Thursday, 30 April 2015

Great Expectations

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are” - Donald Miller,

The Wise Owl used to tell me to stop having expectations. He used to tell me, "sister, don't expect anything from God Almighty as He will give when He decides to give. Don't expect anything from people as they may not measure up when you want them to. When you don't have expectations, everything good is a bonus." I must admit that what he said is so very true.

Recently, God decided to cross my path with a group a people from a completely different walk of life. When I first met them, the Wise Owl's advice immediately came into mind. So instead of trying to read them by the way they were dressed, like I was trained to, I opened up my heart and my ears. MasyaAllah! I found them to be truly gifted people. They taught me a thing or two about love, honesty and loyalty. Most of all, they showed me the true meaning of sincerity.

Every time God throws a person in my path, I know that I'm supposed to learn something from him or her. I met a couple who dedicate their entire waking hours thinking of ways to do good deeds. To me,  they give a new meaning to the phrase 'living life to the fullest'. I must admit how I envy their ability to do good.

Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:"Allah does not look at your appearances or your financial status, but He looks at your hearts and your actions."  (Al-Bukhari)

If you think about it, when we have expectations, we are in fact judging a person in accordance to our own standards. If that person didn't measure up then we deemed him or her as a failure and we get disappointed or upset. Truthfully, it is us who have actually failed. We failed to accept people as they are, limitations and all.

Now, I truly understand that when it comes to life, my teacher does not  necessarily have to be an Islamic scholar or someone who memorized the holy Quran. Anyone can be your teacher. It's just a matter of whether you are humbled enough to be a student. I had a stranger who came to me, one day, asking me to not stop writing as my ramblings had helped her. She in turn, had taught me to hope when I was at the brink of giving up.  

Like I said, anyone can be your teacher. In fact, to me, the best teachers are the ones who touched your heart and leaves a mark, whoever he or she might be.....

Monday, 27 April 2015

Friday, 24 April 2015

When will I be Famous?

“The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

I am not a well known actress nor am  I a world class singer. I am not an aspiring politician. The only people who knows me are my friends and families. I am actually a no-body. In fact, I think some of my acquaintances and friends have even forgotten about me.

I am a simple person with simple needs but I harbor a secret desire. A desire to be famous.....

 One day, the Wise Owl told me a story about one of the companion of Prophet pbuh. During the burial of this blessed sahabah, Prophet pbuh had to walk on tip toe as if there was a crowd because of the vast number of angels present. SubhanAllah! This sahabah was held in high esteem in the eyes of God and was famous amongst the angels because of his deeds during his lifetime. I sat there, staring at the Wise Owl in amazement, with my mouth opened. Imagine having thousands of angels attending your funeral and making dua for you. Such honor!

The Wise Owl said that to secure the love of our Creator requires work. It's not impossible but it demands some sacrifices to be made.

Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “When Allah loves a person, He calls Jibreel and says: ‘I love So and so, so love him.’ So Jibreel loves him, then he calls out to the people of heaven, ‘Allah loves So and so, so love him.’ So the people of heaven love him and he finds acceptance on earth. If Allah hates a person, He calls Jibreel and says: ‘I hate So and so, so hate him.’ So Jibreel hates him, then he calls out to the people of heaven: ‘Allah hates So and so, so hate him.’ So they hate him and he is hated on earth.” 
Sahih Bukhari

Looking back, I know that I have indeed been blessed. What I possess may not be much to others but to me, it is abundance. I am grateful.

But, still.....I long to be famous.....in God's eyes and amongst the angels. I don't know if my deeds are accepted or my sacrifices are enough but I must at least try.

 Now tell me, don't you wish to be famous too?

Friday, 17 April 2015

New Book

Alhamdulillah, the new Malay book is out. There will be a meet & greet as well as signing session on the 29th April 2015 from 3.00 - 4.00 pm, at the International Book Festival at Putra World Trade Centre. If you are free, do come along....