Monthly Archives: August 2007

Sabar Sebagaimana Digambarkan Dalam Al-Qur’an

1. Sabar merupakan perintah Allah. “Hai orang-orang yang beriman, mintalah pertolongan kepada Allah dengan sabar dan shalat, sesungguhnya Allah beserta orang-orang yang sabar.” (Al-Baqarah: 153). Ayat-ayat yang serupa Ali Imran: 200, An-Nahl: 127, Al-Anfal: 46, Yunus: 109, Hud: 115.

2. Larangan isti’jal (tergesa-gesa). “Maka bersabarlah kamu seperti orang-orang yang mempunyai keteguhan hati dari rasul-rasul dan janganlah kamu meminta disegerakan (azab) bagi mereka…” (Al-Ahqaf: 35)

3. Pujian Allah bagi orang-orang yang sabar: “…dan orang-orang yang bersabar dalam kesulitan, penderitaan dan dalam peperangan. Mereka itulah orang-orang yang benar imannya dan mereka itulah orang-orang yang bertaqwa.” (Al-Baqarah: 177)

4. Allah akan mencintai orang-orang yang sabar. “Dan Allah mencintai orang-orang yang sabar.” (Ali Imran: 146)

5. Kebersamaan Allah dengan orang-orang yang sabar. Artinya Allah senantiasa akan menyertai hamba-hamba-Nya yang sabar. “Dan bersabarlah kamu, karena sesungguhnya Allah itu beserta orang-orang yang sabar.” (Al-Anfal: 46)

6. Mendapatkan pahala surga dari Allah. (Ar-Ra’d: 23 – 24)

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Ben Carson was just another kid trying to survive.  Raised by a single mom in the Detroit ghettos he had a terrible temper and an even worse self-esteem.  He was labeled the “stupidest kid in the 5 th grade” and no one held much hope for his future.  How then did this angry boy become the renowned Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery of the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland as well as one of the world’s top brain surgeons?

His mother.

Today’s story is not about Ben Carson, though we’ll talk about him more another time.  This story is about Sonya Carson – the woman who created greatness in her son. 

Sonya Carson grew up in harsher circumstances than her son.  Abandoned when she was just a child (one of 24 children), she was raised in abusive foster homes.  She longed for love, safety and a sense of belonging.  She only made it through the 3 rd grade before she had to leave school.  Whatever dreams she had were being crushed by a world of poverty and abuse.

She was only 13 years old when 28 year-old Robert Carson married her.  Robert treated the beautiful little girl like a beloved “china doll”.  Sonya believed she had found everything she had looked for during her lonely childhood.

It all changed when she had children.  Suddenly her devoted husband was rarely at home, and she had to endure whispered conversations on the phone when he did show up.  Her life plummeted back into poverty and neglect. She took it until her two boys were 8 and 10, then she found the courage to leave her husband and move to Boston. 

Life was better only because she was on her own.  She had the freedom to create the life she wanted.  But how?  Leaning on a strong faith she struggled for ways to make life better for her sons – often working 2-3 jobs just to provide food and housing.  Yet she knew it would take more than that to help her boys live up to their potential – to break from the cycle of poverty. 

She decided to take radical action to change things for Ben and Curtis by setting “house rules”.  Her boys could only watch TV for 2 hours a week.  They had to go to the library, then pick out – and read – two books every week.  To earn their privilege of TV time they had to give her a written report of the books they read.  Both boys resisted but they did it.  They didn’t find out until much later that Sonya, with her 3 rd grade education, couldn’t even read the reports. 

Her course of action paid off.  Ben, in particular, changed as he realized he was not really stupid.  The day he answered a question in class that no one else could answer – all because he had learned it from one of the books Sonya forced him to read – gave him a voracious appetite for knowledge.  Suddenly he was devouring books – learning everything he could.  He realized he held his future in his hands.   He took that understanding and applied himself until he became one of the world’s top brain surgeons.

He freely admits he owes his success to his mother, Sonya.  He’s right.  Yes, of course had to apply himself, but it was Sonya who gave him the desire to do so.  It was her actions that convinced him he could be anything he wanted to be.

Somehow this amazing woman rose above all the terrible circumstances of her own life in order to create a better understanding and a better life for her boys.  Yes, the circumstances of her life changed as both her boys became successful men – Curtis an engineer, and Ben, a doctor.  But ask her what her greatest success is…

“Helping my boys reach their fullest potential.” 

Sonya Carson changed her life.  She changed her son’s lives.  And because of them she has changed the world.

Now that’s what I call success!  Every single one of us has challenges to overcome, circumstances to rise above.  Whether we do or not is completely up to us.  Sonya could have chosen to wallow in the cycle of abuse and poverty.  She chose something different.

What about you?

Make today a great one!

Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason,the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees.

“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!” Very motivated for the boss’ words, the woodcutter try harder the next day,but he only could bring 15 trees. The third day he try even harder, but he only could bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees.

“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked. “Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees.”

Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don’t take time to sharpen the axe.” In today’s world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever, but less happy than ever. Why is that? Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay sharp?

There’s nothing wrong with activity and hard work. But God doesn’t want us to get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life, like taking time to pray, to read. We all need time to relax, to think and meditate, to learn and grow.

If we don’t take time to sharpen the axe, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness. So start today. Think about the ways by which you could do your job more effectively and add a lot of value to it.

Ditulis oleh Hassan Al Banna 

Guru kami, Syeikh Ahmad Yusuf Najati sangat gemar memilih tajuk-tajuk karangan yang menarik. Dia menghibur kami dengan kelakarnya yang menarik itu. Apabila dia merasa penat memeriksa karangan kami, dia pun berkata, ‘Ambillah karangan-karangan awak ini wahai para ulamak dan sebarkan. Duhai kaum ku, hendaklah kamu mempunyai maksud atau tujuan. Bunga-bunga bahasa yang elok ialah yang ringkas (yakni sesuatu karangan itu elok apabila ia pendek, padat dan berisi). Demi Allah, saya tidak menilai karangan awak berdasarkan panjang atau pendeknya. Kami pun ketawa mendengar kata-katanya itu.

Kemudian, kami pun membahagi-bahagikan karangan-karangan di kalangan para penuntut. 1927 ialah tahun akhir pengajian saya di Darul Ulum. Salah satu tajuk karangan yang Syeikh Najati beri kepada kami ialah ‘Apakah cita-cita awak selepas tamat pengajian nanti? Dan cara cara yang awak hendak gunakan untuk mencapai cita-cita awak itu.’
Berikut ialah jawapan yang saya beri:

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