Dining and Stories

Friday, December 7, 2012

The council is convened again, full coram of Edy, Fadzil and Noor. Good company to dine with,  nice foods and as usual, exchange of stories.

The Moors of Spain
Fadzil told us his story, the beauty of Al Hambra and the people of Spain. The fallen Islamic caliphate had forced the Muslim or Moor (as they were called then) to embrace Christianity or they will face persecution. They were practising Islam discreetly, as they did not trust anybody even the close relative. The will perform prayers behind walls, in case a person pass by, they will stop and pretend to do cleaning or something else. For generations, the children were taught that it is necessary to wash their face, hand, head and feet, without knowing it is an ablution (wudhu). The situation and perception has changed know and those who embrace Islam, they call it an act or "reversion" instead of "conversion", since they are reverting back to the faith of their ancestors.

It is told that deepening economic crisis in Spain is worrying. Despite of that, the Spanish still take their siesta. In noon, the Spanish will take a 3 hours break, from 2pm til 5 pm, and this is called "siesta". The siesta is one of the most famous aspects of Spanish life - that dead period in late afternoon when everything shuts down in Spain, in theory so people can go to sleep. 

Knowing Fadzil, I am quite sure that he will be more than happy to have siesta to be accepted in our culture, since he was practising it since immemorial. An hour break between two classes will be utilised extensively by him for a good nap. It is said that Dr Mahathir, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia would take power nap everyday. But someone is taking power nap all the day. LOL.

Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari and Al-Fateh
Edy then talked about the conquest of Constantinople. Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari is a companion. The wondering camel of the Prophet stopped before his house, thus he had the honour of hosting Rasullullah for few months before the Prophet moved to his house later. One day, during the preparation for the Battle of the trench, the Prophet SAW said, "Verily you shall conquer Constantinople. What a wonderful leader will the leader be, and what a wonderful army will that army be!" (Narrated by Imam Ahmad in his Musnad).

Abu Ayyub joined the earliest campaign to conquer Constantinople during the reign of Muawiyyah. He was then aged around 80 years old. He wanted to be part of the army praised by the Prophet SAW. He breathed his last during the campaign and asked to be buried near to the wall of Constantinople, so he may hear the steps of the best general and the best army as prophesied by Rasulullah SAW. Muhammad Al Fateh (Al Fateh means conqurer) is the one who led the conquest of Constantinople. The story of Al Fateh is inspiring. I would recommend everybody to get a story book written by Abdul Latip bin Talib, entitled "Sultan Muhammad al-Fateh- Penakluk Konstantinopel"

These good friends remind me of the good days of student years. They remind me of who I was and who I am. We speak freely towards each other and more importantly, we are honest towards each other. Nowadays, honesty and honest soul are rare commodities to be found. May Allah keep us as we are now and make us a better person.


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