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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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Prayer

I was asking Him to lift the physical pain from you
Then I remembered what the family of Sayyidina Yassir رضي الله عنهم got
So I stayed quiet
Lost
Wrapped myself in His words instead
وما عند الله خير وأبقى
I just don’t know what to ask
So I just mentioned the name I called you to Him
That’s all I did

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Solaah

Summarization: I had a dream in which a dead body was asked about its prayer. The answer given was what it gave in this world “Five minutes. Five Minutes”

I hope this dream i had
Will change something in this heart
There could be a lesson here
To be ponder upon

I was together with a few others
Wrapping something with a white cloth as if doing kufn
It was not still though
It wrestles with us as if not wanting to be covered

With the instructions of someone
We listened and finally the kufn was done

I stared at it wondering what is inside
It looks like a rectangular box just now
But now it is as if a body of a small frame person
The bottom covered with a small pool of blood

We were about to leave the ‘dead body’
But the one instructing us just now gestured us to wait
As if to witness what will happen to it
And to make us to take back home something from it

It was asked about solaah
The pillar of our diin
The prayer that is obliged by muslims
Five times a day, everyday

The answer to it?
I heard as if a recording player was played
With some noisy background
The mayyit responded : “Five Minutes. Five Minutes!”

Suddenly in a blink of an eye
It got Extinguised?! Evaporated!? Poof!?
I do not know!
Oh what just happened to the mayyit?!

Ya Rahmaan do not make me
A disobedient servant to you
Someone who ignores the call of the prayer
Or perhaps delays it to later

Ya Rabbii 
Grant me goodness in this world
And goodness in the hereafter
And save me from the chastisement of the fire

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Allahumma Aamiin