Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sahur & Subuh in KL | 1st Ramadan 1438 Hijri


Assalamualaikum warahmatullah,

May Allah grant us good health and the tawfiq to wake up for Fajar, Sahur and Subuh prayers every day of this year's Ramadan. 

Oh Allah, just as You have peeled off the night and present a new day, enable us to remove the blemished skins of yesterday's deeds. Rejuvenate for us the appearance of our iman, tawakkulyaqin and sabr on this brand new day. Let our tongues speak the truth. Let us be the receptacle of the most precious bounties which You have reserved for those who fast truthfully zahir and batin, on each day of the blessed Ramadan.


Pre-dawn in KL - 1st Ramadan 1438 H

The KL Tower lights up at the call of Subuh azan on this first day of Ramadan

Let's start early, let's join the Launch Good Ramadan Challenge to support Muslims across the world do incredible things. Every day for 30 days of Ramadan, a campaign will be selected for you and you get to contribute according to the donation amount which you pre-select.
I am one of 6566 people who signed up so far.  
Awesome initiative. Awesome opportunity.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Ramadan Kareem | Ramadan Reflections


Assalamualaikum warahmatullah to all the "soul soldiers of the same rank", friends who have sent good wishes in conjunction with the arrival of the sacred Ramadan. You know who you are : )

Alhamdulillah...some of you live in countries where Ramadan will make its appearance in a couple of hours (at the time of this posting).  

Praise be to Allah, the Most Generous and Most Compassionate for the tawfiq that this sinful faqir was able to be present at His House for the first teraweeh. What would become of us, had He not granted us good health and facilitate it for us to be among the congregation? Glory be to Him for letting us welcome the holy month yet again no matter how dented our previous Ramadans had been. Praise be to Him for granting us the awareness and consciousness of our own weaknesses thus we try again and again at purifying our hearts and deeds.

Glory be to Him, who sees and hears all. We seek refuge in Allah from the lack of strength to defend our iman from being poked, torn or robbed by the affiliates of shayatin in the form of men, anytime anywhere. May He replace our weaknesses and shortcomings with a mighty strength and defense. May He fortify our fort of faith, so no evil eyes and hands can do harm to us. 

May the Generous Lord of the Worlds create for us, tranquility and felicity in each moment. May Allah the Most Subtle and Gentle, soften our hearts that it bows nimble towards Him and Him alone. That we remain in this protected state always inside and outside of Ramadan.

Ameen Allahumma Ameen.        

Ramadan eve in KL.
Gotta praise Allah that this city is peaceful.
We are not forgetful of our brothers and sisters who have been displaced,
who have had to leave their countries due to conflicts.
 May Allah shower His mercy on them and grant them a better abode.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time to reflect


Says Saleem Kidwai OBE

Counting down to Ramadan : )

Wassalamualaikum warahmatullah.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Manisnya munajat | Call upon the Lord


I wish to write in the Malay language of a state I have been experiencing. It's about the sweetness of being alone and calling upon the Lord.


Manisnya munajat
Indahnya bersendirian
berkata-kata dari sanubari yang paling dalam
kepada Tuhanku yang sentiasa menunggu

Tenangnya rasa kala memutuskan diri

daripada hingar bingar dunia
dan tingkah manusia melelahkan jiwa
Tiada penghujung drama menidakkan kebenaran
degil ego bergelumang rakus kemahuan
Sungguh bahagialah jiwa yang meninggalkan segala yang sirna tidak bermakna

Ya Allah, terima kasih atas undangan ini

Saat-saat sunyi menjadi saksi segala yang terbuku di hati
dan semua rasa yang dizahirkan suara
Syukur Ya Allah Tuhan yang menggerakkan lidah
menadah perhatian dan kurnia Ilahi
akan segenap keperluan diri
memohon kepada Tuhan yang Maha Kaya
boleh saja menciptakan sekali lagi
bumi dan langit
jika itu pilihanNya
maka Engkau ciptakan buat ku rahsia antara kita

Syukur Ya Rabb Ya Wali

atas keyakinan dan harapan baharu
hanya Engkau yang mampu memberi

Terima kasih Tuhan

atas kemanisan munajat
dan bahagia yang mengiring diri
di kala aku duduk sendiri
hanya Engkau menjadi saksi

: )

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Invest in Ramadan


Ahhh...I am prepping myself mentally for the coming sacred month. I am sure you are too.

Yes, we all know the Return of Investment (ROI) which Allah has promised us as far as Ramadan is concerned. Unlike other kinds of investments, the returns from Allah is 100% guaranteed.

I am pleased that I should be able to khatam (complete) Quran recitation together with my guide in Ramadan bi-iznillah.

It feels good knowing that one's recitation is being corrected and verified and as they say in Malay we don't shok sendiri that is having a misleading self-confidence that something is already good but in actual fact, it's not good.

Best wishes to all!
Success is with Allah.
Wama tawfiqi illa billah.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Last leg of Shaaban | Dreaming Ramadan


Alhamdulillah...we must thank Allah that we have come to the last leg of Shaaban.

May Allah continue to bless us in this last week of Shaaban and may we live to welcome and embrace Ramadan - a time for spiritual revival bi-iznillah.

Here is one positive pill for today:

And Ramadan is a month to stay awake as much time as possible - physically, mentally and spiritually.

Let's now chill with Maher Zain's latest song : )

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Eid mood already


I mingled with a bunch of elderlies, again LOL.
I think senior citizens like me : D

This time I was with a group of veteran singers from Singapore. One of them is a superstar as far as Malay Eid songs are concerned. Her name is Sanisah Huri. She was one of the top songstress in the 60s. I wasn't born yet but like the majority of Malaysians and Singaporeans, I recognized her voice in classic Eid songs which are still popular to this day. Eid al-Fitri or Raya as we call it in Malaysia, would be dull and incomplete without these classic songs.

It's kinda surreal to be at the gathering (mini-show) because it was almost a year ago that I sat next to a lyricist who wrote a handful of popular Eid songs. It was in Ramadan. And this year, it's almost Ramadan, I was invited by the lyricist to attend a private function where veteran artists performed their evergreen songs! It was a treat I thoroughly enjoyed.

I know many of you foreign readers would not be appreciative of this Eid song which I recorded at the event, but the lyrics are simple yet meaningful indeed. It's about people being joyful during Eid and calls for us to forget our past/pain, and to start fresh so that our hearts will not hold any grudges or sorrow.


I have got another clip, but let's save it for Raya : )