May peace be upon you.
To all Christians of the world, I take this opportunity to wish you well on your festive occasion today.
Those of you who are celebrating today, ought to take extra precautions when being on the roads and highways of our nation.
Take this moment to foster and renew your relations with your loved ones and those who are your friends and acquaintances.
As fellow Malaysians, we ought to come together in the spirit of national unity and strengthen our community with mutual care and compassion towards one another.
We might differ in our religious beliefs but that should not be a hindrance to our coming together as one and ensure that our nation continues to be a melting pot of good natured, God fearing men and women, who have been born and bred in this blessed land.
Malaysia is unique in a sense that we can still live in relative peace and harmony. Our country has survived all these years because many of us choose to look at the positive sides of life although we might at times see slight differences of opinion and standpoints.
At the end of the day, we still need to come to the understanding that God Almighty created us all into various tribes and races not that we may bicker continuously amongst us but to come together as His Servants whom He has blessed with the goodness in our spirits and our hearts.
This natural inborn spirit of goodness exists in all of us and those who lose it along their journeys of life can rediscover it if they make the effort to stop for a moment and ponder upon their choices?
As a Malaysian Muslim, I choose to live in peace and harmony with all of you, my fellow bloggers and fellow Malaysians, be you my fellow Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Orang Asli’s, etcetera.
We all have a choice, dear brothers and sisters.
We all originate from Our Father the Prophet Adam (Alaihis Salam ~ may peace be upon him) and Our Mother Sayyidatina Hawwa @ Eve (Radhiallahu Anha ~ upon her be Allah’s Blessings).
Just like the various colors of the rose, we differ in the color of our skin, eye color, physical attributes and general make up of our selfs yet we are all technically the same in our being human beings.
I respect and appreciate the spirit of giving that has come to be associated with Christmas. That is a very good act that will foster goodwill amongst mankind.
In order for us to co-exist in peace and harmony as fellow Malaysians and the general Family of Mankind as brothers and sisters in this earthly life, I call upon you, my dear reader to wish each other well and come to understand that Our Lord Almighty wishes us well as per His Revelation here :
In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.
25. Wabashshiri allatheena amanoo waAAamiloo alssalihati anna lahum jannatin tajree min tahtiha al-anharu kullama ruziqoo minha min thamaratin rizqan qaloo hatha allathee ruziqna min qablu waotoo bihi mutashabihan walahum feeha azwajun mutahharatun wahum feeha khalidoona
25. But give glad tidings to those who believe and work righteousness, that their portion is the Gardens (Paradise) beneath which rivers flow. Every time they are fed with fruits therefrom, They say: “Why, this is what we were fed with before,” For they are given things in similitude; And they have therein Companions pure (and holy); And they abide therein (for ever).
Surah Al Baqarah. Chapter 2 Verse 25.
82. Latajidanna ashadda alnnasi AAadawatan lillatheena amanoo alyahooda waallatheena ashrakoo walatajidanna aqrabahum mawaddatan lillatheena amanoo allatheena qaloo inna nasara thalika bi-anna minhum qisseeseena waruhbanan waannahum la yastakbiroona
82. Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say, “We are Christians”: because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.
Surah Al Ma’idah Chapter 5:82
Similarities between us do exist as shown below here in our main prayers :
The Muslim Prayer
The Christian prayer
|The Al-Fateha [The Opening]The Qur’an 1:1-7
||The Lord’s PrayerMatthew 6:9-13
[The New Testament, King James version]
|(a) Adoration Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Compassionate, the Merciful. King of the Day of Reckoning.
||(a) Adoration Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
|(b) Submission Thee only do we worship and of Thee only do we ask aid.
||(b) Submission Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
|(c) Supplication Guide us unto the right path –
the path of those to whom Thou hast
not the path of those who are the objects
of Thy wrath,
nor of those who have gone astray.
|(c) Supplication Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors [Other translations say: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.“]
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom,
The Power and the Glory.
For ever and ever. Amen
Source : http://muslim-canada.org/islam_christianity.html
Let us try our best to look for things that are common between us and learn to live and let live instead of getting embroiled in unnecessary conflicts between us. We can if we really want to?
You can start by visiting here and read up about it. We can all benefit by learning about each other better.
Knowledge is power and those who are learned will surely stand a better chance of living in God’s Way and not be amongst those who are engulfed in Ignorance.
Na’uzubillah! May God Forbid!
Have a joyous day with your loved ones and be safe on the roads.
On behalf of The Muslim Bloggers Alliance, I wish you all well.
May God bless and guide us all.
Newspapers recently reported a well-known tuan guru calling for people of religious standing (he specifically mentioned ulamak) to embrace polygamy with even more zeal by taking additional wives, especially single moms.
Somehow, he seems to be inordinately concerned with the increasing number of janda (divorcees), ibu tunggal (single mothers) and andalusia (old maids) in our midst, for he lamented about the latter days after airing his rather skewed thoughts about the former.
His solution? Ulamaks should help stem the tide by increasing their bini (spouse) quota. Why ulamak? Because he reckoned only they can help provide spiritual guidance to these ‘unfortunate’ women, to prevent them from falling by the wayside.
How insulting to the jandas and their ilk. What good will that bring if the only change an abandoned family ever experiences is spiritual overdose preached by someone else’s husband whose alternate reason for his presence in the household is to fulfill the mother’s sexual need?
These women don’t need a husband if all he can offer is himself. I can bet my bottom dollar they have no problem coping with the absence of a sexual relationship. They have a well-functioning cold-storage system, Mr Ulamak, and they hold the switch, thank you.
They can darn well keep the lid on their sexual needs without having to sell themselves short, Mr Ulamak. They are more concerned about getting those kids decently fed, clothed, sheltered and schooled than getting a poke, Sir.
The absence of a prick (the appendage) is hardly an issue; the absence of the prick who fathered those kids, who eventually left them to fend for themselves, is.
I have a better idea, Mr Ulamak. Maybe you should look into WHY these women became single moms in the first place. Let me steer you in the right direction; spousal abandonment is the operative term here, Sir.
Maybe you should TEACH these men to be more responsible towards their family, that it doesn’t do to walk out on one’s wife and kids to disappear into thin air when times are hard, OR when a new model comes along offering what seems like an exciting ride.
Stop worrying about these single mothers, Mr Ulamak. They are made of sterner stuff. They are like the phoenix, they have the ability to rise from the ashes. They don’t admit defeat, they love their children unreservedly and would sacrifice their all for them.
Don’t lose sleep over them Mr Ulamak, for they have balls, although I can’t say the same for some of your kind, especially the ones who err with impunity…
PS: Congratulations to ‘Bung’ for taking a starlet off the marriage market. May her star brighten, her pocket deepen, her life sweeten; and may they find happiness. My sympathy, however, lies with the one grieving in Kinabatangan..
To read the comments which Hajjah Puteri Kamaliah has received in relation with this article, do visit her blog here.
Islam is really vast, and most of us forget that it extends so far beyond our local communities. The first blessing of Hajj is to remind us of this reality. Another blessing is that, if you must travel the world, you might as well travel to the very gates of heaven and hell. Al Qur’an never dissociates these two ultimate realities, and in Makkah they are also both close to us. Among other things, our Taqwa will increase and we may even become more fearful upon return. There is nothing wrong with this.
Human beings are such weak creature that they can easily forget how little protects us from the Hellfire. Certainly, the Hajj is meant to remind us of this important fact, and if we must be frightened with visions of the Hellfire, then so be it. This, too, is a blessing from Allah swt.
Accordingly, we ought not to raise our own or other’s expectations of what earthly life will be like after our return. For some, this earth becomes more manageable, and for others it becomes less so. The Hajj is for the Afterlife, not for this life. So in spite of forgiveness of our sins, which is not all that easy to accept, Hajj may make some tests in our lives more difficult after all.
So many of us carry our sins around our backs. We may even be addicted to self-pity. So we should make a real effort to find and keep close to our hearts the absolute conviction that our sins have been forgiven, provided our Hajj is accepted by Allah swt. And even this we cannot know for certain. The best attitude is that as servants of Allah we must always be in the state of fear and hope. As one scholar had said “Fear and hope are like the two wings of a bird. If they are balanced, the flight will be balanced. But, if one is stunted, the Right would also be stunted. And, to be sure, if the two are lost, the bird will soon be in the throes of death.” Allah has praised the people of hope and fear in the following verse:
‘Is one who worships devotedly during the night, prostrating himself or standing, fearing the Hereafter, and hoping for the mercy of his Lord (is equal to him who doesn’t do these things)?’ (Al Zumar, 9)
There is now a type of Hajj available to richer pilgrims that are actually a “virtual Hajj”. They rent luxurious hotel rooms high in the sky, with big windows overlooking the Ka’abah, and some say that there is a “virtual version” of the Hajj Ibadah that we can perform with full credit in the comfort of such a hotel room. With full credit? Allah knows best.
It was not so long ago that various regulations were still in effect. Buildings were not allowed to house pilgrims above the level of the hills surrounding Ka’aba. Only certain people had this privilege of overlooking the Masjid Haram area from their palace on the side of one of those hills. Does that make these people better Muslims than the rest of us?
Arafah is a time which is most important for us seeking forgiveness from Allah for all our sins. The modern mind is so much engrossed in the material pursuits that we hardly find any time to respond effectively to the yearning of our soul. But in the midst of this turmoil we sometime find ourselves in the grip of dreadful void in our soul and set out frantically in search of spiritual peace. Afarah is the occasion in which we find solace and comfort in prayer.
Now there is the Hajar Aswad. Kissing this stone is not mandatory, and yet those who have done so sometimes report a really vivid experience of having all their sins washed out at the moment they do so. On occasions, this spiritual-emotional experience might be more helpful than the theological knowledge by itself, that our sins will have been cleaned by merely performing the Hajj, wherein we are only required to raise our hands in salute as we pass the black stone during our circumambulations.
During our “sa’ee” between the hills Safa and Marwa, it can become so much easier to pray for all our ancestors and other loved ones! Many of us have these subjective experiences that are not mentioned by the scholars, and these are among the greatest blessings of the Hajj since they are completely spontaneous and therefore unique to ourselves.
It is in such experiences as these that we may suddenly realize the vastness of Allah’s blessings in the realm of those experiences that are so far beyond our expectations that they could not possibly be imagined or intended beforehand! We “intend” (offer “niyyat”) according to our best possible but yet limited understanding, and then we make our hearts and souls ready to receive what Allah has for us, that may be simply unimaginable beforehand.
Perhaps this is the essence of the Hajj at the personal level, although we should never forget that, as good Muslims, we can only receive such unexpected blessings as we perform our devotions communally with other Muslims. Islam is not a solitary affair, and Hajj is proof positive of this fact. May Allah swt invite us to his Holy House, protect us along our way, and bring us safely home. Amin.
Merabi fleuve 18 Zulhijjah 1430