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English Speaking Workshop: Discover Your Confidence

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UPDATE: REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

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A workshop aims to equip you with the tools to improve your English speaking.

Date: 18 October 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Venue: Auditorium, Second Floor, Perlis Public Library, 01000 Kangar, Perlis (http://www.perlislib.gov.my/)

1. Fee per person is RM50 (includes lunch and snacks). Must pay before or by 17 October 2014 in order to confirm seat.
2. Only 30 spots are available (Update 13/10/2014: 20 extra spots added!)
3. Open to all 16 to 24-year-olds.
4. Must have basic mastery of spoken English (not totally zero English).
5. To register, please click here.
6. Registration closes 16 October 2014. Registration on the day of the workshop won't be accepted, unless you don't mind having no lunch provided for you.

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Family: Ihsan (Excellence) with Difficult Parents

Assalamu alaikom,

Considering I've just began my letter with "Assalamu alaikom", thus I hope , by Allah's mercy, that peace prevails over all the negative emotions I may hold in my heart that should not be there.

Without further ado, I am really desperate for an advice to this familial issue, one which I couldn't approach anyone else to avoid problems/backbite/gossip and the spread of negativity. So, I'd really appreciate your help.

My mother is a good woman but she is very negative. She sometimes insults me when I try to advice her about her negativity. I would usually excuse her, since she has a lot to carry on her shoulders. I can only imagine the burden she is carrying as a mother.

One incident crushed my heart. One day, she asked me to behave in a certain way for a special occasion so that I don't shame her in front of her friends. When I refused to do so, once we got back home, she screamed at me together with one of my siblings. That particular siblin…

Relationship: Almost All Of My Friends Have Boyfriends, Except Me. Why?

Assalamualaikum Aiman.

I broke up with my first love after a year. After that, I never had a boyfriend. Sometimes I ask myself, "Am I too ugly to have a boyfriend?" Almost all of my friends have boyfriends and when we go out, they always tell me about their boyfriends. I feel jealous.

Why does Allah do this to me?

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Waalaikumussalam.

Thank you for your honest question.

The desire to love and to be loved is natural. I have it, you have it, and others have it too. However, in Islam, we are taught how to love and to be loved in a way that God intends it. In Islam, we are also taught that we all have the power to make our own choices.

Hence, in this case, we can choose whether to love and to be loved the way God intends it or not. In the end, we will all live and die with the consequences of our choices, for better or for worse.

I can imagine that you are feeling unappreciated knowing that you are boyfriend-less while most of your friends are with boyfriends. I am not tr…

Sharing Is (Not Necessarily) Caring

"Sharing is caring."

The first time I heard that line, I thought it was catchy and meaningful. There is truth in that statement. Indeed, we share many things because we care. We share about our thoughts, feelings, and concerns with others because we care. We care about ourselves, we care about them, and we care about us.

However, after some time, I started to raise an eyebrow whenever I read or hear that statement being voiced. After considering the contexts in which this statement is commonly used, specifically on the internet, I think we have to add a few clauses to the act of sharing in order to qualify it as being an act of caring.

Sharing is something we do so easily these days (especially with the convenience of the "Share" button), sometimes it is hard to make sure that we do it because we care, or because of something else.

If we indeed care, then before we share we should seriously consider at least these 3 things:

1. What is the intention behind the share?