I have been missing in action from WordPressing due to work pressures. So much so that it made me think how much have I really accomplished and achieved over the past year or so, work-wise? Practically not much, at best and almost zilch, at worst! 😦
The only consolation about my daily work routines is the fact that I always start my day with prayers or supplication (“Doa”) and the good intention in my heart that I drag myself out of bed to go to work early in the morning merely for the Almighty (“Niatkan kerana Allah Subhannahu Wataala”).
Sometimes how I wish life could be so simple and no worries but to fear only God’s wrath for not doing a good deed for each breath that I take and every second of my waking hour. As the minutes tick away, I keep regretting for not praying (due to poor priority-setting and time management); for not spending enough quality time with my family; for not helping other people in need; for not paying my debts to my bankers/creditors, society; for not fostering closer relations (or networking?) with the rest of the human race; for not obeying the commands of the Lord Almighty and for not restraining myself from committing sinful acts; and the list goes on and on endlessly! 😦 We all agree that nobody is perfect in this world (save for our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam — Peace be upon him).
My ideal daily routine, being a Muslim and not a pious one at that, should be to wake up past midnight to perform “Sunat Tahajjud” prayers and to read the Holy Qur’an in the stillness of early dawn. Then walk to the Masjid or mosque to perform “Fardhu Subuh” prayers and walk back home via a different route (as was practised by the Prophet during his lifetime). A quick nap before going out to spread the great teachings of Islam to the Community at large whilst doing some paid or unpaid voluntary work and head for the ‘House of Allah’ again for Midday or “Fardhu Zuhur” prayers. After lunch, catch 40 winks and get back into the real but temporary world again to remind myself and other fellow Muslims about the Greatness and the Oneness of the Almighty. Before the afternoon or “Fardhu Asar” prayers, do some “Zikrullah” or remembrance of Allah and after which, make cold calls door-to-door to invite every Muslim brother to enjoin the prayer congregation in the Masjid for “Fardhu Maghrib berjemaah” (Dusk prayers) and “Fardhu Isyak berjemaah” (Night prayers). Once, I reach home at night some quality family time, perform the last couple of “Sunat Hajat/Witir” or supplementary prayers and do a sort of ‘Self-reflection’ or “Muhasabbah Diri” before finally calling it a night to sleep (and hopefully a dream meeting with our beloved Prophet, Insya Allah — God Willing).
According to a narration by the “Sahabbah” or “Hadith”, Rasulullah Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (peace be upon him) would come out from his residence fully dressed in white clothes (spanking clean) to do his Godly duties and would come back home with clothes covered in dirt. His beloved young daughter Sayyidatina Fatimah Radhiallahu Anha would embrace the Prophet (PBUH) and cry in tears looking at her dishevelled beloved father every time he returned from a hard day’s work. The Messenger of Allah would simply console his daughter by saying that there was no other greater and most noble job than spreading the teachings of Islam to the “Ummah” or mankind! 🙂
Yeah, right… those were days of old and let bygones be bygones. Lest we forget that everything is from the Creator of the whole universe. It is only the obvious and natural thing to do to devote all earthly work for Allah Azza Wajalaa… 😉 On that note, lemme share these three (3 ) different translations of one of the verses or “Surah Asr” in the Al-Qur’an:
AL-ASR (THE DECLINING DAY, EVENTIDE, THE EPOCH)
Total Verses: 3
Revealed At: MAKKA
YUSUFALI: By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
PICKTHAL: By the declining day,
SHAKIR: I swear by the time,
YUSUFALI: Verily Man is in loss,
PICKTHAL: Lo! man is a state of loss,
SHAKIR: Most surely man is in loss,
YUSUFALI: Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.
PICKTHAL: Save those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance.
SHAKIR: Except those who believe and do good, and enjoin on each other truth, and enjoin on each other patience.
SADAQALLAH AL ADZHIIM (One and Only God is Most Truthful)
P.S. Happy Eid-ul-Adha (Selamat Hari Raya Haji or Aidil Adha) 🙂