Tapi memang betul pun. Duvet lah musuh utama gua untuk keluar bermusafir. If only I could have a vacation (and money) to the southern hemisphere in December. Australia and New Zealand pulak are way behind the globe though. But as spontaneous as I can be, the character eventually pulled myself to Ireland and Poland, leaving only a few days of winter holiday being left unoccupied. Oh well.
I shall save the Poland story for another time. The highlights of my winter whereabouts would be the 'Islamic Relief winter reflection tour' and PUISI. I’ve covered bits and pieces of PUISI experience somewhere in my previous blogpost, so allow me to share my scribbles on the IR talk right now.
Three speakers were present at the British Muslim Heritage Centre, Manchester; namely Sheikh Jamaluddin Hysaw (God I just love his US accent), Sheikh Yusuf Az-Zahaby and Brother Zeyara (the youtuber and the 'inspiration series' main actor). I particularly love the way Sheikh Jamaluddin emulates the idea of tackling hypocrite in his own words.
He said, “start looking at the depths of our own souls, and define who you are."
“Journey of self is not gonna be easy, but it has to be done. We do what we do for validations, not for loving ourselves. How many of us can say to ourself ‘I know me’ ?”
“Stop being ignorance for who we are. When do I become to sing the song of submission?”
I am quoting him word by word, btw. And subhanallah, until that time, never had I thought of my internal conflicts as serious as it should be. It’s of reminding our sole purpose of being a human - of aligning our intentions straight, and thereupon committing proper actions. How I wish I can exercise this more often.
I did not write many points from Sheikh Yusuf though, but the gist of his part was reminding us that afflictions are but a test. Why must there be tests? Because we are in the DUNYA, people.
Then came Brother Zeyara to the stage. And suddenly the sisters were cheering and fan-girling (I do not know if there’s such a word) while I looked to the brothers on my left and right side, each of us raising eyebrows with an unspoken thought of ‘oh god why are you sisters not cheering for the previous sheikhs?’
Aaaanyway, Zeyara’s take-away messages are;
- The problem of our youth is that we dislike discussing serious topics. It’s okay to laugh and chill, but let us not forget to address the muddle of our ummah.
- We do not really donate as much because we did not see/understand the reaction of the poor when they received donations. If only we could see those grateful smiles.
- Our Prophet Muhammad SAW trained sahaba in different ways according to their talent. The talent/skill possessed by the sahaba is like a brick, of which our prophet managed to build a wall from them.
Or as Zeyara reflected, “how many skills that we’ve today? (Perhaps) The better question is, are you a brick or a gap in the wall of the ummah today? Are you helping the ummah, or you’re just an extra muslim?”
No cheering or takbeer was heard from the sisters’ side anymore. Lulz.
As usual, there’s a ever-energetic donation drive and auctions held. And the most awaited opportunity for the sisters; having photos with Zeyara. I succumbed to the pressure and did a few selfies. Duhh. Bersembang kejap lepas tu gua chow sbb kena catch a bus to Glasgow pulak later that night.
As soon as the overnight bus reached Glasgow, I immediately boarded a flight to Dublin. Rushed my way out from the airport so that I can be at the Dublin mosque on time to follow the convoy to Glendalough. Gila hectic nak mampus. But Allah eased my journey hamdallah and then PUISI pulak menantiii!! (read: excited)
Habis PUISI gua terus cabut ke Belfast jumpa Aslam. Mak oiiii lama gila tak jumpa ‘budak gitar’ ni (nama fb lama dia. kahhkah). Pusing Belfast. Pusing Giant’s Causeway. Pusing Dublin balik. Pastu pusing Poland terus lepas ‘after party’. Naik pusing aku jadinya. Adik aku kata - pishang. Lantaklah pisang ke pusing.
ps: So glad sebenarnya I can be a part of the PUISI team tahun lepas. Abang Arif the pengarah iz zo efficient. Qayyum and the module team are so awesome. Team dapur is so fit! Adik2 peserta pulak are so proactive and knowledgable that gua as faci terasa diri begitu kerdil huhu. Ustaz Ridha lah paling mantap kot. Ustaz yg paling awal bangun pagi, participate dlm LDK peserta and hiking, amend mana2 module yg perlu and everything. Siap pesan dan peringat kepada kami the ajks agar baca quran at least semuka sehari dan istighfar banyak2. Alahai. Rindu lah puleks.
Jenuh cari silent killer time ni. Ustaz Ridha rupanya -.-
That’s all lah for now. Gua mohon undur diri dulu.