Thursday, June 30, 2011

Non-stop credit into your account!


As a Muslim, whatever we did we will get credit(Pahala) as long as we have a pure intention for sake of Allah and we don't go beyond the rules of Islam(Syariah) inshaallah. Just like when we are saving our properties in the security bank, we are actually saving for afterlife with the  credit(pahala) into our akhirah's account. You'll be a millionaire or billionaire in hereafter! So I reckon few ways to earn non-stop credit into our akhirah account, check them out:

1. Teach someone to recite Quran- You'll gain credit each time they read it! 
2. Give away a copy of the Quran to someone
3. Donate a wheelchair to hospital- You'll get credit each time people use it!
4. Donate stuff or money to orphanage home or sponsor any orphan. 
5. Donate or take part in building a Masjid 
6. Place something for public use, e.g: water cooler
7. Plant tree- you'll gain credits, whenever animals or people sit in it's shade or eat from it
8. Share a good and beneficial things online, and you'll gain credit each time people read and share it as well.

Mashaallah! You may reckon any other ways to get non-stop credit for sure! Don't delay, lets make a move, put some effort even the simplest one, Allah will see that :)
 The Messenger of Allaah (Allaah bless him and give him peace) said: “When a person dies, his works end, except for three: ongoing charity, knowledge that is benefited from, and a righteous child who prays for him.” [Muslim, Tirmidhi]  
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported Allaah’s Messenger (Allaah bless him and give him peace) as saying: “Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allaah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allaah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” [Muslim 
"The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower. ( Surah Al Baqarah, ayah 261

Monday, June 20, 2011

Daddy, can I have $10?

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5 year old son waiting for him at the door.
“Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
“Yeah, sure, what is it?” replied the man.
“Daddy, how much money do you make an hour?”
“That’s none of your business! What makes you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily.
“I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” pleaded the little boy.
“If you must know, I make $20.00 an hour.”
“Oh, ” the little boy replied, head bowed. Looking up, he said, “Daddy, may I borrow $10.00 please?”
The father was furious. 
“If the only reason you want to know how much money I make is just so you can borrow some to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you’re being so selfish. I work long, hard hours everyday and don’t have time for such childish games.”
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even madder about the little boy’s questioning. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money. After an hour or so , the man had calmed down, and started to think he may have been a little hard on his son. May be there was something he really needed to buy with that $10.00 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door. “Are you asleep son?” he asked.
“No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy.
“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier,” said the man. “It’s been a long day and I took my aggravation out on you. Here’s that $10.00 you asked for.”
The little boy sat straight up, beaming. “Oh, thank you daddy!” he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow, he pulled out some more crumpled up bills. The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at the man.
“Why did you want more money if you already had some?” the father grumbled.
“Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied.
“Daddy, I have $20.00 now… Can I buy an hour of your time?”

>Give time to your children, because its easy to get carried away with life.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Islam In Japan

Japan is archipelago of 6852 islands. With it small land, Japan has world's tenth-largest population with over than 127 million people and Tokyo is largest metropolitan area in the world with over 30 million residents (That small Tokyo has population more than the whole of my country, you hear me?!). Japan is a major economic power, it has the world's third-largest economy by nominal GDP(Gross Domestic Product, something like the primary indicators of economic health on particular country but oh never ask me how to get this, please! ~_~) and by purchasing power parity. It is the world's fourth largest exporter and fourth largest importer in world. Nevertheless, Japan is also has the lowest homicide rate in the world after Singapore.

Can you see Japan? it's small ^_^

Personally, I admired Japan for their rapid innovation and the people who are very well known as creative and proactive. Even their movies are different and I considered sometimes as 'unthinkable', some people don't want to bother themselves and invest their time on watching such a 'brain-squeeze' movies, they rather go to the lovey-dovey movies type. We can learn many things about Japan, how they've become such progressive and positive nation on earth (I think mainly because of their positive attitude). I am wondering how about Islam in Japan, does it flourishing  as much as the people of Japan do? Great people such Japanese are perfect as Muslim, sometimes they look more Muslim than real Muslim, in term of attitude, not social.

Masjid Tokyo

Masjid Kobe

Islam in Japan is quite new and not so popular. Islam has touched the people of Japan at arly 1900 when Muslim Tartar escaped from Russia and Islamic community formed after 100 years. According to JapanFocus.Org and Missin estimated Muslim in Japan is 100 thousands. The first Masjid is in Kobe, built in 1934 and Masjid Tokyo in 1938. In 70-an Japanese knew Muslim as people whose din't took beer, didn't consumed porks and can married more thank one woman. Muslims are minority and there is no evidence that it is progressing  or not. There is no Islamophobia and so in Japan, the people accepted religions but their focus is more on to economic and globalization.

Prof Kosugi Yashusi 

According to Prof Kosugi Yasushi (He's among the minority muslims in Japan, he is the Director of Islamic Area Studies in Tokyo Uni, graduated of University Al-Azhar,Egypt). The major obstacle to convey Islamic messages in Japan is the language. People of Japan need to hear the message, there is no one to introduce them on how beautiful Islam is, how they are actually practice what Islam teaches in their daily life. How  they would become more aggressive on innovation  when they learn on it systems (Which are from God) and how peaceful they could feel in their hearts  if they confess that there is no God but Allah, and Prophet Muhammad SAW is His messenger. I am optimist that people of Japan will one day interested on studying Islam not through compulsion or the other verbal language but merely because of the rationality Islam offers with good example, friendliness and tolerance of our Muslim nation, inshaallah.

The facts source :Wikipedia
Quote source: Milenia Muslim magazine, Jun 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Story of Little Angel

It's cold in this huge library as usual, but yet my heart is feeling so warm as I read the story of this little angel. Looking at her pure and innocent face, no one will expected that she has went through a very tough moment in her life. She's only ten and yet she's admiring so many people with her true and genuine story of life. So, here I would like to share with you all, the story of little Bara'a. Do read and feel it, I'm taken aback reflecting on how I reacted on the tests Allah given to me since back and now,yes I'm zero compared to her (ahhh..shame on me!)

Here we go...

Bara’a (In arabic means, innocence) 10, is an Egyptian girl who moved with her parents – who are both doctors – to Saudi Arabia, seeking a better life. Her small family is happy and conservative. Bara’a is a very nimble and clever child to the extent that she memorized the entire Qur’an at the age of ten. Her teacher always said to her that she must be older than what she really is.

All at once, her mother felt severe pain. And after tests and examinations, the result showed that she was in the late stage of cancer. The mother had been thinking for so long whether to tell Bara’a or not. She was afraid that her daughter will wake up someday and won't find her. At last she told her:

 “Bara’a, I will be shortly going to heaven. And the Qur’an you memorized, you should read it everyday because it will protect you in this life”.

Bara’a did not understand it very well, but she felt a big change when her mom permanently stayed at the hospital. Since then, she goes to the hospital after school, stays with her mom, read for her Qur’an, and leaves when her father comes.

One day, the father got a phone call from the hospital saying that his wife is in danger, and he has to come quickly. So he hurried up, picked up Bara’a from school, and drove to the hospital. When they arrived to the hospital, he asked Bara’a to stay in the car. At that moment, he was afraid of Bara’a’s shock if his wife is dead, so he told his daughter that he will come back and take her to see her mom. He got out of the car and ran quickly. He was wandering, and his eyes were full of tears. As he was crossing the street to get to the hospital, a speeding car hit him, and he died at the instant. 

Bara’a ran to her father, hugged him, and cried to him. He left her in the car to die on the street by himself….

But the tragedy is not over yet…

The mother was told of the death of her husband. After five days only, she passed away, leaving Bara’a alone in this life.Her parent’s friends and some of the Saudi and Egyptian benefactors came together to find a solution for Bara’a and how to take her back to her grandparents in Egypt. Unexpectedly, she feels sever pain. And after the tests, she figured that she has the same disease as her mom, so she smiles and says: 

“Thank God. I will soon see my parents.”
Everyone was surprised and astonished – this girl has been facing so many plagues at this age, but she is patient and satisfied with God’s decision. Graudually, her story was spread in the Saudi community. So a Saudi benefactor – who wanted his name to remain unknown – sent Bara’a on his expense to Britain for treatment. 

While she is in the hospital, Al-Hafez channel called her (live on TV) to reassure her health condition and asked her to read for them some verses from the Qur’an. So she read in a charming voice; I have never heard such a sweet voice before. 

And they called her again before her last coma, and she sang a song for the mother and then prayed for her parents for mercy and forgiveness making million viewers cry. 

And the painful days continue in the hospital in Britain. The tumor is spreading in her body. The doctors decided to amputate her legs. She is patient, satisfied with God’s decision, spending her consciousness times in reading the Qur’an. After several days, the tumor had reached her brain. 

So the doctors performed an immediate surgery in her brain last week causing her little body  in absolute coma and currently, I heard, she is dead (Innalillah wa innailaihi roji'un), return to the Lord, Allah the Almighty. Rest in peace, little soul. Your story inspired so many people to be patient as you did, whatever tests given to us. I'm sure, there's a lot more untold stories of our little souls out there, they are chosen to bear a tough situation in this world without or knowing that they are, the children of heaven in the afterworld, inshaallah. .

Have faith buddies

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wonderpet in Action: Iman Booster

Amal: Habibi Aliyah! We are entering Rejab! 

Aliyah: Really? Time passes by so fast (Sounds not even an ounce of excitement)

Amal: You know what that means?

Aliyah: Hm we'll end it just like any other months in Islamic calendar. (Stick her eyes on the magazine)

Amal: I wish I could rent your eyes and ears to hear me. Hey, we are about to approach Ramadhan!!

Aliyah: Oh yes! This is a chance for us to lost weight! (Roll her eyes to make she looks interested on it)

Amal: Nah..Have a soul Aliyah!

Aliyah: Yes! I'm always a soul, my physical outward is just an imaginary thing that will fade away. 

Amal: You know what that means? (Dropping jaw)

Aliyah: Nah.. Stop already with 'you-know-what-that-means' and shut your mouth Amal! What a big deal?!

Amal: The phone is ringing! We'll be wight there! There's someone in twouble. There's someone in trouble somewhere...

Aliyah: Oh please, don't go to the whole lyric, I know you are one of the wonderpet's team, Ahah! Ming-Ming, aren't you?

Amal: Aliyah wake up! Your iman state is in danger if you don't feel anything about this coming Ramadhan! You, I mean WE desperately need a booster, lets help each other to revive our iman again! We do it together, would you?

Aliyah:Yeah, I sorely tempted to accept your offer my dear friend. Have you heard this line Amal? 

Amal: I am not in the mood guess-the-line now, lets focus on us! I'm doing the "To-boost-iman list" now.

Aliyah: Aye Captain! Wow, you are the bestest friend I ever met on all over the universe!

Amal: Mehh.. Don't make it sounds like you ever went to any another Planets! 

Aliyah: Yes I do, I went to the wonderland..

Amal: Oh yeah, in your dream I know Aliyah. Ok now this is it..

Aliyah: Thank you so much Amal, you are not just gorgeous but fantastic as well, let us do it together because I really don't feel like I can do it alone. 

Amal: Of course we'll do together, no worries! So you are Linny! 

Aliyah and Amal: We're on our wayTo help a friend and save the day..We're not too big And we're not too tough, But when we work together, We've got the right stuff..Go, Wonder Pets, ya'ay! Lalalala...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Go Crazy Is Not A Muslim-Style

Don't go flash me with sarcastic look 
"Anger works in mysterious ways, it can keep you awake all night whispering ugly words to you. It can rumble away in your stomach, sapping the energy from you, leaving you distracted and irritable. It almost always becomes irrational as it builds up inside you."-Ten things I hate about me
Yes, alright I know, It is undeniable, anger won't change anything but still me upset and feel like my heart plummet on the floor, every time I happened to read or heard people say something bad about Prophet Muhammad SAW :( . It's like a silence volcano within myself, which no one can see it, but waiting the right time to spill off the extremely hot lava! So I chose to voice it up here in my blog to put things straight even a bit. But don't worry, I think I don't reach a level where I need to go for "Anger management" thing, its still under my nerve control, inshaallah. 

So,there is some groups out there, whatever they named it, they loved to write on something that they think they have knowledge on it, they bundled up information from the web, add some mean words here and there to spice things up and roll it up through the net, they don't care whether it is true or not as long as they can make prophet Muhammad sounds so  retarded and ugly, especially due to his multiple marriage and his marriage with 'Aisyah when she's only 10 years old and something like he spreads Islam by swords? Come on, don't attempt to jump to the conclusion when you don't even make a just research on him from a guanine source of information. Ok, lets for a while put aside all the philosophy studies with so many sophisticated terms, let just put thing in a very straight forward and simple way. 

First off, what do you think his purpose to spread Islam? To declared himself as the messenger of Allah who receives through an angel, revelation from the Creator of universe? Is it the power that he wanted the most? Or the wealthy, he expected to gain respect from people so that he can easily manipulated them to give him whatever he asked? Or a woman to fulfill his lusts? 

Power, wealth and women, aren't they the major reasons of people fighting each others? If let say yes, he wanted to have them all, but then why he took so long and why he put himself into hardship, when he resisted the offer from Quraisy at the very beginning at the moment they tried to bribe him in exchange to shut his mouth down from preaching Islam and they willing to give him the power, wealth and women. But why unbelievably, his answer is this, 
“If they put the sun on my right hand and the moon on my left hand, I would still not give up my mission.” 
What makes him so cold about those temptation offers, which people would die to gain them? Logically simple, because he is not on his own mission, he's on Allah's mission, he chose to continue the mission with a very simple moderate life and being a very good example of noble manners. So now, what was his message to people? 
That our God is One, worship Him alone and no other being besides Him. 
Do you think this message sounds like he wants people to give him anything? Or did his message sounds selfish anyways? NO! His people angry and disliked him at the beginning of his preach even they called him as Al-Amin (The trustworthy) before his prophet-hood for his word was respected, his judgement final, because he would never be unjust. He raised from the noblest families and was well-known to his people as a man that  never lied, never worshiped to an idol and never did anything that would disgrace his character.

Yet after 40 years of his age, they called him a liar, a crazy man and a magician. They character assassinated him, but could not prove his message wrong. They have no reply, no answer and no explanation to the words coming out of his mouth. Even the finest and proudest literary geniuses they were, they had never heard a speech more supreme, sublime, intellectual and thought provoking than the Quran and it was being recited by one who could neither read or write.

It was obvious, that the Prophet has no personal political or worldly ambition whatsoever. He was by nature a contemplative. Before being chosen as Prophet, he did not like to frequent social gatherings and activities. He used to lead a caravan from Mecca to Syria passing through the majestic silence of the desert whose very “infinity” induced men towards contemplation. He often spent long periods in the cave of Hira`, in the mountains surrounding Mecca, in solitude and meditation. 

He was  by nature neither a man of  the world nor one who was naturally inclined to seek political power among the Quraysh or social eminence in the Meccan society, although he came from the noblest family. It was in fact very painful and difficult for him to accept the burden of prophecy that implied the founding of not only a new religion but also a new social and political order. All the traditional sources testify to the great hardship the Prophet underwent by being chosen to participate in the active life in its most acute form.The Prophet believed that if his religion is to be an integral part of life, he must try to establish peace in the most profound sense, namely to establish equilibrium between all the existing forces that surrounded him and to overcome all the forces that tended to destroy this equilibrium.

Thus the wars undergone by the Prophet were never aiming to oblige anyone to embrace Islam. The Quran stated the rule of: 
“There is no compulsion in religion” [2:256], 
and emphasized the fact that a person’s belief in Islam or his rejection to believe is a matter that depends upon man’s free will and his sincere conviction. This is stated in hundred of verses like: 
“Let him who will, believe, and let him who will, reject it” [18:129].
The Quran precised the way to be used to invite people to Islam, and it was not war. The Quran says to the Prophet: 
“Invite to the way of your God with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious” [16:125].
So why wars? The Prophet went on to war only when he was obliged to do so against those who were threatening the existence of the newly born community in Medina. He tried to have peace with everybody, with the Meccans, the Arab tribes, the Jews, etc… and when these people were not honoring their pacts concluded with the Muslims, the Prophet went on to war. He did so to protect his community and to allow the people to worship God freely, without oppression or fear.

Multiple marriages, for him, were not so much enjoyments as responsibility and means of integration of the newly founded society. Besides, in Islam, the whole problem of sexuality appears in a different light as it is sacred and is integrated to the equilibrium of life Islam seeks for the human being. The marriages of the Prophet symbolize his patriarchal nature and his function, not as a saint who withdraws from the world, but as one who sanctifies the very life of the world by living it and accepting it with the aim of integrating it into a higher order of reality. 

Let’s peek on how people 1,400 years ago viewed the union between Prophet Mohammed with Aisha and his other wives. Nobody said anything about it. That in, itself, is very significant. The people of Mecca tried their best to disgrace the reputation of the Prophet, calling him a “liar”, accusing him of being possessed, and never letting an opportunity escape when they could ridicule himYet, not a single Arab ever said anything about the Prophet’s marriage. No one felt that it was unordinary or strange. So why after 1,400 years, we  really put this thing on the highest concern? Can you feel me? 

The Prophet represents the spirituality of Islam, which is not the rejection of the world but the transcending of it through its integration into a center. So people, don't confused yourself with a bunch of information on the media and simply judge about our Prophet Muhammad SAW, Quran itself could tell you who he really is, Surat at-Tawbah, Ayah 128, highlights the sublimity of the Prophet’s genealogy and status.  Allah said:
{لَقَدْ جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ مِنْ أَنْفُسِكُمْ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيْهِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ حَرِيصٌ عَلَيْكُمْ بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ رَءُوفٌ رَحِيمٌ}. This ayah means:  [A messenger from among you came who grieves for what is hard on you, who wants very much that which benefits you (the guidance…).  He is very kind and merciful to the believers.]
There is zillion things in my mind, but believe me, none of it is to force you people on my my believe and religion, Islam. Islam is a rational and simple religion, you need to clear off your mind of sarcasm and go to the genuine source, our holy book, Quran and find it yourself about Islam and it's taught. May Allah guides us all, peace out!

P/s: I reckon thst, this is the longest post in my blog and I can't go any further, oh am I just underestimated myself? ~_~

Some infos originally from: article Misconceptions about the Prophet Muhammad By Rachida El Diwani and the Quran quotation is of course taken originally from Quran.

Friday, June 10, 2011

What trees remind us?

Assalamualaykum folks!!!!!!

Trees remind us of the past, serves as makers for the present and a gift for the future generation

Oh, please excuse me for too many exclamation there, well as my lovely sister always said, exclamation never fails to make things more interesting,isn't it? Now, let me explain the story behind those exclamations. Actually, I was just got out from the 'Original life' to my real life, yay!! Wait, does it means I am hallucinating all this time and just conscious back now? No, don't get me wrong, I called it as 'Original life' because, there is no devices connection to the outside world(Means other then this jungle area, in Belum), no cellphone, no internet, no TV and so with very limited electricity, we minimized our ordinary demands and totally connected ourselves with environment. Then, the next question is, why was I there right? I was hired to be so called 'environmental guide' even I never have a gut to declare myself as an environmentalist +_+. A month before the event, my team and me(rainwalker team), we prepared the materials for the participants, it's involved the expert and people, the Botanist, helps us to identify the flora and 'orang asli' (Indigenous people)help us to give the right direction for trekking. Ok, lets have a look at the very welcoming view of Sungai Enam camp, in Belum, where our event was took place,
Yes, they named it as 1st Malaysian Rainforest Scout Challenge

The last group of participants (The 4th day)

So at the real event I guide the participants for jungle trekking and do a simple biodiversity sampling  with a light talk along the trek on some remarkable species of flora in the jungle, their benefits and why we should conserve them (Some of them are even more qualified then me to do the talking ~_~). It was fun way to learn about nature and I enjoyed it, so do the participants, alhamdulillah. At the beginning I accepted this as a task and a trust that I need to fulfill but then I felt like this is a chance for me to contribute something for my nations and do it for Allah's sake. Yes don't forget people, everything we did as long as it is complies with syariat and we do it for Allah's sake, it will become ibadah, yay! as simple as that, so do whisper in your heart "I do this for sake of Allah" at every time you intend to do something and may Allah accepts our deeds. I enjoy the walking and talking and felt like I am a zoo guider (Yes we are in open zoo dude!). There are many wild animals in this jungle but fortunately there are not so friendly,they just left their footprints and craps behind and never say hi to us. Also there are awesome plants and trees all around us and most of them are sources of food, furniture and medicines!

“He created everything and determined it most exactly” (25:2) and “It is He Who appointed the sun to give radiance and the moon to give light, assigning it in phases . . . Allah did not create these things except with truth. We make the signs clear for people who know” (10:5) 

Nothing in this world created with no reasons or purposes, even a small little things that we can't see with our bare eyes, has a very important role in the universe. 

“He said ‘Our Lord is He Who gives each thing its created form and then guides it’ ” (20:49).
and everything in this very complex universe seems so systematic and committed with their purposes but then human make a huge chaos in this very uniform and safe place because of their greedy and impatient (Warning! You are entering the red political zone!) to                                                                                                    achieve the development. Lets be thankful to Allah, for His gifts and lets start preserve it before it's too late, nature give us a free services and yet we treated them badly maybe because we can't hear them. But the nature do speaks in their own language and now we started to understand it when the world is facing a very outmost disaster all around the world.  Do a favor for nature now and you'll do a favor for your next generation.
"Corruption has appeared on land and sea because of (the evil) which men's hands have done, that He may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return." (30:41) 
"so call and go straight as you have been ordered to. Do not follow their whims and desires but say, I have iman (faith), in a book sent down by Allah and I am ordered to be just between you" . . . (42:13)

So what do we need to do? Even if we yell to the world, "Stop the logging for now, stop the animal hunting for souvenirs, let the nature recovers!!". No one will hear us, just start it with ourselves first and then spread to people around us about the environmental issues, you can make a different, whoever you are, if you are a mother, educate your children with environment awareness so then when they grew up as an engineer or leader, they will include the environment in their consideration before go to any projects. Environment is a very big issues with so many things roam around it, go prepare yourself with knowledge and do some simple research on how you can contribute to a better environment. Even if it may takes forever for the changes, at least we're trying.

Photos credit for Mr Afiq Naqiuddin. 

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