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Blessed Income and wealth

In the pursuit of worldly goods, at times we might been ‘forced’ to endure the things which destroyed the blessing in our earnings and wealth. Nowadays, large mansions, gorgeous cars, fashionable and luxurious lifestyles are usually regarded as the measuring stick of one’s success, rather than something which are less tangible such as happiness or peace of mind, which of course much more important. These pursuit of wealth regardless of  legality and moral compass is the reason why disgusting acts like corruption still exist, with the theme to ‘facilitate’ transaction is usually used.

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Once I heard a lecture, where a retired uniformed officer asked the question, “Why are my children are some troublesome?”. After pondering the question, the teacher asked, “Did you ever taken a bribe?” The questioner admitted, “Yes, because my basic salary is too low.” So teacher responded, that the money was the reason that had destroyed his family.

Allah (SWT) said: ” And do not eat up your property among yourselves for vanities, nor use it as bait for the judges, with intent that ye may eat up wrongfully and knowingly a little of (other) people’s property.. “(Al-Baqarah 2: 188)

There are various ways to earn a living, so, never resort to that which is immoral.

” O ye who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves in vanities: but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual good-will: nor kill (or destroy) yourselves: for verily Allah hath been to you Most Merciful. (29) If any (one) does that in rancour and injustice,― soon shall We cast him into the Fire: and easy it is for Allah. (30). “(An-Nisa, 4:29-30)

‘A thousand dinars ayat’ that are often displayed at Muslims restaurant are quoted from Surah At-Thalaq, verses 2-3.

“… . And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out (2) And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish His purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion. (3) …”

Our worldly life is only temporary which can be likened to as a passing traveler on the journey to an eternal destination. So, as a traveler, pat your chest, and ask the heart, how much treasure is to be gained in this world and how do you get it?

Just like the ‘Monopoly’ game, racing around the board to collect properties and lands, while trying to bancrupt our competitors. However, if we win, and the game ends, what happens? All the treasures that we have collected will be recalled, and put back into the box, which in turn will be chased by next group of people playing the same game!

From Abu Hurairah r.a., he said, Rasullullah SAW said:

“… a servant said, ‘My wealth My wealth! ‘But his real wealth is of three kinds:

  1. Which he consumes and runs out
  2. Which he wears and tears; and
  3. Which he gave away in charity then stored (for the hereafter). Apart from these three kinds disappeared or left behind for others.

* yeah, now maybe the ‘Monopoly’ game analogy might seem more palatable.

In Islamic financial planning, the core concept is Allah SWT is the absolute owner of all wealth while we humans are only a ‘trustee’, and the trustees will all be held accountable by the trust they bear. As a matter of fact, as a trustee, we can neither spend it too freely nor too stingily to give away in charity. Because in both situation, we surely be one to lose.

In our daily quest to earn our income, just remember that Allah SWT has already promised that, every soul living, has his sustenance already determined as long as he lives. Therefore, we need to work, and work hard at that, and trust in Allah for the best outcome.

Wallahua’lam.

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Tentang umur 40an dalam quran

Ramai tidak sedar dalam al-Quran ada menyentuh tentang usia 40an

حَتَّى إَذَا بَلَغَ أَشُدَّهُ وَبَلَغَ أَرْبَعِيْنَ سَنَةً قَالَ رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِى أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ الَّتِى أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيَّ وَعَلَى وَالِدَيَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَالِحًا تَرْضَاهُ وَأَصْلِحْ لِى فِى ذُرِّيَّتِى إِنِّى تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَإِنِّى مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِيْنَ (١٥) الاحقاف

Apabila dia telah dewasa dan usianya sampai empat puluh tahun, ia berdoa: “Ya Tuhanku, tunjukkanlah aku jalan untuk mensyukuri nikmat Engkau yang telah Engkau berikan kepadaku dan kepada ibu bapaku dan supaya aku dapat berbuat amal yang soleh yang engkau redhai; berilah kebaikan kepadaku dengan (memberi kebaikan) kepada anak cucuku. Sesungguhnya aku bertaubat kepada Engkau dan sesungguhnya aku termasuk orang-orang muslim.”

Al Ahqaf: 15

وفى تفسير ابن كثير: وهذا فيه إرشاد لمن بلغ الأربعين أن يجدد التوبة والإنابة إلى الله – عز وجل – ويعزم عليها.

Menurut Ibn Kathir, ayat ini memberikan petunjuk bahawa manusia apabila menjelang usia 40 tahun hendaklah memperbaharui taubat dan kembali kepada Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla dengan bersungguh-sungguh.

Usia 40 tahun disebut dengan jelas dalam ayat ini. Pada usia inilah manusia mencapai puncak kehidupannya baik dari segi fizikal, intelektual, emosi, mahupun spiritualnya.

Doa yang terdapat dalam ayat tersebut dianjurkan untuk dibaca oleh mereka yang berusia 40 tahun dan ke atas. Doa yang menggambarkan jiwa yang bersyukur dalam menerima nikmat yang sempurna, kecenderungan untuk beramal, yang telah mempunyai keluarga yang harmoni, kecenderungan untuk bertaubat dan kembali kepada Allah Ta’ala.

Dalam ayat yang lain…..

أَوَلَمْ نُعَمِّرْكُمْ مَا يَتَذَكَّرُ فِيْهِ مَنْ تَذَكَّرَ وَجَاءَكُمُ النَّذِيْرُ (٣٧)

Apakah Kami tidak memanjangkan umurmu dalam tempoh yang cukup untuk berfikir bagi orang-orang yang mahu berfikir, dan (apakah tidak) datang kepadamu pemberi peringatan?

Al Fathir: 37

عن مجاهد قال : سمعت ابن عباس يقول : العمر الذي أعذر الله إلى ابن آدم : ( أولم نعمركم ما يتذكر فيه من تذكر ) أربعون سنة .
Mujahid berkata, aku mendengar daripada Ibnu Abbas berkata :

” Usia yang Allah beri peringatan kepada anak Adam dengan

( أَوَلَمْ نُعَمِّرْكُمْ مَا يَتَذَكَّرُ فِيْهِ مَنْ تَذَكَّرَ وَجَاءَكُمُ النَّذِيْرُ ) ialah 40 tahun.

عن مسروق أنه كان يقول : إذا بلغ أحدكم أربعين سنة ، فليأخذ حذره من الله عز وجل .

Masruq berkata :

” Apabila seorang kamu berumur 40 tahun, maka ambillah peringatan daripada Allah Azza wa Jalla “.

Usia 40 tahun adalah usia matang untuk kita bersungguh-sungguh dalam hidup. Mengumpulkan pengalaman, menajamkan hikmah dan kebijaksanaan, membuang kejahilan ketika usia muda, lebih berhati-hati, melihat sesuatu dengan hikmah dan penuh penelitian. Maka tidak hairan tokoh-tokoh pemimpin muncul secara matang pada usia ini. Bahkan Nabi SAW seperti yang disebut oleh Ibn ‘Abbas:

عن ابن عباس قال أنزل على رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وهو ابن أربعين فأقام بمكة ثلاث عشرة وبالمدينة عشرا وتوفي وهو ابن ثلاث وستين قال أبو عيسى هذا حديث حسن صحيح

“Diturunkan wahyu Rasulullah SAW pada usianya 40 tahun, lalu baginda tinggal di Makkah 13 tahun dan di Madinah 10 tahun, dan wafat pada usianya 63 tahun”.

HR Tirmizi
Ibnu Abbas RA dalam suatu riwayat berkata:

من أتى عليه أربعون سنة ولم يغلب خيره شره فليتجهز إلى النار

“Barangsiapa mencapai usia 40 tahun dan amal kebajikannya tidak mantap dan tidak dapat mengalahkan amal keburukannya, maka hendaklah ia bersiap-siap ke neraka.”

Imam asy-Syafi’i tatkala mencapai usia 40 tahun, beliau berjalan sambil memakai tongkat. Jika ditanya, jawab beliau, “Agar aku ingat bahwa aku adalah musafir.

( قيل للشافعي – رحمه الله – : ما لَكَ تُكثر من إمساك العصا وأنت لست بضعيف ؟ قال : لأتذكر أني مسافر )

Justeru…apa yang perlu dilakukan menjelang usia 40 tahun…

1. Meneguhkan tujuan hidup
2. Meningkatkan kekuatan ruhiyyah
3. Menjadikan uban sebagai peringatan
4. Memperbanyak bersyukur
5. Menjaga makan dan tidur
6. Menjaga istiqamah dalam ibadah dan perjuangan.

Sedikit tazkirah… Khas utk kita yg ke arah, di alam, di hujung dan telah melewati 40

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Lessons from Al-Falaq

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Assalamualaikum Dear Brothers & Sisters, ladies & gentlemen,

Let’s us learn on how to be productive from Surah Al-Falaq!

Uqbah ibn Amr Al-Juhani reported: The Prophet, salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,

“Allah has revealed verses the like of which you have never seen: Say, I seek refuge in the Lord of the people (114:1) and: Say, I seek refuge in the Lord of the daybreak.” (113:1)

[At-Tirmidhi]

The mentions of the shaytan’s (the devils and his followers) history, mission and followers in the quran are numerous. The reason being is for us, mankind would be well aware and prepared to face them in our daily life. Knowing your enemy is extremely important to succeed in life and knowing the ways how you can protect yourself is therefore directly linked to your productivity.

Surah Al-Falaq (the Daybreak) teaches us an excellent way to protect ourselves. But there is more! The surah also teaches us on how to be more productive. Here’s how.

Build Surah Al-Falaq into Your Routine

It is the sunnah of the Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam to recite the last three surahs once after every salah and thrice after fajr and maghrib. Aishah radiyallahu ‘anha reported that before sleeping, the Prophet used to blow into his hands, recited the last three surahs and then wipe with his hands over his body [Al-Bukharee and Muslim]

Who amongst us wants to get protection? Everyone! So, first of all, we need to make it a habit to recite these surahs regularly
So your first action point is: carefully make sure you recite Surah Al-Falaq (and Surah Al-Ikhlaas and Surah An-Naas) at above mentioned times. By doing so you get two benefits: you get protection and you receive the reward of following the sunnah!

8 Productivity Lessons from Surah Al-Falaq

Ayah 1: Say (qul) I seek refuge (a’oodhu) in (the) Lord (birabbi) of the daybreak (al-falaq)

1. Seek your safety with Allah: One of the most unproductive ways of dealing with fear, jealousy, attacks from people and illnesses is by seeking protection in other things than Allah. Never think people or objects can protect you. Realize first and foremost that all the danger and evil around you, day and night, can only be averted by Allah and He uses other people and things to give you protection. So ask Him for protection only. Never fear anything but Him and use the ways of protection He taught you.

2. Study the Beautiful Name of Allah: Rabb:He is the One Who takes care of everything and helps it grow and He brings out the day from the darkness of the night. Symbolically darkness can mean your problems, trials and stress and the daybreak your rescue. Know that Allah is your Rabb, He was the only One Who could nourish and protect you when you were in the womb and He is still the only One who can nourish and protect you.

3.Reflect on the Sun: He is the Rabb of the daybreak. Reflect on and study about the sun, the source of daylight, its distance from the earth and you will realize the greatness of the Lord of the daybreak!

4. Convey: Allah says ‘Say’, convey this importantsurahto others and teach others how to use it for protection.

Ayah 2 and 3: From (min) (the)evil (sharri) of that which (maa) He created (khalaqa) and from the evil (wa min sharri) (of) darkness (ghaasiqin) when (idhaa) it becomes intense (waqab)

5. Don’t spend your free time with the devil: At night the time for work is over and people are relatively free. That’s exactly the time when your mind easily becomes corrupted by shaytan; an empty man’s brain is the devil’s workshop. Most of the indecent tv programs, parties and movies happen when? At night. When you are finished with work or the children are asleep it is very easy to fall into time waste. You don’t always have to be busy, but a productive Muslim will also spend their ‘free’ time with acts that are not displeasing to Allah. You can watch a lecture, talk to a relative with the intention to strengthen the ties of kinship or relax with your spouse, which is even classified as rewarding! Remember it is all about intention.

6. Don’t stay awake until late for no reason: Staying awake late is also evil as it brings you three harms. You might miss fajr, it is harmful for your health and you lose the productivity blessings which are put in morning work. Allah created the night for us to rest and one of the main causes of depression is staying awake at night, it’s a big productivity killer!

Ayah 4 and 5: And from (the) evil (wa min sharri) (of) those who blow (naffathaati) in the knots (fee al ‘uqad) and from the evil (wa min sharri) (of) the envier (haasidin) when (idhaa) he envies (hasada).

7. The best cure for magic and other evils. The Prophet said the evil eye is real. Magic is real. Many Muslims are feeling tired, ill, lazy and completely unproductive because they might suffer from magic or the evil eye. Many people are even scared to visit certain relatives because of it. This surahis the best cure for all these problems. Recite it with conviction to protect yourself. Teach your children from young to recite it before they go to sleep, so it becomes a habit.

8. Ask protection against jealousy of others and yourself!A jealous person will either try to destroy your reputation, work, property or hurt you. Pray to Allah that you are never jealous yourself of anyone and that He protects you from those who are jealous of us. The Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: Beware of envy because envy consumes (destroys) vthe virtues just as the fire consumes the firewood[Abu Dawud]. An extra tip here is to be careful what you share on social media of your private life; your pictures of happy days with family, new car or new clothes. Be humble with the blessings Allah gave to you. And when you do see the blessings of others ask Allah to give them to you too, but without being jealous. That way you will feel much more peaceful inside in these times of people competing in belongings, money, careers etc.!

Original Articles from Understand Quran Academy

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100 Advices from Qura’n

1.Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42)
2.Order righteousness to people only after practicing it yourself(2:44)
3.Do not commit abuse on the earth (2:60)
4.Do not prevent people from mosques (2:114)
5.Do not follow anyone blindly (2:170)
6.Do not break the promise (2:177)
7.Do not engage in bribery (2:188)
8.Fight only with those who fight you (2:190)
9.Keep the etiquettes of war (2:191)
10.Protect orphans (2:220)
11.Do not have sexual intercourse during menstrual period (2:222)
12.Breast feed your children for two complete years (2:233)
13.Choose rulers by their merit (2:247)
14.No compulsion in religion (2:256)
15.Do not invalidate charity with reminders (2:264)
16.Help those in need by finding them (2:273)
17.Don’t consume interest (2:275)
18.Grant more time to repay if the debtor is in hard time (2:280)
19.Write down the debt (2:282)
20.Keep the trust (2:283)
21.Do not spy and backbite (2:283)
22.Believe in all prophets (2:285)
23.Do not burden a person beyond his scope (2:286)
24.Do not become divided (3:103)
25.Restrain Anger (3:134)
26.Do not be rude in speech (3:159)
27.Think deeply about the wonders and creation of this universe (3:191)
28.Men and Women have equal rewards for their deeds (3:195)
29.Wealth of the dead should be distributed among his family members (4:7)
30.Women also have the right for inheritance (4:7)
31.Do not devour the property of orphans (4:10)
32.Do not marry those in your blood relation (4:23)
33.Do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly (4:29)
34.Family should be lead by men (4:34)
35.Be good to others (4:36)
36.Do not be miserly (4:37)
37.Do not keep envy (4:54)
38.Judge with justice between people (4:58)
39.Do not kill each other (4:92)
40.Do not be an advocate for deceitful (4:105)
41.Standout firmly for justice (4:135)
42.Cooperate in righteousness (5:2)
43.Do not cooperate in sin and aggression (5:2)
44.Dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine are prohibited (5:3)
45.Be just (5:8)
46.Punish for crimes in an exemplary way (5:38)
47.Strive against sinful and unlawful (5:63)
48.Avoid intoxicants and alcohol (5:90)
49.Do not gamble (5:90)
50.Do not insult others’ deities (6:108)
51.’Having majority’ is not a criterion of truth (6:116)
52.Don’t reduce weight or measure to cheat people (6:152)
53.Do not be arrogant (7:13)
54.Eat and Drink, But Be Not Excessive (7:31)
55.Wear good cloths during prayer times (7:31)
56.Forgive others for their mistakes (7:199)
57.Do not turn back in battle (8:15)
58.protect and help those who seek protection (9:6)
59.Keep Purity (9:108)
60.Never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy (12:87)
61.Allah will forgive to those who have done wrong out of ignorance (16:119)
62.Invitation to God should be with wisdom and good instruction (16:125)
63.No one will bear others’ sins (17:15)
64.Be dutiful to parents (17:23)
65.Do not say a word of disrespect to parents (17:23)
66.Do not spent money extravagantly (17:29)
67.Do not kill your children for fear of poverty (17:31)
68.Do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse (17:32)
69.Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge (17:36)
70.Speak to people mildly (20:44)
71.Keep aloof from what is vain (23:3)
72.Do not enter others’ house without seeking permission (24:27)
73.Allah will provide security for those who believe only in Allah (24:55)
74.Do not enter parents’ private room without asking permission (24:58)
75.Walk on earth in humility (25:63)
76.Do not neglect your portion of this world (28:77)
77.Invoke not any other god along with Allah (28:88)
78.Do not engage in homosexuality (29:29)
79.Enjoin right, forbid wrong (31:17)
80.Do not walk in insolence through the earth (31:18)
81.Lower your voice (31:19)
82.Women should not display their finery (33:33)
83.Allah forgives all sins (39:53)
84.Do not be despair of the mercy of Allah (39:53)
85.Repel evil by good (41:34)
86.Decide on affairs by consultation (42:38)
87.Try for settlement between people (49:9)
88.Do not ridicule others (49:11)
89.Avoid suspicion (49:12)
90.Do not spy or backbite (49:12)
91.Most noble of you is the most righteous (49:13)
92.Honor guests (51:26)
93.Spent wealth in charity (57:7)
94.No Monasticism in religion (57:27)
95.Those who have knowledge will be given a higher degree by Allah (58:11)
96.Treat non-Muslims in a kind and fair manner (60:8)
97.Save yourself from covetousness (64:16)
98.Seek forgiveness of Allah. He is Forgiving and Merciful (73:20)
99.Do not repel one who asks (93:10)
100.Encourage feeding poor (107:3)

Surely, Allah Will Grant you The Reward For Spreading Righteousness .. JazakAllah Khair”