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ ثُمَّ تَلاَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عِنْدَهُ عِلْمُ السَّاعَةِ الآيَةَ ثُمَّ أَدْبَرَ فَقَالَ رُدُّوهُ فَلَمْ يَرَوْا شَيْئًا فَقَالَ هَذَا جِبْرِيلُ جَاءَ يُعَلِّمُ النَّاسَ دِينَهُمْ (أخرجه البخارى فى : كتاب الإيمان : 37 . باب سؤال جبريل النبي ص.م. عن الإيمان والإسلام). مسلم: عن الإيمان: 57. ابو داوود: سنة, 16. ترميذى: الإيمان, 4. ابن ماجه: مقدمة. 9 . احمد بن حنبل: 1,27,51, 19,29.

Musaddad telah menceritakan kpd kami, ia berkata bahwa Isma’il ibn Ibrahim telah menceritakan kpd kami, Abu Hayyan al-Taimiy dari Abi Zur’ah telah menyampaikan kpd kami dari Abu Hurairah r.a berkata: Pada sesuatu hari ketika Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam sedang duduk bersama sahabat, tiba-tiba datang seorang laki-laki & bertanya, “apakah iman itu?”. Jawab Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam: “iman adl percaya Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, para malaikat-Nya, & pertemuannya dgn Allah, para Rasul-Nya & percaya pd hari berbangkit dari kubur. ‘Lalu laki-laki itu bertanya lagi, “apakah Islam itu? Jawab Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, “Islam ialah menyembah kpd Allah & tdk menyekutukan-Nya dgn sesuatu apapun, mendirikan shalat, menunaikan zakat yg difardhukan & berpuasa di bulan Ramadhan.” Lalu laki-laki itu bertanya lagi: “apakah Ihsan itu?” Jawab Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, “Ihsan ialah bahwa engkau menyembah kpd Allah seakan-akan engkau melihat-Nya, kalau engkau tdk mampu melihat-Nya, ketahuilah bahwa Allah melihatmu. “Lalu laki-laki itu bertanya lagi: “apakah hari kiamat itu? “Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam menjawab: “orang yg ditanya tdk lbh mengetahui daripada yg bertanya, tetapi saya memberitahukan kepadamu beberapa syarat (tanda-tanda) akan tibanya hari kiamat, yaitu jika budak sahaya telah melahirkan majikannya, & jika penggembala onta & ternak lainnya telah berlomba-lomba membangun gedung-gedung megah. Termasuk 5 perkara yg tdk dpt diketahui kecuali oleh Allah, selanjutnya Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam membaca ayat: “Sesungguhnya Allah hanya pd sisi-Nya sajalah yg mengetahui hari kiamat… (ayat).[1] Kemudian orang itu pergi. Lalu Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda kpd para sahabat: “antarkanlah orang itu. Akan tetapi para sahabat tdk melihat sedikitpun bekas orang itu. Lalu Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallambersabda: “Itu adl Malaikat Jibril a.s. yg datang utk mengajarkan agama kpd manusia.” (Hadis Riwayat: Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, at-Turmudzi, Ibnu Majah & Ahmad bin Hambal).

Islam

Dalam hadits tersebut, Islam dijelaskan dgn penjabaran 5 rukun Islam, yaitu syahadat, shalat, zakat, puasa & haji.

Syahadat merupakan kesaksian bahwa tiada tuhan yg berhak disembah selain Allah & Nabi Muhammad adl utusan Allah. Shalat merupakan bentuk hubungan vertikal secara langsung antara hamba dgn Sang Khalik. Zakat adl wujud kepedulian sosial terhaadap sesama manusia. Puasa merupakan ujian melawan hawa nafsu. Dan haji adl ajang mempererat ukhuwah islamiyah dgn sesama saudara muslim dari seluruh dunia.

Kelima rukun tersebut merupakan amal lahiriah sbg perwujudan dari makna Islam itu sendiri, yaitu kepasrahan diri secara total kpd Allah. Artinya, kepasrahan sbg makna Islam tdk hanya disimpan dalam hati, melainkan diwujudkan lewat perbuatan nyata yaitu kelima rukun Islam tersebut.

Iman

Iman adl keyakinan dalam hati yg diucapkan oleh lisan & diwujudkan dalam amal perbuatan.

Keyakinan tersebut meliputi enam rukun iman, yaitu iman kpd Allah, malaikat, kitab, nabi & rasul, hari akhir, qadla & qadar.

Keenam rukun iman tersebut adl bentuk amal batiniah sbg wujud pengakuan hati manusia terhadap kebesaran Allah, yg nantinya akan mempengaruhi segala aktifitas yg dilakukan. Manusia adl makhluk dgn segala kelebihan & kekurangan yg ada. Keimanan akan membawa manusia ke titik penyadaran diri sbg hamba Allah yg tunduk di bawah kekuasaan Allah.

Ketika keyakinan terhadap keenam rukun tersebut sudah tertanam dalam hati, maka tentu kita akan berusaha utk menjalani kehidupan sesuai dgn koridor hukum Allah yg pd akhirnya akan membawa ke arah kehidupan yg berkualitas.

Ihsan

Ihsan adl cara bagaimana seharusnya kita beribadah kpd Allah. Rasulullah mengajarkan agar ibadah kita dilakukan dgn cara seolah kita berhadapan secara langsung dgn Allah. Cara ini akan membawa ibadah kita ke maqam (tingkat) yg lbh dekat kpd Allah dgn perasaan penuh harap, takut, khusyu’, ridlo & ikhlas kpd Allah. Perasaan tersebut menjadikan ibadah yg kita lakukan tdk hanya sekadar menjadi kewajiban, tetapi merupakan kebutuhan jiwa dalam penghambaan diri kpd Allah.

Jika cara tersebut belum bisa kita lakukan, maka ibadah kita lakukan dgn keyakinkan bahwa Allah pasti melihat & mengetahui semua yg kita lakukan. Dengan demikian, tentu kita akan berusaha semaksimal mungkin dalam menjalankan perintah & meninggalkan larangan Allah.

Hubungan antara iman islam & ihsan

Islam, Iman & Ihsan adl satu kesatuan yg tdk bisa dipisahkan satu dgn lainnya. Iman adl keyakinan yg menjadi dasar akidah. Keyakinan tersebut kemudian diwujudkan melalui pelaksanaan kelima rukun Islam. Sedangkan pelaksanaan rukun Islam dilakukan dgn cara ihsan, sbg upaya pendekatan diri kpd Allah.

Untuk mempelajari ketiga pokok ajaran agama tersebut, para ulama mengelompokkannya lewat 3 cabang ilmu pengetahuan. Rukun Islam berupa praktek amal lahiriah disusun dalam ilmu Fiqh, yaitu ilmu mengenai perbuatan amal lahiriah manusia sbg hamba Allah. Iman dipelajari melalui ilmu Tauhid (teologi) yg menjelaskan tentang pokok-pokok keyakinan. Sedangkan utk mempelajari ihsan sbg tata cara beribadah adl bagian dari ilmu Tasawuf.

Oleh: Oleh : Ahmad Muqoddam

Categories: Islam

Iman, Islam, Ihsan

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 04:38

Suatu ketika malaikat Jibril dalam rupa seorang manusia datang kpd Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam & para shahabat utk mengajarkan tentang pokok-pokok ajaran agama, yaitu Islam, Iman & Ihsan. (Hadis Riwayat: Muslim).

Hadits tersebut kemudian dikenal dgn Hadits Jibril, sebuah hadits yg dipandang oleh para ulama mempunyai posisi yg sangat penting, karena mencakup semua amal baik lahir maupun batin serta menjadi referensi ajaran Islam.

حَدَّثَنَا مُسَدَّدٌ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو حَيَّانَ التَّيْمِيُّ عَنْ أَبِي زُرْعَةَ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ: كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بَارِزًا يَوْمًا لِلنَّاسِ فَأَتَاهُ جِبْرِيلُ فَقَالَ: مَا الإِيمَانُ قَالَ الإِيمَانُ أَنْ تُؤْمِنَ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَبِلِقَائِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَتُؤْمِنَ بِالْبَعْثِ، قَالَ: مَا الإِسْلاَمُ قَالَ: الإِسْلاَمُ أَنْ تَعْبُدَ اللَّهَ وَلاَ تُشْرِكَ بِهِ شَيْئًا وَتُقِيمَ الصَّلاَةَ وَتُؤَدِّيَ الزَّكَاةَ الْمَفْرُوضَةَ وَتَصُومَ رَمَضَانَ، قَالَ: مَا الإِحْسَانُ، قَالَ: أَنْ تَعْبُدَ اللَّهَ كَأَنَّكَ تَرَاهُ فَإِنْ لَمْ تَكُنْ تَرَاهُ فَإِنَّهُ يَرَاكَ، قَالَ: مَتَى السَّاعَةُ، قَالَ: مَا الْمَسْئُولُ عَنْهَا بِأَعْلَمَ مِنْ السَّائِلِ وَسَأُخْبِرُكَ عَنْ أَشْرَاطِهَا: إِذَا وَلَدَتْ الأَمَةُ رَبَّهَا وَإِذَا تَطَاوَلَ رُعَاةُ الإِبِلِ الْبُهْمُ فِي الْبُنْيَانِ، فِي خَمْسٍ لاَ يَعْلَمُهُنَّ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ ثُمَّ تَلاَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عِنْدَهُ عِلْمُ السَّاعَةِ الآيَةَ ثُمَّ أَدْبَرَ فَقَالَ رُدُّوهُ فَلَمْ يَرَوْا شَيْئًا فَقَالَ هَذَا جِبْرِيلُ جَاءَ يُعَلِّمُ النَّاسَ دِينَهُمْ (أخرجه البخارى فى : كتاب الإيمان : 37 . باب سؤال جبريل النبي ص.م. عن الإيمان والإسلام). مسلم: عن الإيمان: 57. ابو داوود: سنة, 16. ترميذى: الإيمان, 4. ابن ماجه: مقدمة. 9 . احمد بن حنبل: 1,27,51, 19,29.

Musaddad telah menceritakan kpd kami, ia berkata bahwa Isma’il ibn Ibrahim telah menceritakan kpd kami, Abu Hayyan al-Taimiy dari Abi Zur’ah telah menyampaikan kpd kami dari Abu Hurairah r.a berkata: Pada sesuatu hari ketika Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam sedang duduk bersama sahabat, tiba-tiba datang seorang laki-laki & bertanya, “apakah iman itu?”. Jawab Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam: “iman adl percaya Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, para malaikat-Nya, & pertemuannya dgn Allah, para Rasul-Nya & percaya pd hari berbangkit dari kubur. ‘Lalu laki-laki itu bertanya lagi, “apakah Islam itu? Jawab Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, “Islam ialah menyembah kpd Allah & tdk menyekutukan-Nya dgn sesuatu apapun, mendirikan shalat, menunaikan zakat yg difardhukan & berpuasa di bulan Ramadhan.” Lalu laki-laki itu bertanya lagi: “apakah Ihsan itu?” Jawab Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, “Ihsan ialah bahwa engkau menyembah kpd Allah seakan-akan engkau melihat-Nya, kalau engkau tdk mampu melihat-Nya, ketahuilah bahwa Allah melihatmu. “Lalu laki-laki itu bertanya lagi: “apakah hari kiamat itu? “Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam menjawab: “orang yg ditanya tdk lbh mengetahui daripada yg bertanya, tetapi saya memberitahukan kepadamu beberapa syarat (tanda-tanda) akan tibanya hari kiamat, yaitu jika budak sahaya telah melahirkan majikannya, & jika penggembala onta & ternak lainnya telah berlomba-lomba membangun gedung-gedung megah. Termasuk 5 perkara yg tdk dpt diketahui kecuali oleh Allah, selanjutnya Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam membaca ayat: “Sesungguhnya Allah hanya pd sisi-Nya sajalah yg mengetahui hari kiamat… (ayat).[1] Kemudian orang itu pergi. Lalu Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda kpd para sahabat: “antarkanlah orang itu. Akan tetapi para sahabat tdk melihat sedikitpun bekas orang itu. Lalu Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallambersabda: “Itu adl Malaikat Jibril a.s. yg datang utk mengajarkan agama kpd manusia.” (Hadis Riwayat: Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, at-Turmudzi, Ibnu Majah & Ahmad bin Hambal).

Islam

Dalam hadits tersebut, Islam dijelaskan dgn penjabaran 5 rukun Islam, yaitu syahadat, shalat, zakat, puasa & haji.

Syahadat merupakan kesaksian bahwa tiada tuhan yg berhak disembah selain Allah & Nabi Muhammad adl utusan Allah. Shalat merupakan bentuk hubungan vertikal secara langsung antara hamba dgn Sang Khalik. Zakat adl wujud kepedulian sosial terhaadap sesama manusia. Puasa merupakan ujian melawan hawa nafsu. Dan haji adl ajang mempererat ukhuwah islamiyah dgn sesama saudara muslim dari seluruh dunia.

Kelima rukun tersebut merupakan amal lahiriah sbg perwujudan dari makna Islam itu sendiri, yaitu kepasrahan diri secara total kpd Allah. Artinya, kepasrahan sbg makna Islam tdk hanya disimpan dalam hati, melainkan diwujudkan lewat perbuatan nyata yaitu kelima rukun Islam tersebut.

Iman

Iman adl keyakinan dalam hati yg diucapkan oleh lisan & diwujudkan dalam amal perbuatan.

Keyakinan tersebut meliputi enam rukun iman, yaitu iman kpd Allah, malaikat, kitab, nabi & rasul, hari akhir, qadla & qadar.

Keenam rukun iman tersebut adl bentuk amal batiniah sbg wujud pengakuan hati manusia terhadap kebesaran Allah, yg nantinya akan mempengaruhi segala aktifitas yg dilakukan. Manusia adl makhluk dgn segala kelebihan & kekurangan yg ada. Keimanan akan membawa manusia ke titik penyadaran diri sbg hamba Allah yg tunduk di bawah kekuasaan Allah.

Ketika keyakinan terhadap keenam rukun tersebut sudah tertanam dalam hati, maka tentu kita akan berusaha utk menjalani kehidupan sesuai dgn koridor hukum Allah yg pd akhirnya akan membawa ke arah kehidupan yg berkualitas.

Ihsan

Ihsan adl cara bagaimana seharusnya kita beribadah kpd Allah. Rasulullah mengajarkan agar ibadah kita dilakukan dgn cara seolah kita berhadapan secara langsung dgn Allah. Cara ini akan membawa ibadah kita ke maqam (tingkat) yg lbh dekat kpd Allah dgn perasaan penuh harap, takut, khusyu’, ridlo & ikhlas kpd Allah. Perasaan tersebut menjadikan ibadah yg kita lakukan tdk hanya sekadar menjadi kewajiban, tetapi merupakan kebutuhan jiwa dalam penghambaan diri kpd Allah.

Jika cara tersebut belum bisa kita lakukan, maka ibadah kita lakukan dgn keyakinkan bahwa Allah pasti melihat & mengetahui semua yg kita lakukan. Dengan demikian, tentu kita akan berusaha semaksimal mungkin dalam menjalankan perintah & meninggalkan larangan Allah.

Hubungan antara iman islam & ihsan

Islam, Iman & Ihsan adl satu kesatuan yg tdk bisa dipisahkan satu dgn lainnya. Iman adl keyakinan yg menjadi dasar akidah. Keyakinan tersebut kemudian diwujudkan melalui pelaksanaan kelima rukun Islam. Sedangkan pelaksanaan rukun Islam dilakukan dgn cara ihsan, sbg upaya pendekatan diri kpd Allah.

Untuk mempelajari ketiga pokok ajaran agama tersebut, para ulama mengelompokkannya lewat 3 cabang ilmu pengetahuan. Rukun Islam berupa praktek amal lahiriah disusun dalam ilmu Fiqh, yaitu ilmu mengenai perbuatan amal lahiriah manusia sbg hamba Allah. Iman dipelajari melalui ilmu Tauhid (teologi) yg menjelaskan tentang pokok-pokok keyakinan. Sedangkan utk mempelajari ihsan sbg tata cara beribadah adl bagian dari ilmu Tasawuf.

Oleh: Oleh : Ahmad Muqoddam

Categories: Islam

TRUMP IMMIGRATION LAWYER ON TRAVEL BAN: 'WHAT HAPPENS TO MUSLIMS CAN HAPPEN TO JEWS'

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 04:23

 

http://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Trump-immigration-lawyer-on-travel-ban-What-happens-to-Muslims-can-happen-to-Jews-484760

 

NEW YORK – While President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban is “miles away” from its original version, it is still “not a good reflection” on the United States, immigration attorney Michael Wildes, who has represented Trump’s interests for years, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

“If we have a problem, we shouldn’t be picking on six countries to make our point, we should be doing it across the board,” he said. “Our immigration laws are very political and very selective as they are, this is not an improvement.”

 

Wildes, a kippa-wearing Jew and a Democrat, had worked for the Trump Models Management group and facilitated visas for Miss Universe contestants for over a decade. He was introduced to first lady Melania Trump during the presidential campaign when questions about her immigration status arose and he was asked to study her file in order to handle media inquiries.

The attorney spoke to the Post after addressing the attendees of an event held by the Manhattan Jewish Experience, a community dedicated to Jewish young adults that is headed by his brother, Rabbi Mark Wildes. The two are the sons of attorney Leon Wildes, who successfully won the deportation case for John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the 1970s.

“Shame on the Republicans and the media networks that followed suit for running scared and scaring people,” he said. “I take comfort in the fact that it’s only a temporary ban and hopefully they’ll put in place a better vetting process to make everybody safe.

“If they aren’t sincere about it, it can have greater implications,” he added.

Michael Wildes with Melania Trump (Facebook)Michael Wildes with Melania Trump

Since the first travel ban was implemented, he has worked on the cases of multiple people affected by the executive order, including that of a Sudanese surgeon whose parents, green card holders, couldn’t return to the country, and one involving an Iranian doctor whose green card was at risk.

“Our fear of ISIS, of al-Qaida should never stop us from being the world’s moral compass,” he told the audience at the event, which was held to educate young Jewish professionals on the details of the ban.

As an observant Jew, Michael Wildes added that he believes the Jewish community has a responsibility to stand up for marginalized people.

“We are historically people of the passport and we need to make sure that we get this right,” he told the Post.

“What happens to a Muslim can happen to a Jew and we have to take our responsibility to our biblical cousins very seriously.”

His rabbi brother said the travel ban is “complicated from a religious perspective.

On the one hand, the Torah tells us to pursue justice for all people and to ‘love the stranger.’ Although that phrase technically refers to someone who converts to Judaism, the spirit of that tradition encourages us to be hospitable to those coming in from the outside. Refugees certainly fall within that category,” he said.

“On the other hand, the Torah also believes in self-defense.

It is against Judaism to place oneself in a perilous or dangerous situation, and allowing in individuals who either are terrorists or are prone to becoming a danger would also be problematic,” he added.

The solution, he believes, is to improve the immigrant and refugee vetting system, but “not [to] throw the baby out with the bathwater, which this ban seems to do.”

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Today Quran Hadith 22 March, 2017

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 04:17

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Makna Hidup Kita

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 04:06

Mencari makna hidup adalah salah tujuan hidup kita. Sebab dengan memahami makna hidup itulah kita bisa menjalani hidup yang lebih bermakna dan lebih termotivasi.
Hidup kita di dunia akan menentukan hidup kita di akhirat. Artinya adalah kita tidak bisa sembarangan menentukan makna hidup berdasarkan konsep yang tidak jelas asalnya. Jika kita salah memaknai hidup ini, kemudian kita hidup berdasarkan makna yang salah, maka sudah bisa ditebak kearah mana kita akan hidup. Bagaimana nanti kita di akhirat?
Mencari makna hidup adalah hal yang serius, bukan main-main. Tidak ada pemikiran parsial yang membedakan urusan dunia dan urusan akhirat. Hidup dunia justru menjadi penentu bagaimana hidup kita di akhirat.
Mungkin dengan metode-metode mutakhir, kita akan menemukan berbagai metode menemukan makna hidup atau tujuan hidup. Kemudian, hal ini memberdayakan hidup kita, menjadi lebih sukses di dunia. Namun, kesuksesan dunia tidak ada artinya jika di akhirat menjadi manusia yang gagal.
Ulama besar, Muhammad Al Ghazali, pernah berkata bahwa pemahaman hidup yang dangkal adalah sebuah tindak ‘kriminal’ yang keji.

Mencari Makna Hidup Yang Benar
Untuk menemukan makna hidup yang benar, maka kita perlu merujuk ke rujukan yang dijamin kebenarannya yang tiada lain adalah Al Quran yang merupakan firman Allah Yang Menghidupkan semua manusia. Tentu saja, Allah SWT yang paling mengetahui tentang hidup kita termasuk makna hidup kita.
Bolehkan kita mencari makna hidup dibawah bimbingan motivator? Tentu saja boleh, jika motivator tersebut merujuk pula kepada Al Quran dan hadits. Jika rujukannya bukan Al Quran dan Hadits, maka kita perlu memikirkannya lagi.
Adakah kebenaran universal? Ya, tentu saja. Kebenaran universal itu Al Quran sendiri. Hanya saja, ada orang-orang yang tidak mau mengikuti kebenaran Al Quran sehingga membuat “kebenaran baru” yang mereka terima. Ini masalah iman, perbedaan antara orang yang beriman dan tidak. Jika Anda orang yang beriman, tentu Anda akan menerima dengan sepenuh hati bahwa Al Quran adalah sumber kebenaran sejati, bukan yang lain.
Untuk itu, dalam mencari makna hidup, kita harus bertanya: “apa itu hidup menurut Al Quran?”. Silahkan baca dan gali Al Quran. Silahkan meminta bimbingan ulama yang memahami tafsir Al Quran. Silahkan baca tafsir-tafsir Al Quran yang ditulis oleh ulama terpercaya.

Lalu Apa Makna Hidup Menurut Al Quran?
Sekali lagi, Anda bisa mendalami Al Quran untuk menemukan makna hidup yang sebenarnya. Berikut adalah beberapa pemahaman inti tentang makna hidup menurut Al Quran.
Pertama: Hidup Adalah Ibadah
Pada intinya, arti hidup dalam Islam ialah ibadah. Keberadaan kita dunia ini tiada lain hanyalah untuk beribadah kepada Allah. Makna ibadah yang dimaksud tentu saja pengertian ibadah yang benar, bukan berarti hanya shalat, puasa, zakat, dan haji saja, tetapi ibadah dalam setiap aspek kehidupan kita.
Dan Aku tidak menciptakan jin dan manusia melainkan supaya mereka menyembah-Ku.” (QS Adz Dzaariyaat:56)

Kedua: Hidup Adalah Ujian
Allah berfirman dalam QS Al Mulk [67] : 2 yang terjemahnya,

(ALLAH) yang menjadikan mati dan hidup, supaya Dia menguji kamu, siapa di antara kamu yang lebih baik amalnya, dan Dia Maha Perkasa lagi Maha Pengampun.

Allah akan menguji manusia melalui hal-hal sebagai berikut sesuai dengan QS Al Baqarah [2]:155-156 sbb,

dan sungguh akan Kami berikan cobaan kepadamu, dengan sedikit ketakutan, kelaparan, kekurangan harta, jiwa dan buah-buahan, dan berikanlah berita gembira kepada orang-orang yang sabar, (yaitu) orang-orang yang apabila ditimpa musibah, mereka mengucapkan: “Inna lillaahi wa innaa ilaihi raaji’uun”.”

Ketiga: Kehidupan di Akhirat Lebih Baik dibanding Kehidupan di Dunia
Dalam QS Ali ‘Imran [3]:14, “ dijadikan indah pada (pandangan) manusia kecintaan kepada apa-apa yang diingini, yaitu: wanita-wanita, anak-anak, harta yang banyak dari jenis emas, perak, kuda pilihan, binatang-binatang ternak dan sawah ladang. Itulah kesenangan hidup di dunia, dan di sisi Allah-lah tempat kembali yang baik (surga)
QS Adh Dhuha [93]:4, “dan sesungguhnya hari kemudian (akhirat) itu lebih baik bagimu daripada yang sekarang (permulaan)

Keempat: Hidup Adalah Sementara
Dalam QS Al Mu’min [40]:39, Allah berfirman, “Hai kaumku, sesungguhnya kehidupan dunia ini hanyalah kesenangan (sementara) dan sesungguhnya akhirat itulah negeri yang kekal
Dalam QS Al Anbiyaa [21]:35, “Tiap-tiap yang berjiwa akan merasakan mati. Kami akan menguji kamu dengan keburukan dan kebaikan sebagai cobaan (yang sebenar-benarnya) dan hanya kepada Kami-lah kamu dikembalikan

Agar Hidup Lebih Bermakna
Setelah Anda memahami makna hidup, maka langkah selanjutnya ialah menyelaraskan hidup dengan makna hidup tersebut. Inilah yang akan menjadikan hidup kita lebih bermakna. Jika kita salah memaknai hidup, maka apa makna yang bisa kita dapatkan dari hidup ini?
Menyelaraskan hidup dengan makna hidup diatas diantaranya dengan cara:

  • Jika hidup itu adalah ibadah, maka pastikan semua aktivitas kita adalah ibadah. Caranya ialah pertama selalu meniatkan aktivitas kita untuk ibadah serta memperbaharuinya setiap saat karena bisa berubah. Kedua, pastikan apa yang kita lakukan sesuai dengan tuntunan (ibadah mahdhah) dan tidak dilarang oleh syariat (ghair mahdhah).
  • Jika hidup itu adalah ujian, maka tidak ada cara lain menyelaraskan hidup kita, yaitu menjalani hidup dengan penuh kesabaran.
  • Jika kehidupan akhirat itu lebih baik, maka kita harus memprioritaskan kehidupan akhirat. Bukan berarti meninggalkan kehidupan dunia, tetapi menjadikan kehidupan dunia sebagai bekal menuju akhirat.
  • Jika hidup ini adalah sementara, maka perlu kesungguhan (ihsan) dalam beramal. Tidak ada lagi santai, mengandai-ngandai, panjangan angan-angan apalagi malas karena kita tidak hidup ini tidak selamanya. Bergeraklah sekarang, bertindaklah sekarang, dan berlomba-lombalah dalam kebaikan.
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Reality Of Life.

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 04:04
The dead won't let me sleep Even when I try to live it follows me. My heart filled with nothing but yesterday's memories. My hands being placed on my face, looking at this world through a fast pace. Where have I gone and how long did this take? The living won't let me live in peace. but, my lord says, "Verily, After Hardship Comes Ease". (94:6) The dead won't let me sleep. Reminding me that one day I'll be in their place, That one day I'll be in their speech. The dead will remember me not by my name nor by your fame. They will remember me by my character. How much you gave as a charity? To finally come to the conclusion that you were facing reality. The dead won't let me sleep Even when I try to live it follows me. Knowing there's no escape, As every year goes by you await. Not today nor tomorrow. Even My lord says, "Every soul shall taste death. And we test you with evil and with good as trial and to us you will be returned". (21:35)
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Act 355: Another Baseless and Illogical Arguement from G25

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 03:43

Named as a “group of prominent Muslims” by DAP, G25 is a group of people who are so clueless about the teaching of Islam that their arguments and ideas regarding Islam are so mind-blowing and out of context, making them good friends of DAP’s Penang Institute. Sharing DAP’s stance regarding the amendment of Act 355, G25’s arguments on this matter are as baseless and illogical as those given by DAP. Below are my answers (in blue) to G25’s article in red:

To all honourable Members of Parliament,
We, G25, anxiously appeal for a promise from each Honourable Member of Parliament to not support/cancel the debate on PAS’ private motion to amend Act 355, or Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, which will now be debated in Parliament.
We hope the honourable MPs would ponder upon and note that any amendment to Islamic laws should be done within the framework of the Federal Constitution.
There is no law saying that Act 355 or any other Acts related to the Islamic Laws cannot be amended. The Hadi Private Bill to amend the Act 355 is being done within the framework of the Federal Constitution and  I’m sure that the members of G25 are aware that this is not the first time the Act 355 is amended. 

Specifically, Article 4 provides for the superiority of the federal law and civil courts over state Islamic enactments and shariah courts. This ensures the existence of only one system of justice governing all Malaysians.
A misleading fabricated statement. Syariah Courts is part of Malaysian legal systems as confers by Article 121(1A). There is no such thing as,“This ensures the existence of only one system of justice governing all Malaysians”.
1)
  Article 4 states that the Federal Constitution is the Supreme law and Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution says:

The courts referred to in Clause (1) shall have no  jurisdiction in respect of any matter within the jurisdiction of the Syariah courts. 

2) In the judgement of the case, ZI Publications Sdn Bhd and Anor v Kerajaan Negeri Selangor, the Federal court ruled in a unanimous decision that the section 16 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Selangor) is valid and not ultra vires the Federal Constitution, Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif said:

Federal Constitution allows the Legislature of a State to legislate and enact offences against the precepts of Islam. Taking the Federal Constitution as a whole, it is clear that it was the intention of the framers of our Constitution to allow Muslims in this country to be also governed by Islamic personal law.

Limitations on the powers of the shariah courts:
Item 1 in the Ninth Schedule of the State List of the Federal Constitution states that the shariah courts “shall not have jurisdiction in respect of offences except in so far as conferred by federal law”. The purpose of this provision is for Parliament to have oversight and control over offences, including the nature of punishments created by state enactments, so that the state legislatures do not have a free hand to create offences or to prescribe sentences.
1) Act 355 is a Federal Law and not a State Law. The Act confers jurisdiction upon Courts constituted under any State law for the purpose of dealing with offences under Islamic law.
2) “Item 1 in the Ninth Schedule of the State List of the Federal Constitution” does not exist. What we have is, Item 1 of the State List in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution and it proves that the Syariah Court system is legal and constitutional.

Increasing status of the syariah courts complicates enforcement:
The desire to raise the status of the shariah courts to be on a par with the civil courts is worrying and very likely will shock our multiracial community as it will raise questions on the direction of the country’s legal system.
Is G25 unaware of the existence of Article 121(1A)?  In 1988, the then Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Dr. Mahathir Mohamed tabled the Constitution (Amendment) 1988 Bill in Parliament to add Clause (1A) to the Article 121 which raised the status of the Syariah Courts. That happened 29 years ago and it had not “shock our multiracial community”. G25 must stop debasing the Syariah Courts.

A secular system of justice existing side by side with the Islamic system is not only unconstitutional but will cause considerable confusion and uncertainty in the enforcement of law and order.
Is G25 saying that Articles 74(2) and 121(1A) is unconstitutional and Item 1 of the State List in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution does not excise?

A big risk with investors:
Economists and international experts who have studied Malaysia’s remarkable economic development over a relatively short period to become one of the most advanced economies in the developing world, have always cited its system of law and administration as a key factor in attracting foreign and local investors to do business here. It is a system which foreigners are familiar with because it is similar to what they find in their own countries. Their presence is most important for the transfer of knowledge and technology so that Malaysians can benefit by developing our own skills to compete in the world market. Our country will be taking a big risk with foreign and local investors if we have a system of law which is moving away from its original character to become more religiously oriented and less tolerant of modern lifestyles and values.
Act 355 is not a new law  and it will not change our current “system of law”. I wonder if:
1) To G25, is “modern lifestyles and values” means lifestyles and values which are against the teaching of Islam?
2) In what way does the amendment of Act 355 can be bad for our economy in regarding to “attracting foreign and local investors to do business here”?
3) G25 really thinks that a “religiously oriented” Muslim society is bad for the economy?

A step towards hudud:
Supporters of the PAS bill to amend Act 355 insist that there is no intention to introduce hudud. Malaysians find this hard to believe as Kelantan, which is ruled by PAS, has already passed the Syariah Criminal Code II (1993) Enactment 2015, prescribing hudud punishment for zina (illicit sex), murder, theft, robbery, sodomy, consumption of liquor and apostasy.
The amendment of Act 355 cannot enable the implementation of the current Syariah Criminal Code II (1993) Enactment 2015. The amendment is only to enable the Syariah Court to increase its punishments limits, but its jurisdiction will still be limited to the crimes listed under the Item 1 of the Second List in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution, which does not include murder, robbery and theft as in hudud. 

But State law is currently prevented from being enforced because of Act 355.
Another false fact. Act 355 confers the jurisdiction upon States’ Syariah Courts therefore it does not prevent the enforcement of State laws.

Prioritising good governance in public institutions
A well-governed country with laws and governing institutions that provide social justice for the poor and the needy should be a priority for the country’s social and economic progression. This would be more Islamic than the implementation of hudud. We should be proud that our shariah index is higher than other Muslim countries because our children are better educated; health and medical facilities are available in all corners of the country; unemployment and poverty rates are low; and our youth can look forward to a brighter future. Higher priority should be given towards improving the standards of governance and to strengthen the institutions of law and order so as to promote integrity and clean administration in the country. These governing qualities are far more important to the country than policing the moral behaviour of Muslims and punishing them like criminals. The personal sins of Muslims do not hurt others in the society or the economy but the corruption and financial mismanagement among politicians and civil servants and the perception that the institutions of justice favour those in power — these are the social diseases that can cause economies to collapse and the people to rise up against their rulers. The government and MPs should be careful not to support the PAS bill and instead spend their energy in dealing with the unresolved problems surrounding 1MDB so that the country can turn its attention to deal with the bigger issues facing the economy, in particular the weak ringgit and the rising cost of living.
We do not need the PAS bill to divide the nation at a time when all races should stand together. The time now is for the real 1Malaysia.
Contrary to what was claimed by G25, the amendment of Act 355 will not only lead to good governance but it will help to build a better society and reduce social problems among the Muslims. Talking about economy, the increase of punishments for drinking and gambling can hinder Muslims from wasting their money on those negative activities, hence will improve the economy of their families. And faithful Muslims will not be involved in “corruption and financial mismanagement”, hence will prevent “the social diseases that can cause economies to collapse and the people to rise up against their rulers”. 

Categories: Islam

Act 355: Another Baseless and Illogical Arguement from G25

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 03:43

Named as a “group of prominent Muslims” by DAP, G25 is a group of people who are so clueless about the teaching of Islam that their arguments and ideas regarding Islam are so mind-blowing and out of context, making them good friends of DAP’s Penang Institute. Sharing DAP’s stance regarding the amendment of Act 355, G25’s arguments on this matter are as baseless and illogical as those given by DAP. Below are my answers (in blue) to G25’s article in red:

To all honourable Members of Parliament,
We, G25, anxiously appeal for a promise from each Honourable Member of Parliament to not support/cancel the debate on PAS’ private motion to amend Act 355, or Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, which will now be debated in Parliament.
We hope the honourable MPs would ponder upon and note that any amendment to Islamic laws should be done within the framework of the Federal Constitution.
There is no law saying that Act 355 or any other Acts related to the Islamic Laws cannot be amended. The Hadi Private Bill to amend the Act 355 is being done within the framework of the Federal Constitution and  I’m sure that the members of G25 are aware that this is not the first time the Act 355 is amended. 

Specifically, Article 4 provides for the superiority of the federal law and civil courts over state Islamic enactments and shariah courts. This ensures the existence of only one system of justice governing all Malaysians.
A misleading fabricated statement. Syariah Courts is part of Malaysian legal systems as confers by Article 121(1A). There is no such thing as,“This ensures the existence of only one system of justice governing all Malaysians”.
1)
  Article 4 states that the Federal Constitution is the Supreme law and Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution says:

The courts referred to in Clause (1) shall have no  jurisdiction in respect of any matter within the jurisdiction of the Syariah courts. 

2) In the judgement of the case, ZI Publications Sdn Bhd and Anor v Kerajaan Negeri Selangor, the Federal court ruled in a unanimous decision that the section 16 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Selangor) is valid and not ultra vires the Federal Constitution, Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif said:

Federal Constitution allows the Legislature of a State to legislate and enact offences against the precepts of Islam. Taking the Federal Constitution as a whole, it is clear that it was the intention of the framers of our Constitution to allow Muslims in this country to be also governed by Islamic personal law.

Limitations on the powers of the shariah courts:
Item 1 in the Ninth Schedule of the State List of the Federal Constitution states that the shariah courts “shall not have jurisdiction in respect of offences except in so far as conferred by federal law”. The purpose of this provision is for Parliament to have oversight and control over offences, including the nature of punishments created by state enactments, so that the state legislatures do not have a free hand to create offences or to prescribe sentences.
1) Act 355 is a Federal Law and not a State Law. The Act confers jurisdiction upon Courts constituted under any State law for the purpose of dealing with offences under Islamic law.
2) “Item 1 in the Ninth Schedule of the State List of the Federal Constitution” does not exist. What we have is, Item 1 of the State List in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution and it proves that the Syariah Court system is legal and constitutional.

Increasing status of the syariah courts complicates enforcement:
The desire to raise the status of the shariah courts to be on a par with the civil courts is worrying and very likely will shock our multiracial community as it will raise questions on the direction of the country’s legal system.
Is G25 unaware of the existence of Article 121(1A)?  In 1988, the then Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Dr. Mahathir Mohamed tabled the Constitution (Amendment) 1988 Bill in Parliament to add Clause (1A) to the Article 121 which raised the status of the Syariah Courts. That happened 29 years ago and it had not “shock our multiracial community”. G25 must stop debasing the Syariah Courts.

A secular system of justice existing side by side with the Islamic system is not only unconstitutional but will cause considerable confusion and uncertainty in the enforcement of law and order.
Is G25 saying that Articles 74(2) and 121(1A) is unconstitutional and Item 1 of the State List in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution does not exist?

A big risk with investors:
Economists and international experts who have studied Malaysia’s remarkable economic development over a relatively short period to become one of the most advanced economies in the developing world, have always cited its system of law and administration as a key factor in attracting foreign and local investors to do business here. It is a system which foreigners are familiar with because it is similar to what they find in their own countries. Their presence is most important for the transfer of knowledge and technology so that Malaysians can benefit by developing our own skills to compete in the world market. Our country will be taking a big risk with foreign and local investors if we have a system of law which is moving away from its original character to become more religiously oriented and less tolerant of modern lifestyles and values.
Act 355 is not a new law  and it will not change our current “system of law”. I wonder if:
1) To G25, is “modern lifestyles and values” means lifestyles and values which are against the teaching of Islam?
2) In what way does the amendment of Act 355 can be bad for our economy in regarding to “attracting foreign and local investors to do business here”?
3) G25 really thinks that a “religiously oriented” Muslim society is bad for the economy?

A step towards hudud:
Supporters of the PAS bill to amend Act 355 insist that there is no intention to introduce hudud. Malaysians find this hard to believe as Kelantan, which is ruled by PAS, has already passed the Syariah Criminal Code II (1993) Enactment 2015, prescribing hudud punishment for zina (illicit sex), murder, theft, robbery, sodomy, consumption of liquor and apostasy.
The amendment of Act 355 cannot enable the implementation of the current Syariah Criminal Code II (1993) Enactment 2015. The amendment is only to enable the Syariah Courts to increase its punishments limits, but its jurisdiction will still be limited to the crimes listed under the Item 1 of the Second List in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution, which does not include murder, robbery and theft as in hudud. 

But State law is currently prevented from being enforced because of Act 355.
Another false fact. Act 355 confers the jurisdiction upon States’ Syariah Courts therefore it does not prevent the enforcement of State laws.

Prioritising good governance in public institutions
A well-governed country with laws and governing institutions that provide social justice for the poor and the needy should be a priority for the country’s social and economic progression. This would be more Islamic than the implementation of hudud. We should be proud that our shariah index is higher than other Muslim countries because our children are better educated; health and medical facilities are available in all corners of the country; unemployment and poverty rates are low; and our youth can look forward to a brighter future. Higher priority should be given towards improving the standards of governance and to strengthen the institutions of law and order so as to promote integrity and clean administration in the country. These governing qualities are far more important to the country than policing the moral behaviour of Muslims and punishing them like criminals. The personal sins of Muslims do not hurt others in the society or the economy but the corruption and financial mismanagement among politicians and civil servants and the perception that the institutions of justice favour those in power — these are the social diseases that can cause economies to collapse and the people to rise up against their rulers. The government and MPs should be careful not to support the PAS bill and instead spend their energy in dealing with the unresolved problems surrounding 1MDB so that the country can turn its attention to deal with the bigger issues facing the economy, in particular the weak ringgit and the rising cost of living.
We do not need the PAS bill to divide the nation at a time when all races should stand together. The time now is for the real 1Malaysia.
Contrary to what was claimed by G25, the amendment of Act 355 will not only lead to good governance but it will help to build a better society and reduce social problems among the Muslims. Talking about economy, the increase of punishments for drinking and gambling can hinder Muslims from wasting their money on those negative activities, hence will improve the economy of their families. And faithful Muslims will not be involved in “corruption and financial mismanagement”, hence will prevent “the social diseases that can cause economies to collapse and the people to rise up against their rulers”. 

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Muslim Actors Scoring More Roles in Hollywood ... Take That, Prez Trump?

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 03:27

http://www.tmz.com/2017/03/21/hollywood-hiring-more-muslim-actors-trump-era/

 

Hollywood is hiring way more Muslim actors than ever before … and President Trump might very well be the one to thank.

Industry sources tell TMZ there’s been a big uptick in the number of roles for Muslim actors this pilot season, and that TV networks are pushing for more Muslim-American story lines in primetime.

For example … Omar Metwally (CBS), Mouzam Makkar (NBC), Zainab Johnson (ABC), Adeel Akhtar (FOX) and Hasan Minhaj (Netflix) … are all starring in pilots right now.

Sue Obeidi, the director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Hollywood, says studios and production companies are reaching out to her group to consult on accurate plots.

She adds … rather than just casting someone who might look Middle Eastern or Arabic, networks are pushing for actual Muslims to play Muslim characters. As opposed to the infamous casting of Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Prince of Persia.’

Sources at one of TV’s biggest casting agencies say the demand has been on the rise since Trump announced his presidential bid.

As for why? The timing makes it seem obvious — Hollywood power players, most of whom are vehemently anti-Trump, are pushing back against what they see as his exclusionary policies.

Translation: In your face, Mr. President.

 

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Dave Rubin Joins Infowars LIVE To Talk About The Cult Of The Left

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 03:20

I am no fan of Alex Jones and I have refuted many conspiracy theories on this blog. Alex Jones is an entertainer and uses conspiracy theories in order to gain publicity as well as his means of understanding or making sense of political events. However, he has a right to his views and it is a person’s choice to follow Jones or watch his channel.

I do find myself watching Infowars Editor-at-Large Paul Joseph Watson videos on many occasions. He is funny and insulting and makes many excellent points so Infowars has developed into a medium where I (and I am sure many others) have been able to get some or a lot value out of their programming.

Political talk show host and ex-Leftist Dave Rubin joined Alex Jones on his show earlier this month to discuss the cult of the Left. The interview is not only entertaining but also very informative. Pay close attention to Jones and Rubin pointing out not only the contradictory manner in which Leftist activists conduct themselves but also the presence of Islamic totalitarians among Leftist groups. This is because Islam is a fellow destroyer but once their mission to grab power is accomplished they will throw Islamists under the bus like they have done with gays, blacks, and women.

The Left is an anti-Enlightenment, totalitarian movement whose founding father was Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The fullest expression of the Left’s philosophy is Karl Marx in which France’s Reign of Terror and the death and destruction under Communism is the final result of kind of civilization the Left wants. The environmentalist movement is an extension of the Left’s effort to rein terror not only against mankind but civilization itself.

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Radio Islam is now in Southern Mexico and Latin America

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 03:17
Radio Islam is now in Southern Mexico and Latin America

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Under the umbrella and financial support of Sound Vision Foundation, RadioIslam.com launched its first show December 14, 1999 with the goal of providing cyberspace a high quality, informative and creative Internet radio broadcast. Many have followed the lead of RadioIslam.com, but we remain the original Muslim broadcast to offer more than Quran and khutbas, but also daily programs, nasheed programs, stories, interviews and more.

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Sound Vision Foundation is a not for profit organization working toward the following goals:

a) To facilitate the practice and  establishment of the religion of Islam within the individual and collective life of our community.
b) To present Islam as the Quran and the Prophet presented it to those who do not believe in Islam.
c) To develop Islamic educational curricula and material.
d) To develop educational programs on all media for the propagation of the religion of Islam.

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America not only leads the world in communication, it also ranks amongst the best places for Muslims to develop their own dynamic media. The Muslims of America are particularly well suited to lead the ummah in both the science and art of modern communication. Sound Vision has recognized the potential worldwide impact Muslims can have by sharing the message of Islam in a pleasing and professional manner. We are among the select few who have embraced this challenge and, with the help of Almighty Allah, we intend to remain at the Vanguard of Islamic Communications.

Background

Sound Vision was established as North America’s first Islamic communications organization in 1989 amidst the painful realization that, like the rest of society, the attitudes, habits and values of Muslims were being molded by the media. What’s more, the tremendous opportunity to use technology to spread the message of Islam in this part of the world was virtually being ignored. Sound Vision was established as a non-profit entity with the mandate to develop quality educational programs for Muslims and non-Muslims in a variety of media.

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"Are those who know equal to those who do not know?": The Democratized Utopia of Scriptural Understanding

Islam - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 02:37

“Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” (Q 39:9)

Being a graduate student of the study of Religion, every day is an eye-opener for me – a stark reality check – about how much there is to learn and how negligible a proportion of it I have managed to know so far. Clearly, a two-year long degree programme was not going to make me an expert on the intricate matters of faith and, most certainly, I will not pretend that it has. However, perhaps not everybody shares my degree of self-doubt. Recently, I heard one of my class-fellows voice his opinion in the class to this effect: “We need to take the legal tradition of Islam from the scholars who have monopolized it and give it to the ordinary people.” This got me to ruminate the entire day on how problematic I find this opinion to be. This article is precisely a cathartic outlet to that very rumination.

I would like to believe that the speaker’s opinion came from a well-meaning place, but I wonder who is this ‘we’ who’s bent upon snatching the tradition away from the scholars? Is it not an alarming case of intellectual hubris when individuals in their 20s, with barely two to three semesters of training in a religious studies degree based in a Western institution not only deem themselves fully qualified to take the Islamic tradition away from the scholars but also believe that scholarly contributions to the tradition can be bypassed in favor of individual efforts and interpretations. Presumably, the aim of this endeavor is the democratization of knowledge. It is needless to say that this is not a novel suggestion. The Protestant idea of everyone being entitled to access the scripture individually on their own and interpret it for themselves, and the modernist emphasis on breaking the chains of centuries worth of scholarly tradition in order to eradicate the intellectual stasis is echoed on the other end of the spectrum of modern madness when enraged accountants and engineers convince groups to go on killing sprees based on their ‘interpretations’ of the book. The increasing radicalization in the Muslim world in the past century is the very fruit of unqualified individuals interpreting scripture on their own, without the requisite tools, bending it to all sorts of devious and heinous ends.

On the one hand, I wholeheartedly concede that that the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet is not a monopoly of the select few but a collective inheritance of the believers. On the other hand, I also firmly believe that that there has to be a systematic ethic with which this inheritance is to be viewed. Quran and hadith comprise not only of unequivocal general ethical exhortations but they also contain specific, legal, and deeply perplexing content, to comment on which scholars traditionally received training for decades within multiple religious sciences before they considered themselves qualified. And since everyone does not have the temperament, ability, or desire to possess these requisite tools, it is encouraged that when seeking clarity on crucial matters one asks those who do.

Certainly universal ethical principles can be consumed individually, but Quran and hadith are not entirely composed of ethical principles. How do ‘common people’ derive clear doctrinal precepts from scripture? Have they historically done so without utilizing the heritage of the scholars? Commenting on the verse 16:44 wherein the Prophet is reminded that Quran is sent down to him so that he may ‘explain it to the people,’ Taqi Usmani writes that “Had the interpretation of even this type of subjects (doctrinal issues) been open to everybody irrespective of the volume of his learning, the Holy Quran would not have entrusted the Holy Prophet with the functions of ‘teaching’ and ‘explaining’ the book.”

Even after the Prophet, Quran clearly encourages one to ask those who know and explicitly reminds that not everyone ‘knows’; undoubtedly, everyone is not at the same station of knowledge.

“Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” (Q 39:9)

“Question the people of the Remembrance, if it should be that you do not know..” (Q 16:43)

“And these similitudes We mention before the people. And nobody understands them except the learned.” (Q 29:43)

“Rather, the Qur’an is distinct verses [preserved] within the breasts of those who have been given knowledge. ” (Q 29:44)

The classical intellectual heritage of Islam owes its existence to the works of committed scholars. In my modest opinion, a handful of self-styled modern religious ‘scholars’ who use and abuse religion for political ends must not lead one to discredit an entire tradition standing on the efforts, commitment, and wisdom of those authentic scholars – classical, post-formative, and present – the ‘heirs of the Prophet’ according to the famous hadith – who worked sincerely and relentlessly to preserve the integrity of this extremely rich and beautiful tradition.

Islamic tradition has been and will remain, if any meaningful understanding of it has to be acquired, a tradition learnt under the guidance of teachers – under the shadows of the scholars. One of the modern sages who’s been my constant source of inspiration quoted these Arabic verses recently which I find most germane to this issue under discussion:

العلم انتقل من الصدور الئ السطور / ولكن بقي الرجال مفاتيح لتلك السطور

(at some point) the knowledge was transferred from the breasts to lines (of books) / but humans still remain keys to those books

And Allah knows best.

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