Dear blessed Friday Jemaah,
Let us all boost our takwa towards Allah s.w.t., by heeding all of His commands and avoiding what Allah has prohibited upon us. Verily, it is only with takwa that we can achieve the nikmat (blessing) of true iman towards Allah s.w.t., Lord of the Universe
If I were to ask you whom do you define as a bankrupt, there would be those who will answer: A bankrupt is someone who does not have any money or wealth, or is debt-stricken and is unable to repay his debts. However, our Prophet s.a.w. has defined it as someone who is experiencing bankruptcy beyond that of the worldly wealth.
The Prophet s.a.w. once said, which means:
“The real bankrupt of my Ummah would be he who would come on the Day of Resurrection with (good deeds of having performed) Salat (Prayers), Saum (Fasting) and Sadaqah (Zakat and Charity). However, he has also insulted others, accused and slandered them, unlawfully devoured the wealth of others, shed the blood of others and hurt others; so his good deeds would be credited to the account of those (who suffered at hishands and tongue). If his good deeds are not enough to clear the account, their sins would be entered in his account and he would be thrown in the (Hell) Fire.” [Hadith narrated by Imam Muslim]
Subhanallah, just imagine jemaah, Rasulullah s.a.w. explained that a servant of Allah will meet Allah with the rewards of his acts of worship. These acts refer to the acts of worship performed in this world that are accepted by Allahbecause they fulfill the conditions for validity, intention and sincerity. However these rewards for the accepted deeds will be traded away because of the way one treats others with his hurtful and insulting manners or akhlak.
This hadith proves the important relationship between akhlak and iman. In fact, it is a reminder that if we profess our faith but our actions and personality do not reflect our faith, then it is a sign of the imperfections of our iman. In another hadith, Nabi s.a.w. said: “The most complete of believers in iman (faith) are those who are best in character.” [Hadith narrated by Tirmizi]
Moreover, in Surah Al-Mu’minun, verses 1 to 8, Allah describes a believer as someone who not only understand the theory and professes belief, but a believer’s faith will be reflected through his or her kind actions, beautiful behaviour and pleasant actions:
Which means: “Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who are during their prayer humbly submissive; And they who turn away from ill speech; And they who are observant of zakah; And they who guard their private parts; Except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they will not be blamed; But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors; And they who are to their trusts and their promises attentive”.
In this verse, and many other verses in the Quran, Allah s.w.t. relates the importance of a noble akhlak to those who profess themselves as believers. Noble attributes such as being fair, patient, always grateful, honest, fulfilling promises and not hurting others, should be the character of those who claim that they are believers. A true believer will not allow any form of his or her body, nor the inner self to be tainted with sinful and malicious acts, and oppression. The believer will not be able to stand and watch someone else suffering. A mukmin’s mind will not be left to have useless thoughts that are not progressive.
By appreciating the above, it will lead us to understand that it is impossible to separate good character from true iman. Thus, the more we seek Islamic knowledge to strengthen our iman, the more we should ensure that we should uphold good akhlak.
Sometimes, we observe that there are those among us who, because of their enthusiasm seeking religious knowledge, they forget that akhlak is an aspect that is heavily emphasised in Islam. Their hearts refuse to listen to advices from others; theirarrogance and the desire to show off can be seen in their attitude, because they think they are better than their friends and other people. In fact, there are those who would go to the extent of calling others deviant just because they differ in opinion from these people. There may also be children who are rude to their parents because of differences in religious opinions. when in fact, the issue is one that is being debated by scholars, and hence such differences are still acceptable in Islam.
Friday jemaah, Islam is extensive, and Islamic knowledge is vast. It is highly possible that the knowledge that is possessed by a friend who differs from us, is knowledge that we have yet to learn.It is possible that the Hadith that we know or have heard of, may have a different interpretation or explanation compared to what we have learned from another scholar. Thus, we should be open to seeking more knowledge;Knowledge that will nourish our love for Allah and Rasul; knowledge that will beautify our hearts and personality with attributes that are in line with the example by Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
Let us reflect upon ourselves to be committed towards replacing our habits that are hurtful to others with noble acts; and replacing rude and abusive language with kind, honorable speech. May we be among those who are accepted by Allah s.w.t. as true believers. Amin ya Rabbal ‘alamin.
Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
Friday Sermon, 2 May 2014 / 2 Rejab 1435