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Note to self – ‘Towards Building Ummah Consciousness’

These are notes to myself and to others who wants to gain consciousness.

1. “In a society which trains its citizens in the art and philosophy of achieving instant self-gratification, of becoming thoroughly submerged in one’s own bubble of pleasure, it becomes dangerously difficult for one to develop a world consciousness and concern for others. The intensity of this struggle is signified by the fact that one has to cultivate his concern for society without the help of society, and consequently, many will often be left aside to froth around in the artificial sands of their own world. Yet, for the most part, that world too is not even their own, and is rather the mass amalgamation of what the rest of the world (as they know it) is – from idolizing celebrities that they wished they were, to chasing after the will-o’-the-wisp of appearing important and popular in the eyes of other people (assisted through mediums such as Facebook), to engaging in intense debates on the most frivolous of issues that have no actual connection to their own life (including sports), their mind and efforts become wholly tied in a struggle and existence that is not theirs.”

2. “This attitude also extends to our love of the Ummah: one can gauge the seriousness of the issue by simply looking at how deeply Islamic charities nowadays depend on holding concerts for raising funds for humanitarian causes, and how they sadly have big name Muslim celebrities entertain the Muslim crowds, in order to squeeze out money from the pockets of Muslims. This phenomenon, which has several variations (including basketball tournaments for charity), is extremely telling of the “Ummah consciousness” of a people, and their sheer addiction to fun and self-gratification, where they have to indulge themselves first before coming to the aid of the needy in their own Ummah. It does not seem to carry the same spirit of generosity and urgency when the Prophet ﷺ said, “Guard from the Fire, even by giving half of a date fruit in charity.

3. “If one truly believes in Islam as a whole, one must believe that the needs of the Ummah supersede his or her own needs. Our enormous energies and talents deserve not to be wasted away in corporate offices, but rather in the service of the greater good of humanity. Becoming doctors, engineers, or accountants is certainly not inherently wrong- but we must realize that building the character of a nation, that curing them of spiritual diseases, is much harder and requires ten times more resources than building the infrastructure of a nation.”

4. “If one believes the state of affairs of the Ummah to be pathetic today, we must believe ourselves individually to be pathetic as well. We have become desensitized to the plight of the world – how else can one describe our historically unprecedented ability to hear tragedy after tragedy, yet go back to spend hours watching T.V shows and games? Television claims to serve our powers of seeing and hearing, but in reality, it has taken control of our faculties of thinking, by controlling what we see and how we see. Ironically, we often accuse our brethren living in Muslim majority countries of being too sensitive, of being too combustible and manipulated by those who seek to give Islam a bad name. Yet few realize that we too, awash in our luxuries and numbed into silence and inaction by them, are also being manipulated by those same forces.”

5. “Islam, though, is not meant to be taken up as a hobby, but as a life calling – and until we forgo our individualistic dreams and build grander dreams for the Ummah, one cannot have high expectations for the future. This is the fundamental mistake made by Muslims today, and in reality, it is this mistake which threatens ruin and destruction on the Muslim community.”

6. “We must find a way to collectively fight back against these sterilizing forces, of creating new forces and institutions that are free from these dangers, and learn to orient our lives and ambitions toward the service of Allah and all of His creation – and if we can accomplish that, undoubtedly our future descendants will surely come upon a time, God-Willing, where decent men and women all over the world from Haiti to China will smile freely, and feel relieved at having found out that the forces of good have not been vanquished, that goodness and altruism still shine throughout Allah’s earth, like the morning glow rejuvenates us after the lethargy of the night.”


Nikmatnya Syurga…

Dengan nama Allah Yang Maha Pengasih, Maha Penyayang.

1. Bukankah pernah datang kepada manusia waktu dari masa, yang ketika itu belum merupakan sesuatu yang dapat disebut?
2. Sungguh, Kami telah menciptakan manusia dari setetes mani yang bercampur yang Kami hendak mengujinya (dengan perintah dan larangan), kerana itu Kami jadikan dia mendengar dan melihat.
3. Sungguh, Kami telah menunjukkan kepadanya jalan yang lurus; ada yang bersyukur dan ada pula yang kufur.
4. Sungguh, Kami telah menyediakan bagi orang-orang kafir rantai, belenggu dan neraka yang menyala-nyala.
5. Sungguh, orang-orang yang berbuat kebajikan akan minum dari gelas (berisi minuman) yang campurannya adalah air kafur ( Nama satu mata air di syurga yang airnya putih dan baunya sedap serta enak sekali)
6.(yaitu) mata air (dalam syurga) yang diminum oleh hamba-hamba Allah dan mereka dapat memancarkannya dengan sebaik-baiknya.
7. Mereka memenuhi nazar dan takut akan suatu hari yang azabnya merata-rata di mana-mana.
8. Dan mereka memberikan makanan yang disukainya kepada orang miskin, anak yatim dan orang yang ditawan,
9. (sambil berkata), “Sesungguhnya kami memberi makanan kepadamu hanyalah kerana mengharapkan keridaan Allah, kami tidak mengharap balasan dan terima kasih dari kamu.
10. Sungguh, kami takut akan (azab) Tuhan pada hari (ketika) orang-orang berwajah masam penuh kesulitan.”
11. Maka Allah melindungi mereka dari kesusahan hari itu, dan memberikan kepada mereka keceriaan dan kegembiraan.
12. Dan Dia memberi balasan kepada mereka kerana kesabarannya (berupa) surga dan (pakaian) sutera.
13. di sana mereka duduk bersandar diatas dipan, si sana mereka tidak melhat (merasakan teriknya) matahari dan tidak pula dingin yang berlebihan.
14. Dan naungan (pepohonnya) dekat di atas mereka dan dimudahkan semudah-mudahnya untuk memetik (buah)nya.
15. Dan kepada mereka diedarkan bejana-bejana dari perak dan piala-piala yang bening laksana kristal,
16. kristal ayng jernih terbuat daripada perak, mereka tentukan ukurannya yang sesuai (dengan kehendak mereka).
17. Dan disana mereka diberi segelas minuman bercampur jahe.
18. (Yang didatangkan dari) sebuah mata air (di syurga) yang dinamakan Salsabil.
19. Dan mereka dikelilingi oleh para pemuda-pemuda yang tetap muda. Apabila kamu melihatnya, akan kamu kira mereka, mutiara yang bertaburan.
20. Dan apabila engkau melihat (keadaan) di sana (syurga), nescaya engkau melihat berbagai macam kenikmatan dan kerajaan yang besar.
21. Mereka berpakaian sutera halus yang hijau dan sutera tebal dan memakai gelang terbuat dari perak dan Tuhan membersihkan kepada mereka minuman yang bersih (dan suci)
22. Inilah balasan untukmu, dan segala usahamu diterima dan diakui (Allah).
23 Sesungguhnya kamilah yang menurunkan Al Quran kepadamu (Muhammad) secara beransur-ansur.
24. Maka bersabarkah untuk (melaksanakan) ketetapan Tuhanmu dan janganlah engkau ikuti orang yang berdosa dan orang yang kafir diantara mereka.
25. Dan sebutlah nama Tuhanmu pada (waktu) pagi dan petang.
26. Dan pada sebagian dari malam, maka bersujudlah kepadaNya dan bertasbihlah kepadaNya pada bagian yang panjang di malam hari.
27. Sesungguhnya mereka (orang kafir) itu mencintai kehidupan (dunia) dan meninggalkan hari yang berat (hari akhirat) di belakangnya.
28. Kami telah menciptakan mereka dan menguatkan persendian tubuh mereka. Tetapi, jika Kami mengkehendaki, Kami dapat mengganti denan yang serupa mereka.
29. Sungguh, (ayat-ayat) ini adalah peringatan, maka barang siapa mengkehendaki (kebaikan bagi dirinya) tentu dia mengambil jalan menuju Tuhannya.
30. Tetapi kamu tidak mampu (menempuh jalan itu), kecuali apabila dikehendaki Allah. Sungguh, Allah Maha Mengetahui, Maha Bijaksana.
31. Dia memasukkan siapa pun yang Dia kehendaki ke dalam rahmat Nya (syurga). Adapun bagi orang-orang zalim disediakanNya azab yang pedih.

AQ Al Insan

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