In Al-Qur’an we find the story of Prophet Musa’s upright character that made him concerned for the rights of the weak. Those who are weak and vulnerable should be cared for and given priority. They should not be sidelined and neglected. His immediate response was to help them. His courageous, noble, and generous nature would allow for nothing else. Allah SWT states in the Al-Quran, Surah Al-Qasas (The Story) verses 23-24 (partial):
“And when he arrived at the watering (place) in Madyan, he found there a group of men watering (their flocks), and besides them he found two women who were keeping back (their flocks). He said: ‘What is the matter with you?’ They said: ‘We cannot water (our flocks) until the shepherds take back (their flocks): And our father is a very old man.’ So he watered (their flocks) for them.“
We are right to be impressed when we consider Prophet Musa’s circumstances. He was a man on the run, far away from his home where he had the status of a wanted criminal. He was among strange people, none of whom he knew, and he had no provisions even for himself. He had enough problems of his own to worry about. Nevertheless, it went against his nature to stand by and see such helpless people being neglected.
Dear Respected Government Leaders and Elders,
Assalamualaikum wr. Wb & Salam Sejahtera
Malaysia has been amply blessed during the past fifty years with a governmental system and leadership that has raised the country to the first rank of newly developing nations.
It would appear that of late Malaysia has also become an educational “Mecca” for many young Muslims from their own troubled countries. This alone, as a part of the mission of the International Islamic University (IIUM), is a glowing proof of the rising capacity of the Muslim Ummah to protect and help its own people.
I came across a piece of news regarding the fiercely anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders, who has been traveling through the U.S. a few weeks ago on a highly-publicized trip to meet with politicians, promote his controversial film “Fitna”, and raise money for his legal defense back home.
Salahuddin al-Ayyubi, celebrated by the Muslims as the liberator or al-Quds and equally revered by the west for his compassion and bravery. The lecture by Syaikh Zahir Mahmood of As-Suffa Institute [www.as-suffa.org], details the heroic life and efforts of this warrior and ascetic, may Allah have mercy upon him. “Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah’s way are of much greater worth in Allah’s sight. These are they who are triumphant.” [at-Tawbah]
The link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fyeQ82D5l0
It is not that we have forgotten dua completely; we refer to it regularly. But, our ideas and practice regarding dua have become distorted. Often it is reduced to the level of a ritual. Generally it is considered when all our efforts have failed — an act of last resort. It is belittled through actions and sometimes even with words. Is it any wonder that today mostly a mention of dua is meant to indicate the hopelessness of a situation?
Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Afifi Al-Akiti [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afifi_al-Akiti] is an Oxford-based Malaysian jurist who has responded to a “pseudo-fatwa” by a “deviant” UK-based group named Al-Muhajiroun. (De facto judgments by Shaykh Gibril Haddad, who wrote the introduction to this short publication, are indicated by quotation marks.)