Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Kebesaran Allah SWT


“Dan (pada) pertukaran malam dan siang silih berganti dan juga (pada) rezeki yang diturunkan oleh Allah dari langit, lalu Dia hidupkan dengannya tumbuh-tumbuhan di bumi sesudah matinya, serta (pada) peredaran angin, (semuanya itu mengandungi) tanda-tanda (yang membuktikan keesaan Allah, kekuasaan-Nya, kebijaksanaan-Nya dan keluasan rahmat-Nya) bagi kaum yang mahu menggunakan akal fikiran.” (45:5) 

Maha Suci Allah SWT.


Hari ini aku ingin berkongsi cerita tentang pengalamanku sepanjang berada di negara asing. Semoga perkongsian kali ini dapat membuka hati dan minda kita bersama, dengan izin-Nya. 

Seperti biasa, setiap hari Selasa akan ada kuliah Pengajian Islam di universiti. Cuma bedanya kuliah kali ini ialah ia merupakan kuliah terakhir Prof. M. Abdalla, seorang pensyarah yang beragama Islam berasal dari Palestin. Kuliah hari ini sangat luar biasa. MashaAllah. Jika dapat kuputar masa dan rakamkan setiap detik itu, pasti akan aku lakukan. Intipatinya sangat menarik. Terlalu menarik sehingga mampu menitiskan air mata sahabat sekuliahku yang bukan beragama Islam. Ya. Dalam kelas Pengajian Islamku, majoriti pelajarnya ialah pelajar bukan Islam. Sedikit saja dalam kalangan kami yang beragama Islam, dan ada juga yang baru saja memeluk Islam. Subhanallah. Akan saya ceritakan satu persatu, jika diizin Allah SWT.

Kuliah Prof. M. Abdalla hari ini menyentuh tentang sejarah dan pengertian Tasawwuf atau Sufism. Melalui kuliah ini, aku mulai faham dengan lebih dalam tentang konsep Tasawwuf ini. Memang tidak dapat dinafikan, jika disebut saja perkataan Sufism, pasti akan ada reaksi-reaksi negatif. Pendapatku, eloklah kita fahami dulu pengertian dan sejarahnya sebelum kita menilai. Apapun, bukan itu tujuan penulisan kali ini.

Berbalik kepada ceritaku tadi, di sepanjang kuliah tersebut, dapat kurasakan aura yang luar biasa. Beberapa minit sebelum berakhirnya kuliah tersebut, Prof. M. Abdalla membacakan sebuah hadis dan beberapa petikan ayat dari kitab penulisan Imam Al-Ghazali. Suasana ketika itu sangat tenang sehinggalah ketika Prof. M. Abdalla membaca tentang hari kiamat. Ketika itu, terdapat wajah-wajah yang menundukkan pandangannya. Ada juga hati yang tersentuh mendengarnya. Kurenungi wajah-wajah yang bisa kulihat dari kedudukanku ketika itu. Tiba-tiba mataku terhenti pada sebuah raut wajah yang cuba menahan tangisannya. Seorang penulis jurnal yang berasal dari Amerika Syarikat. Seorang sahabat lelaki sekuliahku yang bukan beragama Islam. Maha Suci Allah. Kutundukkan pandanganku sambil memuji kebesaran Allah SWT. Ketika itu aku sedar bahawa Allah telah membuka pintu hatinya, sungguh bersih hatinya sehingga mampu menitiskan air mata ketika mendengar perkongsian Prof. M. Abdalla. Maha Suci Allah.

Setelah kuliah itu berakhir, dilanjutkan pula dengan kelas biasa. Di dalam kelas itu pula, Prof. M. Abdalla mengadakan diskusi tentang pengertian Tasawwuf di pandangan masyarakat. Sebelum berakhirnya kelas tersebut, sekali lagi Prof. M. Abdalla membaca petikan ayat, tetapi kali ini dipetik daripada buku Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jauziyyah tentang contoh konsep ilmu Tasawwuf yang sebenar. Kali ini, pandanganku hanya difokuskan kepada Prof. M. Abdalla. Setiap satu isi pentingnya kucatit. Mulutku terkumat-kamit cuba mengingati kembali apa yang disampaikan oleh pensyarahku yang memakai jubah kuning langsat itu kerana bimbang akan terlepas isi-isi penting yang sangat bermakna. Kemudian dia berhenti. Tiba-tiba, secara tidak sengaja, aku terpandang raut wajah itu lagi. Dan lagi sekali, pandanganku terhenti melihat kulit wajahnya yang berwarna putih itu bertukar menjadi merah. Saat itu aku mulai sedar, mungkin dia tidak bisa menahan tangisannya lagi. Ditundukkannya pandangannya. Ya. Aku mengerti. Benarlah tekaanku. Maha Suci Allah. Dan pada ketika itu, aku tersenyum. Kerana aku baru sahaja menjadi saksi kebesaran Allah Azza Wa Jalla. Maha Suci Engkau, Ya Allah. Allah telah membuka pintu hatinya. Sungguh lembut hatinya sehingga mampu menitiskan air mata kerana perkongsian ilmu tersebut. Hatiku tersenyum, memuji kebesaran Ilahi kerana telah menjadi saksi kebesaran-Nya.

Ya Rabb, semoga Engkau membuka pintu hatinya untuk menerima Islam dengan sepenuhnya. Sesungguhnya, tiada yang mustahil bagi Engkau, Ya Allah. Engkau Maha Berkuasa.
Jika Allah SWT mahukan, boleh jadi sesiapa saja diberikan-Nya petunjuk hidayah. Ia mengenangkan aku kembali kepada kata-kata ini,

Apabila kamu bertemu dengan orang Kafir, janganlah kamu menghinanya kerana jika Allah menghendaki dan dibukakannya pintu hidayah dan mengucap dua kalimah syahadah, ketika itu dirinya akan bersih daripada dosa-dosanya yang lalu. Ketika itu, dirimu pula terkial-kial memohon keampunan Allah kerana dosa-dosa lalumu.

Dan ini pula mengingatkanku kembali kepada kisah sahabat sekuliahku yang berasal dari Australia yang baru saja memasuki Islam. Jika aku ingat kembali, kisah sahabatku ini sangat luar biasa. Sungguh, benar-benar dapat dirasakan keagungan dan kebesaran Allah apabila mendengar kisahnya. Alhamdulillah. Bukan saja dapat merasakan keagungan dan kebesaran Allah, malah dapat menjadi saksi keagungan dan kebesaran Allah SWT. Bulan Ramadhan yang lepas, dengan izin Allah SWT, sahabatku ini telah mengucapkan kalimah syahadah di hadapan sahabat-sahabat seIslam yang lain di sebuah majlis berbuka puasa. 

Aku baru saja berkenalan dengannya ketika minggu kedua atau minggu ketiga kuliah Pengajian Islam. Aku tidak berapa mengenalinya ketika itu, tetapi atas kehendak dan izin Allah, Allah telah menggerakkan hatiku untuk mengajak dia menghadiri majlis berbuka puasa di sebuah universiti di Brisbane. Berbeza dengan Malaysia, di sini, setiap universiti yang mempunyai organisasi Islam akan mengadakan majlis berbuka puasa dan menjemput saudara-saudara yang bukan beragama Islam untuk hadir ke majlis tersebut. Mereka bukan saja akan dijamu dengan makanan, malah mereka juga diberi sedikit pendekatan tentang Islam. Ketika itu adalah malam-malam terakhir bulan Ramadhan, dan pada ketika itulah sahabatku ini mengucapkan dua kalimah syahadah. Ada yang menangis gembira dan ada juga yang melaungkan takbir. Dan aku, mataku dibasahi dengan air mata. Malam itu merupakan malam yang tidak akan dapat aku lupakan. Maha Suci Allah. Kerana ketika itu aku mulai sedar bahawa Allah SWT telah menjadikan aku perantaraan untuk Allah memakbulkan hasrat sahabatku ini yang memang sudah lama berniat untuk memeluk Islam. Maha Suci Allah. Aku dapat rasakan keagungan Allah SWT. Pada masa yang sama, Allah SWT juga telah memakbulkan hasrat aku untuk menjadi saksi melihat saudara yang diberi hidayah mengucapkan dua kalimah syahadah dan sekaligus menjadi saudara baru. Maha Suci Allah.

Ya Allah, segala puji-pujian bagi Allah SWT. Sungguh, Engkau Maha Berkuasa. Tetapkanlah hati kami pada jalan yang lurus. Janganlah Engkau tarik nikmat hidayah ini setelah Engkau berikannya kepada kami. Sesungguhnya, Engkaulah Tuhan yang Maha Mengasihani.

Semoga hasil perkongsian ini dapat membuka pintu hati kita semua untuk kembali kepada Allah SWT. Siapapun kita di pandangan masyarakat, jika kita tidak terkenal di pandangan Allah SWT, kita tetap berada dalam kegagalan.

Segala yang baik itu datang dari Allah SWT dan sebaliknya dari kelemahan diri ini. Semoga Allah SWT mengampuni dosa-dosaku.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hidayah dari Allah SWT


Gambar: Hani Yahaya

Indahnya pemberian hidayah dari Allah SWT itu tidak dapat digambarkan dengan kata-kata. Indahnya pemberian hidayah dari Allah SWT itu hingga keindahannya hanya mampu dijelaskan dengan air mata. Sungguh, Allah itu Maha Indah. Segala puji-pujian hanya bagi Allah SWT.

Terlalu banyak yang ingin dikongsikan. Syukurlah dengan izin-Nya, dapat juga diri ini luangkan sedikit masa untuk menulis tentang kebesaran-Nya. Sejauh manapun kita tersasar dari landasan hidup, Allah SWT tidak pernah meninggalkan kita walau sesaat pun. Sejauh manapun kita lalai hingga meninggalkan kewajipan kita sebagai hamba, Allah SWT tidak pernah meninggalkan kita walau sesaat pun. Justeru, renungi diri kita masing-masing, bagaimanakah caranya kita tunjukkan rasa syukur kita terhadap Allah SWT? Peringatan ini ditujukan khas untuk diri ini terlebih dahulu. 

Dengan izin Allah SWT, semoga perkongsian ini dapat dijadikan renungan bersama.
Semoga Allah SWT mengampuni dosa-dosaku.

Suatu ketika dulu, aku pernah lalai. Terlalu rakus mengejar kejayaan dunia sehingga aku terlupa bahawa kejayaan akhirat itu juga penting. Aku ingat lagi bagaimana keadaanku ketika itu dan jika aku renungkan semula, rasa malu dan berdosa itu menghantui diriku. Sungguh, aku malu dengan keadaanku ketika itu. Aku malu mengenangkan betapa jahilnya aku. Betapa butanya aku sehingga gagal melihat bahawa adanya sebuah Cinta Agung yang terlalu menyintaiku. Terlalu menyintaiku sehingga didatangkan-Nya ujian berkali-kali agar aku lekas sedar dari kelalaianku. Maha Suci Allah. Sungguh, benarlah rahmat Allah itu mendahului kemurkaan-Nya.

Sekarang aku mulai sedar dari kelalaianku. Jika aku renungkan semula, betapa indahnya sentuhan hidayah Rabbku. Terlalu indah sehinggakan sedikit demi sedikit, aku mulai jatuh cinta kepada-Nya. Aku mulai belajar untuk menghambakan diriku pada-Nya. Aku mulai belajar untuk mengabdikan seluruh hidupku hanya pada-Nya. Tiada apa yang ingin kukejar melainkan keredhaan Allah SWT. Tiada apa yang ingin kukejar melainkan Syurga Firdaus-Nya, agar dapat kulihat dan dapat kuratapi keindahan wajah kekasih-Nya, Rasulullah SAW. Ya Allah, ampunilah dosa-dosaku. 
Semoga Allah SWT membuka pintu hati kita untuk menerima hidayah-Nya. Semoga suatu hari nanti aku dan kamu, yang sedang membaca perkongsian ini, dapat menjadi jiran tetangga di Jannah Al-Firdaus. Amin Ya Allah. Kepada yang sedang mencari-cari keberanian untuk berhijrah kearah yang lebih baik, yakinlah pada diri untuk berhijrah. Yakinlah pada rahmat dan kasih sayang Allah SWT untuk berhijrah. Jika kita korbankan sesuatu itu kerana Allah SWT, dengan izin-Nya, Dia akan mempermudahkan segalanya. Yakinlah pada Allah, yakinlah pada Allah, yakinlah pada Allah. Semoga Allah SWT memantapkan iman kalian dan imanku. Nasihat ini ditujukan buat diri ini terlebih dahulu. Masih banyak lagi yang perlu diperbaiki, dalaman dan luaran. Semoga Allah SWT mengampuni dosa-dosa kita.


“Ya Allah, ampunilah dosa-dosaku, kedua orang tuaku, adik-adikku, ahli keluargaku, guru-guruku, sahabat-sahabatku dan seluruh umat Islam. Kurniakanlah buat kami petunjuk hidayah-Mu. Janganlah Kau pesongkan hati kami sesudah Engkau memberikan hidayah kepada kami. Sesungguhnya, Engkau Maha Pengampun lagi Maha Pengasih.”






Wednesday, May 23, 2012

True love is beyond imagination






Have you ever fell deeply in love with The Creator? You're so addicted to His love that it makes you want to be the best for Him, The Almighty, and you don't want to disappoint your loved one even with a slightest mistake.Yes, this is what I feel. And best of all, the best thing about falling in love with Allah is He never ever disappoints you with His mercy and blessings. This. Is. Love. This is what I called true love. And true love only exist between you and Allah Taala. I've never ever felt this calm before. Alhamdulillah, thank you Allah for showing me the way. Alhamdulillah. May Allah guide us all to the right path. Ameen, Ya Rabb.





Saturday, April 14, 2012

On forgiveness and fairytale




“Learn to forgive. Forgive everything from the past and forgive anyone from your past. Because in this world, nobody is perfect.”

Learn to forgive. Forgive everything from the past and forgive anyone from your past. Because in this world, nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes. And it is always good and noble to forgive someone in your life. When it comes to love, teach your heart to always forgive your loved one. It doesn't matter how bad or how much it hurts, learn to forgive them. The best thing about forgiving someone is at the same time you are pleasing Allah Taala.

“When you stop searching for a Prince and make Allah Taala the King of your heart, He will help you to complete your fairytale. InshaAllah.”

Remember, Allah always has a better plan for each and one of us. InshaAllah. I can’t tell you how thankful I am to Allah Taala that because of Him, I’ve learned to see and improve my mistakes from the past. I’ve done so many mistakes. Now, all I want to do is to change myself to become a better person. InshaAllah. I believe in Allah. I believe that He has written something special for me. Special that it takes a lot of patience and prayer. All I want to do now is to prepare myself for that special person. A special person whom I’ll be spending the rest of my life with through thick and thin, and the most important thing – the one who will lead me towards Allah, who will become the Imam of my prayers, the father of my children, the one who will always hold my hand and together helping each other to attain Jannah. InshaAllah. To me, it’s not just about – love. It’s more than that. It’s about responsibilities and commitment. It’s about the beginning of the journey together towards forever in Jannah. And most of all, I want it to be special, to experience it according to what Allah has already planned for me.

InshaAllah.
I will always be waiting for that day to come.

Dear heart, have faith in Allah.

Love,
Ieka Ahmad.





Monday, April 2, 2012

Reason why I love butterflies



The story of the butterfly.



“It was the early blossoming of spring and a girl was wandering through a garden when she discovered a cocoon hanging from the branch of a tree. It was almost time for a butterfly to emerge. Fascinated with her discovery she returned to the garden daily, enthusiastic to see all that would happen and hoping never to miss a thing. One day, a small opening appeared and the girl saw the butterfly struggling to free itself from its cocoon and enter a new world. She watched intently until the butterfly seems to have stopped making progress. It appeared as if it had gone as far as possible and could go no further. The girl made a sudden decision. She began to remove pieces of the cocoon that were obstructing the butterfly. Excited, she watched as the butterfly emerged, hoping its wings would unfold. But her excitement turned into dismay as the butterfly remained unable to move. It was then that girl realized what was happening. The cocoon was intended to create the struggle necessary for the butterfly to fly. In fact, it was not trying to escape. This was just nature’s way of making its wings stronger. It occurred to the girl that the butterfly would actually be grateful to the cocoon for the struggle that they would share.”


Love,
Ieka Ahmad.





Thursday, March 15, 2012

Believe in yourself



“One thing I’ve learned from the past is to never give up, no matter how bad your result is. Don’t let it stop you from achieving your dreams.”


In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful.

It’s 9.03 in the morning and it’s raining here in Brisbane, Australia. The weather influences me to dance my fingers on the keyboard. May Allah ease and open my mind, let the words and ideas flow through for this post. Firstly, I’d like to dedicate this post to all of you who’ll be taking their SPM result next week. This one is especially for you, love.


I was touched when some of you came to me for advices. MashaAllah. I, humbly say, at times I don’t feel myself competent to give you advices because I, myself, still struggling to achieve my dreams too. But I remind myself that I have nothing to lose if I share this to all of you. The best feeling in the world is when you become a part of one’s success, when you become an inspiration to someone.

Here is something that I can share that can help you to motivate yourself. InshaAllah.

I remember those days when I was struggling to calm myself down. Those days were the days when I lost my appetite to eat and lose the interest to have fun with my friends. Those were the days when I spent my day working and the rest of it at home, completing Sudoku. Funny isn’t it? I was so scared, terribly scared, exactly the way you feel right now. But at the end of the day, I said to myself, I have to face it no matter what. Whether it is good or bad, I have to accept it and be grateful to Allah for it. Because Allah knows what’s best for me. My result wasn’t like what I expected, but Alhamdulillah, I managed to get all credits for 13 subjects with a small number of As, Bs and Cs. I am being completely honest; I’m just an ordinary student. But I believe in myself that I can go far beyond my imagination, beyond my expectation. And so do you. Yes you can. I believe that the only thing limiting you is your thoughts. Only you have the power to change your thoughts. Look forward and dream of what is possible for your life. With actions, anything in life is possible. You can, yes you can.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”

I love the quote. I’ve been keeping it in my heart and mind ever since I read it in Dato’ Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor’s book. Life has thrown some rocks in my stream and each and one of it has helped me to become stronger, to become who I am today. Sometimes challenges and struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Challenges and struggles are the nature of life which has helped me to grow up to become more mature. One thing I’ve learned from the past is to never give up, no matter how bad your result is. Don’t let it stop you from achieving your dreams. Believe in yourself.

A few years ago, I was that girl sitting in her room imagining her dreams, putting her best effort to achieve her dreams. Alhamdulillah, with patient and faith that I have in Allah, I’ve achieved a part of my dreams. The key is faith. Have faith in Allah and have faith in yourself. Take a good care of your relationship with Allah. Never neglect your five daily prayers because that is the most important thing and the best communication we have with Allah, which is also the only way you can convince Him that you really want this. Trust me. If you have Allah, you have everything.

I look forward for adventures in my life. Now that I’m here, pursuing another dreams of mine, setting goals and resolutions. I’ve been planning to do an exchange-study program to UK, inshaAllah. In order to achieve this, I have to meet the requirements and to do that I have to work hard and be persistent. Please pray for my success in this world and Hereafter, to become the best Muslim Psychologist, InshaAllahu Taala.

To those of you who’ll be taking your SPM result soon, your result will show you the hard work you’ve put on for the past few years. It shows you how much effort you’ve put on. By the meaning of “effort”, it’s not just about burning the midnight oil. Also, it shows how earnestly you've prayed to Allah before. If you've failed to achieve your target, it is not the end of everything. Bear in mind that Allah knows what’s best for you. Failing doesn’t mean you are a loser. In fact, failure is the best teacher. The reason why Allah makes it a bit harder for you is to make you a fighter. He wants you to feel and appreciate the feeling of victory and success. Set your aims and goals, and try harder next time. I believe you can. This time around, the only things you can do is pray and have faith in Allah for He knows what’s best for you. InshaAllah. Next week, if you pass it with flying colours, then Alhamdulillah, say Alhamdulillah. All your hard work paid off. Remember, nothing great was ever achieved without Allah’s help. Last but not least, I wish you the best of luck.

Love,
Ieka Ahmad.




Monday, February 27, 2012

On my journey to Brisbane

Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim.



7 hours and 45 minutes journey from Kuala Lumpur to Brisbane was indescribable. I can’t explain how much my back hurts sitting in the flight for too long. All I can think of back then was how can these people stand sitting in the airplane for about 8 hours or longer than that? So I told myself to relax and chill, you’ll get use to it soon. Well, I hope so. Thank God with the technologies nowadays, they provided us with entertainment i.e. movie, music, etc. They also provided us with The Quran Translation, which I enjoyed myself reading it and indeed, Quran is the best book of all.



Along the journey, I was touched looking at the beautiful creations of Allah Taala. The sun, the skies, the land and the moon, MashaAllah, Allah is The Almighty. Something beautiful happened and I can’t stop praising The Almighty for it, Alhamdulillah. The story which I’m about to share is something that I want you to see, feel and think of how beautiful and powerful Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala is.

Before, I was so scared thinking of the risks of studying outside Malaysia, being far away from my family and living in a country which Islam is being least practiced. Every wish I get from my friends, I can’t stop asking them to pray for me, to pray for my success in this world and the Hereafter.

Beyond my expectation, in the airplane, my dad and I met a married couple who are currently staying in Gold Coast, Australia. The husband is a Turkish and the wife is an Australian citizen. Both of them are Muslims. We swapped numbers. Coincidentally, the husband’s name is Mohd Zaid. And by the meaning of “coincidentally” is what actually happened at the same time. Before my dad told me the husband’s name, I was looking outside the window, reminiscing back the beautiful memories I had with Zaid. I really I miss him. And I can't describe how much I miss him. When I asked my dad his name, I was, of course, shocked. I said to myself, only Allah knows the reason why it happens coincidentally. Wallahu’alam.

The husband and wife soon became my foster family. Subhanallah I was touched when the husband said to me,

“Nurul Afiqah, from now on, my wife is like your big sister.
If you need anything, just contact her number”.

From that moment, I was so relieved that with Allah’s permission, He has destined me to meet this Muslims couple. Alhamdulillah, I can’t stop thanking Allah for every beautiful thing that I’ve been through before and after.


Alhamdulillah. I thank Allah for everything, for making things easier for me. I still have loads of stories to share. Stories which can make us all amazed by the power of Allah Taala. InshaAllah, I'll try to find some time to write it down. I'd love to share this experience to all of you. InshaAllah. Please pray for me, for my success here in this world, and in the Hereafter. Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.




Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A new melody of life



Happy New Year 2012 everyone.

Like everyone else, I’m blown away by the beautiful melody and lyrics of A Thousand Years. I love listening to the lyrics. I agree. It is a beautiful song. Sometimes, words which are unspoken are best described by song, isn’t it? Well, same goes to me. At times, it’s hard for me to explain my situation by words. And to express it, I’ll listen to a song which suits well with my feeling. I guess that's one of the reasons why I rarely blog nowadays.

Anyway, all I want this year is to let go of my yesterday, move on with what I have today and complete my future with something good. No more ‘sad song’ playing everyday in my life. It's time to sing a ‘happy song’. I know I'm stronger than this and I'm sure I can make it through. So last but not least, I wish you all a good year 2012. Happy New Year again from me, love.