“Then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?”
The travel to Penang for the entire TESLians and together with the facilitators and Dr. Rosseni was done on this week. The best thing of all about this trip is, this, is my very first visit to Penang! It is such a wonderful trip and it’s amazing to see the beauty of Penang in just one day time! The aim that was set for the trip was to shoot beautiful moments that Penang offers. The journey started at 11pm from UKM,Bangi and at 4am or something we’re in Penang, and our first stop was, the Penang state mosque. After everyone was done with their responsibilities over there, we then moved to our next destination which was a place for breakfast that coincidentally has a very beautiful view around it. After the breakfast, people starts to take photos around that area. That was the time where we bumped into a group of people, the blinds and as well as the others who were there to help them. Flyers was given to the people on the street, and it was actually a march for the community to increase their awareness with the needs of the blinds, such as not to park their motorcycles, not leave things that could cause troubles to the blinds on the walkway. My opinion on that matter, well, it is alright to create such awareness in the society, however, there are some of the requests made in the handouts that was quite over the bridge of their priority. That’s that, we then moved to our next destination which was Kapitan Keling mosque, the beautiful mosque that sits in the center of the busy streets. It has this wonderfully classic and astounding interior and exterior that has totally drawn me into it. As I entered the mosque, it somehow felt like I was somewhere in India or Alexandria in Egypt. It has a very beautiful interior that is somehow amazingly simple. The friendliness of the guidance at the mosque is magnificent. As I was there, wearing my favourite piece of clothing, which is an all-black one, two of my classmates requested me to “pose” some pictures for them. First was with Sir Faiz and second was with my own group member, Fatin. Well, to tell you the truth…before I came to Penang for this trip, as I was getting ready for this trip, I actually had this wish in my heart that goes, “If there were no one who snap a pic of me, I would hire a photographer for a day back in my hometown.” This was just a request from mini me that lives inside me, hehe…so having that done, I was so happy! After the mosque, we went to this place called Peranakan mansion and we only get to be outside of it as it costs us RM20 each if we were to enter it, well, money matters, especially towards students. There were some of us who were willing to pay for the fee to enter the mansion and it was kind of a good thing that they did not mention it out loud because they said that, “ We know there are lots of us who could not spend our money there as we will have another trip tomorrow.” So, yeah, I only got the chance to see the outside of it but, let me tell you one thing, it was amazing!. Every detail that it has can be seen even from the outside of the building. So, moving on with our plan, we then visited the Saint. George’s church, another beautiful building, however it seemed a bit too recently furnished that the original structure was kind of gone, however it was not disappointing at all because outside the church, there was this wide green field that was like, a perfect fit for a “The Fault in Our Stars” shoot. So yes, like, almost everyone did the same shot and it was a very happy view because everyone was enjoying themselves despite the heat and tiredness. There were several other places that we visited during this trip such as Fort Cornwallis, the beach. Throughout this trip, I was able to see the advantage that we will gain if we were to open our mind and just, suck in all of the blessings that is given by Allah to us. It is countless and we really, just need to choose, either to embrace it, or to complain about it. The long and not so cool journey taught patience that we probably never know existed in ourselves on the first place. We were able to enjoy our ties as friends, we shared things that we have with one another, we pray together, we play together was, simply, magnificent. It was somehow a relieving trip as it releases the stress and tension that we have. There might be some things that was a defections, however again, it is really, our choice whether to embrace it or to complain it. The choice of the title for this week was, “Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?” this verse came from the Surah Ar-Rahman in the Quran, one of the wonderful surah that speaks about the blessings that Allah has given us His slaves, and how we, take it. For example, during this trip, there were loads of happy things or events that had happened on an individual, including me, thus we should try to recap our life, how have we been living and the fact that Allah still, blesses us with his beautiful creations around us. It really is the matter of accepting things that happen around us and how we handle it, do we return to Him in embracing Him or do we actually turn away from Him. The ignorance in us, will not take us anywhere thus being caring of our path of life is crucial.