Monday, April 28, 2014

The Journey Continues

Alhamdulillah for another birthday and another chance to be a better person.

I started this blog a few years ago on my birthday to "mark" moments, important and significant moments, in this journey of life.

The Prophet Muhammad s.a.w said, "Be in this world like a traveller".  Short, yet has deep meaning for us to understand.

Found this video from sister Yasmin Mogahed (may Allah bless her) which aptly put this hadith into perspective.



So, on my birthday today, I hope you will make do'a that come what may along this journey, I will remain steadfast and have strong faith in Allah and to return to Him with Husnul Khatimah.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sad Reality of Life : Feeding the Homeless

(Posted on my facebook on 30th March 2014)

Today I joined m friends, Murshidah SaidZeal ZainuddinHanif AzmiNazri Jamil and a few others to meet and feed the homeless and "marginalised" people (addicts, transvestites). It was an eye opening and soul searching experience. 

Feelings of sadness and helplessness were mixed together. Feeding them today will only last them for today. Yet, to change them for good requires more commitment, understanding, selflessness and hardwork.

We may not be able to do that. But by being there today creates an awareness on the realities of life. Nobody, when they were a child, dreamed of living under the bridge, or be a slave to drugs and sex. Every one had hopes to be successful and happy. Yet, one wrong choice brought them to where they are now.

The least we can do is to show we care.

It was a lesson on gratitude for my children too. To always be grateful for what we have. To show our gratitude to what we are given. And to give when we have more.

May Allah ease their way back to Him one day.









Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tragedy of MH370 : A Plea

#MH370 brought out the best in people, and the worst.

This is all a test for us. A test on how we can control our tongue, our thoughts, our hearts, from expressing doubtful stories, hateful words, sarcastic postings... 

Please. Enough.

One of my dear friend is in one of the STAY team from Malaysia Airlines who is assigned to the family members. She is spending time away from her own family to be with these "next of kin". She was the one who had to break the devastating news personally to the family, before we heard it on TV. Can you imagine how hard that is? Even harder is she used to work with the people from Freescale who were on that flight. Engineers & managers who left behind wives, husbands, children, parents, friends... And sadly they were accused of some "Rothschild" conspiracy theory.

Please. Enough!
Have some respect.
Have some FAITH.








































Credit to Langitilahi.com for the image.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Quran & Hadith on Mothers.

My mother turned 74 on 3rd March 2014.  We had a family brunch with her to honour and cherish her. May Allah continue to shower His Blessings on her and grant her the best of abode in this world and hereafter.  Ameen...




Would also like to share this article from Soundvision.com.
(link: 
http://www.soundvision.com/Info/mothers/inquran&hadith.asp)

The Quran and Hadith on Mothers

The Quran
1. "We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth" (46:15).

2. "Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: ‘My Lord! bestow on them Thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood' "(17:23-24).

3"We have enjoined on man and woman kindness to parents; but if they (either of them) strive (to force) thee to join with Me anything of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not'" (29:8).

4"We have enjoined on man and woman (to be good) to his/her parents; show gratitude to Me and to thy parents; to Me is (thy final) Goal. If they (parents) strive to make thee join in worship with Me things of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration) and follow the way of those who turn to Me (in love)" (31:14-15).

The Hadith
1. The Prophet Muhammad said, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him: Your Heaven lies under the feet of your mother (Ahmad, Nasai).

2. A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your father. (Bukhari, Muslim).

3. Abu Usaid Saidi said: We were once sitting with Rasulullah when a man from the tribe of Salmah came and said to him: O Messenger of Allah! do my parents have rights over me even after they have died? And Rasulullah said: Yes. You must pray to Allah to bless them with His Forgiveness and Mercy, fulfill the promises they made to anyone, and respect their relations and their friends (Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah).

4. Abdullah ibn Amr related that the Messenger of Allah said: The major sins are to believe that Allah has partners, to disobey one's parents, to commit murder, and to bear false witness (Bukhari, Muslim).


5. It is narrated by Asma bint Abu Bakr that during the treaty of Hudaibiyah, her mother, who was then pagan, came to see her from Makkah. Asma informed the Messenger of Allah of her arrival and also that she needed help. He said: Be good to your mother (Bukhari, Muslim).

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lessons from Eid

1st of Syawal came and went.  Now as we return back to our own homes and to our usual routine, life goes on as it is meant to be.

What are the lessons we learned from Eid, if any?

For me, there are a few.

Eid is about starting anew.  
As Ramadhan was about purification and seeking forgiveness, Eid is about starting over, free from sins, insyaa Allah...

Eid is about family.  
Whether it is from my side or husband's side, Eid is about connecting and strengthening the relationship with families.

Eid is about creating memories.
I will always remember how my house smelt like on the first day of Eid when I was small.  The joys and laughter of friends and families coming over are special memories to keep.  I wish the same for my children. Each experience of Eid will hopefully be memories they will treasure for the rest of their lives.

Mother in law with (some of) her grandchildren during 1st Syawal

May we be granted many more happy memories of Eid in years to come.

That Special Bond with Cousins


(posted on fb on the first day of Raya)

One of the joys of "balik kampung" for my kids is playing with their cousins. Hannah & Hakeem used to play with Alia when they were smaller (they are now the tall teens at the back row). 

Hanees and Harraz are now enjoying their time with their cousins who are mostly below 12 yrs old as seen in the picture.

Bottom pix showing them play "Nenek nenek si Bongkok Tiga", a game that I have never heard them play together at home before.

Brings back memories of my childhood with my cousins.



Lessons from Ramadhan



(posted on fb on the last day of Ramadhan)

As Ramadhan will inevitably leave us, the lessons that Ramadhan taught us should stay with us forever.

Among the lessons that I learnt:
- to be mindful of what we say and what we do
- to refrain from indulging to our nafs in those which are inappropriate
- to give and forgive
- to be aware of Allah's presence at all times
- to put Allah's commands ahead of our own desires and needs.

May we continue to strive to attain Taqwa and may all our deeds in Ramadhan be accepted by Allah.

Eid Mubarak!