Friday, November 30, 2012

#Thought of the Day

Today, a Malaysian’s son, Auntie K passed away early of this morning due to the last stage of thyroid cancer in Aberdeen. I have never met him, but knowing Auntie K personally, I believed he has got the same character as his mother, loving, helpful and caring.

Sometimes I wonder, are we ready for death? As muslims, we believe there is a life after this, which everyone is dreaming of. We all try our best to make all the good deeds, because everything will be paid back after this

Yes, we try to be the best. We try to protect our relationship with Quran. Have we ever looked at all the little things we do in life?

For instance, people say that smoking is bad. Some people don’t like smokers, as for them this is about integrity –if we can do something bad i.e. smoking or clubbing, how is it possible we wont something else in the future?

Another example, if a kid starts learning to steal just 1 pound, there will always be tendency he will grow up as a thief if we wont do something.

Same as our life as a Muslim. If we don’t protect all those little things, our aurat, prayer, what is the guarantee we would be a good Muslim?

I once heard a talk by a Muslim brother, sincerity is when you don’t realise that you do it. But right now, I just feel its hard to know whether you do something out of sincerity or not

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Making a difference: My first experience in Kalsom

I have always wanted to change the landscape of how things work in our society, from the way we interact with each other; to the way we contribute back to people.  Growing up in an environment that stresses on the importance of being responsible for my own life and the environment I live in, I become more aware of why is it important to make a difference and fight for a cause, in any way we can do. I am a strong believer in the gift of life; hence helping others to experience theirs is a gift to myself. The world we live in is not entirely about us, but also how we provide the path for others to achieve better than us, letting them to experience it the way we do.

My experience as a facilitator in Kalsom was beyond my expectations. I was surprised by how passionate the participants were, not just to change their lives, but also to achieve better. I became more aware that not all of the kids were born with silver spoons, some of them really had to work hard, much harder than their friends of the same age, to achieve the same goals in life. It was the power of will that has driven them to see the value of success from a different angle. Determination has become the new ‘obsession’, pushing them to see beyond the confines of their norms.

Joining Kalsom was not about the children only. For me, Kalsom has brought a mutual benefit to the facilitators. We became more inspired and touched by their hard work, how they have been working hard overcoming all the struggles in life. Each of them had a very unique story to share with us and helping them to create their own dreams was the most satisfying feeling to us. All of us felt blessed to have been given this opportunity, and being beside them through this exciting journey was a gift to us.

I still remember vividly a girl in my group who started as someone who could not even talk a single word in English. On the last day of the programmme, she asked for the microphone from me. Standing there, watching her singing an English song for us, was the most amazing moment in my life. I was not only touched by the courage she has shown to me, but also the difference Kalsom has made in her, in such a short period of time. It was all of these little things that have made Kalsom different, especially when we did all these things from the heart, hopefully it would touch the heart back.

I am proud to say how successful Kalsom has become. It is not just about inspiring the kids, but also a catalyst for everyone who has truly involved in Kalsom, to understand our society better.
We can simply blame them for not having the motivation to work harder, but sometimes we tend to forget to be in their shoes. We blame them for not going to school, but we don’t know the struggle they have to go through to just be there, without worrying what to eat later on.

We blame them for not having a dream going abroad, while for them being a mechanic is even beyond their reach. We blame them for being in poverty and having no inspiration to change their lives, without knowing that they also don’t wish to live like that. Sometimes we think too much of all the big dreams that we can do, putting all the little things aside. That is how Kalsom has touched us, making us more realise on the reality of our society.

Kalsom is not just about the children to be better. It is also about creating a chain effect, so that everyone involved will not only have the responsibility to contribute in their own ways, but also to create a better ‘Malaysia’ 20 years down the line. We all can make a difference in society

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Life Under Construction

There is so much to do, and so little time for everything, but yet we make time for everyone and everything. That is the fundamental rule I believe we should be holding on, even sometimes it is so hard to make people understand that.

We tend to forget, that we wish people will make time for us but we never make time for others, which is why we should walk our talk. We dont run around, chasing after people, but we keep those close to us, closer

I am currently busy with many things at the moment. The workloads as a medical student, and added to that, I am currently joining UKEC and Kalsom as a part of it. I am also working and helping those homeless people in Aberdeen through our charity club, HoMed.

I purposely make my life busy this year, rather than reminiscing the old stories and live in the past./ So bear with me while my life is under construction