SIX STEPS HOW TO SUCCEED OUR LIFE
BASED ON OUR TADABBUR OF SURAH AL JUMU’AH
Lecture of Postgraduate School of University of Ibn Khaldun, Bogor, Indonesia
إنَّ الـحَمْدَ لِلّهِ نَـحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِيْنُهُ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُهُ، وَنَعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنْ شُرُورِ أَنْفُسِنَا وَمِنْ سَيِّئَاتِ أَعْمَالِنَا، مَنْ يَهْدِهِ اللهُ فَلَا مُضِلَّ لَهُ، وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَا هَادِيَ لَهُ، وَأَشْهَدُ أَن لاَّ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ الله وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُـحَمَّداً عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُه. اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا وَنَبِيِّنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَأَصْحَابِهِ أَجْمَعِيْن. أما بعد.
أَيًّهَا النَّاسُ أُوْصِيْكُمْ وَنَفْسِي بِتَقْوَا اللهِ وَطَاعَتِهِ فقد فاز المتّقون. وَقَالَ اللهُ تَعَالَى : يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُوْنَ.
All praise is for Allah. We praise him, we seek his aid, and we ask for his forgiveness. I testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone, who has no partner, and who is the lord of the worlds. Allah loves those who turn unto him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves and blessings and peace family and Allah’s righteous servants.
Oh friends I advise you to fear from Allah who said in Surah Al-Ahzāb  verse 70:
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَقُولُواْ قَوۡلٗا سَدِيدٗا
O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice.
Distinguished and honorable guests of Friday prayer.
Al-Qur’ān consists 6236 verses, 77.439 words, and 340.740 characters, which construct 114 verses, 30 juz, 60 hizb, and 240 rubu’.
Allah says in verse 185 of Surah Al-Baqarah:
شَهۡرُ رَمَضَانَ ٱلَّذِيٓ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ ٱلۡقُرۡءَانُ هُدٗى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَٰتٖ مِّنَ ٱلۡهُدَىٰ وَٱلۡفُرۡقَانِۚ
The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.
Without Al-Qur’an, people do not have any guidance except depend on his mind and life experience which is very limited. Without Al-Qur’an, even human being could not understand themselves as a human. Without Al-Qur’an, people will not know why they should be created in this world, what is their destiny, how to achieve their destiny, and so many questions which will lead them into speculation rather than the truth.
Distinguished and honorable guests of Friday prayer.
When you read the Qur’an, especially Surah Al-Jumu’ah, then you will find at least 6 (six) steps how to succeed your life, how to bring your life in an effective and efficient way, in blessing path. What are those 6 (six) steps as intended which we could take this lesson from all 11 verses of Surah Al-Jumu’ah?
STEP ONE: Think from The End
The Explanation: When you do not have final target, then you will not create medium wins toward the target. If you do not have medium wins, then you will not create small wins toward those medium wins. When you do not have target in your life, then you will run this life whithout work program or life program. So then, many Muslim is seen life like running water, they flow to anywhere without focus to specific destination.
Islam bring the answer that our final destiny is Jannah (paradise), so then you need to have a good ending in this world.
As Allah says in verse 8 of Surah Al-Jumu’ah:
قُلْ إِنَّ الْمَوْتَ الَّذِي تَفِرُّونَ مِنْهُ فَإِنَّهُ مُلَاقِيكُمْ ۖ ثُمَّ تُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ عَالِمِ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ
Say, “Indeed, the death from which you flee – indeed, it will meet you. Then you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you about what you used to do.”
Just reminder, that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ already said that the average age of the people of this Ummah is around sixty to seventy. Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said,
“The lifespan of my Ummah is from sixty to seventy (years).”
[Hadith No. 2331, Chapters on Zuhd, Jami’ At-Tirmidhi, Vol. 4]
Let us present best effort to achieve this final target, in this world, and hereafter. Allah will see our process in focusing to reach the target.
STEP TWO: Decide Your Target of Each Step
The explanation: Toward your final target, good ending and Jannah, you need to realize that there must be many steps, so then you need to decide your target of each step, medium wins and of course small wins, then.
This idea could be found in verse 2-3 of Surah Al-Jumu’ah:
هُوَ الَّذِي بَعَثَ فِي الْأُمِّيِّينَ رَسُولًا مِنْهُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتِهِ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَإِنْ كَانُوا مِنْ قَبْلُ لَفِي ضَلَالٍ مُبِينٍ
It is He who has sent among the unlettered a Messenger from themselves reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom – although they were before in clear error –
وَآخَرِينَ مِنْهُمْ لَمَّا يَلْحَقُوا بِهِمْ ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
And [to] others of them who have not yet joined them. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
In the context or case of these verses, in term of Qur’anic education, Prophet Muhammad ﷻ, started to get people interest of Islam by reciting to them Quranic Verses. After he succeed to get people interest then the next main step is teaching them the Book and wisdom. But, in fact, he did not do that before he did purifying of those people heart, before he straightened up adab on their mind, before he teach them knowledge to get knowledge, in order to be ready to get the main knowledge from the main source of ‘ilm, Al-Qur’ān.
STEP THREE: Be Proactive To Build Your Capacity
The explanation: To get wins of each step of your target, you need to be proactive to build your capacity. Do not be passive only. In term of life in this world, Islam push Muslim People to be a rich man and scholar. By treasure, a rich man could create more virtues, and by knowledge, scholar could create more great people.
This idea could be found in verse 5 of Surah Al-Jumu’ah:
مَثَلُ الَّذِينَ حُمِّلُوا التَّوْرَاةَ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَحْمِلُوهَا كَمَثَلِ الْحِمَارِ يَحْمِلُ أَسْفَارًا ۚ بِئْسَ مَثَلُ الْقَوْمِ الَّذِينَ كَذَّبُوا بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ ۚ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ
The example of those who were entrusted with the Torah and then did not take it on is like that of a donkey who carries volumes [of books]. Wretched is the example of the people who deny the signs of Allah. And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.
STEP FOUR: Be Careful with Any Obstacles
The explanation: When you are on your way toward the highness, you will find the wind blowing hard to drop you into previous level or even lower than your starting point. When you are your right way toward Jannah, you will find devil (syaithan) do not like that, and will try all ways to bring you back to your previous ignorance era. Sometimes, you will be tested with the doubtness based on the human thought. Sometimes, you will be examined to prioritize your life in this world rather than hereafter.
This idea could be found in verse 6 and 11 of Surah Al-Jumu’ah:
قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ هَادُوا إِنْ زَعَمْتُمْ أَنَّكُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ لِلَّهِ مِنْ دُونِ النَّاسِ فَتَمَنَّوُا الْمَوْتَ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ صَادِقِينَ
Say, “O you who are Jews, if you claim that you are allies of Allah, excluding the [other] people, then wish for death, if you should be truthful.”
وَإِذَا رَأَوْا تِجَارَةً أَوْ لَهْوًا انْفَضُّوا إِلَيْهَا وَتَرَكُوكَ قَائِمًا ۚ قُلْ مَا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ مِنَ اللَّهْوِ وَمِنَ التِّجَارَةِ ۚ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الرَّازِقِينَ
But when they saw a transaction or a diversion, [O Muhammad], they rushed to it and left you standing. Say, “What is with Allah is better than diversion and than a transaction, and Allah is the best of providers.”
STEP FIVE: Synergize
The explanation: Yes, you could do your plan by yourself alone, but you need to realize that you need others to achieve your target, easier and faster. Togetherness is necessity in this world, while individually, separately, will be experienced in the Day of Calculation in hereafter. You need to create as much as possible, synergy to great people and party to crate medium wins and small wins.
This ideas could be found by tadabbur verse 9 of Surah Al-Jumu’ah:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا نُودِيَ لِلصَّلَاةِ مِنْ يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ فَاسْعَوْا إِلَىٰ ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَذَرُوا الْبَيْعَ ۚ ذَٰلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu’ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew.
STEP SIX: Enjoy Your Life with Dzikr
The explanation: Based on above 5 (five) steps, if you have had and planned already your own life program or work program, then you just do the planning. You will immediately getting busy in doing your plan. There will be no more useless time, and meaningless. You will get fatigue in your life, and this is good. Life is fatigue, and your rest is dead. So then, please enjoy your life with remembrance, with Dzikr.
This ideas could be found by tadabbur verse 1 and 10 of Surah Al-Jumu’ah:
يُسَبِّحُ لِلَّهِ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ الْمَلِكِ الْقُدُّوسِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَكِيمِ
Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth is exalting Allah, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
فَإِذَا قُضِيَتِ الصَّلَاةُ فَانْتَشِرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَابْتَغُوا مِنْ فَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah, and remember Allah often that you may succeed.
Distinguished and honorable guests of Friday prayer,
May Allah make it easy for us to reach our vision, our mission, our final target, our medium and small wins target. May Allah gather us in Jannah, and I pray you all die with a good ending, because you alwas position Al-Qur’an as your main reference, your guidance in your life in this world, by focusing success in Paradise (Jannah).
بَارَكَ الله لِيْ وَلَكُمْ فِي الْقُرْآنِ الْكَرِيْمِ، وَنَفَعَنِيْ وَإِيَّاكُمْ بِمَا فِيْهِ مِنَ الْآيَاتِ وَالذِّكْرِ الْحَكِيْمِ. أَقُوْلُ قَوْلِيْ هذا وَأَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ لِيْ وَلَكُمْ وَلِسَائِرِ الْمُسْلِمِيْنَ مِنْ كُلِّ ذَنْبٍ، فَاسْتَغْفِرُوْهُ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُوْرُ الرَّحِيْمُ
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