Blogging contest for School children during school holidays

Yesterday I discussed with my daughter and she agreed on this blogging contest. She never being blogging before and yesterday I did told her that it is great to have a blog so that she could practice her English since English language is not our mother tongue.

So yesterday I told her a bit about wordpress and showed her what is blogging all about. Where to find interesting article to blog or an interesting video to blog and so on. So today she rang me up and ask me to review her first blog.  Of course I did help her to upload few photos that she would like to use in her blog and the rest are her own effort.

Not bad for a newbie in blogging world and a 14 year old kid. I told her just “showoff” Raihan Online blog to her friends and told them about the Blogging contest. Oppss! forgot to tell you it is for kids in Malaysia age 10 to 15 during this one and a half month school holidays in Malaysia.


Reality TV on the Web – The Next Internet Millionaire

Joel Comm has been on the cutting edge of Internet marketing for a long time — and sometimes a bit over the edge! — but his new idea about an Internet marketing reality show is a great one. Called The Next Internet Millionaire, it’s modeled after Survivor and The Apprentice, among other reality TV shows.

Salam AidilFitri or Eidul Fitr’ or Eid Mubarak

I would like to wish all muslim friends, Selamat Hari Raya AidilFitri and may Allah accept all our prayers during the month of Ramadhan. Last month at the beginning of ramadhan, I have brief you about Ramadhan and now it is about time I brief you about Eidul Fitri

Eidul-Fitr or Id-Ul-Fitr or Aidil Fitri often abbreviated as simply Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic term meaning “festivity” or “celebration.” while Fitr’ means “to break the fast”and can also mean “nature” from the word “fitrat” and therefore symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. On the day of the celebration, a typical Muslim family is awake very early and then after praying the first normal everyday prayer, is required to eat in a small quantity, symbolizing the end of Ramadan. They then attend special congregational prayers held only for this occasion in mosques, in large open areas, stadiums or arenas. The prayer is generally short, and is followed by a sermon (khutbah). Worshippers greet and embrace each other in a spirit of peace and love after the congregational prayer. After the special prayers, festivities and merriment are commonly observed with visits to the homes of relatives and friends to thank God for all blessings.

In view that Eidul Fitri is very near I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my friends here Happy Eidul Fitri and may Allah bless us all with more Rezeki, insyaAllah. To those who are going home to kampung, please do drive safely and to those who could not go home, view this video . . . . .in my language . . . bahasa Malaysia . . .

Enjoy the video from Sami Yusof on The Day of Eid.

For Muslims, Eidul Fitr is a joyous occasion with important religious significance, celebrating of the achievement of enhanced piety. It is a day of forgiveness, moral victory, peace of congregation, fellowship, brotherhood and unity. Muslims celebrate not only the end of fasting, but also thank God for the help and strength that they believe he gave them throughout the previous month to help them practice self-control. It is a time of giving and sharing, and many Muslims dress in holiday attire.

My card to you all Muslim Friends.

Eidul Fitri from

Special unplug . . .from an online friend at youtube . . .

Lastly, if you like this old song, download it here: Cahaya Aidil Fitr (right click to download).


The month of Ramadhan has been singled out for special worship (`Ibadah) and exclusive favours. It is a month unlike other months. One reason for this, as defined by the Qur’an, is because the Holy Qur’an was revealed in this month. Says Allah in Sura al­Baqarah: The month of Ramadhan, that in which the Qur’an was sent down; a guidance for mankind, and clear signs of guidance and distinction (2:185). In fact, according to a hadith of the 6th Imam (a), the other holy books were also revealed in this month.

Among the nights of Ramadhan is one special night, which is better than a thousand months (HQ, 97:3). Good deeds performed on that single night are equal to those performed over a thousand months. It is the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr), when the Qur’an was revealed. Some commentators believe it was the night when the Qur’an was brought down from Baytul M`amur (Heavenly abode), for Jibrael to reveal in parts to the Prophet (s). Others say it was the night when the Prophet received the entire Qur’an, but was asked to transmit it as and when the occasion demanded.

Laylatul Qadr is a celebration to commemorate the arrival of the final guidance for humans. It is a tribute to the commencement of the message revealed to mankind by their Creator, a message which shows them the way to achieve happiness in both the worlds. Just as the arrival of a child is celebrated, on its birth and then every year, as a bringer of joy and fulfilment for the family, Laylatul Qadr is celebrated as a bringer of light and guidance for mankind. Unlike the birthday which is celebrated with a feast for the senses, Laylatul Qadr includes a feast for the spirit, a feast of worship and prayers.

Some Ahadith indicate that the fate of every believer for the coming year is decreed on this night. That is why the Du`as for this night ask for special favours in the decree for the year. Believers are encouraged to stay awake the entire night, and pray for blessings and forgiveness. It is the holiest night of the year, and it would be unwise to be heedless of the tremendous benefits of this night.

The Holy Qur’an contains a short surah dedicated to Laylatul Qadr. Surah Al-Qadr is the 97th surah and consists of five verses. However, these short verses carry great meaning and guidance. They tell us all we need to know about the essence and spirit of Laylatul Qadr. Laylatul Qadr falls sometime within the last 10 days of Ramadhan. This is the surah Al-Qadr.

Worship during this night can take on many forms. Here are a few suggestions to help you through Laylatul Qadr:

• Plan ahead if you are working. If you are going to spend a night awake in worship, book the following day off.

• Take regular breaks during the night to avoid getting over-exhausted. Try switching between different forms of worship instead.

• Perform Itikaaf (seclusion in a mosque for worship) – If possible, take a vacation for the last 10 days of Ramadhan. If you cannot stay at your local mosque ask family or friends to help out during your Itikaaf at home. If you cannot spend all 10 days in Itikaaf, then do as many days as you can – even if it is only one day.

• Increase the recitation of the Qur’an, and reflect on the meaning of the verses, especially the verses used in Salah. This will help you concentrate.

• Increase Salah (prayer).

• Find out if there are any events organised, and take your family along.

Doing all of the above activities may be too much to do throughout the night but is far better than social gatherings and meaningless talk that we stay awake for.

If your Arabic is not very strong then there are many good English translations of Qur’an and Hadith, which can be used instead. Other useful reading might include books of tafsir (Qura’n commentary), books on the lives of the Prophets (upon whom be peace), and books of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) as well as Du’a books.

The days of Laylatul-Qadr are an important time for worship, especially the last 10 days. We should pray sincerely from our hearts in order to be saved from the hellfire. This is a good opportunity not only to pray for ourselves but also for our fellow brothers and sisters, for if we can not do anything else then our prayers will help.

Ibn Abbas (RA) heard the Prophet (SAAWS) advising someone, saying, “Take advantage of five before five: You’re youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you become occupied, and your life before your death.”

May Allah help us to purify our hearts, strengthen our faith, and enable us to meet every challenge, and overcome every difficulty in our lives. May Allah allow us to serve Him with sincerity in our work, study, professional, business, family and social lives. When the time comes for us finally to return to Him, may Allah admit us to the companionship of those whom He loves.

It is not too late….the last 10 nights in the month of Ramadhan. View and hear this Tazkirah (reminder) or Bayan (a talk) about this night of power, Laylatul Qadr.

Who Else Wants Inspiration? and What is Inspiration?

Inspiration can be an amazing thing. When you’re in the flow of it the feeling is one of the best things on earth. When you’re outside of mind inspiration and struggling with it you feel deeply frustrated and useless. So what do you do if you have a creative business and you need to be creating? As a business owner and a part-time blogger I know exactly how this feels and have to find ways to get away from the frustration and into inspiration.

I work on the regular marketing and business activities that need updating and some attention of their own. I use to try to push the inspiration out of me but now I just go with the flow and do what I can do and that is good for the business too.

Yes, there are times when I need to come up with new techniques for particular marketing strategy but instead of trying initially for something out of the box I go for something that totally out of proportion. I find that once I get started things improve and ideas start coming to me. Then I start making new strategies that are inspired and original.

I know when I am writing it can sometimes be 99% effort and 1% inspiration and that is fine – it is the idea that matters and it is the skill of a writer to bring it into reality.

So when you’re struggling with inspiration let go lightly and work on something that will allow ideas to come and be explored without tension. Give inspiration the chance to come in its own time and way. Figure out what are your triggers for inspiration and creativity and what makes it stay away. Once you start understanding how your creative muse works you can make your life much easier. For me it is about being happy, enjoying life, seeing beauty and being relaxed. So putting myself into this space by taking pressure of myself is a great solution.

Write down a list of things that work for you and things that don’t work for you, so you can bring about a creative and inspirational environment to do what you need to do. Empower yourself by knowing yourself.

Another thing is that when one talks about inspiration, one talks about getting it. They talk of where it can be found or how it can be discovered and what is the fastest way to get it. Some people sit in their “special” place or have a certain time where they believe inspiration occurs quite often. Others read a certain book or wear a particular piece of clothing, all these things done in the search for inspiration. This is not the type of inspiration I speak of.

The inspiration I speak of is not in a book or clothing or place, it is in your child. It is, I believe, a natural occurrence in children that happens without props or anything special. It actually seems to ooze out of them in a most natural way. It always seems as well to turn up at the most inconvenient times. Our biggest problem is to teach them to live with it and enjoy it. Our next biggest challenge is for us to get by the inconvenience of it and not succumb to the temptation to quench this mystery. For if we do let ourselves be tempted and in the name of busy-ness life style stifle this inspiration, what can often happen next is the slow demise of your child’s dreams and we have too much of that already.

Now you say come on this is pretty harsh but ask yourself the question, “What did your parents do and are you living your dream”. Was inspiration a part of your life? Were you allowed to explore your inspirations?

So how do you do this properly? Well not being a clinical child psychologist or anything like that, just a plain old dad of a blended family of five, I have a few suggestions.

Remember. Remember what it was like to be a child and look at everything brand new and help your child see their world that way.

The golden rule. Treat your child like you would treat yourself. With caring, kindness and compassion. They can be like a delicate flower and so can we.

Vision. Teach them that vision and then mission are natural outcomes of inspiration.

Work. Teach them that much inspiration can come after much work and that although work is not the be all to end all, it must be done and it helps to enjoy it.

Love. It almost goes without saying, love them and nurture them. Like little flowers in the wind they sometimes need you to watch over them, but not too close.

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