Monday, September 28, 2009

The Right Choice??

Ever made a big decision in life? Which streaming (science, arts, etc) to go for at upper secondary, which society to join, what field to choose after school, which university to go to, which hand phone and laptop to buy, whether to spend scholarship money on a trip overseas... and the list goes on.

These choices you make, and decisions you take, often times shape your future. Hence undoubtedly, one may be unsure and sometimes hesitant in making them.

I was sometimes unsure too. Actually, most of the times I had to make these decisions, I was. Because these choices had to be made with care. And some can change you. In more ways than one. Some may be beneficial to us, for ourselves, our deen and imaan. While others may lead us astray.

How do we know what is the best choice to make? Can we travel thru time and see what the future will be like if we made a certain choice, and come back again to decide? One would wish so, yet, that might never happen. For time can never be turned back, and the choices we make, are there to stay, whether we like them or not. Is listing down the pros and cons of the matter at hand enough to make the best decision? Will our own judgement and points of views be sufficient enough to ensure that we make the right choice?

For a Muslim, Allah teaches us to rely on Him for our whole life.
Verily my prayers, my actions, my life and my death is for Allah, Lord of the universe

Our whole life, and death should be for Allah, and Allah alone. Yet, in making choices, do we seek help from Allah? Do we seek His guidance in our prayers and His life manual for us, the Quran? If we do, did we then trust the choices that our iman made for us? Or do we still step back and ask our nafs, "Is this choice alrite with you?" Which choice will we finally make? The one according to our naf's desires or to what our iman desires?


If you seek Allah's help in assisting you to make your decisions, and rely on Him alone, insyaAllah, the choices you make will be the best one indeed. For He is our Creator, thus of course, He knows what's best for us. He knows our capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses inside out, better than ourselves and our parents. He even knows our future. So the choices we made, assisted by Allah, will always be better, insyaAllah, than the one made without seeking for His help.

Trust Allah, and seek His help, in every step in the journey of life. As we grow older, as our trials become greater, as the choices we must make become harder and harder, without His help, we would have been easily stressed out and frustrated. Without His assistance, we would be like a kite without strings to attach itself to the ground below, flying and soaring to unknown destinations depending on the winds, and finally landing with a crash to the land below.

With trust in Allah, the choices we make, may not necessarily make things easier for us immediately, but we will be at peace, calm and happy, because we know, that the choice we make is the best one that Allah had given us, and insyaAllah, is the one that Allah bless. And of course, by Allah's will, we shall find eternal happiness, in the gardens of jannah.

I'm trying my best... to put my full trust in Allah. In everything that will face me. The future that I am still very unsure of, and for the many choices that I am trying to make. I can never do it without His help. Do pray for me... to be guided by Allah, now, and always.Verily without Him, we are nothing, nothing at all...

Oh yes, I was given an award by Luqman. Here it is...

and due to time constraints, i'm unable to give this award to anyone for now.. forgive me... but jazakallahukhair, Luqman!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Eid Mubarak and some updates...

First things first… 'Eid Mubarak everyone!

Taqabbalallahu minna waminkum, kullu 'ammin wa antum bikhair

to the readers and friends, may this 'Eid bring you joy and happiness, as well as bringing you closer to Allah, the Giver of blessings, joy and hope. The wish did come a bit late, but I hope it isn't too late.

For the silence of the past weeks, forgive me. I am caught up in the whirl of never-ending midterm exams and the chase to maximise my ibadah time during Ramadhan, as well as the numerous assignments that seems to crush on top of me, one after another.

To tell you the truth, I had wanted to blog a lot. So... well, here are the few things that had happened of late (and really worth to write about, of course!)

  1. Three Palestinian ulama' came to visit Malaysia; and Alhamdulillah, I was able to hear their talk thrice, in different masjids

    What had made me ponder most was this message that they gave, from the women of Palestine:

    We (the women of Palestine) had given our lives, our husbands, our sons, our money, our homes and all that we owned to free this land.

    But you, my sisters, what have you done to free Palastine and al-Quds? How will you answer in front of Allah, in the day of Judgement?

    Those words are really sharp, yet so very true. It made me think back on what I had already done (which, sad to say, is not much) and what I CAN do. Oh Allah, forgive this servant of yours who have neglected her duty towards the Muslim brothers and sisters who are in need.

    Another hadith which struck me hard is:

    One is not truly a believer until one cares for his brother as one did for himself.

    Are you a believer? Truly? Then do you care for our brothers and sisters suffering from the many tortures and cruelty in Palestine?

  2. One of my closest cousin flew to Jordan

    One of the closest cousins I had, Qataddah (his nickname) had gone to Jordan to study Medicine. I went to see him off at KLIA. He was the third eldest cousin I had, three years younger than I am. Being the eldest, I am very close to him and to my other cousin, Humaidi. Yes, both are guys, but they are the eldest cousins, hence the closest friends I had every time I am at my grandparent's place and my uncle's place. Back when we're small, we played loads of games together, though not now, for we're all too big for those games. But we still spend time chatting and joking around, complaining, and talking about our lives in general.

    He had flown out there a few days before the hari Raya. Honestly, the Hari Raya at mykampung wasn't the same without him, although all his siblings were there. But I bet hisHari Raya is way different from how it was here. I hope that he'll be alrite out there, taking the valuable opportunity of being in the land of anbiya' to not only study for his degree, but also study Islam and master the language. We'll all miss him, and I pray that Allah will take good care of this cousin of mine. Study is a jihad, wherever you are, in Malaysia or in overseas. Hence no matter where we are, we have to strive hard lillahita'ala, in order to excel for ourselves, our family and Islam. Qataddah, if you're reading this, this is my reminder for you rite… J

I was going to write more, but I think I should stop here… before the post becomes too long. Will update more as soon as I have the opportunity to do so, insyaAllah…

Meanwhile, take care everyone… take care to live life according to the guide Allah had sent us. And take care not to anger Allah by doing things He forbid. May we become good servants serving our Lord in this short lifespan. Ameen.