Sunday, October 31, 2010

Errrrr...HALAL beer? Is it?

Assalamualaykum all..

Sunday again, alhamdulillah. We're still alive to work for akhirat! Cheers for that, use the opportunity wisely. Look at those in the grave, they don't have whats we've given today, so be grateful and use our day productively, inshaallah. Well what do you think when you read the title? It sounds fishy and doubtful, isn't it? Sigh, I just don't agree with the term actually, HALAL beer? Err..and it have now been used widely  in my country, duh! Ok before anything I would like to give you whats the definition of beer actually, I took it from the net. There's several definitions, I would just highlight 4 definitions which are commonly use:

Definition 1: A fermented liquor made from any malted grain, but commonly from barley malt, with hops or some othersubstance to impart a bitter flavor. 

Definition 2: A fermented extract of the roots and other parts of various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc.

Defenition 3: A general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops 

Definition 4: A fermented beverage brewed by traditional methods that is then dealcoholized so that the finished product contains no more than 0.5 percent alcohol.
 Now lets see the definition of Halal:

Halal (Arabic:حلال, alāl, Halaal; means lawful or legal) is a term designating any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. It is the opposite of haraam.
Don't you think its were really contradicted each other? Beer is alcoholic baverage (Which is haram) and Halal is the opposite of, so how they could be combined as one term for one product that they claimed as  Halal? Arghhh..Its confusing me.

When I searched the definition of wine, it gives almost same as those for beer. But I'm not sure if it was a same thing or not, as my language refers wine as "Arak" and beer as "Bir" and some also said the beer is different with alcohol, otherwise some referred beer as alcohol, some referred alcohol, wine and beer as same.. Aaah! can I leave all those language stuff for a while? This is whats I understand and from my point of view. As in Malaysia we always referred the beer as alcoholic drink or intoxicant that would make you drunken once you take it, so it mostly comply with the third and forth definition above and thats where's the issue arise. I've read some articles about this. Yes they claimed it was a non-alcoholic drink with  0% of alcohol, but then why you put it as HALAL beer? is that anything about this that I missed? as I concern  alcohol or intoxicant would never HALAL, its HARAM for muslims.  Lets refer to the Quran and hadith about this.

O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah ], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful. (Al-Maidaah:90)

The Prophet Muhammad also instructed his followers, to avoid intoxicating substances : "If it intoxicates in a large amount it is forbidden even in a small amount"

OK, I'm not gonna comment or promote on the product they named as ISTAK (click to see the product), I just wanna make it clear about how the terms 'HALAL beer' would make some confusion. This is totally not about the status of the product whether it halal or not, this is about the term they're using now in Malaysia to refer this product. Maybe their intention on introducing the terms just to shift the alcoholic attention from beer to this product which is actually halal (As they claimed), its a malt beverage with 10 favors imported from Iran. For me, this term maybe a good strategy but at same time would make a misunderstanding among the public, they might think, oh beer it not absolutely HARAM, it could be HALAL as well, the fact is intoxicant is always HARAM and never could be HALAL in anyway. Noted, when I mention about beer, I referred to intoxicant drink.  This scenario just apply with third and forth definition of beer as Malaysian always referred to, well I don't know if it different for others country. But as for Malaysian, beer is always the third and forth definition. So the term 'HALAL beer' thus not suitable to be commercialized here. Thats my point. You get me?

Maybe I'll consider if they put the name as non-alcoholic beer or in my language, 'Bir tanpa alkohol' just like it mark on the product rather than 'HALAL beer'. Its fine, If  you're not agree with me as maybe for you it just a matter of terms but for me, terms always carry an impact especially when its related to the religion. I think we can't take it for granted. Oh! this just remind me again about the Islamic Fashion Festival(IIF) that actually not ISLAMIC at all in any aspect of it except it was sponsored by Muslim, and it makes me sick to think how we always used Islam for our own benefits without considering at all  whats the impact would be in future, I mean in akhirah. May Allah guides us all to always practice Islam, inshaallah. Allahualam 

P/s: Er OK..its almost Zhuhur, time to pray! See you latter inshaallah! Have a nice day. Am I late to wish this? Ah, better late then never :) 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I'm Quizzical

Assalamualaykum all!!

What A joke!!
How do you do? May Allah bless you all and make every worldly things easy for us so that we could spend our time wisely for hereafter, inshaallah. Alhamdulillah, I'm so much relief and grateful today as Allah has gave me a mighty spirit to went through this tough semester even there's several tasks  I need to complete before examination and semester break and even at this moment, I need to submit small part of my assignment to the compiler! Oh! Alhamdulillah again for everything He provided me since I was born until now.

I just wanna share some story, oh no, its not a story actually its a light conversation that I had with my friend. She's non-muslim girl who's practice a good life style but without a religion. I just think that, it must be perfect if she embrace Islam and keep on her life with her best attitude. Mashaallah, but how you gonna say that to her, to someone that never think about religion, someone that do believe there's a God, but never think about religion seriously, maybe for her religion would just limit whats she wanna do. Throughout the semester, I'm trying my best to show her, hows religion would change your view on life, hows it would make your life more worth it and hows it would make you more beautiful, inside out.  Until this evening we had a conversation while preparing our slide presentation.

She: Do you know, there's a disaster happened in Indonesia. Three disaster combined in this incident.  The earthquake, volcano explosive and tsunami! Its really a huge disaster, a lot of people lost their life.
Me: Yes, I do. You know, previous years ago, Indonesia also crushed by tsunami, and there's  one island that beat so badly until if you went through the road, you can see the dead body, plenty of along the road.
She: Oh my God, thats soooo terrible and scary!
Me: And you know what, with that massive damaged, there's one building that didn't got any effect from this disaster.
She: Oh reaaally? whats that building
Me: That was our worship place, mosque.All the buildings and houses were collapsed and totally damage except this mosque
She: Wow, thats amazing! Hm if its happen in Malaysia, I will follow you to mosque, can I?
Me: Of course you can, it for everyone. Its a blessed place from God.
She:  Niiiiiice!!

We're smilling to each other and get off from the "giant fridge" to get some hot drink with tasty chocolate waffle. It recalled me previous month ago when she asked me about one niqabi.

She: Hey why that girl is covering her face? and she wearing all black clothes?
Me: Because she choose to wear it and I think she's so beautiful and dont want to attract any man so she's covering her face and just wear black color.
She: Yes, I think so, maybe I can wear like that someday so I'll be more safe when I walk alone and covering face is also good, because you know, the current air contained a lot of dust from the vehicles, with that I'll be more healthy. Hehe.
Me: But I think, you shouldn't walk alone even if you wearing like that, OK? Just remember that..(I warned her)
She: Alriiiiiite dear!

And it was Ramadhan when she expressed her worried about fasting

She: I think, not eat is Ok, but not drink is not Ok. I can't stand if I don't drink for a day. How  you could stand for that in one month? I'm worried if you would dehydrated because of less water
Me: Are you thinking that I won't drink for a month? Oh my God, thats impossible, I just don't drink for about 8-9 hours. Then I can drink ok and there's no such case that people died because of that, Fasting is good actually for our health to give rest for our stomach after all the hard work. Its proven by scientific research. Maybe you should try fasting..
She: Maybe I'll try to fast but I think I will need to drink as well when I fasting.
Me: Thats whats you used to do,you didn't eat but drink a lot! so it not consider as fastin..booo
She: fiiiiiiiiine!

We're having a lot of such conversation where I touch a little about religion while we're talking and she as usual we'll be a good listener and agreed but she don't show any positive reaction towards it, I mean any interest on Islam. then I guess maybe my style of delivering da'wah is not so good, so it doesn't make any sense for her and I've been wondering, how I would make her feel that she need Islam in her life. Then, I come out with on conclusion, I need to learn more on Da'wa psychology and  the skill on da'wa fardhiyyah, inshaallah, learn how Rasulullah SAW had delivered da'wa through out the world. My hope, before she leave Malaysia I want her even just once think of Islam and whats Islam offers for her. Because  I'm afraid  if Allah ask me on the  Day of Judgement, did I try to deliver Islam to those who don't  know? then whats should I say? And how about you? what you'll say in front of Allah?! So try  even a small effort  to introduce Islam to at least our non-muslims friends because we love them, they  don't know, so we should tell them.  We wanna be with them happily not just here  in world but  also in hereafter, inshaallah.  LillalhiTaala.

"And seek help from Allah with Sabr (patience) and Salat (prayers): it is indeed hard, except for those who are humble" (Al-Baqarah: 45)

P/S: Sorry for my bad english, you know, it my second langguage.. :)Oh wait, did you find that my post tittle doesn't tell anything about the whole post? well, its a strategy..wohaa, have a bless day!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Different color talks a different language :)

Assalamualaykum all,

Alhamdulillah, all praises to Allah, who'd gave us a chance to still alive until today. Mashaallah, everyday is a great day as we always have something to do, we're aware of whats we do and we know the purpose to do so. Islam is a manual of life, from small to huge stuffs, we're guided. We have a divine Book, Quran and hadith as a reference so we won't lost in our journey and if sometimes we're confusing of varies direction, we would definitely refer back to our guidance. Thats hows Muslim live their life, with such an amazing manual of life since thousand years ago. Allahuakbar!

Language is really an interesting and unique topic to talk about, different tribes speak a different language and even if we're in a same country, different region might talk in a different slang.subhanallah! I have a light conversation with my best Ukhti this morning,about language and more specific arabic. 

 Why we as muslim should learn arabic or at least try to do so. Ninety percent of the world's Muslims do not speak Arabic as their native language. Yet in daily prayers, when reading the Qur'an, or even in simple conversations with each other, Arabic rolls off any Muslim's tongue readily. Like we always uttered, syukron, jazakallah, ma'assalamah and so on. It may be broken, but most Muslims make the attempt to speak and understand at least some Arabic.

Why is Arabic so important to understanding the faith of Islam?

Regardless of our linguistic, cultural, and racial differences,we  Muslims form one community of believers. This community is based on our shared faith in One Almighty God, and the guidance He has sent down to mankind. His final revelation to mankind, the Qur'an, was sent over 1400 years ago in the Arabic language. Arabic thus serves as a common language among us, the diverse community of believers.

The original Arabic text of the Qur'an has been preserved from the time of its revelation. Translations have been done into various languages, but they all refer back to the original Arabic. In order to fully understand the magnificent words of our Lord, Muslims make every attempt to understand the rich and poetic classical Arabic language. Thats it! When we translated Arabic to English or in my language, Malay, the originality beauty of Allah's word will not be the same as in Arabic. Thats why we should learn Arabic because we want to know what exactly behind Allah's words. I will try to learn and I wish I could learn it in Egypt,one day, Inshaallah.

If we could learn various language it will gives us a lot of benefits and I knew one of my friend that learn five language, Mashaallah. Well done! maybe I should start learn some others language from now on, well better late than nothing! Oh wait a minute ,maybe I should re-do my assignment first, as I need to submit it this evening! See, there's a lot  of things I have to do! Ok, until then, take care fo yourself friend, keep up your faith and remember Allah always!

"O mankind, surely We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know each other." (Qur’an 49:13)

Monday, October 18, 2010

A story of Ibrahim Adham

Assalmualaykum all. 

Being able to go to masjid is one of the thousand blesses from Allah. How many people that have a lot of free time, but yet they not able to go to Masjid with many excuses, some is even  settled around the Masjid, but they'd felt such a heavy hearted to move forward their steps. Alhamdulillah, as I have a chance to go Masjid, I went there with my best ukhti. Once in masjid, after I've completed ablutions and waited for isya', I saw one small book on the table with title "Islamic story for kids". I took it and started to browse the book. As I quickly went through the book, I found one interested story of King Ibrahim Adham and I decided to share it with all of you. For those who's familiar with this story take it as a revision and for those you never heard about this story take it as a lesson, inshaallah.

Ibrahim Adham, was the king of Balkh (now a part of Soviet Union). He was a sovereign over forty princes. As a young king, he's having such a luxury live, anything he wants he'll definitely get it, whatever it is. One day, when he was hunting, he had a rest after a while and he took out his best food to fill his tommy. before he could bites the food, one crow flew over and snatched his bread. As he was so hungry, he ran after the crow. This brought him to the top of the hill, where he saw a man who was tied to the tree by ropes. In the meantime a crow flew along and pushed into the man’s mouth the bits of the most superior and delicious food that he usually ate at home. He shocked for a while then untied the man and asked him what had happened to him.
The man replied: “I am a merchant. The robbers looted me and fastened me with ropes and threw me here. Since that day this crow comes daily and feeds me with anything so that i'm survived until now.” As Ibrahim heard the man's story, he started to ponder about the greatness of Allah. How Allah feeds all His creature, even when we can't move and weak and he as a king never could feeds all his folks or at least he never care about them whether they have food or not, as long as he always have a foods served when he's hungry. 
There is another story of Ibrahim Adham that brought him to the right path. One day, he was visited by another strange mystic from the dessert. This was Khizr, the green man of the dessert. He blew in, evaded the guards, and made his way into the inner court. Instead of bowing in obeisance as was the protocol, he impudently went up to the throne. The king was deeply offended and said, “What brings you to the court of the great king? 
And Khizr replied, “Oh, I’m just passing through this motel,”  You can imagine how angry the king was to hear his palace called a motel.
He said, “How dare you say that!” 
And Khizr said, “Well, who sat on that throne before you?”
The king answered, “My father.”
Khizr said, “And before him?”
“His father,” said the king.
“And before him?”
“His father.”
And Khizr replied, “And you mean to tell me that this isn’t a motel with people constantly coming and going all the time?”
Suddenly a revelation came to him. He realized that all he had invested himself in, his persona of grandeur and wealth and power, was ephemeral; it was trifling in the grand scheme of things. He was just passing through a motel. The words of Khizr went straight into his heart, like a barb. He was compelled to leave his crown and his throne and live as a wandering dervish. 
Subhanallah. This is whats happened when Allah gives His guidance. In a seconds, the vile man can change as a pure soul. Guidance to the truth is in the hand of Allaah alone and no human being has any share in that including our Prophets, as Allaah said to His Messenger SAW:

Verily, you (O Muhammad) guide not whom you like, but Allaah guides whom He wills. And He knows best those who are the guided [al-Qasas 28:56]

But in His Wisdom, Allaah has created us with the ability to choose, and He has sent down to us guidance and the Criterion. So whoever obeys Allaah and His Messenger will enter Paradise and whoever disobeys Allaah and His Messenger will enter Hell, as Allaah says:

Verily, proofs have come to you from your Lord, so whosoever sees, will do so for (the good of) his ownself, and whosoever blinds himself, will do so to his own harm, and I (Muhammad) am not a watcher over you ‌[al-Anaam 6:104]
The choice is yours, the paths were in front of you, the right path or the left path, the light or the darkness. Open up your mind and choose the path that won't make you regret on a day there's no Protector except Allah. One more thing is Allah always has a right to take back His guidance if we're astray and neglected. So keep improve ourself, never cursed person that you felt like they're such an evil, might be one day if Allah gives his guidances that 'evil' person become much more better than you and Allah could also make vice versa towards you. But yes it is our duty to promotes good deeds and prevent bad deeds in anyway that we could. Make du'a for all mankind, may Allah gives us all His guidance.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Will You Marry Her?

Assalamualaykum all. 

When we talk about marriage, there's a lot of perception would be described. For some, they look at it in a positive way but also there's some that look at it in a negative way as they might heard or experienced something bad in marriage. Oh wait, when I write about marriage, some might think I'm not the right person to write about it as I'm not married yet. Well, this is not what I'm saying, this is from our prophet SAW, the article was released by one brother about the decision on marriage. Its written in a beautiful way so people that having a negative thinking about marriage might change their mind. Allahua'lam. Marriage is a sunnah and there is a huge blessed from Allah for those whose married for His sake.
Al Hafidh al Mizzi states in Tahdeeb al Kamaal: 11/194: 
Yahya ibn Yayha an Naysaboori said: 

I was with Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah when a man approached him and said: 
“O Abu Muhammad, I came to complain to you about my wife, I am the most lowly and disliked of things to her.” 
Sufyan remained silent for a while then said: “It may be that you were only interested in her to increase yourself in honor.” 
The man said: “Yes, O Abu Muhammad.” 
Sufyan said: “Whoever seeks honor [by marrying a woman] will be tested with lowliness, and whoever seeks wealth [by marrying a woman] will be tested with poverty, but whoever looks for righteousness [in a woman], then Allah would combine both honor and wealth with righteousness for him in her.” 
He then told him a story, he said: 
“We were four brothers; Muhammad, ‘Imran, Ibraheem and me. Muhammad was the oldest, ‘Imran was the youngest and I was in between. 
When Muhammad wanted to get married, he was interested in lineage, so he married a woman of better lineage than him, so Allah tested him with lowliness. 
‘Imran was interested in wealth, so he married a woman who was wealthier than him, so Allah tested him with poverty. They took his wealth and didn’t give him anything. 
So I pondered over their affair. Ma’mar ibn Rashid traveled to us so I spoke to him about the affair and told him of their story. He reminded me of the Ahadeeth that ‘A-isha and Yahya ibn Ja’dah narrated. 
As for Ja’dah’s Hadeeth; the Prophet - صلى الله عليه وسلم - said: 
“A woman is married for four reasons: righteousness, lineage, wealth and beauty. Marry the one with righteousness and you will be successful.” 
‘A-isha’s Hadeeth is as follows; the Prophet - صلى الله عليه وسلم – said: 
“The woman with the greatest blessing is the one with the least Mahr [dowry]” 
So I chose righteousness and a small dowry, following the Sunnah of the Messenger - صلى الله عليه وسلم – so Allah combined honor, wealth and righteousness for me [in my wife].”

Subhanallah, as I'm a girl, I reflected this hadith in other ways. Islam put the highest respect and honor to the righteous woman, who would definitely obey Allah and Rasul. For this obedience she would obey her husband, being loyal to him and take good care of him as she knew, that her Jannah is when her husband pleased her. She would always support and willing to serve her husband the best she could for Allah's sake. 

So sisters, if you feel like you are not beautiful or you are not rich and having not so-good lineage, remember, Allah gives you a special place if you're the righteous one. Never feel like there's no one would ever married you as you are not beautiful. Allah would send you the right person, who's didn't look at you beauty, lineage and wealth rather than your religion. If you are a righteous woman yet there's no man ask for you, remain to be a righteous one, because  you're not being pious to make man married to you and believe that Allah has a better plan for you. 

"Vile women are for vile men, and vile men for vile women. Good women are for good men, and good men for good women; such are innocent of that which people say: For them is pardon and a bountiful provision." (Annur:26)

Are you hesitate of whats Allah'd promised you? That, good woman is for a good man and I firmly believe if we're not being unite with our partners in dunya, we'll be unite in akhirah, in Jannah and lemme as you, whats better than Mr Jannah? So sisters, preserve your dignity, remain your modesty and keep shining like a stars thats glitter on a dark sky. May Allah SWT grant us pious companions for this journey and the hereafter ameen. 

Friday, October 15, 2010

When You Missed Someone

Assalamualaykum all,
Good evening, hows your life went? Hope everything is good. I'm in library right now, trying to do something for my assignment. While I'm busy hitting my lappy's keyboards, suddenly my cell phone vibrating, sounded that there was a message just entered my inbox. I quickly checked it and I found that was Ummi, my beloved mother who'd message me.

"My darling, what are you doing?"
"I'm in library Ummi, how about ya?"
"I just thinking of you, until my tears rolling down my cheeks."

Right after I read it, my eyes getting wet. I missed her too, so much! subhanallah. Just like she knew that I'm a bit tensed here with my study, seemed she could felt it as well! Ummi, momma, mother or any other name you would called them, they're really a great person in our world. They delivered us to this lovely world, took good care of us and sacrificed a lot for us. No words could described how much they'd love us. Thats why, mother have a very special place in Islam, it stated in quran and mentioned in hadith as well.

"And revere the wombs that bore you, for God is ever watchful over you." (4:1)
It should be obvious that our parents deserve our utmost respect and devotion - second only to God. Speaking in the Quran, God says:
"Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents; to Me is thy final Goal." (31:14)

A man once consulted the Prophet Muhammad about taking part in a military campaign. The Prophet asked the man if his mother was still living. When told that she was alive, the Prophet said: "(Then) stay with her, for Paradise is at her feet." (Al-Tirmidhi)

On another occasion, the Prophet said: "God has forbidden for you to be undutiful to your mothers." (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
A man once asked the Prophet to whom he should show the most kindness. The Prophet replied: "Your mother, next your mother, next your mother, and then your father." (Sunan of Abu-Dawood)

In other words, we must treat our mothers in a manner befitting their exalted position - and, again, revere the wombs that bore us.Subhanallah, have you ever ponder, how much have you did for your mother and father? How many times have you expressed your love to them? Have you ever once make they happy and proud of you? 

From now on, being nice to them, obey them as long as they obeyed Allah before its too late. I remind myself and anyone that wanted to be reminded. Allahualam

"When I came home in the rain,
Brother asked, why you didn't take an umbrella,
Sister advices, why didn't you wait until rain stopped,
Father angrily warmed, only after getting cold you will realized
But mother, while drying my face and my hair says "Stupid rain, couldn't it wait, till my child come home"
These are mothers

You said its a small deed

Assalamualaykum  all, Jumu'ah Mubarak! Blessed  essence is spreading as today is a great  day for muslims.  Prophet  SAW has gives us a great example on every matters. From the small stuff like how we enter the washroom to the huge matters like jihad fisabilillah. Sometimes when we think it is not important and just a small deed we tend to ignore it  and do not practice it. I'm gonna share with you on how Prophet SAW cuts his  nails. It is sunnah to follow  whats Rasulullah SAW practiced in his daily life.

"We have indeed, in the Messenger of Allah, a good example (of conduct) for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day." [Holy Qur'an 33: ayat 21]

Its  a  small deed you said but yet  you do not practice it. So today is your  stepping stone to start practice it, inshaallah. Have  a great day! :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

When Your Dream Is Not 'In Season'

Assalamualaykum All,

Alhamdulillah it such a serene and beautiful  morning. Yes it so early  in the morning  when I post this  note while I'm trying to finish my air modeling!  I just can't stop my fingers to type something that I eagerly wanna share with all of you. Its about a dreams, something that we couldn't escape as a human being. We live  a life and grew up with a  lot  of dreams, as we getting elder, our dreams developed to suit our age. But sometimes its seemed didn't work,  its so  hard to achieve  with such a tired and long journey, then we started to give up  and felt unhappy.The truth is our dream  is just not 'In Season'. This  is a simple story about a dream from my  sister in Islam, that we could ponder on for a seconds:

One time, I was in my backyard talking to a man who was helping me with my landscaping. It was the middle of winter and the grass was very brown. It looked as if it was totally dead. I commented to the man about how bad the grass looked and how dead it was. He said, "Well, Feriel, it doesn't look very good now but the truth is the grass is not dead, it's just not in season. In the springtime, this same grass will be just as lush and green as it can be." Sure enough, just a few months later that same brown, dry grass was a gorgeous bright green, filled with life and vitality.

I've found that life works the same way. Sometimes our circumstances look dead. It may look like a dream is dead, a relationship is dead, or a promise is dead. But you have to realize it may just be that it's not in season. It may be that it'll come back around in a new season. We can't give up just because things don't look the way we want them to in the season we are in. We have to dig our heels in and look with our eyes of faith to the new season that is on the horizon.

What am I saying? Just because something looks dead, don't write it off. Our Allah is a God of new beginnings. When we go through disappointments or setbacks, instead of getting down and discouraged or giving up, choose to have the attitude, "Even though it doesn't look good, I know the truth. It's not really dead; it's just not in season. I'm in springtime, but I know summertime is coming. So I'm going to lift up my head and get ready for the new things Allah is about to do." Friend, if you'll keep that attitude of faith you will receive strength to make it through to the next season and it won't be long until those dreams and desires will flourish in every area of your life! 
Keep dreaming friends!
 Trust in Allah, He knows whats best for us, when the dream is not whats best for us then why we should cry to lost it?  Thanks my dear sister, You give me some refreshment and reminder. May Allah bless you and all  of  us. Have a great day ahead and don't stop dreaming friend! :)

وَلِلّهِ غَيْبُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَإِلَيْهِ يُرْجَعُ الأَمْرُ كُلُّهُ فَاعْبُدْهُ وَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَيْهِ وَمَا رَبُّكَ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ

All that is hidden in the heavens and the earth lies within the power of Allah. To Him are all matters referred for judgment. So do serve Him, and place in Him all your trust. Your Lord is not heedless of what you do.  (11:123)

P/S: I think I need to talk to You  now my  Lord. Please gimme a strength  coz I know You would never lemme down. I put my trust on You..

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Don't sweat the small stuff

Assalamualaykum all, its been  a while I haven't update my blog, I've been busy with campus stuff and all students routine or should I said, this is just an excuse? Honestly, I was tensed with all the tasks, sometimes I felt  i can't stand anymore, i can't complete my tasks, it so difficult! What a silly though I ever had. ROFL. This is all dunya stuffs, small stuff babe! 

Yesterday, I went to book store with my best ever friend just to forget for a while about our study, get off from the giant fridge and seeking for a best book. After half an hour, in Xcess book store and  have a scanned read at some books, my eyes still glared at one small book, wrapped with yellow paper.  "Easier Than You Think", the title really attracted me as I'm really in a hard situation (Thats just what I though!!!). 

Don't sweat  the small stuff!  I keep repeated this  as I'm reading this book written by  Richard  Carlson. Just do it, give your best shoot! Tawaqal and make du'a. Thats what I should do, give my best on whats in my hand now. Don't keep worrying about anything that not yet happen, keep away the negative though and keep the good spirit up. We are the one that make a choice. I would like to share a story taken from this book, about the choices that we made and how it influence our daily life:

I woke up early today, excited about all I get to do before the clock strikes the midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. my job is to choose what kind of day i'm going to have. I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.
today, I can feel sad that I dont have more money, or be glad taht my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely  and o guide me away from waste. Today I ca grumble about my health, or I can rejoice that I am alive. Today I can lament over all my parents didn't giveme when I was a child, or I can be grateful that they allowed me to born.
Today I can cry because roses have thorns, or I can celebrate that thorns have roses. Today, I can whinde because I have a job, or I can shout for joy because I have a job  to do! Today I can complain because I have to go to school, or I can eagerly open my mind and fill it with new tidbits of knowledge. 
Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework, or I can feel honored because the Lord has  provided shelter for my mind and soul. Today stretches ahead of me waiting to be shaped and here I'am the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. Whats today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have. 
So have a great day-umless u have other plans.

So, why choose the path of complaint over the path of gratitude? Being grateful or being overextended~ Dont sweat the small stuff, please!! 


"And this life of the world is only amusement and play! Verily, the home of the Hereafter, that is the life indeed (i.e. the eternal life that will never end), if they knew"


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