Aiman Azlan

Motivator

Vlogger

Author

Freelancer

I'm Aiman Azlan,
Motivator, Vlogger, and Author
from Perlis, Malaysia.

I have rich experience in youth engagement, both online and offline. I am passionate about social issues involving the local youth community. In 2015, I founded Aiman Azlan Academy to empower the youth with sustainable self-confidence through effective communication skill.

What I Do
Motivational Speaking

Engaging the youth, locally and internationally, through motivational speaking programs of various format, such as talks, forums, and seminars.

Training

Teaching communication skills, like vlogging, English speaking, and public speaking, through one-to-one or small group workshops.

Vlogging

Sharing thoughts and answering questions in video form on Youtube and Facebook, touching upon relevant youth topics of today.

Writing

Writing motivational and self-help books about various youth topics, such as self-confidence, identity, love, education, career, and community.

Social Media Advertising

Producing advertisements for products or services through social media copywriting and videomaking. Managed by Gushcloud.

Proofreading

Reading and making grammar corrections for final year project papers, theses, resumes, CVs, and other student-related writings.

Seek Wisdom: Anywhere, Anytime, Anyone

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"Why did you quote that man? Don't you know he's an Atheist?"

Someone asked me that question.

Why is it a problem that I quoted something from an Atheist, or other non-Muslims for that matter? If what he said is true and in line with what I believe in, shouldn't I acknowledge it (even though fundamentally, we don't share the same belief)?

When I hear something that is profound and/or true, I will acknowledge it as such, regardless of where that something came from.

It would be unjust to disregard truth just because it came from someone whom I have disagreements with; someone who's not "from my own". It would also be unjust to acknowledge something to be true just because it came from someone whom I agree with; someone who's "from my own".

Just because. Just because. Just because?

No, our standards must be higher than that. We don't fixate on the apparent. We don't look at the package, we look at the content and the context. If what is being said is true, then it is true...even if the one who said it was Abu Jahal or Hitler.

Take some time to teach the ego some lessons in humility and fairness.

We shouldn't feel insecure with ourselves so much that we become overly defensive to people we don't necessarily agree with. We shouldn't rely too much on our mental shortcuts such that whenever words come out from the people we "hate", we immediately disagree without any consideration.

Look at the content and the context of the words you hear, rather than become too preoccupied with who said the words.

I may disagree with a person on some things (perhaps BIG things), but that doesn't mean that I disagree with that person on everything.

I may agree with a person on some things, but that doesn't mean that I agree with that person on everything.

Be humble. Be fair.

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Do you want to master your confidence?

Speak Up! Project focuses on creating a strong foundation of inner confidence. We apply the confidence in practicing essential soft skills: English speaking, public speaking, and debating.

Click here to get updates about our next confidence-upgrading programs.

Never Despair

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We believe in a God that looks at our intention and not the magnitude of our actions.

Do we have the ticket to Jannah?

We have absolutely no clue as to which of our deeds will be our ticket to Jannah. It is very possible that the tiniest good deed that we did within our lifespan becomes the cause of us attaining everlasting bliss.

So never underestimate any good deed. It may look small in your eyes, but maybe that deed will buy you a castle in Jannah.

At the same time, never underestimate anyone. We don't know what good deeds they're committing outside of our knowledge. Some or one of them might be their ticket to Jannah.

We don't know

We don't know if Jannah is written for us, nor do we know that the Fire is written for us.

Hence, we should be hopeful and remain hopeful.

The fact that we don't know should push us to try and to try for as long as we can breathe. Because we don't know, despite all of our imperfections, maybe that one final good deed that we did just before our last breath might be what tips the scale in our favour.

We don't know

Therefore, we shouldn't act as if we know. We shouldn't act as if the ticket to Jannah is already in our pocket. We shouldn't also act as if we are the ones giving those tickets to people.

Jannah has many gates. If one gate is closed, others are still open. Who are we to close all the gates for the sinners we met? Besides, aren't we sinners too?

Never Despair

Never despair in the Mercy of Allah.

Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful." (Surah az-Zumar: 53)

His Mercy is one that we'll never comprehend.

So, never despair. Allah loves you for trying.

No Politics in Islam?

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"Aiman, you talk about politics. You are not a true da'ie!"

True story.

Da'ie and Politics

"Da'ie" means someone who invites to Islam.

First of all, I don't call myself a "da'ie". I don't call myself "Da'ie Aiman", like it's some kind of prestigious title. I'm just "Aiman" and I do my best to invite people to Islam. Second of all, I don't talk about politics a whole lot. I don't have a lot of knowledge about it, so I focus more on other things.

But that doesn't mean that I don't care about politics. Politics ain't just for old people in coffee shops. What? You think politics only affect them?

Think again.

Islam and Politics

Now apparently, a lot of people (even Muslims!) think that politics is something that is separate from Islam i.e. there is no politics in Islam.

That is absolute garbage. Not just any garbage, it's stinky garbage. It's so stinky, flies die when they go near it.

Muslim scholars (like Dr. Yusuf Qardhawi for example) wrote books on Islamic politics. Not one chapter in a book, but a whole book just on politics! So how can one say that there is no politics in Islam? You gotta be kidding me.

Just because Islam is absent in today's politics, doesn't mean that politics is absent in Islam altogether. Just because a tool is not being used, doesn't mean that the tool is not there.

Maybe a person doesn't see the tool.

Or worse, the person sees it but refuses to use it.

Or worst of the worse, the person sees it, uses it, but abuses it.

Off to Higher Standards and a Better Understanding

True religiousity is hijacked by shallow and apparent "religiousity".

All you need is to know a few Arabic terms or subscribe to the "religious" fashion trend.

Our Current Standard?

I used to wear kufi (kopiah) and songkok (traditional Malay hat) regularly in school and people started calling me "ustaz". Some even started asking me Fiqh questions.

That's it? I just need to "look religious" to be "religious"? I just need to "look knowledgeable" to be "knowledgeable"?

Wearing a kufi or a thobe (jubah) doesn't automatically makes you a "sheikh". In fact, you don't have to wear those to be a true sheikh. There is no such thing as a sheikh clothing line. A sheikh can wear a thobe, a suit, Baju Melayu (traditional Malay dress - refer to picture, far left), or a pair of jeans and still be considered a qualified sheikh.

Sometimes I wear a kufi, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I wear Baju Melayu, sometimes I wear jeans (sometimes both).

But regardless of what I wear, am I not still the same person?

Am I not the same person?
Sometimes I use Arabic terms, sometimes I prefer to use English terms. It depends on who I am talking to.

Regardless, what difference does it makes knowing a few more Arabic terms? Especially if you don't understand them, then it means nothing at all.

Beyond the Apparent

Having said all of the above, I am aware of situation-specific dress codes and mannerisms (including how one speaks). But that is not the point of what I'm saying here. What I am saying here is that what I wear and the number of Arabic terms I used while speaking, tell you little about my level of knowledge and understanding.

We need higher standards and clearer definitions of these religious titles such as "ustaz", "sheikh", "imam", "faqih" and so on.

True religiousity is beyond the visible shell. It's easy to get caught up by what is apparent. True religiousity stems from having a sound understanding of the religion and a sound heart; those two elements don't necessarily show on the visible shell.

Remember, some shells are beautiful, but they are hollow.

Resources

The following are two good resources to further expand my sentiments.

Imam Suhaib Webb - Understanding and Moderation (1 hour 9 minutes)



Usama Canon - Nomenclature (8 minutes)

Stand Out!

The Malaysian Students Association of South Korea invited me to share some knowledge via livestream. The title given to the livestream event was "Stand Out!" and with that, they gave me two topics to cover:

1. How to speak with confidence
2. Everyone can be a vlogger

Poster designed by the organizer


Of course, I am no expert. I did my best to share any amount of knowledge I have from the experiences I've gathered. 

The plan was for me to broadcast live and record the session at the same time. But, silly me, towards the end of the session I realized that I forgot to click on the "Start Record" button so the livestream ended without any recording to refer back to. 

I apologize for that. 

Therefore, I would like to share the notes that I've prepared before the livestream as reference and hopefully,  my notes will benefit those who did not attend the livestream. 

This is the actual notes that I used for the livestream. Of course, I added a few points here and there for clarity. For those who did attend, please share whatever that you have learned (if any) so that others may benefit Insha Allah. 

Stand Out!

How to speak with confidence

1. How to speak...

a) Know your material
b) Know your audience
c) Know your medium
d) Know yourself – your own distinct style (stand out!)

2. ...with confidence

a) Vicious cycle: To have confidence, you need experience. To have experience, you need to start doing it. To start doing it, you need confidence.

Confidence: The Vicious Cycle

b) Solution? Gather all your courage and just do it. No easy way, no short cut. The first step is the hardest, but it's worth it.

Everyone can be a vlogger

1. Yes, everyone CAN be a vlogger...

a) All you need is a good camera, good audio, good setup, video editing software, and internet connection – you’re done!

b) Camera – one that can shoot in HD, no need for an expensive camera.

c) Audio – speak clearly, use external mic if possible.

d) Setup – find a place with adequate lighting and little to no background noises.

e) Video editing software – iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker (what I used for my earlier videos).

f) Internet connection – upload on Youtube (potential to reach large audience).

2. ...but, vlogging is not for everyone

a) Try it out. If it fits your personality, then do continue.

b) We need more people actively engaging with the community (especially Muslim females) and we need more people with varying personalities (different people attract different crowd).

c) ONE CONDITION: Be mindful of Islamic limits.

Screenshot of the livestream. Credits to @aishariduan

5 Tashahhud and 1 Umma

The following is one of the gems I learned from Meaningful Prayer course organized by Bayyinah.

The Tashahhud is what one recites in the second and fourth raka’a (unit) after the second sujud (prostration) in salah (prayer).

5 Different Tashahhud

The Prophet (pbuh) taught 5 different Tashahhud to 5 different companions - Ibn Mas'ud, Ibn Abbas, Abdullah Ibn Umar (the son of Umar al-Khattab), Abu Musa al-Asha'ri, and Umar al-Khattab. They weren't just any companions, but they were the leaders of the community.

All of these 5 Tashahhud were authentically narrated from the Prophet (pbuh).

Now this is the interesting part: All of those companions prayed in the same Masjid and they were all leaders of the same community.

If we are talking about unity, why would the Prophet taught 5 different Tashahhud to 5 different leaders of the same community? Wouldn't that caused division within the community instead?

No.

All of the 5 companions never argued with each other on this matter, not even a father (Umar al-Khattab) and his son (Abdullah Ibn Umar). No one was saying that the others were wrong for not following how he recited the Tashahhud.

There was only one criterion that they upheld: the Tashahhud must come from the Prophet (pbuh) himself. If that criterion is met, then nothing else matters.

Nothing else matters.

Unity or "Unity"?

The Prophet (pbuh) built his community without chanting the word "unity" left, right, and centre; a mere lip service. He built a united community through practice. He made unity real.

Today, we hear unity is being talked about like it's a fairy tale. Unity this and unity that. But there's no life to it; no content to it. Just a hollow word that is being thrown around.

So lets be real for a moment. Lets not cover up reality with fantasy.

How can we say we're united when we can't even pray together because we're not of the same Mazhab (school of thought)?

How can we say we're united when parents don't approve of us marrying someone just because he/she is of a different race?

How can we say we're united when we have mosques built right across from one another?

How can we say we're united when we can't be friends with someone who holds a different political opinion than us?

How can we say we're united when we can't be in the same room with someone of a different jama'ah?

The Prophet (pbuh) never taught us that we all have to be exactly the same. Unity is not uniformity. He taught us to be united in our diversity. He taught us to accept and love one another despite of our differences.

Unity in diversity.

But where do we begin? I think, this is an excellent first step: Respecting Differences of Opinion

Is She Ready for Marriage?


I heard from Shaykh Zahir Bacchus this story of a man who came to Shaykh Sulaiman Moola. He told Shaykh Sulaiman that he has a daughter with such and such degree, with such and such job, and makes such and such amount of money.

Then he said to the Shaykh, "I think my daughter is ready for marriage. Do you have somebody in mind for her and do you think she is ready for marriage?"

The Shaykh replied, "No, she is not ready for marriage. She is ready for divorce."

What is the intention of marriage?

That is the question that we need to ask ourselves right now, whether we're married or not. If you are married, then you can renew your intention. If you're not married, then make the right intention now.

It's not too late, not yet.

Lets educate ourselves on the Sunna of marriage so that we may differentiate between what is cultural and what is Deen.

In the story above, the criteria that the father put forth as priority were all materialistic ones, with Deen out of the picture - a recipe for disaster.

When seeking the pleasure of Allah is not the main intention, then we are paving for ourselves a path to failure.

"Nothing other than the intention has caused the dwellers of Paradise to dwell in it." - Imam Hasan al-Basri

A Dumbfounding Question

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Someone emailed me and asked me a simple question that left me dumbfounded:

"How do you change a person's mentality?"

At first, I thought I have the answer to that question. But after pondering on the question for some time, I realized that there is no easy answer to it even though it looks like a simple question.

But it's not.

As of this moment, the best answer I can give to that question is "I am not sure". A person's mentality is not like a piece of clothing that you can simply change at the end of the day.

So yeah, I am dumbfounded.

Having said that, I appreciate questions that I don't have answers to. They make me realize how much I don't know and how much I need to learn.

Thanks guys.

Untapped Potential

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We All Have "Something"

"I wish I could be like you."

"I don't think I am any good."

"I have no talent."

A believer is always hopeful and optimistic, no matter how bleak the situation may appear to be.

Who am I but a boy with ideas and thoughts to share?

I am sure there are many, many, many more out there better than me, with greater ideas and deeper thoughts to share.

Allah entrusted human beings, us, with the world.

"And when your Lord said to the angels, 'Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.' They said, 'Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?' Allah said, 'Indeed, I know that which you do not know.'"

(Surah al-Baqarah, Ayah 30)

"Indeed, I know that which you do not know."

Allah would not have given us the position of authority over the earth if we don't have the "stuff" for it. The angels doubted us once and we may even doubt ourselves from time to time, but Allah believes in us.

What better motivation is there?

Therefore, I have no doubt that every individual can contribute positively to the society and to the world. I refuse to believe that Allah created a human being to be totally useless, unless the individual him/herself makes no good use of his/her life.

I believe the potential is there, but like precious gold, it is buried deep.

“You will find that people are mines [of gold and silver]. The best of you [before Islam] in the time of ignorance are the best of you in Islam if they have understanding [of the religion].”

(Sahih Bukhari)

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Location

Arau, Perlis MY

Phone number

+6 013 416 4652

Website

www.aimanazlan.com