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Everyday story
1:49 PM
- Sunday, September 27, 2009
Every time I book in or out from camp.this song will always be playing in my mind :)

1:28 PM

1:32 AM

Everyday in the morning
it's the greatest sight to see
your smiling face, twinkling eyes
there is no place I'd rather be.
You have lend me your shoulders
when I needed to cry
you always had a towel handy
to dry my tears from my eyes.
You gave me everything I could want
with you nothing else mattered
you have been a great friend
my clothes were never torn and tattered.
You never thought about yourself
so it's safe to say you are not greedy
with the love and support you gave
I never knew what it was to be needy.
The time I share with you
are the greatest moments one could enjoy
it's true you could never be replaced
Mother, you raised one heck of a boy.

6:36 AM
- Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This is my farewell post.

This is dedicated to all family members,friends and all who are involved in my life.

Thanks for everything and apologies for all the mistakes i've made.

Till 2 weeks time. :)


11:38 PM
- Thursday, June 11, 2009
Salam to all,

I've been longing to blog for a while now.Alhamdullilah,finally I have the time to do so.This is my first time trying to blog a post using my mobile. :) .I'll enlisted for army next tuesday,so I intend to spend my last few days as a normal person before turning into a soldier wisely.So my next post will be dedicated to people i would like to address.look out for it! Till then.

4:25 PM
- Sunday, May 24, 2009

the various maqaam or simply put, melodies, in Arabic music..Much like the different keys (G minor,A flat etc..)that we play on the piano, guita.r Reciters of the Quran adopt a combination of the maqaamaat( plural for maqam) to recite the Quran in the best of voicest..

Listen to the changes in keys in accordance to the change in the arabic words.

The various maqaamaat include:
i) Ras
ii) 'ajm
iii) siika
iv) Soba
v) nahaawan
vi) kurd
vii) hijjaz
viii) bayaatii

The lyrics for this song is attached below:
مقام الرست و العجم جميل ، كذا السيكا به فن أصيل، وبعدهما الصبا احساس حزن به يا صاحبي دمعي يسيل ، آآه وبالنهاوند، وبالنهاوند والكرد ستلقى بمعنى الودّ والعطف دليل.. وإن رمت الآذان، وإن رمت الأذان، فذا حجاز يداوي النفس للهمّ مزيل... ولحن بالبياتي نشيد وجد تدور به الرؤوس وت...

the meaning(in malay), as given by a friend of mine:
maqam rast dan ajam itu indah.......begitu juga sika yang mempunyai lagu asli......selepas itu saba yang mempunyai rentak sedih wahai sahabatku,airmataku mengalir.....oh...dan nahawand,dan dengan nahawand dan kurd akan membawa makna kasih sayang dan kelembutan......dan jika kau mengumadangkan azan...dan jika engkau mengumandangkan azan maka lagu hijaz akan menyerlahkan kepentingannya......

3:51 PM
What is Khushuu'?

Khushuu' during Salaat is misunderstood by some people as crying and weeping. Rather, it is the presence of the heart during an act of 'ibadah. When a person's heart is fully occupied of what he says or hears, he is in a true state of khushuu'. The concept of Khushuu' in Salaat is very essential.

1- It is a vital factor in making a person successful in this life and in later life.
"Indeed, the believers, who have khushuu' in their Salaat, are the winners."
قد أفلح المؤمنون الذين هم في صلاتهم خاشعون
2-It is a contributing factor for the acceptance of Salaat.
3- It is a way to gain more rewards from the Almighty Allah; the more the
khushuu' a person has, the more rewards he gets.
4- Without Khushuu' the heart cannot easily be purified.

Ways to Gain Khushuu'

A. Pre-Salaat
1- A Muslim should know his Lord very well. Knowing whom one worships makes a person a better worshipper. Having clear and authentic knowledge about Allah increases His love in our hearts. Consequently, faith also increases.
2- Avoiding major and minor sins is very helpful in gaining Khushuu', as the heart becomes more receptive to the words of Allah during and after Salaat.
3- Reciting the Qur'an frequently and consistently softens the hearts and prepares it for Khushuu'. Hard hearts do not gain Khushuu'.
4- Minimize attachment to worldly matters. Gearing one's intentions towards the Afterlife helps against the temptations of life.
5- Avoid excessive laughter and useless arguments as they harden the heart and lead to heedlessness.
6- Stop working as soon as you hear the Azaan. When you listen attentively to the call of Salaat repeat after the muˆz-zin then offer the relevant supplication. This prepares you for a smooth transition from the business with worldly matters to the business with Salaat.
7- Performing wuduuˆ immediately after hearing the Azaan prepares you for the pending Salsat. Wuduuˆ also works as a buffer zone before engaging in Salaat.
8- Going to the mosque early for praying and continuing mention of Allah drives Satan away and help gain concentration.
9- The waiting time for the congregational Salaat helps create a buffer zone between the state of mind before Salaat and the state of during Salaat.

B. During Salaat
1- The Iqaamah itself is a final signal to the mind to be well prepared for performing the actual Salaat. Remember what the messenger of Allah said to Bilal (ra) "Let us enjoy the comfort of the Salaat."
2- When you stand facing the Qiblah remember the following:
a. It might be the last Salaat in your life. There is no guarantee to live longer to catch the next Salaat.
b. You are standing between the hands of Allah, the Lord of the worlds. How can you be busy with something else?
c. The angel of death is chasing you.
3- Do not forget to make isti'azah. It wards off Satan's whispers.
4- Keep your eyes focused on the place of sujuud. This helps you gain more concentration.
5- When reciting the Fatiha, try to recall the response of Allah to you after every ayah you say. (When you say: "al-hamdu lillahi rab-bil 'alamin) Allah responds: "My servant praised me." etc. This feeling of speaking to Allah puts you in the right mood of khushuu'.
6- Beautifying the recitation of the Qur'an has a positive impact on the heart.
7- Recite the Qur'an slowly and reflect upon its meaning deeply.
8- It is recommended to change the suras that your recite from time to time to avoid the mechanic-like state of repetition.
9- Alternate between the various authentic sunan such as proclaiming a different opening supplication in every Salaat.
10- Undoubtedly, understanding Arabic helps you focus on the intended meaning.
11- Interact with the recited aayahs;
a. if you hear an ayah about Allah, glorify Him by saying "Subhaana Allah";
b. If you hear an ayah about Hellfire, say "a'uuthu billaahi mina-n-naar".
c. If you hear a command to make istighfaar, do it.
d. If you hear an ayah that requests tasbiih, make tasbiih.

12- These forms of interactions are very helpful in keeping you focused.
13- When you prostrate, remember that this position brings you closer to Allah. Seize the opportunity to make sincere du'aaˆ. Invest these moments in making sincere supplications.

C- Post-Salaat
e. When you make tasliim, make istighfaar to Allah as you might have made during Salaat.
f. When you praise Allah, thank Him from the bottom of your heart that you have experienced the beauty of Salaat in your heart. Getting used to this habit prepares your for the next Salaat, as you will always be eager to focus in your prayer.
g. One perfection leads to another perfection. If some one perfects his Salaat once, he would be self-motivated to continue on the same level.

May Allah fill our hearts with khushuu' - Aameen.


Fear Allah wherever you are in all times and in all places.
Stand up for Islam no matter who likes it or dislikes it.
Dedicate yourself in changing this world. Go against the grain.
The world needs you.You are the best Community raised up for mankind.

By Dr. Mamdouh N. Mohamed
Associate Professor at the American Open University