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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Turn to Him~


Allah says: "And seek assistance through patience and prayer, and most surely it is a hard thing except for the humble ones." 2/45

~ sesungguhnya , beruntunglah orng2 yg sabar . hbtnya orng2 yg sabar , dan Allah berikan pahala kpd orang2 yg sabar tanpa batas~ . subhanallah . .



Friday, December 17, 2010

The REMEDY to sorrow, grief, anxiety, depression, and etc.~~


Assalamualaikum w.b.t. and greetings to all,

In today's effort of spreading the words of God, I would like to share something great and very beneficial to all of us. This is especially for students and busy, working parents; these 2 categories always face challenges that leads to sorrow, depression, anxiety, grief, and many more. So, whenever you're hit with these feelings again, here's a quick and efficient remedy, insyaAllah -->

Recite this dua:

‘O Allah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your maidservant, my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is ever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every name belonging to You which You have named Yourself with, or which you revealed in Your Book, or which You taught to any of Your creation, or which You have preserved in the knowledge of the Unseen with You, that You make the Al-Qur’an the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety,” – but Allah will take away his distress and grief, and replace it with ease.’ He was asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah, should we not learn it?’ He said, ‘Of course, whoever hears it should learn it.’

The Prophet [SAW] told us that if we find ourselves in a state of sorrow, anxiety, depression or sadness, we should make the afore-mentioned dua. 

“Make Al Qur'an the life of my heart and the light of chest!”

It’s as if Rasool Allah [SAWS] is saying that if you’re depressed/sad/anxious/sorrowful, then the way to relieve this is to make your life revolve around the Quran! Because once you read the Quran, you will find:

الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ أَلاَ بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

  • peace and tranquility of the heart [13:28]

وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاء وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَلاَ يَزِيدُ الظَّالِمِينَ إَلاَّ خَسَارًا

        • physical and spiritual healing (shifaa), and mercy [17:82]

As for the one who turns away from it?

وَمَنْ أَعْرَضَ عَن ذِكْرِي فَإِنَّ لَهُ مَعِيشَةً ضَنكًا وَنَحْشُرُهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَعْمَى

“But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Qur’an nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.” [20:124]



Thursday, December 16, 2010

Why oh why do we tend to always wish for more?


Salam alaik and greetings to dear readers,

I'm going to discuss on humans greed and lust (nafsu). So, we all aware that we should always give thanks to Him for everything that He has given unto us and yet, we still continue to always wish for more and always comparing ourselves to those who are better off or more fortunate than us. Why? Why are we not easily contented? I have to admit that I too wish for more at times although whenever I feel unlucky, I will always pick myself up back by reflecting on those who are way less fortunate than me, who lives a tremendously difficult life compared to mine. With this, I always get to be on my feet again with the feeling of overwhelming gratefulness with the life He has patched specially for me. However, I do wish for more on a few occasions; especially in times where I face a hard time understanding my learning materials. This is when I start to wish, "If only I could become smarter. Why didn't God give me a better brain? Can't You just help me understand these fast?" and it goes on incessantly, it never ends. And after I speak of these words, what follows after is this train of thoughts that plays in my mind:

--Am I not being grateful? My complains makes it look as if  I'm not thankful with what He has given to me. Is it wrong that I'm complaining and wanting to be more analytical and better in understanding what I'm studying? and bla bla bla.--

And this replays in my life every 2, 3 weeks or so. After complaining and expressing my wants, the same paragraph would play time and again in my head.

So, what's your verdict on this? Should we not wish for more? and just be contented with what we have? or we can continue to wish for more but couple it with investing our own extra effort to strive higher? but alas, if it's not meant to be for us, then, it'll never belong to us, no matter what you do or how hard you try~

I'm so confused. Yes, I am indeed~!!



Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I like to think Islam put my life in the right focus and path~


Just want to share a dialog I came across and I was really touched by it. I kind of feel the same way too. =)

When asked by someone: When you guys have exams in school, really hard ones and important ones, do you cry? Waaaaa....

A muallaf's reply: I used to - but not after becoming Muslim alhamdulillah - but in my ignorant days i would cryyyyy when i got bad marks or under school stress

I like to think Islam put my life in focus and made me my priorities straight alhamdulillah, or at least now bigger more significant things make me cry now

Alhamdulillah, I am beyond happy whenever I discover other mualafs =D


Stressing and worrying about school exams?


Assalamualaikum and greetings to all,

You may know someone who is studying for final exams these days. Final exams are always a nice time to focus on the true exam of life (Allah's Exam)

How to get an A Grade Final Exam?
By Muhammad Alshareef

1. In school, you can often redo your exam if you fail. In the
hereafter, if one fails there is no going back.

2. In school, you often do not know what questions will be asked. In
the hereafter, there are only 3 questions: Who is your Lord? What is
your Deen? And who is this man who was sent to you? But the answers
are answers you live by.

3. In school, we stay up at night to prepare for the exam the next
day. So too in Allah's exam, we should be staying up in night prayers.

4. In school, we pray and hope and work for an outstanding mark. So
too should be our attitude towards Allah's exam.

5. In school, when we get a great mark, we erupt with happiness. So
too will the believers erupt in happiness when they get their books in
their right hands. Work for it.

6. In school, when we get a bad mark, sadness can be seen on our
faces, and we dislike to face others. So too in the hereafter. Protect
yourself from that.

7. During a school exam, you cannot ask anyone for help. In the
hereafter, you can prepare from now to get assistance from Allah's
Messenger, the Quran, and other ways of intercession.

8. In school, when exam time draws near, we banish distractions to
focus on what is really important. In Allah's exam, isn't death within
1 heart beat? Banish distractions and focus.

9. In school, until exam results come out, we worry about the result.
In Allah's exam, we don't know what our result will be, so we spend
our days in hope and worry until the results come out.

10. In school you have to do lot of exercises in order to be better at
the subject. So are the trials and tribulations that Allah put in our way,
 they are there to make us better humans beings if we recognized 
them and make us succeed.

11.  In school, we are offered bonus points, curves, and other grade
boosters. Just as these special effects ease our way to an A, so too 
do the bonuses Allah grants us in the hereafter. These include
 parasols/shades above our heads, glow-in-the-dark bones wherever
wudu water touched, among many others; all of these freebies ease 
our way to Jannah.

12.In school, if we do good result or secure a good position in the class,
we are rewarded and promoted to a senior class. In the same way, if we
do good deeds in this world, follow our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)'s sunnah
and obey Allah the Almighty to the fullest, we will be rewarded Jannat in the
Life Hereafter.....the best of all rewards! Inshallah... 

With best wishes to see you succeed at the highest level!



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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

O My Lord~

Please be with me. Help me through difficult, bumpy, and challenging moments. Please show mercy and grant me strength, wisdom, faith, patience, calm mind, knowledge, and whatever more that You deem is necessary for me. I am only a mere slave of Yours trying to face and lead life as best as I can in the way of truth i.e. Islam. Hence, I seek from You opportunities and chances. Please watch over me O Allah Almighty~! Allahu akhbar~ Glory and all praise to You~


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Rabbuna yusahhil (moga Allah permudahkan segala urusanmu)~


Salam alaik and greetings to all,

I hope everyone is in the pink of health. So, I'm pretty sure many students are having their exams now or maybe just finished or some are going to start their exams soon. Anyway, here's a good prayer for all:

"allahuma la sahla illa ma ja'altahu sahlan, wa anta taj'alul hazna iza shikta sahlan" - (Dear Allah, there is no comfort except with things that You allow ease; You make difficulties a simple journey if You are willing) - yaAllah, tidak ada kemudahan kecuali sesuatu yang Engkau permudahkan, Engkau menjadikan kesusahan itu mudah jika Engkau kehendaki -

Thanks to an akhwat(sister-saudara semuslim) who was very kind to share this prayer with me. JZKK.



Saturday, December 4, 2010

Balance is the key; you don't have to be an extremist~!


Salam alaik and greetings to all,

I will be sharing with you guys a post by an ikhwah(brother-saudara semuslim). Hope you will enjoy and benefit from it as well.

Are you leading a balanced lifestyle? =)

Last week I attended the 3rd International Conference on Advancement in Science and Technology (iCAST) and I even presented a paper. So while preparing for my presentation, I showed my slides to a friend asking for an opinion, and he asked me "Is this an Islamic conference or something?", while referring to my slide with Quranic verses that I used to incorporate an Islamic perspective into my presentation. I said no. It may have been organised by IIUM, but it was open to everyone including non-Muslims, we even invited non-Muslim speakers and students to the conference. I told him "Just because it's a scientific conference, doesn't mean we should ignore the Islamic aspect of science". He told me "You should put that in your blog", so I did.

As Muslims we need to remember that Islam is more than just a religion, its a way of life, and everything we do can be related to Islam, even science. That's what IIUM means by Islamisation of knowledge I believe. Islam should not be practiced only in masjids and suraus, not only on Friday, and not only in Ramadhan. We should not act "Islamic" only when we pray or mengaji.Being Muslim is a full-time thing, not part-time and not based on a contract. We tend to forget that sometimes.

However, there are some people who take the "full-time" thing a bit too far, and live only for Islam and neglect every other worldly thing. No music, no "western dressing", no standing for the national anthem even. True Islam is and should be #1 on our priority list, but moderation works both ways; we can't be too duniawi, and we can't be too Islamic (some may term this as extremism). Balance like I say all the time, is the key to everything. Students shouldn't be too nerdy and study around the clock, at the same time they shouldn't be too laid back either. Its OK to eat junk food and fast food once in a while, as long as we stay fit and eat healthy every other time. The same should go with our way of life, its OK to have fun, as long as we do it how Islam teaches us. We should work towards jannah, but at the same time not at the expense of a comfortable life. The concept of balance can be summed up by the following verses;

"O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and traffic): That is best for you if ye but knew! And when the Prayer is finished, then may ye disperse through the land, and seek of the Bounty of Allah. and celebrate the Praises of Allah often (and without stint): that ye may prosper." Quran 62:9-10

So remember, Islam is a part of everything we do, but remember to maintain a good balance, like Hannah Montana said, "You get the best of both worlds".