Tuesday, 19 August 2014

back to basics

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh ! 

Aaah, it feels so good to type in the familiar box again. Noticed the exclamation mark next to my salam ? Yup, excitement right there. Trails just ended and boy, am I glad it's over ! I missed my blog sooo much but I had to restrain myself so I don't end up ranting here instead of digging my face in my books haha. If any of you follow me on Twitter, for the next 3 months if you see me replying to people and retweeting stuff for too long by all means, tweet me and tell me to shove my face back in my books. Thanks haha. 

So, during my trials it was back to staying up and always having a book with me but in the midst of reading my agama notes, I came across a topic I would really like to talk write about because I felt like it gave me a smack right in the face.

The Holy Quran

We had this one topic that we learned about the greatness of the Holy Quran. It told us the history of how the Quran was being passed down to human beings and stuff. We were taught that the Quran was sometimes revealed like the ringing of a bell only heard by the Prophet PBUH, was thrown into the Prophet's PBUH heart and also through a dream. The Quran became our guidance and the source of our ancestors' knowledge in the early years ever since it was passed down to us. 


"If We had sent down this Qur'an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah . And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought."  Quran (59:21)

The responsibility of the learning the amazing ayahs of the Quran was so big that if it was sent to other living things, they won't be able to take that big of a responsibility. Only human beings were able to do so. The ayah also teaches us that we have to ponder upon the greatness of the Quran and how far we'd go to learn and understand the Quran. Then, it hit me. All the days I put the worldly things before spending a minute or two reading the Quran, suddenly didn't seem so worth it anymore. I even started to remember how it felt like when every time I was sad or I needed guidance, I read the Quran. I felt like the emptiness in my chest was filled with all these wonderful feeling of worship and gratitude. I also remembered how much I liked that feeling. So, I'm back to my "Quran time" every night after Isya' or before Maghrib. Been missing out for quite awhile, sigh. Alhamdulillah, I lived to see another day and was given the chance appreciate more things in life.



Sunday, 3 August 2014

for you, palestine.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh 

Yesterday, I got the chance to experience what a rally was like but this rally, came with a good cause. Alhamdulillah, it opened my eyes even more to things that was happening in the world. Viva Palestina Malaysia together with Aqsa Syarif held a peaceful rally at Dataran Merdeka in support of Palestinians. 

It was such a beautiful view, to see people despite of race and religion come together showing the face of humanity. I cannot think of a better way to have spent my Saturday. We chanted freedom for Palestine, freedom for the children throughout the whole hour. There was a flash mob and people weren't even bothered by the hot weather, masyaaAllah, bless your good souls. 

I can no longer express my anger and sadness for Palestine anymore. It has come to a point where the red line has been crossed and from war, it has turned into genocide. It feels like there is no more hope in humanity. Until yesterday. When I saw almost 50 000 people protesting and standing up for Palestine, I knew that no matter how dark the journey gets, we will always find a light, insyaaAllah. I am now convinced that no matter how small and weak we may seem compared to Israel, we will not let Palestine die without a fight. I will try my level best to keep on raising awareness and educating people on what is really happening in their land. Palestine's land, not Israel's. Even if takes hundreds of rallies to attend to alert the world on what is happening then be it, hundreds of rallies I will show up to. I will stand strong with Palestine and I, not just as Muslim, as a human, will not let them die without a fight. 












Friday, 25 July 2014

ignorance is not bliss

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh 

I got stuck in the hospital for like a week and couldn't fast for so long because of dengue, I started regretting the days I took my healthy body for granted. In all seriousness though, all I really did was sleep and I did a lot of thinking about a lot of things but on top of my list is the war that is going on. One day, I woke up from my sleep and the top tweet on my Twitter was a picture of a father crying beside his daughters' bodies. His daughters being covered in blood and some gun shots. My heart shattered into pieces. 

How could someone be so inhumane ? How could someone point a sniper at innocent children and pull the trigger ? How could someone ignore the terrified look in the people's eyes before they shoot ? How could someone go to sleep at night knowing they killed a family, probably hundreds a day ? How could someone look at a little girl they're about to shoot and not think about their daughters, nieces ? 

Infinite questions lingering in thin air, yet nobody has the answers. I don't have much to offer to the people suffering but I can offer you my prayers so that Allah SWT keeps you safe and grants you Jannah for your bravery in standing up for our religion. Allah SWT is testing them with such a big test in this holy month but they're still standing strong and I hope the world is standing with them. My heart breaks for the people but I will always, with all my imaan- always pray for you. 




Sunday, 6 July 2014

Ramadhan thoughts

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

A week in Ramadhan and Alhamdulillah, so far so good ! What about you guys ? I hope you have started on that checklist because it helps a lot. I'm trying to complete everything on the checklist but I'm still a few deeds short, insyaaAllah soon !

I've been listening to Sheikh Mishary a lot lately because somehow, I really miss Mekah. I haven't had the chance to experience Ramadhan in Mekah yet, but I can feel it in my bones that it would be amazing. I miss the surrounding of smiling people, the sight of the Kaabah everyday, the sight of people reading the Quran and doing zikr literally all the time, the sight of people rushing to the masjid to get there in time to join the jemaah, I just miss everything there. I forget to worry about the petty worldly things there, I guess that's the beauty of being in a place that reminds you so much of how beautiful your religion is. It reminds me of how I haven't been grateful about being a Muslim. I am so lucky to be able to experience and learn about the beauty of Islam. I am so lucky Allah SWT made Islam put women so high but men still get equality. I am so lucky Allah SWT made Islam restrict food and drinks that are bad for my health. I am so lucky Allah SWT made Islam, a religion that practices both the temporary and permanent world. I am so lucky to be given the chance to be a Muslim and everyday, I am grateful for that. I hope that the All Mighty forgives me if there is ever a time that I am ungrateful for that. This holy month has got me thinking and reflecting about a lot of things, Alhamdulillah. 3 more weeks to go, hope you all have been doing nothing but good deeds this month !

missing Mekah :(



Sunday, 29 June 2014

Ramadhan, welcome back !

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Alhamdulillah, we get to experience another month full of mercy, gratitude, kindness and love. I cannot believe how fast time is flying. I don't know if you guys notice but I say this in almost all of my posts haha because it's true ! One minute, it's only the beginning of the year and the next, we're already fasting for Ramadhan ! This year, I'm even more excited than usual. I have all these things I'm planning to do and I have a checklist I got from Twitter too ! Tahajjud, be kind, no backbiting, sharing my Iftar, making my parents smile, tell my parents I love them and so much more. I've put my mind into it so now, I'm hoping to achieve it. 

print 4 of these to cover the whole month of Ramadhan
and start ticking on your good deeds !

Before I forget, I seek forgiveness to those who I have wronged before and I hope that this holy month can be a new start for us. To those that I may or may not have hurt with either my words or actions, forgive me. Forgive me if I have responded rudely, not responded at all or anything that might have hurt you in anyway. Most importantly, I hope we all learn to forgive ourselves. Forgiveness from others and forgiveness from the All Mighty is granted, important but we also need to forgiveness from within. We all have done things that we regret so, don't beat yourself up. There's always time to improve and for as long as you live, you will always improve, insyaaAllah. Ramadhan has always been the month that I look forward to because I see all different kinds of people trying to change themselves for the better. Even if people call you "Ramadhan Muslim", so what ? Today, you may be a Ramadhan Muslim but who knows, tomorrow you will be a full time Mukmin ? Have faith in yourself and have faith in Allah SWT. Ramadhan Mubarak, my dear sisters & brothers !




Sunday, 15 June 2014

7teen

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh 

I can't believe I'm actually saying this but I'm pretty excited for school. Sad that the holidays have come to an end but pumped to start pushing myself to really study hard. All I want to focus on for the next few months of my high school life would be studying and achieving straight As for my parents. If any of you have the same plan, may the odds be ever in your favor.

I'd like to say thank you to everyone who wished me on my birthday, I hope I replied to all of you ! If I didn't, I'm so sorry but thank you. Someone planned a really nice surprise for me and there are some memorable and precious pictures I'd like to share !

hugging the girl that played a huge role in inviting all my good friends, del <3
of course, the camwhoring begins hahaha
keanu giving a speech on behalf of my friends
papa giving a speech on behalf of asyraf's family
mummy giving a speech on behalf of my family
i may or may not have cried :p

seeing almost all my closest friends from different schools and the people that meant a lot to me in one room, was probably the second best thing that night (first best thing was the surprise duhh haha)



pictures with the families.


so grateful for the both of them.
zane never misses the cake cutting and candle blowing hahaha
not forgetting, the someone that made it all happen. you are literally the best.
i have never met someone so kind, so loving and so patient. i have forgotten what it's like
to not have your presence in my life and i hope that i will never have to remember
because i'll always want you around. you make me so happy, it's unbelievable.
i may not say it enough but it's true, you know it is. i don't know what i did to deserve you.
 thank you for everything.
i love you so much, Sheikh Asyraf Bux.




Sunday, 1 June 2014

ramadhan enthusiasm


"Zakah expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect [zakah] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah for the [stranded] traveller - an obligation [imposed] by Allah. and Allah is Knowing and Wise." (Quran 9:60)

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

June. My favourite month has finally arrived ! My holidays started off pretty well and I'd say, one of the most productive holidays I've had. How's yours been going on ? Can't believe Ramadhan is coming soon ?! So excited ! 

Speaking of Ramadhan, do you guys want to score some extra pahala with me ? My grand aunty came by last week and told me about this great refugee charity. I know what you're thinking, "Refugees ? All those illegal immigrants, why would we want to help them when they enter our country illegally ?". Now now, clear all those negative thoughts. It's a month that's supposed to be about sharing and caring, right ?  Since refugees have to go through a tough time trying to make a living here, a small community of masyaAllah, amazing and kind hearted people decided to help them this coming Ramadhan. 

They will start by collecting donations and trying to get sponsors to help raise money to buy some food and drinks for the people. Then, on the first day of Ramadhan, they will pick a suitable place to give out the food for free as a little gift for berbuka. They are hoping to raise enough money to at least feed a thousand people since the amount of Muslim refugees in our country is quite a number. They also need a lot of volunteers on the day they give out the food because they will need all the help they can get. I will give out details on this little charity work soon and I'm hoping to get my blog readers to help out ! I will, insyaAllah be there to participate as well. Man, I'm psyched for Ramadhan !