Sungguh Aku bermaksud menurunkan azab kepada penduduk bumi. Namun ketika Aku melihat orang-orang yang memakmurkan rumah-rumahku (masjid), dan orang-orang yang minta ampun kepadaKu di waktu sahur, maka Aku belokkan azab itu dari penduduk bumi.
HR. Imam Baihaqi dari Sahabat Anas RA
Ilmu itu adalah hutang. Baru bisa lunas ketika diamalkan.
Look at the stories of the Prophets and how they were each saved. Look at the duaa of Nuh (AS) and Yunus (AS) and Ayoub (AS). They didn’t pretend. They didn’t feign strength and ability and perfection. They humbled themselves completely and admit that they had no strength or ability, because they knew that truly, truly, all strength and ability comes from Allah
Misdirected hopes. So many of us suffer from misdirected hopes. Some of us expect perfection from ourselves. Some are seeking the perfect relationship, or spouse, or friendship. Some want the perfect body or perfect career. But we all suffer from the same ailment, in different forms. Instead of seeking perfection in jennah, we seek it from this life, and get burned in the process. Like a person sprinting tirelessly on a treadmill, we give our everything to the endeavor, but we move nowhere.
Learn to accept, and even appreciate, this life for what it is: a place of lessons, hard work, imperfection, striving, and moments of pleasure. It wasn’t created to be perfect. And it wasn’t created to last. The sooner we redirect our hopes and striving, the sooner we can step off the treadmill.
And enter the Real race.