A week ago, I was in a completely different country, in a completely different room and house. I was away from my family, studying (and struggling) for my first exams after an exam-free gap year. I was marking my calendar and counting down the days until I get to come home. That was my life a week ago and that is how it has been for the last four months – a life filled with changes that I wasn’t prepared for and a reality that didn’t feel like it was mines; a blooming, buzzing confusion.
Allah tidak memberati seseorang melainkan apa yang terdaya olehnya. Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear.
[Al Baqarah, 26:286]
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Let’s all just take a few minutes to pause everything, close our eyes, put our hands together to recite Al Fatihah as sadakah for the Muslims and Muslimahs who have left this dunia to meet our Creator. Let’s take a few minutes to remember how temporary this world is and how soon our time is here. Let’s take a few minutes to remind ourselves that our affairs in the dunia are only temporary and the affairs that truly matter and that are truly eternal, are those for the Akhirah, those that are for the sake of Allah.
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
الْحَمْدُ للّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ
إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ
اهدِنَــــا الصِّرَاطَ المُستَقِيمَ
صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنعَمتَ عَلَيهِمْ غَيرِ المَغضُوبِ عَلَيهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ
May Allah make those who have left, among those who are fortunate on the day of Akhirah. And May Allah guide us to the straight path. Amiin Ya Rabbal Al Amiin.