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Assalamu’alaykum,

 

In today’s halaqah we discussed about the first 5 verses of surah al-Ma’idah. We were asked if we ever felt that our hearts are uplifted, spiritually, when we contemplate on these verses. The verses are as following:

” 1. O you who believe! Fulfil (your) obligations. Lawful to you (for food) are all the beasts of cattle except that which will be announced to you (herein), game (also) being unlawful when you assume Ihram for Hajj or ‘Umrah (pilgrimage). Verily, Allah commands that which He wills.

2. O you who believe! Violate not the sanctity of the Symbols of Allah, nor of the Sacred Month, nor of the animals brought for sacrifice, nor the garlanded people or animals , and others nor the people coming to the Sacred House (Makkah), seeking the bounty and good pleasure of their Lord. But when you finish the Ihram (of Hajj or ‘Umrah ), you may hunt, and let not the hatred of some people in (once) stopping you from Al-Masjid-Al-Haram (at Makkah) lead you to transgression (and hostility on your part). Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment.

3. Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al-Maitah (the dead animals – cattle – beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which Allah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering, (that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allah, or has been slaughtered for idols) and that which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by the goring of horns – and that which has been (partly) eaten by a wild animal – unless you are able to slaughter it (before its death) – and that which is sacrificed (slaughtered) on An-Nusub (stone-altars). (Forbidden) also is to use arrows seeking luck or decision; (all) that is Fisqun (disobedience of Allah and sin). This day, those who disbelieved have given up all hope of your religion; so fear them not, but fear Me. This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But as for him who is forced by severe hunger, with no inclination to sin (such can eat these above mentioned meats), then surely, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

4. They ask you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) what is lawful for them (as food). Say: “Lawful unto you are At-Tayyibat [all kind of Halal (lawful-good) foods which Allah has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables and fruits)]. And those beasts and birds of prey which you have trained as hounds, training and teaching them (to catch) in the manner as directed to you by Allah; so eat of what they catch for you, but pronounce the Name of Allah over it, and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Swift in reckoning.”

5. Made lawful to you this day are At-Tayyibat [all kinds of Halal (lawful) foods, which Allah has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables and fruits)]. The food (slaughtered cattle, eatable animals) of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) is lawful to you and yours is lawful to them. (Lawful to you in marriage) are chaste women from the believers and chaste women from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) before your time when you have given their due Mahr (bridal-money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage), desiring chastity (i.e. taking them in legal wedlock) not committing illegal sexual intercourse, nor taking them as girl-friends. And whosoever disbelieves in Faith [i.e. in the Oneness of Allah and in all the other Articles of Faith i.e. His (Allah’s) Angels, His Holy Books, His Messengers, the Day of Resurrection and Al-Qadar (Divine Preordainments)], then fruitless is his work; and in the Hereafter he will be among the losers. “

SubhanAllah, I have never really asked that question to myself. And when I contemplate on the verses, I don’t really feel that the verses touches me from within. Because to me, these type of verses were sent down as commandments and I thought I can only feel spirit being uplifted when I actually apply the legislations. Then, brother Mustafa (our halaqah teacher) said that it is normal for laymen to feel the way I felt. But the scholars viewed these verses in different light. Shaykh Ibn al-Qayyim said regarding verse 4 of the surah, which mentions about hunting dogs, that there are three benefits that one can obtain from this portion of the verse alone:

1. Excellence of knowledge – animals that are brought by untrained and trained hunting dogs don’t have the same status. Animals brought by the trained dogs are halal whereas animal brought by the untrained dogs are haram. For trained hunting dogs, the master can be sure that the dogs brought back the animals for him but in the case of untrained dogs,the animals brought by the dogs cannot be determined whether its for the master or for itself. In our case however, knowledge can determine whether our deeds are accepted or not. If we did something without having the knowledge, the deeds that we do may not be accepted and could be considered as acts of innovation.

2. Intention – Dogs that are well trained know well that the animals they hunt are for their masters and not for themselves. Untrained hunting dogs may sometimes eat the animals they preyed on which makes the animal they hunted haram for the master to eat. This can be compared to our intention in doing our deeds. If we don’t have the proper intention in doing any deeds for the sake of Allah, our good deeds are worthless in His eyes.

3. Realization – The reason why the trained hunting dogs will never eat the animals they hunted is because they know that  their masters have taken care of their well being. And for that, they will not disappoint their master even if at that time, they themselves are hungry. What about us, humans? Our provisions, health, children are all bestowed on us by Allah. Have we fulfill His right? If hunting dogs can be loyal to its masters and do whatever the masters ask them to do, what about us who owes everything we have in our life to our Master?

A brother in the halaqah also has mentioned one more beautiful benefit from the verse, that is:

Perfection – Trained hunting dogs always make sure that they presented the animals to their masters in the best form possible. In our terms, we should perform our deeds in the best manner possible because we tend to do our work half-heartedly.

The benefits mentioned really makes me think if I have done my job as a servant of Allah. I really need to reexamine my heart and ponder if I have done everything correctly according to His legislation. May Allah makes our intention right whenever we do any deeds, for this life and the hereafter, and may He accepts from us our deeds. May Allah makes it easy for us to perfect our deeds and deen and grants us success in this life and the next, ameen

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Assalamu’alaykum,

Yesterday, during Jumu’ah prayer, the khateeb delivered a khutbah on the importance of the month Sha’ban to muslims. As mentioned by the khateeb, many muslims are heedless of the importance of this month. Sha’ban is a month that is in between two special months in Islamic calendar, the haraam month, Rajaab, and the holy month Ramadhan.

Sha’ban is the month for us to prepare ourselves for the coming of Ramadhan. It was narrated by Muslim (1156) that Abu Salamah said: “I asked ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) about the fasting of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and she said: ‘He used to fast until we thought that he would always fast, then he would not fast until we thought that he would always not fast, but I never saw him fast in any month more than he fasted in Sha’baan. He used to fast all of Sha’baan, and he used to fast all of Sha’baan apart from a few days.’” So it is a very recommended act that muslims should strive to perform during this month.

However, for those who are not used to fast in the month of Sha’ban, it is not permissible for him/her to fast on the second half of the month of Sha’ban except for making up the missed Ramadhan fasts or fulfilling one’s oath. Why did the Prophet SAW fast most of the days of Sha’ban? It was said that the the reason the Prophet SAW fasted most of the days of Sha’ban is to prepare himself before entering Ramadhan. Fasting is not only for the benefit of the body, but also for the benefit of our souls and minds. So that when Ramadhan arrives, we will be fully prepared to welcome its coming and strive our best to make full use of the blessings that Allah bestows in this month.

Though, we should be aware also that there are a lot of hadeeth that mentions about the virtues and merits of certain ‘ibadah in the month of Sha’ban. A number of scholars ruled that the reports concerning that were false, such as Ibn al-Jawzi in his book al-Mawdoo’aat, 2/440-445; Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah in al-Manaar al-Muneef, no. 174- 177; Abu Shaamah al-Shaafa’i in al-Baa’ith ‘ala Inkaar al-Bida’ wa’l-Hawaadith, 124-137; al-‘Iraaqi in Takhreej Ihyaa’ ‘Uloom il-Deen, no. 582. Shaykh al-Islam [Ibn Taymiyah] narrated that there was consensus on the fact that they are false, in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 28/138.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Hukm al-Ihtifaal bi Laylat al-Nusf min Sha’baan (Ruling on celebrating the fifteenth of Sha’baan):

Celebrating the night of the fifteenth of Sha’ban (Laylat al-Nusf min Sha’ban) by praying etc, or singling out this day for fasting, is a reprehensible bid’ah (innovation) according to the majority of scholars, and there is no basis for this in shari’ah. (excerpt from here)

Now we are already in the second half of the month of Sha’ban. Thus, we should get ready for the upcoming month of Ramadhan. For us who did not fast in this month, we should make our best effort to prepare ourselves before entering the holy month of Ramadhan. Let us all hasten to repent for all sins and mistakes that we commit daily and ask Allah for His forgiveness so that we will enter the month of Ramadhan clean from filth of sins. May Allah blesses us with long life so that we will be able to meet Ramadhan and may He forgives us all of our sins. May Allah helps us also to benefit the month of Ramadhan to the fullest and permits us to His Jannatul Firdaus, ameen.

Wassalamu’alaykum

Assalamu’alaykum warahmatullah,

Today I’m gonna share with you guys some important notes that I have benefited from the MSA weekly halaqah on the Tafseer of Qur’an. Today we discussed about Surah Kahf. As most of you guys might have already know, it is a sunnah that is highly recommended by the Prophet SAW to read Surah al-Kahf every Friday. Below are some of the virtues of reciting Surah al-Kahf (excerpt from here):

(a) From Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri, who said: “Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on the night of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will stretch between him and the Ancient House (the Ka’bah).”

(Narrated by al-Daarimi, 3407. This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami, 6471)

(b) “Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next.”

(Narrated by al-Haakim, 2/399; al-Bayhaqi, 3/249. Ibn Hajar said in Takhreej al-Adhkaar that this is a hasan hadeeth, and he said, this is the strongest report that has been narrated concerning reading Surah al-Kahf. See: Fayd al-Qadeer, 6/198. It was classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6470)

(c) It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.’”

Al-Mundhiri said, this was narrated by Abu Bakr ibn Mardawayh in his Tafseer, with an isnaad with which there was nothing wrong.

(al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, 1/298)

The surah may be read during the night or the day of Jumu’ah. The night of Jumu’ah starts from sunset on Thursday, and the day of Jumu’ah ends at sunset. Therefore the time for reading this surah extends from sunset on Thursday to sunset on Friday.

Al-Mannaawi said:

Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said in his Amaali: “In some reports it says ‘the day of Jumu’ah’ and in some reports it says ‘the night of Jumu’ah’. They may be reconciled by saying that what is meant is the day which includes the night and vice versa.” (Fayd al-Qadeer, 6/199)

Not only that, the 10 first verses or last verses of Surah al-Kahf also serves as protection, to any muslims who recites them, against the fitnah of al-Maseeh ad-Dajjal based on the hadeeth related below (excerpt from here):

Abu al-Darda’ (Allah be pleased with him) related that the Prophet of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said, “Whoever commits ten verses from the beginning Surah al-Kahf will be protected from the Dajjal.” [Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, and others; the wording is Muslim’s]

In a narration in Muslim and Abu Dawud it states, “From the end of Surah al-Kahf.” Tirmidhi related is with the words, “Whoever recites three verses from the beginning of al-Kahf will be protected from the tribulations of the Dajjal.” [Mundhiri, al-Targhib wal Tarhib, #2172-2173]

Imam Shafi`i (Allah have mercy on him) said in his Umm,

“It has reached us that whoever recites Surat al-Kahf on Fridays will be protected from the Dajjal.” [Shafi`i, al-Umm, 1.239]

Surah al-Kahf relates four major stories to us:

i- The stories of the Ashabul Kahfi
ii- The stories of two men with two gardens
iii- The stories of Prophet Moses a.s with al-Khidr
iv- The stories of Dhul Qarnayn with Ya’juj wa Ma’juj

All these four stories, if we ponder on them really hard, actually revolves around the main theme of trials. The first story which talks about the believing youths and the disbeliever King who wanted to prosecute them for believing in Islam. This is a story that shows us how faith or religion can be a trial to us. Whereas in the second story, it tells us about how wealth can also become a trial to a person. The story of the two men and the two gardens portrays to us how one can become haughty due to his abundance of wealth and offsprings which finally led him to disbelieve in the Day of Judgement. The story of the Prophet Moses and al-Khidr represents the trial that one can face regarding his/her knowledge and the last story of Dhul-Qarnayn is talking about the trial of power.

It was said the the wisdom behind this surah being revealed as a protection to the fitnah al-Maseeh ad-Dajjal is because Dajjal is the biggest fitnah that will be faced by mankind as mentioned in a hadeeth (excerpt from here):

Imran bin Hussain (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “Between time of the creation of Adam and the Resurrection Day, there is nothing greater than the mischief of Dajjal (the Antichrist).”[Muslim].

Why is he the biggest fitnah to mankind? It is because the trials that he will inflict upon us will include all four trials that have been mentioned in the stories in Surah al-Kahf. SubhanAllah. I’ve read Surah al-Kahf for so many times but I never thought of it in this light. The stories are diverse indeed but alhamdulillah today, I can see the connections between the stories in the Surah. It is very magnificent, really, to think how Allah SWT has arranged His kalimah in this Holy Book. It truly is a miracle!

The surah not only mentions to us of the trials but it also detail out for us the solutions on how to handle each and every trials, specifically. As for the trial of the religion, one should do his utmost to convey the message of truth, and always be in a company of righteous companions to prevent him from going astray. As for the trials of the wealth, one should always remember that everything in this world that is in one’s possession is only temporary. Only then, the riches and the progeny will not cause one to feel superior and exalted for all that one has accumulated in this world will, sooner or later, perish. One also needs to be humble and not looking down on others, instead one should be eager to learn more from scholars when trialed with knowledge. The manner is shown to us from the etiquette of Prophet Moses a.s when he asked the permission from al-Khidr to join him and to learn from him the knowledge that Allah has taught him. And last but not least, the trial of power. If one were given the authority over an organization or a country, one must act as a righteous leader, call to what is good and forbid the evil and be good towards his/her underlings and make sure that their rights are being fulfilled.

I learned a lot today. InshaAllah, the next time I read Surah al-Kahf, it will not be the same again. This halaqah really opens up my eyes. It really makes me think we should reflect more on the verses of the Qur’an that we recite daily. In fact, we should get closer to the teachers who teach Qur’an for I am sure we can extract more of the ‘juice’ from them then just us contemplating on our own and read the tafseer alone. May Allah blesses us with more beneficial knowledge and may He strengthens us with the will to act upon the knowledge that we have acquired, ameen. That’s all from me today. Till then.

Wassalamu’alaykum.

Canada Day Fireworks

Posted: July 3, 2011 in Diari

Assalamu’alaykum,

Last July 1st, there was some fireworks show held close to my apartment. I guess the Canadians were celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act which united three British colonies into a single country now known as Canada. Usually fireworks are played during the count down for the day but the culture here is a bit different. They did the fireworks at the end of July 1st, around 11pm or so. My wife and I sat at our balcony enjoying the show and we took some cool pictures too. Here are some of the pictures taken that night

Updates

Posted: June 26, 2011 in Diari, Family matters, Interest, Life

Assalamu’alaykum warahmatullah,

Alhamdulillah. It has been more than a week since I returned back to Edmonton from London. I was thinking of writing an entry about my visit to the UK when I first arrived but I caught a high fever. Really bad one. But alhamdulillah. May all the misfortunes that befall us becomes an expiation for us for all the sins that we have committed daily, ameen.

I don’t have the mood to write about my trip anymore. Maybe the pictures can tell better stories than me writing about each places that I’ve visited. So here they are, some pictures that I’ve taken during my visit to the UK

First day in London..went to British Museum with my brother and his 'crew'

Shopping!

Visit to Big Ben

Human doll

Can't enter the building..for Oxford university students only..cheez~

Too bad we cannot enter this castle.. we ran out of time

Rip off! Too expensive for just a hot spring swimming pool?

The best place I've been to in UK

Had to climb 570 stairs to get to the top of the tower!

All in all, it was a very good experience to be in other country other than North American countries. The environment, the people, the architecture and the culture are indeed very much different and of course there are things that I like and don’t like about UK. The best part traveling to UK is to meet my dearest brother and his family. I hope I will be able to meet them again in the future, ameen. Too bad I forgot to take our family picture together. My wife and I already missed my nephew’s and nieces’ loud laughter when we got back to Edmonton. May Allah blesses us with righteous kids soon also, ameen.

Love her smile..and her bite...

Sarah and Najlaa

The uncle and the nephew goofing around

Last water gun game before returning to Canada

Alright. Gotta get back to study. My pre-candidacy examination is just around the corner. Make du’a for me and for all muslim brothers and sisters around the world for a successful life in this world and in the hereafter, ameen.

Wassalamu’alaykum

Mercy Conference 2011

Posted: May 29, 2011 in Diari, Interest, Islam, Life

Assalamu’alaykum warahmatullah,

Alhamdulillah. This weekend has been a very tiring one but jam-packed with benefits. My wife and I went to the Mercy Conference, one of the largest conferences in North America, hosting some of the most reknown Mashaykh such as Shaykh Muhammad al-Shareef, Shaykh Yahya Abu Sumayyah, Shaykh Reda Bedeir, Shaykh Riad Ourzazi, Shaykh Moutassem al-Hameedi, Shaykh Abdulbary Yahya and many more. It was a good experience to meet such wonderful speakers who delivered such wonderful speeches. The organizers even invited Omar Reagen for the HALAL entertainment session but too bad we can’t stay for his session because we have to catch our bus early.

The main theme of the conference revolves around building and changing self, family and community to betterment by strengthening the imaan and realized through akhlaaq and ‘ibaadah. SubhanAllah. This is one of the most beneficial conferences that I’ve ever been to and I would love to come to this conference again. This Mercy Conference is actually a monthly event organized by Qabeelat Falaah of Al-Maghrib Institute, the IFSSA and UofA MSA, but this particular conference is the biggest one ever organized as far as I know. May Allah accepts their efforts, ameen.

Alhamdulillah. I benefited a lot and I hope I can keep up the momentum I experienced from this conference. I pray to Allah to make all of us consistent in whatever we are doing, for small continuous deeds are the most beloved deeds to Allah, and may He helps us in improving ourselves even though small, for small but consistent increment in deeds is better than big changes but not permanent. May Allah preserves the mashaykh and may He blesses them with a lot of khayr in this world and the next. May Allah gathers us amongst the anbiya’, the siddiqeen, the syuhadaa’ and the saliheen in Jannatul Firdausil A’la, ameen.

Finally…

Posted: May 25, 2011 in Diari, Family matters, Interest, Life

Assalamu’alaykum,

Alhamdulillah. Thanks to Kak Sakinah al-Edmontoni for letting my wife know about a great deal flight from Calgary to London. Finally, one of my wishes come true, that is to go to the UK for holiday. I am the only one in my family who hasn’t been to the UK, yet. But inshaAllah soon, I will not be left out anymore!

Alhamdulillah it only costs me around $1200 total for return tickets for both my wife and I. Usually, the ticket is sold at $1600 per person especially around this time but we got this tickets for less than half the usual price. Alhamdulillah. I’m kinda excited! I will be able to meet my nephew and niece again, inshaAllah. But unfortunately, for my wife, she will not be able to meet my older sister coz by the time we arrived in London, she will be going back to Malaysia. It has almost been 3 years since we got married but she never meet her in person yet. Too bad but it’s OK. InshaAllah in the future. May Allah make our affairs easy. Ameen

Till then..

Wassalamu’alaykum