The Last Breath – Ahmed Bukhatir



From those around I hear a Cry,
Oh God Oh God My eyes are dry

From those around I hear a Cry,
A muffled sob, a Hopeless sigh,
I hear their footsteps leaving slow,
And then I know my soul must Fly!
A chilly wind begins to blow,
Within my soul, from Head to Toe,
And then, Last Breath escapes my lips,
It’s Time to leave. And I must Go!
So, it is True (But it’s too Late)
They said: Each soul has its Given Date,
When it must leave its body’s core,
And meet with its Eternal Fate.
Oh mark the words that I do say,
Who knows? Tomorrow could be your Day,
At last, it comes to Heaven or Hell
Decide which now, Do not delay!
Come on my brothers let us pray
Decide which now, Do not delay!

Oh God! Oh God! I cannot see!
My eyes are Blind! Am I still Me
Or has my soul been led astray,
And forced to pay a Priceless Fee
Alas to Dust we all return,
Some shall rejoice, while others burn,
If only I knew that before
The line grew short, and came my Turn!
And now, as beneath the sod
They lay me (with my record flawed),
They cry, not knowing I cry worse,
For, they go home, I face my God!
Oh mark the words that I do say,
Who knows, Tomorrow could be your Day,
At last, it comes to Heaven or Hell

Decide which now, Do NOT delay !
Come on my brothers let us pray
Decide which now, do not delay
Come on my brothers let us pray
Decide which now, do not delay

I. PURPOSE FOR CREATION

Have you ever wondered about the reason of our existence? Have you ever wondered why we die, and where we go after death? What will happen to us in the end? Have you ever asked yourself why God made the earth and all that is in it under man’s dominion? Why were the night and the day, and the sun and the moon created? What are we supposed to do during our lifetime? Were we created just to eat, drink, and enjoy ourselves before we die?

As one poet put it: “I do not know where I have come. I saw my feet walking on the road. As they please I go and stop. What am I doing here? How did the road find me? I do not know! I do not know! I do not know! ”

God has emphasized in many verses of the Qur’an that He did not create us without purpose. He said: “What! Do you think that I created you simply in jest ? And that you would not be returned to Me?” (23:115) He also said: “What! Does man think that he will be left to roam at his will?” (75:36) In addition, He said: “Do people think that they will be left to say: “We believe,” and they will not be held accountable?” (29:2)

Indeed, God Has created human beings for a purpose and with a purpose: TO WORSHIP HIM ALONE (Monotheism). He said: “I have not created the Jinn and humankind except only to worship Me. I don’t require provision or feeding from them. Surely Allah 4 is the All-provider, the Possessor of all strength, the Firm.” (51:56-58) In fact, all prophets told their people to worship God alone (Monotheism) and shun worshipping His creation (Paganism).

God said: “I assuredly sent among every people a messenger with the command: Worship Allah and avoid worshipping false gods.” (16:36)

Prophet Abraham, for example, believed in One God, who had no partner. Anyone who holds a different understanding of God than this has contradicted the religion of Abraham and follows falsehood. God says in the Qur’an: “Those who reject the religion of Abraham make fools of themselves.” (2:130)

II. THE BASIC MESSAGE OF ISLAM

The basic message of Islam is the same message of all the previous prophets: worship God alone and avoid worshipping anything besides Him, whether it is a person, place or thing, directly or indirectly. This basic principle of Monotheism is contained in the opening chapter of the Qur’an, known as Surah al-Fatihah, verse 4: “You alone we worship and from you alone we do seek help.” In (4:37), God also said: “Worship Allah and do not associate partners with Him.” Muhammad, the last Prophet (mercy and peace of God be upon him) is reported to have said: “Anyone who says: There is no god worthy of worship but Allah, and dies holding that belief will be granted paradise.”

III. PROOFS FOR GOD’S RIGHT OF WORSHIP

Only God should be worshipped because He is the Creator and sustainer of all that exists. This Great Universe and everything that is in it cannot be the product of chance, and could not have created itself. Signs testifying that God is the only Creator can be seen throughout the earth and in the very soul of each person. God said in the Qur’an: “It is Allah who created the sky and the earth, and sent down from the sky water by which He brought forth fruits for your sustenance. He subjected for you the ships to sail upon the sea at His command, and He subjected for you the rivers. And He subjected for you the sun and moon in continuous cycles, and He subjected for you the night and day. And He gave you all you asked Him for .” (14:32-34) In the Qur’an, God mentions Prophet Abraham’s search for truth as an example of how those who follow God’s signs will be rightly guided to the worship of Him alone; God said: “In this way I showed Abraham the kingdom of the heavens and the earth so that he would have faith with understanding and certainty. When the night covered him with darkness, he saw a star and said: ‘This is my Lord’, but when it set, he said: ‘I don’t like those that set.’ When he saw the moon rising up, he said: ‘This is my Lord’, but when it set, he said: ‘Unless my Lord guides me, I will certainly be among the people who went astray.’ When he saw the sun rising up he said: ‘This is my Lord, this is the greatest of all.’ But when it set, he said: ‘O my people! I am indeed free from what you join as partners with Allah. Verily, I have turned my face towards Allah who created the heavens and the earth and I reject those who associate partners with Allah (in worship).”(6:75-79)

Actually, in the Qur’an God calls people to continuously look at the Universe, as this will affirm the divine truth of His existence, His greatness and that He alone should be worshipped. God alone deserves our worship because only He can answer our prayers. God says in the Qur’an: “And your Lord says: Call on Me and I will answer your prayer.” (40:60) Hence, if a human being prays to an idol and his prayers are answered, it is not the idol which actually answered his prayers but God. Similarly, prayers to Jesus Christ, Buddha, Krishna, Saint Christopher, Saint Jude or to Prophet Muhammad, are not answered by them, but are answered by God. Consequently, prayer is an act of worship which should be directed to God alone. Indeed, prophets who are worshipped besides Him did not tell people to worship them. Instead, the prophets warned their people against doing just that. For example, Islam teaches that Prophet Jesus (mercy and peace of God be upon him) was a human being who was created by God in a miraculous way. He was born of a mother, Mary, without a father and he worshipped God. He was not God, nor was he the son of God. He was neither one of three manifestations of God as Christians say, nor was he the son of a prostitute as the Jews say. He told his people (the tribes of Israel) to worship God alone. He did not tell people to worship either himself or his mother. Furthermore, Prophet Jesus (mercy and peace of God be upon him) did not worship himself when he worshipped, rather he worshipped God. However, those who claim to be the followers of Jesus Christ today worship Jesus himself, claiming that he is God, and others also worship his mother calling her ‘the mother of God.’!

God says in the Qur’an that He will ask Prophet Jesus (mercy and peace of God be upon him) on the Day of Judgment: “O Jesus, son of Mary! Did you tell people: Take me and my mother as gods besides Allah? Then he will say: Glory to you, I could never say what I had no right to say. If I had said it, You would have known it, You know what is within myself, but I do not know what is within Yourself. Verily, You alone are the Knower of the unseen. I did not say to them except what You commanded me; to worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord, and I was a witness over them as long as I was among them, but when You raised me up, You were the observer over them, and You are the witness over all things.” (5:116 – 117)

God emphasizes in the Qur’an that Prophet Jesus (mercy and peace of God be upon him) was neither killed nor crucified, but God raised him up into the heavens in body and spirit and he will be returned to the earth before the end of the world. Prophet Muhammad (mercy and peace of God be upon him) stated that Prohet Jesus would rule the earth according to the Islamic law, then he will die on earth like other human beings and will be buried and resurrected like them on the Day of Judgment. Hence, Prophet Jesus who was given life, was born from a woman’s womb and circumcised, ate, slept, went to the toilet, grew up, prayed, and will die, should never be taken as God as all these characteristics are not the attributes of God, but of His creatures.

The New Testament states that Jesus Christ taught his followers to pray to God saying: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Luke 11:2 / Matthew 6:9-10) Also, he taught that only those who submit to God would inherit paradise: “None of those who call me ‘Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of God, except one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21) Prophet Jesus also pointed out that he himself submitted to the will of God: “I cannot do anything of myself. I judge as I hear and my judgment is honest because I am not seeking my own will but the will of Him who sent me.” (John 5:23) In fact, there are many reports in the Gospels that show that Prophet Jesus made it clear to his followers that he was not God. For example, when speaking about the final hour, he said: “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, not the Son, but only the Father.” (Mark 13:32)

Buddha, was a reformer who introduced a number of humanistic principles in the Hindu religion practiced in India. He did not claim to be God, nor did he suggest to his followers that he be worshipped. Yet, today most Buddhists have made him their God and they prostrate themselves before idols representing his likeness. In brief, from the perspective of the object worshipped, all religions today [except Islam] invite people to the worship of creation!

God’s attributes point to the fact that God alone deserves worship. He is One, without relatives; He has neither father, son, mother nor wife. He is the Eternal Absolute. He neither gives birth, nor is He born, and there is nothing like Him. He is perfect in His knowledge, in His power, in His will, in His mercy and in all His other attributes. God is all-powerful and perfect, while human beings are weak and imperfect. That is how He defined Himself and how all prophets defined Him. Another proof that God alone deserves to be worshipped can be found within the human soul. Islam teaches that all human beings have imprinted on their souls an awareness of God and a natural inclination towards worshipping Him alone imprinted on their souls.

In the Qur’an, God explained that when He created Adam He caused all of Adam’s descendants to come into existence and then He took a pledge from all of them saying: “Am I not your Lord? To which they all replied: Yes, we testify to it.” God then explained why He had all of humankind bear witness that He is their Creator and only true God worthy of worship: “That is in case you, humankind, may say on the Day of Resurrection: Indeed we were unaware of this.” God further elaborated on this point saying: “It is also in case you may say: It was our ancestors who made partners with Allah, and we are only their descendants, will you then destroy us for what those liars did?” (7:173) Hence, people who associate partners with God in worship cannot claim on that day that they had no idea that Allah was the only god who deserved to be worshipped. Prophet Muhammad (mercy and peace of God be upon him) reported that God said: “I created my slaves upon the right religion, but devils made them go astray.” He also said: “Each child is born in a state of Islam. Then his parents make him a Jew, Christian or a Zoroastrian.”

Thus, Islam is the birthright of every human being, since every child is born with a natural belief in the existence of God and an inborn inclination towards worshipping Him alone. Just as the child submits to the physical laws which God has imposed on the physical world, in the same way its soul also submits naturally to the fact that God is the only Lord and Creator. But if their parents are following a different path, the child is usually not strong or aware enough to recognize the truth or resist the will of the parents. In such cases, the religion which the child follows is one of custom and upbringing. But God, the Most Merciful and Compassionate, will not hold him to account or punish him for following a false religion before he reaches the age of reason and is exposed to the pure message of Islam.

By Majed S. Al-Rassi

Salam AidilFitri 2009


Wishing you and your familysalam aidil fitri
Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Maaf Zahir Batin.To all my dear readers and friends, I ask for your forgiveness for whatever mistakes I may have done and for whatever shortcoming this blog may have that do not meet your expectations.

Please drive carefully, stay cool, and have fun with your loved ones wherever you are celebrating this Aidil Fitri. May Allah bless us all and grant us His forgiveness for all the sins we have committed. May Allah also grant us all another opportunity for us to perform our prayers and ibadah in the blessed month of another Ramadhan next year.

To all my non-Muslim readers, do enjoy your holiday too.

Thank you for your continued support here at this humble, Work From Home | Rosli Hanip, blog. Your continued visit and presence is very much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Rosli Hanip and Family

The Actual Wealth in Islam


In this month of Ramadhan I would like to tune our mind and thoughts toward the deen of Allah, that is Islam. Even in doing business and getting rich one must observe in doing it in accordance to Islam. Islam does not forbid us from being rich and wealthy. In fact, enjoying what Allah has permitted in this world, is sanctioned in Al-Quran. In surah Al-‘Araf, ayat 32, Allah says:

Which means: Say (O Muhammad): “Who has forbidden the adoration with clothes given by Allah, which He has produced for his slaves, and all kinds of Halal things?” Say: “They are, in the life of this world, for those who believe, (and) exclusively for them (believers) on the Day of Resurrection.” Thus We explain the Ayat (Islamic laws) in detail for people who have knowledge.

That verse clearly states that Allah s.w.t does not forbid us from being wealthy and rich in this world. It is a misconception to view that Islam encourages its followers to be poor in this world with the hope of being rich in the Hereafter.

Muslims must be strong. And to be strong, we must be well off. Being poor will make us dependent on others, and as a result make us vulnerable.

Allah s.w.t gives the richness of this world for His righteous and pious servants. Because only the righteous and pious will not be easily deceived with it. In fact, this whole world is given to them. As mentioned in surah Al-Anbiya’, ayat 105:

Which means: “And indeed We have written in Zabur after (We have already written in) Al-Lauh Al-Mahfûz, that My righteous servants shall inherit the land”.

And so is Akhirat. Allah s.w.t will prepare for His righteous and pious servants luxuries and richness untold. In a hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w said:

Which means: Allah the Most Exalted and High said: I have prepared for my righteous servants rewards that no eye has even seen, no ears has ever heard, and not even once came across to anybody. Exactly as being mentioned in Al-Quran:

No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.

My brothers in Islam,
If we scrutinize those Quranic verses and Hadith above, we can see that the real richness of this world is given only to Allah’s righteous servants. Not for those who are sinful, not those who do not believe in Allah.

But in reality we see that many non-Muslims are rich. And we see that many pious and righteous Muslims are not that well off. So how true are those verses?

Actually, if we observe with an open mind, we can see that only the righteous and pious will get the actual richness of this Earth, because they are not deceived by it.

They do not allow their wealth to overcome them, or to take control of their life. They view their wealth as a tool to achieve their main objective, and that is to gain Allah’s pleasure.

The Islamic history is full with examples of righteous and pious Muslims who knew how to manage their wealth the Islamic way.

For example, the great companions of Rasulullah s.a.w: Abu Bakar AS-Siddiq, Uthman bin Affan, and Abdul Rahman bin ‘Auf. All of them are among the ten companions who were given the good news of Jannah while still alive. And all of them were rich businessmen.

But they were not deceived by their wealth. They saw their wealth as a means to assist Islam, to help the poor, and to do good deeds. These are the examples of righteous and pious Muslims for us to emulate and follow their examples.

But for the unbelievers, those who allow themselves to commit sinful acts, they will not taste the actual wealth of this world, even though physically they are rich. This is because they will never feel enough. They will always feel that they are poor. And hence, they will strive day and night to increase their wealth, disregarding their health, the loved ones and most importantly their relationship with Allah.

In this regard, the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w narrated from Allah, a hadith Qudsi:

(Narrated by Al-Qudhai in Musnad Al-Firdaus)

Which means: “Allah the Most Exalted and High commands to this world: Go and serve those who serves Me. But make those who serve you tired and exhausted”.

What actually is the real wealth? Is it just money?

Actually, the real wealth of this world is not material wealth, dollars and cents because such wealth is not permanent. Such wealth comes and goes easily and sometimes when we are least expecting. Many factors may contribute to the sudden decline of such material wealth. The sudden drop of exchange rates, war and disasters. All these can make one poor immediately.

So what is actual wealth?

Someone is actually wealthy when he is rich with good morals, has lots of thawab, that is good rewards from Allah due to his good deeds, and rich with beneficial knowledge.

These three factors are among those that define actual wealth. They will benefit us in this world and the Hereafter. Good morals for example, will increase our thawab during Judgement Day. Rasulullah s.a.w said:

Which means: “There is nothing that will greatly increase the thawab during Judgement Day, then good morals”.

Knowledge on the other hand serves as our investment after our death. Because when we die, we will not be able to increase our thawab, except three things, as mentioned in the following hadith:

Which means: “When the son of Adam dies, all his deeds will be stopped, unless three things: charity, beneficial knowledge, and pious children who pray for him”.

My brothers in Islam,
We should give our attention to increase our knowledge, especially those concerning Islam. While we are doing so, it is important that we need to build our material strength especially the assets of the Muslim community.

Asset such as the waqaf, our madrasahs and our mosque are valuable assets for the Muslim community. These assets are the symbol for the community of excellence. These assets are the supporting pillars in achieving the actual wealth. We need to develop our assets. We need to fully utilize our asset and to manage it professionally.

Alhamdulillah, One of the most important assets of the Muslim Community is our mosque. Many of our mosques here in Malaysia have the infrastructure that offers us the chance to increase our knowledge. So do not miss this opportunity. Let us maximize our mosques. Let us support our mosques and their activities.

Mosques are built not to be proud off with their design and architecture. But mosques are built to serve us Muslims, to increase our actual wealth, our knowledge and thawab.


UM Cracks Top Tier in U.S. News & World Report Rankings



“UM Cracks Top Tier in U.S. News & World Report Rankings” is really a great statement. Why? Because I am an ex-Hurricanes myself. I was there in 1984 till 1988. Here is the detail press release. I have few words to say, “I am proud to study at The University of Miami, we are ‘Numero Uno’ forever”

August 20, 2009 — Coral Gables — University of Miami students returning to campus for the new academic year will have another source of pride as ’Canes—their university has cracked the top tier of what is annually one of the most anticipated college ranking lists in the nation.

UM has been ranked No. 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” which hits newsstands on Monday. It rose from No. 51 last year and has moved up 17 slots in the past eight years, making it one of the fastest-rising institutions in the ranking of national universities.

The editors of U.S. News & World Report have ranked the nation’s top universities and colleges for the past 26 years.

“I am delighted with this recognition,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala, who added that she is proud of the University’s significant accomplishments as measured in student achievement, retention, and graduation rates as well as the caliber of faculty and facilities and the living and learning environment the institution provides.

Video: UM President Donna E. Shalala comments on the top-tier ranking in U.S. News & World Report is at this link and read the full story, http://www.miami.edu/index.php/news/releases/um_cracks_top_50_in_us_news_and_world_report_best_college_rankings/

My old school at Engineering Department now known as ECE (Electrical & Computer Engineering), http://www.ece.miami.edu/

Engineering Department at UM

Ramadhan is near.


Wow…time do really flies. Ramadhan is just another 5 days from today. Are you prepared?

Asaalamualaikum to everybody here.

This is about the lovely time of the year called RAMADHAN and this is a special time of year obviously because Ramadhan is the month of the Qur’an. It is also a time where we all get the chance to redeem ourselves and do good in this month filled with great blessings, insyaallah, there will be many opportunities to do good in this ramadhan.

Fasting and Zakah (giving alms) are two of the five pillars of Islam and are both obligatory on every muslim individual. With Ramadhan so near, every Muslim must take spiritual and academic preparation for it. It is also common for Muslims to choose Ramadan as the ideal month to fulfill the Zakah (giving alms) obligation as their reward is multiplied by paying their Zakah in the holy month of Ramadhan. If you want to contribute, just click your cursor here (http://www.roslihanip.com/articles/Sumbangan_Al-Hikmah.pdf)

For me, If I get to live through Ramadhan, I am determined to make the most of it. Not a second to be wasted! I have made a timetable, planning my day out so I can do as much Ibadah as possible. I recommend everyone to do the same. This is useful.

To understand the significance of the fasting month of Ramadhan, one must prepare for it not only bodily but also spiritually. During the month of Ramadhan, Muslims must refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, marital relations or getting angry during the daylight hours. In addition, those fasting are supposed to refrain from bad habits – lying, getting angry, using bad language as well as to be more diligent in prayer and give to charities. It is believe that fasting heightens spirituality and develops self-control.

The fast begins in the morning just before sunrise, at Imsak, and is broken at maghrib which falls at sunset. Fasting during the month of Ramadhan is one of the five pillars of Islam and an obligation for devout Muslims.

Those who are expected to fast include: adults (defined as those who have reached the age of puberty) and those who are sane. Those who are not expected to fast include: children, women having their period, travelers, the sick, those with long-term illnesses, pregnant or breastfeeding women and the mentally ill.

The faithful who fast awaken early in the morning to have a meal before subuh. In order to awaken the faithful, the call to prayer is sounded from neighborhood mosques. In addition, groups of young boys walk around neighborhoods beating on drums and other noise makers to awaken the faithful.

The breaking of the fast at sunset is a very social occasion for which special foods are prepared for gatherings with family or friends. Upon hearing the sound of the beduk drum on the television or the call to prayer from the neighborhood mosque at sunset, the faithful know it’s time to break their fast, or buka puasa. This is usually done with a very sweet drink and sweet snacks. Maghrib prayers are made before a full meal is served. Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Qur’an during the bleseed month of Ramadhan. We need to perform the recitation of the entire Qur’an by means of special prayers, called Taraweh, which are held in the mosques every night of the month, during which a whole section of the Qur’an (juz, which is 1/30 of the Qur’an) is recited. Therefore the entire Qur’an would be completed at the end of the month.

The schedule for Imsak and Maghrib is posted in major newspapers and on the television throughout Malaysia. You could not miss it.

While it is expected that people will keep to their normal activities during the fast, needless to say the lack of liquid and food during the day and the unusual sleep and meal schedule soon take their toll. After the first week you may see that sleep and food deprivation cause those fasting to have reduced energy levels as well as finding it more difficult to concentrate on tasks.

Why does Islam oblige its followers to fast during Ramadhan each year?

1. To develop compassion for the poor and needy who feel hungry every day.
2. As a spiritually and physically cleansing experience. Just as in other world religions, fasting is seen as an opportunity to separate yourself from the things of this world and to concentrate on your relationship with God.
3. To become closer to God by contemplating his will in your life.
4. To build self-discipline and to become a better person.

Abu Huraira related that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. Whoever prays during the nights in Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. And he who passes Lailat al-Qadr in prayer with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven (Bukhari, Muslim).

Abu Huraira related that Rasulullah said: If anyone omits his fast even for one day in Ramadan without a concession or without being ill, then if he were to fast for the rest of his life he could not make up for it (Bukhari).

Abu Huraira related that the Prophet said: Allah the Majestic and Exalted said: “Every deed of man will receive ten to 700 times reward, except Siyam (fasting), for it is for Me and I shall reward it (as I like). There are two occasions of joy for one who fasts: one when he breaks the fast and the other when he will meet his Lord” (Muslim).

Abu Huraira related that Rasulullah said: Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness (Darimi).

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