Sunday, September 14, 2008

Hello?? Who's calling??

Hello, who's on the line? Hello?? Hello?? Hellllloooooooo?????


Well, I guess most of us have experienced this situation in life. Your phone is ringing, but when you pick up, there's just minutes or seconds of silence. Whenever you call the number back, the same silent moment happen again. Ironically, this thing happens not only once, but again and again..I wonder why..I bet you do too..

Well, this could be someone who mistakenly hit his/her keypad and dial your number..This can also happen because your friend, or even a total stranger just want to have fun by messing around..

Some of us may feel down, annoyed, by this kind of act..Well, just take a look at the police, firefighter etc, prank callers can be locked up or fined as you can see in the commercials nowadays..

But there's no such thing as prank call, "messing around" call, "I'm not answering your call" situation when it comes to our Almighty Creator which is Allah SWT..

002.186 وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ
002.186 When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way.

Al-Qur'an, 002.186 (Al-Baqara [The Cow])

Humans are weak..We need a divine power to rely on..The one and only divine power we can rely on is Allah SWT..There's no intermediates..We need to go direct to him..

034.022 قُلِ ادْعُوا الَّذِينَ زَعَمْتُمْ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ لا يَمْلِكُونَ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَلا فِي الأرْضِ وَمَا لَهُمْ فِيهِمَا مِنْ شِرْكٍ وَمَا لَهُ مِنْهُمْ مِنْ ظَهِيرٍ
034.022 Say: "Call upon other (gods) whom ye fancy, besides Allah: They have no power,- not the weight of an atom,- in the heavens or on earth: No (sort of) share have they therein, nor is any of them a helper to Allah.

Al-Qur'an, 034.022 (Saba [Saba, Sheba])

Actually, it's not just one way-communication..What I mean is, we can call for Him, and at the same time He can also call us..

Generally, there's three types of call that Allah can give us: Call to prayer (azan), pilgrimage (hajj), and death.

The first call is for all people who dare to admit that Allah is the only God, and Muhammad PBUH is His other words, its for all Muslims..
But unfortunately, only some will answer this call..I mean, answer immediately..Some may answer at the very end of the "ringing", and some may not answer it at all, Na'uzubillah..

For people who answer the call immediately, He will provide good place for him/her in this life and the next..For those who intentionally answer the call at the very end of the "ringing" or worse, don't answer it at all, Allah has provided them with "nice" place of return in the hereafter, Na'uzubillah..

So, the next time you and me hear azan, please remind each other to pray immediately (not 4 rakaat/minute etc, but pray on time) in jamaah most preferably..Remember, prayer (solah) is one of the most important duty of Muslims..

The second call is Pilgrimage, also known as Hajj..Not everyone is selected by Allah to be His guest..It's one of the things not to be missed by Muslims who is capable to go there..Imagine, being the guest of The Creator of the heaven and earth! No wonder Makkah is never "lonely"..

This type of call is very unique and wonderful..What I mean is, the selection is not based on how rich you are, how old you are and so on..It's He who selects who He wants to meet..No wonder we can see all kinds of people are selected; from children to senior citizen, from fishermen to corporate leaders, and so on..Alhamdulillah if you are one of those lucky person, but don't give up if you are not selected yet, because you may be the next..

I've heard in many cases, the person who is supposed to go to hajj, suddenly can't make it because of other things, and the person who is in the waiting list get the chance..See? How wonderful is His arrangement..MashaAllah!!

Moving on to the third call which is the most scariest to some people; Death..The word "death" is always associated with dark, gloomy, haunting experience..It is not necessary so..

As long as you are always in His way, InsyaAllah it will not be that horrible as human perceived..Death is very close to us, more than we know..Your age doesn't tell you how long are you going to live..

Nowadays, many people die even at a very young age..Car accidents, disease, anything could be the cause..So, what we can do is prepare ourselves for it..Take this holy month of Ramadhan as a big opportunity to do "clearance" for all the bad deeds that we've done..The door of repentance is always open for us..Well, at least until the very last moment of our lives (which we don't know when)..Death is indeed painful..Even for prophet Muhammad PBUH.. We can't escape that..But the greatest pain comes after hereafter...

078.021 إِنَّ جَهَنَّمَ كَانَتْ مِرْصَادًا
078.021 Truly Hell is as a place of ambush,

078.022 لِلطَّاغِينَ مَآبًا
078.022 For the transgressors a place of destination:

078.023 لابِثِينَ فِيهَا أَحْقَابًا
078.023 They will dwell therein for ages.

078.024 لا يَذُوقُونَ فِيهَا بَرْدًا وَلا شَرَابًا
078.024 Nothing cool shall they taste therein, nor any drink,

078.025 إِلا حَمِيمًا وَغَسَّاقًا
078.025 Save a boiling fluid and a fluid, dark, murky, intensely cold,

078.026 جَزَاءً وِفَاقًا
078.026 A fitting recompense (for them).

078.027 إِنَّهُمْ كَانُوا لا يَرْجُونَ حِسَابًا
078.027 For that they used not to fear any account (for their deeds),

078.028 وَكَذَّبُوا بِآيَاتِنَا كِذَّابًا
078.028 But they (impudently) treated Our Signs as false.

078.029 وَكُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَحْصَيْنَاهُ كِتَابًا
078.029 And all things have We preserved on record.

078.030 فَذُوقُوا فَلَنْ نَزِيدَكُمْ إِلا عَذَابًا
078.030 "So taste ye (the fruits of your deeds); for no increase shall We grant you, except in Punishment."

Al-Qur'an, 078.021-030 (an-Naba [The Tidings, The Announcement])

So, pick and choose..It's in your hand..So, brothers and sisters let's remind each other..May we live in His blessings always..

P/S: The "three calls" is not based on any hadith or Qur'anic verse. Please do tell anyone that you want to convey this message to..Jazakallah..


Tuan Caracol said...

smthng wrong wif ur shout box...
weh, jangan nangis yer kalah semalam....

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