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ramadhan day 9 – faith

29 Jul

Few moments ago, a teacher from the school that I am posted to, has texted me. So, I was informed that I will be in the afternoon session for the rest of the year. Quite a shock since I was told and mentally prepared for a morning session. Nevertheless, it made me glad and somewhat sad at the same time.

Being in the afternoon session means that I won’t get stucked in the morning madness in the bus/train. Experienced that when I was working at GNS a year ago and it wasn’t exactly a pleasant experience. The rush simply makes me nervous. Hehe. But I got used to that. Then again, I am glad for no morning madness and well I can take my time to kick the day off, hopefully, into a pleasant one. Another thing is that if I have to have late night due to work or anything, at least I can catch few hours of sleep after solah. Hehe.

However, on the other hand, which didn’t look so pretty, is that the afternoon session will mean that I have to make amendments for my tutoring. For the current one, I was telling and trying to negotiate with the parent to allow me to tutor their daughter at night. The parents, or in fact the mom, are really nice and understanding people. But I would have to understand if night tuition won’t be possible so as to let the girl rest. So, I was thinking it’ll be in between having it at night or not at all. Then, the mom told me that we could have it once a week as the girl still wants to have the tuition and they think she can cope with once a week. I am glad even for the once a week. For another case, is a new tuition assignment that is supposed to start on Tuesday and will be thrice a week. Instead of negotiating to change timing, I decided to let that assignment go due to several reasons that I prefer to leave it untold. So, instead of was able to earn at least $500 more, it’ll be just bout $100+ extra apart from my teaching salary. I am sad that I can’t earn much extra for me to put aside into for my savings. I’ve been putting up hope for being able to earn extra with tutoring. But it looks like hope is left with hope.

I’ve been trying to comfort myself that it is okay. Apart from that, I’ve been wondering if it is a blessing in disguise or yet another test for me.  It could be yet another test for me…that is a test of whether I am grateful for what I have in hand, that is the teaching career and a tuition assignment instead of being bitter for what I lose. It could also be a blessing in disguise…probably something else will come along and gives me more or makes me happier. I wouldn’t know now. Maybe I will never know why. But I’m sure He has His reasons for putting me at this spot and He knows best. I realize there will be more tests and challenges coming along that will make me wonder ‘why?’. Then, after wondering ‘why?’, I should comfort myself with the faith that there is a reason and He knows best, and that I should be grateful for what He has given me thus far.

Insya-Allah.

ramadhan day 8 – i miss them

28 Jul

Maher Zain’s song “So Soon” simply reminded me of my late maternal grandfather, my paternal grandfather and both of my late maternal uncles.

How I wished I can share the happiness of achieving my dreams with them. How I wish they can see me graduate. How I wish I have more time with them. How I wish I can bring them out for treats or simply sit beside them and listen to their stories & experiences. How I wish they’re still around. Yes, sometimes my despair heart cried out painfully for their presence ’cause I know they would be among those pure hearts who would defend my family and I.

But after being despair and in tears for a few moments, I picked myself up and comfort myself.. in those tears, I remind myself… Because they’re those good souls, that is why Allah loves them a lot and asked for them to return… That is why they went and left.. So soon.

Al-fatihah to Raias bin Ahmad, Rahmat bin Hussein, Rosli bin Rahmat and Salihan bin Rahmat. May Allah shower His grace upon them, let them rest with those who are devour to Him and keep them safe from the torture of afterlife and hell fire. Amin.

Yayi Raias, Yayi Ram, Pak Long, Pak Alang,
I miss all of you…deeply.

ramadhan day 7 – benefits of surah yasin

27 Jul

A few days ago, I asked dear Liyana if she knows the hikmah (benefits) of reading Surah Yasin. Apparently at that moment, I was lazy to google for it. On the other hand, I like it when both of us share our knowledge on the religion issues. I remember better when we discuss and remind each other. But anyway, eventually I google for it and I’m glad to share it.. The hikmah is definitely incredible. In fact, I believe every surah has its hikmah and all of it are good if we make it into a routine to recite it.

The most prominent benefit benefit mentioned is that our Prophet Muhammad S.A.W said that “…the heart of Quran is Yasin…” Isn’t that WOW? I mean, if reciting Al-Quran already brings a lot of benefits, goodness and bliss to the reader, what more when reciting the heart of it, right? :)

So here’s the benefits of reading the Surah Yasin that I’ve read from google search:

1. The Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, ‘Surely everything has a heart, and the heart of the Qur’an is Yasin. I would love that it be in the heart of every person of my people’[Bazzar]. (S.Muhammad Ali Sabuni, Tafsir-al-Sabuni Vol.2)

2. The Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, ‘Whoever recites Yasin once Allah will record the reward of reciting the Qur’an ten times.’[Maqal, Tirmidhi 2812/A & Dhahabi]

3. It has been reported by Aisha (radiAllahu anha)that the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasalam) said that there is a surah in the Qur’an that intercedes for its reciter and forgive its listener. Know! It is Surah Yasin. (It is called ‘Mu’amma’ in the Torah.) It was enquired, what is Mu’amma? The Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, ‘it embraces the person with the goodness of this world and removes the dismay of the Hereafter’[Hashiya of Tafsir Jalalalayn , pg 368].

4. The Prophet said, ‘Whoever recited Surah Yasin in the night seeking Allah’s pleasure, Allah would forgive him’[Ibn Hibban, Darimi 3283/A, Abu Yala, Tabarani, Baihaqi & Ibn Mardawaih]

5. Ma`qil ibn Yasar (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, his family, companions, and followers) said,”Ya Sin is the heart of the Qur’an. No one reads it intending thereby Allah and the Next Abode except that Allah forgives them. Recite it for your deceased ones.” [Related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i (this wording is his), and Hakim, who deemed it rigorously authenticated (sahih)]

6. Imam Ghazali explained that this is because soundness of faith rests on acknowledging Resurrection and Judgment, and Surat Ya Sin details this in the most emphatic of ways. Imam Fakhr al-Din al-Razi concurred.

7. Imam Tibi explained in his commentary on Mishkat al-Masabih that Surat Ya Sin was called ‘the Heart of the Qur ‘an ‘ because of what it contains of overwhelming proofs, decisive signs, subtle spiritual meanings, eloquent admonition, and stern warnings.

source: http://beautifulandpeacefulislam.blogspot.sg/2011/10/virtues-and-benefits-of-surah-yasin.html

Here’s some more benefits that I also found:

RASULULLAH s.a.w telah bersabda yang bermaksud:
“Bacalah surah Yassin kerana ia mengandungi keberkatan”, iaitu:

1. Apabila orang lapar membaca surah Yassin, ia boleh menjadi kenyang.
2. Jika orang tiada pakaian boleh mendapat pakaian.
3. Jika orang belum berkahwin akan mendapat jodoh.
4. Jika dalam ketakutan boleh hilang perasaan takut.
5. Jika terpenjara akan dibebaskan.
6. Jika musafir membacanya, akan mendapat kesenangan apa yang dilihatnya.
7. Jika tersesat boleh sampai ke tempat yang ditujuinya.
8. Jika dibacakan kepada orang yang telah meninggal dunia, Allah meringankan siksanya.
9. Jika orang yang dahaga membacanya, hilang rasa hausnya.
10. Jika dibacakan kepada orang yang sakit, terhindar daripada penyakitnya.

11. Rasulullah s.a.w bersabda:
“Sesungguhnya setiap sesuatu mempunyai hati dan hati al-Quran itu ialah Yassin. Sesiapa membaca surah Yassin,nescaya Allah menuliskan pahalanya seperti pahala membaca al-Quran sebanyak 10 kali”.

12. Sabda Rasulullah s.a.w lagi,
“Apabila datang ajal orang yang suka membaca surah Yassin pada setiap hari, turunlah beberapa malaikat berbaris bersama Malaikat Maut. Mereka berdoa dan meminta dosanya diampunkan Allah, menyaksikan ketika mayatnya dimandikan dan turut menyembahyangkan jenazahnya”.

13. Malaikat Maut tidak mahu memaksa mencabut nyawa orang yang suka membaca Yassin sehingga datang Malaikat Redwan dari syurga membawa minuman untuknya. Ketika dia meminumnya alangkah nikmat perasaannya dan dimasukkan ke dalam kubur dengan rasa bahagia dan tidak merasa sakit ketika nyawanya diambil.

14. Rasulullah s.a.w bersabda selanjutnya:
“Sesiapa bersembahyang sunat dua rakaat pada malam Jumaat, dibaca pada rakaat pertama surah Yassin dan rakaat kedua Tabaroka, Allah jadikan setiap huruf cahaya dihadapannya pada hari
kemudian dan dia akan menerima suratan amalannya ditangan kanan dan diberi kesempatan membela 70 orang daripada ahli rumahnya tetapi sesiapa yang meragui keterangan ini, dia adalah orang-orang yang munafik”.

source: http://umar-alfarouk.blogspot.sg/2007/12/kelebihan-surah-yasin.html

Subhanallah. Isn’t that amazing? Just that 1 surah and it has many benefits already. What more when we put in the effort to read the rest of the surah.

I shall not say that those mentioned above are confirmed to be the benefits, for I am nowhere the best person to confirm a hadith or anything. But I would like to believe I am sure the people who found out these benefits earlier than me would have gotten it from a trusted source.

However, as we know Surah Yasin is a surah in Al-Quran, so for sure we know that it is something very good. Also, if something bring a lot of goodness to oneself, why doubt it? Rather than spending the time doubting it, it’s much better to be spending the time reciting the surah and gain all the goodness from it. :)

ramadhan day 6 – beauty in surah al-kahf

26 Jul

After the adhan later, it will already be Friday night and then comes Friday. It is said that Rasulullah S.A.W said that “Friday is the “mother” of all days and the most virtuous in the sight of Allah Ta’ala…”. Along with that, Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. recommended to recite Surat al-Kahf completely the night before Friday, and it is also recommended to do so Friday itself, before Maghrib time.

Pardon me, all this while I thought that Surah Yasin is recommended to be read on Fridays, but it is actually Surah AL-Kahf. Well, read both, the better. Hehe.

Anyway, curious me googled for the benefits of reciting Surah Al-Kahf, which is at “chapter 18″ of the Al-Quran. No regrets at all, because besides the amazing benefits that Rasulullah S.A.W. has mentioned, there is also the story within the surah and also the fact that ‘beauty’ was mentioned 3 times in the surah.

The most common ones that I found from the sites pertaining to the benefits of the Surah are…

1) “Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the night of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will stretch between him and the Ancient House (the Ka’bah).”

2) “Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next.”

3) “Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.”

4) “If anyone learns by heart the first 10 verses of Surah Al-Kahf, he will be protected from Dajjal.”

For the story in the Surah:

The writer of of http://yassarnalquran.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/beauty-in-surah-al-kahf gave her insight that Surah Al-Kahf “…serves as a personal reminder that as a community we will struggle with different phases and stages. As Muslims, some of us may be in the Cave state, just like the first Muslims that were attending secret gatherings in Dar al-Arqam in Mecca to solidify their faith while avoiding persecution. As we develop and gain strength we begin searching for more knowledge, wherever that may take us (Al-Khidr and Musa) and then insha’Allah we reach a point that we have righteously responsible leaders (Dhul Qarnain). This beautiful progression is seen as an overall thematic of the surah, and yet I want to focus on a progression that hits closer to home for me, what I consider so intimately tied to me, that separating away from it may be likened to losing an appendage….”

Here’s a brief account on each of the 4 stories…

Beautiful insight from the same writer, I can say, briefly, the ‘beauty’ mentioned in the surah is about..
1) Beauty is everywhere, all around us. It is a centrifuge, separating those who are best in deed with those who are not. It is a test from Allah. And, the beauty of this Earth is temporary. It will most definitely be taken away.
2) Allah is telling us to remain with those that remember Allah because they are seeking the ultimate beauty – an opportunity to see Him. Sometimes though, it’s hard to find such friends and we fear what it means to be with people who are devoted to God. It may mean distancing ourselves from those that have a negative influence on us, and if one is of strong enough character helping change that person’s negativity without our souls being affected in the process.
3) “Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope.”

 

Well, I hope this has somewhat let us learnt more about this beautiful Surah. I know I did. :)

 

sources:

http://yassarnalquran.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/beauty-in-surah-al-kahf/

http://qa.sunnipath.com/issue_view.asp?HD=1&ID=782

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080412094614AAwKYB3

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080412094614AAwKYB3

http://www.slideshare.net/ProductiveMuslim/secrets-of-surat-alkahf

ramadhan 5 – ubat hati

25 Jul

Ubat hati = Cure for the heart

Serenity during the night, what more when doing ibadah during that time, Insya-Allah, simply gives serenity in oneself. You have to try it to feel it.

Subhanallah.

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