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Simply be a Muslim

Published by One Muslim under , , on Friday, July 10, 2009

Having a muslim way of life seems deteriorates over time. A Muslim you probably know/ see is sometimes running just a life without a sign that he/she is a Muslim practicing his/her religion any longer. From their fashion, their words and the way they presenting theirself, they are simply just a human running their life like every other person around, so ordinary, so common and no uniqueness that outshine them from the whole crowd. Here is the part of interesting article anyway. When it comes to why should I embrace Islam, look at Muslim around, they are just like us. Oh ho ho yes they are (now). This is maybe hurt a Muslim much but, an inherited, a Muslim borned person always (certain, but this is large in number) see their religion like no value. They do their prayers just like on/off the button, they do care about their Muslim brothers but that is also just like on/off the button. I am here not going to yell about my frustration but I have found some interesting ways to keep myself ack on the line (theoretically and practically possible).

How about being a Muslim in a simple ways possible?. Everybody knows it hard to really schedule their time like praying on time etc. but these few things should help you do it in a simple way(s) possible.

First, I found out it hard for me to pray the first after the azan (summon/call to prayers). Don't know why but when in the middle of doing something, it is just hard for me to stop and pray. However I always manage to stop for a coffee berak, nap and anything else.Weird right? Maybe it is time for me to see prayers in much simple definition. Prayers is a 'rest'. Yes, now doing prayers is no burden at all, pray is a rest and most of us like to have rest. smile.

Second, donating some money. Yes, in Islam we already have Zakāh (pay 2.5% of my income once in a lunar year) plus another toll, tax, custom fees fix by the government but there is another more. Donation donation donation. Sounds like a Muslims is likely to lose his money for others right? No. Now I am implimenting one things, carrying coins to anywhere. When I am going outside my home, I am carrying those small coins (a dollar or less), 2-4 simple coins ready to be given away. If you do this, you may then realised that, it is hard for you to give away that coins because, nobody ask that coins from you anyway. Make it random, don't choose any person, just give away. To make it easier, donate your money for the mosque during friday prayers is the best solution. So do it. No need for huge bucks, 10 cents, 20, 50 or a buck from everybody could make a huge different.

Next, doing good to verybody. I am good (maybe) but my goodness doesn't benefit everybody around. I live my own life without any part of helpig others. No here is the solution, when you are at work, going for a coffee break? as your nearest colleague if he/she want to have a cup of coffee. You can do it man. Make an other cup of coffee for peers never give away your energy, never reduce your rank/job status. In addition, your colleague may probaly like you, you have a reason to be friendly and you will probably have a happy day at your job place.

To inspire you more, see the below video entitled 'Ali the Awfully friendly Muslim'. Nice video but that is your reason why you should sometimes choose your time and place to do your good deed.

Anything else? I think the above three things is the simplest thing everybody could without any obstacles do to be a better, friendlier, much helpful and a bit more religious. Now I know one thing, be a Muslim is much simpler than I myself could imagine. Sometimes, to not doing so is much harder so I choose to do this small little things, for others and for myself to be exact. Farewall and have a nice day. Thank you for your time reading this article and I am now doing one more simple thing ending this post, smiling. :-)

PS: You don't have to do a military Jihad/running 'I am A Muslim' strike to show that you are a Muslim, these small everyday good deeds are more than enough to show off that you are a Muslim (good nice Muslim).
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I Am A Piece of Soul

Published by One Muslim under , , , , , on Monday, June 01, 2009

Everyday, many times, almost in frequent, repeatedly, redundantly, I feel so tired. My body feel so weak, after a while of a long working hours, or in the middle of long attempt to achieve something (eg: student life and retarded study timetable), it is unavoidable to keep thinking of taking some break (release tension), have a coffee, doing something else which is completely different and less stress eg: watching television, listening to nice music on iPod, go playing to the beach or sleep for a whole day long. Most of the time I choose the last and very effective option, have a nap, wake up and drink a cup or two caffeine drink, and after that? Take a bath. Next? Listening to the radio, most of the time trying to follow the DJ’s every spoken word. Then? Sit and try to continue my previous work, be on my own line and pursue the dream again. Two hours later, thinking of playing and surfing the internet, so I do it.

So what has actually happens here? Have a big dream? Check! Know what to do to achieve that dream? Check! Have a time schedule, white paper and rules written to grab that dream? Check! However (this however best spelt with capital letter, to highlight the change of mood of this article but I don’t want to shout), most of the time, that lazy, feel sorry to the body make myself slow down a bit. And then where is the big dream I am pursuing before? Leave it or just lower standard a bit to suit my strength and my physical body limit. This is something unacceptable, if everybody follows the similar path like this, if everybody chooses the easy and safe path of life, no other unexpected great things and big discovery could be achieved in the near future. Following others and smile all day long is not what I am always dream off. I dream to do something huge; something ridiculous and something that always push me beyond my own limit.

Then what to do? How can I achieve my dream and at the same time feel like doing it right? Have a huge dream, huge effort could lead to a day to day miserable life. Working so hard could reduce my health level, could makes me feel much lazier than I supposed to, that if something goes wrong in the middle of the journey, the probability to quit is bigger (I already saw few of my team mates just quit their dream because of that so big never-ending tired and stress). Actually, in this modern world, big dreams always fail people, maybe we can have 100 people that have that big dream, but how many who actually chase their dream though? One? One and a half? So many remedy, so many counselors out there readily waiting for you, but there is ego, the other thing here, great people don’t like to appear weak. So what to do? I have a solution here. Ask the Almighty God; ask you your purpose of life…

1. God want me (us) to know/praise him forever.
This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your Religion. (Maidah 5:3)
2. God want us to pursue the dream (for the world, in the world) like we will never die. There is no penalty match, no last seconds, no time to slow down,no shortage of time at all. You have your plenty of time to complete your dream here in the world. So keep on working. But remember, God did not tell you your time of death, so if you really want to pursue your dream, don't waste your time, do it now before you die.

3. God want us to lead a proper life. No cheating in everything. No bullying, no everything out of God’s rule. (Many Muslims fail to follow this part of life essential).
We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in vain (so that people should think themselves at liberty to act each according to his own desires and inclinations). (Sad 38:27)
4. God want us to know our own self. Here is the rationale for this ‘A Piece of Soul’ came out. A human is a piece of soul. An abstract, I don’t know how to explain but If we dig into the very deep, we will know that we have a separate soul from the physical body. We are the soul using physical body to run this life. We love our body, many things and pleasure we can feel with this small little body. But if you can deepen your understanding very well, you will know that your body is just a tool, to put everything into an action. A body is just a tool like a doll with a battery installed inside. The strong battery will make a doll stronger, and that’s similar entity here to our own self. If we have strong soul, we can achieve strong result. If we, the soul, willing to archive more, we can use/force our own body to drive the desired result. Stress? Tired? It is just a normal thing for a tool/physical body to feel that way, but we are the soul, not a physical body, so we can actually surpass that tired and any other excuses related to physical body to achieve the true dream. So why in the world we are acting like we love our body dozen times more than our own soul? If you want to know who are you, and what you really are, here is my word; ‘Soul is me and my body is just a tool,’ as simple as that. A small scratch should never stop you, a broken leg should never stop you, and a paralyzed body should never stop you, because you yourself are not just that weak limited physical body, you are that soul, a big strong scratch-less soul. Still feel tired? That feeling is just nothing at all. A piece of soul never feels tired. So keep on working. I am ending this paragraph but if you still blur/cannot understand my words - about this soul thing of you, just remember; you already live and made a promise to praise Him/be His servant before you was born, you die only after you have no soul, your body deteriorates but not your soul, and your Islam is preserve in your soul, not your body. So, you are? = that unseen soul.

5. Right the very end, God wants us to protect and grab every possible/near impossible/out of mind dream in the world. Sounds impossible? He is always with you (of course can’t be seen with you primitive tool-eyes), have an eye on you, evaluating your workload and struggle, waiting to reward your dream when the exact time comes (When He feels like you deserve it). This is why the common ‘Work only for God’ appears to be true.
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