sky-1438001-2-m“Pray for MH370,” a Malaysian friend wrote on our Whatsapp group chat, on Saturday morning.

I was in Singapore at the time, getting ready to catch the bus back to KL. My husband’s uncle turned on the television and we watched the breaking news on the missing MAS flight.

Since then, TV channels and radio stations have been updating us on the search and rescue mission. There isn’t much new information, reflecting the vast expanse of ocean which the rescue teams are searching. It’ll take time for anything concrete to surface. All we can do is wait and pray.

To make things worse, Twitter and other forms of social media were generating false leads – the false rumour about the plane landing at Nanming being an example – showing the danger of speculation during this stressful time. Click here for the official media statement from Malaysian Airlines.

As I write this from KL, I can testify to the general mood of anxiety and concern, and the heartfelt prayers murmured by everyone I speak to. So many of us are frequent fliers, and what happened to the passengers of MH370 speaks to a subconscious fear within many of us. Ultimately, there is so much beyond our control.

I’m praying for the missing passengers and their families. I can’t begin to imagine the uncertainty and fear faced by everyone involved. Whatever the outcome, I pray that eventually, our hearts will find rest.

Life, Permaculture

Water cut in KL

kampungUnbelievably, while living in tropical Malaysia, I’ve found myself in the middle of a water cut.

There was barely enough water from the tap for me to make wudu. And we actually have a water storage tank! I thought my water-rationing Jordan days were over.

SubhanAllah. Having uninterrupted tap water is a blessing that is so easily taken for granted, especially in countries that ordinarily have a lot of rainfall.

This news article explains the reason for the water cut, which started yesterday morning. Alas, one of the MRT construction works accidentally burst a water main. This translates to no municipal water for folks like me – 1 million residents, in total. Meanwhile, there are also water cuts in Hulu Langat because of ammonia contamination in Langat River.

Please pray for us and for others in countries with little or no access to clean water. With all this lack of rain, think of ways to harvest rainwater for yourself and your families.

Based on the weather forecast for KL, from the Malaysian Meteorological Department website, it looks like there’ll be rain on Wednesday and Thursday. InshaAllah, Ya Rabb!

Islam, Life, Seekers Guidance

From Madinah To Malaysia – my SeekersGuidance blog post

imagesCheck out my first SeekersGuidance blog post: From Madinah To Malaysia: Reflections by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil.

It’s been such a blessing to be present in Kuala Lumpur during the Haul (ceremony of remembrance) of Imam Al-Haddad. Being here at this time has been very serendipitous – when my husband and I booked our tickets to Malaysia, we had no idea so many events would be held! Alhamdulilah for Divine Providence. It’s been so inspiring to be in the presence of scholars, and a beautiful reminder of what really matters in life. Meeting the different sisters from the KL gatherings has been lovely too.

We had a brief reunion with Imam Afroz Ali today after his talk at UTM Masjid. We got to meet Professor Dr. Muhammad Zainy Uthman too! I’ve been watching his videos on Professor Al-Attas, and it was so cool to meet him in person. And then we got slightly lost on the way to another meeting lol. Thunderstorms here are intense, and traffic jams take on a whole new meaning when there’s almost zero visibility.

In other news, we attended the Questions For The Tall White Man event last night and it was so, so awesome to talk about the hard stuff with Shaykh Yahya. He really did keep it real. The night ended with beautiful Qasidah recitations, with the foot-tapping beat of Malay drums (kompang). FUN! More about this later, inshaAllah.

Random note: There is so much amazing food here! And so affordable. Talk about needing to restrain the nafs lol.