"Be patient when your teacher is rough and tough on you, for failure is attached to failing to be patient. If you don’t feel bitterness of learning for an hour, you will taste and feel the ignorance for the rest of your life" - Imam Syafii quoted by Sheikh Ahmad Saad Talk on Patients from the Scholars
Do not give up chanting Allah’s name (dhikr) even though your mind is not in harmony with Allah. Forgetting to chant His name at all is worse than forgetting while chanting his name. Maybe, he will promote you from absentminded chanting to vigilant chanting and from vigilant chanting to chanting with the presence of Allah and from chanting with the presence of Allah to chanting with the absence of everything except for the chanted. “Nor is that for Allah any great matter.” (Qur’an, 14:20)
Do not abandon the remembrance for your lack of mindful presence with Allah therein. Your heedlessness in the absence of remembering Him is worse than your heedlessness while remembering Him. It maybe that He will raise you from the heedless remembrance to wakeful remembrance, from wakeful remembrance to a remembrance with presence of mind, from present remembrance to a remembrance absent from everything apart from the One remembered. And that is not difficult for Allah.
I miss this place. Myanmar ;)
My So and So Internship
My So and so internship
This is the story which i began; experiencing of adulthood life; working. The first impression coming to the office was scary. I saw robots walking around in their ties and nice pointy shoes, all looking so dull and working-powered. Good thing was not all of them were robots. Some were funny, crazy, vulgar spoken robots which sometimes made my day. There is a lot of stories I wish to share from my 4 months internship, I won’t go in detail for the 4 months, just bits and bits from the experience I gained. Definitely Allah was testing me :)
The first part of the story is where they found out that I wasn’t doing much work in the office so they decided to send me to NTU (Nanyang Technological University). One of the working engineers site from my company Fujitsu. I say this story is call ‘EXPERIENCING UNIVERSITY EVEN BEFORE GOING IN’. I was stuck at NTU for about one and half months knowingly it was very far from my house, they still put me there. But it was the most toughest and tiring journey throughout internship. Every morning was dreadful, I was just too tired and everyday ended even more tiring. But what made me motivated was that I was experiencing something no polytechnic student gets to experience, going around in NTU feeling like you’re a university student, fixing access points, wifi. I get to go inside the president meeting room. Rooms you even as uni student won’t get inside. That was just too awesome. I miss being in NTU. Sometimes I do wonder with my GPA, will I get into in Uni?
This next story in the same story is call having a ‘GOOD GUEST AND WELCOMING A GOOD GUEST’. It was still in NTU and I was going around to different hostels (they call it Halls in NTU) and every hall was a different experience. Some was clean or dirty, hot or cold, nice smell or bad smell and every opposite you can think of. I had the opportunity to talk to the students, asking them about Uni life and some even starting a conversation after that. But one moment that gave me a good impression was this lady who was in Hall 6, she saw me looking tired (it was nearing the end of the day and I was fasting), she asked me why I look so tired and all. And she gave me an apple, it was sweet. I’m not attracted to her or anything but it reminded me of being a good host to your guest. The prophet s.a.w said whoever believes in the day of judgement should treat their guest well. The halls I’ve been going, to fix my Internet wasn’t I be considered as a guest? Reminded me to treat my guest at all times at home.
This so called last chapter in ntu ends with me getting fired from the job that took me inside. Fujitsu hired me from TP and NTU got Fujitsu working inside it. This chapter is call ‘EVERYTHING IS DECREED’. I was really mad the job that brought me to experience as Uni student ended just like that. On a friday afternoon after returning from friday prayers. I went to the person who kicked me out and plead him to take me back in. I was desperate. I wanted to be in NTU because everything was there, praying area, Uni friends, food, experience the most. I kept telling myself it was God’s decreed but it always fought back. I wanted to be in NTU. But after a few back in Fujistu HQ, returning back was almost the greatest thing that happen. It took me weeks and weeks to realised. After the incident that afternoon my teacher Ustaz Imran message me to have a private session with him and from that on, the bus to Fujitsu HQ was about an hour long, so I did revise back the dowra program I had; Book of Knowledge by Imam Ghazali, Beloved Son by I.A narrated by Sheikh Ahmad Saad, Articles of Faith and so many others at night (Night classes of course ;] ). Sooo to say this, there’s no point getting fussed on why this and that happen. Everything is decreed. Just decide whether you should go with it and fight it.
Thanks to this brother, whom I kept messaging him on whatsapp telling him getting fired and him telling me it was Allah’s plan.
This next story is call the ‘IDIOTIC BUS AND THE PACKED TUNA MRT’. My working place is at the west and mostly and always I will be taking the bus or the MRT to work. In the morning, people are rushing to get on time. Old or young, tired or un-tired you are. Everyones rushing. Sadly we are in this environment where everyone is so stressed up with life, that we forget to take a break from time to time. The packed MRT isn’t easy to solve or even the bus driver shouting to move behind and behind. Just be considerate and relax. There was a moment in the bus or maybe few moments in the bus where I was suppose to be stopping at a stop near Fujitsu HQ and the bus driver didn’t stop even after tapping the card and pressing the bell a few times. It got me really angry and they was one time I told the bus driver I was stopping at that stop and why didn’t he stop me there. The stupid answer he can give me was that he thought I was stopping the next stop. I went back angry but I told myself how many times the bus stops at the right stop and did I say alhamdulillah? Hmmm…
This part of the story is call ‘BE PATIENT AND RESPECT YOUR ELDERS’. The message is simple and is also a reminder for me utmost. There was this moment going to work I had to change bus at a certain area. And there was this man who stopped in front of the doors going out. He (the old man) was giving way to a lady with a baby (if im not wrong). I was rushing and scared that I was going to miss my bus so I went out in front of him. After seeing no sign of the bus, I saw the old man came to me and scolding me. Long story cut short he was asking for my IC just to say he got mad at me and I told him I was sorry. (Easy eh? The hardest sentence to say this days youngster). I knew it was a lesson from god. I recall this story in the bus going to work where Abu Bakar As-Siddiq was once late for jemaah prayers and the prophet asked him why he was late. Saiyidina Abu Bakar said he was in a road where the two buildings was side by side and an old man was walking in front, he couldn’t cut the queue or go in front of him due to respect.
This last story of my internship is call ‘SMILIING’. An old lady cleaner in Fujitsu HQ, she out of the first day till the last day at internship, have never I seen her not smiling. She greets me good morning and of course in return too. I love to smile too, dunno why. I think because the prophet did it and my teachers did it. So i act upon this simple sunnah. Singaporeans please smile, i encourage you. You live in this fast-paced-technology-centered-stress-life. Just take a time to smile? Are we that worse? When you smile at others, people would guarantee return back that smile.
So ends of with my internship, this is just sharing. Cause I love to share. Anything good comes from Him alone.
There is no time no past no present no future and no quantum physics
As our day ends. Our judging of others have not. We judge others base on what we know. But we often forget that Allah’s Mercy is much much bigger than our knowledge. Guidance can come from Allah in many ways and in many ways we have denied Allah’s guidance. Sometimes we prefer guidance that come from a certain class of people or from a specific ethnicity or from someone that speaks in a certain language. Know that just by looking at the face of the friend of Allah reminds you of Allah. Is beyond anything that we know. We live in a world and time where we cloak and dress Allah’s guidance according to our idea of how a guide might look or be. Did we not remember the advice of the Prophet in a Hadith Qudsi saying that “I came to you hungry but you did not feed Me, I was sick but you did not visit Me.” We should stop our judgement of Allah’s guidance and just start accepting it. For all you know your neighbor could be someone who is so close to Allah and we are searching Allah somewhere.