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Remember Others Too

I love chicken. When my mum cooks chicken, I would have this tendency to take as many as I can for myself.

My mum would stop me and say, “Ingat orang kat lain jugak.”

“Remember others too.”
Part of the khalifah mindset is to consider the people after you and how your actions today can affect them.

We shouldn’t consume and consume, thinking that the earth owes us something. Be like a traveler and take only what you need.

Leave the rest to those who will come after you.

We are not owners. We are borrowers, and we are all borrowing the same earth. Nothing is truly ours.
Even our body is not ours.

It is borrowed and will be returned back to where it came from.

Speak Up! Project

Speak Up! Project is a passion project founded in 2015 by Aiman Azlan, a motivational speaker, author, and vlogger. Since 2011, he has traveled locally and internationally to speak to the youth on various social and spiritual issues. Among many things, he noticed that many youths lack one key element: self-confidence.

Lack of self-confidence is especially an issue with the youth when it comes to soft skills, especially in communication. Using that as a focus point, Aiman started the project to help the youth build unshakeable confidence through the Speak Up! Project’s communication skill development programs.

For more information about the project, download the info sheet here: Speak Up! Project

My Number One Advice for a Happy Life

My number one advice for a happy life: Progress at your own pace.
Many times I met young people (perhaps even senior ones too) who became overwhelmed and stressed out because they haven’t achieved what their peers have.

This can range from studies to careers to relationships. Their friends have graduated but they haven’t. Their friends have secured a job but they haven’t. Their friends have gotten married but they haven’t.
They ended up thinking that there’s something wrong with themselves because they’re not where others are.

Often times, nothing is wrong! Just because you are slower doesn’t mean you are a failure. Instead of focusing on the speed, focus on the destination. Instead of asking how fast you’re going, ask where you’re going.

If you are heading in the right direction, then you are all good my friend - even if you are slower than everybody else. So identify where you’re going and take the journey one step at a time, at your own pace.

Eventually, you’ll get there.

2 Things to Remember If You Really Want to Study Overseas

"How did you get to go to Canada?"

"Why Canada?"

"What scholarship are you under?"

Many asked me those questions and I think many more are wondering about the same things. Let me try to answer all in one go. Bismillah.

After I received my SPM results, I applied for JPA scholarship for oversea studies and my application was accepted. I attended the interview that JPA appointed me. The interview was done in groups and we had to discuss an issue. I passed the interview. I chose the field that I wanted to study in and JPA chose the country that I will go to. JPA chose Canada.

JPA enrolled me in Taylor's University College, Subang Jaya in a Canadian university preparation program called the International Canadian Pre-University (ICPU). Now, it's called Canadian Pre-University (CPU). There are two requirements that I have to fulfill: requirements of the program to graduate and the requirements of JPA to qualify me to go to Canada.

Those two may and may…

3 Things to Ask Yourself Before Getting Angry

Anger is one of those emotions that makes you a normal human being. Even the best of us gets angry at times. This blog post was written not to deny yourself of that emotion. In fact, the emotion is acknowledged and respected.

Having said that, this blog post is simply written to enable you to analyze yourself before you decided to act upon that anger. Although the feeling is normal and often times we can't control when it happens, but we are still in control of how we act because of it.

It's not going to be easy. Anger can be so powerful, it can be overwhelming. But just like with almost anything in life, you need to be patient in practicing the skill. Stumbling here and there is normal, but remember to dust yourself off and keep on trying.

The question remains: How do I analyze my anger when I'm angry? The first step of analyzing any emotion is to have self-awareness.

To put it simply, self-awareness is being in tune with what's going on inside your hea…

Figuring Out Your Life and Meeting Parents' Expectations

I don't know what my parents want from me, and I don't know what to do with my life.
It is important to communicate with important people around you, especially your parents. Otherwise, you will enter the guessing world where you simply guess what they want and think. That might lead you to conclusions that will hurt yourself in the end.

So, you have to find ways to sort things out with your parents. Just bear in mind, that should happen all the time. Talk with your parents when you want to know what they want, or when you have problems.

Also, don't think that you are a burden to them. As a parent myself, I want to know if my child is doing okay or not because that is my job. I "signed up" to become a father. It is my choice. Therefore, I also choose all the things required within the job and one of the most important things in this job of parenting is my child's wellbeing.

As for what you want to do with your life, it is a process and a journey. Don't t…


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…