Saturday, December 12, 2009

Burning to Succeed

Bismillahi Ar-Rahmani Ar-Rahim, In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Alhamdulillah, thanks and perfect praise is only for Allah. The One who gives me the opportunity to further my study, widen my knowledge and eventually buildup the fact that how tiny and powerless we are. Every single step that I travel, every sign that I have observed and all the lessons that I take in I came to one conclusion that there is no God except Allah, The One and Only Master of all creation and the best Planner to all human being, MashaAllah.

A new semester recommenced signifies a new process of learning lies ahead of us. Throughout this period, we should apply our mind as much as we could. That’s what Dr.Waqar keeps telling aerospace students again and again: “Apply your Mind!”. In the end, you should realize that the sweetness of iman lies in the fruits of knowledge. The result of the process of thinking is absolutely awesome indeed.

All the way through my study as an aerospace student, there are lots of times where we learnt the behavior of air. Well, can you imagine how the mixture of gases which forms atmosphere has an ability to lift a heavy weighted aircraft? To lift an airplane you should simply have to apply your mind by manipulating the upper and lower pressure. And these require some technique. It is by then that you realize that all of the ecosystem or solar systems are in dynamically equilibrium. Masha Allah…We should really reflect, ponder and think! These are all the signs of how Mighty and Powerful He is, don’t you think so???

So, lets the stimulating begins!

P/S If you are burning to succeed, flash back to any page in the Quran.

The page will be the fuel to burn.

With best wishes to see you succeed,
Safi Ar-Rahman, Aerospace Engineering Student

Thursday, December 3, 2009

First-Rate Version of Yourself

Bismillahi Ar-Rahmani Ar-Rahim.

My esteemed friends and valued readers, Assalamualaikum!

Alhamdulillah, all praise and thanks is for Allah for giving me the golden opportunity to write and share here. Life is sure short and I understand that I wouldn't be long in this world. Life-to-come is a time without end. At that time there are no more turning back, not even a teeny-weeny chance. In spite of that the perfect praise is only for Allah.

A few days ago I’ve found Zain Bhikha’s new album “1415: The Beginning” which was released on 23rd October 2009 if I’m not mistaken (sorry I’m not very sure). 1415 simply marks the year where Zain Bhikha began recording that is in 1994/1415H. Most of his nasheed is well loved by all state of ages either teenagers or adults all over the world including me..hehee... Zain always stress on simplicity but with deep and reflective messages. A true nasheed always brings the remembrance of Allah and reminds us about our duty as a Muslim agent. Among of his popular nasheeds which I adore and enjoy is Eid-un Saeed-un, Go Forward Young Muslims, Turn to Allah, I Am a Muslim, Heart of a Muslim, Give Thanks to Allah, Cloud of Islam. You should try to listen to them sometimes for those who haven’t heard of it yet. It's very refreshing.

By the way, in this entry I would like to focus on his new nasheed from his new album entitled "Who I Am". Yeah...I couldn’t help liking it so much hence I wish to share it with you guys too. It’s very impressive and awesome, I’m pretty sure that this nasheed won’t let you down inshaAllah. I guarantee you two thumbs up. Here, take a look at this lyrics and listen to the melodious nasheed sung by Zain Bhikha featuring with Abdul Malik Ahmad:

Social Expectation drowns us all inside
What you have should be what I want
Cos what I have just aint alright
The clothes I wear, the way I comb my hair
How I live, oh I don’t care

This is who I am, this is me
Nothing, everything, can’t you see
Who I am, just let me be
Cos like it or not but God loves me
Who I am

He said, she said, they all did
What’s expected of them all
To get to the top don’t matter
If somebody’s gotta fall
You gotta brace the storm, the norms to conform
Get what you wants’ gonna kill us all


Beyond the body that you see
There’s so much more to me
And I feel best when my soul is free


They tell me this is the way
that I need to reform
If I continue to stray,
I’m gonna start up a storm

Wear this, drive that, like this, not that
Don’t dare lose track or you’ll fall way back
But if my Lord loves me then I know that I’m free
You can say what you please just let me be

I know if I’m real and it’s not a disguise
You’ll love who I am if you open up your eyes
I insist that you see, I aint a mystery
It’s who I wish to be, this is me

It’s what’s true within,
come and look again
Looking through the skin
This is Who I Am


There. Allah has created each human unique at the same time He also revealed the perfect way of life that fits with human nature. As a result Islam is a religion which caters our different personalities and diverse lifestyles yet Islam provides boundaries to keep us away from destructive and ruined elements. We ought to realize that there is nothing in Islam that is forbidden unless it is harmful to us and there is nothing in Islam which is obligatory unless there is benefit in it.

Allah has made Islam an easy religion for us to follow and it is a perfect and always suits with our daily lives. If we wish to please Allah and earn His Paradise then we have to stop worrying about what people will say and stop trying to please them, because our reward is within Allah’s hand, not with the people. As a Muslims, we have our own identity and principles. We shouldn’t imitate others especially the disbelievers and live up to people’s expectations if it is contradicted to syari’ah. Bare in mind that each of us will die and meet Allah individually so let us be the best Muslims for Allah even if it doesn’t meets peoples expectation. Maybe being ourselves would be a means of opening other people’s eyes to what Islam really teaches and the true meaning of taqwa.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself that earns Allah’s pleasure,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else that earns Allah’s displeasure.


Zain Bhikha, a Muslim singer and songwriter
Fafiru Ilallah - Larilah Pada Allah
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