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"O Allah! We seek goodness from Your Knowledge and with Your Power (and Might) We seek strength, and We ask from You Your Great Blessings, because You have the Power and We do not have the power. You Know everything and I do not know, and You have knowledge of the unseen. Oh Allah! If in Your Knowledge this action (We are about to take) is better for my religion and faith, for our life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then make it destined for us and make it easy for us and then add blessings [baraka'] in it, for us. O Allah! In Your Knowledge if this action is bad for us, bad for our religion and faith, for our life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then turn it away from us and turn us away from it and whatever is better for us, ordain [destine] that for us and then make us satisfied with it."


عَنْ عُمَيْرِ بْنِ هَانِئٍ الْعَنْسِيِّ ، قَالَ : سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عُمَرَ ، يَقُولُ : كُنَّا قُعُودًا عِنْدَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ، فَذَكَرَ الْفِتَنَ فَأَكْثَرَ فِي ذِكْرِهَا حَتَّى ذَكَرَ فِتْنَةَ الْأَحْلَاسِ ، فَقَالَ قَائِلٌ : يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا فِتْنَةُ الْأَحْلَاسِ ؟ قَالَ : ” هِيَ هَرَبٌ وَحَرْبٌ ، ثُمَّ فِتْنَةُ السَّرَّاءِ ، دَخَنُهَا مِنْ تَحْتِ قَدَمَيْ رَجُلٍ مِنْ أَهْلِ بَيْتِي يَزْعُمُ أَنَّهُ مِنِّي ، وَلَيْسَ مِنِّي ، وَإِنَّمَا أَوْلِيَائِي الْمُتَّقُونَ ، ثُمَّ يَصْطَلِحُ النَّاسُ عَلَى رَجُلٍ كَوَرِكٍ عَلَى ضِلَعٍ ، ثُمَّ فِتْنَةُ الدُّهَيْمَاءِ ، لَا تَدَعُ أَحَدًا مِنْ هَذِهِ الْأُمَّةِ إِلَّا لَطَمَتْهُ لَطْمَةً ، فَإِذَا قِيلَ : انْقَضَتْ ، تَمَادَتْ يُصْبِحُ الرَّجُلُ فِيهَا مُؤْمِنًا ، وَيُمْسِي كَافِرًا ، حَتَّى يَصِيرَ النَّاسُ إِلَى فُسْطَاطَيْنِ ، فُسْطَاطِ إِيمَانٍ لَا نِفَاقَ فِيهِ ، وَفُسْطَاطِ نِفَاقٍ لَا إِيمَانَ فِيهِ ، فَإِذَا كَانَ ذَاكُمْ فَانْتَظِرُوا الدَّجَّالَ ، مِنْ يَوْمِهِ ، أَوْ مِنْ غَدِهِ ” أبو داود

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Importance of a good shaykh by Shaykh Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi Allahu anhu

Al Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh Sayyad Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi 'Allahu anhu said: You must work hard to ensure that your hearts are not locked out of the door of His nearness. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must seek the company of a Shaykh who is learned in the law [hukm] and knowledge ['ilm] of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), and who will show you the way toward Him. Without seeing the successful [muflih], one cannot succeed. If a person does not seek the company of scholars who put their knowledge into practice ['ulama 'ummal], he is a chicken from an egg abandoned by the rooster and the mother hen.

Seek the fellowship of those who enjoy fellowship with the Lord of Truth (Almighty and Glorious is He). What each of you should do, when the night has grown dark and people have gone to bed and their voices are silent, is get up, take an ablution [yatawadda'], perform two cycles of ritual prayer [yusalli rak'atain] and say: "O my Lord, guide me to one of Your righteous servants near to You, so that he may guide me toward You and make me familiar with Your path." The instrument [sabab] is necessary. Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) was quite capable of guiding [His servants] to Him without the Prophets [anbiya']. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must awaken from your heedless folly. As the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam has said: If someone relies entirely on his own subjective judgement, he will go astray. Try to find someone who will be a mirror for the face of your religion [din], just as you look in the mirror to check the appearance of your outer face, your turban and your hair. Be sensible! What is this crazy foolishness? You say, "I don't need anyone to teach me," and yet the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam has said: The believer is the believer's mirror [al-mu'minu mir'atu 'l-mu'min].

When the believer's faith is sound, he comes to be a mirror for all creatures. They behold their religious faces [wujuh adyanihim] reflected in the mirror of his speech, every time they see him and get close to him. What is this craziness? Not a moment goes by without your begging Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) to provide you with more than you already have to eat, to drink, and to wear, with more sexual opportunities and more income. These are not things that could increase or decrease, even if you were to be joined in your plea by every supplicant whose prayers are answered [da 'in mujab].

Supplication [da 'wa] will neither increase one's sustenance by so much as an atom, nor reduce it by an atom. This is a foregone conclusion [mafrugh minhu]. You must devote your attention to doing what you have been commanded to do, and to avoiding what you have been forbidden to do. You should not worry about that which is bound to come your way, because He guarantees that it will come to you. Allotted shares [aqsam] arrive at their appointed times, whether they be sweet or bitter, whether you like them or dislike them.

The people [of the Way] attain to a condition in which they no longer have any prayer of supplication [du'a] or request [su'al] to make. They do not beg [in their prayers] to gain advantages, nor to get rid of disadvantages. Their supplication comes to be a matter concerning their hearts, sometimes for their own sake and sometimes for the sake of all creatures, so they utter the prayer of supplication without conscious premeditation [fi ghaiba].
"O '' Allah, endow us with good behaviour in Your company under all circumstances!
[When the believer's faith is sound], fasting [sawm], prayer [salat], remembrance [dhikr] and all acts of obedience [ta 'at] become second nature to him, mingled with his flesh and blood. Then he receives protection from Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) under all circumstances. The restraint of the law [hukm] does not desert him, not for an instant, while he is on this course. The law comes to be like the vessel in which he sits, as he travels over the ocean of the power [qudra] of his Lord (Almighty and Glorious is He). He goes on traveling over it until he arrives at the shore of the hereafter, at the shore of the ocean of grace and the hand of nearness. Thus he is sometimes in the company of creatures and at certain times in the company of the Creator. His work and toil are with creatures, while his relaxation is with the Creator.
From Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, "The Sublime Revelation (Al-Fath ar-Rabbani)," translated by Muhtar Holland (Al-Baz Publishing, Houston, 1992), p. 426-8.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah r.a., who said that Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. said: Allah SWT said:

Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him. (It was related by al-Bukhari)

“Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.”

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Sumber : Utusan Malaysia - http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2008&dt=0622&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Bicara_Agama&pg=ba_02.htm

Ulama lembut atau keras?

SOALAN: Pada masa mutakhir ini, ramai cerdik pandai agama kita keluaran dalam negara mahu pun luar negara. Ada antara mereka dari Mesir, Madinah mahu pun Jordan. Begitu juga keluaran Universiti Malaya (UM) dan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Kadangkala pendapat mereka berbeza. Sukar saya memilih mana satu pendapat yang betul. Apa nasihat tuan?

– Umat Keliru, Mentakab.

JAWAPAN: Nasihat saya mudah sahaja, cari yang betul-betul mantap ilmu mereka. Lihat juga akhlak mereka. Justeru ramai lepasan agama (tidak semuanya ulama) yang ilmu mereka masih mendatar (cetek), ada juga yang akhlaknya boleh dipersoalkan, belum memiliki akhlak ulama sebenar. Ada antara mereka yang terlalu penakut dan ada juga yang terlalu berani. Saya berpendapat yang seimbang dan sederhana daripada segi ilmu dan akhlak itu yang lebih baik.

Berilmu tetapi jumud, berani tetapi kurang ilmu, emosi tak bertempat dan pelbagai lagi sifat negatif golongan agama ini...kesemuanya harus diambil pertimbangan.

Kepada penanya, ingin saya perbetulkan, bukan semua lulusan ugama (sekadar ada B.A. atau M.A. hatta P.hD) boleh digolongkan sebagai ulama. Paling merisaukan, mereka yang hanya ada ilmu separuh. Kadangkala kokok mereka lebih.

Syaikh Muhammad al-Ghazali pernah menegur mereka yang belajar ilmu hari Sabtu, pada hari Ahad sudah mengajar, hari Isnin sudah ditabal mahaguru atau syeikh atau ulama besar, (apabila sudah berserban dan berjubah atau memakai title ustaz), hari Selasa dengan berani menegur orang itu dan sianu, kononnya mereka tokoh, aku pun tokoh. Berani tanpa segan menegur semua perkara yang dia pun jahil mengenainya.

Ulama separuh jalan seperti inilah kadangkala –kata Muhammad al-Ghazali- menjadi tumpuan ramai, kerana gambaran zahir, berjubah singkat dan berjanggut lebat contohnya, berani mempertikaikan segala perkara. Pertikaian remeh temeh ini subur, pada masa Islam disingkirkan dalam perkara dasar. Lalu ulama berbicara tentang hukum membatal wuduk, atau bolehkah Allah dilihat dengan mata di akhirat kelak. Mereka banyak berhujah tentang darah haid dan hukum menyimpan misai.

Mereka yang tidak ingin Islam menjadi dasar kehidupan akan menjadi lebih seronok dalam keadaan begini berlaku, jika orang ramai tenggelam dalam perbincangan yang mandul begini. Kumpulan anti Islam, mereka tidak selesa apabila ada ulama yang mula bercakap tentang perkhidmatan negara untuk umum atau untuk individu? Kenapa kekayaan negara hanya berligar di sekitar beberapa kerat kumpulan? Apakah manusia perlu hidup bebas atau takut-takut?

Adalah ulama palsu namanya, jika asyik berbincang tentang hukum menyentuh perempuan batal wuduk atau tidak, daripada membincangkan wajib atau harus mengambil bahagian dalam pilihan raya. Apa sumbangan orang Islam atau agenda ‘menghadhari’ tamadun dunia, tak kira apa nama, Islam hadhari atau hadharah Islamiah.


Masyarakat kita banyak disogok oleh ulama separuh masak ini dengan isu-isu kecil, pendapat lemah dan mazhab menyusahkan, malah tidak dapat memahami isu-isu semasa. Mereka memberi fatwa dalam realiti yang sudah berbeza. Dalam bahasa yang mudah, mereka jahil dengan “fiqh al-waqi”, kefahaman tentang realiti terkini.

Satu lagi ‘kejahilan’ mereka yang menolak pandangan imam-imam mazhab, kononnya mahu mencedok sendiri daripada al-Quran dan hadis. Memang Islam tidak menyuruh kita fanatik kepada mana-mana mazhab, tetapi lebih teruk lagi mereka yang berijtihad tanpa kelayakan. Bagaimana boleh berijtihad, jika nak memahami dalil pun belum tahu.

Kita bosan dengan tohmahan kononnya Imam Malik tidak tahu hadis istiftah, atau Abu Hanifah tidak menyuruh pengikutnya baca basmalah ketika menjadi makmum, atau bersembahyang selepas menyentuh kulit perempuan. Berani mereka mengatakan Imam Malik dan Abu Hanifah Jahil hadis, atau Imam Shafi‘i jahil. Siapa mereka ini?

Ulama al-Azhar yang dulu-dulu (termasuk di Malaysia), mampu menyelesaikan fitnah seperti ini, setelah mereka belajar Islam; memahami pendapat salaf dan khalaf, belajar berbagai-bagai kitab tafsir dan kitab hadis. Tetapi mereka yang baru pandai ini terutama mutakhir ini, hanya masih bertateh bahasa Arabnya, hanya baru belajar satu dua buah kitab hadis atau tafsir, sudah berani menyerang ulama itu dan ini, satu perbuatan yang kurang berakhlak dan tidak beradab.

Beberapa orang yang sekadar tahu membaca beberapa buah hadis sudah berani mengakui tahu akan Islam semua sekali, satu keangkuhan namanya.

Justeru itu, kita harus bersangka baik kepada semua ulama kita yang benar; ada di kalangan mereka yang bersifat lembut, ada juga yang agak bersikap keras. Tetapi tujuan mereka semua memberi panduan kepada orang ramai. Mereka ulama pembimbing (mursyid).

Jangan kita asyik bersangka buruk kepada orang lain. Kadangkala mereka itu jauh lebih baik daripada diri kita yang kita sangka serba tahu ini. Ada mereka yang suka memberi nasihat secara lembut kerana ia mungkin lebih berkesan dan ada juga mereka yang suka bercakap secara kasar dan keras kerana boleh memberi kesan.

Tetapi saya berpendapat, fitrah manusia tidak suka mereka diserang dengan keras. Saya masih ingat cerita buku sekolah rendah tahun 60-an (maaf contoh kurang elok) cerita dua jenis angin, angin ribut dan angin sepoi-sepoi bahasa yang menunjukkan kekuatan masing-masing. Angin ribut dengan kuat meniupkan si beruk yang sedang berpaut di sebatang pohon kayu. Makin kencang tiupan angin itu, makin kuat si beruk berpegang kerana takut jatuh.

Apabila tiba giliran angin sepoi bahasa dengan lembutnya menghembus bayu sejuk kepada si beruk itu, sehingga dia rasa mengantuk, lalu jatuh. Moral cerita ini, tidak semua yang keras itu berhasil dan tidak semua yang lembut itu tidak menjadi.

Kelibat tokoh hebat pun ada berbagai-bagai ragam, dari Ibn Taymiyyah yang keras sampai kepada al-Ghazali yang lebih lembut, para fuqaha yang garang, ahli sufi yang lembut, hingga Imam Ahmad dan membawa kepada al-Syafi‘i. Mereka berbeza cara dan gaya.

Usahlah kita membelah bagikan ulama kita kepada banyak kumpulan, kerajaan atau pembangkang. Mereka yang berpegang kepada kebenaran, itulah ulama sebenar. Jangan dilihat mereka salaf atau khalaf, ahli fikah atau ahli tafsir, yang ikhlas jua diterima amalan mereka.

Saya harap anda sudah ada kayu ukur menilai ulama terhadap keilmuan dan kesalehan mereka, bukan apa parti mereka, apa mazhab mereka, apa bangsa mereka atau kumpulan mana mereka ini. Jika inilah kayu ukurnya, orang itu masih tergolong puak fanatik yang dilarang agama. Wallahualam.