Istidraj, A Test For All

What is Istidraj? Istidraj is basically when Allah s.w.t gives fortunes to someone whereby Allah s.w.t is not pleased with him. It is a ‘punishment’ in a way that Allah s.w.t gives more and more to a person, but it doesn’t make him remember Allah s.w.t for the favors and joy that they binged on. … Continue reading Istidraj, A Test For All

Calamity, Actually

The ihsan of Allah becomes manifest to us even in our darkest moments. Saidina Umar Al Khattab (r.a) says that; "No calamity ever befalls me except there are four blessings wrapped in it." The first one is that it wasn't in my deen. If I get a calamity in my family or my health or my money, no matter how bad it is, for if it's not in my deen, that's a good thing. Number two, the second blessing is that; it wasn't bigger. That calamity could always be bigger. Number three is that; I was not stripped of being content with it. These are incredibly powerful words. When we lose a loved one and we say Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun; we belong to Allah and to Allah we return, that is a statement of contentment. That is a statement of submission. And Umar Al-Khattab (r.a.) says that I'm able to experience that I was not stripped, I'm not sitting there shaking my fist (asking) why God why or disbelieving in Allah or being angry with Allah. That I am able to summon up the ability or I am gifted the ability to be patient and to be pleased with Allah.  And number four that I continue to expect reward for it.  ~Text copied from the speech of Sheikh Ammar Al-Shukry via Instagram~ This is such a beautiful way to view every calamity, every problem, every dark moment that came landing into our lives unwelcomed. It's never about denying or running away from it, it's about the art of viewing the unwanted parcel by seeing it through the lenses of faith.  Only through faith that one can see the silver linings, only through faith that heart can feel the blessings.  Motivations like this is something that we might have come across before, but it is always good to be kept reminded at times that calamity, is actually a blessing. Recap this as a checklist : ~ It is not in my deen~ It's not bigger or worse~ I utter istirja' Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un~ I'm expecting reward from this YES for all FOUR? Khalas... I'm all good! Alhamdulillah 'ala kulli hal.  As ever,SALZY

A Fulfilling Weekend

The past weekend has been the most fulfilling one to me! Satisfying much, I attended three online talks organized by Faith Events inviting my favourite speaker Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed live in Kuala Lumpur! Alhamdulillah. I was already excited when they announced the speaker’s name but I felt even more thrilled when they revealed the topics … Continue reading A Fulfilling Weekend

The Silent Battle

Book Review : Rekindle Your Life by Muhammad Al Arifi Sheikh Muhammad Al-Arifi is a famous author that I always heard before and his famous book Enjoy Your Life has been recommended by many. I haven’t read the book yet but there’s another book I simply bought that when I checked then I noticed, oh … Continue reading The Silent Battle


It has been six months. Six months since then.Since the fate unfolded.Since the home broken.Since the tragedy outburst.Since the world crumbled.Since the history written. Six months…Since the wait over.Since the bond untied.Since the story ended.Since the life ruined.Since the reality hit. Since the freedom attained.Since the wisdom revealed.Since the healing began.Since the hope reborn. Six … Continue reading Survival