Thursday, August 9, 2012

Green ramadhan


Hope everyone is doing good! I should have post this at the very beginning of ramadhan, hope it is not too let, we have another 10 days to go after all, isn't it? :$ Ok, here's some tips to always go green even in Ramadhan: 

1. Adopt a Sunnah Wudu: It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad would perform the entire wudu from a bowl two-hands full together (approximately 0.5 liter) and he warned against excess in performing ablution (israf). 
 2. Quick Showers: Reduce shower time by 20%. On average, a ten minute shower results in twenty-five gallons of water down the drain.

 3. Eliminate Plastic Water Bottles: Plastic should be minimized because of harm related to global warming and health.
4. Eliminate Styrofoam. Styrofoam is unrecyclable and non-biodegradable, which means that it will persist as garbage even a thousand year after its use.
 5. Adopt a Reusable water bottle/mug whether you are at the mosque, work, or home. Avoid bringing plastic disposable bottles to the mosque during iftars and for tarawih.
 6. Reduce Disposable Party items: Remove or reduce all of disposable items from your parties and save money while doing so.

7. Reduce food waste and over consumption by eating moderately, keeping in mind the hadith (fill ⅓ of stomach with food, ⅓ water, and ⅓ empty). Take only what you can comfortably finish.
8. Sunnah Iftars: Eat More Fruits & Vegetables, Less Meat: The Prophet’s diet consisted mostly of grains, dates, water, milk, honey, vegetables and fruits. Meat was not daily part of his diet.

 9. Make an effort to carpool.

 10. Plant or expand a garden this year (less grass, more trees and plants) at home or the mosque and remember that planting a tree is a charity.

Ok, why do we care to go green? :brow Why should we? :brow  Well, because we want to make a different, we love our environment, our earth which through the grace of Allah, provides us with the sustenance with which we nourish our body and community spirit during a fasting month. Interacting mindfully with our environment is simply a manifestation of faith and because it is our amanah to take good care of our earth because we are the caliph, isn't it? I do it for God sake and for our future generation. So, always go green and grin :) :) :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Facebook news agent


Alhamdulillah am still breathing beside my wonderful man and my little womb explorer, he's doing very well and getting active especially in morning and at night :$ :$ :$ . Oh well, have you notice that spreading message via facebook is now very common and fast way? Well there's a pros and cons on this as usual, we are the one to choose whether it is for good or for bad. If you noticed, people are tend to share something that interesting to them, like a news, or pictures or quotes. Whatever it is we have to think for a second right before we click the share link. Yes, think whether it will brings bad or good, whether it will gives benefit or not or if it is just for fun, whether it will hurts anyone and what bother me the most is whether it will ruins someone dignity or not. 

I am so speechless when I saw this piece of newspaper with very big and obvious title "Ustadzah commits adultery with widow while her husband in Mekkah" on facebook. Well, I am not speechless of the news because it happens everywhere and it doesn't mean I agree with that action,  but I am speechless when I saw people are very keen to spread the news throughout the facebook and some even give harsh comment on this woman because she is ustadzah you see? It is such a humiliate news to reveal and spread actually, don't you think about that woman at all?  I am pretty sure that the case is still under investigation, and the woman did mentioned that she was framed. 

What if she actually innocent? Who's gonna fix the broken dignity? I am disappointed on the newspaper, because they take others dignity so lightly just to sell their newspaper out and now we become their agent to spread such news. The way they write the news is very shameless and cheap and as it is confirmed that this woman who is actually so-called religious practicer had committed adultery while her husband is in Mekkah. Then the facebook spreader of course will put this line along with their post "This is a true story and a reminder for all of us." WHAT??!! :o :o :o How would you know if it is a real story? :f

Don't we listen to this Quranic verses and hadith on covering your muslim brother and sister's disgrace?

﴿يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لا يَسْخَرْ قَومٌ مِنْ قَوْمٍ عَسَى أَنْ يَكُونُوا خَيْرًا مِنْهُمْ، وَلا نِسَاءٌ مِنْ نِسَاءٍ عَسَى أَنْ يَكُنَّ خَيْرًا مِنْهُنَّ، وَلا تَلْمِزُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ، وَلا تَنَابَزُوا بِالأَلْقَابِ، بِئْسَ الاِسْمُ الْفُسُوقُ بَعْدَ الإِيمَانِ، وَمَنْ لَمْ يَتُبْ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ الظَّالِمُونَ. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اجْتَنِبُوا كَثِيرًا مِنْ الظَّنِّ، إِنَّ بَعْضَ الظَّنِّ إِثْمٌ، وَلا تَجَسَّسُوا﴾ 
“O you who believe! Let not (one) people laugh at (another) people perchance they may be better than they, nor let women (laugh) at (other) women, perchance they may be better than they; and do not find fault with your own people nor call one another by nicknames; evil is a bad name after faith, and whoever does not turn, these it is that are the unjust. O you who believe! Avoid most of suspicion, for surely suspicion in some cases is a sin, and do not spy… (49:11-12)”

And the hadith: 

"He who relieves a hardship of this Dunya (this earthly life) for a believer, Allah will relieve a hardship of the Day of Resurrection for him; he who makes it easy for an indebted person, Allah will make it easy for him in the Dunya and the Hereafter; he who covers a Muslim (his mistakes and shortcomings), Allah will cover him in the Dunya and the Hereafter; Allah will be in the slave 's need, as long as the slave is in his (believing) brother's need…" [Saheeh Muslim]
Hope you got my point, it is about how we should be more selective on spreading message especially in social network like facebook, because it can spreads very fast like an unstoppable virus and once you have posted it, someone else will share it the never ending circle will be formed then people are talking about it on real world as well. Can you see that? Open your mind, yes widely. Use your brilliant brain to think for a moment right before you click on share. May Allah preserve us from being a bad spreader without we notice it. And have a blessed Ramadhan ahead! Just eleven days left!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hey, Ramadhan is still here! :e


Oh am looking for my precious spectacle, where on earth I've put it? My world has become blurry and so gloomy without it, I need my spec!! Hope I will not do so much typo here, sigh. Ok, everyone is posting about Lee Chong Wei on facebook, even he did not won but  still we proud of him, seriously his skill is a world class and also there're some people that seemed disappointed because there won't be a holiday or free ice cream (As it was promised if Chong Wei won, and bring us the gold medal). Well, who cares? I still having a holiday for Nuzul Quran, yay! Alhamdulillah. Then I realized how fast time flies, coz it's already 17 days of Ramadhan! and am still didn't improved anything yet, I can't believe it! I guess I have to make a move, I can't waste my Ramadhan. There's too many opportunity specifically given only in this month! I need to be more productive, more energetic and more, more, more...........

Oh awesome, 16 days done :e ! But do we really use it to the fullest? Big question for myself :(
Ok, what about nuzul Quran? What is it? Nuzul Quran is the day marking the first time Quranic Verses are  revealed to our prophet Muhammad SAW before they are revealed bit by bit for around 23 years.

Islamic scholars had listed several “psychological” wisdoms why Qur’an is revealed in a gradual fashion:

1. To psychologically strengthen the the heart of Prophet Muhammad SAW:  Imagine if your parents, family members, or friends, only give you comfort words once in your childhood time and then leave it to you to face the difficulties of life.  If you read the biography of Prophet Muhammad SAW, you cannot imagine the difficulty that he went through in his da`wah.  Therefore, the heart of Prophet Muhammad SAW and the Sahabahs/Companions RAA, being human being, are psychologically strengthen with the revelation of al-Qur’an.  We can still get the same psychologically wisdom if we read Qur’an regulary and ponder on its message regularly too rather than once a year during Ramadan without even pondering on its messages.

2. To psychologically defend Prophet Muhammad SAW when challenged by the Musyrikun/Polytheists:  Imagine if you are allowed to explain your point of view once but your opponents are allowed to argue with you for the rest of your life and you don’t have anybody or any reference to refer to in order to counter argue.  If you read the biography of Prophet Muhammad SAW, you cannot imagine the big challenges (including mockery) that he had to face in his da`wah.  Therefore, Prophet Muhammad SAW and the Sahabahs/Companions RAA were able to psychologically defend themselves whenever their opponents raise an issue.  We can still get the same psychological wisdom too if we always refer to the Qur’an and its meaning whenever other people argue againts Islam rather than neglecting the Qur’an and giving Westernised- or secular-oriented answers.

3. To psychologically facilitate memorisation and understanding of the verses.  Imagine if all your primary and secondary schools’ syllabi are given during Year 1 and you’re asked to memorise and understand the content in 17 years.  If you read the biography of Prophet Muhammad SAW, you cannot imagine the length of time taken by the Sahabah/Companions just to understand a few Qur’anic verses (imagine 6,000+ verses!).  Therefore, this gradual revelation helps Prophet Muhammad SAW and the Sahabahs/Companions not only in memorising the Qur’an but also in understanding it.  We can still get the same psychological wisdom if we memorise a few verses a day and refer to its meaning in book of translation and tafsir/exegesis rather than reading only surah Yasin every week mechanically without even memorising or understanding it.

4. To give psychological relevance to the events that happened at a specific period of time.  Imagine if you were taught about a principles that has no relevant until the real-life events really take place, or the real-life example do not exist in front of you.  If you read the biography of Prophet Muhammad SAW, you cannot imagine the multiple events (happy, sad, frightening, surprising, disgusting, maddening) that happened, that need Godly touch from Allah.  Therefore, the gradual revelation helps Prophet Muhammad SAW and the Sahabahs/Companions RAA to see things in perspective.  We can still get the same psychological wisdom if understanding the Qur’an at its conceptual level by linking the events happened during Prophet’s time with event during our time, rather than perceiving the Qur’an as a book relevant only during the 6th-7th century, or good for ritual activities only.

5. To give psychological confidence that Qur’an is indeed revealed from Allah, not the words of Prophet Muhammad SAW.  Imagine if you’re asked to write a very lengthy essay (think dissertation/thesis) of a given title without stop.  We will find our writings full of unnecessary, unclear, and irrelevant points, not to mention interrupted flows and jumpy arguments.  But, if we divide the tasks of writing into several steps and were given enough time (with breaks) to write it, our writings would have been better.  Of course this is not to say the Qur’an will be incoherent if it revealed all at once.  But the “readers” may not be able to see its hidden beauty if it is revealed all at once.  When it is revealed in a gradual fashion, the Sahabah/Companions RAA will (and so will us) see the connections between various points mentioned in the Qur’an with the previous events that had happened before the revelation of specific verses.  Not only that, the flow of tarbiyah/education to the Sahabah/Companions RAA will be very smooth starting from education on `aqidah/creed, `ibadah/rituals, akhlaq/morality, and finally other worldly matters.  Therefore, people can see the beauty of the Qur’an and believe that it is the word of God.  We can still get the same psychological wisdom by linking all our life events with the general and specific messages of the Qur’an and ensuring that our tarbiyah/education of ourselves and others follow the Qur’anic pattern of `aqidah, `ibadah, akhlaq, and other worldly matters.

The amazing thing is the Qur’an, in its final form, is not arranged chronologically anymore, but it still looks coherent and systematic.  Now, I don’t a think a human being, even if he is a prophet is able to do that considering that human beings are easily influenced psychologically by their environment/surroundings.  Imagine Prophet Muhamamad SAW having to undergo various experiences but the uslub/style of the Qur’an (as a whole) remain relatively the same.

Isn’t al-Qur’an and amazing book/scripture? Let’s read it, undersand it, practice its messages, and promote its messages, inshaallah :e

Oh have a bless Ramadhan ahead :e :e :e

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New Template hooray! :e


Alhamdulillah it's 13th day of our fasting! :e I feel like am getting more energy day by day. Hope that I won't waste my Ramadhan this year, inshaallah :d . Oh Allah please help me! I have to say that I like this new template very much, even I did love my previous template, well just need a new fresh air :$

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