salam everyone..finally Allah has blessed me with ideas and a free time for me to write in this wonderful blog 🙂
Yesterday, the Msian Society held a games nite for all the members to chill and enjoy playing board games together. Amongts all the games there, i dunno why i was so attracted to Monopoly. Maybe because it has been a long time since i last played it or because it has always been one of my fav childhood games.
After an hour or so of playing Monopoly, i realized how dangerous this game could be as it can bring out the worse in a person. Lets see a few examples that i think we could reflect upon:
- Feeling greedy: everyone wants to buy the most sites, build as many houses on each site so that they could receive a lot of money each time an opponent lands on their site. The more money a person has to pay you, the more happier you’ll become
- Jealousy: i cannot help but feel so jealous with those who bought a lot of sites and kept receiving money. It seems as if the rich ones just keep getting richer and the poor keeps getting poorer *sigh*
- Feeling happy every time i receive money or when some one lands on my site (is this the same as no 1? oh well..) and also the urge to curse when something bad happens eg when I have to pay someone or go to jail
- There was this one time, i landed on a site that had 2 houses and i had to pay 600pounds!! Since i was the “poor” one in the game,
i could only pay 200pounds. But the owner of the site wouldn’t accept debts so she asked me to sell a few of my sites to her, but i refused (really reaALLY REALLY refused – bleh bygkan x suasana yg begitu tegang diantara pemilik site yg “tegas” & penghutang hehe) i dunno why but it felt so heavy to let go of something that’s yours, plus giving away my sites will mean less income for me!
There are loads of other examples that i think all of you could think of but those are just a few. Now that ive set the situation, let’s relate this with surah Al-Humazah. Alhamdulillah Allah gave me the chance to hear the tafseer of this surah during my usrah.
1. Woe to every slanderer and backbiter.
This surah is a makiyyah surah and it actually reflects on the behaviour of the Quraisy people back then, but i think all of us could clearly see how relevant this surah is to all of us nowadays. There are 3 categories of people that Allah mentioned here; the slanderers, the backbiters, and those who like to gather wealth. But today i will just focus on the third category.
Wealth and material? Dangerous things these are.. It can make you forget about the hereafter, make you greedy and jealous and etc etc. It can make you forget about the Almighty and about the main purpose of life. If you think that wealth and material can make you last forever, then you are wrong! It would be a shame if wealth controlled us and not us controlling our own wealth.
In this surah, Allah has linked the action (slander,backbite,gather wealth) with the consequence,ie the hell of Hutamah (crushing fire –> now that sounds SCARY!) In verse 6, it mentions that Hutamah is the fire that Allah has kindled, and when Allah relates Himself spesifically with anything, it means that it is going to be something DIFFERENT and when i say different, it may mean more hotter or scarier than the other hells.Wallahualam. Even the fire from a candle can make me cry and scream of pain, what more from the fire of hell, or Hutamah-the crushing fire, that Allah himself will light the fire up???? “Ya Allah, jauhkanlah kami dr api nerakaMu”
And in verse 7 it mentions that the fire will leap over to the heart. Why did Allah spesifically mention the heart and not other organs like the brain as it’s position is higher than the heart? Well, its because all of the actions mentioned above in the surah all comes from a BAD HEART. If we remember in the 6th Hadith that Rasulullah mentioned that in our body there is a morsel of flesh and if that is good then the whole body will be good and vice versa, and that morsel of flesh is our HEART!!