18.7.16

The World vs Signs of Kiamat

Every morning now everytime I switch on my phone I would read about a bombing, a killing spree or a terrorist act. All pointing to one direction: Islam. Did you know that fitnah is one of the small signs of kiamat?

I don't think I need to elaborate more about signs of kiamat, you can google it. 

While we're busy posting things up on social media and "lalai" with playing Pokemon Go, we tend to forget that all those are just tools to drive us away further from the actual reality that the world is getting more sick.

There will come one day when all the big signs of kiamat will rise, and when the Sun rises from the west, then the "pintu taubat" will be closed forever. 

I'm not writing this to scare nor to be a party pooper. Simply to remind me and you, over what we should do:

1) Be positive. Instead of being worried about kiamat 24/7, pray. We can't defy what Allah SWT has planned for human kind, but we can try to pull as many people as we can to go to Jannah with us. 

2) Pray. Pray. Pray. Not just for ourselves. But for the people that we care and love.

3) Recite the Qur'an. One of the signs that shows kiamat is near is how the Qur'an is no longer being recited. Defy that. Don't be one of those signs. Mengaji. Even for just 5 minutes a day, mengaji. If the people around you malas nak mengaji, niat nak sedekah and share pahala with them and pray that Allah SWT accepts our request.

4) Focus on your life and be a good person. Despite all the bad things happening now, it's all about good vs evil. Spread positivity, spread happiness and be a good person. Kindness is contagious.

5) Yes, reading the news is important. But instead of being stressed out about it, focus on starting your day right and make the right choices. Live and pray as if it's the last day of your life.

Till then, may Allah SWT shower us with His mercy and may He forgive our sins and grant us a place in Jannah. Amin.


31.5.16

BagsbyHani : How it Started


I'm already in my 6th month of restarting my entrepreneurial journey - and I thought I should at least dedicate a post about it.

Last year on June 2015, I started working at a small firm. The job was fine and all, but while working there, I felt like I wasn't growing as a person. I had so many ideas that I wanted to express but because of my job, I wasn't able to do so. I was stuck. To top it off, my bosses drove me crazy. I tried to be patient but my patience had a limit. In November 2015, I took off. Literally. I know it's very unethical of me, but I really was at one of the lowest points of my life. I couldn't take it anymore.

And so my journey of finding other means of sustaining my life began. Sure, I had a fixed monthly allowance, but my entrepreneurial soul wanted more. Prior to my trip to Mekah, I spent a lot of time trying to figure it out. I baked a lot of stuff but I realised I had no talent in baking. I thought of so many things that I should do but none of the ideas came off as economical.

At Mekah, I prayed a lot - including praying for rezeki. A couple of days after I came back home, I stumbled upon an opportunity, to sell authentic Longchamp bags below market price.

Using whatever knowledge and base I had, I started selling them. Response was beyond my expectations. The first month itself, I made about RM2000-3000 in profit. And that amount kept on growing month by month.

Throughout the six months I'm doing this business, I've gone through an emotional rollercoaster ride. If you don't have to deal with a boss, you have to deal with customers' 1001 personalities. And a LOT of negativity. That negativity brought me down a lot, and I always had to tell myself to be optimistic and see the positive side.

I have so many ideas and dreams that I want to achieve. I'm taking some time off from my education to focus on my business, probably between 6 months to a year, and will see where I head to from there.

I can truly say that I'm happy with what I'm doing, I guess - this has been my rezeki all along, to become an entrepreneur, and to make my vivid ideas come true.