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Maria-Syamsi

From My Heart

That Stack of Black-and-Whites

That stack of black-and-whites and sepias Dusty With pieces of broken plastic And pieces of broken heart That stack of black-and-whites and sepias Proofs of stories told With glistening eyes and reminiscent smiles With laughter that accompanied cups of tea... Continue Reading →

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How to be Single, Happily

(1) Remember the purpose of this life, which is to worship Allah. There are two ways to worship Allah, and both are important: with specific rituals prescribed in the Quran and sunnah, and to be kind to all creation around... Continue Reading →

Of Being Thankful Despite the Circumstances

This was written on 24th September 2017. A week ago, my uncle passed away after complications of a cardiac intervention. I know I'm not his daughter, and I could never imagine how difficult it was for my cousins throughout the... Continue Reading →

Lessons About Perfect Timing

Hundreds of years ago, when travelers arrive at a city, the people of the city are responsible to house, clothe, and feed the visitors. If you read The Travels of Ibn Battutah, he tells you about how hospices were built... Continue Reading →

People First

"How can I be concerned for the people if I do not suffer what they suffer?" said Umar Al Khattab RA. This is a book about Umar Al Khattab, one of Islam's greatest leader after the death of Prophet Muhammad... Continue Reading →

Perpisahan dan Pertemuan

Apalah gunanya perpisahan Jika tiada harapan Untuk bertemu lagi Dia mungkin sudah pergi Tidak akan kembali Tapi dia sedang menanti Di sana Doakanlah Agar dia bahagia Doakanlah Dia menantikannya Doakanlah Kerana itulah yang akan dibawanya Bekalan yang tak putus Doakanlah... Continue Reading →

The Invaluable Favor

On Tuesday, a cardiologist was on his feet for at least six hours trying to save my uncle's life. Him and his team. I wondered what did I ever do to deserve such a service from other people. Yes, they... Continue Reading →

Responsible Opinion – An Excerpt from Umar Ibn Al Khattab: His Life and Times

"Umar learned from the Messenger of Allah (SAW) how to respect honest opposition; hence we see that during his caliphate he encouraged the Sahabah to voice sound opinions that served the public interest. Freedom of opinion is guaranteed in the... Continue Reading →

My Reading List – Part 6

1. The Zahir by Paulo CoelhoThis is the story of a man whose wife has disappeared. Her disappearance forced him to look back at their relationship and his relationship to others around him, to examine his past and his own... Continue Reading →

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