To younger parents,do enjoy your iftar with your children..
Now,I am sixty years old and only the youngest son is living with my wife and me.The other two had already got married and they live on their own.Last night,my second son and his family joined us for iftar.It was great and I have a fun and happy hours with my grandson before and after iftar.My eldest son is away on his departmental course and his wife works 100km away from our home.How I wish all my sons and their wives and kid were with me last night.
Now is my turn missing my children...My mother and late father must had felt the same way when my brother and sister got married and live our lives(exceept my sister) more than 500km from where my mother lives now.
In this holy month of Ramadhan,let us du'a for the blessings of Allah for our families and all muslims all over the world.InsyaAllah.
When I was in Standard One in 1959,I used 'papan selit'(slate tablet) for writing).Fast forward to 2013,more than 50 years later my grandson is watching the cartoon on his mom's iPad(eletronic tablet).Now,I also can watch him from his house alive via Facetime.Only God knows what will be there in another 50 years time.
Technology is a great enabler but it is a double edge sword-for good and for evil.The human development in universal values is lacking behind technology for a few centuries and I think we should allocate more resources for human development towards insan kamil.
Lately I was fascinated by my neighbours going to masjid with their motor-cycles.One of my next door neighbour leaves his car at home and ride his motorbike to office.Here is a photo of me on my friend's Honda 70 at Masjid Al-Hasanah,Bangi,Malaysia.At the masjid I saw a Vespa and a Lambretta and a few Honda and our local Modenas bikes.I personally never own a motor bike because my parent forbid me from buying one when I was young.Now,may be it is okay because I only ride slow and not too far,anyway..
When I was in my 20's,I rode my late uncle's Vespa and like it.And my interest remains until today..On checking the Vespa website,the model 946 looks attractive and I like to have one..but the price is too much.May be LX 150~RM11,000 when my saving grows...
To complete our thanks to Allah (S.W.T.) for His blessings, we must thank all those who contributed to this project, whether their contribution was throw an idea, with a decision, with an effort, or with money. To all those brothers and sisters who donated, we say May Allah (S.W.T.) accept your effort and reward all generously in this world as well as in the Hereafter.
We especially thank all those who closely followed this project from start to finish for long months, "The Construction Committee of I.A.R.", especially its chairman. For all of them I say "Jazakumullahu khaira" for a job well done. We ask Allah (S.W.T.) to accept their deeds and best rewards in this world and in the Hereafter.
Let me share this note on The Role of Masjid.In Malaysia,we have a lot of beautiful masjid but I wonder about whether we have fully utilize the masjid to the fullest for the benefits of ummah.I agree our masjid should be nice,beautiful and clean but we must know our priorities in using the human and financial resources available.
In my humble opinion,we should spend money on activities and not get carried away to win architectural award for the best masjid.Lately I saw a masjid is planning to spend more than RM100,000 for 'Pintu Gerbang'(arch).And that,I beg the Masjid Committee to review.May Allah guide us to do the right thing and do it right.InsyaAllah.
Brothers and Sisters, indeed ahead of us is the blessed month of Allaah. A Blessed month of Mercy and Forgiveness. Its days are the best of days, its nights are the best of nights and its hours are the best of hours.
It is the month which invites you to be the guest of Allaah and invites you to be one of those near to Him. Each breath you take glorifies Him; your sleep is worship, your deeds are accepted and your supplications are answered.
It is the month of revelation of the Quran, the month of reading and reciting the whole Quran, the month of Tahajjud and the month of Tarawih prayers, of Sadaqah and Zakah-ul-Fitr.
Below is what I read from Nasiha.I cut and pasted here for your reading.May Allah give another chance to fast in the coming Ramadhan al-Mubarak,insyaAllah:-
Al-Baqarah (The Cow) Chapter 2: Verse 183
Making Taqwa a Potent Force "O you who believe! Ordained for you is Fasting as it was ordained to those who came before you, so that you might develop taqwa."
Fasting, in one form or another, has always been an important and often necessary part of religious life, discipline and experience in every faith. As a means par excellence to come nearer to God, to discipline the self, to develop the strength to overcome the temptations of flesh, it needs no emphasis. Yet Islam turns Fasting, as it does every other act of worship and devotion, into something different and unique, the life-giving centre of life.
How does it impart new meaning and force to Fasting?
Put simply: by prescribing for it the time of Ramadan. This may sound like making things too simplistic, or trivializing the important. But Ramadan is no trivial event. For it is the month ‘in which was sent down the Quran: the Guidance for mankind, with manifest truths of guidance and the Criterion [by which to judge the true and the false’ (Al-Baqarah 2:185). It was on a night in Ramadan that the last Divine message began to come down: ‘Read in the name of your Lord...’ (Al-’Alaq 96:1). That is why you must fast in Ramadan, says the Quran.
Ramadan therefore centres the entire discipline of Fasting on the Quran. The sole purpose is to prepare us for receiving the Divine guidance, for living the Quran, for witnessing the Truth and Justice that it perfects, for striving to make the word of God supreme.
How is this purpose achieved?
The fruit of Fasting ought to be that rich inner and moral quality which the Quran calls taqwa. The most basic condition for being guided by the God, too, is taqwa. The significance is plain to see. Fasting, linked to Ramadan in which Allah’s guidance came down, generates a taqwa which becomes directed on the supreme goal of entering the world of the Quran and of living therein, instead of being a spiritual ecstasy to be frittered away in the delights of soul. It becomes the key with which can be unlocked all the doors leading to the blessings which the Quran has to offer; honour, prosperity and freedom from fear and anxiety in this-world; success, Paradise and God’s good pleasure in the life-to-come. No time for Fasting other than Ramadan could have made taqwa such a potent force.
More importantly, the fulfillment of being guided by the Quran comes about when we strive to discharge the mission it entrusts to us. For, having the Book of God — a weighty word — places on our shoulders a heavy responsibility: to hear is to make it heard, to know is to act, to have is to share, to say shahadah is to do shahadah. This means an unflinching pursuit to create a new self within us, and to create a new world of Quranic ideals outside us.
This is the sole purpose for which a new Ummah was created and charged with the mission of bringing man to God by witnessing to His guidance. Otherwise, when the Quran came, the world was not devoid of godly men who fasted, and stood in prayers before God, and wept.
Source: "No Time Like Ramadan Time" - Khurram Murad