Madame Blossom's Book of Poems

Monday, March 31, 2014

kalau tak bermakna

Perkara kalau tak bermakna, tak payah buat.
Objective, objective, objective.  What is the objective?

Why upon why upon why.  The final answer should always lead to.. 'lillah' For God, i.e. to please God.

But there are too many people and companies and organisations who do things without knowing why and without knowing the most basic objectives - some don't even know the objectives.  Most don't measure if the objectives are actually being met.

Me. I need to ask myself that, over and over again too.   Sometimes we start off with the correct intention, and then we forget our basic intention along the way, while in the midst of excitement of carrying them out.
So I need to constantly ask myself, what my truest objective is.

If I lose the objective, or have no final objective that is lillah - then there is no point to doing it.

It's not easy to determine between sincerity and ulterior motives of the nafs. 


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Quoting hadith sources

I believe we have to assume positively that everyone or at least someone in the audience will want to check our sources. 

Quoting the sources is a good practise.  Never mind if they actually check it or don't check it - we don't need to deprive them of the information.

This will help to train people to identify and be alert about hearing hadith without sources .  It assures people that what they hear is from somewhere legitimate - not just from hearsay.  This is a problem now. Because people are so used to hearing hadiths without the source being quoted, they easily believe and forward or relate what they hear or read to others without any concern for the validity of the hadith.

Quoting the source also helps us greatly in ensuring that we quote hadith from which the source is known to us, and/or trusted.

And Allah knows our intentions best.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

being cursed

While I was stuck in the loooooong queue at the SG customs, it occured to me, a hadith I read before :

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Fear the two things that bring curses.” They asked, “What are the two things that bring curses, O Messenger of Allaah?” He said: “When a person relieves himself in the road where people walk or in the place where they seek shade.” 
(Reported by Abu Dawud, 23; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 110)

I WONDER if it also applies to other situations where you create the anger or frustration of other people which causes them to curse you.  Such as this - inconsiderately cutting queues and then being arrogant about it.

Being cursed....
I can think of another person who is always being cursed.  A leader of a country.  So many citizens 'under' him - and when the welfare of the country and the people is not his first priority - but greed, wealth and status - then every single day he is being cursed by people who feel that they have been abused- financially, mentally and basically in the way they live.  I can't imagine how the leader can ever feel any peace and tranquility.

Ya Allah, make me patient and save us and our children from the disasters of this world and the Hereafter.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

let it flow

Subhanallah this life.  Push and pull.

You can let yourself be.. or.. I'm really talking about myself here.. maybe not the others.. just me.  I can let myself be dragged into my own world, as in, away from the issues of the day - especially when I see endless debates, each wanting to only win.. not to learn.  issues of the ummah.

And then I went to watch a Korean movie. Ya, I did.  And masyaa Allah.. what a GOOD movie! It's been quite a while since I thought that way about a movie.  Maybe it's because I've never been at this age before, in this situation before, wiser(?) as of now than before - anyhow it moved my emotions a lot and reminded me that while we think about problems of the ummah, and you worry so much about wanting to change the mindset of these people to what WE THINK is right.. not necessarily right - still these are individuals have their very own issues.  And their issues and their situations are real.  Maybe a big challenge. Their very own situation - and no posting or comment is going to change the ummah as a whole.  I think that's what we're expecting when we voice out our concerns to a group.

It may change a person though - only if the whole situation fits.  Only if Allah permits.

Maybe I'm just taking a break.  Group debates are so far, seriously pointless.  Makes me tired. Mentally tired.

What I can do now is make my own individual effort.  Starting with trying to make myself a better person, in all sense. :P  hah..easy to say.  Start somewhere.  Start with a doa.

Allah guides whom He wills.  Ya Allah, guide me.