Ramadhan 2017 – Day 10 cum Family Iftar

Alhamdulillah today mark the 10th day of fasting.

Yesterday our family held an iftar session at my abode. Not everyone was able to come. Nevertheless, it was still fun gathering and breaking our fast together.

Snaps of the iftar … (photo taken by my niece Suria)

Our main menu was Gado-Gado, provided by yours truly. The rest of the foods such as otah-otah, takoyaki, Nasi jagung dan lauk pauknya, donut, home-made ice-cream were brought by my sister, nieces and nephews. ย My girls had fun making the takoyaki real-time with her cousins ๐Ÿ™‚

Home made takoyaki … my niece, Aishah brought along the electric maker over to the house and made them on the spot, together with her two assistance (my eldest and Nisa)

This year, Alhamdulillah, even though not all were able to come, we still had our 3 generations of the Mahmood family together and of course, the kids, our 3rd generation of the Mahmood clan were the stars of the day ๐Ÿ™‚

During our meet-up, we also took the opportunity to discuss the plan for our family Raya outing. Another annual event that usually happens during the 2nd day of Eid or 1st weekend of Eid.

This year marked the 4th year we plan our outing together by renting a mini bus (which include the driver). Also, this will be the 2nd year in a row, our eldest sister and BIL will be joining us. Insya’Allah, they will be coming down from Brunei on the eve of Eid itself.

Looking forward to Eid and yet at the same time I’m reluctant for Ramadhan to leave. I am grateful for being able to live and experience this year’s Ramadhan. Before the arrival of the blessed month, I was not confident of being able to do what I should be doing but Allah s.w.t., being the Most Merciful has continue to surprise and shower me with His mercy and blessings. I am humbled by my experience and the opportunity given to me. It is more that I had hope for. Alhamdulillah Ya Rabb!

Hoping the coming days will be fruitful for us all as well and continue onwards even beyond Ramadhan!

Before I end this post, I’m just going to share a quote from one of the Sahabah, Abdullah Bin Mas’ud r.a., which I am typing it down in Malay. ย This quote, is more of a reminder to myself which I hope I will be able to hold tight insya’Allah!

“Taat, jangan maksiat. Ingat Allah, jangan lupa. Syukur, jangan kufur.”

These words contain the important message on how to live life. ย Obey God, Do not commit sins, Remember God always, Be a grateful person.

Khalas!

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Dear Mak

Dear Mak,

Today, 5th August 2016, your one and only sister, dearest Mak Ngah, passed away around 7.10 am in the morning. May Allah bless her soul! Aamiin….


Al-fatehah …. Asmah bte Abdullah.

We love you Mak Ngah! May Allah bless you with His Rahmah and place you among the righteous… Aamiin aamiin aamiin Ya Rabb!

Dear Mak, she’s our last link to you and her passing had an impact on me. Though as usual, I was not inclined to cry much in public ….. as you do know mak, your daughter is a private person when it comes to grieving. I grieved only when I am alone ….. I remembered how I only cried and breakdown after your burial and after almost everyone had went home many years ago.

I cried for bapak also after his burial and I cried for my PIL while looking after him, sitting alone watching him sleep as I spent the night in the hospital ward.

The only few times I was not able to control the tears were during the death of my late teacher, my closest classmate and my little nephew. Even then my self-control took over after a while. Alhamdulillah, I thanked Allah for the strength and will-power.

Dear Mak, I reached my workplace this morning at 8.30 am and as I was charging my hp, I then saw the message. I quickly informed my RO, and with her permission, applied for half-day urgent leave. Updated the rest of the family and distracted myself by focusing on my work while waiting for the time to pass.

Since my workplace was very near to the burial ground, I decided to be there instead of going all the way to Bedok Reservoir.

Alhamdulillah … everything went smoothly and around 3 pm plus, mak ngah was finally put to rest at her burial ground.

Dear Mak, as I was listening to the talqin … I had this vision of how you and her … your souls meet each other … how you get to hug your sister ….silly right? but somehow I felt comforted visualising it cos your graves are so near to each other, just within walking distance in fact.

The afterlife is a mystery to us all and yet it is a sure thing …. life passes by and death awaits all men. It’s just a matter of time.

Dear Mak, my youngest daugther and your second youngest granddaughter broke down and cried upon hearing the news of her Nek Ngah passing away…. her soft heart felt the loss even though she only saw her Nek Ngah once a year.

Dear Mak, I’m feeling grateful to Allah s.w.t. that I was given the opportunity to visit her while she was still alive about a week ago. Alhamdulillah for the chance to see her, touch her and kiss her.

Dear Mak, you know right that with her passing, I will have another person added to my list of “missing” people….. I missed you and that will go on forever till my last breath and now I’m going to miss her too!

Ya Allah! …. May you give strength and sabr to all my cousins. Each will have to go through their grieving in their own way and I hope they will find comfort and strength in one another in this difficult moment, as how my sisters find ours when we lost our parents.

Rabbi yassir wala tu’assir ….

Our last photo with her … precious memory!

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Iftar 2016

The sayings that a pictureย is worth aย thousand words….

Here are the photos we took during yesterday’s iftar.

Summary: We finally forgo our initial plan to break our fast outside … Instead we had it at my 3rd sister’s abode, where the small kids were more comfortable and we did solat jemaah together. After the terawih, we then celebrated Father’s day as surprised by my nieces.

Nasi ambeng by Ambeng Cafe …. there’s a story behind this … hahaha… 5 trays of these yummylicious foods to accommodate our family ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pavlova …. truly delicious!

Peek-a-boo!! …. The ‘maknae’ of the family ๐Ÿ™‚

 

wif his best bro ๐Ÿ™‚

Hubby had fun playing wefie …. hahaha

The guys in the family … missing 3 though!


and the ladies of the family …. minus 2

 

A family is truly precious …. ๐Ÿ™‚

Khalas!

Congratulations!

Alhamdulillah …. my eldest niece has finally completed her B.A (Ed) with honours. Congratulations Aishah! Busu tumpang gembira.

Looking forward to see you during the investiture ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the perks of working in the university … you got to go to the convocation without any invitation hahaha… so convenient! ๐Ÿ˜‰

All the best my dear in your next lap of life journey….. being a teacher! Woohoo!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Aishah and Fauzan…. The next lap

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A big and warm congratulations to both Aishah and Fauzan on their engagement day! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Bringing their relationship to the next lap.


Alhamdulillah, the small and simple event went smoothly. Accompanied with only their family members and a few baskets of tokens such as cake, fruit basket and food hamper, as well as the exchanged engagement rings for her and watch for him, they were finally engaged! Yeayy!! ๐Ÿ˜˜

I’m now looking forward to their wedding next year! Soo happy for them and I must say that I like my future nephew very much ๐Ÿ˜„

May Allah swt bless them till Jannah!

Aamiin….

Happy 16th!

31st Jan. Our H.R. celebrated her 16th birthday! It was her birthday wish to spend the day out with her friends and so we gave her our permission.

I was glad she came home much earlier than the timing given and was happy to see she had enjoyed herself with her girlfriends.

She did not share with us regarding her outing…. Not much surprised cos she has always been tight-lipped about herself.

This middle child of mine is totally different from the other two.

As I watch my girls growing older and maturing into young adults… Somehow I feel nostalgic and restless….. As a parent I think I will always worry about them. They know how much I care and love them.

Anyway, hoping this 16th birthday of hers will mark a new milestone for her …. Hope she will continue to be healthy and will endeavor for success in whatever she strive for. May Allah make ease for her in her life’s journey…. Aamiin!

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