Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sunnatullah and the non-Muslims

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

I've just finished reading Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret". There are a lot of new insights that I've learned, understood and received from the book; on the power of love, being grateful, believing in goodness and a lot more. In particular, reading Rhonda Byrne's writing, her enthusiasm, beliefs, success and stories on "The Secret", which the main concept is based on The Law of Attraction, made me reflect that sometimes, we Muslims forget or are ignorant about the truth that even the most "magical" and "mystical" Sunnatullah could also happen to our fellow non-Muslims. Now what do I mean by this?

First let's look at what is the meaning of Sunnatullah. Sunnatullah means "the rules of the universe governed by Allah s.w.t" (Hasrizal Jamil, 2012: Link) or "a complete and integral system of cause and effect and it runs systematically and perfectly in accordance with the command of Allah" (Ismail R. al-Faruqi: Link)

The Law of Attraction contains life concepts that are based on Sunnatullah. And they are Sunnatullah that are "mystical" and "magical". Why do I term them as "magical" and "mysitical"? It's because logic can't explain the happenings of these kinds of Sunnatullah. To exemplify, let's look at one example taken from the concepts of Law of Attaraction explained in Rhona Byrne's book; the magic of giving sincere charity.

In one part of this book, Byrne explains that in order for us to be more financially stable, or blissfully wealthy, we must practise ourselves to love giving sincere charity to those in need, especially in the form of money. We should not be greedy. We must cultivate the sincerity and love of giving away wealth, in our hearts. She explains further that once we give with the intention to feel the love of giving money and the love of helping others, then money, wealth and riches will be attracted to us and will eventually come to us. However, she did remind readers that one should not have a materialistic mind set; "to get more money, I have to give more money". She affirms that one HAVE TO give with sincere heart and with the intention so that the heart will feel the love of giving charity, not for the sake of merely receiving wealth in return.

In Islam, the act of giving charity or known as sadaqah is highly encouraged. Below are dalil of encouragment from the Quran and Ahadith on giving charity or doing sadaqah:

In the Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah verse 276, Allah proclaims:

{2:276} يَمْحَقُ اللَّهُ الرِّبَا وَيُرْبِي الصَّدَقَاتِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ كَفَّارٍ أَثِيمٍ 
"Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity: 
For He loveth not creatures ungrateful and wicked". 

Allah’s Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (sallahu alaihi wassalam) said: “Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth, and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” (Muslim #4.6264) 

It has been narrated from Abil Darda' that: “The Messenger of Allah (S) spoke to us on Jumu'ah and said, “O' People! Turn back to Allah (in repentance) before you die; and before you get too busy (in your life) perform righteous deeds; correct the relationship between yourselves and your Lord so that you may gain felicity; and give a lot of charity (sadaqah) so that you are given (by Allah) sustenance; and enjoin goodness upon others so that you may be protected (from the hell fire) and forbid others from evil so that you may be assisted (by Allah).”

It is written in the dalil above that some of the wisdom behind the sincere act of giving charity is one's wealth will not be decreased, in fact, Allah will even provide him with more sustenance, not only in this world, but also in the hereafter. From a logical perspective, wealth or money will eventually be decreased if we give them away. But with Allah's power and supremacy  He has determined it that wealth will not be decreased when we give them away for charity, in fact they will be increased. This, is one of the "magical and mystical" Sunnatullah and this is where the Law of Attraction concept discussed above, is extracted from.

Now going back to my reflection earlier. It's true, sometimes we Muslims tend to forget that "magical" and "mystical" Sunnatullah could also happen to our fellow non-Muslims. How do these Sunnatullah happen to them? Simply because they believe in or do the actions that will make them experience the Sunnatullah, though they are not Muslims or they do not believe in Allah, yet. In the case of giving charity mentioned above, if they give charity out of their sincere heart, they too will get what Allah has promised; "increase for deeds of charity", "wealth will not be decrease" and "be bestowed with more sustenance". The Sunnatullah is not exclusive for Muslims, it is for all human beings. Subhanallah Allah is indeed Ar-Raheem.

Why do I choose to highlight on this? It is because sometimes we Muslims tend to forget that Allah's love is also showed towards the non-believers because they are also His servants. Allah is their Creator too. Some Muslims are trapped into thinking that Allah is only for Muslims, as though the life of non-Muslims is totally cut off from Allah's guardianship. In truth, Allah is the Lord of the universe, He is the Lord for all, He is the one who provides sustenance for all, He is Al-'Adil, The Most Just and therefore His rules and ways of  ruling (Sunnatullah) are subjected to all His creations, be it Muslims or non-Muslims.

Once, a friend gave her opinion "Look at all these non-Muslims, they can easily become rich and wealthy.. For them it is easy..because they can do rasuah (corruption).. That's why they can become rich easily.."

Hmm...this is the idea that we should try to avoid. In one perspective, we can't agree to that cause if we agree, it's as if we are being conservative, as if we are telling the world "Hey if we don't practise rasuah (i.e if we follow what Islam says), we cannot be rich, ever". That's wrong. Totally wrong. We can still be rich by avoiding rasuah and following the Islamic rules.

Secondly, we should not agree to it cause we can't be judgmental. Some of those wealthy men and women who are non-Muslims have fought their hardest to reach the level that they are now. They have gone through several courses, seminars and education levels to be where they are now. They have learned a lot and they have done a lot of readings too. They don't simply become rich out of a blink. Some of them went through the "clean" paths to succeed. And here we are, judging they got everything for "free" and Allah does not assist them at all. Who knows, maybe they are exposed to the Law of Attraction; to always give sincere charity, to always be grateful and etc. These are also Sunnatullah. Or maybe they have striven very hard and Allah has promised it that whoever works hard to change one's situation (from bad to good, good to better), Allah will assist him/her to change it. And due to their hard work, they succeed. That is also Sunnatullah.

Basically, from today onward, dear Muslim brothers and sisters, let's not be too narrow minded. Let's not be judgmental. Let's open our mind and widen our perspective. We have to believe that Allah is the Provider for ALL, and his Sunnatullah happens to ALL and He is the the guardian for ALL.


Disclaimer: The writing above has nothing to do with the use of "Allah" by religions or races other than Islam and Muslims. This is a totally different topic with different dalil and syarah.

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