Hijrah Remaja Di Astro Ria: Where is the destination of their Hijrah?

Saturday, October 21, 2006

The holy Prophet once said "Allah will not take away his knowledge directly from mankind, but He will make it by the death of Ulama. Until there is no alim. Then people will choose ignorant leaders among themselves, and when he is asked, he answer without any knowledge (on the matter) and He is astray and causes people to go astray"

I watched Hijrah Remaja on Astro Ria, a discussion was made on Solat Tarawih : 8 or 20? Among the panelists, whom I know one of them, my former classmate in Qawaid Fiqhiyyah class by Prof Razali Nawawi.

The discussion went to scrutinizing the legality of 20 rakaat of Solat Tarawih. The issue here is whether the panelists are the right person to discuss this. Except for the one they call ustaz, I beg to differ from the assumption that others are qualified. They cited mafhum of various hadiths, stating that the Prophet only perfomed 8 rakaat of Tarawih. That is acceptable. But another guy, played the role which seems to belong to the Muktazilah, by saying "We look this matter from logical side, after 8 rakaat we will no longer able to listen carefully the verses cited by the imam." Now logic plays its role in determining matters of ta'abbudiyyah.

First of all, Im not to deny the legality of the hadith. I accept it by it is and it binds me. However, when discussing a hukm, we ought to refer to 4 main sources, Al-Quran, As-Sunnah, Ijmak and Qiyas. The 20 rakaat of prayer was initiated by Umar Al-Khattab R.A, and it was not reported that any of sahabat r.a opposed it. It then became IJMAK, as it was agreed to by all muslim at that very time. Furthermore, the ijmak of Sahabah can be considered as the best Ijmak, as they lived and were nurtured under the hand of the Holy Prophet himself. Besides that, no hadith prohibits such practice. This is the legacy of Sahabah, and was affirmed by thousands of Ulama, rahimahumullah.

After all, look back to ourselves. The ability is not given, but earned. I once saw an increadible kid name ASLAM, who amazed me that he can stand for 20 rakaat tarawih, where every rakaat consists of one page from the holy Quran. Even this kid could do it. We are used to the easy, but dare not to go with the hard. Allah mentioned in the holy Quran "And seek help with patience and Solat, and indeed that (solat) is hard except to those who khusyuk."(al-Baqarah)

Hijrah remaja for me is good, as long as it does not discuss topics which do not suit their age, such as the legality of 20 rakaat of tarawih, divorce and other nonsense thing. A lot more can be discussed, such as how to pass exam with flying colors or how to kick mat rempits asses.

What I call "Salafi"

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

They called themselves Salafi. They practiced what they find that in compliant with the practice of the Prophet and if it is otherwise, they called it bidah and keep themselves away.

This is for sure good, to do what they feel in line with the tradition of the Prophet and to abstain from what is not. The Prophet said “And every new invention is bidah, and every bidah is astray and every astray is in the hellfire”. This very verse is the core of their belief, to abstain themselves from what is new in religion.

Bidah is not a hukum. There are five hukum, consist of wajib, mandub (sunat), mubah (permissible), makruh (abominable) and haram. Some added Sah and Batil to make it seven in number.

Bidah is defined as new thing. Every new thing must be measured, whether it is inline with shariah or against the shariah. An-Nawawi classified bidah into Bidah Hasanah (good bidah) and Bidah Qabihah (bad bidah). Every new thing which is incompliance with shariah is bidah hasanah, whereas if it is against the spirit and the principles of shariah, then it is bidah qabihah.

What are examples of bidah hasanah? As-Syafie as an example opined that to utter the niat before takbir is sunat, and this was never been practiced by the Prophet. Other examples are, to recite talqin to the dead, to learn and explain the attributes of Allah, to compile the Quran, to do zikir after prayer in jamaah etc.

The notion that Bidah is classified into bidah hasanah and bidah qabihah is supported by numbers of ulama, even thousands of them. The most outstanding are An-Nawawi, Syeikh Izzuddin Abd Salam, Ibn Qudamah and the writer of kitab Fathul Bari Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani. These are undisputed outstanding jurists of all time.

Salafi on the other hand, regards all bidah as the same, whether it is good or not, based on the abovementioned hadith. It’s their right to have such view and their view is much respected by others. However, the tolerance goes one way, as they attack and curse those who do not share the same view as them. They call people who utter the niat when praying as doing bidah, they curse Syafie for some of his views. They go and divide people, as can be seen in Malaysia nowadays. I have legal authorities from Quran and sunnah which support the legality of those things which are called bidah by Salafi, but to state it here consumes lots of time and will be an opening for a further attack by Salafi.

In Islam, we are allowed to differ and we should respect other who do not share the same idea as us, as long as the differences have its root in Shariah. I recalled the act of As-Syafie who adored his very teacher, Imam Malik, when he went to Egypt and found that people there are fanatic with Malik. As-Syafie adored Imam Malik very much, as he used to say “I use this Muwatta of Imam Malik as hujjah between me and my Lord”. However, when he found people were doing things which should not be done in praising Malik, he then wrote a book “Critics to Malik”, to indicate that Imam Malik is not perfect as the people think he is.

In another situation, When As-Syafie traveled to Kufah, the place of Abu Hanifah, the founding father of Hanafi School of thought, he prayed Subuh and he omitted the recitation of Qunut, which he found that to be mandub (sunat). The people there asked him “Sir, why didn’t u recite Qunut?”. He then replied “I dare not to differ while Im beside Abu Hanifah” , and at that very time , Abu Hanifah was not even alive, as he died on the date of the birth of Syafie. These stories connote the importance of respecting other opinions.

Salafi is lack of that spirit, the spirit of tolerance in facing differences. They keep cursing others and discredit the honorable jurists who were having different opinion than what they believe.

A Little Boy Named "Aslam"

Saturday, October 14, 2006

On the night of Friday 13th of October, I was late for isya` prayer at the masjid. Missing a rakaat and on my way to the saf, I could see children, some are praying and some are playing and I spotted a boy in brown jubah, aged around five to six years old, performing the former. After eight rakaat, as usual, I departed from the jamaah and did my witir. Then I proceed to recite the Holy Book, with a hope that I manage to finish it in the very month of Ramadhan.

My attention then was directed to the boy in brown jubah, who I saw when I was to join the congregation of Isya` prayer. Unlike other kids (and me), he was the only one of his kind who stayed behind performing the remaining terawih. It surprised me that this boy performed his prayer well, flawless, without any sign of dreary or depress in his face, as if he understood the verses recited by the imam. I didn’t see anyone instructed him to pray. He did it just by himself.

I must note here that at the Masjid of UIA, a full page will be recited in a rakaat, and this kid bared it without any sign of boredom. He was the only kid there in his saf. After salam, before going into another two rakaat, he moved around a little, then get back to his saf and did his prayer as he did aforementioned, until the very last rakaat of witir. In a rakaat, when the imam prostrated for Sujud Tilawah, some makmum did confuse but not this little guy. He did it as if it was not strange to him, to prostrate without bowing for rukuk first.

After finishing a juz of the Holy Book, I remained in the masjid, instead of going back. I had tons of reasons to get back to my room, but I decided to be there in His house. And that just because I wanted to see this little kid who managed to fascinate and amaze me.

I saw Dr Said Bohraoua and later I saw the boy walking with some old fella, his father i assumed and the old guy headed to Dr Said, shook their hand and hugged each other. They then proceed to the exit of Masjid, which situated besides me. Dr Said greeted me and said to the old guy in arabic,"I teach this barakah ulama usul-fiqh". Then I shook his hand.

What came to my mind when I saw this little guy, was the holy verse, Al-Furqan : 74 which reads [And those who pray, "Our Lord! Grant unto us wives and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous."]. Indeed, deep in my conscious I felt that this boy matched with the criterion, "comfort of our eyes". I soothed my eyes to have him in my sight, on that very night of Ramadhan. I wish someday I will have someone like him to be my son. Amin 

Back to the story, after shaking hand with Dr Said, I then shook hand with the boy’s father. I later forwarded my hand to the boy to shake his hand. He shook my hand and I asked him, “Siapa nama?” and I will never forget his reply, “Aslam”.

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