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Summary – The 4 secrets of Allah and why they were kept a secret

Of course we cannot tell everything about us. There is such thing that is called secret. Unless of course the secret will solve the problem, then by all mean, share it. Now we do know that everyone has a secret, even Allah.

So what do you think is Allah’s secret? Believe me that I did not make this up. I read it in a book long time ago. Obviously the following is rewritten based on memory.

Secret 1 – Lailatul Qadar
For those who may not know, “Lailatul Qadar” is a night appointed in one of the nights of Ramadhan. The night was kept unknown to motivate all muslim to work harder in order to get “Keredhaan Allah” by searching it in all 30 nights or at least the last ten night.

Secret 2 – His Saint
Saint or “Wali Allah” are those whose life are devoted only to Allah. He loved them so much that almost any prayer from them will be granted immediately. Obviously they themselves do not know of their status. Their identity were kept hidden so that we will always respect and treat others kindly. Who knows he/she might be one of them. Do you dare to hurt people loved by Allah?

Secret 3 – Soul
It is mentioned in a hadis (correct me if I’m wrong) that when several people came and asked Rasulullah about the nature of soul, they were told that the soul is Allah’s secret. Soul is basically what make us alive and concious. It cannot be the brain or heart because some organism like bacteria have neither and yet still alive. So why does Allah keep this a secret?. It is to make us humble that even though we had explore the whole universe and understand everythings, we will still not understand our own body and how we come to be alive.

Secret 4 – Death
The origin of life is a secret, of course death will be another. But unlike life, death is kept a secret in the manner that nobody know how and when we will die. It’s not a surprise that somebody who is so healthy died, if not natural cause, maybe due to accident. So.. as you may have guess it, death is kept a secret to allow us to live our life fully by seizing the day. Death is beyond our control and thus why worry. The same death will also urge us to “memperbanyakkan amal ibadat”(hehe I have no translation for this) as we can die any moment in our life.

There’s a saying that “work on your life as if you are going to live forever but “beribadatlah” as if you are going to die tomorrow.”

Of course this is just an opinion of the past ulama’. In the end only Allah knows the reason behind all matters

Maybe you guys can add to the reason why such matter is kept a secret. And also can somebody please give me an English word for beribadat? :)

————— Personal Note ————————–
My favorite memory on secret, is when I (during my childhood) was fasting in one Ramadhan. I was 10 or 12 years old at the time. Heheh so as what a child would do on his first time fasting, I cheated by eating the currypuff filling my mother made. To cut things short, my brother, filantera caught me. And so we established that this is a secret between us. Everything was going fine and we had break our fast for the day. Somehow, filantera couldn’t resist and spoke to me (in an intentionally-raised voice) – “Banji, mama tak tau lagi rahsia kita kan?”

Obviously my mother interrogate him and my secret is all out in the open. heheh so understandbly I was “rotan” by mother. I know that I get him back after that.. but unfortunately cannot remember what :)

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Summary – Did Allah created evil? Answer is NO, Below are the explanation

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Article rewritten based on memory

One of the most popular question about God is why He created evil. As we know, everything there is, is created by Him. So that raise the question, why He created criminals, war, and satan himself. Allow me to explain.

First of all, the mind of people asking this question is flawed to begin with. They believe in duality, meaning there is good and evil, there is hot and cold, there is good god and evil god. This is WRONG!!!! Duality is WRONG!!

The truth is, there is no good and evil. The only things exist is just good, not so good, and not good at all. Let me give you an example. In physics, heat is proven to exist and measurable, but there is just no such thing as coldness. We can have superheat, megaheat, or no heat which is -273.15¬†Celcius¬†(this is where theoretically atom stops vibrating), but we can’t go to any temperature below this. Why? simply because there is no such thing as coldness. If not, it will be able to go below the -273.15 Celcius.

Coldness is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold because cold is not an entity like heat, it’s just the absence of heat.

I tried to use air condition as an example, but I found the explanation is a bit more complicated, so let me just highlight other examples that may clear things up

  • Light exist, given out by the sun, but there is no such thing as darkness existing. Darkness is only a word to describe the absence of light
  • Noise exist, we hear them all the time, but there is no such thing as silence. Silence is only a word to describe the absence of noise.

As for why there is bad things in the world. Why there are criminals? It’s not because they are evil by nature. (This statement is not in anyway trying to defend any criminal). Bad criminal is not evil by nature. They must be a point in their life which they are pure, such as when they were babies. So why they turn bad? it’s because the absence of morality in them. Not because God created them to be bad.

In the Holy Quran also stated, that at one time, Iblis was the holiest of all creatures. But due to his pride not wanting to accept Adam as Khalifah, he turns bad. And that he himself swear to corrupt mankind for all eternity.

All this explained already 1400 years ago.

————— Personal Note ————————–
We watched too many tv. That’s why the concept of duality is very familiar in us. One of my favorite tales are those involving Zeus, Hercules etc. There are good gods and evil gods. They are so fun to watch with all the adventure. A more recent tv series would like Charmed, where there is even one character know as “The Source of All Evil”. If that’s not evil, I don’t know what is hehe. (For the record, I love Charmed so much.. ok now you can hate me :p)

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So do you guys know any Zulkifli Zainon (Bob)? Last time I heard he used to work in a restaurant near to The Mines. It sucks when friends were separated, isn’t it?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but if I’m not mistaken that there is one hadith which generally means as follow :

“If two muslims get into a fight with each other and they end up didn’t speak to each other, they will have to break the silence on the third day or face the wrath of Allah”

Now I’m not going to analyze the hidden meaning of the hadith because that will require special knowledge like “Sanat” etc. I’m only interested in highlighting the beauty of Islam clearly embedded in it.

Can we all agree that for us to get into a fight or argument, it must be because of something we truly believe in? Obviously once we believe in something, we will defend it to the end. Islam apparently had anticipated this and lay down the ground rule that by the third day, both must say hi to each other irregardless of the different opinion. Both then will put aside their difference and reconcile solely for the greater purpose which is “Keredhaan Allah”.

Now isn’t that just beautiful?

What fascinates me most is not the fact those two be friends again. But the way Islam teaches us that greater purpose MUST always be “Keredhaan Allah”. We will always have different opinion on things. And if we are going to fight any person who oppose our stand, it will be “World of Warcraft” all day long. Very tiring.

So what if the other person didn’t know about the hadith, YOU DO and you’ve done your part. Congratulation!! That is not an easy thing to do and you’ve done it.

Hm.. listen, listen, the world is more peaceful now, don’t you think?One day of peace after two days of war is not so bad right? right? :)

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The day after tomorrow is 07/07/07 which only happen once in a hundred year. Around the globe people are getting married that day assuming luck which come with the number will have some effect on their marriage.

In my opinion, there is no such thing as lucky number. Remember when we were in primary school? The teacher introduce number with those “biji saga”. The number 3 is just the addition of three “biji saga”. In short, all numbers are related and are meaningless otherwise. 3 will never exist if there are no number 2 and number 1. Hopefully you can understand me up to here. If all are related then obviously all number should have equal luckiness and importance

So you may say, “let it be lah, for fun only”. The problem arise especially for us muslim. Let me give you an example to illustrate. If tomorrow I decide to enter a competition advertised in the newspaper on page 7 and I somehow win the contest and received RM7000 cash prize. What do you think the first thing that will come up to my mind? Obviously I will assume the luck in number 7 is the reason I win. This is where it’s dangerous because this is a clear case of “syirik”. What ever happens are all by the Will of Allah.

Non-religiously, believing in number had also affected other area. For example, in Japan, they actually build buildings with no level 13 because of the fear of it. Can you believe that they even concreted the whole level. This is clearly not a wise decision (financially)

However some of the couple who get married tomorrow may do so not because of the luck but to help the couple expecially the man to remember their anniversary later on. Man does have the tendency to forget anniversary. I’m not sure whether it’s biological or not but do give us a chance kay eheh :)

————— Personal Note ————————–
I don’t believe in lucky numbers or date. But I do believe I am lucky enough to be born on my birthday. It’s 25th December…. Lucky not because it’s christmas but because every year I can have the day all to myself without having to work.Anybody else have stories related to number that can be shared? Perhaps being born on 29th February. For him / her birthday is only every 4 years :)

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