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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The City of Madinah in 1917. Al-Masjid al-Nabawi is clearly visible at the top right of the image.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Half of the world's population live in 6 countries


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10 Tips For a Successful Job Interview

Ten tips that will help you overcome the nervousness, be prepared and have a successful job interview:
#1 – Research
Do your homework before going to an interview. Having as much knowledge as possible about the company you’re applying for can only be beneficial. Knowing the company’s culture and policies will in most cases impress your potential employer and possibly secure you a job.
#2 – Know Your CV
Know your CV back and forth. If you already got a job interview, this means your CV served you well so far. Now, take a moment and try to predict potential questions about your CV that you may get asked, and make sure you have confident answers to all of them.
#3 – Dress Accordingly
Always dress accordingly for your job interview. Your clothing should reflect your future role, as well as your personality. Don’t forget that overdressing can be almost as bad as underdressing. Furthermore, keep away from flashy and tacky clothes, or using too many accessories.
#4 – Relax
Relax yourself. Positive stress is good as long as it helps you perform at your peak. The idea is to appear confident and relaxed instead of being anxious. Get a good night’s sleep, have a lighter yet healthy breakfast and take a walk before the interview. After your name is called, take a few deep breaths and stretch a bit in order to relax your whole body.
#5 – Be Confident
Make sure you enter the room confidently. Firm (but not too strong) handshake and a smile go a long way. These are very simple yet effective techniques to show an impression of self-confidence. Interview manners are also quite important. Ask whether you can take a seat, and always remember to sit up straight without slouching. Bad interview manners are a definite turn off for most interviewers.
#6 – Ask Questions
Feel free to ask your interviewers a couple of questions. This will not only show that you are confident and not afraid to ask questions, but will also show your interest about the position and the company you’ve applied for. When asked about compensation, you don’t have to be straightforward. Instead you can say that you expect to receive similar remuneration as your peers who have comparable experience and qualifications.
#7 – Know Your Strengths & Weaknesses
Know your strengths and weaknesses. Make sure you can give different examples that can support your strengths. Of course, these should be prepared before interview. When asked about your weaknesses, don’t be afraid to acknowledge them. No one is perfect, and everyone knows it. If you’re having difficulties describing your weaknesses, this is a sign that you lack self-awareness, which will not impress your potential employers.
#8 – Body Language
Body language is very important. Your posture, voice, the way you move your hands, as well as your facial expressions should always send the same message. Make sure you exhibit enthusiasm in your voice. Lack of enthusiasm is off putting for most interviewers. And finally, don’t forget to make enough eye contact with your potential employers.
#9 – Don’t Talk Bad About Your Former Employer
Try not to badmouth your former (or current) employer, no matter how bad your relationship was. Even if the person who is interviewing you asks you what you hated and disliked about your former boss, don’t take the bait. Rather than speaking about the things you hated about him, focus on the positive things and things you learned from your previous job and experience with your former employer.
#10 – Send a Thank You Note
After the interview is over, take the time to send a thank-you note. This will definitely impress your interviewers, and separate you from the competition. If you want to take it even further, send a real thank-you note (not electronic). Rarely anyone does this nowadays, and this is a sure way to make yourself stand out from the competition.
(Ref:UncoverDiscover)
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Friday, August 08, 2014

Keutamaan Zikir "Subhanallah walhamdulillah wala ilaha illallah wallahu akbar"


1. Rasulullah saw. bersabda, "Lazimkan membaca subhanallah walhamdulillah wala ilaha illallah wallahu akhbar, kerana semua itu dapat menghapuskan dosa sebagaimana gugurnya daun dari pohon". (HR Ibnu Majah)

2. Abu Hurairah meriwayatkan Rasulullah s.a.w. berkata : "Membaca Subhanallah walhamdulillah wala ilaha illallah wallahu akbar lebih aku sukai daripada seisi dunia." (Hadith Riwayat Muslim)

3. Dari Samuroh bin Jundub, ia berkata bahwa Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda, "Ada empat ucapan yang paling disukai oleh Allah: (1) Subhanallah, (2) Alhamdulillah, (3) Laa ilaaha illallah, dan (4) Allahu Akbar. Tidak berdosa bagimu dengan mana saja kamu memulai” (HR. Muslim no. 2137).

4. Dari Abu Hurairah, dia berkata, "Rasulullah shallallahu 'alaihi wasallam telah bersabda: 'Sesungguhnya membaca “subhanallah walhamdulillah wa laa ilaha illallah wallahu akbar (Maha Suci Allah, segala puji bagi Allah, tiada sesembahan yang berhak disembah selain Allah, dan Allah Maha Besar)” adalah lebih aku cintai daripada segala sesuatu yang terkena sinar matahari." (HR. Muslim no. 2695).

Al Munawi rahimahullah mengatakan, “Segala sesuatu yang dikatakan antara langit dan bumi, atau dikatakan lebih baik dari sesuatu yang terkena sinar matahari atau tenggelamnya, ini adalah ungkapan yang menggambarkan dunia dan seisinya.” Dari sini menunjukkan bahwa keempat kalimat tersebut lebih baik daripada dunia seisinya.

5. Dari Ummi Hani' binti Abu Thalib dia berkata, "Rasulullah shallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam melewatiku pada suatu hari, lalu saya berkata kepada beliau, "Wahai Rasulullah, saya sudah tua dan lemah, maka perintahkanlah kepadaku dengan amalan yang bisa saya lakukan dengan duduk." Beliau bersabda: "Bertasbihlah kepada Allah seratus kali, karena itu sama dengan kamu membebaskan seratus budak dari keturunan Isma'il. Bertahmidlah kepada Allah seratus kali karena itu sama dengan seratus kuda berpelana yang memakai kekang di mulutnya, yang kamu bawa di jalan Allah. Bertakbirlah kepada Allah dengan seratus takbir karena ia sama dengan seratus unta yang menggunakan tali pengekang dan penurut. Bertahlillah kepada Allah seratus kali." Ibnu Khalaf berkata; saya mengira beliau bersabda: "Karena ia memenuhi di antara langit dan bumi, dan pada hari ini tidaklah amalan seseorang itu diangkat kecuali akan didatangkan dengan semisal yang kamu lakukan itu." (HR. Ahmad 6/344. Syaikh Al Albani mengatakan bahwa hadits ini hasan. Lihat Ash Shilsilah Ash Shohihah no. 1316)

6. Dari ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr, Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda, “Tidaklah seorang di muka bumi ini mengucapkan: Laa ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar, subhanallah, wal hamdulillah, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billah, melainkan dosa-dosanya akan dihapus walaupun sebanyak buih di lautan.” (HR. Ahmad 2/158, sanadnya hasan)

7. Dari Ibnu Mas'ud, ia berkata, Rasulullah shallallahu wa'alaihi wa sallam bersabda, "Aku pernah bertemu dengan Ibrahim pada malam ketika aku diisra`kan, kemudian ia berkata, ‘Wahai Muhammad, sampaikan salam dariku kepada umatmu, dan beritahukan kepada mereka bahwa Surga debunya harum, airnya segar, dan surga tersebut adalah datar, tanamannya adalah kalimat: Subhaanallaahi wal hamdu lillaahi laa ilaaha illaahu wallaahu akbar (Maha Suci Allah, segala puji bagi Allah, tidak ada tuhan yang berhak disembah kecuali Allah, dan Allah Maha Besar).” (HR. Tirmidzi no. 3462. Syaikh Al Albani mengatakan bahwa hadits ini hasan)

8. Dari Abu Sa'id Al Khudri dan Abu Hurairah, bahwasanya Rasulullah shallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam bersabda, "Sesungguhnya Allah telah memilih empat perkataan: subhanallah (Maha suci Allah) dan alhamdulillah (segala puji bagi Allah) dan laa ilaaha illa allah (tidak ada sesembahan yang berhak disembah selain Allah) dan Allahu akbar (Allah maha besar). Barangsiapa mengucapkan subhaanallah, maka Allah akan menulis dua puluh kebaikan baginya dan menggugurkan dua puluh dosa darinya, dan barangsiapa mengucapkan Allahu Akbar, maka Allah akan menulis seperti itu juga, dan barangsiapa mengucapkan laa Ilaaha illallah, maka akan seperti itu juga, dan barangsiapa mengucapkan alhamdulillahi Rabbil 'aalamiin dari relung hatinya maka Allah akan menulis tiga puluh kebaikan untuknya dan digugurkan tiga puluh dosa darinya." (HR. Ahmad 2/302. Syaikh Syu’aib Al Arnauth mengatakan bahwa sanadnya shahih)

Semoga Allah memberi kita kekuatan untuk istiqomah mengamalkan zikir “Subhanallah walhamdulillah wala ilaha illallah wallahu akbar” dalam kehidupan seharian kita. In sya allah.
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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri Pulau Pinang - Permasalahan Mengenai Wang Shubhah / Haram/ ASN

Keputusan: 
 
Mesyuarat memutuskan bahawa:-
 
  1. Semua wang shubhah/haram yang diserahkan kepada Baitul Mal adalah dianggap satu dan bersih. (Rujuk kitab al-Imam Yusuf al- Qaradhawi, m/s 411 & 412)
     
  2. Wang riba/faedah adalah haram bagi diri pengusahanya sahaja.(Rujuk kitab yang sama m/s 410)
     
  3. Keuntungan/Dividen Amanah Saham Nasional (ASN) dan Amanah Saham Bumiputra (ASB) adalah haram kerana pelaburan terbesarnya adalah Bank Ribawi.
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Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri Pahang - Pelaburan Dalam Amanah Saham Nasional dan Seumpamanya


Tarikh Keputusan: 
  18 Jun, 2008
Huraian Tajuk/Isu: 
Keputusan: 
Setelah dibincangkan Mesyuarat bersetuju memutuskan hukum pelaburan di dalam Amanah Saham Nasional dan seumpamanya adalah haram sehingga pelaburan Amanah Saham Nasional didalam aktiviti perbankkan menepati kehendak dan syarat pelaburan menurut syariah seperti yang telah ditetapkan oleh Jawatankuasa Syariah Suruhanjaya Sekuriti.

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Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri Selangor - Penilaian Semula Hukum Pelaburan ASN Dan ASB Dan Seumpamanya


Tarikh Keputusan: 
  12 Apr, 2011
Keputusan: 

Setelah meneliti setiap pandangan ahli mesyuarat dan hujah-hujah yang dikemukakan, maka Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri Selangor Kali Ke 2/2011 yang bersidang pada 12hb. April 2011M bersamaan 8 Jumadal Ula 1432H telah bersetuju memutuskan bahawa Pelaburan Amanah Saham Nasional (ASN), Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) dan Seumpamanya adalah tidak halal kerana masih belum menepati hukum syarak dengan alasan seperti berikut:-
  1. Skim Amanah Saham Nasional ( ASN ) dan Amanah Saham Bumiputera ( ASB ) secara jelas terlibat dalam aktiviti pelaburan yang bercampur-campur antara patuh syariah dan tidak patuh syariah sebahagian besarnya adalah daripada sektor kewangan konvensional. Ini berdasarkan hadis riwayat Jabir Al-Ja’fi daripada Ibnu Mas’ud:

    ما اجتمع الحلال والحرام إلاغلب الحرام الحلال
    Maksudnya : “ Tidak bercampur antara yang halal dan yang haram, melainkan mengalahkan yang haram atas yang halal . ” 
  2. Skim Amanah Saham Nasional ( ASN ) dan Amanah Saham Bumiputera ( ASB ) diklasifikasikan sebagai dana unit amanah tidak patuh syariah oleh Majlis Penasihat Syariah Suruhanjaya Sekuriti kerana terlibat dalam pelaburan tidak lulus syariah iaitu pelaburan dalam kaunter perbankan konvensional berteraskan faedah melalui Maybank dan pasaran wang.
     
  3. Sumbangan kepada tidak patuh syariah adalah terbesar yang tidak bertepatan dengan kehendak syarak serta kadar yang berubah-ubah ini menyukarkan pelabur untuk membuat pembersihan terhadap hasil dividen. 
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Saturday, August 02, 2014

All the stars you see at night are just part of this yellow circle


How majestic is Allah's creation...SubhanAllah !
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5 Habits of Highly Productive Muslims

First, what is a 'habit'? It is "a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up" (Google dictionary)! 
Next, what is 'productivity'? It is "the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services" (Dictionary.com). 


1. A morning person gets more done!

He knows that he can get more work done in one day than spending the whole week of working only evenings/ nights. 
"Allah made the early hours blessed for my Ummah."(Hadith, Ahmed) 

Allah (swt) made our bodies to stay alert during the day and sleep during the night. 
"It is He (Allah) who has appointed the night a covering for you and sleep for a rest. The day He has appointed for rising."(Furqan: 47) 


2. A regular & punctual person builds up momentum!

She knows that to make best use of her time on a permanent basis, she will have to do certain things regularly, and this requires her to be punctual. When our bodies become accustomed to doing things at a certain time and place, it will become easier and easier to do them (e.g., fasting or reading).

“The deeds which Allah loves the most are those done regularly, even if they are small.” (Hadith Bukhari) 


3. A proactive person makes use of all available time!

He is never satisfied with doing the minimum. He will learn what he does not know, try what he hasn't tried before, and succeed where he has never succeeded. 

He is always thinking of what else he could do with his time, as well as how he could do these things with the help of the people around him. 

“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time, before you become busy; and your life, before your death.”(Hadith, Ahmed) 


4. A helpful & cheerful person is full of life!

“Every act of goodness is charity”(Hadith, Muslim). 

This type of person likes being helpful and cheerful toward everyone, and not just to her family members. This is what makes her lively. 

“Acts of kindness protect one from ruin wrought by evil. Sadaqah (charity) given secretly appeases the anger of the Lord, and a gift to strengthen the ties of relationship (blood relatives) increases one's life span. All good deeds are sadaqah, and those who do acts of kindness in this world are also the same people in the other world. Those who do misdeeds in this world are the same people in the other world. The first of those who shall enter Paradise are the people who do acts of kindness.”(Hadith, Tabarani) 


5. A focused person never goes astray!

He knows what he wants and how to get there. When he starts something good, he always sees it through. He isn't easily de-motivated, distracted, or derailed by things that happen around him. 

“Work for the affairs of the world as if you were going to live forever, but work for the hereafter as though you will die tomorrow.”(Hadith, Mishkat)

(Abid Choudhury/Seed Investment)

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