Wednesday, 28 June 2017

My Umrah Story 14.2 - 25.2.2015

 selfie in Madina shops  ..
Assallamualaikum w.r.t.

Behind me are shops sellings trinkets and food ..i usually buy shish
tawok made by Pakistani / Afghan / Indian / Burmese not sure ..  all moslems look same not matter what nationality here (even whites look the same). Only asians and africans descendant are identifiable .. anyway my sons love the shish tawok.

In front of Masjid Nabawi 

Pic left are taken in front Masjid Nabawi around 11 am. Its very
peaceful and tranquil in Madina. The purpose of coming to Madina is to visit prophet Muhammad S.A.W. pbuh

We took van from Madina to Makkah which is approximately 400 km away.
road journey from Madina to Makkah

Makkah is more than 300 km away from Madinah and took us roughly 4-5 hrs by bus. We arrive in Makkah around 8pm. Check in, took our dinner and set out to performed tawaf at 11pm and completed saie around 3am. We are completely exhausted and blissfully happy and peaceful .. :). We take so long to complete the umrah because we are performing umrah with my two sons age 9+ and 5+ ..

Pic right : My husband and two sons after completing saie .. on the way to the barber shop to shave their heads (tahallul).  This is my husband and my eldest son second trip to performed umrah, and the first trip for my second son, daughter, sister in law and our helper, bibik. Alhamdullillah .. i thanked Allah S.W.T. for granting us the opportunity to visit his house again.

In this trip, i made several mistake. Since i have been to umrah before, i assumed i know what to do and what to avoid, once i get into the holy cities. As such, i did not revise the dos and don'ts while you are in the holy cities, during state of ihram as well as out of it.  Of course,  once i reach the holy cities, i forget many things for example what to read once you passed Hajarul Aswad and Rukun Yamani. Luckily umrah groups from turkiye and indonesia loves to scream their prayer so i also repeat what they read hehe. Also i forget to stop and read prayers at the foot of Safa each time.. instead i was focussing on completing the saie and proceed with marathon between the two hills ...

 Experience that stand out  in this trip ( for me)  .. for the rest of my group, they have their own lessons learnt accordingly .. :P

#1 After Isyak prayers inside Masjidil Haram .. group of niqabi passed in front of me and i told my sister in law that people in niqab freak me out because they look like ghost especially if they suddenly turn up from my back. Note that women from middle eastern culture clothing usually comprise of black clothing with their face covered called niqab. Afterwards, i was back in my bed eating red apple while watching masjidil haram live and suddenly i broke my denture. Wow .. and i still have 5 -6 days left in Makkah. I whatsapp my family back in Malaysia .. and this is what they say (highlighted in blue).
1.  You have to watch what you say and think in tanah haram because everthing will be paid back in cash. Alright .. i know that but totally forget about it. (told you i did not revise the dos and dont's)
2.  Go and find a dentist. Dentist will fixed it in 1 -2 hr. So I went to find dentist from the zam-zam tower untill all the way up to Aziziah (roughly SR20 away by taxi from masjidil haram) but no luck. Dentists don't work everyday like back in Malaysia. They work on certain days and certain time only. So for the rest of the umrah trip, i have to closed my mouth and i certainly can not eat many things. This is tough because pilgrims are very friendly, they talk to you and keep giving you food. Also dust keep entering my eyes for one day after the incident.
3. Why don't you wear a niqab ..hahaha. If i wear niqab, i can open my mouth hee ..

#2 Me and my husband ask the uztaz if he knows where to find dentists, and he ask me if i have tooth ache .. i just nodded. Everytime they saw me, they ask what is my problems .. do i have tooth ache and i nodded some more. After so many times, my other teeths start to throb.  So i change my strategy, everytime they ask me .. i said ok.. and after sometime the throbbing go away.

#3  The importance of seeking knowledge expecially ilmu tauheed and ilmu fiqh.

#4  Understanding of Qadha and Qadr (sunnatullah) and the importance of making rational decisions

What I loves most when performing Umrah

#1 Performing the tawaf .. i read a lot of prayers in the rounds of tawaf such as Allah please forgive me, my husband, my parents, my husband parents, my children (and i mention all their names), my families, Muslimin Muslimat, Mukminin Mukminat, please let us live and die in islam and iman, please let us enter heaven .. etc ..etc .. the list goes on. I really hope Allah S.W.T. will grant me all my prayers but this kind of prayer .. will not make you cry in such deep happiness.

#2 When performing the tawaf, and seeing the Kaabah and you proclaimed to Allah with Kaabah as your witness,

 "La illahah illah 'lla Wah Mohammadan rasulu 'llah" 

 “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”

will make you cry and cry and cry and cry in happiness and i believe this is the greatest happiness existed.

At least that is my experience.

# Note this article is my personal spiritual experience based of  my understanding of islam. FYI .. I am not a scholar thus everything I said must be counter checked against the Holy Quran.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

teh kahwa kashmiri ( kashmiri tea)


Teh Kahwa Kashmiri ( Kashmiri Tea)

3-5 types of tea
a pinch of saffron
6 cardamoms pods
condensed milk, evaporated milk and fresh milk


boil water in the pot together with cardamoms, saffron and tea until the tea becomes halves or turn black (thick). filter the tea into a jug and add condensed milk, evaporated milk and fresh milk according to your taste. Add a pinch of salt. Cardamoms and saffron can also be added when serving the tea.

Friday, 30 January 2015

My Trip To Jeju 5.10 -9.10.2014

Assallamualaikum w.r.t and Greetings 

Its been a very long time since i last visit my blog and was quite surprise to see my blog is still here. 
I have been very busy with facebook hehehe

When i go through my previous posts, wah i think its embarrassing but never mind just let it be.

In this posts, I just want to share my most memorable pictures/memory on my visit to Jeju Island

Koreans use small pail and small towel for shower. Look at the picture above. If you are not use to it, bring your own towel.. heee.

My hotel provide breakfast, i think its traditional breakfast in Korea.

Rice porridge, kimchi, kimchi, green algae, bread, strawberry jam and yogurt drink.

We visit the traditional village, the uncle in the picture explained to us that in the old days, the Koreans keep pig pen next to the house, and the toilet is on top of the corner of the pig pen. The pig will eat the faeces. 

He then brings us to see the pig pen with the toilet and the pig. I did not take any picture unfortunately.

More Korean food, i love lunch and dinner. Delicious ....

My motel or hotel or inn .. not sure

Some of beautiful scenery around jeju island

beautiful scenery and delicious food .. but i can not afford to shop. three times more expensive compare to my homeland ...

Thursday, 20 March 2014

My thoughts on MH 370 incidents.

21.03.2014 ; 1;17am

Assallamualaikum w.r.t and greetings dear,

Its been a long time since my last entry. been busy with facebook ..huhu. My husband said if i don't spend so much time on facebooking, i probably finish  reading one or two good books which will benefits me more .. 

I want to write about the unfortunate incidents fall on my beloved country Malaysia. Our national carrier MH 370 went missing on the 8th March 2014 with 239 people on board. 

We have tried our very best to find the missing aircraft and to console the families concerned but our effort was not appreciated. The foreign media ridicules, slander, insult our government and people attack our government from inside and outside Malaysia (this include Malaysian as well - most likely the opposition party).

I think everyone who helped have worked very hard and very sincerely. I don't expect a thank you but insult, slander , bashing etc is totally uncalled for. 

Being a small country with medium level technology i suppose, we have requested for help from neighboring countries, as well as country which have the technological means to locate the missing aircraft. In total, we manage to get 26 countries to help us. We are very thankful for the support from these governments.

The search and rescue effort take quite some time, and the stress is quite tremendous especially on the families concerned, and also on Malaysian (the patriotic one like me ..he he) as well.

why am i writing this ..forgot already ..haha

i want to say, through this misfortune i can see and appreciate my moslem brothers and sisters. Some are very religious and perform solat hajat to overcome this ordeal. The moslem bomohs also want to help (they are also moslem eventhough they deviate from the true teaching of islam) and perform strange ritual while citing quranic verses ..hehe. Some moslem are very into technology while others keep saying we are being punished for our sins, and we should mend our ways. Some says, this is Allah way of showing that Allah is greater than any technology and we should go back to Allah for help. Me, i believe we should pray to Allah for help and use the best technology available. And i also believe, there are several moslem like me ..hihi. However, all of us want to help.

What i am trying to say in a very convoluted way is i love the moslem and proud of being one, eventhough moslem can be very exasperating at times.

And on why Malaysian try very hard in this MH 370 incidents, i think we want to show the world that we are good moslem and Malaysian are good  ...hehehe. of course this is only my opinion.

p.s.1 we really do pity the passenger of MH 370 and their family though and the help we give are sincere.
p.s2 what i write here is my personal opinion.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Pulau Sakar, Sabah

On the way to Pulau Sakar from Lahad Datu Jetty.

The sea surrounding Pulau Sakar

The site for Project PPMS Pulau Sakar

The access to the site for Project PPMS Pulau Sakar - have to go through the mangrove forest

The jetty to the little green house ( third picture on top )

Bye Bye Pulau Sakar .. on my back to Lahad Datu jetty

Friday, 8 June 2012

Moslem - A Happy Soul

 Assallamualaikum w.r.t. and Greetings ...


Allaah, The Exalted said: " Say you (0 Muhammad ): "This is my way, I invite unto Allaah (i.e. to the Oneness of Allaah - Islamic Monotheism) (with sure know/edge), land whosoever follows me (also must invite others to Al/ah i.e. the Oneness of Allaah - Islamic Monotheism) with sure knowledge. And Glorified and Exalted is Al/ah (above all they associate as partners with Him), and I am not of the polytheists. " (Al Qur'an 12:108)

 Moslem is a happy soul ... the reason for this is due to two (2) things: 1. The faith (Aqidah) 2. The prayers (Solat)

1. The Faith ie Aqidah

The connection between the creation and the creator in Islam is most beautiful. The creator is God also known as Allah s.w.t..

Allah describe himself in the Quran

Quran Surah 112 Al-Ikhlas (The Unity)..

Say: He, Allah, is One.
Allah is He on Whom all depend.
He begets not, nor is He begotten.
And none is like Him

Everything comes from Allah s.w.t. ..both good and bad things come from Allah s.w.t. 

Quran Al -Anaam 17
 And if Allah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He, and if He touches you with good, then He is Able to do all things.

The reason why moslem is a happy soul :) ..

1. The beautiful bond / connection with God Allah s.w.t.
2. The fear of Allah (Allah s.w.t. is most powerful)

Regarding the bad things that happened,  If we are contented with what Allah give us (redha), everything that happens (good and bad) will turn out to be good things. Refer to Quran Surah At Taubah 59

Quran Surah At Taubah 59

Would that they were contented with what Allâh and His Messenger (SAW) gave them and had said: "Allâh is Sufficient for us. Allâh will give us of His Bounty, and (also) His Messenger (from alms, etc.). We implore Allâh (to enrich us)."
And my personal favourite is :
(1) La Ilaha Ilallah - There is no (other) God except Allah.

(2)Quran Surah Ali Imran :173

Those (i.e. believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, "Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore, fear them." But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said: "Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)."

** Notes :

** I do not how to express / explain the essence of all the above, However if we master all the above ..we will become strong, confident and achieved peace, tranquility and success .
**However, all these are my personal belief/view and I may make mistake in interpreting the teaching of islam

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Tanbihul Ghafilin (reminder for the forgetful)

Assallamualaikum w.r.t. and Greetings

Today is Saturday 24.03.2012 at 22:32 Hr.

My latest observation to date :

1. Everything that happened in our live is not a coincidence.
2. Everything that happened in our live is from Allah s.w.t. (God) and it is a test. We may or may not realize it.

My point is when other people do something unjust/unfair/cruel/etceteras to us .. it is actually a test from Allah s.w.t. (God) to us ..wallahu aklam

Hopefully by knowing that, we know how to handle anything and everything that happened in our live ..

And many times we also become the test for another person(s ). We may or may not realize it ..heehee

NOTE : please note that this article is based on my personal observation and conclusion. I have not checked with the quran or hadith.