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Shaytan is not to Blame

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One of the things that I appreciate about Ramadan is the realization of how much control I have over my behaviours.

Sometimes, I fall into this trap of blaming shyatan (devil) of what I did. But in fact, shaytan only whispers and invites, but it is I who accept the invitation. When Ramadan comes I know in my mind that shaytan is not here and his influence has been diminished greatly. That is one of the mercy of this holy month that we are in right now.

So it is all on me now. But this is not just true for Ramadan. In other months, the equation stays the same: shaytan only invites, but it I who accept the invitation. This month helps me realize the amount of control I actually have over what I think, say, or do.

Take smoking as a simple example. In Ramadan, you realize that you have the power to succumb your desires. I am not saying that it is easy. Smoking is an addiction and it requires a lot of work to overcome, especially when you are doing it for such a long time.

However, the fa…

Be Unshakeable, My Friend

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Transcript:You are listening to Unshakeable, a weekly podcast about building unshakeable self-confidence by overcoming your insecurities. Lets do this.

Assalamualaikum and hello everybody, Aiman Azlan here. Welcome to Unshakeable podcast. If this is your first time listening, then thanks for coming. The Unshakeable podcast is produced every week so be sure to subscribe for your weekly earful goodness.

You can also follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook @aimanazlan90. All links are in the show notes. Now, let’s get into the show.

In today’s episode, I want to share with you an interesting experience I had while running the other day. It was a lovely day at the running track by the river, close to where I live. I started my run with a steady pace; not too fast, not too slow.

Since I hadn’t been running in a while, I didn’t want to overwork my body and risk injury. So there I was, running and running. I had a simple target in mind, run until I reached a bridge which is …

Creating Focus in Ramadan

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As I mentioned on my Instagram a few days ago, I am making a list of goals that I want to achieve for the coming Ramadan. It is a practice that I have started a few Ramadans ago and it has helped me (and my family) to be focused.

We need to have a more focused Ramadan.

For the year 2018, Ramadan will fall on May 17th (That's tomorrow, wuhoo!) and I figured I should publicize my Ramadan goals in the form of a blog post and a vlog.

Without further ado, here is a simple list of my Ramadan goals:

Goals for MyselfSurah al-Baqarah Podcast This is an ongoing goal that started way back in 2016 when Ustaz Nouman Ali Khan started his epic translation sessions of Surah al-Baqarah. My wife and I followed the recordings but we couldn't manage to stay through the whole thing unfortunately.

But I don't want to give up on it and I want to continue doing it. My plan is to download the podcast on my phone and listen to it while I'm driving because that is when I like to listen to thing…

6 Voting Tips for GE14

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9 May 2018 is voting day for Malaysia's 14th General Election (#GE14).

My wife and I have been talking about how we would vote. Since this is our first time voting, we want to make sure that we kick start with the proper mindset. As such, I have compiled a few tips for myself.

I am sharing them here today, hopefully you can benefit from them too.

Tip #1: Don't Follow Your Parents
Right off the bat, it is understandable that we would have the tendency to follow our parents' footsteps when it comes to putting the X on the ballot. After all, many of us are raised with the bias of being negative to one party and being positive to another party.

This is not to say that we should blame our parents. This is completely normal. We all have our own biases and it is quite impossible to be completely free of them. We are not robots. We are human beings after all.

But, the best thing that we can do to make sure that our biases don't affect us that much, especially in GE14, is to b…

My Vlogging Workshop

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I’ve been on Youtube for 7 years now, since 2011.

In those years, I have gone from making videos in my bedroom to making videos in [awkward face]. But the difference between then and now is that I can do this for a living. The videos I made have traveled further than I have; France, Belgium, Venezuela, Egypt, and other places.

In those 7 years, I have met a lot of people and people have questions. One of the common questions is, “How do I become a Youtuber like you?” In short, I got asked this question a lot to a point where I decided, “Why don’t I just teach this thing?”

In essence, vlogging is simply recording, editing, and uploading. That’s it.

So I want to focus on those 3 things with this workshop, because a lot of times people might be overwhelmed with choices (Which camera is the best? Which editing software is the most suitable?) and people might feel insecure with the uncertainty (What will people think of me).

I want to make things easy for you and just focus on 3 things…