Tuesday, April 12, 2005

from Ustaz Akil Hayy

This is very intresting !!!

Di dalam hidup manusia, yang penting ialah BERKAT.
Bila hidup kita berkat, diri ini akan selamat.
Apabila diri selamat, rumahtangga jadi sepakat.
Apabila rumahtangga jadi sepakat, masyarakat jadi muafakat.
Apabila masyarakat jadi muafakat, negara kita menjadi kuat.
Apabila negara menjadi kuat, negara luar jadi hormat.
Apabila negara luar jadi hormat, permusuhan pun tersekat.
Apabila permusuhan tersekat, pembangunan pun meningkat.
Apabila pembangunan pun meningkat, kemajuan menjadi pesat.

TETAPI AWAS,

Apabila pembangunan meningkat, kemajuan menjadi pesat, kita lihat bangunan naik bertingkat-tingkat.
Ditengah-tengah itu, tempat maksiat tumbuh macam kulat.
Apabila tempat-tempat maksiat tumbuh macam kulat,
KETIKA ITU manusia mula mengubah tabiat.
Apabila manusia telah mengubah tabiat,ada yang jadi lalat ada yang jadi ulat.
Apabila manusia dah jadi ulat,sembahyang makin hari makin liat.
Apabila sembahyang jadi liat, orang baik ada yang bertukar jadi jahat.
Apabila orang baik bertukar jahat, orang miskin pula nak kaya cepat.
Apabila orang miskin nak kaya cepat, orang tua pula nak mati lambat.
Apabila orang tua nak mati lambat, tak dapat minum madu telan jerla minyak gamat.

Yang lelaki, budak budak muda pakai seluar ketat.
Semua nak tunjuk kuat.
Bila berjudi, percaya unsur kurafat.
Tapi hidup pula yang melarat.
Tali kasut dah tak berikat.
Rambut pun jarang sikat.

Yang perempuan,

Pakai mini sekerat.
Suka pakai baju ketat... (apa dapat...)
Suka sangat menunjukkan pusat.
Hingga tak pedulikan lagi batasan aurat.
Pakai pulak yang singkat-singkat.
Kadang-kadang ternampak benda 'bulat'.
Bila jadi macam ini, siapa lihat pasti tercegat.
Silap gaya jadi gawat, bohsia bohjan lagi hebat.
Duduk jauh berkirim surat.
Bila berjumpa, tangan berjabat.
Kemudian pakat lawan peluk siapa erat.
Masa tu, nafas naik sampai tersekat-sekat.
Usah peduli agama dan adat.
Usah takut Allah dan malaikat.
Yang penting apa kita nak buat?
Kita 'bukti' lah kita buat.
Akhirnya perut kempis dah jadi bulat.
Apabila perut kempis dah jadi bulat, maka lahirlah
pula anak-anak yang tak cukup sifat.
Bila anak-anak tak cukup sifat, jam tu kita tengok bayi dibuang di merata tempat.

MAKNANYA KETIKA ITU, IBLIS MULA MELOMPAT.
Dia kata apa? Habis manusia dah masuk jerat.
Habis manusia telah tersesat.
Inilah dia fenomena masyarakat.

Oleh itu wahai saudaraku dan para sahabat,
Marilah kita pakat mengingat,
Bahawa dunia hari ini makin singkat,
Esok atau lusa mungkin kiamat,
Sampai masa kita semua akan berangkat! .
Berangkat menuju ke negeri akhirat.

Di sana kita akan ditanya apa yang kita buat.
Masa tu, send i ri mau ingat.

Umur mu banyak mana , berapa banyak kamu buat ibadat...?
Zaman muda mu, apa yang telah ka mu buat...?
Harta benda anda, dari mana anda a dapat...?
Ilmu anta, adakah anta manafaat...?

Sebagai sesama insan sama2lah ingat mengingati sesama insan!!!
Semoga ianya dapat mengingatkan kita supaya segera
meninggalkan maksiat dan memperbanyakkan ibadat.

(Petikan ucapan Ustaz Hj. Akil Hayy Rawa.
Sebarkanlah ini kepada ahli keluarga, saudara-mara, rakan-rakan dan sahabat handai kita agar masyarakat kita akan menjadi sebuah masyarakat yang bukan sahaja maju dari segi duniawi malah ukhrawi. Insya-Allah...Allahhuakbar! Allahhuakbar! Allahhuakbar!)

Monday, April 11, 2005

OPINION: A WOMAN'S REFLECTION ON LEADING PRAYER

OPINION: A WOMAN'S REFLECTION ON LEADING PRAYER By

Yasmin Mogahed Middle East Times ----------------------------------------------------------- On March 18 Amina Wadud led the first female-led Jumma (Friday) prayer. On that day women took a huge step toward being more like men. But did we come closer to actualizing our God-given liberation?
I don't think so.
What we so often forget is that God has honored woman by giving her value in relation to God - not in relation to men. But as western feminism erases God from the scene there is no standard left - but men.

As a result the western feminist is forced to find her value in relation to men. And in so doing she has accepted a faulty assumption. She has accepted that man is the standard and thus a woman can never be a full human being until she becomes just like a man - the standard. When men cut their hair short women wanted to cut their hair short. When men joined the army women wanted to join the army. Women wanted these things for no other reason than because the "standard" had them.

What women didn't recognize is that God dignifies both men and women in their distinctiveness - not their sameness. And on March 18 Muslim women made the very same mistake. For 1,400 years there has been a consensus among scholars that men are to lead prayer. Why does this matter to Muslim women? The one who leads prayer is not spiritually superior in any way.

Something is not better just because a man does it. And leading prayer is not better just because it's leading. Had it been the role of women or had it been more divine, wouldn't the Prophet have asked Aisha or Khadija, or Fatima - the greatest women of all time - to lead? These women were promised heaven - and yet they never led prayer.

But now for the first time in 1,400 years we look at men leading prayer and we think, "that's not fair". We think so although God has given no special privilege to the one who leads. The imam is no higher in the eyes of God than the one who prays behind.

On the other hand only a woman can be a mother. And God has given special privileges to mothers. The Prophet taught us that heaven lies at the feet of mothers. And no matter what a man does he can never be a mother.

So why is that not unfair? And yet even when God honors us with something uniquely feminine we are too busy trying to find our worth in reference to men, to value it - or even notice. We, too, have accepted men as the standard; so anything uniquely feminine is, by definition, inferior.

Being sensitive is an insult, becoming a mother - a degradation. In the battle between stoic rationality (considered masculine) and selfless compassion (considered feminine), rationality reigns supreme.

As soon as we accept that everything a man has and does is better, all that follows is just a knee jerk reaction: if men have it - we want it, too. If men pray in the front rows we assume that this is better, so we want to pray in the front rows, too. If men lead prayer we assume the imam is closer to God, so we want to lead prayer, too.

A Muslim woman does not need to degrade herself in this way. She has God as a standard. She has God to give her value; she doesn't need men. In fact, in our crusade to follow men, we, as women, never even stopped to examine the possibility that what we have is better for us. In some cases we even gave up what was higher only to be like men.

Fifty years ago society told us that men were superior because they left the home to work in factories. We were mothers. And yet we were told that it was women's liberation to abandon the raising of another human being in order to work on a machine. Then after working we were expected to be superhuman - the perfect mother, the perfect wife, the perfect homemaker - and have the perfect career.

And while there is nothing wrong, by definition, with a woman having a career, we soon came to realize what we had sacrificed by blindly mimicking men. We watched as our children became strangers and soon recognized the privilege we'd given up. And so only now - given the choice - women in the West are choosing to stay home to raise their children.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, only 31 percent of mothers with babies and 18 percent of mothers with two or more children are working full-time. And of those working mothers, a survey conducted by Parenting magazine in 2000 found that 93 percent of them say that they would rather be home with their kids, but are compelled to work due to 'financial obligations'.

These 'obligations' are imposed on women by the gender sameness of the modern West and removed from women by the gender distinctiveness of Islam. It took women in the West almost a century of experimentation to realize a privilege given to Muslim women 1,400 years ago.

Given my privilege as a woman, I only degrade myself by trying to be something I'm not - and in all honesty - don't want to be: a man. As women we will never reach true liberation until we stop trying to mimic men and value the beauty in our own God-given distinctiveness.

If given a choice between stoic justice and compassion, I choose compassion. And if given a choice between worldly leadership and heaven at my feet - I choose heaven. Yasmin Mogahed is an Egyptian-American freelance writer.

Acknowledgement to Media Monitors Network (MMN)