Akhlak comes first

Alhamdulillah, God permits me to see another dark side of a silat practitioner, and it is beyond my wildest imagination. Before this, I have met a few and only hear the story about negative people who practice silat.

The list of this kind of bad personalities is shamefully long.

blackheartThe beast (mazmumah) inside..

I believe that when Islam, Iman and Ihsan is put aside, everything that is practiced would somehow go out of the right track. In silat, Islam, Iman and Ihsan are all ingredients that build one’s akhlak (manner) to the perfection.

If a school of silat or a teacher brings you closer to the God using the path of prophet Muhammad SAW, then you are on the right path. On the other hand, if by practicing silat allows you to do bad things, then better find other one. If you are already a teacher or a master, nobody will bother to correct you unless you are humble to change. Then with God will, He would find ways to teach you.

  • If you are a Master but your akhlak is bad, you are nothing.
  • If you have wealth but you akhlak is bad, you are nothing.
  • If you have the fame but your akhlak is bad, you are nothing.
  • If you look ‘religous’ but your akhlak is bad, you are nothing.
  • If you are a great warrior but your akhlak is bad, you are nothing.
  • If you ‘look good’ but you are actually hypocrite, you are nothing.
  • The list goes on..
  • However, if you have the akhlak, you actually have everything.
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Allahumma solli ‘ala Sayyidina Muhammad

This is one of the jewels that was left by Allahyarham Tok Ayah Musa Tumpat (Syaikhuna Al-‘Alim Al-‘Allamah Asy-Syaikh Tuan Guru Haji ‘Abdul Qadir Bin Muhammad Yusuf Hafizahullah Ta’ala).

Oo God please give us strength to follow your path, the path that is shown by our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW ..

Al Fatihah to Tok Ayah Musa Tumpat, our parents, teachers, relatives, friends and all Muslimin and Muslimat..

White keris

These are the item that I have found in the class last few days. I borrowed them from my students. I used them as teaching aid in the class. I told the students to do the task given or else the I would do something harm to them by using the keris . huhuhu

just for fun..

The white keris are the items that are played by children. These keris need to be upgraded to the real one when they get older. Using the same thing when the adult and involve in real life war would not be practical anymore. Having a real functioning keris is just a minor issue because the keris might or might not be used in a lifetime at all. Yet many people spend a lot of money, time and ect to get them and have a collection of them (including me).

Just for fun too?

However, have we considered on upgrading our own ibadah? Does the details in movements of the practice are the same as what we had learned during primary school years (ie Solah)? Surely these kind of ibadah need to be upgraded as well. We are very accurate in learning how to stab, move, step and even what to recite when we hold a keris, but do we do the same to our 5 times daily prayer? We have many masters which has the backing (sanad) of great and well known masters in playing with keris, but do we have the same backing at least for our prayer?  That is really me.. T-T

The keris and the knowledge about it might or might not be our friend when are buried 6 feet in the ground. But surely our prayers and ibadah will, insyaallah. huhuhu It is just a reminder to the dark side of mine. The prayers from all to purify my dark side is really appreciated. Ingat aku dalam doamu.. huhuhu

16th week

Alhamdulillah. In a mysterious yet amazing way, God has made the being in my wife’s tummy growth. At first the process of the main organ of the baby has made my wife a bit shaky and unstable. After quite a number of weeks, the condition is getting better. The tummy is starting to become bigger and harder, perhaps it is designed that way to protect the baby from the impact that comes from outside.

God’s creation is very amazing. each cell of the baby is duplicating as the time goes, whether we aware or not. The soul (ruh) was not there yet at the beginning. On about 120 days of pregnancy, the clean soul is whispered into the body. Subhanallah… According to my wife, she consciously realised the movement of the baby on the 14th week of the pregnancy. Masyaallah..

Entering the 17th week.. Can’t explain the excitement when I saw the baby being ultra-sounded. huhuhu

The whole process is being narrated by Datu Sanggul from Tanah Banjar (Kalimantan) on the 18th of Masihi. Part of the Syair Saraba Ampat is quoted:

5.Nur Muhammad bermula nyata
Asal jadi alam semesta
Saumpama api dengan panasnya
Itulah Muhammad dengan Tuhannya.

6.Api dan banyu tanah dan hawa
Itulah dia alam dunia
Menjadi awak barupa rupa
Tulang sungsum daging dan darah

7.Manusia lahir ke alam insan
Di alam Ajsam ampat bakawan
Si Tubaniah dan Tambuniyah
Uriah lawan Si Camariah

8.Rasa dan Akal, Daya dan Nafsu
Di dalam raga nyata basatu
Aku meliputi segala liku
Matan hujung rambut ka ujung kuku

9.Tubuh dan Hati, Nyawa – Rahasia
Satu yang zhohir amat nyatanya
Tiga yang batin pasti adanya
Alam Shoghir itu sabutnya

10.Mani-Manikam-Madi dan Madzi
Titis manitis jadi manjadi
Si Anak Adam balaksa kati
Hanya tahu Allahu Rabbi

11.Ka-ampat ampatnya kada tapisah
Datang dan bulik kepada Allah
Asalnya awak dari pada tanah
Asalpun tanah sudah disyarah

* Banyu = air, Awak barupa-rupa = tubuh yang bermacam bentuk/rupa, Di Alam Ajsam ampat bakawan = di perut ibu sudah berbentuk manusia dan bersama dengan empat kejadian yang lain, Tubaniah = air ketuban, Tambuniah = tembuni, Uriyah = ari-ari/uri, Camariah = darah yang mengiringi kelahiran anak, Basatu = bersatu, Segala liku = segala ruang, Matan = dari, Sabutnya = namanya, Balaksa kati = angka yang tak terbatas, Laksa = 10 000, Kati = 100 000, Kada Tapisah = tidak terpisah, Sudah disyarah = sudah dijelaskan.

The remaining syair can be found everywhere on the net.. Wallahua’lam

This morning, when we were having the dua’ after subuh prayer together, the baby is moving three times. Perhaps the baby wants to pray to the God as well. Allahuakbar.

A Short Visit

After going for a school trip to Langkawi Island, I sketched my own trip astray from the origional plan. Instead of going back to Kota Tinggi. I went to Kg Sungai Ara which is located in Pantai Besar, Batu Kurau. The aim was none other than to visit my grandmaster, Pak Ngah Izahar. It has been very long since the last visit, last year. huhuhu

The village atmosphere, deep on the high place near Taman Negara reserve is always refreshing. I had fun time chatting with Pak Ngah and my fellow Gayong brothers, getting the updates that I have missed.

Pak Ngah is rearing the rare species, Red Junglefowl

With the new signboard.. huhuhu

Can’t wait to make another visit to Pak Ngah’s, this December perhaps. huhuhu

The Kelantanese Wedding

These are some of the processes that I have encountered during my wedding. Although the word wedding seems simple, it actually contains quite some lengthy process which follows the needs of Islam as well as Malay custom, and in my case it is narrowed to the Kelantanese culture.

At first, I did question about the needs to follow all the rigid rules and customs as for me, the procedure is just for the ‘Akad Nikah’ and that’s it. All others was considered as extra burden. However, that was just an old me. Now, after undergone some part of the process, I realise that there is an enormous agenda behind all these customs, which is to make my wedding life better.

Merisik (Inquiry)

This is the first formal step in getting marriage. Before the process takes place, the parents and family members from both sides have already had a general idea about what is expected from the person from the other side.

Che Nor dirasuk dirisik

Before the actual meeting takes place, they usually have asked people around, used spy, done some investigations or maybe asking the person herself in order to get answers to some basic questions about the person and her family. The questions may centered on the four basic things suggested by the Prophet (SAW) “A woman is married for four things, i.e., her wealth, her family status, her beauty, and her religion. So you should marry the religious woman [otherwise] you will be a loser”.

In my case, we have done some funny investigations as well. After getting agreement from my parents and closest relatives, we move on to the merisik (formal inquiry) stage. The merisik is a meeting whereby we went to my spouse’s place (not yet at the moment) and indirectly asked whether the girl is available or not. That was the moment when I had the first glance on my wife.

The  meeting also means that I was able to contact her (within the limit of the religion, haram things before is still haram after the merisik stage) in order to know her better and if she meets the criteria, to discuss the preparation for the next stage.

Bertunang (Engagement)

Engagement is the stage where both parties are really commit to the marriage. There should be no U-turn after the engagement unless there is really big war without any solution happens. To be play safe, the news on engagement should not be public as it would give a shame to both parties especially the girl’s side if it is ended up with a break up.

The engagement ceremony

My engagement was quite unique as the duration of my engagement was only about two hours. Everyone was eager to get me married I guess. huhuhu

We bring along with us 7 things (pahar) as gifts to my spouse and  her family. It can be any number as long as it is an odd number. Some of  the compulsory item needed in the 7 pahars are sireh leaves where the ring is put, the yellow glutinous rice paired with egg (pulut kuning and bunga telur), some cloth, some fruits, some food (usually cake) and last but not least a book (usually Al Quran). All the gifts are a complete things needed in one’s life. Each symbolises important things that is needed to have a prosperity life.

The  spouse  will reply about the same (equal) things given from her side. The number will be the same or have two extra to number of pahars that they get. It depends on the agreement from both parties. I always crave for a weapon (i.e. keris) put on my pahar but all oppose my suggestion. Poor me.. huhuhu

Akad Nikah (Marriage Contract)

The marriage contract is the real deal. This is usually the stage which make the bridegroom shaking the whole body, freezing under the room temperature or perhaps suddenly becomes a stammer. Shaking hands with the religious officer  or the wali (guardian) himself and utter one single sentence has become the heaviest things to do.

Alhamdullilah mine was an OK session. Thanks to my seniors for sharing the tips to counter the difficulties. huhuhu. For those who has not shaken hands with the imam yet, you can ask me about the tips. The fee is just a whole grilled chicken. Sate will do. huhuhu

Reading the contract is among the most scary part in a man’s life.

There is also Mas Kahwin (sum of money or anything (i.e. Al Quran, gold) as a gift to the bride) that the bridegroom needs to give. The quotation price is up to the bride to decide. There is usually a range of standard price given based on the trend around the place.

However there is also a trend in which the bride does not put any specific price for the gift. It is up to the bridegroom to decide. If the money is not used for the wedding ceremony. It is suggested that the gift is given in Gold Dinar or maybe properties with high probability to rise in the future.

The different that is seen in the Kelantanese wedding and other states in Malaysia from my point of view is that the Kelantanese does not have the additional allocation for the ‘wang hantaran @ wang hangus’ (or burned money). The burned money is paid prior to the wedding to the bridegroom as the down payment that is usually used for the wedding ceremony for the bride’s side. The sum is usually a lot higher than the Mas Kahwin.

Berkahwin (Wedding Ceremony)

This is the time when the family celebrate the happiness and announce that their daughter has already got a husband. The family would be the organiser for the ceremony. It started with the family inviting the guesses. The guess should carefully listen to the invitation or look at the invitation card because there is a hidden message between the lines mentioned by the host, whether it is a gratitude ceremony (kenduri kesyukuran) or the wedding ceremony (kenduri perkahwinan). huhuhu

The feast time during the wedding ceremony

If it is just a gratitude ceremony, the guesses can just come to the ceremony and enjoy the meal. They might also want to bring along a gift or alms to the couple such as giving simple things as simple as a kilogram of sugar. Giving money to the host is considered as rude perhaps because the host believes that they are serving some food to the guesses as a gratitude to God and only God can indirectly repay it, in term of happiness, health and etc.

For the invitation which is stated as  a wedding ceremony, the guess is allowed to give present or money to the host as the alms. Maybe it is to lessen the burden of the couple when they live together in a new house or place.

On the day, the bridegroom and his contingent would march along with the pahars. There would be two additional pahars compared to the day of engagement. It usually contains about the same things as the engagement that, only that there were no sireh leaves given anymore. My contingent that came on that day was extraordinary. I mean the numbers. Thanks for the support. huhuhu

Menyambut Menantu (Receiving the daughter in law)

Then, the bride is delivered to the bridegroom’s family house. Another wedding ceremony is usually held as to inform the relatives especially the distance relatives of the bridegroom’s side that the person is already wed. If the the host has enough force and strength in term of  people come to help to set up everything, then the host can think of cooking the meal from the scratch. But if not, paying the catering service is preferred.

Some of the relatives that came

The is also an unwritten rules whereby the bridegroom cannot go to the bride family’s house before she is officially sent to the house during the menyambut menantu ceremony. It is one of the extreme case scenario. The linear rule would be that the bridegroom can go to the bride family’s house but she cannot stay there too long or sleep at the house.

Menghantar Menantu (Sending the daughter in law)

Another new thing that I have learned when I got married was that my wife is not allowed to go to her parents’ house until my parents send her. Perhaps this custom is rarely practiced because of some hindrances such as geographical and time challenges.

The direct purpose that I can see in the procedure is that it can tighten the newly tied bond between the two families namely mine and my wife’s family. It has been at least six meeting since the first merisik ceremony. The intimacy should already sprout a bit if not much between our two big families. The good relation between the families is also crucial in building a sound family of mine. huhuhu

Ziarah Waris

After the ceremony, the newly wed couple would probably hear the sentence sounds like ‘Ajok la Paih/Na gi jale kenal rumoh’ (Invite your spouse to our house) uttered by the close relatives. They would usually serve the couple with heavy meal and give some gifts as presents.

Nasir was smiling while glaring at the food at one of the relatives’ house. huhuhu

Based on my experience, as we had limited time at home before we departed to our work place, we went to nearly 10 houses in less than half a day. Only God can repay their kindness. There is nothing that I can compare for having such caring relatives around me. Alhamdulillah

I felt blessed because everything runs smoothly. Hopefully it is a good sign from God who has planned all the events for me. The whole process is now complete. It is now the time to explore the depth of understanding and patience with each other, with the strength of the mahabbah and rahmah thrown by the Creator to the heart of both of us, as husband and wife, and the big families that we have.

**Footnote

  1. It should be noted that the customs are not compulsory to be followed.
  2. If it becomes a burden especially the financial burden to a person, the simplest akad nikah is more than enough.
  3. Physical contact and relation (or something towards that)  before marriage for any reason (i.e. postponing the wedding because of financial burden) should be avoided. Parents should aware that the customs can hold but some evils for postponing the wedding can’t. It can only be stopped by marriage.
  4. The entry post might be just my syok sendiri perspective. Any correction or additional information is most welcome. huhuhu. Wallahua’lam.

The Two Wolves

One evening an old man told his son about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “Son, the battle is between 2 wolves inside us all. One is evil – it is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, guilt, lies, and ego. The other wolf is good-it is joy, peace, love, serenity, humanity, kindness, faith, compassion, truth and hope.”

The son asked his father. “Which wolf wins?”

The old man replied “The one you feed”

taken from Islamic Thinking

Looking for the Blessing

Find the blessing with any possible mean. Some with the prayer, some by dua’, some by zikr, some with patient, some by reading, some by teaching, some by being good, some by thinking, some by learning, some by helping others, some by crying, some by fighting, some by searching and some by realising the mistakes that have been done.

Whatever the ways are, as long as it is the blessing from the God, we are on the safe lane. Hopefully the blessing is long lasting and never ending. If not, at the very least we must end our life with His blessing, with the good ending, insyaallah.

Ilmu Keibubapaan II

Parents would do everything to make sure that their children success in their life. The way they carry out the mission depends on their experience, knowledge and examples around them.

We had a replacement class yesterday for the Deepavali celebration on October. That means lesson is on even it is on sleepy Saturday. Yeay!! However, for the teachers who are teaching the Year 6 students, they need to participate in the postmortem for the first examination that the students had undergone.

The parents were invited to attend the program, as they need to have a clear picture on how their children performed in the previous exam. The parents first listened to the postmortem presentation presented by the headmaster.

Next, a motivation talk is given to the teachers and parents. It touched on the parenting skills that parents need to have in order to produce human being with quality not absurdity. Basically, it was about the four aspects of what have been stressed in the National philosophy of education which are:

  1. Physical aspect- Give quality food for them in schedule. For instance: According to the presenter, 70%of parents do not give breakfast for their child before they go to school. This is not good for the children’s body and brain in order to cope with the lessons at school. Also, parents need to take care of the health of the students. Exercise and sport is part of it.
  2. Emotional aspect- Positive reinforcement is vital. i.e. Some parents tend to only criticise children when they do wrong things while parents say nothing when they behave well or even worst being sarcasm to them. Children who lack love would believe that attention will only be given if they do something wrong. So, start praising the children if they do something good and ignore the attention seeker. huhuhu
  3. Spiritual aspect- It starts with the parents. Example shown by the parents affects how children perceive their God and religion. The religious ritual practice training should start as early as possible.
  4. Intellectual aspect- Leave a major part of this to teachers at school to pour information necessary to their brain. Of course support from parents is crucial. However, learning is not only come from the classroom but also at field, home, supermarket, mosque and many more. huhuhu

Face to face, heart to heart session between the parents and teachers

Lastly, parents had a chance to meet the class and subject teachers that teach their children. I was part of the teachers who need to consult the parents about their children.. huhuhu.. This session reminds me of my parents who have made us who we are today. God has enlighten them with a very little bit of His Rahman, Rahim, and other characters (0f His names). The result is tremendous, beyond my expectation. Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Allahuakbar. Thank you Allah. Thank you Maa and Abah. huhuhu

Peace Be Upon Him III

The experience that I have gained this year expand a bit. I just knew that here  in Johor people really celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) peace be upon Him, about the same as how they celebrate eid fitr. huhuhu. The mosques, madrasah, government sectors, schools and housing areas (even the small route of the housing area) celebrate this significant date. Insyaallah, with the good intentions and the right way of conducting the celebration, Allah will grant greater celebration to them.

Ustaz Kazim, imported from youtube Perak gave his tazkirah at Madrasah TKJ..

The celebration was really smooth as they did not clash each other. The preferred days were on weekend,  thus all the family members can join in every weekends were filled with this blessed activity. Based on what I know, the next weekend will be the Masjid Kg Kelantan’s turn, by that time maybe most of I might already be heading to Kelantan for the school break. huhuhu.

The celebration at my school was about the same as last year. We had the night prayers together, reciting Surah Yaseen and listening to the reminder given by the invited Ustaz. The different bit was that we cooked the meal ourselves instead of giving the work to the canteen workers. Of course we hire professional chef to help us with the cooking. And the product was incredible. The menu for the night was the ‘gearbox soup’.

In front of my house (the brown gate). huhuhu

The next day was as awesome as last year, but we increased the length of the walk that we took. Students need to past by my home in order to complete their march. May their solawah recitation shower my home as their march by. huhuhu. We had a short assembly after the march to watch the performances by students and a speech by our boss before taking the briani brunch time began.

Preparing for the broncot..

We ate together as a big family. Beside that, we were also given broncot (javanese language for lunch pack to bring home). However, I still could not digest the word broncot. It feel like giving harm brontox virus to the students and teacher. When I was in college, brontox was a well known virus which give headache to us, but here they refer it as a noble takeaway food. huhuhu

The cleaning attendences, excluding me.. huhuhu

“Love, glorify and bless him and salute him with all due respect.”

Peluru Waktu

semuanya berkejaran laju, tapi ke mana nak dituju? adakah akhirnya sampai ke situ? (btw, fyi, my house is on the right. huhuhu)

Masa terus berlalu
sungguh pantas dan laju
semalam isnin esok dah sabtu
minggu demi minggu berlalu

dulu tidak sebegitu
boleh dinikmati masa itu
sekarang dikejar tapi tak mampu
laju mengalahkan keretapi peluru

harus diingat di manakah aku
pada pandangan Tuhan yang satu
kembang mekar harum berbau
atau sekadar menyucup layu

ayuh bangkit dari mimpi syahdu
luangkan waktu singkat itu
fikir dan zikir setiap waktu
bersama mengejar redha dan restu

kenalilah siapa diri itu
agar tidak sesat jalan pulangmu
tidak sekali-kali lupa janjimu dulu
bahawa Dia hanya satu takkan bersekutu

The Garden of Wisdom

Found the photo on FB, where a friend of mine tagged almost all of us in the picture. It an old picture of the SMU (A) Maahad Muhammadi Lilbanin. It indeed brings back memories, the black and white and other colours as well.

2002, when I was in form 4. The year alone reminds me of the SMU exam and the ‘less one’ factor. Also the construction of a new building behind the older one. Also the fun way of learning Balaghah. Also the Mukhayyam Gayong with explosions. Also last minute study. Also the weird poem for Adab and Nusus. Also the establishment of the consumer club. Also honeymoon for the SPM subjects. Also the introduction for the science stream subjects. Also the playing truant in the secret rooms. Also the mat scoot and mat kecap life. Also the silat teaching at other schools. Also remembering periodical table for Sorof and Nahu! Also the tuition life. Also the understanding mudir. And many more.. huhuhu..

Not to forget our Nashidussobah during our tobor (assembly):

نشيد الصباح

يا الَهي يا الَهي يا مُجيبَ الدعوات
اجعل اليوم سعيدا وكثيرالبركات
واملاء الصدر إنشراحا وفم بالبسمات
واعني في دروسي واداء الواجبات
وانرعقلي وقلبي بالعلوم النافعات
اجعل التوفيق حظي ونصيبي في الحياة
واحمني واحمي بلادي من شرورالحادثات
واملاء الدنيا سلاما شاملا كل الجهات
يا الَهي يا الَهي واستجب كل صلاتي

MML dalam kenangan:

Namamu masyhur bumimu penuh barakah,
Rancak mendidik dan juga memasakkan tarbiyyah,
MML , sekalung terima kasih dan tahniah,
Teruskan mendidik dan melahirkan pemimpin Ummah.

credit to Afif Rabbani for the pic and poem

A little Bai’ah II

Today we had an event where parents of year six students were invited to the school. In the event, students sit together with their parents and listened to a Motivational talk from a well known motivator UTM. Then, they were viewed the strategies that the school takes to bring excellency to the students which was presented by the Headmaster.

Later, the last but the moment for core business of the day arrived. Students were asked to read the oath where they promise to be a good children, not to repeat their past mistakes and to score in their UPSR examination based on their expected target result (ETR).

A father as a witness watched his kid reading the oath.

After reading the oath, students as well as their guardian were asked to put down their signature to the paper that contains the paper. Thus, this oath contains strong power to drive students work hard to achieve their goals.

Furthermore, the parents were told to read the letter that their child wrote beforehand. The letter contained messages that perhaps the child always wanted to tell to their parents verbally, but could not. So the alternative was by writing the letter. This was the time when many tears shed. I only observed the event through the lens of my camera and I wasn’t sure of the content of the letter but I believed that it had to be the sincere and innocent notes deep from the children’s heart.

The objective of the event was successfully achieved to certain extent. A few guardians or parents could not attend to witness event. Perhaps they have the other urgent things that need to be settled. Their love to their child are still firm. Hopefully their children could take it and understand that their parents’ heart are always for them and forever with them.

p/s: What about my own bai’ah that I made again and again in my prayer? Do I really keep the promises that I make or is it just the words without any meaning to me? Oh God give me strength to do what I have uttered to you, show me the  right path and keep me on your blessed track 24/7. Amin

Jealousy strikes

There are times when I felt a bit jealous to the religious education teachers at my school. I have my reasons for that. In the previous two weeks of schooling session, we have new students entering the school. They are the year one kids who are really innocent and know nothing unless being told by their teachers and friends. They observe people around them and fast learn new things everyday.

For Muslims, among the routine that they need to start doing is to pray. Before praying, they need to know the basic things such as how to take wudhu and the movements in the prayer. As the students in standard two and one are in the evening session, the teachers especially the religious education teachers take initiative to make the jaamaah prayers (dzuhur and asar) as the students’ daily routine.

However, inviting students to pray in the first few weeks of the schooling session is a bit tricky. This is because a number of students in standard one do not have the basic in performing the prayer. They need help especially in doing the wudhu’ and the praying itself before they formally learn them in the classroom as well as get guidance from their parents at home.

In order to make things smooth I was invited to help these teachers to  help the students especially in their whudu’. I gladly accepted the request although it means that I need to be home late in the evening. This is the moment that I have waiting for; to do something good and make myself feel at ease. I can contribute something directly to the  Deen, teaching the students on the fardu ain. huhuhu

Although I was able to help just a few students to clean themselves before meeting the God, I feel good and even better than having the double prosperity burger, which cannot be explained by words. The feelings that I have make me wonder, whether I am the right track for just teaching the foreign language to the students when I should be teaching something more important than playing with words of less important in Islam.

That is when the jealousy strikes. I am a bit jealous to the religious education teachers who put their heart to really educate the students to be the good servants of Allah. In my case (language teacher),  I really need to find my own way to link things that I teach to make students realise that everything that happens evolve under the act of Allah.

Perhaps the key is ‘to develop the balanced being’

After having a deep thought about it, I realise that every occurrence have their own purposes and should play their own roles. My job is to do what I am asked to do which is to teach English language to the students so that they become knowledgeable person in and out.

In a school there should be a Principal, teachers and the staffs. However, people rarely appreciate the role of cleaners or the canteen workers in which without them a school is incomplete. So do this tiny little English teacher? Even the year six student who can’t read and write has his own purpose being at school.

This has made me thankful for what God have made me, where he send me, for whom he asked me to serve to and what he asked me to teach. I am just the actor of His script and have my own role to play. Alhamdulillah.

*****

1. To make up what I think that I have lost for not teaching the students the fardu ain knowledge, I get involved in silat , the fardu kifayah knowledge (or perhaps the fardu ain as well, by looking at how Islam is suppressed by the Munafikin and Kuffar nowadays) -hoping that God will accept my small token of gratitude, insyaallah.

2. I am really exited to get my own kid(s) and with the help of my wife, I am going to teach them the fardu ain knowledge as well as the fardu kifayah.. huhuhu.. who, and when? only God knows the answer. huhuhu

3. Fardu ain means it is compulsory upon us individually and fardu kifayah means it is compulsory upon the entire community. Fardu kifayah transforms into fardu ain if the community fails in its duties, until such a time that at least one person or a group in the community fulfills it.

Meeting the Master XIII

“Shaykh Muhammad Englands resident Sundanese silat Guru and Healer and charity fundraiser for orphanages etc in indonesia!! Please pray for his speedy recovery as he suffered a nasty accident in java!!”

our meeting on September 2008

Just got the news from the FB mentioning that Pak Muhammad involved in an accident. Oh God give him strength to endure the test that you have set. Make him strong and recover fast so that he can contribute to the betterment of the ummah.

p/s: A bit about Pak Muhammad Zaenal Arifin (here)

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