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Sunday, 10 November 2013. It will be a day you will remember for a long time to come. It was a day you charted a very significant milestone in your life. 

I am so grateful that I have been given a life long enough to witness you graduate with a degree from the University of Technology MARA (or UiTM as known to many), and receive your scroll at the Istiadat Konvokesyen in the main campus in Shah Alam. 

To some, it may just be a piece of paper. Only but a small achievement, just a basic degree. But for the two of us, it was a momentous occasion. So syukur I was able to share the moment with you. It is a big step towards your adult life and only the beginning of your career and future.

School and learning definitely doesn't end here. The Universe is your classroom now. Even if you continue your studies for further qualifications, the factors and elements will be very different now. 

If ever you get the opportunity and decide to further your studies, always remember your main intention in doing so is not for the status or respect, not to be more intelligent or qualified, and not for the wealth or money. Never expect these; they don't come from your qualifications.

Learn and educate yourself with the intention to fulfil the compulsory obligation to The Almighty, The All Knowing. True knowledge will lead you to true success, and true success is being blessed with the faith and ability to be humble and subservient to Him. The bounties will come as He decrees, as He deems fit; and you have to accept whatever He does.  

I want to recapture a few things YB Tan Sri Arshad Ayub said during his speech at the ceremony. They are very basic principles but very pertinent nevertheless and worth remembering and holding on to.

1. Take risks. Be outwardly and courageous. *I see a lot of me in you. You dare to be different. I love that in you. But use it very wisely.*

2. Don't ever be complacent, it's your worse enemy. *You mentioned that you will strive to be better everyday. Don't make empty promises to yourself or anyone else. Hold that promise in your heart and fulfil it. If you try and cannot make a 20% improvement, make a 2% improvement. It is still progress.*

3. Be proficient in English. *Don't be satisfied with your proficiency now. Improve and hone it by reading, reading, more reading and practising. Trust Sid and learn to write well too. You are living with one of the best writers around. One who loves, and is also good at teaching too.*

4. Learn a third language. You will be competing with thousands of other graduates and you need to have an edge over them. *Sound familiar? Work on it now.*

This last one is from me...don't ever, ever forget your daily solat, reading the Quran and hadith, understanding the contents and living and abiding by them. You will not go wrong in whatever you decide to do and remain strong.  

I am so delighted that you love children, and especially 
compassionate towards special and underprivileged ones. 
Always try to make time for them Darling; you will be endowed 
with a sense of fulfilment so rich  no possession or any other experience can provide the same.

My ultimate dream is for you to be my partner 

not only on paper but my associate in the practice. 
If I'm not around long enough to see
the Islamic hospital, 

I hope you would take over everything I've worked for 
and materialise that dream.
Below is something written by an anonymous person, which I want to share with you. These words were a great comfort to me when I went against the odds and made a big decision to switch to Islamic medicine six years ago. I hope they will inspire you too.

Picture by Hossein Khosravi

The one who follows the crowd,
will usually get no further than the crowd.
The one who walks alone is likely to discover places
no one has ever known before.

Creativity in living is not without it's attendant difficulties,
for peculiarity breeds contempt.
And the unfortunate thing about being ahead of your time
is that when people finally realise you were right,
they'll say it was obvious all along.

You have two choices in life:
you can dissolve into the mainstream,
or you can be distinct.
To be distinct, you must be different.
To be different, you must strive to be what no one else but you can be.

God gave me a life, and he sent down a Book to show me how to live it and His Messenger (pbuh) to guide me through it. It is now up to me to make the right decisions, and be accountable for all of my actions. I am not to blame anyone or circumstance for any setbacks and failures. They are due to my own arrogance and ignorance, my many, many weaknesses and shortcomings. 

They are the consequence of my own wrongdoings when I defy my better judgement and submit to the evil nafs instead. Well, it seems so much easier, pleasurable and satisfying lest only superficially and temporarily. Eventually however, it only serves to create disasters, calamities and possibly irreparable damage. I know, I know, I why do I always falter and slip?

I actually have the power to decide whether I want to be happy or grouchy, feisty or sluggish, robust or feeble, rich or destitute. The happiness is in my own heart, the energy is in my mind, the strength is in my faith and the wealth is the Universe.

Everything in absolute is in my Soul - it encompasses my whole being, it is beyond my existence, it is an infinite dimension. It is only up to my Mind and my Heart to conceive it.  

But my Heart and Mind sometimes play the power game with each other- which has control over the other? Which has the last say? Which is the right choice, the right answer, the right way, the right solution?

The Mind may be the the think-tank but it may be polluted with ill-information and distorted beliefs. It is contaminated from foods that I may have eaten, ill-feelings that I possess, and toxic thoughts that only damage the entire system. It may be warped by the devil's influence because I did not carry out the rituals that I have been instructed to religiously.

And my Heart? That is where the core of my Soul rests. 

If my Heart gets hurt, my Mind will tell it "Hey's not worth the pain. There's too much to live for, and you may not have very much time left. If you think it hurts, it will".

And when my Mind tells me, "You can't do it, you don't have the skill nor the qualification, nor the guts." Then, my dear, humbled Heart will wisely advise otherwise. It gently reminds the Mind, "Hey're right, I may not have all those attributes you mentioned. But I believe Allah does. I am convinced that He Knows of my intentions and that He will be my Guide, my Master, my Teacher. He possesses the Power to do anything, give to anyone He pleases. And I feel Him in everything I do. Because He is within us".  

"Okay Heart, if you say so, I will draw energy from this conviction of yours. I will create the ideas and design the plans. These will inevitably emit positive vibrations required to draw and converge the necessary elements to achieve our objectives. I will help you manifest your goals". 

"Hey you two," says the Soul suddenly. "I see the both of you are finally in agreement with each other. I've been waiting infinitely for this moment. Time and space are finally in resonance. We are now finally united. We can now meet Manifest. "  


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