Friday, September 12, 2008

Have you seen ghost, devil, satan and hantu before? Pernahkah kamu nampak hantu??

Salam, Peace be with every Reader
Ramadan is a Holy Month for all the Muslims to do soul-searching and attain higher spiritual level so as to having a sound mind to distinguish right from wrong – also to receive revelation from Allah.
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Let’s look at what Quran says about fasting month of Ramadan:

"Ramadan is the (month) in which Qur'an was sent down, as a guide to mankind, and a clear guidance and judgement (so that mankind will distinguish right from wrong). Whoever among you witnesses the month of Ramadan should fast through it. But whoever is sick or on a journey, the prescribed period (missed should be made up) by days later. Allah wants ease for you and He does not want to put you into difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful" Q(2:185).

"O ye who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for people before you so that you will (learn how to attain) piety" (Q2:183)
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As I mentioned in my previous article titled "An Open to All Muslim Friends in Malaysia", I talked about the spiritual significance of fasting and how it could refresh our mind and soul, as a result, we would become a better person because of our empathy with the sufferings of others and, through fasting, pious Muslims would receive the spiritual discernment to distinguish right from wrong. Though a non-Muslim, I can attest to it through voluntarily fasting with Muslims and reading the Quran.
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To distinguish right from wrong, we must know what is "goodness" and evil; and we have no problem understanding "goodness"- but to know evil, we must come to an understanding of the characters of devil, ghost and satan, or "hantu"!
Iblīs (Arabic إبليس), is the name of the primary devil (Shaytaan or Satan) in Islam. The word is derived from the Arabic verbal root balasa بَلَسَ, meaning "he despaired"; therefore, the linguistic meaning of Iblees would be "he/it that despairs or causes despair".

Despair (noun) meaning: the feeling that there is no hope and that you can do nothing to improve a difficult or troubling situation. (Example: Is government in a mood of despair or drive the people to despair?)

According to the Qur'an, Iblees (satan) disobeyed God and as a result was forced out of heaven and given respite until the day of judgment from further punishment. Satan will divert many of Adam's own descendants from the straight path during his period of respite. Those who follow the way of satan will behave like satan, act like satan, talk like satan, think like satan, running amok -- they won't do what Quran teaches us to do, on the contrary they will do what Quran admonishes us NOT to do, for example "detention without trial", corruption, racism, murder, etc.

Allah in Arabic language also means "Most Compassionate", "Most Merciful", but those who follow the way of satan are the most ruthless and the most heartless!

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Nowadays many people talk about ghost, devil, satan and hantu, most people believe in the existence of ghost, devil, satan and hantu, and yet few people have ever actually seen ghost, devil,satan and hantu; nonetheless, many, especially those who are absolutely corrupted by power, have manifested in the form of ghost, devil, satan and hantu!

Ghost, devil, satan and hantu are commonly used words to describe "bad and evil" beings of the "other" world who are out to steal, to kil and to destroy, they really exist in this world! ghost, devil, satan and hantu won't harm us directly, but they will use their human followers (their agents) to harm us. Adolf Hitler and many cruel dictators are their followers. Those who lock up innocent people are also their followers!

To distinguish right from wrong, we must know what ghost, devil, satan and hantu are, and understand what they are against:

1. they are "evil" because they are against "holiness",
2. they are "filthy" because they are against "cleanness",
3. they are "corrupt" because they are against "righteousness"
4. they are "arrogant" because they are against "humility"
5. they are "cruel" because they are against "compassion"
6. they are "dictatorial" becaue they are against "freedom"
7. they are "avaricious" because they are against "altruism"
8. they are "depraved" because they are against "justice"
9. they are "lustful" because they are against "loving"
10.they are "taking" because they are against "giving"
11. they are "liar" because they are against "honesty"
12. they are "vengeful" because they are against "mercy"
13. they are "polluted" because they are against "purity"
14. they are "brutal" because they are against "meekness"
15. they are "racist" because Islam is against racism and prejudice!!

What Allah has taught us in the Quran is what they are against!
Let's think and think carefully who have gone astrayed and followed the path of satan, lest us follow in their footsteps and evil deeds.
May Allah open our eyes to distinguish right from wrong in this Holy Month of Ramadan.

May Allah bless our land and also protect us against the evil deeds of satan! Amin.

Benjamin Loi
13/September/2008 6:00AM

2 comments:

Amelia said...

Dear Mr Benjamin,
May peace be upon you. Praise be to God who has given you eyes,ears and a brain in which you put to good use. Very impressive articles-am new to your blog.

John J. C. Lew said...

Dear Benjamin,

I must say the same as Amelia as I admire your openness and wisdom in analyzing the Malaysian situation.

I'm all for a place where human beings treasure what's important for their souls to enhance. I must say many Malaysian leaders these days are far away from the "leaders of the people".

Again, very impressive writings. Please keep up the good work.

And to all Malaysians, stay cool no matter what. Once you lose your coolness, devastation follows.

John Lew
http://lews-info.blogspot.com/