Dec 20, 2011

"Bab akhlaq je pun~" Eh??

"..tentang akhlaq je..."


I've heard such statements (or anything similar to it) numbers of times, which got me thinking, is it akhlaq is something so simple?

 إنما بعثت لأتم صالح الاخلق 
"I am sent to accomplish the pious moral."

”Sesungguhnya aku diutus untuk menyempurnakan akhlak yang sholeh”.
(Rasulullah s.a.w)
(HR. Bukhari; shahih Bukhari kitab adab, Baihaqi; kitab syu’bil Iman & Hakim).

وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ 
"We sent thee not (Muhammad), but as a mercy for all creatures."

“Dan tiadalah Kami mengutus kamu Muhammad, 
melainkan untuk (menjadi) rahmat bagi semesta alam”.
(Al-Anbiya’: 107)


A brief conclusion from the two great quotes above would be the fact that good akhlaq brings rahmat; mercy, grace, bless..

Mixing up with variety kind of people, of different background, different faith, different perspective of life, there is this one thing I realized most people would really honour for:


Or you can pronounce it as morality, virtue, manners..

Akhlaq, like "Aqidah", of which many would see it as "something so basic" and tend to consciously or subconsciously forget its significances, hence always missed out to highlight and pay a proper attention to..

Aqidah and akhlaq are both the basic in Islam. Whilst basic refers to foundation.. Imagine a building without a foundation. We are busy making the building higher and higher, busy to beautify the building, busy to fill in the building, but seem to put aside the strength of its foundation. What happen to the building? Easily blown by wind, easily crashed by wave..

Some of us directly or indirectly make religious as a guideline to practice good manners, be it the muslims or non- muslims. Some of us are grown that way; due to the way how they are being raised, or the surrounding. Some of us are indeed born with such beautiful heart and mind, producing beautiful characteristics.

 "Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad s.a.w), you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much."

 “Sesungguhnya telah ada pada (diri) Rasulullah itu suri tauladan yang baik bagimu (iaitu) bagi orang yang mengharap (rahmat) Allah dan (kedatangan) hari kiamat dan Dia banyak menyebut Allah”.

(Al Ahzab, 21)

Abu Bakar r.a admitted the syahadah through Rasulullah s.a.w, his bestfriend. That time, there's not much glorious stories of Islam Rasulullah told or could tell him. Not much history of legendary and great wars to amaze and convince him about the truth of Islam like what we have today through the flaming, soul- awakening stories of the battle of Badr or Battle of Khandaq, the victorious stories of Sahaba, etc..

He's entittled as "As Siddiq",  one who always justify what is said by Rasulullah.. He's not being so towards Rasulullah simply, plainly because they are bestfriend. He knows he does the right thing the fact that he recognize what kind of person Rasulullah really is. His descendant, his livehood, and yes indeed, his akhlaq.. And it was his faith to Allah and Rasulullah that pulled him into the confidence to live and work his life for Islam. It was from that which lead to his openness and readiness to sacrifice for Islam. For Allah.
Mus'ab, the first ambassador in Islam might not win the heart of Muhajirin and Ansar only through his fluency in talking or his handsome and charming look. To especially born and raised in a noble and rich family, he's known for his praiseworthy manners, akhlaq..

Look back at those days under the ruling of Rasulullah and the Caliphs.. The empire of Islam was filled with rahmat due to beautiful akhlaq of the people. The muslims and non- muslims able to live together peacefully..
Aisyah r.a once asked Rasulullah s.a.w about one non- muslim man they know named Ibn Jaddan,

"O the beloved of Allah, Ibn Jaddan always create the bonding of fraternity, feed the poor, being kind to neighbors and good in serving his guests. Don't those good deeds bring rewards (pahala)?

Rasulullah s.a.w said,

"O Aisyah, he had never pray for Allah to forgive his sins in the hereafter."

(HR Muslim, Ibnu Hibban, Hakim and Ahmad)

We may have better and deeper understanding about Islam than others. We may realize more about our purpose of living and our responsible. Nevertheless, that doesn't guarantee us that we truly have better manners than others..

"Amal ma'ruf and nahi mungkar"  and being a better person are two different things. One doesn't have to be perfect till he or she can advice and ask others for good. Yet being good alone is not enough. Imagine living in a house as a truly good person whilst outside, crimes are floating around here and there. Comfortable enough..? These two things are separated, howbeit have to come together..

Let's improve our manners. Together we polish our akhlaq. Insya Allah, Allah will open the door of Rahmat wider for us. Amin Amin Amin..

We are the slave of Allah. We are the muslims (mukmin, insya Allah). We are the ummah of Muhammad.

Ummat Muhammad boleh~