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On time

January 18, 2006

Masjid dari sudut bahasa Arab ialah tempat bersujud. Dari sudut syara‘ pula ialah di mana-mana tempat permukaan bumi, ini berdasarkan sabda Rasulullah s.a.w :

“Dijadikan bagiku bumi ini sebagai masjid.”
(Hadith riwayat Bukhari)

Dulu segan-segan juga nak solat bila tak jumpa tempat bernama masjid/surau, banyak pikir, banyak alasan dlm kepala, hingga akhirnya melewat-lewatkan solat & hampir saja terlepas waktu. Astaghfirullah. Tapi lama-kelamaan alhamdulillah… berjaya juga set the priority right, reformat the mind:

All that matters ialah perintah Allah untuk solat, & we should try our best to do it ON TIME.

Asalkan tempat itu bersih, boleh sajalah kan? Throw away all excuses & hesitations….
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 solatsis
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& selagi kita terdaya, kita

adjust lah activity kita according to waktu solat, bukan adjust masa untuk solat according to activity kita.

It’s a simple message, but it was only not long ago that a friend indirectly sampaikan mesej ni pada saya, hingga lekat & amat berkesan di hati, & for that, i am very thankful to her.

The story started when the Medical Faculty staff was organizing International Students Dinner. Majlis tu dijadualkan bermula at 6.30pm, so everyone has to be there by that time. No one has ever thought of saying anything to the organizer, about waktu Maghrib yg masuk pukul 6.45pm. Sebab generally ramai saudara seIslam yg fikir, boleh je solat Maghrib lepas majlis tu habis, InsyaAllah sempat je lagi…. Isya’ belum masuk. No problem, right?

But for my friend, Hebah (a girl berketurunan Iraq,but was born & raised up in Ireland), dia langsung tidak ambil ringan. She met the Dean of Medical Faculty (I was there at the scene), & bravely, she asked,
“Is it possible that we start the event at 7pm instead? Because 6.45pm is the time for us Muslims to pray. It is obligatory for us to pray on time.”
Alhamdulillah, the Dean has no problem at all with it. So, thanx to Hebah, the event started at 7pm & every Muslim student can perform the Mahgrib prayer on time that day.

As for me, I was amazed by Hebah. By her strong imaan, by her sentence “It is obligatory for us to pray on time” & by her firm act of adjusting activities according to prayer time, & not the other way around. The few minutes of witnessing the short conversation of Hebah & the Dean taught me a lot of things, re-set my mind & corrected my priority!

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