Laylatul Qadr; I Note: 4 May 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Now that Ramadan is coming to a close, you will notice more panda-looking Muslims around. Muslims believe that on one of the odd nights in the last ten nights of Ramadan, is a special blessed night. On that night, a single good deed bears rewards multiple times more than when it was carried out during any other times.

There is a chapter in the Quran that talks about that blessed night: Al-Qadr. It is a very short chapter. It consists of only five verses. It addressed our question as to what exactly is Laylatul Qadr, also known as The Night of Glory, The Night of Power, or The Night of Decree. The Night of Decree seems to be the most apt as the angels and the spirits descend many times with God’s permission to fulfil their task. Throughout that night, there is peace until the dawn breaks. That night is explicitly expressed in the Quran as being better than a thousand months. However, I personally like to call it the Night of Power as it is the night where you have the highest chances of having your prayers answered, which subsequently allows you to be empowered by your prayers. It’s like one of the best chances you can get to be close to the King of the dominions so you definitely want to offer the best worship you can muster to Him.

This is my form of worship for tonight; seeking and sharing knowledge. Worship is not necessarily ritualistic. It takes on many forms but the intention is the same: everything is done in the name of Allah and to solely please Him. Lillahi ta’ala. So even if a surgeon is performing a surgery while his Muslim brother and sisters are performing acts of worship on the prayer mat, his good deed of helping his patient for Allah’s sake is also considered an act of worship, only that it’s done on the operating table instead.

So I hope that those who find themselves in a situation where they can’t perform the usual prayers or touch the Quran, such as a woman in menstruation, will still strive to worship in a different manner such as giving praises to Allah or reading the translation of the Quran.

May Allah accept our deeds and may we get to experience the blessings of Laylatul Qadr.

And Allah is Ar-Rahim, The Most Merciful. -MM

I Relay: 22 April 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

I am not very sure if the Ka’abah was an ancient temple built to worship God. That sentence somehow doesn’t sit right with me but unfortunately my knowledge on the Ka’abah is shallow. I will need to look it up and figure out what exactly was Abraham instructed to built: a place of worship or just a marker to indicate the direction for prayer.

Otherwise, the content of this video was very well done. It really surmises the history of Islam succinctly and chronologically. I also like the explanations on why there are no images of Muhammad and Allah at the end.

The one thing I realised from the video is actually the concept of having a best friend. It has been about a decade since I read anything about Islamic history. So when the video mentioned Muhammad’s best friend, Abu Bakr, and how they evaded enemies together, it made me realised that even a prophet needs a best friend to help him through tough times. That realisation jolts me because I have never thought about that back when I was studying Islam.

And Allah is Ar-Rahman, The Most Gracious. – MM

I Relay: 11 April 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

It’s Sunday! And that means another round of watching a video on Islam.

I wouldn’t particularly recommend the following video to people who would like to be introduced to Islam because I still feel it’s a little complex. I wish it could have been clearer on the six pillars of faith in Islam. However, the big positive of the video is that it clarifies what a belief system is about and that it consequentially leads to externalising the belief through deeds and actions.

Notes:

1) Belief in Arabic is ‘Iman’. The six pillars of faith is also called the six pillars of Iman.

2) The six pillars of faith are derived from the Quran and succinctly packaged by scholars into a creed. This is where it can be tricky if one decides to look into the various scholars and schools of thought in Islam.

3) Deeds are expressions of faith.

4) Can faith increase or decrease? There are two views on this:

i) You are either entirely have faith or not.

ii) Faith can increase with the increase in deeds that brings one closer to God, improved relationship with God, and vice versa.

5) What was not expressedly shared in the video is what exactly are the six pillars of faith:

i) Belief in Allah

ii) Belief in His Angels

iii) Belief in His Revelations, namely the Torah (revealed through Prophet Moses), the Psalm (revealed through Prophet David), the Gospel (revealed through Prophet Jesus) and the Quran (revealed through Prophet Muhammad).

iv) Belief in His messengers/prophets, namely the 25 prophets from Prophet Adam to Prophet Muhammad.

v) Belief in the Day of Judgment

vi) Belief in predestination

I think this video is prompting me to learn more about the 25 prophets and their stories. Maybe I’ll do that in the next post since it requires a bit of research.

And Allah is Al-Malik, The King. – MM

George Brandis slams Pauline Hanson; I Recommend: 21 March 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

I am always heartened by people of other faith defending people of mine. I find that, sometimes, people just lack sensibilities. They bang the drum, talk about freedom of choice for women to, let’s say, wear a bikini, but at the same time, they refuse to allow women to choose to wear a burka. Where is the sense in that?

So props to George Brandis who understood that the act of wearing a burka for the general Muslim women is their act of faith, a personal choice that is sacred to them. Personally, a burka would be good for me because I am voluptuous. These hips don’t lie, man, and I am sexier than any curvaceous motorcycles. But I haven’t reached that level of faith yet. I’m still very shallow in my faith. But generally, I believe in the principle of protecting one’s modesty. And I am still tying to enforce that in my everyday life.

And Allah is Al-Quddus, The Most Sacred. – MM

I Ramble: 15 December 2017

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Hi there! Nothing much happened for the past 30 mins of 15 December. Just that I’ve begun a new hair and facial routine. It’s getting more real now that I’m going to be a bride in less than five months from now so I really have to start prepping my skin for the big day.

Other wedding-related updates will be that we have secured the date, time, and solemniser for our wedding last night. I didn’t get my top three choices and I guess, it was meant to be that I had to choose someone quickly yet at the end of it, I feel rather satisfied with my choice. So Alhamdulillah for that.

In case if you’re wondering who it is, I managed to pull a snippet out of MUIS’s ADIL’s website.

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Source: https://www.muis.gov.sg/adil/About/our-murabbi.html

It’s sort of a full circle for us because le fiance really wants to go to Kaplan to pursue a diploma in IT and that man graduated with one albeit in a different field. I went to PERGAS before, which led me to frequenting Masjid Kassim a lot back then and that man is an Imam there.

Like I said, perhaps it was meant to be.

So that’s another matter settled. It’s like we’re dealing with one matter every month nowadays. Next month, we’ll be heading to ROMM for document verification and statutory declaration. Basically they really want to ensure that we are who we claim to be and that we are within the right frame of mind for marriage. Forced marriages are a no-no in Islam so they will ask the bride if she really wants to marry the groom and vice versa. They are also particular about the person marrying the bride off, in my case, my father. He also needs to be of sound mind and judgment. They also want to ensure that polygamy doesn’t happen without the knowledge and consent of the women involved, especially. Hence, the need to declare our status clearly and truthfully. For those who have to pay maintenance to their ex-wives, they also have to declare the amount and produce the divorce certification. Marriage is a huge responsibility in Islam so it is pertinent that both sides are made aware of each other’s backgrounds and that both sides are willing to be married and are under no compulsion and the marriage has to be officiated and witnessed by mentally sound people who resonate the religion’s ethos.

So that’s that. A little bit of information for all to know about Muslim marriages. Well, at least for the ones in Singapore.

On to other updates in my life…

I am sad to say… I haven’t been doing anything I planned to do. Yep. I will admit that.

I have also yet to touch my now-super-dusty Quran. Huhu.

HOWEVER!

For some reason, I have become very thirsty lately, especially when I have my menses. So I’m happy to say that I have been drinking at least one cup of plain water! Huzzah!

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I’m hoping to increase my intake of plain water to two cups next month!

Speaking of habits, I really want to have more time. How do I get more time? By waking up early.

I used to be good at it. Setting resolutions in 2016 really helped me a lot. But for some reason, I just lost the momentum.

Well, actually, admittedly, after I got to know Beedin, all routines just went out of the window. HAHAHA! That’s because we were staying up all night talking, getting to know each other. We still talk at night quite frequently during his break time since he’s working as a Night Filler and I often get the closing shift, reaching home late enough to stay up for a chance to talk to him.

Buuuuut if I want to have great skin, I need my beauty sleep on top of increasing my plain water intake. I decided to go for a little motivation from YouTube:

I like the way she presented the topic. Really easy for me to relate and it’s useful and insightful. Props to her.

So now that I’ve gotten all the tips, the only thing left to decide is the time to wake up.

Because I’ve been struggling with the wake-up time, especially now that I’m working shifst. 5am is just not realistic if I work closing shift. On the other hand, I can’t afford to wake up at 6am if I’m working the opening shift because I need to be out of the house by then! For herself, she varies her wake-up time on weekdays and weekends. Should I do that too; vary my alarms according to my shifts? Or is it perennially better to set a constant alarm to acclimatise my body to a routine?

I think I’ll try the dual timings. The problem with setting a constant alarm is that my mind will go, “WTF WHY AM I WAKING UP EARLY WHEN I’M WORKING LATER ON IN THE DAY, I WILL BE DAMN EXHAUSTED”. And then I wouldn’t wake up early. And then it’s back to square one of lousy habits/routines.

So the timings will be 5am for opening shifts and 6am for closing shifts and off days.

Okay, so that’s settled then!

In order to see if this will work out, stay tuned for a post from me later at 6am onwards! It’s 1:35am now. I should be able to get some sleep. Laters!

And Allah is Al-Matin, the Steadfast. – MM

I Romance: 24 June 2017

In the name of Allah, the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful.

Dear Bee,

Here are a few easy-listening songs for you to relax to while you are recovering. And well, okay, our favourite song at the end of the list hehe.

Love always,

Bae xoxo

P.S.: If you guys haven’t noticed, I have been signing off with Allah’s names (there are 99 of them), some were mentioned in the third video.

And Allah is Al-Qaabid, the Restrainer, the Straightener. – MM