Casual Snapshots

Weekend is always exciting! I’ve always been waiting for it every single week. Who does not like weekend though? For some earthlings, it is for spending quality time with family and beloved ones, while for other ones, it is for leisure. Personally, my weekend is always for the latter, as it is the time for me to enjoy my not-so-interesting life to the fullest by doing the things I love, that’s what I consider as leisure.

Let us get straight to the point now. This weekend, I had been working with a very talented photographer. The location was at the Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, which is such a truly magnificent architecture in Brunei Darussalam. I shall not talk a lot about it, as I plan to write one particular entry for that project. Hence, a new section will be up on Humble Scents – Fashion!

After the photo shoot, I casually took some photographs which can be considered as ‘Instagram-worthy’. It was really pleasant to have taken quite good-quality photographs using just a mobile phone. Frankly, this entry might not be supremely beneficial, but I hope you – humble readers – will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing this particular entry and capturing the photographs. May the Almighty shower your lives with positive vibes and happiness!

What did you do this weekend, humble folks?

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Humbly,

Shakeeb

Tuneful Material

A sudden rejoicing was present in my soul when a friend of mine gave me Yuna Zarai’s album – Material – as a present. Frankly speaking, I am not a music aficionado but when it comes to this Malaysian singer-songwriter based in New York named Yuna Zarai, I will surely listen to her music. It is due to the fact that I like her unique voice, tone, genre and most vitally her personality! I adore how confident she is with her opinion, belief and how creative she is. I may seem biased, but what-so-ever, I really look up to her as one of my inspirations.

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To tackle the matter of the album, it consists of seven songs – Material, Lautan, Bicara, Sayang, Langit, Lelaki and Dan Sebenarnya – which were all written in Malay language except for the Langit (a bilingual song). Some of the songs are really pleasant to my ears and not to neglect to my soul, and some of it are not listed on my favourites, unfortunately.

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I had been listening to the songs for times and my all-time favourites are Langit, Dan Sebenarnya and Lelaki. The songs are just magnificently written, composed and arranged! Why do I pick those songs as my favourites, you might ask?

Firstly, I love Langit because of its lyrics. The lyrics are just so phenomenal, meaningful and inspiring. From my perspective, the song inspires us to chase our dreams, and no matter how difficult it is, we just have to believe in ourselves. From the title song itself – Langit – which is sky when translated in English language, it reminds me of ‘the sky’s the limit’. Nothing will stop us from chasing our dreams. The music and melody both compliment the lyrics, together with the flawless voice of Yuna Zarai, which creates an amazing ambience.

To the next favourite song of mine from the Material album – Dan Sebenarnya. I find this song quite catchy and the music is just so on point! I love how Yuna Zarai wrote the lyrics and how she came up with such words that are just enough to express the feeling through the song. In my opinion, this song is entirely suitable for those who are having a crush on someone, like the one who is currently typing this particular blog entry. Alright personal life aside. I think Yuna Zarai had a crush on someone while writing this song. Maybe on Shakeeb Suhib? What a big dream in such a small body my dear Shakeeb. Overall, it is indeed a melodious song!

The last one is Lelaki. This song is actually dedicated to all men out there, including me (although I am not considered as men yet due to my age). The reason I like this song is because of its creativity behind the music. I like the notion of injecting the radio-sound-like into the introduction of the song. Yuna Zarai even added a French phrase (if I am not mistaken because I did not do research on that and plus it sounds like French language) to the song which is a bonus point. Isn’t she a very creative singer-songwriter? Ultimately she is! In addition, the music arrangement is superb and its chorus is dominantly catchy. It keeps on playing around my mind right now.

In addition, the music industry is getting bigger day by day and I hope that this one inspiring and creative girl will produce more good music in the future. I wish you a very good luck with your career and life, Yuna Zarai! If you ever read this (which is almost impossible). Anyway, do you have specific favourites when it comes to music, my dear humble readers? If you do, please share it with me in the comment down below! I would like to know! Spot the rhyme?

 

Until next time,

Shakeeb

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Eternal Love

Loving someone or something is a natural feeling of every human being. One may deny the presence of this feeling in the soul, but it is for sure that one can never avoid it. Added to that, being loved is a bonus point. To love and be loved at the same time can undeniably be the best thing in life.

Here is a plain question. Did you ever love someone so much but unfortunately that person did not love you back in return? In Malay’s idiom, we call it ‘cinta bertepuk sebelah tangan‘. Well, that feeling really hurts. Then you attempted to ‘reset’ your feeling back to ‘neutral’ mode, no matter how hard it was to do so. It took quite a long time but then, you managed to heal the wounds and finally that feeling disappeared.

The analogy above is an instance of temporary love. When we love someone or something that belongs to Allah, the love will sometimes fade away from our feelings. Then is there any eternal love that exists on the face of the Earth? The answer to that is a big yes. That is the love towards Allah and His last Messenger, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

As stated earlier, love is a natural feeling. It comes naturally. Yet when it comes to this eternal love, there is one matter that goes together with that natural feeling. It is called effort. Undoubtedly, the Almighty puts that feeling of eternal love in every human being, but the other processes are up to us to either strive to gain more of it or vice-versa.

So how can we gain the love towards the Almighty and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)?

First things first, it is a must for us to practice the obligatory matters of a Muslim – for instance: the five pillars of Islam – and do a lot of religious things like reciting the holy Quran. Next, we ought to attempt to gain knowledge and learn about Islam. This includes understanding the contents of the Quran and the Sunnah, knowing more about the Almighty and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and being in the circles who can lead you to the right pathway of Islam. Furthermore we can gain the love by being sensitive and observant to the surrounding and environment. Sometimes those little things around us can light our hearts and make us love the Almighty and His Messenger even more. Who knows that the moment you realize the ease of your entire life as a Muslim will make you feel thankful and at the same time gain the love?

Another serious question pops out. Why should we love Allah and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)?

It is due to the fact that the Almighty had beautifully created each and every one of us and His last Messenger had sacrificed everything just for the deen and his ummah. So we should be very grateful of that and as in return, we should sincerely and eternally love the Almighty and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and express the feeling in the way of our lifestyle and action. Who are we to not even love Allah and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as much as they do? Nonetheless, this love is such special and of course eternal one, as the love will ultimately be accepted. There’ll be no such thing as heartbreak, sadness, bleak life and the list of all the cliché temporary love matters goes on.

After all, this is the number one love that can tremendously help us to live a happy life in both worlds – dunya and akhirah. Let us all attempt to be the best lover of the Almighty and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who lives a life according the holy Quran and the Sunnah and does all the good deeds for the sake of Him. Indeed, no thing is way wonderful than to love and get loved.

Last but not least, why should we opt for the temporary love while there is eternal one that has become our priority in this world? Admittedly, it is not even wrong to love His creations, but we just need to make sure that our love towards them does not exceed the level of our love towards the Almighty and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

 

Buckets of love,

Shakeeb S.