Abdul Sattar Edhi – A Hero for the Poor and Destitute

by Zaheer Iqbal

Humanitarian and Edhi Foundation Chairman Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away at the age of 88 in Karachi on Friday night, A state funeral was held today after Zuhur prayers at the National Stadium attended by prominent figures from the Army and Government and thousands members of the public after which he was laid to rest at Edhi village.

Crowds of people gathered outside the Karachi hospital late Friday night to express their condolences to the family.

Social media quickly lit up in honour of the man whose work uplifted the nation’s destitute and orphans, the love is cemented in their hearts..

Known in Pakistan as the “Angel of Mercy” for his social work that also won international acclaim, Edhi had established a welfare foundation almost six decades ago that he oversaw together with his wife, Bilquis Edhi.In 2013, The Huffington Post said that he might be “the world’s greatest living humanitarian.

“I wanted to teach the nation how to give.”
Abdul Sattar Edhi

His work won him many awards including the Gandhi Peace Award, the 2007 UNESCO Madanjeet Singh prize, the 2011 London Peace Award, the 2008 Seoul Peace Award and the Hamdan award for volunteers in humanitarian medical service.

Revered by many as a national hero, Edhi created a charitable empire out of nothing. He masterminded Pakistan’s largest welfare organisation almost single-handedly, entirely with private donations. To many, Edhi was known as “Father Teresa” of Pakistan.

 

Edhi was born in 1928 in Bantva in the Gujarat, British India. The partition of India led Edhi and his family to migrate to Pakistan in 1947. He then shifted to Karachi, He initially started as a peddler and later as a commission agent selling cloth at a Karachi wholesale market, he later established a free dispensary with help from his community. That was the start of his Charity Empire for the people of Pakistan. His mother would give him 1 paisa for his meals and another to give to a beggar.

“You have to care for all beings created by God…My mission is to help any person in need.” Abdul Sattar Edhi

Frail and weak in his later years, Edhi appointed his son Faisal as managing trustee of his charity in early 2016.

Motivated by a spiritual quest for justice, over the years Edhi and his team created maternity wards, morgues, orphanages, shelters, and homes for the elderly — all aimed at helping those in society who were in need.

The Edhi Foundation continues to grow in both size and service, and is currently the largest welfare organisation in Pakistan. Since its inception, the Edhi Foundation runs the world’s largest ambulance service (operating 1,500 of them) and offers 24-hour emergency services. It has rescued over 20,000 abandoned infants, rehabilitated over 50,000 orphans and has trained over 40,000 nurses. It also runs more than 330 welfare centres in rural and urban Pakistan which operate as food kitchens, rehabilitation homes, shelters for abandoned women and children and drug addicts and clinics for the mentally handicapped.

He will be remembered for years to come and will inspire others to work for humanity.

As he left this world his final words were “Meray mulk kay ghareebo ka khiyal rakhna.”. (Take care of the Poor of my Country.” He also donated his eyes for any one in need of them.

TERLENA – Al Marhum Prof Hamka

Waktu berlalu begitu pantas menipu kita yang terlena

Belum sempat berzikir di waktu pagi, hari sudah menjelang siang, Belum sempat bersedekah pagi, matahari sudah meninggi.

Niat pukul 9.00 pagi hendak solat Dhuha, tiba-tiba azan Zuhur sudah terdengar..

Teringin setiap pagi membaca 1 juzuk Al-Quran, menambah hafalan satu hari satu ayat, itu pun tidak dilakukan.

Rancangan untuk tidak akan melewatkan malam kecuali dengan tahajjud dan witir, walau pun hanya 3 rakaat, semua tinggal angan-angan.

Beginikah berterusannya nasib hidup menghabiskan umur? Berseronok dengan usia?

Lalu tiba-tiba menjelmalah usia di angka 30, sebentar kemudian 40, tidak lama terasa menjadi 50 dan kemudian orang mula memanggil kita dengan panggilan “Tok Wan, Atok…Nek” menandakan kita sudah tua.

Lalu sambil menunggu Sakaratul Maut tiba, diperlihatkan catatan amal yang kita pernah buat….

Astaghfirullah, ternyata tidak seberapa sedekah dan infak cuma sekadarnya, mengajarkan ilmu tidak pernah ada, silaturrahim tidak pernah buat.

Justeru, apakah roh ini tidak akan melolong, meraung, menjerit menahan kesakitan di saat berpisah daripada tubuh ketika Sakaratul Maut?

Tambahkan usiaku ya Allah, aku memerlukan waktu untuk beramal sebelum Kau akhiri ajalku.

Belum cukupkah kita menyia-nyiakan waktu selama 30, 40, 50 atau 60 tahun?

Perlu berapa tahun lagikah untuk mengulang pagi, siang, petang dan malam, perlu berapa minggu, bulan, dan tahun lagi agar kita BERSEDIA untuk mati?

Kita tidak pernah merasa kehilangan waktu dan kesempatan untuk menghasilkan pahala, maka 1000 tahun pun tidak akan pernah cukup bagi orang-orang yang terlena.

Pak Hamka.
(Pujangga Nusantara)
hayati dan sebar

Bagaimana Jutawan India Muslim Ini Menyumbangkan RM56.6 juta ….

Kisah Ahmad Dawjee Dadabhoy ini diceritakan oleh Ustaz Mohd Ramadhan Fitri Elias (Senior Vice President Maybank Islamic/ Ketua Jabatan Pengurusan Syariah Maybank Islamic Malaysia) dalam pembentangannya di Konvensyen Pejuang Hartanah di Cyberjaya.

Pernahkah kita dengar cerita tentang Ahmad Dawjee Dadabhoy?

Ahmad Dawjee Dhadabhoy

Beliau merupakan seorang jutawan Malaysia berketurunan India Muslim.

Di akhir hayatnya beliau mewakafkan hampir keseluruhan hartanya berupa sebidang tanah yang luas sekitar 1.2 ekar di Jalan Perak dan juga lot lot saham bernilai jutaan dolar di Bursa Saham London dan beberapa bursa saham lain.

Tanah beliau di Jalan Perak, Kuala Lumpur dibangunkan sebuah menara wakaf 34 tingkat yang hari ini dikenali sebagai Menara Wakaf Bank Islam.

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Bangunan yang dibina dengan modal dikeluarkan Tabung Haji itu pada tahun 2007 dengan kos RM151 juta. Hari ini, bangunan tersebut disewakan sebagai pejabat Kelas A di kawasan segitiga emas yang kedudukannya tidak jauh dari KLCC.

Diberitakan Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP) sebagai pemegang amanah harta wakaf Ahmad Dawjee Dadabhoy ini akan menerima RM56.6 juta hasil sewaan bangunan ini selama 25 tahun. Sekarang, bangunan ini disewa oleh Bank Islam, dan menjadi pejabat utama headquarters mereka.

Dihari kematian beliau pada 24 Januari 1987, beliau meninggal di sebuah rumah flat kecil di Jalan Masjid India di kelilingi oleh buku-buku bacaan beliau.

Tidak ada harta lain lagi bersama beliau melainkan sedikit itulah. Selebihnya sudah diwakafkan keseluruhannya untuk ummah.

Pernah keluarganya datang dari Afrika Selatan ke Malaysia.

Titisan Air Mata Keluarga Ahmad Dawjee

Apabila dibawa melawat tanah tanah wakaf beliau di kawasan segitiga emas Kuala Lumpur, mereka menitiskan air mata melihat bertapa tingginya nilai hartanah tersebut dan tingginya ketaqwaan saudara mereka Ahmad Dawjee yang mewakafkan hartanya itu kepada ummah.

Inilah tauladan kepada kita di zaman ini sebagaimana yang kerap kita dengar kisah sahabat sahabat Nabi SAW yang meninggal dunia tanpa harta kerana mewakafkan harta mereka sebelum meninggal dunia walaupun ketika hidupnya kaya raya.

Ia juga petunjuk kepada kita bahawa agama menggalakkan kita mencari harta dan mengembangkan harta. Tetapi perlu diingat harta kekayaan itu bukanlah milik mutlak kita. Perlu dikongsikan dengan ummah berupa zakat, sedekah dan wakaf.

Di hari kematian kita, tinggal di alam barzakh, pahala sedekah itu akan terus menerus berjalan.Kemudian dibangkitkan di akhirat kelak menjadi lebih kaya untuk tempoh yang tiada penghujungnya disebabkan ketinggian taqwa kita kepada Allah atas harta yang kita infakkan.

Semoga kisah kali ini menjadi iktibar untuk kita semua.

Convert or Revert To Islam ?

Definition: Convert is the English word most often used for one who embraces a religion after being raised in another faith. A common definition of the word “convert” is to “change from one religion or belief to another.”

Muslims believe that all people are born with a natural faith in God. According to Islam, children are born with an innate sense of God, which is called the fitrah. Therefore, some people see conversion to Islam as a “return” back to this original, pure faith.

For this reason, many Muslims prefer to say that they have “reverted,” rather than converted to Islam. A common definition of the word “revert” is to “return to a former condition or belief.”

Both terms are commonly used to describe those who embrace Islam as adults, after having been raised in or practicing a different faith system. In Malaysia , Muslims converts are sometimes refered to ” masuk Melayu. ” For some, to become Muslim is to become a Malay because most Malays in Malaysia are Muslims. This connotation results in misunderstanding among the converts and the Muslim community at large. Whatever it is we as converts or reverts  should adhere to:

﴿الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِى وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الأِسْلاَمَ دِيناً﴾Qur’an, 5:3

(This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.) This, indeed, is the biggest favor from Allah to this Ummah, for He has completed their religion for them, and they, thus, do not need any other religion or any other Prophet except Muhammad . This is why Allah made Muhammad the Final Prophet and sent him to all humans and Jinn.

 

 

Dare to know the truth ?

Letdare to know the truth belakang’s talk frankly.  Almost never do non-Muslims study Islam until they have first exhausted the religions of their exposure.  Only after they have grown dissatisfied with the religions familiar to them, meaning Judaism, Christianity and all the fashionable “-isms”—Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism(and, as my friend once added, “tourism”)—do they consider Islam.

Perhaps other religions do not answer the big questions of life, such as “Who made us?”  and “Why are we here?”  Perhaps other religions do not reconcile the injustices of life with a fair and just Creator.  Perhaps we find hypocrisy in the clergy, untenable tenets of faith in the canon, or corruption in the scripture.  Whatever the reason, we perceive shortcomings in the religions of our exposure, and look elsewhere.  And the ultimate “elsewhere” is Islam.

Now, Muslims would not like to hear me say that Islam is the “ultimate elsewhere.”  But it is.  Despite the fact that Muslims comprise one-fourth to one-fifth of the world’s population, non-Muslim media smears Islam with such horrible slanders that few non-Muslims view the religion in a positive light.  Hence, it is normally the last religion seekers investigate.

Another problem is that by the time non-Muslims examine Islam, other religions have typically heightened their skepticism: If every “God-given” scripture we have ever seen is corrupt, how can the Islamic scripture be different?  If charlatans have manipulated religions to suit their desires, how can we imagine the same not to have happened with Islam?

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Mana yang Lebih Baik, Mualaf atau Islam Sejak Lahir?

Mike-Clercy-Sebenarnya, mana yang lebih baik antara orang yang Islam sejak kecil (dilahirkan dalam keluarga Islam) dengan seseorang yang baru memeluk Islam setelah dewasa (mualaf)? Berikut ini fatwa Ibnu Taimiyah:

Prasangka sebahagian orang bahawa orang yang lahir dalam Islam dan tidak pernah murtad lebih baik daripada orang kafir yang masuk Islam adalah tidak benar.

Sesungguhnya yang dilihat adalah bahagian akhir. Siapa saja di antara keduanya yang lebih baik ketaqwaannya kepada Allah pada akhir hidupnya, maka ia lebih utama. Kerana sebagaimana diketahui, orang-orang terdahulu dari kalangan Muhajirin dan Anshar yang beriman kepada Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala sesudah kafir, mereka lebih utama dibandingkan orang yang lahir dalam keadaan Islam baik anak mereka maupun bukan anak mereka.

Demikianlah. Mana yang lebih baik bukanlah ditentukan di awal, tetapi di bahagian akhir kehidupan. Ada orang yang awalnya kelihatan baik, na’udzubillah, di akhir hayatnya ia murtad. Ada pula yang baru masuk Islam setelah dewasa, ternyata Allah memberikan hidayah dan keistiqamahan hingga akhir hayat.

Lamanya masuk Islam juga bukan jaminan seseorang lebih utama dibandingkan muslim lainnya. Umar bin Khattab misalnya. Ia baru masuk Islam pada tahun keenam kenabian. Ada puluhan orang lainnya yang mendahului Umar bin Khattab dalam masuk Islam. Namun nyatanya, Umar bin Khattab menjadi sahabat paling utama kedua setelah Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq.

Open Your Eyes Dinner

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By Kumaran Nagapa- Grassroots

Syukur Alhamdulillah, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Open Your Eyes Dinner at the very retro-ish Kelab Darul Ehsan, Ampang, last night (28/11/15).

The dinner was organized by Hidayah Centre and the speakers were Bro Firdaus Wong and Sis Rafiedah Veronica.

Since my car is still in the workshop, Subashini, Baby Jyo, Mr. Mariappan and myself were driven there by the wonderful couple Abg. Sahid and Kak Rugayah Shadan. This is not the first time these active members of Ikram-Kuala Selangor, came out of their way to help us.

The evening was made sweeter by the presence of my non-muslim family members; Mr. Mrs. Nagapa, my parents, Mr.Mrs. Gopalan, my brother and sister in law, Mr. Mrs. Gopal, my uncle and aunt, and their son Sanjeev, who were some of the earliest to arrive.

This is the first time my family members are attending an Islamic function. Perhaps some of you may understand when I say how nervous I was. The hardest to dakwah, is, ones own family.

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But the friendly voice our emcee of the night, Bro Kassim, eased my nerves and we started off the evening with solat Maghrib jemaah and followed by a sumptuous dinner.

By the time our first speaker of the night, Bro Firdaus Wong, took stage, the banquet hall was jam packed by about 80 people and extra chairs were arranged.

This eloquent ex-footballer was scoring within minutes, catching the audiences attention by sharing the key message of Allah is the God for all mankind. He shared easy to understand verses from the Holy Quran and Hadis of our beloved Rasullallah Nabi Muhammad PBUH.

During the question and answer session, Bro Firdaus had to tackled questions from the crowd before ending the talk with the catchy yet meaningful phrase “I.S.L.A.M. – I Shall Love All Mankind.”

The warmed up crowd was easy picking for Sis Rafiedah Veronica, who shared some heart-wrenching personal experiences. Many of the audience were moved by her well timed and worded talk.

I took chance to hang out with her children and could see how this amazing mother juggles her dakwah without neglecting her family. May the strength of Allah swt. be always be with our inspirational Sis Rafiedah.

Towards the end of the evening, we were treated with a round of prizes from a quiz based on the given talks. After viewing a short video of Dr. Zakir Naik, another round of quiz and prizes were given.

Just when I thought the evening could not get any better for the up and about crowd, we beared witnessed to the highlight of the night, Syukur Alhamdulillah, three wonderful souls who had received Hidayah decided to Syahadah on stage.

Syahadah of Bro Victor from Ghana led by Bro Fakharuddin

Syahadah of Bro Victor from Ghana led by Bro Fakharuddin

As I walked my family to their respective cars, I thanked them for joining this event and tried getting some feedback. Alhamdulillah I heard many positive things.

It was the minor details that won big. My mom mentioned how thoughtful it was by the organizers to consider the vegetarian corner and no beef was served. My dad spoke about the multitude of races amongst the attendees and coordinators.

Finally before departing, my mother gave me some muruku, nei urundai, sippi and coconut candies as we were yet to meet for Deepavali, and asked, ” So, when are we doing this again?”…

Ps: My heartfelt prayers to the organizers, speakers, our new brothers and sister, my family, attendees and the readers of this article. May we be blessed with His hidayah and rahmah always. Amin ya rabbal al amin.

Emmanuel Adebayor converts to Islam

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For the past few months, Togolese footballer, Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor has been releasing online family issues and how he has been dealing with them as well as vice versa. As days, weeks, months stretched on, he was reported to have dumped his Christian faith and converted to islam. His ‘conversion’ was also published online with a YouTube video showing him in a gathering of muslim faithfuls.