Between Revelations/Proposition And Intellect

Between Revelations/Proposition And Intellect

Islam is very concerned with human reason. In many verses Allah often ends His verse with a sentence, do you not know, do you not think, do you not contemplate, do you not take lessons and so on. So Islam invites us to always think and use our intellect to carry out Islamic law. But sometimes there is a Shari’a which seems unreasonable if this is the case then which one takes precedence?

There is a story in the Qur’an when Allah finished creating Adam, then Allah ordered the angels to prostrate to Adam, but the devil refused and was arrogant. When asked why the devil did not want to bow down, he replied because he felt better than Adam. He thinks he was better than Adam because he was created by God from fire while Adam was created by God from the land. Even though there was no explanation that fire is better than land. But the devil uses his intellect to fight God’s commands.

The next story is about Isra ‘and mi’raj prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. A very famous story of how in one night the Prophet Muhammad traveled from the Holy Mosque in Mecca to the Aqsa Mosque in Palestine, then proceeded up to the seventh heaven to receive the revelation of prayer from Allah, then went down again and returned to Mecca. The incident lasted only one night. We will definitely say the incident was an impossible thing, it makes no sense. Abu Jahal, a high ranking official of the Quraish, when he heard this story laughed at the Prophet Muhammad because according to him the incident was impossible. Abu Jahal then told the Prophet Muhammad to tell the incident to the Quraysh community. Most of them said the incident did not make sense, even some Muslims said so. But when the incident was told to Abu Bakr, he then said, even if there was a more impossible event experienced by the Prophet Muhammad he would believe it. Such was the faith of Abu Bakr. He prioritizes Allah and the Prophet Muhammad rather than his intellect. So where is our position? Follow Abu Jahal or Abu Bakr?

Even in Islamic Sharia, there are some things that don’t make sense. For example, when we pray then fart, then our prayer is canceled. All we have to do is perform ablution. If we follow reason, of course, what should be washed is the part that emits wind, in fact, all members of ablutions that are washed. Another example, a woman who experiences menstruation when fasting for Ramadan, she has the obligation to change her fast at a later time. But it was not ordered to replace the prayer, even though the position of prayer was more important than fasting. But that is the Shari’a, the basis is revelation/proposition, not intellect. So as a Muslim when we are ruled by Allah and the Prophet Muhammad, what we do is we listen and we obey. There is no need to think about what are the benefits behind the order. Likewise, when we are prohibited from doing something, we stay away without our need to find out the danger from the prohibition.

Thinking Bad For Something

Thinking Bad For Something

There is an assumption in my area that if there is a small child who is often sick, one of the reason is that he is not strong with the name given by his parents. So the solution is to replace the child’s name with another name. This belief still exists in some communities until now. Maybe this is one thing that is strange and does not make sense to us, but that’s how some people believe.

The belief of some other people is that they will not leave on certain days because they assume that if they leave that day, bad luck will be overwritten. There is a confidence in some people that they may not hold weddings on certain days or in certain months because if they hold an event on a certain day or month it will have a bad effect.
In Islam, assuming bad luck because something is called “tathoyyur”, comes from the word “thoirun” which means bird. Arabs before Islam came to have one belief, that is if they would travel they first saw a bird or released a bird, if the bird moved to the right they would travel but if the bird moved to the left they would not leave. They assume that if the bird moves to the right it will bring good luck while if the bird moves to the left it will bring bad luck. “Tathoyyur” is not only for birds but for everything. Everything that is considered bad luck is called “tathoyyur”.

In modern life, as it is now, the unlucky assumption is still there. For example, some people consider the bad number of 13. We can see in the multi-story building there is no name for the 13th floor, there are no rooms number 13 in the hotel, in the airplanes, there are no seats in number 13 and so on, because they assume that the number 13 carries damn it.

Allah ta’ala says which means, “Know, their misfortune is truly a decree from Allah, but most of them do not know.” (Surah Al Araaf [7]: 131)
From this verse, we know that the misfortune that befell humanity is God’s decree, something that is destined by God will befall humans.

Allah ta’ala also said which means, “Your misfortune is because of you alone. If you are warned (you are unlucky)? Actually, you are people who exceed the limits. “(QS. Yaasiin [36]: 19)
From this verse we know that the misfortune that befalls us is because of our own actions, because of our own beliefs, most of us are people who transgress.

From ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud, he mentioned the hadith marfu’ – to the Apostles Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam-, which means,” Assuming bad luck is shirk, assuming bad luck is shirk “. He called it three times. Then Ibn Masud said, “Nothing can eliminate the bad guess in his heart. But Allah is the one who removes the unfortunate presumption with resignation. “(Narrated by Abu Daud no. 3910 and Ibn Majah no. 3538. Shaykh Al Albani said that this hadith is saheeh).

This hadith clearly states that “tathoyyur” includes shirk. This unfortunate presumption reduces one’s monotheism. It can even be big shirk if you believe that creatures can bring benefits or disaster for us. So it is fitting for those of us who profess faith to stay away from bad luck in birds, numbers, days or anything else.

Genie’s Disorders And How To Protect From Her

Genie’s Disorders And How To Protect From Her

As explained in the previous article that genies exist and some of them can interfere with humans. Often we hear people’s stories, when passing through a place sounds strange sounds, such as the sound of a baby or a small child crying, but when searched for the source of the sound is not found, suddenly there is a noise or throwing objects, but when the source is searched there is nothing. There are also times when passing through a place there are strange apparitions that make people afraid because the shape is scary.

Among the human error in addressing this phenomenon is they then cult the genies of the watchmen of certain places. They gave offerings to the genie guarding the place in the hope that the genies would not disturb them. There are even humans who worship genies, slaughter animals to offer to genies, they hope these genies can bring benefits to them or keep the danger away from them. Whereas as Muslims, we know that only Allah has the power to turn people on and off, give a fortune, rain, keep us from danger and others.

Genie is like a human being, a creature created by Allah to worship Him alone, not associating Him with anything, according to the word of God which means, “And I did not create genie and humans except only to worship Me.” (Adz Dzariyat: 56)

The genie does not have the power to benefit or bring harm without the permission of God. So that humans do not need to be afraid of jinns, especially to worship them.

Then how do we take refuge from this genie?

The main thing is we always try to carry out the commands of Allah and His Messenger, stay away from what is forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, and immediately repent of all the mistakes we make. As the Word of the Prophet Muhammad means, “Keep Allah undoubtedly Allah will guard you, keep Allah undoubtedly He will be present before you.” (Narrated by Ahmad and Tirmidhi).
The meaning of hadith:
– Take care of God: Take care of God’s rules, carry out obligations and avoid being forbidden.
– He will be present before you: God will help you in every situation you need.

Next is that we read a lot of dhikrs, routinely reciting dhikr because God promises protection to those who read dhikr in the morning and evening, and read the Koran a lot because by reading the Qur’an the heart is always alive. Other readings that we are recommended to read often are throne verse, an Naas surah, and al falaq.
So little about the interference of the genie and how to take refuge from it, hopefully, it is useful.

Get to know Genie

Get to know Genie

In this life, we often hear about the genie. About genie’s existence, there are people who believe that genie exists, there are also people who don’t believe it. Believers believe in genie’s existence. Even people who believe genie’s existence some of them cult genie or worships genie. Then, how does Islam look at genie’s existence?

Allah says in one of the verses, which means: “And We have created a genie before (Adam) from a very hot fire.” (Al Hijr 27). And also His word which means “And We have created the genie from the flame.” (Ar Rahman 15)
In the Qur’an it is narrated that Prophet Sulayman had enormous power, his people were from genies and humans. When he wanted to move the queen’s throne Bilqis there was a genie who was willing. But the prophet Sulayman preferred the godly man because the ability of the genie was still inferior to the abilities of the godly man.

In a hadith narrated when Abu Hurairah was in charge of guarding the food warehouse, there was a thief who took food. The thief was captured by Abu Hurairah. But was released again by Abu Hurairah because he was sorry for the thief. The incident repeated up to 3 times. On the third occasion, Abu Hurairah did not release him. But finally released also after the thief taught Abu Hurairah a very useful practice. When this incident was told to the prophet Muhammad, he said that the thief was actually a genie.

In everyday life, we often hear stories about people who met a genie. Genie lives in a different world from humans. One of their advantages is that they can see humans, but humans cannot see genies, only certain people can see genie. Most genies have the ability to change their form and appear in front of humans. Sometimes we hear about the appearance of a genie who is like a giant, there are certain susceptible animals and so on. This genie is also like a human, there is life there is death, there are anger and hostility, there is a call for prosperity and evil, and so on. They also eat, drink, get married, have children, have fears like humans.

The similarity of genie and humans is all that God created that was created to worship Him. Speaking the word of God which means: ” And not we create genie and humans except only worship Me “. (Adz Dzariyat: 56)
Genies will enter heaven if they believe in Allah and His Messenger, and they will go to hell if they do not believe. While the evil genies, they will invite humans for evil, interfere good humans by entering into the human body so that humans become crazy or sick, or by scaring humans. For this, the Prophet Muhammad has asked us to read readings for fortification from monitoring Genie, such as ta’awudz (a’udzubillaahi minasy syaithonirrojiim), the throne verse, an Naas surah, al falaq surah and other readings.

Ain, The Evil Of Eye

Ain, The Evil Of Eye

The human eye is the organ through which we can see. We use our eyes in almost everything we do. Sight is the most precious of our five sense – sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. The eyesight is the mode of perception they value (and fear to lose) most.

Despite this, many people don’t have a good understanding of the bad effect of bad sight. How can? In Moslem religion, it’s called ‘ain or the evil of eye. It can occur when people amazed about someone or something and they forget to say “maasyaaAllaah” (if Allah wills). It can occur with direct views, photos or videos.

Believe or not it occur around me. It happened to my children. When they grow well and look healthy, we praise them, but we forgot to say “maasyaaAllaah or tabaarokallaah” sometime later they become sick, fever and won’t eat. Their body becomes thin and we aware that it could happen when we forgot to praise God with his pleasure to our children.
The evil of eye, it’s called ‘ain in Islam, is a disease in body or soul that caused by good sight or bad sight, that used by Satan and can be dangerous to people or something. It doesn’t make sense or hard to accept the reason. But the prophet Muhammad shallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “the bad eye (‘ain) is real, if something can overtake a fate, ‘ain can do it”.

How the bad eye can happen by photos and videos?
Photos of baby or kids or ourselves that we posted on social media, it can the cause of ‘ain. For example, we posted our cute baby, the baby can become sick or cry for no apparent reason. Even when we take them to a doctor and no disease in it. That can happen even though we don’t mean good or bad by looking at the photo or video. That’s the way I call the ‘ain is the evil of eye. Because it happens although we do not intend to endanger.

It is just a simple example we found in our world. Sometimes it can be an accident and a death. So, be careful with your sight, though it means good sight or a bad sight. Don’t forget to praise God. Say: “maasyaaAllaah”.

Get to Know God

Get to know God

There is a saying that says “do not know then no love”. So how can we love something while we don’t know it? Of course, it is impossible. Likewise, when hoping to love God, the first step we must do is know God. What is meant by knowing here is not just knowing, but by knowing that our hearts can feel secure when we are down, feel safe when overwritten by fear, hoping for forgiveness when making mistakes, fearing His torment if we sin, and so on.
Among the ways to know God is that we believe that God exists. If we look at this world, there are many kinds of creatures with various shapes, colors, and so on. We see the sun, moon, stars, planets, and others. Of course, there are all those who hold it, it is impossible for all of them to exist by themselves. Houses, tables, chairs, and cabinets exist because someone made them, namely carpenters. Likewise, with this universe, the earth, and its contents, someone must have made it. Who is that?

The existence of something does not require the appearance of something. We know that God is not visible, but that does not mean that God does not exist. We are sure that the wind is there, but we cannot see what the wind is like, what color it is, what it looks like, certainly the wind is there. We can feel hot or cold, but the form of heat or cold we do not know, what color we also do not know, certainly there are hot and cold. When we have a headache we feel dizzy, but if we are asked what the dizziness’s form or color is, of course, we can’t explain, there is definitely a headache and we can feel it. Likewise, with God, we cannot see it but we are sure of His existence with signs of His existence.

We can see that the sun and moon appear to move in a regular manner, never colliding. Can they move on their own or is there someone who move them? The coconut fruit, initially in the form of a flower, then becomes a small coconut, then it grows bigger, inside there is the flesh and there is water. If we divide the coconut tree we don’t find coconut or coconut flowers, but suddenly coconut fruit can appear, does it happen by itself or is there someone who set it? If we eat bread, we put the bread in our mouths, we swallow, then the bread enters the stomach and so on until it becomes energy for our body, does the incident happen on its own or is there something to regulate it? And there are still many events in this world, from our own bodies to the universe, we can see everything is going well. Of course, there is something that governs it, namely God.

God has explained to us in many verses about His existence, including:
1. Meaning: He Who created you from the ground, and then your death is determined, and there is another death that is determined (to resurrect) which is on His side (which He himself knows), then you are still in doubt ( about generating it). (Al-An’am: 2)
2. Meaning: Surely We have created you (Adam), then We form your body (Al-A’rof: 11)
3. Meaning: Are they created without anything or do they create (themselves)? Or have they created the heavens and the earth? actually, they don’t believe (what they say). Or is there a treasury on their side of your Lord or are they in power? (Ath-Thuur: 35-37)

And there are many more verses that explain the signs of God’s existence. Then, are we among those who believe?