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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It has been so long since I last posted anything in my blog. With all the new devices such as smartphones and tablets around, I know I have no excuse to be lazy. Anyway life had been going with the usual ups and downs. It has been more than a year now since I last sign in. Something triggered in me to start my writing again. Maybe because I have been emotionally troubled for the last few weeks. The reason....? Only Allah knows. Since a year ago I have enrolled myself in online courses to study more about Islam. Just now I was reading the Seerah of our Beloved Prophet saw....the chapter on Hijra after the the second covenant of Aqabah. It was at this time that a " petite Muslim State " in a vast country with ignorance and disbelief was established. The Prophet saw gave his consent to the muslims to leave Makkah to Madinah. Coming back to present, I find that we all need to migrate physically, or spiritually from time to time to enable us to be a better Muslim. It has been an emotional roller coaster for me since my son left to college in another state. Part of me wants to follow him to look after him, while another wants to stay here where we have created our own little home....Anyhow, I pray Allah swt show us the correct path and keep us steadfast in our Deen,,Ameen

Buddy Award from Yasmeen

Buddy Award from Yasmeen

An Award from Yasmeen of Health nut

An Award from Yasmeen of Health nut