This is a post taken from an old blog. I’ve just realized that someone drop by a comment only after 6 month later. haha thanks Mas. Anyway, i didn’t post this in my exchange blog that time since that it is more on exchange so. This blog is more or less like are about myself and whereabouts so i guess it would have been a waste if i did not post it here.
So, hope you don’t mind reading another long post hehe. And yeah..this blog will be continued but only on certain condition. The rest of the story will still remain private hehe here, perhaps i have to start writing more seriously now that im taking journalism. Sigh. Tak habis2 kena lecture psl grammar. adusss…!!!
Since that my grammar is terrible, I guess i have to continue my english class in British Council hehe what say you (Abi), any sponsors ..?? =P
Ive just came back from a workshop by the Corkians here about the history of Islam from A – Z eversince the the day our Prophet Muhd SAW was born and how he and the muslims after that managed to spread Islam to almost 2/3 of the world population at that time on what used to be the Golden Age of the Muslims Empire.
Imagine, from a city as small as Mecca which at that time does not even have any civilization, it became a civilization that spreads its power and message on Islam that even Persian, Rome, and China managed to be defeated. Conquering a country is not just about getting a rule on another’s country but a reason to spread more message on the existence of Allah as the ONLY God and nothing but Allah. The one who creates every little thing in this world, who knows everything and us as human who can only use 1% of the whole brain that if we are to be given the power to create all these things, could never ever match the way Allah have made all the creation so perfectly when not even one thing can live without another. The closest example is by looking at ourself – human body itself.
Although, most of you (muslims) must have known already, that we experienced the Khulafa Ar- Rasyidin then Muawaiyah, till the fall of Turk Ottoman’s. We rise we fall from one age to another with or without khalifate, the message on Islam still continues. Right? No matter how bad light it gave to us when we saw Muawiyah take over the Khalifate, still as long as he rules in just and spreads the Islams, it doesnt make them a bad leader.
Now that we have turn into a world of ‘democracy’ , what is left to us is Islam as a name. The story that we learn is just a history that we only bother for exam? Myself, have always been fascinated by history(thats why i took history in stpm), its like a story book to me when i first read it. But, never in my life i have been so in love with the history of Islam and how extraordinary these people who, if it was us in their place, i could never even dare to imagine enduring their sufferings. Even the sufferings of the muslims today i can’t even watch.
Here, i would like to reflect a few thing i noticed during the history lesson. That is:
1) The rise and falls of Islam is already been planned by Allah that we will be going through it. But the most important thing is that we must carefully remember that the Biggest mistake we did that time was not by loosing the war but loosing our faith towards Allah. Forgetting Allah that we forget what is the most important responsibilities we carry of our existence as the ‘Khalifah’ @ leader in this world. Not just about being a Khalifah on that post but a leader who leads those who do not know about Allah. Who leads not just their own family and friends, but leads the people of their time, a leader who restores Islam, a leader who puts back the pieces that we have lost along the way and corrects what should be put right in its place. A leader who walks, runs, sits, stands at the FRONT line, because we are a ‘leader’. It doesnt matter how many you did but as much as you can carry, in whatever way you can, whatever thing you know, that would be enough as long as you did your responsibility as a muslim to let people know about Islam, even just one sentence. See?? One sentence is enough.
2) As we learn from history, it should be noted that we used to be an all rounder. One do not just know one field at that time right? Just look at Ibnu Sina (Avicenna), Al Jabr (Algebra), they learn both Science and Arts together with Al-Quran & Sunnah, both complimenting each other. Ok, im not saying that we should learn everything in the world, but at least try to pick up new skills along the way and not just focus in one thing or just about getting a degree and thats it. You get a job, married, kids, then what? To USM people, our motto ‘Kami Memimpin’ @ ‘We Lead’, remember …??
3) Seeing the rise and falls of muslims be it before or after the Ottoman’s empire, even our own history where we once were the lingua franca and centre of the trading world in the Malacca sultanate. One thing that really scares me is how Allah have mentioned many many times in the Quran that Allah have and will destroys those who refuse and deny the existence of Allah after it have been shown to them through all the signs and even scientificly proven (seriously, believe it or not, the ovum and embryo function have already been mentioned in Quran, wayyy before anyone discover it).
But remember, we ourselves could also be the one among the people whom have been mentioned by Allah if we forget that later, Allah will ‘replace’ us to the people who will take up the responsibilty as a muslims. Just look at what happened to Turky, Bosnia,Tsunami, Iraq, Afghanistan, and even Palestine ( though its not 100% their fault). Allah have destroyed their land, not just bcoz themselves but even us who just look and did not defend other muslims? One interesting incident was the Sept 11, many Americans, Europeans and people who never even heard of Islam, suddenly got interested to know what is Islam said to be a terrorist, and some just by ‘googling’ it, became muslims and take up Islam more than us while we were busy ‘preaching’ among ourselves.
How can we only spread this lovely religion, the beauty of Quran, the handsome character of Muhammad SAW our prophet and prophet before that including Jesus, Moses, David etc, but most of all the existence of Allah by telling it only to the muslims and whats worst among your own race or nationality when we are a family (i prefer using family instead of brother’s and sister’s) and what more us as an ’Ummah’?
Remember that one day, these people who do not know will question us infront of Allah that they were not informed by us about Allah, Prophet Muhd SAW and Islam itself. Screw it if they want to accept or not, even Prophet Muhd SAW had to go and tell Abu Jahal/Lahab (not sure ) 100 times. You may fail one time but then it doesnt mean by the second or third you will face the same thing.
Wait! Wait! Don’t just go and tell people that you should be a muslims lah wey! Thats scary ok, learn your stuff, man. Different people different approach, but the least thing we could do is be friends with them (with the right intention that we are honest to be their friend and not just to ’save’ them from Hell or something – we cant save everybody, only Allah can). But the most important thing is how you present yourself and your belief by showing ourselves as a real muslims and not just by name.
To my non-muslims friends who’s reading this,actually ive always wanted to tell you but didn’t know how to tell you about who i am as a muslim. So, come to think of it. It wouldnt be fair that i keep on zipping my mouth hoping that someone will say this to you when you are my friends. So, here it goes:
Im not going to say anything about your religion because that is what you believe. However, i invite you to know more about Islam and whether you want to accept it or not is up to you. So, for a start, in case you don’t know, we muslims believe that there’s no God except Allah and Muhammad SAW is the Messenger of Allah. Islam is our religion, Quran & Sunnah (the practice of Prophet Muhammad SAW) is what we hold on to, we pray 5 times a day (REALLY!), we pay tax called Zakat to give to the needy, we fast (dont eat between sunrise and sunset but we did have our breakfast few hours before to give some energy) during the ‘Ramadhan‘ month (celebrate Eid by the end), we go to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for Hajj @ pilgrim but that is only if we can afford it physically, mentally and money-ly .
Thats just the general part, you don’t have to know anything about the ‘halal’ and ‘haram’ right now unless you really want to know, ok? Owh,and whatever they say about Islam on the news or movies only 1% of it is true , the rest you have check the facts first before you make any judgements ok. Hey, even writing essays you have to have a ’source’ so who else if its not Allah, the ’source’ of knowledge and every creation have been made?
Whatever you want to believe in, is up to you to decide. But, really, if you have time, try to think of it. Ok? Hurm, let me tell you a secret, we – muslims secretly wished that you were muslims, really, especially those that we really close with even if we have different religion. You, yes you! (Jgn buat2 x tahu ;P) I know your reading it, ive said it before to you,right? Why? Because you are such a wonderful friend that makes me wish that you will embrace Allah. So, i wish that one day, if you ever change your mind, you know who to turn to (not me lah! im just leading the way ). Then who? Allah – the ONE and ONLY!
The affair is Allah’s from beginning to end.
On that day, the muminun will rejoice
in Allah’s help.
He grants victory to whoever He wills.
He is the Almighty, the Most Merciful.
They know an outward aspect of the life of the dunya
but are heedless of the akhira.
That is Allah’s promise.
Allah does not break His promise.
But most people do not know it.
Have they not reflected within themselves?
Allah did not create the heavens and the earth
and everything between them
except with truth and for a fixed term.
Yet many people reject the meeting with their Lord.
Have they not travelled in the earth
and seen the final fate of those before them?
They had greater strength than them and cultivated the land
and inhabited it in far greater numbers than they do.
Their Messengers also came to them with the Clear Signs.
Allah would never have wronged them;
but they wronged themselves.
Surat ar-Rum (30:4-9)