Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Going into a battle


"Life is like that"... this is a quote that I borrowed from a section in the Readers Digest.

Well ... academician do not only teach, we do research and we also prepare the sound curriculum for the students of the program. After about 2 years of working and sleeping on it, after many no leave days for workshops, we finally reached the climax. It is to present the curriculum that we have designed to the University Curriculum Committee.

About a week after the exam processes were completed, we were called to defend the curriculum. The preparations were intense. Four programs from the faculty will go into defense. Few days before the meeting, we were all very busy. Slides preparation, correction, changes, editing. It calls for working on the weekends amidst of wedding invitations, family gatherings. Alhamdulillah with a good team work, we managed to fulfill all the requirements.

12 February 2018

Chill before going into the battle field
 Its the day. We were scheduled to present at 4.30pm. There are two other teams ahead of us. Waiting to present, we began to strategized on possible questions that will be asked. It is almost similar to waiting for viva. The heart was pounding. We were all hoping that the committee is happy with the new curriculum and gave us a  nod to proceed. If we fail to get the green light, it will mean another continuous work on this curriculum review.

The first team entered at 2.30pm. They were not finished even at 4.30pm. We decided to perform our late afternoon solat, Asar. Upon completing our prayers, we were called to enter the defense. The second team completed in a brisk.

Alhamdulillah, we presented as planned. We managed to answer all questions. We have carefully taken into considerations all the current issues pertaining to the curriculum design in this Industrial Revolution 4.0 era.

Alhamdulillah, we get the nod and were allowed to start using the curriculum for this coming March 2018 semester. May Allah accept our small effort as continuous knowledge as what we did was to set path for the students in their quest for knowledge that they can later apply in their duty for the nation and ummah.

A relief gesture from all of us.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Salam all,

The Prophet Muhammad SAW and his companions moved from Mecca to Madinah, move for a better living. That is the kind of hijrah that Allah SWT wants from us. And Hakim made a small hijrah to another school. Even though leaving the previous school is hard to come by when he was happily there, but this precious hijrah is for the sake of ummah.

He is now in Pondok Modern Al-''Abaqirah (PMA), a school designed to accommmodate 4 streams of learning: (i) KBSM; (ii) Thurath (Arabic) (iii) Thurath (Jawi); and (iv) Quran. Currently the school resides at Darul Kifayah a complex built by Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAWIP) for the orphans. However, we were informed, it will soon moved to its official location in Putrajaya.

The curriculum is what enticed me. It prepares the student for both worlds: the world that we are currently living in and the eternal world. As a muslim, to seek knowledge is a compulsory. Learning the Quran, the teachings, the legislation is fardh áin. However, not many would have the opportunity or capability to master these knowledge.

PMA attempts to groom the students to master it, Insha Allah, with good intention, it would be materialized. May Allah The Al Mighty assist Hakim and all the students in their mujahadah ílm. The journey is not easy but we will support him through.

The registration was today, the hostel is like any other hostel; 12 students in a dorm on the double decker beds. The juniors and seniors share the room. The registration was officiated by none other, the patron himself, Sohibus Samahah, The Mufti of Wilayah Persekutuan, YB Datuk Dr Zulkifli Al Bakri. In his short speech to the audience, he addressed all the three groups: the teachers (murabbi), the parents and the students.

One quote that really touches my heart is when he mentioned that behind all the successful Muslim scholars ever, there is the sacrifices of the mother. Imam Shafie, Imam Abu Hanifah, Imam Bukhori and Syeikh Yusuf Al Qardhawi - all are the produced of the persistent mothers to see the successful of their children. I was set aback with the statement. How had I performed? Did I provide to their needs? O Allah, please guide me to help guide my children to the righteous path. O Allah, if you are going to take my life, I hope to go as a responsible parent. Forgive me Ya Allah for all my wrongdoings is raising up the children. They are the jewel of my heart. Most importantly, they are the jewels that were given amanah to look after. Not only to ensure their physical needs, what is more important is what their soul needs. It is not only to perform solat and fast but to live life as a good muslim. Allahu Akbar..... Allahu Akbar ... Allahu Akbar ..... forgive me Ya Allah.

 Departing is always the saddest part, even though he has been living in a hostel for his 6th years now, mothers are all alike. For every child that they left behind, or send them off, there will always create an emptiness. A sudden feeling of incomplete. However, our prayers are always with them.

Sohibus Samahah after officiating the program
No mothers with a sound mind would want to see their children suffer. But this is what we call mujahadah. If the children is in mujahadah in their quest to gain the knowledge, parents are in mujahadah to bear with the emptiness. The feeling always make me think about my mother, living alone, quietly in her house. Mak ... my prayers are always for you too. I am sorry that I cannot always be there for you.

Best of luck Hakim in your mujahadah ilmu. I know it is not  an easy path, but, insha Allah you can make it through. Aameen. Insha Allah.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Farewells .... MTAF

Salam all,

Good byes is the hardest thing to do.

18 January 2018, Hakim is bidding farewell to his friends after their 3 long years being together. They spent time together more than they spent time with their family. They are at the hostel most the days in the year ... all are only for one reason, to get the knowledge of Al-Quran. Alhamdulillah.

And today, he is leaving his friend, life requires 'hijrah', moving from one place to another, to find something in preparing to be a better muslim.

 His three years in Maahad Tahfiz Al Furqan (MTAF) was well spent. He learnt a lot from the school. In other words, the school taught him a lot. From a timid and shy lad to a more confident teenager. Hakim is not leaving MTAF because it is not good. Hakim is leaving MTAF because we hope for him to learn something more.

In MTAF he was taught to be confident. In his first year he was already exposed to national level competition in musabaqah. Even though he did not win any, but he learnt a very good lesson. To be bold to sit in front, to face the masses. That is one quality that I really thankful MTAF for that.

Not only that, due their (MTAF) small number of students, but enthusiast teachers, they managed to bring the team in many other competitions. The managed to be in a football league to defend against the well known schools in their league. Even though, there is no success story yet, but the team has learnt a very valuable knowledge, that is to work in team, to strive hard to win even though they are small. They learn the fighting spirit. They learn how to be a fighter.

Also, due to their number of students, all of them were exposed to participating in a big performances such as nasyid, playing instruments, to help out in events. Those are qualities that cannot be build with out the commitments from the teachers.

I salute the teachers that shed their sweat to make sure the students gain all the valuable knowledge and experience.

Thank to MTAF, Hakim has become a good young man.

May he able to adapt to the new school and new environment with all the basic skills that he garnered during his stay in MTAF.

Watching the farewells, I was so touched. How loving they are, the ukhuwwah that they have built. I pray for the success of MTAF, teachers and students.

They might bid farewell tonight, but as one of the Professors that I knew said, "Friendship is forever". And this is true, with the current technology, distance no longer matters. There are plenty of ways to communicate. Technology is good when we put it at a correct place.

The last farewell .... but friendship is forever.

Sayonara .........


Friday, December 1, 2017

Modern Moms


Here I am... seating in the clinic lounge waiting for our turn. Another best time to reflect through observation from the many walks of life.

Waiting is a definitely a most boring thing to endure. But not so true anymore in the current, the so called 'modern' era. The gadget always become handy. The have handphones, ipads, ipods, tab .... to name some of it.

Seated in front of me is a young mother with 2 kids. One is about 4 years old and do not look happy, probably having a fever. The other is a 2 years old active child. He is very active indeed. Climbing up and down the seats with his shoes on. And at times the child accidentally kick the other patrons of the clinic on his climbing up and down quest. It did not affect me as I am not in immediate reach, but I can see the annoyed faces of those who around. To a certain extend, the child pick up a pen and started to scribble on the employee sheets available there.

To me the child is bright and smart, but thats not how the intelligence shoul be put to. Is the child at fault? NO. Definitely not. Its the fault of the mother whom I see was very busy with her own gadget, the handphone. This is the disaster in raising up a child. When we were small, when my kids were small, the children are always cautioned to be polite and care for others. Respect others.

I might be condemned for this posting, but I strongly feels if the gadget be put to the wrong use, its a disaster in civilization.
May we take this as a lesson and learn from it.

Wallahu a'lam.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Maeklong Train Station and Floating Market

Salam all,

On our second day of the conference trip to Bangkok we planned to go to the most talked about train station, The Maeklong train station and Floating Market. 

Songthaew: Google iamge

We studied the map and route to both destinations well. Our research told us to catch the BTS to Victory Monument. Its a Siam transit station. We studied the map and route to both destinations well. Our research told us to catch the BTS to Victory Monument. Its a Siam transit station. The trip will cost us 42 Baht for a single trip. Upon disembarking, we need to get a minivan to go to the Maeklong Station which is about 70km away from the Saphan Thaksin Station. And from the train station we planned to take a public transport, the songthaew to the Amphawa Floating market. Its a long journey and we really hope its worth. 

We planned, but Allah is always the best planner. We left the hotel very early in the morning so that we do not missed the morning train at the Maeklong Train station. We planned to take the river taxis (boats) from the public jetty next to the hotel. The boat is suppose to begin at 6.15 am and reach the jetty at 7am. We saw many boats passing by, but none stopped for us even though we waved and hailed for them. We were devastated and walk back to the hotel and greeted by a taxi driver. He kindly asked where we are going, and upon knowing our intentions, he suggested we took his taxi. He will drive us to the Maeklong Train station, wait for us, then to the floating market, wait for us and later send us back to Bangkok City. All together he is charging us 1200Baht. After doing some simple calculation, with 4 of us in the car, it will cost us 300Baht per person. For this price, we do not need  to climb up and down all the public transports, just sit back and relax. We agreed to this and begin the on road travelling. It was an enjoyable trip. The taxi driver was very kind. Alhamdulillah ... he can speaks English which made the conversation interesting and also he was able to explain things as we passed by several interesting encounters.

What is so special about the market? It is an ordinary wet market. Selling all sorts of items for the local needs. However, the tradings are done on the railway line. This is what makes it special. At every scheduled time, the train will have to pass the railway line to reach the station. As the train approaches the area, the traders will quickly fold their shades leaving their goods remain on the track. They waited for the train to pass, unfold the shades and trading continues. When we arrived, the train is about to reach the train. We hurriedly walk towards the station just to see many people on standby to take the glimpse of the moment. Everybody positioned themselves at a best location to take the closer look of the event. Everybody are with cameras or video cams. We need to squeezed in a bit to be among them. People were so close to the track, the policeman had to keep on whistling to ask them to move backward. At the first glimpse of the train, everybody was already excited. The train passed by very slowly, the goods were saved on the track. As the train leaves the track, traders put the shades back on. The locals resume their trading.
We had the chance to see what was selling. Its mostly fruits and vegetables as well as the fishes, meats and poultry.



Rasūlullāh Shallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam bersabda:

يخلُصُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ مِنَ النَّارِ فَيُحْبَسُونَ عَلَى قَنْطَرَةٍ بَيْنَ الْجَنَّةِ وَالنَّارِ فَيُقَصُّ لِبَعْضِهِمْ مِنْ بَعْضٍ مَظَالِمُ كَانَتْ بَيْنَهُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا حَتَّى إِذَا هُذِّبُوا وَنُقُّوا أُذِنَ لَهُمْ فِي دُخُولِ الْجَنَّةِ، فَوَالَّذِي نَفْسُ مُحَمَّدٍ بِيَدِهِ، لَأَحَدُهُمْ أَهْدَى بِمَنْزِلِهِ فِي الْجَنَّةِ مِنْهُ بِمَنْزِلِهِ كَانَ فِي الدُّنْيَا

Orang-orang yang beriman yang selamat dari neraka, mereka akan ditahan di Al-Qantharah yang terletak di antara syurga dan neraka. kemudian di qisas kezaliman-kezaliman yang terjadi di antara mereka di dunia sehingga apabila sudah dibersihkan dan disucikan maka mereka akan diizinkan untuk masuk syurga. Dan demi Zat Yang Jiwa Muhammad ada di tangan-Nya. Sungguh salah seorang dari mereka lebih mengetahui rumahnya di surga dari pada rumahnya di dunia”
(HR Bukhari)

Have you ever heard of this? Not me. I shamefully admit it. Alhamdulillah, the ustaz brought up the hadith and discuss it over tazkirah.

Subhanallah Allah the Most Forgiving forgives us to the last deal as long we are in syahadah. But .... are we to wait to be in the Al-Qantharah? O Allah .... please forgive all our sins and never let us be among the sinful and let death comes to us in Islam and muttaqin. And place us in Your beautiful garden of jannah. Aameen.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Chatuchak Market Thailand


The saying goes as ... " it will not be a complete visit to Bangkok if you did not go to the Chatuchak Market". Therefore, its our priority on the list.

Chatuchak Market is the weekend market which opens only on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Its a large market with many stalls. The stalls are grouped according the goods they are selling. Its adviceable to have a map of the market when exploring it. Chatuchak market is the place where you can get souveniors for a reasonable price. But... be sure to have a good bargaining power.
As we had done our homework earlier, going to Chatuchak Market from the hotel was a breeze. We took the shuttle boat from the hotel to the Santhorn Pier. The pier is connected to the Saphan Taksin BTS station. BTS is the Bangkok Mass Transit System, the transportation system that connects the important places in the Bangkok City.

From the Saphan Taksin station we  headed to the Mochit Station. The nearest station to the Chatuchak Market. From the many blogs that we read, we were assured that we cannot be lost once disembarking the train at Mochit station because most of the people whom disembark at the station are heading towards the Chatuchak Market. We can just follow the crowd to go to the Chatuchak Market.

And... it was very true. Mochit is the last station on the train system line. Almost everybody whom disembark from the train headed to tge market except for few locals who have other errands. We cross the crossover bridge from the station and went straight to the market by following the crowds. Our first aim is to find a musolla to perform our solah, then lunch. We printed a map of Chatuchak Market before starting the trip. It looks easy to find the musolla with the map, but we were wronged. There were too many people there and being the first timer, we could not figure out our location. Alhamdulillah we found and information counter and managed to get a better map of the market, and by asking around, we managed to locate the musolla.

It was a small room in an alley within the block. Male and female area was divided well. However, the ablution area is in the open space. Its a challenge for us with the aurat issue. Alhamdulillah... one mission completed. Next challenge is to find a place for lunch. We were assured through blogwalkings that there are few muslim eating places within the Chatuchak Market. And we set to meet the challenge. With the help from few locals we managed to locate Saman Restaurant near to the clock tower within the market. As it was around 3pm, there are too many people queueing for lunch at the restaurant. We were cautioned about the pricy food, but we do not have any option. We waited for few minutes to get a seat. The food was OK, the sticky mango rice was excellent. For a 150Baht for half portion of the sticky rice it was fulfilling. We had fried rice. We wanted to try the Tom Yam but when told that the waiting time is more than 20minutes, we decided to be satisfied with what is availbale. After lunch we began our venture of the Chatuchak.

Honestly, it was a very exhaustive venture. Walking pass the small alley, between throngs of people. Too many things to see, and not sure what to buy. If you need a foot massage, there are plenty of it in every alley within the market. However, i shall not advice muslim lady to go for massage as it was done in a joint place with male customer, again it will be the issue of upholding our aurat.
My advice, buy the things that you want at the first sight as you might not be able to find the same stall again after moving on.

My second advice is to wear a comfortable shoe for walking. You are sure to burnt your calories away through walking at Chatuchak Market.

My third advice is to have the mineral water with you. It is definitely very hot and you will sweat a lot and needs a good drink to replenish your body fluid.

Overall.... its a good experience. Alhamdulillah. Allah permits us to view the variety walks of life