Saturday, July 9, 2011

Temporary life


There's no majlis ta'lim to attend this week, so we get to spend some time to reflect on life.

Alhamdulillah, He has made us travelled so far. He has made us experienced lots of things in life so diversed and varied in His giving and witholding that we have become somewhat indifferent between having and not having. After all it's all His and everything is on loan.

Our house in Penang used to face a beautiful seafront. We recalled the days when we would just lie on the floor in the family area and looked out through the huge window to see fishermen floating about in their small boats. Each floor of the house enjoyed such beautiful sceneries until the 'authorities' decided to reclaim the sea. Alhamdulillah ala kulli hal.

Our temporary home in Scotland faced the charming Allan Water. It's a dreamy river that was calming to a homesick heart (except in winter). Overall, we had a fantastic time living in Bridge of Allan, a quaint little area in Stirling.

Soon, we shall move again, InshaAllah. As a city dweller who cannot avoid being part of the race for survival, we've got no choice but to live on the fringe of KL. No we are not complaining because in the past few years KL has been a place where we have learned and grown so much as a muslim. Alhamdulillah.

We learned from our guides to take only what we need from the world and keep it in our hands and not let it enter our hearts InshaAllah. We look forward to writing from our desk which looks out to the city skyline. We hope it would be a constant reminder that we should stay out of it as much as possible and only enter when necessary, and certainly not to make mischief. We hope that we are always reminded of the fleeting nature of dunya for we know not where we'll be moving to after this temporary station.

We fantasized about moving to exotic places such as Tangier and have a 180 degree view of the Mediterranean sea, like some privileged writers and artists who sojourned in Morocco. Plus the land is blessed with many shuyukh. Oh well, it would be very lovely, but still temporary.

Inna lillah wa inna ilai hirajiun.  

Dunya from a window at our new abode
Top poster is from Iran Independent Designers Society 

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