Category Archives: life

You Must Learn

The wife and I have decided to upgrade our afterlife skills by pursuing the Program Takrif Islam course through PERGAS. It’s a ‘basic’ course, no doubt, but there are many areas that would be considered ‘basic’ where I feel like I am genuinely lacking as a Muslim, and I was attracted to the fact that there is a progression path for those taking the course on to Sijil Pengajian Islam, Sijil Lanjutan Pengajian Islam, Diploma Pengajian Islam and the Bachelor in Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage, offered in conjunction with the International Islamic University Malaysia. Given the heritage and leadership of PERGAS, I trust that I am in good hands and I pray insha Allah that whatever knowledge I gain is beneficial in this life and the next.

I really feel like maybe I missed out a little in not studying beyond the fundamentals of Islam when I was younger, and that all this is is a chance to play catch-up, as I move into my thirties. And I understand that this is but a small dip into the ocean of the wealth of Islamic knowledge, and that to truly pursue knowledge (and wisdom) will take a lifetime, and even then it will never be enough.  I just read this post, and it was both relevant and immensely humbling. Wa Allahu Alam.

In wordly matters, I think that to some degree my lack of experience and relevant knowledge in the areas I wish to explore career-wise is hindering my job progression. To that end, I’ve decided that I want to pursue a certificate in visual communication/graphic design, and take a second degree or a masters in mass communication. It’s what I should have done in the first place I realise, but maybe my head wasn’t in the right place when I was younger and in any case there’s no point complaining about what’s passed, just to look forward to better things in the future, insha Allah.

Wa Allahu Alam.

Peace be upon you.

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Style

At least part of the process of growing up in ‘modern’ society involves going through ‘phases’, which are manifested outwardly in our manner of dressing. So when I was younger, everybody was a skater, or a punk, or a metal head, or a B-Boy/B-Girl, or rude boys/girls, or something or other. This exists now too, but I think the lines are more blurred. Now that I’m older that type of thing isn’t exactly age appropriate, but the desire to dress up and dress nice still exist.

Anyway, where I was going with this is that for myself I’m trying to find a grown-man style for myself. Ladies in this regard have it easier. Just look at the number of hijabi women’s style blogs that have popped up in the last few years. But how do men go about finding a style that’s dressy but casual, nothing too fancy but in accordance with the sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ?

Rapper/poet Baraka Blue in the picture below is close to what I’m imagining. An outfit that would be fairly ordinary ‘smart casual attire’ but the sunnah accessories of the beard, kufi, shawl and ring make it recognisably Muslimin wear. Wallahu Alam.

Baraka Blue

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Married

Married!

At last..

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Attention Deficit Disorder?

Results of your
Attention Deficit Disorder Quiz

You scored a total of  57

You appear to be suffering from a moderate amount of attention and concentration difficulties according to your responses to this self-report questionnaire. You should not take this as a diagnosis of any sort, or a recommendation for treatment. However, it would be advisable and likely beneficial for you to seek further diagnosis from a trained mental health professional soon to rule out a possible attention disorder.
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Working Week Woes

Coming back from two weeks of National Service, as tiring and back-breaking as it was, helped me break out of the day to day grind of work. This isn’t the first time I’ve appreciated NS for getting me out of a situation I didn’t want to be in, and it probably won’t be the last.

I’ve posted a little bit about my work situation before, and for the sake of privacy I don’t really want to post too much. Regardless, this job just isn’t what I was expecting and I don’t see a future for myself in the organisation. Among my main grievances are the lack of concrete job descriptions and responsibilities, and the lack of possibilities for job advancement. There are other reasons, of course, but nothing I can go into here, even behind the veil of so-called anonymity,

I think writing about it earlier I would’ve been much angrier. As of now I’m just resigned that this is the reality of my job for now, and to just bear with it until I find something better.

Alhamdulillah it hasn’t been all bad. I’ve been able to make time to pray regularly, I’ve made friends, I’ve hopefully become more mature in a personal and professional sense and I’ve saved enough money to get married. So I take the good with the bad and try to understand the lessons I’ve had to learn and grow from.

Wa Allahu Alam.

Peace.

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Linda Gunther and Achmed Djaki getting married

I don’t know who I’m really writing to, but as stated earlier LG and I are getting married. It’s exciting and at the same time a really scary proposition, because it’s a really big step into adulthood proper that we’re taking. And the arguments we had after our decision to cement the deal have been pretty big. I’ve personally seen engagements, marriages and relationships in general go wrong in all sorts of ways in the past few years with my own eyes.

And yet, I think LG and I can make this work. I don’t know how to talk about this without resorting to the clichéd, but she completes me and makes me whole. A few years back I couldn’t imagine that I could spend my life with anyone, and now I can’t imagine that I could spend the rest of my life without her.

We’d wanted to plan more than a year ahead, to have the ‘ideal’ wedding that both of us would be happy with. ‘Circumstances’ resulted in us pushing the date six months forward, and when it came down to it we’re both happy. Getting married is something we’d both been looking forward to, and there simply wasn’t a good reason to make it sooner rather than later.

There are going to be plenty of obstacles and trials and tribulations from here on, and even after we’re married of course things will not be perfect, but we both understand that and are willing to make it work.

Succinctly, then: LG and I are going to be man and wife in a little under a year, and I couldn’t be happier. 🙂

Peace.

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Ramadan resolutions

SunniPath Answers – Shafi’i Fiqh – Missed Prayers

A habit I restarted this Ramadan was making up missed prayers. I rather shamefully haven’t always been very observant in my ibadah, and even when I was praying I didn’t make the effort to make up for any prayers I had missed. I had tried a couple of years back to fix this, but I lagged behind due to some mix of laziness and shame. Now I’m trying to get back on track to do so, and what better time than Ramadan? So I’ve started praying my missed prayers, in addition to the tarawih and sunnah prayers, and this a good part of my day is spent in qiyyam.

Where I’ve fallen short this month is in reading the Qur’an. I don’t expect to be able to complete 30 juz in a month, and my lack of fluency doesn’t help either. So I need to step up my efforts there by reading more regular, getting a teacher once again and learning Arabic so I’m not just mouthing the words.

I, like anybody else, am a sinful person and aware of my own shortcomings, but I pray that Allah accepts my good deeds and attempts to atone for my mistakes. Insya-Allah.

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Agenda

Among the things I have on my plate right now…

  • Getting married, and consequently needing to prepare for the wedding, and married life
  • Brushing up on my religious knowledge in light of my upcoming marriage
  • Trying to do well at a job that I increasingly find unsatisfactory…
  • …while simultaneously trying to find a good new job elsewhere
  • Trying to figure out when the remnants of my corn surgery will heal so I can get back to working out properly, and wear proper shoes

Peace.

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Sony Ericsson Aspen

The Sony Ericsson Aspen is a nice phone running on Windows Mobile 6.5, and the weak camera aside if I hadn’t gotten my Nokia E72 I would’ve considered getting this. Unfortunately its release was delayed for a while, putting it out of the running for me. Plus I’d gotten my E72 for zero dollars on contract, thus continuing my support for Nokia and their S60 platform.

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DVD Week

I figure that circumstances have led to this being DVD week. So probably The Godfather (yes I’ve never watched this)  and Moon, District 9 and Sunshine back to back. Sigh.