Muslims - Be Strange: The “Crazy” People Who Sacrifice -
15 November 2009
At a time when others are having fun with what they
desire according to their nafs (ego), but hey… there
exists a group of strange (“crazy”) people who on the
contrary are thinking (ed: caring) about the condition
of the ummah which is all miserable and oppressed
There are those who hurled negative statements at
them, “Why do you have to think of others? Deal with
your own affairs and improve your own self first!”
Don’t you all know?!! The negative statements should
be more suitable to be targeted at the people who like
to gossip and talk spitefully of others (as
infotainment), why? Because they are indeed the ones
who “think”, interfere and blow up the aib (failings)
We all know that the Qur’an says : " ..those who like
to talk about the flaw of others is like eating the
flesh of his dead brother."
Well, more about caring for others… yes, it’s true,
our care for others is not baseless, we must in our
actions be bounded by the shara’ regulations (Islamic
regulations). Rasululllah SAW the perfect human being
“Whoever wakes up in the morning and focus only on his
worldly affairs, then that person is useless in the
sight of Allah; and whoever does not pay heed to the
condition of the Muslims, then he is not from amongst
the Muslims” (THR. Thabrani dari Abu Dzar Al Ghifari).
Now, our logics are telling us… if not from amongst
the Muslims (the ummah of Muhammad SAW) then the
opposite understanding is that they from out of the
ummah of Prophet Muhammad SAW a.k.a kafir.
Naudzubillah min dzalik!!!
It’s true that it is not easy to win the Shafa'at
(Intercession) of Prophet Muhammad SAW! It needs
sacrifices! It needs hard works! Isn’t it fair that
sacrifices and hard works should be paid with
paradise? Even in the simple task as eating, works are
required (by chewing first) in order for the food to
be digested easily.
Yes, this is Islam, if we talk about solidarity, Islam
is in the lead in this matter!! The solidarity in
Islam is very principled, unlike the solidarity of
those who are narrow-minded and blind, solidarity only
based on common nationality (nationalism), solidarity
only based on common ethnicity (tribalism/chauvinism).
It is this kind of solidarity that is too awkward, to
care only because of a common nationality/clan, so
narrow and fragile. Narrow, because the care is
limited by the boundaries of nationalism.
Fragile, because it can easily be destroyed and lost.
The tie of nationalism/tribalism only exists when
there is danger (attacks) and when the attacks that
intimidate them are gone, their bondage will be gone
and replaced by individualism and narcissism, like
what are indisputably proven today.
Therefore, the narrow and fragile ties like
nationalism, tribalism, patriotism and chauvinism are
only suitable for whom? True, very suitable for the
animals that do not have the capacity to think, that
make them unable to differentiate the rights and the
wrongs according to the standard of Islamic
Whereas, the concept of solidarity in Islam is
extensive and strong. Extensive, because it is not
limited by the boundaries nationalism, as long he/she
is Muslim, even though he/she is located at the end of
the world, he/she is still our brother/sister. Strong,
because the tie of a common aqeedah is always there,
whatever the condition is, whether it be during
peaceful times or in the condition where the Muslim
ummah are oppressed like today, where the tie of this
common aqeedah becomes even stronger.
The issues of Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and other
Islamic countries that are oppressed, are not their
own personal problems but are the common problems of
the Islamic ummah all over the world which we must
think of and find common solutions to. And we all know
that the “Sharia’ and Khilafah” is The Only One
What follows are some examples of scenarios how as
Muslims we care about the conditions of the Islamic
Try to imagine, is it “Strange” or not? At a time, say
maybe it's 8 o’clock at night, when others are
normally relaxing comfortably at home while watching
the TV shows, gathering or chit-chatting with the
family or friends. But, hey… these da’wah advocates
are out of their houses instead, leaving their
children and wives at home. And they are not out of
their houses for enjoyments but to meet and make plans
(ed: da’wah strategy) of how to formulate methods
which are effective and efficient in awakening the
society. Is it “Strange” or not?
Try to imagine, is it “Strange” or not? At a time, say
maybe it's 11 o’clock at night, when others are
sleeping soundly on comfortable mattresses and soft
pillows, but, hey… these da’wah advocates are
struggling against the cold of the night because maybe
they have just gotten back from an assembly.
So isn’t it fair that paradise is the reward for the
people who wants to sacrifice like this? Insha Allah
the reward is paradise, as long as the niyyah
(intention) is sincere for the sake of attaining the
pleasure of Allah alone, for the sake of raising high
the kalimah of Allah.
Is it “Strange” or not? In the last one third part of
the night when others are in the climax of their
pleasurable sleep (dreaming, snoring & slobbering).
But hey… instead these da’wah advocates are having a
One Night Stand (ed: meaning standing up at night for
tahajjud, etc. Not the one-night social encounter).
They prostrate and their tears are flowing as a sign
that they are grateful (shukr) and have fear (taqwa)
And they make do’a and perform munajat (intimate
communication in secret) with the Lord — the God Who
created the heaven and the earth and all that they
contain. And the do’a that they supplicate to Him is
not egoist which only prays for themselves and their
families. But they pray so that those who have not
awakened would be given awareness and hidayah by
Allah, because they know that they are also the slaves
of Allah who want to feel how pleasant it feels to
perform ibaadah and serve Allah.
Is it “Strange” or not? At a time when others are
unrestrainedly spending their money to buy whatever
they want (consumptive). But hey, these da’wah
advocates are readily spending their wealth in the
path of Allah, for example by donating their wealth to
produce bulletins, banners, pamphlets and organizing
talks here and there without any pay.
Come on!!! Let’s think with the mind that Allah has
given us. Don’t let our heads function only as a part
for placing the 2 eyes, 2 ears, 1 nose + 2 of its
nostrils and 1 mouth. If that is the only function,
then what difference are we from the animals???
Have we not heard??? That there is a term, “humans are
animals with wisdom”. So, if our intelligence is not
used for understanding the laws of Allah, then those
humans are not much different than animals.
In fact, Allah’s statement in the Qur’an is much more
forceful, “that the humans who do not use their
intellect to understand the laws of Allah are more
strayed than livestocks.” Do we want to be likened or
even called as more strayed than livestocks??? For the
sane, the answer would certainly be: NO!!!!.
The da’wah advocates are the chosen people who could
be the best part of the ummah and not the perfunctory
part of the ummah.
Have we not heard Rasulullah SAW said: "Islam was
strange when it began and will one day be strange
again; Blessed are the ghuraba' (those strange
Who are these strangers??? No other than the advocates
of truth i.e. the advocates of the ideology of Islam;
because it is only the ideology of Islam that is
compatible with the fitrah (nature) of human beings,
which is satisfying to the mind & calming to the soul.
Let’s pay a close attention and think deeply. Are the
three criterions above existent in the ideologies
other than Islam (Capitalism & Socialism-Communism)???
The answer for a human with healthy mind MUST be:
LET US THINK!!! USE OUR INTELLECT TO UNDERSTAND THE
LAWS OF ALLAH SWT. THIS IS AN INVITATION TO THINK…
LASTLY, I want to ask you all a question with
reference to the hadith just now, don’t you all want
to be the lucky people??? Therefore, my recommendation
is BE THE “STRANGERS” above!!!