Thursday, November 22, 2012

Religion is common sense


Allahu Akbar! The lesson we learned from Ustaz Feisal on sahabah yesterday, came as a rightly timed reminder. We must choose our friends carefully and we must nurture friendship in the right manner to gain the pleasures of Allah and Rasulullah s.a.w.

There are indeed all sorts of people. There are people who may appear to be a learned "shaykh" but their actions prove otherwise. It's very clear that the Prophet s.a.w had stressed time and time again on the importance of akhlak. It's the fruit of any religious practices. Religion is not about doing thousands and thousands of salawat and doing some outrageous amount of awrad to earn a certain maqam or to have certain wali-like capabilities.

Acts of good deeds may end up being futile if one's intention is not right. It should always be ilahi anta maqsudi wa redhaka matlubi. So we say no thanks to anyone with poor adab and akhlak who tries to lure us with special wirid to make us a wali. It doesn't matter if he/she knows a great deal. We learned from our guides that "we are distant from Allah not because of our lack of knowledge, but because of our lack of adab."

What for, if people are hurt by your words, actions or presence? This we quote from "If people are hurt by your words, actions or presence, you cannot claim that you are faithful." That is very basic. It means religion is common sense really. And surely we know that the worst of people are those from whom people flee, for fear of their wicked tongue. Indeed we must choose our friends carefully and not be fooled by people who make all kinds of claims.

Dalai Lama says: "The best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other." But some people, despite claiming to be this and that, have the tendency to approach people for selfish reasons, to fulfill their needs, their lowly desires, let alone genuine love for the sake of Allah and Rasulallah. 

To them, we say:

We may not be as knowledgeable but we are wise enough to know that religion is common sense. And love too is common sense.

Allahu a'lam. May Allah protect us from fitnah.
Qul a'u zubirabbin nas 
Maalikin nas 
Ilaahin nas
"We seek refuge in the Lord of mankind,
the King of mankind
the God of mankind..."

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