Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Football: An Islamic Perspective (2)

continued from the last article

Nevertheless, there were many negative aspects that deformed the overwhelming joy, including:

First: Exceeding all proper limits while celebrating in streets, which was characterized by misconduct and paying no attention to the interests of others, a behavior mistakenly understood within the context of expressing joy. Examples can be seen in blocking streets, shooting fireworks, molesting girls, destroying cars, unlawful mixing between boys and girls while celebrating.
Second: Exceeding proper celebration limits in some public and private institutions during the final game and subsequent days to the extent that public interests were hardly achieved.
Third: Showing uncontrolled joy regardless of distresses the Ummah suffers. I wonder why do not we care for the feelings persecuted Iraqis and Afghanis when they see such celebrations!
Fourth: Extravagantly conferring unreasonable monetary bonuses and unreasonable spending on the football activities in general. No doubt, the country passes serious economical circumstances giving no room for spending such or even less sums of money. Supposing that the economical position is better, no equal appropriations is allocated to other more important fields such as scientific, medical, nutrition and infrastructural fields. Moreover, the low spirit of youths, who endure great economical sufferance seeking essential live provisions, should be cared for. Seeing football players of equal age who are not as highly educationally qualified as them receive millions of pounds because of football playing, they must feel depressed.
It is also eye-catching that some businessmen give exorbitant gifts to players on such occasions. In my opinion, it would be better if the value of such gifts is spent on society-developing projects or given to the farming and working class. If they insist, gifts should be given privately to players, for, in fact, using it for mere propaganda is meaningless.
Fifth: Paying much time to watching the tournament games, which extends much further to include watching hours-long analytical studios before and after the game. This is in addition to time given to public discussions on games and to waiting the team plane coming back home for hours. (Amazingly, some people spend the whole night in the airport waiting for the team plane.) Supposing that one thousand persons only waited for the plane for ten hours, Muslims would miss ten thousand useless hours!

The following question is now inevitable: Why did these negative aspects take place?
Unarguably, the answer is:

First: There is a priority trouble on both governmental and individual levels as well as on the level of the Ummah as a whole. While negligent in performing duties and requirements necessary for essential and future family needs, an individual is being concerned with fruitless and valueless interests.
Second: Due to the general state of frustration caused by lack of examples of genuine success in other important fields, as the Ummah suffers from failure in a variety of fields, people feel very joyful for achieving any success in any field even if entertainment-related. In this regard, it should be born in mind that the list of the best 500 universities in the world is void of any Muslim university and that we are industrially backward and dependent on others. The same is the case with many other fields.
Third: Lack of sound religious awareness which might serve as an organizer of Muslim's thought, a director toward highly important interests and an arranger of ideas in good order.
Fourth: The feeding frenzy sparked off before, during and after such occasions. Actually, mass media dealt with winning the cup as a great victory in an attempt to distract public attention from serious interests.
Finally, I would like to express the view that we are not against sports or celebrating its victories. However, all aspects should be put within the general and integrated frame of a Muslim committing to Islam who practices sports and watches its games by way of entertainment. Within the same frame, he does not waste his time, respects the time of others, excels in his study field and enjoys an excellent noble character. Such a Muslim also does not fail to read about Islam and is much more keen to pursue Muslims' news than sports or players news.
A final word to all players: Through your good morals, commitment to Islam and seriousness, you can be callers to Allah's way and have impact on such society classes as can never be affected by great Du'ah (callers to Islam) and scholars. Actually, this is a great bounty of Allah which you should safeguard and for which you should be grateful to Allah.
I ask Allah to confer success and prosperity on the whole Muslim Ummah.
Dr. Ragheb ElSergany

[1] Related by Al-Tirmidhy and Ibn Majah and is judged by Al-Albany to be Hassan (reliable).
[2] Related by Al-Tirmidhy and Ahmad and is judged by Al-Albany to be Sahih (authentic).
[3] Related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Football: An Islamic Perspective (1)

Football: An Islamic Perspective
by Dr Ragheb El Sergany

The Egyptian public opinion has been totally absorbed for about 20 days in the African Cup of Nations matches and later in the celebrations following the Egyptian team winning the cup. This motivates us to discuss such a sensitive issue, i.e. the issue of the African Cup of nations or more accurately the issue of football from an Islamic perspective.
But why this issue is sensitive?
The answer is: It is sensitive because people went to one of two extremes thereon. Some people were fully enthusiastic and felt so joyful that they exceeded all proper limits. On the other hand, other people denied the whole matter viewing that celebrating such events is unlawful. They view that the Muslim Ummah is suffering great problems and it is thus improper to celebrate while many Muslims are slain all over the world.
Actually, there is a great gab between the two extremes. As for us, we adopt a middle course between them, for, indeed, Islam is a moderate religion. In this regard, Allah (the Exalted) said, "Thus We have made you [true Muslims - real believers of Islamic Monotheism, true followers of Prophet Muhammad SAW and his Sunnah (legal ways)], a Wasat (just) (and the best) nation," [Al-Baqarah, 143].
Taking the issue of kidding in the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him) as an example, we will find that some people understand that there is no restrictions on kidding as the Prophet (peace be upon him) himself used to kid in some occasions. However, there are still others who take into consideration other occasions and such Hadith as the one that reads, "By Allah, if you could know what I know, you would laugh little and weep much; you would not enjoy your wives in beds, and would rush into streets and jungles in search of Allah's refuge."[1] Accordingly, they deem kidding to be unlawful and running counter to the Sunnah and thus deliberately contract their brows.
In fact, both views are not in accord with the Sunnah.
Considering the authentic Sunnah, we can find out that the Prophet (peace be upon him) would joke sometimes but would never exceed the limits set by Shari'ah (Islamic law). In other words, he never told a lie, mocked or made a fool of anybody. Moreover, he was ever smiling as stated by Abdullah bin Al-Harith bin Jaz', who said, "I have never seen anyone more in the habit of smiling than Allah's Messenger."[2] Another Companion, Jarir bin Abdullah, said: "Since the time I accepted Islam, the Prophet never once failed to notice me. Whenever he saw me, he would smile at me."[3] Furthermore, the Prophet (peace be upon him) is known to have laughed at times "until one could see his molar teeth." Actually, the Prophet's smiling face was not seen only during peaceful and welfare times but also during the time of distress or even when some Companions would commit a mistake.
Therefore, moderation should not be understood according to our own standards but based on a careful study of the life of our great model (peace be upon him).
Hence, we should first answer an important question if we are to deal with the issue of sports in general and football, more specifically African Cup of nation, in particular. The Question is: Is practicing sports lawful or unlawful?
Some might feel it strange to ask such a question. However, my answer to it will be more astonishing to many people. I view that practicing sports is apt to the Ahkam (rulings) pentad consisting of Wajib (obligatory), Mustahabb (recommended) Mubah (permissible), Makruh (abominable) and Haraam (prohibited).
To clarify, practicing sports is Wajib on the part of soldiers who must do so in preparation for jihad in the cause of Allah. It is also Mustahabb on the part of those who wish to strengthen their physical abilities. Moreover, it is permissible with regard to those who practice sports for entertainment. In addition, it is Makruh in case it caused undesirable waste of time although it does not lead to missing fundamental acts of worship. Finally, it is Haram in case it leads to missing acts of worship, if practiced by women watched by men and if practiced by men wearing tight clothes bulging their private parts, such as swimming championships formal suits. Likewise, it is Haram if accompanied by betting or gambling.
Now, let us together analyze positive aspects of the African tournament so that we might thank those who did them and make use of them as well as negative aspects so that we might avoid them in the future. Below is an outline of positive aspects:
First: There is the taste of an effort exerted, a system followed and a victory achieved especially by Hassan Shehata, the head coach, and the team players.
Second: The team spirit was obviously noticed among the players. (Actually, I have not watched any game due to lack of time; however, this is what I am told about.)
Third: It was remarkable that players would ascribe success to Allah's help in all media interviews they made.
Fourth: The team was generally characterized by commitment to religion. This is supported by many incidents including congregationally prostrating themselves as celebration of scoring a goal, self-control and willpower over their actions and donating to build a mosque in Kumasi, a spirit that was moved to players of such other teams as Ghana.
Fifth: Aboutrika lifted his shirt to reveal a T-shirt with a pro-Gaza slogan, while everyone is absorbed in the game paying no attention to the Gazan Muslims distress.
Muhammad Aboutrika (Ah-Ahly/Egypt)
Sixth: Such a stance of him gained unanimous Arabic public sympathy and thus the Arab public celebrated the Egyptian victory in many Arabic cities.
to be continued
P/S: bahagian 2 akan disambung nanti. untuk pengetahuan korang, ni adalah satu artikel yg aku jumpa masa merayap2 kat internet.sebenarnya dah agak lama dah tapi aku lupa nak link asal dia

Monday, February 8, 2010

Jika Terakhir Buatku

buah tangan terbaru Saujana -
Nota Cinta
kali ni tak ada apa-apa sangat.cuma nak kongsi satu lagu je. Lagu ni bertajuk Jika Terakhir Buatku dendangan kumpulan Saujana. Lagu ni sebenarnya dari album baru mereka, baru sahaja berada di pasaran.Sebenarnya dah agak lama Saujana tidak mengeluarkan album baru. Kali terakhir 2004-05 kalau tak silap, album bersama NSH.(lagu seperti Jalan Sehala dsb)

Lagu ni, pada pandangan aku mungkin agak kuat dari segi lirik.(atau aku yang agak leka selama ini kembali terkesan dengan lagu menginsafkan? hoho)
NOTA: Lagu dah boleh didengarkan dah..betulkah?

Jika Terakhir Buatku

Artis: Saujana
Album: Nota Cinta

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sukar mencari jalan yang benar
kerna dipaut hasut dunia
mencintai yang lain lebih dariMu

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hingga kering air mataku menitis
namun terkadang aku berpaling
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jika terakhir hidup
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dan sujud mengabdi
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untukku meniti ke jalan redhaMu
izinkan daku mengulangi janji-janji yang baru
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