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Before I Used To Talk To Some Friends


Before I used to talk to some friends who are struggling to make salat regularly, or struggling to practice the deen in general, etc, in a way of "why you have to pray 5x a day and what are the consequences of missing salat, how it's bad to do X or not do X because of X ayat or X hadith, etc". Going on jamaat made me realize the importance of the very basic, of having firm yaqeen & and faith in "La iLLaha iLLAllah, Muhammadur Rasulullah". 

Now, first of all, I don't talk, because I know I am not qualified to speak to anyone about the deen, when I need so much help myself. So I try to keep my mouth shut to the best of my ability and speak minimally, even if I am in a situation where I just want to go off (such as TV being watched, music being played, or plans being made to break other commandments of Allah). However, if Allah :taala: chooses to give me an opportunity to talk to a brother about the deen, I do it more from the perspective of "forget about why this guy is so persistent on making his salat on time or why he keeps a beard or why he wears his pants above his ankles, why he does X or why he does not do X, etc, rather let's work on our yaqeen and figure out how we can understand and have firm yaqeen in "La iLLaha iLLAllah, Muhammadur Rasullah", and Insha'Allah everything else will follow. 

I also use the analogy (did not invent it) that how they follow their bosses orders 100% at work because they know if they don't follow their bosses rules and orders at work, they have a serious risk of getting in trouble and even getting fired. They follow these orders because they have firm yaqeen that their boss is there, is watching them, and that he will hold them accountable for their actions at work. Allah is our only true "boss" but we don't follow His orders because we don't have firm yaqeen & faith that we will 'get in trouble' or 'get fired (rather get thrown into the fire, Astaghfirullah) if we don't follow His rules and orders... so we go breaking them left and right. 

If we had yaqeen in Allah's existence, His authority over us, and His words, as much we have yaqeen in our employer's existence, their authority over us, and their rules & words, then surely we would keep a full beard even if we thought it was impractical (Astaghfirullah), we would wear hijab in all situations where hijab is required and not selectively, we would wear our pants above our ankles even if we thought it looks "weird" in public, we would stop listening to music no matter how much we "enjoy" it, we would stop watching movies, and all in all we would stop trying to make "loopholes" in Allah's deen just to accomodate our desires. 

This has seemed to help in some situations. If the conversation seems to take a turn towards something specific, such as "yeah I understand belief in the kalima but why X or why not X, etc", I always try to steer it back to having firm yaqeen in "La iLLaha iLLAllah, Muhhamdur Rasulullah", and I always keep saying that stop worrying about other, "advanced" things, just worry about this one thing and Insha'Allah improvements will happen from there. Only Allah can give hidayat and only He knows best.

Lumrah Tangisan Bayi



Seperti yang kita semua maklum, setiap hari jutaan bayi lahir daripada rahim2 wanita. Perkara yg pertama apabila berhadapan dgn kelahiran, doktor yg arif akan memastikan setiap bayi yang lahir dan keluar daripada rahim ibunya agar sentiasa dalam keadaan MENANGIS. Apabila bayi menangis, maka paru2 pada bayi itu akan lebih berfungsi, lalu mengepam udara, sebagai tanda pernafasan. Maka bayi yang menangis ketika dilahirkan itu mempunyai peluang untuk terus hidup kerana berupaya untuk bernafas.

Tetapi sesetengah keadaan, ada bayi yang lahir keluar daripada rahim ibunya berkeadaan tidak menangis. Keadaan begini bagi doktor adalah perkara yg sangat membimbangkan, kerana dikhuatiri jika gagal bernafas, bayi ini berhadapan dengan kematian. Doktor akan sedaya upaya melakukan sedikit cubitan dan pukulan  ringan terhadap bayi yg tidak menangis itu, agar ia merasa kesakitan. Bayi yg merasa kesakitan, lumrahnya akan menangis. Tangisan sebenarnya menghidupkan pernafasan. Maka keadaan kesakitan yg dialami itu amat perlukan, agar si bayi menangis, lalu bernafas dan terus hidup.

Begitu juga hakikat kehidupan yg akan dialami oleh seorang dalam menempuh jalan menuju Ilahi. Segala kesempitan, kesedihan, kesusahan, dan kekecewaan yg berlaku keatas kita, sebenarnya memang Allah sengaja wujudkan dan rela melihat hamba2Nya merintih kesedihan. Allah tidak ingin hati hambanya MATI disisiNya. Apabila hambanya merintih kesedihan menghadapi kehidupan, itu tandanya sayang Allah pada hambanya. Allah kembalikan hambaNya dengan keadaan sentiasa menangis berdoa. Orang yg dekat dgn Allah ini, dalam apa2 jua keadaan tetap akan kembali kpd amal dan ketaatan kpdNya. Maka manusia2 yg sentiasa tawajuh berharap dan berhajat kpd Allah dalam keadaan menangis ini, sebenarnya hati mereka hidup di sisi Allah.

Kamu harus sabar Fattah, dan tetap dalam berkeadaan demikian. yakinlah, Allah bersama org yg sabar..
 
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