"And we have explained to man, in this Qur'an, every kind of similitude: yet the greater part of men refuse (to receive it) except with ingratitude! They say: "We shall not believe in you, until you cause a spring to gush forth for us from the earth, or (until) you have a garden of date trees and vines, and cause rivers to gush forth in their midst, carrying abundant water; or you cause the sky to fall in pieces, as you say (will happen), against us; or you bring Allah and the angels before (us) face to face: or you have a house adorned with gold, or you mount a ladder right into the skies. No, we shall not even believe in your mounting until you send down to us a book that we could read." Say: "Glory to my Lord! Am I any but a man - a Messenger?" (17:89-93)
How far is my sincerity in writing? Allahu'alam. I myself am not able to answer to that question. Nevertheless I shall not loose hope. May Allah Azza wa Jalla protect my heart from riak and ujub. Allahummaamiin.
Sometimes I ask myself the purpose of writing? Why do I write? Is it to be praised by friends and relatives? Or to be famous? Na'udzubillahi minzalik. I hope not. "Da'wah is for everyone." "Da'wah is the biggest sunnah of the Sayyidina Rasulullah SAW." "What's important is ikhlas (sincerity)."
Many times did Allah Azza wa Jalla reminded Sayyidina Rasulullah SAW that he SAW is just a Messenger (at least I think that those are reminders). So, I would also like to remind myself that I am only a da'ie, seeking for Allah Azza wa Jalla 's redha.
"The desire to make known to others your special talent is evidence of your insincerity in serving Him." (Translation of Al-Hikam)
These are the words of Syeikh ibn Athoillah. Reflecting myself, I couldn't stop asking, "Am I a good servant to Allah Azza wa Jalla?" "Am I trying to show off?" "What is my intention?" Allahualam.
Umar bin Al-Khattab reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, say:
إنـما الأعـمـال بالنيات وإنـمـا لكـل امـرئ ما نـوى، فمن كـانت هجرته إلى الله ورسولـه فهجرتـه إلى الله ورسـوله، ومن كانت هجرته لـدنيا يصـيبها أو امرأة ينكحها فهجرته إلى ما هاجر إليه
Actions are but by intention and every man shall have but that which he intended. Thus he whose migration was for Allah and His messenger, his migration was for Allah and His messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration was for that for which he migrated.
[Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 1, Number 1]
I am not giving a tafseer of the ayaat of the Quran, not explaining hadith, not giving much of an opinion. This post is more to a reminder for myself. A reminder which I would also like to share with all of you, insyaAllah, so that we could together tajdid (renew) our niat lillahitaala and continue to write and write and keep on writing. InsyaAllah, biiznillah. "Da'wah is for everyone."
Allahumma solli ala sayyidina Muhammadin 'abdika wa rasuulikan nabiyyil ummiyyi wa 'ala aalihi wasohbihi wasallim. WAllahu'alam bissawab.
Al Faqirah Wal Haqirah Ilallah Al Ghani