Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Assalamualaykum WarahmatuLlahi Wabarakatuh,
Al-Hamdulillah, wa Sallallah wa Sallama `Ala Sayyidina Rasulillah, wa Alihi wa Sahbihi wa Man Walah, Wa Ba`du; Alhamdulillah, praise be to Allah SWT, who has blessed us with another Ramadhan, the month in which the Qur’an was sent down, a guidance for the people [2:185]. Prophet Muhammad (may Allah honour him and grant him peace) illustrated the beauty of Ramadhan as the month of blessing, in which Allah SWT covers us with blessings, for He sends down mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers [Tabarani].
My last event as Islamic Outreach ABIM’s chairman will be IOA’s ‘Hospital Visit Program’, scheduled for 24th August 2011 (Wednesday) from 9am-12noon at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. This is our annual Ramadhan event, apart from the zakat distribution held a few days ago at Masjid Negara, Masjid Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and at our office, and also the iftar sessions held at various locations.
It is a Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (may Allah honour him and grant him peace) to visit the sick. Abu Hurairah (r.a.) reports that the Prophet (may Allah honour him and grant him peace) said, “On the Day of Qiyamah, Allah Ta’ala will announce: ‘O son of Adam, I was sick yet you did not visit me.’ He will reply, ‘O Allah, how could I have visited You since you are Rabbul ‘aalamin?’ Allah Ta’ala will say: ‘Did you not know that so and so slave of mine was sick, and yet you did not visit him? Should you have visited him, you would have found Me by him.” [Sahih Muslim].
Therefore, Allah swt Himself is close to the sick. We should always visit the sick because it helps us to reflect and take heed, as Allah swt is near. We have only to consider that the sick person has no one to call but Allah, nothing to reflect on but Allah, and his condition reminds us of the blessing of good health. We may say that as we feel close to Allah swt in Masjidil Haram in Makkah, we may also find Him by visiting the sick in our own towns and villages.
Perhaps that nearby closeness to Him is equivalent while we perform our ibadah, and especially while visiting Makkah, and much nearer by as well! Think of the trouble we go to when we make Hajj or Umrah. Should we not go to the local hospital, which is so much less trouble? And His Presence may be felt in both places, just as we are taught that Allah’s presence should be felt everywhere as we strive to seek His pleasure in our daily submission. Furthermore, the angels of our good and bad deeds will report what we have done. If we urgently hope that we may be given our Books of Deeds in our right hands on Qiyamah (the Day of Judgement), we should go to hospital as often as possible. We can easily increase the weight of our good deeds in the Mizan, or Scale of Justice, by visiting the sick, whether or not they are in our own family. As a group, this is much easier to do.
Ali (r.a.) reports that the Prophet (may Allah honour him and grant him peace) said, ‘When a Muslim visits his sick Muslim brother in the morning, seventy thousand angels make do’a for his forgiveness till the evening. And when he visits him in the evening, seventy thousand angels make do’a for his forgiveness till the morning, and he will be granted a garden for it in Jannah.’ [Timizi, Abu Dawud].
Please contact our office at 0342569822 for further details.
Join us for this event! And help make my departure from IOA truly memorable! Thank you and Wassalaam.
Azril Mohd Amin, 16 Ramadhan 1432H