Monday, November 25, 2013

Graduasi

Assalamualaikum.

Banyak yang telah berlaku. Terlalu banyak peristiwa yang ingin dirakamkan tetapi Allah belum mengizinkannya.

My dear Sabrina has completed her elementary schooling. Alhamdulillah. The highest gratitude to Allah for everything Allah has given her throughout her elementary years and many more to come ahead. Insha Allah. May she will remain in the righteous path with guidance from Him. Insya Allah.

Graduation day is a sad moment for her as she really enjoyed her school days, being with friends and teachers. Never a day will she miss the school except for some unavoidable reasons. Being on stage, performing and receiving rewards is something she always looked forward to. That is my dear Sabrina. And now she's moving into another episode in her life. The teenage life. May Allah guide me to guide her to always be a muslimah mukminah solehah.
"Sampaikan salam... buat semua
Salam terakhir
Salam teristimewa"
That was among the lyrics that they sang for their last performance at school. I almost broke into tears. Argh..... mothers are always the exxagerate lots......

On stage. Performing their farewell bid.


May she gets into a school that could bring her closer to Allah and pepare her to become the mujahidah in the path of Islam.  Ameen.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Azam Maal Hijrah


It's never too late for anything.

It's the third day of the new Islamic calendar 1435H. It's just another day for me. Nothing new. Nothing special. Renewal intention? I believe we should do it everyday. Everyday we need to renew our intention hoping that 'TODAY IS BETTER THAN YESTERDAY'. This is my own private opinion. Opinion may differs. I am not ridiculing those who renew their intention yearly, for I believe, that each of us, whether we realize it or not  do renew our intention quite often.

What can we look at from this MAAL HIJRAH?

A year is a period of time. A 360 days or so. Strategically, planning is a two fold. Long term planning and the short term planning. For a country, a conglomerate, a long term planning will be a 3 to 5 years planning ahead. While a short term planning is the planning for things to be accomplished with a year or 6 months. In order to accomplish the years of planning it requires a breakdown of task and planning on yearly, monthly or even weekly basis.

As an individual, we too need to plan strategically. We too can have the long term and short term planning. For each of the planning, we need to have a breakdown of task to do in order to accomplish the plan. For this new Hijrah year, we can take this as a point to begin planning strategically for a year or perhaps two. We can plan ahead what are the things that we want to accomplish within a year: spiritually, economically or even family.

Example:
One may strategically plan to go for umrah in Muharram 1436 with the entire family. This is a good one year plan. How to achieve this? One may need to start figuring out ways to accomplish this plan. What could be the breakdown plan?
1. Prepare the budget for travelling.
2. Do an assessment of the current financial situation- savings.
3. May need to start save money (unless one already have enough savings for the family trip).
   - How much money to save monthly
   - What are the spending that need to be cut down
4. When to start surveying for an umrah package.
5. When to start register.
6. etc.
7. etc.

Or perhaps we can start putting a strategic plan for ourselves - never to miss the midnight solah.
What would be our breakdown plans?
1. To prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually on the importance and goodness of the midnight solah.
2. To prepare means that will wake us up for the solah.
3. To prepare a schedule for our daily activity to accommodate the midnight solah.
4. etc.
5. etc.
6. If we missed one midnight solah, reflect what went wrong that made us missed the midnight solah. Renew our intention and determination.
(However, my personal view, midnight solah is a short term planning, a month planning and reflecting is more appropriate. As it is something that we could accomplish with strong determination and intention.)

360 days is a good period of time to plan and reflect. We plan ahead and review the outcome. And within the period we may need to renew our intention numerous time.

Enough blabbering. Wishing all readers a very 'profiting' days ahead. Sow for the jannah.