Monday, August 19, 2013

THE BRIDGE




Very recently someone had sent private messages to me via Facebook, asking me how to be khusyuk in solat. Apparently she had read my previous articles PRAYING WHILE GOING THETA and Q&A = PRAYING WHILE GOING THETA back to back. So I repeated my advice that understanding in her own language what was recited in arabic during prayer is the key. She said she had done that but still wonders if there are more tips I can give her.

I said yes, there is one other method of which I practiced for my own solat. This is one of which I have never shared except with my wife and the rest of my friends in the Watchers group. I haven't even shared it with my parent because I have no confidence of its truthfulness. In this era when some people might scream "bida'ah!.. bida'ah" at you whenever you share your 'personal opinion' on religion, it make me anxious to share something which purely based on personal experience.

I have been thinking for quite some time whether I should write this or not. Unlike the rest of my previous articles which were the accumulation of opinions by members of the Watchers Group. This things you're about to read is basically all mine after a dream that I had two years ago. I have discussed it with my fellows friends in the group and received a mix reaction. It does ignited an interesting discussion and all of my friends agreed that my profiling on this makes sense. The only problem is that

(a) there's no verses to back it up,
(b) there's no hadiths to back it up,
(c) there's no kitab to back it up,
(d) so far as I have googled, no one has spoken about it before.

and most importantly, none of us in the Watchers group believe we are religious enough to profile one of the most important verse in Quran without the benefit of a verse or hadith to back it up.

But I told that reader of mine about it, and since then she has been pestering me with repeated private messages urging me to write this one up. I have also spoken to my wife about it and she too encourages me to share this special experience with others. She said after listening to my story about the dream and my opinion about what "the bridge" might mean, it too has tremendously motivate her to concentrate during solat. It has also instilled a tremendous amount of fear to Allah whenever she think about what I had told her what "the bridge" might means.


After an hour of discussion via Skype, I finally got my approval from my group to write this one down. However, there is a caveat. They wanted me to write it in a manner to invite the general public to share their opinion. Some of you out who stumbled upon this article might be able to contribute to this issue. Please tell me your opinion via the comment section of these two questions:-

Do you believe this profiling of mine is harmful to the aqeedah of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah and thus this article should be deleted?


I will monitor all your replies for about one month time and if the majority of you says that this article should be deleted.. then I will delete it with no question asked.

So here is my profiling of verse Al-Fateeha from a literal point of view (sort off)...


THE DREAM

The dream is actually very short and it occurs during the 3rd day of ramadhan 2010 when I was napping after praying zuhr. What I can remember is this -

In the dream I was amongst a tremendous group of people in a desert and it was extremely noisy. All of us were moving slowly forward toward something but at first I don't know what the raucous was all about.

Then I saw it, in front of us there is a huge gorge with larva flowing and fire bursting from within it. There was a long line of people queuing toward the pointy edge of the canyon and this time I was able to hear what they were saying. They were praying and saying something about THE BRIDGE. By this time and for no apparent reason I start panicking. So I decided to pray too. I folded my arms over my chest and pray and it sounded something like this (for this article I wrote it down in English but in the dream I was praying in Malay):-

"Dear God the ruler of the universe who owns this day of judgement. I beg you, please show mercy to me by allowing me to use the BRIDGE similar to the one used by your servants that you favored. Dear God, please I beg you not to let me use the the one that you have given to those who have angered you or the one that were used by those who have forsaken you. "

Then I woke up.

It was a scary nightmare for me, but it didn't really hit the nerve until a week later when by pure coincidence I read an article in a magazine which give details on what we all shall faced during the day of judgment. Here is an excerpt from it in English.



"After all their sins has been accounted for and before entering into Paradise or Hellfire, the people will have to cross A BRIDGE laid over Hellfire. This bridge is called SIRATUL MUSTAQEEM which is constructed over the fire of Hell. Depending on one's deeds while living, it can be broad or as thinner than a hair and sharper than a sword. This is the only road that can be taken to go to Jannat. The Prophet will be the first to cross the bridge, then All the Ambia and Mursaleen , followed by the Ummat of the Prophet and then the Ummats of all the other Prophets. One will pass over the bridge as per his deeds. Some will pass as fast as the flash of lightning. Some will pass like wind traveling at high speeds. Some will pass as fast as birds fly, whilst others will pass in the speed of a fast horse. Some will travel in the speed of a running man and some will be dragging themselves on their bottoms. There will be those who will be passing as slow as ants.

On both ends of Pul Siraat, there are two massive iron rods with curved ends like hooksand it will seize whomsoever it is commanded to seize. Some of those seized will be severely wounded, but will manage to pass the bridge, whilst others will be plunged by it into the fire of hell. The entire nations will be struggling to pass over the bridge, but our prophet Muhammadur Rasoolullah sallal laahu alaihi wasallam will be waiting on the other end of the bridge praying for his Ummah to pass with safety.
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When I remembered that the bridge itself is named "Siratul-Mustaqim" then suddenly several things clicked in my mind.

First, I began to remember the prayer that I had recited in my dream and how familiar it sounded. My dua in that dream does sounded layman but then again when I think about it again and again, I began to realize that the meaning of my dua in the dream is similar to the meaning of surah Al-Fateeha. This is how I came to realize it




Now, for quite some time there was one thing about verse Al-Fateeha which caught my interest as profiler. It is very obvious that this surah is in a form of a 'doa' (supplication). I however was intrigued to know what mystery might be hidden in this short surah and to what situation might this 'doa' literally refers to. Now, other surah in the form of dua are plain clear. For example the wordings in verse Al-Ikhlas means that we are praying to strenghten our faith and not to worship other than Allah. Similarly for verse An-Nas we are seeking protection from black magic and whereas in Al-Falaq we are seeking refuge against all harms that might come from other creatures be it day or night.

Al-Fateeha on the other hand, has long been understood only metaphorically. It is well understood that the most meaningful portion of  Al-Fateeha is in the verse 1:6 which reads "EH'DENAS SIRAATAL MUSTAQEEM". The Sahih International has translated this portion of the verse into "Guide us in the right path" but other scholars has translated it as follows:-

ABDLH.YUSUF ALI: Show us the straight way,
MUHD M.W.PICKTHALL: Show us the straight path,
M.H.SHAKIR: Keep us on the right path.


So you see, other scholars didn't use the word "Guide us..", instead they ranslated it into either "Show us.." or "Keep us..". However, the words "Siraatal Mustaqeem" were consistently translated into "the right path" (or "the straight path"). Metaphorically, this means that we are praying so that Allah shows us the way to live in Islam. This too is another miracle of Al-Fateeha that I noticed during my research while writing my previous article "A LESSON FROM THE CONVERTS". Apparently people who earnestly pray to be shown the way into Islam will receieved a nod from the Al-Mighty.

A few quick examples as follows:-


Example 1.
"I met a kind, quiet Muslim man named "Hani." I approached the man and told him that I wanted to learn more about his religion. The first thing Hani recommended was reading the Qur'an, the revelation of Allah to His Prophet Muhammad. Hani even gave me a Qur'an (In fact, the small Arabic-English Qur'an that Brother Hani gave me is still one of my prized possessions). Hani inscribed in it the following words that continue to touch my heart: "May Allah guide us to the right path." I began reading the Qur'an and to my surprise, it made sense to me." (Source: An "All-American Boy")


Example 2.

 I heard one of my Muslim friends saying ‘I am going to pray for a while and will come back,’ so I told her that I want to pray as well.” Recalling that moment, Diam’s said she experienced feelings she had never before. “It was the first time that I touched the floor with head and I prayed for God to show me the truth, and I had a strong feeling that I have never experienced before,” Diam’s said. “I believe now that kneeling in prayer, shouldn’t be done to anyone but Allah.” (Mélanie Georgiades)

Example 3
God is unseen but there are clear proofs to those who care to look and listen. Partly as a result of this dream and other reflections, I recall making a little prayer for the first time in many years saying “God, if you exist then guide me.” (Lamaan Ball (M. Phys.)

Example 4.
Hanna was taken directly from the birthing room to the neo-natal intensive care unit. When I found out that my second daughter was blue I was very concern. I went to saw her in the ICU and saw from the level of her chest down to her toes she was in a deep dusky blue. We took a cardiac ultra sound and it showed she had a choarctasion of an aorta. I understood it at that time that my daughter is about to die. I was emotional and I left the ICU, I went down to the hallway to a prayer room nearby. I pray for the first time in my life with sincerity. I prayed "Oh God if you're there, I need help. If you save my daughter and guide me to a religion that is most pleasing to You - I promised to follow" (Dr Lawrence  Brown - Link)


So it is true that the prayer "Ed'denas Siraatal Mustaqeem" (Show us the straight way) is the most significant prayer that we all must perform while we're living in this world. So significant it is that during solat we are required to repeat it 17 times a day.

But then again, I can't help but wonder whether Al-Fateeha has another secret within it.

After the dream that I had, and upon knowing that the bridge in the day of resurrection is literally named "Siraatal Mustaqeem" itself, I cannot help but letting my profiling instinct to kick in. So I did and I found these verses within Al-Fateehah to be most intriguing.

1:3 - AR RAHMAANIR RAHEEM ("Most Gracious, Most Merciful")
الرَّحمـنِ الرَّحِيم

I found it interesting that in Al-Fateeha we're praying for for God's mercy. Usually people beg for mercy when they fear of an impending punishment. I wonder what kind of situation would make humanity all trembles in fear (noticed that in Al-Fateeha it uses the word "we" instead of "I").

1:4 - MAALIKI YAWMID DEEN ("Master of the Day of Judgment.")
مَـالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّي

I think the answer to the question above is answered in the next verse. I now believe that the doa might refers to the day of judgment itself. This is the day when all humanity shall be in fear, begging to Allah for mercy and refer to Him as the Master of the day of Judgment.

1:5: EYYAAKA NA`BUDU, WA EYYAAKA NASTA`EEN ("You alone we worship; You alone we ask for help)
إِيَّاك نَعْبُدُ وإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِين

I think this one is easy to figure out. This is clearly a 'begging" in process. During a day of judgment we will all begging to Allah for help and tell Him that He alone we worship. The words is quite self explanatory.  But the question is, what it is we are begging for?

1:6 EH'DENAS SIRAATAL MUSTAQEEM ("Show us the straight way")
اهدِنَــــا الصِّرَاطَ المُستَقِي

This is where things gets interesting. If we read the verses and translated the words "siraatal mustaqeem" as "the straight path" then the meaning become a metaphor. In this world we are now living we will understand it as a doa to become a good Moslem.  

But consider this for a second,  what if  the bridge crossing over hell itself is literally named "SIRAATUL MUSTAQEEM?" Wouldn't  the phrase "Show us the Siraatul Mustaqeem" can also be understood as "Show us the bridge"? (because the bridge itself is literally called "Siratul Mustaqeem)

1:7 SIRAATAL LAZINA AN`AMTA `ALAYHIM;  ("the way of those whom You blessed")
صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنعَمتَ عَلَيهِمْ

This is also easy to profile. Here we are all begging to God to let us use the same bridge that had been used by those he has bestow favors. This refers to those who had perform good deeds in the world of the living. These are those who are able to cross Siraatul Mustaqeem easily. As mentioned above, some will pass like wind traveling at high speeds. Some will pass as fast as birds fly, whilst others will pass in the speed of a fast horse.


1:8 GHAYRIL MAGHDOOBI `ALAYHIM  ALADDAALEEN. ("not of those who have deserved wrath, nor of the strayers")
 غَيرِ المَغضُوبِ عَلَيهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّين

This verse mentioned to two categories of people whom clearly will not be able to cross the Siraatul Mustaqeem. They are those who have earned the anger of Allah (I believe it's the Munafiqun) and those who who have gone astray (I believe these refers to those who worship others than Allah). When verse 1:7 and 1:8 are read together as a doa, it refers to a situation where we will all be begging to be included the first group of people (those mentioned in 1:7). It would be understandable why none of us would want to end up like the people in the categories mentioned in 1:8.

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I now think the reason why al-Fateeha is the first and the most repeated supplication I will have ever recited in my life is because it will be the last and also the most repeated doa I will supplicate right there in Mahsyar. This I believe will happened when it is my turn to cross the bridge. During solat I sometimes see this vision (I'm not sure whether I'm hallucinating while reciting Al-Fateeha) of standing there in mahsyar watching people before me trying to cross the bridge. I will see some of them being presented with a wide and beautifull bridge that is easy for them to walk or run on. Then there are people in category 2 and 3 all hanging like monkeys, screaming to keep their bleeding hand to grip on the bridge which is now as thin and razor sharp as a blade. Needless to say they eventually fall down into the fiery hell.

So that is how I manage to focus even more during my solat for the past 2 years since the dream occured to me. Most of the times during a prayer I cannot help but thinking of the day when I shall stand there with my hands crossing my chest and  looking down  (the same way my heads are bowing down when performing solat) at the gorge full fire, fully aware that I will have no choice but to cross over it someday . No doubt when presented with such brutal view, I tremble in fear and I believe anyone in my situation no doubts will do the same as I am- which is to repeats the Al-Fateehah again and again and again and again and again and again.. begging to Allah to let me use the category 1 bridge.

This is my secret method of keeping myself focus during solat. I am not saying that this is the way for you to follow, but reciting Al-Fateehah during solat, knowing what it means and then imagining yourself about to step on THE BRIDGE surrounded by river of fire can be extremely intimidating that you might end up crying.


But crying during solat is a good thing though.. I think..




26 comments:

  1. Assalamualaikum

    Alhamdulillah syukur kerana kau dapat mimpi yang baik, yang sangat2 berharga. Kau pun sudah merasai kesannya bila kau amalkan setiap hari. Selepas dua tahun, aku rasa sudah sampai masa kau sampaikan pula. Moga sesiapa yang membaca semua termasuk aku dapat manfaat dariNya.

    Oleh kerana ilham ini datang melalui mimpi mungkin akan ada yang menolak bulat2 cerita ini. Jadi aku mau cadangkan kepada semua untuk mendalami ILMU MIMPI. Ada rahsia di sebalik mimpi.

    Brother AD. Aku dah beli terjemahan Al-Quran English Bahasa. Alhamdulillah Sedang membaca n memahami Keluarga Imran. Thank you for the suggestion. May ALLAH reward you and your family with Jannah.

    About this article, nak hadam dulu. Nanti komen

    Salam

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    1. Terima kasih atas komen. Artikel ini sekadar perkongsian pengalaman peribadi saya dan tafsiran saya berkenaan surat al-fatihah yang mana banyak membantu saya dan isteri mengkhusyukkan solat kami. Saya harap juga agar tiada pekbaca saya yang salah faham tujuan saya mentafsir al-fatihah sebegini. Ini cuma method peribadi sayaa ketika solat bagi menambah rasa takut kepada Allah Taala. Tak ada ajakan untuk sesiapa menggunakan method ini. Terima kasih kerana membaca artikel saya sebelum ini. Semoga pemahaman anda pada maksud Al Quran akan mendapat redha Allah di dunia dan akhirat.

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    2. Assalam bro,

      ni ada 1 link,
      Boleh pilih qari yg baca,
      boleh pilih bahasa translation,

      http://tanzil.net/#1:1

      semoga bermanfaat

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    3. tanzil.net is awesome.. lebih baik dari quran.com... terima kasih sebab berkongsi maklumat

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  2. Terima ksih afterdark. Amat berguna untuk saya. Smoga kita sama sama dpt manfaatnya.

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    1. Sama-sama, terima kasih kerana sudi membaca.

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  3. Salam

    Saya telah lama meletakan surah ini sebagai doa yang ulong dan agong sejak menilai maknanya secara terus, dan setiapkali kalau saya membaca surah ini(bukan didalam solat) saya akan mengangkat tangan seperti berdoa.

    Saya bukan orang yang arif dalam hal ugama dan tidak arif dalam memahami & membaca Al Quran tetapi saya yakin begitu,walaupon saya tidak pernah bertanya akan amalan ini kapada yang lebih arif (takut tidak dipersetujuai) ,tetapi saya yakini apa yang saya amalkan.
    Apa pandangan saudara ?.

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    1. Saya pun tak berani keluarkan hukum secara rasmi sebab saya pun bukan orang yang arif dalam hal ugama dan tidak arif dalam memahami & membaca Al Quran. Namun seperti saudara, saya juga mengangkat tangan setiap kali membaca Al-Fateeha (bukan di dalam solatlah). So sama la kita.

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  4. Ini ada satu petikan dari facebook yang memberi deskripsi tentang keadaan di padang mahsyar. Cuba bayangkan bagaimanalah keadaan kita masa sampai giliran nak menyeberang jambatan siratul mustaqim tu ye.

    Petikan:

    Selepas Malaikat Israfil meniup sangkakala (bentuknya seperti tanduk besar) yang memekakkan telinga, seluruh makhluk mati kecuali Izrail & beberapa malaikat yang lain. Selepas itu, Izrail pun mencabut nyawa malaikat yang tinggal dan akhirnya nyawanya sendiri.

    Selepas semua makhluk mati, Tuhan pun berfirman mafhumnya "Kepunyaan siapakah kerajaan hari ini?" Tiada siapa yang menjawab. Lalu Dia sendiri menjawab dengan keagunganNya "Kepunyaan Allah Yang Maha Esa lagi Maha Perkasa." Ini menunjukkan kebesaran & keagunganNya sebagai Tuhan yg Maha Kuasa lagi Maha Kekal Hidup, tidak mati.

    Selepas 40 tahun, Malaikat Israfil a.s. dihidupkan, seterusnya meniup sangkakala untuk kali ke-2, lantas seluruh makhluk hidup semula di atas bumi putih, berupa padang Mahsyar (umpama padang Arafah) yang rata tidak berbukit atau bulat seperti bumi.

    Sekelian manusia hidup melalui benih anak Adam yg disebut "Ajbuz Zanbi" yang berada di hujung tulang belakang mereka. Hiduplah manusia umpama anak pokok yang kembang membesar dari biji benih.

    Semua manusia dan jin dibangkitkan dalam keadaan telanjang dan hina. Mereka tidak rasa malu kerana pada ketika itu hati mereka sangat takut dan bimbang tentang nasib & masa depan yang akan mereka hadapi kelak.

    Lalu datanglah api yang berterbangan dengan bunyi seperti guruh yang menghalau manusia, jin dan binatang ke tempat perhimpunan besar. Bergeraklah mereka menggunakan tunggangan (bagi yang banyak amal), berjalan kaki (bagi yang kurang amalan) dan berjalan dengan muka (bagi yang banyak dosa). Ketika itu, ibu akan lupakan anak, suami akan lupakan isteri, setiap manusia sibuk memikirkan nasib mereka.

    Setelah semua makhluk dikumpulkan, matahari dan bulan dihapuskan cahayanya, lalu mereka tinggal dalam kegelapan tanpa cahaya. Berlakulah huru-hara yang amat dahsyat.

    Tiba-tiba langit yang tebal pecah dengan bunyi yang dahsyat, lalu turunlah malaikat sambil bertasbih kepada Allah SWT. Seluruh makhluk terkejut melihat saiz malaikat yang besar dan suaranya yang menakutkan.

    Kemudian matahari muncul semula dengan kepanasan yang berganda. Hingga dirasakan seakan-akan matahari berada sejengkal dari atas kepala mereka. Ulama berkata jika matahari naik di bumi seperti keadaannya naik dihari Kiamat nescaya seluruh bumi terbakar, bukit-bukau hancur dan sungai menjadi kering. Lalu mereka rasai kepanasan dan bermandikan peluh sehingga peluh mereka menjadi lautan. Timbul atau tenggelam mereka bergantung pada amalan masing-masing. Keadaan mereka berlanjutan sehingga 1000 tahun.

    Terdapat satu telaga kepunyaan Nabi Muhammad SAW bernama Al-Kausar yang mengandungi air yang hanya dapat diminum oleh orang mukmin sahaja. Orang bukan mukmin akan dihalau oleh malaikat yang menjaganya. Jika diminum airnya tidak akan haus selama-lamanya. Kolam ini berbentuk segi empat tepat sebesar satu bulan perjalanan. Bau air kolam ini lebih harum dari kasturi, warnanya lebih putih dari susu dan rasanya lebih sejuk dari embun. Ia mempunyai saluran yang mengalir dari syurga.

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    1. Semua makhluk berada bawah cahaya matahari yang terik kecuali 7 golongan yang mendapat teduhan dari Arasy. Mereka ialah:

      Pemimpin yang adil.
      Orang muda yang taat kepada perintah Allah.
      Lelaki yang terikat hatinya dengan masjid.
      Dua orang yang bertemu kerana Allah dan berpisah kerana Allah.
      Lelaki yang diajak oleh wanita berzina, tetapi dia menolak dengan berkata "Aku takut pada Allah".
      Lelaki yg bersedekah dengan bersembunyi (tidak diketahui orang ramai).
      Lelaki yang suka bersendirian mengingati Allah lalu mengalir air matanya kerana takutkan Allah.


      Oleh kerana tersangat lama menunggu di padang mahsyar, semua manusia tidak tahu berbuat apa melainkan mereka yang beriman, kemudian mereka terdengar suara "pergilah berjumpa dengan para Nabi". Maka mereka pun pergi mencari para Nabi. Pertama sekali kumpulan manusia ini berjumpa dengan Nabi Adam tetapi usaha mereka gagal kerana Nabi Adam a.s menyatakan beliau juga ada melakukan kesalahan dengan Allah SWT. Maka kumpulan besar itu kemudiannya berjumpa Nabi Nuh a.s., Nabi Ibrahim a.s., Nabi Musa a.s., Nabi Isa a.s. (semuanya memberikan sebab seperti Nabi Adam a.s.) dan akhirnya mereka berjumpa Rasullullah SAW. Jarak masa antara satu nabi dengan yang lain adalah 1000 tahun perjalanan.

      Lalu berdoalah baginda Nabi Muhammad SAW ke hadrat Allah SWT. Lalu diperkenankan doa baginda.

      Selepas itu, terdengar bunyi pukulan gendang yang kuat hingga menakutkan hati semua makhluk kerana mereka sangka azab akan turun. Lalu terbelah langit, turunlah arasy Tuhan yang dipikul oleh 8 malaikat yang sangat besar (besarnya sejarak perjalanan 20 ribu tahun) sambil bertasbih dengan suara yang amat kuat sehingga 'Arasy itu tiba dibumi.

      'Arasy ialah jisim nurani yang amat besar berbentuk kubah (bumbung bulat) yang mempunyai 4 batang tiang yang sentiasa dipikul oleh 4 malaikat yang besar dan gagah. Dalam bahasa mudah ia seumpama istana yang mempunyai seribu bilik yang menempatkan jutaan malaikat di dalamnya. Ia dilingkungi embun yang menghijab cahayanya yang sangat kuat.

      Kursi iaitu jisim nurani yang terletak di hadapan Arasy yang dipikul oleh 4 malaikat yang sangat besar. Saiz kursi lebih kecil dari 'Arasy umpama cincin ditengah padang . Dalam bahasa mudah ia umpama singgahsana yang terletak dihadapan istana.

      Seluruh makhluk pun menundukkan kepala kerana takut. Lalu dimulakan timbangan amal. Ketika itu berterbanganlah kitab amalan masing-masing turun dari bawah Arasy menuju ke leher pemiliknya tanpa silap dan tergantunglah ia sehingga mereka dipanggil untuk dihisab. Kitab amalan ini telah ditulis oleh malaikat Hafazhah / Raqib & 'Atid / Kiraman Katibin.

      Manusia beratur dalam saf mengikut Nabi dan pemimpin masing- masing. Orang kafir & munafik beratur bersama pemimpin mereka yang zalim. Setiap pengikut ada tanda mereka tersendiri untuk dibezakan.

      Umat yang pertama kali dihisab adalah umat Nabi Muhammad SAW, dan amalan yang pertama kali dihisab adalah solat. Sedangkan hukum yang pertama kali diputuskan adalah perkara pertumpahan darah.

      Apabila tiba giliran seseorang hendak dihisab amalannya, malaikat akan mencabut kitab mereka lalu diserahkan, lalu pemiliknya mengambil dengan tangan kanan bagi orang mukmin dan dengan tangan kiri jika orang bukan mukmin.

      Semua makhluk akan dihisab amalan mereka menggunakan satu Neraca Timbangan. Saiznya amat besar, mempunyai satu tiang yang mempunyai lidah dan 2 daun. Daun yang bercahaya untuk menimbang pahala dan yang gelap untuk menimbang dosa.

      Acara ini disaksikan oleh Nabi Muhammad SAW dan para imam 4 mazhab untuk menyaksikan pengikut masing-masing dihisab

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    2. Perkara pertama yang diminta ialah Islam. Jika dia bukan Islam, maka seluruh amalan baiknya tidak ditimbang bahkan amalan buruk tetap akan ditimbang.

      Ketika dihisab, mulut manusia akan dipateri, tangan akan berkata- kata, kaki akan menjadi saksi. Tiada dolak-dalih dan hujah tipuan. Semua akan di adili oleh Allah Ta'ala dengan Maha Bijaksana.

      Setelah amalan ditimbang, mahkamah Mahsyar dibuka kepada orang ramai untuk menuntut hak masing-masing dari makhluk yang sedang dibicara sehinggalah seluruh makhluk berpuas hati dan dibenarkannya menyeberangi titian sirat.

      Syafaat Nabi Muhammad SAW di akhirat :

      Meringankan penderitaan makhluk di Padang Mahsyar dengan mempercepatkan hisab.
      Memasukkan manusia ke dalam syurga tanpa hisab.
      Mengeluarkan manusia yang mempunyai iman sebesar zarah dari neraka.
      (Semua syafaat ini tertakluk kepada keizinan Allah SWT.)

      Para nabi dan rasul serta golongan khawas juga diberikan izin oleh Tuhan untuk memberi syafaat kepada para pengikut mereka. Mereka ini berjumlah 70 000. Setiap seorang dari mereka akan mensyafaatkan 70 000 orang yang lain.

      Setelah berjaya dihisab, manusia akan mula berjalan menuju syurga melintasi jambatan sirat. Siratul Mustaqim ialah jambatan (titian) yang terbentang dibawahnya neraka. Lebar jambatan ini adalah seperti sehelai rambut yang dibelah tujuh dan ia lebih tajam dari mata pedang. Bagi orang mukmin ia akan dilebarkan dan dimudahkan menyeberanginya.

      Fudhail bin Iyadh berkata perjalanan di Sirat memakan masa 15000 tahun. 5000 tahun menaik, 5000 tahun mendatar dan 5000 tahun menurun. Ada makhluk yang melintasinya seperti kilat, seperti angin, menunggang binatang korban dan berjalan kaki. Ada yang tidak dapat melepasinya disebabkan api neraka sentiasa menarik kaki mereka, lalu mereka jatuh ke dalamnya.

      Para malaikat berdiri di kanan dan kiri sirat mengawasi setiap makhluk yang lalu. Setiap 1000 orang yang meniti sirat, hanya seorang sahaja yang Berjaya melepasinya. 999 orang akan terjatuh ke dalam neraka.


      Rujukan:
      Kitab Aqidatun Najin karangan Syeikh Zainal Abidin Muhammad Al-
      Fathani. Pustaka Nasional Singapura 2004.

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  5. i'm one of your avid but silent reader. 34 years old muslim professional but only just started rediscovering Allah and re-learning about solat.

    your metaphor about bridge, I have the same technique too!

    except i didn't receive a dream. But during solat, i envisage we are all at the edge of this world, and there's a thin bridge that we must cross to go into space / rest of universe towards ALLAH. From my understanding, hell and heaven is somewhere out there in the vast universe and that bridge will take us there. wallahualam
    -fariza-

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    1. I understand your perspective. A friend of mine in a group also has this theory about heaven iand hell literally located somewhere unknown place in this universe. When I get the approval I might write about that someday. So in a way planet earth is a vessel which also function as a bridge for humanity to prove themselves during their lifetime journey. The concept of "siratul mustaqim", be it viewed literally or methaporically, is a good thing as long as it brings a person closer to Allah. Congratulation for you for finally performing your journey in the right path and thank you so much for willing to read my mumblings all these while. I trully appreciate it.

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  6. Dear brother,
    I recall my teacher Ustaz Abdul Halim Saad who lectured in RTM's program Turath Ulama' last year talking about this subject several times. Ustaz was quite affected by the interpretations of several unlearned and liberal professionals who have publicly insisted that "siratul mustaqim" be understood by Muslims as a metaphor to mean "the right way" only. However, like your respected self, ustaz maintains that the waliullah of ahli sunnah wal jamaah all witness to the reality of the bridge over the hellfire on the day of judgement! Just as it is important to keep to the straight path of the hanif in life, so will it be to walk straight when each one of us confronts the trials of the bridge of salvation to Paradise.
    Sir, I think the traditional tok guru Melayu might say that your experience comes from "ilmu laduni" from Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala which is congruent with your right understanding of the Quran and the Prophetic tradition. Terima kasih tuan.
    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim.

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    1. If I've catched that show a year ago then I would perhaps wrote this article a bit sooner. I have been worrying that I might not be able to back up my opinion all these while, if only I knew your teacher had also said something about it then I can quote his opinion as authority. You're lucky to have the opportunity to learn under him. I envy you. About the ilmu laduni thing, I honestly don't know why and what I see or heard sometimes. The 'laduni' things sounded like a 'superpower' gift meant only to the most pious. I don't think I am privilage to received such a gift. I simply a person who wanted myself and my love ones to survive the bridge when the day finally came. If He can bestow me the category 1 bridge that I can walk on - even the most dilapidated one with broken planks with holes everywhere - Then I am happy.

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    2. Salaams bro.,
      I have a deep conviction that the person with tawadu' and love for others is a likely candidate for experiences about true reality .... He loves the muhsinin .. orang biasa saja ...may Allah Most Kind bless us all with real happiness in Him.

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  7. I'm not sure which one you think might have been controversial to discuss here, the technique of imagining crossing the sirat to help focus (khusyuk) in solat, or the interpretation of 'siratal mustaqim' in Fatihah as literally the bridge siratal mustaqim on the day of judgement.

    If it was the technique to help khusyuk, that was actually a standard technique advised by many ulamaks. When you stand to begin solat, imagine standing on the sirat with heaven on your right and hell on your left.

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    1. Thank you for commenting. I've tried goggling keywords such as "doa al-fatiha di padang mahsyar" and "doa al-fatiha di hari kiamat" and other keywords combination and it did not yields any results to show that that there's an opinion out there in the internet about al-fateeha by recited by a person before he is about to attempt crossing the bridge (siratul mustaqim). So I was anxious all these years to share this because I don't know whether my personal opinion on the literal interpretation of 'siratul mustaqim" could be shared with others or not. Alhamdulillah, thank you for clearing that up, eventhough if you could named me the ulama who approved this method that would be tremendously helpful for me, my group and my readers as a reference.

      Jazak Allah Khayr جزاك اللهُ خيراً

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    2. In my first para, I divided the issue into two parts, A and B. In the second para, I only said A is a common opinion. I didn't have any opinion about B. But you asked about B :) I would say that it is not wrong to think it as you did.

      About A, you can read Fadhilat Salat (kitab tabligh) and find it mentioned somewhere in there.

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  8. Salam. Sy rasa x perlu delete artikel diatas. Smart choice to write in English :).
    Pdgn sy:
    Ada pelbagai cara dan tips utk hasilkan khusuk. Jadi ia cuma cara, selagi tidak langgar syariat.
    Ada 2 cara yg jelas sbg org awamm: 1. Rasa takut dan gerun. 2. Rasa cinta dan rindu. Keduanya hendaklah kerana, untuk dan demi Allah dan yang mana satu bergantung kepada hati setiap makhluk.
    Mungkin org akan kata salah tapi ingatlah sesuatu yg salah juga perlu ada nas larangan.
    Sekiranya ada perselisihan yg x dpt selesai maka ingatlah orang yang bijak adalah mereka yang selalu mengingati mati dan membuat persedian untuk mati. Wallahualam

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    1. Terima kasih atas perkongsian maklumat dan pandangan. Saya setuju dan menghargai komentar saudara. Terima kasih juga kerana memahami kenapa saya menulis dalam bahasa inggeris :)

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  9. Just done reading this article. I don't think this article should be deleted. It doesn't seem to be very much related with the concept of tawheed hence I don't think it will bring harm to the aqeedah. U urself has made emphasis on ur basic knowledge regarding this topic. So, i think it will be ok.

    seseorang pernah berkongsi dengan saya, solat ada perjalanannya sendiri. kenapa Allah syariatkan wudhu sebelum solat? ianya bukan sekadar untuk bersih dan suci semata-mata. selepas berwudhu, sebahagian orang mengerjakan solat sunat sebelum solat fardhu. perjalanan sebelum solat ni, kalau dihayati dalam setiap langkahnya, boleh juga membantu untuk mendapat khusyuk dalam solat. bermula dari waktu ambil wudhu, manusia da patut mula menyediakan mindanya yang akan dibawa semasa solat. kadang2 kalau teringat cerita ni saya cuba betulkan balik solat saya. susah nak dapat khusyu untuk setiap waktu sembahyang. I think u r blessed to have such dream. It helps to make the feeling during the solah. kadang-kadang kita mampu faham atau tahu terjemahan setiap bacaan tapi tak mampu nak rasa.

    thank you for sharing. maaflah bahasa campur2. tak berapa pandai nak speaking da sekarang ni

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  10. paling lewat komen...sebab dah lama tinggalkan blog tuan. Last skali baca masa cerita pulau jerjak tu. After that busy dgn hal lain hinggalah terserempak balik link ini melalui abatasa. Barulah terdetik...eh dah lama tak jengok. Dan hats off to you. Satu perkongsian yang amat bagus. Semoga pahala setiap insan yang menghayatinya akan terus dan turut mengalir kepada tuan. Saya juga pernah menghayatinya begitu. Infact masa Maaliki Yawmid Deen saya akan imagine the solar system. Saya imagine beribu-ribu planet orbiting and the earth is one small planet and i am just one small dot. Then saya akan doa dlm hati You are the greatest Kerajaan di Langit mu amat luas. Tak terhitung tak terhitung! amat luas amat luas! ampunkan aku, ampunkan aku. redha la akan diri ini. Then baru sambung bacaan. By then, as you can guess dah berhingus.

    Tapi itu dulu. Iman ini turun naik. Kini saya berusaha untuk mencapai kembali tahap kusyuk yang pernah dikecapi selama 2-4 bulan itu. Nikmatnya Masya Allah. Sukar hendak digambarkan....hanya yang pernah mengalaminya yang tahu. Dan barulah saya paham apa yang ulamak maksudkan dengan "manisnya Iman dan Lazatnya Ibadah: Memang lazat sungguh! Subhanallah.


    -fidz-

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  11. Rukun solat adalah:
    1-qauli(sebutan atau bacaan)
    2-fiqqli(perbuatan atau pergerakkan)
    3-qalbi(rukun hati)
    Jika kita translate bacaan arab ke dlm bahasa melayu,nabi translate cmne plak?
    Adakah itu dianggap khusyuk?(memahami makna bacaan?
    Sbnrnya rukun qalbi ni jawapannya ada dlm rukun shahadah.
    Pernah dgr rukun shahadah?
    Sila cari...
    Jika kita menggambar2kn itu ini ketika solat,merasakan itu ini,adakah itu dinamakn khusyuk?

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    1. ha ha ha.. admin AD macam dah ada orang kata 'bidaah! bidaah!' kat you!

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  12. Ibnu Kathir translated the bridge as, show us the way to know u...

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