Prophet David and Prophet Solomon a.s. were the richest of the kings, and they were given such a great kingdom of men, jinn, animals, birds, mountains, metal and wind that did not belong to anyone after them (38:35).
But that was not the reason they were thankful for, because Allah has also given them knowledge, for which they were very grateful and considered themselves as those who are favored above many people.
They said in surah An-Naml verse 15, "Praise be to Allah, Who has preferred us above many of His believing slaves."
Because they know the real value and the true importance of knowledge over worldly material.
During the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, Japan's Shun Fujimoto won the gymnastic's gold medal for making a flawless routine and a perfect landing - on a broken right knee.
When asked, he said that the pain shot through him like a knife. "It brought tears to my eyes. But now i have a gold medal and the pain is gone."
Pain is only temporary. But the benefits last forever.
Same goes to learning. The process is undeniably long and difficult. But in the end, the reward is everlasting. As Imam Syafie put it, "If you can't bear the pain of learning, you will suffer the pain of being ignorant."
Walaupun disirami dengan air hujan yang sama, namun tidak semua pohon mengeluarkan buah-buahan yang sama rasanya. Ada yang masam, ada yang manis. Ada yang subur, ada yang layu.
Begitulah ibaratnya manusia. Walau dibesarkan dengan suasana yang sama, ditarbiah oleh guru yang sama, keluar dari sistem pendidikan yang sama, namun masing-masing punya pendapat dan aliran pemikiran yang berbeza-beza.
Satu perkara yang perlu diingati dan diraikan ialah bagaimana kita semua bertunjangkan 'common ground' yang sama dan dinaungi oleh kalimah tauhid yang sama :)
One of the easiest ways to make an investment for akhirat is to write. And by writing i mean beneficial stuff, not just updates on what you had for breakfast this morning… Or what you just bought yesterday at the mall… Or pictures of your cats etc.
For generations, people have been paying tons of money to buy diamonds. Due to its exclusivity, it's considered as a girl's best friend.
Say if a person comes to you and show something to you that looks like a diamond, shines like a diamond, and feels like a diamond, but with a waaay cheaper price. It was soo convincing that we thought we're actually holding a real diamond.
So we buy it, polish it, keep it in a safe place. But in reality, it's actually a cheap knockoff made in China. But it feels so real that we wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
Sometimes we think what we do is the real thing that originates from Islam. But in reality it is the handiwork of Satan. It has no relation whatsoever with the syariah or sunnah, but it looks like it's a good thing. So why not?
Sure people nowadays can tell right from wrong. But Satan is sneaky. Seducing people to do wrongdoings seems too cliché. So what he does is trying to make a sin looks like a good deed. That way, people will keep doing it as they are under the impression that they are doing 'amal soleh', when they're actually not.
It's what we call 'talbis iblis' (devil's deception). Satan's scam, if you will. We all have been April Fooled by Satan, unfortunately :(
Do you know that AIDS is formerly known as GRID back in the 80's? Which stands for Gay-Related Immune Deficiency, because previously it was thought to infect only gays. But later on they changed the name to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Vaccines or cure haven't been found yet, so far. But say if you're the scientist who finds the vaccine or cure for AIDS, will u be proud of it?
On one hand you'll be saving millions of lives, but on the other hand you'll be responsible for all the sexual outbreaks worldwide. People will no longer be afraid of the danger of AIDS, so nothing holds them back.
Something really interesting to think about, huh?
Actually our people need to clear the taboo on AIDS. As we know, unprotected sexual intercourse isn't the only way to get infected. They are newborn babies, innocent healthcare personnel or patients receiving blood transfusions who are also infected by it. So don't go around judging AIDS patients.
And on another note, please don't say that 'hukum hudud sebat 100x for zina' somehow cures AIDS. You'll be a laughing stock among scientists. Some people are too eager to relate science and Quran that they forgot to abide to scientific discipline. They do it carelessly without any proof.
Science is an advancing field, you see. What is considered true today might be wrong tomorrow.
Just a couple of decades ago, scientists thought that the world was undergoing 'Global Cooling', because previously the global temperature was dropping a couple of degrees Celsius. But see how wrong they are today.
So, be careful in matching Quran and science. Use only established scientific facts, not some unproven hypotheses.
Another example, people have been saying that there are certain enzymes present at the tip of our fingers that helps digestion. The proof is that whenever we touch food, it will go foul faster than usual.
For that reason, they are encouraging others to follow the sunnah and eat using our hands and lick them afterwards.
While the intention is noble, the method is somewhat inaccurate. We have literally thousands of different enzymes in our body, and each of them has been assigned a name, mainly according to their function and what they catalyze.
To produce energy from a molecule of carbohydrate alone, there are at lease 10 different enzymes. And surprise, surprise, each of them has a name.
So it would be nice if they could come up with the name of this so-called enzyme as to make the fact at lease reliable and authentic.
I like what Dr. Danial Zainal Abidin wrote in his book 'Quran Saintifik' in explaining the reason behind this. Instead of making up some pseudo-scientific bogus, he said that every food particle has a role in producing energy. Even a single grain of rice could produce a significant number of ATPs. So it would be wise to make full use of every piece of food and not waste them.
Seeking knowledge at old age is like writing on water. While seeking knowledge at young age is like engraving on a stone. It lasts longer.
Young mind is like a sponge. It absorbs almost everything. Everything we read, we learn and we practice will be planted in our minds like seeds. So, be careful in choosing what we plant in our heads.
To young people out there (i'm no longer young, i think), make full use of your youth. You have energy, you have time, and you have all the recources in the world. Quit wasting your time doing useless stuffs that you might regret someday.
Read a lot. Equip yourselves with as many useful skills as you can, coz we don't know which one might come in handy later on in life.
Fishes are soo peaceful. Every one of them has got their own behavior. Some are a bit aggressive. Some are territorial. Some just mind their own business and couldn't care less about what other fishes are doing.
Unlike people, they are not hypocrite. They show their true behaviors. That's what i like about them.
My father always taught me about the importance of 'ihsan' or doing good to animals. Feeding them is a form of 'sadaqah', as a hadis narrated by Bukhari & Muslim said,
"No Muslim plants a plant or soils a seed and has it eaten by a bird, animal or human except that it will be a charitable act for him".
If you do someone a favor, he might not even thank you, let alone make doa for you. But animals do pray for you.
In a hadis narrated by Tirmizi, the Prophet p.b.u.h said, "The seeker of knowledge will be asked for forgiveness by everything in the heaven and the earth, including the fishes in the sea."
According to a study, it takes 21 days for your brain to like a new habit. And 66 days to change permanently.
So take a chance during this Ramadan to develop new habits and throw our old (bad) ones. Starting from punctuality (pray on time), focus (khusyuk in solah), generosity (sadaqah), steadfastness, avoiding smoking, cursing, backbiting and many more.
Continue for some more time even after Ramadan, because we are Rabbaniyyin (worshipers of Allah), not Ramadaniyyin (worshipers of Ramadan), and we'll manage to get new habits insya Allah.
We are what we repeatedly do. After all, bad habits are like a comfortable bed; easy to get into, but hard to get out of.
Umat Islam memang senang di- Aprilfool -kan. Bila baca asal usul perkataan Pikachu ialah pick-a-jew , mudah-mudah je perca...
.: About me :.
Mohd Effy Saiful Mohd Fathil, 26, in my final year at the Faculty of Medicine, Al-Azhar University, Cairo. Will be graduating in early 2013 if everything goes as planned.. insyaAllah~ Ultimate goal is to be a great Muslim doctor who can contribute to Islam and society in every way possible..
.: Education :.
.: 1993 - 1998 :. Sek Keb Bandar UDA 2, Johor Bahru
.: 1999-2003 :. Sek Men Agama Kerajaan Johor Kluang
.: 2004-2005 :. Darul Quran JAKIM, Kuala Kubu Bharu
.: 2005 :. Matrikulasi UIAM, Petaling Jaya
.: 2005-Present :. Faculty of Medicine, Al-Azhar University
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