Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 0 comments

Ahlan-Ahlan Ya Ramadhan!!!

We always heard people recite in du’a;
“Ya Allah, bless us in the month of Rejab and Sya’ban and let us pass the month of Ramadhan”.

Without realising that time past swiftly, we are on our way once again to meet the magnificent month of Ramadhan,

As Selman Al-Farsi (may Allah be pleased with him) had narrated: “The prophet (pbuh) addressed us on the last day of Sha’ban and said: “People, a great blessed month has come upon you, a month containing Laylat al-Qadr which is better than a thousand months. Allah has made fasting during it an obligation, and steadfastly observing its nights in worship a voluntary act. Whoever undertakes an act of obedience to Allah during this month with a righteous deed, it is as if he has performed an obligatory act at other times; and whoever performs an obligatory act during it is as one who performed seventy obligations at other times.

It is the month of patience, and the reward for patience is Paradise. It is the month of goodwill, during which provisions are multiplied. Whoever feeds a fasting person will be compensated with forgiveness of sins and salvation of his soul from Hell. He will also receive a reward equal to that of the person he feeds, without causing him any reduction (in his good deeds).” (The Companions) said: “Not all of us can find something to feed a fasting person.”

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Allah gives this reward to whoever feeds a fasting person even with just a taste of milk or dates, or a drink of water. Whoever quenches the thirst of a fasting person, Allah the Almighty makes him drink from my pond such that he will never feel thirsty again until he enters Paradise. It is a month whose beginning is mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is emancipation from Hell.

Therefore display four characteristics to a greater extent; with two of which you will please your Lord, and two you cannot dispense with. The two with which you will please your Lord are to testify that there is no one deserving of worship except Allah, and to seek His forgiveness; whereas the two which you cannot dispense with are that you beseech Allah to place you in Paradise and that you seek refuge with Him from Hell.” [Related by Ibn Khuzaymah and AlBayhaqi].

I assumed you all would know better than me, I’m just rewriting the story again, because if you asked me, the narration is in our grasp and the story had been told over and over again, right?

But why, every time Ramadhan pays us a visit, people would try to revive back the miracles behind this fasting month?

Because human are naturally forgetful and with this can reanimate our heart from our deep forgettable,burn our evil desire and restrain from our oblivious manner...

Why do we fast? It is from the nature of humans to ask and to wonder why they do things. Muslims do things to please Allah, and they can please Allah only by obeying Him and practicing His religion. Thus, in answer to this question “Why do we fast?” we respond that it is a commandment and a clear order from Allah upon us and we have no other choice but to obey Allah and please Him out of Love and Fear at the same time.

Allah says what means:
“O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for people before you so that you will (learn how to) attain Taqwa” (Qur’an, al-Baqarah:183)

Abu Umaamah (r.a.a.) said: I said: O Messenger of Allah, tell me of an action by which I may enter Paradise. He said: Take to Fasting, there is nothing like it. [An-Nasaa’ee, Ibn Hibbaan, Al-Haakim, Saheeh]

In this hadeeth, the Prophet (s.a.w.) singled out fasting when asked about a deed that leads its door to the best of rewards, Paradise. This fact alone is sufficient for us to understand the greatness of fasting. Mere knowledge of the importance and superiority of fasting, however, is not enough for a Muslim to attain Allah’s pleasure and then, insya Allah, His great reward.

I believe if we talk about Ramadhan, the story would never end, right? but what I like to highlight here is how you perform it, my friend..

No matter how much time you have met this month of bless, but how much you can considered as fully blessed? Any changes after it?

We can’t denied that every time we felt that we have rejuvenate ourselves, we sometimes would accidentally into our past behaviour or worst without any guilt. But that is not the point for us not to try to vary ourselves, it is the point of believe in ourselves that we can do it.Thus,Ramadhan is the best month to straighten our soul in restoring back our Iman.

Indeed, the Prophet (s.a.w.) has said:

“Perhaps a person fasting will receive nothing from his fasting except hunger and thirst.” [Ibn Maajah, Ad-Daarimee, Ahmad, al-Baihaqee, Saheeh]

But actually this hadeeth should raise our concern about fasting and increase our desire to perform this act of worship with the best intention and in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (s.a.w.). The first step is for a Muslim to realize that Allah has prescribed fasting as a means of gaining Taqwa.

Allah (swt) has also informed us that it is taqwa that distinguishes people in the His sight.
Didn’t we want to be the person whom ALLAH honoured?

Allah says:

“The most honoured by Allah amongst you are those best in taqwaa.” [Al-Hujurat:13]

Ali ibn Abi Taalib was asked about the definition of taqwa, to which he answered:
“[It is] Fear of the All-Mighty, acting upon the revelation, preparation for the day of travel [when we meet Allah], and contentment with a small amount.”

Ramadhan will come.

Hopefully, despite all the challenges, we were all able to achieve something. Even if it wasn’t much, but at the very least, we all must have gained something, Insya Allah.

After all, all those fasts, prayers, and recitation of Quran weren’t just for nothing. Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Quran:
“…verily Allah will not suffer the reward of the righteous to perish.” (Quran; Hud:115)

Welcome Ya RAMADHAN....we cherish you most!!!
Monday, August 17, 2009 - 3 comments

Responsibility is not a play

Salam,sorry for my late update!

Getting busier each day with responsibilities I can't refused..but I felt appreciative for it..

Hoping this coming RAMADHAN give us the opportunity to show our grateful to ALLAH who give us the chance to live and to breathe,to continue with our life and to prepared ourselves for the Hereafter.

This past few weeks that I had in getting involved in three straight programme make me realize that how we should be grateful to ALLAH who give us the time to conduct a significant and momentous programme assisted by professionals coordinators to share and learn together about Islam and da'wah.

OK,coming to my point here..
Have you ever felt jealousy whenever your friend*imagine it is your best buddy* being elected to sit as school president,respected by student and lecturers,being known in the entire school?Whenever someone asked you,Is your best friend the school champion election?you nodded and a while you would be the 'postman' for your best friend's admirers?but we forget one thing..no,few things,I care to share with you in being to one's responsible..they're something we should aware before becoming a leader..the fact that is undeniable.

we are all leaders..
No matter who we are or what we do,we are leaders to ourselves..
before fathers lead their family,
before husbands lead their wives,
before managers lead their workers,
before teachers lead their students,
before brothers lead their siblings,
before workers lead their work,
before we lead ourselves,

ALLAH has stated in the Quran.Surah Al-Baqarah,30:

"Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: "I will create a vicegerent on earth." They said: "Wilt Thou place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood?- whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy (name)?" He said: "I know what ye know not."

We as a caliph in this world.Responsible to ourselves and others in our surrounding..our family,our friends,our neighbours..

As what had Luqman taught his son about it in Quran:

"O my son! establish regular prayer, enjoin what is just, and forbid what is wrong: and bear with patient constancy whatever betide thee; for this is firmness (of purpose) in (the conduct of) affairs. (Luqman: 17)

You are all leaders and will be questioned over your responsibilities. An Imam is a leader to the ma'mum and will be questioned over his leadership. A husband is a leader in his family and will be questioned over his leadership. "(HR Bukhari and Muslim)
Back to my question,do you get it now? A big power comes with a big responsibilities and if you are chosen to fill up the task,be grateful because ALLAH believes you can do it, but if it is on the other hand,don't think that you have no right to take the leads,just remember, you are a leader to yourself..

As for leaders,you really have the faith from people around you but do remember that a good leader is the one who willing to change and to admit from their mistakes. Sometimes we can't see our false that everybody around us could see,so listen and work more rather than talking to much because an achievement is measured mostly by our work done.

But what about this:

'I don't want to take it, I'm not suit enough!' or this;'It's OK with my grade,It is just a piece of cake,I want the position!'

There are some people who are willing to reject than to take the position?and they are some who promote themselves in taking the position even though his/her name is not listed.
Can we? or shall we?
What if the position took over your responsibility to your creator, or your responsibility to your family, or your grades?
In this situation,priority first!

I'm not telling you that you have to reject all the position that had been considered for you in school or university, but my point is that why some people rather seeing their failure in exam than resigning their position.For me, if you can't cope with your study,better for you to let go of your position.Don't take it as an offence,because they are people who excel in their exam and at the same time becoming a president in one's association.

The formulae is simple,it just a matter of diligence and discipline.In my opinion,da'wah and study should go along together, if we want a great success in our da'wah,we must want the same thing in our study.I believe if we take it in a balance, we shall be a great da'ie and a success student as well.

How about when you are too busy with your work until you have to delay your solat!( How can even they use that kind of word in praying?)They're is no such thing in delaying your Solat because of busy,even if you are in a trades or business,you have to leave your work,as if they're in a long journey,even a musafir have to pray in jamak or qasar.Islam has state a simple way for us to ease us but not for us to take advantages on it.

When we talk about position here,is not just talking about fame or status, we were talking about a bigger utterance here,responsibility and trust.Not only to humans but to our creator,ALLAH for He is the One Who hearth and seethe (all things).

Responsibility is not a play,it is an obligation that had written to us as a caliph.Don't take it irresolutely because it will be judged in the Hereafter..

Just imagine if one's didn't take one's responsibility intently?
Disaster to the world and nature..Nau'zubillah..

I remind myself before others..

Do you enjoin right conduct on the people, and forget (To practise it) yourselves, and yet ye study the Scripture? Will ye not understand?( Al-Baqarah:44)
Faghfirli Ya ALLAH!