Learning the Quran is always WIP

June 22, 2017

The makkan period before Hijra lasted 13 years. After Hijra till the prophets death was 10 years. The focus of the revelation during the first 13 years were on Unity of God (no shirik), righteousness (Taqwa) and fending off oppositions from the oppressors. 
There are equivalent of 11 juzu of Meccan to 19 madinian Surah. 
The madinian Surah was more about building ummah, Muslim inns majority state while still maintaining the iman n Taqwa theme. 
Learning to live the Quran is always WORK IN PROGRESS, there is no such thing as certified completion, quite similar to the 23 years of improvement or soleh in the awalun Muslims. Disregarding the prophet never arise at all. Don’t see the point here.
Try reading the Quran following sequence of revelation. It gives you a different perspective.


My Lailatul QADR 

June 18, 2017

Power, decree, limits, barokah, value, Proportion; are some of the meanings OR all together, the meanings of QADR. ThOSE words very much describe the QURAN. Is it the night that you reflect and reaffirm that your lifetime (1000months) QADR is contained in that MOTHER OF ALL BOOKS?  
I do reaffirm that the QURAN is my QADR, so does that mean I found my laylatul Qadr? I must confess I do find find peace and solace with that reaffirmation that the Quran is my QADR #myLailatulQadr #noteToSelf #inspigoblog


Handling Conflicts between Men and between Muslims, etiquettes and Rules

June 7, 2017

I’m drawn to Surah AlHujurat 49:1 to 49:10. 

49.1  reads “O you who believe, do not put yourselves ahead of God and His messenger, but be TAQWA , for God is He Who hears and knows all things.”

This verse has to be read in the context of 49:1 to 49:10. 

It is about etiquette when addressing authorities and ways of handling differences/conflicts and dispensing justice involving conflicts amongst men and among Muslims. My favourite is actually the ayat 49:9 on handling conflicts between 2 Muslims, relevant in the present Saudi Qatar Mid East conflicts as much as to anwar Mahathir in 1997. 
All Muslims are brothers is in 49:10. 
Do not precede means do not be hasty I.e without a thorough investigation and finally without referring to the CRITERION, the Quran. 

Dispensing Justice and giving due process to take its course are acts of righteousness/Taqwa. 


O Muslims, what have you done to the Quran 

June 7, 2017

O’ Muslims! What have you done?It takes an Indian statesman, a Hindu at that, to tell us our iconoclastic predicament. Courtesy : Tyra Nasrin 

This poem on the Holy Quran written some 35 years ago by the ninth President of India, Dr Pandit Shanker Dayal Sharma, says it beautifully. Please reflect on it and decide how TRUE it is today.
Amal ki kitab thi. (It was a command for action.)

Dua ki kitab bana dia. (You turned it into a book of prayer.)

Samajhne ki kitab thi. (It was a Book to understand.)
Parhne ki kitab bana dia. (You read it without understanding.)

Zindaon ka dastoor tha. (It was a code for the living.)
Murdon ka manshoor bana dia. (You turned it into a manifesto of the dead.)

Jo ilm ki kitab thi. (That which was a book of knowledge;)
Usay la ilmon ke hath thama dia. (You abdicated to the ignoramus)

Taskheer-e-kayenaat ka dars denay aayi thi. (It came to give knowledge of Creation.)
Sirf madrason ka nisaab bana dia. (You abandoned it to the madrassah.)

Murda qaumon ko zinda karne aayi thi. (It came to give life to dead nations.)
Murdon ko bakhshwane per laga dia. (You used it for seeking mercy for the dead.)

Aye Musalmano ye tum nay kia kiya? (O’ Muslims! What have you done?)


The reality of change 

May 6, 2017

The instant Panadol and maggi mee culture is very much alive and dangerous. We pop it in n instantly our pain and hunger disappear. We thought we can do the same with governance or our well being or state of the nation. Change Our leaders or change the political landscape n our problems will disappear. 

In reality it has to be work in progress, it is about us in the little communities that we serve that will make the lasting change for better or for worse.


My Neighbor is a Cham 

May 4, 2017

I had an interesting conversation with a neighbor yesterday. We had been acquainted for years but yesterday he intimated to me his family history. 
I thot he was another Malay neighbor. No he is not. He is a Cham. His father was the last mufti of Cambodia before the Khmer Rouge. He escaped the KR sweep of anyone who could read or write. 
He remembered his big family house in between the Mekong and the Tonle Sap. The family owned properties in Phnom Penh but now every single one has been taken over by others. Now worth millions of USD as it is in the CBD. 
The majority of his family escaped. Thankful he was, that their life has been spared and Malaysia their new country has been kind to them.


Answer to Feminism by Yasmin Mogahed

April 28, 2017

Apr 24, 2017

Question by Sarah

On March 18, 2005 Amina Wadud led the first female-led Jumu`ah Prayer. On that day, women took a huge step towards being more like men. But, did we come closer to actualizing our God-given liberation

Answer by Yasmin 

Salam Sarah,
Thank you for your inspiring question!

Well, answering your question, I can say that I don’t think so.

What we so often forget is that God has honored women by giving them 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 a man. 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 a man cut his hair short, she wanted to cut her hair short. When a man joined the army, she wanted to join the army, and so on. She wanted these things for no other reason than because the “standard” had it.

What she didn’t recognize was 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 of scholars that men are to lead prayer. As a Muslim woman, why does this matter? 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 is leading.

Had it been the role of women or had it been more divine, why wouldn’t the Prophet have asked Lady `A’ishah or Lady Khadijah, or Lady Fatimah—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 a man 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 him.

On the other hand, only a woman can be a mother. And the Creator has given special privilege to a mother. The Prophet taught us that heaven lies at the feet of mothers. But no matter what a man does, he can never be a mother. So why is that not unfair?

When asked who is most deserving of our kind treatment? The Prophet replied “your mother” three times before saying “your father” only once. Isn’t that sexist? No matter what a man does, he will never be able to have the status of a mother.

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 it. We too have accepted men as the standard; so anything uniquely feminine is, by definition, “inferior”.

Being sensitive is an insult, becoming a mother is 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 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.

Somewhere along the line, we’ve accepted the notion that having a position of worldly leadership is some indication of one’s position with God.

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 a man here.

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, we saw men leaving the home to work in factories. We were mothers. And yet, we saw men doing it, so we wanted to do it too. Somehow, we considered it women’s liberation to abandon the raising of another human being in order to work on a machine.

We accepted that working in a factory was superior to raising the foundation of society—just because a man did it.

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 United States 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 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.

I hope my words answer your question. In case you have any comment or you need more about the topic, please don’t hesitate to contact us again. Thank you and please keep in touch.

Salam.