Kemenangan Yang Hampir

Sesungguhnya Kami telah memberikan kepadamu kemenangan yang nyata (Surah al-Fath 48:1)

Memaknai Hidup Dengan Perjuangan

Jadilah penolong-penolong agama Allah dalam menegakkan agamaNya di muka bumi ini

Kalam Murabbi

Amanat Untuk Pemuda dan Pemudi

Kesatuan Ummah

Kemudian jika kamu berselisih tentang sesuatu perkara, maka kembalilah kepada Allah dan Rasul (Surah An-Nisa’4:59)

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Barangsiapa tidak mengambil berat tentang urusan umat Islam, maka bukanlah mereka daripada kalangannya (HR al-Bukhari)

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013: CATATAN PENUTUP TIRAI

Tahun 2013 akan berakhir beberapa jam sahaja lagi, dan lumrah di benua Asia khususnya di Malaysia akan memasuki tahun baru Masihi 2014, 8 jam lebih awal dari UK, tempat saya bermastautin buat masa ini. Kira-kira lebih 2 bulan saya menjadi sebahagian daripada warga di sini, banyak perkara baru yang saya belajar dalam konteks yang lebih meluas, khususnya dalam skop hubungan antara dunia Islam & Barat. Bagaimanapun, masih belum berkesempatan untuk dikongsikan dengan sahabat-sahabat seperti mana yang diharapkan, lantaran kondisi masih belum mengizinkan.  Pada saya, tahun ini cukup berbeza berbanding tahun-tahun sebelumnya, di mana tahun baru Islam 1434 dan Masihi 2014, kedua-duanya saya 'sambut' di negara orang. 


Berkait dengan sambutan tahun baru, ia cukup kuat untuk menggamit memori saya sewaktu menyambut tahun baru di Dataran Merdeka dan beberapa tempat di ibu kota semasa bergelar mahasiswa. Bukan sambut apa, cuma saya dan bersama-sama beberapa orang sahabat menyambut di bawah satu misi dakwah untuk 'menyantuni' peserta sambutan tahun baru. Cukup bermakna kerana bermacam-macam-macam jenis manusia yang kami jumpa dan disapa. Ketika itu baru terasa betapa mencabarnya hendak meneruskan tugas Nabi s.a.w, walhal ia jauh lagi jika hendak dibandingkan dengan kerja dakwah yang Nabi s.a.w lakukan. 

Oh ya, berbaki jam untuk memasuki 2014, sukanya saya untuk mengajak sahabat-sahabat sekalian (khususnya diri sendiri) untuk bermuhasabah kembali beberapa perkara. Antara yang penting adalah mengenai azam yang kita pasak pada awal 2013 lalu; apakah berjaya direalisasikan, atau hanya sekadar retorik di bibir sahaja. Dalam konteks seorang pelajar misalnya, ada yang berazam untuk menyasarkan untuk bergraduasi awal, ada yang berazam untuk menghasilkan beberapa artikel untuk diterbitkan dalam jurnal, ada yang berazam untuk menyiapkan disertasi dan tesis secepat mungkin. Tidak kurang juga yang merancang untuk bekerja dan melangsungkan kesempurnaan agama. Dalam konteks seorang penjawat awam, ada yang berazam untuk naik pangkat dan mengubah taraf hidup kepada lebih baik, dalam konteks agamawan berazam untuk menyedarkan ummah akan kepentingan agama, dan begitu juga yang lain.


Waima apa juga azam yang ditekadkan, biarlah ia selari dengan tuntutan Islam. Bagi yang berjaya menyempurnakan azam mereka untuk tahun ini, syabas dan tahniah diucapkan, sebaliknya banyak-banyaklah bermuhasabah. Mungkin ia tidak berjaya disebabkan kelemahan kita sendiri, atau di sana Allah telah merancangkan sesuatu yang jauh lebih baik untuk kita. Di samping itu cuba bandingkan juga, antara tahun ini dengan tahun 2012 dan tahun-tahun sebelumnya, apakah prestasi kita sebagai seorang manusia yang masing-masing diberikan taklifan (baik sebagai seorang majikan, pekerja, suami isteri, ibu bapa, pensyarah, pelajar dan sebagainya) ada peningkatan atau sama sahaja, atau lebih buruk. Begitu juga dengan soal prestasi iman dan amal kita, apakah ia lebih baik berbanding masa lalu, atau sebaliknya. Jika lebih buruk alangkah ruginya kita kerana Nabi s.a.w pernah menempelak manusia sebegini.

"Sesungguhnya orang yang paling beruntung ialah orang yang hari ini lebih baik daripada semalam dan orang yang celaka adalah orang yang hari ini lebih teruk daripada semalam, manakala orang yang rugi adalah orang yang hari ini sama dengan hari semalam" (HR Bukhari dan Muslim)


Isu Ummah Dalam Sorotan 2013

Umumnya tahun 2013 menyaksikan banyak perkara dan peristiwa, waima dalam konteks diri kita sendiri, mahupun dalam konteks yang lebih meluas, iaitu ummah. Dalam konteks dunia Islam, antara yang sempat saya coretkan, pada tahun ini kita menyaksikan pembunuhan kejam terhadap al-Syahid Dr. Said Ramadhan al-Buti pada Mac lalu, pada masa sama konflik di Syria semakin membarah. 



Kita juga menyaksikan bagaimana kerajaan baru Mesir pimpinan Dr. Mursi ditumbangkan oleh regime tentera usai setahun memerintah. Yang terbaru adalah pembunuhan kejam pemimpin Jama'at Islam di Bangladesh atas tuduhan jenayah perang. 



Manakala dalam konteks negara Malaysia, antara yang besar adalah perhimpunan raksasa BERSIH 3.0 yang berjaya menarik ratusan ribu rakyat untuk menyertai. 


Tahun ini juga berlangsungnya PRU-13 yang mencatatkan BN tewas dalam meraih undi popular berbanding PR. Pun begitu, PR masih perlu bekerja keras 5 tahun dari sekarang untuk membawa Malaysia ke arah yang lebih sejahtera. 


Dan agak unik bagi saya apabila tahun ini ia dibuka dan ditutup oleh dua perhimpunan rakyat, di mana BERSIH 3.0 yang diadakan pada 12 Januari, disudahi dengan himpunan TURUN pada 31 Disember. Buat yang turun TURUN, doa saya bersama kalian!


Apa yang jelas, kedua-dua perhimpunan ini mengekspresikan perasaan rakyat marhaen dari segenap lapisan terhadap kerajaan lantaran kebobrokan mereka dalam beberapa isu. Apa yang saya ingin nyatakan di sini, saban tahun pasti ada sesuatu peristiwa yang berlaku sama ada besar atau kecil, melibatkan diri kita secara langsung atau tidak. Cuma persoalannya sejauh mana kita bersedia untuk memberi respond kepada isu yang timbul menerusi kapasiti yang sedia ada.


Memaknai kehidupan

Hidup kita cuma sekali, dan mati hakiki juga sekali. Justeru peluang yang ada seharusnya dimanfaatkan sebaik mungkin. Jadikanlah setiap hari kita yang berlalu penuh dengan makna dan memanfaatkan orang lain. Alangkah ruginya kita persiakan dengan sesuatu yang langsung tidak dapat memanfaatkan diri kita dan ummah secara amnya, dan lebih malang apabila kita tergolong dalam kalangan mereka yang membinasakan ummah. Bercakap dalam soal memaknai kehidupan, ringkasnya saya rumuskan kepada tiga konteks. Pertamanya kita perlu melihat dalam konteks hubungan kita dengan Allah. Ia merangkumi segala amalan yang melibatkan hubungan kita dengan pencipta, sama ada berbentuk fardu atau sunat. Kedua-dua amalan ini sepatutnya memberikan impak yang besar dalam menjadikan kita sebagai seorang Muslim yang soleh lagi musleh. 


Kedua adalah hubungan kita sesama manusia, sama ada yang Muslim waima non-Muslim. Ini termasuklah dengan mengambil kira soal penunaian hak-hak mereka seperti mana yang digariskan syarak. Ini kerana, konsep keadilan Islam itu sepatutnya dilihat sebagai rahmat yang meliputi sekalian alam, bukan dilihat sebagai agama yang sifatnya eksklusif serta suka menghukum lebih-lebih lagi dalam kalangan non Muslim. Hampir dua tahun saya mengikuti perkembangan persepsi masyarakat non-Muslim di Malaysia dan di Barat melalui kajian-kajian akademik, segelintirnya cukup menyedihkan. Ketiga adalah hubungan kita dengan alam yang pada mereka juga ada hak yang perlu ditunaikan. Contoh terdekat, Taufan Typhoon yang melanda Philippine bulan lalu menjustifikasikan bagaimana rakusnya tangan-tangan manusia merosakkan alam. 

Manakala dalam konteks seorang pelajar sukanya saya ingin mengajak sahabat-sahabat untuk menilai kembali sejauh mana kita telah memaknai kehidupan kita yang berbaki ini. Lazimnya umur umat Nabi Muhammad sekitar 60-65 tahun, jika umur kita (misalnya) sekitar 25, bermakna kita mempunyai baki hayat sekitar 40 tahun untuk memaknai kehidupan, menerusi ketiga-tiga perkara yang dibincangkan di atas. Katakanlah, tolak dengan usia 50 kerana badan sudah uzur, bermakna berbaki sekitar 30 tahun. Itu tidak termasuk dengan perkara-perkara lain. Persoalannya, dalam tempoh berbaki itu apakah sempat untuk menyempurnakan semua perkara? 


Tentu sekali tidak, jika dari sekarang kita masih gagal menyasarkan matlamat hidup, sama ada dalam tempoh jangka masa pendek atau panjang. Orang yang kabur matlamatnya, lazimnya tidak akan mampu merancang dan menyusun kehidupan dengan baik. Cuba perhatikan mereka yang mahu berkahwin, lazimnya bukan sebulan dua persediaan yang dilakukan, bahkan lazimnya memakan masa bertahun lamanya (Saya tidak dapat bayangkan bagaimana keadaannya dengan kenaikan pelbagai jenis barang bermula tahun hadapan a.k.a esok). Begitu juga dengan mereka yang bercita-citakan untuk mati syahid, bukan dalam masa yang singkat mereka bersedia dengan segenap amalan, akan tetapi sejak dari awal lagi.


Untuk memaknai kehidupan dalam konteks seorang pelajar misalnya, adalah tidak memadai jika tugasnya hanya belajar semata-mata dengan menghadiri kelas atau aktiviti akademik. Pada masa sama dia jauh dari mengambil berat tentang isu-isu yang berlaku di sekelilingnya. Apatah lagi dalam konteks seorang Muslim yang wajib untuk terlibat dan mengambil tahu isu-isu umat, sesuai dengan kapasiti yang ada. Apa yang penting adalah 'bekerja' dan 'bergerak' dan bukan berkecuali. Tidak lain dan tidak bukan untuk memberikan kehidupan kita lebih bermakna.

Sekadar coretan penutup tahun 2013. Semoga tahun 2014 ini menjadikan kita sebagai Muslim yang lebih berkualiti dalam iman dan amal. 

Galeri Foto: Memori 2013 dalam kenangan

Friday, 27 December 2013

Worship Through the Seasons

Many of us when hearing and reading eulogies of past communities, invariably begin to compare that past with that of our present. Naturally we begin to focus on our present days’ failings, longing to have lived in that romanticized past, free from most if not all difficulties. Eventually when we climb down out of the clouds and into the real world we realize, that we cannot change the fact that we live in the 21st century. A century seemingly filled with daily horrors and devoid of morality, it can sometimes feel unbearably hard to live in; however, wallowing in our misgivings can often be counterproductive and rather as the proverb goes, if we were to make hay while the sun shines, there is much to gain in living in this era and in this part of the world too.


For everything there is a season…

Islam is a divinely ordained way of life, transcending time and place. In every hardship we face, there is wisdom for the believer and an opportunity for him to rise in status with his Lord. “Truly with hardship comes ease”[1] and the Prophetic narration, “How wonderful is the affair of the believer? For his affairs are all good, and this applies to none but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and he is rewarded for that. If something bad befalls him, he bears it with patience and he is rewarded for that” are but a few examples of how Islam ingrains lessons of encouragement and positivity. Realising these lessons should help us counter the excessive complaining, procrastination and general negativity towards life that we find within many of our circles.

The United Kingdom is that part of the consumer world where life is furiously fast. Even Muslims visiting from abroad can often be left puzzled by the widely varying prayer times especially with no public call to prayer to remind them of their daily obligations. The inherent difficulties faced by Muslims here with the seasonal variations in prayer times are part and parcel of life, so what positives can we take from this difficulty?

The winter days are very short, sometimes the end of Fajr is as early as 8.00 am and Maghrib at 4pm, whilst during the summer days, Fajr ends at 4.30am and Maghrib at 9.30pm. There are many advantages we can draw from this:

Firstly, the opportunity to pray in congregation three or four times a day in the Mosque during the summer period should be very easy even for those who are working full time. And why would one want to miss out on an opportunity like this when the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘The prayer of a person in congregation is twenty seven times better than the prayer of the person individually.’[2]  


Naturally, the chance to have a wage or salary which is 27 times more for practically doing the same thing at the same time is not an opportunity any of us would want to miss (From this October, 2010,  the minimum wage will be £5.93 an hour, so that would mean £160.11 an hour!). So why with our daily prayers, which we must pray within their fixed times, do we not grab that offer? The first offer is one that benefits us in this life and the second offer is one that benefits us in the ever-lasting life of the Hereafter.

Secondly, the time between Maghrib and the beginning of Fajr is very short in the summer, so praying the night prayer during the last third of the night is surprisingly easy. In other countries closer to the equator where the nights are much longer, waking up in the last third of the night is harder and praying most of that last third is even more so.

In addition, in the winter (in the UK), the days become so short, we can wake up a short time before Fajr at a quite normal time. We can pray our night prayer after which we can carry on with the rest of our day with as much ease as when we do our daily routine of work, school etc. So, how can we deny ourselves of this opportunity, when the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) informed us: “Our Lord descends every night to the lowest heaven, when only one third of the night has remained. He says: “Who will invoke Me, so that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him.”[3] And in another report, he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) adds: “Then Allah extends His Hand and says: ‘Who wants to invest (good deeds) with the One who is not wasteful or unjust?’ He continues to say this until the dawn arrives.”[4]

Thirdly, during the winter, the beginning of Fajr till Maghrib amounts to just ten hours (6am to 4pm) and so fasting should be easy as pie! (Although, eating some pie would kind of defeat the purpose of the fast!) In fact, a person is only expected to miss out on lunch. How can one not do this when the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The best fasting is the fast of David (Dawood): he used to fast one day and not the next.”[5] Moreover, there are the recommended Fasts for every Monday and Thursday and the middle three days of the Islamic months. Some of our scholars have considered fasting to be one of the greatest actions in Islam. Whilst all actions have a limit to their reward, fasting is an act that has not, as it consists of various types of patience, lessons in self-development and numerous guiding morals.


Fourthly, praying the recommended mid-morning prayer – Salatul-Duha (or Ishraq) becomes effortless. The time for the mid-morning prayer is from when the Sun has risen to the height of a spear above the horizon, which is around fifteen or twenty minutes after sunrise. Since Maghrib in the winter period is a lot earlier, it would be safe to pray this slightly earlier, about 10 minutes after sunrise. However, the point is that it could be prayed before one leaves for work. How can we miss out on this, when the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays Fajr prayer in congregation then awaits patiently until he offers the Shurook prayer shall have the reward of a person who has completed both Hajj and Umrah, not lacking in any way.”[6]

Fifthly, The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that the du’a from ‘Asr to Maghrib on Friday is one of the blessed times in which it is most likely to be answered. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Friday is twelve hours in which there is no Muslim who asks Allah for something but He will give it to him, so seek the last hour after ‘Asr.”[7]. Since, the time after ‘Asr till Maghrib, during the shorter days of the year in the United Kingdom, is so small, the effective time we seek to make that assured dua  is much easier to achieve.

Sixthly, acts of worship which are restricted by time have a higher reward in terms of the percentage of time spent in worshipping. So if someone only has one hour to do his evening adhkaar – the percentage of time in that evening that he spends in performing this worship is much higher than when he does the same in his summer evenings. For instance, since the nights are very short in the summer period, the reward for praying the whole of the night is achieved simply by standing for quite a short time. The opportunity of a lifetime!


Seventhly, how many times do we hear ourselves bemoaning the terrible weather that the United Kingdom has? It snows in the summer, we get heat waves in the winter and to top it all off it rains throughout the year! But is complaining about the weather, which is by Allah’s decree, in fact a complaint to the Most High? We need to realise the weather is from the many bounties of Allah and seek from its opportunities in order to raise our taqwa. I will always remember when a respected shaykh from the Middle-East visited the United Kingdom and it began to rain. As the Muslims all rushed for cover, the shaykh, ran out into the rain and began to cry profusely and makedu’a. Later he told us, “In my country, we sometimes get rain just once a year. The Muslims in the United Kingdom are blessed with this opportunity of washing away their sins and thanking Allah for these blessings,” As our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Two are the du’as that are never returned unanswered: the dua made when the prayer is being called, and at the time of rainfall.”[8] Yet it is common practice for us to complain that the weather is bad when it is raining – How much more mistaken can we be?

There are plenty of more opportunities you can think of when you ponder and reflect on the blessings Allah has bestowed us all with. Indeed, in everything there is a reason, for everything there is a season…

Our Vertical proximity with our Lord is partially determined by our Horizontal proximity with one another[9]

“You shall never attain true piety unless you spend on others out of that which you cherish; and whatever you spend – verily, God has full knowledge thereof [10]

We live in a country in which the government gives us money even when we temporarily do not have a job! The concept of being poor is redefined according to time and place. A person can be technically ‘poor’, but live a luxurious life or at least a life that is far better than in developing countries – this is the time and place we live in. We also live in an area in which the currency we use has far more value than the rest of the Muslim world. Therefore, the ways in which one can be charitable and gain a great reward is much easier. There are so many things one can do to help the poor and needy that would have been in the past exclusive to only a certain part of society, whom Allah had blessed with enough wealth. By the grace of Allah, most of us living in the developed world have been afforded the opportunity to gain great rewards through giving in charity.


For example, to make a well, would have been impossible for many of us if we lived in a less developed land.  Our higher standard of living and strength of our currency means that by just saving for a few months we can easily build a well. This in itself is perhaps one of the best ways one can gain reward as the reasons for needing water are literally countless and so the associated reward for facilitating its use is even greater. That well will not only bring life to an impoverished community, it will nourish, provide clean sanitation, the ability to make ablution, help irrigate their crops and importantly, for us, is a source of immense reward.

When we read about the virtues of taking care of the widows, poor and orphans, how can we not try to help them? “One who cares for widows and the poor is like those who fight in the way of Allah or those who spend their days Fasting and their nights praying.”[11]

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Would you like that your heart becomes soft and that you acquire what you need? Be merciful with the orphan, pat his head and feed him from what you eat. This will soften your heart, and enable you to get what you need.”[12] Our Lord has bestowed us the blessing of wealth in a time when millions around the World are suffering in poverty and adversity. These orphans and widows do not have a father or a husband to take care of their needs, so imagine the reward of the one who takes them under their wings. When we will be begging for help from our closest relative for just one hasanah on the Day of Judgement, ponder over how much hasanat there is in helping those who are in great need now.

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whoever removes a Worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the grief’s of the Day of Judgement.”[13]Who does not want their grief to be removed on the Day of Judgement? Moreover, who can guarantee their place in Paradise, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “I and the caretaker of the orphan will enter Paradise together like this, raising (by way of illustration) his forefinger and middle finger jointly, leaving no space in between.”[14] Some of us would scramble for the opportunity to get an autograph from a sporting celebrity, how about walking into Paradise with the greatest man to have set foot on this Earth?

The blessing of having been given more wealth than many others provides many avenues for us to gain reward. Indeed, often we struggle to perfect our own worship, either because we are physically unable or even just lacking enough concentration. While providing basic necessities is highly rewarding, the facilitation of another person’s worship, gets you a similar reward to that person without even doing that act. For example building mosques in developing countries, again something well within our means; or buying and distributing the Qur’an; or sponsoring scholars or students of knowledge, so they can spread and teach Islam to whole villages; and many more such projects.



Imagine, every person that prays in the mosque you built, each time each one of them prays you get a reward similar to their prayer! On the Day of Judgement when you are begging for just one hasanah, you find a mountain of hasanat from each letter that was recited from that Qur’an you had purchased for others to use. Now imagine the reward that can be gained by sponsoring someone to become a hafidh of Qur’an or become a scholar. They will be leading tarawih and qiyam al-lail prayers every year, being at the service of their communities and helping them all stay on the straight path. Reward the weight of a lifetime or even lifetimes for just a few Pounds.

However, it is important that we do not rely on the good reward that we can gain as a result of helping others while neglecting developing our own selves. .Just fifty years ago, travelling to perform Hajj and Umrah was an act usually done once in a lifetime, the cost and the risks involved were great for the majority of the Muslim world. Nowadays, with the advent of better communications and travel, going on Umrah is not only easy but an affordable holiday each year. 

Autumn at Leicester (original)

If there is an annual holiday worth having each year, what better holiday is there than a spiritually rejuvenating visit to the most sacred places in the World? Many of us travel to other countries for our annual breaks, often spending much more than we would if we were to go on Umrah. Travelling on holiday to other countries is permissible although remember for all the permissible acts that we do in this life, they do not ultimately count for anything on the Day we are judged.

Modern technology has certainly got its perks and dose of problems too. Everything seemed so much simpler living in a village with a horse and cart. But actually the global village we now live in has many benefits for the Muslim ummah too. We live in a time and place in which information about the affairs of the Muslims is readily accessible. Within minutes we can be informed of the plight or a disaster that may have afflicted them over a thousand miles away. At least, we can raise our hands to the sky and immediately make du’a for them. Indeed, how can we not, when the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There is no believing servant who supplicates for his brother in his absence where the Angels do not say, ‘the same be for you.”[15]

As I hope to have demonstrated in this short article, rewards are easily attained. We just need to have the ambition and motivation to achieve them. I would like to mention though one last action that really is amazing. The reward of it would be greater than anyone who had done so in the past. It will make history and its fruits are eternal and best of all, it is attainable by each and every one of us. How can that be possible you may ask yourself?

“Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for each believing man and believing woman.”[16]

How many believers have died since the beginning of time and how many are alive today?! May Allah forgive the believing men and believing women, those who have passed away and those how are alive! This is your opportunity to make history – grab it!

Do not squander the opportunities that lie in abundance in front of us. Islam, the divinely ordained way of life, has provided us opportunities, in every time and in every place, to raise our ranks in the eyes of our Lord. I can think of few better words than to end with the motivational words of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death.” [17]
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Source; www.islam21c.com

[1] Qur’an, Al-Sharh (The Opening) (94:6) – Translation of the meaning
[2] Ibid.
[3] Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim
[4] Sahih Muslim
[5] Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim
[6] Sunan Abu Dawood and At-Tabarani
[7] Sunan Abu Dawood and Sunan an-Nisaai’
[8] Sunan Abu Dawood classed as Sahih by al-Hakim
[9] Jamal Krafess, Pg330 The influence of the Muslim religion on humanitarian aid – International Review Red Cross
[10] Quran, Al-e-Imran (The Family of Imran) (3:92) – Translation of the meaning
[11] Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim
[12] At-Tabarani – Classed as Sahih by Al-Albani
[13] Sahih Muslim
[14] Sahih Bukhari
[15] Sahih Muslim
[16] At-Tabarani – Classed as Hasan by Al-Albani
[17] Al-Hakim classed as Sahih
[17] Al-Hakim classed as Sahih

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Be Productive Mukmin




As Allah has mentioned in the Holy Quran about the people who are called 'ibadurrahman';


"And the slaves of the Most Beneficent (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness | 63 | And those who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and standing | 64 | And those who say: “Our Lord! Avert from us the torment of Hell. Verily! Its torment is ever an inseparable, permanent punishment | 65 |" (Surah Al-Furqan, Verses 63-65)

In these verses attention is being drawn to the two patterns of character and life: first of those who had accepted the Message of the Holy Prophet and were following it, and the second of those who persisted in the ways of ignorance.

The prominent characteristics of the true Believers are:

They walk on the earth with dignity, serenity and humility, not with arrogance and pride. (“Walking humbly” does not mean walking like a weak or sick person, nor does it imply the gait of a hypocrite who walks ostentatiously to show humility or fear of God. According to Traditions, the Holy Prophet himself used to walk with firm, quick steps.)


If the ignorant people insult them with bad words, they do not respond likewise, but they forgive and overlook, and say nothing but good words. (This is what the Messenger of Allah did: the more ignorant the people, the more patient he would be.)

The true servants of the “Merciful” do not believe in “vengeance”, though they may have to deal with ignorant people who behave rudely and insolently towards them. If they happen to come across such people, they wish them peace and turn away. (The same has been expressed in Surah AI-Qasas: 55, thus: Islam on Who are the ‘Ibad ur Rahman’ (Slaves of Allah)?

“And when they hear something vain and absurd they turn away from it, saying, `Our deeds are for us and your deeds are for you: peace be to you: we have nothing to do with the ignorant’.” (Surah Al-Qasas, Verse 55)

The true servants of Allah pass their nights in worshipping and remembering Him as much as they can.

In spite of all their worship and good deeds, they are so filled with the fear of the torment of Hell that they pray to their Lord to save them from it, for they do not depend upon their own work for success in the Hereafter but upon the mercy of Allah.

The torment of Hell is ever an inseparable, permanent punishment.

(Everything that strikes the son of Adam, then disappears, does not constitute an inseparable, permanent punishment. The inseparable, permanent punishment is that which lasts as long as heaven and earth.)

When they hear Al-Laghw (evil or vain talk), they withdraw from it.


Quoted from iqrasense.com


Thursday, 12 December 2013

Janji Yang Sering Dimungkiri


P/s: Sekadar muhasabah dinihari buat yang masih bernyawa...

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Keberanian dan Pengorbanan: Sebuah Manifestasi

Ada rahsia terpendam di hati Ali yang tidak diceritakannya kepada sesiapa. Fatimah, rakan karib ketika kecilnya, puteri kesayangan Rasulullah itu cukup mempesonakan, budi dan akhlaknya, ibadahnya, kekemasan pekerjaannya, serta rupa parasnya yang baik. Tatkala sepupunya, Rasulullah s.a.w. pulang dengan darah yang menitis dari kepala baginda yang suci itu, selain dipenuhi dengan isu perut unta, Fatimah-lah yang datang membersihkannya dengan penuh cermat dan penuh kasih sayang kepada ayahandanya. Dibakarnya perca kain dan dituamkan ke kepala ayahandanya bagi menghentikan darah yang mengalir.

Semua kerja mulia yang dilakukannya tidak pernah sunyi dari mata yang berlinangan dengan air mata dan hati yang menangis. Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, seorang yang al-Amin langsung tidak layak diperlakukan sedemikian keji oleh kaumnya! Dengan penuh keberanian, gadis cilik itu segera bingkas berjalan gagah menuju ke Kaabah. Tatkala para pembesar Quraisy saling bergelak ketawa atas rasa kepuasan tindakan yang dilakukan, tiba-tiba terbungkam. Fatimah dengan tegas memarahi mereka seolah-olah masa sedang berhenti untuk mereka sempat menjawab setiap hujahnya. Sangat mengagumkan! 

Gambar hiasan

Ali tidak tahu apakah yang dapat dimaksudkan dengan cinta. Terkedu dan tersentak pemuda gagah itu tatkala mendengar khabar yang mengejutkan. Fatimah dilamar oleh seorang lelaki yang cukup akrab dengan bapanya, yang terkenal dengan harta dan jiwanya membela Islam. Dialah Abu Bakar al-Siddiq. Begitu Ali cukup teruji jiwanya dan merasakan, apalah yang ada pada dia jika hendak dibandingkan dengan Abu Bakar. Namun, keimanan yang ada padanya dalam mempertahankan Islam, tidak kurang hebatnya, dan layak digandingkan dengan bapa mertua Nabi itu. Jika Abu Bakar menjadi teman hijrah kepada Nabi s.a.w., Ali pula menaruhkan nyawanya di tempat tidur baginda s.a.w. pada malam yang cukup bersejarah itu. Hampir sahaja pedang musyrikin dilibas ke atas selimut hijau yang menyelubungi tubuh pemuda itu. Ibarat menanti maut.

Namun, mungkin tidak dapat dibandingkan dari sudut dakwah Abu Bakar yang berjaya menarik sejumlah tokoh bangsawan Mekah untuk menerima Islam seperti Uthman, Abdul Rahman Auf, Zubair, Saad Abi Waqash, Mus’ab dan ramai lagi. Peluang ini mungkin tidak ada pada Ali kerana usianya yang masih remaja ketika itu serta kurang bergaul dengan orang dewasa selain Rasulullah s.a.w.



Ali merupakan anugerah istimewa kepada Rasulullah oleh bapa saudaranya, Abu Thalib. Lantaran kecintaan dan kasihnya Nabi kepada bapa saudaranya yang menjadi pembela sepanjang hayatnya, baginda s.a.w. mengasuh Ali dengan penuh nilai tarbiyyahdan ruhIslam.

Dari sudut kewangan, ramai hamba Muslim yang dibebaskan Abu Bakar seperti Bilal, Khabbab, Keluarga Yasir, Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud dan sebagainya. Barangkali kemampuan hartanya lebih dapat membahagiakan Fatimah. Ali hanyalah pemuda yang miskin. 

“Mungkin inilah persaudaraan dan cinta”, gumam Ali. 

“Aku mengutamakan Abu Bakar ke atas diriku dan kebahagiaan Fatimah atas cintaku”, bisik hati murninya.

Cinta tak pernah meminta untuk menanti. Ia mengambil peluang atau mempersilakan. Ia adalah keberanian, atau pengorbanan.


Beberapa waktu berlalu, ternyata Allah menumbuhkan kembali tunas harapan di hatinya yang sempat layu.

Lamaran Abu Bakar ditolak. Dan ’Ali terus bersemangat untuk mempersiapkan diri. Ternyata ujian itu rupanya belum berakhir. Setelah Abu Bakar mundur, datanglah melamar Fatimah seorang laki-laki lain yang gagah dan perkasa, seorang lelaki yang sejak masuk Islamnya membuat kaum Muslimin berani mengangkat muka.

‘Umar al-Khatthab. Ya, al-Faruq, sang pemisah kebenaran dan kebatilan itu juga datang melamar Fatimah. Umar memang masuk Islam lewat, sekitar 3 tahun setelah Abu Bakar. Tapi siapa yang meragukan ketulusannya? Siapa yang meragukankecerdasannya untuk mengejar kefahaman agama? Siapa yang meragukan semua pembelaan semaksimumnya yang hanya ‘Umar dan Hamzah yang mampu memberikannya pada kaum Muslimin? Dan lebih dari itu, Ali mendengar sendiri betapa Nabi pernah berkata, “Aku datang bersama Abu Bakar dan Umar, aku keluar bersama Abu Bakar dan ‘Umar, aku masuk bersama Abu Bakar dan ‘Umar..”


Betapa tinggi kedudukannya di sisi Rasul, di sisi ayah Fatimah. Lalu hendak dibandingkan bagaimana dia berhijrah dan bagaimana ‘Umar melakukannya. Ali menyusul sang Nabi dengan sembunyi-sembunyi, dalam dikejar musuh yang tertekan kerana tak menemukan beliau Shallallaahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam. Maka dia hanya berjalan di kegelapan malam. Selebihnya, di siang hari dia mencari bayang-bayang bukit pasir. Menanti dan bersembunyi.

Umar telah berangkat sebelumnya. Dia bertawaf tujuh kali, lalu naik ke atas Ka’bah. “Wahai Quraisy”, katanya. “Hari ini putera al-Khatthab akan berhijrah. Barang siapa yang ingin isterinya menjanda, anaknya menjadi yatim, atau ibunya berkabung tanpa henti, silakan menghalang Umar di sebalik bukit ini!” Umar adalah lelaki pemberani. Ali, sekali lagi sedar. Dinilai dari semua segi dalam pandangan orang ramai, dia pemuda yang belum bersedia bernikah. Apatah lagi menikahi Fatimah binti Rasulullah! 

Tidak. Umar jauh lebih layak. Dan Ali reda atas segala ketentuan-Nya.

Cinta tak pernah meminta untuk menanti. Ia mengambil peluang atau mempersilakan. Ia adalah keberanian, atau pengorbanan.


Terpilih Buat yang Terpilih

Maka ‘Ali bingung ketika mendengar khabar lamaran Umar juga ditolak.

Menantu macam apa kiranya yang dikehendaki Nabi? Yang seperti Uthman sang jutawan yang telah menikahi Ruqayyah binti Rasulullah? Yang seperti Abu al-Ash ibn Rabi’kah, saudagar Quraisy itu, suami Zainab binti Rasulullah?

Ah, dua menantu Rasulullah itu sungguh membuatnya hilang kepercayaan diri. Di antara Muhajirin hanya ‘Abdurrahman ibn Auf yang setara dengan mereka. Atau kerana Nabi ingin mengambil menantu dari Anshar untuk mengeratkan kekerabatan dengan mereka? Sa’d ibn Mu’adz kah, sang pemimpin Aus yang tampan dan elegan itu? Atau Sa’d ibn ‘Ubaidah, pemimpin Khazraj yang lincah penuh semangat itu?

“Mengapa bukan engkau yang mencuba wahai saudaraku?”, kalimah teman-teman Ansharnya itu membangunkan lamunan. “Mengapa engkau tak mencuba melamar Fatimah? Aku punya firasat, engkaulah yang ditunggu-tunggu Baginda Nabi.. “

“Aku?”, tanyanya seolah tak yakin.

“Ya. Engkau wahai saudaraku!”

“Aku hanya pemuda miskin. Apa kemampuan yang aku ada?”

“Kami di belakangmu, kawan! Semoga Allah menolongmu!”

Ali pun menghadap Sang Nabi. Maka dengan memberanikan diri, disampaikan hasrat sucinya untuk mengahwini Fatimah. Ya, berkahwin. 

Dia tahu, secara kewangannya tak ada yang menjanjikan apa pada dirinya. Hanya satu set baju besi selain dari tepung kasar untuk dimakannya. Tapi meminta waktu dua atau tiga tahun untuk bersedia? Itu memalukan! Meminta Fatimah menantikannya dalam beberapa tempoh waktu hingga dia bersedia? Seolah-olah belum matang sedangkan usianya sudah cukup dewasa.

“Engkau pemuda sejati wahai Ali!”, begitu nuraninyamemberi suntikan motivasi. Pemuda yang bersedia bertanggungjawab atas cintanya. Pemuda yang siap memikul risiko atas pilihan-pilihannya. Pemuda yang yakin bahawa Allah Maha Kaya. 

Lamarannya berjawab, “Ahlan wa Sahlan!” Kata itu meluncur tenang bersama senyum Sang Nabi.

Ali bingung. Apa maksudnya? Ucapan selamat datang itu sukar untuk dikatakan sebagai isyarat penerimaan atau penolakan. Ah, mungkin Nabi pun bingung untuk menjawab. Mungkin tidak sekarang. Tapi ia sudah ditolak. Itu risiko. Barangkalipenjelasan yang jauh lebih ringan daripada menanggung beban pertanyaan yang tak kunjung berjawab. Apalagi menyimpannya dalam hati sebagai bahtera tanpa pelabuhan. Ah, itu menyakitkan.


“Bagaimana jawab Nabi saudaraku? Bagaimana lamaranmu?” Tanya rakan-rakannya.

“Entahlah..” Jawab Ali dalam dilema.

“Apa maksudmu?” Desak rakan-rakannya untuk kepastian.

“Menurut kalian apakah ‘Ahlan wa Sahlan’ bererti sebuah jawapan?” Tanya Ali untuk pandangan.

“Kamu ini memang terlalu lurus!”, kata mereka.

“Maaf saudaraku.. Maksud kami satu saja sudah cukup untuk jawapan penerimaan lamaran kamu, dan kau mendapatkan dua! Ahlan sahaja sudah bererti ya. Sahlan juga. Dan kau mendapatkan Ahlan wa Sahlan kawan! Dua-duanya bererti ya!”


Dan ‘Ali pun mengahwini Fatimah. Dengan menggadaikan baju besinya. Walaupun ada rumah ingin disumbangkan oleh kawan-kawannya tapi Nabi berkeras agar ia membayar sewanya. Itu hutang.

Dengan keberanian untuk mengorbankan cintanya bagi Abu Bakar, Umar, dan Fatimah. Dengan keberanian untuk menikah. Sekarang. Bukan janji dan penantian lagi.

Ali adalah gentleman sejati. Tidak hairan kalau pemuda Arab memiliki slogan, “Laa fatailla ‘Aliyyan! Tak ada pemuda kecuali Ali!” Inilah jalan cinta para pejuang. Jalan yang mempertemukan cinta dan semua perasaan dengan tanggung jawab. Dan di sini, cinta tak pernah meminta untuk menanti. Seperti Ali. Ia mempersilakan. Atau mengambil kesempatan. Yang pertama adalah pengorbanan. Yang kedua adalah keberanian.


Dan ternyata tak kurang juga yang dilakukan oleh Puteri Sang Nabi, dalam suatu riwayat dikisahkan bahawa suatu hari (setelah mereka menikah) Fatimah berkata kepada ‘Ali, “Maafkan aku wahai suamiku, kerana sebelum berkahwin denganmu, aku pernah sekali jatuh cinta pada seorang pemuda”

Ali terkejut dan berkata, “kalau begitu mengapa engkau mahu berkahwin denganku? Seolah-olah pertanyaan cemburu. “Siapakah pemuda itu?” Tanya Ali lagi untuk kepastian.

Sambil tersenyum Fatimah berkata, “Ya, kerana pemuda itu adalah dirimu” Inilah merupakan saat romantik dari hubungan mereka berdua.


إن الله عز وجل أمرني أن أزوج فاطمة بنت خديجة من علي بن أبي طالب فاشهدوا أني قد زوجته على أربعمائة مثقال فضة إن رضي بذلك علي بن أبي طالب.

Nabi s.a.w. bersabda: 

“Sesungguhnya Allah Azza wa Jalla memerintahkan aku untuk menikahkan Fatimah puteri Khadijah dengan Ali bin Abi Thalib, maka saksikanlah sesungguhnya aku telah menikahkannya dengan mas kahwin empat ratus Fidhdhah (dalam nilai perak), dan Ali reda (menerima) mahar tersebut.”

Kemudian Rasulullah saw. mendoakan kedua buah hatinya itu:

جمع الله شملكما، وأسعد جدكما، وبارك عليكما وأخرج منكما كثيراً طيبا

“Semoga Allah mengumpulkan kesempurnaan kalian berdua, membahagiakan kesungguhan kalian berdua, memberkati kalian berdua, dan mengeluarkan dari kalian berdua kebajikan yang banyak.”



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Olahan dari: http://www.eramuslim.com/oase-iman/kisah-cinta-ali-bin-abi-thalib-da-fathimah-az-zahra.htm#.Uo0K2MRng_d | 

Sumber asal dan tahkik: 
Maktabah Syamilah: Kitab al-Riyad al-Nadrah fi al-Manaqib al-‘Asyrah. Al-Thabari, Mahb al-Din Ahmad b. Abdullah, Abu Ja’far. Juz 1. Hlm 251.

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P/S: Kisah yang baik untuk diteladani akan mafhumnya yang tersurat lagi tersirat khusus buat mereka yang menghayati sepenuhnya. Bahkan alangkah indahnya jika kita mudah untuk mengalirkan air mata dalam menghayati pengorbanan kekasih Allah ini. 

Sengaja saya hendak coretkan kisah kedua-dua insan yang disayangi Nabi s.a.w, iaitu Saidina Ali r.a (A) dan Fatimah r.ah (F) untuk diambil ibrah moga-moga dapat menginspirasikan kita. Pun begitu, janganlah hanya difokus pada aspek romantisnya mereka berdua semata-mata, kerana lebih banyak lagi kisah pengorbanan mereka untuk Islam untuk diperkatakan dan diteladani, dan demikian juga dengan para sahabat Nabi s.a.w yang lain. Justeru, ambillah ibrah di atas setiap apa yang berlaku dalam kehidupan kita.

Entri ini antara lainnya adalah untuk menyahut seruan kedua-dua mentor (Dr. Ataullah Siddiqui & Dr. Jaffary) untuk terus bersemangat dalam memaknai masa berbaki. Kata mereka, "don't think to much...". Bukan apa, sekali-sekala perlu juga perkara sebegini, tidaklah hanya terlalu menumpukan kepada urusan akademik semata-mata. Apatah lagi semua perkara hendak disempurnakan dalam bahasa Inggeris baik tulisannya waima berfikir pun kena 'tarbiyyah' dalam bahasa yang sama. Di sini saya hendak tekankan bahawa bahasa itu teramatlah penting dalam menjadi wasilah kepada penguasaan pelbagai ilmu sekaligus sebagai wasilah dakwah dalam konteks dunia yang semakin mencabar. Biar kita susah untuk Islam, dan jangan Islam itu dilihat susah kerana gagalnya kita menyampaikannya dengan baik.

Di samping itu, suka untuk saya dedikasikan kepada sahabat-sahabat yang sedang memanfaatkan waktu cuti sekolah mereka dengan membina masjid. Maaf lantaran kekangan masa dan keterbatasan tempat untuk menghadiri jemputan. Apa pun, semoga Allah mempermudahkan urusan kalian. Begitu juga kepada mereka yang dalam perancangan.

Another thing, I have some question which called 'soalan cepu emas'. Tahukah bila mereka berdua, Saidina Ali r.a dan Fathimah r.a melangsungkan perkahwinan dalam bulan Islam? 

*Jika berpeluang, jadikan tarikh tersebut sebagai tarikh istimewa dalam hidup kalian mudah-mudahan ada barakahnya di sana.

Wassalam :)

Thursday, 28 November 2013

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

l'ultima Promessa

Kadangkala manusia itu lantaran terlalu sibuk mengejar urusan duniawi, terlupa yang kematian sentiasa mengekorinya, baik di mana sahaja dia pergi dan apa yang dia hendak lakukan. Sememangnya Izrail itu tidak pernah mengenal siapa peminjam nyawa itu, orang beriman atau sebaliknya, jika Allah sudah ‘memberi isyarat’ untuk mengambilnya semula maka tiada yang dapat menghalang. 

Bila ia menjelang, maka terputuslah segala cita-cita yang diidamkan dan apa sahaja perancangan hidup yang dirancang sekian lama. Demikian juga hubungan dengan seluruh sanak saudara dan rakan taulan. Sehari dua mungkin mereka datang menziarahi pusara kita, lama-lama hanya setahun sekali dan adakalanya langsung tidak dihiraukan atas pelbagai faktor. Yang hidup tetap teruskan hidup, dan yang mati perlu teruskan perhitungannya dengan Allah setiap apa yang dilakukan.



Bagi orang beriman dan sentiasa memenuhi hidupnya dengan amal soleh, maka pastinya tiada rasa penyesalan pada bila-bila masa Sang Izrail datang menjemputnya. Bahkan ia merupakan suatu kemuliaan di sisi Allah dan sekalian alam jika mati mereka dalam keadaan sedemikian, dengan solat fardu dan puasanya sempurna, qiamullail dan bacaan Qurannya jarang ditinggalkan, infaq diri dan hartanya untuk Islam berterusan, dan seumpamanya. Langsung tiada rasa khuatir dan gerun pada diri mereka untuk memasuki fasa kedua ‘kehidupan’ ini kerana kesemua amalan itulah yang menjadi teman mesranya di alam kubur. Justeru,  itulah didambakan sejak sekian lama kerana ‘wal-akhiratu khairun laka min al-ula’.

Apatah lagi bagi mereka yang merintis jalan jihad yang paling utama dalam menegakkan syariatNya di muka bumi. Manifestasinya dapat kita soroti menerusi perjuangan para syuhada’ Palestin, umpamanya al-Syahid al-Ja’bari. 14 November lalu, genap ulang tahun kesyahidannya dibunuh rejim Zionis dalam sebuah perancangan rapi. Demikian juga al-Syahid al-Rantisi (Syahid 17 April 2004), yang kata-katanya tidak pernah jemu menjadi motivasi pendamba syahid;

"We will all die one day. Nothing will change. If by Apache or by cardiac arrest, I prefer Apache."

Vice versa mereka yang hidupnya dipenuhi dengan kelalaian dan memenuhi nafsu semata-mata, tentunya kematian adalah merupakan suatu yang cukup digeruni bahkan sebolehnya cuba dijauhi. Jika beroleh musibah, 1001 rungutan, keluhan diterjemahkan kerana tidak akur atas takdir yang ditetapkan. Walhal jika mereka sabar dan reda pasti itu lebih baik kerana tiada suatu musibah yang Allah berikan melainkan ia mengangkat darjat dan menghapuskan dosa seseorang hamba itu. Malah setitis darah kita mengalir dalam keadaan melaksanakan perintah-Nya dan meninggalkan larangan-Nya tidak pernah terlepas dari perhitungan Allah untuk dijadikan tebusan kepadanya di akhirat kelak. Sekadar bermuhasabah diri dan mereka yang suka mengambil peringatan. Then, be prepare yourself!

“Indahnya hidup seseorang itu adalah apabila kehadirannya dapat memanfaatkan agama dan manusia, sementara indahnya kematiannya adalah kerana khusnul khatimah yang dianugerahi Penciptanya, atas apa yang dia telah lakukan”



Candidato del cadavere
15 November 2013

* Frasa: l'ultima Promessa (Italian) = The Last Promise =  Janji Terakhir

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Chosen Candidate

"Sometimes, there will be a lot of things that we never had envisage. Even how hard it is, as long it has been determined to us, we have to go through it. Insha-Allah, there will be a way out either it fast or slowly. What is the most essential is, we have to prepare ourselves."

Foremost, I’m apology for the ‘miss-written’ title, probably not very related with this main topic in term to make it catchy. Actually, I tend to dwell something quite different. Something is very complicated to be understood, and not many people talk about it even everyone has been go through it. However, it can’t take as easy nor sought with one eye (not illuminati). It has its own value, especially in Islam view. Here, I would like to share about ‘ a dream’. No worry, this entries not using academic style even its written in English, and I has simplify the wording as well as can, in order to make it easier to understand. Keenly, it can give something knowledge to the readers.

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Have we dream something special? 
Or meet someone is very special?
Or going somewhere very lovely places?
Frequently, sometimes, or rare?
Is our dream sometimes come true?
And sometime it nothing to be concern..


Whatever it is, a dream could be justify as ‘games of a sleep’ for normal person like us. But sometimes dream has its own interpretations and justification that related with real life, especially for some dream that has been ‘setup’ with the spiritual practices. Within Islamic perspective, dream is not something unnecessary to be stress, nor something very necessary because it’s depend of what type of the dream is and what is the person condition.

Obviously, dream of the chosen peoples especially the Prophets, has determined as one of divine revelation, in order to deliver some command. As written in the Quran, there are a lot of story related, such as dream of Prophet Ibrahim a.s that he had slaughtered his own Son, Ismail a.s. As Allah said:

فَلَمَّا بَلَغَ مَعَهُ السَّعْيَ قَالَ يَا بُنَيَّ إِنِّي أَرَىٰ فِي الْمَنَامِ أَنِّي أَذْبَحُكَ فَانظُرْ مَاذَا تَرَىٰ  

“Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: "O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view!" (The son) said: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded…"  (QS As-Saafat 37:102)

Also a dream of Prophet Yusuf a.s that he saw eleven stars and sun and the moon prostrate to him. Allah has marks this story in the Holy Quran:

إِذْ قَالَ يُوسُفُ لِأَبِيهِ يَا أَبَتِ إِنِّي رَأَيْتُ أَحَدَ عَشَرَ كَوْكَبًا وَالشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ رَأَيْتُهُمْ لِي سَاجِدِينَ 

Behold! Joseph (Yusuf) said to his father: "O my father! I did see eleven stars and the sun and the moon: I saw them prostrate themselves to me!" (QS Yusuf 12:4)

Besides, our beloved prophet Muhammad s.a.w also had a dream such as a vision for Fath al-Makkah. However, the opening of Mecca has been actualize on the next year, not in the same year that he had the dream. This event, has gave a lot of lesson for Muslims in order to do each of His command sincerely. Thus Allah stress:

إِنَّا فَتَحْنَا لَكَ فَتْحًا مُّبِينًا

“Verily We have granted thee a manifest Victory” (QS al-Fath 48:1)

When something has mention in Quran, it’s shown, that thing is very essential to be remark. Hence, Islam has its own perspective about dream exegeses. There is some of prominent Muslim Scholar like Ibn Sirrin al-Bisri (d. 110) emphasis on dream exegeses within his distinguished treatise called Tafsir al-Ahlam. Nevertheless, there are some argument about the authorities of this book, either it’s written by Ibn Sirrin, or another person but claimed as his work. Besides, there are some of the narrative in the book seems contradict with concept of Islamic theology, such a man could see Allah in his dream. What I want to stress here is, sometimes, a dream actually could influence someone life. Even before, we always heard that someone can change drastically from bad person being a good person after dream something, probably the guidance came in that way.

Dream Between Good and Bad

Islam has differentiate between the term of ‘al-hulum’ and ‘al-ru’ya’. Both of these word, refer to ‘dream’ but each of them has different connotation. Al-hulum basically refers to normal dream as well as normal person. It could be true, vice versa. Meanwhile the ‘al-ru’ya’ refers to a way of the revelations among the prophets.

In terms of our condition, it was a bestowed if we had dream about the messenger Muhammad s.a.w. In fact, those who are dream about the prophet s.a.w, as narrated in Hadis regards meet him in the real life. This phenomenon had being through with many of Islamic Movement Scholars especially those who has committed themselves as a prophets piousness. Sometimes, the prophet come to their dream to give some guidance, sometime on their half awake. There are also a dream about the prophet’s household, the companion, tabi’in, tabi’ tabi’in, syuhada’, Ulama’, and so on that regards as a good dream. Once we have a kind of those dreams, we will never forget it for entire of our life.


Between the life experience and heterodox

Ironically in Malay ancestors tradition, there a lot of dream interpretation, sometimes it is very significant based on their life experiences, nor the ridiculous thing. For example, those who had dream bitten by a snake means that they will get married soon (If possible, please ask you parents if they had this kind of dream before they get married). But sometimes the dream of bitten by a snake shown that we have be a victim of black magic (waiyyazubillah), besides  a dream receiving an infant shown we receive ‘something’ (read: saka), or dreaming about blood and so on. Those things has been discussed in Islamic Medical Studies. 

Another thing that has justify as a good dream is, dreaming about performing Hajj, reciting Quran, visiting beautiful places such as paradise, and so on. Islamic tradition teach us, if we have such a nice dream, it is better to be sharing with other person, keenly it will be actualize one day, as part of our prays. Vice versa the bad dream or nightmare should be tell nobody, expect it’s is essentials and need for some interpretation -  related to mystical problem.


Illusion or Real Vision

Have we had a dream, then it became real one day? I believe, some people have this experience. When doing something on the real life, it just feel that, “why this situation is quite familiar with me?”, “Am I when to this place?”, “Have we met before?”. As a part of my experiences, I had a dream going to some place that very significant with green environment. I driving that time through the highway. This dream I have two year ago and I just realize it when I’m on my way to some conferences at UUM in this year. Perhaps, my soul has ‘survey’ this place first before I go in the real life. That’s why I have mention before, this thing sometimes is very complicated to comprehend.

Another experience I heard is about the widow of Islamic Movement Scholar in our country. She said, “I never miss my husband since he die, for many years ago.” This scholar is well-known for spend of his life, energy, material for Islam and Ummah. Even a time for his  wife can be count with finger, to show his sacrifice. When people ask her the reason, she said, “Why I have to miss with somebody that always appear in my dream every night?” Another experience I heard is, someone had a dream of met his friend with smiling face, wearing beautiful clothes. When he awake from the sleep, he is realize that his friend just got martyr in jihad fisabilillah. For me, it is not an unacceptable thing, because once who have selected by Allah as righteous servant, furthermore the martyrs, they deserve to get this type of special place. As He remind to us:

وَلَا تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ قُتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ أَمْوَاتًا ۚ بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ

“Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord” (QS Ali ‘Imran 3:169)


Nevertheless, some of people argue (especially among western physiologists), its happen because of thinking too much until it drag into the dream. Some of them criticize it. Whatever it is, I would like to emphasis, particularly a dream can’t be approved as authentic resources in term to define something. That is the position for ordinary person and has been discussed by many Muslim Scholars, even Hasan al-Banna has mention in his Usul ‘Isyrin. However, for certain issues and some reasons, it can be approved as a hint nor a vision, especially when a person had a pray for some guidance (istikharah), and following Prophets sunah when he want to sleep. Then will I let your knowledge and experience to judge it..

 “verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest”


faizassyirazi | Winter 2013