Friday, February 24, 2017

Way of being | Magnanimous

Bismillah.

One significant lesson I learned today from Shaykh Allie Khalfe (again), that it's not exactly a "way of life", it's a "way of being".

A way of life is just limited to the zahiri, the external. As Muslims, we should understand that Islam is a way of being as it encapsulates both the zahir the exterior and the batin, the interior. It's both body and soul. The soul is going to live on forever in eternity in the next life. Therefore, it's a sense of being.

It makes sense, don't you think? It's more than just having a good 'way of life'. It's about who we are, the sense of being while we are here in this physical realm, having with us both zahir and batin characteristics, knowing pretty well that the batin will continue to the eternal realm. It makes life more meaningful when we are more cognizant and appreciative of this sense of being. This, in my humble opinion, leads to magnanimity as a result of our soul being larger than life.

I have a feeling, thisssss... is going to be a happy...happy...weekend and I wish you the same.

Be happy. Don't just live happy, BE happy, you get what I mean?

Be magnanimous. But then again a magnanimous person should always be happy.




Thursday, February 23, 2017

The best thing about the future

Bismillah.

I saw this tweet by 'Women of history' about the best thing about the future, that it comes one day at a time.

Edited it a bit, to my own understanding about the future and the present - today. It's a note to myself, as always. Hope you'll like my poster below.

Here's to today.
Happy Thursday : )



As ever,
-E-


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ba | Be | Bismillah | By all means, subscribe

Bismillah.

Alhamdulillah anyhow, that, only at this age of mine, have I heard the meaning of ba in Bismillah.

Thanks to technology that I am able to have access to the tafseer lessons given by Shaykh Allie Khalfe of the Islamic Text Institute Cape Town. But it's not just technology, his lessons delivered through Soundcloud are bite-size, concise yet deep. I felt really stupid cos it seemed all the things I heard him elucidate were all new to me, like hello, where have I been?

I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to learn tafseer of the Quran. I know there are many tafseer lessons on offer out there, but I guess you are meant to learn from whomever you are meant to learn, like this saying quoted by Shaykh Allie in the second lesson of Tafseer of Surah Fatihah:





So I learned, that the lam in Alhamdulillah - in the lillah has got nine meanings! MashaAllah.

Unsubscribe from ignorance. Subscribe to the lessons. Subscribe to love for useful knowledge. Make full use of your time. Listen on the go, anywhere, anytime.

Below is a sample lesson on 'Shades of Love'.




"The word Shari'a (Revealed Law) is derived from the root shara'a and lexically means 'water'. The Shari'a, in addition to being the Revealed Law, is the path to the water of Divine Life, a path that flows, is flexible and far from extremism and rigidity."
- Shaykh Muhammad Allie Khalfe


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Shaykh Allie Khalfe's lectures on Soundcloud | Basmalah and 'Shades of love'


Bismillah.

Subhanallah, this is by far the coolest initiative I've come across in 2017. February is looking fabulous!

We say mabruk to Shaykh Allie on this wonderful initiative of his and the Islamic Text Institute based in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Click below, to listen to sample lectures on:
  • Bismillah (as part of a full lecture on tafseer of  Surah Fatihah), and
  • Thirteen shades of love.


According to Shaykh Allie [in the sample lecture for Basmalah] there are two attributes of Allah in Bismilahirahmanirahim that is Rahman (mercy) and Rahim (grace/compassion), both of which belongs to the first type of three types of Allah's attributes i.e. Jamal (beauty).

The other two types of Allah's attributes are Jalal (majesty) and Kamal (perfection).

Azim (greatness), Mutakabbir (grandeur) and Qahar (conqueror) belong to the Jalal (majesty) category whereas Sami' and Basir belongs to Kamal (perfection) the third category of Allah's attributes. 

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I have just subscribed to Shaykh Allie's Soundcloud. Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah. To subscribe, simply send an email to islamictext at gmail dot com. For a small monthly fee of USD15, you will receive up to 10 audio lessons a month.

MashaAllah that's a very small fee compared to the value of the knowledge one could get. Let's just pray so that Allah will continue to bestow His tawfiq to Shaykh Allie and all the genuine shuyukh out there who strive to propagate a better understanding and appreciation of the deen. Ameen.

Subscribe for yourself and people you care/love, spread the knowledge.
"Richness does not come from an abundance of wealth, true richness is the richness of the heart."
- Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam

And spread the love. 
But..."Let not your love become an attachment, nor your hate become a destruction." 
- Sayyidina Umar Ibn Al Khattab.

p/s
Can't wait to inform my Quran tajweed teacher that I've subscribed for him : D
Wama tawfiqi illa billah.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The gift of leisure | Al Basith | Expanded

Bismillah.

Alhamdulillah was shukrulillah, feeling ecstatic that it's Monday and here I am writing from home-sweet-Penang home. Monday has lost its fangs it seems LOL.

Just another rambling as I am still recuperating from the intense Mawlid session at Masjid Kapitan Keling in George Town Penang held yesterday Sunday the 19th of Feb.

Am still hanging around this island in the sun to oversee my waterfall pond project which is not progressing to my expectation...arghhh! Anyhow, it feels good to be around our families and make ourselves useful for them, is it not?

Al Basith is He who makes our day easy and smooth. This Name as we are all aware appears in the oft-quoted Surah As Sharh.

"Did we not expand your breasts for you
and relieve you of your burden
that which weighed down your back?
Did we not exalt your name?
For truly with hardship comes ease
Truly with hardship comes ease
So when you are finished, toil
and seek your Lord."
(Quran:94)

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So when we are finished, toil. What does that really mean? It wasn't clear to me.

This is what it means according to Tafsir al-Jalalyn:
"So when you are finished from performing prayer, toil exert yourself in supplication to God."

Tafsir al-Tustari:
"So when you are finished, toil [when you have completed] the prescribed prayer (salat) and you are seated, toil towards your Lord and return to Him as you were before [the existence] of the natural self, before the appearance of the creation, alone with the One alone, a secret with a secret.' Hence, God granted him (Muhammad s.a.w) the likeness of his primordial rank in the world, just as the Prophet s.a.w said, 'Truly, I possess a moment (waqt) with God, during which I cannot attend to other than Him.' This is the inner meaning of the verse.

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This feeling of expansion (basthu) in the chest, of burden-less state, is common each time post-Mawlid, thanks to the du'a made by the honorable shuyukh namely Habib Hassan al-Attas from Singapore and Habib Ali Zainal Abidin Al Hamid. Indeed, being in the presence of enlightened souls always bring peace and joy.

Will post my notes of the Mawlid as soon as I can InshaAllah.

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Be grateful for the gift of leisure time because we are not promised tomorrow.

Just because.
Because we are not promised tomorrow : )


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mawlid Akbar at Masjid Kapitan Keling Penang - 19 February 2017

Bismillah.

WIP posting.
Will share my notes later InShaAllah.

Habib Hassan Al Attas and Habib Ali Zaenal Abidin
were among the guest of honor
Procession of ulama from Buckingham Lane to the mosque entrance.
Jemaah from the Al Jenderami Foundation played a significant role in the event.
They came in one coach from Selangor.
It's easy to recognise them as they are all dressed in white, including their ladies.
Jemaah from Melaka came in two buses.

Habib Abdullah Al Habsyi and Shaykh Razak Al Masri
are among the guest of honors
Habib Ali Zaenal Abidin Al Hamid
expounded on three reasons for the gathering



Habib Hassan Al Attas from Masjid Ba'alwi Singapore
gave the keynote speech.
He mentioned a bit on the history of Habib Nuh's father (Habib Muhammad Al Habshi)
who played a crucial role in Penang.
His maqam is located at Kelawei Road, Penang.
Habib Nuh's maqam is located on Palmer Road Singapore.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Plan B | Tiramisu (Cheer me up) | Defending Google

Bismillah.

When in Penang, Plan B is always a better choice.

Yes, Alhamdulillah I am in Penang yet again. Praise be to the Lord for keeping me safe in my journeys to and fro for the past oh so many weekends.

I am talking about Plan B the eatery. 

But if your sidekick/best friend/soulmate's name starts with a B or if you call him/her B for baby or bae : D then Plan B is always a better choice when you are presented with Plan A and all the remaining 26 alphabets. LOL.

Yes, Plan B the eatery in Penang has got one of the best Ceasar Salads and Laksa Johor (Malaysian spicy fishy spaghetti). Ah...what a contrast Ceasar Salads and Laksa Johor you say, but yes, you can expect the unexpected at Plan B. That's why they say we must have Plan B in case the unexpected takes place. They even have Teh Tarik Tiramisu! If you know Malaysia, then you know Teh Tarik is our middle name. It's just milk tea the Malaysian way. Ah...yes they have Teh Tarik Tiramisu! That's like an Italian guy wearing kain pelikat really. LOL. 

[Kain pelikat = traditional Malay sarong worn by conservative men.]




It must be the salty caramel-ish air of this lovely balmy island. I tend to get a lil hyped-up when I am in Penang. Alhamdulillah. Penang is like a Tiramisu island. Tiramisu means cheer me up/pick me up/lift me up, so I learned from Google.

Speaking of Google, I feel sorry for him/her because there are many pious/self-righteous people who look down on Google as a source of reference for Islamic knowledge. I mean it's not its fault. We often hear ustaz/pious people poking fun at "Ustaz/Shaykh Google", poking fun at people who google up Islamic matters as if people would solely rely on Google for spiritual enlightenment. There are just too many pious men backbiting the innocent Google, believe me.

C'mon guys, at least Mr. or Mrs. Google won't laugh at you/look down on you if you were to ask "stupid" or basic questions. I have experienced some ustaz giving me a condescending look when I asked about something which they considered too basic. I have learned quite a bit about the deen through Google and I am not being apologetic about it. Mr Google opened doors to some shuyukh which I didn't have access to before. Mr Google shed a light on some topics of the religion which were foreign to me before. I can't possibly be phoning/whatsapping an ustaz if I suddenly have a burning question at night cos it's just inappropriate to do so. His wife might think I am after her husband LOL.

So, yes I defend the ever so neutral and helpful Google. Thank God for Google.

Rambling from my fave spot.
Alhamdulillah for His munificence.