Exactly How To Set & Achieve Your Quran Goals This Ramadan…

Exactly How To Set & Achieve Your Quran Goals This Ramadan…

Get your Quran Journal out & brainstorm answers to each of these questions…

1. What can you learn from previous Ramadans’ mistakes that will help you succeed in future Ramadans?

Your past is not your future. Brainstorm 3-5 ways you can improve on your past efforts

2. If you could wave a magic wand, what would you ideally achieve with the Quran during an ideal Ramadan?

Recognise that you may not be ready to achieve this ideal target this Ramadan, and commit to improving yourself over the next year, so you can do it NEXT Ramadan, not this one.

3.a. Set up ideal & minimum time targets for each day of Ramadan.

Take a look at your calendar right now & mark off the dates of Ramadan. Now ask yourself…

a. When during the day is the best time for me to recite?

b. Will I have more time on weekends than weekdays?

c.  Which healthy weekly/daily commitments am I willing to cut out during Ramadan? Perhaps cutting out gym, or other healthy normal activities, like TV will create more time for Quran.

d. How much time will you ideally, comfortably have each day for the Quran? (eg. 1 – 2 hours)

e. And if you don’t make that ideal target, what will be the bear minimum you think you can comfortably do each day? (eg. 15-30 mins)

3.b. When Can I Use Passive Audio ‘NET’ Time (No-Extra-Time)?

I like to think of Ramadan as having 2 types of productive Quran time: passive audio listening time; versus sitting & studying the Quran time. The great thing about passive audio time is that it can be whilst you are doing something mundane that requires no conscious thought, such as taking the train or doing the laundry.

4. Where are you at right now in your Quran studies? Eg. Fluency, English, Memorization, etc.

Check out this this ‘Quran Progress Tracker’ tool that you can use to measure your progress before and after Ramadan…

http://www.quranforbusypeople.com/quran-assessment

 

(You don’t need to send me your personal information – just read the questions and make a note of the answers yourself in your Quran Journal).

5. Of all the areas of Quran study, which is the most important for you to improve on during this Ramadan to set yourself up for a great year with the Quran?

For some people, the best use of Ramadan may be to learn to understand the entire Quran in Arabic. That way, for the rest of the year, they can connect more deeply with the Quran.

For others it may be improving fluency of recitation, so that for the rest of the year they can read 2 pages each day in Arabic & English to feel that constant connection.

For others, the best use of this month may be to simply learn how to recite the Arabic script, so they can go on to achieve all their other Quran goals.

There are many more options than just these, and each individual has to decide for him/herself what is most important to improve this Ramadan.

6. Use these practical Quran strategies with the suggested time-frames, and decide which one suits your abilities, free time & goals.

The great news is, wherever you are in your Quran studies, you’re not alone!

In this article are some great resources students & Islamic organizations have recommended, that help you immediately achieve some of your Quran goals…

http://quranforbusypeople.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/5-essential-ramadan-resources/

For loads more advice, tips & strategies for achieve all your Quran goals, visit www.quranforbusypeople.com and enjoy the free articles, live webinar invitations & videos.

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Temu Jiwa Sentuh Fisik by. Ust. Anis Matta

Shalatnya panjang dan khusuk. Keluh dan resah mengalir dalam doa-doa. Hasrat dan rindu merangkak bersama malam yang kian kelam. Usai shalat perempuan itu akhirnya rebah di pembaringan. Cemasnya belum lunas. Lama sudah suaminya pergi. Untuk jihad, memang. Tapi cinta tetaplah cinta. Walaupun jihad, perpisahan selalu membakar jiwa dengan rindu. Maka ia pun rebah dengan doa-doa; “Ya Allah, yang memperjalankan unta-unta, menurunkan kitab-kitab, memberi para pemohon, aku memohon pada-Mu agar Engkau mengembalikan suamiku yang telah pergi lama, agar dengan itu Engkau lepaskan resahku. Engkau gembirakan mataku. Ya Allah, tetapkanlah hukum-Mu di antara aku dan khalifah Abdul Malik bin Marwan yang telah memisahkan kami”.

Untungnya malam itu Khalifah Abdul Malik bin Marwan memang sedang menyamar di tengah pemukiman warga. Tujuannya, ya, itu tadi; mencari tahu opini warga soal pengiriman mujahidin ke medan jihad, khususnya istri-istri mereka. Dan suara perempuanlah itulah yang ia dengar.

Ini tabiat yang membedakan cinta jiwa dari cinta misi; pertemuan jiwa dalam cinta jiwa hanya akan menjadi semacam penyakit jika tidak berujung dengan sentuhan fisik. Disini rumus bahwa cinta tidak harus memiliki tidak berlaku.

Cinta jiwa bukan sekedar kecenderungan spritiual seperti yang ada dalam cinta misi. Cinta jiwa mengandung kadar sahwat yang besar. Dari situ akar tuntutan sentuhan fisik berasal. Mereka menyebutnya passionate love. Tanpa membawa semua penyakit. Sebagaimana hanya akan berujung kegilaan. Seperti yang dialami Qais dan Laila.

Ini mengapa kita diperintahkan mengasihi para pecinta; supaya mereka terhindar dari cinta yang seharusnya menjadi energi, lantas berubah jadi sumber penyakit. Maka sentuhan fisik dalam semua bentuknya adalah obat paling mujarab bagi rindu yang tak pernah selesai. Ini juga penjelasan mengapa hubungan badan antara suami istri merupakan ibadah besar, tradisi kenabian dan kegemaran orang shalih. Sebab, kata Ibnu Qayyim dan Imam Ghazali, ia mewariskan kesehatan dan jiwa raga, mencerahkan pikiran, meremajakan perasaan, menghilangkan pikiran dan perasaan buruk, membuat kita lebih awet muda dan memperkuat hubungan cinta kasih. Makna sakinah dan mawaddah adalah ketenangan jiwa yang tercipta setelah gelora hasrat terpenuhi,

Makna itu dapat dipahami Abdul Malik bin Marwan. Maka ia pun bertanya, “Berapa lama wanita bisa bertahan sabar?” “Enam bulan” jawab mereka. Kisah itu sebenarnya mengikuti pada temuan yang sama dimasa Umar bin Khattab. Dan di kedua kisah itu, kedua perempuan itu sama-sama melantunkan syair rindu dan hasrat, dan Abdul Malik bin Marwan mendengar bait ini;

air mata mengalir bersama larut malam
sedih mengiris hati dan merampas tidur
bergulat aku lawan malam
terawangi bintang hasrat rindu mendera-dera
melukai jiwa

Memang hanya puisi tempat jiwanya berlari. Melepas hasrat yang tak mau dilepas. Sebab rindu tetap saja rindu. Puisi tak akan pernah sanggup menyelesaikannya. Sebab memang begitulah hukumnya; hanya sentuhan fisik yang bisa mengobati hasrat jiwa.

CopyPaste from : http://anismatta.com/2010/07/temu-jiwa-sentuh-fisik/26

Simplicity

“Simplicity is the glory of expression.” Walt Whitman
Life is meant to be simple, easy and enjoyable, not complicated, difficult and frustrating. Simplicity is a state of being; it feels peaceful, yet alert; still, yet flowing. It’s where yin meets yang; where the nurturing, creative, feminine aspect merges with the active, manifesting, masculine energy. Being in a state of simplicity is being in the ultimate balance of one’s true nature.

When we embody a state of simplicity and bring it to all of our activities and encounters, productivity increases effortlessly, relationships flow with ease, communications unfold with clarity, and our lives become an expression of our heart and soul’s passion.

Life becomes complex and overwhelming when we let our busy mind run the show analyzing every detail, rehashing and rehearsing every conversation, planning every future event. And if we let our ego take control, status and image become more important than authenticity, driving us to do more and more until our schedules are maxed out and our bodies are exhausted. Then we fall into a constant craving to accumulate more stuff until our homes are cluttered with every imaginable fixture and gadget. There is absolutely no room for simplicity here.

Simplifying our lives by doing less, owning less and thinking less is one way to bring back ease and balance. The other way is to relax into a state of ease, move at our natural rhythm, respond instead of react, and live in the present moment. From this simple state of being, we follow the natural seasons and cycles of life, and we trust that we are fine just as we are – no need for all the extra bells and whistles.

Insights into Living Simply

♦ What areas of your life are simple and easy? Reflect over relationships, work, family, home, finances, health etc. What supports this simplicity?

♦ What areas of your life are more complicated? What is it about each of these areas that make it complicated?

♦ What would you have to let go of to live more simply? What would you have to embrace?

Inspirations to Simplify Your Life

♦ Make a commitment to de-clutter one area of your home or office this week. Do another area next week until your whole working and living space feels lighter and simpler.

♦ Choose a complicated area of your life – it may be a relationship, finances or health issue and brainstorm ways to simplify it. Perhaps accepting another’s behavior is the simplest thing to do, or creating a realistic budget to follow, or taking care of yourself physically with regular exercise and rest. Sometimes the smallest actions net the biggest results.

♦ Take a few minutes each day to embody the state of simplicity. Being with nature is one way to move into this state: watching leaves on a tree blow gently in the wind, listening to water swirl over rocks in a stream, following clouds as they float by. Another way is to close your eyes, let go of all thoughts and activities, and notice the natural rhythm of your breathing – follow it in and out until you feel your whole body relax into a simple state of being. Open your eyes and take this state with you.

What are some of the simple things in life you enjoy? Please share with me and other readers below in the comments section.

Taken from this web 🙂 ==> http://www.ginigrey.com/wp/spiritual-insights/Simplicity

Jangan Panggil Aku “Si Padang” :D

Sungguh….
Saya tak habis mengerti, dari mana kisah bermula ketika pada akhirnya ‘Orang Minang ‘ justru disebut sebagai ‘Orang Padang’…?

…berbilang masa, kerancuan itu mengalir begitu saja…
sepertinya… kita anak negeri penghuni Ranah Minang sendiri… tenang-tenang saja ..
sepertinya pula… kita Orang Minang sudah membenarkan begitu saja ketika kita yang terlahir di Bukittinggi…ketika kita yang terlahir di Lima Puluh Kota misalnya, justru kita dipanggil sebagai “Orang Padang….”

Sebutan ‘Orang Padang’ agaknya memang lebih lekat di benak banyak orang ketimbang menyebut “Orang Minang”..
Padahal sesungguhnya, bukankah Padang itu sendiri hanyalah setumpak kecil wilayah dalam sebentang hamparan luas Ranah Minang nan rancak bana…?

Tapi kenapa orang luar Minang lidahnya justru lebih fasih menyebut istilah ‘Orang Padang’ ketimbang ‘Orang Minang’ ?
Mereka lebih terbiasa menyebut ‘Adat Padang’ ketimbang ‘Adat Minang’…?
Mereka terbiasa menyebut Bahasa Padang ketimbang Bahasa Minang…?
Dan kitapun sadar atau tidak, dimana-mana tanah perantauan terlalu sering melabeli diri dengan label “Padang” daripada ‘Minang’
Maka yang tersohor justru ‘Rumah Makan Padang’…bukan ‘Rumah Makan Minang’
…padahal di kota Padang sendiri tidak pernah ada Rumah Makan Padang kan..?

Meski kelezatan Sate Padang diperantauan menjadi buah sebut si orang banyak, namun bukankah di Ranah Minang sendiri Sate Padang yang sesungguhnya justru kalah pamor ketimbang Sate Pariaman….Sate Danguang-Danguang atau sate Padang Panjang….?

Kita sendirikah yang telah membengkokkan sebuatan “Minang” menjadi “Padang”…?
Ataukah memang kita sepakat dan setuju-setuju begitu saja ketika darah Minang yang mengalir ini disebut sebagai darah Padang..?

Begitu pula agaknya, kenapa setiap kubuka-buka jendela Facebook-ku…
selalu saja, ada sahabat jauhku yang menyapa, lalu bertanya..;
“Bagaimana kabar Padang, Pak…?…Kami rindu Jam Gadang dan Ngarai Sianoknya…!”
Bahkan sahabatku di perantauan yang kampung kelahirannya di Suliki-pun justru ikut-ikutan juga juga menyebut ‘rindu mudik ke Padang’ Lebaran mendatang….

…maka berkali-kali pula aku meluruskan pertanyaan dan pernyataan sahabat-sahabatku itu….bahwa; ..aku bukan di Padang….!..Ngarai Sianok dan Jam Gadang itupun bukanlah di Padang,.. tapi di Bukittinggi..!..Suliki itu 150 km lebih dari kota Padang…(baa kok sato lo manyabuik ‘mudik ke Padang’ Mpuang…?)

“Oh, bukannya Bukittinggi itu di Padang juga Pak..?” begitulah tragisnya sahabat-sahabatku sering rancu dalam membayangkan Ranah Minang.

Begitu makin populernya istilah ‘Orang Padang’ ketimbang Orang Minang, makanya; kalau ada yang mengatakan bahwa; Orang Padang itu pelit…saya jawab iya…!
Kalau ada yang bilang ; Orang Padang itu licik….saya jawab; iyaa juga…!
Kalau ada yang bilang Orang Padang itu doyan ngibul…gadang ota…gadang suaro…gadang garegak…gadang karengkang….gadang sarawa….; yaaa…saya jawab iya…!

Lho..?
Kok iya…..iyaaa…. iyaaa aja…?

Habis,..saya bukan Orang Padang siiih…saya kan Orang Bukittinggi..!, begitu slalu, kelakar ringan ini sering saya pelintir sekedar menghibur diri ketika ‘ke-MINANG-anku terasa begitu mengganjal saat aku dipanggil sebagai “Si Padang…”

Taken from this Blog : http://erisonjkambari.blogspot.com/2011/05/jangan-panggil-aku-si-padang.html

Patience

Someone there says : …”Patience is the companion of wisdom.”… ~ By Saint Augustine 

Patience is filled with ease, peace, and grace. As we touch into its essence we instantly relax; a deep breath ensues and we know that everything is in divine order. When we embody a state of impatience we feel rushed, hurried and stressed. There’s an urgency to do or complete something and if anything interferes, a wave of anger arises engulfing anyone in its path.

We can’t try to be patient as ‘trying’ only reinforces impatience. We can hold our breath, tap our toes and count to ten while waiting for someone to do things our way or for a situation to resolve itself, but this is a forced form of patience; one that only disguises our inner wrath temporarily. To truly become patient, we have to move into an inner state of patience.

“But how do I do this and still get everything done in the way I want it,” asks the ego mind (impatiently). The paradox is that when we slow down and sink into a relaxed state of patience, things move quicker and easier. Impatience is a form of resistance which blocks our energy and locks us into our ego mind. Patience allows energy to flow and supports us to access our intuition and higher knowing. From this place, obstacles diminish and the way of least resistance is revealed.

Insights into Patience

♦ What areas of your life is it easy to be patient? What situations, circumstances and people do you naturally treat with ease and non-resistance? How does this feel physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually?

♦ What areas of your life do you often become impatient? Are you more impatient with yourself or others? What situations, circumstances and people trigger your frustration, irritation, and controlling behavior? How does this affect you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually?

♦ What supports you to be truly patient? Does compassion, humor, or taking a break to meditate or spend time in nature support you? How often do you use these helpful tools?

Inspiration into Patience

♦ Focus on the benefits of being patient. Have the word or a symbol or picture (such as a still serene lake) nearby to remind you daily. When you find yourself being impatient, let the word or image bring you back to center.

♦ The next time you notice your impatience, ask who’s in charge. Is it your intellect, ego or inner taskmaster or critic? Have you locked your higher self into the closet? Ask this impatient part of you what it really wants. Then ask your mind and body what they each want. From there, place a hand over your heart and ask what it wants.

♦ Touch into the essence of patience right now. Take a moment to close your eyes and tune into this peaceful, relaxed sate of being. Shift your energy by allowing your whole body to match this easy vibration. Let it flow down into the cells. Take this with you throughout your day.

What does patience feel like to you and what support you to be more patient? Please share your insights in the comments section below.

Taken from this web 🙂 ==> http://www.ginigrey.com/wp/spiritual-insights/patience/

Letting Go

….Letting go is a practice of releasing; having let go is a state of freedom….

Letting go into who you really are is the greatest gift you can give the world. As you let go of problems, judgments, resentments, and most importantly, all the beliefs and messages that are not your highest truth, you become free to express your authentic self with others and share your true gifts with the world.

Imagine a world where all the people have let go of their old baggage – past conditioning, limiting programming, judgments and resentments – and they are light, loving, accepting and joyful. Imagine the connection between people and the synergy within groups, communities and nations.

Letting go involves releasing the past and starting fresh in the present moment. It means trusting that you are more than your roles, beliefs and stories. Many are reluctant to let go because they fear they will have nothing left. They cling to problems, unhealthy situations, and outworn roles and relationships because it feels safe in its familiarity. They don’t know who they are underneath. They haven’t experienced their true, authentic Self bursting with energy, waiting to express its true nature in the world.

So how does one touch into this state of freedom where they can be themselves, uninhibited, light and joyful? By letting go, bit by bit. By first noticing where they hold on, where they resist, and where they struggle, and then slowly, gently, releasing the hold and embracing what’s underneath.

Practice Letting Go
Get into the habit of letting go of stress, tension, problems, the past, resentments, false beliefs and anything that limits you from feeling free in life. Spend at least 5 minutes each day at the beginning, middle or end of your day with your eyes closed, centered within, doing the following letting go practices.

Focus on simply letting go of your breath. Let your breath fill your lungs naturally and then focus on the breath leaving your lungs. Notice the release, feel the relief. Notice how naturally your lungs refill. Letting go of your breath doesn’t mean you stop breathing, it allows life to continue flowing.

Let go of stress and tension. Notice any tension in your body – where are you holding? Simply let go of holding and watch the tension release. Scan your whole body to find another place where you are holding and continue letting go until your whole body is relaxed.

Let go of thinking. Listen to your thoughts and then let them go. Watch as they arise, let them pass through, and then tune into the spaciousness that surrounds them and the stillness behind them.

Let go of resentments. Carrying resentments around is like carrying someone else’s baggage on your back. If there’s nothing useful for you in the luggage, why carry it around? Notice any judgments or resentments you have towards yourself or others and imagine placing them on the ground. Feel the relief from doing this. Now imagine walking away into freedom.

Let go of old stories. What stories do you keep retelling that locks you into repeating them in your life? Be willing to explore the depth and expansiveness of who you are underneath past roles and stories. Imagine taking them off like a piece of clothing or stepping out and away from them like leaving a room. Tune into who you are without your stories.

Let go of limiting beliefs. What beliefs hold you back from expressing yourself and living your life freely? Bring them to your awareness so you can let them go. Dig deep into the core beliefs such as not being good enough, not having love, not being big enough and so on. Look at these beliefs and know they are just untrue messages in your space. Be willing to release them and discover your truth underneath.

creating-sunlightAs you practice letting go your body will be more energized, your mind more peaceful and your soul free to shine through and light your way in life.

Are you ready to let go?

Taken from this web 🙂 ==> http://www.ginigrey.com/wp/spiritual-insights/letting-go/

Menapak Asa Yang Akan Segera Tampak..

Duduk termangu memaknai hidup itulah yang aku lakukan saat ini. Entah dan entah kapan sebuah “ASA” itu kan tampak..tak pernah sesedih ini bahkan seluka ini…menggantungkan sebuah harapan, impian dan “ASA” pada-Nya….aku mengetahui dengan pasti bahwa ini jalannya, tidak semua orang mengetahui bahwa i am telling everyday that i am look Okay…i see myself..suprise, akan tetapi mengutip sebuah lirik lagu ” ...Just the way you are… :)…aku hanya berusaha untuk pasrah terhadap apa-apa yang akan terjadi kelak, mengikuti kata hati ini dan selalu menangkap setiap kejadian detik-detiknya menjadi hal yang indah untuk disyukuri..

Aku yakin bahwa Allah tak diam dan tak pernah mengacuhkanku..justru sebaliknya, temporary time…aku menyadari dengan pasti bahwa banyak impian yang berputar-putar di pikiran ini…pencapaian yang sulit untuk mengaktualisasikannya…akan tetapi setiap saat aku punya Allah yang selalu memberikan kekuatan padaku setiap saat…membayangkan menjadi seperti ini, ingin sepertinya *siapapun dia yang kuanggap sangat amazing* pantas rasanya untuk ditiru tips-tips menjadi sukses…bukankah itu sebuah ASA…

Allah, please do not left me in the back…i need you everytime….

Jakarta, (Sabtu) 08 Juli 2011 at 22:12 pm