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and actions without knowledge are useless.

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Bismillah.

The knowledge that today, does not keep you away from sins and that does not evoke in you the desire to obey Allah, remember, will not save you tomorrow from Hellfire.  If you do not perform righteous deeds today and do not make up for the time you wasted in the past then on the Day of Judgment you will be saying:

Ferje’yna Na’mal Saaliha.”

“Send us back [to the world, O our Lord!] so that we [can] perform the righteous deeds.”

Then it will be said to you:

“O you the mindless one! That is where you are coming from.”

is a good woman.

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Bismillah.

By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

The land of Chinguett, more commonly known to the English-speaking world as Mauritania, is renowned for producing great scholars, saints, and erudite women of note. Scholars traveling to Mauritania have observed that “even their women memorize vast amounts of literature.” Mauritanian women have traditionally excelled in poetry, seerah, and genealogy, but some who mastered the traditional sciences were considered scholars in their own right.

Maryam Bint Bwayba, who memorized the entire Qur’an and the basic Maliki texts, was one such Mauritanian woman worthy of note. I had the honor of knowing Maryam, a selfless and caring woman, and the noble wife of Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj, having first met both of them twenty-five years ago in a small tent in the remote spiritual community of Tuwamirat in Mauritania.

My journey to that destination began four and a half years earlier, in 1980, at a bookstore in Abu Dhabi, where I met Shaykh Abdallah Ould Siddiq of the renowned Tajakanat clan. I knew immediately he was from West Africa, given the dir’ah, the distinct West African wide robe he was wearing, as well as the turban, a rare sight in the Gulf at that time. I had met scholars from West Africa when I was in Mali two years before and was interested in studying with them, so I asked the shaykh if he knew anyone who taught the classical Maliki texts in the traditional manner. He affirmed that he himself was a teacher of that very tradition, gave me his number, and said I was welcome anytime to come to his house for lessons. That began my Islamic education in earnest.

I started to study with Shaykh Abdallah Ould Siddiq in addition to my required classes at the Islamic Institute in Al-Ain. Unlike most Mauritanian teachers, he did not emphasize rote memorization or use of the wood slate known as the lawh. I studied directly from books. After a few years and much benefit from him and two other great Maliki jurists, Shaykh Shaybani and Shaykh Bayyah Ould Salik, my education took a major turn when I met a young electrician from the Massuma clan named Yahya Ould Khati. He was of the view that while these scholars were excellent, the truly illustrious man of his age was Murabit al-Hajj, who lived in a forgotten part of Mauritania, far away from civilization and the distractions of this world. He informed me that Shaykh Abdar Rahman, the son of Murabit al-Hajj, was now in the Emirates.

Shortly after, at the house of Shaykh Bayyah, an elder of the Massuma clan who had taken me under his wing and from whom I benefited greatly in my studies, I met Shaykh Abdar Rahman. Upon meeting him, I was struck by the otherworldliness of his presence, which is not unusual for Mauritanian scholars, but it was clearly pronounced in him. I remember thinking, “If this is the son, I must meet the father.” I also began studying with his close friend and companion, Shaykh Hamid, after I helped him get settled and, with the help of Shaykh Bashir Shaqfah, another of my teachers and at that time the head of the Office of Endowments at Al-Ain, secure a position of imam for him in the main mosque of Al-Ain, where I was serving as a muezzin.

From Shaykh Hamid, I learned about the merits of memorization. Although I had studied several texts, and my Arabic was quite fluent by this time, Shaykh Hamid was adamant that without rote memorization, one was dependent upon books and did not really possess knowledge within oneself. Mauritanians, he told me, distinguish between daylight scholars and nighttime scholars. A daytime scholar needs light to read books to access knowledge, but a nighttime scholar can access that knowledge when the lights are out, through the strength of his memory and the retention of knowledge. Hence, he felt that I should start over.

I had studied Ibn Ashir, al-Risalah, and sections of Aqrab al-masalik privately; I had studied the early editions of al-Fiqh al-Maliki fi thawbihi al-jadid, which were used at the Institute; and I had studied hadith with Shaykh Ahmad Badawi, one of the great hadith scholars of Sudan. But I had put little to memory other than what I naturally retained. Shaykh Hamid procured a slate for me and began teaching me the basics again, but with rote memorization. It was humbling, but edifying, to see how this tradition has been carried on throughout the ages with these time-tested models.

I then became an imam in a small mosque near the large one, and was leading prayer for a community of mostly Afghan workers, who were sending their earnings back home to support families and the war effort against the Russians, who had invaded Afghanistan four years earlier.

It was then that I began to have dreams in which I saw a great man, whom I learned later was Murabit al-Hajj. One of those dreams included an elderly woman whom I had also never seen before.

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I decided to leave my very comfortable and enjoyable life in the Emirates in 1984 and headed towards Mauritania via Algeria, where I planned on spending some months memorizing the Qur’an. I made this decision even though I was warned that there was a draught in Mauritania and living conditions were extremely harsh. Somehow, I felt compelled to go and nothing could deter me.

After spending some months with Sidi Bou Said at his madrassa in Tizi, Algeria, I traveled on to Tunisia, obtained a visa to Mauritania, and took a flight to Nouakchott, which lies on the Atlantic coast of the Sahara. I arrived in that capital city, with its extremely primitive conditions and vast slums that surrounded a small city center, with no addresses and no specific plan, other than to find Murabit al-Hajj.

I went to the marketplace and asked around if there was anyone from the Massuma clan, and was directed to a small shop where I met Abdi Salim, a very friendly man who was from the same branch of Massuma as my teacher, Shaykh Hamid. When I told Abdi Salim I wanted to find Murabit al-Hajj and study with him, his face lit up and he wholeheartedly endorsed the idea. He then took me to someone from Mukhtar al-Habib, the branch of the Massuma clan that Murabit al-Hajj was from, and they took me to the house of Mawlay al-Maqari al-Massumi, a small place made from tea boxes with open sewage in the back. Similar houses were all around, as far as the eye could see. Mawlay al-Maqari al-Massumi was one of the most hospitable and welcoming people I had ever met; I later learned he was loved by all who knew him. I stayed with him and his family for several days.

Providentially, Shaykh Abdar Rahman soon arrived from the Emirates to visit his mother and father and, not surprisingly, it was his wont to stay with Mawlay al-Maqari whenever in the capital. He would accompany me to his family’s school in Tuwamirat, but the journey required camels. A message was sent to the encampment of Murabit al-Hajj via the government radio announcements, which was how people in the capital communicated with the nomads in the desert. The message stated that Shaykh Abdar Rahman and Hamza Abdal Wahid (my given name when I converted and used at that time) would be arriving in the town of Kamur on such-and-such a date and were in need of camels there to take them to their village, Tuwamirat. We then set out on a rather unpleasant journey in a truck to Kamur, which was several hundred kilometers inland into the Sahara desert. The road at that time ended at Bou Talamit, and two-thirds of it was simply rough desert track worn down over time by loaded trucks and jeeps. It was the bumpiest, dirtiest, and most difficult road journey I had ever taken in my life.

After two grueling days, we arrived in a beautiful town known as Geru, which at the time had no technology, and the buildings there were all a lovely adobe. Hundreds of students studied at seven madrassas, called mahdhara in Geru. At night, with the exception of a few flashlights, candles, and kerosene lamps, all was dark so the Sahara night sky could be seen in all its stellar glory. The entire town was filled with the soothing sounds of the recitation of Qur’an and other texts.

We stayed with Shaykh Khatri, the brother of Murabit al-Hajj’s wife, Maryam, and a cousin of Murabit al-Hajj. While in Geru, I came to know a great saint and scholar, Sidi Minnu, who was already an old man at the time. He memorized all of the Hisn al-Hasin of Imam al-Jazari and recited it everyday. His other time was spent in praying for the entire Ummah. Once, we were sitting on the sand and he picked some up with his hand and said to me, “Never be far away from the earth, for this is our mother.” He then said something that struck me to the core: “I have never regretted anything in my entire life, nor have I ever wished for anything that I did not or could not have, but right now I wish that I was a young man so that I could accompany you on this great journey of yours to seek knowledge for the sake of God.”

After a few days, we set out for Kamur, which we had passed on our way to Geru, and then took camels and set out for Murabit al-Hajj; by nightfall we arrived in Galaga, a valley with a large lake that rises and lowers with the rainfall and the seasons. After breakfast the next morning, we set out for the upper region some miles from where Murabit al-Hajj’s clan was encamped.

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As we came into Tuwamirat, I was completely overwhelmed by its ethereal quality. It was the quintessential place that time forgot. The entire scene reminded me of something out of the Old Testament. Many of the people had never seen a white person before and the younger people had only heard about the French occupation, but never seen French people or other foreigners for that matter. I entered the tent of Murabit al-Hajj.

My eyes fell upon the most noble and majestic person I have ever seen in my life. He called me over, put his hand on my shoulder, welcomed me warmly, and then asked me, “Is it like the dream?” I burst into a flood of tears. I had indeed experienced a dream with him that was very similar to our actual meeting. He then went back to teaching. I was given a drink, and some of the students began to massage me, which I most appreciated, as my entire body ached from the difficult journey.

Murabit al-Hajj insisted that I stay with him in his tent and sleep next to him. I soon came to know his extraordinary wife, Maryam Bint Bwayba. Completely attentive to my needs, she took care to see that I was comfortable, and provided me with a running commentary on the place and its people. Maryam was one of the most selfless people I have ever met. She spent most mornings with her leather milk container called a jaffafah, which she used to make buttermilk for her family, for the poorer students, and for the seemingly endless stream of guests that visited. She surrounded herself with wooden bowls to dispense the morning and evening milk collected from the cows, and she knew which cows were producing more milk and which ones were not. She was ably assisted in her domestic chores by her faithful and selfless servant, Qabula, who had been with her since childhood and who smiled all the time.

During my time there, I came to know Maryam as this noble and joyful woman, especially her nurturing nature. At one point, I became severely ill from the endemic malarial fevers in Mauritania, and Maryam took motherly care of me. One day I remarked that I was used to eating vegetables and that their diet of milk and couscous, with some cooked dried meat, was hard on me. Maryam immediately began giving me dates everyday before the meal and also asked some of the Harateen to plant carrots for me. Soon, she began preparing small cooked carrots and serving them with my meals.

Maryam was always in a state of remembrance of God. Her full name was Maryam Bint Muhammad al-Amin Ould Muhammad Ahmad Bwayba. At an early age, she married Sidi Muhammad Bin Salik Ould Fahfu al-Amsami, known as Murabit al-Hajj Fahfu. She was an extraordinary woman of great merit and virtue and was noted for her more than sixty years of service to the students of the Islamic College of Tuwamirat. Maryam grew up during a time of great hardship in Mauritania and told me that people were so poor that many simply covered their nakedness with leaves. Her father, Muhammad al-Amin, who was known as Lamana, was a scholar as well as a skilled horseman and expert marksman. Maryam always displayed the greatest pride in her father and related to me his many exploits. I once praised her husband, and she laughed and responded, “You should have seen my father!”

Maryam was in a state of complete submission to her Lord and always encouraged people to study. Her world was that of a small tribal province, but her spirit was truly universal. When she married Murabit al-Hajj, he was already recognized for his scholarship, mastery of Arabic, and complete disengagement from worldly matters. After he had married Maryam, her father said to him, “You might want to think about the means to a good livelihood now that you are married,” to which Murabit al-Hajj replied, “The means of this world are as multitudinous as the night stars to me, but I would not like to sully my soul with their pursuit.”

In their early years, Maryam studied several texts with her husband. She memorized the entire Qur’an in addition to the basic Maliki texts. Furthermore, she studied with him the entire al-Wadih al-Mubeen of Sidi Abdal-Qadir Ould Muhammad Salim with its hundreds of lines on matters of creed. She also read his extensive commentary, Bughyat al-Raghibeen ‘ala al-Wadih al-Mubeen, which she kept at her side for many years. She knew the text and its meaning by heart and was extremely adept in matters of creed. Maryam also memorized and practiced Imam al-Nawawi’s book of prayers and supplications known as al-Adhkar.

Those who have had the blessing of spending time in Tuwamirat would always see her sitting under her tent or the lumbar surrounded by her pots and milk bowls and her prayer beads. When new students arrived, she always asked about them, their parents, brothers, and sisters, and where they came from. She would laugh and say she had “luqba,” a Mauritanian colloquialism for “curiosity,” but in reality she delighted in the students and desired to make them feel at home. Incredible as it sounds, she never forgot anyone who had studied at the school and when they visited years later, she would call out their names and ask about their family members, name by name! When I first arrived, she had asked the names of all of my family members, which, given that they were Christian names, would have been harder for her to remember than Mauritanian names. But when I returned many years later, she asked about each of the members of my family, whose names I had mentioned to her only once. “Kayfa Elizabeth? Kayfa David? Kayfa John? Kayfa Troy? Kayfa Mariah?” I was completely stunned. I remarked to her that in another time she would have been a great muhaddith scholar, with her uncanny ability to recall names. The Western students and visitors who were fortunate enough to have lived there or even visited briefly all remember Maryam well. But more importantly, Maryam not only remembered each one of them, but she prayed for them by name. Many years ago, I took a friend, Abdal Razzaq Mukhtar, a Libyan who was living in Northern California, and his son Haytham to see Murabit al-Hajj. Even after many years had passed, Maryam never failed to ask each student from the West how “Abdar Razzaq and Haytham” were doing and then go on to recite a litany of names of other visitors who they might know and have news of their lives. Moreover, she sent many letters to those who visited Tuwamirat. The letters were usually accompanied by gifts from her. Students would receive a letter with some local perfume or incense or sometimes a key chain as a token of her love and remembrance of those people who had made such an arduous journey to visit her husband and his school. She even sent me some of her butter ghee that lasted for a few years in my house. She left an indelible mark on all of us fortunate and blessed enough to have spent even an hour with her. It was an hour neither she nor her visitor would ever forget.

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I first saw Maryam in one of the dreams I had in 1983 in the Emirates, a year before I actually met her. One day, I was sitting in the tent studying with Murabit al-Hajj, when I saw her in the background and realized she was the person in my dreams.

The last time I saw Maryam, her world had changed considerably in her lifetime, but there was something unchanging about her. Despite the fashionable colored milhafahs that the women of the clan began to wear, she clung to the old-fashioned ways of her ancestors, and wore the traditional blue-dyed nilah that left a ghostly shade of indigo on the skin of the women, as well as the men who wore turbans made of the same material. And regardless of the outward difficulties of her life, she remained one of the most happy and joyful people I have ever known.

Maryam had always hoped to make the pilgrimage but felt obliged to first take care of her responsibilities, to her family and the school that she felt were binding upon her. She was never in the limelight, but the blue image of her milhafa could be seen in the background of meetings when dignitaries and visitors would come and pay their respects to Murabit al-Hajj, always in service to all. Once, when a group of Western students visited, one of the women asked Murabit al-Hajj for his prayers and he replied that they should also ask Maryam for her supplication as her prayers were ones that, insha’ Allah, God listened to and would answer. Although she was not famous like her husband, nor noted for any distinguished achievements, she was a luminary in her own right. Her son once told me, “She was one of the hidden ones, far more learned and accomplished than the people who knew her or lived with her realized.” I couldn’t agree more. In many ways, the Quranic verse about Maryam the mother of Jesus “and she was among the righteously pious ones” aptly suites our beloved Maryam bint Bwayba. When I told her brother, Khatry, she was like a mother to me, he replied, “She was a mother to all the believers.” No words could be more befitting.

Maryam Bint Bwayba, the beloved wife of the great scholar and teacher Murabit al-Hajj Ould Fahfu, and beloved selfless servant of the students of sacred knowledge at the mahdhara of Murabit al-Hajj, died after a brief but intense illness at approximately six in the evening on Sunday, the 15th of Rabi al-Thani, 1430 AH. In her honor, we are establishing the Maryam Bin Bwayba Scholarship Fund for Women, with all proceeds to be used for scholarships for qualified women in financial need attending Zaytuna’s educational programs. Donations should be sent to Zaytuna Institute, 2070 Allston Way, Suite 300, Berkeley, California, 94704, and the Memo line of checks should be marked as “Maryam Bint Bwayba Scholarship Fund.” For those who wish to send donations to the family of Murabit al-Hajj, please call Zaytuna at 510.549.3454.

and to Him is our return.

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Bismillah.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi Raaji’oon.

Yeah, sure we say this statement when someone dies. Also some of us may say this sentence when they lose something, suffer a setback or harm.  But……do you know what it means? Sure, everyone know that it obviously means ‘To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.’

But that’s not what I am talking about.

I mean … do you really, truly understand these words and their implications in a Muslim’s life?

It means …whatever we have is not really ours. It belongs to Allah.

Take a look around you; everything you see, all that you have and all that there is…in you, on you, around you…belongs to Allah, alone. It is Allah Who has given you all the property and goods you possess, and that He is the true Owner of them all.

So the cars that you own, the houses that you live in, the businesses you possess all truly belong to Allah. The kids that He blessed you with, the health that He gave you, the time that He has allowed you are all Allah’s properties. Even the bodies we live in and the life that we have belongs to Allah alone.

“And to Allah belongs the inheritance of the heavens and the earth…”

(Surah al-Imran:180)

“The kingdom of the heavens and the earth and everything in them belongs to Allah. He has power over all things.”

(Surah al-Ma’ida:120)

“Say: ‘To Allah belongs the East and the West…”

(Surah al-Baqarah:142)

Now, since everything belongs to Allah, then we have to include even our souls in that list.

The very souls that we think of as our “self”; our “nafs”; our “being” – whatever you want to call it – that very thing that distinguishes you from the rest of the world, belongs to Allah. It’s not YOURS.

In fact, YOU are not YOURS.
You belong to Allah.

And this is the essence of the concept of submission to Allah in Islam.

And since He is the true Possessor of everything, and everything is His property, He allots what He wills to whomever He wills. And then He takes it away. After all, it was Allah’s to begin with.

So He may give you something and then take it back after a while. He will bless you with a precious child that you love dearly…and then He may take it away. He will grant you money, honour and status…and then He may take it away. He will give you youth, vitality and health and then surely He will take it away.

In fact everything you have will only be with you for a very short while.
And then the Owner will claim His Right.

So when Allah does reclaim what was rightfully His, Why mourne our losses?

Just like a friend who lends you his book. And then after a few days, he wants it back and you give it back to him…no regrets, no sorrow, no question asked.

Similarly, if Allah takes back some of His blessings upon you for some reason…so be it.

Say Alhamdulillah.

Don’t grieve.

Be patient.

Submit to the will of Allah, being pleased with His decision for you. For surely He will only do what is best for you. Just think…The Owner came and took it back.

Remember, that you’re not the real owner. You were NEVER the real owner to begin with. You only had everything because it was Allah Who gave it to you in the first place. If He didn’t give it to you, you wouldn’t have had it in any way…in fact, you couldn’t have had it.

Remember, man enters into this world empty handed…and leaves it empty handed.

Remember, that everything we have, all the blessings we enjoy, are gifts from Almighty Allah…gifts that we enjoy for a limited period until He takes them away whenever He deems fit.

They are a trust from Allah…a loan to you…to see how you respond to these gifts from Allah and how you use them in the obedience of the Almighty, thanking Him and worshiping Him, OR…to the disobedience to the One Who gave them to you in the first place.

Take note of the words of the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) on the occasion of the death of his son, Ibraaheem:

“Our eyes are filled with tears, our hearts with grief, but we say nothing with our lips except that which pleases Allaah…. Verily, to Allaah we belong, and to Him we return.” (Bukhari)

And we all know the famous incidence about the companion Abu Talha and his wife when one of the sons died and Abu Talha was not at home. She washed and shrouded him and when Abu Talha came home and asked about his son, she said,

“The child is quiet and I hope he is in peace….” (Bukhari)

SubhaanAllah….such patience!

And such Iman in the statement “Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi Raaji’oon”!

She truly understood its meaning and the effect it should have on her life as a Muslimah, submitting to him and being pleased with whatever He has decreed for her. She knew that whatever she has, is not truly hers. Rather, it is Allah’s. And He took back whatever He owns at its appointed time.

And it is because of this Iman so strong, this understanding, that the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) made du’aa for them and Allaah blessed them immensely.
” They (i.e. Abu Talha and his wife) had nine sons and all of them became reciters of the Qur’aan (by heart).” (Bukhari)

” Be sure we will test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives, but give glad tidings to those who are steadfast, who say when afflicted with calamity: ‘To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.’ They are those on who (descend) blessings from Allaah and mercy and they are the ones that receive guidance.”

(Surah al-Baqarah: 155)

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By Asma bint Shameem

Setiap org seharusnya takut, bimbang dan harap pada Allah Ta’ala akan keadaan iman dia.

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Bismillah.

Kalaulah satu org yg bukan beriman dilahirkan dlm keadaan kekufuran, hidup dlm kekufuran, hidup dlm suasana tanpa agama tanpa iman, mati tanpa iman adalah perkara biasa. dan Allah Maha bermurah hati, Allah matikan sesetengah org yg hidupnya dlm kekufuran tetapi mati dgn beriman. Tetapi org yg dilahirkan dgn iman, yg hidup dgn iman, yg dipanggil sbg org islam, yg dipanggil sbg org yg beriman spt kita ni semua, kita seharusnya takut, kerana dikalangan org yg hidupnya beriman pun ada yg mati tanpa iman. Satu org yg mati dgn iman Allah janjikan syurga yg luasnya 10x ganda dunia. Utk itulah usaha atas iman sngt penting. Untuk org yg sudah ada iman kita kena buat usaha atas iman, dakwah atas iman.

Ada 2 jenis dakwah; dakwah islam dan dakwah iman. Dakwah iman adalah keperluan utk setiap org yg beriman, Hukumnya fardhu ain. Sesetengah org beranggapan apabila jemaah menziarahi mereka berckp tentang iman, mendakwahkan iman, mereka akan berkata,

‘Kenapa dakwah kami, kami sudah islam, pergilah kpd org2 bukan islam’.

Saudara yg mulia, sebenarnya perintah dakwah iman ini adalah utk setiap org yg sudah beriman. Allah beritahu dlm quran,

‘Wahai org2 yg beriman, beriman lah kamu sebagaimana org2 yg telah beriman’.

Bagaimana org yg telah beriman iaitu para sahabat radhiallahu taala anhum telah beriman kpd Allah Taala, mereka telah usaha atas iman mereka sehingga drp asalnya sesetengah sahabat ada yg menyembah berhala, namun mereka telah beriman dan usaha atas iman sehingga mereka dipanggil org yg beriman. Pada mulanya Allah seru mereka dgn panggilan ‘Ya Ayyuhan Naas’ tetapi setelah mereka usaha atas iman mereka, setelah mereka beriman Allah seru mereka dgn panggilan ‘Ya Ayyuhallazina Amanu’. Allah telah sebut org2 yg beriman ‘mu’minin, mu’minat’ – lelaki2 yg telah beriman, wanita2 yg telah beriman. Beriman dgn apa? beriman dgn perkara yg ghaib, dgn syurga dan neraka, dgn pahala dan dosa, malaikat, semua janji2 Allah iaitu semua perkara2 yg tidak nampak. Sehinggakan para sahabat dan sahabiyah telah capai keimanan, seolah2 bagaimana kita nampak dunia dgn mata kasar kita, mereka nampak akhirat dgn mata hati mereka.

Suatu hari seorang sahabat ditanya oleh Rasulullah saw,

‘Wahai sahabatku, bagaimana keadaan kamu pagi ini?’

Jawab sahabat,

‘Wahai tuanku, saya pagi2 ini dalam keadaan iman yg sempurna.’

Kata Baginda saw,

‘Setiap pengakuan haruslah ada buktinya, apakah bukti kamu?’

Maka sahabat bagitau,

‘Seolah2 saya dgr goresan2 pena malaikat menulis dalam buku amalan saya, bila kebaikan dibuat ditulis dalam buku amalan sebelah kanan, bila dosa dibuat dicatit dalam buku amalan sebelah kiri saya,’

Bagaimana Sahabat boleh mendengar sebegitu rupa? Kerana telinga yg sudah dimasuki iman, mata yg sudah dimasuki iman. Seorang sahabat juga memberitahu,

‘Seolah2 saya dapat melihat pandangan syurga, penghuni2 syurga sedang berada dlm keadaan bahagia dalam nikmat Allah ta’ala, bersalam salaman dan menziarahi dlm nikmat Allah Taala. dan mata ini seolah2 melihat penghuni2 neraka yg sedang bergaduh antara satu sama lain, mereka berada dalam tempat yg sempit dalam keadaan azab neraka yg sangat pedih.’

Saudara yg telah dimuliakan oleh Allah swt, utk usaha atas iman inilah baginda saw dan para sahabat mereka telah bersusah payah, bersungguh2 utk menanggung kesusahan demi agama Allah swt.  Agama telah dtg dlm kehidupan mereka. di Mekah mereka telah menanggung kesusahan, seorang sahabiyah, Zinnirah (ra) telah kehilangan pandangan matanya, dia telah buta setelah disiksa oleh kaum mushrikin, kemudian dia telah berdoa pada Allah dan telah dakwah pada kaum mushrikin bahawa:

‘Allah yg sama dahulu telah beri penglihatan pada mata saya, sebenarnya Allah yang sama telah ambil penglihatan saya dan Allah yang sama jua lah yang akan kembalikan penglihatan mata saya.’

Dan dia beritahu pd Abu Jahal,

‘Bukan engkau, engkau pun tidak mampu buat apa2.’

Dan setelah Abu Jahal penat memukulnya, Allah swt telah kasihan pada Zinnirah (ra) maka Allah telah kembalikan penglihatanya dan penglihatannya lebih terang drpd sebelumnya.

Saudara yg telah dimuliakan oleh Allah swt, para sahabat dan sahabiyah telah berkorban dan berkorban utk agama Allah swt, sehingga ada yg disiksa, dicemeti, dipukul, ditombak, ditarik badannya sehingga terbelah dua oleh kuda yg berlari dlm arah yg bertentangan. Sahabiyah2 ada yg kebuluran, sehingga anak2 mereka mati dlm pangkuan mereka, tetapi mereka terus buat usaha atas agama, usaha atas iman. kerana mereka telah faham dgn iman yg betul yang sahih pada Allah, barulah Allah Taala akan beri kejayaan. Kejayaan yg sebenar adalah bila iman yang sahih berada dlm lubuk hati kita. Satu org yg mati dgn iman yg sahih barulah diterima oleh Allah Taala. Jika iman rosak, dan ditolak oleh Allah, maka bau haruman syurga pun diharamkan. Jadi para sahabat dan sahabiyah (ra) telah berusaha dan usaha utk agama sehingga dtg pula perintah utk berhijrah. Kalau di Mekah mereka terpaksa menanggung kesusahan, sekarang mereka pula kena tinggalkan kampung halaman, itupun mereka harungi, mereka tempuh juga dan berhijrah ke Madinah demi agama. Di Madinah mereka terpaksa pula berperang saudara. Ahli keluarga mereka yg belum beriman memerangi mereka, dari Mekah org mushrikin bentuk angkatan tentera sebanyak 1000 org dlm peristiwa badar, dan para sahabat hanya seramai 313 orang. Mereka harungi juga kepayahan dlm peperangan utk agama Allah swt.

Dalam peristiwa Uhud pula mereka telah berperang sehingga org spt hadhrat Hamzah (ra) bapa saudara baginda saw telah disyahidkan. Hamzah (ra) adalah org yg sangat hampir dgn baginda saw, baginda saw sangat menyayanginya. Tetapi utk agama Allah swt ini, dadanya telah terbelah, jantungnya telah dikeluarkan dan cuba dimakan oleh seorang wanita mushrik, namun tidak berjaya. Dapat kita bayangkan bagaimana sedih baginda saw. Baginda saw yg begitu hebat orangnya begitu cekal melihat pakciknya yg begitu disayanginya hari ini telah terkorban terbujur dihadapan matanya. Begitu juga 70org sahabat yg lain, sepupu baginda saw Abdullah bin Jahsh (ra) juga turut terkorban dan ramai sahabat2 yang besar yg lain. Baginda saw beritahu,

‘Kalaulah sebelum ini satu nyawa dibalas dgn satu nyawa, hari ini utk org spt Hamzah (ra), 70 nyawa akan dibalas,’

Maka Allah turunkan wahyu,

Wahai nabiku, sesungguhnya satu nyawa ini hanya layak dibalas dgn satu nyawa, tetapi sekiranya kamu inginkan kebaikan dari Tuhan kamu maka memaafkan adalah lebih baik,’

Subhanallah. Inilah pengorbanan perasaan nabi saw dan para sahabat (ra) yang ditanggung demi perintah Rabb mereka. Dan begitu juga ramai wanita2 telah kehilangan suami2 mereka, namun itupun mudah utk mereka, demi agama Allah swt.

Saudara yg dimuliakan oleh Allah swt, apabila Khaleed bin Waleed (ra) hendak dtg ke Madinah utk memeluk agama Islam, dia telah beritahu, ‘Bila Allah hendak bukak hati aku utk dtg pada cahaya petunjuk ini, maka hati ini telah berbelah bagi, ragu2. kerana aku, telah ramai org2 terbunuh, wanita2 kehilangan suami mereka, anak2 kehilangan kasih saying drpd bapa mereka.’

Bagaimanapun dia telah cekalkan hati nya, pergi depan kaabah dan jemput ramai org2 quraisy yg ternama. Mereka apabila dgr jemputan dr Khaleed bin Waleed, perwira mereka yg handal memerangi org Islam, mereka pun dtg dan bertanya apakah hajat hendak mengumpulkan kami semua. Maka dia dgn berani nya memberitahu,

‘Sekarang tiba masanya utk kita beriman dgn agama yg dibawa oleh Muhammad’.

Begitu berani nya Khaleed (ra) dan kemudiannya dia telah menuju ke Madinah, namun dalam hatinya masih berat memikirkan yang dia telah mengorbankan ramai org islam.

Pada masa yg sama org2 di madinah telah dibentuk oleh Baginda saw dgn perasaan korban utk agama Allah swt, bukan sahaja mereka telah beriman, suatu masa dahulu mereka telah menanggung kesusahan, penderitaan di Mekah utk iman, maka hari ini mereka telah dapat kemanisan iman, mereka telah dipanggil org yg beriman, wanita2 yg beriman, mereka telah faham apa nikmat iman nilai iman ini, maka keinginan mereka adalah utk semua org datang pada iman. Jadi apabila berita Khaleed dtg ke madinah tersebar, Baginda saw beritahu,

‘Hari ini Mekah akan mengutuskan permatanya,’

Maka org2 madinah menunggu kedatangannya berebut2 utk menjemputnya berjumpa Baginda saw. Bukan itu sahaja, apabila org2 madinah telah mendengar Khaleed bin Waleed hendak memeluk Islam, kanak2 dan wanita telah keluar dr rumah mereka, melihat kedatangan Khaleed bin Waleed. Maka seolah2 anak2 ini beritahu,

Wahai Khaleed, kerana kamu kami telah kehilangan kasih sayang bapa kami tetapi demi iman utk kamu supaya kamu selamat drpd neraka Allah, itu kami gembira,’

Seolah2 wanita2 ini memberitahu padanya,

Wahai Khaleed, kerana kamulah rumahtangga kami telah musnah, kami telah dipisahkan drpd kasih sayang suami kami tetapi demi iman utk kamu supaya kamu selamat drpd neraka Allah, maka itu kami terima. kami redha dgn Allah swt.’

Jadi saudara yg dimuliakan oleh Allah swt, sahabat2 mereka telah korban mereka telah faham, Allah telah masukkan kemanisan iman dlm hati2 mereka, Allah telah bina keyakinan yg sejati dlm diri mereka, sehingga mereka inginkan mahukan agama ini pada seluruh manusia. Keinginan dan kefahaman mereka sama spt keinginan dan kefahaman Baginda saw, baik lelaki mahupun wanita.

Suatu ketika telah dibentuk suatu jemaah yg terdiri di antaranya Hisham bin Al Asr (ra) bersama saudaranya hadhrat Amr bin Al Asr (ra) dan hadhrat Amr telah dijadikan amir (ketua) utk jemaah tersebut. Mereka telah pergi ke suatu tempat dan di sana musuh telah bunuh saudara dia Hisham (ra) dan mereka telah letakkan jasad tubuh saudaranya ini di tengah2 jalan di genting di antara dua gunung yang dikiri kanannya hanya gaung. Dan semua sahabat2 kena melintasi jalan ini utk menyempurnakan takaza mereka. dan didepan nya adalah amir saab, ketua rombongan para sahabat dan bila amir lihat didepan jalannya terbujur seorang sahabat, saudara lelakinya sendiri, tetapi di depan sana adalah takaza agama, jemaah kena dihantar ke sana, baginda saw telah utus mereka utk sesuatu maksud utk bawa agama ke sana. dan musuh2 ini telah buat perangkap utk mereka. Namun tidak ada sesuatupun yg dpt menghalang mereka, mereka telah jelas akan maksud mereka dihantar oleh nabi saw, maka diberitahu kpd para sahbat kita teruskan perjalanan kita. dan semua unta dan kuda sahabat jalan terus pijak jasad saudara lelakinya. Jadi saudara yg dimuliakan oleh Allah swt, kita boleh bayangkan kaki2 kuda telah pijak jasad tubuh sahabat yg mulia yg telah syahid ini sehingga semua badannya hancur. Namun terus mereka pergi sempurnakan tugas2 mereka dan kemudian kembali. Kemudian hadhrat Amr bin al Asr (ra) telah turun dari kudanya dan pergi pada tempat dimana mayat saudaranya terbaring tadi, dia ambil satu karung beg dia telah kumpulkan bekas2 jasad abangnya tadi, daging dan tulang2 yg telah hancur telah dikumpulkan dgn berlinangan air mata sehinggakan sahabat yg menemaninya boleh melihat dia menangis. Dikatakan angin batu pasir telah menjadi saksi bagaimana sahabat telah menanggung perasaan sebegitu rupa utk usaha agama. Maka sehingga hari ini agama telah tersebar kita semua telah dpt iman dlm kehidupan kita atas asbab pengorbanan dan usaha mereka.

Jadi saudara yg dimuliakan dan dikasihi oleh Allah swt, inilah usaha agama yg sebenar. Kerana pengorbanan para sahabat, kerana pengorbanan isteri2 mereka, pengorbanan anak2 mereka hari ini kita di Malaysia, di asia tenggara dan seluruh dunia agama telah sampai kepada kita. Kerana Allah telah suka, Allah telah gembira dgn pengorbanan mereka. Jadi agama ini sebenarnya adalah melalui pengorbanan. Untuk dapatkan iman utk hasilkan iman dlm diri kita, kita kena menanggung pengorbanan. Untuk dptkan iman utk manusia sejagat pengorbanan kena dibuat. Sebab itulah jemaah2 kena dibentuk kena hantar dan utuskan suami2 dan anak2 kita di jalan Allah swt. supaya Allah akan lihat usaha pengorbanan ini dan Allah akan terima dan sebarkan hidayat ke seluruh alam. Allah akan datangkan manusia kpd agama dari seluruh pelusuk alam. Bila wanita2 telah faham akan keinginan baginda saw, maka mereka telah jadikan keinginan mereka spt keinginan Baginda saw.

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-petikan dari Bayan Masturat

189. And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and Allah has power over all things.

190. Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding.

191. Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire.

192. “Our Lord! Verily, whom You admit to the Fire, indeed, You have disgraced him, and never will the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers) find any helpers.

193. “Our Lord! Verily, we have heard the call of one (Muhammad ) calling to Faith: ‘Believe in your Lord,’ and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and remit from us our evil deeds, and make us die in the state of righteousness along with Al-Abrar (those who are obedient to Allah and follow strictly His Orders).

194. “Our Lord! Grant us what You promised unto us through Your Messengers and disgrace us not on the Day of Resurrection, for You never break (Your) Promise.”

195. So their Lord accepted of them (their supplication and answered them), “Never will I allow to be lost the work of any of you, be he male or female. You are (members) one of another, so those who emigrated and were driven out from their homes, and suffered harm in My Cause, and who fought, and were killed (in My Cause), verily, I will remit from them their evil deeds and admit them into Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise); a reward from Allah, and with Allah is the best of rewards.”

indeed you have been sent as a mercy to all mankind.

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Bismillah.

Hadhrat Muawiyah bin Abu Sufyaan radhiallahu anhu reports that during his final illnesses Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam instructed the sahabah radhiallahu anhum,

Pour over me seven water bags of waters drawn from several wells so that I may go to the people and advise them.

Consequently, with a bandage tied to his head, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam managed to leave his room and mounted the pulpit. After duly praising Allah, Rasululullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said,

A servant from amongst Allah’s servants has been asked to choose between this world and what is with Allah and he has chosen that which is with Allah.

None of the sahabah radhiallau Ta’ala anhum besides Hadhrat Abu Bakr radhiallahu anhu understood this statement. He therefore burst out crying and said,

May our parents and our children be sacrificed for you, (O Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam)

Rasulullah sallallahu alyhi wasallam consoled him saying,

The person who did me the most favours through his friendship and wealth is Abu Bakr. If I were to choose a bosom friend other than my Rabb, I would have chosen Abu Bakr. He is nonetheless my close companion in Islam and in the love for Islam. Every door leading to the Masjid must be sealed except for the door of Abu Bakr radhiallahu anhu.

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How saddened is this heart by this occasion, can’t imagine how the sahabah and ahlul bayt of his time must have felt..

My brothers and sisters, u have reached here by Allah’s will, so pls dont go away before saying this du’a, inshaAllah it will become a delight for our beloved Rasul sallallahu alayhi wasallam.. so pls raise your hand humbly and begin with Bismillah.

O Allah, bestow Your whole mercy, blessings and peace on our Noble-chief Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, who is a guide and pioneer of virtue and an Apostle of mercy. O Allah grant him the greatest excellence and highest rank and honour in Your Court, and make his syafaat the most acceptable to Thee. O Allah, make so many among his ummat his true followers, as may become a source of delight to his eyes, grant him the best recompense on our behalf, and grant a good recompense to all the prophets; peace be upon all the Apostles and all praise is due to Allah, the Cherisher of the worlds.

Ameen Ya Allah.

He is the explanation of reality.


Wallahu alam.  Allah save us..

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Bismillah.

Abu Hurairah radhiallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said:

When captured enemy assets will be considered as one’s own wealth;

and property given in trust will be considered as booty for oneself;

Zakat will be looked upon as a fine;

knowledge will be acquired for worldly needs and gains and not for Islamic objectives;

a man will obey his wife and disobey his mother;

one will bring his friend nearer and drive his father off;

noises will be raised in the masjids;

the most wicked of a tribe will become its ruler;

the most worthless member of a people will become its leader;

a man will be honored for fear of the evil he may do;

female singers and music will come into vogue;

drinking of wine will become common;

and the later generations will begin to curse the previous generations;

then wait,

like beads of a necklace falling one after the other promptly when its string is cut.

for red violent winds, earthquakes, swallowing up by earth,

defacement (of human faces),

pelting of stones from the skies as rain,

and a continuing chain of disasters followed one by another,

like beads of a necklace falling one after the other promptly when its string is cut.

(Tirmidhi)

In these are the sign for those who reflects.In In these are the sign for those who reflects.

and the hours, minutes and seconds are like its coaches, whereas our occupations are the passengers sitting in them.
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Bismillah.

Presently, our inferior materialistic occupations have gained such a control of this train and coaches off our life that they are not allowing the nobler concerns of the Hereafter to come in. Our work is that we should be determined to put this nobler concerns in place of the mean worldly occupations:

the concerns which please Allah and build our Hereafter.

(Maulana Mohammad Ilyas)