Ramadhan Al-Mubarak

August 31, 2008 at 10:37 pm | Posted in PENGUMUMAN | Leave a comment

Selamat menyambut Bulan Keberkatan kepada pengunjung Al-Risalah!

Moga diberkati lagi dirahmati.

Intipati bajet 2009 ‘kerajaan prihatin’

August 30, 2008 at 2:45 am | Posted in BERITA | Leave a comment

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Berikut adalah intipati Bajet 2009 yang dibentangkan oleh Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, di Dewan Rakyat hari ini.

Jumlah bajet

Bajet 2009 sebanyak RM207.9 bilion – naik 5.1 peratus dari tahun lalu. Dari jumlah itu RM154.2 bilion bagi peruntukan mengurus manakala RM53.7 bilion bagi peruntukan pembangunan.

Peruntukan pengurusan – RM86.3 bilion atau 56.6 peratus (pemberian dan kenaan bayaran tetap); RM38 bilion (emolumen), RM26.5 bilion (perkhidmatan dan bekalan), RM2.4 bilion (pembelian aset) dan RM1 bilion (perbelanjaan lain).

Peruntukan pembangunan – RM27.8 bilion (sektor ekonomi – pertanian, perindustrian, perindustrian dan infrastruktur), RM17.8 bilion (sektor sosial – pendidikan, kesihatan dan perumahan), RM4.1 bilion (sektor keselamatan), RM2.1 bilion (pentadbiran) dan RM2 bilion (simpanan luar jangka).

Bajet 2009 menumpukan kepada langkah-langkah yang akan memastikan kesejahteraan yang telah dibina selama ini terus terjamin dan untuk itu adalah penting diperkukuhkan daya tahan ekonomi supaya negara berupaya menangani kesan persekitaraan luar yang semakin sukar.

Bertemakan Kerajaan Prihatin, Bajet 2009 tertumpu kepada tiga strategi khusus iaitu, menjamin kesejahteraan rakyat, membangun modal insan berkualiti dan memperkukuh daya tahan negara.

Kerajaan akan melaksanakan pelbagai langkah bertujuan meringankan beban kos sara hidup, terutamanya ke atas golongan berpendapatan rendah dan yang kurang bernasib baik.

Jaringan keselamatan sosial

Kerajaan telah menaikkan tahap kelayakan pendapatan isi rumah bagi pemberian bantuan kebajikan di bawah Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat. Kelayakan pendapatan isi rumah kini ditingkatkan daripada RM400 sebulan kepada RM720 sebulan untuk semenanjung, RM830 sebulan untuk Sarawak dan RM960 untuk Sabah.

Menghargai jasa pesara, dan bagi membantu pesara berpendapatan rendah yang menghadapi kesukaran untuk menampung sara hidup harian, pesara kerajaan yang telah berkhidmat sekurang-kurangnya 25 tahun akan menerima pencen tidak kurang daripada RM720 sebulan mulai 1 Januari 2009.

Kerajaan akan menubuhkan satu tabung khas berjumlah RM25 juta bagi menyalurkan pemberian kewangan kepada keluarga yang hilang punca punca pendapatan secara mengejut seperti akibat kemalangan.

Memandangkan tanggungjawab besar ibu pelihara di Rumah Tunas Harapan, kerajaan telah menaikkan jumlah Elaun Ibu Pelihara daripada RM600 kepada RM1,000 sebulan. Kenaikan ini berkuatkuasa mulai 1 September 2008.

Membasmi kemiskinan

Kadar kemiskinan dikurangkan dari 5.7 peratus pada 2004 kepada 3.6 peratus pada tahun 2007.

Kerajaan telah menyediakan RM50 juta dibawah Program Bantuan Rumah untuk membina 1,400 rumah baru dan membaikpulih 1,000 buat rumah.

Usaha akan terus diambil untuk meningkatkan pendapatan dan kualiti hidup rakyat di Sabah dan Sarawak, terutamanya untuk mempertingkatkan kemudahan asas, seperti bekalan elektrik, air dan jalan luar bandar. Untuk ini, RM580 juta disediakan bagi Sabah dan Rm420 juta untuk Sarawak.

Kecuali bil elektrik RM20

Isi rumah yang membayar bil elektrik RM20 dan ke bawah sebulan tidak perlu menbayar bil elektrik berkuatkuasa 1 Oktober 2008 sehingga akhir 2009.

Pertumbuhan Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) Malaysia ialah 6.3 peratus bagi suku kedua 2008, menjadikan pertumbuhan setengah tahun pertama tahun ini pada tahap 6.7 peratus.

Cukai pendapatan

Rebat cukai pendapatan dinaikkan dari RM350 kepada RM400 bagi pendapatan bercukai RM35,000. Ekoran itu 100,000 pembayar cukai dari golongan berpendapatan rendah, tidak lagi dikenakan cukai.

Barangan pengguna

Duti import atas beberapa barangan pengguna – pengisar makanan, periuk nasi, ketuhar gelombang mikro dan cerek elektrik – dikurangkan dari antara 10 hingga 60 peratus kepada 5 hingga 30 peratus.

Cukai jalan

Cukai jalan bagi kenderaan penumpang bersendirian berenjin diesel milik individu dan syarikat, dikurangkan mengikut kadar cukai jalan kenderaan berenjin petrol, mulai 1 September 2008.

Orang Kurang Upaya (OKU)

Memberi elaun RM150 sebulan kepada Orang Kurang Upaya (OKU).

Murid OKU di sekolah pendidikan khas akan ditambah dari RM50 kepada RM150.

Bayaran insentif RM200 sebulan untuk pembantu guru di sekolah pendidikan khas.

Kakitangan kerajaan

Bayaran bonus sebulan gaji bagi 2008 atau minimum RM1,000 dalam dua bayaran pada September dan Disember ini.

Tempoh pinjaman perumahan dilanjutkan dari 25 tahun kepada 30 tahun bagi pinjaman baru

Kemudahan pinjaman perumahan bagi kerja ubahsuai rumah yang tidak dibeli melalui pinjaman perumahan kerajaan

Buka panel insurans pinjaman perumahan kerajaan kepada semua syarikat insurans yang layak. Pada masa ini ia terhad kepada lima syarikat sahaja.

Kelayakan pendapatan isirumah untuk mendapat subsidi yuran Taska bulanan RM180, dinaikkan dari RM2,000 kepada RM3,000 mulai 1 Januari 2009.

Kemudahan tambang pergi-balik percuma sekali dalam tempoh dua tahun untuk mengunjungi wilayah asal iaitu antara Semenanjung dan Sabah serta Sarawak ditambah daripada sekali bagi setiap dua tahun, kepada setiap tahun mulai 1 Januari 2009.

Pembangunan Koridor Pertumbuhan

Iskandar Malaysia – Peruntukan tambahan RM300 juta di bawah Dana Pelaburan Strategik disediakan bagi melaksanakan projek perkongsian sektor awam dan swasta, seperti pengangkutan, perkhidmatan kesihatan, pendidikan dan industri kreatif.

Pelancongan

Kerajaan sedia peruntukan RM50 juta untuk kerja pemuliharaan di Pulau Pinang dan Melaka, yang akan dikendalikan oleh badan bukan kerajaan dan sektor swasta.

Pelaburan baru oleh pengusaha hotel bertaraf empat dan lima bintang di Sabah dan Sarawak dikecualikan cukai pendapatan 100 peratus atau elaun cukai pelaburan 100 peratus bagi tempoh lima tahun.

Syarikat modal teroka yang melabur sekurang-kurangnya 30 peratus dalam bentuk permulaan dan pembiayaan peringkat awal.

Pasukan Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM)

Peruntukan RM5.4 bilion untuk tingkatkan keupayaan PDRM – RM4.8 bilion bagi belanja mengurus dan RM600 juta belanja pembangunan.

Peruntukan RM200 juta bagi pembinaan ibupejabat, balai dan pondok polis di seluruh negara.

Semua premis perniagaan yang memasang alat kawalan keselamatan di beri Elaun Modal Dipercepatkan yang boleh dituntut sepenuhnya dalam tempoh satu tahun.

Pengangkutan

K’jaan sedia kemudahan pinjaman mudah melalui dana pengangkutan awam RM3 bilion di bawah Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad untuk biayai perolehan aset bas dan rel

Pengurangan 50 peratus bayarn tol bagi semua bas, kecuali di pintu masuk sempadan iaitu Tambak Johor, Link Kedua dan Bukit Kayu Hitam untuk tempoh du atahun mulai 15 September 2008.

Kecekapan pengangkutan awam ditingkatkan melalui perbelanjaan RM35 bilion dari 2009 hingga 2014.

Kesihatan

Duti eksais spesifik ke atas rokok dinaikkan sebanyak 3 peratus sebarang – dari 15 sen kepada 18 sen.

Dengan ini, cukai untuk sekotak rokok 20 batang kini meningkat sebanyak 60 sen.

– Kadar bayaran insentif pakar perubatan akan dinaikkan untuk 3,800 pegawai dengan perbelanjaan tambahan RM26 juta.

Kadar bayaran insentif pasukan perubatan udara di Sabah dan Sarawak dinaikkan.

Bagi pembantu perubatan, kadar bayaran dinaikkan dari RM20 kepada RM30 satu penerbangan pergi balik.

Bagi jururawat pula, dari RM15 kepada RM30 satu penerbangan pergi balik.

Pengecualian cukai bagi perubatan radisional seperti akupuntur dan ayuvedic.

Nelayan dan petani

Peruntukan RM300 juta, yang mana RM180 juta adalah untuk menampung sara hidup nelayan dan pemilik bot perikanan manakala RM120 juta sebagai insentif tangkapan ikan.

Elauan pelaburan semula sebanyak 60 peratus bagi tempoh 15 tahun bagi pelaburan tambahan bagi penternak ayam dan itik.

Peruntukan RM475 juta bagi bantuan input pertanian, baja dan racun perosak bagi membantu pesawah.

Pemansuhan duti import bagi baja dan racun perosak.

sumber: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/88829

The Amazing Qur’an

August 28, 2008 at 3:55 pm | Posted in AL-QURAN | Leave a comment

Gary Miller

Calling the Qur’an amazing is not something done only by Muslims, who have an appreciation for the book and who are pleased with it; it has been labeled amazing by non-Muslims as well. In fact, even people who hate Islam very much have still called it amazing.

One thing which surprises non-muslims who are examining the book very closely is that the Qur’an does not appear to them to be what they expected. What they assume is that they have an old book which came fourteen centuries ago from the Arabian desert; and they expect that the book should look something like that – an old book from the desert. And then they find out that it does not resemble what they expected at all. Additionally, one of the first things that some people assume is that because it is an old book which comes from the desert, it should talk about the desert. Well the Qur’an does talk about the desert – some of its imagery describes the desert; but it also talks about the sea – what it’s like to be in a storm on the sea.

Some years ago, the story came to us in Toronto about a man who was in the merchant marine and made his living on the sea. A Muslim gave him a translation of the Qur’an to read. The merchant marine knew nothing about the history of Islam but was interešted in reading the Qur’an. When he finished reading it, he brought it back to the Muslim and asked, “This Muhammed, was he a sailor?” He was impressed at how accurately the Qur’an describes a storm on a sea. When he was told,

“No as a matter of fact, Muhammed lived in the desert,” that was enough for him. He embraced Islam on the spot. He was so impressed with the Qur’an’s description because he had been in a storm on the sea, and he knew that whoever had written that description had also been in a storm on the sea. The description of “a wave, over it a wave, over it clouds”1 was not what someone imagining a storm on a sea to be like would have written; rather, it was written by someone who knew what a storm on the sea was like. This is one example of how the Qur’an is not tied to a certain place and time. Certainly, the scientific ideas expressed in it also do not seem to originate from the desert fourteen centuries ago.

Many centuries before the onset of Muhammed’s Prophethood, there was a well-known theory of atomism advanced by the Greek philosopher, Democritus. He and the people who came after him assumed that matter consists of tiny, indestructible, indivisible particles called atoms. The Arabs too, used to deal in the same concept; in fact, the Arabic word dharrah ( ) commonly referred to the smallest particle known to man. Now, modern science has discovered that this smallest unit of matter (i.e., the atom, which has all of the same properties as its element) can be split into its component parts. This is a new idea, a development of the last century; yet, interestingly enough, this information had already been documented in the Qur’an which states:

He Ei.e., Allah is aware of an atom’s weight in the heavens and on the earth and even anything smaller than that…”2

Undoubtedly, fourteen centuries ago that statement would have looked unusual, even to an Arab. For him, the dharrah was the smallest thing there was. Indeed, this is proof, that the Qur’an is not outdated.

Another example of what one might expect to find in an “old book” that touches upon the subject of health or medicine is outdated remedies or cures. Various historical sources state that the Prophet ~ gave some advice about health and hygiene, yet most of these pieces of advice are not contained in the Qur’an. At first glance, to the non-Muslims this appears to be a negligent omission. They cannot understand why Allah would not “include” such helpful information in the Qur’an. Some Muslims attempt to explain this absence with the following argument: “Although the Prophet’s advice was sound and applicable to the time in which he lived, Allah, in His infinite wisdom, knew that there would come later medical and scientific advances which would make the Prophet’s advice appear outdated. When later discoveries occurred, people might say that such information contradicted that which the Prophet had given. Thus, since Allah would never allow any opportunity for the non-Muslims to claim that the Qur’an contradicts itself or the teachings of the Prophet. He only included in the Qur’an information and examples which could stand the test of time.” However, when one examines the true realities of the Qur’an in terms of its existence as a divine revelation, the entire matter is quickly brought into its proper perspective, and the error in such argumentation becomes clear and understandable. It must be understood that the Qur’an is a divine revelation, and as such, all information in it is of divine origin. Allah revealed the Qur’an from Himself. It is the words of Allah, which existed before creation, and thus nothing can be added, subtracted or altered. In essence, the Qur’an existed and was complete before the creation of Prophet Muhammed so it could not possibly contain any of the Prophet’s own words or advice. An inclusion of such information would clearly contradict the purpose for which the Qur’an exists, compromise its authority and render it inauthentic as a divine revelation.

Consequently, there was no “home remedies” in the Qur’an which one could claim to be outdated; nor does it contain any man’s view about what is beneficial to health, what food is best to eat, or what will cure this or that disease. In fact, the Qur’an only mentions one item dealing with medical treatment, and it is not in dispute by anyone. It states that in honey there is healing. And certainly, 1 do not think that there is anyone who will argue with that!

If one assumes that the Qur’an is the product of a man’s mind, then one would expect it to reflect some of what was going on in the mind of the man who “composed” it. In fact, certain encyclopedias and various books claim that the Qur’an was the product of hallucinations that Muhammed underwent. If these claims are true – if it indeed originated from some psychological problems in Muhammed’s mind – then evidence of this would be apparent in the Qur’an. Is there such evidence? In order to determine whether or not there is, one must first identify what things would have been going on in his mind at that time and then search for these thoughts and reflections in the Qur’an.

It is common knowledge that Muhammad had a very difficult life. All of his daughters died before him except one, and he had a wife of several years who was dear and important to him, who not only proceeded him in death at a very critical period of his life. As a matter of fact, she must have been quite a woman because when the first revelation came to him, he ran home to her afraid. Certainly, even today one would have a hard time trying to find an Arab who would tell you, “I was so afraid that I ran home to my wife.” They just aren’t that way. Yet Muhammed felt comfortable enough with his wife to be able to do that. That’s how influential and strong woman she was. Although these examples are only a few of the subjects that would have been on Muhammed’s mind, they are sufficient in intensity to prove my point. The Qur’an does not mention any of these things- not the death of his children, not the death of his beloved companion and wife, not his fear of the initial revelations, which he so beautifully shared with his wife – nothing; yet, these topics must have hurt him, bothered him, and caused him pain and grief during periods of his psychological reflections, then these subjects, as well as others, would be prevalent or at least mentioned throughout.

A truly scientific approach to the Qur’an is possible because the Qur’an offers something that is not offered by other religious scriptures, in particular, and other religions, in general. It is what scientists demand. Today there are many people who have ideas and theories about how the universe works. These people are all over the place, but the scientific community does not even bother to listen to them. This is because within the last century the scientific community has demanded a test of falsification. They say, “If you have theory, do not bother us with it unless you bring with that theory a way for us to prove whether you are wrong or not.”

Such a test was exactly why the scientific community listened to Einstein towards the beginning of the century. He came with a new theory and said, “1 believe the universe works like this; and here are three ways to prove whether 1 ám wrong!”. So the scientific community subjected his theory to the tests, and within six years it passed all three. Of course, this does not prove that he was great, but it proves that he deserved to be listened to because he said, “This is my idea; and if you want to try to prove me wrong, do this or try that.”

This is exactly what the Qur’an has – falsification tests. Some are old (in that they have already been proven true), and some still exist today. Basically it states, “If this book is not what it claims to be, then all you have to do is this or this or this to prove that it is false.” Of course, in 1400 years no one has been able to do “This or this or this, ” and thus it is still considered true and authentic.

I suggest to you that the next time you get into dispute with someone about Islam and he claims that he has the truth and that you are in darkness, you leave all other arguments at first and make this suggestion. Ask him, “Is there any falsification test in your religion? Is there anything in your religion that would prove you are wrong if I could prove to you that it exists-anything?” Well, I can promise right now that people will not have anything – no test, no proof, nothing!

This is because they do not carry around the idea that they should not only present what they believe but should also offer others a chance to prove they’re wrong. However, Islam does that. A perfect example of how Islam provides man with a chance to verify it authenticity and “prove it wrong” occurs in the 4th chapter. And quiet honestly, I was surprised when I first discovered this challenge. It states:

“Do they not consider the Qur’an? Had it been from any other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.”3

This is a clear challenge to the non-Muslim. Basically, it invites him to find a mistake. As a matter of fact, the seriousness and difficulty of the challenge aside, the actual presentation of such a challenge in the first place is not even in human nature and is inconsistent with man’s personality. One doesn’t take an exam in school after finishing the exam, write a note to the instructor at the end saying, “This exam is perfect. There are no mistakes in it. Find one if you can!”. One just doesn’t do that. The teacher would not sleep until he found a mistake! And yet this is the way the Qur’an approaches people.

Another interesting attitude that exists in the Qur’an repeatedly deals with its advice to the reader. The Qur’an informs that reader about different facts and then gives the advice: “If you want to know more about this or that, or if you doubt what is said, then you should ask those who have knowledge.” This too is a surprising attitude. It is not usual to have a book that comes from someone without training in geography, botany, biology, etc., who discusses these subjects and then advises the reader to ask men of knowledge if he doubts anything. Yet in every age there have been Muslims who have followed the advice of the Qur’an and made surprising discoveries. If one looks to the works of Muslim scientists in many centuries ago, one will find them full of quotations from the Qur’an. These works state that they did research in such a place, looking for something. And they affirm that the reason they looked in such and such a place was that the Qur’an pointed them in that direction. For example, the Qur’an mentions man’s origin and then tells the reader, “Research it!” It gives the reader a hint where to look and then states that one should find out more about it. This is the kind of thing that Muslims today largely seem to overlook – but not always, as illustrated in the following example. A few years ago, a group of men in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia collected all if the verses in the Qur’an which discuss embryology – the growth of the human being in the womb. They said, “Here is what the Qur’an says. Is it the truth?” In essence, they took the advice of the Qur’an: “Ask the men who know.” They chose, as it happened, a non-Muslim who is a professor of embryology at the University of Toronto. His name is Keith Moore, and he is the author of textbooks on embryology – a world expert on the subject. They invited him to Riyadh and said, “This is what the Qur’an says about your subject. Is it true? What can you tell us?”

While he was in Riyadh, they gave him all of the help that he needed in translation and all of the cooperation for which he asked. And he was so surprised at what he found that he changed his textbooks. In fact, in the second edition of one of his books, called Before we are born… in the second edition about the history of embryology, he included some material that was not in the first edition because of what he found in the Qur’an. Truly this illustrates that the Qur’an was ahead of its time and that those who believe in the Qur’an know what other people do not know.

1 had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Keith Moore for a television presentation, and we talked a great deal about this – it was illustrated by slides and so on. He mentioned that some of the things that the Qur’an states about the growth of the human being were not known until thirty years ago. In fact, he said that one item in particular – the Qur’an’s description of the human being as a “leech-like clot”4 (‘alaqah) at one stage – was new to him; but when he checked on it, he found that it was true, and so he added it to his book. He said, “1 never thought of that before,” and he went to the zoology department and asked for a picture of a leech. When he found that it Iooked just like the human embryo, he decided to include both pictures in one of his textbooks.

Dr. Moore also wrote a book on clinical embryology, and when he presented this information in Toronto, it caused quite a stir throughout Canada. It was on the front pages of some of the newspapers across Canada, and some of the headlines were quite funny. For instance, one headline read: “SURPRISING THING FOUND IN ANCIENT BOOK!” It seems obvious from this example that people do not clearly understand what it is all about. As a matter of fact, one newspaper reporter asked Professor Moore, “Don’t you think That maybe the Arabs might have known about these things – the description of the embryo, its appearance and how it changes and grows? Maybe there were not scientists, but maybe they did something crude dissections on their own – carved up people and examined these things.” The professor immediately pointed out to him that he [i.e., the reporter] had missed a very important point -all of the slides of the embryo that had been shown and had been projected in the film had come from pictures taken through a microscope. He said, “It does not matter if someone had tried to discover embryology fourteen centuries ago, they could not have seen it!”.

All of the descriptions in the Qur’an of the appearance of the embryo are of the item when it is still too mall to see with the eye; therefore, one needs a microscope to see it. Since such a device had only been around for little more than two hundred years, Dr. Moore taunted, “Maybe fourteen centuries ago someone secretly had a microscope and did this research, making no mistakes anywhere. Then he somehow taught Muhammad and convinced him to put this information in his book. Then he destroyed his equipment and kept it a secret forever. Do you believe that? You really should not unless you bring some proof because it is such a ridiculous theory.” In fact, when he was asked Undoubtedly, there is an attitude in the Qur’an which is not found anywhere else. It is interesting how when the Qur’an provides information, it often tells the reader, “You did not know this before.” Indeed, there is no scripture that exists which makes that claim. All of the other ancient writings and scriptures that people have, do give a lot of information, but they always state where the information came from. For example, when the Bible discusses ancient history, it states that this king lived here, this one fought in a certain battle, another one had so many sons, etc. Yet it always stipulates that if you want more information, then you should read the book of so and so because that is where the information came from. In contrast to this concept, the Qur’an provides the reader with information and states that this information is something new. Of course, there always exists the advice to research the information provided and verify its authenticity. It is interesting that such a concept was never challenged by non-Muslims fourteen centuries ago. Indeed, the Makkans who hated the Muslims, and time and time again they heard such revelations claiming to bring new information; yet, they never spoke up and said, “This is not new. We know where Muhammad got this information. We learned this at school.” They could never challenge its authenticity because it really was new!

In concurrence with the advice given in the Qur’an to research information (even if it is new), when ‘Umar was caliph, he chose a group of men and sent them to find the wall of Dhul-Qarnayn. Before the Qur’anic revelation, the Arabs had never heard of such a wall, but because the Qur’an described it, they were able to discover it. As a matter of fact, it is now located in what is called Durbend in the Soviet Union.

It must be stressed here that the Qur’an is accurate about many, many things, but accuracy does not necessarily mean that a book is a divine revelation. In fact, accuracy is only one of the criteria for divine revelations. For instance, the telephone book is accurate, but that does not mean that it is divinely revealed. The real problem lies in that one must establish some proof of the source the Qur’an’s information. The emphasis is on the reader. One cannot simply deny the Qur’an’s authenticity without sufficient proof. If, indeed, one finds a mistake, then he has the right to disqualify it. This is exactly what th~ Qur’an encourages. Once a man came up to me after a lecture 1 delivered in South Africa. He was very angry about what 1 had said, and 50 he claimed, “1 am going to go home tonight and find a mistake in the Qur’an.” Of course, 1 said, “Congratulations. That is the most intelligent thing that you have said.” Certainly, this is the approach Muslims need to take with those who doubt the Qur’an’s authenticity, because the Qur’an itself offers the same challenge. An inevitably, after accepting it’s challenge and discovering that it is true, these people will come to believe it because they could not disqualify it. In essence, the Qur’an earns their respect because they themselves have had to verify its authenticity.

An essential fact that cannot be reiterated enough concerning the authenticity of the Qur’an is that one’s inability to explain a phenomenon himself does not require his acceptance of the phenomenon’s existence or another person’s explanation of it. Specifically, just because one cannot explain something does not mean that one has to accept someone else’s explanation. However, the person’s refusal of other explanations reverts the burden of proof back on himself to find a feasible answer. This general theory applies to numerous concepts in life, but fits most wonderfully with the Qur’anic challenge, for it creates a difficulty for one who says, “I do not believe it.” At the onset of refusal one immediately has an obligation to find an explanation himself if he feels others’ answers are inadequate. In fact, in one particular Qur’anic verse which I have always seen mistranslated into English, Allah mentions a man who heard the truth explained to him. It states that he was derelict in his duty because after he heard the information, he left without checking the verity of what he had heard. In other words, one is guilty if he hears something and does not research it and check to see whether it is true. One is supposed to process all information and decide what is garbage to be thrown out and what is worthwhile information to be kept and benefited from at a later date. One cannot just let it rattle around in his head. It must be put in the proper categories and approached from that point of view. For example, if the information is still speculatory, then one must discern whether it’s closer to being true or false. But if all of the facts have been presented, then one must decide absolutely between these two options. And even if one is not positive about the authenticity of the information, he is still required to process all of the information and make the admission that he just does not know for sure. Although this last point appears to be futile, in actuality, it is beneficial to the arrival at a positive conclusion at a later time in that it forces the person to at least recognize, research and review the facts. This familiarity with the information will give the person “the edge” when future discoveries are made and additional information is presented. The important thing is that one deals with the facts and does not simply discard them out of empathy and disinterest.

The real certainty about the truthfulness of the Qur’an is evident in the confidence which is prevalent throughout it; and this confidence comes from a different approach – “Exhausting the Alternatives.” In essence, the Qur’an states, “This book is a divine revelation; if you do not believe that, then what is it?” In other words, the reader is challenged to come up with some other explanation. Here is a book made of paper and ink. Where did it come from? It says it is a divine revelation; if it is not, then what is its source? The interesting fact is that no one has with an explanation that works. In fact, all alternatives have bee exhausted. As has been well established by non-Muslims, these alternatives basically are reduces to two mutually exclusive schools of thought, insisting on one or the other. On one hand, there exists a large group of people who have researched the Qur’an for hundreds of years and who claim, “One thing we know for sure – that man, Muhammad, thought he was a prophet. He was crazy!” They are convinced that Muhammad was fooled somehow. Then on the other hand, there is another group which alleges, “Because of this evidence, one thing we know for sure is that that man, Muhammad, was a liar!” Ironically, these two groups never seem to get together without contradicting. In fact, many references on Islam usually claim both theories. They start out by saying that Muhammad was crazy and then end by saying that he was a liar. They never seem to realize that he could not have been both! For example, if one is deluded and really thinks that he is a prophet, then he does not sit up late at night planning, “How will I fool the people tomorrow so that they think I am a prophet?” He truly believes that he is a prophet, and he trusts that the answer will be given to him by revelation.

As a matter of fact, a great deal of the Qur’an came in answer to questions. Someone would ask Muhammad a question, and the revelation would come with the answer to it. Certainly, if one is crazy and believes that an angel put words in his ear, then when someone asks him a question, he thinks that the angel will give him the answer. Because he is crazy, he really thinks that. He does not tell someone to wait a short while and then run to his friends and ask them, “Does anyone know the answer?” This type of behavior is characteristic of one who does not believe that he is a prophet. What the non-Muslims refuse to accept is that you cannot have it both ways. One can be deluded, or he can be a liar. He can be either one or neither, but he certainly cannot be both! The emphasis is on the fact that they are unquestionably mutually exclusive personal traits.

The following scenario is a good example of the kind of circle that non-Muslims go around in constantly. If you ask one of them, “What is the origin of the Qur’an?” He tells you that it originated from the mind of a man who was crazy. Then you ask him, “If it came from his head, then where did he get the information contained in it? Certainly the Qur’an mentions many things with which the Arabs were not familiar.” So in order to explain the fact which you bring him, he changes his position and says, “Well, maybe he was not crazy. Maybe some foreigner brought him the information. So he lied and told people that he was a prophet.” At this point then you have to ask him, “If Muhammad was a liar, then where did he get his confidence? Why did he behave as though he really thought he was a prophet?” Finaily backed into a corner, like a cat he quickly lashes out with the first response that comes to his mind. Forgetting that he has already exhausted that possibility, he claims, “Well, maybe he wasn’t a liar. He was probably crazy and really thought that he was a prophet. “And thus he begins the futile circle again.

As has already been mentioned, there is much information contained in the Qur’an whose source cannot be attributed to anyone other than Allah. For example, who told Muhammad about the wall of DhuI-Qarnayn – a place hundreds of miles to the north? Who told him about embryology? When people assemble facts such as these, if they are not willing to attribute their existence to a divine source, they automatically resort to the assumption someone brought Muhammad the information and that he used it to fool the people. However, this theory can easily be disproved with one simple question: “If Muhammad was a liar, where did he get his confidence? Why did he tell some people out right to their face what others could never say?” Such confidence depends completely upon being convinced that one has a true divine revelation. For example, the Prophet had an uncle by the name of Abu Lahab. This man hated Islam to such an extent that he used to follow the Prophet around in order to discredit him. If Abu Lahab saw the Prophet speaking to a stranger, he would wait until they parted and then would go to the stranger and ask him, “What did he tell you? Did he say, ‘Black.’? Well, it’s white. Did he say, ‘Morning.’? Well, it’s night.” He faithfully said the exact opposite of whatever he heard Muhammad and the Muslims say. However, about ten years before Abu Lahab died, a little chapter in the Qur’an5 was revealed to him. It distinctly stated that he would go to the Fire (i.e.,Hell). In other words, it affirmed that he would never become a Muslim and would therefore be condemned forever. For ten years all Abu Lahab had to do was say, “1 heard that it has been revealed to Muhammad that 1 will never change – that 1 will never become a Muslim and will enter the Hellfire. Well 1 want to become a Muslim now. How do you like that? What do you think of your divine revelation now?” But he never did that. And yet, that is exactly the kind of behavior one would have expected from him since he always sought to contradict Islam. In essence, Muhammad said, “You hate me and you want to finish me? Here, say these words, and 1 am finished. Come on, say them!” But Abu Lahab never said them. Ten years! And in all that time he never accepted Islam or even became sympathetic to the Islamic cause. How could Muhammad possibly have known for sure that Abu Lahab would fulfill the Qur’anic revelation if he (i.e., Muhammad) was not truly the messenger of Allah? How could he possibly have been so confident as to give someone 10 years to discredit his claim of Prophethood? The only answer is that he was Allah’s messenger; for in order to put forth suck a risky challenge, one has to be entirely convinced that he has a divine revelation.

Another example of the confidence which Muhammad had in his own Prophethood and consequently in the divine protection of himself and his message is when he left Makkah and hid in a cave with Abu Bakr during their emigration to Madeenah. The two clearly saw people coming to kill them, and Abu Bakr was afraid. Certainly, if Muhammad was a liar, a forger and one who was trying to fool the people into believing that he was a prophet, one would have expected him to say in such a circumstance to his friend, “Hey, Abu Bakr, see if you can find a back way out of this cave.” Or “Squat down in that corner over there and keep quiet.” Yet, in fact, what he said to Abu Bakr clearly illustrated his confidence. He told him, “Relax! Allah is with us, and Allah will save us!” Now, if one knows that he is fooling the people, where does one get this kind of attitude? In fact, such a frame of mind is not characteristic of a liar or a forger at all.

So, as has been previously mentioned, the non-Muslims go around and around in a circle, searching for a way out – some way to explain the findings in the Qur’an without attributing them to their proper source. On one hand, they tell you on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, “The man was a liar,” and on the other hand, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday they tell you, “He was crazy.” What they refuse to accept is that one cannot have it both ways; yet they refuse to accept is that one cannot have it both ways; yet they need both excuses to explain the information in the Qur’an.

About seven years ago, I had a minister over to my home. In the particular room which we were sitting there was a Qur’an on the table, face down, and so the minister was not aware of which book it was. In the midst of a discussion, I pointed to the Qur’an and said, “I have confidence in that book.” Looking at the Qur’an but not knowing which book it was, he replied, “Well, 1 tell you, if that book is not the Bible, it was written by a man!” In response to his statement, 1 said, “Let me tell you something about what is in that book.” And in just three to four minutes 1 related to him a few things contained in the Qur’an. After just those three or four minutes, he completely changed his position and declared, “You are right. A man did not write that book. The Devil wrote it!” Indeed, possessing such an attitude is very unfortunate – for many reasons. For one thing, it is a very quick and cheap excuse. It is an instant exit out of an uncomfortable situation. As a matter of fact, there is a famous story in the Bible that mentions how one day some of the Jews were witnesses when Jesus raised a man from the dead. The man had been dead for four days, and when Jesus arrived, he simply said, “Get up!” and the man arose and walked away. At such a sight, some of the Jews who were watching said disbelievingly, “This is the Devil. The Devil helped him!” Now this story is rehearsed often in churches all over the world, and people cry big tears over it, saying, “Oh, if 1 had been there, 1 would not have been as stupid as the Jews!” Yet ironically, these people do exactly what the Jews did when in just three minutes you show them only a small part of the Qur’an and all they can say is, “Oh, the Devil did it. The devil wrote that book!”. Because they are truly backed into a corner and have no other viable answer, they resort to the quickest and cheapest excuse available.

Another example of people’s use of this weak stance can be found in the Makkans’ explanation of the source of Muhammed’s message. They used to say, “The devils bring Muhammad that Qur’an!” But just as with every other suggestion made, the Qur’an gives the answer. One verse in particular states:

“And they say, ‘Surely he is possessed [byjinn], ‘but it [i.e., the Qur’an] is not except areminder to the worlds.”6

Thus it gives an argument in reply to such a theory. In fact, there are many arguments in the Qur’an in reply to the suggestion that devils brought Muhammad ~ ~ ~ his message. For example, in the 26th chapter Allah clearly affirms:

“No evil ones have brought it [i.e., this revelation] down. It would neither be fitting for them, nor would they be able. Indeed they have been removed far from hearing.”7

And in another place in the Qur’an, Allah instructs us:

“So when you recite the Qur’an seek refuge in Allah from Shaytaan, the rejected.”8
Now is this how Satan writes a book? He telis one, “Before you read my book, ask God to save you from me.”? This is very, very tricky. Indeed, a man could write something like this, but would Satan do this? Many people clearly illustrate that they cannot come to one conclusion on this subject. On one hand, they claim that Satan would not do such a thing and that even if he could, God would not allow him to; yet, on the other hand, they also believe that Satan is only that much less than God. In essence they allege that the Devil can probably do whatever God can do. And as a result, when they look at the Qur’an, even as surprised as they are as to how amazing it is, they still insist, “The Devil did this!”

Thanks be to Allah, Muslims do not have that attitude. Although Satan may have some abilities, they are a long way separated from the abilities of Allah. And no Muslim is a Muslim unless he believes that. It is common knowledge even among non-Muslims that the Devil can easily make mistakes, and it would be expected that he would contradict himself if and when he wrote a book. For indeed, the Qur’an states:

“Do they not consider the Qur’an? Had it been from any other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.”9

In conjunction with the excuses that non-Muslims advance in futile attempts to justify unexplainable verses in the Qur’an, there is another attack often rendered which seems to be a combination of the theories that Muhammad was crazy and a liar.

Basically, these people propose that Muhammad was insane, and as a result of his delusion, he lied to and misled people. There is a name for this in psychology. It is referred to as mythomania. It means simply that one tells lies and then believes them. This is what the non-Muslims say Muhammad suffered from. But the only problem with this proposal is that one suffering from mythomania absolutely cannot deal with facts, and yet the whole Qur’an is based entirely upon facts. Everything contained in it can be researched and established as true. Since facts are such a problem for a mythomaniac, when a psychologist tries to treat one suffering from that condition, he continually confronts him with facts. For example, if one is mentally ill and claims, “I am the king of England,” a psychologist does not say to him “No you aren’t. You are crazy!” He just does not do that. Rather, he confronts him with facts and says, “O.K., you say you are the king of England. So tell me where the queen is today. And where is your prime minister? And where are your guards?” Now, when the man has trouble trying to deal with these questions, he tries to make excuses, saying UIh… the queen… she has gone to her mother’s. Uh… the prime minister… well he died.” And eventually he is cured because he cannot deal with the facts. If the psychologist continues confronting him with enough facts, finally he faces the reality and says, “1 guess 1 am not the king of England.”

The Qur’an approaches everyone who reads it in very much the same way a psychologist treats his mythomania patient. There is a verse in the Qur’an which states:

“Oh mankind, there has come to you an admonition [i.e., the Qur’an] from your Lord and a healing for what is in the hearts – and guidance and mercy for the believers.”°

At first glance, this statement appears vague, but the meaning of this verse is clear when one views it in light of the aforementioned example. Basically, one is healed of his delusions by reading the Qur’an. In essence, it is therapy. It literally cures deluded people by confronting them with facts. A prevalent attitude throughout the Qur’an is one which says, “Oh mankind, you say such and such about this; but what about such and such? How can you say this when you know that?” And so forth. It forces one to consider what is relevant and what matters while simultaneously healing one of the delusions that the facts presented to mankind by Allah can easily be explained away with flimsy theories and excuses.

It is this very sort of thing – confronting people with facts – that had captured the attention of many non-Muslims. In fact, there exists a very interesting reference concerning this subject in the New Catholic Encyclopedia. In an article under the subject of the Qur’an, the Catholic Church states, “Over the centuries, many theories have been offered as to the origin of the Qur’an… Today no sensible man accepts any of these theories.”!! Now here is the age-old Catholic Church, which has been around for so many centuries, denying these futile attempts to explain away the Qur’an. Indeed, the Qur’an is a problem for the Catholic Church. It states that it is revelation, so they study it. Certainly, they would love to find proof that it is not, but they cannot. They cannot find a viable explanation. But at least they are honest in their research and do not accept the first unsubstantiated interpretation which comes along. The Church states that in fourteen centuries it has not yet been presented a sensible explanation. At least it admits that the Qur’an is not an easy subject to dismiss. Certainly, other people are much less honest. They quickly say, “Oh, the Qur’an came from here. The Qur’an came from there.” And they do not even examine the credibility of what they are stating most of the time.

Of course, such a statement by the Catholic Church leaves the everyday Christian in some difficulty. It just may be that he has his own ideas as to the origin of the Qur’an, but as a single member of the Church, he cannot really act upon his own theory. Such an action would be contrary to the obedience, allegiance and loyalty which the Church demands. By virtue of his membership, he must accept what the Catholic Church declares without question and establish its teachings as part of his everyday routine. So, in essence, if the Catholic Church as a whole is saying, “Do not listen to these unconfirmed reports about the Qur’an,” then what can be said about the Islamic point of view? Even non-Muslims are admitting that there is something to the Qur’an -something that has to be acknowledged – then why are people so stubborn and defensive and hostile when Muslims advance the very same theory? This is certainly something for those with mind a to contemplate -something to ponder for those of understanding!

Recently, the leading intellectual in the Catholic Church – a man by the name of Hans – studied the Qur’an and gave his opinion of what he had read. This man has been around for some time, and he is highly respected in the Catholic Church, and after careful scrutiny, he reported his findings, concluding, “God has spoken to man through the man, Muhammad

Again this is a conclusion arrived at by a non-Muslim source – the very leading intellectual of the Catholic Church himself! I do not think that the Pope agrees with him, but nonetheless, the opinion of such a noted, repute public figure must carry some weight in defense of the Muslim position. He must be applauded for facing the reality that the Qur’an is not something which can be easily pushed aside and that, in fact God is the source of these words. As is evident from the aforementioned information, all of the possibilities have been exhausted, so the chance of finding another possibility of dismissing the Qur’an is nonexistent. For if the book is not a revelation, then it is a deception; and iiit is a deception, one must ask, “What is its origin” And where does it deceive us?” Indeed, the true answers to these questions shed light on the Qur’an’s authenticity and silence the bitter unsubstantiated claims of the unbelievers. Certainly, if people are going to insist that the Qur’an is a deception, then they must bring forth evidence to support such a claim. The burden of proof is on them, not us! One is never supposed to advance a theory without sufficient corroborating facts; so I say to them, “Show me one deception! Show me where the Qur’an deceives me! Show me, otherwise, don’t say that it is a deception!” An interesting characteristic of the Qur’an is how it deals with surprising phenomena which relate not only to the past but to modern times as well. In essence, the Qur’an is not and old problem. It is still a problem even today – a problem to the non-Muslims that is. For everyday, every week, every year brings more and more evidence that the Qur’an is a force to be contended with – that its authenticity is no longer to be challenged! For example, one verse in the Qur’an reads;

“Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together, then We clove them asunder, and made from water every living thing? Will they not then believe?”1’

Ironically, this very information is exactly what they awarded the 1973 Noble Prize for – to a couple of unbelievers. The Qur’an reveals the origin of the universe – how it began from one piece – and mankind continues to verify this revelation, even up to now. Additionally, the fact that all life originated from water would not have been an easy thing to convince people of fourteen centuries ago. Indeed, if 1400 years ago you had stood in the desert and told someone, “All of this, you see (pointing to yourself), is made up of mostly water,” no one would have believed you. Proof of that was not available until the invention of the microscope. They had to wait to find out that cytoplasm, the basic substance of the cell, is made-up of 8O% water. Nonetheless, the evidence did come, and once again the Qur’an stood the test of time.

In reference to the falsification tests mentioned earlier, it is interesting to note that they, too, relate to both the past and the present. Some of them were used as illustrations of Allah’s omnipotence and knowledge, while others continue to stand as challenges to the present day. An example of the former is the statement made in the Qur’an about Abu Lahab. It clearly illustrates that Allah, the Knower of the Unseen, knew that Abu Lahab would never change his ways and accept Islam. Thus Allah dictated that he would be condemned to the Hellfire forever. Such a chapter was both an illustration of Allah’s divine wisdom and a warning to those who were like Abu Lahab.

source: http://darulkautsar.com/new/article.php?ArticleID=205

AMALAN-AMALAN SUNNAH PADA BULAN RAMADAN

August 28, 2008 at 3:37 pm | Posted in ARTIKEL | Leave a comment

Oleh Mohd Yaakub bin Mohd Yunus

Bulan Ramadan merupakan bulan yang penuh berkat. Allah melimpahkan
kasih sayang-Nya kepada seluruh hamba-hamba-Nya yang bertakwa.
Ganjaran pahala kurniaan-Nya untuk hamba-Nya yang beribadah pada
bulan Ramadan juga berlipat kali ganda melebihi bulan-bulan yang
lain. Justeru itu tidak hairanlah sekiranya bagi golongan yang
beriman mereka berlumba-lumba untuk mempertingkatkan amal ibadah
mereka pada bulan yang mulia ini. Berikut adalah beberapa amalan-
amalan yang disyari’atkan bagi seluruh umat islam sempena Ramadan al-
Mubarak ini.

Apabila seseorang melihat anak bulan untuk menentukan tarikh
bermulanya bulan Ramadan, dia hendaklah berdoa dengan doa yang telah
diajar oleh Nabi s.a.w iaitu :

“Ya Allah munculkanlah anak bulan ini ke atas kami dengan membawa
keberkatan, keselamatan dan Islam. Tuhanku dan Tuhanmu adalah
Allah.” – Hadis riwayat al-Tirmizi, no: 3373.

Pada bulan Ramadan ini disyariatkan untuk berpuasa yakni
meninggalkan makan dan minum serta segala perbuatan yang keji dari
terbit fajar sehingga terbenam matahari. Sabda Nabi:

“Telah tiba kepada kamu bulan Ramadan bulan yang penuh keberkatan.
Allah telah mewajibkan puasa ke atas kamu semua.” – Hadis riwayat
Ahmad, no: 9133.

Berpuasa bukan sekadar meninggalkan makanan dan minuman. Tetapi,
untuk memperolehi kesempurnaan di dalam berpuasa seseorang
seharusnya juga meninggalkan perkataan-perkataan yang keji serta
perbuatan-perbuatan orang jahil. Rasulullah s.a.w bersabda:

“Puasa adalah perisai. Oleh itu, janganlah seseorang mengerjakan
rafath (perkataan yang keji) atau berbuat sesuatu perkara yang jahil
(menyalahi hukum).” – Hadis riwayat al-Bukhari, no: 1894.

Justeru, disunnahkan bagi orang yang berpuasa meninggalkan perbualan
yang lagha (tidak berfaedah), mengumpat, bercakap kotor, mencerca
orang lain dan sebagainya. Puasa juga mendidik seseorang untuk
menjadi penyabar. Oleh itu, seseorang yang berpuasa disunnahkan
bersabar apabila dicerca mahupun diperangi oleh pihak lain dengan
mengucapkan “sesungguhnya aku sedang berpuasa” sebagaimana sabda
rasulullah s.a.w:

“Puasa adalah perisai. Oleh itu, janganlah seseorang mengerjakan
rafath (perkataan yang keji) dan berbuat sesuatu perkara yang jahil
(menyalahi hukum). Jika seseorang itu diperangi atau dicaci, dia
hendaklah berkata: Sesungguhnya aku sedang berpuasa (Nabi
menyebutnya dua kali). ” – Hadis riwayat Imam al-Bukhari, no: 1894.

Semoga melalui ucapan itu dapat mencegah pihak lain dari mencerca
atau memeranginya. Berbohong boleh mencacatkan kesempurnaan puasa.
Oleh itu, syariat melarang seseorang bercakap bohong ketika berpuasa
dan Allah melarang keras perbuatan dengan ancaman tidak akan
menerima ibadah puasanya. Rasulullah s.a.w bersabda:

“Sesiapa yang tidak meninggalkan perkataan dusta dan melakukan
perbuatan it uterus menerus, Allah langsung tidak berhajat
(memandang) perbuatannya yang meninggalkan makan dan minum
(puasa).” – Hadis riwayat al-Bukhari, no: 1903.

Umat Islam sepatutnya menggunakan kesempatan di bulan Ramadan yang
penuh berkat ini dengan menggandakan amal kebajikan seperti
bersedekah. Rasulullah s.a.w yang sememangnya terkenal dengan sifat
dermawan sentiasa memperbanyakkan sedekah pada bulan Ramadan
berbanding bulan-bulan yang lain. Ibn Abbas r.a berkata:

Nabi s.a.w adalah manusia paling dermawan dalam hal kebaikan dan
kemuncak sifat dermawanan baginda itu ditunjukkan pada bulan
Ramadan.” – Hadis riwayat al-Bukhari, no: 1902.

Disunnahkan kepada seluruh umat Islam agar bertadarus (membaca dan
mempelajari) al-Quran. Sesungguhnya Rasulullah s.a.w bertadarus al-
Quran bersama Jibril a.s pada setiap malam di bulan Ramadan. Ibn
Abbas r.a berkata:

“Jibril a.s menemuinya (Nabi s.a.w ) pada setiap malam di bulan
Ramadan hingga bulan itu berlalu. Nabi s.a.w memperdengarkan bacaan
al-Quran kepadanya.” – Hadis riwayat Imam al-Bukhari, no: 1902.

Para salafussoleh adalah antara umat Nabi s.a.w yang diiktiraf
sebagai generasi terbaik. Terdiri daripada kalangan mereka para
sahabat baginda s.a.w, para tabi’in dan tabi’ al-tabi’in. Mereka
amat mengambil berat amalan membaca al-Quran pada bulan Ramadan dan
sudah menjadi kelaziman bagi mereka mengkhatam al-Quran berkali-kali
pada bulan Ramadan.Bulan Ramadan adalah bulan di mana pintu Rahmat
(kasih sayang) dan pintu keampunan Allah dibuka seluas-luasnya serta
ganjaran pahala dilipat gandakan kepada hamba-Nya tanpa batasan.
Oleh itu, kita hendaklah memperbanyakkan berzikir, berdoa dan
memohon keampunan kepada-Nya kerana pahalanya akan digandakan jauh
lebih tinggi berbanding bulan-bulan yang lain.

Jika berkemampuan, berusahalah untuk mengerjakan ibadah umrah pada
bulan Ramadan kerana pahalanya menyamai pahala mengerjakan ibadah
haji. Rasulullah s.a.w bersabda:

“Apabila datang bulan Ramadan, kerjakanlah umrah kerana sesungguhnya
umrah pada bulan Ramadan adalah menyamai haji.” – Hadis riwayat al-
Bukhari, no: 1782.

Menurut al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani r.h: “Pahala umrah pada
bulan Ramadan menyamai pahala haji. Tetapi, bukan bererti umrah
tersebut dapat mengugurkan kewajipan haji. Berdasarkan ijmak ulama,
umrah tidak dapat menggantikan kewajipan ibadah haji hinggakan orang
yang telah melaksanakan umrah (pada bulan Ramadan) tetap
berkewajipan melaksanakan haji.” – Rujuk Fathul Baari, jil. 10, ms.
27

Pada bulan Ramadan terdapat satu malam yang lebih mulia berbanding
melakukan ibadah selama seribu bulan yang dipanggil sebagai
lailatulqadar. Firman Allah S.W.T:

“Sesungguhnya Kami telah menurunkan (al-Quran) ini pada malam al-
Qadar. Menurut pengetahuanmu, apakah yang kebesaran yang terdapat
pada malam al-Qadar itu? Malam al-Qadar lebih baik daripada seribu
bulan. Pada Malam itu, para malaikat dan Jibril turun dengan izin
Tuhan mereka kerana membawa segala perkara (yang ditakdirkan berlaku
pada tahun berikutnya). Sejahteralah malam (yang berkat) itu hingga
terbit fajar.” – Surah al-Qadr: 1-5.

Justeru itu, kita semua hendaklah menggandakan ibadah kita pada
sepuluh malam yang akhir di bulan Ramadan terutamanya pada malam-
malam yang ganjil, iaitu malam ke 21, 23, 24, 27 dan malam ke 29
demi mendapatkan malam al-Qadar. Baginda bersungguh-sungguh merebut
peluang hidup untuk melakukan ibadah sambil beri’tikaf di masjid.
Ketika beri’tikaf, umat Islam dianjurkan memperbanyakkan ibadah
sunat seperti solat, berdoa, berzikir, membaca al-Quran, berselawat
ke atas Nabi s.a.w, mempelajari ilmu-ilmu agama dan lain-lain.
Aisyah r.a berkata:

“Rasulullah s.a.w bersungguh-sungguh beribadah pada sepuluh hari
terakhir (bulan Ramadan) yang tidak pernah dilakukannya pada waktu
yang lain.” – Hadis riwayat Muslim, no: 1174.

Solat Tarawih atau Qiyam Ramadan merupakan satu sunnah yang amat
dituntut. Umat Islam perlu menghidupkan malam pada bulan Ramadan
dengan amal ibadah seperti solat-solat sunat. Rasulullah s.a.w
bersabda:

“Sesiapa bersolat pada malam Ramadan dengan keimanan sebenar dan
mengharapkan ganjaran (daripada Allah), diampunkan dosa-dosanya yang
telah lalu.” – Hadis riwayat Imam Muslim, no: 759.

Semoga huraian ringkas mengenai sunnah menyambut bulan Ramadan al-
Mubarak ini dapat meningkatkan keazaman semua pihak untuk mencontohi
Rasulullah s.a.w demi memanfaatkan keutamaan yang dianugerahkan oleh
Allah pada bulan Ramadan al-Mubarak ini.

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Tabarru’at Ihya’ Ramadhan & Majlis Ramah Mesra Bersama Mufti Perlis

August 27, 2008 at 2:50 pm | Posted in PENGUMUMAN | Leave a comment

Tabarru’at Ihya’ Ramadhan & Majlis Ramah Mesra Bersama SS Dr.Mohd.Asri Zainul Abidin (Mufti Kerajaan Negeri Perlis)

TEMPAT: Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA), PJ
TARIKH : 13 Ramadhan 1428H/13 Sept 2008 (Sabtu)
MASA : 4.30 ptg – 12.00 mlm

OBJEKTIF PROGRAM
1- Menghidupkan Ramadhan dengan program dan aktiviti yang bermanfaat ke arah mempertingkatkan penghayatan Sunnah Nabi.
2- Menghidangkan kepelbagaian dalam menjayakan program-program penghayatan Sunnah.
3- Mengumpul Dana bagi membiayai aktiviti-aktiviti ke arah Penghayatan Islam berteraskan Al-Quran dan Sunnah. Antaranya:
4- Mengaktifkan lagi Program Dakwah kepada bukan Islam.
5- Memberikan kursus dan latihan praktikal ibadah menurut acuan Sunnah kepada masyarakat Orang Asli dan juga kepada masyarakat tempatan.
6- Menyumbang kepada Institut Ibnu Hajar (Melaka) bagi menjalankan Konvensyen Sunnah ke – 4 yang akan berlangsung di Melaka pada tahun ini.
7- Memberi ruang kepada pendokong Sunnah tanah air untuk berdialog dan berinteraksi(ramah mesra) dengan SS Dr.Mohd.Asri dalam ruang masa yang panjang.

ATURCARA PROGRAM

4.30 – 5.30 ptg: Pendaftaran

5.30 – 6.00 ptg: Penerangan aktiviti IQ yang telah lalu, yang sedang berjalan dan yang akan datang oleh Ust. Hisham Mohd. Rodhi (Timbalan Presiden IQ).

6.00 – 6.10 ptg: Taklimat khas Perkembangan Persiapan Konvensyen Sunnah Ke-4 oleh Ust. Minhat (Penasihat Institut Ibnu Hajar).

6.10 – 7.00 ptg: Tazkirah Ramadhan bertajuk Bersama Nabi s.a.w Di Bulan Ramadhan oleh Ust. Abd.Rasyid Idris (Presiden IQ)

• Menyusuri kehidupan Nabi di bulan Ramadhan seperti peperangan yang dilalui, ibadah seharian seperti bersahur, iftar, Qiyam, iqtikaf dan berhari raya.

7.00 – 8.15 mlm: Persiapan Iftar , Solat Magrib (Imam Ust.Hisham Mohd.Rodhi) dan makan malam (KGPA Special Ramadhan Buffet).

8.23 mlm: Solat Isya’ diimami oleh Ust.Hisham Mohd. Rodhi

Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi:
Institut al-Qayyim – 04-5222691
Abd.Qadir Sahak – 013-4889954
Abd.Wahab Bahari – 019-4484379
Shukri(KL) – 019-3178848
Nik(KL) – 012-2012540
Yuran Penyertaan : RM90.00
Khas untuk pelajar : RM60.00

Credit: Syaikh Khosim (dakwahniaga)

sumber: http://www.al-fikrah.net/News/article/sid=125.html

Keputusan Rasmi PRK P44 Permatang Pauh

August 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm | Posted in PENGUMUMAN | Leave a comment

KEPUTUSAN PILIHANRAYA KECIL PULAU PINANG P44:PERMATANG PAUH

1.Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (KeADILan) 31,195 undi.
2.Hanafi Mamat (AKIM) 92 undi.
3.Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah (BN)15,524 undi.

Jumlah mengundi: 47,258
Peratus keluar mengundi: 81 peratus
Undi rosak: 447 undi
Majoriti: 15,671 undi

Penyandang: Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail (KeADILan)
Undi diperolehi 8 Mac 2008: 30,348
Majoriti: 13,398 undi

sumber: http://anwaribrahimblog.com/2008/08/26/keputusan-rasmi-prk-p44-permatang-pauh/

Anwar ke Parlimen ‘seawal hari esok’

August 26, 2008 at 3:47 pm | Posted in BERITA | Leave a comment

Aug 26, 08 10:26pm
Walaupun berdepan kemungkinan tidak akan mengangkat sumpah secara rasmi sebagai ahli parlimen, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim bertegas akan ke Parlimen esok selepas menang kerusi Permatang Pauh malam ini.

“Insya Allah, seandainya diizinkan dan jika tiada aral, saya akan melangkah masuk ke Parlimen seawal hari esok dengan menggalas harapan rakyat keseluruhannya,” katanya di blognya sewaktu menunggu keputusan rasmi pilihanraya kecil tersebut.

“Saya ucap terima kasih atas kesudian dan kepercayaan rakyat di Permatang Pauh yang memberikan undi kepada saya.

“Di sebalik pelbagai bentuk intimidasi yang dilaksanakan oleh Umno-BN, keberanian rakyat untuk menerobos halangan ini sangat dihargai.”

Keputusan rasmi Anwar (foto, paling kanan) mendapat majoriti besar sebanyak 15,671 undi diketahui kira-kira 9.45 malam di pusat penjumlahan walaupun Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) mengumumkan tidak lama kemudian.

Penasihat PKR mendapat 31,195 undi, manakala calon BN Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah meraih 15,524 undi.

Sementara calon Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim) Hanafi Hamat memperolehi 92 undi sahaja dan hilang wang pertaruhan.

Majoriti undi PKR kali ini lebih tinggi daripada yang diperolehi isterinya Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail dalam pilihanraya umum Mac lepas.

Kira-kira 81.1 peratus daripada 58,49 pemilih di Permatang Pauh keluar mengundi hari ini.

Speaker Dewan Rakyat, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia dilaporkan berkata majlis angkat sumpah tidak perlu disegerakan dalam minggu ini, walaupun Dewan Rakyat sedang bersidang khususnya untuk pembentangan Bajet 2009 pada Jumaat.

Pandikar Amin juga berkata ahli parlimen baru itu boleh berbuat demikian dalam sesi persidangan dewan yang akan berlangsung semula pertengahan Oktober ini.

“Tiada keperluan untuk beliau mengangkat sumpah dengan segera. Bukannya ada perebutan kuasa,” Pandikar Amin dipetik berkata.

“Mengapa perlu tergesa-gesa. Kita tidak boleh membuat andaian bahawa orang yang menang pilihanraya itu akan terburu-buru datang dan berbahas dengan Speaker dan angkat sumpah.

“Ada sebulan lebih untuk sesiapa yang menang untuk kita tetapkan bila angkat sumpah, supaya ahli parlimen berkenaan boleh mengambil bahagian dalam perbahasan bajet, tetapi saya sudah bersiap sedia untuk segala-galanya.”

sumber:  http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/88642

Keputusan pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pauh cermin amalan demokrasi segar, kata Najib

August 26, 2008 at 3:45 pm | Posted in BERITA | Leave a comment

26/08/2008 11:25pm

BUKIT MERTAJAM 26 Ogos — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata, Barisan Nasional (BN) menghormati keputusan pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Permatang Pauh hari ini yang disifatkannya sebagai mencerminkan amalan demokrasi yang masih segar di negara ini.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri berkata, kemenangan calon Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pada pilihan raya itu membuktikan tiada manipulasi daripada segi perjalanan demokrasi di negara ini.

“Tak tempang dari segi amalan demokrasi di negara ini,” katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas pengumuman keputusan pilihan raya kecil itu di sini hari ini.

Penasihat PKR itu menang dengan majoriti 15,671 undi pada pilihan raya kecil itu.

Anwar memperoleh 31,195 undi, sementara calon Barisan Nasional (BN), Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah mendapat 15,524 undi dan calon Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim) Hanafi Mamat 92 undi. Hanafi hilang wang pertaruhan.

Sambil mengucapkan tahniah kepada Anwar, Najib yang juga Timbalan Pengerusi BN berkata BN menghormati keputusan rakyat memilih Anwar sebagai anggota Parlimen kawasan itu.

“Seperti mana yang kita telah nyatakan dari awal lagi, bahawa kita akan hadapi laluan sukar dalam pertandingan ini,” katanya.

Mengambilkira undi BN menurun sebanyak 1,426 undi berbanding pilihan raya umum lepas, Najib berkata BN akan mengkaji kelemahan perikatan itu dan memperbaikinya.

“Kita bersedia buat perubahan yang perlu supaya dapat mengembalikan keyakinan rakyat terhadap BN,” katanya sambil menambah, walaupun PKR menang kerusi Parlimen itu, namun jumlah anggota Parlimen pembangkang tidak akan bertambah.

Najib berkata walaupun pada awalnya BN menjangkakan dapat mengurangkan jumlah majoriti undi PKR, bagaimanapun ia gagal berikutan sentimen penduduk Permatang Pauh terhadap parti itu masih kuat.

– Bernama

sumber:  http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2008&dt=0826&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Terkini&pg=bt_30.htm

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