Sunday, 19 June 2016

0 Habit

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

During tazkirah today, the Imam said; انتصف رمضان (half of Ramadhan). A reflection comes into my head. With only half of the month left, will I be able to reach the target I should? Have I really seized the opportunity given in this holy month?

When Ramadhan is described as a month of mujahadah, it is a month of struggle. To struggle is not just to increase tilawah or prayers, those are also important though, but to remove unhealty habits and to cultivate a new one. Reading 3 Juz per day while still sleeping most of the day is not a real struggle, or praying tarawikh for two hours while still not lowering gaze.

This one-month divine program aims to build new better muslims, which become God conscious and whole-heartedly appreciate the meaning of submission to Allah. This is not easy, so that Allah makes it easier by having this kind of intensive program. 

To create a new habit is difficult. May Allah give us strength and stamina to keep struggling in the second half of Ramadhan.

وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا

ربنا تقبل مجاهدتنا

Sunday, 12 June 2016

0 Reality And Fantasy

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

What is seen or read is not always the reality. The standard given for anything is usually higher than what majority can achieve. Having medicine as an example, theoretical fact in medical books are not 100 percent found in real life or clinical practice. However, it is written as a standard reference. It is termed classic when it meets the standard in books. Sometimes slight variability might be encountered and accepted.

When it comes to applying tarbiyah or islah in our own locality, the ideal standard may not be met. To have a good team is not always the case. To be in a good giving-advise-to-each-other environment is also not always available. At last, the real situation is only known by the locals. 

For that reason, everyone should thoroughly understand the particular situation they are living in so as not to be influenced by the achievement of other localities which seems much better than us. Problem arises when we tend to literally follow what our colleagues do without knowing the very reason behind it. At the end of the day, what is done is premature and being out of context.

At the level of individual, everyone is having different struggles. One may see one's struggle as being easy, but deep inside, no one knows. Only the person himself knows how much struggle he has to go through. Focus on our own struggles and help others going through their struggles. Maybe the one we lightly look at goes to the Jannah first. Do not feel our struggle is the only honorable struggle.

Ramadhan Kareem, Allahu Akram!


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