Since Riyaa’ (performing righteous deeds or acts of worship to show off) is a serious and debilitating disease that can lead the Muslim astray, it is therefore of great importance for him to be able to know what is real Riyaa’ and what is not. The following are some matters that are NOT:
1 — Being praised for the good works that one performs: The Messenger of Allah, Salla Allahu Alayhi Wasallam, was once asked, "What about a man who does righteous deeds and then the people praise him for doing them?’ He replied, ‘This an immediate glad tidings delivered to the believer.’" [Muslim].
2 — Being active in performing acts of worship when seeing or when being in the company of righteous Muslims: Imam Al-Maqdisi said in his book, Mukhtasar Minhaj Al-Qasidin, "A person may be in the company of those who stand up in prayer most of the night, while he is used to praying for only an hour (for example), so he does what they do. They may also fast, and so he fasts along with them. If it was not for their presence, he would not have become this active. Some people may think that this is Riyaa’. Not at all, for there is room for explanation in this case. Every believer aims to worship Allah, but he sometimes faces hurdles or even forgetfulness.
But when he sees others busy in this regard, his own laziness disappears." He then said, "Such a person can test his intention by being alone in a place where he sees his company but they cannot see him. If he then generously continues busying himself with acts of worship, then it is for Allah’s Sake alone. Otherwise, his actions are indeed Riyaa’." When one is alone, his laziness with regards to performing acts of worship fits the description that the Prophet gave, when he said, "The wolf only eats the isolated (sheep or cattle)." Getting rid of this laziness is easily achieved by following and implementing the Prophet’s command, "Therefore, stay with the Jama’ah (the group or the congregation) ."
3 — Wearing fine and clean clothes and shoes: Imam Muslim reported that the Prophet Salla Allahu Alayhi Wasallam said, what translated means, "He who has even one atom of Kibr (arrogance) in his heart will not enter Paradise ." A man said, "But one likes that his dress is fine and that his slippers are also fine!" The Prophet said, "Allah is Beautiful and He likes beauty. Al-Kibr is rejecting the truth and belittling the people."
4 — Keeping sins a secret matter: This, in fact, is an obligation on all Muslims, for they are not allowed to announce the sins they have committed. The Prophet said, what translated means, "All my Nation is safe, except Al-Mujahirin (those who announce their sins). Among the acts of Mujaharah is that a man commits an evil act, then wakes up in the morning, and while Allah has kept this sin a secret, he boasts, ‘O Fulan (fellow)! Last night, I did this and that.’ He goes to sleep while Allah has kept his secret, but he wakes up in the morning and uncovers what Allah has kept secret!" [Al-Bukhari & Muslim].
Announcing the sins that one commits leads to many evils, such as encouraging others to follow suit and taking Allah’s prohibitions lightly. Those who think that keeping sins secret is a type of Riyaa’ have in reality fallen prey to the plots of Satan who has confused their religion for them.
5 — Acquiring fame without seeking it: Imam Al-Maqdisi said, "Seeking fame is not allowed for Muslims. However, there is no harm in unintentionally acquiring fame, by Allah’s Grace and without one actually seeking to be famous. Yet, fame is a Fitnah (test, trial, calamity) for those who are weak in their faith."
The Muslim Creed Magazine
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
I found this clutter personality "test". I am not extremely happy with the outcome of my "analysis". I have a lil bit of every clutter personality listed there! Not good, extremely not good =(
I have declared war on my current clutter & future potential clutter!
If you want to check out what your personality clutter is, click on the pic below:
Sunday, July 20, 2008
For one, it is a satanic hand sign. A satanic cult.
It represents the Goat of Mendes or Baphomet. The two outer fingers represent the horns and the two clenched fingers with the thumb represent the goat's head & beard.
Well, I'm no expert in this topic, all I can do is direct you to the following site to follow up on this bizarre "trend". Just click on the picture of the goat statue below:
Here are more famous people grinning from ear to ear with their beloved hand sign.
Oh & in case you were thinking oh, that's ok, I'm not surprised about it at all. Did you see the obvious below? If you click on the picture, it'll take you to a site that has a bigger collection of famous people sporting the hand sign.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
(Sorry for those who cannot read in bahasa melayu.)
A summary of the main point is that there was a fatwa released in Egypt stating that nobody has any right whatsoever to request any sister to remove her niqab, no rights, absolutely nada, zero.
Wouldn't it be lovely if that was the case worldwide... well yeah I know that change won't be overnight but application of such a method would be a sister's right!
I have come across a few situations where I was "required" to remove my niqab for identification purposes. I know its important to verify someone's identification but isn't there a better way?
I toyed with the idea of having a thumbprint identification method instead of the usual way of showing your photograph & your face. Hmmm... not a bad idea after all since there is no two thumbprints that are the same! Even a set of twins' thumbprints can never be the same.
All they need is a machine that reads your thumbprint or fingerprint. Now isn't that much better than having to force a sister to remove her niqab. She doesn't want to, so don't force her!
Their passports or identification cards or even driving licences can have a special thumbprint mark with a chip inside that validates the owner's thumbprint.
Now wouldn't that be making a niqabi sister's life much easier.
Mara Ranger will be a little paranoid doing laundry now. When she was removing clothes from the washing machine at her Maine farmhouse Wednesday, the clothes moved. She told WMTW-TV, "I jumped back" and saw a snake. She quickly shut the lid and called for help.
Maine Animal Damage Control operator Richard Burton reached into the machine and pulled and pulled -- all 8 feet of a reticulated python.
Burton guesses the snake got into Ranger's washing machine through water pipes. The snake's future home will be York Animal Kingdom in York.Ranger is going to start looking into every corner of her washing machine. She says, "I'm going to be looking in the tub first -- before and after, maybe even during, the rinse cycle."
Eeeee... Yikes I would definitely have fainted if I were her :p
Thursday, July 17, 2008
After a week of cleaning and tidying my house (sector by sector), I finally came up with 3 huge bags and a few boxes of recyclable garbage.
2 of the bags contained papers and another one filled with unwanted plastic containers. The purpose I separated them up is because I want to recycle them (obviously). It's our duty to protect the Earth.
To give the rubbish away to the truck that come to collect for a couple bucks, I rather give it away to a workaholic old Indian man who often collects recyclable rubbish in our neighborhood to "make ends meet" with his "quite run down" bicycle.
The problem is, I did not know where he stays. So, I walked up to a security guard at the guard house near my house, give him my address and told him to ask the Indian man to my house to collect some recyclable rubbish (I wish it's appropriate to use the word "some" here)
To make the long story short, finally, he came to my house with his bicycle. He actually helped me to bring out all those rubbish out of my house and I'm grateful for that.
Since it is too much for him to carry them all by bicycle, I offered to help him to carry all those huge bags and boxes to his house by my car. (It's drizzling at that time)
He agreed and we moved the "rubbish" into my car. He showed me the way to his house and to my surprise ...
He stays in a double storey terrace house (corner lot), fully renovated, with an auto gate, a farm and surrounded by high walls.
Frankly, this is not the first or the first few times I see this kind of real life example. I have seen a lot of multimillionaires who only wear torn singlet, short pants and old slippers (almost
all of the time) but I was still inspired.
The point I want to bring out here is, there's no reason to be poor. Opportunities are everywhere. Money are everywhere if we really opens our eyes and see it.
When there's a will, there's a way.
This old man has a strong unshakable willpower. And that's what I really like about him. He begins his work early in the morning until late in the afternoon. A hot sunny day and rainy day don't seem to be able to stop him.
When I chatted with him in my car, I can sense the positive mindset within him. He didn't talk about the increase of the cost of living such as food and gas. Instead, we talk about real estate in our neighborhood. I really enjoy the time I spent with him. He's simply fantastic!
I hope this story will give you a new perspective.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
extensive testing on a newly
designed seat belt. Results
show that accidents can be
reduced by as much as 45%
when the belt is properly
installed. Correct installation
is illustrated below.......
This is very Important, please pass onto friends and family. THIS MAY SAVE A LIFE!