al-maghrib

Some Countries in Arabic
*I just included some of the ones we might pronounce a bit differently*

Afghanistan | أفغانستان
Algeria | Al Jaza‘er : الجزائر
Argentina | Al Arjantin : الأرجنتين
America | Amrika : أمريكا
Belgium | Biljika : بلجيكا
China | Assin : الصين
Cyprus | Qubrus : قبرص
Egypt | Misr : مصر
Ethiopia | Athyubiya : أثيوبيا
Finland | Finlanda : فنلندا
France | Faransa : فرنسا
Germany | Almaniya : ألمانيا
Greece | Al Yunan : اليونان
Hungary | Hungariya : هنغاريا
India | Al Hind : الهند
Italy | Italiya : إيطاليا
Ireland | Erlanda : إيرلندا
Japan | Yaban : يابان
Jordan | Al Urdun : الأردن
Liechtenstein | Likhten.shtein : لختنشتاين
Madagascar | Mudghashqar : مدغشقر
Malaysia | Maliziya : ماليزيا
Mexico | Al Maksik : المكسيك
Morocco | Al Maghrib : المغرب
Norway | Annarweej : النرويج
Palestine | Filastin : فلسطين
Paris | Baris : باريس
Russia | Rusiya : روسيا
St. Lucia | Sant Lusiya : سانت لوسيا
Singapore | Singhafora : سنغافوة
South Africa | Janub Afriqiya : جنوب أفريقيا
Spain | Asbania : أسبانيا
Sweden | Assuwaid : السويد
Syria | Suriya : سوريا
Saudi Arabia | Almamlaka Al`arabiya Assu`udiya : المملكة العربية السعودية
Tunisia | Tunis : تونس
Turkey | Turkiya : تركيا
Uganda | oghanda : أوغاندا
Ukraine | Ükraniya : أوكرانيا
Britain | Britaniya : بريطانيا

Surah Al Kahf dan Kakek Tua dari Somalia

Kemarin tuntutan tugas di kampus cukup memakan waktu banyak sehingga mengharuskan saya untuk menunda membaca Surah Al Kahf di penghujung hari. Saya awalnya berniat untuk datang ke masjid 40 menit sebelum Adhan Maghrib. Biasanya saya membutuhkan waktu 30 menit untuk menuntaskan surah tersebut.

Tepat pukul 4.50 saya terduduk di sebuah bangku kayu di pojok Mac Dougall Prayer Hall untuk melaksanakan Sunnah Rasulullah SAW ini. Namun, saat saya sampai di ayat 20, seorang kakek tua menghampiri saya dan memutuskan untuk duduk di bangku kosong sebelah kiri saya. Setelah beliau memperkenalkan dirinya, beliau mengajak saya untuk bercakap-cakap.

“Oh, kamu sedang membaca Al Kahf?” tanya beliau menggunakan bahasa Arab dengan logat kental Somalia.

Na’am (Iya)” jawab saya.

Beliau semakin antusias untuk berbicara setelah mengetahui bahwa saya bisa berbahasa Arab. Sementara, saya semakin gundah karena takut tidak bisa menyelesaikan bacaan Al Kahf sebelum Adhan Maghrib berkumandang.

Si kakek yang berusia sekitar 70 tahun ini tiba-tiba berbicara kepada saya tentang kandungan-kandungan Surah Al Kahf. Dari penjelasan tiga jenis manusia hingga kisah pertemuan antara Nabi Musa dan Nabi Khidr. Beberapa penjelasannya membuat saya “WOW, nggak pernah denger dari sudut pandang begitu.” Pada waktu yang sama, hati saya merengek–rengek ingin meninggalkan kakek ini, apalagi waktu Maghrib tinggal beberapa menit lagi. Tapi saya juga tidak enak untuk meninggalkan beliau begitu saja.

Beliau terus berbicara tiada henti dan akhirnya terbesit di pikiran saya untuk mengucap permisi dan pergi. Namun saat pikiran itu akan saya eksekusi,

“Dan bagaimana kamu dapat sabar atas sesuatu, yang kamu belum mempunyai pengetahuan yang cukup tentang hal itu?” (QS Al Kahf: 68)

Ayat ini terlontar dari mulutnya. Ayat yang menjelaskan percakapan Nabi Musa kehilangan kesabaran saat menimba ilmu dari Nabi Khidr. Si kakek tua ini menjelaskannya dengan mengatakan bahwa saat seorang murid belajar dari gurunya, jangan banyak tanya terlebih dahulu atau ingin cepat-cepat usai. Wajib bagi murid untuk mendengarkan gurunya dulu dan mencoba memahami dan mengambil hikmah dan pelajaran dari apa yang ia dengar.

Adhan Maghrib akhirnya berkumandang dan beliau meninggalkan saya sembari tersenyum. Seketika saya tersadarkan bahwa kami telah sampai pada halaman terakhir Surah Al Kahf. Dan saya sadar mungkin hari ini Allah menginginkan saya menyelesaikan Surah Al Kahf dengan cara yang berbeda.

Ah kemarin aku sepertinya ditegur oleh Allah. Saat membaca Al Kahf di hari Jum’at seringkali diri ini tergesa-gesa, ingin cepat usai tanpa peduli makna dan pelajaran dari ayat-ayat yang dibaca. Diri ini sering kali sombong, merasa sudah tahu banyak hal padahal ada berjibun pelajaran yang belum pernah terdengar sekalipun (termasuk beberapa poin yang dijelaskan oleh kakek tua itu) Alhamdulillah. 

Manchester, dini hari 20 Februari.

GEMS from Echoes of a Cave: Tafseer of Surah Al Kahf
  • Allah will support those who have trust in him.
  • The Prophet (pbuh) understood that nurturing is important. We have lost this concept. We need to encourage children to follow the Sunnah.
  • Allah will be with you and continue to be with you in your salah, until you do your tasleem.
  • The Dunya is a rat race - it will end.
  • Methodology of Excellence: The more you worship Allah, the more Allah will aid you. People of Excellence will be humble and not arrogant.
  • Wisdom is a precious gift. Wisdom is putting everything in its right place.
  • Allah demands excellence. He does not want the bare minimum. He wants us to go beyond the target.
  • Everything we do, use the power of intention - For the Sake of Allah. Reward comes with the intention.
  • Essence of Ihsan is to worship Allah as if he is there. Even if he is not there, he sees you.
  • People will disown you once you start making changes and moving away. Is friendship defined by your exterior?
  • Allah provides guidance to whom he will. If Allah prescribes misguidance, then he will never be guided.
  • If we remember Allah, we will protect us in any way he wants, when we need his protection.
  • True guidance comes from Allah. Make dua for guidance. Constantly seek guidance.
  • Important to have good righteous companionship - Allah will provide you support through them.
  • Always remember Allah. You forget to praise him, then say it as soon as you remember.
  • Those who have imaan and good deeds - Allah will preserve them.
The Prophet ﷺ ‬used to break the fast with THREE dates. He would eat three dates. Then he would pray Maghrib.
—  Sh. al-Albānī Raḥimahullāh [سلسلة الهدى والنور ٤٩٠]

subhanAllaah i was really holding back from writing this but i just cant…as salafis we need to have thick skin. we are strangers. ahlus sunnah are strangers in every era not only are we being targeted by the kuffar but also fellow Muslims (may Allaah rectify this Ummah and return it to it’s former glory, aameen). do not let every persons comment and incoherent babble bother you. do not give them the satisfaction of entertaining them. do not waste your time on these people. na'am inform the people of their wrong doings and misguidance but do not catch any feelings. 

to my sisters, Allaah Azza Wa Jaal gave us rights and a status like none other. Idiots like Abu Eesa WILL NOT and CAN NOT take that away from us. his tongue will lead to his own demise inshaaAllaah

I ask Allaah Azza Wa Jaal to allow this to be the beginning of the destruction and dismantling of the wretched Al Maghrib Institute, Allaahumma aameen!! 

Anyone who gets a chance to take an Al-maghrib class seminar, take it. There it no better way to accuire accurate islamic knowladge in spesific areas of islamic studies in the U.S.
(Al bayana is pretty awesome too)
The classes are entertaining and i have never regretted one.

If you know, that upon you is the obligation of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, and you know that being careless and negligent in fulfilling this obligation could incur the wrath of Allāh and would bring about the destruction of the Ummah in the same manner Banī Isrā’el were destroyed and the great nations before them, would you sign away your duty?

SubhānaAllah, how treacherous are the Al-Maghrib Institute and the people of their ilk? How treacherous are the Al-Maghrib Institute and the people of their ilk? They only seek to destroy Islam from within.

Tayybah scholarship for Al-Maghrib is filled out.
I’m unsure of how much they give to people, but I really want to go to this awesome class (it’s $85) and as a college student, I honestly don’t have the money. As a convert, I can’t ask my parents. Insha'Allah, they give me at least $40 or $50. The more, the better. 
I also need to think of something to come up with about why I’m away all weekend.  Considering using my major plus my internship as an excuse. We’ll see. 

Just, please, make dua'a I get this scholarship and can attend this class for a weekend without any problems!