Thursday, December 23, 2010

Simplicity rules~

Slept early last night and now after a quick visit to the kitchen, my eyes fail to sleep again. Hence, here I am. 

After hearing another lecture yesterday, I thought of reminding especially myself of the one practice that would benefits us Muslim greatly. It is a simple act, yet I found myself struggling to istiqamah with it. It's to do the dzikir.

In the talk, the Sheikh mentioned of this hadith:
Who among you does 2,500 bad deeds in one day?’ They said: ‘How could we not count (our sins)?’ He said: ‘The Shaytaan comes to any one of you whilst he is praying and says, Remember this, remember that, until he finishes his prayer and does not do (this dzikir), or he comes to him when he is lying down and makes him sleepy, until he falls asleep (without doing this dzikir).’” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi, 3332).  
no wonder I found myself skipping dzikir from time to time. Simply because the satan knows of the great benefits and as usual 'they' don't like us to get it. Makin nekad after this to take time to do my dzikir. I did a quick search on the net (since it is the fastest way laa kan) on the excellence of dzikir and found this website that literally list out the hadith that support the act of dzikir. 

Among the interesting ones are:
Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "There are two phrases that are light on the tongue but heavy on the scale of rewards and are dear to (Allah) the Gracious One. These are, subhanallah wa bi-hamdihi (All Glory is to Allah and all Praise to Him), and subhanallah al-azim (Glorified is Allah, the Great).'' (Muslim, Bukhari, and Tirmizhi) Abu Hurairah also reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "I love repeating subhanallah, wal-hamdulillah, wa la-ilaha ill-Allah, wa-Allahu akbar (Glorified is Allah, all praise is due to Allah, and there is no God but Allah, Allah is the greatest) more than all that the sun shines upon.'' (Muslim and Tirmizhi) 
Abdallah reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "During the Night Journey I met Ibrahim who said to me, 'O Muhammad, convey my greetings to your ummah, and tell them that the Paradise is of pure land, its water is sweet, and its expanse is vast, spacious and even. And its plants are Subhan-Allah, wal-hamdulillah, wala ilah illallah, wa-Allahu akbar'.''
InsyaAllah, let us all try to do dzikir  as much as we can. I am totally trying to remind myself yang banyak cakap ini to skip more of the talking. And to sit longer on the praying mat after each of the 5 compulsory solat to at least recharge the 'good' gauge before it go close to empty. And to ensure that I've done the dzikir first before closing my eyes. Simply because there are tremendous benefits in performing the dzikir. You don't want to miss out on this easy-to-grab-points, do you? ;)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The second stop...

Remember how our parents or friends or ustazah or etc warned us of the danger of having the thought/feeling of unsure/uncertain/doubt i.e. the feeling of"was-was" especially when we're performing our solat? Aaaaa... kan kan~ It's clearly important that the feeling of was-was can 'jeopardy' the quality of our solat. Dah laa nak khusyuk dalam solat susah. Like how many times I had questions spinning in my head. From question like "have I off the electric stove?" to "how do I solve that question?". Sigh~

Yesterday, I had the chance to listen to a lecture on afterlife. In one part of the lecture it touched on Sakaratul-maut i.e. the time when a man is on the verge of death. It is said, that at that very point in our life, the Satan will work their 100% to make a muslim go astray. They would try all means that are available to them. The Sheikh mentioned that one of their known tactics is to make use of the doubt that was left in a muslim's heart. What the Satan did is, to increase the doubt of the muslim until he or she would question their religion i.e. Islam. When a muslim started to question Islam, at that point, it would be easy for the Satan to lead them astray. Nauzubillah hi minzalik.

Say for example, during one's life, after a calamity befalls, it came across his/her mind how the ill-fated tragedy can occur to him/her i.e. questioning the qada' and qadar. The Satan would then deceive, manipulate the event and increase the doubt in his/her heart by whispering something like, "if God really loves you, He would not do that to you". 

In the lecture, the Sheikh told the famous story on the deception of Satan in the story of Barsisa. I copied and paste the text below from the web. May it be a lesson to us all. 

There were three brothers from Bani Israel who were called upon to go on Jihad. These three brothers had a sister who did not have any one else to be taken care other that by them. They did not know under whose care could they leave the young woman. Then they thought that the most reasonable place to leave her was with the Abid (worshipper) because he was the most trusted man in town. Barsisa, the Abid was a man who used to be in a monastery devoted to worship of ALLAH.

So they went to him and said, ” We are being enlisted to go on Jihad and we want to leave our sister with you. We trust no one in town but you.”

Barsisa replied “Audhu billah, get away from me.” This was an Abid who was not married and he did not want to deal with these problems.

The brothers said, “We have no where else to leave our sister but with you. We don’t trust anyone else.”

So Shaytan came to Barsisa and said, “If u don’t accept, she might be left with somebody who might not be trustworthy.You have to step-up and take this responsibility.”

So Barsisa told the brothers, “Leave her in the empty house.” (which was seperate from the monastery where he was staying). The brothers then left her there and went on Jihad.

After that, Barsisa the Abid used to leave food at his doorstep and the young woman had to come out of her house and walk all the way to take the food from his doorstep. Barsisa never used to leave from his monastery. Barsisa had never met her and they were not seeing each other. Days passed by like this.

One day, Shaytan came to Barsisa and said, “Somebody might see her when she is walking out. So rather than have her leave from her house. You need to carry it and leave at her doorstep.” So he started leaving the food at her doorstep. This happened for many days.

Again one day, Shaytan came to Barsisa and said, “You can’t just leave the food at her doorstep. Somebody might see her when she opens the door and she is very beautiful. You would have to take the food and leave it inside her room.” So Barsisa would go and knock on the door. She would open and he would walk inside and leave the food there. That continued for a while.

Then again one day Shaytan said, “You can’t leave this poor woman alone without giving her any company. Nobody is speaking to her. So she may be feeling very lonely and that might lead to haram. So why don’t you go and talk to her from behind the door.” Barsisa liked the idea and so for a while he would sit outside and just talk to her for HOURS. Slowly and slowly the relationship was building up and Shaytan was finding it easier to drag him to the next step.

Shaytan then came and said, “You can’t just sit there talking to her, people might see you. You need to go inside, just sit in another room without looking at her and talk to her.” So for sometime that is what he did. Slowly she started getting closer to him and everytime they got more and more close to the extent that eventually he comitted zina (fornication) with her.

So the Abid, the worshipper who devoted his life to service in the monastery comitted zina. Because of that, she became pregnant and delivered a boy.

Then Shaytan came to Barsisa and said,”Now when the brothers come back and find out that their sister has a child you are going to be in big trouble. The only way for you to put an end to this issue is to kill the baby.” Barsisa followed the advice of Shaytan and killed the child.

But it didn’t end there. Shaytan came to him and said, “Do you think that this woman will keep the secret after you kill her own child? The only way out is to kill her.” So Barsisa killed her and burried both mother and child in a certain location inside the house.

Later the brothers came back and inquired about their sister. Barsisa gave some reason and said, “She had passed away and this is where she is burried.” Saying that he pointed to a false grave.

Then Shaytan went to the brothers and made them see a dream. In that dream they were told that Barsisa killed their sister and the proof was that she was burried in a different location (i.e. under the rock inside the house).

When the brothers woke up they started talking to each other and found out that they all had seen the same dream. They thought that there must be some truth in it. So they went and uncovered the grave which Barsisa had pointed to and found it empty. Then they went inside the house and found the rock as mentioned in the dream. On digging underneath the rock they found their sister’s dead body along with that of the child.

So they went to Barsisa and forced him to disclose the secret of what happened. He went ahead and told them the whole story. The three brothers took Barsisa to the king’s court and he was given punishment of execution.

While Barsisa was being dragged to his execution spot, Shaytan came to him and said, “Listen Barsisa I am Shaytan and it was me who was in communication with you since this whole thing started and not your inner thoughts. Now I can get u out of this trouble if you want. I am the one who put you in this trouble in the first place and I can get u out of it.”

Barsisa asked, “What should I do?”

Shaytan said, “Do sujood to me and I will save you.”

Barsisa did sujood to Shaytan (i.e. committed shirk) and as soon as he did so, Shaytan ran away and Barsisa was executed.