DO WE BOTHER TO CARE?
“I’m Lovin it!!” Says Mc Donald. For years I’ve been dreaming of feeling the flavor of Mc Donald’s Prosperity Burger. All my friends have tasted it and also are still enjoying it but me; I seem to have no chance and strength to make a step into Mc Donald. My friends say that even one bite of Prosperity Burger can make you flying and you’re going to be addicted for more. But I kept on saying “NO!!” to Mc Donald even if that fast-food restaurant is a stones throw from IIUM.
The reason why I am so not into Mc D is because of two issues. The first is because of Boycott reasons. The second is not because boycott reasons. The first issue is that Mc Donald has been listed as one of the donating companies to Israel. Every penny causes the life of one Muslim; one penny spent on Mc Donald means one Muslim life gone. For that reason it is HARAM for us to consume Mc Donald. But other Muslim jurist has the view that boycotting is not HARAM but MUBAH (harus). Although the view is not that clear and I do not have the answer; I just come at the conclusion that it is better for me not to consume, that’s all.
The second issue is that even if Mc Donald is not boycotted I will not consume it. Why? To me consuming something that is not enjoined(Wajib) in ISLAM or not even recommended (sunnah) so why bother? Using considerate amount of money is not enjoined for your own purpose in not in ISLAM!!! In other words, spending RM10 for only a burger is a waste man!!! I could use RM10 for a day’s meal!!! It is just wasting money.
Each time we want to consume something not what we need, ask yourself; DO WE BOTHER TO CARE about our Muslim brothers and sisters out there?
Last night I attended a talk by Bro Norazman about the hardships faced by Muslims in GAZA. Masyallah, I felt like crying, but for some reasons, my tears were not flowing. The Muslims in GAZA are like prisoners in their own home!!! It is like someone who came to your house and took hold of your house; the only place that they gave who to stay is the TOILET. Is that FAIR? All the people are saying justice here and there, but to they WALK THEIR TALK?
The uniqueness of the Muslims in GAZA is that about 70% of them are unemployed. They do not have a job. This is because there is nothing left to be employed!!! Almost everything is gone. In GAZA, all the basic needs such as raw materials for cooking and cement for building are not present there. This is because Israel has cut all these basic needs from entering GAZA. CRUEL isn’t it? Although they do not have any job, amazingly there are no BEGGARS in GAZA!!! Even if you give money to small children on the streets of GAZA, they will not accept it. This is because “The hand that gives is better than the hand that receives.” Giving is better than receiving as what Victor Hugo said “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.” This is why we have to be like them and in the same time help them.
DO WE BOTHER TO CARE? This is a question for us to ponder. We certainly cannot go to GAZA and help. But we can help by two D’s; DUA and DONATE. Please implement the two D’s in our life.
May ALLAH help us in SEEKING THE LIGHT….