Tuesday, January 25, 2011
You can to get to know something about someone (yourself especially)... until you are faced with something of the opposite...
1. You'll never know if you're patient, until the point where something really angers you...
you may think you're the patient type... but when something makes you mad... what will you do? curse? make a face? punch the wall? or will you keep your cool? say 'astaghfirullah'? take 'wudhu'? solah?
2. You'll never know if you're brave, until the call of war has been made upon you? or maybe stand up for what is right. You may think that you're brave, but will you valiantly respond to the call with jihad? or will you cower in fear and make excuses
will you bravely stand up for the truth or will you just cowardly accept and allow the injustice, oppression and iniquity?
3. You'll never know if you're a true 'brother' (or sister) to your fellow muslims , until something is asked from you for them. Like when your brother is deep in debt. You may picture yourself the best friend someone could have, generous and all that. but would you hurry to help him? or would you flinch, hesitate and make excuses of your own financial dificulties?
4. You'll never know you're Iman, until you're left all alone by yourself. when your housemates are home, maybe you'll never miss a solah fardhu at the mosque because you might feel ashamed that they all went. but when you're home alone? will you still go to the mosque, or will you in your laziness just pray at home (for the sisters maybe praying early would be a more appropriate example.
lots of other examples of these
"You'll never know.... until" s can be made...
this post is just food for thought
Monday, January 17, 2011
A sad incident happened here in Alexandria this morning...
One of my colleagues here passed away... she died of Carbon Monoxide poisoning from a suspected gas leak from the water heater... the bathroom was probably improperly ventilated as in winter students tend to close the windows... she couldn't be saved... inna lillah wa inna ilaihi raajiun
We are currently taking our final semester examinations at the current moment... 7 of 10 papers are left... the next one being tomorrow... she won't be able to sit for the 7 papers left, we still can...
My sincerest condolences for her family, housemates and friends who are probably in great grief right now...
Her battle might be over, but ours continues as Allah keeps us alive...
I still remember in school when my ustaz asked us to ponder on what belongs to us. our money? our clothes? our body?... no, they are all borrowed... even our LIFE is
not ours, that is why it prohibited to commit suicide, as it is not ours to give away... just as it is unethical to give a borrowed phone to somebody as it isn't ours to give... how ungrateful we are until Allah repeats the verse
"Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny (be ungrateful)?"countless times in surah Ar-Rahman
a few other verse to ponder upon
I'd like to share few words from a syeikh here (general meaning)
"People tend to be so engaged in what has been decided for them,
and yet they forget what is demanded from them"
such a 'decided' thing is Rizq (Rezeki)... everybody's Rizq has already been decided for them...
for instance, a fisherman goes out to see one day for an hour, and comes back with a great catch, the next day he goes out for twice as long, and yet, his catch is not nearly as half has the previous day...
see the point here?
Of course it is not wrong to put effort as it is a golden rule that
"success is dependant on effort" but not to be so obsessed or preoccupied about these things that we forget our duties, responsibilities and what is demanded from us... our duties to Allah, ourselves, our family and relatives, our friends... (not going to into further detail)
which will all be asked and judged by Allah on "al-yaumu laa zilla, illa zilluh" (the day where there will be no shade, except His shade)
back to studying for tomorrows paper...
"Rabbi yassirna, wala tu'assirna"