Wednesday, July 14, 2010

....Letter for Ru, Sha , Jo and Nina...

Ru, Sha, Jo and Nina,

On matters of Faith and Aqidah please do be careful.
Later on in your life when you can fly and soar, you guys can be centrist,left off centre, rightist, wahabbi/traditionist or liberal, thinker or mere follower, Fuqaha or sufi, Hadhari or whatever....but do not be careless and carefree.Guard your Faith and Aqidah through knowledge.

HE is very definitive and unequivocal on how you guys should behave towards HIM and HIS 'ayats' :

"He hath already revealed unto you in the Scripture that, when ye hear the revelations of Allah rejected and derided,
sit not with them (who disbelieve and mock) until they engage in some other conversation.
Lo! in that case (if ye stayed) ye would be like unto them.
Lo! Allah will gather hypocrites and disbelievers, all together, into hell."
An Nisa , 4 : 140

"And when thou seest those who meddle with Our revelations, withdraw from them until they meddle with another topic.
And if the devil cause thee to forget, sit not, after the remembrance, with the congregation of wrong-doers.
Those who ward off (evil) are not accountable for them in aught, but the Reminder (must be given them) that haply they (too) may ward off (evil)."
Al An'nam , 6 : 68-69

"And if thou ask them (O Muhammad) they will say: We did but talk and jest.
Say: Was it at Allah and His revelations and His messenger that ye did scoff?
Make no excuse. Ye have disbelieved after your (confession of) belief. If We forgive a party of you,
a party of you We shall punish because they have been guilty."
Al Tawba , 9 : 65-66

"And there are among us some who have surrendered (to Allah)
and there are among us some who are unjust.
And whoso hath surrendered to Allah, such have taken the right path purposefully.
And as for those who are unjust, they are firewood for hell."
Al Jinn , 72 : 14-15

Do not rely on your SPM ,or University knowledge of your Faith to sustain you through this complex labyrinth, ways and by-ways called LIFE....That knowledge is too very elementary. Read , read, read and read....Do listen widely in the beginning to this and that Ustazs, this and that ulama'. Be open minded but at the end of the day, on a matter of faith,you have to do your very own discovery....Read the Qur'an, read and read with comprehension stupid!

In this age of massive instant information [and misinformation]at your fingertip it is easy to fall into a state of mind that subsequently you will come to know all. But information is not knowledge, and knowledge is very far from being wisdom. You guys must start your information gathering from now. Chew and regurgitate them. Vomit some out if you must. Compare them if you will.Read from Masters old and new. When it become knowledge, ponder over them....Knowledge,once pummelled with time and life experience, will become wisdom.Only then you will be 'self actualised'.

Without true knowledge your Faith and Aqidah are really on flimsy ground. Too many 'senior people' seemingly clever and well endowed than Papa have gone aground due to their superficial knowledge though they are very worldly wise.Dont ask Papa why, because life is complex.They may think they have it all. , knowledge and wisdom. But Papa suspect even armed with knowledge and apparent wisdom, without the all important ingredient called 'humility' may also be dangerous.

Iblis had knowledge and wisdom but lack humility and in that meeting with God long before time when the rest of the angels bowed down to Adam, he refused. Qarun, another biblical figure who lived during Prophet Mosses' time,was also very clever, super talented and super rich. By present standard probably much richer than your hero,'Microsoft' Bill Gates. Qarun was cash and property rich. Gill Gates would be poor tomorrow if Microsoft share plummet down. But Qarun , like Iblis, had no humility. He was subsequently 'swallowed' by the earth. This world can be full of people who forget to be humble. We should not follow their fate and example.

Remember Papa's bedtime story about that'learned drunkard' and Iblis.
"Firewood for hell", for eternity, is certainly not an option.....
Do regularly read The Noble Quran, understand and comprehend its meaning. If you come to an ayat that you find difficulty in understanding, check with the past and present 'masters of the art'. Do not disrespect the ulama', past and present, as some people do. Above all,THINK.

That is my legacy, my dear children.


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