An Assortment of Cups: A Story

A group of working adults got together to visit their University lecturer. The lecturer was happy to see them. The conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Then, the lecturer went to the kitchen to get an assortment of cups – some porcelain, some in plastic, some in a glass, some plain looking and some looked rather expensive and exquisite.

A group of working adults got together to visit their University lecturer. The lecturer was happy to see them. The conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Then, the lecturer went to the kitchen to get an assortment of cups – some porcelain, some in plastic, some in a glass, some plain looking and some looked rather expensive and exquisite.

The lecturer offered his former students the cups to get drinks for themselves.

When all the students had a cup in hand with water, the lecturer spoke: “If you noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal that you only want the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all you wanted was water, not the cup, but we unconsciously went for the better cups.”

“Just like in life, if Life is Water, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold/maintain Life, but the quality of Life doesn’t change.”

“If we only concentrate on the cup, we won’t have time to enjoy, taste and appreciate the water in it.”

The lecturer continued his advice and said: “According to Noble Qur’an, the Sources of our problems are four:

We strain our eyes in longing for the things which other people have, and forget our own bounties given by Allah and forget to enjoy them. Noble Qur’an says:

“And do not extend your eyes toward that by which We have given enjoyment to [some] categories of them, [its being but] the splendor of worldly life by which We test them. And the provision of your Lord is better and more enduring.” [Surah Ta Ha (20): 131]

We complain so much about trivial pains and problems we face in this world while forgetting the actual suffering we may face in the Hereafter due to our wrongdoings and negligence. We also forget to realize that actual pleasure is in fulfilling our duty to ease the sufferings of the people around us. Noble Qur’an says:

“And thus do We recompense he who transgressed and did not believe in the signs of his Lord. And the punishment of the Hereafter is more severe and more enduring.” [Surah Ta Ha (20): 127]

We are so much after the conveniences and glitter of this world that we forget the core purpose of our life; which is a test with full of sufferings in order to obtain the reward of paradise from our Lord in the Hereafter. Noble Qur’an says:

“And whatever thing you [people] have been given – it is [only for] the enjoyment of worldly life and its adornment. And what is with Allah is better and more lasting; so will you not use reason?” [Surah al-Qasas (28): 60]

We take the life in the world as permanent and spend all our sources just building it as if death is for ‘somebody else and not me’, while we forget the fact that eternal life is that of Hereafter.

“While the Hereafter is better and more enduring.” [Surah al-A’la (87): 17]

Let us stop complaining and enjoy and appreciate our life which is an investment for a blissful eternal life in the Hereafter.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Attending a Public Lecture – “The Right Resurgence in Europe” by Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic

Yesterday on 6th August 2018, I had attended one public lecture held in IAIS Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The lecture was presented by Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic. He speaks a lot about European history and the refugees’ problem that land in Europe.

Yesterday on 6th August 2018, I had attended one public lecture held in IAIS Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The lecture was presented by Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic. He speaks a lot about European history and the refugees’ problem that land in Europe.

A bit of Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic background, he is a former legal practitioner and the president of Young Lawyers Association of BiH Bar (the late 1980s). Former MFA official and career diplomat (early 1990s). Research Fellow at the Institute for Modern Political-history analyses, Dr Bruno Kreisky Foundation as well as the Legal and Political Advisor for CEE at the Vienna-based Political Academy, Dr Karl Renner (mid-1990s). He also recently launched one of the most fast-expanding European platforms for politics and economy, security and energy, with special chapters on the environment and the so-called ‘tomorrow’s people for the green planet/economy’ – Modern Diplomacy. Starting modestly just two years ago, today the MD has over 3 million clicks monthly.

Prof. Bajrektarevic is the author of dozens of presentations, publications, speeches, seminars, research colloquiums as well as of numerous public events (roundtables & study trips, etc.). His writings are frequently published in all five continents (over 70 countries and translated in some 25 languages). He is regularly guest lecturing at many national diplomatic academies and prestigious national universities and governmental training facilities. Prof. Bajrektarevic is an elected arbiter and mediator before numerous permanent national arbitrational tribunals in Europe and in Asia. He lives in Vienna, Austria.

The Program’s Poster:

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Attending a Public Lecture – “In The Footsteps of The Khalifa” by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Ninowy

On 24th July 2018, I had attended one public lecture held in IAIS Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The lecture was presented by Shaykh Dr Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Husayni Al-Ninowy. I feel enlightened about the particular topic which is about ‘Khalifah’, and I will like to share some of the knowledge I get…

On 24th July 2018, I had attended one public lecture held in IAIS Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The lecture was presented by Shaykh Dr Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Husayni Al-Ninowy. I feel enlightened about the particular topic which is about ‘Khalifah’, and I will like to share some of the knowledge I get.

In this lecture, Shaykh explained that the term Khalifa need to be understood in the right way. We should understand the term Khalifa as ‘a successor’, which mean as a maintainer to up keeping the earth, and should not blindly think Khalifa as ‘a successor of Allah’. Misunderstood of the term Khalifa as ‘a successor of Allah’ will expose it to abuse. This seems true when Shaykh said that the term Khalifa is quite a problematic. And it had been abused a lot throughout history. And it abused usually came from misapplication or misunderstanding of the term khalifah. I do understand that the term ‘a successor of Allah’ comes from the word ‘Khalifatullah’. From my humble understanding, the word Khalifatullah can be explained with reference directly to Allah.

The first person who noticed it will be abuse is Abu Bakar As-Sidiq. In one narration, which by Waqee who heard Nafi’ Omer and he told to Ibn Abi Malikat that someone addressed Abu Bakar: “Oh Khalifatullah!” Abu Bakar stopped him and said that it was not sound right and was not the Khalifatullah, but just a deputy of Rasulullah and with that, he feels satisfied being the deputy of the Holy Prophet.

Syeikh also explained that Khalifah is to maintain, not in charge of and do not give absolute authority. It is a title that been entrusted to upkeep and maintains earth. Syeikh said that the job of a Khalifah is not to always zikr (solely on ibadah), but has to be zikr, has to have ilm (knowledge), has to put the ilm into practical, and lastly, has to be able to correct a mistake (taubat). Ilm by means is having the knowledge to be Khalifah, and thus bring the knowledge into practices. In implementing some task, sometimes we must choose the less of the best and from that, a mistake will be made. A Khalifah should make a correction immediately.

In short of his background, Shaykh Dr Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Husayni Al-Ninowy was born and raised in Syria. Shaykh began his study under his father, Sayyed Yahya (Rahimahu Allah), and many of the senior scholars of Aleppo/Syria at the time, memorizing the Glorious Qur’an and acquiring knowledge in many of the Islamic disciplines, such as Tawheed, Hanafi/Shafi’i Fiqh, Usool, and Ihsaan. Besides attending the Faculty of Usuluddin at Al- Azhar University, Shaykh Muhammad delved further into the fields of Hadith and Tawhid under the tutelage of many of the foremost scholars in Syria, Hijaz, Morocco, Egypt, and elsewhere. Shaykh Muhammad is the founding director of “Planet Mercy” and Madina Institute & Seminary in the UK, South Africa, and Canada, and the USA. Shaykh Muhammad also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of Illinois and a Doctor of Medicine degree.

The Program’s Poster:

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