Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Adam and Eve : Part 1

Taking a break from my travel logs, I'd like to share something interesting that I've learnt. Since these past few days, I've been wondering about the beginning of mankind, how did this all happen and stuff related to it. I've searched the web, read books, I practically go beyond my usual limit to really understand the history of Adam and Eve according to Islam. Alhamdulillah, with Allah blessings I found a mufti's youtube channel that answered my questions. I somehow see it as Allah's way of answering my questions through my discovery of the lectures in that youtube channel. 

Let's get started! :) 

Allah s.w.t created many creatures, among them are the angels and the jin. He sent the jin on Earth to deal with another kind of creation that has been causing havoc and destruction. The jin dealt with them and eventually overpowers them. The head of the jin was the one known as Iblis. He was a very very proud  creature, he was very proud of his good deeds and very arrogant because he was once addressed as one of those from the heaven. When Allah speaks about 'malaika', the jin was also included in it even though he was not from amongst them. So, Iblis was good at the time. After that, Allah informed the angels of something important as made mention in surah al Baqarah. He informed them that He's putting on the Earth a Khalifah. Immediately the angels uttered ''O Allah, are you going to create someone and placed them on Earth who are going to cause chaos and they are going to spill blood, causing damage on Earth and yet we are here, worshipping You''. Allah said ''I know that which you do not know''. 

Now let's talk about how Adam was created. The words dust, soil, clay and dark clay were used to depict the different stages of growth even though it was for just a particular creation. Amazingly, Allah took the dust from different parts of the globe and put it all together. The different types of dust differ from their colours and their qualities. Allah then speaks about how He created this man. Do you know that the narration has made mention of the fact that Allah swt had this dust and then he added water to it and it became soil and He shaped it up into clay and He left it for awhile.Then He mentioned that it is similar to the clay of pottery but it is not the clay of pottery. What's the difference? Clay of pottery uses heat to be shaped while the one that Allah has created doesn't need heat. 

The size of Adam was about 60 feet tall, he was HUGE! Allah created Adam upon Adam's own image from day one meaning when he was created he was already big, had all the features and he was already an adult. When Allah left Adam for awhile, this certain pious being, Iblis, questioned why did Allah do this after all that he has done, worshipping Him and all that. He began to look up and down, literally monitoring the creature that Allah has made and he saw the belly. He found out that the being was not consistent and he knows that he can control it. He already made a promise even before the roh or soul was blown into Adam. He promised that he will lead Adam astray if he had an opportunity and if Adam were to be higher than him, he'll never follow Adam. An arrogant creature Iblis is. 

Then Allah blew the roh into Adam, starting from the top of his head. This shows that the most honoured organ that we have is the brain which distinguishes us from all other creatures because Allah gave it life first before anything else. As the roh was blown into Adam, the clay turned into flesh and blood and everything starts to work, the brain came to live and the eyes opened. Adam was granted the full knowledge of everything from day 1 by the will of Allah, he was born with it unlike us, who slowly learn stuff as we grow up. As his eyes opened, he saw the fruits of Jannah. He was so happy as he already understood what he saw. Then life came into his nose and he immediately sneezed. A sneeze is a sign of goodness as it is a gift from Allah that protects us from illness. An angel said 'O Adam, thank Allah' and Adam said 'Alhamdulillah' which means 'All praise is due to Allah'. 

As life came into his hands, he stretched out to get the fruits but life had not yet come into his legs yet so he couldn't move. Allah makes mention of this, He said 'Men are always in haste' :') Then Allah instructed the angels to prostate to Adam, not to worship him but only in order to acknowledge Adam's status which is higher than all of them. They all prostrated immediately besides Iblis. He refused out of arrogance and became amongst them who disbelieve. This was the first sin ever made. Let's be clear that arrogance is not the pride of owning expensive things, it is when we rejects the truth and despises others. Allah asked Iblis 'What is it that stoping you?' and Iblis answered 'I am much better than him, You made him from dust and You made me from fire. Who is he? He should prostrate to me!'. The lesson is, never underestimate others. People are equal, no one is better than the other when it comes to access to Allah. Iblis also said to Allah 'If You give me til the day of Judgement, then I will show You, I will lead astray all of them' and Allah granted him his wish, He said 'Those who are my true worshippers, you will not have any authority on them, you will not be able to control them'

Adam was now standing, Allah told him to go to the angels and greet the angels. He went up to the angels and greeted them saying 'Assalamualaikum' and the angels answered 'Waalaikummusalam'. Assalamualaikum means may peace be upon you which guarantee that we will not harm them. The mufti also said that it is hypocritical when we greet someone saying Assalamualaikum but behind their back we are harming them by talking bad about them. Imagine how peaceful our lives would be if we use the greeting properly. :)

Unfortunately, I have to stop this post right here and get back to my pharmacology books. InshaAllah I'll continue the rest of the story soon. Bear in mind that I am not a scholar, a pious girl or anything, I am just another person trying my best to learn about my religion and become a better person. I intend to share this story on my blog because it touched my heart and I want to immortalise it. If I've said anything wrong please correct me, I'll be very grateful !

Assalam :)

Saturday, 2 March 2013

London Eye and Big Ben kind of Day

After a whole month of hiatus, I finally get the chance to blog again! I've been busy with procrastinations, laziness and sleepiness the whole of February.Oh and I also had a couple of exams to deal with :P Although it has been too long since my trip to London and this post should have been up way back in January, I am still going to finish what I started!

I still remember the day we went to see the London eye and Big Ben. We were there on December 2011 but we didn't get to go up to the top of London Eye. This time, we decide, why not? The problem was, I'm a lil bit gayat, what do you think I'll decide? It's 145 metres high! Did I go up or did I just wait for my friends at the nearest coffee shop?

We went out quite late that day, maybe around 1pm. So we barely have like 3 hours left of daytime (cuz it was wintertime). Somehow our trip to London this time was more of a vacation, we took our own sweet time. Sleep early and wake up late. That's the life :') Maybe because we had 10 days in London so cramping things up was really unnecessary hihi 

We arrived at a station quite close to London Eye and I remember we were very excited to have seen it again! Such happy kids we were that day :') 

My girls :)

This is the answer to my question earlier! So I did went up the London Eye! Yeehaa, but during the whole ascending part, I remember being glued to the bench the whole time! haha Even looking back at the pictures now, I realised how silly I might have been to the other passengers :P

The capsule! We were on top of the London Eye at this stage. And yes you might wonder how the hell did I manage to take this photo knowing how gayat I am, well you're right. It's Bella, the girl in pink scarf, she helped took some photos for me :') Thanks baby Bella 

Suddenly when our capsule was slowly going down, I gained my courage again! I like to think of it this way, I live by gravity, the closer I am to it, the braver I'll be haha 

Night and day, both beautiful to me :)

A quick snap right before the door opened
Included in the ticket that we purchased was a 4D short movie. It's just 5 minutes long. By the time we went out from the theatre it was already dark.

London Eye from another angle

Big Ben is my Eiffel in London. Totally love this gorgeous building

Now it's time to head back to our hotel hihi 

Just cause I started this post with an underground sign, I shall wrap it up with another one! I admit, Victoria station is my favourite station in London, will always be :)

Well that't practically what we did the whole day :P Some vacations should be relaxing like that in my opinion but I still love the adventurous holidays like what we had in Paris and Italy. How I wish I could have all my bestfriends and family on trips like these, insyaAllah soon!

I'll finish this post by saying, “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”