Sunday, November 15, 2009

Khadijah Festival 2009 (K-FEST 09)

On the 16th to 19th November 2009,The Mahallah Representative Committe (MRC) of Mahallah Khadijah and all Hisbahs of Mahallah Khadijah will be organizing K-FEST.

K-FEST,also known as Khadijah Festival is an event that is organizing bt the MRC and Hisbahs of Mahallah Khadijah every year. The programmes held in conjuntion with K-FEST for this year includes:

16th November,Monday
Opening Ceremony of K-FEST

17th November,Tuesday
Games,Treasurer Hunt
Movie Show : 'THE MESSAGE'

18th November,Wednesday
Cultural Night

19th November,Thursday
Closing and Prize Giving Ceremony

Throughout K-FEST
Hisbah Sale
Cleanliness Campaign

We are looking forward to seeing you during K-FEST.Please give support to your fellow Hisbah members for their participation in the programmes under K-FEST and have fun!!

Through attending the programme,you will gain points for your extra curicular activities which will be forwarded to your Kulliyah points in the main campus.

Thus,we would like the residents cooperation to participate actively in all programmes under K-FEST.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

After cleansing mind, body and soul during fasting period in the month of Ramadan come the festive day of Eid. One of the most awaited festivals of Muslims community. The literal meaning of Eid itself is "to break the fast".

Muslims families wake up early in the morning and get ready with their brand new traditional clothes for offering prayers to Allah. Men visit the nearby mosque and womenfolk perform the prayer rituals right at their home. After the prayers are over all take one another into a warm embrace and greet each other by saying "Eid Mubarak".

Eid is celebrated with great passion and enthusiasm among Muslims and symbolizes virtuousness. The prayers are followed by a sermon, where forgiveness, peace, brotherhood and a sense of fellowship is preached. All praises be to Allah SWT for his nikmah to us.

When is Eid ul Fitr I hear you say
Yet it is still so far away

Still here are the days of Ramadan
Take benefit of it while you can

Increase good deeds in your books of record
Pray these deeds are accepted by your Lord

Make the most of whats left of these days
and snap out of this premature Eid craze!

Now that we fasted and did extra good deeds,
We celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the two Eids!

Allah prescribed two Eids and forbid all other festivals,
He told us to worship Him and try to get the medals!
Ramadan is a special training for a Muslim,
Practice Islam even when its light appears to be dim.

Continue doing good deeds, just as in Ramadan And give Sadaqa-e-Fitr,
for every child, woman and man
We go to the Eid-gah and say the Takbir,
On Eid day, our best clothes we do wear!

We listen to the Eid khutbah,
And don’t leave until we pray the Eid solah!

We go to the Eid prayer in any type of weather,
And give presents to each other!

We say Eid Mubarak,
And wish each other good luck!

We celebrate festival of Eid,
By thanking Allah for granting us our needs!


Thursday, September 10, 2009

10 Hari Lagi

20 Ramadhan 1430 H.

Hari ini, genap 20 hari umat Islam berpuasa. Ini bermakna tinggal 10 hari lagi Syawal bakal menjengah tiba. Ramai yang gembira kerana tidak perlu lagi berlapar dan dahaga. Namun bagi segelintir umat yang beriman dan bertaqwa, ini juga bermakna tinggal hanya 10 hari lagi untuk melipatgandakan pahala dan amalan mereka.

Kita di golongan yang mana?

Setelah biasa-biasa kita ke masjid atau surau sepanjang tahun, terasa gembiranya mengisi kekosongan ruang dan menjadi orang yang mengimarahkan rumah Allah. Tiba-tiba, masuknya bulan Ramadan, Subhanallah, penuh! Terutamanya solat tarawikh. Bila fikir-fikir balik, sejak bila solat tarawikh menjadi solat yang paling penting? Mana perginya semua jemaah ini sepanjang tahun? Kejap ada kejap tak ada, macam ‘chips more’ pula ya.

Begitu juga ada yang melabelkan bulan Ramadan, bulan ‘tak boleh itu tak boleh ini’. Bila diri nak buat jahat, “ehh.. ni bulan Ramadan”. Nampak orang lain buat silap “Ey, ni kan bulan Ramadan, tak elok buat camtu..” Setelah habis bulan Ramadan, perangai tak ubah seperti bulan sebelumnya.

Kan lebih baik kalau kita berubah menjadi lebih baik pada bulan Ramadan, begitu juga pada bulan-bulan yang seterusnya?

Tepuk dada, tanyalah iman dihati.

Hari ini dan esok bermulalah 'pengembaraan' bagi pelajar-pelajar yang tinggal jauh dari CFS IIUM, Petaling Jaya ini menuju ke kampung halaman. Sungguh gembira dan ceria sekali di wajah mereka. Maklum, sudah lama tidak bersua muka dengan keluarga.

Di kesempatan ini, Ummi ingin mengucapkan Selamat Bercuti kepada semua warga Mahallah Khadijah. Jangan lupa study tau! Salam Aidilfitri...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy Independence Day Malaysia!

31st August 2009.

The date which Malaysia turns 52. What exactly happen on this day? Public holiday? Of course! Hehehe.... Well, 31st August is a historical and memorable date for Malaysia. It is a national holiday which is celebrated every year. It is to commemorate the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule on 31 August 1957. In a wider context, it also celebrates the formation of Malaysia.

Although Sabah and Sarawak gained their independence on 31 August 1963, Hari Kemerdekaan is a significant date throughout Malaysia. On this day, Malaysians from all backgrounds, race and religion celebrate together in a harmonious way.

Traditionally, a grand and colourful parade is held at the Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur, where people can attend and celebrate. Various government agencies and private sectors join together to participate in the parade. They will march in front of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (the King), ministers, special guests and a sea of spectators.

Similarly, other parades are also held in different states. Each year, there will be a different theme for the Merdeka celebration. For 2009, the theme will be “1Malaysia, Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan” (1Malaysia, the People Comes First, Achievement is a Priority).

This theme is in conjunction with concept of 1Malaysia, touted by the Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak. The concept promotes the unity of various social backgrounds and ethnicities in Malaysia.

This year’s celebration will mark the 52nd anniversary of Malaysian independence. For the first time in history, the Merdeka celebration will be held during the fasting month of Ramadhan. We are so lucky because we can fast in a very peace and comfortable country compared to those crisis country such as Palestine, Iraq and etc. So, let us pray to Allah S.W.T so that our brothers there will be saved and blessed by Allah S.W.T. Let us pray so that our country will be safe and our community will live in harmony and peace.
Happy 52nd Birthday, Malaysia.

Fasting : Stronger Or Sleepier?

“You neither eat nor drink the whole day?” Tan asked me.

“Yes. The whole day. But not at night. Only from dawn to sunset”, I replied.

“How can you survive? Can you survive?”, Tan asked again.

I smiled.

“Well, it’s not just you. Even Habib Bourguiba, the late President of Tunisia who was also a ‘Muslim’, convinced that fasting is against productivity. You know the history?”, I took my turn asking Tan my question.

“How should I know? Tell me!”, he said.

In 1961, Habib Bourguiba made a controversial statement claiming that fasting should not be observed for it reduces productivity. He then appeared on television with his cabinet, eating and drinking during Ramadhan.

“Why so harsh?”, Tan was shocked.

“I don’t know. Was it out of ignorance or arrogance? Perhaps a combination of both”, I replied.

Even though fasting is there in the name of Lent among Christians, it is always the Muslim’s version that cultivates questions and debates.

In order to understand about the real meaning of fasting, one should agree that it has something to do with our own paradigm and world view. The way we view things; like I always quote, “what you see is what you get”.


If you see fasting as a way for better diet, you will benefit that from fasting. But fasting will only be a mechanism of improving your diet.

If you see fasting as a way to save your daily expense by breaking your fast daily in the mosque, then you will be able to achieve that. But that’s it. No more than that.


If you see fasting as a way for you to gain reward or ‘pahala’ from Him, then it is a good motive and sound intention. But reward and pahala is something that you can hardly measure in this physical and worldly life. You don’t see someone obese out of pahala. It is something else!

And strangely, the last 10 days of Ramadhan are the most rewarded and full of pahala, but then you’ll see the mosques are empty.

So, what Ramadhan and fasting are all about?


If you see fasting as abstaining one from eating, drinking, having sexual intercourse during the daytime, and reducing the wrongdoings of backbiting what so ever… that is the definition of fasting. But it only explains the mechanism of fasting as ritual.

Let us take a look at the origin of Muslims’s version of fasting. Al-Quran says:
“O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become the people with the quality of Taqwa”
(Al-Baqarah 2: 183)

Fasting is a mechanism to achieve Taqwa. You abstain yourself from eating and drinking, in order to achieve Taqwa. How is that?


Taqwa can be defined in many ways. But the conversation between Ubay bin Kaab and Umar al-Khattab was a good summary about the essence of Taqwa. Once, Umar asked Ubay what he knows about Taqwa. Ubay replied by asking him, “Have you walked through thorny path?”

Umar answered, “Yes, indeed”

Ubay then asked him, “What did you do?”

Umar replied, “I tucked up (my garment) and did my best (to avoid thorns)”

Thereupon Ubay said, “That is Taqwa!”

Our life is a journey. Like someone who is driving from a place to another. Throughout the journey, he will meet many road signs that might instruct him to do against his will. He wants to drive at full speed, but a sign says, “No, the limit is only 80km/h”.

He wants to arrive as early as possible but suddenly a red light instructs him to stop and let others move first.

Someone who is wise and on top of his rational thinking, would never ever see all the road signs as challenge to his right exercising his freedom. The truth is, the road signs are there to help him achieve safety throughout the journey until he reaches the destination.

The same thing applied to our big picture of this life. Do’s and don’ts of Islam are not the obstruction and challenge to the access of his freedom of choice. They come from the Creator who knows better what is good and what is bad in this life. They are there for our safety, peace and harmony.

Someone who has the quality of Taqwa will take his journey like someone who walks through thorny path. He is a person with a full of consciousness about what is good and what is bad around him. He must also have a good self control, like a person who is good in controlling his car steering.

This is the essence of fasting. You learn to exercise your self control.

If someone does not take his lunch because there is nothing to eat, then it causes him tiredness and anger.

But a believer who chooses not to eat while he has everything to do so, for the sake of obeying his Lord, then he is exercising his ability to control himself against some of his desire.

You can eat, but you don’t eat. You can drink, but you learn not to drink, so that you can tell yourself that you are a proactive person. Not a reactive one.

A reactive person will get mad when something stimulates him to anger. He will be sad and out of control when something causes him sadness.

He has no ‘pause’ button. He has no ability to control himself to choose a better reaction. His actions are determined by things around him. He is not the one who controls himself. He is occupied by others. He is under the real occupation of others.

A Muslim is not an effective Muslim if he does not have a control over his own actions. He must be a proactive Muslim.

Return back you self control… you are the strongest!

Fasting makes us stronger, if we correct the way we view it.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ahlan Wasahlan Ya Ramadhan Al-Mubarak

[O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.) (Al-Baqarah 2:183)

[O ye who believe! fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam.] (Aal `Imran 3:102)

“Every deed of the child of Adam is for him except fasting; it is for Me and I shall reward it. The (bad) breath of the mouth of a fasting person is more pleasing to Allah than the perfume of musk.” (Al-Bukhari)

Welcome to a celebration of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. Observed by more than one billion Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time for spiritual purification achieved through fasting, self-sacrifice and prayers.

Celebrated during the ninth month of Islamic calendar, the fast is observed each day from sunrise to sunset. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five Pillars of Islam. The Islamic belief that requires that Muslims perform five central duties in order to strengthen their faith. While Islam has two major sects, the Sunnis and the Shiites, all Muslims aim to realize these five pillars in their lifetime.

Ramadan concludes with a 3-day festival known as "Eid" or "Eid ul-Fitr," which literally means "the feast of the breaking/to break the fast." The holiday marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and is a culmination of the month-long struggle towards a higher spiritual state.

The purpose of fasting is not to make us hungry and thirsty, or to deprive us some of our comfort and conveniences. The real purpose of fasting is that we learn taqwa. Taqwa is highly emphasized in the Qur’an and Sunnah. There are more than 158 verses in the Qur’an on taqwa, and there are hundreds of hadiths on this subject.

Taqwa is Islam itself. It is the sum total of all Islamic values and virtues. If one has taqwa one has achieved everything. Taqwa is the consciousness of Allah. It is to do one’s best efforts to live by His commands and to avoid His prohibitions. The Qur’an has used the word taqwa to mean consciousness of Allah, fear of Allah, worship of Allah, sincerity in faith, and avoidance of disobedience to Allah.

There are some important things that we should do during Ramadan to take better advantage of this month and to achieve its real purpose, namely, taqwa. These are some reminders and they are all taken from the guidelines given to us in the Qur’an and Sunnah.

Niyyah (intention): Remind yourself again and again that you are fasting in obedience to Allah. Be sincere in your intention. You want Allah to accept your fasting. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Whosoever fasts in Ramadan with faith and seeking Allah’s reward, all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Al-Bukhari)

Sunnah: Observe the Sunnah in fasting. Take the sahur meal a little before dawn and end your fast at sunset. Observe all the rules of fasting.

Wara’ (avoiding everything haram or makruh): Be conscious to have halal food, halal income, halal relations. Avoid watching bad TV programs, videos, movies, etc., always, but especially during this month. Keep your body and mind very clean. Avoid wasting your time in useless things and pursuits.

Qur’an: Spend more time with the Qur’an. Read Qur’an every day. Try to finish the whole Qur’an at least one time during this month in your own personal reading. Read some Hadith and the books of seerah.

Prayer, supplication, and remembrance of Allah: Pray on time and observe all Prayers. Do not ignore the Tarawih Prayers. Make more supererogatory prayers. Do as much worship as you can. Do more dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and du`aa’ (supplication) for yourself and for others. Make tawbah (repentance) and istighfar (request for Allah’s forgiveness) as much as you can. This is the best time for devotion and seeking Allah’s forgiveness. Seek the Night of Qadar by special devotion during the last 10 nights of this month.

Zakah, charity, and generosity: Be very charitable and generous. Give more and more to help the poor and needy, and to help good social and community projects. Be good to your friends and neighbors also. Let your non-Muslim neighbors and co-workers know that this is your blessed and sacred time.

Good behavior and relations with others: Try to be extra kind and courteous during this month. Forget your quarrels and disputes. Reconcile and forgive. Do not get involved in backbiting, lying, cheating, and anything that is wrong. Be very good to Muslims and to all human beings.

Reflection: Think, reflect, and plan to improve the moral and spiritual condition of your own self and your family. Think about any wrong things and sins you may have been doing and correct yourself. Think about any deficiencies you have in your Islamic observances and plan to change yourself. Think what you can do for the Ummah and for humanity to make this world a better place for everyone.

May this Ramadhan will make us a better person beside Allah S.W.T.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Beware Of H1N1 Virus

Influenza A virus subtype (H1N1) commonly referred as "swine flu", identified in April 2009, is a 2009 flu pandemic, which is transmitted between humans. It is thought to be a mutation of 4 known strains of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 ; one endemic in humans, one endemic in birds, and two endemics in pigs (swine).

The virus typically spreads from coughs and sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the nose or mouth. Symptoms are similar to :

1) Seasonal flu
2) Fever
3) Sore throat
4) Coughs
5) Headache
6) Muscle or joint pains
7) Difficulty in breathing
8) Loss of appetite

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (51), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), France (2), Germany (6), Israel (3), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (4), Republic of Korea (1), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (15). Influenza viruses are not known to be spread by eating food items.


In Mahallah Khadijah, you live in community. So, it is important for you to stay vigilant and take precautions against catching or transmitting the H1N1 influenza virus in order to protect yourself from this dangerous virus. Help prevent the spread of influenza by taking these precautions:
  • Wash hands frequently, using soap and water, especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Use hand sanitizer if hands are not visibly dirty or if soap and water are not accessible.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth after touching door handles and other surfaces that may harbour influenza and other viruses.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve rather than your hands
If anyone of you have the symptoms, do not hesitate to see the doctor, or contact IIUM Health Centre Hotline : 03-6194444. Mid-term examination is just around the corner. So, take care of yourself!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Welcome To Mahallah Khadijah's Blog

Mahallah Khadijah is one of the sisters residents college in Centre For Foundation Studies, International Islamic University Malaysia. It consists of 9 levels or hisbah, which each has about 100 to 120 residents and headed by their respective fellows.

1) Hisbah Asma' Abu Bakar
2) Hisbah Puteri Balqis
3) Hisbah Hafsah Umar al-Farouq
4) Hisbah Masyitah
5) HisbahNusaybah
6) Hisbah Halimatus Sa'adiah
7) Hisbah Rabiatul Adawiyah
8) Hisbah Safiyyah
9) Hisbah Ruqayyah

On 26th June 2009, a new line-up for Mahallah Representative Committe (MRC) of Mahallah Khadijah, 2009/2010 session has been announced.

Maryam Sakinah
Nur Afiqah
Farah Nur Zahiyah
Najwa Farhana
Farah Hamizah
Siti Fatimah
Nur Syazwani
Siti Amira Syarina
Nur Afiqah