Good News!

BismilLah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim

This is proof that I’ve been completely in the dark about what’s happening in Malaysia; I just found out today that the Regent of Kelantan, Tuanku Muhammad Faris Petra, was proclaimed Sultan of Kelantan in September 2010! Kak Chik, you never mentioned it to me…

The schoolchildren were focused throughout the 3-hour program

Kelantan holds a very dear place in my heart. I had been doing Teacher Training and programs there since 2008. I love Kelantan and so do Adam and Daniel. The air is cleaner and sweeter there and the first time I saw it’s paddy fields, I was so amazed to see how green the plants were compared to paddy fields in other areas of Malaysia.

I fell in love with the people of Kelantan; they embraced my sons and I as if we were Kelantanese ourselves. Masjid (mosques) were built every couple of miles so there was no problem stopping to do jema’ah (congregational) prayers at the prescribed times.

We visited a World War II museum in Kelantan, where the Japanese first landed.

In fact, I remember one incident where I took the boys to a public pool but the time  for Dzhur came. Boys just said they will go and do their prayers at the masjid around the corner! I didn’t even realise it was there. What was even better was that the public pool closed for an hour for prayer time, as did other public places!

To me, Kelantan represents the closest ideal Islamic state that can exists in today’s secular materialistic world. A state and government whose leaders actually lead their people in jema’ah prayers.

Scenes like this, where thousands of people pray together at the stadium, are common in Kelantan

I cried seeing this image.

I remember a drought had hit Malaysia and Nik Aziz, the Chief Minister of Kelantan, lead the people in a special congregational prayer, asking for rain. Right smack in the middle of the prayers, rain fell. Allahu Akhbar!

And now, Alhamdulilah, the people of Kelantan have another imam to lead them, their new Sultan, Sultan Muhammad V. The simplicity and humbleness of His Highness is amazing in this day and age of widespread arrogant and corrupt leaders. There are images of him slaughtering a cow during E’id, arriving at the masjid in plain clothes and slippers and sitting on the floor of his subject’s house during his visit to them.

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: “Protect yourself from the supplication of the one who is wronged, even if he be a disbeliever, for there is no barrier for it [between he/she and Allah].” [Ahmad]

In today’s world of fitna and oppression, knowing that there are true muslim leaders governing an Islamic state is encouraging and motivating. May Allah subhana wa ta’ala grant the people of Kelantan and their leaders with success in this Dunya and the Hereafter. Ameen.

 

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About Sharena

My experiences as mother to Adam and Daniel, wife, daughter , teacher, trainer and friend has enriched my life to the fullest. Life is a journey of small steps through love, tests and contentment; fulfilling our role as khalifah makes it even more challenging and satisfactory.
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2 Responses to Good News!

  1. kakchik says:

    I am really sorry Cher for not telling you about it. I thought everyone already knows. Alhamdulillah we’re blessed with two leaders who love Islam in this state. Hopefully there’ll be more leaders like them who will govern every state in Malaysia and of course Malaysia towards the right path of Islam.

    I miss you.

    • acespiretribe says:

      La…bukan salah Kak Chik! Absolutely no reason for you to apologise. Kak Chik, I am worried about what is happening in Malaysia right now, with so and so in charge. When there is mindless greed and oppression happening, we should be very worried and do our best to change it. (Surah Al Rad, verse 11 ‘Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls). But when (once) Allah willeth a people’s punishment, there can be no turning it back, nor will they find, besides Him, any to protect)
      Allahu A’lam

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