Monday, August 14, 2017

Wings to fly | Malaysia my home


It's August. It's a special month for Malaysians. We as a nation will turn 60, come 31st of August 2017.

Sixty is a nice sounding significant number. It sounds kinda sexy. It's a pretty serious number though. How would you expect a 60-year-old person to be in terms of character and behavior, mentally and physically?

A country that is 60 years old already, that's what we are. We have done pretty well, methinks.

What does home - Malaysia - mean to me? I would like to quote Dalai Lama:

Yes, Malaysia has given me wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
I feel loved. The country loves me and I love her, absolutely.

I have benefited from a good and cheap education offered by the country.
Benefited from a handsome scholarship to study abroad.
Benefited from lots of perks of working at a Government-linked company.
So, yes, the country has given me wings to fly.
Coming back to my roots is "a journey" I cherish every time.
The feeling you have when the flight captain says: To all Malaysians, we say 'welcome home'.
And of course, there is no reason NOT to stay. Nay.

I say to my fellow countrymen - stay beautiful, stay grateful, stay you!

Happy Merdeka.
Let's enjoy our birth month. Enjoy August!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Greater gratitude


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.
May we wake up tomorrow with greater gratitude.

Sweet dreams : )

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Count the days | Make the days count


Allahumma soyyiban nafi'a
May Allah make the pouring rain beneficial.

It's raining right now in KL.
Yes, we all yearn for everything beneficial.
May Allah An Nafi' - the Source of Good, the Benefactor grant us everything beneficial. Ameen.

I am at a beneficial crossroad Alhamdulillah. I must proclaim this upcoming bounty from Him. It is yet another proof that He has been listening to my plea and He will be offering bi iznillah. He Allah subhanahu wa taala is indeed the ultimate, the best Arranger/Manager/Planner.  

Yes, one beneficial move I am so looking forward to is: working for only 24 hours a week or 156 days in a year! YaHuu! Although in reality, I will end up "working" more days for all kinds of other activities, that's OK, as long as the official working days is just 156 out of 365 days.

So what do I do on the 209 off days?
On a serious note, if we were told we have just 209 days to live, what would we do? What would you do? How do we fill up the 209 days? What kind of schedule would you put together? Quran recital 2 hours a day perhaps? Visit the sick and fast, every other day? Gotta think about it seriously. How do we make the days count?

May Allah keep us occupied with thoughts, speech, actions that are pleasing to Him, every single day. That we only engage in everything beneficial for our dunya and akhirah. 

May our life be more and more spectacular as was the meteor shower which decorated the sky tonight (13 Aug 2017). I didn't see it for myself but it's there above us all this mid-August. Life may not be anywhere near decent, let alone spectacular for many of us, so we pray Allah removes afflictions and sadness at comet-speed. He can do anything He wills.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Day of Thanksgiving


A day to be thankful, as we learned from our honorable Shuyukh, it's "today" that Allah created Adam and placed him in paradise.

More often than not, we let the week passes by with little consciousness of how special Friday is. Perhaps we should say TGFA - Thank God For Adam. May Allah grant us the capacity to always be cognizant of this great blessing no matter where we are.

And, yes no matter where you are, enjoy the journey, enjoy the adventure.
: D

Thursday, August 10, 2017

"A Fellowship of Faith" - latest book by Shaykh Allie Khalfe of Cape Town


We would like to say heartiest congratulations to Shaykh Allie Khalfe on the successful launching of his book: "A Fellowship of Faith" - a detailed commentary of the Surah Fatihah on 6th August 2017. The book is prefaced and endorsed by the Grand Mufti of Cairo and Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah. 

The event was graced by Umar Kemp. Below is a short intro of Sidi Umar Kemp, in the words of Shaykh Allie expressing gratitude for the launch of his book - A Fellowship of Faith.

"Our senior, Umar Kemp is in his 90s and is a treasure and pillar of strength and wisdom in our Cape Legacy. He is a living Ghazalian and the most senior Ba'Alawi scholar in perhaps the entire Southern Africa, having sat before the master, Shaykh Muhammad Salih Hendricks who was a contemporary of the Awliya of Makkah, including Sayyidi Bakri Shatta, Shaykh Bakr Bab Sayl, Shaykh Umar Ba Junaid, Sayyid Abbas Al Maliki and many others, all of whom drank from the basin of Sayyid Ahmad Zayn Dahlan (may Allah bless them all). He blessed our book launch this morning with his gentle heart and firm resolve. It is their duas that we seek and their sincerity that brings barakah to places they enter so that all the books were sold out this morning. Thank you all for your support and may Allah bless all of us with His infinite Mercy and Compassion." 

To order the book: contact 0714138725
Price: South African Rand 150
Pages: 180

Attendees at the book launch on 6th August 2017.
Alhamdulillah, though we may be far apart, though we are yet to meet,
the jemaah in Cape Town is close to our heart.   

[Info & pics published with permission from Shaykh Allie]

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Be constantly courageous


Better late than never.
What was I up to three days ago - Wednesday?
[It's Saturday. This is a backdated posting.]

God knows!

Anyhow, give a pat on your back if you have done it before - if you were once courageous. That you tried. Not to have tried is the true failure. That you pushed yourself against all odds. That's one of the countless branches of faith. That you keep pressing on, try again and try again cos as the wise men say, courage is like a muscle, it gets better and stronger by use.

[ pushing for a small posting each day of Twenty Seventeen.]

Says Tom Krause

To anyone of you out there who could use a little push to forge ahead, I say just do/act in spite of the fear.

"In His hands is all good."
- Quran 3:26

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lunar Eclipse in KL - 8th Aug 2017



From my balcony
photo captured by my niece

Err...this video more or less captured my experience but the eclipsed moon didn't turn out well on my phone. [Obviously, it's a partial eclipse Eza. I was thinking of the song 'Total eclipse of the heart' - perhaps. LOL.] get to see KL in the wee hours.

It's 3.19 a.m. already. My thoughts at this very moment, are words of Cyril Connoly (writer/editor 1903-1974): "Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self."

Thanks to each of 1 Million of you - soul - who swing by this insignificant space, well aware that I have written as notes to myself and I thank you (most of you) for not minding me being myself. Some people mind, this I understand but not bothered. LOL.

There in mid-air, our souls meet albeit so brief.
In spare seconds you leave,
hopefully with something positive.
A little something. A piece of me, sweetness, warts and all.
: D