salam maal hijrah to all muslim readers out there!Its good to start a new year with a new refreshing goal.today is already 2 muharram 1431,and yet if we reflect the islamic history,we realise that islam has always faced its ups and down.it started ages ago when our great great ancestors prophet adam (as) was sent down to earth from heaven.him and eve help make the earth alive with the help from our creator, and since then islam has been evolving.every prophet had there own teaching style of the ad-deen accordingly and our generation as we are all well awared,that obviously we are following the Al-Quran and sunnah.we heard sometimes about sacrifice of the sahabat to protect islam , how bilal bin rabah managed to yell Ahad! Ahad! eventhough the musyriks was jeopardizing him.and to think many more of these cruel intentions and actions done by the musyriks in order to weaken the muslims,but alas! none gave up nor did they step back,but Rasulullah and the sahabat became more determined that Allah was with them no matter what.after various villain actions until the islam people had reach a dangerous level to continue living in mecca,Allah insisted rasulullah and the sahabat to move on and migrate to madinah.ever since then,islam has been spreading vigorously that in no time,islam was known world wide,after generations and generations and way long after Rasulullah last breath,Islam had conquered 2/3 of the earth.superb, wasn't it!and the main factor at that time was due to magnificent leaders.khalifah played a very big role in an islam community.but as islam got more developed and everyone was living in their comfort zone,in 1942 the khalifah was pulled down by the laknatullah mustafa kamal and the ummah went trembling down with it.since then,islam has been gasping for help but seem to continue falling and falling until know.2009.now,i know that it doesn't seem logical islam has fallen,because we live in malaysia a harmonious country,where everyone is practicing islam and we label ourself as an islamic country,but nevertheless is it actually agreed that islam is practiced nationwide!we see girls flicking there hairs left and right and proud to show it off!we see girls half naked and sometimes not even embarassed to show their whats not to be shown!we see tonnes of boys smoking and injecting themselves with heroins,marijuana to name some.we see girls and boys holding hands,smooching and rubbing each other in public without having a certified relationship.what the heck is this! whats happening to Malaysia! why isn't anyone practicing islam when they claim they're muslim.hey! the word ISLAM on the identity card wasn't written there just for fun.there is a reason,a reason that needs us to go back to the main road,the road which takes us to no other than the most place all people want to be,PARADISE.so to ensure all of us actually managed to be on that road,we have to correct ourselves and know the priority of living,its not JUST to succeed and have a career,its not JUST to have everlasting fun while we are still alive,its not JUST about having a perfect family with a loving ahlul bait but its all about being a khalifah and being an 'abid (that is performing any type of ibadah).the alquran has stated in surah al baqarah:30 and surah ad-dzariyat:56
وَإِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلاَئِكَةِ إِنِّي جَاعِلٌ فِي الأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةً قَالُواْ أَتَجْعَلُ فِيهَا مَن يُفْسِدُ فِيهَا وَيَسْفِكُ الدِّمَاء وَنَحْنُ نُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِكَ وَنُقَدِّسُ لَكَ قَالَ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ﴿2:30﴾
When your Lord said to the angels: ‘I am placing a caliph on earth,’ they replied: ‘Will You put there one that will do evil and shed blood, when we have for so long sung Your praises and sanctified Your name?’ He said: ‘I know what you do not know.’
He taught Adam all the names and then set them before the angels, saying: ‘Tell me the names of these, if what you say be true.’ ‘Glory be unto You,’ they replied, ‘we have no knowledge except that which You have given us. You alone are wise and all-knowing.’ Then said He to Adam: ‘Tell them their names.’ And when Adam had named them, He said: ‘Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of heaven and earth, and all that you hide and all that you reveal?
The angels, for their part, were apprehensive of man being corrupted by his own power and free-will. As it turned out, their fear were well-founded. Man’s greatest crimes, next to denial of His Lord, were to spread corruption and cause bloodshed throughout the world. And this was a possibility of which God was fully aware. But He had a particular reason for investing man with power and free will: if many human beings were corrupted by their power, this would be morally counterbalanced by the acknowledgment on the part of a substantial proportion of mankind that, in spite of their power and freedom on earth, they were in actuality powerless before the one Almighty God. Such people would, of their own accord, adopt the path of submission and obedience to God. Albeit comparatively few in number, they would be specially prized above all others, just as the foodgrains at harvest time, although greatly outweighed in bulk by chaff and straw, are the truly valued part of the crop. (Indeed, if the chaff and straw are permitted to grow, it is solely for people to have access to the grain.)
The mixture of good and evil in mankind became evident when God, in His omnipotence, brought all the progeny of Adam before their first father. He said to the angels: ‘Look, these are the progeny of Adam. Can you give me the name of each one of them, and say what sort of people they will be?’ The angels, having no knowledge of them, were unable to answer. Then God told Adam their names and characteristics, and then commanded him to pass the knowledge on to the angels. When Adam had explained to them the nature of the human race, they realized that, besides the wicked and the corrupt, there would also be among their number great, righteous and pious souls.
Sahih InternationalAnd I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.
Tafsir al-JalalaynAnd I did not create the jinn and mankind except that they may worship Me: the fact that disbelievers do not worship [God] does not contradict this [statement], since a purpose does not have to be realised [in an act, for it to be valid], as when you may say: ‘I sharpened this pencil in order to write with it’, even though you might not actually write with it.
try inculcating these visions in our hearts because our heart will help us relocate our position and bring us back on track!try digging back our old habits where we used to read the holy quran daily,recite ma'thurat as early as dawn and as late as dusk,performing sunah prayers and many more to list down.where exactly is our iman level?try sit down and give some thoughts about it....