Sunday, March 30, 2014

nn @ MH 370 in memory

It's a world interest. Will be updated.



13 Mac 2014




Monday, February 24, 2014

nn @ kelebihan doa nabi yunus





“Maka kalau sekiranya dia tidak termasuk orang-orang yang banyak mengingat Allah. Niscaya ia akan tetap tinggal di perut ikan itu sampai hari berbangkit.” (Ash-Shaffat: 143-144)

Segala puji bagi Allah, Tuhan sekelian alam. Selawat serta salam buat junjungan mulia Nabi Muhammad  S.A.W. keluarga serta para sahabat dan pengikut yang istiqamah menuruti baginda hingga ke hari kiamat.

Di dalam al-Quran terdapat kisah Nabi Yunus a.s. yang boleh dijadikan pengajaran dan jika di amalkan doa Nabi Yunus a.s  Allah akan lepaskan Hambanya dari kesusahan atau musibah yang menimpa atau di dalam bahasa zaman sekarang saat-saat kecemasan ( emergency ) tetapi individu tersebut perlulah seorang mukminin, sama-sama kita ikuti kisah Nabi Yunus a.s semoga kita beroleh keredhaan Allah swt sampai hari pembalasan.


Nama sebenar Nabi Yunus a.s adalah Yunus bin Mata atau Zun Nun. Baginda adalah seorang Nabi yang mulia yang diutus oleh Allah SWT kepada kaumnya. Baginda menasihati mereka dan membimbing mereka ke jalan kebenaran dan kebaikan; baginda mengingatkan mereka akan kedahsyatan hari kiamat dan menakut-nakuti mereka dengan neraka dan menjanjikan mereka dengan syurga; baginda memerintahkan mereka dengan kebaikan dan mengajak mereka hanya menyembah kepada Allah SWT.

Nabi Yunus a.s. senantiasa menasihati kaumnya namun tidak ada seorang pun yang beriman di antara mereka. Datanglah suatu hari kepada Nabi Yunus di mana baginda merasakan keputusannya dari kaumnya. Hatinya dipenuhi dengan perasaan marah kepada kaumnya kerana mereka tidak beriman. Kemudian baginda  keluar dalam keadaan marah dan menetapkan untuk meninggalkan mereka. Allah SWT menceritakan hal itu dalam firman-Nya :

“ Dan (ingatlah kisah) Zun Nun (Yunus), ketika ia pergi dalam keadaan marah, lalu ia menyangka bahwa Kami tidak akan mempersempitnya (menyulitkannya) maka ia menyeru dalam keadaan yang sangat gelap: ‘ Tidak ada tuhan selain Engkau, Maha Suci Engkau. Sungguh aku termasuk  orang-orang yang zalim." (Surah al-Anbiya’ ayat 87)

Tidak ada seorang pun yang mengetahui  perasaan dalam diri Nabi Yunus a.s. selain Allah SWT. Nabi Yunus a.s. cukup marah kepada kaumnya kerana keengganan mereka untuk beriman kepada Allah SWT. Dalam keadaan demikian, baginda meninggalkan kaumnya.

Baginda pergi ke tepi laut dan menaiki kapal yang dapat memindahkannya ke tempat yang lain. Allah SWT belum mengeluarkan keputusan-Nya untuk menyuruh baginda meninggalkan kaumnya .Nabi Yunus a.s.  mengira bahawa Allah SWT tidak mungkin menurunkan hukuman kepadanya kerana dia meninggalkan kaumnya itu. Saat itu Nabi Yunus a.s. seakan-akan lupa bahawa seorang nabi diperintah hanya untuk berdakwah di jalan Allah SWT. taufik dan hidayah itu adalah hak Allah SWT untuk diberikan-Nya kepada sesiapa yang Dia kehendaki. Jadi, tugasnya hanya berdakwah di jalan Allah SWT dan menyerahkan sepenuhnya masalah berjaya atau tidak kepada Allah SWT semata-mata.

Diringkaskan cerita setelah undian dibuat sebanyak tiga kali Nabi Yunus a.s. termasuk penumpang kapal yang akan di campakkan kelaut disebabkan untuk mengurangkan beban kapal ketika laut bergeloran untuk mengelakkan kapal karam.



Nabi Yunus a.s. sangat terkejut ketika mendapati dirinya dalam perut ikan. Ikan itu membawanya ke dasar lautan dan lautan membawanya ke kegelapan malam entah ke mana...

Tiga kegelapan yang di alami oleh Nabi Yunus a.s. iaitu:
1. kegelapan di dalam perut ikan, 2. kegelapan di dasar lautan, dan 3. kegelapan malam.

Nabi Yunus a.s. merasakan bahawa dirinya telah mati. Baginda mencoba menggerakkan panca inderanya dan anggota tubuhnya masih bergerak. Kalau begitu, baginda masih hidup. Baginda terpenjara dalam tiga kegelapan.

Nabi Yunus a.s. mulai menangis dan bertasbih kepada Allah SWT. Baginda mulai melakukan perjalanan menuju Allah saat baginda terpenjara di dalam tiga kegelapan. Hatinya mulai bergerak untuk bertasbih kepada Allah, dan lisannya pun mulai mengikutinya. Baginda mengatakan:
" Laailahailaanta subhanainni kuntum minazzalimin"
(Tidak ada tuhan selain Engkau, Maha Suci Engkau. Sungguh aku termasuk  orang-orang yang zalim.)

Ketika terpenjara di perut ikan, baginda tetap bertasbih kepada Allah SWT. Ikan itu sendiri  berenang cukup jauh. Kemudian ikan itu tertidur di dasar lautan. Sementara itu, Nabi Yunus a.s masih bertasbih kepada Allah SWT. Baginda tidak henti-hentinya bertasbih dan menangis. Baginda tidak makan, tidak minum, dan tidak bergerak. Baginda berpuasa dan berbuka dengan tasbih.

Ikan-ikan yang lain dan tumbuh-tumbuhan dan semua makhluk yang hidup di dasar lautan mendengar tasbih Nabi Yunus. Tasbih itu berasal dari perut ikan paus ini. Kemudian semua makhluk-makhluk itu berkumpul di sekitar ikan paus itu dan mereka pun ikut bertasbih kepada Allah SWT. Setiap dari mereka bertasbih dengan caranya dan bahasanya sendiri.
Ikan paus yang memakan Nabi Yunus itu terbangun dan mendengar suara-suara tasbih begitu riuh dan gemuruh. Ia menyaksikan di dasar lautan terjadi suatu perayaan besar yang dihadiri oleh ikan-ikan dan hewan-hewan lainya, bahkan batu-batuan dan pasir semuanya bertasbih kepada Allah SWT dan ia pun tidak ketinggalan ikut serta bersama mereka bertasbih kepada Allah SWT. Dan ia mulai menyadari bahawa ia sedang menelan seorang Nabi.





Allah SWT melihat ketulusan taubat Nabi Yunus a.s. Allah SWT mendengar tasbihnya di dalam perut ikan. Kemudian Allah SWT menurunkan perintah kepada ikan itu agar mengeluarkan Yunus a.s. ke permukaan laut dan membuangnya di suatu pulau yang ditentukan oleh Allah SWT.

Ikan itu pun mentaati perintah Ilahi. Tubuh Nabi Yunus a.s. merasakan kepanasan di perut ikan. Baginda sedang  sakit tenat, lalu matahari bersinar dan menyentuh badannya yang kepanasan itu. Kemudian Allah SWT menumbuhkan pohon Yaqthin (jenis labu), iaitu pohon yang daun-daunnya lebar yang dapat melindungi dari sinar matahari. Dan Allah SWT menyembuhkannya dan mengampuninya. Allah SWT memberitahunya bahawa kalau bukan kerana tasbih yang diucapkannya nescaya ia akan tetap tinggal di perut ikan sampai hari kiamat.

Allah SWT berfirman maksudnya : “Sesungguhnya Yunus beriar-benar salah seorang rasul. (Ingatlah) ketika ia lari ke kapal yang penuh muatan, kemudian ia ikut undi lalu dia termasuk orang-orang yang kalah dalam undian. Maka ia ditelan oleh ikan besar dalam keadaan tercela. Maka kalau sekiranya ia tidak termasuk orang-orang yang banyak mengingat Allah, nescaya ia akan tetap tinggal di perut ikan itu sampai hari berbangkit. Kemudian Kami lemparkan dia ke daerah yang tandus, sedang ia dalam keadaan sakit. Dan kami tumbuhkan untuk dia sebatang pohon dari jenis labu. Dan Kami utus dia kepada seratus ribu orang atau lebih. Lalu mereka beriman, kerena itu Kami anugerahkan kenikmatan hidup kepada mereka hingga waktu yang tertentu.” (Surah as-Saffat ayat 139-148)

Firman-Nya lagi yang bermaksud : “Dan (ingatlah kisah) Zun Nun (Yunus), ketika ia pergi dalam keadaan marah, lalu ia menyangka bahwa Kami tidak akan mempersempitnya (menyulitkannya) maka ia menyeru dalam keadaan yang sangat gelap: ‘ Tidak ada tuhan selain Engkau, Maha Suci Engkau. Sungguh aku termasuk  orang-orang yang zalim. Maka Kami kabulkan (doanya) dan Kami menyelamatkan orang-orang yang beriman." (Surah al-Anbiya’ ayat 87-88)

Kita sekarang ingin membahas masalah yang menurut ulama disebut sebagai dosa Nabi Yunus. Apakah Nabi Yunus melakukan suatu dosa dalam pengertian yang hakiki, dan apakah para nabi memang berdosa? Jawabannya adalah: Para nabi adalah orang-orang yang maksum tetapi kemaksuman ini tidak bererti bahawa mereka tidak melakukan sesuatu yang menurut Allah SWT itu adalah satu kelemahan yang perlu hukuman sebagai pengajaran bukan kerana Allah SWT murka.

Nabi Yunus adalah seorang Nabi yang diutus oleh Allah SWT kepada mereka. Seharusnya ia menyampaikan dakwah di jalan Allah SWT dan ia tidak peduli dengan hasil dakwahnya. Tugas baginda hanya sekadar menyampaikan agama. Keluarnya baginda dari kampung halaman kaumnya dalam keadaan mereka kufur adalah dilarang melainkan mendapat wahyu daripada Allah SWT seperti Nabi Luth a.s. di arahkan keluar daripada kampung halamannya kerana Allah SWT ingin membinasakannya.

Allah SWT memberikan suatu pelajaran kepada Yunus dalam hal dakwah di jalan-Nya. Allah SWT mengutusnya hanya untuk berdakwah. Inilah batasan dakwahnya dan baginda tidak perlu bimbang jika mereka tidak beriman dan tidak patut marah kepada mereka kerana petunjuk dan hidayah adalah hak mutlak Allah SWT.

Allah SWT berfirman maksudnya : “Dan mengapa tidak ada penduduk suatu kota yang beriman, lalu imannya itu bermanfaat kepadanya selain kaum Yunus? Tatkala mereka (kaum Yunus itu) beriman, Kami hilangkan dari mereka azab yang menghinakan dalam kehidupan dunia, dan Kami beri kesenangan kepada mereka sampai waktu yang tertentu.”
(Surah  Yunus ayat 98)

Marilah sama-sama kita mengambil iktibar daripada kisah Nabi Yunus a.s. ini bahawa setiap orang mukmin yang menjadi pendakwah perlulah bekerja menyampaikan mesej Islam kepada manusia dengan cara yang hikmah. Jika mereka tidak mahu mengikutnya kita jangan marah kepada mereka kerana terima atau tidak mereka kepada Islam itu adalah urusan mereka dengan Allah SWT. Tugas kita hanya menyampaikan saja. Taufik dan hidayah itu adalah hak mutlak Allah SWT, dan Dia akan memberikan kepada sesiapa saja yang Dia kehendaki. Kita boleh berdoa kepada Allah SWT semoga Allah SWT membuka pintu hati-hati mereka untuk beriman kepada-Nya.

Fadhilat doa/tasbih Nabi Yunus a.s.  semasa terperangkap di dalam perut Ikan Nun.

“Barangsiapa mempunyai apa-apa hajat, hendaklah ia berwuduk, kemudian sujud kepada Allah, sambil membaca tasbih Nabi Yunus sebanyak 40 kali dengan cara jari telunjuknya menghadap ke arah kiblat ketika ia sujud. Sesungguhnya sesiapa yang berbuat demikian akan diperkenankan doa dan permintaannya.”

Sabda Rasulullah SAW maksudnya :

“Sesungguhnya tiada seorang muslim pun memanjatkan doa ini dalam apa keadaan sekali pun, melainkan Allah akan memperkenankannya.” (Hadis Riwayat Tirmizi dalam bab al-Da’awat no. 3505, di anggap sahih oleh al-Albani)


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

nn @ resepi donat


donat ke? burger malaysia?




RESEPI DONUT

(resepi asal:  kak rima, Bisous A Toi)

Perlu ada:
500g tepung roti
100g gula
11g instant yeast
4 biji kuning telur 
200 ml air
100g magerine/butter
1 sudu kecil garam


Perlu Buat:

Kaedah Manual:

Ayak tepung2 ke dalam sebuah mangkuk dan campurkan yis, gaul rata dan masukkan gula, garam, kuning telur dan tambahkan air sambil dikacau rata.
Masukkan pula garam dan butter dan kacau sebati.
Kemudian uli doh hingga tidak melekat pada mangkuk.
Rehatkan doh 20-30 min hingga kembang.
Kempiskan doh,canai dan terap seperti donat biasa atau bulat2kan saja anggaran setiap satu 40 gm
Rehat doh semula 20 minit.
Panaskan minyak dan goreng hingga kekuningan.Angkat dan toskan.Biar sejuk.
Salutkan donat  dengan gula atau choc cair ikut selera.

Kaedah Bread Maker:

Masukkan semua bahan ke dalam BM. Bila dah siap tumbuk2 doh untuk keluarkan angin. Bentuk doh menjadi donut. Biarkan doh rehat selama 30 minit. Doh siap untuk digoreng.

nn @ sweetnya Allah

Sweetnya Allah :)
Adakalanya kita persoalkan mengapa harus kita yang diuji dengan kesusahan dan kesakitan. Tapi pernahkah kita persoalkan mengapa kita yang harus mendapat kejayaan dan kenaikan pangkat ini, bukan orang lain?
Sweetnya Allah dia uji hamba-Nya untuk meningkatkan keimanan dan menghapus dosa-dosa silam jika kita redha dengan ujiannya. Di setiap kepahitan pasti ada kemanisannya.
“… di setiap kesulitan pasti ada kesenangan… di setiap kesulitan pasti ada kesenangan.” (Surah Al-Insyirah)
Kehidupan manusia di bumi tidak ubah seperti seorang pengemis. Yang sentiasa meminta pada Ya Wahab agar menunaikan segala kehendak kita. Sikap manusia yang sentiasa merasa ingin lebih dan tidak cukup menyebabkan kita sering meminta-minta.
Bersyukurlah dengan apa yang kita miliki kerana nikmat yang ada pada kita adalah pinjaman Allah yang akan dipertanggungjawabkan di padang Masyar kelak.
iluvislam, alhamdulillah

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

nn @ maksud al fatihah


Al Fatihah





[1] Dengan nama Allah, Yang Maha Pemurah, lagi Maha Mengasihani.
[2] Pujian bagi Allah, Tuhan yang memelihara dan mentadbirkan sekalian alam.[3] Yang Maha Pemurah, lagi Maha Mengasihani.[4] Yang Menguasai pemerintahan hari Pembalasan (hari Akhirat).[5] Engkaulah sahaja (Ya Allah) Yang Kami sembah, dan kepada Engkaulah sahaja kami memohon pertolongan.[6] Tunjukilah kami jalan yang lurus.[7] Iaitu jalan orang-orang yang Engkau telah kurniakan nikmat kepada mereka, bukan (jalan) orang-orang yang dimurkai ke atas mereka, dan bukan pula (jalan) orang-orang yang sesat.



Kelebihan Membaca dan Mengamalkan Surah Al-Fatihah

Kharijah bin as-Salat al-Tamimi meriwayatkan sebuah hadis daripada bapa saudaranya Allaqah bin Sahhar, yang menyatakan dia telah bertemu dengan Rasulullah s.a.w. Dalam perjalanan pulang dia telah didatangi oleh sekumpulan orang Arab. Mereka ber­kata:
“Kami diberitahu bahawa saudara datang de­ngan membawa kebajikan. Adakah saudara mempunyai ubat atau jampi? Kami mempunyai seorang lelaki gila yang dirantai”.
Dia menjawab, “Ya!” Lalu ia dibawa menemui lelaki yang dipasung tadi. Pesakit tadi telah dibacakan dengan bacaan Surah Al-Fatihah selama tiga hari berturut-turut, setiap pagi dan petang, dan al-Hamdulillah sembuh seperti sediakala dengan izin Allah s.w.t.

1. Dalam hadith yang lain bahawa pernah jibrail a.s sedang duduk berdekatan Rasulullah SAW apabila tiba-tiba, ia mendengar dari atas, iaitu dari langit, satu suara yang benda pecah. Hazrat jibrail a.s berkata “malaikat tertentu telah turun dari langit yang tidak pernah turun sebelumnya hari ini”. Malaikat ini memberi salam dan berkata “ Wahai Rasulullah SAW semoga tuan diberkati. Tuan telah dianugerahkandengan dua cahaya yang tidak pernah diberikan kepada seornag Nabi pun sebelum ini. Satu ialah Fatihatul Kitab dan yang kedua ialah dua ayat terakhir Surah Al-Baqarah. Apa sahaja huruf yang tuan baca daripadanya kan diberi ganjaran.”

2. 
Amalkan membaca Al-Fatihah semasa hendak tidur, diikuti membaca surah Al-Ikhlas tiga kali, surah
Al-Falaq dan surah An-Nas. InsyaAllah akan aman tenteram dan terjauh daripada gangguan syaitan.

3. Bacalah 40 kali surah ini selepas solat Maghrib dab sunatnya untuk memohon sesuatu yang baik kepada Allah swt, InsyaAllah hajatnya akan termakbul.

4. Surah al-fatihah jika dibaca 41x pada segelas air dan diminum, diusap pada muka, tangan dan kaki orang yang mengidap demam panas, insyaallah akan segera sembuh.

5. Baca dan diamalkan 7x selepas solat fardu, insyaallah orang yang mengamalnya dihindari dari segala kesusahan hidup.

6. Dibaca surah ini 41x selepas solat subuh, insyaallah akan mudah mendapat rezeki, hutang langsai dan akan disenangi orang apabila bertemu dengannya.

7. Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jauziyah memberitahu yang ia pernah sakit di Mekah, tanpa tabib dan ubat. Lalu ía minum air zamzam dan membaca al-Fatihah beberapa kali kemudian minum air zamzam lagi dan akhirnya sembuh dengan izin Allah. Ia akhirnya merawat setiap arang sakit yang menemuinya dengan kaedah yang sama.




Monday, November 11, 2013

nn @ his mercy embraces everything




"The Almighty is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful. How can anyone ever lose hope in His Mercy?"



A Muslim should live with the hope that “My Lord is the source of mercy, may He forgive my errors.”
This is because in hundreds of verses Allah Almighty describes Himself as “Gafurun rahim”, that is One Who forgives much and protects.

Our Lord has commanded us to beg His forgiveness and to repent to Him. To live in such hope is called raja.

Forgiveness of All Sins:

In these verses Allah Almighty’s mercy comes in waves like the sea and gives great hope to humanity:

“O my servants who have ruined themselves by committing great sins! Do not despair of Allah’s mercy, because Allah forgives all sins. He is the oft-forgiving, the One who has great Mercy.”

That is to say, “All but the unbelievers should never despair of Allah’s mercy.” Thus, no matter how many errors or sin a person makes, no matter how deeply immured they may be in the swamp of sins, they should never fall into despair of Allah’s forgiveness.

They should not forget that Allah says: “My servants! Only I can forgive you, who commit sins day and night, of all your sins. Ask Me for Mercy and I will forgive you.”

It is known that in order to accept the repentance of those who commit sins during the day the Gates of Mercy are open during the night, and in order to accept the repentance of those who commit sins during the night the Gates of Mercy are open during the day; this will continue until the Day of Judgment.

Infinite Mercy:

There is no reason to lose hope of Allah Almighty’s mercy, because His mercy embraces everything. His Mercy is greater than His wrath.

Allah only punishes those who are ungrateful.

Allah’s wrath only descends upon those who denigrate the Prophets and those who turn their backs on Him.
Thus, those who believe in Allah should not despair of His forgiveness.

Allah Almighty revealed to the Prophet Muhammad that His mercy has been divided up into a hundred parts; only one part of this has been sent to the earth for humanity, the jinn, animals and insects.
Due to this one-hundredth of His mercy, all beings that have ever existed and that will ever exist, from the day the first living beings were created until the final day of the earth, love one another and have pity on one another.
It is due to this mercy that mothers are tender with their babies and wild animals can show mercy to one another.
And what of the other 99 parts of mercy; what has happened to them?

Allah has kept them with Him to use for His servants on the Day of Judgment. This mercy will embrace the good and the bad will be punished with His Wrath.

We should live between fear and hope 
Allah’s mercy is as wide as His wrath is great.

Prophet Muhammad said that if a believer were to realize the greatness of the Divine wrath then that person could have no hope of heaven. If an unbeliever were to realize the extent of Divine mercy, then they would never despair of Heaven.

Thus, it is important to balance this fear and hope, or in other words, to live between khawf andraja. As a good servant of Allah, one should pray with fear and hope, knowing that those who carry out good deeds and good actions are close to Allah’s mercy.

No one, not even the Prophets, can enter heaven just because of their good deeds and worship without Allah’s mercy and assistance. Everybody should keep this hadith in mind and no one should take their future for granted.
Prophet Muhammad said that even if a person were to carry out heavenly deeds throughout their life and if only a small distance were to remain between that person and heaven, if Divine predestination was such, this person would carry out an evil deed and thus enter Hell.

The opposite is also true. If one who always carried out evil deeds, and even if only a small distance were to remain between this person and the gates of Hell, if Divine predestination were so to decree, that person would commit a blessed deed and enter Paradise.
This truth should not be forgotten; one should ca
rry out their lives balanced between fear and hope.

He Runs towards Those Who Walk towards Him


There are many proofs of Allah’s mercy and there are many reasons to be hopeful of this mercy; He will punish one who does evil only for that evil they have done; but one who does good will be given blessing up to 700 times as much, or even more.

In a hadith qudsi we are told how a servant is rewarded many times for the worship and good that they do, and in a metaphorical expression we are told that one who advances one step towards Allah will be met at twice the distance, He will run towards the one who walks towards Him, and as long as the servant does not put another god in Allah’s place one, the one who comes with a world full of sins will be forgiven to the same extent.
Prophet Muhammad said that a servant who utters, believing from their heart, that there is no god but Allah and that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is Allah’s servant and prophet will not be sent to Hell.

When one sins Allah will be pleased if that person says “My Allah! Forgive my sin,” begging for forgiveness. In return He says: “My servant has sinned; but they are aware that they have a Lord Who will forgive their sins and who will interrogate them. I have forgiven My servant, now let what they ask for be done,” thus forgiving the believer.

Yes, Allah is pleased when His servant recognizes his Lord, turns towards his Master and repents his sins; indeed, using the metaphor of Prophet Muhammad, He is more pleased than one who has been lost in a lonely desert and then found.

The fact that Allah would destroy us if we were never to sin, replacing us with a people who sinned and then repented, clearly presents the great importance to desire forgiveness from Allah.

The Winds of Hope that Bring Glad Tidings:


The following glad tidings from Prophet Muhammad are enough to give us hope of Allah’s mercy:

*The servants of Allah have rights on Allah in the same way that Allah has rights on His servants: Allah’s rights over His servants are that they serve only Allah and that they do not treat any other person or thing as a divinity. The rights of servants over Allah are that He does not send His wrath against those who do not treat any being other than Him as divine.

*When a non-believer does a good deed that person is rewarded for that deed in this world; however, when a believer does a good deed they are rewarded in this world and their blessings in the next world increase.
*The believer who prays five times a day is like a person who washes five times a day in a roaring river, being thoroughly purified each time.

*In the funeral prayer of a Muslim who has died, if forty people (or more) who believe in no god but Allah pray for that person’s forgiveness Allah Almighty accepts this prayer.

*Allah Almighty tells us that on the Day of Judgment He will hide a believing servant from the people and bring that servant close to Him, asking “Are you aware of this sin? Are you aware of this sin?” and the believer will confess the sin. Then Allah will say “I hid your sins in the world and today I forgive you.” That believer will be given a record of only their good deeds. Allah! What great happiness!

Thus, in the face of all these facts the believer should know that Heaven and Hell are closer than their own shoe laces and they should live etween hope and fear.

Friday, October 11, 2013

nn @ this is love


Your life is nothing more than a love story. Between you and God. Nothing more. Every person, every experience, every gift, every loss, every pain is sent to your path for one reason and one reason only: to bring you back to Him


Nice article by Yasmin Mogahed
And so there are some who spend their whole lives seeking. Sometimes giving, sometimes taking. Sometimes chasing. But often, just waiting. They believe that love is a place that you get to: a destination at the end of a long road. And they can’t wait for that road to end at their destination. They are those hearts moved by the movement of hearts. Those hopeless romantics, the sucker for a love story, or any sincere expression of true devotion. For them, the search is almost a lifelong obsession of sorts. But, this tragic ‘quest’ can have its costs—and its’ gifts.
The path of expectations and the ‘falling in love with love’ is a painful one, but it can bring its own lessons. Lessons about the nature of love, this world, people, and one’s own heart, can pave this often painful path. Most of all, this path can bring its own lessons about the Creator of love.
Those who take this route will often reach the knowledge that the human love they seek wasnot the destination. Some form of that human love, can be a gift. It can be a means. But the moment you make it the End, you will fall. And you will live your whole life with the wrong focus. You will become willing to sacrifice the Goal for the sake of the means. You will give your life to reaching a ‘destination’ of worldly perfection that does not exist.
And the one who runs after a mirage, never gets there; but keeps running. And so too will you keep running, and be willing to lose sleep, cry, bleed, and sacrifice precious parts of yourself—at times, even your own dignity. But you’ll never reach what you’re looking for in this life, because what you seek isn’t a worldly destination. The type of perfection you seek cannot be found in the material world. It can only be found in God.
That image of human love that you seek is an illusion in the desert of life. So if that is what you seek, you’ll keep chasing. But no matter how close you get to a mirage, you never touch it. You don’t own an image. You can’t hold a creation of your own mind.
Yet, you will give your whole life, still, to reaching this ‘place’. You do this because in the fairy tale, that’s where the story ends. It ends at the finding, the joining, the wedding. It is found at the oneness of two souls. And everyone around you will make you think that your path ends there: at the place where you meet your soul mate, your other half—at the point in the path where you get married. Then and only then, they tell you, will you ever finally be complete. This, of course, is a lie because completion cannot be found in anything other than God.
But the lesson you’ve been taught since the time you were little—from every story, every song, every movie, every ad, every well-meaning auntie—is that you aren’t complete otherwise. And if—God forbid—you are one of the ‘outcasts’ who haven’t gotten married, or have been divorced, you are considered deficient or incomplete in some way.
The lesson you’re taught is that the story ends at the wedding, and then that’s when Jennah (paradise) begins. That’s when you’ll be saved and completed and everything that was once broken will be fixed. The only problem is, that’s not where the story ends. That’s where it begins. That’s where the building starts: the building of a life, the building of your character, the building of sabr, patience, perseverance, and sacrifice. The building of selflessness. The building of love.
And the building of your path back to Him.
But if the person you marry becomes your ultimate focus in life, your struggle has just begun. Now your spouse will become your greatest test. Until you remove that person from the place in your heart that only God should be, it will keep hurting. Ironically, your spouse will become the tool for this painful extraction process, until you learn that there are places in the human heart made only by—and for—God.
Among the other lessons you may learn along this path—after a long road of loss, gain, failure, success, and so many mistakes—is that there are at least 2 types of love. There will be some people you love because of what you get from them: what they give you, the way they make you feel. This is perhaps the majority of love—which is also what makes much of love so unstable. A person’s capacity to give is inconstant and changing. Your response to what you are given is also inconstant and changing. So if you’re chasing a feeling, you’ll always be chasing.  No feeling is ever constant. If love is dependent on this, it too becomes inconstant and changing. And just like everything in this world, the more you chase it, the more it will run away from you.
But, once in a while, people enter your life that you love—not for what they give you—but for what they are. The beauty you see in them is a reflection of the Creator, so you love them. Now suddenly it isn’t about what you’re getting, but rather what you can give. This is unselfish love. This second type of love is the most rare. And if it is based in, and not competing with, the love of God, it will also bring about the most joy. To love in any other way is to need, to be dependent, to have expectations—all the ingredients for misery and disappointment.
So for all those, who have spent their life seeking, know that purity of any thing is found at the Source. If it is love that you seek, seek it through God. Every other stream, not based in His love, poisons the one who drinks from it. And the drinker will continue to drink, until the poison all but kills him. He will continue to die more and more inside, until he stops and finds the pure Source of water.
Once you begin to see everything beautiful as only a reflection of God’s beauty, you will learn to love in the right way: for His sake. Everything and everyone you love with be for, through and because of Him. The foundation of such love is God. So what you hold onto will no longer be just an unstable feeling, a fleeting emotion. And what you chase will no longer be just a temporary high. What you hold, what you chase, what you love, will be God: the *only* thing stable and constant. Thereafter, everything else will be through Him. Everything you give or take or love or don’t love, will be by Him. Not by your nafs. It will be for Him. Not for your nafs.
This means you will love what He loves and not love what He does not love. And when you do love, you will give to the creation—not for what you can get in return from them. You will love and you will give, but you will be sufficed from Him. And the one who is sufficed by God, is the richest and most generous of all lovers. Your love will be by Him, for Him, and because of Him. That is the liberation of the self from servitude to any created thing. And that is freedom. That is happiness.
That is love.