Wednesday, December 14, 2011

~School's Out: What to Do After SPM? Jom JDK! ~


Well... a lot of things had been going on these past few weeks. Time waits for no man, hence we really do need to utilize time wisely.

For those of you who are finishing SPM, or have kids who had just finished them, or are teachers of fifth formers, here is an activity to fill up some of those free time wisely. A programme designed to upgrade life skills, and to gain many new experiences. Kursus Jati Diri dan Kesukarelawanan (JDK).

Well... without ranting too much, I'll share the poster:

So... a bit of a background.. JDK had been held since 2009, and had now expanded to include four places, namely Johor, Selangor, Perak and Terengganu.  The poster above is the poster for JDK in Johor, but the programme will be held at the same time in all four states, insyaAllah, that is from 24th December to 14th January.

The location for all the states are as written below:

1) Batu Ampar Resort, Kampung Paya Lintah, Perak

2) Kem Bumi Jati, Shah Alam, Selangor

3) Savannah Hill, Ulu Tiram, Johor

4) ILIM, Besut, Terengganu

For sharing of past experiences with JDK, here are some:

It's a worthwhile experience, and value for money, indeed.
Hope to meet all of you there! :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Be The Best That You Can Ever Be….

>> this is a lovely poem my mum shared when I was in lower secondary school… found it again online, and decide to share it with you. Disclaimer: I do not write this, nor do I know who did. But you sure write a great poem!

The good you find in others, is in you too.
The faults you find in others, are your faults as well.
After all, to recognize something you must know it.

The possibilities you see in others, are possible for you as well.
The beauty you see around you, is your beauty.

The world around you is a reflection, a mirror showing you the person you are.
To change your world, you must change yourself.
To blame and complain will only make matters worse.

Whatever you care about, is your responsibility.
What you see in others, shows you yourself.
See the best in others, and you will be your best.

Give to others, and you give to yourself.
Appreciate beauty, and you will be beautiful.
Admire creativity, and you will be creative.

Love, and you will be loved.
Seek to understand, and you will be understood.
Listen, and your voice will be heard.

Teach, and you will learn.
Show your best face to the mirror, and you'll be happy with
the face looking back at you.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

“Different”: A Label of Hidden Blessings

Have you ever been labelled 'different' in any way? Do you have any abnormality or deficiency which makes you stand out from the ordinary?

As an eye care practitioner, I occasionally met some people who are different compared to the normal human population. Some of the abnormality acquired as they grow older, while others have been different, ever since they are born. Some of these deficiencies are obvious, while others are only known to themselves. Some of the conditions are diagnosed by my colleague, lecturers (while in university), doctors, or me (depending on the severity of the condition). Not that I was oblivious to how the patients feel about the conditions they're dealing with, but somehow or other, one occasionally forgets how it feels to be in their shoes.

Yet one question came up recently, asked by a friend: "What are the advantages of being colour blind?" The random inquiry got me thinking... yes, being colour blind (a more accurate term which is colour vision deficiency-CVD) may be a disadvantage, if observed from one angle: that you are 'different', and you are unable to work in certain jobs or distinguish certain colours. Yet looking at it from another perspective, there are hidden blessings waiting to be discovered amidst the difficulties. Let's see what some of them are...

~Rainbows: what some colour vision deficiency people see~

Ever since I was small, I was used to people around me being a bit different from myself, and different from the crowd. My brother, a close friend now, and a good rival when we're younger, is one of them. Another is my best friend during secondary school. However, in spite of their disadvantage in terms of appearance, both of them grew very strong and healthy personalities. Sure, they're both teased and laughed at occasionally. But they learn to find true friends, voice out their thoughts, and strengthen their self esteem with the help of great teachers, friends and family. Both are now one of the most confident people I know. 

In a sense, Allah made them different, but He moulds their character like no one else can, giving them great people to befriend and love them. In colour vision deficiency context, you do have slight difficulty in identifying some colours from each other, yet you have discovered friends who don't mind helping you out in distinguishing them apart, and not laugh at you if you confuse them. As it is, most of the time, should you lack one thing, you are given an edge elsewhere by The Most High, Most Merciful.

There are certain limitations to having colour vision defect; for certain wavelength of colours may seem similar to others. Certain day-to-day activities such as identifying traffic light colours, certain electrical components, and jobs such as train operators and electrician may be restricted for them. Yet, one should be thankful. For in this world, there are people who have so much less than what we do. Vision-wise, some people are blind ever since they are born. Others find that their vision is reducing day by day. Some people have very limited vision that not even the best of spectacles can help them see as we do. Other people have a lack of pigments on their eyes, and thus have very high sensitivity to light. These are just some of the many other types of eye conditions which some people suffer. Yet all in all, no matter what our condition is, be it a simple case of short-sightedness, a reversible case of cataract, CVD, or even blindness, remember that Allah made us all in the best possible way. We are chosen to be special in that sense. 

The conditions, deficiencies, and disabilities... those are part and parcel of who we are. A reminder for us, that we are indeed very fragile, but Allah loves us all the same. Be thankful for them, and be thankful for the abilities which each one of us has, as well. Allow them to make us more humble as HIS servants. But make sure, that we don't look at them as something which hampers us from going forward. Instead, look at them as obstacles, stepping stones for us to move forward and be better person in serving Allah, and benefiting the society.

Finally... to answer my friend's question in a scientific perspective.... colour blind is a deficiency, which causes limitation in colour perception. This is mostly due to cone photoreceptors (which allows colours to be distinguished) in the retina which lacks one (or more) photosensitive pigments, which causes as inability to recognize one of the three primary colours of light, either red, green, or blue. Hence the impact on activities which requires colour identification might be quite a lot. Recent research shows that Deutans (the most common form of colour vision defect) are more accurate in identifying camouflaged colours then those with normal colour vision. It is thought that this is beneficial during the time when most men are hunters, as they could sense hidden animals easier. As for its benefits for present times, that remains a mystery. But one thing for sure, you may happily solve coloured rubic cube puzzles which baffles us, as your colour perspective is different. 

~Pencil colours: what some colour vision deficiency people see~

All in all, be it someone with perfect vision, colour blind, squinting eyes, dyslexia, handicapped, blind... Let us not be blinded by how great we are, or how bad our condition is. For the reality of this world, which so many people turn a blind eye to, is that this world is but a transient stop to the next life. Whatever our condition is, it is but a temporary test presented to us in this world that will be lifted once we are in Jannah, insyaAllah. Allah does not mind if we are 'different'. No. All He minds is how we face life's tests and undergo our journey in this world, how close we are to The Creator, and how much we try to benefit others, in spite of our limitations. 

"O mankind! We have created you from male and female, and made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another. Verily, the most honoured among you in the sight of Allah is the one who is the most righteous." (al-Hujurat: 13)

>> A reminder for me to remember, thoughts for you to ponder and reflect. J

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

[Alert!!] Somalia

Somalia is calling.. show that we care!
Take time this Ramadhan to do your part in helping those in need.

A touching entry regarding the famine HERE

Sunday, June 26, 2011

For a New Chapter of Life!


First of all.. it's been eons since this blog's updated.  So I owe all of you a huge apology.  Sorry guys, for making you wait this long.  So much has been going on the past few months with school, and life in general.  

Well... a lot have happened, and I've ended one big chapter of my life.  My life as a university student.  Alhamdulillah.. I'll be graduating this year, with all of my classmates.  Yup.  No more university classes and clinics.  But welcome, to the school of life.  I'll be starting my first carrier as a professional soon, insyaAllah.  Undoubtedly, my heart's been racing with nervous anticipation of what's in store.  My boss seems nice, but very strict, at the same time.  Hope I'll have a good time working, and no trouble adjusting to the working world.

Some of you might have just graduated too, and maybe start working already.  Or have been working part time somewhere in this long university holidays.  Well... here are a few reminders.  Written to remind me when I work later.  Hope they will be useful to you too.  

While so many people work for money...
Chasing large cars, big houses
Be sure you are different
Make money. No problem
But work solely for your Lord
For all things in life may come and go
(yes, even those mountains of money you invest!)

Yet faith in Allah
Work, for HIS sake
Will take you forward
Most importantly
Will bring you fountains of happiness
Here, and in the hereafter

Work may tire you
They may stress you out
But remember,
Difficulties that doesn't kill you will only make you stronger
and repeat this favorite verse
"Verily after hardship, comes relief!"
InsyaAllah, Allah will never let you down

Hard work and patience is the ingredient that brings you far
Persevere and strive forward
For Rome is not built in one day
Nor can an optometrist become an expert in a blink of an eye

You may earn thousands of Ringgit
Yet, my dear self,
Never let money fool you
Never let money change who you are
Don't let greed overshadow your principles
Don't allow them from preventing you to do what's right

Happiness does not come from money
For it is only but a tool
Always remember, 
What you give to others
Are the only things that really belongs to you
For those are yours to bring you to Jannah

Also, please do remember this verse:
"And the (faithful) slaves of the Most Gracious (Allâh) 
are those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness,
and when the foolish address them (with bad words)
 they reply back with mild words of gentleness."
(Al-Furqan: 63)

No matter how high you go
No matter how much money and power you possess
Walk down the streets with humility
Treat everyone with respect 
For we are all the same in Allah's eyes
Only piety makes one special to Him.

Last but not least...
Remember your dreams
Go for your goals
Fulfill your responsibilities
To Allah, to your parents, your family, 
your friends, your customers, and the ummah
And strive on to become beneficial
For Allah's sake
No matter what you do.

"And which you give in gift (to others),
in order that it may increase (your wealth by expecting to get a better one in return)
from other people's property, has no increase with Allah.  
But that which you give in charity
seeking Allah's Countenance then those, 
They shall have manifold increase"
(ar-Rum: 39)

~ whew... a long rant indeed.  Perhaps due to the prolonged silence from any rants previously?  Hmm.. may be.  Anyway.. that's all for this time.  Please remind me when I forget these things... May Allah bless you and me.

p/s:  please pray for me, I've a driving test on Wednesday, and I'm very nervous...  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

An Inspirational Story ~ Honesty

Picture source:

Once there was an emperor in the Far East who was growing old and knew it was coming time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or one of his own children, he decided to do something different.
He called all the young people in the kingdom together one day. He said, “It has come time for me to step down and to choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you.” The kids were shocked! But the emperor continued. “I am going to give each one of you a seed today. One seed. It is a very special seed. I want you to go home, plant the seed, water it and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring to me, and the one I choose will be the next emperor of the kingdom!”
There was one boy named Ling who was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly told his mother the whole story. She helped him get a pot and some planting soil, and he planted the seed and watered it carefully. Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.
After about three weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Ling kept going home and checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by. Still nothing.
By now others were talking about their plants but Ling didn’t have a plant, and he felt like a failure. Six months went by, still nothing in Ling’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Ling didn’t say anything to his friends, however. He just kept waiting for his seed to grow.
A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection. Ling told his mother that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she encouraged him to go, and to take his pot, and to be honest about what happened. Ling felt sick to his stomach, but he knew his mother was right. He took his empty pot to the palace.
When Ling arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by all the other youths. They were beautiful, in all shapes and sizes. Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the other kinds laughed at him. A few felt sorry for him and just said, “Hey nice try.”
When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young people. Ling just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown,” said the emperor. “Today, one of you will be appointed the next emperor!”
All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front. Ling was terrified. “The emperor knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me killed!”
When Ling got to the front, the Emperor asked his name. “My name is Ling,” he replied. All the kids were laughing and making fun of him. The emperor asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, “Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!” Ling couldn’t believe it. Ling couldn’t even grow his seed. How could he be the new emperor?
Then the emperor said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds which would not grow. All of you, except Ling, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grown, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!”
by: Author Unknown, Source Unknown

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hope So..

After every hardship, there's relief!
You'll see the beauty of this journey.
Till then.. persevere!

Sometimes.. I Wonder

At times I wonder....
What's there in front of me?
Running.. walking... falling...
climbing back up again.
Run. Walk. Stumble.
Repeat the cycle. Again and again.
All for the future.
Hopes and dreams of happiness
Bliss. In this life, and the next.
A small voice inside me speak again..
Will my dreams be mine someday?

Ya Allah...
Let me be a good servant.
A servant tireless in facing life's journey
A servant who accepts all tribulations, situations
Sticks and stones of life

Ya al-'Azeem,
Let me be a servant who,
no matter how tough things are,
how hopeless things seem
will always have faith
and never give up hope
to You.

A servant who,
If I'm blessed with an easy life
will never forget You
will still humbly bow low
and serve You,
to the best of my ability
to be thankful to You

for now I plead...
Oh Allah, al Ba'ith
please grant me patience and strength
grant me optimism in what I do
lend me the will to pursue my dreams...

Current feelings? Well... I'll let you guess. But please do pray for me, dear friends. Life is hectic. May Allah bless...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Let The Love be Real!

 Assalamualaikum readers...

No, this post is not about valentines day.  'Love', for me, is not just about those around you.  It goes deeper than that.  Because it transcends boundaries of place, time, and even dimensions.

It is a powerful feeling.  It may motivate, weaken, strengthen people.  It gives value and happiness to life, while, for others, brings despair and hardships.

Who do you love most?
Try ask your heart that question...
Is it yourself?  Your parents?  Your friends?  Your future spouse? Your money?

Is it Allah and His prophet, Muhammad PBUH?

In al-Quran, Allah states:
 Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight are dearer to you than Allâh and His Messenger, and striving hard and fighting in His Cause[], then wait until Allâh brings about His Decision (torment). And Allâh guides not the people who are Al-Fâsiqûn (the rebellious, disobedient to Allâh)  [at-Tawbah: 24]

So look into your heart... check again, who do you love most?  If Allah and Prophet Muhammad pbuh is not on the top list, try, try, and try to make it the one you love most.  For this verse comes as a warning, that Allah will torment those who love others more than Him, and His prophet.

If you claim that you do love Allah and the Prophet most of all, what is your proof?  Loving, initiates action.  Imagine, telling a girl that you love her so much, then neglecting her, never giving her anything, not caring for her.  Do you think the girl will believe you?  The same also applies to loving Allah and Rasulullah.  It requires you to act, for the rest of your life, according to what Allah and Rasulullah likes, and avoiding what they dislike.

If you think that, your heart is still far from putting Allah and Rasulullah on top, don't despair.  Just resolve, from now on, to put them on top.  Act, as if they are already in your heart, as the one you love most.  For by action, you are training your heart, to make it a reality.

Think that it is so difficult to love Allah?  Try and get closer to Him.  Get to know Him more... through The Quran, through pondering on His creations, His everlasting love and care.  Allah loves us so much already.  Look at everything He gave us.  Our body, the air we breath, the money we have... the list is endless.  Yet if we love Allah, He will love us, so much more.

As for Rasulullah, remember that he really does love us.  So much, that even until his last breath, he calls "ummati... ummati..."  and worries about us.  This man had given his whole life to ensure Islam reaches us today.  He sacrifices everything, his time, his money, his energy, so that we are saved from being burnt in hellfire.  Is he not worth loving?

"My ummah, those who follow me, the future of their faith makes me worry till I cry!" - Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)

Let us try.  Let us instill love, for Allah and Rasulullah, deep inside our heart. Remind ourselves of this verse, again:
 Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight are dearer to you than Allâh and His Messenger, and striving hard and fighting in His Cause[], then wait until Allâh brings about His Decision (torment). And Allâh guides not the people who are Al-Fâsiqûn (the rebellious, disobedient to Allâh)  [at-Tawbah: 24]

Me:  I aim to go into Heaven, and meet Allah and Propher Muhammad.  Don't you?  Come on then.. let's work towards it!

Life: Overwhelmed

Assalamualaikum everyone...

Ever felt that sometimes, things get so overwhelming in life? They just started to spin around you, in one chaotic manner, piling up stress on your tired mind, more and more? Making you want to break down, as if your mind is in need of re-wiring.

Neurons... in need of re-wiring

Well... al-Quran is indeed the best balm for those moments. The best loveletter of all time. Here are a few nice verses to remember when you're feeling down:

  • Surely in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. ( 13:28)

  • O mankind, there has come to you a protection from your Lord and a healing for what is in your hearts, and for those who believe, a guidance and a mercy. (10:57)

  • Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light. (2:257)

  • When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way. (2:186)

  • "Say: Praise be to Allah, and Peace on His servants whom He has chosen (for his Message). (Who) is better?― Allah or the false gods they associate with Him? (59) Or who has created the heaven and the earth, and who sends you down rain from the sky? Yea, with it We cause to grow well-planted orchards full of beauty and delight: it is not in your power to cause the growth of the trees in them. (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Nay they are a people who swerve from justice.(60) Or, who has made the earth firm to live in; made rivers in its midst; set thereon mountains immovable; and made a separating bar between the two bodies of flowing water? (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Nay most of them know not. (61) Or, who listens to the (soul) distressed when it calls on Him, and who relieves its suffering, and makes you (mankind) inheritors of the earth? (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Little it is that ye heed! (62) Or, who guides you through the depths of darkness on land and sea, and who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His mercy? (Can there be another) god besides Allah? High is Allah above what they associate with Him! (63) Or who originates Creation, then repeats it, and who gives you sustenance from heaven and earth? (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Say "Bring forth your argument, if ye are telling the truth!" (64) Say: None in the heavens or on earth, except Allah, knows what is hidden: nor can they perceive when they shall be raised up (for Judgment).(65)" (an-Naml: 59-63)

Need to keep moving forward. Need to keep going. Because tougher things are, the stronger you'll be, at the end of it all. Maintain pace, increase them, if possible.

Yeah, final year is tiring. But insyaAllah, there'll be rewards for them. Besides.. Jannah ain't cheap at all. And if you consider studying to be a Jihad, then struggle forward, no matter how tough things may be. Life's matters are also tough. So much to think of, so much to settle. So many people to please and consider. Yet that's life. The older you are, the more responsibilities you will have. The more you have to consider. But insyaAllah, Allah will make you be ready for them when the time comes. Ya Allah... please make me strong. Make me strong, in facing everything, in dealing with every matter, the way You please.

I know I'm waiting
Waiting for something
Something to happen to me
But this waiting comes with
Trials and challenges
Nothing in life is free

I wish that somehow
You'd tell me out aloud
That on that day I'll be ok
But we'll never know cause
That's not the way it works
Help me find my way

My Lord show me right from wrong
Give me light make me strong
I know the road is long
Make me strong

Sometimes it just gets too much
I feel that I've lost touch
I know the road is long
Make me strong

I know I'm waiting
Yearning for something
Something known only to me
This waiting comes with
Trials and challenges

Life is one mystery
I wish that somehow
You'd tell me out aloud
That on that day you'll forgive me
But we'll never know cause
That's not the way it works

I beg for your mercy
My Lord show me right from wrong
Give me light make me strong
I know the road is long
Make me strong

Sometimes it just gets too much
I feel that I've lost touch
I know the road is long
Make me strong

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Nasyid: I am Near

Assalamualaikum everyone!

Hm... I haven't shared any nasyeed in a while... so.. decide to share one here.  Many thanks to a dear sister, Sarah, who shared this with me earlier today. I love the lyrics so much, masyaALlah. Hope you do too.

Do listen to this song with your heart, not just as an entertainment.  May Allah bless.

Song:  I am Near
By: Native Deen
Lyric Source:

Ya Allah - Subhannahu wa ta'alla (Glorious and exalted)
Ya Allah - Samee' Li-duana (The One who hears our prayers) 
My Lord - I know that you hear me
Ya Rabbi (oh My Lord) - Cause He says

When they ask about me, my servants, I am near
Have no doubts about me,  and know I hear your prayer
Take one step towards me, and I'll come running to you
Just have faith and believe, and know I listen to you

Allahummah (Dear God) creator of the universe,
maker of this living earth
greater than we comprehend

Allahummah your the King of all Kings
created all things
on you we all depend.

Allahummah please forgive me my sins, 
my heart to be cleansed, 
my soul purified, Ameen!

Allahummahaa protect me desires that
Lead to the fire, its you who provides, Ameen!

Allahummah help the Muslims of world, 
Give them joy, give them love.
every boy every girl, Ameen!

Allahummun now this prayer I made,
Just to you I prayed
Cause indeed you said…


Allahummah let my people understand me, 
Guide my neighbors, co-workers 
the human family. Ameen!

Allahummah help my people up in Palestine, 
Who be dying, 
Oppressed all the time, Ameen!

Allahummah give the folks in my community, unity
and help our youth to succeed, Ameen!
Allahummah bless my mother and father, my sisters and brothers
my wife and my daughter, Ameen!

Allahummah bless this group Native Deen, 
help us stay on the path
Siratal Mustaqim, Ameen!

Allahummah now this prayer I made, just to you i prayed 
cause indeed you said.


Call on God, He is glorified,
We call him a lot but you don't even try

Call on God, you want to know why, 
Should I even call and will he reply

Call on God, raise your hands high
He wants you to call him every day and night

Call on God, he hears when you cry, 
He made it a promise and he would never lie.

Allah ya Rabbi, Ya Rabb
Help me increase my Iman (faith)
Allah ya Rabbi, Ya Rabb
Help me have faith in your plan
Allah ya Rabbi, Ya Rabb
Your blessings please never stop
Allah ya Rabbi Ya Rabb
Grant me peace in my heart!


Beauty by Definition

assalamualaikum wbt. everyone!

How are you?  May Allah guide you, and me in the right path, towards eternal success, insyaAllah.

Today I would like to share a very nice video.  This brother made a poem, on 'beautiful'.  Very nice, masyaAllah.  But before you press the play button, I would like to ask you to take time and reflect for a while.. what is YOUR definition of beautiful?  



Okey, you can watch it now.. (^_^)

Hope you had watched it, and enjoyed it as much as I did.  Did it penetrate through your mind and have you re-define beauty as it had on me?  

A few highlights of the video...

Everyone loves beauty.  Everyone appreciates beauty, and wish to be beautiful.  Girls spend their time in front of the mirror, while guys try their best to look sharp in their ties, blazers and slacks.

Yet is that the limitation of beauty that we seek?  Is beauty, showing off sexuality, make-ups, injections, faking here and there?  Is that all there is?

But if the whole world was blind, then how many people would you impress??

Beauty by definition, should not be so vague.  If it is all up to sights.. then there must be a huge piece missing out of the whole picture.  Because beauty is obviously more than just about sights and smells.  It should be more than just face paints, hair dyes, and perfumes.

Love yourself first, before anyone else can love you.  And to love yourself, is to love The One of which to all love belongs.
Never thought of it this way... but yeah, in order to appreciate yourself, you must first appreciate your Creator and Sustainer.  The Most Beautiful.  Thus to be confident that Allah had made us, the best, is to love, and really feel that He, our Creator, is, first and foremost, The Best.  The Most Beautiful will indeed made us beautiful, as He loves beauty.  And thus we also realize that, because He created us, He'll know what's the best protection for us, to remain beautiful in His eyes.  Thus, we try our very best to obey Him.

Once, I've faced with a challenge.  Which opened up my own view of how some people view hijab, and of my own views and stand, too.  In primary school (Primary Four, if I'm not mistaken), I was once laughed at when a strong gust of wind blew and my hijab went right off.  Alhamdulillah, my friends back then were very supportive, and immediately surrounded me so that I can wear them properly again.  I was really mad at the boy who laughed.  And yes, a tad bit ashamed, too, at the time, perhaps.  But as I pondered upon the incident years afterwards, I guess... it was not his fault.  The boy is just a kid.  Stereotyping people is everywhere, and kids just follow others.  Yet , alhamdulillah, at the time, I have proudly persevered with my attire, for it represents me, as a Muslimah.  And I've to show that, despite what others say, I am not oppressed by what I choose to wear.  Without a doubt, his insults hurt.  I am just a kid.  But thankfully Allah sent me good friends who protect me and reassure that it is alright to practice what I understand. To backtrack a little, at the time, the Public School I went to had only two full time hijabis.  Me, and another Iranian girl who is two years older than I. Hence, his views and acts, were, I presume, an act done out of ignorance.  And yes, many others have faced much harder criticism and mockery than I had.  Undoubtedly.

Which brings me to this stanza: Maybe she doesn't even care what people think.  'Coz most people's opinion ain't even valid.

In this so called 'modern' world, so many people view hijab as oppression.  Others, in many parts of the Muslim society (even in Malaysia), view hijab as more of a fashion, rather than an act done willingly, in order to obey the Creator, because she truly understands and realize fully what the hijab meant for her.  Opinions, to girls, especially, seem to matter a lot, somehow.  "How do I look?  Is this zit so big that it showed?  Is my hair right today?"  are just some of the many questions girls ask themselves, again and again.  But through the hijab, Allah thought us to look at beauty in a different perspective.  Not as how others see you, but how did Allah look at you? What is His opinion?

The hijab should not just be a fashion sense.  Nor should someone wear them, just for the sake of obeying a teacher, or parents.  If so, then at another place, some other situation, at work, etc, she might just take them off again, because of what people see, because it is not the trend, or because of the weird way she's being seen.  

Enough of my own rants.  What is beauty to you?  Let's ponder and reflect.
May Allah bless....

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Supplements, Pills… and Health


Bottles upon bottles of pills.  Some gel-like, others small, and some are huge.  Variety. Of different colours, too.  She took them, one by one, swallowing them faithfully.

No, don’t worry.  She’s not a drug addict.  Nor is she on slimming pills, frantically trying to loose weigh.

She had have a fever.  It had been almost a week now, and the fever does not really seem to improve, sadly.  Supplements?  She took four different kinds.  Drugs?  Well, she went to see her physician and got plenty.

That night, as she faithfully took some pills and drank them with water, a thought dawned on her.  Pills can never make her better.  She had been mistakenly pining her hopes upon them.

What?  Then what about all the medications that had been prescribed by doctors every day, and taken by so many people throughout the world?  They cannot make people better?  Then what’s the purpose of Pharmacists?  What about all the Pharmacies and Pharmaceutical companies everywhere?

Hold it… That is not exactly what I mean. 

As a health science student, I learned all about mechanisms of actions of drugs, the types, effectiveness and so on and so forth. 

What this girl realised is, that no matter how much drug she took, no matter how many different supplements she had, only her Creator was able to make her better.   That, she had somehow forgotten.

So… are the pills useless?  Absolutely not.  But they are just tools that we use, in order to try and get better.  At the end of the day, if she had indeed recovered, it is only with the help of Allah.  Although she did try numerous means to get well.

A very important thing to remember, that no matter what, ONLY IN ALLAH SHOULD WE PIN OUR HOPES.  Hopes to be happy, to get well, to get a job, to get good spouses, and so much more. 

Yes, put our hope on HIM, and HE alone will help you get better.  Because no matter how good a drug is, or how effective a herb is for the pain you face, only Allah can make them work for you.  Only Allah can defeat the bacteria or virus that is attacking your body.  When our defence system is weak, only Allah can help make them strong again. 

You don’t trust HIM?  Then who can you trust?  Because at the end of the day, in reality, Allah had indeed created you.  Every single cell of your body.  He knows, everything.  Everything that goes into our body and out of it.

Turn to Allah.  Not only at times of sickness.  But turn to Allah for everything.  In every phase of life.  For no matter what, HE knows best. 

Put hope in Him, pray, read the Quran, make zikrullah, and remember Allah, day and nights.  By the way… al-Quran is one of the best medication available.  It reconnects us to our Creator, and Sustainar.


~Sorry… an update that is long overdue from me.  Hope this is up to your expectation.  And most of all, I hope this serves as a reminder to you, and me.

May Allah bless.