One of my reason having this blog is to improve my writing skill and eventually I started to write in English. I am not trying to be a smart-ass but could someone tell me what is the other method that I can use to improve my English?
Being an engineering student teaches me a lot. Probably the same case to other courses as well. But one thing that I have learnt in engineering is how to work with limited resources.
You have an assignment that required certain softwares but you do not posses it?
Simple, you just have to accomplish it without using the software.
You have to make a project but the budget is not on your side?
You just have to work on the project to fit with your budget.
And recently, I just found a game for android users which called Apparatus and I told you guys, it’s a must game for engineers, Mechanical engineering to be exact. For this game, you have a ball located somewhere on the screen and your mission is to build a mechanical instrument using the resources that provided to move the ball into a basket. It’s really cool and mind challenging.
My point here is not promoting the game (not like I got an incentive if people play the game anyway) but my point is being an engineering student really helps me to think creative and try to solve the problem with the available resources.
Having said all of this, it actually makes me think about how our life works. Life as a muslim of course.
“Kalaulah aku ada duit banyak macam dia, mesti aku dah tolong orang miskin kat dunia ni”
“Dulu parents aku tak ajar pulak pasal benda2 islam ni. Dia tu lainla. Parents orang usrah”
“Kalau aku tak ambik course aku sekarang yang mega busy ni, aku rasa aku da involve da dengan aktiviti-aktiviti usrah ni”
“Kalau aku gempak buat video, banyak da siap video untuk umat Islam nih”
“Sahabat dulu boleh la iman diorang mantap, Nabi ada dengan diorang. Kalau la aku hdup masa tu kan best”
And the list can go on and on. Trust me.
We can obviously say all this stuff and no one actually want to stop you from ranting about how bad your life is. No one actually cares.
The last statement is the best. The one that says that might be forgetting that by living with Muhammad S.A.W. doesn’t guarantee you will become sahabah. You might end up being the Abu Jahal instead! And the same thing applies with other situations as well. Who can actually guarantee he will become the hamba yang bersyukur if he is given the situation that he wished for?
One thing for sure is Allah will not ask us in akhirat about what will we do for a given situation. What Allah will ask is, what have you done is your given life? No matter how shitty your life is or how good your life is, what Allah care is how do you make use of what’s given in your life to accomplish our mission as a human in this world.
But Allah is not mean. Allah is fair to all his slaves;
Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. "Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people."(2:286)
And of course Allah will not only see the end product like human does, He will actually see what kind of effort that we put on it. If we failed to accomplish a certain task, e.g. try to make dakwah to our friend and he just doesn’t want to listen to us, and Allah see that we put enough if not extra effort on it, for sure Allah will reward us.
So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens. That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah - never will He waste their deeds. (47:4)
In conclusion, as a human we can’t run from problem and imperfection in our life. There will be obstacle here and there. And being a human, we can make a choice whether to make full of the imperfection in our life to fulfil our goal as a slave or we can just sit down and whining about our problem in life. You are free to make the choice as it is your life but bear in my mind that even though it’s our life but it’s own by Allah and always remember that our choice will determined us being in heaven or hell.
Last week probably one of the busiest weeks in my schedule this semester. I got almost 3 hours of lectures everyday (usually its only 2 hours per day for me. lol) The reason for this hectic week is because we got an external lecturer who will give us a little peek of what an airworthiness engineer job-scope and how to get there.
I'm pretty sure a lot of people who read this article don't have a tiny clue what airworthiness engineer is. Even me, the one who's taking Aerospace Engineering, only know about the existence of this type of engineer after those sessions. Basically airworthiness engineer is the filter between the airplane company (Airbus, Boeing and etc) and the authority. So in order for a plane to be allowed to fly, they have to get a certification from the authority and airworthiness engineer is the one that is responsible to ensure the airplane gets the certification.
To become an airworthiness engineer is not an easy task to be honest with you. You have to have a complete understanding of an airplane (seems familiar? yeah, I know it a bit similar with being a true Muslim where you have to have a complete understanding of Islam rather than only a part of it). By saying that, it means that you must not only have a good understanding of certain part of aircraft (say aerodynamic, propulsion, avionic and etc) but you must have a good understanding of the each part and let me tell you guys, there are lot of parts in an aircraft. Not only you have to master each field of aircraft, you also have to have a good communication skill and soft skills as well (now it started to feel like it kind of similar with being a dai'e/preacher).
I told you guys that it is not easy to become one and it takes like 10 years of experience to be a airworthiness engineer and I guess that's also the same with being a true muslim. You can't be a true muslim in just one month or even one year. There are lot to learn and experience. But the question is, just how many of us want to learn and experience all the things in Islam?
And some of the Muslims have spent 5-8 years learning about Islam in deep, maybe they graduate from one of the top university like Al-Azhar but they still lack in communication skill and soft skills. By lacking this two important skills really affecting them from being a dai'e. Just look at the reality. Just how many those who call themselves ustaz/ustazah/imam in Malaysia really have the ability to change those people around them?
On the other hand, there are some peoples who specialize in different field from Islam (engineer, doctor, etc) but still manage to learn about other aspects of Islam and not just know how to pray and fasting! And they also have those two important skills to be a dai'e. That my friend, what we call quality!
One difference though between being an airworthiness engineer and being a true Muslim, is that one is by choice and the latter is not really a choice, for a Muslim it is. As an engineer you can always choose to gear up your game and get such a prestige type of job or you can just stick with your job and get well-paid for it. As a Muslim, who believed in existence of heaven and hell, it's not really a choice, in fact it is a must! We have to gear up our game and head to be a true Muslim and a dai'e as well (being a true Muslim and dai'e is not a sequential event. It just like chicken and egg story. We never know which one coming first but both of it exist.).
I'm not trying to be strict or harsh by saying as a Muslim we not have a choice but it is in the Quran afterall;
And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, "Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority." They said, "Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?" Allah said, "Indeed, I know that which you do not know." (2:30)
The road to glorify Islam in this world is not easy.
The road to glorify Islam inside each person is even harder.
I never said it is easy.
But believe me,
Being in heaven = worth the hardship.
disclaimer : Im not saying all of ustaz/ustazah/Imam bad at spreading Islam in Malaysia.
While i'm still a kid, i used to be afraid of a dark places. But it's normal wasnt it? Lot of stories being told about how scary dark places is. Sometimes there will be a white figure appear in front of you and sometimes some scary thing will creeps coming to you. Scary wasn't it?
Even without those stories, i still think the feeling will still be there. Even after this many years and i know all the stories are made up to scare children, i still got some lingering feelings when i have to go to a dark place alone. But ego as a man always help me facing those situation.
From all of this, it make me thinking what is actually I am afraid of? Is it the darkness or something else? Or is it just feeling of being alone that afraid me?
I will never know for certain. I only know the feeling is there which make me think that this feeling is a nature for me and maybe a nature for human being. Which bring me to think that perhaps what i really afraid of is not the darkness but the unknown is what scared me.
You will never know what hiding in the darkness. It might be a dangerous animal, a poisonous insect, a ghost, a criminal or maybe nothing in there.
And god, in my case Allah knows well our nature. Well He is the one that created us afterall. Allah stated that in rukun iman that we have to believe to the unknown thing (perkara ghaib) . The idea is that we will afraid to the unknown and result in us obey to Allah.
However, even the idea sound so beautiful and practical there are lot of people still not afraid of Allah. They still not afraid commit sin even though hell and heaven is the unknown thing that by nature we afraid of. Even angels are always following us around every moment and we really don't know about them but crime are still everyday.
Human should be afraid of the unknown by nature.
It still unknown for human about their ending. Either heaven or hell.
It still unknown for human WHEN they are will die.
It really puzzling me what really occur in other people that did not afraid of the BIGGEST unknown in their life. Instead they really afraid about insignificant matter like who will they married to or what kind of job they will get after they graduate.
It's not like i'm not thinking about the same thing but to think about insignificant stoff until forgetting much more important stuff is not making sense at all!!
Fair enough. They might have their own problem or they are just being ignorance.
Note to myself;
Never told a ghost stories to my children instead told a story about the REAL BIG unknown to them.