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[Slideshare] tazdzkirah-ramadhan-2012 #part 2- standard to be attained in ramadhan - (29-july-2012)

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TADZKIRAH RAMADHAN - 2012

SERIES OF TALK
For “MABUHAY CLUB”
“Lessons to learn from the Divine program in Ramadhan”

THE STANDARD TO BE ATTAINED IN RAMADHAN : “STRIVING TO BECOME GRATEFUL SERVANTS OF ALLAH"

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[Slideshare] tazdzkirah-ramadhan-2012 #part 2- standard to be attained in ramadhan - (29-july-2012)

  1. 1. TADZKIRAH RAMADHAN - 2012 IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. SERIES OF TALK For “MABUHAY CLUB” “Lessons to learn from the Divine program in Ramadhan” PART 2 29 JULY 2012 (SUNDAY) 9 RAMADHAN 1433 H BY: 5 PM @ THE GALAXY USTAZ ZHULKEFLEE HJ ISMAIL DARUL ARQAM SINGAPORE SINGAPURA Muslim Converts Assn. Spore GEYLANG, CHANGI ROADAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  2. 2. “O MANKIND! Worship (serve) your Sustainer, who has created you and those who lived before you, so that you might remain conscious of Him (TAQWA)“ (Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 21)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  4. 4. “ (Allah) Who has made the earth a resting-place for you and the sky a canopy, and has sent down water from the sky and thereby brought forth fruits for your sustenance: do not, then, claim that there is any power that could rival Allah, when you know [that He is One].” (Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 22)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  5. 5. Imam ‘Ali bin Abi Tolib r.a. said: “The foremost in religion is the acknowledgement of Him (Allah)” Mankind’s existence is not accidental as though without purpose, but humans by nature are capable of knowing meanings and purpose to his life and his special place in nature. Unlike animals, man’s reasoning faculty is summoned to reflect upon the higher philosophical questions as to the meaning and purpose of life which leads to the cognition of the existence of the Divine. There is already and innate predisposition in him towards wanting to serve (worship) someone or something.All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  6. 6. Those who claimed to be “atheists” even are in reality serving or worshipping their own Selves (their desires). “Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire , and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah? Then will you not be reminded?” (Qur’an: Jathiya: 45: 24)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2011)
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  9. 9. “ Hallowed be He (Allah) in whose hand all dominion rests, since He has the power to will anything: He Who created death as well as life, so that He might put you to a test [and thus show] which of you is best in conduct, and [make you realize that] He (Allah) alone is almighty, truly forgiving.” (Qur’an: Surah al-Mulk: 67: 1-2)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  11. 11. “ Verily! We create man from a drop of mingled sperm, in order to test him; so We gave him (gifts of) hearing, sight. Verily! We have shown him the Way, whether he be grateful (SHAAKIRAN) or ungrateful (KAFUURA) i.e. disbelieving (rests on his will).” (Qur’an: Al-Insan:76: 2-3) 11All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  13. 13. “ Then when (Solomon) saw it (the throne miraculously) placed firmly before him, he said: "This is by the grace of my Lord!― to test me whether I am grateful (ASHKURU), or ungrateful (AKFUR)! And if any is grateful truly his gratitude is (a gain) for his own soul; but if any is ungrateful, truly my Lord is Free of All Needs, Supreme in Honour!" (Qur’an: Naml: 27: 40) 13All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  14. 14. MANY DO NOT REALIZE THAT THEY ARE BEING TESTED WITH MANY GOOD FAVOURS IN LIFE – FOR ALL THESE (GOOD THINGS) COMES FROM THE WILL OF ALLAH. WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM IS, SO THAT THEY SHOULD BE GRATEFUL ( SHAKUR - ) 14All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  15. 15. MANY DO NOT REALIZE THAT THEY ARE BEING TESTED WITH MANY GOOD FAVOURS IN LIFE – FOR ALL THESE (GOOD THINGS) COMES FROM THE WILL OF ALLAH. WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM IS, SO THAT THEY SHOULD BE GRATEFUL ( SHAKUR - ) “And remember! your Lord caused to be declared (publicly): "If ye are grateful (SHAKAR-TUM), I will add more (favours) unto you; but if ye show ingratitude (KAFAR-TUM), truly My punishment is terrible indeed." (Qur’an: Ibrahim:14: 7) 15All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  16. 16. ON S LESS PREVIOU “So remember Me; I will remember you. (WASH-KU-RU-LI) And be grateful to Me and (WA-LAA-TAK-FU-RUUN) do not deny Me.” (Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 152)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  17. 17. ON S LESS PREVIOU IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  18. 18. “Allah wills that you shall have ease, and does not will you to suffer hardship; but [He desires] that you complete the number [of days required], and that you extol Allah for His having guided you aright , and that you render your thanks [unto Him] – TASH-KURUN – (SHAKUR).” (Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 185)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  19. 19. ON S LESS PREVIOU “Praise belongs to Allah who guided us to His praise, and placed us among the people of praise, that we might be among the thankful (MINASH-SHAA-KI-REEN) for His beneficence, and that He might recompense us for that with the recompense of the good-doers! “All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  21. 21. CRITERIA 1. Acknowledge and extol praises of The key to the true giver, Allah Who alone is succeed in this test as well God, the Bestower of all favours. as to deserve achieving 2. Learn the value of what is given, further increase of do not take for granted any of bestowals from Allah. these favours. 3. Reciprocate with gratitude. yet how does one become Utilize what is given in grateful? What are the accordance to what may please important criteria? the Giver (i.e. do not abuse the gift), so as not to cause His wrath to befall us.All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  22. 22.  Allah is the source of every bestowals and favours . He , high and exalted , is “As-Swomad “ - “the Eternal Absolute unto Whom every creations depend on, whereas He alone, depends on no one.”. Allah is the only God (Divine) without any partner nor associates.  Thus, to acknowledge Allah’s Absolute Oneness (TAUHEED) is the first requirement for SHAKUR (Gratefulness). And to admit others as being the Divine (SHIRK) Is the ultimate ungratefulness; the greatest injustice (ZULM).All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  23. 23. “And [mention, O Muhammad], when Luqman said to his son while he was instructing him, "O my son, do not associate [anything] with Allah (SHIRK). Indeed, association [with him] is great injustice (ZULM - ‘AZEEM).“ (Qur’an: Luqman: 31: 13) 13All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  24. 24.  After acknowledging Allah , the way to be grateful is to express praises of Him as the Giver of these favours upon us. Yet whatever praise we utter based on our own limitations, it would be deficient because we lack the true knowledge of Allah.  Thus we find that in the Opening Surah (AL-FATEHAH), after teaching us to begin by invoking in Holy Names (BASMALAH), it continues with the appropriate manner of extolling Praises of Him (HAMDALAH) Who is the Lord, Sustainer, Cherisher of the worlds.All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  25. 25.  And when we reflect, Muslims recite this Surah minimum seventeen times daily, surely to teach us that to become grateful towards Allah should be placed as one of the highest virtue to be inculcated.  In the noble disposition (AKHLAQ AL-KAREEMA) of our Prophet s.a.a.w. we learnt that the ultimate reason for his untiring striving in devotion towards Allah when all his sins, even future sins have been forgiven, yet his response was :All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  26. 26.  And when we reflect, Muslims recite this Surah minimum seventeen times daily, surely to teach us that to become grateful towards Allah should be placed as one of the highest virtue to be inculcated.  In the noble disposition (AKHLAQ AL-KAREEMA) of our Prophet s.a.a.w. we learnt that the ultimate reason for his untiring striving in devotion towards Allah when all his sins, even future sins have been forgiven, yet his response was : “... that I may become the most grateful slave (of Allah)”All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  27. 27.  Acknowledging with appreciation requires us to speak about it. Therefore make mention of all these significant favours to others.  Human beings need to communicate and express elation regarding whatever goodness we encounter. This is natural, and Allah expects this from His servants to express such gratefulness of Him. Thus : “But the bounty (favours) of the Lord - rehearse and proclaim!” (Qur’an: Dhuha: 93: 11)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  28. 28.  Appreciating the gifts, bestowals or favours, indeed can be the criteria (measure) as to whether one is grateful, or just being nonchalant (unappreciative) and thus ungrateful. This therefore requires knowledge and constant reflections of its significance.  Allah, the Most Gracious, has given us so abundant of bestowals. Many we are not even aware of, that we tend to take for granted.  In fact Allah s.w.t. challenges us and reminds us regarding this, to make us to ponder upon His infinite generosity bestowed upon us all so abundantly.  “Count these favours if you can!”All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  29. 29. “For, should you try to count Allahs blessings, you could never compute them! Behold, Allah is indeed much- forgiving, a dispenser of grace;” (Qur’an: An-Nahlu: 16: 18)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  30. 30. “So which of the favours of your Lord would you deny?” (Qur’an: Ar-Rahman: 55: 13)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  31. 31.  And in the Qur’an, Allah reminds us to be constantly engaged in remembering Him and to be consider with appreciation, the many of these favours and blessings.  Instead, we humans, like to complain of things that we want but has not yet been given – whereas much has already been accorded to us.  Such rudeness, thankless arrogance. Who do we think we are?  Therefore we have to work on and “strive to like what we have, before trying have what we like.”All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  32. 32.  And in utilizing the gifts or bestowals, certainly there are expectations of the Giver attached to all these gifts.  In Islam, our tests are also in this regard to the favours granted to us.  No doubt, we have the freedom on how to utilize them, yet it can either be that we are “using” them or “abusing” them.  Thus Allah s.w.t. provided us the knowledge and rules as guidance. Compliance to them is “submission and obedience (TA-’AH)”.  And “sincerity (IKHLAS) “ in TA-’AH is to “be truly grateful ” to Allah.All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  33. 33.  Being grateful towards Allah requires the ADAB in acknowledging or showing gratitude also towards those through whom Allah’s favour was granted upon us. This is as mentioned: “He is not grateful to Allah those who is not able to show gratefulness towards fellow man, “ (Hadith reported by Tirmidzi)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  34. 34. “And whoever brings to you goodness (MA’-RUFA), you are to return with equivalent (the favour). If you are unable, then pray (DU’A) for him (earnestly and sincerely) until you are satisfied (that with your DU’A) you have returned the equivalent.“ (Hadith reported by Bukhary))All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  35. 35. SHAKUR - GRATEFULNESSAll Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  36. 36.  The attestation of – the TAUHEED - Allah SWT is the only God, Who alone is ROBB (Lord, Sustainer and Cherisher) of the worlds - is manifested in a practical manner, globally - in a Muslim’s life.  The most important reminder that ‘Fasting’ is the commandment from Allah, our Creator and Sustainer – Who Alone is God – is an important lesson. Food, or drink, procreative needs and other factors, though important, are not what truly sustains us.  With this consciousness, throughout the daily fasting, our still being sustained, is a glaring testament of rebutting the false ideology of the worldly – materialist – agnostics – atheist – godless.All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  37. 37.  It begins with our resolve and intention ….  Then, - our refraining what has been forbidden by Allah throughout its days and nights; honoring this sacred month and many other symbols stipulated by Allah and His Messenger Muhammad s.a.a.w. etc. - is itself the practical acknowledgement, of our glorification and our praising of Allah.  Only with this conscious abstinence, struggling against our desires with sincere intention as the motive – is one’s Fasting acceptable.  This is because Al-Islam requires us to prove our belief through our righteous deeds – and not merely “knowing”, but also “with sobriety, thoughts, reflection, conviction, resolve and ambitions.”All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  38. 38.  To many Muslims, Ramadhan seem to come and go every year routinely. Indeed times pass us by swiftly, and we humans get caught up in a race of sort …. And many failed to savor in the experience, the opportunity to smell the fragrance, to benefit from each bounties given.  We allow ourselves to be dictated by habits and desires, numbing our senses in the process; consuming more without adequate tasting and appreciating; seeking after quantity in life and ignoring quality of life and importantly the quality of living; etc. whereas, Allah has created us better than animals. Alas, in this “rat race” today, many have allowed themselves to become “rats”.All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  40. 40. “O YOU who have attained to faith! Remain conscious of Allah (TAQWA); and let every human being look to what he sends ahead for the morrow! And [once again]: Remain conscious of Allah (TAQWA), for Allah is fully aware of all that you do; and be not like those who are oblivious of Allah, and whom He therefore causes to be oblivious of [what is good for] their own selves: [for] it is they, they who are truly depraved! “ (Qur’an: Hashr: 59: 18-19)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  42. 42. “Not equal are those who are destined for the fire and those who are destined for paradise: those who are destined for paradise - it is they, they [alone] who shall triumph [on Judgment Day]!” (Qur’an: Hashr: 59: 20)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  44. 44. “LET IT NOT deceive thee that those who are bent on denying the truth seem to be able to do as they please on earth: it is [but] a brief enjoyment, with hell thereafter as their goal - and how vile a resting-place! - whereas those who remain conscious of their Sustainer shall have gardens through which running waters flow, therein to abide: a ready welcome from Allah. And that which is with Allah is best for the truly virtuous.” (Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 197-198)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  45. 45.  So, do not repeat this error. Regard this Ramadhan as a Madrasah- a university – where every moment, every experience, every opportunity are in reality, lessons and tutorials from which we are being taught by.  Relish the moment and do not be hasty and heedless.  Learn to reflect, contemplate …. The hour of SAHUR … the QIYAM … the ADAB in partaking meals … the soothing ADZAN with its profound message … the eating and worshipping in congregation … the free period for extra devotion which now suddenly becomes available … our encounter with or re-engaging ourselves with the QUR’AN … the consciousness of Allah’s SWT scrutiny over us throughout … the practical experience of thirst and hunger, etc. … learnAll Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  46. 46.  Also, when our taste-buds which has been numbed return to its original functionality; when our body rid itself of unwanted fats and toxicity; when our routine becomes manageable centering around the notion or worship and servitude; when supplication becomes intense; when the companionship with the Qur’an becomes established; when the bond of Ukhuwah are strengthened; when our hearts becomes soften with compassion towards others; when our desires have been tamed and subjugated and under our control; when we are granted taste of the sweetness of IIMAN (Faith) ….. Etc. All these are priceless lessons indeed.  Be grateful to Allah SWT.All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  47. 47. And they will say: "All praise is due to Allah, who has guided us unto this; for we would certainly not have found the right path unless Allah had guided us! Indeed, our Sustainers Messengers have told us the truth!“ (Qur’an: A’-raf: 7: 43)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  48. 48.  With all these new-found or revitalized spiritual state (HAAL) as well as its accompanying well-being (in our physical, material, social etc.) which Ramadhan has inculcated and transformed us , insha-Allah, we are given a priceless lease of life to be sustained until another Ramadhan.  Lessons learnt are to be applied throughout – and as Ramadhan teaches us, our entire life can be fully a life of total submission and obedience to Allah – so cherish the lesson and act upon it.  This is not empty rhetoric or wild claim, but in Ramadhan many of us would attain to, and experienced some degree of its reality.All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  49. 49.  Although what we may have attained may not be perfect, yet the greatest lesson here is that WE CAN attain to higher states of Islamic religiosity with Allah’s guidance when our motive in striving follows the template taught and engraved upon us in Ramadhan.  So, utilize the new ‘SELF ’, the purified ‘SELF ’, the renewed you – with being grateful by maintaining and cherishing its value, and continue to display these in our life thenceforth.  Yet, when we do not strive towards becoming grateful (SHAKUR), the true desired outcome of the madrasah of Ramadhan would be lost. Allaahu Musta-’an.All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  50. 50. “Allah wills that you shall have ease, and does not will you to suffer hardship; but [He desires] that you complete the number [of days required], and that you extol Allah for His having guided you aright , and that you render your thanks [unto Him] – TASH-KURUN – (SHAKUR).” (Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 185)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  51. 51. “My Sustainer (Lord)! ! Inspire me so that I may forever be grateful for those blessings of Thine with which Thou hast graced me and my parents, and that I may do what is right [in a manner] that will please Thee; and include me, by Thy grace, among Thy righteous servants (SwOLIHEEN)!” (Qur’an: Naml: 27: 19)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  53. 53. “O my Sustainer (Lord)! Inspire me so that I may forever be grateful for those blessings of Thine with which Thou hast graced me and my parents, and that I may do what is right [in a manner] that will meet with Thy goodly acceptance; and grant me righteousness in my offspring [as well]. Verily, unto Thee have I turned in repentance: for, verily, I am of those (MUSLIMEEN) who have surrendered themselves unto Thee!”” (Qur’an: Ahqaf: 46: 15)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  54. 54. “And they will say: "All praise is due to Allah, who has guided us unto this; for we would certainly not have found the right path unless Allah had guided us! Indeed, our Sustainers messengers have told us the truth!" (Qur’an: A’-raf: 7: 43)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  55. 55. “(May) Allah grant His Reward upon Muhammad, salutations of Allah and Peace be upon him and his family, in accordance with what he deserves (in Allah’s knowledge & estimation).”All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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