Majlis Perwakilan Nasional, Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia Negeri Johor
13th May 2012 gave me more than a break. It was a relief. That day marked my last day of service as the the head of Ikram Johor, an NGO that covers multiple spectra of activities. I felt as if a big chunk of weight lifted from my shoulder. On that day, in front of all the delegates from the various branches of Ikram in Johor, I have spoken from my heart, reflecting on what had happened, good or bad, and what was needed for the future. It was a bit lengthy, and against my normal practice, the text was provided.
The journey will always continue. Like in a relay event, the batton has been passed. Good luck to Ainullotfi and the committee of Ikram Johor for 2012-2014. Allah will always be with all of you. I am sure you’ll do a lot better in the coming 2 years, after learning from our experiences in the last 2 years as well as the experiences of others. I always believe that if we are sincere in our struggle, God will help us including giving us a better leader, and I am very sure that Ainullotfi will be a better leader than me. With his personal strength and all the experiences gathered over the long years of involvement in the dakwah work, supported by the committed committee members, Ikram Johor would not be anything except the best.
The Pencil Parable
Many years ago I stumbled upon a powerpoint presentation, “The Pencil Parable”. It was about the message from the pencil maker to his creations, the pencils. The pencil maker emphasis on few things that can be summarized as:
- You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand
- You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but this is required if you are to become a better pencil
- You have the ability to correct any mistakes you might make
- The most important part of you will always be what’s inside
- No matter what the condition, you must continue to write. You must always leave a clear, legible mark no matter how difficult the situation.
The pencil understood, promising to remember, and went into the box fully understanding its maker’s purpose. Now replacing the place of the pencil with you; always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.
- You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.
- You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.
- You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
- The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.
- On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.
The point that I would like to highlight today is the 5th on the list. “No matter what the condition, you must continue to write. You must always leave a clear, legible mark no matter how difficult the situation.” On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.
It is an important message for everybody because, either we realize or not, we would agree that we are created with a purpose. We are given so many tools and facilities so that we can fulfil those duties. I have always believe that everybody is an asset and is useful in one way or another. Nobody is a complete loser. Nobody is useless, and everybody can contribute to the world based on his own talent. Whatever we do, lets live some legible marks…