Thursday, January 19, 2017

I don't care | You don't have to care


But I care about posting a lil something every day even though, to be honest, I have had a long day today and I am exhausted. Then I saw a Tweet by Steve Keating which made me say YES!
So I created these two posters out of his tweet.


I'm more concerned about getting enough sleep and waking up early for my programs tomorrow Friday InShaAllah.

So good night : )

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Being brave for one's faith


La hawla wala quwwata illah billah.
There is no power no strength except by Allah.

Yes, we all say this, but his conviction may not be as strong as hers, mine may not be as solid as yours.  

Imagine the conviction that the brave men of the past, had. I am reading about the history of Islam of a certain nation where Islam is a minority, how the Muslims were made to fight and were promised lands to build mosques, should they win the battles. And they won! They won a few plots of land, so that several mosques got built on account of their bravery. MashaAllah! Imagine what must have gone through their minds when they were on battlefields. Indeed, fortune favors the brave.

Today, we need not fight for another person's cause in order to strike a good deal for our faith. Today, all we have to do is part with some of our money so we could help build a mosque. The ballgame is different now.

It's good to reflect and ask oneself, how I can be braver in regards to my faith? Are we brave enough to have a high degree of tawakkul that things will all be fine when it looks impossible and miserable. Are we brave enough to love unconditionally without expecting anything in return? Are we brave enough to trust wholeheartedly? How do we conquer our fears in all these areas - in having tawakkul, in loving and in trusting? It is of course, easier said than done. 

Just think about those Muslim soldiers (drafted by non-Muslims) who were promised lands for mosques in exchange for a victory. Because of their bravery and victories, they set the foundation for Islam to grow in terms of numbers and strengths, decades after decades. I am referring to Muslims in South Africa in the 1800s. God bless them all!

May Allah make us brave for the right reason and fight our fears for a good cause, as they did.

Photo credit: BriceFR

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Say something | Say something good


I'd almost missed saying something on Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017. Oh...that's a nice date: 17.1.17.
[Writing this on Wed 2.57 a.m. actually. It's a backdated posting shhh! LOL]

I was awakened and remembered I've not said something good for Tuesday. It's not that difficult to say something good. The Prophet pbuh said: "Saying something good is charity." To smile to another person's face is also charity. Charity is easy. 

When I woke up a lil while ago, I saw a message from my ustaz reminding me of our Quran lesson, that is charity too. Reminding people of something good.

We will never know which of our seemingly good actions would be accepted by the Almighty Allah. We'll just have to try, to keep doing something good every day. Saying something good is one of them.

It's an often quoted saying of the Prophet pbuh and there are plenty of freely and readily available posters for this quote, out there. But I crafted the above poster myself so I could earn a bit of extra points LOL. And I thank Allah for letting me find a cute photo to go with it. Cute in my eyes. Must thank Allah for enabling our limbs to do something good. May Allah forgive us for all the wrongs that our limbs have done. Amin Ya Rabb.

Photo credit: Adam Jones

Monday, January 16, 2017

On choosing


Alhamdulillah for this new lesson I learned today - a du'a tweeted by Mufti Abdul Rahman. Some of you well-learned readers might already be familiar with this short yet powerful du'a. Mufti Abdul Rahman described it as a mini-istikhara prayer.

What is "more difficult' in our eyes may not necessarily be more difficult and bad in reality. Anything that appears to be "less difficult" may not necessarily be a better option. We are often clouded by our lower-self (nafs) when making a decision. We are often ignorantly biased towards a faster or easier option. We cannot possibly make an informed decision as good as the Lord, so let Him.

Is it possible that we choose a thing but not select it? It is quite possible that we choose one of two selections but we don't actually select it, as in carry out what we have chosen. It's quite possible, methinks.

May Allah keep us guided on the Straight Path.
Amin Ya Rabb.

Hope you have had a pleasant Monday. Hope you have made at least one person feels loved today ; )
Because there is only one happiness in life, that is to love and be loved.

Alhamdulillah May Allah shower His brilliant mercy and gifts onto each and everyone who loves us. May Allah give a long life to each and every single person whom we love because it's a wonderful blessing to have someone to love. May Allah forgive those whom we loved, who had passed on to the realm of barzakh. May Allah choose an everlasting peaceful and beautiful abode for them.
Amin Ya Rabb.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

To love and be loved


Love is in the air.

I have just got back from a wedding. That's why. Don't speculate. LOL.

It's true, isn't it? There is only one happiness in this life - to love and be loved.

Today and tomorrow, be the reason someone feels loved.
And repeat.
It's not that difficult.
 : )

Post-wedding pose at 11 pm
and then I realised I got to post something for today. LOL.
So there! Sorry...
Good nite!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

"Make me a flightless bird, I am fine." - Mr Sphenisciformes | Accept your role


It's 11 pm and I am super tired. As far as creativity is concerned...check the photo below borrowed from Brain Pickings - 11 pm's creativity doesn't look promising.

Anyway, how many of us took for granted about Penguin being the only bird that can't fly but can swim. Penguins are just adorable and people accept them for who they are. We don't really care that they "fail" to fly, do we? We don't mock a Penguin for being a bird and yet not able to fly. 

Imagine, how would you react if God were to tell you at the outset of your creation that He is going to make you a bird but you will be the only bird who can't fly? You might have jumped - No way, I am going to look like a fool! But Mr Penguin whose scientific name is Mr Sphenisciformes, accepted his role anyway.
What about us? What is our tolerance level? How much energy do we waste thinking about what people might say about us, about who we are when we are in fact who we are? How many of us spend time wondering what people might say if we do this or that or we don't do this or that? How many of us dare to be different and accept Allah's decree without a sigh?

I think if we're patient enough and acceptable about the Creator's decree, He would reward us. He makes penguins so cute that people ignore their so called "flaw". Likewise, I think we are going to look cool when we are comfortable in our skin and accept Allah's decree gladly.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Takhalli | Discard


I am pleased to be able to wish you good morning on this lovely Friday. Alhamdulillah for being alive and healthy, for feeling calm and contented.

Feeling really good this morning after deleting some 15,000 emails under the "Social" and "Promotions" Tab! I'm not sure what to do with the 20,000 emails under the "Primary" Tab, yet, but that's ok for now. Discarding 15,000 emails just now made me feel good. LOL. It's like the feeling we usually have after doing the laundry and spring-cleaning the house.

It reminds me of the term takhalli, which I learned/heard from a couple of ustaz. I'm sure you are familiar with the term too. It comes in three actually: takhalli - tahalli - tajalli.

If you're not familiar, then please go read up or ask the experts on the meanings of these tasawwuf jargons.

Just remember takhalli every time you feel good about cleaning up your space, be it physical or virtual. Takhalli is about discarding the bad, the unnecessary and then empty the trash bin. It's about withdrawing and/or refraining from the negatives. It's not as easy as it sounds. It's a life-long process. 

On this blessed Friday, let's pray Allah would help us cleanse ourselves regularly, daily and not keep so much trash for too long. That He would forgive us completely. Amin Ya Rabb.  

Wish y'all a wonderful weekend.

Am excited about going to Penang, again : )
Again, next week and the week after and the week after....InShaAllah.
Alhamdulillah Allah Kareem.