It's Friday!! I know.. I know.. the best day in the whole week.. :)
Anyway.. I would like to share something which I 'freshly' got from my usrah today. Allow me.. :)
Remember the famous tag line of;
"sesungguhnya Allah tidak akan mengubah nasib sesuatu kaum melainkan mereka berusaha untuk mengubahnya sendiri.."
Before this, I have always understand this lines as - Allah will only help those who help themselves. In other words, it is you who determine your state of life whether to work for the greater good or the total opposite. Full stop. Nothing more.. nothing less. Who are with me?
But you see, in surah Surah Ar-Ra'd verse 11, it's translation says;
"For each (person), there are angels in succession, before and behind him. They guard him by the Command of Allah. Verily! Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah). But when Allah wills a people's punishment, there can be no turning back of it, and they will find besides Him no protector."
I suggest you read the translation again. Did you see it now?
In this verse, it starts off by saying that for everyone of us, by the Command of Allah, there are angels guarding us in succession. It means that not for even a blink of an eye that we are left without angels guarding us. These angels are in front of us and behind us. After this statement comes the famous translation. Only now, we have to see it from a different angle. It says, "Verily! Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah)".
What it is saying is that, by default, everyone is in good condition. Allah has prepared us with His best bodyguard and giving us only the best. But due to mistakes that we have done whether by committing sins or just being ungrateful, then only we change our state from good to bad. In other words, it is by our bad doings which has led us into bad state.
I guess the only solution to bring ourselves back on track i.e. the good condition is by doing more good and seboleh mungkin avoid the not so good. ;)
Important note: The first quote still stands as it is. Both quotes are to be used in a totally different contexts. ;)