Thursday, September 21, 2017

Intention

Bismillah.

May Allah help us purify our intentions.
May He keep them purified.

I had a strong urge to start this blog when I fell in love with the name/term Lisan al-Din. Felt compelled to do something about it when I read about it being a short-lived weekly publication. I thought a name so sweet should stay active. Hence, this space which does not do justice to the original Lisan al-Din publication started by Shaykh Ahmad bin Mustafa al-Alawi in 1912. More importantly, I was sincere in my intention made in 2009.

Needless to say, I came across all kinds of people and experiences through this space. I evolved, progressed, reversed, walked, paused, fell, got up, crawled, advanced (plus all other verbs lol), but most of all, learned. I picked up some good lessons from the behaviors of the pleasant and genuine visitors/readers, bystanders, uninvited "judges", distractors, impersonators, including the mischief makers.

Anyway, this apt quote I found on Twitter by @InspowerMinds serves as a good reminder to us all:
"The biggest mistake we make is thinking life is all about our dreams and desires. We forget that God's Will always comes first."

So, do what you want, say what you want, think what you want, God's Will always comes first.

Today is the last day of 1438 Hijri. Alhamdulillah for everything that took place in the past one year. I am hopeful that 1439 Hijri will be an awesome year full of great bounties. Let's make some more good intentions and follow through with good deeds.

May Allah grant us greater tawfiq and plenty of success. Aameen.

Says Dr. Wayne Dyer

Our Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam says:
"Actions are dependent upon their intentions. Every man shall have that which he intended."


#niatlahyangbaikbaikdanjangankacauoranglol


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Stay in the right race | Fastabiqul khairat | Be a stranger

Bismillah.

Are you in the race still?

Race to do good deeds which will carry weight in the eyes of Allah. We must be careful not to partake in the wrong race, though.

YaHu...I am feeling a little upbeat and feeling good about being a stranger - doing 'strange' things that are out of the current popular definition of mainstream.

There's a hadith about the deen which started as a strange thing and will eventually go back to being a strange thing again. Perhaps it's time to compete on becoming "strangers" doing strange things of a good kind. May Allah grant us hidayah and tawfik.

Fastabiqul khairat [from my experience of maintaining this blog for almost 10 years now] is one of the most frequently looked-up phrases.

Here's a translation of fastabiqul khairat in verse 2:148 of the Quran, by Abdullah Yusuf Ali:
"...then strive together (as in a race) towards all that is good."
And Mufti Muhammad Taqi Uthmani translates it like this:
"Strive, then, to excel each other in good deeds. "

So, let's strive. Striving for all things good, can only bring forth one thing - value.


- Says Einstein.
[Contemplating, post-gym sesh last Sunday,
 I felt like I got a tawfik-boost thus continued with my Quran-marathon
Alhamdulillah.]

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Take 1 step | Walk | Life Fitness

Bismillah.



It can get a little bit suffocating when you want to get back on the right track. Nowadays, there are many self-appointed ustaz/ustazah, haram-policeman/policewoman and some cracko holier-than-thou personalities who would make you feel discouraged or disillusioned.

I think people have a spiritual crisis every once in a while. Well, maybe not the self-righteous bunch. I remembered when I was in my late 20s and early 30s when I was going through a difficult patch in life, and feeling lost, I got two books which helped save me. One book on Asmaul Husna and one book on Hadith Qudsi. And that one hadith qudsi as quoted in the above poster was like key to the padlock. 

Those days, I did not have access to religious talks because there were not many. There were no Islamic Youtube channels either. What I am trying to say is that for those who may be in a spiritual crisis right now, who want to seek solace, perhaps they should just focus on two things for a start, like I did. I am speaking from experience, it worked for me decades ago and it still works for me now bi-iznillah.

Oh perhaps three things to focus on, not two.

1. Learn to appreciate the meanings of Asmaul Husna and call upon selected Names which are appropriate to your situation. Call upon His Names, they are indeed beautiful and they work like magic. Miracles do happen through His Names.

2. Just hang on to that hadith qudsi, take one step and feel good knowing that He will take 10 steps towards you. Just walk, because as someone who might have been spiritually/mentally/emotionally injured, we cannot run, so let's just walk according to our own pace and stamina. But rejoice, Allah will RUN towards us! On the contrary, people, when we open up to them, they immediately start keeping records, judging and give all kinds of advice which may not be fitting with our illness. If you really must open up to someone, be sure he/she is a person of integrity. If you are a single lady and kinda attractive, be careful, cos some of the ustaz/shuyukh might woo you into marrying them. Of course, the choice is yours, it's entirely up to you. And those people to whom we confide in, though they might "walk" towards us in response to our cries, they can't run, they are not going to run because they have got their own issues too. But Allah is saying He will run towards us. Performing one solat is like taking just one step and Allah says with one step, He will reciprocate with 10 steps. He is giving us the best offer in return, which nobody else could. So just make one step at a time and walk. Sedentary occupation is a no-no. Walk.

3. I would add a third piece of advice now - which is salawat. Alhamdulillah for the tawfik from Allah. Salawat, decades ago, used to be a strange thing to me. It's a relationship and a consciousness that can only be developed through time with shafaat from his (salallah alaihi wasalam) family - the habaib, I think. I am not trying to preach here but I am just trying to relate my experiences. And this is something I wish I could easily impress upon my nieces and nephews, but it seems hard. All I can say is that I feel alive now after having awareness on salawat. I feel like I was never alive before until I became attached to making salawat and that it has become a pleasant thing to do. Alhamdulillah. But then again, if you still haven't gotten the hang of it, it's ok, just remember to take ONE step and walk and believe that He will reciprocate.

I pray with much sincerity that anyone who is looking for some kind of help will find the help they needed. I myself need help, I am walking.

You know that machine in the above poster, it's called Life Fitness. I think all we need to do in life to stay fit physically and spiritually - is to walk. The gym where I took the photo, it's got a great view of KL urban landscape and somewhere in the distance, there is a Muslim cemetery. It's like telling people at the gym, yes you are walking/running towards the grave. With each step, you are getting closer.

May Allah grant us hidayah and tawfik to keep walking. To get up and walk again every time we fall.
Aameen.

Monday, September 18, 2017

I am Stirling, yes!

Bismillah.

Pic credit: Daniel Porter
Stir Uni Open Day 16 Sep 2017

Einstein says:
"Education is what remains
after one has forgotten
what one has learned in school."

Stirling education stays evergreen and refreshing to my mind and spirit. The Uni will turn 50, come November 2017. I am one proud alumnus of the U of S.

[SJSU California - sorry, I liked you, but I liked Stirling more. LOL]


Eleven years ago at Stirling.
Wearing a distinct red dress my mother bought in Dubai,
cos I graduated with a distinction : )
Alhamdulillah

Stirling memories throwback.
Err...how come I look prettier now in my 40s?
LOL

May we have a sterling silver-ish week.
It's week #38.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dunya - only in the hands

Bismillah.




Praise be to Allah for this beautiful creation I captured yesterday during Maghrib.

May Allah keep plenty of the worldly stuff in our hands.
May Allah keep in our hearts a sense of urgency of the akhirah.

Aameen.

I am loving this weekend : )
Alhamdulillah.


p/s
I know, nice shots eh?
Always : )
Always using Samsung Note, by the way.
I have got an iPhone too, but it's just being used as a spare phone. 'Tis one fact some people can't accept. LOL

Saturday, September 16, 2017

16th September - Happy Malaysia Day

Bismillah.

Alhamdulillah to be a Malaysian-born and to have lived and grown in this beautiful country - Malaysia.

Alhamdulillah for the benefits, we have gained from her, for the lessons we learned together, for the simple joy of daily living, breathing its air.

May Allah grant us more wonderful bounties from this blessed land.
Aamin.



Haza min fadhli Rabbi
This, is by the grace of my Lord.


Alhamdulillahi hamdan yuwafi 
ni'amahu wa yukafi u mazidah.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Return to Him | The noble Quran readers

Bismillah.

Malaysians mourn the tragedy that befell students at a tahfiz school in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Twenty-one would-be huffaz boys and two teachers perished when their school caught fire around Subuh.

And so they entered the realm of barzakh on the best of days - yaumul Jumaah. They were Muslims who kept themselves busy with Quran recitals on a daily basis.

What about us?
Will we return to Him as noble people who engage ourselves with the Holy Quran regularly and consistently? Or do we touch the phones and PC keyboards a lot more for deeds that would not help us much in the grave? 

O self, please be reminded and take heed.


Pic credit: Malay Mail Online
Inna lillah wa inna ilai hi rajiun