Sekian, Para(O)lympic London 2012

Last Sunday night marked the end of the Paralympic (and Olympic) London 2012 Games season.

This time, I significantly felt their presence, and really miss them when they’ve ended.

Perhaps, being in the host country, I felt all the hype for years, what’s more with the full media coverage. Thus I totally embraced the spirit.

And perhaps, Ustaz Hasrizal’s perspective on the Olympic athletes significantly changed my view too on sports. Despite I was kinda a sport addict back in my school & uni days – I enjoyed playing sports but not much on following them, and I played just for fun.

At the same time, I was in a race myself, competing with the time to finish my thesis (did I mention I submitted it? Alhamdulillah, I did 😀 ). Inspired by the Olympic slogan: Inspire the generation – I was truly inspired. Thank you very much!

I must say, I was (and amazingly, still am) really inspired by the spirit and determination of each athletes, the Paralympians in particular. They overcome their disabilities to perform something that even the capable people wouldn’t do. Continue reading

Birthday: Mirza yang serius ;)

Happy birthday, Mirza 🙂

Happy 1st birthday, Mirza sayang..

We haven’t met each other, and now you’re already a year old..

Doa Ibu untuk Mirza, 

Semoga Mirza membesar di bawah lindungan rahmat Allah,

dikelilingi orang-orang yang menyayangi Mirza..

dididik dan dipelihara dengan penuh kasih sayang..

Menjadi seorang yang taat kepada Allah dan PesuruhNya.. 

Berbakti kepada kedua orang tua dan agama..

Bijak, sihat dan pintar..

InsyaAllah.. 

Ameen..

p/s: I still owe birthday posts of 8 people.. huhu.. Oh, in case if you wonder, Mirza is my second nephew 😉

*postngantukwhileworkingonmythesis*

It’s been 10 years…

Subhanallah…

It’s been weeks since I last posted an entry.

And I’ve actually didn’t stop writing, but I only wrote halfway, and at the moment I’ve got at least four unpublished drafts. Too many things I wanted to write, but too bad I didn’t have much time to finish them. (Even now while I’m typing this I wonder if I’ll ever post this.. insyaAllah..)

And it’s also been 10 years since the event of the 11th of September, better known as 9/11 (which is weirdly easy to know what date it is when being said or written that way, but not the other dates since I normally say the day before the month. Let’s say 10/3 – which for me is the 10th of March instead of the 3rd of October.. LOL!)

We (thought we) know what had happened on that day. Many theories claimed that the hijack, the plane-crashing-the-WTC were all done by ‘muslim’ terrorists.. and as we also know, the more some people tried to associate this bad event and bad doings to Islam, the more people have reverted to Islam as they learnt about this beautiful religion. Subhanallah..

It doesn’t matter how exciting the news is (although it’s not new anymore), but what’s more important for us muslims is to look after our new brothers and sisters.. to support them as they need much help, especially those who don’t know who and where to turn to when they need the guidance, being the minority etc, etc.. And this I’m not talking about those in the States or Western countries only, but also to those in our own community.

That’s all for now, a short entry from me, which I hope will still help to remind me on one of our responsibilities to the other muslims.

Birthday(s): For a little princess and her papa

My Dearest Niece, Aleesya Raihanah..

As you’ve turned one, I pray that you’ll grow up to become a good muslimah; as smart as Saidatina A’isha r.a., as courageous as Sumaiyah, as patient as Siti Hajar, and as obedient as Siti Maryam.

May you grow up as a beautiful muslimah, inside and out.

..And I wish you all the happiness in the world and the hereafter.. ameen..

 

Also, an overdue birthday wish for the father..

Ahmad Zamir, who had his 33rd birthday on 19/8/2011

Dear Abang Zamir, I don’t know you much, but I know you’re a caring husband to your wife, a lovely father to your daughter, and responsible son and brother for your parents and other siblings. I wish you’ll achieve whatever things you’ve ever dreamed of, and always being graced with the blessings from The Almighty. InsyaAllah..

Aleesya Raihanah & her Papa
Happy birthday!
 
p/s: Sorry, the photo is outdated. That’s all I could find which is most appropriate..

Birthday: Happy birthday, Kak Badariah

I’d like to wish my sister-in-law, sis Badariah Mohamed Noor..

a very happy birthday!..

Dear kak Da,

Our initial relationship was a bit awkward, I’d say. I’ve never met you in person until few days before I was engaged with Dzul, that was when we went to One Utama together with Dzul & Abg Zamir. We had Kenny Rogers for lunch, and then went to watch Shrek 3 at the cinema. Despite I felt like I knew you as Dzul talked a lot about you, and yet on that day we didn’t talk to each other much as.. it was awkward (there, I said it again!).

Anyways, after I got married to Dzul, and we’ve interacted more and more, I really like you and feel more comfortable to be around you (I hope you feel like-wise, eheh..)

Mama told me about her experience when she carried you in her womb. When the amniotic sac that surrounded you broke and instead of protecting you, the sac was somewhere else. A very adventurous and dangerous for a fragile foetus, but alhamdulillah, Allah protected you and against all odd you were born, and grown as a beautiful woman, inside and out. Subhanallah!

What I gather from Dzul, Mama, Bapak, and other relatives.. and also from my own observation (ops! bukannya xde kerja nak observe2 org nih.. but you know what I mean..).. you are very polite, kind, hardworking  and independent person. In fact, I’m sure there are more positive traits in you. And despite the situation you faced in your early life, you were a brilliant and physically active student back during your school years. MasyaAllah!

Hence, on your birthday, I pray for your happiness fid dunya wal akhirah. And Allah’s will, you’ll find your life partner soon. I’m sure that special person will be one of the luckiest guys in the world 🙂

K Badariah.. pinjam gambar FB eh.. hehe..

Happy birthday, sister!!


Unproductive June… Isra’ & Mikraj..

June, another unproductive month for me.. in term of blogging..

As I have many other important and urgent work to deal with.

Jiwaku terkadang teringin nak menulis, tapi apakan daya..

Anyway, today is 27th of Rejab.. the date which many Islamic scholars agree that Isra’ & mikraj happened on this date.

This was the night Rasulullah s.a.w. travelled from Baitullah to Baitul Maqdis (isra’) and from Baitul Maqdis to up the sky high (mikraj). A mukjizat which we muslims must have faith in, athough it sounds illogical to the sound mind. But that’s the power and greatness of Allah s.w.t. Allahu akbar!!

On this event, Allah through His Messenger, our beloved Rasullullah s.a.w, ordered every muslim to pray five times a day. The fardu.. compulsory, as a sign of submission and obedient to Him.

Therefore, in remembering this great event, it is time for reflection. For my ownself to look back at my ibadah, especially my solah. I am ashamed that sometimes I take this ibadah lightly. I sometimes delayed performing my solah for entertainment especially. Astaghfirullah al azim.

Seberapa cepat kamu mahu menghampiri Allah, secepat itulah Allah menghampiri kamu.

What a shame! When you are in need, you pray to Allah and hope He will grant you prayer immediately. But when it’s time to perform prayer for Him, you don’t feel to do it on that instance.

Koreksi diri….

Alhamdulillah..

Sorry, it’s a NO!

No, I’m not talking about any particular reality show.. not Britain’s Got Talent definitely..

It’s about the recent referendum in UK. A referendum whether the voting system in UK should be changed to Aletrnative Vote (AV) has been carried out along the Local Council Election on Thursday, the 5th.

You either agreed to the change – Yes – or want to stick to the current First-Past-The-Vote system -No.

Both Dzul and I registered to be postal voters. By the time we need to vote, that was before the Easter break, I was pretty clueless about this referendum. Dzul did explain a little bit to me about both systems. Something we had learnt when we took the Political Science course as one of our electives when we did our first degree. But still I wasn’t sure what are the advantages and disadvantages of both systems.

I did a little research before I cast my vote, just through blogs reading as that time sources were still scarce. Continue reading

Ayahanda Aziz Osman, selamat ulangtahun!

Ah, saya kelewatan sehari..

Ulangtahun Ayah yang ke 59 adalah pada hari semalam sebenarnya..

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Tapi, dek kesibukan memuat-naik gambar percutian yang banyak di FB (juga kekeringan minat dan idea untuk mencoret panjang) menyebabkan tergendala rancangan mencoret untuk hari ulangtahun ayahanda tersayang ini. Selain daripada itu, saya pun tercari-cari idea, gaya manakah yang sesuai untuk dicoretkan khas buat Ayah. Seriuskah, lawak kah.. puisi kah, biografikah?..Apapun, beginilah coretan saya kali ini….

Inilah ayah saya, Hj Abdul Aziz Osman.. kurang setahun mencecah usia 60 tahun.

Pada wajah Ayah, terserlah kematangan. Full of wisdom, as they say in English. Sifat kebapaan, kini ke’datuk’an 😉 sentiasa terpancar dari raut wajah Ayah.

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Ayah sangat bersemangat waja – sifat yang sedikit sebanyak ada kami warisi (Alangkah baiknya kalau lebih banyak yang kami ambil *sigh*). Ayah seorang yang optimis, berpandangan jauh. Beliau sentiasa berusaha untuk menjadi yang lebih baik. Semangat itulah yang sering diserukan kepada kami.
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Ayah seorang yang mengambil berat tentang perkataan ‘USAHA’. Keadaan Ayah kini adalah dari hasil usaha kerja keras Ayah selama ini. Ayah bukan serta merta dilahirkan mewah. Seingat saya, Ayah pernah bekerja sebagai buruh, office boy, operator (?) di Telecom Singapore (di mana Ayah & Ibu berkenalan *wink,wink*). Kemudian Ayah ambil peluang melanjutkan pelajaran di peringkat diploma dalam bidang Business & Management di ITM, walaupun mendapat tentangan daripada arwah Datuk (kalau ikut kata Ibu) kerana Datuk perlukan Ayah sebagai anak sulung dalam keluarga untuk bekerja, membantu menyara keluarga. Tapi siapa sangka, sifat Ayah yang memandang jauh ke hadapan terbayar.
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Ayah kemudian diterima bekerja di Bank Bumiputra. Bermula sebagai pegawai kewangan, Ayah melaksanakan tugas dengan penuh dedikasi, jujur dan amanah sehingga diangkat menjadi pengurus cawangan, dari yang kecil (di JB, Ipoh) ke yang besar (di KL). Kejayaan Ayah hasil sedikit pengorbanan suatu ketika dahulu, dengan izin Allah, dapat menampung keluarga nukleus dan juga membantu keluarga besar Ayah.
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Ayah sangat mementingkan pendidikan di kalangan kami, anak-anaknya. Ayah (& Ibu) selalu berpesan, kalau Ayah ada diploma, biar anak-anak lebih dari Ayah. Jadi alhamdulillah, saya dan kakak menyahut panggilan Ayah & Ibu. Alhamdulillah, syukur juga kami ada kecenderungan untuk sambung belajar selepas ijazah pertama 🙂 Ayah pun turut sama, tidak hanya cakap tak serupa bikin, tetapi selepas bersara dari kerja di bahagian kewangan, Ayah mengambil peluang untuk belajar lagi. Sekarang Ayah sedang mengambil jurusan Sains Politik peringkat ijazah sarjana muda. Didoakan Ayah berjaya dengan cemerlang (the same prayer goes for myself.. huhu..).
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Walaupun Ayah dahulu sibuk dengan kerja-kerja beliau, Ayah tetap tak lupa meluangkan masa untuk keluarga. Jika ada kesempatan, Ayah akan membawa kami sekeluarga bercuti. For me, the best was when we went to Kuching in 2000 (?), since all of us were there (Ika dah ada waktu itu, hehe..). Ayah turut prihatin dengan pendidikan Islam kami. Waktu saya lebih muda dahulu (hehe..), kerapkali Ayah mengimamkan solat maghrib dan isya berjemaah. Dan di antara waktu itu, Ayah akan memberikan sedikit tazkirah daripada kitab-kitab yang Ayah baca. Usrah! Konsep yang sekian lama Ayah telah terapkan dalam keluarga, cuma dulu saya ambil endah tak endah, tapi kini saya tercari-cari semula. Alangkah ruginya dulu kurang mengambil kisah. Ah, jiwa pun masih leka. Seingat saya, usrah masih dilakukan oleh Ayah setahun dua sebelum saya berkahwin. Tapi sangat jarang, memandangkan masing-masing sudah berada jauh dari rumah. Sedari itu pun, surau Al-Iman berhampiran rumah selalu mengadakan pengisian-pengisian, jadi kami hanya mengikut aktiviti yang diadakan.
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Pengurusan kewangan. Tak sah kalau seorang pegawai kewangan tak mendidik anak-anak cara menguruskan kewangan. Secara ringkasnya, Ayah memastikan kami masing-masing mempunyai akaun simpanan sejak kecil, dan menyimpan walau sedikit wang harian yang ada. Petua yang sama untuk wang gaji apabila kami sudah mula bekerja. The least is to save 10% of what you get.
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Ah, kalau ikutkan hati baaaa…nyak lagi yang ingin saya catatkan tentang Ayah. Kebaikan, kemuliaan hati, kegarangan (eheh.., biasalah, ayah.. hihi) dan lain-lain lagi. Apapun, I sum up that Ayah is the best father I could have asked for.
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Buat Ayah, Hidayah doakan Ayah sentiasa di bawah peliharaan & rahmat Allah swt. Segala jasa baik Ayah mudah-mudahan dibalas Allah dengan balasan syurga. Semoga amal ibadah Ayah diterimaNya. Semoga Allah mengurniakan kesihatan & kebahagiaan buat Ayah. Dan harapnya Hidayah (dan adik beradik yang lain) memenuhi sedikit sebanyak impian Ayah sebagai anak-anak yang Ayah banggakan 🙂 Mudah-mudahan kita semua sentiasa di bawah keredhaanNya.  Ampun dan maaf atas segala salah silap Hidayah pada Ayah selama ini.
I Love You, Ayah 🙂
p/s: Rindu untuk bertemu Ayah lagi 🙂

Baru nak cerita…

I realized I’ve been in total silence for more than a month (with the exceptions of my tweets and a post on Nadhira & Abg Irwan’s birthday). I made a record in March for not posting any single entry in the month after … a year, perhaps? There was a lot of things happened in March, my heart & brain screamed to have the things in them to be poured out. But in the end they had to accept that I just didn’t have the time (plus energy) to do it.

Anyways, what happened in March..

1. The crisis in Libya just got worse and worse (since February, even until now). I really pity a few of my Libyan colleagues. Worries paint their face every day. I asked Samia, my Libyan friends once, ‘how’s family and things?..’ , she could just sigh. Alhamdulillah, how I’m so grateful not to face the same situation. I hope I never will. (But maybe I’ll be tested in different kind of way?)

2. Tsunami hit Japan.. I was in the kitchen one morning, preparing the lunch for my father, brother, sister & cousin (who were here for two weeks since 8 March), before I went to school when I heard the news on tv. Subhanallah, Allah is The Almighty. And only then I knew that the position of the moon has something to do with tsunami. Duh!  Let me explain. All these whiles I thought the earthquake triggers tsunami. But it turn out that the oceanic thing – tides etc, influenced by the moon, triggers the earthquake, hence lead to the occurrence of tsunami. I don’t mean to explain this thing scientifically here, but that’s a new knowledge I’ve acquired. Thanks to Yam Yie for the info. Wow!  Subhanallah. How complex our universe system is that things are still unexplainable in total. How great is Allah! Allahu akbar!!

3. I had visitors! (as mentioned in the above point). Ayah, Nadhira, Naufal & Iqmal came for a visit from 8-22 March. It was exciting to have guests, despite it drained out my energy. (Baru sekarang faham macam mana Ibu bila ada tetamu berhari-hari). At least it gave Rayyann some experience to have other people at home besides her parents. The last time we received visitors was last August, before Ramadhan. They were Mr & Mrs Ooi, hubby’s former employers. But they were here for only the weekends, thus it wasn’t that tiring. Oh, also K fau & family paid us a visit too in November (lupa pulak! hehe..) for 9 days. But because I took a week off from school, so, again, it wasn’t tiring (from doing much cooking, but from jalan2..)

The last point, I hope I’ll be able to write a special entry on it. Ya Allah, please allow me to do so. Wouldn’t be able to do it without your permission. InsyaAllah..

*Just finished an animal experiment (not exactly, I still have their samples to work on) and a presentation on my study. So, this is kind of giving myself a break. InsyaAllah, I hope I’ll post in more entries soon.