Wednesday, April 28, 2004

salaam...

lupa nak promote pasal lecture:
"Brief Description : Shaykh Khalid Yaseen delivered this lecture in Saudi Arabia in 1994, which resulted in 43 persons accepting Islam on that very night. "

please remember each other in your du'a
wassalaam.

assalamu'alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh,

nak share satu lecture yg sgt best.. mashaAllah... tajuk dia 'the purpose of life' from shaikh Khaleed Yaseen. leh dgr kat sini:
http://english.islamway.com/bindex.php?section=scholarlessons&scholar_id=7

all the best in the final!
wassalam.

Munchies : kali ni nasihah dari Ammu Djafer for us all...
9 Rabiul Awwal 1424

The challenge is great, not only of becoming a great muslim. But contributing as best as we can. Without knowledge we cannot contribute or do much.

Allah put you for a reason in this place and this time. If you do not do your best, then you will be responsible. Living in a time when we are told how many “Islams” are there. Ayah and hadith are being interpreted for us. We are being taught of our deen all over again. How long more are we going to be in this condition? Maybe for decades more.

We need to do something. And take things seriously. If we do not do something, siapa yang akan buat anything?

Fear Allah in the way that Muslim intellectuals are behaving.

Whatever topic we choose, make sure we are serious in doing it.

I don’t care how many people come, but I already know the faces that come, but be ready, prepare. Have constructive debates and discussions. We need to develop our mind.

Prepare and study, challenge each other.

Not only learning info but how to think, respond and taking care of issues that happen.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

"One went to the door of the Beloved and
knocked. A voice asked, 'Who is there?'
He answered, 'It is I.'
The voice said, 'There is no room for Me and Thee.'
The door was shut.

After a year of solitude and deprivation he returned and knocked.
A voice from within asked, 'Who is there?'
The man said, 'It is Thee.'
The door was opened for him."

-- Jelaluddin Rumi

Friday, April 23, 2004

The Avowed Enemy, The Devout Mujahid

Ikrima was among the most highly regarded amongst the Quraysh, being wealthy and of noble lineage. His father, Abu Jahl, was the foremost proponent of Shirk and one of the greatest tyrants of Makkah. He wouldn't leave any opportunity to ridicule or abuse the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, and severely tortured the Believers to renounce their Faith. Ikrimah was his father's unwavering supporter. His animosity towards the Prophet, his persecution of his followers and his attempts to block the progress of Islam and the Muslims won the admiration of his father.

At Badr, Abu Jahl led the Makkan polytheists in the battle against the Muslims. He swore by al-Laat and al-Uzza that he would not return to Makkah unless he crushed Muhammad. Abu Jahl was among the first to fall in the battle. His son Ikrimah saw him as spears pierced his body and heard him let out his last cry of agony. Ikrimah returned toMakkah leaving behind corpse of the Quraysh chieftain, his father. He wanted to bury him in Makkah but the crushing defeat they suffered made this impossible. From that day, he became an avowed enemy of Islam, with an intense hatred of the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam and the Companions.

His burning passion to avenge for his father's death resulted in the battle of Uhud. Leading the right flank of the Quraysh was Khalid ibn Walid. On the left was Ikrimah ibn Abu Jahl. The Quraysh inflicted heavy losses on the Muslims and felt that they had avenged themselves for the defeat at Badr.

Nine years after his hijrah, the Prophet returned with thousands of his companions to Makkah. The Quraysh saw them approaching and decided to leave the way open for them because they knew that the Prophet had given instructions to his commanders not to open hostilities. Ikrimah and some others however, went against the consensus of the Quraysh and attempted to block the progress of the Muslim forces. Khalid ibn al-Walid, now a Muslim, met and defeated them in a small engagement during which some of Ikrimah's men were killed and others who could fled. Among those who escaped was Ikrimah himself. Any standing or influence that Ikrimah may have had was now completely destroyed. The Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam entered Makkah and gave a general pardon and amnesty to all Quraysh who entered the sacred mosque, or who stayed in their houses or who went to the house of Abu Sufyan, the paramount Quraysh leader. However he refused to grant amnesty to a few individuals whom he named. He gave orders that they should be killed even if they were found under the covering of the Kabah. At the top of this list was Ikrimah ibn Abu Jahl. When Ikrimah learnt of this, he slipped out of Makkah in disguise and headed for the Yemen.

Umm Hakim, Ikrimah's wife, then went to the camp of the Prophet. With her was Hind bint Utbah, the wife of Abu Sufyan and the mother of Mu'awiyah, and about ten other women who wanted to pledge allegiance to the Prophet. At the camp, were two of his wives, his daughter Fatimah and some women of the Abdulmuttalib clan. Umm Hakim got up and professed her faith in Islam and said: "O Messenger of God, Ikrimah has fled from you to the Yemen out of fear that you would kill him. Grant him security and God will grant you security." "He is secure", promised the Prophet. Umm Hakim set out immediately in search of Ikrimah. Accompanying her was a Greek slave. When they had gone quite far on the way, he tried to seduce her but she managed to put him off until she came to a settlement of Arabs. She sought their help against him. They tied him up and kept him. Umm Hakim continued on her way until she finally found Ikrimah on the coast of the Red Sea in the region of Tihamah. Umm Hakim came up to Ikrimah and said: "O cousin, I have come to you from the most generous of men, the most righteous of men, the best of men... From Muhammad ibn Abdullah. I have asked him for an amnesty for you. This he has granted. So do not destroy yourself. " "Have you spoken to him?" "Yes, I have spoken to him and he has granted you amnesty", she assured him and he returned with her. She told him about the attempt of their Greek slave to dishonour her and Ikrimah went directly to the Arab settlement where he lay bound and killed him. At one of their resting places on their way back, Ikrimah wanted to sleep with his wife but she vehemently refused and said: "I am a Muslimah and you are a Mushrik." Ikrimah was totally taken aback and said, "Living without you and without your sleeping with me is an impossible situation."

As Ikrimah approached Makkah, the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam told his companions: "Ikrimah ibn Abu Jahl shall come to you as a believer and a muhajir (a refugee). Do not insult his father. Insulting the dead causes grief to the living and does not reach the dead." Upon arrival, they went straight to the Prophet, who got up and greeted him enthusiastically. "Muhammad", said Ikrimah, "Umm Hakim has told me that you have granted me an amnesty." "That's right, you are safe." he sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam replied. "To what do you invite?" asked Ikrimah. "I invite you to testify that there is no god but Allah and that I am the servant of Allah and His messenger, to establish Prayer and pay the Zakat and carry out all the other obligations of Islam." "By God," responded Ikrimah, "You have only called to what is true and you have only commanded that which is good. You lived among us before the start of your mission and then you were the most trustworthy of us in speech and the most righteous of us." Stretching forth his hands he said, "I testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His servant and His messenger." The Prophet then instructed him to say, "I call on God and those present here to witness that I am a Muslim who is a Mujahid and a Muhajir". This Ikrimah repeated and then said: "I ask you to ask God for forgiveness for me for all the hostility I directed against you and for whatever insults I expressed in your presence or absence." The Prophet replied with the prayer: "O Lord, forgive him for all the hostility he directed against me and from all the expeditions he mounted wishing to put out Your light. Forgive him for whatever he has said or done in my presence or absence to dishonour me." Ikrimahs face beamed with happiness. "By God, O messenger of Allah, I promise that whatever I have spent obstructing the way of God, I shall spend twice as much in His path, and whatever battles I have fought against God's way I shall fight twice as much in His way." From that day on, Ikrimah was committed to the mission of Islam as a brave horseman in the field of battle and as a steadfast worshipper spending much time in mosques and reading the Qur'ân. Often he would place the Qur'ân on his face and say, "The Book of my Lord, the words of my Lord" and he would cry from the fear of God.

Ikrimah remained true to his pledge to the Prophet. He never failed to engage in any Jihad thereafter, and was always in the vanguard of the army. At the battle of Yarmuk he plunged bravely into the attack. In one encounter in which the Muslims were under heavy attack, Ikrimah penetrated deep into the ranks of the Byzantine. Khalid ibn al-Walid rushed up to him and said, "Don't, Ikrimah. Your death will be a severe blow to the Muslims." "Let us carry on, Khalid," said Ikrimah. "You had the privilege of being with the Messenger of God before this. As for myself and my father, we were among his bitterest enemies. Leave me now to atone for what I have done in the past. I fought the Prophet on many occasions. Shall I now flee from the Byzantines? This shall never be." Then calling out to the Muslims, he shouted, "Who shall pledge to fight until death?" Four hundred Muslims eagerly responded to his call. They plunged into the battle and fought heroically without the leadership of Khalid ibn al-Walid. Their daring attack paved the way for a decisive Muslim victory.

When the battle was over, the bodies of three wounded mujahideen lay sprawled on the battleground, among them Al-Harith ibn Hisham, Ayyash ibn Abi Rabiah and Ikrimah ibn Abu Jahl. Al-Harith called for water to drink. As it was brought to him, Ayyash looked at him, so Harith said: "Give it to Ayyash." By the time they got to Ayyash, he had just breathed his last. When they returned to al-Harith and Ikrimaha, they found that they too had passed away. The companions prayed that God may be pleased with them all and grant them refreshment from the spring of Kawthar in Paradise, a refreshment after which there is thirst no more.

resource: www.sunnahonline.com

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Munchies from Imam Djafer's sirah halaqah :: Ikrimah, the son of Abu Jahl

What happened to Ikrimah, the son of Abu Jahl?

His wife came to Rasulullah saw and asked, “If I bring ikrimah, will you give him asylum and promise to please not kill him?” Rasullah saw agreed so she went alone with one servant searching for her husband, trying to trace the steps of her husband.

She went all the way south to Yemen, kat Yemen baru jumpa husband dia. The servant on the way tried to betray the trust by trying to take advantage of her. But she was very wise and calmed him down, give him hopes etc.. until she reached a tribe she told them about the servant and they helped her by imprisoning the servant.

She then resumed her travel, all alone in the dessert. When she reached Yemen, she found that her husband was departing in a ship. She caught him before he left. The captain was a Muslim and he asked Ikrimah, "why don’t you become a muslim?" Ikrimah was like, "What? I was running away from Islam in Makkah and you’re telling me to become Muslim as well??"

It was at this time that she saw her husband, she said, "Ikrimah, let’s go back"

"Where? To Muhammad? He will kill me!"

"No, I already made a pact with him. He will not kill you."

Along the way, he wanted to be intimate with her, but she said, no because I am muslim now. You have no right to even touch me. He understood then, that the deen is not something simple, and that it changes people overnight.

So they continued until they reached R. saw, also he stopped to kill his slave yang awal tadi. Ikrimah wasn’t muslim yet masa tu so he had killed the slave out of revenge.

After some time, Ikrimah himself became a Muslim and he said to Rasulullah saw “You were the most hated person to me, but now you are the most beloved person to me” – Ikrimah.. subhanAllah.. walhal sebelum tu he was one of the people adamantly fighting the Beloved of Allah saw. Ikrimah ra must have realized himself that the deen is not something simple, and that it changes people overnight...


Later, during the time of Umar, ada perang. Ikrimah was injured very badly. He heard person next to him in pain and told person yang bawak air to him tu kasi pada orang sebelah. Dan orang sebelah suruh kasi orang sebelah, dan tgk dah passed away, second, pun dah meninggal, and then ikrimah pun dah meninggal. Selfless pengorbanan.

So Ikrimah became one of the best sahabah as well. SubhanAllah.

May Allah help us to "change overnight" like the sahabah, through His deen. Amin.

assalamualaikum warahmatullah..

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wassalam warahmatullah

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Assalamualaikum wrth...

I got this from my friend's website at UK... a very nice one to reflect :

INTENTION
Last few months, my housemate was asked, "Are you going to the Malaysian Night?" The event was organised by the local Malaysian society and involved some unIslamic activity such as musical performances and free-mixing between genders. It has been in absence since one of my housemates became the society's President a few years ago, but elements inside the society has been able to revive it again this year.

This housemate of mine shook his head, and was asked again, "Why? (It's because of) all that dancing and singing isn't it? Well, I know... but you see, I am going not because I want to see them. My intention is good; I'll go to meet people."

Last Friday night, during the weekly Malay circle, we read the first hadith in Imam an-Nawawi's Matan Arba'in (Fourty Hadith). He (the housemate) immediately raised out the issue: could it be OK to attend a function like the Malaysian Night (if one has keep a 'good' intention)?

What has happened is not uncommon. I have heard people giving the same reason (I have good intention) before to defend some of their choice of action, citing the hadith (all actions depend on the intention) as their proof. In one case it was a girl who does not want to cover her head; in another it was a boy who insisted on everyone to wear shorts on the football court.

For many Syafi'ites, the work of al-Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Fathul Mu'in, is enough as an answer to this question. In this text, Ibn Hajar explained that for an 'amal (action) to be considered as an ibadah, the intention (al-niyyah) must fulfill its mabadi (foundations/principles), of which there are seven:

1. haqiqah
2. hukm
3. mahalli
4. zaman
5. kaifiyyah
6. shart
7. maqsud

These seven principles can be applied to all other ibadah though the explanation for each of them might differ according to the type of ibadah (worship) in question:

1. haqiqah (essence)
For al-niyyah, linguistically it simply means 'qasad' or the desire. But in legal term (istilahi), it actually means 'to intend something and coupled with it the action.' Imam an-Nawawi in his text said that this means the intention must have both the 'qudrah' (the capacity) and 'iradah', the will/the faculty to decide what to do.

2. hukm (legal ruling)
For an ibadah, the hukm is 'wajib' (obligatory) to do the intention. For activity of daily living e.g. eating, walking and sleeping, the obligation to make al-niyyah is non-obligatory, but it is strongly recommended to do so, and if done would qualify the action as an act of worship too, insya-Allah.

3. mahalli (location)
For al-niyyah, this is at the qalb (heart). Those done by tongue are merely the lafz (recitation) of the niyyah. So the latter would not validate a prayer for instance.

4. zaman (timing)
The timing for the intention, says Ibn Hajar, is 'awwalu al-wajibat' - at the beginning of the action. Intention made during as-sujud for example is not an intention.

5. kaifiyyah (methodology)
For the intention to be accepted, the ibadah must also follows the regulations concerning performing it.

6. shart (condition)
The ulama give the definition of al-shart as 'ma wajiba was-tamarra' i.e. everything that is required and remains required until the end of an action. As an example let's take the prayer. The shart for a prayer includes being a Muslim, knowing the time, having ablution etc. So if a non-Muslim make an intention to pray, his intention would not be valid, even if he do all the rukn (pillars) of that prayer.

7.maqsud (objective)
Last but not least, the acceptance of an intention requires that the ibadah perform is of hasan (good) action. Murder in the name of Allah, for instance, is not valid.

Now, after knowing what al-niyyah is really about, let's ponder if stealing to donate to poor as what Robin Hood of Nottingham did, or riding naked across town to release the burdening taxes to the poor as what Lady Godiva of Coventry did, could be considered as good and exemplary actions.

Indeed, the answer is NO, as they do not fulfill one or a few of the definition of al-niyyah despite the goodness of their 'intentions'.

Actually, the discussion this detail is not really needed. It should be sufficient for anyone to know the usul (principle) of fiqh: al-ghayah la tudabbiru al-wasilah (the end does not justify the mean).

Being Muslims means completely non-Machiavelli, don't you think?

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Zaynab bint Jahsh

Zaynab bint Jahsh, may Allah be pleased with her, married the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in 5 AH, when she was thirty-five and the Prophet was fifty-eight, but only after her pervious marriage, which had been arranged by the Prophet himself, had ended in divorce. As with all the marriages of the Prophet Muhammad, there was much for all the Muslims to learn from it. Zaynab bint Jahsh was the Prophet Muhammad's cousin, her mother Umayma being the daughter of Abdul Muttalib, Muhammad's grandfather, who, while he was alive, had ensured the safety of his grandson, thanks to his position as one of the most respected leaders of the Quraish. Thus Zaynab bint Jahsh came from one of the noblest families of the Quraish, and everyone expected her to eventually marry a man with the same high social status.


The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was well aware that it is a person's standing in the eyes of Allah that is important, rather than his or her status in the eyes of the people. He wanted her to marry a young man called Zayd ibn Harith, whose background was very different to that of Zaynab bint Jahsh. Zayd had been taken prisoner while he was still a child during one of the inter-tribal wars that had been common before the coming of Islam. He had been sold as a slave to a nephew of Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her) who had given Zayd to her as a gift. In turn, Khadijah had given him to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in the days before the revelation of the Qur'an had begun, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had given him his freedom and adopted him as his own son, at the age of eight.


The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had watched both Zayd and Zaynab grow up, and thought they would make a good couple, and that their marriage would demonstrate that it was not who their ancestors were, but rather their standing in the sight of Allah, that mattered. When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) asked for her hand on behalf of Zayd, Zaynab had her family were shocked at the idea of her marrying a man who in their eyes was only a freed slave. Moreover, Zaynab had wanted to marry the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) himself and in fact he had already been asked by her family whether or not he would like to marry her. At first both she and her brother refused, but then the following ayat was revealed:


It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger, to have any say in their decision; and whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has most clearly gone astray. (Quran 33:36)


When Zayd, who had also had misgivings about the proposed match, and Zaynab realized that there was no difference between what the Prophet wanted and what Allah wanted, they both agreed to the marriage, the Prophet providing a handsome dowry for Zaynab on Zayd's behalf. The marriage, however, was not a success. Although both Zaynab and Zayd were the best of people, who loved Allah and His Messenger, they were very different and in the end they could not overcome their incompatibility. Zayd asked the Prophet's permission to divorce Zaynab more than once, and although he was counseled to hold onto his wife and to fear Allah, in the end the divorce took place. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) then was ordered by Allah to marry Zaynab bint Jahsh, while he did in 5 AH, when he was fifty-eight years old, and she was thirty-five years old. In doing so, he demonstrated beyond doubt that in Islam an adopted son is not regarded in the same light as a natural son, and that although a father may never marry a woman whom his natural son has married and then divorced, the father of an adopted son is permitted to marry a woman who was once, but is no longer, married to that adopted son. Furthermore, by marrying Zaynab, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also confirmed that it is permissible for cousins to marry, and , at the same time, Zaynab was given her heart's desire to be married to the Best of Creation.


The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) received the command to marry Zaynab while he was with A'isha. After he had received the revelation, he smiled and said, "Who will go and give Zaynab the good news?" and he recited the ayat that he had received. Some say that it was Zayd himself who told her the good news. When Zaynab heard the news, she stopped what she was doing and prayed to thank Allah. Afterwards, she was fond of pointing out that her marriage had been arranged by Allah. It was at this point that the Prophet changed her name from Barra to Zaynab.


Zaynab's wedding feast was also the occasion for another ayat of Qur'an to be sent down. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) sacrificed a sheep and then commanded his servant, Anas, to invite the people to partake of it. After they had eaten, two men remained there after the meal chatting. The Messenger of Allah went out and said goodnight to his other wives and then came back and the two men were still there chatting. It was very hard on the Prophet who did not like to criticize people directly, and so he waited patiently until they left. Then Allah sent down the following ayat which is known as "The Ayat of Hijab":


O you who believe! Do not go into the Prophet's rooms except after being given permission to come and eat, not waiting for the food to be prepared, However, when you are called, then go in and when you have eaten, then disperse, and do not remain wanting to chat together. If you do that, it causes injury to the Prophet though he is too reticent to tell you. But Allah is not reticent with the truth. When you ask his wives for something, ask them from behind a screen. That is purer for your hearts and their hearts. It is not for you to cause injury to the Messenger of Allah nor ever to marry his wives after him. TO do that would be something dreadful in the sight of Allah. Whether you make something known or conceal it, Allah has knowledge of all things. There is no blame on them regarding their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their brothers' s sons or their sisters' s sons or their women or those their right hands own. Have fear of Allah. Allah is witness over everything. Allah and His angels pray blessings of the Prophet. O you who believe! Pray blessings on him and ask for peace for him. (Quran 33:53-56)


Zaynab was a woman who was constantly immersed in the worship of Allah. It is related by Anas ibn Malik that once the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) entered the mosque and found a rope hanging down between two of the pillars, and so he said, "What is this?" He was told, "It is for Zaynab. She prays, and when she loses concentration or feels tired, she holds onto it." At this time the Prophet said, "Untie it. Pray as long as you feel fresh, but when you lose concentration or become tired, you should stop."


Zaynab bint Jahsh (may Allah be pleased with her) was with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) for six years, and lived for another nine years after his death, dying at the age of fifty, in 20 AH, and thus fulfilling the Prophet's indication that she would be the first of his wives to die after him. Zaynab bint Jahsh, like Zaynab bint Khuzayma before her, was very generous to the poor, and indeed the Prophet said, when speaking of her to his other wives, "She is the most generous among you."


It has been related by A'isha that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) once said to his wives, "The one who has the longest hands among you will meet me again the soonest." A'isha added, "They use to measure each other's hands to see whose as longest, and it was the hand of Zaynab that was the longest, because she used to work by hand and give away (what she earned) in charity." The Messenger of Allah said to Umar, "Zaynab bint Jahsh is one who is full of prayer." A man said, "Messenger of Allah, what is that?" He said, "The one who is humble and earnest in prayer." A'isha also said that Zaynab, "I have never seen a woman so pure as Zaynab, so God-fearing, so truthful, so attentive to family ties, so generous, so self-sacrificing in everyday life, so charitable, and thus so close to Allah, the Exalted."


Several years after the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had died, when Umar was the khalif, great wealth came to the Muslims as a result of their victories in fighting the Persians. The immense treasures of Chosroes, the Persian Emperor, fell into their hands, and when Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) sent Zaynab a pile of gold as her share of the treasure, she called her maid servant and told her to take a handful of it to so-and-so, naming one of the poor people of Medina. One after another, she named all the poor people whom she knew, until they had all received a share of the treasure. Then she told her maidservant to see what was left. All that remained of the large pile of gold was eighty dinars, and this she accepted as her share, thanking Allah for it; but, because she believed so much money was a temptation, she asked Allah that she would never witness such a large distribution of wealth again.

By the time a year had passed, when Umar again came to distribute money amongst those wives of the Prophet who were still alive, her prayer had been granted for she had already passed away, may Allah be pleased with her.

source: www.weneedtounite.com

Munchies from Imam Djafer's sirah halaqah

Rasulullah saw was tested in his own family life. Major events happened to him personally so we can learn from them. For instance, through Aisha the mother of the believer, she had to go through all these things [imam Djafer had talked about the slander story too] so we can learn from them. Better learn from that, after all that she had to go through!

Also during another time, when Allah suruh Rasullah saw kawin dengan Zainab ex wife of Zaid. Allah gave her in marriage to Rasulullah saw.. bukannya her parents pun. Allah yang suruh. She used to be very proud of that to Rasulullah saw's other wives. SubhanAllah. And it wasn’t out of arrogance. She was a very humble and special person. R. saw before his death said, "Among you, the one who would come right after my death is the one who has the longest hand.” And they were all there, except Khadijah. When he said that, they started measuring their hands against each other. Saudah who was the tallest among them and married second after Khadijah had the longest hand physically. So they were saying, oh untunglah awak… etc.. but later on they all realized that what R. saw meant was that the longest hand was the one who gave the most in charity because Zainab was the first of Rasulullah saw's wives (after Khadijah) to pass away. Bayangkan dengar cerita2 tentang generosity of Aisha, and to know that Zainab gave even more! SubhanAllah.

-- Maaf sebab dah lama tak postkan Munchies/Bite-ables.. rasa macam tak sempat nak taip kan je :( astaghfirullah. Alhamdulillah today terus masukkan notes dalam laptop waktu halaqa :). Hopefully the word/sentence structure makes sense. They're taken from my own notes, so they're mostly for my own kesedaran inshaAllah.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

A Little Mosque in Tarazona

An unexpected visit to an ancient mosque
In a little Spanish town
Taught me so many lessons
In a single moment.

In a little mosque in Tarazona
I learned that you can bury the dead
But their sincerity and good works live on forever.

In a little mosque in Tarazona
I learned that behind the façade of crucifixes and cathedrals
Buried deep beneath the old stones, dirt, and rubble
Lies a Muslim past of beauty, majesty, and splendor unrivaled by the moderns.

In a little mosque in Tarazona
I learned that an Indian man like me, born into Islam, must humbly submit to its
Andalusian legacy in order to truly know himself.
For just as God has promised, He vanquishes and He raises up.
And the wise are those who submit to the ones He has so raised.
And so has He raised Wyman & Winter, and Mattson & Jackson in Islam, so
that an ignorant man like me could learn his religion.

All these lessons I learned in a single moment
On an unexpected visit
To a little Spanish town
In a little mosque in Tarazona.



Azhar Muhammad Usman
Zaragosa, Spain
09 Jumada al-Awwal 1424 | 09 July 2003

Taken from azhar.com

Tarazona is a place in Spain where they had discovered a masjid in 2003. The masjid was built during the time of Andalusian Spain.


Monday, April 12, 2004

A very beautiful poem, mashaAllah

Nablus now

In Auschwitz it dripped
In Nablus now it drips
From flesh it freshly flowed
As in Nablus now it rips

In Auschwitz she cried
In Nablus now she cries
Hated hands held her and hers
As in Nablus where she lies

In Auschwitz they moaned
In Nablus now they moan
Hear the hunger haunting them
As Nablus orphans groan

In Auschwitz he fell
In Nablus now he falls
Bullets bounce from boy to brain
In Nablus off the walls

In Auschwitz they died
In Nablus now we die
And you call this land Holy Land?
In Nablus, we call it Auschwitz.

-Zeba Khan

Taken from islam4real.blogspot.com

Sunday, April 11, 2004

should we be grateful?
post from excellent writer degrouchyowl.

Which of your lord’s favors do you deny?
Gratitude is a funny thing. Most of us are sure we have it. We’re grateful to our parents for the nice stuff they’ve given us, we’re grateful to our bosses for hiring us, we’re grateful to our friends for their friendship and we’re always grateful when a stranger unexpectedly does us a favor. We’re vessels of goodness and appreciation, the whole lot of us.

Me though, I’m not always very grateful. It’s easy for me to look to those with more things and wish for those as well. And of course, by ‘things’ I mean stuff- crap, goods, shiny things. I’m not even talking about the intangible things, like happiness, peace of mind, love, health and security. Good old material ‘things’ are my primary concern, and not having all that can be had can sometimes be disheartening.

Some wise dude once said “Look to what you don’t have and you’ll never be happy, but look towards what could be taken away, and you’ll be satisfied.” Alright, let’s try that. Go get out a pen and paper, and tally each and every item you have, own, or use. Now just look at them, and you’ll find that it’s a wonderful reminder of all the things you have to be grateful for.

But don’t just record your tangible things, your *stuff,* record the intangible things as well. Like peace of mind, people who love you, dignity and happiness. All of these fall into the category of things you have that could be taken away.

Think about it, nowhere is it written that all people have the undeniable right to safety. You live in a dangerous world where crime and accidents regularly take the lives and well-being of people, but so far, you’ve been spared. That is a blessing. So are peace and the absence of war. We generally live secure lives while there are places in the world where whole generations of people have known nothing but conflict. We don’t have to fear the sound of planes flying overhead, worrying that they may drop a bomb. Most of us will see our brothers live to maturity without ever knowing the pain of watching all men of age be sent to the battlefield. Our food and utilities will probably never be rationed like they are in those countries where prolonged hostilities have claimed most goods. When ill, doctors and medicines are easily found, while elsewhere those services are reserved for the wounded, or too expensive for anyone but the rich. Most of us will never suffer the pain of a bullet or shrapnel wound, or ever feel the numbing and terrifying uncertainty that war holds over our lives and those of our loved ones.

Health isn’t guaranteed either. We all complain about our various afflictions - asthma, insomnia, anemia, depression – as if they are serious or life threatening. Griping about your health is a luxury of those with enough energy and strength to do so, and they are usually those who don’t have anything to really complain about anyways. Ask most people what’s their worst medical experience and they’ll probably list things like appendicitis, food poisoning and pneumonia, all temporary and curable. There are lots and lots of people out there who are crippled by terminal illness that medicine cannot help, who have no choice but to tolerate excruciating pain without a known cure, while the worst pain most of us will ever feel can be dulled by a few aspirins. I couldn’t even begin to list the millions of diseases and afflictions that beleaguers a huge population of the world. There are plenty, and it is a blessing from God that we will experience only a few in our lifetimes.

Love is something we all think is owed to us. We demand it from our parents, expect it in a lesser degree from our siblings, and spend a good part of our lives trying to find it in others. It is considered a necessary part of a happy life. You can’t survive without love, but apparently, lots of people do. What of the street children, orphans, wanderers, loners and those born in broken homes where basic amenities, let alone affections, are not provided? And even still, a person can have mountains of wealth and the best of everything, and never feel loved. Its lack is something I can’t describe, as I’ve never felt it, but I imagine it must be horrible. Not only have most of us felt the affirming sensation of another’s regard, but we’ve also rarely felt hatred in its place. Though we often complain about our relations, how they don’t understand, are demanding and rigid, and how they make our lives difficult, we forget how superficial these concerns are. Being a relative doesn’t ensure feelings of selfless love. Some family members mercilessly beat others, or molest them, or make outwards displays of loathing, and go out of their way to cause pain to their own relatives. Most of us don’t know how lucky we are to never truly have to fear our own families.

Aside from health, none of us was promised a whole self. We seem to forever be griping about ourselves, not being tall enough, too fat, too thin, ill-proportioned, nose not right, teeth not straight and the list goes on. For some people though, an insufficiency of beauty is the least of their concerns, as they grapple with disfiguration, blindness, deafness, or mental or physical disability.

And then there are those who don’t even have that awareness to know that something is wrong. The very fact that we were born intelligent, reasoning humans is such a gift. Some people, through birth or accident, live all their lives in a state of vegetative unconsciousness or highly limited perception. Lucky are the ones that aren’t aware of what they are missing, but for those who do know something is amiss, theirs must be a sad and frustrating existence.

Life itself is probably the greatest thing we take for granted. We are alive and have never known any other state, and with our typical convoluted logic, we assume that we will simply continue on living. I have not died today. I did not die yesterday. Therefore, I will not die tomorrow. Many people die before reaching old age, or even adolescence, but we forget that no person has been guaranteed a long life.

Come to think of it, nothing you have has been guaranteed, or even earned. It’s all been granted to you, and it can all be taken away. None of it is your right, it’s all a favor.

Taken from our Muslim friend, Tora's website: http://islam4real.blogspot.com/

fabiayyi alaai rabbikuma tukazzhiban

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Hassan bin Thabit ~ Conquest Through a Fluent Tongue
[Source: Abridged Biography of Prophet Muhammad (p. 302-305)]

'Atarid bin Hajib came to the Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) along with the notables of Banu Tameem. They came to him regarding the captives from Banu Tameem, who had been taken by the expedition of 'Uyainah bin Hisn al-Fazari in the month of Muharram in that year. 'Uyainah had taken eleven men, twenty-one women and thirty children. He took them to al-Madinah and the chiefs of Banu Tameem came regarding them. When they entered the Mosque, they called upon the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) from behind al-Hujurat - that is his house - to come out to them. This annoyed the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) and Allah revealed concerning them:

"Verily, those who call you from behind the dwellings, most of them have no sense. And if they had patience till you could come out to them, it would have been better for them. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." [49:3-4]

When he (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) went out to them, they said: "We have come to contend with you in prose and poetry, so allow our poet and our orator to speak." He (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: "I permit your orator."

Then 'Atarid stood up and spoke and the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said to Thabit bin Qais bin Shammas: "Stand up and answer the man."

So Thabit stood up and spoke, answering him. Then Az-Zibriqan bin Badr stood up and said:

We are the nobles and there is no tribe who is equal to us,
Among us are kings and among us places of worship are erected,
And how many great men have we subdued,
All of them in war, and virtue and might belong to us,
And we give the people in times of drought,
Food to eat, when rain does not fall...

- up to his words:

We refuse to be subjugated and none can subjugate us,
For this reason, we are proud of ourselves...

These are some of the verses he recited. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said to Hassan (radiyallahu 'anhu): "Stand up and reply to the man." So he stood up and said:

The honourable people who are descended from Fihr and their brothers,
Have shown the people deeds which they follow,
Which please all those in whose hearts lies fear of Allah,
And love of all good deeds,
A people who, when they fight, they harm their enemy,
But who, when they try to help their supporters, they succeed,
This is their nature, not something artificial,
You should know that the worst of deeds are the innovations,
If the people were to compete to perform good deeds after them,
They would not attain their level...

- up to his words:

They are not miserly with their neighbours, due to their virtue,
They will not allow harm to come to them,
They are not arrogant when they defeat their enemies,
And when they are defeated, they are neither weak nor fearful,
They are proud when seized by the talons of war,
When its claws rip them, they are humble...

- up to his words:

The Messenger of Allah honoured those who supported him,
When opinions and sects proliferated,
I praise them with all of my heart,
And support them by that which he loves,
A fluent tongue which composes verses...

Az-Zibriqan also said:

We came to you so that the people might see our virtue,
When they gather to celebrate the festivals,
We are the kings of people in every country,
And there is none in the land of al-Hijaz like Darm,
And we are the heroes wearing badges of courage when they are conceited,
And we cut off the head of every arrogant scoundrel,
And a quarter of the war booty belongs to us from every battle,
Which takes place in Najd or in the land of the Non-Arabs...

Hassan bin Thabit (radiyallahu 'anhu) answered him thus:

Is nobility aught but ancient glory and magnanimity,
And the honour of kings and preseverance in the face of calamity?
We supported and sheltered the Prophet Muhammad,
In spite of all from (the descendents) of Ma'add,
Careless of whether they agreed or they disagreed...

- up to his words:

And we fought the people with sharp swords, until they followed his religion,
And we gave birth to one from Quraish who is the greatest of them,
We gave birth to the Prophet of goodness, from the family of Hashim,
Banu Darim! Do not be proud, for verily your pride will breed evil consequences,
When you mention these noble traits, do you not understand?
Do you think that you are better than us, when you are our kin?
(You are all descended from) either wet-nurses or servants,
If you have come to protect your lives and your property,
Then swear by Allah that you will not associate any partner with Allah,
And embrace Islam and wear not the garments (i.e. follow not the customs and practices) of the Non-Arabs.

When Hassan (radiyallahu 'anhu) had finished his recitation, Al-Aqra' bin Habis said: "Verily, this man [i.e. the Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam)] has a ready helper. His orator is better than our narrator, his poet is better than our poet and their voices are sweeter than our voices." So when they left the meeting, they embraced Islam and the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) gave them valuable gifts.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

'Umar's Exemplary Austerity
[Source: Biographies of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs: Prepared From the Works of Ibn Katheer, at-Tabari, as-Suyooti, and Other Historians (pp. 189-192)]

'Umar ibn al-Khattaab was an example to be followed in humbleness. Similarly, he led a harsh life of austerity and lived on coarse food. The one single goal he aspired to was Paradise. 'Umar used to patch his clothes with the skin of camels. Notwithstanding his lofty, awe-striking status, 'Umar never hesitated to carry a water bottle on his shoulders. He would ride a donkey with no saddle and a riding camel bridled with fiber. He rarely laughed or joked with anyone. He wore a ring on which was engraved: "Death Teaches the Best Lesson, O 'Umar."

Qataadah reports: "When 'Umar arrived in Syria, he was brought food, the like of which he had never tasted before. He therefore said: 'This is for us? What about poor Muslims who live on barley bread, which never satisfies their hunger?' Khaalid ibn al-Waleed (radiyallahu 'anhu) answered: 'They will be rewarded with Paradise.' 'Umar's eyes thereupon were filled with tears, and he said: 'If this is our share, while they end up winning Paradise, they are away ahead of us.'" (Reported by Ibn al-Jawzi)

When 'Umar first became the Caliph, he declared: "I am entitled to only two garments to be paid for from the Treasury, one in winter and another in summer, as well as provisions for my household similar to the provisions of an average man from Quraysh who is not one of their wealthiest. I am only an ordinary Muslim."

It is also related that 'Umar (radiyallahu 'anhu) was once late for the Friday congregational Salaat. When he arrived at the mosque, he went up to the pulpit and apologized to the people saying: "I was held back because of this garment of mine. It is the only one I have got and it was being sewn." The garment was white with the sleeves hardly reaching his wrists. (Reported by Ibn Sa'ad)

Jaabir ibn 'Abdullaah mentions: "'Umar ibn al-Khattaab (radiyallahu 'anhu) saw me carrying some meat. He asked me: 'What is this, Jaabir?' I answered: 'I hungered for meat so I bought some.' 'Umar returned: 'Do you go out and buy whatever you hunger for?! Do you not worry about what this verse tells you: You received your good things in the life of this world (46:20)?

It is recounted that Hafs ibn Abul-'Aas used to be present when 'Umar ate, yet never touched the food. 'Umar asked him: "Why is it that you never join us?" He replied: "The food you eat is rough and coarse. Back home, I will find good food prepared for me." 'Umar returned: "Do you think I am incapable of ordering an ewe to be skinned, flour to be sifted and place in a piece of cloth then baked into tender bread, and amounts of raisins to be soaked in water?" Hafs wondered: "I can see you are well-aware of what a luxurious life is all about!" 'Umar answered: "I am. I swear by Him in Whose Hands my soul is, had I not been worried that the reward of my good deeds might diminish, I would have joined you in this life of yours." (Reported by Ibn Sa'ad)

'Umar was once admonished and told: "If you eat good food, you will be more capable of discharging your duties." 'Umar returned: "My two companions followed a certain course in life. Should I digress from it, I will not enjoin a status equal to theirs."

During the Year of Famine, 'Umar lived on bread and oil till his skin darkened. He used to say: "Damned would I be as a ruler, if I ate to my heart's content while people went hungry."

True are indeed the words of Talhah ibn 'Ubayd when he said: "'Umar was not the first among us to embrace Islam, nor the first to migrate. Yet, he outdid us all in renouncing worldly pleasures and was certainly the keenest on winning Allah's reward in the Hereafter." (Reported by Ibn 'Asaakir)
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Shumayl ibn 'Ajlaan said: "Whoever considers death before his eyes, does not bother whether he lives in luxury or in hardship."

One of the pious people of the past said: "Beware of the life of this world, because its magic is more effective than that of Haroot and Maroot. They seperate a man from his wife, whereas the life of this world seperates a man from his Lord."