Monthly Archives: January 2015

New Year’s, New Years

My God. Another year passed. And people talk about this stuff, they write about it. So why not me?

So…for once, I had a good New Year’s. Usually, I visit my relatives’ homes for dinner and people gather ’round the TV 30 min in advance (which is a waste of time in my opinion) and then they count down and scream…3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!! And I’m standing there like -_- bleh, nothing changed. Whatever, okay, let’s move on, y’all.

And this year, there is a reason why I didn’t have that ‘bleh’ attitude–actually, two reasons. One, I’m graduating this year (August inshaAllah) AND I had a good New Year’s eve/Winter Break. I went out with my cousins and her friends and we watched fireworks (albeit while almost freezing to death) and had fun. We played Taboo which was immense fun and ate good meals, Alhamdulillah.

2015 is also the year in which I intend to work and save up money to enroll in a TEFL course inshaAllah so that I can teach abroad, in some Muslim country (but I already kinda know where I wanna go).

2015 is also the year in which I will finally, inshaAllah, get my driver’s license.

2015 is also the year in which I will catch up on an entire year’s worth of LP lessons (see here). I just caught up on Year 1-I just finished the chapter of istinja’ haha…gotta be fun learning about toilet structures with Sh. Abu Eesa.

2015 is also the year in which I have new ways to deal with my family problems under my belt (courtesy of my uni counselor from last semester). SO, that means I will be more stress-free inshaAllah!

So there. A bunch of reasons why 2015 is a good year–full of new things–why it will be a good year, bi idhnillah!

I love my optimism 😉

“Peace”-What I wait for

Allah choosing to call Islam “Islam” is no coincidence: the roots “salama” mean “peace.” If you think about it, peace is worth more than anything else in this world, and I mean emotionally, psychologically worth more. People do all kinds of things to achieve happiness and some get it while others don’t. But peace is different. You can be distressed while being happy, and you can be peaceful while drowning in tears (think weeping upon seeing the Ka’bah or crying in repentance to The Most Merciful or hearing about the death of a loved one in Allah’s cause).

Allah knows that the one thing we crave for, the one thing we look foreverywhere, what we cry for, what we die for…is peace.

He placed it in iman.

He placed it in the proclamation of faith, in the prostration of humility, in the begging for grace. He placed it in the reading of His words, in His remembrance that you count on your fingers. He placed it in talking to Him, crying to Him, praying to Him.

And after all these occasional moments of peace, He promises to drown us in it if we’re steadfast.

Then how can anyone else love us more than Him?