Friday, March 30, 2012

That little boy...who smiles sweetly

this little boy who smile sweetly ^.^,

There was a little boy,
who smile to the mosque's moneybox,
not only once,
but everytime he went there for prayers.
Until one day,
the imam saw this little boy,
it sparked the imam's curiosity.
"Why did you smile to the moneybox my little ones?"
The little boy smile again,
but this time to the imam.
"Because I have no money,
and the only thing that I have to give alms,
is by smiling~"
Isn't smiling is part of sedekah too? ^.^,

even giving food to a stray can is considered as sedekah/alms ^.^,

Give away,
things that you loved the most,
I'm sure you are not at loss (Qs2:267, Qs3:92).
Give away,
things that you have in excess,
while the others are at less (Qs2:261-262).
Give away,
portion of your wealth,
or make use of your good health (Qs2:272).
Give away,
smiles full of sincerity,
eventhough you are in poverty.
Give away,
knowledge that you gain (balighu anni walau an-ayah),
so that the rewards from Allah swt will be like the pouring rain.
Give away,
and continue to give away,
because Allah swt will ask you one day,
"With your wealth, your health and everything that I've given to you,
what have you done with it that brings you nor other close to Me?"

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

the flies and the bees

Alhamdulillah, looking at the last post, I haven't been able to write more for this month. For the last few month, I have been very inconsistent in writing up sharing material with all of you readers. I will do better insyAllah in the future. In hoping that the sharing of materials can bring you reader closer towards Allah swt, not further away from Him, insyAllah ^.^,

Talking about sharing of material, last week there has been some sharing session by one of the elderly in a program (actually he was there to officiate the program, but he also gave some intro/opening speech that left me awed ^.^,).  In his sharing session, he was making comparison between a fly and a bee. Both insect have wings given by Allah swt in order to seek for food and live their life according to their fitrah (sunnatullah/mother nature). However, differences can be seen in terms of the type of food that both seek for, and the kind of consequences that it can bring to us human being. Let us look at the characteristic of both animal one by one.

-The Fly-
In common situation, people usually hate flies! At most homes, there usually fly repellent tools that looks like a big "sudip", used for crushing this annoying animal. Even at some restaurant or food court there usually a (many) patch(es) of glued sheet that attract the flies and left them badly attached until they die. Why? Because it is believed that flies can cause great harm to us human being. They feed on trashes and waste, dead bodies, good food turn bad, and many other source that is rather disgusting to be discussed here. Adding to their dinner plate, is our dinner plate. They will take the chance to feed on our food and left little souvenirs in  form of eggs in exchange ^.^, If we did not realize this and continue to eat that delicious dinner of ours, we have a great chance of getting sick the next day.

not forgetting, they also love raw food

Additional notes on flies, Allah swt has made a comparison in the al-quran and challenge the kafirun/musyrikun of creating this amazing (but we found them annoying) animal.
“Hai manusia, telah dibuat perumpamaan, maka dengarkanlah olehmu perumpamaan itu. Sesungguhnya segala yang kamu seru selain Allah sekali-kali tidak dapat menciptakan seekor lalat pun, walaupun mereka bersatu untuk menciptakannya. Dan jika lalat itu merampas sesuatu dari mereka, tiadalah mereka dapat merebutnya kembali dari lalat itu. Amat lemahlah yang menyembah dan amat lemah (pulalah) yang disembah. Mereka tidak mengenal Allah dengan sebenarbenarnya. Sesungguhnya Allah benar-benar Mahakuat lagi Mahaperkasa.” (Surah Al-Hajj, 22: 73-74)
So, are we eligible enough to think of this animal as annoying? Isn't what they did was only a form of obedience towards Allah swt? ^.^,

-The Bees-

Look at those beautiful stripes and amazing work on extracting the nectar [credit]

Different from bees, they feed on beautiful flowers that contain delicious nectar. Everyday they will go around the neighbourhood in search for more beautiful flowers in effort of producing more delicious honey. This also the honey that Winnie The Pooh loves to get his hands on ^.^, and that is no different from us. The honey produced by the bees is harvested by us human beings because of the nutrients that it can provide for our good health.

To add some notes on bees, while you readers are reading this, take the al-quran, and try to read Surah An-Nahl:68-69. Such an amazing explanation and description by Allah swt regarding bees:
"Dan Tuhanmu mengilhamkan kepada lebah, "Buatlah sarang di gunung-gunung, di pohon-pohon kayu, dan di tempat-tempat yang dibikin manusia.  Kemudian, makanlah dari segala (macam) buah-buahan lalu tempuhlah jalan Tuhanmu yang telah dipermudahkan (bagimu). Dari perut lebah itu, keluar minuman (madu) yang bermacam-macam warnanya, di dalamnya terdapat ubat yang menyembuhkan bagi manusia. Sungguh pada yang demikian itu benar-benar terdapat tanda (kebesaran Allah) bagi orang yang berfikir".

One of the things that struct me was that, Allah swt has already said in the Al-Quran that us human beings, will actually create a place for the bees to harvest their honey in (the place is commonly known as bee hives). And this has been pointed out more than 1400 years ago! And the reason why the bees do make their honey at that particular place, is because it is a form of obedient towards Allah swt. SubhanAllah~
even at the mustard field, human constructed bee hives for the buzzzy bees ^.^,

while this one is a beautifully constructed bee hives that resides at a pool of gold flowers

-the significance of these two animals-
Both animal is seen to bring either benefit or harm to us. However, regardless of our feelings towards them, always remember that both are still the creation of Allah swt. Creations that are being created for its own purpose that some of us may understand, while some of us ignore. Agree? Let us compare.

As you can see, life of the flies looks like the life of us human being. Some of us live our life ignorantly and acquire bad knowledge and skills. Which in return, we tend to bring harm to other people around us, in the loci that is reachable for us.

If we to our life to the bees, in seeking to produce/share great honey for the benefit of human beings, we will find useful knowledge, skills and understanding. All of which can be contributed back towards the other human being that we can reach/interacted with. Whether they are our family, acquaintance, or even strangers.

So, which one do you prefer? A life that bring great destruction and harm to others? Or the life that bring great help and goodness to others? You decide ^.^,

untuk kebaikan, harus Ikhlas dan nekad ^.^,
 - daie_soleh & hanifmarwa -

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Parenting can be a beautiful thing too ^.^,

SubhanAllah, this talk by Akh Nouman Ali Khan is absolutely amazing!
Although the audience is targeted towards parents, but as a child to a lovely parents of mine, I could see the reason behind most of the things that they did, and how they nurture and bring us siblings up. It is a blessing from Allah swt... however, it doesn't mean that if you  are not being brought up by an ideal parent that you dream of, learn from your parent's mistake, and be a better parent for you future child ^.^, Just like how Prophet Ya'kub towards his son Prophet Yusuf ^.^,

untuk kebaikan, harus Ikhlas dan nekad ^.^,
 - daie_soleh & hanifmarwa -
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