Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I had read an article on Paradise (jannah) recently... the descriptions of jannah is indeed so very lovely. Here is a verse from the Quran:
The description of Paradise which the Muttaqûn (pious) have been promised (is that) in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed, rivers of milk of which the taste never changes, rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified honey (clear and pure) therein for them is every kind of fruit; and forgiveness from their Lord. (Are these) like those who shall dwell for ever in the Fire, and be given, to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels? (47:15)
Allâh has promised the believers -men and women, - Gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein forever, and beautiful mansions in Gardens of 'Adn (Eden Paradise). But the greatest bliss is the Good Pleasure of Allâh. That is the supreme success.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I was thinking of doing some translation this holidays.
Rely on your wits and savvy - it can prove to be helpful when translating a difficult text
Ask a specialist or a native speaker to proofread your translation so that it sounds natural
Never accept a project which you know is not within your abilities
Skills and translation expertise come with time - remember it!
Language nuances do matter when making a professional translation
A good translation is worth taking time for!
The way documents are organized in one country may not be understood in another
Emulate the original style of the author, be it humorous, wordy, with colloquial or scientific language, etc.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I am in need of a break from my books. Hence I decide to write this up. A short summary of Chapter four in 'In the Early Hours' by ust Khurram Murad. Let us try to relate our life to the Prophet Muhammad, PBUH…
As a servant to Allah, we are asked to put the teachings of al-Quran into practice. Yet, how can this be done? The only way to live life according to the Quran, is by living our life as the Prophet Muhammad, PBUH had done. His example was the surest guide to the Quran's meanings and Messege.
In a sense, the Quran provides the essential framework for mankind, but the Prophet PBUH and his sunnah provides the details of the framework. If you desire to know what type of person the Quran wants you to be, and what type of society the Quran wants you to create, you only need to look at the Prophet's life history.
Knowing the prophet's history, or seerah, however, is not enough. We require inner strength to follow the Quranic teachings. We need to have the real flavour of faith inside our hearts. A strength which comes out of the love a believer must have for Allah and His Messenger.
Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, reported, that the messenger of Allah, PBUH said:
There are three types of people who will experience the sweetness of faith: he to whom Allah and his messenger are dearrer than all else; he who loves a human being for the sake of Allah alone; and he who has great abhorrance of returning to unbelief after Allah has rescued him from it as he has of being cast into hell. (Bukhari, Muslim)
This love is not merely due to faith. But it is a love that is above all other types of love, making faith penitrate into the heart. Through this love, one is able to taste the sweetness of faith. The way to this love, and the symbol of this love lies in followong the footsteps of the Prophet, PBUH, who was reccommended to say:
If you love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive your sins. For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful (ali Imran: 31)
(to be continued, insyaAllah…)
Really… I want to go to Padang and help out. Seriously… want to go so badly. Want to help the victims of the earthquake. But I've to study for the upcoming finals. And I have a practical exam this Wednesday. So my parents won't allow ne to go. And my rational mind say I can't go either. For I've still a lot, mind you, a LOT to study. Hence I can't go. (really sad bout it).
Dear self, be patient. Do what you have to do first, for this is your main responsibility now, as a student. This is your priority alrite… study is a jihad as well. Strive to gain knowledge and use it for the benefit of the ummah.
Don't feel down alrite… try your best to score well. if you want to continue your studies to the next level, you'll need to score now. Do your best!
Mode: trying to push myself to study more although I don't feel like it… ya Allah, give me strength… Grant your blessings on the effort I made. Dear self, purify your intentions and go on, and may success be yours, now and in the next life
>> all the best to everyone who is going to face exams soon. May Allah help all of us to get the best for ourself and for Islam.
Even though we are not able to go there now, try help out by donating money. May Allah count our deeds as good deeds, and may they leed us to jannah, insyaAllah...
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Israeli police have barred Palestinians protesting in defence of the al-Aqsa mosque compound from gaining access to Jerusalem's Old City.
Friday's increased restrictions on the mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem followed a series of clashes that started late last month.
Men under the age of 50 were prevented from accessing the mosque for the past six days.
Towards the end of Friday, Israel lifted its curfew, but for most of the day several hundred Palestinians were denied entry to the mosque.
Many performed Friday prayers just outside the gates of the Old City, while the heavily armed Israeli police deployed extra troops.