Muslims advised to correct faults of others with ‘hikmah’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

CORRECT the misdeeds of your fellow Muslims by giving sound advice in an unpatronising way, imams said yesterday during the Friday sermon.

All Mukmin (believers of Allah SWT) are part of the same kin, and each has a duty to shield others if they have made mistakes.

“Verily, fortifying amar makruf nahi mungkar (do good and avoid evil) represents the responsibility of every Muslim to ensure justice, peace, welfare of the community and country,” the imams said.

“They (mukmin) must together correct their mistakes with hikmah (wisdom) or by doing that which is correct,” the imams added.

However, the imams advised that this must be done in an appropriate manner.

“(Criticise) not by means of insult or taking away their dignity, by for example criticising them in the eyes of many and spreading (news of their sins) on social media,” the imams explained.

“Meanwhile, those criticised should accept the criticism with sincerity and an open heart,” the imams said.

This ethical relationship is seen as a vital component in combating daily social ills. These detrimental activities may grow freely if believers of Allah (SWT) cease to uphold and exercise amar makruf .

“This “out of sight, out of mind” (attitude) and lack of care from a portion of us (Muslims) can affect the faith, harmony and well-being of our family, community and nation,” the imams said.

Therefore, the ummah (Muslim community) is called on to be committed to realising each individual’s duty to free the nation from vices such as gambling.

People by nature seek comfort and financial security, and Islam encourages its believers to earn their keep through hard work in a halal (permitted) manner and to earn the blessings of Allah (SWT).

However, there are still Muslims who have tried to find rezeki (sustenance) without much thought of what is halal or haram (forbidden).

“The rezeki that they earn takes account of only bringing profit quickly,” the imams said.

Gambling in general involves a game whereby money or property is thrown together and won more by chance rather than by effort.

“The reason why gambling is still done is because by nature humans are attracted to ease and wealth,” the imams said.

Even more so in this age, the imams said modern technology had shrouded the crime of gambling in such a way that it did not appear to be a sin.

“Gambling activities may be done (through) modern tools of technology such as the Internet, telephones and slot machines.”

Citing statistics from 2010 to 2012 by the Anti-Vice and Gambling Suppression Unit at the Royal Brunei Police Force, imams said the figures for gambling and related cases were worrying.

“The case that was reported the most by the unit was the four digit lottery followed by “main ketam” using computers.”

To prevent falling into the iniquity of gambling, the imams advised congregants to strengthen their faith, become knowledgeable and understand Islam and remember to amar makruf nahi mungkar (do good and avoid evil).

“Every command (to forbid gambling) and that which is forbidden by Allah (SWT) shows how Islam is a beautiful religion that protects the rights and property of Muslims,” the imams said.

The Brunei Times