Friday, July 10, 2009

Pause to Reflect

I'm trying to make some positive changes in my life. Developing, improving and widening some skills and abilities. Even though I didn’t manage to cope with all of it but less stress at home really helps me a lot in changing my attitudes. Too bad I haven’t got time to learn sewing from my cousin. She lives in Selangor. It’s too far to go there since I’m doing some extra class for my brother who’s sitting for UPSR examination this year. Hope he can score well.

Well, actually I did plan to take short semester to lessen my subjects for the next semester. But we planned, and Allah has planned. And Allah’s plan is the best for you (Wa makaru, Wamakarallah. Wallahu khairul makirin). We can plan something and someone else can plan something but if it doesn't fall within Allah's plan is not going to happen. Throughout my journey in this short fake world, I realize that Allah’s plot is the best story for us to live in.

I wouldn’t regret of what had happened. I’m just putting my trust in Him and trying to put my efforts to face the hardship. Well talking about trust, it must be parallel to our iman and action. How can we trust Him when we miss our obligatory prayers or pray with heedlessness not focusing on Allah and His Mercy? You see, Allah’s help only comes after the struggle and doa we put in. Then, trust in Allah (tawakkal) for Allah loves those who place a complete reliance on Him.

Ibn Taymiyah said: A calamity that makes you turn to Allah is better for you than a blessing which makes you forget the remembrance of Allah.”

So within 2 months and 2 days that is about 63 days at home I did a long muhasabah. I’m trying to figure out the mistakes that I had done and listing it in my mind so that I could have a clear picture. Maybe I should list some of the do and don’t as well to guide me, just a simple one like reading Quran and Ma’thurat every day to ensure that I have time for my spiritual as well.

Now finally, a new chapter opened and I’ll be leaving my home to the campus sooner or later. What I learn during my long vacation is that:

A Mukmin is like a SCIENTIST, they are knowledge seekers. They are curious, seeking answers to known questions and finding many more questions.

A Mukmin is like an ENGINEER that is a problems solver. They are the people that make things work and make life interesting, comfortable, and fun.

A Mukmin is also like a TECHNICIAN, technicians are skilled personnel. Their skills are necessary for the research and development activities of Engineers and Scientist.

So Safi ArRahman, be a Mukmin which comprise of a scientist, an engineer and a technician where it has 3 basic qualities: the knowledge seekers, problems solvers and skilled personnel. (insyaAllah, i'll try my best)

To mum and dad, I will always miss you.
Remember me in your prayers at all time ye. Hee…(^_^)

With lots of love,
Safi ArRahman.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tiny and Powerless

Ponder on these pictures and explore
how tiny and powerless we are!?

This is the earth, when comparing to other small planets

But this IS the earth, when comparing to other big planets

Now, let's compare them with the Sun,
The biggest star in our solar system

But the sun is smaller when comparing with other stars
Jupiter is about 1 pixel in size
While Earth is invisible at this scale

Now the Sun is about 1 pixel in size
While Jupiter is invisible at this scale
How about the Earth?
and where are we?

Can you imagine, the biggest of all stars are like a germ to Allah!
Thats shows us how small, helpless and powerless we are.
Whoever made the Universe must be super extra powerful!
We are nothing! NOTHING, in the eyes of Allah.

Ya Allah! You must be so HUGE, sitting there right now on your Arsh, looking down on all of us, have mercy on us.

We are almost invisible n no power at all when it comes to Allah's power. No doubt, we are very weak and so other humans or creations. Therefore, we should not fear no one but Allah as he is in control of everything.

"O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice] : Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you. If you (have need to) ask, ask of Allah; and if you seek help, seek help from Allah. Know that even if the Nation (or the whole community) were to gather together to benefit you with something, they would not benefit you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded for you, and that if they gather together to harm you with something, they would not be able to harm you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded against you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried."

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Crying Over

Truly, Allah controls over all things.
Allah is the only planner & the decider of all my futures.
So im sitting back, chilling out, and letting the tears run freely.
Belum puas menangis, Air Mata Keinsafan mengalir lagi.

Air mata keinsafan
Yang mengalir di malam sepi
Inilah dia pelembut jiwa
Bagi mendapat kasih Ilahi

Rintihan di sepertiga malam
Dari seorang hamba yang dhaif
Kerana mengenang segala dosa
Moga mendapat keampunan dari Ilahi

Setiap kekasih Allah
Menempuhi jalan ini
Untuk mereka memiliki kejayaan

Ayuh bersama kita susuri
Perjalanan kekasih Allah
Agar kita tiada rugi dalam meniti hidup ini

Deraian air mata ini
Titisan yang paling berharga
Buat menyimbah api neraka
Moga selamat di titian sirat
Syurga abadi

Munsyid : Saujana

“Very few things in life are worth crying over”

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Little Backbiter

Ouch…It hurts when someone bite up my back and eating my flesh. You know what hurt most? It’s not the bites but the fact that it comes from a friend. Creepy huh…it all happens behind your back. I like to share with you what Islam teaches us about back-biting. Here, take a look at this video first. I’m pretty sure that you don’t want to be one of these people, do you?

Ok...before I start, I would like you guys to have a clear picture about backbiting. Backbiting consists in speaking about an absent person in a way that would annoy him if he were to be present and hear. Well, how about if we were talking about is a true story. Does it still call backbiting? I would go for: YES. If the words uttered are true, that is backbiting; if they are not, this is both backbiting and slander which will be a doubly disgusting sin.

*Slander = Saying of something false and damaging somebody’s reputation.
*Backbite = Making spiteful comments about somebody who is not present.

Let see, why am I so eager to talk about this subject? It’s just simply because this action has become a routine and so widespread that it becomes a hot topic of people’s meetings, to express their feelings and anger. Gossiping as well is a shameful weapon and most commonly used by newspapers to gain popularity. To me backbiting and gossiping is something so poisonous and awful that we shouldn’t commit and accept to our social life especially Muslims.

Islam is a religion of peace, love and compassion. The bond of relationship between Muslims is based on sincerity and honesty. In spite of that, Allah strongly prohibits the action that can cause destruction to the ummah. Have you ever heard a story of the battle of Jamal (Camel) and the battle of Siffin? Both of these battles are due to fitna where Muslims fought each other for the first time. The damage done at the battle was great. Do read about these battles here.

"And spy not, neither backbite against one another. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah. Verily Allah is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful." (49:12)

Is backbiting ever allowed in Islam? There are very few situations where it is permissible to speak about the faults of another person. But just be extra careful not to fall or transgress yourself into sin. For you would regret afterward. There are six all of them which I have shortly listed below:

1. Complaint because of an injustice

2. Seeking help to change a wrong deed and to correct the wrongdoers.

3. Seeking a Fatwa. A person may state to the Imam, Mufti or Shaikh.

4. Warning Muslims against evil and advising them.

5. Mentioning the person who indulges in Haraam or Bid'ah openly.

6. Identifying a person.

Remember, our tongue will witness us in the Day of Judgment. We have to answer to Allah s.w.t for our actions. Let’s ponder beautiful saying of the Prophet s.a.w that will ensure the protection of our tongue. The Messenger of Allah s.a.w said: "Whoever believes in Allah and the Last day, LET HIM EITHER SPEAK GOOD OR KEEP SILENT"

Again, I’m reminding myself before reminding people who are reading. Forgive me for the wrong doings and harsh words. Correct me if you see my error and slip. Jazakallahu khair for spending your time here. May Allah bless us all.

O Allah! Guard our tongues. O Allah! Guard our actions. O Allah! Forgive us our sins against You and ease the hearts of those we have harmed so that they too will forgive us. Ameen
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