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Islam Kills Racism – Malcom X

Racism whether upon open or hidden, is an evil aspect of life which Islams seeks to eradicate. It is clear from the versus of the Quran, and many sayings of the Prophet (saw) which have been narrated by his companions, that differences in colour, tribes, races, or traditions are not to be excuses for unjust behaviour or treatment.

“O Mankind, we created you from a single pair of a male and a female, and made you in to tribes and nations so that you may know each other (not that you despise each other). Verily, the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is he who is most righteous of you.”

(Al-Quran, Chapter 49, Verse 13)

Video & intro by TheMercifulServant . Writing from ediscoverislam.com

Malcolm X’s Letter from Mecca

Malcolm X

Many Muslims who have been blessed to make Hajj often speak of how the journey is a life-changing experience.  This is more the case for some than others.

Malcolm X, or Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, is one Muslim who saw the light of true Islam through his Hajj in April 1964.  As a former member and speaker for the Nation of Islam, a black spiritual and nationalist movement, he believed that the white man was the devil and the black man superior.

After leaving the Nation of Islam in March 1964, he made Hajj, which helped change his perspective on whites and racism completely.

Here is an excerpt of a letter El Hajj Malik El Shabazz wrote a letter to his loyal assistants in Harlem… from his heart, telling them of his experience.  In it, he explains what it was during this blessed journey that made him so profoundly shift his perspective on race and racism.  We should keep in mind that this letter was written in a time when the history of African Americans in America was in making, a time when centuries worth of oppression was being spoken about and condemned in public.[1]

Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practiced by people of all colors and races here in this ancient Holy Land, the home of Abraham, Muhammad and all the other Prophets of the Holy Scriptures.  For the past week, I have been utterly speechless and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors.

“I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca, I have made my seven circuits around the Ka’ba, led by a young Mutawaf named Muhammad, I drank water from the well of the Zam Zam.  I ran seven times back and forth between the hills of Mt. Al-Safa and Al Marwah.  I have prayed in the ancient city of Mina, and I have prayed on Mt. Arafat.

There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world.  They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans.  But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and non-white.

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem.  Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white – but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam.  I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color.

“You may be shocked by these words coming from me.  But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought-patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions.  This was not too difficult for me.  Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it.  I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.

During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept on the same rug – while praying to the same God – with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white.  And in the words and in the deeds of the white Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan and Ghana.

“We were truly all the same (brothers) – because their belief in one God had removed the white from their minds, the white from their behavior, and the white from their attitude.

“I could see from this, that perhaps if white Americans could accept the Oneness of God, then perhaps, too, they could accept in reality the Oneness of Man – and cease to measure, and hinder, and harm others in terms of their ‘differences’ in color.

“With racism plaguing America like an incurable cancer, the so-called ‘Christian’ white American heart should be more receptive to a proven solution to such a destructive problem.  Perhaps it could be in time to save America from imminent disaster – the same destruction brought upon Germany by racism that eventually destroyed the Germans themselves.

“Each hour here in the Holy Land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white.  The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities – he is only reacting to four hundred years of the conscious racism of the American whites.  But as racism leads America up the suicide path, I do believe, from the experiences that I have had with them, that the whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the walls and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth – the only way left to America to ward off the disaster that racism inevitably must lead to.

“Never have I been so highly honored.  Never have I been made to feel more humble and unworthy.  Who would believe the blessings that have been heaped upon an American Negro?  A few nights ago, a man who would be called in America a white man, a United Nations diplomat, an ambassador, a companion of kings, gave me his hotel suite, his bed.  Never would I have even thought of dreaming that I would ever be a recipient of such honors – honors that in America would be bestowed upon a King – not a Negro.

“All praise is due to God, the Lord of all the Worlds.”

Malcolm X saw and experienced many positive things.  Generosity and openheartedness were qualities which were impressed on him by the welcome which he received in many places.  He saw brotherhood and the brotherhood of different races and this led him to disclaim racism and to say:

“I am not a racist… In the past I permitted myself to be used… to make sweeping indictments of all white people, the entire white race, and these generalizations have caused injuries to some whites who perhaps did not deserve to be hurt.  Because of the spiritual enlightenment which I was blessed to receive as the result of my recent pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca, I no longer subscribe to sweeping indictments of any one race.  I am now striving to live the life of a true Sunni Muslim.  I must repeat that I am not a racist nor do I subscribe to the tenets of racism.  I can state in all sincerity that I wish nothing but freedom, justice and equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people.”

 

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So Your Daughter Become A Muslim? Watch This.

This video is by Nye Armstrong who said;

My mom talks about her new channel: http://www.youtube.com/lectureplus and gives her reaction to me being muslim. 

Being a muslim only means being better yet the same personality… Islam doesn’t make people robots.

🙂

 

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Korea: Catatan Kembara Mencari Tuhan

Salam. Sebenarnya tulisan & gambar-gambar ini bukan baru, tapi kerana kesibukan & khilaf admin sendiri, maka agak lewat ia disiarkan di sini. Di sini saya ingin memohon maaf kepada penulisnya di suratcintarabiah.blogspot kerana lewat menyiarkannya di sini walaupun telah lama diberikan keizinan.  Apapun, kami kira kebenaran itu tidak pernah ada due datenya selagi masih bernyawa. Bacalah dengan hati yang terbuka. Moga beroleh sesuatu.

Catatan Kembara Mencari Ilah – Salam Nuri

Bismillah. Assalamu’alaikum wbt.
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Alhamdulillahi Rabbil ‘alamin, segala puji bagi Allah subhana wa ta’ala yang selalu sudi melimpahkan rahmat dan kurniaNya kepada saya selama ini. Semalam, Sabtu, 7 April 2012, saya telah diberikan peluang olehNya untuk menghadiri sebuah program yang dianjurkan oleh ahli komuniti Seoul Central Masjid hasil gabungan dengan para aktivis dakwah yang berasal dari banyak negara seperti Turki, US, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, dan lain-lain lagi.
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 *Diambil dari FB Salam Nuri.
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Salam Nuri adalah sebuah program yang bertujuan untuk memperkenalkan serta menyampaikan syi’ar Islam kepada semua lapisan masyarakat, terutama sekali kepada yang bukan Islam di Korea. Setakat ini, masyarakat Korea tidaklah begitu ramai yang telah memeluk Islam. MasyaAllah! Semoga Allah membalas yang terbaik buat mereka semua.
Tentatif perjalanan program Salam Nuri.
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Sebenarnya saya sampai agak lewat juga, kira-kira pukul 12 tengahari kerana perjalanan dari tempat tinggal saya ke masjid memakan masa kira-kira dua jam perjalanan. Jadi, saya telah terlepas sesi pertama yang telah dikendalikan oleh adik Syaqifah (pelajar Malaysia) dan adik Isra (Korea). Selepas selesai aktiviti solat dan makan tengahari, program diteruskan dengan sesi ‘rehlah minda’ iaitu menjawab kuiz.
 *Diambil dari FB Salam Nuri.
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Selepas itu, program diteruskan pula dengan sesi bacaan ayat-ayat suci al-Quran daripada saudara Ahmed. Beliau membaca beberapa ayat daripada surah al-Isra’ yang  membincangkan tentang isu tauhid, berbuat baik kepada ibu bapa, pengurusan harta, larangan mendekati zina, dan lain-lain lagi.
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Selesai sesi tilawah, kami disajikan dengan acara kemuncak yang bertajuk ‘A Dialogue between a Muslim by birth and a Muslim convert.’ Bagi saya, sesi ini merupakan sebuah sesi yang amat mengujakan saya kerana saya dapat mengetahui pengalaman seorang lelaki Korea yang telah memeluk Islam.
Saudara Mekaal dari Pakistan (kiri) dan saudara Dawood dari Korea (kanan).
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Sebenarnya sesi ini lebih banyak dikendalikan dalam bahasa Korea. Memandangkan saya tidak memahami bahasa Korea, jadi saya hanya bergantung kepada slide presentation. Alhamdulillah, adik Fatihah (pelajar Malaysia) yang duduk di sebelah saya juga banyak membantu dengan menjadi translator tak bertauliah saya. Terima kasih, dik! ;DDD
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Saudara Mekaal memulakan sesi dengan menceritakan tentang pertemuan pertama beliau dengan saudara Dawood. Saya tidak pasti bagaimana, kerana agak ‘lost’ di situ kerana kekangan bahasa, namun beliau mengatakan yang tahap curiousity beliau terhadap saudara Dawood sangat tinggi apabila menyedari yang saudara Dawood telah memeluk Islam. Lebih-lebih lagi kerana saudara Dawood berambut ‘blonde’!
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Saudara Dawood menceritakan, sebenarnya kali pertama beliau tertarik dengan Islam adalah sewaktu beliau ke Turki. Di sana, beliau telah melihat bagaimana orang-orang Islam solat dan mengamalkan cara hidup Islam. Dan yang paling menarik perhatian beliau adalah, mereka hidup aman damai dan sentiasa tenang.
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Selepas beliau pulang semula ke Korea, tahap curiosity beliau terhadap Islam mula bertambah kerana beliau merasakan hidup beliau sangat ‘meaningless’. Beliau mula menyiasat tentang Islam dan membuat perbandingan dengan agama-agama yang lain juga. Dan akhirnya, beliau membuat keputusan untuk kembali semula kepada Islam!! Hebat, kan?
Selepas itu, saudara Mekaal meneruskan persoalan dengan bertanya tentang reaksi kedua ibu dan bapa saudara Dawood apabila mengetahui yang beliau telahpun memeluk Islam. Dalam gaya berlawak, beliau menceritakan yang beliau berkali-kali cuba memberitahu ibunya yang beliau telahpun menerima Islam. Reaksi ibunya, “Yalah, yalah, suka hati kaulah”, kerana pada waktu itu ibunya masih lagi tidak sedar yang Islam itu apa.
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Namun, setelah ibu beliau sedar yang beliau telah menukar agama, ibunya yang kuat berpegang kepada Kristian merasa sangat marah. Tetapi, bapa beliau menyerahkan kepada beliau untuk menentukan sendiri jalan hidupnya, jika itulah yang beliau mahu lakukan.
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Beliau juga menceritakan pada mulanya, agak susah bagi beliau untuk solat pada waktunya dan juga untuk menghafal bacaan-bacaan dalam bahasa Arab. Saya amat maklum tentang ini kerana lidah Korea memang sangat keras! Bercakap bahasa Inggeris yang sebutannya lebih senangpun tunggang-langgang, apatah lagi pula bahasa Arab! Juga, beliau sekarang lebih berhati-hati di dalam memilih makanan kerana makanan Korea banyak yang mengandungi unsur-unsur babi.
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Seterusnya, saudara Dawood pula bertanya kepada saudara Mekaal apakah beliau juga mengalami kesusahan dalam mencari makanan halal? Saudara Mekaal menjelaskan yang beliau juga mengalami hal yang sama. Jadi jika hendak makan, beliau selalunya akan bersama dengan kawan-kawan Islamnya yang lain. Setelah itu, saudara Mekaal kembali bertanya kepada saudara Dawood kenapa orang Korea sangat suka minum arak.

Dalam hal ini, memang saya sendiripun pelik. Kerana di tempat kerja saya sendiripun, ramai orang Korea yang kaki botol. Sampaikan, kalau sehari tak pekena arak, memang tak sah! Dan yang paling saya benci sekali ialah apabila melihat ‘muntah’ mereka di merata-rata tempat.
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Urgh serius, saya tidak tahulah kenapa dahulu saya sangat sukakan K-Pop padahal budaya mereka sangat buruk sebenarnya. Mungkinlah bukan semuanya merupakan kaki botol, namun tidak ada orang Korea yang tidak suka minum arak. Tetapi, saya tidaklah membenci orang-orang Korea, cuma, saya membenci perbuatan mereka yang suka minum arak itu sahaja.
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Mengenai hal ini, saudara Dawood menjawab, memang orang Korea sangat sukakan arak, dan selalunya mereka minum untuk menghilangkan stres. Namun kata beliau, setelah mabuknya hilang, stres itu akan datang semula. Jadi, seperti tidak ada maknanyalah juga perbuatan minum arak itu.
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Bahkan beliau sendiri juga dahulu adalah merupakan seorang kaki botol. Beliau menceritakan yang beliau pernah mabuk sampai tahap tidak ingat lagi jalan pulang ke rumahnya sendiri. Amat melucukan! Dan pada mulanya, beliau sangat susah hendak meninggalkan habit minum araknya. Namun, lama kelamaan, beliau dapat juga meninggalkannya. Alhamdulillah. :)))
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Dan tambah beliau lagi, beliau telah menemukan jalan kedamaian dan ketenangan dengan hanya melakukan solat!!
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Daripada kisah beliau ini, saya dapat mengambil pelajaran tentang bagaimana nekadnya seorang manusia dalam meninggalkan jahiliyyahnya hanya kerana ingin mencari redha Allah. Jahiliyyah yang ditinggalkannya pula, bukanlah calang-calang, bahkan ia adalah sesuatu yang telahpun menjadi darah dan dagingnya sendiri! Subhanallah. Muslim revert stories, so far they never failed to impress me!!
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Kita sendiri, yang telah dikurniakan Allah dengan Islam sejak lahir dengan percuma ini, bagaimana pula? Apakah kita masih sayangkan jahiliyyah-jahiliyyah kita berbanding dengan Allah? Jika begitu, kita lebih teruk daripada saudara Dawood yang berambut blonde. Astaghfirullah!! Itukah kita??
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Hmm, jadi sama-samalah kita muhasabah diri kita semula. Sama-sama juga kita memohon kepada Allah agar menguatkan hati kita untuk meninggalkan terus kesemua jahiliyyah kita buat selama-lamanya sepertimana yang telah dilakukan oleh saudara Dawood, InsyaAllah!

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Apa Kata Gadis Cina Bukan Islam Ini Tentang Puasa?

Video dari xifu naser

Tulisan dari http://hidayahcentre.wordpress.com 

‘Air kosong pun sedap…’

PUTRAJAYA: “Bila berpuasa baru saya tahu erti nikmat. Ketika berbuka air kosong pun rasa sedap dan manis, malah berpuasa juga mengajar saya mengenai erti cinta dan menghargai orang lain terutama ibu bapa,” kata gadis Tionghua, J Sze, 21, yang mula belajar berpuasa sejak tahun lalu walaupun bukan beragama Islam.

J Sze, penuntut tahun dua di Maktab Perguruan Cheras, Kuala Lumpur mengakui dia mula berpuasa sekadar terikut-ikut dengan rakan Melayu yang berpuasa, selain ingin mengetahui perasaan mereka ketika menjalani rukun Islam ketiga itu, lalu mencabar diri untuk berpuasa bersama mereka.
Katanya, selepas berjaya berpuasa dia menemui apa maksud nikmat terutama ketika berbuka, apabila makanan dan minuman yang dinikmati ketika itu terasa amat berbeza dan dia dapat merasai keenakan, kesedapan dan kemanisan air kosong yang diminum.

“Tegukan pertama air terasa amat manis dan sedap. Itulah kenikmatan yang belum pernah saya rasai sebelum ini, jika saya tidak berpuasa tidak mungkin saya dapat merasainya. “Daripada berpuasa juga saya belajar bagaimana menghargai dan memahami maksud cinta sebenarnya. Saya belajar menghargai air yang mungkin satu hari nanti sukar mendapatkannya, rakan-rakan, masyarakat dan ibu bapa yang mungkin akan meninggalkan kita satu hari nanti,” katanya ketika ditemui pada majlis Iftar Perdana Hidayah Centre di sini, kelmarin.
Anak gadis yang enggan gambarnya dirakam berkata, dia mula berpuasa penuh sejak tahun lalu, namun tahun ini berhasrat untuk memperbaiki puasanya supaya lebih sempurna dengan menjaga tingkah laku, perkataan, perbuatan dan berpakaian.
Katanya, banyak faedah dan manfaat yang diperoleh jika seseorang berpuasa kerana mereka dapat merehatkan anggota dalaman badan yang sudah hampir setahun beroperasi memproses makanan.

“Bagi saya berpuasa sangat bagus untuk badan kita yang sudah bekerja keras selama 11 bulan. Namun, sepatutnya kita hanya berpuasa tidak makan dan minum, tetapi mesti menjaga tingkah laku, percakapan, pemikiran dan pandangan.
“Itu sebab saya kata bagus sebab kita mengambil berat semua aspek dalam kehidupan seharian supaya puasa kita diterima,” katanya yang masih dalam proses mendalami agama Islam.

J Sze berkata, ibu bapa dan keluarganya menerima dengan hati terbuka dan tidak menghalang tindakannya untuk berpuasa selepas dimaklumkan mengenai kebaikan dan manfaat yang diperoleh sekiranya seseorang itu berpuasa.
Menurutnya, ramai kawan bukan Islam yang mempersoalkan tindakannya berpuasa sedangkan dia bukan beragama Islam dan tidak wajib melakukannya.
“Sebab itu mentor saya, sifu Naser ada memuat naik video mengenai pengalaman saya berpuasa ke laman sosial YouTube untuk memaklumkan rakan-rakan bukan Islam mengenai kebaikan berpuasa dan kebaikan yang diperoleh.
“Ia juga sebagai satu usaha untuk menarik mereka sama-sama berpuasa supaya dapat merasai sendiri pengalaman berlapar dan dahaga sepanjang hari demi kebaikan sendiri,” katanya.
Katanya dia gemar ke bazar Ramadan kerana mempunyai pelbagai pilihan makanan untuk dinikmati ketika berbuka bersama rakan-rakan.

Petikan oleh Hayati Ibrahim

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Sister Hanan Chiang Presenting Islam

Sister Hanan Chiang, a new convert to Islam was the representative of the Islamic faith in the world’s religion day at Hong Kong University. The event consists of of 6 speeches by various religious adherents of Christianity (Lutheran), Buddhism, Confucianism, Baha’i, Hinduism and Islam on the theme: “Walking a spiritual path with practical feet”. Here we present to you the speech of sister Hanan, the representative of Islam in the event.

As taken from http://www.youtube.com/user/ServingIslamTeam

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My Sincere Invitation To You by Ikhwan Ng

As written in his blog: http://lifemualaf.blogspot.com/

My Sincere Invitation to You

Idris Tawfiq 

Forewords 

This is an invitation to a whole new perception of life, death and delight. You don’t have to agree with what I have been write and share, and I don’t even begging for any tiny benefit from you. I have no intention in humiliate what your religion behold, and also not interested to debate with you in excessive language and unacceptable statement.

All I ask is please spend your few minutes in reading my article, the rest is up to you.


My First Book About Islam

I was wandering with Shiema at bookstore few years ago. She suggested me to read some book about Islam. I have no idea in reading any islamic related book as I was know nothing about Islam, also have no interest in getting in depth about any religion. Then after Shiema look around the “Green zone” where I seldom stepped in, she took out a green cover book to me.

I take a glance at the author’s name and photo, “Idris Tawfiq”. The first thought in my mind was : ” Oh well… A foreigner white man with a malay name? It’s weird or I have some misconception somewhere about Islam.” This book is not so thick and handy, but I was feeling frightened also in buying this book.

The book was kept in my secret cupboard for months and never opened, I have to hide it so my parent can’t sniff anything that may make them jump. As if “Islam” is the most sensitive ever word to be mentioned, don’t even talk about it at my family house. After that I have been encounter a lot of problem in my life including being fired myself from employment and became jobless. I was staying at home and started to rethink about life, death and a whole lot of serious thoughts. I haven’t been let myself rest and works blindly for little payment, haven’t broaden my sight into other perception.

My parent keep muttering that I should find a job and stay away from my laptop, even if I have to work as operator at factory. I was so upset and at the same time I started to ask help from God. I didn’t know who is the real God actually back in 2007, but there was a mysterious feeling tells me that God is exist, and God can be nearby me in some form of mysterious way and I wasn’t realize Him. The next thought was pretty simple :May be I should read something about Islam also.

So I was flipped through this book and looking for the brief image.
I was surprised with author’s way of explaining Islam. The first hit straight into my mind in loosen the hard knot “Islam = Terrorism “. It’s like author already know what my first thought about Islam, and his writing brings me into a whole new perception about Islam. Unlike any media strongly promoting Islam is the aggressive religion follower, Idris Tawfiq invited me into a Garden of Delight.

This was my first step approach towards Islam.

Biography Of Idris Tawfiq

I was accidentally read about Idris Tawfiq’s biography recently while I surf internet about Islamic books and article. Apparently there are important things that I was overlooked. At first I thought he would be born Islam arabian or American Muslim, at last I know he is Reverted Muslim and Former British Catholic Priest !!

From Christianity switch to Islamism seems like impossible but God to have His Mighty in arranging anyone to accept His guidance. And I would like to share his biography also in this article.

Idris Tawfiq, Catholic Priest, UK

“Strongest among men in enmity to the Believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the Believers wilt thou find those who say “We are Christians”: because amongst these are men devoted to learning (priests), and men who have renounced the world (monks), and they are not arrogant. And then they listen to the revelation received by the Messenger, thou wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears, for they recognize the truth. They pray:

‘Our Lord! We believe, write us down among the witnesses.’

(Surat Al-Maida 82-83)”

This was what happened to the former British Catholic Priest Idris Tawfiq on reciting Islam’s holy book, the Quran, to his students at a school in Britain. And this was one of the important steps in his journey of conversion to Islam.

During a recent lecture he gave at the British Council in Cairo, Tawfiq made clear that he has no regrets about his past and what he holds in regard to what Christians do and his life at the Vatican for five years.

“I enjoyed being a priest helping the people for some years. However, deep inside I was not happy and I felt that there was something not right. Fortunately, and it is God’s will, some events and coincidences in my life led me to Islam,” he told a packed hall at the British Council.

A second important coincidence for Tawfiq was his decision to quit his work at the Vatican, a step followed by making a trip to Egypt. “I used to think of Egypt as a country of Pyramids, camels, sand and palm trees. I actually took a charter flight to Hurghada. Shocked to find it similar to some European beaches, I took the first bus to Cairo where I spent the most wonderful week in my life.

This was my first introduction to Muslims and Islam. I noticed how Egyptians are such gentle, sweet people, but also very strong.

“Like all Britons, my knowledge about Muslims up to that time didn’t exceed what I heard from the TV about suicide bombers and fighters, which gave the impression that Islam is a religion of troubles. However, getting into Cairo I discovered how beautiful this religion is. Very simple people selling goods on the street would abandon their trade and direct their face to Allah and pray the moment they heard the call to prayer from the mosque. They have a strong faith in the presence and will of Allah. They pray, fast, help the needy and dream to have a trip to Mecca with the hope of living in heaven in the hereafter,” he said.

“On my return I resumed my old job of teaching religion. The only compulsory subject in British education is Religious Studies. I was teaching about Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and others. So everyday I had to read about these religions to be able to teach my lessons to the students, many of whom were Arab Muslim refugees. In other words, teaching about Islam taught me many things.

“Unlike many troublesome teenagers, these students set a good example of what a Muslim could be. They were polite and kind. So a friendship developed between us and they asked if they could use my classroom for prayers during the fasting month of Ramadan.

“Luckily, my room was the only one with a carpet. So I got accustomed to sitting at the back, watching them praying for a month. I sought to encourage them by fasting during Ramadan with them, even though I wasn’t yet a Muslim.

“Once while reciting a translation of the holy Quran in class I reached the verse:

“And when they listen to the revelation received by the Messenger, thou wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears, for they recognize the truth.”

To my surprise, I felt tears welling up in my eyes and I tried hard to hide it from the students.”
Earth-shaking event
Yusuf Islam, AKA Cat Stevens
A turning point in his life, however, came in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001.

“The following day, I was taking the underground and noticed how terrified the people were. I was also afraid of the repetition of such acts in Britain. At the time, the Western people started fearing this religion they blamed for terrorism.

“However, my previous experience with Muslims took me to a different direction. I started wondering ‘Why Islam? Why do we blame Islam as a religion for the action of terrorists who happened to be Muslims, when no-one accused Christianity of terrorism when some Christians have acted the same way?

“One day I headed to the biggest Mosque in London, to hear more about this religion. Getting into London Central Mosque, there was Yusuf Islam, the former pop singer, sitting in a circle talking to some people about Islam. After a while, I found myself asking him” ‘What do you actually do to become a Muslim?’”

“He answered that a Muslim should believe in one God, pray five times a day and fast during Ramadan. I interrupted him saying that I believed all this and had even fasted during Ramadan. So he asked, ‘What are you waiting for? What is holding you back?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t intend to convert.’

“At that moment the call to prayer was made and everyone got ready and stood in lines to pray. “I sat at the back, and I cried and cried. Then I said to myself, ‘Who am I trying to fool?’ “After they ended their prayers, I headed to Yusuf Islam, asking him to teach me the words by which I announce my conversion.

“After explaining its meanings to me in English, I recited after him in Arabic that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah,” recounted Tawfiq, holding back his tears.

‘Gardens of Islam’ 
Thus his life has taken a different course. Living in Egypt, Tawfiq wrote a book about the tenets of Islam. Explaining why he penned his book Gardens of Delight: a Simple Introduction to Islam, Tawfiq noted that everyone is saying that Islam is not a religion of terrorism and isn’t a religion of hatred, but no-one tries to explain what it is.“So I decided to write this book to give non-Muslims an idea about the basic principles of Islam. I tried to tell people how beautiful Islam is and that Islam has the most extraordinary treasures, the most important being Muslims’ love for each other. The Prophet says ‘Even a smile to your brother is a charity.’

Tawfiq told the Gazette that he is working on a book about the Prophet Muhammad [may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him] which he thinks will be different from the many books already written about him.

He thinks that the “best and fastest way” of acquainting the world with the true image of Islam is to set a good example in real life.

original source : http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/586/

No Pain No Gain

If you ask me, do my life turn out to be living easily and gain money effortless after become muslim?
Definitely No. My life is being more challenging and stressed, living with chinese muslim identity do caused a lot unnecessary humiliation and prejudice. But I don’t take that as “Pain” which can beat me down, actually I do “Gain” a lot in asking forgiveness and pleasing of God. It doesn’t mean I am torturing myself to get rewarded but more to living a lifestyle that being guided by Allah SWT through His message.

As a remembrance to  what I gone through, I think al-Quran already describe the different between believer and disbeliever with God.

And [Noah] said, “Embark therein; in the name of Allah is its course and its anchorage. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.”

And it sailed with them through waves like mountains, and Noah called to his son who was apart [from them], “O my son, come aboard with us and be not with the disbelievers.”

[But] he said, “I will take refuge on a mountain to protect me from the water.” [Noah] said, “There is no protector today from the decree of Allah , except for whom He gives mercy.” And the waves came between them, and he was among the drowned.
( Hud 11 : 41-43 )This history also recalled me the real incident which happened at Aceh, Indonesia at 2004. This is being published at Magazine National Geographic 2012 February issue with one photo and simple details.

A U.S. Marine helicopter loaded with food flies over Lampuuk in northern Sumatra on January 4, 2005, nine days after a tsunami killed most of the village’s 7,000 residents—and some 230,000 people on coastlines around the Indian Ocean.
Many locals believe divine intervention saved the Rahmatullah mosque. – National Geographic Website
This was a real incident that admitted by the world’s famous magazine, God have shown us His mighty in saving believers. No one can stop the natural disaster except God Himself. Rumors said there were muslim believer ran into the mosque and ask help from Allah SWT instead of running away from huge wave of sea, and the unexplained miracle was happened.
You Are Not Alone

I am not frighten you with natural’s disaster photo or whatsoever.

I am just invite you to take a look at what Islam about, and share with you what others have been gone through the journey of faith. Whenever you feel depressed and helpless, please remember God is listening to your supplication. When there were prophets who killed by ignorant person and collapsed the religions, hence fulfilled scripture of God with twisted statement to suit their lust and Nafs, God is never leaving His scripture being twisted but sent down more and more prophets in straighten up the God’s scripture.I am inviting you back to the path that long forgotten by most people.
I can’t force you to follow the path, except your heart saying yes and following the guidance who lined out by God Himself.

The choice is in your will. You are the one who going to decide which way to go at afterlife.

Behind The Scene 

Idris Tawfiq Website :
http://www.idristawfiq.com/

If you can’t find the book ” Gardens Of Delight, You may download e-book at :
http://www.mediafire.com/?fgsprdkc4azk7xk

The Calm Before the Wave – National Geographic

Video was added by Jom Islam from various youtube sources.

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Masjid Beijing di Kelantan

Info video: Selebriti Indonesia, Oki Setiana Dewi melawat Masjid Beijing di Rantau Panjang, Kelantan.

Masjid yang unik lambang kesyumulan Islam yang merentasi sempadan bangsa dan budaya. Jika ke kompleks bebas cukai Rantau Panjang, pasti sahaja anda akan terlihat sebuah masjid yang reka bentuk-bentuknya seolah-olah rumah ibadat penganut Budha. Itulah MASJID BEIJING , bukti Islam adalah agama untuk semua kerana ciri-cirinya yang bersifat sejagat atau universal.

Koleksi gambar dari raykinzoku.fotopages.com mengenai keindahan senibina “Masjid Beijing”atau “Masjid China”, panggilan masyarakat tempatan kerana rekabentuknya di pengaruhi oleh senibina masjid di China.

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Sumber gambar dari : raykinzoku.fotopages.com

Petikan tulisan (dengan sedikit editing)di bawah dipetik dari – aremaf2u.blogspot.com

Antara Masjid dan Kuil

“Eh bangunan apa ni? Nak kata kuil bukan macam kuil, bangunan pejabat kebudayaan ke?macam masjid pun bukan…” semestinya persoalan yang seakan begitulah akan bermain di fikiran pengguna jalan raya yang menuju ke Kawasan Bebas Cukai Rantau Panjang, Kelantan apabila melintasi sebuah bangunan yang masih dalam pembinaan ni tepi jalan utama menuju ke Pekan Rantau Panjang.
Masjid Cina ataupun Masjid Cina, itulah nama jolokan yang diberikan oleh penduduk setempat kepada Masjid Jubli Perak Sultan Ismail Petra yang  telah dirasmikan oleh YAB Menteri Besar Kelantan, Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat. Masjid tersebut yang diilhamkan sendiri oleh Tuan Guru.

Masjid ini menggabungkan seni budaya cina dan Thailand yang menjadi simbol perpaduan masyarakat Kelantan yang melangkaui batas bangsa. Apa yang menariknya masjid tersebut diurus sepenuhnya oleh kaum cina muslim dari imamnya hinggalah ke ajk-ajknya. Inilah hikmah disebalik pembinaan masjid yang bagi saya cukup unik apatah lagi apabila masjid tersebut dibina di negeri Kelantan yang majoriti penduduknya adalah Melayu. Tuan Guru sendiri semasa majlis perasmian masjid tersebut menjadi makmum yang umumnya mengetahui mana-mana kunjungan Tuan Guru ke masjid-masjid beliau akan menjadi imam.

Saya sendiri juga sempat menunaikan solat Isyak dan solat sunat aidilfitri di masjid berkenaan sempena cuti hari raya yang lalu. Suasana menunaikan solat di Masjid Jubli Perak amat meriah sekali pada hari raya yang lalu. Manakan tidak, anak-anak Kelantan di perantauan yang pulang ke kampung di sekitar Rantau Panjang mengambil kesempatan untuk menunaikan solat di masjid berkenaan walaupun terpaksa solat beralaskan tikar kerana jemaah yang terlalu ramai ditambah pula pembinaan yang masih belum siap sepenuhnya. Paling best, selepas solat sunat aidilfitri, diadakan juga jamuan hari raya diperkarangan kawasan masjid berlatarkan suara latar oleh tok imam masjid berkenaan (cakap pelat cina Kelantan..hehehehe) yang bertindak sebagai DJ.

Video dari http://www.youtube.com/user/myKelantanTV

 

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Kisah Jo Yee Kembali Kepada Islam*

Seorang gadis berumur 18 tahun (2011) dari etnik Cina di Malaysia berkongsi pengalaman berkenaan dorongan-dorongan yang membawa beliau memeluk agama Islam dan cita-cita untuk berdakwah kepada remaja-remaja sebaya dengan cara yang sesuai dengan mereka.

A message from JoYee :

Assalamualaikum to everyone. I would like to make a clarification here, when I said “Bakal Paderi Wanita Pertama”, it was a slipped of tongue (accidentally said) because it was my first time giving a speech and i was too nervous and excited. There are other woman pastor in the church already. What I really meant was I just want to be like them. I would like to apologize if i have cause any misunderstanding. (:

Video above by annurraudhah

*Islam adalah agama fitrah. Bila seseorang memeluk Islam, sebenarnya dia kembali kepada fitrahnya. Segala puji bagi Allah. Alhamdulillah.

Berikut kisah beliau yang dipetik dari satu sumber;

Beliau tiada nama Islam kerana sekarang seseorang muallaf sudah tak perlukan tukar nama dengan nama Islam, dan hanya perlu ber ‘binti’ kan kepada Abdullah serta tak perlu tukar bangsa, maka namanya kekal Loo Jo Yee binti Abdullah.

Beliau telah masuk Islam ketika masih berusia 17 tahun, disebabkan di Malaysia mempunyai undang-undang untuk memeluk agama Islam bermula 18 tahun sahaja. Jadi, beliau terpaksa menangguhkan dulu permohonan.

Keluarga Jo Yee merupakan pengikut agama kristian yang kuat. Dan beliau bakal menjadi seorang paderi di sebuah gereja. Disebabkan itu, keluarga beliau sangat bantah hingga menganggap masuk Islam adalah sangat menghinakan bagi keluarganya.

Loo Jo Yee mendapat hidayah melalui dua peristiwa yang menarik.

Yang pertama adalah, beliau mempunyai ramai rakan-rakan yang beragama Islam. Oleh itu, mereka telah berdebat tentang agama masing-masing. Ketika itu, beliau bermatlamat untuk membawa rakan-rakan Islam untuk masuk agama Kristian.

Namun untuk berdebat dengan rakan-rakan, beliau telah mengkaji al-quran, membaca kisah Nabi Muhammad s.a.w dan mengkaji kemunculan Islam untuk mencari kelemahan Islam.

Semakin beliau mengkaji, semakin lama beliau mula tertarik dengan ajaran Islam. Beliau sendiri mengaku bahawa di dalam Bible banyak perkara yang telah diolah hingga menyimpang dari perkara sebenar.

Oleh itu, Jo Yee mengkaji Islam dengan lebih mendalam untuk mencari perkara yang sebenar. Dengan itu, beliau telah mendapat ketenangan jiwa ketika membaca al-quran. Itu adalah hidayah pertama Loo Jo Yee.

Peristiwa kedua yang membawa hidayah kedua beliau adalah ketika beliau menghidap mendapat penyakit thyroid di bahagian leher. Doktor mengesahkan 90% besar kemungkinan adalah penyakit tersebut. Beliau merasakan ini adalah penamat bagi kehidupan beliau walaupun masih muda.

Rakan-rakan Islam Jo Yee telah banyak ‘encourage’ beliau untuk cuba berdoa kepada Allah taala. Beliau cuba dengan menadah tangan, menangis dan hanya berserah kepada Allah.

Keesokan harinya, ketika beliau menjalani medical check-up, doktor mengesahkan penyakit itu bukan kanser. Disebabkan itu, beliau yakin dengan kuasa Allah taala dan pada waktu itu juga la beliau mengucap 2 kalimah syahadah. Subhanallah.. Allahuakhbar!

Loo Jo Yee berasa hiba kerana beliau berasa telah dipilih Allah untuk mendapat hidayah ketika berumur 17 tahun sedangkan remaja yang seusia beliau sibuk bersuka-ria hingga tersasar di jalan Allah.

Banyak dugaan yang beliau terima selepas bergelar muallaf, hingga dipulaukan rakan-rakan sendiri dan keluarga tercinta. Beliau sangat bersyukur kerana mendapat keluarga angkat di Ipoh yang mengambil berat terhadap beliau. Jo Yee berharap selepas ini dia berpeluang untuk berdakwah kepada remaja-rakan yang seusia dengan cara tersendiri.

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Keadilan Islam Atasi Perkauman Sempit

BUKIT KATIL, 18 Feb: Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang berkata keadilan Islam berjaya mengatasi masalah semangat perkauman sempit dalam sesebuah negara.

Islam mengajar konsep keadilan untuk semua tanpa mengira kaum, agama, warna kulit dan bangsa di mana Allah menjadi manusia berbangsa-bangsa supaya saling kenal mengenal antara satu sama lain.

“Islam adalah agama yang sesuai untuk semua kaum, agama dan bangsa dan Islam tidak pernah menafikan keujudan pelbagai bangsa dan agama di dunia ini, semuanya dilayan dengan adil,” ujarnya.

Beliau berkata Rasulullah yang menegakkan pemerintahan Islam di Madinah mengadakan tahalluf dengan semua penduduk Madinah termasuk golongan Yahudi, malah membenarkan orang munafik untuk terus menjadi rakyat negara Islam Madinah.

“Negara Islam Madinah menjadi Negara Madani negara bertamadun yang berjaya menyatukan semua bangsa dan agama.

“Hati manusia tidak boleh disatukan dengan duit tetapi dengan keadilan Islam yang mentadbir negara dengan adil tanpa meminggirkan mana-mana pihak,” ujar beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Marang.

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Jom Tonton Teater Islamophobia

Jom tonton !

Teater Islamophobia,

8 Feb (Rabu) ini di KLPAC.

Peta KLPAC

Tiket berharga RM 150, RM 100 & RM 50.

Diskaun bagi yg bawa :
1 orang rakan Non-yet-Muslim —> RM 100
2 orang rakan Non-yet-Mulsim —> RM 50
3 orang rakan Non-yet-Muslim —-> RM 0

So, mana satu pilihan anda..?  =)

Hidayah adalah milik Allah, bukan milik kita.

Tetapi, kita MAMPU berusaha dengan menggerakkan dakwah melalui apa jua saluran yang ada.

Medan sudah tersedia. Siapa lagi nak gerakkan kalau bukan anda & kita semua ?

\(^__^)/

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