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Salam Ramadhan Al-Mubarak 1428H Posted on Tue, Sep 11, 2007 00:00
To all my beloved friends around the world, Salam Ramadhan Al-Mubarak 1428H. May Allah Taala give you peace and harmony in your life. There?s only one God to worship that is Allah Taala There?s only one last prophet that is Muhammad s.a.w There?s only one way of life that is Islam There?s only one true book that is Al-Quran There?s only one teaching that is Al-Sunnah There?s only one night we hope to see that is Lailatul Qadar Grab the opportunity to worship Allah Taala before your life been taken away. peace
Smile Always Posted on Mon, Aug 27, 2007 00:00
A Polish man moved to the USA and married an American girl. Although his English was far from perfect, they got along very well until one day he rushed into a lawyer's office and asked him if he could arrange a divorce for him. The lawyer said that getting a divorce would depend on the circumstances, and asked him the following questions: L: Have you any grounds? P: Yes, an acre and half and nice little home. L: No, I mean what is the foundation of this case? P: It made of concrete. L: I don?t think you understand. Does either of you have a real grudge? P: No, we have carport, and not need one. L: I mean. What are your relations like? P: All my relations still in Poland. L: Is there any infidelity in your marriage? P: We have hi-fidelity stereo and good DVD player. L: Does your wife beat you up? P: No, I always up before her. L: Is your wife a nagger? P: No, she whites. L: Why do you want this divorce? P: She going to kill me. L: What makes you think that? P: I got proof. L: What kind of proof? P: She going to poison me. She buys a bottle at drugstore and put on shelf in bathroom. I can read, and it says: ?Polish Remover?.
PLEASE be CAREFUL Posted on Fri, Aug 10, 2007 00:00
1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident. 2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days. 3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous China 4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola. 5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion. 6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes. 7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for sumptuous brown gravy. 8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your Windshield.
Something To Smile Posted on Wed, Jul 25, 2007 00:00
hi all... @-`,---- Q: What it is? It has mountains but no rocks. It has rivers but no water. It has cities but no buildings. A: MAP boink boink boink Q: What kinda box that you cannot carry? A: Penalty Box Q: Why on earth we have artifical flavor for Orange Juice but concentrate lime for detergent Q: Cat eat Mouse, then why there's no mouse flavor in Friskies Q: A person do not have anything is 'broke'. Then WHY we invest our money to the 'broker' SMILE ALWAYS... love to you and your family
Wanna Apply for A Leave Posted on Mon, Jul 02, 2007 00:00
Imagine when you apply for leave from your boss, he answers you like this "You want to apply for one day leave? Anything else you want from the company?" In a year, you work 365 days. 1 year got 52 weeks, every week you rest for 2 days, then left 261 days working. Everyday you have 16 hours of not working, so minus 170 days, left 91days of work. Everyday you spent 30 minutes drinking coffee, sum up is about 23 days, so you left 68 days working. Everyday you spend 1 hour for lunch, then minus 46 days again left 22 days. Usually you apply 2 days sick leave every year, you still left 20 days working. Every year have 5 days holidays for festival or whatever, then you just work for 15 days. Again, company every year gives you 14 days leave? THEN ! You ONLY WORK FOR 1 DAY!!! Damn!! You still want to apply 1 day leave???
Personality Test Posted on Wed, May 30, 2007 00:00
This is really interesting Take a piece of paper and write down the answers...please do not cheat yourselves (be honest) Situation: 1. You are in a deep forest... as you walk on. You saw an old hut standing there. What is the status of the door? (Opened/closed) 2. You enter the hut and see a table. What is the shape of the table? (Round/Oval/Square/Rectangle/Triangle) 3. On top of the table there is a vase... in the vase there is water. How much water is it filled up with? (Full/Half/Empty) 4. And what is the vase made of? (Glass/porcelain/clay) (Metal/plastic/wood)] 5. You walk out of the hut... as you carry on your walk in the see a waterfall from far... there is water running down... What is the speed of the water? (Choose a number ranging from 0 to 10) 6. Some time after the waterfall... you step on something hard on the ground... as you look down... you see glistening gold in color. You bend down and picks it up... it is a key-chain chained with keys...How many key/keys you see hanging on the key-chain?(Choose a number ranging from 1 to 10) 7. You walk on and on... trying to find your way out... suddenly you see a castle. What is the condition of the castle? (Old/new) 8. You enter the castle and saw a pool of murky water with shining jewels floating on it...Will you pick up the jewel? (YES/NO) 9. Next to the murky pool... there's another pool... with clear water and money floating on it...Will you pick the money? (YES/NO) 10. Walking to the end of the castle there is an exit... you proceed to walk out of the castle. Outside the exit, there is big garden; you see a box on the ground. What is the size of the box? (Small/medium/big) 11. What is the material of the box? (Cardboard/paper/wooden/metal) 12. There is a bridge in the garden some distance away from the box, What is the bridge made of? (Metal/wooden/rattan) 13. Across the bridge, there is a horse. What is the color of the horse? (White/Grey/brown/black) (14) What is the horse doing? (Still and quiet/nibbling grass/running about) OH NO! There is a tornado coming... some distance from the horse. You have 3 options: (I) Run and hide in the box? (ii) Run and hide under the bridge? (iii) Run to the horse, ride on and gallop away?
Salam Lebaran Posted on Tue, Oct 17, 2006 00:00
Assalamualaikum dan salam sejahtera kepada seluruh muslimin dan muslimat di mana anda berada. Sempena Ramadhan Al-Mubarak yang penuh dengan NUR cahaya barakah, maka saya ingin memohon ampun dan maaf jikalau ada tersalah dan tersilap. Semoga sama-sama kita dapat kerberkatan I wish to say Happy Eidfitri 1427H to all muslims men and women all over the world. May your wish come true during lailatul Qadr. May ALLAH s.w.t bless you all wasalam
WOMEN * REALITY bites Posted on Mon, Oct 02, 2006 00:00
*The Husband Store! * A store that sells husbands has just opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates. You may visit the store ONLY ONCE! You may choose any man from a particular floor, or you may choose to go up a floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the Building! So one day, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads: *Floor 1 -* These men have jobs and love the Lord. The second floor sign reads: *Floor 2 -* These men have jobs, love the Lord, and love kids. The third floor sign reads: *Floor 3 -* These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, and are extremely good looking. "Wow," she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going. She goes to the fourth floor and sign reads: *Floor 4 - *These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, are drop- dead good looking and help with the housework. "Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it!" Still, she goes to the fifth floor and sign reads: *Floor 5 -* These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, are drop- dead gorgeous, help with the housework, and have a strong romantic streak. She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads: *Floor 6 - *You are visitor 4,363,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store. Watch your step as you exit the building, and have a nice day! Please send this to all men for a good laugh and to all the *women who can handle the truth. *
Vicious Attack from Inside, part 2 Posted on Mon, Sep 18, 2006 00:00
Part 2 Analysis Of The Draft Bill For The Proposed Inter-Faith Commission By Zainur Zakaria The proposal to set up the Inter-faith Commission was met by strong opposition by Muslim organizations, groups and individuals. Their underlying fear is that the proposed Commission in the exercise of its function and role would encroach into, transgress and interfere with Islam and the Syariah. The proponents of the proposed Commission on the other hand argue that the Commission has no such intention and such perception is entirely misconceived. Whatever may be said by those who support or oppose the setting up of the Commission, disagreement on the issue will not dissipate. The purpose of this paper is to examine in detail the draft Bill on the setting up of the Commission, which was intended to have been tabled before Parliament but has been shelved due to opposition aforesaid. This paper seeks to examine in particular the functions and powers of the proposed Commission and other relevant provisions of the draft Bill for a clear understanding and appreciation of their effect. Proponents of the Commission have tried to allay the fears of the Muslim community by strenuous persuasion that the proposed Commission shall only undertake advisory, consultative and conciliatory role in the discharge of their statutory functions. If that be so, then why should there be all the furore and opposition to the proposed Commission? Can the assurance by the proponents be sustained upon a close examination of the provisions of the draft Bill? Let us begin by looking at the provisions pertaining to the functions of the Commission as stipulated under section 4 of the draft Bill. I do not propose to deal with and every function of the proposed Commission, but only those that I feel are of significance; and among those of particular significance are those functions stipulated in sections 4(1)(a), (b), (d), (f), (g), (h) and (j) of the draft Bill. If one scrutinizes the functions of the proposed Commission referred to in the above sections, particularly with regard to the words used therein, then one may be able to understand and appreciate the extent and scope of the functions of the proposed Commission and the effect the exercise of such functions may have or impact upon matters of Islamic law, precepts and beliefs. This undoubtedly is the main cause for concern among those Muslims groups or individuals who came out in opposition to the proposed Commission. Before we proceed to consider those particular functions, I wish to refer to a case decided by the then Supreme Court on 8 November 1991 i.e. Dalip Kaur v Pegawai Polis Daerah Bukit Mertajam & Anor [1992] 1 MLJ at pg 1. The above case concerns the foremost questions as to whether the deceased had renounced Islam during his lifetime. The facts of the case are as follows. The appellant (Dalip Kaur) had applied for a declaration that her deceased son at the time of his death on 3 October 1991 was not a Muslim and/or had renounced the Islamic faith and for the consequential declaration she was entitled to the body of the deceased. The deceased was born a Sikh and brought up in the Sikh faith. He converted to Islam on 1 June 1991 before the District Kadi of Kulim and the conversion was duly registered with the Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Kedah in accordance with section 139 of the Kedah Administration of Muslim Law Enactment 1962. The appellant had contended that subsequent to the conversion, the deceased had by a deed poll on 9 September 1991 renounced the Islamic faith and resumed the practice of the Sikh faith. It was also alleged that deceased had been rebaptized by a Sikh priest at a Sikh temple and that the deceased had regularly attended the congregation at the Sikh temple. It was also contended that the deceased continued to eat pork and had not circumcised. There was evidence that the deceased was engaged to be married to a Muslim girl and that the marriage was scheduled to take place on 25 November 1991. At the trial before the High Court, the learned Judicial Commissioner found that the signature on the deed poll was not that of the deceased and he also rejected the evidence of the Sikh priest and that of the deceased?s brother with regard to the baptism and the congregation at the Sikh temple. He held that the deceased was a Muslim at the time of his death. The appellant appealed. At the hearing of the appeal, the Supreme Court remitted the case to the High Court for the learned Judicial Commissioner to refer certain questions of Islamic law that arose to the Fatwa Committee of Kedah. This was done and after receiving the fatwa, the learned Judicial Commissioner confirmed his earlier findings and decision. The appellant appealed. The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal. Hashim Yeop Sani CJ (Malaya)(as he then was) held among other things, that the learned Judicial Commissioner was entitled to accept the answers of the Fatwa Committee to the questions which were referred to it and which were agreed by all parties. The Fatwa Committee was of the opinion that the deceased was a Muslim as he had duly converted to Islam and there was no decision of a Syariah Court, which decided that, he, had renounced or left the Islamic faith. Justice Mohamed Yusof SCJ (as he then was) held that the foremost question to be determined was whether the deceased had renounced Islam during his lifetime, and the only forum qualified to answer the question is the Syariah Court, and went on to say: ?It is apparent from the observations made by the learned Judicial Commissioner that the determination of the question whether a person was a Muslim or had renounced the faith of Islam before death, transgressed into the realm of Syariah law, which needs serious considerations and proper interpretation of such law. Without proper authority to support his contention, it is not sufficient to say whether there is or there is not a condition precedent for a person to become a Muslim; or that if the deceased were proved to have said his prayers at a Sikh temple he was definitely an apostate. ?The present question, in my view, cannot be determined by a simple application on the facts as has been found by learned Judicial Commissioner on the basis of veracity and relevancy of evidence according to civil law. Such a serious issue would, to my mind, need consideration by eminent jurists who are properly qualified in the field of Islamic jurisprudence. ?On this view it is imperative that the determination of the question in issue requires substantial consideration of the Islamic law by relevant jurists qualified to do so. The only forum qualified to do so is the Syariah Court.? In the case of Majlis Ugama Islam Pulau Pinang lwn Isa Abdul Rahman & Satu Yang Lain [1992] 2 MLJ at pg 244, the then Supreme Court ruled that when a civil court hears a claim for an order (and the order that is applied for did not fall withing the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court to issue) the civil court should hear the claim and if, in the course of such hearing, a question of Hukum Syarak should arise, the parties involved may call experts in the religion of Islam to give evidence at the hearing; or the Court can refer the question to the Fatwa Committee concerned for a ruling on the matter. From the above decisions it is therefore evidently clear, that in any proceedings in the civil court, should there arise questions that transgress into the realm of Islamic law or relate to Hukum Syarak, such questions must be dealt with in one of three ways, i.e. (1) by the Syariah Court, (2) the court can refer such questions to the Fatwa Committee of the relevant Majlis Agama Islam (Council for Muslim Religion), or (3) experts may be called to give evidence at the hearing. Opinion from Muslim religious experts were relied upon by the High Court in the case of Hajjah Halimatussadiah bte Hj Kamaruddin v Public Services Commission Malaysia [1992] 1 MLJ at pg 513 when it had to decide the question as to whether the religion of Islam requires a Muslim woman to cover her body, including her face, except for her eyes. Now, one may ask what is the relevance of these cases in relation to the functions and powers of the proposed Commission; after all, the proposed Commission shall perform such functions only in an advisory, consultative and conciliatory capacity [section 4(2) of the draft Bill] and has no power to make any determination on questions of Islamic law or matters pertaining to the beliefs or precepts of the religion of Islam. My reason for making reference to the above cases is to highlight the position taken by our highest civil court when it comes to questions or matters of Islamic law, beliefs or precepts and the approach to be taken in the determination of such law, beliefs or precepts. The position taken by our highest court as to the approach or manner, whether such issues or matters pertaining to Islamic law, precepts or beliefs should be dealt with, reflect as to how important it is that such matters be dealt with in the appropriate way so as to avoid friction between the religious communities. The reason why I have referred to the aforesaid cases is because of the wide scope of the functions and powers of the proposed Commission and the effect of the exercise of such functions and powers. Apart from the functions and powers under section 4(1) which I have referred to, one also has to look at the other relevant and significant provisions of the draft Bill, in particular section 5 - Powers of the Commission, section 16 - Inquiries, section 17 - Conciliation, Mediation and Negotiation, and section 19 - Results of Action by Commission. Let us now look at these sections in greater detail. Section 4 - Functions of Commission Section 4(1)(a) reads: ?Advance, promote, and protect every individual?s freedom of thought conscience and religion.? This provision is extremely vague, wide and far-reaching. The words ?advance, promote, and protect? ar
Vicious Attact from Inside, part 1 Posted on Sun, Sep 17, 2006 00:00
Part 1 Allied Coordinating Committee of Islamic N.G.O.s (ACCIN) urges the Malaysian Government not to countenance in any way, the formation of the Inter-Religious Commission (IRC) by certain non-Muslim organizations, principally the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism (MCCBCHS), and the Bar Council. REASONS for NON-COUNTENANCE : 1. CLEAR ANTI-ISLAM MOTIVES According to a memorandum submitted by the MCCBCHS to the Bar Council, the MCCBCHS position on certain Islamic matters can be summarized as follows: - Muslims should have the right to renounce Islam even if Islam does not allow it. - Article 11 of the Federal Constitution should be the governing law on the question of a Muslim?s right to apostasies, and not the Shariah - To facilitate apostasy, the Civil Courts (and not the Shariah Courts) should have the jurisdiction to determine the ?right? of a Muslim to renounce his religion. - Efforts made by the State Shariah authorities to rehabilitate would-be apostates ?are questionable?. - The definition of ?Muslim? under the relevant State Enactment is ?too wide? even if consistent with the Shariah. - Nobody should be regarded as a Muslim by reason of both of his or her parents being Muslims; the individual concerned should choose and profess Islam of his own volition. - In any case, a Muslim?s Identity Card should not disclose his religion. Many of the above items being concerned with either direct teaching of Islam or connected to it ; and applicable only to Muslims, ACCIN iterates that no one has the right to question them, not even Muslims, let alone non-Muslims! The MCCBCHS memo is simply a crude, rude and insensitive attempt at interfering with Muslims? way of life and the teachings of Islam. Having a statutory body to facilitate such interference does not legitimize it, rather it imperils religious harmony. The non-Muslim dominated Bar Council on its part, has gone to great lengths to ensure the success of the IRC-idea, regardless of the objections of its Muslim members in the Shariah Sub-Committee. 2. ARTICLE 11, FEDERAL CONSTITUTION Article 11 of the Federal Constitution: ?Every person has the right to profess and practise his religion and?. to propagate it?. None of the matters raised in the MCCBCHS memo and summarised above concern non-Muslims. Clearly, the right of non-Muslims to practise their respective religions does not include any right to interfere with the teachings of Islam, much less demand that these be changed to their advantage. 3. STATUS OF ISLAM AS THE OFFICIAL RELIGION OF THE COUNTRY The IRC, once established, would no doubt undermine the status of Islam as the official religion of this country. Further, it would make a mockery of the Agong and the Sultans as official heads of the religion of Islam in this country. The IRC would most certainly interfere with existing constitutional arrangements for the administration of Islamic matters, which are vested in the Rulers, the State Islamic Councils and other bodies and Islamic officials. The IRC will be met with resistance from such quarters. The implications for Muslim unity, Federal-State relations and viability of Islamic administration (already plagued with problems) are serious. IRC, A ?DIALOGUE BODY?? Based on the minutes of meeting of the Organising Committee for the setting up of the IRC, the IRC is intended to be a body comprising Muslim and non-Muslim representatives of their respective religions who will be authorised to receive complaints (of the nature listed above) from the followers of any religion against another religion, and to make decisions to redress their grievances even to the extent of changing the teachings of the ?offending? religion, and enforcing its decisions in the manner of a court of law (adjudicatory powers). It is therefore not a ?dialogue body? as claimed, but rather a ?grievance redressal body?. NOTHING LIKE IT! The members of the Organising Committee have been challenged by ACCIN to give an example of an inter-faith or at least an intra-faith organisation from anywhere in the world armed with the powers that they hope to vest the IRC with. To date they have not been able to do. The IRC has the potential to interfere with the teachings of any religion against the wishes of the relevant religious authorities, and this will most certainly lead to retaliatory complaints. A free-for-all may develop where the followers of any religion may complain against the teachings of other religions only because of complaints made against the teachings of their religion. This would seriously threaten religious harmony in this country, rather than foster understanding and harmonious relationships. HUMAN RIGHT IS FOR SUHAKAM It is a well known fact that minority religions in Malaysia are enjoying freedom of their respective religious practices, to a degree not enjoyed by Muslims in any non-Muslim country. Further, SUHAKAM already provides a venue for any human right grievances. There is no need for another discrete human rights body to deal with the question of the right to practice one?s religion. In its present form, SUHAKAM is the much more suitable body as it does not interfere with the teachings of any religion though it has adequate powers to deal with restrictions on the right of an individual to practice his or her religion and to deal with complaints from any religious authority. It can make recommendations to the Government for changes to laws and policies rather than impose solutions, which insensitively interfere with the teachings of religions. It offers an appropriately emollient approach to this most sensitive of matters and is more likely to succeed. CONCLUSION The Government is urged to reject the IRC proposal. Allowing it, even in the mildest form would be an invitation to further demands to strengthen it, till it can effectively undermine Islam in this country. This clearly is the aim of the sponsors of this diabolical ?proposal?. Islamic Information & Services (IIS)
Pledge for Donation, Build A New Mosque Posted on Fri, Sep 08, 2006 00:00
Al' Israa' and Al Mi'raj (Night Journey and Ascension) Posted on Tue, Aug 22, 2006 00:00
One of the most important lessons of the journey of Al-Israa' and Al-Mi`raj (Night Journey and Ascension) is that it highlights the high status that Al-Aqsa Mosque has in the Muslim Ummah. It was to Al-Aqsa Mosque that the Night Journey of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was made and from it that the Prophet's ascension to the Heavens took place. The journey of Al-Israa' was a sign that the leadership of the world would move to the Muslim Ummah. Such leadership was based on mercy and justice, not on oppression and aggression. Another significant lesson of Al-Israa' and Al-Mi`raj is knowing the importance of prayer; it is through prayer that one can directly communicate with his Almighty Lord. The eminent Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi sheds light on this issue: Al-Israa' was a land-to-land journey that Allah Almighty caused His Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to make from Makkah to Jerusalem, that is, from Almighty Allah's Sacred House to Al-Aqsa Mosque. (Glorified be He Who carried His servant by night from the Inviolable Place of Worship to the Far Distant Place of Worship the neighborhood whereof We have blessed)(Al-Israa? 17: 1) [The Inviolable Place of Worship mentioned in this verse refers to Allah's Sacred House and the Far Distant Place of Worship refers to Al-Aqsa Mosque.] Mind that Allah Almighty had blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and its neighborhood and referred to it even before even the Prophet's Mosque was built, as the Prophet's Mosque was established after his immigration to Madinah. Mind also that when Prayer was ordained on the Muslims, Al-Aqsa Mosque was the qiblah to which they were to turn during Prayer. They would turn their faces in Prayer towards it for three years in Makkah, and for 16 months in Madinah before the qiblah was changed to Allah's Sacred House. Besides, Al-Aqsa Mosque is one of the three mosques to which Muslims are required to dedicate time for visiting; the other two mosques are the Sacred Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque. This shows that Jerusalem is the third sacred place after Makkah and Madinah in Islam. Allah Almighty wanted to establish and emphasize the significance and sacredness of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Muslims' hearts so that they do not cede it for anything. They are to hold it as sacre d as both Allah's Sacred House and His Prophet's Mosque. That was why the Muslims [when they were strong] were zealous to keep Al-Aqsa Mosque under their rule and protection. Hence, Muslims must realize the importance of Jerusalem in their history and the significance of Al-Aqsa Mosque in their religion and life. Allah Almighty wills that we remember the importance of Al-Aqsa Mosque when we celebrate the anniversary of Al-Israa' and Al-Mi`raj. This is to remind us of the gravity of the circumstances in which Al-Aqsa Mosque is in this age. We must not give up our responsibility in defending Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem. This is a sacred issue to fight for. Brothers and sisters, we should not, under any circumstances, give up our role in that regard. The Jews dreamed of establishing a state (in the land of Palestine) and managed to achieve that dream. That being so, we at least must not give up hope that one day we will again have Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem under our control. We should not lose hope of that at all, even if we see surrender embodied everywhere in our status quo. We must believe that Allah Almighty is with us and that He Almighty will grant us victory and make Islam prevail, as He, Most High, always supports the true believ ers. Imams Ahmad and At-Tabarani reported on the authority of Abu Imama Al-Bahilai (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "A group of my nation will keep being in the side of right and victorious over its enemy; no party of their enemy can cause them harm; the only harm that may afflict them is (physical) exhaustion. They would be like so until the Day of Judgment." The Prophet's Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) asked, "Where would they be, Allah's Messenger?" He (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "In Jerusalem and the surrounding vicinity." The second most important lesson that we are to learn from Al-Israa' and Al-Mi`raj is concerning Prayer (salah). It is known that Prayer was ordained on that great night. It is because of the great importance of Prayer that Allah Almighty ordained it in heaven. He Almighty sent His Messenger to mankind (peace and blessings be upon him) and caused him to go on a night journey and ascend to heaven and the Lote Tree to inform him (peace and blessings be upon him) of the ordinance of Prayer. Mind that all other ordinances were decreed on the earth. This indicates how important Prayer is in Islam. It symbolizes ascension to heaven; it is the Muslim's spiritual ascension to heaven. Thus, Prayer is the gift that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) brought with him from that journey to all Muslims so that they can worship Allah Almighty through it. Prayer had to do with Al-Aqsa Mosque. Al-Aqsa Mosque was the first qiblah in Islam. If it is true that Al-Israa? took place in the tenth year of the Prophet's mission, this would mean that the Muslims' qiblah in Prayer was towards Al-Aqsa Mosque for three years before the Hijrah to Madinah and 16 months after it. Then Almighty Allah decreed that the qiblah be changed towards the Sacred Mosque. Allah Almighty says:(So turn thy face toward the Inviolable Place of Worship, and ye (O Muslims), wheresoever ye may be, turn your faces when ye pray) toward it.)(Al-Baqarah 2: 143) When the qiblah was changed, the Jews raised doubts about that. Allah Almighty says:(The foolish of the people will say: What hath turned them from the qiblah which they formerly observed?)(Al-Baqarah 2: 142) The Jews spread rumors that the Muslims' Prayer [to the first qiblah] was invalid and so would not be rewarded. Allah Almighty refuted their claims as He, most High says: (And We appointed the qiblah which ye formerly observed only that We might know him who followeth the Messenger from him who turneth on his heels. In truth it was a hard (test) save for those whom Allah guided. But it was not Allah's purpose that your faith should be in vain, for Allah is full of pity, Merciful toward mankind.)(Al-Baqarah 2: 143) According to this verse, "your faith" refers to Prayer, as Prayer is a symbol of one's faith. To sum up, Prayer is the spiritual means through which Muslims can ascend to their Lord. If the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) ascended to heaven (once), we, brothers and sisters, could spiritually ascend to there as much as we can through Prayer. Allah Almighty says in a qudsi (divine) hadith: "I have divided the Prayer into two halves between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks. When the servant says, 'Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe,' Allah the Most High says, 'My servant has praised Me.' And when he (the servant) says, 'The Most Compassionate, the Merciful,' Allah the Most High says, 'My servant has lauded Me.' And when he (theservant) says, 'Master of the Day of judgment,' He Almighty remarks, 'My servant has glorified Me.' And when he (the worshiper) says, 'Thee do we worship and of Thee do we ask help,' He Almighty says, 'This is between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for.' Then, when he (the worshiper) says, 'Guide us to the straight path, the path of those to whom Thou hast been Gracious not of those who have incurred Thy displeasure, nor of those who have gone astray,' He (Allah Almighty) says, 'This is for My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for.'"
MISYAR MARRIAGE Posted on Mon, Aug 14, 2006 00:00
Misyar Marriage. This is absolutely my opinion only and you may comment on it, thank you. Misyar marriage is a marriage without a financial obligation to the second, third and forth wives. Example: I already married with 3 kids. (First marriage/first wife) Then, I married 3 more women 1. a widow age 40 with 2 young kids 2. a widow age 35 without kids 3. a single woman age 35 All three of them are financial freedom that means they do not depend on me on daily needs. It is different than polygamy as polygamy you (husband) have to support everything to all your wives. The reason why Islam allowed Misyar marriage is that; 1. Woman need companion, at least they have a husband that they share their problems, share their filling, share their sexual needs, raising their kids and so on. 2. Misyar marriage does not apply to young woman. In Malaysia, as far as I know, young woman is consider below 30 years old. After the age of 30, it is hard for a woman to get a husband. 3. Lots of women nowadays are financial stable, have car, house, and a secure job but for a married man, he have lots of things to think. To have another wife without strong financial backgrounds is very difficult. Polygamy is considered as men?s pride as they can married more than one woman. Misyar marriage is considered as men?s responsibilities towards society. They did not marry because of sex, or beautiful face/body that woman have. They marry women because to protect women from fitnah, or because kids have no father or she need a guidance or she need someone to share problems. Hmmm? hard for me to explain details as I am not good in english.
Asean Jokes part 1 of 3 Posted on Wed, Aug 09, 2006 00:00
*"YOU KNOW YOU ARE INDONESIAN IF...* 1. when u talk really fast, with rapid tongue movements 2. when u wear thongs! or sandals everywhere, yes even in winter! 3. following above, always get bagged for wearing sandals 4. mie goreng is in the top 5 of your favorite foods 5. if you love taking photo studio pics 6. u like travelling in big group of frens, and talkin VERY loudly irrespective of your surroundings 7. almost a weekly ritual to go to church *YOU KNOW YOU ARE JAPANESE IF...* 1. You're obsessed with you hair, your car, and your clothes. 2. You want to marry a Korean American or Chinese American woman! (males); or you want to marry a white guy (females). 3. You're afraid of black people. 4. You only drive Japanese cars. 5. You know you are superior to all other Asians. *YOU KNOW YOU ARE KOREAN IF...* 1. You smoke and drink too much. 2. You wear pink Polo collar shirts, have loose beige pants, and have blonde highlights in your hair. 3. You know what a Dalki, Pucca or Mashimoro is? 4. You're afraid of black people. 5. You drive a Hyundai even though you won't admit it 6. You know you are superior to all other Asians. *YOU KNOW YOU ARE CHINESE IF...* 1. You think you're the smartest people in the world. 2. You have a mobile with you at all times. 3. You know the abbreviation of a.b.c. (Australian Born Chinese) 4. Today's steamed rice is tomorrow's fried rice. 5. You're afraid of black people. 6. A bicycle was a good form of transport before. 7. You know you are superior to all other Asians. *YOU KNOW YOU ARE VIETNAMESE IF...* 1. You MUST have fish sauce with every meal. 2. You eat at a restaurant that has "Pho?" on the signage. 3. Guys wear green mircofibre pants with Nike sneakers, and girls wear their flared black pants over their high sole shoes. 4. You know the abbreviation of f.o.b. 5. You have some relative who is Chinese. 6. Cabramatta makes you feel home sick. 7. You're afraid of black people. 8. You're fond of 2nd hand Japanese import cars. 9. You know you are superior to all other Asians. *YOU KNOW YOU ARE PHILIPINO IF...* 1. You want to be a dancer, a singer, or an actor, even though you have a day job as a nurse, an engineer, or an accountant. 2. A member of your family back home is a politician or a movie star or knows one. 3. Guys with jeans and white sneakers anyone? 4. You're always late for any engagement, and practice the art of Philo time? 5. You're not afraid of black people; in fact, you wish you were black. 6. You love your Toyota's and Honda's. 7. You don't care if you are superior to all other Asians or not, because being Filipino is just cool in itself. *YOU KNOW YOU ARE THAI IF...* 1. People want to pay you for sex 2. No matter what you eat, it's not greasy or spicy enough. 3. You mum seems to workout at the local gym. 4. Without glasses your eyes would be the size of ants. 5. You're not afraid of black people, because in some cases you're just as dark as they are. 6. Any car dump to the **** house is good? 7. You know in your heart that you will never be superior to all other Asians, but you've learned to live with it. *YOU KNOW YOU ARE MALAYSIAN IF...* 1. You believe everything the Government tells you 2. But are willing to change your mind if someone slips you $50. 3. The whole world (and Soros) is out to suppress you and your country. 4. You think that Mahathir will be around in 2020. 5. You welcome all people (be they black or otherwise) who invest in the MSC. 6. You think you are superior to most other Asians, but $50 can change that too. *YOU KNOW YOU ARE SINGAPOREAN IF...* 1. You eat, sleep, have sex and smile according to the policies stipulated by the Government in the Red Book they gave you when you were born. 2. The Red Book does not state that you have to be afraid of black people so you aren't. 3. You know you are superior to all other Asians, because it says so in the Red Book. *YOU KNOW YOU ARE ASIAN AUSTRALIAN IF...* 1. You regret the fact that you did not learn Mandarin or other Asian language properly in Saturday language school. 2. You say you're Australian, totally forgetting your roots. 3. During childhood you didn't have much asian friends, played bullrush or handball and ate 'sunny boys' for lunch. 4. A form of choosing was done by 'dip.dip dog ****?!' 5. You know you have to shop at an Asian grocery store but you have no idea what you are buying nor can you read any of the food labels. 6. You cheer for Australia during the Olympics, know local Australian bands, and know what a VB (beer) is. 7. You can speak fluent English without an accent. 8. Know what a Commodore and Falcon are. Yes..... they are cars! 9. You know you are superior to all other Asians, despite the fact that they beat you in Maths in the VCE, can speak an Asian language fluently and know what they are buying in Asian grocery stores.