Another Brick in the Wall
Only two media channels reported on the sermon by PAS Deputy President Tuan Ibrahim at PWTC on Friday. Astro Awani merely mentioned the sermon as part of the Islamic Unity Gathering, #HPU schedule.
Malaysiakini reported on the story of Jews inciting the Muslims from among the people of Aus and Khazraj in Medina by reminding us of past rivalry. They only saw the political angle of the story as a response to Tun Dr Mahathir and other PH leaders who were hard at discrediting the #HPU.
The owners may not find it necessary to report more on the content of the sermon. The sermon can be heard in full on Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) Pusat Facebook HERE from 36:00 onward.
Yours truly was there yesterday.
Noticeably nearing the end of the sermon, the congregation was moved to tears by the call from Tuan Ibrahim on Muslims to unite on the basis of common faith (aqeedah).
While the #HPU is the gathering of two political parties with the aspiration to rebuild the nation, it was made on the platform of faith. There are challenges that need to be overcome and overcoming challenges need strength.
Tuan Ibrahim reminded us that we must find that strength through our faith. It is faith that brought us together and will continue to bring us even closer together.
For a long time, Muslims have been split and quite often, it is over petty matters. It was Allah’s will that brought our hearts together.
Iman was the common ground.
Sincerity to unite, sincerity to reach consensus, and ultimately, sincerity to Allah made the joining possible. It was the pleasure of Allah that brought our hearts together.
Tuan Ibrahim begin his sermon by reminding the congregation of hijrah and its significance to the #HPU which, according to him, was to begin the journey to unite our hearts.
The prophet made the hijrah to Medina and the main thrusts of his early actions was to build a Masjid, build relationship among Muslims and non-Muslims, established a market to build economic strength, strengthen politics and military.
Prophet Muhammad faced challenges from worried Jewish economic lords in Medina who instigated the Muslims with sensational allegations, created doubts and split the Aus and Khazraj by reminding them of the bitter past war between them.
There is similarity with the current happenings in Malaysia. Tuan Ibrahim Muhammad reminded the congregation that to build is difficult and takes time. To destroy is easy and can happen in a short period of time.
Prophet Muhammad met the Yahudi and Nasrani to talk. He sought upon them to talk on matters of common interest (perkara sama antara kami dan kamu). Common interest enables unity to be reached. To disunite, all one needs is to highlight the differences.
Somewhere in the sermon he reminded that there are other races and faith. Their interests and welfare is equally our responsibility.