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Saturday, 12 October 2013


Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmas)
(Serves 8 people)


2 tbsp. olive oil
2 onions, minced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 cup fresh mushrooms, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice
3 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tbsp. dried currants or raisins
2 tbsp. pine nuts
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 tbsp. fresh chopped mint leaves
1 tbsp. dried dill weed
1 tsp. ground mace
1 tbsp. ground sumac
2 tbsp. pomegranate molasses
1 8-oz jar grape leaves

Optional additions:
Ground beef or ground lamb - cook lightly as they will be cooked more during the steaming process.
Chopped and sauteed zucchini
Chopped and sauteed eggplant
Chopped tomatoes
Chopped preserved lemons

How to:

In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and add onions & garlic. Sweat the onions & garlic until tender, then add the mushrooms and saute until browned. Add the rice and enough hot water to cover. Cover the saucepan and simmer over low heat until the rice is half cooked, about 15 minutes.

While the rice is cooking, carefully remove the grape leaves from the jar without ripping them. Drain the liquid and rinse the leaves in warm water and set in a colander to drain. Trim off any stems.

When the rice is ready, stir in all the other ingredients and mix well. Allow the mixture to cool enough so that it can be handled with bare hands. Take one grape leaf and place it smooth side down, veiny sides up. Place about 1 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon (depending on how big the leaf is) of rice mix at the bottom of the leaf. Fold the sides and then roll the leaf from bottom to top. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Place a steaming rack in a large pot and arrange the dolmas on the steamer. It is OK to stack them. Place enough water at the bottom of the pot to almost reach the bottom layer of dolmas. Cover and simmer over low heat for 35 to 45 minutes, or until rice is totally cooked.

Remove and place on a serving plate. Drizzle with olive oil, and if desired, sprinkle with a little sumac or fresh lemon juice.

Enjoy your DOLMAS!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Kosmetik Terlarang

Orang Awam dinasihatkan untuk mengelak daripada membeli dan menggunakan produk kosmetik seperti tersenarai di bawah. Produk-produk tersebut telah didapati mengandungi bahan larangan, termasuk racun berjadual yang tidak dibenarkan dalam produk kosmetik. Penggunaan produk kosmetik yang dicampurpalsu dengan bahan kimia seperti yang telah dikesan boleh menyebabkan kesan advers serius.

Produk seperti tersenarai di bawah tidak lagi dibenarkan diimport/ dikilang/ diedar/ dijual di negara ini dan Pihak Berkuasa telah mengarahkan supaya semua stok produk berkenaan di keluarkan dari pasaran.

Tahun 2013
Bil Nama produk No. notifikasi (NOT) Bahan kimia yang dikesan
1 Acrena Pure Herbal Papaya Soap NOT100802337K Tretinoin
2 White Complex NOT100801451K Tretinoin
3 SS Pearl Cream NOT110602263K
4 SS Vita C Night Repair NOT110602264K Mercury

Tahun 2012
Bil Nama produk No. notifikasi (NOT) Bahan kimia yang dikesan
1 Daily Protecting Cream - Joie et Beaute NOT100778850K /
NOT100602230K Mercury
2 La Bliss Skin Brightening Cream NOT100200697K Tretinoin
3 Sans Dynamic Intensive Light Cream NOT100400422K Mercury
4 Putih Gebu Sun-Block Collagen Lotion NOT100403485K Mercury
5 Bio-Clear Intensive Renewal Complex NOT120503338K Tretinoin
6 MS Wellmood Enhancing Cream NOT100602405K Tretinoin
7 Renewing Cream NOT100101066K Tretinoin
8 E Beaute Total Revitalizer Night Cream NOT100601840K Mercury
9 MS Wellmood Lightening Complex NOT100601840K
10 MULTI CREAM NOT100764415K Tretinoin
11 DQISTEE NIGHT CREAM NOT100802185K Mercury

Tahun 2011
Bil Nama produk No. notifikasi (NOT) Bahan kimia yang dikesan
1 Sensual Whitening Cream NOT100751321K Mercury
2 Derma-Rx Arbutin-R Cream NOT090601556K Tretinoin & Hydroquinone
3 DS.1 BLEMISH CONTROL CREAM NOT091201931K Azelaic Acid

Tahun 2010
Bil Nama produk No. notifikasi (NOT) Bahan kimia yang dikesan
1 NV Toner Treatment No 1 NOT05010130KE Hydroquinone & Tretinoin
2 NV Toner Treatment No 2 NOT05010129KE Hydroquinone & Tretinoin
3 Zara Rejuvenation Cream NOT04081873KE Hydroquinone
4 Beauty Line Beautitude Multi-Purpose Cream NOT081201209K Tretinoin
5 Pigmentation Recovery Complex NOT081200745K Tretinoin
6 De Putih Night Cream NOT05100878KE Tretinoin
7 BML HB LOTION NOT090701336K Tretinoin & Hydroquinone
8 Krim Malam Shana NOT090600820K Tretinoin & Hydroquinone
9 Natasya Gold Krim Herba NOT091100971K Tretinoin & Hydroquinone
10 Biotox Whitening Hydro Cream NOT007061310K Dexamethasone
11 Yoko Whitening Cream NOT080100330K Tretinoin
12 Sue Beauty Night Treatment Cream NOT080600138K Tretinoin

Tahun 2009
Bil Nama produk No. notifikasi (NOT) Bahan kimia yang dikesan
1 Felisa Gentle Peeling Solution NOT07080210KE Tretinoin
2 Krim Malam Rahsia Rimba NOT080801112K Hydroquinone
3 Biocosmet Whitening Essence
Cream NOT07122920KE Hydroquinone
4 ~H2O+ Waterwhite Brightening
Night Cream NOT04102838KE Hydroquinone
5 Magixpress Lightening Plus NOT07121009KE Hydroquinone
6 A.Vant Cream NOT05022860KE Tretinoin
7 Eriesya Spa Beauty Cream NOT07122412KE Hydroquinone
8 Natasya Krim Herba NOT07090337KE Hydroquinone & Tretinoin
9 Temulawak Whitening Pearl Cream Papaya NOT03090150KE Tretinoin
10 Ratna Sari Whitening Night Cream NOT080700826K Tretinoin
11 ATIKA BEAUTY Renewal Night Cream NOT04082451KE Hydroquinone
12 Chantique - Whitening Night Cream NOT04121404KE Tretinoin

Tahun 2008
Bil Nama produk No. notifikasi (NOT) Bahan kimia yang dikesan
1 Khazanah White Pembersih
Wajah NOT05040954KE Hydroquinone
2 Gloskin Krim Malam & Siang NOT05082557KE Hydroquinone
3 Reena's Astringen Lanjutan NOT05010659KE Hydroquinone
4 Skin Desires Deep Whitening
Cleansing Milk NOT07020213KE Hydroquinone
5 EETYE Whitening Cream NOT06080859KE Hydroquinone
6 O'Lynn Skin Lightening Cream NOT06110164KE Tretinoin

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Feeling Stressed?

25 ways to reduce stress and anxiety.

1. Ask Him. He Listens: DU`A 

Turn each anxiety, each fear and each concern into a Dua (supplication). Look at it as another reason to submit to God and be in Sajdah (prostration), during which you are closest to Allah. God listens and already knows what is in your heart, but He wants you to ask Him for what you want.

The Prophet said: Allah is angry with those who do not ask Him for anything

The Prophet once said that in prayer, he would find rest and relief (Nasai). He would also regularly ask for God's forgiveness and remain in prostration during prayer praising God (Tasbeeh) and asking for His forgiveness (Bukhari).

Allah wants you to be specific. The Prophet advised us to ask Allah for exactly what we want instead of making vague Duas. Dua is the essence of worship (the Prophet as quoted in Tirmidhi).

"Call on your Lord with humility and in private: for Allah loveth not those who trespass beyond bounds. Do not make mischief on the earth, after it hath been set in order, but call on Him with fear. And longing (in your hearts): for the mercy of Allah is (always) near to those who do good" (Quran 7:55-56).

2. Tie your Camel: DO YOUR PART

One day Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it. He asked the Bedouin, "Why don't you tie down your camel?" The Bedouin answered, "I put my trust in Allah." The Prophet then said, "Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah" (Tirmidhi).

Muslims must never become fatalistic.  Although we know only Allah is in control and that He has decreed all things, we are each responsible for making the right choices and doing the right thing in all situations of our lives.  We must take action (link to planning articles on SV). We must work to alleviate the hardships we, our families and our communities face.

Ask yourself the following questions if you are worried about the state of the world: are you part of the peace movement? Is your Masjid part of the peace movement? Are you part of an interfaith group with an agenda of peace and justice? Are you working with a group fighting discrimination? If your answer is no, it is time that you sat down to plan your share of time and money in finding solutions to the problems you face.

"Verily Allah does not change men's condition unless they change their inner selves" (Quran 13: 11).

Turn each worry into a Du`a and each Du`a into an action plan. That will show your commitment to your request and will focus your energy in the right direction. 

3. Remember that human responsibility is limited

While we need to carry out our duty to the best of our abilities, always remember that you don't control the outcome of events. Even the Prophets did not control the outcome of their efforts. Some were successful, others were not. Once you have done your duty, leave the results to Allah. Regardless of the results of your efforts, you will be rewarded for the part you have played.

However, never underestimate your abilities. Understand the concept of Barakah (blessings from Allah) and remember that Allah can and Insha Allah will expand them if you are sincerely exerting your energies for the right path.

4. Leave the world behind you FIVE TIMES A DAY

Use the five daily prayers as a means to become more Hereafter-oriented and less attached to this temporary world. Start distancing yourself as soon as you hear Adhan, the call to prayer. When you perform Wudu, keep repeating Shahada, the declaration of faith, as water drops slip down your face, hands, arms, and hair. When you stand ready to pray, mentally prepare yourself to leave this world and all of its worries and stresses behind you.

Of course, Shaytan will try to distract you during prayer. But whenever this happens, go back and remember Allah. The more you return, the more Allah will reward you for it. Also, make sure your Sajdas (prostrations) are talking Sajdas, in which you are really connecting to God and seeking His Mercy, praising Him, and asking His forgiveness. (link to Sajda article...ramadan page) 

5. Seek help through SABR

Seek help through Sabr and Salat (Quran 2:45).

This instruction from Allah provides us with two critical tools that can ease our worries and pain. Patience and prayer are two oft-neglected stressbusters.  Sabr is often translated as patience but it is not just that.  It includes self-control, perseverance, endurance, and a focused struggle to achieve one's goal. Unlike patience, which implies resignation, the concept of Sabr includes a duty to remain steadfast to achieve your goals despite all odds.

Being patient gives us control in situations where we feel we have little or no control. 'We cannot control what happens to us but we can control our reaction to our circumstances' is the mantra of many modern-day self-help books. Patience helps us keep our mind and attitude towards our difficulties in check.

6. Excuse Me! You are Not Running the World, HE is.

It is important to remind ourselves that we don't control all the variables in the world. God does. He is the Wise, the All-Knowing. Sometimes our limited human faculties are not able to comprehend His wisdom behind what happens to us and to others, but knowing that He is in control and that as human beings we submit to His Will, enriches our humanity and enhances our obedience (Uboodiah in Arabic) towards him. Read the story of the encounter of Moses with the mysteries behind God's decision (Quran: 18:60-82). Familiarize yourself with God's 99 Names, which are also known as His Attributes. It is a powerful way of knowing Him.

"God-there is no deity save Him, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsistent Fount of All being. Neither slumber overtakes Him, nor sleep. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth. Who is there that could intercede with Him, unless it be by His leave? He knows all that lies open before men and all that is hidden from them, whereas they cannot attain to aught of His knowledge save that which He wills them to attain. His eternal power overspreads the heavens and the earth, and their upholding wearies Him not. And He alone is truly exalted, tremendous." (Quran 2:255).

The Prophet recommended reading this verse, known as Ayat al kursi, after each prayer, Allah's peace and blessings be upon him. Once Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, approached the Prophet during a difficult time and he found the Prophet in Sajda, where he kept repeating "Ya Hayy Ya Qayyum", words which are part of this verse. 

7. Birds Don't Carry their Food

Allah is al Razzaq (the Provider).

"How many are the creatures that carry not their own sustenance? It is Allah Who feeds them and you, for He hears and knows all things (Quran 29:60)."

By reminding yourself that He is the Provider, you will remember that getting a job or providing for your family in these economically and politically challenging times, when Muslims are often the last to be hired and the first to be fired, is in God's Hands, not yours. As Allah says in the Quran:

"And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish His purpose. Verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion (Quran 65:3).

8. God controls Life and Death

If you fear for your physical safety and security, remember that only Allah gives life and takes it back and, that He has appointed the time for it. No one can harm you except if Allah wills. As He says in the Quran:

"Wherever you are, death will find you out, even if you are in towers built up strong and high!" (Quran 4:78).

9. Remember that life is short

It's easy to get caught up in our own stress and anxiety. However, if we remember that our life is short and temporary, and that the everlasting life is in the Hereafter, this will put our worries in perspective. 

This belief in the transitory nature of the life of this world reminds us that whatever difficulties, trials, anxieties, and grief we suffer in this world are, Insha Allah, something we will only experience for a short period of time. And more importantly, if we handle these tests with patience, Allah will reward us for it.

10. Do Zikr, Allah, Allah!

"... without doubt in the remembrance (Zikr) of Allah do hearts find tranquility" 
(Quran 13:28).

If you commute, use your time in Zikr. Pick any Tasbeeh and do that instead of listening to the radio or reading the newspaper. Maybe you can divide it up between Zikr and planning. Personally, I recite the Tasbeeh of "Subhana Allahe wa be hamdihi, subhan Allahil Azeem" 100 times as I drive. The Prophet taught us these two short phrases which are easy to say but will weigh heavy on our scale of good deeds in the Hereafter. 

When your heart feels heavy with stress or grief, remember Allah and surround yourself with His Zikr.  Zikr refers to all forms of the remembrance of Allah, including Salat, Tasbeeh, Tahmeed, Tahleel, making supplication (Dua), and reading Quran.

"And your Lord says: 'Call on Me; I will answer your (prayer)..." (Quran 40:60)

By remembering Allah in the way He has taught us to, we are more likely to gain acceptance of our prayers and His Mercy in times of difficulty. We are communicating with the only One Who not only Hears and Knows all, but Who can change our situation and give us the patience to deal with our difficulties.

"Remember Me, and I shall remember you; be grateful to Me, and deny Me not" 
(Quran 2:152).

11. Relying on Allah: Tawakkul

When you awaken in the morning, thank Allah for giving you life after that short death called sleep. When you step out of your home, say 'in Your Name Allah, I put my trust in Allah, and there is no power or force except with Allah' (Bismillahi Tawakal to al Allah wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah). At night, remember Allah, with His praises on your lips.

Once you have established a plan you intend to follow through on to deal with a specific issue or problem in your life, put your trust in the most Wise and the All-Knowing.

"When you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah" (Quran 3: 159).

Rely on Allah by constantly remembering Him throughout your day. When you
lay down to sleep, remember that sleep is death. That is why one of the recommended supplications before going to sleep is "with Your (Allah's) Name I die and become alive". 

12. Connect with other human beings

You are not alone. Muslims are not alone. We are not suffering in silence. There are millions of good people who are not Muslim with beautiful hearts and minds. These are people who have supported us, individually and collectively, post-9/11, by checking up on us and making sure we are safe. These are individuals and organizations who have spoken up in defense of Muslims as we endured harassment and discrimination.

We must think of them, talk to them, connect with them, and pray for them. Through our connections, we will break the chain of isolation that leads to depression and anxiety. 

13. Compare your dining table with that of those who don't have as much as you do

The Prophet said: Whenever you see someone better than you in wealth, face or figure, you should look at someone who is inferior to you in these respects (so that you may thank Allah for His blessings) (Bukhari, Muslim).

Next time you sit down to eat, eye the table carefully. Check out the selection of food, the quality, the taste, the quantity, and then think of the millions of others who don't have even half as much. The Prophet's Hadith reminds us of this so that we can appreciate and thank God for all that we have.

Also remember that the Prophet only encouraged us to compare ourselves to others in two respects: in our Islamic knowledge and level of belief in God (Deen). In these two areas, we should compare ourselves with those who have more than what we do.

14. Say it Loud: Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar: Takbirat & Adhan

Find a corner of a lake, go out in the wilderness, or even stand on your lawn at your home and call the Adhan with your heart. While driving, instead of listening to the same news over and over again, say Allahu Akbar as loudly as you can or as softly as you want, based on your mood. Year ago, I remember calling Adhan on a Lake Michigan shore in Chicago after sunset as the water gushed against my knees. I was calling it for myself. There was no one else accept the waves after waves of water with their symphony. It was relaxing and meaningful. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. 

15. Pray in congregation (Jamat)

Pray with other people instead of alone. If you can't pray all five prayers in congregation, at least find one or two prayers you can pray with others. If you are away, establish Jamat in your own family. During the Prophet's time, even though the Muslims endured great persecution, including physical beatings, they would sometimes meet on the side of a mountain or valley and tried to pray together. This is a great morale booster.

16. How is your Imam's Dua?

Does the Imam at your local mosque make Dua silently or out loud? Ask him to supplicate with the whole congregation. Suggest Duas for him to make. Ask him to make Dua for other people.

17. Work for the Unity of Muslims

Bringing Muslims together will not only help the Muslims, but it will also encourage you to focus your energies on something constructive versus zeroing in on and consistently fretting about difficulties you are going through.

Invite Muslims from other ethnic groups to your functions. Visit Masjids other than yours in your city. When you meet a Muslim leader, after thanking him for his efforts, ask him what he is doing for Muslim unity. Ask Imams to make Dua for this. These are just small ways you can help yourself and the Muslim community. 

18. Sleep the way the Prophet slept 

End your day on a positive note. Make Wudu, then think of your day. Thank Allah for all the good things you accomplished, like Zikr and Salat. Ask yourself what you did today to bring humanity together and what you did to help Muslims become servants of humanity. For everything positive, say Alhamdu lillah (Praise be to Allah). For everything negative say Astaghfirullah wa atoobo ilayk (I seek Allah's forgiveness and I turn to You [Allah]). Recite the last two chapters of the Quran, thinking and praying as you turn on your right side with your hand below your right cheek, the way the Prophet used to sleep. Then close your day with the name of Allah on your tongue. Insha Allah, you will have a good, restful night. 

19. Begin the Day on a Positive Note

Get up early. Get up thanking God that He has given you another day. Alhamdu lillahil lazi ahyana bada ma amatana, wa ilaihin Nushoor (Praise be to Allah Who gave us life after death and unto Him will be the return). Invest in an audio tape driven alarm clock so you can get up to the melody of the Quran. Or Let Dawud Wharnsby's joyful notes put you in a good mood. Sing along if you like. Develop your to do list for the day if you didn't do it the night before. Begin with the name of Allah, with Whose name nothing in the heavens or the earth can hurt you. He is the Highest and the Greatest.

(Bismillahillazi la yazurru maa ismihi shaiun fil arze wa la fis samae, wahuwal Alee ul Azeem).The Prophet used to say this after every Fajr and Maghrib prayers.

20. Avoid Media Overexposure: Switch from News to Books

Don't spend too much time checking out the news on the radio, television or internet. Spend more time reading good books and journals. When you listen to the persistent barrage of bad news, especially relating to Muslims nowadays, you feel not only depressed, but powerless. Cut down media time to reduce your stress and anxiety. It's important to know what's going on but not to an extent that it ruins your day or your mood. (similarly, when you are in a sad mood, refrain from wallowing and listening to sad songs)

21. Pray for Others to Heal Yourself.

The Prophet was always concerned about other people, Muslims and non-Muslims, and would regularly pray for them. Praying for others connects you with them and helps you understand their suffering. This in itself has a healing component to it. The Prophet has said that praying for someone who is not present increases love. 

22. Make the Quran your Partner

Reading and listening to the Quran will help refresh our hearts and our minds. Recite it out loud or in a low voice. Listen to it in the car. When you are praying Nafl or extra prayers, pick it up and use it to recite portions of the Quran you are not as familiar with. Connecting to the Quran means connecting to God. Let it be a means to heal your heart of stress and worries. Invest in different recordings of the Quran and their translations.

"O humanity! There has come to you a direction from your Lord and a cure for all [the ills] in men's hearts - and for those who believe, a Guidance and a Mercy" (Quran 10:57).

23. Be thankful to Allah

"If you are grateful, I will give you more" (Quran 14:7).

Counting our blessings helps us not only be grateful for what we have, but it also reminds us that we are so much better off than millions of others, whether that is in terms of our health, family, financial situation, or other aspects of our life. And being grateful for all we have helps us maintain a positive attitude in the face of worries and challenges we are facing almost daily. 

24. Ideals: ONE STEP AT A TIME

Ideals are wonderful things to pursue. But do that gradually. Think, prioritize, plan, and move forward. One step at a time. 

25. EFFORTS not Results Count in the Eyes of Allah

Our success depends on our sincere efforts to the best of our abilities. It is the mercy of Allah that He does not demand results, Alhamdu lillah. He is happy if He finds us making our best sincere effort. Thank you Allah!

Taken from:


    رَبَّنََآ إنَّنَآ ءَاَمنَّا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَ قِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

    (Our Lord!  we have indeed believed: forgive us, then, our sins, and save us from the agony of the Fire)[surah Ali' Imran; 3:16]

    سُبْحَنَ رَبِّنَآ إنَّا كُنَّا ظَلِمِينَ

    (Glory to our Lord!  Verily we have been doing wrong!)[68:29]

    لَّا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

    (There is no God but You;   Glory be to You, Truly I have been one of the wrongdoers)[Surah al-Anbiyah, 21: 87]

    Sa'd ibn Waqas (radiAllahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (salAllahu allayhi wasalam) said, "The supplication made by the Companion of the Fish (Prophet Yunus (as)) in the belly of the fish was (the above). If any Muslim supplicates in these words, his supplication will be accepted/responded to."
    In another report we read, "I know words that will cause Allah to remove one's distress. These are the words (of supplication) of my brother Yunus, peace be upon him"
    [at-Tirmidhi; 3500, an-Nisa'i in `Amal al-yawmi wa al-layla; #656, al-Hakim 1:505 and 2:383. The latter declared it sound (sahih) and Dhahabi confirmed him]

    سُبْحَنَكَ تُبْتُ إلَيْكَ وَ أنَاْ أوَّلُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

    (Glory be to Thee!  To Thee I turn in repentance, and I am the first to believe)[surah al-A'raf, 7:143]

    اللَّهُمَّ اعْفِرْلِى ذَنْبِئ كُلَّهُ، و جِلَّهُ، وَ أوَّلَهُ وَ آخِرَهُ عَلا نِيَتَهُ وَ سِرَّهُ

    (O Allah!  Forgive me all my sins, great and small, the first and the last, those that are apparent and those that are hidden)[Muslim 1:350]

    اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أسْألُكَ يَا اللَّهُ بِأنَّكَ الْوَاحِدُّ الأحَدُ الصَّمَدُ الَّذِي لَمْيَلِدْ وَ لَمْ يُولَدْ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ كُفُواً أحَدٌ، أنْ تَغْفِرَ لِي ذُنُوبِي إنَّكَ أنْتَ الْغَفُورُ الَّرحِيمُ

    (O Allah!  I ask You, O Allah, You are the One, the Only, Self Sufficient Master, who was not begotten and begets not and non is equal to Him.  Forgive me my sins, surely you are Forgiving, Merciful.)[Abu Dawud, an Nasa'i, ibn Majah, at Tirmidhi]

    أسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ وَ أتُوبُ إلَيْهِ

    (I seek the Forgiveness of Allah and repent to Him.)
    [to be reicted 100 times during the day] 
    [Sahih al Bukhari, Muslim 4:2075]

    سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَ بِحَمْدِكَ، أشْهَدُ أنْ لا إلهَ إلَّا أنْتَ، أسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَ أتُوبُ إلَيْكَ

    (Glory be to You, O Allah, and all Praise, I testify that there is no deity but You, I seek Your Forgiveness and to You do I repent.)
    [3 times] [recommended for at the end of meetings, atoning for infractions during it]
    [at Tabari, an Nasa'i, al Hakim]

    اللَّهُمَّ اِنّى اسْتَغْفِرُكَ لِذَنْبِى وَ اسْئَلُكَ رَحْمَتَكَ

    (O Allah!  I ask You for Forgiveness for my sins, and for Your Mercy.)

    اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْلِى خَطَايَاىَ وَ ذُنُوْبِى كُلِّهَا

    (O Allah!  Forgive all my sins and ommissions.)

    رَبَّنَا لا تُؤَاخِذْنآ إِننَسِيَنآ أوْ أخْطَأْ نَا رَبَّنَا وَ لا تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَآ إصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَه عَلَى اْلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِنَا  ج  رَبَّنَا وَ لا تُحَمّلْنَا مَا لا طَاقَةَ لَنَابِهِ  وَاْعْفُعَنَّا وَ اْغْفِرْلَنَا وَاْرْحَمْنَآ أنتَ مُوْلَنَا فَاْنصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَفِرِينَ

    (Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord!  Lay not on us a burden like that which Thou didst lay on those before us;  Our Lord! lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear.  Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness.  Have mercy on us, Thou art our Protector; Help us against those who stand against Faith)
    [surah al-Baqarah; 2:286]

    اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَمَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ 

    (O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.)

    Shaddad ibn Aws (radiAllahu anhu) relates that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said that he (Sayyid al-Istighfar) most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is to say (the above du'a). That "If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise."
    [sahih al-Bukhari; 8,75,318, at-Tirmidhi; 3393, an-Nasa'i; 5522, Ahmad; 16662]

    أسْتَغْفِرُ اللّهَ الْعَظِيمَ الَّذِي لا إلَهَ إلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ، غَفَّارُ الذُّنُّوبِ ذُو الْجَلاَلِ وَالإِكْرَامِ، وَ أتُوبُ إَيْهِ مِنْ جَمِيعِ الْمَعَاصِي وَ الذُّنوبِ وَ الآثامِ، وَ مِنْ كُلِّ ذَنْبٍ أذْنَبْتُهُ عَمْدًا وَ خَطَأً، ظَاهِرًا وَبَاطِنًا، قَوْلًا وَفِعْلًا، فِى جَمِيع حَرَكَاتِي وَسَكَاتِي وَخَطَرَاتِي وأنْفَاسِي كُلِّهَا دَائِمًا أبَدًا سَرْمَدًا، مِنَ الذَّنْبِ الَّذِي أعْلَمُ، وَ مِنَ الذَّنْبِ الَّذِي لا أعْلَمُ، عَدَدَ مَا أحَاطَ بِهِ الْعِلْمُ وَ أحْصَاهُ الْكِتَابُ وَ خَطَّهُ الْقَلَمُ، وَ عَدَدَ مَا أوْ جَدَتْهُ الْقُدْرَةُ وَ خَصَّصَتْهُ الإرَادَةُ، وَمِدَادَ كَلِمَاتِ اللّهِ، وَ كَمَا يَنْبَغِي لِجَلالِ وَجْهِ رَبِّنَا وَ جَمَالِهِ وَ كَمَالِهِ، وَ كَمَا يُحِبُّ رَبِّنَا وَ يَرْضَى

    اَللّهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ لِكُلِّ ذَنْبٍ لِّيْ وَأَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تَغْفِرَ لِيْ مَا أَحْصَيْتَ عَلَيَّ مِنْ مَّظَالِمِ الْعِبَادِ قِبَلِيْ فَإِنَّ لِعِبَادِكَ عَلَيَّ حُقُوْقًا وَّمَظَالِمَ وأَنَا بِهَا مُرْتَهِنٌ اَللّهُمَّ وَإِنْ كَانَتْ كَثِيْرَةً فَإِنَّهَا فِيْ جَنْبِ عَفْوِكَ يَسِيْرَةٌ اللّهُمَّ أَيُّمَا عَبْدٍ مِّنْ عِبَادِكَ أَوْ أَمَةٍ مِّنْ إِمَائِكَ كَانَتْ لَهُ مَظْلِمَةٌ عِنْدِيْ قَدْ غَصَبْتُهُ عَلَيْهَا فِيْ أَرْضِها أَوْ مَالِها أَوْ عِرْضِها أَوْ بَدَنِها أَوْ غَابَ أَوْ حَضَرَ هُوَ أَوْ خَصْمُهُ يُطَالِبُنِيْ بِهَا وَلَمْ أَسْتَطِعْ أَنْ أَرُدَّهَا إِلَيْهِ وَلَمْ أَسْتَحْلِلْهَا مِنْهُ فَأَسْأَلُكَ بِكَرَمِكَ وَجُوْدِكَ وَسِعَةِ مَا عِنْدَكَ أَنْ تُرْضِيَهُمْ عَنِّيْ وَلاَ تَجْعَلْ لَّهُمْ عَلَيَّ شَيْئًا مُّنَقِّصَةً مِّنْ حَسَنَاتِيْ فَإِنَّ عِنْدَكَ مَا يُرْضِيْهِمْ عَنِّيْ وَلَيْسَ عِنْدِيْ مَا يُرْضِيْهِمْ وَلاَ تَجْعَلْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ لِسَيِّئَاتِهِمْ عَلىٰ حَسَنَاتِيْ سَبِيْلاً.

    (O Allah, I seek Your forgiveness for all my sins. I ask You to forgive me for all my wrongdoings [mazalim] against people that You have recorded, for there are many rights [huquq] and dues [mazalim] owed to Your servants that I am burdened with and for which I am hostage [murtahin]. O Allah, even if these (wrongdoings) are many they are insignificant in comparison with the magnitude of Your forgiveness. O Allah, any male or female servant of Yours who has rights upon me, in either that I have unjustly taken from him [ghasabtu] in regards to his land, possession, honor, body; whether he was absent or present; or he or his representatives demanded it from me and neither was I able to return it to him nor did I seek release of it from him. So I ask You through Your benevolence, generosity, and abundance of what You possess that You satisfy them on my behalf, and not give them a position over me that will decrease my good deeds; for You possess what You can satisfy them with on my behalf and I do not possess what to satisfy them with; and do not allow for their bad deeds to find a path over my good deeds on the Day of Judgment.)
    [From 'The Prayers of Forgiveness that Save from the Hellfire' by Hasan al-Basri] 

Petua Penyeri Muka

Selain dari menghilangkan kedut di muka, ada juga amalan yang boleh dilakukan supaya muka akan sentiasa kelihatan berseri. Caranya ialah, cuci muka setiap pagi dengan daun teh yang sudah direndam. Sapukan the tersebut ke muka, sepuluh minit kemudian basuhlah dengan air bersih. Ataupun anda sapukan muka dengan putih telur. Biarkan selama sepuluh minit. Kemudian bersihkan dengan air. Lakukan begitu seminggu sekali. Anda akan nampak keberkesanannya.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Kau Jangan Nak Tunjuk Pandai Ya...

Anda biasa dengar ayat tu?
Mungkin pernah dan mungkin juga tidak. Tapi tak bermakna ayat-ayat seperti di atas tidak wujud kerana saya sendir pernah dengar ayat-ayat tersebut dituturkan.

Kita sering membaca tentang adab seorang pelajar terhadap guru. Walau bagaimanapun, kita juga harus tahu bahawa pelajar juga mempunyai hak semasa menuntut ilmu. 

Sepanjang pengalaman saya membuat pemerhatian di sekolah-sekolah, pelbagai jenis guru ytang teklah saya jumpa dan pelbagai jenis alasan juga yang saya dengar. Jadi apa kata, kita sama-sama tingkatkan ilmu kita supaya kita sama-sama faham tugas dan tanggungjawab kita yang diamanahkan.

Berikut disenaraikan adab guru terhadap pelajar buat peringatan kita bersama. Moga kita sama-sama dapat muhasabah diri kita dan memoerbaiki diri kita masing-masing. 

  1. Ihtimal (banyak bersabar menanggung kesusahan)
  2. Lambat marah
  3. Duduk dengan haibah atas kelakuan yang tetap serta menundukkan kepala.
  4. Meninggalkan takbur atas sekalian hamba ALLAH kecuali terhadap orang yang zalim kerana menegahkan daripada kezalimannya.
  5. Memilih tawadhu' yakni merendahkan diri pada perhimpunan orang ramai dan pada majlis orang ramai.
  6. Meninggalkan bergurau dan main-main.
  7. Kasih-sayang dengan murid dan lemah lembut dengan yang kurang pandai.
  8. Membimbing murid yang bebal.
  9. Tidak memarahi murid yang bodoh.
  10. Tidak malu dengan berkata "cikgu tidak tahu" (bagi masalah yang tidak diketahuinya.)
  11. Memberikan perhatian kepada murid yang bertanya dan cuba memahami soalannya dengan baik.
  12. Menerima hujjah atau dalil yang dihadapkan kepadanya.
  13. Tunduk kepada kebenaran dengan kembali kepadanya ketika ia tersalah.
  14. Melarang murid daripada ilmu yang memudaratkan.
  15. Melarang murid daripada menghendaki yang lain dari ALLAH dengan ilmunya.
  16. Melarang murid daripada menuntut ilmu yang fardu kifayah sebelum selesai daripada menuntut ilmu yang fardu Ain. Dan ilmu yang fardu Ain itu ialah yang berkenaan dengan membaikkan zahir dan batin dengan takwa.
  17. Memperbaiki diri sendiri dengan takwa sebelum ia menyuruh orang lain supaya muridnya dapat mencontohi amalannya dan mengambil manfaat dari percakapannya. (ilmunya)

Ek Eleh Macamlah Dia Bagus Sangat

Salam semua,

Biasa dengar ayat di atas? Itulah ayat-ayat biasa yang saya terima bila berhadapan dengan pelajar-pelajar saya terutama apabila pelajar saya adalah lebih dewasa daripada saya. 

Bila bergelumang dengan dunia pendidikan ini, banyak cabaran yang perlu dihadapi. Bukan setakat untuk menyampai maklumat dan ilmu agar dapat difahami dan dimanafaatkan oleh pelajar tetapi terpaksa berdepan dengan pelbagai karenah pelajar. Adakala karenah-karenah yang amat menyentuh hati. 

Dulu, masa saya mengaji, kami seringkali diingatkan oleh guru-guru kami (professor2) tentang adab sopan terhadap guru-guru kami dan juga adab semasa menuntut ilmu. Jadi di sini tidak salah jika saya ingin menulis sedikit tentang adab murid terhadap guru (yang saja tujukan khas buat anak murid saya) agar kita lebih menghormati insan yang cuba mendidik kita menjadi insan yang lebih sempurna. Sebagai manusia, kita sering lupa dan alpa. Jadi, tidak salah jika kita sering saling memperingati

Ketahuilah wahai saudaraku sekalian, tidak sah ilmu tanpa adanya adab dan tidak sahlah adab itu melainkan diketahui oleh kedua-dua belah pihak. 

Tambah-tambah, sebagai orang Melayu dan Islam, kita dikenali dengan ketinggian adab sopan dan tatasusila. Adab sopan dan tatasusila tidak lapuk dek zaman walau secanggih manapun dunia ini. Dengan menjaga adab sopan tidak menjadikan kita manusia yang jumud ataupun mundur. Malah kita akan lebih dekat dengan tuhan kerana menjaga hubungan sesama manusia itu amat dituntut dalam Islam. 

Apakah yang dimaksudkan dengan adab?

“Sesungguhnya aku (Muhammad) diutuskan adalah untuk menyempurnakan kemudahan akhlak.” Nabi Muhammad diutuskan adalah untuk memberi contoh dan teladan yang terbaik dalam kehidupan sehairan kita. Contoh yang di tunjukkan oleh Nabi Muhammad bukan sahaja khusus dalam bidang pentadbiran atau dakwah semata-mata. Ia merangkumi seluruh aspek dan keperluan kehidupan. Adab dan akhlak yang dipraktikkan oleh Nabi s.a.w. telah menjadi Islam dan Negara Islam cemerlang dan berjaya.

Keampunan dan kekutan Islam dan tamadun Islam ketika zaman Nabi s.a.w. dan para sahabat bukanlah kerana hebatnya pasukan tenteranya atau kekayaan hasil keluarnnya, tetapi ia sebenarnya teletak pada adab, akhlak dan peribadi umat Islam yang tidak ada bandingannya.

Islam berkembang keseluruhan pelusuk dunia kerana kecantikan dan keindahan akhlak dan peribadi yang ditunjukkan oleh Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. dan umat Islamnya. Adab yang diajarkan oleh baginda s.a.w. bukan sahaja sesama umat Islam malah kepada semua termasuk makhluk-makhluk lain yang berada di sekitar kita. 

Inilah keindahan dan kesempurnaan adab yang diajarkan oleh Nabi s.a.w. yang amat dikagumi oleh semua termasuk bukan yan bukan Islam.
Para Ilmuan Islam terdahulu amat menekankan tentang pengjian adab sebelum mereka mempelajari ilmu. 

Seorang alim telah berkata kepada anaknya,”Wahai anakku, jadikan amalmu ibarat garam da adabmu ibarat tepung. Yakni perbanyakkanlah adab seperti perbandingan banyaknya tepung dan garam dalam sutu adunan. Banyak adab dengan sedikit amal salih lebih baik daripada amal dengan sedikit adab.

Adab Pelajar Terhada Guru

Sifat pertama yang perlu ada pada setiap pelajar di dalam menunaikan hak terhadap guru ialah menghormati guru. Guru wajib dihormati kerana kedudukannya yang menyampaikan ilmu kepada pelajar. Pelajar juga wajib menghormati guru kerana kedudukan pelajar yang menerima ilmu darinya. Daripada Abu Hurairah bahawasanya Rasulullah Salallahu’alaihiwasallam pernah bersabda (yang bermafhum):

“Pelajarilah ilmu, pelajarilah ilmu ketenangan dan kesopanan dan rendahkanlah dirimu terhadap orang yang kamu ambil ilmunya “
(Riwayat Ath-Thabrani)

Rasulullah Salallahu’alaihiwasallam juga mengingatkan akan hak pelajar terhadap guru dalam sabda baginda:

“Tidak termasuk umatku orang yang tidak mengagongkan orang besar dari kami, tidak mengasihi orang kecil dari kami, dan tidak mengetahui hak orang alim dari kami “
(Riwayat Ath-Thabrani)

Sayyidina Ali Radhiallahu ‘anh pernah memberi pesanan dalam soal menghormati guru dengan berkata:

“Hak seorang alim (guru) yang wajib atas dirimu ialah: memberi salam kepada semua orang yang berada dalam majlisnya, dan mengkhususkannya dengan berjabat tangan. Hendaklah duduk berhadapan dengannya, tidak boleh menunjuk jari di hadapannya, tidak boleh mengerling mata dengan orang lain di hadapannya, tidak menyebut kata-kata orang lain di hadapannya, tidak boleh mencaci orang di hadapannya dan sekiranya dia melakukan kesilapan hendaklah maafkannya. Muliakanlah dirinya kerana Allah SWT, dan kiranya dia memerlukan sesuatu, hendaklah segera menghulurkan bantuan kepadanya, jangan memuji-muji orang lain di dalam majlisnya, jangan menarik bajunya, jangan memaksanya jika dia keberatan, jangan merasa jemu duduk bersamanya. Anggap dia laksana lebah dan dirimu menunggu sesuatu yang akan jatuh daripadanya pada bila-bila masa sahaja”.

Sehubungan dengan hadith di atas serta pesanan Sayyidina Ali Radhiallahu ‘anh, Dr.Abdullah Nasih Ulwan membuat beberapa kesimpulan akan adab-adab pelajar terhadap gurunya :

1. Seorang pelajar hendaklah merendahkan dirinya di depan guru, jangan keluar daripada pendapat dan arahannya. Merendahkan diri terhadap guru adalah satu kemuliaan dan ketinggian. Imam Ghazali ada menyatakan :

“Ilmu itu hanya akan diperolehi dengan merendahkan diri dan memperhatikannya...”

Imam Ahmad berkata kepada Khalafu’l-Ahmar:

“Aku tidak pernah duduk kecuali di hadapanmu, kami telah diperintahkan untuk merendahkan diri terhadap orang yang kami ambil ilmunya “

2. Seorang pelajar hendaklah memandang gurunya dengan kemuliaan dan meyakini bahawa gurunya memiliki darjat yang tinggi. Imam Syafi’i ada menyatakan:

“Pernah aku menyimbak (membuka) lembaran kertas di depan Malik dengan lembut kerana kewibawaannya, agar dia tidak mendengar gemerisiknya “

Ar-Rabi’ berkata :

“Demi Allah, aku tidak berani meminum air sedangkan As-Syafi’i melihatku kerana rasa hormat kepadanya “ 

Pelajar-pelajar juga hendaklah dilatih supaya tidak memanggil gurunya dengan kata-kata “kamu”, tetapi dengan mengatakan “wahai guruku atau wahai ustazku”, kerana kata-kata panggilan yang baik merupakan pengikat rasa kasih sayang antara murid dan gurunya.

3. Hendaklah pelajar mengetahui hak-hak terhadap gurunya dan tidak melupakan jasa gurunya sehingga ke akhir hayat. Syu’bah berkata:

“Apabila aku mendengar hadis Rasulullah SAW daripada seseorang, selama itulah aku menghormatinya.” 

Sebaiknya seorang pelajar mendoakan kesejahteraan gurunya sepanjang hayat. Jika guru itu sudah wafat hendaklah diambil berat hal ehwal keturunan dan orang-orang yang mencintainya.

4. Jika guru menegur atau marah, maka hendaklah murid bersikap sabar. Hendaklah pelajar menganggap bahawa kemarahan guru adalah sebagai tanda kasih sayang guru terhadap pelajarnya. Para guru sebenarnya ingin memperbaiki kelemahan pelajarnya. Dengan sikap sedemikian, akan lahirlah rasa sayang para pelajar terhadap guru dan bermanfaatlah segala ilmunya bagi pelajar dalam urusan din, dunia dan akhirat.

Sebahagian ahli salaf berkata: 

“Barang siapa tidak sabar dalam belajar, maka dia akan buta huruf selama hidupnya. Dan barang siapa bersabar di dalamnya, dia akan mendapat kemuliaan dunia dan akhirat.”

5. Hendaklah pelajar duduk di hadapan gurunya dengan sopan, tenang, merendahkan diri dan hormat sambil mendengar dan memberi sepenuh perhatian kepada gurunya.Seorang pelajar juga haruslah menghindarkan segala perbuatan yang tidak sopan terhadap gurunya.

6. Janganlah pelajar berjumpa gurunya di kelas, rumah atau tempat khusus sebelum mendapat izin daripadanya. Sebaiknya seorang pelajar menghadap gurunya dalam keadaan sempurna, dengan badan dan pakaian yang bersih, terutama jika dia hendak ke majlis ilmu. Kerana majlis ilmu adalah majlis zikir, pertemuan dan ibadah.

7. Apabila seorang pelajar mendengar gurunya menyebut sesuatu dalil hukum, menceritakan sesuatu syair, membawa sesuatu berita atau mengemukakan sesuatu ilmu, hendaklah dia mendengar dengan penuh perhatian seakan-akan dia belum pernah mendengar sama sekali.

Dr. Abdullah Nasih Ulwan ada mengatakan bahawasanya memenuhi hak terhadap guru adalah wajib lebih-lebih lagi jika guru tersebut adalah dikalangan mereka yang bertaqwa dan beriman kepada Allah Subhanahuwata’ala.

Itulah adab-adab terpenting yang harus diamalkan oleh para pelajar dalam rangka untuk menjadi pelajar yang benar-benar berilmu, beradab dan bertaqwa kepada Allah Subhanahuwata’ala.

    Adab Murid Terhadap Guru Mengikut Imam al-Ghazali..

    Mendahulukan salam kepada guru dan bersalaman.
    Jangan banyak bercakap di hadapan guru.
    Jangan bercakap jikalau tidak ditanya.
    Jangan bertanya melainkan jikalau diarah oleh guru.
    Jangan menyangkal kata-kata guru.
    Jangan mengumpat pelajar lain.
    Jangan berbisik di hadapan guru.
    Jangan berpaling kiri dan kanan.
    Jangan menyoal semasa guru kepenatan.
    Berdiri apabila guru bangun (ketika guru keluar dan masuk).
    Dengar dengan khusyuk ilmu yang disampaikan walaupun diulang 1000 kali.
    Rujuk guru dalam memilih ilmu.
    Jangan duduk tempat guru.
    Jangan berjalan di hadapan guru kecuali darurat.
    Jangan ketuk pintu berulang kali hingga guru keluar menemuinya.
    Sentiasa mendapat keredhaannya dan jauhkan kemurkaannya.
    Muliakan anak-anak guru.
    Selalu berhubung dengan guru.
    Elakkan tidak menziarahi guru lebih 40 hari. Ini boleh mengurangkan keberkatan ilmu.
    Selalu mendoakan guru selepas setiap solat lima waktu.
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