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Retail Therapy

Received SMS from my wife at 2:16PM today, "Sorry, ws hvg an expensive therapy @ Habib. I know i'll break down if i talk to u! See u later"Needless to say, I was stumped!Apa hal la pulak ni? Then when I read at the message again,...once, twice...three times....trying to figure out the meaning (or the event that might have led to the so called expensive therapy), DAMN! only then it dawned on me that the message was NOT from my wife!!.Could not be from my wife because the language is different. Phew...lega.My wife had forwarded to me the message that was originally sent by my sister to her. HA HAHA HA....GOOD LUCK TO MY BROTHER (IN LAW)!!!P/s: my very the manja sister just sent her first born to college yesterday. So may be tengah mengubat hati yang lara sebab missing her eldest son la tu kat Habib.

Muffins or Peanuts?

"Excuse me, muffins or peanuts?" asked the stewardess.

"Mau fried rice ada ka?" answered the auntie seated two rows behind me. Her traveling companions broke into laughters.

That was when we were served with our second refreshments in the same flight. Well who could blame them for (jokingly) expecting to be served with lunch. We were supposed to have landed in Subang by noon.

Ha ha ha...it's a good way to laugh off the delay that all of us boarding FFly flight from Penang to Subang had to endure.

We took off at about 11:40am from Bayan Lepas airport and after refreshmentst have been served, the flight captain announced that we had to divert back to Penang because there was another flight was stranded on the runaway in Subang.

The journey was resumed at about 1:20pm.




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Work in progress

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Malaysian made helicopter is in progress....




Penang Bridge International Marathon

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Finally the eagerly awaited parcel from Penang has arrived.



Will be participating in the half marathon run at the PBIM in the early hours of Sunday, 21st November, 2010.

This will be my second time participating in a 21km event.

Wish me luck.

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Salam 'Idul Adha

Salam hari raya 'Idul Adha kepada semua rakan-rakan pengunjung blog ni.

Alhamdulillah, ramai kawan-kawan seangkatan yang mendapat jemputan sebagai tetamu Allah untuk mengerjakan ibadah haji tahun ini. Semoga Allah mempermudahkan segala urusan mereka dan semoga Allah menerima ibadat mereka.

Dan juga semoga Allah juga memberi peluang kepada Aku dan isteri untuk menjadi tetamuNya diwaktu usia yang masih muda. InshaAllah.


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D Day......for Kak Long

Hari ni result UPSR akan diumumkan. Kalau tanya Kak Long samada dia berdebar ke tidak, jawab dia "Entah....!"

Semalam bila client call nak buat meeting appointment pukul 9 pagi, aku proposed buat jam 10:30 pagi thinking that sekolah dah boleh bagi result mulai jam 9 pagi. Bila balik rumah, Kak Long cakap result mula keluar jam 11 pagi.

Aisey....., nak kena buat change of plan.


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Let's Run....

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Today, this morning....let's run!




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Test Run

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New Balance N663. Tested and giving two thumps up.

Had a good run this morning. The first since Ramadhan. But still undecided if I want to participate in the Mizuno Wave 11km run next week.

UPSR....Oh UPSR

Maka hari ini bermula lah pertandingan UPSR.....dan berapa ramai ibu bapa yang mengambil cuti untuk semata-mata untuk bersama-sama menunggu di pintu masuk sekolah?Dan Kak Long seperti biasa....,almost looked indifferent; seolah-olah tak ada apa-apa yang luarbiasa tentang UPSR. Setiap kali ada sepupu atau pakcik/makcik dia cakap "good luck", Kak Long hanya mendengus macam tak berapa suka. Sometimes its difficult to understand what is in the mind of this young lady. Baba tak tahu dah nak cakap apa, hanya mendoakan yang terbaik buat anak Baba yang sulung ni. Dua malam lepas, Ibu, Baba dan adik2 ramai-ramai pakat baca Yaseen dan doa selamat selepas kami berjemaah Maghrib. Sekurang-kurangnya Kak Long tahu dan faham - kami sekeluarga sentiasa bersama berdoa untuknya dan ingin menyaksikan dia berjaya dalam UPSR. Selebihnya adalah berkat hasil usaha Kak Long sendiri.So Good Luck Kak Long, semoga Allah memberikan hidayahNya untuk Kak Long menjawab soalan peperiksaan dengan tenang dan…

Ramadhan (final) Updates

"Wa tammat kalimatu rabbika sidqan wa 'adlan, La mubaddila li kalimaatihi, wa hua assami'u 'aleem" AlhamdulilLah, Tuhan memberkenankan hajat ditengah-tengah kesibukan urusan duniawi yang seolah-olah tak akan ada penghabisannya kecuali apabila sampai seruan ajal.AlhamdulilLah pada tahun ini surau dekat rumah aku juga penuh dengan pengisian aktiviti-aktiviti yang menarik ramai jemaah untuk lebih mengimarahkan rumah Allah. Sampai hujung Ramadhan masih ada lagi berbaki 200 - 300 orang jemaah lelaki (tak termasuk jemaah perempuan di tingkat atas dan kanak2) yang masih setia menunggu untuk mendengar tazkirah selepas solat tarawih dan kemudiannya berwitir bersama2. Ada dua tiga orang penceramah mengingatkan tentang betapa perlunya kita sentiasa berdoa, berdoa and berdoa kepada Allah sepanjang bulan Ramadhan ini. Antara intipati tazkirah yang mampu dikongsi:minta lah - apa saja yang kita hajatkan kerana kita tiada daya dan upaya untuk mendapatkan sesuatu pun kecuali deng…

Ramadhan Updates....

Ermm,....still in office. Still struggling to finish my works before going back to Ayer Keroh tomorrow. This is the only night that I could not go back to break fast with my family.

Adoyai, banyak lagi benda nak kena buat ni....


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Another One Bite The Dust....!

I thought only Chelski is affected by the problem....apparently now it has spread to Man U. First you have JT, then that Ash guy and now 'the' Shrek himself.Read here. Wayne Rooney's hooker sex scandal.No wonder England failed miserably in the World Cup 2010. The players are busy between their legs.

Shoes....

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Three pairs of shoes.....at the end of first day of school, yesterday. Two pairs belong to my girls and one pair belongs to my boy.

No price for guessing which one belongs to the boy....







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Ramadhan Update

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Hari ni dah masuk hari ke 20 Ramadhan. Di manakah bookmark tadarus anda? Adakah seiring juzuk Al Quran dengan bilangan hari-hari puasa yang telah berlalu?




Ya Allah berilah aku sedikit kelapangan masa untuk membaca kitab suciMu...ya Allah.

Home in 13 minutes

The road was wide and clear. Even the infamous mrr2 was almost deserted.

Left office at 7.00pm and by 7.13pm I was already parked in front of my house. That's a new record!

How I wish everyday is like this!


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Ramadhan Mubarak

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AlhamdulilLah, Ramadhan datang lagi.

Bulan Penuh Kerahmatan, Bulan Keampunan dan Bulan Pembebasan Dari Api Neraka.

Salam Ramadhan Al Kareem kepada semua kawan2 bloggers dan kawan2 di dinding fb.
Kita bersyukur dipanjangkan umur untuk menikmati nikmat Ramadhan sekali lagi tahun ini. Semoga kesempatan ini kita ambil dan pergunakan sepenuhnya seolah-olah ini adalah Ramadhan kita yang terakhir.
Selamat menjalani ibadah berpuasa, bertadarus dan bertarawih.


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Right Here Waiting

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ORIGINAL POSTING @12:40PM - I have to get airtickets to go back to KBR for the coming hari raya. Bookings have been made and I must pay and get the tickets issued by noon today otherwise the reservation will be cancelled.

Since it is not internet bookings, tickets could only be issued at MAS ticketing office. There are only 3 MAS ticketing offices in KL. Two are located at KLIA, and one at KL Sentral.

I had to rush from conference venue at Nikko Hotel and managed to reach KL Sentral at almost noon - only to be told that the system was down.

And it still is, as of now.

Luckily managed to ask the airlines to hold the tickets until 5PM today.

But I am not sure how long I will be right here at KL Sentral, waiting....





UPDATED 3:40PM - I was ready to leave when the automatic que calling board suddenly lit up again at about 1.45PM. Waited for another 30 mins before being attended and got everything done.

Ha ha surprise surprise!! Forgot that my first born is already 12 years old. So when the girl a…

Bibik-less in.....Blogger-Land*

SMS from wife, Jul 30, 2010 @ 10:13AM -

"Bang,yah sd she's getin married nxt sun"

I was stunned for a few seconds. Hujan tak de ribut tak de, tiba2 maid aku nk kahwin hari Ahad ni,...lusa tu!

Called my wife to get confirmation. Apparently, the scatchy details that were relayed to her by my maid were - the maid's uncle who is staying in keramat has accepted 'pinangan' from someone on her behalf. And she was just being told about it last night. No wonder there flurry on incoming calls to my maid's handphone, sampai nak goreng telur pun telefon terlekap kat telinga!

And apparently too, my maid's parents back in Surabaya was not told about the uncle's decision.

So how? I asked my wife.

The maid informed my wife that she has no choice but to follow the decision. She's currently sorting out the matter with her parents in Surabaya.

This was truly a shock for us.

I knew about my maid's plan to take leave about a month towards the end of the year. She had …

Big Family Breakfast

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Picture of my kids enjoying their breakfasts this morning.

We parked our car at Setiawangsa lrt station and took putra lrt ride to Dang Wangi station. Then crossed the river behind the station to the famous nasi lemak Dang Wangi. The nasi lemak there has been my regular place to fix my nasi lemak cravings. How good? Look at the people lining up behind our table!.

Eventhough to drive to the place might be more convenient, I decided to add more fun in the journey. The kids loved the lrt ride. It was convenient and comfortable. May be because it was still early in the saturday morning.

AlhamdulilLah.


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StanChart KL Marathon 2010

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AlhamdulilLah....., I managed to complete the race - even though I felt like crawling to the finishing line.



The Finisher's medal.

My personal hand time was 3hrs and 02 mins. I tried all my might to clock within the qualifying time of 3hrs but I just couldn't.

The last one km starting from the turn near Medan Tuanku to Dataran Merdeka seemed like one and a half mile.

But nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised with my own timing. My earlier target was to finish the race in 4 hours. I was surprised that I managed to run non-stop and kept a consistent pace for the first one and a half hour.

I didn't stop for a drink at the first water station at 4km mark. Since I carried my own mineral water, I just drank from my bottle. I also didn't stop at the second water station at 6.5km mark. It turned out to be a good decision as I kept on running until the third water station at 8.5km mark. By this time i have emptied my mineral water. I ran to the furthest table and asked the volunt…

Tomorrow is the DAY!

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Let's see what's gonna happen tomorrow. When I registered myself to participate in this year's KL Marathon 2010, it was approximately 100 days to go.

But how fast time flies! I got caught up with terrible work deadlines thereafter with so many things on my table. I did manage to cycle for couple of times as part of the training; but that's all that I could get.

I was contemplating to withdraw myself from the event but what the heck, I thought might as well I just proceed. Who cares about the qualifying time and what not.

This would be my first time participating in a half marathon event. It's going to be a race between me and myself. So what ever time I clock tomorrow would still be my personal best!









Wish me luck. Thank you.


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Akid cuti

"Akid,....bangun dik, orang semua dah bangun tengok ayam."

"Akid tak nak tengok ayam,....ayam bising!"

Ha ha ha....anak Baba kepenatan. Seharian semalam bermain dengan sepupu-sepupunya. Dah hampir jam 8 pagi pun masih liat nak bangun.


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4D....judi

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Kenapa agaknya dalam sebuah akhbar berbahasa melayu (err...bahasa malaysia?) perlu ada sampai 4 muka - ya, EMPAT MUKASURAT untuk iklan nombor ekor 4D?














Kalau akhbar bahasa c*na, tak de lah rasa ralat sikit pun.

Entah lah.....

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Mission Impossible

What: Thomas Cup semi final
Where: Putra Stadium, KL.

It's not easy to bring down the China wall. Best of luck to the Malaysian fighters. May the force be with you.

The Malaysian team must show that Impossible is Nothing.


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Under the Dome

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For the last two weeks, the Treasury office at the Ministry of Finance was like my second office. I would be there from morning for meeting (long ardous and boring meeting, I must add) that would ended well after maghrib. Even Sunday was not spared.

After the meeting, I would usually go back to office to attend to consequential updates of documents or providing comments on new documents received from external legal counsel from different part of the globe working in different time zones. It's really really hectic. Hope the deal will be completed according to the timeline, as I really really need a breather.





This picture was taken when I went to Putrajaya mosque for friday prayer last week. I just discovered that there was a walking path underneath the bridge from the Ministry of Finance to the mosque. I could walk straight up to the Souq and then to the mosque.







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I am stuck....

I am stuck here....please get me out of here.Latest news is that all flights are still grounded until 2.00PM London time tomorrow Saturday 17th April.Arghh...no mood to write further. I just want to go back to my family. Missed them all.Its 11.09PM Friday here in London and 6.10AM Saturday in KL.

Flying off

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Latte anyone?

I need all the caffeine that I could get while trying to finish my presentation materials for a workshop on Monday.

Flying off to the other side of the world tomorrow nite. The whole of tomorrow is to run some errands and last minute packing.

Never thought that one day I will be in London presenting a paper related to Islamic finance. Will be back by Friday, InshaAllah.



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Fuuh, Loteih Den

Kepenatan.

Mountain biking up and down hills for about 30km.

Potong rumput - took almost an hour to finish.

Clean up the hamster's cage with Akmal.

Still got few things all lined up to be done after lunch today that I need to settle before going away for work related trip next week.

Not to mention, presentation materials belum siap as well as some documents are due by tomorrow.




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Sad

Sad sad day because man U was beaten 2-1 by Chelsea. The second goal by Drogba was a clear off side. Tak guna punya linesman.

Sadder when my fb friends initiated a new group known as GEMUK or Gagasan Excited Manchester United Kalah. Cisss....kurang asam punya kawan.

But man u played badly. During the first half, chelsea controlled the midfield. Chelsea seemed to have extra pair of feet to thwart man u's attack and they seemed to have extra pair of feet to trouble man u's defence. May be that's the advantage they got when they were out of the Champions League competition.

Arrrrgh....tak puas hati!


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Grandma says.....

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Grandma says I'm PRICELESS!



Arif has become a celebrity of sort with all the attention that he gets from his cousins. Every fb page of his cousins are putting Arif's pictures even more than his own mother's fb.


Sakitnya hati

Sakitnya hati ini bila dengar radio B.FM dalam perjalanan ke office pagi tadi.

The DJs were saying something like 'if malays are concentrating too much on the malay language and religion, they won't go anywhere. Because they (referring to the malay language and religion) have no commercial value.'

Please leave my religion out if the equation, especially when you are not a believer!




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Trying hard

I am trying hard to blog these days.

Malasnya nak duduk depan komputer dan menaip blog entry walaupun pada mulanya rasa ada benda nak ditaipkan buat satu entry.

Emmm....entahlah. May be I should just try a little bit harder.


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Birthdays

For the record, today is Kak Long's 12th birthday. Alahai cepatnya masa berlalu...my first born dah nak ambik UPSR dah hujung tahun ni.Next week on the 3rd of March, it's Kak Ngah's turn to celebrate her 11th birthday. The kids were happy as their Atok and Nenek had called and informed that their birthday presents have been bought. Atok and Nenek will probably drive up to KL this weekend.To add to the kids' excitement, their cousins from Surabaya will be arriving this evening and will be putting up with us during the weekend. So might as well celebrate their uncle's birthday that will fall on this coming Sunday. Yess,...looking forward to the extended weekend with the kids and nephews (and some outstanding works in between).Praise be to Allah.

Kesiannn Baba

Kak Long said, "Kesiannn Baba..."

Yes, she emphatised her Baba because Man U was soundly beaten by arch rival, Everton 3 to 1.

Chelsea will be playing against Wolves later tonite and Arsenal will be playing against Sunderland. Aaahhhhh..tension aku!

Ooops.....Terbocor Rahsia

Scene malam tadi:

Akid sambil berbaring atas katil, mata tertumpu kepada kepada I-Phone Baba dan tangan sedang sibuk negotiate corner dalam game kereta racing, secara selamba aje cakap,

"Baba, ....Baba dah tengok ke jam baru Baba; kitaorang beli untuk birthday Baba...."

Serentak, kakak2 semua terkejut, "Ala....apa Akid cakap kat Baba....kita kan nak surprise Baba....."

Tanpa rasa bersalah Akid buat tak tahu aje dan terus sambung main game kat I-Phone.

I just played along...."Yay yea....kita dapat jam baruu...yay yeay.....".

Bersempena dengan my birthday this Sunday, dengan sukacitanya saya mengisytiharkan bahawa semua orang KL tak payah datang opis pada hari Isnin ni, I declare public holiday!

Orang Selangor, selamat menyambut Thaipusam!

Enjoy your extended weekend folks!


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Extremely Stressed Out

Currently I am under extreme pressure to complete and deliver documents to clients.

So stressed out!!!

This is not good. My hectic schedules from last year continued to this year without any break. In fact I could not even take a day off during the recent school holiday break.

This is certainly not good.


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Permit Renewal

It's that time of the year again - my yearly trip to the Immigration Department to renew my maid's working permit. Though so far my experience at the immigration office have been okay, but still I hate to go there. Firstly, you could only get a parking space at LG4 and it's dark and sometimes the staircase was littered by empty alcoholic cans.Secondly, there are so many people! I hate crowded places. And their counters and waiting areas are all packed because of  the small space. But then what choice do I have? My trip today was the fastest of my all previous trips. I took my number at 11.52AM and the slip showed there were four people ahead of me. Two did not turn up when their numbers were called up. When my turn came, just gave my maid's passport to the lady at the counter number 9, then made payment at counter 4, then back to counter no. 9 and .... done! In about ten minutes I were already on my way out of that dark and unkempt parking place.Kudos to the very effic…

How's School?

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Thank God it's already Friday! Akid was happy because today was the last day of school day of the week.So far, he didn't miss a day yet. But every morning he would have caused heart attack to his Ibu. No sooner than the second day of schooling, he woke up and declared to his Ibu that, "Akid nak cuti...."After rounds of coaxing, pujuking, carrying around - sampai ke bilik air bla, bla bla - Alhamdulillah dia pergi jugak la ke sekolah.The third day was also the same drama. That prompted me to take down our house calendar and showed him that his off day would only start on Saturday. I marked them clearly so that he could look forward to the weekend.See this.....I purposely wrote big letters "AKID CUTI" for him to see. Yesterday the smart boy made a deal with me. "Baba, kalau Akid pegi sekolah lama-lama boleh la Baba beli apa-apa""OK, nanti Baba beli apa-apa untuk Akid."Since that "apa-apa" could mean just about anything, I was qui…

Akid Kembali ke Sekolah

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Akid this morning, all geared up to attend his first day at kindergarten. Muka bukan main happy dan confident, tapi bila dah masuk kelas.....mula tak nak berenggang dengan Baba dia. Teacher suruh duduk pun siap duduk atas riba Baba. Nasib baik bila kena masuk ke kelas Ibu pimpin dan lepas tu dia okay. Lepas tu Baba tinggalkan Ibu mengintai dari luar kelas sebab Baba dah janji nak jumpa Kak Chik kat kantin sekolah dan bawakan roti kaya untuk Kak Chik.

Kembali ke Sekolah Lagi...

Selain Kak Chik yang akan memulakan sesi persekolahan di Tahun Satu sekolah rendah pada hari ni, sebenarnya ada seorang lagi anak Baba yang akan mula bersekolah (kembali).

Ha ha ha.....ya, sebenarnya Baba juga masih lagi cuak dan suspens samada Akid akan ke sekolah (dan terus bersekolah) kali ni. Jika tahun 2009, Akid hanya bersekolah lebih kurang seminggu di sekolah tadika yang sama dengan Kak Chik. Tetapi sepanjang seminggu tu Baba kena tunggu sampai waktu habis sekolah. Kebetulan lepas tu Ibu bersalinkan Arif, jadi Akid selepas tu terus tak pergi sekolah.

Sepanjang cuti sekolah yang baru lalu, Ibu bawakkan Akid meninjau tak kurang dari 4 buah sekolah tadika di sekitar perumahan kita. Akid akhirnya menunjukkan minat untuk bersekolah di sekolah tadika yang lain dari sekolah tadika terdahulu Akmal dan Kak Chik.

Akid masih tidur lagi, sekarang ni Baba nak kena hantar Kak Chik ke sekolah dengan Kak Long dan Kak Ngah dulu.




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Kembali ke Sekolah

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Hari ni hari pendaftaran dan orientasi murid tahun satu sesi 2010 bagi kebanyakkan sekolah.

Kak Chik akan memulakan fasa baru persekolahannya di sekolah 'betul' selepas dua tahun belajar di sekolah tadika.

Selamat menghadapi dunia baru di sekolah sayang. Don't worry so much, just go and have fun!



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Holy Quran verse 12 of chapter 67. The Sovereignty, Control

Assalamu Alaikum,Have you read verse 12 of chapter 67. الملك in the Holy Quran?إِنَّ الَّذينَ يَخشَونَ رَبَّهُم
بِالغَيبِ لَهُم مَغفِرَةٌ وَأَجرٌ
كَبيرٌMalay translation
______________________________Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang takut (melanggar hukum) Tuhannya semasa mereka tidak dilihat orang dan semasa mereka tidak melihat azab Tuhan, mereka beroleh keampunan dan pahala yang besar.Sent using alQuran. http://iphone.almubin.com/alQuran"Self regulation" proposes by the holy Quran.
Senantiasa takut untuk berbuat sesuatu yang melanggar hukum Allah walau ketika tidak dilihat orang; walau azab Allah itu masih lagi 'perkara-perkara ghaib' yang belum dilihat dengan nyata.
A good reminder to start the first day of the year 2010.

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