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HIDUP DENGAN LEMBARAN BARU
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Prof Dr. Moh. Ali Aziz, M.Ag
Khutbah Idul Fitri disampaikan di Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia Dhaka Bangladesh pada tanggal 1 Syawal 1438/ 26 Juni 2017

 

Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Walillahil hamdu.

Alhamdulil ladzi ja’ala ramadhaana sabiilan li’ubuudiyyatihi wa taqwaah

Ahmaduhuu subhaanahuu waasykuruhuu syukran wa hamdan laa hadda limuntahaah

Ayshadu an laa ilaaha illallahu wahdahuu laa syariika lah

Wa bi’aunihii watawfiiqihii shallaynaa wa shumnaa wa ‘abadnaah

Wa asyhadu anna sayyidanaa wa nabiyyanaa Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasuuluhu laa nabiyya ba’dah

Ijtabaahu rabbuhuu washtafaahu wa hadaah

Shallallahu ‘alahi wa ‘alaa aalihi wa shahbihii waman waalaah

Amma ba’du

Fa uushiikum wa nafsii bi taqawallah. Qaalallahu ta’aalaa, “Ya ayyuhal ladziina aamnuttaqullaha haqqa tuqaatihi wa laa tamuutunna illaa wa antum muslimuun

 

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar.

Pada pagi ini kita bersyukur dapat menyelesaikan puasa Ramadan sebulan penuh, dan menjalankan ratusan rakaat taraweh, witir, dan shalat-shalat sunah lainnya. Alhamdulillah, kita juga telah membayar zakat dan sedekah untuk meringankan beban hidup orang lain. Oleh sebab itu, terimalah kabar gembira dari Rasulullah SAW untuk Anda semua, bahwa siapapun yang menjalankan shalat-shalat sunah selama ramadan semata-mata demi ketaatannya kepada Allah, maka semua dosanya diampuni oleh Allah SWT. Pahala untuk shalat fardhu dan ibadah-badah wajib lainnya yang kita kerjakan selama Ramadan jauh lebih besar, sebab Allah SWT menyatakan, “Puasamu adalah untuk-Ku.” Secara tidak langsung, Allah mengatakan, “Biarlah Aku yang memberikan ganjaran sesuai dengan kehendak-Ku. Engkau tidak akan mampu menghitung besaran pahala dari-Ku untukmu.”

Kabar gembira berikutnya untuk Anda, bahwa Allah SWT akan memberikan pahala puasa sebanyak pahala orang yang menerima sedekah berbuka puasa atau sahur dari Anda. Nabi SAW juga memberi jaminan, bahwa siapapun yang meringankan beban hidup orang selama Ramadan atau di luar Ramadan, maka ia akan dibebaskan dari derita hidup di akhirat kelak. Saya yakin dan berdoa semoga para hadirin termasuk mereka yang dimuliakan Allah tersebut.

Pantaslah, jika pada idul fitri ini, kita saling memberi ucapan selamat: Eid Mubarak, yang artinya, semoga hari raya ini memberikan tambahan kemuliaan dan kebahagiaan Anda; Taqabbalallahu minna waminkum, taqabbal ya karim, yang artinya, semoga semua ibadah kita diterima Allah Yang Maha Pemurah; atau ucapan lain yang paling terkenal di Indonesia, Minal a’idin wal faizin, yang artinya, semoga kita sama-sama kembali kepada kesucian, sukses dan bahagia selamanya. Ucapan selamat itu biasanya kita sertai ekspresi rendah hati berupa permintaan maaf atas kesalahan yang mungkin telah kita lakukan sesama kita. Kita benar-benar telah menyelesaikan masalah-masalah yang mengurangi keakraban kita dengan Allah dan antara sesama kita.

 

Kaum muslimin yang berbahagia.

Idul Fitri harus kita jadikan lembaran baru untuk hidup lebih berkualitas, lebih bahagia dan lebih banyak lagi orang yang kita bahagiakan. The more people you please, the more smile of God at you (semakin banyak orang yang Anda bahagiakan, semakin banyak senyum Allah untuk Anda). Nabi SAW bersabda, “Irhamu man fil ardhi yarhamkum man fis sama’,” yang artinya ”Kasihilah penduduk bumi agar malaikat penghuni langit mengasihimu.” Setiap hari kita mendengar seruan azan, Hayya alas shalah, hayya alal falah, yang artinya ”Ayo kita kerjakan shalat, dan ayo kita raih kesuksesan dan kebahagiaan.” Mengapa kita harus sukses? Ya, agar kita bisa membahagiakan banyak orang. Inilah komando harian yang harus menyemangati kita untuk menjadi the best and the winner dalam segala hal.

Apa saja yang harus kita isi dalam lembaran baru setahun ke depan sampai ramadan berikutnya?. Pertama, lanjutkan akhlak mulia yang telah kita bangun selama ramadan. Sebulan penuh, kita tidak makan dan minum, tapi terus menerus berpikir tentang makan dan minum orang lain. Persis seperti yang dilakukan Allah, yaitu tidak makan dan minum, tapi selalu memberi makan dan minum manusia. Jika kita bisa membahagiakan orang, maka itulah kebahagiaan kita yang sejati, dan itulah definisi bahagia yang paling benar.

Pasti kita paham, bahwa kita harus memiliki finansial yang lebih dari cukup, jika kita ingin menolong banyak manusia secara maksimal. Oleh sebab itu, kita sambut baik ajakan presiden kita untuk kerja, kerja dan kerja. Artinya, kita harus meraih kekayaan sebanyak-banyaknya dengan cara yang halal, lalu kita nikmati bersama orang-orang di sekitar kita. Kerja, kerja, dan kerjalah yang maksimal dan profesional agar Anda ikut berperan memajukan kesejahteraan bangsa Indonesia dan semua umat manusia di dunia, dan itu berarti keberadaan Anda di bumi ini bernilai bagi orang lain. Untuk apa hidup, jika tidak memberi manfaat bagi orang lain? Kata Nabi SAW, ”Orang terbaik adalah yang paling sempurna imannya dan paling banyak memberi sumbangsihnya untuk umat manusia.”

Kedua, perbanyaklah rasa syukur atas apapun yang Anda terima. Salah satu doa setelah shalat taraweh yang dibaca oleh imam di berbagai masjid adalah, Allahummaj’alna bi imani kamilin, wa binna’mai syakirin, wa bilqhadha-i radhin, yang artinya, wahai Allah sempurnakanlah iman kami, jadikan kami orang yang selalu senang dengan pemberian-Mu, dan tidak mengeluh dengan apapun takdir-Mu. Nikmatilah hari demi hari tanpa keluhan. Hindari sejauh-sejauhnya sikap mengeluh, sebab orang yang mengeluh menunjukkan jiwanya sakit dan imannya rapuh. Mengeluh bahkan mendatangkan murka Allah. Allah SWT berfirman, ”Barangsiapa tidak menerima dengan senang hati semua takdir-Ku, dan tidak bersabar atas cobaan dari-Ku, maka hendaklah ia mencari Tuhan selain Aku.” Bekerjalah dengan semangat kuda di siang hari, pasrahkan hasilnya kepada Allah ketika shalat di malam sunyi, lalu nyatakan rasa senang apapun dan berapapun pemberian Allah sepenuh hati. Katakan setiap pagi dan petang, Radhitu billahi rabba wabil Islami dina wabi Muhammadin nabiyyan wa rasula, yang artinya, ”Aku senang dengan semua perintah-Mu, juga senang atas  apapun dan berapapun pemberian-Mu, aku senang menjadikan Islam sebagai agamaku, serta Nabi Muhammad sebagai utusan-Mu yang jadi panutanku.” Siapapun yang setiap pagi dan petang berjanji taat Allah dan Rasul-Nya, dan tidak mengeluh atas apapun yang diahadapi, maka Allah mencintai dan merahmatinya sepanjang hari dan malam itu.

Ketiga, selama ramadan, kita telah berlatih menjaga mulut dari makanan yang haram dan perkataan yang dosa. Isilah lembaran baru hidup kita dengan sikap ekstra hati-hati dalam menjaga mulut. Antara lain dari makanan yang haram. Lebih baik Anda mati karena bertahan pada yang halal, daripada bertahan hidup, tapi dengan yang makanan yang haram. Kita masih prihatin bahwa tingkat korupsi di beberapa negara berpenduduk muslim masih tetap tinggi, tidak terkecuali di Indonesia. Semua pelaku korupsi itu bukan dikarenakan kelaparan, melainkan keserakahan. Not hungry but greedy.

Selama ramadan, kita juga berpuasa dari perkataan yang tidak baik. Akhlak selama ramadan dalam penjagaan mulut atau lidah itu harus kita lanjutkan. Mulut kita harus terbebas dari perkataan yang menyinggung perasaan anggota keluarga kita dan masyarakat pada umumnya, atau mengandung hoax dan fitnah, apalagi yang mengundang permusuhan, baik secara vertikal antara pemerintah dan rakyat atau secara horisontal yaitu sesama warga masyarakat. Dalam media sosial, akhlak bangsa kita akhir-akhir ini, khususnya dalam bertutur-kata, nyaris lenyap, sehingga orang berpendidikan dan tidak berpendidikan, antara tokoh agama dan orang awam hampir sama saja, sama-sama tidak menjaga kesopanan, sebagaimana yang diajarkan Nabi SAW.

 

Kaum muslimin yang berbahagia.

Sudahlah, itu lembaran lama yang penuh dosa dan ketidakharmonisan. Yang lalu, biarlah berlalu. Semoga Allah mengampuni dosa-dosa kita.  Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, inilah idul fitri, hari kemuliaan dan kegembiraan. Kita buka lembaran baru dengan akhlak yang lebih mulia, saling menghargai dan saling memaafkan antar sesama. Tunjukkan kepada dunia, bahwa Anda bukan orang biasa, tapi pribadi yang agung dan luar biasa, berakhlak mulia seperti Nabi kita tercinta, selalu riang bahagia dan tiada henti membahagiakan semua manusia.

Allahu Akbar, dengan menjalankan puasa ramadan dan semua rangkaian ibadah di dalamnya, kita telah berhasil membangun surga di dada, dan Insya Allah kita akan memasukinya di alam baka. Idul fitri adalah sebuah deklarasi untuk hidup dengan lembaran baru yang berisi sikap saling memaafkan dan menghargai semua orang tanpa melihat perbedaan etnis dan keagamaan.

Minal ‘Aidin wal Faizin. Ied Mubarok. Taqbbalallahu minna waminkum. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Walillahil hamdu.

 LIVING LIFE IN THE NEW CHAPTER
delivered by:
Prof Dr. Moh. Ali Aziz, M.Ag
Eidul-Fitr Speech hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia Dhaka, Bangladesh on Syawal 1, 1438 / June 26, 2017

Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Walillahil hamdu.

Alhamdulil ladzi ja’ala ramadhaana sabiilan li’ubuudiyyatihi wa taqwaah

Ahmaduhuu subhaanahuu waasykuruhuu syukran wa hamdan laa hadda limuntahaah

Ayshadu an laa ilaaha illallahu wahdahuu laa syariika lah

Wa bi’aunihii watawfiiqihii shallaynaa wa shumnaa wa ‘abadnaah

Wa asyhadu anna sayyidanaa wa nabiyyanaa Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasuuluhu laa nabiyya ba’dah

Ijtabaahu rabbuhuu washtafaahu wa hadaah

Shallallahu ‘alahi wa ‘alaa aalihi wa shahbihii waman waalaah

Amma ba’du

Fa uushiikum wa nafsii bi taqawallah. Qaalallahu ta’aalaa, “Ya ayyuhal ladziina aamnuttaqullaha haqqa tuqaatihi wa laa tamuutunna illaa wa antum muslimuun

 

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar.

Today we are grateful that we are able to complete our fasting in the month of Ramadan and perform hundreds of raka’ats of tarawih and witir prayers, and other recommended or sunah prayers. Alhamdulillah, we also have paid zakat, and alms as much as possible to lighten the life burden of others. Therefore, kindly accept the good news from Rasulullah PBUH, “Man qaama Ramadhaana iimaanan wahtisaaban, ghufira lahuu maa taqaddama min dzanbih” which means, “Whosoever performs prayers during Ramadan solely because of Allah the Almighty, then all his sins are forgiven by Allah.” Moreover, the obligatory prayers that we perform during this holy month, certainly the rewards given by Allah will be much greater, because Allah Almighty has declared, “Your fasting is for Me.” Indirectly, Allah said, “Let Me give you reward according to My will. You will not be able to calculate the magnitude of My rewards for you.”

The next great news for you is that Allah SWT will give you reward as much as the reward of those who receive iftar or sahoor from you. The Prophet PBUH also gives assurance, “Man farraja ‘an muslimin kurbatan min kurabiddunya, farrajallahu kurbatan min kurabi yaumil qiyaamah” that means, “Whoever lightens the burden or difficulty of muslim, then he will be freed from the suffering of life in the hereafter.” I am sure that this congregation today belongs to those who are glorified by Allah the Almighty.

No wonder if on this feast day, we all greet and felicitate each other: “Eid Mubarak,” which means, “May this feast day gives you additional glory and happiness”; “Taqabbalallahu minnaa waminkum, taqabbal yaa kariim,” which means, “May all our worship be accepted by Allah, the Most Gracious,” or another most famous remarks in Indonesia, “Minal aa’idin walfaaiziin,” which means, “May all of us revert to the holiness, and attain success and happiness always.” Those wishes are usually accompanied by a humble expression of apology for all the wrong doings we may have made to our friends and family members. We have truly ended all disputes or conflicts that diminish our intimacy with Allah and among friends and family.

 

Dear brothers and sisters,

We should wield the Eid ul-Fitr as the new chapter in our lives, so that we live better in quality. We should be happier and make more other people happier. The more people you please, the more smile of God at you. Our prophet PBUH said, ”Irhamuu man fil ardhi yarhamkum man fis sama,” which means, ”Have mercy on all the inhabitants of the earth, then the angels at the heavens will love you.” When the time of shalat comes, we are called, ”Hayya ’alas shalaah, hayya ’alal falaah,” which means, ”Let us do a prayer and let’s achieve success and happiness.” This is the daily command that should encourage us to be the best and the winner in everything so that we can please many people.

What should our new chapter be filled with in the year ahead until the next Ramadan? Firstly, continue to be in the noble characters which we have built during Ramadan. For the whole month, we do not eat and drink, but constantly think about the food and drink for others. Just exactly like that Allah does, who does not eat and drink, but always feed all beings. The real happiness is whenever we are able to please other people. This is the most interesting definition of happiness.

Surely we understand, that we must be financially sound if we want to fully help many people. Therefore, we must welcome our President, Mr. Joko Widodo’s call to work, work, and work, to acquire wealth as much as possible in the halal way, then enjoy it with the people around you. We should work hard and professionally so that we can play a role in enhancing the welfare of our country and all humankind, and that means your existence on earth is of value to others. Should we continue a life, if we were not benefiting others? Our Prophet PBUH said, ”Akmalul mukminiina iimaanan ahsanuhum khuluqan wa anfa’uhum lin naas,” which means, “The best beleiver in faith among muslims is the one with the best character and the most contribution to mankind.”

Secondly, be always grateful for whatever Allah bestowed upon you. One of the supplications recited by the Imams after tarawih prayer in various mosques is, ”Allahumma ij’alnaa bil iimaani kaamiliin, wa bin na’maai syaakiriin, wa bil qhadhaa-i raadhin,” which means, ”O Allah, please perfect our faith and make us those who are always grateful for Your gifts, and not complaining with the destiny You have accorded us.” Enjoy everyday without complaining. Avoid complaining, because those who complain are indicating that their soul and faith are ill and fragile. Complaining also brings God’s wrath. Allah the Almighty said, ”Man lam yardha biqadhaa-i walam yashbir ’alaa balaa-i fal yathlub rabban ghairii,” which means, “Whoever does not gladly accept the destiny I have assigned, so he should seek other God beside Me.” Let’s work hard like horse during the day, and we surrender all the results to Allah, then we express all gratefulness for all blessings and gracious gifts from Allah the Almighty. Recite this supplication taught by our Prophet PBUH, ”Radhiitu billaahi rabbaa wa bil Islaami diinaa, wa bi Muhammadin nabiyyan wa rasuula,” which means, ”I am pleased with whatever Your commands or whatever and how much of Your gifts, I am pleased to acknowledge that Islam is my faith, and to render that Muhammad is my guide.” Those who recites those prayers each morning and evening, then defintely Allah the Almighty love and bless them throughout the day and night.

Thirdly, during Ramadan we have been practicing to keep our lips away from haram foods and sinful words. Kindly fill in the new chapter of our lives with extra care in utterrance of words and what toeat. It is better to die by suffering from hunger rather than surviving by taking haram foods. We should be concerned that the level of corruption in some Muslim countries remains high, including in Indonesia. Those who are involved in corruption practice not because they were hungry, but because they were greedy.

During Ramadan, we refrain from uttering bad words. Keeping our mouths and tongues from uttering bad words should continue after Ramadan. Our Prophet PBUH said, ”Man kaana yukminu billahi wal yaumil aakhir, fal yaqul khairan aw li yashmut,” which means, ”Whoever beleives in Allah and the day of resurrection, he must say good words or just keep silent.” Our mouths must be free from saying offensive words which can cause resentments to our family and society in general, or contain hoaxes and defamation, saying words that can ignite hostility or malignancy, be it vertically towards the government and the nation, or horizontally between communities. Nowadays in the social media, decorum have almost disappeared, as can be seen on how the educated and uneducated, the religious leaders and ordinary people,are not being careful in choosing their words.

Ayyuhal haadhiruun. Bi barakati Ramadhaana wa aatsaarihi ’alanufuusinaa, narjuu hadzal yaum ibtidaa-an bi shahiifatin jadiidah linailis sa’aadah fid dun-ya wal aakhirah. Awwalan, bis shadaqah lil fuqaraa-i wal masaakiin. Tsaaniyan, bis syukri ’alaa ni’amillah war ridlaa bi qadhaa-ih. Tsaalitsan, bil kalamit thayyibah wal akhlaaqil kariimah.

 

Dear Muslims Ummahs,

Let by gones be by gones, it’s the old chapters of life which are full of sins and disharmony. May Allah the Almighty forgive all our sins. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Eid-ul Fitr is the day of glory and joy. We should open a new page with a more noble character, respect each other and forgive one another. Show the world that you are not an ordinary muslim, but rather a muslim with great and extraordinary characters, as well as noble personality of our beloved Prophet PBUH. Be always happy and endlessly bring happiness to all beings in the world.

Allahu Akbar, by fasting and performing all worships during the holy-month of Ramadan, we have built a paradise in our hearts, and Insya Allah, we will enter the paradise later in the hereafter. Eid-ulFitr is our declaration of new chapter of life in peace, along with all people with different ethnicities and religions. May Allah the Almighty grant peace and prosperity for all Muslim ummah in the world with the blessings of Ramadan and Eid-ul Fitr.

Minal ‘aaidiin wal faaiziin. Eid Mubaarak. Taqabbalallahu minnaa wa minkum. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Walillahil hamdu.

REBRANDING:
MUSLIMS AS SPREADERS OF AROMA TO THE WORLD
Khutbah Idul Fitri 1437 H/2016 M delivered by:
Prof Dr. Moh. Ali Aziz, M.Ag
(Professor of Islamic Studies at State Islamic University Sunan Ampel Surabaya-Indonesia)
Organized by:
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangladesh
1 Syawal 1437/ 06 July 2016

Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Walillahilhamdu.

Innalhamda lillah, nahmaduhu wanasta’inuh, wanastaghfiruhu. Wana’udzu billahi min syururi anfusina wamin sayyi-ati a’malina. Man yahdillahu fala mudlil-la lah, waman yudl-lillahu fala hadiya lahu. Asyhadu alla ilaha illahu wahadahu la syarika lah, wa-asyhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu warasuluh, la nabiyya ba’dah.

Allahumma shalli ‘ala sayyidina wa maulana Muhammadin wa’ala alihi washahbihi waman walah.

Amma ba’du, faya ‘ibadallah, ushikum waiyyaya bitaqwallah. Qalallahu Ta’ala: “Ya ayyuhalladzina amanu ittaqullaha haqqa tuqatih, wala tamutunna illa wa-antum muslimun.”

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar.

          On this occasion I would like to convey to all Muslims wherever they are: Eid Mubarak, Happy Eid, congratulations for becoming new human beings who are closer to their God and more civilized regardless of their ethnicity and religious differences. Happy Eid, welcome to a new life.

          We deserve this piety after a full month of fasting, refraining from foods, drinks, and letch during the day, then we continue to do i’tikaf, zikir, and taraweeh and witr prayers hundreds times at night. Not only that, during Ramadan we multiply to do alms giving and we end the holy month by paying zakat.

Dear happy Muslims,

In this brief sermon I would like to deliver three stories that I think represents three generations: the generation of the Prophet Muhammad SAW, the companions (sahabah) and the modern generation. These stories are not chronological in nature, but constitue the same important message that I will deliver at the end of this sermon.

First, I will tell you the story of what happened at a mosque when the Prophet Muhammad SAW was among his senior companions. All of the sudden, they were surprised by someone who entered the mosque sitting on his camel with his arms akimbo. Umar bin Khattab who sat alongside with the Prophet stood up immediately to strangle him, but the Prophet  Mohammad SAW prevented him.

Umar bin Khattab and Ali ibn Abi Talib were barely able to hold back when the Bedouin was shouting to look for the Prophet Muhammad SAW with mockery. The Prophet Muhammad SAW smiled softly and responded to the man, “I am whom you are looking for.” Bedouin Jews continued, “Oh, so you are the one who teaches the creed (shahada), prayer, charity and fasting?” “Yes,” replied the Prophet Mohammad SAW with a cool and polite face. Suddenly the Bedouin turned back his camel to go out of the mosque and said, “I am amazed by softness of the Prophet Muhammad SAW. I will convert to Islam and invite all people to follow his religion.”

Second, the story happened during the reign of Ali bin Abi Talib. When he became the head of state, he lost his favorite armor and it was in the hands of a Christian. When the trial of the armor ownership disputed, the judge called Ali, “Ya Amiral mukminin (O leader of the Muslims).” Ali objected with the call, because in his opinion, everyone should be equal before the law. Finally, the court decided that Ali was not entitled to claim the armor because he could not show any proof of the ownership.

After the trial, the Christian admitted that the armor was stolen from Ali bin Abi Talib. He converted to Islam due to his admiration of  Ali’s noble character before the law. When the armor was about to be returned voluntarily, Ali replied, “Let it be yours as a memento from me on your new religion.”

Third, this story happened to Dr. Germanus, a tourist from Hungary who was on his summer vacation in Bosnia. At night, he went out of the hotel to observe the daily life of Bosnian people. He encountered a cafe with a dim light which was not far from the hotel. When he was enjoying a warm coffee, suddenly two men, who wore traditional loose pants and a machete tucked into their wide belts, entered. He trembled when the two men staring at him with strange look. He remembered some stories of the cruelty of the Muslims toward the people who do not believe in the same religion, as he read in many books and mass media. Especially,  when he looked at these two men whispering. He thought they would kill him because he is a non-believer. He wanted to run away of the cafe, but he was completely limp.

A few minutes later, something unexpected happened. One of the men saluted and approached the tourist. The man even lit a cigarette for him with very polite sign language. After that, the tourist was invited to lunch for the next day. “This is my first encounter with a Muslim in a foreign country,” he said. He was very impressed with the man’s attitude and tenderness, until he was interested in studying Islam. At night, he was visited by the Prophet Muhammad SAW who wore a green robe with a distinctive aroma, which has never been encountered before. Then, he recited shahada (Islamic creed) and pledge to convert to Islam.

Dear respected muslims.

The three stories above give an example on how we have to interact with non-Muslims. The Prophet Mohammad SAW said:

 Auha Allahu ila Ibrahim, ya khalili, hassin khuluqaka walau ma’al kuffar, tadkhulu madakhilal abrar (Allah sent a message to Prophet Ibrahim: “God has given revelation to the Prophet Ibrahim, ”My dear beloved, show good manners even to the non-believers, you will enter the heaven with the best people”( HR. Al Hakim from Abu Hurairah r.a).

Why did I choose these three stories for the Eid sermon in Dhaka this year? Because, nowadays, Muslims have a very negative branding as ruthless believers and they even kill people who do not believe in Islam, even sometimes against their own fellow Muslims. Logically, non-Muslims would think that Muslims today have become light handed to kill their fellow Muslims only because they differ in political affiliation or thoughts, let alone to those with different religions. Atrocity against non-Muslims were also displayed only a few meters away from this place during the holy month of Ramadan. When Muslims in Bangladesh were performing i’tikaf (staying in a mosque for a certain number of days) at the mosques to glorify nights of Lailatul Qadr,  a group of seven men armed with blades, guns and bombs attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery chanting Allahu Akbar then killed 20 people from Italy, America, Japan, Bangladesh and India. The attackers claimed as member of Islamic State.

It is time to re-brand the image of Muslims as religious believers who are courteous and aroma spreaders to all of mankind, as the message of Allah to the Prophet Muhammad  SAW and all his followers, ”Wa ma arsalnaka illa rahmatan lil ’alamin (and We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” (QS. Al Anbiyak [21]: 107).

Eid is the best time to start a re-branding campaign of Muslims  to the world so that humanity look at Muslims as spreaders of love. We can start from our family, then neighborhoods and workplaces, and then to extend further to reach greater spectrum. We might not be able to see the results of these efforts, because it may take decades to rebrand the image of Muslims, but we must start now with extra efforts.

We must turn the pages of history where the spread of Islam had taken place so spectacularly in the Arabian Peninsula, Africa and Asia caused by the magnet of morals of the Prophet and his followers, not by speeches from podiums, not even by a frightening weapons. The Prophet Muhammad SAW used violence several times, but it was done in a state of war to defend against the other parties. And even it was done with very commendable ethics according to the standard of civilized human being.

We must bear in mind that human beings are becoming more educated and require extremely ethics in all aspects. If day by day the image of Muslims is not getting better, then we are the ones who will be held  responsible if the religion is abandoned in the future. Then, people will justify a thesis by one of ulama, al Islamu mahjubun bil Muslimin (Islam’s future could be bleak caused by Muslims themselves).

Allahu Akbar, we welcome the future of Islam in the spirit of Eid, the spirit of cleansing the soul. Let us work together to spread the aroma of noble character for the glory of Islam and peace amongst the world.

Minal ‘Aidin wal Faizin. Ied Mubarok. Taqbbalallahu minna waminkum. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Walillahil hamdu.