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.

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.


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.