Long Lost Dream

Dayana Zahari | Monday, December 23, 2013 | 0Comments |
An exciting day today after 2 days of 'Simposium Perdana: Isu-isu Kekeluargaan dan Perlembagaan' in London.

First it started with seeing 80% elderlies in the bus going out, maybe to the city, maybe not, although it's raining heavily (not as heavy as Malaysia's rainfall though).
The wind is really strong too, even my mushroom umbrella broke. It was a thoughtful present from a friend. Sorry Qien :(.

The city is packed with people, doing their last minute shopping I suppose. 
Then I walked to the British Heart Foundation in the city and asked to meet the manager. Met the assistant instead as the manager wasn't in. Filled up a volunteering form and read the Health and Safety Manual and this other manual which mentioned about BHF does not discriminate people regardless their religion, age, race etc. 
And yes, they will provide for prayer time for volunteers and staff! Yayy alhamdulillah.

After I submitted my form, the assistant manager who's called Mary asked me when I would like to start. I didn't mind anytime so she asked me to come in tomorrow. She also asked whether I'd like to work upstairs where they handle donated goods or downstairs at the shop floor. I said I'd prefer the shop floor, but I don't have any experience in retail stores. Then she said I look confident and asked if I'd like to work at the till. Then I said I'd love to. And yes, being a cashier was once my dream job, when Ibu had a bakery. Yes, don't laugh. 
And alhamdulillah, I'll get a training on being a cashier tomorrow!

I will insyaAllah continue volunteering when term starts - with 'Bake it up!' and BHF.
If last term I took care of Sofia, this term I want to volunteer in a charity shop.
Besides it being for a good cause, filling up my time so I don't waste any of it, I want people to know that Muslim girls can do it too. We're not reserved, we're not restricted to just our homes, we can work and we can contribute to the society too. I hope this small part of involvement in the community can help change the negative perception people have towards us girls with hijab, if there is any in the community. But I'm grateful alhamdulillah, I haven't experienced anything related to discrimination, racism or prejudice during the first three months here. Other than that, I get to meet new people, ones with disabilities, and learn to treat them with equality. Humbling myself, knowing that I am not any better just because I'm are physically abled. Allah has mentioned, 

"O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted."
[49:13]

What makes us different are our iman and taqwa. The two mankind is never able to measure.

A new term, a new experience insyaAllah.
Moga Allah redha.

Warner Bros Studio - Harry Potter In The Making

Dayana Zahari | Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 0Comments |










Just something to share, 
Warner Bros Studio is located in Leavesden, Watford.
I'd say a great place to go if you love arts and the creativity of film-making.

Mid-December

Dayana Zahari | Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 1Comments |
Thank you Allah for the reminder. 

It's mid-December.

2013 is ending.

Let us reflect back on the 11 and a half months that have passed. 
What have we done?
What can be improved?

Turning on 21 next year.
Masa cepat sangat berlalu. 
Days pass by so quickly. 
Semakin hari semakin tua.

Semoga diizinkan ilmu dan amal semakin bertambah.

My December plans? 
Two 2000 words essay assignment, some personal assignment, a symposium in London, meeting beloved sisters and Being Me conference in London!

Semoga Allah redha.

Amiin.

December 2013 in short.

Dayana Zahari | Sunday, December 08, 2013 | 0Comments |
Dear Future Me,

Never forget to thank Allah every single day, every single step that you've taken and will take that is where He has taken you.

November 7th, 2013

Dayana Zahari | Friday, November 08, 2013 | 0Comments |
Passion.

When you know you cannot let go of something.

When you feel a sense of belonging.

When your heart is touched deeply.

I've started.
I will get there.
InsyaAllah.

Sahabat

Dayana Zahari | Sunday, September 15, 2013 | 1Comments |
Kawan yang baik itu seolah-olah tahu apa yang kita perlukan tanpa perlu kita ungkapkan.
Kawanku tahu yang aku dahagakan ilmu, lalu dihadiahkanku buku.
Bagiku, ilmu yang terkandung dalam buku tidak luput ditelan zaman.
Isinya boleh dibaca, kemudian dikongsi ramai.
Buku bermanfaat peneman diri ini.
Teringin juga menulis untuk berkongsi, namun belum ada kisah hebat yang dapat ditatap.
Blog jualah menjadi pilihan, untuk mencoret karangan-karangan pendek.

Terima kasih kawanku Nur Alyani Rodzi, kudoakan jannatul firdaus buatmu insyaAllah.
Semoga kita bertemu lagi.

15 September

Dayana Zahari | Sunday, September 15, 2013 | 0Comments |
I woke up this morning, still thinking about 21st, and the matters after that, and the matter before today.
And then realised today is the 15th, and realised I'm turning 20 in another 5 days.
Received a message from Husna, saying she'll be flying off on that date.
Again, another year of an insignificant birthday.
Many other important things to think about.
May Allah ease.

Malaysia di Petang Hari

Dayana Zahari | Tuesday, September 03, 2013 | 2Comments |
Nenek jemput pergi rumah nenek makan mihun sup dan keropok lekor semalam.
Hajat di hati nak berbasikal, tapi nampak gaya 3 basikal yang ada semua tak 'reliable'. Dah tak cukup masa nak isi angin dekat tayar, letak minyak dekat rantai, lalu saya membuat keputusan untuk berjalan kaki.

Walaupun hidup di kawasan perumahan yang sudah kurang segar udaranya ini, alhamdulillah dapat menghirup udara petang di Malaysia. Ambil kesempatan, sebelum terbang ke negara empat musim kan, insyaAllah.

Ada empat perkara yang saya rasa nak catat, yang membuatkan perjalanan saya ke rumah nenek tak 'monotonous' dan membosankan.
Pertamanya, saya dapat peluang senyum dengan ramai orang sambil berjalan ke rumah nenek. I don't know why, I feel happy to see cheerful faces around me. 
Keduanya, adik sekolah menengah naik motor tegur bagi salam. Waalaikumussalam adik, hati-hati bawa motor tu. Tapi tak sempat cakap, sebab dia tak berhenti pun.
Seterusnya, adik 5-6 tahun tegur "Hiii. Nak pergi mana?". Peramah sangat, comel pula! Tak sempat pula ambil gambar adik ni, masa berjalan tu dah mengejar masa.
Sempat berborak seketika dengan Pak Lang yang menjadi jaga kawasan perumahan kami.

Mungkin pada hakikatnya tiada apa yang istimewa pada kisah perjalanan ini, tapi alhamdulillah, suka saya mengambil iktibar dan pengajaran, serta menimba pengalaman dari sekecil-kecil perkara.

Oh ye, jalan kaki jimat petrol kan? Subsidi RM0.20 seliter dikurangkan oleh kerajaan. Mungkin sudah tiba masanya rakyat Malaysia mengamalkan berjalan kaki dari suatu tempat ke suatu tempat yang dekat. Saving the Earth's resources that are depleting. Cuma yang susahnya, sistem pengangkutan awam kita masih kurang efisien berbanding negara maju. Di negara maju, boleh jalan kaki ke perhentian bas, dan perjalanan dapat diteruskan ke tempat yang lebih jauh.

Oh Malaysia, tunggu ya, kami pulang ke tanah air nanti dengan human capital insyaAllah.
Menjadi muslih dan muslihah.

The University of Warwick, insyaAllah.

Dayana Zahari | Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | 2Comments |
I am more or less obliged to write down this event of my life right?

I had to check my A-Level results in Gleneagles KL yesterday after my TB test.
Alhamdulillah I got more than what I asked for.
Yes, I believe in happiness after every hardship.
Allah, the most generous, the most loving.

InsyaAllah, I will be a Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick undergraduate.

Must prepare for England.

Cantik milik Allah.

Dayana Zahari | Monday, July 29, 2013 | 1Comments |

Saya mendefinisikan cantik itu, apabila yang memandang sejuk hati dan tenang melihat perkara yang dipandang. Dan hanya Allah yang mampu menghadirkan rasa itu dalam hati yang memandang. Jaga hati, jaga iman, insyaAllah kita dikurniakan oleh Allah SWT 'cantik' itu. 


Ya Allah, permudahkanlah urusanku.

Alhamdulillah.

Dayana Zahari | Saturday, July 20, 2013 | 0Comments |
Alhamdulillah,
Alhamdulillah,
Alhamdulillah.

I am nothing but only a slave of Allah.
I always can cry everytime I think about how Allah has given me so much, how He SWT without fail would answer my prayers. I am nothing but small, and yet Allah will listen, and grant me with only what I can bear, insyaAllah.
And how He has granted me so much of happiness and contentment.
Alhamdulillah for there are countless times that Allah has granted me my du'a.
I shall not be a slave that forgets her Master insyaAllah.
I shall strive to be a person with taqwa insyaAllah.

Help those in need!

Dayana Zahari | Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | 1Comments |
Watching Sherlock (the TV series) is making me deduce things.
Say if you compare Windows 8 and Windows 98, Windows 8 starts up much faster. It takes less time to get to the 'desktop' screen on your monitor. Technology these days are making us more impatient.
Online purchases, Touch N Go cards, many more that can be stated.
You can also observe our lifespan is getting shorter compared to the older generation.
How perfectly fair God has made things.

Yup, masa semakin pantas, salah satu tanda dunia akhir zaman.
Our clock ticks the same way it did decades ago.
Maka, adakah cepatnya masa berlalu ini secara tersirat atau tersurat?

Something to ponder on.

Moving onto the what's more important, I posted this on Facebook:

I'd like to share this useful information. 
If you have unwanted clothes (preferably in good condition) and would like to donate them, you can hand 'em over to Mercy Mission Malaysia. They accept donations all year round. Please send to their HQ, open on weekdays during office hours. The address is,
No. 20 Jalan Teknologi 3/3A, Surian Industrial Park, Kota Damansara PJU5, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 47810 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

For more info:
https://www.facebook.com/MercyMissionMalaysia/info

Pre-University has ended.

Dayana Zahari | Saturday, June 15, 2013 | 2Comments |
Assalamualaikum, good day everyone!

10th June 2013 marked my last day as a pre-university, A-Level student in KDU University College.
On the last day, Economics paper 3 was served in front of us.

Alhamdulillah, A2 went alright. All praise be to Allah, my Lord, for being with me all the way throughout. As a humble servant, I am now to pray for the best results for me, and have faith in Allah for where He will place me next on this Earth.
"Sebenarnya jika kita percaya qada' dan qadar Allah, maka akhirnya tiada yang negatif kerana setiap satu kejadian, datang dengan hikmah dan pelajaran." - Ustaz Hasrizal, petikan buku Bercinta Sampai ke Syurga.

Alhamdulillah, I am grateful for having the greatest parents ever! They made du'a and solat hajat for all my papers. Jadi adik-adik, sebelum masuk dewan peperiksaan, bagitau parents, kalau nervous nak call, SMS pun boleh. Okay, advice not applicable to students in secondary or primary school.
Doa ibu bapa sangat penting. One of the du'as that I always keep in mind during exams, "Ya Allah, if the good results and good ending is not for me who has sinned a lot, let it be for my parents, my teachers and people who love me and have high hopes for me, and please forgive me ya Allah."

I believe I have given all I can, if it was not my best. Because at that moment, what I could answer is what Allah has written for me. Regretting after papers will not change anything. I also believe that there will be a rainbow after a downpour. So, there will be happiness after every hardship. Allah had tested me with something, He wants to see how I handle the test. How I can still believe in Him, have faith, be grateful for what I had done and could not do more. My faith, in qada' and qadar. How can I say I have faith in Allah when I have not yet been tested? How can I only have faith when I receive good news and lose it when the opposite happens?
Going home after Accounting helped a lot. Ibu made it clearer, about what has been written for us is best for us. And so I still have that dream of entering The University of Warwick, but The University of Kent is not a bad option either.
Allah knows best, and I know not.
Persoalannya di sini ialah bukan di mana kita belajar, tetapi kemahuan kita untuk belajar.
Jadi dekat mana-mana pun, dengan ada kemahuan, di situ ada jalan insyaAllah.
Malaysia too has good universities! Universiti Malaya was my dream university back then in high school.

A2 results will come out on August 13th. Again like SPM results, these results will give an impact on where I will be next. What I will do and how I will undergo things in my life. I wish to continue studying, somewhere where I can enjoy studying and understand what I learn so I can apply them to 'life'. And by learning, I don't mean only in classrooms and lecture halls. I wish to learn many things as there are various aspects to knowledge in life. I do make sense right?
Deep in my heart says that this result that will come out soon will have a bigger impact on me than ever. I suppose I know why. Whatever they turn out to be, I leave the matter to The Almighty, because He loves me, and He will put me where I suit best. He will only give me challenges that I can handle, surrounded by people that I love and care about me, insyaAllah.

Because Allah knows best, and I know not.

Home

Dayana Zahari | Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 0Comments |
I am truly missing Home.

Where there will be no worries, no hatred, no sadness.

But it's okay,

For I still have precious time on this dunya,
and I am given the opportunity to improve,
The opportunity to do more ibadah,
Collecting knowledge,
As much as I can.

I shall not waste this opportunity, as I am a traveler.
On a journey, crossing over.

How Do I Write?

Dayana Zahari | Tuesday, April 02, 2013 | 1Comments |
I don't know if I still can write.

13 days to trials.

48 days to A Level external exam.

I can't recall how it was like at this stage last year when trial papers were 2 weeks away.
I can only remember being busy for MCS Fun Run.

Yes, I never regret doing fun extra things in life although it takes up most of my time.
Because in the end, those events are ones I'd remember most.

MCS Fun Run 2013 is going to be held on 23rd June.
Most probably there'll be BTN or OBS camp, but I sure will register supporting them!

I believe in trying.

Dayana Zahari | Friday, March 22, 2013 | 1Comments |
We should know that every single day that we have before the Day of Judgment is actually a test.
Yes, everyday is a test.

I believe in trying my best, to be the best I can be.

Past events taught.
Closing one door, opening another.

I'm far from perfection, 
Nevertheless, I believe in trying.

I also believe in working hard to gain something. 
In putting effort for something, be it direct or indirect,
Like when you're thinking of getting married, not only you tell your parents, 
you have to gain knowledge pertaining the matter.
Or when you want good results, not only must you study hard,
you must also remember to thank your teacher, and your parents.

A2 trial exams are near! A week after that is the external A Level exam.
May Allah grant us our wishes, and reward us with the best path #AL711 #AL712.

All in all, we must always remember that everything comes from Allah SWT.
Alhamdulillah 'ala kulli hal.


Cinta Di Mata Seorang Ulama

Dayana Zahari | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | 3Comments |
Akan menghinalah mereka
Yang tak mengenal cinta
Sungguh cintamu padanya wajar adanya
Mereka kata, cinta buat kau gila
Padahal kau orang paling faham agama

Ku katakan pada mereka
Mengapa kalian iri padanya?
Jawabnya
Kerana ia mencinta dan dicintai pujaan jiwa

Bila masanya Muhammad mengharamkan cinta
Dan apakah ia menghina umatnya
Yang jatuh cinta
Janganlah kau berlagak mulia
Dengan menyebut cinta sebagai dosa

Janganlah kau pedulikan
Apa kata orang tentang cinta
Entah yang berkata keras atau halus biasa
Bukankah manusia harus menetapi pilihannya
Bukankah kata tersembunyi
Tak bererti diam seribu bahasa

Post Twins of Faith 2012

Dayana Zahari | Thursday, January 03, 2013 | 8Comments |

Assalamualaikum!

Happy 2013 everyone. I feel like a different person already, in a good way.
Not because I'm 20 this year, but because Twins of Faith Malaysia 2012 was really inspiring.
Last weekend of 2012 well spent!
The lectures, the advices and reminders are still ringing in my head. They were well delivered and pierced through the heart. Alhamdulillah, I'm grateful for the chance given by Allah SWT to have been there, listened and gained knowledge from the lectures, even the entertainments.
It was good experience, going with Husna, Farah and Zafirah.  With Dalila and Izzati as well.
Putrajaya International Convention Centre was a good location for a big crowd, and this played a part too. Everything went easy alhamdulillah. Thanks to Nenek and Maklang too for allowing us to stay over for the nights.


Post ToF is like, I've found a way to dive deeper into inner peace and Love for Allah SWT.
The true happiness is indescribable. Farah said, it's hard to get her angry now these days. And as for me, I think twice before doing anything. I'd think, "Will this please Allah?".

I think, it is when you realise your true LOVE for God, and you know this Earth is nothing but a testing ground, you'll feel happy, grateful and at peace. I hope this feeling stays, and that us Muslims will remind each other always, insyaAllah.
When I think about it, that's why the mujahideen could do anything. They don't feel the pain because of the greatest love. Even if they're tortured physically etc. their mind and souls are in total serenity.

For ones who missed Twins of Faith 2012, insyaAllah you can look forward to the one this year.

Also, just to share the knowledge I've gained, if you'd like a copy of my notes, I can e-mail them to you. Just drop your e-mail in the comment box. It won't be as beautiful as it was delivered by speech of those sheikhs, but they're more like words in point forms, just to serve as a reminder.

Thanks!
 
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