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The top five groups when discussing Muslims and Islam - Where do you sit?

Muslim Conservatives 

Muslim Conservatives believe that Islam is perfect and that the Hadith and the Quran as a whole contain no errors. They view liberalism as a Western invention incompatible with their interpretation of the faith. They believe there is a cosmic war going on between the Muslim world and the West. They won’t blow you up any time soon but whether they be Salafist or Wahhabi, they often tend to support violent jihad against the West, including violence against civilians. Few in this group engage with Western media; they are far more active in Arab and Urdu media such as Aqra Channel, Al Jazeera Arabic and the like.

Muslim Moderates

Muslim Moderates also consider Islam to be perfect and the Quran and the Hadith to be inerrant. They like Conservative Muslims still believe punishment is necessary for anyone who questions Muhammad or the Quran, Canada’s a perfect example of moderate Muslims still being advocates for blasphemy law and Sharia law. However, they don’t as often follow the Quran that advocate violent jihad and they try to deny that any link exists between jihad and Islam. They are frequently seen in Western media, especially television, stating that Islam is a religion of peace, that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, and that terrorist groups are un-Islamic. Their views on human rights cover a broad spectrum, from advocating public killing of gays to welcoming gays as equal citizens and from defending women’s right to wear head scarves to requiring them by law. Many have been educated enough to understand the West is not their enemy, but some justify jihad as a way of addressing grievances against Western imperialism and the West’s support for Israel. In the main, Muslim Moderates argue that terrorist groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram have nothing to do with Islam and that those who speak out against it are motivated by racism, hatred of minorities or bigotry. Some Muslim Moderate organizations have high profiles in Western media, often acting as public-relations firms and lobby groups for Muslim communities. Examples include the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and CAGE in the United Kingdom. Prominent Muslim Moderates often seen on television include Linda Sarsour, Dean Obeidallah, Murtaza Hussain and Mahdi Hassan.

Muslim Reformers

Muslim Reformers either don’t consider the Quran to be perfect and the literal word of Allah or concede that some of its commandments are not applicable in the twenty-first century. They try to rally against extremist interpretations and to create new ones more in keeping with modern liberal values. They accept that there is a link between radical interpretations of Islam and terrorism. Many of them advocate for liberal government and separation of religion and state. Prominent individual Muslim Reformers include Maajid Nawaz, Asra Nomani, and Irshad Manji.

Pseudo-Liberal Apologists 

Pseudo-Liberal Apologists are mainly non-Muslim white liberals, they suck up and agree with Moderate Muslims argument that terrorist groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram have nothing to do with Islam and are either a result or a creation of Western imperialism. Pseudo-Liberal Apologists tend to agree that Islam is a peaceful religion and that those who speak out against it are motivated by racism, hatred of minorities or bigotry, or hold a neoconservative imperialist agenda and desire to kill all Muslims and steal resources from Muslim-majority countries… They tend to think that the greatest enemy of world peace is Western capitalism, a view they share with many Moderate and Conservative Muslims. Pseudo-Liberal Apologists tend to receive a lot of media attention; in U.S media, members of this group receive the most attention of any of the six groups. Examples include Glenn Greenwald, Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman. 

Genuine Critics of Islam 

Genuine Critics of Islam are mainly progressives, some of them atheists, who think that there is a connection between some interpretations of the religion and bad or violent behavior. They share many agreements with Muslim Reformers. Some tend to think that Islam in the twenty-first century represents a special case, and some do not. They are acutely aware of extremist groups in the Muslim world and around the globe and see a clear link between violence and some interpretations of the fundamentals of Islam. They view Islam itself as a major reason human rights are poorly upheld in most majority-Muslim countries. Most are also very critical of Christianity but are likely to argue that the Enlightenment has had a “buffering” effect on Christianity that Islam has yet to undergo, leaving Islam in need of enlightenment or reformation. They tend to differentiate between Islam as a set of ideas and interpretations and Muslims as people. Often, they mostly rely on statistics to resist making generalizations about Muslims as a whole. Prominent examples include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Bill Maher, Salman Rushdie, Ali A. Rizvi, Aki Muthali, Sarah Haider and many others. 

Daily Hadith

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘ala Rasulillah

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu 'anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) kissed Al-Hasan bin Ali
while Al-Aqra’ bin Habis At-Tamim was sitting beside him. Al-Aqra said, “I
have ten children and I have never kissed anyone of them,” Allah’s Apostle
(Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) cast a look at him and said, “Whoever is not
merciful to others will not be treated mercifully.”

Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 26

Beginilah Nabi Memperlakuan Anak-Anak…
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Anda sering jengkel dengan anak?

Merasa kesal bahkan pusing dengan kelakuan mereka yang terkadang bandel dan tidak mau diam?

Ya, perasaan itu pasti pernah kita rasakan, karena faktanya, anak-anak tidak selalu lucu dan menggemaskan, tetapi juga terkadang membuat kita jengkel, sedih, bahkan marah.

Tak jarang, para orang tua kewalahan menghadapi tingkah polah anaknya.

Mendidik anak menjadi baik adalah hal yang tidak mudah dan membutuhkan kerja keras.

Allah menjanjikan pahala yang besar bagi orang tua yang berhasil mendidik anaknya menjadi anak yang sholih.

Di antaranya bahwa pahala anak sholih menjadi pahala yang tidak terputus bagi orang tuanya setelah ia mereka berdua meninggal dunia.

Mengingat betapa berharganya seorang anak dalam Islam, sangat tidak mungkin apabila tidak terdapat bimbingan yang lengkap dalam kitab dan sunnah dalam mentarbiyah mereka.

Salah satu bimbingan Islam dalam hal ini adalah perilaku Nabi  shalallahu alaihi wasallam terhadap anak-anak.

Bagaimanakah Nabi memperlakukan anak-anak pada masanya, sehingga tercetaklah generasi terbaik tiada bandingnya?

※ Dalam hadist Abu Hurairah, ia berkata : Kami pernah sholat Isya’ bersama Rasulullah, dan ketika beliau sujud, naiklah Hasan dan Husein di atas punggung beliau.

Bila beliau mengangkat kepala, beliau menurunkan mereka berdua dengan perlahan dan meletakkan mereka di lantai.

Ketika beliau sujud, mereka naik lagi ke punggung beliau, hal itu berulang-ulang sampai selesai sholat, kemudian beliau meletakkan mereka di atas paha beliau.

※ Seorang shahabiyah, Ummu Kholid juga menceritakan masa kecilnya: Aku mendatangi Rasulullah shalallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersama ayahku dan aku memakai baju berwarna kuning.
Kemudian aku bermain-main cincin kenabian di punggung beliau, maka ayahku melarangku, tetapi Rasulullah berkata: biarkan saja, kemudian berdoa: “Semoga engkau panjang umur”, sampai tiga kali.

✓Beginilah Rasulullah memahami kebutuhan anak-anak terhadap permainan dan senda gurau. Dan bukannya membatasi kesenangan mereka dan menuntut mereka bersikap seperti orang dewasa.

◆ Rasulullah shalallahu 'alaihi wa sallam juga sering menggendong anak kecil.

※ Diriwayatkan bahwa beliau menggendong anak kecil sehingga ia kencing di pakaian beliau, maka beliau meminta air dan memerciki pakaiannya.

※ Dalam riwayat yang lain dikisahkan bahwa Nabi mencium Hasan Bin Ali radhiyallahu 'anhuma dan di sisinya ada Al Aqra’ Bin Harits, maka ia berkata: “Sesungguhnya aku memiliki 10 orang anak dan aku tidak pernah mencium mereka.

Maka Rasulullah pun memandangnya dan berkata:

من لا يَرحم لا يُرحم

"Siapa yang tidak menyayangi tidak akan disayang.”

✓Beginilah Nabi mengasihi dan menunjukkan rasa cintanya pada anak-anak, bahkan memperingatkan orang yang tidak mau menunjukkan cintanya pada mereka

※ Kadang-kadang beliau shalallahu 'alaihi wa sallam memangku cucu beliau, Hasan Bin Ali dan Usamah Bin Zaid bersama-sama sambil memeluk mereka dan berkata: “Ya Allah sayangi mereka karena sesungguhnya aku menyayangi mereka”.

※ Dalam riwayat Imam Ahmad, Rasulullah shalallahu 'alaihi wa sallam meletakkan tangannya di atas dada atau di antara kedua bahu Ibnu Abbas sembari berdoa: “Ya Allah, berilah ia pemahaman ilmu agama dan ajarilah ia tafsir”.

✓Beginilah Nabi mendoakan anak-anak dengan kebaikan dan bukan sebaliknya mengucapkan kata-kata laknat untuk mereka.

◆ Beliau juga bermain dan berbincang-bincang dengan anak-anak, walaupun dalam hal tampak sepele, sekedar untuk menyenangkan mereka.

※ Dari Anas radhiyallahu 'anhu ia berkata: “Sesungguhnya Nabi shalallahu 'alaihi wa sallam adalah orang yang paling baik akhlaknya.

Aku memiliki adik yang bernama Abu Umair dan ia memiliki seekor burung kecil yang sering ia mainkan. Maka apabila Rasulullah datang ke rumahku ia berkata pada adikku: "Ya Aba Umair, apa yang dilakukan nughair (burung kecil)?”.

◆ Rasulullah juga mendudukkkan anak-anak seperti Abdullah Ibnu Abbas dan Abdullah Ibnu Umar dalam majelis para shahabat, mengajari dan berdiskusi bersama mereka dan seperti layaknya shahabat yang lain.

◆ Dan beliau membonceng Abdullah Ibnu Abbas di atas kendaraannya sambil menasehati dengan bahasa yang mudah dicerna dan penuh makna: “Wahai anak kecil, jagalah Allah niscaya ia akan menjagamu”.

✓Beginilah Nabi menghargai dan menghormati seorang anak dan menumbuhkan kepercayaan diri mereka. Bukan sebaliknya, mengabaikan kehormatan dan keberadaan mereka, serta meremehkan mereka.

※ Berkata Umar bin Abi Salamah: “Aku adalah anak kecil di rumah Nabi, maka ketika makan, tanganku menjelajah di atas nampan. Maka Rasulullah shalallahu 'alaihi wa sallam berkata kepadaku dengan lembut: "Wahai anak kecil, sebutlah nama Allah, makanlah dengan tangan kananmu, dan makanlah makanan yang dekat denganmu”.

※ Berkata pula Anas Bin Malik: “Pernah suatu hari Rasulullah menyuruhku keluar untuk suatu kebutuhan. Maka aku berkata: "Demi Allah saya tidak mau pergi, padahal sebenarnya aku mau melakukan apa yang disuruh oleh Nabi.”

Maka aku pun keluar, sampai aku melewati anak-anak yang sedang bermain di pasar, maka Rasulullah (mencariku dan) memegang bajuku dari belakang.

Maka ketika aku menoleh, kulihat beliau tertawa sambil berkata: “Ya Unais, apa kamu pergi seperti yang aku suruh?” Aku menjawab: “Iya wahai Rasulullah.”

Sungguh demi Allah, aku telah melayani beliau selama 9 tahun, dan aku tidak pernah melihat beliau berkata terhadap apa-apa yang aku kerjakan: “Kenapa kamu melakukan itu?” atau terhadap sesuatu yang tidak aku kerjakan “Mengapa kamu tidak melakukan itu ?” (tidak memarahi).

✓Beginilah Nabi bersikap sabar terhadap kenakalan dan kekurangan adab anak-anak, menasehati mereka tanpa teriakan, celaan, apalagi kekerasan.

Ada pula riwayat yang tak kalah mengagumkan.

※ Dalam suatu majelis Rasulullah, duduk di sebelah kanan beliau seorang anak kecil sedangkan di kiri beliau orang dewasa.

Maka ketika beliau shalallahu alaihi wa sallam hendak memberi minum (karena kebiasaan Rasulullah selalu memulai dari kanan beliau), Rasulullah berkata pada anak itu: “Wahai anak kecil, apakah kamu memberi izin untuk memulai dari orang yang lebih tua?”

Maka anak itu menjawab: “Demi Allah, saya tidak mau bagianku diambil seorang pun. Maka Rasulullah pun memberikan haknya.

✓Beginilah Rasulullah menghormati hak setiap orang, walaupun ia seorang anak kecil, meminta izinnya, dan tidak menyia-nyiakannya.

✓Beginilah kasih sayang dan perhatian beliau terhadap anak-anak, padahal beliau adalah orang yang paling mulia, paling sibuk, memiliki kedudukan paling tinggi, tetapi beliau:

• Tetap meluangkan waktu untuk memperhatikan pendidikan dan memelihara kedekatan dengan anak-anak.

• Menunjukkan cinta dan penghormatan.

• Serta mengajarkan kepada orang dewasa bahwa anak-anak sangat butuh kelemah lembutan dan kesabaran.

Maka, akankah kita meneladani beliau dalam hal ini?

✒Ummu Sholih,
Di kota Al Madinah An Nabawiyyah
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Source: bimbinganislam.com / grup Whatsapp BIAS (Bimbingan Islam)

Just a thought

Lets talk about something very important guys.

Manners. Islamic adab (manners)

Sometimes we tend to forget how important adab (manners) is in Islam. But you will see that it is one of the MOST IMPORTANT part of Islam.

There is one ayah I want to get your attention to:

O you who have believed, do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet or be loud to him in speech like the loudness of some of you to others, lest your deeds become worthless while you perceive not. (Holy Qur'an, al-Huhurat, 2)

Here is the explanation of this ayah in Ibn Kathir tafsir:

“This contains another kind of favorable behavior. Allah the Exalted is teaching the believers that they should not raise their voices above the voice of the Prophet . It was stated that this Ayah was revealed about Abu Bakr and `Umar. Al-Bukhari recorded that Ibn Abi Mulaykah said, “The two righteous ones, Abu Bakr and `Umar, almost earned destruction when they raised their voices before the Prophet who was receiving the delegation of Bani Tamim. One of them recommended Al-Aqra` bin Habis the member of the Banu Mujashi` while the other recommended another man. Nafi` (a subnarrator) said: “I don’t remember his name.” Abu Bakr said to `Umar, `You only wanted to contradict me,’ while `Umar said, `I did not intend to contradict you.’ Their voices then became loud, thereupon Allah the Exalted sent down this Ayah, Abdullah bin Az-Zubayr said, “After that, `Umar’s voice was so low that the Messenger of Allah had to ask him to repeat what he said so that he could understand what he was saying to him.

Al-Bukhari recorded that Anas bin Malik said, “The Prophet missed Thabit bin Qays and a man said, `O Allah’s Messenger! I will find out about his news.’ That man went to Thabit and found him sitting at home with his head lowered and asked him, `What is the matter’ Thabit said, `An evil matter!’ And he said that he used to raise his voice above the voice of the Prophet . He feared that his good deeds would be useless and he would be among the people of the Fire. The man went back to the Prophet and conveyed Thabit’s statement and returned to Thabit with a wonderfully good news. The Prophet said, (Nay, he is among the dwellers of Paradise.)” Anas commented, “We used to see Thabit walk among us knowing that he was (to be) among the dwellers of Paradise.”

Now lets reflect on this a little. Allah tells the Shahabah that if they do not watch their manners every deed they did will become worthless. Allah tells that to Abu Bakr Siddiq and Umar (ra)? The best of the best? Just because they raised their voice in front of the Prophet (saw)? YES! That is why some scholars say that manners come before deeds and knowledge.

What deed are we talking about? Sufferings in the first years of Islam, Hijrah, battles, spending on Allah’s cause etc!

Here some hadiths about manners:

The best of the Muslims is he from whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe.“[Muslim]

The best of people are those with the most excellent character.” [Tabarani]

So, are we being careful with our manners? Can we control our anger? Are we polite? Are we nice? Are we compassionate? Are we humble? How is our relationship with our parents? How are we treating our friends? Are we good to the society? Are we treating the animals well? You can go on and on with the list…

“Excellence is being kind to those who are evil to you.” - Prophet Eisa (as) (Jesus)

Imam Malik once said to a young man from Quraysh.“O son of my brother, learn manners before learning knowledge.”

Lets use this Ramadan to improve our manners insha'Allah!

May Allah (swt) grant us the manners of Peophet (saw). Ameen.