Sunday, February 18, 2018

KL Bird Park

Date of Visit: 16th February 2018

Nasrul has been planning to do a video shoot for his little project "Short Stories" about 2 weeks ago. The shoot has to be on the first day of Chinese New Year as his theme would be focusing on the celebration. I said okay as he sounded that a visit to KL Bird's Park would be a good idea too. Honestly, I've never been there before, in fact none of us are. Hubby paid for an entrance fee of RM27/adult price. That fee is applicable only for Malaysian by showing a Mykad as a prove of citizenship. Foreigner has to pay an entrance fee of RM67/pax for adult and RM45 for childrens.

Ticket booth and display guide seated on the left side of the main entrance
Isn't she gorgeous?

I'm giving you the link to their website so that you would be able to learn more about the park and the birds that became an inhabitant inside. The link is here, just right click "klbirdpark-website" and you are most welcome to visit any day of the year. Do not wear heavy clothing as Malaysia's weather is quite humid. Bring an umbrella just in case the rains suddenly decided to join you too.

Love Aviary on Zone A

Brahminy Land

Areas to cover inside is not that huge but it's good to take your own sweet time exploring the areas. There are 4 zones altogether. My most favorites among all was when I spotted the black swans for the first time in Bulbul land. It was 2 of them swimming peacefully with the koi fishes. They were placed in a secured fencing as I believe these 2 are the precious property of the park. Besides, there are also a Hornbill Park, world of Parrots, Hunter booth where the owls will be staring at you like a haunted ghost, Flamingo Pond and areas for you to rest while having drinks surrounded with friendly birds and children had a special area to play as well as there is a children's playground near the Waterfall Aviary.

The ticket counter will provide you with an illustrated pamphlet as a guide into all the areas mentioned above. Love Aviary is the first area that you may encounter after passing the security guard. Do not get too excited seeing the peacock as many of them are actually wandering and walks freely so you can play with them at other parts of the zones. But I too was overly excited when I first saw one peacock that expanded her flaws. She was as gorgeous as the rainbow sky. Trust me, I wasn't the only one who acted like that. Hubby did that too. He cant seem to have enough of seeing their beauty from that close distance.

Nasrul had many times disturbed our moments of happiness as he was so eager to get a footage of the Chinese New Year celebration at Petaling Street. He changed his story saying that he never intended to explore the caged birds. He just wanted to get some footage outside the Bird's Park and shooting a free birds that flew at the time of sunset. We couldn't enjoyed more than what we could do in about less than 1 hour inside the birds park due to his nagging. He kept on pestering us to be focus on his objective instead. He was the one dragging us out from the house. Due to that disturbance, hubby and I made a promise to revisit just the 2 of us next time. We could do a peaceful tour inside the butterflies park should we come near the lake garden areas without Nasrul. I wanted to explore the National Planetarium (blue domed structure) that is located on top of the hill adjacent to the KL Bird's Park. There is also a ceramic museum, worth to visit located just next to the National Mosque.  Till then, I hope you may find this entry meaningful, to either a local Malaysian and/or tourist who visited Malaysia for the first time,

It was a feeding time at the Hunter Booth when we arrived

Flamingo Pond

Bulbul Land

2 Black Swans among the Koi Fishes

A group of Pink (hot leg) Flamingo

Friday, February 16, 2018

My Rose Garden

Date: 16th February 2018

There's a wise saying that a rose's rarest essence lives in the thorn. A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom. Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness, know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again. The rose is a flower of love. I, myself is a huge fan of roses. I used to envy those who has a huge roses tree climbed up at their house, the one that I saw while passing by in one of a beautiful house in Verona, Italy way back in 2005. Ever since then, I hope 1 day, I too be able to have them in my yard. And now those dream did come true. Almighty, thank you for the blessing, I'm indeed grateful beyond words.

This 1 has a romantic peach color came into it's pure white stalk sometime.. one of my favorite

A rose is a woody perennial flowering plant of the genus Rosa, in the family Rosaceae, or the flower it bears. There are over a hundred species and thousands of cultivars. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, in colors ranging from white through yellows and reds. I have all those colors planted and now blooming in my rose box garden. 

This one change colors from the moment it started blooming till till the last petals drop

Sadly, not all species can be plant in my garden as most species are native to Asia, with smaller numbers native to Europe, North America, and northwestern Africa. Species, cultivars and hybrids are all widely grown for their beauty and often are fragrant. Take notice that not all roses are fragrant as you might think they are. Roses have acquired cultural significance in many societies. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach seven meters in height. I observed that the red roses that I plant can actually climb as tall as that (7 meters). Without trimming, it has climbed to almost 3 meters at present. I'm sure with proper support and fertilizers it can grow up bigger and stronger too.

Different species hybridize easily, and this has been used in the development of the wide range of garden roses. The name rose comes from French word, itself from Latin, "ROSA", which was perhaps borrowed from Oscan, from Greek, itself borrowed from the language of Old Persian, related to Avestan, Sogdian and Parthian languages. Okay, had to stop now. I'm sharing with you in this post some of their photos snapped when the petals were at its glory! full bloom! Obviously my pride and joy!

Looking for a lot more colorful roses to fill up the rose box

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hello 2018, Goodbye 2017

2nd January 2018

It's new year again and there's not much progress in my blogging life as I got busy with other things, which to me is a good sign. And since this is an obligatory post that I have to made before the beginning of another blessing year, let us see what's happening in my life without any of those chasing train activities for the past 12 months in 2017. 

Old photo snapped in 2016 as I do not have much new one to share.. hehe

January till December 2017 - Both projects in Gamuda Gardens and Gamuda KK257 were progressing very well. We recruited quite a number of staff to manage the work on site. Some are good, some are ordinary and only very few that performed beyond expectation, thus, Ismail and I has to work harder. We were awarded 3 more contracts in September 2017 and currently we are pursuing for another RM1 Billion contract in Gamuda Cove for the company.

January till March 2017 - I submitted my letter of appeal to Tabung Haji on 1st December 2017 and been attending Hajj weekly courses in Bandar Tun Hussein Mosque diligently. I also submitted an appeal letter to University Malaysia so that I could only sit for 2 law papers out of minimum 3, following the faculty rules. The first departure flight was in July till early September, so I thought that I could submit another appeal letter to Tabung Haji that will allow me taking a flight that departed after 20th August. I was so confident that I could cleared 2 papers last year. It was not the case, however.

Another 1 with the nature!

February 2017 - Naim has finally graduated from his study in Public Relation from MSU. He obtained a Diploma and seriously warned me not to get him to further for a Degree course as he won't be doing it, no matter how hard I tried. He started looking for a job seriously thereafter. In early April, he secured a position as Air Asia cabin crew. In October, he bought a car on his own capacity (guaranteed by this mother of course) and in November he made a RM200K ASB loan after much persuasion and convincing from me. I'm so relieved that he is in a profession that he is enjoying doing since young age. The pay is good too. While at the same time, he did some body building coaching among his friends and clients. 

June 2017 - My heart almost stop when hubby called to informed that Kayla felt from our condominium balcony, 6 floors down and was bleeding. The vet doctor couldn't save her. Hubby buried her at the back of our new house on 19 June 2017 while Syahirah and I cried so hard over her death. On 23rd June 2017, we officially shifted to our new house, a permanent place to stay. It was one big achievement and/or milestone achieved by hubby and I. Kayla's body is near us too. I still am missing her presence.

July 2017 - After months of countless praying, I finally received confirmation for Hajj pilgrim from Malaysia Hajj Foundation. Another good news was Hubby finally agreed to go along with me, so, in the month of July we attended series of intensive course together. I guessed all of my prayers has been answered. Ismail's appeal has also been accepted together with another close colleague of ours, Fadhilah. 

August & September 2017 - I was at my peak of getting an enlightenment and focusing to earn ticket for my after life while on 52 days of the Hajj pilgrimage. It was a wonderful and meaningful journey, incomparable with any other worldly life achievements and/or feeling of enjoyment while travelling/holidaying. I am so at peace and able to forgive myself of my past sins till the present date. The feeling of being forgiven and being given another chance to live is too surreal.

October 2017 - Nothing comes easy in life, I guessed. Our family is being tested again but blissfully overcome those series of challenges with perseverance and patience. For that, I am so heavily indebted to Allah and to those people around me that are willing to accept the tests and challenges together. 

Before I pen-off, I wish to share what I have posted at the Facebook on welcoming the new day of 2018, 1st January. The 100 bucket list challenge are according to what I have achieve thus far.

  1. Travel all around the world -31 countries, 128 cities to-date
  2. Learn a new language - Currently attending Mandarin Class
  3. Try a profession in a different field – Project Manager
  4. Achieve your ideal weight – tummy left, challenge 100 sits-up x 365days
  5. Run a marathon - Pending
  6. Take part in a triathlon - Not sure whether to pursue this or not
  7. Take up a new sport - After August 2018
  8. Sunbathing in Palawan Island, Philipines - Probably in 2019
  9. Go skiing - One day!
  10. Trek the Inca Trail - Pending
  11. Go horseback riding - Maybe
  12. Do an extreme sport - Maybe
  13. Climb a mountain – I reached the peak of Mount Kinabalu years ago!
  14. Learn a strategy game - Sudoku
  15. Connect with past teachers – Terengganu Technical School reunion in 2012
  16. Let someone know how much he/she means to you – I confessed to a lot, I think
  17. Give a heartfelt surprise to someone – Done this quite a lot, I think
  18. Perform a kind deed without expecting anything in return - Sure
  19. Make a difference in someone’s life - Sure
  20. Be a mentor to someone - Sure
  21. Pursue your passion - Achieved this quite a lot too!
  22. Start your business - If I have a guts to do it
  23. Fly in a hot-air balloon - Pending
  24. Sing to an audience - No way
  25. Do volunteer work - Sure
  26. Befriend a stranger - Achieved
  27. Get a drink for a stranger - Pending
  28. Walk/Dance barefoot in the rain - Done
  29. Run barefoot - Pending
  30. Experience a sunrise/sunset – a lot
  31. See the Northern Lights - Pending
  32. Witness a solar eclipse - Pending
  33. Go stargazing - Pending
  34. Plant a tree and watch it grow – my gardens
  35. Get a pet – what left is Tottie, at present
  36. Publish a book – Quran translation + writing 1 now
  37. Do public speaking in front of 1,000 people (or more) - Not sure
  38. Throw a mega party - Children's wedding 1 day
  39. Get a complete makeover - Did this in 2006
  40. Join a social etiquette class - Not sure
  41. Be a matchmaker: Introduce your single friends to each other (the rest is up to them!) - Done this before
  42. Go on a blind date! (for the singles!) - NA
  43. Further your education – Currently pursuing Degree in Jurisprudence, 2014/2018
  44. Play a (new) musical instrument - Lousy at this
  45. Win a lucky draw - Lousy 
  46. Take up dancing - Did this in Central Bank and was even performing
  47. Learn a martial art - Perhaps
  48. Go on a road trip - With family after August 2018
  49. Backpack across, at least 10 locations – My train rides
  50. Pack your bags and set off for a random location with no itinerary - To tie with item 48
  51. Protect dolphins and marine life - Sure
  52. Live in a different country for at least 6 months – Experienced this twice, working in Pakistan and India
  53. Act in a film (self-production or otherwise) - Perhaps will do this with Nasrul
  54. Get featured in the media for something you are proud of – Star paper in 2006 on sharing about savings plan
  55. Knit a scarf - will get Adibah to teach me
  56. Create your dream home – Completed this in June 2017, our Blue House
  57. Whip a home-made meal for your loved ones – a lot, I think
  58. Bake a cake for someone special – a lot, I think
  59. Go deep into the heart of Mother Nature - Mossy Forest
  60. See snow (if you haven’t before) – First experience in Turkey in 2005
  61. Live through 4 seasons of the year: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter – those travels that I've been at.
  62. Read a book on a subject you had never thought of reading - Did this
  63. Volunteer at a hospice - Pending
  64. Fly a kite - When I was young
  65. Fall asleep on grassy plains - Must do this as I only did it in my dreams
  66. Contact a company you like just to thank them for their great product/service - Pending
  67. Eat a healthier diet - Not continuously
  68. Explore a cave – a lot, I think … more in 2018
  69. Go bamboo rafting – May do this at Mulu river to reach pinnacles's site
  70. Fold 1,000 origami cranes and give them to someone special - Pending, must do
  71. Conquer your biggest fear – a lot, I think
  72. Tell at least 10 people about your bucket list and encourage them to join you! – on FB, 1/1/2018 & soon will publish them
  73. Go on a meditation retreat – Umrah in 2016 & Hajj in 2017
  74. Experience an OBE (out-of-body experience) - Not sure about this
  75. Start a movement for a cause you believe in - Pending
  76. See cherry blossoms in Japan - Soon, with hubby
  77. Bury the hatchet with people whom you had conflicts with in the past – Kaabah, 2017
  78. Get closure on any past unhappiness – during hajj in 2017
  79. Organize a picnic outing – quite a number in the past, more in future
  80. Do something completely crazy and out of character – done that many times
  81. Fly first class – Hajj 2017
  82. Hit bull’s-eye on a dartboard - Pending
  83. Visit a volcano - Done in Jogjakarta
  84. Fly in a helicopter - Pending
  85. Meet someone you can only dream of meeting – Okay but who?
  86. Tell your parents and siblings that you love them - Many times
  87. Ride a roller coaster - done
  88. Go on a cruise - done, Helsinki
  89. Try frontline jobs for the experience - Pending
  90. Fall in love 🙂 – done in a painful way
  91. Be in a conscious, fulfilling relationship – mu husband, Shamsuddin
  92. Go on a romantic getaway - soon with hubby
  93. Do a somersault - Maybe
  94. Visit a castle – done in the past
  95. Change the world - My wishlist since young age
  96. Help someone in need – done very little in the past, more to go
  97. Learn sign language - Pending
  98. See the Mona Lisa (in Louvre, in Paris) - done
  99. Go to a costume party and dress up as your favorite character – those days in Bank Negara
  100. Gain enlightenment – since 2012 till I die
Wow... what a lengthy entry!

Monday, December 18, 2017

At the onset, Religion has no name

Date: 28th of November 2017

It's been slightly more than 2 months since my return from the Hajj pilgrimage. There were many conversation that I had with Allah that I wish to pen down in this blog. This worldly life has taken away a lot of my focus and attention until this afternoon on my way back from the project site, I told myself that this 1 cannot be delayed anymore. I shared this thoughts of mine purely from reading and understanding the Quran translation during the 10 days of having my menstrual (9th till 18th August 2017) while in Mecca.  

Land of the prophets

Okay, the Holy scripture held a story of how Prophet Adam by God’s will has sinned, later being sent down to earth from heaven. In a process of repentance, he taught his descendant of Holy’s teaching (no written documents, rather a way of life). Prophet Noah, born from Patriarch of Adam's generation learned the Holy teaching that has being passed down to him. His people still sinned. Thereafter he was brought to the place where Adam and Eve reunited, i.e. the land of the prophet after the flood (you may read further on the history of Kaabah).

Thamūd, in ancient Arabia is a tribe or group of tribes existed from about the 4th century BC to the first half of the 7th century AD. Although the Thamūd probably originated in southern Arabia, a large group apparently moved northward at an early date, traditionally settling on the slopes of Mount Athlab. Recent archaeological work has revealed numerous Thamūdic rock writings and pictures not only on Mount Athlab but also throughout central Arabia.

Gradually over times, the later generations forgot what such statues were for and began worshiping other idols than God. Prophet Abraham then brought back the teaching of Noah to his father and his people. Abraham was the first monotheist in a world live at the time where monotheism was lost. He was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but a true Monotheism that worship none but Allah Alone (Quran 3: verses 65 & 67). He said to his father and to his people, "What is that which your worship?” “Is it a falsehood gods other than Allah that you desire?” (Quran 37: 85&86). For further reading, please click Prophet Ibrahim, father of the prophets. He had left a Zuhuf Ibrahim that records his good teaching. Allah has blessed him with 2 sons that became prophets and his grandchildren, Prophet Yaakob was Israel where his progeny called themselves Bani Israel. Moses was given a Holy scripture, Torah to bring the descendant of Israel back to true Monotheism. And another Holy scripture, Zabur (Psalm) was sent down at the time of Prophet David, a son of Prophet Suleiman.

Though no one knows for sure when either of these groups existed, it is clear from the Quran that the Aad were successors to the people of Noah. Therefore, the Aad were a society that sprung up from the survivors of the flood, perhaps some of the same people who rode in the Ark with Prophet Noah (AS). Allah sent the Prophet Hud to give the Aad the message of Islam. Hud was from among the Aad himself, as Allah mentions in the Quran; Aad denied the Messengers when their brother Hud said to them: “Will you not fear Allah?”QS 26, Verses 124 – 125

Jesus Ibnu Maryam brought Moses teaching back into lives. He fulfills the Law that Moses brought down while preaching (Gospel, Book of Matthew 5:17-19, 15:3-9). With him, his disciples recorded his teaching (new testament in the Bible, that includes both Psalm and Torah as old testament; i.e. earlier prophet's teaching.

And Prophet Muhammad, seen that the people of the scripture has disputed from Allah’s Law has taught the Arabs about Abrahamic Religion with a hope that the community of those monotheism will stay truthful to Allah’s teaching (Quran 3:95).

Jesus taught his disciples in Book of Mathew
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven;
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted;
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth;
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled;
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy;
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God;
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God;
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven;
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake;”

Hence, my views is that none of the prophets created a new religion. They all has worshiped of the same and the only Monotheist God, Allah, Ilah, Lord, God whatever it is referred in the Holy Book that we are reading and had undeniable faith with, a One God! Before I pen off, I wish to share some common views of Judaism, Christianity & Islam that I hold close to heart:-

  1. Monotheism: Torah: “I am the first, and I am the last; and besides me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6); Bible: “The Lord our God is one Lord” (Mark 12:29); Quran: “He is God, The One and Only” (Quran 112:1).
  2. Prophets: Muslims believe and accept all the Prophets mentioned in the Torah, the Bible, and the Quran.
  3. Miraculous Birth of Jesus: Besides Christianity, Islam is the only religion on earth that accepts the miraculous birth of Jesus. Jesus is mentioned 25 times in the Quran.
  4. The Highest Honor of Women is Given to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in the Quran (chapter Surah 19).
  5. Greetings: All prophets had customs to greet believers with the words: “Peace be with you” (that is Assalamualaikum for Muslims).
  6. Taking Off Shoes: God ordered Moses to take off shoes (Exodus 3:5); “Put off shoes from your feet…”(Joshua 5:15). Muslims take off shoes when they enter Mosque.
  7. Purification Before Prayers: “Moses…washed his feet…” (Exodus 40:31-32). “St. Paul…purified himself…went into the temple” (Acts 21:26). Muslim purify themselves before each prayer, 5 times a day.
  8. Fasting: Jesus fasted 40 days. (Matthew 4:2). Muslims fast one month each year during Ramadan.
  9. Humbling while Praying by Bowing Heads to the Ground: “Abraham fell his face…”(Genesis 17:3). “Moses…bowed his head…”(Exodus 34:8). “Jesus…fell on his face and prayed…” (Matthew 26:39). Muslims bow their heads to the ground while praying.
  10. Not Bowing to Statues/Images: “ Thou shall not..any graven image…(Exodus). Muslims do not bow to statues, images or anything except God.
  11. Decoration of Trees: It is forbidden in Bible (Jeremiah 10:2-5). Muslim do not decorate trees.
  12. Everlasting Covenant: God made everlasting covenants with Abraham and his descendents. Muslim still keep this covenant; they circumcise their sons at birth.
  13. Abraham ’s Son Ishmael : The name Ishmael was chosen by God Himself (Genesis 16:11). Muslims respect Ishmael like Isaac as a son of Abraham.
  14. Wine Drinking Prohibited: “…drink neither wine nor strong drink…”(Luke 1:15). Muslims do not drink wine or alcohol ever.
  15. Pork Forbidden: God ordered Moses: “And the swine is unclean to you…”(Leviticus 11:7). Jesus never ate pork in his life. Muslims never eat pork.
  16. Usury/Interest Forbidden: “Take thou no usury…” (Leviticus). “He has put not out his money to usury.” (Psalms 15:5). Interest is forbidden in Islam. 
  17. Disapprove Homosexuality: “…the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah… He overthrew those cities…” (Genesis). Homosexuality is forbidden in Islam.
  18. No Original Sin: “The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father…” (Ezekiel 18:20). Muslims believe that sin cannot be transferred or inherited from person to person.
  19. Accountability: “…every man shall receive his own reward…to his own labor” (1 Corinthians 3:8). Muslims believe that every person is accountable for his/her deeds and will be rewarded accordingly. Muslims observe and maintain many instructions from the Torah & Bible

Remarks: I pray that what I share in this blog benefited everyone. May all our deeds be accepted by Him, aameen

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hajj 1438 - A story told

Pilgrimage period: 2nd August till 22nd September 2017 (1438 Hijrah year)

Many of you may have guessed about my long disappearance from this platform. Yes, I've been chosen to be His guest for 52 days pilgrimage in Mecca and I wasn't alone. My better half was with me. All praise to Allah, we have successfully surpassed all challenges during that period of time. As a Muslim, we felt that we have delivered the 5th pillar of Islam (Hajj pilgrimage is obligated to do once in a lifetime). The feelings were surreal, even until now.

Hajj wasn't an easy task unlike any other task that I faced before in this life. That was what we wish to conclude and spread to all, hence everyone must by all means take the ibadah seriously. Just imagine yourselves in an examination hall but the examiner is none other than the Almighty Himself, who had created you and watching your performance all these times. The ustaz once taught us that one will know whether their Hajj ibadah (means obedience, submission and humility) is accepted by Allah while they are at the wukuf day (the day of Arafah), that is on 9th of Dzulhijjah. There will be a "karamah" transferred between the pilgrim and Allah that tells whether their delivery of 5th pillar of Islam has been accepted.  Karamah literally means something precious, superior, nice and generosity given by the Almighty. As an Islamic term, it means “a supernatural event which happens through a believing righteous person”.

Our morning routine at where we chose to stay foot, from 2.30am since we walked from the hotel till after dhuha's praye at around 8.30am

Due to that, we both were very nervous before we physically adjourned to Arafah/Muzdaliffah and Mina for the 6 day pilgrimage. It was a peak of hajj. We arrived early in Mecca, i.e. 27 days prior to Hajj period whereby we can mentally and physically prepared when the big day arrives. That was the reason, the silver lining why Allah has planned that we have to depart on 2nd August though I submitted an appeal to Tabung Haji for a later flight. At least after I finish my exams. We walked quite a lot in a day since our hotel is more than a kilometre (1 way) to Masjidil Haram. Due to a hot weather encountered in Saudi during 2017 Hajj period, we were advised to go to the mosque only twice a day. We make use of our times in Masjidil Haram by finding a spot where we can face the Holy Ka'bah at each of our prayers. I'm sharing below my prayers schedule and in between I was reading Al-Quran:-

Morning prayers:
1. Tawaf sunat @ sunnatul masjid - 2 rakaat;
2. Solat Taubat - 2 rakaat; 
3. Solat Qiyam - 8 rakaat;
4. Solat Tahajud - 8 rakaat;
5. Solat rawatib (before subuh prayer) - 2 rakaat;
6. Subuh prayer - 2 rakaat;
7. Solat Tasbih - 4 rakaat, 1 salam;
8. Solat Hajat - 2 rakaat (followed with sujud syukur)
9. Solat Dhuha - 8 rakaat

Noon prayers:
1. Tawaf sunat @ sunnatul masjid - 2 rakaat;

2. Solat Taubat - 2 rakaat; 
3. Solat rawatib - 4 rakaat, 2 salam
4. Solat Zuhur - 4 rakaat;
5. Solat rawatib - 2 rakaat.

Afternoon prayers:
1. Tawaf sunat @ sunnatul masjid - 2 rakaat;
2. Solat Taubat - 2 rakaat; 
3. Solat rawatib - 4 rakaat, 2 salam;
4. Solat Asar - 4 rakaat

Dawn prayers:
1. Tawaf sunat @ sunnatul masjid - 2 rakaat;
2. Solat Taubat - 2 rakaat; 
3. Solat Maghrib - 3 rakaat;
4. Solat rawatib - 2 rakaat.

Night prayers:
1. Tawaf sunat @ sunnatul masjid - 2 rakaat;
2. Solat Taubat - 2 rakaat; 
3. Solat rawatib - 4 rakaat, 2 salam;
4. Solat Isha' - 4 rakaat;
5. Solat rawatib - 4 rakaat, 2 salam;
6. Solat tasbih - 4 rakaat, 2 salam;
7. Solat Witir - 1 rakaat 

What we bring to the mosque everyday. The sling bag that fit in what we need including empty water bottle to fill with zamzam water and some snacks in case we got hungry.

We had a beautiful experiences in the Masjidil Haram or the Great Mosque (remind myself to finish the entry that I prepared long ago at this beautiful mosque.. definitely after this entry!). Hubby had a last minute preparation before our departure. One of the book that he read was Travelog Haji by Professor Dr Mohd Kamil. He kept a target in his heart to only pray while facing Ka'bah only and due to that we had our chance, 98% of the time either at the Ka'bah square and/or a little bit inside of the mosque. If not, we forced our way inside towards the 3rd floor tawaf area where we still can face the Holy Ka'bah from above. We encountered a lot of beautiful experiences meeting good people .One of those moment was meeting the most kindest person in the universe, who made effort to serve the pilgrims tea and supper. Below was the photo that I snapped when hubby joined the group for the first time.

The kindest man is from China. He welcomes everyone including the mosque cleaner for his free meal.

Before I pen off, I wish to remind myself to update the next 2 entries, one is about the Great Mosque @ Masjidil Haram which to my eyes even more beautiful than the Taj Mahal and second entry is about the hajj ritual at glance. You may refer to below chart shared from AlJazeera news about steps that we, Muslim follows during our pilgrimage. Till then, peace + love + compassion from me, a normal person who has been given a lot of blessing from the Almighty, and she most of the time wonder what did she do in this life to receive this blissful fate. He tested me and He granted hidayah to show me a way back to Him. Sweet words, gratefulness, good deeds and prays are not enough to pay what He granted to me. I have my whole life to serve and be obedience to Him.

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Blue House

Date: 3rd July 2017

We officially moves in to the new residence 2 days before Eidhul Fitri 1438 celebration. It was on Friday, 23rd June 2017, I shifted only myself while the workers were still busied touching up on a lot of unfinished taks, for example fixing the toilet key door knobs. That night, only hubby and I decided to put on a night with a mixed feeling and blank situation, unsure whether or not we should be proceeding with our intention to permanently stay.  It was the last day of fasting and at breakfast there's only 1 piece of KFC fried chicken and a hot-dog bun for us to eat. Hubby chose a fried chicken whilst I had the bun to survive the last day of fasting. We both look at each other and nodded in agreement that we will not be celebrating eid this year. But the Almighty has helped in a lot. He made it certain.

The photo that was uploaded by my brother in his Facebook

I texted my sister informing that I will let her know whether the eid plan were to proceed as originally intended or not. An hour later, I called hesitatingly telling her that she may want to see the house condition as I do not feel confidence that we could celebrate eid in this situation. She was about to leave to the wet market buying all ingrediats to cook at that time. So, she said she will drop by after that and later we could discuss about it. While waiting for her, hubby and I unproductively started to continue un-boxing, packing and tidy up whatever we can. There's not much to do in the absence of motivation.

My sister's family, slept over on 2nd night

Only the carpenter came to fix the unfinished task where he left at the living room a night before. So, when my sister and her husband arrived, we instantly knew that rescuers has arrived. We could celebrate the first eid in this blue house together. Truthfully, I'm so grateful for her existence in my life since the day she was born until today. She never left me alone. She was the one who will always be by my side at my sunny and rainy days. That's what the families are about. 2 families, including our 3 childrens were reunited for the last break fast and occupied the house for the second night of our move-in.

Family on hubby side who slept over on the third night

On Syahirah's Facebook 

On eid, all of my siblings who lives nearby and my husband siblings including father in law came for eid visiting. The rest of family on hubby side put on a sleep on the third night. The house is continuing lively till present date. A lot of people came by thereafter, mostly to see the house. Though I haven't shared any photos on my social media, they cant resist to sharing them on their page. A lot more people came to know about it and later visited. At times, I felt like the house now becoming a clown in itself. Am I being ungrateful for saying that? Yes I am.. No I am not as I have personal reasons for saying it out loud, which makes me so uncomfortable with.

Another side of the house.. girls only allowed :)

Nevertheless, hubby and I are feeling so bless and bliss for being able to put 1 big problem off shoulders. We move on to the next chapter of our life. I'm going to share that in this blog in 2 months time. Before I move on, I must share the reason why it was painted blue. We were at IKEA Damansara looking for furniture 1 fine day in the month of April. I had hubby photo sat on the couch as I originally want a pastel blue paint at my laundry to show him. Later, he saw that blue as very soothing and started looking at ICI computer color to match the colors of the blue sky and the white clouds. Hence the blue house that suited any kind of mood that the sky and the clouds are feeling! The last 2 photos of the house and 2 persons who designed and built them.

My first OOTD on 15th July at this favorite main door where everyone has used as their selfie spot :)

It's really a long time since my last post. Time is becoming precious nowadays when there's so much thing to do at work and at home. But I hope I will not neglect this precious blog of mine.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Muslim Woman's Hijab

Date: 10th July 2017

Today's entry are about the 2 YouTube video that someone I've been following shared in her Insta story this morning vis-a-vis my thoughts on this issues. Let's watch the video first:-

Nouman Khan's (Bayyinah) on topic to cover of not to cover?

Samina Ali spoken about what does the Quran really say about a Muslim woman's Hijab

*Claimer: read this with your own research and interpretation from many scholars, being your duty as a Muslim and as clearly instructed by Allah to those deserving His favor. For the record I can’t stand a Muslim woman who insulted another Muslim woman publicly for veiling as if those wearing hijab are uneducated and undeserving of beauty. Because in the Muslim context, the Quran clearly stated that veiling or covering indicates the high status of believing women. See the evidences:-  

Surah An-Nur 24:31 “And say to the faithful women to lower their gazes, and to guard their private parts, and not to display their beauty except what is apparent of it, and to extend their head coverings (khimars) to cover their bosoms (jaybs), and not to display their beauty except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband's fathers, or their sons, or their husband's sons, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their womenfolk, or what their right hands rule (slaves), or the followers from the men who do not feel sexual desire, or the small children to whom the nakedness of women is not apparent, and not to strike their feet (on the ground) so as to make known what they hide of their adornments. And turn in repentance to Allah together, O you the faithful, in order that you are successful”; and

Surah al-Ahzab, 33:59 says “O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the faithful to draw their outer garments (jilbabs) close around themselves; that is better that they will be recognized and not annoyed. And God is ever Forgiving, Gentle”.

The commandments in the above verses are related to behavior of:
  • lowering the gaze
  • guarding the private parts
  • not striking the feet on the ground so as to give knowledge of what is hidden
  • not displaying the beauty beyond "what is apparent of it" except to the people highlighted in bold in 24:31
  • extending the head covering to cover the bosom
  • drawing the outer garment close aroun

Historically, the first recorded instance of veiling or covering the hair for women is recorded in Assyrian legal texts from the 13th century BCE.  Its use was restricted to noble women. Prostitutes, slaves and poor women were forbidden to cover their hair/heads.

From monotheism perspective, the origins of the hijab is Jewish and that is why, the mother of Jesus, wearing a hijab. The Old Testament (Torah) mentions head or hair covering only briefly but these few words have evolved into a complex hijab ritual practiced by devout Jews across the globe.

The Bible’s New Testament, First Epistle to the Corinthians verses 11:5, says that   “Every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved”; to which Christians refer to when explaining why women should cover their heads, especially in prayer or in church come to us from Saint Paul in his letters to the Corinthians.  Corinth was a city situated on the peninsula of Southern Greece and was part of the Roman Empire during the time Corinthians was written.  It was a cultural melting-pot of Roman, Greek, and Jewish cultures, thus it is pertinent to wonder what cultural norms were retained as the city changed hands and empires.  

The early Christian women veiled their heads in church and anytime they were in public and Christian women continued to maintain this practice to some degree throughout the centuries until the 19th and 20th centuries when the practice rapidly declined. A Christian woman who becomes a nun is said "to take the veil".  This is said in reference to her head covering.   Nuns throughout Christian history have been recognisable by their distinctive head coverings many of which resemble Muslim hijab.  In medieval times, across the western world married women normally covered their hair outside the house, and nun's veils were often based on secular styles.

As a conclusion it's up to you, a Muslim woman to choose whether or not to adorn head scarves. Should you feel doing so, just do it confidentally and without any sense of obligation to justify and/or debate with anyone. Stand believing in your faith and obligations to follow what the Holy scriptures (Holy Books) asked you to do. The matters are to be dealt between you and the Rabb.