Prophet Muhammad, The Great Messenger SAWS

The Last Prophet   [click highlighted link to view movie]

The Last Prophet

The Last Prophet

Since birth, I had no knowledge of Islam, the Qur’an, much less the Prophet Muhammad SAWS. I have only read about all of these in books that I find lying around my workplace lobby. But I heard that this man SAWS is no ordinary man. He SAWS (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Salam) was not born as how special the Prophet Esau (Jesus) AS (Alaihi Salam) was. But this man SAWS had a very special role from Allah SWT (Subhana Wa Ta’allah). In fact, this man SAWS had a very special place in Allah’s SWT heart.

Just like how the innocence of children are attracted to anything colorful and animated, I was similarly attracted to the animated movie about the Prophet SAWS. There may be a lot of reading materials about him SAWS. But this full length high density quality movie brought me to tears. Should anyone not love the Prophet SAWS more after watching this must have a heart of stone.

I run out of better words to honor this man SAWS. But his greatness in his humility made me respect and understand the essence of Makkah. Inshallah I will tread that path to Makkah. May Allah SWT make me worthy to set foot on the place of the Kabah.

Ya Allah Ya Rabb, may I not die without being forgiven. And may I not die without at least once having had said my prayers at Makkah. Ameen Ya Rabb.

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The Philippines is a Muslim Country

In my quest for the Truth, I read articles, pamphlets and anything my hands could get a hold on to regarding Islam.  Though limited to what may be available at the time, and with my difficulty with reading and understanding texts on my own language, I still occupied myself in learning what I can about this religion that I was never taught of.

Just like reading a new pocket book or an article in the newspaper, I read on and on about The True Religion, “Sino Ang Dapat Samabahin” (Who Must Be Worshipped), Mohammad (SAWS) etc..  Not like any fan of a romantic love story or a favorite pastime book though, I took more effort on what I was reading because I found something very interesting.  I found excerpts of Philippine History which was never taught in school, in books, in newspapers, magazines and everything else that I had grabbed as a wide reader.  Islam was never mentioned.  So I took down notes on my readings about my country’s Islamic history.

First, there were the animists.  These were the the people who worshiped every piece of creation before all those religions were introduced to them.. They worshiped the sun, the sky, the trees, the stars, fire, etc.  But when Islam came to the islands, their beliefs changed and so did their lives.  Islam became the established religion until Spanish conquerors came and imposed Christianity on the natives.

According to what I read, Islam was first introduced in 1380 by an Arab, Sharif Maktuom.  He built the first Masjid in the South of the Philippines in Tabig Indangan, Sumunul, Tawitawi.  But according to a comment on an article I just read, Islam already exists in the Philippines as early as 900CE.

After Sharif Maktuom’s death, Rajah Bajinda came to the islands in 1450 and continued on the former’s quest.  Another muslim Abu Bakr set foot on Jolo and married the daughter of Rajah Bajinda, Princess Parmisuli.  With a growing strong Muslim family, he established the Sultanate in Sulu becoming the first Sultan and his wife the first Sultana.  After successfully ordaining in Sulu, Muslims moved on towards mindanao under Sharif Kabungsuwan.  They landed in Maguindanao (now Cotabato) on 1475.  Soon he married Princess Tunina.  They built the Sultanate in Maguindanao.

Years followed and various Datus from Borneo came toe the islands when they learned the warm reception of the natives.  Ten Borneo Datus set foot in Panay.  They were Datu Puti, Datu Sumakwel, Bangkaya, Sumangsol, Paiburong, Paduhinog, Ubay, Dumangsil, Dumalugdog, and Balensula (now Valenzuela).  Datu Puti who was an expert at rural travel led this troop.  They landed in Sirawagan (now San Joaquin, Iloilo).  He bought the lowlands of Iloilo from Marikudo, the leader of Itas (pygmies) and were the victors of Islam in the area.  Moving on, Datu Puti’s troop’s next stop was Batangas.  Datu Puti and Datu Dumangsil established the Islamic community in Batangas.  Thereafter, Datu Puti sailed back to Borneos to bring the news of the Islamic spread.  This inspired the influx of Borneos to the islands.

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Courtesy of filipinofreethinkers.org

The arrival of Ferdinand Magellan at exactly 491 years ago from today found the archipelago as a Muslim country for already 144 years at least.  When Miguel Lopez de Legaspi came after the death of Magellan, more muslim communities were established at the South of Luzon: Batangas, Pampanga, Mindanao, Panay, Catanduanes, Cabu, Samar, Manila, Palawan, Mindoro, and Sulu.  The first Muslim to defend the Islam faith was Gat Lapulapu.  (He was the only well known Muslim Filipino accounted for.  And I don’t even remember learning about him as a Muslim but more of a Filipino hero.)

On June 3, 1571, the Spaniards mobilized a war against Muslims led by Raja Soliman.  Raja Soliman mightily defended Manila and Islam at Bangkusay at Tondo.  After the capture of the Raja, young and old Muslims who only had bolos and sibat then were slain while defending Islam against tyrants equipped with more superior canons and guns.  Muslim survivors retreated to now called Morong, Rizal.  Muslims who fled to the riverbanks were called Tagalog (Cavite, Laguna, etc); while fighting continued in a nearby town now known as Binangonan, Rizal.  This time, the Spaniards established headquarters in Manila and continued conquering the Visayas.  Some Muslims chose to die fighting off the Spaniards while others were forced to embrace Christianity by the threat of the sword.

The Spaniards thought they could win the whole archipelago inestablishing Christianism. But Muslims down South mightily defended the Islam faith and their freedom.  Hence up to this day we find Manaraos, Maguindanaos, Yahans, Sanal, and Sangril enjoying the Islamic Faith.

My notes on several sheets from our physician’s prescription pad missed accounting for the exact authors and title of the literature where from I gathered all these information.  I just had in mind that I wanted to share these to my daughters who like me are deprived of learning the real score on Philippine Islamic History.

Reading about the war history of my country as a Roman Catholic then, I felt sorry that these stories were never intended to be popularized, or so I thought.  I asked myself why were these historical accounts played down?  Thus, the highlight of my spiritual sense was falsely led to believe in the dogma of colonial Christianity.  It is not for Muslims to downplay Christians on their faith.  Bismillah, it is never the intention of this blog  because the Prophet Esau or Jesus (SAS) is a very special Prophet of Allah (SWT) and the Prophet’s (SAS) teachings on their proper context were also from Allah (SWT).  But as a former Catholic, I wished that I was taught these information long ago.

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Courtesy of reuters.com

Masha’allah, the information I saved and shared here was originally for the intention of telling my daughters about Islamic history which I was never taught.  And these may not even be propagated by any media as easily as anyone else would have access to Justin Bieber’s videos.

Inshallah, there will be more literature printed and circulated about the Islamic history of the Philippines so that more people will find the Truth.  Salamu’alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh!

A Faith Founded in Prayer

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem.

I have been wanting to write about a lot of things lately.  But I thought I just never had enought time or mood to do so.  But when I came across this article welcoming new Muslims, I was motivated enough to share my experience.

Before I took on my shahada during Ramadan last year, I have been secretly praying for a year or so. I was struggling to perform the Salah in all its five prayer times but I usually failed to complete the five because I couldn’t find a decent place where I could perform it without being seen.

It was enough for me that Allah finds me in prayer in my heart. For me, I didn’t need to be acknowledged by anybody.  So I struggled to learn the prayers.  And not just learn it but to remember it by heart – in its Arabic form. I had my prayer books that my friend gave me.  I had it all spread right in front of me while keeping my focus on prostration.  The first time that I think I prayed in the most correct way, tears just poured out from my eyes down to my sujada. The feeling was elating. The moment was priceless. And at that very moment, without anyone saying, I know I am Muslim because Allah brought me back home.  It was a very tearful moment alone. I couldn’t explain what exactly I felt. But I would not trade that moment for anything else in my life.

I enriched my faith in every way I can by reading about Islam and by praying more.  I always ask Allah (swt) to make me a servant worthy to praise Him. For it is only in my prayers that I felt I could serve Allah best since I knew nothing about Islam.  With every chance that I get to read about Islam, I found myself in the Right Path. I realize how I have been lost all this time with questions that exceeded the number of my age in days.  And with every prayer, I was led to more answers.  Maybe not all of my questions were specifically answered.  But I only needed to know that indeed Allah is The One,

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
قُلۡ هُوَ ٱللَّهُ أَحَدٌ (١) ٱللَّهُ ٱلصَّمَدُ (٢) لَمۡ يَلِدۡ وَلَمۡ يُولَدۡ (٣) وَلَمۡ يَكُن لَّهُ ۥ ڪُفُوًا أَحَدٌ (٤)

“Qul wallahu ahad.  Allahus samad.  Lam yalid wa lam yulad.  Wa lam yakullahu kufuwan ahad.”

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Say: He is Allah, the One! (1) Allah, the eternally Besought of all! (2) He begetteth not nor was begotten. (3) And there is none comparable unto Him. (4)

(Qur’an 112 1-4)

And everything else fell into place.  In my bedroom that I shared with two others, I prayed during my quiet times after work when I was alone.  In several occasions, unexpectedly, my Muslim friends would come to my room to find me prostrating.  Since then, I got as a present a prayer dress.  She was the one who gave me the sujada I use.  After that, I was all the more inspired to pray.  And then several other times after that, I was given literatures to teach me how to pray the correct way.  And then other blessings came pouring forth.

As I read today through the article, I felt more humbled learning the importance of prayer.

“The importance of prayer is demonstrated in the many of the Prophet’s statement. For example, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The first matter that the slave will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is the prayer. If it is sound, then the rest of his deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad.” [Recorded by al-Tabarani. According to al-Albani, it is sahih. Al-Albani, Sahih al-Jami, vol.1, p. 503.]”

For a moment I became ashamed for myself.  For the times that I fail to pray on time whether by postponement because of a busy schedule or for convenience, I felt that I should be more vigilant in prayer all the more.  I should not rest my laurels on being forgiven because truly Allah is Most Forgiving.  But I want to be in Jannah.  I have travelled this far.  I have been given this chance at life that others remain blind to see.  I don’t want to waste it.  I want to deserve Allah’s love and forgiveness.  For without Allah, I am nothing.

As such I always feel incomplete in a day without prayer.  And so I pray to be a better Muslim every time.  And until I reach my goal, only Allah can say that I am a better Muslim when my worth will be measured on the Day of Judgement.  Inshallah my destiny ends with being with Allah.  There is nothing I want more.

La illaha ilallah.  Muhammad rasulullah.

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Wireless Connection to Heaven

Alhamdulillah I had been surrounded with a lot of reading materials about Islam: Tawheed, the Prophet [SAWS], concepts, habits, etc.  published by the Cooperative Office for Call and Guidance Al-Batha, Darussalam, Islamic Propagations Office in Rabwah, The Islamic Center at Old Senajah, and Zulfi Foreigner’s Guidance Office to name a few.

I have read and still continue to read about Christian and Muslim discussions, monotheism, etc.  But what struck me most importantly was the literature for prayers.  In the past, out of the habits I grew up with on how to say prayers, I always had a different way to prayer.  I always found a very private place where no one will see me and no one will ever know.  Now, though I was told that the way to pray was the most difficult habit to be learned by Non-Muslims, my first recourse was to learn how to pray just as how the Prophet [SAWS] have exemplified.

Indeed, it was not easy.  Although there were English translations and even Filipino translations of the prayers, I used these materials to understand what the Arabic prayers mean but I adhered to learning the prayers in its authentic Arabic literature.  What makes learning a lot more difficult was that since nobody around here knew that I had been learning how to pray, I had to discover things on my own and of course make a lot of errors along the way.  But Subhanallah, I was guided to more resources to learn better the ways of Salat.

However which way, it will always be my desire to learn the proper way to pray as well as the prayers themselves.  For one, this is my wireless connection to Allah [SWT] with unlimited capacity with its speed faster than a HSDPA.  And just to make sure that I am guided correctly, I have subscribed to various channels with crisp, clear videos that show details on how to pray.

Bismillah, to be continuously guided and to share the guidance as well, I upload the videos from the youtube channel of spectrum187  onto this article for the record.  Should there be any other comments, suggeztion, recommendations regarding my quest, please free to comment.  Inshallah, I will, and hope that more will be as well, be enlightened and reminded all the time the incredible value of Salat.  ]

The Fajr Prayer.  

The Asr Prayer.

The Maghrib Prayer.

The Isha Prayer.