What’s with Every Day?

Simply,

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Purity

Repentance. Repentance. Repentance.
لا حَوْلَ وَلا قُوَّةَ إِلا بِالله

 

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In Blues

My heart speaks loud in a truthful manner that day

Falling into the blues is such a weird feeling

but, that day,

I cherished and endured it, patiently

Do I have any choice?

No

second thought rushed into me

It was a blessing, to taste various feelings in me

I survived the day

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Nur Ilahi Pada Langit & Bumi

Segala ayat-ayat suci Al-Quran yang Allah turunkan kepada manusia dalam bentuk penerangan dan contoh-contoh kejadian umat yang terdahulu sebagai pelajaran kepada orang-orang bertakwa.

Di antara ayat-ayat suci Al-Quran yang menarik hati saya dan ingin saya kongsikan di sini adalah dari Surah 24 An Nuur (Cahaya), ayat 35 :

Allah (Pemberi) cahaya (kepada) langit dan bumi. Perumpaan cahaya Allah, adalah seperti sebuah lubang yang tidak tembus (1040), yang di dalamnya ada pelita besar. Pelita itu di dalam kaca (dan) kaca itu seakan-akan bintang (yang bercahaya) seperti mutiara, yang dinyalakan dengan minyak dari pohon yang banyak berkahnya, (yaitu) pohon zaitun yang tumbuh tidak di sebelah timur (sesuatu) dan tidak pula di sebelah barat(nya) (1041), yang minyaknya (sahaja) hampir-hampir menerangi, walaupun tidak disentuh api. Cahaya di atas cahaya (berlapis-lapis), Allah membimbing kepada cahaya-Nya siapa yang Dia kehendaki, dan Allah memperbuat perumpamaan-perumpamaan bagi manusia, dan Allah Maha Mengetahui segala sesuatu.


(1040): ‘lubang yang tidak tembus’ (misykat), bererti satu lubang pada di dinding rumah yang tidak tembus sampai ke sebelahnya, biasanya digunakan untuk tempat lampu, atau barang-barang lain.

(1041): pohon zaitun itu tumbuh di puncak bukit ia dapat sinar matahari baik di waktu matahari terbit maupun di waktu matahari akan terbenam, sehingga pohonnya subut dan buahnya menghasilkan minyak yang baik

 

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Allah merupakan sumber cahaya kepada cahaya. Ayat 35 Surah 24 An Nuur (Cahaya) ini memberi gambaran tentang kekuatan sifat cahaya Allah (Nur Illahi) atau taufik dan hidayah Allah memberi bimbingan ke jalan Islam apabila meresapi para insan yang terpilih. Ini juga mengambarkan keimanan meresap ke dalam qalbu para insan terpilih ini dan memurnikannya. Permurnian hati insan yang telah menerima  Nur Illahi perumpamaannya seperti minyak zaitun yang terbaik menjadikan kalbu-kalbu tersebut jernih dan bersinar cahaya iman yang berlapis-lapis mengusir kegelapan (dosa dan noda).


Title in English: Allah is the light (Nur Illahi) to the Heavens and Earth

Text in English: Allah The Creator is light of light. The rest of the text will be interpreted later, InsyaAllah.

Measurements & Mathematics: Why They Matters

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

Allah Azawajalla Al-Waduud wants humans to know and understand that all things that HE created are all with measurements. And they are all designed with balance. Human has been warned about the danger if these creations go imbalance.

As a human being, I would say, measurements are numbers. That also explains the reason why  Allah quantify all HIS creations through measurements. If I could understand it, so are other humans. That is a lot of numbers. Measurements or numbers is the language that human brain (logic and reasoning) can understand and comprehend in sense-making to the existence of Allah and all of HIS creations. And that’s including us, the human – the measurement of each part of our physical body, and the metaphysics. The external and internal organs as well as the spiritual components.

Allah’s creations serve a specific purpose. Through measurements Allah wants us to understand the implications of our good deeds and wrongs doings to Allah, to ourselves, to other humans and to nature. These are all calculated by the two Angels by our sides. Since measurements are the language that we understood and be able to calculate, they are our guide to evaluating whether we are an underachiever, or we have reached the limits or goes beyond limits. But then this measurement should be interpreted within the correct context, i.e. with the standard sets by Allah Al-Khabiir rather than the standard sets of the human.

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All creations are with measurements. God measurements are balanced. These plants – the flowers, the leaves, the stems, the branches, etc. are with the perfect design to meet their need to survive and strive in their ecological system and current environment.

The word “measurement” in the Al-Quran triggers my curiosity. Why Allah wants us to know that over and over again? I have been thinking of this word and its meaning for months!
Allah creates all creations and HE creates them with measurements. Allah taught this fact to human through the Qalamullah (Al-Quran) and sent down the Prophet Muhammad saw and other 24 Prophets to disseminate, remind, reinforce, guide and give examples for clarifications. Through the Qalamullah, Allah has asked us all humans to read, to ponder, to seek evidence and practice as well as to diffuse them to others. The following is a list of verses in Al-Quran (English translation by Yusuf Ali), on the creations and humans’ rezky (sustenance) that Allah designs with measurement:
  • And the earth We have spread out (like a carpet); set thereon mountains firm and immovable, and produced therein all kinds of things in due balance (with measurement). (Al Hijr: Surat 15, Ayat 20)
  • ... the rains from the sky that flow into the valley with measures … (Ar Ra’ad: Surat 13, Ayat 17)
  • And there is not a thing but its (sources and) treasures (inexhaustible) are with Us, but We only send down thereof in due and ascertainable measures. (Al Hijr, Surat 15, Ayat 22)
  • He to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: no son has He begotten, nor has He a partner in His dominion: it is He Who created all things and ordered them in due proportions. (Al Furqan, Surat 25, Ayat 3)
  • If Allah were to enlarge the provision for His Servants, they would indeed transgress beyond all bounds through the earth; but He sends (it) down in due measure as He pleases: For He is with His Servants Well-acquainted, Watchful. (27) Ash Shura, Surat 42, Ayat 27)
  • Verily, all things have We created in proportion and measure. (Al Qamar, Surat 54, Ayat 50)

Mathematics are based on numbers and assumptions. Therefore,  the measurements of Allah’s creation could be understood and comprehend through mathematics. That explains why mathematics has the ability to explain phenomena. Research works departed from a priori theory or a combination of theories. The theory (or theories) guides researchers to collect data as evidence using appropriate methodologies to prove whether the theory at hand is working. Most of the collected data (or the evidence) are huge in size, researchers required a simple strategy to summarize and to make sense of their data. That is where the manual method of analyzing the data has evolved to sophisticated methods, and more statistical software packages are introduced. All statistical software packages are built upon cognitive reasoning with a combination of mathematical logics, assumptions, and conditions. Like MPlus, SPSS, Stata, Jump, and SAS &  R (SAS & R are the least statistical softwares that I am able to understand and use presently) as well as much more. Subhanallah. Allahuakbar.

However, there are still limitations to the current logic of mathematics. Apparently, these logics of mathematics are created by humans. There are much more areas in the creation of Allah Al-Khabiir left unexplored and unexplained. Allah knows best.


أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Bacalah dengan (menyebut) nama Tuhanmu Yang Menciptakan. Dia (Tuhanmu) telah menciptakan manusia dari segumpal darah. Bacalah, dengan (menyebut) nama Tuhanmu Yang Pemurah. Yang mengajar (manusia) dengan perantaraan kalam. Dia (Tuhanmu) mengajarkan kepada manusia apa yang tidak diketahuinya.
(Surah Al-Iqraq (1-5):http://www.quranexplorer.com/quran/)

Translation for Surah Al-Iqraq, verses 1 to 5:

I seek refuge in Allah (swt) from the accursed Shaiytaan
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Read! in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created― (1) Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: (2) Read! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful― (3) He Who taught (the use of) the Pen― (4) Taught man that which he knew not (5).

Note:  I wrote this short article because I believe what Zinsser (1988; 2006) was advocating at his time, Writing is Learning. He claimed that writing is a thinking process. This also means thinking process infers to learning. When a person read and writing, he/she facilitates his/her thinking process thus he/she is in a learning curve. So Zinsser viewed these elements — writing, reading, and thinking–as fundamental to the learning process.

Parakeet Birds, Something about Them

There’s something about these parakeet birds that I want to tell you, my friends. Yesterday, an Arab lady sent them at our apartment in the middle of the night.
The story started like this … I heard someone knocked hard on the door for a couple of times. My housemate and I were in our own room. At first, I didn’t pay attention to the sound. I thought it was just another loud noise from our neighbors. Further, there is a door bell outside our apartment, if that person was aiming our apartment, logically, the person would press the door bell! Since the loud knocking didn’t stop, my ears soon heard the slow knocking became a volume! So I went to the door, and had a peek through the door peephole, I saw an Arab lady holding a cage. She must be the person that my housemate has expected …
Soon after, the cage was left on the kitchen counter. I went to the kitchen to get some water, and I saw these two little fellows sat very close to each other. It triggered my curiosity to have a closer look at them. So I went closer to the cage. MasyaAllah, their bodies were trembling. They were hiding their face from me. They were sitting very close to each other as if there was not enough space for two! I guessed they were seeking comfort from each other. They didn’t utter a sound. Silent. And so was I. The house was also quiet. The silence became unbearable. Suddenly, sadness crept into my heart. I felt sorry for them.

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Such a beautiful creature it is! SubhanAllah. The aloof one 🙂

They were there, in front of me. And I was talking to myself, silently …
Look at them! Allah has created them beautifully. Their beauty triggers awe in me. Amazing small creatures. Small and yet so perfectly designed. Their feathers. The color of the furs. Their faces. Their tiny feathery bodies. And then my eyes were dragged to their wings. What beautiful colors they are! [ I whisper to myself. ] Birds are designed to fly in the high, wide sky … but they can’t fly in this small cage. Sad. I feel sad. They have no use of their wings. Allah has created the wings for birds to fly wherever they want, spread their wings for freedom
[And then my eyes zoomed out to the whole of them.] Allah has created them with incredible beauty. MasyaAllah. Regretfully, their beauty has made them living in a cage. Their beauty is causing their life a misery. Their beauty has attracted evil attention that locked them away. Their beauty made them unable to use all the beautifully design body parts created by Allah Al-Khaliq. Allah Al-Khaliq has created them for free. But my housemate became the legal owner of these Parakeet birds and snatched away their freedom with only negligible cost to freedom, $15.00. Is their freedom that cheap? 

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This is the clingy one. This yellowish feather bird is always clingy to the other, blue-ish feather bird.

These expressed thoughts of mine were so profound. These ideas made me so overwhelmed with thankfulness. These triggers a deep reflection on what Allah has granted to me. Alhamdulillahirabilamin, Alhamdulillah Kul Li Hal
by the way, their cage is pink!
The original text was posted on my Facebook on April 6, 2016. 

Ingin Sukses?

Mukaddimah:  Semua manusia ingin sukses dalam kehidupan. Tapi tidak ramai yang tahu bagaimana. Ini adalah pesanan ringkas Ustad Mansur. Sekiranya anda telah membaca post saya terdahulu tentang konsep BAD hasil penulis Insyirah, ia adalah lebih kurang sama. Cuma, olahan Ustad Mansur ini adalah secara lisan dan pendek. Perbezaan yang nyata di antara pesanan beliau dengan penulisan BAD adalah penulisnya telah mengolahkan konsep BAD secara terperinci berselitkan pengalaman-pengalama beliau sendiri.

Konsep Kehidupan BerTuhan: Konsep BAD bermula daripada pesanan Ustad Mansur. Mari kita lihat nasihat Ustad Mansur yang mengenalpasti empat pesanan penting berkaitan konsep kehidupan bertuhan :

  1. Senantiasa menghubungkan diri dengan Allah swt
  2. Menyelaraskan rencana kita dengan rencana Allah swt
  3. Bertanya Allah segala usaha yang tepat dalama merancang
  4. Berusahalah sedaya upaya dari pengetahuan terbimbing mengelakkan sia-sia dalam kehidupan

Kesimpulan Sekiranyan saya ingin berjaya dunya akhirah, saya perlu tekah meneruskan kehidupan bersama-sama Allah secara istiqamah dalam segenap aspeks pembelajaran kehidupan, baik yang buruk dan yang baik.

 

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Supaya energi dan usaha tidak sia-sia, carilah Allah dalam setiap langkah kehidupan. InsyaAllah semua akan baik-baik sahaja

Kejadian Langit dan Bumi

Secara keseluruhannya Tuhan Semesta Alam mencipta kejadian langit dan bumi dalam masa enam  (6) hari. Tuhan Semesta Alam memulakan penciptaan dengan menciptakan bumi dalam dua (2) hari. Bumi diciptakan dengan gunung-ganang yang kukuh. Selepas itu Allah menentukan kadar-kadar rezky segala penghuni bumi dalam empat (4) hari.
Susulan penciptaan bumi adalah penciptaan langit. Allah mengungkapkan perincian penciptaan langit ini di dalam Surah Fushshilat. Langit itu pada asal penciptaannya adalah hanya asap! .Allah memanggil bumi dan langit (SubhanaAllah), maka, mereka datang pada Allah dengan suka hati. Kemudian Allah menciptakan langit menjadi tujuh lapisan dalam dua (2) hari. Setiap lapisan langit di tugaskan dengan urusan masing-masing. Langit yang hampir dengan bumi di hiasi dengan bintang-bintang cemerlang dan Allah memelihara penciptaanNYA sebaik-baiknya.
Hari yang disebut di sini bukanlah dari pengukuran hari yang digunakan oleh manusia tapi dalam perhitungan di sisi Allah sahaja. Ada yang membincangkan hari ini merujuk kepada satu tempoh masa dan ini dikaitkan dengan satu masa yang sangat panjang di tempoh masa jangkauan interpretasi manusia.
Surah 41,Surah Fushshilat (Yang dijelaskan), ayat 9 hingga 12.
Katakanlah: ‘Sesungguhnya patutkah kamu kafir kepada Yang menciptakan bumi dalam dua hari dan kamu adakan sekutu-sekutu bagi-Nya? (Yang bersifat) demikian itulah Tuhan semesta alam’ Ayat 9 Surah 41, Fushshilat
Dan seterusnya di terangkan …
Dan Dia menciptakan di bumi itu gunung-gunung yang kokoh di atasnya. Dia memberkahinya dan Dia menentukan padanya kadar makanan-makanan (penghuninya) dalam empat hari. (Penjelasan itu sebagai jawaban) bagi orang-orang yang bertanya. Ayat 10 Surah 41, Fushshilat
Dan lagi di jelaskan …
Kemudian Dia (Allah) menuju langit dan langit itu masih merupakan asap, lalu Dia berkata kepadanya dan kepada bumi: ‘Datanglah kamu keduanya menurut perintah-Ku dengan suka hati atau terpaksa’. Keduanya menjawab: ‘Kami datang dengan suka hati’.
Dan turut di perincikan kejadian langit …
Maka Dia menjadikannya tujuh langit dalam dua hari dan Dia mewahyukan pada tiap-tiap langit urusannya. Dan Kami hiasi langit yang dekat dengan bintang-bintang yang cemerlang dan Kami memeliharanya dengan sebaik-baiknya. Demikianlah ketentuan Yang Maha Perkasa lagi Maha Mengetahui. 
AisyaUmaira is enduring her last winter while writing her Discussions, Dec9, 2016.
Title in English: The Creation of Sky and Earth
Text in English: Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds, has created this entire universe and the world in six (6) days. Allah began His creation by creating this world in two (2) days and then He set on the mountains standing firm in two (2) days. And then Allah bestowed blessings on the earth and sustenance  to all living creators on earth according to due proportion in four  (4) days. Following the earth creation, Allah designed the sky originated from the smoke! Allah commanded  the earth and the sky to service and both came together willingly. And then Allah designed the sky into seven layers and each layer with specific duty and command.  Allah adorned the nearest sky (or the lowest) to the earth with lights (stars) and HE rendered it inviolable. The mentioned ‘day’ here is not the measurement of a day used by humankind but it refers to period or time, or age or moment. One thing for definite is that this ‘one day’ that Allah used could be 8 billions years of earth time or more.  

Do Not Be Chaotic In Your Life

Bismillah.

The title sounds scary to me. Reflecting on the title, I’m the cause of chaos in my life. How that could possibly be?

Al-Qarni explained that humans tend to overburden themselves with self-expectations on doing many things that are unrealistic to achieve on their plan time. Their unrealistic self-expectations exhaust them to be persistent and throw them into boredom well that weakens their spirit of wanting to complete their preplans. If humans are not able to retain themselves to their commitment, they will end up abandoning their preplan missions and this lead to chaotic life.

How not to be the source of chaos in your own life through Four Advice: 

1.Prioritize goals and set-up action plan. I need to identify my goals and then evaluate them based on their priorities. It is critical to choose them carefully what are my priorities and what are not. And then listed them according to the priority order, from the top priority to lesser priority. Find a determinant factor on how to organize them, I can use deadline dates to organize them into order for instance. And then use these priorities accordingly to work on their set-up action-plans. I have to make sure the goals are measurable, in long terms as well as short terms.

I also learn that huge missions are built on small missions and small connected action plans. Like how to get a degree in six years? So I plan the big goals but attach to them with sets of attainable action plans within a shorter period.

2. Be consistent and make progress every day. Keeping the first advice in view, I need to be consistent with what I plan to achieve and to do even if I’m able to do it only a little at a time. Al-Qarni stressed in these two features as the utmost importance– consistency, and small achievement every time. What most important is that you’ve made progress every day. 

3. Pen down and Display goals to my eyes. In addition to Al-Qarni, I write the goals and priorities on papers, and then I display them in a place where I can see them every day. It literarily has a substantial positive impact on me every day. When I saw the notes stuck on the wall, I become aware and self-conscious that I have to complete these targets and priorities.

4. Revise your goals and action plans. If I’m overwhelmed with all the actions plans and fear that I will not achieve my goals, I always can alter my action plans. Always Remember: Don’t Panic! Don’t be Frustrated. Don’t Give Up! It is not the end of the world if you don’t achieve your targets with your laid out action plans. That tell me that it’s time to evaluate your missions and action plans then revise them accordingly. Like people always say, there are 26 alphabets if your Plan A failed, and your Plan B failed, its okay, you have 24 more plans. The most pertinent are that you have to face the reality that I won’t achieve my goals with the action plans, that most practical things to do are to revise them. So why wait, do now! 

 

In conclusions, I could be the source of chaos to my own life. However, I have a choice to exit that chaos world with appropriate strategies. I can always revisit my specified goals and their action plans when they don’t work well. I have to be consistent and make progress every day regardless how small they are. Pen down my goals and display them where I can see them consistently as reminders and motivations.  Let’s flip the coin: if I could be the source of chaos to my own life, I also could be the confident boosters to an organized adventure to my sweet life.

 

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Let’s Flip the Coin: If I’m the source of chaotic life of mine, I’m definitely the confident boosters to an organized adventure of the sweet life of mine too. Let’s Do It!