Saturday, November 5, 2011

Eid Adha :)

Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha diucapkan buat semua umat Islam di muka bumi ini :) 
Setakat manakah renungan kita sempena kejadian Aidiladha? 
Adakah sama jer macam perayaan yang lain and xda bezanya?
Tanya sama iman kita :)
Sekadar perkongsian dari pembacaan saya untuk tatapan semua :)

The story of Ibrahim’s (Peace be upon him) sacrifice of Ismaeel (Peace be upon him) is probably the most famous story of Hajj and one that we all memorize.

Ibrahim (Peace be upon him) saw a vision of himself slaughtering his son, knowing that it’s a command from Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala), he spoke to his son Ismaeel (Peace be upon him) about his vision and the obedient son dutifully agreed. As Ibrahim (Peace be upon him) was taking his son to the slaughter location, shaytaan appeared 3 times in 3 different locations “advising” Ibrahim to abandon his task and go back home with his son. Angel Jibreel came down and told Ibrahim that this is shaytaan trying to tempt him from obeying Allah, he should throw 7 pebbles at him and he’ll disappear.

When they reached the designated spot, Ibrahim placed his son Ismaeel face down on the ground, reached for his son’s neck with the knife and pulled it! Nothing happened. He did it again, nothing happened. He tried a third time but still, nothing happened and the miracle occurred. Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) says in the Quran: “So when they had both submitted their wills (to Allah, and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice), We called out to him “O Abraham!.” “Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!” – thus indeed do We reward those who do right. For this was obviously a trial- And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice: And We left (this blessing) for him among generations (to come) in later times” (Al-Saffat, Verses 103-108).

Here’s the productivity lesson I wanted to share with you: remember the part when Shaytaan was coming to “advise” Ibrahim not to obey Allah? This is the sort of “advice” that we mostly fall for each day that makes us unproductive! Shaytaan each day turns up and tells you “no need to work on that’s too hard, leave it today, you seem tired”.. OR “you can’t do that, you’re too young/old/stupid/busy to work on this project, someone else will do it.”

Day in and day out he comes to us and distracts us, acting as our trusted advisor to stay away from good deeds an keep us lazy and unproductive. Today, I want you to pelt shaytaan with stones of knowledge, hard work, sincerity and perservance whenever you hear such ‘advice’ from him!

P.S. Don’t forget it’s the day of Arafat today! Make the most of it and if you can, fast it as well. Please don’t forget the ProductiveMuslim team in your duas!

Nota kaki: sumber daripada ProductiveMuslim :)