Remember when you were younger, especially in primary school, you’d have gotten a diary/biodata book? In which you exchange with your friends and then they’d decorate their profile with coloured pens and stamps and stickers? Kental right? But cute.
If your friend is slightly more creative (read: spoil market), they’d plan the pages and insert poems as well. I vividly recall these 4 mandatory sections.
1) Profile – This section where all your information were written. Name, Class, D.O.B, P.O.B, Nationality, Race bla bla bla. Purpose? To keep you informed, imparted and notified that not everyone was born in Kandang Kerbau Hospital. Haha.
2) Friendship ranking – This section rates your friends according to percentage.
3) Hobbies/Favourites – Reading, Cycling, Swimming, Sleeping – All the common hobbies. I rarely see anyone with other new hobbies like gardening or investing or snowboarding. Hahah k merepek.
4) Messages – Where you insert a poem or a short message for to the owner of the diary.
As for myself, I didn’t thought that I’d enjoy reading cause I recalled hating comprehension questions. When I was older, sometimes whenever I pass by a book shop and I have spare cash with me, I would definitely get one or two books.
I started with Malay novels by Manaf Hamzah and then I entered the Chicken Soup for the Soul ‘era’. I take delight in all sorts of genre with an exception of Sci-Fi. Robots and zombies… tak suka ah. 😛
Now I am currently reading Great Women of Islam who were given the good news of Paradise by Mahmood Ahmad Ghafandar and revised by Sheikh Safiur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri (writer who wrote The Sealed Nectar). This book was a gift from My Husband which I have selected when we were passing by Salaam Media International @ Golden Landmark.
A simple and motivational read. It makes you want to match yourself to the characteristics of the Mothers of the Believers. It has and I believe it will continue to encourage me to try harder, do better and strive further. I’m telling myself, “If you wanna enter Paradise, you have to put in more effort, sisthurrr.”
Once I have the time, I’d share a few stories. If you’re expecting a child or TTC-ing (read here) like me, you can surely pick up a few great names to name your daughters in hopes that they emulate the Mothers of the Believers. In sha Allaah!
However, I’d like to kindly advise that you read it with a sensible mind. Please do your own research/reflection if you’re hesitant about a certain stories. I am not implying that the book is not reliable, siapalah aku ni kan. I am just saying that if you’re looking at a more in depth explanation and more critical study into the sources of the stories, this is not the book for you. Perhaps you can but you gotta support it with other dependable reads. Besides, when it comes to hadiths and reliability, how is it possible that all of that be explained in a 272 pages of a book?!? One definitely needs more than that. Can’t call yourself an expert in hadiths and history simply based on one book, one read. Scholars took years to learn them!
May the book bring you benefits!