The Eid Chronicle

The six-hour sleep had resulted in myself feeling blissfully refreshed once my eyes began to observe the light that was coming in through the window and filtered by the black-and-white checked curtains. It was Eid al-Fitr and I gratefully greeted myself with the mandatory Syawal greeting – Happy Eid Mubarak – while my face was still in the just-wake-up mode.

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It took me quite a while to dress up and get ready for the voluntary ritual during the first day of Syawal – Eid al-Fitr prayer – and not to neglect for the whole festive day. I knew that it was one of the special occasions of the year where looking presentable, appropriate and moderately fashionable was somehow a must. Indeed, it is a sunnah to wear the best outfit on the first day of Syawal – the day where Muslim people celebrate their victory. Thus I covered myself with the traditional Cara Melayu and completed the look with the star of the outfit – sinjang – and accessorised myself with the black songkok. Wrapping my left wrist was the brand new Casio watch that I purchased from ZALORA Malaysia.

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“Dear Cara Melayu, I think I’ve fallen in love with you.”

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“Dear ZALORA Malaysia, thank you for helping me find such a unique pair of shoes.”

My mom as the stylist of the family opted for green hue for the outfit theme on the first day of Syawal this year. Personally, it was a brilliant choice as green is somehow related to Eid al-Fitr – green packets, ketupat and lemang. Kudos to my mom for being my all-time-favourite stylist. She undoubtedly knows what’s best!

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Tackling the first day of Syawal, it was so calm. It was neither cold nor hot but just warm. It was so soothing and comforting to hear the takbeer, lead by the imam. It was around 7 o’clock that my dad and I arrived at the masjid. As per usual, the masjid was packed and crowded with Muslim people whose main intention was to perform the Eid al-Fitr prayer. That is one of the many matters that I love about the festivity – it ultimately gathers the Muslim people.

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Once the prayer had been performed and the sermon had been beautifully delivered, the Muslims drew a smile on their faces and spread the good vibes while shaking hands – symbolising the major intention to seek forgiveness and to greet and congratulate one another regarding the festivity. That’s another matter that I like about Syawal – it creates the bond between the Muslim people regardless of the worldly matters.

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Inevitably, Eid al-Fitr is somehow equivalent to creating and strengthening the bond and visiting the family relatives and the acquaintances. Hence on the first day of Syawal, my family and I visited my grandparents from both my dad’s side and mom’s as well. It was absolutely amazing and magnificent to have all of the big family members under one roof on such a blessed day. The day was filled with happiness, laughter, bliss and the list of positive and pleasant things goes on. The presence of long-time-no-see relatives on that day led to a catch-up session, and the colourful and eye-catching outfits demanded a so-called photo shoot here and there. That was the time when everyone seemed to be the best photographers and models in town. Not to neglect, despite of my age that shall be turning 18 this year, my pocket was also filled with green packets! From all the tantalising blings and things during the Eid al-Fitr, I need to say that I admire the notion of Bruneians whose perspective on this festivity is to grab the chance to practicing a lot of good manners and advantageous things.

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Admittedly, this year’s Syawal was not as fancy and as extravagantly fantastic as the past years. Calm, moderate and bliss perhaps best describe the atmosphere of this year’s Eid al-Fitr. Even so, happiness and gratitude still bloomed in the soul of mine due to the presence of myriad lessons in both months – Ramadhan and Syawal. One of the many vital lessons is that the month of Syawal allows us to strengthen the bond and to always have time for the treasured and beloved ones whilst reminding ourselves to consistently be blessed and grateful for all the things that Allah lend us in the worldly life.

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After all, it is not about the brand new things or stuffs we have for Eid al-Fitr, rather it is about the aspect of our renewed soul and refreshed intention that we had striven for during the holy month of Ramadhan. Syawal is the new chapter of life. Thus we shall strive to not spoil anything especially on the very first few pages of the chapter.

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Last but not least, I – as the one who runs and manages all things related to Humble Scents – would like to apologise and seek forgiveness on all my wrongdoings from the commencement of this platform. Thank you for being one of the Humble Folks! May the Almighty sprinkle your life with His infinite blessings. Happy Eid al-Fitr!

How was your first day of Syawal, Humble Folks?

Kindly share it in the comment section! I would like to know.

Until next time,

 

 

Shakeeb


Photographed By: Anis Hazimah
Processed/Edited By: Shakeeb Suhib
All photographs are copyright of Humble Scents. Permission must be obtained before any usage is made outside of this platform – Humble Scents.

 

Ramadhan Boosters

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Peace be upon you, my beloved brothers and sisters.

First things first, praises be to Allah for the chance to be the guests of Ramadhan this year. It is indeed the holy month of taqweem Hijrah, which in this month we refrain ourselves from consuming food and drinks and as well as sexual desires from dawn until sunset. During this month, we also strive to practice as much as good deeds that will increase our imaan, taqwa and thawab, and will make us closer to the Almighty, while attempting to battle our nafs and avoid all the sinful behaviours – from the major matters to the minor ones.

Ramadhan is also a month when the Qur’an was sent down to the Earth. Not to forget, there is one night during Ramadhan that is better than a thousand months, called the Laylatul Qadr. It is indeed the ultimate goal of every Muslim whenever Ramadhan comes. May Allah grant all of us the Laylatul Qadr and make us amongst the muttaqin in both worlds – dunya and akhirah. Allahumma Aammeen.

Today’s the 21st day of Ramadhan for the Muslims in Brunei Darussalam. It is such a blessing to have breathed the air of Ramadhan. The first night of Ramadhan was so refreshing and peaceful. Taraweeh prayer was performed after the ‘Isha prayer with a huge number of Muslims in every Masjid, and then followed by Witr prayer and Tadarrus. What a beautiful commencement.

It is without a doubt that all of the Muslims are striving towards self-improvement and transformation be it in the matter of physical, mental or most importantly spiritual, especially during this holy month. Same goes to yours truly. Thus, here are five top Ramadhan boosters that can tremendously increase our quality of fasting and practising good deeds during this blessed month:

1 Read and understand the Qur’an daily 

The pages don’t matter much. As long as we read and understand the Qur’an more than we did before Ramadhan, that’s good enough. If we are opting for completing the 30 juzuk of the Qu’ran during this Ramadhan, let’s consistently read a minimum of four pages after every Obligatory prayers. In shaa Allah, by the end of Ramadhan, we’ll manage to complete it.

2 Attempt the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) 

There is a truck-load of Sunnah that we can practise especially during this holy month. Some of it are beginning the Iftar by having dates, paying a charity frequently, eating Sahoor and the list goes on.

3 Less babbling, more Zikrullah 

Undoubtedly, we’re not allowed to talk such nonsense. From now on let’s strive to avoid doing sinful matters like cursing, backbiting and so on. It’s way better if we keep our focus on our ‘ibaadah and get closer to Him with Zikrullah. It’s time for us to stop all those sinful behaviours and substitute it with good deeds and manners. Remember, Allah’s supervising you.

4 Obligation is priority 

It is indeed encouraged to practice a lot of the Sunnah prayers – like Taraweeh, Dhuha, Witr, Tahajjud and so on – during Ramadhan. Even so, we must not neglect the Obligatory or the Fardhu prayers. Priority always comes first. There’s no such thing as performing the Taraweeh prayer while neglecting the Obligatory ones.

5 Eat moderately during Sahoor and Iftar 

One of the many reasons of the fasting during Ramadhan is that Allah wants us to know the feeling of the fuqaro’ who don’t have the wealth to even buy food for their lives. So it’s better if we sincerely experience and appreciate the time and moment that we have during this Ramadhan by being moderate and humble. Let’s not waste the rizq that Allah has given to all of us. Buy and eat the food and drinks that will only feed our souls for ‘ibaadah, and not for nafs.

Afterall, let’s all aspire to stop all those sinful behaviours, and not just to pause them. Indeed Ramadhan is the perfect time to better ourselves in every aspect of life, for both worlds – dunya and akhirah. Believe in ourselves that we can battle the nafs and continuosly practice good deeds, not just during Ramadhan. We shall spend most of our time worshipping the Almighty and practise all of these Ramadhan boosters sincerely.

Last but not least, the humble Shakeeb would like to ask for your forgiveness on all the mistakes and imperfections since the first exposure of this blog. May this holy month of Ramadhan be filled with barakah, rahmah, maghfirah, hidayah, light and all positive matters, and make us a better Muslim. May we be also given the best fruit of Ramadhan – Laylatul Qadr.

Do you have any Ramadhan boosters on the list, Humble Folks?

Share it in the comment!

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Ramadhan Kareem,

Shakeeb

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.

Dare To Be Different Camp

Happiness and excitement flowed into my blood when I received a WhatsApp notification informing me that I was accepted to be one of the Dare To Be Different Camp’s participants. Joining a camp was one of my major plans for the first term’s holiday. It was a 3-days-and-2-nights-camp, conducted by the youth team of Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque, who calls themselves ‘Ibadurrahman, which started on the 19th March 2016 and ended on the 21st. It took place at a very mesmerizing and calming place, where nature covered most of it and peace was the exact word to describe it – Tasek Merimbun.

To start with, I thought that the camp would be concentrating more on the religious matters. It turned out that I was mistaken. It didn’t just focus on the religious matters, but it also tackled the matters of physical, mental, motivation and as well as leadership. All I can say is that the activities were quite interesting, fun and of course beneficial for the mind and the soul of each one of the participants. If I were to share the whole experiences and activities we did during the camp, this blog entry might be super lengthy. Long story short, there were outdoor activities, team-building games, religious and motivational talks and not to neglect the team did also share and teach us some of the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Afterall the activities were all incredible, and some of it consumed energy if I may add. Even so, I still couldn’t sleep well during the first night. Well, we were all sleeping at the verandah, where we were entertained by natural music, which was a brand new experience to me. Thankfully, my eyes could pull down its curtain during the second night.

Most importantly, the participants and I learnt a lot and lost nothing from the camp. And here are the vital lessons that we could get from the advantageous camp:

Individuality

This is the number one lesson that can be extracted from the camp. As the theme was ‘Dare To Be Different’, it is obvious that the team wanted to show us that we ought to be different and unique in a good way and perhaps in an Islamic way. This includes our way of thinking, solving problems, living and as well as our way of responding to a particular matter. Individuality is what makes us strong and stupendous as one nation and ummah of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). With its presence in our souls, we probably can foster flexibility in our lives. Thus, don’t fret if you’re such a rare or strange person. As long as it is within the boundaries of our deen, then that should be fine.

Abu Huraira reported:

The Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) said, “Islam began as a something strange, and it will return to being strange, so blessed are the strangers.”

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Intellectual, Innovative & Creative Mind

Have you read a blog entry of Humble Scents titled The Gap Between Youth And Young? If you haven’t, please do so before proceeding with this.

Youths and intellectual, innovative & creative minds are inseparable. Youths tend to be so innovative and creative and plus intellectual, especially when it comes to brainstorming ideas and creating new things. With this advantage, we, the youths, can drastically help to develop our country or perhaps ourselves, and plus the Muslim youths can bring back the golden age of Islam. Yet the question to ponder upon is, how can we develop such intellectual, innovative and creative minds in each and every one of the youths? The answer to that is through a lot of exposures, tutorials, efforts and practices. We, the youths, need to get exposed with new experiences and things, so that we can learn from it and think about it. That’s how we can grow and bring our intellectual, innovative and creative minds to the next level. Just look at how amazing Ibn Al-Haytham was, that he could invent obscura camera, that had given a huge impact into the photography industry nowadays. Without him, the word ‘selfie’ might not even exist. That is what intellectuality, innovation and creativity can do.

Explore The World

Thankfully, I could go to Tasek Merimbun for the very first time and did explore it through this camp. Moreover, when it says ‘explore the world’, it doesn’t entirely mean that we have to travel around the world. It’s just more than enough to explore our own country. We may explore the places we haven’t gone to and get to gain knowledge about the cultures, people, environments and so on. There’s no such boundaries for an exploration. The sky’s the limit. By exploring, we can brilliantly feed our mind with general knowledge that we can’t get in formal education. This shows us that we need to be sensitive with our surrounding and environment. We should never underestimate the value of little things around us and take it for granted. We shouldn’t just limit ourselves with certain things. The world is created for us to explore and never deny the beauty of Allahu ‘Azza Wajalla‘s creations and masterpieces.

Responsibility, Discipline & Commitment

Put these three in the blender and it surely will be an appetising blended drink. Why? Because they complement each other. The camp had taught me to be more responsible, disciplined and committed with my work. Undoubtedly, a great responsibility comes together with discipline and commitment. We all need to be responsible of our own work and maintain it by being really disciplined and committed with the work given. Afterall, success is awaiting us if these three manners are always present along our journey in life. Some might ask, how to build these three manners in our souls? Here’s an answer especially for Muslim people. Do take care of our solah. Perform it on time. Pay attention to every ayah we recite during our solah and neglect all the worldly matters. In shaa Allah, the Almighty will ease us to practice any other positive and good deeds in our lives, and in this case, practice these three good manners.

‘Ilm

‘Ilm or knowledge is so valuable than any treasures on the face of the Earth. It is so powerful that it can lead someone from darkness to light. We should always welcome new ‘ilm to our minds. Furthermore, when we gain new ‘ilm or knowledge, we preferably need to share it with everyone, as ‘ilm is meant to be shared and practiced, not to just be stored and crammed in our minds. From now on, let’s strive to be a group of knowledgeable and educational people who can inspire and benefit others, and not to forget, that can contribute something to the country and the deen. In addition, seeking knowledge and sharing it are parts of the ‘ibadah that will precisely benefit us in dunya and as well as in akhirah. We all have to make use of the enthusiasm we have as youths to always attempt to gain knowledge. I was so grateful to have surrounded by magnanimous people at the camp. Together we knowledgeably unite to struggle towards the light!

Teamwork & Strategy

When it comes to a team, the word ‘I’ doesn’t exist anymore. It’s all about ‘we’. In order to make sure that a team can go forward and grab the victory awaiting them, they surely need teamwork and strategy in every matter they do. These two things are the key to unlock the door of victory and success. Furthermore, we all need strategies in our lives. We can’t just always go with the flow. Strategy is a must when we are about to start a long and vital journey. Without these two matters, a team will fall flat on one’s face. I still remember when my group lost this one game during the camp, just because we didn’t have a very good strategy. Let’s have Ghuzwah Uhud as an instance. The Muslim people lost it at the very last-minute, due to the reason that some of them didn’t stick to the Prophet Muhammad‘s instruction and strategy. That shows how vital strategy and teamwork are in a team.

Leadership

Do you know that the significance of our existence is to be the khalifah on the face of the Earth? Yes, that’s one of our purposes in life. No matter who we are, we are our own khalifah. We should try to be better day by day in order to be the best khalifah that will benefit the country and as well as the deen of Islam. Added to that, we’re all born to be khalifah. Thus, no matter who we are, we’re holding the responsibility of being khalifah or leader. Admittedly, being a leader isn’t a simple matter. It’s not that easy to be the perfect leader just like the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Yet it is an achievable matter if we keep on struggling to better ourselves. Let’s make the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) as our number one role-model to be the next khalifah of our generation! Just bear in mind that the journey of being the khalifah or the leader might sometimes be bitter, but its fruit is so sweet. This reminds me of how dedicated and diligent my group leader was during the camp. If I were him, surely I couldn’t lead the group at that time.

Perspective & Mindset

The camp had opened my eyes that different human beings have different mindsets and perspectives. We need to admit that truth. We should always remind ourselves that sometimes our opinions, mindsets or perspectives are not always precise, true and right. We have to learn to always hear what others say through their own perspectives, so that we can widen our way of thinking about a particular matter. Sometimes, we have to put aside the egoism in our souls, just to listen to others’ opinions and accept it rationally. By doing this, we will unexpectedly build in the positive mindsets that can help us to be more mature especially in the way of thinking. From now on, we definitely need to always attend any knowledgeable discussions and talks regarding any beneficial matters, so that we are able to bring the positivity into our mindsets. We need to remember that a brilliant perspective and a positive mindset start with knowledge. Moreover, as Muslim people, we have to make sure that our perspectives and mindsets are according to the holy Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammd (Peace Be Upon Him).

Ukhuwwah

This is the most sweetest lesson from the camp. On the registration day, it was so awkward. Neither one of the participants had shown their real personality at that time, just yet. Activities after activities, we got to know each other pretty well. We communicated and treated each other like we had known each other for quite a long time. We ate, slept and enjoyed the camp together. Until the last day of the camp, we just realized that it was the end of the camp. That was such an emotional moment. From this, it is obvious that Ukhuwwah or brotherhood is one of the reasons that makes all of us strong. It shows us the meaning of trust and love. We get to positively support and help each other with the bond that we have created. No matter what happens, they will always be there through the ups and downs, through the thick and thin. The bond allows us to love and feel loved and appreciated for the sake of Allahu ‘Azza Wajalla. Hence, this bond will somehow lead all of us to the right pathway for a brighter future in both dunya and akhirah. Let’s always create this type of bond with others so that we can share the love and positive vibes together. Sometimes, we can’t just go alone through our journey, rather we need this type of trusted people to assist us along the journey of struggling towards the light.

As a conclusion, when we’ve chosen to be different, we need to act positively different in our entire lifetime. There’s no point of having goals or aims without any action. Action does speak louder than words. It’s time for us to prove everyone that we are born different and we’ll maintain the individuality to keep on ascending in any scope of matters. No matter how hard the obstacles are, we should be mentally and physically strong and of course patient in facing the challenges. Obstacles and challenges are what make us more mature and better in our unique ways. Indeed, Allah will help us out through our journey if it is dipped with the sabr and ikhlas sauce.

Last but not least, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the ‘Ibadurrahman team, for the opportunity and for organising such a very marvellous event for the youths. It was such an eye-opener. Plus, it was a note-worthy experience and it is indeed one of the highlights of my holiday! It had entirely contributed a lot to my soul and my mind. May the Almighty reward the team with the best of rewards. Plus, I am ultimately glad that my holiday commenced so positively and amazingly. Let me continue to humbly grab more positive vibes!

Until next time,

Shakeeb S.

Time Killers

“I’m feeling so bored! I don’t know what I should do right now.” Confessed a student who’s currently having a two-weeks-holiday.

Without a doubt, boredom does sometime strike us during our free time – when we have nothing to do. Well, that’s normal. Humans tend to get bored. Unless you’re an alien. So how do we overcome this phenomenon? Just chill and wait for tantalising things to come? That’s not going to happen. We ultimately require an effort to achieve the things we really aim for. In this case, we’re attempting to ditch our so-called-enemy, named boredom.

The solution to that doubt is to always make ourselves busy with positive and productive activities. So what are those activities? Here are 5 time killers you can do anywhere, even at your home-sweet-home.

#1 Reading

Do you know that reading is the most therapeutic activity? Yes, indeed it is! Ask any bookworm you know, he/she will surely say so. This can be reading the holy Quran, books, newspapers, magazines, blog entries or perhaps motivational and inspiring tweets or captions on Twitter and Instagram. Regardless of what reading material it is, make sure you can gain good things out of it. Don’t you dare to tell me that you’re glad reading gossips.

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The books that I’m planning to read during this holiday

#2 DIY

“What is DIY?” Questioned the one who lived his/her whole life under the cave and just got out of it. Jokes aside. I’m sure you know what it is. If you don’t, it means ‘do it yourself’. DIY will definitely kill your free time and not to forget it will excite you once you’ve come to the aftermath of the activity. You may try crafting and baking or anything else. Afterall just don’t hesitate to ask Mr. Google and Mr. Youtube regarding this matter. They’ll help you out to find the simplest DIY activity you can do at home.

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Latest DIY product that I crafted for Ultimet

#3 Writing

It is my firm belief that everyone can write. So why don’t you try to write any sort of writings? For instance, writing a journal or diary (which is really enjoyable I can assure), a story, an essay, a poetry or poem, or maybe a blog entry (if you own a blog). Vital reminder: Don’t ever get discouraged if you feel that your writing is not that pleasant. Just constantly keep on writing. Bear in mind, practice makes perfect. Do check Heartwrite’s blog or Instagram to gain more knowledge about writing.

#4 Photography/Videography

Either you own a proper camera or not, you have to try this out! I’m sure you own a mobile phone with a tiny beautiful lens at the back of it, right? So why don’t you try capturing photographs or recording videos? Added to that, this doesn’t just mean that you ought to be the photographer/videographer, you can as well be the model! Trust me, this can be so amazing! You might unleash a hidden talent in your fresh soul! Do it with your friends or family relatives. Share the excitement with them. Afterall, you will tremendously enjoy the whole process of photography or videography!

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My first film camera that I bought from ebay

Some photographs from the latest photo shoot session captured by my treasured mom

#5 Sport

It is one of the activities that makes you active day by day, if you keep on doing it. Commence with doing the sport activity you like the most. It can encourage you to practice it in your daily life while in this case, it can kill your free time. Basically you may do it at any time and any where, indoor or outdoor, but don’t you tell me that you’re going to have a jog outdoor, when the sun is at its highest. That’s just insane. You might end up collapsing instead of jogging.

Thus, if you’re smelling the boredom smell, try out one of these time killers! Furthermore do enjoy your life to the fullest being positively busy and do always manage your time wisely and don’t ever waste it.

What is your favourite activity during your boredom? Share it with Humble Scents!

 

Humbly,

Shakeeb S.

The Gap Between Youth And Young

Here is a plain question, “Who are considered as youth?

Theory says that youth is a group of people ranging from age 17 to 40. Do you agree? I basically don’t. It is due to the fact that the word youth isn’t based on the matter of age, but rather on the matter of soul. Youth are the ones who have enthusiasm and action on doing serious matters and responsibilities. The ones who have intellectual maturity to go forward in life and the ones who bring benefits to the country. Those are considered as youth.

On the other hand, the definition of young is more towards the physical states of a person, for instance the matter of age and physical appearance.

So the word youth doesn’t have limitation. It can be from the adult and even the the elderly people. As long as they are mentally and physically enthusiastic and optimistic to strive towards the light.

Hassan Al-Banna defined youth as the ones who have these four characteristics:

  1. Confidence
  2. Honesty
  3. Enthusiasm
  4. Action

Thus youth play a vital role for a country’s development. They are the ones who are responsible of contributing the country with fresh ideas and great effort. The future of the country depends on the youth. That has ultimately shown that youth are such priceless treasures of the country.

Here comes another doubt, “How can we produce such youth?

Most importantly, education needs to be a priority. When we tackle about education, it isn’t just about schools, impressive and astounding academic results, homework and assignments, but rather about feeding the soul with knowledge. The youth need to be educated, knowledgeable and intellectual in order to be able to think wisely and work excellently. Furthermore, they need to have positive mindsets. With education, they can contribute the country with fresh and new ideas. Not to forget, the youth ought to tremendously foster flexibility in all aspects, for instance in social interactions and as well as intellectual maturity.

Added to that, from a perspective of Islam, youth need to obey Allah and love the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). They should  live a lifestyle within the boundaries set by the holy Quran and Sunnah, despite of prioritizing education and other worldly matters. And plus they need to take every chances in dunya that can benefit them in the akhirah. Not to neglect, youth, from a perspective of Islam ought to also be capable of balancing the dunya and the akhirah. Those are the perfect Muslim youth.

As a conclusion, age isn’t a factor to categorize a person as youth, yet the soul is. Thus, we as the young people need to unconditionally attempt to be youth, because it is without a doubt that at this level of age, outstanding ideas and effort can simply be contributed and done. Why should we wait for the right time to change and improve ourselves, while the right time is always right now? The chances are overwhelming and are scattering everywhere, so it is up to us to either grab it, or regrettably miss it.

So now, the question to ponder upon is, “Are you considered as youth or just young?

 

Humbly,

Shakeeb S.

Dome Of Islam

The dome was magnificently painted with the most luxurious colour – gold. The sunlight had made the dome astonishingly glittered like genuine crystals. Decorating the dome, was the enormous sky with white-coloured cotton candy floating everywhere. Tourists got thrilled to the spectacular scenery of the mosque. Their cameras were always releasing its shutter, doing its major job to capture every moment spent. A soothing and marvellous Azan could then be heard, indicating the time for Zuhr prayer. Muslim people could be seen walking from the main gate of the mosque. Others were putting off their shoes and sandals, and were then entering it calmly.

The Zuhr prayer had been performed. Du’a had been recited. My heart was at its calmest. The level of calmness was even higher than Mount Everest. No thing can ever beat the magical power of Solah.

The soul of mine was so refreshed. I felt like a cup of freshly brewed coffee. I then had a feeling to explore and capture random things in the beautiful town that owns so many treasures – Bandar Seri Begawan. After a couple of minutes, my heart messaged me that I should be capturing photographs. All of a sudden, my mind kept on saying “Dome Of Islam”. What an interesting idea! I ought to capture the magnificence of the mosque. I didn’t have a lot of mosque photographs at that time. One word to say – perfect. That was how this minute project happened. Despite of how unpleasant I am to capture photographs, I still tried my very best to capture the most precise photographs on that particular day.

Months passed and the person behind Humble Scents had just got the perfect time to finish this up. Praises be all to Allah, this blog post can now be shared to every one of the humble readers. Not to forget, for the first entry of the “Dome Of Islam”, Humble Scents features one of the most eye-catching mosques in a kingdom of unexpected treasures – Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque.


 


 

 

 

Until next time,

Shakeeb S.

 

 

Calendar Updated

“What? Is it 2016 already? Time is ticking so fast!” Expressed the seventeen-year-old Muslim guy in awe.

Time sprinted so fast, that a month seemed such a week and a week seemed such a day. It is quite unbelievable that 2015 had just come to a finish two days ago. It feels like we just began the year six months ago. Despite of how 2015 had sprinted at a very high speed, a new year shows up and it is time for a brand new calendar. Alhamdulillah thumma Alhamdulillah for the new year.

First things first, a quick flashback is a mandatory matter before proceeding with a resolution to accomplish. It is more like a mission though. We need to ultimately complete every level of the mission for a huge victory. Not to neglect, a lot had happened during the past year – be it the positive ones or vice versa – which had really contributed lessons and experiences to myself. Let the negative matters which happened last year be personal. No one deserves to know about it, except for me. Those negative matters are not vital, yet the lessons are. What can be concluded is that 2015 had taught me the real definition of life – from a scope of love, family, patience, friendship, trust, good mindset, positivity, faith and life’s purposes.

Talking about all those positive matters and the negative ones, it kinds of a bit rare and relief that positivity took place at the end of 2015. That makes a lot of sense, as we all learn from the negative matters. We all get to improve when we realize the mistakes. Months before 2015 ended, I was ultimately attacked by positive vibes. There were lots of pleasant things happened drastically. One of it was winning the Arabic Debate Competition for Arabic Schools. If you follow me on Instagram, you might know about this as I posted a photo of myself delivering a speech. Not to forget, it began with hardships where my debate buddies and I found it quite stressful and difficult – from preparing for the points, to the debate texts, to the predicted questions to ask and answer, and the list of stressful things goes on. Added to that, we were more likely an underdog team from our school, as there was other team that represented our school as well, which was way better than us, but did not manage to make it to the finals, just because they screwed themselves during the first debate session. To be considered as the underdog team, it really pressurized us, and on the other hand pushed us to be the best and it also encouraged us to prove everyone that we could win the competition. Praises be all to Allah, victory was ours. Afterall, what I can say is that hardwork and hardship will lead us to the victory. That is no doubt either. As mentioned in the Quran:

Verily After Hardship Comes Ease.”

{Quran 94:5}

I am honestly saying that 2015 was not the best year, nor the worst year I had ever encountered. Honestly speaking, it was close enough to the worst though. It is because of the fact that negative things unexpectedly conquered the year. Tears, anger, negative mindset and hardship were my companies most of the year. When 2015 began, I thought happiness and positivity were going to be my very best friends, unfortunately they were not. They faded away just like that. Afterall, as I said earlier, those negative matters had contributed lesson for the soul of mine. Here is a rough statistic of my life in 2015:

Positivity- 40%

Negativity- 60%

I am glad that there were still positive things going on through the journey of my life in 2015. I hope 2016 will bring positive vibes to my entire life. Go away negative vibes. I will never devour you, except when I am hungry. Okay, that is one lame joke. 2016, please be grand and good to me. Or maybe I am the one that should be good and excellent to 2016. Let us pray together to Allah that we will improve beyond our expectations in 2016.

Time sprinted so fast, that it is time for a new resolution. What is my resolution for 2016? That must be the most asked question these days. As cheesy as it may sound, my resolution this year is to be better fom the past years and be the best out of the best from any scope of matters. I am also resolute to be a better Muslim day by day, who lives a lifestyle according to the holy Quran and the Sunnah. In addition, I will do my very best to accomplish each of my targets for 2016 – blogging/writing is on the list for sure. It is going to be a very HUGE year for yours truly. I will be having lots of vital things to do. One of it is an important examination of the year, known as STPUB examination. I am tremendously apprehensive. I am now an upper-sixth-form student. I have only one more step to a university life. The pressure is on. I pray to Allah that everything will go so smoothly and may Him grant me ease through my journey in 2016. I guess I will need to list down all those targets for 2016 on a gigantic paper and stick it on the wall of my bedroom, so that I will always focus on my targets and will not miss any of it. So have you updated your calendar my humble readers? Make sure you do so! It is already 2016! And what’s your resolution this year? Do you have plans for 2016? Drop your comment down, I would love to know! And last but not least, I wish each and every one of you a happy new year! May we all have a better and prosperous year!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Until next time,

Shakeeb S.

Soul’s Vacation

He woke up today! There’s nothing better to say than Alhamdulillah. To start with, it has been 5 days since my first ultimate blog post. And here’s to the third one of it!

Alright, what’s the topic again? You’re right. Soul’s Vacation.

As it is the twelfth and the last month of the year, lots of people might have planned a decent vacation. That’s not excluding me. I do also have my own vacation. It’s not literally for me, but rather for the soul of yours truly. Where is it going to be? The answer to this doubt is PBH3.

PBH3 is a short form for Perkhemahan Belia Harapan 3It is held by the Syababurroja of Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque. Not to mention, I would like to express my gratitude to this one kind friend of mine, for letting me know about this beneficial and spiritual programme.

For your information, this is my very first time taking part in such a vacation for the vital soul. I’m drastically excited, yet nervous at the same time. Added to that, I’m more than grateful to be included in the 110 youths who are also joining this programme, which will begin this afternoon, 4th December 2015 and will end on the 7th. Predominantly, it is a ‘4-days-and-3-nights’ programme.

Nonetheless, Humble Scents will be inactive for 4 days. May the programme be so advantageous! I hope to get back in the blogging world soon, with loads of stories and experiences to share, from the PBH3. So do you have any vacation this December? Or perhaps a soul’s vacation?

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Until next time,

Shakeeb S.

Many Happy Returns!

Praises be all to the Almighty, who had given me the chance to wake up this morning, on the date when my mom once struggled and sacrificed her life just to give birth to the humble one who is right now writing the most special and authentic blog post of Humble Scents. I thank you for all the sacrifices since the first day I existed in your precious life, my dearest and beaut mom. May Allah reward you with the best rewards. Not to neglect, infinite thanks to the most Gracious one for lending me another chapter of life.

Dealing with the topic, a rhetorical question crossed the mind of myself. Who doesn’t like birthday? I am fairly sure that everyone must like or even love their birthday! And that everyone doesn’t exclude me. When it comes to December 1, I vigorously become so enthusiastic! There is always one identical moment that occurs every year, since I unlocked the new door of Shakeeb’s life – teenage door. That moment is when I recalled back my childhood life, where my loved and treasured parents celebrated their one and only son’s birthday. Those birthday parties, spectacularly decorated by colourful and vibrant balloons, kids wearing fancy birthday hats and masks, and guests enjoyed eating mouth-watering and appealing birthday cakes, plus confetti scattering on the floor. The birthday parties were just so noteworthy and beyond perfect.

Today, the one whose birthday had been celebrated every year in his childhood journey, turns 17 years old! Greet him a happy birthday! He had just finished and completed his sixteenager journal. Finally, he survived the battles.

I can’t say it was a smooth-journal-writing, there were always obstacles and challenges along the way. The most hectic-chapter-of-life award goes to the sixteenager life. Most things didn’t turn out the way I desired. What I can conclude here is that the sixteenager life had taught me the genuine definition of life, love, friendship, sacrifice, trust, responsibility and the list goes on. There was just a lot of things and matters learnt from the past age. Basically, lessons learnt and things improved.

Nonetheless, as we all know, everyone has their own journal to complete every single year, so do I. The seventeenager journal of mine is humbly prompt to be written on. I will drastically make sure that the new age of mine will be better than the past ones and will be the best out of the best! Let me begin it with a Basmalah.

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“In the Name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful”

May the seventeenager life be showered with His infinite blessings. Thank you a bunch for the birthday greetings and prayers everyone! Each and every one of you made my birthday a lot merrier!

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With humble regards,

Shakeeb S.