Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Blues~~~

There's actually nothing about Monday blues :P. Sorry to trick you into it. I promise you it will be very quick. The reason for this post is because of the urge of 'I-just-have-got-to-share-it-here'. Especially to remind myself over and over again laaa..

Indeed, the righteous will be among gardens and springs, Accepting what their Lord has given them. Indeed, they were before that doers of good. They used to sleep but little of the night, And in the hours before dawn they would ask forgiveness, And from their properties was [given] the right of the [needy] petitioner and the deprived.(Quran 51:15-19)
Yes Amelia... to sleep little. *clear throat*... But bukan sleep little by spending time watching anime ker.. or korean drama series ker.. the answer is on verse 18....

Verse 18 highlights the greatness of the one-third of the night "And in the hours before dawn they would ask forgiveness". It is narrated by Abu Hurairah r.a.:
Allah's Apostle (p.b.u.h) said, "Our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, comes every night down on the nearest Heaven to us when the last third of the night remains, saying: "Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?" (Sahih Bukhari) 
You see~~ He is always waiting for us. To forgive us. I love you Allah!

And to the last verse.. since my Arabic is close to zero, I have also searched for other translations too. In one of the translations, verse 19 was translated as "...to give to those needy who 'asked' (for Sadaqah) and to those who did not 'asked' (for Sadaqah). Aaaa... if you haven't paid your Zakat.. silalah do so ye. Zakat pendapatan.. zakat simpanan.. zakat emas or perak... That goes to me too. Got to do it soon too. :P Trust me, you will never go bankrupt by giving your portion.  Instead Allah has promised to give you more in return. ;)

That's it. Back to work everyone... Enjoy your Monday! :D Told you it's going to be quick!

Friday, December 9, 2011

What???!

So yesterday, on our way back home, Insyirah, Ibrahim and I played the 'I imagine' game which was pretty much adapted from the 'I spy' game. How did Ibrahim play? Well.. I did the asking and the talking.. on behalf of Ibrahim.. :P

Not too long after that, Yaby decided to join in. And so he asked.. 

Yaby: I imagine... something tall.. orange.. and love to eat leaves...
Insyirah: GIRAFFE!
Everyone: Yeay!!!~~

Yaby: I imagine... something that lives in the sea... big and... and wear purple colour underpants...
Me: WHAT??!!
Insyirah: A PUFFER FISH!!!
Yaby and Insyirah: Yeay!!!~~

Yes yes.. I know.. I know.. where's the link to it? Well you see, if you have kids and have come across the 'word world', you might have seen in one of the episodes where the Duck trying to sing the twinkle-twinkle little stars song. But because, Duck was too nervous, he sang something like "Twinkle-twinkle little ANTs.. I'm wearing purple underpants..." (<-- heard Insyirah sing it many2 times and laugh her heart out). And so since then, Insyirah was obsessed with "purple underpants"!!! The latest victim of her somewhat crazy imagination was that to have a puffer fish wearing a purple underpants. And so, that is the answer to your query... hehehehe....

Friday, December 2, 2011

Good.. good.. good...

It's Friday!! I know.. I know.. the best day in the whole week.. :)

Anyway.. I would like to share something which I 'freshly' got from my usrah today. Allow me.. :)

Remember the famous tag line of; 
"sesungguhnya Allah tidak akan mengubah nasib sesuatu kaum melainkan mereka berusaha untuk mengubahnya sendiri.."
Before this, I have always understand this lines as - Allah will only help those who help themselves. In other words, it is you who determine your state of life whether to work for the greater good or the total opposite. Full stop. Nothing more.. nothing less. Who are with me?

But you see, in surah Surah Ar-Ra'd verse 11, it's translation says;
"For each (person), there are angels in succession, before and behind him. They guard him by the Command of Allah. Verily! Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah). But when Allah wills a people's punishment, there can be no turning back of it, and they will find besides Him no protector."
I suggest you read the translation again. Did you see it now?

In this verse, it starts off by saying that for everyone of us, by the Command of Allah, there are angels guarding us in succession. It means that not for even a blink of an eye that we are left without angels guarding us. These angels are in front of us and behind us. After this statement comes the famous translation. Only now, we have to see it from a different angle. It says, "Verily! Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah)". 

What it is saying is that, by default, everyone is in good condition. Allah has prepared us with His best bodyguard and giving us only the best. But due to mistakes that we have done whether by committing sins or just being ungrateful, then only we change our state from good to bad. In other words, it is by our bad doings which has led us into bad state.

I guess the only solution to bring ourselves back on track i.e. the good condition is by doing more good and seboleh mungkin avoid the not so good. ;)

Happy Friday!!! 


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Important note: The first quote still stands as it is. Both quotes are to be used in a totally different contexts. ;)