Tuesday, November 25, 2003

assalamu'alaykum wrmh wbrk

'eid mubarak utk semua. maaf zahir batin utk semua salah dan silap. semoga ramadhan yg lepas lebih baik dr ramadhan dahulu.. taqabal ALlahu minna wa minkum.

kullu 'aam wa antum bikhair

Saturday, November 15, 2003

The Signs of Fear: [Imam Ghazali, Imam Ibn Qayyim and Ibn Rajab Hanbali]

Know! Dear Muslim brothers and sisters. We can find out whether we fear Allah or are oblivious of him through some simple tests. Here are some of them:

The tongue informs us: if we talk evil, backbite and engage in frivolous gossip, it shows that there is very little concern. We should engage our tongues in the remembrance of Allah, in the recitation of the Quran and in circles of knowledge.
In the heart we should expel hatred, enmity and jealousy and replace them with well-wishing and care for Muslims
We should be careful of what we put in our stomachs.
Our eyes should not wander off to look at haram objects.
Our feet should not walk towards haram places.
We should not extend our hands for haram purposes.
We should be concerned in our good deeds that we don't perform them for anyone else except Allah.
The Reasons For Fearing Allah:

O servants of Allah, there are many reasons why we should fear. The following is a list of a number of them;

the fear of death before repenting;
the fear of not living up to one's repentance and breaking one's promise;
the fear of not being able to fulfil Allah’s obligations;
the fear of losing one's softness in the heart and its hardening;
the fear of losing consistency;
the fear of allowing temptations to dominate;
the fear of Allah making one's self responsible for doing goods deeds because of conceit;
the fear of becoming arrogant and egotistical due to the abundance of bounties;
the fear of being distracted from Allah by other creation;
the fear of being led to an evil ending through excessive bounties;
the fear of being punished early (i.e. in this world);
the fear of being disgraced at the time of death;
the fear of being beguiled by the glitter of this world;
the fear of Allah revealing one's secret in one's state of oblivion;
the fear of being stamped with a bad death at the time of death;
the fear of the pangs of death;
the fear of the questions of Munkar and Nakeer in the grave;
the fear of the punishment of the grave;
the fear of the horrors of the horizon (at the time of resurrection);
the fear of the awe during the presentation in front of Allah;
the fear and the shame of being naked (at the time of resurrection);
the fear of being questioned about every little thing in life;
the fear of the bridge (over Hell) and its sharpness; the fear of the fire, its chains and its torment;
the fear of being deprived of Paradise, the Eternal and everlasting kingdom and abode and
the fear of being deprived of seeing Allah's tremendous visage.
The jurist of Samarkand says that the person who does one good deed should be weary of four things (imagine what a person who commits a sin should be afraid of):

The fear of not being accepted because Allah says:
‘Allah only accepts from those who fear.’ [Maidah: 27]
The fear of showing off, for Allah says: ‘They have been instructed to worship Allah sincerely; religion is for him Alone.’ [Bayinah: 5]
The fear of preserving the good deed because Allah says: ‘Whoever brings a good deed shall have ten times its reward.’ [An`am: 161]
The fear of being deserted in performing good deeds, for Allah says: ‘My reconciliation (with good) is only through Allah; it is upon Him that I trust and it is to Him that I resort.’ [Hud: 88]
The Fruits of Fear:

Ghazali (rahmatullahi `alayhi) sais: ‘Fear rips away desires and muddens luxuries so that cherished sins become reprehensible, just as a honey lover is repelled by it when he learns that it has poison in it. This is how fear burns desires; disciplines the organs; subordinates the heart and gives it tranquility. It also enables the heart to rid itself of pride, hatred, and envy; and it leaves it absorbed in it (fear). Hence, the heart becomes preoccupied with its own worries and looks towards its best interest in the long run. It is then engaged in only matters like meditation, self-analysis and struggle. It cherishes its time and moments.’ [Ihya: 4/160]


Abdullah ibn Mubarak (rahimahullah) said about fear:

When night befalls, they endure it
and see it through bowing in ruku.
Fear has released their sleep, so they stand
and acquire security in vigilance.

Hasan ibn Hani (rahimahullah) composed the following (it has been credited to Imam Shafi`ee (rahimahullah)):

Fear Allah and hope for every good thing from Him;
Don’t follow your adamant self, lest you regret it;
Remain in between hope and fear
and you will rejoice with the Pardon of Allah if you submit.
[Muajjamul Udaba: 17/303 credited to Imam Shafi`ee and also in the Divan of Hasan.]

Monday, November 03, 2003

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahiim

Khateerah 8 Ramadhan 1424
Surah an Nur [Light...]

Allah begins this surah with some of His awaamir (commands, divine rulings)
- pertaining to zina
- claims and allegations
- proper rules for marriage
- helping those in need
and right after He tells us about the right relationship between men and women, He tells us about "Light upon Light"

Light upon Light
[nur as samaawaati wal ardh]
- It is by His Light that there is any physical light in this world.. all the light that we see, is only by His Light .. the light from the sun, the light from lampu kalimantang... the light from the face of a mukmin..
- He is the Light of light

Parable of His Light in the qalb of a mukmin
- like that niche in which there is light inside
- the mukmin is the lamp made of glass. The glass is so well manufactured (by The Manufacturer of all!) that the glass radiates by itself
- by the fitrah of the qalb of this mukmin, the mukmin in itself is illuminating (first light)
The qalb of a mukmin is soft, gentle, transparent:: not hard, course and jahat
as Rasulullah s.a.w. said "The qalb of the most beloved to Allah is the softest and most transparent"
- then when this mukmin obeys the commands of Allah, ie the light of His wahy comes into that heart, then how much more illuminating that qalb of the mukmin becomes .. "Light upon Light". That qalb resonates with the same frequency as the frequency of His wahy, constructive interference :)
- then that heart will be able to see other lights, and find other lights of sifatulLah and asma of Allah

Contrasted to the dark heart
- initially pun tak dapat pencahayaan agung dari Allah subhanahu wa taala then,
hati gelap
+ zunub
+ the dark clouds of shahwah and hawaa
= darkness upon darkness :( (moga Allah jauhkan kita dari kegelapan ini, ya Rabb!)

Di dalam lautan hingga tidak dapat melihat, walau tangan sendiri :: waves upon waves of darkness + clouds that cover the sight

Surah an Nur intends for us to seek that Nur that Allah gives to the mukmin.. and it begins by obeying His commands. Take that torch and live by it, at least externally first.. semoga meresap ke dalam hati hati kita dan memberi cahaya pada hati gelap ini... amin.

Sunday, November 02, 2003

Taken from brotherfaiz.blogspot.com

The 99 (100-1) Club

Are you part of the 99 club? Wondering what we're talking about? Well, here's the story that goes along with the question.

Long ago, there lived a King. This King should have been content with his life, given all the riches and luxuries he had. However, this was not the case! The King always found himself wondering why he just never seemed content with his life. Sure, he had the attention of everyone wherever he went, attended fancy dinners and parties, but somehow, he still felt something was lacking and he couldn't put his finger on it.

One day, the King had woken up earlier than usual and decided to stroll around his palace. He entered his huge living room and came to a stop when he heard someone happily singing away...following this singing...he saw
that one of the servants was singing and had a very content look on his face. This fascinated the King and he summoned this man to his chambers.

The man, his servant, entered the King's chambers as ordered. The King asked why he was so happy? To this the man replied: "Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but I make enough of a living to keep my wife and
children happy. We don't need too much, a roof over our head and warm food to fill our tummy. My wife and children our my inspiration, they are content with whatever little I bring home. I am happy because my family
is happy." Hearing this, the King dismissed the servant and summoned his Personal Assistant to his chambers.

The King related his personal anguish about his feelings and then related the story of the servant to his Personal Assistant, hoping that somehow, he will be able to come up with some reasoning that here was a King who could have anything he wished for at a snap of his fingers and yet was not contended, whereas, his servant, having so little was extremely contended.

The Personal Assistant listened attentively and come to a conclusion. He said "Your Majesty, I believe that the servant has not been made part of The 99 Club." "The 99 Club? and what exactly is that?" the King inquired.
To which the Assistant replied, "Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is, you will have to do the following... place 99 Gold Coins in a bag and leave it at this servant's doorstep, you will then understand what The 99 Club is."

That very same evening, the King arranged for 99 Gold coins to be placed in bag at the servant's doorstep. Although he was slightly hesitant and he thought he should have put 100 Gold Coins in the bag, but since his
assistant had advised him to put 99 that is what he did.

The servant was just stepping out of his house when he saw a bag at his doorstep. Wondering about its contents, he took it into his house and opened the bag. When he opened the bag he let out a great big shout of
joy...Gold Coins...so many of them. He could hardly believe it. He called his wife to show her the coins and they were besides themselves. He then took the bag to a table and emptied it out and began to count the coins.
Doing so, he realized that there were 99 coins and he thought it was an odd number so he counted again, and again and again only to come to the same conclusion...99 Gold Coins.

He began to wonder, what could have happened to that last 1 coin? For no one would leave 99 coins. He began to search his entire house, looked around his backyard for hours, not wanting to lose out on that one coin.
Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to make up for that 1 Gold coin to make his entire collection an even 100 Gold Coins.

He got up the next morning, in an extremely horrible mood, shouting at the children and his wife for his delay, not realizing that he had spent most of the night up conjuring ways of working hard so that he had enough
money to buy himself that gold coin. He went to work as usual only not in his usual best mood, singing happily and whistling all day. He didn't even seem to notice that the King was watching him as he grumpily did his
daily errands.

Seeing the man's attitude change so drastically, the King was puzzled. He promptly summoned his assistant to his chambers. The King related his thoughts about the servant and once again, his assistant listened. The
King could not believe that the servant who until yesterday had been singing away and was happy and content with his life had taken a sudden change of attitude, even though he should have been happier after receiving the gold coins.

To this the assistant replied "Ah but your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club."

He explained: "The 99 Club is just a name given to those people who have everything but yet are never content, therefore they are always working hard and striving for that extra 1 to round it out to 100! We have so much
to be thankful for and we can live with very little in our lives, but the minute we are given something bigger and better, we want even more! We are not the same happy contented person we used to be, we want more and more and by wanting more and more we don't realize the price we pay for it. We lose our sleep, our happiness; we hurt the people around us just as a price to pay for our growing needs and desires. That is what joining The 99 Club is all about."

Hearing this the King decided that from that day onwards, he was going to start appreciating all the little things in life. Striving for more is always good, but lets not strive so hard and for so much that we lose all those near and dear to our heart, we shouldn't compromise our happiness for moments of luxuries!

surah al-mu'minoon [6th ramadhan 1424]

ayah 1-11 [inshaAllah]

1) successful indeed are the believers. -- qad: kenyataan yg pasti --> indeed. (org yg pergi kelas 'arab lebih tahu inshaAllah..mungkin boleh tlg explain dgn lagi baik..)
>> what are the characteristics of a believer?

2) a. those whose have khusyu' in their salah (solat).
--khusyu' : emptying the heart from everything except Allah
--`Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas said: khasyi'un = with fear + with tranquility (dr tafsir ibn kathir)
--one important point : Allah begins the description of a believer with salah, which automatically proves kepentingan salah in our life.

3) b. those who abstain from laghwun/al-laghw/lagha.
-- al-laghw : perkara yg sia2 including our acts, environment, accompanies etc.

4) c. those who purify their qalb.
--az-zakaah : in this ayah means purify because the next word is 'faa'iluun' ie perlakuan. selalunya kalau zakaah with regards to our wealth, guna perkataan 'aatu' cth 'wa aatu az-zakaah'.

5) d. those who guard their private parts except from their wives and their right hand possessions.

6) e. those who are true to their amanats and covenants.
-- those who holds on to their amanats + covenants to the best of their ability ie dlm apa2 keadaan sekalipun.
-- the amanats/covenants tidak termasuk perkara2 yg mencederakan org lain,agama. [mungkin ada org boleh betulkan]

7) f. and those who strictly guard their salawat (plurat for salah).
-- please note that in this ayah, the word 'yuhafidhuun' is a verb. dr seminar sheikh mukhtar last 2 weeks, we know that the rule for a verb is renewal//act of renewing. maka, a mu'min guards their salawat by renewing and purifying it from time to time 'til they reach their goals ie a purified salawat + qalb.
-- indeed, the most beloved act by ALlah is salah on time. (hadith)
-- and, the description of the characteristics of a believer ends with salah too.
-- spt dlm surah al-maarij, when Allah describes criterias of a mu'min, He begins it with salah, and closes it with salah. [now we see how important salah is in our life eh? Allahu akbar]

8) and these are indeed the heirs. -- heirs of what?

9) who will inherit paradise (jannatul firdaus), they will dwell therein. -- jannatul firdaus.

imam mukhtar also talked on 2 ayahs towards the end of the surah. the translation of those ayahs are:
--'do you think that We had created you in vain?'
--'and that you would not be brought back to us?'
--[tak ingat sgt elaboration utk part ni, ada org yg sudi nak tambah?]

**segala catitan di atas adalah berdasarkan apa yg ada dlm kepala gjie psl tak bawak buku nota. mungkin ada yg tak/kurang betul dekat mana2. at the end of the khatirah, imam mukhtar ckp on surah an-nuur, and unfortunately, gjie pun tak ingat sgt elaboration utk part tu. oleh itu, kepada sesiapa yg salin nota and rasa mcm nak share..please feel free utk tambah. semoga ramadhan kali ini lebih baik dr yg lepas inshaAllah.**


Saturday, November 01, 2003

Hadith 15

Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu 'anhu, reported that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, said:
"Let whosoever believes in Allah and in the Last Day either speak good or be silent. Let whosoever believes in Allah and in the Last Day honour his neighbour. Let whosoever believes in Allah and in the Last Day honour his guest."

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

Banyak yang dapat kita pelajari daripada hadith ini. Salah satu daripadanya adalah tentang percakapan. Alhamdulillah, kepada mereka yang selalu mengikuti halaqah Syeikh Mokhtar pada hari Selasa, kita selalu diingatkan untuk tidak melakukan sesuatu yang boleh memberikan kesan yang tidak baik kepada hati (sudah tentu, bukan dari segi fizikal) kita. Salah satu daripadanya adalah bercakap-cakap kosong, walaupun bercakap tentang perkara-perkara yang halal. Tetapi, sebagai insan, kita selalu terlupa. Dalam era teknologi sekarang ini, kita dilontarkan dengan pelbagai teknologi yang dikatakan boleh memudahkan kita berkomunikasi dan sebagainya. Contoh yang termudah untuk kita adalah "instant messaging" (di sini saya tidak bermaksud untuk melarang penggunaan "instant messaging"). Yang penting, kita harus pandai membuat keputusan tentang bila kita perlu bercakap, tidak kira di dunia realiti atau siber.

Adalah lebih teruk lagi jikalau kita bercakap tentang perkara-perkara yang tidak baik seperti mengumpat, mempersendakan orang lain dan sebagainya. Ini akan memberikan implikasi yang lebih kronik kepada hati kita dan juga kepada mereka di sekeliling kita. Muslim yang peka tentang erti sebenar kehidupan di dunia tidak seharusnya terjebak dalam perkara-perkara seperti ini.

Walau bagaimanapun, terdapat beberapa situasi di mana mengatakan sesuatu yang tidak baik tentang seseorang dibenarkan dalam Islam. Contohnya, jika seseorang itu merupakan orang yang boleh mengancam keselamatan orang-orang lain. Di dalam kes seperti ini, keselamatan ummah adalah lebih penting daripada seorang individu, yakni individu tersebut. Tetapi kita tidak harus lupa bahawa masih terdapat adab tentang bagaimana kita hendak memberitahu orang ramai tentang individu tersebut. Saya rasa saya tidak layak untuk memperbincangkan tentang adab-adab tersebut kerana saya sendiri tidak berapa arif. Mungkin ada di kalangan yang lain yang boleh membantu.

p/s - Dah lama tak buat esei mengikut tatabahasa yg betul (tu pun banyak yg tak betul)