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Greatest Moments Captured II

Can you see His name ﷲ being written in His Majestic sky for the 1st picture? Remember my earlier posting:
Greatest Moments Captured
This moment was captured by my beloved Mother about 3 months ago.
A One in a million moment indeed.

And mashaAllah unbelievably on 2nd January 2014, I saw His name ﷲ being written in His Majestic sky for the 2nd and zoom on 3rd picture I captured.
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Gratitude – Moving Art™


Stop and look at what is happening with you and around you.
Be grateful and do your syukur to Allah SWT always each day,everyday.
This movie art by Louie Schwartzberg really inspires and motivates us to appreciate the beauty of this world.

Dedicating to my beloved husband, baby son, mum, dad, dearest brother and all the wonderful people around me.

 
 

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A Journey to Future Technology

 
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Greatest Moments Captured

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Can you see His name ﷲ  being written in His Majestic sky?

This moment was captured by my beloved mother. A One in a million moment indeed.

 

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Syukur Alhamdulillah. A Letter from our Baby Boy

 

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Marriage Matters with accordance to Islam Vs Culture

Video is in Malay Language. The speaker attained his Masters in Quranic Sciences and Prophetic Traditions (Sunnah & Hadith) from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2005. He obtained his Bachelor Degree (Honors) in Syariah from Islamic University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia in 2000. Subsequently, he pursued his studies at LEE Community College in Singapore and obtained a diploma in Psychology Counseling.Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in Islamic Finance in UIAM Malaysia

 

The knowledge of Deen.. the more you have, the more it humbles you.

 

Ponder 19: Islam & the Concept of Friendship

Islam & the Concept of Friendship

Reference: http://www.missionislam.com/knowledge/Friendship.htm‏

Below you will find several articles relating to the concept of Friendship in Islam.

By Br. Isa Al-Bosnee
Humans have always been social creatures and in need of friends and companions. Much of our lives is spent in interaction with others. For us Muslims who are living in a society where we are clearly a minority, the issue of choosing the right companions is essential for preserving our Deen. Befriending righteous and virtuous Muslims is an essential means for staying on the Straight Path. Strong individuals, on the other hand, are the core of a strong community, something that Muslims should always strive for.
We all know that we were created for a specific purpose and that Allah the Most High has given us life in order to test us. None of us will deny that we are here for a relatively short period of time and that we shall meet Allah (swt) one Day. Once we know our purpose and our goal, we should seek ways to achieve them so as to benefit our own selves. All of us believe that Allah has sent us a Messenger (saws) and revealed to us the Qur’an, the Best Speech.
In an authentic Hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (saws) said: “A person is likely to follow the faith of his friend, so look whom you befriend.” (1).
The person most noble in character and dealings with fellow humans gave us a very clear message and advice in regard to friendship. We should choose the friend that is satisfied with our Deen and avoid the friend that is displeased with it. Whoever we see and are pleased with his Deen, we should befriend him and whoever we are displeased with his Deen and his manners, we ought to avoid him. There is no good in the companion who does not wish for us (from good) what he wishes for himself. There is also no good in the companion who wishes for us what he wishes for himself, if what he likes for his own soul is leading him towards destruction and Hellfire.
The bases for the actions of those who follow the evil ways are corrupt; their actions are built upon misguidance and deviation. Their deeds are worthless to them as Allah (swt) said: “And We will proceed to what they have done of deeds, so We shall render them to scattered floating dust.” Qur’an 25:23
Their actions, even if we regard them as righteous and noble are of no value to them, so how can they be of benefit to us? Friends are those who feel for their companions, in both happy and sad moments. If we share our feelings with the wrong-doers whose actions are worthless and based on corruption, then we are following the same ways and standards as they are. Affection which results from that friendship leads to love and closeness to other than the righteous believers, and this may even lead to avoiding those who are on the Straight Way. Mixing with followers of any way other than that of the Guidance also results in a change in one’s behavior, morals and conduct.
If we agree, follow and are pleased with such friends, then we inherit their habits, behaviors and even religion. Such a Muslim would find himself in a situation wherein he is willing to hide his Islam in front of those who despise it (those that he considers as friends) and to separate from the believers. When this situation occurs, a point is reached when there is a very slight difference between the Muslim and his wrong-doing companion. Such a companionship is the root of sickness of one’s heart and loss of one’s Deen.
Instead of making friends with the misguided ones we should befriend the righteous and treat the rest in a gracious and just manner. Staying at sufficient distance is necessary, yet treating everybody in a noble and kind manner is required.
In another Hadith, Prophet Muhammad (saws) said: “The example of a good companion and a bad companion is like that of the seller of musk, and the one who blows the blacksmith’s bellows.. So as for the seller of musk then either he will grant you some, or you buy some from him, or at least you enjoy a pleasant smell from him. As for the one who blows the blacksmith’s bellows then either he will burn your clothes or you will get an offensive smell from him.” (2)
In his commentary of this Hadith, Imam an-Nawawy said that the Prophet (saws) compared a good companion to a seller of musk and spoke of the virtue of having companions who are good, who have noble manners, piety, knowledge and good culture. Such are those who grant us from their virtue. And he (saws) forbade us to sit with those who do evil, commit a lot of sins and other bad deeds, as well as with innovators, backbiters, and so forth. Another scholar said: “keeping good company with the pious results in attainment of beneficial knowledge, noble manners and righteous actions, whereas keeping company with the wicked prevents all of that.” Many times a Muslim is encouraged by his friends to do evil and to forget his duties. The result is that Muslims themselves are often ashamed to leave them to perform prayer, their friends thus causing them to clearly deviate from the Right Path.
Allah the Exalted says in the Qur’an: “And (remember) the Day when the wrong-doer will bite his hands and say: Woe to me! Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger. Woe to me! If only I had not taken so- and-so as a friend! He has led me astray from this Reminder (the Qur’an) after it had come to me. And Satan is ever a deserter to man in the hour of need.” Qur’an 25:27-29
So take heed before the inevitable Day comes when we are called to account for our actions.
Allah, the All-Wise also says: “Friends on that Day will be enemies one to another, except al-Muttaqoon (i.e. those who have Taqwah).” Qur’an 43:67
Hafidh Ibn Katheer, commenting on this verse, relates a story on the authority of Ali Ibn Abi Talib (ra) and says that any friendship for other than Allah is turned into enmity, except what was in it for Allah the Mighty and Majestic: “Two who are friends for Allah’s sake; one of them dies and is given good news that he will be granted al-Jannah, so he remembered his friend and he supplicated for him, saying: ‘O Allah, my friend used to command me to obey You and to obey Your Prophet (saws) and used to command me to do good and to forbid me from doing evil. And he told me that I will meet You. O Allah, do not let him go astray after me, until you show him what you have just shown me, until You are satisfied with him, just like You are satisfied with me.’ So he is told: ‘Had you known what is (written) for you friend, would you have laughed a lot and cried a little.’ Then his friend dies and their souls are gathered, and both are asked to express their opinions about each other. So each one of them says to his friend: ‘You were the best brother, the best companion and the best friend.’ And when one of the two disbelieving friends dies, and he is given tidings of Hellfire, he remembered his friend and he said: ‘O Allah, my friend used to order me to disobey You and disobey Your Prophet, and commanded me to do evil, and forbade me from doing good, and told me that I would not meet You. O Allah, do not guide him after me, until you show him what you have just shown me and until you are dissatisfied with him just like You are dissatisfied with me.’ Then the other disbelieving friend dies, and their souls are gathered, and both are asked to give their opinions about each other. So each one says to his friend: ‘You were the worst brother, the worst companion and the worst friend.”
That is the end of those who do not have Taqwah and those who befriend for a sake other than that of Allah the Exalted. Allah has surely spoken the truth and we all should grasp what He has informed us of. It is through the good company that Allah, the Most High, saves those who are astray and guides the wicked. The benefit of mixing with the righteous is immense, and it will, insha’Allah, be even more obvious to us in the Hereafter. One of the early Muslims said that it is from Allah’s blessings upon a youth when he turns to worship that he is given brother who is a follower of the Sunnah encouraging him upon it.
Sealing a friendship for Allah’s sake will result in one’s receiving protection of Allah (swt). And as Ibn Abbas said: “No one may taste true faith except by this (i.e. building relationships for Allah’s sake), even if his prayers and fasts are many. People have come to build their relationship around the concerns of the world, but it will not benefit them in any way.” (3)
A scholar has said: “To seal a friendship for Allah’s sake indicates the obligation of establishing relationships of love and trust for His sake; this is a friendship for the sake of Allah. It also indicates that simple affection is not enough here; indeed what is meant is a love based upon alliance. This entails assistance, honor, and respect. It means being with those whom you love both in word and deed.” Loyalty for the sake of Allah really means to love Allah and to come to the assistance of His Deen; to love those who are obedient to Him and to come to their help. Moreover, the Shahadah “La Ilaha Illa Allah” requires us to ally ourselves for the sake of Allah, and it requires us to ally ourselves to the Muslims wherever we find them.
In two other authentic narration’s of the Prophet (saws) we were commanded to keep company with a believer only (3), and told that a person will be with those he loves (4). So if we love and associate ourselves with those who are misguided, we should fear for our fate. The wise person is the one who prepares himself for the Hereafter, not the one who neglects his faith and falls into the trap of Satan who tells him that he will be forgiven and that he can do whatever he wishes. If we truly believe that the best speech is the Speech of Allah and that he best guidance is the guidance of Prophet Muhammad (saws), we should act in accordance with them, lest we build a proof against ourselves.
Ali (raa) said: “Mix with the noble people, you become one of them; and keep away from evil people to protect yourself from their evils.” (4)
If we are truly concerned about our fate, we must come to this realisation: those who take us away from remembering Allah, from obeying Him and His Prophet (saws), those who fail to remind us of our daily prayers and those who do not give us sincere advice in regard to our Deen; such are really our foes and not our friends. On the other side, “a believer is the mirror of his brother” (5), and if he sees any faults in the other believer, he draws his attention to it, helps him to give it up and helps him wipe away any evil that he may have.
Ibn Hazm said: “Anyone who criticises you cares about your friendship. Anyone who makes light of your faults cares nothing about you.” (5)
How can we expect sincere advice and exhortation in regard to our religion from those who are displeased with our Deen or are simply indifferent? Are they going to help us achieve the purpose of our life, or will they take us away from it? Will they desire for us Allah’s pleasure or is that Completely irrelevant to them and not their concern at all? Are they leading us to al-Jannah or to the Hellfire? These are the questions we have to ask ourselves, lest we wake up after we die.
“O you who believe! Take care of your own selves. If you follow the right guidance and enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong no hurt can come to you from those who are in error. The return of you all is to Allah, then He will inform you about (all) that which you used to do.” Qur’an 5:105
We ask Allah to make us of the righteous ones and give us companions that will take us away from His Wrath and lead us to His Pleasure and Paradise.

References:

1 Abu Dawood and at-Tirmithi
2 Al-Bukhari and Muslim
3 Abu Dawood and at-Tirmithi
4 Al-Bukhari and Muslim
5 Abu Dawood, Hasan Hadith

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REMINDERS FOR TAKING THE KUFAR AS FRIENDS

Author Unknown
1. Befriending and liking them. Allaah says interpretation of the meaning):You will not find any people who believe in Allaah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allaah and His Messenger; [al-Mujaadilah 58:22]
2. Inclining towards them, relying upon them and taking them as a support. Allaah says interpretation of the meaning): And incline not towards those who do wrong, lest the Fire should touch you[Hood 11:113]
3. Helping and supporting them against the Muslims. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): The believers, men and women, are awliya (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another [al-Tawbah 9:71].
He also says of the kuffaar that they are but awliya(helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) to one another [al-Maaidah 5:51]. And He says(interpretation of the meaning): And if any amongst you takes them as awliya, then surely he is one of them. [al-Maaidah 5:51].
4. Bringing their laws and rules to the Muslim countries. Allaah says(interpretation of the meaning): Do they then seek the judgement of the Days of Ignorance? [al-Maaidah 5:50]
5. Taking them as friends in general terms, taking them as helpers and supporters, and throwing in ones lot with them. Allaah forbids all this, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as awliya (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but awliya to one another [al-Maaidah 5:51].
6. Compromising with them and being nice to them at the expense of ones religion. Allaah says(interpretation of the meaning): They wish that you should compromise (in religion out of courtesy) with them, so that they (too) would compromise with you. [al-Qalam 68:9]. This includes sitting with them and entering upon them at the time when they are making fun of the Signs of Allaah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): And it has already been revealed to you in the Book that when you hear the Verses of Allaah being denied and mocked at, then sit not with them, until they engage in a talk other than that; (but if you stayed with them), certainly in that case you would be like them [al-Nisa 4:140]
7. Trusting them and taking them as advisors and consultants instead of the believers. Allaah says(interpretation of the meaning): O you who believe! Take not as (your) bitaanah (advisors, consultants, protectors, helpers, friends, etc.)those outside your religion (pagans, Jews, Christians, and hypocrites) since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you. They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is far worse. Indeed We have made clear to you the aayaat (proofs, evidence, verses), if you understand. Lo! You are the ones who love them but they love you not, and you believe in all the Scriptures [i.e., you believe in the Tawraat and the Injeel, while they disbelieve in your Book (the Quraan)]. And when they meet you, they say, We believe. But when they are alone, they bite the tips of their fingers at you in rage. Say: Perish in your rage. Certainly Allaah knows what is in the breasts (all the secrets). If a good befalls you, it grieves them, but some evil overtakes you, they rejoice at it [Aal Imran 3:118-120].

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THE MANNERS OF COMPANIONSHIP
Shaykh Badrud-Deen al-Ghazzee (d.984H) [1]
The Shaykh – rahimahullaah – said, [2]
Know O pious brother – may Allaah make our affairs good – that the manners of companionship and good relationships are of various types, of which I will explain, such as will show the person of intellect the manners of the Believers and the Pious; and come to know that Allaah the Most Perfect, the Most High has made them a mercy and helpers towards each other, which is why the Messenger of Allaah (saws) said, ‘‘The example of the Believers, in their mutual love and mercy is like the example of a body, if one part feels pain, then all of the body suffers in sleeplessness and fever.’’ [3]
And he (saws) said, ‘‘The Believer to the Believer is like a solid building, one part supporting the other.’’ [4] The Prophet (saws) also said, ‘‘The souls are arrayed armies, so those who knew each one another before, will be friendly…’’ [5] So if Allaah intends good for His servants, He grants them companionship of the people of the Sunnah, righteousness and adherence to the Religion; and keeps him free from the companionship of the people of innovations. The Prophet (saws) said, “A person is upon the religion of his friend, so let every one of you look to whom he keeps as a friend.’’ [6]
About a person, do not ask, but ask about his companion; Since every companion follows his friends.’
From the manners of companionship:
GOOD MANNERS:
Good manners with the brothers, peers and companions, following the Messenger of Allaah (saws) as he said, when it was said to him, ‘What is the best of what a person is given?’ So he replied, ‘‘Good manners.’’ [7]
MAKING ONE’S OPINION GOOD:
From the manners of companionship is behaving well regarding the faults that he sees of his companions, since Ibn Maazin said, ‘The Believer seeks excuses for his brothers, whilst the hypocrite seeks out their faults.’ And Hamdoon al-Qassaar said, ‘If one of your brothers commits an error, then seek ninety excuses for him, and if not, then you are the blameworthy one.’
COMPANIONSHIP WITH THE BELIEVERS:
To keep companionship with one whose Religion you trust and who is trustworthy, both inwardly and outwardly. Allaah the – Most High – says, “You will not find anyone who believes in Allaah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allaah and His Messenger, even though they were their fathers, sons, brothers or their relatives. For such He has written eemaan (faith) in their hearts, and strengthened them with a spirit (proofs, light and guidance) from Himself. And We will admit them into gardens underneath which rivers flow, to dwell therein forever. Allaah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him. They are the Party of Allaah, indeed it is the Party of Allaah that will be successful.’’ [Sooratul-Mujaadilah 58:22]
FORMS OF COMPANIONSHIP:
For the Shaykhs and elders: with respect to service and to carry out their needs. For those of the same peer group and those of the ‘middle rank’: with sincere advice, giving what you have and being prepared to carry out their wishes. For the students and younger ones: by guidance, teaching of manners, carrying out what knowledge demands, guidance to the manners of the Sunnah, rulings concerning the matters of the heart, and to guide them to develop good manners.
OVERLOOKING MISTAKES:
From the manners of companionship is overlooking mistakes of the brothers and not reprimanding them. So al-Fudayl Ibn ’Iyaad (d.187H) said, ‘Chivalry is to overlook the mistakes of the brothers.’ Ibnul-A’raabee (d.231H) said, ‘Forgetting the harms caused by the brothers, causes you love of them to persist.’ So it is binding upon the Believer, that he avoids seekers of this world, since they will bring him down to the level of seeking it, and this will distance him from his salvation and it will distance him from remaining alert and being aware of it. Rather, he must strive hard in attaining the companionship of the good and the seekers of the Hereafter. Therefore, Dhun-Noon (d.245H) said to the one whom he advised, ‘Accompany the one whom you will be safe from outwardly, and whom – when you see him – it helps you in doing good and reminds you of your Lord.’
AGREEMENT WITH THE BROTHERS:
And from them is: not to differ much with the brothers, but continue agreeing with the brothers in those things allowed by knowledge and the Sharee’ah. Aboo ’Uthmaan said, ‘Agreeing with the brothers is better than showing compassion for them.’
LEAVING OF ENVY:
That he does not envy the signs of Allaah’s bounty upon them. Rather, he should be happy for that and praise Allaah for it, just as he would praise Allaah if it were seen upon him. Allaah – the Most High – censures the envious one, ‘‘Or do they envy men for what Allaah has given them from His bounty.’’ [Sooratun-Nisaa‘ 4:94]
The Prophet (saws) said, ‘‘Do not envy one another.’’ [8]
TO KEEP A FEELING OF MODESTY:
That he has hayaa‘ (modesty and shame) at all times, as he (saws) said, ‘‘Faith (eemaan) has sixty or seventy odd branches, the most excellent of them is witnessing that none has the right to be worshipped besides Allaah, and the lowest branch is removing something harmful from the road, and hayaa‘ is from eemaan.’’ [9] (saws) also said, ‘‘Hayaa‘ is from eemaan, and eemaan is from Paradise. Speaking obscenely is from coarseness and coarseness is from the Fire.’’ [10]
COMPANIONSHIP OF THE DIGNIFIED:
To accompany the one who he has a feeling of respect for, so that this prevents from acting contrary to the Sharee’ah. ’Alee (raa) said, ‘‘Enliven your feeling of hayaa‘ (shame), by sitting before those whom you feel shame. Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (d.241H) – rahimahullaah – said, ‘‘I have not been led into calamity except by accompanying those before whom I do not feel shame.’’
SHOWING HAPPINESS:
To have cheerfulness of the face, kindness of the tongue, largeness of the heart, outspreading the hands, withholding anger, leaving off pride, keeping people’s honor in mind and showing happiness at their companionship and brotherhood.
COMPANIONSHIP OF THE WISE SCHOLAR:
From good companionship is that he does not accompany except a Scholar, of a person who is mild, intelligent and has knowledge. Dhun-Noon – rahimahullaah – said, ‘Allaah has not disrobed any one of His servants or a robe better than intellect, and has not adorned him with a necklace better than knowledge, nor adorned him with anything better than mildness. And the completeness of that is taqwaa (fear of Allaah).’
GIVING SINCERE ADVICE:
Having a clean heart with regards to the brothers and advising them, as Allaah – the Most High – said, “Except he who comes to Allaah with a clean heart.’’ [Sooratush-Shu’araa 26:89]
Saree as-Saqatee (d.257H) – rahimahullaah – said, ‘One of the best manners of righteousness is having a good heart as regards the brothers and to give them sincere advice.’
NOT BREAKING PROMISES:
Since this is from hypocrisy, and he (saws) said, ‘‘The signs of the hypocrite are three: When he speaks he lies, when he makes a promise he breaks it and when he is entrusted he acts deceptively.’’ [11] Sufyaan ath-Thawree (d.164H) – rahimahullaah – said, ‘‘Do not make a promise to your brother and then break it, so that love turns to hate.’
Footnotes:
[1] He is the muftee and faqeeh, Abul-Barakaat Badrud-Deen al-Ghazzee. For his biography, refer to Shadharaatudh-Dhahab (8/403-406) of Ibnul-’Imaad and al-A’laam (7/59) of az-Ziriklee.
[2] From Aadaabul-’Ishrah wa Dhikrus-Suhbah wal-Ukhuwwah (p. 9-20) with the checking and authentication of hadeeth based upon that of Shaykh ’Alee Hasan al-Halabee and also Shaykh Mashhoor Hasan Salmaan.
[3] Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 6011) and Muslim (no. 2586), from an-Nu’maan Ibn Basheer (raa).
[4] Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 481) and Muslim (no. 2585), from Aboo Moosaa al-Ash’aree (raa).
[5] Saheeh: Related by al-Bukhaaree (6/369) with ta’leeq (suspension), from ’Aa‘ishah (raa). It was connected by Aboo Ya’laa in al-Musnad (no. 4381) with an isnaad whose narrators are from as-Saheeh – as occurs in al-Majma’ (8/88) of al-Haythamee.
[6] Hasan: Related by Ahmad (2/303), Aboo Daawood (no. 4812) and at-Tirmidhee (no. 2484), from Aboo Hurayrah (raa). It was authenticated by Imaam an-Nawawee in Riyaadus-Saaliheen (no. 174).
[7] Saheeh: Related by Wakee’ in az-Zuhd (no. 423), Ibn Hibbaan (1/427) and at-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer (1/147), from Usaamah Ibn Shareek (raa). It was authenticated by al-Haafidh al-’Iraaqee in Takhreejul-Ihyaa‘ (2/157).
[8] Related by al-Bukhaaree (10/484) and Muslim (no. 2564), from Aboo Hurayrah (raa).
[9] Related by al-Bukhaaree (1/44) and Muslim (1/46)
[10] Saheeh: Related by Ahmad (2/501) and at-Tirmidhee (no. 2077) with a saheeh isnaad, from Aboo Hurayrah (raa).
[11] Related by al-Bukhaaree (5/289) and Muslim (1/76)

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Islam is a comprehensive Religion

 

The End Of KTM Ride On 30th June

Documentary of KTM
For some, it is just another railway station but to others, it marks a history in their life.

Untuk Renungan:-
Kalau pun roboh stesen kereta – api,
Lambang kepada bangsa Nusantara ini,
Namun anak bangsa yang menyedari diri,
Yang jiwanya tidak rela dijajah,atau dikuasai,
Melainkan kepada Allah,dan Rasul-Nya demi agama yang suci,
Ikhlas dan sabar mengabdi diri,
Mereka tidak akan merasa takut dan sedih kerana menyedari,
Ujian Allah pasti akan terjadi,
Untuk memisahkan mereka yang palsu daripada yang hakiki
Antara yang munafik dari yang benar mengimani,
Antara yang jujur daripada mereka yang mengkhiyanati,
.

Hapusnya bekas mungkin terjadi,
Namun hapusnya ingatan itu lebih besar trajedi,
Malapetaka paling malang yang sedang kita hadapi,
Pabila Islam, sejarah, bahasa dan budi,
Di rosak, di ketepi, di abai dan di ingkari,
Oleh yang mengaku konon dari ummat ini.
Tetapi jiwa mereka sanggup di lacuri,
Demi mengejar pangkat, setiap penguasa di ampui,
Membantu menghakis sejarah bangsa sendiri.

Ingatlah, kita manusia mempunyai ingatan,
Adat, budaya, sejarah dan ajaran,
Teruslah di ajar, disebar di semarakkan,
Disemai, dipelihara, dikobar-kobar dan di abadikan,
Dalam setiap jiwa,, kalbu dan ingatan,
Yang Allah tidak akan merobahkan,
Selagi kita bershukur atas segala pemberian,
Walau pun berupa ujian.dan cabaran.
Selagi iman dan Islam, ikhlas diperjuangkan.

Daripada Ustaz Zhulkeflee Bin Haji Ismail ( Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1107231855)

 

Ponder 18: Awaken

We were given so many prizes
We changed the desert into oasis
We built buildings of different lengths and sizes
And we felt so very satisfied
We bought and bought
We couldn’t stop buying
We gave charity to the poor ’cause
We couldn’t stand their crying
We thought we paid our dues
But in fact
To ourselves we’re just lying
Oh

I’m walking with my head lowered in shame from my place
I’m walking with my head lowered from my race
Yes it’s easy to blame everything on the west
When in fact all focus should be on ourselves

We were told what to buy and we’d bought
We went to London, Paris and
We made show we were seen in the most exlusive shops
Yes we felt so very satisfied

We felt our money gave us infinite power
We forgot to teach our children about history and honor
We didn’t have any time to lose
When we were.. (were)
So busy feeling so satisfied

I’m walking with my head lowered in shame from my place
I’m walking with my head lowered from my race
Yes it’s easy to blame everything on the west
When in fact all focus should be on ourselves

We became the visuals without a soul
despite the heat
Our homes felt so empty and cold
To fill the emptiness
We bought and bought
Maybe all the fancy cars
And bling will make us feel satisfied

My dear brother and sister
It’s time to change inside
Open your eyes
Don’t throw away what’s right aside
Before the day comes
When there’s nowhere to run and hide
Now ask yourself ’cause Allah’s watching you

Is He satisfied?
Is Allah satisfied?
Is Allah satisfied?
Is Allah satisfied?

Oh
I’m walking with my head lowered in shame from my place
I’m walking with my head lowered from my race
Yes it’s easy to blame everything on the west
When in fact all focus should be on ourselves

 

 

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The Unsinkable

For the full Video, visit : http://www.beunsinkable.com/videosonia.html

Very inspiring bestselling author Sonia Ricotti went through a NASTY phase in her life.

* A potentially deadly blood clot shattered her health
* Financial devastation stole her lifestyle and home out from under her
* An important relationship ended (which, to make matters worse, involved an alcoholic)
…all of it hitting her AT ONCE.

Losing her home, her health, and her love all at once!

Something like that could destroy most people, but Sonia knew what to do and did it in style.

She became “Unsinkable” in mind, body and spirit.

She bounced back on a grand scale…and rebuilt a thriving business and a beautiful life.

 

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World IPV6 Day? Find Out & Don’t Miss It!

About World IPv6 Day

8 June 2011 - IPv6 Day - The Future is Forever

On 8 June, 2011, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight”. The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.

Please join us for this test drive and help accelerate the momentum of IPv6 deployment.

How To Take Part

Interested in joining the other organisations that are taking part in this initiative? Select your type of organisation below and you’ll find everything you need to participate in World IPv6 Day:

Please contact us to indicate your interest in participating in World IPv6 Day and to have your company added to the list of participating organisations.

Test your IPv6 Connectivity

Want to find out your IPv6 readiness? Use this test.

 

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A Film On The Life Of Holy Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H) Movie: The Message

A great and meaningful film.

 

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The Butterfly Effect II : “Can a butterfly that flutters its wings cause a terrifying Hurricane?”

How does the Butterfly Effect also know as the Chaos Theory apply to our lives?

Can implementing these principles improve personal and organizational performance?

Most people have heard of Chaos Theory and the Butterfly Effect, the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings over the Atlantic can cause hurricanes in Florida. A huge, dynamic system, like the weather, is influenced by innumerable tiny factors. These are practically impossible to predict and may seem innocuous at the time, but they can have severe repercussions.

The Butterfly Effect: Ripples and Consequences

The Butterfly Effect can influence human interaction together, and it is built around the idea that any action you take starts a reaction that will reverberate and grow, having an impact further down the line. Whenever you make a choice in life, try to think about the potential repercussions, because every action you take will have a consequence.

To give an example of the Butterfly Effect in action, imagine a manager who is having a stressful, busy day. She takes her anger out on one of her supervisors; shouting at him and making him feel very uncomfortable. This places him in a bad mood and he proceeds to be very abrupt with his staff, and they become tense and on edge, becoming less pleasant to customers.

The manager’s stress cascaded down the chain, increasing in intensity and in the number of people it affected at each stage, potentially costing the company money and increasing the chance that disillusioned staff will leave the company or even worse, become less productive and negatively influence others around them.

Use the Butterfly Effect as a Force for Positive Change

Luckily, the idea of the cascade Butterfly Effect can also be used to your advantage. Imagine that the above manager kept her stress to herself and instead praised her supervisor for working well under pressure. He will pass this goodwill onto his staff and they, in turn, will interact with customers much better. This principle lies at the core of harnessing the Butterfly Effect to improve productivity.

Although we often have to think on our feet and have to react to situations quickly, there is always time to think about the consequences of our actions. Most organizations are built around a hierarchy, and clear vision, drive and simple kindness at the top will soon filter down throughout the organization. While we are all governed by emotion, an effective manager is cool and calm under pressure, aware that any they action they take can have serious repercussions.

The Butterfly Effect can also be used on a personal level, as a way to organize and, most importantly, plan ahead. Small changes to a business plan or an operational procedure can have far-reaching effects that may not be apparent immediately but reap dividends in the long term. In a business environment where “short-termism” dominates far too often, thinking ahead and making the small decisions for the future is a great way to get ahead.

Putting the Butterfly Effect in Practice

1. Small Actions, Big Gains: Concentrate on the small actions that can create long-term effects. For example, taking a few minutes in a morning to brief staff on what is expected for the day gives them a clear goal and direction. This will greatly improve efficiency and cut down on wasted time. – A Daily Morning Huddle is practiced in top MNC like IBM (International Business Machine) and also in local business school like JBS (Jamiyah Business School).
Be open to change, and make a list of actions you will commit to take on a daily basis that will lead to long term positive results.
For example, list the areas of your life in which you want to make a change, then commit to one action or change in each area:
A) Worklife and career
B) Relationship and family
C) Health
D) Finances
E) Recreational / vacation
F) Home

2. Long Term Goals: When you are clear about your vision, and mission, values, and goals, your actions and decisions will be clear. With the Butterfly Effect, you may not always see results immediately and the reaping the rewards of your actions can take months or even years.
As an example, most businesses have staff training procedures in place, but the time that is supposed to be devoted to it always seems to be disappear when you are busy. When you have a mission to create the best organization with well-trained staff, finding a few minutes a day for training can have huge long-term repercussions: Infused with confidence, your staff will perform better and, perhaps, a previously overlooked member of staff might show that they have what it takes to become a great supervisor or manager. Using the Butterfly Effect is all about long-term investment.

3. Invisible Effects: In some cases, you may not even see the results at all.
For example, imagine that you revitalize your health and safety procedures and invest in better protective equipment. If you hadn’t upgraded, an employee could have had an easily avoidable accident and sued you. This costs the business time and money, causes you stress, and potentially ends up with you having to cut costs in other areas, lowering production. Making a small investment now, can prevent a future bad consequence.

4. The Butterfly Effect & Relationships: Consider that each interaction with another person will have longer term implications. You can also apply the Butterfly Effect outside work, improving your family life and also your work life.
For instance, ensuring that you devote a few hours for spending with the family strengthens relationships and also helps you to unwind and relax. Failing to do this can result in stress-related illness or relationship difficulties, with the associated devastation to your family life and to your career. Behave and interact in a way that results in the best long term effects.

5. No Guarantee of Success: Looked at individually, not every small change you make to your working practices will ultimately bear fruit. Sometimes, the effects are invisible, or the change might not have the impact you imagined. However, looking holistically, you will notice that all of these small changes added together have a positive effect, overall, and using the Butterfly Effect will change work practices and increase productivity, gradually and organically.

The Butterfly Effect: Organic Growth

The Butterfly Effect is not a quick fix and they will not improve productivity overnight. However, this principle provides a good framework for long-term success, gradually improving all aspects of your business and strengthening every single level. Identifying and committing to small changes you can make does not require a lot of time or resources, so it is a very low-risk strategy to implement and adapt.

Whether you work for a company or you are self-employed, harnessing the potential of the Butterfly Effect is a good route to success. Just making a few small changes can help you to build stronger foundations for the future.


The term “butterfly effect” is attributed to Edward Norton Lorenz, a mathematician and meteorologist who was one of the first proponents of Chaos Theory.A dynamical system displays sensitive dependence on initial conditions if points arbitrarily close together separate over time at an exponential rate. The definition is not topological, but essentially metrical.

If M is the state space for the map ft, then ft displays sensitive dependence to initial conditions if for any x in M and any δ>0, there are y in M, with 0 < d(x,y) < δ such that

d(fτ(x),fτ(y)) > exp(aτ)d(x,y).

The definition does not require that all points from a neighborhood separate from the base point x, but it requires one positive Lyapunov exponent.
More information about the Butterfly Effect:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-butterfly-effect.htm

 

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The Butterfly Effect

 
The Butterfly Effect, in scientific communities, states that it is possible for a butterfly flapping its wings to cause a chain reaction that culminates in a hurricane across the world. How can this principle be applied to people and interactions? Watch this short inspirational video to see what we mean.

I can count on one hand the times in my life when I heard a story and…could not stop thinking about it!

The Butterfly Effect story was one of those times. In a word, it’s AMAZING!

Andy Andrews, in my opinion, is one of the most talented writers. His books have sold millions of copies. In fact, he’s had four different books on the New York Times best-sellers list. But as a speaker…he’s one of the best I’ve ever heard.

When he speaks, he usually closes with his favorite story (He says:- “it’s the one that every client remembers”)…

Andy Andrews – 50 Famous Parental Sayings

Let us side track here and share abit on the funny famous parental sayings/moments recalled by Andy Andrews. Recall what your parents used to say to you during the disciplinary moments. Agree or disagree? For me to know and for you to find out and select among which is the most appropriate :P

 

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Weekends Entertainment – ☆Scarborough Fair☆ by an English 18th Century ‘Unknown Writer’

Scarborough Fair – The History behind Lyrics

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,

Remember me to one who lives there,

He (she) once was a true love of mine.

Tell him (her) to make me a cambric shirt,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Without a seam or needle work,
Then (s)he’ll be a true love of mine.
Tell him (her) to wash it in yonder dry well
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Where water ne’er sprang, nor drop of rain fell
Then (s)he’ll be a true love of mine.
Tell him (her) to dry it on yonder grey thorn
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Which ne’er bore blossom since Adam was born
Then (s)he’ll be a true love of mine.
Tell him (her) to find me an acre of land
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Between the salt water and the sea strand
Then (s)he’ll be a true love of mine
Plow the land with the horn of a lamb
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Then sow some seeds from the north of the dam
Then (s)he’ll be a true love of mine
Tell him (her) to reap it with a sickle of leather
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
And tie up the sheaves with a rope made of heather
Then (s)he’ll be a true love of mine
If (s)he tells me (s)he can’t I’ll reply
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
“Let me know that at least you will try;”
Then (s)he’ll be a true love of mine
“Love imposes impossible tasks,”
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
“Though never more than your own heart asks,
And I must know you’re a true love of mine”

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,

Remember me to one who lives there,

He (she) once was a true love of mine.

Scarborough Fair – Chinese Instrumental Soothing Version
Scarborough Fair – Celtic Lady
Scarborough Fair – Instrumental with Beautiful English Sceneries
 
 

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Ponder 17: The Power of Giving & True Happiness

Happiness is a journey. It is not a destination.

Happiness is to be savoured and enjoyed. Nourished your soul and spirit.

Achieving Life Balance.  (Watch the clip to understand)

  1. Nourish your Body, Mind and Soul
  2. Doing more of important matters than of urgent matters
  3. Slow down is fast, less down is more. 
  4. There is no success without balance

 

Happiness is not yesterday, tmrw or the upcoming year.

Happiness is NOW, each day, everyday.

Awaken your spirituality. Life is full of abundant joy. Life is short.

Live your life giving and expect nothing in return because life is automatically a cycle. When you give more, the return is more. The return will aways be from the Al-Mighty, God.

When you give, power of giving becomes instantaneous, continuous and eternal within you. Giving flows through you! As you are giving, you are creating.

” When the cow stops giving milk, the cow cannot get more milk. When the sheep stops giving wool, the sheep cannot get more wool. When a tree has a fruit and nobody takes it, the fruit rots and falls down. When the river stops flowing, it stagnants. When you stop the flow of giving, you stop the flow of receiving. When you give flow of abundance, only then abundance will flow through you “

The difference you make to people comes with you, that’s what really matters.

” What is the legacy you are leaving? “

 

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Ponder 16: Finish Strong

So many times it’s not what you say, but how you say it that turns the switch from “off” to “on”.

This 3 minute movie and the message is guaranteed to turn the switch “on” for you. How do I know? Just ask the hundreds of people who wrote letters and emails to us about the way this three minute movie inspired them to be the best that they can be!
So prepare to be inspired. Just click here to watch.
Make sure to pay it forward, by sharing this e-mail with friends, family, and co-workers. They’ll thank you for it!

All the Best,
Mac Anderson
Mac Anderson
Founder, Simple Truths

If you never failed, you never lived. Its a secret to success.

 

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Singapore General Election 2011 Part II – The Results

SINGAPORE : Singaporeans had went to the polls on May 7.

President SR Nathan dissolved Parliament on Tuesday, with Nomination Day slated for next Wednesday, April 27.

Polling Day, which falls on a Saturday, has been declared a public holiday.

The news came a day after the announcement of two committees of prominent Singaporeans to certify minority candidates for the election.

Some 2.35 million voters are eligible to vote in the coming polls – the 14th in Singapore’s history.

There will be 87 wards, carved out into 12 Single Member Constituencies (SMC) and 15 Group Representation Constituencies (GRC).

The election deposit for each candidate standing for election will be S$16,000 and nomination papers can be filed from 11am to noon on April 27.
There will be nine nomination centres for the coming General Election (GE).

SINGAPORE: The Elections Department has released the final tally of votes for the general election.

Even after factoring in overseas votes which were counted on Wednesday afternoon, the margin for Potong Pasir remains at 114 votes or 0.72 per cent. There were 19 votes for the People’s Action Party and 19 for the Singapore People’s Party.

On May 7, 2,683 overseas Singaporeans cast their votes at nine polling stations in five countries, namely Australia, China, Japan, the UK and the US. This, out of the 3,453 who registered as overseas voters from the 26 contested constituencies.

Their votes were counted at ITE College Central and the process was observed by candidates who contested in the General Election.

The ruling People’s Action Party saw a marginal increase in vote share in one GRC and five SMCs. The constituencies are Sembawang GRC and the Bukit Panjang, Hougang, Joo Chiat, Punggol East and Sengkang West SMCs.

The largest increase was 0.03 per cent in Sengkang West.

The PAP however saw a fall in vote share in six GRCs (Aljunied, Bishan-Toa Payoh, Marine Parade, Moulmein-Kallang, Nee Soon and Holland-Bukit Timah) and four SMCs (Radin Mas, Whampoa, Yuhua and Mountbatten).

In the opposition-claimed Aljunied GRC, PAP’s vote share fell by 0.01 per cent. In Holland-Bukit Timah GRC and Mounbatten SMC, PAP’s vote share fell by 0.02 per cent and 0.03 per cent respectively.

Overall, the margin remains unchanged in seven GRCs, which are Ang Mo Kio, Chua Chu Kang, East Coast, Jurong, Pasir Ris-Punggol, Tampines and West Coast.

The margin also remains unchanged in 3 SMCs, including the closely-watched Potong Pasir.
Percentage of valid votes and changes after adding overseas votes:
GRCs
Aljunied – PAP 45.28% (-0.01%)
Ang Mo Kio – PAP 69.33% (unchanged)
Bishan-Toa Payoh – PAP 56.93% (-0.01%)
Chua Chu Kang – PAP 61.2% (unchanged)
East Coast – PAP 54.83% (unchanged)
Holland-Bukit Timah – PAP 60.08% (-0.02%)
Jurong – unchanged
Marine Parade – PAP 56.64% (-0.01%)
Moulmein-Kallang – PAP 58.55% (-0.01%)
Nee Soon – PAP 58.40% (-0.01%)
Pasir Ris-Punggol – 64.79% (unchanged)
Sembawang – PAP 63.90% (+0.01%)
Tampines – PAP 57.22% (unchanged)
West Coast – PAP 66.57% (unchanged)

SMCs
Bukit Panjang – PAP 66.27% (+0.01%)
Hong Kah – PAP 70.61% (unchanged)
Hougang – PAP 64.80% (+0.01%)
Joo Chiat – PAP 51.02% (+0.01%)
Mountbatten – PAP 58.62% (-0.03%)
Pioneer – PAP 60.73% (unchanged)
Potong Pasir – PAP 50.36% (unchanged)
Punggol East – PAP 54.54% (+0.01%), WP 41.01% (-0.01%), SDA 4.45% (unchanged)
Radin Mas – PAP 67.10% (-0.01%)
Sengkang West – PAP 58.11% (+0.03%)
Whampoa – PAP 66.10% (-0.01%)
Yuhua – PAP 66.86% (-0.01%)

Workers Party(WP) manage to retain Hougang SMC. PAP retains most of the seats. Left the most watched over Area, Aljunied GRC( West Coast Group Representation Constituency) lead by Foreign Minister George Yeo of PAP.

Will PAP win this or the Opposition(WP) make history?

PAP won the Elections, retains the majority vote but lost Aljunied GRC to the Opposition,”Workers Party” with 72,165 votes, out of a total of 133,685 votes. Workers Party obtained 54.71 per cent of the votes. 1,788 votes were rejected votes. A real shocking outcome but a heartfelt gratitudes to Foreign Minister George Yeo who has lead for more than 23 years of great leadership, commitment and dedications for Singapore.

Let us listen to Foreign Minister George Yeo giving a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore, May 10th 2011. During the conference he outlined his views on his recent electoral loss, and talked about his future plans.

In conclusion, we Singaporeans still have faith and full trust in PAP ruling party:)

There are also alternate voices to be heard in the parliament for the differences to be brought upon. This will maintain a healthy competitive balance in governance.

Stay Tuned in 2016 for next Singapore General Elections.

For Now, the History has been made remembered. Forget our differences, let us focus on bringing in positive committed mission, full spirited developments, risk protected visions, realistic changes and fruitful improvements to deliver the best for our country, economy and nation.

Majulah Singapura!

 

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Singapore General Election 2011 Part I

Voting starts in 7 hours time (now 0100 hrs GMT+8)

Hard Truth From Real Singaporeans,Away From The Mainstream Media:-

Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going Interview – Hot-button Topics

 

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Keeping your Pace with Technology

IMPORTANTANCE OF LEARNING IN AN ORGANIZATION

NEVER STOP LEARNING = KNOWLEDGE = CHANGES = EDUCATION

A Century of Achievements that changed the World.
International Business Machine (IBM)

ONLY FOR ENTERTAINMENT: How Adolf Hitler would be if he is still in today’s Technology

 

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Morning Coffee Inspiration – How to have FUN @ Work

4 Secrets to Liking Your Work

How to have fun & enjoy your work – Motivational Forum in malay language by Dr Fadhilah Kamsah

 

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Life At Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah

A 3 parts series below in Malay language:-

 

Minister Mentor Lee’s latest statement on Malay Integration during an interview by Charlie Rose on 28 march 2011

Informing what he meant by “stand corrected” = stand corrected, but was not wrong (or will never be wrong)
Find out more…
Interview with Charlie Rose, 28 March 2011:
At 31:57 mins of the video:

 

Ponder 12: Positive Alliances & Empowering Minds

 

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It takes only one person to make a Difference. It is YOU!

 

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Beautifully Crafted 2011

 

Umrah Dedication (23rd Mar-4th Apr 2011)

A Special dedication to our dear best friend who have gone for Umrah with a strong sincerity, will, patience and sacrifice to perform worship and visit populated places in the holy land of Mecca. May you find peace, endurance and answers in your holy trip. Ameen.


Virtual 3D Umrah Tour


 

For the Females

For you to ponder and reflect. The wrong and right perception of hijab.
Its not just about covering but its about your ‘akhlak’- behaviour.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2010 in Education, Islam, Life

 

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Prophet Muhammad’s PBUH Teachings for 21st Century

 

The Prophet SAW said: Islam began as something strange and will return as something strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers. [Tree in Paradise]

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2010 in Islam, Life

 

Oh iPad,you will do anything to unlock it but could you identify the MasterKey to unlock iJannah?

 

Ponder 17: Each of us is accompanied by a Qarin – A visualisation of how it appears

 

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Ramadan Day 5: Paradise is a Place on Earth

(This series has been uploaded with permission by Islam Channel!)

This is a series where Muhammad AlShareef guides us through everyday of Ramadan with his very own Heart Wheel Journal. The journal (which can be downloaded at http://www.heartwheeljournal.com )
aims to make this Ramadan a Ramadan you won’t forget! The show appears on the Iftar Bites Program on Islam Channel.

Today’s topic is:
Day 5 Paradise is a Place on Earth

Some GEMS to take away and implement from this session:

What is your aim and goal in life?

• A persons primary destination and aim in life should be Jannatul Firdous. This is what they should focus on reaching.
• That man can have nothing but what he strives for. That (the fruit of) his striving will soon come in sight. (53 An-Najm v.39-40)
• If youre aiming for the dunya, then youll only get from the dunya. If youre aiming for the akhirah, then youll get the dunya and the akhirah.
• All your actions will be judged by their intentions.
• If you aim for Jannah, that quality of striving for excellence will show in all the other work that you do.

 

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Ramadan Day 4: Perfection

(This series has been uploaded with permission by Islam Channel!)

This is a series where Muhammad AlShareef guides us through everyday of Ramadan with his very own Heart Wheel Journal. The journal (which can be downloaded at http://www.heartwheeljournal.com )
aims to make this Ramadan a Ramadan you won’t forget! The show appears on the Iftar Bites Program on Islam Channel.

Today’s topic is:
Day 4 Perfection

Some GEMS to take away and implement from this session:

• If you want to be perfect, then you have low standards. Perfection is impossible.
• Perfection belongs to Allah azza wa jal alone.
• Dont aim to be perfect, aim to be outstanding in what you do.
• Aim for excellence in your worship of Allah.
• We will all make mistakes. When e make them, we should repent to Allah asking for forgiveness
• Even if you miss days in your Heart Wheel Journal, just skip it. The journals worth it even if you do a day of it.

Each day in Ramadan 2010, Muhammad Alshareef shares with you a “sweet” reflection on one of the verses recited that night. Tune in daily for these “sweet” reflections.

RAMADAN DAY 4

Pray ON!

InshaAllah, may we together benefit and achieve hidayah from it.

~Listen, Reflect and Apply~

 

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Ramadan Day 3: Fasting Makes Me Stronger!

(This series has been uploaded with permission by Islam Channel!)

This is a series where Muhammad AlShareef guides us through everyday of Ramadan with his very own Heart Wheel Journal. The journal (which can be downloaded at http://www.heartwheeljournal.com ) aims to make this Ramadan a Ramadan you won’t forget! The show appears on the Iftar Bites Program on Islam Channel.

Today’s Topic is:
Day 3 Fasting Makes Me Stronger!

Some GEMS to take away and implement from this session:

• People will focus on their goals but they’re too tired to go out and achieve their goals.
• Fasting is designed to make you stronger!
• If Allah has prescribed it, then its only going to benefit you.
• For Iftar, don’t stuff yourself! If you stuff yourself, you’re gonna spend Ramadan sleeping.
• Do not skip Suhoor, or else you’ll be knocked out by Tarawih prayer.

Each day in Ramadan 2010, Muhammad Alshareef shares with you a “sweet” reflection on one of the verses recited that night. Tune in daily for these “sweet” reflections.

RAMADAN DAY 3

InshaAllah, may we together benefit and achieve hidayah from it.

~Listen, Reflect and Apply~

 

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Ramadan Day 2: Taraweeh Truffle II

Each day in Ramadan 2010, Muhammad Alshareef shares with you a “sweet” reflection on one of the verses recited that night. Tune in daily for these “sweet” reflections.

RAMADAN DAY 2

We look at verses that speak about making dua and we ask a question: Is it permissible to make dua for BLING?

InshaAllah, may we together benefit and achieve hidayah from it.

~Listen, Reflect and Apply~

 

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Ramadan Day 1: Taraweeh Truffle


Each day in Ramadan 2010, Muhammad Alshareef shares with you a “sweet” reflection on one of the verses recited that night. Tune in daily for these “sweet” reflections.

RAMADAN DAY 1

InshaAllah, may we together benefit and achieve hidayah from it.

~Listen, Reflect and Apply~

 

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Many Muslims do not really Fast by Ustaz Abdul Halim Abdul Karim

Every Ramadhan we are reminded of the Hadith of RasulullLah s.a.w. that there are those who fast (sawm) in vain, gaining nothing. Abu Huraira related that RasululLah s.a.w. said, “Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness”.

Don’t we not understand the importance and dire implications of this Hadith? Don’t we not see that all the talks, khutbahs and seminars about fasting, all the hullabaloo about abstaining from eating and drinking, the buzz of Ramadhan activities, the iftar events, the campaigns for healthy diets and quitting from smoking in Ramadhan, the anticipation of collecting porridge foriftar complete with schedules with when and where to collect them… All of these may just be distractions leading us to gain nothing out of our fasting except hunger and thirst?

Maybe, we should fast from all these artificially contrived buzz of Ramadhan complete with launches of new flashy websites on Ramadhan and newly conceived Ramadhan activities. Instead of deeper and more comprehensive abstention of the desires and senses; Instead of intensifying our fard ibadah and increasing the nawafil; Instead of increasing in the reading and recitation of our scriptures and contemplation of Allah’s words; Instead of a greater awareness of God-consciousness through fasting, we are indulging in more of “everything” that distracts from the important things Ramadhan represents.

Am I absolutely against all of these buzz? Is not a new flashy website on Ramadhan with all the information accessible and updated a good thing? Of course! Can I not think of anything positive out of all these Ramadhan buzz and activities? Of course I can! Anybody can! In general, I have nothing against all of these per se but to illustrate my point about “distractions”, we need to revisit what Prof. S.M. Naquib Al-Attas says about ad-dunya . Dunya in his analysis is something that is brought near. Dunya, this place where we live our lives and carry out our ibadah including fasting, is really a symbol, it really represents what is encapsulated in the phrase AyatulLah, a Sign of God for which there is meaning to be sought and understood by thinking men and women. Ironically, ad-dunya is brought near to us to better enable us to read its meaning because the created is really a symbol that points to the Creator. But Prof. Al-Attas also says that the nearness of dunya to us also serves to distract us away from it’s meaning – just as dunya is “brought near”, akhirah seems far. Dunya thus distracts us from the inevitability and certainty of akhirah. This gives us some insight as to how we receive Ramadhan because today more than ever, the blessed month of Ramadhan comes with great distractions of ad-dunya. It is this that I think we need to remind ourselves of.

So, maybe, we should fast from having such “Ramadhan activities” and get back to basics! Why exactly are we fasting? Indeed, are we really fasting? No, the question, “Are we really fasting?” is not out of place nor unfair. Sadly Ramadhan has become a month of much hypocrisy. Astaghfirullah! But how would you describe a Muslim who avowedly fasts during the day and yet spends like crazy and buy more food than he can eat at the bazaars right before Maghrib thereby causing untold wastage of food? How would you describe a Muslim who in effect simply change the time of his meals from daylight to night-time whereby the total intake of food is actually more during Ramadhan than during other months? How would you describe a Muslim who spends more on food sometimes triple the amount, during Ramadhan than during any other month? How would you describe the situation whereby instead of having simple meals for iftar as RasulullLah s.a.w. used to have, we arrange for elaborate meals during both iftar and sahur? How would you describe the situation whereby Ramadhan has become an excuse for eating extra sumptuous, extra delicious, in extra helpings and quantities, in the month we claim to be fasting for Allah s.w.t.? Subhanallah! May Allah s.w.t. help and guide us!

Are we really fasting when we do not stop with the lies and the fitnah? Are we really fasting when for hours we are still glued onto the Internet anticipating the latest Facebook status update about what our FB friends are doing? Are we really fasting as we while-away time shopping for clothes and trinkets and figuring out what food to buy and eat for iftar? Are we really fasting when we are still busy with grand plans to make money out of Ramadhan? We should be reminded of a Hadith whereby the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. declares: “Allah does not accept the fasting of those who do not restrain themselves from telling falsehood or from doing false deeds.” “Telling falsehood” is easy enough to understand but “false deeds” should set you to think, for indeed, what are you doing in the month of Ramadhan? This is an important question because reflecting on what we do in terms of‘amal in Ramadhan, we can more clearly see if we are in fact distracted by the glitter commercialisation and drive to satisfy our desire for nice clothes, food and trinkets during Ramadhan and come Syawal.

Some might ask, “Distracted from what?”. Well, the answer to that question lies in another question; What is the true purpose of fasting? Arguably the most oft-quoted verse of the Qur’an on fasting is in Surah al-Baqarah, ayat 183 which says, “O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint”. The translated term “self-restraint” while correct, may be more accurately understood when a look at the Arabic phrase “La a’lakum tataqun”. This clearly refers to Taqwa – the phrase can be translated as “so that you learn (aquire) taqwa” . The purpose of fasting is thus to learn to be God-conscious i.e. to train the self to be conscious of the presence of Allah s.w.t. Indeed, fasting does that because fasting comes with the realisation that only Allah s.w.t. and the one who fasts are truly aware if he/she is fasting. So when I speak of distractions here, it is about being distracted from attaining the true purpose of fasting i.e. Taqwa. Indeed, how are we to be God-conscious when while fasting we are still caught up with shopping for clothes, paraphernalia and what food to eat at iftar?

As written by Ibn Arabi, An-Nasa’i related that Abu Umama said, “I came to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said, ‘Give me something that I can take from you.’ He said, ‘You must fast. There is nothing like it.” So Fasting is not like any of the acts of worship which are prescribed for the servants of Allah s.w.t.. Why then do we allow ourselves to be distracted away from truly fasting? Indeed, all of the early ulama affirm that fasting is a special ibadah even if many of us do not understand and much less appreciate why. Imam Muslim transmitted in the Sahih that Abu Hurayra reported from RasululLah s.a.w. that Allah s.w.t. said, “Every action of the son of Adam belongs to him except the fast. It is Mine, and I repay him for it”. The significance of this Hadith demands our contemplation and appreciation. It is not surprising then that Ibn Arabi says, “The fast belongs to Allah, and yet you are the one dying of hunger, so know (contemplate) that!”.

Fasting is much more than abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. It is about subduing our will and desires and submitting to the will of Allah s.w.t. Indeed is not submitting to the will of Allah s.w.t. the very meaning of Islam itself?

All Praises be to Allah s.w.t. the Lord of the worlds and salutations to his Messenger, our beloved Muhammad RasulullLah s.a.w and his family. May Allah s.w.t. give us the grace and the strength to subdue our wills and desires thereby submitting our will to His in this blessed month so that we would truly fast (sawm) in this Ramadhan just as it is narrated that RasululLah s.a.w. said that for a good Muslim his today is better than his yesterday and his tomorrow is better than his today, therefore oh Allah, we beseech You make it so that our fast this Ramadhan is better than our fasts in all previous Ramadhans! Salutations to Muhammad RasululLah s.a.w., his family and his companions and All Praises be to Allah s.w.t. befitting a praise that only He could give Himself! Amin Ya Rabb al-‘alamin!

 

A Touch of Ramadan in Singapore 2010

 
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Breaking CNN HEADLINES: Pastor Hosting ‘International Burn A Quran Day’:

On September 11, 2010, the extremist evangelical Dove World Church — whose pastor, Terry Jones, has written a book called “Islam Is Of The Devil” — plans to host “International Burn A Quran Day,” when it will burn Muslims’ sacred text and encourage others across the world to do so as well. Churchmember Wayne Sapp has even posted an instructional video that explains how and why to burn the Islamic text.

CNN host Rick Sanchez invited Jones on his show yesterday to ask him about the inflammatory action. When Sanchez pressed Jones about why he would try to anger the world’s Muslims by burning their sacred text, the evangelical pastor replied, “Well, for one thing, to us, the book is not sacred,” provoking laughter from the CNN host.

Jones later went on to explain, “What we are also doing by the burning of the Quran, we’re saying stop, stop to Islam, stop to Islamic law, stop to brutality. We have nothing against Muslims, they are welcome in our country.” When Sanchez asked him how he would feel if Muslims burned the Bible, Jones admitted he wouldn’t like it but emphasized that it was his “right” to burn the Islamic text because “we live in America”:

SANCHEZ: Do you know how many Muslims there are in the world?

JONES: I think there are 1.5 billion.

SANCHEZ: Yeah. I ask you that because that’s a very big number. Why would you want to do this to 1.5 billion people by burning their most sacred book? That’s crazy.

JONES: Well, for one thing, to us, the book is not sacred.

SANCHEZ: But it is to them, it’s sacred to them. [...]

JONES: What we’re also doing by the burning of the Quran on 9/11 is we’re saying stop. Stop to Islam. Stop to Islamic law. Stop to brutality. We have nothing against Muslims, they are welcome in our country. [...]

SANCHEZ: How would you feel if a Muslim said to you, what you just said to them? I have no problem with you Mr. Christian, you’re welcome in my country, but I’m burning your Bible.

JONES: I would not like it. But it’s our right. We live in America!

Watch it:

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), the nation’s largest body of evangelicals, put out a statement yesterday condemning Dove World’s actions. Quoting Thessalonians, NAE President Leith Anderson invoked the Bible’s teachings that Christians should “always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”

The Dove World Church has made a name for itself by engaging in a host of attention-seeking tactics to preach their hate. In the past, the congregation compelled children to wear t-shirts that bore the slogan “Islam is of the devil.” Earlier this year, they held an unsuccessful campaign to stop the election of Gainesville’s first openly gay mayor by posting a “No homo mayor” sign. Despite their failure to stop the mayor’s election, they plan to hold a protest on the steps of City Hall in August.

Salam Dearest Muslim Brothers and Sisters,

Inallah maásobirin. Astaghfirullaha’la’zim.

Stay calm and continue your duá that justice will definitely prevails. InshaÁllah.

 

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Esplanade (Singapore) Presents: “A Tapestry of Sacred Music.”

May you enjoy the soothing Qashidah :)

 

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Law in Entertainments

(Topics in Discussion is in Malay Language)

Soalan: Assalamualaikum Dr Asri, saya kebelakangan ini mula minat dengan agama. Saya teringin menjadi seorang muslim yang baik. Cumanya masalah saya ialah saya terlalu gemar menyanyi. Kawan saya seorang yang kuat agama selalu menegur saya, katanya nyanyian adalah muzik syaitan. Saya cuba mengubah, tetapi kadang-kala saya menyanyi juga sebab terbiasa. Saya rasa susah nak buang tabiat ini, apa nasihat Dr kepada saya?

Jawapan Dr MAZA: Saudara, Islam bukanlah satu agama yang mengharamkan segala bentuk kegembiraan dan hiburan dalam hidup manusia. Allah Yang Maha Mencipta mengetahui bahawa manusia melalui dalam hidup mereka berbagai suasana dan keadaan. Ada kala manusia perlukan hiburan atau perlu dihiburkan. Hiburan wujud dalam berbagai bentuk. Islam datang bukan untuk mengharamkan, tetapi untuk member garis panduan. Untuk soalan saudara, saya sentuh perkara-perkara berikut;

 

 
 

Ponder 16: The Month we are Waiting For…

The month that we are waiting for..”Ramadhan” Is Near.. here is what we always encounter during the holy month that you might familiar in the video.. May Allah grant us to meet with Ramadhan..Ameen!

 

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Official launch of Dinar and Dirham in the state of Kelantan will be held in its capital, Kota Bharu, on 12 August 2010

Alhamdulillah,state of Kelantan in Malaysia Launches Dinar And Dirham on this Ramadhan,12th August 2010.Today, 600 shops in Kelantan says “We accept Dinar &amp; Dirham”.

Let’s pray for their success! More details as in the link below.

http://wakalanusantara.com/detilurl/Kelantan.Launches.Dinar.And.Dirham.on.12th.August.2010/423/en

 This is the first time in the last 100 years, since the fall of the Ottoman Caliphate, when a Muslim government introduces Shariah Currency. Indeed there has been four generations of Muslims who have not seen Gold Dinar and Silver Dirham; four generations of Muslims who have been divided into little national reservations and sentenced to permanent robbery first by local, then by international Masters of Riba; four generations of Muslims who haven’t known what is their Deen. The introduction of Gold Dinar and Silver Dirham in the state of Kelantan is not a new idea or experiment, it is the return to the medium of exchange that has been known for 1400 years throughout Dar al-Islam as Money of Shariah taking its legislation from Allah’s Revelation and Rasul’s Sunnah.

 

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Light Hearted Artzie

 

A Tribute to Papa

A tribute to my strength, my courage, my true inspiration.

Papa always said, ” Buang yang keruh, ambil yang jernih” – Baru teguh peribadi.

means ” Throw away any tainted water and only take in pure water” – That is how you develop a pure character.

A touching and meanigful commercial on fatherly love. He never gets tired of loving his children.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=WB81ZscSQoI&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=WB81ZscSQoI&feature=related

 

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Ponder 4: Ask, Believe & YOU shall Receive


If you are keen to buy the blueprint on The Science of Getting Rich, click on the below link:

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Children or teenagers or even adults, if you ever had a dream, a secret ambition, a passionate desire or goal, but had no idea how to make it real, then The Secret to Teen Power is for you.

Ask, Believe and YOU shall Receive!

 

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Ramadan Al Mubarak

 
 

Blessing to be and die as A Muslim الموت على الاسلام” on YouTube

Salah Al Maghamssi:

 

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