Monday, January 16, 2012

minding monday - hlovate's versus

Having 2 papers on the same day for an examination is just tough. And it will make the exam tougher when both subjects need a serious reading and memorisation. As for me, being a visualised person, I cannot stand reading too many wordy and lengthy factual words in the text book since it's too late to do all those mind maps and I'm lazy too. :P So, what I would do was, I read novels. Hlovate's novel to be exact. I read her VERSUS novel which I did not know how many times I ulang baca this book. 

But this time, I read with my heart and eyes. One thing for sure, if you read ANYTHING doesn't matter whether it is for your study and leisure reading, please read with passion and open your heart to accept the knowledge from your readings, insya-ALLAH, the knowledge will remain forever.

Ok, I'll share some excerpts from the book that I think it is so good.

1.     8. ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn ‘Amr al-Awzaa’ee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, was asked about eemaan: “Does it increase?” He replied, “Yes, until it becomes like mountains. He was then asked, ‘Does it decrease?’ He answered, ‘Yes, up until there is nothing left of it.'

9. The lmaam of the Ahl as-Sunnah Ahmad ibn Hanbal, may Allaah have mercy upon him, was asked as to whether eemaan increases and decreases. He replied: “It increases until it reaches the highest part of the seventh heaven, and it decreases until it reaches the lowest part of the seventh plane.” He also used to say: “Eemaan is speech and action. It increases and decreases. If you perform good deeds, it increases, and if you do wrong, it decreases.”
 From Causes Behind the Increase and Decrease of Eemaan

Shaykh 'Abdur-Razzaak al-'Abbaad. Translated by Abu Safwan Farid ibn Abdulwahid Haibatan

2.      Sun - you'll never reach perfection because there's always room for improvement. yet, along the way to   perfection you'll learn to get better.

3.      Minn Edina - Kalau cukup solat tapi tak pakai tudung, tak cukup baik lagi.

4.     Jasmin - Dan pakai tudung tapi tak solat pun tak cukup baik lagi. Pakai tudung tapi pakai short sleeves nampak lengan pun kira tak cukup baik lagi. Pakai tudung tapi pakai baju ketat jarang berbayang, pun tak kira cukup baik lagi. Kena fikir balik. Denagn sekadar cukup pakai tudung, pakai baju lengan panjang tu dah dikira baik? Macam mana kalau baju tu form fitting dan selendang pulak jarang sampai nampak bayang batang leher, nampak anak rambut. Tak jadi la tu. Maknanya selagi tak embrace Islam tu sepenuhnya, tak cukup baik lagi la tu.

5.     Minn Edina - It's not about buat baik dulu or pakai tudung dulu. It's about masuk ke dalam Islam secara total. Then THAT is 'baik'.

6.     "Dalam hati setiap wanita yang bergelar Muslim itu sepatutnya memang tidak berbelah bahagi diserahkan kepada Dia. Tiada belah bahagi untuk mengatakan yang Dia adalah segalanya, lebih daripada yang lain. Pada Dia diletakkan ketakutan. Pada Dia diletakkan harapan. Pada Dia diletakkan kepercayaan. Pada Dia dipohon pertolongan. Pada Dia dipintakan kasih sayang. Hanya Dia."

7.     “Verily he who has nothing of the Qur’an in his heart, is like a house (which has been) destroyed.” [At-Tirmidhi]

You should read the whole novel to really get the impact from what I have shared with you. This novel is ain't typical Malay novel. All Hlovate's novel are different. I can guarantee you that her novel are worthwhile your money to be made as a collection. and you too can see the transition of her; the changes. Personally, I think VERSUS is good for those who want to change for good. For those who have to struggle. This book is recommended.

Oh, here's the novel. :)

Let me leave you with a song that'd been introduced by this book. :) Let's ponder everybody!

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