Last Friday, the husband and I met up with Petom and husband to watch Mufti Menk. If this is the first time you’ve heard about him, I am not surprised. I didn’t know about him either, until the husband showed me a poster.
If you were drawn by the beard, HI FIVE! Many questions did go through my mind at my first sight of this photo. How long did he take to grow the beard that long? How often does he groom it? Does he use any oil to maintain it? Does he find it a challenge to eat or drink, with any possibility of getting food stuck on it? Does he ever trim it? How is it that it looks perfectly black?
So random, I know. But I bet one or more of that questions went through your mind too, so don’t judge me okay! LOL.
Okok, beard-related matters aside, the four of us headed to Hougang Stadium for his talk, titled “Messages from Luqman Al Hakim“. For the benefit of my non-Muslim friends, there is one chapter in our Holy Book (aka Al-Quran) named after this man, Luqman. How special is he, to be chosen by Allah, to have his name in the Quran? It was his utmost wisdom. We were told that if one reads the specific chapter, one can obtain so many lessons from it.
But on that night, Mufti Menk spoke (and reminded us) about Luqman’s messages that were conveyed to his son, among other messages reflected in the Quran (31:13 to 31:19):
13. And (remember) when Luqman said to his son when he was advising him: “O my son! Join not in worship others with Allah. Verily! Joining others in worship with Allah is a greatZulm (wrong) indeed.
14. And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years give thanks to Me and to your parents, unto Me is the final destination
15. But if they (both) strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not, but behave with them in the world kindly, and follow the path of him who turns to Me in repentance and in obedience. Then to Me will be your return, and I shall tell you what you used to do.
16. “O my son! If it be (anything) equal to the weight of a grain of mustard seed, and though it be in a rock, or in the heavens or in the earth, Allah will bring it forth. Verily, Allah is Subtle (in bringing out that grain), Well-Aware (of its place).
17. “O my son! Aqim-is-Salat (perform As-Salat), enjoin (people) for Al-Ma’ruf (Islamic Monotheism and all that is good), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief in the Oneness of Allah, polytheism of all kinds and all that is evil and bad), and bear with patience whatever befall you. Verily! These are some of the important commandments ordered by Allah with no exemption.
18. “And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allah likes not each arrogant boaster.
19. “And be moderate (or show no insolence) in your walking, and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all voices is the voice (braying) of the ass.”
Among these seven verses, one that hits me is verse number 16. Sometimes we forget, that Allah sees. EVERYTHING. Even something as small as a grain of a mustard seed. We tend to forget that when we commit a wrongdoing when nobody else sees. Or that’s what we think. When in fact, it is the syaitan who has succeeded in convincing us to commit the wrong act, and Allah sees.
So now we realize this, what now?
We repent. Only to Him. Vow never to do it again. Keep striving to be a better Muslim. For He is the Most Loving and Most Forgiving.
Though Mufti Menk spoke for about an hour, but for us who attended, may his speech and sharing remind us constantly. I would say that night was made for the event to go smoothly. It started at 7.30pm after Maghrib prayers. Rolling thunders could be heard non stop since 6pm, but Alhamdullilah, it did not rain at all during the event, especially with many who sat on the open football field of the stadium.
But only after the event, the heavy rain announced its arrival while the four of us were enjoying our naan at Little India. How about that? MasyaAllah. Macam tahu je.
He was in Singapore over a few days giving back to back lectures on various topics, though I was unable to make it for all, but I am thankful to be able to make it for this one.
I hope he can come again to Singapore, so that he can share some tips to the husband about the beard. OK KIDDING! Fine, I’ll leave the beard alone. I hope he can come again to Singapore with more lectures, benefiting us all.
If you wished you were there, you can! He has a website where all his lectures are uploaded shortly after each ends. Efficient betol mufti ni.
With that, I hope this entry benefits you, as much it has benefited me!
The Noble Quran – Chapter 31 [for the translation]
Darul Arqam Singapore, Muslim Converts’ Association of Singapore [for the photo]