Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Bismillah walhamdulillah wassolatu wassalam 'ala rasulillah

(from al Maghrib seminar introduction: Breach of Covenant, Tafsir surah alBaqarah)

Tips that will benefit:

- Propaganda: “education minister” changes. Clogging system. Detoxification of notions we may have held.
- “You are here” – the map means nothing if you don’t know where you are! In order to give da’wah and go to Allah, I have to know where I am. (map= Quran, beginning of alBaqarah="you are here" code, need to read)
- Abu Bakr sent 11 armies and he said, I will go alone if no one wants to go and fight!
- Umar going out in the night to help the poor. Preconceived ideas about Allah: what ideas do you think about your Lord that are not necessarily true. Allah juga akan membiarkan orang yang nak jauhiNya terus lebih jauh.
- Surah al Baqarah: 50 pages – talks intensely about Jews, and al Imran talks intensely about Christians
- Living in ‘dajjal times’. Seeing things that other people can’t see? Tested in our faith. Make intention to turn to Allah and Allah will open the doors of understanding to you.
- Tiada difference in what the Jews and Christians are saying today and what they said before. Learning from Quran what Allah told R. saw to reply to Jews and Christians will still help today. No one can tell it better than Allah.
- All big actions start with the first step. Sky-diving. Satu step, terjun and you free fall. First step to Allah, and then Allah will give you free fall and help you go where you want to go. Oceans of knowledges… keep going deeper and deeper.
- Two types of sciences: wasilah (like a path, tools to something else. Spt usul al fiqh) and ghaaya’ (arrived there) || fruit science vs tool science. Fruit je, dah penuh perut takleh amek apa2 lagi. Tafsir could be a fruit science, spt sirah jugak. Don’t allow yourself to rasa gemuk.. sebab ada banyak lagi yang perlu dilearn. Perlu extract the information.
- Technical seminar

Two scales:
Learning = X*Y
- X = How much are you willing to listen?
- Y = How much are you willing to change?
If willingness to change = 0, there is no learning.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Bismillah walhamdulillah wassolatu wassalamu 'ala Rasulillah

This is the Book which inspired and directed that great movement which began with the preaching of a message by an individual, and continued for no fewer than twenty three years, until the Kingdom of God was truly established on earth. In this long an heart-rending struggle between Truth and Falsehood, this Book unfailingly guided its followers to the eradication of the latter and the consolidation and enthronement of the former. How then could one expect to get to the heart of the Qur'anic truths merely by reciting its verses, without so much as stepping upon the field of battle between faith and unbelief, between Islam and Ignorance? To appreciate the Qur'an fully one must take it up and launch into the task of calling people to God, making it one's guide at every stage.

Then, and only then, does one meet the various experiences encountered at the time of its revelation. One experiences the initial rejection of the message of Islam by the city of Makkah, the persistent hostility leading to the quest for a haven in the refuge of Abyssinia, and the attempt to win a favorable response from Ta'if which led, instead, to cruel persecution of the bearer for the Qur'anic message. One experiences also the campaigns of Badr, , of Uhud, of Hunayn and of Tabuk. One comes face to face with Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab, with hypocrites and with Jews, with those who instantly respond to this call as well as those who, lacking clarity of perception and moral strength, were drawn into Islam only at a later stage.

Syed Abul A'la Maududi

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

if I were to take a human being as a khaliil, it would be Abu Bakr...

(snipped from the time when Abu Bakr radhiAllahu anh suggested for the Muslims to announce to the people about Islam)

Umme Khair agreed and they both came to Abu Bakr. On seeing Abu Bakr
(Radhiyallaho Anho) in that miserable condition, Umme Jamil
(Radhiyallaho Anha) could not control herself and began to cry, saying,
"Woe to the ruffians for what they have done to a man like Abu Bakr. May
Allah punish them for their misconduct."

Regardless of what Umme Jamil (Radhiyallaho Anha) said, Abu Bakr
(Radhiyallaho Anho) had the same words on his lips viz., "How is the
Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam)?"

Umme Jamil (pointing towards Umme Khair), "Is it safe to say anything in
her presence?"

Abu Bakr, "Do not worry about her. Tell me quickly how is the Prophet
(Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam)?"

Umme Jamil, "He is quite well."

Abu Bakr, "Where is he at this moment?"

Umme Jamil, "He is at Arqam's place."

Abu Bakr, "By Allah! I will not eat anything until I have looked at him."

His mother was very anxious to feed him. She knew that when he had
sworn by Allah he would not break his oath and, therefore, would not eat
under any circumstance. She therefore agreed to take him to Arqam's place.
She had to wait till the street was least frequented by the people and she
was able to take him to that place undetected by Quraish. When they both
reached Arqam's place, Abu Bakr (Radhiyallaho Anho) saw the Prophet
(Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) and clung to him weeping profusely. The
Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) reciprocated
. All the Muslims who
were present there also began to weep bitterly over the condition of Abu
Bakr (Radhiyallaho Anho).

Abu Bakr (Radhiyallaho Anho) then introduced his mother Umme Khair to
the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam), saying, "She is my mother, oh
Prophet of Allah! Pray for her and induce her to accept Islam."

The prophet first prayed for her and then preached to her. She accepted
Islam there and then.

Many people can claim to be lovers while in ease and comfort. But a lover
is a real lover when he is able to prove his love even in tribulation and

- taken from email

Monday, May 03, 2004

Assalamualaikum wrth.... mari kita menderma

Bismillah ..
During the khilafah of Abu Bakr radhiyallahu ‘anhu, there was shortage of food in Madinah. One day, a huge caravan filled with abundant food supplies came & stopped in front of ‘Uthmaan’s,radhiyalllahu ‘anh, house. It was actually his caravan.

Upon seeing the huge caravan in front of ‘Uthmaan’s house, those who were in need came rushing to buy some food from him.

‘Uthmaan :: “How much return would you give to me for this supply?”

Buyer :: “I don’t have a lot of money. I can give you 1 dirham for this food.”

‘Uthmaan :: “Well, I already have a better deal.”

Buyer :: “Wait ..wait about 2 dirham instead?”

‘Uthmaan :: “ I got a better one than 2 dirham.”

Buyer :: “Okay, let’s say 3 dirham ..agree?”

‘Uthmaan :: “I already have a deal with someone Who would give me 10 times of this!”

‘Uthmaan, radhiyallahu ‘anhu, was talking about Allah subhaanahu wa Ta’ala. Rather than receiving 1, 2 or even 3 dirham from the buyer, he gave out the entire caravan for the sake of Allah, for nothing in return!


As salaamu ‘alaykum ikhwah wa akhawat fillah,

Al hamdu lillah, dengan petunjuk & bimbingan dari Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala, MISG dengan kerjasama HELWA ingin memanjangkan seruan “ Sedollar Seminggu” kepada ikhwah akhawat sekalian dalam mujaahadah kita menyemai benih jihaad harta fi sabilillah di dalam relung-relung jiwa yang semakin layu tidak bermaya.

Seruan “Sedollar seminggu” ini diharapkan berupaya menjadi pentas latihan buat kita semua untuk merasai kemanisan mengorbankan harta ke jalan Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala, sepertimana yang dirasai oleh Rasul Allah sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam & para sahabat radhiyallahu ‘anhum. Meskipun pemberian ini nampak seperti kecil, (“alahai ..sedollar je seminggu?”), di sisi Allah ianya sangat besar, dan lebih penting lagi adalah “ how much we care to give ?”

Kami panjangkan seruan ini kepada ahli qiyadah misg terutamanya atas kesedaran bahawa jentera pemimpin mestilah terlebih dahulu menghidupkan sunnah Rasul Allah & para sahabat, sebelum kita bergerak lebih jauh dalam menyeru ahli-ahli yang lain

In sha’ Allah, bayaran bisa dibuat secara mingguan/bulanan/penggal/kaedah pilihan sendiri. Dalam perancangan yang ada, kami telah ‘set up’ account paypal agar bayaran online dapat dibuat secara direct, tanpa perlu menggunakan cek/cash.

Paypal account ::

Jazakumullahu khayr. Moga Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala membersihkan hati-hati kita melalui pemberian kecil ini dalam mujaahadah untuk meraih redhaNya, aameen.

Hafizakum Allah,
-HELWA '04-

if I were to take a human being as a khaliil, it would be Abu Bakr...

Narrated by Aisha (Radhiallaho anho):

Abu Bakr came riding his horse from his dwelling place in
As-Sunh. He got down from it, entered the Mosque and did not
speak with anybody till he came to me and went direct to the
Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam), who was covered with
a marked blanket. Abu Bakr uncovered his face. He knelt down
and kissed him and then started weeping and said, "My father
and my mother be sacrificed for you, O Allah's Prophet!
Allah will not combine two deaths on you. You have died the
death which was written for you."

Narrated Abu Salama from Ibn Abbas: Abu Bakr came out and
'Umar was addressing the people, and Abu Bakr told him to
sit down but 'Umar refused. Abu Bakr again told him to sit
down but 'Umar again refused. Then Abu Bakr recited the
Tashah-hud (i.e. none has the right to be worshipped but
Allah and Muhammad is Allah's Messenger) and the people
attended to Abu Bakr and left 'Umar. Abu Bakr said, "Amma
ba'du (to proceed), whoever amongst you worshipped
Muhammad, then Muhammad is dead, but whoever worshipped
Allah, Allah is alive and will never die. Allah said:
'Muhammad is no more than an Prophet and indeed (many)
Prophets have passed away before him ..(up to the)
grateful.' " (Sura Al-e-Imran : Ver. 144) (The narrator
added, "By Allah, it was as if the people never knew
that Allah had revealed this verse before till Abu Bakr
recited it and then whoever heard it, started reciting

Bukhari Vol. 2 : No. 333

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Bismillah walhamdulillah
wassolatu wassalam 'ala Rasulillah

Some nasihah from the grad dinner (most are from Imam Djafer, some from the students):

* he started off by saying that the room where we had our grad dinner (Union 3202) always brings good memories because it was the second room where they used to have Jummah a long time ago before it didn't fit :) but at that time things were very different. Most of the participants were older, graduate students. But today most are undergraduate

* MSA started in 1963 in Urbana Champagne, IL. This organization is the cradle of the Muslim community in America. Should not belittle this university 'driven' organization. From MSA many leaders move on to create bigger things, inshaAllah. I know because I was there before (said Imam Djafer).

* the fact that many young people are getting involved in MSA is good because it shows that Alhamdulillah, we still have a lot of hope for the future of the ummah, inshaAllah

* the youth are very important to our society, everyone is waiting (1.3 billion Muslims ke Imam Djafer kata?) for that special youth to be born and help lead the ummah

* some people come, and leave, and nobody remembers much about us, and that is the loss of that individual. Others come, and when they leave everyone cries, everyone remembers them because of the many good things they sowed while they were around. Sometimes, the things are very small - but make a big difference,
- like exchanging gifts
- like making a short phone call to ask another brother/sister out for dinner
- like going to the masjid together
- like visiting each other when someone is sick (and healthy too! :))
main point is that all we need to do is get rid of our selfishness, add a little time, and effort for other people...

* some points regarding youth:
- ashabul kahfi : this group of youth that are so firm in their belief of Allah, shows that when the youth really try hard to love and obey Allah, He will not make our work go in vain, never ever. Surah al Kahf and the story of these young people are read by so many Muslims every Friday, to remind us of the importance of youth
- hadith: taubah is always good/beautiful, but when it is from the youth, it is even more beautiful (au kama qaal :))
- hadith: seven who will be under the shade of Allah when there will be no other shade, one of them is a youth who lived his life in the way of Allah (au kama qaal), and a youth whose heart is tied to the masjid.

(may Allah make us of the worthy and beautiful youth that He loves, and His Rasul saw loves too! amin!)

* graduation, the real graduation. Just like during the graduation ceremony, graduates will receive the paper certificate, during akhirah, our real graduation, we will be receiving a sijil too. Will it be shining or will it be dark? Will it be from our right hand or left hand? Just like in this dunya, the successful graduates will turn to their friends and family in rejoice, in the final graduation, the successful graduates will turn to their people and rejoice too "wa yan qalibu ilaa ahlihi masruura" Will we stay up and study for this real graduation too?

* sense of 'time' - the first ten years are the longest, the next ten (11-20) are faster, next ten faster, and faster.. but really in the end our life in this world, when we stand in front of Allah will be just like a day or less than a day.

* 27 years ago, there were only 2/3 masajid in NYC, but today there are more than 160. Imagine how much more Islam we could see in US if we are good representatives of this religion.