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INGRATITUDE

INGRATITUDE

One day, a very wealthy man was walking on the road. Along the way, he saw a beggar on the sidewalk. The rich man looks kindly on the beggar & asked, “How did you become a beggar?”

The beggar said, “Sir, I’ve been applying for a job for a year now but haven’t found any. You look like a rich man. Sir, if you’ll give me a job, I’ll stop begging

The rich man smiled & said, “I want to help you. But I won’t give you a job. I’ll do something better. I want you to be my business partner. Let’s start a business together.”

The beggar blinked hard. He didn’t understand what the older man was saying. “What do you mean, Sir?” “I own a rice plantation. You could sell my rice in the market. I’ll provide you the sacks of rice. I’ll pay the rent for the market stall. I’ll even give you food allowance everyday for the next 30 days. All you have to do is sell my rice. And at the end of the month, as Business Partners, we’ll share in the profits.”

Tears of joy rolled down his cheeks. “Oh Sir,” he said, “you’re a gift from Heaven. You’re the answer to my prayers. Thank you , thank you , thank you !” He then paused & said, “Sir, how will we divide the profits? Do I keep 10% & you get the 90%? Do I keep 5% & you get the 95%? I’ll be happy with any arrangement.”

The rich man shook his head & chuckled. “No, I want you to give me the 10% & you keep the 90%.”. For a moment, the beggar couldn’t speak. When he tried to speak, it was gibberish. “Uh, gee, uh, wow, I mean, huh?” He couldn’t believe his ears. The deal was too preposterous.

The rich man laughed more loudly. He explained, “I don’t need the money, my friend. I’m already wealthy beyond what you can ever imagine. I want you to give me 10% of your profits so you grow in faithfulness & gratitude.”. The beggar knelt down before his benefactor & said, “Yes Sir, I will do as you say. Even now, I’m so grateful for what you’ve done for me!”
Each day, the beggar,now dressed a little bit better, operated a store selling rice in the market. He worked very hard. He woke up early in the morning & slept late at night. And sales were brisk, also because the rice was of good quality & after 30 days, the profits were astounding.

At the end of the month, as the ex-beggar was counting the money, & liking very much the feeling of money in his hands, an idea grew in his mind. He told himself, “Gee, why should I give 10% to my Business Partner? I didn’t see him the whole month! I was the one who was working day & night for this business. I did all this work! I deserve the 100% profits!”

A few minutes later, the rich man was knocking on the door to collect his 10% of the profits. The ex-beggar opened the door & said, “ you don’t deserve the 10%. I worked hard for this. I deserve all of it!” And he slammed the door.

If you were his Business Partner, how would you feel???

But this is exactly what happens to us. Allah gave us everything. He gave us life, every single moment, every single breath, every single second. Allah gave us talents, our ability to talk, to create, to earn money. Allah gave us our body, our eyes, our ears, our mouth, our hands, our feet, our heart , HE gave us our mind, our imagination, our emotions, our reasoning, our language. Allah gave us opportunities, some taken some lost. Allah put us in positions, He gave us all we have to make the wealth. YET we take all of it for granted walking on the earth with pride as if we are self made ? We forget His immeasurable bounties & become ungrateful using the very same blessings He gave us to sin & throw back at Him.

The big question is, which of the favours of Allah would we deny?
When will we turn back to Him with gratitude & obedience?
Allah has granted us all the opportunities to always remember Him by praying, giving out Sadaqah, helping the poor and needy and glorify His Name at any available time.
Show a little kindness today by sharing this message you might be helping someone remember the gift of Allah and the wonderful things Allah is doing to his life.

#repost #gratitude

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Mengapakah kita mengikut kata ulamak?

WAHAI KIYAI, MENGAPALAH KITA MENGIKUT KATA ULAMAK? BUKANLAH LEBIH BAIK AMBIL DARI AL-QURAN DAN SUNNAH SAHAJA?

Suatu hari,datang seorang pemuda bernama Abdullah ke sebuah Pesantren di Indonesia bertujuan untuk bertemu dengan Kiyai di Pesantren tersebut. Maka berlakulah dialog di antara pemuda dan Kiyai di ruang tamu rumah Kiyai itu…

Pak Kiyai: Silalah duduk anak muda, siapa namamu dan dari mana asalmu?

Pemuda: Terima kasih Pak Kiyai. Nama saya Abdullah dan saya berasal dari Kampung Seberang.

Pak Kiyai: Jauh kamu bertandang ke sini, sudah tentu kamu punya hajat yang sangat besar. Apa hajatnya mana tahu mungkin saya boleh menolongmu?

Pemuda tersebut diam sebentar sambil menarik nafasnya dalam-dalam.

Pemuda: Begini Pak Kiyai, saya datang ke sini, bertujuan ingin berbincang beberapa permasalahan dengan Pak Kiyai. Pendeknya, permasalahan umat Islam sekarang. Saya ingin bertanya, mengapa Kiyai-Kiyai di kebanyakan pesantren di Indonesia, dan Tuan-Tuan Guru di Malaysia serta Pattani dan Asia umumnya sering kali mengajar murid-murid mereka dengan lebih suka mengambil kalam-kalam atau pandangan para ulama?

Seringkalilah juga saya mendengar mereka akan menyebut:

“Kata al-Imam al-Syafiee, kata al-Imam Ibn Athaillah al-Sakandari,kata al-Imam Syaikhul Islam Zakaria al-Ansori dan lain-lain”

Mengapa tidak terus mengambil daripada al-Quran dan al-Sunnah? Bukankah lebih enak kalau kita mendengar seseorang tersebut menyebutkan “Firman Allah taala di dalam al-Quran, Sabda Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam di dalam hadis itu dan ini?”

Ulama-ulama itu juga punya kesalahan dan kekurangan. Maka mereka juga tidak lari daripada melakukan kesilapan. Maka sebaiknya kita mengambil terus daripada kalam al-Ma’sum iaitu al-Quran dan al-Sunnah??

Pak Kiyai mendengar segala hujah yang disampaikan oleh pemuda tersebut dengan penuh perhatian. Sedikitpun beliau tidak mencelah malah memberikan peluang bagi pemuda tersebut berbicara sepuas-puasnya.

Sambil senyuman terukir di bibir Pak Kiyai, beliau bertanya kepada pemuda tersebut,

Pak Kiyai: Masih ada lagi apa yang ingin kamu persoalkan wahai Abdullah?

Pemuda: Setakat ini, itu sahaja yang ingin saya sampaikan Pak Kiyai.

Pak Kiyai: Sebelum berbicara lebih lanjut, eloknya kita minum dahulu ya. Tiga perkara yang sepatutnya disegerakan iaitu hidangan kepada tetamu, wanita yang dilamar oleh orang yang baik maka disegerakan perkahwinan mereka dan yang ketiga si mati maka perlu disegerakan urusan pengkebumiannya. Betul kan Abdullah?

Pemuda: Benar sekali Pak Kiyai .

Pak Kiyai lalu memanggil isterinya bagi menyediakan minuman pada mereka berdua. Maka beberapa detik selepas itu minuman pun sampai di hadapan mereka.

Pak Kiyai: Silakan minum Abdullah.

Sebaik dipelawa oleh Pak Kiyai, maka Abdullah pun terus mengambil bekas air tersebut lalu menuangkan perlahan-lahan ke dalam cawan yang tersedia.

Pak Kiyai terus bertanya: Abdullah, kenapa kamu tidak terus minum daripada bekasnya sahaja? Kenapa perlu dituang di dalam cawan?

Pemuda: Pak Kiyai, mana bisa saya minum terus daripada bekasnya. Bekasnya besar sekali. Maka saya tuang ke dalam cawan agar memudahkan saya meminumnya.

Pak Kiyai: Abdullah, itulah jawapan terhadap apa yang kamu persoalkan sebentar tadi. Mengapa kami tidak mengambil terus daripada al-Quran dan al-Sunnah? Ianya terlalu besar untuk kami terus minum daripadanya.Maka kami mengambil daripada apa yang telah dituang di dalam cawan oleh para ulama. Maka ini memudahkan bagi kami untuk mengambil dan memanfaatkannya.

Benar kamu katakan bahawa mengapa tidak terus mengambil daripada al-Quran dan al-Sunnah.

Cuma persoalan kembali ingin saya lontarkan kepada kamu.Adakah kamu ingin mengatakan bahawa al-Imam al-Syafie dan para ulama yang kamu sebutkan tadi mengambil hukum selain daripada al-Quran dan al-sunnah? Adakah mereka mengambil daripada kitab Talmud atau Bible?

Pemuda: Sudah tentu mereka juga mengambil daripada al-Quran dan al-Sunnah.

Pak Kiyai: Kalau begitu, maka sumber pengambilan kita juga adalah daripada al-Quran dan al-Sunnah cuma dengan kefahaman daripada para ulama.

Pak Kiyai: Satu lagi gambaran yang ingin saya terangkan kepada kamu. Saya dan kamu membaca al-Quran, al-Imam al-Syafie juga membaca al-Quran bukan?

Pemuda: Sudah tentu Pak Kiyai.

Pak Kiyai: Baik, Kalau kita membaca sudah tentu kita ada memahami ayat-ayat di dalam al-Quran tersebut bukan? Al-Imam al-Syafie juga memahami ayat yang kita bacakan.

Maka persoalannya, pemahaman siapa yang ingin didahulukan? Pemahaman saya dan kamu atau pemahaman al-Imam al-Syafie terhadap ayat tersebut?

Pemuda: Sudah tentu pemahaman al-Imam al-Syafie kerana beliau lebih memahami bahasa berbanding orang zaman sekarang.

Pak Kiyai: Nah, sekarang saya rasa kamu sudah jelas bukan?
Hakikatnya kita semua mengambil daripada sumber yang satu iaitu al-Quran dan al-Sunnah. Tiada seorang pun yang mengambil selain daripada keduanya.

Cuma bezanya, kita mengambil daripada pemahaman terhadap al-Quran dan al-Sunnah tersebut daripada siapa? Sudah tentu kita akan mengambil daripada orang yang lebih dalam ilmu dan penguasaannya.

Ini kerana mereka lebih wara’ dan berjaga-jaga ketika mengeluarkan ilmu.

Hatta Imam Syafie rahimahullah yang berbangsa Arab sendiri pun tinggal di perkampungan Bani Huzail selama lebih kurang 10 tahun semata-mata ingin belajar Bahasa Arab mereka yang hampir dengan fushah…

Kamu tahu Abdullah,al-Imam al-Syafie radhiyallahu anhu pernah ditanya oleh seseorang ketika mana beliau sedang menaiki keldai, berapakah kaki keldai yang Imam tunggangi?

Maka al-Imam al-Syafie turun daripada keldai tersebut dan mengira kaki keldai tersebut.

Selesai mengira kaki keldai berkenaan, barulah al-Imam menjawab: “Kaki keldai yang aku tunggangi ada empat”. Orang yang bertanya tersebut merasa hairan lalu berkata “Wahai Imam, bukankah kaki keldai itu sememangnya empat, mengapa engkau tidak terus menjawabnya?”

Al-Imam al-Syafiee menjawab: “Aku bimbang, jika aku menjawabnya tanpa melihat terlebih dahulu, tiba-tiba Allah taala hilangkan salah satu daripada kakinya maka aku sudah dikira tidak amanah di dalam memberikan jawapan”

Cuba kamu perhatikan Abdullah, betapa wara’nya al-Imam al-Syafie ketika menjawab persoalan berkaitan dunia. Apatah lagi kalau berkaitan dengan agamanya?

Al-Imam Malik radhiyallahu anhu pernah didatangi oleh seorang pemuda di dalam majlisnya di Madinah al-Munawwarah.

Pemuda tersebut mengatakan bahawa dia datang daripada negeri yang jauhnya 6 bulan perjalanan daripada Madinah.

Pemuda itu datang untuk bertanyakan satu masalah yang berlaku di tempatnya.

Al-Imam Malik radhiyallahu anhu, mengatakan bahawa “Maaf, aku tidak pandai untuk menyelesaikannya”

Pemuda tersebut hairan dengan jawapan Imam Malik, dan dia bertanya: “Bagaimana aku akan menjawab nanti bilamana ditanya oleh penduduk tempatku?”

Maka kata al-Imam Malik: “Katakan kepada mereka bahawa Malik juga tidak mengetahui bagaimana untuk menyelesaikannya”

Cuba kamu lihat Abdullah betapa amanahnya mereka dengan ilmu. Berbeza dengan manusia zaman sekarang yang baru setahun jagung di dalam ilmu sudah mendabik dada mengaku bahawa seolah-olah mereka mengetahui segalanya.

Mereka sungguh mudah membidaahkan perkara-perkara khilaf dan menolak pandangan-pandangan ulama-ulama muktabar terdahulu dgn alasan yg pelbagai..

Pemuda: MasyaAllah, terima kasih Pak Kiyai atas penjelasan yang sangat memuaskan. Saya memohon maaf atas kekasaran dan keterlanjuran bicara saya .

Pak Kiyai: Sama-sama Abdullah. Semoga kamu akan menjadi seorang yang akan membawa panji agama kelak dengan ajaran yg benar insya Allah.

Sumber: https://m.facebook.com/thepatriots2020/photos/a.182165691977464.1073741828.181500092044024/609992165861479/?type=3

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MAKHLUK PALING HINA

Di sebuah sekolah pondok,terdapat seorang pelajar yang tengah menuntut ilmu daripada seorang guru.Sudah bertahun-tahun lamanya si pelajar ini belajar hingga tibalah saat di mana dia akan dibenarkan pulang untuk berbakti kepada masyarakat

Sebelum dia pulang,gurunya memberi satu ujian kepadanya.Si guru kemudian berkata pada pelajar tersebut,”Sebelum kamu pulang,dalam tiga hari ini,aku ingin meminta kamu mencarikan seorang ataupun satu makhluk yang lebih hina dan buruk daripada kamu”, ujar si guru.

“Tiga hari itu terlalu lama Tuan Guru.Hari ini saja saya mampu menemui ramai orang atau makhluk yang lebih buruk daripada saya”, jawab si pelajar penuh keyakinan diri.

Si guru tersenyum seraya mempersilakan muridnya membawa seorang ataupun satu makhluk itu ke hadapannya.
Pelajar itu pun keluar dari ruangan gurunya dengan semangat kerana menganggap begitu mudah ujian itu.
Hari itu juga, si pelajar berjalan menyusuri jalanan.
Di tengah jalan,dia menemui seorang pemabuk tegar.
Menurut pemilik warung yang dijumpainya,orang tersebut selalu mabuk malahan setiap hari.
Fikiran si pelajar sedikit tenang, dalam hatinya dia berkata,

“Pasti dia orang yang lebih buruk dariku, setiap hari dia habiskan hanya untuk memabukkan dirinya, sementara aku selalu rajin beribadah.”

Dalam perjalanan pulang si pelajar kembali berfikir,

“Rasanya si pemabuk itu belum tentu lebih buruk dari aku,sekarang dia sering mabuk tapi siapa yang tahu di akhir hayatnya Allah SWT mendatangkan hidayah hingga dia mampu husnul Khotimah,sedangkan aku yang sekarang rajin ibadah,kalau di akhir hayatku,Allah SWT mengkehendaki Su’ul Khotimah,bagaimana?
Ini bermaksud pemabuk itu belum tentu lebih hina dari aku”, ujarnya bimbang.

Si pelajar kemudian kembali melanjutkan perjalanannya mencari orang atau makhluk yang lebih buruk darinya.Di tengah perjalanan,dia menemui seekor anjing yang menjijikkan kerana selain bulunya kusut dan baunya yang busuk,anjing tersebut juga menderita penyakit kudis.

“Akhirnya aku temui juga makhluk yang lebih hina dari aku.
Anjing tidak hanya haram,tapi juga berpenyakit kudis dan menjijikkan”, kata santri dengan girang.

Dengan menggunakan guni beras,si pelajar membungkus anjing tersebut bertujuan hendak di bawa ke sekolah pondoknya.Namun di tengah jalan,tiba-tiba dia kembali berfikir.

“Anjing ini memang buruk rupa dan berkudis,namun benarkah dia lebih buruk dari aku?
Oh tidak,kalau anjing ini mati,maka dia tidak akan diminta bertanggung jawab atas apa yang dilakukannya di dunia,sedangkan aku harus bertanggung jawab pada semua perbuatan selama aku di dunia dan boleh jadi aku akan masuk ke neraka”.

Akhirnya si pelajar menyedari bahawa dirinya belum tentu lebih baik dari anjing tersebut.

Hari semakin senja,si pelajar masih mencuba kembali mencari orang atau mahkluk yang lebih hina darinya.
Namun hingga malam tiba,dia tak juga menemuinya.
Lama sekali dia berfikir,hingga akhirnya dia memutuskan untuk pulang ke sekolah pondoknya dan menemui gurunya.

“Bagaimana Anakku, apakah kamu sudah menemukannya?”, tanya sang guru.

“Sudah, guru”, jawabnya seraya tertunduk.*

“Ternyata di antara orang atau makhluk yang menurut saya sangat buruk, saya tetap paling buruk dari mereka”, ujarnya perlahan.

Mendengar jawapan si pelajar, si guru tersenyum lega.

“Alhamdulillah. Kamu ternyata lulus dari perguruanku ini, anakku”, ujar si guru terharu.

Kemudian si guru berkata, “Selama kita hidup di dunia, jangan pernah bersikap sombong dan merasa lebih baik atau mulia dari orang ataupun makhluk lain.Kita tidak pernah tahu,bagaimana pengakhiran hidup yang akan kita jalani.
Boleh jadi sekarang kita baik dan mulia,tapi di akhir hayat menjadi makhluk yang seburuk-buruknya.
Boleh jadi pula sekarang kita beriman,tapi di akhir hayat,syaitan berhasil memalingkan wajah kita hingga melupakan-Nya”

Rasulullah SAW bersabda:

“Tidak akan masuk ke dalam syurga orang yang di hatinya ada kesombongan meskipun sebesar biji sawi”
(Hadis Riwayat Muslim no.91)

Semoga sedikit ilmu yang dititipkan Allah SWT di hati kita tidak menjadikan kita sombong dalam segala urusan.

Dan semoga di sisa umur yang Allah SWT berikan dapat kita pergunakan sebaik-baiknya untuk memperbanyak amal soleh dan bukan hanya disibukkan dengan urusan duniawi belaka dan semoga kita menjadi lebih baik dan lebih bermanfaat, cermin²lah diri kita.

“Aamiin Ya Rabbal Alamiin”

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Pengalaman memandikan jenazah pondan

Pengalaman memandikan jenazah pondan-saya lihat air yang mengalir kekuningan keluar dari tubuh jenazah.

Terpanggil dihati saya untuk berkongsi satu pengalaman sepanjang menguruskan jenazah. Mohon ampun dan maaf bukanlah niat untuk mengaibkan sesiapa malah lebih kepada iktibar dan pengajaran buat kita yang masih hidup agar tidak melakukan dosa dan sesuatu yg dilarang ALLAH kerana balasannya ALLAH bayar tunai tika di dunia lagi. Nauzubillah.

Berlaku di sebuah hospital, saya disambut oleh waris arwah iaitu ibunya yang ingin menyampaikan sesuatu kepada saya. Ada sedikit debaran dihati saya namun demi tugas saya perlu laksanakan tanggungjawab ini hingga selesai. Menurut ibu arwah, jenazah anaknya telah menukar jantina dari lelaki kepada perempuan.

In Shaa ALLAH Sebelum saya cerita kisahnya, saya akan bagi sedikit penjelasan, bagaimana menguruskan jenazah seorang lelaki atau perempuan muslim yang telah menjalani pembedahan penukaran jantina, siapa yang patut melaksanakan pengurusan jenazahnya, bagi menguruskan jenazah seorang lelaki atau perempuan muslim yang menukar jantina, jenazah tersebut hendaklah diuruskan mengikut jantina asalnya dan diuruskan oleh warisnya atau pihak berkuasa agama.

Setelah saya bagi keterangan terperinci kepada ibunya, saya terus masuk ke bilik pengurusan jenazah untuk memandikan dan mengkafankan jenazah. Saya dibantu 3 waris jenazah, ibu dan 2 orang abangnya, 3 waris jenazah ini sahaja yang ada, yang lain hampir 30 orang sahabat sahabat jenazah ke semuanya sejenis sepertinya. Sebelum saya mandikan jenazah, seperti biasa saya akan bentangkan kain untuk di kafankan siap-siap supaya mudah kerja saya.

Setelah selesai, saya mengangkat jenazah ke tempat mandi, saya tutup pakai kain kafan dan buka pakaiannya, alhamdulillah putih kulitnya namun perlahan lahan ke seluruhan tubuh badan jenazah mula menghitam, sikit demi sedikit, ibu dan abang arwah mula perasan, ibu arwah tidak dapat berkata apa-apa, seolah-olah sudah tahu apa yang akan terjadi setelah tahun mengenai jentina anaknya itu, mengalir air mata ibu arwah sehingga saya sendiri pun mengalirkan air mata.

Saya memulakan mandi jenazah dengan istinjak
( buang najis ), ketika saya istinjak jenazah itu, najisnya cukup banyak, sehingga saya behenti, kerana saya rasa sudah terlalu lama saya istinjak, tetapi najisnya tidak behenti keluar. Saya terus menyucikan jenazah macam biasa, saya lihat air yang mengalir kekuningan keluar dari tubuh jenazah dan yang lebih menyedihkan keluar dari kemaluannya nanah bercampur darah dan juga ulat.

Selama itu jugalah mulut saya tiada henti memohon doa agar ALLAH SWT meringankan azab arwah dan memudahkan urusan keatas arwah agar dapat saya uruskan sempurna yang mungkin. Perlahan lahan saya memasukkan kapas kedalam kemaluan jenazah dengan tujuan memberhentikan pengaliran darah tadi.

Ibu jenazah yang mulanya nak membantu saya untuk mandikan jenazah anaknya tadi pengsan, kerana melihat kejadian itu. Saya terus mandikan jenazah anaknya, selesai saya mandikan dan wudukan jenazah, saya tutup keseluruhan tubuh jenazah dengan kain kafan sebelum saya jiruskan dengan air sembilan.

Sedikit penerangan, air sembilan ini air yang dicampurkan, air kapor barus, air kayu cendana dan air sintok, air ini untuk mewangikan jenazah.

Setelah selesai saya jirus air sembilan tadi, saya bukak kain kafan tadi, sekali lagi ALLAH tunjuk kekuasaanNYA. Jenazah kelihatan sangat reput, buah dada palsunya mengecut. Selesai saya mandi dan kafankan jenazah tadi, saya jemput kesemua sahabat sahabatnya tadi untuk duduk di depan jenazah, saya mengambil peluang itu untuk memberi sedikit tazkirah dan hampir kesemuanya menangis.

Apa yang menyedihkan saya, tidak sampai beberapa minit jenazah di angkat ke dalam van jenazah, sahabat sahabat jenazah tadi bergelak ketawa di tepi van jenazah itu, tak tahulah saya apa yang di sembangkan. ALLAH HU AKHBAR. Doa saya mudahan ALLAH membuka hidayah agar mereka berubah dan mudahan ALLAH mengampunkan juga dosa saya dan arwah sepanjang proses pengurusan bermula hinggalah selesai.

Sekali lagi saya memohan maaf, bukanlah niat saya untuk mengaibkan sesiapa, malah lebih kepada iktibar dan pengajaran untuk saya sendiri dan kita semua.

Pertukaran jantina dari lelaki kepada perempuan atau sebaliknya, melalui pembedahan, adalah haram di segi syara’ berdasarkan AL-Quran dan dipandukan Hadis.

ALLAH mencipta manusia dengan sebaik-baik kejadian berbanding dengan makhluk yang lain.

Firman ALLAH yang bermaksud :-

” Sesungguhnya Kami ciptakan manusia dengan sebaik-baik bentuk “.

( Surah AT-Tiin ayat 4 )

Daripada Ibnu Abbas R.A. bahawa ( Maksudnya ) :-

” Rasulullah melaknat kaum lelaki yang menyerupai atau berlagak seperti wanita dan kaum wanita yang menyerupai atau berlagak seperti lelaki “.

( Hadis Riwayat AL-Bukhari )

Daripada Abu Hurairah R.A. beliau berkata

( Maksudnya ) :-

” Rasulullah melaknat lelaki yang memakai pakaian wanita dan wanita yang memakai pakaian lelaki “.

( Hadis Riwayat Abu Daud )

Wahai saudara-saudara seislam ku, ini pengalaman yang saya lalui sendiri. Janji ALLAH itu benar saudara-saudara ku. Ambillah pengajaran dan iktibar daripada pengalaman saya ini. Janganlah kamu ragu-ragu lagi dengan janji ALLAH. Selagi kita masih bernafas, kita masih sempat lagi untuk bertaubat kepadaNYA..

Sumber: Syed Sohleh Syed Jalaluddin

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Story of the snake and the saw

A snake entered a Carpentry Shop, and as it crawled to the corner, it went through a saw and hurt itself a little bit. At that time he turned and bit the saw, and biting the saw, he hurt himself badly in the mouth.
Then, not understanding what was happening to him and thinking that saw was attacking him, he decided to roll around the saw as if wanting to suffocate him with his whole body, and shaking with all his strength. It was so, unfortunately, the snake ended up being killed by the saw.
Sometimes we react in anger, thinking about hurting those who hurt us, but we are hurting ourselves.
In life, sometimes it is better to #ignore situations, #people and offenses. Because the consequences can be irreversible and catastrophic.
It is always better to act in love even if it cost a lot, in the face of hate or idle words! Why if God is on your side, you will see all your enemies fall and swallow their own words….

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Example on the importance of EI

PayPal is still my favorite payment gateway for online shopping but here is also a case where we could understand and appreciate the importance of emotional intelligence not only for business activities (customer services) but also between our social groups.


Howard Durdle recently contacted PayPal to let them know his wife had died and that her credit account should be closed.

Three weeks later, he received an unbelievable response, addressed to his wife.

“Dear Mrs Lindsay Durdle,” the letter began.

“This is a default notice…You are in breach of condition 15.4(c) of your agreement with PayPal Credit as we have received notice that you are deceased. In accordance with condition 15.4(c), we are entitled to close your account, terminate your agreement and demand repayment of the full amount outstanding.”

Incredulous, Mr. Durdle shared the insensitive letter in a Facebook post.

“What empathy-lacking machine sent this?” he asked.

Once informed, PayPal immediately reached out to Mr. Durdle to apologize.

“As soon as our teams became aware of this mistake, we contacted Mr. Durdle directly to offer our support, cleared the outstanding debt and closed down his wife’s account as he requested,” the company told the New York Times. “We have also urgently reviewed the company’s internal processes and have made changes to ensure that an insensitive error of this nature never happens again.”

This was surely an egregious mistake on PayPal’s part, but there’s a much larger lesson at stake here.

How emotional intelligence could have made things better
While PayPal’s mistake is getting lots of press, the truth is companies send out similar letters all the time.

How can we do better?

Emotional intelligence, the ability to identify, understand, and manage emotions can help.

According to the Times, Mr. Durdle said he was informed by phone that the letter could have been due to a software glitch, a poor letter template, or human error. That simple information can be used as a catalyst to improve your own company’s processes, and keep from making similar missteps in the future.

Here’s how:

1. Fix your automation.
Most large companies use software to generate automatic responses to payment problems.

But as this story illustrates, not all problems are created equal: Sickness or a death in the family requires higher sensitivity and a human touch. By taking time now to make sure you’re not using automated processes in such cases, you save customers (and yourself) pain in the future.

2. Fix your templates.
One of the things that sticks out about PayPal’s letter is the attempt to use legal and corporate speak to intimidate. Large companies may need to use some type of form letter in various situations, but they don’t have to be written like this.

Rather, make sure your form letters use empathy and sound like they’re written by a real person, rather than a money-grabbing corporate machine. Doing so will help you establish rapport with the intended recipient, and have a much better chance of motivating them to positive action.

3. Fix your training.
The single most important thing you can do to prevent mistakes like this one is to train your people to deal with others with emotional intelligence.

For example, in this case the initial PayPal employee whom Mr. Durdle contacted could have flagged the case and made sure any follow through was appropriate to the situation. Doing so may have actually inspired customer loyalty, instead of outrage.

Additionally, with the right guidance, employees can be trained to catch and fix potential problem scenarios before they play out in real life.

Hopefully, PayPal learned its lesson–but it’s a chance for your company to learn, too: In a world where few companies show emotional intelligence, following simple tips like these can help you connect with your customers and stand out for the right reasons.

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Everyone’s rizq is fixed

This is an awesome story …

A brother moved to Makkah many years ago. He was a high flying manager of major departmental stores in U.K., Malaysia and China.
He had been brought in by Bin Dawood stores as a regional manager for the Makkah region. He was from England.

After living and working in Saudi for some time, he later narrated how he found it so strange, unique and uplifting in how business was done in Saudi.
Here were the examples he gave:

1. In Makkah, next to a major Bin Dawood superstore a rival new company were entering the kingdom and decided to open a mega store right next to Bin Dawood, within metres.
The brother was perturbed/disturbed, “Why can’t they open just somewhere else.”
The owners of Bin Dawood frowned on his outlook. They ordered him to send his workers to the other store being setup and offer them tea and food and any help they needed to setup!
The brother was left astounded/shock. The Bin Dawood management simply replied, “Our rizq is fixed, they cannot take even one Riyal from what has been decreed upon us. So why not gain ‘ajr’ and help them.”

2. The owner of AlFakieh poultry in Saudi, he has a famous mosque in MAKKAH (Masjid Faqih). He is very rich ماشاء الله تبارك الله and religious. He found out that his major rival AlWatania was floundering/struggling with huge debts of a million plus riyals. So he one day sent a cheque to the owner of AlWatania and said, “Pay off your debt, and pay me back, whenever you can.” He had the opportunity to become the sole major distributor of chicken but instead he decided to help his main rival.
ماشاء الله تبارك الله

I personally feel we have been affected growing up in the west with the capitalistic and consumer mindset, that is in every part of our lives.
It removes Tawakkul and the muhabbah/love of brotherhood from our hearts.
Just some advice. Don’t worry about others, if we do our work with Ihsan and If Allah gives us tawfeeq then we will never have our success limited by others.

BECOME A WELL WISHER.

[Source: Forwarded from Shaykh Abdul Raheem Makkah Al Mukarramah.]

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Second of the two

Abu Bakr – Migration to Madina

Hijrah. In 622 C.E. at the invitation of the people of Yathrib, it was decided by the Holy Prophet that the Muslims should migrate from Makkah to Yathrib. In the name of religion the Muslims were to leave their homes and hearths, and begin a new life in another city. The Muslims were to leave for Yathrib in batches.

Abu Bakr’s preparations. Abu Bakr sought permission to migrate to Yathrib, but the Holy Prophet bade him wait, for it was possible that he might have a companion. Abu Bakr took this hint to imply that he was to accompany the Holy Prophet. Had at Abu Bakr felt happy and honored at the prospect of being a companion of the Holy Prophet on the journey to Yathrib. He bought two camels, and made other preparations for the journey.

The call to migrate. The Quraish of Makkah made a plot to murder the Holy Prophet. Allah frustrated their design. One hot afternoon, the Holy Prophet called at the house of Abu Bakr, and gave him the tidings that the time for their migration had arrived. Allah had given the order: Make war on the persecutors Till persecution is no more, And religion is for Allah only. At night in the cover of darkness, the Holy Prophet and Abu Bakr left Makkah, but they did not take the road to Yathrib. They moved in the opposite direction, and took refuge in a cave in Mount Thaur some five miles south of Makkah.

In the cave of Mt. Thaur. When the Quraish came to know that the Holy Prophet had left Makkah they were much disturbed. They offered a reward of a hundred she camels to any one who found the Holy Prophet, and brought him back to Makkah. During the day, Abdullah the son of Abu Bakr would listen to the plans and talks of the Quraish, and at night he would carry the news to the fugitives in the cave. Asma the daughter of Abu Bakr brought them meals every day. Aamir a servant of Abu Bakr would bring a flock of goats to the mouth of the cave every night where they were milked.

Second of the two. The Quraish sent search parties in all directions. One party came dangerously close to the entrance to the cave. Abu Bakr had a feeling of great uneasiness at the impending dancer The Holy Prophet consoled him, and said “Fear not, for Allah is with us. ” And verily Allah was with them. Miraculously a spider wove its nest at the entrance to the cave, and seeing the nest the search party turned away after it had reached the very mouth of the cave. This event is referred to in the Holy Quran in the following terms: “He being the second of the two When they were in the cave, And when Muhammad said to his companion, ‘Grieve not, surely God is with us’. Then God came to their help. And protected them with an army Which they saw not.” {9:40}

Journey to Yath’rib. The Holy Prophet and Abu Bakr remained in the cave for three days and three nights. By this time the Quraish gave up the search in despair, and the Holy Prophet and Abu Bakr decided to proceed to Yathrib. The servant of Abu Bakr brought two camels for them to ride upon for the journey. Asma the daughter of Abu Bakr brought a bag of provisions. She had forgotten to bring a string to tie the bag. She tore her girdle and tied the bag with it. For this ingenuity, the Holy Prophet conferred on her the title ‘She of the Girdle.” The party consisting of the Holy Prophet, Abu Bakr, a servant of Abu Bakr, and a guide set of by a circuitous route to Yathrib by way of Tihama on the coast of the Red Sea.

Account of Asma. Asma has related that when the Holy Prophet and her father left for Yathrib and she returned to Makkah, a party of the Quraish headed by Abu Jahl called at their house and made inquiries regarding the whereabouts of Abu Bakr. When Asma told them that she was unaware of the whereabouts of her father, Abu Jahl slapped her so violently on the face that her earring flew off. She has also related that Abu Bakr took all the available money with him. Abu Qabafa the father of Abu Bakr who had lost his eye sight said that Abu Bakr had not done well in taking with him all the money, and not leaving anything for the family. Asma took some pebbles, and put them in a niche where Abu Bakr used to keep money. She covered the pebbles with a piece of cloth, and leading her grandfather to the niche said, “Put your hand on the money, grandfather.” Abu Qahafa did so, and felt satisfied that Abu Bakr had left ample money for the family.

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The Promised Victory

During his Caliphate, ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, once set out for ash-Sham (Damascus) and with him was Abu ‘Ubaydah. They came upon a deep creek which they needed to cross. So ‘Umar took off his sandals and carried them on his shoulders. Then he took the reign of the camel and began ploughing through the water. Abu ‘Ubaydah – seeing the Leader (khalifah) of the Muslims in this state – felt saddened and said, “I fear that the people of the village will think you without any honour.” ‘Umar said, “Oh Abu ‘Ubaydah, if only someone less knowledgeable then you made such a statement. We were of the most disgraced of people and Allah granted us honour with this Islam. Now, whenever we seek honour in other than that which Allah honoured us with, Allah shall disgrace us (once again).”

Dear brothers and sisters, we hear often that the victory of Allah is something promised and very near. However, some of us do not really believe in our hearts that Allah will grant victory to Islam. Some of us may think that this victory that Allah speaks about is only for a certain ‘star-status’ group of believers, or that the victory was only for a certain time in history, or that it’s not a promised victory, just a miraculous will of God …

We must understand that it is not anyone who is promising this – it is Allah the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth. And it is not just a promise of the Hereafter, but it is promised in this life as well. In Surah Ghafir (40:51), we read:

“Indeed, we will grant victory to Our Messengers and those who believe in this life of the world and on the day when the witnesses will stand.”

We can only hope for victory when we surrender our loyalty to Allah and His Messenger and to the believers – and no one else! In Surah al-Ma’idah (5:56), we read:

“And whoever is an ally of Allah and His Messenger and those who have believed – indeed the party of Allah will be the victors.”

Honour and victory come only from Allah. Whoever seeks it from other than Allah, nothing awaits them but disgrace. In Surah an-Nisa’ (4:138-139), we read:

“Give glad tidings to the hypocrites (munafiqin) that there is for them a painful punishment – those that take disbelievers as allies instead of the believers. Do they seek with them honour (‘izzah)? Rather, to Allah indeed belongs all honour!”

And when someone thinks that this victory and honour that was promised to the righteous is only a delusion, they are in fact recycling the statements of the hypocrites before them. Allah recorded their scoffing in Surah Ahzab (33:12):

“And (remember) when the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is disease said, ‘Allah and His Messenger did not promise us anything more then delusion.’ “

Was the promise of victory just a delusion? Let the Qur’an speak to us the outcome – dear brothers and sisters – of that battle of al-Ahzab! Allah tells us:

“And Allah repelled those who disbelieved, in their rage, not having accomplished any good. And enough was Allah for the believers in battle, and ever is Allah Powerful and Exalted in Might.”

Ibn Kathir said, “Whoever wants a place of honour in this life and the next, let him hold firmly to the obedience of Allah – his goal will be realised. This is because to Allah belongs this life and next and all honour is His. Allah says (3:26):

Say, ‘O Allah, Owner of Sovereignty, You give sovereignty to whom You will and You take sovereignty away from whom You will. You honour whom You will and You humble whom You will. In Your hand is (all) good. Indeed, You are over all things competent.’ 

King, prince, duke, marquise, earl, viscount, baron, baronet, and knight – these were the names the English used to appropriate nobility amongst themselves. Humans want to be honoured in this life and so they set out in search of things that will grant them this honour.

Some search for it in money – but when a stock market crashes and they lose everything, they commit suicide or live in humility. Some search for it in degrees – but those same degrees may be their citation for arrogance over others. Some search for it in military might or leadership position – but when the tables turn on them they become the most humiliated.

Only in the worship of Allah is true honour found, because all honour belongs to Allah; Surah al-Munafiqun (63:8), we read:

“And to Allah belongs all honour, and to His Messenger, and to the believers, but the hypocrites know not.”

Al-Hasan al-Basri said concerning the people of sin, “They – even though their riding beasts pitter patter with them atop, and their mules carry them ever so gracefully, upon them at all times is the hovering disgrace of sin. Allah shall never allow for those who disobey Him anything more then disgrace.”

In Surah al-Hajj (22:18), we read:

“And whoever Allah humiliates – for him there is no one to give him honour.”

“His doing what? Building a boat in the desert?” The people of Noah ran out to see if the news was true. Um-hmm, there he was indeed, building a huge boat without a drop of water in site.

Allah tells us in Surah Hud (11:38):

“And he constructed the ark – whenever a group of the eminent of his people passed him they mocked him.”

They couldn’t help themselves but to ridicule him. “Hey Noah, you were a Prophet yesterday; Have you now become a carpenter?”

What happened, dear brothers and sisters, to those devilish people who disbelieved in Allah’s Messenger for 950 years – where are they now? And who was the winner in the end?

Certainly, in the end Allah granted a decisive victory to Noah. More so, Allah tells His Prophet, may Allah send His prayers and blessings upon him, at the conclusion of Noah’s story how victory will always be for the believers:

“So be patient, indeed, the (best) outcome is (and will always be) for the righteous.”

Part II:

In their misguided quest for honour, the Greeks designated a female god whose sole job was to dispense victory and honour. She was a popular subject in their art, usually represented as winged and bearing a wreath or palm branch. The called her Nike. And many of us leaving this khutbah may still sadly find remnants of their shirk present today on our shoes.

The Prophet, may Allah send His prayers and blessings upon him, said, “Indeed this affair (of Islam) shall reach wherever the night and day reach. Allah will not spare a single clay or wabar home except that Allah will cause for Islam to enter it – whether with nobility or with humiliation. Nobility that Allah grants with them entering Islam, or humility that Allah places upon them for their kufr (disbelief).”

The narrator of the hadith, Tamim ad-Dari, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Certainly, I saw this in my own family. Those that become Muslim amongst them found prosperity and nobility and honour. And those that turned to kufr found nothing but disgrace and humility and the jizyah tax (a tax paid by non-Muslims living in the Islamic state).”

There are different ways in which Allah grants victory to His righteous servants: Allah may grant victory through martyrdom. We read in the Qur’an Allah telling us to not think that those who were killed in the way of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive with Allah, well provided for.

Allah may grant victory through the huge success in spreading one’s da’wah. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah send His prayers and blessings upon him, taught us this in the story of the boy and the king. In the end, the only way the king could kill the boy was to shoot the arrow pronouncing the statement, ‘In the Name of the Lord of this boy.’ When he did so, although the boy was martyred, the entire village believed in Allah, alone, the Lord of the boy.

Allah may grant victory through the trials that distinguish the believers from the hypocrites. As a sage once said, “All thanks are to Allah who places a hardship on me through which I distinguish my friends from my enemies.”

Or victory may come through Allah assisting his servant with clear and decisive arguments. An example of this is how Allah supported Abraham, peace be upon him, against the tyrant Namrud when he said that he too gives life and death. Abraham replied that verily Allah brings the sun from the east so bring it ye from the west. Namrud was dumbfounded and had no reply.

In conclusion, we all know that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah send His prayers and blessings upon him, started this mission of Islam at the Mountain of Safa. After telling his people about Allah and the Final Day, Abu Jahl – his own uncle – turned his back on him and said aloud, “May you perish O Muhammad! Is this why you have gathered us?” On his heels he turned and everyone followed him, leaving our Prophet, may Allah send His prayers and blessings upon him, standing alone.

Two decades later, in the farewell hajj, he, may Allah send His prayers and blessings upon him, stood on that very same mountain. At this time, the victory of Allah had come true as Allah had promised. All of Makkah was now Muslim, a sea of believers memorising their Prophet’s every move. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah send His prayers and blessings upon him, stood there on Mount Safa and faced the Ka’bah and recited:

“There is no god but Allah. Only One. He was true to His promise. He granted victory to His servant. He granted honour and nobility to his army. And the confederates did He – alone – defeat.

 

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Adam Death & His Successor

Adam’s Successor, Seth

Years and years passed, Adam grew old and his children spread all over the earth. Muhammad Ibn Ishaq related that when Adam’s death drew near, he appointed his son Seth to be his successor and taught him the hours of the day and night along with their appropriate acts of worship. He also foretold to him the floor that would come.

 

Abu Dhar narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Allah sent down 104 psalms, of which 50 were sent down to Seth.”

 

 

Adam’s Death

Abdullah Ibn Al Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal narrated that Ubai Ibn Kab said: “When Adam’s death was near, he said to his children: “O my children, indeed I feel an appetite for the fruits of Paradise.”

 

So they went away searching for what Adam had requested. They met with the angels, who had with them his shroud and what he was to be embalmed with. They said to them: “O Children of Adam, what are you searching for? What do you want? Where are you going?”

They said: “Our father is sick and has an appetite for the fruits of Paradise.”

The angels said to them: “Go back, for your father is going to meet his end soon.”

So they returned (with the angels) and when Eve saw them she recognized them. She tried to hide herself behind Adam. He said to her. “Leave me alone. I came before you; do not go between me and the angels of my Lord.” So they took his soul, embalmed and wrapped him, dug the grave and laid him in it. They prayed on him and put him in his grave, saying: “O Children of Adam, this is your tradition at the time of death.”

 

Before his death Adam reassured his children that Allah would not leave man alone on the earth, but would sent His prophets to guide them. The prophets would have different names, traits and miracles, but they would be united in one thing; the call to worship Allah alone. This was Adam’s bequest to his children. Adam finished speaking and closed his eyes. Then the angels entered his room and surrounded him. When he recognized the Angel of Death among them, his heart smiled peacefully.

 

Successor after Adam

After Adam’s death, Seth (Shiith) took over the responsibilities of prophet-hood, according to a hadith narrated by Abu Dhar. Abu Dhar narrated that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Allah sent down one hundred and four psalms, of which fifty were sent down to Seth.”(Sahih al Bukhari)

 

When the time of his death came Seth’s son Anoush succeeded him. He in turn, was succeeded by his son Qinan, who was succeeded by Mahlabeel. The Persians claim that Mahlabeel was the King of the Seven Regions, that he was the first one to cut down trees to build cities and large forts and that he built the cities of Babylonia. He reigned for a period of forty years. When he died his duties were taken over by his son Yard, who on his death, bequeathed them to his son Khonoukh, who is Idris (PBUH) according to the majority of the scholars.