In case you guys missed this in my previous post, don't forget to register for the first ever Story Night in KL. I'm really excited to spend the evening with the all my LtD girls listening to stories from the Quran (we plan on bringing along some popcorn too, we're that excited). November 18th! See you guys there inshaAllah! :)
Living in the city is seriously a blessing. I don't think we'll ever run our of new eateries to try. And with Instagramers like Sher Reen who constantly shares aesthetically pleasing spaces to fuel us with ideas where to hangout next, (if you ask, she'll be happy to also give an honest review of the food as well, not just how 'Instagrammable' it is there, hehe) that means we'll never run out of cafes to take shade from the rain. Like today.
This is Sitka. This place is my jam, especially on days I want to do my thing with no disturbance. They have wifi and their coffee is good. Two equally important factors. This place is chill and quiet (because everyone is too busy lining up to brunch and dine at Yellow Brick which is a few steps from where I stand in here). And, their almost all black interior got me smitten. In case it isn't obvious already, my favourite colours are black, pastel black, faded black, washed out black, light black, dark black and last but not least, charcoal black.
Okay, ya'll probably think I'm crazy making up those colours hahaa, but charcoal black is a legit colour, I promise. It's the colour of the shirt dress which I wore more than once last week. I couldn't help it. I wore it to work and over the weekend. The understated and effortless look of this dress is probably why I will most likely wear it on repeat and, keep coming back to it, much like how I'll keep coming back to Sitka. They both have that elegance and simplicity that puts me at ease.
If there's one thing that I truly love about this faith, is that our efforts count for way more than the outcome.
Can you imagine? If life was all about the results. This is something I constantly remind myself. It's the effort that counts, as God teaches us time and time again through this message from our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). My cousin shared something with me a few weeks ago. It reads very serious and heavy, but it's far from.
'The best of you is whoever learns the Quran and teaches it.' (Bukhari)
What a refreshing thing to learn; that as long as you are on this journey of learning the Quran, you are the best of people. We always assume that if the Prophet (pbuh) says the best of people, it must be his companions or someone super holy. But in reality, it could just very well be any of us. I like the sound of that.
I don't have the Arabic text of this hadith, but I'll try to explain it without. The start of the hadith says "khairu" (in Arabic) which means the epitome of something. So basically he (pbuh) is saying that you are the best of the BEST-EST, so long as you never stop learning. You never stop with your efforts to understand what Allah is trying to teach and share with us. This journey of learning and trying to understand what's in this Book is a never ending. Our learning never stops.
What I've also learnt from this hadith, is the beauty in equality. In Allah's eyes, we are the same. It doesn’t matter if you are the Professor or the student. The A scoring student or the barely passing one. Or if you have a sheikh in front of your name. As long as you are learning, you are a student of the Book. You are the best of creations.
To be honest, if it weren't for my sister who started learning the Quran maybe about six or seven years ago, I probably wouldn't have been interested in it myself. But she learnt one thing from an ayat. It sparked her intellect and so she shared it with the family. She taught us what ever little she has learnt. And it has snowballed into so many other people having the interest to learn it too.
And it's not even about knowing a lot. It's never been about knowing a lot. It's about continuing your efforts to learn and hopefully, share it too.
I hope we'll always make time to learn and appreciate this Book for what it is. And if you've learnt something, and it touched you deeply, or even changed you the slightest bit, never shy away from sharing or teaching it to others with utmost genuinity and honesty. You just never know who you'll benefit.
Let's be together, THE best of the best-est. The creme of the crop, in God's eyes. :)
Speaking of learning the Quran, in case you guys haven't gotten the email or notification, Ustaz Nouman will be back in KL for Story Night! How exciting. I love story nights. Happening on November 18th, 2016, inshaAllah.
Click here to see what it's going to be all about! I'm going to see you there right??
I woke up super excited yesterday because our mini kitchen renovation was finally done! For the longest time, my mum and I have been wanting to renovate the cute little kitchen in this house we've been staying at. We're always hesitant to do much to it because we're renting, and not certain how long we'll be here. But since she got married recently, we figured she'll be staying put for at least another few years inshaAllah, so long as we don't get kicked out (thank God I've grown out of having wild house parties. Now, party = bedtime).
Was so thrilled my mum agreed to marble tiles. I jumped out of bed and popped out all things relevant for breakfast, from the fridge, and happily chopped away. It was a blissful Saturday morning. Home alone with a medley of fresh fruits and a wall too pretty I couldn't help but stare at her more than once.
Hope you had a lovely weekend! :)