Makna di Sebalik Ustaziatul Alam

Saya risau jika gambaran Ustaziatul Alam dalam pemikiran kita ialah dalam bentuk kuasa politik.

Mari kembali merujuk kepada Risalah Ta’alim. Ketika Hasan alBanna membahaskan Maratib alAmal, inilah frasa yang digunakan oleh beliau :

وأستاذية العالم بنشر دعوة الإسلام في ربوعه

“Dan Ustaziatul Alam dengan menyebarkan dakwah Islam di seluruh pelusuk dunia”

Makna di sebalik Ustaziatul Alam itu bukanlah sekadar kuasa politik global, tetapi kemampuan menyebarluaskan dakwah Islam ke seluruh ceruk dan pelusuk dunia. Dan kuasa politik global hanyalah salah satu ceruk daripada banyak ceruk-ceruk yang ada.

Apa yang penting, sudah tiada bumi yang mampu menyekat kemahuan kita menyebarluaskan dakwah dan rahmat Islam.

Nak Tahu Apa Seluruh Manusia Sedang Rasa ?

Assalamualaikum.

Cuba search di Google Search Engine : 

1. I’m 10 …
2. I’m 11 …
3. I’m 12 …
Hinggalah umur yang paling tua (cadangan : hingga umur 85 tahun)

Just see what Google suggest, bila kita search words tu.

 
Shocked ?
Itu lah sebenarnya yang mendominasi fikiran dan perasaan majoriti manusia di seluruh bumi, terutama mereka yang english speaking.
 
=)

Soft Power ; Pendekatan Gerakan Islam Yang Lebih Sesuai

Ada Gerakan Islam yang memilih Jalur Keras, dan ada yang memilih Jalur Lembut.

Kadang kala, Gerakan Islam yang memilih Jalur Keras dilihat sebagai jaguh, dan yang memilih Jalur Lembut pula dilihat seperti menggadaikan prinsip.

Adakah persepsi ini benar?

Persoalan ini boleh dijawab dengan memahami konsep Soft Power dan Hard Power, yang diperkenalkan oleh Joseph Nye.

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Maksud ‘Power’ ialah ‘the ability to influence the behavior of others to get the outcomes you want’. Terdapat beberapa cara untuk mempengaruhi orang lain :

1. Paksa

2. Duit

3. Constructive Engagement

Jalur Keras akan memilih cara pertama dan kedua. Manakala Jalur Lembut akan memilih cara ketiga iaitu constructive engagement.

Di level negara, sektor yang sering diguna pakai bagi Jalur Keras ini ialah ketenteraan dan manipulasi ekonomi. Jalur Lembut pula cenderung kepada teknik kesepakatan polisi dan diplomasi.

Mereka yang cenderung kepada Jalur Keras akan lebih percaya bahawa kekuatan itu terbina apabila kita berjaya memaksa pandangan kita kepada orang lain. Fokus kepada pembinaan kekuatan itu ialah supaya kekuatan orang lain menjadi lebih inferior. Oleh itu, hubungan antara mereka dan orang lain ialah hubungan paksa atau ‘carrot and stick’.

Namun begitu, Jalur Lembut tidak melihat itu sebagai suatu kekuatan melainkan suatu tekanan yang dikenakan. Perubahan tingkah laku ini berlaku secara out-in dan biasanya tidak bertahan lama. Apabila suatu hari tekanan itu sudah terlalu kuat, ia boleh memuntahkan suatu kuasa yang luar biasa dan menyerang kembali kuasa Jalur Keras ini.

Berlawanan dengan itu, Jalur Lembut akan fokus pada membina nilai dan polisi yang menarik minat orang lain, sehingga membuatkan mereka ingin mencontohi dan mengaplikasikan nilai dan polisi ini. Jalur Lembut sering dilihat seperti berkawan dengan semua orang termasuk musuh kerana mengadakan constructive engagement atau diplomasi, namun hasil yang ingin dicapai bukan penggadaian prinsip malah menjadi qudwah.

Merenung kisah Hudaibiah, tidak ramai yang dapat memahami hikmah dan kesan baik Jalur Lembut ini, melainkan beberapa orang.

Malah jika kita menghayati makna akhir bagi Gerakan Islam iaitu Ustaziatul Alam, maka kita akan mendapati bahawa Soft Power ialah jalur yang lebih sesuai. Saat itu, orang lain secara sukarela mahu menjadi murid kepada kita, tanpa dipaksa.

Bagi Jalur Keras yang sering mendabik dada sebagai jaguh dan mengherdik Jalur Lembut, kita katakan pada mereka ini sebenarnya bukan Jalur Lembut yang menggadaikan prinsip, tetapi Jalur Halus yang hanya difahami oleh mereka yang menghargai apa yang tersirat di sebalik sesuatu.

Qolu salama.

Of Mr. President

Saya selalu diberitahu satu cerita tentang Hasan alBanna.

Dalam satu program Ikhwanul Muslimin, Hasan alBanna menyusun kerusi untuk para tetamu. Beliau ditegah oleh seorang Ikhwah, ‘Engkau ialah pimpinan Ikhwanul Muslimin, tinggalkan pekerjaan menyusun kerusi ini kepada aku’

‘Aku belum pasti,’ jawab Hasan alBanna, ‘ceramahku dalam program ini atau amal menyusun kerusi ini yang bakal membawaku ke syurga.’

* * * * *

Saya bekerja di satu aras yang sama dengan Presiden IKRAM. Jangan salah sangka, pekerjaan saya ini biasa sahaja dan semua orang boleh buat. Tiada yang istimewa.

Oleh itu, saya selalu terserempak dengan Presiden, nama pun ofismet. Beliau seorang yang sangat suka berfikir dan berzikir ketika berjalan sorang-sorang, tapi bila terserempak dengan saya, mesti senyum. Senyum dia juga agak comel, macam kanak-kanak ribena.

Semalam adalah pertama kali saya menghadiri satu mesyuarat bersama Presiden.

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Ini la ofismet saya tu

Oleh kerana saya paling muda, saya juga selalu dibuli supaya menyediakan makanan dan minuman untuk ahli mesyuarat. Oh ya, itu memang kerja saya sebenarnya. He He.

‘Mereka buli enta ye akhi,’ gurau Pakcik Zaid Kamaruddin sambil mengukir senyuman penuh nampak semua gigi.

Di dalam mesyuarat, saya perhatikan yang Presiden suka mendengar dan memahami pandangan ahli mesyuarat lain berbanding memaksakan pandangannya. Ketika memberikan arahan pula, Presiden akan melakukannya dalam keadaan yang santai dan comel, tetapi dihormati yang lain.

Nasib baik saya tak kena apa-apa arahan, sebab saya muda lagi.

Apabila tamat mesyuarat, menjadi tugas saya untuk mengemas kembali bilik mesyuarat. Saya basuh semua cawan dan buang semua pinggan polistrin.

Malangnya, saya hanya sempat basuh cawan sahaja, kerana Presiden lebih cepat dan tangkas mengambil plastik sampah berwarna hijau dan mengutip semua pinggan polistrin. Tak sempat saya nak kutip sampah tu.

Ini contoh plastik warna hijau.

Ini contoh plastik sampah warna hijau.

Apabila Presiden letak plastik sampah hijau di tepi, saya cepat-cepat ambil untuk meletakkannya di luar pejabat. Plastik sampah hijau itu ditinggalkan diluar bilik mesyuarat sebentar kerana nak ambil dulu beg saya dan satu lagi plastik sampah yang tertinggal di dalam bilik mesyuarat itu.

Sebaik sahaja saya nak keluar dari bilik, Presiden terus cepat-cepat ambil balik plastik sampah hijau tadi dan bertanya, ‘Di tangan enta tu plastik sampah jugak ke? Meh sini, ana letak kat luar’.

‘Eh bukan, ini bukan sampah’. Terpaksa tipu sunat, takkan nak biar Presiden buang dua plastik sampah kot.

Sori ye Presiden, tipu sunat aje. Hu Hu.

Di dalam kereta pulang ke rumah, saya mengimbau kisah Hasan alBanna menyusun kerusi yang selalu diberitahu pada saya.

Rupa-rupanya, “Hasan alBanna” hidup lagi.

10 Bulan

Kurang lebih 10 bulan saya tidak menulis. Sedangkan, hampir setiap hari selama 10 bulan itu lah jiwa saya meronta mahu menulis.

Kata orang, menulis itu mengikat idea yang terawang. Ia baik untuk kita, baik juga untuk orang lain.

Mungkin masih belum juga tiba masanya untuk kembali bermula. Ada sesuatu yang perlu diutamakan.

Semoga bertemu lagi, entah bila…

Choose Joy Over Comparison

image credit: Lisa

These simple words reminded me about why I quit my job, got rid of most of my stuff, and redefined my life. There is a fine line between comparison and competition and neither are particularly productive when it comes to feeding a happy, healthy, joyful life.

I am no stranger to comparison. Working in sales and marketing for close to 20 years had my daily focus on comparing things like …

  • my sales numbers compared to my colleagues
  • my companies stats compared to my competition
  • the number of hours I invested compared to everyone else
  • how much later I checked my email and wrote proposals compared to co-workers
  • my connection with clients compared to their relationships

and then there was all the life stuff that went with the work stuff …

  • my new shoes compared to hers
  • where I went on vacation compared to where they went on vacation
  • what car I drove to work in compared to how they got to work
  • my new highlights compared to their cute haircut

I am embarrassed and saddened that comparison was such a huge part of my life, but the interesting part is that I didn’t know it was so prevalent until it wasn’t. I didn’t know that I was driven by being better, faster, smarter, more liked, and more stylish. I wasn’t outwardly greedy or aggressive, but inside I was striving for the wrong things.

All I really wanted was joy, and yet through my actions, I was chasing it away every day. In my old life of keeping up, exceeding expectations and searching for more, I had to escape to find joy and today, joy chases me.

Choose joy and stop comparing

Bank Accounts
If you’ve ever raised eyebrows because your employer bought a new car or a co-worker showed up at the office wearing $500 shoes, then you’ve given some thought to how people spend their money compared to how you spend yours. I know you don’t actually share bank statements, but you make assumptions based on how people live and what they say. The money they make has no bearing on your happiness and what they make is only a tiny part of their financial picture. If you were happy with what you were earning until you discovered a co-worker made more, ask yourself why you are chasing joy away.

Appearance
No one that really cares about you will remember what shoes you wore to last month’s sales meeting or your cousin’s wedding. If you try to keep up with the latest trends and compare yourself to magazine ads and mannequins at the mall, you will be uncomfortable, broke and frustrated. Instead, dress with fewer items that allow you to be creative, gentle and happy. Shoes that squeeze your feet and jeans that cut off the circulation in your thighs aren’t joyful. Dress to enjoy your day, not so that others can enjoy you. You will remember the moment and they will remember that you were great to spend time with, not what you looked like.

Children
With stories of babies on exclusive private school waiting lists, and back to back activities for kids, you might compare what you are doing with your own kids. Why did you take your kids hiking this weekend instead of driving back and forth to music, sports and language classes. Why are your kids at home with you all summer instead of away at camp learning something that will build their college applications. Why aren’t your kids taking 5 AP classes instead of the curriculum that they really enjoy? What? Your kid isn’t going to college? You get the idea. Comparison will steal the joy of watching your child learn to love their own life. Teach your children that they are perfect and imperfect, not better or worse than someone else. Give them room to breathe, solve problems, and discover what makes their heart sing.

Body Image
If you’ve ever wanted to be skinnier than someone else, you know what I mean. Maybe you’ve even taken drastic measures to measure up. Instead of comparing and falling short, think about how you want to fuel your body to be joyful, with great energy. Make slow changes based on what your body needs, not based on the dress you want to wear that won’t zip or the friend that seems to always be the perfect weight.

Relationships
Have you ever compared the relationship you have with someone to another? Similar to the financial comparisons, you never know the full story. I’ve seen countless marriages and relationships crumble that looked perfect from the outside. You catch a glimpse of other relationships, but the only ones you can really know and enjoy are yours. Pour yourself into them. Whenever you start to focus on a relationship that doesn’t include you, shift focus and write a love letter and connect more deeply with someone you love.

Success
Your life experience is unique as is your definition of success. When you can truly stop comparing, you can figure out what that definition is. You can take time to ask important questions like “What really makes me happy?” “What will I contribute to the world?” “What is enough for me?”

There is enough joy for each of us. Joy is not a limited resource. Joy multiplies when you embrace it. Joy spreads when you give it away, and when you stop comparing, joy will chase you. Slow down and it will catch you every day.

Where is comparison stealing your joy?

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Living for everyone else

A lot of people don’t do minimalism because it doesn’t seem realistic for their lives. But what they often mean is that they don’t want others to think they’re weird.

Wearing the same clothes every day might seem weird to your friends and co-workers. Having no car might make you seem like an oddball. Not having a smartphone might make you uncool. Living in a small home or an RV might make everyone think you’re poor or crazy. Eating vegan food might make the meat eaters in your life groan or roll their eyes.

But who are we living for? I am all for living to help other people, but when we live our lives to the expectations of other people, we end up living lives we don’t want. And what do we get when we live up to the expectations of all these other people? They really don’t care — they just don’t like things different because they are uncomfortable with change. Staying the same as everyone else doesn’t make everyone else happier — it just doesn’t force them to reflect on their lives.

Where do these expectations come from, anyway? Other people didn’t just make them up — they are customs built up over the years, often very consciously by corporations trying to get us into expensive buying habits. For example, we have so many clothes, gadgets and other possessions because ads have sold us on the idea that we need clothing to look stylish, to be successful, to feel like a woman, to be as good as the people on TV. It wasn’t always this way, and it’s up to us to decide whether we want it to be that way from now on.

I’m not saying we should go live in the woods and ignore society (though that’s not a bad option). I live in society, and yet no one minds me wearing the same clothes all the time. People don’t go wild with anger when they hear that I’m not buying Christmas presents. I might get a raised eyebrow when they find out I don’t have cable TV or a car, and I might have to explain myself when they hear I’m a vegan, but no one gets mad at me and they go on with their lives. I sure go on with mine.

The way everyone else does things isn’t working. People aren’t happy with a life filled with possessions. Driving cars all the time adds to stress, makes people unhealthier, pollutes. People get unhealthy with their standard American diet. Just because everyone else thinks this is the way it should be done, doesn’t mean it’s the best way. Go against the stream — the other fish don’t know where they’re going either!

When it comes to others, be helpful, compassionate, grateful. But don’t live up to their expectations. You’ll be freed of the shackles of meaningless customs, so that you can live as you want.

Link : mnmlist.com