Inside, Haykal’s heart struggles with a lot of questions regarding faith that are taboo to the polite society out there.
As always The Almighty whose predominant signature brand is al-Rahman al-Rahim knew this particular existential need of mankind. Just as He knew this species needs physical food for its physical wellbeing, He knew that it too needs sentient food for its sentient wellbeing.
He doesn’t preach but without making much fuss he does his own amar makruf as a Muslim. Through his music, he acknowledges his listeners’ anguish and despair, their yearning for understanding, inclusion, legitimacy and consolation. You know, all those things we humans have got to grapple with from cradle to grave. So, what’s wrong with that?
Why Bismillahirahmanirrahim? Because Compassion, Beneficence, Graciousness and Mercifulness are the ruling attributes, qualities and values of how the Almighty wants mankind to live by in this worldly life.
It’s up to the OOTB Daies and mujtahidun to mobilise the power for good, to neutralise the power for bad, and to mediate the grey areas in between, that come with the unstoppable rise and reign of entertainers as social influencers in the Digital Age of 21st century Malaysia. If they succeed, they will be part of the solution to making Malay Muslim entertainers and entertainment industry a model of resurgent Islam for the world.
While the strict religious circles are bickering and splitting hairs about the harams, the makruhs, and the sins of the entertainment world, the Malaysian Malay Muslim entertainers have already shown the rest of the world how Islamic parameters positively shape their performing arts.
Da’wah is ultimately about patience (الصَّبْرِ), not just patience with regard to the mad’u but perhaps more so with regard to the Daies themselves: their willingness, humility and sincerity to demolish their own ego and pride, make amends, and learn new ways in the name of da’wah bil hikmah – da’wah with wisdom.