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….

 

 

 

 

 

Islam is the only revealed faith from Allah, God of us all.

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

We are living in what is termed to be ‘the Last Ages’. The Final and Greatest Messenger of Allah the Almighty, the Beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam has left us 1,384 years ago.

Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalllam, the Mercy of Allah for all Creation lived an exemplary life and delivered to us, the Final and Last Testament of Allah which is known as the Al-Qur’an for us to use as a Guide for living Life here as a human being, all aware and subservient to Allah, our Supreme Creator..

We are enjoined by Allah the Almighty to share the Truth of Al-Islam with all our fellow human beings in ways that are best and most gracious.

In Surah An-Nahl Chapter 16 verse 125, Allah commands us to ‘Invite all to the Way of Thy Lord in ways that are best and most gracious.

We all need to remember that Islam is the only revealed faith from Allah the Almighty. All others are invented or imagined by the Kaffirs @ Disbelievers.

Our Father, the Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam was created by Allahu Ta’ala up there in the highest Paradise by Allahu Ta’ala Himself, complete and perfect in form and taught by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala about who he (Adam) was and also of Adam’s duty to worship Allah, the Supreme Creator.

It would be ridiculous for Almighty God to create a human being and then to leave him (Mankind) without Knowledge or Guidance as to how to live life, first there in the Gardens of Jannahtul Firdaus and then here on Earth after he was ordered to descend to Earth from where his origins were sourced.

Adam was created by Allah from earth that was successfully collected only and exclusively by the Malaikat @ Angel ~ Sayyidina Izra’il Alaihis Salam whereas all other malaikats @ angels failed.

No matter what ethnicity we now belong to or what our skin color is, we are all from Adam Alaihis Salam and our Mother Sayyidatina Hawwa Radhiallahu Anha.

Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. And those who were given the Scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them – out of jealous animosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of Allah , then indeed, Allah is swift in [taking] account.

Surah Al-Imran Chapter 3 Verse 19. Holy Qur’an.

Logic and Religion by Dr.Afiza Azmee

Knowledge s Key-Nouman Ali Khan-Malaysia Tour 2015

Never have I ever been more interested in my religion until someone inspiring and oh, so logical, explains it the way Nouman Ali Khan explains it. He is the man! Haha. I think that if I had a religious teacher like Nouman Ali Khan growing up, I might be more invested in religion than I did before. And I personally also adore Dr. MAZA. He makes sense. It is important to people like me that our religious teachers and authority figures make sense and they get bonus mark if they are also efficient in their instructions to us.

We like people who make sense. In fact I would go so far as to say that I could love them. Truly, madly, deeply! Hahaha.

Okay, the You Tube video above is quite long. But the most important part(that I am going to talk about in this post) is explained by Nouman Ali Khan from minute 19:30 onwards. So if you are pressed for time, just srcoll until you reach that part…it was sooo enlightening and something I had been struggling with since I was an IB student in KMB when I first heard my naqibah in KMB told me “Kita kena buat semua benda niat kepada Allah. Baru dapat pahala. Kalau tak sia-sia kita buat.”

And all these time I kept thinking “Takkanlah hangpa semua belajar medic, berhempas pulas tak tidoq malam, langgah ayaq kopi bercawan-cawan PURELY for the sake of Allah? Mesti niat hangpa nak pass exam juga kan? I mean….come on! Get real here, please!”

(And knowing me, even though I can fake and pretend as good as the next person, but I am very self-aware about what I really feel and what I really think. Really, I can fake acceptance, liking, enjoyment, extraversion….I have learned how to do it. I just don’t like to do it constantly and consistently and therefore would limit the time I have to spend with people who make me feel like I have to pretend or suppress. And with most religious teachers or authority figures, I have gotten so used to suppressing my inner thoughts because when I voice them out, I feel like an alien. Tapi bila balik bilik sembang dengan kawan-kawan, semua orang pun sebenarnya pikiaq benda yang sama ja dengan aku. Exactly the same thoughts! They just didn’t have the need to point it out to their naqibah as much. But I did…so that was my problem!)

And sometimes the usrah mates will organize a ‘jalan-jalan’ around Australia which they term as ‘Jaulah’. They also told me that we should correct our intention and travel for the sake of Allah. So maybe, if we travel for the sake of Allah, we get pahala. And if we just say ‘kita jalan-jalan’ (instead of saying ‘jaulah’ with the right intention) then we only get the ‘dunya and not the akhirat’.

And deep inside, I was  thinking “Aku boleh nak guna term ‘jaulah’ untuk cakap yang aku nak pi jalan-jalan. But really, aku pi jalan-jalan sebab aku memang nak jalan-jalan lah! Susahlah aku nak pi kalih niat aku jadi for the sake of Allah pula. Pening weh!”

I had a friend who told me that when she first met her husband, she fell in love with him for the sake of Allah.
Aku macam skeptikal jugalah. In my mind, I went, “Hang dok whatsapp/message dia malam2 tu for the sake of Allah ke? Macam pelik jer. Hahah.”

When you say you smile to me for the sake of Allah, what do you mean? I don’t smile at people for the sake of Allah. I smile at people because I am genuinely happy to see them.
Does that make me a bad person? Not akhirat-oriented enough, maybe?

Then, I thought, I might be so dunya-oriented that I could not even pretend that I was doing everything for the sake of Allah. I was so conflicted by it that I actually wrote a blog post about it when I was a senior HO, reminiscing on my conflict of interest all my life with regards to my lack of PURE INTENTION.(cognitive dissonance, folks!) The post that I wrote then can be read H.E.R.E.

Reading back the post, I wish that I could have found the YOU TUBE video above sooner to soothe my conflicted confusion and my cognitive dissonance at that time. Really, we should stop making people feel guilty about their real intention. Just listen to the video from the minute 19:30 onwards! It’s such an eye opener that makes so much sense, I wanted  to weep with relief. You won’t regret the time spent! That video is a gem!

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This brings me to the topic of logic and religion.

I believe that religion should make sense. No, I am not talking about the matter of ‘perkara ghaib’ (jin/ syurga/neraka/israk mikraj/mukjizat).

But in matters of general principles and creed and jurisdiction, it MUST make sense. It MUST be fair and just. It MUST be justifiable through logic and dialogue. You MUST be able to reason it out! You MUST! Otherwise, it would create the sort of cognitive dissonance that would turn people away from the religion.

If a concept in the religion does not make sense, then there are usually a few reasons for it:

  1. Your own maturity and knowledge is lacking to be able to perceive the truth in it
  2. It was misrepresented by the ustaz/ustazah
  3. It was a fake hadeeth.
  4. It was an Isra’illiyyat story that has no basis in Islam.

And truly, religious people like to tell us that we are ‘reason number 1’ when we question them, rather than look at reason number 2, 3, and 4.

When I was in KMB doing my IB studies, another religious 2nd year senior told us the story of “Hassan Al-Basri Dan Wanita Cantik.” in a religious gathering. I am sure we are all familiar with that story. Let me simplify the story to jog your memory.

Hassan Al-Basri ternampak wanita cantik berpurdah berjalan-jalan di pasar. Terpesona dengan mata wanita itu. And keep following her around. Akhirnya wanita itu korek biji mata dia dan hadiahkan kepada Hassan Al-Basri. At last, wanita itu mati. (in other narration, wanita tu tak mati) Kononnya inilah wanita yang sangat warak kerana rasa bersalah kecantikan matanya menyebabkan lelaki tergoda. Lebih kurang macam tulah kisah dia. Pi google kalau nak tau lebih detail dan lanjut. Just type “kisah hassan al basri dan wanita cantik”.

When I heard the story, I squirmed in my seat, feeling sooooo ….angry!  Angry that I had to accept this story “because it is religious”. And also feeling guilty that I felt angry about this religious story. I questioned my iman for not accepting that story as religious. I went back to my room and ask my roommate the rational of the woman to korek biji mata dia and at last dia mati (?cause of death ?was it profuse bleeding? Garghh…I don’t know!).

I ranted to my roommate “Hello! Bukan salah dia lelaki tu suka kat mata dia. Dia dah berpurdah. Dia dah cover everything. Mata pun nak kena cover juga ka? Bila pula lelaki tu sendiri nak kena sedar diri nak tundukkan pandangan? Kenapa korbankan deria penglihatan kau…sampai kau mati pula tu…kau just nak prove a point ke apa ni? I just don’t get it! Awat perempuan tu buat macam tu?”

And on and on I went. (My INTP trait was showing. Once we latch on a topic that mystifies us, we just can not stop)

My roommate was well-versed with my habit of ranting out when things don’t make sense or illogical…pasrah ja dia mendengar. Hahaha.

When I went to Australia, I learned from another naqibah that that story is an Israilliyat.

Darn it, I knew it!!

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Another story that I struggled with (also in KMB, my goodness! KMB is number one IB school in the world during my time. We were the best! Tapi tengoklah….ada doktrin2 yang pelik2 kat situ)

Perempuan pertama yang masuk syurga sebelum anak kesayangan Nabi S.A.W, Siti Fatimah, ialah seorang isteri bernama Siti Mutiah yang sangat taat kepada suami sehinggakan dia akan sediakan makanan berserta rotan kepada suami dia. Kalau makanan sedap, it’s okay. Kalau makanan tak sedap, rotan itu akan dia serahkan kepada suami dia untuk pukul punggung dia. (Go and google Perempuan pertama yang masuk syurga bersama Siti Fatimah)

I actually struggled with myself SO BADLY about this story, that I wanted to kick something (or, rotan someone) Hahah. And guess what, it is a fake hadeeth. (Tip Religion 101: if things don’t make sense it’s a fake hadeeth or it’s Isra’illiyat. Remember this until your final breath!)

And you know what? That story contradicts with  hadis sahih about wanita pertama yang masuk syurga. Tak tersenarai langsung Siti Mutiah! Ada empat wanita pertama masuk syurga: Khadijah Khuwailid, Maryam Binti Imran, Asiyah (isteri Firaun), dan Siti Fatimah.

Mai mana Siti Mutiah??! Come on! Stress aku!

I know I may not look like I am so religiously knowledgeable. My dressing is not so alim kan? haha. But I read a lot!  Beyond medic, beyond fiction…I make myself read other things for the sake of a well-rounded knowledge. Benda yang aku tak puas hati, semua aku pi baca balik (when I am interested enough).

And I learn through multiple repeated experience, that religious concept MUST make sense. When it doesn’t make sense, something is fishy somewhere and you better find out before letting yourself be sucked into the delusion.

So aku sangat tak suka kisah-kisah yang konon ‘ada nilai-nilai murni’ tapi hangpa reka sampai orang boleh misinterpret and menyebabkan fitnah kepada agama. Can you imagine if the two stupid stories above were told to non-muslims? Wouldn’t our religion look bad in their eyes? And that is the reason why Nabi Muhammad S.A.W said very clearly:

“Siapa yang berdusta di atas namaku, hendaklah dia menyiapkan tempatnya di neraka”.

So, most people would just shrug their shoulders and said “Ala, ni kisah untuk pengajaran. Tak payahlah hang nak ambil pot sangat. No need to be so intense. Yang baik kita ambil. Yang buruk, kita tak payah ambil”.

Hahha. Inilah orang-orang yang akan menyebabkan aku lagi meluat. Personality clash habis! Aku pula  yang kau kata intense? Kau yang tak sensitif dengan penipuan menggunakan nama Nabi. Tempat kat neraka tu, tak payah nak intense ka? Aku bengang kot kena tipu macam tu! Macam mana kalau aku ni jenis lemah iman and terus question the authenticity of my religion because of these stories? Think about it! Do you think nabi saja-saja habaq yang berdusta atas nama dia masuk neraka? The impact of such stories is HUGE!

So really, I am not intense! You are the one who do not posses critical thinking and too blunted! Or maybe, you just don’t care enough to feel anything, anyway. Kan?

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You only bother to be intense about things that affect you directly; like your cheating husband, your naughty drug-addicted sons, your annoying parents and siblings. Your world revolves around them only, you are like a katak bawah tempurung who cannot venture beyond what you deal with daily…and you feel nothing about higher concept like truth, justice, fairness …well, until untruth, injustice and unfairness happen to you. Waktu tu baru you nak intense la kan? Because it affects you directly. When it doesn’t affect you, you just don’t care.

(And I really cannot stand this sort of shallowness in others. I can’t. This sort of people remain my acquaintance and can never be upgraded to close friends. Because we care about different things. And I guess, that’s okay, too. I mean, not everyone is the same. Some people are the diplomats of the society, some are the warriors of the society, some are the thinkers of the society, some are the feelers and empathizers of the society. And everyone is equally important. It’s just that, due to those differences, some people can never be ‘your people’. They are not meant to have a seat in your table. And you should just wave them along in their own journey and you continue with ‘your people’.)

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I do believe that the best presenter is someone who imagine himself/herself presenting to a hostile audience. Imagine me as your audience. Imagine the loudest, the most critical, the most intense person questioning you after your presentation.

And prepare your talk exactly for such audience. (Of course when it comes to religion, people like me have learned to suppress our logical thoughts from you. Takut kena label. But we do go back home and debate it out among friends, you know. At least, among my set of friends, we do that a lot.)

Have you ever watched a debate?

You have to prepare your talk with evidence and convincing arguments as though your audience will debate you out. Prepare your religious talk as though you are presenting it to a non-Muslim who does not have any obligation to sooth the tone of his/her skepticism about this religion! Only then, you would be able to know that your talk may not be up to snuff! At least, not to educated, professional people.

(I am not saying yang aku ni educated sangat, terer habis. No! But with the two stories above, it doesn’t take an educated people to feel uncomfortable about it. Not educated pun boleh fikir. Budak-budak pun boleh fikir yang this is weird. Talk to the kids who have such pure conscience and have not yet learned to suppress their thoughts for the sake of political correctness. They would say“Tapi mama, kenapa dia korek mata dia? Lepas tu dia mati lah, mama? Kesiannya dia…” So it’s not about your level of education yang menyebabkan kau boleh detect kepelikan dalam cerita macam ni. Just listen to your own conscience! Listen to it! Listen to your fitrah. Cumanya, orang yang educated lebih berasa ‘the urge’ untuk tanya kau balik. sebab diorang lebih konfiden. Kalau kau untung, dia mungkin tak malukan kau depan audience and ask you privately.)

When I was preparing for my departmental audit competition, I remember that my supervisor told me that I was over-thinking my points. “Afiza ni pikiaq banyak!”

I thought and re-thought my standard criteria over and over again like an obsessive freak. Why? Because I imagined a hostile jury and a hostile audience who would question my audit! Of course I did! It was a competition and I wanted to win. I prepared my audit report with hostile juries in mind.  Lucky me that my supervisor was so pateint and able to tolerate my neuroticism even though sometimes I was too argumentative with him and… yeah, intense. Hahaha.

And Alhamdulillah, we won the first place for that competition. They said that my report was complete and they had nothing much to ask and only wanted to clarify a few points. When I entered the HSA competition, again we won the first place.

So, prepare your work with a hostile audience in mind! This is especially important to religious leaders. We do not want to misrepresent our religion, do we?

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On a lighter note, someone told me “You marah sangat dengan cerita tu sebab you takut you kena rotan selalu ke setiap kali sediakan makanan?”

ROFL. Yeah, what a funny person!

I am not exactly a Masterchef. Really.

But I do cook at home. I just never bothered to tell people that I cook. Seriously, mana ada orang grad oversea tak pandai masak. Makanan halal mahal kot nak beli hari-hari. At least basic cooking tu pass lah. Hahah.

But I don’t feel the need to impress anyone with my cooking. Not even any prospective future husband I might or might not have. The best I have to offer to others is my thinking and my brain and my style of conversation which not many people with different wavelengths can adapt to. That’s the best I have about me. If you are not gonna be impressed about that, then nothing else about me will impress you and I have too much pride to even try to adjust myself for anyone. I don’t do that.

I am not willing to.

I know what I want in a friend and in a partner and in a conversationalist. Someone who thinks like I do and has values and principles that I have is what I want. Otherwise, you are just not ‘my people’. So, why bother to talk about cooking (unless you are the one doing it) when I am more interested about thinking (yours and mine)? My cooking is a bonus only. Not my duty! The task should be negotiable (or scheduled. Hahah)

When people ask me, do you cook? I said, no! I only eat. Haha.

A cook is not the noun for me.

A doctor is my noun in partial.

A reader and a knowledge-seeker. Those are my nouns in full.

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I have to be thankful for all those ‘perasaan tak puas hati’ that I felt towards so many religious figures in my life. They made me want to seek better and then I found more than I can ever dream of. I may not be a perfect Muslim but really, Islam is the best thing I have in my life when I know it in depth.

Every misconception I have about the religion appeared into my life for a reason. It made me wonder and dig deeper through all the dirts and end up finding the real gems in the ummah. Those like Nouman Ali Khan, Mufti Menk, Sheikh Eesa Niamatullah, Omar Suleiman, and Dr. MAZA. You would notice that most of them are not local. I just think that International speakers speak the same thing but with better logic and better analogy. Ironically, I found my better self when I was in Australia where Muslims were the minority. The culture of knowledge there is so so vastly different than in Malaysia. There is no problem for you to question your lecturer there.

In Malaysia, kau argue dengan lecturer or boss, kau memang saja menempah maut. (So, tu pasal aku anti-authority and avoid them.)

I leave my dear readers with a quote by Yasmin Mogahed. This lady has a way with words that speaks directly into my heart, and I hope yours as well.

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Ramadhan Mubarak to all Muslims!

Ramadhan Greetings

Today, those of us who are Muslims started fasting our Ramadhan Fasts as commanded upon us by Allah the Almighty!

Ramadhan is the month during which the Glorious Quran was revealed to Allah’s Final Messenger, the Blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam by way of direct conveying of Allah’s Divine Revelations by Archangel Sayyidina Jibreel Alaihis Salam.

The commandment from Allah for Muslims to fast is revealed in the 183rd verse of the Surah Al Baqarah in the Holy Quran.

“O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.”

Detailed information regarding the Commandments to Fast can be found here.

Will be updating this post after this. Stay tuned.

21st century Muslim ~ Knows the past, deals with current problems!

Chapter Two

Muslims are currently being the most vilified people on Earth yet at the same time draw hundreds of thousands if not millions of people into our fold. Those who were Disbelievers before this but are so very curious to find out more about Islam by either checking out the hundreds of websites sharing information about Islam and attending talks and lectures by prominent Callers to Islam such as the popular Dr.Hj.Zakir Naik, Abdur Raheem Greene, Syeikh Yusuf Estes, Sheikh Khalid Yasin, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf and many others.

To those of us who are living in these times where the human advancements in the field of Science & Technology has in a way brought people closer through the advent of the worldwide internet network of digital websites and telecommunication technologies, learning about the oceans of knowledge and information stored online and accessible by wired and wireless connections.

We are truly living in a time of both the good, the bad and the ugly side of humankind which has elevated human society in one way and also destroyed it in another. In countries which have a fair amount of development, proper infrastructure and good telecommunications, utilizing the internet network has become part and parcel of our daily lives and we often surf the web through our mobile smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop personal computers.

With just a click of a button, we are able to seek information about anything through our telecommunication gadgets and devices in a split second. Information that before this would have taken the Seeker of Knowledge months if not years to learn and discover is now made available instantly through the trillions of digital files stored extensively in the archives of the webservers.

People of before who lived in times yearned for messages or news about some important matters or incidents that would take much time to be delivered to its intended recipients now take just a few seconds to be displayed in full, vivid color to the seeking eyes of modern day mankind. We today are so fortunate to be able to access and use all these modern technological telecommunication marvels yet many of us at times do abuse and misuse all these.

Instead of using the internet to enrich ourselves with useful knowledge and information, many of us waste away our precious times by surfing on websites that only cloud our judgments and contaminate our souls. Instead of utilizing the web to spread the Truth about Islam and to help others learn about their birthrights to be fellow true servants of Allah, we get bogged down with wasteful squabbles and strife amongst ourselves in matters involving disruptive politics, religious and racial tensions.

Surely, we should know better than to argue with those who are fools and recalcitrants! There is a famous saying:

Do not argue with a fool

At times, we would good naturedly pass a comment on a discussion online or give our opinion sincerely but then like clockwork some idiot or mindless fool would come and insult us or ridicule us for no rhyme or reason.

Should we entertain such uncouth buffoons?

Surely not! Just learn to walk away from that unnecessary encounter and remove our self from that online discussion or thread. It’s just not worth our precious time. Let the fools occupy themselves with such needless banter or squabbles. We have much more better things to do than to argue with such idiots. Period.

On the authority of Abu Musa al-Ash’aari (Radhiallahu Anhu), the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam said:

“The likeness of a righteous friend and an evil friend, is the likeness of a (musk) perfume seller and a blacksmith. As for the perfume seller, he may either bestow something on you, or you may purchase something from him, or you may benefit from his sweet smell. And as for the blacksmith, he may either burn your clothes, or you may be exposed to his awful smell.”

Therefore it is incumbent upon us 21st century Muslims to pick and choose with whom we keep company or become friends with in order to keep our sanity and self-respect. If you want to be one who is knowledgeable then mix or keep company with those who are learned in matters concerning our Deen of Al Islam and learn to engage only with those who might benefit you with their righteous knowledge or they from yours.

We should not get ourselves entangled with matters that are of no concern to us or detrimental to our well being or that of the Ummah and general human society in which we live in. The current world is already chockful of crazy trouble makers and social instigators. True knowledgeable Muslims need not add themselves to the mess.

We should help uphold justice and the truth. We are duty bound by Allah’s Commandment to us to ‘ Invite all (mankind) to the Way of thy Lord (Islam) with beautiful preaching and ways that are best and most gracious!’ This is the meaning of the verse in Surah An Nahl, Chapter 16 Verse 125 in the Glorious Qur’an.

We must master whatever forms of technology and fields of knowledge that will help us to share the Truth about Islam with those who are hungry for the Love and Mercy of Allah the Most Compassionate and Most Merciful. Remember! We are due to stand before Him on the Day of Judgment in the Yaum al Akhirat.

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.

Faith in Allah the Almighty, The One and Only True God.

Faith in Allah the Almighty, The One and Only True God.


Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
May Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you!

I am fulfilling my promise to elaborate further on the subject of Iman @ Faith in Allah the Almighty God of us all.

Faith @ Iman in Allah is the key to our well being here on Earth and when we live according to what our Creator has prescribed for us, the rewards which we derive from such pure unshakable faith will determine our destiny both here in this world whilst we are still alive and when we pass away into the Realm of the Barzakh ( Spiritual Realm of the Grave) and in the Realm of the Akhirah (Hereafter).

In Surah Al-Hujurat, Chapter 49 Verse 15, Allah reveals to us :

49:15
Transliteration

Innama almu/minoona allatheenaamanoo billahi warasoolihi thumma lam yartaboowajahadoo bi-amwalihim waanfusihim fee sabeeli Allahiola-ika humu assadiqoon

Sahih International

The believers are only the ones who have believed in Allah and His Messenger and then doubt not but strive with their properties and their lives in the cause of Allah . It is those who are the truthful.


Those who steadfastly believe in Allah and His Messenger @ Prophet Muhammad and strive to live as good Muslims spending their money and time in the cause of Islam are duly recognized by Allah as his true servants and will be accorded their rightful stations as those who deserve being the dwellers of Allah’s Paradises.

This faith @ Iman is not something that comes into being by chance or without any effort. One has to strive to learn and understand exactly as to Whom or what we truly believe in? Such a firm belief in knowing the Creator by spirit takes a lot of effort on our part to know Him by what He has chosen to reveal to us over the passage of Time through His 124,000 prophets and messengers.

The subject matter of Faith @ Iman in Islam requires one to possess a yearning desire to study and learn about Allah and all that He has chosen to share with us through His Final and Mightiest Messenger to us, the blessed Unlettered Prophet, Muhammad ibni Abdullah. Allah’s Mercy for all Mankind and His entire Creations.

Believing in The Unseen God requires a special kind of dedication towards knowing that there exists forces of nature and The Supreme Being in the spiritual form that we mortal beings can’t visualize but know its existence.

The living spirit within us is not something that even the most learned scientists or doctors can explain or show to us but do acknowledge its presence.

In Surah Al-Baqarah, Chapter 2 Verses 2 and 3, Allah reveals:

2:2
Transliteration

Thalika alkitabu larayba feehi hudan lilmuttaqeen

Sahih International

This is the Book (Al-Qur’an) about which there is no doubt, a guidance for thoseconscious of Allah

2:3
Transliteration

Allatheena yu/minoona bilghaybiwayuqeemoona assalata wamimma razaqnahumyunfiqoon

Sahih International

Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them,

Despite the tremendous advancements and achievements that Man has come to acquire in the field of Science and Technology, there are none who can create life except by the Will of Allah!

No matter who we are, whatever is the color of our skin or the color of our eyes, etc. we all have within us a formless living spirit that enables our heart to continue beating, keeping us alive.

Those who fail to acknowledge this are only fooling themselves and will suffer the consequences later when they are no longer alive. Even when they are alive, those without faith in Allah end up being in false worship of their fellow creation or figments of their vivid imaginations.

The very first human being whom Allah the Almighty created up there in the heavens was our Father, the Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam. It is Allah Who created Adam. Not through evolution as some would have you believe but by Allah the Almighty Himself, complete and perfect.

The thing that differentiates those of us who choose to believe and have faith in Allah and those who decide to differ is the matter that concerns our Creed @ Aqeedah. The Bedrock of our Faith.

Today, there are those amongst the Kaffirs who claim that they too worship Allah and have the right to address whatever it is that they submit themselves to as ‘Allah’.

I am referring to the Catholic Church of Malaysia who insist that they be allowed to call their Trinitarian concept of ‘god’ as Allah! Surely they are misleading their flock into worshiping something other than Allah the True God when they refuse to come to terms that there is only One God and not Three as they would want their congregation to believe in.

In the Surah Al-Baqarah Chapter 2 Verses 4 and 5, Allah reveals :

2:4
Transliteration

Wallatheena yu/minoona bimaonzila ilayka wama onzila min qablika wabil-akhiratihum yooqinoon

Sahih International

And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith].

2:5
Transliteration

Ola-ika AAala hudan minrabbihim waola-ika humu almuflihoon

Sahih International

Those are upon [right] guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful.

Life here on Earth is an ongoing process of human beings coming to terms with realizing our roles as caretakers of this planet with its myriads of other living creatures, plants, insects and many other forms of organisms that are both existing in the physical and spiritual forms.

Today, here we are using all kinds of gadgets and technologies which would have been deemed as impossible by those who lived before us. We use the wireless telecommunication systems which would have been deemed to be nothing but black magic or sorcery by people who lived in the Dark Ages.

Despite all these achievements, each and every one of us needs to have that peace of mind that comes only by acknowledging the Existence of God and by our submission to His Will and Commands.

A person who has faith in True God attains a state of tranquility and balance in his or her life. No matter what trials or tribulations come across the believing individual, he or she will be able to work through the problems and eventually succeed in solving such challenges and progress towards achieving whatever goals they have in mind.

Those who choose to disbelieve will continue to refuse and refute whatever proof or evidence that any well meaning Believer tries to share with them. This state of kufr @ disbelief is defined clearly by Almighty Allah in the following verse, also in Surah Al-Baqarah, Chapter 2 Verse 6:

2:6
Transliteration

Inna allatheena kafaroo sawaonAAalayhim aanthartahum am lam tunthirhum layu/minoon

Sahih International

Indeed, those who disbelieve – it is all the same for them whether you warn them or do not warn them – they will not believe.

No matter what one says or shares with the Kaffirs @ Disbelievers, their stubbornness will prevent them from seeing the truth nor accept it.

Surah Al Baqarah, Chapter 2 Verse 7:

2:7
Transliteration

Khatama Allahu AAala quloobihimwaAAala samAAihim waAAala absarihim ghishawatunwalahum AAathabun AAatheem

Sahih International

Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing, and over their vision is a veil. And for them is a great punishment.

None can give guidance and open up their hearts except Allah!

We can try our best to guide them but if they remain defiant and want to have nothing to do with Islam, then we should just let them be to answer for their decisions themselves in the Yaum al Akhirat!

Faith, dear brothers and sisters will be what sets us apart and determines our future stations in the Hereafter. We could end up either in Heaven or Hell depending as to what we come to believe in here on Earth and as to what we do with the life that Allah Has Given us?


Do not take this life for granted. One might have all the riches of the world in one’s possession here but if one does not have faith in Allah and act according to what Allah commands us, then the person concerned will only find out later that such riches and wealth won’t guarantee a befitting status in the next life.

I have lots more to share with you about Faith in Allah but I need to stop here for now. I will get back to you and share more in the following article.

Insya Allah.

Till we meet again,

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Source http://mahaguru58.blogspot.com/2014/02/faith-in-allah-almighty-one-and-only.html

‘Faith is a State of Mind’ by Haji Zainol Abideen @ Mahaguru58

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
May peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you!

Today, I would like to share with you my thoughts on this subject matter which has been on my mind for quite some time.

The subject of ‘Faith’ or ‘Iman’ as we Muslims call it.

The core ingredient that makes us who are amongst the servants of Allah in the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Mankind, be Muslims. Those who believe in and have faith in God Almighty, Allahu Rabbul Alamin.

That means Allah, the Lord of all the Universes.

Now to those unaware of the precise way and manner by which the entire universes are created and exist or cease to be by the Will of Almighty Allah, such realities escape their attention due to the fact that they are more concerned with their own individual life’s and situations.

Faith is a state of mind that incorporates the human awareness that he or she has not been created in vain or has come to be due to a fluke of nature?

No such thing. Nothing takes place without a cause or chain of actions and reactions that in turn give birth to a certain situation.

There has always been a cause and effect situation and it will be so forever. Even after this life as we know it comes to an end and Insya Allah ~ God Willing, we shall find ourselves in the Realm of the Barzakh.

The interim period where it has been revealed that our souls will be in a state of either amongst those favored and forgiven by Allah pending the coming of the Yaum al Akhirat ~ Doomsday or in a perpetual state of torture caused by our end being in a state of sin and cursed by the Almighty!

Only those capable of rational and intellectual thought would even take their time and effort to even consider all these.

Many a people are often found to be in a constant state of query, pondering upon their fate and as to why they have been born to be this or that?

Some bemoan their coming to be born as a member of certain tribes and communities and often turn into desperadoes, rebelling against their very own identities and circumstantial reality of being either a Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Atheist or as a Muslim.

Who decides anything?

Surely it is None but Almighty Allah!

Yet, we do have a choice.

Allah gives us a choice as to how we choose to live our life’s but He doesn’t just let us roam this world without a purpose.

The Most Gracious, Most Merciful One has sent to us countless prophets and messengers over the passage of Time.

It has been revealed how our Father, the blessed Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam came to be created by Almighty Allah, Our Supreme Master Creator and Lord above us all?

To those of us who studied Islamic Spiritualism @ Sufism, we came to learn of the spiritual origins of Mankind which started with Allah’s Creation of Nur Muhammad @ The Light of Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam (May Peace be upon him).

I do not wish to elaborate in depth as to the details of such creation here for now but will just share with you as to the ensuing stages of our creation in a simple flow to enable you to have a fair idea as to what Islam has to share with you as to how human civilization came to be?

Those who have the time might want to read up as to the matter by visiting this site to have an idea as to what I am referring to here? Although I do believe the contents and context of what is being shared here, I wish to reiterate that I do not subscribe to the notion that one has to surrender oneself to hero worshiping any Sufi syaikh in order to gain access to the Mercy of Almighty Allah! Respect? Yes. Hero Worship or Over Adulate? No Sirree!

There is no provision or compulsion in Islam for us to venerate any human being or assign any Divinity to him or her. We are enjoined to obey and emulate the Blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam as our guide and teacher but we are not to worship him on par with Allah.

This is to be understood as clearly as possible by any Muslim so as not to misinterpret that Muhammad ibni Abdullah has ever asked us his ummah to worship him in any manner whatsoever! He forbade the painting of his face or any attempt to idolize him in any manner.

He called upon us his ummah to worship only Allah as our Supreme Lord and Master. He encouraged us to follow in his example and to love Allah Azza Wa Jalla as best as we humanly can and to love him as Allah’s Messenger.

There are many stages of understanding and knowledge that we have to learn and acquire in order to be able to appreciate what it is that we have inherited from our Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam.

To understand Islam properly, one has to have the faculty of reason and the adequate intellectual capacityto be able to think, rationalize and conclude with regard to the physical and spiritual realities of our being here as humans and also be able to realize that there lives within our physical being a soul that has no physical form or that which we can grasp by our hands.

This living soul is what keeps us alive right now. This soul belongs to Allah, our Almighty God who keeps it a secret and Who has Absolute Control over it.

It is Allah Who created us and all other beings or creatures, living organisms, plants, insects, bacteria, etc.

We come to be and will soon be gone by the Will and Mercy of Allah, the Most Supreme Creator.

There are many who if asked about the Creation of Adam will not be able to explain how Mankind came to be?

There are those who do not believe in Creation but instead fantasize that life started as a form of evolution starting from first being a tiny microbe, etc. You can read about Adam’s Creation here.

Here’s the corresponding Quranic revelation :

2:30
Transliteration

Wa-ith qala rabbuka lilmala-ikatiinnee jaAAilun fee al-ardi khaleefatan qalooatajAAalu feeha man yufsidu feeha wayasfiku addimaawanahnu nusabbihu bihamdika wanuqaddisu lakaqala innee aAAlamu ma la taAAlamoon

Sahih International

And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.” They said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” Allah said, “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.”

Surah Al Baqarah Chapter 2 Verse 30.

Creation versus Evolution.

To this very day, more and more new discoveries are being made by researchers and scientists about this or that special aspect of our creation that had not been known before due to the coming up of new technologies that enables us to learn more about ourselves and that of our fellow creation by The Almighty.

Knowledge comes from realization. Learning takes conscious effort and being able to understand the difference between fact and fiction.

Scientists involved in the study of human biology are discovering more and more evidence that we can’t just be the result of evolutionary changing of traits and characteristics subject to chance!

Check out what Allah the Almighty reveals to us in Surah Nuh Chapter 71 Verses 14 to 19:

Surat Nūĥ (Noah) – سورة نوح

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71:14
Transliteration

Waqad khalaqakum atwara

Sahih International

While He has created you in stages?

71:15
Transliteration

Alam taraw kayfa khalaqa AllahusabAAa samawatin tibaqa

Sahih International

Do you not consider how Allah has created seven heavens in layers

71:16
Transliteration

WajaAAala alqamara feehinna nooran wajaAAalaashshamsa siraja

Sahih International

And made the moon therein a [reflected] light and made the sun a burning lamp?

71:17
Transliteration

Wallahu anbatakum mina al-ardinabata

Sahih International

And Allah has caused you to grow from the earth a [progressive] growth.

71:18
Transliteration

Thumma yuAAeedukum feehawayukhrijukum ikhraja

Sahih International

Then He will return you into it and extract you [another] extraction.

71:19
Transliteration

Wallahu jaAAala lakumu al-ardabisata

Sahih International

And Allah has made for you the earth an expanse

The way we are created by Allah is so perfect that even to this day, our learned scientists and inventors can’t come close to producing even a single hair that is equal to what Allah the Almighty creates!

There has been tremendous improvements in the way we treat and cure our various illnesses and afflictions but all these are made possible by the intelligence and willingness to seek such cures and remedies that Allah imbued in us in the first place.

Yet despite all our advancements in life and in our acquiring sophisticated technologies and scientific discoveries, we all are in need of spiritual balance and a need to turn to our Supreme Creator for that special thirst for our internal peace of mind, both in body and spirit.

This is where Faith plays a major part in our well being.

Those who have no faith find no pleasure in living life and as a result at times choose to end their life in this earthly existence. Some try to drown their sorrows in drugs and alcohol. Such indulgence often destroys them gradually till they pass out overdosed and their internal organs are all messed up and finally drop dead!

Where’s their salvation?

Not what they would have been looking for, right?

So, whether one likes it or not, in order to live a life that is balanced and be able to look forward to a future that is promised to us who choose to have faith in our Creator, we are enjoined to strive both in body and spirit to prepare for our hereafter.

This Earthly realm that we find ourselves in is but the 3rd stage of our existence, both in body and spirit. The 1st being the Realm of our Spirits @ Ruuh. 2nd stage of our being is in the Realm of our Mother’s Womb. When we die and are interred in our grave, we enter the 4th Realm. This is the Realm of the Barzakh. The stage where our Spirit @ Ruuh will be questioned and interrogated by the Angels of the Grave, Sayyidina Munqar and Naqir Alaihis Salam. The 5th Realm is the Realm of the Akhirah @ the Hereafter.

The Realm where all mankind will be resurrected after Doomsday. When we will be made to stand before Allah, our Lord Almighty and answer for our deeds here on Earth.

If we are of those who have Faith in Him and had done what we are supposed to do solely for His Sake and not one who went against His Commandments, Insya Allah, we will be amongst those who attain Salvation and be entered into His Paradises. Failing which, we will burn in Hell.

Straight and simple.

I will write further on this but have to stop for now.

Do not take this earthly life in vain. Here is where we prepare for our hereafter. There’s a choice. You either believe in Allah or you don’t.

Do not blame your father or mother or anybody else for your choice. If you can read and understand these words of mine, then you are capable of making that rational choice.

Be a Muslim. Live as a Muslim. Die as a good Muslim. Insya Allah, you will be alright both here and in the hereafter.

May Allah bless and guide us all. Ameen.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Waarakatuh.

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