Tuesday, September 7, 2010

28th Ramadhan 1431 Hijri


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah for the opportunity to pray teraweh at my favorite hometown masjid - Penang State Mosque. I never thought it would be possible this year, Alhamdulillah, Allah Kareem.

What's so special about this masjid? The imam's recitations are not only beautifully soothing to the ears but more importantly they are full of ruh and leave a lasting impression on the heart.

A few phrases recited by the imam tonight made me think hard: wallahu wasi'aun alim 'Verily Allah is vast in His knowledge'; 'Allah is the light of heaven and earth'; nurun alan nur  'light upon Light', and one line from Al-Fatihah - malikiyau middin - which I often take for granted.

He is Malik, he is Master on the Day of Recompense, in the hereafter. Many can accept that but sometimes we forgot that He is also Malik here and now. At times we become heedless and make some other beings or things as our kings. Now, can you answer this question honestly? Who is your king in this world? Could it be your job, your bank, your man (or woman), or your 'self'?

Maliki yau middin.
Master of the Day of Judgement
You [alone] we worship, and You [alone] we ask for help.
Guide us to the straight path:
The path of those whom You have favoured,
not [the path] of those against whom there is wrath,
nor of those who are astray.

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