Today, I’ll be sharing about what I had learned from the seminar I went to last two weeks ago. I’m sorry if I didn’t share this to you guys earlier on. Anyway guys, I did find the seminar very productive. I didn’t catch the speaker’s name but I got interested from what she is tackling about, and how she was presenting her message. Her voice was loud that you can sense the sincerity out of it. Feel the strong sense of being a Muslim by words.
Islam does have many type/kinds under it, just like Christianity, but Islam is beyond 1 type. According to some sources, Islam has 72 and Christianity does have a 71. Please correct me if this number is wrong. From those big sectors in Islam, I am a SUNNI so as well the preacher and the people who are there. The preacher suddenly mentioned about this group of SHIA, one of the sectors of Islam, who are trying to preach this kind of teaching all over our place. It was being said that they are giving money to some people especially those younger people to attract them in becoming a part of their activities, which I think isn’t right. Making the people believe in your belief through buying them isn’t a pleasing attitude. You cannot tell what other people to believe in, because that is a natural instinct. Anyway, maybe some of you are wandering what’s the difference between these two sectors of Islam.
Sunni – based on Wikipedia is the largest branch of Islam; its adherents are referred to in Arabic as ahl as-sunnah wa l-jamāʻah (Arabic: أهل السنة والجماعة), “people of the tradition of Muhammad and the consensus of the Ummah” or ahl as-sunnah (Arabic: أهل السنة). For short, in English, they are known as Sunni Muslims, Sunnis, and Sunnites. Sunni Islam is the largest religious denomination for any religion in the world. Sunni Islam is sometimes referred to as the orthodox version of the religion. The word “Sunni” comes from the term Sunnah (Arabic: سنة), which refers to the sayings and actions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad as recorded in Hadiths.
Shi’i Islam is based on the Quran and the message of the Islamic prophet Muhammad attested in hadith recorded by the Shia, and certain books deemed sacred to the Shia (Nahj al-Balagha). In contrast to other Muslims, the Shia believe that only God has the right to choose a representative to safeguard Islam, the Quran and sharia. Thus the Shia look to Ali, Muhammad’s son-in-law, whom they revere and consider divinely appointed, as the rightful successor to Muhammad, and the first Imam. In the centuries after the death of Muhammad, the Shia extended this “Imami” doctrine to Muhammad’s family, the Ahl al-Bayt (“the People of the House”), and certain individuals among his descendants, known as Imams, who they believe possess special spiritual and political authority over the community, infallibility, and other quasi-divine traits.
Unlike Shia, Sunni believes that the last sealed prophet is the Prophet (S.A.W), and after him will be no other prophets to come, yet shia go beyond in this believe and made Ali as the last prophet as so it seems in the records. I don’t really don’t know what was their aim but as for me, I grow up in a Sunni believe and I will be one, until the end of time, In sha Allah. This is the reason why the preacher told us to be more careful in going to a seminar, for us not to be deceived.
Let’s go the main discussion of this seminar. The preacher tackled about the Dhunob, which is mostly known as Sin. The meaning of this Dhunob is doing work against Islam. Let’s enumerate some of this that was being told there:
- Doing those acts that were told forbidden is a SIN.
- Not doing those obligations as stated by the ruler of all is a SiN.
- The preacher just told us that there are major and minor sins. That is punishable with 40 kinds of punishment.
One great example is committing a fornification. When you commit fornications then the punishment for you will be 100 stones. You will be stoned by the people even your family. If you live, then that will be it. However, if you commit adultery while you are married, you will be stoned to death. If the male survive from this punishment, he is required to be thrown out for one year.
- Those people who talk ill to others are a Sin. It will not be forgiven unless he would do the “Tawbat” or asking forgiveness.
- It will also be a sin committed if you bribe some people to vote you in the election or the other way around is also a sin.
- Following your whim/desire is also a sin.
According from the records there are 4 major sins but Omar (R.A) enumerated 7 of them.
- Praying to others beside Allah (S.W.T).
- Killing other people
- Spending the money that was left for the orphan child.
- Spending the earned money that came from interest.
- A Muslim person who runs away while in the middle of the fight.
- Accusing a woman for committing adultery/fornification without any evidence.
Other sins were also being enumerated from the seminars and these are the following.
- Not asking forgiveness from Allah (swt) believing that what he/she had done is something not to be forgiven.
- Promising something that he/she isn’t sure of doing it for real.
- Gaining interest.
- Accusing your spouse to be committing Zina.
- Drinking wine/alcohol.
- Being prideful person.
- Cutting the ties with family member.
- Male doing the Female actions or vice versa
- Being cruel to neighbor
- Boys who don’t pray in mosque.
These were the thing that I did take noted on the occasion, and I know there are lots of them. Sins are inevitable to man, and asking forgiveness is something that matters in this kind of situation. As a person, I asked Allah (swt) to enlighten my heart, and make me realize that living is only for Him.