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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Editorial Desk

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Wak Lampir

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Highlights: Ramadhan Majlises

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Solat Eid Fitr 2010

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Women: Distorted Image of a Muslim Woman

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News and Events

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Fiqh

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Philosophy

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Youth: Journey to Paradise (Iraq)

11

Asean Connections

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Al-Hikmah

SEPT EMBER 28, I SSUE 05/ 10 (17T H), 19 SYAW AL 1 431 E D I T O R I A L

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Niaz M A Ali Managing Editor

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Razman Abdullah Executive Editor

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Nurul Hakimah Editor

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Sarah Ismail Art Director

Solat Aidilfitri pada tahun ini adalah sangat berbeza dari tahun-tahun sudah. Buat pertama kalinya ia telah diadakan di tempat awam yang agak luas dan terbuka iaitu di Gelanggang Badminton di Jurong West. Ini semua dapat terlaksana kerana semangat ingin bersatu serta pengabungan tenaga dan usahasama antara tiga organisasi Syiah Singapura ia itu; Al-Hikmah, HBI dan JMAS yang titik permulaannya telah bermula di Imam Bargah berupa mesyuarat bagi memperbincangkan tentang kerjasama logistik, persiapan alat pandangdengar dan perkara-perkara lain yang bersangkutan dengannya dimana semua ini telah diperbincangkan dengan teliti dan terperinci Pada pagi Raya yang tenang itu kelihatan ramai Ustad Bashir Kassim menyampaikan ceramahnya jemaah dari berbagai-bagai bangsa, tua-muda,

lelaki dan wanita serta anak-anak kecil berderetderet mendatangi Dewan yang telah dibentangi dengan tikar-tikar yang disusun rapi serta kain rentang yang berwarna warni yang tertulis ayat-ayat suci didalamnya. Solat Aidilfitri kali ini dipimpin oleh Ustaz Bashir dan selepas solat, beliau memberi khutbah Aidilfitri yang berkisar pada konsep Eid itu sendiri serta disematkan rasa rendah diri dan tawaduk yang harus wujud dalam diri masing-masing. Menurut beliau lagi sebagaimana kita berkumpul bersama ketika itu, sebegitulah pula kita akan berkumpul nanti di padang Masyar menantikan saat-saat perhitungan dan pembalasan.

Setelah selesai Khutbah, setiap presiden bagi ketiga-tiga organisasi Syiah ini memberi sepatah dua kata sebagai kata-kata aluan dengan rasa syukur atas berjayanya Solat Aidilfitri gabungan 3 organisasi pada pagi yang penuh baraqah itu, kerana pada haqiqatnya ini dengan jelas telah memberi satu gambaran yang walaupun kita berbeda cara, penerapan dan tindakan tetapi kita tetap bersatu dalam kecintan kita terhadap Allah swt, Rasul dan Ahlul Bait saw serta kecintaan kita terhadap sesama jemaah. Majlis diakhiri dengan doa Imam Zaman oleh Ustaz Aziz. Semoga tahun-tahun akan datang bukan sahaja Sholat Eid akan menjadi model kerjasama itu tetapi dalam banyak perkara-perkara lain terutama sekali yang menyangkut hal-ehwal jemaah Syiah Singapura.

Disclaimer: We reserve the right to edit for brevity and content. We reserve the right to reject in part or total any articles submitted. 


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Al-Hikmah: Editorial Desk / Meja Pengarang Mrs Lee Kuan Yew nee Kwa Geok Choo, [1920-2010] A TRIBUTE... Madam Kwa Geok Choo, known to the world as the wife of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew passed away on Saturday, 2nd October 2010 at 5.40pm at the age of 89.

By: Niaz M A Ali

In life, Madam Kwa Geok Choo, was a quiet, gracious and dignified cheongsam clad presence by her husband’s side. Mrs. Lee was great in many ways – as a legal luminary, as a mother of an illustrious family and more than that for her stoic presence next to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew during times of turbulence and tension in the many years of his political struggle. Mrs. Lee was a brilliant student achieving first at Cambridge Law School and began the successful law firm of Lee & Lee. She was the intellectual equal of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, but she saw herself first and foremost as a wife and mother in keeping with her upbringing in a conservative Straits –Chinese home. In public, she was a traditional Asian wife who metaphorically walked two steps behind her husband, she once quipped. Mrs. Lee was a “tower of Strength” to her husband and family. Mrs. Lee believed in the same cause as Mr. Lee did – independence from colonial rule in the early years and later to build & raise, a multiracial, meritocratic Singapore. Silently and from behind the curtains, Madam Kwa you have too have contributed in a big way toSource: Sunday Times, wards the construction of a Modern Singapore. 03/10/2010.

We salute you Madam Kwa , Rest in Peace.

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Al-Hikmah: Wak Lampir Apa Kata

Wak Lampir BINA MASJID DI NEW YORK & BAKAR QURAN DI FLORIDA: Untuk Wak, kedua-dua isu ini sangat berkait-rapat dengan isu-isu lain yang menghambat hubungan antara Islam dengan Kristian-Yahudi, seperti isu Krisis Palestin-Israel, isu September 11, isu Keganasan dan isu perkembangan pesat agama Islam di Eropah dan Amerika. Sebenarnya pembinaan Masjid yang hampir dengan tapak Ground Zero itu tidak harus dijalankan tapi pembinaan Masjid itu sepatutnya harus dibina di dalam tapak Ground Zero itu sendiri. Kenapa Wak katakan begitu? Kerana beberapa sebab: 1. Bangunan yang akan didirikan adalah sebuah Pusat Masyarakat yang mahu menghimpunkan masyarakat berbilang agama dan bangsa untuk bermentelaah dan bertukar-tukar pendapat. Terdapat juga ruang untuk agama lain melakukan ibadat masing-masing. 2. Pembinaan Masjid tersebut mengikut perlembagaan Negara Amerika dan disokong oleh Presiden Obama (Kristian) dan Mayor New York Bloombeg (Yahudi) 3. Imam yang mengetuai Pusat Islam ini ialah Imam yang sangat berfahaman sederhana, terbuka, pandai berbahasa Melayu dan tidak akan dipengaruhi dengan fahaman Wahabi, Salafi atau yang melampau. 4. Lebih 120 orang Islam turut terbunuh dalam runtuhan bangunan World Trade centre itu. Oleh itu mereka tidak boleh dipersalahkan juga, dikaitkan dengan Umat Islam yang hidup yang cuba dipersalahkan atas peristiwa September 11 ini. Ada sebuah Masjid yang telah lama wujud di dekat Tapak Ground Zero ini. Malah Masjid ini telah wujud lama sebelum World Trade Centre didirikan, bagaimana pula pandangan mereka terhadap Masjid ini? Dalam isu Percubaan Membakar Quran pula, Wak yakin akan lebih ramai lagi di Dunia ini, orang-orang yang ingin mengetahui apa yang ada dalam kitab Quran itu sebagaimana peristiwa September 11 telah membuat Quran dan buku-buku mengenai Islam dibeli dan dipesan menerusi Amazon dengan banyaknya. Wak percaya mereka bukan mengomok-omokkan Islam, Quran dan Umat Islam, tapi mereka telah secara tidak langsung telah mempromosikan Islam, Quran dan Umat Islam. Wak tak kisah, ini Bumi Allah segala tempat di bumi ini adalah Masjid untuk Wak bersujud kepada Allah. Dan mereka boleh membakar berjuta-juta naskah Quran tapi mereka tidak akan boleh mengoyakkan walau sehelai muka surat Quran dari jiwa Wak.

““And a sign to them is the dead earth: We give life to it and bring forth from it grain so they eat of it.” Holy Quran(36:33) Agha Mahdi Pouya and Mir Ahmad ‘Ali’s Commentary: Those who do not believe in their resurrection after death, may take a look at earth which seems to be dead in a season every year, but the same earth, by Allah’s will, becomes productive once more as it was before. The lower stage develops into a higher stage which is known as change in continuity.


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Al-Hikmah: Ramadhan 2010

The Shahr Ramadhan Youth Night Stayover program was a success. It started at 11.30pm with a ta’aruf sessions. Youths were instructed to tell their name, hobbies and their favourite islamic personality. Brother Muhammad Rahim does a welcoming speech and explained the detailed list of the programme. Everyone was grouped into 4 groups. Each group was told to come out with a group name and design the group’s name on a given paper. The grading criteria were marked through creativity, religion, community and fun. The first discussion topic was Values and Virtues in the Holy Month of Ramadan. Every group was given different questions to be discussed. They were given 6 minutes to discuss before the presentation. Ansar Al-Mutaqqun came out with some verses on fasting, explaining the ranking of fasting. Justice League explained the health benefits of fasting can be categorized into financial, physiological, social and physical. For example, for financial health, family tends to cook at home so it saves cost, for physiological health, it inculcate better habits in oneself, for social health, it bonds the community during iftar or majlis and lastly for physical health, it promote healthy diet. The same goes with Enlightened Awebidin and Ansarul Mahdi.

The next discussion where youths brainstorm and draw out their aspiration of an Islamic Centre in Singapore. Most have the same idea which was to increase facilities and amenities such as a sports council, a library/classroom for children and prayer hall. A short break was given followed by the recitation of the Holy Quran and discussing on the tafseer. (Verse 246-251 of Surah Al-Baqarah and Ayatul Kursi was discussed and Surah Al-Qadr.) Brother Nadim gave some questions for us to ponder. How can we improve our understanding of Laylatul Qadr? How can we prepare spiritually to obtain this grand Night? Why not make a new resolution of what we want to achieve on this Grand Night? Why do we fast? Is it because it is wajib to fast on the month of Ramadhan? Or is it because to get close to Allah? The answers lies in our heart. Dawn meal was served and Subuh prayer was lead by Ustaz Rosli. Afterwards winners were announced. Ansarul Mahdi gets the champion place and brings home $200. Ansar Al-Muttaqun placed the 1st runner up followed by Justice League and Enlightened Awebidin. Each groups get to bring to home something and the most worth is everyone had gained new knowledge from this programme. Insya Allah, we look forward to such programmes in the future.

Written by Sis Siti Fathimah


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Al-Hikmah: Ramadhan 2010 Presiden dan Majlis Pentadbir Persatuan Islam Al-Hikmah...

Mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada semua yang telah sama-sama menyokong dan menjayakan majlismajlis Ramadhan yang baru berlalu anjuran Persatuan Al-Hikmah. Terima kasih terutama sekali kepada Tuan/Puan rumah yang telah mengizinkan rumah-rumah mereka digunakan untuk pengisian majlis sepanjang Ramadhan.

Ustad Shafiee

Rumah Akhi Jahari

Rumah Akhi Ismail

Ustad Hasyim

Rumah Ukhti Rashidah

Rumah Akhi Amir

Ustad Aziz

Rumah Akhi Roslee

Rumah Akhi Burhanuddin

Rumah Akhi Burhanuddin: 23 Ramadhan Pengajaran daripada ceramah Ustaz Hashim: Allah SWT memanggil umatnya dengan panggilan yang halus. Kata-kata aluan Allah SWT kepada manusia sentiasa baik dan lembut mengikut fitrahnya manusia, “Wahai orang-orang yang beriman, ..� Adakah kita layak dipanggil orang yang beriman sedangkan tahap iman kita hanya Allah SWT yang Maha Mengetahui. Rumah Akhi Jahari: 19 Ramadhan Pengajaran daripada ceramah Ustaz Hashim: Orang yang kekurangan keimanan spiritual, adalah orang yang tidak mendengar tangisan batinya dan ini menyebabkan orang-orang tersebut cepat marah. Rumah Ukthi Rashidah: 16 Ramadhan Pengajaran daripada ceramah Ustaz Aziz: Pengertian dalam iman kita yang terlalu cetek. Persoalan tentang adakah kita ini berbeza dengan Yazid sedangkan iman kita hanya pada lisan dan bukan pada hakikatnya.


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Al-Hikmah: Eid Fitr 2010 Presiden dan Majlis Pentadbir Persatuan Islam Al-Hikmah...

Terima kasih kepada para Jemaah dan Simpatisan yang sama-sama hadir dalam menyemarakkan majlis-majlis Ramadhan dan Solat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. Terima kasih kepada Pelangi Transport kerana menyiapkan bas ulang alik (Shuttle Service) dari Stesen MRT Lakeside ke dewan Solat Hari Raya di Jurong West. Terima kasih juga kepada Biro-Biro yang telah bekerjasama dalam menyusun program dan mengatur majlis hingga berjaya dilaksanakan.

Presiden Shaban

Akhir kata, mohon ampun dan maaf jika ada kesilapan atau kekurangan dalam menjalankan majlis-majlis Ramadhan dan semoga Allah membalas usaha-usaha antum bersama syafaat Nabi dan Ahlul Bait dianugerahkan kepada antum semua.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to HBI for allowing us to publish their Ramadhan Stayover (Youth) and Solat Eid Fitr pictures for this newsletter.

Mr. Amir Jumabhoy

Ustaz Bashir

““Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) said, ‘Verily the Shia of Ali are those who restrain their stomachs and their sexual desires, who struggle and fight intensely, who work hard for their Creator, who hope for His reward and fear His punishment. If you have seen such people, then they are the very Shia of Jaafar.” al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 233, no. 9

Ustaz Rosli


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Al-Hikmah: Women

Distorted Image of Muslim Women By: Sister Naasira bint Ellison (convert), Source: Hudaa magazine Since the height of the feminist movement in the late 70's there has been a magnifying glass placed over the status of Muslim women. Unfortunately, the magnifying glass that has been used is an unusual one. Unusual in the sense that it is very selective about which items it will magnify; other items it will distort to such a degree that they will no longer look familiar. I remember once reading in an "in depth" article about the lives of Muslim women. This article "explained" that at any time a man can divorce his wife by simply stating "I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you". This article can lead anyone ignorant of the Islamic ruling regarding divorce to believe that in less than five seconds the woman is left with no husband and is left to care for herself (and possibly children) by any means necessary. The question that immediately popped up in my mind was, "Did the author innocently write that out of sincere ignorance or was it another of the many attempts to degrade the religion of Islam and its followers (Muslims)?" It may be my own paranoia, but I tend to believe it was the latter of the two.

The truth of the matter is that Islam has the most humane and most just system of divorce that exists. Firstly, many options are taken and tried before coming to the decision of the divorce. If the man and woman decide that they can no longer live together successfully as a husband and wife, the husband (in most cases, not always) pronounces the divorce by saying "I divorce you". At this point the waiting period begins. The waiting period lasts for three menstrual cycles to assure the woman is not pregnant. This period allows the couple time to think about what they are doing and if this is what they really want to do. There are no lawyers involved to antagonise an already delicate situation. In the case that it is realised, that the woman is pregnant, the waiting period lasts the entire time she is pregnant. During the waiting period (whether the woman is pregnant or not) the man is obligated to provide food, clothing and shelter to the woman as he did before the divorce pronouncement. If the couple carries the divorce through to the birth of the child and the woman suckles the baby, the man is obligated to feed and clothe both his ex-wife for the time the woman suckles (the maximum being two years). After this weaning, the child will be provided for by the father until he/she is no longer in need of support. It is quite ironic that in such an "advanced society" as America, there are divorce cases in which women are being forced to pay alimony to their ex-husbands. Can this and many other things we know about the American system of divorce compare to the Islamic system of divorce? I have also read stories wherein it is stated that women are forced to marry men without their consent. This in no way resembles the marriage system in Islam. In Islaam the woman marries the man of her choice. She may even marry someone that her mother and/or father objects to. The point is that it is the woman who makes the final decision as to whom she will marry. Once the man and the woman decide that they are interested in one another for marriage, a dowry is decided upon. A dowry is not a brides price but, it is a gift from the groom to the bride. They agree upon a gift that is affordable by the groom. In the time of the Prophet (sas), often things such as livestock and money were given. This is a wise decision in the event that a woman becomes divorced or widowed, she has some financial security to fall back on even if it is for a limited amount of time. Once the man and woman are married, the man is required to clothe, feed, shelter and educate her (or allow her to be educated) in the same manner as he does himself. The last distorted image that I will cover is that of the Muslim women's dress. The western influenced media portrays our dress to be outdated and oppressive. Needless to say however, I differ with these adjectives. Our dress code does not hinder us from doing anything productive in our lives. Muslim women maintain a variety of jobs, non of which are devalued nor hampered due to their dress code. And as for the timing of Muslims women's dress during these contemporary times, it seems most appropriate due to decreasing morals in the world today. For those who say that Islamic dress is outdated, they speak from great ignorance. The decreasing morality and trials of this time makes Hijaab even more in need. More than ever before sex crimes are rampant. Although this society tells women they can wear what they want to wear, anytime a rape occurs the woman is the one put on trial an one of the first questions is, "What were you wearing?" This concept seems as though it is a set up directed against the so called contemporary woman. Also there is a direct correlation between the respect a man has for a woman and the amount of her body her body she displays flauntingly. In conclusion, I hope this article helped to clear up some distorted/misunderstood aspects of Islam and women. Women in Islam are respected and held in high regard. We will never find success and/or solutions to our problems until we realise that Allah knows best and that this disbelieving society will ruin itself.


Al-Hikmah: News & Events / Berita & Acara

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Disusun oleh: Akhi Razman Abdullah OGOS 25 Ogos — 5 September Program Ramadhan yang diisikan dengan Solat, Iftar bersama, Doa dan Ceramah oleh para Ustaz kita telah dapat diadakan dengan jayanya. Malam-malam Lailatur Qadar telah diisi dengan ceramah, bacaan Jawshan Kabir serta doa-doa agar dikuatkan iman, semangat dan ingatan kepada Allah, Rasul dan para Imam. Semoga segala yang dihajatkan akan terlaksana dan mencapai tujuan SEPTEMBER 10 September Solat Hari Raya AidilFitri menghimpunkan 3 Organisasi Shia Singapura (Al-Hikmah, Jaafari dan HBI) dan dihadiri oleh jemaah berbilang bangsa telah dapat diadakan di Dewan Badminton Jurong West. Solat diketuai oleh Ustaz Bashir Kassim. Ketiga-tiga Presiden Organisasi Shia Singapura iaitu Akhi Shaban, Akhi Amir Jumabhoy dan Ustaz Rosli telah diberi peluang untuk memberi ucapan dan kata-kata aluan masing-masing sebelum Majlis berakhir. 25 September Salam takziyah kepada Ukthi Hasnah (zaujah Presiden Shaban) yang telah kehilangan abangnya yang tercinta, Almarhum Ali Bin Ahmad. Semoga Allah SWT mencucuri ke atas rohnya. Al-Fatehah. 27 September Lawatan Ziarah rumah ke rumah ahli-ahli mapan Persatuan Islam Al-Hikmah sempena Aidil Fitri diadakan oleh seramai 30 para Belia Al-Hikmah telah dapat dijalankan dengan penuh meriah dan penuh bersiraturahim.

OKTOBER 9 Oktober Al-Hikmah telah menghantar wakil-wakil untuk menghadiri majlis sambutan dan perjumpaan Aidilfitri di Larkin, Johor, anjuran ABJ (Ahlulbayt Johor). 20 Oktober Salam takziyah kepada Akhi Sharom yang telah kehilangan ayahnya yang tercinta, Almarhum Rahmat Bin Muhammad Rawi. Semoga Allah SWT mencucuri ke atas rohnya. Al-Fatehah. NOVEMBER 17 November Solat Hari Raya Aidil Adha akan diadakan ditempat yang sama iatu di dewan badminton Jurong West inshallah bersama JMAS dan HBI. Ibadah Qurban anjuran Al-Hikmah akan diadakan di Pulau Karimun, Indonesia. Para jemaah yang ingin turut serta dalam ibadah Qurban ini, harap hubungi Akhi Roslee. 25 November Majlis Ghadeer Khumm akan diadakan ditempat dan waktu yang akan ditetapkan.


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Al-Hikmah: Fiqh

Rules of Prostration Fatwa from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

QUESTIONS 485: What is the ruling on performing prostration and tayammum on cement or concrete tiles?

ANSWERS 485: There is no problem in doing prostration, and tayam mum on it, although it is a caution to refrain from doing tayammum on cement and concrete tiles.

486: In prayer, is it incorrect to place one’s hands on perforated floor tiles?

487: Is there any problem in using, for prostration, a turbah blackened and dirty in such a way that the stain covering it obstructs the forehead from touching the turbah?

488: If a woman does prostration on a turbah while her fore head (the place of prostration in particular) is covered by her ḥijab; is it obligatory for her to repeat this prayer?

486: No, there is no problem in it. 487: If the stain on it is so much as to form a barrier between the forehead and the turbah, the prostration is void and so is the prayer.

488: If she was not aware of the obstacle during her prostration, then it is not necessary to repeat the prayer.

489: It is obligatory to reposition the forehead until contact is 489: A woman after putting her head on the turbah realizes that her forehead is not in complete contact with it due to her scarf or the like. So she raises her head and places it again after having removed the hindrance. What is the ruling on this issue? Moreover, if this last action of hers is counted as a separate prostration, then what becomes of the prayers that she has done (in this manner)?

490: While performing prostration it is obligatory to place the seven body parts of prostration on the ground. But we are not able to do this due to our particular physical problem (as disabled veterans who use wheelchairs). So for the purpose of prayer we either raise the turbah to our fore head or place the turbah on the arm of our chair and perform prostration on it. Is this practice correct?

made with the turbah without raising the head from the ground. Now if she raised the forehead — to put it again on the turbah — absent-mindedly or out of ignorance and she did so only in one of the two prostrations of each rak‘ah, then her prayer is correct and there is no need to repeat it. But if the action was done on purpose or it was done in both prostrations of a single rak‘ah, then her prayer is void and it is obligatory for her to repeat it.

490: If it is possible for you to place the turbah on the arm of the wheelchair or a similar place of the chair and do pros tration upon it, then do so and your prayers will be correct. If this is not possible, then do it in any possible manner, even through signs and gestures for ruku’ and prostration.

491: What is the rule of performing prostration on marble (with which the yard of some sacred shrines is paved)?

492: What is the ruling on placing toes on the ground in addition to the big toe while doing prostration?

491: There is no problem in performing prostration on marble. 492: There is no problem in it. 493: If it is made of a material upon which it is correct to do

493: Recently a turbah for prayers has been manufactured that it counts the rak‘ahs and prostrations for the person praying and it removes doubt to some degree. Please clear the matter for us with your opinion, considering that when the forehead is placed on it, it moves down a little due to the presence of a metal spring beneath it. Is it correct to do prostration on it?

prostration and after putting the forehead on it and pressing it down, it comes to a stable position, there is no problem in performing prostration on it

494: It is mustaḥabb to sit on the left thigh and place the right foot on the sole of the left foot? 495: The repetition of the same obligatory dhikr is the best

494: Which foot should we place upon the other while sitting down after prostration?

495: What is the best dhikr to recite after the obligatory dhikrs of prostration and rukū‘?

495: What is one’s shar‘ī duty upon listening to a verse that requires prostration when the reciter is not present, as from a radio, TV or recording instrument?

and it is preferable for it to end in an odd number (of reciting the dhikr). In addition it is mustaḥabb in prostra tion to say "Allāhumma ṣalli ‘alā Muhammad wa āli Mu hammad" and to supplicate concerning the needs of this world and that of the hereafter.

495: In the given case making prostration is obligatory.


Al-Hikmah: Philosophy / Falsafah

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Falsafah Dan Logika Di Sebalik Keperluan Kepimpinan Ma’sum (Part 1) Mengenali Apa Itu Kesempurnaan. Oleh Abu ‘Abdullah Manusia itu dicipta oleh Allah secara fitrah mempunyai keinginan untuk mencapai kesempurnaan, samaada disedarinya atau tidak. Keinginan ini diletakkan di roh dan qalbu manusia sebagai sesuatu kekosongan yang tidak boleh dipenuhi kecuali melalui pencarian yang berterusan. Jika keinginan ini tidak dipenuhi dengan cara yang betul, jiwa manusia akan menjadi gelisah, menyebabkan pelbagai penyakit-penyakit jiwa yang menular sehingga dimanifestasikan di dalam bentuk perbuatan-perbuatan jenayah samaada ke atas manusia lain atau terhadap diri sendiri. Penyakit-penyakit jiwa yang disebabkan oleh keperluan yang tidak dipenuhi ini akan membawa kerosakan tidak hanya kepada masyarakat, tetapi kepada negara dan tamadun manusia itu juga. Keperluan-keperluan materi manusia hanya merupakan satu dimensi daripada pelbagai dimensi-dimensi yang membentuk permasalahan yang luas ini. Dan oleh kerana alam ini secara luas diberikan oleh Allah kepada manusia sebagai sesuatu gelanggang pentarbiyahan bagi manusia untuk mencapai kesempurnaan, dan keadaan dunia ini bergantung kepada perbuatan-perbuatan dan pilihanpilihan yang dilakukan oleh manusia, maka pembangunan, pertumbuhan serta evolusi alam yang luas ini juga merupakan cerminan bagi pembangunan, pertumbuhan dan evolusi jiwa manusia dalam perjalanannya mencapai kesempurnaan. Di sini, soalan yang paling penting adalah “Apa itu kesempurnaan”? Apakah yang dimaksudkan dengan kesempurnaan? Dan kayu ukur Apakah dan Siapakah yang perlu kita gunakan untuk memberikan penilaian bagi pelbagai definisi-definisi “kesempurnaan” yang ada? Sebelum kita buat langkah pertama, kita perlu kenal tujuan kita apa. Dan kita perlu peta yang betul dan tepat untuk memberikan kita panduan kepada tujuan kita. Inilah hakikat manusia pada zaman ini, samaada ia mahu diterima atau tidak – sebenarnya tidak ada kepercayaan atau sistem ideologi yang begitu lengkap dan sempurna dalam memberikan definisi, panduan, penjelasan dan keterangan terhadap masalah apakah tujuan kehidupan manusia, kecuali Islam. Allah SWT berfirman di dalam Kitab SuciNya – “Dan tidak Aku ciptakan Jin dan Manusia kecuali untuk (mereka) menyembahKu” (Surah Ad-Dhariyat 51; Ayat 56) Dari ayat suci ini kita dapat ketahui sedikit sebanyak tujuan Allah SWT di sebalik ciptaan jin dan manusia. Sekilas pandang, mungkin orang-orang yang tidak begitu matang pemikirannya akan berpendapat bahawa tujuan Allah SWT dalam mencipta manusia itu adalah untuk memperolehi dan memanfaatkan DiriNya dengan ibadah, ketaatan serta kesetiaan makhluk-makhlukNya. Tetapi apakah pendapat ini setimpal dan secocok dengan Hakikat Ketuhanan? Apakah Zat Yang Maha Esa, Sang Pencipta alam semesta yang luas ini memerlukan penyembahan kita? Apakah solat, zakat, puasa dan pengorbanan darah daging kita dapat memanfaatkan Dia? Secara fitrah, akal fikiran dan naluri kita yang sihat akan mengatakan tidak sama sekali! Pendapat seperti itu (bahawa Tuhan memerlukan penyembahan) merupakan syirik dan sangka buruk terhadap Allah SWT. Maha suci Allah dari segala-gala kekurangan yang fikiran manusia nisbatkan kepadaNya! Jadi apakah hakikat di sebalik ayat yang disebutkan di atas? Kita harus faham bahawa segala tujuan, keinginan dan perbuatan Allah SWT itu bukan disebabkan oleh kekurangan atau keperluan yang ada pada Allah SWT. Segala perintah Allah SWT itu bertujuan untuk mendekatkan manusia kepada Nikmat dan Rahmat MakrifatNya. Tidak ada manfaat bagi Allah SWT, malahan manfaatnya adalah untuk manusia semata-mata. Dan manfaat yang diberikan oleh Allah SWT kepada kita sangat luas dan tidak boleh dicengkam oleh imaginasi dan pemikiran kita yang sangat terbatas.Hanya Allah SWT sahajalah Zat Yang Maha Sempurna maka Dialah Kesempurnaan itu sendiri. Segala perjalanan adalah perjalanan kepada Kesempurnaan. Segala tujuan adalah Kesempurnaan. Firman Allah SWT di dalam Al-Quran – “Dari Allah kami berasal dan kepadaNya kami akan kembali” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2; 156) Allah SWT itu adalah Kemuncak segala Kebaikan dan Kesempurnaan. Segala perjalanan adalah perjalanan kepada Allah SWT. Segala tujuan adalah Allah SWT. Kita bermula dengan Nama Allah SWT dan mengakhiri dengan Pujian Nya.


Al-Hikmah: Youth

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written by Sis Shakirah Emilia

Karbala

Najaf Kadhimiya

Samarra

Assalamualaikum to my dear beloved sisters and brothers, I would like to share with you my journey to Iraq as the title suggested, “My Journey to Paradise.” Najaf is renowned as the site of the tomb of Ali ibn Abi Talib (as). A city full of interesting history and knowledge. As I entered the tomb of Amirul Mukimin (as), questions were flooding in my mind and I started to have mixed feelings. One question that I want a reply for certain is ... “Will my presence and ziarah be accepted?” That would be the top question from the bottom of your heart whenever you visit your beloved Imam (as). I began with “Bismillah” as I placed my right foot in the Haram. I could hear the mourning of the children calling “Baba” and the women were crying and hitting their heads, kissing and hugging the door of the Haram. It was a moment when you were only thinking of Allah SWT and the sins that you have committed. With full knowledge of the AhlulBayt (as), have you been following the teachings of Ahlul-Bayt or have you being ignorant?” As I was reflecting, a sudden loud wail came from among the women and without realizing where my feet has brought me, I was standing right in front of the tomb of Amirul Mukmimin (as).

Tomb of Imam Ali (a.s)

Masjid Kufah

The house of Imam Ali (a.s)

The atmosphere was truly heavy and intense . Upon seeing the tomb, there were flashbacks as I recalled on how my Imam was martyred. That was the only tomb of Imam Ali (as). We visited the Kadhimiya Mosque where Imam Musa al-Kazim (as) and Imam Muhammad at-Taqi (as) was buried. In Samarra, we visited the Al-Askari Mosque and we witness the remains of the resting place of our beloved Imams which was bombed twice in the year 2006 and 2007. Before we could even enter the mosque, we went through a thorough security check at the entrance. I felt so scared as the soldiers were holding their guns and pointing at us. They scrutinized us making sure that we are here for ziaraat and not for any other reasons. The distance from the security check point to the mosque was about 200m to 300m away and these two places were so strictly controlled that we couldn’t even take any pictures of the Haram. Continue to page 12...


Al-Hikmah: Asean Connections

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Pada tanggal 9 Oktober 2010, Persatuan Islam Al-Hikmah telah dijemput untuk hadir di Perjumpaan Hari Raya Jemaah Ahlul Bait Johor yang telah di adakan di Dewan Raya Kampong Datuk Onn Jaafar, Larkin, Johor. Seramai 20 wakil Al-Hikmah telah dapat hadir ke Majlis yang meriah dan penuh ukhuwah ini. Kami diberitahu bahawa 5 organisasi Syiah Johor telah sama-sama berganding bahu untuk menganjurkan Perjumpaan Hari Raya Jemaah Ahlul Bait Johor ini yang julung-julung kali diadakan. Aturcara majis pada malam itu agak padat dengan kelima-lima wakil perrtubuhan telah diberi peluang untuk menyampaikan ucapan masing-masing termasuk Ustaz Kamil sebagai ketua pelajarpelajar Qum seluruh Malaysia telah diberi sambutan gemuruh dengan laungan Takbir “Allahu Akbar�. Selepas itu majlis dipenuhi dengan persembahan nasyid, silat serta santapan jasmani yang berupa berbagai-bagai juada dan makanan. Syabas Jemaah Johor, semoga di satu hari kelak Jemaah Singapura dapat melakukan perkara yang sama, InsyaAllah.

The holy shrine of Imam Hassan Al-Askari (a.s) and Imam Ali An-Naqi (a.s) before and after bombing We had the opportunity to witness the troops of soldiers singing their national anthem song with full respects and hearing them reciting the salawat for our Imams, it was a truly priceless moment. The next stop was Karbala and as we were proceeding towards the place, our heart was filled with pain and sadness as we were going to visit an Imam that have sacrificed his life, family and companions for the sake of Allah SWT. It was none other than Imam Hussein (as). When I was at the haram of Abbas (as), I cried uncontrollably when I learnt the fact that if Abbas (as) doesn’t accept your ziarah then Imam Hussein (as) would not accept us either. We have a hard time getting through the crowds to kiss and touch the haram because the women were extremely emotional as they hold on to the kubah of Imam Hussein and would not let it go even as people started pulling their chador. I felt very honoured because I am fortunate to be a follower of Ahlul-Bayt, or else I would not know the family of Rasullulah (saw). I would like my sisters and brothers to know that once in a life time, we must at least visit our Imam as the it will eventually make your faith and love towards Ahlul-Bayt(as) even stronger then before. Overall,this trip was not a luxury or fun trip,but it was a trip whereby you need a preparation for your inner soul and a trip where you would know that you always have your Imams with you wherever you go.

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Al-Hikmah Newsletter 2010