Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Reflection: Secret Three from Life is an Open Secret- Ramadan Special: Motivational Story about Benefit of Fasting in the Hereafter

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As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

Friday Reflection: Secret Three from Life is an Open Secret- Ramadan Special: Motivational Story about Benefit of Fasting in the Hereafter


Today, inshaAllah, I am going to share Secret Three from the 25 Secrets taken from my latest book: Life is an Open Secret- Ramadan Special.
Before that, let me share with you an anon person who once said,

“Life ends when you stop dreaming, hope ends when you stop believing, love ends when you stop caring, friendship ends when you stop sharing... so share this with whom ever you consider a friend.”

Yes, my brothers and sisters. Please share this story with whomever you consider a friend. But of course, share them without making any changes to it ya! :))

And here comes my Friday gift for you,inshaAllaah...

Secret Three : It Is Your Lawyer for Your Future

~ When you're dying of thirst it's too late to think about digging a well ~ Japanese Proverb



“You tell mum,” said the girl to her sister.

“No, you tell her. You are the one who wanted to buy it in the first place,” came the reply.

“You know what? Let us ask aunty to talk to mum. You know how mum always discusses with aunty about things. Maybe she would be able to convince her…”

Unfortunately, this is the conversation I overheard the other day when I was waiting in line for a cab. I could not help it, really.

What could I do, right? They were standing right there beside me and they sure weren't whispering!

As I stood there, balancing on my increasingly throbbing feet and getting restless by the second; trying to focus on the book I had in my hand; I could not stop smiling in my heart, thinking of how adorable these two teenagers who were, 'plotting' to get 'outside help' in persuading their mum to get them that 'something' they so much desired.

Sweet, you agree?

It was really smart of them to get a third party to help them out.

They reminded me of what W. Clement Stone once said,

Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it.


Okay, perhaps they don't have to tell everyone, but they sure knew the right person to tell, do you agree?

Suddenly the whole conversation reminded me of this very hadith of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), I read some time ago,

"Fasting will intercede for a person on the Day of Judgment, and will say, "O Lord, I prevented him from his food and physical desires during the day, so let me intercede for him." (Ahmad)

Subhan Allah!

When I first read this hadith, I had to read and re-read it over and over again.
First of all, I got very fascinated with the thought that fasting could actually act like a 'person' simply because 'it' could do something for me.

Interesting, huh?

Just look at the hadith above… so let me intercede for him… 'it' says…

So, truly, 'fasting' can in fact stand in front of Allah, the Lord of the worlds, on the Day when the sun is just above my head, when the first person ever created, Prophet Adam (peace be upon him), to the last person born will be standing there watching the 'Big Screen TV,' when the Big Weighing Scale will be used for the first time ever; and when I will be sweating and shivering waiting for my deeds to be weighed!

And what would 'fasting' be doing?

It would be there to intercede, negotiate, plead, beg, arbitrate, appeal, request, plea, supplicate and beseech on my behalf to Allah, our Lord, subhan Allah…

The thoughts of having my very own Ally McBeal team members standing there interceding for me during the Day of Judgment delighted my heart.

I knew deep inside that I would be needing all the help that I could get on this Day as the words of Allah from His Noble Book made me tremble to the core in this verse below,

(What will convey to you what the Day of Judgment is? Again! What will convey to you what the Day of Judgment is? It is the Day when a self will have no power to help any other self in any way. The command that Day will be Allah's alone.) (Al-Infitar 82:17-19)

Astaghfirullah…. Ya Allah…

Imagine what Allah has just told us.




No self, no person and absolutely no one would be able to help anyone else during this time. I would not be able to help my darling mother and she sure would not be able to help me despite how much she loves me. And the same goes with my dad, my brothers and sisters, my family, my friends- everyone is on their own on this day…

Scary, you agree, my brothers and sisters?

So, isn't it great to know that right now, today, in this noble month of Ramadan, we are able to actually prepare 'someone' to help us out during that day? 'Someone' who can stand by us, and become our spokesperson, pleading our case before the Almighty?

Absolutely! Alhamdulillah…

I am now so determined more than ever to prepare my much-needed team of lawyers for my future use, insha Allah!

Are you excited too?

But then, a question popped into my head (as always). If my fasting could do that for me on the Day of Judgment, have I done 'it' justice by performing my fasting in the best possible manner?

I mean when I fast, have I refrained from only eating food and drinking? Have I also put in efforts to make my fasting more beautiful by participating in a lot of charity, taking care of my words, exercising patience, being kind and helpful to the elderly and children, fulfilling the needs and requests of people who asked me for help, taking care of where my eyes decide to wander around, reading the noble Book and reducing the burden of the poor, orphan, weak and the needy?

Ya Allah, this is truly something I need to reflect on…

And while I am doing that, I remembered this one anon quote I truly love that says:

I CAN is 100 times more important than IQ

So, can I make my fasting more beautiful?

Of course I can, if I want to, insha Allah!

What about you my brothers and sisters? Would you like to beautify your fasting too?

Would you like your striking and perfect 'lawyer' to stand there between you and your Creator, asking Allah for His mercy on the Day where all your deeds will be put on a scale; and the Day after which marks the beginning of your eternal life?

Think about it.

And you know, once I asked a wise man to think about it and he told me this:


“What is there to think about? The time to think about it is over. Now is the time to just do it.”

And you know what?

He is perfectly right.

Totally!


Sis Zabrina also known as Zabrina A. Bakar, is a Life Storyteller, motivational and inspirational writer and speaker; and author and creator of Islamic motivational book Life Open Secret book series http://wwww.LifeOpenSecret.com. She maintains an active blog at http://www.WisdomThruWords.blogspot.com. and social networking platform a Web 2.0 at http://www.LifeStoryteller.ning.com

Copyright © Sis Zabrina 2009

Sis Zabrina
Life Storyteller
Author of Life is an Open Secret Islamic Motivational Book Series:
Life is an Open Secret- Think about It
Life is an Open Secret- You, Me and We
Life is an Open Secret- Ramadan Special
Hidup Bukan Rahsia http://www.lifeopensecret.com

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