Friday, January 18, 2013

Habib Salem Ba'abad on the value of akhlak, 1 and 0


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah. It's only January but I feel Habib Salem Ba'abad is like the best gift granted this year.

Last week at Ba'alawi KL, we witnessed how moving it was to hear him encourage us to do dakwah.  That there should not be a day that passes by without us doing some kind of dakwah, to enjoin people to do good. Tonight [11 Jan 2013] at the weekly majlis ta'lim organized by Darul Murtadza, it was very inspiring to hear him speak again. He spoke very briefly towards the end of the majlis. But he insisted that he must share something so that he would be counted as one who gives dakwah. MashaAllah tabarakallah

He said [as interpreted by Habib Ali Zaenal Abidin al-Hamid]:
I am pleased to see so many people who came here [Masjid Muadz bin Jabal] looking for knowledge. I will quote some words of wisdom. May it be beneficial for you and with that may I be counted as one who gives dakwah.

Imam al-Khawarizmi, the maths genius was asked what's the value of man. He said, a man is like numbers. When he has akhlak (good characters) his value is 1. If he has some property then we add a zero next to the 1 i.e. 10. If the person is good looking he/she can add another zero thus making his/her value equals 100. If he/she comes from a good family, then he/she can add another zero thus increasing the value to 1,000. Whatever advantages or privileges the person has, a zero may be added so that his/her value becomes 10,000, 100,000 and so on.

The first digit is 1 representing the akhlak that he/she has. The basis of a person is his/her akhlak. Anything else he/she has is a 0 added to the 1. So if he/she doesn't have akhlak, that means the number 1 is missing and therefore the string of zeros, no matter how many 0 the person has - is of NO value! 

Habib Salem ended his short but weighty tausiyah with a prayer so that Allah enjoins us with those who have akhlak - the kind of akhlak inherited from Rasulullah salallah alaihi wasalam.


May Allah grant Habib Salem Ba-abad of Aden, Yemen, a long life and 'afiah and grant him many more opportunities to come to Malaysia, so we could all benefit from his wisdom. Ameen.
And of course, may Allah bless and shower our dear Habib Ali Zaenal Abidin with plenty of bounties too.

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