Friday, October 31, 2008


Among our regular periodic activities at the surau is learning the tafsir of targetted ayat (verses) from the Koraan, between the Maghrib and Isha (Isya) prayers, for about 1 hour. Here an Ustaz is writing a Koraanic ayat (verse) on the white board, which then he will explain in great detail in that one hour what the tafsir is for the ayat, followed by a question and answer session.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

ICT and Surau

With the availability of modern technology in communication equipment, many of the younger Ustaz (and not so young) are using these tools to strengthen their delivery of the subjects they lecture on. These modern Ustaz are IT savy and they take the opportunity to present their cases using these. Here one sees an Ustaz using a laptop with a projector, projecting the images and summary of his lecture on to a white board. In fact in many masjids (mosques) now they have a proper rollable fixed white canvas screen and a fixed projector ready for use. The Ustaz needs only to plug is laptop.

Ustaz nowadays are IT trained, or they take the trouble to learn IT tricks and many have their own homepage and e-mail addresses. Its such nowadays tom communicate with them.

Surau An Naim falls short in this area cuurrently, maybe because of financial constrained. Maybe also because of security of equipment. However soner or later Surau An Naim may need to consider equipping the surau with the technology.

We are coming out of our cocoons.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wirid & Dua (Doa)

Usually begins,

And in the middle,

Ending with a doa (dua), and move on with life.

At least thats what usually happens at Surau AnNaim.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

open house

This I thought is very interesting.
last night the Ustaz giving tazkirah at the surau brought this subject of open house. I thought its quite interesting as to what open house has now become. Is it pride that we have this open house? Or is it just to make friends and to brings friends together? Or is it something else like keeping up with the joneses?
Sometime you may see an open house affairs just about next door but because you have not been invited you dare not go. Instead you go to an open house a few km away, is this what open house is all about?
Is open house socially correct? Or is it religiously correct? Maybe just politically correct? Those are all open ended questions.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

The car park

Our surau has got this wide car park which may even accommodate about 40 or 50 odd cars parked at the same time. That car park was ‘given’ because it was observed that during nights (and days) when tazkirah are held, cars for those who attend tend to be parked on the road edges, causing problems to the parking of cars for the nearby residents and this also causing traffic congestions. Some kind soul from the City Hall extended the car park to what it is today.

Recently an Ustaz giving a night tazkirah suggested that the surau becomes the activity centre for the Muslims who live nearby. Thus as an activity centre, the surau may be used as location for Muslim (Malay) weddings, where the car park may be used for a place where Muslims can erect tents to receive their wedding guests. Such a wide carpark may accommodate table and chairs for more than 500 guests at a same time. And in a Muslim (Malay) wedding the guests do not arrive at the same time, they come in trickle initially and then gets more dense and later on during the day they trickle in again, the other guests who came earlier have already left (in all cases).

Presently in an urban Muslim (Malay) weddings, tents may be erected in a street or minor road, sometime even closing or blocking the street, causing such inconvenience to road users. The Ustaz's suggestion has merits.

Facilities such as shower, toilets and prayer room are available.

Probably a small donation to the surau may be nice.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

A name?

Is this a mixed up?

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what help can we give to our Muslim Brothers in Palestine?

UN is helping the Christians, but is UN helping the Muslims?

BAGHDAD – The U.N. refugee agency said Friday that it was rushing aid to thousands of Christians who fled a northern Iraqi city, while a prominent Shiite cleric appealed for unity as lawmakers consider a U.S.-Iraq security deal.
Some 13,000 Christians have been chased away by threats and extremist attacks in Mosul this month, said Ron Redmond, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
That number is over half the community in a city where Christians have lived since the early days of the religion.
"Many left with little money and need help," Redmond told reporters in Geneva, where the agency is headquartered.
He recounted the story of a Christian nurse who told his agency the threats started months ago with phone calls, letters and messages left on doors.
Another woman said she fled when she heard of a Christian that was murdered.
"We were the hard core that never wanted to leave Iraq, even with the tense environment," the woman, who fled to Syria, was quoted by the agency as saying.
The agency has delivered relief supplies to over 1,700 Christian families now displaced in the north of the country, Redmond said. Most are living in churches, monasteries and the homes of relatives in nearby Christian villages and towns.
No group has claimed responsibility but Sunni extremists are believed to be behind the campaign, which is taking place despite U.S.-Iraqi operations aimed at routing insurgents from remaining strongholds north of the capital.
Attacks against Christians and other minorities had tapered off amid a drastic decline in overall violence nationwide, before picking up again this month.
In Baghdad, meanwhile, a hardline Shiite cleric and lawmaker called for rational debate on a draft U.S.-Iraqi security pact that would give the United States a legal basis for keeping its forces in Iraq for three more years.
Jalaluddin al-Saghir told worshippers that the government was still tinkering with the deal, which would also grant Iraq limited authority to try U.S. soldiers and contractors charged with serious crimes.
"The country is passing through a most critical stage," al-Saghir said. "The politicians should think about Iraq's interests. They should not seek to break the unity of Iraqi society."
Critics say the deal is an infringement on national sovereignty.
Al-Saghir's statements carry weight because he is a senior figure in the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, which dominates the government with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's party. The council has called for changes to the deal.
There was however a different message in mosques frequented by anti-U.S. Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr's supporters.
Sheik Abdul-Hadi al-Mohammadawi, an aide to the Iran-based al-Sadr, praised the tens of thousands who marched through Baghdad last week calling for an end to the American presence in Iraq.
In a sermon at Kufa mosque, he said the proposed deal had numerous problems. "There is no balance in this pact because it is between a great state and a small one," al-Mohammadawi said.
The head of the Sadrist political commission, meanwhile, told a news conference in the Shiite holy city of Najaf his movement's criticism of the deal was not driven by Iran, as some have suggested.
Iran, which is also close to the Shiite parties who dominate Iraq's government, has repeatedly expressed its opposition to any deal allowing American forces to remain in Iraq.
"We have real and serious fears that the occupier seeks to divide Iraq," Lewa Smeism said, adding that there was opposition across the Iraqi political spectrum.
Senior U.S. defense officials have said the U.S. is still focusing its efforts on getting the agreement signed, even though its acceptance by Iraq's parliament is far from certain.
Washington prefers the new deal over an extension of the existing U.N. mandate that gives U.S. and coalition troops the authority to be in Iraq through the end of the year.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Pungutan Derma di Masjid/Surau & Status Masjid Vs Surau

I wish to refer to the Kuliah Maghrib given by YM Ustaz Ishak Din last night (23rd October 2008) in which an “argument” over the above subject broke up between YM Ustaz and me. I am not trying to justify my stand here, but I just would like to state that my behaviour was most unbecoming to the Ustaz of whom I have great respect for, and to the Jamaah. I am not trying to offer any excuses. It is just that I should not have behaved the way I did. Hereby I wish to ask forgiveness from everyone who was present. I felt now I was behaving like a spoilt brat.

2. On the subject of collection of alms/derma in masjid/surau, this is the first time I am hearing it is haram. We are seeing that in almost all masjid, especially on Fridays. Normally before the Imam goes up the mimbar to read the sermon boxes for alms (tabung derma masjid) are passed round saf by saf. In fact in this respect Ustaz Datuk Ismail Kamus had made a joke out of it, that when the box is about to reach someone, he will quickly stand up to sembahyang sunat! I would assume then that even to Datuk this practice is ok, certainly not haram. In fact in Masjid Jamik Pasir Putih Kelantan, immediately after Friday prayers, the Noja or Tok Siak will go round to everyone saf by saf carrying along an “uncang” to collect derma from the jamaah. Certainly there are a lot of Ustaz and Ulamaks there who would stop this practice if it is haram.

3. On the subject of status of surau and masjid, apart from several other ustazs who have given their opinion on this, I will just quote a paragraph from the book “Pedoman Shalat” written by the late Prof. Dr. T.M. Hasbi Ash-Shiddieqy page 36:

“Juga pengertian mereka tentang ‘makna mesjid’, sangat berlainan dengan yang sebenarnya. Banyak berpaham bahwa yang dinamai mesjid, hanyalah tempat mendirikan Juma’at saja. Pada hal segala tempat yang ditasbielkan (diwaqafkan) untuk umum berjama’ah, dipandang dan dinamai ‘mesjid’. Karena itu tempat-tempat yang dinamai langgar atau surau tempat penduduk sesuatu kampung berjama’ah, dipandang mesjid”.

Wallahu a’lam.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ladies of the surau

The ladies of our surau are very active, they have their own religious classes, they follow the daily 5 times prayers (some do though the no. is small; by some traditions ladies are more encouraged to pray at home than in surau or masjid (mosque)exceptions being that when they attend lessons/classes, tazkirah or religious talks) and they attend the nightly tazkirah. And during the fasting month's night they crowd the whole of the ladies section.

The ladies section is behind the men's hall, appropriately curtained to maintain the allowed (and the need) degree of modesty.

And during the time of tazkirah the curtain is opened, wide if there are many ladies attending, the ladies to properly listening to the tazkirah and also to see in person who is giving the tazkirah. They are even allowed to ask questions on the subject of the tazkirah or on any other subject matter regarding Islam for which they have doubts about. And the ustaz giving the tazkirah usually seek questions from the ladies.

Perhaps some day, a lady may contribute articles in this blog, to tell us more of the ladies' views and activities.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

After the Subuh prayers .........

They read a few Hadiths (Prophet Muhammad's PBUH traditions) in Arabic and translate them into Bahasa Malaysia. Anyone interested may join them. This is almost an every morning affair.

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Monday, October 20, 2008


About a month ago during a Q&A session at a Majlis Tazkirah Subuh (Kuliah Subuh) on the subject of “Ikhlas” (sincerity) I put up a question regarding Upah Haji. The Ustaz promptly replied positively that it is “sah” and could be practised by us Muslims. He went on further to say that it is in fact a good act especially when it is performed by our students there and it should be done “secara ikhlas”. At least we can help these students to get extra income to assist in their studies. These students have already performed the Haj previously, so they can perform for others – I can’t remember whether he mentioned only for those already dead or also for those still living. He quoted the nas from a Hadis Sahih, that a lady came to see Rasulullah and asked if she could perform the haj that the mother has “nazar” but died before she could do it. And Rasulullah SAW said she could. So based on that the practice of “Upah Haji” is considered sah.
Frankly I have my reservations regarding this. Firstly, on the subject of “ikhlas” – can anyone be really ikhlas in doing anything if he is paid to do it? On that reason alone I believe the performing of the haj has become null an void. In this respect I believe we should limit it to only the siblings who could do it, and that too if the parents had already the desire/niat/nazar to perform the haj. This to me is line with the Hadis which says when someone dies all his amalan is cut off except for 3, one of which is “anak-anak yang soleh yang mendoakan buatnya”.
Secondly, I am afraid the present practice of “upah haji” and even ‘umrah’ has indeed become commercialised. Just imagine it is advertised in newspapers and magazines and even on tree trunks!! Upah Haji is normally RM1,500 and Umarah RM300. It is as though “pahala” can be bought and sold! I am no religious scholar, but as a layman I think it is just not right!
Thirdly, for those who want to help our students in their studies, why must use this to help them. Where is the sincerity to help then?
Certainly in a Majlis Tazkirah such as the above it is not expected to be arguments and debates on any subject. So through this blog I am expressing my humble opinion with the hope that perhaps others could comment and correct me.


I came in rather late last night for the Kuliah Maghrib but I wish to express my humble short comment on the above subject (19th October 2008):
1. The Ustaz said “memang benar tiada suruhan/perintah daripada Rasulullah tentang membaca Usolli, tetapi Rasulullah juga tidak melarang”. I wish to point out on the tidak melarang. We are all aware that to practise any religious ritual (ibadah), there must be an instruction/example from Rasulullah SAW. Without that it is called bid’ah. And all bid’ah in religion is “on the wrong track/astray” (dhalalah/sesat), and all dhalalah is in hell fire. In other words, how can Rasulullah “melarang” when there was no happening then? In his time nobody performed the Usolli.
2. It is indeed a great sin to practise something (particularly religious ritual) which is not instructed by Rasulullah through Hadis or the Quran al-Karim. It is bid’ah. It may appear good but can actually be disastrous. We cannot perform any ‘ibadah according to our whims and fancies which we think is good and right. It must be from Rasulullah or our Creator. We know that it is due to bid’ah that people came to worship idol/berhala, and to worship Isa alaihissalam as son of God, or even as God himself!!
3. Back to Usolli, it is said by expressing it we can remind the hati. But in reality it is the reverse: it is through the hati that our lidah expresses it.
4. Then talking about niat itself. To me niat is our keikhlasan in performing anything. It is in fact explained by the hadis “Innamal ak malu binniat…..” regarding the man who hijrah for his lover. He did not put his niat (in the form as: “sahaja aku berhijrah ….” while doing the act. Likewise when we want to solat, we take wudhu, then face the Qiblat and takbir. The whole act is actually activated by the niat. Don’t tell me after taking wudhu and facing the Qiblat then we are going to dance! Agama is simple, and Rasulullah’s instructions are simple. Let us not make things difficult. Worse still by adding things which are bid’ah.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Your money

Its your money.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ustaz Hj Abdullah Noh

I just want to put on record that Ustaz Hj Abdullah Noh has been almost the longest serving Imam for the 'surau'; he has been with the 'surau' from the first day - he may almost be one of the person instrumenting the existing of this 'surau'. In fact even before the existence of this surau he has been leading Muslim congregations/prayer gatherings and related Muslim prayers in private premises for the residence of Wangsa Maju, especially those from Section 5 and Section 6.

For that we wish to give our special and invaluable appreciation to him.

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Old member, new restaurant.

One of the oldest, regular and most helpful member at the 'surau' has just opened a new business, a restaurant. Still no menu, no price list, in fact not much to show for except entuthiasm. That entuthiasm is one of the menu for success.

Where is he located? On the lane, behind Unhuat Electronics (behind Carrefour, Wangsa Maju, KL), in the same row of Bif Sentral (which I have written about earlier in Wangsa Maju eGroup).

The owner, look for yourself.

The food? As shown in the photo. From Trengganu mostly. But I already warned him not to make the food sweet, or they will not go down with the KL crowd.

He has the dining room, and upstairs he has the 'sitting down eating' concept.

and a VIP private room.

while to go up, one has to leave one's shoes downstairs .......... he is still to make the gueests shoes rack.

Wishing him success in his new venture.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Just married

Our Ustaz Ramadhan.

Our Ustaz Ramadhan had just got married recently to a lady from Johore. And he has graciously invited members of Surau An-Naim to come for a 'kenduri' (wedding feast virtually) at his house in Kulim, Kedah soon, a reception given for him and his newly wed bride.

And on Friday evening, 16 Oct. 2008, after the Isya (Isha) prayers, congregation at Surau An-Naim Wangsa Maju gave him a small 'makan' (an eat), a thank you gesture for him from all of us and also in celebration for him now he being a married man; and he being a regular Ustaz at our Surau. In fact between the Maghrib and Isya prayers tonight he was the one giving 'tazkirah'.

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Calling Muslim ladies contributors.

It would be very nice if we can have some IT savy Muslim ladies from Wangsa Maju contributing news and articles in this blog.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

congratulations to Pak Lias

I have to take off my hat to Pak Lias for taking up the challenge put up by Ustaz Yunus Khairuddin. I am sure all members of the Jamaah Surau An-Naim will respond well to the invitation to contribute to this blog. All the best.

Monday, October 13, 2008


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Dua - Sheikh Muhammad Al Mohaisany

The Dua of Sheikh Muhammad Al Mohaisany [English Translation - Text]

The Dua of Sheikh Muhammad Al Mohaisany

This Dua was made in Masjid Al Haram, Makkah After the taraweeh Salah, in Ramadhan, 1422 A.H, Sheikh was arrested by the taghout regime of Saudia Arabia immediately after he made the Du'a.

Time 0:00] Oh Allah, to whom belongs All Glory and Grandeur, Oh Allah The Omni-Potentent, The Supreme, The Greatest, The Highest We ask you of Your Glory and Power, And victory for the Mujahideen in your cause, Oh Allah remain beside them, and with them, Give them triumph; strenghthen them. Oh Allah unite their vision, Focus the aim of their weaponry, And consolidate their word.

[0:33] And O Allah, fix their hearts, O Allah handle, take care of their enemies, O Allah dissipate their congregation, And shatter their integrity, And weaken their strengths, And throw the fear in their hearts, O Allah, our fates are in your hands, And our affairs all return to You, And our conditions are not obscured from Your knowledge, To You do we raise our misery, And our sorrow, And our complaint, To You, and You alone, do we complain the injustice of the oppressors, And the cruelty of the "faajereen" (literaly: perpetrators of debauchery), And the wrath of the betraying criminals,

[1:30] To You, O Allah, do we complain the injustice of the spiteful Christians, O Allah, the night (the dark reign) of the oppressors has indeed lengthened, (Again) O Allah, the night of the oppressors has indeed lengthened, (And Again,) ... O Allah, the night of the oppressors has indeed lengthened, (Again) O Allah, the night of the oppressors has indeed lengthened The animosity of the atheists has extended deep

[2:00] And ... the heads of the criminals Oh Allah, (pause) Oh Allah, Send upon them a hand from the truth ... To raise with it our humiliation, And to return to us our dignity, And to destroy our enemy with it, Oh Allah, (pause), Oh Allah, take care of the sources of injustice and oppression, (Again) Oh Allah, take care of the sources of injustice and oppression, Oh Allah, direct your forces against America, The center of Kufr and Fasaad (Again) Oh Allah, direct your forces against America, (Again) The center of Kufr and Fasaad Oh Allah, of them our are All-Aware, They spread fasaad in Your lands,

[3:02] And they killed Your slaves, And they insulted Your religion (Again) Oh Allah, of them our are All-Aware, And over them All-Powerful, Oh Allah, direct your forces against them, (Again) Oh Allah, direct your forces against them, O Allah send upon them the Storms of 'Aad, And the Cry of the Thamoud, And the Typhoon of the people of Noah, O Allah send upon them that which descends from the skies, And of that which exudes from the lands, O Allah disintegrate their country, O Allah make them into divided countries and scattered parties, O Allah, Ever-Living and Omni-Potent, Make contain them within a fist's grip of Your slaves (i.e. under their control), (Again) Make contain them within a fist's grip of Your slaves, O Allah, make hurricanes a constant for them,

[4:11] (Again) O Allah, make hurricanes a constant for them, (30 sec. pause...)

[4:40] O Allah release our captured brothers, O Allah release them, O Allah, strengthen them, O Allah make them steady on their faith, O Allah make possible a means for them, O Allah handle those who torture them,

[5:01] (Again) O Allah handle those who torture them, O Allah handle those who torture them O Allah eradicate them with Your power and Omni-Potence, O Allah, make their plots against us a cause for their destruction, And their slyness, slyness against them, O Lord of the worlds, O Ever-Living, O Omni-Potent, O Most-Mighty and Most-Gracious, Hearer of all prayer, Ever so close, accepting to all prayers, We all pray to You, full aware of Your promise, And of Your acceptance, For You have said, and Your speech is the truth: "Pray to Me, for I accept your prayers", O Allah accept our prayers for us, (Again) O Allah accept our prayers for us, O Allah, Everlasting, All-Powerful, The Omni-Potent over all that is in the heavens and the earth,

[6:00] We ask you to save Al-Aqsa from the cruelty of the Jews, (Again) O Allah save Al-Aqsa from the cruelty of the Jews, O Allah free Al-Aqsa from every black-hearted Kafir, O Allah lay our eyes rest on a liberated Aqsa, and on the defeat of the spiteful Jews, O Most-Mighty and Most-Gracious, All creatures are unto You humiliated, meek, ... O Allah, our creator from a single soul, O Allah, Highest in status O Allah, Greatest in Strength We ask You glory for Islam and Muslims, O Allah, Ever-Living, Ever so Powerful, O Allah guard the hard working scholars, (Again) O Allah guard the hard working scholars,

[7:01] And make steadfast those sincere in inviting to Your path, And raise the positions of those who order righteousness, and who forbid evil, And bestow the same mercy upon those Muslims who enjoin them, O Allah, Ever-Living, Ever so Powerful, O Most-Mighty and Most-Gracious, O Allah, he who devoted himself to hurt them, Talking to defame their honor, And tracking their refuge, And for whom You have willed no guidance, O Allah, make misery his destiny, O Allah, make misery his destiny, And disaster in his path, O Allah, convert his health to disease, And his strength into sickness, And his wealth, into poverty, And his power into weakness [7:57]


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Saturday, October 11, 2008


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raya qurban 2007

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azan subuh