Which of the favours from the Lord that you deny?

Bismillah..

I feel…that I am not in a position to complain about my hardship.. because I believe there are other human beings that face even greater hardship than I do..

‘Look at how you’re sleeping, how much you’ve eaten, you’ve got so much more than most..’ lagu Zain Bhikha.

How true.

I am living in peace, unlike my other brothers and sisters in Gaza, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria. I don’t have families who were murdered, tortured, or raped. I have never been sexually or physically abused. I was never wrongly and unjustly persecuted. I have faced racism and verbal abuse in Australia, but that is NIL compared to what the people there have been through (mine is like a speck of dust compared to theirs). I have enough food. I bathe everyday. I never have shortages of electricity, water or heat. Internet is within my hands. I have enough money to buy things I need and sometimes things that I want. The sceneries that I pass through each day to go to and back from uni is beautiful; lovely cool weather, happy sunshine, cheerful birds, and friendly neighbours too (although some are not– EPP! complain lagi?!). All in all, I have everything that I can ask for!

Fa bi ayyi alaa irabbikuma tukadziban? Then which of the favours from the Lord that you deny?

Kadang-kadang.. terasa macam manja. Bila suatu ujian menimpa, yang mungkin hanya berbentuk dalaman, itu pun nak mengeluh. Sedangkan ramai lagi yang diberi ujian berganda-ganda lebih besar.

The things that you are asked to do are very simple.

Pasang niat ikhlas.

Usaha bersungguh-sungguh.

Sabar atas ujian.

Bersyukur dengan nikmatNya.

The pursuit of happiness in this life and the next is actually getting myself to do all these things.

Be done and get on with it.

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Sabar and Shukr (by Zain Bhikha)

There was so much on my mind in my bed I lay
I turned to my side and I heard a voice say
Stop all your whining, heart rates declining
You’ve got so much more than most
Look how you’re sleeping, how much you’ve eaten
Don’t you know that you’re supposed to say

Chorus:
Sabr and Shukr are wonderful things
The praises to Allah we should always sing
when things go right it’s from Him not me
And when they are wrong, we get through patiently

I got out of bed, began to walk
Bumped into some folks and we started to talk
Did you hear about the killing, the bloodshed the stealing
The grass got burned on the other side
Soldiers a coming, people a running
All that’s left is the orphan child
Lyrics www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/zain_bhikha/

Chorus
Bridge:
I opened my eyes and began to see
Everything that’s happening around me
What seemed half empty now seems so full
There’s no use crying over what’s been spilled
While babies are dying, mothers are crying
Their containers have never even been filled

Chorus (Half)
Inn Allah ha, Ma As Saabireen

I opened my eyes, began to see
Everything that’s happening around me

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Becoming a functional individual

Bismillah..

Things are never going to get easier, at least not for those who wants to stay in this path of life.

Ada orang pernah berkata, semakin lama kita berada dalam medan dakwah dan tarbiyyah, semakin besar ujian yang diberi untuk menguji samada kita masih mahu berada di dalamnya atau tidak. Satu lagi yang selalu didengari: semakin tinggi iman, semakin besar ujian untuk menguji keimanan seseorang itu. Though I’m not entirely sure if both correlate, but I’m guessing yes because what makes a person really want to stay with dakwah and tarbiyyah for the rest of his/her life? Of course keimanan yang tinggi dan niat yang ikhlas. Two really basic but of the most important things to have yet people can lose them along the way too :/ may Allah protect me from going astray.

Anyway..so much to reflect on (as I do on a very frequent basis nowadays)..but an interesting point that I made to myself to keep me going is to ask me this question myself everyday: ‘How can I best perform as a functional person?’ This question can be asked anywhere, anytime. Tak kisah la dalam aspek dakwah dan tarbiyyah, di tempat kerja, as a team player, bersama keluarga, dengan jiran tetangga, di kampung halaman, dalam sebuah komuniti etc etc the list is endless. The question is i believe is helpful to reflect ourselves on how we can be a better person, in this moment, at this time, ie right NOW.

InsyaAllah, kita nak jadi orang yang berguna, ‘berguna kepada orang ramai’, tu pun salah satu daripada 10 muwasafat tarbiyyah, bukan? 🙂 (I can assure you at least from what I see right now it’s still a looong way to go for muslims to achieve these 10 things sigh).

Say NO to hedonism that looks at the purpose of life as one that only seeks life pleasures, joys, indulgences (food, material things, sex). Hanya untuk memuaskan nafsu semata-mata. You are created for a lot more than that bro! Open up your eyes a bit more!

Say YES to becoming functional individuals, that bring positive outcomes toward your environment. This is what we need in the younger generations that is now at stake.

And Islam is THE ultimate solution for it.

‘Allah tidak akan mengubah nasib suatu kaum sehingga kaum itu mengubah nasib mereka sendiri..’