Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tarawih Day 5

The clock is ticking so fast & now it's already day 5 of Tarawih (4th ramadan). SubhanaAllah...

I can't find the best word to describe how grateful I'm to be able to complete Juz 5 except to say 'Alhamdulillah'

May Allah bless all my 'Tadarrus mates'*...the Imam and others who helps to improve my recitation..
*same meaning like housemates, coursemates..etc...=)

Here are some of the verses in Juz 5 that inspired me. Will try to memorize it
*Don't forget to have your Quran as you read it, so that you may have a better understanding. InsyaAllah.

1. (An-nisa: 48 & 116) : Please don't ever do this in life (Shirk), it's an unforgivable sins. Allah has mentioned this tremendous sins twice at two different location under the same surah. Please read this article to understand better what is means by being Shirk. [Link]

Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him,
but He forgives what is less than that for
whom He wills.
And he who associates others with Allah
has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin.

"Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him,
but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills.
And he who associates others with
Allah has certainly gone far astray.

2. (An-nisa: 82). Quran is the Truth coming from Allah. This incredible verse states that there are no inconsistencies, contradictions, or conflicting statements in the Quran. If the Quran is made up from human, we would surely found a huge contradiction/inconsistencies in it.

"Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an?
If it had been from [any] other than Allah ,
they would have found within it much contradiction"

(An-nisa': 82)

3. (An-nisa:78) No one shall ever escape death, who can say that he/she will not die?? When i read this verse during taddarus, i just recite this dua in my heart 'Ya Allah, i want to die as muslim'...ameen....
*a good dua' for us : "Our Lord! pour out on us patience, and cause us to die as Muslims." [Al-A'raf,7:126]

"Wheresoever you may be, death will overtake you
even if you are in fortresses built up strong and high!...."
(An-nisa': 78)

4. (An-Nisa':86) Returning the Salam with a better Salam. There's a beautiful story on how the prophet explain this verse to his companions, He's a great Teacher!

"When you are greeted with a greeting,
greet in return with what is better than it,
or (at least) return it equally"
(An-nisa': 86)

as-Salamu-Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh
(peace, mercy and blessings be upon you) ~ Meow...=)

This 5th Juz of Quran consist only surah An-nisa. But in this verse i've found such a great reminder about death (78), Quran is the word of Allah (82), unforgivable sins (48, 116), and wonderful advice regarding greeting in Islam (86).

Looking forward to continue to read & understand surah An-nisa & Al-Maidah (The table spread) in Juz' 6.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tarawih day 4

Alhamdulillah, memang satu anugerah, dapat peluang baca, improve my tajweed (correct pronunciation during recitation) & understand the two surah (Chapter) in Juz' 4. For me, it's such a great gift from Allah. It's not easy to read, and do some revision consistently a few verses in this juz.

Be close with Quran as best as we can,
especially on this Ramadan [Credit]

Some important chapters I would like to share with you in Juz' 4. Thanks to my imam who helps me to improve my Tajweed. May Allah bless him.

There are 2 chapters (surah) in this Juz' : Ali-Imran (The Family of Imran) & An-nisa (Women). Both chapters have its own message and hikmah (wisdom)

Here are some important verses that i want to highlight and remember. insyaAllah.
*To understand it better, I suggest you have the Quran Tafseer/translation as you read it.

1. (Ali-Imran: 102) A verse to remind us to have Taqwa of Allah & die as a muslim. This verse is so familiar. I'm sure. Why?..because the verse is mentioned every week during the Friday prayer. At the beginning of sermon. If you don't ever miss the sermon every week, the khatib (a person who deliver the sermon) will remind us at least 52 times!! every year....
Even in our dua, we always say it right? "Ya Allah, matikan aku dalam iman (khusnul khatimah)". How to die as a muslim? Have Taqwa of Allah (
obey His commandments and abstain from His punishment).

O you who have believed,
have Taqwa of Allah as is His due,
do not die except as (True) Muslim

2. (Ali Imran: 104) Share islam with other as best as we can. Be part of this special group. This verse remind me that it is my responsibility to spread the message of islam.

And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good,
enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong,
and those will be the successful.
(Ali Imran: 104)

3. (Ali Imran: 110) We (Ummah of Muhammad) are the best of peoples for the people. Because we did 3 things:

1. We enjoin what is right
2. We forbid what is wrong
3. We believe in Allah

"You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind.
You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong
and believe in Allah..."
(Ali Imran: 110)

4. (Ali-Imran: 144). This verse is one of the most powerful reminder for me. To remind myself that Muhammad is a human. This verse was sent down to Prophet Muhammad during the battle of Uhud. This verse also remind me the story where Abu Bakr As-Sidiq recite this verse when the Messenger of Allah died. Just you imagine, is really hard for the companions to accept the death of their most beloved person in life (Muhammad). But, Abu Bakr remain calm and recite this verse to everyone. SubhanaAllah. Just imagine if you were in that situation.............

"whoever among you worshipped Muhammad, then Muhammad is dead, but whoever worshipped Allah, Allah is alive and will never die. Allah said: "

"Muhammad is not but a messenger.
[Other] messengers have passed on before him..."


This verse really give an impact to each person during the day of Prophet Muhammad died, especially to Umar ibn al-Khattab.

5. (Ali-Imran: 185), I will die someday. Only Allah is alive & everlasting. So, appreciate our life.....especially in this ramadan.

"Every soul will taste death..."
(Ali-Imran: 185)

An-Nisa (women):

This surah is the 4th chapter of the Quran & the contents is mainly about women in Islam and their right. There are few verses that are really important to be memorized and understand.

1. (An-nisa: 3) Polygamy in Islam.

This verse is one of the 'common selling point' used by the enemy of Islam to say that Islam degrades women. Islam oppresses women. "Why muslim men can marry 4 wives, it's not fair!".......if you would encounter such a would you handled it?, it is important to have a good understanding on this verse and know how to explain to others (non-muslim). Islam is the only religion that limited and stated clearly conditions on the practice of polygamy.

"And if you fear that you will not deal justly with the
orphan girls, then marry those that please you of [other] women,
two or three or four..."
(An-nisa: 3)

* If you have this novel "Syahadah Gadis Aties" i strongly recommend that you read it & insyaAllah you will find the answer for the above question.

For juz' 4, my target is to memorize this chapter & verse. Try to understand it by read the Tafseer and seek help from others. That is the way on how to improve my knowledge toward Quran. This is my small attempt to seek Allah's pleasure. May Allah accept it. Ameen

Summary for juz' 4:

1. There are 2 chapters (Ali-Imran, An-Nisa')
2. Have Taqwa of Allah + die as a muslim (Ali-Imran:
3. Responsibility to share Islam with everyone (Ali-Imran:
4. The best peoples for the people. Be proud of it. (Ali-Imran:
5. Muhammad is a human being (Ali-Imran:
6. Every soul will taste death (Ali-Imran:
6. Polygamy in Islam (An-nisa':

Try not to miss Tadarrus [Credit]

p/s: sorry for the broken English. =)
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