MDF English Corner (09/01/2022) - 3 Advisory Articles on Islam and The Qur'an

Assalamualaikum

Welcome to another edition of English Corner, my name is Rifki Kusmana. This time I’ll combine 2 articles in Indonesian and translate them to English, there’s also an unpublished article about Health in the Qur’an which hasn’t been updated in a while, so I’ll publish that since it seems complete. Unfortunately, none of the articles had any attribution, so I’ll leave that out fot his article.


Mastering the Scripture

The Al-Quran is a holy book that was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad SAW to be a guide for all mankind. The memorizers of the Qur’an are also honored by Allah SWT. It is noble that those who memorize the Quran can elevate the status of their parents in the hereafter and be given a crown of glory.

The virtue of memorizing, reading and verses of the Qur’an, Allah will bestow His grace and mercy. In addition, the hadiths of Imam Bukhari and Muslim explain the promise of Allah to the memorizers of the Qur’an, namely to be with angels and also to get a reward even if they stutter.

The phenomenon of blessing for the memorizers of the Quran in the world, namely by memorizing and understanding the Qur’an is highly sought after and needed by Islamic boarding schools and it is not difficult for those who memorize the Qur’an to enter college. The proof is that there are a lot of memorizers of the Qur’an who become scholars with the provision of memorizing the Qur’an.

The conclusion is that let us always memorize the Qur’an and memorize it because there are many rewards that Allah will give to those who memorize the Qur’an.


Sincerity

Ikhlas (Sincerity) is the acceptance of righteous deeds carried out in accordance with the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad.

Allah SWT has commanded us, in His word it is explained:

“And they are not commanded except to worship Allah by purifying the deen (religion) to Him, and being upright.” (Surat al-Baqarah: 5)

Abu Umamah narrated that a person who came to the Messenger of Allah (SAW) asked, “What do you think about someone who fights for a reward? Rasulullah SAW replied, “They did not get anything.”

That person repeated the question three times, and the Messenger of Allah (SAW) had answered, “They did not get anything.” Then he said: Verily Allah does not accept a deed, unless it is done purely for His sake and hoping for His face. (HR. Abu Dawud)

“May Allah SWT enlighten those who hear my words and then guard them. How many people bring understanding, but he himself does not understand. Three things that a believer will not be jealous of: sincere charity to Allah, give loyalty to the leaders of the Muslims, and always join their congregation. (HR. AI Bazaar)

There is hardly a practice or worship that is performed by a person, which can be completely free from these worthless expectations. That is why there is a saying, “Whoever for a moment from his age has sincerely, only hoped for the face of Allah, surely he will be saved.”

Ikhlas is cleaning the heart from all impurities, a little or a lot so that the purpose of taqarrub is really pure because of Allah SWT, nothing else. This will only come from someone who loves Allah SWT and puts all his hopes in the hereafter, who has no place left in his heart to love this world.

When he eats, drinks, or defecates, everything is done sincerely and with the right intention. As for whoever is not, the door of sincerity is tightly closed from him, except for a little. A person who is filled with love for Allah SWT and the hereafter is sure that all his daily activities are a reflection of his ideals. So that everything is done sincerely.

Likewise with people who have been defeated by the glitter of the world, degrees, ranks, and everything other than Allah SWT, all of their activities are also a reflection of their hopes. There is no prayer, fasting or other worship, which is done sincerely. How few people realize it, except for those who get taufiq from Allah SWT.

As for those who are heedless of Him, they will find their good deeds turned into evil on the Day of Resurrection. About them Allah SWT said; “And (on the Day of Resurrection) it will be clear to them from Allah what they did not expect. And the evil of what they have done will be clear to them.” (Surah Az Zumar: 47-48)

Say, “Shall we inform you about those who are the most losers in their deeds? Those who have lost their efforts in this world, while they think they have done the best they can. (Surah Al Kahf: 103).

Here are some important things about sincerity:

1. Ya’ qub said, “A sincere person is one who hides his goodness, just as he hides his badness.”

2. As Suusiy said, “sincere is not feeling that he has done sincerely. Whoever still sees sincerity in his sincerity, then his sincerity still needs more sincerity.”

3. Ayyub said, “for activists, letting go of intentions is much more difficult than doing all activists.”

4. Some scholars say, “A momentary sincerity means eternal salvation. But sincerity is very difficult.”

5. Suhail was once asked about something that was hardest for him. He replied, “that is sincere, because sincerely, the self does not get a share of what is done at all.”

6. Fudlail said, “leaving a charity because someone else is riya”.

While doing charity because of other people is riya. “As for sincerity, it is when Allah (SWT) saves you from both.” Attendees of Friday’s trial, Rahmakumullah.

May Allah SWT always guide us in his straight religion and do good deeds sincerely to reach the pleasure of Allah SWT.


Health in the Qur’an

Holy water for cleaning; Although ablution has been applied since the command to pray in the 7th century; Medical science has only recommended handwashing in the 19th century.

According to surah Qur’an 21:30

اَوَلَمْ يَرَ الَّذِيْنَ كَفَرُوْٓا اَنَّ السَّمٰوٰتِ وَالْاَرْضَ كَانَتَا رَتْقًا فَفَتَقْنٰهُمَاۗ وَجَعَلْنَا مِنَ الْمَاۤءِ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ حَيٍّۗ اَفَلَا يُؤْمِنُوْنَ

It means: “And do the disbelievers not know that the heavens and the earth were formerly one, then We separated them; and We made every living thing out of water”; then why do they not believe? Prof. Garry Miller is a Mathematical Scientist, he is an Islamic convert. Saying: ” Think deeply to reveal the beautiful truths in the Qur’an. This is reinforced by the existence of “The Big Bang theory” From the explanation of QS al-Anbiya’ Verse 30; We can understand that the universe began as a lump which then separated, as well as the explanation of the Big Bang theory which states that the universe originally came from a big explosion, which then expands.

These two explanations illustrate that the universe began as a single unit and then separated (expanded). Rasulullah said: “Take advantage of five things before five things: (1) Your youth before your old age, (2) Your health before your illness, (3) Your rich time before your poverty, (4) Your free time before your busy time, (5 ) Your life before your death.”

From the Hadis above, which is number 2, when you are healthy before your illness comes, it shows that we as Muslims are encouraged to maintain good health, both physically and spiritually.


And that’s it for today’s English Corner, I hope you have enjoyed this article and I hope to see you again, someday, Thank you for reading.

Editor: Rifki Kusmana