Monday, June 30, 2008
Aku tewas lagi...!
Lidah kelu tak berbicara,
Jiwa longlai tak berdaya,
Kaku tubuhku di persimpangan yang mungkinkah berpenghujung...?
Sesatkah aku pada derap tapak kaki yang layu?
Jauhkah aku pada hujung sinar redha-Mu?
Aku lemah,Ya Allah.
Kiranya kekuatan itu pada-Mu,
Tak tuntas aku tanpa tali-Mu,
Tuntunlah aku, Ya Allah,
Agar dapat ku lalui simpang siur ini
Agar kiranya dapatku tenang
dengan jtuh bangunku di perjalanan ini,
Tuntunlah jiwa ini,Ya Allah
Agar selamat dalam perjalanan panjang
Agar sampai di perhentian terakhirku
Agar tergapai cinta-Mu
Agar akhirku bersama-Mu
Saturday, June 28, 2008
What Are They Saying About: ISLAM?
"Most Influential Person In History" - Michael H. Hart
"My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level." [Michael H. Hart, THE 100: A RANKING OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS IN HISTORY, New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc., 1978, p. 33.]
Fastest growing religion in America - Hillary Rodman Clinton
"Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, a guide and pillar of stability for many of our people..." [HILLARY RODMAN CLINTON, Los Angeles Times, May 31, 1996, p.3]
Moslems - fastest growing group... - USA Today
Already more than a billion-people strong, Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion. [ABCNEWS, Abcnews.com]
God sent me Quran - Cat Stevens (former Jazz singer from England)
"Everything made so much sense. This is the beauty of the Qur'an; it asks you to reflect and reason....When I read the Qur'an further, it talked about prayer, kindness and charity. I was not a Muslim yet, but I felt the only answer for me was the Qur'an and God had sent it to me." [Cat Stevens (Now Yusuf Islam), former British pop star.]
"Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the country." [NEWSDAY, March 7, 1989, p.4]
"Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the United States..." [NEW YORK TIMES, Feb 21, 1989, p.1]
Moslems are the world's fastest-growing group..." [USA TODAY, The Population Reference bureau, Feb. 17, 1989, p.4A ]
"Muhummed is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities. " [Encyclopedia Britannica]
"There are more Muslims in North America then Jews Now." [Dan Rathers, CBSNEWS]
"Islam is the fastest growing religion in North America." [TIMES MAGAZINE]
"Islam continues to grow in America, and no one can doubt that!" [CNN, December 15, 1995]
"The Religion of Islam is growing faster than any other religion in the world." [MIKE WALLACE, 60 MINUTES]
"Five to 6 million strong, Muslims in America already outnumber Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Mormons, and they are more numerous than Quakers, Unitarians, Seventh-day Adventists, Mennonites, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Christian Scientists, combined. Many demographers say Islam has overtaken Judaism as the country's second-most commonly practiced religion; others say it is in the passing lane." [JOHAN BLANK, US NEWS (7/20/98)]
"In fact, Religion experts say Islam is the second-largest religion in the United States... Islam has 5 million to 6 million members, followed by Judaism, with approximately 4.5 million..... And Islam is believed to be fastest-growing religion in the country, with half its expansion coming from new immigrants and the other half from conversions." [By ELSA C. ARNETT Knight-Ridder News Service]
"It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Quran about human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad from Allah, or Allah, because almost all of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a messenger of God or Allah." [Professor Keith Moore, one of the world’s prominent scientists of anatomy and embryology. University of Toronto, Canada]
"But Islam has a still further service to render to the cause of humanity. It stands after all nearer to the real East than Europe does, and it possesses a magnificent tradition of inter-racial understanding and cooperation. No other society has such a record of success uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity, and of endeavours so many and so various races of mankind . . . Islam has still the power to reconcile apparently irreconcilable elements of race and tradition. If ever the opposition of the great societies of East and West is to be replaced by cooperation, the mediation of Islam is an indispensable condition. In its hands lies very largely the solution of the problem with which Europe is faced in its relation with East. If they unite, the hope of a peaceful issue is immeasurably enhanced. But if Europe, by rejecting the cooperation of Islam, throws it into the arms of its rivals, the issue can only be disastrous for both." [H.A.R. Gibb, WHITHER ISLAM, London, 1932, P. 379.]
"It (Islam) replaced monkishness by manliness. It gives hope to the slave, brotherhood to mankind, and recognition of the fundamental facts of human nature." [Canon Taylor, Paper read before the Church Congress at Walverhamton, Oct. 7, 1887; Quoted by Arnoud in THE PREACHING OF ISLAM, pp. 71-72.]
The founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammed. As regards all standards by whichhuman greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he? " [Lamartine, Historie de la Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol. 11 pp. 276-2727]
"If a man like Muhammed were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness." [George Bernard Shaw]
"How, for instance, can any other appeal stand against that of the Moslem who, in approaching the pagan, says to him, however obscure or degraded he may be 'Embrace the faith, and you are at once equal and a brother.' Islam knows no color line." [S. S. Leeder, VEILED MYSTERIES OF EGYPT]
I think it seems to me very, very mysterious, almost unbelievable. I really think if what you have said is true, [Professor Siaveda , He is also one of the most famous scientists in the world.]
[Professor Yushudi Kusan: Director of the Tokyo Observatory] I can say, I am very mush impressed by finding true astronomical facts in the Quran.
[Professor Alfred Kroner who is one of the world’s most famous geologists] "Thinking about many of these questions and thinking where Muhammad came from, he was after all a bedouin. I think it is almost impossible that he could have known about things like the common origin of the universe,because scientists have only found out within the last few years with very complicated and advanced technological methods that this is the case.
[Dr. T.V.N. Persaud is a Professor of Anatomy and Head of the Department of Anatomy, and a professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the author or editor of 25 books, and has published over 181 scientific papers. In 1991, he received the most distinguished award presented in the field of anatomy in Canada.]"It seems to me that Muhammad was a very ordinary man. He could not read or write. In fact, he was illiterate. We are talking about 1400 years ago. You have someone who was illiterate making profound pronouncementand statements and are amazingly accurate about scientific nature. I personally cannot see how this could be mere chance. There are too many accuracy’s and, like Dr. Moore, I have no difficulty in my mind in concerning that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which led him to these statements."
Joe Leigh Simpson, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the North Western University in Chicago in the United States of America. Professor Simpson said: It follows, I think, that not only is there no conflict between genetics and religion, but in fact religion can guide science by adding revelation to some traditional scientific approaches. That there exists statements in the Quran shown by science to be valid, which supports knowledge in the Quran having been derived from Allah.
[Professor Palmer a scientist from the U.S.] We need research into the history of early Middle Eastern oral traditions to know whether in fact such historical events have been reported. If there is no such record, it strengthens the belief that Allah transmitted through Muhammad bits of his knowledge that we have only discovered for ourselves in recent times. We look forward to a continuing dialogue on the topic of science in the Quran in the context of geology. Thank you very much.
[Professor Tagata Tagasone, formerly Head of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Shiang Mai in Thailand. He is now the Dean of the College of the Medicine at the University.] From my studies and from what I have learned throughout this conference, I believe that everything that has been recorded in the Quran 1400 years ago must be the truth, that can be proved by the scientific means. Since the Prophet Muhammad could neither read nor write, Muhammad must be a messenger who relayed this truth which was revealed to him as an enlightenment by the One Who is an Eligible Creator. This Creator mustbe Allah, or Allah. Therefore, I think this is the time to say ‘Laa ilaaha illallah’, that there is no Allah to worship except Allah, ‘Muhammad Rasool Allah’, Muhammad is messenger of Allah...
[Professor Armstrong, Scientist works at NASA] I am impressed that how remarkably some of the ancient writings seem to correspond to modern and recent Astronomy. There may well have to be something beyond what we understand as ordinary human experience to account for the writings that we have seen.
[Professor Durga Rao] It is difficult to imagine that this type of knowledge was existing at that time, around 1400 years back. May be some of the things they have simple idea about, but do describe those things in great detail is very difficult. So, this is definitely not a simple human knowledge.
"No other society has such a record of success in uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity and Endeavour so many and so varied races of mankind. The great Muslim communities of Africa, India and Indonesia, perhaps also the small community inJapan, show that Islam has still the power to reconcile apparently irreconcilable elements of race and tradition. Ifever the opposition of the great societies of the East and west is to be replaced by cooperation, the mediation of Islam isan indispensable condition." [H.A.R. Gibb, WHITHER ISLAM, p. 379]
The nation's claim to be a Christian country is about to meet its first challenge: the number of practising Muslims is set to overtake Anglican Christians.... There has also been a number of high-profile conversions to Islam from Christianity. These include Mike Tyson, the former world champion boxer; Chris Eubank, the British middleweight boxing champion, who has changed his name to Hamdan; and Cat Stevens, the pop musician, who calls himself Yusuf Islam.... Prince Charles courted controversy earlier this year when he reaffirmed hisclaim that when he succeeds the throne, he does not wish to be the defender of only the Christian faith. [Rajeev Syal and Christopher Morgan Sunday Times (London, U.K.)]
Savior of Humanity (Muhammad) - George Bernard Shaw
"I have studied him - the wonderful man - and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ he must be called the saviour of humanity. " [George Bernard Shaw in "The Genuine Islam"]
Muhammad - inspired man - founder of Islam James A. Michener - famous author
"Muhammad, the inspired man who founded Islam, was born about A.D. 570 into an Arabian tribe that worshipped idols. Orphaned at birth, he was always particularly solicitous of the poor and needy, the widow and the orphan, the slave and the downtrodden. At twenty, he was already a successful businessman, and soon became director of camel caravans for a wealthy widow. When he reached twenty-five, his employer, recognizing his merit, proposed marriage. Even though she was fifteen years older, he married her, and as long as she lived, remained a devoted husband. "Like almost every major prophet before him, Muhammad fought shy of serving as the transmitter of God's word, sensing his own inadequacy. But the angel commanded 'Read.' So far as we know, Muhammad was unable to read or write, but he began to dictate those inspired words which would soon revolutionize a large segment of the earth: 'There is one God.' "In all things Muhammad was profoundly practical. When his beloved son Ibrahim died, an eclipse occurred, and rumours of God's personal condolence quickly arose. Whereupon Muhammad is said to have announced, 'An eclipse is a phenomenon of nature. It is foolish to attribute such things to the death or birth of a human being. "At Muhammad's own death an attempt was made to deify him, but the man who was to become his administrative successor killed the hysteria with one of the noblest speeches in religious history: 'If there are any among you who worshipped Muhammad, he is dead. But if it is God you worshipped, He lives forever." [James A. Michener, "Islam: The Misunderstood Religion," in READER'S DIGEST (American edition), May 1955, pp. 68-70.]
"In little more than a year he was actually the spiritual, nominal and temporal rule of Medina, with his hands on the lever that was to shake the world." [John Austin, "Muhammad the Prophet of Allah," in T.P. 's and Cassel's Weekly for 24th September 1927.]
"Four years after the death of Justinian, A.D. 569, was born at Mecca, in Arabia the man who, of all men exercised the greatest influence upon the human race . . . Mohammed . . . " [John William Draper, M.D., L.L.D., A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London 1875, Vol.1, pp.329-330]
"Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him." [Diwan Chand Sharma, The Prophets of the East, Calcutta 1935, p. l 22.]
"People like Pasteur and Salk are leaders in the first sense. People like Gandhi and Confucius, on one hand, and Alexander, Caesar and Hitler on the other, are leaders in the second and perhaps the third sense. Jesus and Buddha belong in the third category alone. Perhaps the greatest leader of all times was Mohammed, who combined all three functions. To a lesserdegree, Moses did the same." [Professor Jules Masserman]
[Ahmed Versi, editor of the weekly Muslim News,] said the growth of Islam has been constant: "The younger generation of Muslims that I have encountered is becoming more aware of its Muslim identity and is therefore practising its faith with vigour."
"The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam and in thecontemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue..." [A.J. Toynbee, CIVILIZATION ON TRIAL, New York, p. 205]
"Sense of justice is one of the most wonderful ideals of Islam, because as I read in the Qur'an I find those dynamic principles of life, not mystic but practical ethics for the daily conduct of life suited to the whole world." [Lectures on "The Ideals of Islam;" see SPEECHES AND WRITINGS OF SAROJINI NAIDU, Madras, 1918, p. 167.]
"History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated." [De Lacy O'Leary, ISLAM AT THE CROSSROADS, London, 1923, p. 8.]
"The Muslim community is much more aware of its religion and the use that religion plays within its community." [Dr Peter Brierley, Executive Director of the Christian Research Association, a London-based charity]
"I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him - the wonderful man and in my opinion for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today." [George Bernard Shaw, THE GENUINE ISLAM, Vol. 1, No. 81936.]
"A growing number of Muslims in America, more than 40 percent are African-American," [Charles Bierbauer, from the Senior Washington Correspondent]
"The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue." [A.J. Toynbee, CIVILIZATION ON TRIAL, New York, 1948, p. 205.]
"The rise of Islam is perhaps the most amazing event in human history. Springing from a land and a people like previously negligible, Islam spread within a century over half the earth, shattering great empires, overthrowing long established religions, remoulding the souls of races, and building up a whole new world - world of Islam.
"I am not a Muslim in the usual sense, though I hope I am a "Muslim" as "one surrendered to God," but I believe that embedded in the Quran and other expressions of the Islamic vision are vast stores of divine truth from which I and other occidentals have still much to learn, and 'Islam is certainly a strong contender for the supplying of the basic framework of the one religion of the future.'" [W. Montgomery Watt, ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY TODAY, London, 1983, p. ix.]
'I believe in One God and Mahomet the Apostle of God,' is the simple and invariable profession of Islam. The intellectual image of the Deity has never been degraded by any visible idol; the honours of the prophet have never transgressed the measure of human virtue, and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the bounds of reason and religion." [Edward Gibbon and Simon Ocklay, HISTORY OF THE SARACEN EMPIRE, London, 1870, p. 54.]
"He was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without Pope's pretensions, Caesar without the legions of Caesar without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue; if ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by the right divine, it was Mohammed, for he had all the power without its instruments and without its supports." [Bosworth Smith, MOHAMMAD AND MOHAMMADANISM, London, 1874, p. 92.]
"His readiness to undergo persecutions for his beliefs, the high moral character of the men who believed in him and looked up to him as leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement - all argue his fundamental integrity. To suppose Muhammad an impostor raises more problems than it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad." [W. Montgomery Watt, MOHAMMAD AT MECCA, Oxford, 1953, p. 52.]
"The doctrine of brotherhood of Islam extends to all human beings, no matter what color, race or creed. Islam is the only religion which has been able to realize this doctrine in practice. Muslims wherever on the world they are will recognize each other as brothers." [Mr. R. L. Mellema, Holland, Anthropologist, Writer and Scholar.]
"It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knows how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme. And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar to many, yet I myself feel whenever I re-read them, a new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian teacher." [Annie Besant, THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF MUHAMMAD, Madras, 1932, p.4]
"The essential and definite element of my conversion to Islam was the Qur'an. I began to study it before my conversion with the critical spirit of a Western intellectual .... There are certain verses of this book, the Qur'an, revealed more than thirteen centuries ago, which teach exactly the same notions as the most modern scientific researches do. This definitely converted me." [Ali Selman Benoist, France, Doctor of Medicine.]
"I have read the Sacred Scriptures of every religion; nowhere have I found what I encountered in Islam: perfection. The Holy Qur'an, compared to any other scripture I have read, is like the Sun compared to that of a match. I firmly believe that anybody who reads the Word of Allah with a mind that is not completely closed to Truth, will become a Muslim." [Saifuddin Dirk Walter Mosig, U.S.A.]
"The universal brotherhood of Islam, regardless of race, politics, color or country, has been brought home to me most keenly many times in my life -- and this is another feature which drew me towards the Faith." [Col. Donald S. Rockwell, U.S.A. Poet, Critic and Author.]
"Medieval Islam was technologically advanced and open to innovation. It achieved far higher literacy rates than in contemporary Europe; it assimilated the legacy of classical Greek civilization to such a degree that many classical books are now known to us only through Arabic copies. It invented windmills ,trigonometry, lateen sails and made major advances in metallurgy, mechanical and chemical engineering and irrigation methods. In the middle-ages the flow of technology was overwhelmingly from Islam to Europe rather from Europe to Islam. Only after the 1500's did the net direction of flow begin to reverse." [(pg 253) Jared Diamond a world renowned UCLA sociologist, and physiologist won the Pulitzer Prize for his book: "Guns, Germs, and Steel."]
The scientists who participated in these dialogues were all non-Muslims, most of whom were explaining some scientific facts which they have realized only very recently and after several years of research and study. When they were told that what they have just discovered recently was already referred to either directly or indirectly in the Holy Quran more than 1400 years ago, they showed a great deal of astonishment. Their comments were varied, but almost all of them confessed that this Quran could not have come from any human or ordinary source.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Apa khabar iman? Harap masih segar dalam basahan zikrullah. Apa khabar amal? Harap sentiasa ikhlas di persimpuhan jiwa.
Ini entri kedua yang Naheed postkan dalam tulisan Naheed sendiri. Agak takut sebenarnya untuk memulakan tulisan ni. Sebab Rasulullah S.A.W pernah pesan, ada la macam gini maksudnya;
Tapi bila ingat satu lagi pesan Baginda yang bunyinya lebih kurang macam ni;
Hatta hidup kita atas muka bumi Allah ni sebagai khalifah namun kita juga diberi tugas sebagai da'ie - penyebar agama Allah.
Antara 4 sifat wajib da'ie:
- Siddiq: Membenarkan atau berkata yang benar
- Amanah: Amanah dengan tanggungjawab dan janji
- Tabligh: MENYAMPAIKAN
- Fathanah: Bijaksana
Jadi entri yang ini Naheed nak sampaikan sedikit tentang persoalan hati dalam kehidupan hari-hari...
Selalu bila ada masalah, tak kiralah betapa besar atau kecilnya masalah tu, mesti terkesan sedikit rasa kegundahan hati. Kadang-kadang orang terdekat yang ada masalah, kita yang resah memikirkannya. Hmmm... Pernahkan?:)
Dalam entri yang lepas (Ku Ingin Bahagia!), tips yang Al Fadhil Ust. Dr 'Aidh Abdullah Al Qarni menerangkan pelbagai cara untuk kita hilangkan kegusaran hati. Untuk entri yang ini, apa yang Naheed nak sentuh bukan lagi tentang cara tetapi tentang hakikat hidup tu sendiri: Hidup ni mudah!
Mudah ke? Mesti ada sahabat yang akan sangkal pendapat ni. Hidup ni sangat mudah sebenarnya. Sebab apa ye? Pernah dengar tak kata-kata hikmah ni; "two heads are better than one"?
Eh, Naheed ni belit-belit! Hmmm... :)
"Two heads are better than one"
Naheed bukan nak berkata tentang kerjasama dalam menyelesaikan masalah kehidupan, tapi Naheed nak tekankan tentang kebergantungan kita kepada Yang Maha Merencana dalam mengurus permasalahan hidup sehari-hari.
Kawan-kawan taukan sifat 20 Allah S.W.T? Antara sifat 20 Allah yang Naheed nak tekankan dalam entri kali ni: Iradat, Yang Berkehendak Menentukan; 'Aliman, Yang Mengetahui; Qudrat, Yang Berkuasa.
Cuba kita gabungkan ketiga-tiga sifat Allah tu --> Yang Mengetahui, Berkuasa Menentukan.
Pada Allah itu sudah ada zat yang Maha Hebat. Walau masalah itu sebesar gunung sekalipun yang menimpa hidup insan, Allah tu lagi Besar. Hatta masalah itu sekalipun Allah juga yang hadirkan tanda ingatanNya pada kita.
Jadi, jadikanlah Allah S.W.T sebagai sebenar-benar sandaran. IshaAllah, dengan sifat redha yang dimiliki, kita akan lebih tenang mengurus hal dunia.
"two heads" yang Naheed maksudkan di sini adalah keyakinan kita kepada dua hikmah.
Maksud hikmah yang Naheed pegang adalah kebijaksanaan (wisdom)
Keyakinan kepada 2 hikmah pula maksudnya; yang pertama, yakin pada Kebijaksanaan Allah yang merencana hidup kita ni. Allah itu Maha Mengetahui. Pasti ada kebaikan di sebalik tiap sesuatu yang berlaku. Yang kedua, yakin kepada kebijaksanaan 'aqal dalam mengurus kehidupan yang semestinya ianya bersumberkan ilmu yanq haq dan utama iaitu Al Qur'an dan As Sunnah.
Hmmm... kan mudah tu? Hidup ni mudah bila kita bersandar (yakin) pada kedua-dua hikmah tersebut. Basic tu, yop!;)
- Renungilah sabda Rasulullah S.A.W : “Bila engkau berada pada pagi hari, janganlah menunggu datangnya petang hari. Bila engkau berada pada petang hari, janganlah engkau menunggu datangnya waktu pagi”.
- Lupakanlah masa lalu dan semua yang pernah terjadi. Tumpukan diri anda pada masa kini kerana memikirkan masa lalu dan sesuatu yang telah selesai, merupakan kebodohan dan menyebabkan kedegilan.
- Jangan menyibukkan diri anda dengan masa depan, sebab ia masih berada di alam ghaib. Jangan fikirkan hingga ia datang dengan sendirinya.
- Jangan mudah tergoncang dengan kritikan. Teguhkan pendirian anda dalam menghadapinya dan sedarilah bahawa kritikan itu akan mengangkat harga diri andasetara dengan kritikan tersebut.
- Beriman kepada Allah, dan beramal soleh adalah kehidupan yang baik dan bahagia.
- Barangsiapa menginginkan ketenangan, ketenteraman dan kesenangan, maka berzikirlah kepada Allah.
- Setiap hamba harus menyedari bahawa segala sesuatu yang terjadi itu berdasarkan ketentuan qadha dan qadar.
- Jangan menunggu ucapan terima kasih dari seseorang.
- Persiapkan diri anda untuk menerima kemungkinan terburuk.
- Kemungkinan yang terjadi itu ada baiknya untuk diri anda.
- Semua ketentuan Allah (qadha) bagi seseorang Muslim adalah baik baginya.
- Berfikirlah tentang nikmat, lalu bersyukurlah.
- Percayalah bahawa apa yang anda miliki jauh lebih banyak dari orang lain.
- Dari semasa ke semasa selalu sahaja ada jalan keluar.
- Dengan musibah hati akan tergerak untuk berdoa.
- Musibah itu akan menajamkan nurani dan menguatkan hati.
- Sesungguhnya dalam setiap kesulitan itu terdapat kemudahan.
- Jangan hancurkan hidup anda hanya kerana perkara-perkara yang remeh.
- Sesungguhnya Tuhan kamu itu Maha Luas keampunanNya.
- Jangan marah, jangan marah, jangan marah!!
- Janganlah risau hanya kerana tidak mempunyai harta dunia, sebab kehidupan ini tidak lebih hanya sekadar sepotong roti , seteguk air, dan bayangan.
- Adz-Zariyat:22 – “Dan di dilangit terdapat (sebab-sebab) rezekimu dan terdapat (pula) apa yang dijanjikan kepadamu”.
- Kebanyakan dari apa yang anda takutkan tidak akan berlaku.
- Pada orang-orang yang tertimpa musibah itu ada suri teladan.
- Sesungguhnya jika Allah mencintai satu kaum, maka Dia akan memberikan cubaan atas mereka.
- Ulangilah doa-doa untuk menghapuskan bencana.
- Anda perlu melakukan kebaikan dan menghasilkannya, dan tinggalkanlah kekosongan atau pengangguran.
- Tinggalkanlah semua desas-desus dan jangan percaya pada khabar angin.
- Kedengkian dan keinginan anda yang kuat untuk membalas dendam itu hanya akan membahayakan kesihatan anda sendiri, lebih besar daripada bahaya yang akanmenimpa pihak lawan.
- Setiap musibah yang menimpa diri anda adalah penghapus dosa-dosa.
Dipetik dari kitab ‘LA TAHZAN’ karya Dr. ‘Aidh Abdullah Al-Qarni (ms146-147)
- To beautify your eyes, lower your gaze towards strange men, this will make your eyes pure and shiny.
- To have attractive lips, always remember to speak the truth...
- As for blush and rouge, "Modesty" (Haya') is one of the best brands and it can be found in any of the Islamic centers.
- To remove impurites from your face and body, use a soap called "Istighfaa r". Insha'Alla h this soap will remove any bad deeds.(Ame en)
- Now about your hair, if any of you has a problem of hair split ends, then I suggest "Islamic Hijaab" which will protect your hair from damage.
- As for jewellery, beautify your hands with humbleness and let your hands be a power to forgive people who hurt your feelings. And the necklace should be a sign to pardon you fellow brothers and sisters.
InshaAllah, if you follow this advice given to you by the Creator, you will have a beautiful and attractive inner and outer appearance .
Woman was made from the rib of man.
She was not created from his head to top him,
or from his feet to be stepped upon.
She was made from his side to be close to him,
and near his heart to be loved by him.
Don't be like the fruit & veg, that you see in the market, where people pick and choose.
But, Be the diamond in a velvet box covered in silk, kept valuble and precious.
You see in the market these are peoples common gestures...
"Oh! this one looks good, but I dont think it'll taste as good" & "Ahh! this one tastes sweet, but it don't look good" & "Oops! dropped it, thats no good to me now"
In the market so many things take place. People are so careless, they push and shove, fruits & veg gets kicked underneath the stall and rolls onto the road. Then?....
Where as the diamond is kept valuble, out of sight. No sane person will display thier valubles, for people to steal.
This is the reason why ISLAM has shown HIJAAB to be compulsory, to be kept like that diamond, valuble and precious.
Why do you think men are not allowed to wear Gold and other ornaments of beauty? Because, ORNAMENTS OF BEAUTY are for WOMEN!! The very existance of women is BEAUTY!! Hence........?
Western women are turning to Islam in rapidly increasing numbers. Kay Jardine discovers why they are so keen to become Muslims. Bullying, depression, and insomnia made Kimberley McCrindle's teenage years particularly difficult. Taunts from classmates about her weight and how she looked left the 19-year-old student feeling like she didn't really fit in, and always searching for something that would make her feel happy, that would make her feel she belonged.
McCrindle, from a family of atheists, did not encounter religion until she began religious studies at high school in Penicuik, when her new interest prompted her to start going to her local church on Sundays. But the peace and happiness McCrindle was looking for eluded her until she started college in Edinburgh, where she made friends with some Muslim people and discovered Islam.
"I was looking for peace," she says. "I'd had a rough past. My teenage years weren't great: I was bullied at school, people called me fat and ugly, and I was looking for something to make me happy. I tried to go to church once a week but I wouldn't class myself a Christian; I was just interested. But it wasn't for me, I didn't feel in peace there. "When you walk into a mosque you feel really peaceful. Praying five times a day is really focused. It gives you a purpose in your life. The Quran is like a guide to help you: when you read it, it makes you feel better."
McCrindle became a Muslim three years ago and is now known by her married Arabic name, Tasnim Salih. She is one of a rapidly increasing number of British women turning to Islam, thought to be the fastest growing religion in the world. Although there are no official figures on the subject, there is no doubt that the number of reverts is on the rise and the majority are women, according to Nicole Bourque, a senior lecturer in social anthropology at Glasgow University and an expert in conversion to Islam in Britain. "There are people reverting all the time," she says. "I would estimate that there are probably around 200 reverts to Islam in Glasgow alone, but that's just a rough estimate. The data is difficult to acquire." Other estimates put the Glasgow figure closer to 500.
The appeal of Islam to liberated western women is difficult for many to understand, largely because of the widespread perception in the west that it treats women badly! A forthcoming documentary, Mum I'm a Muslim, addresses this very issue by talking to converts in Sheffield about their experiences. At a preview in Glasgow, I asked a group of reverts from Glasgow and Edinburgh what motivated them to change every aspect of their lives, including their names, to become Muslim.
For 27-year-old Bahiya Malik, or Lucy Norris to her parents, it's difficult to explain. Bahiya, who lives in Edinburgh, her twin sister, Victoria, and their brother, Matthew, grew up as practising Christians in a rural area in the West Midlands, where they attended Sunday school in the little church at the top of their road. As they got older, the three stopped going to church and seven years ago, at the age of 20, both Bahiya and her sister converted to Islam - six months after their brother. "Maybe all through our teenage years we hadn't been that happy. I can't really say what it was. I don't know if we felt there was something missing or that we didn't fit in. We were a little bit shy and we weren't really outgoing sort of people," she says.
At the time, Bahiya was two years into a media and television course in Edinburgh but was feeling uninspired. After around six months of learning about Islam, Bahiya realised that living her life according to the rules of Islam was what would make her happy and, during an emotional visit to a mosque in London, made her declaration of faith. "I think it's something you feel in your heart, this pull," she says. "You can't really put it into words. It's like your heart speaking, something you feel inside and you know it's for you. Allaah has chosen this for you, it's out of your power."
Women who turn to Islam are aware of the widespread western perception that they are oppressed and discriminated against, but insist that the depiction is a false image. For many it is a spiritual journey, which, far from repressing them, improves their social status and gives them new rights. "You seem to be really looked after," says Tasnim. "As a Muslim woman, Muslim men really respect you; they do everything for you. You're highly thought of and protected."
Bahiya says: "I feel that because you cover yourself up you're not seen as a sex symbol, and because people can't judge you on your appearance, they have to judge you as a human being. That's quite liberating."
As an act of modesty, many Muslim women don't wear make up outside the home and it is often a part of their old life that new female converts are happy to discard because of the liberating feeling that comes from knowing their appearance doesn't matter. They resist being shown as they were before their conversion.
Hafsa Hashmi, who lives in Glasgow, converted to Islam 24 years ago and felt life outside Islam was like having to "keep up with the Joneses". Under Islam, however, she says: "Your aim is not for this life, your aim is for the Afterlife. To some people that sounds pretty horrific: they can't think about death, but in Islam belief in the afterlife is one of its main features, because you know if you're doing the right thing you've got a better life to come. So why go for all the material things?"
Reverting to Islam usually means a complete change of lifestyle for those who take the plunge, including a different diet, often a new Arabic name, and your time revolving around the five daily Islamic prayers. In the workplace, some people organize with their employer a room where they can have some peace and quiet to pray. Wherever they are in the world, all Muslims face in the direction of the Kab'aa, or the Holy House in Makkah, during prayer.
For female reverts, the experience can also involve quite a dramatic change in appearance and outlook on life. Islam provides that women must dress modestly. The hijaab, or the head scarf, is a particular focal point and can be a tricky area for new Muslim women to deal with.
Most of all it focuses on the inner beauty rather than the external beauty a woman has.
Tasnim wore the hijaab straight away, although she found wearing it in public scary at first because she felt people were looking at her. She was then forced to take it off when she was out because of some of the comments directed at her. "People would shout, 'Go back home to your own country'. I had someone spit at me once when I was standing at the bus stop at college!" Now, though, she wears it all the time and says: "People don't say anything to me now and I feel more confident about wearing it."
Bahiya was happy wearing the hijaab from the beginning, but her parents found it quite difficult. She says her sister, her brother, and herself were lucky because their parents were "quite good" about their conversion. For others, however, families are not always so accepting, often because they know little about the religion and why their loved ones want to follow it.
For Tasnim, telling her parents, who are atheist, was nerve-wrecking. "They thought I was going through a phase at first but they realised when I started wearing the hijab that I was serious. They started getting angry when I began to talk about getting married. They weren't too pleased that I'd met someone older than me, who was Muslim as well, and a different nationality." While Tasnim and her mother are still close and enjoy a good relationship, they tend not to talk about her faith much. She and her father no longer speak.
For Hafsa, telling her parents 24 years ago was perhaps even more difficult because converting to Islam then was anything but a common occurrence. The reactions of her parents were totally opposite. "I think my mother felt that I was only becoming a Muslim because of who I was marrying, but that wasn't the case because I had been introduced to Islam about four years previously although I didn't revert until I got married. It took her practically her whole life to get over it. When we got married, my mum said, 'If you're happy, I'm happy', but obviously she wasn't. My dad said it and he meant it, that was the difference between them."
Tasnim has been married to Sabir, who is Sudanese, for two years, and says she has never been happier. "I met my husband at college and it seemed like the right thing to do. I was teaching him English and he was talking to me about Islam, and we just fell in love," she says. Bahiya's husband, Sharafuddin, is also a convert, formerly known as Cameron. They have two children, aged two and four.
For Tasnim, Bahiya, and Hafsa, life revolves around the five daily prayers, they cannot eat certain foods, or drink alcohol. But the women say they miss nothing from the days before they converted to Islam. "Islam is enough for me," says Bahiya. "You don't need anything else once you've found it!” Becoming Muslim has provided Tasnim with the happiness and belonging she was looking for. "It's a complete change in your attitude, behaviour, and the way you think," she says. "I'm now more confident, happy and satisfied. I've achieved the fulfilment I was looking for."
Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (Jinn and Men) deny? (Surah Rahman)
Then which of the Graces of your Lord (O man!) will you doubt? (An-Najm 53:55)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
As you sit there looking at me
Well I can tell from your looks
That you think
I’m so oppressed
But I don’t need for you to liberate me
My head is not bare
And you can’t see my covered hair
So you sit there and you stare
And you judge me with your glare
You’re sure I’m in despair
But are you not aware
Under this scarf that I wear
I have feelings, and I do care
So don’t you see?
That I’m truly free
This piece of scarf on me
I wear so proudly
To preserve my dignity...
So don’t judge me
Open your eyes and see...
“Why can’t you just accept me?” she says
“Why can’t I just be me?” she says
Time and time again
You speak of democracy
Yet you rob me of my liberty
And all I want is equality
Why can’t you just let me be free?
For you I sing this song
My sister, may you always be strong
From you I’ve learnt so much
How you suffer so much
Yet you forgive those who laugh at you
You walk with no fear
Through the insults you hear
Your wish so sincere
That they’d understand you
But before you walk away
This time you turn and say:
But don’t you see?
That I’m truly free
This piece of scarf on me
I wear so proudly
To preserve my dignity
So let me be
She says with a smile
I’m the one who’s free