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So-called 2016 Annual Review

Well, 2016 is already in the books. It’s time for us to open a new book for a new chapter of our life. A new chapter of more challenging life, more opportunities to discover and more kindness to spread.

But before that, I’d like to share the so-called Anuar Review with you.

Basically, this review is a procees that reminds me to look back on the previous twelve months, celebrate my victories and evaluate my failures.

My 2016 Annual Review will answer three questions;

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well this year?
  3. What am I working toward in 2017?

Let’s start!

What went well this year?

Al-hamdulillah, first of all, we have been blessed with a baby boy on February last year. We named our son after the name of prominent Muslim philosopher, thinker and scholar from Malaysia, Syed Muhammad Naquib bin Ali al-Attas where he is the pioneer in proposing the idea of Islamisation of knowledge.

We got the idea to name it after we attend his lecture at University of Technology, Malaysia on February 22, 2016. May Allah protect and bless our son, Muhammad Naqib with true knowledge by the rank of Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas and his grandfather and our master, Sidna Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasallam.

2016 was a year where I bought most books compare to previous years and al-hamdulillah there are several books which I should list them as “Book of Life” because these books really enlightened my spiritual connection. The books are “The Drink of the People of Purity” by Shaykh Muhammad bin al-Qasim al-Qandusi which was translated by Shaykh Abdul Aziz Suraqah and “The Muhammadan Litanies” by Shaykh Yusuf al-Nabahani and was translated by the same translator.

Of course, as a person who jumped into information and technology area, I need to keep my skills above par. I had attended several trainings and IT-related event to polish my programming skills and get exposed with the new technology updates.

I have develop two projects of my own which are ThePurityDrinks and Where’s My Spouse (Currently for personal use).

What didn’t go so well this year?

2016 was the worst year of my blogging. As you can see there are less than 20 entries in 2016 compare to previous years. (This is my new blog by the way, my old blog hosted at Blogspot). It it just lack of idea or I am very lazy to share something in my blog or maybe I need to commit to other things which are more important.

Second thing is, our Axel Creative (business that I ran with my partner) dissolved as my partner cannot run the business as he got better opportunity in his career. May Allah bless you and your family, Faris. He is good on finding and approching potential client and al-hamdulillah, I have been blessed with ideas and skills to produce a product.

Third thing, we didn’t meet our financial goal. I believe this is due to our unrealistic plans. But al-hamdulillah, we didn’t have financial problem as I am very careful at spending and I always “pay myself first” before I pay to others.

What am I working toward in 2017?

First and foremost, I need spiritual guide. I don’t want to waste my life without a true path to my Lord and His Messenger. Al-hamdulillah, I have contacted one of my friend and insha Allah, he will bring me to take nisba at Singapore in this month.

Second, become a finisher. It’s time for my behavior to match my ambitions. I saw many incredible opportunities in front of me but those things only becomes a reality if I step up and finish the work. A business can only succeed once it is launched. There are several apps projects in my repository but only a few I manage to finish and publish them.

I hope this year will be a year which I complete my existing works before I create a new one.

 

Well, I think, that wraps up my so-called 2016 annual review. Special thanks to family, friends and those who always be my support system for the whole year.

May Allah accept all of our deeds and may He continue to shower His blessings on us. And may Allah forgive all of us for our transgressions and may He continue to be merciful to us.

 

Fahmi Shah, 11 January 2017, Subang Jaya, Selangor

 

Designing the As-Salat al-Mashishiyya

Designing Salawat Ibnu Mashish

Alhamdulillah, by the Allah’s blessings, I am able to memorize one of the immense prayer upon our master, Sidna Nabi Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasallam, As-Salat al-Mashishiyya, attributed to Shaykh Abul Hasan ‘Ali al-Shadhili’ shaykh, Sidna Shaykh ‘Abd al-Salam  ibn Mashish. This prayer is believed the only text which has come down from Sidna Shaykh ‘Abd al-Salam  ibn Mashish.

And because of this blessings, I am designing my own poster of As-Salat al-Mashishiyya in Maghribi font style which I found this font is unique and beautiful. Thanks to Shaykh Mahmoud, the shaykh of Shadhili  path from Madinah, the one who gave me the book which contain this prayer.

Success is from Allah and may Allah bring us benefit through this As-Salat al-Mashishiyya. Amin.

A Prayer by Shaykh Ahmad bin Mustafa al-‘Alawi

A Prayer by Shaykh Ahmad bin Mustafa al-‘Alawi

“O Allah, O You who made prayers upon the Prophet among the means of drawing near! I draw near you to You through every prayer sent upon him from the beginning of creation to boundless perfection.” – Shaykh Ahmad bin Mustafa al-‘Alawi.

Sidi Abdul Aziz Suraqah in his book, The Muhammadan Litanies include this beautiful prayer of Shaykh Ahmad bin Mustafa al-‘Alawi, who  established his own order, called the Alawiyya, a branch of the Darqawi, Shadhili tariqa.

Alhamdulillah, we are in the blessed month of Rabi’ul Awwal, the month of the birth of our master, Sayyiduna Muhammad and may Allah give us strength and sincerity to send prayers upon our master. Let us pray so that Allah will bring us near to his beloved Prophet and bring us near to Him through every prayer sent upon Him. Amiin.

 

O soul, enjoy the pleasure in the meeting

O eye, feel comfort

This is the beauty of the Chosen one

His lights shine over us.

– Sayyid Muhammad bin ‘Alawi al-Maliki, Qasidah Busyra Lana.

al-Salat al-Kamiliyya

Salat al-Kamiliyya

“O Allah, send prayers, peace and blessings upon our master Muhammad and his Family, equal to the number of Allah’s perfection and as befits His perfection.”

This beautiful and majestic prayer is named as al-Salat al-Kamiliyya or The Prayer of Perfection. It is listed in the noble book, Afdal as-Shalawat by Shaykh Yusuf bin Ismail an-Nabhani. And Shaykh Yusuf bin Ismail an-Nabhani said in this book;

“My master Ahmad al-Sawi said, “This is the formula of the people of the spiritual path and it is known as the Prayer of Perfection. It is one of their important litanies recited ten times after each prayer and recited one hundred times or more in other times. Its rewards are endless, which is why the people of the spiritual path have chosen it [for regular use]. Sayyid Muhammad bin ‘Abidin records in his thabat from Shaykh Abu al-Mawahib, the son of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Baqi al-Hanbali, who reported that his father related from the erudite Ahmad al-Muqri al-Maliki who said that the reward for this noble prayer equals the reward for fourteen thousand [other] prayers.” – Taken from The Muhammadan Litanies by Sidi Ustadh Abd Aziz Suraqah.

Wallahu a’lam.

Success is from Allah and may Allah bring us benefit through this al-Salat al-Kamiliyya. Amin.

Salat li-Yawm al-Jumu’a

Salawat Jumaat

“O Allah, shower Thy beneficence, give peace and rain blessings upon our liege-lord Muhammad and upon the family of our liege-lord Muhammad with a benediction that is acceptable to Thee and as may recompense him befitting his stature; grant him the means and the merit; elevate him to the praiseworthy station Thou hast promised him; honour him on our behalf with the most beautiful requital and a reward more excellent than one granted by Thee to any Prophet on behalf of his people or to any Messenger on behalf of his nation; and invoke blessings upon him and his brothers from the Prophets, the Messengers, the Truthful, the Martyrs, and the Righteous. By Thy Universal Mercy, O most Merciful of the merciful.”

This beautiful Salutation for the Day of Gathering is narrated by Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali in two of his works

  1. Revival of the Islamic Sciences or Ihya ‘Ulumuddîn
  2. Alchemy of Happiness

Imam al-Ghazzali states the following about this noble salutation:

It is said, ‘Whoever repeats this on Friday seven (7) times will receive the intercession [shafa’a] of the Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace. It is assured.’

This prayer is one of the prayers in Dalailul Khayrat, compiled by Imam al-Jazuli.

May Allah bring us benefit through this salutation. Amin.

Timeline of the life of Prophet Muhammad and the Khulafa ar-Rashidun

This is a great work from our friend at Facebook, Sidi Mehdi Hasan Sheikh. For the past few months, he has been working on compiling the life journey of our beloved prophet and the khulafa ar-rashidun to help spread the knowledge about their life and make the learning of it easier.

He compiled the timeline from 7 resources;

  1. ar-Raheeq al-Makhtum.
  2. Life of the Noble Prophet (saws) by Sallabi (3 vols).
  3. Life of the Messenger by Imam Nawawi.
  4. Life of the Prophet Muhammad by Dr. Mustafa As-Sibā’ī.
  5. History of Islam.
  6. As-Sirat An-Nabawiyyah by Ibn Kathir.
  7. Biographies of Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali and Hasan ibn Ali by Sallabi.

Sidi Mehdi Hasan Sheikh made a large poster measuring 8 ft x 3 ft and the intent is to spread this for free as a PDF and who ever wants to print it can print it.

Maybe we can print it and distribute it to our local mosques.

Timeline of the life of Prophet Muhammad and the Khulafa ar-Rashidun

Khabar gembira, lagi

Bagi Allah jualah hak milik segala yang ada di langit dan di bumi; Ia menciptakan apa yang dikehendakiNya; Ia mengurniakan anak-anak perempuan kepada sesiapa yang dikehendakiNya, dan mengurniakan anak-anak lelaki kepada sesiapa yang dikehendakiNya. Atau Ia mengurniakan mereka kedua-duanya – anak-anak lelaki dan perempuan, dan Ia juga menjadikan sesiapa yang dikehendakiNya: mandul. Sesungguhnya Ia Maha Mengetahui, lagi Maha Kuasa.

Surah Asy-Syuura, ayat 49-50.

Alhamdullah wa syukurulillah. Isteri disahkan mengandung anak yang kedua minggu lepas. Tahun ini saja, emak dan emak mertua bertambah dua orang cucu, tahun depan insya Allah tambah lagi seorang.

Ada orang istilahkan sebagai “accident”, tapi sebagai orang yang beriman, kita boleh renungkan kata-kata Imam al-Ghazali,

Jika kita mempunyai kuasa untuk menentukan nasib kita, dan kita mempunyai pengetahuan tentang masa depan, nescaya kita akan memilih takdir yang Allah telah tetapkan kepada kita.

dan pesannya yang lain,

Kamu mesti yakinkan kepada hati kamu, apa saja yang Allah takdirkan itu paling sesuai dan paling bermanfaat bagi kamu.

Semoga khabar ini menjadikan kami lebih bersyukur dan lebih mengharap akan kurniaan Allah. Mohon doa dari para pembaca agar isteri dikurniakan kekuatan sehingga hari bersalinnya nanti. Amin.

Berhati-hati #1

Kalau kau berjumpa atau berkawan dengan orang yang aku sebutkan di bawah ini sila berhati-hati;

Iaitu orang yang selalu ceritakan perihal buruk orang lain kepada kau. Sebab kebarangkalian untuk orang tu ceritakan buruk kau kepada orang lain sangat tinggi.

Aku punya teman yang selalu canang orang itu begini dan orang ini begitu yang akhir sekali, dia tak kemana pun. Dan aku sangat berharap Allah membina benteng kukuh untuk diri ini agar beliau tidak melihat keburukan diri ini untuk dicanang kepada orang lain.

The Purity Drinks

The Purity Drinks

Currently, this is a personal project I am working on. A very simple web that serves the sayings of the people of purity and pious men. Or we can call them, His men.

A very simple web. Every time you browse the web and it will serves random quote. If you refresh your browser then it will pick another random quote.

Insya Allah the web will available next week.

May this simple project be for me instead of against me on the Day of Reckoning. Amin Allahumma Amin.

Di hatinya ada kambing

Pada satu hari Nabi Musa alayhi salam berjalan melewati seorang lelaki yang sedang berdoa, merintih, meminta hajatnya kepada Allah. Rintihan lelaki itu membuatkan Nabi Musa alayhi salam berkata dalam hatinya:

“Kalaulah hajat lelaki ini ditangan ku nescaya sudah aku berikan kepadanya.”

Lalu Allah Azza wa Jalla pun mewahyukan kepada Nabi Musa alayhi salam;

*”Wahai Musa, Aku lebih mengasihinya darimu, akan tetapi lelaki ini mulutnya berdoa kepadaKu sedangkan hatinya bersama-sama kambing-kambingnya.

Sesungguhnya Aku tidak menjawab doa hambaKu yang hatinya bersama selainKu.”*

Nabi Musa a.s pun memberitahu wahyu ini kepada si lelaki tadi dan dia pun insaf lalu berusaha mengosongkan hatinya dari selain Allah hingga akhirnya doa lelaki tadi dimakbulkan.

Kisah diambil daripada Ustaz Rahmat Muhamad, Majalah Millati.

Semoga bermanfaat.