Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Good recommendation | The Accountant

Bismillah.

Assalamualaikum warahmatullah,

It's the least I could do, though I know most of you may already know. Just cos I came across it tonight during my Quran recital routine. Just cos the ayah says so: verse 85 of Surah An-Nisa that is to make a good recommendation cos whoever makes a good recommendation, there will be for him/her a share from it. Simple. Easy.

Therefore, I am recommending you to read the Quran!

And one more thing, as stated in the following verse 86 of Surah An-Nisa, be sure to return a salam/greeting with one better than it. This one is easy too.

And the following phrase that ends verse 86 is simply awe-inspiring.
"Allah takes careful account of all things."

That He will know if you return a greeting with one that is better. Subhanallah, like if you were to add one additional word e.g. wabarakatuh, He will take account of that too. In our opinion, it's just a small matter, it's just one extra word we take lightly, but Allah is watching and hearing and taking account of that. Imagine how many salams are being exchanged in a minute around the world. Of course, He is Omnipresent and Ever-watchful of all things, not just how we greet one another.

I needed this reminder, that Allah takes careful account of all things. Subhanallah.



p/s
I would like to think that Allah takes careful account of my effort, my hard work and my dedication on my job, so He says "promote her" LOL and hence I got promoted! YaHuuuu. Alhamdulillah. Allah Kareem!

17.1.18 - a day to remember. A day to be more grateful. A day to record His bounties for this faqir.
Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Hyper Monday

Bismillah.

Assalamualaikum!
Goooood Mondayyyy!

Heh...heh...am feeling a little hyped up cos I think I stand a very good chance of winning a scholarship from a uni in U.K. YaHuuuuu!

"Sometimes things come along that proves to be very fundamental to your quality of life...." to quote one mature student from abroad.

I hope my positive vibes will reach you. I have also completed reading one chapter of the Quran in one hour's time. Alhamdulillah. You can too! I think it is the best small thing which you could do in a great way, instead of floating with time being idle wondering what great thing to do. 

If Allah had not guided us, we would never have been guided.

Folks, we have to be stingy and calculative with our time. Invest, or spend it wisely. This is one reminder worth repeating.

Says Bruce Van Horn  @BruceVH
  


  

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Healthy - Wealthy - Happy

Bismillah.

Just a short greeting.

Health is wealth as we all know.
And both lead to happiness.

Of course being wealthy means monetarily, spiritually, and intellectually. Good manners/conduct towards self, others, the inanimate beings, and the Lord are all part of intelligence.

May Allah make us belong with the ahlul abrar. Ameen.

For better understanding on birr and abrar,
Read up:
https://www.al-islam.org/al-abrar-righteous-ones-ghulam-habib/birr-and-abrar

Barr = pious person
Birr = righteous deed
Abrar = plural of barr, those who do pious deeds and have a high place in heaven.



Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fight a meaningful fight

Bismillah.

Happy weekend folks.

After a challenging Pilates session today, somehow [LOL] I came to this realization. 
It's a joy knowing I will be fighting a meaningful war. The rest, other side stories seem like meaningless battles which I am not interested in.

I'm sure you'd agree with me that it's important to know one's priorities, to focus on it and not be distracted by other side shows/incidentals, the unimportant distractors. But you must first know what is the main war that you want to fight in, war, not battle, the one that deserves all your time, effort and attention. Once you have established this, then everything else (the non-priorities) become insignificant so you put them in their place. 

I found this revelation - of truly knowing what my 'war' is - so liberating. Alhamdulillah. This is like truly knowing which is obligatory and which is necessary - the fard and the sunnah, and prioritizing the obligatory.

I saw this relevant tweet by Shaykh Abdul Raheem.
Hassan Basri rahimullah says: "Your having dinner with your mother while she feels happy with you on her side, eating with her, is much more beloved to me than your performing a voluntary Haj."
[Birrul Walidian by Ibn Jauzi]

There are people who busy themselves doing so-called community work in the name of Islam, yet while they are busy at it, they let their daughters go dating with non-muhrim etc. This is just an example of our tendency in getting our priorities messed up.

Anyway, I am grateful to have defined the war in which I want to fight. It's going to last for two years or so bi-iznillah. I am all geared up. Indirectly, what I am saying is, I will be busy and might not have daily postings for this space.

I wish you all the best in your chosen war. 
I know people say, sometimes we have to lose the battle to win the war. But if you knew exactly the war you are entering, then you would have better chances of winning the battles along the way cos you are already fixated on the real bigger deal. You are like a lion who doesn't concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.

So keep fighting and become a champion in a war that matters.




Friday, January 12, 2018

Out for work | Outwork

Bismillah.

Just a short reminder for me.
Get out, go to work and outwork yourself.
Be better than YOU of yesterday.

I used to think: Oh, when can I quit my job. Oh, I wish I could quit my job.
But now that I have identified a strong purpose/goal, I thought, how could anyone ever leaves a job. We must keep ourselves productive, always doing something, always trying, always moving forward.

Technically speaking, I am in a semi-retirement because I only work at the office for three days a week. Ironically, I have become busier instead. But it's all meaningful. No matter the official work hours you have, let's master the day.

#UKeducationonemoretime


We say thanks to Allah for having capacitated our mental faculties for life-long learning and self-development. Alhamdulillah. 

With this attitude of gratitude that we have, we pray Allah will grant us a lot more bounties for the good of our dunya and akhirah.
Ameen.

And next bi-iznillah: Post-graduate Diploma in Law from King's College London, towards an LLM perhaps, just cos many people thought I was a lawyer LOL.

Sending out the message to the universe so that it would start collaborating to help me achieve it : D

#readbooksandreadthequrantooeverydayeverystepoftheway
#fastabiqulkhairat



   

Thursday, January 11, 2018

One co | Mind the religion

Bismillah.

I think we all belong with one co, one ummah.

I can't divide myself into four so I could belong with this teacher/ustaz/shaykh and that teacher/ustaz/shaykh and another two more. Then commit to a membership fee even though you people say it's not compulsory.

I cannot stand being approached by "deen agents" promoting their respective organizations. I belong to one co, that's all I know. I just want to do the obligatory and double up efforts on the sunnah. I just want to read the Quran and recite the salawat as much as possible. My heaven is under my mother's feet. My time is limited. Her time is limited so please don't try to disrupt my good routine. You belong to a group that might be "best" for you, good for you then. My path may be different than yours. But that does not necessarily mean you have a better chance at making it to the Heaven.

Stop your membership drive. Stop soliciting. Let people practice their religion in peace. If any particular group cannot maintain the overhead for their religious classes, then go have it at the mosque or in the field. Don't burden other people with your ambition and vision. Service to Allah is supposed to be done without selfish motives. 

I don't understand why some supposedly pious people have to solicit money to do the voluntary umrah/hajj for the second/third time. The Prophet pbuh did not go around collecting money for his own "organization" or group, or for his own personal interest. He did it for the poor and needy and for the good of the deen. In doing so, he need not motivate people through any kind of entertainment or seminar. It was straightforward. Islam has become fancy these days because of the flamboyant bunch who exploit the religion as they fancy.  

"Serving selflessly is servitude and it pleases Allah whereas serving for one's own ambition and vision is being heedless." - Shaykh Ninowy


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

An hour a day | An apple a day

Bismillah.

Alhamdulillah, I can relate to this.
"If you take some time out to read the Quran, you will find time to accomplish all your worldly goals because in reading the Quran, there is barakah of an amazing kind. You need to experience it to understand it."
- @shMuhammad

If you wish to experience this feeling, this lil something that you never had, then you got to do something you've never done, that is to make an effort to really find the time to read it. 

If you could do a juzuk (chapter) a day in one hour, cos that's the average time for most people then you would have seized the day even though you have not stepped out of the house. It's much better than having an apple a day. Incomparable in fact.



We praise Allah for the tawfiq to do good. We would never have been guided if Allah had not guided us.