Thursday, December 8, 2016

Pemergian Brother Junaid Jamshed

Harini kebanyakan guru aku pos status FB mengenai pemergian sahabat mereka, Brother Junaid Jamshed yang telah meninggal dalam kemalangan pesawat PIA Flight 661. Dari Sh. Yasir Qadhi ke Imam Omar Suleiman ke Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda ke Sh. Yaser Birjas ke Sh. Navaid Aziz ke Brother Nouman Ali Khan... semua bercakap mengenai pemergian Brother Junaid. Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji'oon. May Allah have mercy on him, forgive him and grant him Jannatul Firdaws.

Bila tengok gambar Bro. Junaid yang dipos oleh Sh. Yasir Qadhi (the pic below), I go, "he looks familiar":
Then aku google nama beliau. Baru ingat "Ohh. Brother yang pernah kena bantai dengan golongan 'ekstremis' dekat airport dulu, pasal pernah tersalah cakap sikit je mengenai Saidatina Aisyah RA."

Btw, pasal kes 'tersalah cakap' ni, beliau dah pun pernah keluarkan stetmen apology dalam satu video:
Which to be honest, bagi aku, kesilapan beliau tu teramatlah trivial. Bukan 'blasphemy' pun; tapi sekadar 'dramatization' yang... aku rasa, setiap public speaker pun tahu betapa dari semasa ke semasa, we just can't avoid making that mistake. It's just in the nature of us human beings, to dramatize things here and there bilamana bercerita.
[I'm not saying that dramatization of the seerah is okay;
but I mean, couldn't those mobs have some husnuz-zhon
upon their Muslim brother? Couldn't they take better
approach in correcting brother Junaid's mistake,
rather than bantaying him dekat airport?]

Nonetheless Brother Junaid cared to apologize, ma sha Allah.

Cuma video apology ni beliau buat dalam Bahasa Urdu, so of course, sepatah apa pun aku tak paham, haha; tapi vibe sincerity yang beliau pancarkan, ma sha Allah... Kagum dengan humility beliau. I remember I cried when I watch this video.

And so that's how I remember Brother Junaid Jamshed

(...atau mungkin sepatutnya aku kena panggil beliau
Uncle Junaid Jamshed instead, idk... umur beliau pun
dekat nak sama dengan ayah aku... ehhe...)


Anyways. And this is how Sh. Yasir Qadhi remembers Brother Junaid:


Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'oon....

A PIA plane has crashed and it is feared that all on it have died, including the famous singer turned preacher, Junaid Jamshed.

May Allah have mercy on him and all of those who died!

In the summer of 1992, when I was a student at the University of Houston, Junaid Jamshed came with his band 'Vital Signs' to perform a singing tour at our campus. Hundreds of Muslim students went to attend, and of course there was the standard music, dancing and singing going on at the time.

Our Muslim Student Association (of which I was an integral part!) decided to stand outside that event, and pass out fliers reminding Muslims that this was not appropriate for them to do. I was a part of that 'protest' outside of Junaid's hall.

Then, Allah guided Junaid to leave the music industry and become a preacher.

Fifteen years later, after I had graduated from Madinah, in the summer of 2007 in London at the GPU event sponsored by Islam Channel, I met Junaid Jamshed and informed him of that story. This was minutes after we had both shared a stage speaking to the largest audience in the Western world - over forty thousand people. I said to him how Allah works in mysterious ways: one day I was warning against his concert, and now we were both sharing the same stage for the same message! And I gifted him a copy of my Dua book. He was so moved and humbled that I'll never forget what he did: he literally hugged me and I could see his eyes well up with tears.

Truly, Allah raises those whom He pleases and writes love for them in this world.

May Allah accept Junaid Jamshed's death as a martyrdom (along with all of those who died!) and bless their families with patience and comfort at this trying time.

I just logged on to Br. Junaid Jamshed's Facebook page, where there is a video of his last Jumah from a few days ago. I cannot believe the two verses that he chose to recite in the last Jumah he led, for they are so tragically beautiful in light of this accident:

In the first rakah, he recited Baqara 153-7, in which we are told that those who die in the way of Allah are not dead, but alive with their Lord. And we are also commanded to say 'To Allah we belong and to Him We shall return' at times of calamity.

In the second rakah, he recited Fussilat 30-33, in which we are informed that the best of mankind are those who call to Allah, and do good deeds, and proclaim their faith. And Allah will comfort such people at the time of death - the angels themselves will comfort them even as they welcome them to Paradise.

It is very moving that these were his last verses, and insha Allah it is a positive sign at the beautiful death that Allah blessed him with.


Bila dengar recitation beliau dalam video ni, sekali lagi, ia membuat aku emosi, dan menangis.


Sebagai seorang yang tak berapa kenal Brother Junaid yet berasa sedih atas pemergiannya, aku berkongsi rasa dengan Sh. Yaser Birjas yang menyebut:


Junaid Jamshed, I never met him in my life and I never had the pleasure of listening to him before.

But the so many good things I heard about him and the so much khayr he did in his life made me love him for the sake of Allah.

I felt so sad when I heard the news of his death. May Allah have mercy on him, forgive him and grant him Jannah. May Allah have mercy on all the passengers who perished in this tragic accident and give their families beautiful patience.


And last but not least, this is Brother Nouman Ali Khan's tribute for Brother Junaid:


In loving memory of Junaid Jamshed.

I was in my mid teens and Vital Signs came on the scene with Dil Dil Pakistan. His music since then, in the band and as a solo artist, became an inseparable part of my youth. I knew virtually all of his songs by heart. I think I still do.

I got to know him after his incredible transformation. He knew me at first as the young Pakistani chap who tutors Arabic in America. We weren't close but over the years we got to know each other better and of course a common inspirational figure to both of us was Maulana Tariq Jameel.

Through my personal interactions with him, I got to see the non celebrity side of one of the greatest cultural icons of my generation. He had a great sense of humor, a genuine loving concern for the young generation, an appreciative and humble spirit (which I found most shocking because the man was on top of the world since an early age). He called and pray for me and thanked me when I spoke out about giving him benefit of the doubt. I used to whatsapp him every now and then. He would tell me he sees me as his own younger brother. When we discussed my plans to come to Pakistan (eventually), he would play the big brother role and say, don't worry I'll take care of everything. I was a bigger fan of his as a friend and older brother than I ever was of him as a musician. I would even tease him sometimes about his old stuff and how awesome it was. He'd just say, "well Nouman, that just means you have a good taste in music my friend!"

A man who had everything a youth could dream of at his fingertips gave all of it up to pursue a path he well knew would bring him little appreciation and much criticism. An artist and entertainer who was willing to exchange the loving adoration of his millions of fans for criticism and scoffing condescension coming from the very same. A man who would see the ugly side of sectarianism and be humiliated in the name of the very religion that he sacrificed everything to serve. And finally a man who Allah decided would go back to him as a shaheed. I will always honor his memory as someone who lived by his convictions and will always be grateful to Allah that I could call him a friend.

What an amazing human being. What an incredible life. Let his legacy be one of inspiration to change for the better. If Allah gave him the strength, courage and commitment to do that, He will surely grant it to the millions and millions of young people yearning for purpose in life.

May Allah accept him, his spouse, and all whom we lost in that tragic flight crash as shuhadaa who are already overjoyed at what Allah has given them.

You will be missed Junaid Bhai.
Your younger brother Nouman.


So that's all for this entry. Wassalaamu'alaykum wrt.

ps: Btw sebut tentang 'Pakistan', minggu lepas aku ada heran kejap bila tengok dalam playlist Winamp aku ada lagu bertajuk 'Pakistan', yang supposedly dinyanyikan oleh Dato' Siti Nurhaliza.

*Aku baca balik betul-betul*

"Oh, 'Pastikan'".

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ultimate Supplication

As you go for taraweeh, as you listening to the Qur'an being recited, many people are standing there in prayer and they don't know what the Imaam is saying.

There will be days when the Imaam will cry, there will be du'as where everybody is bawling and tearing, and you might be one of the people that's just standing there saying, "Man, I wish I could understand what's being said. Coz then I could cry too".

There was an old man in our community (an old African American man) who once came to me in a hallway (it was in Islamic school back in the day) and he said, "I want you to translate everything that the Imaam was saying in Salaah". So I said to myself, "You want me to translate EVERYTHING that the Imaam says??".

And that brother, he actually had paper and pen with him. He wanted me to translate it right then and there.

So before I was about to tell him that, "You know what. I can't translate this. This is going to take like a couple of days to translate", the man started crying.

And from behind his tears, he said to me that "We're Muslim too. And if we understood the Arabic, we would cry just like you guys cry".


5 days later:

(Copypasting from Br. Muhammad Alshareef's Facebook status):

Remember the opening Taraweeh Truffle video where I spoke about the older uncle who wanted to know what was said in the Witr in Ramadan that made everyone cry, and he wanted to cry too? Well, our poet brother Ammar AlShukry has put it together, spoken word style. Ma sha Allah.

Enjoy and share:

Sh. Yasir Qadhi's comment: "A beautiful Ramadan du'a, based on a number of authentic supplications from the hadeeth and commonly recited in the du'a al-witrs of these nights, by a dear student of mine, Ammar AlShukry. Enjoy!"

Sh. Waleed Basyouni's comment: "Good job by Ammar with this du'a that has a lot of supplications from the sunnah for English speakers in ‪#‎Ramadan‬."


Akhir sekali, izinkan saya berkongsi satu status FB Sh. Waleed Basyouni:

"Before Maghrib you empathize with the poor
and after Maghrib you empathize with pregnant women.

I loled hard. #SoTrue

Sunday, March 6, 2016



Ini adalah kisah seorang laki-laki yang tenggelam di dalam dosa-dosa sepanjang hidupnya. Dia baru tersadar ketika Malaikat maut mengetuk pintunya dan mengajaknya untuk menghadap Tuhannya. Dia sangat ketakutan terhadap siksa Allah. Dia sadar bahwa dia tidak akan selamat dari Tuhannya, pada saat dia berdiri di hadapan-Nya. Dosa-dosanya menumpuk, dan kebaikan-kebaikannya nihil. Dia ingin berlari dari adzab- Nya. Satu-satunya jalan, menurutnya, adalah dengan membakar jasadnya setelah mati lalu abunya ditebar di laut dan di darat. Sebuah ide aneh yang mengisyaratkan dua perkara yang kontradiktif. Ketakutannya yang besar terhadap adzab Allah, ini termasuk ibadah besar. Dan ketidaktahuannya terhadap kodrat Allah, ini termasuk dosa besar. Allah memaklumi kebodohannya dan mengampuninya karena besarnya rasa takut yang dimilikinya.

Friday, February 26, 2016



Mp3s for the lecture:
  1. 17 Rules of Dream Interpretations (62.5MB)
  2. Dreams in the Qur'an and Hadith (82.8MB)
  3. Dreams of the Companions and Examples of Interpretations (72.4MB)
Total playing time: 03:57:54 (HH:MM:SS)


As one of the early scholar in Islam, Ibn Qutayba once said, "There is nothing that people deal with from different sciences that is more obscure, delicate, exalted, noble, difficult and problematic than dreams. Because they are a type of revelation and a kind of prophethood".

Allah s.w.t. says: "Behold! Verily on the friends of Allah (the awliya of Allah) there is no fear, nor shall they grieve; those who believe and constantly guard against evil. For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and the Hereafter. No change can there be in the words of Allah. This is indeed the supreme felicity".

So what are the glad tidings for the believers in this life?

Al Imam Ahmad Ibn Hambal r.a. in his musnad narrates Hadith by Abu Darda' r.a., that Rasulullah s.a.w. said (in the tafseer of this aayah): "The glad tidings that the believer receive in this life is a good dream that he sees or somebody sees for him".

So for example, someone saw a dream for you and it's good news for you. This is a busyraa; this is a glad tiding of Allah Azza wa Jalla.

Or it could be a dream that you yourself see.

So we're going to talk about this interesting and amazing world of the unseen. It is part of Ghaeeb. Dreams are part of the unseen, metaphysical world; something that is beyond the material world.

Now regarding the issue of dreams, there are two extremes. There is one extreme where some deviants from this ummah exaggerated in the issue of importance of dreams; and they made false claims based on false dreams.

And we will talk about the issue of dreams and syari'ah. That: dreams have nothing to do with syari'ah. We cannot derive laws (for example, of halal and haram) from dreams.

And then there is the other extreme where some people view that this issue is totally nonsense/it doesn't mean anything.

But there is middle-ground. And we will talk about in this entry, some rules and regulations and notes regarding the topic of dreams in Islam. Insya-Allah.

And we will talk a little bit about the issue of dreams interpretation too, towards the end.

Anas Ibn Malik says that Rasulullah s.a.w. said, "The good dream seen by a righteous man is one part of 46 parts of prophethood".

So the issue carries some importance in Islam. And we will see that Allah s.w.t. talked about dreams in Qur'an. For example in Surah Yoosuf, you have the dream of Saydina Yoosuf when he was young. And then you have the dream of the two prisoners who were with Saydina Yoosuf in jail. And then you have the dream of the king. There is also the dream mentioned that Rasulullah s.a.w. saw. And then we'll also talk about dreams that were mentioned in Hadith, dreams that were seen by Rasulullah s.a.w. and dreams that were seen by the Sahabah. And some dreams that were seen by As-Saliheen.

In this Hadith, Rasulullah s.a.w. says that it's part of 46 parts of prophethood. There is some scholars who tried to give an explanation to this particular ratio. [Why is it 1 part of 46?]. The following is an explanation that they gave (we have no way of discerning whether it is right or not because there's no evidence from Hadith to state that this is the fact for sure) but I will mention it as an explanation that was given by some scholars (obviously the issue is disputed some scholars don't agree with it) but they said: The prophethood of Rasulullah s.a.w.; The period in which he was given nubuwwah extends from the age of 40 to age of 63, so it's 23 years. Cause we know that Rasulullah s.a.w. received nubuwwah (prophethood) when he was 40 years old. And he passed away when he was 63. So the period is 23 years. And we also know from Seerah, that Rasulullah s.a.w., for 6 months before becoming a prophet, he was seeing dreams on a very frequent basis and the dreams were "direct", and they will occur exactly as he would see them. Tafalaqa subh; as was mentiond in the Hadith.

So what's the ratio of 6 months to 23 years? The ratio is [1 to 46].

Anyway, this is the part of nubuwwah that remains until the End of Time: "Draems that the believers see".

First, I'll quote to you a saying by one of the early scholars of Salaf. His name is Ibn Qutayba. He said, "There is nothing that people deal with from the different sciences that is more obscure, delicate, exalted, noble, difficult and problematic than dreams. Because they are a type of revelation and a kind of prophethood".

So it's really not a light issue and it's not a very simple one either. Why? Because it is part of prophethood. So therefore, dream interpretation is not an easy thing at all.

Anyway, first off, there are three types of dreams. At-Tarmizi narrates, Muhammad Ibn Sirin (obviously one of the tabi'in, so he studied under the sahabah r.a.) narrates from Abu Hurairah, he says that "Rasulullah s.a.w. says that there are three types of dreams. The first is true dream. The second, a dream in which a person is speaking to himself. The third is a dream from Shaytan that is tahziim; to make you sad; he inspires to you a dream that would make you feel bad that would make you sad".

[Note for the second point: "A dream in which a person is speaking to himself", what does this mean? You might be obsessed with something or you might have thought about something for a long time during the daytime, you end up dreaming about it at night. This really doesn't mean anything. It is repetition of your thoughts during daytime].

[Note for thrid point: "A dream from Shaytan that is tahziim; to make you sad", why would Shaytan do this? Because he hates the believer. That's why we have in the Hadith in sahih Muslim says: "Whenever a child is born, Shaytan stabs the child and that's why the child comes out to this world crying. I mean look at how envious this being is, I mean he wouldn't even leave the new born child alone. That's how bad he really hates the son of Adam.]

So these are the three types of dreams.

And Rasulullah s.a.w. says when you see a dream from Shaytan, what should you do? —Stand up and pray.

And in another Hadith, Rasulullah s.a.w. said, "you turn towards the left side and you blow three times and you seek refuge in Allah Azza wa Jal from the evil of such a dream (a'uudzubillahi minasy syaitanir rajeem) and it will not harm you".

Rasulullah s.a.w. said, "The good dream is from Allah and the hulm is from Shaytan".

In the Arabic language there is differentiation between the good dream and the dream that is from Shaytan. When "ru'yaa" is used, usually means a good dream. And when the word "hulm" is used, it usually means something that doesn't have a meaning or it is from Shaytan.

....sambungannya di dalam MP3.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Melawat Syurga Selama 3 Jam


— Lecture disampaikan oleh Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki.