Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Sign: Sea of Galilee

But when Gog and Magog (Ya'jooj and Majooj) are let loose and they rush headlong down every height (or advantage). Then will the True Promise draw near - (Qur'an 21:96-97)

In a lengthy hadith by Hadhrat Nawwas ibn Sam'aan (R.A.) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said:

Then Ya'jooj and Majooj will emerge and surge forth in all their fury. When those from among them who constitute the first part of their army pass the lake of Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) which is in northern Palestine, they will drink up all the water of that lake and by the time those that constitute the latter part of that same army pass the lake, they will say, "There used to be water here (long ago)".


The Sea of Galilee

Israel's National Water Carrier, built in 1964, transports water from the lake (Sea of Galilee known to Israelis as Lake Kinneret) to the population centers of Israel, and is the source of most of the country's drinking water. Israel also supplies water from the lake to the West Bank and to Jordan (under the terms of the Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace). Increasing water demand and some dry winters have resulted in stress on the lake and a decreasing water line, at times to dangerously low levels.



The lake, whose size so impressed the ancient world that it earned the title of "sea", has shrunk annually for the past four years, exposing chunks of lakebed. Swimmers must hike up to 100 metres (yards) from the beach to reach the water's edge.

Read this:
Israel Facing Worst Water Crisis in More Than 100 Years
Sea of Galilee drops to critical levels


The Sea of Galilee Valley

Ya’juj and Ma’juj (Gog & Magog): The Disbelievers

Ya’juj and Ma’juj are two disbelieving tribes from among the sons of Adam. They used to spread mischief on earth, so Allah gave Dhul-Qarnayn the power to build a barrier to detain them. They will keep on digging at it until Allah gives them permission to come out at the end of time. They will emerge in huge numbers and will drink up the lake of Tiberias a.k.a Sea of Galilee (in Palestine). They will spread mischief on earth and no one will be able to resist them.
The Qur’an (Al-Kahf: 83-99) narrates this story saying:

83. And they ask you about Dhul-Qarnain. Say: "I shall recite to you something of his story."
84. Verily, We established him in the earth, and We gave him the means of everything.
85. So he followed a way.
86. Until, when he reached the setting place of the sun, he found it setting in a spring of black muddy (or hot) water. And he found near it a people. We (Allah) said (by inspiration): "O Dhul-Qarnain! Either you punish them, or treat them with kindness."
87. He said: "As for him (a disbeliever in the Oneness of Allah) who does wrong, we shall punish him; and then he will be brought back unto his Lord; Who will punish him with a terrible torment (Hell).
88. "But as for him who believes (in Allah's Oneness) and works righteousness, he shall have the best reward, (Paradise), and we (Dhul-Qarnain) shall speak unto him mild words (as instructions)."
89. Then he followed another way,
90. Until, when he came to the rising place of the sun, he found it rising on a people for whom We (Allah) had provided no shelter against the sun.
91. So (it was)! And We knew all about him (Dhul-Qarnain).
92. Then he followed (another) way,
93. Until, when he reached between two mountains, he found, before (near) them (those two mountains), a people who scarcely understood a word.
94. They said: "O Dhul-Qarnain! Verily! Ya'juj and Ma'juj (Gog and Magog) are doing great mischief in the land. Shall we then pay you a tribute in order that you might erect a barrier between us and them?"
95. He said: "That (wealth, authority and power) in which my Lord had established me is better (than your tribute). So help me with strength (of men), I will erect between you and them a barrier.
96. "Give me pieces (blocks) of iron," then, when he had filled up the gap between the two mountain-cliffs, he said: "Blow," till when he had made it (red as) fire, he said: "Bring me molten copper to pour over it."
97. So they [Ya'juj and Ma'juj (Gog and Magog)] were made powerless to scale it or dig through it.
98. Dhul-Qarnain) said: "This is a mercy from my Lord, but when the Promise of my Lord comes, He shall level it down to the ground. And the Promise of my Lord is ever true."
99. And on that Day [i.e. the Day Ya'juj and Ma'juj (Gog and Magog) will come out], We shall leave them to surge like waves on one another, and the Trumpet will be blown, and We shall collect them all together.

Ya’juj and Ma’juj have been released

Zaynab bint Jahsh (may Allah be pleased with her) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) once came to her in a state of fear, and said, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah. Woe unto the Arabs from a danger that has drawn near. An opening has been made in the dam of Gog and Magog like this,” (making a circle with his thumb and index finger) Zaynab bint Jahsh said, “O Messenger of Allah! Shall we be destroyed even though there are pious persons among us?” He said, “Yes, when corruption increases.”

Allah Almighty knows best. More to come about Ya'juj & Ma'juj and their connection with Dajjal, Freemason & Zionist and who rule the world today. InshaAllah

Jazakallah Khair

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Trail Riding : From Putra Perdana to George Kent

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to ride with whom I called 661 Mullet twin, Haidil & Nazib. Two new friends that I came to know through friend and this blog, both also living in Taman Putra Perdana. The ride started at 8.15am from Putra Perdana heading straight to George Kent's factory. My target today is to revisit the palm estate which I last visited almost a year ago.



A lot has changed since my last visit. Most double/singletrack has grown into bush and trees. Somehow I forgot the trail and took the wrong turn and end up pushing the bike through bush and continue riding along the narrow singletrack near main road.

We then continue our journey on tarmac to Pulau Meranti and decided to climb to the water tank. After taking a brief break on top of the hill, we decided to go back to Putra Perdana.



I took them riding to what I called Singletrack Kaki Pancing. However, this used to be a very sweet singletrack also has grown into bush. So we decided to move forward and found a sweet singletrack surrounded by cherry trees, unfortunately it went straight to the dead end. We had to crossed the river and end the ride on the main road instead of pedalling back to where we came from.

It took nearly 3 hours for the journey to end. I was very happy nonetheless to finally have an opportunity to ride and photographed new trails without wasting too much time traveling.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Choice is Yours : Smoking

This is a follow up to my previous post on the same subject : Is Smoking Permitted in Islam? In this video, Dr. Zakir Naik (Islamic Research Foundation) explains whether Smoking is Haraam or Halal in Islam.



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Friday, March 6, 2009

Things You Won't Hear During Jummah

Why people are sleeping during Jummah? Being that today is Jummah, I figured this video is suitable for watching.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Choice is Yours!

It's been 2 months (close to) since I last ride my mountain bike. I'm kind of lazy & busy with other stuff. Yet, I can still do other thing & stay fit (like sleeeeepingggg...zzzzz). For me, mountain biking is something I enjoy but not what I'm looking for.



By the way, I have no intention to sell both my bike nor to quit mountain biking. So friends, if you're looking for cheap bargain, please find elsewhere! Whatever happened, one will never ride his/her "expensive" mountain bike to the mosque! Do you? Most probably, both my bike will be left in the store collecting dust :)

Personally, I have a plan to do a short ride on Monday during Mawlid Rasul holiday. But some say it's not the right thing to do.

Talk about Mawlid Rasul, actually I was born on Jum’a, 26 Zul-Qi'dah 1393 Hijra but my birthday was on 21st December 1973. Does it sound funny? I never celebrate my birthday anyway, nor do my wife & kids. Our prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was born on 12 Rabi' al-awwal and this year Muslims will celebrate his birthday on 9th March. The funny thing is, our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) never celebrate his birthday nor do his sahaba, but we are. At least Muslims do follow the Hijra to celebrate their Prophet’s (PBUH) birthday, but not us. Are we following Hijra only for Hari Raya? The choice is yours.

Link:
Mawlid & the Legality of Mawlid
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Is Smoking Permitted in Islam?

Most Muslims are aware of and try to avoid the major sins in Islam - murder, suicide, adultery, alcohol, gambling, usury, etc. Muslims are forbidden to harm themselves or others. Yet millions of Muslims all over the world are doing just that - harming, even killing themselves and their families. Islamic scholars have historically had mixed views about tobacco, and until recently, cigarette smoking has not been unanimously forbidden or even discouraged.



The mixed views on the subject came about because cigarettes are a more recent invention and did not exist at the time of the revelation of the Qur'an in the 7th century A.D. Therefore, one cannot find a verse of Qur'an or words of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) saying clearly that "Cigarette smoking is forbidden." However, there are many instances where the Qur'an gives us general guidelines, and calls upon us to use our reason and intelligence, and seek guidance from Allah about what is right and wrong. In the Qur'an, Allah says, “...he [the Prophet] commands them what is just, and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good, and prohibits them from what is bad..." (Surah al-Ar’af 7:157). So what are the evils of tobacco use, for your health and for your deen (religion)?

Smoking: A Social Poison

Smoking was introduced to the Muslim countries by the Europeans around 1000 AH. Its spread among the Muslims was similar to that in the West. The unfortunate fact, however, is that in the Muslim countries, no similar measures were exerted to protect the people from it. To the contrary, the media continues to adom smoking and encourage people to do it. This caused the epidemic of smoking to continue to spread in those countries to such an extent that it has become hard to control.

Furthermore, some of those who pretend to represent the Deen are among the worst addicts to smoking. When they are reproached or reminded of their vice, they respond by providing weak excuses to justify it in the name of Islam. They slyly remark that there is no clear text prohibiting smoking. Therefore, they conclude, smoking is not prohibited, but is only makruh (disliked). By this, they provide a poor excuse for the ignorant, and establish a very bad example for others.

Many Muslims have been influenced by such statements, falling into the snares of addiction to smoking. This is observed all over the world. Thus, it becomes incumbent to write an article which provides evidence concerning the ruling of smoking in Islam. We hope that this will benefit our Muslim brothers and sisters; and we ask Allah to accept it from us as a sincere deed for His pleasure.

1. Danger to your health

Allah says, "...make not your own hands contribute to your destruction..." (Surah al-Baqarah 2:195); "...nor kill yourselves..." (Surah al-Nisaa 4:29). It is universally understood that cigarette smoking causes a number of health problems that often ultimately result in death. Men who smoke contract lung cancer at 22 times the rate of non-smokers. Smokers are also highly at risk for heart disease, emphysema, oral cancer, stroke, etc. There are hundreds of poisonous and toxic ingredients in the cigarette itself that the smoker inhales straight into the lungs. In an authentic hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that "Whomsoever drinks poison, thereby killing himself, will sip this poison forever and ever in the fire of Jahannum (Hell)." Over 3 million people worldwide die from smoking-related causes each year.

2. Danger to your family's health

In the Qur'an, Allah says: "Those who annoy believing men and women undeservedly bear on themselves a glaring sin" (Surat al-Ahzaab 33:58). And the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that "there should be neither harming, nor reciprocating harm.” In another hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not hurt his neighbor." Those around the smoker inhale what is known as "second-hand smoke" - the unfiltered, poisonous waste that goes in the air around the smoker. There are over 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, over 40 of which are known to cause cancer. Second-hand smoke causes or aggravates asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory problems, especially in children.

3. Addictive

The addiction to tobacco is a physical response that often interferes with one's life and worship. For example, smoking is clearly forbidden during the daytime fast of Ramadan. Many addicted smokers spend their fasting days sleeping, cranky, and short-tempered, just counting the hours until they can have their fix at sunset. The most severely addicted will wait outside the mosque door for the adhan, and break their fast by lighting up, before taking even food or water.

4. Noxious Smell

Muslims are advised to refrain from eating raw onions and garlic - simply as a courtesy to those around them because of the awful smell. The same goes even more so for the reek of cigarettes, which permeates everything around the smoker - hair, clothing, home, car, etc. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever has eaten from such greens as garlic, onions or leek should keep away from our mosque.” Many smokers try to hide the smell by using breath mints or perfume. This does not get rid of the smell, it only masks it. Often the combination of smells is even more nauseating.

5. Waste of Money

Allah says, "...But spend not wastefully (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift. Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the devils...” {Surah al-Israa’ 17:26-27} And in an authentic hadith the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that: "Allah hates for you three things: gossiping, begging, and wasting money." In the U.S. and other countries, cigarettes are taxed heavily in order to discourage this habit and reimburse the government for the overwhelming health care costs to care for those afflicted with diseases caused by smoking. Smokers often spend thousands of dollars a year that literally just go up in smoke.

Recent Opinions of Scholars

In more recent times, as these dangers of tobacco use have come to be proven beyond any doubt, scholars have become more unanimous in pronouncing tobacco use clearly haram (forbidden) to believers. They now use the strongest terms to condemn this habit. For example: "In view of the harm caused by tobacco, growing, trading in and smoking of tobacco are judged to be haram (forbidden). The Prophet, peace be upon him, is reported to have said, 'Do not harm yourselves or others.' Furthermore, tobacco is unwholesome, and God says in the Qur'an that the Prophet, peace be upon him, 'enjoins upon them that which is good and pure, and forbids them that which is unwholesome' (Permanent Committee of Academic Research and Fatwa, Saudi Arabia).

How to Quit?



As mentioned, one of the dangers of tobacco is that it is so addicting. It causes a physical response in your body when you try to give it up. Therefore, quitting is often difficult. However, with the help of Allah and the personal commitment to improve yourself for the sake of Allah, and for your own health, it is possible. It is first recommended to make the firm intention, from deep in your heart, to give up this evil habit. Trust in Allah's words: "...When you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust in Him. If Allah help you, none can overcome you; if He forsakes you, who is - after that - that can help you? In Allah, then, let believers put their trust" (Surah Al-'lmran 3:159-160).

Secondly, one must avoid situations where you are used to smoking, and people who do so around you. For example, if you have certain friends who gather together to smoke, make a choice to stay away from that environment for the time being. At a vulnerable stage, it is too easy to get sucked back in by having "just one." Remember, tobacco causes a physical addiction and you must stay away completely. Drink a lot of water and keep yourself busy in other endeavors. Spend time in the mosque. Play sports. And remember the words of Allah: "And those who strive hard in Our Cause, We will certainly guide them to Our Paths, for verily Allah is with those who do right” (Surah al-Ankabut 29:69).

For more information about the proven dangers of smoking, and advice on how to quit, visit About.com's Smoking Cessation website.

Living With a Smoker

If you live with or are friends with smokers, first of all encourage them to quit, for the sake of Allah, their deen, and their health. If they refuse (and ultimately we will face Allah alone), you have the right to protect your own health and the health of your family. Do not allow it in the house. Do not allow it in enclosed quarters with your family. Even if the smoker is a parent, we do not need to permit them to smoke merely because they are our parents or elders. The Qur'an is clear that we are not to obey our parents in things which are forbidden by Allah. Share with your loved ones the information above, and encourage them to give up this habit, for the sake of Allah.

References:
Smoking in Islam
Smoking: A Social Poison

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