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Monday, November 29, 2010

A chance at 'hidayah'






I have heard some people say " What's the use of praying? i dont even understand the words i'm reciting over and over", or "Praying is a waste of time as i can't concentrate (khusyu') on the act of praying itself n my mind wanders elsewhere" or " I pray but God never seems to answer my prayer" or " I'm just too tired and lazy" and a number of other excuses and justifications for leaving the 2nd rukun of Islam and its pillar; prayer (solat). I am not a religious scholar and therefore i dont think it's in my position to talk abt hukm or the halal/haram aspect; bt instead i'd like to touch on this from the perspective of a normal practising muslim.


Since a young age, i was taught by my parents that praying is important and that no matter how sleepy or tired i was, or whether i was playing with my frens, i shud never leave prayer. Being young and not understanding its significance then, i often skipped on prayers especially if i was watching a good show on tv. I wud pretend to go to my room to pray, but wht i'd do was jump on the bed and play around till enough time (about 3-4 mins) has passed, then i wud refold/rearrange my praying mat and telekung and go bck to watching tv. Sometimes i wud perform the prayer bt in the manner of a chicken pecking corns or "sembahyang patuk ayam"...


But as the years passed and especially after i had gained a good understanding of the Arabic language, i slowly started to understand its significance. As i recited the words and verses in my prayer, i made sure tht i knew wht they meant and tried to appreciate it everytime i stand to pray. However i admit that as a normal human being, whose iman goes up and down, sometimes i'm not able to concentrate as my mind starts on a tour to a shopping mall or performs some mental tasks such as thinking abt my assignments etc. There are also days when i wud feel too tired, too lazy to pray, or when i'm out having fun with my frens or when i had slathered mascara, lipstick and other make-up on my face and doing the ablution wud require me to put them all over again (it's tedious i tell u)..bt nevr have all these been an excuse for me to leave prayer..bcs i strongly believe that anytime while in the act of reciting Fatihah n other verses, in ruku' n sujood, Allah swt cn give a person 'hidayah' to become a better muslim n individual. No matter how ritualistic n routine it may seem to u, keep on performing ur prayers n never give up, bcs who knows one day while doing it, Allah will open ur heart and u may find the inner peace and strength u were so lacking previously...


I remember my respected lecturer n supervisor, Prof. Malik Badri once saying something similar in his class lecture..he said tht even though u feel tht it's become ritualistic for u, dont ever stop praying..bcs ur saying the fatihah over n over again has a positive effect on ur body;as it wud seep into ur nerves and nervous system. Who knows this act of urs cud someday save u from getting 'lost'..as all ur body system already knows the truth n the right path..


I also remember the words of a close fren, Aishah Fauzi who said "Ingat Allah tatkala senang, supaya doa kita sudah biasa didengar Allah & dikala susah, dimakbul itu mudah" (Remember Allah during ur time of ease, so that Allah is accustomed to hearing our prayers, thus making acceptance/fulfillment of prayers during difficult times easy).

Therefore in ur remembrance of Allah swt in ur prayers five times a day could someday help u out and facilitate ur matters when u r facing troubles in life. Allah swt says "Remember Me, I will remember you; thank Me and reject Me not" (Quran 2:152). Therefore if u want Allah to remember u esp when u rexperiencing hardship in life n feel tht u cud not cope anymore...as Muslims ur only way out is to remember Him..


Take this example, if a person is drowning in a stormy, violent sea, with waves as high as five feet crashing on him...if a rope was held out 2 him, do u think he'll grab it? I'm sure he will and i'm definitely sure i also will...We muslims already have this
rope tied around us by our perfoming the prayers sincerely n faithfully..why wud then anyone wants to cut this rope separating him between 'life n death'??

If someone has been very kind and generous to us, helping us with whatever we need to keep on living our life, we wud naturally feel grateful and indebted to the person; we wont hesitate to do our best to repay his/her kindness. Then how can we hesitate towards our Lord, the most Gracious and most Merciful towards His servants who has blessed us with so many blessings that they are uncountable??... the least we cud do as grateful n humble servants are to perform our prayers dutifully. Afterall, this cud be our easiest chance at 'hidayah'...May this serve as a reminder to myself first and foremost and to all of us, ameen..






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1 komentar:

are u wearing maskara and lipstick ?? haha