Legend of Islam: Umar bin Abdul Aziz


Today I went to my masjid or a mosque for prayers and today we had a religion teacher who give a talk about Umar bin Abdul Aziz. The story inspired me to find about Umar bin Abdul Aziz and here are what I gathered from the internet about this great guy who is one of the legend in Islam. After we conclude our general election, the story of Umar bin Abdul Aziz is a story for all politicians need to hear and follow or emulate if he want to be a great leader in this modern time.

Who is Hazrat Umar bin Abdul Aziz?

Hazrat Umar bin Abdul Aziz, surnamed “Al-Khalifat-us-Saleh” (The pious Caliph) was the son of Abdul Aziz, the Governor of Egypt, and his mother, Umm-i-Aasim was the grand daughter of the Caliph Umar. He was born in 63 A.H. (682 A.D.) in Halwan, a village of Egypt, but he received his education in Medina from his mother’s uncle, the celebrated Abdullah Ibni Umar. Medina, which in those days was the highest seat of learning in the world of Islam, was greatly instrumental in moulding his life to a pattern quite distinct from those of other Umayyad Caliphs. He remained there till his father’s death in 704 A.D., when he was summoned by his uncle Caliph Abdul Malik and was married to his daughter Fatima. He was appointed Governor of Medina in 706 A.D. by Caliph Waleed. Unlike other autocratic governors, immediately on arrival in Medina, he formed an advisory council of ten eminent jurists and notables of the holy city and carried on the administration with their consultation. He empowered them to keep a watchful eye over his subordinates. This step had a salutary effect on the residents of Medina, who hailed his beneficent Administration. He successfully strove to erase the signs of ravages committed in the holy cities of Islam under Yazid and Abdul Malik. During his two-year stay as the Governor of Medina, he repaired and enlarged the Mosque of the Prophet (saw) as well as beautified the holy cities with public structures; constructed hundreds of new aqueducts and improved the suburban roads leading to Medina. “Moderate, yet firm”, says Ameer Ali, “anxious to promote the welfare of the people whom he governed, Umar’s rule proved beneficent to all classes.” His patriotic rule was for the good of his subjects.

Read the story about Umar bin Abdul Aziz here

Source “en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umar_II

http://www.islaam.com/Article.aspx?id=399

http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/seerah/0032.htm

http://www.bysiness.co.uk/excerpts/ibnsadmom2.htm

To Malaysians, I would encourage you to view these video,



A Soul Inspiration from reciting Quran


Hello guys and this post is dedicated to my muslim brothers and sisters and also to my readers who are beginning to know Islam. Let me tell you how one could get a tranquality in their soul and mind even one are bombarded with heavy work load everyday.

Hadrat Abu Musa radiAllahu’anhu narrated that the Prophet of Allah sallAllahu’alaihiwassalam said:

“The example of a mukmin (believer) who reads Quran is like that of turanj (citron) which has a pleasant smell and a sweet taste. The example of a mukmin who does not read Quran is like that of a date which has no smell, though its taste is sweet, the munafiq (hypocrite) who does not read Quran is like a wild gourd which has a bitter taste and no smell, and the munafiq who reads Quran is like a raihan (sweet-smelling flower) which is fragrant but has a bitter taste”.

What is a Quran?

The Qur’an is a Message from Allah (swt) to humanity. It was transmitted to us in a chain starting from the Almighty Himself (swt) to the angel Jibrail to the Prophet Muhammad (saw). This message was given to the Prophet (saw) in pieces over a period spanning approximately 23 years (610 CE to 632 CE). The Prophet (saw) was 40 years old when the Qur’an began to be revealed to him, and he was 63 when the revelation was completed. The language of the original message was Arabic, but it has been translated into many other languages.

The Qur’an is one of the two sources which form the basis of Islam. The second source is the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw). What makes the Qur’an different from the Sunnah is primarily its form. Unlike the Sunnah, the Qur’an is literally the Word of Allah (swt), whereas the Sunnah was inspired by Allah but the wording and actions are the Prophet’s (saw). The Qur’an has not been expressed using any human’s words. Its wording is letter for letter fixed by no one but Allah.

Prophet Muhammad (saw) was the final Messenger of Allah to humanity, and therefore the Qur’an is the last Message which Allah (swt) has sent to us. Its predecessors such as the Torah, Psalms, and Gospels have all been superseded. It is an obligation – and blessing – for all who hear of the Qur’an and Islam to investigate it and evaluate it for themselves. Allah (swt) has guaranteed that He will protect the Qur’an from human tampering, and today’s readers can find exact copies of it all over the world. The Qur’an of today is the same as the Qur’an revealed to Muhammad (saw) 1400 years ago.

So let’s us read the Quran since now it is available online, interactive, with audio and translations. Click below to get the Quran on the next tab.

Maal Hijrah (Awal Muharram) or Islamic New Year


Muslims do not traditionally “celebrate” the beginning of a new year, but we do acknowledge the passing of time, and take time to reflect on our own mortality.

Muslims measure the passage of time using the Islamic (Hijrah) calendar. This calendar has twelve lunar months, the beginnings and endings of which are determined by the sighting of the crescent moon. Years are counted since the Hijrah, which is when the Prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Madinah (approximately July 622 A.D.).

The Islamic calendar was first introduced by the close companion of the Prophet, ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab. During his leadership of the Muslim community, in approximately 638 A.D., he consulted with his advisors in order to come to a decision regarding the various dating systems used at that time. It was agreed that the most appropriate reference point for the Islamic calendar was the Hijrah, since it was an important turning point for the Muslim community. After the emigration to Madinah (formerly known as Yathrib), the Muslims were able to organize and establish the first real Muslim “community,” with social, political, and economic independence. Life in Madinah allowed the Muslim community to mature and strengthen, and the people developed an entire society based on Islamic principles.

References

  1. “Islamic Holidays, 2002-2009.” Infoplease. <http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0760942.html>
  2. “Al Hijra.” BBC Religion & Ethics. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/holydays/alhijra.shtml>

Doa

In view of the new year, we are encourage and with deead to recite the Doa when to depart from the current year of 1428 after Asr’ prayer and recite the welcoming Doa for the new year of 1429 after Maghrib prayer today. The Doa are here for you to download. The Doa are written in Arabic and translated in Bahasa Malaysia.

My Wish or Prayer

May Allah The Gracious, Bless us all in this new year and grant us the strength to steadfast with the Quran and Sunnah; and make a lot of Amal or Good deeds to others. May Allah grant us good health and also to our family and the whole Ummah. May Allah grant us a lot of wealth in this new year and years to come. Amin.

I am at school in the year of the rat


Hey guys . . kinda busy this 2 days. Simply because I have to go to school. Not that I have to enroll to school but sending my children to school. Just this 2 days since I am still not at work. Will be in the office and start my business rolling for this New Year..the year of the Rat…2008.

I am not a superstitious but it is sometimes nice to know what other people’s believes. I want to share what the Chinese community has to say about the Year of The Rat.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2008 is a Year of the Rat (Earth), which begins on February 7, 2008 and ends on January 25, 2009. First in the cycle of 12 Animal signs, Rat Year begins the sequence and recurs every twelfth year. It is a time of renewal in so many ways. From New Year to Valentine’s Day, to the arrival of spring, may all the blessings and delights of the New Year be yours.

A Rat Year is a time of hard work, activity, and renewal. This is a good year to begin a new job, get married, launch a product or make a fresh start. Ventures begun now may not yield fast returns, but opportunities will come for people who are well prepared and resourceful. The best way for you to succeed is to be patient, let things develop slowly, and make the most of every opening you can find. People born in an Earth Rat are said to be logical realists, shrewd, charming, ambitious, and inventive. Of course, the entire horoscope must be considered when making any personality assessment.

In Chinese, the Rat is respected and considered a courageous, enterprising person. People born in the Year of Rat are clever and bright, sociable and family-minded. They have broad interests and strong ability in adapting to the environment and able to react adequately to any changes.

They are gifted in many ways and have an easy going manner. They are active and pleasant, tactful and fantastic, and are able to grasp opportunities. They seem to have interests in everything and hope to participate in doing it and usually do it very well.

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The Rat year is a year of plenty, bringing opportunity and good prospects. It will be marked by speculation and fluctuations in the prices of commodities and the stock market; the world economy in general will boom. Business will be on the upswing, fortunes can be made and it will be an easy time to accumulate wealth. However, this is also the time to make long-term investment plans as the bonanza the year of the Rat brings will serve to see us through the bleak years that may follow. All ventures begun at this time will be successful if one prepares well. But do not take chances or unnecessary risks: the year of the Rat is still ruled by the cold of winter and the darkness of night. Those who speculate indiscriminately and overextend themselves will come to a sad reckoning.

On the whole, this will be a happier year than most: free from explosive events and wars and with far less catastrophes than, say, the years of the Tiger or the Dragon.

Nonetheless, it will be spicy. It promises a lot of bickering, bargaining and petty arguments that will do little harm. A congenial time that will find most of us socializing and enjoying ourselves.

Well, it all bolts down to your believe. I am not a believer of the zodiac but will read what it says just for inspirations. Happy reading and remember “One Need to Work Hard If One Need to Be Successful”. Nothing is easy in this world that is the actual fact.

EIDUL-ADHA: THE FEAST OF SACRIFICE IN ISLAM


Hello friends, for the past two days I was not feeling very well and today I am back to office and also to my desk. Okay, I would like to brief you on the second biggest Muslim festival after Eidul Fitri (after fasting in Ramadhan), which is known as Eidul Adha, The Feast of Sacrifice in Islam.

Eidul-Adha (a.k.a. the Feast of Sacrifice or Day of Sacrifice) is observed after the Hajj — the annual pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca) in Saudi Arabia.

A duty of each Muslim, as described in the Five Pillars of Islam, is to go on Hajj at least once once during their lifetime, unless they are prevented by finances or ill health. “The Hajj consists of several ceremonies, meant to symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith, and to commemorate the trials of prophet Ibraham and his family…The pilgrimage also enables Muslims from all around the world, of different colors, languages, races, and ethnicities, to come together in a spirit of universal brotherhood and sisterhood to worship the One God together.”

In Malaysia, it is more commonly known as Hari Raya Korban or Hari Raya Haji and a public holiday is observed.

Though in Malaysia the celebration of Eidul Adha is relatively solemn compared to Eidul Fitri, by no means it is less important, for it is a day when Muslims reaffirm their faith in God, giving thanks for the many blessings that He has bequeathed to them.

Celebrated about two months after Eidul Fitri, on the 10th day of Zulhijah, the 12th month of the Muslim calendar, Eidul Adha marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage period (about two weeks); hence the name Hari Raya Haji (festival of the pilgrimage).

Eidul Adha is also the Feast of the Sacrifice, which symbolically marks the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Prophet Ismail, in obedience to Allah.

Today, this festival is celebrated in conjunction with the pilgrimages performed by Muslims, called the Hajj and to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s spirit of Qurban or sacrifice.

As in other parts of the world, the Feast of Sacrifice is celebrated for four days in Malaysia. Interestingly, the Eidul Adha celebration is said to be more happening in the East Coast states of the Peninsular Malaysia like Kelantan and Terengganu where the population is pre-dominantly Malay-Muslims.

Like Eidul Fitri, Eidul Adha celebration in Malaysia is a joyful occasion marking the achievement of enhanced piety. Similarly, it is also a day of forgiveness, moral victory and peace, of congregation, fellowship, brotherhood and unity.

In Malaysia, the day is spent offering thanksgiving prayers and prayers for forgiveness at the mosques early in the morning. Then, it is customary for Muslims to visit their parents and relatives where a wide selection of traditional Malay food is served.

The one thing that separates Eidul Adha from Eidul Fitri celebration is the sacrificial ritual (Korban) performed only during this period.

After Eidul Adha prayers, Muslims conduct the Korban where livestock of goats, sheep, cows, bulls, buffaloes or camels are slaughtered and distributed.

A Muslim can offer either a goat or sheep, or one seventh of a cow, buffalo or camel as Korban, where seven people can agree to offer a cow, buffalo or camel at a time. Impaired animals cannot be slaughtered for Korban religious rite, including animals that are blind or crippled.

This ritual is often held at the mosque’s compound where festive mood prevails. Tourist may walk into any of these mosques compound to witness the activities.

The story behind Eidul Adha

Every year millions of Muslims make the journey to the Holy Land of Makkah in Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj where pilgrims will perform certain religious rituals and prayers. Performing the Haj is one of the central religious duties of Muslims that is enshrined in the Quran. According to the fifth tenet of Islam, Muslims who are financially and physically able are required to perform a pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah at least once in their lifetime.

Upon completion of the haj, the men earn the title of Haji and the women, Hajjah.

Pilgrims wear special clothes: simple white garments, which strip away distinctions of class and culture, so that all stand equal before God.

The pilgrimage is also inspired by the earlier example of obedience to God set by the Prophet Ibrahim. After the completion of the Hajj, the pilgrims would perform the Korban or sacrifice.

This act is in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his elder son, Prophet Ismail, when God commanded him to do so as a test of his commitment to his faith. God appeared in a dream to Prophet Ibrahim and told him to sacrifice his son Prophet Ismail.

Prophet Ibrahim and Prophet Ismail then set off to Mina to perform the act. On their way, the devil attempted to persuade Prophet Ibrahim to disobey God and not to sacrifice his beloved son. But Prophet Ibrahim stayed true to God, and drove the devil away. As Prophet Ibrahim prepared to kill his son, God stopped him and replaced his son with a lamb instead.

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