Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Vantage point | Fraction of a day


رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَذا بَاطِلاً سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
Rabbana ma kholaqta haza batila 
subhanaka faqina aza bannar
"Our Lord, not for naught You have created this.
Glory be to You.
Give us salvation from the torments of the Fire."
(Surah Al Imran: 191)

I tried counting the value of the buildings and businesses out there. They are probably worth billions of dollars. From this vantage point, one should work 200% and try to produce some great stuffs bi-iznillah.

You may recall from yesterday's posting, Dr. Halima Boukerroucha saying we ought to have a vision and mission. I found her talk very inspiring. It's not always easy to write and summarize lecture points but with such a good view from my new blogging station, I was motivated. Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

It's nothing new - vision & mission - it's a cliche but we often forget its importance as we get sucked into the spirals of our daily routine. We get sucked into the small tasks, thus losing sight of the bigger picture. So it's good to be constantly reminded of our objective, vision and mission. It's about having good niyyat really. Carrying out the niyyat or the vision and mission can be overwhelming at times and thus we stumble every now and then. Indeed, our deeds may not be all well and good. It's probably dented here and there because we are imperfect and we are weak. But again the beauty of Islam is that we can be comforted that we will be judged based on our niyyat

And in yesterday's posting, we learned about being brave and not wait for the right time to act. We just have to take actions. We have to walk as did Siti Hajjar and we will have to run sometimes. We can start now from wherever we are. No need to get to a vantage point or be in a privileged position to play our real roles. Still we need to ask Allah to facilitate our work and trust Him. And still we cannot solely depend on our deeds.

This life is short, as it's just a fraction of a day compared to the eternal life that's ahead of us. How am I filling up that fraction of a day - I ask myself. Never mind the self-appointed 'Haram Police'. Never mind the people who think they are holier because they claim they are regular in doing tahajud this and that. They should know that the sin that makes us sad and repentant is more liked by Allah than the good deed which turns us arrogant. That's a saying of Sayyidina Ali radhiallahu anh.

Never mind the people who are envious because whatever Allah has destined for us, will come to us. Never mind the people who backbite. I saw this meaningful poster on a friend's FB. How true. Why waste time and be angry? Let God play His role. He is the one and only Judge.

Most importantly, pray so that Allah will forgive our past, present and future - just a fraction of a day.


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