Received a call on tuesday from makcik Arfah asking me if I were free on 11th May to fill in a slot at College Tuanku Jaafar, Nilai. A session where I thought was a one touch, turned out that these makciks were relying on me for a continuous program there. Even the college’s ustazah, ustazah Noriza. Because I was free, I took the offer but replied to makcik Arfah that I’ve yet to see the condition of the students and schedule it with my time for the continuous programs.
Arrived quite on time at the surau. Went in and met with Muzaffar, a six former studying there for his A levels. Met other couple of guys, but since they didn’t knew I was the speaker (some asked me f I were actually the ustaz that’ll give the talk this morning, but I replied I got a call from ustazah Noriza and decided to join in the program~), I sat at the back with amin who alhamduliLlah, managed to fight his sleepiness to accompany me.
Once the LCD arrived, took out my laptop, I noticed some of them frowned like they felt they were cheated. Ngeee. Nyw, I gave a brief introduction; ‘TA’ARUF? A fairy tale of Mohd Qayyim bin Hafidzi’. One part of the story I shared that I’m currently active with KARISMA activities which in the end lead to some sharing of what we do. Some asked me how can they join~ insyaAllah, I’ll try to arrange this for them.
My talk this morning was on ‘We Are The Agent of Change’. Which I could say very light and surface in the beginning. Near the end, I emphasized more towards our role as muslims and shared stories regarding young companions like Ali ra. and Usamah bin Zaid. I reminded them that in every civilization, movements; changes by the youth is sunnatuLlah. And we can never run from that fact that us as youth either we follow that sunnatuLlah and make changes for the better or for the worst.
I am currently reading ‘Pertentangan Iman dengan Materialisma’ by Abul Hasan Ali An-Nadwi. This book states values of surah Al-Kahfi relating it to the materialism world we’re facing today. In the section of The Seven Sleepers, he stated that 2 criteria that the ashabul Kahfi had to be given Allah’s help and guidance were ‘iman’ and ‘youth’.
نَحْنُ نَقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ نَبَأَهُم بِالْحَقِّ إِنَّهُمْ فِتْيَةٌ آمَنُوا بِرَبِّهِمْ وَزِدْنَاهُمْ هُدًى
[Al-Kahfi:13] We relate to you their story with the truth;
surely they were youths who believed in their Lord and We increased them in guidance.
وَرَبَطْنَا عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ إِذْ قَامُوا فَقَالُوا رَبُّنَا رَبُّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ
لَن نَّدْعُوَ مِن دُونِهِ إِلَهاً لَقَدْ قُلْنَا إِذاً شَطَطاً
[Al-Kahfi:14] And We strengthened their hearts with patience, when they stood up and said: Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth; we will by no means call upon any god besides Him,
for then indeed we should have said an extravagant thing.
Being youths is one thing I’m grateful of, and given the opportunity to be this path of da’wah and tarbiyah is another. O Allah, make me one of those who are given strength by You to carry on this duty preaching towards You.
After the talk, I had a little conversation while we had breakfast (nasi lemak die betol2 haw liau!) with Syafie’, Shahir and Fadhli. They shared they life style there, how it’s hard to even collect people for jamaah prayers, and how ‘usrah’ has stopped for over more than 4 to 5 years. Fadhil is preparing for his finals in 3 weeks time, Syafie’ and Shahir are still in their lower six. They’re looking for the opportunity toexperience the tarbiyah environment.
It’s sad to think that certain people are offered this system. But they themselves refuse to be in the system. While some others are not offered, they had to search for it, strive and fight for it, but no one’s willing to help. Why do we pitty those who don’t want, and leave them who are thirsty of it, dangling, clinging on to their lives?
Reminds me of Surah ‘Abasa.
I’ve promised myself to be more strategize after KONSIS ZT 2008. Leave those who slowly drag me back. And welcome those who are in need and are willing to participate in CHANGING THE WOLRD.
astaghfiruLlah, astaghfiruLlah, astaghfiruLlah..
Ya Allah, jauhkan aku dari sifat ‘ujub dan bangga diri atas usaha yang sangat sedikit ini.