Saturday, September 8, 2018

Evolving

Bismillah.

Assalamualaikum warahmatullah,

Allahu Hu Allah, I really don't know how to begin addressing the questions and remarks made by a reader of Lisan al-Din who had approached me on another social media platform. I feel obligated to reply because he has been reading this blog for many years, long enough to notice that this space has evolved, that my postings have evolved and that he seemed to respect and understand the evolution. I am obliged to reply because I understand how it feels to be a Muslim who yearns to know more about our raison d'etre vis-a-vis the Lord. I can only write from my own experiences, needless to say. And often times the person who tries to answer, might end up learning more from the questioners.

So it all started with hard rubs LOL. Rumi said, "If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?" Initially, I felt like the Lord rubbed me really hard and I felt overwhelmed. The moment I started feeling overwhelmed, I began taking major actions. No, I shouldn't say "I" was the initiator, it was the state itself that moved me as a mere actor. I remembered feeling engulfed by a strong desire to wear hijab, I was overtaken by a strong power that couldn't possibly be me (my own will). I remembered feeling overwhelmed about starting this blog and naming it Lisan al-Din, it was like telling me "Hey you, I am going to make you do it", I was shaking, feverish in fact. It just had to happen, no two ways about it. What I'm trying to say is that we are weak and we can merely respond to a stronger force that controls us. Who is in control of us who holds us by the forelock? Let's say it's He. He made me thirsty for books on Sufism for many years, He sent it to me through a vessel of His choice, He made me read them feverishly, and He imparted some understanding into my heart. All we could do is embrace His actions and motivations on us. La hawla wala quwwata illah billah

Dr. E, (the questioner), if you were able to notice how I have changed over the years, I mean since you're able to observe the changes, the evolution of my soul through my sharing/postings which I had knowingly or unknowingly exposed to the public for the past 10 years, then you have seen Him, for He is Time. It was all a manifestation of His af'al (actions) and attributes (Names/Sifat). We are merely a receptacle. Yet He wants us to know Him. We should not just be a dumb passive receptacle, we should be one who has a discerning heart to notice His gestures, to notice His presence, His omnipresence and subsequently glorifies Him.

I remembered Shaykh Yaqoubi and a few more shuyukh elucidating the real meaning of a Quranic phrase about the obligation to worship Allah. Worship, as I understood from them is wide and beyond the physical acts of worship. One important aspect of it is to know Him through His asma', sifat and af'al (His Names/attributes and actions). Yes, in our search for better understanding or rather better realization of who He is, we walked and we walked, we met so many teachers, some were genuine, some were fake, some were riding the religion, few actually supported the religion, some were attracted to my appearance and keen to marry me, some were interested in collecting funds and support for their ongoing religious projects, some had reps to woo people so we belong with their fraternity and not others, and there are as you know it, so many religious WhatsApp groups out there. We learned from them, we learned about them and about ourselves too. It's easy to get tired along the journey. But let's not be fooled by misunderstandings or the complexities that some religious people try to impose on the religion because He has made the deen easy for us. So don't let anyone complicate it for us. Take it simply as it is.

For the past two years or so, it was clear to me, that it was time to re-prioritize my time, to spend more time reading and reflecting on the Quran, making plenty of selawat and focusing on one route to Jannah through my dear mother, to attend to her as best as I could. 

Dr. E, do not fret, do not worry about knocking on so many doors or finding which path to take, just focus on the opportunity that is before your eyes right now, that is to serve others through your field. I understood the wise words of the mu'aleem, the shortest way to the Lord is through khidma (service). So serve right there where you are. Because He is so near, we tend to not see. 

I think the best antidote when the vision gets fuzzy is to reflect upon a verse of the Quran:   
"We will show them Our signs in the horizons and in their own souls until it becomes clear to them it is the truth. Is it not sufficient that your Lord is witness to all things?"

So let's keep looking out for His signs until it becomes clearer.
On a lighter note, that's why lately, I'd like to take it easy and love going to the beach to enjoy the horizons, laze on a hammock and contemplate on my own soul. 
LOL

But on a serious note, whenever my mother calls on me for a favor I take it as my ticket to Heaven. Likewise, you, whenever someone seeks your medical service, consider it your shortest route to Him. If you happen to have the time to visit some majlis ta'alim, or you don't, so be it. Should we bump into something that doesn't seem right to our heart, we say next! Because it is sufficient that He is our witness to all things.

Allahu a'lam.

E.I
8 September 2018
Remember: On the horizons and in yourselves!



  

Friday, August 31, 2018

31st August 2018 | Malaysia turns 61

Bismillah.


This is a backdated posting, don't be fooled LOL.
I was busy on other social media platforms and busy holidaying in Penang that I overlooked to mark this special occasion here on this blog of mine. But the good thing about the blogosphere is that you have the freedom to backdate or postdate as you wish.

This photo was taken by me of course as I was frolicking on the Batu Ferringhi beach a couple of days before Malaysia turned 61. Alhamdulillah it is Allah who decided and willed on which land we landed at birth, and get to call home, and on which land we shall die. I gotta thank this beautiful country Malaysia, for having me. I ought to thank Allah that He lets me walk on this land peacefully and not let the earth gobble me up due to my sins. Verily, I seek refuge in Allah from Allah. This may sound paradoxical to some people as it did to me before. I understood it as seeking refuge in the mercy of Allah from His wrath.

I must thank one of this blog readers for giving me a sort of wake-up call, he reminded me of my own blog LOL. As I said, I have been busy elsewhere and neglected this old space of mine. I love this space as it has been a loyal receptacle of my thoughts and feelings, a place to document my experiences and memories. I realize that every time I start writing, as I begin knocking on the keypads, it's akin to knocking on the shells of my outer being, breaking it up to expose the kernel. Hence, it is a private thing. Writing is very personal except for the postings in which I regurgitated all that I had heard from the shuyukh from the majalis that I had been privileged to attend. 

So this is it, a little something to mark this special date. In the next posting, I will make an attempt to answer some questions that were posed by one Lisan al-Din long time reader who lives 9000 km away.

Cheers! 

E.I
8.9.2018



Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha | Eid Mubarrak 1439 H

Bismillah.

Assalamualaikum warahmatullah,
Hi folks here's wishing you and your family a blissful Eid celebration 😀

Alhamdulillah for the tawfik from Allah that we were able to enliven the eve of Eid, pray Allah would enliven our hearts with His remembrance, that our hearts are always in the state of prostration to Him Al Kabir, hoping for His endless mercy and bounties.


Alhamdulillah for times of ease, to have the freedom of being away from the office for 19 days. YaHuuu...here we go again, another round of long leave.

Allah Kareem!



p/s

It was a pleasant surprise to hear the Imam recite a verse I'm familiar with.
"Wujuhun yau maizin na'emah"
You know what that means?
No? Go read the Quran some more, that would be better for you than spying on me LOL.



Sunday, August 19, 2018

Colorful life

Bismillah.

Hi folks,
Hope you are all enjoying the hot summer days. Well, it depends on where you are. Anyway, either hot or cold, it's all from Allah, so let's refrain ourselves from complaining even in the mildest of remarks. At least to most of us, He does not send a weather that is harmful. 

I am thrilled to be back in my hometown - Penang, yet again. Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah to have a decent shelter to call my own. And the currency rate is good ; ) We have to enumerate our blessings clearly and specifically you know. 

It's the auspicious times of ZulHijjah Alhamdulillah. I should start spring-cleaning the house a.s.a.p to prep it for Eid aul-Adha celebrations InShaAllah. And...I am so looking forward to visiting a maqam of a saint in the heart of George Town. 

OK folks, may we belong with those who add colors to a person's monochromatic life. May we belong with those who give hope and put a smile on someone's face.



 ; )

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Selfishly busy

Bismillah.

Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah
We gotta be selfishly busy loving our lives unless you want to pay someone to live it for you? Lol
My longggg holiday is almost over. Alhamdulillah that Allah continues to bless our time that we have the opportunity to spend it with our loved ones for things that matter most.

I am also grateful that Allah has given me the strength to be fierce about protecting my rights and dignity that I don't hold back when I need to stand up and speak up. If you were to reflect a little deeper you will realize that in regards to our association with Allah, it's always a win-win. Even when it seems like you are losing, He would actually facilitate for you to come out of the 'loss' as a winner. That is why we have to always have husnul zan towards Him, have good expectations of Him. He is indeed fair and All-Knowing, so keep calm, let Him say "Be!" cos it is His prerogative, whereas our task is simply to embrace it as it is.

Keep smiling.
Be grateful and say your thanks to Him a lil extra if He happens to give you a great smile. For there are just so many people around us upon whom Allah has given sufficient provision yet they find it hard to crack a smile. How stingy they are and verily that tightness, their constriction is a reflection of their self-inflicted punishment.

It might also be a punishment from the Lord for the wrongs they did unto others.
So rejoice if you are among those who are blessed with a cheerful countenance.







Friday, July 20, 2018

18 days off | Off the beaten path

Bismillah.


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah my 18-days holiday has just begun. Hmm...not quite a holiday cos it's punctuated by two exams but yass...the rest is holi holiday YaHuuu Allah Kareem indeed!





A reminder for me and you to be brave and be daring to take a different path.

Towering genius disdains a beaten path.
It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
- Abraham Lincoln

Happy blissful Friday!

Eza

Ahahhh...this is more like it lol.



A smile is your best curve ; )
 20 July 2020 
- a good date to get married!?
Let's see.
: )
Peace out!



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pocketing prosperity

Bismillah.

Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah!
For an awesome evening listening to people's success stories. You know you have the right attitude when your heart expands and grin from your right armpit to your left armpit just hearing about a person's success stories. LOL.

It's important to have the right attitude about wealth and prosperity. The experts say it's not about creating wealth, it's about tuning oneself to the frequency of wealth, it's about being in the same wave with fortune. In other words, we gotta psychologically pocket it before it makes way to our pockets or purse. I know it doesn't make sense to some people but do ponder, meditate and reflect. I have been trying to internalize it as I am open to new ideas and possibilities.

This small sharing is for my nieces and nephews so they would give it a thought. But of course, they would still be hoping their aunt would 'belanja' (treat) them lol.

I can't wait to finish my exams and go chill with them my loved ones.

May Allah make us more grateful for all His gifts bestowed upon us in the past, present and future.
Ameen.


 Cheers!