Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh dear Mukminins and Mukminats. May Allah's Taufik & Hidayah be upon the rest. Amin.
Mankind today is at the threshold of what we Muslims have come to identify as being in the Last Ages.
Rasul Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam has prophesied about the various trials and tribulations that would beset human beings all over the globe in this age and we are witnessing many of these prophesies coming true right before our very eyes.
Today, in this Age of the Internet, we are blessed to have before us various beneficial websites that store accumulated information derived from the authentic resources that have recorded the Hadiths of the Final Messenger, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam for the benefit of truth seekers and those who want to learn more about what the Prophet of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala has to say about these tumultuous times?
Signs of the Last Day.com is one of many useful sites that help explain about the prophesies of Muhammad Khatamun Nabiyyi in detail and vivid graphics. Another site that speaks about the End of Times is here. You can also check out the various other websites that discuss these subjects here.
The famous Turkish author Adnan Oktar or Harun Yahya as he is known by his pen name is the creator of this site along with his many other beneficial sites online that help debunk various misleading untruths that seek to derail Islamic awareness amongst Mankind of late.
Despite the overwhelming state of Islamophobia raging through the so called civilized world where traditional God fearing folks seem to be in the minority, there is still an ever increasing number of human beings who are seeking out the truth on their own and against all odds still choose to learn about Islam and embrace the true faith revealed by Almighty Allah with a passion and zeal that can only be a sign of the rising of Islam in these Last Ages as Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala promised us in His Final Testament to the entire Mankind?
"They desire to extinguish God's Light with their mouths. But God refuses to do other than perfect His Light, even though the unbelievers detest it. It is He Who sent His Messenger with guidance and the True Religion to exalt it over every other religion, even though the idolaters detest it." (Qur'an, 9:32-33)
"God has promised those of you who believe and do right actions that He will make them successors in the land, as He made those before them successors, and will firmly establish for them their religion, with which He is pleased, and give them, in place of their fear, security. "They worship Me, not associating anything with Me." Any who disbelieve after that, such people are deviators." (Qur'an, 24: 55)
It is reported that in the USA today, the Holy Qur'an is the best selling Holy Book and printers are being kept busy with the rising demands of the truth seekers in the world's leading capitalist nation and superpower!
Learn about the Miracles of the Qur'an by watching this following video. This is just Part 1 of the series. You can go watch or download the rest of the series of videos here.
Christians ought to accept that Muslims are the strongest believers in Jesus Christ the Son of Mary in the true understanding that he Eesa ibnu Maryam is but a noble messenger of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and that Hadhrat Eesa Alaihis Salam will return to this Earth to complete his mission.
Learn more about this truth regarding the Prophet of God, Jesus Christ the Messiah in this well produced video.
Instead of engaging in vile hurling of abuses between the differing faiths, truth seekers ought to be more responsible by engaging in honorable pursuits of the authentic knowledge and revelations of God and accept the reality before us all?
There ought to be no space for our ego to stand in the way of accepting the Truth of God's Words to us.
I know that no matter how much proof is presented to the naysayers or doubters, they will still remain obstinate and recalcitrant towards Almighty Allah?
This is the result of Mankind exercising his or her right to choose as allowed by God. Yet with that choice comes the bearing of the consequences of making the wrong choices?
There are many for example who choose to apostatize from the Truth as a result of them refusing to acknowledge God.
Instead of choosing to waste my time in arguing with those who are deaf, dumb and blind to the Truth of God, I prefer to share with you my reader here as to what I have come to learn in my own personal studies of Islam and the other beliefs?
Apostasy as I see it is a criminal breach of trust by Mankind whose very souls when created by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala promised to submit to none other than Allah upon their creation!
172. Wa-ith akhatha rabbuka min banee adama min thuhoorihim thurriyyatahum waashhadahum AAala anfusihim alastu birabbikum qaloo bala shahidna an taqooloo yawma alqiyamati inna kunna AAan hatha ghafileena
172. When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): "Am I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?"- They said: "Yea! We do testify!" (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment: "Of this we were never mindful":
173. Aw taqooloo innama ashraka abaona min qablu wakunna thurriyyatan min baAAdihim afatuhlikuna bima faAAala almubtiloona
173. Or lest ye should say: "Our fathers before us may have taken false gods, but we are (their) descendants after them: wilt Thou then destroy us because of the deeds of men who were futile?"In the Surah Al-A'raaf, Verses 172-173; above, Allah explains that when He created Adam, He caused all of Adam's descendants to come into existence and took a pledge from them saying, "Am I not your Lord?, to which they all replied, "Yes, we testify to It".
Allah then explains why He had all of mankind bear witness that He is their creator and only true God worthy of worship.
He says, "That was in case you (mankind) should say on the day of Resurrection, Verily we were unaware of all this".
Allah goes on to explain that it was also in case Mankind should say, "Certainly it was our ancestors who made partners (With Allah) and we are only their descendants; will You then destroy us for what those liars did?". ( like saying ;"It's not my fault! I was born as so and so? My parents are at fault or its my grandfather or grandmother who are guilty, etc.?)
Run of the mill excuses from those who refuse to accept responsibility over their state of affairs or choice that they make knowing full well that whatever they believe in or refuse to believe in is powerless over them in the true sense just like whatever situations that the various Prophets of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala found themselves in over Time Immemorial?
Classic study case - Prophet Ibrahim Alaihis Salam. His father was an idol maker. Prophet Ibrahim had to go sell those idols in the marketplace and he detested doing so knowing full well that those idols can't be God for they were created by his own father?
So, everytime he went on his sales trip, he would tell his customers, ' Would you like to buy a 'God' that is deaf, dumb and blind?'
Naturally no one would bother to buy the idols and he would return home with the same number of idols he was sent by his father to go sell them at the marketplace?
I am sure that most of us know the rest of his story and how he smashed all the idols that his father had made and hung the axe around the neck of the largest idol and when his enraged father enquired as to who is the culprit responsible for the destruction of all those idols, Prophet IbrahimAlaihis Salam cheekily replied, ' I don't know! Go ask the idol with the axe hung on its neck?'
Go read the rest of his story here.
Thus, every child is born with a natural belief in Allah and an inborn inclination to worship Him alone called in Arabic the "Fitrah". If the child were left alone, he would worship Allah in his own way, but all children are affected by those things around them, seen or unseen.
This is what I gleaned from the Holy Qur'an, the Last Testament of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. I read of my detractors lambasting me for quoting from the Holy Qur'an and Hadiths to support my sharing of information here!
Well, what do they expect me to do? Quote them or their preferred texts?
Well, they can just dream on. I am a Muslim and I will refer to only the Holy Qur'an and authentic Hadiths of Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam no matter what anyone wishes me to do otherwise?
Let me continue.
When Man is created by Allah, we are born helpless and clueless to all that is around us, here on Earth.
Unlike many other creatures that can fend for themselves minutes after being born, mankind in the stage of infancy is born helpless.
Only the Mercy of Allah instilled in each and every parent except for those who are dumping their fruits of illicit sexual fornication nowadays as they please in sewers, rivers, dumpsters and masjids, would care for and provide nourishment for their babies?
We are all born pure from sin. It is our parents who raise us up to be whatever faiths and social traditions that we are born into, according to the prevailing norms and circumstances?
We grow up, nurtured and tutored by our parents or guardians according to our surroundings and religious creed that we are born into and we in turn soon develop our own set of beliefs according to what has been taught or preached to us?
From being a clueless infant, we soon develop a sense of recognition and belonging to and are indoctrinated according to what our parents or those who have authority over us to believe in or subscribe to a certain creed or faith?
At times, I would sit in when he shared his knowledge with the elders in my kampong and also listen to what my late beloved Qur'an teachers Allahyarhamah's Tok Hawwa and Tok Achi had to share with us who learned to recite the Muqaddam and Holy Qur'an with them?
As I got older, I started learning more by attending the various 'Majlis Ilmu's held at various masjids and surau's in Penang and Seberang Perai. At times, I would ride my C70 Honda Motor Cub to parts of Kedah or Perak in search of Islamic knowledge.
It was very enlightening and among the scholars and ustaz's that I loved learning from were Ustaz Abdullah Bukhari, the Grand Imam of Masjid Kapitan Keling, Ustaz Latiff, Ustaz Haji Shamsuri Haji Ahmad, Ustaz Pak Yazid, etcetera.
I first started to learn about Tasawwuf when a friend of mine, Haji Yassin who was part of the Dakwah activists at Masjid Kapitan Keling and who was amongst the founders of the Islamic Centre there with myself and Brother Haji Kamaruddin bin Abdullah, introduced me to the Tariqat Naqshbandi headed by Syaikh Nazim Adil Al Haqqani Al Qubrusi An Naqshbandi.
I learned about the various Dhikrs and Amals that brings one closer to Ar Rahman but at the same time, I grew disillusioned with the way some of the mureeds became enamored with hero worshipping of the Syaikhs and Mursheeds of the Tariqah.
Sometimes too much of anything tends to overwhelm a seeker of Truth in Islam such as myself and I decided to ease out from being in the company of those who in my opinion were starting to commit acts that amounts to shirk by the wearing of amulets and carrying photos of my Shaikh Nazim, the revered leader of the Sufi movement to which I pledged my bai'ah to?
I think that the Syaikhs are not to be blamed for the overeagerness of their mureeds in going overboard in their devotion to them and that it is up to the individual mureed in knowing where to stop and not engage in hero worshipping anyone what more a fellow human being?
The Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam forbade the Muslims from over praising him and denounced those who do so and reiterated that as Muslims, we are to worship only Ar Rahman and to focus our amals and ibadah towards Him, our Creator!
I am a perpetual mureed and love studying about my faith of Islam and cherish keeping the company of my fellow Muslims who love Allah Azza Wa Jalla as much as I do and whenever I get a chance to be with the scholars and ulamaks of Islam, I'd stay in their company as long as I can and ask them questions which have been lingering in my mind?
Since returning home to Malaysia in 1986 after working in Singapore since 1980, I have been coming to learn more and more about this Amanah of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala that is Islam Ad Deenul Haqq and the deeper I delve into the Oceans of Knowledge of my faith and birthright, the clearer becomes the reality of why those of us who are Mukmins are enjoined to share with those who are in our circle of life about the Truth and Beauty of Islam and to strive against misinformation about Islam from the innovators and naysayers of this trust from Almighty Allah?
The realities of being a Muslim makes me wonder as to why the present day so called scholars and ulamaks of Islam are not going out into our society as they should and share their acquired and accumulated knowledge of Islam to those who are seeking the Truth and real deal about the faith?
I know that most of them aren't doing so because they have the fear of death and loss of power and position that has seeped into their hearts as what was prophesied by Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam, a thousand four hundred over years ago?
The present so called Islamic leaderships of this world have hampered the 'ulamaks and scholars of Islam's freedom to teach the ignorant ones amongst the masses by way of setting up all kinds of self conjured up religious permits, rulings, qualifications and certifications.
The Prophets of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala didn't go to any Islamic school, college or universities, did they?
None of them wore a mortar hat or embellished a scroll of a certificate, diploma, degree, masters or PhD from any religious academy to start teaching Mankind about worshiping Allah Azza Wa Jalla!
It is us, the latter day human beings, who out of our own vocations, draw up all the cock and bull man made regulations, stifling the Teaching of Islam and Knowledge about God Almighty from being free and fair as it should be?
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, the Supreme Creator of us all, is the Most Compassionate that He allows Mankind free will to learn about Him by our own choice yet doesn't just let us wander and blunder about in our life?
He sent 124,000 over prophets and 5 Ulul Azmi @ Noble Messengers in the persons of Prophet Nuuh Alaihis Salam, Prophet Ibrahim Alaihis Salam, Prophet Musa Alaihis Salam, Prophet Eesa Alaihis Salam and His Final and Most Beloved Messenger, the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam to teach us all about Allah Azza Wa Jalla and Ad Deenul Islam!
Today, we are more focused on the scrolls and degrees that one furnishes instead of doing what any learned Muslim should do?
Which is to spread the Truth about Islam freely to each and every one who is interested in seeking the Truth that Allah the Almighty has revealed to us, Mankind?
These Knowledge of Islam can't be gleaned from listening to the multitudes of those who flock to the concert halls and auditoriums where singers and artistes vie with one another in distracting the hordes of the ignorant masses in wasting their precious remaining times of their temporary life by applauding those who are more interested to live a life of glamor and false pretenses!
Islam can't be expected to be taught at the mushrooming cafe's, bistro's and kopitiams where lots of people are busy day in day out yak yakkety yak yak about the latest political scenarios, the ongoing Euro Cup and what Abdullah Badawi is gonna pull on Malaysians next?
Although Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala lets us choose who or what we want to be, the core of our being rests in the reality that we who are alive today, ranting and raving about whatever we please OWE OUR EXISTENCE here on Earth to None Other but Allah!!!
Please wake up to the reality that with each passing second, we are getting closer to our final moments here on Earth and as billions and billions who have lived and perished before us, we too will be coming to the state where our heart will stop beating and our self will soon cease to exist amongst the dwellers of this planet we call home?
I wish you all the very best in your undertakings and do certainly hope that this truthseeker's sharing of his experiences will stir you to start exploring your own future?
Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.
Wassalamualaikum Warahmatulillahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh.