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