People we miss.

I remember his funny made-up songs, his laughter, his eyes that smile and his ability to spread warmth to those around him. For me, it only feels like yesterday since we played computer games together even though he has been gone for nearly 12 years now. He must have been 27 by now, tall and handsome. He was up so late, cooking for me instant noodles, curry flavored I remember. Such a darling little brother was he, and a very good son. He had his own tantrums, but he was an example of a sound heart. I can never forget him, he means so much to us. His voice still exists in our heart. For someone Allah loves more than we love him, it has always been a goal to at least reunite with him in Paradise. It has always been an ultimate reminder if we ever deviate a little from that main goal, to go back and fix things. To see him again, after seeing Allah and His messenger. I miss him dearly. And now, three people I held so dearly in my heart have joined his peaceful slumber. Bibim, Babuajah and Nurun Naqiah.

Every time I think about them, there’s always this painful lump stuck in my throat, difficult to swallow. I know for sure, that I won’t be able to see them again in this world, but I believe that I still have a chance to see them in heaven. How much contributions they have given to this world for the sake of Allah, how much good deeds they have done to fulfill the criteria of the best of creation… I can never imagine how blessed they were to have died a peaceful death, with sweet scent filling their grave as we finally part. I wonder how my death would be like. I wonder how can I join their sweet-smelling journey to heaven. I wonder how much impact I am going to leave after I am gone.

Truly, I am not sure. My heart tells me it’s not enough. It’s not even reaching a little of partially enough. Allah… guide us… to Your Straight Path.

The choice is solely yours.

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Have we not made for him two eyes?

And a tongue and two lips?

And have shown him the two ways?

But he has not broken through the difficult pass.

Surah al-Balad ayahs 8-11

All praises to Allah that we can still breathe normally, even though if we come to think, we have received a lot of free stuff in this world without having the slightest constant awareness to thank Allah for giving us such free stuff. If only oxygen was price-tagged with as low as one cent per inhalation, imagine how much indebted we are to Allah by now for having to pay to stay alive. Even rain is free. Imagine if every droplet was charged such and such dollars per usage, and we need them just to at least avoid forest fires (that could lead to haze, and lack of colors in our lives). I wonder how we would survive, with all the other bills to pay, stomachs to fill, fees to settle, things to buy. Alhamdulillah thumma alhamdulillah for whatever He has given us, without asking for anything in return. And as to why shouldn’t we show our gratitude to Him with obedience then?

Partly, because maybe we forgot to register that fact in our hearts. The fact that He has given us food, shelter, protection, help – you name it – and He has not the slightest needs from us in return. It is up to us, to strengthen our dependency on Him, putting Him at the center of our life. Face it, we have a choice. A choice given to everyone fair and square, to either remember Him or forget Him. To follow the Straight Path or deviate from it. To make bad assumptions or think good about everything. The choice is solely ours.

So if we end up asking for an extension for assignment/thesis submission, think again. We can’t fully blame people around us, events that occurred that hindered us from finishing thesis on time. The choice is ours whether to act or react to whatever that is occurring in our lives. I guess, this is the most painful slap on my own face. I am just so emotional lately. Reactive, sensitive, you name it. And when emotions seep in, I lost control of my own openness to accept differences. I blamed the system, the people in the corrupted system, other people who support the people in the corrupted system, other people who seemed to be opposing the system behind its back but later on defending the system when I voice out my opposition to the system. I blamed everyone who has ideas not in line with mine. Now that, my friend, is doom for me. It’s when I realized that long gone my daily reflection exercises for myself that I stopped evaluating and re-evaluating my “off” behaviors.

When I think about it again, I guess, I am pretty much messed up with all these “I am a victim, can’t you see?” mindset. And now I am off for another adventure to find the lost me or the remedy for this dangerous mindset. How? Where?

Here (points to the heart). Allah. Reminds of ayah 16-17 from surah al-Hadiid:

Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth? And let them not be like those who were given the Scripture before, and a long period passed over them, so their hearts hardened; and many of them are defiantly disobedient.

Know that Allah gives life to the earth after its lifelessness. We have made clear to you the signs; perhaps you will understand.

Surah al-Hadid ayah 16-17

That’s pretty much self-explanatory I guess. If Allah could give life to earth after its lifelessness, then a dying heart should be just “kacang” (easy-peasy) for Allah to do.

So yes. Return to Allah, ask for the remedy (yeah, basically this is me, talking to myself and trying to revive this heart by blogging).

Back to Social Studies now.

Tuesday Mubarak everyone!

When I feel like I’m slowly losing it

I haven’t been blogging much these days. I have always wanted to type whatever I have in my head – these endless thoughts, reflections, even a scene from a book (or several books) I have not even started writing (and yet, I come to a chapter of that non-existent book). Swarmed with lots of work made me realize that I am super-occupied and I like the feeling of that. I love being occupied with work to finish, deadlines to catch, even problems to solve. They made me feel alive. Then again, there is always one fraction of that occupied time when I ponder upon how much benefits I have sowed and provided to myself and those around me, because in the end, work should result in productivity. How productive my days have been, how beneficial I am to the society even to myself, these thoughts keep running in my head over and over.

I am always scared that during the Judgement Day, all those work I have done I will proudly pile up into mountains of pride, only to know that those mountains vanish into dust due to their uselessness – contained little or no benefits at all to anyone. What if all these while I am just doing work that contains little or no benefits at all to my life in the Hereafter?

Oh dear… and now Mr Writer’s Block has finally arrived yet again in front of my doorstep. I wonder when will I ever produce a rather beneficial post again…

Till then.

Becoming something we’re not

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I wonder why there has been an emergence of faces enhanced with animal ears or nose or whiskers on social networking sites these days. Maybe I am just  few steps behind. Maybe the trend has died down now. But that moment when it trended, it got me thinking for a few months – two months to be exact. Do we really enjoy losing humility over some bit of fun from changing our features? I’ve read some few angry comments here and there about becoming like animals, and degrading ourselves like that. Man, that was unnecessary. Of course we didn’t capture selfies with puppy ears to degrade ourselves to be like animals. Siap letak dalil lagi. I took a deep breath, and put on my thinking hat, to not dramatically fall into the same anger, because truly I am concerned about something else – the loss of our identity.

What identity?

We have certainly created man in the best of stature;

Surah at-Tin ayah 4

I solely believe that we have been created in our best form and we are the best creation compared to every other creation created! I mean, if we are the best of creation, shouldn’t we be doing something that truly confirms the fact that we are the best? I mean, if we have so much time taking selfies enhanced with whatnot, and posting them on social media, I don’t think we are displaying that “the best” character in us, no? This might look like a small matter but read this. I stumbled into another surah in my head and that is:

By time, 

Indeed, mankind is in loss,

Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.

Surah al-Asr ayah 1-3

So I’m guessing that we have not spent enough time trying to run away from being in loss. I mean, that’s just one issue regarding Snap Chat. How about Pokemon Go? How about Fall Out 4? How about all the other time-killers stuff out there that we engage in, that deviated us from believing, from doing righteous deeds, from advising each other to truth and from advising each other to patience? That, my friend, I am very concerned about. About getting myself fall into that category of those who are in loss. Then if the minimum requirement to not be in loss are all those four criteria mentioned above in the 3rd ayah, then how to enter Paradise like this? How to return to our real Home like this? This is real-world problem. Real, I tell you.

We always complain of not getting enough time to do things each day, but why do we have so much time killing time with such benefit-less time-killers? Think about it. Well, I am thinking about it and I smile upside-down. This. Is. Not. Good.

So how to deal with this? I guess we really have to step back and think before we engage in doing something that can make us lose our identity as the best creation. Really. The struggle is real bradah, and we need to heal the pain from this struggle. Phew, I might not make any sense now but I’m glad I got that off my chest now.

P/S: Off to chasing Paradise. 🙂

What matters most.

Ramadan is leaving sooner than I expected. It has been 7 months since I have posted anything here. Who could have known, that in just a few months, a lot of things have changed. Despite not being able to finish what needs to be finished, life went on, on a full speed that I lost a whole lot track of time. Sometimes I think that I have a huge problem trying to understand something in a short period of time. Or maybe, my ability to discern information has slowed down ever since the world announced that it was already 2016. This heart too has been broken countless amount of time. It makes me wonder, where really, do I place Allah in this heart? What matters most in life, I have forgotten for a moment. Maybe for many moments. Maybe my dependency shifted elsewhere. So many assumptions, confusions, contradictions. You name it. Started my Master of Teaching journey in January, found and lost love somewhere along the line, got married by the end of March, finished a semester in May, struggling with research in June, and now July is approaching already. If I could sigh I would but who am I to complain? As to what degree should I feel obliged to complain? All of these happen for reasons only Allah knows exactly what. A lot of times I try to convince myself that my feelings don’t matter. I do not need to feel that I should enjoy some bit of happiness here in this world. Over and over Allah sent tests in the form of comfort, and ease, so I feel like a heavy burden is placed on my shoulders all the time. I know, and I believe that whatever Allah has given to me should be nothing that I can’t bear. I know, I should be stronger. I know I should get stronger.

Truly, placing the heart in a wrong place could make me lose focus in gaining His Redha. However, this human who stands before Allah every single day is a weak one. She tried so hard to sort her priorities straight, let her heart be lost in remembering only Him. But she often gets defeated by her desire to love, to be loved… that maybe she seeks too much from such temporary being. Allah… how far have I gone? How long have I slowly disappeared?

How much longer should I eat myself up? Allah… with all His Mercy, He still place me under His Ultimate care. He listens, though I have forgotten to talk to Him. He eases, though I have forgotten to ask from Him. Where have I gone? Where have I been?

So many questions. So many necessary questions need not be answered. Do I really, want rewards here… in this temporary world? Do I really?

Yours truly,

It is the pain of discomfort and loneliness that eat you up slowly inside, that not being able to talk to anyone who understands you with no judgement disappoints you every now and then.

Endless Ni’mah

Alhamdulillah for the blessing of having a functioning laptop after three weeks of living without one. It’s not to say that my dependency has shifted to laptop and its likes, but to be able to blog, one needs more than just a phone to do so. I believe that my dependency is solely for Allah alone, and I should well exercise and refresh every now and then that the core belief that I should plant firmly in my heart is that I should never associate anything with Allah. That’s tawheed I tell you.

I have yet to find back the bubbly writer I once lost ever since I read sad, melancholic posts depicting depression and heartbreaks. I admit, books and articles influence me in a huge way. I often get sucked in them pretty much every time I finish reading them. I can even get myself carried away after reading a Biology textbook even, even though they sound rather stiff most of the time. One time, I was reading a book by Robert Cormier “I am the Cheese”, and as soon as I finished, I got myself to think that I might be just as crazy and what I am going through everyday is just merely happening in my head. Two days of doubts and confusion. Alhamdulillah, the next book I read brought me back to reality (Speed reading by Tina Konstant). So for the past few weeks, my books are rather gloomy and homicidal, whatever that means.

Anywho, goodbye dear hiatus for now. Hopefully I can contribute some good in my writings, or maybe finally get back the writing mojo while contributing some good in the writings. Oh hey redundancy, welcome back. Okay, talking to myself now. The aftermath of spending most of my time alone, with only books to listen to, is that, no one listens to my thoughts but me. So sad but true, for me there’s only you, been crying since the day, the day you went away, hey, heyyy, whoa whoa yeah hey hey, whoaa. 

Alright.

Welcome back laptop. *shake cords*

She smiles

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She smiles

She smiles.


The sweetest smile she could ever dedicate to anyone she meets, and she smiles.

The brightest smile anyone could ever see, so she smiles.

Trying her might to ever conceal that her heart is ripped into pieces, hence she smiles.


For whatever silence she portrays in her state of calmness,

That silence shrieks within her, of what she imposes as happiness,

To know her is to really read millions of her distorted lightheartedness,

Decode her well-secured feeling of sadness.


Who could’ve known what she has been through,

She says she’s alright, her words are all true,

She lies, she deceives, she hides everything too,

Her stand is because she doesn’t want to put anyone in her shoes.


She fights, she fights alone,

She cries for help when everyone else is also in the zone,

Of fighting their own battles, battles that have never been gone,

Never gone with…

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