Friday, March 31, 2017

'You go first, I'll follow'...

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful; blessings and peace be upon Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.


The Declining Day (Al-'Asr)
1. By the declining day,
2. Lo! Man is in a state of loss,
3. Save those who believe and do good works, and exhort 
one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance.

IKLAN               IKLAN             IKLAN           IKLAN        IKLAN         IKLAN 
SELEPAS PENCEN (usia 55 tahun pada 17 Februari 2017) penulis (LanH) berusaha menambah pendapatan dengan menjual buku terpakai (second hand) daripada koleksi sendiri. Semoga penulis LanH mendapat kebarakahan daripada usaha ini yang juga bertujuan untuk berdakwah. Untuk makluman, penulis tidak mahir dalam dunia IT, jadi hebahan ini dibuat seadanya. Sila lihat paparan sisi untuk urusan pembayaran dan sebagainya. Alamat e-mel:
2. Tajuk: Rahsia Madinah (Jejak Rasul 2)
Penulis: Khalil Ibrahim Mulla Khothir 
Penerbit: Al-Hidayah Publishers
Muka surat: 218 (Harga tertulis di buku RM14)
Hanya RM10 (termasuk belanja hantaran pos biasa)
Penilaian LanH terhadap buku ini yang sudah dibaca beliau: Sangat bagus
1. Tajuk: Rahsia Mekah (Jejak Rasul 1)
Penulis: 'Atiq bin Ghaits Al-Biladi
Penerbit: Al-Hidayah Publishers
Muka surat: 300 (Harga tertulis di buku RM15)
Hanya RM10 (termasuk belanja hantaran pos biasa)
Penilaian LanH terhadap buku ini yang sudah dibaca beliau: Sangat bagus

ALHAMDULILLAH (All praise be to Allah SWT) I am now a 'Datuk'. Yes, 'Datuk LanH'. But dear readers, don't get me is not the traditional Malay honorific title but I am now a eldest son's wife delivered a baby boy on March 21st. He is the first grandchild for my wife and I.

On that 'barakah' (blessed) morning before the young couple went to their choice maternity hospital, I called both of them to sit with me and advised them among others to increase their 'du'a' (prayers) to Allah SWT and to 'salawat' (reciting specific phrases to compliment Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.). Days before I had reminded my boy to practice 'azan' (call for prayer) and 'iqamah' (second call for prayer) for he should recite them in both ears of his child as soon he/she was born.

Alhamdulilah, the 'coming' of the infant had increased the population of the 'ummah' (Muslims); to dear readers please 'du'a' to the child's well being; 'insya-Allah' (God willing) he would be a good Muslim - an asset (scholars had said that our children are our assets in the Hereafter) not only for his family but to his society, country and most importantly to the religion we all love - Islam!

A few days before my grandson was born, when I attended a 'kuliah maghrib-isyak (lesson in masjid between the dusk and late evening prayers), I heard among others the 'ustaz' (religious teacher) warned the many 'veteran' congregators (the ustaz and I included) in the masjid that we must increase our 'ibadah' (good deeds) to Allah SWT because "dunia sudah kata pergi, kubur kata mari" (the world has asked us to leave it but the grave is waiting for us).

He then joked in broken English: "You go first I follow' (You go first and I'II follow). The congregators included me laughed but deep inside my heart I must admit that I needed to do a lot of 'top up' in my 'ibadah'; yes we needed to perform good deeds as much as possible. It was because in the Hereafter, we need a lot of 'pahala' (rewards for good deeds done) to 'finance' ourselves during our 'long long journey' before we would rewarded with Paradise or thrown into Hell (nauzubillah - God forbid) but the problem among veterans is that we do not have much more time.

Almost all of us (including the 'ustaz' and I) are afraid of death. Thus he had coined the joke; 'You go first I follow'. Why are we afraid of death? Some scholars claimed it was because we are not having a correct insight, death is a new and unfamiliar path and the lack in our preparation.

The question is how are we going 'to finance' our days in the Hereafter - where life is a never ending one. The 'journey' of the Hereafter is too long and far, for example, during the journey on 'Siratulmustakim' (a very small bridge through the hell to heaven), it would took us 3,000 years in an ascending position, 2,000 years descending and 1,000 years in a flat condition. 

Well, do not even think that our lives would be comfortable in the Hereafter if we fail to do things that would please Allah SWT during our lifetime. Terrible things would be awaiting us; so do not live in this world without preparing for our death or worst of all there are people taking their own lives (committing suicide) thinking that death would end their sufferings.

Yes, we needed a lot of 'pahala' in the Hereafter where our worldly possessions are of no use. Other than obeying Allah's order and avoiding His prohibitions during our existence in the word, there are three things that would still benefit a Muslim even after his/her death.

The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said: “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: sadaqah jariyah (ceaseless charity); knowledge which is beneficial; or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (the deceased).” [Sahih Muslim] 

Please question ourselves on what have we done to have 'pahala' being credited into our account even after our death. For me, I am afraid that I have nothing; that's made me very scared because death is very near to each of us; there is only a little separation between being alive and being dead. I likened it like a person standing on a narrow plank, at any moment he/she would fall off!

Afraid of being not able to leave something beneficial to relatives, friends and readers, here I would like to remind myself and readers to 'steer ourselves and our families members in His straight path' as the process towards establishing an 'Islamic environment, begins at home. Yes our home is a vast field to make 'pahala' so that we could reap them in the Hereafter.

Allah SWT says in the Qur'an: "O! You who believe, save yourself and your families from Hell-fire, whose fuel are humans and stones (idols) over which are are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who flinch not (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do (precisely) what they are commanded." (At-Tahrim 66:6) 

To build a strong Muslim and Muslimah individuals and a family, it is important for parents especially the father to verify the source of income or the food that makes it on the family's table - it must be free from any form of 'syubahat', or if one is unsure it is adviseable not to take or consume it. 

Scholars said when we do wrongdoing for the very first time, our hearts will be a little blackened, but if we keep on doing it, our hearts would be hardened and it will finally be eclipsed from the truth. 

If our hearts had been blackened, how are we going to live according to the Islamic principle. We have to do 'muhasabah' (check ourselves) including our families, whether we have lived according to the Islamic way of life. It is important because if we want Islam as a rule of law, we must make sure that it begins with our family especially the children.

Our children are our 'assets' in the Hereafter as mentioned in the 'hadith'. Other than than, we must also leave behind contributions; perhaps a 'wakaf' in the form of a 'masjid', 'surau' or a 'tahfiz' school. If we can't build a 'masjid' why not contribute generously to such projects! If we are knowledgeable people, then we should impart them for they are also our assets in the Hereafter. 

Time is running short and as time passes by, our balance time to do good deeds or to do our best in life including the most important - our preparation for life in the Hereafter which is forever, is 'so little'.

How are we going to use that short span of time to save ourselves from Hellfire. If we were to think hard (I mean moving in the straight path), then we would panic and tremble, the time left is so short yet we have drifted too far to catch back the time that was lost when we filled it with aimless activities what’s more with ‘haram’ (forbidden) ones. 

Please make the best of it to work hard so that we would not be dumped into the furthest part of hell. Say if we were to enter a race of 400 meters and we have only another 50 meters to pass the finishing line, would we still be dazzling away with all that worldly wonders that would be of no help to us in the Hereafter or are we putting all our energy and resources to reach the finishing line? 

Scholars have reminded us again and again that RM, dollars, pounds, rupees and yen would of no use in the Hereafter. The much sought items there were ‘iman’ (faith) and good deeds; unfortunately the Hereafter is not a place to do good deeds but a place to reaped ‘our best crop’ grown on earth!

O Allah, I am very very afraid. I am not ready for death. The problem is whether we are ready or not, death is inevitable. It would surely 'knock our doors', only time would tell. Death would be upon us whether are afraid or not afraid of it - one sure thing every living things would come to end one day!

After death, nothing could help us - only our 'iman' and 'amal' would determine our being in the Hereafter and the saddest part of it there is no way to be back on earth 'to do corrections' for example to repent and do good deeds. There is no point to regret because death and beyond is a one way ticket journey - everything we left on earth would of no use except for there - that are our 'sadaqah jariah', the good knowledge that we impart and pious children who would 'du'a' (do supplication) for us.

And that pious children would 'insya-Allah' included our dear readers let's 'du'a' that my first grandson and Muslims children worldwide would become pious persons who would 'du'a' for the well being of their parents and in my case, 'du'a' to his 'beloved Datuk LanH' for the best in this world and the Hereafter! 

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