Extracts from my FB. Thanks to Ahmad Salik Ahmad Ishak
Takeaway #9 from Dr Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied‘s talk on “Malay Muslim Thinking – Lessons from History” at Masjid Assyafaah Darul Hadith on 16 Feb 2013
What should we do now? Firstly, we have to develop Quranic minds. Make ourselves and our family members close to the Quran. Do not start the day without it. Whatever we think, try to relate it back to the Quran. Make the Qur’an our habits and culture. Read the Quran with our children. Make them love the Quran. If they love the Quran, they will not be easily influenced by wayward ideologies.
Secondly, try to live the sunnah (ways) of the prophet. Try to improve the way we pray so that it is in accordance to the sunnah but what is more important is the sunnah in caring or looking after our family. Husbands should love their wives. The prophet said that the best among you is the one who is the best towards his family and I am the best among you to my family. We should try to bring the sunnah back into our families.
Third, we must ensure that our culture and tradition are based on the Syariah (Islamic jurisprudence) and not the other way round. Cultural practices that are against Syariah should be abandoned. Things that are easy should not be made difficult. Follow Islam because Islam enriches tradition. What is good (baik) is not necessarily true (benar) but what is true is definitely good. Al-Qur’an and As-Sunnah is true so we follow them so that our families will become good.
Fourth, all of us must engage in da’wah. It must become a fardu ‘ain. When we see Malay-Muslim children kissing in public places, we must stop them. Enjoin good and forbid evil. If we see children smoking, we should stop them but that would be more difficult if we are ourselves smokers.
Fifth, we must make knowledge and learning our culture. Talk less, read more. Our big cupboards at home used to store decorations should be removed and replaced with cupboards for books. We should buy fewer things. Muslim scholars in the past lived very modestly. Yusuf al-Makassari for example had only 5 shirts. Don’t talk about people, talk about books. Engage one another with knowledge.
Lastly, we must develop a generation of Malay-Muslim thinkers. We must produce more scholars who study not about things that are related to Islam but about the society and others.
The thinking among the Malay-Muslim community used to be very high but now we have lost this glory. We must go back to our roots and revive our intellectual tradition so that the Malays can become a great and respected community again.
The prophet said: I have left among you two matters by holding fast to which, you shall never be misguided: Al-Quran and As-Sunnah.