al furqaan

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pernikahan itu nilainya setengah agama. karena begitu besar dan berharga, para setan mati-matian menghancurkan setengah agama tersebut–temasuk menggoda siapa saja yang hendak menikah.

bentuk godaan ini macam-macam sekali. misalnya, menghadirkan seseorang dari masa lalu, menjauhkan hati dari keinginan untuk menikah, memberikan peluang-peluang yang sebenarnya ujian, mengiming-imingi kehidupan yang lebih baik dengan tidak menikah dan mengutamakan karir, dan banyak lagi.

setan tidak pernah menyerah menggoda. kalau setan gagal menghancurkan rencana pernikahan, dia akan mengganggu orang-orang yang sudah menikah. laki-laki digoda pandangannya, perempuan digoda pendengarannya. pasangan-pasangan dibuat jauh, baik badan maupun hati–supaya pernikahan tidak bertahan. apapun dilakukan setan agar pernikahan hancur.

jadi… tak usah konyol dengan memberikan para setan peluang lebih besar untuk menghancurkan pernikahan. kalau bisa disegerakan–ketika sudah kuat dan mampu–segerakan. setelah menikah, kalau bisa terus tinggal berdekatan, kenapa harus berjauhan?

pesan paragraf ini adalah untuk para perempuan–yang sekarang banyak termakan ide emansipasi dan kesetaraan: di mana bekerjamu, di mana sekolahmu, atau di mana tinggalmu, tidak serta-merta membuatmu lebih mulia di mata Allah. kau mulia jika berbakti kepada suamimu. sungguh-sungguh berbakti kepadanya. kau adalah hadiah bagi suamimu.

ingatlah tujuan kita yang sebenar-benarnya. tujuan agama kita yang sebenar-benarnya. HAYYA ‘ALAL FALAAH! falaah, yaitu kemenangan, sekarang dan nanti, dunia dan akhirat. apapun yang kita lakukan selama hidup hanyalah jalan–untuk mencapai tujuan itu. cita-cita adalah jalan. mimpi adalah jalan. pekerjaan adalah jalan. karir adalah jalan. peran adalah jalan. bahkan pernikahan juga, adalah jalan.

godaan setan sungguh datang dari mana saja. dari depan belakang, dari kanan kiri, bahkan dari atas bawah, dari luar dalam. maka mari menjaga. jaga hati, perasaan, pandangan, lisan, pendengaran, kemaluan, dan perbuatan. istiqomah memang sulit, namun tak berarti tak mungkin untuk dilakukan.

jika pernikahan selamat, kita tinggal menyelamatkan setengah agama yang lain. jika pernikahan selamat, menyelamatkan yang lain itu–insyaAllah lebih mudah.

sungguh memperjuangkan pernikahan adalah bagian dari memperjuangkan agama. sadarilah bahwa perjuangan itu tak pernah punya simpul awal dan simpul akhir. manusia hanya hidup sementara, tetapi keluarga hidup selamanya, sampai akhir masa.

itulah mengapa (rencana) pernikahan harus diperjuangkan berdua. dijaga berdua.

“Ya Tuhan kami, anugerahkanlah kepada kami, pasangan kami dan keturunan kami sebagai penyenang hati kami, dan jadikanlah kami pemimpin bagi orang-orang yang bertakwa.”
(QS. Al Furqaan: 74)

“Ya Tuhan kami, berilah kami kebaikan di dunia dan di akhirat, dan peliharalah kami dari siksa neraka.”
(QS. Al Baqarah: 201) - doa Rasullulah saw.

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nasehat ini bersumber dari banyak penjuru semesta. terima kasih teman, saudara, yang telah mengingatkan. :D

ISLAM 101: How to Convert to Islam: Part 1

How to Convert to Islam


To enter the fold of Islam, all one needs to do is to pronounce the testimony of faith (shahaadah) with sincere conviction, being fully aware of its meaning. The shahaadah is the first and most important of the five pillars of Islam and consists of two parts, namely:

1) Ashhadu an laailaaha illallaah:

This means: I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah; I worship Him alone without associating any partners with Him in worship.

2) Wa ash hadu anna Muhammad an rasool-ullaah:

This means: And I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah whom Allah has sent to all mankind; I will obey his commands and avoid anything he has forbidden and worship Allah according to His law and the teachings of His Messenger May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.

Taking a Bath:

The very moment a person embraces Islam is doubtless the greatest moment in his life, for it signifies his real birth through which he has come to understand the real reason behind his existence in this life. Now that he has entered the fold of Islam, he is recommended to take a bath (ghusl), washing his entire body with water. Just as he has cleansed his soul of such things as associating partners with Allah in worship (shirk) and committing sins, he is recommended to cleanse his body by taking a bath.
When one of the Arab notables embraced Islam, the Prophet May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him directed him to take a bath. (Al-Bayhaqee’s As-Sunan As-Sughraa: 837)

Sincere Repentance

Repentance (tawbah) means “sincerely turning to Allah”, and a repentant person is one who gives up sins and unbelief and turns to Allah in repentance.
A Muslim needs to repent and seek Allah’s forgiveness at practically all stages of his life; because it is only human to err, a Muslim is required to repent and beg Allah’s pardon every time he commits a sin.

What Are the Conditions of Sincere Repentance?

For repentance of all sins, including the sin of unbelief and shirk, to be valid and acceptable to Allah, a number of conditions must be met, including the following:

1) To give up the sin immediately

Sincere repentance from sin with the deliberate desire to continue to commit it is not valid and will not possibly take place; if, however, a person commits the sin again after sincerely repenting from it, his earlier repentance will still be valid but he will need fresh repentance, and so on.

2) To feel deep sorrow and regret for having committed it

True repentance cannot possibly take place without feeling deep remorse for having committed the sin. A person who talks about his past sins and brags about committing them is in no way considered penitent. As the Prophet May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him once stated, “Remorse is repentance.” (Sunan Ibn Maajah: 4252)

3) To sincerely resolve not to commit it again

Sincere repentance cannot possibly take place if a penitent person intends to repeat the sin.

Steps towards Acquiring Determination


-Pledging oneself not to repeat the sin under any circumstances and obstacles, not even for an instant, for the Prophet May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him said, “Whoever possesses the following three qualities will relish the sweetness of faith.” Of these three characteristics, he mentioned “to hate to return to unbelief (kufr) after Allah has saved him from it, as much as he would hate to be thrown into the Fire.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree: 21; Saheeh Muslim: 43)

-Keeping away from people and places that are bound to decrease his faith and tempt him to commit sins.

-Repeatedly begging Allah May He be glorified and exalted to keep him on the right path and adhere firmly to Islam until death, in any language or form. Examples from the Qur’an and the Prophet’s Sunnah include the following:

“Rabbanaa laa tuzigh quloobanaa ba‛da idh hadaytanaa” (Our Lord, do not make our hearts deviate after You have guided us) (SooratAal-‛Imraan, 3:8)

“Yaa muqallibal-quloob, Thabbit qalbee ‛alaa deenik” (O Allah, Controller of hearts, make my heart adhere firmly to Your religion) (Sunan At-Tirmidhee: 2140)

What Happens after Repentance?

If a person turns to Allah in repentance, Allah May He be glorified and exalted will definitely forgive his sins, no matter how serious they may be, for His mercy “extends to all things” (Soorat Al-A‛raaf, 7:156). The Qur’an says, “Say: ‘My slaves, you who have transgressed against yourselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Truly Allah forgives all wrong actions. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.’” (Soorat Az-Zumar, 39:53)
After a person sincerely repents to Allah, Allah May He be glorified and exalted will definitely pardon him and forgive his sins; in addition, He will reward him; immensely: He will change his bad deeds into good ones, as the Qur’an states, “Except for those who repent, believe and act rightly: Allah will transform the wrong actions of such people into good — Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Soorat Al-Furqaan,25:70)
As this a reward is immense indeed, a sensible person ought to maintain such repentance and spare no effort to avoid falling into Satan’s trap which will negatively affect his faith.

Sweetness of Faith

Those who will most certainly taste the sweetness of faith, experience deep tranquillity and take great delight in experiencing closeness to Allah are those who love Allah May He be glorified and exalted and His Messenger May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him more than anyone or anything else, love others, commensurate with their closeness to Allah and dedication to Islam, and hate to convert to unbelief just as they hate to be punished in Hellfire. The Prophet May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him said, “Any person who combines these three qualities will certainly experience the sweetness of faith: (1) that Allah and His Messenger are dearer to him than anything else; (2) that his love of others is purely for Allah’s sake; and (3) that he hates to relapse into unbelief as much as he hates to be cast into the Fire.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree: 21; Saheeh Muslim: 43)

A Muslim relishes the sweetness of faith when he hates to relapse into unbelief just as much as he hates to be thrown into the Fire.


Showing Gratefulness to Allah for His Guidance

A Muslim owes Allah the Almighty a great debt of gratitude for helping him repent of the sins he has committed and for guiding him to the truth. The following are the best things a Muslim can possibly do to express gratitude to Allah for such blessings:

1) Holding Fast to Islam and Patiently Enduring Hardships that Come One’s Way

It goes without saying that if a person has a priceless treasure, he will undoubtedly do his best to protect it. Islam is undeniably the best gift to mankind, for it is not a mere set of abstract ideology, nor is it a hobby which a person may practise whenever he feels like it; rather, it is a religion and a way of life which governs a Muslim’s life in all its aspects without exception. Commanding His Messenger May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him to stubbornly hold fast to Islam and the teachings of the Qur’an, being on the right path, Allah May He be glorified and exalted says in the Qur’an, “So hold fast to what has been revealed to you. You are on a straight path.” (Soorat Az-Zukhrf, 43:43)


A Muslim must not feel sad if he experiences any form of hardship, for it is part of Allah’s wise plan to test His servants. Allah May He be glorified and exalted even tested His prophets and messengers, who are far better than us, and the Qur’an tells us how they encountered untold suffering at the hands of relatives and enemies alike, without losing heart, weakening in their faith or wavering under adversity. The great hardship a Muslim faces due to his dedication to the truth is one of the ways Allah May He be glorified and exalted tests His servants’ faith. Therefore, live up to your lofty principles, try your best to pass the test, adhere to the truth under all circumstances and constantly pray to Allah to keep you on the right path, just as the Prophet May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him himself did. Repeat the supplication: “Yaa muqallibal-quloob, Thabbit qalbee‛alaa deenik” (O Allah, Controller of hearts, make my heart adhere firmly to Your religion). (Sunan At-Tirmidhee: 2140)

Allah May He be glorified and exalted says in this context, “Do people think that once they say, ‘We believe,’ they will be left alone and not be put to the test? We certainly tried those who have gone before them, so Allah will certainly distinguish between those who are truthful and those who are lying.” (Soorat Al-‛Ankaboot,29:2-3)

2) Doing One’s Best to Call to Islam with Wisdom and fair Admonition

Engaging in da‛wah work (calling others to Islam) is undoubtedly one of the best ways of expressing gratitude to Allah as well as one of the most effective means to remain constant in faith. If a person recovers from a life-threatening disease which has caused him a great deal of suffering and misery after discovering the right cure for his disease, he will certainly spread such a remedy amongst people, particularly amongst his relatives and closest friends. This point is elucidated as follows:

ISLAMIC INFORMATION

Q) What is the meaning of the word “Qur”an”? 
A) That which is Read.
 
Q) Where was the Qur”an revealed first? 
A) In the cave of Hira (Makkah) 

Q)
 On which night was the Qur”an first revealed? 
A) Lailatul-Qadr (Night of the Power) 

Q)
 Who revealed the Qur”an? 
A) Allah revealed the Qur”an 

Q)
 Through whom was the Qur”an revealed? 
A) Through Angel Jibraeel (Alaihis-Salaam) 

Q)
 To whom was the Qur”an revealed? 
A) To the last Prophet Muhammed (Sallahu Alaihi Wasallam) 

Q)
 Who took the responsibility of keeping the Qur”an safe? 
A) Allah himself 

Q)
 What are the conditions for holding or touching the Qur”an? 
A) One has to be clean and to be with wudhu (ablution) 

Q)
 Which is the book which is read most? 
A) The Qur”an 

Q)
 What is the topic of the Qur”an? 
A) Man 

Q)
 What are the other names of the Qur”an according to the Qur”an itself? 
A) Al-Furqaan, Al-Kitaab, Al-Zikr, Al-Noor, Al-Huda 

Q)
 How many Makki Surahs (chapters) are there in the Qur”an? 
A) 86 

Q)
 How many Madani Surahs (chapters) are there in the Qur”an? 
A) 28 

Q)
 How many Manzils (stages) are there in the Qur”an? 
A)7 

Q)
 How many Paara or Juz (parts) are there in the Qur”an? 
A) 30 

Q)
 How many Surahs (chapters) are there in the Qur”an? 
A) 114 

Q)
 How many Rukoo (paragraphs) are there in the Qur”an? 
A) 540 

Q)
 How many Aayaath (verses) are there in the Qur”an? 
A) 6666 

Q)
 How many times is the word ”Allah” repeated in the Qur”an? 
A) 2698 

Q)
 How many different types of Aayaath (verses) are there in the Qur”an? 
A) 10 

Q)
 Who is the first ”Haafiz” of the Qur”an? 
A) Prophet Muhammed (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) 

Q)
 At the time of the death of Prophet Muhammed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) how many Huffaz were there? 
A) 22 

Q)
 How many Aayaaths (verses) on Sajda (prostation) are there in the Qur”an? 
A) 14 

Q)
 In which Paara (part) and Surah (chapter) do you find the first verse about Sajda (prostation)? 
A) The 9th Paara, 7th Chapter-Surah-al-Araaf, Verse206 

Q)
 How many times has the Qur”an stressed about Salaat or Namaaz (prayer)? 
A) 700 times 

Q)
 How many times has the Qur”an emphasized on alms or charity? 
A) 150 

Q)
 How many times in the Qur”an, is the Prophet Muhammed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) addressed as Yaa-Aiyu-Han-Nabi? 
A)11 times 

Q)
 Where in the Qur”an has Prophet Muhammed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) been named ”Ahmed”? 
A)Paara 28, Surah Saff, Ayath 6 

Q)
 How many times has the name of Rasool-ullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) been mentioned in the Qur”an? 
A) Muhammed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) - 4 times Ahmed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) - 1 time.

Q)
 Name the Prophet whose name is mentioned and discussed most in the Qur”an? 
A) Moosa (Alahis-Salaam) 

Q)
 Who were the Kaathibe-Wahi (copyists of the revelations) of the Qur”an? 
A) Abu Bakr (Radhiallahu Anhu), Usman (Radhiallahu Anhu), Ali (Radhiallahu Anhu), Zaid Bin Harith (Radhiallahu Anhu) And Abdullah bin Masood (Radhiallahu Anhu) 

Q)
 Who was the first person who counted the Aayaath (verses) of the Qur”an? 
A) Ayesha (Radhiallahu Anha) 

Q)
 On whose advice did Abu Bakr (Radhiallahu Anhu) decide to compile the Qur”an? 
A) Omer Farooq (Radhiallahu Anhu) 

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Duaas (Supplication) to have a child

Assalamualaikum Sisters! =) Hope all of you are in good health InsyaAllah. Here are some Duaas that I want to share with all of you who are trying to conceive and get pregnant :

1) Du'a of Zakariyya (as), which he made in his old age while his wife was barren. Allah(swt) answered his call and gave him Yahyah (as), in Al Qur'an:-
Surah Al-‘Imran 3:38: “O my Lord! Grant me from You, a good offspring. You are indeed the All-Hearer of invocation.”

2) Du’a of Ibrahim (as). Allah accepted his dua and granted Prophet Ibraheem two sons: Ismael and Ishaq (as), in Al Quran:-
Surah-Saffat 37:100: “My Lord, grant me from the righteous ones.”

3) Du’a of Zakariyya(as). in Al Quran:-
Surat Al- Anbiyaa 21:89: “Oh Allah, please don’t leave me alone (childless), for you are the best of those who give inheritors.”

4) Du’a in Al Qur'an:-
Surah Al-Furqaan 25:74: “Our Lord! give us spouse and children who will be the joy( and the comfort ) of our eyes, and guide us to be models of righteous. ”

5) Du’a in Al Quran:-
Surah Al-Ahqaf 46:15 : “…Oh Rabb, inspire me to give You thanks for the bounties you have granted to me and my parents, and to act righteously to please You. Lord, make my offspring virtuous. Lord I turn to you in repentance; I am a Muslim”.

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Also, be sure to take good food while trying to conceive! Amongst the best fertility superfoods are Kurma, Milk, Pomegranate, Honey, Vegetables and fruits. Avoid caffeine and fast food!

Please please make duaa for my husband and I to have a child soon too, InsyaAllah! May Allah Subhana Wa Taala grant us with the most pious, healthy, beautiful children and may they be a source of blessing for us in both this life and the next, Ameen!

DAILY DUA

Dua from the Qur'an #24

رَبَّنَا اصْرِفْ عَنَّا عَذَابَ جَهَنَّمَ إِنَّ عَذَابَهَا كَانَ غَرَامًا

Translation

“Our Lord! Avert from us the torment of Hell. Verily! Its torment is ever an inseparable, permanent punishment.”

Transliteration

rabban-aṣrif ‛annaa ‛adhaaba jahannam, inna ‛adhaabahaa kaana gharaamaa

Sources: Surah Al-Furqaan (25:65)