I Relay: 22 April 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

I am not very sure if the Ka’abah was an ancient temple built to worship God. That sentence somehow doesn’t sit right with me but unfortunately my knowledge on the Ka’abah is shallow. I will need to look it up and figure out what exactly was Abraham instructed to built: a place of worship or just a marker to indicate the direction for prayer.

Otherwise, the content of this video was very well done. It really surmises the history of Islam succinctly and chronologically. I also like the explanations on why there are no images of Muhammad and Allah at the end.

The one thing I realised from the video is actually the concept of having a best friend. It has been about a decade since I read anything about Islamic history. So when the video mentioned Muhammad’s best friend, Abu Bakr, and how they evaded enemies together, it made me realised that even a prophet needs a best friend to help him through tough times. That realisation jolts me because I have never thought about that back when I was studying Islam.

And Allah is Ar-Rahman, The Most Gracious. – MM

I Relay: 11 April 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

It’s Sunday! And that means another round of watching a video on Islam.

I wouldn’t particularly recommend the following video to people who would like to be introduced to Islam because I still feel it’s a little complex. I wish it could have been clearer on the six pillars of faith in Islam. However, the big positive of the video is that it clarifies what a belief system is about and that it consequentially leads to externalising the belief through deeds and actions.

Notes:

1) Belief in Arabic is ‘Iman’. The six pillars of faith is also called the six pillars of Iman.

2) The six pillars of faith are derived from the Quran and succinctly packaged by scholars into a creed. This is where it can be tricky if one decides to look into the various scholars and schools of thought in Islam.

3) Deeds are expressions of faith.

4) Can faith increase or decrease? There are two views on this:

i) You are either entirely have faith or not.

ii) Faith can increase with the increase in deeds that brings one closer to God, improved relationship with God, and vice versa.

5) What was not expressedly shared in the video is what exactly are the six pillars of faith:

i) Belief in Allah

ii) Belief in His Angels

iii) Belief in His Revelations, namely the Torah (revealed through Prophet Moses), the Psalm (revealed through Prophet David), the Gospel (revealed through Prophet Jesus) and the Quran (revealed through Prophet Muhammad).

iv) Belief in His messengers/prophets, namely the 25 prophets from Prophet Adam to Prophet Muhammad.

v) Belief in the Day of Judgment

vi) Belief in predestination

I think this video is prompting me to learn more about the 25 prophets and their stories. Maybe I’ll do that in the next post since it requires a bit of research.

And Allah is Al-Malik, The King. – MM

I Relay: ‘Germany: Özil claims assist’

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

Original source article: http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/20160609/germany-Ozil-claims-assist

I just read the above article on Arsenal.com. Well, yeah, basically, I haven’t visited Arsenal.com for the longest time ever… mostly because I felt disappointed by our most promising season yet and that I got sidetracked by my ex-boyfriend and my recently reignited passion for music.

Hopefully, I would get back to all things Arsenal now or at least whatever I could manage.

My dad was really disappointed that I didn’t show much interest in Euro2016, which he felt was unlike me as a football fan. Well, it is now hard to show interest in it mostly because I have been bogged down by work and that fasting month requires a whole level of dedication from me. In fact, I even prayed to be able to fast for the entire month. That would be a delight. Yes, it is possible. In fact, I didn’t actually pray that I would be able to greet Ramadan. It was more of a passing desire in my heart. Yet, He blessed me with the ability to do so, Alhamdulillah. I was quite shocked to have my period only two weeks after I had it in May. Well, looks like it was meant to be for me to fast on the first day of Ramadan and hey, now it is already a week!

Time flies by. Simply zooms by. I have also been praying about a personal matter and… just when I thought I would have to relent to fate’s wishes, I was surprised again. Yes, sorry, cryptic bullshit for this one, can’t explain publicly. &:p

Anyway, this week is going to be a challenge for me from 8am to 9am… because my usual partners in crime are not available… shucks… Today, I was quite fired up with a lot of positiveness but the fire died down after I was let down by my current partner. Tsk. Really. Gahs, do not wish to dwell on it!

Oh yeah, shucks. The point of this post. Hahahaha! I digressed too much! Basically, after a hiatus from all things Arsenal, it was nice to be greeted by the above article about Mesut. I mean, I became a Gooner when he signed so it was nice to get back in through him again. Stay wonderful, Mesut. &:)

Judging from what the article reported, it looks like the wizard of Öz is keeping up with his usual standards of trying to score and successfully delivering assists. Well done, Mesut! Keep it up!

And Allah is Knower of all things. – MM