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

Born pure free from sin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Masya Allah.

Mencari Ayat-ayat al-Qur’an oleh Ikhwan Ng

Masa baru memeluk Islam, saya gemar beli buku dari kedai buku Islamik. Buku tebal sampai ratusan muka surat, macam2 tajuk buku ada.. Tapi apa yang menarik perhatian saya hanyalah beberapa patah ayat al-Qur’an dan terjemahan yang terselit dalam buku.

Kadang-kala tak baca sangat isi kandungannya pun, dengan merenung ayat-ayat al-Qur’an hati turut berasa tenang. Sampai setiap kali dapat gaji bulanan saja pasti beli buku baru untuk mencari beberapa patah ayat al-Qur’an yang lain.

Lama-kelamaan baru saya faham sebenarnya al-Qur’an ada juga terjemahannya bagi pembaca yang kurang fasih bahasa Arab. Bila hati tidak tenang, saya buka dan baca al-Qur’an terjemahan terbitan Al-Hidayah, sambil baca dan cuba memahami isi kandungannya daripada huraian notakaki.

Maka adalah tidak menghairankan apabila kita membaca kisah warga negara barat menemui hidayah hanya kerana membaca nas-nas dalam al-Qur’an. Hati mereka tersentuh dengan mesej Tauhid yang begitu kukuh dan indah, sehingga mereka berasa teringin kembali kepada agama fitrah.

Di Malaysia pula ramai yang menghalang Non Muslim daripada membaca al-Qur’an terjemahan, dilarang menyebut nas-nas Quran sekalipun.

Siapakah kita untuk menghalang hambanya daripada mencari-cari jawapan dalam al-Qur’an? Sekiranya nabi-nabi pun merata tempat menyahut semua orang sekeliling untuk kembali kepada Pencipta.. Membaca nas-nas Kitab yang datang daripada Ilahi dan bukannya digantung sebagai “azimat”, “pelaris duniawi”.. Sehinggalah Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. menjadi utusan terakhir dan agama Islam dilengkapkan sebagai agama yang sempurna untuk seluruh umat akhir zaman.

Siapa pula kita nak menghalang nas-nas al-Qur’an daripada dibaca dan disebut oleh Non Muslim sekiranya untuk tujuan penghayatan dan pemahaman yang ikhlas. Saya ingin bertanya..

Ikhwan Ng berniaga menjual Daging Ayam Salai Halal di bawah jenama diri beliau sendiri. Jika berminat sila hubungi Ikhwan Ng melalui akaun Facebooknya: https://www.facebook.com/ikhwanng

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

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

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

Watch this social experiment :

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

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

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

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

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

Masjid Kapitan Keling

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

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

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

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

An electric 3 pin plug

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Am I right?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May Allah guide us all.

Ameen.

Have a Blessed Ramadhan 1439 Hijrah!

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh!

The MBA wishes each and every Muslim a very Blessed Ramadhan! May Allah bless us with the best of this life and may we earn the rewards of Fasting in this Sacred month of Ramadhan. Ameen Ya Rabbal Alamin.

Oakland Women’s March 2018 by NomadNoor

Oakland Women’s March 2018

Well, I finally attended a version of the Women’s March. I went because my mom invited me and I had been on the fence about going for multiple reasons. It was a long and tiring event with my toddler – who thought it was the best thing ever aka hyper-sensory overload with a huge crowd to try and get lost in and give her mama a heart attack.

I remember when I heard about the first Women’s March in Washington D.C. that was through some relatives – not any people of color that I knew or even the local Muslim community was aware that this march was really going down until it started to get major media attention. Once the Women’s March got major media attention, it was too late for it to be affordable for most women in minority communities to attend if they desired to.

Going to the Oakland Women’s March I knew again I would be again encountering feminism defined by white women. I had to steel myself to the othering I knew I would experience and quite frankly almost turned over and slapped my alarm off to go back to sleep instead of going the morning of the march.

Instead, I went and I feel my feelings are justified by what I saw and experienced.

The Women’s March is for white feminists.

It was clear in the sea of white faces I encountered. It was clear based on the signs topics that minority community issues were not present just as it was clear in what bodies of specific communities were not present.

Is it better than nothing? Yes. Can white feminists do better? Yes.

However, the work to make space for communities and voices of color and other minorities is NOT the work of those communities but the work of the white feminist community.

Just as the work to remove systemic racism and discrimination as evidenced by how many white women and men vote for Trump’s blatantly racist discriminatory platform – is NOT the burden or work to shoulder for minorities.

Which is why I ended up closing down the chapter of Indivisible that I started in my small bedroom community and I stopped putting my energy and efforts into local politics because nothing will change until room is made at the table.

White activists are not interested in making room that is clear by when and where they host their meetings and how they do not invite the communities of color or organizations to the meetings nor amplify PoC work as they in their personal lives participate in the gentrification of these poor communities of color.

Too long I have heard too many white people say things that make it clear they are not woke to the reality that minorities in America experience on a daily basis.

There is always an excuse to be made for the usually white aggressor.

“He feared for his life.” Says the man with a gun having been trained at the police academy which includes hand to hand combat against an unarmed black body

“It’s company policy or I was just doing my job.” To explain why a minority is followed in a store or hired then fired for wearing their natural hair or covering in the case of a Muslim woman.

Coded racism is the most insidiously dangerous form within America. A white person does not have to mention African American or black – one can simply for example well they love their chicken and watermelon to signal they are talking about black folks. Why is it we as a community and society unable to talk openly about the reality of our history and present state?

Facts are facts. Our nation was founded on stolen land that we got through broken treaties and using germs, guns and steel in combination with the enslavement of an entire community of people based on the color of their skin. Divine right is what people in the past told themselves to sleep better at night just as people tell themselves they are saving a community and improving property values as have city councils ban tent cities, public toilets and living in RV/Tiny Homes during the gentrification half of the white flight cycle.

We Americans squirm at the thought of having an open dialogue about this and other topics. The reason it is so difficult to talk about is because we avoid it at all costs. Ownership of the atrocities committed in “order to create a more perfect Union,” has never been taken by those who gained and continue to gain power and privilege from those acts.

You reader, if you are an American citizen from the white community are not personally at fault for the historical atrocities although perhaps your ancestors are. You reader from the white community are at fault for not :

  1. Acknowledging you benefit from a system designed to oppress and disenfranchise others,

  2. Doing nothing to change the system and

  3. Not leveraging your privilege for those without it.

I think it speaks volumes that my government can apologize and create a memorial for Japanese American internment victims which happened during World War II but a National Museum for African American history lagged so long before it was even completed and opened. Hell! No one from the United States government has ever apologized to the African American community and African nations for slavery.

Why is that? The United Nations recently declared that the United States of America should pay reparations to the African American community.

See the article here on PBS.com –https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/reparations-african-americans-un

I personally think the Restorative Justice model of handling conflict resolution would be the best way to handle the dialog about slavery in the United States.

Community of color have enough on their plates without also having to bare the burden of solving the white community’s love for racism and discrimination. Let’s name a few of these issues the communities of color are dealing with:

  1. Immigration – the lack of a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and unaccompanied minors and why documented immigration is so freaking expensive and takes so damn long.

2. Poverty – After more than 200 years of slavery of course the African American community didn’t have the generational wealth of the White community. This has continued to be cited as one of the biggest barriers to African American community moving towards societal gains.

Indigenous Americans continue to face the affects of poverty and inability to own the very land they live on in the Reservations.

Poverty is linked to the issues of substance abuse, “broken” families, crime, over all health (mental and physical), food security, violence and education that create a further uphill battle to break the cycle and culture of poverty within all communities of color.

  1. Systemic Racism – There is nothing that highlights this issue more than the mortality rate for African American women in the United States. There are no “protective,” factors i.e. Education, income etc that can save a black women when she is pregnant or giving birth than being cared for other than being in the care of other black women or men.

See the ProPublica article here – https://www.propublica.org/article/nothing-protects-black-women-from-dying-in-pregnancy-and-childbirth

The organizers of the Women’s March have a long way to go before its what it could be.

Participants in the Women’s March have a long way to go before they are what they could be.

Concrete changes would be:

1. Minority voices speak first. Why were they all the last to speak in Oakland?

2. Outreach to minority communities are i.e. The local church, Community Colleges, Masjid, connect and work with the local PoC organizations doing the work that was being done long before 45 got into office. I saw or heard nothing via my community connections. Why is that?

3. Create asks for concrete actions that those attending should do besides get out the vote for more majority “progressive” white candidates. Communities of color will see this as poverty pimping if you are not actually supporting their work and issues in a real way with tangible results for these various communities.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Nomad Noor ~ American Muslimah

https://americanmuslimahsmusings.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

‘Disko Dakwah’ Neelofa dengan Acara Pelancaran Tudung di Kelab Malam Zouk!

Begitu lah kalutnya ‘artis’ Akhir Zaman ini dengan mencampuradukkan yang hak dan halal dengan melancarkan produk hijab keluaran syarikatnya di lokasi maksiat yang terkenal di kotaraya Kuala Lumpur ini.

Hajjah Noor Neelofa seorang pelakon dan usahawan dari Kelantan memilih Zouk, sebuah kelab malam yang paling terkemuka untuk melancarkan fesyen tudung terbaru nya disana.

Hajjah Neelofa di Kelab Malam Zouk, KL .

Siap bersorak sorai dan menari gelek gelek secara seksi dan gaya orang ‘clubbing’! Hancur jadi nya imej seorang hijabista bila di perlakukan begitu di kelab malam, tempat orang2 pergi untuk mabuk mabuk dan berpesta pora!

Begini lah keadaan selalunya di Zouk, Kelab Malam berdekatan Bulatan Kampong Pandan, Kuala Lumpur. Tempat yang di pilih Hajjah Neelofa untuk lancar produk tudungnya!

Dan ini adalah rakaman pelancaran BeLofabyNH pada malam 26hb. Februari 2018 tersebut:

Ya, pihak Neelofa sudah menyiarkan permohan maaf hanya selepas tercetusnya kontroversi hebat di media sosial dan selepas Mufti Kerajaan Negeri Selangor menulis sepucuk surat terbuka menegur dan menasihatinya.

Namun bak kata pepatah Inggeris ‘The damage has been done!’

Dengar lah semula lagu popular yang menyindir golongan ‘Minah2 Tudung’ yang menyebabkan ramai orang geram dengan kebengongan mereka:

Dan ini pula adalah rakaman video asal dari You Tube yang di muatnaik pada 21hb Jun, 2006:

Memang kena pada ‘Minah2 Tudung’ yang jahil tentang adab dan tatacara membawa diri di khalayak ramai. Semoga mereka sedar dan insaf.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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

 

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