Well, the very basic message that Twins of Faith wanted to convey is ilmu and amal. We have the knowledge and we act upon it. InsyaAllah
It started with the lectures of we are the best of nation and the building blocks. Basically I understand this from KMB where I was exposed with all these life changing things.
From this verse of quran, we are the best of nation if and only if we enjoin good deeds and forbid the evils and worshipping Allah.
I know or knew (?) this but barely act upon it. Sometimes, I feel like giving up doing amar makruf, nahi munkar and there were lots of time I slipped from this path, but I'll try my very best to stay for the sake of Allaah. InsyaAllah
There were lots of my confusions being cleared by they sheikh(s) and one of it was cultural Islam and Islamic culture. Well, I guess everybody realized that most of the people in Malaysia are muslims and Malays. Therefore, many are actually confused by these act, in our culture , for example:
1) Tahlil and Yaasiin recitation: Sheikh Bilal Philips stated that there is no authentic hadith about Yaasiin. Which raised questions in my mind, A big question indeed about this exercise. Well, he is a scholar, who spent most of his time, seeking Islamic knowledge all around the world. I went home and discuss this thing with my family, and they started to say this scholar is not finish yet learning hadith. I was startled. I was just talking a small part of it and they started making assumption?
I mean, who are we to defy a scholar? I think I have to learn hadith by myself, to find the truth. Well maybe.
I guess, this is a problem of our people. We don't listen. Always.
2) bersanding and tepung tawar
This thing is common. I mean I've heard lots of it. And chicken me, I don't have the guts to tell even my own family. Shame on me. ;'(
The sunnah is on the 7th day of the birth of the baby. Well, I have to look for more sources. Maybe if we quest the knowledge by ourselves, it would be more meaningful
Rasulullah SAW did not celebrate his birthday.
and many others. In my opinion, we, malays are sometimes misunderstand on why we do these cultural practices. The problem is that we do something we barely know the reason, and this problem should be taken care first.
Upon finishing his lecture, he said something remarkable, something I never think about.
'Islam cannot be inherited, because Islam means submission to Allah' _Sheikh Bilal Philips
I suppose everyone knows Raihan song? 'Iman tak dapat diwarisi, dari seorang ayah yang bertaqwa'
But I never heard even once, people say Islam cannot be inherited. Seriously this was the first time, and I thought when we were born into this faith, into this religion, therefore we are muslims. I was wrong. This is just because a simple definition by being muslim itself, because, it means submission to Allah. Truly submit ourselves to Allah.
And I started to think, Am I a less muslim now? Am I not fully Islam now? Ask yourself the same questions, brothers and sisters. May Allah keeps us on the righteous track. InsyaAllah
Next thing, I would like to share what did Sheikh Alaa Elsayed shared about the exemplary women of the past. This slot was very interesting as it taught on how Islam sees woman. It is clear on how do the women in the past, were very strong, beautiful, powerful and yet still being genteel and modest. I was amazed by his lecture, when he said :
'We claimed we love Khadijah R.A, but how come we dont know her ? Is it possible for us to claim that we love our mother but we dont know her?'
Touched. Some of the stories he shared were not even familiar to me. I guess I need to read more. :(
And when he said that we are the daughters of Khadijah, the daughters of Aisyah, the daughters of Fatimah and we should be proud of our ancestors. It took me seconds to realize how magnificent our ancestors were. Sisters, we are not the slaves to fashions, socials or another things, we are speacial in the eyes of Allaah. Please, be proud, raise your heads up and lets shine for the ummah ;)
Another remarkable lecture was delivered by Sheikh Hussein Yee, a local speaker, a revert. He talked about One Faith, One Family. I recalled, the only thing that can unite us is religion and Allah has created many tribes, in this world, to show the beauty of Islam. With this religion, only we can live happily and harmoniously.
He said that we could not compromise when faith is concerned. Every religion in this world is actually believe in only one God. They may have lots of other goddess or whatever they may call them but towards the end, they will only have one God. The others, maybe the heroes, warriors and something like that.
In Malaysia, we are too much into our races, that is why we cannot unite. Sheikh Hussein Yee, himself, when he converted from a buddhist to a muslim, his mother disapproved him as her son just because the conversion. His mom said that he is not a chinese anymore, he is a malay.
We, Malaysians, are so used to associate our races with a particular religion. Malay=muslim, Chinese=buddhist, Indian=hindu. We have to remember, this is the religion for all mankind. The perfect religion that we have in this world.
Why we are so shy or scared to tell the not yet muslims (read: non-muslims) about Islam? It is because, we tend to feel that Islam is ours, for malays only, when the truth is Islam is for everybody and they should know about this religion.
Finally he said :
ISLAM : I Should Love All Mankind.
What an amazing lecture from him as this is quite an issue in our country right now. :)
There were indeed, a lot more to share. But it feels like this is not the right time as I still have pending assignments. Maybe next time I'll share bit by bit. InsyaAllah. Hope you guys get something from this sharing and if it happens to you, by any chance, to get the opportunity to any of these conferences, do go. I assure you, nothing will be regretted. InsyaAllah. :)