One day Amir al-Mu’minin (leader for the believers), Umar bin Khattab gathered with the companions of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH. They were asked to reveal their own dream and imagination. Among them, some dreamed if the room was filled with gold and silver, so that it could be donated for the struggle in the Allah’s path. Others imagine if the room was full of diamonds used to help the poor. Others have hope if the room was filled with blah blah blah. It was time for the Companions to wait, what would Umar bin Khattab imagine?
“As for me,” said Umar, “I imagine this room is filled with people like Abu Obeida Ibn al-Jarrah, Hudzaifah ibn al-Yaman, Bilal bin Rabah …”
That was a great dream and imagination. He envisioned the presence of figures. Because of the humans are the doers of civilization. Important actors needed in building roles. The abundant natural resources, the modern means of life will not be affected without the presence of the right person.
That is why the Qur’an always brings muttaqîn (piety) to discuss the concept of taqwa (fear of God), always include muhsinin (benevolent people) when talking about ihsan (perfection or excellence). Similarly, when parsing about injustice, al-Quran also mentions the ending of the zhâlimîn (the wrongdoers), or when discussing the wickedness there will be fâsiqîn (rebellious). Concepts and figures become two elements that always hand in hand with al-Quran. Then, usually Allah will bring up a real profile of both. The story of taqwa and muttaqîn, the godliness and shâlihîn for example is described in more detail through some profiles of prophets or righteous people. The story of astray and the zhâlimîn, or kufr and kafirin (the disbelievers), is described in more detail through the story of the prophets’ enemies, ie demons either humans or djinn who will continue to relay and metamorphose throughout the ages. Nimrod, Pharaoh, Jalut were among the profiles that represent the dark side of a civilization when the material view calls them to the top of glory.
Therefore, the presence of figure is very important during the struggle against the occupiers. Then, today symbolically in our country is known as Heroes Day. The heroes only know the struggle to liberate their country from the grip of the colonizers. They want to offer the best for their land which is still chained by greed and injustice.
There will soon appear innumerable names that are considered meritorious to this country. Did we know that some of them used to be a figure hated by occupiers, considered to be losers and criminals who threaten the existence of power and injustice? Some are known as fine people, others are even known when they are gone. And the author convinces that the most of these unknown and unnamed names of many who live after them. The heroes are ordinary people who do not want to give up with the circumstances they face. They are ordinary people who do not accept conditions that are not ideal. They are ordinary people who want to appreciate the favors of freedom. Therefore, they do the ordinary thing, for the extraordinary ideals, because not a few people in his day who surrendered with a lame state.(Read the Blessing Note #47: Superhero)
Hence, like the steep road of Indonesia’s independence, the Palestinians were certainly expecting a sovereign independence. Their heroes do everything they could to achieve it with honor. Freeing the self-esteem and dignity of sovereignty expelled by colonialism and oppression.
The hero is an ordinary person who dreams of struggling, not giving in to reality. We, must be the heroes who guard the country and build civilization. WalLâhu al-Musta’ân.
Blessing Note #77