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Lowkey

Holy Quran 5:74

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أَفَلَا يَتُوبُونَ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ وَيَسْتَغْفِرُونَهُۥ ۚ وَٱللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Will they not repent to Allah and ask His Forgiveness? For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

Holy Quran 6:130

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يَٰمَعْشَرَ ٱلْجِنِّ وَٱلْإِنسِ أَلَمْ يَأْتِكُمْ رُسُلٌ مِّنكُمْ يَقُصُّونَ عَلَيْكُمْ ءَايَٰتِى وَيُنذِرُونَكُمْ لِقَآءَ يَوْمِكُمْ هَٰذَا ۚ قَالُوا۟ شَهِدْنَا عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِنَا ۖ وَغَرَّتْهُمُ ٱلْحَيَوٰةُ ٱلدُّنْيَا وَشَهِدُوا۟ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِهِمْ أَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا۟ كَٰفِرِينَ

O you assembly of jinns and mankind! “Did not there come to you Messengers from amongst you, reciting unto you My Verses and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?” They will say: “We bear witness against ourselves.” It was the life of this world that deceived them. And they will bear witness against themselves that they were disbelievers.

Lowkey rase kene tegur.

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27 March 2018

It was class number 16.

It was one of, what I considered, easiest and one of my favourite chapter to read.

And I struggled.

I have never repeated a line that many times in front of my teacher.

I got tongue tied, each word felt heavy.

لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله

Are my sins burdening my recitation now?

أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓا۟ أَن تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ ٱللَّهِ

Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism) to be affected by Allah’s Reminder (this Quran)

بلى يا رب قد آن. بلى يا رب قد آن.

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He Listens, He Answers, He is talking to you.

When you are searching for that one verse to remind you to not look at what He gave others but you can’t seem find it. But then you stood behind the imam, and he reads out the exact verse that you are looking for:

وَلَا تَمُدَّنَّ عَيْنَيْكَ إِلَىٰ مَا مَتَّعْنَا بِهِۦٓ أَزْوَٰجًا مِّنْهُمْ زَهْرَةَ ٱلْحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنْيَا لِنَفْتِنَهُمْ فِيهِ ۚ وَرِزْقُ رَبِّكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَىٰ

And strain not your eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to various groups of them (polytheists and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah), the splendour of the life of this world that We may test them thereby. But the provision (good reward in the Hereafter) of your Lord is better and more lasting.

When you are mad at yourself for being you and your mind starts to have all the debate about if only you are like everyone else. And then the imam reads the verse:

سَلَٰمٌ عَلَيْكُم بِمَا صَبَرْتُمْ ۚ فَنِعْمَ عُقْبَى ٱلدَّارِ

“Salamun ‘Alaikum (peace be upon you) for that you persevered in patience! Excellent indeed is the final home!”

Such ‘coincidence’.

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Qiyam

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

“Ummi (mother), I asked ustaz (teacher) that day about my friends. How come they sin but I don’t see Allah punishing them…”

“What did he reply you?”

“He asked me to ask them whether they pray tahajjud. Why?”

“Uwais, what kind of punishment do you expect? Isn’t it enough of a punishment for a believer that Allah did not honour them with His remembrance? When he did not invite you by waking you up in the middle of the night to be in His presence when everyone is asleep?

Uwais, you complained about not being able to be consistent in reading the Quran, review what you have done. Look at your deeds.”

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The Provider

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

I feel like I did not write for a very long time, only to realise that the last post was only 6 days ago. (And there is a draft post that I wrote 1 day ago.)

My mother told me a lot of things, and one of which I hold on to is to not be preoccupied with the cost of a class. I can’t say that I wholeheartedly hold on to it, there were times that I have my doubts.

On the 29th of December, I came back home happy as I have managed to register for a class that I (really) wanted to join back in 2016. Not realising that I did not think through the cost of the class. (I know, what?!?)

Today, 7th of January, since it is my birthday month, my brother let me choose what I want.

So I offered him, do you want to pay for my class? You want to pay the miscellaneous fees or the monthly fees?

I thought he just wanted to pay for this month fees. But he offered to pay for the whole course. MasyaAllah. (Maybe he will pay for my future diploma also…aamiin)

Anyone else wants to pay for my other classes? I have other classes too. You can totally contact me if you want. Any takers? No?

Hahaha.

May Allah reward him bountifully.

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You against yourself

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Maybe I was thinking about how I was using instagram these days, hence the link.

I was checking one of my family member’s quran reading and today, this ayat was read to me:

ٱقْرَأْ كِتَٰبَكَ كَفَىٰ بِنَفْسِكَ ٱلْيَوْمَ عَلَيْكَ حَسِيبًا

(It will be said to him): “Read your book. You yourself are sufficient as a reckoner against you this Day.”

Some of us use instagram as an online photo album, or use a blog to express and whatever not.

It is as if it was said to me:

“Open your own account with your own password that you have created yourself and you be the judge.”

Are there pictures of you or other people’s aurat exposed? Are there pictures of you sinning? Are there captions or blog posts expressing your (ignorant) views that were against your religion?

Amazing really. Technology.

It knows what kind of post you would like based on who you follow, what pictures you liked, the videos you watched etc.

We don’t even need to wait till the next life, if we are able to access instagram’s intelligence/data on our account to see how much time we spent there, what we watched, what we liked, I think we would freak out on the minute details they know about us.

Nothing compared to the information He has on our lives.

But really, although He knew us inside out, it is enough that we use our own knowledge of ourselves to go against ourselves.

ٱقْرَأْ كِتَٰبَكَ كَفَىٰ بِنَفْسِكَ ٱلْيَوْمَ عَلَيْكَ حَسِيبًا

(It will be said to him): “Read your book. You yourself are sufficient as a reckoner against you this Day.”

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Believe

I find it beautiful that in one of the recommended surahs to read every night is Surah Mulk.

The first verse started out with ‘tabaarak’ (تبارك) – Blessed be He (Allah). If we were to talk about barakah, which is often explained to us in terms of wealth. That is, a small amount of money, if there is barakah in it, then it will suffice. Obviously, barakah doesn’t just apply to wealth.

The first verse is a reminder that in whatever situation you are in your life, with all the chaos going around, remember that He is in control and He has it all planned out. 

And the second verse reminds you of your permanent condition: you will be tested.

And in just these two verses, it is as if a means to coax as well as to reaffirm your heart after all that it has been through.

This life is a test, He is in control, Believe.

Although you are chocked up with your own tears, believe.

Quran 67:1-2

تَبَٰرَكَ ٱلَّذِى بِيَدِهِ ٱلْمُلْكُ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things.

ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَ ٱلْمَوْتَ وَٱلْحَيَوٰةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا ۚ وَهُوَ ٱلْعَزِيزُ ٱلْغَفُورُ

Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving;