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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Share a Quote Series~


The Prophet (pbuh) said: 
"Souls are like conscripted soldiers; those whom they recognise, they get along with, and those whom they do not recognise, they will not get along with." (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

'Wealth does not come from having great riches; True wealth is contentment of the soul.' (Sahih Bukhari) 

3:85 Unfortunately, I do not fancy this verse. At all.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Which standard of "religious" are you?


Salam and greetings,

So I was listening to a sermon during a Friday's prayer few weeks back and I recall wanting to write about it here but well, time's a constraint so too bad. Anyway, here's a statement that is still vivid:

There are 2 standards of being a "religious" person:

1) The more Islamic knowledge you possess, the more "religious" you are.
2) The more spiritual you are, the more "religious" you are.

Upon mention of these hypothesis, I was pretty intrigued by it and I somehow subconsciously had it repeated in my head for a few minutes and consequently, it's pretty much etched in my brain. Haha.

So, which one are you? Or maybe none fits you? Lol.

Anyway, I put religious in quotation marks because there are many ways to interpret that term. I'm not being sarcastic or pointing fingers to anyone, it's just.. yeah, sila tepuk dada tanya Iman;

Are you alim OR warak


P/s: The term "alim" is very commonly misinterpreted and thus its usage is well, also wrong most of the time.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Arabic phrases~


You can say what you want just let me be
I know if I'm real and it's not a disguise
You'll love who I am if you open up your eyes
I insist that you see, I ain't a mystery
It's who I wish to be, this is me
It's what's true within, come and look again
Looking through the skin
Who I am
-Who I am (Bikha)

Arabic phrases of the day:

credits to: here

Man jadda wajada = sesiapa yg berusaha akan mendapat apa yang diushakannya

Man zara'a hasoda = sesiapa yg b'cucuk tanam akan menuai hasilnya

Man yajtahid yanjah = sesiapa yg berusaha akan beroleh kejayaan



Monday, November 7, 2011

BIG test, yet again.


I seek You, and only YOU.

Kasihanilah hambaMu yang lemah dan daif ini
Senantiasalah tuntun diri ini yang masih byk kekurangan
Yang masih penuh bintik-bintik hitam.

O' Allah,
I hope for Your mercy
Leave me not to myself even for a blink of an eye
I ask You by Your every name, revealed in Your Book;
Make the Qur'an the spring of my heart
The Light of my chest
The banisher of my sadness
The reliever of my distress
The strength of my weakness
The remedy of my pain
The medicine of my sickness
The solution of my tests and hurdles

Dear Allah,
I ask not of You to ease the tests You send unto me
I ask of You to strengthen me
Stream me the ability
Provide me the perseverance
Fill me with patience
Pump me FULL TANK with Your Love and Mercy;

So I can face Your hard core tests confidently
Free from worries of disappointing You,
my Creator,
my Lover,


The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

10th day of Muharram (Yaum 'Ashura)

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim - In the name of Allah, Most Beneficient, Most Merciful.

Assalamu 'alaykum w.b.t. and Greetings to all,

Today I discovered the existence of the day of 'Ashura. The virtues of fasting on this day is pretty similar with the virtues of Arafat fasting, but instead of expiating 2 years worth of sin it expiates just a year's worth of sin that is the year before. (The following is a brief description regarding 'Ashura - since I'm fully aware many don't have much time on hand, hence I tried to make it as short as possible and this is the best I could summarise. It would take <5 minutes to read this.)

So what is this day?

This is a righteous day, commemorating the day that Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies (Pharaoh, in Egypt), so Prophet Musa fasted on this day. [Muslim and al-Bukhari]

The practise of fasting on 'Ashura was known even in the days of Jahiliyyah and the people of Jahiliyyah was fasting 'Ashura.

When is 'Ashura?

It is said to be on the 10th day of Muharram. [Sa'id ibn al-Musayyib and al-Hassan]

The Messenger of Alllah (pbuh), commanded us to fast 'Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram. [al-Tirmidhi, graded as sahih hasan hadith]

However, due to circumstances, scholars say you may choose to fast 'Ashura in the following choices i.e.:

  • 3 days (9th, 10th, 11th); 
  • 2 days (9th,10th); or 
  • 1 day only (the 10th).
Ruling on fasting only on the day of 'Ashura

Shaykh ul-Islam said, "Fasting on the day of 'Ashura is an expiation for a year, and it is not makruh to fast only on that day..." [al-Fatwa al-Kubra]

There is nothing wrong with fasting only on 'Ashura. [Ibn Hajar al-Haytami]

For what does it offer expiation?

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Fasting 'Ashura is of great merits, I hope Allah will accept it as an expiation for sins committed in the previous year." [Muslim, 1976] -- However, it is a huge mistake to rely on fasting a single day to wipe your slate clean i.e. meaning to say, it is not right to think it's okay to commit sin as you are aiming to fast 'Ashura and Arafat. If this is how you function, fasting 'Ashura alone will not atone your sins because:

It expiates for all minor sins i.e. it brings forgiveness for all sins except major sins. [Imam an-Nawawi]


References: 1 & 2

P/s: This post takes you <5 minutes to read but it took me so much more time to produce this summary, trust me. (but at least now I know it like the back of my hand.. alhamdulillah)