Monday, January 11, 2016

Judgemental Me

source: Google Image
Location: A petrol station somewhere in Terengganu.

One car was parked exceeding the allocated line, causing a supposedly vacant parking slot to become unavailable. Another car was parked in the air and water section even though the driver did not use the section. Seeing this, with the air of so-called know-it-all someone who had been living overseas, I was so in holier than thou mode,  noisily complained in my head on how uncivilized the Malaysians are. I got into my car, ready to take off when a guy knocked softly on my window, who happened to be the one from the car which was parked out of line.

He motioned his hand while holding something, which turned out to be the cover of my car’s petrol tank. I forgot to put back the cover and just closed the outer cover. It was there all this while on my car. Alhamdulillah I stopped by at the toilet before continuing my journey thus giving the chance for the guy to notice it. I got out of the car and thanked him profusely. He said it’s ok and helped putting back the cover without hesitating. All the previous complaints in my head had gone down the drain instantly.

What a significant life lesson, Alhamdulillah I’m so glad Allah reminded me immediately. A person may not do something right, but that same person may do something else right. Never lose hope in people, and never once think people can’t be better, and make lots of doa for humankind. After all, Allah The Creator of us all Knows Best. 

Hadith: ‘He who has an atom’s amount of takabbur (arrogance) in his heart will not enter Jannah (paradise).’

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Tidak Cukup Islamik?



Apa definisi Islamik?

Definisi mudah dan tipikal: bertudung labuh, berjubah, berserban, solat berjemaah di masjid, ucapan tasbih, tahmid, tahlil dan takbir, jaga ikhtilat, lagu-lagu dakwah, menyokong perlaksanaan undang-undang syariah dan pelbagai lagi yang anda boleh tambah sendiri. Tetapi saya boleh rumuskan, definisi yang selalu dipakai kebanyakan orang ialah berbentuk luaran.

Oleh sebab kita banyak fokus pada luaran, maka timbullah isu berhijab tapi mengumpat dan mengutuk orang. Rajin ke masjid tetapi mendera isteri. Kuat bertahajjud tetapi memainkan perasaan anak dara orang. Suka dengar ceramah agama tetapi suka curi tulang. Dan pelbagai lagi yang juga anda boleh tambah sendiri kerana isu ini sentiasa menjadi justifikasi seseorang tidak mahu berubah menjadi lebih Islamik. Dan saya sebagai penulis entri terlebih-lebih lagi bersalah dalam hal ini.

Adakah salah islamik berbentuk luaran? Tidak salah, tetapi dalaman mestilah seiring. Macam kuih karipap, kalau kulitnya gurih dan rapuh sedap tetapi tiada inti, adakah ia sempurna sebagai karipap?
Islamik secara dalaman juga jarang difahami secara menyeluruh. Banyak yang menjurus pada soal penyucian hati semata-mata. Betul, penyucian hati itu penting, tetapi tindakan hasil penyucian hati itu yang sukar.

Malah ada tindakan-tindakan yang sebenarnya Islamik diperlekehkan oleh orang yang tampak Islamik. Contoh-contoh seperti berikut:

Contoh 1:

Memakai tali pinggang keledar walaupun hanya hendak ke kedai yang berjarak 500 meter.
“Alah engkau ni skema lah, dekat je bukan ada polis pun.”
Mari kita analisa senario ini. Kenapa kita memakai tali pinggang keledar, takut disaman polis atau mengambil langkah-langkah keselamatan. Sebagai muslim, kita disuruh berusaha dan bertawakkal. Adakah tindakan tidak memakai tali pinggang keledar itu dikira bertawakkal? Sila fikir sendiri. Pepatah melayu ada mengatakan, malang tidak berbau.

Contoh 2:
Tidak membuang sampah merata-rata. Ramai melakukan ini tanpa rasa bersalah kerana merasakan semua orang lain pun buat. Adakah ini alasan yang baik untuk kita gunakan apabila dipersoalkan di akhirat kelak? Adakah kita boleh menjawab, “alah, sampah kecil sahaja. Semua orang pun buat.”

Contoh 3:
Membeli telur ayam yang tidak dikurung di dalam reban. Saya akui saya juga pernah memperlekehkan hal ini. Ironinya, kesedaran tentang kebajikan binatang mula semakin mendalam setelah berpeluang bermukim di negara barat majority bukan Islam. Dahulu saya juga memandang serong kepada mereka yang mengambil keputusan untuk menjadi vegan/vegetarian. Saya semakin mengerti alasan mereka demi kebajikan binatang. Ya, tidak salah untuk memakan binatang yang disembelih secara halal. Yang salah ialah apabila binatang-binatang ini dianiayai dalam proses  untuk menjadi makanan manusia. Tiada ruang untuk bernafas di dalam kandang umpamanya. Bagaimana sebagai Muslim kita boleh berasa ini bukan suatu isu.

Contoh 4:
Membeli produk yang tidak menggunakan binatang dalam ujian makmal. Benar, produk sebegini mahal dan tidak semestinya semua orang mampu melakukan ini. Tetapi sekurang-kurangnya jangan mengejek-ngejek orang yang berbuat demikian. Masyarakat kita ini secara amnya suka benar memperlekehkan orang berbuat baik. Peringatan untuk diri sendiri juga.

Contoh 5:
Memandu melebih had laju yang dibenarkan. Apabila ditegur, jawapan berikut adalah biasa:
"Rilek lah, undang-undang dunia sahaja."
Jika berlaku kemalangan yang disebabkan oleh kita memandu laju bagaimana? Boleh jawab dengan Allah menggunakan skema jawapan sama?

Dan banyak lagi contoh yang nampak remeh tetapi besar kesannya kepada jati diri kita sebagai Muslim. Jika perkara-perkara kecil pun dianggap tempelan manakan mungkin perkara-perkara besar dapat dihayati. Umpama sebuah rumah agam, mana mungkin gah tersergam tanpa gabungan bata-bata kecil. Kita selalu berasa hairan kenapa sejumlah negara bukan Muslim lebih selamat dan alam sekitarnya bersih berbanding sejumlah negara Muslim. Saya kira, inilah jawapannya.


Tidak malukah kita beranggapan sudah lengkap menjadi Muslim dengan mengucap kalimah syahadah, solat lima waktu, berpuasa Ramadhan, membayar zakat dan menunaikan haji lalu berasa sudah boleh masuk syurga walaupun mengabaikan hubungan sesama makhluk? (termasuk tumbuh-tumbuhan dan haiwan). Untuk menjadi islamik secara total mestilah mengambil kira dari sekecil-kecil perbuatan. Muhasabah diri. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Where's The Love?

source: Google Images

My turn for Hajj insya Allah will be in 12 years, performing Hajj is something that generally every Muslim yearns for; explaining the increasing amount of time you have to wait for your turn. Though I had not experienced Hajj yet alhamdulillah Allah had blessed me with the chance of performing umrah a few years ago with my parents. Every year when hajj season approaches, I will keep updated with any related news. When I read the news about the recent stampede tragedy, somehow it reminds me of an incident during my visit to Madinah.

I remember visiting Qubaa Mosque when I was in Madinah. When we arrived, the mosque was not crowded; we could enter the Mosque with ease. Finding a spot to pray Sunnah was also not a problem. After praying we headed to the exit, and much to our surprise it was crowded. People were pushing each other, some aimed to leave and some aimed to enter. It was such a chaos. Mind you the entrance cum exit is quite spacious. Somehow no one wanted to give way to each other. I tried to get pass the crowd, there’s no way I could leave it seems if I don’t push my way into them. I held my stepmom’s hand to avoid being separated. My body frame is considered big for a Malay woman, but I found myself being pushed and almost fell to the ground. I tried to maintain my stability as I believe if I did fall, people will step on me. Anyhow, alhamdulillah we managed to get out. My hijab was almost pulled to the back. Fortunately we did not lose any belonging during the incident.


We shook our head in disbelief as we walked towards the bus. I really can’t comprehend why people would go to such lengths to grab the fadhilat of Sunnah yet putting other people in danger. Is there any way I could avoid pushing my way into the crowd as well? Am I partially responsible too? How and who should start fixing the mess? So many unanswered questions going on in my mind. And it still remains unanswered until today. Small incident maybe, yet it reflects the situation of the whole ummah I think. Maybe it’s about failure to weigh the priorities, maybe. Which I myself am still struggling with it, miserably. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Asalnya Tanah

source: wallpaperforcomputer.net

Tidak salah menyusur akar
Mencari asal jati diri
Mengimbau gemilang leluhur
Mengambil ibrah
Menyerap tauladan
Menjunjung peradaban

Tidak salah
Menjengah cabang
Pohon berbeda
Menekuni galur
Buat pedoman
Mendepani arus
Menahan hanyut

Yang khilaf
Melupakan akar
Merasa pintar
Lupa daratan
Langsung berpijak
Di ranting rapuh

Yang khilaf
Dibilang tersasar
Diterjah meningkah
Ditelah durjana
Dek lain jalur
Dek semaiannya
Nun jauh di mata

Bukankah semuanya dari tanah?
Disiram hujan
Dari langit yang sama?





-Coretan rindu tanah tumpah darah dari bumi Kangaroo-



Saturday, August 29, 2015

Exploring Emotions

source: flickr

It’s a journey. 
A complex, yet a wonderful journey. 
Exploring own emotions and feelings, that is.

You will never know the feeling of being loved until someone loves you.

You will never know the feeling of loving until you open your heart to love.

You will never know the feeling of getting hurt until you are being hurt yourself.

You will never know the feeling of disappointment until something frustrates you.

You will never know the emptiness of losing your loved one.
Until your loved one departs from this temporary world.

When you get to experience the emotion, you will think to yourself, so this is how it feels.

Discovered emotion can make you better or bitter.
Discovered emotion can also make you stronger or weaker.
Discovered emotion can also make you wiser or sillier.

Fragile human, you are.
Laugh if you please.
Weep if you may

Just trust The Creator of Emotions
The ultimate contentment is not in this world.
For now, just savor this journey of emotions.

And be grateful…



Brisbane, QLD. 29/8/15


“And that it is He who makes [one] laugh and weep” (Quran 53:43)