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									                 Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
                          Friday Sermon
                4 May 2012 /12 Jamadilakhir 1433
     The Role And Necessity Of Religion For Humankind

My dear blessed jemaah,
On every Friday, we are invited by our khatibs to have taqwa to
Allah s.w.t. One of the purposes is to remind us that no matter
how busy we are with our career and responsibilities, our lives
must be centred on Allah s.w.t. This is important because within
the hearts of every man is implanted the need to constantly
connect with Allah, the Almighty. If we forget about this affiliation,

we will loose our sense of peace. We will be lost in a state of
disarray since we have ignored our relationship with Allah s.w.t.
Therefore, let us continue our relationship of taqwa with Allah
s.w.t. Perform all of His commandments and avoid all of His
prohibitions so that we can attain peace through our relationship
with our Creator.

Dear brothers beloved by Allah,
For our mutual benefit, let us reflect upon the words of Allah s.w.t.
in surah Al-Imran verse 14:

Meaning: “Beautified for people is the love of that which they
desire - of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver,
fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the
enjoyment of worldly life, but Allah has with Him the best return.”

My brothers,

The verse recited earlier clearly reflects that the human nature is
attracted to material things, the love of all beautiful things and the
pleasures of the world.

Man’s nature does not change through time. Although our love for
specific things have changed compared to the past as portrayed
by Allah in that verse, in reality they are similar. Men are still
attracted to material things, and to all things that are beautiful and

My dear beloved brothers,
In the reality of today’s lifestyle, particularly for us who live in
metropolitan cities, we are not free from the trap of materialism.
With the high cost of living expenses, monetary and material
needs are deemed as necessities for our survival.

As with other people, we are not excluded from the obligation of
seeking sustenance for our own selves and for our families. In
fact, in this uncertain global climate, our job is neither guaranteed
nor stable. We are constantly faced with the risk of termination
and layoffs.

Such factors lead us to work even harder in ensuring that we are
always able to compete with our other colleagues at work. As a
result, we are highly competitive among ourselves and this has
become the norm at our workplace. In fact, if not managed
properly, this may lead to unnecessary stress or pressure from
the intensity of our work that at times we forget to take care of our
physical and spiritual health.

Parents equally face such pressures and stress. They experience
the fear of potential challenges that will befall their children. With
the era of globalization, the influence of negative traits is easily
embraced by our youths. And why not? With the proliferation of
knowledge, youths are now becoming more intelligent and savvy,
as the ability and skills of surfing the internet has become a daily
norm for them. This is the price of progress today.

In fact, such stresses are not limited only to adults, but are also
experienced by students. They are faced with increasingly
demanding standards of education and from the competition of
their peers. In addition, they have to also face the demands of
their parents who always expect excellent results from them.

Recently, we have read in the newspaper of how more young
people in Singapore that are experiencing stress and suffering
from mental illness without realising it. The figure of 1 out of 14
young people experiencing this condition is essentially not a small
figure. Undeniably, mental illness is an exceptionally a delicate
health condition that requires appropriate and holistic intervention
and medication. It is here where religion and our relationship with
Allah s.w.t will be able to act as bulwark against stress,
depression and chronic anxiety. With a soul that is always
conscious of the will of Allah’s s.w.t, we hope that our children’s
lives will be stronger and sufficiently equipped with resilience in
facing with the challenges of the modern world today.

My respected brothers,
Without us realising, at times, the life demands sometimes make
us complacent. We work almost everyday and the same goes for
those who are still in school. Such busyness, sometimes without
even us realizing it, has caused us to neglect our spiritual needs.
Our souls are constantly feeling worried and anxious. Our hearts
are constantly feeling uneasy and empty. It is important for us to
ensure that we establish a relationship and find links between our
jobs, school with our act of worship towards Allah s.w.t. Let us not

forget to put an intention that our daily chores are indirectly part of
our ibadah towards Allah s.w.t.

Allah s.w.t. said in surah Al-Ma’arij verse 19-22:

Meaning: “Indeed, mankind was created anxious. Fretful when
evil touches him. And niggardly when good reaches him. Not so
those devoted to Prayer.”

Dear blessed jemaah,
Prayers in this verse does not only refer to the prayer which
consists of ruku’ and sujud. Prayers here can also be intended to
include doa. By continuing our relationship with Allah, it guards us
from two things; anxiety and worry, as well as pride attributing all
success to our sole efforts. The essence of this verse is that we
are all urged to return to Allah and the teachings of His religion to
fill the spiritual void that we experience living in this modernity.

My respected brothers,
Our lives are temporary. Therefore, let us make use of our time by
performing deeds that will attract the Pleasure of Allah. There is
nothing wrong in searching for the comfort and wealth in this
world, as long as we do not forget to fill our hearts and soul with
the remembrance of Allah. Remember the advice and guidance of
Rasulullah s.a.w. in a hadith narrated by Ibnu Umar r.a.:

“Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a traveller.” Ibn
'Umar then said: "When evening comes, do not expect (to live till)
the morning, and when morning comes, do not expect (to live till)
the evening. Take from your health (a preparation) for your illness,
and from your life for your death.”

From today’s sermon, allow me to summarize a few salient points:
First, there is an increasingly urgent need for humankind to return
to Allah and the teachings of His religion to fill the void and
emptiness of our hearts and soul. Second, among ways for us to
be more resilient in facing the pressure of our lives today is
through solidifying our relationship with Allah. Third, religion will
help in adding meaning and direction and a sense of purpose to
our lives today.

May our return to the religion of Allah and through our practicing
the teachings of Islam, can help to establish ourselves to be
people who are not only wealthy in our material and educational
pursuits, but also a Mukmin who is wealthy in his heart, spirit and
soul. Amin.


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