I was just sitting and waiting for the talk to begin and my sight fell upon this makcik who looks like she’s around her late 60s walking and giving out the mosque newsletter. And when she walked she has this slight hunch. Ya Allah, I can’t help but think to myself. Khidmah at such an age? As a matter of fact, despite her age, she looked so youthful as she kept smiling at everyone. Amazing masyaAllah. Makes me feel like I should pull up my socks and strive to be like her and be of service, starting now.
When looking back and reflecting on the occurrence of isra’ & mi’raj, we should also pay attention to the incidences before that took place. It was when Rasulullah ﷺ had experienced the loss of his beloved wife Khadijah RA and uncle Abu Talib RA and the discouraging and unwelcoming responses from the people of Taif. What made the Prophet strong in the face of all these? His main purpose and goal which is Allah. Allah’s Pleasure with him, no matter what people think of him, say about him. The same should be for us, where we ought to have clear purposes and goals in all our life’s pursuits and responsibilities. I believe that that too becomes our intentions and insyaAllah it’ll be our strong handhold.
The speakers, Mufti Ustaz Fatris & Ustaz Hannan, also touched on the prayer. Specifically, just like how it is so, so special as it’s a commandment given to Rasulullah ﷺ when he ascended to the skies, our state of mind when performing the prayers should be ideally, akin to that too. Our prayer, that is like our mi’raj to Allah. We should keep striving to improve on the quality of our prayers and not be satisfied with having just ‘done prayers’. Having khusyuk is hard because we’re humans. But we have to keep trying.
Also, the concept of utilising our mind by thinking and reflecting is very critical too. Ustaz Hannan mentioned about how there’s no mention of the word akal(mind) or fikir(think) in the Quran BUT these words are mentioned in the action/verb form, that is, berakal and berfikir. This implies that it’s not sufficient to just be content with the state of us humans being honored with a mind but we don’t think. There is surely hikmah behind every commandment like prayers, fasting and so on. Have we given a good thought about what it truly means to perform these acts of worship?
May He make us among those steadfast and sincere in performing our prayers and in all that we do, amin.
On a personal note, I just love listening to mufti speak. And just how he is. Gentle giant masyaAllah. May Allah preserve him and all our teachers and guides.