DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 15 Oct) – Reading Stephen Covey’s Principle-Centered Leadership (PCL) amazes me at how his ideas are so close to my Islamic roots. Using the eight principles as a takeoff, I decided to find its roots in the Qur’an and the Sunnah and its relevance for personal growth. It is so interesting how […]
from SAHIH MUSLIM: It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Ask me (about matters pertaining to religion)… . In the meanwhile a man came there, and sat near his knees and said: Messenger of Allah, … when would there be the hour… Read More End of the World accordg to the Hadith
(Yusuf Roque Morales is a Commissioner at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos) The Philippines is a multicultural country, primarily bound by ties of language, tribe and culture. As a young nation beset by conflict and internecine violence, these are the primary sources of unity among communities and after the Marcos era, where an attempt […]
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In The Name Of AllahThe Most Gracious The Most MercifulAllah knows best. In my opinion, none is born gay. With Adam for Eve, men were designed to like females.Same-sex attraction takes place when one exaggeratesOne’s love for another despite their…
In The Name Of AllahThe Most Gracious The Most MercifulAllah the Most Wise answered my du’as in strange ways.When I asked Him for guidance, He got me wide awake,Infatuated with seeking knowledge night and day,Learning Islam and leaving sins I had to fo…
In The Name Of AllahThe Most Gracious The Most MercifulA tribute for Allah’s sake to niqabis,Courageous sisters who value modesty,Who dress to please Allah not society.Their beauty’s reserved for their husbands only.Niqab is not just for those who are …
In The Name Of AllahThe Most Gracious The Most MercifulNotes to self and reminders to share, for Allah’s sake:Your worth is not proven in having a pretty face,Long nose, pouty lips, high cheekbones, not your height nor weight.Your skin tone and country…
In The Name Of AllahThe Most Gracious The Most MercifulLove letter, for Allah’s sake, from me to my husband,Who if he may not read this then perhaps in Heaven:Dear spouse, I’ll always love you despite the long distance.When far, you roam in my thoughts…
In The Name Of AllahThe Most Gracious The Most MercifulA letter, for Allah’s sake, from a Muslim on behalf of many,To those who think it is right to refuse niqabis’ rights unjustly:Why do you claim a piece of cloth/niqab is a threat to your city,When t…
Jesus -Peace be upon him- if you were to meet him?’
I’d say, ‘Brother Jesus, as-salaamu ‘alaikum.
Don’t worry about those who don’t know that you’re Muslim.
Dear Jesus, one of Allah’s Prophets, you did your best,
To convey there’s Only One God was your main message.
You strove for Allah’s sake with so much faith and courage,
To worship only One God was what you encouraged.
As with all of God’s Prophets you had some enemies.
Shaytan misled some folks to false claims and misbelief,
Misguiding numbers to trust a lie – ‘the Trinity’.
Believing in more than One God brings disharmony.
Prophet Jesus, Allah knows you never claimed you’re ‘god’.
It’s our archenemy shaytan who loves strife and fraud.
Dear Jesus, we Muslims believe you’ll be coming back,
Returning before Judgment Day when most will be shocked
Surprised to know that Prophet Jesus was a Muslim,
Who believed in One God and the Prophet Muhammad [SallAllahu alaihi wa sallam].’
May Allah the Almighty reveal to all the truth
That Jesus is not god, but human like me and you. Ameen.
Recently my Iman has been low and decreasing
Each time I mingle with the faithless and deceiving,
Who indulge in fruitless talks, lying and gossiping,
Whilst the state of the Ummah seems so discouraging.
Thus I’ve decided, after reading some Ahadeeth,
To befriend solitude and avoid vile company.
Once I recognize actors acting suspiciously,
Through their gestures and bad vibes they give unknowingly,
I grant them my distance so they won’t know the real me.
I’ve embraced seclusion for Your Sake Allah Alone.
Allah is always with me I’m delighted to know.
The Noble Qur’an I’d rather read than be with those
Whose aimless companionship cause my faith to go low.
Please forgive me, Allah, when I leave them on their own.
Until I find pious companions whom I can trust,
I busy myself with lots of Dhikr and Du’as,
Contemplating on meanings of vivid dreams I have,
And regularly making du’a for the Ummah,
Praying my patience is one way to Jannah above.
Dear Allah guide me away from where I should not be,
Places wherein wrong crowds only make my faith decrease.
Provide guidance O’ Allah and Jannah please decree,
Lead me to Paradise for my belief and good deeds,
And for striving to make the right decisions. Ameen.
[Sunan Ibn Majah]
A major sin and evil deed forbidden.
It distorts the nature of human beings.
As a sinful desire, it is disgusting,
Among wrongdoings like deceit and stealing.
Same-sex attraction is what Lut’s people did,
Rebelling and doing the prohibited –
They disobeyed God as they were conceited.
So stubborn, they chose to remain misguided,
Ignoring their innocence since they were kids.
Allah the Almighty made Eve for Adam.
Allah made woman for man as companion.
God’s enemy shaytan, foe of all humans,
Wants chaos through messing with God’s creation,
Trying to misguide them into vile thinking.
Accursed shaytan loves it when humans lessen
In logic, good morals and population –
When moms don’t give birth but become lesbians,
When lions from men act and look feminine,
While others change bodies from discontentment.
To worship One God is nature of mankind,
To obey Allah’s Laws and do what is right.
The opposite gender man was meant to like.
Same-sex attraction, an abnormal desire,
Can be controlled with faith and knowledge acquired.
One can’t be born with homosexuality,
As babies come to earth completely sin-free.
This may develop in some unknowingly
As when boys are not stopped when they act girly,
Or when girls get too close unnaturally.
Attraction may happen when love gets extreme.
So when you like some do so moderately.
Loving for Allah is a Muslim’s duty,
Guiding and reminding with sincerity.
That same genders can marry we disagree.
Two Rak’ahs Sunnah upon entering the Masjid,
Showing respect to elders, being playful with kids,
Helping around the house, being loving to one’s wives,
Staying truthful and when joking never telling lies,
Fasting regularly every Monday and Thursday,
Brushing and cleansing one’s teeth before one starts to pray,
Exchanging salaams and handshakes when meeting others,
Starting most actions from the right and in odd number,
Meeting loved ones almost always with a cheerful face,
Praying often Tahajjud at night when most would sleep,
Not complaining about food he did not want to eat,
Brisk and dynamic was his usual way of walking,
Articulate, wise, eloquent, clear and well-spoken,
Courage and softness he could balance beautifully,
He took proper care of his inner and outward self,
In what is right whenever he could he’d strive to help,
At times to energize he would take afternoon naps,
Knew when to work ambitiously and when to relax,
In lots of Dhikr and Du’as he loved to indulge,
Da’wah was his mission – enjoin right and forbid wrong,
As a leader and teacher he was brave, smart and strong.
May Allah the Almighty accept all our good deeds,
Allow us in Jannah and Kawthar River. Ameen.
Stick to the Prophet’s Sunnah to join those who have won.
(A modified version of a reaction to the presentation “Intra-Religious Dialogue: How a Faith Tradition Can Rediscover Its Unity” by Felix Körner, SJ, PhD, Pakighinabi Conversation Series, Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City, Philippines, August 30, 2017. Fr. Körner, a German Jesuit priest, holds two doctorates in Islamic Studies and Catholic Dogmatics. Affiliated to the […]
Conceal one’s adornments that should be treasured.
A woman’s gems must be reserved for her spouse,
Not meant to tempt strangers, distract nor arouse.
Wear the Hijab to obey Allah the King,
To be distinguished from the disobedient,
As Muslimahs on the Right Way to be seen,
Known as followers of the true religion.
Muslimahs are free, not enslaved by fashion.
What clothes to wear is not a daily problem.
Be liked for who you are, not for your clothing.
Born to worship God, not serve His creation.
The best Hijab is the one which covers most,
Wear what conceals beauty, not attractive clothes.
The more self-respect a woman truly has,
The more she’ll try to properly cover up.
If you’re proud of something and you should flaunt it,
Show the fact you’re Muslim, chaste and obedient.
Recall how you’re here to please Allah Only,
Long for Allah’s Love through faith and modesty.
To see our God, the Creator, in Jannah.
Because not all creation have the same goal,
With each one it makes sense you can’t get along.
So forget about those who rejected you,
Who betrayed and proved their friendship is not true.
No more stalking from now on those you don’t know,
Strangers who prefer to be by you unknown.
Haters are but critics who differ from us,
Too different from us, or just envious.
Your friends, even if few, are those who agree
To stand by you and join you in your journey.
If you’re sincere and aim to please Only God,
You won’t get on with clowns who live to show off.
If your self-esteem is high and ego low,
You’ll intimidate those who feel they’re below.
The truthful can’t get on with those who love lies.
The wise repel those who dislike real advice.
Beautiful souls scare those with evil inside.
Tough warriors are too strong for those who can’t fight.
Seldom would you see lions befriending snakes.
Never take offence when you’re ignored by fakes.
Move on to achieve your goals for Allah’s sake,
Even if you’re on your own towards God’s Way.
Around the world there are those who side with you,
Who do a lot of the good things that you do.
Unmet friends you may meet in Jannah someday.
Never alone, God is with us night and day.
Reasons why I rejected some proposals –
From one of them I disliked his baby-faced,
My ignorance back then was quite colossal,
He was to work in Madinah at that time,
I was at fault for judging him by his looks –
Thirteen years old then, needed loads of advice,
Bulimic teen, rebellious, misunderstood.
Another proposal from a childhood friend,
Who similarly came to our house to meet,
Said no to his request which I now resent,
Simply because he was years younger than me.
My dear parents – Allah yarhamhum. Ameen.
Turned down another guy’s proposal for me,
In U.S. he worked while I stayed in Saudi,
Not seeming pious then, they thought he’d mislead.
At eighteen or so I made a big mistake
Of rejecting this man’s proposal wrongly.
To memorize the whole Qur’an he did aim,
From a good family, friends, Pakistani.
The silly reason why I denied again,
Was my assumption he was too soft and shy,
Blame if you like, I was ignorant back then,
I did many wrongs and couldn’t tell what’s right.
Later on Allah taught me about Islam,
Alhamdulillah through learning I was changed.
Value of marriage I loved to understand,
Noble traits like patience made me change my ways.
At twenty I was married to my cousin,
Our marriage though not perfect brought forth lessons.
At twenty-six or so I became first wife,
Loved my husband for Allah more than desires.
Tips regarding marriage proposals, to guide:
Pray the Istikhaarah prayer then decide.
To say yes or no it’s every woman’s right,
While recalling not to judge upon first sight.
Don’t do the wrongs I did. Do learn from mistakes.
On feeling attracted, choose the halal way,
Marry for Allah’s sake, complete your deen/faith,
Keep learning and applying Islam each day.
To parents or guardians of those who’ll marry:
Don’t expect perfection from anybody,
As you yourselves have flaws like everybody.
Don’t demand huge dowries. Make marriage easy.
In-laws don’t need to be from the same country,
Nor be the same socially / financially.
Beauty in diversity / large families.
Understand your kids, they’re the ones to marry.
Marriage is a blessed gift which Allah made
To unite souls who’ll exchange love lawfully,
A journey of loving lessons to God’s Way,
One of the means that strengthen spiritually.
(Author’s note: The aim of this article is to give a birds eye view on the different types of Muslim religious leaders in the Philippines and to avoid confusion on their typology. ) Understanding Muslim religious leaders requires that one be familiar with the evolution of Muslim religious history in the Philippines and the cultural […]
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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) — Islam is among the major victims of the Marawi siege. This was the view of leaders of various sectors in Mindanao convened by the Bishops-Ulama Conference (BUC) from July 12 to 14 to “seek silver linings and rays of hope amid the Marawi crisis.” “We acknowledge that Islam is […]
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You may not read these, but in Jannah someday,
With Allah’s Will you’ll know what I used to say,
How I truly felt, missing you night and day.
Though you may be wed to up to four I’ll stay,
Even though we don’t see each other always,
Although we’re both busy and you’re far away,
For God, as your first wife I choose to remain.
I’ve loved and love lots, my love for you is strange,
Eccentric yet magnetic in many ways.
I can’t divorce as it’s hard to separate,
Promised to stay loyal since I was engaged.
Accountable for all the choices we make,
I choose to be patient with you for God’s sake,
Contentedly married to you come what may.
Dear husband, that Allah loves you I do pray,
For your success in both worlds I supplicate,
Pray our love reforms us and strengthens our faith,
May this connection inspire and motivate. Ameen.
Envy found in frenemies, foes or strangers:
One: No congrats, no kindness to show they care.
No compliments when they see you seem better.
Two: Telling lies about themselves and untruths,
Breaking promises, almost unreal with you.
Three: Not thankful, never showing gratitude.
Do them a favor and they’ll just frown at you.
Four: Treating you rudely with awful manners,
Shoving or excluding you where they gather.
Five: Joking or laughing at you whenever
You pass by them engulfed in jealous laughter.
Six: Silent with you yet with others chatty.
Quiet when you’re around while, like spies, nosy.
Seven: Suspicious of you so constantly,
Doubtful of your merits and best qualities.
Seven signs of those guilty of vile envy.
The more haters you get, the better really,
They attest to your blessings, that you’re lucky,
Charmed you’re not stuck with their insecurity.
So next time you notice those who are jealous,
Thank them inside for being your witnesses,
Envious people acknowledge you are blessed,
Not knowing that we all have gifts, joys and tests.
May Allah the Most Kind bless all that He gave,
Beautify us with good deeds and noble traits,
Allow us to enter Jannah, see His Face,
And take us smiling with love and grace. Ameen.
ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 7 July) – In a world where mainsteam narrratives about Islam are very skewed towards violence, it is hard for a reader to accept nor imagine that it can be a theology of love. Nonetheless, let me share why Islam for the overwhelmingly 1.6 billion souls on earth is a source […]
Yet again I’m here, I call on You, in tears.
As I raise my hands facing down so humbly,
I pray: “Allahumma Innaka ‘Afuwwun Tuhebbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee.”
Dear Allah Most Forgiving, forgive me please.
Dear Allah, I’m overwhelmed, stressed, tired and weak.
Your Mercy and Guidance O’ Allah I seek.
Allah, I miss my loved ones and family,
That I can’t take care of them all I’m sorry.
Please alleviate my struggles and worries.
I’m sorry I didn’t do much, Allah Dear,
Some bad traits of mine have not yet disappeared.
So beautify my character, guide me please,
Cause me to overcome obstacles with ease,
And make the Path to Jannah ever easy.
O’ Allah, for every moment, stay with me,
Enlighten through lessons and prophetic dreams.
Keep forgiving me when I slack frequently,
The Way to Your Love don’t allow me to leave.
Dear Allah, Only You I worship daily.
O’ Allah, please help Muslims worldwide in need,
Please fix our state as we bow to You Only.
With what You bestowed inspire us to be pleased,
That we see You in Paradise please decree,
Our good deeds accept, and our sins forgive, please.
ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 12 June) — I have come across something written by Patricio Abinales, a commentary on “Why Cosmopolitan Islam will Defeat Islamic Fundamentalism.” I am much troubled by his seemingly distorted definition of cosmopolitan Islam and using a rural setting, using a rural based individual Bai Tan, much more insinuating that a […]
Is Bai Tan real or fiction? But maybe when I meet a real one, she shall be a Sama, specifically, a Sama min-dilaut. No, not going by the royal-sounding Bai, who lives a land-away min-danaw. She is “rayang-rayang-rayOnnng!”, but not dayang-dayang. And no affiliation to affluent Tan. Her only privilege is location; her power is […]