Oct 3, 2014

The Final Sermon (Khutbatul Wada)

The Farewell Sermon ( Khutbatul Wada), also known as Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) Final Sermon or The Last Sermon, was delivered by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) on the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah, 10 AH (9 March 632) in the Uranah valley of Mount Arafat, during the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj.

It was more than just a sermon. It was a series of exhortations, a will and a charter for all the Muslims to follow. The holiest words from the holiest person to ever live, peace and blessings be upon him.

Yet we live a system that failed to bring forth the elements of this sermon in details to our textbooks at school. The intellectuals lack the fundamentals because the foundation does not stipulate the basics, in details.

If one wants to know about the sermon, they can read all about it for years and years, never getting tired and learning something new every time they read. It is not about comprehending, but about relating to everyday events and changes all around us. It is about the world of Islam and the rest of us. It can relate anytime, to any event, like the Quran does.

If Quran is a map to find the righteous path, then Hadith is the compass; the last sermon its needle.

The Final Sermon: 

After praising, and thanking God, the Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said "O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again.  Therefore, listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.

O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust.  Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners.  Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.  Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds.  God has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived.  Your capital, however, is yours to keep.  You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity.  God has Judged that there shall be no interest, and that all the interest due to Al-Abbas ibn Abd’al Muttalib shall henceforth be waived...

Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion.  He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.

O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you.  Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under a trust from God and with His permission.  If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness.  Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.  And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.

O People, listen to me in earnest, worship God, perform your five daily prayers, fast during the month of Ramadan, and offer Zakat.  Perform Hajj if you have the means.

All mankind is from Adam and Eve.  An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; a white has no superiority over a black, nor does a black have any superiority over a white; [none have superiority over another] except by piety and good action.  Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.  Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly.  Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.

Remember, one day you will appear before God and answer for your deeds.  So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.

O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me, and no new faith will be born.  Reason well, therefore, O people, and understand words which I convey to you.  I leave behind me two things, the Quran and my example, the Sunnah, and if you follow these you will never go astray.

All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and it may be that the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly.  Be my witness, O God, that I have conveyed your message to your people."

Thus the beloved Prophet completed his Final Sermon, and upon it, near the summit of Arafat, the revelation came down:

"This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My Grace upon you, and have chosen Islam for you as your religion" (Quran 5:3).

This sums up the importance of the sermon itself. We shall engrave those words in our hearts and theirs; we shall live those as long as we live. Indeed the meanings found in this sermon are indeed astounding, touching upon some of the most important rights God has over humanity, and humanity has over each other.  Though the Prophet’s soul has left this world, his words are still living in our hearts.

May Allah guide us to the righteous path, Aamen!

Ref: islamreligion.com

Sep 17, 2014

Patience be the key and timeth its chains

Precious dram doors be locketh'd while it rains
Patience be the key and timeth its chains
Curious i to seethe, but nay complains
Vict'rious an endeth, shines mineth brains

Sep 8, 2014

Rabbi Zidni Ilma’

Rabbi Zidni Ilma’ - Holy Quran [20:114] Meaning: "O my Lord increase me in knowledge". 

This is a clear proof of the Excellence of knowledge. Every school gate must read this on an engraved sign; as a reminder to everyone seeking knowledge, for knowledge is the first thing Allah (SW) ordered his messenger Muhammad (SAW) to acquire and increase.

Knowledge is infinite, in fact it is said that the knowledge we experience is just a drop sticking on the tip of a needled dipped in to a vast ocean of knowledge. We have seen our Muslim ancestors arranging the algorithm of the modern day technology during the Golden Age, but unfortunately we lost the pace due to divisions and fight to supremacy.

It is in my belief that if we all could respect each soul for its difference and knowledge we could learn a lot more and contribute to the course of accumulating knowledge, instead of cynicism and stereotyping what they read, learn and know.

I always hope for a better future, and it starts with such divine inspirations. So why not write this on every school gate eh?

Aug 30, 2014

The Noble Purpose

Your divine presence is miraculous,
To think otherwise is ridiculous.
For you shall fulfil the noble purpose,
Revealed in the holy book of verses.

Hasan A. Hilmy, 30.08.2014.

Aug 27, 2014

A Mind Disturbed

Here is my first ever Sonnet, trying to explain a disturbed mind and its screaming thoughts that is swirling in and out, causing abstracted waves within the head. It was difficult to keep the count of syllables and rhyme the words that are meant to give the meaning to each carefully written line. Somehow I managed to scale it to the standards. I hope it do me justice!

A Mind Disturbed

Hasan A. Hilmy

A mind puzzled by distortions around,
To extreme patters like vast stars when burst.
It spins abstracted in squares, all around;
Like a wild beast dying of utmost thirst.

Thoughts spin like a large spiral galaxy.
Words mixed up, locked in the back of the mind.
Life swings like stones defying gravity,
Carried around the world by the north wind.

Will you revive the memories so fond,
Laid on a bed of undying roses?
Will you thrive to bring back the divine bond,
Before this disturbed mind ride six horses?

Upon dreams beyond imagination,
The restless mind awaits your affection.

Feb 12, 2014

Queen of ‘Al-qasru Hasuna’

Queen of ‘Al-qasru Hasuna’

Hasan A. Hilmy

I must thrive to utter, words spinning in my mind
Oh Your Majesty, Queen of ‘Al-qasru Hasuna’
Listen to the words meant for eternity
Lay to rest our restless hearts so gently
Oh Your Majesty, Queen of ‘Al-qasru Hasuna’

I shall keep you warm, away from the cold outside
Come to my castle, my soulful Queen
Hold my hand and trust the grip
Walk with me in an endless trip
Come to my castle, my soulful Queen

I would let no harm, overcome the warmth inside
Come home Your Majesty, to the castle of love
Built over a lucid land of dreams,
Encircled by flowing hope in streams,
Come home Your Majesty, to the castle of love

I will reveal ceilings of roses, and floors full of pride
Come to this castle and call it home
Paint her with eternal faith
Name her after your favorite date
Come to this castle and call it home

We shall bring home life, and stay side by side
Come Your Majesty, Queen of ‘Al-qasru Hasuna’
Command the doors and it opens
Guarded by strong faith, unbroken
Come Your Majesty, Queen of ‘Al-qasru Hasuna’

Jan 25, 2014

Drifting through the stars

Drifting through the stars

By: Hasan A. Hilmy

Looking at the Milky Way, I know I am far, 
far from the high way, I left and you are.
I, for once should have known, the ride and the drift,
cause by what you have shown, be no voyage so swift.

Now that I could touch the dazzling stars you gaze,
should I paint a nebular without the scars of your face?
With a stargazer shining through your hair,
that waves across the universe blown by air.

My senses frozen, my soul feather light,
I feel slow motion, swimming in aurora at night.
Gently thinking, how shall I do it right
to rise knowing, I am your white knight.

When all the black holes vanish or die,
should I unfreeze my senses and fly,
to earth you never said me goodbye,
and show you what I painted in the sky.

Nov 5, 2013

Respect & Understanding: The missing ingredient to build a civilized society in #Maldives

An angry protestor
Democracy, justice, human rights, freedom, people and good governance has no practical meanings now. It all seems like an illusion, or it actually is. People have been tangled from their lives with its power. Carried away by the delusiveness, people tend to forget their values and principles. The greater illusion, all systems combines, cost the greater values of human beings perhaps.

Few years ago in Maldives, it was an absolute shame to defame even someone you hate the most. But now it has become a fashion where people actually compete presenting the shame in the filthiest way possible. From social media to mainstream, from coffee tables to large forums - the common words exchanged are filth and bogus. Unaware of the consequences, our society is drifting away from human ethics, and towards debris of enmity.

All because of political extremism, are we compromising good will and love for each other?

Our society failed to promote values and principles because we are too busy promoting ideas and one’s dream. Therefore we lack good values such as ‘respect’ and ‘understanding’. Democracy and political activism we seek today can never be constructive without these values. So isn’t this like pissing into the wind?

Where did we go wrong I don’t wonder, but I would rather wander around history to know why.

We have always been a very submissive community ready to comfort the authorities; modestly obedient and passive, except for very few rebellious people by nature. Until very recently, we bought every tip by the authorities. We were fed to design our mindset towards then the existing system - where one dictates just anything and everything; from our nutrition to education, from our fitness to tidiness. Then we were suppressed and coached on conformity.

When things began to change in this community, it was by a wave of vengeance, hatred and extreme revolt.

Since our mind was submissive, we tend to submit our minds to most appealing ideas that came along with the wave, or rather floated over the smoke. People who had agendas began nonstop advertisements of those. We were all distracted from our daily lives. Those who buy an idea, they only hear, see or speak of it. There was no idea which was built upon respect and understanding. They were all built over personal vendetta and hunger for power and fortune.

Be not surprise to see rats in large groups following the Pied Piper to sea, or marionettes more than the spectators dancing to their masters. They are all victims of their own actions and judgments.

Our only hope could be the next generation. We need to nourish their soft minds with great values and principals advertised in Islam – guide them towards building a civilized society where everyone understands the importance or respect, and respect the understanding of each other.

May 21, 2013

An open letter to all the politicians

Dear politicians,

I am a concern ordinary citizen of the country you are all play-makers of. Please give this note a though as you get on your mark and get ready for the presidential race.

We are living in a nation where the most corrupt is most powerful, most violent is most influential, most vulgar is most respected. We are living in a nation where justice is unjust and just a joke, where criminals stay beyond the law and victims left in agony. We are living in a nation where respect and understanding is long gone and insulting and enmity are ruling our thoughts. We are living in a nation where basic needs are sold for votes and votes sold for bread, and monkeys in human form get elected as our representatives. We are living in a nation where infanticides are too often, and those born raped by father and the system flogs the child. We are living in a nation where income is just a small amount of what has to be spent just to stay alive. We are living in a nation where basically everything is screwed up, chaos instruct the next move, policies and regulation doesn’t go along, and where the system is totally failed.

You may already know this, you may have already addressed these issues and maybe you will speak of these often again. Sometimes you know deep inside you are fooling us all and yes, you are winning.

But if you are really concerned about glory for people, then do something to change this. We people need proper civic education and understand our roles and responsibilities in a democracy.

Democracy doesn't give the right to anyone to defame the other, utter filth in public or damage public properties. Democracy doesn't force anyone to deny shaking-hands or greet one another. Democracy as I know is an excellent principal taught to us by our prophet Muhammad (pbuh) himself as “Wa’annahum baina shu’oorahum”, and gives us a satisfactory framework to gain many rights and seek justice, peace and freedom.

I have given many thoughts about why everyone of you speaks like an angel but acts like a devil’s advocate. I have not yet succeeded finding an answer as all I see is deliberate ignorance from you, making our lives harder in the name of different ‘ideas’. But I don’t give up hope, for I know Allah will enlighten your hearts and bestow his blessing upon those who are true to his cause, and destroy those against.

My message is simple; please don’t fool us for fools can be more harmful as enemies. Create a just environment for us and those to come. Reconstruct the fractured structures and fix the system. By then you can claim yourself smart knowing that you are winning a true heart, not a fools heart.

I shall write to you again, soon, with more concerns.

Best regards.

Hasan A. Hilmy
(A concerned citizen)

Dec 31, 2012

My year 2012

I had my days after my studies when the year began. I was enjoying the gentle sound of the waves at Raalhugandhu, Male’ when the clock turned 00:00 on 1st January 2012. I was preparing my mind to my 2012 resolution, “Settlement”.

Began reporting

I attended my dissertation assessment few days after the New Year, in Colombo. It was then, the protests broke out in Male’ following the arrest of Criminal Court Judge. I returned to Male’ during the most chaotic days Maldives ever witnessed.

I believed it was my responsibility as a fresh journalist to take part in the reporting, since it was government controlled media and opposition run media all around.

I had no affiliation with any local media then. But ‘DhiIslam’ showed their interest and I volunteered to report the protests for them. Maybe for the first time in Maldives, I had LIVE tweetcasted more than 12 of the 21 continuous protests that occurred after 16th January.

It was one of my most challenging days when I had just returned as a journalist, seeking a platform to report my stories, and then faced this turmoil that changed everything.

I remained as independent as I could, bringing every action that happened before my eyes, without any fabrication.

It was 7th February that changed my perception about free media. All the media was restrained, however I managed to sneak-in at Jumhooree Maidhan since 2am and had it all on records that I later shared with authorities as well.

It was my very first news conference when President Nasheed announced his resignation. And my very first live event was President Dr Waheed taking oath as the new president.

Paradigm shift in career

After 8th February, I began thinking about my career and what I can do for this nation in a different perspective. That was when I met team “X”. I am proud to be part of this team that brought great tranquility in that time of turmoil in Maldives.

I contributed to some of the most impactful scripts that were aired on some of the mainstream channels and online media and I tend to keep my identity anonymous for many reasons, as fame is not my cup of tea, but outcome.

As I continued this freelance profession, I had come across information that not everyone could reach as an ordinary or an average person. I am glad I have acquired knowledge beyond the face of political drama in Maldives. I am delightful that I can teach those to everyone else and open up minds one day, soon, Insha Allah!

Continued freelance

Without having a thought of joining any media, I continued freelancing for a while. Had my articles published on local and international magazines and continued contributing to TV scripts and online media organizations.

The settlement

Finally at the last quarter of the year, I began my quest to settle on my own. Everything is gifted by fate and fate never betrays an honest quest.

Now as I write this on the last day of 2012, I am successfully ‘settled’ on my own. I have secured a professional job of my career at The President’s Office, and continue my freelance service and other part-time work as well, one including at Maldives Police Service.

Two Thousand Twelve is indeed an epic year for me, which changed the whole architecture of my life.

Gone through lots of trouble in 2011 and totally revived in 2012, Al’hamdhulillah, I can walk on every surface I put my feet on. Forward it is, always forward, Insha Allah!

I would also like to express my utmost gratitude to those who stand by me during this journey; those who hated me for giving me more strength, those who criticized me for making me differentiate between good and bad, those who loved me for keeping me secured in mind, and everyone for making a difference in somewhere when they came as angels to my time.

I am totally confident about the next year of reaching remarkable goals, Insha Allah! 2013, welcome and let’s make a difference. Yes, my new year resolution “Make a Difference”