Because His signs are all around.

As you continue to traverse in life,
Hope you will keep this in mind
Remember that humbling moment when you were travelling by sea.

Looking up to the vastness of the skies Always be in awe, never despair of yourself, your life and His Mercy

Remember the strong waves that caused the ferry to trudge and then stall for a while
Instilling a sudden fear in you, reminding you of those mentioned in the Quran who only remembered Him in danger but then forget and commit injustice when they are safe (10:22)

Remember too the turbulence while in the air, thousands of metres above ground level
The sea, the winds, the waves not forgetting the bumpy roads and the unpredictable traffic and motorists
The transport is only the means

You’ll never know for sure if you will reach your destination safely
Make us among the grateful ones, who remembers You and are grateful to You, be it on the seas, in the air or on land.


Love & Pray Conference 

Below will be just about a verse of the Quran that one of the speakers, Dr Halima Boukerracha touched on. Amazing how we can get so much just from this one verse on the story of Prophet Musa AS, Firaun and his wife Asiyah RA.

Al-Qasas 28:9

وَقَالَتِ ٱمْرَأَتُ فِرْعَوْنَ قُرَّتُ عَيْنٍ لِّى وَلَكَۖ لَا تَقْتُلُوهُ عَسَىٰٓ أَن يَنفَعَنَآ أَوْ نَتَّخِذَهُ‌و وَلَدًا وَهُمْ لَا يَشْعُرُونَ

And the wife of Pharaoh said, “[He will be] a comfort of the eye for me and for you. Do not kill him; perhaps he may benefit us, or we may adopt him as a son.” And they perceived not.

Based on the verse, we’re able to extract some lessons.
First, Firaun’s wife, Asiyah RA, understood Firaun’s personality. She didn’t plan to convince him that he is wrong- especially for someone who claims he is God. Second, she made use of positive language. She could’ve said “Are you mad? What in the world are you thinking? You can’t kill that baby!” you know, something along those lines. Just imagine Firaun’s response if she said that. But she didn’t. Third, she explained the benefit of her argument. Lastly, she understood the needs and weaknesses of her husband and she addressed it. Asiyah and Firaun didn’t have sons, only daughters. She is so intelligent masyaAllah. What do we learn from this? The importance of learning negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Also to understand the personalities of those around us. Not just for marriage but for our communication with others.

Plus, the faith of Asiyah didn’t budge despite how her husband is, well, Firaun. She didn’t see it as an excuse. Another woman might have just given up and saw no point in fulfilling her mission to Allah and think, “How can I and what’s the point if I’ve a husband like him?”. Makes me think back to all the married couples. Look no further, our parents aren’t perfect too. But their imperfections don’t stop them from doing their best in fulfilling their rights as spouses to one another and as a servant to Allah. For singletons including myself, I’m sure we want a good partner right but we cannot expect him or her to be perfect even though he or she seems perfect (ok maybe just early stages? haha). Because we will live with them and see through all their strengths and weaknesses. And we’re all just human. We ourselves aren’t perfect anyway.

Dr Halima also mentioned how a successful marriage survives because a couple invest in their similarities AND manage their differences well. This is an especially important reminder, time and time again, for myself first, because marriage extends wayyy beyond the beautiful insta-worthy pictures that makes it seem like a whole lot of sweet loving goodness that we’re missing out on. It’s really more than just the wedding. It’s a lifelong commitment. There’s plenty to learn prior to marriage, maybe on top of attending a marriage course, pre-marital counselling might be good too? To address certain issues. Even after marriage, the learning continues. What more with children and all. May we be always willing and stay committed to learn and improve on ourselves, married or not. Because at the end of the day, the only relationship that lasts is our relationship with Him.

Unforgettable Mecca- Some thoughts and reflections 

I’m just one, among a sea of so many. Hundreds, thousands of people. All these lovers of Allah swt. I felt so small. Miniscule. As compared to the sanctity of the Kaabah, the sanctity of Masjidil Haram. To the greatness of Allah. What do I have to be proud of? Truly Allah does not look at our exterior. But our hearts. And we’re none to evaluate other people’s exterior because we don’t know their ranks with Allah. When you come to His House, you’re coming to Allah. You’re running to Allah. And so all these while I prayed facing the Kaabah and right then it was just in front of me. I would echo the sentiments of others who have experienced it in that it’s surreal beyond words. (You must come here! InsyaAllah!) 

Labbaik Allahhumma Labbaik – we repeat this as we were en route from Medina to Mecca. One of the ustaz mentioned how we were all, with our sins and flaws, undeserving to be there at such a Holy place. Allahu. Yet, Allah swt has invited us and that should make us humble. That we should walk with humility, out of gratefulness to Him for granting us the opportunity to be there.
To relate it back to our daily prayers, may we always remember this. That you’re coming before your Lord so be aware of your stand before Him. Humble yourself. Allah is The Greatest.

Looking at so many people doing the tawaf at a single time, to doing the sa’i, masyaAllah. It was a really beautiful sight to see so many of the Muslim ummah, from all over the world, from all walks of life, coming to answer His call. I was brought to think, ya Rasulullah, peace and blessings be upon you always for all the work you and all the prophets had undertaken to spread the beautiful Deen. We’re not where we are without their work. 13 years in Mecca and 10 years in Medina of relentless and sincere da’wah, together with his noble family and companions, carried forward to the righteous men and women up till now where we are blessed with the greatest blessing that is Islam. How do we show our gratitude? How do we carry on this work of da’wah? What I can think of is by following closely to the sunnah of Rasulullah ﷺ , learn the seerah and about him, his ahlul bayt, his companions and the righteous people and strive to follow them in ways that we can. Make it a point to always send selawat upon him every day. As for continuing the work of da’wah, our mission is to be a good ambassador of Islam. What more with trying times like now. Perhaps we can start with ourselves first, our akhlak, the way we treat others and so on.

Another thing I learn is that having the financial means does not necessarily guarantee that we get to go here and that those who lack it don’t get to. To Mecca and Medina, it’s an invitation really, not any random holiday. People who are poor get to go here too. How? Allah knows best. He can make the means easy for those whom He wills. Some people may be wealthier but they may not have the will to go here as yet. Some people may want to come but their health condition does not allow them to even if they could afford it. So the lesson is, yes, prior planning is important considering the rising costs of umrah as the years pass. But more importantly I believe is the du’a and the intention for his Tawfiq. Because when He calls there’s nothing that can stop you from answering His call. He can make easy even when it seems impossible. Let’s make du’a that He invites us all to His House to perform the umrah/hajj and to visit Rasulullah ﷺ in Medina again and again and that He makes it easy for us. Amin!

In sum, humility, gratitude, turning to and having faith in Allah swt 🎀❤

Quran Journal (QJ) 2: Sufficient 

One theme I get from this verse is centrality. We have many things going on in our lives but I feel it’s very important to always ask ourselves these 2 main questions. Amidst our wants, aspirations and needs, what is our main goal in life? Who do we put as centre? Is it a celebrity, a particular someone, a spouse or children? Or is it Allah swt and Rasulullah ﷺ ?

The other way I think of it is such that if our world were to crumble into pieces will we also fall apart or will we still be strong? And if we are strong what is it that gives us the strength to hold on? Thus for me the only answer is the handhold that never breaks and that is Allah swt. It scares me the possibility of us having everything that we desire of this world but we don’t have Allah swt.. may Allah protect us. This verse reminds me that it is absolutely okay to not have everything or to understand everything that happens because we have Allah swt. Because when we have Him, this brings me to the next point that..

Allah’s knowledge suffices us. Our knowledge and understanding as humans is only limited as compared to that of Allah swt, our Creator, who knows us best. And it brings a sort of comfort and humility to realise that I don’t know everything and I don’t really understand everything right now but in due time He will make me understand. In a way I figure it teaches us patience and forbearance. Also, it is a reminder on trusting Allah’s perfect timing. No matter what people say, that’s just that. When you do get caught up with social comparison and the likes, remind yourself that His timing is always, always in your favour and thus, is perfect.

To elaborate, we should care less about the people and care more about how Allah sees us. This is a personally crucial point for me as I tend to get worked up with people’s perceptions which are basically, at the end of the day, just perceptions and assumptions which may not be true. Here I believe it takes courage to do me and to live by what I believe is right as aligned with the Deen. And this is where I believe renewing many good intentions help, with whatever that you do. Intentions for posting that picture, writing a new entry on the blog, sharing something with friends etc. If you do it for the people and their pleasure, it’s usually a set-up for disappointment but if you do it for His sake, nothing will go to waste, even if you don’t see the immediate rewards, insyaAllah.

Building this mentality of “They don’t know and it’s ok, Allah know and that’s enough” when you pray for someone. How you wish they only knew? Perhaps that’s the wisdom behind praying for someone in their absence. To keep it sincere and a way of manifesting our love for them for His sake.

Actionable (for myself first): to recognise and make time for moments when it’s just me and my Creator. Make it quality time. When does it last feel that nothing else mattered but you and Him?

Mornings in Mecca 

Fajr in Masjidil Haram, Mecca.

My mum said she was awoken at 3am one morning and from her window she could already see people walking to the mosque. Some people stayed quite a distance from the mosque, some even further they had to cab down. We were blessed in the sense that our hotel was about 10mins walk away. Nevertheless, the rewards of those who had to cover a larger distance just to pray in the blessed mosque, Allah knows best. When we reached the mosque compound many chose to settle outside the mosque. Some waiting, others already praying. May I always remember this.
  الصلاة خير من النوم
“Assalatu khayrum minan naum”
Prayer is better than sleep  

That were I to feel lazy or “too tired”, I remember this sight. It’s said that you need a good and personally convincing reason to wake up early and I believe this is it for us, aside from getting work done etc. The lovers of Allah swt and Rasulullah ﷺ will come. Run, walk, crawl. Regardless, they will still rise. Rise for Allah. Of themselves and their lower desires they put aside and Allah swt and Rasulullah ﷺ first. May Allah swt ease our struggles so we can be the best servants of Him, amin!

For all the yearning hearts

Tonight I pray for all the yearning hearts
I tear for all the souls who would give anything to be in the Prophet’s mosque, to send salaam to him ﷺ
It is an indescribable happiness, just the first sight of Masjid Nabawi. To send your first salaam to him, as if he’s just right there, smiling at you and returning your salaam. When they said to feel his presence as I went about my day, I made myself aware and I did to the best I could. Ya Rasulullah, how much we miss you. How much we want to be in your presence. How much we would want to see your beautiful face.

I’ve returned from umrah alhamdulillah less than a week ago and I’ve never missed a place so, so much. In fact, two places. The blessed lands of Mecca and Medina. My heart is bursting at its seams. Especially after thinking about the lovers of Rasulullah who’ve yet set their feet on the Prophet’s mosque. So much love, so much longing. I’ve yet to properly sat down and pen my thoughts and reflections but for now, I’m thankful for this feeling of love. I never quite understood how exactly it is to love someone you’ve never met. I envy those whose love for him ﷺ shows and emanates through their being, who just the mention of him  brings tears to their eyes. I think I’m beginning to understand what it’s like, slowly. May this be an opening of openings. Of love, wisdom, understanding, faith. May Allah make us among those whose love for the Prophet ﷺ supersede the rest of creations and make us among those who constantly send salawat upon him ﷺ 💚💚💚

May all of us be invited to Mecca & Medina to visit Rasulullah  again and again, and whilst waiting be granted beautiful patience, amin! 

An October Weekend & Reminders 

Had a pretty packed weekend. And some reminders and reflections, may it be of benefit!

Empower yourself with knowledge. Seek knowledge and always be learning even if you may have to travel a little bit far. Renew your intentions. At the same time, remind yourself that it’s always adab first before knowledge. Keep a check on yourself and your heart. Istighfar always for our sins are so plenty we’ve no time to criticise or judge others.

Get a hold of yourself when you start to think ill of someone.
By the way, I’m not sure if you know about this peeling gel in the market. It gets rid of your dead skin cells, whiteheads etc. I recently used it and it’s so good. Your face would feel so so clean afterwards and I can’t help but think, if only it is this easy to cleanse our hearts eh 💔 Guess this is our jihad then. Our ongoing struggle and fight to continously cleanse our hearts and better our character.

People will disappoint you, time and time again. Plans will not go as planned. Don’t dwell on it. It may be that you dislike it but it’s good for you. Move on.

Nothing is quite as attractive as a passionate person. Someone may be average-looking to the majority but I personally find that if he or she speaks and exudes positivity and love through what he or she does and believe in, that’s truly beautiful. Through a mental health training I attended yesterday, I saw some really passionate, knowledgeable and sincere doctor, counsellors, caregivers. So much love/passion/enthusiasm, so much life. Inspiring alhamdulillah.

Wanted to attend a talk on manners by al-Maghrib but I only got to know about it on the event day so it was too late. The day after, a dear friend shared with me her notes! How did she know?? Allah knows. And Allah send these beautiful souls. Allah suprises us in beautiful ways, we just have to notice..

What you focus on, expands.

If you’re reading this, may Allah swt ease your affairs and may you have a blessed week ahead 🙂