Thursday, October 31, 2013

Antique dining table for six persons





We also bought this round dining table for six persons at the same antique shop where we bought the day bed at Rengit flea market.





Our antique day bed




We bought the above antique day bed when we visited Rengit flea market Saturday 5th October 2013.  It finally arrived at Rumah Liza Wednesday 30th October 2013.  Now to get cotton single mattress for the bed.




Convocation Ceremony at Putrajaya Marriot Hotel

 (the proud father)

 (the proud mother)

 (family all the way from Zambia to be with son/brother on graduation day)

 (Badruzzaman receiving his scroll from Dr David Pilsbury, Pro-Vice Chancellor for International Development Coventry University)

 (Alhamdullilah, we are proud of you, dear son)

 (hubby and I were sitting fifth row for parents of graduates)

(hubby, son and I)

(his proud moment, Alhamdullilah)


The convocation ceremony was held at Putrajaya Marriot Hotel 29 October 2013.  My son, Badruzzaman finally graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering.  He studied at College University Linton (3+0 in collaboration with Coventry University, UK.)

In shaa Allah, after getting his degree, I hope and pray he will get a good job soon.





BAJET ALLAH VS BAJET MANUSIA

BAJET ALLAH VS BAJET MANUSIA

Hari ini, semua rancak membicarakan Bajet 2014 yang sudah dibentangkan Perdana Menteri Malaysia semalam. Penyediaan Bajet tahunan sesebuah Negara jelas menunjukkan kelemahan manusia berbanding Allah. Walaupun dirancang rapi, tetap juga berlaku ketirisan pada pengagihannya. Allah Ta’ala sebagai Tuhan Pentadbir alam menyediakan Bajet bukan secara tahunan tetapi seumur hidup. Dalam Bajet Allah juga tidak berlaku ketirisan sama sekali. Lihat sahaja ayat berikut:

وَالْأَرْضَ مَدَدْنَاهَا وَأَلْقَيْنَا فِيهَا رَوَاسِيَ وَأَنْبَتْنَا فِيهَا مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ مَوْزُونٍ (19) وَجَعَلْنَا لَكُمْ فِيهَا مَعَايِشَ وَمَنْ لَسْتُمْ لَهُ بِرَازِقِينَ (20) وَإِنْ مِنْ شَيْءٍ إِلَّا عِنْدَنَا خَزَائِنُهُ وَمَا نُنَزِّلُهُ إِلَّا بِقَدَرٍ مَعْلُومٍ (21)

Ertinya: Dan bumi ini Kami bentangkan, dan Kami letakkan padanya gunung-ganang yang kukuh terdiri, serta Kami tumbuhkan padanya tiap-tiap sesuatu yang tertentu timbangannya. Dan Kami jadikan untuk kamu pada bumi ini segala keperluan hidup, juga Kami jadikan makhluk-makhluk yang kamu bukanlah orang yang sebenar menyediakan rezekinya. Dan tidak ada sesuatupun melainkan pada sisi Kami sahaja perbendaharaannya dan Kami tidak menurunkannya melainkan dengan menurut kadar dan masa yang tertentu (al-Hijr[15:19-21]).

Juga firmanNya:

وَأَنْزَلْنَا مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً بِقَدَرٍ فَأَسْكَنَّاهُ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَإِنَّا عَلَى ذَهَابٍ بِهِ لَقَادِرُونَ (18)

Ertinya: Dan Kami turunkan hujan dari langit dengan sukatan yang tertentu, serta Kami tempatkan dia tersimpan di bumi; dan sesungguhnya Kami sudah tentu berkuasa melenyapkannya (al-Mu’minun[23:18]).

Juga firmanNya:

وَلَوْ بَسَطَ اللَّهُ الرِّزْقَ لِعِبَادِهِ لَبَغَوْا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَكِنْ يُنَزِّلُ بِقَدَرٍ مَا يَشَاءُ إِنَّهُ بِعِبَادِهِ خَبِيرٌ بَصِيرٌ

Ertinya: Dan kalaulah Allah memewahkan rezeki bagi setiap hambaNya, nescaya mereka akan melampaui batas di bumi (dengan perbuatan-perbuatan liar durjana); akan tetapi Allah menurunkan (rezekiNya itu) menurut kadar yang tertentu sebagaimana yang dikehendakiNya. Sesungguhnya Ia Mengetahui dengan mendalam akan segala keadaan hambaNya, lagi Melihat dengan nyata (al-Syura[42:27]).

Juga firmanNya:

وَالَّذِي نَزَّلَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً بِقَدَرٍ فَأَنْشَرْنَا بِهِ بَلْدَةً مَيْتًا كَذَلِكَ تُخْرَجُونَ

Ertinya: Dan (Dia lah) yang menurunkan hujan dari menurut sukatan yang tertentu, lalu Kami hidupkan dengan hujan itu negeri yang kering tandus tanahnya. Sedemikian itulah pula kamu akan dikeluarkan (hidup semula dari kubur) (al-Zukhruf [43:11]).

Juga firmanNya:

سَبِّحِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ الْأَعْلَى (1) الَّذِي خَلَقَ فَسَوَّى (2) وَالَّذِي قَدَّرَ فَهَدَى (3)

Ertinya: Bertasbihlah mensucikan nama Tuhanmu Yang Maha Tinggi (dari segala sifat-sifat kekurangan), Yang telah menciptakan (sekalian makhlukNya) serta menyempurnakan kejadiannya dengan kelengkapan yang sesuai dengan keadaannya; Dan Yang telah mengatur (keadaan makhluk-makhlukNya) serta memberikan hidayah petunjuk (ke jalan keselamatannya dan kesempurnaannya); (al-A’la [87:1-3]).


Penentuan bajet Allah kepada manusia sebenarnya sudah bermula ketika manusia berada dalam kandungan ibunya sebagaimana sabda Rasulullah SAW:

إِنَّ أَحَدَكُمْ يُجْمَعُ خَلْقُهُ فِي بَطْنِ أُمِّهِ أَرْبَعِينَ يَوْمًا ثُمَّ يَكُونُ عَلَقَةً مِثْلَ ذَلِكَ ثُمَّ يَكُونُ مُضْغَةً مِثْلَ ذَلِكَ ثُمَّ يَبْعَثُ اللَّهُ مَلَكًا فَيُؤْمَرُ بِأَرْبَعِ كَلِمَاتٍ وَيُقَالُ لَهُ اكْتُبْ عَمَلَهُ وَرِزْقَهُ وَأَجَلَهُ وَشَقِيٌّ أَوْ سَعِيدٌ ثُمَّ يُنْفَخُ فِيهِ الرُّوحُ

Ertinya: Sesungguhnya setiap kamu dikumpulkan kejadiannya dalam perut ibunya selama 40 hari, kemudian ia menjadi segumpal darah selama itu juga (40 hari), kemudian ia menjadi seketul daging selama itu juga (40 hari), kemudian dihantar kepadanya malaikat lalu diarahkan agar menulis 4 perkara. Lalu dikatakan kepada malaikat itu: Tuliskan perihal amalannya, kadar rezekinya, ajalnya dan sama ada dia menjadi orang yang celaka (sebagai ahli neraka) atau bahagia (sebagai ahli syurga). Kemudian ditiup padanya ruh (Sahih al-Bukhari, Sunan Abu Dawud, Sunan al-Tirmidhi, Sunan Ibn Majah, Musnad Ahmad).

The BBQ set at Rumah Liza



(the BBQ set, as requested by our guest Puan Hajah Shelina Harun)

(checkers anyone?? The round table has a checkers board printed on it)




Our latest guest, Puan Hajah Shelina Harun wanted to do a BBQ during her family day gathering.  So, we took our BBQ set from our abode in Kajang and place it at Rumah Liza.






Riding Boroi our Stud at Pedas Farm

 (the children waiting for Boroi)

 (this is Boroi)

(one of the children riding Boroi)


Our guests at Rumah Liza had a BBQ when they stayed Saturday 26th October, 2013.  I was invited to attend the BBQ too.  The lamb steak and chicken wings were delicious.  Puan Hajah Shelina Harun said she bought the marinated lamb and chicken wings from  Arifahani's Marinated BBQ & Steaks's.

Then, when I wanted to return to my farm, I invited the children to visit the farm the same night.  They all came and were thrilled when they saw Boroi, our stud, and they could ride him too.  Rizal, our farmhand, assisted the children when they wanted to ride Boroi.  




Monday, October 28, 2013

Putrajaya Mosque during Eshaq

 (view of the prayer hall from the courtyard)

 (view of the courtyard, in the background is the PM's office)

(children having fun at Dataran Putra)


Last Friday 25th October, accompanied laling to Putrajaya.  We had dinner at Manhattan Fish Mart in Alamanda.  Then had our Maghrib prayers at the Surau there.  Laling also bought dried dates, apricots and mixed nuts.....for me... A new ESPRIT shirt for him and....a CLARKS boot too....

When we were going to the carpark, I saw the PONEY boutique and persuaded laling to buy a tee shirt and pants for our grandson, Muhammad.  Laling obliged.  Thank you soooo much dear.....

Then we had out solat Eshaq at the Putrajaya Mosque.  Later, we sat on one of the platforms around Dataran Putra and viewed the vast lake whilst eating peanuts and the dried apricot and kiwi fruits..... We sat and chit chatted whilst teasing each other.....just like during our dating days..... Love you so much laling.....






JANGAN JADI AYAH YANG TIDAK BERTANGGUNGJAWAB

JANGAN JADI AYAH YANG TIDAK BERTANGGUNGJAWAB


Dalam kuliahnya malam tadi di Surau Nur al-Syura, Ustaz Bukhari Muhammad dari Gombak memberikan analogi yang cukup mudah untuk difahami tentang tanggungjawab seorang ayah terhadap keluarganya. Kata beliau:

“Seorang ayah yang baik lagi bertanggungjawab tidak akan sanggup bersenang lenang dengan makanan terbaik sedangkan anak isterinya di rumah sedang menderita makan ikan kering sahaja. Kalau ada ayah yang bersikap demikian, dia bukanlah seorang ayah yang baik. Inilah perumpamaan seorang ayah yang hanya mahu ke syurga berseorangan tanpa berusaha membawa anak isteri bersama. Ia berlaku dengan kemalasan si ayah mendidik anak isteri dengan baik atau hanya beribadat bersendirian tanpa menggalakkan ahli keluarganya.”

Apa yang dianalogikan oleh ustaz tersebut sebenarnya dijelaskan oleh al-Quran. Firman Allah:


يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا قُوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ عَلَيْهَا مَلَائِكَةٌ غِلَاظٌ شِدَادٌ لَا يَعْصُونَ اللَّهَ مَا أَمَرَهُمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ

Ertinya: Dan perintahkanlah keluargamu serta umatmu mengerjakan sembahyang, dan hendaklah engkau tekun bersabar menunaikannya. Kami tidak meminta rezeki kepadamu, (bahkan) Kamilah yang memberi rezeki kepadamu. Dan (ingatlah) kesudahan yang baik adalah bagi orang-orang yang bertaqwa (Taha[20:132]).

Juga firman Allah:

وَأْمُرْ أَهْلَكَ بِالصَّلَاةِ وَاصْطَبِرْ عَلَيْهَا لَا نَسْأَلُكَ رِزْقًا نَحْنُ نَرْزُقُكَ وَالْعَاقِبَةُ لِلتَّقْوَى

Ertinya: Wahai orang-orang yang beriman! Peliharalah diri kamu dan keluarga kamu dari neraka yang bahan-bahan bakarannya: manusia dan batu (berhala); neraka itu dijaga dan dikawal oleh malaikat-malaikat yang keras kasar (layanannya); mereka tidak menderhaka kepada Allah dalam segala yang diperintahkanNya kepada mereka, dan mereka pula tetap melakukan segala yang diperintahkan (al-Tahrim[66:6]).

Juga doa nabi Ibrahim AS:

رَبِّ اجْعَلْنِي مُقِيمَ الصَّلَاةِ وَمِنْ ذُرِّيَّتِي رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَاءِ

Ertinya: "Wahai Tuhanku! Jadikanlah daku orang yang mendirikan sembahyang dan demikianlah juga zuriat keturunanku. Wahai Tuhan kami, perkenankanlah doa permohonanku (Ibrahim[14:40]).


YA ALLAH! JADIKANLAH KAMI SEMUA AYAH YANG BENAR-BENAR BERTANGGUNG JAWAB!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Geese @ Sepang

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When I was living with my parents in Jalan Jelebu, Ampangan, Seremban, i.e. before I got married, my dad reared chickens and ducks at the chicken coop which he made all by himself.  My dad is a Jack of all Trades.... Anyway, besides chickens and ducks, my dad also had these two pairs of geese.

These geese never liked me......every time I returned from work in the evening, these geese would start to quack quack and quack ever so loud....announcing my return... Not only that, they would come after me, their long necks parallel to the ground and with their beaks opening and shuting and making all that quacking sound...they would chase me... Imagine me running with my stilettos (3 inches...mind you..) and calling for my mum and dad....."Mak....abah....tolong....Ang ang kejar Liza....'' (Mum, dad, help me...Ang ang (the geese) are chasing me).

Well, I didn't blame the geese for chasing me almost everyday when I returned from work....they thought I was a stranger....since they only saw me in the evening. When I left for work at dawn everyday, they were still in the chicken coop, so they did not see me the whole day... That was why they thought I was a stranger....

Anyway, when I accompanied my hubby to meet his client at a farm in Sepang, I was waiting in the car when I saw these white coloured geese and took a video.  Well, even these geese were after me.....strange, but true.....




Sunday, October 20, 2013

ORANG BERIMAN MELIHAT ALLAH DI DUNIA DGN MATA HATINYA!

ORANG BERIMAN MELIHAT ALLAH DI DUNIA DGN MATA HATINYA! 

Tazkirah ringkas secara mingguan di Msjid UIA hari ini. Antara intipatinya: 

1) Beriman kpd perkara yg ghaib adalah sifat org bertaqwa (al-Baqarah[2:2-3]).
Kemuncak GHAIB ADALAH ALLAH! Allah adalah Zat yg MAHA GHAIB TETAPI wujud bersama kita. Walaupun ghaib, Allah wujud & amat dekat dgn manusia shg lbh dekat dari urat leher:

وَلَقَد خَلَقن
َا الإِنسٰنَ وَنَعلَمُ ما تُوَسوِسُ بِهِ نَفسُهُ ۖ وَنَحنُ أَقرَبُ إِلَيهِ مِن حَبلِ الوَريدِ

Dan demi sesungguhnya, Kami telah mencipta manusia dan Kami sedia mengetahui apa yang dibisikkan oleh hatinya, sedang (pengetahuan) Kami lebih dekat kepadanya daripada urat lehernya (Qaf[50:16]).

2) Org beriman lagi bertaqwa melihat Allah dgn mata hatinya ketika dihasut syaitan:

إِنَّ الَّذينَ اتَّقَوا إِذا مَسَّهُم طٰئِفٌ مِنَ الشَّيطٰنِ تَذَكَّروا فَإِذا هُم مُبصِرونَ

Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang bertakwa, apabila mereka disentuh oleh sesuatu imbasan hasutan dari Syaitan, mereka ingat (kepada ajaran Allah) maka dengan itu mereka nampak (jalan yang benar) (Al-A'raf[7:201]).

3) Syurga Allah ada 2 jenis iaitu syurga fizikal dan syurga rohani. Syurga fizikal lebih rendah nilainya berbanding syurga rohani. Setelah ahli syurga meni'mati ni'mat syurga fizikal seperti buah-buhan, iringan bidadari dan sebagainya, Allah akan memberikan mereka ni'mat tertinggi atau syurga rohani iaitu PELUANG MELIHAT WAJAH ALLAH YG MELAMBANGKAN KEREDHAANNYA KEPADA AHLI SYURGA.

وُجُوهٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ نَاضِرَةٌ (22) إِلَى رَبِّهَا نَاظِرَةٌ (23)

Pada hari akhirat itu, muka (orang-orang yang beriman) berseri-seri; Melihat kepada Tuhannya (al-Qiyamah[75:22-23]).

YA ALLAH! BERIKAN KAMI PELUANG MENDAPAT REDHAMU DAN PELUANG MELIHAT WAJAHMU DI AKHIRAT KELAK!

Surah Al Fajr

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

The early bird...

video


This little bird would perch outside my bedroom window and began pecking on the window pane.  I would  tap the window pane with my finger in return.....  Well, we were communicating....sort of.... Wonder what kind of bird it is...





PERCANGGAHAN DALAM ISU NAZAR: ILMU ITU CAHAYA YANG AKAN ALLAH SERLAHKAN SINARNYA

PERCANGGAHAN DALAM ISU NAZAR: ILMU ITU CAHAYA YANG AKAN ALLAH SERLAHKAN SINARNYA


Baru-baru ini dalam salah satu kelas Tafsir saya, kami berbincang perihal nazar. Saya nyatakan ada nazar yang dipuji dan ada juga yang nazar dilarang. Bahkan jika diteliti secara umum SEAKAN terdapat sedikit percanggahan antara Hadith nabi dan al-Quran dalam isu nazar. Dalam sebuah hadith Rasulullah SAW melarang nazar dilakukan manakala dalam ayat lain pula Allah memuji orang yang menunaikan nazarnya.

Saya menjelaskan kepada pelajar saya bahawa maklumat tersebut adalah berdasarkan pembacaan saya suatu masa dahulu tetapi saya terlupa bahan bacaan tersebut. Sepanjang kelas berlansung saya cuba mengingat kembali bahan bacaan yang saya maksudkan tetapi gagal. Seketika itu juga saya berdoa kepada Allah agar dipertemukan dengan bahan bacaan tersebut bagi merungkaikan percanggahan dalam isu nazar itu.

Pagi ini (30 September 2013) ketika memasuki bilik di UIAM, hati saya tergerak untuk membelek sebuah buku yang berada atas meja saya. Buku tersebut adalah Tesis PhD al-Fadhil Dr. Muhd Asri bin Zainul Abidin yang bertajuk “Sabab Wurud al-Hadith, Dhawabit Wa Ma’ayir” (Sebab kewujudan sesuatu Hadith nabi) terbitan Research Centre, UIAM, halaman 186-188. Alhamdulillah! Saya dipertemukan dengan bahan rujukan yang saya maksudkan. Segala puji bagi Allah yang kembali menyinarkan cahaya ilmu dan memakbulkan doa tersebut.

Peristiwa ini jelas menunjukkan kelemahan manusia yang mudah lupa. Ia memang disebut oleh Allah pada sifat kejadian nabi Adam, firmanNya:

وَلَقَدْ عَهِدْنَا إِلَى آَدَمَ مِنْ قَبْلُ فَنَسِيَ وَلَمْ نَجِدْ لَهُ عَزْمًا

Ertinya: Dan demi sesungguhnya, Kami telah berpesan kepada Adam pada masa yang lalu, tetapi ia lupa; dan kami tidak mendapatinya mempunyai keazaman yang teguh. (Taha[20:115]).


Sedang Allah Yang Maha Sempurna pula jauh bezanya dengan makhluk. FirmanNya:

قَالَ عِلْمُهَا عِنْدَ رَبِّي فِي كِتَابٍ لَا يَضِلُّ رَبِّي وَلَا يَنْسَى

Ertinya: Nabi Musa menjawab: "Pengetahuan mengenainya ada di sisi Tuhanku, tertulis di dalam sebuah Kitab; Tuhanku tidak pernah keliru dan Ia juga tidak pernah lupa" (Taha[20:52]).

PERBINCANGAN ISU NAZAR:

1) Sebenarnya apabila diteliti kedua sumber Islam itu tidak bercanggah tetapi membawa konteks perbincangan yang berbeza. Dalam sebuah hadith, nazar dihukumkan makruh oleh Rasulullah SAW:

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ
نَهَى النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَنْ النَّذْرِ وَقَالَ إِنَّهُ لَا يَرُدُّ شَيْئًا وَلَكِنَّهُ يُسْتَخْرَجُ بِهِ مِنْ الْبَخِيلِ

Ertinya: Dari Abdullah ibn ‘Umar, bahawa Rasulullah SAW melarang bernazar, baginda bersabda: Sesungguhnya nazar itu tidak akan menolak sesuatu (taqdir) pun, akan tetapi ia dikeluarkan dari si kedekut (Sahih al-Bukhari dan Muslim).

Dalam al-Quran pula Allah memuji orang yang menunaikan nazarnya. Firman Allah:

يُوفُونَ بِالنَّذْرِ وَيَخَافُونَ يَوْمًا كَانَ شَرُّهُ مُسْتَطِيرًا

Ertinya: Mereka dikurniakan kesenangan itu kerana) mereka menyempurnakan nazarnya (apatah lagi yang diwajibkan Tuhan kepadanya), serta mereka takutkan hari (akhirat) yang azab seksanya merebak di sana sini (al-Insan[76:7]).

2) Hadith dan ayat di atas tidak bercanggah sama sekali. Allah memuji hambaNya yang menunaikan nazar dengan sempurna. Nazar itu pula adalah nazar ibadat yang ikhlas tanpa mengharapkan manafaat duniawi. Ia adalah seperti nazar ibu Maryam yang mahu meletakkan bayinya sebagai orang yang berkhidmat di Bayt al-Maqdis tanpa diikat dengan apa-apa hajat:

إِذْ قَالَتِ امْرَأَةُ عِمْرَانَ رَبِّ إِنِّي نَذَرْتُ لَكَ مَا فِي بَطْنِي مُحَرَّرًا فَتَقَبَّلْ مِنِّي إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

Ertinya: (Ingatlah) ketika isteri Imran berkata:" Tuhanku! Sesungguhnya aku nazarkan kepadaMu anak yang ada dalam kandunganku sebagai seorang yang bebas (dari segala urusan dunia untuk berkhidmat kepadaMu semata-mata), maka terimalah nazarku; sesungguhnya Engkaulah Yang Maha Mendengar, lagi Maha Mengetahui." (Ali ‘Imran[3:35]).

3) Nazar yang dilarang oleh Rasulullah SAW dalam hadith di atas adalah nazar yang diikat dengan hajat duniawi seperti seseorang menyebut: “Ya Allah! Jika Engkau beri kejayaan kepadaku dalam peperiksaan nanti aku bernazar akan berpuasa 3 hari.”

Nazar sedemikian kelihatan biadab kerana orang yang bernazar seakan cubaan berunding dengan Allah seolah-olah Allah amat memerlukan ibadah hambaNYa. Sedangkan Allah itu Maha Kaya dan tetap teguh berkuasa walaupun tanpa ibadah para hambaNya. Firman Allah:

وَقَالَ مُوسَى إِنْ تَكْفُرُوا أَنْتُمْ وَمَنْ فِي الْأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَغَنِيٌّ حَمِيدٌ

Ertinya: Dan Nabi Musa berkata: "Kalau kamu dan sesiapa jua yang ada di muka bumi seluruhnya berlaku kufur ingkar, maka (hal yang demikian tidak merugikan Allah), kerana sesungguhnya Allah adalah Maha Kaya, lagi Maha Terpuji (Ibrahim[14:8]).

4) Perlu diingat bahawa nazar tidak akan mampu mengubah taqdir yang ditetapkan Allah semenjak azali sebagaimana sabda nabi SAW:

لَا تَنْذِرُوا فَإِنَّ النَّذْرَ لَا يُغْنِي مِنْ الْقَدَرِ شَيْئًا وَإِنَّمَا يُسْتَخْرَجُ بِهِ مِنْ الْبَخِيلِ

Ertinya: Janganlah kamu bernazar kerana sesungguhnya nazar itu tidak akan dapat mengubah taqdir walau sedikit pun. Sebenarnya ia hanya dikeluarkan (dibuat oleh si bakhil) (Sahih Muslim, Sunan al-Tirmidhi dan al-Nasa’i).

Sebaiknya seseorang yang berhajat itu berusaha sepenuh daya, berserah dan berdoa kepada Allah. Ia bertepatan dengan konsep usaha, ikhtiar dan doa yang disarankan Islam.

Allahu A'lam..semoga bermanafaat
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Monday, October 14, 2013

My dad's 83rd Birthday



My dad celebrated his 83rd birthday on October 13.  When I bought his birthday cake, Chocolate Indulgence, at Secret Recipe in Kajang town, I got the years wrong.  Written on the birthday cake was 84 years old.....



But dad was a good sport....he just laughed at my mistake.... 

My youngest brother, Zulfitri Idrus, a teacher at a public school in Segamat, Johor, was also around with his wife and three daughters.  

Dad, we love you very much.  Happy 83rd birthday.  








Saturday, October 12, 2013

Basikal Tua

 (the bicycle with the basket belongs to my dad)


At Rumah Liza, we have these two ancient bicycles for our guests to ride around the village at Pedas.  The bicycle with the basket belongs to my dad.  He gave it to me because he could no longer ride the bicycle.  He is 83 years old, and will be celebrating his 84th birthday tomorrow, In shaa Allah.

The above bicycles are actually for women, because there are no bars between the handle and the seat. Thus, easy for the women to get on and off the bicycle.  For men, the bicycle have an extra bar, so that they could carry their wives/girlfriends sitting on it....cool is it not??  The carrier at the back is to carry their picnic basket!! hehehe......

Thank you dad for the bicycle.  Happy 84th Birthday in advance.  I love you very much.  I wish you health and happiness always. Amiinn.




Thursday, October 10, 2013

Special Windows at Rumah Liza




At Rumah Liza, we have four windows which are very special, because, one need not open both window leaves to view outside.  All one need to do is......watch the above video.  It shows one how to do it.... amazing is it not?? ONLY at Rumah Liza.... (clap clap clap....)  Hehehe.....

(Thank you Puan Adek Norsyuhana for demonstrating the technique)


p.s. Two windows are at rumah induk (centre) and two more windows in the master bedroom.





FOUR THINGS TO DO ON THE BLESSED 10 DAYS OF DHUL HIJJAH

FOUR THINGS TO DO ON THE BLESSED 10 DAYS OF DHUL HIJJAH

Allah the Most High & Exalted says: “By the Dawn; By the ten nights” [Surah Al-Fajr:1-2]

This oath substantiates the greatness and sacredness of these ten nights in the eyes of Allah. This is an extraordinary oath; it is very reliable and significant and the wise men can understand that by this oath, Allah too attaches great importance and value to the ten nights of Dhul Hijjah.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) has said regarding these blessed days:

“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” The people asked , “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out, giving himself and his wealth up for the cause (of Allah), and came back with nothing.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

It is clear then that these 10 days possess tremendous blessings and excellence. Therefore we should spend these 10 blessed days and nights in intensive worship and virtuous acts. Therefore we cannot possibly afford to miss out on such immense rewards otherwise we will definitely be in utter regret in the Hereafter!

The following are recommended acts to do during the blessed 10 days and nights of Dhul Hijjah.

1. Fasting the 9 days of Dhul Hijjah

It is recommended to fast on the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah, especially on the 9th which is the blessed day of Arafah. Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) encouraged us to do righteous deeds in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah; and indeed fasting is one of the best of deeds. Almighty Allah says, “All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.”’ [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

Note: The 10th of Dhul Hijjah is the day of Eid ul Adha and it is prohibited to fast on this day.

Forgiveness for 2 years of sins (minor sins) for fasting on the day of Arafah: Abu Qatadah Al-Ansari (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated, ”The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah (the 9th of the month of Dhul Hijjah). He replied, “Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for the preceding year and the following year.” He was also asked about fasting on the day of Ashura (the 10th of the month of Muharram). He replied, “Fasting on the day of Ashura is an expiation for the preceding year.” The Messenger of Allah () was also asked about fasting on Monday, and he replied, “This is the day on which I was born and the day on which I was sent (with the Message of Islam) and the day on which I received revelation.” [Muslim]

Therefore we should try our utmost to fast all the blessed 9 days of Dhul Hijjah – particularly the 9th of Dhul Hijjah which is the day of Arafah. If not then we should at least fast as many as we can possibly can as we may not get this opportunity again next year as life is uncertain and we should never procrastinate on doing good actions.

Tip: Eat light and hydrate well. If you will be staying up until Fajr, then the more you eat, the harder it will be for you to stay up and the less productive you will be! Keep some water with you at all times during the night. This will help you stay up, feel energised and refreshed and have a clearer mind. Also encourage your family and friends to join in!

2. Reciting tasbeeh, tahmeed, tahleel and takbeer abundantly

It is Sunnah to recite takbeer (Allahu Akbar), tahmeed (Alhamdulillah), tahleel (Laa ilaaha ill-Allah), and tasbeeh (SubhanAllah) during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. These words should be recited abundantly in the masajid, homes, streets and in every place where it is permissible to remember and glorify Allah.

“That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (reward of Hajj in the Hereafter and also some worldly gain from trade), and mention the Name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice).” [Surah Al-Haj:28]

Reciting the Takbeeraat-e-Tashreeq from the 9th to the 13th of Dhul Hijjah:

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd.

Translation: “Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. There is no deity besides Allah and Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and all praises are for Allah only.”

Men can recite the above after every fardh salaat from Fajr of the 9th of Dhul Hijjah until Asr of the 13th of Dhul Hijjah audibly. Women should recite it silently.

Tip: Remember and glorify Allah no matter what you are doing: This is particularly easy as one can remember Allah anywhere and at any time whether it is during work or any daily activity.

3. Offering the Qurbani (sacrifice of a livestock animal)

The qurbani (also known as udh’hiya) is the sacrifice of a livestock animal during Eid ul-Adha. It is the sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him). It is a means of getting closer to Allah (glorified and exalted be He). It is obligatory upon every sane adult who is not a traveller and can afford it (wealth equal to or more than nisab). It is performed on the days of sacrifice which is the 10th, 11th or 12th of Dhul Hijjah. One may sacrifice a thousand animals on days other than these, but it will never be regarded or considered as udh’hiya. Therefore the qurbani is a sacred act which can only be done during the three days of Dhul Hijjah as specified. Regarding the qurbani, Allah says in the Qur’an:

“It is not their meat, nor their blood, that reaches Allah, It is their piety that reaches Allah.” [Surah Al-Haj:37]

Tip: It is best to go about the sacrifice the traditional way and offering it in your locality so that you obtain the lesson from the sacrifice and remind yourself of the emotions and test that Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) himself endured. However, where you face logistical issues, nowadays it is much easier for us to fulfil this sacred act by the mere click of a button over the Internet where we can buy an animal to be sacrificed on the various established Muslim charity websites.

4. Doing more good deeds than usual

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days (Dhul Hijjah).” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

Therefore we should increase the amount of good deeds we do in order to take advantage of this blessed time where good deeds are increased significantly.

Tip: Complete as many worldly tasks as possible beforehand and do not waste this precious time: Make arrangements to clear as many of your pending tasks as possible or make a plan for tackling them later. This way, one is free to worship during the 10 days and nights without being distracted by worldly tasks. We must make a firm intention that during these blessed 10 days that we will not take part in idle talk, watch TV, play computer games or spend time on the social media. There are many more days in the year for all that – if you really cannot resist. This is just 10 days! Consider the utter loss and regret for those who waste these blessed 10 days.

The following 7 deeds are amongst the best actions we can do during these blessed 10 days:

Reciting the Qur’an abundantly: ”Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” [At-Tirmidhi]So if one letter of the Qur’an is equivalent to ten good deeds then imagine how much reward there is for reading each letter during these blessed 10 days which are said to be the best days of the year! Subhanallah!
Abu Darda’ reported Allah’s Apostle (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) as saying: Is any one of you incapable of reciting a third of the Qur’an in a night? They (the Companions) asked: How could one recite a third of the Qur’an (in a night)? Upon this he (the Prophet(peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)) said:” He is Allah, One” is equivalent to a third of the Qur’an. [Sahih Muslim]

Therefore let us recite as much of the Qur’an as we can during these 10 days and nights and aim to recite it from cover to cover if we can. After that we should continue reciting the Qur’an throughout the rest of the year, for it is one of the excellent forms of worship!

Tip: Increase your recitation by adding a few minutes or pages to your usual recitation routine. If you don’t have a routine yet, maybe this is the time for you start forming the habit. Begin by committing to recite at least one or two pages (or for 10 minutes, if you are a slow reciter) and then work to increase on this. Carry a small pocket mus’haf with you or install a reliable Qur’an app on a mobile device so that Shaytan cannot discourage you when you are out and about!

Note: It is also very relevant to read the story of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) which will give one a deeper understanding of the rituals of Hajj and the qurbani.

Showing exemplary character: The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “Nothing will be heavier on the Day of Resurrection in the Scale of the believer than good manners. Allah hates one who utters foul or coarse language.” [At- Tirmidhi].So we must aim to be the best in character during these blessed days and nights and continue to do so for the rest of the year. We must not argue, swear, backbite, slander or gossip.
Tip: Make an extra effort to be good to your friends, family, and neighbours, and especially those of other faiths.

Giving much in charity: As the rewards of doing good deeds during these days are increased significantly then we should also give as much as we can in charity.Allah promised forgiveness of our sins if we give in charity and give to the poor and needy. He honoured our charity and described it as a “ beautiful loan to Allah “ to emphasise that we are doing something good that He loves, and that He himself will pay our loan back to us doubled:
“If ye loan to Allah a beautiful loan, He will double it to your (credit), and He will grant you Forgiveness: for Allah is Most Ready to appreciate (service), Most Forbearing.” [Surah At-Taghabun:17]

Tip: Have some change with you at all times to hand out when the opportunity arises. If you don’t have the opportunity to give out money in public, go online and resolve to donate a fixed amount every morning! If you don’t have money, remember that even a smile is considered charity – so go on and spread some good cheer!

Respecting and honouring our parents: Islam teaches us that of the most beloved deeds to Allah, having respect for one’s parents is second only to that of prayer and is greater than that of fighting in His cause.It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah bin Mas’ood (may Allāh be pleased with him), who observed: “I asked Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) which deed was the best.” He (the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)) replied: ‘The Prayer at its appointed hour.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He (the Holy Prophet) replied: ‘Kindness to the parents.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He replied: ‘Earnest struggle (Jihad) in the cause of Allah.’ I refrained from asking any more questions for fear of annoying him. [Sahih Muslim]
Tip: Make an extra effort to spend time with them during these blessed days. Recite Qur’an with them, read a book together, discuss a lecture you heard, share your plans for the future and seek their input. Drive your father to the masjid if he is unable to walk there and earn reward for doing so, or call them a few more times in the day if they live far away.

Doing many nawafil (superogatory) prayers: Rabi’ah ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:”Ask (anything).” Rabi’ah said: “I ask of you to be your companion in paradise.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Or anything else?” Rabi’ah said: “That is it.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said to him: “Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., supererogatory prayers).” [Abu Dawud]The following are sunnah and nawafil prayers to pray during the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah:
- Pray 12 raka’ahs of sunnah daily along with the fardh prayers. Umm Habibah Ramilah bint Abu Sufyan (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated she heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) saying: “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of prayers other than the obligatory ones in day and night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” [Muslim]
Umm Habibah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever sticks to the habit of offering four rak`ahs before Noon Prayer & four rak`ahs after it, Allah will shield him against the Hell-Fire.” [Sunan An-Nasai]

- Salaatul Duhaa: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is reported to have said: Whoever prayed twelve rakaats (before midday), then Allah will, as a reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise. [Sunan An-Nasai]

- Two raka’ahs sunnah after entering the masjid: Abu Qatadah (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) as saying: “If any one of you enters a mosque, he should pray two rak`ahs before sitting.” [Abi Dawud]

- Tahiyyatul wudhu: - 2 raka’ahs sunnah after performing wudhu (ablution). Abu Hurayrah (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported the Prophet (may Allāh be pleased with him) saying to Bilal (may Allāh be pleased with him): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (may Allāh be pleased with him) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

- Tahajjud prayer: The most virtuous nawafil (voluntary) prayer is the Tahajjud prayer as it enables one to get closer to Allah (glorified and exalted be He). The best recitation of the Qur’an is done during Tahajjud prayer. You should recite as much of the Qur’an as you have memorised. In the long prostrations, beg Allah (glorified and exalted be He) for forgiveness and mercy and surely He will never turn away his slaves who beg of him during this prayer.

Note: During the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah we should aim to pray Tahajjud every night. If not then we should pray it in as many nights as we possibly can. When fasting during the first 9 days of Dhul Hijjah one should awaken a little earlier for Suhur, make wudhu and pray Tahajjud. The last third portion of the night is the most blessed part of the night in which duas are more readily accepted during this time. So by praying Tahajjud it gives us the best opportunity to get closer to Allah and to make sincere dua, repenting for our sins past and present and to beg, cry and ask of Allah for whatever we want.

Tip: Before you go to bed each night, use the Productive Muslim Taskinator to block out time for these additional acts of worship. You are more likely to get something done if you allocate time for it. As the saying goes – what gets scheduled, gets done!

Increase in glorification & remembrance of Allah: As His creations we should all remember and glorify our creator as much as we possibly can, but even more so during these blessed days. The following are some easy and very beneficial dhikr and glorification we can do throughout these blessed days and nights.- Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd
- Subhanallah
- Alhamdulillah
- Allahu Akbar
- Laa ilaha ilallah
- La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah
- Asthaghfirullah
- SubhanAllahil azeem wa bihamdihi
- Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm
- Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa h — with Muneer Dange and 5 others.
FOUR THINGS TO DO ON THE BLESSED 10 DAYS OF DHUL HIJJAH

Allah the Most High & Exalted says: “By the Dawn; By the ten nights” [Surah Al-Fajr:1-2]

This oath substantiates the greatness and sacredness of these ten nights in the eyes of Allah. This is an extraordinary oath; it is very reliable and significant and the wise men can understand that by this oath, Allah too attaches great importance and value to the ten nights of Dhul Hijjah.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) has said regarding these blessed days:

“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” The people asked , “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out, giving himself and his wealth up for the cause (of Allah), and came back with nothing.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

It is clear then that these 10 days possess tremendous blessings and excellence. Therefore we should spend these 10 blessed days and nights in intensive worship and virtuous acts. Therefore we cannot possibly afford to miss out on such immense rewards otherwise we will definitely be in utter regret in the Hereafter!

The following are recommended acts to do during the blessed 10 days and nights of Dhul Hijjah.

1. Fasting the 9 days of Dhul Hijjah

It is recommended to fast on the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah, especially on the 9th which is the blessed day of Arafah. Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) encouraged us to do righteous deeds in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah; and indeed fasting is one of the best of deeds. Almighty Allah says, “All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.”’ [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

Note: The 10th of Dhul Hijjah is the day of Eid ul Adha and it is prohibited to fast on this day.

Forgiveness for 2 years of sins (minor sins) for fasting on the day of Arafah: Abu Qatadah Al-Ansari (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated, ”The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah (the 9th of the month of Dhul Hijjah). He replied, “Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for the preceding year and the following year.” He was also asked about fasting on the day of Ashura (the 10th of the month of Muharram). He replied, “Fasting on the day of Ashura is an expiation for the preceding year.” The Messenger of Allah () was also asked about fasting on Monday, and he replied, “This is the day on which I was born and the day on which I was sent (with the Message of Islam) and the day on which I received revelation.” [Muslim]

Therefore we should try our utmost to fast all the blessed 9 days of Dhul Hijjah – particularly the 9th of Dhul Hijjah which is the day of Arafah. If not then we should at least fast as many as we can possibly can as we may not get this opportunity again next year as life is uncertain and we should never procrastinate on doing good actions.

Tip: Eat light and hydrate well. If you will be staying up until Fajr, then the more you eat, the harder it will be for you to stay up and the less productive you will be! Keep some water with you at all times during the night. This will help you stay up, feel energised and refreshed and have a clearer mind. Also encourage your family and friends to join in!

2. Reciting tasbeeh, tahmeed, tahleel and takbeer abundantly

It is Sunnah to recite takbeer (Allahu Akbar), tahmeed (Alhamdulillah), tahleel (Laa ilaaha ill-Allah), and tasbeeh (SubhanAllah) during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. These words should be recited abundantly in the masajid, homes, streets and in every place where it is permissible to remember and glorify Allah.

“That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (reward of Hajj in the Hereafter and also some worldly gain from trade), and mention the Name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice).” [Surah Al-Haj:28]

Reciting the Takbeeraat-e-Tashreeq from the 9th to the 13th of Dhul Hijjah: 

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd.

Translation: “Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. There is no deity besides Allah and Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and all praises are for Allah only.”

Men can recite the above after every fardh salaat from Fajr of the 9th of Dhul Hijjah until Asr of the 13th of Dhul Hijjah audibly. Women should recite it silently.

Tip: Remember and glorify Allah no matter what you are doing: This is particularly easy as one can remember Allah anywhere and at any time whether it is during work or any daily activity.

3. Offering the Qurbani (sacrifice of a livestock animal)

The qurbani (also known as udh’hiya) is the sacrifice of a livestock animal during Eid ul-Adha. It is the sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him). It is a means of getting closer to Allah (glorified and exalted be He). It is obligatory upon every sane adult who is not a traveller and can afford it (wealth equal to or more than nisab). It is performed on the days of sacrifice which is the 10th, 11th or 12th of Dhul Hijjah. One may sacrifice a thousand animals on days other than these, but it will never be regarded or considered as udh’hiya. Therefore the qurbani is a sacred act which can only be done during the three days of Dhul Hijjah as specified. Regarding the qurbani, Allah says in the Qur’an:

“It is not their meat, nor their blood, that reaches Allah, It is their piety that reaches Allah.” [Surah Al-Haj:37]

Tip: It is best to go about the sacrifice the traditional way and offering it in your locality so that you obtain the lesson from the sacrifice and remind yourself of the emotions and test that Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) himself endured. However, where you face logistical issues, nowadays it is much easier for us to fulfil this sacred act by the mere click of a button over the Internet where we can buy an animal to be sacrificed on the various established Muslim charity websites.

4. Doing more good deeds than usual

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days (Dhul Hijjah).” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

Therefore we should increase the amount of good deeds we do in order to take advantage of this blessed time where good deeds are increased significantly.

Tip: Complete as many worldly tasks as possible beforehand and do not waste this precious time: Make arrangements to clear as many of your pending tasks as possible or make a plan for tackling them later. This way, one is free to worship during the 10 days and nights without being distracted by worldly tasks. We must make a firm intention that during these blessed 10 days that we will not take part in idle talk, watch TV, play computer games or spend time on the social media. There are many more days in the year for all that – if you really cannot resist. This is just 10 days! Consider the utter loss and regret for those who waste these blessed 10 days.

The following 7 deeds are amongst the best actions we can do during these blessed 10 days:

Reciting the Qur’an abundantly: ”Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” [At-Tirmidhi]So if one letter of the Qur’an is equivalent to ten good deeds then imagine how much reward there is for reading each letter during these blessed 10 days which are said to be the best days of the year! Subhanallah!
Abu Darda’ reported Allah’s Apostle (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) as saying: Is any one of you incapable of reciting a third of the Qur’an in a night? They (the Companions) asked: How could one recite a third of the Qur’an (in a night)? Upon this he (the Prophet(peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)) said:” He is Allah, One” is equivalent to a third of the Qur’an. [Sahih Muslim]

Therefore let us recite as much of the Qur’an as we can during these 10 days and nights and aim to recite it from cover to cover if we can. After that we should continue reciting the Qur’an throughout the rest of the year, for it is one of the excellent forms of worship!

Tip: Increase your recitation by adding a few minutes or pages to your usual recitation routine. If you don’t have a routine yet, maybe this is the time for you start forming the habit. Begin by committing to recite at least one or two pages (or for 10 minutes, if you are a slow reciter) and then work to increase on this. Carry a small pocket mus’haf with you or install a reliable Qur’an app on a mobile device so that Shaytan cannot discourage you when you are out and about!

Note: It is also very relevant to read the story of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) which will give one a deeper understanding of the rituals of Hajj and the qurbani.

Showing exemplary character: The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “Nothing will be heavier on the Day of Resurrection in the Scale of the believer than good manners. Allah hates one who utters foul or coarse language.” [At- Tirmidhi].So we must aim to be the best in character during these blessed days and nights and continue to do so for the rest of the year. We must not argue, swear, backbite, slander or gossip.
Tip: Make an extra effort to be good to your friends, family, and neighbours, and especially those of other faiths.

Giving much in charity: As the rewards of doing good deeds during these days are increased significantly then we should also give as much as we can in charity.Allah promised forgiveness of our sins if we give in charity and give to the poor and needy. He honoured our charity and described it as a “ beautiful loan to Allah “ to emphasise that we are doing something good that He loves, and that He himself will pay our loan back to us doubled:
“If ye loan to Allah a beautiful loan, He will double it to your (credit), and He will grant you Forgiveness: for Allah is Most Ready to appreciate (service), Most Forbearing.” [Surah At-Taghabun:17]

Tip: Have some change with you at all times to hand out when the opportunity arises. If you don’t have the opportunity to give out money in public, go online and resolve to donate a fixed amount every morning! If you don’t have money, remember that even a smile is considered charity – so go on and spread some good cheer!

Respecting and honouring our parents: Islam teaches us that of the most beloved deeds to Allah, having respect for one’s parents is second only to that of prayer and is greater than that of fighting in His cause.It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah bin Mas’ood (may Allāh be pleased with him), who observed: “I asked Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) which deed was the best.” He (the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)) replied: ‘The Prayer at its appointed hour.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He (the Holy Prophet) replied: ‘Kindness to the parents.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He replied: ‘Earnest struggle (Jihad) in the cause of Allah.’ I refrained from asking any more questions for fear of annoying him. [Sahih Muslim]
Tip: Make an extra effort to spend time with them during these blessed days. Recite Qur’an with them, read a book together, discuss a lecture you heard, share your plans for the future and seek their input. Drive your father to the masjid if he is unable to walk there and earn reward for doing so, or call them a few more times in the day if they live far away.

Doing many nawafil (superogatory) prayers: Rabi’ah ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:”Ask (anything).” Rabi’ah said: “I ask of you to be your companion in paradise.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Or anything else?” Rabi’ah said: “That is it.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said to him: “Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., supererogatory prayers).” [Abu Dawud]The following are sunnah and nawafil prayers to pray during the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah:
- Pray 12 raka’ahs of sunnah daily along with the fardh prayers. Umm Habibah Ramilah bint Abu Sufyan (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated she heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) saying: “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of prayers other than the obligatory ones in day and night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” [Muslim]
Umm Habibah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever sticks to the habit of offering four rak`ahs before Noon Prayer & four rak`ahs after it, Allah will shield him against the Hell-Fire.” [Sunan An-Nasai]

- Salaatul Duhaa: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is reported to have said: Whoever prayed twelve rakaats (before midday), then Allah will, as a reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise. [Sunan An-Nasai]

- Two raka’ahs sunnah after entering the masjid: Abu Qatadah (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) as saying: “If any one of you enters a mosque, he should pray two rak`ahs before sitting.” [Abi Dawud]

- Tahiyyatul wudhu: - 2 raka’ahs sunnah after performing wudhu (ablution). Abu Hurayrah (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported the Prophet (may Allāh be pleased with him) saying to Bilal (may Allāh be pleased with him): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (may Allāh be pleased with him) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

- Tahajjud prayer: The most virtuous nawafil (voluntary) prayer is the Tahajjud prayer as it enables one to get closer to Allah (glorified and exalted be He). The best recitation of the Qur’an is done during Tahajjud prayer. You should recite as much of the Qur’an as you have memorised. In the long prostrations, beg Allah (glorified and exalted be He) for forgiveness and mercy and surely He will never turn away his slaves who beg of him during this prayer.

Note: During the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah we should aim to pray Tahajjud every night. If not then we should pray it in as many nights as we possibly can. When fasting during the first 9 days of Dhul Hijjah one should awaken a little earlier for Suhur, make wudhu and pray Tahajjud. The last third portion of the night is the most blessed part of the night in which duas are more readily accepted during this time. So by praying Tahajjud it gives us the best opportunity to get closer to Allah and to make sincere dua, repenting for our sins past and present and to beg, cry and ask of Allah for whatever we want.

Tip: Before you go to bed each night, use the Productive Muslim Taskinator to block out time for these additional acts of worship. You are more likely to get something done if you allocate time for it. As the saying goes – what gets scheduled, gets done!

Increase in glorification & remembrance of Allah: As His creations we should all remember and glorify our creator as much as we possibly can, but even more so during these blessed days. The following are some easy and very beneficial dhikr and glorification we can do throughout these blessed days and nights.- Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd
- Subhanallah
- Alhamdulillah
- Allahu Akbar
- Laa ilaha ilallah
- La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah
- Asthaghfirullah
- SubhanAllahil azeem wa bihamdihi
- Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm
- Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa h
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