Thursday, September 29, 2005

That which God said to the rose,
and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,
he said to my heart,
and made it a hundred times more beautiful.
- Jalaluddin al-Rumi

A man lost his way in the desert, and wandered aimlessly for several days. He ran out of food, and thought he would die. Then he saw a bag lying in the sand. He opened it, and at first he thought it was filled with grains of barley. He was overjoyed. But when he tried to eat them, he discovered they were pearls—and he plunged into despair.
- Saadi ash-Shiraz, "Gulistan"

Saturday, September 24, 2005

bismillah,
assalamu'alaikum warahmatullah...

Just want to share with all my sahabaat a beautiful lyrics that is related to a hadith of Rasulullah (saw) and it really has a deep meaning. Lets reflect upon it, bi idhnillah.

Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, said: "Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its old position of being strange, so good tidings for the strangers." (Recorded by Muslim, Attirmidthi, Ibn Majah, and Ahmad)

Ghuraba'a (Strangers) - Lyrics in English

Ghurabaa`, ghurabaa`, ghurabaaa` ghurabaa`
Ghurabaa`, ghurabaa`, ghurabaaa` ghurabaa`

Ghurabaa` do not bow the foreheads to anyone besides Allah

Ghurabaa` have chosen this to be the motto of life

Ghurabaa` do not bow the foreheads to anyone besides Allah

Ghurabaa` have chosen this to be the motto of life

If you ask about us, then we do not care about the tyrants

We are the regular soldiers of Allah, our path is a reserved path

If you ask about us, then we do not care about the tyrants

We are the regular soldiers of Allah, our path is a reserved path

Ghurabaa`, ghurabaa`, ghurabaaa` ghurabaa`

Ghurabaa`, ghurabaa`, ghurabaaa` ghurabaa`

We never care about the chains, rather we'll continue forever

We never care about the chains, rather we'll continue forever

So let us make jihad, and battle, and fight from the start

Ghurabaa`, this is how they are free in the enslaved world

So let us make jihad, and battle, and fight from the start

Ghurabaa`, this is how they are free in the enslaved world

Ghurabaa`, ghurabaa`, ghurabaaa` ghurabaa`

Ghurabaa`, ghurabaa`, ghurabaaa` ghurabaa`

How many times we remembered a time when we were happy

In the book of Allah, we recite in the morning and the evening

How many times we remembered a time when we were happy

In the book of Allah, we recite in the morning and the evening

Ghurabaa`, ghurabaa`, ghurabaaa` ghurabaa`

Ghurabaa`, ghurabaa`, ghurabaaa` ghurabaa`

Ghurabaa` do not bow the foreheads to anyone besides Allah

Ghurabaa` have chosen this to be the motto of life

Ghurabaa` do not bow the foreheads to anyone besides Allah

Ghurabaa` have chosen this to be the motto of life

If you ask about us, then we do not care about the tyrants

We are the regular soldiers of Allah, our path is a reserved path

If you ask about us, then we do not care about the tyrants

We are the regular soldiers of Allah, our path is a reserved path

Ghurabaa`, ghurabaa`, ghurabaaa` ghurabaa`

Ghurabaa`, ghurabaa`, ghurabaaa` ghurabaa`

The Prophet said "Islam began as something strange, and it will return as something strange the way it began. So Tooba for the Strangers"

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Apabila hati telah berkarat, jiwa menjadi keruh dan semangat kian pudar, maka kisah-kisah yang meniupkan semangat, kata-kata kiasan dan madah atau syair yang tersusun indah yang terkandung di dalam kajian-kajian ini adalah sebaik-baik rawatan secara halus. Ia mengandungi penggilapan, pelembutan, pembersihan dan nyalaan api."~Al-muntalaq
Orang yang tidak mampu berkorban demi mengejar cita-cita yang tinggi , maka dia tidak akan berani berhadapan dengan bahaya dan kesusahan" "Orang yang hanya mencari kesenangan , keselesaan dan kemewahan semasa hidup di dunia ini nescaya akan mudah terpengaruh dengan suasana , tunduk kepada tekanan dan hanyut oleh arus - Miwqa

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Repentance

Imam Ash-Shaafi`ee From "Three Forgotten Prayers" by `Adnaan Aali `Uroor 1997Published By Call to Islam Da`wah Center, London E17 UK
Al-Muzni who is Aboo lbraaheem Isma`eel ibn Yahya said: "I entered upon ash-Shaafi'ee during his illness which resulted in his death, so I said to him: 'What is your condition?' He replied: "I am journeying from this world, and departing from my brothers, drinking from the cup of death, and upon Allaah - Exalted is His remembrance - arriving. And no! By Allaah, I do not know if my soul is traveling towards Paradise or the Fire!" Then he started to weep, and he said:
'In You, the Creator, I raise my longing, And even if I am, O possessor of kindness and generosity, an evildoer, a criminal,

When my heart became constricted and my paths became narrow,
I took my hope in Your pardon and forgiveness as an opening and an escape,
My sins seemed very great to me but when I compared them to Your forgiveness,
I found Your forgiveness to be greater,
You are and still remain the only One who can forgive sins,
You grant and forgive out of Your benevolence and generosity,
Perhaps the One who is the source of all goodness will forgive and overlook my mistakes,
And will hide the sins and burden that I accumulated,
My sins seemed very great to me, so I turned (to You) in humility,
Were it not for my contentment in you, I wouldn't, O my Lord, have seen any comfort at all,
So if You forgive me, You would have forgiven a sinner, A rebellious, oppressive tyrant still sinning,
So my crime is very great, past and present, But Your forgiveness that embraces Your servant is greater and higher,
So whomsoever holds fast to Allaah is truly saved from mankind, And whosever's hopes are in Him, will be far removed from any regrets.'

In translating these lines of poetry I have exercised a certain degree of freedom in order to preserve the emotive content as well as making it readable in the English language. [Translator Note]

Source from:- http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/poetry/salaf/0001.htm

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

bismillah...


The Indications of Beneficial Knowledge
Shaykh Husayn al-Awaaishah hafidhahullaah
Taken from 'Adorning Knowledge with Actions'

Everything has its indications and signs. Indications that knowledge is beneficial are that it leads to fine character, good manners and praiseworthy attributes. In this regard it was said: "He whose knowledge doesn’t cause him to weep, can be justifiably considered not to have been granted beneficial knowledge, since Allaah described the people of knowledge saying:

"Say believe in it (the Qur’aan) or do not believe. Verily! Those who were given knowledge before it, when it is recited to them, fall down on their faces in humble prostration. And they say: "Glory be to our Lord! Truly, the Promise of our Lord must be fulfilled." And they fall down on their faces weeping and it adds to their humility." [Al-Israa’ (17):107-109]

Thus knowledge carries its possessor towards humility, prostration, crying, calling oneself to account and truthfulness with Allaah.
Indeed crying is the clearest sign and best proof of the knowledge one possesses and of a person’s truthfulness. What is the benefit of knowledge a person learns, if it doesn’t lead him to crying, humbleness, penitence and good dealings with the people?

Is not the possessor of knowledge one who knows most about his Lord? Has he not read about His Exalted, Perfect, Lofty Attributes that which causes his heart to humble and his eyes to shed tears? Has he not read in the Book of Allaah and in the sayings of the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, texts pertaining to the Fire, the terror in the grave and the fearful accounts of the Resurrection because of which mountains are humbled out of the fear of Allaah?

So compare your position to this – may Allaah have mercy upon us – and don’t forget the virtuous saying, "He who’s knowledge doesn’t cause him to weep, can be justifiably considered not to have been granted beneficial knowledge."

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

bismillah,
assalamu'alaikum warahmatullah,

From Imam an-Nawawi:

"So the first thing which he should begin with is the memorization of the mighty Qur`aan, which is the most important of the branches of knowledge. And the Salaf did not used to teach hadeeth or fiqh, except to one who had memorized the Qur`aan. So when he has memorized it, then let him beware of pre-occupying himself from it with hadeeth, or fiqh, or other things, to the extent that it leads him to forget anything from the Qur`aan, or makes that likely."
- Al Majmoo` Sharh al-Muhadhdhab [1/38]