Friday, 4 March 2011

The Purpose of Life

The Purpose of Life
By Khaled Yaseen


Brief Description :Khalid Yaseen delivered this lecture in Saudi Arabia in 1994, which resulted in 43 persons accepting Islam on that very night.
Khalid Yaseen embraced Islam in 1965 and is currently the Director of the Islamic Teaching Institute in the USA. He specializes in a variety of topics and areas including: Youth, Islamic History, Culture, community development and Dawah work. He has lectured in a variety of places and locations both nationally and internationally and has been the means by which a large number of non-Muslims have reverted to Islam.

Extracts from the lecture:

I am honored to have this opportunity and I would like to begin by saying that all of you have an equal responsibility. That responsibility is to listen with an open heart and an open mind. In a world filled with prejudice and cultural conditioning, it is very hard to be able to find people to take a moment to think about life objectively and try to arrive at the truth about this world and the real purpose of our lives.

Unfortunately, when you ask most people the question: "What is the purpose of life?" (such a fundamental and important question), they will not tell you what they have concluded through observation or analytical reasoning. Rather, in most cases, they will simply tell you what someone else said, or they will tell you what is "commonly presumed" by others, i.e., What my father said purpose of life is, what the minister of my church said the purpose of life is, what my teacher in school said, what my friend said, etc. If I ask anyone about the purpose of eating or why do we eat, everyone will say [in one word or another] that it is for nutritional purposes, because nutrition sustains life. If I ask anyone why they work, they will say because it's a necessity in order to support themselves and to provide for the needs of their families. If I ask anyone why they sleep, why they wash, why they dress, etc., they will answer with appropriate answers, for these are common necessities for all human beings. We can follow this line of questioning with a hundred questions and receive the same or similar answers from anyone in any language from any place in the world.

Then I ask you the question: Why, when we ask the question, "What is the goal and purpose of life?" that we get many different answers? It is because people are confused; they don't really know. They are stumbling in the dark, and rather than say, "I don't know"; they just offer any answer they have been programmed to give. Think about it. Is our purpose in this world simply to eat, sleep, dress, work, acquire some material things and enjoy ourselves? Is this our purpose? Why are we born? What is the object of our existence? What is the wisdom behind the creation of man and this tremendous universe? Think about those questions.

Here I would like to mention a few verses from the Holy Quran that address this subject. We seek the protection of Allah from every evil thing. Allah mentions to us in the Holy Quran, "And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and Allah is over all things competent. Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding-Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], "Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; exalted are You [above such a thing]; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire." Surah 3: Ayahs 189-191

Now here in these verses, Allah draws our attention to the creation of the heavens and earth, the alternation of the night and the day, the creation of the universe. HE calls our attention to their creation and their precision, and mentions those who contemplate the wonders of creation and realize that this was not created for any foolish purpose, [that Allah is exalted above doing such a thing] and they seek refuge with Allah from the punishment of Hell. Truly, when you see the design of all that Allah created, you realize it is very powerful and very precise. Something very powerful and very precise; something beyond your own calculation and imagination, cannot be foolish.

My dear respected brothers and sisters, we have to ask ourselves a further question. When you see a bridge, a building or an automobile, you automatically consider the person or company that constructed it. When you see a large ship, an airplane, a rocket, a satellite; you also think about how incredible it is. [You know by its design who the maker is.] When you see a super international airport, nuclear plant or an orbiting space station you have to be thoroughly impressed with the engineering dynamics that are involved. Yet, these are just things thatwith its massive and intricate control systems? Think about it.

Think about the brain: how it thinks, functions, analyzes, retrieves and stores information, as well as distinguishes and categorizes information in a millionth of a second, all of this constantly.
Think about the brain for a moment. (And don't forget the fact that you are using your brain to consider itself!) This is the brain that made the automobile, the rocket ships, the boats, and so on. Think about the brain and who made that!

Think about the heart. Think about how it pumps continuously for sixty or seventy years [taking in and discharging blood throughout the body] maintaining steady precision throughout the life of the person.

Think about the kidneys and the liver and the various functions they perform. The purifying instruments of the body that perform hundreds of chemical analyses simultaneously and also controls the level of toxicity in the content of the body. All of these are done automatically.

Think about your eyes, the human cameras, that adjust, focus, interpret, evaluate, discern color automatically, naturally receiving and adjusting to light and distance.

Think about it-Who created them? Who has mastered their design and function? Who plans and regulates their function? Human beings do this? No, of course not. What about this universe?

Think about this. This earth is one planet in our solar system, and our solar system is one [of possible many] solar systems. Our galaxy, The Milky Way, is one of the galaxies. There are ONE HUNDRED MILLION GALAXIES in the universe. They are all in order and they are all precise. They are not colliding with each other. They are not conflicting with on another. They are swimming along in an orbit that has been set for them. Did human beings set that into motion and are human beings maintaining that precision? No, of course not.

Think about the oceans, the fish, the insects, the birds, the plants, bacteria, and chemical elements that have not yet been discovered and cannot be detected even with the most sophisticated instruments. Yet each of them has a law that they follow. Did all of this synchronization, balance, harmony, variation, design, maintenance, operation and infinite numeration happen all by chance? Do these things function perfectly and perpetually also by chance? No, of course not. That would be totally illogical and foolish. In the least, it indicates that however it came to exist-it exists beyond the realm of human capability. We will all agree to that. The Being, The Almighty Power, God, The Creator who has the knowledge to design and proportion created all of this and is responsible for maintaining it. HE is the only one that deserves praise and gratitude.

If I were to give each one of you one hundred dollars for no reason, just for being here, you would at least say thank you. What about your eyes, your kidneys, your brain, your children, and your life: Who gave you all of that? Is He not worthy of praise and thanks? Is He not worthy of your worship and recognition?

My brothers and sisters, that in a nutshell, is the goal and purpose of this life. Allah said to us in the Holy Quran: "And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me." [Surah 51: Ayah 56] this is what the Almighty said.

Our purpose in this life is to recognize The Creator, to be grateful to Him, to worship Him, to surrender ourselves to Him and to obey the laws that He has determined for us. It means worship is our purpose in life. Whatever we do in the course of that worship, [i.e., the eating, the sleeping, the dressing, the working, the enjoying,] between birth and death is consequential and subject to His orders. But the main reason for our creation is worship. I don't think anyone who is analytical or scientific will have much of an argument with that purpose. They may have some other reason with themselves-but that is something they have to deal with between themselves and Almighty God.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

“Manusia-manusia yang hatinya sudah mati”.

“Ya Allah letakkan akhirat di hati kami, supaya hidup kami semata-mata untuk mencari keredhaanMu. Letakkan dunia ini di tangan kami, supaya pada bila-bila masa kami dapat lepaskannya, kerana kepergian kami ke Alam Barzakh dan Akhirat tidak sesekali kami bawa dunia bersama. Amin.

“Imam Ghazali takut untuk ke pasar, kerana takut untuk bertemu dengan keranda-keranda hidup”.

Sebahagian daripada kita sudah pasti ‘takut’ apabila melihat keranda-keranda yang bergerak ataupun berjalan sendiri. Begitulah ketakutan Imam Ghazali. Apabila ditanya apakah yang dimaksudkan dengan keranda-keranda hidup? Beliau berkata “Manusia-manusia yang hatinya sudah mati”.

“Ya Allah letakkan akhirat di hati kami, supaya hidup kami semata-mata untuk mencari keredhaanMu. Letakkan dunia ini di tangan kami, supaya pada bila-bila masa kami dapat lepaskannya, kerana kepergian kami ke Alam Barzakh dan Akhirat tidak sesekali kami bawa dunia bersama. Amin.

Surah At tawba:40 "Have no Fear, for Allah is with us"

Jangan bersedih, sesungguhnya Allah bersama kita!

"Have no Fear, for Allah is with us"


If ye help not (your Leader) (it is no matter): for Allah did indeed help him; when the unbelievers drove him out: he had no more than one companion: they two were in the cave, and he said to his companion "Have no Fear, for Allah is with us": then Allah sent down His peace upon him, and strengthened him with forces which ye saw not, and humbled to the depths the word of the Unbelievers. But the word of Allah is exalted to the heights: for Allah is Exalted in might, Wise. (40)

Apabila kita asyik duduk termenung memikirkan nasib diri di sini, merenung jauh mereka di sana hidup penuh keseronokan dan kegembiraan, namun masih tak sedarkah kita tentang hakikat erti kebahagiaan yang sebenar? Ceramah daripada Dr. MAZA.

حَسۡبُنَا ٱللَّهُ وَنِعۡمَ ٱلۡوَڪِيلُ (١٧٣)

Men said to them: "A great army is gathering against you, so fear them": but it (only) increased their Faith. They said: "For us Allah sufficeth, and He is the best disposer of affairs." (173)

Mereka juga ialah yang diberitahu oleh orang-orang (pembawa berita) kepada mereka: Bahawa kaum (kafir musyrik) telah mengumpulkan tentera untuk memerangi kamu, oleh itu hendaklah kamu gerun kepadanya. Maka berita itu makin menambahkan iman mereka lalu berkata: Cukuplah Allah untuk (menolong) kami dan Dia sebaik-baik pengurus (yang terserah kepadaNya segala urusan kami). (173)


Monday, 28 February 2011

Listen to Quran : Surah At tahrim :8 O ye who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance

O you who believe! Turn to Allâh with sincere repentance! It may be that your Lord will expaite from you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise) the Day that Allâh will not disgrace the Prophet (Muhammad SAW) and those who believe with him, Their Light will run forward before them and (with their Records — Books of deeds) in their right hands They will say: "Our Lord! Keep perfect our Light for us [and do not put it off till we cross over the Sirât (a slippery bridge over the Hell) safely] and grant us forgiveness. Verily, You are Able to do all things[] ." (8)

O ye who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance: in the hope that your Lord will remove from you your ills and admit you to Gardens beneath which rivers flow― the Day that Allah will not permit to be humiliated the Prophet and those who believe with him. Their Light will run forward before them and by their right hands, while they say "Our Lord! perfect our Light for us, and grant us Forgiveness; for Thou has power over all things." (8)

Hai orang-orang yang beriman, bertaubatlah kepada Allah dengan taubat yang semurni-murninya, mudah-mudahan Tuhan kamu akan menghapus kesalahan-kesalahanmu dan memasukkan kamu ke dalam surga yang mengalir di bawahnya sungai-sungai, pada hari ketika Allah tidak menghinakan Nabi dan orang-orang yang beriman bersama dengan dia; sedang cahaya mereka memancar di hadapan dan di sebelah kanan mereka, sambil mereka mengatakan: "Ya Tuhan kami, sempurnakanlah bagi kami cahaya kami dan ampunilah kami; sesungguhnya Engkau Maha Kuasa atas segala sesuatu". (8)

Wahai orang-orang yang beriman! Bertaubatlah kamu kepada Allah dengan Taubat Nasuha, mudah-mudahan Tuhan kamu akan menghapuskan kesalahan-kesalahan kamu dan memasukkan kamu ke dalam Syurga yang mengalir di bawahnya beberapa sungai, pada hari Allah tidak akan menghinakan Nabi dan orang-orang yang beriman bersama-sama dengannya; cahaya (iman dan amal soleh) mereka, bergerak cepat di hadapan mereka dan di sebelah kanan mereka (semasa mereka berjalan); mereka berkata (ketika orang-orang munafik meraba-raba dalam gelap-gelita): Wahai Tuhan kami! Sempurnakanlah bagi kami cahaya kami dan limpahkanlah keampunan kepada kami; sesungguhnya Engkau Maha Kuasa atas tiap-tiap sesuatu. (8)

La Takhaf Wa La Tahzan. Innallaha Ma’ana “Janganlah kamu takut dan janganlah kamu bersedih hati. Sesungguhnya Allah ada bersama kita”


Selawat dan salam diucapkan kepada Junjungan Besar Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. , ahli keluarga dan sahabat-sahabat baginda dan mereka-mereka yang mengikuti mereka dari masa ke masa sehingga ke hari kiamat.

Semoga sahabat semua berada di dalam keadaan sihat wal-afiat, beriman, bertakwa dan bergembira di atas nikmat dan rahmat yang telah dikurniakan Allah s.w.t kepada kita semua.

Nabi s.a.w. berkata kepada Sayyidina Abu Bakar r.a. ketika Nabi dan beliau bersembunyi di Gua Tsur :
La Takhaf Wa La Tahzan. Innallaha Ma’ana
“Janganlah kamu takut dan janganlah kamu bersedih hati. Sesungguhnya Allah ada bersama kita”

Firman Allah s.w.t.
Maksudnya :"Janganlah kamu bersikap lemah dan janganlah (pula) kamu bersedih hati, padahal kamulah orang-orang yang paling tinggi (darjatnya) jika kamu orang-orang yang beriman."
(Surah Ali Imran Ayat 139)

Firman Allah s.w.t.
Maksudnya : " Apakah manusia itu mengira bahawa mereka itu dibiarkan (saja) mengatakan: “Kami telah beriman,” sedang mereka tidak diuji lagi.”

Apabila dilanda musibah atau kesedihan, Allah s.w.t. mengajar kita :
Firman Allah s.w.t maksudnya :
“(iaitu) orang-orang yang apabila ditimpa musibah, mereka mengucapkan :’Innaa lilaahi wa innnaa ilaihi raji’uun."
(Surah Al Baqarah ayat 156)

“Ingatlah hanya dengan mengingati Allah-lah hati menjadi tenteram.”
(Surah Al Ra’ad ayat 28)

”Allah tidak membebani seseorang melainkan sesuai dengan kesanggupannya.”
(Surah Al Baqarah ayat 286)

Sahabat yang dimuliakan,
Di sini saya ingin paparkan kesedihan dan penderitaan puteri Nabi s.a.w. Fatimah Azzahrah sebelum akhir hayatnya :

Hari demi hari dilaluinya dengan penderitaan yang tak kunjung berakhir, badan puteri Nabi ini semakin teriris pedih dan tubuhnyapun semakin tak berdaya. Ketika kekuatan fisiknya semakin melemah kerana sakit yang dideritannya. Azzahra berupaya memandikan puteranya Al-Hasan dan Al-Husain, menggantikan pakaian mereka, kemudian mengirim mereka kepada sepupunya, walaupun demikian ia berupaya menyembunyikan rasa sakitnya di hadapan kedua anakanya.

Kemudian Azzahra memanggil suami tercintanya ke sisinya seraya berkata, “Ali suamiku yang tercinta, kamu sangat mengetahui mengapa saya lakukan semua itu. Maafkan segala kesalahan saya, mereka telah demikian menderita bersama saya selama sakit saya, sehingga saya ingin melihat mereka bahagia pada hari terakhir hidupku. Wahai Ali kamu pun tahu bahwa hari ini adalah hari terakhir saya. Saya gembira tetapi juga bersedih. Saya senang bahwa penderitaan saya akan segera berakhir dan saya akan bertemu dengan ayah saya, dan sedih kerana harus berpisah denganmu. Mohon wahai Ali catatlah apa yang akan saya katakan dan kerjakanlah apa yang saya inginkan. Sepeninggal saya kamu boleh menikahi siapa saja yang kamu sukai tetapi hendaklah kamu nikahi Yamamah sepupuku, ia mencintai anak-anakku, dan Husain sangat dekat kepadanya.

Wahai Ali kuburkan saya di malam hari dan jangan biarkan orang-orang yang telah sedemikian kejam kepada saya turut menyertai penguburan saya. Jangan biarkan kematian saya mengecilkan hatimu. Kamu harus melayani Islam dan kebenaran untuk waktu yang lama. Janganlah penderitaanku memahitkan kehidupanmu. Berjanjilah pada saya wahai Ali.” Dengan berlinang air mata, Ali menjawab, “Ya wahai istriku tercinta, aku berjanji.”

Fathimah lalu berkata lagi, “Ali, saya tahu betapa engkau sangat mencintai anak-anak saya. Namun, sangatlah berhati-hati dengan Husain, ia sangat mencintai saya dan ia akan sangat sedih kehilangan saya. Jadilah ibu baginya. Hingga menjelang sakit saya ini, ia biasa tidur ke dada saya, dan sekarang ia kehilangan itu.”

Ali sedang mengelus-elus tangan yang patah itu, tak kuasa menahan airmatanya hingga tetesannya terjatuh ke tangan istrinya. Fathimah mengangkat wajahnya seraya berkata, “Jangan menangis wahai suamiku, saya tahu dengan wajah lahirmu yang tampak kasar betapa lembut hatimu, engkau telah menderita terlalu banyak dan masih akan menderita lebih banyak lagi.”

Di malam terakhir kehidupunnya didunia yang fana ini, sambil menahan rasa sakit yang menimpanya, Sayyidah Fathimah Azzahra menengadahkan kedua tangannya ke langit dan berdoa untuk pengikut dan pencinta setia keluarga Nabi. Dengan menyebut ayah, suami, dan putera-puteranya beliau memohon kepada Allah Jalla wa 'Ala', “Wahai Tuhan-ku, sungguh aku memohon kepada-Mu melalui Muhammad al-Musthofa dan kerinduannya kepadaku, melalui suamiku Ali al-murtadho serta dukanya terhadapku, melalui al-Hasan al-Mujtaba dan tangisannya atasku, melalui puteraku al-Husain As Syahid dan kedukaannya terhadapku, melalui puteri-puteriku dan duka mereka semua atasku. Sungguh Engkaulah yang paling pengasih dari segala yang mengasihi. Tuhanku, Penghuluku, aku bermohon kepada-Mu melalui orang orang pilihan-Mu dan tangisan putera-puteraku kerana berpisah denganku, agar Engkau mengampuni para pendosa dan ahli maksiat dari pengikut keturunanku.”

Inilah satu kisah sedih yang berlaku kepada keluarga Nabi s.a.w di sa'at kematian Sayyidah Fatimah Azzahra. Setiap yang hidup akan mati , dan kematian akan datang bila-bila masa.

Oleh itu hadapilah segala ujian dan dugaan dan bersabar dan bertenanglah menghadapinya. Sesungguhnya Allah bersama orang-orang yang bersabar".....

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