State Mufti highlights importance of rezeki

Azlan Othman

Rezeki or blessed sustenance occupies a very broad theme, since it can also be extended to include tranquillity, contentment, self-possession, health, employment, a good education and a happy family life.

This was explained by State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned in a premier talk for a special programme to commemorate the auspicious occasion of Nuzul Al-Quran for 1441 Hijrah, under the theme ‘Generating Blessed Sustenance with Al-Quran’ (Menjana Keberkatan Rezeki Dengan Al-Quran).

Commenting on the theme, the State Mufti said, “It means we intend to acquire rezeki that is blessed in being wide-ranging, Halal in nature, delightful and a source of happiness.

“We should aspire to receive rezeki as a guarantee for our security in both in this world and in the hereafter.

“As humans, we dream of a happy life and everyone wants to be happy, regardless of their rank or social standing. But how do we achieve happiness? Clearly, happiness is a divine gift which should be counted as rezeki.

“Rezeki is all that brings you happiness. Halal money is rezeki, as are health, housing, clothing, food, vehicle, job, household, children, unity and prosperity. All of them have a role in generating and creating happiness.

State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned. PHOTO: STATE MUFTI’S OFFICE

“But how can these creature comforts create happiness? As we all know, not all who owns material things are happy.

“There are those who are rich but have never experienced happiness, and then there are those who appear physically well but are spiritually sick. Similarly, while some houses may look grand, the occupants inside are suffering.

”Of course, there’s a problem. In other words, immense wealth does not bring happiness if the owner does not pay Zakat, or if it is derived from an unlawful (Haram) source such as usury.

“There are various ways of spending our wealth as ordained by Allah the Almighty, including financing our family’s upkeep, paying workers their wages, donating to a charity, donating to the poor, building mosques and helping the poor.”

The State Mufti also called on all Muslims to reap the benefits of reciting Al-Quran, while urging parents to teach Al-Quran to their children.

“Al-Quran is a source of enlightenment for our minds and souls. If we are enlightened, then we are safe from all evil influences,” he said.

Regarding the memorisation of verses from Al-Quran, the State Mufti said, “His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to the establishment of a Tahfiz Al-Quran Institute 27 years ago.

“The latest statistics indicate that we have produced nearly 70 Huffaz, which means that there are 140 parents who will be placed among the ranks of the eminent in the hereafter, Insya Allah.”