Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Is Allah happy with the way you are now?
D&T is about
improving one's character. The Prophet pbuh once said
"I was sent to perfect good character"
So it is on this journey that we hope to, but not necessarily achieve, completeness.
If we used to complain and whine a lot, (hopefully) Allah makes us a bit more tolerant and patient.
If we used to fill our time with 'just for fun', (hopefully) Allah fills our time with preparations for the Hereafter.
If we used to brag and boast, (hopefully) Allah turns us into humble, obedient servants.
Hopefully. Because we're always at the mercy of our Creator.
What do we do? we stick to the righteous path no matter what the obstacles, and hope that Allah admits us into his Paradise.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Today is 15th May. Do you know what day it is?
It's Nakba Day, يوم النكبة, 'the Day of Catastrophe', commemorating the displacement of thousands of Palestinians as a result of the creation of the state of Israel.
Israel was 'officially' pronounced as a state on 14th May 1948. The creation of this state is analogous to stabbing a knife in the heart of the muslim world.
|its even shaped like a shard of glass|
|being expelled from our homes, prevented from returning|
|having our water supply siphoned for the use of 'the State'|
|..and prevented from being reunited with our families|
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Question : What is the best gift for Mother's Day?
And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents. His mother bears him with hardship and she brings him forth with hardship, and the bearing of him, and the weaning of him is thirty (30) months, till when he attains full strength and reaches forty years, he says: "My Lord! Grant me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favour which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds, such as please You, and make my off-spring good. Truly, I have turned to You in repentance, and truly, I am one of the Muslims (submitting to Your Will)." (46:15)
this ayah commands all human beings to be kind to their parents, because bringing us up is no easy task.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
zainab al-ghazali (may Allah have mercy on her) wrote a shocking memoir about her time in prison, under Gamal Abdel Nasser. In English its called 'The Return of the Pharaoh'.
One story that struck me was zainab's recounting of how the Muslim Brothers lived in prison. This particular episode was regarding food.
Besides the Brothers, there was also a group of socialist youths, if i remember correctly. And zainab wrote in admiration about the difference between the Brothers and the other youths.
When the Brothers got their food, they didn't fight over it. They distributed it among themselves, even if it was a single piece of bread. But the other youths, they used to fight over such things like the bed, measuring it to make sure no one crossed his line.
This spirit of selflessness, i believe, not only helped the Brothers to survive prison. It was the key to their success in calling people to Allah. Their sincerity struck at the hearts of people. "he doesn't want anything from me. he doesn't want my money, my food, my things. he's not asking from me anything other than islam. this religion must be true."
i long to see such men, and lament their absence. Where is our selflessness? today i see people uphold the policy of 'our stomachs first'.
I remember back in the days when i was new in D&T. One day, someone cooked something, but some people were not satisfied by it. So they went to a nearby restaurant. But they went quietly because they did not want the brother to get offended. They were embarrassed and hid what they did. No words, what more photos and updates.
Let us rekindle the spirit of selflessness. If we think we have it tough, remember that others are having an even more difficult time. While we eat luxurious food and spend freely, others are struggling because they don't even have lunch money.
This is a reminder to myself first and foremost. forgive me if i've been selfish dear brothers :'(
everything takes time, i guess. To love our brothers more than we love ourselves is a hard attitude to build, especially in today's individualistic society. But its not impossible.
|in a land far far away|
i came across this verse today:
وَيَوْمَ يُعْرَضُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا عَلَى النَّارِ أَلَيْسَ هَذَا بِالْحَقِّ قَالُوا بَلَى وَرَبِّنَا قَالَ فَذُوقُوا الْعَذَابَ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ تَكْفُرُونَ
And on the Day when those who disbelieve will be exposed to the Fire (it will be said to them): "Is this not the truth?" They will say: "Yes, By our Lord!" He will say: "Then taste the torment, because you used to disbelieve!" (46:34)
On the Day when those who disbelieve will be exposed to the Fire (it will be said): "You received your good things in the life of the world, and you took your pleasure therein. Now this Day you shall be recompensed with a torment of humiliation, because you were arrogant in the land without a right, and because you used to rebel and disobey (Allâh). (46:20)
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
It is true what Allah said in the quran;
وَفِي السَّمَاءِ رِزْقُكُمْ وَمَا تُوعَدُونَ
And in the heaven is your provision, and that which you are promised. (Az-Dzariyat : 22)
Our food, our clothes, our laptops, all our provisions, they don't come from our own work and our own hands. They come from the provider of rizq, Allah SWT, who is also called by Ar-Razzaq (The Provider). But sometimes we get more than what we need. Allah is also al-Wahhab, the Giver of Gifts.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Being a da'ie is like being a celebrity. You're being scrutinized all the time.
I remember when i first met my murabbi (a person who gives tarbiyyah). I was looking at lots of things.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
This is a true story. It happened to a friend of a friend of mine.
This person is a government-sponsored student. And as stated in a typical contract, the government will pay for a ticket the first time you go overseas and when you are coming back for good.
So this person requested a ticket. I saw this ticket with my own eyes.
one-way ticket HEATHROW - KLIA = RM16368. That's like 3326 pounds at the current rate. One way.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Story of the day : i was coming back from class. i opened the door, entered the house and was met by this remark :
"Eee, what an ugly blog name. I don't want to read your blog ever again!"
Yes, it doesn't sound so groovy. So why the name change?
The previous name was conceived during my *coughcough*innocent*coughcough* years, and now it sounds a bit, err, vain?
|*im a shy person~|
And that is why Reflective Perspectives will become anonymous. The previous author might have died already, you never know.
Besides, my father said : "media is about familiarity. It takes time for people to get used to a presenter/author/newsman, but when they become familiar they'll eventually like it."
So forgive me for the address. But let's hope that the message doesn't become as long and as hard to remember.
Posted by The Author at 2:11 AM
Friday, May 4, 2012
apparently, 'reflectiveperspectives' was not available as a subdomain name -.-
so we'll have to settle for something longer
Posted by The Author at 6:36 PM
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Starting tomorrow, there will be some changes to this blog.
The address will be changed to:
Posted by The Author at 6:46 PM
Yesterday we talked about the current world system (click here for Part 1).
Today i'm pushing it a bit further, and i'm going to tell you a story. Its the story of how i got here and how i see myself in the grand scheme of things. How i became a willing supporter of the system. Maybe its your story too.
yesterday, we explained how the global Empire is supported by 3 pillars :
1. large financial institutions
2. commercial companies
3. colluding governments
In my opinion, there's a 4th element, and it is very important to ensure the stability of this system:
The Ignorant Masses.
i was part of the ignorance. We'll start at the year 1957. to be precise, 31st August 1957.
|"we would like to say selamat hari raya to mum, dad, grandma, grandpa, our teachers , the cats at home, etc.."|
|engineering students came back to create the physical infrastructures of the country, like bridges, buildings, telecommunications networks etc|
|accounting students were needed to decide how to use the resources of the economy in the best manner, becoming financial officers and accountants in companies.|
|and teachers? teachers are key, because they educate the young people, putting them in a mindset which provides a continuation of the system.|
".. to reach high income status by 2020 while ensuring that growth is also sustainable and inclusive."
|obama (in the middle) : "duduk baik-baik noo, ikut belakang pok ni"|
|"study, get good grades, get a good job, die"|
|"study, get good grades, get a good job, die"|
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
You must be familiar with 'the arrivals'
And don't be weak in the pursuit of the enemy; if you are suffering (hardships) then surely, they (too) are suffering (hardships) as you are suffering, but you have a hope from Allâh (for the reward, i.e. Paradise) that for which they hope not, and Allâh is Ever AllKnowing, AllWise. (4:104)
|he will create economic forecasts on how to develop a nation's economy and exploit its resources|
|Big financial institutions like the World Bank use these forecasts to give loans to the country.|
|Effectively, the money never leaves the US. It goes out from the financial institutions and into the pockets of US companies|
|The contractors then build 'modern facilities'|
|..Which brings popularity to local leaders|
|..But the ones who get rich are people at the top, while the people who labour like slaves to support the economy are neglected.|
|Meanwhile, the loans still have to be repaid.|
|This debt becomes a chain on those countries : they'll have to do what the US says and become part of the Empire.|
|They can send in saboteurs and spies to destabilise the county.|
|If that doesn't work, they still have ye Olde Grand Army.|