Happy Asyura =)

I took a nap today. Oh my God, the ending is near.

My ever-lovely tuan rumah buat hal lagi. She didn’t pay the electric bill and you guess the consequences. And it was a day before Kak Rika’s finals. How hansep could she get? With the warning letter in my hand, I tracked her down, high and low (ala, takat pi mai pi mai kat Moskalso tu je) but to no avail. Called her multiple times, each time depleting my hp’s battery reserve, which was already at an alarming one-bar level.

So yes, romantic candlelit dinner for two last night with Kak Rika. The date continued as I accompanied her going over her notes, gossips as the dessert.

The current came back on today, much to my relief. Boredom must be a hobby pre-electric era, I reckon.

And I watched a Korean serial. All 17 episodes, never once forwarded or skipped. I deserve a medal.

Coffee Prince is not the stereotypical Korean drama. Sure, it still has the basic ingredient of two-girls, two-guys caught in a love triangle, but it has a certain tinge to it. Supporting characters added flavor and the plot of boy love is like a gust of fresh air. Even the scripted lines were terrific. I was never one to plunder much into the drama, but I can’t help pondering on some of the situations portrayed. And of course you gotta love a serial where the background music included Natalie Cole, Kula Shaker, Blur and Take That, to name a few. I thought the music director was my kindred spirit ka or something kedak ya.

Baked Joo Ann a birthday cake. Happy 24th, dear! I love you today, I loved you yesterday, I will love you more tomorrow. 😀

Called Kerol two minutes before midnight Malaysian time.

Wo: Happy jadik budak besaq!
Kerol: Lily ka? Call dari mana ni?
Wo: Dari sebelah rumah hang. Cuba pi tengok.
Kerol: Hansep. Hehe. Tengkiuuuu.

I like being a smartass with my brother to even out the amount of abuse he subjected me to during summer.

And watching SAW 4 made me want to baling bantal to the screen. The autopsy scene must leave the coroners all around the world cringing. Terer tu takyah siat2 subcutaneous fat tissue dah leh reveal thoracic wall. I’m pretty sure in every region pun you don’t saw the sternum aka mr. breastbone to open the thoracic cavity, but you cut along the costosternal cartilages of both sides. Takyah pull out the GI tract trus kuarkan stomach. Apakah? Takyah siat2 tentorium cerebelli dah bleh kuarkan brain matter. Hebat.

And I think I think too much.

Sok nak pi buang duit. Anda semua take care ya.

Food for thought.
Mu’awiyah ibn Abu Sufyan (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) say: “It is the day of ‘Ashura. Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) has not made fasting obligatory for you. But I am fasting. He who likes to observe fast among you should do so, and he who likes not to observe it (does not have to) observe it.” [Sahih Muslim]

Abu Qatada (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates that the Holy Nabi (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) said that the fast on the 10th of Muharram atones for the sins of the preceding year. [Sahih Muslim]

We know from skolah and ustazah the goodness of fasting on Asyura day. But do we really know why Asyura is such a cool day?

The Ashura (which means The Tenth in Arabic) is commemorated for the following occasions which may have happened on the 10th Day of the Muharram:

  • God had mercy on Adam a.s. as of his repentance after exile from paradise.
  • The deliverance of Nuh (Noah a.s.) from the flood.
  • Ibraham (Abraham a.s.) was saved as Allah s.w.t. extinguished Nimrod’s (Raja Namrud) fire.
  • Yaakub’s (Jacob a.s.) blindness was healed after Yusuf’s (Joseph a.s.) shirt was brought to him on this day, the same day he was also reunited with his father, Jacob. (Quran).
  • Job (Ayub a.s.) was healed from his illness, leprosy.
  • The day the Red Sea parted and The Israelites were saved from Pharaoh’s army. Moses (Musa a.s.) proceeded to Jabal Musa (Mount Sinai), where Allah s.w.t. directly spoke to him, where Christians call it the descendence of the Tenth Commandment, Jews the Torah, Muslims the Taurat. (sila betolkan ye kalu salah)
  • Jesus (Isa a.s.) was brought up to Jannah after attempts by the Romans to capture and crucify him failed.
  • Jonah (Yunus a.s.) was vomited out from the belly of a whale.
  • Solomon’s (Sulaiman a.s.) kingdom was restored.

Shia’ Muslims also observe Asyura to mourn the shaheed/martyrdom of Ahlul Bait Imam Husain bin Ali r.a., grandson of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. in the Battle of Karbala. There are many conflicting ideas between the Sunni and Shia’ regarding the significance of Asyura day. It does us a lot of good to delve deeper into the situation. Understand it. And maybe we Muslims could understand each other better.

Oh, sunggoh panjang food for thought ku ini.

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