Thursday, October 13, 2016

TGIT | You know Yuna?


Thank God it's Thursday. TGIT.

Because it's October, I don't need to wait til Friday to chill. TGIF does not apply. That's because, praise be to Allah, work-wise, my team and I have delivered some great results already, so we can sort of rest on our laurels and unwind til the year ends. YaHuu!

Maghrib in KL - 12 October 2016
It's sheer delight to be able to see the KL Tower light show every night. The show last night was extra sensational thus I captured a video. But can't promise if it would get uploaded ever LOL.

Ahh...the things we all do to unwind.

I picked up the Elle Malaysia magazine because Yuna was on the cover. In case you didn't notice, she's an A-lister by birth. She's born as Yunalis. YunA-List. She's inherently A-List kind of person.

For the benefit of our foreign readers, Yuna is a Malaysian hijabi singer-songwriter who moved to the States five years ago. Her big talent and perseverance have enabled her to climb the music industry and song charts in the USA. She achieved that while managing hundreds if not thousands of criticisms from her own people - Malaysians. People hurled all kinds of names at her for her signature turban and for one incident involving Usher - partner for her latest hit song Crush. I am not keen to review the episode in detail or mention the ugly names they threw at her. Having read the article in the Elle Malaysia magazine, I thought she spoke up really well, she stood up for herself really really well this soon to be 30 year old lady who  has a degree in Legal Studies. She said: "I don't have time to think about the petty things that people say about me or try and tell me what to do." Yes girl!

Those who thought she's "rubbish" this that, they could be insecure, envious and/or emotionally broke. Yuna probably has more than a million dollars in her bank account. In a Finance mag interview, she was asked what she would do if she had a million, her reply was short and smart - she said she would make another million! I think, ironically, those negative people had picked on her because she's brilliant, brave and never apologetic about being who she is. And the same positive traits have brought her to places which many can only dream about. Yuna said in the Elle interview: "I came from being this very insecure girl to this other person. And now that I'm older, I really don't just give a shit anymore."

Yes girl! That's it! Let those self-righteous and envious critics shout until the cows come home. They probably think they're forever faultless and that they have secured a ticket to heaven. LOL. [BTW, to think that one has no sins, is in fact a sin.]  

You know Yuna? She's inspiring methinks.
"It's 2016, and it has to change. Because we can't live in this environment forever. Having people criticize us and telling us what to do when they have nothing to do with our lives." - Yunalis 

Smart girls, lean in!
"I feel a little rush, I think I've got a little crush on you.
I hope it's not too much..."

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

10 Muharram 1438 Hijri | Ashura Day is a day of generosity


Good morning folks.

I just wanted to be an early-bird today, enjoy sahur-time and be quick in sending you warm greetings on this special occasion - Ashura day. If you watched the video I posted yesterday, you might recall Habib Umar bin Hafiz speaking about the merits of observing Ashura Day and some of the recommended actions for the day.

Yes we are told to be generous to our family on this day - it's a day of generosity, says Habib Umar. But what is a mortal's generosity as compared to the Lord's generosity of offering to pardon a year of our sins and reward a day of fasting with an entire year of fasting; that He would gaze upon those who care to recite a thousand Al-Ikhlas and thereby reflect upon His attributes.

The Lord is offering us plenty of great bonus in return of one small deed. The Lord is willing to forgive all our sins with one repentance, whereas the mortals would exaggerate one misdeed of ours and forget the rest. And they do that while forgetting they too are being assessed by the Creator. So this is a day to glorify the Lord, for His assessments and rewards are all that matters.    

Praise be to Allah that we have come to this special day. May Allah grant us a long healthy life so we live to see many more Ashura days -  a day of victory as He did make victorious Prophet Musa, Yunus and Nuh (a.s). And Saidina Hussain too, because dying and meeting one's Lord for an elect servant of Allah, is indeed a victory as said Habib Umar: "Death for a penitent doer of good is a gift."

Allahu a'lam.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Welcoming Ashura Day 1438 Hijri



May Allah shower His unique bounties upon us on this special day.

May we benefit from the lessons and du'a from the venerable Habib Umar bin Hafiz.

Wasalamualaikum warahmatullah.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Prepping for the future | Write a will, I will


When I wrote a posting on my Lasik surgery experience and the benefits of correcting one's vision through LASIK, I neither expected it to receive a huge number of hits nor create a big impact to anyone, but it did. Alhamdulillah. But this posting which I am about to write, I hope it would receive your attention and that you would consider acting upon it.

I have just met a consultant from a Bank Trustee, the person who will be writing my will, yes InShaAllah. Write a will, I will and I think you should too. I am of the view that one should not only write a will but also appoint an executor, if one cares about his/her loved ones.  

Because as a person, I feel writing a will is a sign of gratitude that Allah has given one some assets. That Allah has given you some understanding and realisation to not want to trouble your loved ones when you pass on.

As a dutiful daughter/sister, I feel the importance of having a "custody card" to hand to my family especially before travelling, especially before performing hajj. Why, so that they know I have written a will and appointed a professional executor at the bank I have been so loyal to. So that they will be able to retrieve my will and learn about my intentions and instructions. I learned this today: because I don't have a husband or a son, my mother and my siblings would be entitled to my assets. Write a will, I will because I feel responsible and thankful for Allah's bounties on me and because my late father raised me to be an educated person who is firm about articulating her thoughts.

It is wonderful that we are allowed to reserve one third of our assets for a non-beneficiary which ideally should be a worthy beneficiary such as the orphans. There is no need to give all to the rightful beneficiary because two-thirds is enough. And chances are the one-third for the worthy non-beneficiary could yield a handsome compound interest for you in akhira.

As a dutiful daughter, I don't want my mother to be un-informed or ill-informed about her rights towards me because I love her. Now, you should think about your loved ones too, should you return to the Lord sooner than them. Make it easier for them. Do not leave them puzzled. Do not burden them with the complexities of managing your assets and belongings. I think that's the least we could do if indeed we truly care about the people we care about.

The Budimas Charitable Foundation
supports many orphanage homes nationwide.
This one is in Penang.
- a worthy beneficiary for 1/3 of what you own! 

If any of you my close friends would like me to share more details about hibbah amanah and wasiat which I've learned from the trustee bank, do buzz me. Be smart. Be considerate, manage your belongings while you still can.

Look forward to making another hajj prep - engaging a personal Arabic/Quran tutor. 
: D InShaAllah

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Reading pictures


Wish I could impart some cheer to you, put a smile on your face, the least I could do to show how much you are appreciated.
[You know who you are. Sorry I still can't make my greetings unconditional for all, including haters cos I'm neither righteous nor self-righteous LOL]

Lucky that two buddies have been sharing some lovely photos from breathtaking Kiwi-Land and our most beloved city -  the burial site of Allah's most beloved - Madinah Al-Munawarah.

Sometimes, words lift us up. Sometimes, a picture like this makes us smile for it conveys unspoken sweetness so loud!


Sometimes, a hug makes us feel safe and cared for. Sometimes a picture like this makes our soul calm, revives any lost hope, that the person underneath that green dome deeply cares about us. That it's very easy to connect with him and connecting with him once, could bring glad tidings tenfold in return.

Lessons on Islam have never been so easily accessible as it is now but it's also true that many people who claim to be workers of the deen are asking for all kinds of aid in the name of the religion. Seeing the green dome makes me want to pour out all my burning questions and bewilderment about my faith.

One "religious person" blocked me on WA just because I did not promptly respond to his call for support for his "religious project". But I'm only a woman who has my own priorities and I decide to whom I shall respond. We all have the right to remain silent and/or decline, don't we? And wonder why do they only get in touch when they think my contributions could be useful for them? People like these make me want to have a husband so that they won't bother me directly LOL. Dare I make such a complain underneath that green dome! Still, I thank God for making me mature enough to not be bothered by some "interesting" characters be they Shaykh or no Shaykh. 

Thank You God for increasing me in knowledge a bit more, regarding salutations to the Prophet. It's something that we all need, in two departments at least: rizq and akhlak. Shuyukh, sinners, strugglers, everyone needs it.

Allahumma salli ala Saidina Muhammad
solatan tuwas si ú biha álainal arzak
wa tuhas sinu biha lanal akhlak
wa ála alihi wasohbihi wasalim

"O Lord by the blessings of Your Prophet
expand our provision and beautify our characters."

May Allah grant us the strength to recite this Salawat Tausiúl Arzaaq and may Allah enable us to benefit from it. Ameen.

May Allah decorate our path with that which is pleasing
to the eyes, mind and heart

May Allah make us reflect on this life and that which is waiting for us in the end. And that in life, it's OK to not please everybody! LOL.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Happy New Hijri Year 1st Muharram 1438H | 1st October 2016


Assalamualaikum warahmatullah
My dear respected visitors/readers
[You know who you are heh...heh...]
[Especially Aunty S who regards this space as her early morning cup of tea. How sweet of her. May Allah shower her and her loved ones with abundant grace and bounties. Ameen]

Wish yáll a happy new hijri year full of blessings. May Allah forgive us and accept any small deeds which might be worthy in His reckoning.

I had been busy working to meet some important deadlines that I almost missed this important date in the Islamic calendar. In fact I was still kinda disoriented having just arrived in Penang this morning. And not having had proper rest. Still Alhamdullilah I managed to arrive early for the Maal Hijrah event at Penang State Mosque.

Felt so very proud that the majlis was graced by my neighbors - two great Gelugorians - the Penang Mufti led the Yaasin recital, tahlil and prayers; and a popular daié - Imam Muda Asyraf gave a refreshing tazkirah full of new facts. The stories he related were far from cliche. I will try to summarize his lessons tomorrow InShaAllah.

Of course...that honorable lady in purple prayer garment is the wife of Penang's Governor. She had no air whatsoever, mashaAllah!     

All ears - Imam Muda Asyraf giving an insightful tazkirah

Penang Governor's wife - the honorable Toh Puan
sitting in halaqah (circle) for Yaasin recital
The majlis ended with dinner - delicious Tomato Rice - much to my delight! And I spotted a Niqabi carrying  a tote bag with a loaded message.

Queuing for Tomato Rice. 
Yes! Let's husnuzon!
Imam Muda Asyraf said Allah has the right to select anyone for Jannah
even if he/she was a sinner in the eyes of people - at the point of death.

See ya tomorrow : )

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Morning breeze from Fragrant Land


Oh what joy to receive good wishes from that fragrant land!

We say Alhamdulillah and we pray for our friends who have always been generous towards us, offering kind words and gentle gestures. 

And how can we not be delighted about warm greetings coming from the Haramain?

So here I am extending the good vibes I received from two buddies who are still in Makkah al-Mukaramah. They sent me some lovely photos and thoughtful prayers early Sunday morning, today the 25th of sweet September, a great start to another wonderful day. 

We call upon the Owner of the Kaabah
the Most Compassionate Host of the Holy Land
towards Whom all pilgrims direct their aim
to that one centre which all faces and hearts align
near and far
We call upon the Lord who forgives all pilgrims
to also forgive those for whom they seek forgiveness

Count us all in
Befriend us
let us know You rightfully
enable us to love You truthfully
bless and protect us with Your mercy
so we may bow to You and serve You sincerely



And guess who's the other person who sent me good wishes early this morning? Hah hah...

Someone thought I looked like 35.
Nah...make it 30. Sixteen years younger. LOL
And I shall drink 2 liters of water a day, to validate that : D
Alhamdulillahi hamdan yuwafi ni'amahu wa yukafi u mazidah