I went to collect my new passport today. I was glad that I made the decision to collect on my own. If I were to tag Hubby or the kids along, they would be bored to death.
The waiting time to collect the passport was really ridiculous. Two and the half hours. No joke.
And it only took less than three minutes to take the passport from the counter.
It was advisable to book an appointment to collect the passport, it could cut down the waiting time, but the next available date was on the second week of May. I could not wait that long.
It was also advisable to avoid peak periods such as Saturdays and school holidays, I was sure today was not those days.
So why was the collection time was so darn long?
I listened to some music and qasidahs on and off. I surfed the internet using my mobile (gasp! just wait for the bill). I almost finished a book. I observed people around me. And I dozed off twice.
That’s what I did for the solid two and the half hours.
If our life is fully dedicated to serve and satisfy this world;
~ busy working schedule in order to make more money,
~ no time to pray,
~ no time to recite Qur’an
~ no time to dzikir,
~ no time to Selawat,
~ no time to visit the masjid,
~ no time to seek religious knowledge….
to fall sick in the near future.
We work so hard to fulfill our satisfaction for the sake of the world, yet we ignore the needs of our innerselves to be with THE ONE.
Without realizing, we are making ourselves prone to illness that we can never think of.
The innerselves need to be fed with the prayers, dzikir, Qur’an and knowledge.
So, just be prepared….
Starting from today, the Kuliah Dhuha by Ustaz Shafi at Masjid An-Nur will start at 9.oo am on every Sunday. The class will start with the reciting of Surah Al-Waqi’ah, selawat by Anak-Anak Cinta Rasul, then the discussion on the book “Peringatan Tentang Umur Insan” written by Imam Al-Habib Abdullah Al-Haddad.
We will be in the house of Allah, we have Quran reciting, we have selawat and we have the sharing of knowledge, all in one class. Something that we should not let it pass and let ourselves to be in the garden of paradise surrounded by millions of angels.
It doesn’t have to be at fancy restaurant for us to have our dinner. It doesn’t matter as long as we are eating together. Our quality time means so much to us. And the food is simply delicious.
Life experience can be hurtful but it can also be an eye-opener and make me wiser.
I learnt two lessons of my life today.
When I am in high spirit and confident, there’s always someone who tried to bring me down. This person may be someone close or just an acquaintance. Making me feel unimportant and disrespected. You know what, you won’t have the chance to bring me down. I won’t let you.
When my voice is not heard even though my opinion is being sought. They just don’t know how I gather my courage to talk in front of a group of people. They simply shut me out. I hope I can remember to stay mum the next time. Silence is really golden.
I attended a parents group discussion organized by the School Family Education (SFE) at my children’s school. The topic for discussion was HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD EMOTIONALLY. I was glad that I attended this group discussion as it was such an eye-opener. Parents opened up and shared about their difficulties and experiences in raising their children. It made me feel that I was not alone facing these obstacles of being parent. No one is perfect and there’s always a room for improvement. I was asked for one word to describe me being a parent. I answered “occupied”. Being a mother, really make me occupied with lots of things to do and monitor.
From the discussion, I learnt about the five critical emotional needs of children. Children need to feel :
Some phrases mentioned by the group faciliator caught my attention.
“There’s no such thing as bad child, only bad behaviour.”
“Parenting is a learnt skill, never always a natural skill.”
“Never tell a child – You Do What You Want.”
“Time may change, but the value of the family can never change.”
We gathered again with all the Habaib, this time at Masjid Sultan, because of our love for Rasulullah s.a.w.