Abdullah Waggie

Finally met with  Abdullah Waggie, ,born from the last generation of Malay descendants who was exiled from Indonesia to curb from spreading nationalism by the Dutch East India Company in 1654. As the result, Islam spreads in Capetown and form their own Malay community. He runs his own Islamic School Ieglaasi Nieyah Primary School in Capetown South Africa.

He is on his own personal tour to visit Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore which was one of the Malay Archipelagoes (before we were separated by countries) to trace his Malay heritage by visiting Malay community he is in touch with and also other stakeholders such as academic institution, foundation etc. This visit is to enable him to find ways in reviving and preserving Malay heritage back in Capetown, he is also writing a book on his journey

One of his upcoming plan is to install a water system that can recycle the water from the Wudhu’ in nearby mosque and also in his school that can help to grow plants around the school as well.

Abdullah Waggie is also one of the founder of a Free Market ( https://www.facebook.com/freemarketsa @ http://freemarket.co.za/about/ ) that attracted 550 traders to trade using gold and silver coin (Dinar and Dirham) every Sunday since 2013. No tax or rent are charged on the traders, and no booking are required to set up their stall, and the customers and traders can trade freely (even barter) as long as the buyer & seller agrees on the exchange.

A very good old friend I have the privileged to know, insyAllah, will visit you in Capetown soon

some of the key points to remember after talking with Abdullah Waggie yesterday
  • Yaqeen, is having full trust and faith on Allah swt . People nowadays are afraid of not getting a job, or whatever they desire as if the one who gives is the people when instead it is Allah swt who provides what we need. So make Dua, do not abandon our ‘weapon’.
  • Rizq @ rezeki is from what we eat, so trust that Allah swt will not let you hungry, leave the house like the bird who goes out of their nest every morning and came back full.
  • Success in the dunya is when we leave this world without anyone hating you, that is “Rabbana Aatina Fiddunya hasanah”
  • Pay your debt because when we owe anyone in this world, they will claim your ‘debt’ from your good deed in the akhirah.
  • Every illness have its cure, but changing our behaviour is the best way to cure our sickness. So take care of what we eat, eg: eating two apples a day will help to reduce the cravings from smoking, raisins helps to strengthen our memory.
  • Overcoming grief can also be done from food, back during the early Malays residing in capetown, Malays used to bring food to the family during funerals, commonly found food is based on nuts. Because when a family is grieving, they may not be able to eat properly so give them food so they can be better.
  • Weddings used to be lively and happy, instead it is now replaced with religious recital that sometimes, the food gets cold by the time the food arrives. Instead of the beginning, end the wedding with Doa. In Capetown, the malays bride and groom father will send off their daughter at the end of the day with advice and doa for the daughter/son who got married before leaving them alone
  • After the wedding, it is a custom that the bride does not cook or do any work for at least 7 days. Instead, the family members will take over to clean up the wedding and the house.
  • When we leave for Hajj, it is recommended for us to ‘Never Look Back’, as if we are going to die. Focus on our Hajj and avoid from unnecessary dunya (contacting family,taking photos/selfies in Makkah etc). Instead, focus on our ibadah between us and Allah swt.
  • When return from Hajj, spend at least 40 days at home and do not leave the house to focus on our ibadah. The Doa of those who came back from Hajj, are considered mustajab, so make dua, instead of inviting ‘ustaz’ to come and make dua for you. Make dua for people around you.
  • A donator came to him and would like to feed the poor, he manage to get 150 poor people to eat. On that day, he invites the donator to come forward and ask everyone to make dua for him, and the donator ask that everyone makes dua so that he can feed more poor people. Ever since, the number of poor people they have managed to give food have multiplied by thousands.
  • The poor sometimes do not want food, sometimes they just want someone to listen to. However he recall a neighbourhood in Dubai full of rich people who opens their door to anyone and serve good food for them. The rich people there even sat among them and eats with them together, and not eat separate food (eg better food from the ones they give to the poor). Not many people would invite the poor and eats with them in their house nowadays, we sometimes just push the poor people away. So how can we curb poverty if we treat the poor differently?
  • We are too quick to blame others on any social problems, if we want to curb the problems, we must look at our own home and look at the root of the problem. Eg. In a school he went, one of the students answered a very provocative answer to the teacher that they are a “Satan worshiper”. Instead of confronting the students, the parents went and scold the school administration for their ‘lackness’. But, nobody tries to help the student and find out why that student answered like that and what can they help?
  • Service, is not what we pay the goverment to do the job for us, instead we need to take our own responsibilities in the community we live in. Do not blame the government is your front door is not cleaned out, back in his childhood days, every young boys must sweep their front house. If the parents does not teach such manner from young, then, no one should be blamed but ourself.
  • In Capetown, the Malays will put a heavy stone infront of their house, as a reminder that Death is at their door step because the stone is actually to be used during funeral to help bring down the stomach when the Jenazah (the passed away person) to clean the person before they are buried.
  • In the Quran, there are a lot of verse mentioning about “The Sky” “The Sea” ….along with “for people with intellect/people who reflects”. There is a verse for everyone, especially those who have intellect. Therefore, academicians especially must go back to the Quran and make use of the knowledge hidden inside the Quran for the betterment of the people.
  • Keramat does not necessarily refers to the ‘alims & ulama’s, instead, it is refered to those who gives benefits to the people around him. Therefore whatever knowledge and skill you have, make sure it benefits the people around you.
  • Do not impose Islam to people especially those who just became a muslim, even ourselves took years to understand Islam so we cannot expect people to be able to understand Islam in one day or in a week.
  • One television program showed how a 3 year old can memorize 15 juz at a young age, turn out the mother memorized 15 juz while she was pregnant. This was similar to a western mother who used to listen to classical music like Mozart, Beethoven when she was pregnant, but when she gave birth to her child, she stops listening to it. One day, her child cries all night, and she puts on the classical music, and the baby stopped crying. So whatever we hear or do during pregnancy must be careful of what goes into the baby.
  • Among all surah he holds close to is Surah Al Fatiha, it means to keeps us on a straight path and having full faith to Allah swt. Therefore, always make dua and go back to the Quran and Sunnah.

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