Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Allah Listens to Our Prayer

This is definitely not my writing. I got this from a wall on facebook: Productive Muslims and found that it is very interesting and enlightening to read and would like to share this to anybody who drop by to my blog. Hopefully, it will be beneficial.


Allah (Subhan'o'Ta'ala) does listen to prayers.


A young man had been to Wednesday Night Class of Quranic Studies. The Mualim had shared about listening to Allah and obeying Allah through intuition.The young man couldn't help but wonder, 'Does Allah still speak to people through intuition?'After Lessons, he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed the message.Several different ones talked about how Allah had led them in different ways and that at the end you'll know it was Allah(SWT) Who has directed you.

It was about ten o'clock when the young man started driving home. Sitting in his car, he just began to pray, 'Allah...If you still speak to people, speak to me. I will listen.I will do my best to obey.'

As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk. He shook his head and said out loud, 'Allah is that you?' He didn't get a reply and started on toward home. But again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk came into his head.'Okay, Allah, in case that is you, I will buy the milk.' It didn't seem like too hard a test of obedience. He could always use the milk. He stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started off toward home.

As he passed Seventh Street , he again felt the urge, 'Turn Down that street.' This is crazy he thought, and drove on past the intersection. Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street ..At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down Seventh. Half jokingly, he said out loud, 'Okay, Allah, I will.'He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he should stop. He pulled over to the curb and looked around. He was in a semi-commercial area of town. It wasn't the best but it wasn't the worst of neighborhoods either. The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked dark like the people were already in bed.

Again, he sensed something, 'Go and give the milk to the people in the house across the street.' The young man looked at the house. It was dark and it looked like the people were either gone or they were already asleep. He started to open the door and then sat back in the car seat.. 'Allah, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I wake them up, they are going to be mad and I will look stupid.' Again, he felt like he should go and give the milk.Finally, he opened the door, 'Okay Allah(SWT), if this is you, I will go to the door and I will give them the milk. If you want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want to be obedient. I guess that will count for something, but if they don't answer right away, I am out of here.'

He walked across the street and rang the bell. He could hear some noise inside. A man's voice yelled out, 'Who is it? What do you want?' Then the door opened before the young man could get away.The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt. He looked like he just got out of bed. He had a strange look on his face and he didn't seem too happy to have some stranger standing on his doorstep.'What is it?'The young man thrust out the gallon of milk, 'Here, I brought this to you.'

The man took the milk and rushed down a hallway. Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen. The man was following her holding a baby. The baby was crying. The man had tears streaming down his face.

The man began speaking and half crying, 'We were just praying. We had some big bills this month and we ran out of money. We didn't have any milk for our baby. I was just praying and asking Allah(SWT) to show me how to get some milk.'

His wife in the kitchen yelled out, 'I ask him to send an Angel with some.Are you an Angel?'

The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had on him and put in the man's hand. He turned and walked back toward his car and the tears were streaming down his face. He knew that Allah (SWT) still answers prayers.

Sometimes it's the simplest things that Allah (SWT) asks us to do, that enable us to understand His words clearer and better than ever. SUBHANALLAH!Please listen, and obey!It will bless you and others

We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.

wallahua'lam.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Lunch Box

Salam all,

Yesterday, I was with two friends, attending the TITAH DIRAJA by Raja Nazrin Shah of Perak. On our way back, we were talking about meals as our stomach started to grumble. One of my friend said, "Why is XXX is so slim?. I answered, 'Because she takes great care of her physical appearance'. That's easy to say, but what does it take to TAKE CARE OF THE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE. It calls for a hard work and endless effort.

This lead to another revelation by other friend telling us part of the measures taken by XXX to keep herself fit and slim. According to this friend, XXX will normally bring lunch to office which consist of lots of fruits and probably some wholemeal bread. And XXX seldom take rice in her diet. WOW! That's a healthy one. I like the idea of fruits and bread but I am not sure I can stay away from rice. Rrrrr ...... the ramblings will be louder if I stayed away from rice for more than two days.

So today, I made some initiative to prepare my lunch box. I read somewhere, when we feel hungry, it means that the body requires some food. But it does not necessarily be a solid food. It could be the liquid that the body desire. Therefore, if you feel hungry, try drinking some water first, if the hungry persist, than only you grab on some solid food. Well, I did that too today, but because ........ I am not sure my lunch pack could stop the hunger pang until dinner ---- with only two slices of sardine sandwiches. Hihihihi .... am a big eater!!!


Bismillahirrahmanirrahim .......
Mmmm ... yummy, yummy

Adios
Wassalam




Monday, July 25, 2011

Back from Team Building at Marina Cove, Lumut

Salam All,

Alhamdulillah. Reached home from a DAY long trip from Lumut. We left our room, checked-out at 10am and reached home safely at approximately 6.30pm. A LONNNNNG day. Waited for the bus for about one and a half hour. Stopped by at Lumut town for some anchovies and alike, stopped again for lunch, stopped again for Solat, stopped again for dropping passenger, some food and toilet and finally reached home at about 6.30pm.

The team building was fun except for the venue that is not so supporting. The place was not so hygiene, the food was not so good and the staff was not friendly at all - barely smile at the guest, perhaps the management should sent them for some class or course on how to entertain the guest.

On the bus, I was figuring out the things that I need to do once I reach home. The laundry etc. Entering the house, the smell of the floor cleaner triggers my nostril sending the message to my brain that the floor has been mopped. A peeped into the laundry basket later suggested that the clothes has been washed. Even the school uniforms have been washed. Thanks a lot my darling, my love, Mr Hubby.

The only thing that is waiting for me is, ...."Ibu, kita orang dah lapar .....", hihihi ..... let's have pizza everybody!

Wassalam.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mak n Bapak

Salam all,



My heart sank when watching the photo of the two beloved persons in this world. MAK & BAPAK. Unnoticingly, my tears was flowing fast down my cheek. These are the two persons who have taken care of me, teach me, brought me up to who I am today. But where are they now? They were lonely couple, stayed home, longing to have kids and grandchildren around. Longing to hear the voices of their children to say 'Hello'. Looking forward for visits from their children and grandchildren. Longing for hugs and kisses from those who they have hugged and kissed before. How often do we fill their lonely hearts? How often do we sang love songs (by saying 'hi') to their ears? How often????????

We busied ourselves with heap of works and make it a reason not to call. We spend our pay to our satisfaction and make 'the cost' the reason for not going back to see them .... Do we deserve to be called the obedient child in Allah's eye? Forgive me mak & bapak if I ever hurt your feelings. Ya Allah, forgive them and protect them and bestow them with rahmah, ya Allah. Ameen.

Now with bapak is in ward (admitted yesterday for high level of natrium in the body system), and mak who was recently diagnosed to have problem with her heart, I really felt like flying to them at this very moment. But mak, bapak, I am now the 'wanted to be' obedient wife just like what you have taught me to, therefore, I am so helpless. But insyAllah, God's willing, we will meet up next Friday for I shall come to cheer your lonely hearts. Hubby has taken leave and promise to visit 'OUR PARENTS'.

wassalam..




Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Membentuk Manusia Model Luqman Hakim

Salam semua,

Tajuk di atas merupakan tajuk ceramah yang disampaikan oleh Ustaz Hasrizal Jamil (Saifulislam.com). Sebenarnya, blog ini dikemaskini sambil mendengar ceramah yang disampaikan oleh ustaz Hasrizal. Kuliah tersebut disampaikan di ibu pejabat Ana Edar.

Satu perkara menarik yang disampaikan oleh ustaz yang tidak pernah terfikir oleh kedangkalan ilmuku adalah dalam surah Luqman, dinyatakan bahawa Luqman telah menyampaikan nasihat kepada anaknya dengan hikmah. Tetapi tidak dinyatakan di dalam alQuran mahupun hadis samada anaknya berhasil menjadi orang yang beriman dan berguna. Ini disimbolikkan bahawa antara tanggungjawab utama ibubapa adalah memberikan pengajaran kepada anak.

Antara tanggungjawab ibubapa adalah memberikan nafkah. Nafkah zahir dan batin. Nafkah zahir dan batin ini pula bolehlah dipecahkan kepada beberapa kategori:

  • FIZIKAL
  • INTELEKTUAL
  • EMOSIONAL
  • SPIRITUAL

Menyampaikan nasihat secara berhikmah pula ditafsirkan oleh Sheikh Soleh (menurut Ustaz lagi), boleh dikategorikan sebagai:
1. Kata yang sesuai
2. Disampaikan kepada orang yang betul
3. Pada masa yang betul
4. Dengan cara yang betul

Setiap masalah mestilah diselesaikan pada pokok masalahnya, maka perlu bagi ibubapa mencari punca masalah - menyelami anak-anak.

Ibubapa juga jangan hilang kawalan, jangan hilang kesabaran bila dalam kemarahan, jangan terus melepaskan kemarahan sebaliknya, fahami terlebih dahulu tindakan anak tersebut, kemudian cuba untuk 'reason out' dengan anak2 mengenai tindakan mereka dan diperbetulkan. Inilah yang dikatakan 'hikmah'.

Semoga kita menjadi ibubapa yang dapat mendidik anak2 kita dengan penuh hikmah.

Wassalam.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bell's Palsy

Salam all,

Heard of the title before? I've not. Yesterday was the first time I heard of it. Our dean, is currently admitted to a medical center for the bell's palsy. It is a nerve disorder on one side of your face (the cranial nerve). And Alhamdulillah, it is not permanent. It seems that as one side of the nerve is not functioning it causes a slight drop on the other side of the face. Some might mistakenly thought that it was a stroke. In our dean's case, she was diagnosed to have a viral infection that has infected the nerve. She is currently under treatment and to undergo certain physiotherapy procedures. One of the procedures is to smile widely. So everyone, let's smile, as smile not only will make people happy and a sadaqah for a muslim, but it is alsoas a form of exercise for your facial nerve. Therefore, don't sulk, just smile.

Whatever it is, for a muslim we should believe that it is a way for Allah to remind us of HIM and hereafter. And to always remember the wrongdoings that we might have done and to repent. Subhanallah, the Forgiven Allah, will always give a us a chance to redo our mistakes, to repent and seek his forgiveness. He will never let us go astray, insyaAllah, with hidayah (guidance).

Wassalam

Adios ...

Anugerah Baru untuk Pelajarku

Salam all,

I was quite stunned when I got the news that there's going to be a new reward for students not because their academic excellence but due to their commitment to uphold the dignity of the Malays. And the news was stunning because the award is named after an ordinary politician just because he sponsored the award.

My comment to this is -- NO COMMENT [full stop] (because I am speechless).

My students, any of you who thinks that you deserve this award, please raise your eye brow!!!

Life is fantastic with so many humorous elements in it. So laugh out loud to cheer yourself.

Adios....

Monday, July 18, 2011

Al-Fatihah Dr Lo'Lo'

Al-fatihah.

Pemergiannya amat dirasakan. Entah mengapa, airmataku pasti meleleh bila menatap fotonya. As a routine, Every night before going to bed, I will read emails from the Yahho Group I joined, ALKIS, last night was not a happy night when I read the news from K.Rosmawati Zainal aka Ummiroses (another lady that I admire dearly) that Dr Lo'Lo' has passed away. She might not know me. But the following personal email from her to me will always be my motivator to keep fighting in a way that I am capable of. How I wish I could be as courageous as she is.

My first encounter with her name was during my visit to Pusat Rawatan Islam, Jalan Ipoh, KL. The unique name that she has makes it remain in my memory for a long time. When this bright star began to shine in the political venue fighting for ummah, I feel already close to her, not knowingly that we were brought up in a same institution that we are so proud of - Kolej Islam Kelang. But now, she is gone. May Allah Blessed her and place her among the mu'minah solehah.

Rest in Peace Sri Kandi - DocMarjan. Innalillah hi wainna ilaihi rajiun.

Alhummaghfirlaha warhamha waafiha wa'fu'anha.

Below is the email from her, sometime in 2006:


Salam,

Terimakasih atas salam perkenalan dari Marina. Maaf
kerana saya tidak sempat berkenalan dan mungkin pun
tidak menyapa Marina mlm tu. Saya mmg tergesa2 utk ke
satu program yg penting ie Wacana kemenangan Hamas dan
Ikhwanul Muslimin di Anjung Rahmat Gombak. Sebab kedua
juga kerana saya rasa tidak tergamak duduk lam2 disitu
sebab terasa sangat sayu dengan pemergian seorang
veteran PAS yg begitu byk berjasa dan begitu komited.
Arwah Cikgu Pa dan juga arwah Us Fadzil Noor adalah
mentor saya dalam mengharung arus perjuangan dlm PAS.

Saya percaya Marina juga mampu utk menyumbang , Laa
yukallifullahu nafsan illa wus'aha. Tidak Allah
membebani seseorang melalui melainkan yg dia mampu.
Langkah pertama wajib dimulakan , insyaAllah langkah2
seterusnya akan lebih mudah. Moga Allah memberi
kekuatan kpd kita semua. Amin

Dr Lo'lo'
0192100066

wassalam.

Parental Tips

These are the parental survival tips obtained from Dr Harlina's FB. May it benefits all.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no.1 - Strive to be the best role model to your children. Make them proud of you first before you can expect them to make you proud. How about asking this question to your adolescent kids today : ` Have I ever made you proud, son/daughter?' Reflect on the answer, if you're gonna get one.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no.2 - Display your commitment, affection and love for each other (as parents & couple) for your children to see. Put on your best smiles the moment you step into the house, no matter how bad things are at work. Make your home as the sanctuary & heaven on earth for the kids. Keep it warm & cozy with your prayers and unconditional love for everyone.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 3 - Avoid degrading or talking bad about your spouse in front of the children. Remember, it is their father/mother you're complaining about. Don't try to win them over & make them go against your spouse. That's not win-lose, in fact, it is definitely a lose-lose!

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 4 - Appreciate every single deed and help you received from your children. Thank them, praise them - loud and clear for everybody to hear. Put on your best smile while thanking them. You have just made up their day

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 5 - Practice what you preach. But don't preach every time you talk to the children. It might sound like a good sermon to you, but to them, it is simply a nag! Don't ever begin your sentence with ` When I was your age,..'. If you do, just watch their eyes rolling up & their ears turning deaf.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 6 - Provide spiritual guide to your children - they need the framework & structure. Never neglect spirituality in everything you do. Pray together as much as you could. Read the Quran and reflect on its meaning. Convince them, spiritual health is as important (if not more) as physical, mental & emotional health.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 7 - Apologize for your mistakes and shortcomings, tho' sorry is the hardest word, esp. for parents. We can be wrong too. The children need to be reminded that they're being raised by HUMAN BEINGS, not angels. Try hard not to repeat the mistakes. This might be the most difficult tip to practise!

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 8 - Allow some space for your adolescents to make decisions and guide them from there. Trust them. Who else will if not you, the parent who raised them up! Don't doubt your parenting. Avoid suffocating them with your over-protectiveness. Let them learn from their mistakes.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no 9 - Introduce your children to your friends/colleagues. Exhibit how much you appreciate them & proud to be associated with them. Only then you could expect your kids to introduced their friends to you!


SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 10 - Learn about your children's love languages. Each has a different, dominant type, tho' they might come from the same womb. Manage the diversity. Adapt the best parenting method for each of them. Get feedback - that's the only way to improve.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 11 - Thank Allah everyday for selecting you, of all the parents in the world, to be THE parent to these beautiful children. Feel honoured by the privileges of being a parent. Enjoy your parenthood - despite the hardship, pain, worries and sleepless nights (not mentioning the big bucks). Cherish your role - show how much you love being a parent!

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 12 - Treasure your own parents, and let the children realize how much you love them. Visit their graves (if they are no longer alive) & tell the children amazing stories about their deceased grandparents. If they're still alive, allow the children to spend their holidays together. Allow grandparents to occupy a special place in the children's hearts & lives.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 13 - Involve the children in making plans for the family - renovating the house, buying a new car, selecting gifts etc. Best time to teach them about family value & traditions. Let them suggest, however indicate who's the boss. Be fair, sporting and reasonable - this is when the children learn the rules of the game.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 14 - Instill love for books & knowledge into your children's lives. Hang around in bookshops & never miss the annual book fair. Being digital natives, introduce them to e-books, digital readers & tablets. Read together as a family. You're enriching them with a legacy.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 15 - Be fair in showing off your affection to each of your children. Deal with sibling rivalry - do not just ignore it. Make time to understand the dynamics, address the dissatisfaction, attend to each complaint. Put yourself in their shoes - they always see things differently!

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 16 - Learn to say NO to your children, esp. on matters of principles. Do not compromise your values to accommodate their demands. Provide guidance, framework & structure. They need those to lead a successful & meaningful future.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 17 - Avoid calling your children `problematic' - esp when you can't handle them. Let's rephrase - they are children with `difficulties' - varying degrees, of course. Some quite trivial, some really massive! They need your help & assistance. Do not give up or abandon them now!

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 18 - Support each other in your parenting process. Display solidarity, restrain from open contradiction on parenting styles. Kids tend to be manipulative if they know you both have disagreement. Single parents, engage others (family, close friends) to support you. You shouldn't shoulder these duties alone!

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 19 - Instill sense of belonging among your children. Train the young ones to respect the elder siblings, vice versa. Keep them closely knitted.Treat them equally, avoid favoritism. Express unconditional love. Everyone matters & has a special, dedicated place in everybody's heart.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PARENTS : Tip no. 20 - Befriend your adolescent kids - if possible be their best friend . Avoid being their worst enemy. No doubt parenting adolescents can be most challenging, but they're also facing the most difficult phase of their lives. Friends are not judgmental, loyal and keep secrets well, while enemies despise & couldn't stand one another.Which one is you?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Limpah Kurnia dari Allah Yang Tersembunyi.

Salam all,

Alhamdulillah .... just came back from the surau. The kids and ayah were still shopping there .... (buying some religious books). Among the thing that I wanted to immediately write so that I will not forget is how grateful I should be with the precious TIME given to me.

Yes, if compared to others, I am lucky to stay very near to my workplace. It is only about 5 minutes drive from home to office. Why do I said that this is the most precious gift??? Yes, with this kind of distance, I have ample time to still complete some of my chores in the morning before going to the office, such as drying the clothes, preparing for dinner etc. Some people, had to leave for office as early as 6.45am. Those people need to hurriedly do every chores during the night (except those with helpers). What do I do with that extra time???? Yes, I should spend those extra time wisely. With this extra time, I should not have a reason for not going to surau to listen to tazkirah. Yes, my soul need some food too.

Ya Allah, forgive me Ya Allah, for not spending the time given to me wisely. May days to come will be used optimumly for deen, InsyaAllah.

Got to go now, the kids are back and they wanted to use the notebook ..... Adios.

Wassalam.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cerita Hari Ini

Salam All,

Nothing much to share. But I still want to update the blog. Now is 1725hrs. Half a day in a meeting and another half, doing my personal job. Clocked-in at 8.30am this morning, and managed to make some preparation for dinner tonight before coming to the office. I managed to marinte chicken for tonight's dinner.

What's for dinner? Well, mmm... I'm planning for a western dish:

Buttermilk fried chicken
Mushroom soup
Croutons
Salad (what kind of salad? have not decide on this yet)

Will these be served on my table tonite? Just wait n see. Refer here tomorrow.

Adios ....

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My Family Tree


Salam All,

It has been ages since I last typed any lines of word here. Well, same lame excuse -- BUSY. I'm sure everybody is busy, but there are people who are very consistently able to update the blog. I salute them.

This evening, while browsing through my emails to look for an old email, I came across an e-mail from my cousin bearing the title 'Salasilah Keluarga' - the family tree. I was asked by by cousin to update our family tree especially 'OUR OWN' family, but I dearly forgotten all about it. Sorry, Abang Naser - however, it's done now.

What surprises me was to find out who our great ancestors was. I used to listen to the story of 'Tok Johan', the great grandfather of my grandfather, from my grandfather. He was a 'hulubalang' (warrior) of a palace. I guess it's Perlis as my grandfather was from Perlis. What I didn't know is that the great grandfather of Tok Johan was someone called 'RAJA SALANG'. Tok Johan himself was a 'Tengku Panglima Johan' (it's something like the knight, chewwah!!!). His son (my grand father's grandfather), was the 'Temenggong Syed Ahmad'.

WOW! What a shocked!!! A royal blood heh???? No wonder I like the colour of CLEANLINESS-YELLOW!! (smiling to the ears)......

Till we meet again ...... Adios!!!!
(Ntah bila la gamaknya).