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.