Saturday, March 15, 2014

Interval

Its been a while.

And for a moment, it really felt like I have never blogged my whole life. Days and nights would pass without me giving a thought of blogging.

Honestly, I really thought I have retired for good....but then so many things happened.

My second sister gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
I decided, alhamdulillah, by the grace of Allah, to get married.
I witnessed the sakaratul maut of my best friend as she returned to her Maker just weeks before my wedding.

Inna lillahi wainna ilaihi rajiuun. Indeed, to Allah we belong, and to Allah we shall return.

There were too many lessons learned, to many memories forged.

Too many inspirations left unsaid.

...no, I don't think I will be retiring from the blogosphere anytime soon.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Eraser of Sins


Abu Hurayrah (r.a.) the companion of the Prophet narrated;

I heard the Messenger (s.a.w.) say "What would you think if there were a river running by the door of any of you, and he bathed in it five times a day, every day. Would any trace of dirt be left on him?"

The people said: "There would be no trace of dirt on him."

He (s.a.w) then said "This is like the five daily prayers, through which Allah erases sins."

-Saheeh Muslim

Do you guys realise what I just realised after reading this hadith?

Allah doesn't need us to pray five times a day, guysss. In fact, Allah is free from anyyy need. He is Lord of the universe regardless of what we do (or what we don't do) on His universe.


But through our solah, Allah SWT is actually offering us an opportunity we all lonnggg for deep in our hearts - the possibility to erase our sins and start anew.


And yet, sometimes, we rush over our solah as if it carries little value to us. At times, some of us even skip our solah, almost as if we're dismissing Allah's offer to erase our sins, when we know it is the single most important thing we need in our life :( Allahu mustaan.


It was narrated that Uthman ibn Affan r.a. said, "I heard the Messenger SAW say - 'There is no muslim person who, when the time for prayer comes, performs wudhuk properly, concentrates on his prayer and bows correctly,  but the prayer will be an expiation for the sins comitted prior to it, so long as no major sin has been committed. This is the case until the end of time.'" [Saheeh Muslim]


Ya Allah, make us among those who continuously improve on their solah. And let our solah be the expiations to our sins until the day of judgment. Ameen.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday Blues

Spent a day at Taylor's University for Al-Maghrib's one day course on "Fiqh of Taubah" (Repentance) and mashaa Allah, the class is as amazing and as inspiring as always, walhamdulillah!

Today I woke up to a picture that made me smile, and I hope inshaa Allah it'll make you smile too:




So what if you've had an amazing week/weekend and Monday Blue comes knocking you right on the head?
Keep calm, cause Allah loves you :) 

Mann, don't you just love the Keep Calm series? Hehe.

Xx.

Monday, March 4, 2013

CAMERON HIGHLAND: Weekend getaway

 
 
 

 Alhamdulillah for a beautiful, picture perfect quiet weekend with the family :)

Woke up early and read a book whilst enjoying the beautiful morning view from our hotel, the Lakehouse. Drank strawberry-flavored highlander tea and eat yummy scones by the tea farm. Took a stroll down the pasar malam by the evening and one scrumptious steamboat dinner later, we were all wrapped in blankets watching a movie until one of us starts to snore. Hehe. 

And somehow we also managed to selit some time for picnic - eating Nasi Dagang no less, fresh from Kelantan!

Monday, February 11, 2013

That Fluffy White Thing

So I have a little confession to make.

I didn't exactly travel two weekends ago. I was out of hectic KL alright, but I wasn't on a vacation. I headed home to Kelantan, for a quick, 48 hours balik kampung trip.

I dashed to the airport straight after work, and you can imagine the crazy traffic on a Friday night. It felt like I was on the road forever and I was literally running like a madman to the departure hall when I arrived....exactly 15 minutes before the plane departed -___-"

It was my little nephew akikah that weekend, so rain or shine Maksu has got to be there for this little man, right???
Baby H
Alhamdulilllah the akikah went well, everybody was excited for Baby H's first experience balik kampung although I was  pretty sure he would remember absolutely nothing from that weekend. Haha.

However, this post is not quite about my trip to Kelantan. Ironically enough, it's about my journey home to good ol KL.

I took the flight home alone the next day. I don't usually fly alone, but in rare occasions when I do, I always have a book to read and kill time. It takes 60 minutes to fly from Kelantan to Subang Airport, usually just enough for me to finish a few chapters and take a short nap. 

Not that day though. 

That day, I have no book to read and was left with an in flight magazine which I finished flipping in 15 minutes. So it was just me....and the window pane and for the next 45 minutes, this was my view:


There it was before my eyes - white, fluffy clouds, forming together, floating beautifully across the sky. Usually it would be a sight I dismiss almost immediately but somehow that day, it caught my attention, much like an iceberg in the middle of a deep blue ocean.

You see, I realized we often take for granted the things we see everyday. We would travel continents just to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, learn about ancient architects and the geniuses behind these buildings. But a floating cloud that prouduces rain? That's just something we expect to see every day.

At one point in high school, we even learn how water evaporates and turns into cloud. Everything made sense, well at least for exam purpose. But to this day, none of us could perfectly re-create a single cloud. Imagine how useful it would be if we could re-create clouds and send with certainty down pouring rain in the deserts and areas where water is needed? 

It got me thinking - that white fluffly, floating thing above our head? Allah Almighty created that from nothing, at least 4.6 billion years ago. And 4.6 billion years later, even with cutting edge technology, scientists are still trying to re-create the exact same clouds to have greater control of the weather. SubhanAllah wal hamdulillah. Are we not interested to learn about this Supreme Architect?

"Indeed in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding" [3:190]

So when we awe at ancient buildings or the geniuses behind them, don't forget to take a second and look up. Look at those white fluffy thing above our head created billions of years ago and remember Allah Al-Khaliq, the Supreme Creator. Let all praise be to Allah, He who creates from nothing and is comparable to none.

"So do not attribute Allah equals while you know (that there is nothing similar to Him)." [2:22]

Thursday, January 31, 2013

First of 2013

What did I say about my new year resolution? 

Challenging? Scary?

Oh well, if you think my silence is for lack of updates...boy are you wrong! Hehe.

On the contrary, I was actually too busy having fun doing all three last weekend *blows nails*

Travel? Check.
Read a book cover to cover? Check.
Learn to cook? Well....sort of. Hehe.

Here's a sneak peak before the proper update:




 Xx.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Masterchef Inspired

So yes, I've definitely been MIA...at least online.

My 7 years old laptop takes 15 mins to start up,and it disconnects from the internet every half an hour. My smartphone is half dysfunctional and dies every 2 hours for no reason too. I have a Twitter account with forgotten password and I have an Instagram account just because Mimak signed up on my behalf while I was on a toilet break at a wedding. To top it off, my blog is half dead.

So I guess I shouldn't be surprised when somebody commented on my best friend's blog asking if I'm still alive.

 -__________-


Wellll boys and dolls, all I need is a new laptop and insha Allah I will blog more....any takers? (Don't worry I'm very simple, I only want Mac!) :D

You might realize that I have made some changes to my blog. I realized I'm only getting older and someday my hair will turn grey and I can't exactly call myself a "girl" still. Hehe. So say bye bye to A Girls Say and please welcome Written by Toots - a name which I consider more "evergreen" than the former. I will change the title and address soon :)

So what brings me back to the blogosphere? Hmm.

I realized it's a new year and every year, I let my new year go without any serious new year resolution...what a complete waste of opportunity right?? So this time, I spent some time evaluating myself, what I want to do and where I want to be by 2014. I know I've always enjoyed traveling so that easily came up as my first resolution - to travel more.

Then I looked through my blog and realized I've written only ONE book review over my blogging years...and that shocked me because I loooveeeee to read! But then I realized I couldn't remember the last time I read a book cover to cover because of late, I tend to read some pages, skip even more pages, and concluded that I have completed reading the whole book. So I penned down my second challenge for the year - to read more books....cover to cover.

From my blog I also realized I never really write anything about cooking except for my mini kek-batik experience which doesn't really count. I would love to share my experience in the kitchen, but the truth is, I don't want to scare the boys off because I'm so terrible with cooking and I'm still single! Hahhahaa. So after much thought and hesitation, I firmly decided on my final challenge for the year - to frequent the kitchen and learn to cook. *shivers*

So there you go - my three, very simple and supposedly do-able NY resolutions.

To keep myself in check, I've decided to blog on the progress of my NY resolutions, so you'll see the tabs at the top of my blog depicting my NY resolutions i.e. The Traveling Foot, The Struggling Chef and the Walking Library. Honestly, I'm quite nervous about this - I really don't want to blog about putting my kitchen on fire -____-"

I don't ever remember taking my NY resolutions seriously so lets hope I could do it this time, insha Allah! *pats self on the back*

Monday, July 2, 2012

My Best Friend's Wedding

Alhamdulillah, Titts is MARRIED!!! I'd love to blog about it now, but I think I could use some rest tonight :)

Mann, they are soooo going to annoy me with "Look, we're halal now" poses huhh??!!! 
-____-"

Friday, June 8, 2012

Someday

Someday, this will be my backyard insha Allah :)


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Answer to Your Worries


If you feel helpless, remember this verse. Indeed Allah is very near to those who remember Him :)