Thursday, May 31, 2007

3 main responsibilities of being a Khalifah of Allah

  • To make ourselves good.

  • To help others (society) become good.

  • To make the physical world good (clean and beautiful).


  • Easy peasy lemon squesy. *wheeeeeeeee* Hehhe. Let us start our engines now (for those who have not yet started) and enter gear 1. May we have the chance to reach the highest gear, before the fuel tank's empty. Slow and steady.. but always moving forward towards the final destination.

    All the best Khalifahs! =)

    Saturday, May 26, 2007

    Invitation to the truth

    We often fear of that that we do not know of. That phrase should be given extra merit for the accuracy of correctness it brings with it.

    Once upon a time, I used to cringe when I hear the word da'wah. Once upon a time, to me at least, that word was a word equivelant to extremist trying to shove their believes down your throat. It was a word to be scared of. Perhaps there are some grains of truth in what I thought at that time base on what I saw (and that would bring a whole new story to it).

    Thus, when I found out the real meaning of da'wah, I was dumbfounded. Dak'wah is actually the arabic word for invite. All this while I was afraid of a harmless word! It might have been very amusing if not for the fact that it was actually an obligation to all Muslims.

    "Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance." .:Sura An-Nahl 16:125:.

    An excerpt from wikipedia - Da'wah, from the Islamic perspective, is an open and general act of informing others about the message of Islam by carrying it, living it, and making it available to others through all positive and engaging means. It is not the mere act of telling someone about Islam, although dialogue, discussion, presentations, etc. are a part of dawah. It is the steady engagement of living the message, exemplifying the behaviors and providing answers and material when necessary.

    Which is very true indeed.

    To some people, dakwah might be a very hard thing to carry out. But then it comes back to how you interpret the word itself. And how you understand what Islam really is about. Islam is a religion of goodness, of beauty, of truth, of peace. So whatever that is good is Islam in essence, regardless of its roots.

    When you help a friend study - that is Islam. When you tell your brother you love him - that is Islam. When you cook for your family - that is Islam. When you feed your baby - that is Islam. When you pick up a nail in the middle of the road so that other people won't be harmed by it - that is Islam. When you maintain a clean surrounding of your cubicle at the office, or your table in your room, or your car - that is Islam. When write an article, a lyric, a blog entry and people is inspired and enlightened by what you wrote - that is Islam. When you treat a patient - that is Islam. When you say something, anything at all that can make a person smile - that is Islam.

    No matter how small the act is, as long as it is good and it is correct, it is Islam. And... *surprise*surprise* those acts are also considered as da'wah! This is because it shows to those around you how beautiful Islam is. See how easy it is to practice da'wah?

    So, come on people. Yes, you there. Let's all be Da'ees! =)

    Thursday, May 24, 2007

    Monday, May 21, 2007

    Seek and you shall find

    Seek knowledge.
    Seeking it purely for Allah's sake is fearing Him;
    Pursuing it is worshipping Him;
    Discussing it is remembering Him;
    Searching for it is Jihad;
    Imparting it to others is charity;
    And spending it for the benefit of the family is affinity.

    All this is because knowledge is the borderline
    Between the lawful and the unlawful;
    The light to the inroads to heaven;
    The friend in isolation;
    The companion in travel,
    The person to discuss with in solitude,
    The guide in happiness and sorrow;
    Bringer of peace to the enemy,
    And an ornament to the intimate friend.

    With the power of knowledge;
    Allah raises a people and makes them leaders of virtues
    Their footsteps and deeds are imitated
    And people conclude with their opinions
    The angels show anxiousness in their friendship
    And spread their wings for them

    Every animate and inanimate prays for their salvation;
    The fish and creatures in the sea,
    The animals and beasts on the land,
    All ask for repentance for the learned.

    This is so because knowledge is equivalent to praying through the night. Knowledge brings one closer to his relative and verses him with the facts of the lawful and the unlawful. Knowledge remains the leader while actions remain the followers. It inspires the fortunate and deprives the wicked.

    - Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wasalam)
    [reported by Mu'adh Ibn Jabal from Ihya ulumud-Deen - Abu Hamid al-Ghazali]

    Tuesday, May 15, 2007

    Specialties

    Thehehe. Psychiatry it is then?!
    If you're pursuing a specialty in medicine, go here.

    Rank Specialty Score
    1 psychiatry 42
    2 radiology 41
    3 gastroenterology 41
    4 endocrinology 40
    5 med oncology 40
    6 dermatology 40
    7 nuclear med 40
    8 pediatrics 39
    9 urology 39
    10 general internal med 39
    11 colon & rectal surgery 38
    12 radiation oncology 38
    13 neurosurgery 38
    14 obstetrics/gynecology 38
    15 physical med & rehabilitation 38
    16 pathology 37
    17 orthopaedic surgery 37
    18 preventive med 37
    19 rheumatology 37
    20 infectious disease 37
    21 family practice 37
    22 emergency med 37
    23 allergy & immunology 36
    24 hematology 36
    25 cardiology 36
    26 nephrology 36
    27 occupational med 36
    28 general surgery 36
    29 neurology 36
    30 plastic surgery 36
    31 thoracic surgery 35
    32 aerospace med 35
    33 anesthesiology 35
    34 pulmonology 34
    35 ophthalmology 33
    36 otolaryngology 32

    Sunday, May 13, 2007

    Hearts bonded; with the grace of the Almighty

    Tranquility.. felt in the midst of serene surroundings and amicable friends.

    Last weekend, under the ambiguous watchful eyes of the rustling trees and the cool melody of the flowing stream of Sungai Tekala, 30 souls from two very different academic institution and various fields were brought together to delight in the magnificient beauty of God's creation.

    Ta'aruf session

    Islam is the way of life. A theme that brings with it such a deeply profound meaning, yet can only be comprehended by those whose heart is opened to see beyond what can only be accepted by the logical mind.

    Ensembling our tent with my groupmates

    The silent strong pact that was made between hearts and souls can only be aprised by those engaged in the circle itself.

    A picture paints a thousand words, they say. May the pictures above and below paint what is indescribable even by a million words. This blogger is penning off for now. Have a good day readers!

    Jungle trekking: going up!

    Jungle trekking: going down...


    The base of a gigantic tree which engulfed almost half of the group. It's soaring bulky trunk below.















    Background: Waterfall of Sungai Tekala


    Left: This blogger with the son of a senior naqibah (leader). She's doing her Masters. Despite working, busy with studies and being married with a kid, she still allocates time to be in the company of people that reminds her of the Oft-loving and Most Merciful. Bestowed me with a new perspective in life, I must say. =)













    Right: Meals on a tray in accordance with the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.)




    With humbleness, we prostrate before You. Grant us calmness in calamity. Joy behind troubles.
    Hope above despair. Amin.













    The strongest bond of faith is when we meet, we get to know,
    we love and we depart... because of Allah.
    Kekalkan kemesraan antara hati-hati ini, Ya Allah.