Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Cynical Promise

Yesterday, after the Subuh prayer, the imām gave a short talk about Nuzul Quran, an annual event in the Islamic calendar marking the symbolic of the completion of Revelations to Prophet Muhammad PBUH.

The talk was surprisingly good and successfully knocking my brain to process the input and to ponder the points elaborated by the imām. He touches majorly on how to get the most from Ramadan, to gain the maximum benefits from this blessed month.

However, I thought the most revealing point yesterday was when the imām reminded us about our du’a to ALLAH upon reaching the month of Rajab and Sha'ban: Allahumma barik lana fi Rajab wa Sha'ban wa ballighna Ramadan means "... and let us reach the month of Ramadan", and to this moment, did we utilized every single second of Ramadan by doing good and making improvement to ourselves?

The imām says ALLAH would look at us cynically if we wouldn’t able to fulfill our promises before Ramadan by letting the month goes without significant positive improvement to ourselves. It is comprised everything to the extent of how quality the ibadah, and how intent our worship to Him.

Undeniably, it was a good point to think about.

Another thing to share, yesterday I read Hamza Yusuf’s Walk on Water. This book was enlightening, refreshing and highly recommended to all of you read it too.

Actually Hamza Yusuf comprising some of the hadith about the wisdom of Jesus (Prophet Isa) in dealing with society and the world around him.

So here, I am quoting some of the interesting part of the book here, in which I thought very interesting to share with you.

Once someone asked Jesus, “How are you able to walk on water?”
Jesus replied, “With certainty.”
Then someone said, “But we also have certainty!”
Jesus then asked them, “Are stone, clay, and gold equal in your eyes?”
They replied, “Certainly not!”
Jesus responded, “They are in mine.”
(Narrated by Ahmad)

It's deep, right?

Another great one is,

According to Ahmad, Jesus e was known to have said, “Virtuous action does not consist in doing good to someone who has done good to you—that is merely returning a favor. Virtuous action consists in doing good to those who have wronged you.”
(Narrated by Ahmad)


Ramadan taught us the same, as indicated symbolically by both hadiths, of the justice, accountability, and humanity. We are hoping to the end of Ramadan, we would reborn and becoming a better person, equipped with well-lesson throughout the Ramadan and, of course, the mercifulness of ALLAH.

Thank you, ALLAH, for giving us the chance to see the light of your guidance.