Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Productive Muslim.

Last night I attended a 3.5 hour talk with Ami Schaheera on a well structured, tactical and interactive talk titled "Be DIFFERENT, Be PRODUCTIVE" at IIUM Gombak held by the Al-Aqsa Society. It was a compact mini-workshop providing practical tips and suggestions on how to put the proven productivity principles to work for you, at work, at home and in everything you do as an all-rounded Muslim. I won't be able to join the 2-day seminar on the 25th & 26th Feb so I took the chance to join this one:)
*photo credit to Ami's phone:p
The speaker, Muhammad Faris was witty, energetic, and very informative in his talk. Mohammed Faris is the founder of ProductiveMuslim.com, a dynamic online enterprise dedicated to boost productivity in the Muslim world. He talked about simple steps in beating procrastination, how to use productivity tools and techniques in balancing your spiritual and work life plus many other points. But two things that really caught my attention was about our sleep cycle and also the concept of Barakah in our daily lives.

 Barakah is the attachment of Divine goodness to a thing, so if it occurs in something little, it increases it. And if it occurs in something much it benefits. And the greatest fruits of Barakah in all things is to use that barakah in the obedience of Allah (Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala)”

Imagine waking up for Qiamullail and only getting a few hours of sleep but still feeling fresh and energized the whole day, as opposed to sleeping the whole night and missing your fajr prayer, to wake up  feeling weak and sleepy all day long. Even simple things like sharing your food with your friends and feeling full when you eat less than you normally do, that is a sign of Barakah. Do read more on the 18 sources of Barakah HERE

Another useful tip to keep you productive throughout the day, POWER NAPS. (hurrayy!!) No, I'm serious. The best power naps are either 20 minutes, 45 minutes or 90 minutes. <--ok definitely have to try and prove this one! :D You can read more on sleep cycles HERE

All in all, the talk was short and sweet. And most importantly beneficial and inspired me to be a more productive human being in the future! It sounds cliche, I know. But please make du'a for me:). Also, there will be more upcoming events that you might want to check out:

Before you go, enjoy this video by productivemuslim.com !

Till then! xx

Monday, 20 February 2012

Behind The Scenes : Safiyya Shoot

Last week we were invited to appear on TV9's Safiyya show and we couldn't have been more delighted to be part of the little soiree. Plus it was a great excuse to catch up with the girls and have a bit of fun! I was with Ami and my sister Timah as we headed to Eyqa's boutique in Shah Alam. Eyqa had volunteered her sheek new boutique to have the shoot there. You can drop by her boutique at Seksyen 7, behind Jakel Shah Alam. Right above Fareeda boutique. Lots of amazing pieces to grab! I also met Sha's sister who was so sweet and lovely just like she is:) It's always nice to meet new people and share your stories. All in all, it was a great night and I'm looking forward to the appearance, eventhough I doubt that you will see me saying anything on the show:p

Do watch out for the teaser/promo though! :)

The slot will be aired end of March, Sunday, 9pm. (the show goes on every Sunday, 9pm)

Till then! xx

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Book Voucher Conquest.

I'm sure everyone knows about the book voucher thingy right? Ok to start things off, last week I went to UPM to collect the book voucher with my pregnant sister since she's also doing her masters in UPM. To cut the story short, I didn't bring my matric card, I only had my ic with me so the voucher lady didn't let me get my voucher. (hmmm. padahal gune number ic je pun)

Freakin voucher lady.

Anyway, so I went to UPM again the next day and finally got my voucher. (huh, menyampah)

Which brings me to today's story. My sisters and I, together with my brother-in-law were on our way to KLCC. Me and my sister Maryam had planned to go to Kinokuniya to use the voucher on books, ofcourse.

Upon arriving, we had brunch, then I went straight to Kinokuniya while my sisters did some shopping of their own elsewhere. I went upstairs to the Architecture section to find myself some good books(actually all the goods ones where 200-300++, so what the hey, i just tried to find some OK ones for less).

When I finally decided on which one to buy, I realized I had spent around 3 hours just to pick 3 books.

Then I had to que in a long line just to VERIFY my book vouchers. As soon as I got in front of the line, the voucher lady told me I had to show my ic and matric card. Being the stubborn person that I am, I didn't bring my matric card, again. I thought I didn't have to this time around because when my sister Fatimah used her voucher in MPH Alamanda, they only asked for her ic. *3D facepalm*

I begged the lady to verify my vouchers so that I could buy the books. But the lady told me I should go online somewhere and log into the students portal and show it to them as proof that I was in fact a student. How absurd is that..I called my sisters for help, but there was no connection in the bookstore so guess what happens next...?

I GO TO THE CYBER CAFE. ( I swear to God this was the lamest thing I've ever done in my entire life)

In the cybercafe, there was a sign that read "minimum 1 hour and 15 minutes only" at the back of my head I was thinking, "are you freakin kidding me..??!"

So I asked the cute lady at the counter if I could use the internet just for 5 minutes? T_T But she didn't let me. At that point I could barely think, so I just said ok let me just use it then. And this is the PROOF that I came up with:

After snapping some photos of THAT, I went to the counter to pay for my 5 minute use of the internet(dah la cc tu masih pakai internet explorer lagi, *LAME AWARD*) And it cost me a whooping RM 8.00!  can you believe it?

I rushed back to Kinokuniya and finally got my books. At that point I was so happy to get the books. My sisters were waiting outside of the store looking at me and as I stepped out of the store, this is what I did (or something like it)



The security guard at the entrance stops me and tells me to come back inside and go scan my books again.


Despite all the hardship, I finally got my books. And for that I am truly thankful. I guess nothing comes for FREE huh?


Friday, 10 February 2012

On Little Changes.

Today nothing much happened really, except I was laying on my bed, when I remembered something I read a while ago about constantly renewing one's Iman. So as I was staring at the ceiling, I suddenly thought about how much time I actually spent today for Allah s.w.t, and how much I spent on the more wordly things. It made me sad because I didn't do anything today that was different from yesterday.

I woke up, did my solah, took a shower, went to work, ate and basically all the normal routine things I do almost everyday. So I said to myself, "Aishah, you say want to change and renew your Iman, but you're not doing anything about it..!"

Change is a very difficult thing to do. So I started writing a list of the things I should do and that I believe will, insyaAllah strengthen my Iman. Why? because our Iman will not increase just by making du'aa and asking Allah to increase it, but it takes will power and effort.

So I decided that I will initiate something new in my life every week to try and make sure I am putting some kind of effort to 'polish' my Iman. For example, this week, I will try perfecting my solah, try to achieve that khusyu' that I've been longing for sooooo long and be constant at it. Then I want to start wearing socks because I realized that my feet are actually part of my aurah, but I haven't been covering them all these yearsT_T The list goes on and on, but I'm sure you get the picture. Again, I know it's hard to make a big change all at once, so why not try to make many small changes, and make 'em count;)

Tips for improving iman and deen [taken from here]

1. Surround yourself in good company. If you are helping another with improving their iman - make sure you are available to help and support them at all times - be close to them - soon they will see the difference between spending time with a practicing muslim and bad company ( non believers or hypocrites)

2. Read all the 5 times prayers on time. Set yourself a challenege to remember the times with no reminder. If you are helping another - encourage them to pray - TEACH them to pray - relate to their struggles. Explain to them why it is so important.

3. Talk - and question. If there is something that has always bothered you or you have wondered about in Islam - go research it, question it, debate it. If you are helping another do the same with them - engage them in talks

4. Appreciate the beauty of this world. Look around you for the signs of Allah swt's creation

5.Make du'a to Allah swt to guide you with an open heart. Make du'a for others.

6. Ponder on the shortness of this life and its meaning,

7. Ponder on the ability of Allah swt to do whatever He wills. Consider that there are so many things we as humans and science do not have the answer for. Think about 'luck' and 'coincidences' and fate in the Islamic sense.

8. Read, read, read and unite, unite, unite.

A muslim who does not seek knowledge is a poor muslim and a muslim who has no support from others is a lonely muslim. 

Till then! xx  

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Stellar Studio Launch

Alhamdulillah i had a loooong great weekend:) On Saturday there was the Stellar Launch Bazaar which I joined with my sister Timah of Mellovelly, but actually it was more like I was just tumpang-ing my pre-loved stuff there. hehe. Met more awesome people that I usually just see in cyberspace. And managed to sell some of my pre-loved stuff!! Then on Sunday we had a family BBQ celebrating my Maktok's 84th birthday and on Monday a lovely day out at The Curve+Ikea. And ofcourse with all that fun and relaxation I just had to take another day off from work for some me time. lol saje malas nak gi kerja sebenarnye..huarghhhh..I'm looking forward to more holidays end of this month..another short family vacation comin sooonnnn..wohoooo! oh and here's some wicked stuff you missed (all photos courtesy of Hazra Ngah of HNHM-The-Photoworks

Till then! xx