Isnin, April 27, 2009
Seperti biasa juga, bila berjoging, sering akan terserempak atau berselisih dengan orang-orang lain yang juga melakukan aktiviti yang sama - joging.Sering kali jua pada setiap kali berselisih itu juga lah akan terasa lebih bertenaga dan setiap langkahan jogingnya lebih tegar.Adakah lumrah / fitrah manusia dijadikan lebih kuat apabila berjemaah?Hurm..
Dan seperti biasa setiap kali berselisih juga, diri ini punya kemahuan untuk mendahului dalam langkahan joging, untung jika jumpa yang kurang 'power', berjaya lah mendahului, untung jumpa yang lebih 'power', memang pasrah je la.Tapi, nak mendahului pun tengok keadaan, jika matlamat / objektif pada hari berkenaan masih lagi jauh untuk dikecapi, maka diri ini akan buat keputusan mengekalkan 'pace' yang selesa supaya tenaga dapat disimpan untuk mencapai matlamat yang masih lagi jauh.
Ada orang, matlamatnya dan kemampuannya sekian dan sekian, maka 'pace' langkahnya disesuaikan dengan matlamat dan kemampuannya. Takkan la kita mahu mengikut 'pace'orang lain walhal kita punya matlamat dan kemampuan yang tersendiri, setuju?
Jangan diikutkan hati nak dilihat sama 'pace' dengan orang lain, bimbang nanti anda yang rebah. Kalau rebah yang ringan, mungkin boleh segera bangkit dan menyambung langkah menuju matlamat, tapi andai rebah yang berat?nak bangkit semula mungkin perlu masa yang lebih lama, atau silap haribulan perlu diletakkan sub-matlamat sebelum sampai matlamat sebenar. Dan lebih malang lagi, jika rebah sehingga terus buat keputusan meninggalkan matlamat itu.
02 Jamadil Awal 1430H.
Jumaat, April 17, 2009
Uniqueness of the Name
The name for the religion of Islam is much more than just a name because it expresses a deep spiritual meaning as well as an overall outlook on life and concept of worship. The word "Islam" is an Arabic word which means "complete submission to the will of Almighty God".Other religions are named after their founders, such as Christianity and Buddhism; after a tribe or ethnic group, such as Judaism; or after a specific geographical region, such as Hinduism. Islam, however, is unique because its name represents its outlook on life and reflects its universal nature.
Additionally, the name "Islam" was not thought up by its followers or applied by other people, as is the case with the names of other religions, but was revealed by Almighty God. This name expressed nothing new, because submission to the will of God, i.e. "Islam", has always been the true religion of God. Due to this fact, and since the teachings of Islam are straightforward, profound and logical, Islam is the "Natural Religion" of all human beings. The name of no other religion carries any significant message, or conveys the true sense of its outlook on life, as does the name "Islam".
Keunikan Pada Namanya
Nama kepada agama (ad-deen) Islam adalah lebih dari sekadar satu kata nama, kerana namanya meemberikan suatu makna penghayatan yang mendalam di samping adalah merupakan juga adalah gambaran keseluruhan (saranan/ajaran) tentang (dalam)kehidupan dan konsep ibadah sesorang yang bergelar muslim. Perkataan Islam dalam bahasa Arab bermaksud "penyerahan seluruh jiwa raga kepada kehendak dan ketentuan ALLAH".
Kita lihat nama-nama agama lain adalah diambil dari nama pengasasnya, seperti Kristianiti dan agama Budha; ada juga diambil dari nama sesuatu puak atau kumpulan etnik, seperti contoh agama yahudi; dan ada juga nama yang diambil dari nama tempat agama itu bermula seperti contoh agama Hindu.
Islam bagaimanapun, begitu unik kerana namanya mempersembahkan gambaran kepada cara hidup yang dianjurkan dalam islam serta bersifat universal (tidak bias kepada mana-mana kumpulan, kaum, ssuatu tempat dsb).
Tambahan lagi, nama "Islam" bukanlah nama yang difikirkan oleh penganutnya sepertimana yang terjadi kepada agama-agama lain, tapi ianya adalah nama yang diberi oleh ALLAH.
Nama ini tak mmeberikan apa-apa makna baru, kerana penyerahan diri kepada ketentuan ALLAH (Islam) sentiasa menjadi cara hidup (ad-deen) yang diredhai oleh NYA (ALLAH).
Dengan sifat namanya ini, ditambah lagi dengan ajaran Islam adalah "direct",mendalam (detail) dan logik, maka boleh lah dikatakan Islam adalah "Agama Neutral" untuk semua manusia. Nama "Islam" mempunyai mesej yang signifikan serta merangkumi semua gambaran (saranan/ajaran) tentang kehidupan tapi tidak oleh nama agama selainnya.
Khamis, April 16, 2009
Does it Mean God?
The word "Allah" is the perfect description of the "One God" of monotheism for Jews, Christians and Muslims!
Is "Allah" only for Islam and Muslims?
[No! It is for All Three Abrahamic Faiths.]
"Allah" is the same word used by Christian Arabs and Jewish Arabs in their Bible, centuries before Islam came.
On page one  of Genesis in the Old Testament, we find the word "Allah" seventeen  times.
Every hotel and motel has a Bible. Next time you see one look in the introduction, you will find samples of the different languages they have translated. For Arabic they have translated the verse in the New Testament in Arabic from the famous verse in the Gospel John 3:16 -
"For God so loved the world..."
- and the word the translators used in Arabic for "God" is the very same word used by Muslims around the planet, "Allah."
Where Does the word "Allah" Come From?
"Allah" comes from the Arabic word "elah"a god' or something worshiped. - (Arabic) means '
This word (elah) can be made plural (gods), as in "aleha" and it can be male or female just as the word in English can be "goddess."
"Allah" comes from "elaha" but it brings more clarification and understanding.
Allah = Has no gender (not male and not female)
"He" is used only out of respect and dignity - not for gender
Allah = Always singular - Never plural
"We" is used only as the "Royal WE" just as in English for royalty
Allah = Means "The Only One to be Worshipped"
Isnin, April 13, 2009
Equality of Men and Women
My brothers and sisters everywhere! Islamic law [Shari'ah] - that Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) sent down to His Messenger Muhammad - came to announce that women (exactly like men) are full human beings. Women (like men) are therefore required to follow the way appointed by Allah.
A woman (like a man) is therefore obligated with all three degrees of this religion: Islam (outward submission to Allah), Iman (inward faith in Allah), and Ihsan (perfection of worship of Allah).
Islam (outward submission to Allah)
It is thus required for every woman to testify that there is none deserving worship but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Messenger; to pray; to give charity; to fast; and to make a pilgrimage to Allah's House if she has the means.
Iman (inward faith in Allah and the unseen [Al Ghaib])
It is likewise required for every woman to believe in Allah, His angels, His scriptures, His messengers, the Last Day, and to believe in Allah's decree (and that the good and evil consequences thereof are from Allah).
Ihsan (perfection of worship of Allah)
It is likewise required for every woman to worship Allah as if she sees Him. For although she cannot see Allah, she must believe that He sees whatever she does in secret and in public.
Women (exactly like men) have been commanded with these three levels of the religion (Islam, Iman, and Ihsan).
Women, like men, are also obligated to enjoin good and forbid evil; to strive and struggle by saying that which is truthful; and to adhere to all noble behavior, like: truthfulness, trustworthiness, courage, modesty, and self-respect.
Every Muslim woman, just like every Muslim man, is commanded to be steadfast in her religion and not to be negligent with her faith. It is not permissible for her - under any pressure or compulsion - to open her heart to accept the word of disbelief. Hence every Muslim woman, like every Muslim man, falls under Allah's statement:
"Whose disbelieves in Allah, after he has believed - excepting him who has been compelled, and his heart is still at rest with the Faith - but whosoever's breast is expanded in unbelief, upon them shall rest anger from Allah, and there awaits them a mighty chastisement." [Noble Quran 16:106]
Clearly when Islam charged women with all these duties and in all these obligations made her equal to men, the intent was to honor her and permit her to reach the highest degree of perfection of her being.
The duties that Allah has obligated humanity with are but a means to honor us. Prayer, as well as fasting, is an honor for the servant and a means to raise his rank. To adhere to Allah's straight path and the manners of Islam are, without doubt, a means to honor us and not to humiliate us as imagined by those who are ignorant of Allah and follow their desires.
Such people think and imagine that a human being who does not believe in Allah, does not uphold the trust of these duties, and does not perform what Allah has commanded him is of a higher standing than the believer who adheres to the obligations of Islam. Such an idea is ignorance and renders human beings on par with the animals.
Humans have been created to be tried by Allah and have been charged with fulfilling these duties to Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) and His creatures. As for animals, while they have been created by Allah, they have not been charged with this trust.
Whoever considers that a human being who does not uphold what Allah has obligated as equal to those who fulfill what Allah has obligated is like those who consider humans and animals to be equal. For this reason, Allah has said:
"Shall we treat that those who have surrendered (as Muslims) as We treat the guilty?" [Noble Quran 68:35]
And He has said:
"We have crated for Hell many of the jinn and humanity; they have hearts, but understand not with them; they have eyes, but perceive not with them; and they have ears, but they hear not with them. These are like cattle; nay, rather they are further astray! Those - they are the heedless." [Noble Quran 7:179]
The disbeliever in Allah (whether a man or a woman) is a guilty criminal, for he or she does not know whom to worship, i.e., The Creator, The Protector, The Lord, and He Who created this universe in which he or she lives. The disbelievers enjoy what Allah has blessed them with and yet they forget the One Who blessed and preferred them with such blessings. As for the believers, they are the honorable servants who know their Lord and Creator, Allah, Whom they worship. They fulfill what Allah has obligated and travel upon the path that Allah has delineated for them.