Thursday, August 11, 2011

Leaking Your Eyes...

Ramadhan Mubarak to all…
We are no entering the second part of Ramadhan which offers the forgiveness of Allah to those who asks for it. The first part offers the Rahmat (blessings) of Allah and the part offers the Salvation and in it lies the Night of Power. Each part is divided into 10 nights but the last part may differ to 9 or 10 nights.
The Prophet SAW taught Aishah RA this dua to be recited in the Night of Power:

اللْهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ
O Allah, You are Pardoning,

 تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ
And You love to Pardon,
 فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
So, pardon me…

I guess because this dua is very common in Malaysia as it is recited at the break of every 4 raka’ah of Terawih prayers, most of us seem to have memorized it. So Insha Allah, most of us can recite it not only for the last 10 nights when we are searching for the Night of Power, but we can also recite it throughout the second part of Ramadhan, which, as I have mentioned, offers the forgiveness of Allah.
 Here is my advise on how you read this dua. It works for me and I hope that it will for you.
 When you recite the above dua, break it up with a pause of 5 seconds. The dua consist of 3 parts. When you read the first part, pause for 5 seconds. Then the second part, and pause for another 2 seconds. If you have time, like when you are reciting it alone at night when everyone is asleep and it is just between you and Allah, then break it up for as long as your heart desire.
 My trick is this. When I break up the first part and pause, I start to think in my head that Allah is most Great. Let your mind wonder along the Greatness of Allah in every single idea that pops into your head.
 In the second part, think about how He loves to forgive His servants. There’s so many verses in the Quran reaffirming this fact. Ponder upon it…
 And lastly in the last part, think about all of the sins that you have committed (either in the open or hidden). Touch upon all of the bad and negative acts that we committed. Feel in your heart how ungrateful you have really been to Him. 
 You should try to make a date with Allah in the middle of the night when everyone is asleep… wake up and pray tahajjud, sit down, read this dua and try the above. Sometimes, if the feeling is just right, you would cry like a baby. I’m serius… your eyes would leak as though your head is like a full water tank.
 Another personal advice. 
Never stop these tears from coming. You’d feel so much better afterwards. Seriously better. J

But don't go sitting and wailing like a banshee. 
Have style. Menangislah dengan bergaya. 
That's why I suggest you to do it when everyone is asleep. Although it is not something wrong to cry in asking for your Creator's forgiveness, but naturally, you'd get embarrased if you mother or father or spouse or friend were to stumbbled upon you crying like a baby. Huhu.
I would also invite you all to watch Reflection on Astro channel 114, every night with Imam Suhaib Webb. It’s a show where Imam Suhaib Webb explains about some surahs of the Quran and invite us to reflect these verses in a way which is relevant to our lives in this present times. I enjoy it so much because it not only touches on of the Asbabul Nuzul (the reason why that chapter was revealed) but it also explains how we can apply it in our lives. It’s not only about the past but it touches on the present times. He makes the Quran become relevant to our lives.
 Unfortunately, it is only for 30 minutes. Rest assured it will be a jam packed 20 minutes (with 10 minutes of commercial break) filled with information that would take you years to acquire from mere reading. And most of us don’t even make the time to read the Quran what more the reason for its revelation, to ponder on its meaning, make it relevant in our lives etc. At the end of the show, he will leave you hungry for more information but that is up to you to go and dig up books or google for further knowledge.
 The only sad thing about the show is that it is at 11.30pm and you’d be dead tired to google for more information after the show and the hunger for more knowledge would have subdued if you wait till the next day to do your research. Gaah!
 But at least, you still get about 20 minutes of knowledge right?
 Another thing, I think the end song of the Reflection show sounds like the game Contra on Micro Genius…
 So... try my advice, read the dua, feel it... and also watch Reflection... and tell me if you think the end song is like the Contra GameJ
Blog adjourned.

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