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5 Years

This blog celebrates its fifth birthday today.

 

267 posts over 60 months… That is an average of 4.45 posts a month, which is not as many as other blogs of course.

 

I started this blog as a medium to express my feelings and thoughts, and most importantly, to improve my writing skills.

 

Therefore, I pray that Allah grants me the ‘ilham’ to keep on reflecting, thinking, pondering… so that I will be able to keep on expressing my feelings, and thoughts. 

To my not-so-many-readers out there, thank you for dropping by and reading my sometimes-does-not-make-sense ramblings!

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Reflections on Eid

It was a quiet raya for us.

 

I did not take any extra days for Eid, so practically I had to go back to work yesterday. And as expected, it was a very extremely unproductive day at work. There was no one to talk to, except to 3 or 4 other people in another department. So, I spent one whole day trying to complete some pending tasks… which did not materialize in the end anyway.

 

On the first day of Raya, we went back to Kampung Luat, my husband’s kampong and visited his mom’s ‘final abode’. However, Raya felt different this time. Well, for me at least. His uncle was recently appointed as YDP PAS Lenggong, so we (well… again, it is me in particular) felt a bit more at ease. We spent about an hour talking to him, and trying to understand what he plans to do for his ‘constituency’. I hope more and more people will understand our ultimate aim, insya Allah. All the best to you Pak Teh, and we pray for your success.

 

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Anyway, this Eid, I spent a lot of time reflecting on Ramadhan. As I tried to revisit my weaknesses and ponder upon things which I wanted to do, but did not manage to accomplish, I prayed hard that I will get to meet Ramadhan next year, insya Allah.

 

Yes, it was 29 days of training – emotionally, spiritually and physically. I read Ustaz Hasrizal’s recent article entitled Dilema Istiqamah Pasca Ramadhan and thought… he was so correct when he said that we should take the opportunity to train ourselves to be better Muslims. But he also reminded us of Surah Hud, verses 112 – 115:

 

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112.   So stand (ask Allâh to make) You (Muhammad) firm and Straight (on the Religion of Islâmic Monotheism) as You are commanded and those (your companions) who turn In repentance (unto Allâh) with you, and transgress not (Allâh’s legal limits). Verily, He is All-Seer of what You do.

113.   And incline not toward those who do wrong, lest the Fire should touch you, and You have no protectors other than Allâh, nor You would Then be helped .

114.   And perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât), at the two ends of the Day and In some hours of the night [i.e. the five compulsory Salât (prayers)]. Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds (i.e. small sins). that is a Reminder (an advice) for the mindful (those who Accept advice).

115.   And be patient; Verily, Allâh loses not the reward of the good-doers.

 

Well, it is the same experience for me every year. Before Ramadhan, I would have a checklist on things I want to improve, and I rarely reach up to 50% of my target.

 

Therefore, I will keep this list of what I did okay, what I did not do well enough, and what I want to do better next time, in my diary. I hope it will remind me to continuously improve myself.

 

May Allah accept all our good deeds and keep us doing them even after Ramadhan has ended, Ameen.

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Eid Mubarak

Only two more days to go.

 

May we be blessed this Eid. Have a safe journey, and have a great holiday!

 

CSD Raya 2009

By the way, this extremely creative Eid greetings was designed by a very creative colleague of mine, Hazrin – the one holding the “hati-hati di jalan raya” tag. Thanks Hazrin.

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Islamization of Knowledge

We had an interesting discussion in class last Saturday.

 

The topic was generally on the concept of marketing from the Islamic perspective, which is very new to me. We discussed about ethics in conducting international marketing, what Islam thinks about marketing, what is ‘halal’ technology and a few other really interesting topics. For example, the concept of ikrah which essentially means that in marketing, there should not be any coercion or force, thus making consent very important.

 

Sometime back, we learnt about leadership and compared the conventional from the Islamic perspective and taking examples of our dear Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. Allah has said that each and everyone of us is a ‘shepherd’ of a flock and thus occupies a position in leadership, and we are all leaders in our own ways. Leadership is an amanah, and we should have patience (sabr), eloquence (fasah), creativity (iqdam), leniency (lin) and justice (adil) in performing our duties.

 

For every conventional management principle, there is always an Islamic perspective to it.

 

Truth is, this is what I have been looking for all my life. Everything that I have studied before during my undergraduate and postgraduate years evolved around general principles that have been developed according to the Western perspective. At UIA, it is all about Islamization of knowledge – well, at least at my Kulliyah – such that it excites everyone to think that way. In fact, just recently, the Kulliyah invited a speaker to talk about the Islamization of Knowledge, which I had to miss since I had to work. (That reminds me… I should get a copy of his presentation slides).

 

I pray that all that I have learnt will bring me closer to my Creator, Amin.

 

Afterall, everything IS in His hands anyway…

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Simplisiti

One of my blogging friends runs an online business.

 

I recently bought some nice t-shirts for my kids through her webpage at simplisiti.

 

Comel!

 

The blue ones had “Corakkan Saya Dengan Keindahan Islam dan Iman” written on them, whilst the pink ones had “Senyum Selalu… Senyum Itu Sedekah”.

 

We wanted to keep it for Eid, which is coming up in about a week’s time, but my kids were so excited to put them on.

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Thanks mynie!

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MRI Scan

My migraine seems to be coming back a bit too often for the past few weeks.

 

After much coercion from my dear brother, I decided to take a step further and go for an MRI Scan. According to wikipedia, Magnetic Resonance Imaging is primarily a medical imaging technique most commonly used in radiology to visualize the internal structure and function of the body. MRI provides much greater contrast between the different soft tissues of the body than computed tomography (CT) does, making it especially useful in neurological (brain), musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and oncological (cancer) imaging.

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It was not a very pleasant experience, I must say. 20 minutes on the machine really terrified me. Actually, it reminded me about death. In fact, before I went to do the test, the specialist doctor, Dr. Zakaria Abdul Kadir asked me if I am afraid of being alone. When I said no, he smiled and said, “Well, if you are, it is time to increase your ibadah sebab dalam kubur nanti pun sorang!”

 

Imagine having to close your eyes, and not move your head, and with both your hands on the chest – for 20 long minutes PLUS being reminded of death by your own doctor just before you were pushed into the machine!

 

Anyway, alhamdulillah, the doctor said that everything is normal. My brain seems to be operating fine. There were no tumours, or abnormal growth or anything like that. My stress level is a bit on the high side (yeah, as if I don’t know!) and he suspects that it is just a normal migraine. He gave me some pills to take, and asked me to come back in a month’s time.

 

I also finally made an appointment with a homeopathy clinic near my house this weekend.

 

I hope I will get better, insya Allah.

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The bus ride from Ipoh to KL on Saturday morning was much quicker than I had expected.

 

Only 1 hour and 52 minutes from Simpang Pulai toll to KL Sentral. There were no stops. And as usual, I would have to perform my Subuh prayers on the bus. I do that also when I travel on the train which leaves Ipoh at 4.35 in the morning. Once in a while, I do wonder why buses don’t stop for Subuh prayers (train tu lain lah cerita), even if you ask them to. The drivers will provide you with so many reasons: tak sempat, nak kejar traffic jam… Nasib baik I have never come across a driver who says, “Oh, I jamak aje bila sampai KL nanti”. Memang nak kena belasah!

 

It is quite funny when you think about it. Non-Muslims are more tolerant compared to the Muslims with regards to religious practices. I used to travel a lot while studying in Australia, and the bus driver would stop if you tell them that you need to pray.

 

There was this incident that I still remember while traveling first time from Melbourne to Brisbane. It was time for Maghrib prayers, so my friends and I prepared ourselves to perform solat jamak on the bus. We did not realize that there was another Muslim brother on the bus. This brother went up to the driver and told him to stop for 10 minutes so that he can perform his solat. The bus driver did. So the brother went down the bus, spread a piece of cloth by the roadside, and performed his Maghrib – Isya jama’ while the rest of the passengers, including us, watched. I think my friend and I were too amazed at the sight of the brother performing his prayers that we forgot that we could have also done the same! We ended up praying on the bus!

 

Anyway, thanks to the very efficient bus driver that drove us from Ipoh to KL. I reached UIA at 8.30 in the morning, one hour before my class.

 

Meanwhile, Perak is on holiday today for Nuzul Quran. So, I am staying home, trying to spend some time doing more reading and completing my assignments.

 

May we always be reminded of this ayat, and may we always bring ourselves closer to Him.

 

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We (Allah) send down (stage by stage) in the Qur’an that which is a healing and a Mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss. (Al Isra: 82)

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