Minggu, 07 Juni 2009

Effective

السلام عليكم ورحمةالله وبركاته
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحَمْدُلِلّهِ الَّذِي جَعَلَ الْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ إِخْوَةً وَنِعْمَةُ اْلأِخْوَةِ فِىاْلاِيْمَانِ وَاَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوْبِهِمْ وَصَيَّرَهُمْ بَعْدَ الْفِرْقَةِ كَألْبُنْيَانِ اَشْهَدُاَنْ لااِلهَ اِلاَّاللهُ وَحْدَهُ لاشَرِيْكَ لَهُ فِى جَلاَلِهِ وَقُدْسِهِ وَاَشْهَدُاَنَّ مُحَمَّدً عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُوْلُهُ صلىالله عليه وسلم وَعَلَىالِهِ وَاَصْحَابِهِ اَمَّا بَعْدُ

Don’t waste your time, use it effectively

One of my brothers shared :
I’ve set and met my career goals and I’m having tremendous professional success. But it’s cost me my personal and family life. I don’t know my wife and children any more. I’m not even sure I know myself and what’s really important to my life. I’ve had to ask myself….is it worth it?

My brother may work professionally and efficiently, but he didn’t work effectively. He set career goals but he didn’t set any life goals.

What is your center life goal? Why do we have to have it?

We can quickly grasp the important different between efficient and effective, if we envision a group of producers cutting their way thru the jungle with machetes. They’re producers, the problem solvers. They’re cutting thru the undergrowth, clearing it out.

The managers are behind them, sharpening their machetes, writing policy and procedure manuals, holding muscle development program, bringing in improved technologies and setting up working schedules and compensation programs for machete wielders.

The leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and he yells : “Wrong jungle… wrong direction!!”

But how do the busy, efficient producers and managers often respond? “Shut up! We’re making progress” ….and they’re getting loss, or finally frustration.

As individuals, groups, and businesses, we’re often so busy cutting thru the undergrowth, we don’t even realize we’re in the wrong jungle or wrong direction.

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said : Al-kayyisu...the intelligence/ the smart, is someone who works to expect/wish the result after he dies (in Paradise/ Jannah). Narrated by Abu Dawood.

We work for our future, not only for our future in this world (maybe for only 60 years of our life) but also for our future in akhirat (this is forever/unlimited/ever last).

If we’re having success become the king of the world and happy for 60 years, then after die is in Naar/Hell forever with ‘adzaabinnaar. Is it worth it?

Compare with Aakhirat, our world is very small. And our life in this world is very limited. And we must die .. we have to be ready .. at anytime.

وَلِكُلِّ اُمَّةٍ اَجَلُ فَاِذَا جَآءَاَجَلُهُمْ لاَيَسْتَأْخِرُوْنََ سَاعَةً وَّلاَيَسْتَقْدِمُوْنَ سورة الاعراف 34
For every people, there is appointment time (death). While the time is come, not even a second they can cause delay, Nor (even a second) can they advance.

كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَآئِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ وَاِنَّمَا تُوَفَّوْنَ اُجُوْرَكُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَمَةِ فَمَنْ زُحْزِحَ عَنِ النَّارِ وَاُدْخِلَ الْجَنَّةَ فَقَدْ فَازَ وَمَاالْحَيَوةُ الدُّنْيَا اِلاَ مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ سورة ال عمرن 185
For every soul, it shall have a taste of death. And only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid for your full recompense. Only they who are saved far from Hell and admitted to the Jannah will have attained.

The vision of Life : All this world only a fleeting show, for men’s illusion given. The only reality will be when we have attained our final goal (jannah)

قَلَ رَسُوْلَ للهِ صلىالله عليه وسلم عُمْرُ اُمَّتِى مِنْ سِتِّيْنَ سَنَةً إِلَى سَبْعِيْنَ سَنَةً
His Messenger said : In average my people ages is 60 to 70 years old.

وَمَا الْحَيَوةُ الدُّنْيَآ اِلاَّ لَعِبٌ وَّلَهْوٌ وَلَلدَّارُاْلاخِرَةُ خَيْرٌلِّلَّذِيْنَ يَتَّقُوْنَ اَفَلاَ تَعْقِلُوْنَ سورة الانعام 32
What is the life of this world, but only play and amusement? But the best Home is (Jannah) in the Hereafter for those who are righteous. Why don’t you then understand?

مَامَثَلُ الدُنْيَا فِىاْلاَخِرَةِ اِلاَّ مَثَلُ مَا يَجْعَلُ اَحَدُكُمْ اِصْبَعَهُ فِىالْيَمِّ فَلْيَنْظُرْ بِمَ يَرْجِعُ
رواه ابن ماجه 2 كتاب الزهد 1376
An illustration of world compare to akhirat is if you put your fingers to the ocean. See what stick/left in your finger. Only water in your finger compare to the ocean.

زُيِّنَ لِلَّذِيْنَ كَفَرُوا الْحَيَوةُ الدُّنْيَا وَيَسْخَرُوْنَ مِنَ الَّذِيْنَ اَمَنُوْا وَالَّذِيْنَ اتَّقَوْا فَوْقَهُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَمَةِ وَاللهُ يَرْزُقُ مَنْ يَّشَآءُ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ سورة البقرة 212
The life of this world is alluring to those who reject faith, and they scoff at those who believe. But the righteous will be above them on the day of Qiyamah. For Allah bestows His rizki without measure on whom He will.

قَلَ رَسُوْلَ للهِ صلىالله عليه وسلم لَوْ كَانَتِ الدُّنْيَا تَعْدِلُ عِنْدَاللهِ جَنَاحَ بَعُوْضَةٍ مَاسَقَىكَافِرًا مِنْهَا شَرْبَةَ مَاءٍ رواه الترمزى كتاب الزهر 4 560
His Messenger said If this world for Allah is equal to half of mosquito’s wings, Allah will not give any drink for even a drop of water to unbelievers. But because this world is nothing for Allah, still all kafir got drink, rizki, and other materially succeed.

We will realize that the earth compare to the sun is a very small and negligible entity. But the sun itself is like a particle of sand when compare with other planets although it is one million times bigger in size than the earth.
Though .. this earth compare to aakhirat is nothing.

اِنَّ اللهَ قَسَمَ بَيْنَكُمْ اَخْلَقَكُمْ كَمَا قَسَمَ بَيْنَكُمْ اَرْزَاقَكُمْ وَاِنَّ اللهَ يُعْطِىالدُّنْيَا مَنْ يُحِبُّ وَمَنْ لاَ يُحِبُّ وَلاَ يُعْطِىالدِّيْنَ اِلاَّ مَنْ اَحَبَّ فَمَنْ اَعْطَاهُ اللهُ الدِّيْنَ فَقَدْ اَحَبَّهُ رواه احمد فى تفسير ابن كثير من سورة هود 2 463
Verily, Allah to share mutually your attitude and behavior just like He share grant (means of life/materially). Verily Allah gave world (material) to whom He love and to whom He don’t love/hate. And Allah gave “right religion” to whom only He love. Whoever Allah give “right religion” meant Allah love him.

فَلاَ تَهِنُوْا وَتَدْعُوْآ اِلَىالسَّلْمِ وَاَنْتُمُ اْلاَعْلَوْنَ وَاللهُ مَعَكُمْ وَلَنْ يَّتِرَكُمْ اَعْمَالَكُمْ 35 اِنَّمَا الْحَيَوةُالدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَّلَهْوٌ وَاِنْ تُؤْمِنُوْا وَتَتَّقُوْا يُؤْتِكُمْ اُجُوْرَكُمْ وَلاَ يَسْئَلْكُمْ اَمْوَالَكُمْ سورة محمد 36
Be not worry and faint hearted, called to Islam/piece and you should be uppermost. Allah will with you, and will never put you in lost for your deed.
The life of this world is only play and amusement. And If you believe and “fear”, He will grant you your recompense, and He will not ask your possession
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وَلاَ تَهِنُوْا وَلاَ تَحْزَنُوْا وَاَنْتُمُ اْلاَعْلَوْنَ اِنْ كُنْتُمْ مُؤْمِنِيْنَ سورة ال عمرن 139
So don’t lose your heart, nor fall into despair. For you must gain mastery (beside God) if you are true in Faith.

وَّذَكِّرْ فَاِنَّ الذِّكْرَى تَنْفَعُ الْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ 55 وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَاْلاِنْسَ اِلاَّ لِيَعْبُدُوْنِ سورة الذّريت 56
Remember for Allah, for remembering is benefits the believers. I have only created Jinns and Men, that they shall serve/ibadah to Me.

قَلَ يَقُوْلُ اللهُ سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعاَلىَ : يَاأِبْنَ اَدَمَ تَفَرَّغْ لِعِبَا دَتِى اَمْلأْ صَدْرَكَ غِنًى وَاَسُدَّ فَقْرَكَ وَاِنْ لَمْ تَفْعَلْ مَلأْتُ صَدْرَكَ شُغْلاً وَلَمْ اَسُدَّ فَقْرَكَ رواه ابن ماجه 2 كتاب الزهد 1376
His Messenger said, Allah the Glory Most High Said : Yaa Adam’s children, be serious/first priority ibadah to Me, I will give your heart felling of sufficient and I will cover your needs. But if you don’t seriously ibadah to Me, I will fill your heart with felling of busy and I will cover not your needs.

That is our goal of life ..our real vision, in Jannah/Paradise forever. But how to get there? Is that so easy way? Straight Way?

اِهْدِنَاالصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيْمًا 5 صِرَاطَ الَّذِيْنَ اَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ 6
Show us the straight way, the way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace.

But before we can really understand the straight way, way of life ..we need to understand our own “paradigm” and how to make a “paradigm shift”.
For our purposes, a simple way to understand paradigms is to see them (paradigms) as maps.

Suppose you wanted to arrive at the specific location in central Doha. A street map of the city would be a great help to you in reaching your destination. It should be a right map, a map of Doha, and latest map … or even up to date. But suppose you were given the wrong map, Through a printing error, the map labeled “Doha” was actually a map of “Dukhan”. Can you imagine the frustration, the ineffectiveness of trying to reach your destination?

You might work on your behavior … you could try harder, be more diligent and strong, double your speed. But your efforts would only succeed in getting you to the wrong place faster .. get lost faster.

You might work on your attitude … you could think more positively that you are in right way, you still wouldn’t get to the right place. But perhaps you wouldn’t care, your attitude would be so positive, you’d be happy wherever you were.

The point is .. you still be lost.

The fundamental problem has nothing to do with your behavior or your attitude. It has everything to do with having a wrong map. Our map to Jannah is Qur’an (with Hadits).

وَاَنَّ هَذَا صِّرَاطِى مُسْتَقِيْمًَا فَاتَّبِعُوْهُ وَلاَ تَتَّبِعُوا السُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِقُمْ عَنْ سَبِيْلِهِ ذلِكُمْ وَصَّكُمْ بِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُوْنَ سورة الانعام 153
Verily, this is My Way to lead straight (Qur’an), so follow it, follow not other paths. They (other paths) will scatter you about from His Path (lost). Thus He command you That you may be righteous.

If you have the right map of “Doha”, then diligence becomes important, and when you encounter frustrating obstacles along the way, then attitude can make a real difference. But the first and most important requirement is the accuracy of the map.

اِنَّ اللهَ قَسَمَ بَيْنَكُمْ اَخْلَقَكُمْ كَمَا قَسَمَ بَيْنَكُمْ اَرْزَاقَكُمْ وَاِنَّ اللهَ يُعْطِىالدُّنْيَا مَنْ يُحِبُّ وَمَنْ لاَ يُحِبُّ وَلاَ يُعْطِىالدِّيْنَ اِلاَّ مَنْ اَحَبَّ فَمَنْ اَعْطَاهُ اللهُ الدِّيْنَ فَقَدْ اَحَبَّهُ رواه احمد فى تفسير ابن كثير من سورة هود 2 463 Verily, Allah to share mutually your attitude and behavior just like He share grant (means of life/materially). Verily Allah gave world (material) to whom He love and to whom He don’t love/hate. And Allah gave “right religion” to whom only He love. Whoever Allah gives “right religion” meant Allah love him.

The right way to Jannah is only .. and the only ..through the Qur’an by following and obeying His orders and His messenger orders.

وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللهَ وَرَسُوْلَهُ يُدْخِلْهُ جَنَّتٍ تَجْرِيْ مِنْ تَحْتِهَااْلاَنْهَرُ خَلِدِيْنَ فِيْهَا وَذَلِكَ الْفَوْزُالْعَظِيْمُ
سورة النسا 13
And for those who obey God and His Messenger, will be admitted to Jannat/Paradise with rivers flowing beneath, to abide there in (forever), and that will be the supreme achievement ( great success ). S 4 - 13

وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللهَ وَرَسُوْلَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًاعَظِيْمًا
And for those who obey God and His Messenger, verily will be the supreme achievement (great success).

وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللهَ وَرَسُوْلَهُ وَيَخْشَ اللهَ وَيَتَّقْهِ فَاُولآئِكَ هُمُ الْفَآئِزُوْنَ
And for those who obey God and His Messenger, and fear to Allah (for sin) and piety to Him, they are the supreme achiever.

وَمَنْ يَعْصِ اللهَ وَرَسُوْلَهُ وَيَتَعَدَّ حُدُوْدَهُ يُدْخِلْهُ نَارًا خَلِدًا فِيْهَا وَلَهُ عَذَابٌ مُهِيْنٌ سورة النسا 14
But those who disobey God and His Messenger, and transgress His limits will be admitted to Naar/Hell, to abide there in (forever), and they shall have a humiliating punishment. S 4 - 14

Whatever ..how good is our behavior and attitude, if we don’t pray “sholah” at least five times a day ( it is disobey God). We will .. get lost to Naar/Hell forever.

This is what I mean : “ Shift Paradigm”.

وَأَقِيْمُواالصَّلاَةَ وَاتُواالزَّكَاةَ وَارْكَعُوْامَعْ الرَّاكِعِيْنَ
Do .. sholat and pay for zakat, and pray together with all prayers.

If we have Syahadat, Sholat, Zakat, Saum/Fasting and Hajj, then diligence/behavior becomes important, then attitude can make a real difference. But the first and most important requirement is to be a Muslim and a Mu’min

قَلَ رَسُوْلَ للهِ صلىالله عليه وسلم قَالَ اللهُ تَعَالَى إِنِّىفَرَضْتُ عَلَى أُمَّتِكَ خَمْسَ صَلَوَاتٍ وَعَهِدْتُ عِنْدِى عَهْدًا أَنَّهُ مَنْ جَاءَ يُحَافِظُ عَلَيْهِنَّ لِوَقْتِهِنَّ أَدْخَلْتُهُ الْجَنَّتَ وَمَنْ لَمْ يُحَافِظْ عَلَيْهِنَّ فَلاَ عَهْدَ لَهُ عِنْدِى رواه ابوداود كتاب الصلاة
The Messenger said Allah Most High said to me : I order your people 5 times sholats, and I do promise to Myself for anyone who care with 5 sholats at the time, I will put them to Jannah. But there is no promise for anyone who doesn’t care with sholats.

اَاصَّلاَةَ الصَّلاَةَ فَاِنَّهَا عِمَادُالدِّيْنِ مَنْ حَفِظَهَا فَقَدْ حَفِظَ دِيْنَهُ وَمَنْ ضَيَّعَهَا فَهُوَ لِمَا سِوَاهَا اَضْيَعُ
Sholat!! , sholat is the pillar of Islam. Man who care with sholat .. he is really care with Islam. Man who don’t care with sholat .. he would really don’t care with other thing.

إِنَّ ألْمُنَفِقِيْنَ يُخَدِعُونَ اللهَ وَهُوَ خَدِعُهُمْ وَإِذَا قَامُوآْإِلَىالصَّلَوَةِ قَامُواْ كُسُالَى يُرَآءُونَ النَّاسَ وَلاَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللهَ إِلاَّ قَلِيْلاً سورة النسا 142
Verily Al-munaafikiin deceives Allah, and Allah deceives them. And when they are sholaat, they do it lazy, they do (sholaat) for showing people. And they don’t remember Allah except a little.

اَلاَ وَاِنِّىلَمْ اَرَكَالْجَنَّةِ نَامَ طَالِبُهَا وَلاَكَالنَّارِ نَامَ هَارِبُهَا
Remember! I don’t see (it’s impossible) searching jannah by sleeping, And It’s impossible avoiding naar by sleeping.

وَالْعَصْرِ1 اِنَّ اْلاِنْسَانَ لَفِيْ خُسْرٍ 2 اِلاَّالَّذِيْنَ امَنُوْا وَعَمِلُوااصّلِحتِ وَتَوَا صَوْابِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْابِالصًّبْرِ 3
For the shake of time of Ashr ! , verily all people are loose (to Naar), except whom the believers (to Jannah) and do a good thing, and let other to the right (Allah/Qur’an, Rosul/Hadits, Jannah, Naar), and let others to shobr (patience).


Please… correct me if I’m wrong. Alhamdulillahi jazaakumullahu khoiron.

Best regards…

written by: al-Hajj Gusnoto (rahimahullahu ta'alaa)

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