My wise husband once said: “Kemerdekaan yang sebenar ialah merdeka daripada mengharap kepada makhluk.” As us Malaysians celebrated Independence Day, let’s remind ourselves what true merdeka really is.
All the praises and thanks are to Allah [Alhamdulillah],
Who has sent down to His slave (Muhammad SAW) the Book (the Qur’an),
and has not placed therein any crookedness.
The word [Alhamdulillah] means all praise & gratitude to Allah s.w.t. for everything. But sometimes Allah s.w.t. highlights a specific matter in the Qur’an for us to reflect upon, and upon that reflection, the word that should come out from our mouth is Alhamdulillah.
In this ayah, Allah s.w.t. says there is no room for any deviation in the Qur’an. What it means is that no matter how political, ideology, economy, technology, fashion, or culture changes – one thing will not change – and that is the Qur’an. Its values, principles & truth are straight and clear as how it was first revealed.
Because when humanity itself dictates what is normal, common standard will always deviate. What was used to be detested or unacceptable by the society several years ago, have been accepted as normal today. If we are blind consumers, we will follow whatever and however the society defines what “normal” is. But Allah s.w.t. says: “If you obey the majority of those on earth, they will make you lose the way of Allah…” [Al-An’aam 6:116]
So alhamdulillah, the Qur’an teaches us that we are not those who keep changing our standards when the world changes.
Alhamdulillah, we are freed from slavery to fashions & trends, from wanting to become popular, from being like anyone else.
Alhamdulillah, Allah s.w.t. has removed these unnecessary pressures from us.
Alhamdulillah, our Deen teaches us that true merdeka is freedom from all false attachments, but to rely on Allah s.w.t. solely.
And because of that, and more than we can possible imagine, we say: