Virtues of Zikr

Guys, allow me to share an interesting chapter for all muslim friends. This month I have more sharing with my muslim brothers and sisters because in the month of Rajab is the month of Allah (the Creator). So we must remembering Allah (s.w.t) a lot in this month of baraqah.

This is a hadith on remembering of Allah with Kalimah Tayyibah.

Hadrat Jabir (Radiaallahu’Anhu) narrated that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu’alaihi wa salam) said, “The most virtuous of all sorts of Allah’s Remembrance is ‘La ilaha illallah’ (None is worthy of worship than Allah), and the most virtuous prayer (Du’a) is ‘Alhamdulillah’ (all praise is due to Allah)”

Listen to this beautiful Nasyid about Zikr of Allah (Remembrance of Allah),

“O ye who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance; and glorify Him morning and evening.”
(Al Qu’ran: 41-42)

O ye who believe! Let not your wealth nor your children distract you from remembrance of Allah. Those who do so, they are the losers.
(Al Qu’ran: 63:9)

Then listen to this talk on Why we should Remembering of Allah.

Don’t be sad: Laa Tahzan: Jangan Bersedih

Yesterday I bought a book while my family busy shopping. I went to a bookstore and read this interesting motivation book. I have read a lot of motivation books but this particular book is very different from others (e.g. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Build Your Business in 30 days, etc). Let me brief you here, it is actually an Islamic motivation book. It is about life. It is about being thankful of what we have. And more importantly it is about how do we deal with daily situation and always look on the bright side of life. The title of the said book is “Laa Tahzan” in arabic which means “Don’t Be Sad“.

We always look on the negative side of our life but we forgot to look into the joyous moment that we have. We never satisfied with what we have and always wanting more. I just realize it myself that I should stop grumbling over what I could not have. I am learning to be more grateful person. One of the rare book that I will recommend people to read. Suits very much to my mood at the time being. It is really wonderful, thank you Dr. Aidh Abdullah Al-Qarni the author. All should read this book even though you are not a muslim.

Here are some excerpts from the book, yup I am still reading. The version that I bought is in Bahasa Melayu (my mother tongue) but I translated it here in English.

“So hold that which I have given you and be of the grateful.” (Qur’an 7:144)

Live today free from sorrow, bother, anger, jealousy and malice. You must engrave into your heart one phrase: Today is my only day. If you have eaten warm, fresh bread today, then what do yesterday’s dry, rotten bread and tomorrow’s anticipated bread matter?

…When you achieve this attitude, you will profit from every moment of your day, by developing your personality, expanding your abilities, and purifying your deeds.

Then you say to yourself:

Today I shall be refined in my speech and will utter neither evil speech nor obscenity. Also, I will not backbite.

Today I shall organize my house and my office. They will not be disorderly and chaotic, but organized and neat.

Today I will be particular about my bodily cleanliness and appearance. I will be meticulous in my neatness and balanced in my walk, talk and actions.

Today I will strive to be obedient to my Lord, pray in the best manner possible, do more voluntary acts of righteousness, recite the Qur’an, and read beneficial books. I will plant goodness into my heart and extract from it the roots of evil – such as pride, jealousy and hypocrisy.

Today I will try to help others – to visit the sick, to attend a funeral, to guide the one who is lost, and to feed the hungry. I will stand side by side with the oppressed and the weak. I will pay respect to the scholar, be merciful to the young, and be reverent to the old.

O’ past that has departed and is gone, I will not cry over you. You will not see me remembering you, not even for a moment, because you have traveled away from me never to return.

O’ future, you are in the realm of the unseen, so I will not be obsessed by your dreams. I will not be preoccupied about what is to come because tomorrow is nothing and has not yet been created.

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So guys, I would really recommend you this book and Don’t Be Sad. Don’t Be Sad is an absolute must-read for all people. It is full of practical advice on how to replace sadness with a pragmatic and ultimately satisfying Islamic outlook on life. It exposes to the modern reader how Islam teaches us to deal with the tests and tribulations of this world.

So, take heart and hold firmly onto the rope of Allah (s.w.t).

Review by Islamic Times, UK:

The Fadhilat of Fasting in the month of Rejab

Tomorrow shall be the 1st Rejab in the Islamic Lunar Calendar. It is the month of the creator, Allah (SWT).

Rejab is one of the four months declared sacred by Allah (SWT) in the Glorious Qur’an.

Special prayers and Aa’mal that can be prayed and carried out on any day or daily for this seventh month of Islamic lunar calendar delivered by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw):

1. The month of Rejab, in its superabundant favors and benefits, reverence and sanctity, is next to none. It is linked to Almighty Allah (SWT) as Sya’ban to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and Ramadan to his Ummah (Muslim Community).

2. Who so observes fast (even one day) during the month of Rejab gets Allah’s pleasure. Allahhuakbar.

3. Ask forgiveness and turn repentant to Allah (SWT) as much as you can because mercy drops from the heaven like a gentle rain in the month of Rejab (also known as “As’abb” – pouring out, full of love and kindness).

4. Allah (SWT) shall forgive and have mercy on him who recites:

“Astaghfirulaahallad’ee Laa Ilaaha Ilaa Huwa Wah’dahoo La Shareeka Lahoo Wa Atoobu Ilayh”
(I ask forgiveness of Allah, who is “There is no God save He, and no other; has no partner”; and I turn repentant to Him)

at least 100 times (400 times will accrue more rewards), and recites “Laa Ilaaha Illallaah” 1000 times, during the month of Rejab, and gives alms or sadaqah in the name of Allah at the completion.

5. Recite Surah Al-Ikhlas at least 100 times (1000 or 10000 times will accrue more rewards) in the month of Rejab.

6. Keep fast on any day in the month of Rejab. So let’s start tomorrow.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) has said: “Rejab is a great month of Allah (SWT), unmatched by any other month in the respect and significance (accorded to it); war with the infidels during this month is prohibited; Verily, Rejab is Allah’s month, Sya’ban my month and Ramadan the month of my Ummah; whosoever fasts a day in the month of Rejab will be granted the great reward of Ridwan (an angel in heaven); the wrath of Allah (SWT) shall be distanced and a door of the Hell shall be closed.”

Fasting is one of the most recommended acts during this spiritual season. It becomes Wajib (obligatory) during the month of Ramadan, but is highly recommended during the months of Rejab and Sya’ban. As will be noted from the Hadith above and others to follow, fasting, be it for only one day during these months, is rewarded with untold bounties.

Hazrat Salman Al-Farsi narrates that Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said that there is a day in the month of Rejab on which if a person fasts and does Qiyaamul Lail (night vigil) on that night, he will receive rewards like a person who fasts for 100 years and does Qiyaamul Lail for nights of 100 years. This night is the night of the 27th (Rejab) and the day of the 27th (Rejab). This is the day on which the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) was appointed to Messenger hood.

Hazrat Salman Al-Farsi narrates that the Beloved of Allah, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said “O Salman, there is no Mumin (True Believer) and Muminah (Truly Believing Female) who performs 30 Raka’ah in the month of Rejab and in each Raka’ah recites Surah Al-Fatihah once, Surah Al-Ikhlas 3 times, and Surah Al-Kafiroon 3 times that Allah (SWT) does forgive them their sins and bestows rewards upon them as upon a person who has fasted a whole month. He becomes among those who will be steadfast in their Salaat in the year which is to come. For him the deeds of the day are equal to that of the martyr. He will be raised with the Martyrs of the Holy Battle of Badr. For him is written for the fast of each day, one year’s worship. His station is raised 1000 times higher.

Ask forgiveness and turn repentant to Allah (SWT)If he fasts the entire month of Rajab and he performs this (above) Salaat, Allah (SWT) will give him salvation from the Hell Fire, make Wajib (obligatory) for him, His Paradise and bestow His Nearness upon him. Hazrat Jibril (Gabriel) informed me “O Muhammad this is the sign between you and the Mushrikeen (Polytheists) and the Munafiqun (Hypocrites) because the Munafiq does not perform this Salaat.”

Read more about the month of Rejab here:

  2. in Bahasa Melayu. (my mother tongue)

Victory: Surah Al-Fath

Yesterday, I had a religion class at my surau in SS18 and the imam taught us about Surah Al-Fath (meaning “Victory”). Let me give some summary here. I think it is a good idea in this bright Monday morning I share a motivational post for us to start our day, especially to muslim friends.

It is a 48th surah of the Holy Quran in order. Al-Fath takes its name from the word Fath meaning “Victory”. The surah was revealed in Medina, Saudi Arabia on Muhammad (peace be upon him), which occurs several times, and refers, not to the conquest of Mecca but to the truce of Al-Hudaibiyah, which, though at the time it seemed a setback to the Muslims, proved in fact the greatest victory for Al-Islam.

Now I would like you to listen to this beautiful recital of this surah by Ibrahim Aljibreen

The Full text translation of Surah Al-Fath is here.Since this surah is for victory, all muslims are encourage to recite this surah every day after dawn prayer to seek baraqah or blessings from All Mighty ALLAH. Preferably before you observe your Ish’raq prayer at about 7:10am and of course before you go out to work.

Successful Mission: What is the secret of Turkey’s success?

Wow! fantastic, bravo, unbelievable, miracles, you name it. Did you see the match? Euro2008 quarterfinal match between Croatia and Turkey. No doubt it was shown live in Malaysia at the wee hours, 2:45am, but my eyes are glued to the screen due the lively game.

So the question is, What is the secret of Turkey’s success?

What interest me is the spirit shown by the Turks. It is simply unbelievable. If you saw the game, don’t you think so? Certainly all the turks players have a mission statement before the match. This is a superb example of the Successful Mission shown on the playing field.

Even the Croats coach, Slaven Bilic, admitted there was “something special” about the Turkish side after their thrilling win at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion on Friday night. Turkey’s run to the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2008™ has been sensational but what is the secret of their success – and can they reproduce it against Germany in Basel next Wednesday? Guys, please do not miss this game. It’s going to be sensation.

This is what being written about them at euro2008 website.

Crowning glory
Then the crowning glory against Croatia – Semih Senturk driving in via a deflection in the last second of extra time to force penalties. It was Turkey’s first shoot-out at a major tournament but they looked like old hands as Arda, Semih and Hamit Altintop scored before Rustu Recber saved from Mladen Petric to spark the celebrations. Having got this far, Turkey now face the might of Germany with Emre As?k, Tuncay Sanl?, Volkan Demirel and Arda all suspended in addition to injuries to Emre Gungor, Servet Cetin, Emre Belozoglu and Tumer Metin. Terim said in his post-match news conference there should be no limits to his team’s success but can they overcome Germany to reach the final? And what is the secret behind Turkey’s success? Click below to let us know your thoughts

sevit18 – 21/06/2008 17:07
It’s not just the team spirit or luck that helps us to win, prayers for our national team take an important place in the victory as well. We did great and I hope it will continue against the German team too. TURKEY our hearts and prayers are with you. Go on to roar!!!

hifz – 21/06/2008 17:20
They are doing miracles and I’m loving it. I believe if their suspensions weren’t the issue, they could even outrun GERMANY!!!!!!! But I guess still they can get it with their counter attacks…….and pray for NIHAT back!!!!!!!!!!

SKizilgul – 21/06/2008 16:58
Answer is concentration, limited time always lets you focus on the matter, and for the same reason (lack of concentration) at the other team, Croatians were just waiting for the game to end then probably were planning where to celebrate – they were not focused on keeping ball … But Germans did a good job against Portugal, and probably will not allow this to happen for the fourth time in a row, GO TURKIYE

berge7 – 21/06/2008 16:51
The secret is easy , it is summarized in just 4 letters LUCK ,and pure luck . The Turkish fans are proud of themselves that they fight to the last minute, and to that I do not argue one bit. I agree 100%. But fighting to the last minute, although a courageous trait , doesn’t always win you matches. Why hasn’t Turkey not once led the game from the start? Why can’t they be leading a team from the beginning of the game? Having the fighting spirit is essential in any game and the Turks have a lot in that department. But sometimes no matter what you do, you need to have lady luck on your side. In the last 3 matches of Turkey, lady luck was sitting in the Turkish tribunes.

DELTAMEGA – 21/06/2008 16:34
The thing is simple what you do against them they can do it better than you. The main idea is they got the most brilliant players like any great team. All the goals they scored are not just lucky goals they are very very good goals and these goals are not even easy to score for the world’s greatest strikers like Ronaldo and others. If the opponents defend good against them they defend even better. If the opponents try to have ball possession they show them even more ball possession. If the opponent team try to attack, they show more attacking game than the opponent. The final thing is that they take the game as a challenge.

So guys, what are your comments. Kindly share with me here. This Euro2008 is getting very interesting at this stage.

Before that view this thriller and miracles . . . .

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