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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

7 Tips on How to Stay Up after Fajr

Nothing kills productivity like waking up at 10am to start your day, or waking up with just enough time to sloppily get dressed and race to work, arriving frantically and foggy-brained. You try to get through your To-Do List but before you know it, it is time for dinner, and then Isha prayer, and you are feeling quite unaccomplished. The problem is that you had a good 2-5 hours during which you could have achieved maximized productivity, but you slept through it!

What time am I talking about? The time right after Fajr prayers. It is a blessed time that Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) made dua for, He said: “O Allah, bless my Ummah in its early hours”.

Here are 7 ways to help you stay up after Fajr to become a beneficiary of blessings and success insha’Allah:

1. Go to bed early and rest
After the Isha prayer, the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) would not like to engage in unnecessary talk and would take to his house to go to sleep. This is the similar life-style for many communities where electricity has not created a false sense of daylight. Societies that maintain going down with the sun inevitably rise with the sun, making the most of their morning to do ‘ibaadah or secure their livelihood. If you need to fit in more sleep, try taking a nap before or after Zhuhr.

2. Untie your three knots
”During your sleep, Satan knots three knots at the back of the head of each of you, and he breathes the following words at each knot, ‘The night is, long, so keep on sleeping,’ If that person wakes up and celebrates the praises of Allah, then one knot is undone, and when he performs ablution the second knot is undone, and when he prays, all the knots are undone, and he gets up in the morning lively and in a good mood, otherwise he gets up dull and gloomy. ” (Bukhari)

It is not a surprise that Shaitan is trying to prevent us from the worship of Allah and prevent us from a productive morning. However, Alhamdulillah, we were given the prescription to combat his whispering:

a. Celebrate the praises of Allah by saying:
Alhamdulillahi allathee ahyaanaa ba’da maa amaatanaa wa ilayhin nushoor.
‘All praise and thanks is for Allaah who gave us life after having taken it from us and unto Him is the Resurrection.‘

b. Perform ablution

c. Pray

Then after you have prayed, do not allow yourself to get back into bed. Perhaps splashing your face with cold water, having a bite to eat, or drinking some water or fruit juice will help brush off any drowsiness.

3. Perform the prescribed dhikr after Fajr
If you still have the urge to jump back into your warm comfy bed after Fajr, remember that the best extension of the prayer is the dhikr that you perform afterwards.

”The angels keep on asking Allah’s forgiveness for anyone of you, as long as he is at his Musalla (praying place) and he does not pass wind (Hadath). They say, ‘O Allah! Forgive him, O Allah! be Merciful to him.” (Bukhari)

Plus, the longer you stay up, the less likely you will go back to sleep (and the less likely you will be able to fall asleep).

You can find the dua to say after prayer and in the morning in Fortress of a Muslim, or online at

4. Aim to pray Duha
Duha prayer is an extra voluntary prayer you can pray approximately 20 minutes after sunrise until 45 minutes before Zhuhr prayer.

In the morning charity is due from every bone in the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allah’s glorification is an act of charity (Subhan Allah). Every utterance of praise of Him is an act of charity (Alhamdulillah), every utterance of profession of His Oneness is an act of charity (Laa ilaha ill Allah), every utterance of profession of His Greatness is an act of charity (Allahu Akbar), enjoining good is an act of charity, forbidding what is distreputable is an act of charity, and two rak’ahs which one prays in the forenoon will suffice. [Muslim]

Who wouldn’t want that reward?

By the time it is allowed to pray Salat-ul-Duha, you will be more awake and will have already completed your morning dhikr

5. Recite/reflect/memorize Quran
After Fajr prayer is an amazing time to be alone with the Quran. Before the day’s distractions set you off course, use this time to recite, reflect and memorize The Quran. If you are like me, if I do not read my daily dose of the Quran in the morning, I find it incredibly difficult to sit after work or at the end of the day to try to get some quality time with the Quran. Believe me, you will feel the benefit when you start your day remembering Allah.

Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed. (17:78)

6. Exercise
An early morning walk or stretches will get your blood moving and you will find that you have the energy to stay up and make the most of your day insha’Allah.

7. Have a list of tasks ready
Has this ever happened to you? You are awake, bright and early, feeling particularly productive. You look around…and you begin to ask yourself what to do. If you do not have a plan for your morning, then you will inevitably waste time wandering and half-completing tasks. Use the morning wisely by writing your To-Do List first thing after Salat-ul-Duha, or even better, the night before. Aim to complete 3-5 tasks before you set off to work or school.

You will energized and fantastic having recited Quran, remembered Allah (dhikr), performed an extra prayer, and knocked off items from your To-Do List…all before you go to school or work! And you will still have the whole day ahead of you insha’Allah.

O Allah, help us benefit from the beautiful morning hours. Ameen.

Link: What’s your Morning Routine?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Life's A Gift

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind.
She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her.
She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see the world, I will marry you.'

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.

He asked her,'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?'
The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left her in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.'

This is how the human brain often works when our status changes.
Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.

Life Is a Gift

Today before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who's crying out to GOD for a companion.

Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who went too early to heaven.

Before you complain about your children -Think of someone who desires children but they're barren

And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another -
Remember that not one of us is without sin and we all answer to one MAKER.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down -
Put a smile on your face and thank GOD you're alive and still around.
And before you think of signing out, Please think of sending this to others

God Bless You.

The Green Thing

The story begins with the cashier at a store admonishing an older woman to "care more about the environment" and buy a reusable bag instead of using plastic bags.

The older woman said, "Sorry, my dear. We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

The cashier responded, "And that's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough about the environment."

That cheeky girl was partly right. Our generation didn't have the green thing.

We returned glass milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store; to be collected at the supplier's next delivery; to be washed and sterilized and refilled. We used those bottles over and over. The entire container was recycled, not just its material.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We used stairs because there wasn't an escalator in most stores and office buildings. We walked to stores located in a downtown located close to where we lived. We did not live in a suburb which required us to drive a car to stores in distant shopping malls; and we didn't need a 300-horsepower machine to travel a few blocks.

So it was true. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

We washed cloth diapers because no disposable kind had been invented and marketed to increase the maker's sales. We dried clothes on a line, not in a machine operating on 220 volts. We used wind and solar "power" to dry our clothes, quite literally.

Children wore clothes handed down from brothers or sisters or cousins. To get a brand-new pair of Levis the start of the school year was a big event.

But that old lady was right; we didn't have the green thing back in her day.

We had one TV - maybe just a radio - in our home; not a TV in every room; and our sole TV had a screen the size of a handkerchief, not the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen we mashed potatoes and we stirred the batter and we washed the dishes and we scoured the pans - all by hand. We didn't have energy-consuming machines to do our chores for us.

When we packaged a fragile item for mailing, we used wadded-up newspapers to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

To cut the lawn – if we had a lawn - we didn't plug in or fire up a machine. We pushed a machine that ran on human power.

We got exercise from physical labor from walking. We didn't join a health club and run on energy-consuming treadmills to be fit.

But, again, the lady was right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank water from a fountain instead of a paper or a plastic cup or a bottle designed to be thrown "away".

(Anyone noticed the shrinking number of "aways" . . . you know, those places of land or water; where we can dump what we don't want and not have to see it or smell it?)

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen when the ink ran out. We replaced the blade and kept the razor instead of throwing away the razor because the blade became dull; even as some purists chided us for not using and stropping a straight razor.

But, even then, we didn't really have the green thing.

Most of us made our homes where we could walk to a streetcar or bus stop to go shopping or to get to work. Our children pedaled bikes to school, or walked, instead of using mom's taxi service.

So, some of the current generation may think we old folks were wasteful because we didn't have the green thing.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Dyed Chicks

Popular in many countries around the world, including the US, dyed chickens are often viewed as victims of animal cruelty people usually get rid of as soon as they’re not “awfully cute” anymore.

I don’t know what’s happening with the world, but it seems that things that were cute by default a few years ago, just aren’t cute enough today. People are dying their puppies to look like wild animals, fish have to be either tattooed or locked in tiny keychains, and chicks apparently have to be brightly colored to sell. Dyed chicks are sold by street vendors in countries like China, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Yemen and even the US, where they attract the attention of passers by with their unnatural colors. But what most people don’t know is these “cute” baby birds aren’t dyed after hatching, they are injected with the dye as embryos, inside the egg.

Some vendors inject the eggs with stuff like hydrogen peroxide and ammonia, while others use “harmless” food coloring. But since when is food coloring harmless when injected into the egg of a fetus? In reality, while some chicks prove extremely resilient to the dye, many are intoxicated and die before hatching. The ones that make it only remain purple, pink or blue until they start growing undyed feathers, which brings us to another serious problem. Most people pay for a colored chick and when it grows into a common cockerel, they just get rid of it, a practice that encourages children to view pets like easily replaceable toys they can just throw away when bored.

Persoalan Puasa 6

Ibadah puasa adalah suatu amalan mulia yang amat digalakkan oleh Islam. Selain puasa fardhu Ramadhan, umat Islam juga boleh melakukan ibadat puasa sunat di luar bulan Ramadhan. Ada puasa sunat yang bersifat mingguan (seperti berpuasa pada hari isnin dan khamis), puasa bulanan (tiga hari dalam sebulan) dan puasa tahunan (hari Arafah, ‘Asyura’ dan enam hari dalam bulan Syawal).

Puasa adalah satu ibadah yang besar keutamaannya. Abu Hurairah radhiallahu ‘anhu meriwayatkan bahawa Rasulullah sallallahu’alaihiwasallam bersabda, Allah subhanahu wata’aala berfirman (dalam hadis Qudsi):

(( كُلُّ عَمَلِ ابْنِ آدَمَ لَهُ إِلا الصِّيَامَ؛ فَإِنَّهُ لِي وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ… وَالَّذِي نَفْسُ مُحَمَّدٍ بِيَدِهِ لَخُلُوفُ فَمِ الصَّائِمِ أَطْيَبُ عِنْدَ اللهِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ مِنْ رِيحِ الْمِسْكِ )) رواه مسلم.

Maksudnya: “Setiap amal manusia adalah untuk dirinya kecuali puasa, ia adalah untuk-Ku dan Aku memberi ganjaran dengan (amalan puasa itu).” (Rasulullah menjelaskan): “Demi Allah yang jiwa Muhammad berada di tangan-Nya, nafas orang yang berpuasa adalah lebih harum di sisi Allah berbanding wangian kasturi.” [Sahih Muslim no: 1151] Selain hadis di atas, terdapat banyak hadis lain yang menerangkan keutamaan puasa sunat.

Abu Said Al-Khudri ra berkata: Rasulullah saw bersabda:

(( مَنْ صَامَ يَوْمًا فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ بَعَّدَ اللهُ وَجْهَهُ عَنْ النَّارِ سَبْعِينَ خَرِيفًا )) رواه البخاري.

Maksudnya: “Sesiapa yang berpuasa satu hari pada jalan Allah, nescaya Allah swt menjauhkan mukanya dari api neraka selama 70 tahun”. [Sahih Al-Bukhari no: 2840]

Di antara puasa sunat ialah puasa enam hari pada bulan Syawal. Bersempena dengan bulan Syawal ini, artikel ini akan membincangkan tentang puasa sunat ini.

Dalil Puasa Sunat Enam Syawal.

Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari ra berkata: Rasulullah saw bersabda:

(( مَنْ صَامَ رَمَضَانَ ثُمَّ أَتْبَعَهُ سِتًّا مِنْ شَوَّالٍ كَانَ كَصِيَامِ الدَّهْرِ)) رواه مسلم.

Maksudnya: “Sesiapa yang berpuasa Ramadhan kemudian dia mengiringinya dengan enam hari dari bulan Syawal maka seperti ia berpuasa sepanjang tahun.” [Sahih Muslim hadis no: 1164].

Di dalam hadis ini Rasulullah saw menyatakan bahawa puasa enam hari selepas bulan Ramadhan akan diganjari pahala seolah-olah berpuasa selama setahun.

Para ulama’ menghuraikan rahsia di sebalik ganjaran tersebut dengan mendatangkan dalil bahawa setiap amalan kebaikan manusia akan diganjari sebanyak 10 kali ganda. Puasa 30 hari di bulan Ramadhan diganjari sebanyak 300 hari, manakala puasa 6 hari di bulan Syawal pula diganjari dengan 60 hari. Jika dikira jumlahnya ialah 360 hari, ia hampir menyamai jumlah hari di dalam setahun sebanyak 360 hari. Sesungguhnya Allah swt maha berkuasa untuk memberikan ganjaran sebanyak mana yang dikehendaki-Nya.

Hikmah Puasa Sunat Enam Syawal.

Sebenarnya puasa enam hari ini mempunyai beberapa hikmah yang tertentu dari sudut kesihatan manusia itu sendiri. Puasa selama sebulan penuh di bulan Ramadhan antaranya menyebabkan sistem percernaan di dalam badan berehat seketika di waktu siang selama sebulan. Kedatangan bulan Syawal pula menyebabkan seolah-olah ia mengalami kejutan dengan diberikan tugas mencerna pelbagai makanan pada hari raya dan hari-hari selepasnya. Oleh kerana itulah, puasa enam ini memberikan ruang kembali kepada sistem pencernaan badan untuk berehat dan bertugas secara beransur-ansur untuk kebaikan jasmani manusia itu sendiri.

Selain dari itu, sebagai manusia yang menjadi hamba kepada Allah swt, alangkah baiknya seandainya amalan puasa yang diwajibkan ke atas kita di bulan Ramadhan ini kita teruskan juga di bulan Syawal walaupun sekadar enam hari. Ini seolah-olah menunjukkan bahawa kita tidak melakukan ibadat puasa semata-mata kerana ia menjadi satu kewajipan tetapi kerana rasa diri kita sebagai seorang hamba yang benar-benar bersunguh-sungguh untuk taqarrub kepada tuhannya. Kerana itulah kata ulama’: “Betapa malangnya orang yang hanya mengenal Allah pada bulan Ramadhan, sedangakan pada bulan lain Allah swt dilupai”.

Hukum Puasa Sunat Enam Syawal.

Hukumnya adalah sunat. Berkata Imam An-Nawawi rh: “Hadis ini jelas menjadi dalil bagi mazhab Imam al-Syafi’e, Imam Ahmad, Daud dan ulama’ yang sependapat dengan mereka bahawa disunatkan berpuasa enam hari (pada bulan Syawal).

Imam Malik dan Imam Abu Hanifah pula menganggap hukumnya makruh. Sebabnya kerana bimbang orang ramai akan menyangka ia adalah sebahagian dari puasa Ramadhan (yang wajib hukumnya) padahal ia bukanlah dari puasa Ramadhan.” [Syarah Sahih Muslim 8/56]

Bilakah Dimulakan Puasa Sunat Enam Syawal?

Puasa sunat enam Syawal paling awal dimulakan pada 2 Syawal. Ini kerana tarikh 1 Syawal adalah hari Eidil Fitri dan kita dilarang dari berpuasa pada hari tersebut. Abu Hurairah ra berkata:

( أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ r نَهَى عَنْ صِيَامِ يَوْمَيْنِ: يَوْمِ الأَضْحَى، وَيَوْمِ الْفِطْرِ ) رواه مسلم.

Maksudnya: “Nabi saw melarang puasa pada hari (Eidil) Fitri dan (Eidil) Adha.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari no: 1991].

Bagaimana Melaksanakan Puasa Sunat Enam Syawal?

Syarat dan adab bagi puasa sunat enam Syawal adalah sama seperti puasa wajib pada bulan Ramadhan.

Persoalan yang menjadi perbincangan di kalangan para ulama’ ialah:

1- Adakah ia dilaksanakan secara berturut-turut selama enam hari atau secara terputus?

Pandangan yang lebih tepat adalah ia boleh dilakukan secara terputus (tidak berturut-turut) asalkan jumlah enam hari dicukupkan sebelum berakhirnya bulan Syawal. Ini kerana apabila Rasulullah saw menganjurkan puasa sunat enam hari ini, baginda menyebut bulan Syawal secara umum tanpa memberi ketentuan hari-harinya. Maka puasa enam tersebut boleh dilaksanakan pada mana-mana hari dalam bulan Syawal asalkan bukan pada 1 Syawal dan bukan sesudah berakhir bulan Syawal.

Namun adalah lebih afdhal disegerakan pelaksanaan puasa enam Syawal berdasarkan umum firman Allah swt:

] وَسَارِعُوا إِلَى مَغْفِرَةٍ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَوَاتُ وَالأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ [ [آل عمران: 133]

Maksudnya: “Dan bersegeralah kamu kepada (mengerjakan amal-amal yang baik untuk mendapat) keampunan dari Tuhan kamu, dan (ke arah mendapatkan) Syurga yang bidangnya seluas segala langit dan bumi, yang disediakan bagi orang-orang yang bertaqwa.” [Surah Aali Imran:133]

2- Melaksanakan Puasa Sunat Enam Syawal Sebelum Mengqadha Puasa Ramadhan.

Wujud perbincangan di kalangan para ulama’, apakah dibolehkan berpuasa sunat enam Syawal jika seseorang itu memiliki hutang puasa Ramadhan yang belum diqadhanya? Ada dua pendapat ulama’ dalam masalah ini.

Pendapat Pertama: Boleh melakukannya, berdasarkan dalil bahawa Aisyah radhiallahu ‘anha pernah mengakhirkan hutang puasa Ramadhan yang perlu diqadhanya hingga ke bulan Sya’ban yang akan datang. Aisyah ra berkata:

( كَانَ يَكُونُ عَلَيَّ الصَّوْمُ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ، فَمَا أَسْتَطِيعُ أَنْ أَقْضِيَ إِلا فِي شَعْبَانَ. قَالَ يَحْيَى: الشُّغْلُ مِنْ النَّبِيِّ أَوْ بِالنَّبِيِّ r) رواه البخاري

Maksudnya: “Aku memiliki hutang puasa bulan Ramadhan. Aku tidak mampu mengqadhanya kecuali pada bulan Sya’ban.” Kerana sibuk (melayani) Rasulullah saw. [Sahih Muslim no: 1146. Sahih al-Bukhari, hadis no: 1950, penjelasan "kerana sibuk melayani Rasulullah saw" ialah penjelasan salah seorang perawi hadis yang bernama Yahya bin Sa‘id.]

Para ulama’ yang mengemukakan pendapat pertama berhujah, sudah tentu tidak mungkin isteri Rasulullah saw, yakni Aisyah ra, tidak melaksanakan puasa sunat enam Syawal. Pasti beliau melaksanakannya dan tindakan beliau yang mengqadha puasa Ramadhan pada bulan Sya’ban menunjukkan dibolehkan berpuasa sunat enam Syawal sekali pun seseorang itu memiliki hutang puasa Ramadhan.

Pendapat Kedua: Tidak boleh melakukannya, berdasarkan hadis yang menganjurkan puasa sunat enam Syawal itu sendiri yang telah dikemukakan di awal risalah ini. Hadis tersebut berbunyi: “Sesiapa yang berpuasa Ramadhan kemudian dia mengiringinya dengan enam hari dari bulan Syawal maka seperti ia berpuasa sepanjang tahun.”

Rasulullah saw mensyaratkan “berpuasa Ramadhan” terlebih dahulu, kemudian barulah “mengiringinya dengan enam hari dari bulan Syawal”. Ini menunjukkan puasa sunat enam Syawal hanya dilaksanakan sesudah seseorang itu menggenapkan puasa Ramadhannya. Jika ada puasa Ramadhan ditinggalkan, ia perlu diqadha terlebih dahulu. Kemudian barulah diiringi dengan puasa sunat enam Syawal.

Kalau diperhatikan secara teliti, pendapat yang kedua lebih rajih (kuat); Kerana ianya lebih menepati dalil puasa sunat enam Syawal itu sendiri. Selain dari itu, membayar hutang yang wajib hendaklah didahulukan dari memberi sedekah yang sunat. Ini disokong dengan ayat 133 surah Aali Imran yang dikemukakan sebelum ini, yang menganjurkan kita untuk menyegerakan amal kebajikan. Sudah tentu amal yang wajib lebih perlu disegerakan daripada amal yang sunat.

Namun, sekiranya seorang itu tidak berkesempatan (disebabkan keuzuran) untuk melakukan qadha kemudian berpuasa enam dan dia berkeyakinan akan sempat mengqadhakannya sebelum Ramadhan tahun berikutnya, maka pendapat yang pertama boleh diterima, berdasarkan apa yang dilakukan oleh Aisyah ra.

Menurut Imam An-Nawawi rh, Mazhab Malik, Abu Hanifah, Asy-Syafie, Ahmad dan jumhur salaf dan khalaf mengatakan: “Qadha puasa Ramadhan bagi mereka yang berbuka kerana uzur seperti kedatangan haid dan musafir, maka kewajipan mengqadhanya adalah secara bertangguh (‘ala at-tarakhi), tidak disyaratkan qadha terus apabila boleh melakukannya”. [Syarah Sahih Muslim 8/22].

قال النووي في شرح مسلم: “وَمَذْهَب مَالِك وَأَبِي حَنِيفَة وَالشَّافِعِيّ وَأَحْمَد وَجَمَاهِير السَّلَف وَالْخَلَف: أَنَّ قَضَاء رَمَضَان فِي حَقّ مَنْ أَفْطَرَ بِعُذْرٍ كَحَيْضٍ وَسَفَرٍ يَجِب عَلَى التَّرَاخِي، وَلا يُشْتَرَط الْمُبَادَرَةُ بِهِ فِي أَوَّل الإِمْكَان.”

Menurut Al-Khatib Asy-Syarbini: “Sesiapa yang tertinggal puasa Ramadhan, sunat dia mengqadhakannya secara berturut-turut dan makruh bagi orang yang ada qadha Ramadhan melakukan puasa sunat”. [Mughni Al-Muhtaj 2/181 cet, Darul Kutub Al-Ilmiah, Beirut].

3- Menggabungkan puasa qadha dan puasa enam.

Di antara persoalan yang sering timbul sekitar puasa enam ialah adakah harus menggabungkan di antara dua puasa iaitu puasa qadha dan puasa enam hari di bulan Syawal. Adakah diganjari dengan kedua-dua pahala tersebut dengan puasa yang satu?

Persoalan ini berlaku khilaf di kalangan ulama’, sebahagiannya yang berpendapat tidak boleh mencampurkan niat puasa sunat dengan puasa fardhu yang lain atau dengan puasa sunat yang lain, sekiranya dilakukan maka puasanya itu tidak sah, tidak bagi yang fardhu dan tidak bagi yang sunat.

Ada dikalangan ulama’ Syafi’iyyah berpendapat bahawa ganjaran puasa enam tetap akan diperolehi apabila seseorang berpuasa qadha sekalipun ia tidak berniat menggabungkan kedua-duanya, namun pahala yang diperolehi kurang daripada seorang yang berpuasa kedua-duanya secara berasingan. [Lihat: Hasyiah Asy-Syarqawi ‘Ala Tuhfah At-Tullab 1/428, cet, Darul Ma'rifah, Fatawa Al-Azhar 9/261 Al-Maktabah Asy-Syamilah]

Al-Khatib Asy-Syarbini berkata: “Jika seseorang berpuasa qadha atau puasa nazar atau puasa sunat yang lain di bulan Syawal, adakah dia mendapat pahala sunat (Syawal) atau tidak? Saya tidak mendapati pendapat ulama’ yang menyebut tentangnya, dan yang zahirnya adalah dapat pahala tersebut (pahala puasa yang diniatinya). Namun, dia tidak mendapat pahala sebagaimana yang disebut oleh hadis yang menerangkan tentang kelebihan puasa enam tadi, khasnya mereka yang tertinggal puasa Ramadhan kemudian berpuasa pada bulan Syawal. Ini kerana mereka tidak memenuhi maksud hadis tersebut (menyempurnakan puasa Ramadahan kemudian diikuti dengan puasa enam)”. [Mughni Al-Muhtaj 2/184 cet, Darul Kutub Al-Ilmiah, Beirut]

Setelah dikaji, pandangan ulama’ yang membolehkan puasa dua dalam satu ini, tidak bersandarkan mana-mana dalil al-Qur’an dan al-Sunnah. Mereka juga mengatakan amalan ini hanya mendapat pahala kerana kebetulan berpuasa qadha dalam bulan Syawal, sama seperti pahala sunat tahiyyatul masjid dengan solat fardhu (orang yang terus melakukan solat fardhu apabila masuk ke dalam masjid akan mendapat juga pahala sunat tahiyyatul masjid). Wallahu a’lam.

Oleh itu, lakukanlah dua ibadat puasa ini (fardhu dan sunat) secara berasingan, kerana sebagai seorang hamba yang tunduk kepada Allah SWT, memperbanyakkan amalan taqarrub dengan memisahkan di antara yang menjadi kewajipan dengan yang menjadi galakan (sunat) tentulah lebih menunjukkan kesungguhan diri sebagai seorang hamba yang mencari keredhaan Tuhannya. Ini juga lebih berhati-hati (ahwat) dalam ibadat, serta melakukan ibadat dengan yakin adalah lebih utama (aula), kerana ada pendapat ulama’ mengatakan tidak boleh mencampurkan niat puasa sunat dengan puasa fardhu yang lain atau dengan puasa sunat yang lain.

Sebagai kesimpulan, puasa sunat semata-mata kerana Allah (bukan kerana sakit atau ingin berdiet) mempunyai kelebihan yang besar di sisi Allah swt dan sangat digalakkan oleh Rasulullah saw.

Sebagaimana yang diketahui semua amalan sunat adalah sebagai penampal kepada mana-mana kekurangan dalam amalan fardhu. Puasa enam hari pada bulan Syawal ini pula thabit dari sunnah Rasulullah saw. Sepatutnyalah kita mengambil peluang ini untuk berpuasa enam hari pada bulan Syawal.

Sempurnakan dahulu qadha beberapa hari yang tertinggal, kerana kita tidak tahu apakah hayat dan kesihatan yang ada akan berterusan sehingga kita dapat menunaikannya di masa hadapan.

Bagi orang yang tidak sempat melakukan puasa sunat kerana sibuk dengan puasa wajib diharapkan Allah swt akan memberi ganjaran berdasarkan niat dan azamnya. Sebagaimana sabda Nabi saw:

(( إِذَا مَرِضَ الْعَبْدُ أَوْ سَافَرَ كُتِبَ لَهُ مِثْلُ مَا كَانَ يَعْمَلُ مُقِيمًا صَحِيحًا )) رواه البخاري.

Maksudnya: “Apabila seorang hamba Allah sakit atau musafir (beliau tidak dapat melakukan amalan yang biasa dilakukannya) maka dituliskan baginya pahala seperti amalan yang biasa dilakukannya sewaktu tidak bermusafir dan sewaktu sihat” [Sahih Al-Bukhari no. 2834]

Semoga kita semua diberi taufiq dan hidayah oleh Allah swt ke jalan yang di redhai-Nya serta dapat melaksanakan ibadah puasa enam hari di bulan Syawal ini dengan sempurna. Seterusnya kita dimasukkan ke dalam golongan orang yang mendapat kejayaan dunia dan akhirat. Aamin.


Andrew Lancaster is a New Zealand taxidermist who has taken the art of stuffing animals to new heights by creating impossible hybrids like three-headed chickens of winged possums.

Lancaster has been creating his creepy creatures for about two years, but he began practicing taxidermy after he moved to New Zealand, from England, 14 years ago. After seeing heaps of dead animals on the side of the road , he thought to himself “what a waste”, and decided they were good material for his art. Now whenever he drives past roadkill, he backs up and puts in his his trunk. At home, he either puts them in the freezer, “right under the ice cream and vegetables” or on top of the hot water cylinder, to dry.

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