Out of Melancholy

 

 

Once

I was drowning

in a sea

– confused, hopeless and helpless.

 

A vision of mine

couldn’t trace anything

but

darkness, bleakness and gloominess.

 

Helplessly demanding light

all day and all night

yet still

no light in my sight.

 

It was unilluminated

to an extent

that I thought

my soul was dead.

 

Then I stopped

fighting the wave

with no hope

to find the light I crave.

 

Unsure

of what had happened

and of what was happening

but all I saw then was a ray of light.

 

Laying on the sand that felt like bed

still alive and felt glad

the wave must’ve dragged me there

to finally show me the light that people share.

 

Since then I realized

it wasn’t just about striving towards the light

rather it was about having faith

in the Giver of the sight.

 

 

Written by yours truly,

Shakeeb

 

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

Fashion Staircase

2016 has been an adventurous year so far, with a truck load of ups and downs. Taking risks and attempting new notions are always on the list. Those include the matter of fashion, which is beyond my forte at all.

Believe it or not, I can disguise myself as a fashionista, after a fashion. Sometimes I might be a fashion victim. Yet never did I happen to be a fashion statement. I am not a person who is willing to wear unusual outfits to be a centre of attraction, just yet. Wrong intention detected. Don’t fret, that is not even my ultra-plan when it comes to the fashion industry.

Fashion, in my so-called dictionary, is what makes me feel cosy and most importantly confident with what I wear. It is not a subject that causes my self-esteem to drastically drop and rapidly vanish.

Added to that, I recently have a passion for Muslim wear and modest fashion, thus resulting in myself wearing black Kurta during my first portraiture session or photo shoot. Admittedly, Kurta, Thobes and perhaps Cara Melayu are always seen as outfits for certain occasions only, like Islamic talks. Even so that doesn’t stop me from wearing it during the photo shoot and plus during a hang-out session with my awesome folks. I wasn’t kidding at all. I rushed to the centre of ‘worldly heavens’ right after the photo shoot without changing my outfit. I guess I had found the key to unlock the fashion door – confidence.

Hence, for the first entry in the fashion section of Humble Scents, let’s have a look at the magnificent photographs below, captured by one of the talented and passionate people in the Kingdom of unexpected treasures – Izzy Osman. Check out his website here.

The staircase is so high,

And I’m just in the beginning,

The fashion will never die,

And I know what I’m donning.

Captured by: Izzy Osman

Edited by: Shakeeb Suhib

Did I manage to pull it off?

Kindly give your comments and expect more Muslim modest wear

in the fashion section, dear Humble Folks!

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Humbly,

Shakeeb

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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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.”

Sahih Muslim 145

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.