8 December 2013
1 December 2013
May peace be upon you and me.
It has been like a while since I've been here. This blog is full of spider web now. Life has been busy for me since I last post something here. I was busy with Konvensyen Bidadari, and right after that I went to London for two weeks. Came back and started working with Peace Meal, later move on to few more projects with iMuslim, then comes Graduation and now I'm a pupil in Chamber at Albar & Partners. A lot has happened and things change from time to time. Now I'm moving onto another chapter in life, the working world, building up careers, and moving forward. I pray that Allah will guide me in going through this, indeed He is the one that set my life, that creates me, that put me here in this path.
There's a lot I want to share (as usual), but inshaAllah ta'ala I will find time to write about them. Next week I'm going to Heart Therapy Camp by iMuslim at Janda Baik. This is an awesome retreat for those who are looking to find some inner peace especially to reflect on one self.
What the program is all about?
"This is a program that will focus on the purification of the soul and the cleansing of the heart.
Specially designed for the community to have a better understanding in the fundamental elements of the Heart and how it is significant to one's faith, ibadah, and ihsan
This program is design to help us learn the diseases of the heart such as riyaa, envy, back biting, slander, love for the dunya and to find the remedy for it. We also will be focusing to increase our love towards the hereafter by learning the pleasures of Jannah and the torment of Jahannam, and understanding the questioning of the grave.
And the most important part is to purify our intention in every 'amal', including the attention of joining this course, which is to be closer to Allah, the all Loving and the all Merciful."
Who are the speakers?
I'm looking forward to this and I hope I can learn & absorb as much knowledge as I can, and In Shaa Allah to share with all of you. If you guys cannot make it to this program, I would love to suggest for all of you to join Sheikh Kamal El Mekki in "How to Give Syahadah in 10minutes?"
What is the course about?
"Invite to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided" [al-Qur'aan, an-Nahel'(16):125]
Do you have a burning desire to give da'wah to your non muslim friends or even family members? Do you sometimes feel you're not "good enough" to be giving da'wah to others? Do you end up in big arguments when conversing with others? If "yes" is your answer to one of the questions above, How to Give Shahada in 10 minutes, is the perfect course for you!
'How to give Shahada in 10 minutes' is a comprehensive module prepared by Sheikh Kamal El Mekki. This module is about the art of inviting others to come back to Islam. Specially designed for Muslims who are passionate about the deen, this 2 - day program will equip you with tools on how to tackle potential provocations and many more!
This program will touch on the obstacles on the path of dawah, methods and techniques in giving dawah, the do's and don't's, clearing the misconceptions and interestingly, when to walk away and avoid confrontations when it comes to approaching others of a different faith.
We are living in a time where the religion of Islam is look down upon. The only way for us to change the perspective of others about Islam is through our actions and by calling others to this beautiful deen. This course is offered to get you started on your first step towards your journey of da'wah. The choice is yours to make!Don't miss his lifetime opportunity. I'm here to just share the khayr. If you guys have any question, can always call iMuslim or can always email me or contact me. In Shaa Allah I will try my best to assist.
14 August 2013
Taqaballahu Minna Wa Minkum
"May Allah accept all , our solah, our qiam, our fasting, our sadaqah, and all our good deeds in the month of Ramadhan. May He keep us steadfast with our Iman in the coming month until the next Ramadhan, may He grant us the permission and the opportunity to meet again with Ramadhan (inshaAllah), may we become a better person after this Ramadhan. May He grant us success in this world and the hereafter. And most importantly may He keep our heart, our soul, and our intention pure in whatever that we do and may He keep on guiding us. "
Indeed Syawal is a celebrating month, and for those who has worked hard during Ramadhan this is for the time you to reward yourself. But let us remember that we still have other responsibilities. Don't let this festive mood be a reason for us not to be productive. When we are at work, we are at work.
We have worked so hard in Ramadhan to search for lalatul qadr, and let us keep that up. If in Ramadhan we can fast, lower our gaze, beware of backbiting, sabr, do qiam, at least for the month after Ramadhan we can maintain 5% or 10% of whatever we've done would be good.
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"Life is a journey, it's not how we start but how we end it"
Remember, one of the purpose of Ramadhan is for us to be a mutaqqun. If we're out of Ramadhan and things just got back to normal as before, maybe we might want to reevaluate our iman. This reminds me of a hadith by Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam when a sahabi asked him about what deeds that would bring him to Jannah and the Prophet answered deeds that are done with istiqamah.
As long as we improve our life inshaAllah things would be okay. It's not how we start but it's what we do and how we ends it. May Allah grant us deep understanding. Till then.
3 August 2013
It has finally landed on our shores! The collection of books written by the world's renowned speaker, Sheikh Mirza Yawar Baig! Don't miss out on the opportunity as these books are only made available in Malaysia through iMuslim.
What is a Muslim without Akhlaaq?
The man, driving down the street, saw children begging at the street corner. The sight always affected him and as always he wondered at the inequities of
“Master!” he cried to his teacher.
“Why doesn’t Our Creator do something about these people?”
“He did”, said the Master. “He made you.”
If there is one word that can claim to sum up the entire question of leadership, it is Responsibility. When we choose to take a leadership stance we choose to hold ourselves responsible. To be held responsible. We say to the world that we are prepared to account for what we say and do and to be judged by the effects of those things on our environment. Without the willingness to accept responsibility, there is no leadership. Accepting of responsibility is ‘accountability’.
If there is one thing that ails us it is that we don’t act on what we know. Most of us know enough to enter Jannah without reckoning if we only practice what we know. But we don’t practice and so we condemn ourselves to a life of misery in this world and if Allah SWT decides to hold us accountable, to much more when we face Him. I ask Allah SWT to forgive us and to
save us from ourselves.
One of the characteristics of modern life seems to be a breakdown of family life, the foundation of which is a happy and healthy marriage. This has vast implications on individuals and society in terms of hardship, lack of social concern and responsibility and a culture that promotes selfishness and self satisfaction at all costs.
This vicious circle propagates more destruction of marriages and the sad story grows.
Having counseled many couples, over the years, some successfully and others not so, I have come to the conclusion that eventual success of a marriage lies in the hands (and wills) of the partners alone. Nobody can make or break a marriage if the two partners don’t want that to happen.
This short booklet is an attempt to share my learning and understanding of the main issues in a marriage and a look at what it takes to make a marriage a source of great joy and fulfillment in this life. I hope that those who read it will benefit from it and will live happy, productive and satisfactory lives.
The book is focused at Muslims but others can also benefit.
In all the years that I have spoken to parents all over the world, I have always asked one question. The way I do it is as follows:
‘Please think of your most powerful role model.’
‘For how many of you is it a parent?’
I have never had more than 5% of the population putting up their hands. That means that for 95% of people, their role model is not a parent – the two people who invested the maximum in their upbringing. That is a real tragedy but it is a self-created one. It need not happen and this book will help you to protect yourself from becoming a part of the 95%.
Over the years of my working with parents in the Muslim world, I have been asked this question most often, ‘How must we bring up our children?’
Especially today young parents are very anxious to ensure that their children are brought up as practicing Muslims and are a credit to themselves and their parents. This little book is a consolidation of all the things that I have said to people in answer to their question. I believe that parenting is a serious job which must be undertaken consciously; clearly understanding what it entails.
Children have a right to have good parents who can be role models for them and who can not only teach them the tools to succeed in this life but also to take from the treasures of Allah SWT and succeed in the life to come. Please remember that whether you like it or not, you are a role model for your children. Your choice is to decide what kind of role model you want to be…one that they can look up to or one that they have to look down on.
Children listen with their eyes. They don’t care what you say until they see what you do. Anyone who has children has no such thing as a private life. Whatever you do is under the lights, will be noticed, learnt and emulated. If there is any gap between walk and talk your credibility with your children will fall through it. Allah SWT sent you to guide your children and that is what the honorable status that Islam gives to parents in based on; because they are guides of their children.
Parents who behave dishonorably before their children are the worst of humanity – abysmal, abominable and disgusting.
I wish all those who read this book, children who will be a source of delight to them in this world and a source of ongoing benefit to them in the Hereafter.
Shaykh Mirza Yawar Baig is the Founder & President of Yawar Baig & Associates. He is an international speaker, coach, trainer and facilitator, specializing in leadership in family businesses. He works with prominent family businesses in the role of Life Coach and Mentor. He has successfully trained managers in business, government & academia on 3 continents for over 24 years and developed a reputation for teaching effectively across boundaries of culture, function and nationality, not to mention that he also speaks 5 languages! An ongoing project that Shaykh Yawar is engaged in at the moment is the Standard Bearers Academy – which operates with the vision to provide role models to the world. Shaykh Yawar is known for his love of adventure and rich life experiences.
More about him:http://www.standardbearersacademy.com/
25 July 2013
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To know whether we have achieved that success, we evaluate ourselves whether we've become a better Muslim or not as we go through Ramadhan. As Allah mentioned in the Quran in Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 183 Allah SWT prescribed fasting upon us so that we may become among the Muttaqun. If by the end Ramadhan we've become closer to Allah then it's an indicator of success walhamdulillah., because as we get closer to Allah we also becoming closer to achieve the level of a Muttaqun.
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Let us take this opportunity for us to improve ourselves. As we all know in Ramadhan, as narrated by Abu Huraira r.a in a Hadith Qudsi, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.”. Allah SWT has created a conducive environment for us to improve ourselves. But we have to remember that this improvement is not only in Ramadhan. Rather, we must continue for the rest of the year. We must not become a Syaitaan-Based Muslim whereby we're a better Muslim only when the syaitaan is not around. When Ramadhan ends, Syaitaan is back and we fall back into our normal routine. That would be an Epic Fail and that clearly shows that we have lost the whole point of Ramadhan.
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Bear in mind that fasting is not just about restraining ourselves from hunger and thirst, it's more than that. Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)”. We take this opportunity to lift up our iman to another level so that when Ramadhan ends, we can sustain our Iman, but that doesn't mean we should shut ourselves from the world and get into a cave and seclude for the rest of the year. Ramadhan is not the month of inaction. It’s the month of action.
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Reported by Ibn Maajah Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said that “It may be that a fasting person gets nothing from his fast except hunger & thirst". So let us not waste our Ramadhan, make it count! It has already been 15 days of fasting. Let us take moment to ask ourselves, where are we now? Are we moving along with Ramadhan? Are we 15 days better since Ramadhan started? Or are we stuck at day 1? Or even worse, is our iman deteriorating? If that is what is happening to us, then Ramadhan would be waste, our life would be a waste.
So in this Ramadhan Series I just want us to think, where are we?
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