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Alhamdulillah, my last post brings many feedback. Jazakumullah khairan for the support and excitement 😆 and for the people who said I was inspiring, I think I need to explain how I get the idea and who inspires me to do this 🙂
In Indonesia, there is a man called Ustadh Yusuf Mansur. He is concentrating in sadaqah and building “Tahfidh House” (house for learning Qur’an). I would also point out that his work pays so much in such short years, he started to learn about sadaqah in 1998. And now his tahfidh houses reached over 3000 houses and keep counting!! Wallahy, you should read about his life if there is any available in English.
I heard about him a lot, and I followed his story until now. Some people think that he is too extreme. Let me give an example of the people he had helped. There was this man really in need of money for medication, he has no money, and so he came to this Ustadh for solution. You know what he would say? “Give your motorbike for sadaqah”. Or if a man wants his hotel business to expand, he would say ,”Give one of your hotel for sadaqah”. And wallahy, I know many many people who prove this method. If you want something so so so so bad, and no money to get it, give sadaqah!
This Ustadh is practicing two verses from al-Baqarah :
261. The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.
262. Those who spend their wealth in the Cause of Allah, and do not follow up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury, their reward is with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
Literally, in the verse 261, Allah had promised that every sadaqah will be rewarded 700 times! And who keeps their promises better than Allah?!
It’s just amazing. Of course now his knowledge is more than he had before. But can you imagine, this is an international movement! He started it just because he learned few verses and he has so much faith in it, by the help of Allah, he brings changes and solutions for this ummah! Don’t look at his shortcomings, may Allah increase him in knowledge, and forgive all the mistakes he is done, bless him with long blessed life. Aameen!!
That’s why I put faith on it too, it is the promise of Allah! Allah always keeps His promises! I experienced this miracle few times, I couldn’t mention it here, I’m afraid it will cancel my rewards. 🙂
Okay, that’s the man who inspires me to do it.
And last but not least, how to be sincere? I can’t tell you how, I don’t even know that I was sincere or I was not. But look at the verse 262, don’t remind the people and don’t hurt others with your generosity. I think it helps, also by holding our tongue everytime we are tempted to mention the amount of our sadaqah in the intention for motivating people. If they are not motivated by Allah’s Rewards, they will not be motivated by your words too. That’s for sure.
Hope it clears everything.
I wish I have a picture of this man, but I don’t. I asked my little sister, she also doesn’t have any of his picture. I guess I still have to write this post anyway, because I don’t even know how he looks like but I really admire his works.
This man is my little sister’s headmaster, Mr. Prima Yunaldi. He is newly elected, started to work on his position early this year. And my little sister told me, he already fixed the toilet of girls (not himself, but his initiative). That’s only for the school building. What makes me write this post is another. 🙂
Earlier yesterday, 3 a.m. I woke up and did some stretching and then I walked to the fridge to get some water. And I heard my little sister’s phone rang. She woke up and I no longer pay attention to her. I gave missed calls to my tahajjud group and start my “me time”. In my mind, I made plan to talk to my little sister that she should switch the phone off while sleeping. That’s very disturbing, right?
So, yesterday night, after planning a serious heart to heart conversation with my little sister, I sat her down and asked who called her at 3 a.m. She said, “It was not a phone call, it was a text from my headmaster“. I got confused. Why would a headmaster text my sister, at 3 a.m?? And then my sister told me..
“He texts every students random nights to remind them to do tahajjud and remind them to be grateful for the education.“
Is there any other headmaster you know so encouraging and supportive like him? One in a million, I guess.. May Allah grant him with long life and keep him estiqamah to make the kids love our deen. Ameen..
Everywhere we are, no matter what we do, find a way… and shine!!