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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

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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?

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

written by: ibnhussin for BTi

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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?

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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.


Bounce ur IMAN

Siapa yg pernah bermain tenis? Pertama kali bermain tenis cukup segar dalam ingatan saya. Pertama kali bermain tenis cukup mengujakan. Ye la, nampak macam senang. Jadi nak tunjuk power la kononnya. Tapi bila nak balas pukulan sahabat saya, tiba2..

Arg, sakit!

Arg, sakit!

DUSH!! Bola tenis kena tepat di muka. Pergh! Sakit, memang sakit.. (sambil ketawa menunduk muka) Jadi, jangan pandai-pandai nak tunjuk power(selingan). Hinggalah sekarang saya masih lagi tidak hebat dalam tenis, malah tak pernah main lagi sampai sekarang. Best tonton di peti tv sahaja. Menonton FedEx vs Nadal mmg best! Tapi, jaga2.. Menonton perlawanan tenis memang melalaikan. tido terlepas, qiam pun habis terhempas.

Bola Tenis

Sebenarnya, bukanlah sukan tenis yang ingin saya perkatakan. Apa yang ingin diperbualkan di sini ialah tentang bola tenis itu sendiri.

bile nak berhenti melantun??

bile nak berhenti melantun??

1) Bola tenis ini akan sentiasa melantun. Lebih-lebih lagi bila ia jatuh. Ia akan terus dan tetap melantun. Malahan sekiranya ia berhenti, atom-atom di dalam bola tenis itu tetap akan me’lantun’ (bergetar). – err, kan??

2) Bila difikirkan semula, lantunan bola tenis telah menyebabkan hentakan yg kuat jika terkena muka kita. Dush!! Argh, adoi sakitnya..

Our IMAN?

Iman manusia yazid wayanqus. Iman kita naik dan turun. Tidak kira seorang alim atau pun tidak. Berilmu tinggi atau tidak. Anak ustaz atau tidak. Berlatarbelakang tarbiyah atau tidak. Manusia semuanya sama sahaja. Yang membezakan ialah taqwa kepada Allah s.w.t.

“…Sungguh, yang paling mulia di antara kamu di sisi Allah ialah orang yang paling bertaqwa. Sungguh, Allah Maha Mengetahui, Maha Teliti.” (49:13)

Persoalannya, apabila Iman kita jatuh apa yang kita akan lakukan? Adakah kita akan membiarkan ia terus jatuh? atau kita menunggu hingga ia naik semula dengan sendiri? Sedar atau tidak sesuatu harus kita lakukan.

Monyet yang memanjat pokok kelapa tidak akan jatuh kalau angin yang cukup kuat bertiup. Akan tetapi, ia akan jatuh bila mana angin sepoi-sepoi bahasa datang masuk ke bulu roma.. Bayangkan, bestnya.. Tup, tup, monyet itu jatuh. Ya, kita juga begitu (bukan disamakan seperti monyet, jauh sekali). Bila mana kita merasa selesa kita mula rasakan bahawa Iman kita dah cukup tinggi. Kita mula rasakan usaha dakwah kita dah cukup banyak. Kita mula rasa ingin dipuji atas pencapaian kita. Kita juga mula rasakan kita lebih baik dari orang lain kerana mengikuti tarbiyah. Ya, tatkala itu sebenarnya kita tidak sedar bahawa itulah yg menjadi “local max point” bagi graf IMAN kita.

Maka, kesannya kita mula untuk ber’takaful’ rapat dengan perkara yang lagha malah melalaikan. Mulanya, hanya hendak ber’taaruf’ ringkas. Ya lah, Saidina Umar kan ada cakap “..Aku lebih merisaukan umat Islam tidak mengenal Jahiliyah”. Ya, tidak salah mengenal dan sememangnya disarankan, tetapi mencuba itu suatu perkara yang silap. Cubaan pertama membawa pada cubaan kedua dan seterusnya. Alah, mat saleh kan kata “There is no second step without first step”. Fikir-fikirkanlah.

“Manusia. Fikiran tidak dapat dihadkan. Lisan tidak dapat dibungkam. Anggota badan tidak akan duduk diam. Oleh kerana itu, sekiranya kamu tidak disibukkan dengan hal-hal yang besar, kamu akan disibukkan dengan hal-hal yang kecil”

-Abdul Wahab Azzam-

Lantunkan Iman Anda

Saya menyarankan kita mencontohi sifat dan ciri-ciri bola tenis. Tampak lucu. Bola tenis akan sentiasa melantun bila jatuh. Sifatnya yang sebegini yang perlu kita contohi. Bila mana Iman kita jatuh, jangan kita mudah membiarkan Iman kita terus jatuh. Jangan kita mudah dan kerap memberi alasan untuk terus jatuh. Orang kampung saya kata, Never Give Up, bounce back ur IMAN.

benteng anda hanyalah alasan bukan dinding konkrit

benteng anda hanyalah alasan bukan dinding konkrit

Sedarilah, IMAN ialah suatu yang perlu kita pertahankan. “LANTUN”kanlah Iman anda. Kerna lantunan IMAN anda akan memberikan impak yang besar kepada ummat. Sepertimana lantunan bola tenis mengenai tepat ke muka musuh-musuh Allah s.w.t. Walaupun momentumnya masih sama seperti sebelum jatuh (mengikut hukum fizik) akan tetapi Momentum yang sama inilah menunjukkan himmah kita sebagai syabab tidak pernah luntur dan sentiasa sama walaupun kita jatuh tersungkur. Malahan, daya impuls dari bola tenis itu cukup utk menjatuhkan seseorang. Cukup untuk menggentarkan musuh-musuh Islam.

Carilah “point of inflexion” bagi grad IMAN anda, moga concavity yang berubah itu, merubah graf anda agar lebih tinggi. Moga lebih tinggi dari yang sebelumnya. LANTUNKAN, lantunkan lah.. IMAN anda..

“Katakanlah, “Wahai hamba-hambaku yang telah melampaui batas terhadap diri mereka sendiri! Janganlah kamu berputus asa dari rahmat Allah. Sesungguhnya Allah Mengampuni dosa-dosa semuanya. Sungguh, Dia-lah Yang Maha Pengampun, Maha Penyayang.” (39:53)