Sunday, August 13, 2017

Greater gratitude


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.
May we wake up tomorrow with greater gratitude.

Sweet dreams : )

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Count the days | Make the days count


Allahumma soyyiban nafi'a
May Allah make the pouring rain beneficial.

It's raining right now in KL.
Yes, we all yearn for everything beneficial.
May Allah An Nafi' - the Source of Good, the Benefactor grant us everything beneficial. Ameen.

I am at a beneficial crossroad Alhamdulillah. I must proclaim this upcoming bounty from Him. It is yet another proof that He has been listening to my plea and He will be offering bi iznillah. He Allah subhanahu wa taala is indeed the ultimate, the best Arranger/Manager/Planner.  

Yes, one beneficial move I am so looking forward to is: working for only 24 hours a week or 156 days in a year! YaHuu! Although in reality, I will end up "working" more days for all kinds of other activities, that's OK, as long as the official working days is just 156 out of 365 days.

So what do I do on the 209 off days?
On a serious note, if we were told we have just 209 days to live, what would we do? What would you do? How do we fill up the 209 days? What kind of schedule would you put together? Quran recital 2 hours a day perhaps? Visit the sick and fast, every other day? Gotta think about it seriously. How do we make the days count?

May Allah keep us occupied with thoughts, speech, actions that are pleasing to Him, every single day. That we only engage in everything beneficial for our dunya and akhirah. 

May our life be more and more spectacular as was the meteor shower which decorated the sky tonight (13 Aug 2017). I didn't see it for myself but it's there above us all this mid-August. Life may not be anywhere near decent, let alone spectacular for many of us, so we pray Allah removes afflictions and sadness at comet-speed. He can do anything He wills.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Day of Thanksgiving


A day to be thankful, as we learned from our honorable Shuyukh, it's "today" that Allah created Adam and placed him in paradise.

More often than not, we let the week passes by with little consciousness of how special Friday is. Perhaps we should say TGFA - Thank God For Adam. May Allah grant us the capacity to always be cognizant of this great blessing no matter where we are.

And, yes no matter where you are, enjoy the journey, enjoy the adventure.
: D

Thursday, August 10, 2017

"A Fellowship of Faith" - latest book by Shaykh Allie Khalfe of Cape Town


We would like to say heartiest congratulations to Shaykh Allie Khalfe on the successful launching of his book: "A Fellowship of Faith" - a detailed commentary of the Surah Fatihah on 6th August 2017. The book is prefaced and endorsed by the Grand Mufti of Cairo and Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah. 

The event was graced by Umar Kemp. Below is a short intro of Sidi Umar Kemp, in the words of Shaykh Allie expressing gratitude for the launch of his book - A Fellowship of Faith.

"Our senior, Umar Kemp is in his 90s and is a treasure and pillar of strength and wisdom in our Cape Legacy. He is a living Ghazalian and the most senior Ba'Alawi scholar in perhaps the entire Southern Africa, having sat before the master, Shaykh Muhammad Salih Hendricks who was a contemporary of the Awliya of Makkah, including Sayyidi Bakri Shatta, Shaykh Bakr Bab Sayl, Shaykh Umar Ba Junaid, Sayyid Abbas Al Maliki and many others, all of whom drank from the basin of Sayyid Ahmad Zayn Dahlan (may Allah bless them all). He blessed our book launch this morning with his gentle heart and firm resolve. It is their duas that we seek and their sincerity that brings barakah to places they enter so that all the books were sold out this morning. Thank you all for your support and may Allah bless all of us with His infinite Mercy and Compassion." 

To order the book: contact 0714138725
Price: South African Rand 150
Pages: 180

Attendees at the book launch on 6th August 2017.
Alhamdulillah, though we may be far apart, though we are yet to meet,
the jemaah in Cape Town is close to our heart.   

[Info & pics published with permission from Shaykh Allie]

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Be constantly courageous


Better late than never.
What was I up to three days ago - Wednesday?
[It's Saturday. This is a backdated posting.]

God knows!

Anyhow, give a pat on your back if you have done it before - if you were once courageous. That you tried. Not to have tried is the true failure. That you pushed yourself against all odds. That's one of the countless branches of faith. That you keep pressing on, try again and try again cos as the wise men say, courage is like a muscle, it gets better and stronger by use.

[ pushing for a small posting each day of Twenty Seventeen.]

Says Tom Krause

To anyone of you out there who could use a little push to forge ahead, I say just do/act in spite of the fear.

"In His hands is all good."
- Quran 3:26

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lunar Eclipse in KL - 8th Aug 2017



From my balcony
photo captured by my niece

Err...this video more or less captured my experience but the eclipsed moon didn't turn out well on my phone. [Obviously, it's a partial eclipse Eza. I was thinking of the song 'Total eclipse of the heart' - perhaps. LOL.] get to see KL in the wee hours.

It's 3.19 a.m. already. My thoughts at this very moment, are words of Cyril Connoly (writer/editor 1903-1974): "Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self."

Thanks to each of 1 Million of you - soul - who swing by this insignificant space, well aware that I have written as notes to myself and I thank you (most of you) for not minding me being myself. Some people mind, this I understand but not bothered. LOL.

There in mid-air, our souls meet albeit so brief.
In spare seconds you leave,
hopefully with something positive.
A little something. A piece of me, sweetness, warts and all.
: D

Monday, August 7, 2017

Slay thy Monday | Mind your time


Yeah...honor thy father and thy mother, and slay thy Monday.
Make them proud. They wouldn't want to see you defeated by Mondays. They wouldn't want to see you defeated on any day, for that matter.

Have a productive and pleasant week guys.

I am excited about this week cos I gotta couple of lessons left til I complete my Quranic Tajweed lessons. Alhamdulillah. Bi iznillah.

I read from a friend's FB page about a pious Malaysian woman who died at a mosque in KL between Maghrib and Isha with the Quran firmly clasped in her hands. According to her family and friends, she was istiqamah in her passion and commitment for the Quran. She was a Ph.D. holder, an Associate Professor who dressed pretty normal (no niqab) I mean no way you could have guessed the degree of her taqwa. Not that a person's taqwa is as grand as her jilbab/his beard or whatever. She was one who made full use of her time on things that count - the Quran and doing good to people.

I am ashamed of myself as I write about her. I am not minding my time as wisely as I should. I just want to make an intention - to be like her, to be clingy to the Quran, to be busy slaying the pages of the Holy Book at a faster speed than my fingers could scroll the phone. It's not going to be easy. But the fact remains that time is like a knife if you don't cut it, it cuts you.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Same language of faith


Mr/Ms Anonymous says, everyone smiles in the same language. I reckon that's one of several common things we share in regards to the language of faith. No matter how crooked your smile is, it gives you a good chance to set things straight.

So smile more. It's sunnah.
It's our common language.

Let's try to always stay on top of things and smile

This blogger is extra elated as she awaits a million hits for this space. Three hundred to go.
She is loving herself a wee bit more and she is not apologizing for it.

: )

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Between hallux and minimus


Between hallux and minimus, just please don't step on my toes cos securing Jannah is my own responsibility. 

When the noises rise above the decibels we could tolerate, heed this advice from Dr Bilal Philips: "It's easy to get swayed by what people say, but ask yourself, who is going to give you Jannah? Allah or those people?"

Taffakur (contemplation) could help direct our soul to Jannah. Looking inwardly to ourselves, not outwardly to others. 

What is your door to Jannah? Your mother? Whoever or whatever it may be, let's find our own doors. No need to be bothered about other people's hallux and minimus and all that's in between. Mind your own toes. Never mind hers/his. Don't step on mine, so I won't step on yours.

Have a wonderful Saturday and Sunday, folks.
And slay your Monday


Friday, August 4, 2017

Create your own sunshine | Get off line


On some days, you just have to.

Let's admit it we are addicted to input.
Something to think about this weekend.
This article on the virtues of daily journaling is an eye opener for me. It may not be your cup of tea though. Regardless, the fact is we have become addicted to input and get easily distracted by other people's agenda. Therefore, the writer suggests we spend me-time, off-line of course, to reflect and write out our inner feelings/thoughts/dreams - focusing on creating our own output. Create our own sunshine.
Journaling is therapeutic, to say the least. Read on if you are already into writing or one who might want to consider it - journaling.
Anyhow, I sincerely hope no one is addicted/negatively distracted by my ramblings.
Let's log off now and get on with the real world.
Here's to a happy weekend.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

On turning ten | The Turner of hearts


I am feeling a lil melodramatic now that this space is turning ten years old very soon.

Of course, I feel 10 years older. What can 10 years do to a person? To you? To me?

I will say, I have had enough.

It was The Turner of hearts who turned my heart to this space. It was The Turner of hearts who has made me turn the page and scribble a bit and turn the page and repeat - quite religiously.

A ten-year-old girl is one who would reach puberty anytime.
A ten-year-old girl is one who begins to discover her own feminity.

When I was ten, I represented my school in athletics, netball and traditional dancing competition. I won 5 gold medals in the school sporting event. I was at a peak in terms of physical activities. Alhamdulillah for those wonderful memories.

Glory be to Allah for letting us have unique experiences at different stages of life. It is He who turns our hearts towards a thing. He gives all of us unique interests through different phases of our lives.

Let us be among those who see His miraculous workings every day on us and others.
And be among those who are mature in thinking, accepting and appreciating His wondrous actions on us and others.

Ah...on a lighter note, I hope I look 10 years younger. LOL.

OK folks, thanks for tolerating my ramblings.
Thank God It's Thursday.
May Friday unfold more magic and happiness to you and me.

Lisan Al-Din blog = A 10-year-old tree
(bi iznillah)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Magic number | Hasbunallah


I noticed our venerable Habib Umar bin Hafiz had on two occasions prescribed this azkar when asking for aid from Allah to remove difficulties and also prevent a mishap - 450 times - is the "magic number" to recite. 

There must be some secrets as to why a certain number of repetition is recommended for a certain azkar e.g. 100, 75, 33, 27 and in the case of  Hasbunallah wa nikmal wakil - it's 450. 

Let's have this here for future reminder/reference.

Let's heed.

May this simple lesson and practice bring much benefit to he/she who has in the chamber of his/her heart, a secret plea.

We must thank Allah for we can't fathom the number of times when we surrendered to Him Al Wakil and He evicted a major harm from us. That which seemed as an unanswered prayer or a withholding was actually a big blessing. Or that He acts/reacts on our behalf with greater might and wisdom.
: )

Allahu Akbar!


Iktibar buat semua: Janganlah mudah menghina orang dengan rasa bongkak kerana suatu hari nanti akan kembali cemuhan itu kepada diri/keluarga sendiri. Usahlah ghairah merancang tipu daya sewenang-wenangnya, kerana engkau belum tahu bagaimana pula perancangan Allah ke atas diri/keluarga mu nanti.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

In august company


I am not sure about you, but I keep failing at realizing that I am in august company 24/7. Am talking about the Lord, He is with us 24/7, a fact that we often forget.

If we were to work on this fact alone, that is to be truly conscious of His presence, His nearness, and His power, things would be completely and positively different.

Something to chew as we embrace the month of August, already! Oh dear Lord, the year is coming to an end so quickly.

Victor Hugo that famous French poet says:
"Prayer is an august avowal of ignorance.'

Yes, we gotta pray harder for we know not what's in store tomorrow.
We gotta keep praying cos He knows better what and when better to answer our prayer.