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When you talk about usrah, there will of course be many perceptions depending on who you are, what group you join, who your naqib is, and a few more other factors.
But all in all, excellence in some aspects of it will determine the the success the group itself.
So I pose this question, what do you think are the success factors of usrah? Why?
Comment and let me know.
During the past year since I got married to my wife, I have had the opportunities to travel long distance by bus quite a few times what with her family being in Kelantan and us in Johor.
This opens up new venues for understanding certain aspects of my deen further. Such as doing solah on the bus.
Solah is something which must be done regardless of circumstance. Although there are rukhsahs, or allowances to help us do solah in those situations.
One such rukhsah is to solah on the bus in such cases where you cannot control where and when the bus stops. Since you must still do solah anyway, just do it on the bus.
Of course, the next question becomes, how do you solah without wudu?
You can actually perform wudu on the bus provided you have even one small bottle of water. A 500ml one should suffice for two wudu. I would recommend that you bring a water spray though, it’s much easier to control.
Wudu really need not take as much water as we usually use. In fact, done efficiently, you can use even a cup of water. Of course, on the bus, using as little water as possible should be what you aim for, as you don’t want to flood the floor.
But what if you have no water? Then do tayammum. You can use the dust on the walls for this purpose.
On a vehicle, it is recommended to pray standing when it is possible. On a bus however, it is very impractical to stand and solah. So there is no harm doing it sitting.
There’s also the question of qibla. How do face the ka’ba with the bus turning here, there and another? An answer i heard and use is that there is no need to face the qibla on any vehicle. Just acknowledge the direction when beginning then face forward.
Now after all that, some of you may think, is it really permissible to do solah on a bus? In the end when we come across such situations we are forced to ask our iman, is leaving solah, a pillar of islam, due to the bus not stopping during the waqt of solah more permissible than doing it albeit with allowances? I think the answer is clear here. Though i think i would still post references later.
For now i’ll end this post here.
-posted thru his phone in Tanah Merah, Kelantan
What the heck is going on here?! This is supposed to be a muslim country! Shame on you guys!
A muslim should respect women. No matter who she is. And especially if she is his mother, or his wife, or his siblings, or any relative of his. But even if a woman is none of those, she should still be respected. Be they Muslimah or not, be they practicing muslimah or not.
I have been listening to several soulful music these past few days. Yet I am ashamed of myself.
I am ashamed that I listen to these songs of reflection that should reflect the state of my soul, yet they have short periods of effect on me.
That not to say just the songs. I have been getting less and less feelings when I read the Qur’an now. My state of ‘amal is at a low. My zeal in Islam is cut short. And I lament… Iman, Iman, wherefore art thou? Hast thou gone from mine heart?
My heart seems to hardened these past few days. Yet i know what must be causing it. What is sad to me, is that I know. But I seem to not be able to do anything about it.
No. Not not able to do something about it. Rather, chose not to do something about it.
But somehow, I still fear… I fear ALLAH’s retribution in the akhirah. I do not know if what little ‘amal I did counted. I do not know if what counted was not tainted with unsincerity. I do not know if I die, I would be able to answer truthfully to ALLAH, “Lord, I have don’t good when I was alive!”
No. I do not know. But I know I will not have the courage to say, “Lord, I have sinned… So?” I cannot imagine in myself, such arrogance as to say such unforgivable words to the source of my solace whom I forsook in times of plenty.
No. I cannot remember at which times I was grateful to Him, my Provider, my Lifegiver. What I have done in this life thus far, 23 years thus far, I have not really done much deeds. Oh, have realy earned my place in Paradise, or have I earned myself HELL???
O ALLAH, forgive my heart that knows you not. Forgive my heart that is undecided. Forgive my soul that wanders from Your Path. Forgive this self that belies Your Greatness.
O ALLAH, very few are the times when I have feared you. Many are the times when I held my head in arrogance. Forgive me of those times. Instill in me a love for You that is unsurpassed. Such is my hope, to The Granter of Hopes.
O ALLAH, this heart is weak. This heart has become hard and fragile. This heart has long since lost it’s luster of taqwa. This heart has become dark of sins and desires forbidden. This heart now longs for your forgiveness. For your love, for love of your prophet.
Yet… It knows not of your acceptance. It knows not if you are angry at it. You The Great, and it the small. The unworthy.
Many times has it betrayed it pleas to You. Many times has it forgotten that it had just asked You forgiveness minutes past. It turned back to the Path of Wrong, from your Path of Righteusness.
Oh ALLAH… I am weak. I do not have strength to keep on Your Path. So bless me with your blessings. Suport me with your strength. Cleanse my heart of sins that blacken it that I may not receive Your Guidance.
I have come to the point where I as so confused with who I am. I am not sure if I am a real Muslim, submitting to You, or if I am munafiq, acting with hypocrisy in the face of Your Deen. I seek you protection from the evils of mine self, and I seek refuge that I may bring myself lower than animals in terms of love and faith to You, O ALLAH.
ALLAH, guide me. For there is no Guide better that You, My Source of Peace and Solace.
Today I am sick. I got some sort of flu. My nose was and still is runny. My head feels like it wants to split (at least during driving). And my throat… Very sore.
Yet as i come to think about it. I remembered that “no ails or sickness befalls a muslim that does not erase his sins”. I came to hope for this sickness to erase my sins. I came to pray to Allah for my progress into health.
Yet as good as I may seem at this time, I must admit… There have also been times when i could not bear my pain. Times when I have questioned. Times when my faith waned. As such that I complain, and I whine. I question, “why??”
No. It is not easy to keep up faith. It is not easy to maintain the highest level of iman. I guess many of us Muslims goes through this fluctuation each moment of their lives. Yet in the end, it comes down to whether or not we are able to regrasp our beliefs, and turn back the negative admonitions on our faith. Those who succeed, find solace and peace. But those who fail, find greater grief and unsettlement.
It is for such times that the Muslim must pray. So that Allah grants us the strength to maintain our faith, when we are at a low. So that Allah keeps our hearts true on the path to Him. So that our sincererity… Is ALWAYS pure.
At such times of strife, it always does good for us to return to the Qur’an. Is it not in Surah al-Insyirah that ALLAH promises relief after hardship? It goes something like:
Verily, with every difficulty there is relief. – (Qur’an al-Insyirah:6)
So… Let us pray so that Allah gives us peace and His blessings always. Whether in times of strife or in times of peace.
Allahumma, grant us strength that comes from our faith in you. Leave us not to our devices even in the blink of an eye, or even less time than that. Give us peace in times of hardship, and let us be grateful to you in times of wellbeing and peace. O Lord, verily, You are The Listener, and The Seer and You are The Oft-Forgiving and The Merciful. Amiin.