Friday, December 30, 2011

The Complete Muslim Personality

It is well known and understood that Islam is a holistic system that impacts all areas of a person’s life. We hear this a lot but many times it is difficult to know exactly what it means and how it plays out in our lives. On this topic Imam Hasan al-Banna has a beautiful, terse, but dense statement. He mentions that the first thing that the Muslim should be concerned with is the reform of herself or himself. Then he says, “A Muslim should strive to attain a strong body, good character, cultured thought. He should be able to earn a living, have pure belief, and correct worship. He should be able to control his desires, be careful about his time, organized in his affairs, and beneficial to those around him. These comprise the duties of every Muslim as an individual.”1  These ten points provide a well-rounded approach to personal development according to the teachings of Islam.

Our health is a blessing and responsibility from Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) and the level at which we take care of it affects all areas of our lives. If we are healthy then we think more clearly, we have more energy, and we are even stronger psychologically. However, at the same time, when we neglect our health we fall victim to all kinds of things like fatigue, psychological and spiritual struggles, and even cloudy thought. For these reasons it is foundational in the development of the well-rounded Muslim personality.

Out of this comes the first outward manifestation of the real quality of a person’s relationship with their Creator, character. The word used in Arabic, matīn, does not just mean good but also firm. It’s as if it implies that if a person has a really strong character then it does not only show in good times but also when things are difficult. This is a great measuring stick for us in our daily lives. When things are easy it is not difficult to maintain good conduct and treat people in the best way possible, but in the face of hardship, fatigue, frustration, disappointment, anger, and an array of other emotions it becomes much more difficult. The person who really has firm character can withstand these tests, but the one who is only putting on a show will always be known eventually.

After these two comes the third quality in the set of types of strengths that build the strong Muslim personality. The first strength was physical strength. The second was spiritual discipline, which is the foundation of good conduct. The third strength is intellectual and educational rigor: to be cultured in thought. This particular point is actually of the utmost importance and many times neglected by people who are perceived to be “religious.” The fact of the matter is that Islam is a system of life, informed by the teachings of the Divine, and embodied in the example of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him). This example lived and existed in reality. The Muslim cannot cultivate a dynamic, powerful, meaningful, and impactful understanding of Islam without understanding reality. Islam is here to provide solutions to the problems that humans and mankind face. How can we understand that and actualize it without cultured thought? We cannot.

The fourth type of strength to be directed into the service of Islam is financial strength; hence, being able to earn a living. The reality of the matter is that it is very difficult to do anything when one is reliant upon others for their income or when their financial situation is so dire that they are occupied with essential issues like food, clothing, shelter, and health care. For these reasons it is important that the Muslim seeks to be able to take care of himself or herself so that they can be independent and capable in their service to Islam. Yes, some people will be poorer and others wealthier but all should seek some sort of financial stability.

After mentioning all of these points Imam al-Banna then moves on to say that the person should also have pure belief and correct worship. This is what directs all of those previously mentioned strengths. They are used in accordance with the guidelines and inspiration provided by pure belief and aided through constant and correct worship. From these sources the Muslim truly finds his or her direction and the kind of relationship with the Divine that is required in order to face the difficulties of service to the Truth. They are the well which quenches the spiritual thirst of the heart in its search for its natural inclination.

When all of these strengths are combined and held together with belief and worship the Muslim will find direction and mission in his or her life. This mission will require much from them and herein lies the secret of the last four characteristics. The first of these last four is that the Muslim is constant in fighting their base desires. In the struggle to worship Allah (swt) and live a righteous life there are endless difficulties and tests. Those tests are sometimes very clear and open but sometimes very subtle. They can be tests of sincerity, seeking praise, wanting appreciation from people, argumentation, and many others. These tests cannot be overcome except through a never-ending process of fighting one’s base desires.

The next of these characteristics are to be strict about one’s time and organized in one’s affairs. Time is life itself and the person that kills time only kills their self. This is why Hasan al-Baṣrī said, “O Son of Adam! You are nothing but a compilation of breaths and with each breath that passes, a piece of you is gone.” The well-rounded Muslim will also find that their responsibilities will always outweigh the amount of time that they have to fulfill them. For this reason the Muslim is always strict with their time and organized in their affairs so that they can reap the most benefit from this life before meeting their Lord in the next life.

The last characteristic is to be beneficial to others. This should be read twice. Everything that came before is lost if we are harmful to those around us. The scholars of Islam have said that the core objective of Islam is to acquire benefit. Everything that we do is in the service of Allah (swt) and all that He requires from us is only of pure benefit to us and all of mankind. Therefore, we should use this as a way to check ourselves and assess our impact on those around us, while seeking to understand not only through our own vision but through the teachings of the Divine.

May Allah (swt) help us to embody these characteristics and bless us with being able to manifest Islam in all of its wonderful beauty.

  1. The Message of the Teachings by Hasan al-Banna []
By: jamal diwan december 16, 2011.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Source Of Motivation

 What are your source of motivation that keep you studying and staying all night? That act like a charger when you are down and nearly give up? If you dont have one, you better find it before difficulties as a medical student start to overwhelmed u. However, whatever our source of motivation is, we have to remember that we  are here on earth for a test set up by Allah:                                                  
   "do people think that they will be left alone because they say "we believe" and will not be tested?"               al-ankabut:2.                                   

   And we must also bear in mind that  :            
   "and whosoever strives, he strives only for himself. Verily, Allah stands not in need of any of the 'Alamin (mankind, jinn, and all that exist ) " al-ankabut :6

Whatsoever happen in this world is a test for us, those who grab the opportunity that Allah presented to them is for the profit of themself.  Allah dont need anything from us, its us that always in need of Him. The concept of test is so important in islam that the understanding of this concept make a believe stronger in facing any predicament.     

  Abu Suhayb ibn Sinaan narrated that the Prophet said: “How amazing is the case of the believer; there is good for him in everything, and this characteristic is exclusively for him alone. If he experiences something pleasant, he is thankful, and that is good for him; and if he comes across some diversity, he is patient, and that is good for him.” [Muslim]  

“If you are thankful I will add more (favors) unto you; but if you show ingratitude truly My punishment is terrible indeed.” [Surat Ibrahim 14:7]

Monday, November 7, 2011

accept YOURSELF!

Assalamualaikum and hai..:)

First of all, hows ur minitest guys? are you satisfied with what you got? or you dont satisfy with your result and blame yourself for not being able to get what you aim for? whatever it is, life must go on and we still have another big exam to think of. and for that reason, learn from our mistakes. never let banana fruit two times. ;)

Back to the main point Can you see the capital letters YOURSELF? Who is YOURSELF? Is YOURSELF a reader who is reading my piece of typing right now? yes! you know YOUrself. right?.. BTW, have you asked yourself whether you’re satisfied being YOU? I mean, you just love the way YOU are and not trying to please others who want you to be NOT YOU.. You got me right? Please say you do understand me…*why am I being so desperate? -.-’*

Well, if you live your life just to please others.. it means you don’t deserve your life. I didn’t say it is not right to please others but in this context, do it moderately!

There are a lot of situations showing that how ungrateful we are and how we tend not to accept who we are..

Let’s scroll down…………..

I think I just need to lose some weight, gain some weight, pass the exam (at least distinction ok), read more books (Atlas of Human Anatomy, medical physiology, recipe etc), become a good son, daughter, friend, student…. And then I will like myself!

I only need to look better, feel better, be better and then I will be a worthwhile person.

I sleep early and I also wake up early,, but my friends always say I’m a hardworking girl who tends to non-stop study..(What the heck if you said I’m a severe hardworking girl while you stayed up until midnight just to study? Our study hours still the same k!) =.=’. So, I think I just need to stop studying right now and start practicing to become a sleeping beauty…and then my friends will like me.

I love pink damn much but my bff doesn’t like pink cuz she thinks I’m a childish person who loves to hold a Barbie doll when sleeping -__-’ So, I think, I just need to change my fav color from pink to grey because she likes to watch Grey’s anatomy…and then, she will like me.


If you are or tend to be in these situations…STOP!

Please refrain yourself from being trapped into any situation like this! If you allow yourself to think like this you will never, ever accept yourself because you will always be waiting for some perfect time which will never arrive.

Hence, all you have to do is just simply accept YOURSELF. You are UNIQUE, AMAZING and FABULOUS just the way you are.. You should hear your own heart’s word (kata hati) or your intuition. You, yourself know better. But, it doesn’t mean you have to reject other’s opinions blatantly. Take it as a good advice if their words benefit you. Let say, if your friend says you have a bad body odor, will you still sticking up to your habit not taking a bath? Of course not, right?

In fact, God has created man in the best form. But somehow, we tend not to appreciate ourselves. Please guys, be grateful for who you are and for what you have. Love your family, friends and dreams. Try to LOVE everything that you have, DON’T try to have everything that you love!

Thus, in order to accept yourself.. Look in a mirror and say: “ mirror..mirror on the wall, who is the most beautiful girl/ handsome boy in al-tabari?” You should say this: ‘ I love You’ ..and start singing BRUNO MARS SONG- JUST THE WAY YOU ARE..YOU here doesn’t mean a guy/girl you love, who you put his/her picture on your mirror ok! YOU= yourself lorh.. Try to say this sacred word (I love you) again and again until you fall in love with yourself and you can accept yourself…Praise to Allah!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

knowledge is never a waste

Have u ever experienced this?

Talking to urselves alone & said "Why I have to study this & that?"

Or maybe this?

After PBL session 1 & tasks were divided among group members. Then suddenly u said, "Poor me! I've to do the toughest one, the longest one & the most complicated one."

Ever? Even once? Frankly speak, I always did!

Till I found this nice quote. I learned to accept every tasks as student whole-heartedly. So, I'm just gonna share this with everyone who was caught in the same problem with me! Hopefully it will work on u all too peeps!

Stay calm & motivated frens! Try to enjoy every steps as medical students :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

week 6 already!



Bismillah wal Hamdulillah 

     Adapun pada hari ni beta nak share dengan rakyat secebis info. beta yakin, kita semua sangat teliti dalam menjalani kehidupan seharian. namun, berapa ramai dari kita yang aware atau punyai kesedaran tentang ... 
Disappearing Object Phenomenon?

"Apa kejadah nya ni tuanku?" tanya seorang rakyat hujung kota. 
     Fenomena Objek Hilang (DOP) mungkin sering berlaku dalam hidup kita, cuma untuk menjadikannya nampak saintifik, maka saintis menamakannya sedemikian rupa. sebagai contoh, hayati kisah di sebelah. Siti pergi library untuk study. setelah menelaah nota selama sejam, maka beliau ingin menyiapkan sedikit latih tubi. malangnya, beliau mendapati pen yang sebentar tadi diletakkan di atas mejanya, telah ghaib. atas lantai, bawah buku, semua diselongkarnya namun hampa. pen beliau masih hilang. tiba-tiba kawannya yang baru sampai di library menyapanya,"waah.. macam prof lak aku tengok kau selit pen kat tudung,".
     DOP ialah situasi yang melibatkan benda yang kita selalu guna. kita dah biasa letak benda tu kat tempatnya, tapi bila waktu nak pakai benda tu hilang. contoh macam pen tadi. penat mencari, akhirnya mungkin kita jumpa benda tu kat tempat lain. ataupun (yang biasa jadi) jumpa tempat yang sama, tapi terselindung di sebalik buku n sebagainya.
     Apa yang sebenarnya terjadi? Para pengkaji DOP ada kasi beberapa andaian.

1) Hilang Tumpuan
     Penyebab yang utama, ialah lupa. kita biasa letak pemadam contohnya kat tempat alat tulis. suatu hari bila tengah padam sumtin, tiba-tiba ada kawan datang bilik nak pinjam lab report. gangguan yang datang waktu kita sibuk dengan sesuatu kerja tu, boleh buat kita hilang tumpuan. sampai tak perasan yang kita simpan pemadam tu dalam poket seluar, ambil report n kasi kat kawan, lepas tu tercari-cari mana perginya haiwan pemadam tersebut.
     Kenapa susah nak jumpa benda yang hilang dalam situasi ni? sebab ia diletak kat tempat yang kita mungkin tak terfikir langsung.

Penyelesaian: Expect the unexpected. cari betul-betul.

2) Kena Pinjam
     Suatu hari bila tengah padam sumtin, tiba-tiba ada kawan datang bilik nak pinjam lab report. kita pun bangun tergesa-gesa dan hulur report kat dia, then duduk semula nak sambung proses memadam. hoh! mana pulak pemadam tadi ni? kita pusing satu bilik, cari bawah tilam, celah buku, dalam poket (teori 1st), tapi buntu.
     Then setelah 15 minit roommate yang study sebelah dengan selamba berkata, "pinjam jap tadi, trimas ek," sambil memulangkan pemadam kita.

Penyelesaian: Jangan panik. selidik dahulu organisma hidup di sekeliling anda, termasuk kucing.

     Andaian yang pertama n kedua ni, boleh dipilih mengikut kesesuaian. kalau ada kawan sebilik or ahli keluarga serumah, boleh aje terus tanya kat dia tanpa perlu mencari benda hilang tu terlebih dahulu. tapi, macam mana pulak kalau dua-dua teori di atas cancelled out? korang dah cari betul-betul, dan korang lak duduk sorang-sorang dalam bilik/rumah.
     Ok, yang seterusnya. a bit paranormal, so bersedia ya.

     Tekan r butang play, baca point seterusnya sambil dengar muzik. takde lah rasa kesunyian. dah tekan terus baca ye. :-)
3) Angkara 'Sesuatu'
     "Saya selalu pakai barang kemas peninggalan arwah nenek. arwah memang ada satu kotak kecik yang dia guna untuk simpan segala barang kemas tu. banyak kali jadi, saya balik rumah dan letak je rantai nenek yang saya pakai atas meja solek. esoknya, semua barang kemas tu balik semula tersusun elok dalam kotak tu. padahal saya duduk sorang-sorang je kat rumah. WTH."

Itu ialah pengalaman yang diceritakan seorang wanita kepada pengkaji DOP. beta dapat dari internet, iye WTH tu mesti r beta yang tambah.
     Ada yang mengatakan DOP ialah angkara jin. biasanya kalau sekali dua berlaku, kita boleh anggap diri sendiri yang pelupa. tapi bila dah kerap terjadi, dan kita pulak duduk sorang-sorang dalam bilik/rumah, apa lagi yang bermain dalam fikiran?
     Ramai yang cenderung menolak teori 'angkara sesuatu' ni. diorang berpendapat, benda yang ada kaitan dengan emotional relationship, contohnya cincin arwah atuk-mengingatkan kita kepada atuk. so, otak kita create sesuatu pemikiran yang membuatkan kita terbayang kehadiran orang yang tersayang tu. sampai kita terlupa yang kita sendiri salah letak.
     So, amacam? boleh ke caye itu sume encik jin punya angkara? beta no komen... cuma, mungkin kita boleh renung kalam Allah ni :

"Nabi Sulaiman berkata pula (kepada golongan bijak pandainya): Wahai pegawai-pegawaiku, siapakah di antara kamu yang dapat membawa kepadaku singgahsananya sebelum mereka datang mengadapku dalam keadaan berserah diri memeluk Islam?
Berkatalah Ifrit dari golongan jin: Aku akan membawakannya kepadamu sebelum engkau bangun dari tempat dudukmu dan sesungguhnya aku amatlah kuat gagah untuk membawanya, lagi amanah." (An-Naml:38-39)

Penyelesaian: Bacalah ta'awwudz apabila bulu roma anda meremang. wuuuuuuu~(bunyi angin). 

4) Ghaib Sementara
     Benda tu sebenarnya ada depan mata, tapi atas sebab-sebab tertentu, kita tak nampak. mungkin sebab distracted, macam warna yang sama. contoh mudah: sesumpah. tambah pulak, optical illusion memang wujud, so tak payahlah beta terang panjang-panjang.

Penyelesaian: Jangan kelam kabut sewaktu mencari. bertenang.

5) Perubahan Dimensi
     Kewujudan dimensi selain 3D yang kita sedia maklum, memang diakui oleh sains. Allah pun dah gtau alam ghaib memang wujud. teringat dulu pensyarah fizik beta cakap,"kita tak boleh tengok jin n malaikat, sebab wavelength (gelombang) diorang tak mampu dikesan mata kita." kalau yang nampak, itu semua izin Allah.
     Teori ni beta pun susah nak percaya. tengah sibuk cari kunci kereta kita, tiba-tiba dengar bunyi kunci jatuh kat dapur. sah memang benda tu kat situ. boleh ke bayang kunci tersesat masuk alam lain, then bila 'tersedar' dia tersesat, dia pun tercampak balik ke alam ni.
     Wallahu a'lam. dulu memang gegar satu malaysia, kes budak hilang waktu main-main dekat pokok. pastu kat ceruk hutan mana ntah pasukan penyelamat jumpa balik. tak tau lah kelentong ke apa, tapi budak tu cakap,"adik ikut nenek.."

Penyelesaian: Usaha dan tawakkal pada Allah.
     Apa jua yang pada kita ianya pelik or tak masuk aqal, yakinlah bahawa Allah swt Maha Mengetahui secara terperinci apa yang terjadi. kita sebagai hamba Allah, seharusnya menggunakan kapasiti aqal fikiran yang dikurniakan Allah ni untuk menilai sesuatu itu dengan memohon petunjuk dariNya.
     Bukankah kehilangan itu pun satu nikmat dari Allah? Dia nak suruh kita merayu kat Dia, doa banyak-banyak. kembali kepadaNya berserah diri.

"Dan jika engkau dihasut oleh sesuatu hasutan dari Syaitan, maka mintalah perlindungan kepada Allah, sesungguhnya Allah Maha Mendengar, lagi Maha Mengetahui.
Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang bertakwa, apabila mereka disentuh oleh sesuatu imbasan hasutan dari Syaitan, mereka ingat (kepada ajaran Allah) maka dengan itu mereka nampak (jalan yang benar)." 
(Al-a'raf: 200-201)

p/s : this was written purposely for soul purification. ya, its not a tazkirah whatsoever. i know. but juz... why so serious? at least some of us may open the Quran to search for the ayat mentioned above. so... its kinda related to purification right? gaaaa... :-)

the actual death

Assalamualaikum brothers and sisters! It had been almost a week since I last updated this blog right? This thing is not supposed to happen actually, however, I'll keep on trying to make sure that there is something to share every week, insyaAllah.

Last week, we listened to a very nice soul purification sharing from brother Zaki Solihin. Unfortunately, we have none by this week right? I just hope that I can share something today. With a very little knowledge that I have with me, I'm not the right person to talk about soul purification or anything related to it, but as I said earlier, I'll try because our Iman easily goes up & falls down without our own concious. I'm trying to make everything short, summarizing a part of Harun Yahya's book entitled Death Resurrection Hell.

Death, as referred in the Quran, is quite unlike the 'medical death' people observes from outside. In Surah al-Waqi'ah, Allah mentioned death :

"Why then, when death reaches his throat and you are at that moment looking on—
We are nearer him than you, but you cannot see."
(Surah al-Waqi'ah: 83-85)

From the al-Quran also, Allah stated that, the death of the unbelievers is a great torment :

"...If you could only see the wrongdoers in the throes of death
when the angels are stretching out their hands, saying,
'Yield up your souls. Today you will be repaid with the punishment of humiliation
for saying something other than the truth about Allah,
and being arrogant about His signs."
(Surah al-An'am: 93)

While the death of the believers is a bliss :

"...the angels reclaim the souls of the just, saying: (to believers)
'Peace be upon you! Enter the Garden as a reward for your labors."
(Surah an-Nahl: 32)

Either a torment or a bliss, the choice is in our hand. It is not our hand actually, but it is our heart. As Rasulullah SAW once said,

"Indeed, and in the body, there is a piece of flesh. If it is sound, the rest of the body will be sound. If it is corrupt, the rest of the body will be corrupt. Indeed, it is the heart."

Thus, it is our heart that will determine the fate of our soul on death, either the harsh or the gentle one. And, to keep our heart at constant high level of Iman is not an easy job, it is much much much more tougher than learning Anatomy, Physiology & Biochemistry. Agree? But try to take our time & recheck our faith. Since from the first day we're here in IIUM, campus of Kuantan, till today, how many times did we care about our Iman?

Surely it is true that we're here to excel in study, get a medical degree & become a doctor, or better said, a muslim doctor. But don't forget that, we're in this world for the hereafter. Rasulullah SAW said,

"Indeed, actions are by intentions, and for every person is what he intended.
So, whoever migrated to Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him),
his migration is to Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him).
And whoever migrated to obtain a portion of the world or to marry a woman,
and his migration is to what he migrated for."

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

hornet's sting

An uninvited news. Two of our group members were stung by a hornet. Of course, nobody wishes to be in their place especially at this moment when we gonna have our second PBL discussion by tomorrow. However, we must always believe that Allah didn't create something for nothing.

As medical students of today & future doctors of tomorrow, we must learn something from this incident right? What are we gonna do when someday in the future, the same thing happens again? Public community who knows that u're a medical student, surely will appoint you to take over the case right?

InsyaAllah, I'll share a little bit info regarding this matter. Just to make it simple, let's turn it into a story.

Let say, one day, A and B walk around a garden. Suddenly, a hornet comes and stings A. What should B do at that moment?

At the very first place, either A or B can't touch the hornet with his bare hand because a hornet can sting multiple times unlike the honey bees which sting only once. Thus, try to remove the hornet from the infected part by using a tool, anything that u have with u at that time.

Secondly, put on some ice or cold water to prevent the spread of the poison to another uninfected part. Bear in mind that it is ice or cold water and not any kind of 'minyak angin'.

The next important step is to urgently bring the patient to nearby hospital or clinic within two hours after the incident happened to prevent the poison from spread into the circulatory system.

A very brief note from me. Guys! Feel free to add some more info and share your knowledge.

ps : may the two of us get well soon :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

a welcoming note

Assalamualaikum to all our great members of AVANT-GARDE XV! ;)

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