INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME.
Foremost, we [Excos of PERTAMA National and State Level] bid Excellencies, Honourable and Distinguished Guests, ASSALAMUALAIKUM, greetings and a very warm welcome, to this very auspicious occasion. An assembly and discourse of this nature, especially among Tasawwuf or Sufi practitioners, from foreign countries and the host country, indeed augurs well for prospect of Tasawwuf propagation, longevity, understanding and acceptance by the universal community. More than that, todays occasion will leave an indelible imprint on the psyche of the Tarikat/Tasawwuf practitioners, and the Powers that be, especially those of the host country, to witness this paradigm shift, ever happening here at all!
Unlike in other countries, the Tarikat/Tasawwuf practiced here, whose movement, has gone through a chequered past; its movement suspiciously monitored, curtailed, even to the extent of being banned from the face of the earth.
But at last, thanks to Almighty God, and of course PERTAMA and all Excos, with its advent and endorsement by the Powers that be, who, dared made the difference, we are here yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel! Today’s official launching of PERTAMA, truly marks the TRIUMPH and PREVALENCE of truth over FALSEHOOD. SUBHANALLAH!
Henceforth, a host of Islamic activities, whose plans previously were on the back-burner, will come to see the light of day, in full vigor, and we surely are looking forward to its implementation. In addition, a discourse, such as this one held today, will surely not be the last of its kind!
1.WHY PREACH ISLAM vis-a-vis TARIKATTASAWWUF.
For the same reasons as earlier Prophets of God did, to instill awareness among men, of their symbiotic relationship with Almighty God. At the same time, they will live in communities of diverse background, not necessarily their own, forging and forming relationships through vocations and marriages. As communities and nations, they rule by government of the people, prospering their nations whilst prospering their own lot! God mentions in QS. Al-Mulk:2, which states that:
‘He who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving.’
Basically, Man who were anointed by God as His Vicegerents on earth are to live their lives by standards spelt out in Gods holy Books as interpreted by His noble Prophets. These are His Jurisprudences or Syari’ah embracing all His Commandments as well as his Prohibitions/Injunctions.
Since humanity being what there are, as weak and vulnerable mortals, are predisposed and prone to both positive and negative inclinations.
Therein lies the concept of pre-destiny and salvation. Nothing is far nobler than the act of salvaging humankind from the depths of doom, which fundamentally is the prime function of each and everyone of us here, especially the Ulamas! In so doing, we are actually continuing the noble functions and roles of the Prophet, pbuh., which admittedly is a great undertaking!
With the so-called recognition and acceptance of TarikatTasawwuf as an integral part of Islam, the door to the path is now wide open for the Ummah. Along with Syari’ah, Tarikattasawwuf will do wonders to their state of well-being, in realizing their true worth in relation to their very purpose or creation and living on God’s Earth. More importantly, they will live, embrace and defend their religion in all earnestness and sincerity. Please refer Alquran, Chapter 3, verse 101:
‘Whoever holds firmly to God will be shown a way that is straight.’
Refer Alquran, chapter 61, verse 9:
‘It is He Who has sent His Apostle with Guidance and the Religion of Truth , that He may proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans [Musyrikuun] may detest [it].
Also refer Chapter 61 , verse 11-14,
‘That ye believe in God and His Apostle, and that ye strive [your utmost] in the cause of God, with your property and your persons: that will be best for you, if ye but knew!’
‘He will forgive you your sins, and admit you to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow, and to beautiful mansions in Gardens of Eternity; that is indeed the supreme Achievement.’
‘And another [favor will He bestow], which ye do love, - help from God and a speedy victory. So give the Glad Tidings to the Believers.’
‘O ye who believe! Be ye helpers of God’: as said Jesus the son of Mary to the Disciples, ‘Who will be my helpers to [the work of] God?’ Said the disciples, ‘We are God’s helpers!’ Then a portion of the Children of Israel believed, and a portion disbelieved. But we gave power to those who believed against their enemies; and they became the ones that prevailed.’
Such were the calls and pleas made by the Prophets of Allah in ensuring that the Ummahs will live in full compliance with God’s religious stipulations, also in mitigation against breaches of any kind! And we only need to replicate these works of the Prophets of Allah SWT. ALHAMDULILLAH. WABILLAA HIT TAUFIQ .TABARAKALLAHU RABBUL ‘ALAMIN!