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Thursday, 30 September 2010

He has the best solution...

My husband has been listening with interest when I told him about my annoying waffles-smelling office. At one time he looked up to the ceiling as if thinking about something, at other times he would simply gaze at the floor. I can't decide whether he's concerned with my condition or the yummy waffles. When I've finished talking he looked at me with sparkling eyes and said,

"You have three options to solve your problem"

I got excited. Can't wait to hear what he's going to say.

"First option, you change your place of study. I propose you go to the library and study there."

"No, I can't do that. The air-conditioning is too cold for me I'll be shivering to death. On top of that, the library is too far away from my office." That's my reply. For a few seconds there was silence everywhere. He looked at me as if he wanted to swallow me alive.

"Then go for the second option" he slowly smiled.

"What's the second option?"

"You go straight to the person-in-charge or business owner at the student lounge and tell that person to stop making waffles immediately."

"Noooo...! I can't do that either! They must have signed an agreement or contract with the faculty that allows them to run their business there. I can't simply interrupt the business just because I can't stand the smell"

By now my lips have pouted.

"Then you have no choice but to go for the third solution."

"You'd better be serious this time!"

"I am serious!"

"Okay, what's the solution?"

He paused for a while before saying this...

"Wear a gas mask to office. I'll help you find and buy one"


I can't imagine how I would look wearing  gas mask....
Like an elephant, perhaps?


I was stunned to see him rolling on the bedroom floor, laughing hysterically. I didn't know what to say or how to react. I can't believe it!  Later my children came into the room and without knowing what happened, joined their father laughing and rolling on the floor! Owh! How could they do this to me? I turned sulky.

"Oh! No! Dad, now you're in big trouble!"  my son stared at me and kept updating my condition to his father.

"Don't worry, I know just how to reduce tonight's temperature"  the father patted his son (or partner in crime, I shall say) and instructed the children to go to their rooms.

My husband went out to a night market near our house and came back fifteen minutes later with a plastic bag full of yummy boiled sweet corn with butter. Oh well....*sigh*  He simply knows how to reduce hot temperature at night...

We finally made a deal. I'll go to office till end of this week only. Starting from next week, I'll work from home.

Yahoo!


In the mean time, I guess I'll have to keep covering my face with something (but definitely not a gas mask, please!) to avoid the smell.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Even the nicest thing could be annoying...

Just next to my office is the student lounge.

Previously, students came to this place to meet other fellow friends, or to do some revision, or to have short discussions on their on-going projects and assignments, or simply to kill time before the next class come.

But lately things have changed. I don't know when it happened, but now there's a counter set up to sell "bubble" drinks and something that smell like waffles (I have not checked it yet but I think it is waffles). So now and then there's this nice smell penetrating my room and got stuck in my nostrils. If I were not pregnant, the nice smell would have dragged me to the lounge to order one for myself (owh! Waffles with ice-cream toppings from A&W is soooooo yummy!!) But the issue here is, at this point of time, in this kind of situation, I can't stand the smell at all...It made me feel sick. I will puke! I can't go on and live like this!  Just suddenly this room is becoming too stuffy. It's torturing me slowly! I can't breathe! sob! sob! (Wow! look at me. What a drama queen I am!)


Picture from preventmorningsickness.com/


Maybe tonight I should tell my dearie hubby about my plan to work from home. I don't think he would agree, because from my previous pregnancy experience, work from home means sleeping in bed the first half of the day and fully attached to TV programmes in the second half. By the time he came back from work, I haven't even finished writing my name on a clean piece of paper. Lazy me!

But this time I am serious. I need to get out of this office and go somewhere else where the air is fresher. Like the smell of the nature. I could concentrate on my study better when I am away from this room (Yeah! Right!)

Really, I promise this time I will not neglect study.

As for now, all I can do is to keep telling myself that I am a strong person and I can face this tiny-miny smell-sickness issue and that it will be over soon, Insya-Allah.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

This I got to share with you...

Assalamualaikum dear friends and readers...

I am back after a long Eid celebration. It was a great one! Allah has granted me lots and lots of hapiness this year by reuniting all family members together.  Syukur alhamdulillah....!

But something is holding me back from my daily activities. I am feeling blue, tired, depressed, sleepy, hungry, lazy, moody and heavy too! Can you guess why? Here's a hint....


Monday, 6 September 2010

Important message to all - Aid for Pakistan

Assalamualaikum;

I am spreading this message by **Spectacular World** to all of you out there (and also for myself, of course) to help our brothers and sisters who are in dire need of our help right now. Let's play our part as muslims, Insya-Allah one day help will come to us in a way we would never expect, when we are in need of it. Please visit her blog for more information on the flood victims of Pakistan. May Allah protect them from harm and danger, may He grant the people with patience and strength. Verily, this is another test for them to increase their iman.



Please please give even a single penny if you can, there are millions of the people here who are sitting in open air helpless..
Humanity needs you..Please help us!



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..every day is a delay.... share your food, money, clothing and love. The people of Pakistan are in dire need ...



ALSO TELL YOUR FRIENDS, BELOVED, FATHER, UNCLES, HUSBAND, BROTHER, SONS...
to take part in this act of kindness...every day is a delay





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Taking time off for Eid Mubarak

"Allah is the Most Great . O Allah , bring us the new moon with security and Faith, with peace and in Islam, and in harmony with what our Lord loves and what pleases Him. Our Lord and your Lord is Allah."

Reference: At-Tirmithi 5/504, Ad-Darimi 1/336. See also Al-Albani, Sahih At-Tirmithi 3/157




Assalamualaikum warahmatuLlahi wabarakatuh dear friends

Ramadhan is leaving soon.

I am sure most of us feel sad to say goodbye to Ramadhan, the month full of Allah's blessings for His true worshippers. May Allah accept all our ibadah, wipe out all our sins,shield us from the hell fire and grant us Jannah. Ameen.

Let's strive for the last odd night of Ramadhan (29th) for we might still be given the chance to grab Laylatul Qadr. Who knows this might be our last Ramadhan....

"In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. 
Verily, We have sent it down in the Night of Al-Qadr. 
And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr is? 
The Night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months. 
Therein descend the angels and the Ruh by their Lord's permission with every matter. 
There is peace until the appearance of dawn."

Al-Qadr (surah 97) 1-5



Eid Mubarak is now on its way. In a few days to come we are going to celebrate our victory against our nafs and evils. This is the time to reward ourselves. Be merry, dear friends, but forget not that Allah is watching us all the time.

picture courtesy of http://resumeweassist.com/blog/

I'll be absent from the blog for a week or two, Insya-Allah will be back online as soon as I can. Please accept my sincere apologies if I ever hurt anyone's feelings through my postings. And to all my dearie sister bloggers, you will always be in my heart and duas. Do take care and enjoy your Eid celebration!




JazakAllahu khairan kathira.



Friday, 3 September 2010

Barakah in food shared with sincere heart

The whole family members have gathered at the dining table, eagerly waiting for the sound of adzhan to break fast. As usual, baby porcupine was the busiest person at the table, walking on chairs from one end of the table to another, tasting food happily and pinching her sister's cheek on the way. My husband looked a bit tired today. He told me there were some errands outside the office that he has to take care of and has been going in and out under the hot sun several times.

As we waited for adzhan, my mobile phone rang. It was my younger brother. He happened to be working somewhere close to our house and asked if he could join us for break fast. I invited him to come over and he said,

"Actually, I am already in front of your door"

Ah! That is so my brother!


Picture taken from http://www.thechediphuket.com/
To my surprise, when I opened the door, he was not alone. He has friends with him! Oh! No! I panicked. There will not be not enough food for all four of them! And there was not enough time to cook for more food! Nevertheless, I did not reject them. Instead, I invited all to come dine with us at the table. My husband easily detected this worry expression on my face. He told me to stay calm, everything will be fine.

Adzhan was soon on air and we ate. I kept praying that whatever we have on the table will be sufficient for all of us. I could not afford to see disappointed faces... O Allah, help me please!

Alhamdulillah, everything went on just fine, exactly as told by my husband. Everyone was satisfied. There was ample food for everyone. I breathed a sigh of relief when it was over. After maghrib prayer, I asked my husband what made him feel so confident that no one will leave the dining table still feeling hungry.  He smiled, got up, grab a book (contains the story of sahabah) and showed me a page on The Battle of Khandaq: 4th year of Hijrah, 626 AD:


At the end of the battle of Ohud when Abu Sofian was unable to hurt our Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he returned to Makkah after promising that he will come back next year and will take revenge for the defeats of Badr and Ohud. This time it was not only the non-believers of Makkah who were with him. He had also taken the help of the Jews of Madinah to defeat Islam forever. The Jewish tribes of Madinah promised to help in two ways, one to send soldiers to fight in the battlefield and two to create fear among the women and children who were left in the town unprotected.


Picture courtesy of lighthousepatriot.blogspot.com
The Prophet’s companion Salman Farsi suggested that the muslims must dig a moat on the unprotected side of the town. The muslims took this advice and the moat was ready within 3 days in which the Prophet himself took part. When the enemy forces arrived at the scene they were unable to enter the city due to the newly dug moat and they stayed on the outerside.

Jabir bin Abdillah (r.a.), while digging the moat he observed that our Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) looked tired and hungry. Concerned about his condition, Jabir hurriedly went back home and told his wife to cook whatever they have in the house for the Prophet. His wife immediately took out the flour and started to knead dough to make bread. Jabir slaughtered a goat and immediately cooked it.

Once ready, he went out to invite our Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to eat at his house. Before he left, his wife whispered to him,

“Please do not embarrass me in front of the muslims. This is the only food we have in the house and it is not enough for everyone out there. Be sure to invite only the Prophet to our house”

Jabir nodded and went off. He met our Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and invited him in secrecy with several other sahabahs to his house. To his surprise, suddenly our Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) stood up and called everyone to gather around him and said,

“O those who are digging the moat! Jabir has prepared us some food and drinks and invited us all to his house to eat”

Our Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then turned to Jabir and told him to go home and remind his wife not to remove the cooking pot from the stove and not to bake the bread until they arrive.

When he told his wife what the Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed them to do, she almost cried,

“This is your fault! I have told you there’s not enough food for everyone!”


Picture taken from www.everyculture.com
Soon after, our Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the muslims flooded the house. The Prophet instructed Jabir to bring before him the bread dough. He tasted the dough and made dua to Allah, seeking for barakah in the food. He then went to the stove, tasted the mutton dish and made dua for barakah. Once done, he instructed Jabir and his wife to get an assistant to prepare the bread and serve the meal for them. But again he reminded Jabir not to remove the pot from the stove. With that, they started the feast.



Later when relating the story, Jabir (r.a.) said,

Picture taken from www.reachinghearts4kids.org

“Masya-Allah! There were three thousand people feasting with the Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), all them eat heartily and were fully satisfied. When they left, the bread dough and the mutton dish were still as much as before, as if untouched!”


[Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim]

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Virtual visit to Masjidil Haram...everyday!

Assalamualaikum warahmatuLlahi wabarakatuh everyone!

I pray all of you have a blessed Ramadhan so far.

Today I'd like to share something interesting with all of you.

A friend of mine introduced a blog of a Malaysian living in Makkah. He is working at Al-Jewar Royal Orchid hotel, located exactly in front of Masjidil Haram. Masya-Allah, his blog contains lots and lots of beautiful pictures of Al-Haram for everyone to view. He updates his blog regularly, at least twice a day, so readers would know what is happening at Al-Haram from time to time.


Picture courtesy of Manzlie from http://manzlie-makkah.blogspot.com/

If you have been to Makkah either for umrah or hajj, you may virtually come back to this holy land to bring back all the good memories you encountered when you were there. If you have never been to Makkah yet, this is the best opportunity to get to know what's going on over there recently. May you set a goal to be there one day, Insya-Allah.

The blog owner, Manzlie, or better known as CL, loves to take pictures of everything, from the masjid itself, to the various kinds of people visiting this place, animals like pigeons and cats, restaurants and other business centres, construction and development surrounding Al-Haram, the various beautiful pendants in the masjid, its interior design, zam-zam water, cleaners, food, night life, sahoor, taraweeh....etc.


Kaabah at 3.00 a.m. crowded with worshippers!

Enough from me! Go visit and experience it yourself. I guarantee you'll like it. And oh! by the way, the blog is in Malay language. You may need the 'Translate' button to help you. Not much, but at least you can understand what's told behind the story.

Enjoy the view! I do...  Here's the blog.

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