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….

 

 

 

 

 

Being a true servant of Allah in current times. Is it possible?

Chapter One

When we come across news reports of Muslims everywhere being faced with extreme challenges by those who hate them purely for the fact that the Muslim worships Allah, the Unseen God and live a spartan life avoiding all the forbidden items and acts which the Kaffirs @ the Disbelievers enjoy in this earthly realm, the question arises whether we can stay true to our faith?

It all depends on the strength of faith of each individual Muslim, male or female and as to what the particular Muslim has come to learn and profess about Al Islam? This conviction or grasp of Iman @ Faith and Aqeedah @ Creed of the Muslim differs from person to person.

Not everyone has the tenacity and strength in him or herself to hold firmly on to their belief in Allah and the prophet-hood of Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam. As we come to the age of understanding and learn about our faith, each of us will in a way start believing in Allah and the Prophet Muhammad according to our own level of intellect and knowledge. What one understands about the attributes of Allah depends on one’s own level of comprehension.

A rational Muslim ought to know the difference between his or her own ideas about Allah and what Allahu Ta’ala describes about Himself!

To know about Allah, the simplest way would be to study the Glorious Qur’an. In Surah Al Ikhlas, Chapter 112 Verses 1 to 4. Allah commands Prophet Muhammad to tell the Unbelievers that He, Allah is One.

That Allah is Eternal (Absolute). That He @ Allah was not born nor did He Beget and that there is nothing whatsoever liken unto Him!

The Chapter of Sincerity.

The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam ~ Peace be upon him) spent 13 long years in Makkah just preaching to the pagan Arabian Quraysh merchant tribe to which he belonged about worshiping Allah, the One True God and not to the numerous idols that they had strayed into false worship over the years since the times of Prophet Ibrahim ~ Abraham Alaihis Salam.

13 long years just calling the pagan Arabs to worship Allah and nothing else. The commandment to pray was not revealed yet. Just coming to terms that ‘There is no God but Allah’ and that ‘Muhammad was Allah’s Last and Final Messenger!

The Blessed Prophet didn’t call upon the Arabs of Makkah to idolize or worship him but only to come to terms that only Allah the Almighty deserves to be worshiped! History records the Holy Messenger of Allah to have refused the offer to be made a King over the Arabs throughout the Arabian Peninsular and all other offers of riches and beautiful women as his reward provided he gives up calling the people to believe in the One True God!

For 4745 days and nights, Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam’s mission in calling his fellow Makkah pagan Qurayshi Arabs to attest that ‘There’s no other God worthy of Worship save for Allah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem. Allah the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

13 long insufferable years where he faced the most recalcitrant, most stubborn, argumentative, quarrelsome Arabs whose atrocities against the Mercy of Allah for the entire Universes were at times so unmentionable! I dare say that none of us mankind today would be willing to stay so patient, so true to this mission to convey the Truth of al Islam to others as what our Blessed Prophet of Allah did.

When he was forced to migrate and escape to Yathrib which later came to be known as Madinah al Munawwarah with his closest Sahabah @ Companion Sayyidina Abu Bakr As Siddiq, he spent another 10 long years in teaching the Muslims about how to live life as Believers in Almighty Allah and perfected the Revelations from Allah Azza Wa Jalla for us who strive daily to become Abdullah’s @ true servants of Allah!

There’s no other true faith from Allah that exists to this day except for Islam. We just need to know and learn as to which are right and what are false? Always refer to just the true authentic teachings of Muhammad Khatamun Nabiyyi and refrain from following latter-day false prophets or syaikhs.

Click here to watch a BBC documentary about the most celebrated Messenger of Allah the Most Loving Creator of us all.

Faith in Allah will not be established if one does not learn from what the Messenger of Allah relayed to us. If one wants to learn about Allah then one must learn about Allah from he whom Allah the Supreme Creator sent to us as our Guide.

The Glorious Quran is the Verbatim Final Guidance from Allah our Lord Most High and is the absolute Last Testament and Scripture from Ar Rahman for us to refer to in knowing how to live this earthly existence and in the Akhirat ~ Hereafter.

Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam was the living embodiment of the Glorious Quran and his example came to be known as his Sunnah. Every Muslim worthy of the title must study and learn all that he or she possibly can in this life. True Mukmins must also practice the Sunnah of the Blessed Messenger to the best of their abilities and learn not to innovate or deviate from the authentic practices of Muhammad al Mustafa, the chosen one.

To learn this, one can go here to read up about the compilation of the Prophet’s Sayings which are known as the Hadiths. The website has the entire collections and compilations of the Examples of the Prophet, His Sayings and anything related to the religious practices in Al Islam.

We must also learn to differentiate between what is a religious practice enjoined for in Islam and what are local customs and traditions of every individual society of humankind. We are humans but we differ from one another by our selfs, our traditions, our customs, our food, our drinks and the way we view anything.

Muslims here in Malaysia live differently from those in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, Africa, United States of America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, China and even Indonesia.

The way we do things are different from each other but in faith, we bow to the One Supreme Creator, Allahu Ta’ala. So, for one to liken all Muslims as one would be inaccurate. Yes, we are One Ummah but when looked at closer we can see some differences. Which are mostly with regard to the customs, social traditions and cultures which gives us our own separate identities. Our languages are different. Yet our unifying language of faith is Arabic.

Solat

No matter who we are, when we pray to Allah, we pray in Arabic. We might not be fluent in Arabic or be able to speak and converse in it but when we Ruqu’ @ bow down to Allah, we recite the same praises, ‘Subhana Rabbiyal Adzhimi Wabihamdih!’ All praises be to Allah the Most Powerful!

When we Sujood @ Prostrate before Allah, we recite ‘Subhana Rabbiyal Aq’la Wabihamdih!’ All praises be to Allah, Lord Most High!

That my dear brothers and sisters is the same throughout the entire Universes.

Mahaguru58

KALIMAH ALLAH DAN KEBEBASAN BERAGAMA oleh Dato’ Zulkifli Noordin

09 February 2014

Tuntutan pendakyah kristian untuk hak menterjemahkan perkataan ‘God’ kepada ‘Allah’ adalah satu pencabulan kepada hak kebebasan beragama umat Islam menurut Artikel 3 dan 11 Perlembagaan
Salam 2 all.

Malaysia adalah antara satu-satunya negara didunia yang meletakkan Islam sebagai agama bagi negara. Ini tercatat dengan jelas didalam Artikel 3 Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang memperuntukkan ‘Islam adalah agama bagi Persekutuan’.

Sesuai dengan prinsip ‘laa ikro hafiddiin – tiada paksaan dalam Islam’ didalam Surah Al-Baqarah 2:256, Artikel 3 menyebut ‘tetapi agama-agama lain boleh diamalkan dengan aman dan damai dimana-mana bahagian Persekutuan’.
Dan bagi memastikan kebebasan beragama bagi penganut agama lain didalam negara umat Islam ini, Artikel 11 (1) memperuntukkan bahawa ‘tiap-tiap orang berhak menganut dan mengamalkan agamanya’.
Bagaimanapun sesuai dengan status Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan, maka sekatan dikenakan dalam soal pengembangan mana-mana agama selain Islam bilamana Artikel 11 (1) menyatakan hak menganut dan mengamal agama itu ‘termasuk mengembangkannya tertakluk kepada Fasal 11(4)’.
Fasal 11(4) menetapkan bahawa ‘undang-undang negeri, dan mengenai Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dan Labuan, undang-undang Persekutuan boleh mengawal dan menyekatpengembangan apa-apa iktikad atau kepercayaan agama antara orang-orang yang menganuti agama Islam’.
Kesimpulannya, Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara Islam yang memberikan kebebasan kepada penganut mana-mana agama lain untuk menganut dan mengamalkan agama dan kepercayaan masing-masing, tetapi dilarang mengembangkannya kepada umat Islam.
Dalam konteks inilah kita perlu menilai kenyataan oleh Paderi Andrew Lawrence dan pendakyah kristian yang menuntut hak pengggunaan kalimah Allah didalam bentuk triniti sebagai hak yang dijamin oleh Artikel 3 dan Artikel 11 Perlembagaan Persekutuan.
Persoalan pertama yang perlu kita tanya ialah adakah penggunaan kalimah Allah termasuk didalam menganut dan mengamal agama kristian yang dijamin kebebasannya oleh Perlembagaan?
Untuk menjawab soalan ini, kita perlu bertanya satu soalan pokok, apakah maksud penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh penganut agama kristian? Adakah ianya berkaitan dengan persoalan agama, ketuhanan, iktikad, kepercayaan atau aqidah mereka? Atau ianya sekadar persoalan linguistik, soal penterjemahan perkataan?
Perkara asas yang kita perlu faham ialah apa maksud ‘agama’ dalam konteks Perlembagaan tersebut?
Didalam Kamus Dewan (Edisi Keempat 2007) mukasurat 14, ‘agama’ bermaksud ‘kepercayaan kepada Tuhan dan sifat-sifat serta kekuasaan Tuhan dan penerimaan ajaran dan perintahNya’.
Beragama bermakna bertuhan.
Jadi persoalannya, adakah penganut agama kristian didalam negara ini dilarang atau dicegah atau disekat kebebasan daripada beragama, iaitu bertuhankan kepada Tuhan mereka?
Ini sekaligus membawa kita kepada persoalan, siapakah Tuhan penganut agama kristian?
Jika kita bertanya kepada mana-mana penganut agama kristian apakah asas kepercayaan dan iktikad agama mereka, jawapan umum yang kita akan terima ialah ‘Kepercayaan kepada Jesus sebagai anak Tuhan Bapak melalui perantaraan Ruh Suci’.
Sebenarnya Jesus adalah seorang Yahudi Arami yang menggunakan bahasa Hebrew. Dalam bahasa Hebrew, namanya disebut sebagai Eeso. Tetapi bila ditulis dalam huruf romani, ianya ditulis sebagai Yesoa. Nama ini kemudian diterjemah ke bahasa Greek sebagai Ieosus, dalam Bahasa Inggeris lama sebagai Yesus, kemudiannya menjadi Jesus dalam Bahasa Inggeris moden. Didalam bible bahasa ‘Arab, ianya disebut ‘Yasu’.
Menurut iktikad dan kepercayaan kristian, Jesus adalah anak kepada Tuhan Bapak yang dicipta melalui perantaraan suatu Ruh Suci; lalu muncullah konsep ketuhanan triniti didalam agama, iktikad dan kepercayaan penganut kristian dipanggil Tuhan Bapak, Tuhan Anak & Ruh Suci.
Konsep triniti inilah yang dipanggil ‘God’ oleh penganut kristian. Didalam bible bahasa Hebrew, perkataan ‘God’ ini disebut sebagai ‘Adonai’, ‘Eli’, ‘Eloi’ atau ‘Elohim’.
Contohnya didalam Bible bahasa Hebrew, Jesus dikatakan merintih diatas salib semasa dipasung menyatakan ‘Eli, Eli, lamma sabachthani’ (Matthew 27:46). Ini diterjemahkan didalam Bahasa Inggeris sebagai ‘My God, My God, why have thy forsaken me’.
Dalam konteks itu, sudah tentu jika mahu diterjemahkan kedalam Bahasa Melayu, ianya sepatutnya berbunyi, ‘Tuhanku, Tuhanku, mengapa Kau tinggalkan aku’.
Namun sebaliknya yang berlaku. Pihak pendakyah kristian telah menterjemahkan kalimah ‘God’ itu kedalam Bahasa Melayu dengan perkataan ‘Allah’! Maka jadilah ia berbunyi, ‘Allahku, Allahku, mengapa Kau tinggalkan aku’.
Persoalannya sekarang ialah adakah terjemahan itu betul dalam konteks Bahasa Melayu?
Jawapannya jelas; terjemahan perkataan ‘God’ kepada ‘Allah’ dalam Bahasa Melayu tidak betul; kerana dalam Bahasa Melayu ada perkataan lebih tepat iaitu ‘Tuhan’. Sebab itu Rukunegara Pertama berbunyi ‘Kepercayaan kepada Tuhan’, bukannya ‘Kepercayaan kepada Allah’.
Ini berasaskan kepada prinsip Artikel 3 dan 11 tadi iaitu tiap orang diberi jaminan kebebasan menganut dan mengamalkan agama masing-masing. Konsep ketuhanan kepada Allah adalah iktikad dan aqidah kepercayaan penganut Islam; manakala penganut agama lain mempunyai iktikad dan kepercayaan kepada konsep ketuhanan yang berbeza namanya mengikut kepercayaan masing-masing.
Oleh itu, isu berkaitan penggunaan perkataan atau kalimah Allah oleh penganut agama kristian, samada didalam bible, penerbitan dan lain-lain bukannya persoalan agama, iktikad, kepercayaan atau aqidah mereka; ianya hanyalah soal penterjemahan perkataan ‘God’ daripada Bahasa Inggeris ke Bahasa Melayu! Itu sahaja!
Dalam konteks itu, peruntukkan Artikel 3 dan 11 (1) yang memberi jaminan kebebasanmenganut dan mengamal agama mereka kristian tidak terpakai dalam isu penterjemahan perkataan ‘God’ kepada perkataan ‘Allah’.
Ini adalah kerana pelarangan penggunaan perkataan atau kalimah Allah terhadap kristian tidak menjejas atau menyekat kebebasan mereka untuk menganut dan mengamal agama, iktikad dan kepercayaan mereka kepada konsep ketuhanan triniti Jesus sebagai anak Tuhan Bapak melalui perantaraan Ruh Suci.
Sebaliknya penterjemahan perkataan ‘God’ kepada perkataan ‘Allah’ mencabul dan menjejaskan agama, aqidah, iktikad dan kepercayaan umat Islam yang mempercayai konsep ketuhanan Allah sebagai Tuhan Yang Maha Esa – Maha Satu.
Dalam konteks itu, pelarangan penggunaan perkataan atau kalimah ‘Allah’ selain daripada yang dimaksudkan oleh Islam seperti terkandung didalam Enakmen Pengawalan Pengembangan Agama Bukan Islam Selangor 1988 adalah bersesuaian dan sejajar dengan peruntukkan Artikel 11 (4) Perlembagaan.
Rumusannya, penggunaan atau penterjemahan perkataan atau kalimah Allah oleh pendakyah kristian di Malaysia ini adalah sekadar untuk menterjemah perkataan ‘God’ dalam Bahasa Inggeris. Ianya tidak ada kena-mengena langsung dengan soal agama, iktikad atau kepercayaan mereka kepada konsep ketuhanan triniti.
Oleh itu, tidak timbul isu kononnya pelarangan penggunaan atau penterjemahan perkataan God kepada perkataan Allah keatas umat kristian adalah menyekat mereka daripada beragama, iaitu menganut dan mengamalkan agama kristian berdasarkan iktikad, kepercayaan kepada konsep ketuhanan triniti Jesus sebagai anak Tuhan Bapak melalui perantaraan Roh Suci.
Penterjemahan perkataan ‘God’ kepada ‘Allah’ bukan sebahagian daripada agama, iktikad atau kepercayaan penganut kristian. Sebaliknya mereka kekal bebas beragama kristian dengan menganut dan mengamalkan iktikad dan kepercayaan mereka bahawa Jesus adalah Anak kepada Tuhan Bapak melalui perantaraan Ruh Suci. Dan iktikad dan kepercayaan beragama kristian ini tetap dijamin oleh Artikel 3 dan Artikel 11 Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan tidak dilarang atau dihalang sama sekali oleh mana-mana undang-undang atau mana-mana pihak.
Sebaliknya, penterjemahan perkataan ‘God’ yang difahami dalam bentuk triniti oleh penganut agama kristian kepada ‘Allah’ dalam Bahasa Melayu merupakan satu pencabulan dan pencemaran kepada kalimah ALLAH sebagai Tuhan Yang Maha Esa, Maha Satu didalam aqidah, iktikad dan kepercayaan dalam agama Islam.
Malah penterjemahan perkataan God kepada perkataan Allah seperti yang dilakukan oleh pendakyah kristian ini sebenarnyalah yang mencabuli hak kebebasan beragama bagi penganut agama Islam untuk menganut dan mengamalkan agama Islam dalam keadaan aman dan damai. Ianya mencabul dan melanggar peruntukkan Artikel 3 dan Artikel 11 Perlembagaan Persekutuan!
Wallahua’lam dan Wassalam.
Adios amigos, grasias.
Zulkifli Bin Noordin
Ahad
09 Rabi’ul Akhir 1435
09 Februari 2014

*Artikel ini disiarkan di Majalah Al-Islam terbitan bulan Februari 2014 di mukasurat 29-31.

Christians have no right to use ‘Allah’ to describe their Trinitarian ‘God’.

Malaysia has been rocked by the demands of the Catholic Christian Church to be allowed to use the term ‘ALLAH’ to replace the word ‘Tuhan’ which is the correct translation for the word ‘God’ in their Malay translations of their Christian Bible!

Such a preposterous demand naturally has raised the ire of the country’s Muslims and as a result several major protests have been held by them to demand the Catholic Christian Church of Malaysia to drop and cease from such a pursuit!

The Catholic Christians refuse to budge and have resorted to take the matter to court insisting that they be allowed to use the term ‘ALLAH’ in place of the proper Malay word ‘ Tuhan’  to describe their Trinitarian concept of God.

Now, such a matter surely ought to have come under the purview of the Keepers of Islam here in the 9 Malay Sultanates in the Malay Peninsular but surprisingly to this date, we have yet to hear of the Malay Rulers Council coming up with a collective decree prohibiting the usage of the term ‘ALLAH’ by the Christians and other Non Muslims to describe their deity or deities!

When the Malay Rulers fail to act as one, the resulting mayhem has turned into a religious and legal quagmire with the case unnecessarily being heard in the courts and sort of caught in a judicial tug of war between the offended Muslims and the recalcitrant Catholic Church leaders!

Now, let us get down to the basic Principles of Faith that Muslims believe in and what do the Christians in turn believe in as well.

Muslims believe that ‘There is only One God!’

In the Holy Quran. Chapter 112 in the Surah Al Ikhlas ( Chapter of Sincerity) , Allah the Almighty commands us to say that He is One!

112:1

Transliteration

“Qul huwa Allahu Ahad!”

Say, “He is Allah , [who is] One,

112:2
Transliteration

Allahu assamad

Allah , the Eternal Refuge.
112:3
Transliteration

Lam yalid walam yoolad

He neither begets nor is born,
112:4
Transliteration

Walam yakun lahu kufuwan ahad

Nor is there to Him any equivalent.”

Allah clarifies that He is only One! He is the Eternal, the Absolute. He was not born nor did He procreate. And that there is None like Him!

Whereas the Christians have always been referring to their Trinitarian Concept of God as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost!

A 3 in 1 concept of God. Even at this stage we can see the difference between what we Muslims believe as our Supreme Lord Almighty, Allahu Rabbul Alamin @ Allah, Lord of the Worlds to be just One Supreme God whereas the Christians come up with a Godhead of 3 different characteristics of what they believe to be God!

I am not here to deny the Christians their liberty to worship whatever they want as even Allah the Almighty has commanded us Muslims @ Believers in Allah to say to the Christians and other Disbelievers who are addressed as the Kaffirun in the Arabic language of the Holy Quran in the particular Surah Al Kafirun. Chapter 109.

109:1
Transliteration
Qul ya ayyuha alkafiroon
Say, “O disbelievers,
109:2
Transliteration
La aAAbudu ma taAAbudoon
I do not worship what you worship.
109:3
Transliteration

Wala antum AAabidoona maaAAbud

Nor are you worshipers of what I worship.
109:4
Transliteration

Wala ana AAabidun maAAabadtum

Nor will I be a worshipper of what you worship.
109:5
Transliteration

Wala antum AAabidoona maaAAbud

Nor will you be worshippers of what I worship.
109:6
Transliteration

Lakum deenukum waliya deen

For you is your religion, and for me is my religion.”
In as simple and crystal clear a manner has Allah commanded us Muslims to say to the Disbelievers in Him that we do not worship what they worship nor do we force them to come worship Allah without their own free will and in faith.

There is an established understanding of the freedom to worship whatever that they want and that we are all to come to such a truce to allow each other the right to practice our own individual faiths.

Over the years, Muslims and Christians have in a way minded our own business and let the other practice their faith in relative peace and harmony here in Malaysia.

Save for the few odd cases where we had witnessed the apostatizing of Azalina Jailani @ Lina Joy and some other individual Malays to the Christian faith, we have been trying our best to keep the peace here but lately there has been a concerted effort on the part of the Christians especially that of the Catholic denomination to intrude into the realm of the Islamic faith by their wanting to use ‘ALLAH’ to now describe what they worship?

If we are to do a search online as to whether Christians and Muslims worship the same ‘ALLAH’ as what these Catholic Christian Church of Malaysia is so adamant in using, we will find sites such as this which protest loudly of any such insinuations!

At least those Kaffirs have the decency to be steadfast in their Disbelief unlike the Catholic Christians that we have here in Malaysia!

For no rhyme or reason, the Catholic Christian Church leaders have harmed the peaceful co-existence that we have been enjoying here in Malaysia and caused the lawyers shown below to rise up and defend the sacredness of the term ‘ALLAH’ by which True God Almighty addresses Himself from being associated with the Disbelief of the Christians!

It all started with this Catholic Christian Priest who started the whole issue!

Some people just never learn! They take pleasure in rocking the boat and are not bothered as to who gets drowned in the process!

I for one hope and pray that the Catholic Christian Church leaders concerned will come to their senses and return to using ‘Tuhan’ as the appropriate choice of word to describe their ‘God’ in their Malay language Bibles as they should.

I also pray that our ‘Keepers of Islam’ will really do what they are supposed to do which is to look out for the sanctity and preservation of our Islamic Faith’s sacredness from being polluted by others such as what the Catholic Christian Church here has done.

It’s just not right for our Malay Sultans to play safe and choose to remain silent on this most important and sensitive matter. At least the Sultan of Selangor, His Royal Highness, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had the courage and forevision to prohibit the usage of the term ‘ALLAH’ by any Non Muslims in his State of Selangor.

Daulat Tuanku! Long Live the Sultan!

I hope the other Sultans and Raja Melayu will soon follow suit! Insya Allah.

Malaysians generally are a peace loving people and we seldom get so riled up unlike other countries where the people are quick to run riot and kill each other over the smallest of matters.

Religion is a very, very sensitive matter for us and only those who do not practice what they tend to preach will want to stir up any such troubles amongst us who are from multi-ethnic and multi-faiths living together here in this blessed land. I hope that they will think of the consequences of creating unnecessary strife here amongst us, mostly peace loving Malaysians.

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