Monday, January 31, 2011


What a weak soul. Who hides in the shadow of my sins.
Who makes resolves only to break.
Who knows what mistakes are, but repeats them.
Who sees wrongs, but still joins them.

I wish every step I take, was for Him.
Every thought, for greater good.
I wish I went to school simply to gain His knowledge.
I wish for no other reason this heart beats.

Regrets that last only in the moment.
To be replaced by heedlessness all over again.
Knowing the difference between poison and cure,
Yet always wanting the former,
Scared of the latter.

A head too big to be shouldered.
A mouth too often laughing,
A mind too full of dust and rust.
19 and no contribution to the world.

Happy belated self, clearly, we ain't got a cause of celebration here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Not the primrose path

I sat down, pondered, and found out yet another blessing in disguise in my encounter with cancer. A blessing I find very exemplary of Allah's mercy to His creation.

In the Quran, Allah mentions in many verses about testing the Believers with deficiencies, such as being afflicted with illness and poverty.

We will surely put you to trial by involving you in fear and hunger and bycausing loss of property, life and earnings. [Al-Baqarah:155]

These deficiencies in health and poverty are not meant to burden His servants, rather they serve as a mean to differentiate between those who sincerely are Believers and those who are merely liars.

Do the people think that they will be left alone after they have once said, "We have believed," and they will not be tested? [Al-Ankabut:2]

The fact is that we have put to test all those who have gone before them. Surely,Allah has to see who are the truthful and who the liars. [Al-Ankabut:3]

*When one becomes ill, he seeks for Allah's help. When one becomes poor, she strives to be closer to Allah.

*If previously one prays only his 5 obligatory prayers in a day, he now adds on the rawatib prayers and qiamullail.

*If previously one only recites a page of the Quran in a day, the pages recited now doubles and she adds the recitation of al-Mathurat on top of her daily Quranic readings.

*If previously one supplicates to Allah without even understanding the words muttered, he now makes the effort to know the mafhum (meaning) of the du'a recited. 

These are how trials via the form of loss of health and wealth can turn people into. Allah gives them illness and poverty, somehow as a catalyst to turn them into more pious and thankful servants of Him.

In simple terms, illness, poverty, loss of lives are what I see as so-called 'tangible trials' by Allah. I believe that every human being is actually being put by Allah into their respective trials. Only that some people's trials are 'intangible'.

If I'm being honest, I am more afraid of these 'intangible trials'. What do I mean by 'intangible trials'?

Wealth. Good health. Fame.

These are the sort of things I see as the so-called 'intangible trials'. They are still trials by Allah, only that we can't feel the 'hardship' nature of the test.

**How many people out there who were once very pious, yet when they become rich, they turn their backs against Allah and claims that all their wealth are due to their own makings?!

**Or those who are never bothered to take care of their obligatory prayers just because they are never ill and therefore don't feel the need to ask from Allah?!

Man is such that when a little affliction touches him, he calls upon Us, andwhen We bestow Our favor on him, he says, "I have been given this because of my knowledge!" Nay, it is a trial, but most of them do not know. [Az-Zumar:49]

I remind myself firstly, and others. Let us not emulate the Pharaoh and Qarun. Arrogant and mindless of their God's presence when Allah puts them into the intangible trials of wealth and good health. 

That is why I sometimes thank Allah again and again for putting me in such trial, a tangible trial, a trial that I hope should lead me towards becoming a better servant of Him.

And that, is the blessing in disguise.

Al-Fatihah for arwah Mas Afzal, a friend of my sister, who went home to Allah one month ago. May he rest in peace. The original post can be accessed at Mas Afzal's.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

when tried.

....And so are the days (good and not so good), that We give to men by turns, that Allah may test those who believe... 3:140

O you who believe! Seek help in patience and prayer, truly, Allah is with the patient. 2:53