RAMADHAN 24

Konon di salah satu relief yang ada di Al-Azhar, Kairo sana menuliskan salah atu hadist Rasulullah Muhammad saw, yang sangat populer dan sering diucapkan oleh banyak da’i dan juga dihafal oleh banyak diantara kita, yaitu

Inna ma l ‘a’malu binniyat wa inna ma likullimri-in ma nawa
“Works are judged according to intentions
and each person will be rewarded according to his intentions.” –
“Pekerjaan atau apa yang kita lakukan akan dinilai sesuai dengan niatnya,
dan setiap orang akan diberikan imbalan sesuai dengan niatnya tersebut”

Dan bagaimana kita berniat itu? Saya memperoleh contoh dari suatu artikel yang saya terima beberapa hari yang lalu – yang saya lampirkan di bawah ini – bahwa melakukan hal yang sama, bisa memiliki niat yang berbeda. Kita dianjurkan untuk memilih niat yang lebih luas dan yang lebih besar dampaknya. Sama-sama membuat bata, yang satu bilang bikin bata, yang satunya bikin fondasi, dan yang satunya lagi bikin katedral [sesuai dengan budaya penulisnya ya]. Begitu juga dicontohkannya yang lain.

Kalau niatnya sebatas bikin batu bata, ya imbalannya sesuai dengan nilai batu bata. Mungkin begitu ya.

Dan bagaimanakah imbalan itu akan diterima oleh seseorang, firman Allah swt dalam al Quran, QS Asy-Syura 42:20 menjelaskan

مَنْ كَانَ يُرِيدُ حَرْثَ الْآَخِرَةِ نَزِدْ لَهُ فِي حَرْثِهِ وَمَنْ كَانَ يُرِيدُ حَرْثَ الدُّنْيَا نُؤْتِهِ مِنْهَا وَمَا لَهُ فِي الْآَخِرَةِ مِنْ نَصِيبٍ

Barang siapa menghendaki imbalan di akhirat akan Kami tambahkan imbalan itu baginya, dan barangsiapa menghendaki imbalan di dunia Kami berikan kepadanya sebagian darinya, tetapi dia tidak akan mendapat bagian di akhirat.

Konon ada yang menjelaskan tentang ayat tersebut, bahwa ada bagian yang disiratkan, yaitu bahwa mereka yang menghendaki imbalan di akhirat akan memperolehnya juga di dunia. Hal itu muncul karena ada anak kalimat tambahan bagi yang menghendaki di dunia “tetapi dia tidak akan mendapat bagian di akhirat”; sehingga berlaku sebaliknya.

Dan juga ada kegiatan-kegiatan yang biasa kita lakukan, yang sepertinya tidak ada kaitannya dengan apa-apa yang berbau keagamaan, misalnya anda melancong menuju bagian dunia yang lain. Tetapi kegiatan seperti itu, bila kita mengetahui berbagai perintah Allah swt, kita bisa meniatkannya sebagai memenuhi perintah Allah swt untuk berjalan dan bertebaran di muka bumi guna melihat berbagai hal. Sehingga sesuatu yang semula seperti duniawi semata-mata, bisa menjadi suatu kegiatan ukhrawi. Begitu juga, misalnya anda berjualan di pasar dan menimbang barang [murni duniawi], bila anda melakukannya dengan meniatkan memenuhi perintah Allah swt untuk tidak mengurangi timbangan dan takaran, maka akan menjadi ukhrawi juga. Atau mencukupkan tuntutan spesifikasi dari suatu produk. Fastabiqul khairaat. Wa Allahu a’lam.

 

Saifuddien Sjaaf Maskoen

 

Making Bricks or
Building Cathedrals

According to an old parable, three men were working hard cutting stone from large blocks of granite.

When asked what they were doing, the first fellow said, ‘I’m making bricks.’

The second said, ‘I’m creating a foundation for a large building.’

The third person answered, ‘I’m building a cathedral.’

They are doing the exact same job, and all three responses were accurate, but they reveal the huge difference attitude makes. It’s the difference between tolerating or enjoying one’s life, between thinking small or large.

Mindset matters!

Just like the stone cutters, most of us have a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how we experience and interpret situations. It’s pretty clear that the fellow who saw himself playing an important role in building a grand cathedral is much more likely to feel good about his work and his life than the guy who defines his job as making bricks.

A bookkeeper for a school may think of herself as someone who just works with numbers or as part of an enterprise that educates children.

A math teacher can characterize himself as someone who teaches long division, someone who seeks to make all math interesting and understandable, someone who teaches students how to learn difficult concepts, or, larger yet, someone who helps young people develop attitudes and skills that will help them lead worthy and successful lives.

What do you do?

Don’t minimize yourself by just describing the tasks you perform; think big.

There is no job that can’t be meaningful and gratifying, if not because of how it fits into a larger picture of producing human happiness, then at least in terms of the gratification you can feel simply from a job well done.

Written by Michael Josephson

Changing your thinking

If your thoughts could cause things to instantly happen, what kind of thoughts would you think?

If your values and priorities were to be continually manifested in the world around you, what values and priorities would you choose?

The fact is your thoughts, your values and your priorities most certainly have a major influence on the quality of your world and your life. Though you cannot instantly make something appear just by thinking about it, the things that do end up appearing in your life often do so as a result of your thoughts.

Your thoughts directly control your actions, and your actions have a major impact on the reality of your life. When you feed your moments with positive, loving, thankful thoughts, your life and your world cannot help but benefit.

The quickest way to improve your situation is to improve the way you think about it. Though your thoughts will not immediately change anything outside of you, they can immediately change your outlook.

And by adopting an affirmative, creative, grateful outlook on life, you receive a double benefit. Your actions become more focused on creating value and at the same time, they become more effective.

Changing your thinking can indeed change your world. So choose the best thoughts that you can possibly imagine.

By changing your thinking; you change your beliefs.
When you change your beliefs, you change your expectations.
When you change your expectations, you change your attitude.
When you change your attitude, you change your behaviour.
When you change your behaviour, you change your performance.
When you change your performance, you change your life!

With thanks to JKannan Kannan for sharing this story

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