we declare Your Perfection above and beyond all: we have no knowledge whatsoever except what You have taught us. No doubt it is You, and You alone that is all Knowledgeable and all Wise. (al-Baqarah, 32)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Generation / Gap

At 32, I've never felt myself particularly old, but a recent conversation with a couple of 13 year olds clearly showed me that the 20 years difference is a huge gap. 
The three of us were talking about the same thing; video games, which, if one were to look back in this rather ancient blog, is something that has been a significant part of my life. Yet despite the fact, I was, for the most part, on a completely different page than the other two.

It's not just about enjoying different types of games, which we did, but even the way we talk about video games is different. 'Character shipping'; the idea of pairing a character to another character for instance, is all the rage with young gamers these days. I mean, we had fanfiction back in the days but this is something else. It's like glasses: they're glasses in the 80s, 90s and so on but it's not the same style is it. So to is the way how conversations surrounding video games has changed for the younger generation.

Now if I were to talk with someone else about video games, or read about it on websites (one of my favourites being Kotaku) it is something I can easily relate to because the author(s) are roughly around my age. But these are not the sources younger kids go to, I now realised. Their primary source of information is Youtube, from younger, like minded internet celebrities these days called Youtubers.

Ok, so what is the point that I am really trying to drive home here really?

Truth is, I am SCARED. I wonder just how much of a gap there would be between my own children and I in 10 years down the line. Will I even be able to relate with them anymore? Will they think me as an ancient creature who has no idea what they're talking about? 

Probably yes.

And I don't want that to happen. I'll certainly need to try and do something about it. But I wonder if it's all but impossible. Is generation gap a rift that once opened can never hope to be closed again?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hello Darkness My Old Friend...

I'm glad I never deleted this blog. 

I wanted to show some of the stuff I did while studying overseas, and remembered about this blog. Then when I reread some of the earliest stuff I had written, it I felt like I'd used a time machine to visit my younger self. So, for the umpteenth time, I have decided to start blogging the old fashioned way again so that one day, my future self will have a gateway to visit my present self. 

Here's hoping this brief post serves as my reentry into blogdom, and will be one of many more to come. InshaAllah 

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Feeling nostalgic and read some the earliest posts in my now in a coma old blog, which confirmed 2 things :

1. In some ways, I am a VERY different person now than I was some 7,8 years ago. In others, I guess I'm still the same ol me. 

2. I was a far more competent writer back then. 

In conclusion (In conclusion? Seriously, is this the best I could think of? See folks, this is what years of teaching in a secondary school does to you [but i digress]), I'm really glad to have the blog as a tool to reflect on how I have progressed, changed and matured as a person. 

And maybe I should go back to writing. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Road to Divine Speech Seminar

Wow, it sure has been a long time since I've updated anything on this blog here that I feel like I've lost my blogging touch completely. Anyways, here goes nothing. 

Those who know me know how much I have been influenced by ustadh Nouman Ali Khan (refer to this post as to why) so when it was announced that he would be holding his signature Divine Speech seminar here in Malaysia, I was set to go.

I have a few students (seriously love them to death) who are a part of my tadabbur halaqah ; the contents of which are mostly from ustadh Nouman's lectures as well - so if I was to attend the Divine Speech seminar, why not try taking some of them along, I thought.

Of course, the execution of said plan was easier said - or thought - than done. For this very purpose, I had gone to lengths that, for the 5 years of my service, I had never ever gone to. I had to discuss repeatedly with the administration,  made paperworks, find a good yet somehow still affordable accomodation (thanks to my beloved wife for this!), arranged for transport and the list goes on, but when all is said and done, I feel that it was well worth it.

Originally, 10 students wanted to and were supposed to be going with me one just told me today that she had other obligations. Shikata ga nai wa ne... (note to self: need to polish up my rusty Nihongo!)

Now all that's left is to wait for the event itself. 20th of June can't come any sooner. Hopefully everything will turn out as planned. Allahumma yassir wa laa tu'assir :)

Will try to write more on the event itself then. InshaAllah.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Allah SWT's advice to Musa AS

Surah TaHa is a powerful surah that is literally filled with gems of wisdom. It is the surah that changed the heart of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab from being a vicious hater of the Muslims into one of world's best. But perhaps the one aya that strucks me the most is aya 44, where Allah SWT says:

فَقُولَا لَهُ قَوْلًا لَيِّنًا لَعَلَّهُ يَتَذَكَّرُ أَوْ يَخْشَىٰ

And speak to him gently so that he may take reminder or become *'khashiya'

These are Allah's words towards Musa AS when He ordered him to go to firaun (the pharaoh). It's truly incredible. Musa, the prophet, is told to give reminder to firaun, a man who had ordered the execution of all of Bani Israel's male children every other year, a man who wants Musa AS dead, a man who has the audacity to claim himself a god, a man who could easily be called the worst man who had ever lived the earth.

And still Allah SWT reminds Musa AS to speak to him gently.

SubhanAllah this got me thinking, if a man as bad as firaun deserves to be spoken gently to, how much more deserving do our children, our students, our friends or even our leaders do? This is a very simple yet powerful advice from Allah SWT. Let's try to incorporate it into our speech whenever we are giving advice or dakwah to others. And if we happen to talk to someone we really abhore, remember: that person can't be much worse than firaun.


*'Khashiya' is usually translated as fear. However, according to br. Nouman Ali Khan, that is a very shallow translation as there are 12 different words in the Quran that are translated as fear. The words 'khauf' and 'taqwa' for example, a also both translated as fear. 'Khashiya' does mean fear, but it's a very specific type of fear. It is a fear of something magnanimous, that simply being in it's presence makes us humbled.

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