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 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.

REBRANDING:
MUSLIM PENEBAR AROMA DUNIA
Khutbah Idul Fitri 1437 H/2016 M disampaikan oleh:
Prof Dr. Moh. Ali Aziz, M.Ag
(Professor of Islamic Studies at State Islamic University Sunan Ampel Surabaya-Indonesia)
Diselenggarakan oleh:
Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia Dhaka Bangladesh
1 Syawal 1437/ 06 Juli 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.

Pada kesempatan ini saya mengucapkan kepada semua muslim di manapun berada: Ied Mubarak, Selamat Idul Fitri, selamat menjadi manusia baru, manusia yang lebih akrab dengan Tuhannya dan lebih beradab kepada sesama manusia tanpa melihat perbedaan etnis dan agama. Selamat Idul Fitri, selamat menempuh hidup baru dalam keluarga yang lebih berbahagia.

Semua kesalehan itu layak kita raih setelah sebulan penuh menahan makan, minum dan nafsu birahi di siang hari, lalu kita lanjutkan i’tikaf,  zikir dan shalat taraweh dan witir ratusan rakaat di malam hari. Tidak hanya itu, selama ramadhan kita memperbanyak sedekah dan kita menutup bulan suci itu dengan membayar zakat.

Kaum muslimin yang berbahagia.

Dalam khutbah singkat ini saya akan menyampaikan tiga kisah yang saya anggap mewakili tiga generasi, yaitu generasi Rasulullah, generasi sahabat dan generasi moderen. Tiga kisah ini tidak terjadi secara kronologis, akan tetapi mengandung pesan yang sama, dan pesan penting tersebut akan saya sampaikan pada akhir khutbah ini.

Pertama, kisah yang terjadi pada zaman Rasulullah. Suatu saat, Nabi SAW duduk bersama para sahabat senior di sebuah masjid. Tiba-tiba mereka dikejutkan oleh seseorang yang memasuki masjid dengan berkacak pinggang di atas untanya. Umar bin Khattab yang duduk berdampingan dengan Nabi langsung berdiri hendak mencekik orang itu, tapi Nabi mencegahnya.

Umar bin Khattab dan Ali bin Abi Thalib hampir tak dapat menahan diri ketika si badui itu berteriak-teriak mencari Nabi dengan berbagai ejekan. Tapi, Nabi dengan senyum lembut menghampiri orang itu dengan mengatakan, ”Akulah yang kau cari itu.” Badui Yahudi itu melanjutkan, ”Oh, jadi engkau yang mengajarkan syahadat, shalat, zakat dan  puasa itu?” “Betul,” jawab Nabi dengan muka yang tetap sejuk dan sopan. Tiba-tiba si badui membalikkan untanya untuk keluar masjid sambil berkata, “Saya kagum atas kelembutan Nabi. Saya akan masuk Islam dan mengajak semua penduduk sekampung untuk mengikuti agamanya.”

Kedua, kisah yang terjadi pada masa pemerintahan Ali bin Abi Thalib. Ketika menjadi kepala negara, baju besi kesayangannya hilang dan ternyata di tangan orang Nasrani. Ketika dalam sidang sengketa kepemilikan baju itu, hakim memanggil Ali, ”Ya amiral mukminin (wahai pemimpin umat Islam).” Ali keberatan dengan panggilan itu, sebab menurutnya, setiap orang harus sama di depan hukum. Akhirnya, pengadilan memutuskan Ali tidak berhak mengklaim baju besi sebagai miliknya karena tidak bisa menunjukkan bukti kepemilikan.

Usai sidang si Nasrani mengakui bahwa baju itu sejatinya milik Ali bin Abi Thalib. Ia menyatakan masuk Islam atas kekaguman akhlak Ali di depan hukum. Ketika baju itu hendak dikembalikan secara sukarela, Ali menjawab, ”Biarlah itu milikmu sebagai kenang-kenangan dari saya atas agamamu yang baru.”

Ketiga, peristiwa ini terjadi pada Dr. Germanus, turis dari Hongaria yang sedang berlibur musim panas di Bosnia. Pada malam hari, ia keluar hotel untuk mengetahui praktek kehidupan orang-orang Bosnia sehari-hari. Ia jumpai sebuah kafe tidak jauh dari hotel dengan lampu yang remang-remang. Ketika sedang menikmati kopi hangat, tiba-tiba dua orang masuk dengan celana adat yang longgar dan dengan golok yang diselipkan di ikat pingangnya yang lebar. Ia gemetar melihat dua orang itu memandang dirinya dengan pandangan yang aneh. Teringatlah olehnya kisah-kisah kebengisan orang-orang muslim dengan wajah serupa mereka terhadap orang-orang yang tak seagama, sebagaimana ia baca dalam banyak buku dan media massa. Apalagi ketika melihat mereka berdua berbisik. Dalam pikirannya hanya satu, ”Sebentar lagi, mereka akan menggorok saya yang kafir ini.” Ia ingin lari keluar kafe, tapi tak berdaya. Ia benar-benar lemas.

Beberapa menit kemudian, sesuatu di luar dugaan terjadi. Salah seorang mereka memberi salam dan menghampirinya. Ia bahkan menyulutkan rokok untuknya dengan bahasa isyarat yang amat sopan. Setelah itu, ia mengundang makan siang di rumah untuk esok harinya. ”Inilah perjumpaan saya pertama kali dengan muslim di negara asing,” katanya. Ia sangat terkesan dengan tutur kata dan kelembutan sikapnya, sampai ia berminat mempelajari Islam. Pada malam harinya, ia didatangi Nabi SAW dengan jubah hijau dengan aroma yang khas, yang belum pernah dijumpai sebelumnya. Ia lalu benar-benar bersyahadat untuk ikrar masuk Islam.

 

Para jamaah yang saya hormati.

Tiga kisah di atas memberi tauladan bagaimana kita harus bergaul dengan orang-orang non-Islam. Nabi SAW mengatakan:

Auhallahu Ta’ala ila Ibrahim, ya khalili, hassin khuluqaka walau ma’al kuffar tadkhulu madakhilal akbar/ Allah SWT pernah  berpesan kepada Nabi Ibrahim a.s: “Allah telah memberi wahyu kepada Nabi Ibrahim, “Hai kekasih-Ku, tunjukkan budi pekerti yang baik walaupun terhadap orang kafir, engkau akan masuk surga bersama orang-orang yang terbaik” (HR. Al Hakim dari Abu Hurairah r.a).

Mengapa saya memilih tiga kisah di atas dalam khutbah idul fitri di Dhaka tahun ini? Sebab branding umat Islam saat ini amat negatif, yaitu penganut agama yang bengis dan tega membunuh orang yang tidak seagama dengan cara-cara yang keji, bahkan terkadang terhadap sesama muslim. Orang-orang di luar Islam berlogika, orang-orang muslim ringan tangan untuk menghabisi nyawa sesama muslim hanya karena perbedaan aliran politik atau pemikiran, maka apalagi terhadap orang-orang yang berbeda agama. Kekejian terhadap non-muslim itu juga diperlihatkan hanya beberapa meter dari tempat shalat ini pada bulan suci, ketika ketika umat Islam Bangladesh sedang beri’tikaf dengan khusyuk di semua masjid untuk mengagungkan malam-malam lailatul qadar. Tujuh orang yang mengatasnamakan ISIS menyandera pengunjung Restorant Holey Artisan Bakery dan dengan bertakbir menyembelih 20 orang berkebangsaan Italy, Amerika, Jepang, Bangladesh dan India.

Saatnya kita membangun rebranding umat Islam sebagai penganut agama yang santun dan penebar aroma di tengah umat manusia, sebagaimana pesan Allah kepada Nabi SAW dan semua umatnya, ”Wa ma arsalnaka illa rahmatan lil ’alamin /Dan tidaklah Kami mengutusmu melainkan untuk menebar kasih kepada penghuni alam semesta” (QS. Al Anbiyak [21]: 107).

Idul Fitri adalah saat yang paling tepat untuk start kampanye dunia untuk rebranding muslim sebagai penebar kasih. Kita mulai dari lingkungan keluarga sendiri, lalu lingkungan tetangga dan tempat kerja, lalu ke tingkat yang lebih luas lagi. Biarlah kita tidak bisa menyaksikan hasil usaha ini, sebab diperlukan puluhan tahun untuk rebranding citra umat, tapi kita harus memulainya sekarang dengan ekstra keringat.

Kita harus membuka lembaran sejarah, bahwa penyebaran Islam yang begitu spektakuler di semanjung Arab, Afrika dan Asia lebih banyak disebabkan oleh daya tarik akhlak Nabi SAW dan umat Islam, bukan oleh pidato-pidato  mereka di mimbar-mimbar, apalagi oleh senjata yang menakutkan. Nabi SAW memang beberapa kali menggunakan kekerasan, tapi itu dilakukan dalam keadaan perang karena terpaksa mempertahankan diri dari serangan pihak lain. Itupun dilakukan dengan etika yang sangat terpuji menurut ukuran manusia beradab.

Kita harus sadar bahwa umat manusia semakin hari semakin terpelajar dan menuntut etika terpuji dalam segala hal. Jika semakin hari citra umat Islam tidak semakin baik, maka kitalah yang bertanggung jawab jika agama ini ditinggalkan orang di kemudian hari. Lalu, orang membenarkan sebuah tesis seorang ulama, al Islamu mahjubun bil muslimin (masa depan Islam bisa suram karena ulah muslim sendiri).

Allahu Akbar, kita songsong masa depan Islam dengan spirit idul fitri, semangat penyucian jiwa. Kita tebar aroma akhlak mulia demi kejayaan Islam dan kedamaian dunia.

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