April 16, 2008

Tawakkaltu 'ala Allah

selagi ada DAYA..
selagi ada USAHA..
selagi ada MASA..
selagi ada sisa HARAPAN...
selagi ada DOA yang mengiringi..
selagi itulah..
kita kan terus BERJUANG....

Ya Ilahi,
sudikanlah mendengar rintihan kami..
Ya Rahman,
Mudahkanlah urusan kami..
Ya Rabb,
kurniakanlah kepada kami kesabaran..

"It is not the end that matters, but how you work towards the end, matters most"

Fighting to the very end...12 days left for completion of clinical requirements, and yet the requirements are about 40% unattended..Ya Allah, sempatkah?

Ya Allah, kuserahkan segalanya dalam aturanMU...

April 11, 2008

How I wish...

Assalamualaikum wbt

I met her at KB Mall. I wanted to settle my postpaid bill. I found her, she was distributing the pamphlet of One Life. One Life is a charity programme for HIV positive and AIDS patient. We can listen, experience, and feel what are they suffering with. It was a programme organized by World Vision, Malaysian CARE (both are Christian NGOs).

Back to the main point. She was the best student in our batch. When we were in the first phase and second phase, she was in the top rank (including dental and medical student). She was the first in my batch to complete all the clinical requirements, even, her requirements was overshoot, and she completed the overshoot tasks 2 months before our 3rd professional exam. She managed her time excellently. She is a strict but a soft hearted person. She communicates well with everyone. She loves teaching when we don't know anything, and she helps people around her. She encourages people when people are down. She reads a lot of medical, dentistry, religion books. She was devoted to her work. And she really concerns about the needs..

She is a pregnant lady and the date due will be in a two weeks time, yet she spent her time carrying her baby to give the love of Her God to other people. She greeted people with a caring smile, and she patiently explained the importance of One Life programme. I said to her " May God bless you and the baby". She smiled, and said "Thank you."

I remembered, when I was crying hysterically when I did not perform well in fourth year final exam, she hugged me and said "Diyana, please be strong, God with you, and the Jesus with you.I'll pray for you..Don't worry.And don't ever give up to God!"

She is a Muslim in everything except one thing, the aqidah. I said to a dearly friend of mine, who was accompanying me that time, "She is a Muslim in everything, except the aqidah". And the friend of mine said "Diyana, that's our task..." My tears dropped. And so thus my friend. "Diyana, please help me to convey this beautiful aqidah to her.If she is a Muslim, she will be devoted in dakwah, just like what she is doing now". And replied " Lets pray hard. May Allah guides her"

Teringat, rasulullah saw, pernah berdoa, "Ya Allah kuatkanlah Islam antara dua Umar"..Lalu Umar yang garang itu, Umar yang anti Islam itulah, yang akhirnya menjadi perwira Islam..

"Serulah (manusia) kepada jalan TuhanMu dengan hikmah dan pengajaran yang baik.." An nahl:125."siapakah yang lebih baik perkataanya daripada orang yang menyeru kepada Allah" Fussilat : 33.."Sekiranya kamu bersikap keras lagi berhati kasar, tentulah mereka menjauhkan diri dari sekelilingmu.." Ali Imran :159

Ya Allah, how I wish she is a Muslim..Moga doa ini kesampaian...
Juga doa ini ditujukan buat adikku, ukhti habibati fillah, Sufiah Yusof.

April 06, 2008

Cinta ini..

Warkah cinta buat Cinta, yang bernama Sahabat..

Sahabat, ketika mana ku layarkan warkah ini, aku baru sahaja teresak-esak menangis membaca kisah cinta dua manusia agung, siapa lagi kalau bukan KekasihNya tercinta, Rasulullah saw, serta sahabat tercintanya, Saidina Abu Bakar RA

Sahabat, ketika mana Rasulullah saw membuat pengakuan, , "If I were to take a Khalil, I would have taken Abu Bakr, but he is my brother and my companion (in Islam)." HR Bukhari, lalu diriku terfikir, mampukah aku menjadikan kalian sebagaimana Rasulullah saw mengasihi Abu Bakr As Siddiq? Pernahkah selama ini aku mencintai kalian sebagaimana cintanya Abu Bakr kepada Rasulullah saw? Malah, Rasulullah saw pernah berpesan, carilah Abu Bakr, "A woman came to the Prophet who ordered her to return to him again. She said, "What if I came and did not find you?" as if she wanted to say, "If I found you dead?" The Prophet said, "If you should not find me, go to Abu Bakr." HR Bukhari

Berjurai air mataku tatkala aku sedar, cintaku tidak sedalam Abu Bakr kepada Rasulullah saw..Ingatilah kisah ini kembali

Narrated Al-Bara:
Abu Bakr bought a (camel) saddle from 'Azib for thirteen Dirhams. Abu Bakr said to 'Azib, "Tell Al-Bara' to carry the saddle for me." 'Azib said, "No, unless you relate to me what happened to you and Allah 's Apostle when you left Mecca while the pagans were in search of you." Abu Bakr said, "We left Mecca and we travel led continuously for that night and the following day till it was midday. I looked (around) searching for shade to take as shelter, and suddenly I came across a rock, and found a little shade there. So I cleaned the place and spread a bed for the Prophet in the shade and said to him, 'Lie down, O Allah's Apostle.' So the Prophet lay down and I went out, looking around to see if there was any person pursuing us. Suddenly I saw a shepherd driving his sheep towards the rock, seeking what we had already sought from it. I asked him, 'To whom do you belong, O boy?' He said, 'I belong to a man from Quraish.' He named the man and I recognized him. I asked him, 'Is there any milk with your sheep?' He said, 'Yes.' I said, 'Will you then milk (some) for us?' He said, 'Yes.' Then I asked him to tie the legs of one of the sheep and clean its udder, and then ordered him to clean his hands from dust. Then the shepherd cleaned his hands by striking his hands against one another. After doing so, he milked a small amount of milk. I used to keep for Allah's Apostle a leather water-container, the mouth of which was covered with a piece of cloth. I poured water on the milk container till its lower part was cold. Then I took the milk to the Prophet whom I found awake. I said to him, 'Drink, O Allah's Apostle.' So he drank till I became pleased. Then I said, 'It is time for us to move, O Allahs Apostle!' He said, 'Yes.' So we set out while the people (i.e. Quraish pagans) were searching for us, but none found us except Suraiqa bin Malik bin Jushum who was riding his horse. I said, 'These are our pursuers who have found us. O Allah's Apostle!' He said, 'Do not grieve, for Allah is with us." HR Bukhari

Buat cintaku, kuakui, cintaku ini tidak sedalam cinta Abu Bakr kepada RasulNya, dan cinta Muhammad Saw, kepada temannya yang satu itu.Maafkan diri ini teman andai cinta ini tidak semurni cinta mereka...

Teman, mampukah cinta ini membawa kita ke syurga?Kerana besar harapanku agar cinta ini, semurni cinta manusia-manusia agung ini. Cinta keranaNya, berpisah keranaNya. Bertemu makin rindu, berpisah tiada gelisah, malah mengundang rindu yang membara..

Narrated Anas:
A man asked the Prophet about the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment) saying, "When will the Hour be?" The Prophet said, "What have you prepared for it?" The man said, "Nothing, except that I love Allah and His Apostle." The Prophet said, "You will be with those whom you love." We had never been so glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet (i.e., "You will be with those whom you love.") Therefore, I love the Prophet, Abu Bakr and 'Umar, and I hope that I will be with them because of my love for them though my deeds are not similar to theirs

Terima kasih sahabat, atas cinta ini
Moga kita kan bertemu di sana nanti, insya Allah

Kepada sahabat-sahabat final year, moga dipermudahkan segala urusan. Bittaufeeq wan najah :)

April 04, 2008

Muslims We Are, but why?

Assalamualaikum wbt

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All thanks and praise are due to Allah and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Dear questioner! Thank you very much for the great confidence you place in us and the apparent interest you show in having a clearer understanding of the teachings of Islam. May Allah guide you to the best of deeds and help us render this work purely for His Sake! Amen!
Above all, it is to be stated that Islam is the very nature of man. It is the religion and the Path chosen by Almighty Allah for him so as to gain happiness in this life and Paradise in the life-to-come. Sometimes, a question may raise in our minds, why are we Muslims? What are the very characteristics of this religion that has led us to choose it as a way of life? In what way Islam is better than other religions?

A True Muslim will cry proudly:
“I'm a Muslim for all to see,
So very glad and proud to be.
Your temptations try to turn my head,
But I have chosen Islam instead.
Sure I am not like all the rest,
I don't eat pork, wear a mini dress.
I am special, I'm not the same,
My appearance is different, even my name.
My God gives me strength, He makes me strong,
He guides me right when I go wrong.
I am a Muslim for all to see,
Islam guides me wherever I be.”

In this context, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:
“Islam is the rational choice for anyone who wishes to have a faith that does full justice to the demands of the three faculties of man: physical, intellectual and spiritual. Here is a concise listing of Islam’s unique features for which Islam is chosen as a way of life:

1-Islam is the only religion whose sources are authentically preserved and thus remains immaculately free of all human tampering and interpolations.

2-The Islamic scripture is free of mythical elements that are incongruous with modern man’s understanding of the world.

3-The Qur’an, the Islamic scripture, is fully compatible with the established facts of science; it clearly contains the signature of the author of the universe, as attested to by many objective seekers of truth, coming as they were from diverse religious and intellectual backgrounds. It also movingly records natural phenomena and enjoins the followers of the faith to respect and preserve nature and the creatures with whom we share the planet.

4-The Qur’an upholds the role of reason and equates those who fail to use their reason as being intellectually imbeciles; this is a far cry from the teachings of many religions which assume incompatibility of reason and revelation.

5-Islamic beliefs and practices are simple, natural and appeal to both reason and common sense.

6-In regards to most of the teachings of Islam, their benefits can be easily demonstrated by evidence of the human experience and by the objective observation of facts. Take for instance Islam’s ban of alcohol: statistics reveal that abstention from intoxicants alone could spare humanity from untold misery and suffering. The valuable resources squandered for intoxicants can alone solve all poverty related problems of the world. Add to this, the Islamic pillar of Zakah. If only the world’s rich were to part with 2.5 % of their excess wealth, humanity would have tackled the problem of poverty very easily.

7-Islam takes into account all of the Allah-given instincts and faculties of man/woman and therefore gives us a balanced program of life that caters to all of the basic needs of humans - physical, intellectual and spiritual, unlike many religions and ideologies which exaggerate one at the expense of the other.

8-Islam provides for us a living example of such a balanced role model in Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, whose life, unlike those of the great heroes and Prophets of other religions, is an open book easily accessible for anyone.

9-The Islamic story of creation is free of any of the consequences of the stigma of original sin which has weighed heavily in the consciousness of a large segment of humanity, often proving to be highly volatile, and resulting in hysterical explosions in both the individual and collective dimensions.

10-The Qur’an is anti-classical in its approach to knowledge, and stresses experiential knowledge, a fact which combines authentic science with authentic spirituality.

11-The Qur’an provides answers to questions that haunt every intelligent person, questions related to life after death, an area which is almost totally mysterious in other traditions.

12-Islamic teachings about the essential identity of human beings and its stress on human brotherhood can break the barriers separating humans from one another. This can save humanity from the dire consequences of nationalism and racism which tend to break up humanity artificially by creating and sustaining perpetual conflicts.

13-Islam promises us nothing but total freedom, liberation and bliss and the highest fulfillment and contentment that humans are capable of attaining.

14-Islamic history has provided us with a model society where justice, compassion, truth and transparency of justice were implemented at the human and natural levels.

15-Islam dispenses with all intermediaries between man and God and allows all humans to freely contact God, thus eliminating hierarchies and other sources of religious exploitation that has characterized religious history throughout the ages.”

Excerpted, with slight modifications, from: www.muslims.ca
For all these reasons, we are Muslims!

Here, we would like to cite for you the following testimony of one of the new converts- Ibrahim Jagersky from Pennsylvania- showing why he has chosen Islam as a religion:
“Islam has done a lot for me. More than I could have ever guessed. And every day, it just gets better. I went from living my life on a trial-and-error basis to embracing guidance, and now knowing what the best choices are for me to make. From seeking who I am and spending a life in confusion, I am being guided. I can't find the words to say what its like, but I'll try again: Allah reveals to me what life is. I don't have to guess anymore.

Almighty Allah says: “By the morning hours. And by the night when it is stillest. Thy Lord hath not forsaken thee nor doth He hate thee. And verily the latter portion will be better for thee than the former. And verily thy Lord will give unto thee so that thou wilt be content. Did He not find thee an orphan and protect (thee)? Did He not find thee wandering and direct (thee)? Did He not find thee destitute and enrich (thee)? Therefore the orphan oppress not. Therefore the beggar drive not away. Therefore of the bounty of thy Lord be thy discourse.” (Ad-Duha: 1-11)
That is what I went through, what Allah did for me - what I am. So here is my proclamation to the world. Islam is more than you think it is, in fact more liberal than most would wish it to be. But do not only listen. Study all views for yourself...and come to your own conclusion. Allah says:
“And whomsoever it is Allah's will to guide, He expandeth his bosom unto the Surrender, and whomsoever it is His will to send astray, He maketh his bosom close and narrow as if he were engaged in sheer ascent. Thus Allah layeth ignominy upon those who believe not.” (Al-An`aam: 125)"

Excerpted, with slight modifications, from: www.islamfortoday.com
For more information, you can read:

Why I came to Islam?
Please tell me about Islam
Almighty Allah knows best.
Allah Almighty knows best.

April 02, 2008

To boycott or not to boycott?

Assalamualaikum wbt

Ketika pulang dari klinik, saya mengajak beberapa teman untuk makan di luar. Ketika sedang menunggu makanan dihidangkan, saya melihat preview filem-filem baru. Terlihat satu tajuk filem "Akhirat". Saya menyangkakan filem itu membawa mesej sepertimana filem Indonesia " Kiamat Sudah Dekat". Tapi setelah beberapa saat preview, saya jadi tidak sanggup melihat preview tersebut. Say berisitighfar panjang, dan saya terus mengubah kedudukan saya, daripada mengadap televisyen restoran itu dan mengadap jalan raya. Sahabat-sahabat yang terpandang juga terus menundukkan pandangan..Lega....

Dalam hati saya hanya mampu terdetik, "Apa nak jadi ni? Apa beza filem Malaysia yang agama rasminya adalah Islam, dengan filem negara barat yang tiada agama rasmi?Apakah perasaan anak pelakon utama ketika melihat ibunya berlakon seperti begitu?" Dan akhirnya, saya membuat kesimpulan, Islam di Malaysia masih belum serasmi dalam perlembagaan, dan tugas itu berbalik kepada diri sendiri, serta para daie (keseluruhan muslim adalah daie) untuk menyebarkan risalah haq ini.

Sekiranya seorang Muslim, sendiri menyebarkan pemikiran yang tidak Islam seperti dalam filem 'akhirat', dan entah apa-apa filem melayu yang hanya memburukkan Islam, bagaimana pula mereka yang tidak pernah kenal Islam secara mendalam.

Jadi ketika mana filem 'Fitna' ditayangkan, adakah perlu kita menyalahkan sepenuhnya? Kembalikan kepada diri kita, sudahkah kita bawa Islam 'as a whole', dalam diri kita, dalam keluarga kita, dalam ekonomi kita, dalam pendidikan kita, dalam ibadah kita, dalam politik kita, dalam pembangunan kita, dalam hiburan kita, dalam kemasyarakatan kita, dalam seluruhnya.

Dan ada yang bertanya, "Wajarkah kita boycott?" Pendapat peribadi saya, saya menyokong boycott. Boycott, bukanlah bererti kita menyemarakkan keganasan, atau membenarkan apa yang disampaikan oleh filem FITNA itu sendiri, tetapi sebaliknya sebagai satu bentuk penegasan, bahawa kita tidak mudah diperkotak katikkan.

Namun demikian, pendapat untuk tidak boycott juga ada benarnya. Terpulang pada ijtihad masing-masing. Namun biarlah berdasarkan ilmu ya?

Link menyatakan pendapat tentang boycott:
Wajarkah meboykot Belanda?

Pendapat tidak menyokong boycott
Fitnah filem FITNA - updated

Suggested further readings
Fitna - antara kelampauan dan kecuaian
FITNA - antara emosi dan rasional
Qaradhawi - jangan pandang enteng orang yang menyalakan api terhadap al Quran
Defending al Quran campaign