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the creative shaitan

In the name of Allah, the most merciful.

Praise to Allah for His rahmat for we are still able to breath and live with Islam as our faith. 

Let this be a reminder for me to become wiser in the future and others too, insyAllah.

Situation 1
We get this distant feeling that the people around us is somewhat plotting against us, when the real fact is nothing happened. We became prejudice when people stop talking the minute we walked into the room.

Situation 2
The animosity we have upon others. The hatred that comes out of nowhere towards the people around us, without them doing anything hurtful to us.

Situation 3
The feeling of superiority. That we are better than the rest of the class. That only our ideas matter and others’ are rubbish. That we are the prettiest and will always be the prettiest. Being soo self-absorbed with ourselves and inconsiderate.

These three situations are only some of the thoughts,imagination, and misapprehensions that one might have upon others. Maybe not you. Maybe it’s just me. Ones I’ve had in my 21 years of living.

Believe it or not, we, very oftenly let ourselves dwell into our own thoughts without neither giving much thought about it nor thinking rationally. We let the ‘creativity’ of our minds run free without boundaries, causing bitter effects to our Iman, our hearts.

The other day, I was with a few friends talking about stuff that is more or less related to this topic. In relation to the cause of the mind having such distasteful subject as a focus, I remember a friend saying how creative shaitan is in his motive to bring man down with him into the jahannam.

Let’s take sometime, making sense of that last sentence.

Another example. People say that women likes being adored and looking pretty. Typical women. Not saying that I’m not one of them, I am. But, let’s now have a muhasabah session.

Why do we like to be pretty?
Is is because we want other people to look at us, to compliment us for looking pretty today?
Is it because we want man to stop and stare? (macam lagu je :P)

No doubt that we can never kill the fitrah of women, wanting to be pretty and all. But one should always bear in mind, that while we are looking pretty, we should always let Allah be our prior focus. That our niat is Lillahi ta’ala.

Because as soon as we put Him as our No. 1, inshAllah, we would always be reminded about the real teachings of Islam. The concept of moderation that is higly valued in the teachings of Islam.

Those who, when they spend, are not extravagant and not niggardly, but hold a just (balance) between those (extremes); (25:67)

And be moderate in your pace, and lower your voice; for the harshest of sounds without doubt is the braying of the ass.  (31:19)

InshAllah, we will dress over the top.
InshAllah, we will spare some thoughts for our innocent friends.
InsyAllah, Allah will keep us far from ria’ and ta’bur.
InshAllah, we will not be deceived by shaitan who always want us to be confused and lost.

We clearly know that shaitan is our enemy. Would we still give in to his temptation?

p/s: another bad post. disorganized. sorry. hope you get the message.

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Nasyid?

In the name of Allah, the most merciful.

I feel like writing about listening to nasyid today.

Booooo!

I know I’m not suppose to write about stuff that is obviously ‘syok sendiri’ (ss). But maybe through me spilling some of my personal thoughts, a healthy discussion of perhaps your own personal favorites can be generated (ayat seabuttt). Ignore this paragraph, please.

I first started to listen to Opick from this Indonesian teledrama, which I cannot recall its title. Something with Kiamat in it. But I didn’t become a fan right away. Maybe I should say that I was not much of a nasyid fan back then.

Anyways, it was not until last year that I became one of the true fan of the nasyid genre. The lyrics somehow, manage to give me comfort and are very to true, to us Muslims.

I heard from somewhere, that there is a part in a human’s brain that is activated that we have spiritual thoughts.  Thinkings such as

Who created us?
Why am I sent to this land?

For me, I dont have any particular nasyid group that I am a fan of. But I really like listening to Opick. He’s this Indonesian male nasyid singer, with all these awesome songs.

All of his songs have very simple lyrics. Simple sentences, easy words, non-metaphoric phrases. Yet, they manage to touch this stone-like heart like mine. Well, maybe not just mine, others too, I believe. SubahanAllah. Who would have known such simple things could touch the hearts of many.

This made me think.

Nasyid, does not only fulfill its purpose in da’wah but also as a nikmat from Allah to those who wish to soothe their hearts. Killing two birds with one stone, that is.  Undeniably, Al- Quran is the primary source, but nasyid that is in line with syara’, is too, one of the remedy of the hearts.

Not the ‘kahwin’ ones like ‘Kasih Kekasih’ and the other associates. They have to be nasyids that shows the real Islamic way life, the do’s and don’ts in Islam. In other words, they have to be nasyids that directs us to Allah and Islam, for

Only through the rememberance of Allah, do hearts find rest. 13:28

Cahaya Hati by Opick

Allah,
Engkau dekat, penuh kasih sayang :’)

putar belit hati.

In the name of Allah, the most merciful.

I have to say this, and this has been one of the universal truth about me.

I am neither strong, nor I am used to have my hopes and dreams being crushed. Not to say that I always get things going my way or the spoil brat who gets everything. I’ve gone through a lot, for a 21 year old girl, but I am not strong. I have breakdowns and this, right here, is one of them.

Lately, everything seemed to have gone wrong. Not that I am frustrated with what has happened, but I think, it might have been too much for me to bear. One after the other. Bagai jatuh ditimpa tangga.

One thing that keeps me going was something kak Diha told me last autumn break.

Kita kan Muslim, kenalah kuat.

Alhamdulillah, with Him in my heart, I somehow know that everything’s going to turn out fine and insyAllah, better than neither of us expected. I mean, everything happens for a reason, right? He wouldn’t have let us go through such a bumpy ride, if it is not for a great experience, I believe.

Given my best in looking for a new place to say next year, I think it is time to leave everything and tawakal. Istiharah.

If we’re not meant to stay there, perhaps, there should be some signs or maybe I will not have this uneasiness anymore. Either way, Allah knows best, and anything that He says best for us, will sure be the only best thing for us. Perhaps, if we are to find another flat, Allah wants us to work harder, to find a better place than the one we already have no. Again, Allah knows best.

Ya Allah, tetapkanlah hati-hati kami yang berbolak-balik ini. Berikanlah petunjuk yang terbaik agar kami berada dalam ketenangan. Amin~

Bear in mind that…

In the name of Allah, the most merciful.

There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But bear in mind that letting do isn’t the end of the world; it’s a beginning of a new life.

Sometimes, we want people to go the way we want them to. But that doesn’t mean that they have to nor it has to always be our way for the others. But that doesn’t mean that we should be sad.

This may sound extreme, but I try to remind myself everyday to that I should not be a minion to my emotions. Not to say that you can’t be sad, but everything emotions that we have should always be moderate. Not too much, because only Allah deserves such large emotional indulgence from us.

Kawan, I am happy for you and hope that you too would find happiness in the path that you choose, insyAllah.

We went hunting today.

Alhamdulillah. 🙂

Today the girls and I went flat hunting. There were five flats to be visited at the beginning of the ‘mission’. All but one were visited because of some problems. Well, it was not really any problem, just the fact that the place was on top of a hill and that it was surrounded by houses which we believe host parties. A LOT of them.

By the way, the other six houses were very much satisfying too. But we decided to narrow it to the final two which are the ones in Albany Street.

I am super excited about the two houses as they are super strategic; near to the college, quick stroll to the library and just about 300m to the unipol. I mean, it is even better than the one we are living now, but if I were to compare the two in terms of furnitures and the condition of the house, surely none can ever beat 378 Leith Street. 🙂

In the end, all of us decided on the 1st house in Albany Street. InsyAllah, if everything goes well, that’s going to be our new home.

New semester.

In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful.

The new semester has finally shown its true self. Slowly, it is becoming hectic without su noticing it. Since I am taking crime as my elective paper this semester, it would be more hectic than it should be.

Anyways, let us praise Allah for every breath that He has presented us with, and nothing can be compared to the gift of being alive and living with such wealth and health. Alhamdulillah.

Because I am sooo super excited about the new semester, and in fact, I want to make it better than the first semester, I think I would concerntrate more onto my studies and InsyAllah, if anything good comes to me, I would write it out and share. 🙂