Saturday, October 30, 2021

The much loved mu'alleem Shaykh Fahmi Zamzam Al-Banjari An-Nadwi Al-Maliki returns to Him


Innalillah wa inna ilai hira'jiun.

Allahu Allah....I don't know how to begin.

His words of wisdom had first graced this space in June 2009. Most of them were from the majlis taa'lim organized by Ba'alawi KL in Kemensah, hosted by Sister Ina & spouse.

Without a doubt, we'll have to revisit the lessons. I made a niyyat (pledge) to translate his most recent lessons that were shared on his Pesantren Yasin's FB page InSha Allah, as many as possible, bi-iznillah.

I must thank Sis Ina for the opportunity to participate in a group Quran Recital for Almarhum Shaykh Fahmi Zamzam this morning. A very sad morning indeed.

I'll be honest. The passing of any mu'aleem/Habaib/Shuyukh saddens us, for sure but I'd never cried so hard as I did today. I pray the tears will serve as proof of my respect and love for one extremely learned and loving man as Shaykh Fahmi Zamzam. Coincidently, his last lesson as shared on his FB is about respect for learned men, one's guru. He said, in Malay: 'Tidak sampai orang yang sampai kecuali dengan menghormati gurunya.' 

'Sampai' (arrive) is an old Malay term that is commonly used among salik, meaning to obtain the knowledge that one seeks, its usefulness and its blessings. It means one has attained success in esoteric terms due to the respect one offers to the guru.

I felt funny as I was reciting the holy verses. I thought, what am I doing? The shaykh does not need it. He is way up there. He is a beloved soul. Even in his passing, he taught me something. The recitation is for me, the hasanah is for me even though it's dedicated to him. I am the faqir. He has most definitely read the Quran a whole lot more than I can ever match. He is meeting the Lord with plenty of credits. Subhanallah.

So I said in my doa so that Allah pardon any mistakes in my recital. My deeds are full of flaws. How can I offer something worthy for an honourable person like Shaykh Fahmi?! It's simply a humble gesture of respect and love that I have for him, no more than that. You know love is subjective. The matter of the heart is latif (subtle), you feel what you feel. You feel a bit more strongly to some souls than to others. Only God knows why.

I can only thank God for the beautiful and memorable experiences of being in his majalis. The fatherly tone of his voice, interspersed at times with laughter, the clarity of his message...and of course it was lovely to see him at his peak, so to speak, about nine years ago 2009 to 2013, he was in his early 50s. If you listen to his recent talks, you'll know what I mean, it's obvious that he had been giving way too many lessons than he should. But Allah knows best. And certainly, as we all know, the shuyukh are all tireless and selfless. MaShaAllah.

Now, what about us? We fall every now and then, we need a frequent refresher of the advice and wisdom he has left us with. We need to keep our hearts connected with the ruhul qudus, the muqarabeen those who still grace this land and those who have passed on.

Wama taufiqi illa billah.



Links to Shaykh Fahmi's lessons from 2009 - 2013 that I managed to capture by the grace of Allah. Those years, there were not many YouTube channels or FB pages that published such lessons. So we must be grateful and take advantage of the abundant resources and access that we now have.


Monday, October 25, 2021

Selawat for Rabiul Awal 1443 Hijri as taught by Habib Umar bin Hafiz


This faqir is a little late this year. May Allah pardon any mistakes that might have caused my slack. May Allah forgive, grant aid and relief -- waghfir, wa aghis wa farrij

This has to be here. It's 3000 times ya folks.

Allahumma solli wa sallim 'ala Sayidina Muhammad
The key to the door of Your mercy
the master of those whom You love
and upon his family, companions, Your Prophets,
those that follow them
Your angels
and all of the righteous among Your creation,
prayers and peace to the extent of Your knowledge,
and forgive, 
and grant aid, 
and relief
by Your grace and favour!

Allahumma solli wa sallim ala Sayidina Muhammad
miftaahi baabirahmatik
wa sayyidi ahli mahabbatik
wa 'ala alihi wa sohbihi
wa ahli nubuwwatik
wa taabi'ihim wamala ikatik
wa jami'is solihina min bariyyatik
'adada 'ilmika
waghfir wa aghis wa farrij
bifadlika wa minnatik

Credit: Muwasala IG

WaSalamualaikum warahmatullah.
Wish you all a fruitful and pleasant week.

- E

(Completed 3000 on 30th Oct. Alhamdulillah. Oh what joy!)

Monday, October 11, 2021

Advice to 18 year olds


Hello peeps.

It's oh October already. Me in the mood for rambling after having cruised the coastal road at Batu Feringghi, Penang for the umpteenth time, joyfully.

One impressive 18 year old of this decade has got to be Emma Raducanu (pic left). I had been wondering what I have in common with this remarkable 2021 US Open Champion, and more importantly what attitude I wish I had when I was 18 - to believe in oneself, to not get ahead of oneself that is to focus on the present ONLY, that's really Zen in action seen in such an amazing young girl.

At 18, one should be more willing to engage with as many people as possible, to listen to them and exchange a decent conversation. You will never know she/he might/might not be crossing your path again. 

At 18, it's about exploring your talents at the fullest, maximizing your rocket-fueled energy.

At 18, it's about being comfortable in your own skin, and not worry about fitting in.

At 18, be your sweetest self so that when you are 50 you can look back and relive the sweetness once again so you know your soul is ageless.

At 18, be your most competitive so you would build a reservoir of drive, vigor, hunger and thirst in forging ahead towards the best version of you. This dam will be crucial as you age because you will need to come back to it to draw the elixir of life over and over again.

Emma & Ezza at 18

Most importantly, enjoy!

- E -

Thursday, October 7, 2021

The ever generous Lord | Distinction | 3 Millions


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

Yet again, the ever-generous Lord has showered His mercy on this faqir. I have been awarded an MBA with Distinction! The official results were released two days before my birthday. MaShaAllah!

The sweetest jaw-dropping part was when I saw the high score I got for my final project. Super grateful that I managed to pull through at the last minute and completed it in 3 solid months. I swear it was all due to the wonderful souls who made du'a for my success especially those select few from whom I had pleaded for their special du'a. God bless them all.

Ok...I don't know what else to write LOL. It's a beautiful night, I am listening to Boyce Avenue singing Whitney's "I will always love you". LOL. Sorry, that's so random. 

But it's just a normal night really, doing some homework assigned by a professional speech coach that I've just hired and thinking what story to craft for the 'Study UK Alumni Award' upon invitation from my other UK alma mater - Stirling. 

I think Scotland loves me, woo-hooo! LOL.

OK when too many LOLs appear, it's time to sign off. [What la wei!]

On a serious note, I hope my small success will inspire the young ones to work hard and always give a bit more than their best in anything they do. And that life-long learning is the way to go.

E. Ismail

The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow - Class of 2021.
Times Higher Education (THE) named Strathclyde 'UK University of the Year' twice, in 2012 and 2019.
Its business school won the 'UK Business School of the Year' award in 2016.
So I shall remain humble to have been awarded the 'Strathclyde MBA Scholarship Award for Female Leader of the Future - Malaysia' and graduated with a good Distinction.
Alhamdulillah indeed!

c o n t e n t e d
a s  e v e r


By the way, in case you wanted:
1 million goodies from your Lord.
1 million ugly traits deleted. 
1 million ranks elevated.
Total = 3 millions!

When you are at the mall or at a party, be sure to recite:

Laa ilaha illallah wahdahu la shari kalah
lahul mulku walahul hamdu
yuhyi wayumit
wahuwa hayyun la yamut
biyadihil khair
wahuwa 'ala kulli syai in qadir

That's what the poster says. I got it from Bro. P. Amir's IG. We all know the tasbih pretty well, but I doubt we are fully aware of its marvellous virtues.