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 🙂

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KL Learning Excursion #2

Takeaways from a tausiyah by Tuan Guru Haji Hafidz of Yayasan al-Jenderami. This place is really beautiful and serene, masyaAllah.

On the light that is ‘Ilm.

Ilmu mesti dipelajari bukan setakat dengar-dengar.
Kite mesti datang pada ilmu. Jangan pernah rasa ilmu di dada cukup. Dapatkan ilmu bukan sahaja daripada institusi seperti Pergas, Andalus, Zuhri etc. 

Nasihat Imam as-Shafie 6 syarat untuk dapatkan ilmu:
– Kecerdasan
– Semangat
– Bersungguh-sungguh
– Kerelaan hati untuk mengeluarkan wang
– Bersahabat dengan guru
– Memerlukan waktu yg lama.

Nescaya ilmu kamu berkat walaupun sedikit tapi mesti jaga adab. – I’m curious if any of my blog readers have any notes/video lectures on this topic of adab. If you do, please comment!

Mintak Allah tunjuk pada kite siapa kite patut dengar dan belajar agama. Sekarang zaman fitnah. Banyak orang cakap pasal agama. Banyak orang alim tak banyak orang faqih/soleh.

Khidmat pada ilmu. Dekat al-jenderami pelajar budak-budak yang bersihkan lantai.

Jangan biarkan sedih dan luka kawal diri kite. Jatuh bangkit lagi. Jatuh bangkit lagi.

The library at IIUM Crescent.

Look! The books of Hadith 🙂

This is us at the TV Al-Hijrah broadcast centre, super-stoked to be there alhamdulillah.

KL Learning Excursion #1

A few days ago, I came back from KL for a learning excursion under Pergas. It was a really enjoyable and meaningful trip alhamdulillah. We visited several places including the International Islamic University Malaysia, TV Al-Hijrah broadcast centre, Islamic Arts Museum and Yayasan al-Jenderami.

Firstly, I’m especially thankful and excited for this opportunity because I was supposed to go to KL few months back with some of my family members. There was a book fair so no doubt I wanted to go. And of course to shop heh. But I was down with mild food poisoning the day before and I couldn’t make it. QadrAllahu masha Fa’al (Allah has decreed it and what He willed has happened). Kept telling myself Allah knows best.

Indeed. Who would’ve thought that a few months later an opportunity would arise that would allow me to go? And in fact, for more purposes than just shopping and books? I wouldn’t have known. If we would only wait and just be a little patient, what surprises would Allah have for us? If we would just chill a little and don’t be too upset that we don’t get what we want when we wanted it? For all you know, He is delaying it to a time that’s better, in fact, He will give you more than you expected. And this is just Sg-KL guys haha. Also, this is just concerning matters of the dunya. Imagine the immense and unimaginable rewards that awaits us if we just bore patience for the things that we think are withheld from us when in fact He is giving us? SubhanAllah really. A reminder to myself firstly. May Allah swt grant us the wisdom and clarity in our journey to Him.

Will share more pictures and takeaways from the trip on the next post insyaAllah.

Hijab & A Sister 

You see she takes it off
But you don’t know why she did
As painful as it is
This is not the time for you
To mention rulings
If it’s possible, ask
Understand
Don’t judge
Yes it’s wrong, and you should, deep down in your heart hate the act
Not her
But be mindful of your words
If you can’t say anything good then hush
Pray for her
Advice, if you need
But never, impose
Be gentle and careful with your words
For not only will be heavy on the receiver but also on the scales of the Day of Judgement
Seek to understand, and love
Always
💟

Don’t Wait to Be Grateful!

Such is the reminder pertinent to myself as of today.

I was reading an article about 3 habits that will change your life and I’m glad I’m already practising one of it now that is, journaling. 
The app that I’m currently using is the Gratitude Journal App and it has been a tremendous tool! The interface is such that when you type in words/sentences of things you’re grateful for, you then need to click a “Yes, I am grateful” button below to save it. I like it as it kinda reinforces the value of gratitude in users. 

I try to do it at least once every day, usually at night before I sleep. In a way, I try to sleep with a grateful heart. It is so much comforting really, than going to sleep with an empty or distressed heart or weeping eyes. Honestly though, some days are harder. Some days I’m just glad I got through work, some days I’m just glad nothing ‘bad’ happened. Some days I just feel so ‘meh’ – like there’s nothing to be grateful for. But know that there is. Even if you can just think of one, or even if you think it’s not significant. If it’s so bad, look at others below you in terms of their living conditions and quality of life. Even if you don’t feel that gratitude in your heart coz we all have our days, helps to just bear in mind and tell yourself that there are some things out there, bigger than myself that are truly good. 

This week I havn’t been updating my gratitude journal app daily as I reached most nights too tired, too late at night to write etc. 

So I found myself entering things into the app past 6pm today and the golden reminder for me is that, don’t wait till night time to set aside time to be grateful for all the day’s happenings. This is because I don’t always have the luxury of time or the energy to it. So when I do get some quiet time to myself, I need to make it a point to pen down the things I want to be grateful to Allah swt for. 
Being grateful doesn’t cause the struggles, worries, negative vibes to disappear into thin air. It is still there. It is up to me, which one I choose to focus on. Focus on your blessings, or your deficiencies? Plus, heard of a super-great bonus from the One who gifts us with all these blessings? Yes. He promised that when we are grateful, He gives us more.  And Allah swt gives in His often subtle ways 🙂 
May Allah swt make us ever-grateful, and in us doing so, we attain His Love.

#airplanemode

11th floor.

Everything else below seemed small.

And so too are these you are carrying.

All your doubts, worries, insecurities, uncertainties, ongoing struggles.

You are exactly who you are

Just human

Ever so struggling

Always far from perfect

And so is your life

But no matter what

Keep in mind

That there’s always a bigger perspective

There’s a bigger world out there

While everything that may concern you is valid

Not everything that is valid need to be dwelled upon

Drowning and sinking deeper

Is not a healthy way to live

Therefore embrace the fact of the matter of your life in this world

Temporary it is

Remember

His Promises

Of the everlasting abode

That is

Waiting.

When your mind is super-clouded and overwhelmed, #airplanemode

It’s Never About Finishing 

One lesson that I got from the month of Ramadhan that had just passed is that it’s never about “finishing”. It’s good to have goals that you set to achieve in the month but know that it’s okay if you fall back and your goal is ‘delayed’ a day, two days, or several days short. You know yourself better than others so don’t compare your journey to theirs. What is key is striving for consistency. This is a hard lesson for me to learn because I’m someone who has high expectations of myself and one of my challenges is having consistency or istiqamah.

I’ve been striving to journal down my day reflections but lately, I fall short and I don’t do it but I try to keep to my Gratitude Journal app on my phone every day before I sleep. I’ve learnt not to beat myself up over not being studious enough to keep to certain habits that I’d like to have as I know there are other ways that can still work for me.

I’ve been watching the Faith Revival Ramadhan series by Sh. Omar Suleiman on YouTube and I only discovered it like 2 weeks after Ramadhan and I’ve yet to reach the 10th episode. And that’s fine, the idea is never about “finishing” the whole series by the end of Ramadhan as there’s no point if I do so but I don’t truly gain benefit from it. It’s better that I take it at my own pace, make it a point to really learn and practice what I learnt. The rest of the series will continue this Syawal and perhaps even beyond? Just like how we should sustain the spirit of Ramadhan, the essence of worship itself outside of Ramadhan. The spirit of learning and improving. 

Two of my favourite sisters in faith, Aida Azlin & Fadhilah Wahid, who started the Ramadhan Reminders podcast based on a book by Habib Umar al-Hafiz also had their own challenges. Even though they initially mentioned posting a new podcast daily at night, their busy schedules and family commitments had them to change to every alternate day instead and from what I’ve read recently, they are planning to continue on these podcasts for the rest of the year until they finish the whole book! MasyaAllah. May He make it easy for them. 

I think the essence of all these is that while we strive toward improvement and our plans, we need to realize that perfection is not a goal. We will never be perfect. Some days easier, some days harder. Other days you feel like zero. But the point of aim is your end in mind. Who are you doing all this for? To please who? For whose benefit? Don’t give up, keep on trying. Keep on striving. Life is not a race of who’s faster. It’s never about “finishing”. Get on at your own pace and have faith.