30 July 2013

Moment to Reflect ( Pt 9 ) : He fashions – Al Musawwir

This afternoon I received from my No1 the following e-mail with two pictures attached.  

I think what she wrote, one of the picture and my reply to her, could, to my mind, be shared with my blog readers. It is appropriate that this being the holy month of Ramadhan.

 Dear Babah,

Just to share a tomato with kalimah. We were preparing for berbuka yesterday and discovered this while cutting the tomatoes.  Nothing earth shattering but interesting enough

                                                                 Sliced tomato
Pakcik’s reply,

Dear Enon,

It is us, humans who don’t care to or are simply unable to detect the signs of His presence.  Let us look it this way; we put our signatures on our documents as much as artists signing their master-pieces. I even put my signatures on books I buy simply to claim ownership of the books which I have no part in writing.

Naturally HIS signs are on all things, because he is the Absolute Architect, the Designer, the Al Khalik , AlMusawwir. But HE does not need to claim ownership because HE owns it all.

You have been feeding your children with salads, and tomatoes are almost a must, believing in the goodness of these vegetables. I am sure you have been cutting and slicing them the same way. But yesterday something clicked. ALLAH. The word has been there all the while but this was the first time it struck you. Yes, perhaps, He wants you to know that we all should think of the Architect and Designer, not just the food values of HIS work.

You may take it as a reward, a special gift ( in line with Lailatul Kadr that WE ALL PRAY FOR ) or as a gentle reminder that we all should be more conscious of His presence as a matter of routine, not just as and when.

May He bless us all in the family.

Babah & Mami

Perhaps if I MAY add here what I understand from the last sentence of Surah Alhasyr ( 59 ) – Ayat ( 24):


Muhammad Zafrullah Khan gives the following understanding of the beginning of this ayat:

He is Allah, the Crreator, the Maker, the Fashioner; His are the most beautiful names. All that is in heavens and the earth glorifies Him. He is the Mighty, the Wise. “

Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan


NBK said...

SubhanAllah..and your no.1 is really observant pakcik..I cut tomatoes every other day but simply chop-chop and put in the dish..like a machine..should put 'my soul' too next time when cooking and be more observant..Selamat berpuasa pakcik and family

Anonymous said...


ahmad humairi said...

السلم عليكم ورحمة الله

Maha Suci Allah yang mentadbir seluruh alam.

Kalimah yang sebenarnya ada di mana-mana pun jua bagi yang melihatnya samada dengan penglihatan yang jelas, kabur atau tak nampak langsung!

Selamat Hari Raya.
Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

MamaTim said...

Tq for sharing, a good reminder to a forgetful servant such as I

Al-Manar said...


We are all the same, minding our own business and are always in a hurry. Perhaps we should learn to observe and think a bit more.

Al-Manar said...

Dear Anonymous,

Tak ada nama pun tak apa. Sekurang2nya terasa hendak tinggalkan sepatah kata. Sekali lagi dua patah, ia?

Thank you and wish you a Selamat Hari Raya

Al-Manar said...

Cikgu Humairi,

Waalaikum Salaam.
Betul lah kata Cikgu memang ada dimana manapun. Walaupun kita tidak nampak DIA sentiasa berada dimana sekalipun kita berada.

Selamat selesai berpuasa dengan jaya dan penuh keberekatan, dan seterusnya menyambut Hari Raya.

Al-Manar said...

Mama Tim,

We are all forgetful, just being too human, except when we need help. Hope your wishes for all your loved ones will be granted. We have to learn to put our trust in HIS perfect plan.

kaykuala said...

You may take it as a reward, a special gift ( in line with Lailatul Kadr that WE ALL PRAY FOR ) or as a gentle reminder that we all should be more conscious of His presence as a matter of routine, not just as and when

Dear Pakcik,
Very wise words in keeping with Ramadan and more so as a reminder to all on the Greatness of Maha Suci Allah.


Al-Manar said...

Dear Hank,

I can expect one with poetic mind likle you to read reflectively between the lines. I would like to think that is the message intended for us.

ibu,mommy,mom... said...

God is great and wow amazing

aliya said...

I truly agree with you. This reminds me of the time when I gave birth to my elder son, Ikram. A few teachers visited us and one commented that his ear is special because she could see clearly the kalimah Allah within the folds of the ear. To her surprise, I just smiled. Maybe she happened to observe it then but don't we all have His 'signature' and if we really take time to observ, we'll know that it's not only our ears that have the kalimah 'Allah'.

Al-Manar said...


It is amazing to us because we are human. HE is the ABSOLUTE and knows knows everything.

Al-Manar said...


HIS designs, creations and all are absolutely perfect - nothing to HIM. But we fail to appreciate because we only have five senses and try to use a sixth sense, sensing the pride when we get it right. Is it conceivable that one fighter plane be designed to move like a bat, turning sharp corners in the dark ? And that creature we all belittle by saying as blind as a bat? The essense of Taqwa is consciousness of HIS presence that we do not see - hence our fear to be SEEN doing wrong.