Dear Mas Ihsan,
I write this letter because of my longing to always talk to you. From the time we visited you at your boarding school, there was a desire to talk about many things that could not be done well at the time.
So I try to write a few messages.
About our family.
Now, in our family, there are new habits, namely: checking your school Instagram account and WhatsApp messages from your murabbi. We hope that from the photos shared, we can see your happy face. And every one of us who can recognize you from many of your friends’ faces for the first time will be proud.
Where we eat together, we always remember you from what is your favorite food. Or even food that you don’t like. So the conversation at the dining table is also often about you.
Unlike when you’re here, your younger sisters always compete to deliver something that more than you. Now they are proud and happy with what you have done. They also realize that telling parents about their daily school life is essential. Sharing stories at the dining table is now more often than usual.
Mia is now more diligent, and I see her often learning from shubuh. Nisa is currently participating in many competitions. Later in the third week of this month, our family will be in 5 places. You are in Batu, I should be in Ponorogo, your mother in Banjarmasin, Mia in Jogja and Nisa in Malang.
About your school.
I am often asked about your school. We are proud of what you got at your school. Therefore, don’t waste this opportunity.
Don’t apologize for not being able to reach certain standards, as if I obliged you to achieve it. Just do it with pleasure. Don’t force yourself to do something because of us. For example, when memorizing the Holy Quran, do not feel the obligation to reach as I requested. But do it according to the guidance of your teachers. They have experienced. If I ask you to memorize 15 juzz does not mean that now you are just remembering 3 juzz will disappoint me. That is hope, not a necessity.
Do it because of Allah so it will be worth worshiping. Likewise, for all the lessons you receive from your teachers.
Learn to be a good leader. Later, it will be time for you to lead in front of your family, your friends, and your community. At least for yourself. Learning does not always have to be perfect, there must be mistakes. Learn the mistakes and correct them by looking at the cause.
Becoming a leader often becomes alone. The higher the tree, the faster the wind hits. Do muhassabah. Surrender to Allah for all deadlock. Perform worship and avoid sin as taqwa. You will soon see a way out (makhraja). That is the promise from Allah.
So, my son, learn. Be your best. We will always pray for your health and your mind to study well. Also, pray for us in your evening prayers; hopefully we can meet again in good times. Probably, we will be given a blessed rizki and time. So we can meet and continue share each other stories.
Greetings and many loves from us.
Herewith I send some textbooks as additional as you requested. And also a novel entitled Muhammad. Hopefully, He can be your role model.
I left a copy of the letter I sent you an email, later if you fail to save my message, there’s always a copy here.