I am so happy and grateful.
Exactly on the 7th day of Ramadhan, Tariq achieved his aim to fast the full day, alhamdulillah!!😍😍🌟
He broke his fast at 7.17pm, upon the Azan of Maghrib prayers!
It all started on Wednesday when his Brainy Bunch Tae-Kwando teacher, Master Muhammad Naim Abdullah challenged Tariq to fast till 6.30pm. At that time he was fasting up to 6pm only.
And his master said he will call Tariq after Maghrib to check on him.
Upon reaching 6.30pm, I asked Tariq if he can just wait a little bit more till Maghrib time.
He said yes but with the promise that I let him eat ice cream when he break his fast!
The last 20 minutes proves to be the most difficult time for Tariq.
He was just laying on the carpet. Barely moving. Barely say a word.
Then Tariq took my phone, click in the Azan Apps and watched the seconds of countdown to Azan Maghrib!
I know that must be pure torture for him..
The time wont move faster, sayang, no matter how fiercely you stare at Mama’s phone.., I told Tariq
But Tariq eyes were fixed and he kept on staring..and staring.. and staring...
Till the very last second..
And the Azan Maghrib that day feels like a celebration of a 6+ year old boy in controlling his mind!!
Thank you Master Naim for the much needed push!
And right after that, Tariq strike a new deal with me.
One day full day of fasting, One day halfday of fasting.
Haha. Okay la sayang. Mama give chance to you.
|Tariq, if your eyes have laser, Mama’s phone would have by now shattered into pieces already!|
|The much awaited duaa makan..|
|Tick tock tick tock... at the dinner table still staring at Mama’s phone..|
|Earlier on Mama asked Tariq to go up and take something... you crawled your way up... hahaha|
|For a hungry boy, he just needed his rice and a bit of lauk.. simple mashaAllah..|
|Done Iftar... Oh now you can smile... hahaha |
First day of Ramadhan, I picked Tariq up from school at 5.10pm.
The moment he saw me, the drama starts.
Tariq asked if he can break his fast and drink water.
Why sayang... it is just less than 2 hours before Maghrib time.., I tried to persuade Tariq.
All of a sudden, he burst into tears.
Tariq, be strong sayang... sekejap je lagi... just a bit more...think about the poor people who dont have water..., I said.
And before I could finished my sentence, Tariq say in the saddest voice while still sobbing...,
...But Mama... Tariq is not poor... Tariq got water...., he said while lifting up his water bottle to me.
OmG! He missed my point! Lol!!
To cut the story short, we strike a win-win deal.
Tariq can break his fast today at 5.15pm but tomorrow he must fast until 5.30pm.
And we will add 15 mins extra everytime till he could do a full day fasting until Maghrib time, inshaAllah!
Mama Baba are so proud of you, sayang..
You put in the effort. That is most important thing.
And the fact that you asked permission to break your fast, it means you didn’t cheat in your fasting too, alhamdulillah!
Remember that Ramadhan is a month of training.
We train how to control our desires, our mind, our emotions and ourselves.
We learn that we can dictate our brain and body and not the other way around.
Although it may seem so hard at first, know that it will get easier sooner than later as long as you keep practicing, inshaAllah!Tariq crying so sad asking permission to break his fast... so when I gave permission, he gobbled up the water in one breathe!
|Tariq’s first sahur.. wakey wakey up sleepy eyes!|
|Our first Solat Taraweekh together💖|
Remember today, sayang. We balik kampung so Mama can cast my vote tomorrow at my hometown, inshaAllah.
Besides efforts like duaa and prayers, this is something Mama can do tomorrow in hope for a better Malaysia for you and your friends, inshaAllah.
Although Mama’s area has been gerrymandered, Mama knows Allah is the Best Planner.
Everyone can plan, but His Plan is the Best.
Mama so happy that your amazing school decided to close today so we can all travel comfortably to exercise our rights.
And in our case, you get to accompany Mama! Thank you CEO Mohd Fadzil Hashim and Brainy Bunch!!💖
Bear in mind sayang, that groups of people come and go, parties changes and come and go, individuals come and go...
So when it is your turn to vote in the future, choose wisely.
Choose those who are relevant to you and your people during your time. Not those who are stuck in the yesteryears paradigm of emotions and sentiments. Choose those who can govern. And can govern well. Choose those who can offer justice to everyone. Because Islam is just. Choose those who do not bring fear of Islam to the non-Muslims. Choose those who can bring people together united. And choose those who build bridges amongst all His Creations. Because our beloved Prophet (SAW) taught us to do so.
Most importantly, always seek and ask Allah for His Guidance.
8th May 2018
Yesterday on our way back from school, Tariq asked me to share some Prophet stories starting from Prophet Adam as.
So I talked about Prophet Adam’s creation, the angels, the devils, the heaven and the hellfire.
Then came a question..
Mama.., if Tariq do good things this much and then Tariq do bad things this much ... same same amount... can Tariq still enter Paradise?.., asked Tariq with a serious face while his hands gesturing a balance scale..
I paused for a moment and said,
Tariq.., because Allah is Most Kind, Most Forgiving and Most Loving... maybe... just maybe Allah will still let Tariq enter Paradise if you do good things and bad things equally...., I said,
But.., just like in this world, there are small cars, big cars, fast cars, slow cars, cars with cruise, cars with aircond, cars with no aircond, cars with fridge, cars without fridge, cars with open roof and cars without open roof...
Maybe if Tariq can enter Paradise, because Tariq do good and bad deeds the same amount...Tariq will only get a very small and slow car with no aircond.., where as Baba and Mama who do many many good deeds... more than bad deeds.. will get from Allah a super fast car that has cold aircond, big seat, open rooftop, cruise and maybe a car that can fly too!
Noooooo!!!!, screamed Tariq
Okay okay!! Tariq will do more and more good deeds, Mama! Tariq wants a big and fast and flying car too!!
Tariq, Tariq... you should know by now not to tease Mama that way because Mama will always come and ‘bite’ you back!
Yesterday Tariq had his very first Sports Day as a Year One student, alhamdulillah!
And the Sports Day theme this year was Ancient Civilization!
Tariq belongs to the Green House and they represents the Viking Civilization and called themselves The Green Vikings!
Other civilizations were Greek Civilization (Blue House), Chinese Civilization (Red House) and Egypt Civilization (Yellow House).
How awesome is that?!
All these years, when Tariq was in kindergarten, he would get a gold medal just for participating. All kids do.
But this year was different.
Tariq had to compete for the medals.
And Tariq’s teachers had brilliantly selected him to compete in the 4 Side Tug-of-War! (Coz Tariq sure cant run fast! )
And Tariq has the huge responsibility as the anchor too!
Each team had to pull to the side and ring the bell held by a referee at the end of each team.
So true to the spirit of a Never-Say-Die and Fight-Till-Your-Last-Breath of a Viking Warrior, Tariq and his teammate, Aidan, fought with all their might despite falling down over and over again to win 2 out of the 3 rounds!
Tariq's winning and final round lasted less than 15 seconds!
And that landed Tariq and Aidan their first Gold Medal and full points for Green House!
Alhamdulillah!!The moment Tariq rang the bell, his teachers were so happy!
One did jump, one hugged both of team immediately, while another carried Tariq on his shoulder and one fanned them with all her might!
So well done, Tariq and Aidan! Your fighting spirit make us all so proud!!
And the cherry on the cake was that Tariq’s Green House the Viking Civilization became the Champion for the Brainy Bunch International School Sports Day 2018!
*Who are you?
We are the Green Vikings!
Who are the Green Vikings?
The King of Sports!!
What are we gonna do?
We are going to win no matter what!!
*The Green House chant
|Generous parents donating to Brainy |
Bunch Foundation during the
Sports Day! Thank you parents!!💗
|Baba, Mama, Tariq and|
Nazeer after Tariq’s win!
|Shopping some pre-loved books after his event|
|Tag team Tariq and Nazeer doing their bit for Brainy Bunch Foundation|
|Happy Tariq smiling for Uncle Mohd Fadzil Hashim’s camera!😍|
|Mama’s sandwich board boys!!|
|Tariq ready with Adam, his team mate to perform for Sports Day opening ceremony|
|Tariq after his event. A slight pain around his wrist. |
No pain no gain, sayang!
|Pull Tariq pull!|
Can see the stress on Tariq's face while pulling the rope to his direction.
|Tariq doing his close to perfect split!|
|Thank you, Uncle!|
|Getting ready for the next round|
|So garang and fierce all the Vikings!|
|Tariq took a glimpse to his back moments |
before he rings the victory bell!
|All the 4 Sides using their might to |
reach the bell first and win the round!
|Tariq is part of Brainy Bunch Taekwando School Team!|
|The Green Vikings|
|Happy Aidan with Gold Medal|
|Tariq’s Uncles and Ustazs massaging Tariq and |
Aidan preparing them for the next round!
|Super happy after his event with his beloved|
Zeer who came to cheer him up
|Go Go Vikings!!|
|Massage massage... like a pro wrestle! Hihi|
|Pull Tariq Pull!!!!|
|Tariq’s Gold Medal.. 4 Side Tug of War!|
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