Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wants and Needs..

What's the difference between men and women?
Men buy what they need.
Women buy what they want.

What then is the difference between want and need?
Men want what they need.
Women need what they want.

Being human, it's only normal to want things.
We might want something now, but we seldom think of what we may need in the future.
Short-term pleasure is prioritised ahead of long-term requirements.

It's a human flaw, most of us suffer from it. Sometimes in fact, what we want may prevent us from obtaining what we need, and being the short-sighted human being that we are, we make the mistake of thinking that that is OK.

Guidance is key. We need to pray that Allah guides our choices, and leads us to what we need. Getting what we want is always nice, but it should never be more important than what we need.

"Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not."

Al-Qur'an, 002.216

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Are we adding fuel or water..

Are we adding fuel or water?

THERE is an ongoing inner struggle within each one of us. As Muslims, we are motivated by the drive to always try to do our best.
At the same time, our souls are made up of a mixture of different desires and lusts that can easily drive us away from righteousness.
In addition, Satan, the one who promised Allah that he would deceive and misguide humans to the best of his ability, enters the picture.

(Satan) said, “Because You have sent me astray, surely I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your Straight path. Then I will come to them from before them and from behind them, from their right and from their left, and You will not find most of them as thankful ones (i.e. they will not be dutiful to You).” (7:16-17)

With lot of respect and admiration for all of the young brothers and sisters who are trying their best to abstain from what is indecent and forbidden despite all of the challenges around them in society.

In this short article I would like to share with these brothers and sisters who care about their faith a few thoughts in the form of some advice. I hope it will be beneficial to me and to them, to keep us on the straight path until we meet Allah while He is pleased with us.

Sometimes people say things like, “I’ll do this minor haram, or this small thing, and it will help me to avoid a BIG sin!” For example, “I’ll take this person out on a dry date with no intimacy involved, so I do not think about fornication.” Or “I’ll watch pornography and masturbate, so I do not commit fornication.” These ideas stem from the attitude that “I’m afraid if I do not do this haram thing, I’ll do something far worse.” Sometimes others might say, “I’ll do this sin only once to get it out of my mind/system, and after that I’ll be able to not think about it any more.”

This is one of the Satan’s tricks, so be careful. Doing haram will only lead to more haram. It’s like adding more fuel to a fire; which will not decrease but rather it will only make matters worse. Our lusts increase when they are fulfilled. The more you commit a sin, the more you want to do it and have more of it. Ibn Abbas narrated the hadith: “If the son of Adam had two valleys filled with gold and silver, he would wish for a third.”(Bukhari)

WHAT we need to learn to do is to put water over the fire, not fuel. If you feel weak and inclined toward sin try one of the following:

1. Mention Allah’s Names and Attributes and think about what they mean to you and your situation. “And those who, when they have committed a Fahishah (illegal sexual intercourse) or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allah and and ask forgiveness for their sins – and no one can forgive sins but Allah – and do not persist in what (wrong) they have done while they know.” (3:135)

2. Talk to someone you trust and who you see to be strong in his or her deen, and ask for their advice and support.

3. Cut off what is leading you toward these negative ideas, especially the bad thoughts that lead to all kinds of haram.

4. Watch your salah. I guarantee that you are either missing some of it or not enjoying it. Your prayer may have become dry and dull. Revive your salah and see how things will turn around.

5. Simple but powerful, remember to seek protection in Allah from Satan by saying “Oh Allah, I seek refuge in you from the Satan” (A’oodhu billaahi minash-Shaytaan Ar-Rajeem). Remember du’a such as: “Oh Allah, don’t leave me to myself even for a blink of an eye.”

Think about it this way. Allah will never inspire you to do what is haram or wrong, only the Satan will. We know that Satan does not care about us and will not give us good advice. Whenever you feel that urge to do “an itty-bitty act of haram just once,” think of whose call you are answering, Allah’s or Satan’s. And always remember, Satan is not your friend; indeed he is our worst enemy.

O mankind! Verily, the Promise of Allah is true. So let not this present life deceive you, and let not the chief deceiver (Satan) deceive you about Allah. Verily, Satan is an enemy to you: so take (treat) him as an enemy. He only invites his Hizb (followers) that they may become the dwellers of the blazing Fire. (35:5-6)

And lastly, this struggle within us is an act of worship. It should strengthen us and help us gain experience in dealing with our desires and the Satan. So stand up against Satan, and remember that, with the help of Allah, you have the power to win every battle against him.

– Muslimmatters

Friday, January 07, 2011

Mukjizat Al Quran dan Matematik

Satu kajian daripada Dr Tariq Al Suwaidan dan terbitan bukunya “The Series Of The Scientific Miracles In Qur’an” memperlihatkan kepada kita satu jujukan nombor di dalam Al-Qur’an yang perlu kita ketahui. Jujukan ini bukanlah satu kebetulan bahkan mukjizat Allah kepada Rasul Nya Muhammad SAW.

Berikut adalah bilangan tentang perkara yang disebutkan di dalam Al-Qur’an :

¶ Solat – 5 kali

¶ Dunia - 115 Kali : Akhirat – 115 Kali

¶ Malaikat – 88 Kali : Syaitan – 88 kali

¶ Hidup – 145 Kali : Mati – 145 Kali

¶ Faedah – 50 Kali : Kerugian – 50 Kali

¶ Ummah – 50 Kali : Penyampai – 50 Kali

¶ Bala/Musibah – 75 Kali : Bersyukur – 75 Kali :

¶ Bersedekah – 73 Kali : Berpuashati – 73 Kali

¶ Orang Sesat – 17 Kali : Orang Meninggal Dunia – 17 Kali

¶ Muslimin – 41 Kali : Jihad – 41 Kali

¶ Emas – 8 Kali : Kemurahan Hidup – 8 Kali

¶ Keajaiban – 60 Kali : Fitnah – 60 Kali

¶ Zakat – 32 Kali : Berkat – 32 Kali

¶ Minda – 49 Kali : Nur – 49 kali

¶ Lidah – 25 Kali : Sumpah – 25 Kali

¶ Nafsu – 8 Kali : Ketakutan – 8 Kali

¶ Kesusahan – 114 Kali : Kesabaran – 114 Kali

¶ Muhammad – 4 kali : Syariat – 4 Kali

¶ Lelaki – 24 Kali : Perempuan – 24 Kali

¶ Bulan – 12 Kali : Hari – 365 Kali

¶ Lautan – 32 Kali : Daratan – 13 Kali

¶ Iblis (Penghulu Syaitan)-11 Kali : Mohon Berlindung Dari Iblis – 11 Kali

¶ Bercakap di khalayak – 18 Kali : Berdakwah – 18 Kali

v LAUT & DARAT : 32 + 13 = 45

Justeru itu peratusan Laut : 32/45 X 100 = 71.1111111 Peratus

Peratusan Daratan : 13/45 X 100 = 28.8888889 peratus


Kajian sains pula oleh manusia telah membuktikan bahawa air meliputi 71.111 peratus daripada bumi manakala tanah meliputi 28.889 peratus. Begitulah kebesaran dan keagungan ciptaan Allah SWT.