Friday, April 24


Alhamdulillah thanks to somebody's kindness [may Allah swt reward her greatly], I managed to get myself registered as a participant for ESQ165 today (unfortunately my school has no provision to send staff for courses such as this so had to take a day off work or cuti rehat). I wanted to know what it's all about. Therefore I arrived with an open mind, and without any pressure to perform, hehehe.
Unlike most other participants, I was alone so, it actually gave me a good opportunity to mingle. Those who attend with their friends tend to stick together like glue, which is not recommended for a training such as this. I don't what what the other ladies thought of me as I went about giving salam and starting a friendly conversation, hahaha. Some were just surprised, and a few just continued to stare :P.
Anyway, I got to know more about 30 female participants (only one tenth of the total).
I met a lovely Chinese sister, Hannah who is also a Muslim revert at the programme. There's also Becky, a Caucasian who looked so beautiful in a white hijab. There's a nonMuslim lady whom I talked to [not all the participants are Muslims] earlier during the day and insyaAllah, I hope to hear her comments at the end of the programme.
Today's activities were good but I won't elaborate. You'd have to attend it yourself to get the 'feel' and the experience. As for me, insyaAllah there're 2 more days to enjoy the experience. I'm still digesting the content of today's programme.


  1. salam kak aliya..that was brave. really-ah? ppl are still staring at you, or surprised when you greet them with salam? i find them strange. i grow up in a community in which reverts aren't any different from us. i guess there are still parts in malaysia where ppl are just..tak begitu mesra, kan?

    kak aliya, here's an excerpt from a new comment i received for my mewarna rambut post:

    Al-kafiroon tu merujuk kepada manusia yang menentang idea bahawa tuhan itu satu(Allah) dan tak percaya pada kitab2(Quran, Taurat, Injil, Zabur). Mereka sembah yang lain melainkan Allah yang satu. Orang macam tu ramai zaman nabi. Tapi sekarang, walaupun orang itu kristian/jew/islam, mereka tetap percaya tuhan itu al-wahid. Of course they are believers cuma lain cabang. Cabang-cabang ini monotheism datang dari agama Ibrahim.

    Lakumdinukum waliyadeen?

    "Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang beriman, dan orang-orang Yahudi dan orang-orang Nasora (Nasrani), dan orang-orang Saabien sesiapa di antara mereka itu beriman kepada Allah dan (beriman kepada) hari akhirat serta beramal soleh, maka bagi mereka pahala balasannya di sisi Tuhan mereka, dan tidak ada kebimbangan (dari berlakunya kejadian yang tidak baik) kepada mereka, dan mereka pula tidak akan berdukacita." - Al-Baqarah:62

    Adakah Gandhi dan Mother Teressa itu harus digelar kafir dan dihumban ke hellfire? Naaah...

    would like to know your view on this, please? you can go and read the rest, if you want. but i'd like to know what your respond would be for that particular excerpt especially. boleh kan?

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  3. Assalamualaikum

    those who gives you that comment is dead wrong. you can't give tarsir of Al Quran using your own logic. what he/she said is plain stupid and very ignorant.

    that's is the teaching of Islam liberal and believe Islam plurism or pluralism of religions. the bottom line of whay they said is every religions are the same and every religions called for good deeds.

    here's the real meaning of that Ayat


    ﴿إِنَّ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَالَّذِينَ هَادُواْ وَالنَّصَـرَى وَالصَّـبِئِينَ مَنْ ءَامَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الاٌّخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَـلِحاً فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ ﴾

    (62. Verily, those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians (Sabi'in), whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.)

    After Allah described the condition - and punishment - of those who defy His commands, fall into His prohibitions and transgress set limits by committing prohibited acts, He stated that the earlier nations who were righteous and obedient received the rewards for their good deeds. This shall be the case, until the Day of Judgment. Therefore, whoever follows the unlettered Messenger and Prophet shall acquire eternal happiness and shall neither fear from what will happen in the future nor become sad for what has been lost in the past. Similarly, Allah said,

    ﴿أَلا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَآءَ اللَّهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ ﴾

    (No doubt! Verily, the Awliya' of Allah, no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve) (10:62).

    The angels will proclaim to the dying believers, as mentioned,

    ﴿إِنَّ الَّذِينَ قَالُواْ رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَـمُواْ تَتَنَزَّلُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْمَلَـئِكَةُ أَلاَّ تَخَافُواْ وَلاَ تَحْزَنُواْ وَأَبْشِرُواْ بِالْجَنَّةِ الَّتِى كُنتُمْ تُوعَدُونَ ﴾

    (Verily, those who say: "Our Lord is Allah (alone),'' and then they stand firm, on them the angels will descend (at the time of their death) (saying): "Fear not, nor grieve! But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised!''). (41:30)

    `Ali bin Abi Talhah narrated from Ibn `Abbas, about,

    ﴿إِنَّ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَالَّذِينَ هَادُواْ وَالنَّصَـرَى وَالصَّـبِئِينَ مَنْ ءَامَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الاٌّخِرِ﴾

    (Verily, those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day) that Allah revealed the following Ayah afterwards,

    ﴿وَمَن يَبْتَغِ غَيْرَ الإِسْلَـمِ دِينًا فَلَن يُقْبَلَ مِنْهُ وَهُوَ فِى الاٌّخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخَـسِرِينَ ﴾

    (And whoever seeks religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers) (3:85).

    This statement by Ibn `Abbas indicates that Allah does not accept any deed or work from anyone, unless it conforms to the Law of Muhammad that is, after Allah sent Muhammad . Before that, every person who followed the guidance of his own Prophet was on the correct path, following the correct guidance and was saved.

    The Jews are the followers of Prophet Musa, who used to refer to the Tawrah for judgment. Yahud is a word that means, `repenting', just as Musa said,

    ﴿إِنَّا هُدْنَـآ إِلَيْكَ﴾

    ﴿مَنْ أَنصَارِى إِلَى اللَّهِ قَالَ الْحَوَارِيُّونَ نَحْنُ أَنْصَارُ اللَّهِ﴾

    ("Who will be my helpers in Allah's cause'' Al-Hawariyyun said: "We are the helpers of Allah.'') (61:14)

    It was said that they were called `Nasara', because they inhabited a land called An-Nasirah (Nazareth), as Qatadah, Ibn Jurayj and Ibn `Abbas were reported to have said, Allah knows best. Nasara is certainly plural for Nasran.

    When Allah sent Muhammad as the Last and Final Prophet and Messenger to all of the Children of Adam, mankind was required to believe in him, obey him and refrain from what he prohibited them; those who do this are true believers. The Ummah of Muhammad was called `Mu'minin' (believers), because of the depth of their faith and certainty, and because they believe in all of the previous Prophets and matters of the Unseen.

    There is a difference of opinion over the identity of the Sabians. Sufyan Ath-Thawri said that Layth bin Abu Sulaym said that Mujahid said that, "The Sabians are between the Majus, the Jews and the Christians. They do not have a specific religion.'' Similar is reported from Ibn Abi Najih. Similar statements were attributed to `Ata' and Sa`id bin Jubayr. They (others) say that the Sabians are a sect among the People of the Book who used to read the Zabur (Psalms), others say that they are a people who worshipped the angels or the stars. It appears that the closest opinion to the truth, and Allah knows best, is Mujahid's statement and those who agree with him like Wahb bin Munabbih, that the Sabians are neither Jews nor Christians nor Majus nor polytheists. Rather, they did not have a specific religion that they followed and enforced, because they remained living according to their Fitrah (instinctual nature). This is why the idolators used to call whoever embraced Islam a `Sabi', meaning, that he abandoned all religions that existed on the earth. Some scholars stated that the Sabians are those who never received a message by any Prophet. And Allah knows best.

    about other Ayat

    ﴿لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ﴾

    (To you be your religion.) means disbelief.

    ﴿وَلِىَ دِينِ﴾

    (and to me my religion.) means, Islam. This is the end of the Tafsir of Surat Qul ya Ayyuhal-Kafirun.


    from the translation of Tafsir Ibn Kathir.

    if you want more download hte complete Tafsir from my blog.

    as for those ghandi and mother teresa wether they condemn in hellfire or not is belong to Allah. its not our right to presummed anything beyond. so don't say anything foolish.

    you may give my answer to that poor soul on your blog if you want to.


  4. Yes2 sokong comment di atas ni.
    Tafsir Ibn Kathir mudah. Kalau yang dalam B.Melayu, belilah tafsir hamka (kalau tak salah)

    Reading the Quran have to be contextual. Kalau tak nanti salah tafsir.

  5. Assalamualaikum

    Belajar agama tak cukup baca buku tapi kena berguru dengan orang alim
    Jangan salah guru sudah
    Pernah kena seorang ustazah yang kata kalau tak hafal rukun iman, tak hafal nama2 malaikat dah kafir
    pastu beritahu dengan seorang ustaz, ustaz kata tak boleh sesuka hati cakap orang Muslim itu kafir

  6. أزلان أحمد,
    thanks so much for the response. will copy all of it and place it as your response to the comment on my blog. i learnt a lot from your comment, sir. and i appreciate it sangat. =) thank you. will go see your blog soon!

  7. Assalamualaikum everyone,
    Sorry for the late reply. Been busy, arriving home after ESQ after isyak last weekend, and looks like my weekdays will be full of meetings again this week, huhuhu. Yes, azlan and ahong are right. I couldn't have answered better myself. Thanks brothers. Alhamdulillah this is what being Muslims is all about - helping each other selflessly :D