Tuesday, May 30, 2017

4th Ramadan 1438 H | Lord seeker

Bismillah.

Seek neither this world nor the Hereafter.
Seek the Lord of the Worlds and the Hereafter.

The world is a bridge. There's no need to over-decorate a bridge because we will cross to the end and leave it behind anyway. The Hereafter is like candy to those who seek a handful of rewards.

The shaykh says, in other words, [in my own silly interpretation] be close to the candy-maker. I think it makes sense. If we are close to a candy-maker, he could spin up a cotton candy anytime. But cotton candy is like a shell, we are supposed to be near to the kernel - the sugar - the Source.





The Shaykh also say: we must give attention and interest to those who love us for our sake and not for their sake.

In any case, this Ramadan, let's spend more time to speak to the Lord, than speak to the mortals.



Monday, May 29, 2017

3rd Ramadan 1438 H | Be useful to yourself

Bismillah.

Remind myself I will, to speak less, read more. Read beneficial materials. Read the Quran. Master on the major instead of the minor.

Be useful to yourself first and then others.
: )






Salam Sahur from KL.



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Quran Marathon

Bismillah.

Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah, at the time of writing (Saturday 11pm), most Malaysians have just completed the teraweeh prayers.

I have a confession to make, the moment I reached home from the mosque, this is what I hunted for - my post-teraweeh snacks. LOL. We all have our own favorite food for iftar, late night snacks and sahur, I'm sure. 


Meat floss in Spring Roll wrappers
- a friend made these yummies.
Excuse me the photo has nothing to do with the posting subject 😂

But I don't feel guilty snacking cos today I did pretty well with the Quran marathon ; )

Yes, Alhamdulillah, this posting is a special shout out to my Quran teacher. He has trained me pretty well since Nov last year, so I am now capable of reading one juzuk/chapter in one sitting which takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes on average. One sitting in the morning and one before iftar, so 2 chapters a day went by like a song - thanks to him!

May Allah grant him His secret knowledge and gnosis and fulfill his dream to complete a second degree in Islamic Studies. Just imagine someone with a BSc. from a uni abroad can be so talented in teaching the Quran that he has received teaching certs from several state authorities. That shows we must stay true to our own personal interests regardless of our academic qualifications.

I have also noticed that it's good to read one chapter of the Quran ahead of time so that when you go for teraweeh you will become familiar with what the imam recites. For example, on day two of teraweeh we should read Chapter Two during the day because that's what the imam would usually recite on the second night. Let's try. We won't know our real capabilities unless we keep trying. May Allah give us plenty of stamina to run the Quran Marathon until the finish line. Ameen.

OK good night folks.

Ramadan Kareem!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sahur & Subuh in KL | 1st Ramadan 1438 Hijri

Bismillah.




Assalamualaikum warahmatullah,

May Allah grant us good health and the tawfiq to wake up for Fajar, Sahur and Subuh prayers every day of this year's Ramadan. 

Oh Allah, just as You have peeled off the night and present a new day, enable us to remove the blemished skins of yesterday's deeds. Rejuvenate for us the appearance of our iman, tawakkulyaqin and sabr on this brand new day. Let our tongues speak the truth. Let us be the receptacle of the most precious bounties which You have reserved for those who fast truthfully zahir and batin, on each day of the blessed Ramadan.

Ameen.


Pre-dawn in KL - 1st Ramadan 1438 H

The KL Tower lights up at the call of Subuh azan on this first day of Ramadan




Let's start early, let's join the Launch Good Ramadan Challenge to support Muslims across the world do incredible things. Every day for 30 days of Ramadan, a campaign will be selected for you and you get to contribute according to the donation amount which you pre-select.
I am one of 6566 people who signed up so far.  
Awesome initiative. Awesome opportunity.
Bismillah:
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Ramadan Kareem | Ramadan Reflections

Bismillah.



Assalamualaikum warahmatullah to all the "soul soldiers of the same rank", friends who have sent good wishes in conjunction with the arrival of the sacred Ramadan. You know who you are : )

Alhamdulillah...some of you live in countries where Ramadan will make its appearance in a couple of hours (at the time of this posting).  

Praise be to Allah, the Most Generous and Most Compassionate for the tawfiq that this sinful faqir was able to be present at His House for the first teraweeh. What would become of us, had He not granted us good health and facilitate it for us to be among the congregation? Glory be to Him for letting us welcome the holy month yet again no matter how dented our previous Ramadans had been. Praise be to Him for granting us the awareness and consciousness of our own weaknesses thus we try again and again at purifying our hearts and deeds.

Glory be to Him, who sees and hears all. We seek refuge in Allah from the lack of strength to defend our iman from being poked, torn or robbed by the affiliates of shayatin in the form of men, anytime anywhere. May He replace our weaknesses and shortcomings with a mighty strength and defense. May He fortify our fort of faith, so no evil eyes and hands can do harm to us. 

May the Generous Lord of the Worlds create for us, tranquility and felicity in each moment. May Allah the Most Subtle and Gentle, soften our hearts that it bows nimble towards Him and Him alone. That we remain in this protected state always inside and outside of Ramadan.


Ameen Allahumma Ameen.        

Ramadan eve in KL.
Gotta praise Allah that this city is peaceful.
We are not forgetful of our brothers and sisters who have been displaced,
who have had to leave their countries due to conflicts.
 May Allah shower His mercy on them and grant them a better abode.
Ameen. 


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time to reflect

Bismillah.

Says Saleem Kidwai OBE


Counting down to Ramadan : )

Wassalamualaikum warahmatullah.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Manisnya munajat | Call upon the Lord

Bismillah.

I wish to write in the Malay language of a state I have been experiencing. It's about the sweetness of being alone and calling upon the Lord.

***

Manisnya munajat
Indahnya bersendirian
berkata-kata dari sanubari yang paling dalam
kepada Tuhanku yang sentiasa menunggu

Tenangnya rasa kala memutuskan diri

daripada hingar bingar dunia
dan tingkah manusia melelahkan jiwa
Tiada penghujung drama menidakkan kebenaran
degil ego bergelumang rakus kemahuan
Sungguh bahagialah jiwa yang meninggalkan segala yang sirna tidak bermakna

Ya Allah, terima kasih atas undangan ini

Saat-saat sunyi menjadi saksi segala yang terbuku di hati
dan semua rasa yang dizahirkan suara
Syukur Ya Allah Tuhan yang menggerakkan lidah
menadah perhatian dan kurnia Ilahi
akan segenap keperluan diri
memohon kepada Tuhan yang Maha Kaya
boleh saja menciptakan sekali lagi
bumi dan langit
jika itu pilihanNya
maka Engkau ciptakan buat ku rahsia antara kita

Syukur Ya Rabb Ya Wali

atas keyakinan dan harapan baharu
hanya Engkau yang mampu memberi

Terima kasih Tuhan

atas kemanisan munajat
dan bahagia yang mengiring diri
di kala aku duduk sendiri
hanya Engkau menjadi saksi

: )