Sunday, May 16, 2004

Ingatan dari Fajr Bayan
Masjid An-Nur, Chicago, IL
Sunday, May 16th 2004

After praising Allah swt and sending salutations to the Prophet pbuh, amma ba'd.

Know dear beloved people, that Allah swt has created each and every thing in this world for the human beings. Allah swt says:

"It is He Who hath created for you all things that are on earth; Moreover His design comprehended the heavens, for He gave order and perfection to the seven firmaments; and of all things He hath perfect knowledge. " (2:29)

An amazing point to note, the balance of the world is dependant on the human being's actions. If mankind act in justice then the whole world would be in a state of balance, on the other hand, if mankind creates corruption and fasad on this earth, consequently imbalance and destruction would take place.

Allahu jalla wa 'ala says:

"Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of (the meed) that the hands of men have earned, that ((Allah)) may give them a taste of some of their deeds: in order that they may turn back (from Evil)." (30:41)

Interestingly, just as the state of the world is dependant on the state of the human beings, likewise the state of the human being is also dependant on a central factor. If that central factor is sound then the condition of the person would be sound, if it is in turmoil and chaos then the state of that person would be in turmoil and chaos.

What is this central factor?

Without doubt, it is the qalb. And this was attested by the famous hadeeth of our teacher pbuh.

[To grasp this huge reality, imagine that as a student, you're enrolled in a subject which has 3 midterms, one final exam, 12 homeworks and 5 quizzes (just like a typical normal class). Now here's the catch, in spite of all the tests that your have to plunge through, the professor makes sure that you fully understand that your grade would be 100% determined by you 3rd quiz only. If you fully understood what that statement meant, what would you do? Definitely, you'll go head on concentrating like crazy on that 3rd quiz.]

[Such is the importance and weight of the role which the qalb plays in our life. So then, why are we neglecting the health of our qalb? Why are we contaminating it with sins and mutating it in ugliness with disobedience to the Creator? Where has the adornments of ta'ah and mahabbah dissapeared from the sight? In reality there's too much veils and too dim of a light that's diminishing our aching senses.]

Illuminate your heart with the nur of eemaan. As had Abu Bakr made radiant his qalb with it, tipped the scale of the emaan of the ummah with his beautiful light. For surely, he did not reach that stage without the numerous bleeding sacrifices and never ending struggles. Remind yourself of the torture of the sahrah (magicians) of Pharoah which they had to face. Their feets and hands were chopped off, their body crucified and the torture lead to their death.

Indeed, this life is a life of test and eemaan is attained only through torturous sacrifices and never ending struggle.

(Ayat ending biasa orang tabligh: "So who's ready for this insha Allah?" :))

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