Monday, November 26, 2012

The good treatment of orphans is mentioned many times in the Qur'an. Generally, as a society we don't really give much thought about orphans. We tend to neglect them and that's a terrible thing but here's one of many efforts by Malaysians who want to remind us of the role we play in helping the needy. Every year in the city of Malacca the day of Ashura is "celebrated" by inviting orphans and widows to  receive gifts and donations from the community. This year 120 young orphans - from babies to elementary school students - were invited along with their families. My family and I drove down to Malacca on Saturday and took this opportunity to follow the sunnah (tradition) of Prophet Muhammad who advocated kind treatment towards orphans. He was reported to have said: "The best house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are well treated. The worst house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are ill treated. I and the guardian of the orphan will be in the Garden like that," indicating his two fingers.

Kickin' It in Korea: Daejeon {Part I}

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Annyeong haseyo! (hello in Korean)

I've been meaning to blog about my trip to South Korea for a very long time but life has been hectic these past few months. I just started working as well so that means I probably won't have time to blog except on weekends. Bummer! Anyway, I was in Korea from early to end of September 2012. It was towards the end of summer and around the same time 'Oppa Gangnam Style' was released so you can imagine people's reactions when I told them I was going there. "Oh! Gangnam Style!" "I hope you get to meet PSY!" It's amazing how Korea has become synonymous with that song.

Faith Friday: Attaining Khushu' in Prayer

Friday, November 02, 2012

Definition of khushu': A state of mind that contains serenity, tranquility, dignity and humility during prayer, which springs from one’s heart when standing in front of Allah in humility and submission.

Over the years I have learned that one of the most important aspects of being Muslim is knowing and understanding the purpose and significance of solah (prayer) in our daily lives. Following that, it is vital that we understand the significance of having khushu' during prayer because only then will we understand the beauty of prayer and that it is a blessing not a burden.

"Successful indeed are the believers. Those who perform their prayer (solah) with all solemnity and full submissiveness." {Surah al-Mu'minun, 23:1-2}