Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Allah Made Me Funny

I came across ustaz maszlee malik's blog and read over the acticle entitled Akhirnya Pemimpin Arab Mampu Untuk Bersepakat. What interested me was a link on Azhar Usman and Preacher Moss, whom both are muslim stand-up comedians. Wow! Never thought there would be any but there they are.
I’ve watched one of Azhar Usman’s performance, and yes, comedy from a true muslim perspective. Not really did I understand all his jokes, but he did pinch in a few facts about islam and the misconceptions by the public. He managed to fill the platform for da’wah.

Allah Made Me Funny (AMMF) really portrays the skills given by Allah to do da’wah just like in the story of Ghulamu Da’wah. *yet to find the book~ ‘Iman & Harakah’

After all, ustaz Salam also quoted that da’wah is fun. Where ‘fun’ is actually an arab word meaning ‘art’. Islam can reach each sole differently and to that matter, we must vary the method of preaching on it. Simply said, da’wah is all means of calling humans to Allah. Don’t take this rigidly. That’s why people think too much to what extend must they urge others into islam, whereby just asking one to think about His creation is actually da’wah.

وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ قَوْلاً مِّمَّن دَعَا إِلَى اللَّهِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحاً وَقَالَ إِنَّنِي مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ
[fuhsilat, 41:33] And who speaks better than he who calls to Allah while he himself does good,
and says: I am surely of those who submit?

But as daie’s, we must always bare the end in mind. Da’wah IS to call upon human to obey Him in every means of his life.

While me, umi and abi were watching a documentary ‘Animal Did It First’ over Animals Planet channel, I suddenly came across the question about house flies.

Q: I once read that house flies only life up to 12 hours.
HMN: Naah! At least around 1 or 2 weeks. If you check the life circle of a fly, it could take around a week to reach adulthood.
ZK: Maybe once they’ve laid their eggs, they fly out to die?
HMN: See how Allah has created these animals. Certain creations die after serving their main purpose of life, to breed. Once done, nature will take its path.
ZK: Different to human. Once giving birth, the responsibility stacks up. To feed. To teach. To protect.

Q (monolog): because our purpose of life is not to breed. Its to bring islam into the world. Memainkan peranan sebagai khalifah dan menyeru kepada ketundukan total, pengabdian sepenuhnya kepada Allah.

I usually share in my usrah the question of to what extend is our role as caliphs? In bahasa, khalifah yang memakmurkan bumi. Through what yard stick we use to measure ‘makmur’. Peradaban. Civilization. Is it through education, technology and mega constructions?

I believe that ‘makmur’ will only be achieved when islam is put at the most top. Ustaziatul Alam. The last stage of da’wah from the 7 steps.

Are we heading there my friends? Am I?

What skills can we lend for this noble mission?


Back to (AMMF), Azhar Usman portrays a good side of muslims. A side which has been in the dark view from the public’s eyes. Muslims don’t laugh, they’re serious and they don’t socialize. Well in a way, he showed that we are very much humane.

Respect. May Allah bless and give strength to all preachers of islam through methods unthought-of.

وَقُلِ اعْمَلُواْ فَسَيَرَى اللّهُ عَمَلَكُمْ وَرَسُولُهُ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ
وَسَتُرَدُّونَ إِلَى عَالِمِ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ
[Taubah,9:105] And say: Work; so Allah will see your work and (so will) His Apostle and the believers;
and you shall be brought back to the Knower of the unseen and the seen,
then He will inform you of what you did.

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