Superpower of Du’a

We can only do so much when it comes to dealing with human behaviour. It ain’t easy changing Obstinance to being Obedient or Compliant. It can be crippling to ones self-esteem or motivation when good intentions to help someone is misconstrued or simply ignored.

Which is precisely whats happening between me and one of my brothers. It is very hard to find a balance between being supportive but also careful not to ruffle any feathers. Men can be so sensitive. hahaha.

Because of this minor conflict, I begin to think about other people whose problems could be worse than mine. What if they’ve exhausted every single effort, grit and sweat to initiate a change greatly needed for the benefit of all? What else can they do?

many nights we pray, with no proof anyone could hear, in our hearts a hopeful song, we barely understood, now we are not afraid.. although we know there’s much to fear, we were moving mountains long, before we know we could..

There can be miracles when you believe

 

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hope for a miracle

…through prayers. through du’a.

I once went to a Quran TAgging workshop by AyeshaShahira and in our goodie file, we were each given this small , cute book that has Allah’s 99 names. I had thought to myself, ‘i know asmaul husna, why would they need to make a notebook out it’. 

Ayesha somehow made us understand more about the names of Allah. About curating our du’a. To be in Allah’s good books.

We should strive to learn all 99 names of ALLAH. InsyaAllah, it will please Him and make our wishes underneath the great big sky sound so so beautiful. Indeed, ask from Allah for help, to help you help others. In my case, it would be me asking from Allah to give guidance to my brother in the best way possible so he could become a better person. Maybe give him a life changing dream or something to get him a head start in life. Allah knows best, for He shapes our Qadak dan Qadar. .

Finally, I’m not sure if you realize it or not, but for a muslim to make du’a for someone else’s well being is one of the most rewarding thing you could do for yourself too.

“…the dua of a muslim for his brother (in Islam) in his absence is readily accepted, and an angel is appointed to his side, whenever he makes a beneficial dua for his brother the appointed angel says “Ameen and may you also be blessed with the same”

[Muslim]

Getting to know the companions of Muhammad – Mufti Ismail Menk

I stumbled upon Mufti Menks lectures on Youtube. I was scrolling through the videos from a favourite channel of mine, Free Quran Education when his videos were recommended to me. The first video I watched was a joke about a parrot. You should watch it.

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This CD was given to me a senior who I really adore. She is like a walking inspiration.She effortlessly carries herself as this all rounded muslimah who not only excels in her career but also in raising her family. To me, she gave a different meaning to how we choose to measure our success in Life and Hereafter. In a way, I can see how some people prioritize things differently from ours depending on what suits them – but if we have Allah in mind and as the ultimate purpose to please , InsyaAllah there is nothing to lose with the choice that we take.

I don’t know about other moms but as for me – I missed the time when I used to be able to attend study circles or just listen to a ceramah for the sake of just wanting to know more. These things were routine or part of the programme when you’re in a matriculation centre. But once you step out into university and later into the working world, it is up to you then… to find these Islamic classes.

Nowadays, I see women wanting to learn how to perfect their salah. And there are gatherings for that. Or learn tajwid in proper classes. There is always an avenue for women to learn from each other if we look hard enough. We may have a rebellious personality when we were younger but later on like most muslims at a certain time in their life – we just want to return to our fitrah. We want to learn religion so we could understand Allah plan.

 

And so we could answer our children’s questions when it comes to Islamic studies. he he he.

footnote : Mufti Menk in these lectures did say we could copy and distribute the CD to as many people as we like. May the person who initiated this project be granted pahala and should he/she dies – this effort will be a form of amal jariah to the individual.

Of ‘rezeki tak putus’

Mr Husband is my little ustaz. sometimes a random advice or observation would be dispensed whether I’m listening or not. Most of the time it bypasses my hearing capacity as I have chronic impacted ear wax. lol..

Recently, he went to the night market to buy dinner. He bought quite a few things and he was not happy with two items;

  1. 3 slices of lemang with lamb curry at RM 8.00
  2. bottled fresh flavoured milk 300ML for RM2.50/each

First, he said he bought them from the stalls out of ‘moral support’. There were not a lot of patrons at these respective stalls that he felt ‘sorry’ thus proceeded to ‘help them’. It was only then he understood why these items were not popular to the regulars.

The lemang tasted alright but the lamb curry was bland. The meat was tough. It was hard to consume without a thousand complaints come trailing after. Mr Husband was also disappointed that buying the curry was an option in the first place.

“apa jenis niaga jual lemang pastu tanya nak beli kuah skali ke tak ? ni bukan raya”

He felt cheated with the fresh milk as well for the pricing was considered ‘expensive’ for milk which was not ‘fresh’ to start with. I had to endure a 30 min speech on ‘rezeki tak putus’ afterwards.

“sebab tuh orang melayu niaga susah nak kaya.. sebab duit yang dapat tuh tak berkat. hati tuh tak ikhlas nak berniaga. jual sebab nak dapat fast money – bukan sebab nak ‘provide’.. bukan sebab nak memenuhi tuntutan fardhu kifayah. cuba kalau rezeki tuh berkat.. tuhan redha.. Allah bagi rezeki tak putus.. tak semestinya dengan harta kekayaan.. tapi boleh dgn peluang niaga yang lebih besar.. anak yang pandai.. yang dengar kata.. yang boleh doakan mak bapak.. yang boleh sambung keberkatan hidup.. masa untuk solat dan berdoa untuk meminta lagi.. itu namanya rezeki tak putus”

He included examples of self-praise of course but lets not go there..

Although I did not sell the lemang and milk, my ears were still burning from the mini tazkirah. I have to admit, what he says is true.. rezeki comes in all forms.. in my line of work. it might mean.. opportunities to study and learn new things, make new and useful friends, have good bosses and colleagues, patients that survived an emergency and live to see another day, even patients who die and leaves behind a legacy to remember. It could also mean an understanding husband and family in law, lovely children and a wonderful home. Or what I treasure most the barakah TIME I get to spend with my loved ones.

Will you be my rezeki yang tak putus?