Patience in darkness…

24 08 2009

WHILST IN THE middle of “Sunat Tarawih” prayers (after the obligatory Isyak or Night prayers) in the Masjid Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, I somehow felt something didn’t feel right.

So I cut short my prayers to only eight “Rakaats” and rushed to drive over to my mother’s place. Upon reaching the road leading to the house, all the neighbouring homes were in total darkness. My wild guess was that a strong lightning that afternoon might have hit the nearby power station but I wouldn’t know for sure. It was a complete blackout, that’s for sure! 😦

Before coming into the driveway, I simply hoped that my mother would not be home and decided to stay in any of my other siblings’ houses. But I was wrong. Upon entering her bedroom, my elderly Mama was lying comfortably on her bed but still awake, shrouded by pitched darkness with only lighted candles in the house. I asked if she’s alright and she answered that the blackout didn’t bother her that much.

I coaxed her into going out with me for a drive to the “Pasar Malam” to get some thirst-quenching drinks (since all the fridges in the kitchen had been out since about 3 or 4 in the afternoon when the electricity supply to her area got disrupted). During the half-hour night drive, at least she could enjoy some air-conditioning in my car, I thought.

Although, she’s always accompanied and being well-looked after by a young nephew and a niece together with an Indonesian helper, I stayed on until “Sahur” or the Dawn supper (still very much in darkness). My mother was pretty much nonchalant about the power outage and she was so very patient about the whole episode…

For my beloved mother — patience is indeed a virtue! 🙂



Lightning & Thunder on 3rd Day of “Puasa”

23 08 2009


THE FASTING month this year has got off to a good start. It is quite heart-rending to welcome this blessed month of Ramadan.

I can only pray that I will be able to fulfill this religious obligation in complete devotion through resilient patience and determined will-power, God Willing (Insya Allah). My son is in high spirits to see to it that he will succeed to last the month and my daughter is keen, too.

I suppose this spiritual time of the year is not to be taken for granted. The insurmountable tests each individual Muslim has to face throughout the month would only mean that one has no choice but to submit to the all-powerful will of the Almighty. Only then should a Muslim be grateful for the opportunity to get closer to the Lord of the Universe. Whether one’s subservience is rewarded or not, that is only for Allah Subhannahu Wataala to judge and to decide what is best for each and every servant of God. After all, Ramadan belongs to Him…



18 08 2009

IT’S BEEN AGES since I last updated this blog.

Before I knew it, the all-blessed Fasting month is only a day away… 🙂

I pray that it will fall on a Holy Friday. If not, Saturday is A OK… 😉

Whatever day the month of Ramadan will shine its Light of Heavenly Ray, the sighting of the new moon of the Month of Allah for a month will stay.

The first day of Fasting is supposed to be the Happiest Day since we are to be thankful for its graceful parley.

This is the beginning of a new day of total spiritual outlay, in a way…

Like all else, time flies and it can be pretty daunting to stay awake in the middle of the day.

Positive thinking, strong determination, will-power all rolled into one heap of quandary. Self-restraint and self-control are orders of the day!