Assalamualaikum dear readers,
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Assalamualaikum dear readers,
Friday, December 21, 2012
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.
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.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
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:
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.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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.
Friday, December 14, 2012
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.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
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.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
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.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
I got this text message from my husband this afternoon. It reads ...
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?