Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Let's Start 2016 With a Bismillah

I ended 2015 with lots of rushing, here and there. Going places while attending programs, trying my best to enjoy every step of the way. However, until the 20th day of year 2016, it felt a bit aimless. I didn't actually have a proper mission or objective to kickstart this year.

You know me, I'm the ambitious one, always competing for something. Even my mom said that I won't even give way to my lil' brother (when we're small, of course)..hehe
Until yesterday, I received a news that one of my senior was struck with a misfortune. Her house was burnt down to the ground due to short circuit and resulted in a total loss. Innalillahi wainna ilaihi rajiun.

My dad used to tell me this, "in comparing with others, sometimes (or most of the times), you need to see those who are needy than you, those who don't really have".  If you watch the news yesterday, there's one story about a girl who lose both of her legs in an accident. (Read here). It struck me hard that for quite some time, I've overlook the bounty that Allah have given me, or my family. Yes, I say Alhamdulillah everyday, but do I really mean it?

Today, somebody might have lost their child, or their house, or their limbs. And with His blessings, we still have ours. I believe there's a reason for everything, yet, sometimes I forget to actually see the positive side of His taqdir. To hold on to His Promises, to say thank you and see things with a better perspective.

That's my pledge this year. 
1.To see things in a clearer, more positive view. 
2. To be patient, waiting hurts, but always try to make full use of the time given.
3. Not to give up, you are a fighter!
4. To be a giver, always try my best to contribute to this Ummah, eventhough how small it is.
5. To contemplate and reflect more of His creations.
6. To always, and always remember Him
7. To never stop chasing my passion in seeking knowledge
8. To be happy

If we take some time to reflect upon His blessings, surely you would smile :)
And when I'm down, please remind me that He's always near, nearer than our jugular vein. That all His tests is for my own good. 

To Kak Eiju, you are strong, very strong, please remember this du'a taught by our Prophet (peace be upon him) for times of difficulty: “If a servant of Allah is afflicted with a misfortune and says: ‘Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un, Allahumma ajirni fi musibati wa akhlif li khairan minha‘ 

(Verily we belong to Allah and truly to Him shall we return. O Allah! Protect me in this calamity that has befallen me and replace it with something better), Allah will accept his prayer, grant him reward for his affliction, and replace it with something better.”

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