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February 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm 6 comments

I’ve been reading these 2 books: The famous “Aku Terima Nikahnya” by Ustaz Hasrizal, a book that I’ve been looking for & been wanting to have for months & months. Finally my dad bought it for me on a recent trip to JB. :) Its such a fantastic book. I love the way Ustaz Hasrizal writes and he comes across as a big brother giving advice as opposed to some stern Ustaz screaming at you because of your mistakes. If you’ve never heard of him, perhaps its because you are more familiar with his online name: www.saifulislam.com. Thats one blog that I will never fail to check at least once in 2-3 days.

The other book was bought as recent as the past Monday. I was supposed to meet someone at Joo Chiat Complex (I know, sounds so makcik right? Haha) and I had some time left so OF COURSE I would go Toko Warisan as opposed to looking at curtains or something. Haha, not time yet. Soon, insyaAllah. ;)

So I was looking at the rows and rows of books, looking for nothing in particular. And then suddenly I remembered how I’ve been feeling. Recently, I’ve felt like my love for the Prophet SAW has died, or maybe kind of disappeared. And its been affecting me quite a bit because I never want that to happen and it sucks to have had something and then to lose it. So I was afraid that I will never get it back so then I had a mission. I needed to find a book that will help me ignite that love again, hopefully. I kept praying in my heart, “Ya Allah, please please I want to fall in love with the Prophet again, let me find something here that might help me achieve that.” I kept repeating that in my heart until this book caught my eye. It was titled “Senyuman & Kenangan Manis Bersama Rasulullah SAW”. I didn’t look for any other book and took that to the cashier straight-away.

And let me tell you, its truly worth it. Within a few pages, I was already tearing away, or gushing or giggling to myself as the book described the Prophet either physically, or the way he was with his sahabahs (such a blessed lucky group of people!!) or anything at all. And I’m so glad to have bought the book especially with Rabiulawal around the corner. I would be in a better position to appreciate the month and his birthday insyaAllah.

Today however, I was not giggling or gushing about him. I was tearing and my heart is still heavy from what I read on the train earlier. In talking about the Prophet, stories from the Sahabahs are narrated because their lives are so inextricably linked. The last story I read before I started tearing and had to put the book down was about Sayyidina Mus’ab bin Umair.

I’ll type out the chapter here. It’ll be in Malay though. If anyone wants me to translate it to English, do leave a comment and I’ll gladly do it.

“Mus’ab bin Umair adalah seorang remaja Quraisy yang terkemuka, seorang sahabat yang paling tampan dan penuh dengan jiwa dan semangat muda.

Mus’ab bin Umair lahir & dibesarkan dalam kebahagiaan & kesenangan hidup kerana berada dalam keluarga yang kaya. Mungkin tidak seorang pun di antara pemuda Mekah yang beruntung seperti beliau.

Sebagai anak muda yang serba mampu, biasa hidup mewah dan dimanjakan, maka beliau sentiasa menjadi buah mulut gadis-gadis Mekah dan menjadi pujian.

Beliau semakin mendapat perhatian dan menjadi perbualan ramai apabila menyatakan untuk beriman dan menjadi pengikut setia Rasulullah SAW.

Dikisahkan mengenai keIslaman Mus’ab, pada suatu hari beliau mendengar berita yang sudah tersebar luas mengenai seorang Nabi yang mengaku sebagai utusan Allah & pembawa berita suka dan duka sebagai penyeru kepada kebaikan & beribadah kepada Tuhan yang Maha Esa.

Antara berita yang didengar oleh Mus’ab adalah Rasulullah SAW bersama pengikutnya sering mengadakan pertemuan di satu tempat rahsia yang jauh daripada gangguan orang-orang kafir Quraisy, iaitu di bukit Safa di rumah Arqam bin Abil Arqam.

Oleh kerana Mus’ab teringin untuk mengetahui apa yang dilakukan dalam pertemuan tersebut, Mus’ab juga turut hadir di majlis Rasulullah SAW.

Sebaik sahaja Mus’ab mengambil tempat duduk, Rasulullah SAW terus memperdengarkan bacaan ayat-ayat al-Qur’an yang bergema melalui kedua bibir baginda & meresap ke dalam hati sanubari pendengarnya.

Begitu juga dengan Mus’ab. Beliau terpesona dengan kalimat yang dibacakan oleh Rasulullah SAW yang indah & menyentuh qalbu. Akhirnya beliau menyatakan keIslamannya dalam pertemuan itu.

Apabila Mus’ab memeluk Islam, tidak ada kekuatan yang perlu ditakuti dan dikhuatiri selain daripada ibunya sendiri. Bahkan sekiranya seluruh penduduk Mekah mengumpulkan kekuatan untuk memusuhi dirinya, maka perkara itu masih dianggap ringan barbanding tentangan yang datang daripada ibu yang sangat disayangi. Oleh itu, beliau sentiasa menyembunyikan keIslaman di hadapan ibunya.

Pada suatu hari, salah seorang penduduk Quraisy yang bernama Usman bin Thalhah melihat Mus’ab memasuki rumah Arqam bin Abil Arqam secara sembunyi.

Pada hari yang lain pula, beliau melihat Mus’ab solat bersama Rasulullah SAW. Usman segera memberitahu kejadian tersebut kepada ibunya.

Mendengar berita yang disampaikan Usman, ibu Mus’ab menjadi marah & hampir menampar & memukul Mus’ab.

Namun kerana masih mempunyai sifat belas kasihan, perlakuan tersebut tidak dilakukan. Ibunya tetap berharap & berusaha agar anaknya kembali menganut agama nenek moyang mereka. Akhirnya Mus’ab dibawa ke suatu tempat terpencil dan beliau dikurung oleh ibunya.

Setelah lama berada dalam tahanan ibunya, suatu ketika beliau mendengar beberapa orang Islam berhijrah ke Habsyah. Mendengar berita itu, Mus’ab mula mencari akal untuk menipu penjaga & ibunya.

Akhirnya beliau berjaya melarikan diri dari tahanan dan bergabung bersama umat Islam yang berhijrah ke Habsyah. Di Habsyah beliau tinggal bersama kaum Muslimin, setelah keadaan aman, barulah beliau pulang ke Mekah.

Sejak Mus’ab memeluk Islam, keadaannya sudah berubah. Dari kehidupan yang serba mewah menjadi kehidupan yang sangat sederhana. Keadaan ini memberi kesan yang cukup mendalam di hati kaum Muslimin.

Suatu hari ketika Mus’ab datang ke hadapan saudara sesama Muslim yang sedang duduk bersama Rasulullah SAW, sebahagian mereka menundukkan kepala, ada yang memejamkan mata dan beberapa orang menangis melihat keadaan Mus’ab yang menghibakan.

Mereka melihat Mus’ab datang dengan memakai jubah yang usang & bertampal. Tidak seperti kebiasaannya yang berpakaian serba mewah & memakai wangian yang harum semerbak.

Rasulullah SAW menatap Mus’ab dengan pandangan penuh erti & disertai dengan kasih sayang, rasa syukur yang dalam dan di kedua bibir baginda terukir senyuman sambil berkata: “Dahulu aku melihat Mus’ab tiada tandingan dalam soal kehidupan dunia dan kesenangan daripada orang tuanya, kemudian beliau tinggalkan semua itu demi cintanya kepada Allah & RasulNya.”

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:(

That made me think during my walk back (I’ve been having very contemplative walks back home, I love it.) and how people like Mus’ab bin Umair could have easily been anyone of us. I mean, they were people too. They were youths just like you & me. He could have rejected the message but he didn’t. He could have led an easy life but he chose not to.

He favoured Allah & His Prophet over his own self… We could do it too! And I’m thinking of how much I complain about school and this and that, and life is so tiring and all that. And.. masyaAllah, I felt so ashamed of myself. I have done nothing for the Prophet & Allah. And yet I have such great, amazing hopes of being resurrected with the Prophet SAW and being close to him. Astaghfirullah… I’m nowhere even close to sacrificing anything in my life for Allah & His Messenger, what false dreams do I dream for myself?

:(

Me strutting around in my jubah, talking on the cellphone, with funky spectacles and big bag.. What do I think of myself? How could I ever compare myself to someone as great as Sayyidina Mus’ab bin Umair? How could I ever dream of having a close relationship to the Prophet SAW? How blinded I am, how mewah my life is, how little my suffering, how deep my laughs, how little my tears…

How misguided… Allah, how misguided I’ve been…

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  • 1. uniqme  |  February 13, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Salamun ‘alaikum wrh wbh

    Semoga Amee sekeluarga senantiasa dirahmati Allah swt. Di bawah secebis hadith mengenai kibaru sahaba, Mus’ab bin Umair, serta beberapa ibrah.

    453. Dari Ibrahim bin Abdur Rahman bin ‘Auf, bahwasanya Abdur Rahman bin ‘Auf r.a. diberi
    hidangan makanan, sedangkan waktu itu ia berpuasa, lalu ia berkata: “Mus’ab bin Umair itu terbunuh
    – fi-sabilillah. Ia adalah seorang yang lebih baik daripada-ku, tetapi tidak ada yang digunakan untuk
    mengafaninya – mem-bungkus janazahnya – kecuali selembar burdah. Jikalau kepalanya ditutup,
    maka tampaklah kedua kakinya dan jikalau kedua kakinya ditutup.maka tampaklah kepalanya.
    Selanjutnya untuk kitasekarang ini dunia telah dibeberkan seluas-luasnya – banyak rezeki. Atau ia
    berkata: “Kita telah dikaruniai rezeki dunia sebagaimana yang kita terima ini – amat banyak sekali.
    Kita benar-benar takut kalau-kalau kebaikan-kebaikan kita ini didahulukan untuk kita sekarang –
    sejak kita di dunia ini, sedang di akhirat tidak dapat bagian apa-apa.” Selanjutnya ia lalu menangis
    dan makanan itu ditinggalkan. (Riwayat Bukhari)

    [Bab 54
    Keutamaan Menangis Karena Takut Kepada-Allah Ta’ala Dan
    Karena Rindu PadaNya; Riyadhus Shalihin 1, Pustaka Nasional]

    474. Dari Khabab bin al-Aratti r.a., katanya: “Kita semua berhijrah bersama Rasulullah s.a.w.
    untuk mencari keridhaan Allah Ta’ala, maka jatuhlah pahala kita itu atas Allah Ta’ala. Lalu di antara
    kita ada yang mati dan tidak pernah memperoleh sesuatupun dari pahalanya itu – tetaplah – yakni
    tidak pernah sampai memperoleh harta rampasan. Di antara mereka itu ialah Mus’ab bin Umair r.a.
    yang dibunuh pada hari perang Uhud dan meninggalkan selembar baju lurik – seperti singa. Apabila
    bajunya itu kita tutupkan pada kepalanya, maka tampaklah kedua kakinya, dan apabila kita tutupkan
    pada kedua kakinya, maka tampak kepalanya. Kemudian Rasulullah s.a.w. menyuruh kita, supaya
    kita tutupkan saja pada kepalanya, sedang di kedua kakinya kita letakkan saja sedikit tumbuhtumbuhan
    idzkhir – semacam tumbuh-tumbuhan harum baunya. Di antara kita lagi ada yang sudah
    masak buahnya, maka dapatlah ia memetik hasilnya itu – maksudnya dapat menjadi baik nasibnya
    karena kaum Muslimin mendapatkan kejayaan di mana-mana (Muttafaq ‘alaih)

    Annamirah ialah pakaian yang berwarna, terbuat dari bulu, Aina’at artinya sudah
    matang dan masak. Yahdibuha dengan fathahnya ya’ dan dhammahnya dal atau boleh juga
    dal itu dikasrahkan -jadi ada dua lughat untuk ini, artinya memetik dan menuainya. Ini
    adalah kata pinjaman bahwa Allah mengaruniakan kaum Muslimin itu dapat memperoleh
    kelapangan dari hal keduniaan dan menetaplah kenikmatan mereka itu di dunia.

    [Bab 55
    Keutamaan Zuhud Di Dunia Dan Anjuran Untuk Mempersedikit
    Keduniaan Dan Keutamaan Kefakiran; Riyadhus Shalihin 1, PN]

  • 2. alfaqeer  |  February 13, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Waalaikumsalaam.

    MasyaAllah!! :( I never knew that. He died when he was young too? SubhanAllah.. And he got the death of a martyr. Allah!

    Thank you so so much for sharing that with us. May Allah bless you always.

  • 3. uniqme  |  February 13, 2009 at 2:10 am

    True, Sy. Mus’ab, the great mujahid, syahid fisabillillah – a true matyr.

    What I find most intriguing during his early life in Islam is despite the differences in belief between mother and son, S. Mus’ab, who came from a very noble lineage and clan, maintains his respect and love for his mother (said to have a strong personality), did not ever want to hurt her.

    Read on also how he invited his mother to Islam even after she disowned.

    She said to him, “Go away, I am no longer your mother,” Mus’ab went close to her and said, “O Mother, I am advising you and my heart is with you, please bear witness that
    there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is His servant
    and messenger.”

    Pure wisdom!

    This alone sends a timely signal and reminders to many of us who still have parents (and who all bore the Islamic faith) to be mindful of our characters and conduct towards the elderlies especially when there are differences in our opinion with them. This advice applies to me, first and foremost.

    Like many great sahabah, Mus’ab’s matyrdom must be learnt & remembered and be passed on to the next gen. How he defended Rasulullah SAW drg Uhud and the verses that come out of his mouth each time the enemy sword hit him till both his arms were cut off….. but he continued to bear the flag until a spear went thru him *tears, tears, tears*

    In the word’s of Rasulullah saw,

    “O people, visit them, come to them, and salute them. By Allah, no Muslim will salute them but that they will salute him in return.”

    Peace be on you, O Mus’ab. Peace be on you, O Martyrs. Peace and blessings of Allah be upon you!

    *tears*

    May Allah bless you always Amee for helping us relive the life of the Great Defender of Islam, Mus’ab bin Umair.

  • 4. srikandi  |  February 14, 2009 at 12:05 am

    :'( :'( :'(……………..*speechless*

  • 5. siti  |  February 15, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    salam ameera. i was bloghopping and stumbled upon your blog. the story made me teared. thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    Jazakallahu Khayran

  • 6. slave  |  March 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Musab Ibn Umair radiallahu anho was one of the richest before he embraced islam. His shirt alone was said to cost few hundred dirham before he embraced islam. However when he became shaheed, his one cloth was not enough to cover his whole body and leaves had to be used to cover the uncovered parts.

    A Mujahid fee sabilillah..

    He is also known as the 1st envoy of islam

    The sahaba radiallahu anhum like musab radiallahu anho sacrificed everything for Allah.

    Verily Allah hath bought of the Believers their lives and their properties for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise: so they fight in the way of Allah and slay and are slain. It (i.e. the promise of Paradise) is a covenant which is binding on Him in the Torah and the Injil and the Qur’an. And who is more faithful unto his covenant than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph. (al-Tawbah 9: 111)

    May Allah grant us the same. Amin

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