Archive for November, 2009

Salam Aidiladha

Salam Aidiladha.

This year, Pakatan Rakyat Kawasan Tambun held its Qurban on Saturday, 28 November 2009. 18 ekor lembu dikorbankan, and the event was held at Tuan Haji Asmuni’s house in Meru Heights.

The guest of honor was supposed to be MB Nizar, but he had to be somewhere else. Mustaffa Kamil Ayob, Dr Khairuddin and a few ADUNs from DAP came including Wong Kar Woh. The qurban was done quite systematically and all 18 were completed by lunch time. Anyway, I am praying that the invitation card from Allah will come by soon.. insya Allah. 2010, maybe?


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I was feeling rather demotivated at work for the past few weeks.  

It is not just that normal feeling, but it is that deep feeling of helplessness, knowing that there is nothing you can do about what is happening around you.


You wish you could be of more help, but others feel you are encroaching in their territory.


You try to make things easier, but another person tells you that you should not bother.


You suggest new ways to solve the problem, but someone else feels that you are trying to be smart.


You try to answer questions posed to you diligently, but others laugh and make fun of what you say.


It is just so depressing.


But I guess this is all part of the learning process. And I am most thankful to Allah for giving me a perfect boss who is extremely supportive and understanding.


Therefore, I try, as much as possible, to take responsibility for my work and my actions. If I make a mistake, I try to swallow my ego, acknowledge my mistake, fix it, learn from it, and hopefully not repeat it in the future. If I think I have done something right, I take note of it and try and improve it as much as possible. And, I try, as much as possible to treat others with kindness and respect.


My intentions are clear.


And Allah… He is the Most Knowing.

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PASTI Kawasan Tambun held its Hari Anugerah Kecemerlangan on Saturday, 14 November 2009 at Dewan MKLand Klebang Restu.

The event involved 14 PASTIs which are directly under the purview of PASTI Kawasan Tambun, and the structure is more or less similar to that of PAS Kawasan Tambun. As per previous years, another event will be held at the school level, usually on the last day of school.

The guest of honor was Timbalan Pengarah PASTI Malaysia, Encik Syazwan. Yang Dipertua PAS Tambun, Dr Khairuddin was also there, plus the Bendahari and Setiausaha. Pengerusi PASTI Tambun, En. Hadhri was the Chairman of the Organizing Committee.


Anyway, awards were given to the top three students from every PASTI (both 5 and 6 year-olds). Adik also received an additional award, Anugerah Sahsiah Terbaik for PASTI Tambun. There were also performances from the students – and PASTI Taman Meru did some nasyids (kakak was the lead singer!)


Alhamdulillah, the kids enjoyed themselves, and more importantly, they were motivated to work harder in the future!

I am thankful for the tarbiyyah provided by the teachers at PASTI. Despite the lack of funds, and not so state-of-the-art facilities, the students were given a strong foundation on Islam. As parents, we need to continue the tarbiyyah and monitor the kids continuously so that they practice what they have learnt at school.

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Six Things

I came across this beautiful hadith today.


Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “If you guarantee me six things on your part I shall guarantee you Paradise: Speak the truth when you talk, Keep a promise when you make it, When you are trusted with something fulfil your trust, Avoid sexual immorality, Lower your gaze (in modesty), and Restrain your hands from injustice.” (Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1260).


This hadith actually says a lot of things, which may seem easy to accomplish. But in actual truth, it is difficult. Especially that last bit… because humans are weak… and thus we may always have feelings of hatred or jealousy towards others… or hold grudges over the people around us… or worse still, look down on others. And we may have, whether intentionally or otherwise, acted in an unfair or unjust way towards others. Na’uzubillah.


This hadith also reminds us that integrity is an indispensible attribute of every Muslim.


I am humbly reminded today that I must strive to purify my inner self, my heart, my qalb… all the time.

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What a hectic week it was!


Since Abang had to work for 12 hours from 8 in the morning to 8 p.m. last week, I decided to stay at the library and wait for him (of course with my parents’ consent since my kids stay with them during the day). Alhamdulillah, I managed to complete some literature review that has been due for quite some time. My supervisor has indicated that he wants to see me mid-Nov, which means it is next week!


Anyway, work was pretty challenging last week too. Heaps of documentation and drafting to do, and of course, attending meetings that never seem to end. And plus, the excitement over MB Nizar’s appeal to the Federal Court on Thursday which had to be postponed to a later date after the submissions from Nizar’s lawyers ended at about 6.00 p.m. Traveling to KLCC on Friday for a meeting completed the working week (which was made better because I went shopping at KLCC).


When I got home, there was a bigger problem.


My kids received their report cards on that same Friday.


Actually, when I heard the news, I was already over the moon. Overjoyed. Adik got first in class, while Kakak got second.




But of course, mom told me that kakak, being kakak… cried like almost forever when she got home from school. Why do I have to be second? Why must adik be cleverer? Why did she score better when I worked so hard? Why must I be stupid?


And I thought… how do I explain to a 6-year old that this is all takdir??


Aduh lah…


So when they came to fetch me at Megoplex (since my friend dropped me off there), I had a tough time trying to console her. I wanted to tell her that she too, is clever and that she would have to try harder next year but then I decided to just keep quiet and hold kakak. Imagine if the situation was reversed in the future, would I then have to tell the other twin the same thing?


Alhamdulillah, kakak sort of got through it by Sunday. Of course she kept repeating how unwise she is, but we managed to make her forget and tell her that she is actually doing well, and that this is all takdir.


Actually, I don’t even remember having exams in kindergarten. Seriously. It worries me the ways kids are tortured with examinations at that very young age!

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Happy Birthday, Abah

My dad celebrated his 66th birthday on Friday. 


Kesian dia, we could only celebrate it on Sunday since he had some other things to attend to on Friday and Saturday. So we bought some presents for him, took him out for dinner on Sunday night and got him a birthday cake… but of course, it was my kids who enjoyed everything most!


To my dearest abah… you have always been my greatest inspiration. Thank you for being a wonderful father!


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