Maulidur Rasul. Birthday of Prophet Muhammad. To celebrate or not?

In Surah Al Ahzaab, Chapter 33 Verse 56 in the Al-Qur’an Al Kareem, Allah the Almighty reveals that He and His Malaikats [Angels] confers His and their Blessings upon the Blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam constantly.

We, who are Prophet Muhammad’s Ummah [ Followers] are today prone to bickering as to whether we should or not celebrate the anniversary of his birth here on Earth?

Verily, Mankind is always in a state of loss. We tend to waste our precious remaining time living here on Earth on useless quarrel and will only realize our follies when our last breath is up.

I say this to you. Whoever admits to being an Ummah of Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam, don’t waste your time pondering on useless questions. Just recite your Salawats upon Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam  as often and as sincerely as you can, while you still can.

When you are about to die and the Malaikatul Maut is already close to you, then it’s gonna be too late for you to ponder whether you should or should not glorify Muhammad al Mustafa, Sayyidul Mursalin?

Don’t you remember that ‘Tirmidhi narrated from ‘Amir bin Rani’ah (May Allah be pleased with him) that our blessed Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam (May Allah bless him and give him peace) said ‘He who invokes blessings upon me, the Angels send blessings upon him equal to that which he invoked, so let the worshipper invoke some, or increase upon that.’?

So why bother with the Doubters and Munafiquns who are only there to create problems for us in our remembrance of Prophet Muhammad al Mustafa whilst we still breathe?

Are we gonna be thrown into the Hellfire for glorifying Allah’s Messenger on his Maulid?

Surely, we won’t. So, go on and recite the Salawats upon Rasulullah as much as we can BUT do not go overboard or be excessive in such remembrances or celebrations. 

The Prophet didn’t ask us to create effigies or build decorative chariots bearing replicas of his masjid or other symbols. He didn’t ask us to organize parades or mass gatherings as what you see taking place in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and many other countries where such things are done annually like nobody’s business.

The Prophet didn’t ask that we glorify him to such an extent that borders on deification or hero worship. Yes, he said that we are to love Allah and him to be above all other loves that we have BUT he also asked that we be moderate and rational in doing such acts of worship.

Use your common sense and do not exceed what is acceptable as our acts of ibaadah [worship]. Do not transgress.

It suffices to recite and understand the meanings of our Salawat upon our Prophet.

Allahumma Salli Wa Sallim Ala Sayyidina Muhammadim Wa Ala Ali Sayyidina Muhammad!

Saudi Arabia A-Okay’s Lady Drivers! Alhamdulillah!

Alhamdulillah! Common sense has finally prevailed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia! Starting in June, 2018, women in Saudi Arabia will be finally allowed to drive! The restriction on women from being allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia has been there since the first motorcars were introduced in the oil rich kingdom.

There was a case of several Saudi women who defied such a ban and they drove their vehicles along the roads of Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Here is the video:

Personally, I do not agree with such a restriction because there is no such prohibition in Islam. If the Saudis did so because of their ancestral customs and taboos forbidding their womenfolk from travelling on their own, it is understandable because of the way their society operates.

Here in Malaysia, we have no such restrictions. It is actually a survival skill that ought to be learned by everyone, male and female as to learn and know how to drive a car for in times of emergency women can take over the wheels and drive to wherever it is that they need to go. Maybe it was the male ego at work over there in Arabia but Thank God, that the day has come for such an illogical rule to be overturned.

Still, I can foresee sort of a cultural clash taking place over there on the roads and highways of Saudi Arabia where age old male dominance would come to a head when the Arab menfolk feel threatened or challenged if a lady driver cuts them off on the road! Wonder what would ensue? Hehehehe..as the saying goes, we’ll just wait and see.

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

Riya’ @ Ostentation

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

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

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

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

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

Isn’t it a waste?

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

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

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

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

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

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri ~ Eid Mubarak!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To all our respected Readers, we at the Muslim Bloggers Alliance wish you a joyous and blessed Aidilfitri as we call it here in Malaysia or Eid Mubarak in the Arabic speaking countries.

We pray that the whole world will try to understand the Truth of Islam and not to associate us with the negative actions of the delusioned few who masquerade as Muslims and commit atrocities in our faith’s name.

We welcome everyone to email us and ask anything you wish to know more about and learn as to what is the real teachings of Islam?

Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Walillah hil hamd!

 

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

Bismillah-hir-rahman-nir-rahim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alhamdulillah. That’s very good to know.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surah Al Kafirun [Disbelievers] in action!

 

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

Assalamualaikum [Peace be to you] Brother Craig Considine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Qul yaa ayyuhal kaafiruun
[Say: O Disbelievers]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Insya Allah [God Willing]

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

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

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

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

The Grave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Be well and have a Blessed Ramadhan. Insya Allah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

 

Share the Truth about Islam with everyone!

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

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

Am I right?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have to give you an example.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Ameen.

Reviving the Spirit of Ramadan by Ustaz Hazrizal Abdul Jamil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HASRIZAL
Oulu, Finland

 

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

Author : Hasrizal Abdul Jamil & Aqtar Mohamed Ummar

Click bit.ly/reviveramadan2 to order

 

 

 

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

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