When I recited Qur’an surah Al-Ma’aarij, I found the verse that explains about patience. It’s verse 5 in surah Al-Ma’aarij. And I’ve ever read there are so many verses talk and order us to be patient people.
For me, “Patient” is something easy to say, but it’s hard to do. After fasting in last Ramadhan, I try to control myself to be patient in facing the hardships in this life. I hope I can follow this guidance. Insha’Allah.
Today’s Assignment: publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.
I don’t put My self-esteem In my wealth Nor in my status But I put it In my manner Thus, I should Beautify my character.
Character is one important element in our lives. Therefore, Islam has taught us about how to beautify the character. I write this topic it doesn’t mean that I have good character, no, of course not my friend. I’m so lack in character. My teacher had ever said to me, “You’re a smart student, but you’re lack in character. You must beautify your manner then you’ll become a great person. I don’t see your brain only, but I will see your character first.” I did remember her words.
Talking about character, our prophet Muhammad SAW is the perfect person with the wonderful character. His character is Qur’an. Masha’Allah!
As Muslim, we’ll find easily the character guidance in Qur’an and hadith, for instance:
“And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys.”
“The best among you are those who best in character.” [Bukhori]
This is only a simple post about character (akhlaq) where I do struggle to beautify mine.
Alhamdulillah, I can meet you again here. This time I will share about da’wah [inviting people to Allah’s way]. I have reason why I do choose this topic.
Last Saturday [on December 27, 2014], my family and I visited our grandparents’ house. Beside their house, there was a neighbor who made birthday party. I asked to myself, “is there birthday party in Islam?” I don’t find any verses or hadith that talking about it. I only find, that age is mercy from Allah, and we should use our age for positive activities. When our age have increased, it means our lives have cut or decreased.
That party was organized by many agendas, such as reading shalawat, reading Qur’an, and Islamic speech from da’i.
One thing that I do not agree is, when a revival mullah (da’i) invited people and explained about Islam by steeped and angrily. As long as I live, I had never heard someone invited to Islam like that. I, as a muslimah do not feel interest to that way. How could the audiences will interest to Islam if Islam is explained by bad behavior, by anger and hateful? ISLAM IS PEACE!
Da’wah actually is our duty.
“……………enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong,…….” [Luqman: 17].
What is the purpose of da’wah?
Let us see the verses below!
And We sent to no city a prophet (who has denied) except that We seized its people with poverty and hardship that they might humble themselves [to Allah]. Al-A’raf: 94
And if only the people of the cities had believed and feared Allah, We would have opened upon them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they denied [the messengers], so We seized them for what they were earning. Al-A’raf : 96
The purposes of da’wah are many things, but the main important is make people humble themselves to Allah, worship only for Allah, for getting His mercy and His blessings.
Having beautiful manner and strong faith.
Doing what s/he say to people.
Having many knowledge about Islam.
Allah has given the rules to us about it.
Do you order righteousness of the people and forget yourselves while you recite then will you not reason? Al-Baqara: 44
“Say,” this is my way; I invite to Allah with insight. I and those who follow me, And exalted is Allah; and I am not of those who associate others with Him.” Yusuf: 108.
O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?  Great is hatred in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.” 
The good ways of da’wah fil islam:
As far as I know, our Prophets from Prophet Adam ‘Alaihi Salam to Prophet Muhammad SAW, called the people to Allah’s way with good behavior, gently, and politely. Religion is advice, they advised people kindly. Let us see what Allah said in these verses!
An-Nahl : 125
Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is the best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from this way, and He is most Knowing of who is [rightly] guided.
And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah, lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do.
And do not argue with the People of the Scripture except in a way that is the best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, “We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one; and we are Muslim [in submission] to Him.”
And lower your wing to those who follow you of the believers. (215) And if they disobey you, then say, “Indeed, I am disassociated from what you are doing.”
Allah’s warning to Prophet Muhammad SAW, when he frowned and turned away from the blind man.
Subhanallah, Allah gave the warning directly to our Prophet Muhammad SAW, when he did the mistake. So, may we do our da’wah by anger and insult the audiences? Allah has forbidden this way.
It was explained in Surah Abasa 1-11.
“The Prophet frowned and turned away. (1) Because there came to him the blind man, [interrupting] (2) But what would make you perceive, [O Muhammad], that perhaps he ight be purified. (3)Or be reminded and the remembrance would benefit him?(4) As for he who thinks himself without need. (5) To him you give attention. (6)And not upon you [is ay blame] if he will not be purified. (7)But as for he who came to you striving [for knowledge] (8) While he fears [Allah] (9) From him you are distracted (10) No, Indeed, these verses are a reminder.(11)
The da’i ‘s duty is only giving the advice, not giving hidayah. Hidayah is Allah’s right. Absolutely!
Al-i’ Imran: 20
So if they argue with you, say, “I have submitted myself to Allah [in Islam], and [so have] those who follow me.” And say to those who were given the Scripture and [to] the unlearned. “Have you submitted yourselves?” And if they submit [in Islam], they are rightly guided; but if they turn away-then upon you is only the [duty of] notification. And Allah is Seeing of [His] servants.
Da’wah is our duty, we can do this by speaking, by writing or by our actions. But, we should do what we say to the people. Remind ourselves first then to other. May Allah make easy our duty and give us His guidance, to worship Him only, to do anything for Him only. Ameen.
The rightness is from Allah, and the wrongness is from myself [the servant of Allah].
Jazakumullah khoir for visiting and reading! 🙂
Klasifikasi Kandungan Al-Qur’an, Indonesian version.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said; “Charity is prescribed for each descendant of Adam everyday the sun rises.”He was then asked: “From what do we give charity everyday?” The Prophet answered: “The doors of goodness are many….enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road,listening to the deaf,leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need,hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help,and supporting the feeble with the strength of one’s arms—all of these charity prescribed for you.”He also said: “Your smile for your brother is charity.”Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3 number 98.
قبل عامين، كنت معلمة في معهد الدعوة الإسلامية. علمت دروسا كثيرة، كنت ولية فصل في الصف الرابع.
ذات يوم، رأيت بنفسي أربعة طلاب احتقروا طالبا آخر صديقهم. وقالوا له ” انت أسود، ووجهك قبيح وانت من الجاهلين.” كرهت بذالك القول، فقلت لهم ،” لا يجوز ان تقولوا هذا، هل تشعرون انكم خير منه؟ قد نهى الإسلام هذا الفعل، هل تتذكرون هذه الاية؟ قال الله تعلى فى السورة التين ، لقد خلقنا الإنسان في احسن تقويم.” فسكتوا
فى رأيى انّ صديقكم له مزية أيضا، هو يستطيع ان يصور بالكمبيوتر. هل تستطيعون ان تصروا مثله؟ اذكروا هذا القول يا أبنائى، لا تحتقروا من دونكم فلكل شيئ مزية
فهمتم؟ فهمنا استاذة. تبسمت ودعوت الله تعلى سيجعلكم جميعا من الصالحين
Translation in English:
Two years ago, I was a teacher at Ad-Da’wah Islamic Elementary School. I taught a few lessons there and hold the fourth grade.
One day, I saw by myself, four of my students insulted their friend, they said to him, “You’re black, you have bad face and you’re idiot!” Their friend didn’t say anything. I was really sure that he felt uncomfortable with that word.
I really hated when I heard that bad word, then I advise them, “O, my students, don’t do bad act like this. Do you feel that you’re better than him? Islam has forbidden it. Do you still remember this verse, We have certainly created man in the best of stature.”
They were silent, then I continued my talk, “In my opinion, your friend has a talent that you don’t know yet. He can draw using paint apps in his computer. Can you draw like him? You must remember this beautiful word, Do not despise those who seem to be weaker than you are!”
“Do you understand?”
“We do, Madam.”
I smiled at them, then prayed, May Allah make you all as righteous sons. Ameen.
Hijab is not a new topic, but it seems to me that telling this story would be nice. Hopefully. Do you believe me Brothers, Sisters? Wearing hijab was not easy for me, anyhow I was born as a muslimah. I needed several years to decide wearing it. Everyone has to work hard for getting Allah’s guidance. Indeed!
Here is my story!
At Elementary School [1986-1992].
I have known about hijab’s rule since I studied at Elementary School. I began my elementary school in 1986. From the first to the third grade I didn’t wear hijab. In the fourth grade, my teacher asked the female students to wear hijab. He said, that muslimah should wear it.
I wore hijab of necessity. I hated it so much. I couldn’t be free. Guess, what I did then? I wore it only at class, and I opened it when the lesson finished. Aaaand in the fifth and the last grade, I didn’t wear it anymore. “YES, I’M FREE!!”
I wanna laugh if I remember my childhood. How naughty I was!
At Yunior High School [1992-1995].
Cutting a long story short, I didn’t wear hijab at all. Bad time!
At Senior High School [1995-1998]
In that time, I thought I have to change my appearance. I decided wearing hijab on the first day of my school. I felt I have to cover my hair and my body up. Alhamdulillah, finally I wore it at school. My friends were so astounding. I got various comments from them, containing positive and negative minds. I didn’t care for negative points. It was my choice. BUT, wait…… I wore it only at school. I did it till the last grade. I did not get hidayah yet. Maybe my effort was not so hard.
At Islamic Boarding School [ Jami’atul Amien Al-Islamiyah 1998-2002].
After finishing my Senior High School, I continued my study to Jami’atul Amien Al-Islamiyah for about 4 years. I lived there with my friends and my amazing teachers. I got many friends from other regions all over Indonesia. Wonderful relationship! I couldn’t go home easily, because it was so far, so I needed much money and times for home. I only went home twice on a year, for holidays only. It wasn’t problem for me.
From my boarding, I got the importance of hijab. My teachers, always explain us about hijab’s rules. My friends and I wore hijab almost the time. I used to wear hijab since that time. It became my habit.
Alhamdulillah, at least I got this hidayah. Allah has guided me, through my teachers.
Since that time, I have been wearing hijab, thus far. I don’t feel hot again. 😀
Although I stay and work at home, I have to wear it every day. Wearing hijab is my identity as Muslimah, and I’m so proud become Muslimah. Always trying be better as I can, insha’Allah. I’m grateful getting this guidance. Alhamdulillah.
Allah has said about hijab’s rule in surah An-nuur verse 31;
“And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their head covers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.”
“A wise is likes an adult although s/he is still young. And unwise is likes a young, anyhow s/he is an old man/woman.”
This proverb tells us, science and knowledge make someone different, and give him/her a decorous position in his/her life. Everything needs its science, even a little thing.
See the science and knowledge of his/her and don’t see their ages. Beautify our manner and attitude to someone who teaches us, including our teachers. We should make a lot of duás for them as well as we do to our parents. Because through them, we can get our sciences. If we do this good act, إن شاء الله we’ll get (عِلْمٌ نَافِعٌ ) , it’s mean our sciences and our knowledge will give many benefits to others and especially to ourselves.
Base on the proverb above, I am like an unwise, I meant in “English” especially.
I say to you, O .. my teachers, I AM YOUR STUDENT.
I don’t see your age, I only see your wide science and knowledge.
بارك الله لنا و في علومنا، أمين يا ألله يا مجيب الدّعاء
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