Book Review : Being a Quran Tag Girl by Ayesha Syahira

IF YOU WANT TO TALK TO ALLAH, THEN PRAY (SOLAT). 

IF YOU WANT ALLAH TO TALK TO YOU, THEN READ THE QURAN

 

 

 


Ayesha Syahira is a graduate of accountancy but eventually found love in spreading dakwah and pursue her dreams of becoming the next Yasmin Mogahed of Malaysia. She is well known in social media as the Quran Tag Girl.

Published by Iman Publication Sdn Bhd. 2nd print April 2019. 

I finished this book in 2 days. I could have done it in one if I didn’t have to fold my two fortresses of laundry. The book was written in simple English (thank goodness) cause I find it easier to study or read Islamic matters in bahasa. In this piece, the author was very straightforward in her approaches on how to basically make Quran your BFF. I find her methods reasonable and practical at the same time. 

I suggest on top of reading her book, you might want to attend one of her Quran Tagging Workshops for that extra feel of appreciation. Only then, you would be able to embrace this wonderful personality whole heartedly and make your own personal journey learning the Quran. 

I purchased this in Popular bookstore for RM 28.00 and I believe it is also something you could purchase online. 

 


What I gained from the book?

A sense of clarity. Renewed motivation to not only recite the Quran daily but also relearn the stories in the Quran. It is after all a manual for us to live by 24 hours a day. I also couldn’t help noticing that the author loves stationery as much as I do and that she keeps planners and journals! Gosh, planner girls are definitely made to achieve great things in life. 

With regards to the quote above, I can assure you that it happens to me and maybe for everybody else when they say Allah speaks to you through the Quran. It may seem to be a coincidence but Allah knows best. For sometimes when I am in despair or when looking for answers to a puzzle, as I read the Quran, I would always 100% find an aayah of advice or solution concerning the matter I had for the day. If not, an idea from the aayahs I read for the day. Imagine if I am consistent and recite it on a daily basis, would not my life be proper and blessed as I follow the words of Allah.

InsyaAllah

 

I had my Nothing Day today

A Nothing Day. As inspired by Vivy Yusof. 

It was a last minute break from work. A friend told me that no one was taking leave as per roster and since the seating arrangements for the medical officers can be a bit of a haywire nowadays, I decided to remove myself from the equation. My leave was granted.

So I started my morning by sending my toddler to daycare. Yes, go ahead, judge me. Then I spent my quiet morning in McDonalds having breakfast. A chicken porridge, an iced caramel latte and an apple pie. This McD outlet adopted the new system of ordering and I was a bit lost. Thankfully, there were not a lot of people yet. In a way, I managed to navigate my way through the system. Once you get the hang of it, it is pretty easy. I paid for my meal in cash and paid at the counter and since I chose a table number – all I had to do was wait for my order to be delivered to my table. At least, that was how the outlet manager taught me. It felt like a personalised tutorial. Lol. I did People Watching while having my breakfast.

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After that, I made my way to the ASB bank. I registered myself on the portal using one of the kiosk in the bank. I updated my data and personal details, checked my balance and withdrew some money. For a big purchase.

Which is a new laptop. My current LENOVO laptop is fine. I just needed something smaller for portability so I could keep my writing momentum going. I have lost quite a few ideas along the years and I hope that the ones I have now can be developed, expanded, written down and polished to a quality I hope would be worth to be submitted as a manuscript. So I got myself an Acer Aspire 3. kira oklah.. crossing my fingers for the best.

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This Acer is also easier to bring around when I share about doTERRA outside my home especially when I need to show digital files and stuff. Of course I have my material on my phone too but having a laptop makes sharing sessions appear more sleek and professional. I guess. Ha ha.

I fetched my son on time from school, made him lunch and surprise surprise Mr Husband came home for his lunch break too. I am thankful that he bought extra chicken for our meals. His favourite chicken, Uncle Jack.

Once Mr Husband goes off to work, Ee and I went to the cinema to watch Lion King. we both enjoyed it a lot. Then we stopped by the bookstore, Popular. Ee bought a comic book, I bought 4 books as well. God knows when I will finish my eternally growing reading list. Ha ha. I fancy the idea of reading a lot but the mental stamina to be focused dwindles with time. Perhaps, I should re-enact the idea of setting up my proper mini library soon.

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Once we were done, we went to fetch Ninie from the daycare and spent the last hours of the evening in our Activity Area in the house ( which has become an unofficial storage space for the time being) reading books, playing with their toys and me drafting this entry for my blog.

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I am very grateful for my Nothing Days. It wasn’t a pure Nothing Day as I still have my kids lingering with me but those few hours in the morning of me alone was bliss. If I had a few more hours I could have made that trip to the hair salon or a foot massage. Of course, I still get watsapp messages from work but it was still OK. Alhamdulilah. Do you have Nothing Days too? What do you do on those days? How was it? Share with me..

 

Malaysia Membaca Campaign

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Reading just became cool again. Thanks to our education minister, Dr Maszlee malik. Netizens are sharing what they’re reading, only that the choice of books are mostly the same. Within my circle that is. Maybe it is because we borrow books from one another. Ha ha ha.

Almost all my friends has Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist on their favourites list.  It would be interesting to see other mind-opening books you know. But yeah, those who love Mr Coelho’s book – ain’t he great?

Because of the hashtag, I have picked up my momentum in reading again. This time using the Google Playbook platform as well. It makes me look less like a nerd when I read on my phone. Friends would think I’m scrolling on Instagram when in fact I have my nose in a digital book like a modern Belle of Beauty and the Beast.

So if you’re an avid reader, a bookworm as your alter ego – do drop me a comment down below regarding good books I should read. It can be fiction, parenting books, skills book , management stuff, psychology things, history even.. or language related. As long as its a title that makes you feel awesome, happy or enlightened when you recommend them to me.

Share your good book title.

Review : Bukan Sekadar Homeschooling by Khadijah Gani

There are certain books that I need to read in Bahasa Melayu so that meaning dia sampai. First is the Quran Tafsir cause I’m not that urban like that. Second being the Hadith related books and the rest such as Parenting Books especially the ones which are written pertaining to the local climate. Rasa macam tak dan je baca parenting books omputih but you find it hard to relate to the Malaysian setting.

Hence chancing upon this book was a rare find. Especially when I’m not looking for it.

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It was one of those days when I decided to have a look at our local bookstore which is not as popular as MPH or POPULAR or BORDERS. Kedai jual alat tulis biasa je.. when I came across this book on the shelves. The title enticed me to explore the book because it has ‘homeschooling’ on it.

I was expecting a book that outlines syllabus of homeschoolers and what not. Instead it offered more than just that – to me, it was a book about Parenting along the lines of Islamic teaching. And of course I had to find out who Khadijah Gani is. And what a lovely person she turned out to be. And she has other books too – which is WOw. I will look for it later.

It was a great read with a motherly tone. It was not condescending. Meaning as a young parent yg tgh belajar kita tak rasa bangang bila baca buku tuh. Ha ha ha.  It was a very humbling piece. It felt like Khadijah Gani was there with me  – teaching me dengan lemah lembut from her personal experience of raising 4 children of her own. I read it religiously. I have been tagging tips, special doas and public figures to follow up on in the book. It’s not that neat but now that I’ve learnt how to tag books more efficiently and kemas from Ayesha, I believe the outcome would be neater once I re-tag it all again.

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I liked how Khadijah Gani was able to connect Science with Islam. It was very enlightening. Sometimes people need to hear about healthcare advice from another mother, not a doctor to justify –  why a child needs to wean, why vaccines are a safe bet and why as mothers we need to take care of ourselves (mental  health). Because if as health practitioners we try to impart some knowledge, sometimes, within an Islamic community we are labelled as pro-Zionist and other hurtful names. Whereas if it comes from a mother from a similar religious background – perhaps members of the community can take a moment to reflect on the matter and make an informed decision on what is best for their health and their children.

I would recommend this parenting book to anybody who is willing to learn the Islamic perspective in raising a child. It has duas, recommendations on what further reading we parents can pursue. It touches on sometimes the most simplest things in life that we encounter as parents when we deal with children. I bought it for RM 29 which is a bargain especially when you gain so much from the things you can learn from the book. InsyaAllah.

#sayasuka

Ohayou HoboMinci

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My Hobominci is a Hobonichi Techo 2017. It took me about a month to read about it. Another week browsing the website and making decisions. And finally just a few minutes to click ‘add to cart’ , fish out my credit card from my purse and wait for the yellow package to arrive.

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Most planneraddicts are raving about how functional and wonderful this Japanese planner is. The Japanese are after all widely known as being systematic. We have been adapting their style and systems of work into our daily practice. The 5S stuff remember?

Although bullet journaling is the more popular option in my current planneraddict group – I feel it is time consuming for myself because of my job restrictions. Then I saw a beautiful blogpost explaining the Hobonichi. I loved it instantly. I wanted it more than any Neelofar Hijab.

I chose a blue cover for my A6 HoboMinci. I wanted something I could stuff in my bag. A cute little one.

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Plenty of pockets to store stickers, washi and paper clips. Perhaps a note here and there?img1476794341512.jpg

It has a plastic cover on top of the leather cover. A ziplock area is at the back  – I can put photos or quotes or doodles there.

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I used this section as a habit tracker. See how in December I have failed in certain habits. Uh-oh. The Monthly section will be put to good use as I skim through my activities for the month. I could get an overview of what I should prepare for the month.

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I also loved that now I have a page for my daily planning. I’d put my schedule on the left side of the planner whilst the right side or any space on the page for my quotes or thoughts. Adorned with colourful washi and stickers.

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On the start of every month, there’s an empty page. I am going to use it for my highlights of the month. For instance, send a birthday card or read a particular book. Perhaps enroll in a new class or skill workshop. 😛 It can be like a dashpage to list down priorities of the month.

THE CONS : I need to set it up to suit the local scene which means I need to put down the national holidays and school holidays manually. penting tau long weekend. Sometimes nothing particularly interesting happen on that day – so I end up writing random quotes and thoughts – which can be boring. finally it is expensive especially with the weak ringgit. In fact I’ve been thinking, if I really love this system I might consider a faux hobo next year but of course nothing beats the real deal right?! mestilah nak yang ori..