Friday, October 30, 2009

Happiness in Front of Your Eyes

Time comes and goes, life slips and goes forth, what is to come? No creation knows.

Sometimes, things Allah SWT takes it away, because in His infinite Wisdom it is something which is not good for you. However, what is to say that same thing is not good for you later in life? Time can go by, a jewel can accumulate dust, but with a blow of the mouth and a brush of the hands, it sparkles like new just as it was before. Allah may very well take you away from a danger or a calamity which may be bad for you at that time, but that same ‘danger’ or ‘calamity’ could be hope and goodness for you later in life.

The point is, it is in The Will of Allah the believer should find his or her rest, because it is the plan of Allah that prevails in the end.

وَمَكَرُواْ وَمَكَرَ اللّهُ وَاللّهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِين

"And they planned, but Allah planned. And Allah is the best of planners"
[Suratu Al-Imran, verse 54]

At the same time, don’t give up hope due to past problems. Because, it could be that the past hope was not good for you but it is what shines a light for you in darkness today. You may come across people that you didn’t like before but now are your best of companions. It could be that the people and things which you have shunned away from before are the torch of light that will bring life to the heart and soul today.

اللّهُ وَلِيُّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ يُخْرِجُهُمالظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّوُرِ

"Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light…"
[Suratu Baqarah, verse 257]

True happiness is right in front of you but you need to take off your dirty glasses first to see the light which is present abundantly.

وَعَسَى أَن تَكْرَهُواْ شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ وَعَسَى أَن تُحِبُّواْ شَيْئًا وَهُوَ شَرٌّ لَّكُمْ وَاللّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ
“and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.”
[Suratu Baqarah, verse 216)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Adakah anda seorang yang Berani?

Seorang yang berani, sentiasa bersedia melakukan sesuatu yang penting bagi kecemerlangan hidupnya,
meskipun dia belum berpengalaman
meskipun dia tidak memiliki wang untuk itu
meskipun banyak orang meragukan akan hasilnya
meskipun telah banyak orang gagal dalam upaya yang sama
meskipun sama sekali tidak ada jaminan
meskipun sebetulnya dia sangat ketakutan
dan meskipun lebih mungkin baginya untuk gagal.

Anda tidak bisa membina kehidupan yang luar biasa dengan keberanian yang biasa.
Kerana keberanian adalah sebuah kualiti yang boleh memaksimakan.

Jika anda berani, anda akan memaksimakan kebesaran dan ketinggian dari yang ingin anda capai.
Yang selain itu, adalah pembatasan kebebasan hati.

Jika anda berani, anda akan memaksimakan upaya anda untuk mencapai yang anda inginkan.
Yang selain itu, adalah pembatasan kesediaan bekerja.

Jika anda berani, anda akan memaksimakan tanggungjawab yang anda pikul.
Yang selain itu, adalah pembatasan potensi.

Jika anda berani, anda akan memaksimakan ukuran dan nilai dari sumbangan anda.
Yang selain itu, adalah pengkerdilan hak untuk menerima.

Jika anda berani, anda akan memaksimakan peranan yang anda minta dari Tuhan.
Yang selain itu, adalah pengecewaan tujuan hidup anda.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Remember the Sabra and Shatilla Tragedy on 16th September 1982

16hb September in History

If 16th September is the date to commemorate the formation of Malaysia, on the same date twenty years later, a tragedy has unfolded on the Palestinian people. On that infamous day in 1982, a grim massacre took place in the camps of Sabra and Shatila, in Lebanon.

The background

Sabra and Shatila

Sabra is a Lebanese residential area on the southern end of West Beirut. Shatila is a Palestinian refugee camp, run by UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). The refugee camp of Shatila has existed since 1949 in the aftermath of the creation of the illegitimate state of Israel in 1948. By 1949 more than 100,000 Palestinian took refuge in Lebanon including at Shatila.

Since Sabra and Shatila lie side by side, the close interactions between residents in these two poor areas eventually lend the name ‘Sabra and Shatila camp’.

Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)

PLO was formed in 1964. It is an umbrella organization that brought together a number of Palestinian resistance organizations including Fatah, the dominant group that controls PLO.

Al-Fatah (and PLO) had been under the leadership of the late Yasser Arafat . These organizations has agreed to join forces under PLO for a common goal i.e to liberate the whole of Palestine from the Zionist occupation.

In 1969, at a meeting in Cairo, the then Lebanese Prime Minister has given the permission for PLO to use Lebanon as a base to launch it’s operation against Israel. PLO grew in strength in Lebanon by the presence of many PLO fighters who were driven out from Jordan in the early 70’s. This situation did not only bring troubles to Israel but also lead to clashes with the local residence and militia groups including the Phalangists of the Maronite Christians.

From Southern Lebanon, PLO fighters launched continuous attack on Israel.

Israel attack Lebanon

To deal with the attack and threats on Israel from Southern Lebanon, especially from PLO, Israel launched a series of military operations. This culminated in the massive attack on Lebanon on 6th June 1982. Israel claimed the attack was in retaliation to a failed assassination attempt on its ambassador in London. It was estimated around 60,000 Israeli troops entered Lebanon even though the move recieved strong condemnation by the UN security council.

The main reason behind the attack was to remove the PLO from Lebanon. To meet this objective, Israel was aided by a number local militias including the Phalangists.

By June 18, Israeli troops had encircled beleagured PLO fighters in West Beirut. A major humanitarian crises awaited the PLO fighters and the local population if Israel decide to launch the final strike.

Ceasefire and Betrayal

Two months into the siege, in mid August 1982, through the mediation by Philip Habib, from the US government, a ceasefire agreement was concluded between Israel and the PLO.

Under the provisions of the “Habib Roadmap”, ordinary PLO fighters and their commanding officers agreed to lay down their arms and depart from Lebanon. They were also required to close down and cease all office operations and PLO infrastructures. The withdrawal process was to be monitored by an international force comprising of the Italian, the French and American forces. The international force was scheduled to stay over a 30 day period from their arrival. They were also responsible to ensure the safety of the inhabitants of Sabra and Shatila including the families left behind by the fighters. Israel on the other hand has agreed to stop its advance to Beirut.

The withdrawal of PLO fighters commenced on August 24th and completed by 1st September 1982. Two days later, Israel started to place its troops around the perimeters of the two camps. Shortly after, the international forces began to withdraw, much earlier than the scheduled timetable.


On 11th September 1982, Ariel Sharon, Israeli Minister of Defense who orchestrated the attack on Lebanon made an announcement that there were 2,000 Palestinian terrorists hiding among the refugees in the camps around Beirut. On Wednesday, September 15th 1982, a day after the assassination of Bashir Gemayil, Lebanese President candidate, Israel troops entered Beirut and surrounded Sabra and Shatila. By midday, the whole area was besieged by Israeli tanks and soldiers. Military checkpoints were set up to monitor every movements in the camp. By the evening of the same day, they started shelling the two camps.

Around noon thursday 16th September 1982, a group of up to 150 Phalangists, Israel allies, moved into the camp area. Witnessed by the whole world, within the next 40 hours the Phalangist militias engaged in an orgy of rape and murder of unarmed civilians. Most victims were women, children and the elderly. They could not escape as every exit has been blocked by the Israeli army.

The killing spree continued until 18th Sepetember.

The death toll estimates varied from 700 (official report of Israel) to 3500 people. The report by the International Red Cross put the figure at 2,400.

Until this day, no one has been charged for such a gross crime against humanity, conducted in the clear view of the Israeli army.

Triggered by the September 11th 2001 attack, the US has launched the war against terrorism.

Under the pretext of fighting terror, two countries, Afghanistan and Iraq became the target of American military might.

Compare this to the reaction of the US and the world on the massacre of Sabra and Shatilla on 16th September, 2003. The victims were supposed to be under the protection of an international peacekeeping force, through a security arrangement mediated by the US. Yet they were mercilessly murdered in cold blood.

No actions nor no condemnations were forthcoming from The United Nations. Islamic countries despite of the presence of OIC failed to address the tragedy. The victims of Sabra and Shatila were forgotten, just like the countless other tragedies the Palestinians have endured since 1948.

Hj. Ridzuan Harun
Senior Fellow Researcher
Palestine Centre of Excellence

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Berhentilah Menjadi Gelas!

Seorang guru mendatangi seorang muridnya ketika wajahnya belakangan ini selalu tampak murung.

“Kenapa kau selalu murung, nak? Bukankah banyak hal yang indah di dunia ini? Ke mana perginya wajah bersyukurmu?” sang Guru bertanya.

“Guru, belakangan ini hidup saya penuh masalah. Sulit bagi saya untuk tersenyum. Masalah datang seperti tak ada habis-habisnya,” jawab sang murid muda.

Sang Guru terkekeh. “Nak, ambil segelas air dan dua genggam garam. Bawalah kemari. Biar kuperbaiki suasana hatimu itu.”

Si murid pun beranjak pelan tanpa semangat. Ia laksanakan permintaan gurunya itu, lalu kembali lagi membawa gelas dan garam sebagaimana yang diminta.

“Coba ambil segenggam garam, dan masukkan ke segelas air itu,” kata Sang Guru. “Setelah itu coba kau minum airnya sedikit.”

Si murid pun melakukannya. Wajahnya kini meringis karena meminum air asin.

“Bagaimana rasanya?” tanya Sang Guru.

“Asin, dan perutku jadi mual,” jawab si murid dengan wajah yang masih meringis.

Sang Guru terkekeh-kekeh melihat wajah muridnya yang meringis keasinan.

“Sekarang kau ikut aku.” Sang Guru membawa muridnya ke danau di dekat tempat mereka. “Ambil garam yang tersisa, dan tebarkan ke danau.”

Si murid menebarkan segenggam garam yang tersisa ke danau, tanpa bicara. Rasa asin di mulutnya belum hilang. Ia ingin meludahkan rasa asin dari mulutnya, tapi tak dilakukannya. Rasanya tak sopan meludah di hadapan mursyid, begitu pikirnya.

“Sekarang, coba kau minum air danau itu,” kata Sang Guru sambil mencari batu yang cukup datar untuk didudukinya, tepat di pinggir danau.

Si murid menangkupkan kedua tangannya, mengambil air danau, dan membawanya ke mulutnya lalu meneguknya. Ketika air danau yang dingin dan segar mengalir di tenggorokannya, Sang Guru bertanya
kepadanya, “Bagaimana rasanya?”

“Segar, segar sekali,” kata si murid sambil mengelap bibirnya dengan punggung tangannya. Tentu saja, danau ini berasal dari aliran sumber air di atas sana. Dan airnya mengalir menjadi sungai kecil di bawah. Dan sudah pasti, air danau ini juga menghilangkan rasa asin yang tersisa di mulutnya.

“Terasakah rasa garam yang kau tebarkan tadi?”

“Tidak sama sekali,” kata si murid sambil mengambil air dan meminumnya lagi. Sang Guru hanya tersenyum memperhatikannya, membiarkan muridnya itu meminum air danau sampai puas.

“Nak,” kata Sang Guru setelah muridnya selesai minum. “Segala masalah dalam hidup itu seperti segenggam garam. Tidak kurang, tidak lebih. Hanya segenggam garam. Banyaknya masalah dan penderitaan yang harus kau alami sepanjang kehidupanmu itu sudah dikadar oleh Allah, sesuai untuk dirimu. Jumlahnya tetap, segitu-segitu saja, tidak berkurang dan tidak bertambah. Setiap manusia yang lahir ke dunia ini pun demikian. Tidak ada satu pun manusia, walaupun dia seorang Nabi, yang bebas dari penderitaan dan masalah.”

Si murid terdiam, mendengarkan.

“Tapi Nak, rasa `asin’ dari penderitaan yang dialami itu sangat tergantung dari besarnya ‘qalbu’(hati) yang menampungnya. Jadi Nak, supaya tidak merasa menderita, berhentilah jadi gelas. Jadikan qalbu dalam dadamu itu jadi sebesar danau.”

(From : Suluk – Blogsome)

Monday, July 6, 2009

A Robbers Advice


That is why the experience of Imam Ghazali (r.a.) is a valuable lesson. Ayuhatullab! Listen carefully!

Having completed his studies, Imam Ghazali (r.a.) was en route back home. On the way the caravan in which he was travelling was waylaid by robbers. Together with his co-travellers, Imam Ghazali (r.a.) was dispossessed of all his goods. Amongst his possessions were the carefully written notes of the lectures delivered by his ustads. These notes were also taken by the robbers. Imam Ghazali (r.a.) sought out the leader of the band of robbers and pleaded with him: “Your men have taken all my possessions except for the clothes I wear. You may keep the extra clothes and other valuables - I do not lament their loss. However, please ask your men to return the papers they have taken.”

The leader of the band of robbers was amazed at this unusual request. This young man was not worried about clothes and valuables, but he was asking for some pieces of paper to be returned!

Very curious, he asked: “What papers are these?”

Imam Ghazali (r.a.) explained: “I am a student returning home after completing my studies. When my teachers used to lecture, I used to make notes. These are those very pages of ‘ilm that I am requesting to be returned to me.”

The leader of the robbers said, “What you have just said fills me with great sorrow and regret. Young lad! Is your ‘ilm on pieces of paper when it should have been in your heart? Papers can get lost. Papers can be destroyed by fire, become parched by the sun, get eaten by moths, become damaged with damp, etc., etc. You are dependent on papers? It fills me with great pity. Your ‘ilm should be in your heart! Be that as it may, your papers will be returned.”

He summoned one of his men and ordered him, “Give back to this boy his papers.” The notes were retrieved and returned to Imam Ghazali (r.a.).

Imam Ghazali (r.a.) was of noble character. He was, moreover, a dedicated student. The words of the gang-leader were like a knife piercing his heart. On reaching home, he lost no time in memorising all his notes!

Monday, June 29, 2009

omong kosong...

Bismillahi walhamdulillahi 'alaa rasulillah,

owh..sekian lama tidak mengupdate maklom lah baru saja ada internet kat rumah..and this is my first entry since i moved here, ala-ala berhijrah la kununnya..

ramai kawan-kawan bertanya bagaimanakah kehidupan di negara orang, bla bla bla...well hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu di negeri sendiri, baguih lagi kat negeri sendiri..wallah!

beberapa bulan pertama saya disini agak sukar, (even until now) saya sangat merindui keluarga, rakan-rakan, suasana berusrah, rindu nak berprogram ke sana kemari..kerana kehidupan disini memang totally different dengan kehidupan di Bintulu. kalau kat bintulu, sehari tak nampak saya di mana-mana, orang suspect saya ni sakit..hehe..tapi kat sini, saya hanya keluar rumah seminggu sekali ..tu pun sebab nak beli barang dapur..the most 3 jam lah kot..then saya takde sorang kawan pun kat sini melainkan incik suami dan anak-anak sahaja..komunikasi agak terhad memandangkan anak-anak boleh le paham bahasa omputeh tapi saya tak paham bahasa omputeh diaorang..eheh..jadi nya macam alien lah sikit di rumah sendiri..bagi yang kenal saya, agak aneh kalau saya jadik pendiam..namun itulah hakikat yang saya terpaksa tempuh di sini..ohhh..nak bercakap..dengan Allah je la kot time semayang..huhu..

time tulis ni pun tengah sedih je rindukan usrah dan program yang saya pernah lalu di Bintulu, kat bumi Oman ni sangatlah terhad harakah Islamiyyah kerana kekangan kerajaan terhadap golongan ikhwan..saya faham saya kena tinggalkan (or lupakan???) past time saya di bintulu kerana skarang saya ada komitmen terhadap keluarga (itu menurut incik suami lah) namun sebagai manusia, mana je la saya mampu nak padamkan memori ..bukan macam hard disk tekan delete semua sudah hilang..

wah..sori la kerana entry ini agak merepek..saya cuma luahkan apa yang terbuku di hati selama beberapa bulan ini...huhu..inshaAllah entry akan datang akan berunsurkan ilmiah seperti sediakala..

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Story Of Love...

Bismillahi walhamdulillahi 'alaa rasulillah,
First of all, it is by His will i write this story of love on Valentine's Day..i didn't celebrate that kind of day(and as Muslim, we shouldn't), but it is just something i would like to share because this is amongst the best love story ever, wallahi :)

Hazrat Huzaifah reported:
"Many Muslims were martyred in the Battle of Yarmouk. I was seeking to give water to my cousin in the battle field. When I found him, I gave him water to drink. Just at that time, a man by his side raised a cry - water...water. My cousin told me to give water first to that man. When I came to him with water, I recognised him and he was Hisham ibn A's. I said : I am giving you water. Just at that time, another man was crying : Water...water, Hisham then give signal that he should first be given water. Before I came to him with water, he breathed his last. Then I came to Hisham with water only to find that he also had expired. Then I came to my cousin with water only to find that he also had expired."

Now look at ourself. Is that how we treat our brothers/sisters in Islam? prioritize them more than ourself? That story of the matyrs of Battle of Yarmouk, I see as true love fillah. :)

Just something to ponder, from Suratu 'Imran verse 92 :

"By no means shall you attain Al-Birr (piety - righteousness --here it means Allah's reward, i.e Paradise),
unless you spend (in Allah's cause) of that which you love, and whatever of good you spend, Allah knows it well"

ps : i did not remember who narrate this story. anyone? :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

We Will Not Go Down Tonight (A Song For Gazaa)

Bismillahi walhamdulillahi 'alaa rasulillah,

Ibn `Umar RA reported: The Messenger of Allah sallallahu 'alaihi wassalam said:

“A Muslim is a brother of (another) Muslim, he neither wrongs him nor does hand him over to one who does him wrong. If anyone fulfils his brother's needs, Allah will fulfil his needs; if one relieves a Muslim of his troubles, Allah will relieve his troubles on the Day of Resurrection…"
[Bukhari and Muslim].

In another Hadith, Abu Hurairah RA reported: The Prophet sallalahu 'alaihi wassalam said:

"He who removes from a believer one of his difficulties of this world, Allah will remove one of his troubles on the Day of Resurrection; and he who finds relief for a hard-pressed person, Allah will make things easy for him on the Day of Resurrection; he who covers up (the faults and sins) of a Muslim, Allah will cover up (his faults and sins) in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah supports His slave as long as the slave is supportive of his brother…”

Now the situation arises for us to help our fellow Muslims out - our brothers and sisters in Palestine are struggling very very hard right now, don’t hesitate whether to do it or not - especially boycotting the israeli and american's goods, don’t think or have the attitude ‘What will I get out of it?’ Just rememeber the words of Your Prophet Muhammad sallalahu 'alaihi wassalam, when he said:

“Allah supports His slave as long as the slave is supportive of his brother…”

So, never leave them standing after asking for your help, if they is in need of your help… help them fisabilillah...For it is YOUR DUTY to do so, and it is a RIGHT they has over you.

ps : be a "khairunnas anfa uhum linnas.." may all your efforts in any kind of forms be blessed and repaid with manifold favours by Allah, ameen ya rabbal 'alameen..:)

We Will Not Go Down Tonight (A Song For Gazaa)
Micheal Heart

A blinding flash of white light
Lit up the sky over Gaza tonight
People running for cover
Not knowing whether they're dead or alive

They came with their tanks and their planes
With ravaging fiery flames
And nothing remains
Just a voice rising up in the smoky haze

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

Women and children alike
Murdered and massacred night after night
While the so-called leaders of countries afar
Debated on who's wrong or right

But their powerless words were in vain
And the bombs fell down like acid rain
But through the tears and the blood and the pain
You can still hear that voice through the smoky haze

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight

We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

Saturday, January 10, 2009

There is No God But Allah

Bismillahi walhamdulillahi 'alaa rasulillah,

this was happen to be my most favourite nasheed for the time being, along with this video i want to share one short tazkiyyah that may benefits us, inshaAllah :)

Mu’adz ibn Jabal RA said, that the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam asked him :
"Oh Muaadh do you know what is the right of Allah Subhana wata 'alaa upon his servants and the right of the servants upon Allah?"

he responsded "no"

and the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam said to him :
"that Allah’s right upon the servant is that he be worshipped without associating any partners with him and the right of the slave is to be granted Jannah for whoever worships Allah alone."

[saheeh bukhary]

We spend so much time in cleansing our homes which is the center of our living, it is where we receive our guests but where we need to spend time cleaning is the dwelling of our emaan - our renew it by saying " Laa ilaha illallah" as many time as you can!

ps : Anas bin Maalik used to tell his children:

O my children! Secure the knowledge by writing it down! :

from Sunan An-Nisaa'i [Kitaab Al-Ilm], authenticated by Al-Albaani in Silsilat Al-Ahadeeth As-Saheehah # 2026]

The Du'aa of Light

Bismillahi walhamdulillahi ‘alaa rasulillah,

Ibn ‘Abbas RA reports that he once stayed the night as a guest of Maymuna RA, who was his aunt, and the Prophet sallalahu ‘alaihi wassalam. They slept on their blanket lengthways, and he slept at the end, crossways. After they had all slept for a while, the Prophet sallalahu ‘alaihi wassalam rose in the middle of the night to pray the tahajjud prayer, and Ibn ‘Abbas RA joined him.

They both did wudu’, and he prayed eleven rak'aats with the Prophet salllalahu ‘alaihi wassalam. Then they both went back to sleep again until dawn.

Bilal RA called the adhan and the Prophet sallalahu ‘alaihi wassalam did another two short rak’aAts, before going into the mosque to lead the dawn prayer.

Ibn ‘Abbas RA said that one of the du’aa that the Prophet sallalahu ‘alaihi wassalam made during this night was:

“O Allah, place light in my heart, light in my tongue, light in my hearing, light in my sight, light behind me, light in front of me, light on my right, light on my left, light above me and light below me; place light in my sinew, in my flesh, in my blood, in my
hair and in my skin; place light in my soul and make light abundant for me; make me light and grant me light.”

[narrated by Bukhary and Muslim – saheeh]

ps : i really adore Syeikh Mishary Rashid Al Affassy's recitation..hah..have to learn how to recite like him then!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Holy Book - It's All For Us!

Bismillahi walhamdulilahi 'alaa rasulillah,

When we read the Quran, cultivate the mentality that every single surah, verse, aayah, and letter was revealed for us, personally.

Verse addressed to Banu Israeel (Jews)? Maybe Ahlil Kitaab (people of the book)? Or maybe An-Naas (humankind)? Or even the obvious, to those who believed? Yes, it addresses them, but it also addresses us. Learn from their past, their triumphs and their defeats, their actions and their mistakes, their joys and their pains.

And remember, there is nothing without purpose in the Quran if we don't feel like we benefit from any of it, grab a volume of tafseer (maybe Fii Ziilalil Quran?) and read up on the meanings.

May Allah cultivate in our hearts a love of this great and fundamental basis of our deen, ameen!

ps : i am working on "Aayaatu As-Sabr" in Quran" - my other half think it will be useful for a lecture on Sabr and for those who are in need of Sabr. Truly, Quran makes everything easier when life gets hard..;)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Perceiving Isn't Reality

Bismillahi walhamdulilahi 'alaa rasulillah,

Remember that the outcome of our actions are in the Will of Allah and nothing else. Our efforts do not convey a certainty towards the outcome whatsoever.

There are times where you plan for something, but it didnt happen. Then there are times you may just briefly sit and didnt think too much, but it happen, as for instance my marriage.

Is it by luck?


This shows that Allah is The One in control. We should put our efforts in, but know that the result is in the Will of Allah . It's miraculous, because there will be times (and I know many of my friendss have seen this) that we tried so hard, expect this and that, but actually you didnt score, i mean you did not achieve what you expected. Thats Allah at work, and know that it is Allah, and nothing else.

كتب عليكم القتال وهو كره لكم وعسى ان تكرهوا شيئا وهو خير لكم وعسى ان تحبوا شيئا وهو شر لكم والله يعلم وانتم لا تعلمون
البقرة - آية 216

"Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that ye love a thing which is bad for you. Allah knoweth, ye know not."

[Suratu Baqarah verse 216]

Times come where we perceive something to be bad for us, but Allah sees goodness it in. And there are times where we perceive something to be good for us, but Allah finds badness in it. We do not know what is best for us, and so it is always important to look to Allah for everything we do, and put our trust in His judgment. For who knows better then The All-Knowing, The Wise?

ps : jazakallahu wa khairan katheera to my beloved zauj for the gift of verse from suratu baqara :-)

Two for the price of one

Bismillahi walhamdulillahi 'alaa rasulillah,

Allah says in the Qur'an:

"So verily, with the hardship, there is relief; Verily, with the hardship, there is relief!
[Suratu Inshirah, verses 5-6]

Two for the price of one! How's that for a deal?

So if you find yourself in a position of hardship, ask yourself: What ease am I forgetting?

And also, the use of with, shows that the two are so closely related as to be companions--they are together!

And Allah is the source of peace, As-Salaam.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Islamic Phrases For Daily Use

bismillahi walhamdulillahi 'alaa rasulillah,

The following are some of the phrases that are in everyday usage. Try to use them more often to increase in your remembrance of Allah. And when you use these phrases, remember the meaning--don't just say it!

source : here

When Used
Arabic Term
When starting to do something Bismillah In the name of Allah
When greeting or parting from someone Assalamu-Alaikum Peace be unto you
When replying to a greeting Wa alaikum-us-Salaam And unto you be peace
When intending to do something Inshallah If Allah wills
When something is being praised Subhaan-Allah Glory be to Allah
When in pain and distress Ya-Allah O Allah!
When expressing appreciation Mashallah Whatever Allah wills
When thanking someone Jaza-kumullahu khayr May Allah reward you with goodness
When awakening from sleep La-Ilaha-Illallah There is no God but Allah
When taking an oath Wallahi or Bellah By Allah
When sneezing Alhamdulillah
All praise is due to Allah
When someone else sneezes Yar-Hamokumullah Allah have Mercy on you
When repenting of a sin Astagh-Firullah I seek Allah’s forgiveness
When giving to charity Fi-Sabi-Lillah In the path of Allah
When having love for someone Lihub-Allah For the love of Allah
When getting married Amantu-Billah I believe in Allah
When a problem appears Tawakkaltu-'ala-llah I trust in Allah
When unpleasantness occurs Na-Uthu-Billah We seek refuge in Allah
When pleasantness appears Fata-Barak-Allah May Allah bless you
When participating in prayer Ameen Let it be so
When news of a death is received Inna-lillahi-wa-inna-ilahi-raji'un
From Allah we came and to Him is our eventual return

Sunday, January 4, 2009

THIS is what we will ask from Him

bismillahi walhamdulillahi 'alaa rasulillah,

Looking at the best examples in history, we can see incident of when Ibrahim AS left his family in the barren valley of Mecca. What did Ibrahim AS desire for them? Upon departing them, he makes the following du'aa to Allah:

"O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation, by Thy Sacred House; in order, O our Lord, that they may establish regular Prayer: so fill the hearts of some among men with love towards them, and feed them with fruits: so that they may give thanks."

[Suratu Ibrahim, verse 37]

He does not ask for the food and shelter first, even though he leaves his family in a place without cultivation. He asks for their guidance first and foremost. That they worship Allah alone and establish salaah. Then he desires good companionship and food for them. This part of his du'aa would be listed in the worldly needs. But even when he desires for them the worldly good, he connects his du'aa to ibadah, he requests from Allah to give them the fruits in this world so that they may be thankful to Him! And thus obtain the reward for ibadah even then.

Truly, that was an amazing du'aa! so now When Baba, Ummi and Mama make du'aa for you guys, THIS is what we will ask for, inshaAllah...its not only for the best in this world, but also the best in the eternal hereafter. May Allah bless all of you, my beloved kids, to obey and submit to Him alone, and make you guys thankful for all the blessings that are bestowed upon you..ameen :)

ps : and make du'aa for Baba, Ummi and Mama too. This is a sign of true love for us - if you guys should know :)

Allahumma inni as'aluka ilman naafian, wa rizqan tayyiban, wa 'amalan mutaqabbilan.

"Oh Allah! Give me ilm (knowledge) that is beneficial, and rizq that is clean/pure/halal, and deeds that are accepted"

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Be an Utrujjah (Orange)?

bismillahi walhamdulillahi 'alaa rasulillah,

i came across this hadeeth while reading Fadhailul 'Amaal earlier tonight. At the same time, it reminds me very much of my other half, how he loves to eat small/mini oranges very much :). Now i know why he was so addicted to that fruits ;)

from Abu Musa Al Asy'ari RA, Allah’s Messenger sallalahu 'alaihi wassalam said :

"The example of a believer, who recites the Qur'an and acts on it, is like an orange (utrujjah) which tastes nice and smells nice.

And the example of the believer who does not recite the Qur'an but acts on it is like a date that tastes sweet but has no smell.

And the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Qur'an is like a colocynth (bitter apple) which tastes bitter and has a bad smell."

And the example of the hypocrite who recites the Quran is like a sweet basil (raihanah)which smells good but tastes bitter."

[rawahu Bukhari, Muslim, Nasa'ii and Ibn Majah]

So inshaAllah, we should all strive to be like the believer who is like an orange : the one who is emanating beauty because of his/her attachment to the Qur'an. And may Allah protect us from being like the hypocrites, ameen!

ps : striving for orange...nang rasa oren ..he he he..:)

Friday, January 2, 2009 i come...

bismillahi walhamdulillahi 'alaa rasuulillah,

"Katakanlah (wahai Muhammad, akan firmanKu ini, kepada orang-orang yang berakal sempurna itu): Wahai hamba-hambaKu yang beriman! Bertakwalah kepada Tuhan kamu. (Ingatlah) orang-orang yang berbuat baik di dunia ini akan beroleh kebaikan (yang sebenar di akhirat) dan (ingatlah) bumi Allah ini luas (untuk berhijrah sekiranya kamu ditindas). Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang bersabarlah sahaja yang akan disempurnakan pahala mereka dengan tidak terkira. "

Say, “O My servants who have believed, fear your Lord. For those who do good in this world is good, and the earth of Allāh is spacious. Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account.”

[Az Zumar verse 10]

kebelakangan ni banyak sangat ujian melanda..hari-hari hati ni terusik ..namun alhamdulillah "bayang-bayang baru" aku sentiasa optimis dan tak putus-putus memberi kata-kata perangsang agar aku sabar..

"sabran ya Nurrr..friends of Allah never grieve of despair. My strength is in your strength. Inna ma'al usri yusra..inna nasrallahi qareeb.."

how grateful i am because He gifted me such a wise and optimist husband ..hamdan lillah ;)

well the point is, all of us are in some kind of hardship or test. At the time when the hardship strikes it is extremely hard to be patient and you keep wishing that you could just go somewhere where no one would know you. Allah reminds us that everything is under His control and the earth is spacious. Those who will be patient and follow Allah commands He will make it easier for them and guide them in this world and in the next they will have countless reward. When were down or not....we should return gratitude an thanks to Allah for lifting spirits at all costs and for favours bestowed..because with hardship comes ease, with pain comes glory...inshAllah..just make sure you have TRUST in Allah and His ability to grant you what is best and His ability to solve your problems the instant you make du'aa..

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enough about obstacles and yang sewaktu dengannya.. :)

Bintulu banyak melakarkan sejarah sepanjang usia hidup aku..(well what can i say..i am here for almost forever..haihhh...) but i will never forget what i gained sepanjang aku menjalani proses "tumbesaran" ku disini..dari kanak-kanak ke zaman akil baligh dan skarang dah dewasa..he he he..dari zaman badan sekeping hingga "bermuscle" seperti skarang..hamdan lillah kerana pengalaman pahit itu lah yang banyak menjadikan aku seperti skarang..

well to everyone that knows me, minta maaf zahir batin sekiranya selama ini, aku banyak error kat korang..minta halal segalanya dan yang mana aku ada hutang kat korang tu, please email aku untuk tuntut [] other than that, doakan agar aku selamat segala-galanya and hopefully hijrah aku dari Bintulu ke Oman dalam sisa usia aku ni akan ditaburi dengan segala bentuk keberkatan..ameeen.. i come..;-D

ps : jazakallahu wa khairan katheera, beloved for non-stop inspiring tazkiyyah/reminders each and every day. truly you are my savior :)

" Wahai Tuhanku, turunkanlah daku di tempat turun yang berkat dan Engkau adalah sebaik-baik Pemberi tempat."

"O my Lord! enable me to disembark with thy blessing: for Thou art the Best to enable (us) to disembark."

[Al Mu'miinuun verse 29]