Oxford dictionary defined lifestyle as the way in which a person lives. Each of us, of course, has our preference on our lifestyle. But as Muslims who wish for a life in Heaven, which lifestyle that we need to prioritise? Out of dozens of activities that we can do every day, some are beneficial some are not, it is within our choice. Then let’s do the meaningful only 🙂
Have you ever heard about this hadith?
Abu Hurairah narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) said,
“When a man dies, his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, and righteous offspring who will pray for him.” (Muslim)
History acknowledged that the Companions of Rasulullah SAW and a lot of people in the past were motivated to give ongoing charity. We, as human beings, will never ever know when our death will come. Thus, giving ongoing charity can be one best way to accumulate our good deeds. An activity which is considered as part of ongoing charity is waqf. In the context of Indonesia, waqf is defined as “legal action of waqif to separate and/or give part his belongings, to be benefited forever or temporary for religious activity or prosperity within shariah lens”.
Some studies noted that in the past, waqf was able to contribute to the welfare of the society by providing many public services. Even the benefit of old waqf assets remain after hundred years, for example, the waqf from Ustman and University of Al Azhar in Cairo. Particularly in Indonesia, thousands of mosques that we are praying are mostly belonged to waqf assets. In nature, waqf needs to be managed in which enable its assets to be sustained, its benefit to be perpetual, and align with shariah principles.
If each of us is promoting waqf as a lifestyle or as a habit, imagine how much the good deeds can be accumulated and how powerful the Muslim can be. We can run a business to supply our daily needs, hence there is no need to depend on others. At the same time, more commercial activities and employment opportunity can be created. Later the return of the business investment can be used to build more public services within the country, especially for the needy. It can also be used to help other Muslims who are facing hard times in Palestine, Rohingya, and other countries. When waqf become a lifestyle for each of us, it can unlock the unlimited potential of ummat, in shaa Allah. So are you in?
Oleh Lisa Listiana, SE, M.Ak (Founder Waqf Center for Indonesian Development and Studies)