The Sedekah Scene in NUR drama (TV3). My thoughts.

The Malay drama series, NUR was a big hit when it came out as it brings on very powerful messages. Concerning religion, relationship between human beings and good deeds.

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Towards the end of this short series, there was a scene of Nur’s mother, a senior prostitute crying in the streets as she was chased out of her own home by her greedy pimp. She was looking for Nur, her daughter, also a prostitute, saved from the ‘lorong’ by a young ustaz. Nur’s mother was alone, cold and hungry. Her presence was almost non-existent to the passersby despite the various ruckus she got into along the way. After searching for her daughter aimlessly in the big streets of the city, she finally caved in to her exhaustion and lay down motionless on the brick ground.

A man came from nowhere and saw her. He must have felt sorry for her and decided to give her a form of sedekah. He handed her money and walked away. She accepted the note. It was the only monetary sedekah she received for that day. She was grateful and tucked it safely in her blouse and lied back down in hunger.

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The sedekah she got was RM1. What decent meal or room or just a blanket can she ever get with RM1?

And that’s when I got a very powerful message of SEDEKAH. 

We are always told to give with IKHLAS. Meaning you do not have to give a lot, but just as much that you can out of sincerity. Hence, it tends to make you feel good when you feel that the RM 1 you gave, was out of ikhlas and that deed is redeemable for a pahala. Because you are ikhlas.

But we are never taught nor emphasized that the Sedekah we give should be Beneficial. Useful. Have worth. It is time we should start learning what form of Sedekah is proper for certain groups of people. This is because we want our gifts to be of use and the less fortunate could benefit from it.

Giving RM1 would be useful if you are raising funds to build a school or madrasah. But it would be of no value if you were to give it to the beggars in Africa for example. Donating a ripple mattress to a poor family whose family member has a stroke sounds good and helpful but if they are not financially apt – it will just be another mattress because they cannot afford to pay the electricity bills. Supplying a pre-packed grocery box consisting mini bag of rice, vermicelli, sauces, onions, sugar etc..  is commendable but if the family does not know how to prepare a simple meal – the purpose is defeated.

See?

Every problem has a customized solution. While there can be a temporary blanket measure, the root of the problem has to be investigated and solved accordingly. Until then, whenever you wish to sedekah, take a minute to just ask yourself if the receiving end would benefit from it.If it does, GIVE. InsyaAllah, your deeds will be rewarded.

🧕doTERRA Home Essentials Kit (Malaysia)

I bought my dÕTERRA Home Essentials Kit and enrolled as a member under Madam Fera’s team. Such a lovely lady and very helpful with her advice. Enjoyed going through her materials in the watsapp group as well.

The kits costs me RM1249.00 (promo) which included the membership fee as well. I signed up as a member because I want to buy my oils at my own pace whenever I want to without having to go through the hassle of ordering it through someone and then followup with them, then pay them online thereafter. And maybe, just maybe later, if I really love the idea of thoroughly incorporating EO’s into my daily life – I might become an active Wellness Advocate. Until that time comes, I am just going to explore and enjoy it as it is and share whatever I love about it with my family first.

As a member, I can plan my purchases accordingly. Of course, there a few types of membership plans. But that is not the purpose of this post. Today, I am just going to elaborate my thoughts on the Home Essential Kit.

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First of all, who on earth assembled this kit? Mat salleh kahhhhhhh.. Coz I think some of the selections are like.. uh.. ok… perhaps for the True Malaysian edition – they would consider replacing the Oregano with Lemongrass? Or Cinnamon? Aku nak tuang mana EO Oregano bebanyak ni. Actually, I did try putting a few drops in my spaghetti. It was gross. I think I put in too much because I got too excited. So first lesson learnt;

LESS IS MORE

Once I got my kit, I took all my oils out and labelled them. This is to make sure that I will use every single one of them. Not one is hidden. The kit comes with an introductory packet which is awesome. At least you know a few things about the founders of the company and their mission statement. doTERRA clearly mentioned that their oils are not drugs that heal medical illnesses. They are supportive measures. So if you have a treatable medical condition, please seek advice accordingly.

Mohon Hadam wahai pengguna2 yang overclaim. We do not want to dampen the efforts  or tarnish the clean image made by the founders .

This kit has 10 oils + 1 bottle of fractionated coconut oil which can be used as an oil carrier/dilution for topical application + 1 petal diffuser. Kecik sebenarnya diffuser tu. Dlm gambar nampak besau. Tapi cutelah.

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I was caught by surprise when the lavender and peppermint smelled so different to what I was used to. Now I know how an original lavender oil scent should be instead of the commercial, chemically fragranced ones in the market. The lemon smells real. And most comforting because of its familiarity. I will have to get used to the other natural scents of the earth soon.

Perhaps my tips before deciding on a purchase for the first time are;

  1. Try to join one of those Free Oiling Classes held from time to time. Just so you could try the oils first and see if you like them. Takdelah mcm aku, beli pastu terkejut semua bau macam pekat dan tengik. In the beginninglah.. later on.. you find that you would prefer the natural scents more. Furthermore, by joining these classes, it saves you time from having to research and study the benefits of them on your own. Plus, you make new friends.
  2. Do not be greedy. Perhaps you might want to try the Introductory Kit first. But if you really want everything – then go ahead. jadilah tamak haloba macam I. 
  3. Or if you are adventurous, go for the other available collections such as the AromaTouch Technique Kit and Essential Collection Kit. These kits cost less than RM1K.
  4. Read blogs and reviews. Watch Youtube videos on doTERRA. Or any other brands of your choice.
  5. Know what you are looking for. So that the advocates can assist you to find what you need.

On top of this kit, I have purchased additional oils through the LRP programme. I even have favourite oils and blends too nowadays. I will write about that later.

Making Things Happen

Finally, I managed to sketch a few logos for our batch group SK9600. Some are inspired from other logos, some are just something that I plucked from a daydream.

I learnt that by trying and giving your best can encourage others to do the same. In fact, others often do better especially if they are competitive. Which is good. As it too offers variety.

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I submitted the sketches to my team leader this morning. I hope something fruitful could come out of it. I am excited to proceed with other upcoming projects for Batch9600. InsyaAllah.. 

doTERRA after 1 month

Sometimes I just want to use an essential oil as it is. For just aromatherapy and topical appliation contohnya. This is my 2nd month using doTERRA. And I still have a lot to explore. Bukan nak mencaci or finding fault with the oil. Cuma when you’re a medical doctor – kau cakap makan betik sebiji selang sehari selama seminggu untuk improve power mata rabun pun orang boleh percaya. 

So I have to be careful with what I use, eat, topically apply or simply talk about especially concerning areas of complementary or alternative therapy. I want to share the goodness of aromatherapy as a relaxation technique which happens to be through doTERRA but still I need to be certain that it’ll be safe. Sebab orang memang akan tanya punya. Sedangkan pakai bra yang ada underwire pun orang risau boleh dpt breast cancer, what more things like oil.

In a world where founders of products tend to make benefit claims on a mega scale ( 1 oil cure cancer for all kinda thing), it’s pure purposes would unintentionally be ridiculed. For instance, I love the Lemon Scent. Apart from its wonderful citrus scent to perk you up, I do understand that it can be used as a cleaning substance and how a toothpick dabbed in the Essential OIl (EO), stirred in a cup of tea could help get rid of our sniffles. [NOTE : if the sniffles are mild. If you’re turning blue and have breathing difficulties or your symptoms are not improving after many cups of lemon tea, please seek appropriate medical attention]

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BUT once over enthusiastic advocates begin to make claims that it could cure Grade 4 tonsillitis or heal the inflamed appendix – tuh dah mengarut sangat lah kan. 

I am not sure how other doTERRA Wellness Advocates in Malaysia are sharing their oils success stories. So far, the ones I have come across are OK. For instance, to calm a person with autism or help someone with problems sleeping. I really hope I wouldn’t see discussions of hyperbola miracles. I’d end up rolling my eyes and holding my breath for the next hour. And die. 

Because to me, it is too good to be true when;

One oil (minyak pati) has about 15 healing properties of illnesses that occurs from different mechanisms. Example, minyak kapak applied on the temple of your forehead – we all know it could help with a headache. But if the founder of minyak kapak suddenly say it can cure diabetes or epilepsy – surely you would question which component of the minyak kapak is soooo multipurpose neeehhh?

I have just made my LRP Order. It took quite a while for me to understand how to go about it. And the membership stuff. But I will break it down here later as how I think I understand it. Till the next post.

 

Sulawesi. Funding via IMARET

Kerana kita bersaudara.

Some time ago, when we wanted to erect the Malaysian Field Hospital (MFH) in Cox Bazaar – it caused an uproar from misguided netizens who thinks that what we are doing goes along the line of ‘kera di hutan disusukan, anak di pangkuan mati kelaparan’. There are groups of vocal people unfortunately, who feel we should NOT extend International Help and take more care of our own.

Well folks. Today, SULAWESI needs our help. And as Malaysians, I think we should help our neighbours steadily and ease their burden.

I feel we should be able to do both. We should be able to help ourselves and also the international community as needed because we have neighbours. We are Muslims. And muslims are not selfish. Muslims take care of each other, even if they are non muslims.

Furthermore, we have individuals and organizations with different purposes to serve different groups of people ( be it in or out of the country) in the name of humanity. InsyaAllah no one would be left behind or unaccounted for. Because every life matters. Dalam Malaysia dan luar negara. But charity should start with you as well. Jgn banyak cakap. Just start.

If you have the skills, volunteer.

If you have the knowledge, volunteer.

Just give what you can. Raising funds and spreading awareness is the least that one can do. And make du’a to Allah The Most Knowingly and Benevolent and Merciful.

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Sometimes a disaster that happens to another person/country, is actually a test from us to ALLah. He wants to see whether we can unite as a nation and help another who needs them. He wants to see whether we can utilize the nikmat He has bestowed upon us towards a cause that could benefit others. He wants to see us being the best version of a human being that walks on His earth.

InsyaAllah.