Saturday, April 03, 2010

Women and Fiqh - 3 April 2010

AlhamdulilLah. I've gained much insights from the introduction of this course by Ustaz Mohd Ghazali Mohd Said. He uses the kitab Dakwah Mahabbah: Penyampaian Cinta. He outlined the ethics in family living (adab and akhlak) as mankind has taklif (to be accountable for one's deeds in Hereafter)

He highlighted the importance to turn to the 2 sources of Islamic living - al Quran and Hadith which will be referred to regularly throughout this course i.e. Sami'na wa ato'nah (heed and obey). He also reinforced the need for the Ummah to follow the exemplar or husnatul hasanah selected by Allah SWT, our beloved Prophet SAW in action, deeds and speech:

"Verily in the messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembereth Allah much." [Surah al-Ahzab: 21]

"And it becometh not a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His messenger have decided an affair (for them), that they should (after that) claim any say in their affair; and whoso is rebellious to Allah and His messenger, he verily goeth astray in error manifest." [Surah al-Ahzab: 36]

One needs to takruf and decide where one is in the scheme of things when it comes to one's aqidah and iman as family living comes with responsibilities:

"O ye who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire whereof the fuel is men and stones, over which are set angels strong, severe, who resist not Allah in that which He commandeth them, but do that which they are commanded." [Surah at-Tahrim: 6]

"And enjoin upon thy people worship, and be constant therein. We ask not of thee a provision: We provided for thee. And the sequel is for righteousness."  [Surat Ta-Ha: 132]

"If ye do good, ye do good for your own souls, and if ye do evil, it is for them (in like manner)."  [Surah al-Isra: 7]

I feel that this course is important for those who want to get married and start a family or those with family (including taking care of your extended family):

"O Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you as he caused your (first) parents to go forth from the Garden and tore off from them their robe (of innocence) that he might manifest their shame to them. Lo! he seeth you, he and his tribe, from whence ye see him not. Lo! We have made the devils protecting friends for those who believe not." [Surah al-A'raf: 27]

Afternote: As one ikhtiyar (strive) to be consistent, merciful and patient in his/her da'wah in one's endeavour to nurture a muslim family, it is essential to have the end in mind which is to avoid injustice to self, family and most importantly to Allah SWT. I took with me the story of Nabi Noh AS and Nabi Lut AS who persevered in the da'wah eventhough their own spouse or family did not accept Islam. Truly, hidayah is Allah's right, subhan Allah.

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