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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Khurafat Practices still prevalent amongst Muslims

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Yesterday, I performed my Juma'at Prayers at the Masjid Al-Azim, Pandan Indah, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

After the Solat, I was shaking hands with the jamaah when I came across this brother who had a black rope tied around his wrist.

I asked him why he had the rope tied on his wrist as what the Hindu's do? He answered that it was a 'nazar' @ a vow.

I reminded him that as Muslims, we are forbidden to place our hopes of protection from any harm on anything else but rely on Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and such an act is a grievous sin amounting to Shirk and Khurafat! These are amongst the major sins forbidden in Islam!

To rely on an amulet, charm or object to safeguard oneself from the unseen or any other danger is a clear act of disbelief of the Protection of Allah SWT! It is a straight forward case where one fears something else than God Almighty!

These acts of Shirk and Khurafat take place throughout the world and it is more rampant here in Asia and the Indian subcontinent. They hero worship many saints and 'awliya's instead of just Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala!

The Nagore Dargah Al Shariff in Georgetown, Penang is one such example of 'saint worship' carried out by some of the Penang Indian Muslim's community!

The ignorance of those who still believe in the absurd and idiotic practices that some Muslims do bewilders me as to why they still do all these things?

The teachings of Islam as taught to us by the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam is so clear and free from error yet over Time, many innovators have misled the people to believe in this and that and the Muslims as a whole suffer unnecessarily from their ignorance and end up committing Shirk towards Allah SWT, throwing themselves into the path of the Musyriks and Kuffars.

What difference is there between such a misguided Muslim and a Kaffir when both sport amulets and strings tied on their wrists to ward off evil?

Malays too do these stupid acts. I have seen Malays having such knotted strings tied around their wrists and necks. Indian Muslims are notorious for wearing amulets which in Tamil are called 'Tayattu' and in Malay as 'Tangkal'.

Bomohs @ Shamans make a killing in duping so many people out off their hard earned monies and some become so wealthy that they drive around in luxury cars and have their own buildings and mansions bought with the proceeds from their charging the idiots who flock to them hoping to be rid of this and that and to get whatever it is that they want or desire?

Read any of the local Malay tabloids and you can see countless advertisements of such 'Bomoh's' claiming to be able to heal all kinds of maladies and cure the clueless ignorants of their sufferings!

The Bomoh's themselves can't stop themselves from dying or getting sick, can they?

Why do some remain so poor if they knew what's hidden and of the future? Surely, they'd be able to become trillionaires if they could foresee the future by investing in sure fire stocks and businesses! They become rich by duping all the ignorant ones!

Muslims need to realize that if they go and see a Bomoh to seek a cure for this and that, they end up committing Shirk towards Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and when they place their trust and hopes on anything apart from God Almighty, they have sinned against Allah Azza Wa Jalla grievously and they have to repent sincerely from such acts of Shirk and never repeat it!

We need to study our faith well and when in doubt ask the learned and pious scholars about what we do not understand or need help with?

It is true that there exists a spiritual world and the dangers of being possessed by evil spirits and their likes is a reality but Muslims have the protection of the holy verses of the Al-Qur'an al Kareem to safeguard us and as a cure against such afflictions.

Study the Qur'an and realize that in the Surah Al Baqarah is the Ayatul Kursi -the most effective verses to exorcise away evil spirits or djinns that might have possessed anyone as a result of them being sent by any occult practicers.

Even the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam was affected by black magic sent to him by a Jew who practiced the black arts. The Jew had put a curse upon the Prophet by collecting some of the Prophet's hairs which were thrown out from his household and tied in knots around a figurine as in the voodoo practices of Haiti. The Jew had then hid the object in a well and had a large stone holding it down.

Rasulullah SAW became sick and very ill. Archangel Jibreel Alaihis Salam @ Gabriel was sent by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala to teach the Holy Prophet SAW the 'Healing Surah's @ Surah Al Falaq and Surah An Nas to heal the blessed Messenger!

Upon reciting the Surah's, the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam recovered promptly and the object was recovered from the well and upon Jibreel Alaihis Salam's recitation of the two Surah's , all the knots had come undone and the curse lifted! Yaqin @ Trust upon the Holy Verses of the Qur'an in healing thy self's!

We have it in us to save ourselves from any maladies brought about by either other mankind, the djinns or from the accursed Syaitan @ Satan!

To avoid being harmed by any of the evil spirits prevailing in this realm of Life, we need to equip ourselves with the necessary 'Ilm and Knowledge.

Each and every Muslim must learn about all these important aspects of the Teachings of Islam and put them to practice to safeguard oneself and one's family members from any harm!

Only by acquiring such levels of 'Ilm can we live as best and as safe as we can without ending up as those who go commit such acts of Khurafat and Shirk which will lead us to worse situations in the world here and in the Hereafter!

There's so many things to learn and discover from the Oceans of Knowledge and Mercy from the Hadiths and Sunnah of Our Blessed Messenger, Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam!

Go study the authentic legacy left to us by the Holy Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam. Protect yourself and your fellow mankind from the evil and mischief of those who are out to dupe you into Kuffur!

May Allah SWT guide us towards the Truth and protect us from our ignorance. Ameen.