Saturday, December 13, 2008

A nice story must read!

Since last night my young son has been unwell. When I got back from Work this evening I decided to take him to hospital despite my exhaustion.

There were many waiting; perhaps we will be delayed by more than an hour. I took my number and sat down in the waiting room. There were many faces, young and old, but all silent. Some brothers made use of the many booklets available in the waiting room. Some of those waiting had their eyes closed, while others were looking around. Most were bored. Once in a while the long silence was broken by a nurse calling out a number. Happiness appears on the one whose turn it is, and he gets up quickly; then silence returns.

A young man grabbed my attention. He was reading a pocket-sized Qur`an continuously; not raising his head even once. At first I did not think much about him. However, after one hour of waiting my casual glances turned into a deep reflection about his lifestyle and how he utilizes his time. One hour of life wasted! Instead of making benefit of that hour, it was just a boring wait. Then the call for prayer was made. We went to prayer in the hospital's Masjid. I tried to pray close to the man who was reading the Qur'an earlier in the waiting room.

After the prayer I walked with him. I informed him of how impressed I was of him and how he tries to benefit from his time. He told me that most of our time is wasted without any benefit. These are days that go from our lives without being conscious of them or regretting their waste. He said that he started carrying the pocket-sized Qur`an around when a friend encouraged him to make full use of his time. He told me that in the time other people waste he gets to read much more of the Qur`an than he gets to read either at home or in the masjid. Moreover, besides the reward of reading the Qur`an, this habit saves him from boredom and stress.

He added that he has now been waiting for one and a half hours. Then he asked, when will you find one and a half hours to read the Qur`an? I reflected; How much time do we waste? How many moments of our lives pass by, and yet we do not account for how they passed by? Indeed, how many months pass by and we do not read the Qur`an? I came to respect my companion, and I discovered that I am to stand for account and that time is not in my hand; so what am I waiting for?

My thoughts were interrupted by the nurse calling out my number; I went to the doctor. But I want to achieve something now. After I left the hospital I quickly went to the bookshop and bought a pocket-sized Qur`an. I decided to be mindful of how I spend the time.
If this information is beneficial to you, then please do forward it to your friends and relatives. Our Prophet (Sallallaahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said; "Whoever guides or directs to good, then he gets the same amount of blessing (reward) as the one who does it"
The Prophet (Sallallaahu 'Alaihi Wasallam) also said "Pass on knowledge from me even if it is only one verse"

Monday, December 8, 2008

Eid-ul-Adha 1429 Hijrah (2008)

First of all I'd like to say EID MUBARAK! And I hope all of you had a nice day :)
I thought my Eid this year would be the same as the years before. But this Eid-ul-Adha was the best I've ever had.

While we were preparing to go to our granny's house one of my aunt (the youngest among my mum's siblings) called, saying that my granny fell and hit her head on the wall and blood came gushing out.. She immediately took my granny to the Damansara Specialist Hospital, had minor operation, stitch the wound. Aside from that she is alright.

On Monday morning which is the day of Eid, we woke up early and started to get ready to go for the Eid prayers. This year my granny made Qurban. 1 part of the cow and I'm her representative (my uncle and I actually). So, after the Eid prayers I got ready to help with the Qurban. The masjid made 12 qurban, my granny's is the 3rd one.

I didn't really do much in the slaughtering part. But I sure did a lot during the skinning and cutting part.. At first our group did not know what to do or where to start and not to mention our very blunt knives!! hahahaha..
Firstly, we sharpened our knives. While some of us were sharpening the knives, the rest were learning/finding out how or where to start.. And one of my aunt went to buy knives for my uncle and I. In the end we managed just fine. But we had no place to hang the cow so that made the skinning harder.
When we were almost done we had some help from an expert. Our cows stomach "pecah", it fell down when he was struggling.. Then it was just the chopping and packaging the meat, 1kg for 1 plastic bag. And also I was the one who chopped the head off.

Perhaps this isn't a "big thing" for some of you, but it was to me. I have been looking forward to "today".

Here are some videos.. I had already told my sisters to take pictures and some videos but Unfortunately they somehow did not really understand what I said.. They did took some photos but not when I was doing the work..just some pictures of the cows only.. And my sisters went back early so there wasn't much pictures or videos except for this 1. =(

OK.. Wassalam.

Monday, December 1, 2008

An Alll-Out day

Salam.. This is about yesterday.

So, at 8am my dad came to pick us up (FINALLY after tons of emails, he said he'd take us out..he "disappeared" for a few months, no way to contact him).. We went for breakfast then immediately went to Sunway Pyramid to go Ice Skating (yes..again XD).. Huhuhu, I've gotten better XP.

At around 2pm we went for lunch and Zuhr prayer. Later at 3.20 we went to watch Madagascar 2. It was kinda good but not so good. The movie finished at around 5pm and we went to pray Asr.
Then we went for a walk at Kiara Park, Taman Tun Doc Ismail (TTDI). And then dinner..

On the way home Saddiq sent me an sms asking me to go watch Arsenal vs Chelsea @ 11.30pm!
My mum ALLOWED me to go.. At 11.50pm Saddiq and Afiq came to pick me up from my house, go pick up beck and Halim and went to a restaurant near Afiq's house to watch the match, Faris came with some of his friends to join us too.

The match ended at 2am. (Chelsea lost...huh...)
Then we went for a stroll at uptown.. And I reached home at around 3am.. hehe..

Basically that's all..