Monday, November 27, 2017

It's already been 8 days since  I came down with a bad sore throat and flu.Actually hubby had it before he passed it to me. I am now taking my second course of antibiotics. The sore throat has gone down but now I am having chesty cough. During this kind of flu season, I really miss one thing that I enjoy most. My morning walks. We really take our health for granted. Only when we fall sick do we then realise the importance of good health. This morning while drying clothes, I was looking at my neighbourhood park behind my house. Young and old were there doing their morning exercise. I so long to be there although on other days when I am perfectly well laziness sets in. There is something different walking in the mornings compared to in the evenings. The air is so fresh and crisp.  The birds, bees and bugs are flying so actively. There seems to be so much positive energy around in the mornings. We have a Tai chi group in our park. Actually we have a few tai chi groups. The one I usually join has the most number of participants. It is very encouraging to see people above 60 so active and deligently attend the Tai chi class everyday.  I pray the Almighty gives me and my family the strength to be active when we reach old age. Amen

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tacos in the house

Tacos... yes this is what my youngest Sofi had been talking about all week. She loves tacos and had asked my son, studying in UK to buy her the shells. Here in my fridge the taco shells had been sitting cozily not touched or eaten. Reason?? I feel too guilty making it when my son is not here. Its his favourite too and he bought it! So my lil sofi knowing I will not be making it jus now, decided to make it herself today. After hours of seaching for authentic taco recipe, she finally announced that we will be having tacos for dinner. So now the tedious work started. Exactly at 3.30 pm she entered the kitchen to do her 'preparation.' I had already cleaned and cut the chicken fillets. First she made the marination and the relish. Next she prepared the salsa. Which was surprisingly a mixture of grilled vegetables pureed to make a salsa sauce.  Then she pan fried the chicken. There was a delightful aroma of spices in the air in my kitchen. I was absolutely confident that we will be having something delicious for dinner. I was absolutely right. The tacos were extremely good. This was her first time cooking although she had baked many times before. Hubby and I were impressed. It really feels good to come down and have dinner prepared for you. I think I can really get used to that idea. Hmmm

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SPM ( equivalent to O Levels) started last week on 8th of November 2016. Today is 15 November 2016. My daughter Sofi is sitting for  her 4th paper of the SPM examination. Just a while before, I had prayed and asked Allah swt to make the paper easy for her and all other students. This daughter of mine, the youngest, the wittiest and the most hardworking girl is going to finish school. In less than 3 weeks from now, she will complete her exams and will be "school free." I have mixed feeling though. Although I am happy for her, part of me still long for the days of getting up early morning to prepare breakfast for her. Preparing her school uniform, helping with homework, getting lunch ready before she comes home....and the list goes on. I know, she will still be at home for a good 4 to 6 months before college. But then its not the same again. Children grow up. They start a new chapter. They become more independent and your role in their life becomes less. Take for example my son. For years I did everything for him. When he first went to University Malaya. My husband and I cleaned up his room in his hostel. Soon he had another offer, which took him to Kolej Mara Banting. Here we scrubbed clean his room, wiped the windows and fan, took out the mattress and gave it a good beating under the sun. We even put up mosquito net on his window. Actually we had created so much scene, that many of his college mates already recognised us on the first day! We did the same for my eldest when she went to university too. There my husband and I even changed the flooring mat for her.

Now my son is overseas. He does everything for himself. He moved houses. Enrolled in the Uni. Cooked, washed and ironed himself. I feel helpless when he has a problem and I can't go and solve it for him. My eldest is also married and runs her own house herself. Soon it will be the same for my little Sofi. I find it most difficult to let her grow up. But time waits for no one. I know this young lady will soon grow up into a beautiful and intelligent young woman. Just as how her two elder siblings have grown. My husband and I have given them the necessary knowledge to survive on their own and pray that they have a successful life no matter where they are.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jannah Surrounded by Difficult Things

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wasallam) said: "When Allah created Paradise, He said to Jibreel: 'Go and look at it.' Jibreel went and looked at it, then came and said: 'O my Lord! By Thy might, no one who hears of it will fail to enter it.'

Allah then surrounded it with disagreeable things, and said: 'Go and look at it, Jibreel.' He went and looked at it, then came and said: 'O my Lord! By Thy might, I am afraid that no one will enter it.'

When Allah created Hell, He said: 'Go and look at it, Jibreel.' Jibreel went and looked at it, then came and said: 'O my Lord! By Thy might, no one who hears of it will enter it. '

Allah then surrounded it with desirable things and said: 'Go and look at it, Jibreel.' Jibreel went, looked at it, then came and said: 'O my Lord! By Thy might and power, I am afraid that no one will remain who does not enter it.' [Abu Daud]

Hellfire is surrounded by tempting things and sin appears attractive to us. On the other hand, Jannat is surrounded by difficult things such as sharing wealth, exercising self control and sacrifice. In school, for instance, we do not consider it fair to give the student who worked hard and did well the same grade as one who did not bother with his or her studies and failed. Similarly, Allah's justice does not allow the compensation of the doer of evil and the doer of good to be the same either. It would not be fair for human beings to be given eternal life and eternal happiness without our having at least attempted to earn it.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 they come

New members in my family, Alhamdulillah. Bought these two cute adorable kittens on 31/12/12. More than a month already. The brown is Queen Sheera and the white is Kublai Khan. Don't ask me why we named them such. It was chosen together with my children. Life has not been same since tey came. It like having a new baby in the house, Kublai Khan who was 9 weeks old was absolutely tiny weighing only 0.5 pounds. He was also not well, having diarrhea and loss in appetite. We had to nurse him slowly and now Alhamdulillah he has recovered. Back in my younger days, I had a cat called Mr. L. Now it was not difficult to look after him. He was a stray and I brought him back from school. You see, I used to bring home stray kittens found on the way back from school. My mom will quietly let them go in the nearby market the next day. She would tell me, the kitten had run away. When I brought Mr. L back home, he melted everybody's  heart. Including my mom. He was so clever, and obedient. He understood straight away all the rules in the house. He never sat on the carpet or climbed on the sofa or even went upstairs. He sleep the whole morning, and wait for me by the gate to come back from school. Then after lunch he will sit next to my books when I do my homework. In the evenings he will take a short nap before entertaining us with his antics. Then at night he will wait for my father to come back home at the end of the road. As soon as he sees my father, he will dash back to the house, as though he was in a race with my dad !!. Then after dinner, he will sit on the roof of my dad's car and watch outside the house. During the night we keep him outside. This is when he will go around the neighborhood with fellow buddies. We had Mr. L for more than 6 years. During one of his nightly outing, he was bitten by another cat and had blood poisoning. We took him to the Vet but unfortunately he did not survive. I never had a pet since then. But now Queen Sheera and Kublai Khan seems to have stolen my heart again. They remind me so much of Mr. L that I am always talking about him whenever they do their antics. I don;t know how long they will be with me. These persian cats are more difficult to look after.

Kublai Khan  & Queen Sheera

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Not So Rich Millionaire

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wasallam) said: "Richness does not lie in the abundance of (worldly) goods, but richness is the richness of the soul (heart, self)." [Muslim]

There are millionaires who are obsessed with making more money, always worried that their wealth is not going to be enough for them. Their insecurity does not let them enjoy what they are blessed with. Such a person despite having riches cannot be called a rich person. For what good is wealth that does not allow its possessor to feel rich, secure or happy? True wealth is the wealth of contentment. This is a gift from Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) and it lives as contentment in the heart of a person.

I think all of us at some point in our life have fallen into this category...that is not being contend with the Blessings of Allah swt and always looking for other material things to make us happy. Many times we tend to buy stuffs over and over again just to remind us that these items can elevate our status or make us look rich and high class. It is not wrong in owning good things for the right reason. It will be wrong if we buy them hoping to show it off. That is when Takabbur ( arrogance ) enters the heart. The Prophet Muhammad(Peace be upon him) said in an authentic hadith,"Whosoever has an atoms weight of arrogance in his heart will not enter Jannah." 

May Allah swt protect us from shaitaan and his mischief and make us Syukur with all the Blessings we have. Ameen

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