Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Let a person of insight reflect on this great verse and on how it can be applied according to this noble meaning. God mentions His light in the heavens and on earth, and His light in the hearts of His believing servants. There is intelligible light, perceived by insight, illuminating inner visions and hearts [al-nur al-ma`qul al-mashhud bi 1-bas.a'ir wa 1-qulub]. And there is the physical light [al-nur al-mah.sus], perceived by the faculty of sight, illuminating the upper and the lower regions of the world: two sublime lights, one more sublime than the other. When physical light is absent from some place, no human being or animal can live there. Animal life is engendered only where there is light. It cannot thrive in dark places where no light shines. And so, a people for whom the light of revelation and faith has gone out, and a heart in which this light has gone out, must be dead, no more alive than the most lifeless place on earth.

Commentary on the Verse of Light
Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah
The Invocation of God - Al-Wabil al-Sayyib min al-Kalim al-Tayyib © 2000, Michael Abdurrahman Fitzgerald & Moulay Youssef Slitine (Translators) Islamic Texts Society, UK

Saturday, December 17, 2005

bismillah,

mashaAllah, this is really nice advice... may Allah (swt) reward each one of us for reading this and trying our best to implement it, ameen.

How to Lower our Gaze
Sabeel Ahmed
Islam662@cssn.net
"If I were not a Muslim, I would have contacted AIDS!" proclaimed my friend. "The ayahs in Sura Nur about lowering our gazes doesn't affect me anymore", expressed another youth, talking about the intense temptations felt by today's youth. Difficulty in lowering the gaze by both the young and old is readily perceived on the street, weddings, parties and even in the Masjids.

What has gone wrong with our Ummah? Us Muslims, called by Allah, our Creator, as the best Ummah, Model Community, custodians of Truth and the Upholders of Morality behaving in this way? Why are we adopting the attitudes and routes of the Kuffar? How can we rectify ourselves?

What follows are a series of practical, though graphic advice which can work for us and set us free from Satan's stronghold, insha Allah.

Prophet Muhammad, Sallallhu alayhi wa sallam, by way of warning and as a reminder said: "I have not left a fitnah (trial, calamity or cause for calamity) after me more than (the fitnah) with women for men" (Bukhari and Muslim). Also was related by our Prophet : "The world is sweet and verdant, and Allah having put you in it in your turn watches how you act; so fear the world and fear women, for the first trial of the Bani israel had to do with women" (Muslim)

Being optimistic, a ray of hope was also wisely provided during Prophet's Last Sermon on way to avoid the above pitfall: "If the Ummah hold on to the Quran and the Sunnah, it will not go astray".

When Allah created us humans will all the desires and urges, He also revealed to us sufficient and complete guidance to contain them through proper channels. All we need to do is seek this guidance, contemplate on it and implement it. "This day I have perfected you deen for you, completed my favors upon you and chosen Islam as your deen" (5:3)

Realize the fact that the great Sahabas were humans beings too. Biologically they were no different from us, they too had desires and temptations of the human species, and yet they controlled them in the best of ways. We can too, insha Allah. To posses sensual passions is Human, to control them is Muslim.

When confronted with a luring situation, like passing by a non-mahram on the street, office, or a school, Satan is constantly tempting us to glare at her with evil thoughts. Satan is probably excitingly saying with a big smile `Yes', `Yes', `Yes', when we steer into the bait he is setting. During these situations immediately and consciously realize that when we give a second or following glances, we are obeying Satan. "O you who believe, follow not the footsteps of the devil..." (24:21). By immediately averting our gazes and disobeying Satan, we are giving him a one two punch in the face which leaves him frustrated, accursed and defeated.

Satan rebelled and was expelled by Allah, so lets all rebel against Satan and expel him from our hearts. Satan intents to fight a war against the believers, so lets gather our forces behind Quran and Sunnah and defeat him.

Remember that even if no human eye is watching us, the ever watchful Allah is constantly monitoring the innermost regions of our heart. Our eyes, limbs, tongue and private parts will all be witnesses for or against us on the Day of Judgement and not an atoms worth of our deeds will remain unexamined.

Psychologically our minds are conditioned to associate our thoughts of stealing clothes from a store to being in handcuffs and hauled into a police van. Likewise, we should condition our minds to bring the verses of Surah Nur in front of our eyes during any tempting situation and imagine that during that particular instance Allah (SWT) is speaking to us directly: "Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty, that will make for greater purity for them...Say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty...O you believers! Turn you all together towards Allah that you may attain success" (24:30,31). What a beautiful guidance and what a sublime reward for implementing it.

With practice, the above associations and the remembrance of Allah during tempting situations will prevent us from getting stuck by devilish arrows. Successful controlling our gazed also depends upon our avoidance of sinful situations. Al Islamic idiom (Usul Al-Fiqh) says: "Anything that leads to haram is haram in itself". Therefore cutting any unlawful situation in their bud is what we should strive for. Performance of a pious deed is rewarded and avoidance of a sinful deed is also rewarded, Al-Hamdulillah.

One of the biggest culprits which encourage us to disobey the ayahs in Surah Nur, are the movies. In the name of entertainment, to please our peers and children and as an excuse to do something together as a family, we astonishingly allow the development of un-Islamic scenes and dialogues in front of our eyes. Can we ever imagine (Na'udubillah) any Sahaba renting the latest hit from Blockbuster videos, or listening to music with luring lyrics at high volume?

Likewise, we watch news on TV and stare at the anchorwomen, female gymnasts, and female swimmers who are scantly dressed. Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, was once approached by a women with a proposal for marriage. He took a single glance at her and turned his face way. Jabir bin Abdullah reported: "I asked Allah's messenger about the sudden glance on the face of a non-Mahram. He commanded me that I should turn away my eyes" (Muslim). Thus we are not suppose to stare at the faces of non-Mahrams of opposite gender, be they our fellow students, elders, saleswomen or the one of TV.

Pious ladies of the Prophet's household were even ordered to do purdah in front of a Blind Sahaba. Upon the curious question as to why purdah when the blind Sahaba can't see them, Prophet wisely replies: "But you could see him" (Ahmed, Trimidhi, Abu Dawood)

Each one of us may have become culprit of not obey the ayahs in Surah Nur. It is not too late to realize these short comings and work at rectifying ourselves. Above all, we should always ask forgiveness of Allah (SWT). Indeed blessed are those Muslims who are able to check their gazes, thus conserving their precious time and energy, and working in the cause of Allah to reclaim our positions as the superpowers of the world.

Let's contemplate on the above humble advises and constantly make the following supplication: "O Allah help us in controlling our sensual desires until we get married, and after our marriage, let our desires be only towards our spouses...aameen"
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reference: http://www.jannah.org/articles/gazelow.html

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Simpulan Kata Buat Hati dan Jiwa

1. Jangan tertarik kepada seseorang karena parasnya sebab keelokan
paras dapat menyesatkan. Jangan pula tertarik kepada kekayaannya karena
kekayaan dapat musnah. Tertariklah kepada seseorang yang dapat membuatmu
tersenyum, karena hanya senyum yang dapat membuat hari-hari yang gelap
menjadi cerah. Semoga kamu menemukan orang seperti itu.

2. Bermimpilah tentang apa yang ingin kamu impikan pergilah ke
tempat-tempat kamu ingin pergi. Jadilah seperti yang kamu inginkan, karena
kamu hanya memiliki satu kehidupan dan satu kesempatan untuk melakukan
hal-hal yang ingin kamu lakukan.

3. Ketika satu pintu kebahagiaan tertutup, pintu yang lain dibukakan.
Tetapi sering kali kita terpaku terlalu lama pada pintu yang tertutup
sehingga tidak melihat pintu lain yang dibukakan bagi kita.

4. Sahabat terbaik adalah dia yang dapat duduk berayun-ayun di
beranda bersamamu, tanpa mengucapkan sepatah katapun , dan kemudian kamu
meninggalkannya dengan perasaan telah bercakap-cakap lama dengannya.

5. Sungguh benar bahwa kita tidak tahu apa yang kita miliki sampai
kita kehilangannya, tetapi sungguh benar pula bahwa kita tidak tahu apa
yang belum pernah kita miliki sampai kita mendapatkannya.

6. Pandanglah segala sesuatu dari kacamata orang lain. Apabila hal
itu menyakitkan hatimu, sangat mungkin hal itu menyakitkan hari orang
lain pula.

7. Awal dari cinta adalah membiarkan orang yang kita cintai menjadi
dirinya sendiri, dan tidak merubahnya menjadi gambaran yang kita
inginkan. Jika tidak, kita hanya mencintai pantulan diri sendiri yang kita
temukan di dalam dia.

8. Orang-orang yang paling berbahagiapun tidak selalu memiliki
hal-hal terbaik, mereka hanya berusaha menjadikan yang terbaik dari setiap
hal yang hadir dalam hidupnya.

9. Mungkin Tuhan menginginkan kita bertemu dengan beberapa orang yang
salah sebelum bertemu dengan orang yang tepat, kita harus mengerti
bagaimana berterimakasih atas karunia itu.

10. Hanya diperlukan waktu seminit untuk menaksir seseorang, sejam
untuk menyukai seseorang dan sehari untuk mencintai seseorang, tetapi
diperlukan waktu seumur hidup untuk melupakan seseorang.

11. Kebahagiaan tersedia bagi mereka yang menangis, mereka yang
disakiti hatinya, mereka yang mencari dan mereka yang mencoba. Karena hanya
mereka itulah yang menghargai pentingnya orang-orang yang pernah hadir
dalam hidup mereka.

12. Cinta datang kepada mereka yang masih berharap sekalipun pernah
dikecewakan, kepada mereka yang masih percaya sekalipun pernah
dikhianati, kepada mereka yang masih mencintai sekalipun pernah disakiti
hatinya.

13. Sungguh menyakitkan mencintai seseorang yang tidak mencintaimu,
tetapi lebih menyakitkan adalah mencintai seseorang dan tidak pernah
memiliki keberanian untuk mengutarakan cintamu kepadanya.

14. Jangan pernah mengucapkan selamat tinggal jika kamu masih mau mencoba, jangan pernah menyerah jika kamu masih merasa sanggup, jangan pernah mengatakan kamu tidak mencintainya lagi jika kamu masih tidak dapat melupakannya.

15. Memberikan seluruh cintamu kepada seseorang bukanlah jaminan dia
akan membalas cintamu. Jangan mengharapkan balasan cinta, tunggulah
sampai cinta berkembang di hatinya, tetapi jika tidak, berbahagialah
karena cinta tumbuh di hatimu.

23. Ada hal-hal yang sangat ingin kamu dengar tetapi tidak akan pernah kamu dengar dari orang yang kamu harapkan untuk mengatakannya. Namun demikian, janganlah menulikan telinga untuk mendengar dari orang yang
mengatakannya dengan sepenuh hati.

24. Waktu kamu lahir, kamu menangis dan orang-orang disekelilingmu
tersenyum. Jalanilah hidupmu sehingga pada waktu kamu meninggal, kamu
tersenyum dan orang-orang di sekelilingmu menangis.

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
— Peter Marshall

There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.
— William Frederick Halsy, Jr.

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
— Harriet Beecher Stowe

So, be strong my fellow brothers...

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Junaid Al-Baghdady r.a berkata: Aku tidak merasa keji terhadap apa yang menimpa pada diriku, sebab saya telah berpendirian bahawa dunia ini tempat kerisauan dan ujian, dan alam ini diliputi oleh bencana, maka sudah selayaknya ia menyambut saya dengan segala kesukaran, kerisauan, maka apabila ia menyambut aku dengan kesenangan maka itu bererti suatu kurnia dan kelebihan.

Sebaik-baik sahabat
Dan sekiranya engkau berkawan seorang bodoh yang tidak menurutkan hawa nafsunya, lebih baik dari berkawan seorang alim yg selalu menurutkan hawa nafsunya. Maka ilmu apakah yang dapat digelarkan bagi seorang alim yang selalu menurutkan hawa nafsunya itu, sebaliknya kebodohan apakah yang dapat disebutkan bagi seorang yang sudah dapat mengekang hawa nafsunya

Kitab Al-Hikam by Sheikh Ibnu Atho'illah pada bab Pendekatan Pengabdian pada Khaliq

Kata al-Imam `Izz al-Din `Abd al-Salam (meninggal 660H): dalam Qawa`id al-Ahkam fi Masalih al-Anam: “Kita telah ketahui daripada sumber-sumber syarak bahawa tujuan (hukum-hakam) syarak ialah untuk kemaslahatan hamba-hambaNya di sudut agama dan akhirat mereka. Bukannya masaqqah (kesusahan dalam mengamalkan syariat) itu yang dimaksudkan dengan kemaslahatan, tetapi maksudnya ialah apa yang diperolehi hasil dari masaqqah tersebut. Ini sama seperti seseorang doktor yang menyuruh pesakitnya meminum ubat yang sangat pahit. Tujuannya hanyalah untuk mengubati”