27 Januari 2011

Memang lama saya tidak menulis apa-apa disini…sekali lagi, tersasar daripada gol (T_T)

Saya sentiasa teringat pada blog ni cuma diatas kelemahan diri, tak dapat istiqamah untuk menulis😦

Banyak perkara telah berlaku pada saya dalam beberapa bulan ni, seperti satu episod hidup ‘besar’ yang berantai-rantai rapat…alhamdulillah atas semuanya🙂

Kini, sedang dalam proses penyesuian diri……………insyaAllah, akan kembali semula. doakan ye (*^_^*)

Saya kongsikan satu nasyid daripada kumpulan Nadamurni satu ketika dulu.Umur saya masih di awal belasan tahun semasa pertama kali mendengar nasyid ni dipersembahkan secara langsung. Waktu pertama kali dengar itu, saya merasakan ada satu perasaan tertusuk dalam diri. Seperti ada satu ‘tranformation’ yang sedang berlaku perlahan-lahan dan senyap dalam jiwa. Sehingga kini, saya masih merasakan tusukan perasaan  mendengar lirik nasyid ini…moga nasyid ini ada manfaat pada kita semua

I’m feeling that a sore throat is about to emerge and I’m trying to defeat it my swallowing gallons of mineral water.

So far, I’m surviving but at the same time, I can feel that my body is getting weaker….

…and my head feels heavy. I feel tired and I want to sleep.

Zzzzzz….

NO NO NOoooooooooooo!!!….

I can’t afford to  fall asleep! I cannot even take a long rest. Considering the time limits, I’m getting panic with so much things to do.  For instance,  I’ve got a big meeting to attend this afternoon. What am I doing to myself???…letting all the stuff swirling in my head and putting no action to it!!!

As informed in the email (probably to silently warn me),

“all the managers and director for MEMs/MicroEnergy will attend this meeting.”

Even though someone else is presenting, I can also feel the chill. It will soon be my turn…

Next week, I’ll be traveling far for about a week.  I’ll have the opportunity to meet the experts in my research field. I also will be visiting some labs for future collaborations insyaAllah. Actually, I’m pressured by this “intellectual atmosphere” because I feel so new to this engineering ‘field’ and my current knowledge about it is probably just  0.1%? I’m terrified of meeting these people while feeling like an empty tin with just air in it…ting  ting  ting.

Well, this is my negative thinking…what I don’t know fears me.

Theoritically, I can’t let this go in my head…

I’m being there to gain knowledge and experience. I’m in the training process. I’m trying as hard as I can to turn the wheel to a positive route. Yes, I’m new and fresh in this field. The mechanical engineering undergraduates know more than me. Yes, I admit this, but I’m not going to let that fact dampen my spirit.

I am new, so I have to learn and work hard. I can’t expect myself to be so full blast of knowledge when I’m just starting. I’m reading all the things that I think I have to know. Yes, I’m getting more blurry and confused with so many input and unfamiliar terms coming in, but I’m trying to digest it.

So, I have to keep on trying, be more focus in my literature and just keep a positive attitude of being thirsty to learn…

just relax in gear 1 for the time being…

but work hard to improve…strategize and execute a plan…

There was on story about a famous muslim leader (astaghfirullah, I forgot his name)…one day, he was instructed to run around a field and can only stop when he feels that he could not take it. So he ran and ran and eventually was puffing  and panting heavily and  yet, he still did not stop running. He still ran with all his might until he suddenly collapse. When his instructor questioned him on why did he not stop, he replied that it was because he was given instructions to run until his  imits which he did not know until he was stopped.

Do you understand the point of this story?

They say, the sky is the limits……

This law is

“Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls)” From 13: 11.

This law clearly speaks for itself, this is the only way to get out of the hardships we are suffering.
Nothing will change until we start changing ourselves. This also means that if we want to see change in someone or in our surroundings, then start first by changing ourselves. Then, you’ll see the effect coming.

“Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls)” From 13: 11.

Salam,

I found this YouTube link some time ago. This talk about salatul istikhara is really interesting, complete and answered all my questions at that time. Just want to share it with you all…..

Just in case if you want to know more about salatul istikhara, try to click this link http://makkah.wordpress.com/2006/12/25/before-any-major-decision-pray-salat-ul-istikhara/

 

Two days ago, I heard an interesting sharing from ikim.fm about an experience of someone that had reverted to Islam several years ago (sorry, cannot remember his name). This kind of sharing is one of my favorite topics. I’m so keen and eager to hear the experience of reverts. Why?  Because these special people worked their way up to find the truth. Their searched made them received Allah’s hidayah.

These people always have some good qualities to be learnt. They inspire me. I mean, it’s so hard for ourselves to demolish one bad habit. Thus, changing the ways of our life by applying new rules must be quite ‘challenging’. It can only be done by a person with strong will, by a person with strong faith. For people who did it because of Allah and found out the truth, this change would be a special spiritual journey…and the change is something so welcoming to them. This spiritual journey must had been the most precious moment of their lives as the change gives indescribable tranquility. It had answered all the questions in life….

Back to the sharing, this brother shared about a lot of things and I was quite awed hearing his experiences. I’ll extract one piece of what he shared. He was born in a family that had strong faith in his previous religion. He described that he was so in love with his ‘god’. If he could give comparison, it was a love relationship like ‘romeo-juliet’ but more than that. At a tender young age, he already had the aim to hold the highest religious rank. He succeeded making his way up as one of the most respectable leaders of his religion. Then one day, he read in one of his holy book that God is Almighty. This was the starting point that made him question about his religion. He wondered that if God is the Almighty, then why did his ‘god’ with superb powers also had families, faces problems like him and also had difficulties. So because his religion had so many gods, he wanted to find the Almighty God that was stated in his holy book so he could worship that ‘god’…he traveled around the world  to search for the Almighty God but did not find that ‘god’ in his religion. There was no ‘god’ from the hundreds of ‘gods’ in his religion that fitted the Almighty character. Eventually, it took 8 years for him to learn that the Almighty God was Allah…

And then he continued to share …one day, he was at a mosque parking lot and saw a man approaching several people around him. From far, he could see that no one the man approached seem willing to help him. At last, that man came to him to ask for his help. And you know what help this man wanted? It’s so simple. He just wanted a witness to follow him into the mosques to witness him say the syahadaitain! This man wanted to be a muslim and the muslims around him just turned him down!!! I feel so ashamed hearing this and it moved me to tears. Even though I probably would happily be a witness if I had been approached, but do my other characters makes me fall in the same group? The so called muslim group that cannot show good example of my pure religion?

There was one point he emphasized that I take it as an important message to muslims everywhere. He had a special good muslim friend. This muslim friend was so special to him, but even at that stage of relationship, that  muslim friend never introduced him properly to Islam on in other words, invite him to see the truth.   I’ve heared  this message so many times from reverts. I will always remember a quote from one revert, “ don’t you muslim pity us if we die without knowing the truth”.

Now, I  want to share this video with you all…let us open our eyes and let us bring others to open their eyes too…

Make Me Strong

I know I’m waiting
Waiting for something
Something to happen to me
But this waiting comes with
Trials and challenges
Nothing in life is free
I wish that somehow
You’d tell me out aloud
That on that day I’ll be ok
But we’ll never know cause
That’s not the way it works
Help me find my way

My Lord show me right from wrong
Give me light make me strong
I know the road is long
Make me strong
Sometimes it just gets too much
I feel that I’ve lost touch
I know the road is long
Make me strong

I know I’m waiting
Yearning for something
Something known only to me
This waiting comes with
Trials and challenges
Life is one mystery
I wish that somehow
You’d tell me out aloud
That on that day you’ll forgive me
But we’ll never know cause
That’s not the way it works
I beg for your mercy

My Lord show me right from wrong
Give me light make me strong
I know the road is long
Make me strong
Sometimes it just gets too much
I feel that I’ve lost touch
I know the road is long
Make me strong

Words: Sami Yusuf
Music: Sami Yusuf
Produced by Sami Yusuf

 

Assalamu’alaikum wrmt kawan-kawan…

Ramadhan Kareem!

Selamat menghirup udara Ramadhan hari pertama. Beruntungnya kita dapat merasa Ramadhan…ramai yang telah pergi sebelum sempat sampai ke bulan mulia ini. Para generasi terdahulu berdoa 6 bulan awal sebelum Ramadhan agar dapat disampaikan hayat sehingga ke Ramadhan. Kemudian, mereka teruskan lagi doa selama 6 bulan lagi agar diterima amal mereka sebagai ibadah dibulan Ramadhan..

Pagi tadi hujan sebentar dengan lebat disini pada waktu sahur. Terasa mcm satu perasaan sebak memenuhi ruang hati di kegelapan malam…alhamdulillah wa syukurilah, inila Ramadhan yang ditunggu-tunggu sekian lama…kegembiraan telah datang…

ku mengharap ramdhan kali ini penuh makna…

ku mengharap ramadhan ini, yang terbaik buatku dari tahun-tahun yg telah berlalu,,

ku mengharap, diriku ini dapat mengingat niat ini,mensucikannya sepanjang waktu………

kerana diakhir semua ini, diriku yang lemah ini mengharap keampunan dan beroleh ketaqwaan…

Sesungguhnya amal yang KECIL boleh menjadi BESAR kerana ikhlas dalam niat. Begitula juga, amal yang BESAR boleh menjadi KECIL disisi Allah kerana terpesongnya suatu niat itu…

Mari kita sama-sama saling peringatkan diri dengan kemuliaan Ramadhan…mudah-mudahan kita beroleh apa yang dinanti-nantikan…

“Dan bersegeralah kamu mencari ampunan dari tuhanMu dan mendapatkan syurga yang seluas langit dan bumi yang disediakan bagi orang-orang bertaqwa” (Al-Imran:133)

Berikut saya kongsikan artikal tentang 10 target bagi bulan Ramadhan dari soundvsion:

10 Goals for Ramadan 2010

by Samana Siddiqui

The beginning of the new year is usually considered a good time to set goals and make resolutions. Ramadan is even better. Since it’s for only one month versus one year, it’s easier to stick it out and really try to make the effort. The possible benefits: the development of a lifelong good habit, a good deed done in a systematic way, and a sense of accomplishment that can be carried over the rest of the year.

Here are 10 suggested goals to set in Ramadan 2010:

1. Break your fast with a $1 meal

Over one billion people worldwide live on $1 a day http://earthtrends.wri.org/updates/node/6. That includes a good portion of Muslims who not only spend their days fasting, but break their fasts

with less-than-lavish meals, made up of foods like beans, rice, lentils, and bread. At least three times this Ramadan, try to do Iftar with a $1 meal. It will give you a perspective beyond empathizing with the hungry from dawn to dusk only.

2. Give away something you truly love

Allah reminds us in the Quran: “You shall not attain righteousness until you spend out of what you love (in the way of Allah). Allah knows whatever you spend,” (3:92). Also, Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was noted to always be generous, and was even more so in Ramadan (Bukhari).

Keeping this in mind, choose something you truly love and are attached to this Ramadan and give it to someone in need. For example, if you had been saving up to buy a personal item – be it a gadget, something nice for your house, or a fun vacation – consider giving away all that money to a charity you trust, a family member or friend struggling financially, or to help cover an ill person’s medical bills, for example.

The point of the exercise is to become closer to Allah by sharing with others and reducing our attachment to material things.

3. Console a grieving friend

Grief can take many forms, ranging from the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, illness, or any other hardship. If possible, visit a grieving friend or acquaintance in person, meet for lunch, or at least call. Text messages, tweets, and wall posts just don’t cut it when it comes to really hearing someone out and giving the support they need in times of difficulty.

4. Begin one small, sincere, but regular good deed

The Prophet advised, “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even though it were little” (Bukhari).

Start one, and only one, small good deed this Ramadan. It could be smiling more if you are a generally more serious type; calling or visiting parents just one more day a week than you usually do; or cooking one meal a week so your spouse has more time to remember Allah. Choose your deed and stick with it.

5. Host an Iftar for the hungry
Polish your guest list this year and include family, friends or neighbors who you know are struggling financially or are truly hungry. Too often, we invite our exclusive clique of people close to us, most of whom don’t worry about where their next meal is going to come from, unlike one in six children in the United States.

This year, expand your social circle and include those who are truly in need. Better yet, invite your “crew” and your new friends together.

6. Pray Taraweeh at a different Masjid

 And different here doesn’t mean just in terms of location. Choose a mosque that boasts a congregation ethnically or racially different from you and the people you normally hang out with. Allah created human beings into nations and tribes so they can get to know one another (Quran 49:13). Take this to heart this Ramadan and familiarize yourself with brothers and sisters different on the outside, but spiritually connected to you deep down on the inside.

7. BBQ a meal for a community Iftar

Fire up the grill during this summery Ramadan and cook up some heavy-duty BBQ Iftar for the local Masjid, which usually hosts nightly fast-breaking meals. Note: this is a great opportunity for brothers, many of whom like to engage in the manly sport of BBQing meals in warmer weather.

8. Get rid of Iftar leftovers through food recovery programs and composting

If the fridge is stuffed and you can’t figure out where to put all those Iftar leftovers, don’t head straight for the trash. Throwing away food after a day of knowing what it feels like to be hungry means we haven’t really understood the lesson of feeding and empathizing with the needy that Ramadan teaches us.

Locate a food recovery program or shelter that can use that good food and cut down on waste.

If you can’t use a food recovery program, at least consider composting what you can.

9. Give up one, and only one, addiction

This runs the gamut from lattes to Facebook, to video games to chai/caffeine of any kind. The aim is to lessen dependency on those things we don’t truly need and remember that we should rely completely on Allah for all things.

10. Tolerate or forgive one bad habit or quirk of a loved one

As we remember Allah’s tolerance of our countless faults, this Ramadan – 10 days of which are defined as the “days of forgiveness” – overlook or forgive a specific fault of a loved one. This can be small but annoying habits, like regularly losing the grocery list, forgetting lunch on school days, or perpetually being 15 minutes late.

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Samana Siddiqui is Sound Vision’s Content Manager. She is also a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Crescent newspaper.

 

From: Min
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:34 AM
To: ‘welma la’anda’; istiqamah subuki
Subject: RE: salam

ram tentunya dalam flight skrang ni…on de way nak pi madinah…huhuhu, sediahnyaaa min kena tinggal kat m’sia…sedihla

Qama, baru2x ni min balik dan tgk album yg abah min baru cuci…dah ada gambar kita kat gua hira’…hehehe. InsyaAllah min try ambik soft copy gambar tu ye :)…

tiba2x terasa ingin sangat2x nak berada di depan ka’bah..duk belakang Maqam Ibrahim (tempat yg kita selalu duk rehat kat Masjidilharam :))..

welma, klau la akak ada duit lebih, ingin sangat akak ikut welma ke sana ramadhan ni….

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Perasaan rindu yang sentiasa terbangkit ketika diingatkan tentang Madinah dan Makkah. Takkan padam selamanya insyaAllah kerinduan ini…

Jiwa terasa  sayu pada hari terakhir kami  di Madinah. Terasa bayangan rindu sudah mula berputik biarpun saya belum lagi berangkat meninggalkan Madinah. Hati sudah tertarik mencintai Madinah. Perlahan-lahan, masa yang berlalu selama empat hari dibumi penuh keberkatan itu telah buat saya menjadi antara mereka yang telah terjatuh cinta dengan Madinah. Sukar dihuraikan sebab kenapa hati ini terpaut dengan Madinah.

Pandangan saya asyik tertumpu melihat ke luar tingkap ketika bas mula meninggalkan Madinah. Saya ingin mengingat tempat suci ini agar saya boleh rakamkannya di dalam ingatan secara persis untuk diingat semula. Tidak tahu bila lagi saya boleh kembali semula.

Memulakan perjalanan ke Mekah, perasaan bercampur baur ketika bumi Madinah semakin menjauh dari penglihatan. Walaupun terasa sayu, tapi dalam waktu yang sama, sudah ada terbangkit perasaan teruja apabila bas menyulusuri perjalanan menuju Makkah Al-Mukkaramah, bumi yang menjadi tempat kelahiran kekasih Allah, Nabi yang  telah membawa rahmat ke seluruh alam.

“Sesungguhnya Rumah Ibadat yang mula-mula dibina untuk manusia (beribadat kepada tuhannya) ialah Baitullah yang di Makah yang berkat dan (dijadikan) petunjuk hidayah bagi umat manusia.” (Ali Imran: 96)

Kami berhenti di Masjid Miqat Bir Ali untuk melafazkan niat untuk umrah. Jemaah yang berumrah dari Madinah ke Mekkah akan melafazkan niat disini.  Bir Ali atau lazimnya dipanggil Abyar Ali bermakna telaga yang banyak di dalam bahasa Arab. Disinilah Rasulullah SAW pernah melafazkan miqat (lafaz niat umrah) di bawah sepohon kayu dan tempat ini telah dibuat Masjid iaitu Masjid Bir Ali.

 

Sepanjang perjalanan ke Mekkah, ustaz mengingatkan kami agar ucapan talbiyiah sentiasa dilantunkan. Disunatkan bertalbiyah setelah umrah diniatkan

 Jiwa benar-benar terasa tersentuh saat mengucapkan talbiyah.

“labbaikallahumma labaik,

hamba datang menyambut panggilanMu ya Allah,

hamba datang menyambut panggilanMu ya Allah”..

Terasa begitu kerdilnya dan hina diri ini. Saya menjadi sibuk dengan perasaan sendiri, “layakkah saya  dijemput masuk ke rumahNYA, sedangkan terasa sangat sedikit sekali beryukur kepadaNya”

Dalam kesibukkan melayani fikiran, perlahan-lahan mata saya tertutup dan tertidur…

Kami tiba di Makkah Al-Mukarramah lebih-kurang pada pukul sebelas malam, setelah lebih kurang tujuh jam perjalanan di dalam bas.

Kami check-in di Hotel Safa. Alhamdulillah, saya, Ila, Qama dan Saad dapat masuk satu bilik. Ustaz menasihatkan kami berehat sebelum meneruskan rukum umrah seterusnya. Saya tidak dapat tidur kerana khuatir akan lakukan kesalahan. Terlalu nervous. Ini bakal umrah saya yang pertama.

Lebih kurang pukul satu pagi, rombongan kami semua berkumpul di lobi hotel. Ustaz membawa kami berjalan ke arah Masjidilharam. Saya sudah menjadi senyap…ini perjalanan yang sangat istimewa dalam hidup saya, kemuncaknya akan sampai. Begitu istimewa sehingga saya boleh kenang semula perjalanan itu dalam ingatan saya sehingga ke hari ini. Jika tidak kerana kaki saya harus terus berjalan ke sana, saya mungkin sudah berhenti berdiri menikmati pemandangan di hadapan saya.

MasyaAllah, Masjidilharam kelihatan seperti dilimpahi cahaya . Ia seperti disuluh dan menyuluh cahaya sendiri di kegelapan malam… begitu bercahaya sehinggakan bangunan sekelilingnya kelihatan gelap dan kelam….

Tinggal beberapa langkah sebelum mendekat masuk  ke Masjidilharam. Hampir saya mahu berjalan pecut. Walaubagaimanapun, kaki saya masih sabar melangkah perlahan, tak dapat catch-up dengan kelajuan denyutan jantung.  Kami bergerak perlahan, ikut dibelakang ustaz. Terasa hati dimasuki cahaya kegembiraan saat melangkah masuk ke pintu Masjidlharam.

Akhirnya…ye akhirnya, saya benar-benar telah diizinkan Allah menjadi tetamu di rumahNya. Sebak memenuhi ruang hati. Terima kasih Ya Allah…

Dengan senyap,fikiran saya terus-menerus tertanya-tanya ,

“dimana Ka’bah? dimana Ka’bah?”…kami berjalan terus lagi. Hampir di setiap kawasan, ada orang di kiri dan kanan…kami berjalan lagi, belok dan berjalan lagi sehingga menuruni sebuah tangga pendek…

Benar-benar terasa ingin menangis syahdu saat pertama melihat Ka’bah. Mata sudah berkaca-kaca, menahan linangan air mata. MasyaAllah, indah, sangat indah! Sejujurnya, saya tidak pernah membayangkan Ka’bah sebesar itu kerana selama ini, saya melihat dari jauh, dari gambar visual sahaja….tapi kini di depan saya, Ka’bah kelihatan begitu besar, megah berdiri dengan selautan manusia bertawaf mengelilinginya.

Mata saya tidak dapat melihat ke arah lain…pandangan saya sudah terlekat disitu. Saat saya sedang menulis ini, saya masih dapat merasa emosi saya pada waktu itu, waktu dimana kali pertama saya melihat Ka’bah, secara langsung. Indah, tak mampu dihuraikan dengan kata-kata…

“Ya Allah, alangkah Maha PemurahnyaMu membenarkan aku sampai ke saat itu. Aku yang hina, penuh  dosa ini masih diterima olehMu”

Bagi mereka yang belum pernah pergi, pasti merinduinya biarpun belum pernah sampai ke sana. Bagi mereka yang pernah pergi, tentu lebih lagi  kerinduannya, menunggu saat dijemput Allah kembali …

Allah menjadikan hati-hati manusia merindui bumi Makkah dan mewajibkan hamba-hambaNya yang mampu agar mengunjunginya, dijanjikan pahala yang berganda dan juga memberi amaran daripada melakukan kejahatan ketika berada di dalamnya. Begitu hebat kemuliaan yang Allah telah beri kepada Tanah Haram Makkah.

 

bersambung insyaAllah…

Its nearly 11.00 p.m. and I’m still in this huge factory. Tonight, my office seems so big as I and only two other colleagues are the only one still working here. The night at the office is too quiet and calm compared to daytime where people are rushing here and there and discussing noisily. Here I am, still putting all my strength to complete my simulations before presenting it at tomorrows morning meeting. There’s a big issue coming and I have to settle my part quickly to prepare for the issue.  Probably I’ll be having nightmares this night about my simulations…huhuhu.

Today, I’ve spent 15/24 hours in this factory. Just for the record, I’m certainly not a workaholic and I don’t find any fun staying back late. Its just that, now has come the ‘season’ for me to work at unusual hours. I predict that these long hours at the office will go one for two weeks…but I du’a for all  this to end earlier.

While waiting for my simulations to complete running, I found a nice article on the web. This motivational article relates on ‘sincerity in working’. So this article, I dedicate to my self and all those workers out there….

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The Duties of the Workers in Islam

Sheikh/ Khalifa Ezzat

Rajab 3, 1430 – June 26, 2009

 

Dear brothers and sisters: Islam places great importance upon work because it helps in building civilization and societies. Prophets of Allah and messengers whom Allah has chosen worked in many different jobs; some worked as a carpenter, others worked in business; others worked as a shepherd. The Prophet said, ‘Every Prophet worked as a shepherd.’ When he was asked about himself, he said, ‘I worked as a shepherd for the people of Makkah.’ It follows, then, that Islam does not condone laziness and backwardness. Someone who is hard-working is regarded by Allah better than someone who does not work, and becomes dependant on others.That is why, in Islam, everything that we do that is good and beneficial is considered as an ibadah, a form of worship, as long as that deed does not go against the teachings of Islam. In Islam, worship is not limited to prayers, zikr and rituals. All the good deeds that we do, when done with sincerity and in accordance to the teachings of Islam, is also a form of worship.

Having a job in Islam is compulsory upon every able person. Therefore, societies should provide opportunities of jobs; to help people to find a job; to encourage them to work; and discourage to be dependent; for they cannot succeed without doing that. The one who work and has a job serves people and society in the same time and help in the advance of the society.

Any job contains rights and responsibilities that should be fulfilled by the employee who in return get wages for that job. Every employee who works hard to benefit himself, his family, and his society get reward from Allah in this life and in the hereafter. Before one gets a job, he signs a contract which includes his job description, conditions and responsibilities. Respect the contract is compulsory in Islam.

The Qur’an says,

‘O believers! Fulfill [all] your obligation..’ [5:1]

You job is a trust and responsibility and you deserve it if you fulfill the responsibility and able to complete it. Talut was chosen by Allah over his people because he has two good characteristics what required for this job: knowledge and strength.

The Qur’an says, ‘He said: “Allah hath Chosen him above you, and hath gifted him abundantly with knowledge and bodily prowess….’. the Prophet [pbuh] told Abu Dharr when the latter asked the Prophet to do a job that he is not qualified to do it due to lack of strength and qualification. He also told him that it is a responsibility which you will be questioned on the Day of Judgment.

Dear brother and sister: the proper and qualified person should be placed in the right place so that success and advance might be achieved. The improper and unqualified person delays advance and development in the job and in fulfilling the interests and services of people. Therefore Islam rejects appointing the improper and unqualified person in the wrong position. Rules of justice and fairness should be followed so that

cooperation and help can be achieved.

The Qur’an says, ‘Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancour: fear Allah: for Allah is strict in punishment.’ [5:2]

Allah has commanded us to work to maintain ourselves, to sustain our lives and our families. In Islam, someone who works hard and is committed to his amanah/responsibility is respected and highly regarded. So this amanah should be fulfilled and not betrayed.

The Qur’an says, ‘O ye that believe! betray not the trust of Allah and the Messenger, nor misappropriate knowingly things entrusted to you.’ [8:27]

Dear brothers and sisters: The ideal worker is the one who finishes his work on time; and come to work on time. His the one who does waste the time of work; he is the one who always keen to help people as much as he can and does not feel unhappy when people ask him for help. The Prophet [pbuh] said, ‘The best among people is the one who is most beneficial to others.’ He also promised those help and benefit people that they will be saved in the Day of the judgment.’

The ideal employee is the one who is sincere in his job; solves the problem with peace, truth and trust; and away from cheating, lies and fighting. Negligence and lack of care about one’s job will incur punishment. Some people claim to do their work according to their wages, using that as an excuse to be imperfect owing to a small salary. This is also unlawful. It is haram for you accept payment for imperfect work.

Everyone should do his job perfectly and accurately. The doctor should be sincere and perfect in his job. He should not be hasty in an effort to accommodate more patients. The lawyer should also be perfect and sincere in his job. Traders and businessmen should be sincere and honest in doing their jobs. Manufacturers should be sincere and honest in their work. Farmers should do their work perfectly. All will be rewarded for this.

The Prophet [pbuh] said, ‘Surely, Allah loves those people who are sincere in their work [i.e. do it perfectly and accurately.’ [Al-Baihaqi]

The ideal worker is the one who does not take or give a bribery or [rishwah].

The Prophet [pbuh] said, ‘The cure of Allah upon those who give or take bribery [rishwah].’

The ideal Muslim employee should also turn away from showing off and hypocrisy at work. He should do his job for the sake of Allah. He should intend his sincerity in work to be for the sake of Allah and His reward. This applies not only to worldly deeds. It can also be applied to all acts of worship such as prayer, fasting, Zakah, pilgrimage, etc. It is therefore a general Hadith, meaning that sincerity and accuracy should cover everything as much as possible.

This Hadith is directed at laborers, workers, employers, employees, and all others who have a job. The message of the Prophet to them is to do their job in the best way so as to attain the love of Allah. Sincerity and perfection in work are signs of the true Muslim; signs of respect for and from others and signs of respect for his religion. They present a good picture of Islam because people seeing sincerity in work interpret it as a result of religion. They therefore incline to Islam and accept it. By contrast, if one is negligent in his work and does care about it, it means that he is disobedient to Allah and disrespectful to others, whom he deceives and cheats. It makes for a bad picture of Islam. People see Islam through Muslims’ behavior, so if you are negligent in work, you will convey to others a bad picture of Islam.

Negligence in one’s work or job is a sign of cheating others because they are harmed by your negligence. The ideal Muslim employee is the one is humble to his colleagues and does feel superiority or preference over them. The Prophet [pbuh] said, ‘Whoever is a humble to people will be raised by Allah to a high status.’

The employer should be humble to the employees as well. He should fulfill their needs and encourage them to do their job in the best way and as required. He should encourage them to work as one team.

The ideal Muslim employee is the one who always say good words to his colleagues and deal with in noble manners; and respect them; smile in their face. The Prophet [pbuh] said, ‘Smiling at people face is equal to giving a charity. The Qur’an also declares, ‘And say good words to people.’

The ideal employer is the one who treat his employees equally and dose not distinguish among them on personal basis.

Dear brothers and sisters: the ideal employee is the one who is truthful in his work, truthful with his colleagues and with his employer. The Qur’an says, ‘O believers! Fear Allah and be among the truthful.’

The ideal employee is the one who tries to improve skills and gain experience and work hard in order to achieve his goals and reach to the highest office. The Qur’an declares what means; ‘Every one will get a degree according to his work.

The ideal employee is the one who keep the secrets of his job and the secrets of his colleagues in the job and not to disclose these secrets to others. The Prophet said, ‘Achieve your works in secrets ….’.

Dear Muslims: Finally, we ask Allah to accept our deeds, prayers and supplications. We ask Him to guide us all. Ameen

 Reference:

http://www.iccuk.org/media/khutbas/The%20Duties%20of%20the%20Workers%20in%20Islam%20_26-06-09_.pdf

I think that I’ve touched my friends feeling. Probably I’ve hurt someone’s good intention. I’m feeling so guilty.

Yesterday, something made me reflect of myself. I thought about it all day. All night, I’ve been thinking about how to respond to a matter in the best way. I wanted to send the message in the most hikmah way. In a way that my special friend will understand without feeling offended.

Truthfully, I would like to respond in a different way…

In a way that my friend will continue being comfortable sharing the life details with me

In a way where the atmosphere is always warm and going on with the mood.

But in the same time, there’s another guilty feeling sharing inside me. May Allah forgive me for having such a delicate weak iman. I’m feeling guilty to Allah for not being careful with myself.  

What I’ve done is because to settle my own weakness. I feel truthfully sorry to my friend if it has caused damaged to our bond. What is happening to me is not my friend’s responsibility. I truly know that my friend’s intention is purely innocent.

What I’ve done is because I think it’s the best in Allah’s view.

But, why am I feeling guilty and worried? Why I’m thinking about it so much until it comes into my dreams…

Is it because I’ve done it in a wrong way? Please forgive me my friend, as I was not sensitive enough to be aware of what was best for me was not agreeing with your situation…

Please forgive me…

Rasulullah SAW bersabda yang bermaksud, “Yang dimaksud dengan Sayyidul Istighfaar adalah ucapan seorang hamba:

 

“Allahumma anta Rabbi. Laa ilaaha illa Anta kholaqtani wa ana abduka wa ana ala ahdika wawa’dika mastatha’tu ‘audzubika min syarri ma shana’tu ‘audzu bika min syarri ma shana’tu, abu u laka bini’matika ‘alayya wa abu-u bidzan bi faghfirlii fai-nahu laa yaghfirudz dzunuuba illa Anta”.

“Ya, Allah Engkaulah Tuhanku, Tidak ada Tuhan selain Engkau, Engkaulah yang menjadikan aku. Sedang aku adalah hambaMu dan aku di dalam genggamanMu dan di dalam perjanjian setia ( beriman dan Taat ) kepadaMu sekuat mampuku. Aku berlindung kepadaMu dari kejahatan yang telah ku lakukan. Aku mengakui atas segala nikmat yang telah Engkau berikan kepada ku dan aku mengaku segala dosaku. Maka ampunilah aku. Sesungguhnya tidak ada yang dapat mengampuni segala dosa kecuali Engkau”.

 

Sesiapa membacanya dengan yakin, pada waktu petang tiba-tiba ia mati pada malam itu, pasti ia masuk syurga.

Sementara sesiapa membacanya dengan yakin pada waktu pagi, tiba-tiba ia mati pada hari itu, pasti ia masuk syurga.”

(Riwayat al-Bukhari)