Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The 200th day of 2017 | Surrender

Bismillah.

Ma sha Allah. It is the 200th day of the year. Two hundred days have passed, did you realize?

We often hear people i.e a new management of an organization or political leaders giving a report on the first 100 days of them being in office or position. Rarely do we hear about reports on the "first 200 days" I think it's simply because it's a bit too long as a measurement stick.

It's a norm for Muslims in Malaysia to mark the 40th and 100th day of a person's demise, by hosting a gathering of some sort. I think (though insensitive it might sound) people don't usually count anymore after the 100th day, until maybe after one year has passed.

I am nervous thinking how the 200 pages of my "TwentySeventeen" book look like. There must be plenty of "red-inked scores" in there somewhere. May Allah forgive me. May Allah grant pardon to you too.

Perhaps we should do 200 salawat today and surrender our affairs for the rest of the 165 days of the year to Allah, bi-iznillah. 

Wa ufawwidu amri ilaAllah
Innallaha basirun bil ibad

I surrender my affair to Allah
Allah is well aware of His servants.
- Quran 40:44

Something new for me to memorize.
Let's.




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Poetry in times of difficulty composed by Habib Umar bin Hafiz

Bismillah.

Big thanks to Muwasala.org for sharing this precious azkar composed by the honorable Habib Umar bin Hafiz when he was in Madinah in the blessed month of Rabiul Awal last year.

"You are my reliance
You are my support
You are my savior from all hardship

I turn my whole being to You
Rush to my aid, O Most Great
Make easy the means for all good
and remove all difficulties

And open for us all doors
with Your support, O Most Generous
And foil the plot of every schemer
and rebellious tyrant
And every envious and stubborn enemy
by the right and secret of
To Sin Mim"



I was humbled there were several blessed souls who requested du'a from me, this weak and ignorant woman who's helpless herself. I am no better than you/them. I doubt there's anything worthy about me to warrant a maqbul from Allah. But I learned there's an angel who sits on our neck and should it find humility in us, it will raise our station. I was and I still am deeply humbled when those beautiful souls reached out to me, for they are pious and good people. May Allah accept my humility and thereby grant maqbul to all our petition, plea, cry and hope.

Aamin Ya Allah Ya Rahman Ya Rahim.
Ya Allah Ya Latif, please be gentle on us all.
  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy 17.7.17 | Hi guys : )

Bismillah.

A little bird told me we've got a young group of an audience here on Lisan al-Din lately. Glad to know they (you guys) could relate to my ramblings. Thanks, you know who you are. Thanks for the positive feedback. I shall try to lengthen my postings from "Small" to "Medium", it might be "Medium rare" though. LOL. If you want something "Well done" go to other blogs ; ) 

Anyway, guys, you should know that our soul is ageless. We are who we are as we have always been. Just the "temple" (I mean the body) gets a lil worn out over time LOL. And the most important thing is we must be flexible and grow with the times. When I first started this space, I addressed my postings to a fictional "son". Then, I went on to address them "folks". It doesn't matter, you are who you are, a soul like a bird who comes perching on this temporary branch, to take a breather before you take a flight to your own big world. And me too. I am here for an impromptu scribble for just a couple of minutes.

Today is a special unique date: 17.7.17. Work-wise it's an important date cos I was involved in submitting a biz tender today. Alhamdulillah, we made it. So just like most people, I went chillin' and Eid-ing (I mean eating) in the city after all the work is done. The video below is evidence of my care-free mood. It's similar to the feelings you'd have after a big exam you know.

I hope we will all remain youthful in spirit (and looks). 
"Never let a bad yesterday ruin your chance for a good today." - Steve Keating

Yes, today 17.7.17 is good, Alhamdulillah.

Stay "Sweet Seventeen" always...
: D








Best,
-E-


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Putting down one's "intellectual disability" for good | Ziyad's 17.29

Bismillah.

He did it in style. Ziyad Zolkefli a Malaysian '2016 Rio Paralympic' gold medalist, broke the world record again. This time in London, yesterday. This time he hurled a greater distance - 17.29 meter. We are all having a good time this weekend, but clearly, Ziyad is having a blast!

He has been competing in the so called "learning/intellectual disability" category known as F20. Ziyad has put down his disability for good, on the world stage. Yes, the world watched how able and capable people with disabilities (PWD) are. 

Of course, many Malaysians, I suspect have shed tears of joy at the news/watching Ziyad's victory video. I was proud of him of course when I first heard the news through our Prime Minister's Twitter. But when I read Ziyad's own Tweet a few hours before the shot put finals - I cried. I have never had a "high" motivated inspiring moment as I did when I saw Ziyad's tweet.

"A few hours to go before the show.
Focus - done.
Mental - done.
Winning mentality - done.
Bismillah..."





If you were to put me - someone with "intellectual ability" on the world stage, I would chicken out. I wouldn't be able to calm my nerves. I wouldn't be able to focus. Shame on me.

Those of you who have the tendency to look down on PWDs, please stop putting them down, yeah not even in your good IQ mind.

Ziyad Zolkefli broke the World Record, his own record set in Rio Paralympics 2016
and won gold for the second time at the World Para Athletics Championship London, yesterday.
The first time was in 2013 in Lyon, France.
 [PWDs are globe trotting proving their abilities. Proving they have got great faith in themselves.]
Pic credit: The Star Online 

1300 athletes from 100 countries are competing for 202 medals
at the World Para Athletics Championship in London
14 May -  23 July 2017
[The Gold medal looks stunning! Ziyad has earned it.]

May this story inspire you as it has inspired me. We all have some kind of disabilities. Let's put it down for good. 

Malaysia boleh!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Improve | Prove

Bismillah.

Have a happy and fruitful weekend folks. Let's be productive. Let's go for kaizen - continuous improvement. Yes even in arguments. Better to prove oneself with a smarter argument than shout like mad. After all, it is rain that grows flowers and not thunder. So, improve!

This weekend, I wanna improve the cleanliness and tidiness of my crib (yeah..spring cleaning time). Cleanliness is part of faith (iman). The language of faith need not be bombastic.

Simple, easy to understand words/messages/lessons are sufficient. Oftentimes we overlook the small things that carry a bigger score. Prove, not to people, but to yourself, that you are as smart as you have always been. Go for the easy score. LOL 




Still, I wanna give a "shout"-out to my SGGS schoolmates for the friendship. Thanks to Su for the party today. Perhaps we should have a gathering with everyone wearing red shorts like the good old days in school! LOL. [Red is the school color]. Georgians are a bunch of smart, sensible, sophisticated girls. Proven!

Cheers!

p/s
To my nieces & nephews: Let's go get more cool stuff, caps and hoodies for our camping trip ; )
"Geng lembu cucuk hidung" can't beat us.
"Geng Nasi Kandar" sure menang lah. LOL.

Friday, July 14, 2017

HidayahMu | Pleading for His guidance

Bismillah.

This beautiful and heartfelt song was released about a month ago, by one gorgeous and popular Malaysian singer Shila Amzah - who wrote the lyrics and melodies herself. One big talent she is, ma sha Allah!

Although it's in the Malay language, I think our foreign visitors/readers could feel the soul of the song. May you benefit from the rough translations I did. (see below). 
  


I ask that You forgive me
Pardon all my sins
all my wrongdoings

I know I don't qualify
for your Heavens
I am truly unable
to cast aside my past

Still, I shall keep pleading
for Your protection O Lord

I beg that You give me strength
accept my repentance so I could stay on Your path
I plead that You protect me from
all the slanders and tricks of men

O Lord
Indeed this repentance of mine
truly comes from the heart
I yearn for Your guidance
my prayers, my life and my death is only for Your sake

Accept my repentance
towards Your path

I long for Your guidance
my Lord...

***


p/s
I remembered my student days in US and UK, how I got excited whenever there's a new good Malay song. It's a sweet bond with one's own people. Always proud to be a Malay and a Malaysian.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Seek the worldly benefit & Secure the eternal benefit

Bismillah.

"People of intelligence seek their benefit in this life and secure their eternal benefit."
- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

That's indeed a wise saying to remind us that it need not be one or the other, this world or the hereafter. It should be both, simultaneously. So, let's seek the worldly benefits and secure our eternal benefits at the same time.

I got a little disturbed when knowledgeable people (who have constant access to the shuyukh) judge people who "go on holiday just to escape". I think we should be broad-minded and be wary of our negative assumptions for we know not what the intentions of the holiday-makers are. It is quite likely that they go on a holiday with their families as a sign of gratitude for Allah's blessings on them. They spend in a good way to make their parents/families happy. They must have good intentions. What do you know about their intentions? What do you think they are "escaping" from? They are just spending quality moments with their loved ones - and that is ibadah too. As musafir they could be making salawat constantly and making du'a. We should mind our own business and be grateful for our own circumstances. 

Let's not be too quick to judge people who may appear to be worldly as those who are lacking behind in the akhirah-scoring. They might be benefiting from both - this life and the eternal, having a good time in the process, whereas you are stuck with your not-necessarily-right opinion.

Peace & Chill!


Super excited to resume my Quran lesson after
a longgg break.
"God does not love us because we are good.
God will make us good because He loves us."