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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Islam ~ The First and Only Religion from Allah.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Dear Ikhwanul Muslimin na wal Muslimat.

It is important for those of us who are Muslims to know without an iota of doubt that it is only Al Islam that was revealed to us Mankind by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

It is only Islam that was the first and only religion taught to our Father, Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam, the very first Man created by Ar Rahman, our Most Compassionate, Most Merciful Supreme Creator of us all.

In Surah Al Baqarah, Chapter 2 Verses 1 to 7, Allah the Almighty says:

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

1. Alif-lam-meem

1. A.L.M.

2. Thalika alkitabu la rayba feehi hudan lilmuttaqeena

2. This is the Book; In it is guidance sure, without doubt, To those who fear God;

3. Allatheena yu/minoona bialghaybi wayuqeemoona alssalata wamimma razaqnahum yunfiqoona

3. Who believe in the Unseen, Are steadfast in prayer, And spend out of what We have provided for them;

4. Waallatheena yu/minoona bima onzila ilayka wama onzila min qablika wabial-akhirati hum yooqinoona

4. And who believe in the Revelation sent to thee, And sent before thy time, And (in their hearts)
Have the assurance of the Hereafter.

5. Ola-ika AAala hudan min rabbihim waola-ika humu almuflihoona

5. They are on (true) guidance, From their Lord, and it is These who will prosper.

6. Inna allatheena kafaroo sawaon AAalayhim aanthartahum am lam tunthirhum la yu/minoona

6. As to those who reject Faith, It is the same to them Whether thou warn them Or do not warn them; they will not believe.

7. Khatama Allahu AAala quloobihim waAAala samAAihim waAAala absarihim ghishawatun walahum AAathabun AAatheemun

7. God hath set a seal On their hearts and on their hearing, And on their eyes is a veil; Great is the penalty they (incur).


Sadaqallah hal adzhim.

Truthful indeed is Allah, The Most Powerful.

Brothers and sisters,

We who are Muslims must believe totally what Allah, Rabbul Alamin has revealed to us and study in depth as to all the secrets that are contained in the holy verses of the Al Quranul Kareem.

The Blessed Prophet Muhammad ibni Abdullah, Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam has left for us, his various hadiths as additional guidance for us to seek the truth of Al Islam and to ponder over the meanings and guidance for us that are contained in both the Holy Quran and his authentic examples @ His Sunnah.

Learned scholars of Islam over the ages have been expounding to us the secrets that they have uncovered from the tafsirs of the Holy Quran and by their researching the Hadiths of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

For those of us here in this part of the world, we are blessed to have with us, distinguished scholars of Islam such as our learned Professor Dato Dr. Harun Din Al Haj, who to me is amongst the top notch ulamak of this Kingdom of Malaysia.

He is quite articulate in his speech. Seldom gets embroiled in controversial matters. Speaks the truth of Al Islam. Shares his 'Ilm with us, the Jamaah of Muslims, irrespective of our status as citizens of this multifaithed, multi ethnic nation, in as crisp and crystal clear a manner of sharing what he himself has come to study and learn about our deen of Islam.

In the verses of Surah Al Baqarah above, Allah the Almighty shares with us that

2. Thalika alkitabu la rayba feehi hudan lilmuttaqeena

2. This is the Book; In it is guidance sure, without doubt, To those who fear God;

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala is telling us that this here @ the Al Qur'an is the very Book of Guidance. He is telling us who believe in Him to get our guidance from the Holy Quran.

How many of us Muslims make it a point to open up the Quran daily and seek the answers for our various problems and challenges that assail us without fail almost with each and every passing second?

We look for answers here and there without realizing the Final, Complete Testament of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala that every Muslim household almost always has a copy or more stashed in a cupboard or library and Na'uzubillah, gathering dust on our shelf's.

We who are living in these End Times have before us the internet.

With a keying in of a few alphabets or choice of words plus the correct url into the search engine, voila!...there comes before us on the computer screen almost always the links and websites which could contain whatever information that we were seeking for?

Yet, it is important that we ask our living ulamak such as the learned Prof Dato Dr Harun Din to share with us the context and content in between the meanings of translations of the verses of the Holy Quran whenever we get the chance as I did recently.

Muslims must be firm and rock solid in our Iman and Aqeedah of Al Islam. Islam is the first and only religion revealed from Allah the Almighty Himself to us over the ages.

Do not waver in your belief in Him. Not for a jot or dot!

3. Allatheena yu/minoona bialghaybi wayuqeemoona alssalata wamimma razaqnahum yunfiqoona

3. Who believe in the Unseen, Are steadfast in prayer, And spend out of what We have provided for them;

We are Muslims who believe in the Unseen. The Ghaib. The realm of the Ruuh. The Spirits.

For those of us who have studied or followed the Way of the Tariqahs, we will have come to learn a bit more than the average Muslim about the Yaum al Ghaib through the lectures or bayans of our learned Syaikhs or Mursyids.

Let's stop for a moment and ponder about our selfs?

What are we made up of?

We are Al Insaan. Mankind. We are physical beings but yet we are imbued with a living breathing soul inside of our mortal selfs.

Can we see our soul?

We can't. Yet we know it's there. It's our soul that is keeping us alive.

The second our ajal is up, the Malaikatul Maut @ Sayyidina Izra'il Alaihis Salam will wait not for a second too late or a moment too early to pluck our souls out from our mortal selfs as destined and decreed by Allahu Ta'ala!

That is the Hakikat @ the Reality of our being. We have our living breathing soul @ Ruuh within us. The Unseen. Yet it is there. The minute we are to die, our bodies will return to their fitrah. To decompose and return to the state of the earth from which our Father was made of.

Allah gives us so much yet there are many of us who do not know how to reciprocate towards His endless mercies to us?

We are at times so stubborn and recalcitrant that the Malaikats must be shaking their heads and recollecting the moment when they objected to Allah's announcement to them that He was creating Adam?

This is recorded for eternity in Verse No.30 Surah Al Baqarah :

30. Wa-ith qala rabbuka lilmala-ikati innee jaAAilun fee al-ardi khaleefatan qaloo atajAAalu feeha man yufsidu feeha wayasfiku alddimaa wanahnu nusabbihu bihamdika wanuqaddisu laka qala innee aAAlamu ma la taAAlamoona

30. Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: "I will create A vicegerent on earth." They said:
"Wilt Thou place therein one who will make Mischief therein and shed blood?--
Whilst we do celebrate Thy praises And glorify Thy holy (name)?"
He said: "I know what ye know not."

You and me were not there when this took place but The Almighty who has created us Knows us best.

He knows that here in these Yaum al Akhir @ The End Times, human beings will be so obstinate and recalcitrant, not wanting to accede and submit to Him by questioning this and that although so many of His Signs stare at us before our very faces?

People like Professor Dato Dr Harun Din have dedicated their entire lives to help us understand our faith better yet there are those who choose to mock and defile or sully his honor just to please their own bloated egos?

My dear fellow Muslims,

We may not be the most knowledgeable persons around, with scrolls of degrees and qualifications filling up our wall space but believe me when I say that when our time is up, all those scrolls and worldly recognitions will come to nothing if we are to be morally, spiritually and educationally bankrupt today for choosing to go the way of the sinners and those who defied Him!

Use the remaining precious moments of our temporal earthly lives here wisely. Seek the truth of Al Islam and when you come to understand it better, put it to use and share the knowledge with others.

Insya Allah, we will stand a better chance in the hereafter.

Till later. Have a good morning. Insya Allah.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.