Betapa pentingnya mengenal diri dan mengenal Allah.. #peringatan
Betapa pentingnya mengenal diri dan mengenal Allah.. #peringatan
Whether it happens or not, after hurting someone’s feelings through sarcasm, criticism, or curse words, we may feel very happy, content and relieved. More so if there was no counter attack from the other party. If this is the case, it’s a sign that our hearts are tainted with impurity and low mannerisms regardless of the fact that externally we are viewed as a good person or a hero by society. Indeed this is a rotten crop that is harvested through our wrong deeds or lack of sincerity.
Whether it happens or not, after committing the aforementioned action, we may feel regret over it afterwards. Thus, we try to mend the situation, wipe it out completely (if we are able to), or seek forgiveness. If this is the case, it’s a sign that our hearts still contain the light of iman, ihsan and good conduct—a good seed that will bear the fruit of taqwa if we are to nurture it properly.”
— Ust. Zaharuddin Abd. Rahman (via anaabuzayd)
You’re welcome! Alhamdulillah for His reminders.. May Allah help us to become better Muslims, aameen :)
I just realised that whenever I read spiritual or self-help books, I would usually feel good at first. But then, as I read further, trying to comprehend the content of the book, I would become unusually negative. My bad traits started to come out all at once and it really bothered (the inner) me. Eventually, these traits were washed away just by renewing my intention and implementing the advice step by step…
Just like when we try to clean the sink drain with certain chemicals, it will release some unpleasant smell or stinky fizzy bubbles.. Every single day a sink drain is always filled in with kitchen grease or other liquid waste. Every once in a week, you would need to clean and clear the sink drain so that it won’t be clogged. We are like that sink drain. Every day we are receiving ‘waste’ from outside elements whether we like it or not. We are all surrounded by evil things. One good example is advertisements. They are everywhere, online and even offline. Even though we pray 5 times a day, we still cannot fully erode the waste if we do not take some time to reflect to cleanse our soul. We often don’t realize that the quality of each of our prayer is much more important than the quantity of our prayers. In this scenario, prayer is like water. No matter how much water is being put into the sink, the grease won’t go away if it’s cold. Unless we do something to make the water hotter. The hot water (quality prayer) would help speed up the process in clearing the sink drain (spiritual self). The chemicals (dhikr or istighfar) used to get rid of the grease and waste would do the job effectively. In the process of putting those chemicals, unpleasant smell (negative or bad traits) will be released. But after some time, with hot water (quality prayer), the sink drain will finally be cleared and cleaned again.
Truly, it’s a never ending process…tiring oneself at one point but worth the doing as gaining Allah’s pleasure is the most important thing. InshaAllah, so we could achieve the eternal blessing :)
Imam Anwar al Awlaki رحمه الله (via fa-tubalilghuraba)
I don’t think this is applicable to every girl but I can definitely relate to this. Sigh…
Dear friends/followers, are any of you currently living in Bangkok? If you are, please let me know. I’d like a favour to ask.. Thank you :)
— (via moeyhashy)
Day 338: Your opinion on gay marriage.
I believe I’ve already answered this last time here.
*1 day overdue*
Day 337: Describe the best day of your life.
Honestly I don’t know which day is the best day of my life but I’ll just share with you the day that I was the happiest, without any worries at all. It was in 2008 when I was away from my family physically but they were with me mentally…and also I was surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes and historical sites. I find it mysterious in a beautiful way.. Thank god, I’ve written a journal about it! :)
Wednesday (16th July) HIROSHIMA STUDY TRIP
11.00am: Shinkansen (Bullet train)
We departed from the Institute by bus at 9.00am and arrived at the Shin-Osaka train station 2 hours later. We then got onto the Shinkansen or Bullet train. As I entered the Shinkansen, I was surprised to see that it was very spacious. The seats were comfortable and there were no safety belts. Even the compartments didn’t have any covers. I read the manual at the seat and learned that the bullet train travels 245km/h. It was unbelievably fast and the ride on the train was so smooth. It took about 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Hiroshima train station.
12.30pm: Hiroshima train station
As soon as we arrived, we went to the hotel nearby, Granvia Hotel to have our buffet lunch. The lunch was delicious! My Muslim friends and I were thankful that the hotel prepared some halal food for us, Alhamdulillah. We had our free time for the next 2 hours and we spent it on going to the souvenier shops nearby.
3.00pm: Mazda Museum
We visited Mazda Museum. We didn’t know that Mazda Museum is actually in Hiroshima. Once we got there, we received a little present from the company, which is a Mazda car key chain. We then were brought to a tour around the museum. It was so fascinating to see the history of the old cars and each of the cars was in good condition. It displayed various types of cars from the first car it published until the latest one. We also were brought to the cars factory and watched the car engineers worked at it. We finally took pictures with the displayed cars for remembrance. It was awesome :)
5.15pm: Miyajima Island by ferry
We went to Miyajima Island by ferry which took us about 15 minutes. The island looked very peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful. We were welcomed by the staff from the hotel that we would be staying. It was the Hotel Miya Rikyu, which is a Japanese traditional style hotel. It took us less than 5 minutes walking to the hotel. I also saw many Shika (deers) walking around the area.
The friendly hotel staff welcomed us very warmly. The ambience of the hotel was very pleasant and traditional. We were briefed about our dinner at 7.00pm. We were told to wear Yukata, which would be provided by the hotel. We also had to share rooms with everyone. I would share a room with my Muslim friends, Dila and Hanim. I actually requested to share with them because of my experience last time in Nikko Hotel in 2001 where I shared a room with other members from ASEAN countries. My friends then were taking pictures of me while praying in the room. It was really awkward and I couldn’t focus on my prayers.. So I didn’t want the same thing to happen again. Plus, I needed the privacy. I was glad that the Institute respected our decision, Alhamdulillah..
The room was incredibly spacious. It had a bathroom, a toilet separated from the bathroom, a mirror section complete with the hair dryer and toiletries, a sofa, a table for four, a lovely view of the island, a TV set and a Tatami mat. We rested until before 7.00pm.
All of us were wearing Yukata for dinner. We had our own table on the floor and there were already food being served. It felt like I was in the Japan’s old days, like a typical Japanese. The food that we ate were Kaki or Oysters, Japanese fried rice, Chawan-mushi, Hiroshima-style Miso soup, Sashimi, fruits and many more. It was really fun eating the yummy and colourful food. The experience was really worth it. The dinner had been really wonderful.
8.30pm: Taiko (Drum) Performance
After dinner, we went to the lobby to watch a drum performance by the people of Miyajima Island. The performance was really lively, especially when talented people were playing it. We applauded with joy and wanted to hear more. After that, the audience were allowed to try. My three friends were called on stage so they could play. It was really fun watching them play while the audience cheered for them.
9.00pm: Night walk around the Island
My friends and I decided to take a walk around the island. We were wearing Yukata and Geta (Japanese traditional slipper). It was quite hard walking with it but it was a good experience. We went to see the famous Miyajima Torii, a floating gate of the Itsukushima Shrine. FYI: Miyajima means ‘shrine island’. The shrine is partially constructed over water and features the famous red torii gate. At low tide, we could actually walk around the columns of the structure but not at high tide because the gate would seem to float in the waves around it. There were many tourists near the torii area when we were busy taking pictures of it.
We went back to our room and were surprised to see the futon (mattress) already been laid out for us. It was really cosy and we slept well. What a wonderful evening!
…and ever since that day, I told myself that I would return to the island with my future spouse, inshaAllah! I still don’t know when that will be but, one can always dream :)
"Dan orang-orang yang berjihad untuk (mencari keridhaan) Kami, Kami akan tunjukkan kepada mereka jalan-jalan Kami. Dan sungguh, Allah beserta orang-orang yang berbuat baik." (29:69)
*2 days overdue*
Day 336: Describe the worst day of your life.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a ‘worst day’ but I’ve had some ‘worse moments’ in my life. I don’t really see it as the worst because whatever ‘bad’ things that happened to me, each was always accompanied by good things in that very moment. It’s true, I was hurt and depressed because of someone and because of some organization…but you know what? I had some people around me who were willing to listen to me and my stories.. Alhamdulillah ‘ala kulli hal..
So I guess this reminded me of this verse:
"Verily with every difficulty, there is relief.” (Al-Quran, 94:6)
*3 days overdue*
Day 335: Which fictional character are you most like?
I have yet to find. Something tells me I will not find it in any books :D