Friday, October 27, 2017

Your Best Friend, the Quran - Inspirational Story as a Parent

A few days ago, I received a wonderful news. 

That Tariq has completed his Iqra 6 and is now ready to read the actual Quran, mashaAllah!

Alhamdulillah ya Rabb.. Only Allah knows how happy I felt! 

So I took Tariq to MPH to buy his very first Quran.

From the many selections, I chose the Quran with just plain black verses.

His teacher said the Quran with colored verses might hinder Tariq’s ability to learn Tajwid on his own.

There were 3 Qurans that fit the bill and I laid them in front of Tariq.

I then opened Chapter 86 Surah At-Tariq for all the three Qurans and recited the first 3 verses from each Quran for Tariq to listen to while my finger pointing to each of the mentioned words.. 

....Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem... Wassamaaa'i wattaariq....Wa maaa adraaka mattaariq... Annajmus saaqib...

Choose the Quran that Tariq feels you love the most, sayang.., I said to Tariq after reciting the 3rd Quran.

And it was like love at first sight for him.

Tariq reached for his chosen Quran and immediately held it close to his heart.

It was then I asked him to talk to his Quran because him and his new Quran are going to be good friends inshaAllah.. 

... As salaamu ‘alaykum Quran, my name is Tariq... Tariq wants to be your friend.., Tariq wants to read you everyday.., Tariq wants to remember (memorize) you... Tariq wants to understand you.. please be Tariq’s friend... please be Tariq’s best friend.. , whispered Tariq while still holding his Quran tight to his chest..

As Muslims, Quran have a special relationship with us. Quran carries words of Allah, His Guidance, His Instructions, life lessons and stories we can learn from, words that can bring serenity and tranquility to our hearts.. and many many more.

Quran is the miracle given by Allah to our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW.

So thank you, thank you to all of Tariq’s Quran teachers from all Aunties in Shamiza BrainyBunch Seremban Dua and all Teachers in AlBaghdadi Playtime Centre Seremban!😍😘😘

We cannot do this without your relentless effort. May His Highest Paradise be your eternal reward, Aamiin.. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
Tariq fell in love with this Quran at first sight..😍

Mama and Baba are so happy with your progress, sayang! Alhamdulillah!!😘😘😘

Tariq lovingly hug his First Quran ever.. The start of Tariq’s new relationship with his new best friend, inshaAllah his new favourite book, the Holy Quran.. alhamdulillah πŸ’–

Friday, October 13, 2017

Facing Setbacks - Inspirational Story as a Parent

Three weeks back, Tariq participated in another swimming competition ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Splash 2017 in Melaka.

There were 900 swimmers from all over the country competing, mashaAllah!

Tariq broke his own personal best time for 50m Freestyle and clocked a new best personal record at 1 min 32 secs, alhamdulillah!!

His old record was 2min 23secs he set at the same tournament last year.

We were so happy!!

But it wasn’t all nice and dandy.

That weekend, Tariq learn a valuable lesson in life.

That after a failure, you have to face it, learn from it, buck up, suck it up, re-focus and move on.

Tariq participated in two events. A 50m Freestyle Relay and a 50m Individual Freestyle Event.

The first event which was on Friday was a relay event, scheduled at 5.05pm but was delayed to 9pm due to many earlier false starts, re-swim etc.

Needless to say, after waiting from 11am, Tariq was too tired and lethargic by the time his event started at 9pm!

He swam so badly. I mean, really really bad. He even created his own swimming style!

They couldn’t disqualify him coz he still seems to be swimming like a freestyle, but, actually, he wasn’t.

I was upset. He was upset. His coach was upset. The crowd was just too shocked to even cheer for him. A totally bad end for his first day.

On Saturday morning, I did a post-mortem with him. I showed him his video recording and asked him what went wrong, what he could do better and what should he do in his next event.

Fast forward Sunday morning, Tariq arrived at the Aquatic Stadium fully charged and ready to do his best.

And that, he did, mashaAllah!!

He was poised, focused. He remembered all his techniques. And he swam his heart out. He swam like a champion. He swam his very best!

I was emotional and shed a tear when Tariq’s hand slammed the wall clock.

My little boy has learn a major life lesson at very young age.

Once I faced a major setback in my life and my dad lovingly said to me,

‘... it is not what you face that makes who you are, it is how you respond to your situation that makes who you are..

To my Tariq, at 6 years old you have learn this life lesson Mama took tens of years to learn, mashaAllah.

May you always remember this every time things don’t go your way..

Tariq with his beloved support team.. Nazeer and White Rose 😍😍😍

So tired waiting for his event that Tariq fell asleep.. this is swimmers life during competition.. they play, they eat, they sleep, they read, they pray while waiting for their events to be called up..

On the way to the Hang Jebat Aquatic Stadium😍

Tariq’s event on his arm

Tariq’s new best personal time on official record now! Alhamdulillah!

With Mama.. πŸ’—

Swimming kids spend time playing chess, game board, coloring, reading and playing card while waiting for their events to be called. I see none, zero, nil of the swimmers playing with gadgets mashaAllah!

Manja... makan pun nak Coach Irene Hisham suap.. hihi😘

This is so funny. Tariq keep farting and every time he farted, he will tell Uncle Kevin. After a couple of time, Uncle Kevin (one of the swimmers dad) said to Tariq... you must hold all your gas in and only release it in the pool so you can go faster!! Hahaha. Tariq loves the idea!

A picture after his best performance. You are the best Coach Irene Hisham!

Just after warm up session with his swimming buddies..

Look at the board, Tariq.. says Coach Irene Hisham to Tariq when Tariq asked her when is his event..

On your mark..

Friday. So dark at night already. Closing to 9pm and Tariq’s event was still not called. Kakak Sofea Shabib Bachok, Kakak Sarah and Aunty Bib are always there till the end to support TariqπŸ’–πŸ’–

A kiss from Mama before his Sunday eventπŸ’‹

Waiting for his turn.. duduk macam dekat kedai Mamak! Lepak style πŸ˜‚

With Coach Abie 😍

Warm up sessions..

Sep atas tas tas... sep bawah wah wah... Sep siku ku ku...
One of the games Tariq plays with Nazeer to fill up their time πŸ˜„πŸ’—

ariq, Nazeer and Abang Kayden 😍

Coach Irene Hisham gave last minute guidance to TariqπŸ’–

Tariq and Baba πŸ’–

Hahahaha.. Tariq goofing around with Keegan!

Getting ready..

Abang Dinish writing down Tariq’s event number on his hand..

Well done, Tariq! A high-5 from Coach Irene Hisham😍

Pep talk from Mama while Tariq changing into his competition pants just before his event is called up..

Just back from his event- A confident boy who is totally happy because he did the best he could that Sunday morning! Alhamdulillah!

The official book..

Fooling around with Keegan, his relay buddy

Tariq is at the lane closest to the camera. Watch Tariq inventing his own freestyle. I called it Gliding Freestyle! He silenced the crowd.. πŸ˜‚

I think the swimming technical officers too are not so sure how to treat this new technique. Tariq is technically not violating any freestyle rules but then he wasn't really swimming freestyle as well.. hihi

Tariq’s comeback! The crowd was excited (and nervously) cheering for him!! They lovingly remembered him as the boy who swim strangely on Friday. Hahaha. They cheered for him all to the end! Well done my little one alhamdulillah. You made us all proud! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What Would You Ask For In Paradise? - Inspirational Story as a Parent

It was a fun night, last night.

As much as we can, we always try to link back everything to Allah and hereafter.

So, last night, Me and Tariq were competing against one another who will ask from Allah the more awesome requests when we are in Paradise. 

And our imagination went so wild!

I told Tariq that I will ask from Allah for a castle made from glittering diamonds; then Tariq said he will ask Allah for a castle made from titanium metals.

Then I said I will ask for a white unicorn with feathers that releases gold dust when I ride it; and Tariq said he will ask Allah to give him a big flying horse that has swords all around it!

Wanted to outdo him, I said I will meet Prophet Solomon in Paradise and ask him to teach me how to talk to animals; then Tariq said he will also learn how to talk to animals and tell the animals to come to his big castle and play in his even bigger farm!

So it went on and on and on...

And after an exhaustingly super wild imagination face off,

I said to him.., Tariq..., Mama knows Mama knows... Mama have the best request to ask Allah! You can never beat this one!

What Mama.. what..? Tariq was so curious.

Mama will ask Allah... jeng jeng jeng.... to..... make.... Tariq a baby again so Mama can hug and kiss and carry and cuddle you!!!

Noooooooooooooooo!!!!, screamed Tariq in horror.


See Tariq.. You have to work harder to beat the master.. hihi


Monday, October 02, 2017

A New Sticker Holder - Inspirational Story as a Parent

I saw Tariq sitting at his book corner so focused doing something..

I came closer and saw him doing his Marvel Heroes Sticker Book we recently bought at MPH Bookstore.

But then, I also saw his face was full of those Superheroes stickers.

Tariq.., why are there stickers all over your face..?, I asked him

Because Mama.., Tariq fingers not enough.. see.. this finger already have one sticker, this finger one sticker, this finger one sticker... , said Tariq while showing me his very hard working fingers..

..... and this hand, Tariq want to use to take the stickers out from the book.., he continues

So that is why Tariq must put stickers on my face..!, explains Tariq to me..


Okay la sayang...

If using your face as a sticker holder makes life easier for you, then by all means, use your face as a sticker holder!

Mama fully support your face’s newest function! πŸ˜‚

Take one and...

Stick it right inside the book!

First time in my life I saw a boy uses his face as a sticker holder!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How Fast 6 Years Pass! - Inspirational Story as a Parent

Tomorrow Tariq will be sitting for his Primary One aka Standard One Assessment Test.

I cannot believe how fast 6 years has passed, subhanAllah!

So tonight, to prepare him, Mama has to sit on this tiny small chair which is definitely not made for old people like me..

My butt is borderline numb coz I have been sitting close to two hours on this chair...😭😭😭

But I know, it is all worth my pain..

So all the best for tomorrow my fast growing baby boy!

InshaAllah, you will do well 😘😘

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Grateful and Thankful to Him - Inspirational Story as a Parent

As our new Hijrah year approaching with too many tests, sadness, cruelty and negativity happening, I reminded myself to always believe and trust in Allah’s Plans. 

No matter how painful it seems to be.

And to be grateful and thankful to Him.

‘.... If you are grateful, I will give more..

Which of Allah’s blessings, do you deny...’;

are amongst words I remind myself constantly.

So I train my mind to look at the simplest things and be grateful for it.

Like the simple story below..

Tariq learns something new.

Tariq’s Baba come home from work and sits with him on the small kid chair.

Tariq excitedly shows his Baba what he is learning at that time.

Tariq’s Baba is happy to see his son’s tiny steps progress.

And gives Tariq a well-done-Baba-proud-of-your-effort hug.

Tariq’s Mama smiles to see the special moment father-son bond forming.

And thank Allah profusely for His many blessings.

The end.

Baba being a Maths buff is so delighted!

Tariq just learn what a cone looks like. He just realized that the ice cream cone’s cone is a cone shape! Hahaha

Tariq showing off his deeper understanding of the word ‘before’, ‘after’ and ‘between’ using Mathematics to Baba.

And give Tariq a hug and a well done pat on his shoulder.

Monday, September 11, 2017

A+ for Effort is the Actual Prize - Inspirational Story as a Parent

Last weekend was a such memorable weekend for Tariq.

We travelled to Singapore for Tariq's very first Singapore Swimming Club Invitational Midget Meet.

It is called Midget MeetπŸ˜„ because this competition is meant for kids 9 years old and below.

There were 3 countries participating - Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines.

Tariq together with his Abang Zidane who is a 9 year old, registered for both backstroke and freestyle events.

And during this exciting weekend, Tariq swam his hardest and..

He received his very first Silver Bracelet for his 2nd place in the Backstroke 25meter Event Heat 1 for 6 years old and under!!😍🌟🌟

And the Gold Bracelet recipient was just one second faster than Tariq!

On top of that, Tariq broke his own personal best time record for both the events he was competing in.

His previous best time backstroke 25meter was 1min 10 seconds. 

And his new personal best time for 25m Backstroke is now down to 47.81 seconds! 

Tariq was literally 22.19 seconds faster!


We were jumping up and down so happy when we saw his new timing. 

It was so unbelievable, alhamdulillah!!

And for freestyle, his previous best was 1 min and his unofficial time was about 44 seconds. We are still waiting for the official time from the organizer.

(Update at 1.25pm, we just received an email from organizer. ****Tariq's official time for his 25m Freestyle is 39.74 seconds!! A 20.26 seconds faster than his previous best record. We are beyond happy, alhamdulillah!!)😍🌟🌟🌟

Abang Zidane also received a Silver Bracelet for his Freestyle 25m for 9 year old, mashaAllah!

Well done Tariq and Zidane!! πŸ˜˜πŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ’–πŸ˜

You both make us all so so proud.🌟🌟🌟

As Tariq's parents, me and his Baba are very clear on our goal.

Winning medals is an awesome result. No doubt.

But the most important thing for us actually is the training of discipline, focus, dedication, confidence, determination, continuous improvement and persistency that Tariq receives before his medal.

Now, that is Tariq's actual prize! 😘😘😘

So swim on our little champion! We give you an A+ for your effort! Bravo!! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸŒŸπŸ˜˜πŸ’–πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ
One for the family picture! This is the first time Baba Hamid Sain sees Tariq swim! 😍😍
Baba was beaming with pride the whole time!

Abang Zidane cheered and waited for Tariq right at the end of the pool and terus give a brief of Tariq's backstroke performace! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

Keluar from pool right after his freestyle event, Coach Irene said well done and Tariq terus say he is hungry! Haha..
Coach Irene Hisham

I captured this perfect technical backstroke from Tariq!😍
Tariq's thumb on top, palm facing inside as Tariq's hand coming out of water..
Coach Irene Hisham

Coach Irene Hisham as always.. giving Tariq advice and reminder for his eventsπŸ’—

With beautiful Coach Irene Hisham and dashing Coach Abie!
Tariq wanted to mimic the Olympians biting their medals tapi salah hold his so now he looks like he is wearing braces instead! Lol

Perfect backstroke ending, Tariq!

Happy Champions- Zidane and Tariq with Coach Abie!😍

Yes, you can do it, Tariq!
We took this picture one day before Tariq event at the pool

Tariq's hands are straight mid way, upper arms touches Tariq's ears then Tariq's turns his palm facing out as his hand goes back into the water..

Just arrived at Singapore Swimming Club at 7am on competition day

Tariq going back and forth eagerly checking the white board to see if organiser already called for his event

In the second VIP holding room, kids get to watch a few minutes of cartoon before they are called up for their event... maybe to help calm down their nerves..

Tariq listening to some last minute words of advice from Coach AbieπŸ’—

Tariq so happy showing off his Silver Bracelet for second place 25m Backstroke Heat 1!
He even broke his own personal best time record.
It was 1min 10seconds and his new record now is 47.81secs!!πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Tariq in the first holding room, waiting to be transferred to the VIP Second Holding Room
And Tariq found a new friend from Singapore and they started chatting.. wonder what they chat about..

Posing with their Silver Bracelet!
Both Tariq and Abang Zidane got second place in their heat! Well done, little champions!! 😍

Tariq getting ready for his freestyle 25m event

Tariq and Zidane in their March Pass before the event.

And Tariq pinky finger clearly at the most bottom ready to touch the water..
Awesome techniques, Tariq!

Tariq with the dedicated Coach Abie πŸ’—

Steady Tariq.. walking to the pool for his event..

Tariq's event is being called to the pool and off he went.. good luck Tariq!!
He looked so focused!

Tariq taking his place for his backstroke event

Tariq's very first Silver Bracelet.
Excellent Swim! Congrats my darling. Mama Baba so proud of you. A+ for your effort!

On your mark..