“Things will usually get worse before they can get better. But when they do, remember who put you down, and who helped you up.” (Unknown)
People said that we could easily forget someone especially when you know that person is no longer cling or being with you all this while. People said its memories that we have created with that particular person that makes us unable to forget that someone. Yes, that person must be special enough for you. Yet, you hold on tight all the memories that you have been through with that person directly or indirectly. All these make sense to us as a human being.
BUT.. Do we ever think that we keep hold on too much to a particular person or people and leave somebody else behind? We might not think so as they are the forgotten.
Why do I said so? In the context of pleasuring Allah as the only God, we tend to do the ibadah on our own in order to gain as much pahala as we could. But think, have we ever invite any of our friends to join us to do the same ibadah as we did? For example, do we ever take or ask our friends to go with us for solat berjemaah in the mosque? Or ever tell them to join for listening to any talks about Islam? Or even greet them whenever they passed by? Think. Reflect.
As Allah said in the Qur’an, surah Ali-‘Imran, verse 104 (the translation) which is :
“Dan hendaklah ada di antara kamu satu puak yang menyeru (berdakwah) kepada kebajikan (mengembangkan Islam), dan menyuruh berbuat segala perkara yang baik, serta melarang daripada segala yang salah (buruk dan keji). Dan mereka yang bersifat demikian ialah orang-orang yang berjaya.”
Its in us. The desire to help each other to Allah’s heaven is right in front of us. We might not see the benefits now but do not take it for granted even if you just make a do’a for your friends. It seems hard to tell someone (especially our friends) about something good because we might feel like we possibly offended them or that friends would say that we are so called good person. Well, well, well.
Do you know that if you leave something good for the sake of a personinstead of Allah could leads you to syirik? Na’uzubillahiminzalik. If you want to make a change in yourself such as go for solat berjemaah at the mosque or covering your aurah, do it for the sake of Allah. Its not that when you change to someone better, it will close the chances to keep the friendship or relationship with your peers. No! Never! Be open-minded, friends!
I feel that many people do not have the bravery to do good deeds to people such as giving da’wah is because of this verse from the Qur’an (the translation), Surah As-Saff, verse 2 and 3.
“Wahai orang-orang yang beriman! Mengapa kamu memperkatakan apa yang kamu tidak melakukannya!
Amat besar kebenciannya di sisi Allah – kamu memperkatakan sesuatu yang kamu tidak melakukannya.”
Indeed, it is true. But we should actually make these verses as a guidance and reminders for us to do the deeds that we have told others to. Do not left your friends behind no matter what kind of people they are. Don’t ever leave them. I was once being the forgotten. Well, I feel sad when I wasn’t being approached by someone who knows the truth about how to be a better muslimah. Because of a friend who indirectly took me into an organisation in our IPG, I met more friends who have influence me to become a better person than I was before.
Alhamdulillah. Allah guided my heart to see the light that He wanted to gave in His right time. There it is. Though so, do not think I’m a pious person. I’m too far from that. I’m still in the process of learning. Well, better late than never, right?
In a nutshell, let’s do some reflection on how far did we helped our friends all this while? How far do we able and succeed to inspire them? You know yourself.
By that, that’s the end of this. I hope that this post benefits to all the readers. May Allah bless us in the journey of changing and taking others to a new life. InsyaAllah.