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Done for me by Shaikr.

Salam! (Peace)
Welcome one & all.

For those who have known me before, you would know that I’ve taken a long break from blogging. Those months away from this blogging world were filled with much reflection & questioning. These were followed with tireless pursuits at getting the answers & finding a balance between who I wanted to be & who I really am.

The past few months have been revolutionary to say the least. Haha. Much was learnt and many experiences collected which has helped to shape the ever-malleable being that is me. I am grateful for this life & I have not renounced the world & turned into a recluse. At the bottom of it all, I have not lost my zest for living and my optimistic outlook, alhamdulillah.

With this fresh new start, here are some basic principles & beliefs I hold close to my heart.

  1. Why Al-faqeer?

    Al-faqeer in Arabic means “The One in Need” or “The Dependent One”. One of the major lessons I’ve learnt is that I am nothing. I am nothing without what He has given me, without His Grace & Mercy, without His Love that He showers every second of everyday.Every praise directed to me, I direct to Him. I am a mere being made up of body, mind and spirit. Without Him, this life isn’t life. Everything I have & own at this very moment are just gifts & loans from Him that I have to fully utilise in order to please Him.

    From “The Hundred Steps” by Shaykh ‘Abdalqadir As-Sufi:”The faqeer is poor in Allah, and Allah is enough for him in his poverty.

    The faqeer has opted for the war against the self.
    Thus he must set out on the most difficult part of his journey. Even success in it is dangerous, for contentment with acquiring good qualities is in turn a fault. There is no escape from it. Now he must break norms inwardly as he has already done outwardly. Wrong actions are gone. They must be replaced with right actions. So with intentions. The faqeer, however, must guard against thinking that the goal is moral. Do not lose sight of the goal – it is direct witnessing of the living Lord.”

  2. New username, new blog.

    I could have used my old username & old blog address that are familiar to many blogging friends & with which social networks had been built. However, the old domain and username; however much I cherish it and however much it has been a part of me; it is no longer suitable. It is like an old, used jacket that has given me warmth and comfort, but now scratches the skin and whose colour has faded and just doesn’t fit right anymore.

  3. Ilahi anta maqsudi wa ridaka matlubi.

    In Arabic, this means “Oh God, You are my Goal and Your Good Pleasure is my aim.”Having been born a Muslim, I took for granted that status & took lightly my responsibilities as one. It was not something I chose, so how could I be passionate about it?

    Alhamdulillah (Praises be to Allah), as I grew up and as I was given the faculty of reasoning, I searched for answers to my own questions. I read and questioned and searched. And finally found them in Islam- the religion I was born into but never really paid much attention to.It is no longer something I was born into, no longer seen as a set of rules confining my freedom nor something external to my life. Being a Muslim is first & foremost my choice, my identity, my way of life.

    Islam in Arabic means submission. And I do submit myself now. More than I ever thought i could.And I’ve never been happier. :)

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____”I ask Him first of all to reform me & then to reform through me, to guide me & then to guide through me, to show me the truth of what is true & to grant of His bounty that I may follow it, and to show me the falsity of what is false & to grant of His bounty that I may turn away from it. Amin.”

-A prayer of Imam Al-Ghazali found in his book “Deliverance from Error”


20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Motamid  |  May 15, 2008 at 8:54 am

    As salam ‘aleykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

  • 2. alfaqeer  |  May 15, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Wa alaikum salam wa rahmatulLahi wa barakatuh. :)

  • 3. madeleinessatukilodarikedaiarab  |  June 15, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    wow sounds like some revolution you’ve been going through. i’m glad you’ve found it. (or rather, He gave it to you out of His mercy and grace) it is a priceless thing, hidayah. i myself grapple with it, taking it for granted sometimes but crying in gratitude for it. keep on writing, it’s inspirational. (: and who knows, you might be the conduit through which hidayah flows to others. above all, be thankful for it. He rewards those who are grateful.

  • 4. alfaqeer  |  June 17, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Yes, indeed I am extremely grateful for being where I am today. I pray I only get closer to Him and not any further away & that I remain grateful always. Thanks for your kind words. :)

  • 5. hanzahar  |  August 3, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    bagos2…

    da ikot cam west nye muslim

  • 6. uniqinc  |  August 5, 2008 at 4:36 am

    Salam ‘alaika warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

  • 7. alfaqeer  |  August 5, 2008 at 7:22 am

    hanzahar: Apa yang macam west nye muslim?

    uniqinc: Waalaikassalam warahmatulLahi wabarakatuh. :)

  • 8. spiderman_pink  |  September 11, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    i remembered a post about you doing a perfect parking and this came to mind.

    sorry but i couldn’t resist =D
    http://hairilabubakar.blogspot.com/2008/09/women-drivers-fury-over-sexist-parking.html

  • 9. spiderman_pink  |  October 4, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    oklaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah mintak maaf! *walaupuntukenyataandanlumrahkehidupanhaha*

    eid un sa’eed! minal ‘aidin wal faizin wal maqbulin. kullu ‘am wa anti bikheyr

  • 10. alfaqeer  |  October 6, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Itu bukan kenyataan & lumrah hidup OKAY!! eeeeee.

  • 11. Wanida  |  November 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    رائعWonderful:)

  • 12. Dewi  |  December 3, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Salam,

    nice blog :)

    salam kenal

    -Dewi-
    indonesian@singapore

  • 13. faruq  |  December 6, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Just thought I’d tegur.

    You know the symbol of ‘Allah’ and ‘Muhammad’ below your ‘Muslim & Proud’ badge?

    I believe ‘Allah’ should be on the right, and ‘Muhammad’ on the left, yeah?

    Correct me if I’m wrong though.

  • 14. Mahirah  |  December 13, 2008 at 12:12 am

    http://theshobirin.hadithuna.com

    might be migrating from Multiply, Insya’Allah hehe

  • 15. asshobr  |  December 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Assalaamu’alaikum kak, I’ve migrated to wordpress instead, heheh.

    http://theshobirin.wordpress.com

    How’s sarawak? hehe

  • 16. hanzahar  |  January 3, 2009 at 5:53 am

    nta lupe

  • 18. S. Z..  |  April 21, 2009 at 12:01 am

    hi..chanced upon ur blog..MAsyaallah u have written wonderful things.. Yep was totally blessed at being able to attend the Maulid on Sunday.. n totally inspired by the wise words from the scholars.M not so into reading blogs or blog thingy but I m sure there is a reason why I opened yours…
    Will be at Arqam to catch Shaykh Yahya tomorrow night, Insyaallah. Will say hello if i see u..

  • 19. fatima  |  June 19, 2009 at 10:49 am

    beautiful quote (ilahi anta maqsidi….). thank you for sharing.

  • 20. Sadiq  |  September 11, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Mashallah, the prayer of Imam al Ghazzali is extremely beautiful and full of wisdom and guidance.

    Salaams.

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