This is brother Chandra.[Picture by Ikrimah Husni]
“Ad-dakwah qobla kulla shaik” said Chandra a singer/scholar from Shoutul Harakah at our last moment together before he took off with the rest of the crew to Bandung, Indonesia yesterday (28 march 2010). I became their one of their tour guide for a day in KL. We spent the day together from 11 am to 7 pm. For my companions (the tour guide team) Raja Azman, Ikrimah Husni, Riduan Zain and I, learnt a lot from these, I should say, Muslim Scholars the true meaning of life as a Muslim. What he said to me was a simple quote but it inflicted a dramatic impact on me because putting ISLAM ahead of others requires incredible commitment and sheer dedication!! But I see they managed to do it because Chandra was an Indonesian Emigration Officer but he said “I may be an officer but that is only part-time job, being a DA’E is my full-time job, remember this Ad-dakwah qobla kulla shaik.,.” Masyallah, May the blessings of ALLAH are upon them.
Concert LIFE LINE 4 GAZA.[Picture by Ikrimah Husni]
Flashing back on the day of the concert LIFE LINE 4 GAZA: BREAK THE SIEGE (26 March 2010), the SHOUTUL HARAKAH’S performance was remarkable!! I have never ever felt so energetic at the same time feeling as if someone is touching my heart saying “ALLAH is with you.” A very special feeling and experience I would say. I’ll give two thumbs up to Shoutul Harakah for the greatest performance. They managed to ROCK the crowd!! Everyone was like jumping and shouting ALLAHUAKBAR!! It was like everyone was ready to go to Palestine if they had the chance to do so. Masyallah, this is another stunning scene and the best part is that not only teenagers were lively that night, even mothers and fathers took part also as if they were still young (yeah young at heart). A very unique scene and you cannot experience it in other concerts, an energetic concert that makes you closer to ALLAH. I feel sorry for those who did not participate; you have to feel that you REGRET IT.
You see brothers and sisters, we did ROCK that night, but the question is have we WALKED what we showed off that night? We did ROCK that night by jumping here and there showing off our enthusiasm to help Palestine, but have we walked our PROMISE to help Palestine after we have left the concert hall? Do we still have the same energy, enthusiasm and force as that night in us today? Have we donated or made dua’ for Palestine everyday as what we promised? So what is the point feeling strong and firm that only that night and all we do is just sleep after that?! To me it is just a big pile of crap. Abg Amru ‘Irfan who was sitting beside me said “Do not show off your enthusiasm if you’re not IKHLAS!!” Yes he said that to me and I silenced after that. It is better of you not to do if you are not IKHLAS. Ask yourself, are you MUKHLIS?
I actually disgust people who shouted ALLAHUAKBAR and a minute after that he took out a box of cigarette branded DUNHILL. I saw this in front of my eyes in one demonstration to show protest to MESIR for not allowing help to GAZA. I’ve always wanted to say “Heh, what is the point you shouted ALLAHUAKBAR when ALLAH will not accept it?” People took an oath and after that they breach that oath. What is the point of pledging and promising then? This is the same as we say BOYCOTT but after that we purchase Mac Donald’s after that. You shout SAVE PALESTINE, FREE PALESTINE, but after that you ask people “Who wants to treat me BURGER KING WOOPER?” It is like we are doing something halal and haram at the same time and the result is nothing. When –ve meets +ve the answer is negative right? Same as that.
For those who are still doing this, please stop!! I beg you. Please ponder this hadith “There are three distinguishing features of a hypocrite: when he speaks, he lies, when he promises he backs out and when he is given something in trust he breaches the trust” In surah As-sof: 2, ALLAH says to the effect “and fulfill the covenant. Surely, the convenant will be asked about”
Please read my words properly. May The Blessings of ALLAH be upon us all.
P/s: For those who want a copy of high quality pictures of the concert LIFE LINE 4 GAZA: BREAK THE SIEGE pm (personal message) me ok contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our last moment together before take off. [Picture by Ameen Misran]