Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pasal Solat Lagi - Jama' & Qasar

Salam all.

Today was the second part of "Tanyalah Ustaz" that discusses about solat. It was actually about how to be khusyu' in solat. My highlight from today's discussion is about the jama' & qasar.

A viewer asked, (the question sound something like this) - "Dengan adanya kemudahan sekarang untuk perjalanan jauh seperti kenderaan yang selesa dan berhawa dingin, tempat solat dan sebagainya, bukankah elok bersembahyang tamam (penuh)?"

Ustaz's prompt answer is:

"Solat jama' & qasar adalah lebih afdhal kerana hukum Allah itu bukan hanya suatu waktu tertentu sahaja sebaliknya ia menepati sepanjang zaman."

Jawab ustaz lagi,

"Kita ibaratkanlah kita dipanggil mengadap raja. Raja lalu memberikan kita sebuah hadiah. Kita ambil hadiah tersebut dan buang ke tepi. Apakah kita pada pandangan raja? Kita adalah adalah orang yang zalim (silap2 kena pancung atau temabk - ni, aku tambah :)). Jadi samalah halnya dengan anugerah dan hadiah yang Allah bagi pada kita tetapi kita tak nak terima hadiah tersebut. Maka sombonglah kita dengan Allah pada ketika itu."

Ustaz tambah lagi,

"Kalau ikut mazhab Hanafi, orang seperti ini adalah seumpama orang gila. Kenapa gila? Contohnya, jika diberikan 2 kerja, A dan B. Kerja A berat tetapi upahnya sedikit. Kerja B ringan tetapi ganjarannya besar. Jika kita memilih kerja A, maka gilalah kita kerana dengan sengaja ingin menyusahkan diri."

Ustaz juga menegaskan lagi,

"Dalam satu perjalanan yang sama, si Polan A solat tamam (penuh) 4 rakaat sedangkan si Polan B menjama' qasarkan solatnya, siapakah yang mendapat lebih ganjaran? Si Polan B mendapat lebih ganjaran kerana telah mengguna pakai pemberian Allah dengan sebaik-baiknya"

Wallahua'lam. Semoga ilmu yang sedikit ini dapat kita kongsikan dan amalkan bersama secara istiqamah.

ALLAH MAHA PEMURAH

wassalam.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pesan Nabi

Salam all,

This morning while getting ready to office, I had the opportunity to listen to "Tanyalah Ustaz" on TV9. My favourite morning show on working days. The topic for this morning is about solat. However, I only listen to part of it as I was so engrossed sweeping the porch (well, I'm the maid as well).

The gist or the ilm (knowledge) that I gathered this morning is about what the Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) had reminded Muaz. Even though in the hadis it specifically mention Muaz's name, but it is a reminder to us all, his ummah.

His reminder was not to forget this doa after every solat:

"Allahumma a'inni 'ala zikrika wasyukrika wa husnu 'ibadatik"
(Sorry, I tried searching for the quranic character for this doa but to no avail)

The meaning is something like this, "Ya Allah, tolonglah hambaMu ini dalam mengingatiMu, mensyukuriMu dan perelokkanlah ibadahku terhadap mu" = O Allah! Assist me in remembering You, thanking you and beautify my ibadah towards You.

May we are able to practice this in our daily dua'. AMIN.

p/s. if you search for this dua', you'll be able to find it esepecially from the page that came from Pondok Pasir Tumbuh. It has the complete version of the hadith. My keyword search was : doa selepas solat Allahumma aiinni

wallahua'lam.

RED ALERT!!!

Yesterday (24/1/2011) I received an sms from my husband. It reads as follows:

"Salam, hari ini 24 januari ada cubaan pecah rumah di jln platinum X/X jam 11 pagi, suspek berbangsa arab dan menaiki kereta perdana hitam full tinted gelap. harap sebarkan utk kewaspadaan kita bersama."

Huh!!! This news really causes a stir in my mind and feeling. The neighbourhood that we live in is not safe anymore. Only few days earlier two cars, a Honda Accord and Toyota Hilux, went missing from a gated porch. A week earlier, there was an attempt to break-in into my friend's house. Also during day time. Two weeks ago, two men on a motorcycle came ringing my door bell at 11pm, claiming that they are from the Jabatan Perangkaan, came to double check the data they collected during the survey period. Boleh caya ke, kerja overtime sampai 11 mlm??? Heh!!!

Criminals are all around you. Around us. Everybody is calling for a tighter security among the neighbourhood. But what is the action? None, so far.

I only pray to You my God, Allah AlMighty, please protect us, our family and our belongings. Protect the neighbourhood from all the bad things. May we are always in your Mercy.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And the Phone Rang Again

Last night, as I was busy with the kids - helping them with their homework, I can listened to my husband's phone ringing. Since it was in my bedroom, I was too lazy to crawl up the stairs to get it. The phone stops ringing. Few minutes later it rang again. I did not bother to get it because I know it must be for him and he is not to be reach at the moment. itulah masalahnya - selalu sangat tak nak bawa hp bila keluar rumah. If it is an important call (from my family), I'm sure the caller will call my number.

"Assalamualaikum", ayah's voice from outside the door. "Waalaikum salam", we replied. "Handphone ayah bunyi tadi", Sabrina pro-actively informing ayah of the phone ring. "Oh! OK", was his usual reply. I can here talking over the phone. Someone must have passed away, I guest.

"Ada orang meninggal kat rumah Hj Hamdan Kristal", my husband's short explanation confirmed my guest. This year alone, there are already 4 death in our neighbourhood. Every news on the demise of any member of the society really touches my heart as I know that my time will be soon. And I, I am still damn busy with my working life which left very little time to devote myself to the Creator. or is it just a reason????

Innalillahi wainna ilaihi raji'un. May Allah bless the roh of the alllahyarhamah, a 74 year old lady living with her kids. Al-fatihah.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kemewahan? Kesenangan?

Salam all,

It has been a while since my last entry. Biasa la kan. Memang tak update tiap2 hari pun. Hmmm... how I wish I could update the blog everyday. My work, my house chores are eating up my time. The leftover time I used it to slump on the sofa for a little rest before dozed off to sleep.

Kemewahan? Kesenangan?

Well, we are not the rich and famous. But we try our best to provide the best to our children. Despite that, the kids said, "ibu dan ayah kedekut. kawan2 lain senang je nak beli barang2". My dearest, we are stingy for your own good.

Actually, I have enough writing about Atikah and her hostel. But this is something I hope could be an eye opener to parents. When we sent Atikah to the hostel, she was sad to see the condition of the dorm, with the bed written all over with marker pen, the setting of the beds. She thought hostel is something like what she saw in the IPTAs - luxury place to stay. That is another reason that makes her begged us to stay out of the hostel (tapi jgn haraplah). Her other frineds seem happy with the new environment. Why the different mood and perception???? Until my sister told us the background of her friends, I can see the reason.

Most of the students at the hostel came from a not so wealthy family (we are not too). Some of them has never sleep on a bed before (only on mattress that need to be laid down every night). To these friends, having a bed for themselves, having a locker for themselves, eating chicken and ice cream every week are all very exciting and luxury experience. While for Atikah .... nothing excites her from her friend's exciting list - she had always enjoyed those things before.

This is where we went wrong. We pampered her with too much with the wealth that we have (I am just a middle income group who lives in metropolitan - Shah Alam). And she became very weak and no fighter, unable to adapt to a more difficult environment. Bak kata tok, "biasanya, petik jari semua dapat". Betullah kata orang, "kesenangan tidak dicari melalui kesenangan". Semoga kami masih mempunyai masa untuk memperbetulkan keadaan.

p/s. Atikah tak percaya masih ada orang kat Malasysia ni yang masih tidur atas tilam tanpa katil!!!! ignorant kah dia???? - a result of techno and gadget kids.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Takabbur

Salam Alaikum,

This morning while getting ready to office, I had the chance to listen to the morning tazkirah programme on TV9, Tanyalah Ustaz. Read the sentence closely, listening to the TV. Ye lah, pagi-pagi ni mana la sempat nak duduk-duduk nonton TV sambil menghirup kopi panas dan roti bakar .... wahhhh .... sedapnya. Ok Ok, back to the topic. Takabbur was the topic discussed by the Ustaz this morning, second day, actually. Some of the gist, or the essence on how to get rid of takabbur is to learn from the ulama', followed Rasulallah s.a.w and his sunnah.

Takabbur can be considered as being snobbish to Allah. We are considered snobbish when we think we are good or better than others. I'm sure, at times we do feel that way. Therefore, that's the resason why we need to astaghfar often because we might not realized that we have been a snob, look down at others. Only Allah is the greatest, no other. We are not any better than any other human being as everybody is good in their own way.

According to the Ustaz,

"Diriwayatkan, Saidina Ali r.a berkata, 'Adakah kamu ingin melihat ahli neraka?'. Tanya sahabat, 'Siapakah mereka wahai Ali?'. Jawab Ali, 'Mereka adalah orang muda yang duduk seorang diri sedang orang lain di sekelilingnya sedang berdiri. Merekalah ahli neraka.'"
That is to show how a very simple thing (we thought so) can be considered as takabbur. Kalau orang Melayu mungkin kata kurang adab. Tetapi AWAS! ianya mungkin lebih bahaya dari sekadar kurang adab. BErhati2lah kita dalam tindak tanduk kita.

How do we know if whatever we do is considered takabbur? That, I did not get the actual explanation from the ustaz through the programme. But, in my personal humble opinion, it is when we think we are better and deserves better, we might fall in this category. So, whenever we do feel this way, let us just say 'Astagfirullah al-Azim'. Amin.

May today is better than yesterday.

Wassalam.






Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dekat Benci, Jauh Rindu

Salam All,

Sorry if the recent postings are all about my daughter and her hostel. Baru sorang anak kat hostel, riuhnya seMalaya, itulah diibaratkan. Just to share a bit of a funny story. Sabrina told us yesterday, "K.Ngah rindu nak kena marah dengan kakak". Macam ni punya orang pun ada ka? Rindu nak kena marah. That's what people said, 'Blood is thicker than water". How hateful you are to your siblings, when they are away, you know that you actually love them. It's proven. We (my sister and I) were once are like the cat and dogs (ada ke istilah camtu dalam BI??). Memang tak boleh berdamai. Sentiasa gaduh. I never knew the reason. Whatever that I do then, were always a nuisance to her. Not until when we were separated. That is when she went to a hostel. Whenever she came back for school hols, she will bring something for me. The first thing that she ever bought me was a mechanical pencil. It was not a very easy to get item more than 30 years ago. I proudly brought it to school to show it to my friends the present that I got from my sister. Masa tu barulah terasa seronoknya ada kakak (eh! mata duitan ke aku ni??? tak kot.......). And until today we are VERY close. A person that I could share and of course gossipping...hihi.

The history repeats, now my eldest is at the hostel being missed by her siblings. Hope it will nurture to a firm bond between them, rahmatillah. Amin.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Misi Menghantar Atikah

Ini cerita 'flashback'. 6th of January is the registration day, so we had to go to Dungun on Wednesday. We went there after 4pm and reached Dungun at 10.30pm. Hush!!! what a long journey..... Dah sampai, baru la sibuk nak isi borang, al-maklum la, borang tak sempat sampai. Nasib baik Cikgu Mahiran @aka MakCik Yan tolong ambilkan, or else lambat la proses pendaftaran hari Khamis tu.

Thursday morning, we drove to the school. The registration process was swift, Alhamdulillah. It was drizzling a bit, but we can still move around from one registration to another without the umbrella. 11.30am was the briefing, listening to the briefing, we felt confident to leave her there (kalau tak pun, akan tinggal jugak). What I like most was the reciting Quran activity which was made compulsory by the Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Trengganu. Alhamdulillah. That is what I was hoping for. The briefing finished at 12.30pm and the rain started to pour cats and dogs. But .... we have another mission to accomplished ... going to Kuala Trengganu. Hihihihi...... So we went, in the rain. Thanks Ayah for your willingness to drive us there. It was a happy journey (despite the rain), we chat all the way. And yes, it was raining, raining, raining and raining non-stop. What an experience!!!!

What are we going to do in K.Trengganu???? Ha ha ... good question. Buat apa ye??? To buy frozen roti canai and kayu keramat. "Nak beli roti canai je?", asked Mifzal. Ye tak ye jugak, takkan nak beli roti canai je???? Therefore, despite the rain, from Losong, we drove to Pulau Duyung, to Masjid Kristal. Kelakar, kelakar ... tengah-tengah hujan boleh gi sight seeing. The advantage, the masjid is ours!!!! By the way, I have always wanted to visit the masjid. Ye la, kilauannya yang menggamit dari kejauhan. Setiap kali menyeberangi jambatan tu, aku memang teringin sangat nak ke masjid tu. Alhamdulillah, Allah makbulkan hajatku.


Dewan solat muslimin

the attractive exterior

However, pardon me, there's leaking here and there. I regret not taking the photo of the leaks. Really hope that the management will take good care of the masjid.

Cheerios!!

Quiet Night

Salam,

It's a quiet night. Sabrina is upstairs mending her own world. Hakim and ayah were currently in surau. And here I am, alone. Fending for myself. One child not around has already make me lonely. As though I have never been separated from them. They have always left me alone especially during the school holidays, but never had I feel this way before. I kept on wondering, what is she doing right now? Has she found any friend yet? Ahh..... mothers! Is that how my mother felt when I was in the hostel??? For what you know, she's happy there to be among friends!!!! So, it's not the child who need to grow up but the mother!!! Hah Hah Hah .....

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Perpisahan dan Pengorbanan

Salam all,

Today is already 3rd of January 2011. 'THE DAY' is approaching. Nearer each day. 6th will be the registration day. My eldest daughter will be leaving our comfortable nest to endeavour a new life - a hostel life. It's not easy to let her go. Not because she's a great domestic helper for me, but most importantly because I'm sure I'll miss her. And I know hostel life is a tough life, it is a 360 degree turn from a comfortable nest that she used to be in. But ... that is the sacrifices that we had to do. We want her to grow, no longer clinging to ibu for every single thing. She is a big girl now. She will soon be facing a more fiery world outside. Therefore, this a training for her, to learn, to see the other part of the world, other than what she has known all this while.

My dear Kakak,
This is dedicated for you. You should always remember that we always LOVE you and will always be. We send you off to the hostel not to punish you, what more to separate us, but we send you to the hostel so that you will be able to learn to live in a life without parents to consistently guiding you. To live a life without parents to daily reminding you of what should be and what should not be. It is to train you to become more responsible of your ownself.

My dear, my love,
Please take this opportunity to show that you can be the best. You are the cream of all. You can become a good muslim, mukminah solehah - even without me by your side. Here, far from your sight, Ibu will always near in your heart as my prayers will always go for you, for your good well beings, rahmah, 'izzah, and forgiveness from ALLAH. Remember ALLAH all the time, for when I am not there to help you but He, ALLAH al-Rahman, al-Rahim will always be there for you. Seek help only from HIM because no other can give you the assistance that you wish for except HIM. Remember HIM by performing solat with khusyu' and recite the Quran daily. ALLAH's word (al-Quran) has a healing power that will heal your lonely heart.

Go my child, go. May Allah's blessing be with you all the time.

Sincerely,
Ibu


Saturday, January 1, 2011

1.1.11

Hmmm.... interesting date!!! 1.1.11. Ramai tak yang berkahwin pada tarikh ni ye??? Maklum la, semuanya mencari tarikh yang cantik untuk diabadikan. Ada yang kata supaya senang ingat .... mungkin betul. Tapi lebih betul jika kita kata supaya orang senang ingat ... heh heh. Suami isteri sepatutnya ingat walau apapun tarikh perkahwinan mereka. Bila ingat annivesary, rewind balik masa mula2 kahwin, masa kentut masih berbau wangi ....pasti boleh menyemarakkan cinta. Contoh paling ringkas tentang ingat tarikh perkahwinan orang adalah aku. Ulang tahun kami adalah pada 31hb Disember. And my mother will always remember to wish us happy annivessary because she can easily remembers the date - the last day of a year. I used to joke with friends, the date was chosen because on the next day (new year), is also a new life adventure for us as a husband and wife. But .... actually that was not the case. The date was chosen because that's the best date we can find to accommodate the sudden decision to tie the knot ahead of our earlier schedule. And the sudden decision is also to accommodate another wedding in the family. This makes 31 December is a day to remember for both of us.
Apahal le pulak bercakap pasal 31 December on 1st January???? Biasala .... baru berpeluang update blog. Lagipun, seronok juga abadikan entri pertama 2011 ini dengan mengingati kisah indah ini.
Semoga Ya Allah, kau kekalkan jodoh kami sehingga ke akhir hayat kami. Semoga rumahtangga kami sentiasa berada dalam keredhaan dan keberkatanMu.
Apa lagi yang cantiknya dengan nombor satu ini? Yang pastinya adalah untuk kita mengingati tuhan yang satu - ALLAH rabbi.
Walaupun aku tidak merayakan tahun baru masihi ini, tetapi aku tetap mendoakan agar kita semua akan bertambah keimanan dan ketaqwaan di tahun 2011 ini seiring dengan pertambahan usia. Amin.