Friday, February 6, 2009

Rulers Are Like The Wind

Munyatul Musolli ( Tatmimul Faa’idah) 1st February 2009

Once in lands of the west a sultan heard about an orchard. The sugarcane were sweet and its juice plenty. He fancied what if the orchard was his, and set out to meet the lady owner.

The owner cut down a sugarcane and squeezed out not even a bowl of juice. Caught by surprise, she thought aloud if the low quantity could be result of her sultan who wanted to seize the orchard from her. The sultan repented, the lady cut down another sugarcane, and this time the juice were plenty.

Sidi Abu Bakar at-Turtusi narrated in his “Sirajul Muluk”, there once had been date tree in So’idi, Egypt with dates so plenty its harvest was twice a normal tree. The year the sultan took it away from the owner, the tree stopped producing altogether.

In Iskandariah (Alexandria), there was a little bay by the sea with fish so abundant that even children were able to catch them. The local chief later laid claim to the area and prohibited fishing. As a result, the fish disappeared until this day, and nobody took benefit.

When a ruler behaves, so will his kingdom. When he misbehaves – even a slight evil intention – the whole kingdom would pay.

Historians have related to us about past rulers and their citizens:

During the time of Hajjaj (bin Yusuf as-Tsaqafi), people inquire each other in the morning: “Who were killed or beaten last night?”
During time of Walid (bin ‘Abdul Malik) – who loved castles and gardens – people asked each other whose turn it was to build houses, dig up irrigation ditches, or planted seeds.
During time of Sulaiman bin ‘Abdul Malik – who loved good food and married frequently– people talked about food and raised dowry.

The best of time came during caliphate of ‘Umar bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz, where people asked each other how much of al-Quran, kitab or wirid they memorized, or how many days they fasted.

The rulers should follow the path of sahabah and the pious salaf, this would safeguard their kingdom and themselves from disaster.

Nobody claims friendship to a just ruler but the Prophet (saw) himself and the angels. What more, a just ruler is like the blowing wind that spreads seed from the flowers. He is the essence that fertilizes the barren soul of his people.

It is proper that a ruler should leave his door open so that people are able to bring matters to his attention directly.

Ustaz Zakaria said:

When the king is unjust, price of consumer goods rises.

Kampung Kubang Ikan in Besut had been named after a small lake with a lot of fish. As late as the 60’s, people had no need to go to the market to get fish. Some villagers used bamboo traps, others used fishing rods. Later the local government made an irrigation canal for the paddy fields, and the lake dried up.

The same village also blessed with birds (burung sitar) that landed in the bushes at night. Nobody knew where they came from, but villagers mimicked their call, and chased them into traps on the ground. Hundreds were caught in a single night. The flesh was tasty. The wildlife department put a stop to this declaring the sitar was endangered. Strange as it was, the sitar disappeared once the villagers stopped capturing them.

Many folks in Kelantan these days spend ime inside the mosques. Any quality reflection from their state leadership?

Wallahu a'lam

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