Tuesday, December 25, 2012

An-Nisa': 134


Assalamualaikum dear readers,

Just to share this piece of verse that I come across today:



Maksudnya: 'Sesiapa yang mahukan pahala (balasan) dunia sahaja (maka rugilah ia), kerana di sisi Allah disediakan pahala (balasan) dunia dan akhirat. Dan (ingatlah) Allah sentiasa mendengar, lagi sentiasa melihat.'

This short verse from surah an-Nisa' has a very important message for those who only seek happiness for the short life on the world. Those who are full of greed to only fulfill the life desire and forgot to seek reward for the hereafter. To seek reward for the hereafter would men to do what Allah has required us to do and to leave behind those things that Allah has forbid us to do. 

How do we know what we must do and what we cannot do? Allah has provided us with a 'life compass' that is the QURAN and SUNNAH Rasul. Allah has promised that those who obey what is inside alQuran and Sunnah will always be the successful servant of Allah in life and hereafter.

This is a good remembrance. 
How many of us build beautiful houses on the earth but forgotten the house in the hereafter. 
How many of us spend lavishly on things they desire and forgot that in every cents of their money belongs to someone else - the needy - through zakat and sadaqah.
How many of us sleep soundly at night in their comfortable homes but neglect the duty for their muslim relatives who are striving to live peaceful in the holy land of Baitul Maqdis and devote their soul to protect Masjidil Aqsa!!! We ignore this fact!!!!

As a reminder for myself and others, let's do some small deed that we can afford. Only to become the faithful servant of Allah and the loyal follower of Rasulallah SAW.

Wallahua'lam.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Trengganu - 2 Days 1 Night

Salam all,

I think I have some time to mark my holidays 2012 in this blog. We began the school holiday by going to Trengganu (actually to pick-up Kakak after her SPM). We brought Mak Tok (my mother-in-law) together this time. This is going her first outing after Abah left a year ago. It calls for consistent persuasion to get her to come and Atikah's last day at her school made Mak Tok willing to come. We start off early as Atikah will finish her exam at 1030am and we planned to travel upnorth to Kuala Trengganu and stay overnight there.

 Our first pit stop after picking Atikah from school is to stop for lunch somewhere near Marang. It's a picnic by the sea and the roadside. The place was designed for travelers and locals to enjoy the South China Sea. Few gazebos were built along the roadside gives a comfortable place to rest. Thank you Makcik Yan (my sister) for the pack lunch. It saves us our money and most importantly is the simple yet delicious home cooked meal. I always have problem eating out. Then we head to the famous Pasar Payang for 'shop till you drop' event. Unfortunately, things does not happen as we planned when Hakim's eye suddenly went itchy which indicated allergy to some unknown substance. Due to that, we hurriedly move to a nearest clinic to prevent it from getting worst. There goes ibu's shopping spree .huhuhu... Alhamdulillah, it saves my money.

That night we went to Sue's house. Sue is my long lost friend. We were together when studied in UKM. She is now a successful businesswoman doing catering business in Kuala Trengganu. We had dinner there. Alhamdulillah. Thank you Sue, I doubt we will be meeting again in the near future. But I really hope that the relationship remains.




After a hearty breakfast at the hotel we decided for a city tour. We first went to the famous Taman Tamaddun Islam which housed many replicas of masjid from all over the world. This is our second visit to TTI, there's nothing new to see but the first for Mak Tok.



The most exciting experience that we had there was the ride to move around the park. It's not bi-cycle or tri-cycle, it's the 6-cycle. All six are suppose to cycle. Off course only 5 cycled. It will be to stressful for Mak Tok's knee to cycle. We really enjoy that ride.  After a short city tour we headed back to Dungun for lunch at Makcik Yan's and later to Uncle Ijan and Aunty Sarah's villa by the river.








The photos tell all. A kampung style villa with a modern interior.






A scenic view. Breathtaking moment for one to relax after a stressful day at work.







As ayah was too tired to drive home that night, we make a transit at Kuantan.

Hope that Mak Tok enjoy the whole journey.

Wassalam.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Einstein said ....

Salam all,

A colleague forward an email to our group mail, a saying from the late Albert Einstein as follows:



And together with the email are these photos in attachment:

pic29213.jpg  pic02625.jpg pic07627.jpg

The people in the photos obviously not Malaysian, BUT ..... it IS hapenning in Malaysia now. And perhaps happening in our own home. Where does the family chatting during meals gone? Where has friendly gestures go? Technology are meant to assist us, but now it seems that technology has created robots in our home. I found some truth in what Einstein had visioned. Wallahua'lam.

Let's think!!!

Wassalam.




Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Students

Assalamualaikum all.

I am sitting in class. Monitoring students sitting for their 2nd test. Semester is coming to the end. The cycle is completing its loop.

Registration - class begins - test 1 - semester break - class resumes - test 2 - study leave - exam - marking - results is out - admin chores - registration. Year in, year out, this is the 'over and over again' life routine that I would have to go through till I reach my retirement day or till my last breath (which ever comes first). Is being a lecturer a boring task? My answer is NO.

It may sound so routine, Yes, the schedule is routine but the life experience is very different and exciting. In my years of experience interacting with students, I learn quite a great deal myself. I learn about people, I learn about 'hablul minnan nas' (human interaction and communication). There are various types of students. In general, I would just like to categorize them into two groups. The first group are thevery humble, respectful and obedient students. While the second group are the snobbish, disrespect and carefree students. Between the two groups, the first group normally performs better academically. Perhaps that must be the power of respects to teachers/ lecturers/ murabbi that have granted them with a good result.

I remembered a story about Imam Shafie RA. He would not sleep with his feet pointed to the direction of his murabbi's house as a show of respect even though the house is miles away. How successful we are in educating the Y and Z generation? The responsibility lies on each one of us as they are the future leaders of the world.

Wassalam.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Solat Jenazah

Assalamualaikum dear readers,

This morning I had the opportunity to pay a last visit/ tribute to the Allahyarhamah Makcik Puteh who passed away last night approximately at 7.30pm. Makcik Uteh (as we called her) was a very senior citizen who lives with her son in our vicinity (qariah). She was a regular to the surau during her life. She can be seen walking slowly to the surau accompanied by the patience grandson. She will quietly sit on her chair where she perform her solat. During Ramadhan, there is almost like a permanent place for her for solat tarawikh. Despite her weak condition she consistently tries to be at the surau for solat jamaah. She will leave early for Maghrib as movement for her is such a difficult task. However, off-late, she was no longer seen around. The hospital has became her second home until last night when she was called for a transit at ALAM BARZAKH.

Alhamdulillah there was quite a number of people performing the solat, to pray and dua' for her. If only people knows of the goodness thtat Allah has promised for those who perform solat janazah, I am sure the surau will be pack with people. Anyway, this ritual is not Wajib (Compulsory), it is Fardhu Kifayah as an obligation to the Allahyarham/ Allahyarhamah.

Performing the solat is so easy. It has no ruku' or sujud. It is a solat with 4 salams. Due to its easiness, it can be performed in small area (if need to) and jamaah are required to stand close together. Preferably making it into 3 rows (safs).


Here is a simple instruction on how to perform this solat which I extracted from other blogs with the help from Mr Google. Hope this will benefit us all.
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1. Niat dalam hati sambil melafazkan takbir (اَ للهُ اَكْبَرُ) seperti berikut:
Sahaja aku solat jenazah terhadap mayat ini, 4 takbir, fardhu kifayah kerana Allah Ta’ala.
Kemudian baca surah Al-Fatihah.
2. Setelah takbir kedua, baca selawat ke atas Nabi.
Allahumma salli ala Muhammad wa ala ali Muhammad.
3. Setelah takbir ketiga, baca doa berikut.
Allahummargh firlahu warhamhu (untuk mayat lelaki)
Allahummargh firlaha warhamha (untuk mayat perempuan)
Untuk mayat kanak-kanak yang belum baligh, tidak dibacakan doa ini kerana mereka masih tidak dikira dosa pahala oleh malaikat.
4. Setelah takbir keempat, beri salam ke kiri dan ke kanan.
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Wassalam...

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Once in A Year time

Assalamualaikum all,

Hari ni rasa macam nak update berita tak penting. But its important for me. Not that important but significant. Hopefully I will not bore dear readers. This afternoon, as I drove back from visiting my student doing her internship, I looked at the fuel meter of the car. The reading measured that the fuel could only drive me for another 67KM. What a big deal, my office is just nearby.

However, without hesitation, I stopped just before a petrol station. Why? I checked at the fuel knob. Where is it? I searched for it. Oh! Its there. And I drove into the petrol station stopped at a pump. And re-fuel the car. Guess what??? This is my FIRST TIME refuelling this car after driving it for OVER A YEAR. In normal circumstances, I will get Mr Hubby to do it for me.

Well, that's my story for today. THE END.

Wassalam.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Good Bye School

Assalamualaikum dear readers,

Today 6th December. And Atikah is currently fighting her last battle in SPM. Sitting for Lukisan Kejuruteraan. Last day of SPM for the year 2012. May Allah blessed her. Ibu wish you best of luck. You have one more hour to complete your quest. After 1030am today, it will be a BYE BYE SCHOOL. You are no longer a school girl. You are no longer bounded by schools rules and regulation. Hopefully your 11 years in school have taught you to become a better muslim.

You will be entering the next phase in your life. College girl. The days ahead are full of challenges. There will not be teachers or warden to monitor your doings. You are on your own. But IBU will be beside you forever. Good luck dear. May iman will be your guiding companion. For only with iman you will be guided to the righteous path. Not even your 10As in SPM will lead you to jannah for without iman one might be astray. InsyaAllah, ibu belief in you. Ibu have trust in you. However there are a lot more to learn. Learn more on how to increase your iman, this is a never ending quest. Remember this my dear.

Ya Allah moga Kau tetapkan hati anakku dalam mengingatiMu. Berkatilah kehidupannya dan lindungilah dia dari tipu daya syaitan. Ameen.

Wassalam.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Perjalanan Terakhir Seorang HambaNya



Assalamualaikum all,

As I was passing by the surau on my way to send the kids off to Masjid Negeri for their school holiday program, Daurah Islamiah, we stopped to see my husband and other members of the qariah carrying Ridhwan's coffin from the van into the surau. Allahyarham is being brought to the surau for members of the qariah to perform the last ritual on him. To bathe him, kafan and later wish him farewell with dua', solat.

It was a sad moment. Every time I see this, it reminds me of the same experience that I had when Bapak was carried on his final journey. I taught the kids the dua' that we recite for the Allahyarhams.



Ameen.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pergi tak Kembali

Assalamualaikum dear readers,

I got this text message from my husband this afternoon. It reads ...

Salam. Ridhwan Mandalam meninggal dunia di hospital HUKM 3.30pm tadi. Akan kebumi esok pagi di Shah Alam.

He was our neighbour. I can clearly see his house from mine. He was 40 years old, down with a nerve problem right after he came back from pilgrimage 2 years ago. During that time, doctors gave him only 3 months to live but he had survived for another 2 years after first diagnosed. And today, he passed away leaving a loving wife and 3 children while one of his son had long waited for him in jannah. The son died of heart problem when he was still a baby. This is a test from Allah to the family, to the wife especially. Allah will not put the wife to test for no reason. For Allah loves her and wanted to place her in a higher level of iman, InsyaAllah.

He had endured a great pain for the last two years. He was a regular at the surau when he was healthy. May all his good deeds be rewarded, and any wrongdoings is forgiven. Ameen.

Alfatihah to Ridhwan.

P/S. Off late in my years living in this world, I heard of so many death and departures. Witnessed some. Allah has given me enough signs for me to reflect upon my ownself. Have I prepared enough when my time comes?







Friday, November 30, 2012

Huffaz

Assalamualaikum,

Apa lagi yang aku fikirkan?
Ya Allah! Aku serahkan anakku ke jalanMu.
Jalan yang mampu memacunya ke syurga idaman.
Aku serahkan segalanya kepadaMu ya Allah.

'Bukan dunia matlamatku. Tetapi akhirat destinasiku.' 
Betapa mudah lidah berkalam. Tetapi perlukan seluruh jiwa dan raga untuk ku kotakan.
Ijazah tertinggi yang dimiliki tidak mampu memacuku ke syurgaMu.
Bahkan tidak sedikit mendekatkan aku ke destinasi impian.

Apa lagi yang aku fikirkan?
Kuatkan tekad, bulatkan niat.
Ya Allah ku serahkan anakku ke jalanMu.
Kerana aku yakin,
JalanMu itu membawa kebahagiaan dunia dan akhirat.

Semoga kau berkati laluan hidup anakku Ya Allah.

P/S. Link blog dari adik al-Hafiz ini menyuntik semangatku: Al-Huffaz

Wallahua'lam

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Syafaat



Asaalamualaikum dear readers,

Heard on TV yesterday morning about syafaat. Surah al-Baqarah: verse255 mentioned this:




Allah tidak ada Tuhan melainkan Dia
Yang Maha Kekal lagi terus menerus mengurus makhlukNya,
Tidak mengantuk dan tidak tidur 
KepunyaanNya apa yang di langit dan di bumi. 
Siapakah yang dapat memberi syafa'at di sisi Allah tanpa izinNya? 
Allah mengetahui apa-apa yang di hadapan mereka dan di belakang meraka,
 dan mereka tidak mengetahui apa-apa dari ilmu Allah 
melainkan apa yang dikehendakiNya. 
Kursi Allah meliputi langit dan bumi, 
Dan Allah tidak merasa berat memelihara keduanya, 
dan Allah Maha Tinggi lagi Maha Besar. 
(QS : Al-Baqarah : 255)

Syafaat adalah pertolongan. Yang layak memberi syafaat adalah:
1. Para nabi
2. Alim ulamak
3. Syuhada'

Di akhirat nanti, Rasulallah SAW dibenarkan membawa bersamanya 70,000 dari kalangan umatnya untuk memasuki syurga tanpa dihisab. Rasullallah seraya memohon pada Tuhan yang Pemurah untuk menambah bilangan tersebut kerana bilangan umat Muhammad adalah yang paling ramai berbanding umat Nabi lain. Lalu Allah memperkenankan permintaannya. Lalu Allah membenarkan Nabi Muhammad SAW menambah bilangan umat untuk dibawa ke syurga bersamanya tanpa dihisab. Bagi setiap seorang dari kalangan 70,000 orang ditambah lagi 70,000 orang. Sifirnya menjadi 70,000 X 70,000. Begitu pemurah Allah SWT.

Siapakah dikalangan hamba Allah yang akan dibawa bersama Rasulallah? Mereka adalah:
1) umat Muhammad.
2) umat yang mencintai Muhammad.

Jika kita sudah termasuk dalam golongan (1), adakah kita juga termasuk dalam golongan ke (2)? Bagaimana untuk mencintai nabi? Mencintai nabi adalah dengan mengikut SUNNAHnya dan berselawat padanya.

JOM ikut SUNNAH. JOM berSELAWAT.

Wassalam.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Double Blow

Assalamualaikum,

I have just finished my classes for today. It was a double BLOW today. I felt that my blood shoot up. One blow for each class.

The first class was at 10.30am. I entered the class, everybody was busy talking. I plug-in my pendrive, open the powerpoint slides for today's presentation, and they were still talking. I sat quietly at the desk, looked around, and they were still talking until finally one student realized my change of behavior, and signaled her friends to keep quiet. Then only I was be able to start the class. But ... it was interrupted by two people in the last row. Their voices was suddenly increased perhaps the conversation was too exciting. The whole class prompt them to keep quiet. I continued my lecture. When I finally concluded my lecture, the same two at the last row, suddenly looked very puzzled. They quickly tidied up their things, rolled their notebook cables and packed to leave. Argh!!!! They were doing something else in class during lecture. Never had I experience this in my years of teaching. Where are their respects to teachers?? Where are their respects to knowledge??? They are there just to ensure that their attendance are filled. I pitied them for having such behavior, but it frustrates me.

The second class was at 4pm. I cautioned the students that those with less than 80% attendance will be barred from sitting the final exam as stated in the 'Peraturan Akademik" book that all students owned. Before leaving the class, I picked up the attendance sheet and started to skim through the names. That was when I realized that the attendance column for a student who was not in class was signed by someone. I recognized the boy. I know he was not in class this afternoon, but how come his name is signed? Who have done this? I asked the class, but nobody dares to admit. I pitied the student who signed on behalf of his absent friend. He is not being honest when HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY.

I pitied the students but at the same time worried about the generation that we have now. They are the leaders of tomorrow. May Allah guide them to the righteous path. And may Allah protects us from these bad behavior.

O my generation! What got into you? However, I truly aware, these are only the few among all the good ones. There are many more good students around whom will not forget to greet us politely. Whom will take our hands to ask for blessing after each class. I pray to Allah, for these students to have a successful future ahead. Ameen.

Wallahua'lam.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Munafik

Assalamualaikum,

Munafik? Ganas bunyi tajuk hari ni. Tetapi, kehidupan realiti memerlukan kita mengenali pelbagai wajah manusia. Dalam bertadabbur al-Quran (dengan keupayaan terhad yang dimiliki) beberapa kali ayat yang menegaskan larangan mengambil orang munafik sebagai rakan ditemui. Twice so far I found the statement. The first prohibition was in al-Imran (118) and found again in an-Nisaa (89). When mentioned more than once, it shows the importance of the statement.

Siapakah orang-orang munafiq?

Dari website JAKIM

Tajuk :
Ciri-ciri Orang Munafik
Hadith :

Sabda Rasulullah s.a.w yang maksudnya:
“Ada empat perkara, sesiapa yang melakukannya maka ia adalah seorang munafik tulen. Sesiapa yang melakukan satu daripada empat perkara itu, maka ia mempunyai salah satu daripada sifat munafik, hingga dia meninggalkannya . (Empat sifat itu ialah) apabila dipercayai ia khianat, apabila bercakap ia berdusta, apabila berjanji ia mungkir dan apabila bertengkar ia mengenepikan kebenaran. (Menegakkan benang basah ) “.

 
Riwayat Ahmad


There are four characteristics of people that can be considered as munafiq:
1. when you trust them, they betray
2. when they talk, they lie
3. when promise, they break it
4. when argue, they disregard truth

This is based on hadith (sahih) narrated by Ahmad. These are the four types of people we must avoid from. Avoid making them as your friend, what more as your good friend. They will be someone who will seem nice in front of you but betray you when you are not around. Why do you need to avoid them? First, it is as Allah has ordered us to do in the alQuran. Secondly, these people are there to destroy you. Destroy your iman.  Therefore, look around you. look at people around you. Identify them. Keep a distance from them. If possible, bring them back to the righteous path.

However, not only you must avoid having them as your friend, most importantly, protect yourself from being one. Assess yourself. Do you have any of the four characteristics? Nau'uzubillahi min zalik. But if you do, it is never too late to repent. As Allah is the Most Forgiving.

I seek forgiveness only from You, Allah. Forgive me ya Allah if I do have any of the characteristics. Protect me from the fiery hell and placed me in your wonderful jannah that you have promised for the mukminin. 
Ameen.

Wallahua'lam.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Sore Throat

Assalamualaikum all,

Alhamdulillah. I am back on my feet again today. Running for errands and house chores as usual and cracking my head with an article at the office. At times, I still felt dizzy but I will quickly take a short rest and to move slowly to encounter the problem. All are because I was on fever for the last two days. It was a bad one. The whole body was aching.

The sore throat that I mentioned in my earlier post was not due to too much talking, however it is due to a sign of tonsilitis. What is tonsilitis? It is defined as:

"Tonsillitis is an infection and swelling of the tonsils, which are oval-shaped masses of lymph gland tissue located on both sides of the back of the throat."

What is the tonsil for? From the same website it described:

"The tonsils normally help to prevent infections. They act like filters to trap bacteria and viruses entering the body through the mouth and sinuses. The tonsils also stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies to help fight off infections. Anyone of any age can have tonsillitis; however, it is most common in children between the ages of five and 10 years."

But in my case, as old as I am, I am so prone to tonsilitis. The image seen here is a google searched image. This was how my tonsil looked like when I first understand about tonsil back in 1985. I was at the hostel then, slight fever will mean nothing as we are not too keen to go to the hospital which will result in waiting for a long time, queuing at the hospital, waiting for the van to fetch us again and add to the misery and pain we are already enduring. Therefore, I simply opted for a self treatment with bought-over-the counter PCM. When the sore throat got worse, and the fever recurred, I self checked in the mirror and saw a terrifying situation and became scared of it. That is when help is wanted. After a proper treatment with antibiotic, Alhamdulillah the fever was gone.

Allah has not created something for no purpose. The tonsil is the first level of protection that the body has. What if we do not have tonsil? The first defense is out. And we need to be very cautious as when we were infected, it could be severe. That was what the doctor said when Atikah need to remove her tonsil when she was 11. Why remove the tonsil? We had to allow the doctors to remove the tonsil because she was having fever for almost every week and skipping school for every fever. Alhamdulillah she did not catch fever very often now, but we had to make sure that she took enough vitamins to protect her body.

Allah Knows Best.

Wallahua'lam.


Monday, November 5, 2012

A Visit

Assalamualaikum dear readers,

Clock time is 12.50pm. It's lunch break. The throat sores. Not because of any infection but due to too much talking. Alhamdulillah, one task completed on this first day of the week. Entertaining guest from Unisza, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Trengganu. There were 8 of them from the Department of Multimedia, Faculty of Informatics, UniSZA. They were here to see the facilities that we have in our faculty.

  Alhamdulillah, it was a fruitful event. We share ideas and opinions. Thanks to En Yunus and PM Azizah Murad for being there too. PM Azizah as the head of Corporate Unit for the faculty and En Yunus on the technical specification of the Lab. May this short encounter will lead too many more friendship and collaboration. Talking to them made me realized how old I am as they were all very young an energetic (except for the tour leader, En Mohd Attar, I think he is about my age). During the meeting, the Dean pointed out a new and interesting form of relationship, the COLLABORATORIES. It is interesting and a good idea. I really hope that this will lead to a new endeavour for students and lecturers. Especially after 2015 when we will have less students doing Final Year Projects. Having students from other university doing their project here is indeed very interesting. Also, I think it is about time we take a closer look at the way our FYP is being conducted,

Wallahua'lam.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Shuhrah

Assalamualaikum all,

Macam best la pulak dapat update blog tiap-tiap hari. Bila menulis blog ni kadang-kadang ada rasa macam bercakap dengan diri sendiri dan ada kalanya rasa macam berbual dengan orang. Tapi kalau nak tulis pun kena la ada isi yang bermanafaat untuk sesiapa sahaja. Mungkin untuk diri sendiri untuk mengingatkan sesuatu kejadian, percutian (- just any happenings), dan juga ilmu yang bermanafaat.

"Diam itu lebih baik dari berkata-kata". There is a truth in this. When you talk less, you make less mistake. However, there are times when you make a mistake just because you keep quiet. Macam mana tu? Konpius tak? Anyway, this got nothing to do with my title up there.

Source: Google searched
Shuhrah is a term I found while reading Solusi (48). I know it sounded out dated, it was on the shelf a month ago, but I only got the opportunity to read it recently. Shuhrah is not a scientific term. Arabic term perhaps. Even though explanation was given in the magazine, its my habit to make a google search. I found this:

From Code of Ethics fro Muslim Men and Women:

Libas ash-Shuhrah: notorious clothing. That clothing which has certain qualities or characteristics that attract the attention of the general public causing one to stand out in a crowd.

From Salafipublications.com:

That it [the Jilbaab] should not be clothing worn for Shuhrah (seeking to stand out)[1]

Due to the Hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar radiyallaahu‘anhu who said that the Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu‘alaihiwasallam said:
“Whoever wears clothing seeking to stand out and be famous in the life of this world, Allaah will dress him with clothing of humiliation on the Day of Resurrection, then it will be set ablaze.”[2]

[Taken from Jilbaab ul-Mar’at-il-Muslimah p121-123 and p 213]

In the article written by Ustaz Dr Zaharuddin Abdul Rahman, he cautioned us to be careful when purchasing a new clothe (sebab edisi kali ni berkenaan raya) (ms 41). He reminded us to be careful and not to purchase a clothe that stands out from the rest of the people which will attract many eyes to it. He quoted the same hadith as above:


"Sesiapa yang memakai pakaian shuhrah di dnunia, Allah akan memakaikannya dengan pakaian kehinaan di akhirat." (H.R Abu Daud)



Ya Allah! Ampunilah kami yang jahil ini dari keterlanjuran ini. Jika kerana kejahilan ini, kami telah mengenakan pakaian shuhrah, Kau ampunilah kami. Dan kerana sifat pelupa kami, Kau peliharalah kami dari  mengenakan pakaian Shuhrah di masa akan datang. Amin Ya Rabb.

Wallahua'lam.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ludic & Phatic

Assalamualaikum,

Ludic & Phatic. What is it? What is in your mind once reading it? Or perhaps you already knew about it unlike me.

Someone was discussing about the term ludic and phatic. I suddenly felt so small. I suddenly feels that how little knowledge that I have in this academic world. I realized the importance to be up-to-date with the current trends. But there are too many, too many to catch-up with. Articles downloaded were carried here and there, but the page number remain at 1. To move to another page might take ages. Too many tasks at the office, when at home, too many house chores to be completed. Once everything done, its time to call-off for the day.

From the Wikipedia (my instant source of information for general definition) I gathered that LUDIC is the term used to define the playful interface. It was coined in 2008. The term was introduced with the aim of counterbalancing the tendency of "infantilization" of play and stressing the complicities between technology and pleasure. 

How does that sound? Well, in general it is about creating an interface that are playful and applicable mostly in games.

What is PHATIC?
Google searched image
I tried Mr Google again for the term phatic. It described through an article "Phatic technologies in modern society" (Wang, B. et. al, 2012) in Technology in Society, Vol 34(1) as "Phatic technologies are special forms of communication technologies devoted to personal and social needs and goals."

It is about the relationship between  society and technology. It is about creating technology for the society in this borderless world through social networking etc.

Wow! The article is very interesting. It opened-up how knowledge spurs. And again, it makes me feel so small. Be it in the acquired knowledge or discovered knowledge, how little knowledge that I have.

Let's strive to work harder to be a better muslims in all aspects.

Wallahua'lam.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Do Not Fear, SPM is Near

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Assalamualaikum all,

Days counted is FIVE. Yes, SPM is only 5 days away. It is just round the corner. Probably we can hear the heart beating very fast in each and everyone who are involved. Who are they that are involve? Students and parents. And teachers, perhaps.

I receive a text message from Atikah last night, requesting me to give her a call. And I did. She wanted to tell me that she will not be coming back this weekend (earlier were told that it was compulsory to come back). The hardworking and dedicated teachers are conducting extra classes for the students. It's OK dear it is for the best of the students. This final moments are the most crucial moments. Its not about last minute preparation. It is about last minutes strategies. No last minutes preparation will lead to ultimate success.

After a long chat, Atikah suddenly whispered to me, "Ibu, Atikah takut. Atikah tak jumpa dah ibu sebelum exam, doakan Atikah". Do not worry my dear, my prayers are always for you, day and night. Just try your best. Whatever the result will be is what Allah has destined for us. But maximum effort must be put into it. And do not forget to ask from no other but ALLAH.

My dear, I am wishing you the very best of luck. So does to all those sitting for SPM next week. Do your BEST! Work to the fullest! And believes in miracle from ALLAH. Solat and Doa.

Wallahua'lam.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Meetings & Workshops

Assalamualaikum,

Coming into the office Monday morning after a 4 days break, I turned on the computer and logged-into the email system. Something catches my eye from the list, Jemputan KPTN 2013. I clicked on it, as expected, it is a call for a meeting. Argh! Why must it be during the semester break? I have other plans during this semester break. But now ......., my break is spoilt.

Here is how I will spend my semester break:-
Monday: Some free time to do some marking of test papers and quizes.
Tuesday: 9am-12noon: Meeting.
              Afternoon: Who knows what more is waiting.
Wednesday: 9am-5pm: Diploma Exam meeting. Results presentation and verification.
Thursday: 9am - 5pm: Workshop.
Friday: 9am-5pm: Workshop.

I really need A BREAK!!!!! HELP!!!!!

Allah Knows Best. And I redha.

p/s. Do I still want to work until the age of 60???

Wallahua'lam.

Qurban 1433

Allahu Akbar 
Allahu Akbar
Allahu Akbar

La Ilaha illAllaa
Wallahu Akbar
Allahu Akbar walillahil hamd


Assalamualaikum all,

How was your Eid? I spent mine in Shah Alam. We did not went back to our hometown. Duty calls for my husband. Eid Adha is about sacrifices. Sacrifices can be in many faces. And this year we sacrificed our desire to go back home to fulfill the neighbourhood responsibility. The place we live, stay and work. Even RasulAllah SAW wanted us to be nice to our neighbours, how can we be nice if we do not know them? How can we know them if we do not join any programmes that will inculcate the love between neighbours? Therefore, here we are. In Shah Alam for the eid. Many showed surprise faces to see us around, but, we have been around for Eidul Adha for many years already.

Mr Hubby in action with our sacrifice

As usual the Surau will organized the sacrifice event. It is an event that really showed how difficult task can be done in a bliss with a team work. This year the Surau conducted the the sacrifice of 20 cows and 17 goats. Sound a lot isn't it? It is to me. I was skeptical about it earlier. But team work proves otherwise. The goats were slaughtered on the 10th of Zulhijjah after the Friday solat.


They handle the task professionally. The area was blocked using the plastic foldable tables (sounds funny - but that will do). The goats laid calmly. The eyes were closed using the long ears that they have. And with the lafaz, Bismillahu Allahu Akbar, all 17 were slaughtered one after another without any problem. The meat were fairly distributed according to syariah, and some were grilled to be enjoyed by the patrons to the surau.


11th Zuhijjah. The anxiety continues. Kids were up and running on the playground as early as 7am. The first cow were scheduled to be slaughtered at 6.45am that morning. 

The 9th cow. Again, Mr Hubby in action.
By the time I reached the playground at 7.30am, the 9th cow was ready to be slaughtered. They have got to work fast as there are 20 cows in the line. I stopped to witness the slaughtering process (the fist time seeing it in a very near vicinity). Watching it, reminds me of how devotedly Prophet Ismail AS allowing himself to be slaughtered by his father in order to obey the instruction from the Rabb, Allah SWT. And Allah has tested their IMAN. How willing they are to sacrifice, even sacrificing one own life. How willing we are to sacrifice for Allah? Sacrificing the animal is only the manifestation of the act. Many more sacrifices that we must be able to do for Allah.


Earlier I thought, with 20 cows, it will definitely drag us to late hours. But, team work makes everything possible. By 11.30am, the lunch is ready to be enjoyed by everybody there. The meat were distributed fairly. Everybody had a happy time. New friends were made, stale friendship were rekindled. Thank you Allah for this rahmah. For giving us a beautiful place to live and stay. And continue doing ibadah only for ALLAH SWT.

Wallahua'lam.






Thursday, October 25, 2012

Semester 1 2012/2013

Suasana pendaftaran (awal September 2012)
Salam all,

Now is 30 minutes past midnight. Calendar date is 25th October 2012 and 9 Zulhijjah 1433.
The university is again deserted. Many of the students has gone home. Went home for the Eid Adha and also the semester break. Yes, it is already the semester break. It was like yesterday was the registration day and suddenly today is already the mid term. Time really flies. In-Between settling the time table, solving students problem, filling in grants application form, writing proposal and article, preparing for class and others, i did not realize that half semester is already gone.

With that, age increases by day. And we are closer to THE DAY. In between our busy schedule how much tine do we spent for ibadah? Which is given higher priority?
Ya Allah. Ampunkan kelalaian dan kealpaanku. Jadikknlah aku hambaMu yang kekal dalam beribadat untukMu. Ampunkanlah dosaku dan masukkanlah ke dalam syurgaMu yang telah Engkau janjikan untuk orang-orang yang beriman. Amin.

Wassalam

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bapak - Again.

CAUTION: This is an outdated entry. I found it in my draft box. A recollection of memories with Bapak.

Alfatihah untuk Bapak.

Dear blog,

I was on Emergency Leave yesterday (Monday). My father was attacked again on Saturday - heart attack. It is during our way back to kampung, in my car. The driving felt too slow. I wish we could fly the vehicle to the hospital. Anyway, Alhamdulillah, we are there - and not too late. Abang is already waiting for us at the emergency bay of the Seberang Jaya Hospital. The minute our car stopped, a hospital dresser wheeled a wheel chair to carry bapak to the emergency admission area. We relate what had happened during the journey - nothing happen, just informed him that bapak has taken 4 times the medicine prescribed to him to stop the pain on the chest but to no avail. As he wheeled bapak, I followed Abang.

The emergency area was not that big, that only one person is allowed to go in to follow bapak, therefore I waited outside. The situation in the emergency room is FARRRRR different from the one you see in the ER drama. It was calm and quiet. The nurses calmingly entertain bapak who was in great pain. The nurses were chatting happily instead. Geramnya aku ...grrrrrr. Just hope that they really know better. Soon after we left the hospital, leaving Abang to be with Bapak.

Monday, I have to leave for Shah Alam. At about 1.23pm, Mak asked us to leave as we still have a long journey ahead. I called my children to pay respect to their grand parents - bersalaman as usual. I hugged both my parents. As I turned to wave to them, I could see tears in Bapak's eyes. Bapak was sad to let us go. We are not happy either to leave him there. But, what choice do we have??????

I called Mak this morning, despite her not so well condition, she was already there at the hospital, taking care of Bapak. Being discharged? It is not in the near future as Bapak can still feel the pain in the chest.

Reminder --- Indeed



Assalamualaikum dear readers,

Today is 2nd Zulhijjah 1433. Yesterday, came in the mailbox a reminder to us, the fellow muslims about a sunnah that the Prophet suggested to whom are planning to perform sacrifice (qurban) for this coming eid adha. It came in twice from two different colleagues. Thank you.

Following this email was another email asking for the authenticity of the hadith. It was a slapped on my face. I have long practiced the sunnah (Alhamdulillah) but never occured to me to know or remember the *sanad for this hadith which I can readily defend. What a shame!!! I know it is of hadith sahih but I do not know who narrated it, and mentioned by whom. It shows how little knowledge that I have in Islamic knowledge. A PhD by qualification, but what do I have to answer in front the Rabb, Allah SWT?

*Sanad is the long list of people who passed down the hadith. It should begin with the person that listened to these words from the Prophet, Rasullah SAW himself and passed it down to others. The people in the sanad must be a trustworthy muslim, has never tell a single lie in his life or the value of the hadith will be downgraded or not accepted altogether.

In quest for some information, so that if ever asked, I am ready to defend the religion (deen) that I embraced and Rasulallah that I love, I did some quick search on the borderless world of knowledge - the internet. Through the quranexplorer.com, I managed to gain some knowledge. The excerpt is as follows:

Muslim :: Book 22 : Hadith 4869

Umm Salama reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said this: When any one of you intending to sacrifice the animal enters in the month (of Dhu'l-Hijja) he should not get his hair or nails touched (cut). It was said to Sufyan that some of the (scholars) did not deem this hadith to be Maffu'. He said: But I deem it as Marfu' (i. e. chain of narration traceable right up to the Holy Prophet).

Muslim :: Book 22 : Hadith 4873 
Umm Salama, the wife of Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him), reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) to have said: He who has a sacrificial animal with him whom (he intends) to offer as sacrifice, and he enters the month of Dhu'I-Hijja, he should not get his hair cut or nails trimmed until he has sacrificed the animal.

Muslim :: Book 22 : Hadith 4874

'Amr b. Muslim b. 'Ammar al-Laithi reported: While we were in a bathroom just before 'Id al-Adha some of the persons tried to remove the hair with the help of hair-removing chemicals. Thereupon some of the people owning the bath (or some of the people sitting therein) said that Sa'id b. Musayyib did not approve of it, or he prohibited it. Then I met Sa'id b. Musayyib and made a mention of that to him, whereupon he said: O my nephew, this is the hadith which has been forgotten, and abandoned. Umm Salama, the wife of Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him), narrated to me Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said as narrated above.

Alhamdulillah, I finally got the answer. The hadith was mentioned by Muslim and narrated by Ummu Salamah, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad SAW. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to seek for the hadith in Bukhari or Abu Dawwud.

However, Alhamdulillah, thanks to my two other colleagues, they added two more resources for this information from no other, the Internet:

1. A short tazkeerah by Ustaz Tuan Norhisham
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0u1jbBgZbo&feature=share

2. A Blog written by the famous Ust Dr Zaharuddin Abd Rahman.
http://zaharuddin.net/senarai-lengkap-artikel/3/219-zulhijjah-a-idiladha-beberapa-isu-a-hukum.html


May this piece of information, benefits us all, InsyaAllah. Ameen.

Wallahua'lam.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dua' : Surah al-'Imran

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Assalamualaikum dear readers,

I am sharing with you today, dua' found in surah Al-Imran.


Ayat 147

وَمَا كَانَ قَوۡلَهُمۡ إِلَّآ أَن قَالُواْ رَبَّنَا ٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسۡرَافَنَا فِىٓ أَمۡرِنَا وَثَبِّتۡ أَقۡدَامَنَا وَٱنصُرۡنَا عَلَى ٱلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلۡڪَـٰفِرِينَ (١٤٧)
Their cry was only that they said: Our Lord! forgive us for our sins and wasted efforts, make our foothold sure, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. (147)

Dan tidaklah ada yang mereka ucapkan (semasa berjuang), selain daripada berdoa dengan berkata: Wahai Tuhan kami! Ampunkanlah dosa-dosa kami dan perbuatan kami yang melampau-lampau dalam urusan kami dan teguhkanlah tapak pendirian kami (dalam perjuangan) dan tolonglah kami mencapai kemenangan terhadap kaum yang kafir. (147)



Ayat  173 (Elok juga dijadikan zikir) 
ٱلَّذِينَ قَالَ لَهُمُ ٱلنَّاسُ إِنَّ ٱلنَّاسَ قَدۡ جَمَعُواْ لَكُمۡ فَٱخۡشَوۡهُمۡ فَزَادَهُمۡ إِيمَـٰنً۬ا وَقَالُواْ حَسۡبُنَا ٱللَّهُ وَنِعۡمَ ٱلۡوَڪِيلُ (١٧٣)

Men said to them: "A great army is gathering against you, so fear them": but it (only) increased their faith. They said: "For us Allah sufficeth, and He is the best disposer of affairs". (173)

Mereka juga ialah yang diberitahu oleh orang-orang (pembawa berita) kepada mereka: Bahawa kaum kafir musyrik telah mengumpulkan tentera untuk memerangi kamu, oleh itu hendaklah kamu gerun kepadanya. Maka berita itu makin menambahkan iman mereka lalu berkata: "Cukuplah Allah untuk (menolong) kami dan Dia sebaik-baik pengurus (yang terserah kepadaNya segala urusan kami)". (173)



Ayat 193-194 
رَّبَّنَآ إِنَّنَا سَمِعۡنَا مُنَادِيً۬ا يُنَادِى لِلۡإِيمَـٰنِ أَنۡ ءَامِنُواْ بِرَبِّكُمۡ فَـَٔامَنَّا‌ۚ رَبَّنَا فَٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَڪَفِّرۡ عَنَّا سَيِّـَٔاتِنَا وَتَوَفَّنَا مَعَ ٱلۡأَبۡرَارِ (١٩٣)رَبَّنَا وَءَاتِنَا مَا وَعَدتَّنَا عَلَىٰ رُسُلِكَ وَلَا تُخۡزِنَا يَوۡمَ ٱلۡقِيَـٰمَةِ‌ۗ إِنَّكَ لَا تُخۡلِفُ ٱلۡمِيعَادَ (١٩٤)
Our Lord! We have heard the call of one calling (us) to faith, 'Believe ye in the Lord!, and we have believed. Our Lord! forgive us our sins, blot out from us our iniquities, and take to Thyself our souls in the company of the righteous (193). "Our Lord! Grant us what Thou didst promise unto us through Thy Messengers, and save us from shame on the Day of Judgment: for thou never breakest Thy promise" (194).

Wahai Tuhan kami! Sesungguhnya kami telah mendengar seorang penyeru (Rasul) yang menyeru kepada iman, katanya: "Berimanlah kamu kepada Tuhan kamu", maka kami pun beriman. Wahai Tuhan kami, ampunkanlah dosa-dosa kami dan hapuskanlah daripada kami kesalahan-kesalahan kami dan matikanlah kami bersama orang-orang yang berbakti (yang banyak berbuat kebajikan) (193). Wahai Tuhan kami! Berikanlah kepada kami pahala yang telah Engkau janjikan kepada kami emlalui Rasul-rasulMu dan janganlah Engkau hinakan kami pada hari kiamat; sesungguhnya Engkau tidak memungkiri janji (194).

These verses are followed by another verse of promise from Allah SWT to the believers:

فَٱسۡتَجَابَ لَهُمۡ رَبُّهُمۡ أَنِّى لَآ أُضِيعُ عَمَلَ عَـٰمِلٍ۬ مِّنكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوۡ أُنثَىٰ‌ۖ بَعۡضُكُم مِّنۢ بَعۡضٍ۬‌ۖ فَٱلَّذِينَ هَاجَرُواْ وَأُخۡرِجُواْ مِن دِيَـٰرِهِمۡ وَأُوذُواْ فِى سَبِيلِى وَقَـٰتَلُواْ وَقُتِلُواْ لَأُكَفِّرَنَّ عَنۡہُمۡ سَيِّـَٔاتِہِمۡ وَلَأُدۡخِلَنَّهُمۡ جَنَّـٰتٍ۬ تَجۡرِى مِن تَحۡتِہَا ٱلۡأَنۡهَـٰرُ ثَوَابً۬ا مِّنۡ عِندِ ٱللَّهِ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ عِندَهُ ۥ حُسۡنُ ٱلثَّوَابِ (١٩٥)
And their Lord hath accepted of them, and answered them: "Never will I suffer to be lost the work of any of you, be he male or female: ye are members one of another; those who have left their homes, and were driven out therefrom, and suffered harm in My cause, and fought and were slain, - verily I will blot out from them their iniquities, and admit them into Gardens with rivers flowing beneath; - a reward from the presence of Allah and from His presence is the best of rewards" (195).

Maka Tuhan mereka perkenankan doa mereka (dengan firmanNya): "Sesungguhnya Aku tidak akan mensia-siakan amal orang-orang yang beramal dari kalangan kamu, samada lelaki atau perempuan, (kerana) setengah kamu (adalah keturunan) dari setengahnya yang lain; maka orang-orang yang berhijrah (kerana menyelamatkan agamnya) dan yang diusir keluar dari tempat tinggalnya dan juga yang disakiti (dengan berbagai-bagai gangguan) kerana menjalankan agamaKu dan yang berperang (untuk mempertahankan Islam) dan yang terbunuh (gugur syahid dalam perang), sesungguhnya Aku akan hapuskan kesalahan-kesalahan mereka dan sesungguhnya Aku akan masukkan mereka ke dalam Syurga yang mengalir di bawahnya beberapa sungai, sebagai pahala dari sisi Allah dan di sisi Allah jualah pahala yang sebail-baiknya (bagi mereka yang beramal soleh)" (195).

Subhanallah! Do we deserve the jannah? What have we done to be deserving the jannah? Y Allah, protect me from the fiery hell, and placed amongst the muttaqin in your jannah. Ameen.

May we will be able to gain some benefit in the hereafter with this minute information. Wallahua'lam.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A visit to Dungun

Assalamualaikum dear readers,

Obligation. Everybody has their obligation to fulfill. To Allah SWT, to the prophet and to mankind. Even to the other living things, there are obligations to fulfill. To animal - do not harm them, feed them if need to. To the plants is to water them and not to destroy them unnecessarily.
As one of my obligation to mankind is on my children. And last Sunday we performed a parently task by visiting my eldest who is in Dungun. She claimed that it has been a month since we last met and she misses me a lot, as an act of comfort we went to visit her.

We left Shah Alam at about 730am. Stopped by at a restaurant in Bentung and reached Dungun at about 1230pm. She was having a class which suppose to finish at 1230pm but had been extended to 2pm. We waited patiently in the car. I saw a student and requested her to tell my daughter of our arrival. Guess how she responded??? She did not believe it which make her friend dragged her out to see me. She was extremely surprised. We spent time at kak yan's house till 6pm when its time to send her back to the hostel. A meaningful 4 hours.

Muslimat's solat area. Only passers-by were seen.
We headed back after that. My husband insisted to go straight back home. A day trip. But when he felt tired after Maghrib I suggested that we stop at Kuantan for a rest. We stopped for Maghrib at a beautiful masjid in Kemaman. It is indeed a beautiful masjid. Cleaned and well kept but unfortunately there are no female residents there to perform solat Maghrib in jamaah and to listen to the lecture which followed after. It is sad to see a beautiful but empty masjid.

In Kuantan, it brought us from one hotel to another, as many are fully booked. We finally landed at a 3months old hotel for the night. We resume our journey back home on Sunday after breakfast feeling energetic and fresh.

Thank you Allah for protecting us throughout our journey. Another journey, another mankind obligation awaits us this coming weekend.

Wassalam.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sepsis

Assalamualaikum dear readers,

I was browsing through the official email of my workplace (with thousands of members), and suddenly bumped into a mail that announced the demise of a young girl aged 17, a daughter of the Dean for Faculty of Art and Design, UiTM. Innalillahi wainna ilaihi rajiun. The cause of death is declared as SEPSIS.

What is sepsis that causes the death of a 17 year old? To kill my curiosity, I quickly seek an answer from Mr Google which provide me with the following information:

Sepsis is a condition in which the body is fighting a severe infection that has spread via the bloodstream. If a patient becomes "septic," they will likely have low blood pressure leading to poor circulation and lack of perfusion of vital tissues and organs. This condition is termed "shock" and is sometimes referred to as septic shock, when an infection is the cause of shock. This condition can develop either as a result of the body's own defense system or from toxic substances made by the infecting agent (such as abacteriavirus, or fungus).

Sepsis Symptoms and Signs

  • If a person has sepsis, they often will have fever. Sometimes, though, the body temperature may be normal or even low.
  • The individual may also have chills and severe shaking.
  • The heart may be beating very fast, and breathing may be rapid. Low blood pressure is often observed in septic patients.
  • Confusion, disorientation, and agitation may be seen as well as dizziness and decreased urination.
  • Some patients who have sepsis develop a rash on their skin. The rash may be a reddish discoloration or small dark red dots seen throughout the body.
  • Those with sepsis may also develop pain in the joints of the wrists, elbows, back, hips, knees, and ankles.



In a laymen term, it is a blood-infection which could lead to death. 17 years old is the age of my eldest, who is currently preparing for her SPM. The loss will surely be missed by the loved ones. But, Allah has decided, those are the only time the family can have her. Even though I do not her, i wish and pray may Allah place her together among the muttaqin. May Allah accept her good being and forgive any of her wrongdoings. Alfatihah to the late Khairunnasuha Binti Mustapha.

Wassalam.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

My Herbs Garden

Assalamualaikum all,


Great to be writing again, here, today. It is a piece to share my joy and happiness. It brings me to a happiness and piece of mind. Proudly to share with you my HERBS GARDEN.
It is only a 7X11 feet by size. But it houses many of my daily needs. Especially when i ran out of vege in stock and too lazy to go to the shop.
You can find red chilli (the one captured is green), cili api, mint, basil, daun selom, pucuk beluntas, daun sirih cina (good to lower your BP) and the banana tree (at the moment as a source for the leaves), curry leaves. And currently showering with love is the tumeric and ginger plant. And not to forget the lime tree. The ginger plant is going to grow into large plant so i decided to keep it small by consistently trimming it or removing it if it gets out of control.
This is where i will take a seat after weeding.5 minutes every morning before off to work. This where i find happiness to begin a new day with.
Enjoy gardening!!!!
The Green Chilli
(In the background is the banana tree)
This is what my mother in-law called 'Sirih Cina'.
A good substitute for daily vege intake.
Potted mint

 Mak said this is called 'Pucuk Beluntas'
My previous Indonesian helper, said this plant is good for women's health.

Wallahua'lam.
Me, I recently re-plant it. My earlier plant had to go to give way for some small house renovation.
My baby banana tree.
Pokok pisang raja .... hopefully it is a fruitful plant. ;)
 Cili api - the 'hot fiery' small chilli
Daun selom

Wassalam.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

It's the sport day!!!!

30 Sept 2012
Its the sport day for the kids. Its the day but the fun begin earlier.
Hakim earlier told me that he will take part in two events - lari dlm guni and 4 x 60m. Then left only one - lari dlm guni. We reached the school early before the event begins. Even before we had breakfast. Since the fun has not started, we left for breakfast to come back and see that had just completed his event. SORRY Hakim. But ibu know that you have done the best and there is always next time for a better result.
Sabrina who is always very enthusiast showed the excitement even during the preliminary rounds. And yesterday, a day before the actual day, she was at school the whole day to help the teachers with the preparation. She was involved in 4 x 60m, 60m hurdles and marching. She is always very participative and competitive. For both of the events she got the second place. Congratulation!!!!
Now, as the event is completing, I still cannot locate my boy!! Where are you Hakim???? Enjoying yourself???
Winning or losing is not the issue. The main important thing is to FIGHT. Life is about fighting. Fighting for a good reason. Surrender is not tolerable. Fight to be the best as muslimin mukminin muttaqin, insyaAllah. AMIN.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ujub

This is a ver interesting discussion I heard on the radio while driving Sabrina to the tuition center. It was presented by Ustaz Dr Zahazan on IKIM.FM. It was about UJUB.
Ujub is an arabic word. It is an ill-feeling. A person who have this feeling in them will think that they are the best. Below aew some of the points that I managed to scribble when the car stop just before the program ends.
Ujub adalah apabila.merasakan dirinya yang paling baik.
Dia rasa dia pandai dan tak perlu menambah amal kebajikan dan ilmu.
Dia merasakan amalannya adalah yg terbaik, mencukupi dan diterima Allah.
Sesungguhnya kita perlu merasakan bahawa segala kebaikan yg ada pada kita adalah kurniaan Allah.
Pangkal sikap ujub adalah kejahilan. Kerana jahil dan lupa bahawa segala kebaikan adalah milik Allah dan kita sepatutnya bersyukur kerana dipilih Allah untuk memiliki kelebihan dan kebaikan.
Bahaya dgn sikap ini adalah boleh mengakibatkan kesemua amalan kebaikan tidak diterima.oleh Allah kerana amalan tersebut diselubungi perasaan diri adalah yang terbaik.
Untuk memelihara diri dari ujub perlu banyak beristighfar dan bersyukur kepada Allah.
The discussion is to be continued on Radio IKIM at 8pm daily.
Wallahua'lam.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Dari Dia kita datang, kepada Dia kita kembali

Assalamualaikum.

Kematian itu pasti.
Datangnya tidak pernah diduga.
Tuan punya diri, bersediakah kita??
Yang ditinggalkan, redha kah kita?
Ketentuan Ilahi indah untuk dihayati.
Bagi yang bertaqwa, ujian meningkatkan iman.
Bagi yang bersabar, pahala di janji, insyaAllah.

11.9.2012
I received a text message, "Abang Dollah meninggal jam 3 petang tadi".
Abang Dollah is my cousin's son-in-law. He was >50. He passed away 1 year 6 months after K.Ju, his wife. K.Ju passed away last year due to a burst cyst. She was 49 then. K.Ju's was a sudden, she was never diagnosed for any medical problem. She was down with fever for three days and passed away on her way to the hospital. An autopsy tells of a cyst that existed that she never got to knew off till her last breath. For Abang Dollah, he was already on medical board for heart problem and diabetes. Now that both are gone, leaving behind are 5 orphans aged between 27 to 18. Sound big enough but these are the ages that need guidance and shoulder to cry. Allah knows best. However, they are all grown up fine with the already proper guidance and knowledge for now and hereafter prepared by their parents.

Their demised made me thinking, have I prepared my kids enough with the proper knowledge for the world they live now and the hereafter. May Allah show me the right way in bringing up my children to become the righteous and muttaqqin. Amin.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Surah al-Imran: 118-119

Assalamualaikum dear readers,

It's going to be a slightly different tone for my update today. I am not an asatizah (ustazah) who can debate and discuss about tafseer (the meaning) of the al-quran. I would just like to share some information regarding the tafsser of these verses that I have recently discovered.

How often do we read the Quran? I am sure many of you will answer, EVERYDAY. But how many of us really look into the meaning of the verses, not merely reading the translation? I humbly admit that i do read the translation but did not normally dwell into the meaning of it. We need to gain that knowledge preferably through a face-to-face teacher-student interaction.

Last night, at the surau, the Ustaz was reciting a verse in surah al_imran: 118. The verse is as follows:



The ustaz was emphasizing on NOT having a non-muslim as our aide. It so happen that I recently read these translation and I remembered very well that a translation that follow this verse explains further.

However, the ustaz only focuses on this one verse and keep on repeating about NOT having a non muslim as our friend, aide or accomplice. The ustaz even mentioned that Ibnu Katsir, in his explanation also state a stern warning against having a non-muslim as an aide. Somehow, I felt that something is not right about the explanation that I seek to investigate further.

At home, I read the translation again and found the continuing verse that explain the verse 118 further. Verse 119 reads as follows:



The verse clearly define who are the person that you cannot take as your aide. Those are the people whom in front of you claim that they are muslim, 'Beriman', but when behind your back, they deny it and claim that you are their enemies, and these are the 'MUNAFIQUN'.

Note: People who claims to be a muslim but denies Allah words (denies al-Quran and Hadiths) are conisdered MUNAFIQUN (munafiq).

And a quick check in Tafseer Ibn Katsir, on page 273, also clearly state that "Allah melarang orang-orang yang beriman menjadikan orang-orang yang munafik sebagai teman kepercayaan".

Ibnu Katsir clearly state that Allah forbids muslim from taking the munafiqun as their trustworthy friend (or aide). This piece of information is really contradict with the information that the Ustaz tried to convey.

"O Allah! Protect us from people who are using your word only for their benefit. Protect us from people who claimed to know your word but actually not. We seek your guidance in all our undertaking. Ameen."

Wallahua'lam.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Berdebar-debar

Assalamualaikum readers,

Pagi-pagi tadi, sempat singgah di wall kawan2 di FB. Tiba-tiba jantungku berdebar-debar bila terpandang satu update ni.

"SPM 68 hari lagi"

Dan debaran semakin kencang. Kata orang, SPM penentu segala. Wujudkah kebenaran pada kata-kata tersebut? Pun, aku tidak menafikan kepentingan ilmu dalam jiwa muslim. Ilmu akan menaikkan darjat kita di mata manusia. Sekurang-kurangnya ilmu akan menjadikan muslim lebih mulia di mata orang-orang kafir. Ilmu mengelakkan kita dari diperlekehkan oleh orang-orang kafir. Ilmu menarik hormat orang pada kita.

It reminds me, back in 1993, when I tendered my resignation as an Analyst Programmer to my immediate superior at a well known bank, prior to joining my existing working place, that one sentence really proofs how knowledge able to place muslims at a better place. What was the sentence?

"Marina, before this, I was a little bit skeptical about hiring you. But you have proven that people with hijab like the one you were wearing now, can do a good jod. Honestly and obediently. I will not hesitate to employ another one like you in the future."

These were the humble words that was uttered by my boss, a non-muslim. And the words are still fresh in me. I was surprise to listen to this, and a bit upset at how he looks at muslims who covered themselves back then. And I am grateful that I have given him a good impression on us, the practising muslim. I'm sure things are different now. But it proofs how we can earn respect through knowledge.


Apakah ilmu itu? Ilmu Allah itu luas, bukan sekadar ilmu SPM jadi ukuran. Pun begitu, aku tetap berdoa, mengharapkan kejayaan cemerlang anakku.

"Ya Allah. Aku berserah hanya padaMU. Kau permudahkan segala urusan anakku dalam menghadapi peperiksaan SPMnya kelak. Kau kurniakanlah yang terbaik untuk anakku. Terbaik untuk kehidupan dunia dan akhiratnya. Semoga dengan kurniaanMU ini, anakku akan menjadi hambaMU yang solehah, semoga beliau kelak menjadi pejuang agamaMU. "
Amin, Ya Rabbal 'Al Amin.

Wassalam.