Friday, August 26, 2016

Puisi Kenalah Selalu Ingat Mati


Kenalah selalu ingat mati,
Ia sesuatu yang pasti,
Berdoalah moga segala amalan diberkati,
Ajal ini adalah kerja Ilahi. 

Kenalah selalu ingat mati,
Tidak salah harta banyak dicari,
Beribadatlah seolah-olah pergi esok hari,
Dunia akhirat perlulah kita mengimbangi.

Kenalah selalu ingat mati,
Jika mampu bersedekahlah dari hati,
Tidak mengapa sedikit asalkan bererti,
Moga ALLAH akan memberi ganti.

Kenalah selalu ingat mati, 
Masjid dan surau jangan dilupai,
Bersolat jemaah ganjarannya tiada terperi,
Jangan kita jadi orang yang rugi.

Kenalah selalu ingat mati,
Amalan wajib lakukanlah dengan teliti,
Yang sunat biarlah menjadi sebati,
Agar senang melintasi Titian Sirat nanti.

Kenalah selalu ingat mati,
Nabi Muhammad orang yang kita sanjungi,
Ziarahlah makam baginda sebagai bukti,
Syafaat Rasulullah di akhirat nilainya paling tinggi.

Jumaat (penghulu hari), 23 Zulkaedah 1437H


Monday, August 15, 2016

You'll need drive, energy

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullah,
(May Peace and Mercy of ALLAH be upon you)

As published in the New Straits Times, LETTERS column, on Monday, 15 August 2016  

12 Zulkaedah 1437H

Friday, July 29, 2016

Part of Life: Saying Goodbye

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullah,
(May Peace and Mercy of ALLAH be upon you)

It was certainly a sad moment when you have to say goodbye to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, at Masjid Nabawi ... before leaving Madinah.  
We call it "wada' dengan Rasulullah SAW". 
He will recognise you, insya-Allah, during the Day of Judgement.

 Reciting the doa during ritual "wada' dengan Rasulullah" at Masjid Nabawi, 

After saying goodbye, you can still look for me, if you want to ... but not in the past please ... for I don't live there any more.

 New York City, State of New York, U.S.A.

When the past calls, it is in your best interest to ignore it ... more often than not, it has nothing new to say.

 Background: The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500

Jumaat (penghulu hari), 24 Syawal 1437H


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Part of Life: Lessons Learned

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullah,
(May Peace and Mercy of ALLAH be upon you) 

Being kind is better than being right ... the act of kindness may lead to ALLAH's heaven.

At the Holy Mosque of Masjidilharam with the Kaabah in the background,

The big guns capitalise on your strengths while small people focus on your weaknesses.

At Equatorial Hotel, Penang, MALAYSIA

The meaning of the word smile is the same in any language.

 At Jerejak Mutiara Resort, Pulau Jerejak, Penang, MALAYSIA

What do you call the person who graduated last in a medical school?
Answer: doctor

You have made my day

 At IOI Marriot Hotel, Putrajaya, MALAYSIA

Khamis, 23 Syawal 1437H

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Part of life: without fear or favour

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullah,
(May Peace and Mercy of ALLAH be upon you)

Our day starts and ends with family

 At Llandough Street, Cardiff, Wales, UNITED KINGDOM

When one door of opportunity closes, other windows open ...

 At Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Friendship should be based on sincerity, otherwise it will show by your action - somehow, somewhere ...

 At Ao Nang Beach, Krabi, THAILAND

Those of you who are 30 years old today, you'll become a senior citizen in thirty years time ... insya-Allah with good health.

 A senior citizen couple in Golden Lounge, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA),
Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA, en route to Bali 

All good things must come to an end

Selasa, 21 Syawal 1437H


Sunday, July 24, 2016

If we treat others well

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullah,
(May Peace and Mercy of ALLAH be upon you)

As published in New Sunday Times, today, 24 July 2016


Part of my job responsibilities before retiring from a multinational company a few years ago was to look after human resources.

Based from my interactions with personnel, I arrived at the conclusion, as the saying goes, that “people behave the way we expect them to behave”.

Now, I spend my time reading, writing, travelling and of course not missing to performing prayers at the surau nearby.

Based on my observations on human behaviour, I have come up with the hypothesis that people can be categorised into three groups, irrespective of their age, gender, locality, educational and economic background.    

GROUP 1: People in this group follow the example of Prophet Muhammad. 

When people approached him in a rude manner, he smiled and reacted politely.
On many occasions, these people embraced Islam after seeing the good character as exhibited by the Prophet.   

People in this group are normally mature. They are not self-centered, and politeness and compassion come naturally to them.

Group 2: People in this group choose to keep quiet. This is because they take the stand that “if you have nothing good to say, then it is better to say nothing”.

More often than not, they say that people can gauge our intelligence whenever we open our mouths.

We can say that this group of people possess a balance between intelligence and emotion.

Group 3: These are the people who lash out at others if what was communicated to them was not to their liking. Being abrasive in nature, they just don’t care whether their words hurt other. Insinuation becomes second nature to them.

Having said that, perhaps people in this group are intelligent, but they lack emotional stability.

To conclude, I believe that life is simple, so we should behave properly and  not complicate matters.

If we treat others nicely and with respect, then by the Law of Averages, people will treat us in the same manner.

 Ahad, 19 Syawal 1437H

Part of Life: Crossing the Rubicon

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullah,
(May Peace and Mercy of ALLAH be upon you)

Worry less about what others think, say and write ... if they are not part of your life.

 On board the SUPERSTAR LIBRA off Phuket, THAILAND

Insinuation is part of life ... small people like to do that.
It is OK with me ... for I am happily retired.

 At Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, INDONESIA

I don't click on to Twitter link any more ... viewing the tweet is like watering a dead flower.

 At Camellia Serviced Suites, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Look again!
There's some interesting truth about "the end" ...
Penfriend ...
Everything has an end ... except for family.

 At Lee Wharf apt, Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle NSW, AUSTRALIA

There's a Malaysian lyric ...
pensive ... don't be in the pensive mood,
she's no longer around ... do not wait for her.  

 Malaysian singer, Dato' Yusni Hamid singing the song "Mega Mendung"

Ahad, 19 Syawal 1437H