Thank Allah for the Azan:)

>> Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

What? a NEW entry?? Yes, after many months, I'm back.
Syukur Alhamdulillah I am still alive to this day (and TGIR: Thank God It's Ramadhan!!)
Hopefully everyone has (almost had) a good Ramadhan and hopefully we didn't just gain starvation and thrist insyaAllah:)

Anyways, just to share. I have a busted alarm clock in my house. The one with the azan everytime prayer time comes. Sometimes, it azans when its not supposed to. It started yesterday; and it so happens that on the same day (earlier though) I saw these words of wisdom: "Hear the call of the Azan for it may be your last."

MasyaAllah. Coincidence? I think NOT!

" Indeed all things We created with predestination" (al-Qamar: 49)


Let us perform the solat:)

>> Saturday, February 20, 2010

In the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamu'alaikum readers. Long time no...write? Yeah, pretty much.
Just an update: am currently in Malaysia (and loving it!)

Ok, back to the blog entry.
So, got reconnected with my loved ones at home, especially the kids. Can't get enough babysitting, if you know what I mean;p I have five beautiful nieces and nephews. They're all special in their own way. But, this blog is partic
ularly about Myra (my first niece).

Myra is turning nine this May. Alhamdulillah, she is routinely praying. After every azan, she will already be ready on her prayer mat. My heart melts as I hear her recite the surahs of the Qur'an. When I say 'recite', I really mean the traditional amplified regurgitation as if done in choral:D So cute. I'll try to get a video up.

One thing's for sure, Myra puts all of her aunties to shame when she starts praying the second the azan stops. Whatever she's learning, I hope she keeps it up. InsyaAllah, she will be a great Muslim and contribute to the betterment of Islam. Amin.

However, there are problems with Myra's recitations. That's where we come in. It's our responsibility to fix any mispronounced words to avoid wrong meanings.



>> Friday, November 13, 2009

In the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Back in the days, watching movies just involved watching (duh!). But now, with the understanding of Islam, I watch and reflect.

Movies entertain. That's what they were made for, right? But have you ever noticed how they make you internalize the wrong things (even if you don't realize it)! Don't believe me? Look at what the media has done to our generation: who's who on the celebrity IT-list, top songs on the charts, boyfriends, girlfriends, who's hot and not. Are these really necessary for the life after death? NO! In fact, they add on to our sins.

As I mentioned, one of our generation's concern is that of boyfriends and girlfriends. Movies do their best to capture the beauty of love. This subsequently allows us to long for love and companionship. Yes, we could have feelings for others, however, should these "feelings" overcome that of for Allah? Astaghfirullah, NO!

"...(Lawful to you is marriage) are chase women from the believers and chaste women from those who were given the Scripture before your time when you have given their due Mahr (bridal-money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage), desiring chastity(i.e. taking them in legal wedlock) not committing illegal sexual intercourse, nor taking them as girlfriends. And whosoever disbelieves in Faith, then fruitless is his work; and in the Hereafter he will be among the losers." [5:5]

My parents are aware of the fact that I want to get married (who doesn't, right?), and everyday they ask me whether or not I have a boyfriend yet. When explaining the haram-ness, they only laugh. I pray that I can instill what I understand in them. How do I do so? Through my actions, insyaAllah. Hopefully, they'll see that I can marry because of Him and not for my love (or lust) for a guy. What I hope to do best is show my younger sisters the love for Allah so that they do not stray from the path entrusted on us. Who knows? Maybe better, my nieces and nephews. But definitely, my children.

In conclusion:
"Ya Allah, please guard me against this. I do not wish that my love for anyone is above which the love for You. And, please Ya Allah, let me love for Your Sake. Amin."


Don't be a quitter, pick up your litter:)

>> Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Why is it so hard to turn off the fan or lights when you're not in the room?
Why is it so hard to make sure the tap is tight so no water drips?
Why is it so hard to keep a wrapper in your pocket until you find a trash can to dispose of it?

These may seem like little things, but considering them might buy us a few years.  Whether its recycling a bottle, picking up a small piece of trash off the floor, it helps. No effort is too small.

Allah only borrowed us the Earth, it wasn't a gift! So, how do we treat things we borrow? With care. Besides, if you cause destruction to Earth, it's a sin. what good is it if you preach of good doings and obedience to Allah, if you don't include taking care of our planet. Who would have thought, environmental awareness in religion? Newsflash: Islam is syumul (complete). Everything, and I mean everything, is included.

I came across this Ayat in the Qur'an:

The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off from opposite side, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter (5:33).

In the Malay translation, the bold text is translated as 'mereka yang melakukan kerosakan di bumi' which means those who do destruction on Earth. My interpretation is the inclusion of polluting, etc. (If I am wrong, please correct me.) But, Allah knows best. If it is correct, it's a pretty big sin, asbig as waging war against Him and His Messenger.

So, what are we waiting for? GIVE OUR PLANET A HUG!! It's waiting:D


Examplary Pak Cik and A Wave from the Kaabah

>> Thursday, October 29, 2009

In the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

I read this article Kak Aini posted on Facebook:

Hope he and his wife gets the most beneficial and a mabrur Hajj. Its so moving that this man went all out to fulfil Allah's demands. Imagine if all Muslims did that, we wouldn't be in the state we are now. Unwanted and disliked.

Reminder for Muslims, especially me:
What are we saving towards?
The latest phone, that dream vacation?

Surprising to see they're all material items that really don't do any good for us in the Hereafter. This pak cik took ten years saving up for his Hajj. Imagine ten years of drive. Drive for Allah. Worth every second, I'm sure! I'd sure want to be in his shoes right now:D

The article also entails a mak cik leaving her sick husband to fulfil her duties as well.
I guess sometimes, you just have to leave dunia things to get closer to Him. It's all a test. Are we up for it?


Too Many Muslims?

In the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Shocked to hear:
Former Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews suggests that Australia should cease the growing population of Muslim migrants?

What? Why?

The world's gonna be Muslim before the Day of Judgment anyways@.@

But even the current Immigration Minister claims his views did not contribute to any reasonable debate. Luckily, the Rudd government does not share the views expressed by Kevin Andrews and does not believe they contribute to an informed debate.

(btw, this is in Australia)


Sick Day

>> Sunday, October 25, 2009

In the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Well, I'm sick. Can't say much about it, except...
runny nose, dry cough, soar throat, drowsy eyes, light-headed, etc.
Ok, maybe I can say stuff about it:p

Though it may seem I'm complaining, I'm not.
These are just descriptors. Adjectives (well, what can you say? I gonna be an English teacher!)
The thing is I'm so thankful.

That Allah presents me with the time to reflect on how I spent my days of being healthy.
It really is leisure, when you don't have a headache every time you cough:)
When you're healthy, you do nothing but demand rest,
but when you're sick, you do nothing, but rest.
It makes you think, doesn't it?

Another reason? Well, I am sneezing non-stop. Allah gave me the chance to
thank him a million times over. (1,000,000 yeays!)
Everytime I sneeze, I say Alhamdulillah!
Alhamdulillah again, and again, and again, and get the point!

Really, I have nothing to complain about. I have the best gift of all.
The gift of being born into Islam with Iman and Ihsan:D
Alhamdulillah (yet again!)