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Friday, August 20, 2010

Refleksi Ramadhan : Ramadhan Bulan Doa

20 ogos 2010/10 Ramadhan 1431H.

oleh : Syaikh
RENUNGAN KE-15
Ramadhan Bulan Doa
Allah akan senantiasa dekat dan mengabulkan doa hamba-hamba-Nya di setiap waktu, khususnya pada bulan Ramadhan, sebagaimana telah disebutkan di muka bahwa setiap muslim memiliki doa yang dikabulkan di bulan Ramadhan, maka hendaknya seorang muslim bersungguh-sungguh dalam berdoa sambil memperhatikan faktor-faktor terkabulnya doa. Faktor tersebut ada lima, yaitu:
Memilih waktu yang tepat, yaitu waktu sahur, penghujung shalat wajib, di antara adzan dan iqamat, detik-detik terakhir hari Jum’at, di saat imam (khatib) datang sampai selesai shalat Jum’at, dan di saat berbuka puasa.
Memilih tempat yang tepat seperti Masjid, Mekkah, Madinah, dan tempat yang lainnya.
Kondisi orang yang berdoa, misalnya seorang musafir, seorang ayah yang mendoakan anaknya, orang yang berpuasa atau orang yang berperang, karena besar kemungkinan doanya akan dikabulkan, begitu juga orang yang terdzalim karena doanya tidak akan di tolak bahkan Allah akan mengangkatnya ke atas awan sambil mengatakan,

وَعِزَّتِي وَجَلاَلِيْ لَأَنْصُرَنَّكَ وَلَوْ بَعْدَ حِينٍ.
“Demi kemuliaan dan keperkasaan-Ku Aku akan menolongmu walau dalam kurun waktu yang lama.” (HR. Ahmad)

Atau dia berada dalam kesulitan di mana seseorang tidak memiliki kemampuan sama sekali, akhirnya ia menyerahkan semua urusannya kepada Allah Ta’ala dengan mengharap pertolongan-Nya. Allah Ta’ala berfirman, “Atau siapakah yang memperkenankan (do'a) orang yang dalam kesulitan apabila ia berdo'a kepada-Nya, dan yang menghilangkan kesusahan..” (An-Naml: 62).
Diriwayatkan bahwa Musa alaihis salam ketika melewati seorang laki-laki yang sedang berdoa kepada Allah, beliau berkata kepada-Nya, “Ya Rabb, demi Allah andaikan dia memohon kepadaku niscaya akan kukabulkan.” Allah Ta’ala menjawab, “Hai Musa, Aku lebih mengasihaninya daripadamu, akan tetapi dia memohon kepada-Ku sedangkan hatinya tidak bersama-Ku,” maka Nabi Musa alaihis salam segera memberitahu laki-laki tersebut, akhirnya dia serius dalam berdoa dan memusatkan pikiran dan hatinya hanya kepada Allah, kemudian Allah mengabulkan doanya.
Maka seyogyanya seseorang (di saat berdoa) menampakkan dirinya dalam keadaan kesulitan, hati yang luluh karena-Nya, memutuskan harapan dari selain-Nya dan tidak menjadikan doanya sebagai percobaan atau iseng belaka. Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihui wasallam bersabda,

ادْعُوا اللهَ وَأَنْتُمْ مُوقِنُونَ بِاْلإِجَابَةِ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللهَ لاَ يَسْتَجِيبُ دُعَاءً مِنْ قَلْبٍ غَافِلٍ لاَهٍ.
“Berdoalah kamu kepada Allah dengan yakin akan dikabulkannya dan ketahuilah bahwasanya Allah tidak akan mengabulkan doa orang yang hatinya lalai dan main-main.” (HR. At-Tirimidzi dan Al-Hakim).

Hadits tersebut hadits hasan karena diriwayatkan dengan dua sanad satu sama lain saling menguatkan.
Sifat doa (cara berdoa).
Hendaknya dia beriltizam (komitmen) dengan adab-adabnya yaitu, berwudlu, menghadap kiblat, mengangkat tangan, mengulang-ulang sampai tiga kali, memilih do’a-do’a yang singkat lagi padat, bertawassul kepada Allah dengan nama-namanya yang maha indah dan sifat-sifatnya yang maha tinggi tidak berdoa dengan doa yang mengandung dosa dan pemutusan silaturrahmi dan tidak mengonsumsi makanan yang haram dan yang lainnya.
Pada kesempatan ini saya ingin sampaikan kekeliruan yang terjadi pada sebagian orang di saat mereka berdoa, yaitu berlebih-lebihan, artinya berdoa dengan menyebutkan keinginan satu per satu sehingga memakan waktu yang cukup lama. Seperti Ya Allah, ampunilah ibu bapak kami, kakek dan nenek kami, paman dan bibi kami dari bapak atau ibu, dan menyebutkan seluruh kerabatnya, kemudian tetangganya, teman-temannya dan yang lainnya. Padahal cukup bagi mereka untuk memilih kata-kata yang simpel seperti Ya Allah, ampunilah dosa kami, saudara kami, kerabat kami dan teman-teman kami.
Termasuk juga doa yang berlebih-lebihan apabila berdoa dengan asma’ Allah yang tidak ada dasarnya dari Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, seperti Ya Gufran.. Ya Sulthan.. Begitu juga berdoa dengan suara keras, dan ini banyak terjadi di masa sekarang terutama dengan adanya pengeras suara, bisa jadi orang yang tinggal di bagian barat di dalam sebuah kota terdengar doanya oleh orang yang berada di sebelah timur dikarenakan kerasnya, dan ini tidak layak. Seandainya dia seorang imam lantas berdoa dan ma’mumnya mengucapkan amin, cukuplah baginya mengeraskan suara yang bisa didengar oleh ma’mumnya saja, dan jika berdoa dalam keadaan seorang diri hendaknya berdoa dengan suara rendah. Allah Ta’ala berfirman,

“(Yang dibacakan ini adalah) penjelasan tentang rahmat Rabb kamu kepada hamba-Nya Zakariya, yaitu tatkala ia berdo'a kepada Rabbnya dengan suara yang lembut.” (Maryam: 2-3).

Setiap ibadah yang dilakukan secara rahasia akan lebih dekat kepada keikhlasan dan diterima Allah.
Tidak ada hijab atau penghalang
Misalnya memakan makanan yang haram seperti riba, menipu, dan menyembunyikan sesuatu dengan sumpah palsu, atau memakan harta anak yatim dan lainnya. Dalam shahih Muslim dikatakan,

أَنَّ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ذَكَرَ الرَّجُلَ يُطِيلُ السَّفَرَ أَشْعَثَ أَغْبَرَ يَمُدُّ يَدَيْهِ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ يَا رَبِّ يَا رَبِّ وَمَطْعَمُهُ حَرَامٌ وَمَشْرَبُهُ حَرَامٌ وَمَلْبَسُهُ حَرَامٌ وَغُذِيَ بِالْحَرَامِ فَأَنَّى يُسْتَجَابُ لِذَلِكَ.
“Rasulullah menceritakan seorang laki-laki yang lama bepergian, pakaian serta badannya kusut dan kucel, kemudian berdoa sambil mengangkat kedua tangannya dan berkata, ‘Ya Rabb.. Ya Rabb..,’ tapi makanannya haram, minumannya haram, pakaiannya haram, maka bagaimana mungkin doanya akan dikabulkan?” (HR. Muslim).

Termasuk juga yang akan menghalangi dikabulkannya sebuah doa, meninggalkan amar ma’ruf nahi munkar, sebagaimana disebutkan dalam hadits qudsi,

إِنَّ اللهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ يَقُولُ مُرُوا بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَانْهَوْا عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ مِنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ تَدْعُوْنِي فَلَا أُجِيبُ لَكُمْ وَتَسْتَضِرُوْ نِيْ فَلَا أَذْصُرُكُمْ.
“Allah q berfirman, ‘Hai manusia lakukanlah amar ma’ruf nahi munkar sebelum kamu berdoa kepada-Ku dan Aku tidak mengabulkan (doa)mu dan sebelum kamu minta tolong kepada-Ku dan Aku tidak menolongmu serta sebelum kamu meminta kepada-Ku dan Aku tidak memberimu.” (HR. Ahmad, Al-Baihaqi, dan Ibnu Majah).

Jadi, manakala seseorang meninggalkan amar ma’ruf nahi munkar baik kepada dirinya sendiri, anaknya, keluarganya, tetangganya, kerabatnya, dan semua lapisan masyarakat, niscaya Allah akan memberi sanksi kepadanya dengan tidak dikabulkannya doa.

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Urgent action needed against Penang swiftlet farming



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Wednesday, 23 June 2010 19:41

Rebecca Duckett highlights the risks posed by swiftlet farming in the George Town world heritage site in a letter to the Penang Chief Minister.

As a resident of George Town and as a council member of the Penang Heritage Trust, I want to bring to your attention yet again, the problem of swiftlet farming in our urban areas. The National Guidelines For Swiftlet Breeding are to be presented to Cabinet very soon and there has been no public discussion whatsoever with stakeholders, residents or NGOs. This lack of transparency has to be addressed before any Guidelines for Swiftlet breeding can be passed.

According to the June 2005 newsletter of the Malaysian Swiftlet Farmers Association, over 10% of houses - 400 houses- in George Town have been converted into swiftlet farms. The latest casual count estimates that these numbers could be closer to 20% of houses in George Town.

We do not oppose swiftlet farming in general; it is a very lucrative business which brings in approximately RM 1.5 billion per year. However, the damage urban swiftlet farming in George Town is doing to our "intangible heritage", by moving people out of buildings in order to open swiftlet farms, and to our "tangible heritage" by destroying the original features of the “exceptional range of shophouses and townhouses” that gave us our WHS listing in the first place is too great to be ignored.

Swiftlet farming encourages swiftlets to nest in a particular house, in order to harvest the nests that they build there. These nests are then sold on at an extremely lucrative price, to be used as the main ingredient in birds nest soup. We are not opposing the practice of swiftlet farming in general but we want it relocated from George Town into less populated, agricultural areas, for the following reasons:

1) Health concerns, including but not limited to:

- Cryptococcus
Dried bird droppings and bird’s nests have been known to harbour the yeast spore Cryptococcus, which ideally forms colonies at 20 - 37°C (perfect for Georgetown) and which is responsible for infections in human beings. Inhalation of Cryptococcus spores cause lung infections, cryptococcal meningitis and pneumonia in healthy children and adults, and is particularly dangerous to anyone who is immuno-compromised.
King, Dr. John W. and DeWitt, Meredith L., “Cryptococcosis,” http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/215354-overview, October 30th, 2009

- Avian Flu
Avian flu, or H5N1, is a rare but severe disease that can be fatal. The last person diagnosed with avian flu was in Vietnam on 16th March of this year. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), “all birds are thought to be susceptible to infection with avian influenza viruses”. It is possible that the avian flu virus could be introduced to swiftlets in George Town from migratory waterfowl, which scientists believe are “now carrying the H5N1 virus in its highly pathogenic form, sometimes over long distances.”

The WHO states: “Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Malaysia have controlled their outbreaks and are now considered free of the disease. Elsewhere in Asia, the virus has become endemic in several of the initially affected countries.” However, there is no reason to suggest that swiftlets coming into contact with infected migratory birds from other parts of Asia will not contract H5N1. Living in such close proximity to one another, contaminated swiftlets would quickly transfer the disease between themselves, increasing the chances for human infection either via direct contact with contaminated birds or contaminated feces, the two most common sources of infection. World Health Organisation, “Avian influenza “bird flu”,” http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/avian_influenza/en/#countries, February 2006

- Dengue Fever

Pools of water created by swiftlet farmers to ensure an ideal humidity and temperature for the birds also create perfect breeding grounds for mosquitos, including Aedes Mosquitos, which carry Dengue Fever. Outbreaks in George Town on specific streets have recently been very common.

2) The danger swiftlet farming poses to George Town’s Unesco status:

- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. George Town’s World Heritage Site status is not just a label that will increase tourism, but a treaty signed to conserve the unique “intangible heritage” of George Town.

However, homes that are converted into birdhouses suffer irreparable damage, as original windows, doors, plasterwork and features are removed, and sprinkler systems are set up to keep the house humid. This not only causes water damage, damp and rot to that house, but also to adjacent properties, thereby threatening the “unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia...in particular [the] exceptional range of shophouses and townhouses” which gave George Town WHS status in the first place.

Puan Maimunah, as Acting General Manager to the George Town World Heritage Office, has stated that: “personally, the swiftlet industry poses a conflict to the World Heritage Site listing, and possibly needs to be relocated”. If action is not taken against urban swiftlet farming, and George Town “loses the characteristics which determined its inscription on the World Heritage List” it may be placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger or have its status as a World Heritage Site revoked. The Site listing undoubtedly brings more tourism and therefore more money to our city. The loss of our architecture and/or listing would negatively impact on tourism and harm the economy of George Town.

3) Noise pollution:

- The sound systems used to attract swiftlets by playing amplified birdsong continuously constitutes noise pollution, which is a nuisance for residents of and visitors to George Town. However, in recent months, the main source of noise pollution is the birds themselves because numbers have soared and are now out of control. The sky above residences in George Town are full of birds emitting piercing sounds especially in the early hours of morning, late afternoon and evening.

Responsibility of the Penang state government and its departments:

The Penang State Government controls the future of George Town. The decisions made now have long term consequences. In order to address these consequences, we urgently request that the State Government of Penang keeps to and enforces, the terms of the extended moratorium on Swiftlet breeding in George Town, that states that operators cannot start any new swiftlet farms in George Town. The moratorium was set up to halt the proliferation of swiftlet houses in George Town, not as a open bill for them to proliferate freely. The breeders are openly setting up new farms all over George Town. By condoning and allowing this to happen the State Government and MPPP accepts that it is responsible for any negative impact on public health and environment.

We request that the State Government creates a heft annual tax to be paid by each individual urban swiftlet farm until they have moved from the urban areas of George Town on or before the deadline set by the State Government. This tax creates a fund which can then be used when an outbreak of Avian Flu H5N1, Crytococcus or other disease relating to birds, breaks out enabling the State Government to act on any emergency measures needed for this outbreak or environmental disaster cleanup. For the swiftlet farmers, this tax payment will mark their dedication to the maintenance of their farms health and safety measures and further reinforces their responsibility and belief that swiftlet farming in urban areas amongst a dense human population, poses no dangers to humans. Non payment of this tax allows the State Government to forcibly close down the swiftlet farm.

We also insist that in addition, the State Government as a whole, with the Heads of the Veterinary Department and Public Health, be made personally responsible for any environmental and health and safety issues that will arise from the spiralling increase in the population of swiftlets over George Town and the environmental disaster that will take place within the next few years, if swiftlet farms are not removed immediately from our urban areas. The State Government and the Heads of the Veterinary Department and Public Health will also be personally responsible to pay any compensation required in events of death from any bird related disease, outbreak of disease, as well as the loss of investment made by stakeholders who have put huge investments into the belief that George Town will benefit from its Unesco World Heritage Status and is currently being marketed as a tourist destination and world class heritage site by the Penang State Government. Loss of investment should also include, but not be limited to, being forced to move from buildings because of an individuals fear to his/her own personal health and safety.

Laws are being enforced by the State Government on developers, on residents, on landlords that are trying to revitalise George Town as a residential, cultural, heritage and tourist hub, yet swiftlet farms are being allowed to proliferate freely, beyond the realms of law. The State Government must act with a balanced hand.

I would request your immediate assistance in lobbying the Malaysian Government to sign into law, guidelines explicitly prohibiting swiftlet farming in George Town and urban areas, and to act on bringing current owners of swiftlet farms in urban areas to justice. The health and safety of the rakyat and Malaysia's precious environment should be foremost in any Government initiative. Moving swiftlet farming out of George Town and urban areas is in keeping with the State Government of Penang's initiative for a "Cleaner, Greener, Penang" and must be viewed with long term benefit to all the rakyat, all cultures, all tangible and intangible heritage in George Town and our urban areas.

Rebecca Duckett is a council member of the Penang Heritage Trust

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