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

 

 

 

O Companion Most High! By Dr.Afiza Azmee

O Companion Most High

O Companion Most High,
As his head rested on his wife's thigh,
As his face perspired his exhaustion,
He softly whispered "With The Highest Companion"
And thus he left the world in grieving,
Void of his presence we've been missing.

O Companion Most High,
Your beloved once recited a narration,
"No prophet dies till he is shown,
His place in heaven with an option,
whether to live or to die"
So as he rested on his wife's thigh,
And as he chose "O Allah, The Highest Companion"
He made the world all over grieve,
Void of his presence we sorely miss.

O Companion Most High,
As Your beloved's precious final breath
Rise to heaven, mixed in the air,
He left us forever with The Greatest Miracle,
Messages of beauty without rival,
Of true words and faithful revelation,
To tide us over till the day of judgement,
When we too shall meet The Highest Companion.

O Companion Most High,
In my dream on the mighty throne You reside,
The mercy of Your love rise high,
The sword of Your justice drawing nigh,
I feel scared but I remember what You said,
I'd read it many times and it made me cry,
"O serene soul,
Return to Your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing,
And enter among my servants,
And enter My paradise," 
And in that dream, those words were uttered,
In my general direction as I entered,
Into the light of Your Grace and Mercy
Of untold happiness, zero misery, 
For the rest of my life, for eternity.

-Afiza Azmee-
 02/06/17

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Okay, I haven’t written poetry for a longgg time. And that is because I also have not read poetry for a longggg time too. There is a connection between what I read and what I write. One inspires the other in a complicated two-way  direction I have always found very amusing.

So my effort above is a bit rusty. But you’ve got to push yourself and start somewhere, right? I can feel my literary skill becoming as dull as the rear of a knife. LOL. So I need to sharpen it because I was told that ‘belakang parang jika diasah lagikan tajam’ and so on and so forth. Haha.

But these days, I have been inspired to write poetry again. A few things happened to me these past few weeks that made me feel like I have to pause, take a breather and just read and write. These things that happened are listed as below:

1) I found Miss A again

I finally found and connected with Miss A again on facebook. Two weeks ago I found her. After all these years!! She was my good friend and my roommate in MRSM Langkawi. When I befriended her, she upgraded my reading from childish ‘picisan’ Sweet Valley/R.L Stine/Christopher Pike books to great classic literatures that improved my language very significantly. I owed her a lot! She was the reason I started writing poetry as a 16 year old. To be honest, I have always been more at ease with essays or short stories or novels than poetries. (You have to be patient in reading poetries because the meanings to the words are not immediately apparent upon reading. And to ACTUALLY compose them… that is a saga of headaches in itself and a practice of dealing with frustration.)  But because I wanted to compete with Miss A (haha! Silly teenager me!) so I took up poetry… and ah… I was never that good at it. Of course, she is better than me! Her literary prowess is as sharp as a point of a sword. Effortless she made it looked to me, who was completely clueless about poetry-writing at that time! Fortunately, she was pretty encouraging of my pitiful effort to compete with her.

So, meeting her again on facebook kind of inspired me to do this again! Miss A is currently in her first year of Master of Surgery. Miss A had found me first and she was the one who added me on Facebook. Needless to say, I was exhilarated when I saw her profile. She is married to a Turkish man (and that is why I haven’t been able to find her all  these years! She has been using her husband’s surname on facebook!) and her son is so cute and adorable! Miss A is one of those people who are good in BOTH the sciences and the arts. She will be a great competent surgeon with a soul of a poet, I believe.  She kind of reminds me of my elder sister; a statistician with a mathematical brain but a soul of a novelist. Maybe that’s why we clicked almost immediately.

You know, I have come to actually know that there might be some transcendent, metaphysical reason why some people are drawn to each other and click almost immediately even though initially, they don’t know each other all that much. I have experienced it only VERY FEW times… but I cannot deny the phenomena. Below is an authentic hadeeth that might explain the phenomena. But bear in mind, that there are many possible interpretive explanation to this hadeeth. Go and search them yourself. It is fun to learn things like this once in a while.

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “The souls are (like) an army joined (in the world of spirits) whichever souls knew each other (in that world) are attracted towards each other (in this world) and whichever remained distant and indifferent (there) are disinterested to each other (in this world)” (Saheeh al-Bukhaari, Kitaab Ahaadeeth al-Anbiyaa’, Baab al-Arwaah junood mujannadah).

See? I think that hadeeth really explains some of the immediate connections that we occasionally have with certain people. And that hadeeth is AUTHENTIC, you know!

I usually don’t click with people immediately. I took a lot of time to warm up to people. But once I do, it is usually genuine (unless for the sake of politeness, I am somehow expected to fake it, but that is another story. haha) But Miss A was one of the few who I hit it off immediately…perhaps because we started our initial acquaintance talking about books. But then, I have also met people who talked to me about books but I still couldn’t connect with. (So, I think just talking about books with me doesn’t ensure immediate connection. Maybe something in our souls knew each other previously… just like what the hadeeth said. Similar souls recognize each other in this world and all that. I find this concept very interesting.)

2) I feel burn out (for the second time in my life after housemanship)

I need to write again to recharge. We have lack of MOs in our department these days. So unfortunately, our annual leaves were temporarily frozen. And whenever I actually do have some free time, I have to study. So I stopped reading fictions as much as I used to. I used to read fiction everyday, you know. Continuously even! If people have chain-smoking habit, I have chain-reading habit. Hahah. I finished one book, after another, after another and another! Now, that habit has stopped. It was forcefully stopped too. So, you see, I don’t get as much inspiration to write when I don’t read. And that is to me, like experiencing anhedonia. Writer’s block is just not fun! So, even though today is Friday and it is weekend and I am supposed to study, I decided to take a breather, and take the  time to read something else no matter how guilty I feel about not studying.

3) Inspiring Seerah In The Month of Ramadan

Because this is the month of Ramadan, I have been reading and listening to seerah (because seerah are historical stories. And I love stories, you guys know that). I read again the story of my favourite superhero, Umar Al-Khattab R.A. And I read again about the many victorious wars that our Muslim forefathers had won in the month of Ramadan, making Ramadan literally the month of victory for us. And I also came across the story of the the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) last moment in this world.

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And in my poetry, I coupled that story with one of my favourite verses from the Quran, surah Al-Fajr verses 27-30.  Personally, I find the Malay translation of this verse more beautiful than the English ones, but BOTH cannot beat the rhyme and rhythm in the original Arabic language. It came out so beautifully when you recited them in Arabic. The words in Arabic, because of their rhymes and rhythm, are therapeutic, I feel.

Try reciting them yourself. It gives you immediate optimism.

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So I leave you guys with that real motivation booster.

And have a blessed Ramadhan, dear readers. I feel more recharged now just by channeling my creativity into composing the above poetry.

Until next time, insya Allah.

Dr.Afiza Azmee

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

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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.

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