Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Kudos to The White Helmets


In case you have yet to watch the heart-breaking documentary produced by one lovely British woman Joanna Natasegara (the beautiful lady in blue - see video below).

It's touching to see how emotionally affected she was during her Oscars appearance. It's encouraging to see her and her co-presenter Orlando (the docu director) speak like that about our Muslim brothers and sisters in Syria.

It's a  must watch documentary - The White Helmets, winner of the 'Best Short Documentary' at the 2017 Oscars. The docu lets you get a closer look at the sufferings in Syria and the selfless civilian volunteers known as the White Helmets, headed by Raed Saleh.

May Allah deliver His protection to the people of Syria. It's been six years now. February might have been fabulous to many of us, but let's not forget the less fortunate among us.

The White Helmets documentary is available on Netflix.

Support the White Helmets, a Syrian organization comprised of civilian volunteers who offer assistance to conflict victims in Syria.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Keeping up with technology | It's always worth a try


Assalamualaikum folks.

I have always considered myself ol' school until I embraced the newly launched Whatsapp enhanced "Status" feature where you could share more photos and video of your daily "status" or activities. It's always worth a try. Here it is.

Hope you have had a wonderful Sunday, as I did. Alhamdulillahi hamdan yuwafi ni'amahu wayukafi umazidah.

You all know Mulla Nasrudin jokes, am pretty sure of that. Here's one for the weekend.

"As usual Mulla Nasrudin showed up for supper with dirty hands and a dirty face. "Go wash up," his wife screamed at him. "Night after night I tell you. And night after night you always come to the table without washing. Why don't you ever do it without my shouting at you?"
"Well" said Mulla, "It's always worth a try, who knows, you might forget once."

: D

It's always worth a try!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mirror of the mind and eyes


No amount of filter can hide what's reflected in our minds and eyes.

Face the world in the face, you know what I mean? Face it all without fear, face it all with an open mind and truthful heart, knowing "In His hand is all good" (Quran 3:26).

On a lighter note...

Face the world with a grateful face : )
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Feeling hyped-up cos I've rewarded myself with two new sunglasses LOL. Oh well, it's a buy one get one free. LOL. You gotta reward yourself at least once every month you know.

To the young readers out there who are still studying and struggling as a student/fresh executives, believe me, your day will come. Just focus on your studies/work now. Be patient, hang in there, sow the seeds, in no time you will reap the fruits. Just keep your faith up. Allah is indeed Kareem.

Happy Saturday!

The face is the mirror of the mind and eyes

Friday, February 24, 2017

Way of being | Magnanimous


One significant lesson I learned today from Shaykh Allie Khalfe (again), that it's not exactly a "way of life", it's a "way of being".

A way of life is just limited to the zahiri, the external. As Muslims, we should understand that Islam is a way of being as it encapsulates both the zahir the exterior and the batin, the interior. It's both body and soul. The soul is going to live on forever in eternity in the next life. Therefore, it's a sense of being.

It makes sense, don't you think? It's more than just having a good 'way of life'. It's about who we are, the sense of being while we are here in this physical realm, having with us both zahir and batin characteristics, knowing pretty well that the batin will continue to the eternal realm. It makes life more meaningful when we are more cognizant and appreciative of this sense of being. This, in my humble opinion, leads to magnanimity as a result of our soul being larger than life.

I have a feeling, thisssss... is going to be a happy...happy...weekend and I wish you the same.

Be happy. Don't just live happy, BE happy, you get what I mean?

Be magnanimous. But then again a magnanimous person should always be happy.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The best thing about the future


I saw this tweet by 'Women of history' about the best thing about the future, that it comes one day at a time.

Edited it a bit, to my own understanding about the future and the present - today. It's a note to myself, as always. Hope you'll like my poster below.

Here's to today.
Happy Thursday : )

As ever,

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ba | Be | Bismillah | By all means, subscribe


Alhamdulillah anyhow, that, only at this age of mine, have I heard the meaning of ba in Bismillah.

Thanks to technology that I am able to have access to the tafseer lessons given by Shaykh Allie Khalfe of the Islamic Text Institute Cape Town. But it's not just technology, his lessons delivered through Soundcloud are bite-size, concise yet deep. I felt really stupid cos it seemed all the things I heard him elucidate were all new to me, like hello, where have I been?

I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to learn tafseer of the Quran. I know there are many tafseer lessons on offer out there, but I guess you are meant to learn from whomever you are meant to learn, like this saying quoted by Shaykh Allie in the second lesson of Tafseer of Surah Fatihah:

So I learned, that the lam in Alhamdulillah - in the lillah has got nine meanings! MashaAllah.

Unsubscribe from ignorance. Subscribe to the lessons. Subscribe to love for useful knowledge. Make full use of your time. Listen on the go, anywhere, anytime.

Below is a sample lesson on 'Shades of Love'.

"The word Shari'a (Revealed Law) is derived from the root shara'a and lexically means 'water'. The Shari'a, in addition to being the Revealed Law, is the path to the water of Divine Life, a path that flows, is flexible and far from extremism and rigidity."
- Shaykh Muhammad Allie Khalfe

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Shaykh Allie Khalfe's lectures on Soundcloud | Basmalah and 'Shades of love'


Subhanallah, this is by far the coolest initiative I've come across in 2017. February is looking fabulous!

We say mabruk to Shaykh Allie on this wonderful initiative of his and the Islamic Text Institute based in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Click below, to listen to sample lectures on:
  • Bismillah (as part of a full lecture on tafseer of  Surah Fatihah), and
  • Thirteen shades of love.

According to Shaykh Allie [in the sample lecture for Basmalah] there are two attributes of Allah in Bismilahirahmanirahim that is Rahman (mercy) and Rahim (grace/compassion), both of which belongs to the first type of three types of Allah's attributes i.e. Jamal (beauty).

The other two types of Allah's attributes are Jalal (majesty) and Kamal (perfection).

Azim (greatness), Mutakabbir (grandeur) and Qahar (conqueror) belong to the Jalal (majesty) category whereas Sami' and Basir belongs to Kamal (perfection) the third category of Allah's attributes. 

I have just subscribed to Shaykh Allie's Soundcloud. Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah. To subscribe, simply send an email to islamictext at gmail dot com. For a small monthly fee of USD15, you will receive up to 10 audio lessons a month.

MashaAllah that's a very small fee compared to the value of the knowledge one could get. Let's just pray so that Allah will continue to bestow His tawfiq to Shaykh Allie and all the genuine shuyukh out there who strive to propagate a better understanding and appreciation of the deen. Ameen.

Subscribe for yourself and people you care/love, spread the knowledge.
"Richness does not come from an abundance of wealth, true richness is the richness of the heart."
- Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam

And spread the love. 
But..."Let not your love become an attachment, nor your hate become a destruction." 
- Sayyidina Umar Ibn Al Khattab.

Can't wait to inform my Quran tajweed teacher that I've subscribed for him : D
Wama tawfiqi illa billah.