Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Dinner with Satan@Putrajaya

Halloween originated many centuries before Christianity. The pagan Celts in ancient Britain and Ireland believed that, during the night of October 31st, the gods (may Allah be exalted above their blasphemy) played tricks on their mortal worshipers, bringing about danger, fear and supernatural episodes. They also believed that the souls of the dead were let loose and were allowed to revisit their homes, and that hosts of evil spirits roamed the earth. Thus, this night acquired a sinister significance, filled with spirits, ghosts, witches, hobgoblins, black cats, fairies, and demons. The Celts made sacrifices and offerings to ward off the perils of the season and the anger of the deities, and they set huge bonfires on hilltops to frighten away evil spirits.

After the pagan Romans conquered Britain, they added to October 31st some features from their Harvest Festival, held in honour of Pomona, goddess of tree fruits.

Some years later, the early Western Christian churches celebrated on the same day the All Saints (or All-Hallows) Day, as well as its night (Hallows Eve or Halloween). Adopting some of their pagan heritage, they continued to believe that on this night the dead walked among them and witches and warlocks flew in their midst, and bonfires continued to be lit to ward off those malevolent spirits.

Gradually, Halloween turned into a family observance. By the 19th century, additional customs developed, and witches’ pranks were replaced by tricks and games played by children and young adults.

But even in modern times, Halloween’s seemingly innocent practices still carry a good deal of its pagan roots. Homes and yards are often decorated with ghostly figures and, on Halloween’s night, children paint their faces, wear costumes, and go from house to house, demanding “trick-or-treat”. The old practice of leaving offerings of food and drink to obscure spirits has been replaced by giving candy to costumed children, and bonfires have been substituted by “Jack-O-Lanterns” – hollowed-out pumpkins carved in the appearance of demonic faces, with lighted candles fixed in their centre.

And since Halloween was largely based on rituals involving dead spirits and devil worship, it also represents, nowadays an archaically sacred day for the devil worshipers. – source:

From the above, it is obvious that taking a part in celebrating Halloween is strongly prohibited in Islam. Yet, it is indeed appalling to see some ignorant Muslims participate in it, purchase and wear silly Halloween costumes, and send their staff to have a dinner with Satan. This clear endorsement of Halloween’s diabolical origin is totally unacceptable, and may not be justified by saying that they want to make their staff happy. (see below their invitation)

Halloween Night: SPOOKtacular make it happen
Vampires, witches, ghouls and more……

This is one Halloween Dinner you will die for!

The details are as follows:

Date: 31st October 2008 (Friday)

Time: 07:30 pm

Place: Concourse Level, PICC (Putrajaya International Convention Centre)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Truth was established

Thanks revolution for this mutala'ah, this elucidation:

This is an example of the ayat ‘So you did not slay them, but it was Allah Who slew them...’ (8:al-Anfal,the Spoils of War:17)

فَلَمْ تَقْتُلُوهُمْ وَلَـكِنَّ اللّهَ قَتَلَهُمْ

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Mutala‘ah (n.): Elucidation; Ascertainment of the truth – tawqi‘at al-haqq -- for those who know initially or after a question from them referring to events in the world. Tawqi‘at are signatures authorizing action on a petition; thus it might be ‘validating signs of the Real.’ However, the translation has drawn on a Qur’anic use of the root verb – waqa‘a al-haqq – ‘Truth was established’ [7:the Heights:118]. The two versions reinforce each other.

Monday, October 27, 2008

One lightning strike, 52 baqarahs down in a saf

In this picture released by the police department of San Jose, some of the 52 cows that were killed by lightning lie along a fence on a ranch in Valdez Chico village near San Jose, Uruguay, Wednesday,Oct. 22. The cows were killed when lightning hit the wire fence during a fierce storm, according to police.(AP)

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay: Lightning struck only once – but 52 cows are dead at a Uruguayan ranch.

Newspaper El Pais reported that the cows had pressed themselves against a wire fence during a storm when the lightning bolt struck in the northern state of San Jose.

A photograph released by the San Jose Police Department shows the black and brown cows lying dead in a row.

The newspaper said on Friday that vets at the scene confirmed the cause of the deaths, which happened on Wednesday.

The experts also said that cows often crowd around fences to seek protection during

Meteorologist Fernando Torena said he was not surprised that a single lightning bolt killed so many cows. But he called it "very bad luck".
-- chinapost/AP Sunday, October 26, 2008 10:17 am
‘Nay, thunder repeateth His praises, and so do the angels, with awe: He flingeth the loud-voiced thunder-bolts, and therewith He striketh whomsoever He will…' [13:the Thunder:13]

Thunder is a beneficent force, created by Allah, and like the rest of creation praises and glorifies the creator. Thunder, the name of the 13th surah of the Qur’an, is really a submissive instrument of good in Allah's hand. Man is advised to look to good, not to evil; to mercy, not to punishment; to the hope of abundant crops in the rain which comes behind the lightning clouds; and not to fear the fire in the thunder.

It was not beneficence but wrath that the polytheists attributed to their false gods.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Saham Iblis: Oh… what a blazing inferno!

The whole universe belongs to Allah (swt), and the means of subsistence (arzaq) are His creation. ‘He set on the earth, mountains standing firm, high above it, and bestowed blessings on the earth, and measure therein all things to give them nourishment in due proportion, in four Days/Periods, in accordance with the needs of those who seek Sustenance.’ [41:Explained In Detail:10]

The angels are fed on our means of subsistence. All that is good comes from Allah (swt), and all that is bad comes from Him. When He shoots at the servant with the arrow of misfortunes -- siham iblis: Oh, what a blazing inferno! ->Finance crisis inflicts more pain as recession fears grow.

Recession fears prompt more stock falls

KLCI hits 4-year low

But then, when the servant shuts her eyes in the face of the shooting, along comes the physician of nearness (qurb) to treat her wounds, the physician of love (hubb) to lift her up, and the physician of ardent longing (shawq) to embrace her. The process begins with unpleasant adversities.

Our sheikh says, ‘Economic inflation is the King’s whip, which He uses to administer corrective punishment.

The believers are the King’s agent (‘amil) in the village of this world. The believer feeds himself from his earnings (kasb) and his material means (sabab), acknowledging that it all comes from Allah (swt). Then, when he has grown stronger in his Faith, he gets his food through his absolute trust (tawakkul). He still sees it coming from Allah (swt); his former attitude to this remains unchanged. Even if he were to sit in the River of Tigris for a thousand years, his heart would remain attached to Allah (swt).’

The Qur’an says, ‘Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction. Those who believe and do right: Joy is for them, and bliss their journey's end.’[13:the Thunder:28-29]

Know that dhikr (remembrance) is first made with the tongue, and then it moves in deeper to reach the heart. Loves comes along, and ardent longing (shawq) moves back out to reach the tongue. So, make praying for forgiveness (istighfar) the regular practice of your tongue, grateful acknowledgement (i‘tiraf) the regular practice of your heart, and quiet calm (sukun) the regular practice of your innermost being (sirr).

When the innermost being (sirr) becomes a heaven and the heart (qalb) an earth, God lets the heart share the banquet (sur) of the heaven of the innermost being. If He so wills, He brings the two of them together.

This is something unique; it is the stage (maqam) of istiwa where we should look for the truth of aw adna (or nearer). So long as possibility and want are there, even as a consequence of opposition, we are within the realm of qaba qawsayn. But when possibility and want completely disappear, we reach the summit of aw adna.

Let the blessed ones enjoy their pleasure, the poor lover is happy with the pain he has. And peace be on him who follows true Guidance!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Anwar's First BIG Step...

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim Thursday proposed an alternative budget plan to restore confidence in the country's
economy amid a global downturn and expected low growth rates.

Anwar produced a 20-page document that proposes slashing government expenditure on mega-projects and opening up public tenders while spending more on areas that provide direct help to the people.

"Our recommendations, if implemented properly, will steer the country through the turbulence ahead," Anwar told reporters on the sidelines of the annual budget debate in parliament.

He said the Pakatan Rakyat alliance of opposition parties came up with the plan after the government unveiled its budget in August this year but refused to amend it despite a downturn in the global and local economies.

The proposals call for a 23.83 billion ringgit (6.69 billion dollar) cut in the government's proposed operating expenditure of 154.17 billion ringgit (43.25 billion dollars) with additional savings by reducing corruption and mandating open tenders for government procurement.

"The aborted 1.13 billion crooked scenic bridge, a nine billion ringgit undersea cable-tracking project and a 15.2 billion high speed broadband project, all this has got to be shelved," Anwar said.

He said the money could then be put into improving education standards, strategic public transport initiatives, home ownership and fighting crime.

However, his budget proposals are unlikely to be accepted by the Barisan Nasional coalition government which control two-thirds of the house and does not normally work with the opposition in formulating laws and policies.

A resurgent opposition scored a big win in March 8 polls when it secured a third of parliamentary seats and control of five states. – msn/Agence France-Presse - 10/23/2008 9:56 AM GMT

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Anwar’s options to take power diminishing by M/insider
Anwar no longer in a hurry to take power By Shannon Teoh, M/insider

This is the first BIG step on the way. So do not think of arrival or meeting; they are not yet in sight. How can you reach Brader! There are mountains in the way, and high peaks and deep ditches besides. What you are calling to is very hard on them; for they remain captive to their fancies and never know the real perfections of the Deen – the way of life, the royal road. When they meet you, they say: "We are with you;" but when they are alone with their evil ones, they say: "We are really with you: We were only mocking." – So beware!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The name is Bond -- Barack Bond

White House hopeful Barack Obama would make a great James Bond, says Bond actor Daniel Craig. And John McCain could be grumpy spymaster M.

Asked who most resembled the fictional British spy hero -- Democrat Obama or his Republican opponent McCain -- Craig told Parade magazine Wednesday:

"Obama would be the better Bond because, if he's true to his word, he'd be willing to quite literally look the enemy in the eye and go toe-to-toe with them."

Craig, who plays 007 in the upcoming "Quantum of Solace," said McCain, 72, was better suited to playing Bond's elderly, often testy boss M, currently played by British actress Judi Dench.

"There is, come to think of it, a kind of Judi Dench quality to McCain," Craig said.

But 007 refused to reveal one top secret: which of the candidates' wives he thinks would make better Bond girl material.

"That's much too dangerous a question," he told Parade. --- msn/Agence France-Presse - 10/22/2008 8:03 PM GMT

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Banking on Allah banking escapes fallout of global financial crunch

“The collapse of the capitalist system based on usury and paper and not on goods traded on the market is proof that it is in crisis and shows that Islamic economic philosophy is holding up. “ -- al-Qaradawi

Islamic banking has largely escaped the fallout from the global financial crisis, thanks to rules that forbid the sort of risky business that is felling mainstream institutions. But experts say that because of its heavy reliance on property investments and private equity, the booming 1.0 trillion dollar global industry could be hit if the turmoil worsens and real assets start to crumble.

"In the current financial turmoil, it is interesting to note that Islamic financing may have prevented a majority of the mess created by the conventional banking and financial institutions," Kuwait Finance House said in a report. "The outlook for Islamic financing is bright and will likely take the lead in terms of providing funding for major projects as the conventional banking system reevaluates its business model."

The rules of Islamic banking and finance -- which incorporate principles of sharia or Islamic law -- read like a how-to guide on avoiding the kind of disaster that is currently gripping world markets.

(1) Islamic law prohibits the payment and collection of interest, which is seen as a form of gambling, so highly complex instruments such as derivatives and other creative accounting practices are banned.

(2) Transactions must be backed by real assets -- not shady repackaged subprime mortgages -- and because risk is shared between the bank and the depositor there is an incentive for the institutions to ensure the deal is sound.

(3) Investors have a right to know how their funds are being used, and the sector is overseen by dedicated supervisory boards as well as the usual national regulatory authorities.

"Islamic banking has, thus far, remained positive, despite the current challenging global financial environment," said Zeti Akhtar Aziz, the central bank governor of Malaysia, which is Southeast Asia's leader in Islamic banking. Zeti said this month that because of the slowing global economy, plans for Islamic "sukuk" bonds had been postponed or scrapped by companies including Kuwait's Abyaar Real Estate Development Co. and Malaysia's Perisai Petroleum.

And Jennifer Chang, a partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, said that given the extent of the global crisis, Islamic banks may suffer damage despite their strong position. "Islamic banks, especially in the Middle East, got heavily into private equity and real estate investments, and a lot of loans may be backed by properties. So if the property market goes down, there will be an impact," she said. "If a borrower is not able to pay then the bank will foreclose and the question is -- can you sell the property in the market and at what value? These are issues which all banks can face."

There have been calls for the conventional banking industry to take a leaf out of the book of Islamic finance, which also shuns investments in gaming, alcohol and pornography in favour of ethical investments. Influential Sunni cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi earlier this month called on Muslims to take advantage of the turmoil to build an economic system compatible with Islamic principles. "The collapse of the capitalist system based on usury and paper and not on goods traded on the market is proof that it is in crisis and shows that Islamic economic philosophy is holding up," said the Egyptian-born, Qatar-based cleric.

In recent years the sector has broken out of its niche and been embraced by mainstream banks. As well as basic bank deposits and investment accounts, it has expanded into areas including equity funds, bonds and Islamic hedge funds.

Abhishek Kumar, a senior research analyst at Financial Insights, a company under market research and analysis firm International Data Corp (IDC), said recent events may further boost the sector. "More and more institutions will be interested in providing Islamic services to diversify their risk portfolio," he said, while warning that in the current financial storm there were no absolutely safe harbours. "We're not really sure what the real extent of the impact is, and whether we've passed the worst of it or not, But the extent is not going to be as bad as in the mainstream sector," he said. -- Agence France-Presse - 10/20/2008 1:18 AM GMT

Sunday, October 19, 2008

‘Correct, Correct, Correct team’ in action?

You are all smooth talk and rhetoric. Our house is in ruins. You turn around and around in circles without moving from your spot, as if you were the camel at the mill. Perhaps you have been cursed by one of the saints of Allah.

The eyes of your perceptive faculty have gone blind. You have neglected Allah (swt), so He has let you get lost way along the path. The eye of your intention (niyyat) was one firmly fixed on the road to destination, then your concerns (himmah) multiplied and the wings of your intention ceased to fly, so you were left as a lump of flesh between this world and the next. Now, you need a champion of the truth -- as-sadiq, to pray for you after the reemergence of this legacy ultra force.

Beware! that things do not produce effects by themselves; fire does not burn because of its nature – tabi‘eyyah, nor does water irrigate because of its natural inclination. The fire of Namrod did not burn Abraham (as). Al-Khawlani (ra) was not burned when he was cast into the fire. The salamander is not burned by fire --- so understand.

cetusan-hati : ada ekor, baru cam kepala

thesaurus: pretender (n.) aspirant, leader of the opposition, aspiring leader, candidate, opponent, claimant.

‘Trade is just like usury’ … Did they really say that?

A credit crunch that originated in the United States (wherein NY is the riba city of the world -ed.) is sending shockwaves across the world, causing global stock markets to sink to fresh lows. Despite authorities' best efforts to stave off the crisis, there are growing fears that they may be powerless to stop the worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression.


Know that riba literally means a growth or an addition. The additional amount, collected over and above (za’id ‘ala) the capital given as a loan, is interest or usury. It is an abuse or a misuse of the power one holds over the weak or the needy, and therefore, strictly forbidden.

Those who say usury is only like trading cannot rise up save in a state of insanity as those rise up whom Satan has prostrated by his touch.

الَّذِينَ يَأْكُلُونَ الرِّبَا لاَ يَقُومُونَ إِلاَّ كَمَا يَقُومُ الَّذِي يَتَخَبَّطُهُ الشَّيْطَانُ مِنَ الْمَسِّ ذَلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ قَالُواْ إِنَّمَا الْبَيْعُ مِثْلُ الرِّبَا وَأَحَلَّ اللّهُ الْبَيْعَ وَحَرَّمَ الرِّبَا
“Those who devour usury cannot stand except as stand one whom the Evil one by his touch hath driven to madness. That is because they say: ‘Trade is just like usury,’ but Allah hath permitted trade and forbidden usury.” [2:the Cow:275]

Scene 2: Did they really say that?

“I am confident in the long run, the (default: ribawi –ed.) economy will come back.”
- US President George W. Bush


"The school of Marxism has collapsed and the sound of the West's cracking liberal democracy is now being heard."
- Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the global financial crisis.

Related Articles: ‘This is a reminder: If you like you may take the path to your Lord.’ [76:al-insan:29]

The Qur´an & Riba – by Sayyid Tahir
The Importance of the Prohibition of Riba in Islam - by Imran N. Hosein
Strategy for the Elimination of Riba with Special Reference to Existing Debts - by Sayyid Tahir

We have nothing else to say except: ‘Our Lord! forgive us our sins and transgressions in our duties, establish our feet firmly, and help us against those who resist Faith’ [3:ali imran:147];
ربَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِي أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Iraq's al-Sadr Urges Rejection of US-Iraqi Deal

pix: Demonstrators carry banner during rally in Baghdad to protest draft US-Iraqi security agreement, 18 Oct 2008

Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has called on Iraq's parliament to reject a security agreement with the United States, as tens of thousands of his supporters rallied in Baghdad against the deal.

The demonstrators chanted anti-U.S. slogans and waved Iraqi flags as they marched from the capital's Sadr City district to the central Mustansiriyah Square Saturday.

A Sadr aide read aloud a statement from the influential cleric, who urged Iraqi lawmakers not to vote for the proposed security deal. He said the agreement will not end the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq, and will not give sovereignty to the Iraqi people.

The mass demonstration comes as U.S. and Iraqi leaders try to build political support for the draft security agreement. The deal would allow for the extension of the presence of American forces in Iraq after their United Nations mandate expires on December 31.

The U.S. Defense Department spokesman, Geoff Morrell, has said the draft includes target dates for the withdrawal of at least some of the 154,000 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice briefed key members of Congress on the draft Friday to try to build broad political backing for it. It has not been publicly released.

The Bush administration has said the text does not need ratification by Congress. But a final deal will require the approval of Iraq's parliament and other bodies.

Separately Saturday, Bahrain's foreign minister arrived in Iraq's capital for a visit aimed at improving bilateral relations between the countries.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters. -- source: VOA News 18 October 2008

Majlis Raja-Raja: Jangan sekali-kali cabar kontrak sosial

Ini kali pertama Mesyuarat Majlis Raja-Raja mengeluarkan satu kenyataan akhbar khas mengingatkan jangan sesiapa mempertikai dan mempersoalkan perkara-perkara yang menjadi asas utama pembentukan negara Malaysia dan dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan termasuk hak istimewa orang-orang Melayu. Majlis Raja-Raja menegaskan bahawa setiap peruntukan dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan telah melalui proses perbincangan, pertimbangan, konsultansi, pengorbanan dan sifat tolak ansur yang sangat tinggi nilainya bagi apa yang telah diperjuangkan, diperbincangkan, dipertimbangkan, dimanfaatkan serta dipersetujui oleh semua pihak yang terlibat, sehingga wujudnya peruntukan-peruntukan dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang dikenali sebagai Social Contract.— teks & foto ehsan: agendadaily

Setelah kami mutala’ah kenyataan akhbar khas Majlis Raja-Raja maka tidak ada du’a kami selain ucapan: “Ya Tuhan kami, ampunilah dosa-dosa kami dan tindakan-tindakan kami yang berlebih-lebihan dalam urusan kami, dan tetapkanlah pendirian kami, dan tolonglah kami menghadapi kaum yang tidak beriman.’ [3:ali imran:147]

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Islam Inside: Hangat di luar… sejuk di dalam

Hangat di luar…sejuk di dalam

‘Tembak menembak’ yang hangat kebelakangan ini fasal pelan pembangkang yang tak jadi-jadi sampai hari ini nak tawan Putrajaya tidak semestinya para pemimpin parti tidak boleh lagi duduk sembang-sembang. Suasananya macam tak ada apa-apa hal ketika Agendadaily rakam detik kandid Menteri Pelajaran Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein dan Menteri Di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz sedang berbual mesra dengan Naib Presiden PKR, Azmin Ali yang juga Ahli Parlimen Gombak di bilik rehat Ahli Parlimen petang Selasa.- 14/10/2008

Setelah kami melihat dan menyaksikan scene ini maka tidak ada du’a kami selain ucapan: “Ya Tuhan kami, ampunilah dosa-dosa kami dan tindakan-tindakan kami yang berlebih-lebihan dalam urusan kami, dan tetapkanlah pendirian kami, dan tolonglah kami menghadapi kaum yang tidak beriman.’ [3:ali imran:147]

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

‘Whomsoever I kill, I am his ransom’

AFP has reported that Australian PM Kevin Rudd says that the holy warriors are cowards. We simply cannot hear this: it makes the Ali blood in our veins boil. These offensive words don’t call for explanation or interpretation, no matter whether their sayer is Rudd or Bush. ‘Grievous are the words which come out from their mouths.’ [18:the Cave:5]

Know, and God may guide us, that they, the holy warriors, are the martyrs of Love. The holy hadith ‘Whomsoever I kill, I am his ransom’ is a reference to their stage (maqam).

They are always under the crushing (sahq under qahr) weight of their affective experience (halan wa dhawqan), and have no moment of rest. For rest is in forgetting, and since they are in the stage of perpetual effacement (mahw da’im) -- awaiting execution -- there is no possibility for them of forgetting Allah (swt) and asking for forgiveness from infidels.

“The distinguishing mark of them is on their foreheads from the traces of prostration. Such is their likeness in the Torah and their likeness in the Gospel -- like as sown corn that sendeth forth its shoot and strengtheneth it and riseth firm upon its stalk, delighting the sowers -- that He may enrage the disbelievers with the sight of them.” [48:the Victory:29]

The degree of their realization and knowledge of all that which has been created is as perfect as the creator (khaliq), save the finest span between the finite and the infinite.

The first degree of realization (tahaqquq) they reached is the scene of istiwa in the highest part of the horizon (ufuq) which is the highest stage of the angelic force (jabarut), at which appear the two arcs -- the arc of creation, khalq and the arc of Godhead, uluhiyyah -- to meet each other. Here they heard a voice (saying): "Glory be to Me. I am the Lord of the angels and the spirits. My mercy subdues My wrath."

Then moving further beyond (wara’) the dualistic view (ithnayniyyat) they entered the state of awaiting or pending -- not terminated -- between the finite and the infinite, joining point (nuqtah, dot) of the two arcs, after which comes the phase of aw adna (or nearer) where all dualistic considerations concerning the two arcs disappear. The whole becomes a circle wherein the absolute infinite manifests overall encompassment and penetration. At this stage of total submission and absorption, they come into direct communion (munajat) with the infinite absolute and receive most important message which is known to them and their Lord.

Imam Ja‘far bin Muhammad as-Sadiq says: "It was in this state the command relating to wilayah or imamah with finality was revealed to the Holy Prophet." The Imam further says that "what he saw" has nothing to do with the ordinary sense of seeing but it refers to the realization the cognitive self of the Holy Prophet achieved.

So understand that mukhlas is the one who has been chosen by God and reserved for Himself. We can look for the truth of ‘the eye did not swerve, nor did it go wrong’ here. At this level Love means the will to obey. Here the object is to remove the evil objects. Therefore, when evil objects are removed – as per istiwa, the prophetic walayat is realized. After that, whatever progress we make will be in the area of prophetic perfections. ‘Our Lord! forgive us our sins and transgressions in our duties, establish our feet firmly, and help us against those who resist Faith’ [3:Ali Imran:147];

ربَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِي أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

Brotherhood of Believers

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Funding a Winning Battle, Learned

Addressing the people who embraced Islam after the fall of Mecca, the Prophet (saw) once said: “If you spend in God’s way a heap of gold equal to the mountain Uhud, it will not be equal to a mudd – roughly a kilo – of wheat which my comrades have spent, nor even half a mudd.” This explains the greatness of the first Muslims who responded to the Prophet’s call and believed in him, devoted their lives, spent their wealth and rendered great services to Islam.

This is the reason why the Qur’an says:

لَا يَسْتَوِي مِنكُم مَّنْ أَنفَقَ مِن قَبْلِ الْفَتْحِ وَقَاتَلَ أُوْلَئِكَ أَعْظَمُ دَرَجَةً مِّنَ الَّذِينَ أَنفَقُوا مِن بَعْدُ وَقَاتَلُوا

You are not equal to those who spent money before the Conquest and fought; for they are far above those who spent afterwards and fought.” [57:the Iron:10]

Before the fall of Mecca the Muslims were a very poor community, so those who spent in the cause of Allah (swt) in such days of distress are superior to those who spent after the removal of poverty when economic prosperity was achieved.

It is a historical fact that the wealth of Khadijah al-Kubra (ra) inherited by Fatimah az-Zahra (ra) and her children was spent to feed not only the displaced muhajirs but also to finance the battles fought by the Holy Prophet (saw) to defend the small community of Muslims.

As far as the fighting in the way of Allah (swt) is concerned none can be cited save Ali (kwj) whose valour and courage won all the battles fought by the Holy Prophet (saw).

Imam Ali (kwj) said: "Allah told the Holy Prophet: ‘Wealth is Mine. The possessor of it is a trustee. The poor and the have-nots of this world are My family. Woe unto those possessors of wealth who do not discharge their duty concerning My trust.’"

O you who inherit wealth! You must remember that what came into your hands should have been spent in the cause of Allah (swt) by your ancestors, who by hoarding it have already earned the displeasure of Allah (swt) and now you must not follow your fathers’ footsteps but “spend out of what He hath made you trustees.”

أَنفِقُوا مِمَّا جَعَلَكُم مُّسْتَخْلَفِينَ فِيهِ

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ekonomi didorong nafsu tamak tidak akan berjaya - Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 Okt (Hrkh) - Pemerkasaan ekonomi tidak akan berjaya selagi mana kemajuan dan pembangunan didorong oleh nafsu serta tamak yang bukan kepalang, tegas Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dalam Perutusan Eidulfitrinya.
"Pertumbuhan ekonomi dan kekayaan harus difahami dan dimaknai dengan pengertian yang lebih luas. Kekayaan tidak boleh berlegar di kalangan segelintir sahaja, ianya harus menjadi pendorong untuk membebaskan masyarakat dari penindasan dan kezaliman.
"Inilah yang kita tegaskan sebagai ekonomi yang manusiawi. Ekonomi yang dibangun di atas prinsip insan sebagai makhluk bermoral dan berakhlak, bukannya semata-mata homo economicus; yang hanya memburu kepentingan diri sendiri," jelas Ketua Umum Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) itu.
Menyentuh perubahan yang diusahakan pihaknya, Anwar berkata, perubahan yang ingin dilaksanakan bertapak di atas bongkah-bongkah yang kukuh, jauh sekali dari retorik kosong yang berasaskan kebencian dan persengketaan.
"Kita harus menyedari negara Malaysia bukannya ekabudaya. Kita harus memastikan negara ini tidak ditelan api asabiyyah dan karam dengan sikap taksub melulu. Ingatlah ‘siapa yang menyemai angin akan menuai badai,’” katanya.
Ramadhan, katanya, pastinya mengingatkan kepada kisah Pembukaan Kota Mekah (Fath Mekah).
"Kejayaan Rasulullah s.a.w. yang didokong para sahabat baginda wajar menjadi teladan. Kejayaan tersebut sudah tentu tidak datang sekelip mata. Dua tahun sebelum kejayaan membuka Kota Mekah, satu perjanjian yang dikenali sebagai Perjanjian Hudaibiyyah telah dimeterai di antara Rasulullah s.a.w. dengan wakil kaum Quraisy," katanya.
Tidak sedikit yang merasa ragu dengan perjanjian tersebut, kata Anwar lagi, namun ternyata ada hikmahnya di sebalik kesediaan dan kesabaran Rasulullah s.a.w. di dalam menerima perjanjian tersebut.
"Rupa-rupanya ‘jalan kemenangan sudah jelas nyata.’ Selepas sahaja termeterainya Perjanjian Hudaibiyyah, maka turunlah firman Allah s.w.t. yang berbunyi: Sesungguhnya Kami telah membuka bagi perjuanganmu (wahai Muhammad) satu jalan kemenangan yang jelas nyata. [48 :1 –ed.]
"Ayat ini menghilangkan keraguan umat Islam serta memperkuatkan lagi azam mereka bagi memastikan seruan untuk melakukan islah terlaksana," katanya lagi.
Dengan memulakan ucapan Salam Eidulfitri kepada umat Islam di Malaysia dan seluruh dunia amnya mewakili keluarganya dan segenap lapisan kepimpinan serta akar umbi PKR, Anwar mengakhiri perutusannya dengan berkata "Insya Allah kemenangan yang diredhai menjadi milik kita pastinya, sebagaimana yang dijelaskan di dalam Al Quran, ‘ibarat pohon yang baik, akarnya teguh dan cabangnya menjulang ke langit (Ayat 24, Surah Ibrahim)’"

teks penuh perutusan beliau: Perutusan Eidulfitri 1429 Hijrah; foto ehsan dinmerican