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Assumptions 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

People always assume. To be fair, perhaps they say something from their own experience or maybe it is just something that other people say to them, and so they believed them.

We all know there is a rukhsoh (a lighter method) in our deen, but sometimes I always see people using the rukhsoh before even trying to do the proper way.

Like how I was on a Singapore Airlines flight and I needed to do my prayers. We know that we must try our best in praying whilst standing, do proper sujud and rukuk, face the qiblah etc, if it is not possible then you are allowed to do the second best. For example, you can pray in your seat.

So the assumption was that we are not on a muslim country airline like Malaysia Airlines or Qatar etc, obviously people will assume that they wouldn’t allow muslims to pray. But hey let’s try? What do we have to lose?

The stewardess not only let us pray at the back of the plane, she wanted to put down a blanket to cover the ground where we wanted to pray and even closed the curtain behind us so people won’t walk in. 

And Alhamdulillah, we managed to perform our prayers while standing, do a proper rukuk and sujud while facing the qiblah.

But of course, the plane wasn’t in a turbulence or anything of that sort. Just ask away, insyaAllah things will be fine.

People also asked me about my hijab. “You used your 60” hijab to the office?” 

Yes actually. I actually wear what I normally wear going out. Abaya or a dress with my 60” inch hijab, just throw a blazer on.

The HR person don’t even bother to explain to me the dress code because she said I’m well dressed. I have lecturers in campus coming up to me and complimenting me on what I am wearing for my presentations.

And at that point, I realised that no one is going to deduct my marks for not wearing the normal pants and tucked-in dress shirt. And no one is going to penalised me for not wearing heels or (thick) make up.

And I go to business school where we have presentations for almost all the modules. And obviously, our presentations are important. They check skirt length, sock length, flyaway hairs, whether you iron your clothes properly etc. And I even sit for four months in the client’s office, together with my supervisor/boss/head. 

At that point I realised that people assumed that you cannot dress like that (dress/abaya+large hijab) to a non-muslim office kind of setting. But have they actually tried?

Or maybe…. I really got lucky? To be surrounded by nice people. Maybe. And I am ever grateful for the ease He granted in obeying Him. Alhamdulillah thumma Alhamdulillah.

The point is, just try your best to obey Him. Don’t assume before you try. After all, if you are doing it for Him, He got your back.

May He make it easy for us all☺️

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Such is Life

(Continuation from the recent post: Believe)

And as you are reminded of the nature of life, in which you are constantly being tested, and perhaps there are doubts in your heart of the one giving you those tests, read on. 

The next two verses tell you that Allah had created the skies, with absolutely no faults and cracks. And then He questions: Can you find any cracks? And yet again, the next verse tells us to look again at the sky, are there any imperfections?

And somehow, whenever I look up at the sky, it reminded me so much of this life. 

On somedays, there can thunderstorms, there’ll be dark clouds. But on most days, you’ll see the blue sky, with its bouncy-looking white clouds.

The perfection of the sky includes some of the most magnificent view, such as during the sunrise and sunset. But it also includes some of the worst weather ever.

And such is life.

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Triangle

At some point of our lives, I think each and every one of us will come across people that genuinely care for us yet we don’t really like them. And then there are people that we actually love them but they don’t really care about us🤷🏻‍♀️

And with that, always remember that in whatever situation, you are dealing with Allah. Deal with the person how He wants you to. Life is a test. This is one of the tests.

It is hard? Absolutely 100%. 

Do I want to hang out with you? Nope. No. Why do I want to.

Taat. Taat. Taat. Jangan ikut perasaan sangat. 

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Believe

I find it beautiful that in one of the recommended surahs to read every night is Surah Mulk.

The first verse started out with ‘tabaarak’ (تبارك) – Blessed be He (Allah). If we were to talk about barakah, which is often explained to us in terms of wealth. That is, a small amount of money, if there is barakah in it, then it will suffice. Obviously, barakah doesn’t just apply to wealth.

The first verse is a reminder that in whatever situation you are in your life, with all the chaos going around, remember that He is in control and He has it all planned out. 

And the second verse reminds you of your permanent condition: you will be tested.

And in just these two verses, it is as if a means to coax as well as to reaffirm your heart after all that it has been through.

This life is a test, He is in control, Believe.

Although you are chocked up with your own tears, believe.

Quran 67:1-2

تَبَٰرَكَ ٱلَّذِى بِيَدِهِ ٱلْمُلْكُ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things.

ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَ ٱلْمَوْتَ وَٱلْحَيَوٰةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا ۚ وَهُوَ ٱلْعَزِيزُ ٱلْغَفُورُ

Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving;

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Taken care of

I just started to cry, thinking about the fact that this baby and her mother I am looking at, is perhaps like me and Allah.

ولله مثل الأعلى

A baby, being a baby, can aimlessly go play with things that are dangerous. Or a coughing kid would want a cold drink.

The mum, being the mum, would obviously take the dangerous thing away from the baby and would not give the sick kid the cold drink.

And the baby and the kid would end up crying, throwing tantrums and stuff, not capable of understanding why the mother did what she did.

And sometimes you would cry your heart out to Allah wanting whatever that you ever wanted, not capable of understanding why He did what He did.

“His withholding from you is, in reality, a form of giving.”

He is taking care of you.

Husnuzzhann Billah.

22/8/2017

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What gets measured gets done

It was in one of the slides in my strategic planning and budgeting lecture notes:

“What gets measured gets done.” 

Which is true. We work harder for a test rather than a mock test right?

And so I questioned my belief in the one that accounts for every single thing that I do.

(18:49)

وَوُضِعَ ٱلْكِتَٰبُ فَتَرَى ٱلْمُجْرِمِينَ مُشْفِقِينَ مِمَّا فِيهِ وَيَقُولُونَ يَٰوَيْلَتَنَا مَالِ هَٰذَا ٱلْكِتَٰبِ لَا يُغَادِرُ صَغِيرَةً وَلَا كَبِيرَةً إِلَّآ أَحْصَىٰهَا وَوَجَدُوا۟ مَا عَمِلُوا۟ حَاضِرًا وَلَا يَظْلِمُ رَبُّكَ أَحَدًا

“And the record [of deeds] will be placed [open], and you will see the criminals fearful of that within it, and they will say, “Oh, woe to us! What is this book that leaves nothing small or great except that it has enumerated it?” And they will find what they did present [before them]. And your Lord does injustice to no one.”

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Favourites 

Why don’t you like cakes?

Well, I just don’t…..

Isn’t that just a proof that God exists? We are just wired somehow. No matter how great the human race has accomplished thus far, we can’t deny the fact that there is an entity that have created and shaped us cells by cells to make  us who we are today. It is just so amazing isn’t it?