Pre school teacher. My pride.

Teaching.

Something that Ive been doing and Im loving it. Back in secondary school, I revise my work by teaching those friends who are weaker than me. By doing that, I know everything that I know and everything that I do not know – yet.

Now that Im teaching, its a whole different story. Now, teaching requires lots of dedication, commitment and passion and not forgetting skills and knowledge.

I can’t simply let go off my responsibilties as an educator. I can’t simply feel lazy to teach a particular boy who is damn slow. I can’t simply assume that the children understand what Ive taught them. I can’t afford to do that.

For your info, Im teaching the pre-schoolers. And I tell you teaching the pre-schoolers requires you more than just being a teacher. You have to be everything to be a pre-school teachers. You have to be their mother when they need you. You have to be a nurse when they need you. You have to be a friend when they need you. You have to be a clown when they need you. Simply, they need you to be what they need.

You have to love them like how their mother treat and love them. They love if we hug and kiss them. They love our touch. Not the abusive touch but the loving and caring touch. They love when you call their names with love. They also need your scoldings when they think they deserve and after that, things are just gonna be fine. You have to explain what’s the reason behind those scoldings, they will understand and believe me, they will love you more.

You have to care for them when they are sick. Apply some oitment when they come to you crying,”Teacher, I have stomachache.” You have to apply bandage when they fall down and wound themselves. You have to be gentle to them.

You have to be their friends who play with them. You have to act like a child and make silly face to them. They, definitely, are going to enjoy your company. My children sometimes climb on my back and I’d carry them around. I love this as this reminds me of our beloved Rasulullah who is very loving to children.

I love my job, Alhamdulillah. I love what I feel when I go to work. But this doesn’t mean I don’t face bad days as a teacher. I do. But the challenge is to remind myself why am I here as their teacher. Why am I chosen by Allah to be an educator. I come here to learn and teach. To remember and be grateful. To love and be loved. To understand and be understood.

I hope my children will grow up healthily, be blessed in their life, be guided and hopefully, I pray they will become someone useful to our community 🙂

Children, teacher loves u very much.
As I am writing this, My heart is flooded with tears coz my profession is not just my job but it is my life indeed.

Wassalam:)

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Want a happy life?

How to achieve a happy life:

1. Do a work that you love. If you cannot do that, then find a hobby that you love and do it in your spare time and reinforce it.

2. Take care of your health for it is the spirit of happiness. This means being moderate in eating and drinking, exercising regularly and avoiding bad habits.

3. Have a goal in life, for this will give you motivation and energy.

4. Take life as it comes, and accept the bitter and the sweet.

5. Live the present, with no regret for the past and no anxiety about tomorrow that has not come yet.

6. Think hard about any action or decision, and do not blame anyone else for your decision or its consequences.

7. Lool at those who are worse off than you.

8. Have the habit of smiling and being cheerful, and keep company with optimistic people.

9. Strive to make others happy so that you may benefit from the atmosphere of happiness.

10. Make the most of occasions of happiness and joy, and regard them as necessary to renew your own happiness.

Taken from the book: You can be the happiest woman in the world 🙂

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Qur’an: Baca dan hayati :)

saLaM~

I stumbled upon this hadeeth in the book titled ‘Riyadhus Shalihin’ which means ‘Taman Orang-orang Sholeh’. This book contains hundred over ahadeeth (the plural form for hadeeth) compiled by Imam Nawawi. Some of the ahadeeth have be explained tOo.

Well, there is this particular hadeeth which I like soO much.

(page 1029) Hadeeth no 992:
Dari Abu Musa Al-Asy’ari r.a katanya: “Rasulullah s.a.w. bersabda: Perumpamaan orang mu’min yang suka membaca al-Qur’an ialah seperti buah jeruk utrujah, baunya enak dan rasanya pun enak, dan perumpaan orang mu’min yang tidak suka membaca al-Qur’an ialas seperti buah kurma, tidak ada baunya, tetapi rasanya manis. Adapun perumpamaan orang orang munafiq yang suka membaca al-Qur’an ialah seperti minyak harum, baunya enak sedang rasanya pahit dan perumpaan orang munafiq yang tidak suka membaca al-Qur’an ialah seperti rumput hanzhalah, tidak ada baunya rasanya pun pahit.”

(muttafaq ‘alaih) (which means this hadith is riwayat Bukhari and Muslim)

hmm.. cantikkn? =)

Sometimes, or in fact, most of the time, because of hectic school or work schedule, we might overlook or neglect one important thing- reading the Qur’an. Thinking that insyaAllah we will read it one day or assuming that Allah will understand that we are tOo occupied with the WORLD!

Hmm.. somebody told me (she’s an ustazah I guess..), “kalau kiter belajar tinggi pon, tapi kalau belom dapat khatam Qur’an, rasenye tak gune..”

Sometimes, I wonder… we can spend hours and hours reading comics or story books but when it comes to Qur’an, subhanallaaaahh… susah betol.. baru bace da ngantok,boring laa.. mmg ler.. syaithan amek chance tuu… well, ta’awudz first by saying ‘Auzubillah hi minash Syaithaanir rajim..” And Allah will protect us from them

Since Qur’an is in Arabic, to avoid boredom and enjoy what you are reading, it’s best to know what Allah says rite? So, take a Qur’an translation. Read and understand it. Then only you can find it enjoyable. Remember, those aayah is the WORDS of our God.

Hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah and insyaAllah by reading Qur’an our hearts do find rest.

Besides that, there are other fadhilah (keutamaan) reading the Qur’an.

Dari Abu Umamah r.a katanya: “Saya mendengar Rasulullah s.a.w bersabda: Bacalah olehmu semua akan Al-Qur’an, kerana Al-Qur’an akan datang pada hari Qiyamat sebagai sesuatu yang dapat memberikan syafaat- yakni pertolongan- kepada orang-orang yang mempunyainya. (riwayat Muslim).

Maksud mempunyainya di di sini ialah orang yang membaca al-Qur’an, ingat makna kandungannya dan mengamalkannya.

And for those who are able to read the Qur’an, come on! Don’t keep that to yourself.
Get me???

Dari Usman bin Affan (Khalifah yang ketiga) r.a katanya: Rasulullah s.a.w bersabda: “sebaik baik engkau semua ialah orang yang mempelajari al-Qur’an dan mengajarkannya pula.”

insyaAllah~

Cinta Allah dan Rasulullah s.a.w

Weeeeeee~

Heyya!

*Oops!*

SaLaaM readers =)
Feeling good?? Hmmmph.. That’s good! *k k.. pape jek laa eh shikin..*

Anyway! Im BACK!!!!
Away from the sorrow and eeeyah.. feeling fresh *Stretching*

The usrah yesterday was exceptionally enriching. Alhamdulillah, it has helped me to develop or rather improve my spiritual well-being (at the time where I was really really really down- and thanks God for opening my heart and thus I attended the usrah)

To have people like Ishak, Mokhsin and the newly-known bro, siswan, plus others were a blessing for me who is still terkial-kial wanting to be religious and stuff.

Yesterday topic was ‘Cinta Allah dan Rasul’.

Hehe…. U know what?? I’m still feeling guilty coz I din do much research on appointed topic. Sheesh! Kene improve ni… kalau tak smp bile Islam nak maju kan kan kan?

Oh ya! We started off the usrah with overview/summary from the previous 2 usrah. Recalling:
(1st) ‘Introduction to Usrah’ –Mixed usrah
(2nd) ‘Early marriage’ –gender-based

I started off with a sharing: there is this song by Chrisye featuring Ahmad Dhani from Dewa, title: ‘Kalau Syurga dan Neraka tak Ada’ (err… something like this..) The song captured my attention while I was editting some pics. The message that they wanna get across is:

Kite buat ibadah (e.g) mesti tulus.. not because of we want to enter the Paradise and we are afraid of the Hell.. In other words, we must do it just to please Allah and because we love Him.. if so we do something just for the sake of entering the Heaven, What if the Heaven and Hell do not exist. Get me??

On top of that, few brothers actually mentioned that keimanan (err… or izit something else??) is bertingkat-tingkat… at first (when we were small or rather permulaannya) + the nature of human beings who want rewards/ something in return when something else is being given, could assume or somewhat think that we do it for the sake of wanting to enter Paradise. Sape tanak kan masok syurga?? =)..

Yeaah.. but we must aware that actually we are supposed to do any good deeds for the sake of His pleasure. Afterall, the permission to enter the Paradise doesn’t rely on our good deeds done in dunia. Rather, whether Allah is pleased with us when we live our life in this temporary world (and the sincerity in ibadah is one of the countless ways we could actually attain His pleasure because in surah al’Israa’ says that: we, human and jinn, are created is to worship him..

Lotsa input being put across. Woooah! Still digesting them.

Ok, next about the Love of Rasulullah

I read somewhere that actually is always and usual to love someone if we gotta meet them. In the case of love for Rasulullah pbuh (peace be upon him),the love need to be instilled as we never meet him in person before. Yeah… cabaran kan? Hehe~ to love someone whom you never meet and only known through his seerah (history)!! BUT! That’s never impossible..

There’s a hadith shared by a bro (pardon me I cant recall the sanad-who narrated it-) saying that Rasulullah said to his companions that He wanted to meet his beloved ones. Then the companions asked: “Aren’t we your beloved?” and Rasulullah mentioned that they were his companions and his beloved ones are those people who love him but never meet him before.

Woooah! Touching kan?

That time I just woke up from sleep for subuh and it took me awhile to reaaaally WAKE UP and STAND UP when I heard this ceramah played on radio. This speaker was lecturing about the love for Rasulullah and at that point of time, he was quoting a hadith narrating to us about the death of rasulullah.

It was when Rasulullah was experiencing his sakaratul maut (when the angel of Death comes to ‘take’ us away). And as we are told, sakaratul maut tu pon sakit tauu… I read somewhere that the pain is like being slash with a very very very sharp blade/knife for 100 times.. Sedangkan Rasulullah yang dah dijanjikan syurga could really feel the pain.. ape lagi kiter ni yang selaluuuu sgt buat maksiat dan dose2..

*Come! Let’s instighfar*

Ok, back to the hadith… Since the pain is so much, Rasulullah asked the angel whether his ummat would encounter the same thing too.. And the angel of Death replied ‘Yes’.. and you know what…

*prepare to cry kk..*

The minute Rasullullah heard that, he was sO sad and he asked the angel to give him ALL the pain that his ummat will get when experiencing the sakaratul maut! He did that because RASULULLAH LOVES US SO MUCH –the ummat whom he never meet before!!

I was so touched and emotional when I heard that…. If he loves us, why in return we never try to love him??

Apart form reading his seerah, knowing his praised characters and selawat for him, there’s one thing a bro shared that could make us love him. He said that, if Allah’s beloved is Muhammad Rasullulah, who are we not to love him right??

Think think…….

Somebody shared with me a du’a which is good for us to practise tOo..
“Ya Allah, buatlah hatiku ini cinta pada sesiapa yang Kau cintai dan buatlah orang2 yang menyintaimu menyintaiku jua…”( the second part mcm ckp pasal jodoh pulak kkan?)

Sweet kan =)

Alrite! What else ehh… hmmph… I think enough for now.. can get personal update from me if u wanna noe moRe~

Next usrah will be 2 weeks from now. And it’s a gender-based one. So, sisters! We needa think of a topic. Any suggestion???

Beep me if you have any yO!

Alrite…

Last but not least…..

“And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out [from every diffficulty]. And He will provide him from [sources] he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, the He will suffice him”
Qur’an 65:2-3

My Fav quote: Allah can comfort you in ways nobody else can! Yakin kayy??

Take care dearest~

Interesting Conversation

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty.

He asks one of his new Muslim students to stand and…..

Professor: You are a Muslim, aren’t you, son?
Student : Yes, sir.
Prof: So you believe in God?
Student : Absolutely, sir.
Prof: Is God good?
Student : Sure.
Prof: Is God all-powerful?
Student : Yes.

Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn’t. How is this God good then? Hmm?

(Student is silent.)

Prof: You can’t answer, can you? Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?
Student :Yes.
Prof: Is Satan good?
Student : No.
Prof: Where does Satan come from?
Student : From…God…
Prof: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Prof: So who created evil?

(Student does not answer.)

Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student :Yes, sir.
Prof: So, who created them?

(Student has no answer.)

Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son…Have you ever seen God?
Student: No, sir.
Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?
Student : No , sir.
Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student : Yes.

Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.
Prof: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Prof: Yes.
Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Prof: Yes.
Student : No sir. There isn’t.(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light….But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?

Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where theargument is going.)

Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavour, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class is in uproar.)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class breaks out into laughter.)

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it?…..No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.)
Prof: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

Student : That is it sir.. The link between man & god is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving & alive.

smart young man 😀

Beneath the Hijab-Veiled For Allah

Beneath the Hijab-Veiled For Allah

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Paige Robbins, a Woodlawn resident and local music therapist. Photo By Natalie Hager.

The clothes do not make the woman, but they can make an impact during a job interview. Self-expression is a typical explanation for low-riding jeans and funky shoes as much as it is for body piercings and hair color. 

Yet Islamic women who choose to make an unconventional statement with their attire typically encounter prejudice, unfair treatment, and even fear. This is common for Muslim women who wear hijab, a headscarf tied under their chin, and loose fitting clothing to cover everything but their face, hands, and feet.

“My heart is not ready … for the burden of interacting with people in public places with hijab on,” says Paige Robbins, a Woodlawn resident and local music therapist. 

“I have to be ready for people looking at me like I’m a terrorist. They’ll look at me like they’re afraid of me. I might lose clients at work. I’ll have to stand up for my beliefs — vocally. Right now, people don’t know I’m Muslim.”

Robbins converted to Islam earlier this year, but her perspective isn’t unique to converts.

Iman Bedawi, from West Chester, was born to Egyptian parents and was educated in the American public school system. She attended Islamic religious classes on the weekends, where she learned that hijab was obligatory according to Islam, but there was never any imposition of the rules. Bedawi’s mother didn’t don the Islamic headscarf until Bedawi was 7 or 8 years old.

“A lot of women don’t understand that, when they’re interviewing, their physical appearance has a lot of bearing and that is really demeaning,” Bedawi says. “It’s none of their business how I dress if I have the right qualifications (for a job).”

Obedience, Not Terrorism

In the Qur’an, God commands the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear; that they should “draw their veils over their bosoms” and not display their beauty to anyone other than immediate family members.

God also commands in the verse that gives the meaning of “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad).” (Al-Ahzab 33:59)

Because of these two verses, Muslim women believe modesty is a highly spiritual act that’s a direct command from God.

The decision to follow this direction is a personal one, Bedawi explains. “It really has to do with the development of the person wearing it,” she says. 

“Hijab is symbolic of a woman’s devotion to God, of her deep desire to be close to him and prefer his pleasure over the judgment of everyone else.”

“In high school, my parents never mentioned it in a pressuring way. Once my mother asked me if I would like to wear it, my full-hearted answer was ‘Yes,’ but I didn’t have an idea when. Before the beginning of my last year of high school, it was my decision completely to start wearing it.”

Ingrid Ascencio, who grew up a Catholic in Mexico and converted to Islam six years ago, agrees that wearing hijab is simply “being obedient to Allah.”

“It really comes down to that,” she says. “I didn’t grow up with that. It’s something that Allah wants me to do.”

Concern of being feared is a big obstacle for many Islamic women. The decision to choose traditional Islamic feminine dress means dealing with the suspicion and scorn by those who don’t understand the religious and personal implications of a non-Western style.

Ascencio, a mechanical engineer for GE, is not afraid. She wore hijab when she interviewed for her position three years ago and continues to do so with confidence and pride.

Photo by Natalie Hager

“The environment of the company is very professional,” she explains. “There is a lot of diversity. They want to include women and minorities, and I’m triple in one. My personality repels criticism. I come across very strong, especially at work. I don’t look down, I don’t speak softly, and I’m straight to the point. I think people can read that. If you have convictions, people don’t mess with you.”

That confidence took some time to develop.

“It took me two years to get the strength to put it on,” Ascensio says. “I don’t do things halfway. I didn’t want to put it on, and then take it off. First, my wardrobe had to slowly change. I stopped wearing shorts and only (wore) pants, then (from) no sleeves to some sleeves, then full sleeves, etc. Then I went a size bigger than my fitting size. Slowly but surely I changed it.”

“Finally I took off for work one morning and I just put it on. I didn’t tell anyone. I just did it.”

“An Obstacle to What?”

The women agree that, although the primary reason they cover is spiritual, there is a secondary benefit to wearing the hijab. Robbins doesn’t cover her hair, but she maintains modest dress because she feels protected. She wants to be known for her personality, not for her appearance.

“I dress more conservatively than the average American woman,” she says. “I feel more comfortable with my arms, chest, and legs covered. I also wear loose-fitting clothing. It gives me comfort to be able to interact with others a little more openly. We can interact with the opposite sex and not worry.”

Bedawi says she’s often confronted by feminists who take issue with her choice.

“Their argument is … that this scarf is an obstacle to us,” she says. “Sometimes I wonder: an obstacle to what? To my body being admired by whoever wants to admire it? An obstacle to getting boyfriends? … Yes, it is an obstacle to preventing the woman from being susceptible to the evils that the women of [the] Western society are prone to.”

“This is a very biased view that hijab is an obstacle. They think it’s an obstacle to freedom. We don’t believe in unrestricted freedom. Freedom has to be within the will of God.”

Moving beyond the personal decision to wear a specific kind of clothing, Bedawi says American culture has a dramatic impact on the lack of equality afforded to Islamic woman in this country.

“Most Muslims the world over hold America as the hope, as a place where we can practice our religion wholly, because of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,” she says. 

“We’d like the greater community to understand us and what we’re all about, not to convert anyone but to help them respect our beliefs so we can practice.”

“We’d like the freedom to practice without discrimination. American foreign policies are the main obstacle to that dream. The propaganda coming out from the current administration isn’t giving a clear picture to the greater American community as to what Muslims in the US and all over the world are really all about.”