July 23, 2012 § 2 Comments
We, as Muslims, should never, ever utter the words that we are better than other Muslims as being told to us in the Qur’an. We are always being advised by the Sunnah and the Qur’an that humility is the best way of life.
[Allah] said, “What prevented you from prostrating when I commanded you?” [Syaitan] said, “I am better than him. You created me from fire and created him from clay.” [Surat Al-‘A’raf (The Heights) – 7:12]
Hence, whenever you say, “I am better than him…” , know that it is the words of Syaitan speaking through you.
June 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
A beautiful and touching poem that made the respected scholar Imam Ahmad cry upon hearing it.
If my Lord asks me ‘Have you shyness in disobeying me? You conceal your sins from my creation – and with sins you come to me.’
So how will I answer? O woe to me – and who shall protect me?
I keep averting my soul with thoughts of hope – from time to time.
And I forget what is to come after death – and what is to come after I am shrouded.
As if I am guaranteed life (eternally) – and that death will not come to me.
And when the severe stupor of death overtakes me – who will protect me?
I looked at the faces, is there not from amongst them who will ransom me?
I will be asked regarding what I’ve prepared in my life to save me (on the Day of Judgement). Then how will I answer – after I’ve neglected my religion.
Woe to me! Did I not hear the Speech of Allah inviting me?
Did I not hear what came in (the chapters of) Qaaf and Yaa Seen?
Did I not hear about the Day of Gathering, the Day of Assemble and the Day of Judgment?
Did I not hear the crier of death inviting me, calling me?
So O’ my Lord, a slave (turning to you) I have repented – so who then shall shelter me?
Except a Lord extensive in forgiveness – to the truth He will guide me.
I have come to you (in repentance) – so have mercy on me, and make heavy my scales (with good deeds).
And lighten my account – You are the best of who will bring me to account.
It surely brought tears to my eyes too!
June 22, 2012 § 4 Comments
These short liners (quotes) provided me with inspiration, courage and strength for today. I thought I’d share it with all of you kind people.
“The sweetness of this life is found in remembering Allah; the sweetness of the next life will be found in seeing Him.”
“Live for Allah. If you don’t live for Allah, you will die for nothing.”
“Don’t ever forget that your heart is where Allah looks. What you do is only dictated by what your inner intentions are.”
“Whenever you feel sad, oppressed, wronged, stressed, or hurt, remember that this is an opportunity to return to Allah.”
Perhaps some of you had other sources that brighten up your lives today. You want to share them here? Feel free to do so.
June 16, 2012 § 3 Comments
In our journeys through life, so many things happened beyond our expectations and plans. Some are welcome, while some are definitely something that we can do without. Most of us, right from when we were young, made some serious plans on where we want be at a certain point in time.
Allah is the Creator of all things, and He is the Wakil (Trustee, Disposer of affairs, Guardian) over all things.
(Az-Zumar, Chapter #39, Verse #62)
Perhaps to be successfully climbing the corporate ladder, or even excelling in our career choices, or having a beautiful family with equally wonderful kids who are great in what they do, especially their studies. Never do one anticipates of the stumbles that life brings along with each joy. And when that happens, we are clueless on where it just went wrong. Marriage breaks apart, the high-flying kid becomes a college-dropout, careers terminated due to corporate down-sizing, and even unexpected death or traumatic incidents.
The sudden emergence of individuals in our lives, when we least expect, bringing us hope and joy. Could be just friendship that bonds nicely, or even love blossoming as fragrant lilies do, offering warm and bright colors, much to our joy. These are all part of the grand scheme of design, where everything has been arranged and destined.
We can only plan and make du’a but know that, in each and every event, Allah SWT has already decided for us on our journeys. Pit-stops to make, junctions to take, and all irregularities have been mapped out for us. We are simply actors/actresses, each fulfilling their roles as Allah SWT has intended.
“And with Him are the keys of the Ghaib (all that is hidden), none knows them but He. And He knows whatever there is in the land and in the sea; not a leaf falls, but he knows it. There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a Clear Record (Loh Mahfudz)” – (Al-Anaam, Chapter #6, Verse #59)
And do not despair if things don’t work out, the alternatives are always the best for us. Though we do not realize it at that particular moment, Allah SWT certainly knows what is best for us. And bear in mind, Allah SWT is never cruel nor is He ever unfair. He is the Supreme-Master-Planner.
“And to Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is Ever All-sufficient as Disposer of affairs.” – (An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #132)
“Say (O Muhammad SAW): “Who provides for you from the sky and the earth? Or who owns hearing and sight? And who brings out the living from the dead and brings out the dead from the living? And who disposes the affairs?” They will say: “Allah.” Say: “Will you not then be afraid of Allah’s punishment (for setting up rivals in worship with Allah)?” – (Yunus, Chapter #10, Verse #31)
Finally, put complete trust onto Allah, as certainly He knows what is best for us. Never should your hearts and minds flinch, as having Allah is Sufficient. Engrave it deeply into your hearts, for we do not need anything else.
“Such is Allah, your Lord! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Creator of all things. So worship Him (Alone), and He is the Wakil (Trustee, Disposer of affairs, Guardian) over all things.” – (Al-Anaam, Chapter #6, Verse #102)
“Those (i.e. believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, “Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore, fear them.” But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said: “Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us). ” – (‘Ali-Imran, Chapter #3, Verse #173)
Indeed, Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us.
June 3, 2012 § 4 Comments
Just last night, I was attending the Maghrib solah (prayer) at my local surau (masjid/mosque). As usual, there was this group of boys (age 7-14) standing in a saf of their own (behind everyone). Boys being boys, they would chat and giggle just when everyone is standing up and ready to perform the solah, right after the iqamah. And every time, there will be this few old men (more than 60 years old) would stare back at them, scowling and uttering some harsh remarks “Be silent”, “if you want to play go outside”, “stupid boys”. etc. And every time, I shook my head sadly, wishing that a more gentle way could have been observed.
And after a sermon by a scholar, we were ready to perform the Isya’ solah and again, the same routine occurred. Mind you, this has been going for ages. Again, I was wishing and thinking…there must be a better way to do this. Right after solah, when everyone was shaking each others hands and wishing Salam, an elderly man, much to my surprise, went over to this group of boys and perform a series of vocal volleys, which was really unnecessary. Adding to my disbelief, some of the men joined in as well. I knew I had to intervene, as I could see tears building up in their eyes.
I gathered all the boys and escorted them out of the surau and quietly asked them to go about their ways, and made them promise me that they would return for the prayers tomorrow night. I hurried home, fearing that a big argument would occur if I waited for the elderly to come out. More of offering them my respect, I guess.
On the way home, sadness enveloped me remembering how the young boys were treated. That is no way to teach young boys. They are so young and yet they are already visiting the house of Allah frequently (that in itself is already a Blessing by Allah). Much more frequent than the said elder-lies, just a few years ago. And young boys, talking and running and giggling (all at the same time, mostly) are always like that. They will soon outgrow that but surely, they will never forget the utter humiliation unleashed onto them that night.
Islam is a religion of compassion and there are codes of conduct to be observed when dealing with people (especially the young ones), who have delicate souls, hearts, emotions, and feelings. People want to feel love and acceptance. They want to see warm, inviting smiles that will reflect the greatness of Islam. They need to be shown on how the Prophet SAW dealt which such matters. Rasulullah SAW surely loved kids and would never have reacted in such a manner. The Prophet SAW (peace be upon him) never sugar-coated the truth or stopped calling to the way of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He). Yet, it was his soft, gentle approach that made his message so palatable and soul-satisfying.
The Qur’an testifies: “So, by the mercy of Allah [O Muhammad], you were gentle with them—and had you been harsh or hard-hearted, they would have dispersed from around you. So, pardon them, and ask forgiveness for them and consult them about matters…” (Qur’an, 3:159).
Look at the beautiful advice of the Prophet SAW: “Make matters easy, and do not make them difficult; and give glad tidings and do not turn people away,” [Bukhari]. He also made gentleness a beautifying component of everything: “Gentleness is not in something except that it adorns it, and it is not stripped from something except that it ruins it,” [Muslim].
My fear is that, unless corrected, the boys when becoming older will do similar things to young boys during his time. It is how society has taught them and the cycle will repeat itself until the end of time. Lost will be the beautiful ways of Rasulullah SAW. Lost will be the chance to show Islam Is Great.
The important thing when advising the young ones is to adorn it with tact, kindness and humility. It is important to remember that guidance ultimately comes from God. We hope that by being Firm, Gentle and Compassionate, a breed of ummah with such virtues will arise in abundance, InsyaAllah.