Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Why of Fasting

Salam ramadhan dear readers.

Take a close look at the title of this article and jot down the reasons why you are fasting. There is no right or wrong answer to this and nobody will be marking what you write down or how you phrase it.
Now contemplate the following: “Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.”
[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

What could be the reason for fasting?

The hadith above is telling us that our intentions can be whatever we wish, they can be worldly or they can be focussed on the akhira. However the reward and increased spirituality will be defined by discovering and understanding ‘why’ we fast.

Possible reasons for fasting

  • It is ordained by Allah
  • To draw closer to our creator and gain taqwa (God consciousness)
  • To help us eliminate bad habits such as smoking, drinking or overeating
  • To improve our willpower, discipline ourselves and gain control of our desires
  • To gain an understanding of what it means to be hungry and to connect with those less privileged than us
  • To help us get back on track with our faith
  • To gain forgiveness
  • To lose weight
  • To follow what everyone else is doing
  • To improve our manners
  • It is what we are used to doing
Evidently the reasons why we fast can be various. However, it is unlikely that it is in search of praise from others. When we pray or give charity or perform the rites of Umrah and Hajj, our actions are visible to others and may be influenced by seeking their praise. But, fasting is different. No one knows if we are fasting or not, except Allah.
“Every deed of the son of Adam is for him except fasting; it is for Me and I shall reward for it…”

So why should we be fasting?

“O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for those before you, so that you may attain taqwa.”
[Qu’ran 2:183]
We fast to achieve taqwa.
Through fasting we are able to become more aware of Allah I and His nearness to us. We are able to strengthen our faith in Him and fulfill His commandments. Our primary intention needs to be for our Creator. All other positive intentions can be fulfilled as a consequence of our obeying our Lord and Sustainer.
Fasting is not only about abstaining from eating or drinking for, “whoever does not abandon falsehood in word and action, then Allah has no need that he should leave his food and drink.”
From this hadith, we understand that it is also about improving our behaviour and abstaining from actions such as lying, backbiting, stealing, etc.

What about Shaytaan?

“When the month of Ramadhan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained.”
Good deeds are easy during Ramadhan. But often, as soon as we bid this blessed month adieu we slip back into our bad habits.
We will be told by Shaytaan himself:
And I had no power over you save that I called unto you and you obeyed me.”
[Qur’an 14:22]
Whether Shaytaan is present or not, it is more likely that it is our own nafs that we struggle against. During Ramadhan, being able to do the things that we normally seem unable to do, proves that we can triumph over our own psyche and ego.
Ramadhan is the training ground where we can charge our spiritual batteries for the rest of the year. It is the month of fasting but it is also the month of mercy, forgiveness and repentance; a time for us to turn back to Our Lord. During the year we may have strayed and wandered away from the path and Ramadhan is an opportunity to find our way back:
“O my slaves who have transgressed against themselves! Despair not for the mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly he is oft forgiving, most merciful.”
[Qur’an 39:53]
Ramadhan Mubarak, Ramadhan Kareem :)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I do

بارك الله لكما وبارك عليكما وجمع بينكما في خير

"Baraka Allahu lakuma wa Baraka alaikuma wa jama a' baina kuma fii khoir"

Sunday, July 24, 2011


I actually just come back from Malay Extended Essay(EE) Camp that was held in Hotel Seri Malaysia, Bagan Lalang, Sepang, Selangor. I learnt a lot from this camp. Hopefully the process of my EE writing will go smoothly after this. I'm hoping to get an A for my Malay Extended Essay. Amin :)

**For non-IB students, EE is kind of mini thesis that all the IB students in the world need to do, as one of the IBO requirements. IBO? it stands for International Baccalaureate Organisation. Teehee.

p/s: Err, I dont know why I keep stalking this one person recently. Don't take it wrong. I am just too timid to ask for her recent news. So, stalking to know the updates of our friends isn't a crime eh? it is socially accepted right?


I just recover(87%) from abscess. It's on my face(near my chin) At first, I thought it's a zit but then I realized it's not. I've read a few articles about that and am planning to share it with my dear readers :) Mind you that I'm not responsible on the validity of this sharing. But somehow, I did make comparison between articles I read and write this based on that.


Ever heard about that? it is actually a collection of pus that generally developed in response of bacteria. There're a few type of abscess namely skin abscess, hepatic abscess, brain abscess(rare but it's life threatening),dental abscess,etc. I'll focused on skin abscesses. It's actually related to a bacteria called Staphylococcus Aerues. Everyone can develop an abscess and they can occur everywhere in our body. During 2008 and 2009, there were 34,390 reported cases of hospital visits in England due to skin abscesses.(source: NHS) It may get red, swollen, pus-filled lump under the surface of skin and it often painful. Usually doctors will lance the abscesses and give antibiotics. In general, it must open and drain to get better.


#1 Skin care- Ensuring your skin is clean, healthy and free of bacteria can help reduce the risk of skin abscesses developing. Eg: Wash your hands regularly

#2 Healthy diet

#3 Weight control- People who are overweight are more at risk of developing abscess

Read more here:
1. PMR
2. BH

Saturday, July 16, 2011


So today, the UPU result is announced and I can see,
wall of fb is fulled with greetings and blessings.

Congratz to all of you! I'm so happy for you girls!
and for those who'll fly this upcoming Sept,mind meeting up before you left M'sia?

Anyway, I manage to IM with my girls back in Maahad tonight. It's such a bless to gather back even
only in fym/fb; It's the time to talk bout us, to share our feeling, to
reminisce the past and not to mention to, gossiping xD


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

When Temptation Lurks

the appetizing nasi kerabu

I have this one kind of temptation; it's eating. Even if I'm not hungry, I still feel the urge to munch on something, especially when I see someone else chomping away. It just as if I want to eat all the time. Perhaps, I have binge-eating disorder.

KMB= Kolej Makan Banyak?


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