|Ibn ‘Abaas related that the Messenger of Allaah (S) used to commend Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn to Allaah’s protection, saying: |
‘I commend you two to the protection of Allaah’s perfect words from every devil, vermin, and every evil eye.’
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Masjid Ubudiah - ranking high on the list of Malaysia's most beautiful mosques, the Masjid Ubudiah (or Ubudiah Mosque) stands proudly and majestically in Kuala Kangsar, with its golden dome and minarets creating a spellbinding sight, from near and afar.
Built in 1917 during the reign of the 28th Sultan of Perak, Sultan Idris Murshidul'adzam Shah 1, the Masjid Ubudiah is located beside the Royal Mausoleum on Bukit Chandan. It was commissioned on the orders of the Sultan, who vowed that he would build a mosque of great beauty as thanksgiving for recovery from an illness which plagued him in those early days.
The construction of the mosque was not without difficulties. Work was interrupted several times, once when the Sultan's two elephants ran over and damaged the imported Italian marble titles, and another time when World War 1 broke out.
The mosque was finally completed in late 1917 at a total cost of RM200,000- quite an astronomical figure for those days. It was officially declared open by Sultan Abdul Jalil Karamtullah Shah, successor to Sultan Idris. This imposing structure is now a symbol of great pride to all Muslims in the state of Perak Darul Ridzuan, the Land of Grace.
Aren't we happy that it's just in our neighbourhood?
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Fasting, combined with the Quran recital in night-prayers, generates rich resources which Ramadan harnesses to the fulfilment of the Quranic mission.
Look at taqwa. What is it? Literally it means saving ourselves from harm. In moral life, therefore, taqwa must primarily mean. firstly, accepting that some actions and beliefs are harmful, that is to say, right and wrong do exist, and secondly, having the resolve and will to avoid the wrong and do the right. As a consequence, thirdly, his conduct should reflect this consciousness and resolve, if he is not a hypocrite.
To have the Quranic taqwa, which will entitle us to its guidance, we must know that there are realities and values beyond matter, beyond what we are incapable of perceiving by our physical senses, beyond this world, that man needs to be guided to what is right and what is wrong, (yu'minuna bil- ghayb). We should also be prepared to submit, willingly, all that we possess — mind, body, wealth — to the truth that we know and believe (yuqimunas salata wa mimma razaqnahum yunfiqun).
Every moment in Ramadan engraves these lessons on our hearts. Integrates them in our practice. The most elementary physical needs — food and water and sleep — are readily and joyfully sacrificed. Hunger and thirst are no more harmful; God’s displeasure is. Physical pleasures no more hold any lure; God's rewards do. The scale of values is turned upside down. The measure of comfort and pain, success and failure is radically changed. Without this change, none is entitled to take up Allah’s cause.
This is what the true meaning of Ramadhan is? Do you agree?
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Bollywood star says he will cut back on US visits (AP)
NEW DELHI - Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said Tuesday he will cut back on visits to the United States, especially with his family, after he was questioned by immigration officials at a New York-area airport.
Khan was taken aside at Newark's Liberty International Airport on Friday for what officials said was routine questioning. They denied he was formally detained, saying the incident lasted barely more than an hour and was prolonged only because his bag had been lost by the airline.
But the questioning set off outrage in India, where politicians, sports celebrities and film stars regularly receive VIP treatment at airports. Angry fans burned a U.S. flag and protested what they saw as ill-treatment of a beloved star, and politicians called for an investigation.
The Muslim actor was promoting his latest film, "My Name is Khan," about racial profiling after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Khan told reporters Tuesday after returning to Mumbai that the incident had been "blown out of proportion." But he said the questioning — which included requests for the names of people who could vouch for him — embarrassed him.
You see the impact of September 11? And they were worried about extremists! But Shahrukh is no extremist at all!!!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Water as per requirement
- Knead soft dough with above ingredients.
- Leave it for at least 30 minutes.
- Break off to a table tennis - ball sized (even smaller) bit of dough.
- Roll with help of dry flour to a thin round.
- Roll as thin as possible.
- Heat tawa and place phulka on it.
- When dry on one side, turn it.
- When brown spots appear on second side, turn again.
- Use a kitchen towel and lightly press the phulka, rotating at same time, it will puff.
- Make as crisp as desired.
- Serve hot.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Doa is a Weapon - Effective Time for Doa
Actually I am saddened to know many people do not know how to make a simple doa. They forgot to do:
1. The basics of starting and closing the niyat with Salawat.
2. The need to close doa with "Ameen"
The Prophet (peace be upon him) has said that the doa is our weapon. But we claim to be believing Muslims, yet we do not know how to do this.
When we do not know how to operate our own weapon, we will find alternatives from the non-Muslims which we think is ok.
At the personal level, even some Muslims are practising meditation from non-Muslim Yoga teachers. And some are learning the "frequencies aura internal energies" from the Eastern Religions to enhance their incomplete doa. And there are some will recite Quran together for purpose of healing with the other reciters reading other scriptures from other religions (Buddha, Hindu, Christian etc) as part of UNIVERSAL Worship ? MASHALLAH........
At the national level, what we do is buy weapons from non-Islamic superpowers and trying to fight the Islamic enemies, and pay much money for replacement weapons, upgrade weapons, and the too many ammunitions. In the end, wars are never-ending and we end-up buying from them, and they get richer !
Wake up and please learn to make full use of doa so that ALLAH will response to our prayers. Many times what happen to our doa, is that the doa is "hanging" because it is not complete. The same way happens if we send an application without completing the mandatory details, the application get KIV.
If the Prophet and the Sahabah and the Imam/Ulama can make doa in the proper way, why don't we do the same? Is it because we feel our amal is higher than them ?, or we are better than them ?! Shocked
Please stop dreaming, our life is too short for dreaming. Wake up and start learning make proper doa.
The Etiquette of Making Du`a
In His book ‘Du`a; The Shield of A Believer; Arrows of Light in The Darkness of Night’, Sheikh Salamah Abul-Kamal, a Muslim writer and Da`iyah, mentioned some manners pertaining to making Du`a:
“1-Praising Allah and sending peace to His Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him.
2-Admitting one’s sins and showing repentance.
3-During supplication, one should begin with himself.
4-Repeating one’s supplication three times.
5-Asking Allah with firm will and seriousness.
6-Using short rich expressions in supplication.
7-Observing humbleness and humility during supplication.
8-The voice of the suppliant should be neither so loud nor so low.
9-The suppliant should end his supplication with saying ‘Ameen’ meaning ‘O Allah! Accept my supplication!’
10-Gaining provision through lawful means.”
Based on the English translation of the book, published by Dar Al-Manarah, Egypt.
The Optimum Times for Making Du`a
There are many optimum times of Du`a mentioned by scholars. The late Imam Hasan Al-Banna, in his Tract of Munajaah, sheds light on some of them, as follows:
“1-Between Azan and Iqamah. It reported that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Du`a made between Azan and Iqamah is not rejected.” The Companions said: “What shall we say, O Messenger of Allah?” “Seek Allah’s grace in this world and in the afterlife”, replied the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him.” (Reported by Abu-Dawud and At-Tirmizi)
2-In prostration. Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, quotes the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, as saying: “The nearest a Muslim is to his Lord is while he is in prostration. So, make Du`a in it.” (Reported by Muslim, Abu Dawud and An-Nasa’i)
3-While on travel and while being subject to oppression. The Hadith of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, reads: “Three kinds of Du`a are surely answered; the Du`a of an oppressed, the Du`a of a traveler and the Du`a of a parent against his son or daughter.” (Reported by Abu-Dawud and At-Tirmizi)
4-In the middle of the night. Also, Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, quotes the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, as saying: “Almighty Allah manifests Himself at the first heaven, during the last third of night, and says: ‘Is there any suppliant so that I answer him? Is there anyone asking so that I fulfill his need? Is there any seeker of forgiveness so that I forgive his sins.’”
Based on Imam Al-Banna’s Tract of Munajaah, published by Dar Ash-Shihab, Egypt.
Almighty Allah knows best.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sharjah: Drinking a decoction made of fennel seeds soaked in warm water first thing in the morning could prevent you from catching swine flu says a study published in a Chinese medical research magazine. According to report published in Al Khaleej a local Arabic daily, the study has resulted in an increase of fennel seeds sales by 50 per cent in some Asian countries. The report read that similar increase in sales was also visible in countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The fennel seed warm drink is being distributed to people who are making pilgrimage to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.
Sharjah: Drinking a decoction made of fennel seeds soaked in warm water first thing in the morning could prevent you from catching swine flu says a study published in a Chinese medical research magazine.
According to report published in Al Khaleej a local Arabic daily, the study has resulted in an increase of fennel seeds sales by 50 per cent in some Asian countries.
The report read that similar increase in sales was also visible in countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The fennel seed warm drink is being distributed to people who are making pilgrimage to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
1.You want to know why I've got a bee in my bonnet?
(a) a headache
(b) a fly in my head
(c) a problem on my mind
(d) a difficulty with my hair
2.Yes, tell me about it. I'm all ears.
(a) listening carefully
(b) listening quietly
(c) listening quickly
(d) listening completely
3.You remember I told you about that car that cost me an arm and a leg?
(a) a fair amount of money
(b) a small amount of money
(c) a good amount of money
(d) a huge amount of money
english phrasal verbs, a fair amount of money vs a small amount of money vs a good amount of money vs a huge
4.The one you bought from the man you called the big cheese?
(a) the man with big ears
(b) the man with the important job
(c) the man with the yellow teeth
(d) the man with the big smile
(a) a fool
(b) a criminal
(c) a conman
(d) a devil
6.And when I reached his office I saw he was not really awake because he'd been having a cat nap.
(a) a deep sleep
(b) a long sleep
(c) a short sleep
(d) a big sleep
7.And really the only reason you were there was because you had a bone to pick with him?
(a) you wanted to have a discussion with him
(b) you wanted to have a chat with him
(c) you wanted to have a talk with him
(d) you wanted to have an argument with him
8.Yes, that's right. I got my money back and as a result I opened up a whole new can of worms because other people got their money back, too.
(a) made a complete mess of his office
(b) exposed a lot of serious problems
(c) discovered some creatures on the carpet
(d) revealed a lot of new paper work
It turns out that dark chocolate — not white, or milk — lowers blood pressure, according to a report in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2003. Because of the high amounts of antioxidants in dark chocolate, it has other health benefits as well, such as decreasing risk of heart disease if you eat around 100 grams a day.
Of course, that’s nearly a quarter of a pound of dark chocolate a day, Fernstrom warns, so do the math and see if it’s really good for your waistline.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Action Items (three shields of protection):
- Memorize. Memorize Surah Falaq and Surah Naas–you probably know them already; only 11 ayaat–and Ayatul-Kursi. These are, by far, among the strongest forms of protection available. Throw in Surah Ikhlaas, too.
- Recite Them. Follow the sunnah of the Messenger of Allah–recite all three, blow dry spit into your hands, and wipe over your entire body, before you sleep; do it a total of three times. This is the sunnah! Then, recite Ayatul-Kursi, and, if you know it, as much as you can from Surah Baqarah–because Shaytaan runs away from houses where Surah Baqarah is recited.
- Pray. Increase in prayers and dhikr and good actions; this will naturally put you in Allah’s protection and distance you from the unseen world of Jinns.
Ripped Limb From Limb
In verses 9 and 10 of Surah Iqraa, Allah says:
أَرَأَيْتَ الَّذِي يَنْهَى
عَبْداً إِذَا صَلَّى
Translation: Have you seen the one who forbids a servant when he prays?
The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) used to make sujood to Allah in the courtyard of the ka’bah in early times in Mecca, and nobody would stop him. Abu Jahl used to get very, very angry. Once, when the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) was doing this, Abu Jahl saw him, and swore he would not let this continue.
So he advanced, with the intention of harming the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam). As the people watched, suddenly, his face changed, and he retreated, screaming.
The people said: What’s wrong with you?
He said, “Didn’t you see what I said?” They said no.
He said: “I saw a ditch of fire and terror and wings waiting to rip me apart.”
The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Those were the angels. If he had advanced another step, they would have ripped him limb from limb.”
There are two things about this verse that are obvious from the Arabic, but not so from the English translation.
The first is: ta’ajjub, which means like wonder or amazement. This verse is ta’ajjub–like wonderment. “Do you see the person who prevents a slave from worshiping?” Like how ridiculous is this person who wants to prevent others from worshiping Allah.
The second is: a question. The ayahs are phrased as a question. Why? So we can think about it. Ponder about it. Usually, we just gloss over the questions; but they’re there to make you think.
- Think about it. When was the last time you saw someone preventing others from praying? How did that make you feel? What did that preventing-person get out of it?
- Sujood Ash-Shukur. Hop onto that prayer mat and make sujood to Allah to thank Him that you don’t have people like that around; that you can pray whatever you want (Dhur/Asr/Maghrib/etc.), whenever you want (lunch break? in the middle of a meeting? during an exam?) and nobody tries to stop you.