Ramadhan – Week One

O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint, -. (Fasting) for a fixed numbers of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (with hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will, – it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew. Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. God intends every facility for you; He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful. When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me: that they may walk in the right way. Permitted to you, on the night of the facts, is the approach to your wives. They are your garments and ye are their garments. God knoweth what ye used to do secretly among yourselves; but He turned to you and forgave you; so now associate with them, and seek what God hath ordained for you, and eat and drink, until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black thread; then complete your fast till the night appears; but do not associate with your wives while ye are in retreat in the mosques. Those are Limits (set by) God: approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth God make clear His Signs to men: that they may learn self-restraint. And do not eat up your property among yourselves for vanities, nor use it as bait for the judges, with intent that ye may eat up wrongfully and knowingly a little of (other) people’s property.
(Al-Baqarah 2:183-188)

1 Ramadhan – Saturday – 22nd August 2009
We went back to Parit to spend first iftar with Opah and Mak Nyah. It was a great trip because it was very peaceful being in the kampung, in Opah’s wooden house. I always love it when I’m out of town and back into the kampung. Brings back lots of memories. Opah is well, Alhamdulillah.

A: awak. saya kat kampung, parit. its so serene. rumah opah saya dekat jalan besar and betul-betul mengadap madrasah. altho it has been raining but yes, ramadhan kicks off with such beauty, a blessing by itself.
V: The skies today.. Subhan’allah..mcm God tu nak tell us Ramadhan is gonna be a beautiful month! Just felt like I needed to share with u tht!
A: InsyAllah satu hari nanti saya bawa awak dan xxx balik kampung saya kat Parit. It is so serene here, sangat kampung, sangat sunyi dan tenang.
V: Tht wud be nice.. I’d like tht! Just selesai terawih.. Hope u had a splendid iftar just now..

2nd until 6th Ramadhan – Sunday until Thursday – 23rd until 27th August 2009
Back home, quiet family berbuka puasa which is good. Didn’t go out, it’s just nice to be home. But am back to my daily task of preparing the drinks for Iftar except for working day. Although Wednesday, I was spiritually down and couldn’t carry on fasting, end up in the office late and went for drinks with Farah. Despite the tiredness of my insomniac life, we managed to crack up laughing most of the times.

A: A ruba’i from the sufi, Baba Tahir, translated to Malay:-

Bagaikan kembang bakung
di atas mawar
Rambutmu yang terurai diuntai;

Kibaskan rambutmu yang gemerlap itu,
Dan lihat, betapa seorang pemuja remaja
Bergantung pada sehelai rambutmu.

Semilir yang memeriakkan rambutmu
Harum semerbak melebihi bunga.

Di dalam tidur kudakap bayanganmu,
Dan apabila mataku terbuka
Tercium olehku semerbak mawar.
Berilah aku dua untaian rambutmu,
Untuk pengikat serulingku ini;
Kerana engkau tidak akan membalas cintaku,
Mengapakah engkau setiap malam menghantarkan
Mimpi-mimpi syahdu, untuk menyayat hatiku?

Dua buat mata yang memandang redup,
Dua buah untaian rambut yang terurai lepas,
Sebuah tubuh ramping yang menggoda
Benarkah engkau berkata, “Wahai mengapakah engkau berduka?”

Engkaulah yang memiliki jiwa ragaku,
Wahai kekasihku yang manis suci;
Tidak dapat kukatakan apa yang kudukakan,
Namun yang kuketahui pasti,
Engkau seoranglah penawar hati.

V: *I felt that Aby* Sooo.. Very…

7th Ramadhan – Friday – 28th August 2009
Had an office Iftar although the only Muslim fasting were me and Taj. Haha. Although me and Serena arrived late at Madam Kwan, it’s great to be eating at that end of the table beside Sanju’s 5 year old boy, Agastya. He was feeding me his fries while Serena kept on plunking all the food from her plate to mine. Yes, bonding session with Abby includes making her … fatter. Later, I accepted Ash’s offer to join her at Bangkok Jazz for her friend, Tony Leo Selvaraj’s show. Went there a bit early and end up at the bar with my Coke. Have become quite behaving of late, me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Muid and Amin joined later and apparently Faz was playing the guitar for Tony so I managed to say hi before the show starts. Ash and Mien came a bit later but took turns to hangout with me at the bar until Tony sang ‘Love Foolosophy’ which made me hyped up and Ash jumped up from her seat and immediately joined me to feel the groove. Hehehe. Well, it wasn’t the best cover of ‘Love Foolosophy’ but the music is still good nonetheless. Made a pact with Iskandar for Ramly Burger so I ditched Bangkok Jazz at 11.30pm and made my way to Ampang for the pursuit of the infamous OM Burger Sepah with Ena, Iskandar, Muid and Waa. We bought to be taken away to Syahrin‘s new office at Bukit Antarabangsa and ended up lepaking and watching Entrapment and a documentary about Annie Leibovitz on his new Home Theatre system with Radzi. Got home at 3am-ish. Hehe.

8th Ramadhan – Saturday – 29th August 2009
Mama invited Yongie and her family over for Iftar at our home. It was great seeing longer after awhile and her tummy has grown very very big since the last time I saw her. I’m pretty excited to get my first niece! Aisyah Nurr is going to get a lot of loving from her cool aunty. Hehehehe.

9th Ramadhan – Sunday – 30th August 2009
Malik invited us to join them for Iftar at Sari Ratu Restaurant. It was one of the quietest Merdeka Eve ever. I felt so old when I can’t even remember the last time I celebrated Merdeka’s eve. We tend to not celebrate any eve because we want to avoid traffic these days. A bunch of old tarts we are. Ash invited me over for a Yasmin screening at her house around 9pm but I had to decline since I’ll be out with the family. Dinner was great, despite the fact Muid sprained his foot and was in pain, but we took him for a jab on our way home. Bought a copy of Yes Man DVD and it turned out to be a BAD copy. I’m losing faith in piracy! Boohoo …

10th Ramadhan – Monday – 31st August 2009
Oh, so it’s Merdeka? Well, didn’t really felt like it. I decided to go to the No Plastic Bag Bazaar at Noble Banquet, Jalan Bukit Bintang, organised by The Recyclist and Threadszoo. Reason being was because I pledged to use less plastic bag since I participated in 2008’s No Plastic Bag Concert at Eastin Hotel and because Ida Mariana was scheduled to perform. Managed to say hi to Angelia, Don and their 3 boys before they left, managed to catch Deanna at her stall and bought a cool pagoda shirt made into a bag which she sewed herself, and lepaked with Ida in front of the stage and enjoyed all the performance until it ended. Although my raffles ticket didn’t get me lucky to win anything, it was great to see and be around such loving and warm hearted sincere people working for a cause. After the Bazaar, I picked up Suzie and head to Studio Cafe to break fast with Shafinaz and Gjie. Being the youngest among such frank and direct sisters, I got told off advised a lot and they, of course, made me laugh so very hard until my tummy got cramps. It was great great great Merdeka, despite it being a Black Merdeka. Maybe just because I made a choice on how I would spend it, for a good cause and with the right people. ๐Ÿ™‚ Bless, I’m grateful to the AlMighty.

I: Thank you for supporting us girl… Spread the word on plastic bags and being kinder to animals. Spay your cat! ๐Ÿ˜‰
A: Always glad to support. I sell recyclables to my vendor every month, I always believe in helping little by little setakat mampu. I will spay my cat, insyAllah. Best thing, being with warm friendly people who believes in doing good, so whatever it is, it was actually my pleasure. Like my blog’s tagline, Love is the gravity that pulls everyone to sanity.
I: Yeah … That’s why i love doing there things with them… Such unselfish people… All not about us… Not the singers nor the celebs… But just all about the causes… ๐Ÿ™‚
I: Sent this to the organisers >>> What beautiful effort you guys. It’s always worth trying out different ways of raising awareness on issues that matter and affect humanity… Fantastic jobs!! It’s true that angels are around us all the time… I saw many many many today… May you be blessed a hundred times and over for your efforts my darlings. God bless :-*
A: That’s why I live for this, despite the judgemental bitch I am. You can sense sincerity and honesty from people which makes you believe that there is hope for this world we live in.
I: ๐Ÿ™‚ … Ah so you felt it and feel it you. You are a blessed soul then. You feel the genuine … โค
A: You too babe.. You are one sweet pure soul yourself..
I: Aw…… chenksyuwermush…… takes one spotted monkey to spot anudder… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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