Monday, February 28, 2005

"I believe in Islam. I am a Muslim and there is nothing wrong with being a Muslim, nothing wrong with the religion of Islam. It just teaches us to believe in Allah as the God. Those of you who are Christian probably believe in the same God, because I think you believe in the God Who created the universe. That's the One we believe in, the One Who created universe--the only difference being you call Him God and we call Him Allah. The Jews call Him Jehovah. If you could understand Hebrew, you would probably call Him Jehovah too. If you could understand Arabic, you would probably call Him Allah...."

"America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white, but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all together, irrespective of their color."

"If we don't stand for something, we may fall for anything."

"I am and always will be a Muslim. My religion is Islam."
"All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds."

-Malcolm Little, Malcolm X, el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (rahimahullah)
(May 19, 1925 - February 21, 1965). Rest in peace.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Asma ahl Badr

assalamualaikum warhmatullah

After searching for such a long time, finally I managed to find the list of the name of people who participated in Ghazwatul Badar. It's all started when Imam Djafer told that somebody was asking him to list down the names of Asma Ahl Badr so that he can make a caligraphy out of them. The reason why I think we Muslim should know them by heart is simply because they were the one described as the best people in Islamic history. In fact the group of angels unleashed by Allah in that Ghazwah was also known as the best angel among the angel of Allah. When I first went through it, sooner then I realized that most of the names were unheard before. Some Fuqahak estimate that there were at least 124000 sahabah and sahabiah during the life of Rasullulah Saw. If I were to remember 313 names of Asma Ahl Badr, there is still 123687 names remaining. And how about their story? I guess it is a long way run...but at least become accustomed by their name would probably a good starter.


http://www.iqra.net/articles/muslims/badr/names.php


The Importance of Unity
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

A Persian poet writes: "A hundred times have I fought with my beloved; a hundred times have I befriended her. She knew nothing of my fighting or of my befriending."

This statement may seem to belong to the world of poetry, but it also has enormous relevance to the real world. It gives us an insight into the type of people needed to achieve any great purpose in life, that is, those who possess the quality, mentioned in this verse, of being able to bury within themselves the grudges that they feel towards others.

No great objective can be attained by lone individuals. Several people have to strive together if even the simplest things are to be achieved. But united effort, besides having many advantages, also presents one great problem- the problem of people differing among themselves.

Whenever people work together, it is inevitable that various disagreements and grievances should arise. Sometimes one will receive a smaller share of the credit, while another receives a larger portion. Some attain to high positions while others have to be satisfied with lower ranks. At times, it is something which has been said which offends another; at others it is some ill-considered action which seems to hurt another's interests. Whatever the bone of contention may be, there are bound to be repeated occasions which lead to resentment. There will always be times when one feels anger, jealousy, vindictiveness and animosity towards some colleague.

There is only one practical solution in such situations. That is, every individual has to turn himself into a self-correcting machine. He must defuse within himself the antipathy which he feels towards another. The grudges which he harbors have to be forgotten. Only then will people be able to work and struggle on together.

This is what Khalid ibn Walid did when the Caliph of those days, Umar ibn Khattab, removed him from his post as commander of the Muslim forces in Palestine. At the time, he felt extremely aggrieved. But then he thought: I am fighting, not for Umar, but for the sake of Umar's Lord, it is from Him that I hope for reward, so why be angry with Umar. Instead of airing his grievances, he settled them within himself.

bismillah walhamdulillah wassolatu wassalamu 'ala rasulillah, wa'ala alihi wasahbihi ajma'een.

These spiritual window-shoppers,
who idly ask, 'How much is that?' Oh, I'm just looking.
They handle a hundred items and put them down,
shadows with no capital.

What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping.
But these walk into a shop,
and their whole lives pass suddenly in that moment,
in that shop.

Where did you go? "Nowhere."
What did you have to eat? "Nothing much."

Even if you don't know what you want,
buy _something,_ to be part of the exchanging flow.

Start a huge, foolish project,
like Noah.

It makes absolutely no difference
what people think of you.

Rumi, 'We Are Three', Mathnawi VI, 831-845

Sunday, February 20, 2005

halal vacation, anyone? hit up this poll/survey... http://www.opinionpower.com/Surveys/325023201.html

jazakumullahu khairan katheeran...
*a project undertaken by our muslim brethren

assalamu`alaikum,

hopefully we had a chance to observe siyyam on the day of `ashura and the day before/after it, as prescribed by sayyidul mursalin saw. may Allah swt accept from all of us. and may Allah swt keep us away from the torment of hellfire... allahumma amiin.

quick promo... the nawawi foundation's 2005 weekend intensive program has been unveiled.. http://www.nawawi.org/courses/event_connecting_to_god.html anyone making plans?

just to share... quite old, but still fresh off the stove. how low, how low can human get... lay low.
*may be a bit graphic, and i apologize for that

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Impure Tactics
New reports of detainee abuse at Gitmo suggest interrogators used female sexuality as a weapon
By Viveca Novak

The prisoner, held at the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay, was believed to have taken flying lessons in Arizona before 9/11, just like one of the hijackers. The female Army interrogator repeatedly asked the shackled Saudi, "Who sent you to Arizona?" but the 21-year-old said nothing. The interrogator and the translator for the session took a break and stepped into the hall. When they returned, the interrogator shed the top of her camouflage battle-dress uniform, revealing a tight Army T shirt. The prisoner looked away. She rubbed her breasts against his back, taunting him about his erection. She stood in front of him touching her breasts. He spit in her face.

During another break, the interrogator said she wanted to shame the devout Muslim captive in order to break his connection with God, which was giving him the strength to stonewall. After asking advice from a different translator, this one a Muslim, she went into the bathroom, taking a red marker with her. When she and the first translator re-entered the interrogation booth, she told the detainee she was having her period. She stuck her hands in her pants, then withdrew a hand and showed the detainee what appeared to be blood on it. She asked again who had sent him to Arizona, and he glared at her silently. When she wiped the red ink on his face, he let out a shout, spit at her and lunged forward so forcefully that an ankle came loose from its shackle. The Saudi began sobbing uncontrollably, and the interrogator left, telling him the water in his cell had been shut off. He would not be able to wash, as Muslims are supposed to do before they pray.

Sexually loaded torment by female interrogators is the latest chapter in the prisoner-abuse scandals that will not fade away. This incident with the Saudi first came to light last month in a leak to the Associated Press of part of a draft book manuscript written by this TIME correspondent and former Army Sergeant Erik Saar, the Arabic translator for the 2003 episode. The leaked pages also described a civilian interrogator's habit of keeping a miniskirt and thong underwear hanging on the back of an office door ready to deploy in her sessions. The military has acknowledged some of this kind of abuse.

Initially, military officials tried to prevent disclosure of the Saudi's story. When Saar, who spent 61/2 months at Guantánamo as a linguist and intelligence analyst, submitted the early draft of his manuscript to the military, as the confidentiality agreement he signed requires, Guantánamo officials marked the section about the Saudi for redaction, stamping it SECRET. The account, they advised the Pentagon, revealed interrogation methods and techniques that were classified. The Pentagon wrote back that if the Guantánamo officials could not cite solid legal grounds for censoring the material, the document would be cleared. The memo from the Pentagon noted that the authors' lawyer had previously sued the Defense Department successfully over a manuscript that contained classified information and might do so again. The section was cleared for publication with very few changes. But last month the nine pages at issue were leaked, apparently by someone within the military, since the Pentagon memo, an internal document, was attached.

The military has acknowledged that two female interrogators were reprimanded in 2003 for improper, sexually tinged behavior at Guantánamo. In one case, an interrogator took off her uniform top, revealing a T shirt underneath, sat in a detainee's lap and ran her fingers through his hair. A supervisor monitoring the session immediately stopped it and gave the woman a written rebuke. Another female interrogator received a verbal warning after she wiped red dye on a detainee's shirt, saying it was blood.

How common such practices were at Guantánamo, a prison with a reputation for being more tightly run than those in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, may be partly answered in the reports of two formal Pentagon investigations that are expected next month. One is a review of U.S. detention and interrogation practices worldwide that is being conducted by Vice Admiral Albert Church. A separate report, on allegations of abuse at Guantánamo made by FBI agents present there, is being prepared by the Southern Command.

A Washington source familiar with the preliminary outlines of the Church report says that while it corroborates cases of abuse, including sexual humiliation of prisoners, it finds no fault with top military leaders at the facilities or the Pentagon. "Commanders get demoted or even fired for 'command climate' failures, but no top officer has been held accountable in these situations," says the source. "It is up to commanders in the field to make policies crystal clear, but a series of commanders allowed the lines to erode." --With reporting by Sally B. Donnelly/Washington

Erik Saar and Viveca Novak's book about Guantánamo, Inside the Wire, will be published by Penguin Press in May

courtesy of time magazine http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1027500,00.html

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Suatu hari, ayah dari suatu keluarga yang sangat sejahtera membawa anaknya melawat ke sebuah negara yang sebahagian besar penduduknya hidup dari hasil pertanian, dengan niat untuk menunjukkan bagaimana kehidupan orang-orang yang miskin kepada anaknya.

Mereka menghabiskan waktu seharian di sebuah tanah pertanian milik keluarga yang kelihatan sangat miskin. Apabila pulang dari perjalanan tersebut, sang ayah bertanya kepada
anaknya.

"Bagaimana perjalanan tadi?"
"Sungguh luar biasa, Pa."
"Kamu lihat kan bagaimana kehidupan mereka yang miskin?"tanya sang ayah.
"Iya, Pa," jawabnya.
"Jadi, apa yang dapat kamu pelajari dari perjalanan ini?" tanya ayahnya lagi.

Si anak menjawab,

"Saya melihat kenyataan bahawa kita mempunyai seekor haiwan peliharaan sedangkan mereka memiliki empat ekor.

Kita miliki sebuah kolam yang panjangnya hanya sampai ke tengah-tengah taman, sedangkan mereka memiliki sungai kecil yang tak terhingga panjangnya.

Kita memasang lampu taman yang dibeli dari luar negeri dan mereka memiliki bintang-bintang di langit untuk menerangi taman mereka.

Beranda rumah kita begitu lebar mencapai halaman depan dan milik mereka seluas horizon.

Kita tinggal dan hidup di tanah yang sempit sedangkan mereka mempunyai tanah sejauh mata memandang.

Kita memiliki pelayan yang melayani setiap keperluan kita tetapi mereka melayani diri mereka sendiri.

Kita membeli makanan yang akan kita makan,tetapi mereka menanam sendiri.

Kita mempunyai dinding indah yang melindungi diri kita dan mereka memiliki teman-teman untuk menjaga kehidupan mereka."

Dengan cerita tersebut, sang ayah tidak dapat berkata apa-apa.

Kemudian si anak menambah,

"Terima kasih, Pa, akhirnya saya tahu betapa miskinnya diri kita."

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

assalamu`alaikum...

a brief account of an indonesian brother when the tsunami struck... http://www.atlantacouncil.org/tsunami1.htm - courtesy of msa atlanta council, known for their summer study abroad program at international islamic university malaysia (iium) http://www.atlantacouncil.org - feel free to browse thru...

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"each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one's own family or one's nation, but for the benefit of all humankind." (dalai lama)
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barakallahu feekum

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

the poet spoke the truth when he said:

"when you give free rein to your eyes, this will cause great pain to your heart. you will see what you cannot have, and you will feel frustration because you do not have some of what you see."

(shaykh muhammad s. al-munajjid)

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"the greatest sin of our time is not the few who have destroyed but the vast majority who've sat idly by." (reverend dr. martin luther king jr.)

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salamat...

Memorizing the Quran

From Abdur-Rahman Abdul Khaaliq's "Al-Qawaaid adh-Dhahabiyyah lil-Hifdh il-Quran il-Adheem"



Bismillaahir-Rahmaanir-Raheem

My Brother and Sister Muslim - there is no doubt that you know of excellence of memorising the Quran and the excellence of teaching it. The Messenger of Allaah (sas) said: "The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur'aan and teaches it."

Presented to you are some rules which will assist in memorising the Qur'aan, may Allaah benefit us by them.

The First Rule: Ikhlaas - (Sincerity)

The purification of ones intention and correcting ones desire is obligatory. It is likewise for making ones concern with and memorisation of the Quran for the s ake of Allaah, the Sublime and Exalted, and for gaining success with His Paradis e and obtaining His pleasure.

Also for obtaining those mighty rewards which are reserved for those who recited the Quran and memorised it. Allaah the Exalted said:

So worship Allaah, making the Deen sincerely for Him. Is it not to Allaah that s incere worship is due? [Zumar 39:2-3]

He also said:

Say: I have been commanded that I worship Allaah making the Deen sincerely for H im. [Zumar 39:11]

And the Messenger of Allaah (sas) said: "Allaah the Exalted said: I am so self-s ufficient that I am in no need of having an associate. Thus, he who does an acti on for someone elses sake as well as Mine will have that action renounced by Me to him whom he associated with Me." [Bukhaaree and Muslim]

Therefore, there is no reward for the one who recited the Quran and memorised it to show off and to be heard of. There is also no doubt that the one who recited the Quran desiring by it the world and seeking some sort of worldy reward for i t is sinful.

The Second Rule: Correction of ones Pronunciation and Recitation

The first step in memorising the Quran after that of Ikhlaas is the obligation o f correcting the pronunciation of the Quran. This does not occur except by liste ning to a good reciter or a precise memoriser of the Quran. The Quran is not lea rned except by acquiring it (from another). Thus, the Messenger (sas) who is the most eloquent of the arabs in speech, took it from Jibreel (as) orally. The Mes senger (sas) himself used to recited the Quran to Jibreel once in every year and in the year that he died he recited it to him twice. [Reported by Bukhaaree]

Likewise, the Messenger taught it to the Companions (ra) orally and those who ca me after them heard it from the Companions and so on for each generation after t hem.

Taking the Quran from a good reciter is obligatory. Likewise, correcting ones re citation firstly and not depending on oneself in its recitation even if one is k nowledgeable of the Arabic language and of its principles, is also obligatory. T his is because in the Quran there are many verses which occur in a way that is o pposed to what is well known in the rules of the Arabic language.

The Third Rule: Specifying a Daily Limit for Memorisation

It is necessary for the one desiring to memorise the Quran that he sets himself a daily limit for memorising. a number of verses for example, perhaps a page or two pages or even an eighth of a juz (one thirtieth of the Quran). So he begins, after he has corrected his recitation and set his daily limit, to learn by freq uent repetition. It is also necessary that this repetition is done melodiously a nd this is so that a person follows the Sunnah firstly and that it the memorisat ion is made firm and strong secondly. Melodious recitation is pleasing to ones h earing and also assists in memorisation. Furthermore, the tongue will always ret urn to a specific tone (of voice) and as a result of this it will become familia r with any mistake whenever the balance in ones recitation and familiar tone bec omes disordered or imbalanced. The reciter will know therefore, that his tongue will not comply with him when he makes a mistake and that if the tone is wrong o r out of tune, his memorisation will return to him.

All of this is because reciting the Quran and beautifying it with ones voice is a matter which has been commanded. It is not permissible to oppose this command due to the saying of the Messenger (sas): "Whoever does not beautify the Quran ( recite it melodiously) he is not of us." [Bukhaaree]

The Fourth Rule: Not Surpassing One's Daily Limit until You Have Perfected its Memorisation.

It is not permissible for the memoriser to move to a new portion of the Quran un til after he has perfected the memorisation of his previous limit. This is so th at whatever he has memorised is firmly established in his mind. There is no doub t that amongst those things which aid the memoriser is his occupation with what he has memorised through the hours of the day and night. This occurs by reciting it in the silent prayers, and if he is the imaam then in the loud prayers. Also in the superogatory prayers (nawaafil) and in the times when one is waiting for the obligatory prayers. By this method the memorisation will become a lot easie r. In this way it is possible for a person to practise it even if he is occupied with other matters and this is because he does not simply sit at a specific tim e for memorising the Quran. Thus the night will not arrive except with those ver ses memorised and firmly established in the mind. And if there is something whic h has occuppied the memoriser during this day, he should not move onto his next portion of the Quran, rather he should continue on the second day with what he h ad started with the day before until the memorisation becomes perfected.

The Fifth Rule: Memorise Using the Same Copy (Mushaf) of the Quran


Among the things which aid the memorisation is that the memoriser should keep fo r himself a specific mushaf (copy of the Quran) which he should never change. Th is is because a person memorises using the sight just as he memorises using the hearing. The script and form of the verses and their places in the mushaf leave an imprint in the mind when they are recited and looked at frequently. If the me moriser was to change his mushaf from which he memorises or if he was to memoris e from a number of different copies the places of the verses would be in differe nt places and also the script may also be different. This makes the memorisation difficult for him. Therefore it is obligatory for the one memorisng the Quran t hat he does so from a single script and mushaf and he should never replace it.

The Sixth Rule: Understanding is the Way to Memorising

Among the things which greatly aid the process of memorisation is understanding the verses that one has memorised and knowing their relationship and link, one t o another. This is why it is necessary for the memoriser to read the tafseer (ex planation) of those verses which he desires to memorise and that he knows their connection, one with another. Also, that he brings this to mind when he is recit ing. This makes it easier for him to memorise the verses. Having said this, it i s also necessary that he does not depend on knowing the meaning of the verses al one in memorising them. Rather the repetition of these verses should be the foun dation. This should be done until the tongue can recite the verses even if the m ind is occupied with other than the meaning of these verses. This is sign that t he verses are firmly established in the mind. As for the one who relies upon the meaning alone then he will forget often and his recitation will be disjointed d ue to his mind being scattered and occupied with other things. This occurs frequ ently, especially when the recitation is long.

The Seventh Rule: Do not move on from a Complete Surah until you have connected the first part of it to the last

After one surah from among the surahs of the Quran has been completed it is desi rable for the memoriser that he does not move onto another surah except after ha ving perfected its memorisation and connecting its first part to its last so tha t his tongue can flow in reciting it, from its beginning to its end. He should b e able to recite it without having to think or go through trouble in remembering the verses. Rather it is a must that the memorisation (and recitation) of these verses is like (flowing) water and that the memoriser recites these verses with out hesitation, even if his mind is occupied with more than one thing, away from m the meaning of these verses. It should be as a person recites Surah Faatihah w ithout any difficulty or having to think about it. This occurs by repeating thes e verses frequently and reciting them often. However the memorisation of every s urah of the Quran will not be like that of Surah Faatihah except rarely but the intent and desire should be to try to make it as such. Therefore, it is necessar y that when a surah is completed it is firmly established in the mind, with its beginning connected to its end and that the memoriser does not move onto another surah until he has memorised it with precision.

The Eighth Rule: Reciting to Others


It is necessary for the memoriser not to depend on himself for his memorisation. Rather he should test his memorisation by reciting the verses or surah in quest ion to somebody else, or he should recite them by following the mushaf. And how excellent this would be if a person had with him a precise memoriser (who would test his memorisation). This is so that the memoriser becomes aware of the possi bility of his being forgetful or confused in his recitation (without knowing it) . Many individuals amongst us who memorise a surah make mistakes and a person ma y not realise that until he looks into the mushaf. Furhtermore, the one who des ires to memorise may not realise by himself at which place he makes an error in his recitation despite the fact that he may be reciting from a mushaf. For this reason making others listen to his recitation of what he has memorised from the Quran is a means of perceiving and knowing these errors and being constantly awa re of them.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Flyer||Application

Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah,

InshaAllah everyone is doing well and remembering one another in your du`aa...

Below is a message from Sr. Haifaa and the St. Louis retreat crew concerning the upcoming retreat. If youre interested, there is an attached application as well as a flyer. The dates on the flyer are not exactly the same dates as in Sr. Haifaa's email, so if youre interested, ask her about that inshaAllah. Do keep in mind the deadlines on the application for payment and so on. Sr. Haifaa, if there are any changes, please notify us. Jazaki Allahu khairan.

Also, please note, that as soon as all of the necessary information concerning the June Adirondacks retreat is finalized and obtained, we will email everyone and begin advertising. Until then, please be patient inshaAllah, may Allah have mercy on us all.
:-)

I apologize to those who received this twice.

Jazakum Allahu khairan
wassalamu alaikum
soumaya

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Assalamu'alaikum All;

The annual saint lous retreat will be held this year insha Allah in the same pere Marqutte park, from Sunday March 27th-till April 2nd.

Attach find the application form : Flyer||Application

Also please spread the word and feel free to give the application

The topics will be finalised insha Allah once Sheik Mokhtar return from hajj in 10 days

Haifaa

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Pengisian Bulanan


Assalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullah,
Sahabat-sahabat, ikhwah, dan akhawat yang dikasihi fillah.
Semoga dalam keadaan sihat, kestabilan iman dan ketinggian amal.

InshaAllah kita akan adakan pengisian teleconference setiap bulan oleh ustaz yang tidak asing lagi bagi kita iaitu Ustaz Joban daripada IMSA (Indonesian Muslim Student Association). Sahabat-sahabat semua dijemput untuk mendengar pengisian teleconference bulanan melalui Yahoo Messenger pada kali ini.

Maklumat bagi pengisian teleconference pada bulan Februari kali ini adalah seperti berikut:

Masa: 9.00 am (US Central Time) / 11.00 pm (Malaysian Time)
Tarikh: Ahad, 13 Februari 2005
Penyampai: Ustaz M Joban
Yahoo ID: misgvandy

Sila add/message Yahoo ID tersebut untuk diinvite ke dalam yahoo conference nanti. Bagi sesiapa yang belum mendownload Yahoo Messenger, bolehlah mendownload di
http://messenger.yahoo.com/ .

InshaAllah Ustaz Joban telah bersetuju untuk menjadi murabbi tetap kita setiap bulan bagi pengisian bulanan tersebut. Sahabat-sahabat digalakkan agar mengajukan soalan dan pandangan kepada ustaz agar objektif mendalami dan memahami ilmu dapat dicapai inshaAllah.

Terima kasih kerana sudi meluangkan masa. Semoga input yang didapati nanti dapat membuahkan amal dan dapat menjadi bekalan dan panduan kita dalam menyeru manusia kepada Allah.

Allahu a’lam.
Jazaakum Allahu khayran katheera.

Wassalam.

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Saiful Islam Kamarudin
Vanderbilt University

Friday, February 11, 2005

Hadith #20 --------- (PartII)

continued from part I

lessons

There are two aspects of haya' : Natural haya' and acquired haya'. The later is attained as a result of knowing and realizing the Glory of Allah and His attributes.

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There are many manifestations of haya' as mentioned by Ustaz Jamaludin Zarabozo in his commentaries on the Forty Hadith:

  • Having haya' towards Allah - a Muslim should feel ashamed to have Allah see him doing - or hear him saying - something that displeases Allah, especially when that Muslim is alone and out of the view of humankind.
  • Haya' towards the angels - as they are noble and dignified creatures who witness the acts performed by humans.
  • Haya' towards other humans - an essential characteristic that keeps people from harming one another and from performing indecent acts.
  • Haya' towards the person him/herself - a person should be ashamed of him/herself when he/she performs acts that are shameful. If he/she notices that his/her haya' level is low he/she should improve it by remembrance of Allah, getting closer to Him, and fearing Him.

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This great concept of haya' or modesty should be promoted through all possible means and at all levels and by everyone: educators, teachers, lecturers, parents, and du'at (preachers). It is unfortunate that today, and because of technology misuse, this great concept is threatened. Hence there is greater responsibility for the Muslim du'at, parents, educators, etc. to shoulder. The evildoers are promoting anything that distorts and corrupts haya'. Those people are taking advantage of the system where technology advancement is double sided. It is positive and beneficial on one hand, but it can be negative and destructive on the other. Muslims should learn, master and use Information Technology (IT) positively to promote what is good and beneficial. By mastering IT they should make deliberate efforts to be in control of it and minimize its negative destructive side such as by designing and producing filtering softwares.

The same thing can be said about the media, where it is entertainment oriented. Entertainment is taking new destructive directions which negatively affect the concept of haya' a great deal. If haya' is distorted, iman (faith) can be distorted too. The chances of committing sins and evil will be higher, and the chances of delaying or neglecting obligations will be higher as well. Even chances of committing crimes will be higher due to these new directions of entertainment, where crime, drug addiction, distrustful acts, and adultery are all looked at as means of entertainment. Semi naked bodies, songs that promote evil, etc. are aspects of new entertainment. Unfortunately, we Muslims borrow media material from the West without any kind of evaluation, filtering or classification. More instructions and guidelines are needed from media organisers regarding the nature of movies and TV. There should be programs for families' awareness.

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Haya' can sometimes be abused as a justification for not doing something or giving up an obligatory act. For example, being silent or passive in the presence of falsehood or oppression for no reason except claiming haya'. Or using haya' as an excuse for not encouraging good or discouraging evil. Unless, for both of teh above mentioned cases, there is another good reason for not doing these acts such as considering the most likely expected harmful consequences.

Another example of abusing haya' is to use it as an excuse for not seeking knowledge. In many Muslim cultures this matter is confused and misunderstood where there is a proverb or cliché that says: "There is no modesty in asking questions in religious matters". But this cliché is only practiced in a few certain sensitive issues. However when it comes to seeking knowledge in a classroom, the situation is different. Most Muslims become shy and use modesty as an excuse. Parents at home, teachers at school, even lecturers at Universities add to the problem where they may treat asking questions as a sign of not being modest. This attitude needs to be changed to the right, positive one.

Another example is using haya' as an excuse for not doing what is correct and allowed. You know that something should be done and it is good and allowed or is even a recommended or obligatory act. However, you simply give up and do not do it because of a claimed haya'. Not giving sadaqah (charity) to a needy in front of others, not taking away a harmful material from the street or the path of the Muslims, or not helping or giving a hand to a disabled or an elderly person to cross the street are some good examples of this phenomenon.

conclusion

Haya' or modesty is a great Islamic concept that leads to goodness and keeps a Muslim away from doing a bad or indecent act when its level is maximized. Treating bad actions, as shown by revelation, as evil acts and feeling ashamed of Allah to do it and ashamed of the community, are ways of acquiring haya'. Iman and haya' are linked. When there is iman, there is haya', and vice versa. All of us are borne with natural haya'. However it is subject to be spoiled due to environment and dominating ideologies. Technology misuse has its negative and destructive impact on haya'. Muslims need to be aware of such challenges and exert their effort to overcome them. Haya' cannot be used as an excuse for not doing good deeds and acts.

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may allah grant us the strength and emaan to practice what he ordered us to do. first to my very own self

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Hadith #20 --------- (PartI)
The concept of Al-Haya' (modesty)



Abu Mas'ud 'Uqbah bin 'Amr al-Ansari al-Badri, radiyallahu 'anhu, reported that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, said:

"Among the things that people have found from the words of the previous prophets was: 'If you feel no shame, then do as you wish.'"

[Al-Bukhari]

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Background

Haya' can be translated as: modesty, shame, shyness or bashfulness, as pointed by Ustaz Jamaludin Zarabozo.
The word haya' is derived from the word "al-hayah", which means life, as if the person who has no haya' (modesty) is like a dead person.

Islam encourages and treasures al-haya' or modesty. It is one of the most important characteristics that each and every Muslim should acquire and posses.

The following are some hadiths which emphasize this great quality:

"Haya' (modesty) and Iman (faith) are two that go together. If one is lifted, the other is also lifted."
[Recorded by al-Hakim]

"Al-Haya' is part of Iman."
"Haya' does not produce but goodness."
[Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Possible interpretations of the text

Due to the form of the text, it may be interpreted in many possible meaningful ways. Imam Ibnu Rajab pointed out two interpretations of the text according to early scholars:

First interpretation: If you have no modesty, then do whatever you wish and Allah will punish you for what you do.

This mode of expression is well known in the Arabic language, and it is used for threatening someone. This mode is used by the Qur'an in Surah Fussilat: ayat 40.

Second interpretation: If you are contemplating an act and it is an act such that there is no reason to be ashamed of doing it before Allah or the people, then you may do that act.

Modesty is used as a criterion over whether or not to do a certain act. The command here is in the form of displaying permission.

However, there is a valid third interpretation given by Ibnu al-Qayyam who is a scholar from the eighth Hijrah century. He is in the view that the command is not what is meant by this statement. Instead, it is a statement of fact. The meaning is: If a person does not have any modesty, then there is nothing to prevent him/her from doing anything.

Haya' is one of the most important factors that keeps a person from committing a sinful act. If a person has no haya', he/she will do almost anything.

(to be continued in part II)

Source : http://fortyhadith.iiu.edu.my/


Sunday, February 06, 2005

A STRIKING EVENT WHICH DEMONSTRATES WHAT KIND OF ONE A PROPHET IS

One of Ibn Sina (Avicenna)’s students said to him one day that if, with his extraordinary understanding and intelligence, he were to make a claim to prophethood, people would gather round him. Avicenna said nothing; then when they were on a journey together in wintertime, Avicenna awoke from his sleep one morning at dawn, woke up his student, and told him he was thirsty, and asked him to fetch some water. The student procrastinated and made excuses. However much Avicenna persisted, the student was not prepared to leave his warm bed in the cold winter. At that moment the cry of the muezzin (caller to prayer) called out from the minaret: “God is the greatest. I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.” Avicenna saw that this was a good opportunity to give the answer to his student, so he said:

You, who averred that if I made claim to be a prophet, people would believe in me, look now and see how the command I just gave you, who have been my student for years and have benefited from my lessons, has not even had the effect of making you leave your warm bed to fetch me some water. But this muezzin strictly obeys the four-hundred-year (now fourteen-hundred-year)-old command of the Prophet. He got up from his warm bed, as he always does every morning together with hundreds of thousands of others, climbed up to this great height and borne witness to the unity of God and to His Prophet. Look and see how great the difference is!

His name has been pronounced five times a day together with that of God for fourteen centuries all over the world, whilst he is loved heart and soul by so many people whose number is increasing day by day. The present-day conditions of the world gives the good tiding that he will be greeted by the whole world in a near future as the “Ruler of the world”, as was foretold by Jesus Christ.



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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Solah

Biasanya ketika Israk Mikraj , ceramah-ceramah kat majis selalunye berkisar kepada Israk Mikraj. Satu hari tu aku pegilah satu ceramah berdekatan dengan tempat kediaman. Sebab selalunya ade more ngan makan-makan. Ustaz tu memang femes kat situ. Dalam ceramah tu kadang-kadang diselitkan dengan jenaka yang menghiburkan hati. Tu yang syok gi ceramah dia. Teringat aku ketika die menyampaikan ceramah pasal Israk Mikraj ustaz tu ade mention pasal perintah solat dan bagaimana solah itu diturunkan direct to Rasullulah Saw. Tetiba je ade satu mamat yang hadir same di majlis itu mengangkat tangan seraya bertanya

" Heheh ustaz-ustaz kalau la Nabi Muhammad Saw naik lagi sekali, tentu kita dah takyah semayang kan, sebab sekali Baginda naik solah dikurangkan lima. Kalau naik sekali lagi sure takde perintah solah kan," begitulah lebih kurang soalan yang ditanye mamat tu. Dengan tersengih-sengih dia pun ketawa diikuti dengan hilai tawa pakcik pakcik ngan budak budak kecik yang sememangnya dari tadi membuat bising. Ada yang sampai terbatuk2 . Aku pun turut serta ketawa. Ala walaupun lawak ni banyak kali aku dah dengar tapi bak kate orang evergreen.

Tetiba ustaz tu berkata

" Sebenarnya perintah solah ni kite kene tengok berlainan sikit" Hadirin kat sana mula menumpukan perhatian.Aku menjenguk-jenguk utk melihat reaksi ustaz. Ape ke hal ni? Disebalik ayat-ayat itu ada satu keseriusan, cukup kuat mematikan suasana girang sebelum ini. Hening..

" Allah menurunkan perintah solah kerana Dia mahu menemui hambaNya. Ingin diberinya rahmah, kasih sayang dan rezeki kepada hambaNya. Para Nabi Allah 'diajak' menemui Tuhannya bukan 50 kali tapi beratus ratus kali kerana rindu dan kasih sayang Tuhan kepada hambaNya itu. Kita tidak boleh mengatakan yang kita yang mahu bersolah tapi sebenarnya atas taufiq dan inayahNya. Nah sekarang bagitau saya berapa kali Allah menemui kita sehari. Malah adakan Allah mahu menemui kita betul-betul pada waktunya atau kita 'disengaja lewatkan utk tidak mengerjakannya."

Aku terus menelan air liur. Satu-persatu perkataan cukup sinis bak pisau pemotong daging.

"Kadang-kadang kita beranggapan kerja dan aktiviti kita menghalang kita dari menunaikan solah dengan sempurna. Tetapi pernah kah kita memikirkan sebenarnya Allahlah yang menyibukkan kita dengan kerja itu agar kita takkan menemuiNya?"

" Pakcik-pakcik dan anak-anak sekelian. Rama-rama akan tertarik dengan bunga. Lalat pula akan tertarik dengan benda yang kotor. Pernahkah kita memikirkan kenapa kita tidak khusyuk dalam solah? Ya memang kerana syaitan yang mengganggu. Apa sebenarnya yang menarik syaitan kepada kita. Jawapan nya dosa yang lebih kotor dari kotoran dunia yang ada didalam hati. Mudah sahaja. Tidak khusyuk jawabnya, dosa masih dihati. Itulah penting wuduq"

Aku rase mase tu semua orang senyap. Mamat yang bertanya tadi teruih tunduk kepala. Kalau aku pun aku dah lame menyorokkan diri kat mane mane ceruk yang termampu aku pergi.

" Pakcik2, kita secara paksa dan sukarela kene semyang. Kalau tak semayang nanti orang kate ape pulak. Tapi pernahkah kita rasa kemanisan sembahyang selama ini. Kalau tak manis takkan selepas ini kita nak 'sengsara' menunaikan benda yang kita takde peroleh langsung manfaatnya. Kalau saya berumur 30 tahun dan saya akan mati pada 60 tahun takkan saya nak semayang dengan keadaan begini 30 tahun selepas ini?

Lepas abih ceramah tu aku terus beredar tanpa menjamah makanan pun. Tah takde mood kot.