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Sacrificing the Ego

Attachment is a powerful thing for any human being. When we have build a strong attachment to something or someone, it is very difficult to let the attachment go. It hurts to let it go. But here in lies the real test: who is the priority in our life?

In the case of our attachments, the dilemma usually occurs when we have to choose between one of two: ourselves (the ego) or Allah. When a Muslim is asked who is number 1 in his or her life, he or she will most probably answer with confidence, “Well, Allah of course!”

Saying it is one thing, but practicing it is another thing entirely. It is easy to give the right answer when that question is asked. It is in the textbook after all. But actions speak louder than words. It is good that we say it, but do we do it? What do our actions “say”?

At the heat of the moment is when we are truly tested. It is effortless to say that we prioritize Allah over everything when there’s no hardship to put our foot where our mouth is. When hardship befalls u…

When Bad Things Happen

How we see a situation makes a difference in how we feel about it.

Both Ahmed and Ali are practicing their English speaking. They both are in the same class, learning with the same teacher, and living in similar socioeconomic circumstance. They both speak English at a similar level.

Both of them had make mistakes and were laughed at by their peers. However, Ahmed was pretty happy about it, while Ali was disappointed. Ahmed intended to try again next time and do better. Ali simply gave up.

Isn't it interesting how two individuals experiencing the same bad situation can react to it in two opposite ways? Shouldn't they feel the same emotion, given that they experienced the same bad situation?

Similar events that happen to people should produce similar reactions from them. Right? That seems logical, like 2+2. But in our daily life, we don't consistently see that happening. Two people lost a leg, but one is living life normally and the other is spiralling down into deep depress…

English Speaking Seminar: Speak With Confidence

INFO
Date: 24 October 2015 (Saturday) Time: 8AM - 1PM Venue: Public Library, Kangar, Perlis Fee: RM30 per person
DETAILS
This seminar is designed for people between the ages of 16 to 25, but individuals outside of that age range are still welcome to join. It focuses on the bare basics of English speaking, stemming from the knowledge and experience of the speaker (Aiman Azlan). The seminar is made up of 4 sessions: Confidence, Exposure, Practice, and Q&A. Actual practice will not be given, as it is a seminar and not a workshop. What will be covered are theories and tips for acquiring and improving English speaking.

PROGRAM TENTATIVE

08:00am: Registration & Introduction
09:00am: Session One - Speak with Confidence
10:00am: Session Two - Exposure to English
11:00am: Session Three - How to Practice Speaking
12:00pm: Q&A
01:00pm: Closure
STEPS TO REGISTER
Step 1: Registration Form
Please fill in this form: http://goo.gl/forms/IIETFSr4sD, to book your spot. Payment must be made in order…

Forgiveness

Have you ever wrong someone and you know that you are at fault, but find it difficult to seek forgiveness?

Have you ever been wronged by someone and that person apologizes, but you find it difficult to forgive?

I think it is safe to assume that we have experienced both of the situations above, or at least one of them. Both situations are difficult, but we already know what is the right thing to do in each situation. We know that if we wronged someone, we should seek forgiveness and we know that if we have been wronged, we should forgive.

One would think that if one knows what is the right thing to do, it would be easier to do it. But in this case, knowing what is the right thing to do is not enough, because it is still difficult to do. Why?

Seeking forgiveness is difficult. Saying "I'm sorry" means that you are acknowledging that you are wrong and that you are lowering yourself below the person whom you have wronged. Nobody likes to do either of those two things because …