Another Reflection on Muslim Countries

The condition of muslim countries around the world now is very terrible. High poverty, easily screwed by other (mainly western) countries, hate (not cooperating) each other and many other bad record.

This great documentary from Aljazeera: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/general/2010/10/20101023181320722986.html, shows us how bad the condition of iraq war is. Iraqi military and police officials have tortured hundred of thousands of Iraqi civilian itself, besides that, we are informed how US and other coalition force in Iraq had been silenced about the on going torture in Iraq.

What can we do?

The easiest and quite rational answer would be these muslim countries have to improved their education quality as well as the governance. They have to work harder and increase their productivity so that they can be more prosperous.

However that solution seems to be very very unfeasible. Many countries are still in developing or undeveloped condition is because of lack of all of the condition mentioned. There is regime in those countries who want to keep in power, abusing their own country without feeling guilty with what they are doing.

Thus, we do need people power. I am very very happy about the changes in middle east right now. It is the change and the dream that has been waiting for. Now there is change in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and hopefully also in Syiria. I do really hope that the really good people can be in power, without being sabotaged by US again, can work for the country.

What contribution that we can give? It is the old long question that I’ve asked to myself. What I can do for them. I only came up with two option. First, I can work in international development institution, especially the islamic one, like Islam development Bank, and con do many projects in those countries to help the economy and development improved. The second option is maybe I can work in Indonesia’s government, achieve top rank position and then help those countries from G to G level.

Which one is more effective? Don’t know yet, but I surely know that I have to improve my intellectual and analysis capacity, communication skill, as well as networking skill. Hopefully someday, in the near future, we can do something significant for their well being.

The Story of Abdan Syakura and Hafiidzun ‘Aliim

This story is about one person who has been blessed by Allah with many talents and guidance. Allah has chosen and protected him from many things. This young man is also always tries to be really really good and beneficial to the society.

One time, Allah gives him rahmat to enter a leading university at a leading program in his country. In the beginning of his study, he stated that this study has to make me closer and closer to Allah. He said, “I want to be an ‘abdan syakura (referring to Prophet Muhammad phrase in one hadits), someone who is very close to Allah because he is so grateful to Him. He enjoyed everything; he enjoyed the life and rahmat that Allah has given to him. He joined many student organizations (mainly Islamic organizations), competitions, conferences; he was also selected to represent his country in one of world prestigious undergraduate exchange program. Finally he is awarded as one of the most outstanding student in his country.

The rahmat from Allah continues, he is accepted at one of leading university in the world with a full scholarship. He is one of the youngest in the class also among the few fresh graduate who got full scholarship. In the beginning of his study, he committed himself to be someone really capable in field of study. Referring to prophet Yusuf who are chosen to be treasurer of ancient Egypt, he wants to be the next hafidzun ‘aliim. Then everything is a bit changed. He was too concentrated with his academic life; improving his intellectual capacity, immersing his life to an academic hard core. But finally he felt something missing from his life. Something which made his life was alive before.

After a deep fall, one day, Allah reminds him again. Yes, Allah reminds him again.

Then the young man understand that being ‘abdan syakura is the very first and important thing above all. He then also understands that being hafidzun ‘aliim doesn’t mean that we are not abdan syakura anymore. When we strive to be ‘abdan syakura, insyaallah Allah will definitely also guide us to be hafidzun ‘aliim. When we only chose to be hafidzun ‘alim, we won’t necessarily become an ‘abdan syakuura.

Finally, the young man commits to always become somebody who really close to Allahstrive hard to get and be the best, as well as beneficial to people around him. Again, he is very happy that Allah still guides and reminds him very early before everything goes too far. He was so grateful to Allah.

Messages:

  • Yakinlah, jika kita berjuang, berda’wah dan melakukan kebaikan untuk akhirat kita, insyaallah dunia akan mengikut saja pada kita, namun jika kita hanya mengejar dunia, maka hanya dunia saja yang kita dapatkan. Oleh karena itu, dalam segala aktivitas yang kita lakukan, selalulah berusaha untuk menempatkan tujuan akhirat sebagai landasan niat dan tujuan utama.
  • Jika Allah berkehendak, maka tidak ada yang bisa menentangnya. Banyak hal yang terlihat tidak mungkin, namun ternyata bisa terjadi, karena memang, jika Allah menolong kita, tak ada satupun, tak ada satupun yang dapat menghalangi kita.
  • Allah akan memberikan kuasa atas langit dan bumi (mewarisi langit dan bumi dan menjadikan mereka khalifah atasnya) pada hamba hamba yang dipilihnya karena mereka adalah orang2 yang beriman dan beramal sholeh serta ikhlas pada Rabbnya.
  • Selalulah berlindung pada Allah dari godaan syetan yang terkutuk.

One of Islamic Work Ethics

One thing that I really like from Islam work ethic is that the concept of “Fa Idza Faraghta Fanshab”, that’s the concept of doing the next thing seriously after we finish one thing seriously. It give two senses to me:

  • First, it shows that we have to focus in doing something. Focus in doing something will help us producing a high quality work without getting screwed with what we’re doing.
  • Second, it shows that we may not feel ‘enough’ in doing or achieving something. Many people just feel that they already achieved something then now is the time to do a ‘useless’ thing. They are just satisfied with what they achieved and forget to keep innovating.

I will commit myself to keep working and keep improving myself.

Ya Rabbana Lakal Hamd,,

Allah, You know everything in my heart. You know every struggle that I face. You know my self better than me.

Allah, You know that how big my dream for my familiy, my friends, my fellow country men, and people around the world. Allah, You even know that every time I saw my fellow citizen in Indonesia face difficulties, You know how bad I want to help them. Every time I interact with my friends, You know how big the dream in my heart that they can be a muslim so that our friendship can last forever, last even after the end of the day.

Allah, You know how serious I am to make my country a better country. You know how big the dream in my heart that muslim around the world can be prosperous again.

Allah, please do always help me to be someone great, beneficial, and inspiring for everyone. Allah,, You know that how dependent I am to You. You know how vulnerable I am in everything. When I am alone, the only thing that make me feel secure is You. Because I know that You are there. That You are watching me.

Allah, there is nothing I can do without your help and permission.

Allah, I promise my self to be someone that is very effective, efficient, great, smart, and can utilize time very well.

Allah, I do really really hope that I will always know and believe in You. Allah, please forgive all of mistakes. I will try my best to be someone who always remember You, feel grateful to You, and pray to You. Please help me Allah.

 

Ya Rabbana, lakal hamdu kama yanbagi lijali wajhika wa’adzmi shultonik,, Ya Rabbana lakal hamdu kama yanbagi li jalai wakhika wa’adzimi shultonik,, Ya Rabb,,