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May this month of Syawwal continues to be an avenue for my Muslim brethren to grasp the opportunity to fast the six days of Syawwal as highly recommended by the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam):

حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ أَيُّوبَ، وَقُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، وَعَلِيُّ بْنُ حُجْرٍ، جَمِيعًا عَنْ إِسْمَاعِيلَ، – قَالَ ابْنُ أَيُّوبَ حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ جَعْفَرٍ، – أَخْبَرَنِي سَعْدُ بْنُ سَعِيدِ بْنِ قَيْسٍ، عَنْ عُمَرَ، بْنِ ثَابِتِ بْنِ الْحَارِثِ الْخَزْرَجِيِّ عَنْ أَبِي أَيُّوبَ الأَنْصَارِيِّ، – رضى الله عنه – أَنَّهُ حَدَّثَهُ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ

‏ “‏ مَنْ صَامَ رَمَضَانَ ثُمَّ أَتْبَعَهُ سِتًّا مِنْ شَوَّالٍ كَانَ كَصِيَامِ الدَّهْرِ ‏”‏

He who observed the fast of Ramadan and then followed it with six (fasts) of Shawwal. it would be as if he fasted perpetually.

During one of the first few days of Syawwal in Kelantan, I was fortunate to  meet Qayyim, a young boy gifted by Allah with a knack in learning, memorizing, and beautifully reciting verses from Al-Qur’an despite his visual impairment. He had won second place in JAKIM’s first season reality show, Adik-adikku.

Muhammad Qayyim Nizar Sarimi

Muhammad Qayyim Nizar Sarimi reciting some verses from Al-Qur’an.

As I sat listening to his wondrous recitation (subhaanallaah), I contemplated. Qayyim, among a few others of similar disability whom I know, can recite the Qur’an far better than any of us who are blessed with all the five senses.

It’s common to hear amongst ourselves that one who is physically challenged often have a ‘gifted’ ability of some sort. A compensation to cover up the loss – one would say.

Put it another way, it can also be a means of reminding us what we are capable of achieving if we but align our minds and determination correctly and put our faith in Allah. With all our five senses, aren’t we more capable of achieving better?

Let us take a moment to reflect.

According to one hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu), the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) has mentioned that eating 7 times the amount of 1 meal (which justly befits one’s stomach capacity) equates one to being a kafir. Na’uuzubillah.

حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي مَالِكٌ، عَنْ أَبِي الزِّنَادِ، عَنِ الأَعْرَجِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏:

‏”يَأْكُلُ الْمُسْلِمُ فِي مِعًى وَاحِدٍ، وَالْكَافِرُ يَأْكُلُ فِي سَبْعَةِ أَمْعَاءٍ” ‏

“A Muslim eats in one intestine (i.e. he is satisfied with a little food) while a Kafir (unbeliever) eats in seven intestines (eats much).”

This hadith moved me. I had searched online for it to obtain the Arabic text after hearing it from an Ustaz. Alhamdulillaah, may Allah bless the people who are contributing to Sunnah.com. May Allah protect His Revelation and the Prophet’s traditions wherever they may be for I had easily found that particular hadith at the said website.

In our Malaysian culture, food is easily associated with family-togetherness, gathering, festivities, celebrations, just to name a few. Indeed, food brings us together, but if taken more than the necessary amount, it brings forth laziness, sleepiness, and the like. We all know it. I know it. You know it. You don’t need rocket science to prove it! What we don’t want is for us to place ourselves further away from Allah due to barriers that we purposely took upon in order to satisfy our gluttony. Yet, no matter how clear as crystal the Prophet’s practices and instructions are, we are more inclined to fill up our tummies to the brim! Na’uuzubillaah.

When laziness kicks in, taraawih becomes extremely ‘heavy’. Forget taraawih, even congregational I’sya’ prayer becomes a burden. Astaghfirullaah. It becomes such a burden that one would even sleep during his prayer! From myself, I have left not one but many sessions of congregational prayer especially Subh and Maghrib. Had the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) known this, I know he would be very unhappy. May Allah forgive our sins and increase our awareness.

Today’s post serves as a reminder to myself and my beloved readers. Let us not forsake the offerings which Allah has promised us in the Qur’an, especially during this blessed month of Ramadhan.

Subhaanallaah.

Beberapa malam yang lalu, langit begitu indah sekali dihiasi bintang-bintang yang berkelipan. Barangkali kerana sudah begitu lama tidak melihat bintang-bintang, pengarang berasa begitu teruja dan begitu lama memandang ke langit ciptaan Rabbul-’Aalamin. Alangkah indahnya! Bahkan pengarang berasa terpanggil untuk menyuruh anak-anak memandang ke langit dan menikmati perkara yang sama.

“Wah, banyaknya stars!” Sakeenah kata.

“Banyaknya stars!” Sampuk Aneesah dengan pelatnya.

Malam itu kami memang teruja kerana belum pernah melihat langit sebegitu indah setelah sekian lama. Apatah lagi anak-anak kami. Mereka sejak lahir tidak pernah mengamati langit di waktu malam. Manalah tidak, seingat pengarang, langit jarang sekali berbintang. Kalau berbintang sekali pun, asyik diliputi awan atau kami memang tak perasan.

“Itu dia kereta sorong,” bisik hati pengarang tatkala melihat gugusan bintang yang bentuknya seperti kereta sorong. Kalian pernah perasan? Dalam banyak-banyak buruj yang ada, ‘kereta sorong’ itulah yang paling senang dicam kerana terdiri daripada gugusan bintang yang paling menyerlah. Antara bintang-bintang tersebut dinamai Alkaid, Mizar, Alcor, Alioth, Phecda, dan Dubhe. Entah bagaimana nama tersebut diberi tapi itulah yang dinyatakan dalam sumber International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Ursa Major

Ursa Major – atau lebih ‘mesra’ dikenali sebagai kereta sorong. Walau bagaimanapun, di tempat lain, ada yang memanggilnya dengan istilah ‘the great bear’, the plough’, dan ‘the big dipper’.

Istilah bahasa Inggeris untuk gugusan-gugusan bintang ini adalah constellation. IAU telah mengenal pasti 88 jenis bentuk/corak gugusan bintang di langit. Subhaanallaah, menarik! Bila lagi boleh melihat bintang-bintang di langit ya?

Ya Allah, pertemukanlah kami dengan malam yang tiada terhijab langitnya oleh awan agar kami dapat menikmati dan mengkaji langit-Mu. Moga bertambah keimanan kami terhadap Keagungan dan Kebesaran-Mu.

The Real Ustaz

Contemplation June 13th, 2012

With a worried look on his face, the Ustaz looked down hard on the floor, deep in thought.

“I am sorry,” he said as he raised his head.

Dakwah is not supposed to be the  work of an Ustaz alone. It is but the work of all of us here. We are the ones who should carry on the work of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam),” he continued.

The audience was stunned. Not knowing how to react.

It was tradition that during a solat hajat or doa selamat occasion, an Ustaz would be called in to deliver a 1 hour long tazkirah session in our family. This time, the Ustaz had hit us with something that neither of us bothered to think or act upon seriously. Although the term “dakwah” used was general in its sense, I could not help but think that he was also hinting that this simple tazkirah session alone could have been easily done by any of our members in the family.

A wise friend once told me this: in a group where people are sharing knowledge, no one is more powerful other than the one who has knowledge. It then becomes befitting that whoever has that knowledge should share it with others.

Dakwah is supposed to be the work of everyone. Dakwah was never meant to be a specialization to only a selected number of people. It was supposed to be our specialization.

Surah Ali-'Imran: Ayah 110

Surah Aali-’Imraan: Ayah 110

“You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind.
You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah.
If only the People of the Scripture had believed,
it would have been better for them.
Among them are believers,
but most of them are defiantly disobedient.”

[Surah Aali-'Imraan: Ayah 110]

Everything we do in this life is all about what we procure in the hereafter.

On the account of Abu Hurairah who reported that Rasulullah (sallalaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said to Bilal:

“Bilal, tell me which act you did at the time of the morning prayer for which you hope to receive good reward, for I heard during the night the sound of your footsteps before me in Paradise.”

Bilal (radiyallaahu ‘anhu) replied:

“I did not do any act in Islam for which I hope to get any benefit, but this, that when I perform complete ablution during the night or day I observe prayer with that purification, what Allah has ordained for me to pray.”

This hadith is a Sahih Muslim. Based on what is revealed and several sources, Bilal maintained his purity (by either taking ghusl or wudhu’) throughout the day. Whenever he does so, he would perform a prayer.

Only this small act of deed was enough for the Prophet (sallalaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) to hear Bilal’s footsteps in the heaven. Amongst others, the Prophet (sallalaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) also saw specific Paradise built for several of the sahabah during his ascension to the seven heavens.

This serves as a reminder to us that our deeds in this life will determine our rewards in the hereafter. What have we so far in Allah’s Paradise?

Barangsiapa tidak sibuk, maka dirinya sudah mati!

Begitulah lontaran azimat pengarang yang kononnya ingin berfalsafah. Kebelakangan ini, pengarang sibuk dengan persiapan perkahwinan adik ipar, urusan tempat kerja yang tidak pernah henti, kerenah anak-anak yang melucukan, dan yang seangkatan dengannya. Tak lupa juga pada isteri tercinta yang lebih hebat dugaannya dalam mendokong perjuangan sebagai seorang isteri, ibu, suri rumah, dan pekerja di sebuah syarikat swasta.

“Waktu rehat kita adalah dalam kubur,” lebih kurang begitu pesan Ustaz.

Pesanan itu jua pengarang selalu ingatkan diri, mudah-mudahan dapat terus tekun dan bersabar dalam segala urusan.

Teringat sebuah kisah yang disebut dalam majalah Solusi keluaran terkini. Berkisar tentang seorang raja yang inginkan sesuatu alat bagi menghilangkan perasaan sombong ketika senang dan risau ketika sedih. Lalu penasihatnya memberi sebentuk cincin untuk dipakai. Kata penasihatnya, andai raja tersebut merasa senang atau sedih, maka hendaklah baginda melihat cincin tersebut.

Tidak ada apa-apa yang istimewa pada cincin tersebut melainkan tulisan “Ini pasti berakhir”.

 

Two nights ago, the whole of our residential section encountered a blackout. We had no source of light except for a torch light and an aroma candle which my wife got as a gift. Sakeenah at the time was watching Upin & Ipin. What an irony it must have been for her since one of the Upin & Ipin episodes she would watch regularly had something to do with a blackout as well!

Aroma candle during the blackout

Aroma candle during the blackout.

For a moment, there were commotions outside the house. People were anxious. In fact, there was a chorus of surprise from all directions the instant the blackout occurred. It just goes to show how much we’re dependent on electric power these days.

Had this blackout been the foretold sign of Al-Qiyaamah (Judgment Day) where the sun will rise from the west, would we all have been prepared for it? On that Day, Allah’s door of forgiveness will close and no Iman (belief/faith) of the non-believers (kafir) will be accepted.

روى مسلم عَنْ حُذَيْفَةَ بْنِ أَسِيدٍ الْغِفَارِيِّ – رضي الله عنه – قَالَ : اطَّلَعَ النَّبِيُّ – صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – عَلَيْنَا وَنَحْنُ نَتَذَاكَرُ فَقَالَ : مَا تَذَاكَرُونَ؟ قَالُوا : نَذْكُرُ السَّاعَةَ، قَالَ : إِنَّهَا لَنْ تَقُومَ حَتَّى تَرَوْنَ قَبْلَهَا عَشْرَ آيَاتٍ فَذَكَرَ الدُّخَانَ وَالدَّجَّالَ وَالدَّابَّةَ وَطُلُوعَ الشَّمْسِ مِنْ مَغْرِبِهَا وَنُزُولَ عِيسَى ابْنِ مَرْيَمَ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَيَأَجُوجَ وَمَأْجُوجَ وَثَلاثَةَ خُسُوفٍ خَسْفٌ بِالْمَشْرِقِ وَخَسْفٌ بِالْمَغْرِبِ وَخَسْفٌ بِجَزِيرَةِ الْعَرَبِ ، وَآخِرُ ذَلِكَ نَارٌ تَخْرُجُ مِنْ الْيَمَنِ تَطْرُدُ النَّاسَ إِلَى مَحْشَرِهِمْ

Muslim narrated by Hudhaifa ibn Usayd that the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said, ‘The last hour will not arrive till  you have seen ten signs. He (Peace and blessings be upon him) then mentioned the Smoke, Dajjal, Beast, Rising of the Sun from the place of it’s setting, the Descent of Isa, Ya’juj Ma’juj, Three Landslides, one in the East , one in the West and one in the Arabian Peninsula after that a Fire would spread from Yemen and drive the people to their place of gathering.’


The hadith above was taken from the following link: http://www.islamhouse.com/p/132410 (Accessed on 3rd March, 2012)

The meaning of the above hadith was taken from the following link: http://www.inter-islam.org/faith/Majorsigns.html (Accessed on 3rd March, 2012)

It’s been years, or so I would say 8 years to be exact. The first time we met, I could make neither head or tail of who you are. Yet I took it upon myself to reach for you and discern every word you tried to teach me.

Every day, I would bring you to school. People asked why; carrying you to and fro was such a burden. I merely smiled. Indeed, they were right, but at the same time they were gravely wrong. In time, I began to like you. No matter how hard it was to understand you and how heavy a burden you were, I tried hard and even sought help from Ustaz and Ustazah. Others would mock at me as I carry you on my back or by my side, day or night.

“What load are you carrying … a brick?” said they.

I didn’t want to leave you. You were the only true companion I had. No matter how heavy you were on my back, I knew that befriending you was no mistake. You were the key for me to understand the words of Allah better.

Alhamdulillah. The day of the test came and I easily answered from leaf to leaf. Going through the ordeal was as easy and as swift as turning a page. By the grace of Allah, you have helped me a lot, and today, I understand you more than I did 8 years ago.

However, I have neglected you for so long that the very instant I saw you, my tears trickled. My quest to further understand the words of Allah has come to a halt for I have also stopped seeing you.

Dear Kamus Al-Marbawi, when was the last time I held you in my arms?

I have become so much engulfed in the ramblings of this world that I have forgotten you – the key to leverage my understanding of Kalaamullah.

O Allah, forgive me.

Why Takaful?

Contemplation December 2nd, 2011

My post heading may sound as if an insurance or Takaful agent is behind this entry, but you can rest assured that it’s not. I’m here to re-emphasize the importance of joining up a Takaful scheme, again, just as I had done many posts ago.

You’re a family man. Every month, a reasonable percentage of your earnings for your loved ones is saved. You want your kids to have the best education possible. More importantly, you want all of them to live a happier life in the future.

Alas! In an uneventful accident, Allah had taken away your life.

What now?
What is to become of your dream to provide your kids with the best education?
More importantly, how are they to live their lives now?
Your wife is just a housewife, or, even if she works, now she would have to rely on her income to support the family – all by herself …. and this is the happiness you had hoped for?

A typical scenario which an insurance/Takaful agent would pose. Then again, think about it – seriously!

Life is unpredictable. We often take for granted the predicaments of life which others encounter. Family members who are dependent on a sole income contributor would likely suffer if the contributor is no longer living to support them. Even if the contributor still lives on, there are other scenarios where an uneventful crisis can occur and would claim the family’s hard-earned savings, and even life!

This is where Takaful plays its role as a cushion to support the family.

I am often appalled by some people who believe that Takaful schemes are meant to make them rich. That’s just not how it works. One who joins a Takaful scheme should hope for nothing except for rewards from Allah, hoping that their contribution to the Takaful pool of collection would ease the difficulties or hardships of other Takaful participants who are suffering. Of course, we would hope that nothing bad would occur in life. However, we would always want our loved ones to live on without a dramatic dent that could shatter their own dreams when we’re no longer there to support them.

Apply for Takaful now, while you still can.

Call Mohd Faizal Mohd Fadillah at 017-248 2442. (Faizal is a Prudential-BSN Takaful Agent.)

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