Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Hanya sehari atau kurang sedikit.
Kadang terasa seperti dalam penjara
Kematian insyaa Allah, menjadi penglipur lara
Jika kita mu'min.
Tugas di dunia hanya untuk menyembahNya
Membina kekuatan rohani,
Meningkatkan kesabaran dan usaha,
Allah Maha Mengasihani.
Senang sungguh untuk berpahala,
Senang sungguh menghapus dosa,
Tapi kita manusia leka.
Membiarkan masa berjalan begitu saja.
Tulisan ini hanya untuk memujuk diri
Setelah menyaksikan kejahatan yang merata
Mengingatkan diri tentang Akhirat nanti
Setiap kekejaman tak akan dilupa.
- Madame Blossom, July 2014 -
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
And if I was paranoid, I would tend to think that this is really a conspiracy against the human race… if I was of a paranoid personality, I would definitely think that there are actually people that don't want the human beings to think. They want to keep them dumb like animals. They want to keep them chained in their own minds, like chickens in a coop.
This is what one would SUSPECT.. If one look objectively at the media, at the education system…. it indoctrinates you into the logic of the system."
…if I was paranoid.
Sheikh Hamza Yusuf - "...don't want you to think."
The Romans control the people with bread and circus.
There are 4 levels of voices in us.
1. From our mouths (verbal)
2. From our heads.
3. From our hearts
4. From our inner hearts.
What we say with our mouths would mostly be a reflection of what our head says, and sometimes what our hearts say. We may say with our mouths, what is not in our hearts.
What our head says, can very much be affected by how we are nurtured, what our situation is. We say in our heads things we think, is the right thing. However what we say in our heads, can still differ from what we utter with our mouths. I think this should be familiar to most.
And then there is what we say in our hearts. Heart is where conscious intention lies. When we intend to do something, it's in our hearts. Sometimes, we intend in our hearts to do an action - e.g. to do sunnah solat before isya - but our head may erroneously think to ourselves, 'I'm going to do my solat before maghrib'. - yet we immediately know in our hearts, that it's the wrong. Our hearts knew better.
For me, this is where the niyyah is. So even if you think wrongly with your head, it's your intention that is in your heart that matters. Purpose for an action comes from the heart.
Now the voices from the inner heart. The voices in the inner heart may be elusive, depending on the soul. The inner heart holds the truest part of us. It may lie hidden if we are not honest with ourselves. You can get to the real voices of this inner heart by digging in through self reflections. Ask the real reason, behind the 'real' reason, behind the reason for doing something or for 'believing' in something.
The hearts may still be forced by pride and greed to feel or think a certain way, even when our inner hearts are thinking the opposite. An example of this would be the case of Fira'un. He knows in his inner heart, that there is a God worthy of worship, but pride forces his heart to deny this.
From the above analysis, I find that the two most important voices are the inner hearts and the heart. In order to train ourselves to listen to our inner hearts, which contains the truth - is to apply humility to the heart, to purify the heart.
On that subject, I would recommend that we treat our hearts with God's words regularly, daily. Read the Quran and understand it's meaning. Make doa to Ar-Rahman (God- and Ar-Rahman is one of God's beautiful names) to guide us to the truest path.
Purification of the Heart - Translation and Commentary of Imam al-Mawlud's "Matharat al-Qulub" by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, might also be helpful. Insyaa Allaah.
These words, are from my heart. :)
*update 17 Oct 2014.
Masyaa Allaah today, we covered tbis following ayat in tafsir class today.
As I read it literally, Allaah says the hearts really CAN learn wisdom! I truly believe that. Subhanallaah.
أَفَلَمْ يَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَتَكُونَ لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌ يَعْقِلُونَ بِهَا أَوْ آذَانٌ يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا فَإِنَّهَا لَا تَعْمَى الْأَبْصَارُ وَلَٰكِن تَعْمَى الْقُلُوبُ الَّتِي فِي الصُّدُورِ
"Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts may thus learn wisdom and their ears may thus learn to hear? Truly it is not their eyes that are blind, but their hearts which are in their breasts."
Surah Al-Hajj, 22:46
(English translation by Yusuf Ali via iQuran)
Friday, July 18, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Basically our bodies adapt to what we do daily. So that includes the eyes and our eyesight.
In Singapore, I believe most golfers would have better eyesight than the average Singaporean. This is because their eyes are trained to look far at their target hole, everyday, for hours. ( I'm comparing to golfers because I can relate to them, my son being one. But of course it should relate to any occupation which requires a person to always look far ahead.)
However, for the average Singaporean, there is almost no chance to look that far in their daily lives. We live in blocks of flat, surrounded by much more walls than windows. Most of the time, we are indoors. Then when we travel on the road, buildings all around, block our view of the horizon. So everyday, our eyesight are only 'trained' to look a certain distance.
For those who don't even look out the window when traveling home - or who mostly travel by underground train, or worse, they are engrossed in their devices which is always only about 30cm from them - surely the health of their eyesight is more affected.
That would explain why more and more people need glasses or contact lens in Singapore.
To improve our eyesight, I believe we need to observe Nature more - the greeneries and the horizon. And praise Allah. :D
Monday, July 14, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
This may seem trivial, but Allah is subtle.
These are my personal thoughts, as I went through the end of Surah Ash-Shuara (The Poets).
Surah Ash-Shuara 26:224-226
"And the Poets - it is those straying in Evil, who follow them,
Seest thou not that they wander distracted in every valley?
And that they say what they practise not?"
English translation of the Quran by Yusuf Ali.
I'm reminded of singers and their songs. Distraction? You know they are - you can easily lose focus or control over your time.
But the ayat that got me thinking is the last one - 'that they say what they practise not'. Most singers sing and utter words in their songs, words that they don't mean, or maybe some don't even know what they are singing about.
Words are meant to speak the truth. Even in songs.
Most of the time, if a person recites a poem - it's because they believe or agree with the poem. Not for a lot of songs and their singers. People sing along to songs, mostly because of the melody. They blindly repeat things, saying things they don't mean at all, much less practise it.
That was the thought that crossed my mind. Just my personal reflection.
This is a good honest talk by the son of an Israeli General who was directly involved in the war by the Israelis on Palestinians. What are the true motives of the Zionist Israel government?
Some points that I noted :
"The truth lays in the personal stories, not the national narratives."
This is what a Israeli mother of a 13 year old girl (his sister) who was killed in suicide bombing by 2 Palestinian boys in Israel had to say :
"My government is responsible. My government brought these two young men to such a level of despair, that they would take their own life, and take the life of other innocent people. The brutal oppression under which the Palestinians have to live because of us, is the cause of this."
"The Israeli army - one of the best trained, best equipped, best fed, terrorist organization in the world. Yes, they have generals and have nice uniforms, but their entire purpose is terrorism."
- Miko Peled.
p.s. In any matter concerning humanity and our rights, when our national media, is biased in reporting, we have to take on the role of trying to spread the truth and educate through these humble means of sharing credible information. Spread the truth.