Sunday, June 21, 2015

It's All You

Let us be thankful that year after year we are able to experience the blessed month of Ramadhan for us to concentrate on our ibadah. It is this time of year that the reward of our deeds will be multiplied, but let us not forget that the "reward" of our wrongdoings will also be of equal measure.

For in fact, it is this time of year that the devil is cuffed and won't be in the way for us to do anything good. That, my friends, is a very big deal.
Why?
Because this is the time of year that we reveal to ourselves our nafsu, without any whispers from syaitan.
This time, we can look in the mirror and see what we have become throughout the year. We can see how our hearts have improved and grown, or degrade and decay.

Look in the mirror, brother.
No temptations. No whispers. No devil.
Just you.

So the next time you feel bad or lazy within this month, don't blame the devil. This is the time to train. Then in the future, you can stop blaming the devil. We truly have no one to blame but ourselves. Let's colour ourselves this Ramadhan.

It's all you, bro. Fight brother fight!

Ramadhan Kareem.

-Amier-

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sharia Compliant Deed

Mankind concentrates on the deeds but neglects the notion whether the deed is accepted. -Ali bin Abi Talib-

Lots of us mean well when we do things. But we tend to forget to consider if the things we do are in the correct path. 

Requisites for a deed:
Correct belief
On the tradition of the Prophet

Thus we must consider whatever we do is in the correct way. When we don't take this into account, that's when we start to do unusual things like "iwanttotouchadog" or etc. We must consider if our programs are sharia compliant.

Just my two cents.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pengaruh Media

Saya tak puas hati dengan the Malaysian Insider. Dr. Ridhuan Tee diperburukkan disebabkan contoh-contoh yang diberi. Sekadar contoh, pun dijadikan fokus bicaranya. Saya bukan pengikut tegar beliau, tapi saya rasa tak adil bila Malaysian Insider ambil sekerat daripada artikel Ridhuan Tee, kemudian dijadikan headline dan fokus.

Boleh baca artikel beliau di BLOG RIDHUAN TEE 
Tak panjang mana pun. 5 minit boleh habis dibaca. Beliau menceritakan pengajaran yang boleh didapati daripada tragedi MH370. Semuanya bagus belaka. Dan gaya ayatnya memang gaya dia berceramah.

Boleh baca artikel di Malaysian Insider dengan headline nya

Serve cendol on flight, not beer, says Ridhuan Tee in listing lessons from MH370

Yang dijadikan bahan cuma 4:
Hijab dan pemakaian pramugari
Arak
Jati diri dan identiti negara
Security check

Yang saya tak puas hati, Malaysian Insider mengasingkan fokus di atas daripada konteks asal seperti ia tidak berkait. Susunannya pula menjadikan ia nampak seperti tak rasional.

Beliau sarankan pramugari yang beragama Islam menutup aurat dan berpakaian seperti orang Islam sejati. Sebab mereka orang Islam, yang berjati diri Islam, dan mengangkat Islam agama persekutuan,
Fine, jadi salahkah saranannya?

Sebagai negara Islam, beliau sarankan tidak menjamu arak, tapi sediakan makanan atau minuman yang mencerminkan Malaysia. Alihkan mereka dengan makan tempatan yang lebih berkhasiat seperti cendol dan sebagainya.
Cendol cuma dijadikan contoh makanan tempatan, itu pula dijadikan headline?

Security check sebenarnya point awal kepada artikel beliau. Tapi diletakkan pada bahagian terakhir artikel Malaysian Insider, untuk menghighlightkan perkataan "raba" yang ditranslate" kepada "fondle". Yang beliau maksudkan adalah "search". Tak perlu diterjemahkan kepada perkataan sebegitu rupa

Kalau ambil sekerat, itu saja lah yang masyarakat fikir dia bicarakan. Memang luar konteks.
Adil tak? Ambil ayat-ayat tertentu, untuk dijadikan fokus, lalu judging daripada situ? Langsung terkeluar daripada konteks asal. Saya rasa tak adil. Memang jelas Malaysian Insider mahu memburuk-burukkan golongan tertentu.

Lalu golongan-golongan yang malas membaca artikel sebenar beliau komen.
Saya setuju mungkin pengajaran MH370 ini boleh disampaikan kemudian seperti seminggu selepas berita buruk ini, tapi janganlah menghukum beliau sebegitu.

Saya tak setuju dengan journalism sebegini.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Kalimah Allah

Ramai di Malaysia yang setuju kalimah Allah dikhususkan untuk umat Islam, termasuk mahkamah, para ilmuwan dan NGO, tapi ada juga segelintir daripada umat kita yang nak juga bela puak yang masih sangka mereka boleh rujuk tuhan mereka sebagai Allah.

Soalan saya, mengapa bela?

Ya saya setuju Allah s.w.t. adalah Tuhan sekalian makhluk, tapi kepercayaan mereka terhadap tuhan tidak sama dan bertepatan dengan sifat Allah yang hakiki, iaitu tiada tuhan selain Allah.

Allah itu satu. Allah tidak memerlukan sesiapa, bahkan kita yang memerlukanNya. Tidak beranak, tidak pula diperanakkan. Dan tiada satu pun yang mampu dibandingkan denganNya.

Saya rasa kita setuju dengan kenyataan di atas. Demikian Allah sendiri yang katakan dalam surah al-Ikhlas. Jadi kita sebagai umat Islam, perlu mengangkat dan mengagungkan nama dan sifat Allah ini, bukan dibiarkan disama ratakan namaNya dengan konsep tuhan agama lain. Contohnya; Allah itu adalah bapa yang mempunyai anak (nauzubillah)

Ada pula yang ingin menjustifikasikan penggunaan nama Allah oleh umat bukan Islam kerana bahasa.

Ya, perkataan ilah itu bahasa arab. Kalau nak katakan orang arab yang bukan Islam juga rujuk tuhan sebagai Allah, non-muslim yang ingin pakai nama Allah sebagai tuhan mereka di Malaysia ni orang arab ke? Saya rasa tidak. 

Ada juga yang rasa kalau bahasa melayu boleh pinjam-pinjam daripada agama atau bahasa lain, kenapa mereka tak boleh pula?


Saya rasa pembuat gambar di atas tidak tahu, sebelum kedatangan Islam ke nusantara, penduduk tempatan beragama hindu-buddha dan berbahasa sanskrit.  Jadi, senarai terminologi di atas tu memang di'assimilate' kepada lidah tempatan. Bukannya pinjam, tapi memang bahasa orang nusantara.

Tapi saya sangat setuju kita sebagai umat Islam perlu membiasakan lidah kita dengan terminologi Islam dengan bahasa Nabi Muhammad s.a.w.. Itu patut diusahakan. 

Bayangkan, bila kita sebut rumah Allah, kebiasaannya kita akan fikir pasal Kaabah atau masjid-masjid dan surau-surau, tapi kemudian dikatakan juga gereja itu rumah Allah juga (nauzubillah). 

Pertahankanlah nama Allah.
Tak, Allah tak perlukan kamu untuk pertahankan namaNya.
Cuma saya risau kita digolongkan bersama mereka yang merendahkan martabat nama Raja segala raja; Allah.

Jadi, persoalkanlah kepada mereka,
mengapa sebenarnya mahu guna nama Allah, kalau bukan mahu dekatkan orang Islam kepada agama mereka?

Saya akan redha mereka gunakan nama Allah apabila mereka mengiktiraf Allah itu Satu dan tidak beranak,
tiada tuhan selain Allah dan Muhammad itu utusan Allah,
dan al-Quran itu Kitab Allah.

لبيك اللهم لبيك

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Failure after Failure after Failure after Failure..

Let me tell you the stepping stones to my failures.

I had the chance for the JPA scholarship interview, but I failed it.

I had the chance for excelling in KDU Foundations without trouble. I failed it, but passed, nonetheless.

I failed Environmental Geoscience or Geology 108 in first year. Technical difficulties, but failure nonetheless.

I failed Mineralogy and Geochemistry, and Igneous Petrology in second year, but passed it the next year.

I failed Environmental Geoscience of the third year version, but passed it after waiting for almost a year.

I failed in the visionary brotherhood. Failed at becoming the backbone of a pious and loving community.

I failed at becoming a better man.

and yet,


Here it is, failure after failure after failure, a gracious mercy from Allah to pass my degree. Some people may pass theirs without doubts or failures, so it isn't so big to them.

But this...this is a blessing that I have worked, and stumbled for a very long time. This, is a very big thing for me.

Any good things that come after I get a job, are gifts solely out of mercy from the Almighty. Those will be things I do not ask for.

Thank You. Alhamdulillah.

Friday, November 22, 2013

HYPOCRITE

The Story of Hanzalah's Grief

We were once with the Prophet s.a.w. when he delivered a sermon. Our hearts became tender, our eyes were flowing with tears, and we realized where we stood.

I left the Prophet and returned home.
I sat with my wife and children and cracked jokes with my wife,

and I felt that the effect of the Prophet's sermon had completely vanished from my heart.

Suddenly, it occurred to me that I was not what I had been, and I said to myself
"Oh Hanzalah you are munafiq!"
I was so stricken with grief and I left my house repeating these words in sorrow;
"Hanzalah has turned munafiq"

I saw Abu Bakar coming towards me and I said to him;
"Hanzalah has turned munafiq.."
He said
"Subhanallah, what are you saying? Hanzalah can never be a Munafiq"

I explained to him;
"When we are with the Prophet s.a.w. and listen to his discourses about Paradise and Hell, we feel as if both are present before our very eyes;
but when we returned home and are absorbed in our domestic and family affairs, we forget all about the Hereafter."

Abu Bakar replied;
"My case is exactly the same!"

We both went to the Prophet s.a.w. and I said;
"I have turned munafiq, oh Prophet of Allah!"
He inquired about the matter, and I repeated what I had said to Abu Bakar. Thereupon the Prophet s.a.w. replied;
"By Him who controls my life, if you could keep up for all times the fervor aroused in you when you are with me, angels would greet you in your walks and in your beds. But oh Hanzalah! This is rare! This is rare!"

There we have it brothers and sisters, acknowledgement from the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. that we are merely human, and it is human to be forgetful and negligent. Thus, please do not accuse people of being hypocrites or unfaithful. But if we do so, let us remember we are human and it is our weakness to fail to see our own weakness at times.

Let us ask forgiveness from Allah, the Most Forgiving.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Great Limiting Factor

Jarir ibn Abdullah reported:
Umar ibn al-Khattab came to the Prophet s.a.w. with a copy of the Torah he obtained from the people of the Scripture. He read it to the Prophet but he became angry, and he said;

"Are we playing in it, O son of al-Khattab?
By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, I have come to you with a pure scripture so do not ask them about anything because they might narrate something truthful and you disbelieve in it, or they narrate something false and you believe in it.
By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, were Moses alive today, he would have no choice but to follow me"
(ibn Kathir)

From this incident we may observe how the Prophet s.a.w. deliberately prohibited a great companion Umar al-Khattab from taking lessons from the scriptures before him, as in the Torah or the Bible, due to the probable alterations and modifications made by the people of the scripture, that lead to the publications of new scriptures such as the Talmud, the King James version of the Bible, etc. 

It is with this limit, that the Prophet s.a.w. was able to produce the greatest generation of muslims, namely the Sahabah or The Companions. 
They were pure of any input from man-made ideologies nor were they willing to create their own, due to their pure and strong belief that Allah has sent His Messenger upon them to teach mankind the true way of life, thus there is no need to absorb other theologies or ideologies, for the Book of Allah the Quran and examples from the last messenger are all that is required to guide their way in this life towards their true happiness in the hereafter.

It is with this limit, that the great companions of the Prophet s.a.w. were able to accomplish unbelievable achievements in life, such as obtaining the title and prayer "may Allah be pleased with them", their harmony between clans and tribes, their success in bringing down prominent empires such as the Persians and the Romans, and many more personal achievements they have accomplished.



Needless to say, there is no need for the input of ideologies from books other than Quranic and Sunnah-based publications, for the Prophet s.a.w. has warned, that they might narrate something false, and we would believe in it.

I'm just saying. You don't have to agree. I'm not your father.
Allah Knows Best. لبيك اللهم لبيك