Monday, 28 May 2012

The Journey - What I've learned!

It's the end of it. Today it is and it'll never start again until the day of another chance.

But, yea, some dreams have just to be buried because the journey to pursue it has ended and we could nothing about it.
Like this one dream :

We had been working so hard for it, days and night but fate is destined somehow else.

Sometimes you can't reach the stars but just let ourselves enjoy the journey in the rockets, spy and explore everything you could see and touch. Like this journey. Through this journey, I've learned tremendously a lot of things that have taught me life and the meaning of 'be a muslim wherever you are'.

Along my participation in this english committee, I've met a large range of people. From muslim to non-muslim. From teachers to students. From people who speaks English and people who don't (not even dare). From people who's very sceptical to muslim society to those who're simple.

The last time I met with non-muslim friends, we talked and chatted, a lot of things. But hey, yes. The way muslim (in a real sense I mean) view the world is different with those non-muslims. True muslim see the world as : we need to work hard to achieve everything because in everything we do, there's always a sense of da'wah and doing it for Allah's sake. That, what I've experienced is, muslims have something to make themselves aflame with fighting spirit. They have a strong factor to push them to surpass limits, yet if they lose they'll know that's the best for them that Allah has decided and they are upset but never drag it too far away from an extend period.

 - In the quarantine room, we as a team would always pray together  (lead by the only man), and those prayers have always been something full with hope and 'fatawakkaltualallah'. And that prayers have always been something to remind us that we always have Allah with us (Allah ma'ana) and they don't.

And after the prayer was recited, we (muslimah only) would make an islamic-circle (or whatever you would like to call them) open the Quran, flip on the pages and recite surah An-Nashrah together thrice (well, not that we haven't memorised it but reciting while holding the Quran, give a different spirit, after all my Quran has just beeen rewrapped with beautiful  -expensive- gift wrappers!).
We read the translation and always had our eyes glued at some verses, those are :

أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ ﴿١
1.  Have We not expanded thee thy breast? 
وَوَضَعْنَا عَنكَ وِزْرَكَ ﴿٢
2.  And removed from thee thy burden
الَّذِي أَنقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ ﴿٣
3.  The which did gall thy back? 
وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ ﴿٤
4.  And raised high the esteem (in which) thou (art held)? 
فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا ﴿٥
5.  So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief:
إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا ﴿٦
6.  Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.
فَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ فَانصَبْ ﴿٧
7.  Therefore, when thou art free (from thine immediate task), still labor hard,
وَإِلَى رَبِّكَ فَارْغَبْ ﴿٨
8.  And to thy Lord turn (all) thy attention.

Ok. Sorry. What I mean is the entire surah had made us reread it thousand times especially the last verse.
We turn our attention to none other but Allah. And we seek help only from Him. La haulawala quwata illabillah.

And you know, after reading the chapter, it just felt like I (or we) have got a new spirit to dare us to stand up and fight and do our best. It's a contentment indeed!
Let's prove it! 
Proving is something we (the team) always think of. To prove that muslims are not weak.
If you think we are then you are wrong.
But then people argue, if it's true then why you've to prove it?
Because at the first place you just don't see. Now we're opening your eyes, wide open.
We, muslims, are conservatives.
Ouch! It is kind of hurt to hear it. But to rethink. Why do we care? If they think that leading a life as a true muslim, putting Allah as the utmost priority is something conservative. Then let it be. Because yes, Allah is where we are heading to. And nothing could change it even a mountain of pure glittering golds are put in front of our eyes.
But along the line, we muslims really have to be open-minded in something that does not oppose or contradict the teaching of Islam. And at the same time,  please don't bring any distinctly contradictable English culture to this purely authentic religion of Islam.
It's nice to see people like you guys could speak English that well.
I've just received this remark. Am thinking.. what do you mean between the lines? =.="

There's quite a lot of some times where I asked people why is that we muslims are not that successful as the non-muslims are. The answer would be simple. It's the culture. Everyone I asked, their answer will almost be the same. Note that some people blame this religion (na'uzubillahiminzalik) for the failure we face. But the problem does not come from that. It comes from us. Our attitude.
How far have we practice this religion in a true sense?

Practising Islam does not mean talking about islamic issues all the time, yet still wasting abundance of times. when Allah said :
"Certainly will the believers have succeeded, They who are during their prayer humbly submissive,

And they who turn away from ill speech, And they who are observant of zakah,
And they who guard their private parts, " (s. AlMukminun)

DETERMINATION, it is, something we are lacking in.
Because when we are determined, then we will be able to do just almost everything by Allah's will.

Oh dear. I myself have just so much to do to pull up my socks to be a better muslimah. And we will always do and never be satisfied if we ever are in the right track.

May Allah help us to rise up. Collectively and only collectively, we conquer the world!

-We're ghuraba'. There are things we cannot compromise.

--Sorry for the very bad English. By any chance that my teachers come to read this, I'm very sorry.

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