Saturday, July 30, 2011

Short Tips for Ramadaan

Short Tips for Ramadaan:

1. Seek Allaah's Pleasure & Mercy.
2. Read Qu'ran [with Understanding].
3. Listen to Qu'ran.
4. Make dua for yourself & others.
5. Evaluate yourself everyday.
6. Make Taubah.
7. Increase your Dhikr.
8. Give Sadaqah.
9. Seek Islamic knowledge.
10. Pray Salah on time.
11. Increase your Sunaah & Nawafil prayers.
12. Aquire patience & strong will.
13. Strive for Ihsaan & avoid Riyaa.
14. Control your anger.
15. Feed others.
16. Make Itikhaf.
17. Don't eat too much at Iftaar & Suhoor.
18. Sleep early.
19. Get up a little early for Suhoor & pray Tahajjud.
20. Keep yourself in a state of Wudhu.
21. Don't waste time socialising too much.
22. Pay Zakatul Fitr early.
23. Set a goal of memorising some new Qu'ran & Duas.
24. Watch your tongue.
25. Make time for others.
Courtesy: Prophetic Timeline

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tapioca Kuih or Kuih Bengka Ubi Kayu

200ml thick coconut milk (squeezed from 1 grated coconut)
145g castor sugar
4 tbsp grated palm sugar (gula Melaka)
1/2 tsp salt
600g grated tapioca
1 tbsp tapioca flour
Topping (combined)
1 egg beaten
1/8 tsp salt

Line a 20cm square baking tin with banana leaf.

Using a piece of muslin cloth, squeeze grated tapioca to remove excess liquid.  Combine grated tapioca, sugar, palm sugar, salt, coconut milk and tapioca flour.  Stir and mix until the sugar has dissolved.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tray.  Steam over rapid boiling water for 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 190 degrees C.  Remove the kuih from the steamer and lightly brush the top with the topping mixture.  Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown.  Remove and cool completely before cutting into serving slices.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Medina o Medina.....

 (Next to the Rado shop is where I bought my arabic perfume...)

 (closing of the umbrella is at 6.30pm everyday...)

 (me with two Iranian ladies....)

 (infront of the womens' entrance at the Prophet's mosque)

 (me with Ayeshah...)

 (colourful scarves for sale...only SR5 per piece)

 (the food court just outside the main gate near the women's entrance)

 (a fast food outlet...)

(prepaid anyone??...)

 It was around 2.15am when I suddenly awoke.  Ayeshah was still sleeping soundly.  The bus was still moving towards Medina.  I looked out the window and saw the flickering lights (sounds like the lyrics of the song Hotel California...hmmmm)..Anyway, the ustaz who was accompanying us, then spoke over the intercom and welcomed us to Medina.  He recited the doa on entering Medina and we all said "Aminn".  My tears flowed think that I was in Medina, and will be visiting the Prophet's mosque was so overwhelming ....and I never could imagine that I was celebrating my 53rd birthday (28th June) in the Holy City of Medina AllahuAkbar...

It was almost 3.00am when we reached the hotel.  The hotel was just a stone throw from the Prophet's mosque.  Our room was on the 10th floor.  We then had our bath and after ablutions, we went to the mosque for fajr prayers... There were so many pilgrims that I felt as though it was during hajj...

At the entrance of the womens' prayer hall, our pouches were searched, we were not allowed to bring cameras or mobiles into the mosque.  After fajr prayers, we drank zam-zam water available in large containers in the mosque.  We then return to the hotel for breakfast....

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Medina o Medina....

 (hubby with all our children at KLIA)

(me with Ayeshah just before checking in at KLIA)

My husband and our children sent Ayeshah and me to the airport.  We had lunch at McD at KLIA while waiting for our flight.  We finally checked in at 2.15pm after bidding farewell to darling hubby and the children.  One final hug and kisses on hubby's cheeks (cannot kiss on his lips malu....hehehe....), and down the escalator to the immigration counter.  I felt really heavy to leave them all behind,  but God willing, will return to them soon enough...

After clearance at the Immigration counter, Ayeshah and I went to the surau at the satellite building to do our prayers (jamak zuhur and asar) since there was a long queue at the surau near the boarding gate.  We finally board MH 150 at 3.20pm Monday 27 June.

The flight to Jeddah took approx 8 hrs.  From the jumbo's window, I could see its wing, which meant that we were sitting in the middle of the jumbo.... The emergency exit was right behind us... Prayed we have a safe flight.... Amin.

I was asleep when the stewardess gave out refreshments..(just orange juice and peanuts, according to Ayeshah).  She left a packet of peanut for me... so sayang...  Anyway, we were given meals, twice.... so...nothing to complain.... I fell in and out of sleep during the 8 hour flight... and during my 'wide-eyed' period, I wanted to watch the inflight movie.... but when it was Adam Sandler acting.... i wanted to vomit..... I so no like him at all...... So, I tried playing the games available.... I played 'unscramble'... and when I had to key in my name, I simply type a pseudonym (correct spelling ah??).... Since I was still unfamiliar with the remote control..... I kept on typing the wrong answers by pressing the wrong alphabet keys.... Imagine my embarrassment when my numbered seat appeared on the list of players in the plane.... I was fourth from the bottom!!!!  AIYAAAAAA!!!! so........malu....... Cannot erase some more.....

We finally reached Jeddah airport (King Abdul Aziz  International Airport) at around 6.30pm (local time).  We were ushered into the airport bus to the Hajj Terminal about 10 mins ride from KAAIA.  

I was impressed with the new Hajj Terminal... so much better then when I did my first Hajj in 1987.  Going through Immigration was a breeze.... (perhaps they have improved their services??)  Once we got our luggage (Ayeshah and I only had one suitcase each), we boarded the bus which took us to Medina.  It would be a five hours journey.  After about an hour, we stopped at a rest area and had our maghrib and eshaq prayers.  Dinner was provided, rice and roasted chicken, a banana and a  bottle of mineral water.  I dozed off about 20 mins after the bus started to move towards Medina....ZZZzzzzzzzz.....

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