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Friday, July 18, 2008

Living between 5 Solats. O Muslims, Do ponder on this.





Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh.

Dear Muslims.

I would like to share with you the realities of our life, which is just a temporal phase in our existence as an Insan.

A member of the human race, descendants of our Father Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam and from our Mother, Saiyidatina Hawwa Radhiallahu Anha.

As much as most of us are occupied with our daily life and going through the tribulations of this nation's political chaos at the moment and engaging in politically laced discussions and debates from the village coffee shops to the halls of Parliament, we must always remember that with each passing second, each heartbeat of ours, we are nearing the end of our being here in this temporal world.

No matter whether you are a Sultan or a citizen, each of us are actually living in borrowed time.

We have been created by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala for a purpose. To submit to Him and to Worship Him as He Wills.

We are created as human beings and destined to go through 5 stages of existence.
  1. The Stage where our Ruuh @ Soul is created. This is the World of the Ruuh.
  2. Our Ruuh @ Soul is imbued in the foetus when we are conceived in our mother's womb when our parents consummate their union of marriage. This is the World of the Womb.
  3. We are born into this world. This is the World of the Duniya.
  4. We die and our remains are interred into the grave. This is the World of Barzaqh.
  5. We are resurrected by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and will be judged according to all that we did whilst being alive here in this Duniya and rewarded or punished according to what He Wills? We either go to Paradise or Hellfire based upon our Amals here on Earth. This is our final everlasting stage of existence in the World of the Akhirat.
It all depends as to the choices we make today whilst still being alive and able to do anything within our means and capabilities. He has given us all that we need.

It is incumbent upon us to decide as to what we want to do and how we want to live? Either as a true Abdillah to Him, the Almighty God and Creator of All or as an ingrate who is destined to be amongst those upon whom shall be His Punishments?

Decide and choose wisely, dear brothers and sisters and be aware that we are all under His Scrutiny for each and every moment of our life and existence. There is no escaping His Watch.

This, dear brothers and sisters is the reality of our being.

We live between these 5 stages of Life.

'Alam Ruuh'.
From being nothing, we are created as souls. Our souls testified before Almighty Allah that we will submit to Him and Him only. This is the first stage of our human life.

'Alam Rahim'.
Then, our souls are imbued into our mother's womb when we are at the stage of being a growing, developing foetus. This is the second stage of our coming into being.

'Alam Duniya'.
When we are fully developed, we are then delivered into this world, helpless and sinfree into the care of our parents or guardians according to our circumstances.

We are considered sin free and are likened to a blank piece of white cloth upon which our parents decide as to whether we are to be raised as a Christian, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Bahai, Muslim, etc.?

We live our life as an infant, dependent on others to feed and nourish us. We are helpless to such a stage where we can't do anything on our own and have no means to sustain ourselves and fulfill our needs until we come to a certain age.

As a baby, we come to learn about many things as and when we are taught about this and that?

We are programmed to be what our parents or guardians decide and will?

We grow up and are considered free from sin until we reach our stage of puberty.

From that moment on, everything that we do is accounted for and our deeds are recorded by the Malaikats Raqib Alaihi Salam and Ateed Alaihi Salam accordingly.

We are held responsible for all that we do when we are in full control of our faculties and will.

This is the 3rd stage of our life.

Alam Barzakh.

When our time to die comes, all our earthly deeds will be finalized and our soul is taken out from our mortal remains. The soul lives forever and it is only the mortal remains that decomposes and starts returning to it's Stage of Fitrah.

Earth to earth, dust to dust and all that.

We cease to exist as a human being and are transported into the World of the Barzakh, an interim stage of existence which is the Spiritual Plane, awaiting our Final Stage of Existence.

Alam Akhirat.
This is the stage where after Yaum al Qiyamat @ Doomsday, all souls will be resurrected by the Will of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

We shall be judged according to all that we did whilst being alive here on Earth and be rewarded or punished as per our deeds.

Those who did good will be rewarded by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala to enter Jannatul Firdaus and other Paradises according to their levels of deservability.

Evil ones will taste the scorching flames of Hellfire and remain punished in it till Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala Forgives him or her?

That is summing up the stages of life that each of us passes through.

As Muslims, we do need to take note that we too live our daily life's in between 5 prayers here on Earth.

Muslims are obliged to pray 5 times a day.

We who manage to pray our Fajr @ Subuh prayers may not make it to settle our Dzohor solat.

Those who make it to Dzohor may not be able to perform our Asar prayers and so forth to the Maghrib prayers.

Those who manage to settle the Maghrib solat aren't assured of making it to 'Isya.

That's what I mean by living between 5 solats.

It's the truth, isn't it?

From each solat, our soul submits itself to Ar Rahman and we seek His Forgiveness for all our sins.

According to our intentions, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala will deal with us accordingly and grant to us what we deserve?

I am being brief here as the time is nearing for me to proceed to the masjid to perform my Jumaah Solat .

Insya Allah, I will elaborate on this subject soon.

May Allah Azza Wa Jalla accept all our Amals and our Taubah and grant us our salvation as we deserve provided we do our part as His Servants.

Amin.

Before I close this subject, I invite you to watch this good reminder from Raihan who share about maximising our Time.



They too touch upon 5 situations. They are :
  1. Being healthy before getting sick.
  2. Being young before getting old.
  3. Being rich before becoming poor.
  4. Being free and able before being too busy.
  5. Being alive before being dead.
To those of us who are able to comprehend these messages and reminders, all one has to do is to reflect, ponder and just get up and do what one should in order to celebrate our remaining seconds and moments of our temporal life here in this stage of our existence as humanbeings on Earth.

May we be amongst those upon whom Allah showers His Mercy and Blessings. Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh.

6 comments:

TeohZY said...

Hey Bro,

As a frequent reader of your blog, I think you should keep on writing about Islam from time to time. It is important for me and other non-muslims like me to have a better understanding of Islam, especially since it is the official religion of our country. It pisses me off whenever I hear clueless people talk about things that they don't know. For example, there is a dude that told me he would rather vote for the racist, corrupt UMNO than vote for PAS because 'they will chop off my hands'. It is my opinion that if we do not know something, we should get to know it, instead of being scared of it. So, keep up the good work!

MAHAGURU58 said...

May Peace be upon you Brother Teoh.

All praises be to Allah, Who created us and has given us our faculties of reason.

I am grateful to Him for allowing me this space to share with brothers like you as to what I have come to learn and am still learning about Islam.

There are just so many things that I still need to know and study about this faith that is Almighty Allah's Revelation to us Mankind through His Prophets and Messengers starting from our Father, the Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam ( peace be upon him) right through the 124,000 other prophets and Messengers who were sent to Mankind in stages of Time.

Among the notable prophets and messengers, 25 of them are mentioned by name in the Final Testament of Allah.

Visit this link http://tinyurl.com/6rafbd to read about them about whom I wrote and published the article on August the 13th, 2006.

It will give you an idea and also links to the story of each of them which is written in Malay.

If your grasp of Malay is not that good, you can copy paste and email any of those paragraphs to me so that I may translate them for you?

Brother Teoh.

It is good that you have such a good mindset where you are willing to learn and understand about Islam instead of just dismissing it off as many of our fellow Malaysians from the Non Muslim community do?

I myself love learning as much as I can about all other faiths and beliefs so that I can understand my fellow Malaysians from those faiths better.

By learning about a faith that is foreign to us, we acquire knowledge and information about it.

Such knowledge therefore allows us to make our judgments and decisions as to how to deal with certain circumstances and situations that might require us to make a decision as and when we are faced with it?

Millions of Non Muslims are studying Islam as we speak and many have come to discover that instead of Islam being made out to be this and that by its detractors, understanding of the tenets and principles of this God given faith has helped many Non Muslims to be able to co-exist and live in relative peace and harmony with their Muslim friends and neighbors.

You sir are one of the blessed ones for having it in you to rise above all such narrow mindedness and blinkered viewed folks out there today and embark on learning about this faith that is the birthright of all of Adam's Children.

Take your time to study and if you have any questions, just email them to me or post them here so that I might answer them if I know about it or seek the answer for you if I myself have yet to learn about it?

As for the one who fears getting his hand chopped off if PAS comes into power, please ask him or her as to how many thieves have been amputated in Kelantan since 1990?

It's not that simple to chop off someone's hand according to the Hudud Laws in the Islamic Sharia for there are certain criterion's and stipulations that need to be proven before any such punishment is imposed?

Insya Allah @ God Willing, I will share about such rulings one of these days.

Back to the person saying that he'd rather vote for UMNO than PAS only betrays his guilt of committing the sin of theft, misappropriation of others wealth or acts of corruption which due to the state of the current government's charade of having Islamic Sharia that has been mutated and watered down from what Almighty Allah has actually prescribed to suit the ruling BN Coalition's purposes?

Just for the record, there has yet to come into existence, a Muslim nation today that is a 100% compliant with all that Allah Commands and the Final Messenger Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam enjoins?

Not even the State of Kelantan for the matter for they are still overruled by the BN Federal Government here which if they actually practice what Islam asks of them, will see almost all of them disqualified to rule over us in the very first place due to their 51 long years of entrenched abuse and corrupt ways of using race and religion to oppress the citizens of this country?

There may have come to be certain developments and progress as far as material infrastructure and attempts to portray the ruling BN Government as championing Islam and achieved a certain level of bringing up the Muslim Malays to a better stage of living from what was before but in actuality, there are still a lot of room for correction and improvements.

Failure of the BN to be fair and just to all of this nation's people is a glaring reminder that the ones claiming to be champions of Islam here in Bolehland have yet to truly achieve the mark of excellence in governance that Islam actually calls for?

On my part as a Caller to Islam, I am doing what I can to help share about the faith and really appreciate your support for my doing so.

May God bless us all with His Guidance and shower us with His Wisdom.

Ameen.

Thank you once again and have a great weekend bro!

penyokong PR Cina said...

asalamualaikum (may peace be upon you) dear mahaguru,

what is the position of jesus and mother mary (nabi isa dan mariam )
in the holy quran.

why are christian and muslim
fighting when we are all keturunan
nabi ibrahim (Abraham)

in othe words the human race are all keturunan adam dan mawa (adam and eve)

thanks in advance.

hamba2han said...

Assalamualaikum

Thank you very much for posting the YouTube video regarding the masjid in Sanaa, Yemen which satellite images have now shown the qibla to be so amazingly accurate.

There is however another aspect of the video which I think is enormously significant and which Muslims should not overlook.

If you examine the said video, it would appear that the greatly expanded Grand Mosque of Sanaa is now pointing some 5 to 10 degrees to the right of the line connecting it with the mountaintop and Makkah.

The original masjid built during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was very much smaller and is located at the back and had it's own qibla and borders which followed exactly the specific instructions of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

As time went by, the dimensions and the borders of the masjid gradually expanded and thus it's orientation towards Makkah too became slightly altered perhaps.

For Muslims, this is just an all-too familiar story when it comes to adhering to the original teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and there may well be rich symbolism found here if indeed the orientation of the expanded Grand Mosque of Sanaa is now not exactly pointing towards Makkah like the original masjid that the Prophet (pbuh) ordered to be built.

I suppose this is what is termed 'innovation' in religion for in my opinion, the really HUGE lesson to be learnt here is that if Muslims follow exactly the instructions of the Prophet Muhamamad (pbuh), we will be spot on in our direction in life and never deviate from the true and straight path that he has taught us.. as can be observed in the astounding accuracy of the qibla of the original masjid in Sanaa that was faithfully built according to the exact instructions of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

On the other hand, if we were to innovate in our religion and try to find "new and better" ways to live our lives and worship our Creator, as might be the case when more "modern and innovative" methods may have been employed in determining the qibla when the Grand Mosque of Sanaa was later expanded, then the unfortunate result is that we may end up facing a somewhat different direction than what was shown to us by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

This video then is really a very powerful reminder to all Muslims of the absolute importance of following EXACTLY the instructions of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) for our own good.

May Allah guide us and bring us closer to Him always.

Ameen

MAHAGURU58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam dear brother pr cina.

The Noble Prophet Eesa Alaihis Salam @ Jesus Christ Al Masih and his revered mother Siti Mariam Radhiallahu Anha are given prominence in Islam especially where Almighty Allah reveals a whole chapter in the Holy Qur'an about them.

In the Surah Maryam, http://www.sacred-texts.com/isl/quran/019.htm

Almighty Allah created Eesa Alaihis Salam @ Jesus as a Sign of His Power by creating Eesa Alaihis Salam in the womb of Siti Maryam, a virgin devout lady who worshipped Allah.

By created, we learn from the Qur'an that all Allah had to do was to will Eesa into being.

'Qun Faya Kun!'

Be! and Eesa was formed in Maryam's womb.

Read the part where the Angel appears to Maryam in the form of a man and Maryam seeks protection from his presence for she was a pious and pure woman (untouched):

"I seek refuge from thee to ((Allah)) Most Gracious: (come not near) if thou dost fear Allah."

The Angel says to her: "Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son.

Maryam replied :"How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?"

The Angel replied: "So (it will be): Thy Lord saith, 'that is easy for Me: and (We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us':It is a matter (so) decreed."

By the above verse, where the Angel relays what Almighty Allah says that it is easy for Allah to create something out of nothing ; just as Allah created our Father Adam Alaihis Salam from clay gathered from all parts of the world, it is just Allah's Will that when He deems it to Be; it comes into being!

The term (We Wish) is a term used as a Sign of His Majesty, not implying that there are more than One but as a sign of His Majesty and Royalty.

Mere mortals here on Earth like the Kings and Queens use such terms to describe themselves.

Like the Queen of England when she addresses Parliament or anyone for the matter uses the term 'We'.

Same like our Malay Sultans here use the term 'Beta' or 'Kami' in addressing their subjects or the nation.

The rest is all there as history.

Read what Eesa as an infant was given the ability to speak from the cradle to those who came castigating his mother as a dishonorable woman for she has given birth to him without a father?

He said: "I am indeed a servant of Allah. He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet;"And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live;"(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable;"So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)"!

Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute.

We Muslims revere the Prophet Eesa the Son of Maryam, not the Son of Allah for Allah clearly says in the Surah Al Ikhlas :

http://www.sacred-texts.com/isl/quran/11201.htm

1. Qul huwa Allahu ahadun

1. Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;

2. Allahu alssamadu

2. Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;

3. Lam yalid walam yooladu

3. He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;

4. Walam yakun lahu kufuwan ahadun

4. And there is none like unto Him.

Almighty Allah revealed these verses as the Surah Al Ikhlas @ The Chapter of Faith to the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam when a group of Arab Christians came to visit him at his masjid in the Holy City of Madinah to ask him about Allah?

Thus the Prophet Muhammad relayed to the Arab Christians what Allah the Almighty revealed about Himself?

Allah tells Muhammad to say that Allah is One!

That Allah is Eternal ( unlike creation which comes into being and then perishes after a certain time)

That Allah does not beget. Beget means the act of procreation.

Allah also tells us that He was not begotten.

If Allah begets then that rules out His being our God for then He would just be the same as us, humans.

Clearly He is not.

Nor was Allah begotten.

That would make Allah to be the Son of this god and that god and we will have a whole dynasty of gods which would just be pure havoc!

No sirree.

And Allah ends with saying that There is nothing and none like unto Him.

Period.

We Muslims have total faith in Allah and His revelations.

We have faith in all of His prophets and messengers.

No true Muslim would even dare to insult any of Allah's prophets or messengers.

We love our prophets and cherish them for what they have gone through in order to pass on the message of Islam which started with the prophet Adam AS and continued right down to the Greatest and Final Messenger of Allah, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

This Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam is a salutation and a prayer for the Blessed Messenger.

Alaihis Salam means 'may peace be upon him'.

When we speak of Eesa @ Jesus or any of the other prophets, messengers and angels of Allah, we respect them by adding the salutation and prayer of 'Alaihis Salam'.

That shows how much we love and respect the prophets and angels of Allah.

If you come across any Muslim who insults Eesa @ Jesus, then know in your heart that that Muslim is an ignorant one.

He or she is a Jahil @ an Ignorant fool.

No true learned Muslims will ever insult any of Allah's Prophets and Messengers.

We Muslims are even forbidden by Allah to go and insult any of the Kaffirs idols or figurines of worship.

To each their own is the decree by Allah for faith is a matter of coming into knowing the truth from falsehood and imagined deities.

As people who have been imbued by the wisdom of seeking knowledge, we are enjoined to study about our being and as to who created us?

If mankind goes and worships something else than their Creator, surely the Creator takes offense and if He wants to, can just annihilate each and everyone of those who deny Him!

But Allah is Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

He allows us to seek Him out on our own choice.

Some get to learn about Him out of their own vocation ; some don't.

Even those who are born into Islam at times fail to realize their self's and waste away their life here on Earth by going their own way and neglect their duties and responsibilities as His servants.

Muslims and Christians today have in fact the best opportunities to make peace and seek Allah's Mercy but EGO is a major deterrent in both parties to make inroads and establish contact between two of the largest groups of faith who have roots going back to the Prophet Abraham.

The Jews and the Arabs are the offspring of Abraham.

What about us?

The non Arabs and non Jews?

Who do we belong to?

We are the Children of Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam.

All of us, including the Arabs and the Jews.

So there you have it.

We are all brothers and sisters belonging to the Prophet Adam and our Mother Hawwa @ Eve.

There is no such thing as a pariah or a low class human.

Each and every human being is but a Son or Daughter of Adam.

Islam proves that by each day and night that all over the world, people are praying together, side by side, without any distinction to One God - Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

It is only foolish egoistical Man who sets up classes and distinctions between us and create royalties and lineages.

Everyone is equal to everyone else save for our levels of faith and piety to God!

Hope that answers your question.

Peace be with you brother.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Assalamualaikum hamba2han,

Thank you for your wise words.

Verily it is Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala Who guides us towards His Rahma.

Alhamdulillah.

We are His servants who have an obligation to seek the Truth and to share it with our fellow beings while we are still alive.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh.