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Muhasabah

Spring Allergy

Sudah 2 minggu saya tidak berhenti bersin, batuk dan hidung sentiasa berair dan tersumbat. Ada satu malam tak dapat nak tidur disebabkan hidung sudah seperti paip bocor. Dan dalam 2 minggu ini juga la sudah 3 kali saya ke Student Health untuk mendapatkan ubat.  Memang musimnya. Dalam masa 3 tahun di sini, tak pernah pula kena seperti ni. Check internet, ini simptom-simptom terkena Spring Allergy. Musim bunga tiba awal tahun ini. Doktor kata “Pollen Count” di sini tinggi. Nampak gaya tak dapat nak main bola di luar. Ada sekali saya cuba, ingatkan masa tu dah hampir sembuh. Baru main 20 minit, terus pening kepala dan batuk jadi makin teruk pulak.  Kali yang ketiga ke Student Health, doktor beri ubat yg lebih kuat. Alhamdulillah sekarang beransur pulih.

Bila tiba masa-masa ujian melalui sakit, demam seperti ini, saya terfikir…

Sebagai manusia, kita tidak pernah lari dari melakukan kesilapan mahupun dosa. Sama ada sengaja mahupun tidak sengaja. Kita juga selalu akan cuba memohon ampun dan bertaubat. Moga sakit/demam/not feeling well/sick/tak sihat dan sebagainya itu menjadi peringatan dan tazkirah yang dekat buat kita di kala itu.

Sakit itu Kafarah Dosa
p/s - peringatan penting buat kita

Allah memberikan kita satu ujian kecil seperti Sakit ini sebagai peringatan buat kita. Kita mungkin pada akhirnya berjaya sembuh dari sakit dengan mangambil ubat-ubat doktor. Akan tetapi, apa yang lebih penting utk kita sedari ialah adakah kita berjaya sembuh dari segi ruhani dan hati kita? atau adakah kita berjaya mendapat mesej tersirat yang Allah mahu berikan kepada kita selepas sembuhnya kita?

Maksud saya, Adakah selepas sembuhnya kita dari satu penyakit itu, kita bertambah nekad untuk meningkatkan lagi amal fardhi kita? Bukan apa. Kita perlu faham bahawa tempoh kita sakit itu bukanlah hanya ujian fizikal semata-mata dari Allah. Tetapi, ianya ujian buat Iman kita, buat Taqwa kita dan juga buat Kebergantungan (Tawakal) kita kepada Allah. Itu lah yang sepatutnya lebih mengesani diri kita.

Selalunya selepas ditimpa satu penyakit, kita akan sentiasa menjaga diri kita supaya tidak lagi mendapat penyakit yang sama. Bak kata orang “Prevention is Better than Cure”. Maka, bagaimana pula dengan penyakit2 hati seperti riak dan ‘ujub atau penyakit2 seperti merasa suka berbuat perkara yang dilarang Allah s.w.t? Kalau kita sentiasa berhati-hati dan even check internet utk simptom2 spt Spring Allergy misalnya, kenapa tidak kita kenal pasti virus2 dan simptom2 yg membawa kepada penyakit2 riak, ‘ujub dan merasa suka berbuat maksiat tadi. Nah, ini yang kita perlu sama-sama muhasabah diri kita. Terutama diri saya sendiri.

Sakit juga merupakan ruang dan peluang yang Allah berikan kepada kita utk bermuhasabah dan melihat kembali segala dosa-dosa yang telah kita lakukan. Sekiranya kita berjaya melihat ruang dan peluang ini, langkah seterusnya ialah berubah dan terus melakukan perubahan ke arah kebaikan buat diri ini.

Moga Allah beri kekuatan kepada kita semua. Semoga Allah menyembuhkan diri kita dari segala bentuk penyakit2 fizikal mahupun penyakit2 hati dan ruhani kita. Moga Iman kita bertambah kuat.

Maksudnya: “Sesungguhnya seorang mukmin itu jika ditimpa penyakit, kemudian disembuhkan oleh Allah daripadanya (penyakit tersebut), maka ia (penyakit itu) menjadi kaffarah bagi dosa-dosanya yang telah lalu dan menjadi peringatan baginya untuk masa depannya. Sedang seorang munafik, apabila dia sakit lalu disembuhkan, maka dia seperti unta yang ditambat oleh pemiliknya, lalu mereka melepaskannya. Dia (orang munafik itu) tidak tahu mengapa dia ditambat dan dia tidak tahu mengapa dia dilepaskan.” (Hadis riwayat Abu Daud)


Mari, mari, marilah..

“Cari, cari, carilah…” (petikan lirik Cari pasangan oleh Rabbani)

Apa kata kita tukar kepada “Mari, mari, marilah…”

Semarakkan ruh Ramadhan dalam kehidupan seharian kita.. Hidupkan ruh tarbawi dalam bulan yang mulia ini. Mari.. mari.. Marilah..

  • Tilawah quran 30 juzuk
  • Budaya membawa mushaf quran
  • Tahajjud 2 rakaat setiap malam
  • Hafal dan tasmi’ juz 30
  • Rehlah masyi (berjalan kaki) 3km dan tazkirah badar
  • Iftar bersama rakan2
  • Infaq RM1 setiap hari
  • I’tikaf jamaie 2 malam
  • Istighfar 100 kali sehari
  • Mari.. Mari.. Marilah…


    Waktu ibarat Pedang

    Demi masa!!
    Sesungguhnya seluruh manusia berada dalam kerugian.
    KECUALI:
    ==> orang2 yang BERIMAN
    ==> orang2 yang BERAMAL SOLEH
    ==> berpesan2 dgn AL-HAQ (KEBENARAN)
    ==> berpesan2 dgn AL-SABR (KESABARAN)
    Moh! Jgn jadi org2 yg rugi!
    Amat-amatlah rugi, mereka-meraka yang termasuk dalam golongan yang telah diiktiraf Allah sebagai Golongan yang Rugi. Mahupun secara SEDAR atau TIDAK SEDAR.

    masa akan terus berlalu…

    Bagaimana dgn kita? Sedar atau tidak? Rugi atau tidak?
    Pepatah arab ada menyebut; Waktu ibarat Pedang, sekiranya kamu tidak memotongnya, maka ia akan memotong kamu.
    Sama-sama menuju Redha Allah~
    Ibnzakaria

    The Perfect Dose of Trials

    Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

    One of the reason that I go into blogging is that I want to archive all the articles that I found and read long time ago. By doing this I’ll manage to keep these interesting articles while not afford to lose it as in hard-copy. Hence, I can still review and revise the points in the future. Furthermore, I can share these with others, of course. Hopefully, it will be beneficial to all.

    This is one of the interesting articles that I would like to share with all readers. The best thing for us to do after read blogs, articles etc; reflect it to ourself from time to time.

    May Allah give us strength to improve ourselves and be a good servant to Him.

    Man jadda wajada, wa man zara’a hasada

    *****

    ALLAH KNOWS BEST – THE PERFECT DOSE OF TRIALS

    We are only humans. We are slaves of Allah who are imperfect in a myriad of ways. Indeed, we are powerless. Everyday, from dawn till dusk, we are always at the mercy of Allah the Almighty. The question is, do we realize it? Sometimes we go about our daily life without even a flicker of realization that we are under the command of Allah. At times, we seem to think that we are in control. Yes, to a small extent I guess we do. However, the greatest planner is still and will always be Allah.

    Allah is enough for us

    Allah is enough for us

    Every time we open our sleepy eyes and inhale the morning breeze during Fajr, some of us make an effort (a gallant effort, undoubtedly), to map out their activities for the day. This commendable action is definitely worthwhile to do. Nevertheless, bear in mind that Allah has also mapped out our activities. Indeed, man proposes, Allah disposes. My point is, it is important for us to plan our lives. It is pertinent in fact. However, we just need to remember that despite the plans that we organized, Allah has greater plans in store for each of His slaves. Indisputably, His plan is the best possible plan.

    I’d like to share an incident that significantly altered my view of life in general. When I was in my secondary school, an English teacher of mine shared her wisdom with the class. I was Form Five. We were all engulfed in our books, with pressure mounting as the time flies nearer to SPM. My teacher was quick to realize that we needed a dose of inspiration to spur us ahead. Thus, she mentioned that despite all your shortcomings, problems and insecurities, God does not give you more burdens than you can bear.

    Allah does not give you more burdens than you can bear.

    That simple sentence proved to be incredibly influential to me. It gave me a kind of confidence that I had never experienced before. To me, it meant that no matter how difficult life treats me, no matter how hard it is to smile, no matter how unbelievably impossible it is to push through the trying times, I can still do it. I can still prevail because that quote reminded me that Allah is Most Merciful. He throws all the challenges and difficulties at me because He knows I can overcome them. It made all the difference to me. It modified my outlook on all the predicaments and troubles that I have to face. Hence, I grew confident to prevail over them.

    When I was at school, I admired my teacher for her wise words. As time flies, I gained more experience and knowledge, vested by Allah of course. Until one fateful day, Alhamdulillah, I came across a verse in the Holy Quran from Al-Baqarah, verse 286. The last verse of the longest surah in the Holy Quran. This verse is translated as:

    ‘Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned…’

    This is a verse that many of us recite, especially after Fajr and after Maghrib. It is one of the verses that were compiled as al-Mathurat. A verse that I am sure many of us have it locked and safely memorized in our brains. Yet, despite the many times that I have recited this verse, I never took the time to understand its meaning. Nonetheless, alhamdulillah, Allah blessed me with His hidayah and I read the meaning.

    ‘Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned…’

    Surprisingly, when I read this verse, it reminded me of the advice given from my English teacher. That was when I finally became enlightened. It came to my knowledge that my teacher actually quoted a verse from the Holy Quran. She actually imparted knowledge so grand and meaningful – a testament of knowledge from Allah, the Most Knowledgeable. Consequently, the effect of my teacher’s quote became more profound and significant. The belief I had on the quote amplified. I have utmost faith that Allah will follow through in all of His promises. Thus, I totally believe that Allah does not give us more burdens than we can bear.

    Imagine what you can do with such belief? Each and everyday, we are bombarded by incessant challenges that come our way. Some of us are born more resilient than others when it comes to overcoming these challenges. However, the rest of us are somewhat frail and naïve. Generally speaking, people usually judge this difference to be due to one’s upbringing. To an extent, our upbringing certainly dictates how we turn out as human beings. Nevertheless, when we truly rest our beliefs on the verse above, we can scale enormous heights, regardless of our upbringing. No matter how difficult things are or ought to be, we can indefinitely rise to the occasion because deep down in our hearts, we know for a fact that Allah will not present us with such difficulties unless He knows we are capable to triumph over them.

    Therefore brothers and sisters, if Allah has the confidence in us, why don’t we have such confidence in ourselves? If Allah has promised us that we can rein over our problems as they come by, why do we still question our abilities and ourselves? Who are we to deny the promise made by Allah who created us?

    our efforts count~

    Theoretically, it might seem easy to comprehend the essence of this verse and imagine we practicing it. However, it can prove to be quite troublesome to really put it into practice. As most of us are students, we are often faced with examinations and tests to gauge our level of knowledge in the field of study that we have chosen. Sometimes, we wonder if we can answer the questions in the exam. It might be helpful to bear in mind that Allah planned for us to face the examinations, and since that is His plan, we should have the means to successfully pass the exams.

    However, the road towards that success is not lined with pristine petals of roses. Let’s not kid ourselves. Of course, we have to work for it. Allah vested us with brains for us to use wisely. True, according to this verse, we can overcome every challenge that we face. But, we still have to put in our efforts. We will not go anywhere if we simply rest on our laurels. The verse should give us the motivation to move forward and shine us with confidence to act upon all the predicaments that cross our way. With the motivation and confidence, we can surely call our greatest might and effort to appear victorious.

    As Muslims, we are truly blessed with a rich and colorful history. We have learnt that Islam conquered the world once. That era was indeed incredible. Muslims at that time were different from Muslims at present. They practice Islam like it should be practiced. They were Muslims every second they lived and in every breath they took. It is time for us to follow on that example and prove to the world that we are capable to do greater things. Hopefully, with the understanding of this verse, we have the faith in ourselves, the way all Muslims should. Indeed, the world is waiting for us to act. The world is waiting for us to help them break away from the injustices that are enveloping.

    Hence, brothers and sisters, are we ready to shoulder the challenge?

    *****

    source: http://bahantarbiyyah.info (again, this website is not working anymore)

    written by: ibnhussin for BTi

    *****

    Wassalam.

    Archived by: ibnzakaria


    Where is Allah in our so-called “Strength”??

    Assalamualaikum w.b.t.

    First of all, sorry for not posting any post for quite some time. Thus, I would like share an article (which is not mine) that open up my mind. And I hope it’ll also benefits you as a reader. This article was actually in Malay, but I tried to translate in English (my first try perhaps) so that other english readers will also get the benefits from it, hopefully. The article portrays some of what I observed among the people who would like to entitle themselves as “dai’e”. I observed that most people have a very good view of very BIG things or issues such as in bringing back the glory of Islam (yes, of course I agree); but some of them would likely to miss some small things. And that small thing is what I would like share.

    2 cents from me, ibnzakaria.

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    WHERE IS ALLAH IN OUR STRENGTH?

    Once upon a time, a friend approached me when I was not in a very good state of Iman; facing the challenges of these days as a Muslim. Visible as though I could not afford to stand firm across the day laden with issues and problems. With tranquil eyes and smile, he draw calmly near to me. Tranquility that has been quite far from me these days. Not much that was said from the lips of his. However, I could still hear his words and always bear it in my mind. The words struck deep down in my heart.

    I still remember the question that been asked. He asked a question that makes me glued without words.

    He asked, what is the strength that encourages you to do and deliver the message of God?

    Where is ALLAH in your strength?

    ***************

    Allah is always there with us

    Once upon a time, a friend approached me when I was not in a very good state of Iman; facing the challenges of these days as a Muslim. Visible as though I could not afford to stand firm across the day laden with issues and problems. With tranquil eyes and smile, he draw calmly near to me. Tranquility that has been quite far from me these days. Not much that was said from the lips of his. However, I could still hear his words and bear it in my mind. It struck deep down in my heart.

    I still remember the question that been asked. He asked a question that makes me glued without words.

    He asked, what is the strength that encourages you to do and deliver the message of God?

    I startled.

    What kind of question is this? Where is he going with the question? Is this a trick question?

    All kinds of queries raced through my mind, but I was still mummed with no answer.

    “Do you understand the question?” he asked while carving a smile.

    I nodded, though my heart are still not 100% sure yet with my own understanding.

    “Erm, well, it seems that there are many sources of my strength. I’ve always driven by other colleagues to do good deeds to Allah. Most of my friends always gave me advices, reminder and invite me to improve our ‘amal every day. Plus, the tarbiyyah that I’ve been through also helps me build the strength for my dzatiyyah. Tarbiyyah gives me a great awareness about the actual responsibilities of a Muslim. I think, our fitrah (nature) as a servant to Allah also plays roles. We as a vicegerents on Earth should enjoining good and peace based on His law; thus, it is necessarily that the elements of fitrah will never refute me from performing the responsibilities as His servants. “

    I tried to convince my friend.

    Once again, he smiled. I smile back while looking right into his eyes.

    He recognized, “Okay, so, you mentioned your friends, tarbiyyah and fitrah.” I nodded; agree.

    He added, “Where is Allah in your strength?”

    Astaghfirullah hal ‘azim. The question stab back at me deeply. It still felt till now. A question that open my eyes and mind which were still shallow and short at that time.

    Where is Allah? What is the role of Allah in the strength and dzatiyah of mine? Why did I not mention Allah as my strength, while Allah should be the main strength of a daie.

    Honestly, I am very disappointed with myself. I realized that the Akhlaq of a man is a flashing of speeches and deeds of the most spontaneous. I was disappointed with the fact that I did not spontaneously mention Allah as my core strength. I listed other factors like the constant reminders from my peers, the upbringing and knowledge gained through education and tarbiyyah, as well as the nature of humankind as His servant. But, I failed to mention Allah per se.

    “Astaghfirullah. O Allah, forgive your servant, please accept my repentance. “

    just a reminder

    I approached my friend, then sit on beside him. He wisely said,

    “Righteously, Allah should be the main reason we are here. He should be our main strength in facing the day-to-day as His carrier of the Risalah. It is not denied that friends help us very much, they remind us a lot about responsibility and practices that we need to do. Our companions will always be with us in either difficult or pleasant circumstances. They play major role in ensuring us to be tsabat in this way of delivering the Risalah. However, the fact is that it all came from Allah.”

    “We often forget the fact regardless what we see with the naked eye. We see our friends with us.We see them laugh and cry together. Eating, cooking, riadhah and exploring together. But sometimes we overlook that behind it all, Allah has planned everything. Maybe if we sit alone and muhasabah during the night, we should not forget that Allah is the key that made the plan done. However everything, in the Spur of the moment, when we are around other people, having fun or feeling sad, we Tend to forget that fact. We usually see and acknowledge things that we can physically visualize, failing to acknowledge the superior play in our lives, which is Allah. “

    I still feel ashamed of my answer just now. Shame on myself, shame to my friend beside me and most importantly, shame to Allah. Dai’e should always put Allah on top of everything. There many lessons that I get when I reflect on this event.

    In my opinion, it all relates back to the initial intention that we had when we first told ourselves, “We want to be a better Muslim, we want to spread Islam, we want to be a daie.” Why? What was the reason behind all that wants? Truthfully and honestly it is because of Allah, or was there another agenda or intentions lurking beneath that beautiful action? If we truly did it because of Allah, with He’s will, we will not forget Allah throughout the course of our life as a Muslim. However, if we had other intentions, don’t fret. We still have time to repent and renew our intentions. Allah is surely Most Merciful and He loves His slaves who are constantly trying to improve and become a better Muslim.

    If we put our strength on our friends, what will probably happen if we are no longer with our companions? Will we still survive and carry out these responsibilities of spreading the da’wah ? Are we still able to maintain the Islamic practices that we do every day?

    Therefore, we need to place Allah as our strength. He decides everything. He alone gives the guidance and hidayah to our friends and ourselves. Our presence at this time is under the power of Allah alone. Who am I for not serving Allah as He is the one and only God?

    Insya Allah, if we continuously place Allah as our main strength, no matter where we are, alone or together, in Malaysia or outside the country, rich or poor, difficult or easy, healthy or sick; we will always remember our responsibilities as a true Muslim.

    Thus, in this very moment, truthfully and honestly,

    Where is Allah in your so-called “Strength”?

    source: http://bahantarbiyyah.info (this website is not working anymore, just to mention where did I get this article)

    translated by: ibnzakaria with the help of Mr. Google =P

    Wassalam.


    Nur Allah lebih ‘real’ dari Nur Kasih

    Ilmu itu Nur Allah

    ”Aku mengadu kepada Waki’mengenai buruknya hafalanku;

    beliau memberi petunjuk kepadaku agar aku meninggalkan maksiat;

    Beliau berkata: Ketahuilah bahawa ilmu adalah cahaya;

    sedangkan cahaya Allah tidak mungkin diberikan kepada pelaku maksiat.”

    Sahabat sekalian,

    Mari muhasabah semula diri kita bersama.

    Ilmu adalah cahaya.

    Adakah dengan cemerlangnya kita dalam pelajaran, cahaya Allah telah masuk dalam hati kita? Maka, kita bukan dari golongan yang membuat maksiat? Kita bukan pelaku maksiat?

    Sedarilah,

    Adakah hasutan dan godaan syaitan, hawa nafsu dan dunia itu lebih menarik dari tarikan syurga yang kekal abadi? Lebih menarik dari redha dan sayang Allah buat hamba-Nya? Apa lebihnya dunia yang kilauannya hanya sementara berbanding syurga yang kekal kilauannya? Adakah kita jahil tentang perkara ini? Kita tahu Hari Kiamat sudah dekat. Kita tahu mati itu bisa diketemukan bila-bila sahaja.

    Kenangkan,

    Dahulunya, ketika masih kecil, kita rajin menghafal dan membaca al-quran. Bagus bacaan ketika itu. Mak ayah gembira kerana kita mampu membaca Alif Ba Ta, Al-quran dengan bertajwid.

    Dahulunya, ketika masih kecil, kita suka mendengar kisah-kisah nabi. Mahu jadi seperti sahabat-sahabat Rasulullah. Mahu jadi berani, kental seperti Salahuddin Al-Ayubi.

    Dahulunya, ketika masih kecil, kita saling berkejaran untuk khatam al-quran. Berlumba-lumba dengan adik-beradik, rakan-rakan. Mengejar ganjaran pahala di bulan Ramadhan.

    Dahulunya, ketika masih kecil, kita sangat takutkan neraka. Kita mahukan syurga. Sentiasa bertanyakan ustaz-ustazah tentang syurga, neraka dan isi-isinya.

    Dahulunya, ketika masih kecil, kita gerunkan Hari Akhirat. Sentiasa bertanyakan ustaz-ustazah tentang Dajjal, Ya’juj wa Ma’juj dan keadaan Hari Kiamat.

    Mengapa sekarang tidak lagi?

    Akademik kita masih cemerlang seperti dahulu, tetapi ISLAM kita tidak secemerlang dahulu. Muslim sejatikah kita sekarang?

    UPSR 5A, PMR 9A, SPM 11A. Dapat ke luar negara, sambung pelajaran. Ya Allah, banyak sungguh nikmat yang kita dapat.

    Our academic achievements as a student go up as our performances as Muslim go down. Nevertheless, Allah masih berikan nikmat yang tidak terkira. Walhal, Allah masih menolong dan membantu kita.

    Adakah semua ini dikira Nur Allah telah masuk ke dalam hati kita? Adakah pertolongan Allah tersebut membuktikan Nur Allah telah masuk untuk kita?

    Allah masih sayangkan kita. Oleh kerana itu, kita masih cemerlang sebagai pelajar. Sebagai muslim, bagaimana? Jauhilah maksiat wahai sahabat. Jauhilah.

    Siapa lagi kalau bukan Allah yang memberikan cemerlang pada kamu. Siapa lagi kalau bukan Allah yang masih menjadikan kita hidup menghirup udara segar. Menikmati nikmat Islam. Mahukah kita mati sebagai ahlun nar – ahli neraka?

    Kenapa masih lagi bergelumang dengan maksiat, wahai sahabat. Mengapa?

    Nur Allah adalah Nur Kasih yang ‘real’

    Tepuk dada tanya Iman kita.


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