About Myself…

Assalamualaikum to all friends and my respectful Prof.Azizi Zakaria,

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Aimi Nadiah Binti Salleh. My matric number is 223962. If you want to know me better you can contact my number 011-32930267 or directly email me at aimienadia06@gmail.com.IMG_20151212_021521

I am proud to tell you that I am studied at University Utara Malaysia and taking coarse degree in Risk management and Insurance. Currently, I’m in last semester and will do internship next year. Insha-ALLAH. I’m from Lumut, Perak. Have you been to Lumut? Lumut is a small city located in the state of Perak and it just about 84 kilometers from Ipoh. It is also the gateway to Pangkor Island. Lumut is well known as the little town that is famous for its incredible handicrafts which are made of seashells and corals. It has some of the west coast’s prettiest beaches and has some great local food (especially the seafood).

There are 7 people in my family.  My family consist my parent, elder brother, two younger brothers and one younger sister. I am the second eldest of my siblings. My father is a farmer and my mother is a teacher. She teaches at primary school.

Almost everyone has a favourite colour. So do I.As for me I’m fond of green colours. According to colour psychology green is a colour of growth and vitality, associated with new life and renewal. Psychologically it relates to balance and harmony of the mind, the body and the emotions. It assists in decision making by helping us to see all sides clearly. It balances people’s emotions, creating a sense of calm.

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When I have free time, I always spare my time to do my hobbies. I like to read various books and novel. To my mind reading is very useful because books enrich our experience with many things that we do not know and improve our knowledge. My favorite novel genre is crime, mystery, thriller and suspense stories. I like this type of genre because it full of suspense and make me curious to know what will happen next. It is fun to try and figure out who the culprit before the end of the book. I also read them because the logic of this genre that in the real world the bad guys get caught and get punished for their sin. Sometimes I just like to be held in suspense, caught in the momentum of the story. I pick up different types of crime novels depending on my mood. I adore novel that written by the author Sidney Sheldon such as Master of the Game, Windmills of the God, Angel of the Dark and Are You Afraid of the Dark.

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In conclusion I would like to say that I like to be who I am. And I hope that everybody who knows me can accept and likes all my positive and negative personalities.

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The Beauty of Islam

Imam Zaid Shakir

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Death and destruction tend to be associated with Muslims, but the Prophet reminded, “God is Beautiful and He likes beauty.”

For many people, including some Muslims, it has become difficult to associate Islam with beauty. The popular view of Islam is based largely on images conveyed by the mass media, and those images are usually repugnant. Such images may include the carnage wreaked by suicide bombers upon unsuspecting crowds of innocent people in mosques, bazaars and other public gathering places. They may include the faces of women that have been mutilated or disfigured by acid or blades owing to some un-Islamic concepts of honour, ownership or worse. Those images may include the distorted visages of angry men railing against outrages or atrocities that their anger does little to alter or abate.

In short, the images usually associated with Islam and Muslims are those of death, destruction, harshness and anger. Rarely do we see images of life, gentleness and happiness. Indeed, many Muslim societies are challenged by scourges such as war and famine, and the pictures painted by such afflictions, usually, are not beautiful. This is a reality that transcends religion.

However, even in those societies there are heroic struggles being waged daily that highlight the dignity that still characterises most Muslims. A discerning photographer or videographer could readily capture many of the countless beautiful images those struggles give birth to. Unfortunately, in far too many instances, those capable of doing so are frequently charged to capture images that reinforce the most negative stereotypes associated with Islam and Muslims.

tumblr_mwwbflxGQq1qi713so1_500That being the case, each and every one of us has a responsibility to do what we can to counter the prevailing stereotypes and to present an alternative image. To do that effectively, we have to realise just how beautiful our religion is and then begin to articulate that beauty in all that we do. The Prophet, peace upon him, reminded us that God is beautiful and that He loves beauty (Muslim). Similarly, he reminded us of the incomparable beauty of Paradise; most powerfully when he simply stated, “God has prepared for His righteous servants [in Paradise] what no eye has ever beheld, no ear has ever heard, and what no human heart has ever imagined.” (Bukhari).

Historically, Muslims have endeavoured to capture the beauty of the Divine as well as the beauty they believed to exist in Paradise in everything they did. As a result, the most beautiful art, architecture, music, literature, cuisine, gardens, homes, dress, and cities adorning the pre-modern world were those crafted by Muslim hands. Even today, after centuries of decline, the carpets, calligraphy, cuisine, tile-work, and other manifestations of brilliant Muslim cultural creation are the most sought after on earth.

Perhaps more importantly, Muslims always strove to be beautiful people. Some of our greatest scholars wrote books encouraging the believers to adorn themselves with the beautiful names and attributes of God—to the extent humanly possible. Morality and character reformation were great goals that helped to define the very essence of Islam. Such an emphasis was never seen as an inauthentic appendage to the pure teachings of the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet, peace upon him. These teachings were found at the very heart of the Revelation.

God addresses His Beloved Muhammad, “Verily, you are established on an exalted standard of conduct.” (68:4) He then reminds us, “Surely, the Messenger of God is a most excellent example for any of you who puts his hope in God and the Last Day and remembers God much.” (33:21) The truly successful believer is one who follows the prophetic example and endeavours to adorn herself or himself with beautiful and virtuous character.Most-Beautiful-HD-Islamic-Quotes-Images

The Prophet, peace upon him, also described God as good when he mentioned, “God is good and He only accepts goodness.” (Muslim) Muslims strove with might and main to be good people. By so doing, they were people of character and integrity, hospitality and fidelity, kindness and generosity, courage and honesty. Their character impressed itself on all who visited the Muslim world when Muslims lived in societies that bore the distinct stamp of a viable Islamic civilisation. It was the strength of their character and not the force of their arms that was most instrumental in the spread of Islam over vast expanses of the globe.

Now that the civilisation fostered by Islam has been eclipsed by that of the West, the best thing we can do is to make sure that we continue to represent the best of what our civilisation embodied. Although the cultural achievements we mentioned earlier are laudable, the most telling embodiment of Islamic Civilisation lay in the beauty, goodness and character of its people as defined by their ethical system. This is true of any society, nation or civilisation, as mentioned by the great Egyptian poet, Ahmad Shawqi, when he wrote, “Nations are none other than the ethics they embody. When their ethics go, they will soon follow.”

What the poet mentioned is particularly true for the Muslim community, in that its ethical system is based not so much on the characteristics that are peculiar to a specific people. Rather, it is based on principles and knowledge that can be adopted by any people in any time and place. Hence, unlike the Egyptian, Hindu, Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Mayan or other civilisations, Islamic civilisation is mobile and can appear anywhere. Thus, over a period of more than 1,000 years it has had Arab, Persian, Turkish, Indian, European and African iterations.

Having said this, we should not be deceived into believing that a revival of Muslim civilisation lies in the achievement of political power or strategic domination and become obsessed with the attainment of the mechanisms usually viewed as essential for their attainment. No revival will be possible without the revival of the ethical system that undergirded the beautiful character and goodness of the Muslim people when their civilisation was the envy of the world.

Beautiful character, in this regard, should not be seen as lying in philosophically titillating abstractions. It is oftentimes manifested in the simplest things. A gentle smile extended to a soul longing to be loved. Patiently enduring the abuses and insults of the ignorant, while endeavouring to educate and inform them with the best manner possible. The loving embrace of a spouse fatigued after a long day competing in what has all too fittingly been described as the “rat race.” The selfless consideration of the best interests of one’s relatives, neighbours, and when relevant, even a stranger. A quiet but determined commitment to reading, learning and critical thinking as the foundation of a life lived in the light of truth and moral excellence.  It is further to be found in the willingness to sacrifice something of our present for the sake of our children’s future.

These, and other acts we could mention, are all concrete manifestations of high character and we could of course find numerous citations from the Qur’an and prophetic Sunnah to magnify their significance. A point to note here is that these are the things we can control. Hence, they should demand great commitment from us towards their attainment.

The Prophet, peace upon him, mentioned, “A person’s Islam being good involves him leaving what does not concern him.” (Tirmidhi) Among those things of no concern to us are the things beyond our control. This is particularly true in strategic affairs. Ultimately, it is God who will determine which nations will be tested with strength and which will be tested with weakness. It is clearly stated in the Qur’an, “Say, God, the possessor of all dominion! You extend dominion to whosoever you will and you remove it from whosoever you will. You elevate whosoever you will and you debase whosoever you will. In your hand is all good. Surely, you have power over all things.” (3:26)

When we become obsessed with the attainment of what can only be given by God, we find ourselves more willing to make the kinds of compromises that negate the beauty of our character. Such compromises are not confined to issues related to war and peace; they extend to our entire affair. For example, obsession with the wherewithal of the world leads us to dishonour our contracts, cheat on our taxes, misrepresent our financial situation to remain on the dole, sell illegal drugs and alcohol and engage in other acts that not only sully our individual reputation, but when widespread in our communities make the Muslim community itself seem ugly in the eyes of others.

Finally, it is unacceptable for us to use the excuse of the ugliness of the world for our lack of beauty. If enough of us are committed to bringing to the world as much beauty as we can then the world will be a more beautiful place. It will never be perfect. However, the light of our beauty will help to hide the darkness of its imperfections. This is the surest path to an Islamic revival.

“O the complainant who suffers no malady! Be beautiful yourself and you will see beauty in all of creation.” Ilya Abu Madh.

CREDIT TO:

http://www.newislamicdirections.com/nid/notes/the_beauty_of_islam1

 

 

What is Ikhlas?

What is Ikhlas?

Ikhlas is to do everything, internal and external, only desiring the pleasure of Allah. It is to forget the eyes of the people, and whether they view your deeds or not, with the only thing on your mind that Allah is watching you.

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Imam al-Ghazali said that if you want to know whether something you did was purely for the sake of Allah or not, you should test your reaction when someone acts ungratefully. Do you feel self-righteous, like you were doing the person a favor? Do you feel angry that they did not appreciate your work? It may not mean that your act was ostentatious, but it points to the fact that it was not solely for the sake of Allah. We were expecting, at the very least, recognition and respect from the person as a result of the good we did to them.

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We all know the famous story of the prostitute who was rewarded with Paradise for giving a dog water – but what truly got her into Paradise? Was it just that simple act? It could not have been, because as we mentioned above, there are scholars, martyrs and charitable people who will be thrown in hell because they were insincere. But she was helping the dog for Allah only. Look at how your intention elevates your deeds. This is why the scholars have said that it is the most important act of worship of the heart – to have the driving force of your acts be to please Allah.

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al-Ikhlās  – The Purity

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In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Say: He is Allah, the One and Only!
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
He begetteth not nor is He begotten.
And there is none like unto Him.


–  translation by Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Al-Ikhlās is sūrah (chapter) 112 of the Qur’ān, and is said to be one of the earliest revelations that the Prophet Muhammad received from archangel Gabriel.

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https://wahiduddin.net/quran/ikhlas.htm

 

 

Uwais al-Qarni

“a man who was unknown among the people but

well known among people of Paradise”

This story is not about a woman, but a story about a man who cared for his mother and the value that Islam gives to mothers. It is one of my favorite stories. Uwais was the only man who was mentioned by name by the Prophet without him having met him. Even Mohammed al Fatih, who was mentioned by the Prophet , was not mentioned by name, just by his victory. What did Uwais do that was so great? He took care of his mother. This is the story of Uwais.

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One day, Umar ibn Khattab, Abu Bakar, Ali and other companions were sitting with the Prophet at the mosque when the Prophet said to them, “Tomorrow, a man will enter from this door to pray among you and he will be from the people of Paradise.”

Abu Huraira relates that the next day he hurried to Fajr prayer at the Mosque and lined up in the first row in hopes that he would be the man that the Prophet  was referring to the day before. There were many other Companions standing alongside him who also had the same idea. The Prophet  conducted Fajr prayer and sat down. The Companions were eager to know who this man of Paradise was, but it didn’t seem the Prophet was going to mention it. So they sat and waited for a while and some of them had to go, but others still waited. These included Abu Huraira, Abu Bakar, Ali, and Umar.

Just then walked in a man, who was so poor his clothes were dirty and torn. The Prophet immediately stood up and smiled from ear to ear and welcomed the man. The man asked the Prophet to pray for him. The Prophet  raised his hands in “duaa” and said, “Oh Allah please grant this man a position in the highest levels of Paradise, Al Ferdous, with me.” So then when the man left, Abu Huraira asked the Prophet ,”Was that him?!” “Yes,” replied the Prophet.

“But oh Messenger of Allah, he is nothing more than a poor slave, how can that be him?” asked Abu Huraira. “Oh Abu Huraira,” said the Prophet. “What can I do for him if his fate in this world is to be poor? His position on the Day of Judgment is that of a king. Abu Huraira, the ones that have the most value to Allah are those that are pure, starving, whose faces are dusty, who are not known on this Earth, but known in the skies. If they want to get married, no one would marry them. And if they get sick, the do not pass on the sickness to anyone (they are alone), and if they attend something their presence is not felt, and if they leave, no one notices, and when they die, no one attends their funeral. These people however, are not forgotten by Allah and they are held with so much value.”

“Oh Messenger of Allah, show me one of them,” said Abu Huraira.

“I will tell you about Uwais Al Qarni,” replied the Prophet. The Companions looked at each other, each trying to recall if they know a man named Uwais. They didn’t know that he was talking about a man that they will meet years after the Prophet has passed away.

“He is a man of medium height, head held high despite being poor with very dark skin. I can see him putting his right arm on his left arm and weeping as he reads Quran. He is wearing a cloak of poor wool,” said the Prophet , smiling as if he can see him as Angel Gabriel is describing him. “On his left shoulder, there is a white mark the size of a dirham that is the effect of an illness. He is unknown among the people but known in the skies. His biggest sign is the mother he deeply cares for. When he makes duaa, it is granted. He will come among the people on the Day of Judgment and as they are entering Paradise, he will be stopped. When he asks why, Allah will tell him he can bring whomever he wants into Paradise with him, as much as 200,000 people (the amount of two large tribes).”

“Ali and Umar, if you are ever to find this man, ask him to make “duaa” for you and ask Allah for your forgiveness,” said the Prophet.

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Elsewhere in Yemen, a young boy is herding his sheep, the sun beating down on his shoulders where a white mark stands alone on his dark skin. He is frustrated from being poor and having to struggle and take care of his mother. His father died when he was a young child, leaving him the man of the house. When the boy was seventeen, his mother lost her vision, and his responsibilities toward her increased as he now had to help her move around.

One night, he was carrying a candle and helping his mother move around the house when the candlelight went out and they were left in darkness. He could not see a thing. Then his mother, who was used to finding her way in the darkness, started leading him.  This turn of events affected him deeply and he started to ponder on the weight of light and darkness.

The next day, the seventeen-year-old Uwais bumped into a Muslim man who was coming to Yemen to spread Islam. He stopped the man and asked him to tell him something from the Quran that his Prophet has said. So the man recites a verse from Surat Al Nur:

{…And he for whom Allah has not appointed light, for him there is no light} (Quran 24:40)

This really hit home for Uwais as he remembered what had happened the night before with his mother. “Tell me more about what your Prophet says,” said Uwais.

So the man, noticing that Uwais was poor, chose this Hadith. “What am I to this world and what is this world to me? The example of me and this world is that of a man who walks in the heat of the desert and sits under the shade of a tree for an hour, then walks away and leaves it.”

Uwais upon hearing this Hadith, immediately said his shahadah and became a Muslim at the age of 17. Then came the question, will he migrate to see the Prophet ? As much as Uwais wanted to, he couldn’t and wouldn’t leave his mother. Some people suggested that he let some neighbors take care of her while he was gone but he said that he was the one who should take care of her and turned down the opportunity to see the Prophet . This sacrifice for his mother and the way Uwais had devoted himself to his mother his whole life was the reason that he was mentioned by the Prophet . Also because of his deep faith and his lack of attachment to the material things in this world.

So when Ali bin Abu Talib left Yemen with a group of new Muslims to go back to Madinah, it was without the boy he bumped into on his way there. He had no idea that it the Uwais that the Prophet  had mentioned and the boy didn’t know it was Ali bin Abu Talib.

3 years later, the Prophet ﷺ passed away and years after that Abu Bakr also passed away. When Umar ibn AlKhattab became Khalifa, he would go around all the people during Hajj and call out, “UWAIS, UWAIS, Is there anyone here named Uwais?” He would go to the group that came from Yemen and ask them if a man named Uwais is among them. But no one had heard of this man. Umar realized it was just as the Prophet described to him, that he was a man who was unknown among the people.

Year after year, Umar would go around at Hajj and call out and ask for Uwais. One year during Hajj, he stood at Mount Arafat and asked all the people making Hajj to stand up. Then he told everyone to sit down except those from Yemen. From that group, he told them all to sit down except those from Murad and from that group, he told them all to sit down except those from Qarn. One man was left standing. “Are you a Qarni?” asked Umar ibn Al Khattab. The man replied in the affirmative. “Do you know Uwais?” “Yes, he is my nephew. But what would you want with him. He is but a poor, forgotten man,” replied the Yemeni man.

Umar started to weep. “This man is not just a poor, forgotten man. He is a man who will choose 200,000 people to come with him into heaven. Is he with you?”

“No, he is not,” replied the man.

“Is his mother living,” asked Umar.

“Yes,” replied the man.

“I know he will not ever leave her, as this is what the Prophet  said,” replied Umar.

Umar searched for Uwais for ten years. A year before the death of Umar, Uwais’s mother passed away. That year, Umar stood up at Mount Arafat again and said to the people of Yemen, “Is Uwais al Qarni among you?” A Yemeni man said, “He is that sheppard standing over there.” Umar became so excited and went to look for Ali. “Ali! Ali! We found him!” he called out.

Umar and Ali approached Owais and asked him, “Are you Uwais al Qarni?”

“Yes,” replied a surprised Owais. “Show me your shoulder,” replied Umar. Uwais showed them his shoulder and they were able to see the mark that the Prophet  mentioned. “Is your mother with you?” asked Umar. Uwais replied that his mother had passed away. “Ah, it is just as the Prophet  said it would be then,” said Umar.

Uwais actually did not know these men so he asked them who they were. “I am Umar ibn AlKhattab, the Khalifa, and this is Ali ibn Abu Talib, the man who came to Yemen to spread Islam,” said Umar.

“Yes! I remember him! But, how do you know me?” asked Uwais.

So Umar told Uwais the whole story about how the Prophet  had talked about him years ago and how Angel Gabriel had described him. They said how his signs were the mark on his shoulder, his care for his mother, and his lack of attachment to this world. He said how Prophet told them that he would take 200,000 people with him into Paradise. They told him how they had been looking for him for years.

Umar and Ali then asked Uwais to make “duaa” for them and ask forgiveness for him. “You are now my friend in this life and the next,” Umar said to Uwais. However, Uwais was not interested in the life of fame and ease that would come with being Umar’s friend, especially when people find out what the Prophet had said about him. He kindly refused, and asked to be left as he is.

Uwais said he was going to go to Kufa. “Would you like me to write to the leader of Kufa to await your arrival and look after you?” asked Umar.

“No thank you. I would like to go unknown as I came,” replied Uwais.

“Ok then at least let me give you some money to help you out,” said Umar in an effort to do at least something for Uwais. “No thank you, my wool coat has still not worn out and neither have my shoes. I have four dirhams that I have still not used. When I run out, I will figure out how to get more. I am content this way,” replied Uwais.

“Please stay with me,” said Umar. “Thank you Umar. But what I have is good for me and what you have is good for you and the Muslims,” said Uwais.

Uwais left Mecca. He participated in the battle at Azerbaijan and died during the battle. His death came about 2 years after the death of Umar ibn AlKhattab. Uwais was about 35 years old.

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*This is one of my favorite stories. It is very importance to taking care of your mother and that the reward for it is more than you can imagine.

credit to :

http://mosaicofmuslimwomen.com/2012/04/then-owais-al-qarni-a-story-of-the-value-of-a-mother/

Health Benefits of Alkaline Water

Alkaline ionized water contributes to improved health and well being.

Water ionizers have been used in Japan and other parts of Asia for over 40 years and are certified by the Korean and Japanese Ministries of Health as an approved medical device.

Ionized water has helped millions of people fight disease, including arthritis, digestive problems, inflammatory conditions, skin disorders, weight problems, diabetes, cancer, acid reflux, gout, fatigue, allergies, and chronic pain.

Alkaline water has many health benefits.  Most importantly alkaline water:

  • Restores the body’s pH balance
  • Acts as a powerful antioxidant
  • Improves cellular hydration

 

Alkaline ionized water is used for drinking and cooking, and provides users with several important health benefits:

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  • ALKALIZING:  restores pH balance by reducing acidity levels in the body
  • ANTIOXIDANT:  helps to neutralize free radicals that can cause cellular and DNA damage
  • SUPER-HYDRATING:  smaller water cluster size allows water to penetrate cells more easily
  • MINERAL RICH: contains higher concentrations of alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium which are vital to human health
  • OXYGEN RICH: increases the amount of dissolved oxygen in the blood
  • DETOXIFYING: eliminates mucus build-up on colon walls, thus improving the body’s ability to absorb important nutrients
  • CLEANSING: contributes to flushing out acidic waste and toxins that have accumulated in the body over time
  • ENERGIZING: negatively charged hydroxyl ions contribute to increased energy, mental clarity, and overall alertness
  • WEIGHT CONTROL: reduces the body’s need for fatty tissues which protect vital organs from acidity by storing acidic waste in less critical parts of the body
  • CLEAN WATER: pre-filtration cartridge inside the ionizer removes chlorine and other common pollutants present in tap water
  • REMOVES PESTICIDES: strong alkaline water with a pH over 10.5 helps to remove pesticides from fresh fruits and vegetables

credit to :

http://www.aquahealthproducts.com/health-benefits-alkaline-water