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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.


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.