Sunday, September 5, 2010

I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven's door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
 Nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven
 Who made me sputter and gasp
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
 The alcoholics, the drug users and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade
 Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
 Who never said anything nice

Harun , who I always thought
 Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
 Looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jibreel (as) , "What's the deal?"
 I would love to hear Your take.
How'd all these sinners get up here?
Allah  must've made a mistake.

"And why is everyone so quiet,
 So somber - give me a clue."
"Hush, child" He said, "they're all in shock.
 No one thought they'd be seeing you..."


Remember...Just going to Masjid doesn't make you a
Muslim  any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

Every saint has a PAST...
Every sinner has a FUTURE!
Now it's your turn...
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Listening To Quran During Ramadhan


I want to share something with everyone today... During Ramadhan beside engaging ourselves in Ibadah such as obligatory solah, nafl solah, zikir, tilawah etc....we can also listen to the recitation of the Qur'an. There are many Qari's out there who reads the Qur'an really beautifully. We may know Sheikh Mishary Rashid Al-Afasy, Sheikh Sa'ad Said Al- Ghamidy, Sheikh Sudais and Sheikh Shuraim, we often hear them on IKIM.FM. 

You might want to try listening to other Qaris, and I found this one good website just for that.It's called The Holy Quran The link will take you to my new favorite Qari, his name is Tawfik As Sayegh. To change,  simply click on the name of the reciters. 

Let's use our free time during Ramadhan to listen to Quran. InsyaAllah we will be rewarded by Almighty Allah...


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ready For I'tikaaf?

Let's all start our I'tikaaf! The above niyyat is for men, because if you understand Arabic, "Ma Dumtu Fil Masjid" means " sepanjang aku berada di Masjid" where we women don't go to. Therefore it's sufficient for us to say "Nawaitul I'tikaafa lillahi Azza Wajalla" which means " Sahaja aku beri'tikaaf / menunaikan I'tikaaf kerana Allah Azza Wajalla"...

Why Do / Should We Perform I'tikaaf?

 1) To concentrate on our Ibadah and to get closer to Allah Ta'ala.
Ibn Abbas R.A. relates that Rasulullah S.W. said, “The person performing I’itikaaf remains free from sins, and he is indeed given the same reward as those who do righteous deeds (in spite of not having done those deeds as a result of having been secluded in the masjid)”. 
                                                 Reported in Mishkaat from Ibn Majah
 2)“Whosoever performs an I’tikaaf of ten days in Ramadaan will receive the reward of two Hajj and two Umrah.”  
(Shu’abul Iemaan)

 3) To search for Laylatul Qadar (while remaining in the state of performing Ibadah)

Another amazing point is that a person performing I'tikaf is granted the reward of waiting for Solah. And the reward of waiting for Solah is that the person is granted the rewards of being in Salaah. Therefore, it is as if the person forming the intention for I’tikaaf has begun Salaah on the eve of the twentieth of Ramadaan and remains engaged in this Salaah for a full ten days and nights, till the sighting of the crescent for Eid after which he turns for Salaam and completes his Salaah. While fast asleep, he is in Salaah! While wide a wake, he is in Salaah! While eating, he is in Salaah! While drinking, he is in Salaah!

Let's start now, there's still time. It's better late than never! May Allah give us Taufeeq (ability) to make a'mal.