A Tribute to Teratak Anna Abadi

Dear Friends and legions of fans of Teratak Anna Abadi,

In a few more postings, I believe EPI will be branded as the true source of gloom, doom and all manner of sadness in this world. It has been a vicious cycle for yours truly to be acquainted with some beautiful souls via the internet; never to meet in person but have so bonded in mutual bliss of enjoying what few simple pleasures life has to offer to those to sought it – only to have it ended without either one knowing it until it’s too late.

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Time and again… PART I

Dear friends,

I have been putting off this entry quite awhile. Strange and eccentric it may be, I find myself bemused that I am actually loathing to relive another adventure in my life;  none more peculiar than the one so threaded upon by yours truly sometime back in 2007. Bear in mind, such reenactment is by no means a physical manifestation but an innocent (more or less heh) reflection and probably smile-inducing flashback of the happenings then, traditionally done in the tranquil comfort of EPI.

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WELCOME ABOARD SON! : My Journey took me to the Outward Bound School (OBS) at Lumut, Perak

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Leaving on a jet plane #3

Dear Friends,

Yes, I am already tingling with anticipation minus the perspiration… it’s my seemingly reclusive holiday (all-wide-grin detected!). It will be from 17 until 24 this month. A short 6 days but nonetheless I am most grateful to Allah. Others may get 14 days leave (not including weekends) and go backpack the world over, but being me, it will be another retreat to EPI’s Fortress of Solitude (ala Superman). Hooray!

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Innalillahi wa inna ilaihiraajiuun

Ahmad Kamil Abd Rahim (Picture courtesy of the Sun)

Dear Friends,

I heard about the Susilawati missing persons case sometime back but of course, when you are working right here, the world can go up in flames for all the bosses here may care. Hehehe… sorry but I couldn’t resist that cheap shot. Anyway, I heard the name Ahmad Kamil the lawyer aged 32 but alas the papers didn’t shed much light on him or who was the guy.

Most probably such utter cloak of shadow enveloped on him was due to the fact he was just a mere lawyer or that society is too disgusted at the simple mentioning of that profession. Whatever it may be, thanks to Abg. Jaiz, I finally got some info on who was this Kamil fellow. He was none the other than my very own buddy Kamil of UIAM.

He was my batch, classmate, lepak mate and friend right from IIUM Lembah Pantai Matriculation Center days (1996 – 1997) up until 1998 – 2002 in main camp Gombak. Kamil was always funny, happy going, smiled alot but remained very responsible (since he graduated on time unlike me!) and hiding quietly behind those smiles a flair for law.

If indeed arwah Kamil is one of the victim, it is quite a sad day for all – his family and friends as well as IIUM Alumni batch 1998 – 2002. All I can do is lifting these small palms of mine and praying to Allah the best for Kamil;

Ya Allah ya Tuhanku, aku mohon serendah diri ini kiranya Kau ampunkan segala dosa sahabatku Ahmad Kamil Abd Karim, Kau halalkan rezeki yang telah Kau kurniakan kepadanya dan Kau bukakanlah hati-hati makhlukMu untuk memaafinya andai kiranya ada berlaku zalim ke atas mereka. Ya Allah ya Tuhanku, Kau tempatkanlah ia di maqamam mahmudan dan redhakanlah ia sebagai hambaMu yang takut kepadaMu. Amin ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 1431H

Dear Friends,

Indeed as the sun sets today and thereby setting a somewhat sombre dusk, Ramadhan 1431H will be yet again leave the shores of our lives. If God Willing, it will be most fortunate for us to have another chance of a fiesta of ibadah in the next Ramadhan come next year. Of course, that would be a BIG ‘IF’ since there’s no telling when one will eventually answer the call of the Creator (I won’t even delve on the hocus pocus chain mail pertaining to Tanda – Tanda Ajal Akan Tiba or to that effect).

Picture Courtesy of www.boston.com

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End of Ramadhan…

A 4 Megapixel picture of Badshahi Mosque, Laho...

Image via Wikipedia

Dear Friends,

I considered myself quite blessed in this holy month for I was able to attend a few tazkirah sessions at the mosque near my home. It was done after Subh prayers. Blessed in the sense that  I got some nice and hard pokes in the head (reminders) to get my act straight.

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Long time since… (Some reflections)

Dear Friends,

Ramadhan is already 3-quarters ahead of packing its bags of goodies in preparation of its saddening departure. Like so great many things in life (as well as bad ones), it all have to end sometime. Personally, I rate this particular Ramadhan extra special this time around, for me that is. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m not bragging here saying “I finally have the Grace of Allah completely sealed and booked”. Nay, and on the contrary I dost worry in such manner as what Saidina ‘Umar al-Khattab once lamented;

“…should in the Hereafter there is an announcement made that everyone will enter paradise except one, verily I am most afraid such one person wouldst be none other than myself”.

Sunsets: Always Strike Me with A Sense of Melanchony
(picture courtesy of travelblog.org)

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