Friday, December 3, 2010

Bountiful Mercy and Blessings

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Vibrant... Makkah, a city that never sleeps
~pic from

Bountiful Mercy and Blessings

His Guests...
 Converge from All Over
Zikrullah in Oblivion
A Nebulous Ring from Above
Vividly Vibrant
Circumambulating the Kaabah

A Single Purpose
Seeking Earnestly...
Redha from Allah AlMighty
Forgiveness, Guidance and Barakah

Awed by His Majesty
Overwhelmed by Humility
Prostrating for Forgiveness

Bountiful Mercy and Blessings
The Gifts of Life
SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah, Allahuakbar

~ AdiSufi~

"... if ye would count the bounty of Allah ye cannot reckon it ..."
[Surah Ibrahim, 14: 34]

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Pinch of Reality

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Open your eyes.. your heart.. your mind..
~ pic from

A Pinch of Reality

When I Was Small, I Wondered...
How Beautiful the Stars Were in the Sky
How Far They Were
Who Controlled Them

When I Am Big, I Realise...
The Massiveness of the Universe
The Millions of Stars in It...
Each, a Sun Like Ours
The Expanse of His Dominion
The Minisculity of Our Existence
The Greatness of Allah the Almighty

Subhanallah. Alhamdulillah. Allahuakbar

A Sketch From the Heart.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Solah is For Me & You

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Solah is For Me & You

Look at the Bees
Look at the Blooming Flowers
Look at the Human Body
Look at the Mountains, Lakes and Seas.

Beautiful and Intricate as They Are

Each, A testament of His Existence & Mercy

Solah to Allah...
Thank Him for His Mercy & Blessings

Oh Allah...
Solah is Food for My Soul
In It, I Attain Tranquility in My Heart
For Without It, I Will Die of Misguidance.

Solah is For Me...
As With Other Things Which Are Obligatory
Thank You for Your Mercy & Blessings

SubhanAllah. Alhamdulillah. Allahuakbar

A Sketch From Within The Heart,

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Why On Earth Am I Here?

In The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful~

The Purpose of Life
By Khaled Yaseen

Brief Description :Khalid Yaseen delivered this lecture in Saudi Arabia in 1994, which resulted in 43 persons accepting Islam on that very night.
Khalid Yaseen embraced Islam in 1965 and is currently the Director of the Islamic Teaching Institute in the USA. He specializes in a variety of topics and areas including: Youth, Islamic History, Culture, community development and Dawah work. He has lectured in a variety of places and locations both nationally and internationally and has been the means by which a large number of non-Muslims have reverted to Islam.

Extracts from the lecture:

I am honored to have this opportunity and I would like to begin by saying that all of you have an equal responsibility. That responsibility is to listen with an open heart and an open mind. In a world filled with prejudice and cultural conditioning, it is very hard to be able to find people to take a moment to think about life objectively and try to arrive at the truth about this world and the real purpose of our lives.

Unfortunately, when you ask most people the question: "What is the purpose of life?" (such a fundamental and important question), they will not tell you what they have concluded through observation or analytical reasoning. Rather, in most cases, they will simply tell you what someone else said, or they will tell you what is "commonly presumed" by others, i.e., What my father said purpose of life is, what the minister of my church said the purpose of life is, what my teacher in school said, what my friend said, etc. If I ask anyone about the purpose of eating or why do we eat, everyone will say [in one word or another] that it is for nutritional purposes, because nutrition sustains life. If I ask anyone why they work, they will say because it's a necessity in order to support themselves and to provide for the needs of their families. If I ask anyone why they sleep, why they wash, why they dress, etc., they will answer with appropriate answers, for these are common necessities for all human beings. We can follow this line of questioning with a hundred questions and receive the same or similar answers from anyone in any language from any place in the world.

Then I ask you the question: Why, when we ask the question, "What is the goal and purpose of life?" that we get many different answers? It is because people are confused; they don't really know. They are stumbling in the dark, and rather than say, "I don't know"; they just offer any answer they have been programmed to give. Think about it. Is our purpose in this world simply to eat, sleep, dress, work, acquire some material things and enjoy ourselves? Is this our purpose? Why are we born? What is the object of our existence? What is the wisdom behind the creation of man and this tremendous universe? Think about those questions.

Here I would like to mention a few verses from the Holy Quran that address this subject. We seek the protection of Allah from every evil thing. Allah mentions to us in the Holy Quran, "And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and Allah is over all things competent. Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding-Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], "Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; exalted are You [above such a thing]; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire." Surah 3: Ayahs 189-191

Now here in these verses, Allah draws our attention to the creation of the heavens and earth, the alternation of the night and the day, the creation of the universe. HE calls our attention to their creation and their precision, and mentions those who contemplate the wonders of creation and realize that this was not created for any foolish purpose, [that Allah is exalted above doing such a thing] and they seek refuge with Allah from the punishment of Hell. Truly, when you see the design of all that Allah created, you realize it is very powerful and very precise. Something very powerful and very precise; something beyond your own calculation and imagination, cannot be foolish.

My dear respected brothers and sisters, we have to ask ourselves a further question. When you see a bridge, a building or an automobile, you automatically consider the person or company that constructed it. When you see a large ship, an airplane, a rocket, a satellite; you also think about how incredible it is. [You know by its design who the maker is.] When you see a super international airport, nuclear plant or an orbiting space station you have to be thoroughly impressed with the engineering dynamics that are involved. Yet, these are just things that are manufactured by human beings. So what about the human body with its massive and intricate control systems? Think about it.

Think about the brain: how it thinks, functions, analyzes, retrieves and stores information, as well as distinguishes and categorizes information in a millionth of a second, all of this constantly.
Think about the brain for a moment. (And don't forget the fact that you are using your brain to consider itself!) This is the brain that made the automobile, the rocket ships, the boats, and so on. Think about the brain and who made that!

Think about the heart. Think about how it pumps continuously for sixty or seventy years [taking in and discharging blood throughout the body] maintaining steady precision throughout the life of the person.

Think about the kidneys and the liver and the various functions they perform. The purifying instruments of the body that perform hundreds of chemical analyses simultaneously and also controls the level of toxicity in the content of the body. All of these are done automatically.

Think about your eyes, the human cameras, that adjust, focus, interpret, evaluate, discern color automatically, naturally receiving and adjusting to light and distance.

Think about it-Who created them? Who has mastered their design and function? Who plans and regulates their function? Human beings do this? No, of course not. What about this universe?

Think about this. This earth is one planet in our solar system, and our solar system is one [of possible many] solar systems. Our galaxy, The Milky Way, is one of the galaxies. There are ONE HUNDRED MILLION GALAXIES in the universe. They are all in order and they are all precise. They are not colliding with each other. They are not conflicting with on another. They are swimming along in an orbit that has been set for them. Did human beings set that into motion and are human beings maintaining that precision? No, of course not.

Think about the oceans, the fish, the insects, the birds, the plants, bacteria, and chemical elements that have not yet been discovered and cannot be detected even with the most sophisticated instruments. Yet each of them has a law that they follow. Did all of this synchronization, balance, harmony, variation, design, maintenance, operation and infinite numeration happen all by chance? Do these things function perfectly and perpetually also by chance? No, of course not. That would be totally illogical and foolish. In the least, it indicates that however it came to exist-it exists beyond the realm of human capability. We will all agree to that. The Being, The Almighty Power, God, The Creator who has the knowledge to design and proportion created all of this and is responsible for maintaining it. HE is the only one that deserves praise and gratitude.

If I were to give each one of you one hundred dollars for no reason, just for being here, you would at least say thank you. What about your eyes, your kidneys, your brain, your children, and your life: Who gave you all of that? Is He not worthy of praise and thanks? Is He not worthy of your worship and recognition?

My brothers and sisters, that in a nutshell, is the goal and purpose of this life. Allah said to us in the Holy Quran: "And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me." [Surah 51: Ayah 56] this is what the Almighty said.

Our purpose in this life is to recognize The Creator, to be grateful to Him, to worship Him, to surrender ourselves to Him and to obey the laws that He has determined for us. It means worship is our purpose in life. Whatever we do in the course of that worship, [i.e., the eating, the sleeping, the dressing, the working, the enjoying,] between birth and death is consequential and subject to His orders. But the main reason for our creation is worship. I don't think anyone who is analytical or scientific will have much of an argument with that purpose. They may have some other reason with themselves-but that is something they have to deal with between themselves and Almighty God. 

Monday, March 29, 2010

Poem: Hold My Hand

With The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful~

Hold my hand my friend, don't ever let go.

Hold My Hand

Hold my hand,
Oh my true friend,
Even if I'm down,
Even when I'm falling,
Don't ever let me go.

You're my true friend,
Love me*,
Scowl me,
Assist me,
Punish me,
But don't ever hate me,
All for nothing else,
Except for the sake of God Almighty.

Hold my hand,
As brothers together we stand,
Moving forward,
Changing the ummah*,
Shifting the world to a better land.

When 'The Day'* comes,
Where there is no assistance,
Except from The Almighty,
May we be the chosen one,
As those who meet and be separated,
Only because of Him,
The Creator of Love and Friendship,
As truly you're my companion,
Forever and ever will be.

Hold my hand, my friend,
And never let it free.

Hariz Khair Ad-Deen
2 Rabi'ul Akhir 1431H
International Hill
On His Earth

*'The Day' = Judgement Day
  'Ummah' = Society
  'InshaAllah' = If God is willing
  'Love me' = Love as a muslim brother

Reference / Source of Inspiration

- Al-Qur'an
  • 'And hold fast , all of you together to the rope of Allah , and do not seperate'
    (Sura Ali Imran 3: 103)
  • 'And the believers, men and women, are protecting freinds of one another, they enjoin the right and forbid the wrong'
    (Sura At-Tawba 9: 71)
  • 'Te believers are naught else than brothers. Therefore make peace between your brethren and observe your duty to Allah that haply ye may obtain mercy'
    (Sura Al-Hujuraat 49: 10)

- Al-Hadis
  • Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “Seven types shall enjoy God's shelter on the Day when there is no shelter other than what He provides: 1) A just ruler, 2) A youth who has been brought up in the worship of Allah, 3) A man whose heart is attached to the mosques, 4) Two persons who love each other only for Allah’s sake and they meet and part in Allah’s cause, 5) A man who refuses the call of a beautiful and rich woman for illicit relation with her and says: 'I am afraid of Allah', 6) A man who gives charitable gifts so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given, and 7) A person who remembers Allah while he is alone and his eyes are flooded with tears.”
    (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)
  • The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Help your brother whether he is a wrong-doer or is wronged. A man enquired: 'O Messenger of Allah (pbuh) , I may help him when he is wronged, but how can I help him when he is a wrong-doer? '
    The Prophet (pbuh) said ' You can prevent him from wrong-doing. That will be your help to him"
    (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)
  • The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, "A muslim is a brother to a Muslim: Neither he wrongs him, nor hands him over (to another). And whoso comes in need of his brother , Allah comes in his need ;and whoso removes a calamity of a Muslim, Allah will remove a calamity from the calamities of the Resurrection Day, and whoso conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his sins on the Resurrection Day"
    (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim) 
  • The Prophet (SAW) said 'The right of a Muslim upon a Muslim are six' It was asked what are they? He replied
    ' When you meet him, salute him
    when he calls you, respond to him
    When he seeks advice , give him advice
    When he sneezes and praises Allah, respond to him
    When he falls ill, visit him
    When he dies, follow him (the funeral bier)'
    (Narrated by Muslim)
- Song
  • Maher Zain - Hold My Hand

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Islam is The Way of Life


In The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful~
The Islamic Concept of Life

The chief characteristic of Islam is that it makes no distinction between the spiritual and the secular in life. Its aim is to shape both individual lives as well as society as a whole in ways that will ensure that the Kingdom of God may really be established on earth and that peace, contentment and well being may fill the world. The Islamic way of life is thus based on a unique concept of man’s place in the universe. That is why it is necessary that, before we discuss the moral, social, political and economic systems of Islam, we should have a clear idea of what that concept is.

1.      God, who is the Creator, the Ruler and the Lord of the universe, has created man and provided him with a temporary home in that part of His vast kingdom which is the earth. He has endowed man with the faculties of thinking and understanding, and has given him the power to distinguish right from wrong. Man has also been invested with free will and the power to use the resources of the world however he likes. That is, man has a measure of autonomy, while being at the same time God’s representative on earth.

2.      Before assigning to man this vicegerency (Khilafat), God made it clear to him that He alone was the Lord, the Ruler and the Deity. As such, the entire universe and  all creatures in it (including man) should submit to Him alone. Man must not think himself totally free and must realize that this earth  is not  his permanent abode. He has been created to live on it only for a probationary period and, in due course, he will return to his Lord, to be judged according to the way he has spent that period. The only right course for man is to acknowledge God as the only Lord, the Sustainer and the Deity, and to follow His guidance and His commands in all he does. His sole objective should be to merit the approval of Allah.
If man follows a course of righteousness and godliness (which he is free to choose and follow) he will be rewarded in this world and the next: in this world he will live a life of peace and contentment, and in the Heareafter he will qualify for the heaven of eternal bliss, al-Jannah. If he chooses to follow the course of godlessness and evil (which he is equally free to choose and follow), his life will be one of corruption and frustration in this world, and in the life to come he will face the prospect of that abode of pain and misery which is called Hell.   
3.      After making this position clear, God set man on earth and provided the very first human beings (Adam and Eve) with guidance as to how they were to live. Thus man’s life on this earth did not start in utter darkness. From the beginning a bright torch or light was provided so that humanity could fulfil its glorious destiny. The very first man received revealed knowledge from God Himself, and was told the correct way to live. This code of life was Islam, the attitude of complete submission to Allah, the  Creator of man and the whole universe. It was this religion which Adam, the first man, passed down to posterity.
But later generations gradually drifted away from the right path. Either they lost the original teachings through negligence or they deliberately adulterated and distorted them. They associated God with innumerable human beings, material objects and imaginary gods. Shirk (polytheism) became widespread. They mixed up the teachings of God with myths and strange philosophies and thus produced a jumble of religions and cults; and they discarded the God-given principles of personal and social morality, the Shari’ah.

4.      Although man departed from the path of truth, disregarded or distorted the Shari’ah or even rejected the code of Divine guidance, God did not destroy them or force them to take the right course. Forced morality was not in keeping with the autonomy He had given to man. Instead, God appointed certain good people from among the human society itself to guide men to the right path. These men believed in God, and lived a life of obedience to Him. He honoured them by His revelations, giving them the knowledge of reality. Known as Prophets, blessings  and peace be on all of them, they were assigned the task of spreading God’s message among men.

5.      Many thousands of these prophets were raised throughout the ages, in all lands and in all nations. All of them brought the same message, all of them advocated the same way of life, (din), that is, the way which was revealed to man on the first day of his existence. All of them had the same mission: they called men to Islam- to submit to God alone, asked those who accepted the Divine guidance to live in accordance with it and organized them into a movement for the establishment of the Divine law, and for putting an end to all deviations from the true path. Many people, however, refused to accept their guidance and many of those who did accept it gradually drifted away from their initial commitment.

6.      Lastly, God raised the Prophet Muhammad, blessings and peace be on him, in Arabic to complete the mission of the earlier prophets. The message of Muhammed, blessings and peace be on him, was for the whole of mankind. He presented a new the teachings of Islam in their pristine form and provided humanity once again with the Divine guidance which had been largely lost. He organized all those who accepted his message into one community (Ummah), charged with living in accordance with the teachings of Islam, with calling humanity to the path of righteousness and with establishing the supremacy of the word of God on earth. This guidance is enshrined in the Holy Qur’an.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Want to be Closer to Allah, But Don't Know How!

O God, please purify my heart!

With the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful~
Editor in Chief—

In many Islamic circles or presentations, I am asked a similar question from my brothers and sisters: "I want to get closer to Allah, but don't know how; or I don't have the power to do it. Sometimes I can succeed in getting close to Him when I spend time with pious friends who are affecting me, but when they are no longer around, I lose that closeness. I become powerless."

Allah, the Exalted is the Best to respond to this concern:
"When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me: let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me: that they may walk in the right way.
-Sura Al-Baqarah (2):186
As Muslims, we believe in the Word of Allah, then should we not believe in the above verse? Of course we want to believe, but what truly keeps us from believing it in our hearts and feeling it when we make supplications?
If we can imagine there is a beautiful scenery in front of us, but there is also a curtain or veil between us and the scene. We can have a glimpse of the beauty on the other side, but not all. We want to see it all, but we keep sitting in our place and do not get up to move the curtain aside so we can have a full view.
Removing the veil or curtain takes the following efforts:

First, there must be a desire;
Second, the knowhow;
Third, keeping it open for full view at all times.
Sometimes people think of wanting to be close to Allah, but the desire is not strong enough. Faith is like a seed. It must be planted in fertile soil and watered. It is a process that would take time and determination.
To begin with, we must observe the most important duty Allah has prescribed to us,
Actions must lead to the cleansing of the heart of all that is displeasing to Allah. This might not be easy, especially for the younger generation.
which is devotion and worship. This is the first step for achieving closeness to Allah.  
In a Qudsi hadith the Prophet reported that Allah says,
" servant does not come closer to Me with anything more dear to Me than that which I made obligatory upon him. My servant keeps coming closer to Me with more volunteer deeds, until I love him. When I love him, I become His ear by which he hears, his eyes by which he sees, his hand by which he holds and his foot by which he walks. If he asks Me anything I shall give him. If he seeks My protection I shall grant him My protection… "(Al-Bukhari 6021)
While performing correct worship, one must choose the way to piety and righteousness mentioned in the hadith; a major step of getting closer to Him the Almighty. The person who has taqwa or piety, is the one who is foremost in doing good and wants to be ahead of others in goodness.
"And the foremost are the foremost. These are they who are drawn nigh (to Allah). In the gardens of bliss."
-Sura Al-Waqi`ah (56):10-12

He remembers his humility in front of Allah, and knows he can call on Him with hope and fear. He desires much closeness to Him.
"Call on your Lord with humility and in private: for Allah loves not those who trespass beyond bounds. Do no mischief on the earth, after it hath been set in order, but call on Him with fear and longing (in your hearts): for the Mercy of Allah is (always) near to those who do good."
-Sura Al-A`raf (7):55-56

Naturally, this person also knows that charity is another way to bring him closer to his Creator, for Allah loves those who give to the needy from their wealth and hates the hard fisted.
In a Qudsi hadith the Prophet reported that Allah says,
"Allah will say on the Day of Judgment, ... O son of Adam, I asked you for food and you fed Me not. He will say: O Lord, and how should I feed You when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: Did you not know that My servant so and so asked you for food and you fed him not? Did you not know that had you fed him you would surely have found that with Me? O son of Adam, I asked you to give Me to drink and you gave Me not to drink. He will say: O Lord, how should I give You to drink when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: My servant so and so asked you to give him to drink and you gave him not to drink. Had you given him to drink you would have surely found that with Me." (HR. Muslim)

This person does all right deeds in order to bring himself closer to his Creator. If he does all this and still does not feel as close to Allah as he wants then he might look at his environment and those he befriends and the condition of his lifestyle. Are his/her friends neglectful of Allah and often engage in idle talk or activities which Allah dislike? Are members of his family busy spending most of their time at home in front of TV watching programs Allah dislikes and he participates with them? Are friends and family the cause of his weakness in religion? Is he/she dressed properly according to Islamic mose of dress as he/she likes? 
The influence of a close friend is greater than one can imagine. One must take heed who he chooses as a close friend. Knowing our tendencies to incline to people and the worldly life, Allah warns us not to get side tracked.
"O ye who believe let not your riches or your children divert you from the Remembrance of Allah if any act thus, the loss is their own."
-Sura Al-Munafiqun (63):9

Actions must lead to the cleansing of the heart of all that is displeasing to Allah. This might not be easy, especially for the younger generation. Yet they must remember they are the torchbearers of Islam and they are the ones who can influence their peers better than older people. What a better blessing is it than one knowing that he is doing all he can to gain the pleasure of his Creator?
"Thus, then, if he be of those Nearest to Allah, there is for him Rest and Satisfaction, and a Garden of Delights.
-Sura Al-Waqi`ah (56):88-89"

To maintain closeness with Allah, besides the above recommendations, one may engage in Dhikr or remembrance of Allah as often as one can
 "O ye who believe remember Allah very often and glorify Him morning and evening. "
-Sura Al-Ahzab (33):41-42
Dhikr empties the heart and the mind of impurities and brings a meaningful satisfaction to one's life.
"Behold in the Remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction."
 - Sura Ar-Ra`d (13): 28

Finally, since we believe in the Word of Allah, we find the solution of closeness to our Creator is given to us by Him.
"Therefore remember Me, I will remember you."
-Sura Al-Baqarah (2):125