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The home is a blessing. Allah says:

“And Allah has made for you in your homes an abode…”[al-Nahl 16:80]

Ibn Katheer (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“Here Allah, may He be blessed and exalted, is mentioning His complete blessing to His slaves: He has given them homes which are a peaceful abode for them, to which they retreat as a haven which covers them and gives them all kinds of benefits.”

What makes a home blessed?

Here are 40 recommendations by Sh Muhammed Saalih al- Munajjid on building a Muslim Home
(excerpted from his book, ‘The Muslim Home: 40 Recommendations’)

1- Making a good choice when choosing a wife:
“A woman may be married for four things: her wealth, her lineage, her beauty or her religion. Choose the one who is religious, may your hands be rubbed with dust [i.e., may you prosper]!” (Agreed upon).

2- It is also essential to look at the situation of the prospective husband who is proposing marriage to the Muslim woman.
“If there comes to you one with whose religion and character you are pleased, then marry your daughter [or sister, etc.] to him, otherwise there will be fitnah and great corruption in the land.”

3- Striving to guide ones wife

4- Making the home a place for the remembrance of Allah

5- Spiritual training for the members of the household – enjoining night-prayers, giving charity, fasting on al-Ayyaam al-Beyd (the 13th, 14th and 15th of each Hijri month), Mondays and Thursdays, Taasoo’aa’ and ‘Aashooraa’ (the 9th and 10th of Muharram), ‘Arafaah, and frequently in Muharram and Sha’baan.

6- Paying attention to adhkaar and Sunnah du’a’s that have to do with the home:
Mention the name of Allah upon entering home, and recite ‘Bismillaah, tawakkaltu ‘ala Allah, laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa Billaah (In the name of Allah, I put my trust in Allah, there is no help and no strength except in Allah) upon going out of the house.

7- Siwaak

8- Continuously reciting Surah al-Baqarah in the house to ward off the Shaytan

9- Teaching the family islamic knowledge in the home

10- Start building an Islamic “library” in your home: books, audios

11- Inviting good and righteous people and seekers of knowledge to visit the home.

12- Learning the Islamic rulings with regard to houses. These include: Praying in the house, Seeking permission to enter one’s house.

13- One should not stay alone overnight in the house

14- Not sleeping on the roof of a house that has no protecting wall

15- Pet cats do not make vessels naajis (impure) if they drink from them, or make food naajis if they eat from it.

16- Knowing the advantages of khushoo’ in Salah; expiation of previous sins, so long as they were not major sins, and the reward recorded is in proportion to the degree of khushoo’.

17- Striving to offer du’a’ at the appropriate times during the prayer, especially in sujood

18- Adhkaar to be recited after prayer

19- Pay attention to nawafil (supererogatory) prayers, because they make up for anything lacking in the fard (obligatory) prayers

20- Removing anything that may distract the worshipper:
Not praying when there is food prepared that one wants to eat, when one needs to answer the call of nature, when one feels sleepy. Not praying behind someone who is talking (or sleeping) and not occupying oneself with smoothing the ground in front of one

21- Avoid anything that will distract others from their prayer:
Not disturbing others with one’s recitation, Not turning around during prayer (including the heart and eyes), Not raising one’s gaze to the heavens, Not spitting in front of one when praying, Trying not to yawn when praying, Not putting one’s hands on one’s hips when praying, Not letting one’s clothes hang down (sadl) during prayer, Not resembling animals

22- Spreading kindness in the home; Helping one’s wife with the housework, being affectionate towards and joking with the members of the family

23- Resisting bad manners in the home. Hinting at punishment by hanging up the whip where the members of the household can see it.

24- Beware of non-mahrem relatives entering upon women when their husbands are absent.

25- Men and women should sit separately during family visits.

26- Be aware of the dangers of having male drivers and female servants in the house.

27- Kick immoral people out of your houses.

28- Beware of the dangers of TV and its effects and ability to influence family members.

29- Beware of the evils of the telephone.

30- You have to remove everything that contains symbols of the false religions of the kuffar or their gods and objects of worship.

31- Removing pictures of animate beings.

32- Do not allow smoking in your homes.

33- Do not keep dogs in your homes.

34- Avoid too much decoration in your homes (keep it simple).

35- Choosing a good location and design of home.
E.g.: close to a mosque, and toilets are not sited in such a way that one faces the qiblah when using them.

36- Choosing a spacious house with plenty of amenities.

37- Paying attention to health-related matters such as ventilation, natural light and so on.

38- Choosing the neighbour before the house.

39- Paying attention to necessary repairs in the home, and making sure that the amenities are in good working order.

40- Paying attention to the family’s health and safety procedures.

“O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do that which they are commanded.”
[al-Tahreem 66:6]


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قُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَزْكَىٰ لَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ
Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do. 

وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا ۖ وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَىٰ جُيُوبِهِنَّ ۖ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا لِبُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَائِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَائِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي أَخَوَاتِهِنَّ أَوْ نِسَائِهِنَّ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُنَّ أَوِ التَّابِعِينَ غَيْرِ أُولِي الْإِرْبَةِ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ أَوِ الطِّفْلِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يَظْهَرُوا عَلَىٰ عَوْرَاتِ النِّسَاءِ ۖ وَلَا يَضْرِبْنَ بِأَرْجُلِهِنَّ لِيُعْلَمَ مَا يُخْفِينَ مِن زِينَتِهِنَّ ۚ وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.
[Quran – an-Nour: 30-31]

One of my fav 🙂

What is hijab?
A dress code that muslim women adheres to, covers women’s ENTIRE body in a MODEST manner with exception of hands and face.

Purpose of hijab:
1- To give women the right to be judged on their intellect and personality rather than their physical beauty
2- To create positive self-image among women to ensure good emotional health. Because hijab hides a woman’s physical beauty, appearance does not become the focus of her worth. Whomsoever depends on physical beauty for self-worth, they will be disappointed. Some women can’t achieve the society’s definition of physical beauty, hence feel bad about themselves. Some might develop emotional complexes which lead to health problems such as bulimia and anorexia. And even women who fulfill society’s expectation of being physically beautiful will be let down later on as beauty fades with age.
3- In Islam, the goal is to attain beauty in the inside rather than the outside. Inner beauty will not fade and can be achieved through bettering one’s self, a process which is completely within women’s control.
4- Hijab: fair play for all women! 🙂

[Excerpted from ‘Blissful Marriage: A Practical Islamic Guide’ by Drs Ekram and M Rida Beshir]





[By Sister Fatme H. Jaber from USA]

You look at me and call me oppressed
Simply because of the way I’m dressed
You know me not for what is inside
You judge the clothing I wear with pride

My body is not for your eyes to hold
You must speak to my mind, not my feminine mould
I’m an individual. I’m no man’s slave
It’s Allah’s pleasure that I only crave

I have a voice so I will be heard
For in my heart I carry His word
“O ye women, wrap close your cloak,
So you won’t be bothered by ignorant folk”.
Man doesn’t tell me to dress this way
It’s law from God that I obey

Oppressed is something I’m truly not
For liberation is what I’ve got
It was given to me many years ago
With the right to prosper, the right to grow

I can climb mountains or cross the seas
Expand my mind in all degrees
For God Himself gave us liberty,
When He sent Islam, to you and me !

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~ in Love


Oh ALLAH, I am deeply in love with this great man. Grant me the meeting with you and this man in your paradise. Ameen.

And the rest of the lecture series here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAEA99D24CA2F9A8F


1- Allah has raised mentioning and remembrance of the prophet Muhammad s.a.w
Ibn Abbas: whenever Allah is mentioned, Rasulullah is almost always mentioned following that (e.g syahadah, solawat, adhaan, khutbah, solah)

2- Prophet Muhammad is ‘Rahmatan lil-`aalamin’ – whatever related to him is associated with mercy

3- He has many names given by Allah and other people.
A scholar studied this and collected up to 250 different names of prophet Muhammad s.a.w. The name given by Allah have the deepest meaning.

(Mafhum from hadeeth narrated in Saheeh Muslim): I have number of names: Muhammad, Ahmad, alMāhi (yamhullahu bihi kufr), alhāsyir (allazi yahsyurunnāsu ‘alā qadami), al-‘āqib (no prophet after me), nabiyyu rrahmah, nabiyyuttawbah, al-muqoffa, al malāhim.

4- Meaning of Yahmadu – hamdan = to praise – not in return for something, higher than syukr – because of his inherited characteristic of perfection that is worthy of being praised
Allah, the angels and people of the world (including the non-believer) praise him. Although tongue (of some people) rejected it, but the heart could not deny the quality in him. He is praised in the heaven and the earth, dunia and the akhirah. No other human beings that is being praised more than Prophet Muhammad S.a.w

5- The ultimate praise by humanity:
On the day of judgment – The non-believer will recognise the truth
All humanity will come to Adam a.s., requesting him to beg to Allah to start the day of reckoning, but he will refuse due to his sin. He is worried of the sin more than everything else.
Then they will come to prophet Nuh a.s for the same reason but he also refuses, as he had asked Allah to save his son.
Then come to Ibrahim a.s. – refuses to his 3 lies (idol, sick, Sarah)
Then to Musa a.s. – refuses as he had unintentionally killed a person
Then to Eesa a.s.- but he also refuses. He said: “I am not worthy”
Lastly, all humanity will come to Muhammad s.a.w to request to be the intercessor, to plead to Allah, so that the day of reckoning will begin. He will say: “Ana lah, ana laha (this is my responsibility.)” He will come before Allah and all humanity will praise him.
This is called “al-maqam al-mahmoud” – the station of being ultimately praised

6- The meaning of the names of prophet Muhammad:
Muhammad – (from mufa33al) = continuously being praised (quantity)
Ahmad – (from af`al) = highest quality of praise (quality)
Al-Māhi = the one whom Allah efface the kufr. (expansion of islam is as if the land is wiped away)
Al-Hāsyir = The man will be resurrected under my feet i.e right after me. Muhammad will be the first to be resurrected followed by his nation.
Al-`āqib = successor, come at the end.
Nabiyy-ur-rahmah = the prophet of mercy
Nabiyy-ut-tawbah = Prophet of repentance. The source of repentance i.e. by his believing and following his teaching
Al-Muqoffa = comes at the end that make the message of the previous porophet complete.
Al-Malāhim = signals lots of trial. the biggest trial will come during the nation of Muhammad.

Specific and unique characteristics of Muhammad s.a.w that no other human being was given:
1- Final prophet
2- Allah has decreed Muhammad to be the prophet before Adam exist (between the mud and the ruh)
3- The only prophet sent for all humanity including the jinn.
4- Allah helped him with the fear inflicted to the heart of his enemy during his time even before physical meeting.
5- The largest ummah (sahih bukhari) – 2/3 of ahluljannah.
6- al-Quran – the miracle like no other, the living miracle.
7- Night journey of israa’ and mi’raaj – The only person called up in the presence of Allah
8- Leader of all humanity (ana sayyidu waladi aadam) sayyid = master, perfection of humanity, leader of humanity in the day of judgment
9- First human being to be resurrected (Sahih bukhari)
10- The first human being will be clothed
11- al-hawd pool (makkah to sana`a)
12- al-kawthar – the main river in jannah
13- The first crossing the sirat
14- The first entering jannah – The gate of Jannah will not open until he arrives.
15- Allah has blessed Muhammad with highest level of Jannah (at the pinnacle of al-Firdaus al-A`la, right under the ‘arasy of Allah) and this is the “al waseelah wal fadheelah” that Allah has promised him (mentioned in the prayer after adhaan)

*paradise has pyramid shape, more populated in the lowest level, fewer ppl in the higher level.

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“Allahu Akbar! Anak soleh ni… duduk diam-diam bila ‘acik’ ambil darah ok?” Saya membetul-betulkan kedudukan bayi agar mudah saya selesaikan tugas saya.

“Eh, baby ni cina lah awak.” Teman saya mencelah.

“Dia tau lah. Baby lahir dalam keadaan fitrah. So semua ahli syurga, betul tak ustazah?” Teman saya yang lain pula menyampuk. Seronok menyakat saya.

Babies al-chomells

Setiap bayi lahir dalam keadaan fitrah

عن أبي هريرة أنه كان يقول قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ما من مولود إلا يولد على الفطرة فأبواه يهودانه وينصرانه ويمجسانه كما تنتج البهيمة بهيمة جمعاء هل تحسون فيها من جدعاء ثم يقول أبو هريرة واقرءوا إن شئتم فطرة الله التي فطر الناس عليها لا تبديل لخلق الله

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Every child is born in a state of fitra (in a state of innate goodness), then his parents make him into a Jew or a Christian or a Zoroastrian. It is like the way an animal gives birth to a normal offspring. Have you noticed any that were born mutilated?” Then Abu Hurayrah said and read, “(Adhere to) the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] mankind. No change should there be in the creation of Allah.” [Muttafaq ‘Alayh].

Fitrah = kepercayaan kepada keEsaan Tuhan, secara semulajadi.

So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] mankind. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most of men know not. [Surat Ar-Rūm: 30]

Tidak dapat dinafikan, seperti yang dinukilkan dalam hadith baginda Rasul s.a.w, bahawa anak tersebut akan dipengaruhi oleh persekitarannya, baik dari segi kepercayaan (aqidah), pemikiran dan syakhsiah. Namun, yang dimaksudkan dengan anak-anak lahir dalam keadaan fitrah adalah apabila anak tersebut mencapai umur yang boleh membezakan antara pilihan yang baik dan yang buruk (i.e. baligh), sekiranya dia diberi pilihan (serta pemahaman) antara islam dan selainnya, maka ia akan cenderung untuk menerima islam sebagai anutan, selagimana tiada yang menghalang ia berbuat demikian, seperti nafsu yang telah meraja diri, atau adat/kebudayaan yang telah mendarah daging.

Seperti mana dalam hadith Qudsi disebutkan:

`Iyad bin `Himar said that the Messenger of Allah said; “Allah said: ‘I created all My servants as haneefs (pure monotheists), but the devils came and diverted them from their religion, and forbade them that which I permitted them and and they commended them to associate in worship with Me, that for which I had sent down no authority. [Sahih Muslim]

Bersyukurlah jika ditaqdirkan lahir dalam keluarga Muslim. Namun alangkah rugi jika islam itu di depan mata, tetapi kita memilih untuk menderhaka!

Dan ini sangat menarik untuk dikaji:

Dr Justin Barrett, a senior researcher at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Anthropology and Mind, claims that young people have a predisposition to believe in a supreme being because they assume that everything in the world was created with a purpose.

“If we threw a handful on an island and they raised themselves I think they would believe in God.” – Dr Barret

(baca: Children are born believers in God, academic claims)  Mungkin berbaloi untuk membaca tulisan beliau. Review – Born Believers: The Science of Children’s Religious Beliefs (Macam lah sempat nak beli buku dan baca~~)

Syurga atau neraka?

“Mana adik (baby of) Ng WR?”

Hairan saya melihat incubator-nya telah tiada, dan tempatnya sebelum ini telah digantikan dengan bayi lain.

“Dah ke syurga. Sehari selepas doktor night-call.”

Ah, masih teringat-ingat saya bersengkang mata pada malam itu kerana bayi ini. Mungkin ini yang terbaik untuknya, untuk ibu-bapanya. Derita bayi pra-matang yang telah berakhir. Tapi benarkah ia ke syurga?

An-Nawawi said, “Some of them refrained from giving an opinion because of the hadith of ‘Aaishah which was reported by Muslim with the wording, “A boy of the Ansaar died, and I said, “It is good for him, because he did not do or know any evil”. The Prophet (saw) said, “You should not say that because Allah (swt) has created its own people for Paradise..” The response to that is that he was most likely rebuking her for hastening to say something so decisive with no proof, or else he said that before he knew that the children of the Muslims would be in Paradise.” [Fath al-Baari, 3/244].

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: “No babe is born but upon Fitra. It is his parents who make him a Jew or a Christian or a Polytheist.” A person said: “Allah’s Messenger, what is your opinion if they were to die before that (before reaching the age of adolescence when they can distinguish between right and wrong)?” He said: “It is Allah alone Who knows what they would be doing.” [Sahih Muslim Book 033, Hadith Number 6426]

(Baca: Al-Jannah Wa An-Naar)

Kesimpulan: Allah sahaja yang lebih mengetahui apa yang mereka akan kerjakan.

Janji kita kepada Tuhan yang telah terlupakan

 And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam – from their loins – their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], “Am I not your Lord?” They said, “Yes, we have testified.” [This] – lest you should say on the day of Resurrection, “Indeed, we were of this unaware.” [Surat Al-‘A`rāf: 172]


What is the fault of children born in a kaafir environment? (Islam Q&A)
The Purpose of Creation by Shaykh Abu Ameenah Bilal Philip
باب معنى كل مولود يولد على الفطرة وحكم موت أطفال الكفار وأطفال المسلمين (Syarah an-Nawawi)
Al-Jannah Wa An-Naar by Dr ‘Umar Sulaiman al-Ashqar
Last but not least, Nota-nota Shaykh Riad Ouarzazi dalam Kuliah beliau Living with the Names of Allah. 🙂

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Sedang kami duduk-duduk di Unit rawatan rapi neonate (NICU) sambil ‘menghayati lagu alam’ (baca: tangisan bayi yang berlagu), teman saya tiba-tiba mencelah, “Agak-agak, apa jadi pada babies ni bila diorang besar nanti?”

Saya terdiam. Saya juga selalu terfikirkan perkara yang sama. Setiap hari menguruskan bayi yang ibu-bapanya kadang-kadang entah siapa… “Bagaimana nak selamatkan aqidah adik-adik ni?”

Giliran teman saya pula terdiam. Soalan yang tidak diduga. Saya sendiri pun terkejut dengan soalan sendiri. Haih. Nampak sangat memang tak pernah fikir dan asyik fikir diri sendiri.

“Doa. Kau kan pandai doa.” Saya tertawa. Mungkin ada benarnya. Maksud saya, dalam keadaan kami sendiri tidak mengenali ibu-bapa/penjaga bayi-bayi ini, dan dalam waktu yang terbatas, apa lagi yang mampu kami lakukan selain doa? Sememangnya ‘pen telah terangkat’ dan qadar Allah terhadap mereka telah tertulis sejak sebelum mereka menjengah dunia, tapi, tiada siapa antara kita yang tahu, apakah bentuk qadar itu? Baikkah? Burukkah? Itu urusan Allah. Kita – wajib berusaha melalui pilihan yang Allah berikan, di samping doa kebaikan di dunia dan akhirat.

Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud, radiyallahu ‘anhu, reported: The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, the most truthful, the most trusted, told us: “Verily the creation of any one of you takes place when he is assembled in his mother’s womb; for forty days he is as a drop of fluid, then it becomes a clot for a similar period. Thereafter, it is a lump looking like it has been chewed for a similar period. Then an angel is sent to him, who breathes the ruh (spirit) into him. This Angel is commanded to write Four decrees: that he writes down his provision (rizq), his life span, his deeds, and whether he will be among the wretched or the blessed. I swear by Allah – there is no God but He – one of you may perform the deeds of the people of Paradise till there is naught but an arm’s length between him and it, when that which has been written will outstrip him so that he performs the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire; one of you may perform the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire, till there is naught but an arm’s length between him and it, when that which has been written will overtake him so that he performs the deeds of the people of Paradise and enters therein.”  [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

“Al-Qadar is Allah’s predestination of measurements and sustenance of everything and everyone, according to His Knowledge and Wisdom.”


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Alhamdulillah, saya telah tamat ‘tagging‘ untuk posting ke-5 saya di NICU. (Neonatal intensive care unit). Dan pagi sabtu lalu, saya dikhabarkan dengan kelahiran anak kedua sahabat saya. Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah. Saya sangat gembira. Mungkin bagi orang lain, kelahiran merupakan satu proses yang biasa, tapi bagi saya, ia merupakan satu keajaiban Allah yang cukup besar. Barangkali ada yang hairan, saya yang berada di aliran perubatan berfikir demikian. Setiap hari berhadapan dengan 1001 pesakit, membuatkan saya insaf dan bersyukur atas segala kurniaan-Nya dari sekecil-kecil nikmat.

Kisah di NICU dan IVF

Baby of Ms X, 3rd triplet born via ELLSCS at 29 weeks. Conception via IVF

Saya merenung bayi sekecil 2 telapak tangan saya. Pernafasannya masih bergantung kepada ‘ventilator’ akibat paru-paru yang tidak matang (chronic lungs disease / bronchopulmunory dysplasia) meskipun ubat untuk mematangkan paru-paru sudah diberikan. Kasihan anak ini. Tetapi lebih derita kedua ibu bapanya. Mereka berikhtiar dengan IVF (In-vitro fertilization / kaedah persenyawaan beradas) demi mendapatkan seorang cahaya mata. Bukan mudah, bukan murah. Saya terfikir, kalau tak berduit, bagaimana ya? Wahai, bagi wanita yang mudah hamil dan mudah pula bersalin, tunduk dan sujudlah kepada TuhanMu!

Dan IVF itu berjaya, si ibu disahkan mengandung kembar tiga. (Kehamilan melalui kaedah ini mempunyai kebarangkalian yang tinggi untuk menghasilkan janin kembar) Dan kehamilan kembar kebiasaannya mempunyai risiko-risiko tersendiri kepada ibu dan juga bayi. Dan risiko terbesar adalah melahirkan bayi dalam keadaan pra-matang (sebelum 37 minggu). Dan bayi pra-matang juga mempunyai komplikasi-komplikasi yang tersendiri. Semakin awal kelahiran (sangat pra-matang), semakin tinggi risiko untuk mengalami komplikasi.

Ubun-ubun bayi itu saya usap. Duhai anak, lekas-lekas sembuh, kasihan ibu-bapa mu, bersusah payah untuk mendapatkanmu. Dan setelah kau lahir, mereka masih diuji dengan keadaanmu yang kritikal ini. Semoga kau membesar menjadi anak yang soleh, jambatan untuk menyampaikan hidayah Allah kepada kedua ibu bapamu. Ya, bayi ini anak kepada pasangan suami-isteri bukan islam. Tetapi anak ini masih fitrah. Saya tidak tahu bagaimana harus saya mendoakan anak ini.

اِذْهَبِ البَأْسَ رَبَّ النَّاسِ وَاشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي لاَ شِفَاءً إِلَّا شِفَاؤُكَ شِفَاءً لَا يُغَادِرُ سَقَماً
Jauhkanlah dia dari kesakitan, wahai Tuhan sekalian manusia, sembuhkanlah dia, dan engkaulah maha penyembuh yang tidak akan datang kesembuhan kecuali datang dariMu, kesembuhan dari jenis yang tidak akan kembali penyakitnya” [Riwayat Muslim]

ربِّ اجْعَلنِي مُقِيمَ الصَّلاةِ وّمِنْ ذُرِّيَّتِي رَبَّنّا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَاء (40) رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لِيْ وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِلمُؤمِنِينَ يَوْمَ يَقُومُ الحِسَاب (41
“My Lord, make me an establisher of prayer, and [many] from my descendants. Our Lord, and accept my supplication. Our Lord, forgive me and my parents and the believers the Day the account is established. [Ibrahim: 40-41]

Kisah seorang sahabat & Premature ovarian failure

Mak, kawan kakak F dah pregnant!” Saya mengkhabarkan kepada ibu saya berkenaan teman sekuliah saya dulu. Excited.
Dah kahwin, biasalah tu pregnant. Apa yang nak dihairankan?” Saya terdiam. Tapi saya tak tahu kenapa, sejak dulu, setiap kali saya mendapat khabar bahawa teman saya hamil, pasti saya ingin kongsikan kegembiraan itu. Kehamilan bukan sekadar rutin bagi seorang isteri/ibu, tetapi satu anugerah. Mungkin bagi wanita yang mudah conceive, ia melihatnya sebagai rutin. Tetapi bagi yang perlu berusaha lebih untuk hamil, hanya Allah yang lebih mengetahui kegembiraan si ibu dan bapa bayi tersebut.

Dan bayi hasil IVF di atas mengingatkan saya kepada sahabat yang baru melahirkan anak Sabtu lalu. Bagi saya ia merupakan satu keajaiban yang besar. Beberapa bulan sebelum pernikahannya, doktor mendiagnosa bahawa dia menghidap ‘premature ovarian failure‘ iaitu kemerosotan atau kegagalan fungsi ovari (organ yang menghasilkan telur/ovum) sebelum umur 40. Pesakit tersebut akan mengalami simptom-simptom menopaus sebelum umur 40; haid yang tidak teratur dan jarang-jarang. Dan sebahagian besar pesakit tidak akan mampu hamil melainkan dengan rawatan kesuburan (fertility treatment) dan assisted conception seperti Intrauterine insemination dan IVF. Dan bagi kami di aliran perubatan, ia merupakan satu keajaiban jika wanita tersebut mampu hamil tanpa assisted conception. Dan subhanaLLah, ini adalah kelahiran anaknya yang kedua!
* SubhanaLlah, Maha Suci Allah. Semua di dunia ini di bawah kekuasaan dan pengetahuan-Nya, dan kekadang ketentuan-Nya melebihi kemampuan pancaindera manusia untuk berfikir tentangnya.

Saya mengenali sahabat saya ini sebagai seorang yang teguh keyakinannya kepada Allah. Apabila dia berusaha, dia bersungguh-sungguh, apabila dia bertawakkal, dia menyerahkan seluruh urusan terebut kepada Allah dengan keyakinan yang tidak berbelah bahagi.

أنا عند ظن عبدي بي ، وأنا معه إذا ذكرني ، فإن ذكرني في نفسه ذكرته في نفسي ، وإن ذكرني في ملإ ذكرته في ملإ خير منهم ، وإن تقرب إلي بشبر تقربت إليه ذراعا ، وإن تقرب إلي ذراعا تقربت إليه باعا ، وإن أتاني يمشي أتيته هرولة
Allah the Most High says, ‘I am with my slave when he thinks of Me and I am with him when he mentions Me. For if he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself; and if he mentions Me in a gathering, I mention him in superior gathering. If he approaches Me by a hand’s width, I approach him by an arm’s length, I approach him by two arms length. And if he comes to me walking, I hasten to him swiftly.
‘” [Al-Bukhari 8/171, Muslim 4/2061]

Ya, Allah berada pada sangkaan KITA hambaNya.

Saya yakin saya akan mengandung, sebab saya dah berdoa kepada Allah.”

Kalau dulu-dulu, saya rasa ayat ni satu ayat yang ‘inncocent’, biasanya keluar dari bibir anak-anak kecil yang masih dalam keadaan fitrah. Tapi hari ini saya sedar, betapa orang dewasa (saya), bila bertambah ilmu tentang dunia, semakin banyak bergantung kepada perkara keduniaan dan meminggirkan perhantungan kepada Allah. Dan ayat se‘innocent’ itu hanya mampu lahir dari jiwa yang benar-benar menyerah diri kepada Allah, di waktu susah dan senang.

Duhai sahabat, aku tak pernah berhenti mengagumimu sejak aku mula mengenalimu. Semoga Allah merahmatimu, putera dan puterimu serta ahli keluargamu, juga semoga rahmat Allah itu melimpahi teman-teman di sekelilingmu (termasukku).

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أسماء الله الحسنى ( رائعة و مؤثرة

الله رَبُّنا هُوَ الإِلَهُ
لَهُ مِنَ الأسْمَاءُ مَا اصْطَفَاهُ
الوَاحِدُ الحَىُّ كَذا المَلِيْكُ
وَ المَلِكُ المَالِكُ لَا شَرِيْكُ

وَ الصَّمَدُ السَّيِّدُ وَ المُبِيْنُ
وَالأحَدُ العَظِيْمُ المتينُ
وَإنَّهُ الحَقُّ العّلِيُّ الأعْلىَ
المُتَعَالِ الوِتْرُ قَدْ تَجَلىَّ

وَإنَّهُ المَجِيدَ وَالعَلِيمُ
وَالقادِرُ القَدِيرُ وَالحَلِيمُ
وَإنَّهُ السَّمِيعُ وَالبَصِيرُ
وَالأوَّلُ والآخِرُ وَالسِّتِّيرُ

والظَّاهِرُ البَاطِنُ وَالكَبِيرُ
وَالوَارِثُ الرَّقِيبُ وَالنَّصِيرُ
سُبْحَانَهُ البَارِئُ وَالمُصَوِّرُ
وَالقَابِضُ البَاسِطُ وَالمُسَعِّرُ

(post double-weekend-course mood: Valley of the Seekers, Living with the names of Allah)

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