Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
<< a continuation from the previous entry >>
- Syahadatain is an oath/ pledge
Syahadatain is a lifetime pledge of commitment. A pledge to accept any RISKS and CONSEQUENCES that is involved with uttering the syahadatain. It is to serve and stand by, no matter what, to what Allah and His prophet (PBUH) have commanded, to protect, and to uphold the word of Allah.
The first few Muslims of Makkah had realized the consequences that they must face when they say the syahadatain. They knew that their faiths will be challenged, and they will be tested with so many trials. Yet, they stood firm on their faiths, determining to uphold their pledge to Allah and His prophet. The best example form this firm determination and braveness in facing the risk of syahadatain is Sumaiyyah, the first women to die while remaining firm to her belief. She had been tortured and punished by Abu Jahal, all the while forcing her and her family to return to their old faith of worshipping idols. But she stood her ground, and was finally killed.
Perhaps, some of you do not any risks or consequences of us saying the syahadatain. We are surrounded by Muslims. Even our Prime Minister is a Muslim. Our parents, siblings, etc are all believers, alhamdulillah. Then again… take a look around us. Look at the Palestinians. They are Muslims too. What about the Filipino Muslims and South Thai Muslims? These are the risks they face in saying the syahadatain, and trying to uphold the syahadatain. Do we sit back and just be the onlookers of their plight? This, I leave all of u to ponder…
On another note, actually there are still consequences which we have to face by saying the syahadatain. This is because, despite the masses who claim to be Muslim, Islam is neither a trend, nor the current system in favor nowadays. For the system of jahiliyyah had returned. Hence, in upholding Allah's commands as our way of life, the risks we have to take is in being different from everyone else, the risk of doing things outside the norms, and the risks of having to stand up and refusing to do things which is forbidden by Allah. As an example, for a teenager living in the midst of the urban city of Kuala Lumpur, if she really understands the syahadatain and wants to make Allah as her Ilah, she had to face her people's stares if she dresses according to the Islamic dress code, to be able to refuse the temptations of joining in the nightlife in KL, and withstand the jeers from those around her, and to be able to be firm when some guy ask her out on a date, despite the guy being a very charming and handsome lad. These are risks indeed, especially to a teenager.
These are all consequences of trying to live by the syahadatain in our day-to-day dealings. It is never easy, yet the fruits for those who succeed will be sweet. This is a promise from Allah. The fruits of Imaan, and the gift from Allah, happiness of the heart and paradise in the next life… Aren't these great things worth fighting for?
Let us not make syahadatain to be left as only JUST a phrase to be said five times a day (or maybe more!) in our prayers. Let us not just say is as if it is nothing more than empty chatter. Let us take this phrase seriously, as the first generation had. For then, and only then, will the ummah rise again, as strong as it once was. A strength injected by the will to live and upheld the phrase: THERE IS NO ILAH BUT ALLAH, AND MUHAMMAD IS THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH.
Let our hearts be aware.. let our imaan be awake, each time we say the syahadatain. Remember the phrase, its implications and consequences. Remember, and live by them. May Allah bless us all, and may our hearts remain firm in this path, despite the many trials and tribulations, insyaAllah...
>> forgive me for the mistakes I made in any way… I hope this article is useful. Actually, this is written for myself especially, and as a reminder to all of the readers reading this… I'm not perfect myself, but trying to be. Trying to live by the syahadatain. May success be ours here and in the next life, insyaAllah…
Refrence: Materi Tarbiyah utk Remaja by Izzatul Jannah
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
So… can all of you guess what the phrase is? Actually, Syaimaa' already got it right the first time, well… at least, partially right (in the first comment), so congrats to her. Yes, the phrase is the syahadatain. The phrase we have been repeating everytime we pray. Also a phrase which first differentiate between a Muslim and a non Muslim.
Hence the question. Have it really become JUST a phase nowadays? Well… in a sense, perhaps it has. For currently, many had failed to even realize what is the meanings and implications of the phrase Asyhadu an la Ilaha illaLlah wa asyhadu anna Muhammad Rasulullah
What does the syahadatain really implies? Basically, syahadatain implies three things:
- Syahadatain is a statement
Yes, a statement. Just like the statements we make in our day-to-day dealings, such as to our parents.
"I love you, mum…" a girl declared. Yet, had she not done anything to help our mothers, nor make her happy, doesn't the statement seem doubtful? As the act does not really tally with what the statement is.
Thus, the statement MUST be followed by proofs.
Similarly, the statement of syahadatain must be proven. It is a statement we have to prove throughout our lifetime, at every second of the day. To make Allah as our only Ilah, and Muhammad PBUH as His messenger. The Quraisy of Makkah had realized this huge impact that the short statement will make upon their lives, which is the reason why some, such as Abu Jahal, did not want to even state the phrase. Because he realized the implication, that with the statement, his whole lifestyle must be changed. Changed to suite a way which Allah likes, and not the way he himself wants it to be.
- Syahadatain is a promise
Syahadatain is our promise to Allah. Our promise to take Allah as our only Ilah. So… what does taking Allah as our only Ilah implies? Basically, having Allah as our only Ilah means that we put Him above everything else, in terms of who we love, miss, rely on, and seek help from.
A big promise? Yes indeed. A huge one. A promise that will revolve around everything we do.
To love Allah the most, we have to try to put His love on top of the list of things we love. We have to love Him more than our parents, our laptop, our passion for music, sports, etc. Feel that it's hard? To love something that one cannot see, hear, nor sense. Yet again, if we think of all the things that Allah had given us all, everything He had done for us, all the love He had showered us, it is literally impossible not to love HIM. We only need to think more. Of His gifts, of His love, of the way He created us… I'm reminded of just a simple example, imagine, what will happen if Allah decided that He will not allow water to be evaporated by the sun? then, our skin will be wet with sweats, our clothes won't dry… How Allah the almighty actually, I can go on and on about this.. but I'm sure we can all think of our own examples.
To rely on Allah alone is to put our hope and trust on Him. For example, for our studies, some people rely on their hard work and intellect to score. While others rely on their ties with the lecturers. Yet, for a Muslim who really understands that Allah is his Ilah, his reliance is to Allah alone. This does not mean that he does not have to study hard in order to achieve. Nor does this mean that he does not have to have good ties with the lecturer. He does it all, because Allah ask him to. Yet, at the end, he trust Allah to give him the best for himself.
During the period of Jahiliyah, the people of Makkah seek help from numerous man-made gods. Saidina Umar al-Khattab, after embracing Islam, used to laugh at his own foolishness for seeking the help of an idol he made of dried dates, for when he was hungry, he ended up eating those dates himself. For at the time, he seeks help from something helpless to save itself from being eaten. Evidently, any Ilah other than Allah cannot really assist us in finding true happiness. One who puts money as his Ilah may find that money is a help at some areas, lending wealth and a short joyful time, yet at the end, the life will feel empty. Even a whole bank full of money may not buy health that Allah had so generously supplied us with.
Hence syahadatain is a promise to make Allah as our Ilah, the One we love most, rely on, and seek help from… have we managed to fulfill the promise?
- Syahadatain is an oath
<<< To be continued… >>>
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Today I'll be going for a trip to visit my brother at his school in Perlis. I'll post up that post as soon as I can, insyaAllah... meanwhile, here's a poem i like...
Object of dispair
by Fahim Firfiray (Abu Omar)
Aisha is in full hijab
Emma's really quite bemused
You're a smart girl Aisha
Take it off my sister
Aisha is amazed
My dear sister Emma,
Now that we've sat down,
I see the way you're sitting,
I'll tell you who obliges you,
In the main, it's men my friend,
"Sex Sells" there is no doubt,
They want to be accepted,
Intelligence and reason
You claim your skirt is office like
His could be the poshest pants
Why do you douse yourself with creams
A simple shower's all you need
Why do you wake up at dawn,
And if you should have to leave the house
Be free my sister Emma
Avoid all those sickly stares
Strength lies in anonymity
You're a smart girl Emma
To use your very words my friend
This is a poem I had heard when I was in form three (2003), when my mum shared it with me and my siblings from an e-mail she got.. and I had really loved it.. when I found this poem in the net, i decided to copy it here. Hope you'll enjoy it too... (^_^)
Monday, May 4, 2009
It is just a phrase
Quite a short one indeed
Yet, many were killed because of it
Many others were scared of it
Some refused to utter it
While others, become changed men after saying it.
How did they change?
They became braver
They are suddenly closer to one another
They don’t mind being hated
Nor do they mind being hit, abandoned, or threatened
Their hearts were always calm
No matter what storms they must endure
As a price for believing, and declaring the phrase
At the end...
Because of the phrase
More than a quarter of the world
Is in their hands
Yes, a brand new civilization was built
Built on the pillars of
The simple phrase
A civilization filled with harmony
Enveloping peace and calmness to its residents
Promoting the spread of knowledge
Be it science, history, and geography
Encouraging the growth of the economy
Overflowing with trust, kindness and honesty.
Hundreds of years had past
The civilization had lost its glorious days
Although the phrase is still around
Declared by many men throughout the globe
Yet... now it had really become
JUST a phrase...
What IS the phrase??
>> take a guess... I’ll post it up in my next entry, insyaAllah...
Got a tag from http://fintkewl.blogspot.com/
So.. here it is.. (btw.. i’m not tagging anyone else kot..huh)
1. Fill in the info required below
2. Copy it onto your blog, inform your tagger so you can get the result-analysis
3. Copy the result of the tag onto your blog (preferably under your answers!)
4. You may tag other people, but make sure they don't read the result-analysis first!
Let's imagine that you like to read books and watch documentaries about aliens..
So you somewhat have 'background schemata' about aliens..
and one day - you just got lucky (or unlucky)
you've been selected by alien forces to take a one-way trip to their dimension.
yes, one-way trip.
and you can't refuse their invitation because you've been 'selected'.
(that means even if you don't want to go, they'll still 'take' (read: illegally abduct) you.
as a dramatic add-on to your departure, the aliens assigned you to compose a semi-autobiographical goodbye note for all of those whom you are leaving behind, according to the questions below:
1.a list of things you like/liked best:
person: my parents (of course!)
colour: peach, red, black
number: um... any number will do
clothing: my wardrobe.. (is that allowed?)
food: mum’s spaghetti
pastime/activity/hobby: reading and writing, surfing the net
music: ‘The Prophet’s Hands’ (Dawud’s), ‘Atas Nama Cinta’ (UNIC), ‘Setanggi Syurga’ (inTEAM) and ‘Saujana’ (saujana)
book: In The Early Hours by Khurram Murad, Guide to Personal Tarbiyah, VT by Hilal Asyraf, Rooftop Rant by Hlovate, RADHA by Rynsa... (the list can go on forever!)
hangout place: anywhere that’s not noisy and crowded
friend: aniem, maryam, izyan, fatin, saeideh...
movie: The Message, Muhannad at-Tohir, Sang Murabbi, Spy Kids, Baby Genius, What a Girl Wants
2. things you wished you did more of:
More amal soleh and get myself closer to HIM
3. your final message to _________ (fill in as many messages to as many people you like, i.e: to my little sis, I'm sorry we quarrelled a lot...)
just... sorry everyone.. n take care of ur iman, amal and health! And may the aliens send me back.. (is that possible?)
>> a very illogical piece of tag, but i finished it, so.. hope u’re happy flint! And sorry if it is a bit late..