Part of the Do'a Iftitah

"Verily my solats, my ibadah, my life and my death I surrender to Almighty Allah, Creator and Lord of all the worlds. Never will I associate anything with Him. So am I commanded and I am of those who are Muslims."

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tenas Effendy @ Tengku Nasruddin Effendy kembali ke Rahmatullah!

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun! 

Tenas Effendy @ Tengku Nasaruddin Said Effendy bin Tengku Said Umar Muhammad, budayawan dan sasterawan Melayu Riau, Indonesia. Almarhum ayahanda Tengku Nasaruddin Said Effendy adalah Setiausaha Peribadi Almarhum Sultan Said Hasyim, Sultan Pelalawan ke 8.

Almarhum Tenas Effendy yang termasyhur dengan karya karya dan usaha menghidupkan jatidiri dan adat resam warisan Melayu zaman berzaman telah kembali ke Rahmat Allah pada hari ini.

Almarhum meninggal dunia pada usia 78 tahun. Lahir pada tanggal 9hb November, 1936 di Dusun Tanjong Malim, Desa Kuala Panduk, Pelalawan, Hindia Belanda, Almarhum cukup terkenal dengan membudayakan masyarakat Melayu Riau, Indonesia dan serantau Rumpun Melayu Nusantara yang merangkumi Kepulauan Republik Rakyat Indonesia, Kesultanan Kesultanan Melayu Malaysia, Republik Singapura, Kesultanan Melayu Brunei Darussalam, Wilayah Selatan Negara Thai, Wilayah Selatan Republik Filipina dan juga sampai ke Afrika Selatan serta Pulau Madagascar!

Sesungguhnya kita semua kehilangan insan terpuji seumpama Permata Berlian Kesusasteraan Melayu sedunia!

Sungguh banyak jasa jasa Almarhum kepada kesinambungan Warisan Melayu sedunia sehingga akan mengambil masa begitu lama untuk saya rungkaikan disini akan sejarah ketekunan Almarhum kepada usaha menghidupkan dan meneruskan Kesusasteraan dan Warisan Melayu yang kaya dengan nilai seninya.

Antara pantun pantun nasehat karya Almarhum:

Apa tanda sampan berlabuh,
       Sudah bertambat muka belakang;
Apa tanda iman yang teguh,
       Ibadahnya taat dada pun lapang.

Apa tanda orang budiman,
       Ke tengah ke tepi tiada menyalah;
Apa tanda orang beriman,
       Hidup dan mati karena Lillah.

Insya Allah akan saya sambung nanti bila saya kembali nanti. 

Marilah kita menghadiahkan bacaan Ummul Quran Surah Al Fatihah untuk Almarhum Tengku Nasaruddin bin Tengku Saripah Azamah (bonda Almarhum)!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

All Prophets and Messengers of Allah were Muslim! Professor Moshe Sharon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

A statement by Jewish Professor Moshe Sharon admitting that all Prophets and Messengers of Allah were Muslims!

Everyone should share this video and accompanying article on their wall!

This is the Truth about Islam.

Those of us, Muslims, who believe in Allah and in the Prophets, Malaikats @ Angels, Sacred Books @ Scriptures, Qada & Qadr @ Destiny and in Al Qiyamah @ the Day of Judgment truly must know without an iota of doubt that all of Allah's Prophets and Messengers were Muslims and Mukmins.

None is a true bonafide Muslim if he or she thinks otherwise.

Adam Alaihis Salam was created from earth taken from all parts of the planet by Sayyidina Izra'il Alaihis Salam, the strongest Malaikat @ Angel of Allah despite the protests of Mother Earth.

All other Malaikats @ Angels failed in the bidding to do so by Allah because their powers were limited. Each was created for a specific task only.

For his success in completing that most arduous task, Sayyidina Izra'il Alaihis Salam was appointed as the Malaikatul Maut @ Angel of Death by Allahu Rabbul Alamin.

Such knowledge is only shared amongst Mureeds and Seekers of the Islamic Higher Spiritual knowledge and practices known as Tasawwuf.

The first thing that Sayyidina Adam Alaihis Salam uttered after being given Life to by Allah Azza Wa Jall was to recite ' Asyhadu Anla iLa Ha iLLal Lah ; Wa Asy Hadu Anna Muhammad Darasulul Lah!' meaning 'I declare that there is no (other ) God but Allah and I declare that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah!'

This was upon his seeing the Kalimah Syahadah above his eyes in Jannahtul Firdaus after being imbued with all the knowledge and skills that he needed by none other but Almighty Allahu Ta'ala Himself!

When he asked Allah as to who is this Muhammad? 

Allahu Rabbi answered that Muhammad will be amongst Adam's progeny.

But Adam and all other Creation was created by Allah from Nur Muhammad @ the Light of Muhammad which was the very first thing that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala created in the Beginning!

Quite heavy for you?

Well, Life, my dear brothers and sisters, those of you who believe in the Unseen God Almighty and know for sure that Allah Exists and that we and each living, breathing creation do possess a living, unseen but existing force of Life which is called the Ruuh @ Soul are part and parcel of this Earthly existence.

Not everyone can digest such information but this is the reality of our being here. Even the most recalcitrant Disbeliever will soon come to an end no matter what!

No matter how advanced one's knowledge is on all other matters of learning and studying everything that this earthly life is all about, the core subject that each and every human being will ponder at the very last breath will be, 'What's next?'

Where do I go from here? What's in store for me?

All the earthly pleasures, wealth, material possessions, simply cease to be of importance when one is trying very hard to keep on breathing but finds it hard to do so.

The strongest, most powerful human beings since the advent of Time have discovered that not a second too soon or a moment delayed will prevent their ceasing to exist here on Earth when their time is up!

The richest, wealthiest of Emperors and Kings have long passed away from existing here on Earth despite having the best of doctors and physicians, learned scientists and professors of medicine, this and that advanced technology, elixirs of longevity and fountains of youth that could not stop Sayyidina Izra'il Alaihis Salam @ the Angel of Death from retrieving their mortal soul come what may?

It takes only the bravest and most courageous of the learned people of today like the learned Professor Emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Professor Moshe Sharon from the Hebrew University to admit publicly about this truth regarding the prophets and messengers of Allah the Almighty to be nothing else but Muslims!

Whether he truly believes so or is saying something in a sarcastic manner, implying that such is the belief of the Muslims is something that we need to study in depth by either having a dialogue with him if he is available online or through the social media.

I will try do that using the internet, Insya Allah. 

However, there is another video showing him having a discussion with Jerusalem Dateline :

If we are to say that the man is lying, there's no grounds to say so because he does state the truth about Islam in the video here, so what are we to make of this scholar? 

I searched further about Professor Moshe Sharon and found the following videos where he shares about Islam with his fellow scholars at an event where one of his learned scholar friend, Professor Emeritus Arieh Zaritsky, Chairman, Faculty of Life Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, retired.

These videos have been divided into 3 parts. I am sharing them here with you.

Part 1/3

Part 2/3

Part 3/3

There would be some of you who would ask why am I highlighting a Non Muslim scholar and one who is a Jewish scholar representing the illegal Zionist State of Israel?

Well, to me as a perpetual student and one who practices the principles of Tasawwuf and as a Muslim who puts Islam and Study of Knowledge foremost in my vocations, I simply do not judge anyone based upon his or her race, social standing or faith alone.

I value and appreciate all those who choose to speak the truth and have spent their entire life researching to learn about Islam and are saying what's right about it and not creating any falsehood upon it or on the Muslims as a people.

Whether Professor Moshe Sharon embraces Islam eventually or not is entirely a matter between himself and Allah the Almighty.

We need to rise up above the petty labeling and generalization of those seeking knowledge. Who are we to judge anyone else based upon their personal convictions and choice of belief? 

As common people and not one in authority, it is not incumbent upon us to act as judge, jury and executioner. 

If it involves us personally in our own personal life, as a husband, as a father or as an uncle who has the moral and religious authority to see to it that our family member does nothing that goes against Islam, then it becomes our personal responsibility towards that family member before Allah. 

Even then, if the parents or siblings of the person involved are still alive and in a position able to decide over them, then our jurisdiction as an uncle or a relative is diminished in that moment and we do not have the power to intervene.

We need to be clear about where we stand? If we are the ruler over our people, our country, then it is a different matter. The ruler and the commoner are not the same. 

So, please learn to not confuse ourselves about matters which concern us in our capacity as an individual and not that of one who holds authority over the State or Country.

Let's learn to appreciate those who speak the truth and do not harbor any evil intentions towards us as a Muslim or our community as a people. Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave and give the truth it's rightful place in our short, temporal lives here on Earth.

For those of us who believe.... Learn! Keep studying! Insya Allah when the Tawfeek and Hidayah of Allah enlightens your heart, everything will become crystal clear to you to ponder upon this spiritual awakening.

Please share if you care!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Damien Darus, Amir Rafiq and Atok Uncle. An unforgettable moment with my grand nephews!

Kids nowadays are just so smart! Take for example our grand nephew Damien Darus, a brilliant 4 years old smarty pants who has learned to ask very thoughtful questions!

During a recent trip back to Kuantan, we were fortunate to meet up with him who is now quite an inquisitive fellow. At the kitchen table of my sis-in-law who is his grandmother, Damien was curious about my grey beard.

He is now attending pre-school and has obviously learned about colors. He asked why was my beard gray in perfect English. When I answered that it was because I am old, he cleverly insinuated that his cousin brother Amir Rafiq was also graying! Hahahaha..

So I asked Damien as to what age he thought Amir was?

First he said, Amir was four and then reiterated that it was himself who was four. When pressed to guess Amir's age, the clever fellow went down to measure Amir's age using his cute little hands and came up with 10!

That was the maximum number that he could count! :P

He has also learned how to interject and grab my attention when I was attending to his cousin brother's endless questions. 

Kids nowadays! They are just so very smart! Subhanallah!

May these boys grow up to be well educated, progressive and productive Muslims who would contribute positively to their parents, our families, the ummah, this beloved nation and to the world in general.

Ameen O Allah!

Here's a photo of us with Aina Batrisyia, Amir's younger sister. She is quite brilliant as well. Top scorer in her class. She studies at a Chinese primary school in Kemaman, Terengganu.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Mazidul Akmal Sidik semakin pulih! Syukur Alhamdulillah!

Mazidul Akmal Sidik. Suatu nama yang tidak asing bagi kita pengikut laman blog wartawan TV3 yang terkenal ini. 

Mazidul popular sebagai seorang wartawan penyiasat dan sering muncul di program '999' TV3 dan turut masyhur sebagai aktivis penyiasatan paranormal bersama kawan kawan sama seminat beliau menjelajah tempat tempat yang di katakan berhantu dan sebagainya.

Pada bulan Jun 2014 yang lepas , Mazidul Akmal Sidek telah di serang angin ahmar @ strok yang menyebabkan beliau terpaksa di masukkan ke Hospital Perubatan Pantai dan beliau di letakkan didalam keadaan koma bagi rawatan selanjutnya.

Keadaan Mazidul kini semakin pulih dan beliau sudah boleh kesana kemari menggunakan kerusi roda dan tongkat bagi menampung dirinya. Syukur Alhamdulillah!

Mazidul turut bersama sanak saudara hadir ke majlis perkahwinan baru baru ini dan walaupun belum pulih sepenuhnya masih mampu berposing untuk kamera! 

Begitu lah kuatnya semangat wartawan dan blogger kita ini yang tabah dengan ujian yang datang melanda. Sebagai seorang pejuang, Mazidul tidak menyerah kalah begitu saja kepada takdir dan sedang berusaha untuk pulih sepenuhnya bagi meneruskan kehidupan bersama isteri dan anak anak serta keluarga dan sahabat handai tercinta.

Sakit pening dan kesihatan terjejas ni bukan pilihan kita. Kekadang tanpa di duga di dalam sekelip mata, kita yang sihat segar bugar juga boleh di timpa penyakit dan musibah tak terjangka. Ini lumrah kehidupan duniawi.

Sebagai sesama Muslim, harus bagi kita mendoakan kesihatan bagi diri nya dan memberikan beliau kata kata semangat untuk kembali berupaya mencari rezeki di bidang kewartawanan nya dan berkhidmat untuk agama, bangsa dan tanahair kita.

Beliau seorang yang banyak berjasa, membongkar kes kes jenayah dan penipuan sindiket sindiket pengemis, penyalahgunaan kanak kanak dan anak anak yatim oleh pengusaha maahad tahfiz dan sebagainya.

Marilah kita bersama sama mendoakan Mazidul sembuh seperti sediakala. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Islamic State ~ What it should truly be and what ISIL is surely not!

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh. 

What the world perceives an Islamic State to be and what is currently being mistakenly perceived to be one is wrongly represented by ISIL, the terrorizing group over there in the Middle East!

This sad situation is the result of many of those who are leaders of Muslim majority nations failing to adhere to and abide by the true Shariah Laws of Allah the Almighty is the reason for these misconceptions of what a proper Islamic State should be?

Many of us are born into Islam yet not that many amongst us grow up to be true Muslims. 

Why do I say so? For these following reasons. 

Let's check ourselves. We are all enjoined to follow the commandments of Allah Azza Wa Jalla which He has revealed to us, the Children of Adam Alaihis Salam through the Greatest of His Messengers, Muhammad Al Mustafa Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam in the verses of the Holy Qur'an.

In Surah An Nahl, Chapter 16 Verse 125, Allah the Almighty commands:

OdAAu ila sabeeli rabbika bilhikmatiwalmawAAithati alhasanati wajadilhumbillatee hiya ahsanu inna rabbaka huwa aAAlamubiman dalla AAan sabeelihi wahuwa aAAlamu bilmuhtadeen
Sahih International
Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.

By asking us to invite all members of Mankind to the Way of Allah with wisdom and good instruction, Allah is telling us to be wise and knowledgeable. 
No ill informed person can be wise and knowledgeable. No one can lead others to the Salvation of Allah the Almighty by harsh and unwise methods. To be wise and knowledgeable, one needs to be good. To be truthful. To be honest.

The wise one will also be kind and full of compassion. Be understanding. Be reasonable and rational. To practice what we preach. To be one who has the powers of reasoning and be able to make sense to those whom one reaches out to.

There's no way one can follow the commandments of Allah by being cruel and unkind as what those in ISIL are doing!

How can they claim themselves to be the advocates of an Islamic State when they kill and behead others whom they accuse to be their enemies when they have failed to deliver the rightful message of Islam in the proper manner of Dakwah as taught by Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam?

An Islamic State can't be brought into existence by brute force. No! That kind of a situation doesn't justify what these members of ISIL falsely claim to be an Islamic State!

Far from it!

In an ideal Islamic State situation, those leading its formation should be enjoining what is good, forbidding what is bad and having true faith in Allah and be shining examples of the ummah of Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam.

You can't go around terrorizing others and expect yourselves to be hailed and heralded as the Champions of Islam! 

What kind of the Prophet's followers can you be when you kill and behead people for the flimsiest of reasons?

Coercing Kaffirs to become Muslims by forced conversions doesn't help the faith of Islam at all. No way!

Such acts are detrimental to the wellbeing of our Ummah. Where does it say that you can do so in the Al Qur'an Al Karim?

Becoming and remaining a Muslim should be with full knowledge and willingness on the part of rational, knowledgeable human beings. Just appearing to be Muslim doesn't cut it. We do not need great pretenders amongst us. 

 In Surah Al imran, Chapter 3 Verse 110, Allah Azza Wa Jalla reveals :

Kuntum khayra ommatin okhrijat linnasita/muroona bilmaAAroofi watanhawna AAani almunkariwatu/minoona billahi walaw amana ahlu alkitabilakana khayran lahum minhumu almu/minoona waaktharuhumualfasiqoon
Sahih International
You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah . If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient.

Enjoining what is right means to educate others using the righteous ways and manners. You do not use force. You don't have to. Use your wisdom. 

To be one who has wisdom, you have to be wise and educated. Even if you are not an educated person and have a degree or diploma from a college or university, you can still be a wise person by using your common sense and experience.

Forbidding what is wrong has to be done by using crystal clear simple examples to show the one whom you are trying to protect or save from falling into error by sharing with them the consequences of doing such wrongs.

You can't do that if you yourselves are guilty of such wrongdoings in the first place. Can you?

To bring about an Islamic State into existence, you as a Muslim must be just! You have to be fair. You have to be truthful and honest.

Why do you think the people of Yathrib (now Madinah al Munawwarah) invited the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam to emigrate from his birthplace @ Makkah and set up his 'Islamic State' at their city?

For no other reasons than that he was known as a truthful and honest sincere person. No one can be a true Muslim and lead by example if he or she was dishonest, crooked and untrustworthy!

Would we entrust our lives and future to be ruled by anyone who is known to be full of lies, conceit, irresponsible, stupid, treacherous, etcetera?

No way, right?

No one in their right mind would invite someone who is bad, cruel and unjust to rule over them and terrorize their society by choice!

Fat chance of that happening in any educated and civilized society, regardless of what they believe in or live as?

No country or culture would want such irresponsible heartless fiends to rule over them in such a harsh and cruel manner.

Why then should members of ISIL whose reign of terror over there in Iraq and neighboring nations think that they are those who are correct in doing what they are currently guilty of expect us to accept them as righteous exponents of such an ill conceived ruse of being an 'Islamic State' when they aren't so?

In Surah Al 'Araf Chapter 7 Verse 146, Allah warns us:

Saasrifu AAan ayatiyaallatheena yatakabbaroona fee al-ardi bighayri alhaqqiwa-in yaraw kulla ayatin la yu/minoo bihawa-in yaraw sabeela arrushdi la yattakhithoohusabeelan wa-in yaraw sabeela alghayyi yattakhithoohusabeelan thalika bi-annahum kaththaboo bi-ayatinawakanoo AAanha ghafileen
Sahih International
I will turn away from My signs those who are arrogant upon the earth without right; and if they should see every sign, they will not believe in it. And if they see the way of consciousness, they will not adopt it as a way; but if they see the way of error, they will adopt it as a way. That is because they have denied Our signs and they were heedless of them.
Allah warns us that He will not guide those who choose to be arrogant upon this Earth without right and that those who do so will not be able to see their erroneous ways due to such behaviors.

Continuous acts of violence and arrogance in doing so will lead mankind who choose to be so to be not able to realize their folly even if righteous persons come and warn them against such acts of terror.

It comes about as a way of mental conditioning. Those who are used to rough behaviors are so steeped and indoctrinated in cruelty that their hearts turn harder than the hardest stone and become inhuman. They forget that they are supposed to be kind and caring as true Muslims and instead turn into the very aggressors that they were warned not to become by Allah in:

Surah Al Baqarah, Chapter 2 Verse 85:

Thumma antum haola-itaqtuloona anfusakum watukhrijoona fareeqan minkum min diyarihimtathaharoona AAalayhim bil-ithmi walAAudwaniwa-in ya/tookum osara tufadoohum wahuwa muharramunAAalaykum ikhrajuhum afatu/minoona bibaAAdi alkitabiwatakfuroona bibaAAdin fama jazao manyafAAalu thalika minkum illa khizyun fee alhayatiaddunya wayawma alqiyamati yuraddoona ilaashaddi alAAathabi wama Allahu bighafilinAAamma taAAmaloon
Sahih International
Then, you are those [same ones who are] killing one another and evicting a party of your people from their homes, cooperating against them in sin and aggression. And if they come to you as captives, you ransom them, although their eviction was forbidden to you. So do you believe in part of the Scripture and disbelieve in part? Then what is the recompense for those who do that among you except disgrace in worldly life; and on the Day of Resurrection they will be sent back to the severest of punishment. And Allah is not unaware of what you do.
Surely Allah Azza Wa Jalla does not accept what the ones claiming to be setting up an Islamic State over there in Iraq by such aggression and mayhem!

Another trait of a proper Islamic State is to bring about a climate of moderation. Allah does not condone those who force others to submit themselves to Allah in extreme ways and the use of excessive force and subjugation.

The human nature is such that if coerced or invited to partake in something by way of rational approaches and correct methods of persuasion, they will eventually succumb to such calls and out of their own free will choose to be this or that if their heart and soul is receptive to it.

Brutally subjugating someone to succumb to your will by force and fear of death if they refuse it brings about a climate of pretext and false worship lacking inner belief of true faith.

ISIL is wrong by using such accursed acts of violence and terrorism. Instead of drawing people to Islam, they will scare the hell out of those who were inclined towards their wish to learn and know more about Islam.

In Surah Al Fussilat, Chapter 41 Verse 34, Allah Azza Wa Jalla guides :

Wala tastawee alhasanatu walaassayyi-atu idfaAA billatee hiya ahsanufa-itha allathee baynaka wabaynahu AAadawatunkaannahu waliyyun hameem
Sahih International
And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.
Today, we have before us the best of technologies and the easily available worldwide communication Internet network that enables us to reach out to anyone right across the planet and share or exchange news and views through various forms of data and visuals.

ISIL needs to remember that whatever it does in Iraq and the neighboring countries will immediately be broadcasted in an instant throughout the world and it can't hide behind a cloak of anonymity. No way. 

Those who are guilty of any wrong doing will soon be tracked and dealt with by others who have the means and ways to find them. Overhead satellites and military drones capable of tracking and destroying them will seek them out and destroy them no matter how hard they try to hide from their enemies.

We who are Muslims do not associate ourselves with those who use wrongful ways and methods to set up what they claim to be the Islamic State?

Will such false claims justify their dastardly acts of sin and injustice towards their victims of oppression and aggression in the name of Islam!

We will never accept or associate with such advocates of terrorism. Islam needs no such thugs to begin with. Those who are behind ISIL ought to realize their follies and return to the Fitrah of Al Islam which is Peace and Righteousness.

If they base their actions upon the Commandment of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala which is to invite all mankind to Islam with wisdom and beautiful preaching, chances are that they will be much more successful and accepted by everyone but this violent manner by which they murder and massacre their victims is surely leading them just to Hell both here on Earth and in the Hereafter!

Slaughtering innocents by beheading them before the video cameras and then uploading such heinous barbaric crimes to social media proclaiming that this is what the 'Islamic State' will do to those who are its enemies is just so bloody stupid and far from what true Islam is all about!

These terrorists cause more harm than good to the image of Islam and destroy the noble mission of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam who preached tolerance to the kuffars and won them over by his example and not by using the sword!

Surely the Prophet had engaged his enemies in wars that were fought to defend Islam but he didn't wage a terrorist campaign like what these so called 'Islamic State' fellows are doing!

These ISIL and ISIS fellows can do much better by building up their countries and not blast it to bits by destroying whatever little is left of their country's infrastructure.

The true Islamic State that was the vision and mission of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam is truly not what that name has been made out to be by these wayward fellows hellbent on killing instead of healing!

Islam itself stands for peace but not what these deviant mercenaries have desecrated and smeared it with! No true Muslim will agree with the vile manner that these murderers and slaughterers have brought to Islam's noble intentions.

To those of you reading this who are not Muslims or do not know the stark difference between what true Islam is and what this bogus 'Islamic State' proponents are all about, I wish to advise you to do further studies and learn about the obvious differences between the two.

It's getting close to my Friday Prayers time , so I am sorry to have to end this article here. Insya Allah, I will get back to this subject in the near future.

Have a blessed day!

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Solat Al Janazah ~ How to perform it?

Have you been to a funeral of a loved one or a fellow Muslim / Muslimah lately?

Have you noticed some of those attending who shy away from joining the Solat Janazah ~ funeral prayer when invited to join the congregation at either the home of the deceased or at the local surau / masjid where the janazah has been prepared by washing and shrouded / 'kapan'ed ready for burial at the nearby Kubr ~ cemetery?

Chances are that those people might not be knowledgeable about the correct ways to perform the Solat Al Janazah ~ Muslim Funeral prayer according to our faith of Al Islam?

Well, I'd like to help share the basics of performing such an important prayer. It falls under Fardhu Kifayah. The Obligatory Deed. Social Obligation.

The Solat Al Janazah is usually performed and carried out by members of the male congregation amongst the Muslims. Not obligatory upon the Muslimahs ~ Muslim females.

Just like preparing for the compulsory or sunnah prayers, the Solat Janazah requires one to be clean, free from Hadas Al Akbar (Major Impurity) or Hadas Al Asghar (Minor Impurity) and to have taken the ablution correctly.

In these modern times, it is important that we who are members of our local Muslim community, make it a point to learn about this very important social obligation towards those amongst us who pass away.

What more if the deceased is one of our loved ones, family, neighbors, friends or someone whom we loved and respected amongst our society?

Do not assume that the Solat Al Janazah is very difficult to carry out. It is not.

Its simpler than the solat as we know it.

Its importance supersedes that of the optional Solat Sunnats.

There are 7 rukuns or key rules relating to performing the Solat Al Janazah.

They are:
  1. Stating one's Niyyat @ intention before performing the Takbiratul Ihram.
  2. Standing straight facing the qiblat.
  3. Reciting the Takbir 4 times.
  4. Reciting the Surah Al Fatihah.
  5. Salawat to the Blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
  6. Making Do'a for the deceased.
  7. Giving the Salam to Malaikats Raqib and Atid Alaihis Salams.
The Niyyat @ Intention
  • The niyyat @ intention for performing the Solat Al Janazah upon a male  deceased Muslim is :
'Usalli 'alaa haazal mayyiti arba'a takbiiratiin (imaaman / makmuumaan) lillahi ta'aala'.

meaning: " I perform the solat for this dead body with four takbirs as an (Imam / Makmum) in the name of Allah Al Mighty".

  • The niyyat @ intention for performing the Solat Al Janazah upon a female deceased Muslimah is:
'Usalli 'alaa haazihil mayyitati arba'a takbiiratiin (imaaman / makmumaan) lillahi ta'ala'.

meaning: " I perform the solat for this dead body with four takbirs as an (Imam / Makmum) in the name of Allah Al Mighty".

The jamaah @ congregation are encouraged to stand closely in 3 rows or more as there is no ruku' or sujud in the Solat Al Janazah. Best is to have either 3, 5 or 7 rows or more if there are lots of attendees.

I am writing this for the benefit of those of us who will be the makmum @ jamaah of the Solat Al Janazah.

Once the Imam raises his hands in Takbiratul Ihram, you follow suit and then recite Surah Al Fatihah. Just like any other Sunnat prayers.

Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alamin.
Ar Rahman nir Rahim.
Malikiyaum mid din.
Iyya qanak budu wa iyya qanas ta iin.
Ihh dii nass sirraatal mustaqim.
Siiraatal ladzi na an am ta 'alaihim
Ghairill magh dhubi 'alaihim
Wa ladh dhaa liin.

When the Imam raises his hands with the 2nd Takbiratul Ihram saying Allahu Akbar, the makmum recites the Salawat :

Allahumma salli alaa Sayyidina Muhammad

It is best to recite the full Salawat as what we recite at the end of our final Attahiyyat :

Allahumma salli alaa Muhammad , Wa 'aala aalihi Muhammad,
Kama saalaita alaa Ibrahim , Wa 'aala aalihi Ibrahiim,
Wabarik alaa Muhammad, Wa 'alaa aalihi Muhammad,
Kama barakta 'alaa Ibrahiim, Wa 'alaa aalihi Ibrahiim,
Fiil 'aalamiina Innaka Hamiiduun Maajiid

When the Imam raises his hands and says the 3rd Takbir 'Allahu Akbar!', we the makmum after bringing our hands back into the Qiyyam position, are to recite the following do'a for the deceased:

'Allahummaghfirr lahu (if it is for a male deceased Muslim)~(lahaa for female)
meaning " O Allah, please grant forgiveness for (him / her)

The best do'a would be :

  • Allaahummaghfir (lahu or lahaa) warhamhu,
  • Wa 'aafihi wa'fu anhu, 
  • Wa akrim muzullahu, 
  • Wa was si' madqhallahu, 
  • Wagh silhu bil maa i wat thalji walbarad, 
  • Wanaqqihi minal khaataayya, 
  • kamaa yunaqhqath thauball abyaaduu minadd daanas, 
  • Waa abdillhuu daaran khairamm min daariih, 
  • Wa ahlan khairam min ahlih, 
  • Wa zaujan khairam min zaujih, 
  • Wa ad khilhul jannata, 
  • Wa 'a 'izhu min azaabil qabr, 
  • Wa fitnatihi, 
  • Wa min azaabbin naar.


  • " O Allah, please grant (him / her) forgiveness, 
  • Bless him / her, Please forgive him / her
  • And forgive all (his/her) mistakes, 
  • Raise the status of the place (he/she) is returning to 
  • and make his/her grave spacious 
  • and cleanse (him/her) of all (his/her) wrongdoings so that (he/she) will be as clean as a piece of white cloth that is free from dirt 
  • and replace his village with a better one 
  • and a (husband/wife) who is much better than (his wife/her husband) 
  • and place (him/her) in Paradise 
  • and save (him/her) from Hell's torture."

After the Imam raises his hands and Takbir's for the 4th and final time, and we place our hands in the Qiyyam position, we are enjoined to recite this do'a:

  • "Allaahumma laa tahrimnaa ajrahu, 
  • Walaa taftinnaa ba'dahu, 
  • Waghfirlanaa walahu, 
  • wal ikhwaaninal laziina sabaquunaa bil iimaan, 
  • Walaa taj-'al fii quluubiina ghillall lillaziina aamanuu 
  • Rabbanaa innaka ra-uufurr rahiim."


  • "O Allah, please do not forget Your rewards for us 
  • and please don't give us slander afterwards, 
  • and grant forgiveness on us and on (him/her) 
  • and also on our devout brothers before us, 
  • and please do not instill in our hearts hatred/jealousy towards the men of faith, 
  • Indeed You are All Merciful and All Loving."

After reciting this do'a, the Imam gives the Salam (Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh). First to the right (wajib) then to the left (optional).

Then the Imam makes the following do'a @ prayers for the deceased before him.

  • 'Allahumma 'inna [name the person] fee thimmatika
  • Wa habli jiwaarika
  • Faqihi min fitnatil-qabri
  • Wa 'athaabin-naari
  • Wa 'Anta 'ahlul-wafaa'i walhaqqi
  • Faghfir lahu warhaw hu
  • 'Innaka 'Antal-Ghafoorur-Raheem.
  • O Allah, surely [name the person] is under Your Protection
  • And in the rope of Your Security
  • So, save him from the trial of the grave
  • And from the punishment of the Fire
  • You fulfill promises and grant rights
  • So Forgive him and have mercy on him
  • Surely You are Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.
As each country's Muslims live by their own individual society's culture and traditions, the way people pay their respects to the deceased differs according to their norms and traditions thus it is up to them to observe post burial practices as they wish as long as it does not go against the teachings of Islam.

Here in Malaysia's mostly Sunni Muslim traditions, the gathered congregation pay their respects to the just departed by either pouring on scented water or scattering of flower petals on to the grave.

In Saudi Arabia, none of such practices are observed whilst in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, they have their own ways to pay their respects to their just departed and buried.

In Islam, it is haram to erect permanent edifices or gravestones containing photos or pictures of the deceased but over in the Middle Eastern countries such as Iran, Iraq, etc, I have seen media pictures showing just that.

Here is a video I shot showing the burial of Allahyarham Nasir P.Ramlee, son of Malaysia's legendary actor/singer/comedian/ director/ composer/etc. 

May Allah have Mercy on us when it is our time to return to Him, our Supreme Creator. Ameen.

Let's recite Al Fatihah to all our departed members of our family and the ummah in general.

Al Fatihah!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Anwar Ibrahim who is now convicted and imprisoned still our Opposition Leader says DAP's Sec-Gen Lim Guan Eng!

Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Guan Eng
Do not talk about accountability and political morals here! 

DAP's Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng statement yesterday only goes to show how thick skinned our nation's politicians have come to be and how they will tighten their grip and hang on to whatever earthly power and positions they have come to possess by hook or crook!

Most Malaysian politicians generally are 'Teflon Coated' when it comes to the question of whether they are fit to be in their official positions despite being convicted of criminal offenses like what Anwar Ibrahim, the PKR's de facto Chief has been found guilty of sodomizing his former aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan (pic below)

They are infamous for holding on to their positions with cast iron grips and many would prefer to be deaf, dumb and blind to any calls asking them to relinquish their positions even when found guilty of whatever offenses they have committed knowingly!

Over in Japan, their politicians when found guilty are quick to admit their shortcomings and will resign their posts voluntarily. Some cry hysterically. Some just go on public television and admit their flaws and resign graciously. But not our Malaysian politicians! No sirree! 

They'll keep on saying that they are innocent! Sin free! Victims of conspiracy! Bla bla bla! 

Those who are wise and rational are clever enough to see through all the media hype and spinning that paid bloggers and other cyber mercenaries dish out trying to turn the damned sinner into a bloody saint!

Now, after all the brouhaha, someone from the West is brave enough to cut through all the bullshit and tell it like it is:
People like Lim Guan Eng will say just about anything to fool the ignorants among Malaysians who still believe everything that the Opposition Pact dishes out every now and then.

Funny thing is that despite all the evidences, every bit of proof that is uncovered and exposed to the general public, there will always be the hordes of opposition supporters who refuse to believe in the truth of the matter.

Call it conditioning or brainwashing, it makes no difference. Human beings have a tendency to not realize when they have been duped or taken for a ride by these political shysters. Such is the power of false belief. 

In our case here in Malaysia, most opposition supporters keep believing in what Anwar Ibrahim and the DAP dish out because they are simply disillusioned with what Najib Tun Razak and the BN try to pass off as the answer for all the maladies taking place here in Bolehland.

In my own opinion, if the Opposition really had true capable leaders who would govern us better, they might have had their chance to rule over Malaysia but as it has always been proven, it would just be another set of opportunists who are prone to not walk their talk!

It's like asking robbers to take care of your house in fear of burglars!

Having said that, I do believe that we might have other progressive leaders coming out in the future to serve our nation if they learn not to repeat or continue what the ones caught with their hands in the cookie jar have done!

To those who have yet to learn about the reasons a convicted Member of Parliament gets disqualified to hold on to their official position, come learn about the provisions of Article 48 of our Federal Constitution of Malaysia which I have reproduced here for your attention.


Article 48. Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

48. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Article, a person is disqualified for being a member of either House of Parliament if :
(a) he is and has been found or declared to be of unsound mind; or
(b) he is an undischarged bankrupt; or
(c) he holds an office of profit; or
(d) having been nominated for election to either House of Parliament or to the Legislative Assembly of a State, or having acted as election agent to a person so nominated, he has failed to lodge any return of election expenses required by law within the time and in the manner so required; or
(e) he has been convicted of an offence by a court of law in the Federation (or, before Malaysia Day, in the territories comprised in the State of Sabah or Sarawak or in Singapore) and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than one year or to a fine of not less than two thousand ringgit and has not received a free pardon (from the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia) ; or
(f) he has voluntarily acquired citizenship of, or exercised rights of citizenship in, any country outside the Federation or has made a declaration of allegiance to any country outside the Federation.

(2) Federal law may impose, for such periods as may be specified thereby, disqualification for membership of either House of Parliament on persons committing offences in connection with elections; and any person who has been convicted of such an offence or has in proceedings relating to an election been proved guilty of an act constituting such an offence, shall be disqualified accordingly for a period so specified.

(3) The disqualification of a person under paragraph (d) or paragraph (e) of Clause (1) may be removed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and shall, if not so removed, cease at the end of the period of five years beginning with the date on which the return mentioned in the said paragraph (d) was required to be lodged, or, as the case may be, the date on which the person convicted as mentioned in the said paragraph (e) was released from custody or the date on which the fine mentioned in the said paragraph (e) was imposed on such person and a person shall not be disqualified under paragraph (f) of clause (1) by reason only of anything done by him before he became a citizen.

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in the foregoing provisions of this Article, where a member of either House of Parliament becomes disqualified from continuing to be a member thereof pursuant to paragraph (e) of Clause (1) or under a federal law made in pursuance of Clause (2) -
(a) the disqualification shall take effect upon the expiry of fourteen days from the date on which he was -
(i) convicted and sentenced as specified in the aforesaid paragraph (e); or
(ii) convicted of an offence or proved guilty of an act under a federal law made in pursuance of Clause (2); or
(b) if within the period of fourteen days specified in paragraph (a) an appeal or any other court proceedings is brought in respect of such conviction or sentence,or in respect of being so convicted or proved guilty, as the case may be, the disqualification shall take effect upon the expiry of fourteen days from the date on which such appeal or other court proceedings is disposed of by the court; or
(c) if within the period specified in paragraph (a) or the period after the disposal of the appeal or other court proceedings specified in paragraph (b) there is filed a petition for a pardon, such disqualification shall take effect immediately upon the petition being disposed of.

(5) Clause (4) shall not apply for the purpose nomination, election or appointment of any person to either House of Parliament, for which purpose the disqualification shall take effect immediately upon the occurrence of the event referred to in paragraph (e) of Clause (1) or in Clause (2), as the case may be.


So, till the expiry of 14 days and whether Anwar Ibrahim applies for a full pardon from the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong which is unlikely to happen even if he did ask for it, we just have to let Lim Guan Eng and the rest of the Opposition supporters dream on for their political utopia to take place.

They have started lighting up candles and holding vigils outside the Sg.Buloh Prison where their beloved supreme leader is now incarcerated for a 5 years prison sentence after being convicted for sodomizing Saiful Azlan Bukhari.

If it was only the politicians gathering to show their support for him, we can understand that they do so out of their own vested interests to let Anwar know that they were there for him.

Yet, it's surprising to see tudung clad Malay girls and women also present there to show their support for the convicted sodomite! 

Obviously, those who gather there and participate in the unIslamic practice of holding a vigil do not give a rat's ass about the Fatwa issued by JAKIM @ The Department of Islamic Development, Prime Minister's Department forbidding such Acts of Shirik!

The vigil is a part of the Christian belief and is associated with their form of faith. So all those Malay 'Muslims' attending the vigil held by the Non Muslims being held outside the Sg.Buloh Prison are going to be held liable for their actions and will be answerable to Allah the Almighty for their guilt by associating with a Christian religious practice.

One thing for sure, is that many candles retailing shops around the Sg.Buloh Prison are going to be very, very happy with all these candlelight nightly vigils that PKR has promised to hold from now till Anwar Ibrahim is released!

It's a free country maa.. I doubt that JAKIM or JAWI will be launching a nightly pickup of the 'Muslims' taking part in these vigils. Let's just wait and see what else happens?