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Of Sincerity & Piety.

The journey in life is nothing but towards a known destination that we shall all one day return to our Creator.

And with each step, we seek to better ourselves. To be people of values. To be people of worth. To be people of benefit to the society.

Until we realise that there is more to life in this Dunya, the world will not heal from this horrible ailment of greed, lust and power struggle.

Of late, I cannot help but be sick over the buffet spread of bloodshed and massacres of innocent lives over the news. To my brothers and sisters in Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Myanmar and all whom are oppressed, may Allah grant you continued will to fight in the name of justice, freedom and Islam. You are all very close and dear in my heart, insyaAllah.

And what can be worse? The silence of those who are in power to intervene…  And the ignorance of the rest of the world.

Why this erosion of sincerity and piety in us?

And the bias media culture certainly taints the already ugly portrait .

The world can be a better place. If only we put in a little bit of effort to care for each other. To make know. To smile.

Life can still be awesome, if we want to.

Perspective.

The Eiffel Tower.

La Tour Eiffel. Champ de Mars, Paris, France. May 2013.

The Eiffel Tower.

The iron lattice tower that once held the title of World’s Tallest Man-made Structure for 41 years. It was almost surreal that I was there in Paris, in front of -THE- Eiffel Tower. Too much grandeur to handle.

I reflect upon my life and could not help but be in so much gratitude to Him for all the wonderful opportunities in life and how easy He has unfolded my life to be. All praises due to the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth.

Someone mentioned how I am the most ‘murah rezeki’ person she has ever met – loosely translated to ‘the luckiest’.

I guess it is not about being ‘murah rezeki’ or ‘lucky’ – but because I have learnt throughout the years to simply be grateful for all the little blessings that Allah has bestowed upon me and really learn to appreciate each one of them. And then when you want something in life, have full faith that He will grant it for you.

Paulo Coelho mentioned in The Alchemist; “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” As a Muslim, if you have good intentions, I have always believed so.

And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.

Qur’an 2:186

So my dear friend, take a step back in life, and start to view things from another perspective. You might just be able to hold the Eiffel Tower with your index finger and thumb 😉

Life is Awesome!

 

 

To the One Who Had Chosen Me.

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Oh dear you, I am not perfect. I seek your humble guidance in being my imam till jannah with much patience and tender loving care.

Never in a thousand years I would have thought that it would be you. But Allah knows best. And in Him I place my heart.

Life is Awesome!

They say Ramadhan changes you… and Syawwal changes you back!

May that not be true. May we be amongst those who are consistent in our ‘amaal. InsyaAllah.

Life is Awesome!

Siraat-e-Mustaqeem

It seems like a piece of cake in Ramadan to cross over to the other side to spirituality, Taqwa, and serenity and forgo the clamor of dunya, but afterwards……….. it seems so far away to swim, does it for you too?

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The Importance of Innocence.

Morning Glories. Dabong, Kelantan, Malaysia. 2012.

About a month back, I picked up a piece of paper on the floor, and it turned out to be the payslip of a janitor. I got a shock when I came to learn that for the 14-hours of shift-work daily, they barely earned as much as I do when I was a 1st-Year student! Yet, not once have I heard any of them complaining. MasyaAllah.

Then, on the television, I would see tunnels and bridges being inaugurated. Usually, a lot of celebrities and local politicians stand in a line, in the centre of which is the minister or a local governor. Then a ribbon is cut, and when people in charge of the project return to their desks, they would find lots of letters expressing recognition and admiration.

The very people who sweated and worked on the project, who wielded pickaxes and spades, who laboured all through the summer heat or endured the winter cold in order to finish the job, are never seen. Those who did not work by the sweat of their brow always seem to come off best.

I want to be capable of seeing the unseen faces, of seeing those who do not seek fame or glory. Those who silently fulfill the role life has given them.

I want to be able to do this because the most important things, those that shape our existence, are precisely the ones that never showed their faces. Subhanallah!

InsyaAllah, I shall embark on a personal mini-project for the janitors at my workplace. There is just this soft spot in me when I look at these odd-job labourers. They would remind me of my own parents due to the age-group that most of them are from.

Now allow me to share a poem by the late Mitsuo Aida. It reminded me the importance of innocence.

Because it has lived its life intensely
the parched grass still attracts the gaze of passers-by.
The flowers merely flower,
and they do this as well as they can.
The white lily, blooming unseen in the valley,
Does not need to explain itself to anyone;
It lives merely for beauty.
Men, however, cannot accept that ‘merely’.

If tomatoes wanted to be melons,
they would look completely ridiculous.
I am always amazed
that so many people are concerned
with wanting to be what they are not;
what’s the point of making yourself look ridiculous?

You don’t always have to pretend to be strong,
there’s no need to prove all the time that everything is going well,
you shouldn’t be too concerned about what other people are thinking,
cry if you need to,
it’s good to cry out all your tears
(because only then will you be able to smile again).

Life is Awesome!

The Ramadhan effect – more blood donors needed! (via Otterman speaks…)

As a minority in a secular country it is quite heartening to learn that Muslims here have made an impact in the nation’s life-saving cause. Subhanallah.

I am so very proud of my Muslim brothers and sisters! Continue with your generosity!

On a another note, looking at those alarming blood stocks, HSA should consider extending their donating hours way past iftar. So we can do our part, InsyaAllah ;-D

The Ramadhan effect - more blood donors needed! It seems that the reduced number of donors during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan leaves the blood bank in Singapore a critical state after several bleeding emergencies. This must mean that in Singapore, our Muslim friends represent a significant number of blood donors. How generous of them! DonorWeb and the Ramadhan shortage This Ramadhan shortage is also felt in Muslim countries such as Iran, Kuwait, Indonesia and Malaysia. Click the links … Read More

via Otterman speaks…

Part 3 – Lalbagh Show Rocks… (via Bangalore – People & Place)

I have a soft spot for flowers. I got reminded back to my performing days where it’s a tradition for audiences to get bouquet of flowers for their supporting performers. Going back after each concert with bouquets of flowers in my arms by my supporters felt so good. Now, nobody buy me flowers Nevertheless, my love for flowers never fade and this photo-post blew me away 😀

Part 3 - Lalbagh Show Rocks... After two awesome posts by Prathima and Priyanka, there is not much to write about Lalbagh flower show. But on the base line, I will say everyone should see it, specially for children and one who has interest in nature. … Read More

via Bangalore – People & Place


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