Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Mausoleum of Habib Kuncung & Habib Munzir Al-Musawa of Indonesia


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

I have finally made it to the maqam of Habib Munzir Al Musawwa, a much revered and popular dai'e of Indonesia who died at a relatively young age - at the age of 40.

I had the privilege of attending his talks in KL just once and I learned one important lesson which stays with me to this day. This was my precious takeaway:

Allah is divinely pure. He does need any more purity. When we recite subhanallah wabihamdih - God is perfect, free of any defects/errors, we are in fact praying to purify ourselves. That zikir will purify us. Allah does not need it from us. Glory He is above all needs. When you recite subhanallah wabihamdih subhanallah al-azeem, have in your heart the intention of wanting to be taqarrub (near) with Allah. Many people recite it, but not many people consciously plead to be near Allah, when doing so.

The mausoleum of Habib Munzir (1973 - 2013)
at Kalibata, South Jakarta

Habib Munzir - from whom I learned the weight of
Subhanallah wabihamdih subhanallah al-azeem
His mausoleum is adjacent to Masjid At Taubah and the maqam of Habib Kuncung whose real name is Habib Ahmad Al Haddad (died in 1926). Just like many of the saintly men of the past, Habib Kuncung was well known for his karamah (miraculous powers).

Archway in between the compound of Masjid At Tawbah
and the mausoleum area of Habib Kuncung 

The grave of Habib Ahmad Al Haddad (Habib Kuncung)

May Allah grant us himmah (steadfastness) to be regular in our ibadah both the obligatory and the supererogatory, just as  Allah has blessed His select servants with plenty of tawfik, hidayah, knowledge and special gifts. Ameen.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fulfilling Jan

Good Morning
From South Jakarta



Just a quick one cos we are all busy bees aren't we?

Alhamdulillah January has been a very fulfilling month. May we continue to make pleas and praise Allah much at times of ease so we won't look too foreign to Him when we turn to Him when we need a little more attention from Him.

Love that figurine.
To me, it says: 'move that body, express yourself, life is like a dance, embrace gracefully the rhythm of life'

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Stay excellent | Stay exciting


That's all I am saying. LOL.

Stay excellent, stay exciting.

Stay away from drugs and alcohol.

Stay away from negative people.

Not everyone deserves a seat at the table of your life.

The week is looking lit  😉
What lit?
I mean it in a positive way, ya.

Check this out:

Ahh...the joy...when your long-time doctor compliments you for looking good! 
And your cholesterol, blood-sugar and BP readings are A-OK : D 
But the weight is a bit on the high side. LOL.

Let's take better care of our health.
Health is wealth.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Honor the House of Allah


May Allah honor us for having honored the house of Allah, continually, to the best of our abilities.

May Allah grant us tawfiq and hidayah and create asbab for us to deserve an abode next to Him in Jannah. Though we feel unworthy, we are hopeful and we have confidence in His boundless mercy.

The above clip shows glimpses of Masjid Kampung Hulu in Melaka, Malaysia. It's a very beautiful historic site. Built around 1728, it's the oldest mosque in the state of Melaka and one of the earliest mosques in Malaysia.

Wish y'all a productive week.
It's marvelous Monday for me, as I started my day very early, reciting the Quran (I've reached chapter 6 Alhamdulillah) and later will head to Pilates session even before most people start working at the office. When you enjoy what you do, it's all fun, fun, fun.

Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.
May Allah grant us better health, more wealth and sweeter happiness.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Happy Sunday


Be better and be so good today that yesterday gets green with envy with today.

It's the weekend, yes it's time to eat all we can. LOL.

I am reminded of one hafiz from Cambodia who now becomes a facilitator at the tahfiz school where he used to study. Being away from his ailing mother was difficult he said. She had been suffering from diabetic for a long time. It was getting worse and she would speak on the phone with her son in tears, worried sick about her health. Of course, he was feeling helpless too. Then he remembered one du'a which is quite common to all (see below).

He prescribed it to his mother out of much faith and desperation, he admitted to me. The mother practiced it diligently before each meal. Miraculously, after several months, the doctor cleared her from diabetes. She did not really watch her diet, all she did was recite the du'a profusely with a great deal of tawakkul I'm pretty sure.

Bismillah hil lazi
La yadurru ma as mihi syai un fil ardi
Wala fis sama'i wahuwas sami'ul aleem

OK folks, wish y'all Happy Sunday. We need not look very pious outwardly. All we have to do is remember Allah and the Prophet salallah alaihiwasalam in our hearts even as we go about sightseeing, do anything no matter how mundane.  

And seek protection from Allah from anything and everything that could harm us.

My Sunday - spent in Melaka, two hours drive south of KL.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Dream Happy Dreams


Hi folks,

Wish y'all a wonderful and productive weekend.

Remember to dream happy dreams, always, all ways. More importantly, always make an effort to make those who are close to you, happy.

"The most precious thing in life is the ability to touch the hearts of those we love."
- Habib Ali Al-Jifri

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Believing in one's dreams cost nothing.
All we gotta do is have a strong belief, that's pretty much it.

'Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.'
- Maya Angelou


Friday, January 19, 2018

Jummah Mubarak | Sollu Alan Nabi


Assalamualaikum warahmatullah.

We know we have quite a strong attraction to the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam, hence we quickly pulled over by the roadside upon seeing a group of children reciting salawat loudly as they marched towards a mosque in Melaka, Malaysia.

This kind of simple but meaningful joy of life is what we live for.

May Allah make our tongues light to recite quietly as many salawat as possible whenever we are alone or in public.

This was at Masjid Tengkera in Melaka, which was built by Muhammad Salleh, a mualeem cum trader from India in 1728. This took place when Melaka was colonized by the Dutch.

Al Fatihah to the honorable Muhammad Salleh who evidently left a wonderful legacy that could still benefit us to this day.

The maqam of Sultan Hussin Muazzam Shah who witnessed the signing ceremony that marked the establishment of Singapore in 1819 by Raffles, is located within the mosque compound.

May we learn from the past and be mindful of the kind of history/contributions we leave behind.

Masjid Tengkera and Masjid Kampung Hulu
are two must-visit mosques if you happen to be in Melaka.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Much remembered zakir


It's been slightly over a year since this person passed away. I knew him as a pious, well-mannered person who appeared pretty average externally. But I knew he was a dedicated zakir - committed to doing zikir/awrad. He was also more regular than the average Joe when it comes to performing daily solah in a congregation at the mosque.

Thus I was deeply touched when his wife let me have one of his misbaha/tasbih. It sure is a fitting reminder of him and a motivation for me to increase my remembrance of Allah and the Prophet salallah alihi wasalam. And to recite my awrad continually. InShaAllah.

The tasbih in below photo fell onto the palm of my hand as I was undecided which one to pick. MaShaAllah.

May Allah make us belong with the zakirin who are sincere in their remembrance of Allah, without hoping for any other rewards, other than to gaze at His Divine Countenance.

I hope, when I die, someone will remember me as one who is steadfast in doing zikir, just the way I remember and respect this friend of mine.

[Al Fatihah to Uncle Hamid d.21 Jan 2017].

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Good recommendation | The Accountant


Assalamualaikum warahmatullah,

It's the least I could do, though I know most of you may already know. Just cos I came across it tonight during my Quran recital routine. Just cos the ayah says so: verse 85 of Surah An-Nisa that is to make a good recommendation cos whoever makes a good recommendation, there will be for him/her a share from it. Simple. Easy.

Therefore, I am recommending you to read the Quran!

And one more thing, as stated in the following verse 86 of Surah An-Nisa, be sure to return a salam/greeting with one better than it. This one is probbaly easier.

And the following phrase that ends verse 86 is simply awe-inspiring.
"Allah takes careful account of all things."

That He will know if you return a greeting with one that is better. Subhanallah, like if you were to add one additional word e.g. wabarakatuh, He will take account of that too. In our opinion, it's just a small matter, it's just one extra word we take lightly, but Allah is watching and hearing and taking account of that. Imagine how many salams are being exchanged in a minute around the world. Of course, He is Omnipresent and Ever-watchful of all things, not just how we greet one another.

I needed this reminder, that Allah takes careful account of all things. Subhanallah.

I would like to think that Allah takes careful account of my effort, my hard work and my dedication towards my job, so He says "Promote her!" LOL and hence I got promoted! YaHuuuu. Alhamdulillah. Allah Kareem!

17.1.18 - a day to remember. A day to be more grateful. A day to record His bounties for this faqir.
Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hyper Monday


Goooood Mondayyyy! feeling a little hyped up cos I think I stand a very good chance of winning a scholarship from a uni in U.K. YaHuuuuu!

"Sometimes things come along that proves to be very fundamental to your quality of life...." to quote one mature student from abroad.

I hope my positive vibes will reach you. I have also completed reading one chapter of the Quran in one hour's time. Alhamdulillah. You can too! I think it is the best small thing which you could do in a great way, instead of floating with time being idle wondering what great thing to do. 

If Allah had not guided us, we would never have been guided.

Folks, we have to be stingy and calculative with our time. Invest, or spend it wisely. This is one reminder worth repeating.

Says Bruce Van Horn  @BruceVH


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Healthy - Wealthy - Happy


Just a short greeting.

Health is wealth as we all know.
And both lead to happiness.

Of course being wealthy means monetarily, spiritually, and intellectually. Good manners/conduct towards self, others, the inanimate beings, and the Lord are all part of intelligence.

May Allah make us belong with the ahlul abrar. Ameen.

For better understanding on birr and abrar,
Read up:

Barr = pious person
Birr = righteous deed
Abrar = plural of barr, those who do pious deeds and have a high place in heaven.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fight a meaningful fight


Happy weekend folks.

After a challenging Pilates session today, somehow [LOL] I came to this realization. 
It's a joy knowing I will be fighting a meaningful war. The rest, other side stories seem like meaningless battles which I am not interested in.

I'm sure you'd agree with me that it's important to know one's priorities, to focus on it and not be distracted by other side shows/incidentals, the unimportant distractors. But you must first know what is the main war that you want to fight in, war, not battle, the one that deserves all your time, effort and attention. Once you have established this, then everything else (the non-priorities) become insignificant so you put them in their place. 

I found this revelation - of truly knowing what my 'war' is - so liberating. Alhamdulillah. This is like truly knowing which is obligatory and which is necessary - the fard and the sunnah, and prioritizing the obligatory.

I saw this relevant tweet by Shaykh Abdul Raheem.
Hassan Basri rahimullah says: "Your having dinner with your mother while she feels happy with you on her side, eating with her, is much more beloved to me than your performing a voluntary Haj."
[Birrul Walidian by Ibn Jauzi]

There are people who busy themselves doing so-called community work in the name of Islam, yet while they are busy at it, they let their daughters go dating with non-muhrim etc. This is just an example of our tendency in getting our priorities messed up.

Anyway, I am grateful to have defined the war in which I want to fight. It's going to last for two years or so bi-iznillah. I am all geared up. Indirectly, what I am saying is, I will be busy and might not have daily postings for this space.

I wish you all the best in your chosen war. 
I know people say, sometimes we have to lose the battle to win the war. But if you knew exactly the war you are entering, then you would have better chances of winning the battles along the way cos you are already fixated on the real bigger deal. You are like a lion who doesn't concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.

So keep fighting and become a champion in a war that matters.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Out for work | Outwork


Just a short reminder for me.
Get out, go to work and outwork yourself.
Be better than YOU of yesterday.

I used to think: Oh, when can I quit my job. Oh, I wish I could quit my job.
But now that I have identified a strong purpose/goal, I thought, how could anyone ever leaves a job. We must keep ourselves productive, always doing something, always trying, always moving forward.

Technically speaking, I am in a semi-retirement because I only work at the office for three days a week. Ironically, I have become busier instead. But it's all meaningful. No matter the official work hours you have, let's master the day.


We say thanks to Allah for having capacitated our mental faculties for life-long learning and self-development. Alhamdulillah. 

With this attitude of gratitude that we have, we pray Allah will grant us a lot more bounties for the good of our dunya and akhirah.

And next bi-iznillah: Post-graduate Diploma in Law from King's College London, towards an LLM perhaps, just cos many people thought I was a lawyer LOL.

Sending out the message to the universe so that it would start collaborating to help me achieve it : D



Thursday, January 11, 2018

One co | Mind the religion


I think we all belong with one co, one ummah.

I can't divide myself into four so I could belong with this teacher/ustaz/shaykh and that teacher/ustaz/shaykh and another two more. Then commit to a membership fee even though you people say it's not compulsory.

I cannot stand being approached by "deen agents" promoting their respective organizations. I belong to one co, that's all I know. I just want to do the obligatory and double up efforts on the sunnah. I just want to read the Quran and recite the salawat as much as possible. My heaven is under my mother's feet. My time is limited. Her time is limited so please don't try to disrupt my good routine. You belong to a group that might be "best" for you, good for you then. My path may be different than yours. But that does not necessarily mean you have a better chance at making it to the Heaven.

Stop your membership drive. Stop soliciting. Let people practice their religion in peace. If any particular group cannot maintain the overhead for their religious classes, then go have it at the mosque or in the field. Don't burden other people with your ambition and vision. Service to Allah is supposed to be done without selfish motives. 

I don't understand why some supposedly pious people have to solicit money to do the voluntary umrah/hajj for the second/third time. The Prophet pbuh did not go around collecting money for his own "organization" or group, or for his own personal interest. He did it for the poor and needy and for the good of the deen. In doing so, he need not motivate people through any kind of entertainment or seminar. It was straightforward. Islam has become fancy these days because of the flamboyant bunch who exploit the religion as they fancy.  

"Serving selflessly is servitude and it pleases Allah whereas serving for one's own ambition and vision is being heedless." - Shaykh Ninowy

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

An hour a day | An apple a day


Alhamdulillah, I can relate to this.
"If you take some time out to read the Quran, you will find time to accomplish all your worldly goals because in reading the Quran, there is barakah of an amazing kind. You need to experience it to understand it."
- @shMuhammad

If you wish to experience this feeling, this lil something that you never had, then you got to do something you've never done, that is to make an effort to really find the time to read it. 

If you could do a juzuk (chapter) a day in one hour, cos that's the average time for most people then you would have seized the day even though you have not stepped out of the house. It's much better than having an apple a day. Incomparable in fact.

We praise Allah for the tawfiq to do good. We would never have been guided if Allah had not guided us.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Write as a bird sings | Speak joy


"I want to sing like the birds' sing, not worrying about who hears, or what they think."
- Rumi

Ahh...the joy of writing, not worrying about who reads, or what they think!
But to be frank, I hope (I think) my nieces and nephews are reading and I hope to spark their interest in Rumi so they would google and start reading upon him.

"We work not only to produce but to give value to time."
Certainly, we write not only to produce but to give value to time.

There is quite a bit of time taken from tapping on the alphabets, the tapping originating from the heart and mind - and the time taken for the eyes to fall onto the dark fonts amidst the white spaces, and the value of time gets defined by the meaning of the written words.

Thanks for visiting guys.
Remember to always speak about your joys. Stop telling sorrowful stories.

Monday, January 8, 2018

8.1.18 | Prosperous week


Are you ready to seize this special week?
It's only the second week of the year.
It's looking good 8.1.18.
I used to own a car with a similar plate number 7117.
The Chinese folks love this kind of number pairing.


I just want to go give a lil shout out to my nephew A.Areef who is going to be sitting for a major exam this year. And kudos to another nephew K.Arif for having completed high school with style and wit. He was a prefect at one of the top schools in KL. I hope A.Areef & K.Arif would consider studying abroad if/when given the opportunity. Ameen.

We gotta keep working hard, prepare to win and expect to win.

To all of you at the workplace, I wish you a Happy Monday.
Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.
May Allah grant us more of the good life - more good health, more wealth of this dunya and akhirah.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Cloak of gratitude


The above is a photo I took at an art exhibition in KL today. It's a cloak made of pebbles. Hope you like the poster. 

Rumi is, undoubtedly, the most often quoted Sufi of all times. Gratitude is one cloak we should wear all the time - both during the period of abundance and during the time when He withdraws a bit from the norm.

We gotta say our thanks every day regardless.

Today I am grateful for the gift of tawfiq from Allah subhanahuwa taala. That He gave me the capability to complete reading one chapter of the Quran in one sitting after Subuh.

I would like to advise the young readers of this blog, to be mindful of how you spend each hour of the day because it is unredeemable. We all have enough knowledge about the obligatory prayers, about the importance of making selawat and keeping a heart connection with the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam, we know about the importance of being dutiful to our mothers, we know about the virtues of reading the Quran regularly. So work on this knowledge we have.

Even if you can't bring yourself to open the kitab, then try to recite Al Ikhlas all the way to school/uni, while waiting for your teacher/lecturer to come in. Your other friends may appear more attractive than you with their new gadgets/shoes/tops/bags/hairstyles/scarves, but you will appear most attractive to the Angels and the Lord. Learn to be mentally in seclusion by yourself doing meaningful things that people can't see, even when you are out and about among the crowd. You'd "stand out" in the most beneficial way for the right reasons bi-iznillah. And should Allah intends to make you well-known among them, you will come to realize in whose eyes you'd rather be popular and only you will know what kind of cloak/overcoat/jacket you carry on you all the time, though eyes may not see.

Your Aunt Eza
: D

Saturday, January 6, 2018

You become what you believe


You become what you believe, says Oprah.
So, believe in yourself.
Think good thoughts.
Dream big.

Hope you have had a fab Saturday.

I spent Saturday writing 1000 words-essay requirement, as to why I deserve a scholarship for my second Master's degree. In the first attempt, I only managed to write about 500 words. Then I put in a more serious thought, dug deeper into my heart and came out with 930 words.

I also spent Saturday to design a small bungalow house. It would be my second experience building a house from scratch, God Willing. It was, in fact, the second attempt at designing because the concept and needs have changed.

What I learned and keep on learning is that we have to always be flexible, to keep trying and most important of all: to keep believing.
Wama tawfiqi illah billah.

It's good to keep ourselves busy doing our own things than scrolling thousands of Instagram photos and videos. O young ones, be stingy with the allotted 1440 minutes a day.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Humility | On walking and night-time


This is my takeaway from a chapter on humility written by Habib Umar bin Hafiz. The book is called 'The Clarification of Noble Character'.

That humility, although an internal state, it is visible in the way we walk and our willingness to sacrifice the night for worship. Allah describes humility in Surah Furqan as belonging to those who walk on the earth with humility and those who spend the night in worship of their Lord prostrating and standing.

Most of us generally feel we are humble beings or at least we are humble enough according to some vague ideas we have pertaining to humility. It is not for us to describe ourselves as having humility. However, we can evaluate ourselves based on two simple factors - the way we walk on earth and the number of nights in a year we stay up to stand and prostrate to the Lord. Allah has made the yardstick pretty clear. 

How do you walk with humility? According to Habib Ali Zaenal Abidin, walk like an Ibadurrahman, with haunan,  that is calm with tawadduk. Here's an old posting for reference on how to fashion one's stride.

May Allah grant us the gift of tawfiq to consistently enliven the lonely nights with worship.
May Allah regard us among those who are humble.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Possessor of Great Bounty


The Quran as we know it is like a bottomless ocean. We are bound to find new treasures every time. 

This should be here as a reminder, as I was impressed by these words - partially in verse 73, and verse 74 of Surah Ali Imran.

"Indeed, all bounty is in the hand of Allah, He grants it to whom He wills. And Allah is All-Encompassing and Wise. He selects for His mercy whom He wills. And Allah is the possessor of great bounty."

Let's call upon Him to select for His mercy and bestow it on us.
Yakh tassu birahmatihi man yashaaq
wallahu zul fadhlil azeem

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Third day | Master the day


It's only the third day of the new year. Relax. No need to be so hard on yourself re resolutions. Why not try to achieve them effortlessly? We can't master the year in one hard push, one strong smack. Master the day every day and master the year we shall bi-iznillah.

Quote from: @SimpleReminders

Talk about "master", with God's will I shall undertake a second Master's degree. It's a good way to keep myself occupied and drop all other things that do not concern me. I think life would be much more pleasant if we were to completely leave all the matters which do not concern us.

I remember having a visitor at home who out of the blue asked: "what is your relationship with so and so?" It was his first visit to my place. I didn't know him that well. And this person is quite a well known tholabul ilmi. And another person, also a man, asked me a similar question via email. I don't know him well either. Let me just make a generalization now, that men have become more nosy than women. LOL

I recall a shaykh's advice, "there is no point of going from one majlis taalim to another if you do not perform the night prayers (tahajud)." The point is we all have sufficient knowledge yet we do not practise them. We know we are not supposed to be a busybody about other people's private matters, yet we ask questions like "Are you not pregnant yet?" "Are you not trying for a second child?" LOL
If I were the person who gets asked this kind of annoying question, I'd say, "That's OK, I don't need your help with that." LOL

Oh ya, by the way, it should not concern anyone, whoever chooses to love me ; )

I think all the naturally nosy people in this world should master their own life. And the supposedly learned men should also master their own wives before offering unsolicited advice to other women. Learn how to master a thing/a person by mastering the day.

Let us all master the day with a distinction.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Second Jan | Second Chance


I love the sound of it - Jan. It feels hopeful. So did you at least refrain from doing one bad habit on the second day of the new year? Or do at least one of your new reso? LOL.

Every day is a second chance indeed. We should put in our effort always and chill about the fact that we don't have to compete for all that is destined by the Almighty Allah to be ours. Never. We'll never have to do that. All we have to do is compete with our yester-self. Do what we need to make ourselves healthy, wealthy and happy. And pleasing to the eyes of the Creator, of course, this goes without saying.

Alhamdulillah, I completed reading one chapter of the Quran during Subuh today!
: D It shows Allah is kindly assisting me and not that I am that good.
What about you?


Well, that to me translates to Pilates sessions and replace all sorts of coffee ice blended with a good boost of juices.

Whatever your chosen route, I wish you all the best, peeps.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Terrific Twenty Eighteen


Gotta gear up for the new year.
Gotta doll up for the new year ; )
Gotta freshen up for the new year - intellectually, psychologically, spiritually and emotionally.
Gotta go for it with all our heart.
Gotta have faith in the Almighty for in His hand is all good.


Happy New Year folks!
No, of course, I don't look as fair as I do in the pic. 
It's all about the art of lighting : D
Perhaps it's a sign of a very beautiful new year LOL.
But no, I won't look porcelain white like that in 2018 or ever cos having a lil color is sweeter and sexier LOL.
But I shall work hard to make my heart pure and translucent. That's more important.

Oh, Lisan al-Din is entering its 10th year anniversary. Alhamdulillah.
Of course, I have changed and will keep on evolving.
Take it or leave it LOL.
Anyway, it's all about sending out positive vibes.
Unless some people mess with me.
Anyhow, I know most of you are sensible, pious, well mannered 
and have a high IQ & EQ.

Greetings from my kitchen to yours : D
May the ever generous Allah Al Kareem Al Razak
bring to our homes plenty of halal provisions
so we may use our energy and limbs for more ibadah