Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

On the days prior to school reopened for year 2010, when Akhi was reminded about going  back to school, you already gave signs to Ummi and Abi that you wanted to go to school and even mentioned the word “Explorers”. Yes, my dear, our initial plan was to enrol you in July.

However, after consulting few of Ummi’s early childhood professionals, and putting your readiness and weighing the pros and cons, we finally decided to enrol you in February instead. Yes, very much earlier than the initial plan. Following are what we may consider the best to put you earlier:

1. Your consistent request as the title reads, each time sending Akhi especially.

2. Not wanting to make you have the impression of being neglected once your younger sibling comes to earth (March-April).

3. Allowing you to settle down in school before the younger sibling arrives.

4. Allowing Ummi to make preparations for the presence of our new member of the family later. This includes 

– adjusting to a new daily routine

– getting baby’s stuffs ready

– making arrangements for Akhi, Abi and you to sleep in separate room when baby arrives.

Insya Allah, with prior anticipation, all will go well. May Allah make this pregnancy and delivery a safe and smooth process for all of us including the baby in Ummi’s “tummy”. Ameen.

“Wait, I solat first eh.”

December 30, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bunayya,

Alhamdulillah, with the blessings of Allah, you are seen willing to solat as and when you feel like. Of course, you will join us too for the congregational solats too!

Alhamdulillah, you are able to verbalize your thoughts and feelings(most of the time), including the above phrase. You will mention that when at times Ummi or Akhi or Abi call you to carry out certain task.

May Allah make Akhi and you and your other sibling/s Muslim ummah who will always remember and love to carry out your solat fardh until you return to HIM. Ameen!


High, High Fever

September 14, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Dearest Bint,

Just few days after Akhi had high fever and a terrible cough, it was your turn eventually. Being close range siblings are like twins to both Abi and Ummi. “Kalau satu dah sakit, yang lagi satu tu tunggu sakit je.” A common expectant in sibling and family members being sick especially the common illnesses.

On the first day that you had fever was just normal fever, which subsid after medications. On the second day, your temperature seemed to shoot up to about 39.5 degrees. Alhamdulillah, it was the day Akhi was to have his follow-up at the Paeditrician, so we brought you along. Seemed that you too needed the antibiotic when Nurofen no longer working. Hmmmm… my, my, my, our pocket money was really running very low (the next day is Abi’s pay day). Alhamdulillah, with Allah’s grace during this blessed month of Ramadhan, the rezk, came from some useful source – no, we did not land in any debt. Alhamdulillah. Without any discount and debt, we managed to pay for both Akhi and your medical fees.

During this period, Ummi thanked Allah the Almighty that this happened during the September 09 school holidays. Alhamdulillah, Abi was around most of the time when he was needed by you – to feed you, to carry you, to comfort you, etc, when everything that Ummi did to console you failed.

With Allah’s grace again (and again and non-stop), both Akhi and you recovered from your main sickness (high fever) by the 4th school term. Just for you, with the leftovers of cough and slight runny nose.

Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah. Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Laa-ilaaha illallah, Allah Akbar.



June 6, 2009

Assalaamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,

Today Ummi and Abi were amazed while Akhi, Ummi and you were at the dining table, doing our normal after Maghrib routine.

Akhi was so like the Al-Arqam cards. He is into rearranging them in ascending orter. While doing that today, Akhi was stucked as to what comes next after “Khamsah”. “Sittah!” you mentioned in your normal tone voice. Alhamdulillah, as Akhi is learning with Ummi all these while, you are learning too. Alhamdulillah!


Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,

For more than 10 years, Ummi was searching for the meaning of Ummi’s name, Huzaidah, but only found out during a visit to Habib Abbas on Saturday 6 Jamadil Awwal 1430H(2 May 2009M). All along Ummi knew that Huzaidah is made up of Yayi’s and Nyayi’s name Hu(sain) and Z(ub)aidah.

Ummi braved myself to go in front of Habib and asked the meaning. There is no meaning to the name and thus, Habib has given Ummu 2 names, 2 real names of Ummi. One is Faathimah and the other is Zubaidah.

Hmmm… Zubaidah (Nyayi’s name), Zubaidah(Ummi’s name), and Zubaidah, your other name, dear Bint! Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Laa ilaaha Ilallah, Allah Akbar! However, to be unique, Ummi chose Faathimah, keeping the name Zubaidah always at heart, each time others call Ummi ‘Idah’.

Upon informing Abi about Ummi’s real names, Abi also boldly asked Habib Abbas to check on his name. Habib has also given Abi 2 names – Abdullah and Muhammad. After much consideration, Abi chose his real name – Abdullah in the hope of being a great servant of Allah and reminding himself to be down to earth at all times.

The lesson to learn in name giving is the hope that we turn to be a good Muslimah and that our names are do’a upon us. Ameen.


Night Wakes…

May 13, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,
For the past month, it seemed that you were waking up few times in the middle of the night, despite giving you late dinner or milk. During this period marked the most Ummi had to consume coffee just to keep awake so that the normal routine was done smoothly.

So, Ummi took the initiative to visit Habib Abbas for his do’a, supplicated water and also getting an ‘azimah/t’ for you. Alhamdulillah, after the visit with Abi, Akhi, and you, with the barakah of Habib Abbas under Allah’s will, situation at night does improve. You will only wake up for milk the most twice or thrice.


Self Feed

March 9, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

After about 2 months(now you are 19 months) of playing with spoons, bowls and water, you are able to self-feed yourself, for food that you want to eat. For example, noodles and beancurd. When we eat outside, you are so focused in what you do with those cutleries and food that Ummi and Abi are able to eat in ‘peace’.

Not only to food, even liquid! Yes, you are able to use the spoon to scoop soup and water to your mouth with minimum spills.

Alhamdulillah, a distinct development from Akhi. Ummi will be waiting for the day that you are able to eat yourself for all meals.



November 10, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

Since we came back from the KL trip for the haul, both Akhi and you have not been yourselves. Ummi thought it may be the changes of climate between Singapore and Malaysia. Wallahu a’lam.

Few days after the trip – Ummi sensed that your 2-week cough during sleep was getting worse. It was on Thursday that you began coughing even when you were awake. It rang the bell for Ummi to seek the doctor regarding your health.

On Friday, we went to the Paediatric clinic as the symptoms shown by you were just like Akhi’s when he had his terrible cough about a year ago – that asthmatic cough. Alhamdulillah, doctor did not diagnose you with bronchiolitis or bronchitis. You were very phelgmy when the doctor listened to your chest and back. You were prescribed the antibiotic (augmentin), phlegm medicine and also to puff you 4X with 3 puffs per session. With the medication given to you, resulted in vomitting sessions and passing motion that led to changing of bedsheets and also frequent change of clothes (Abi, Ummi and you).

Alhamdulillah, by Sunday, your cough subsid. However, you woke up at 2.30am with a very high fever. Ummi administered paracetamol and doused you in the bathtub of water for about 15 minutes until your body temperature dropped. The medication neurofen has been given to you since then as the high fever comes and goes.

The hikmah behind this maybe…. the haul this year focused on sabr(patience) and Allah is really putting us to test based on it. Allah is All Knowledgable and All Wise. So to Allah we seek help.

May Allah grant Ummi and Abi strength to overcome this challenge and many more to come in seeking patience(sabr). Ameen.


The Screeching Bint

October 16, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,

Yesterday marked the first day when you began screaming and screeching till it reached Ummi’s eardrums! Even before going to bed, you screamed of excitement while playing with Abi.

Oh my…. you are indeed the loudest in the family. LOL


Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.

Ya Bunayya!

At 1.37am on Tuesday, 22nd July 2008(Gregorian calendar), you turned one year old.

Allah selamatkan kamu (2X)

Allah selamatkan bintmahathir

Allah selamatkan kamu.

Until this day, Ummi and Abi have seen you developed so much, so much that the utmost development of yours is that you are able to walk so much now since the cruising time at 9 months. More to write about your development in the next posts.

Anyway, May Allah create you to be an ‘aalim and solehah girl with good virtues and akhlaq, whom ta’at to Allah and Rasul and also Ummi and Abi. Ameen.