Psst! Do you know that you were born as a Muslim?

Born pure free from sin

Sahih Muslim. Book No.33. Hadith No. 6426

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: “No child is born but upon Fitra. It is the  parents who make him or her a Muslim, a Jew, a Christian or a Polytheist!”.

A person asked: ‘O Allah’s Messenger, What is your opinion if they were to die before that (before reaching the age of adolescence when they can distinguish between right and wrong)?

He replied: “It is Allah alone Who knows what they would be doing”.

This is an authentic Hadith [Saying] of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam. Click here to read from the source here on the Internet.

Everyone of us are born free from Sin and our nature when being a child is likened to a blank piece of paper or as we are living today in the Last Ages and surrounded with all kinds of advancements in the field of Science & Technology, you can liken the newborn baby like a blank CD or DVD, SD card or Flash Drive.

It is up to us to record what we wish into that storage device just like it is up to each parent or parents to raise their child as they see fit.

Babies are free from having any preconceived ideas of their own yet in the following video, you will see how they calm down and listen to the recitation of the verses from the Holy Quran:

Who is it that puts this natural inclination for the innocent babies to listen to the verses from the Glorious Quran but Allah the Supreme Creator Himself!

Masya Allah.

When even ‘Muslims’ are ignorant as to why we need to be modest in these End Times?

I came across this You Tube video where students in Pennsylvania State University, USA were asked to wear or adorn themselves with the Hijab ~ Muslim women’s head covering by Dr.Sam Richards. He wanted to get feedback from his Non Muslim female students as to how they felt after putting on the head covering?

Although in reality, it was awkward to see scantily clad female students adorn the head covering because they didn’t really cover themselves properly to merit wearing the hijab, it was interesting to hear them saying that they felt comfortable or safe when wearing the hijab. You see the reason why believing women are commanded by Allah to cover their decorations by lowering their head coverings over themselves is to hide the bosom from being seen by those who are not permitted to see them uncovered.

Watch this social experiment :

In the video above, a young woman did a social experiment where at first she walked the streets of New York wearing casual modern wear showing her body form leaving nothing much to the imagination. She was constantly catcalled and disturbed by strangers as she walked.

She then changed into Muslim women clothing and walked the same streets again. Imagine. No one paid any attention to her. Same young attractive lady. But this time around, she was dressed modestly. She was left alone by men. Free to walk wherever she wanted. Freedom.

This is the Supreme Wisdom of Allah the Most Merciful, our Lord Almighty, Who Created us. It is Allah Who Created our natural attraction to the opposite sex and gave us our natural desires towards them BUT Allah also gave us the Faculty of Reason and revealed to us His Guidelines as to how we should go about fulfilling that desire to procreate by way of lawful marriage with our desired spouse from our opposite sex.

He is The One Who Gave Life to us. Without His Will, nothing comes into being. He Decreed that we be born as male or female or as the Khunsa (born with both the male and female genitalia). No one is born as a transgender. That is the result of one’s own choice. Since Time immemorial, Mankind has been toying with the idea of transforming their gender according to their desires or inclinations either through their own free will or by the manipulation of one’s mindset by others who have their own agendas.

I recall an incident that I had with an American lady who visited our historic 200 over years Masjid Kapitan Keling in the City of Georgetown, Penang Island. My home state.

Masjid Kapitan Keling

After I welcomed her to our Masjid [mosque] and shared with her about the basic fundamentals of our Faith of Islam which is the Only True Revealed Faith for all Mankind from Allah the Almighty, we proceeded to the stage of the Q & A session where I invited her to ask me any questions that she might be having about Islam and us who are Muslims. We sat at my favorite corner along the marbled corridor of the Masjid.

She was a middle aged woman in her 30s and was quite eager to satisfy her curiosity as to learn why Islam forbids same sex unions or marriage? She was referring to homosexuality and lesbianism. Imagine that! Asking me about something that is considered as a taboo subject by some so called da’ee’s (Male Callers to Islam) or da’eeyah’s (Female Callers to Islam). No worries. Even though we were both in the Bait’ullah (Place of Worship towards Allah), I welcomed her question and used my Faculty of Reason given to me by Allah the Most Merciful and made use of my wisdom to give her the appropriate answer to her question.

So, how did I explain to her as to why Homosexuality and Lesbianism is Haram (Forbidden in Islam)?

Touchy subject. Tch..tch..tch..tch… Yet it was Allah Who Inspired me to answer her tactfully. In the House of Worship to Allah, our Lord Almighty.

An electric 3 pin plug

I showed her a 3 pin electric plug (photo above) which was nearby. I told her ” That 3 pin plug represents us who are males. Let’s imagine a scenario where we take that plug and rub it against another similar 3 pin plug. This is my symbolic example of a man who has unnatural sex with another man. Can there be procreation from their act?

She shook her head left to right indicating no. No procreation would take place.

I then pointed to her a 3 holed wall socket (photo on the left). I told her that wall socket should represent a woman. I asked her to imagine taking another similar wall socket and rubbing them against each other. Signifying the unnatural sexual act that lesbians resort to satisfy their carnal urges but with the same sex. A woman with another woman. Would there be any procreation taking place as a result of committing such an unnatural  sexual act?

She shook her head from left to right again meaning no. Nothing would be conceived.

I then asked her as to what would be the result if I was to take that 3 pin electrical power plug and insert it into the wall socket? Signifying the natural act of a male and a female having sexual intercourse.

She answered in the affirmative saying it would be a perfect fit and grinned sheepishly. I nodded and smiled as well.

Here we were discussing about such a sensitive topic yet being in the corridor of my favorite sanctuary, the Italian marbled floored of our historic world famous Masjid Kapitan Keling. Tricky situation, eh? Hehehehe… use wisdom. Use your intellect.

I then explained to her but then for the electrical apparatus to work and function properly, the wiring must be fixed correctly according to the manufacturer’s instruction connecting both the plug and its corresponding wall socket and have the right voltage of electrical power supply running and all those parts including the electrical equipment to which the plug is connected to in order for it to work as it was intended for.

All these symbolizes the proper registration of a legal marriage between a healthy man and an equally healthy female. Married in the presence of their family and friends with the consent of each other’s parents or legal guardians. Marriage solemnized and registered in the official government or local authority’s Register of Marriages. Being a legally married couple. A marriage recognized by the state and the ruling official government.

A marriage when consummated might result in the legally recognized conceiving of a child or children as in the case of having twins or more by the Grace and Mercy of Allah, our Supreme Master and Creator. The Giver of Life. A coming together of a legally married couple who by all means are free to enjoy limitless blissful rewarding sexual intercourse with their legally married spouse. A union that may result in the conceivement of their legal offsprings who when born successfully be able to say with pride and honor of being the son or daughter of Mr. and Mrs. So and So.

The continuation of their family’s lineage, legally and officially recognized and respected by members of their human society.

I then said to her “Imagine the scenario IF YOUR FATHER had been a homosexual! He would be sodomizing some other man by entering another man’s orifice through which the waste from one’s body exits. His bodily fluids which carry his seeds to carry on his family’s lineage would go wasted in another man’s system for excretion or another man might have been sodomizing your dad! Eww… (shudder..shudder)

You my dear, would not have come to exist and sit here in this historic beautiful Masjid asking me your questions or learning from me exactly why Islam forbids such Homosexuality!

Am I right?”

To which she silently nodded in agreement with tears starting to well up in her now getting emotional state as she pictured what I had so eloquently described to her regarding that imagined scenario.

I asked her if she wanted to learn more to which she replied in the affirmative saying ” Please continue.”

I then asked her to imagine if HER MOTHER had been a Lesbian? Her mom would have been rubbing herself raw with another woman and both women would only end up all sore but not get pregnant. She would not have been conceived by her mom and just like the case imagined earlier if her dad had been a homosexual or as they have been wrongly referred to or labelled as being a ‘Gay’, she would not have come to exist just the same and not learn all these Truth concerning Allah’s Forbidding Mankind of such major Sins of committing unnatural acts of sex with their same gender.

She thanked me so profusely and wanted to embrace and hug me for teaching her about the Facts of Life that Allah the All Knowing has revealed for us through His Revelations which are compiled into being the Glorious Al Quran Al Karim and now made available worldwide for free through websites such as www.quran.com with various translations and links to each and every guiding sacred verse for us to access for free anytime.

I politely declined and bowed to her as the Japanese do and shared with her that Islam also forbids us who are practicing and knowledgeable Muslims from touching or coming into contact with the opposite sex who are not allowed and accessible to us through marriage. It has to do with controlling ourselves from getting all aroused from such unrestricted intimacies.

Not like we are all fired up with raging hormones etcetera ready to go sowing our seeds with just any opposite sex out there at the slightest contact or what but just being rational and not wanting to cross the proverbial line of no return. Hehehehe. No sirree… Just being rational here.

She then proceeded to ask me as to why Muslim women have to cover themselves with the head scarf or wear those totally all covering ‘burqa’ such as what seems to be the mandatory wear for Arab women in the Middle East and that she had also seen a number of Malaysian women adorn the same here.

I told her about the Commandments from Allah in Surah An Nur (the Chapter of Light) Chapter 24 Verse 30:

“Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do.”

In the Commandment of Allah above, He commands the Prophet Muhammad to tell us, Muslim men, men who believe [have faith in Allah] to lower our eyes (from looking at the exposed areas of modesty of a woman or women) and for us to guard our private parts (genitalia) from coming into unlawful contact with those who are not our lawfully wedded wife or wives. This is Allah’s Commandments to us, Muslim men. Who have faith in Him.

Allah the Almighty God commands believing men to lower their gaze from looking at the women when she is exposed and for the righteous men to guard their areas of modesty (which is from their navel to the knee).

Do women ogle at men? They surely do. There was a social experiment done. Women are just like men. They are naturally attracted to the male species as men are attracted to the ladies. Hence our Creator, Allah the Almighty has revealed to us His Commandments which are meant to be our guidelines as to how we need to live our lives?

Watch the following video of the social experiment I shared about. Please be aware that the contents are for mature adults only but shown here as informative sharing meant to show that women do look at men when a certain part of the men’s body form are visible:

Allah is our Creator. He Knows our natural instincts. He instilled those instincts in us. Yet He also gave us our Faculties to Reason and know how to carry or conduct ourselves when being in the company of others. We can’t go around doing as we please because we do live in a human society where there are certain norms or guidelines as to how one should behave when being in public.

I asked her whether she understood the meanings of the Commandment of Allah to us Believing Muslim men as to how we should conduct ourselves when we are exposed to the sight of uncovered areas of a woman’s modesty? She replied that to her as an American woman who grew up in a very open and accepting country where almost anything goes, it all sounds a bit restrictive but she said that maybe because I am living here in South East Asia, maybe our society here is a tad too conservative but she understands. Different countries ; different cultures or social norms.

I then shared with her from my life experiences and what I came to learn about most men’s behavior when they come across women who are not forbidden for them to marry.

When a man regardless as to whether he is religious or otherwise, young or old, rich or poor, looks at a woman ; he will first look at her face. If she is pretty and attractive, chances are that he would not look elsewhere. This is just part and parcel of an average man’s nature. to look at pretty or beautiful faces of attractive members of the opposite sex.

If the particular lady was not that much of a beauty or pretty face, the man might then look at her bosom.

First the face. Face not beautiful. Eyes go looking at the bosom. This is a natural trait of any normal average man. Regardless of him being religious or secular. If the said lady has ample assets, the man would steal furtive glances at the bosom and not look elsewhere.

If and that’s a very probable if, the said lady is sadly ill equipped at the said area, the man might then look at her behind. Yes. The rear area. You saw the video up above showing the young lady walking along New York City streets wearing body hugging modern apparel and how she was immediately a centre of attraction for all those men who catcalled and propositioned her.

That’s the natural areas of attraction of a woman having a pretty face, ample bosom and a full figure. If she was skinny, not that pretty or pleasing to the eyes, no one would bother giving her a second look.

Hence the following Commandment of Allah to the Believing Muslim women: www.quran.com/24/31

” And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment (bosom) except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their head covers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet (drawing attention) to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.”

There are those who despite having read the meanings of the Commandment above to ‘Believing Muslim Women’ are still blind to Allah’s Crystal Clear Order to the Believing Muslim ladies to lower a portion of their Hijabs to cover their bosom or breasts so as not to draw the attention of ogling men who derive pleasure of enjoying a free show of the women’s assets.

The American lady was ecstatic in finally learning as to the reasons why men and women who believe in Allah take the extra steps to cover their areas of modesty and once again thanked me for sharing with her what I have come to learn in my years of studying the basis of my Islamic faith.

We parted company amicably and she promised to share her newfound knowledge with her family and friends.

Now that you too, my respected reader have come to learn about the subject matter, I humbly request that you share this article with your contacts as well.

May Allah guide us all.

Ameen.

Riya’ @ Lesser Shirik ~ Portraying oneself as a very religious or charitable person!

Riya’ @ Ostentation

Whether we realize it or not, through our sharing’s on Social Media such as Facebook, Blogs or Twitter of our doing something good that is enjoined in Islam or show ourselves carrying out acts of charity and general showing to our viewers that we are amongst the exemplary ones or ‘cream of the crop’ from the multitudes of the Ummah of Rasul Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam by displaying our photographs or videos doing so, inevitably we throw ourselves into the category above.

By doing so, without our realizing it, we have expunged ourselves from the list of those who strive in the Way of Allah Rabbul Alamin and in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam and His blessed Sahabah’s. Astaghfirullah hal Adzhim! 🙁

It is so easy to screw up and destroy the good that we did with such an unwarranted act of showing off which is termed as Riya’ @ a lesser form of Shirik which still enters us into the admission list to Narr al Jahannam, the wretched Hellfires!

This type of Riya’ is also known as Shirik al Asghar ~ the Lesser form of Shirik.

Isn’t it a shame? After all our efforts and hard work to do good, we cause ourselves to not only lose the rewards of carrying out acts of ibaadah and sadaqah but then get burdened with the Sins of Showing Off which destroys all the good points we had accumulated earlier with our good deeds and end up instead with the accursed sins of those who commit Disbelief in Allah by allowing Pride to enter our hearts.

Isn’t it a waste?

It’s not easy to be sincere too especially in these Last Ages where we crave for praise and human attention. Either directly or through getting ‘Likes’ on our Social Media pages. Such a thing carries no benefits for us in the actual sense of the word but it is in our human nature to bask in the sweet spotlight of attention and adulation.

Not easy dear brothers and sisters. Not easy at all. We have all in a way become narcissistic persons who crave for human appreciation and forget that when we are in the Yaum al Qubr @ Realm of the Grave, all such likes and praise bear no benefits and instead might cause us to be whacked like crazy by the Malaikats Munkar and Naqir, Radhiallahu Anhu’s.

Tough to stay sincere my friends. Even one iota of pride in our hearts will render all our acts of good faith and general acts of piety obsolete in the Eyes of Ar Rahman. Na’uzubillahiminzalik!

So, how do we avoid burning ourselves despite having done something extraordinary in the course of our lives? By attributing all or any of our good deeds to none but Allah for it is He Who out of His Magnificence allowed us to be able to do what we did and not revel in praise or adulation from our fellow beings.

May Allah protect us from ourselves and nurture our true selfs to be content with Him as our Saviour and guard us from our Nafs.  Ameen.

Essence of Iman [Faith] in Allah by Haji Zainol Abideen

Bismillah-hir-rahman-nir-rahim

In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

As Muslims, it is important that from time to time, we remind each other about the basics of our faith, the Deen of Al Islam. What we as Believers need to know in order that we get to pass from ourselves the true knowledge of Islam to our loved ones and from them to the next generation and from that next generation to the ones who follow.

This is how the Blessed Rasulullah, Khatamun Nabiyyin, Sayyidul Mursalin, Prophet Muhammad ibni Abdullah, Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam enjoined us to spread from him, even it be just a verse from the Al Qur’anul Karim, the Final Testament and Scripture from Allah the Almighty to all Mankind.

Islam is not a religion followed blindly by those who are ignorant [jahil] but The Only Way of Life that was revealed by Allah, Our Supreme God, Master and Creator of everything that is both visible and that of the Unseen yet which exists.

Every thought, every action, every movement that we make or do has its meanings and significance. It is not enough that you say that you believe BUT do not really know what it is exactly that you say you do believe in. Too hard for you? Okay, let me brief you further about it.

The mark of a Muslim [Believer in Allah] is that he or she knows exactly what he or she claims to believe [have faith] in! Allah is the Supreme Creator of us all but we as His Creation do not see him [visually] for He Chooses to remain Unseen [Al-Ghaib].

Just because we as mere mortals can’t see Him doesn’t mean that He is not there or doesn’t exist. Still can’t get it?

Okay, I will try to explain further. Let’s start with ourselves.

We are alive now and in human form, right? We have a physical form and are the only creation of Allah apart from the Djinns who are capable of intelligence and free will to choose between what’s right and wrong.

Now, regarding us being alive and having the faculty of reason. If you can read and understand all that I am sharing here, that means that you sir or madam, brother or sister are capable of understanding and do possess a level of intelligence to know what I am sharing.

Good for you. Now, let me ask you. What is it that makes us alive right now?

What? You are alive because your heart is pumping and all other organs are functioning as well?

Alhamdulillah. That’s very good to know.

Now, who or what causes your heart to beat or keep on beating?

No scientist has the answer. The best that a doctor or surgeon can do after doing all that he or she can do in trying to revive a patient on their operating table will be to let off a heavy sigh, shake their head, shrug in despair and tell the nurse or operating theatre staff to record the Time of Death.

An interesting GIF that I found online that has nothing to do with this article but just added it here to demonstrate that Death will find us no matter what and our end will be not a second too early or a second too late.

The brightest scientist or world heralded genius can’t foresee or stifle his or her end despite all their intelligence can conjure up with all the latest gadgetry or gizmos that Science can come up with.

Where are the Einsteins, the Thomas Edisons, the Khwarizmi’s , the Newtons, whoever you can think of that were regarded as the brightest of the best today?

Gone. Returned to the Creator. The physical form has died. Even if you embalm and preserve the body, it is nothing but just a dead cadaver. Preserved with embalming fluids and whatever but there’s no life in it. The heart has long ceased to function.

The smartest of the smartest genius minds here on Earth can’t give life to a long dead and preserved heart. Even the greatest so called magicians and illusionists are dead themselves.

Why did they die? How come those legendary persons did not survive or escape the grasps of the Malaikatul Maut? Sayyidina Izra’il Alaihis Salam. Where are they now?

It is entirely up to Allah, our Supreme Lord and Creator as to whether He chooses to bestow Life to one and take it back from whomsoever that Allah Chooses!

We come into existence and cease to be by Allah’s Will and His’s Only.

Allah, Ar Rahman, Ar Rahim. Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

He gives life even to the billions of people who choose to deny Him. He continues to shower upon those who choose to disbelieve either out of their own ignorance or wilful stubbornness as a result of their humongous egos yet He bestows upon them the goodness of this earthly life but not that of the Yaum al Akhirat. The Realm of the Hereafter.

As a Muslim, we who have come to study and realize the temporariness of this Realm of Earthly Existence choose to submit to the Will and Commandments of Allah disregarding whatever the Kafirun’s ~ Disbelievers have to say or opinionate.

For a Mukmin obeys what Allah and His Final Messenger commands and enjoins upon us. All these sharing of knowledge is but a tiny attempt on my part to help you start thinking as to who you really are?

Who is it who created you? Gave you life? Your Faculty of Reason? Your ability to choose or decide?

This is just a preliminary step that I am asking you to take in your journey to find the Truth about who you really are and Who is the True God to Whom you owe your existence?

Not a figment of your imagination or that you can buy at your local religious paraphernalia supermarket or store.

The True God Who expects nothing from you except your devotion and submission to Him. And to Him Only.

God Who does not need you to offer any food, flowers, milk, candles or offerings to Him.

Do not belittle God to be that object to which you genuflect momentarily in an impure state and then hurry off to whatever you deem is so important yet not realizing that with each passing second, your Death Clock ticks closer and closer to your final and ultimate end. Here. In this 3rd Realm of your existence.

Think my dear brothers and sisters. You and me. We are not here by chance. No sirree.

Each of us are unique and special. We owe it to ourselves to really, consciously study as to how we came to be? Why we are who we seem to be and where will we end up in just the next second or moment in this realm of being?

It’s time for me to take leave of this sharing. Will continue later in the next posting if He allows me. Insya Allah.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surah Al Kafirun [Disbelievers] in action!

 

A Hindu [standing], a Christian [kneeling] and a Muslim [prostrating] in prayer

Assalamualaikum [Peace be to you] Brother Craig Considine

Kindly allow me to further describe this historical image which you shared in Facebook..

It is a perfect way to describe what Allah the Almighty commands us Muslims to say to those who are not. Thanking you Craig in advance (Y)

A Hindu [standing], Christian [on his knees] and a Muslim [prostrating] in prayer.

A perfect image describing what Allahu Rabbul Alamin {Lord of the Universes} Commands us Believing Mukmins to say to those who are Disbelievers.

Islam does not tell us to shun them or be at war with them 24/7. We are allowed to live as a community together with them but each allowing the other to practice their own faiths with mutual respect and courtesy.

https://www.quran.com/109 (Surah Al Kafirun) (Disbelievers)

Bismillaahirrahmanirrahim.
[In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful]

Qul yaa ayyuhal kaafiruun
[Say: O Disbelievers]

Laa a’budu maa ta’buduun
[I do not worship what you worship]

Walaa antum ‘aabidunna maa a’abud
[Nor do you worship what I worship]

Walaa ana ‘aa bidun maa ‘abadttum
[And I will not worship what you worship]

Walaa antum ‘aabiduuna maa a’abud
[Nor will you worship what I worship]

Lakum deenukum wa liya deen
Your way is yours, and my way is mine.]

In the holiest month of Ramadhan, I pray that all of us can live in relative peace and harmony as one Brotherhood of Man.

Insya Allah [God Willing]

Do’a for the Departed ~ Free Graphic from www.readnwrite.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

As Muslims we are enjoined to offer our prayers @ Do’a to Allahu Rabbul Alamin to bless and forgive those who have departed from this 3rd Realm of our Earthly existence and entered the 4th Realm namely the Yaum al Barzakh – Life in the Grave.

The Grave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being modern day Muslims who are keeping in touch with each other and the rest of the world through the internet using Social Media, it is imperative that we express our feelings and desires as a manifestation of our innermost thoughts and do so through the usage of media such as this graphic design which I created this morning.

Please accept this free gift from me as a small act of ibaadah and share it with others when you hear of someone’s passing especially those of our fellow Mukmins @ Believers and recite the Do’a @ Prayer for the Departed as following the enjoinment of Rasul Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam in conveying even an Aayah @ Sentence from him to others for the good of the Ummah and the rest of Mankind.

Ballighu ‘Anni walau Ayah..” (بلغوا عني ولو آية) narrated by Bukhari from Ibn ‘Amr (Hadith no. 2838)

Deliver from me even a sentence. This is an authentic Hadith @ Sayings of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam.

May Allah bless and forgive us of our sins and the sins of those whom we prayed for. Ameen.

Be well and have a Blessed Ramadhan. Insya Allah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

 

Share the Truth about Islam with everyone!

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

There will be those amongst you who would feel skeptical about such a title and ask ‘ How can I share with others about Islam when I myself do not know much about our faith?’

Am I right?

Many a times when I ask our fellow Muslims especially young Malay and Indian Muslims to explain about what Islam is, they go blank and say ‘I don’t know!’

Even the simplest of Surah’s such as Surah Al Ikhlas can’t be explained by these young persons that I feel so sorry for them. The key to solving all these problems has to be whether their parents had bothered to teach them about the Basics of Islam?

If we are asked by someone, ‘Please tell me what Islam is?‘ What do we share with them?

I would first get to know more about the person who is asking me these so I would be able to give them satisfactory answers that he or she can understand according to their level of intelligence and education.

We can’t simply assume anything about anyone. Appearances alone is not the yardstick to measure someone’s ability to understand what we are going to share.

At these times, people are exposed to all kinds of information derived from all types of sources. Information that can be true, false or even fabricated to look like they are authentic and the real McCoy!

What with the advent of fantastic developments in the field of Science and Technology, people can be easily duped and misled. So, we have to be really careful in dealing with our guests at the masjid or those whom we meet in our everyday life practically everywhere.

Answer them according to their level of thinking and understanding. Islam can be explained very simply or we can go into areas which at times can border on the very unimaginable realm. Especially in matters concerning the Ruuh @ Living Spirit ~ Life-force plus the Unseen Worlds of the Djinns and other beings.

Such matters can’t be explained or shown to others in any physical form. One experiences such encounters differently according to one’s own capabilities and  prevailing circumstances.

Hehehehehe. That’s getting too heavy, isn’t it? Hehehehe. Let’s go back to the basics.

I have to give you an example.

Let’s say that the questioner is a young male student. Malay. 18 years old. Hasn’t had any formal education about Islam and he practically doesn’t know squat about what his Islamic faith is all about?

He goes to the Masjid on Fridays and rays together with the congregation but it’s all a matter of doing as what others do by simply copying the actions and phrases uttered during Solat.

Remember that this is an EXAMPLE. A fictitious character. Not real. Imagined worst case scenario.

We can easily dismiss these type of ignorant Muslims as those who are Muslim by Birth but Ignorant @ Jahil by their upbringing. It’s not fair to label them as such but that’s the sad, stark reality of the matter.

But we can’t just let them be. You can’t just mind your own business and say to each their own.

On the authority of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say, “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim]

Whether we realize it or not, we are all responsible for one another. We can’t afford to just save our own self’s but allow others to go to Hell. No sirree. We will be asked in the Hereafter as to why we did not help or guide the wrongdoers from remaining in Ignorance when Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala had commanded us to:

You don’t have to be an Al Azhar University graduate or Scholar to share the basic Truth about Islam but you do have to have a certain level of intellect and knowledge in order to backup what you share with the facts based on the true authentic verses in the Qur’an or the authentic exact sayings of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam.

Innovation and falsehood is forbidden to be used when sharing information about Islam with others. Instead of getting rewards in the Hereafter for sharing the Truth about Islam you do not want to end up in Hellfire for sharing falsehood which you conjured up out of your own imaginations.

May Allah protect us from such a state. Do not add or subtract from what has already been taught to us by Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam. Stick to the basics. If you do need to give an example in order to simplify matters, please be sure not to cut out the essence and just offer up nonsense.

Islam can be explained in the simplest of terms yet many choose to add unnecessary interpretations of their own that they end up confusing not only their own self’s but others in the process.

Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam spent 13 long years in Makkah just preaching that ‘There is no other god but Allah!’

 

That was the essence of his Message. Once you realize and believe in Allah, the only One Supreme God who is our Creator and embed this fact deep in your heart, then you go on to attest that Muhammad is the Final Messenger of Allah.

We pray and submit ourselves only to Allah and it is only Allah that we worship. We do not worship Prophet Muhammad. We love and respect Allah’s Greatest and Final Messenger with all our heart but we do not pray to him. We follow his Sunnah @ the Examples of Muhammad but we do not worship or venerate him.

This is the true Essence of our Faith. May we be blessed and guided by Allahu Rabbul Alamin that we get to live our lives as righteous, knowledgeable and truthful Mukmins and be saved from ending up in the Hellfires come Doomsday.

Ameen.

Reviving the Spirit of Ramadan by Ustaz Hazrizal Abdul Jamil

It is indeed a lonely battle. Perhaps a slow process to adapt to all the new routines. No more ‘Ustaz Hasrizal, no more sermons in the mosque, and no adhaans even from the minarets of mosques to signify that is it time to pray. Living in Europe is not something new to me. Six years of living in the UK and Ireland, more than a decade ago, exposed me to many unique experiences, but none like what I am experiencing currently, as a Muslim in Northern Scandinavia, 200 km south of the Arctic Circle.

Halal food is very limited. We eat mainly home cooked food. Performing basic devotional acts like the five daily prayers is challenging enough. In December and January, we had the shortest Zuhr time, as short as 9 minutes, while Fajr prayer commenced when I was in the middle of the second lecture of the the dark and freezing (subzero-temperatures) morning. This new surrounding has really forced me to relook at what I understand about Fiqh in Islam and has given me a new appreciation of the dynamism of the Shariah which serves to help Muslims practise Islam without difficulty, no matter how odd the context they live in.

It is not only about me and my wife but more importantly, our children. They are also dealing with a new environment. Their understanding about Islam and being Muslims is challenged to the core. They are not only questioned by peers from time to time, but our children themselves have many questions to ask.

Rarely do they ask HOW questions these days. There are many books written to answer these questions. Under the Finnish education system, they also receive religious education at school, specifically about Islam. From time to time, HOW questions are answered and modeled in class.

Most of the time, thinking intrinsically about Islam has led them to ask WHY questions. Something beyond HOW, even WHEN and WHAT. The WHY questions require us to understand Islam, beyond do’s and don’ts, questions which we do not think about as often as we should. It is this lack of depth in the understanding of religion that gave rise to the magnum opus Ihya’ ulum al-din, “Revival of Religious Sciences”, of the great scholar of Islam, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058 – 1111). It is only by answering WHY questions can our practice of Islam have an effect on our souls, values and hence give meaning to the rituals we perform as religious people.

This small book was written almost a decade ago. It invites the readership to simply think but not think simplistically, how Ramadan in reality is a help from Allah to aid us better ourselves. Ramadan entails fasting, prayer, recitation of the Quran, giving charity and making amendments. Ramadan brings about physical, intellectual, emotional and social benefits stemming from spiritual strength. It is that spiritual strength that links rituals with meanings, and the actions of the servant with the judgment of his Lord.

I wish for my children to read this book in the language of their study and social life. My wife too always reminds herself and me the need to assess from time to time our children’s understanding and appreciation of Islam. Thus, the translation of this book is timely, as a fulfillment of that wish and need. This translation, will not merely be a gift from a father to his kids as a learning tool on how to adapt to life in Finland, but it is an endeavor to share the knowledge and experience in the original book with a wider audience.

I wish to thank my friend, Aqtar Mohamed Ummar who kindly offered to translate this book. The friendship and understanding which has developed between us for a long time has been of great value in helping him to translate what I wish to convey in the book. Our history began once upon a time with me speaking and him listening, and as fate would have it, we now work together under one roof in Khalifah Model School Secondary (KMSS), aspiring to provide a good education to future generations. It is hoped that this book marks the beginning to more synergies in the future.

I also wish to thank my friend Ahmad Shakir Salleh and Ariff Jauhar Iskandar from Abideen Books for their great effort and commitment in getting this translated copy published. Your efforts culminating in the publication of this book have helped to convert thoughts and words into a reading material which will help spread knowledge and goodness. May Allah reward us all with goodness in this world and the Hereafter.

Let us revive Ramadan by asking, WHY, so that the answer to that question will help us increase our faith and hope, in being granted good by Allah, as Rasulullah (PBUH) promised:

“Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.”

HASRIZAL
Oulu, Finland

 

REVIVING THE SPIRIT OF RAMADAN : Beyond Do’s and Don’ts

Author : Hasrizal Abdul Jamil & Aqtar Mohamed Ummar

Click bit.ly/reviveramadan2 to order

 

 

 

Ramadan ~ Sacred month of Fasting, Worship or Gluttony?

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh!

Dear Ikhwanul Muslimin na wal Muslimat, Mukminin na wal Mukminat, especially those of you living here in Malaysia.

Would you agree with me that over the years, Ramadan here in Malaysia has slowly but surely been getting too commercialized! What with the trend of many in focusing more on trading food and other festive goods at the Ramadan bazaars?

Usually, it’s shop till you drop!

What a shame!

From my observance of such acts over the years, many of such Muslims here in Malaysia tend to prioritize their business efforts in this one month more than focusing on worshiping Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala as they should?

Such a trend could be attributed to the individual’s personality and character? Whether one is a practicing Muslim or just in name? Those who practice their faith would obviously know how to go about their acts of faith and know how to allocate the needed time for their worship of Allah and time to do their business?

But I have yet to come across any such Ramadan Bazaars that allocate some suitable prayer space for both the traders and the teeming crowds of people frequenting the various stalls to buy their iftar needs.

Ramadan is the exclusive month in which we as Muslims ought to intensify our acts of worship towards Allahu Ta’ala and get the special blessings provided which Allah promises to reward us with in the Hereafter absolving us of our sins and entering us into His Paradises yet here we are so busily engaged in gluttony and earthly commerce forgetting the bountiful rewards promised to those who are heedful of His Commandments.

The Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam forbade us from overeating when we break our fast. His Sunnah @ Example when breaking fast was to eat a few dates and a drink of water.

After breaking his fast, the Blessed Messenger of Allah performed his Maghrib prayers in congregation. We are encouraged to observe and follow His Sunnah in all that we do but sadly, in these times and age, quite a number of Muslims tend to go overboard when breaking fast and eat like there’s no tomorrow.

I came across a photo that shows a man who gorged himself silly with food till he could only lie on his back with a huge bulging belly! Clearly this borders on Haram for definitely we will be unable to perform our ibadah if we end up like this!

May Allah protect us from such a state! Ameen.

Do not keep on eating just because others are doing so. They are ignorant of the prohibition by the Prophet not to do so. Please do not be foolish and stuff yourselves silly in congregation with them.

Ramadan is the month where all the evil Syaitan, Djinns and Iblis are chained and locked up in the Hellfire’s but the habits of some of us from amongst the Ummah tends to just continue what the Accursed enjoined and practiced.

So, who do these folks want to blame for their transgressions? The Devil and his accomplices are not around in the whole month of Ramadan. We have no one else to blame but our own self’s.

We need to observe the Do’s and Don’ts of Ramadan. I will share more with you in the next article. Insya Allah.

Ramadan Mubarak to each and every fasting Muslim from us at The Muslim Bloggers Alliance.

Wabillahi Tawfeek Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

How fragile is your Iman in these Akhirul Zaman?

 

I keep reading about the dangers of Muslims here in Malaysia being waylaid by the Christian Evangelists every now and then in blogs and publications.

It’s so embarrassing to see how fragile is the so called faith of these so called Muslims whose faith’s can so easily be contaminated or disintegrate into Kufr just by seeing a ‘Cross‘ or any other religious symbols of the false beliefs by the Kuffar in general.

The fault lies with those who give birth to these fragile hearts and easily confused minds. The parents or guardians. Those who raise these weak hearted ‘Muslims’ in name only. MINO’s.

Problem could be that the parents themselves are quite clueless about their Islamic faith. Their very basic knowledge of their religion. The Do’s & Don’ts. Allowed & Forbidden in Islam. The Halal & the Haram. Right & Wrong.

Maybe their parents themselves were also clueless about all these. The end product is these easily influenced and clueless MINO’s who although might be seen to appear dressed as Muslims are in actuality quite ignorant about Allah, the Prophet Muhammad and the foundations of Islam itself.

So how will they not become easy prey for the committed Kaffirs like those Evangelist missionaries who are so steadfast in their Disbelief and totally ooze total self confidence in their mission to live and die as Christians?

You’ve got to hand it to the Christians for their awesome dedication in their zeal to proselytize the ignorant and fragile hearted Muslims who can be easily bought over by a smile, an act of kindness and seemingly overly concerned over the welfare of the clueless ones amongst the ummah of Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam.

On the other hand, we have the stern faced stoic looking so called ‘Ulama’ of Islam who keep spewing fatwas and edicts like the endless diarrhea of their convoluted hearts and closeted minds who crave for worldly rewards and lofty titles and earthly positions awarded to them by the corrupt and devious ones claiming to be the Royal Keepers of the Islamic Faith and are quite distant from the grassroots of the dispersed masses of the Ummah.

When was the last time you came across these religious scholars of Islam mingling with the common folk and guiding the wayward masses back to the Way of Allah and to learn what the Blessed Greatest Messenger of Allah, Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam taught us as to how to live as a proper and true Muslim?

I can safely say that your chances of seeing such Islamic scholars mingling with the general public would be one chance in a million or probably never!They are so isolated from the general public by sitting on cushy executive chairs in luxurious offices in high towers or palatial buildings, secured by armed guards and anyone who so wishes to meet them have to first set an appointment with the scholars secretaries or personal assistants and even such a meeting if agreed to would only last for a few minutes because the scholars appointment calendars and event schedules would be so jam packed ~ but not due to being with the ummah but more to do with officious sounding seminars, symposiums, forums, bla-bla-bla which usually only benefits the scholars or for their patrons self interests.

Woe betide any commoner who dares question the esteemed scholar or try to discuss any matter which has been decided by the ‘holier than thou’ fellows!

In short, what I am saying is based on my own experiences and observations of real life situations and from the hardships faced by Muslims and Non Muslims who in one way or another get duly affected by the sudden conversions of their spouses especially their husbands who convert to Islam without discussing such a life-changing matter with them, the lawfully wedded and registered wife’s.

In Malaysia, history records that almost all of the said cases where the Non Muslim wives got technically divorced when their husbands embraced Islam and left them high and dry whilst converting any of their offspring’s to Islam as provisioned by Islam for a Muslim father saw no Ulamak @ Religious Scholar step forward to help solve the arising conflict.

There are also cases where there were converts / reverts to Islam returning back to Kufr @ Apostatize after finding their own self’s without support or guidance from those religious officials who are supposed to be their pillars of support after declaring their faith towards Allah as the Supreme God, Creator of us all plus the entire universes and attesting to Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam as Allah’s Final Messenger.

Fragile Iman’s. Easily susceptible to the slightest of hardships or inconveniences.

Compare that to the steadfastness of early Makkan Muslims such as Sayyidina Bilal Radhiallahu Anha, who remained committed as a Believer despite having his chest being crushed by heavy rocks and grilled over burning embers in the blazing scorching Arabian desert to forfeit his Creed and to disbelieve in Allah! Witness the recreation of that episode in the blockbuster movie ‘The Message‘ below:

I doubt that such an Iman would exist in today’s ummah?

Witness also another scene where the first martyr in the early days of Muhammad’s mission is recorded by that epic film by As Syaheed Moustapha Akkad!

There are many amongst us today who have no bloody clue as to what they claim to profess?

I recall reading a saying attributed to the Blessed Messenger where he said that in the Last Ages [now], there will come a time where there will be amongst his ummah, those who have faith in the morning and lose it by the afternoon. Very fragile Iman’s.

Why will that be so?

If you ask me, I will say that such a situation will come into being … by choice.

Yes! Absolutely by his or her own choice. The flip flopping Muslim will decide to forgo his or her religious obligations by putting other matters above his or her obligation to practice their faith. Human beings are notorious for forgetting to submit to The Supreme Creator when things are going just nicely for them.

Good health, lots of money, enjoying a luxurious and pleasant life, being with loved ones, friends, business associates, being safe, have enough to eat and drink, getting to taste all the pleasures of this earthly life, etc.

Who needs to prostrate before God? Why bother with prayer?

Until… all that disappears. No more niceties in life. Struggling to even breathe, reeling in pain, suffering like hell, smelling so bad, can’t even see, taste, feel or even defecate for the matter! Can’t even belch or break wind!

Oh no! Poor me!

Why oh why dear God? Why have You forsaken me???

Please!!! I beg You!

Give me another chance!

I promise to not forget You!

I will sacrifice everything for you O Allah!

Back to square 1 again and again and again….

Fragile Iman’s. By choice.

Sigh….

 

 

 

 

 

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