Sunday, March 18, 2018

Rejab - A splendid month


Alhamdulillah, here comes the first of the three sacred months.

May the Lord help us prep for this auspicious season.

Allahumma bariklana fi Rajaba wa Syaaban
wa ballighna Ramadhan

Rejab istighfar as recommended by Habib Umar bin Hafiz is pretty long for a novice like me.
So I've chosen this one-liner to learn by heart.

I seek the forgiveness of Allah
for every
and thought
and every inward
and outward action of mine
which Allah dislikes.

WaSalamualaikum warahmatullah.

[Trying] As ever,

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The best of gifts


One night, in the still of the night, as I was making du'a I realized something which might be more obvious to you holy people out there. I realized it did not matter what I had around me, all the stuff that's attributed to me, in my life. Everything seemed to be of no value except the very du'a I was making, the list of du'a and the salawat (durood) that the Lord had put on the tongue and in the heart at that very moment. It felt like those were the only things that mattered. That the du'a was all I needed. Subhanallah. Yes, we making du'a to the Lord is the best gift from Him, already.     

And one other best of gifts is du'a from friends whose level of piety is 1000 rungs above you. You know the popular Tee that says "My friend went to London, and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt"?

I feel like having this written on a T-shirt, it's a bit long though and it doesn't rhyme but it weighs a tonne for me.
"My friend went to Japan
to be Imam at a mosque there,
and all I got was his du'a." 


Think again if you want to judge me.
Look at the kind of people I befriend, and try judge again.
But then again, I don't really care about your opinion.


Greetings from my humble abode

Someone thought I was arrogant about being clever.
Ahah... now I know I am clever. Thanks for the compliment, I shall approach my cleverness with a grateful heart : )

Who is arrogant/boasting about her/his seemingly good deeds? Not me!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Conditions created


Hi folks!

Yeah...I know you missed me. LOL.
I know you are still checking on me. LOL.
Been busy cherishing life and its wonderful manifestations. Just like you.

Ah...I don't mean to appear insensitive to those who might be heart broken right now. You know they say, change your thoughts and the thing you look at will change. It takes a lot of practice. "The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet." - J. Oppenheim
But then good stuff takes time to grow.

Anyway, this week could have been more awesome if the talks by Shaykh Yaqoubi had not been canceled. But Allah knows best. I was looking forward to seeing him again after a decade. In 2009, I was fortunate enough to be among the audience who sat in his majlis and received ijazah for Hadith Ar Rahmah about the virtues of compassion. 

Here's a link to my old posting - some sketchy notes of the lesson learned then.

Be compassionate on yourself, first and foremost, so as to be happy from within.
: )

Yes, happiness is not created as a result of certain conditions. Certain conditions are created as a result of happiness.

Happy Weekend!

[Inside joke LOL]
Girl, try again another day  ; )

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Feed your focus


What are you feeding on?
As for the soul, let's feed on the remembrance of the Lord (zikir in the form of repetitive sacred verse, or just plain thoughts of the Almighty), Quranic verses, salawat and happy positive thoughts.'s not a matter of speech ya. I am a regular Quran reader who is obsessed with salawat - all thanks to the tawfik from Allah.
Wama tawfiqi illah billah, alaihi tawakkaltu wa ilaihi unib
"My success can only come from Allah, in Him I trust and unto Him, I look"

How do you define distractions?
Irrelevant, unimportant social media feeds.
People who try to derail you from your life path/goals.
How do you starve distractions?
Just be in your own zone, stay on course, do what matters to you and anything that makes you happy.
And remember, what makes you happy doesn't need approval from anyone else.
This is a reminder for one nephew of mine who is busy focusing on his studies. Feed your focus Mer, and before long, you gonna fly. "We got wit, we don't do ___."
You know what to fill in the blank ; )

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Press for progress


'Press for Progress' is the theme for 2018 International Women's Day, as you might be aware. We all love anything that rhymes don't we? Yes, I absolutely love the slogan. We, women, have to keep pressing forward to make a unit of progress, on a daily basis. And as one who has quite an extensive experience working in the corporate world, I want to say this, that we should also be quick and bold to press the "reject" button whenever men try to bully us at work. I used to be a victim but as I grow wiser and older I have become good at virtually punching them: damn men-office-bully.

You know I have a male colleague who had the nerve to ask me (and a female colleague) if there's a full stop after Mr? This guy has been working for decades and has been lobbying with the "top guns" so he could get a double promo, yet he expected me to help him with drafting a simple email. He's not even sure about simple punctuation rules. [Shame on you Mister. You decide yourself, Mister. Or ask Mr. Google. Mr Google (without a full stop) will be happy to answer too.]

You might have seen the photo of a bunch of policemen standing talking to one another as one lady janitor wiped off a graffiti that says 'Happy International Women's Day'. This took place at a prestigious uni in the UK. You just feel like slapping the face of all four policemen in the pix, don't you? LOL.

On the 8th of March, as I reflected outwardly and inwardly, I just wanted to mention two women who were on my mind: my first Quran teacher and Ms. Masako Wakamiya the 82-year-old, oldest iPhone app developer, who first started using the PC at the age of 60.  

My Quran teacher did not only teach me to read the Quran for the first time. She instilled the drive to press for progress as far as Quran recital is concerned - that it takes constant effort throughout one's lifetime. You might have read a posting I did about using a digital Quran-pen to check on the correct tajweed/pronunciation for any verse that I was unsure of.  I used to be among those old-school readers who prefer the hardcopy. Well, I still read using a physical Quran but I have become a happy user of the Muslim Pro app. It's hassle-free as compared to using a digital Quran pen. I don't have to worry about charging the pen. With the Muslim Pro app I could choose to repeat each verse twice, thrice or even infinite times (in case you want to memorize the ayah). In my case, I set it to repeat twice. The first time is to listen and observe how a professional Qari recites. The second time is to listen again while reading the meaning of the verse. I do this to familiarize as a warm-up session before actually reading the Quran using a physical book. And whenever I do so, as I come across any verse that I'm not sure about, I would use the Muslim Pro app again to zoom into the particular verse. I hope you too would be encouraged to improve your recitation by using the Muslim Pro app. Good to keep busy scrolling the verses covering as many surah as possible, repeatedly, than to scroll the phone for other meaningless feeds. 

Ms. Masako Wakamiya who developed a Japanese gaming app meant for the seniors is indeed a living proof of "Press for Progress". She inspires us to keep ourselves busy doing meaningful things, feeding our brain positively, filling up our leisure time with useful learning. This oldest app developer took up the piano at 75. 

How old are you? What are you up to?

I can't wait to start my MBA course, very soon. Bi-iznillah. It's March, I am marching to Chapter 11 of the Quran now. Hope to khatam in May inShaAllah. I bet you are busy doing better and bigger stuff.

Do your "Muslim Pro" thing.
Maximize the app.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Praise THE Carrier | Provider of good things


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah that THE One and Only Carrier has kept me safe during my recent trips. I'm feeling a lil disoriented [but grateful] after non-stop trips since late Jan, and now back in KL. It feels like my supposedly full-time job in KL has become just a pastime LOL.

Of course, my whereabouts are not important. What's important are these reflections that I have been doing during my trips and these are lessons worth sharing with the young ones in my family.

When you are "alone" albeit being in a company, as you traverse the land you tend to become more conscious of at least two verses of the Quran; about Allah creating a beautiful canopy (the sky) above us and about Allah holding the birds in mid-air. For today, let's talk about the canopy. Can you imagine not having a decent looking canopy above us? Imagine if it was just void, pitch-black or ugly patches all the way up? Imagine if it was an eerie looking giant hole? It might have been a window to the hell, even! No, it's not even the typical things you see on a shop's exposed ceiling i.e. the electrical wiring, the aircon pipes, the ventilation system, ugly!

But, Allah  Al Bari' the Designer/the Inventor thought about it all, He fashioned it, developed it so thoughtfully and beautifully; and ever-evolving at that. The canopies are always changing colors and shapes at every moment in time. Subhanallah!  

So, let's think about it a lil deeper. Let's reflect upon Surah Ghaffir 40:64. Let's memorize and internalize it.

Indeed He has provided us with good things.

"Allah it is Who appointed for you the earth for a dwelling-place and the sky for a canopy, and fashioned you and perfected your shapes and has provided you with good things. Such is Allah, your Lord. Then blessed be Allah, the Lord of the Worlds."

My second secret hammock spot in Penang.
Nay not going to tell anyone LOL
Praise the Provider of Good Things!
Can't blame me for recognizing the good in my life.
Gratitude=recognizing the good in one's life.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Living Malacca [again and again]


Hi... Hi... Hi... folks
Ya Hayy.....praise the Lord the Life-giver for letting us live a peaceful and joyful life while not forgetting Him.

Here are more clippings documenting my weekend spent in Melaka (Malacca) so that it won't be lost for my future recollection. We have a duty to love ourselves that's why. [Btw this is backdated. It's Tuesday morning. Am writing from my home in Penang actually! Alhamdulillah.]

Anyway, He is Beautiful and He loves beauty. We see His Beautiful crafts everywhere and of course, we love beautiful objects, we don't have to be apologetic about it. I especially love hotels/living spaces that have got beautiful decor so that's why I recorded more pics of a hotel lobby and rooms than faces. LOL. 

That's a Batik frame. Malaysian Batik that is.
Visit Malaysia : )

I leave myself and you with this quote.

"The happiness of your life depends upon
the quality of your thoughts."
- Marcus Aurelius

Think happy thoughts.
Live a happy life.
Think well of the Generous Lord
Al Kareem, Al Wahab, Ar Razak,
So He will be generous towards us.
He is what we expect Him to be.
"I am as my servant thinks I am"
- Hadith Qudsi