Debt, rewards closely related

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

REWARDS and debt (Rezeki dan hutang) are closely related, said the Deputy State Mufti, Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Japar Hj Mat Dain @ Maidin at the launching ceremony of the _Rezeki dan Hutang: Tadzkirah, Do’a & Amalan _book yesterday.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Japar said the word rezeki is derived from an Arabic word syllable razaqa-yarzuqu-rizqan which means grant, award, gift and even good luck.

Rezeki comes in different forms including blessings such as a long life, healthy body, a solehah (righteous) wife and having children.”

He said normally _rezeki _refers to rewards from Allah SWT in the form of material goods that bring pleasure or happiness, money and wealth that allows the individual to use or spend on an item, adding that rezeki also includes food. Rezeki is something that we always hope for, and we always hope for a huge amount of rezeki, he said.

“Even if we receive rezeki more than we had hoped for, we can share it with others; family members, relatives and friends.”

The deputy state mufti said another way to attain endless rezeki is by reciting istighfar (the act of seeking forgiveness from Allah SWT). Istighfar can also increase one’s blessings and free oneself from the difficulties in life. “Taqwa and reciting istighfar are two important factors to ensure endless rezeki full of blessings from Allah SWT.”

He said the same goes to those who don’t perform obligatory orders such as giving zakat (tithe) and recite istighfar. However when it comes to hutang, we tend to stay away from it as we know it is burdensome, can affect our emotions and thinking, disturb our sleep as well as end good relations with people, among others, he said. “Logically when we have endless rezeki, it means we are not in debt. However in some cases, some may splurge more than necessary and are willing to be in debt in order to have more material possessions.”

When it comes to paying debt, he said some people would come up with excuses not to pay or even resort to hiding themselves.

“According to hukum syara’, debt must be paid immediately once you are able to – even if the debt is in a small or large amount.”

Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Japar being in debt or having debt is not favoured by Prophet Muhammad SAW who prays to Allah SWT to be protected from debt. He said being in debt is also burdensome in the hereafter until it is settled, adding that Muslims are advised to avoid having or being in debt unless it is really needed.

“In order to obtain _rezeki _and be protected from debt, we must obey Allah SWT’s teachings,” he concluded.

The Brunei Times