I was reading one of my favorite sura from the Qur'an, Surah Al Araf.
And on the end of it, I encountered my favorite mihrab sign again. Subhan'Allah. It always makes me smile whenever I encounter this “little house” that I used to call it before.
So today, I wanted to share something about it, and I pray it benefits every person who reads this. in sha Allah.
I would like to tell you about it through the story of ‘Uthman Ibn Affan Radiyallahu Anhu, again it’s because Qur'an and 'Uthman are just two subjects that can’t be separated. ma sha Allah. How beautiful was 'Uthman. _____
Sujood At-Tilawah also known as the prostration that ones does when reading qur'an.
'Uthman’s viewed sujood at tilawah as obligatory when reciting, sitting and listening to the Noble Qur'an, while others say its not but nevertheless this is highly recommended for us to do in sha Allah, and there is indeed no sin if we do not do it.
As for one who hears it without meaning to, he does not have to prostrate.
As narrated 'Umar passed by a storyteller who recited a verse in which a prostration was required so that 'Uthman would prostrate with him.
'Uthman said: “The prostration is only required of the one listening to it”, then went on his way and did not prostrate.
*means the one who intended to listen to it*
and 'Uthman also said that menstruating women who hear a verse of prostration should make a gesture and not ignore it, but she should not prostrate as in prayer. _____
This is in view of the great caliph. We have to keep in mind that sujood At Tilawah is done to show our willingness to humble ourselves before Allah, hence we are to deliver an extra prostration to showcase this.
• How to do Sujood At Tilawah:[Again, it is not a sin if you do not do it, but it is recommended]
1) If you are reading or listening to the recitation of such verse, you should say takbeer and prostrate one time after reading it.
As narrated by 'Umar: “The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam used to recite Qur'an to us, and if he reached an ayah where a sajdah was prescribed, he would say takbeer and prostrate and we would do likewise.
2) If you are praying and you come to such verse, then you should say Allahu'akbar and go directly from standing to prostration without bowing in between, then after one sujood you should say Allahu'akbar and stand up and continue your prayer.
3) If you are praying behind an imam, you should only make sujood at tilawah if the imam does so.
Note:Most of the scholars says that it is not necessary to be in a state of wudhu, or facing the qiblah or dressed for this prostration [as to how it is to be when offering salah]. But it is highly advised to treat this prostration with same level of humility and respect. _____
• Verses for Sujood At Tilawah:[You will see that there is that line above the ayah and then later on will be the presence of the mihrab sign]
1) Surah 7 [Al Araf]: Verse 206 “Surely those who are with your Lord (the angels) are never too proud to perform acts of worship to Him, but they glorify His Praise and prostrate before Him.”
2) Surah 13 [Ar Rad]: Verse 15 “And unto Allah (Alone) falls in prostration whoever is in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly, and so do their shadows in the mornings and in the afternoons.”
3) Surah 16 [An Nahl]: Verse 49 “And to Allah prostrate all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, of the live moving creatures and the angels, and they are not proud.”
4) Surah 17 [Al Isra]: verse 107 “Say (O Muhammad): ‘Believe in it (the Quran) or do not believe. Verily! Those who were given knowledge before it, when it is recited to them, fall down on their faces in humble prostration.”
5) Surah 19 [Maryam]: Verse 58 “… When the Verses of the Most Beneficent (Allah) were recited unto them, they fell down prostrating and weeping.” (19:58)
6) Surah 22 [Al Hajj]: Verse 18 “See you not that to Allah prostrates whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth, and the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, all living creatures, and many of mankind? (22:18)
7) Surah 22 [Al Hajj]: Verse 77 “Oh you who believe! Bow down and prostrate yourselves, and worship your Lord and do good that you may be successful.” (22:77)
8) Surah 25 [Al Furqan]: Verse 60 “And when it is said to them: ‘Prostrate to the Most Beneficent (Allah)!’ They say, ‘And what is the Most Beneficent? Shall we fall down in prostration to that which you (O Muhammad) command us?’ And it increases in them only aversion.”
9) Surah 27 [An Naml]: Verse 25 “Satan has barred them from Allah’s way, so that they do not worship (prostratebefore) Allah, Who brings to light what is hidden in the heavens and the earth, and knows what you conceal and what you reveal.”
10) Surah 32 [As Sadja]: Verse 15 “Only those believe in Our signs, who, when they are reminded of them fall downprostrate, and glorify the Praises of their Lord, and they are not proud.”
11) Surah 38 [Sad]: Verse 24 “… And Dawood (Prophet David) guessed that We had tried him and he sought forgiveness of his Lord, and he fell down prostrate and turned (to Allah) in repentance.”
12) Surah 41 [Fussilat]: Verse 37 “And from among His Signs are the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. Do not prostrate to the sun or to the moon, but prostrate to Him Who created them, if you (really) worship Him.”
13) Surah 53 [An Najm]: Verse 62 “So fall down in prostration to Allah, and worship Him (Alone).”
14) Surah 84 [Al Inshiqaq]: Verse 21 “And when the Quran is recited to them, they do not fall prostrate.”
15) Surah 96 [Al Alaq]: Verse 19 ”… Fall prostrate and draw near to Allah!”
Note: Some scholars dispute on the no. 7 [22:77] as the reports in regards this ayah if early Muslims did make sujood are not fully confirmed so some scholars cite a lack of evidence for it and some count it while others do not. _____
Allahumma aktub li biha ‘indaka ajran wa da’ ‘anni biha wizran waj’alha li ‘indaka dukhran wa taqabbalha minni kama taqabbaltaha min ‘abdika Daw’oud
“O Allah, record for me a reward for this (prostration), and remove from me a sin. Save it for me and accept it from me just as You accepted it from Your slave Daw’oud.”
Note:This is one of the ad'iyah for sujood At Tilawah, if you haven’t memorized it then make it to a point that you say Subhana Rabbiy al-A'ala [Glory be to my Lord] in sha Allah.
I wanted to share this because when i was delivering lectures back home, I was asked about this sign and so I thought maybe some other sisters are also wondering about it especially to those who are new on reading the Qur'an, so I pray this helps you all, in sha Allah.
Also because we might unknowingly recite some of the verses above in our salah and I just wanted to give the heads up that we could earn extra rewards for it in sha Allah.
In this, I would like to end this article with the hadith of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam saying about this:
”Once a person prostrates himself after reading a verse requiring the performance of sajdah, the shaitan starts crying and wailing in a corner, saying: ‘Alas! The children of Adam were enjoined to perform sajdah and they carried it out, and become entitled to enter Paradise, but I refused to do so and was condemned to Hell.”
And I pray that we are given the tawfiq to learn the Qur'an and may Allah Azza Wa Jall ease our hearts through making Qur'an filling every emptiness that we have. Amin
[With a longing heart of a daughter who had lost her mother, I ask whoever among you who reads this and may Allah make you benefit from it, give a little prayer for my mother Allah yer7ama, her name is Aida [please mention her name in your ad'iyah].
May this be a form of sadaqah jariya of hers, and may Allah Azza Wa Jall forgive her and grant her a place in Jannatul Firdaus. Amin]
Stories and ahadith were taken from:
• Al Khilafah Al Rashidah wa'l Dawlah al Umawiyyah, Al Yahya, p. 444 • Mawsoo’ at Fiqh 'Uthman Ibn Affan, p. 186 • [hadith narrated by 'Umar] Ahmad, 2/17; Al Bukhari 2/33, 34; Muslim 1/405 no. 575 • [end of article hadith] Muslim and Ibn Majah
“Saat ini, sayang sekali bahwa membaca seolah menjadi
aktivitas orang-orang cerdas saja. Membaca seakan sebuah hal yang eksklusif dan
hanya diperuntukkan pada orang-orang tertentu saja. Padahal membaca adalah hak,
kewajiban, dan tanggungjawab semua bangsa.”
Bulan Ramadhan merupakan bulan di mana Rasulullah SAW
pertama kali mendapatkan wahyu dari Allah SWT dengan perantaraan Malikat Jibril
yang berupa ayat al-Qur’an Surat al-‘Alaq ayat 1-5, yang artinya:
“Bacalah! Dengan nama Tuhanmu yang telah mencipta.
Menciptakan manusia dari segumpal darah.
Bacalah! Dan Tuhan engkau itu adalah Maha Mulia.
Dia yang mengajarkan dengan qalam.
Mengajari manusia apa-apa yang dia tidak tahu.”
Maka, dalam hal
ini ummat Muslim mau tidak mau, bisa tidak bisa, siap tidak siap, harus
membaca. Membaca secara tekstual ataupun kontekstual. Membaca Al-Qur’an,
membaca buku, dan lain sebagainya. Terlebih kita selaku muslim dan pelajar,
maka kewajiban membaca kita berlipat ganda. Bukan tanpa alasan Allah pertama
kalinya menurunkan wahyu kepada Rasulullah SAW dengan kalimat “IQRA!” padahal
disebutkan dalam sejarah bahwa Rasulullah SAW merupakan seorang yang ummi(dalam QS Al-A’raf 157)
artinya tak dapat membaca dan menulis.
Maka dapat terbayangkan betapa
Saat ini, sayang sekali bahwa membaca seolah menjadi
aktivitas orang-orang cerdas saja. Membaca seakan sebuah hal yang eksklusif, dan
hanya diperuntukkan pada orang-orang tertentu saja. Padahal membaca adalah hak,
kewajiban, dan tanggungjawab semua bangsa.
Banyak orang-orang luar dengan bangganya bepergian dengan
Injil di tangannya, atau duduk menikmati fasilitas umum sambil membaca buku.
Namun lingkungan kita belum terbangun mental-mental seperti itu. Ada sebagian
penggemar baca yang masih malu membawa bukunya kemana-mana hanya karena orang
lain akan mencibirnya. Ada sebagian orang yang memiliki banyak buku merasa
enggan berbagi hanya karena takut orang lain akan memberikan cap bahwa ia
adalah orang yang sok pintar. Padahal, jika mereka mau, mereka bisa saja
mengguncangkan dunia dengan karyanya. Meski istilah yang pernah dilontarkan
Wiji Thukul yang berbunyi ‘Apa gunanya banyak baca jika mulut kau bungkam
melulu’ itu benar, namun, ada sebagian orang di dunia ini yang merasa takut
bahwa lingkungan akan menolaknya. Mereka tak salah, tapi kita yang harus
berubah. Memberikan ruang lebih (yang tak hanya sebatas kamar pribadi mereka) untuk
bisa membaca, menceritakan ulang hasil bacaannya, berdiskusi, berbagi, saling
mendengarkan, dan mengingatkan.
Saat ini, Gerakan Indonesia Membaca sudah mulai berkibar.
Tahun 2020 nanti, jika pemuda-pemudi bangsa betul-betul bergerak, GIM akan ada
di mana-mana, di pelosok-pelosok negeri, hingga budaya yang ada di lingkungan
kita ini menjadi budaya ramah baca. Tak ada lagi yang malu-malu sebab takut disangka sok pintar, tak ada lagi istilah kehabisan bahan bacaan. Membaca untuk
Satu hal yang harus kita dobrak sekarang adalah “kesadaran”
kita akan penting dan sangat pentingnya membaca. Bukan hanya untuk orang lain,
lingkungan, dan peradaban bangsa, melainkan untuk diri kita sendiri, untuk
garis keturunan kita, dan untuk kesehatan akal kita.
Tak usah pikir tiga kali untuk sebarkan virus positif
membaca, tak boleh malu lagi untuk berkata “SAYA MEMBACA”.
Bandung, 10 Juni 2017
*Terinspirasi oleh kultum Kang Fajar Meihadi, Universal.
SALAH SATU CARA MUDAH MENGHAPAL NAMA-NAMA SURAH DALAM AL QUR’AN
Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarokaatuh
Al Qur’an adalah Kitab Suci agama Islam yang wajib di baca dan dipelajari oleh setiap umat Muslim.Namun faktanya, sangat jarang umat muslim yang bisa menghapal seluruh isi Al Qur’an ( Tahfidz ).
Jangankan hapal isinya, urutan nama-nama surah yang ada dalam Al Qur’an saja tidak banyak yang hapal. Nah untuk lebih meningkatkan motivasi kita semua agar nantinya mampu menghapal seluruh isi Al Qur’an, maka saya coba memulainya
dengan memberikan satu cara yang menyenangkan untuk menghapal nama-nama surah dalam Al Qur’an.
Salah satu metode menghapal yang cukup efektif adalah dengan membuat
cerita dari urutan surah sehingga kita mudah mengingatnya.
Cobalah baca Cerita-cerita di bawah ini, dan perhatikan kata-kata yang berhuruf besar. Kata- kata tersebut adalah nama-nama surat dalam Al Qur’an. Hafalkan ceritanya, dan kemudian tuliskan kata-kata tersebut secara berurut. Maka akan kita dapatkan nama surat dan nomor urutnya. Silahkan mencoba :
Cerita I ; (Surah 1 – 10)
Paman membaca AL FATIHAH sebelum memasak SAPI BETINA milik KELUARGA IMRAN yang punya anak wanita bernama AN NISA. Sebagian HIDANGAN itu diberikan untuk BINATANG TERNAK. Kemudian paman menuju TEMPAT-TEMPAT YANG TINGGI, untuk mencuri HARTA RAMPASAN PERANG. Namun akhirnya paman ber-TAUBAT seperti taubatnya Nabi YUNUS.
2.SAPI BETINA – AL-BAQOROH
3.KELUARGA IMRAN – ALI IMRON
5.HIDANGAN – AL MAIDAH
6.BINATANG TERNAK – AL AN ‘AM
7.TEMPAT-TEMPAT YANG TINGGI – AL A’ ROF
8.HARTA RAMPASAN PERANG – AL ANFAL
9.TAUBAT – AT TAUBAH
Cerita II; (Surah 11 – 20)
HUD dan YUSUF melihat PETIR.Sementara itu IBRAHIM sedang berada di PEGUNUNGAN HIJR. Ia mencari LEBAH, untuk kemudian memulai PERJALANAN MALAM menuju ke GUA untuk menemui MARYAM dan TOHA.
13.PETIR – AR RA’D
15.PEGUNUNGAN HIJR – AL HIJR
16.LEBAH – AN NAHL
17.PERJALANAN MALAM – AL ISRO
18.GUA – AL KAHFI
Cerita III ; (Surah 21 – 30)
PARA NABI pergi HAJI diikuti oleh ORANG-ORANG BERIMAN. Mereka seperti CAHAYA. Inilah yang menjadi PEMBEDA ANTARA YANG BENAR DAN BATHIL. Sementara itu, PARA PENYAIR bercerita tentang SEMUT.
Cerita itu terangkum dalam buku KISAH –KISAH. Dalam buku itu juga diceritakan tentang LABA-LABA yang menyerang BANGSA ROMAWI.
21.PARA NABI – AL ANBIYA
22.HAJI – AL HAJJ
23.ORANG – ORANG BERIMAN-AL
24.CAHAYA – AN NUR
25.PEMBEDA ANTARA YANG BENAR
DAN BATHIL – AL FURQON
26.PARA PENYAIR – ASY SYU ‘ARO
28.KISAH2 – AL QOSHOSH
29.LABA-LABA – AL ‘ANKABUT
30.BANGSA ROMAWI – AR RUM
Cerita IV ; (Surah 31 – 40)
LUKMAN tidak berSUJUD di kaum yang terkena AHZAB dan tidak juga kepada kaum SABA’. Sementara itu FATHIR dan YASIN berdiri bersama orang YANG BERSHAF-SHAF dan membentuk huruf SHOD. Mereka teramasuk ROMBONGAN – ROMBONGAN yang memohon ampunan kepada YANG MAHA PENGAMPUN.
31.LUKMAN – LUQMAN
32.SUJUD – AS SAJDAH
37.YANG BERSHAF2– ASH
39.ROMBONGAN-ROMBONGAN – AZ
40.YANG MAHA PENGAMPUN –
Cerita V; (Surah 41 – 50)
YANG DIJELASKAN dalam MUSYAWARAH itu adalah tentang
PERHIASAN. Bukan tentang KABUT. Sementara itu banyak orang YANG BERLUTUT di BUKIT-BUKIT PASIR. Saat itulah MUHAMMAD mendapat KEMENANGAN. Hal ini ditandai dengan KAMAR-KAMAR bertuliskan huruf QOF.
41.YANG DIJELASKAN – FUSHSHILAT
42.MUSYAWARAH – ASY SYURA
43.PERHIASAN – AZ ZUKHRUF
44.KABUT – AD DUKHAN
45.YANG BERLUTUT – AL JATSIYAH
46.BUKIT2 PASIR – AL AHQOF
47.MUHAMMAD – MUHAMMAD
48.KEMENANGAN – AL FATH
49.KAMAR2– AL HUJURAT
Cerita VI ; (Surah 51 – 60)
ANGIN YANG MENERBANGKAN
membawa awan ke bukit THURSINA.Ini terjadi saat BINTANG dan BULAN bersinar. Sementara itu pak RAHMAN sedang berceramah tentang HARI KIAMAT. Dimana BESI hancur, WANITA YANG MENGAJUKAN GUGATAN mengalami PENGUSIRAN, dan banyak PEREMPUAN YANG DIUJI.
[9:30 10/09/2014] Agung Pamujiyanto: 51.ANGIN YANG MENERBANGKAN –
52.THURSINA – ATH THUR
53.BINTANG – AN NAJM
54.BULAN – AL QOMAR
56.HARI KIAMAT – AL WAQI ‘AH
57.BESI – AL HADID
58.WANITA YANG MENGAJUKAN
GUGATAN – AL MUJADILAH
59 PENGUSIRAN – AL HASYR
60.PEREMPUAN YANG DIUJI – AL
Cerita VII ; (Surah 61 – 70)
BARISAN orang beriman pada HARI JUM’AT berbeda dengan ORANG – ORANG MUNAFIK. Demikian juga pada HARI DITAMPAKAN KESALAHAN -KESALAHAN. Ketika aku di-TALAK, aku MENGHARAMKAN dia untuk masuk rumah ini. KERAJAAN yang indah, PENA yang mahal, pada HARI KIAMAT tidak lagi berharga. Disinilah
TEMPAT-TEMPAT NAIK bagi amal sholih.
61.BARISAN – ASH SHOF
62.HARI JUM’AT – AL JUMU’AH
63.ORANG-ORANG MUNAFIK – AL
64.HARI DITAMPAKAN KESALAHAN-
KESALAHAN – AL TAGHOBUN
65.TALAK – ATH THOLAQ
66.MENGHARAMKAN – AT TAHRIM
67.KERAJAAN – AL MULK
68.PENA – AL QOLAM
69.HARI KIAMAT – AL HAAQQAH
70.TEMPAT2 NAIK – AL MA
Cerita VIII ; (Surah 71 – 80)
NUH diganggu JIN disaat ORANG YANG BERSELIMUT dan ORANG YANG BERKEMUL tertidur pulas. Ia tidak menyadari datangnya KIAMAT. Sementara itu, ketika MANUSIA bertemu dengan MALAIKAT YANG
DIUTUS untuk menyampaikan BERITA
BESAR tentang kematian, MALAIKAT-
MALAIKAT YANG MENCABUT nyawa
sedang melihat IA BERMUKA MASAM.
71.NUH – NUH
72.JIN – AL JINN
73.ORANG YANG BERSELIMUT – AL
74.ORANG YANG BERKEMUL – AL
75.KIAMAT – AL QIYAMAH
76.MANUSIA – AL INSAN
77.MALAIKAT YANG DIUTUS – AL
78.BERITA BESAR – AN NABA’
MENCABUT – AN NAZI ‘AT
80.IA BERMUKA MASAM – ‘ABASA
Cerita IX ; (Surah 81 – 90)
Ombak MENGGULUNG, bumi TERBELAH, ORANG-ORANG YANG
CURANG pun ikut TERBELAH. Mereka
seperti GUGUSAN BINTANG YANG DATANG DI MALAM HARI. Mereka berada di tempat YANG PALING TINGGI. Pada HARI PEMBALASAN tidak akan muncul FAJAR di NEGERI manapun.
81.MENGGULUNG – AT TAKWIR
82.TERBELAH – AL INFITHOR
83.ORANG-ORANG YANG CURANG –
84.TERBELAH – AL INSYIQOQ
85.GUGUSAN BINTANG – AL BURUJ
86.YANG DATANG DI MALAM HARI – ATH THORIQ
87.YANG PALING TINGGI – AL A ‘LA
88.HARI PEMBALASAN – AL GHOSYIYAH
89.FAJAR – AL FAJR
90.NEGERI – AL BALAD
Cerita X; (Surah 91 – 100)
MATAHARI tenggelam saat MALAM tiba. Dan ketika WAKTU DHUHA, Allah MELAPANGKAN rizki dan menumbuhkan BUAH TIN. Sementara itu manusia yang berasal dari SEGUMPAL DARAH tidak mempunyai KEMULIAAN sedikit pun. Ini adalah BUKTI akan terjadi KEGONCANGAN di dunia. Hingga KUDA PERANG YANG BERLARI KENCANG pun mati.
91.MATAHARI – ASY SYAMS
92.MALAM – AL LAIL
93.WAKTU DHUHA – ADH DHUHA
94.MELAPANGKAN – AL INSYIROH
95.BUAH TIN – AT TIN
96.SEGUMPAL DARAH – AL ‘ALAQ
97.KEMULIAAN – AL QODR
98.BUKTI – AL BAYYINAH
99.KEGONCANGAN – AZ ZALZALAH
100.KUDA PERANG YANG BERLARI
KENCANG – AL`ADIYAT
Cerita XI ; (Surah 101 – 110)
HARI KIAMAT, hari dimana manusia
tidak bisa lagi BERMEGAH-MEGAHAN.
Pada MASA itulah si PENGUMPAT mati diinjak-injak GAJAH. Sementara itu SUKU QURAISY bertengkar dengan
pak MA’UN di tepi telaga KAUTSAR. Saat itu ORANG-ORANG KAFIR tidak mendapatkan PERTOLONGAN.
101.HARI KIAMAT– AL QORI ‘AH
102.BERMEGAH-MEGAHAN – AT
103.MASA – AL ‘ASHR
104.PENGUMPAT – AL HUMAZAH
105.GAJAH – AL FI-L
106.SUKU QURAISY – QURAISY
107.MA’UN – AL MA ‘UN
108.KAUTSAR – AL KAUTSAR
109.ORANG-ORANG KAFIR – AL KAFIRUN
110.PERTOLONGAN – AN NASHR
Cerita XII (Surah 111-114)
Insya Allah 4 surat terakhir ini semua
dari kita sudah menghafalnya.
binti Khuwaylid was the daughter of successful merchant of Quraysh tribe of
Mecca, Khuwaylid bin Assad and Fatimah bint Zaidah. Her family was known as one
of the most honored family merchant in the tribe of Mecca. Khuwaylid, with his
colleague, Abdul Muthalib (known as the Prophet’s grandfather in later life),
were famous as influence person in Mecca. Khadijah was good at archery, horse riding, and math, as good as her father when she was a girl. She also had a good
self-defense in desert. As she grown up, she was as generous as her mother.
When Khadijah was fifteen years old, Kaba was attacked by King of Abrahah and
his elephant soldiers. Abdul Muthalib suggested Khadijah to lead a journey to
evacuate women and kids, while he and Khuwaylid stayed in Mecca to lead a war
against the king.
In her later
life, Khadijah was married twice. She was married to a generous merchant named Abu
Hala, and they had two children. Their marriage was last for 4 years because her
husband was dead. Later, in her second marriage, she was married to Atiq, a
famous nobleman in Mecca. Atiq was a gruff Arabian man, who loved to drunk, their
marriage was end up in divorced.
father’s death, Khadijah took over his business. She ran the business very
well, and her business was larger than any other Quraysh tribe and gained a
good reputation of high quality goods and fair-dealing. She used to hire a man
to sent the goods outside the city. Khadijah was working with her sister, Asma, in her business. Once, when the economics trades fell off, Khadijah decided to
find a business partner she could trust. She asked Asma and discussed about it.
She had a name, a son of Abdul Muthalib, Abu Thalib. He was running the
business with his nephew, Muhammad. Asma was the intermediary to Abu Thalib and
asked Muhammad to worked for Khadijah. Muhammad was 25 years old when he
started to work for Khadijah as a business leader.
Khadijah sent him to Syiria for a business trip. Muhammad was companied by Khadijah’s
personal assistant, Maysarah, and Hakim bin Hizam, her nephew. Khadijah was
secretly ordered her personal assistant to supervise her new business leader,
and observe the whole business. By the time they returned home, Maysarah
reported to Khadijah all that had taken a place in Syiria. Khadijah was
impressed by the story and started thinking of purposing marriage to Muhammad.
One night, as
she wondered about her plan, purposing marriage to Muhammad, she was dreaming about a wonderful dream. She told her dream to Waraqah bin Nawfal, her cousin and also
her uncle, because he was at the same age as Khuwaylid. Waraqah was blind, he
has read thousand books and lack of slept during his life. He has depth
knowledge about Torah (taurat) and Injil. The wonderful dream she had was
indicated that the Prophet (peace be upon Him) whose had been predicted in
Torah and Injil was to grace her home and she would gain from his presence in
meeting with Waraqah, her desire to marry Muhammad (peace be upon him) became
stronger. Nafisah bint Manbah, one of Khadijah’s very close friend, went to
Muhammad (peace be upon Him) and asked him a very personal question, she asked
why he had not got married yet. He said he did not have a financial resource.
Nafisah asked if he willing to marry a beautiful lady from a noble family. He
asked her who was the lady she was referred to. He learnt her identity and he
said that he was willing to marry her. Khadijah was so happy.
(peace be upon Him) was twenty-five years old and Khadijah was forty when they
were married. The formal marriage proposal was brought by his two uncles, Abu
Thalib and Hamzah, approached her uncle,
‘Umar bin Assad. The proposal was officially accepted and they were married.
marriage was very blissful, they had six children, Qasim, ‘Abdullah,
Zaynab, Ruqayyah, Umm Khulthum, and Fatimah. It was a very happy household but
Muhammad (peace be upon Him) was feeling lost. He went to Hira cave for prayer
and meditation. He saw the presence of another being held his arms so tight, and
ask him to read. He couldn’t do anything because he couldn’t read. The person
loosen his arms, and asked him again to read, repeated three times. Then finally he
read the ayah which are the first revelation of Quran, from Surah Al-‘Alaq (Surah
“Read! In the
Name of your Lord who has created (all that exists). He has created a man from a
clot. Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous. Who has taught (the writing) by
the pen. He has taught man that which he knew not.”(Noble Quran, 96:1-5)
was disappeared, and it was an awesome experience he had. He was shocked, and
decided to return home sweating and shaking. He called out his wife and asked
her to cover him with blanket. He told her about the creature he met in the
Hira cave. Khadijah brought him to meet her cousin, Waraqah, and he told everything
about the person in the cave. Waraqah immediately guessed the identity of the
person was Angel of Jibril, the messenger of Allah. He added that he’d been
told were true, surely it meant that her husband was the Prophet of Allah
(peace be upon Him) whose had been mentioned in the earlier scriptures. Khadijah was the first woman who accepted
Khadijah was loyal
and supporting him in most of aspects of life. When the disbelievers saw Islam had gained more and more followers, they decided to declare an economic boycott of
the tribe of Bani Hasyim. It was the seventh years after the Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him) declared himself as the messenger of Allah. The innocent
children were suffered from hunger, the adults survived by eating leaves. Khadijah
who had been very wealthy, bore the hardships with the other Muslims. She was
the only person who believed that he was the Prophet and the messenger of Allah
(peace be upon Him), when everyone disbelieved him.
before hijrah to Medina, Khadijah passed away. She died at the age of
sixty-five. When she passed away, the Prophet (peace be upon Him) was so
brokenhearted, at a loss of dedicated companion who stood by him during the
most difficult moments during his life. Khadijah was the one and only woman he
loved the most. Whenever any gifts bought to him, he sent immediately to some
women who had been friends of Khadijah. Narrated from Ayshah, a favorite wife of
Muhammad in his later life, whenever he talked about Khadijah, it was in terms
of the highest praise, and he would talk at great length and praise her
qualities, and pray for her forgiveness. Ayshah said she had never been
experienced such a feeling of feminine natural jealousy for any other wife of
the Prophet as she did for Khadijah
One day, when
Ayshah wondered why the Prophet (peace be upon him) still missed her while Allah has
blessed him a younger wife, he just answered, “I have not yet found a better
wife than her. She had faith in me when everyone, even members of my own family
and tribe did not believe me, and accepted that I was truly a Prophet and the
messenger of Allah. She converted to Islam, spent all her wealth and worldly
goods to help me spread this faith, and this too at a time when entire world
seemed to has turned against me and persecuted me. And it is through her that
Allah blessed me with children.”
Allah (swt) is watching over us, all the time, out of His care for us. And this should have a profound effect on the way we live.
One of things that should warm our hearts when we know Allah is ar-Raqeeb (the all-Observant) is that we are never, ever alone. When we are up late at night working on an essay, or awake in the early hours of the morning getting ready for work, Allah is with us.
I haven’t said anything in public yet about what happened last week, but it’s been effecting me. I’ve never known a desire stronger than the desire to draw. It seems to be fairly basic & universal. Yet, around the same time that a child is taught that it should stop shitting in it’s pants, it is discouraged from drawing, and is convinced that it should grow up and learn to WRITE instead.
As CARTOONISTS, we are the PANTS SHITTERS of the human race, and what we do is the most primal & unstoppable form of human expression. All languages are eventually forgotten. The ability to take a stick and draw a face will never die. FUCK OTHER FORMS OF ART
Yes, of course JE SUIS CHARLIE. It’s been scary and sad to see other cartoonists back away from fully supporting their peers. Because you don’t like what they create? Our profession and culture is a constant procession of guns & murder presented as fun, sexy, cool, and powerful. Almost all modern entertainment repulses me, but I wouldn’t be telling folks in hollywood that they were asking for it if gunmen burst into their offices.
"Proclaim! (or read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created- Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful,- Who taught (the use of) the pen,- Taught man that which he knew not.
Why did Gabriel give Muhammad the pen? To write down words, not to create images? Is that what last week was all about? The battle between words and pictures, between language and imagery has been going on for a long time. Not all of Islam is on board with this no pictures of his face thing. I guess early Christianity started out with a similar argument, until the Catholics got going and decided that graven images were their favorite thing.
I woke at 5am one day last week. I wasn’t sure what had woken me, and drew the pictures above. I turned on the news to hear about the gunmen in France being cornered in a print shop.