Last week, I attended a talk by Brother Shah Kirit (Malaysian!!) at University of Cardiff, organised by CNN (Cardiff Nusantara Network). Two days of talk was not enough for me. I need more!!! InsyaAllah..He talked about many things and what I found the most interesting was he could memorise the verses from many holy books (QURAN, BIBLE and HINDU Scriptures).
At the beginning, he talked about TAUHEED. Refer to Surah Al Ikhlas (1-4), he described the implicit meanings of the surah.
- If there are more than 1 God, there will be quarrel and shared power. (God has no absolute power).
- No beginning and ending of God.
- The whole universe is dependent on GOD
- God can't have anything beyond Him-afterall, that is not God
- God can't be imagined-whatever you can see is the creations, but God is the Creator
If these are rejected, we may possibly declared as 'syirk', which is mentioned in Surah An-Nisa' (4: 48)
"Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases, and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed a tremendous sin".
This is also related to our IMAAN and CONFIDENCE. Muslims, today, know ISLAM is A TRUE RELIGION, but they are not necessary 'YAQEEN' in ISLAM. It differs. We believe, but we might not be confident. =.='
How to be confident?
"If you love Allah and His Messenger, BEYOND ANYTHING ELSE, that is IMAAN, the SWEET OF IMAAN".
Brother Shah also pointed out the difference between DAKWAH and ISLAH.
Actually, DAKWAH means to call, to invite. That also means as to call to Islam by spreading the messages.
Brother Shah, DAKWAH may suit the action of conveying ISLAM to non-Muslims, rather than Muslims themselves.
Perhaps, the effort of improving ISLAM in Muslims is called ISLAH. So, in short:
DAKWAH: to NON-MUSLIMS
ISLAH: among MUSLIMS
***to be continued***