Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Keep keep praying


I'm actually worried sick about my result. My carry marks are low , very low in fact if I compare them with the foundation year and I'm not sure if my answers would give the 'wow' effect enough to the examiners. Some of them, I'm very sure that I've made a few mistakes, right after I was out of the exam hall. 
Then I remembered an advise from my senior , 

"If Allah wills , there will be a path for you. 
But if He does not bless the thing that you have longed for, so that's it. Because He knows the best. 
And that's why in our prayer , we have to always ask for His blessings instead of having our wish granted instantly. For example ; 

O Allah ya Rahman ya Rahim, I've tried my best in my exam. I've studied well, I've eaten well and I've sleep well. I really hope that my effort will be fruitful that I can make my parents happy and proud, that I can help people around me and that I can have your blessings for my jihad in studying.
But if Your blessings doesn't come along with my good result, than it's okay O Allah. I rather have your blessings than my wish granted (good result). 
You are The Mightiest,  You are the most perfect Planner and You know what's the best for me.

.... and hence , end your prayer with ikhlas and redha."


My senior, he was not the best student in our school but he got an offer to study abroad. When he shared about this, I didn't really put it in my brain but when I recalled it back, he was absolutely right.

 We can't always have our du'a granted instantly because Allah is the best Planner and He knows the best.
The only thing left for us, is to always husnuzon with His plan.



Now that I've poured out everything here, I'm feeling much better and less worried. It's not that I didn't study or tried. Indeed, I did my best. So all I can do now is to believe in Him :) 
If He does not bless it, who am I to rebel Him , right ?









I googled a few things about du'a and came across with these 



I like the way one of the writers explained about du'a in his blog . Kinda a great reminder for myself:

But I have been making some dua’a for ages and it is still on the waiting list of Allah :( 

If your dua’a hasn’t been granted yet then either you are doing some mistake and should really read the etiquettes of making dua’a (written ahead) or maybe it’s a test from Allah. 

It was said to Ibraaheem ibn Adham: Why is it that we supplicate and receive no response? 

“He said because you know Allah but you do not obey Him, and you know the Messenger but you do not follow his Sunnah, and you know the Qur’an but you do not act in accordance with it, and you eat from the blessings of Allah but you do not give thanks for them, and you know Paradise but you do not seek it, and you know Hell but you do not flee from it, and you know the shaytaan but you do not fight him rather you agree with him, and you know death but you do not prepare  for it, and you have buried the dead but you do not learn a lesson from that, and you ignore your own faults and are preoccupied with other people’s faults.” 

So do not expect a response when you have blocked the way with sins.

Whenever a Muslim raises his/her hands to ask Allah for something, 
He feels shy to return that believer empty handed. So rest assure, whenever you make a dua’a (in accordance with the proper etiquettes), you ALWAYS get something.


Salman (RAA) narrates from the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), "Your Rab is modest and kind. A person raises his hands in HIS court and HE leave them empty, Allah shies from it." [Tirmizi & Abu Dawood]

It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (PBUH) said:  “There is no Muslim who calls upon Allah with words in which there is no sin or severing of family ties but Allah will give him one of three things: either He will answer his prayer soon, or He will store it up for him in the Hereafter, or He will remove something bad from him that is equivalent to what he is asking for.” They said, “Then we should make a great amount of dua’a’.” He said, “Allah is greater.” [Al-Tirmidhi, 3573; classed as saheeh by al-Tirmidhi and others]

Many think that the response can only be of one kind, which is getting what you asked for in dua’a’ such as wealth, children, a job and so on. 
This is wrong, because the response may take different forms:

1)      You are granted what you asked for. (do not forget to thank Allah afterwards)

2)      Allah delays it and grants your dua’a when you are ready for it. (Surely, the creator knows better than the creation)

3)      Instead of granting the dua’a, Allah removes an obstacle or misfortune from your life and grants that dua’a in the Hereafter.


So in any case you are not loosing anything. Its a win-win situation always :D. I’d say a good investment of time.

However, be sure not to do the following mistakes as they are the reasons why a person’s dua’as may not be accepted: 

1) Abu Hurairah (RAA) narrates from the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), "Do dua’a to Allah with this confidence that HE will accept it and know this well that Allah doesn't accept the dua’a done with a negligent and careless heart. [Tirmizi]









And here's about blessings that my teacher used to share in FB , taken from Dr. MAZA's page :


IZIN BUKAN BERERTI REDHA
Kita tidak wajar berbicara sesuatu tentang Allah apa yang dia tidak faham sehingga akhirnya menampakkan kedangkalan cara fikir.

Saya tidak suka terlalu berfalsafah dalam bicara. Tujuan ucapan dan ungkapan adalah untuk difahami oleh pendengar atau pembaca, bukan agar mereka bertambah pening. Pun begitu ada juga beberapa istilah yang perlu diperbetulkan, bukan kerana ingin berfalsafah tetapi kerana ia penting untuk difahami untuk mengelakkan salahfaham antara kaum muslimin.

Antara perkara yang penting untuk dibezakan ialah ungkapan ‘izin’ dan ‘redha’. Kedua-dua perkataan ini berasal dari bahasa Arab. 

Apa yang kita izinkan bukan semestinya kita redha. 
Juga apa yang kita redha bukan semestinya kita izinkan

Juga mungkin apa yang kita izinkan itu kita redha, atau sebaliknya juga mungkin apa yang kita redha maka kita izinkan. Mengizinkan bermaksud membolehkan sesuatu itu berlaku (lihat: al-Kafawi, al-Kulliyyat, 72, Beirut: Muassasah al-Risalah). Sementara redha bermaksud suka atau kasih kepada sesuatu. Disebut al-Mahabbah wa al-Ridha atau cinta dan redha (ibid 76).
Kita mungkin memberikan kebenaran atau memboleh sesuatu yang di bawah penguasaan kita berlaku dalam keadaan redha ataupun tidak redha. 

Apa yang kita izinkan bukanlah semestinya kita redha atau suka. 

 Saya misalkan, seorang anak yang mendesak ayahnya memberikannya kunci kereta kerana ingin keluar bersama dengan rakan-rakannya. Si ayah enggan memberi kerana bimbang anaknya tidak tahu mengawal diri apabila keluar bersama rakan. Namun si anak terus mendesak dan bertegang dengan ayahnya sehingga menyebabkan si ayah akhirnya memberikan kunci kepada si anak. Anak ini pun keluar berjumpa dengan rakan-rakannya sambil berkata: “ayahku izinkan aku pakai keretanya malam ini”. Sementara si ayah apabila ditanya berkata: “memang saya izinkan tapi saya tidak redha, sebab dia mendesak dan saya malas bising-bising”. Keadaan ini menggambarkan bagaimana kadang-kala keizinan diberikan tanpa keredhaan atau kerelaan. 

Betapa ramai wanita zaman tahu yang mengizinkan bapa mereka mengahwinkan mereka, sedangkan jantung hati mereka tidak redha.
Di samping ada keadaan di mana kita izinkan sesuatu dengan penuh redha. Juga ada keadaan di mana kita meredhai sesuatu tetapi tidak dapat mengizinkannya. Kita tidak izinkan mungkin disebabkan faktor-faktor tertentu.

Sebab itu dalam al-Quran Allah gunakan perkataan masyiah atau kehendak dan dalam masa yang sama ada perkataan redha. Manusia menjadi beriman dan kufur adalah dengan kehendak atau izin Allah. Jika Allah tidak izin atau kehendak, maka tiada satu perkara pun yang boleh berlaku di alam ini. Namun bukan semestinya apa yang Allah izinkan berlaku itu, Allah meredhainya. Firman Allah: (maksudnya) “Maka (fikirkanlah) adakah orang yang dihiaskan kepadanya amalan buruknya (oleh syaitan) lalu dia memandangnya baik, kerana sesungguhnya Allah menyesatkan sesiapa yang dikehendakiNya, dan dia juga memberi hidayah petunjuk kepada sesiapa yang dikehendakiNya. Oleh itu, janganlah kamu membinasakan dirimu (Wahai Muhammad) kerana menanggung dukacita terhadap kesesatan mereka. Sesungguhnya Allah Maha Mengetahui akan apa yang mereka kerjakan” ( Surah al-Fatir, ayat 8).

Allah menyesat sesiapa yang Dia Kehendaki kerana mereka memilih kesesatan, demikian memberikan petunjukNya kepada sesiapa yang ingin memilih petunjuk. Itulah peraturan alam yang Dia Maha Pencipta lagi Maha Adil tetapkan. Dia tidak menzalimi hamba-hambaNya.

Apabila kekufuran atau kemaksiatan atau kesesatan itu berlaku bukanlah Dia redha atau sukakan kekufuran sekalipun berlaku dengan izin atau kehendakNya. FirmanNya: (maksudnya) “Kalaulah kamu kufur akan nikmat-nikmatNya itu, maka ketahuilah bahawa sesungguhnya Allah tidak memerlukan kamu; dan Dia tidak redha untuk hamba-hambaNya kekufuran; dan jika kamu bersyukur, Dia meredainya untuk kamu..(Surah al-Zumar, ayat 7).

Maha Suci Allah untuk dibandingkan dengan makhluk. Namun untuk mendekatkan faham, demikian insan dalam hidup ini mestilah dibezakan antara keizinan dan keredhaan.

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