Sunday, August 28, 2011

Eid 2011~

In a few more days, it's going to be RAYA! Dah makin besar ni, it occurred to me that I am with mixed feelings - sad and happy. Anyway, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my Muslim readers Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir and Batin. :) Before I wrapped up this entry, I shall leave you guys with two stories which pretty much related to the whole event of Eid i.e. forgiving and visiting one another. And with that, Eid Mubarak! Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones under the blessing of Allah. Hugs! Oh yes, to Chezel, don't forget the Sudirman song OK :P.

Narrated Abu Hurairah R.A:
“One day, Rasulullah SAW was sitting in a gathering. Suddenly, Rasulullah smiled until his front teeth became visible. Then the Sahabah asked “Ya Rasulullah, why are you smiling?”. Rasulullah SAW answered: “I saw two men from my ummah, kneeling in front of Allah. The first man said: “O Allah! I wish to claim what is persecuted by him!” Then Allah said to the second man: “Return what has been taken from him!” The second man answered, “There is nothing left of me O Allah.” And so, the first man said, “Let him carry my sins away from me.” Said Abu Hurairah R.A., “At one point while telling the story of these two men, Rasulullah SAW was in tears and Rasulullah SAW said, “That day will be a big day. On that day, people would want others to carry their sins away from them”. After that Rasulullah SAW said, “Then Allah said to the first main that was persecuted and seeking for his rights: “Try raising your head, look at the heaven above you!” The first man lifted up his head. Then he saw the Allah’s great bounty. And so the first man asked, “O Allah, for who are all these?”
Allah answered: “For those who is willing to pay for its price!”
And the first man asked to Allah: “Who is willing to pay for it O Allah?”
Allah answered: “You!”
The first man asked: “What is the way?”
Allah answered: “By forgiving your brother.”
The first man said: “I forgive him O Allah!”
Then Allah said to him: “Take your brother by his hand and lead him to heaven together.”
Later Rasulullah SAW said, “Because of that, be afraid of Allah and have good tidings among one another.”
Abu Hurairah reported Allah's Prophet as saying:
"A man visited his (Muslim) brother in another town and Allah deputed an Angel to wait for him on his way and when he came to him he said: Where do you intend to go? He said: I intend to go to my brother in this town. He said: Have you done any favor to him (the repayment of which you intend to get)? He said: No, except this that I love him for the sake of Allah, the Exalted and Glorious. Thereupon he said: I am a Messenger to you from, Allah: (to inform you) that Allah loves you as you love him (for His sake)."

Friday, August 26, 2011

The wait...

Almost there,
I claim to gain it,
I've waited,
Shedding bitterness engraved. 

Almost there,
I hope to see it,
I've waited,
Wanting no more time wasted.

Almost there,
I trust to have it,
I've waited,
Yearning blessed days ahead.

Almost there,
I pray to keep it,
I've waited,
Dreaming love ever lasted.

I believe,
We are getting there,
God permits,
I don't mind to wait,
It is worth living for...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Twinkle little stars...

While I was at the hospital, I was left with nothing except Ummi's Tafsir Al-Azhar (and of course Ibrahim to take care of) to kill my time. It was not long before I reached the part where it tell the story of the famous Lawrence of Arabia and Syeikh Badwi. It was the first time I ever to read the story. Since it is in Indonesion, allow me to do my version of the English translation. So here goes...
Lawrence and the old Syeikh Badwi were sitting outside their camp. There were twinkling stars scattering in the midnight sky. The stars felt close-at-hand as there were no clouds to conceal them. Lawrence who mastered the Arabic language including the dialect of the Badwi people began chatting to the Syeikh Badwi describing the Western invention and development. He described the invention of the telescope that allows human to see stars that is 100000 and even 300000 light years away. He included that there was nothing more that the Western didn't know. After listening to everything, the Syeikh Badwi gave a reply in which left Lawrence to a complete silence. Lawrence had the answer recorded in his journal. The Syeikh said, "I know, you Westerners have managed to count the stars. I wonder how many there are. But you never see 'Who' is behind those shining stars. You never speak of God. While we the Arabs, though we could only see a few, we always remember 'Who' is behind those stars." (Tafsir Al-Azhar, Juz 4, Ali Imran 104)