Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Doa Nabi Yunus a.s dalam perut ikan nun (paus) selama 40 hari, 40 malam

Nabi Yunus a.s dikeluarkan dari perut ikan nun (paus) setelah terperangkap selama 40 hari, 40 malam.
Doa Nabi Yunus a.s : "Laillahailla anta subhanaka inni kuntu minnadzolimin" (Sesungguhnya tiada Tuhan (yang dapat menolong) melainkan Engkau (ya Allah)! Maha Suci Engkau (daripada melakukan aniaya, tolongkanlah daku)! Sesungguhnya aku adalah dari orang-orang yang menganiaya diri sendiri.)

(Quran, Surah Al-Anbiya: 87)
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Top 10 Tips for Public Speaking

Using these tips, you’ll start to see public speaking as an opportunity rather than an ordeal. It’s a wonderful thing to engage and move an audience with something you’re passionate about. They really want you to do well, and if you’re authentic and have something to say that brings them some value, you’ll be a winner.
1. Attention getting device
Use question, statement, action or device to get attention from audience so that they will be ready and interested to listen to you. For example, ask audience, how are you doing? Did your team win the game last night? Alternatively, use positive body language or a warm smile. If the audience is not giving attention there is no point of speaking.
2. What’s the message?
Have a very clear message, something you firmly believe in, perhaps something that challenges conventional thinking or provides some insight and value to the audience. In terms of marketing yourself, it’s great to have a niche and be known for it. It’s fine if it’s narrow. You want to be known as “the guy/woman who wrote that…believes that…claims that…did that”. It’s important to have some credibility and something very definite you wish to share. If it’s clear in your own mind, you’ll be more confident and persuasive with an audience.
3. Be prepared
Success in public speaking is largely about good preparation. This includes practical matters – the size of the audience, the environment you’re speaking in, voice amplification and projection facilities, the time allocated. Speakers often fear being ‘found out’ and knowing your topic will reduce anxiety about being asked awkward questions. It’s absolutely crucial that you know your audience – their level of expertise in your field, their expectations, the issues they’re facing, their age, experience, culture and beliefs. Remember Stephen Covey’s maxim: “First seek to understand, then seek to be understood.” It’s essential your message has relevance.
4. Have a structure
There’s a saying that you should a) tell ‘em what you’re going to say, b) tell ‘em and c) tell ‘em what you’ve said. This approach brings focus to your message and helps the audience take it on board. Some speakers talk about creating ‘dissonance’, in other words building up the problem and then giving the audience the tools and hope to resolve it. Remember the Law of Three – that’s the way stories are structured (a beginning, middle and an end) and humans respond well to this. These first 3 Tips are all about preparation, but ALWAYS be guided by your desired outcome. What do you want the audience to go away with?
5. Nerves – coping strategies
Fear of public speaking is a well known phenomenon, but nerves can be managed. Good preparation certainly helps, and of course breathing exercises assist your delivery. But to a large extent it’s a case of looking at things differently. Professional speakers, actors and athletes ALL feel nerves before going ‘on stage’, but they convert that nervous feeling into a positive thing. They embrace their nerves so it feeds their performance, rather than inhibiting it. And of course the more public speaking you do, the more confident and skilled you become.
6. Use physicality
The way you move on stage is important to your success as a speaker. Too static and you’ll come across as stiff and stilted. Too ‘busy’ and you’ll irritate and distract the audience. Parking yourself behind a lectern is restrictive. Try to have a lapel or hand held microphone and stay mobile. Body language experts talk about being ‘congruent’, in other words your body movements match what you’re saying. Eye contact is important. Rather than look over the audience, speak to different people out there, catching their eye so it feels like a personal conversation. Video yourself and learn.
7. Using your voice
Listen to someone with a flat, monotone voice and you’ll soon get bored. Put some dynamics into your delivery – ups and downs – and don’t rush. Listen to great performers and see how they use pauses, place emphasis on certain words and have a clear rhythm to their speaking. Audiences like speakers with good diction. After all, if you have a great message it’s a shame if people can’t hear it. Look after your voice – if you have aspirations as a speaker it’s your principal tool.
8. Adding colour
Make your speech engaging and entertaining. Beware of making jokes, but do use situational humour and perhaps some self-deprecation. Anecdotes, metaphors and analogies aid understanding of your message and make the speech more enjoyable to listen to. If you’re going to use statistics, add colour to them by saying what that figure might represent (“placed end to end that would stretch to the Moon and back”). Be sparing in your use of slides, and favour images rather than bullet points/text. Keep things fresh by referring to something in the news that day.
9. Connect with your audience
It’s essential you make a connection with your audience, on a practical and an emotional level. Try to have some conversations with audience members before you start, then strike up that dialogue when you’re on stage. Involve them by asking questions, have someone come up on stage, move amongst them yourself or have them do an exercise. The emotional connection starts with knowing what you want the audience to feel – enlightened, inspired, shocked, amused. Build empathy. And remember that reading from notes or slides breaks that connection and weakens the performance. Transfer your emotion to others.
10. Be adaptable
The flip side to being prepared is to be able to think on your feet. Talks that appear over-prepared seem rather sterile. How would you cope if the projector failed and you couldn’t show your slides? What would you do if the published speaker fell ill and you were asked to fill in? The likelihood is you’d do fine, especially if you involved the audience and essentially started a conversation. After all, we all have conversations in everyday life and this is just a chat on a larger scale!

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Beautiful advice by the great scholar Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah)

This is one of the most beautiful advice by the great scholar Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah):
"A friend will not (literally) share your struggles, and a loved one cannot physically take away your pain, and a close one will not stay up the night on your behalf. So look after yourself, protect yourself, nurture yourself and don't give life's events more than what they are really worth. Know for certain that when you break no one will heal you except you, and whenyou are defeated no one will give you victory except your determination. Your ability to stand up again and carry on is your responsibility. Do not look for your self worth in the eyes of people; look for your worth from within your conscious. If your conscious is at peace then you will ascend high and if you truly know yourself then what is said about you won't harm you.
Do not carry the worries of this life because this is for Allah. And do not carry the worries of sustenance because it is from Allah. And do not carry the anxiety for the future because it is in the Hands of Allah.
Carry one thing: How to Please Allah. Because if you please Him, He Pleases you, fulfils you and enriches you.
Do not weep from a life that made your heart weep. Just say, "Oh Allah compensate me with good in this life and the hereafter."
Sadness departs with a Sajdah (prostration). Happiness comes with a sincere Du'a. Allah Does Not forget the good you do. nor Does He Forget the good you did to others and the pain you relieved them from. Nor Will He Forget the eye which was about to cry but you made it laugh.

Soar Like An Eagle

Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks?
The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come.
When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it.
The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.
When the storms of life come upon us, like the eagle, we can rise above them and ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure, and disappointment into our lives.
What is your greatest challenge right now? Jot it down. And then let it lift you higher.

A Conversation Between a Mother and her Son

A Conversation Between a Mother and her Son

Mother: I fought with death when I was giving birth to you. I spent sleepless nights when you were sick and crying. I never ate without feeding you first. I bore so many pains to bring you to the stage that you are in today. How will you repay me my child?

Son: When I grow up, I will find a good job and earn lots of money for you so you can enjoy the pleasures of this world.

Mother: Your father is doing this already and I do not expect this from you too. By the time you are earning I will be old and will not be in need of any worldly luxuries.

Son: I will find a pious lady and marry her so she can cook for you and take care of you.

Mother: That is not her duty my son and neither should you marry for that reason. It is not compulsory on her to do any service to me, neither do I expect this from her. Your marriage should be for you, a companion and a comfort for you as you go through this journey of life.

Child: Tell me mother how can I repay you then?

Mother: (With tears in her eyes) Visit or call me often. A mother only requires this much from you while she is alive.

Then when I die give me your shoulder and bury me.

Whenever you perform prayers, supplicate for me.

Give out in charity for me.

Remember your every good deed will benefit me in the hereafter so be good and kind always.

Fulfill the rights of all those around you.

The sleepless nights and pains I took to bring you up was not a favour to you but was for my Creator. He blessed me with you as a beautiful gift and as a means for me to attain His pleasure. Your every good deed becomes my repayment.

Will you do it my child?

Son: (Cannot speak and had tears in his eyes)
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