Skip to main content

Ramadhan Kareem 2013

Salam Ramadhan Kareem! It is the first day of this glorious month, which every Muslim in the planet should cherish with all their hearts. I know I do. It's a cause for rejoice and celebration for sure, and I am so grateful to Allah s.w.t that I get to wake up this morning to see it here in the moment. Alhamdulillah...
Every year, Ramadhan is a month where I feel like it's my chance to do good and redeem myself in the eyes of Allah. It comes with it's own set of challenges as you suddenly realise the bigger devil inside is you and not Shaytan. Apart from the hunger and thirst, there's the patience and abstaining from a lot of things that one needs to master during this month. Also the challenge to perform your duties to Allah s.w.t wholeheartedly and dilligently. Sometimes, amidst all that you realise that you're your biggest temptation to do all those naughty things that you have always blamed the devil for. Astaghfirullah...
I usually feel humbled by the glory and opportunity this holy month gives. But there are times, being me and I am only human, I take it for granted and do not manage to make the absolute most out of it. So this year, I would like to do more than I have done in the last Ramadhan and be a better Muslim and servant of Allah, Insyaallah. Pray more, recite the Quran more, be more patient, refrain from overspending and overeating, be healthier overall.
Here's hoping and praying that you will have a wonderous Ramadhan too! May we be guided and given strength to get through this month with Allah's blessings.


Popular posts from this blog

Life After... Pt 1

Call it a wake-up call. Call it an epiphany. Call it therapy. Call it what you will. But as I was wallowing in my sorrows as 1st November 2017 began, and knowing that in 24 days I was going to meet my 34th birthday without my beloved Dad for the very first time, I thought to myself that I need to do this for my own healing.
Yes, I lost my Dad this year. He left to be with Allah at exactly half of this year, on 16th June 2017. When 2017 started I honestly thought it would be a great year. I went on my solo trip, I was on probation for a promotion at work, I was going to the gym, my family was in good health, everyone was happy. It was a great start of the year.
Then like the 2004 Tsunami, my whole world and life unexpectedly came tumbling upside down and inside out. All of a sudden my family had crises. *Note the plural form of the word "crisis"* And it started on a rather fine day on 28th April.
I was on edge that day as I did my colleague's wedding makeup. Part of me screa…

Life After... Pt4

"I want to see the trees."
Those were his last words to me on 26th May 2017. The day when we discovered Mum's cancer, the day Dad did his darnedest during physio at his bed just to get on the wheelchair, the day we took him for a little walk around the ward, the day before the 1st of Ramadhan... The day he had a stroke.
We would never hear his voice again after that day until Allah called him home on 16th June 2017, 21st Ramadhan 1438H. 
There were a few things that he wanted, which I failed to fulfill. For breakfast the day he was first brought to the hospital in Ipoh, he had told me he wanted fresh milk from Salim's Restaurant - I'm sure with 3 teaspoons of sugar for that perfect taste. While he was in the ward, he wanted some Miso soup from Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant, but logistically it was hard to get to the nearest Rakuzen and I only got him some Miso soup from Sushi Zanmai. He wanted some jelly when he was sitting on the wheelchair - I told him we would b…

Life After... Pt 2

Dad was admitted in the ICU on the morning of 30th April. He had a severe case of pneumonia (and no one knew how things escalated so quickly to acute pneumonia save for Allah). When we first arrived at the Accident & Emergency, the attending physician who is a Cardiologist specially assigned by a friend’s father as the Director of the hospital, explained that all they needed to do was to give Dad antibiotics and nebulizer. Dad was supposed to be in the ICU for three days for monitoring and treatment, and it was expected that he would be right as rain. Although the Doctor did say that there was a possibility that Dad may be intubated just to help him recover better. I didn’t know it then but it turned out that “intubated” meant Dad would be sedated. So when he was wheeled to his bay at the ICU and suddenly the Doctor said there was a complication, I felt an awful feeling at the pit of my stomach. Dad’s case was much more complex than a normal pneumonia case would be because he was …