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  • TAFAKKUR: Part 72

    The Protective Mechanism in Blood Vessels

    The blood that is carried away from the heart to all the parts of the body by the cardiovascular system plays a vital role in delivering oxygen and nutrients to all the cells in the body. While the smooth flow of blood without any blockage is crucial to the distribution of nutrients to the tissues and organs, the clotting of blood that develops in an injured blood vessel is a natural and necessary part of the healing process. Normally, bleeding as a result of disease or injury is stopped by the formation of clots, the result of coagulation of the blood, in around five minutes. If the blood clotting–which is embedded in the cardiovascular system of the body by the All-Merciful Lord– occurs, however, as a nonstop transformation of blood into a solid mass, it would then be impossible to survive, as the formation of internal blood clots would block the flow of blood to the vital organs. One would normally expect the blood vessels to become worn out as a result of blood circulation in the cardiovascular system over the years. However, the rapid passage of blood from the blood stream does not result in friction along the interior surface of the blood vessels, as our cardiovascular system has been created perfectly to regulate the smooth flow of blood. The endothelial cells are created in such a way that they play a vital role in preventing any harm by forming a thin layer on the interior surface of all vessels. Earlier, the endothelial cells were thought to be a simple protective layer; now they have become the subject for much research. Blood vessels are made up of two basic cells: the smooth muscle cells and the endothelial cells.

    The muscle cells are responsible for the strength and tone of the vessels. Today, we know that the role of the endothelial layer goes beyond a simple physical barrier. In addition, there are twenty-five different substances secreted by the endothelial cells that play a role in blood clotting, cell proliferation, the regulation of vessel permeability, and the functioning of the immune system. The endothelial cells are 10-15 &μm wide and 20-25 μm long. They are located in the inner vessel wall in a single-cell layer. The total endothelial area in the body of an adult is around 5000-6000 m2, and it weighs around 2.5 kg. Endothelial cells during inflammation Capillaries consist of an endothelial structure; they can only be seen under a microscope, but their total length is nearly 96,000 km. The blood brought by the arteries is conveyed to the vein through capillaries. At this stage, the gas, liquids, and nutrients are brought out through the vessels and the cells and tissues around are supplied with oxygen and nutrients. In return, the liquids that they discharge and other waste matter are conveyed to the vein through capillaries. This matter-exchange, which occurs both inside and outside of the capillaries, is regulated thanks to the permeability of the endothelial cell layer and the pressure balance of the capillary system. During cardiac failure and inflammation, liquid release is increased due to a pressure imbalance and the liquid retrieval is not sufficient to make up for the amount lost. This results in swelling in the area in question. Here, we need to underline that inflammation, which appears with symptoms such as edema, redness, fever, and pain, is not a harmful process. On the contrary, it is a miraculous defensive mechanism granted to our body; inflammation protects the body against serious damage. For instance, the inflammation that forms around a bee sting prevents the venom from spreading throughout the body. The endothelial cells are given an important role in the inflammation as well. The chemical molecules secreted by the endothelial cells in the inflamed spot cause the vessels to react by enlarging and thus perfusion is increased. Later, the endothelial layer becomes ready for leukocytes to settle; these are used in neutralizing the substance that caused the inflammation in the first place.

    Balancing blood pressure

    The layer of smooth muscle cells is stimulated with chemicals secreted by the endothelial cells and the tone of the vessels are controlled through the constriction and relaxation of the vessels. Therefore, an important duty in the regulation of blood pressure is given to these cells. During aninfection, bacteria circulate in the blood stream and the blood pressure falls extremely low. Tissue nutrition is upset (septic shock) and an excess of muscle-relaxing substance is released by the endothelial structure. Veins and arteries become too relaxed and there is a considerable drop in blood pressure (hypotension). On the other hand, with problems like atherosclerosis, the endothelial cells cannot fulfill their duty and due to a deficiency in nitrogen oxide, they become immune to the stimulus to relax the muscles. The resulting problem in this situation is hypertension.

    Endothelial cells prevent hemorrhage

    In order for a hemorrhage to stop the vessels that are bleeding need to narrow down. This is very important in the first stages of blood loss, particularly when there is a problem with blood clotting. When a hemorrhage begins, the endothelial cells are ordered to excrete a substance called endothelin. This starts the narrowing down of the bleeding vessels. Endothelin is not excreted in normal vessels. When the umbilical cord of a newborn is cut, it prevents the baby from losing blood.

    Endothelial cells in blood clotting

    The duty of endothelial cells can prevent or facilitate blood clotting, depending on the situation. First of all, they prevent the blood cells from adhering to the vessel walls and prevent clotting inside the vessels. Imagine water flowing through a pipe. The speed of the flow is greater in the center and lower at the periphery. Therefore, in the long run, some residue forms inside the pipe. In the veins and arteries, the flow of blood near the walls is also slower. To prevent the formation of any residue, both the endothelial cells and the blood cells are created with negative loaded surfaces and the blood cells are pushed towards the center. In addition, a substance called prostocyclin (PGI2) is excreted and the thrombocytes change their structure. As a result, residue formation and clotting is prevented along the vessel walls. In a case of any long term damage to the endothelium (e.g. due to smoking, diabetes, or hypertension), the relevant protection mechanism fails, and clotting inside the vessels results in thrombosis. Some serious cases can even necessitate the amputation of a limb. The endothelial cells can also facilitate clotting when necessary. In case of bleeding due to a wound, they function contrarily and help the blood to clot to prevent blood loss.

    Endothelial cells in the bone marrow, the liver, and spleen

    As a divine blessing, the endothelial cells form a looser layer in these organs and vessel permeability is increased. Thanks to this increase, matter Exchange with blood is easily realized; blood reaches these organs, which are responsible for the constant control of the contents of the blood, easily.

    Endothelial cells in the brain and eyes

    The endothelial cells in organs like the brain and eyes are very closely integrated forming a barrier between the blood and the organs. This is to such an extent that the major nutrients of the brain, like glucose and oxygen, pass without any obstacles, but several chemicals, including medication, are blocked by the selective-permeability of this protective mechanism. Research has proven that various substances injected into the bloodstream reach almost all the tissues except for the brain. Thanks to the efficient protective mechanism that has been given to these minute cells, the brain is saved from a great deal of negative effects. Even a single cell is not left to chance and nothing happens randomly. As can be seen throughoutthe universe, opposites are made to work hand in hand in the human body as well in a splendid harmony for the continuation of life.

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  • Entrance to Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    Saudaraku rahimakumulloh. Alqur'an adalah pedoman hidup ummat islam serta petunjuk bagi orang yang bertaqwa (QS. 2:2).

    Kalau kita berbeda pendapat maka kembalikan kepada Alqur'an dan Assunnah (QS. 4:59).

    Rosululloh sholallohu ‘alaihi wasallam bersabda : Sebaik baik kamu adalah orang yg mempelajari Alqur'an dan mengamalkan nya (HR. Bukhori).


    📒 Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu 'anhu berkata,

    إِنَّ الْبَيْتَ لَيَتَّسِعُ عَلَى أَهْلِهِ وَتَحْضُرُهُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَتَهْجُرُهُ الشَّيَاطِينُ، وَيَكْثُرُ خَيْرُهُ أَنْ يُقْرَأَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ. وَإِنَّ الْبَيْتَ لَيَضِيقُ عَلَى أَهْلِهِ وَتَهْجُرُهُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ، وَتَحْضُرُهُ الشَّيَاطِينُ، وَيَقِلُّ خَيْرُهُ أَنْ لَا يُقْرَأَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ.

    🏡 “Sesungguhnya rumah itu benar-benar:

    ✅ terasa lapang bagi penghuninya,

    ✅ malaikat pun hadir di dalamnya,

    ✅ syaithan terusir darinya,

    ✅ semakin banyak kebaikannya,

    ▶ manakala dibacakan al-Qur'an padanya.

    🏚 Dan sesungguhnya rumah itu benar-benar:

    ❎ terasa sempit bagi penghuninya,

    ❎ malaikat menjauh darinya,

    ❎ syaithan pun hadir di dalamnya,

    ❎ dan sedikit kebaikannya,

    ⏸ ketika tidak dibacakan al-Qur'an padanya.”

    📚 Sumber : Hadits Shahih Sunan ad-Darimi, no. 3352

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    The Registan in Samarkand, Uzbekistan was a public square and the centre of the medieval city. On three sides are madrasahs - places of learning - built between the 15th and 17th centuries.


    Samarkand in the Middle Ages was prosperous, due to it’s position on the Silk Road, which ran from China to the Mediterranean.


    Sher-Dor madrasah.

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  • Tidak ada cara lain selain bertumbuh.

    Tidak masalah jatuh bangun, senang sedih, terpuruk tertinggal asal selalu tumbuh.

    Seperti tanaman yang rela disirami dan disinari atau Intan yang selalu tegar diberi tekanan kuat. Tidak masalah, semuanya berakhir baik. Semuanya bertumbuh menjadi baik dengan prosesnya.

    Kita pun begitu. Selamat bertumbuh!

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  • Addendum to the Tenth Phrase of the Twentieth Letter

    In His Name, be He glorified!
    And there is nothing but it glorifies Him with praise.

    In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
    For verily, in the remembrance of God hearts do find their rest.(13:28) * God sets forth a parable: A man belonging to many partners [all of them] at variance with one another.(39:29)

    Q u e s t i o n : You have said in many places that in divine unity there is an infinite facility and in multiplicity and associating partners with God, endless difficulties; that there is such ease in divine unity that it is necessary and such difficulty in associating partners with God that it is impossible. Whereas, the difficulties and impossibilities that you demonstrate are also present with unity. For example, you say that if particles were not officials, it would be necessary for either all-encompassing knowledge or absolute power or innumerable immaterial machines and printing-presses to be present in every particle. This of course is completely impossible. Even if those particles were divine officials, it would still be necessary for them to bear the same qualities so that they would be able to accomplish their endless orderly duties. Could you unravel this problem for me?

    The Answer: We have expounded and proved in many Words that if all beings are attributed to a single Maker, they become as easy and effortless as a single being. If they are attributed to numerous causes and to nature, a single fly becomes as difficult and arduous as the heavens, a flower as the spring, a fruit as a garden. Since this mattter has been proved in other Words, we refer you to them and here only explain three comparisons, by means of three indications, which will reassure the soul and set the mind at rest in the face of that truth.

    First Comparison: For example, a tiny transparent glistening speck cannot of its own accord situate itself within a light the size of a match-head even, and neither can it be the source of it. It is able to have as much light, in its own right, as a tiny particle, in accordance with its capacity and to the extent of its own mass. But if the speck is connected to the sun, if it opens its eyes and looks at it, it will be able to comprehend the immense sun together with its light, seven colours, heat, and even its distance; it will display a sort of greater manifestation. That is to say, if the particle remains on its own, it will be able to perform a function only to the extent of a particle, whereas if it is deemed to be an official of the sun, and is connected to it and is a mirror to it, it will be able to demonstrate certain partial examples of the sun’s functioning, the same as the sun itself.

    Thus, “And God’s is the highest similitude,”(16:60) if all beings, all particles, are attributed to multiplicity, causes, nature, themselves, or to anything other than God, then each of them must either possess all-embracing knowledge and absolute power, or innumerable immaterial machines and printing-presses must take form within each, so that it can carry out its wonderful duties. However, if the particles are attributed to the Single One of Unity, each of them, each artefact, becomes connected to Him; it is as though each becomes His official. Its connection allows it to display His manifestation. And through this connection and state of being a manifestation, it relies on an infinite knowledge and power. Thus, by reason of the mystery of the connection and its reliance, it performs functions and duties far beyond its own power, through the power of its Creator.

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    Don’t ruin your happiness with worry, and don’t ruin your mind with pessimism. Don’t ruin your success with deception and don’t ruin the optimism of others by destroying it. Don’t ruin your day by looking back at yesterday.

    Ibn al-Qayyim

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  • #99NamesOfAllah #tellafriend #comment #share #follow #hadithreminder #hadithoftheday #hadith #deen #islam #saveyourselves #hellfire #learnarabic #islamicquotes #sahihbukhari #sahihmuslim #hijab #quraan #dua‎ #muslimah #Muslim #pray #repent #forgive #patience #jannat #firdous #Allah سبحانه و تعالى #prophet #Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم‎ (at Royal Arsenal Riverside)

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  • Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:

    Did you not see when the man died and his eyes were fixedly open? He (Abu Huraira) said: Yes. He (the Holy Prophet) said: It is due to the fact that when (the soul leaves the body) his eyesight follows the soul.

    Sahih Muslim, The Book of Prayer - Funerals, Book 11, Hadith 10

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  • Hajj is Rendered Fard

    Hajj, which is one of the five pillars of Islam, was rendered fard in the 9th year of the Migration.

    “The first House (of worship) appointed for men was that at Bakka: full of blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings:

    In it are signs manifest; (for example), the Station of Abraham; whoever enters it attains security; pilgrimage thereto is a duty men owe to God―those who can afford the journey; but if any deny faith; God stands not in need of any of His creatures.” The Messenger of God recited a sermon to the Muslims when the verses above were sent down in the 9th year of the Migration and informed them about this fard as follows:

    “O people! Hajj was rendered fard for you; perform hajj.”

    When the Companions heard this sermon, they asked, “O Messenger of God! Is it fard every year?”

    The Prophet kept silent; he did not answer.

    When the same question was repeated for the third time, the Prophet said, “No, not every year. If I had answered your question as ‘Yes’, it would have been fard for you every year and you would not have been able to do it.”

    The Prophet also taught the Companions the following regarding asking the same questions repeatedly.

    “When I leave you as you are without proposing you anything, you leave me as I am. The nations before you were destroyed because of asking too many questions and opposing their prophets. Therefore, when I order you to do something, do it as much as you can; when I prohibit you from doing something, abandon it.”

    The Prophet stated the following in another hadith:

    “Islam has been built upon five things – testifying that there is no god save God, and that Muhammad is His Messenger; performing salah; giving zakah; performing hajj and fasting during Ramadan.”

    The Prophet Postpones the Hajj He has Intended

    When Hajj was rendered fard, the Prophet wanted to perform hajj. However, he later postponed it by saying, “The polytheists will be in the Kaaba and circumambulate it naked. I do not want to perform hajj unless this situation is eliminated.”

    Indeed, the polytheists used to circumambulate the Kaaba naked at night, men and women together; they regarded it as respect to the Kaaba.

    Hazrat Abu Bakr is Appointed as the Leader for Hajj

    When the Messenger of God decided not to go to hajj, he appointed Hazrat Abu Bakr as the leader for hajj in the 9th year of the Migration so that he would lead hajj and show the Muslims how to perform hajj.

    Hazrat Abu Bakr set off for hajj with three hundred Muslims from Madinah; when he arrived in Dhul-Hulayfa, the place of ihram for Madinans, he entered ihram and uttered talbiyah: “Labbayk! “Labbayk! Allahumma Labbayk! Lab­bay­ka la sharika Laka Labbayk! Innal hamda wan’ni­ma­ta la­ka wa’l-mulka la sharika laka.” (Here I am, O God, here I am. Here I am, You have no partner, here I am. Verily all praise and blessings are Yours, and all sovereignty, You have no partner.)

    Hazrat Ali is Sent After them

    A short while after the first hajj caravan of Islam left Madinah, the chapter of Baraa (at-Tawba) was sent down. The Companions said, “O Messenger of God! Will you send this chapter to Abu Bakr so that he will inform people about it.”

    The Prophet said, “This declaration has to be made by me or someone from my household.”

    According to the customs and traditions of Arabs, a treaty could be signed or annulled only by the leader of the tribe or one of his relatives.

    Hazrat Ali was closer to the Prophet in terms of kinship. Therefore, the Messenger of God summoned Hazrat Ali and said, “Take this beginning part of the chapter Ba­raa.” Then, he said,

    “When people gather in Mina on the day of sacrificing animals, call out loudly: No unbeliever can enter Paradise. After this year, no polytheist can perform hajj. Nobody will circumambulate the Kaaba naked. If anyone has a treaty with the Messenger of God, it will be valid until it ends; the treaties that have no periods of time will be valid for four months only from now on.”

    Hazrat Ali wanted to find out why the Prophet wanted to send him.  He said,

    “O Messenger of God! I am not old and I am not an orator.”

    The Prophet said, “Either I or you will go. However, you will go. God will definitely strengthen your tongue and heart.”

    Thereupon, Hazrat Ali set off from Madinah immediately. He went together with Abu Hurayra. They caught up with Hazrat  Abu Bakr.

    Hazrat Abu Bakr asked him, “Are you the leader or an official”

    Hazrat Ali said, “I am an official.” He explained the reason why he came as follows: “The Messenger of God (pbuh) sent me so that I will recite the people the chapter of Baraa and tell the people of the treaty that the treaties will be valid.”

    Arriving in Makkah

    The first hajj caravan led by Hazrat Abu Bakr arrived in  Makkah safely. Hazrat Abu Bakr recited a sermon. He told people how to perform hajj.

    When Hazrat Abu Bakr finished his sermon, Hazrat Ali stood up and said,  “O people! I am the envoy of the Messenger of God.” Then, he recited the first thirty or forty verses of the chapter of Baraa (at-Tawba).

    The first six verses of this chapter is as follows:

    “A (declaration) of immunity from God and His Messenger to those of the pagans with whom ye have contracted mutual alliances.―

    Go ye, then for four months, backwards and forwards, (as ye will), throughout the land, but know ye that ye cannot frustrate God (by your falsehood) but that God will cover with shame those who reject Him.

    And an announcement from God and His Messenger, to the people (assembled) on the day of the Great Pilgrimage― that God and His Messenger dissolve (treaty) obligations with the pagans. If, then ye repent, it were best for you; but if ye turn away know ye that ye cannot frustrate God. And proclaim a grievous penalty to those who reject Faith.

    (But the treaties are) not dissolved with those pagans with whom Ye have entered into alliance and who have not subsequently failed you in aught, nor aided anyone against you. So fulfill your engagements with them to the end of their term: for God loveth the righteous.

    But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: for God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.If one amongst the pagans ask thee for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of God; and then escort him to where he can be secure: That is because they are men without knowledge.”

    Then, Hazrat Ali said, “I am ordered to tell you four things.” Then, he informed the people about what he was ordered: “No unbeliever can enter Paradise. After this year, no polytheist can perform hajj. Nobody will circumambulate the Kaaba naked. If anyone has a treaty with the Messenger of God, it will be valid until it ends; the treaties that have no periods of time will be valid for four months only from now on. After that, there is no treaty or protection for any polytheists.”

    Along with Hazrat Ali, Abu Hurayra sometimes declared the issues mentioned above loudly to the people.

    After completing hajj, Hazrat Abu Bakr, Hazrat Ali and the Companions who were together with them returned to Madinah.

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  • TEFSIR ibn KATHIR: Surah Akhaf Ayah 15-16

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

    15. And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents. His mother bears him with hardship. And she delivers him with hardship.

    And (the period of) his gestation and the weaning of him is thirty months, till when he attains full strength and reaches forty years, he says: “My Lord! Grant me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your favor which

    You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds, such as please You, and make my offspring good.

    Truly, I have turned to You in repentance, and truly, I am one of the Muslims.”

    16. They are those from whom We shall accept the best of their deeds and overlook their evil deeds.

    (They shall be) among the dwellers of Paradise. That is a promise of truth that they had been promised.

    Allah’s Advice about the Parents

    After mentioning that one must confess His Oneness, worship Him with sincerity, and remain upright in obeying Him, Allah follows that by giving instructions regarding the parents. These appear together in many places of the Qur'an, such as Allah’s saying,

    Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be dutiful to your parents. (17:23)

    Allah says,

    Be grateful to Me and to your parents. Unto Me is the final destination. (31:14)

    There are many other Ayat like this as well.

    Here Allah says,

    And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents.

    meaning, “We have commanded him to treat them well and show compassion towards them.”

    Abu Dawud At-Tayalisi recorded from Sa`d bin Abi Waqqas, may Allah be pleased with him, that his mother said to him:

    “Hasn’t Allah commanded that you obey your parents Then I will not eat any food or drink any drink until you disbelieve in Allah.”

    Thus she stubbornly abstained from eating and drinking, until they had to open her mouth with a stick. Then this Ayah was revealed, (And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents). This was also recorded by Muslim and the Sunan compilers, except for Ibn Majah.

    Allah continues,

    His mother bears him with hardship.

    which means that the mother suffers hardship because of her child, such as fatigue, sickness, vomiting, heaviness, distress, and other forms of hardship that the pregnant women suffer.

    And she delivers him with hardship.

    meaning, she also delivers him with hardship, suffering the pains of labor and their severity.

    And (the period of) his gestation and weaning is thirty months, Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, used this Ayah along with the following two Ayat to prove that the minimum period of pregnancy (gestation) is six months:

    And his weaning is in two years. (31:14)


    The mothers suckle their children two complete years – for those who desire to complete the term of suckling. (2:233)

    This is a strong and valid conclusion, and it was approved by Uthman and a number of the Companions.

    Muhammad bin Ishaq bin Yasar narrated from Ba`jah bin Abdullah Al-Juhani that; a man from his tribe (Juhaynah) married a woman from Juhaynah. She delivered a baby after six months. So her husband went to Uthman, may Allah be pleased with him, and told him about that. Thus, Uthman summoned her. When she was getting dressed, her sister started crying. She asked her:

    “Why do you cry? By Allah, no one has ever approached me (for sexual relations) of Allah’s creation except him (my husband). So let Allah decree (for me) as He wills.”

    When she was brought before Uthman, he commanded that she be stoned to death (for adultery).

    Ali heard of this, came to Uthman, and said: “What are you doing?”

    He (Uthman) said: “She delivered after six months! Can this ever happen?” `

    Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “Don’t you read the Qur'an?”

    He said: “Yes, of course!”

    He (Ali) then said:

    “Haven’t you heard Allah’s saying, (and his gestation and weaning is thirty months), and; (two complete years) (2:233) (Subtracting the two numbers) we are only left with six months.”

    Uthman, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “By Allah, I did not see that! Bring the woman back.”

    But they found that she had already been killed. Ba`jah continued:

    “By Allah, no two crows and no two eggs are more similar than that child turned out to be to his father! When his father saw that he said, ‘By Allah! This is my son without any doubt’ Later on, Allah afflicted him with a skin abscess in his face (because of his false accusation to his wife). It kept eating him up until he died.”

    Ibn Abi Hatim related from his father that Farwah bin Abi Al-Maghra’ told them that Ali bin Mushir narrated to them from Dawud bin Abi Hind, who narrated from Ikrimah that Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said,

    “When a woman delivers after nine months, the baby will only need twenty-one months of suckling. When she delivers after seven months, the baby will need twenty three months of suckling. When she delivers after six months, the baby will need two full years of suckling, because Allah says,

    (and his gestation and weaning is thirty months, till when he attains full strength).”

    till when he attains full strength,

    meaning, he becomes strong, youthful, and attains full ability.

    and reaches forty years,

    meaning, his complete intellect, understanding, and patience reach the level of maturity.

    It has also been said that usually one will not change his ways once he reaches the age of forty.

    he says: “My Lord! Grant me the power and ability, meaning, `inspire me.’

    that I may be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds, such as please You,

    meaning, in the future.

    and make my offspring good.

    meaning, my offspring and descendants.

    Truly, I have turned to You in repentance, and truly, I am one of the Muslims.

    This contains an instruction for anyone who reaches forty years of age to renew his repentance and turn to Allah with strong resolution.

    Allah then says,

    Those are the ones from whom We shall accept the best of what they did and overlook their evil deeds. (They shall be) among the dwellers of Paradise.

    meaning, those to whom applies the above description – those who repent to Allah, turn back to Him, and rectify their shortcomings through repentance and seeking forgiveness - those are the ones from whom We will accept the best of what they did and overlook their evil deeds. Many of their errors will be forgiven and Allah will accept from them a modest amount of deeds.

    (among the dwellers of Paradise),

    which means that they will be among the dwellers of Paradise. That is Allah’s ruling concerning them, as He has promised for those who repent and turn to Him.

    Thus, He says,

    That is the promise of truth that they had been promised

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  • Seseorang menasehatiku, “Berhati-hatilah, sangat jarang orang terjatuh saat mendaki. Biasanya orang terjatuh saat merasa sudah di puncak, meskipun sebenarnya ia belum mencapai puncak. Ia berhenti menikmati istirahatnya, tetapi merasa telah tiba di puncak.”

    Orang yang sedang mendaki hatinya senantiasa awas. Ia memperhatikan ilmu dan senantiasa memohon pertolongan kepada Allah. Sementara banyak orang lalai saat merasa sudah di puncak disebabkan ‘ujub (berbangga dengan dirinya sendiri) atau karena lupa tujuan.

    Seseorang menasehatiku, “Seringlah menunduk agar tidak silau sehingga lupa tujuan memberi nasehat atau malah justru melupakan nasehat itu sendiri.”

    Karena orang silau bukan kepada cahaya, tetapi kepada pantulannya saat cahaya mengenai permukaan uang receh.

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  • Daring dan Targetting


    Sinyal sebuah provider sempat menghilang beberapa waktu. Tentu bikin gelisah banyak kalangan yang aktivitasbya bergantung pada koneksi internet. Salah satunya adalah aktivitas belajar daring.

    Namun yang mau dibahas bukan itu sih… Hehehe😁…..melainkan belajar daringnya. Makin ke sini, semakin jelas ada yang tercecer dalam pembuatan SOP pembelajaran daring ini.

    Di hampir semua lini, pembelajaran daring disusun tetap dengan style klasikal persekolahan baik model materi, strategi, model penyajian , target capaian dan model evaluasi. Akibatnya tentu saja rumah harus “bergaya"sekolahan. Wajar kalau para orang tua terutama ibu-yang secara tradisional adalah penanggungjawab sekolah anaknya-kalang kabut. Sebab ibu merasa harus menjalani peran guru sekolah sementara ia tak paham model pembelajaran persekolahan.

    Sekolah yang dipindahkan ke rumah ini tentu saja membuat model belajar menjadi kacau karena beberapa hal:

    1. Kita telah terlalu lama sangat mempercayai sekolah sebagai tempat pendidikan anak menjadi orang sukses sementara rumah menjadi area rekreasi semata yang mensupport sekolah. Logikanya jadi terbalik, ,seharusnya sekolah adalah supporting system bagi tercapainya target target pendidikan anak kita yang sudah didesain di rumah tangga kita

    2.Banyak keluarga yang dibangun tanpa ilmu sehingga dari sebuah pernikahan, ayah dan ibu tidak menyiapkan diri menjadi stake holder utama pendidikan anak anaknya. Para orang tua tidak punya program untuk mendidik anak anaknya. Wajar kalau kalang kabut ketika harus belajar dari rumah seperti sekarang ini

    3.Kata belajar telah terdistorsi sedemikian rupa sehingga maknanya tinggal sekedar kemampuan menjawab ujian untuk naik kelas, masuk sekolah atau masuk kerja. Semangat cinta ‘ilmu sehingga mendapatkan kemuliaan di sisi Allah hampir punah.

    4.Pelajaran di sekolah cenderung disajikan dalam bentuk "siap santap” bahkan seringkali “dijejali”. Semangat mencari tahu, menemukan, membangun kesimpulan kesimpulan cerdas, mengajari diri untuk belajar, memasuki petualangan asyik dalam keindahan belajar, nyaris punah. Pola pikir yang terbangun linier saja:

    sekolah –>belajar untuk nilai ujian–>lulus ujian–>level sekolah berikutnya dan tamat dengan angka baik–>kerja di tempat bagus.

    Dengan pola berpikir seperti ini, wajar kalau belajar kehilangan makna esensialnya.

    5.Bersekolah secara simple diterjemahkan dengan belajar. Padahal dengan set up kurikulum persekolahan yang ada sekarang ini, target sekolah yang utama adalah menuntaskan kebutuhan akademik, area belajar yang lain tidak cukup mampu tercover, terutama area “belajar hidup”. Desain kurikulum yang ada memberi informasi lengkap tentang definisi dan ciri baligh, leadership, responsibility sampai dengan happiness. Tapi kurikulum sekolah terbatas jangkauannya sehingga aplikasi dan keinginan bertanggungjawab menjalankan informasi yang sudah didapatkan itu hanya bisa diasah di rumah. Belajar kehidupan nyata ya tentu saja di kehidupan nyata sehari hari di rumah dengan mentor utamanya adalah orang tua.

    6.Orang tua yang menikah tidak jelas visi misinya sehingga tidak punya alat ukur ketika memilih lembaga sekolah untuk anaknya apakah sejalan antara visi musi sekolah dengan visi misi keluarganya. Sekolah cenderung dipilih karena bangunan fisik, fasilitas dan tentu cluster sosial😁.

    Itu beberapa hal yang berhasil tercermati selama pembelajaran daring dilakukan. Semakin hari semakin centang prenang perjalanannya karena sebagian besar orang tua kelelahan bahkan panik lalu memutuskan tidak perduli dan lepas tangan meninggalkan guru guru dan sekolah jalan sendiri. Target yang dibuat sekolah ngos ngosan dikejar anak anak sekolah.. Yang cukup baik semangatnya, kelelahan, yang tak perduli cenderung mengabaikan. Tinggallah para guru termangu kebingungan sementara kepala sekolah sibuk putar otak mendorong guru guru menghasilkan terobosan sambil ngedumel kesal jadi orang tengah yang pontang panting cari solusi dikejar kejar yayasan ( kalau yang swasta) .

    Jika saja semua pihak bersungguh sungguh ingin menjalankan visi besar mencerdaskan anak bangsa maka sedikiiiiiit saja menurunkan kejaran target akademik, tentu pembelajaran daring bisa didesain lebih nyaman untuk mengkoneksi guru murid, sekolah dan keluarga. Penyesuaian target belajar dengan situasi ril pandemi ini tentu busa mengarahkan anak sekolah pada project project real yang bisa di back up orang tua. Lebih ideal lagi kalau orang tua diajak terlibat dalam project bersama anaknya. Tentu akan muncul ide ide cemerlang yang bisa dijalani dengan nyaman di masing masing rumah sesuai dengan kondisi ril rumah para murid.

    Masalahnya adalah key word “bersungguh -sungguh” ini, entah hidden dimana😅



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