it was my 2nd year in KMB. it's the usual friday night ceramah in the surau. but we had a special guest that night. a prof from CUCMS came; Prof Latiff. he talked about the Gaza mission he joined just recently. to see a doctor, trying his best to be a devoted Muslim through his God-given abilities as a cardiologist, left me amazed. i remembered how in awe i was listening to his talk, because somehow that night he taught me that choosing this path as a doctor is actually an opportunity given by Allah, for you to help people.
yeah it has always been a very schematic answers for doctors-wanna-be; "i want to be a doctor cuz i wanna help people." but that was the time i realized that all these opportunities to help are given by Him. the only thing up to us is how well we make use of it. Allah is giving us chances all the time. let's just grab it, shall we?
and so after the talk, i went back to my room with a new aim; im gonna join a relief mission at least once in my life. i remembered abah seemed a bit worried with my intention when i told him, saying "just dont get yourself shot in the legs or something," haha. abah will always be abah. worrying too much. he imagined me going to Gaza mission already. *someday insyaAllah*
after almost a year, i heard of IMAM Symposium held in Dublin. eventhough it was exam time for UCDians, i went to the final day of the 3-days event. Didn't know much about IMAM at that time, so i listened to every bits of info i could get. my interest grew as at the end of the event that day, groups of students gave talks about the relief missions that they have been to the past year. cambodia, baling etc. i was so psyched. as i asked around, it seems like there are no more places left for the relief missions for the summer. i was seriously frustrated. *sob2*
but Allah always works wonders kan? somehow *dont need to include the details* i got into the sabah mission. *yippy* i was in charge of the flight tickets. things got busier towards the end. i was psyched for the whole event. losing pak ngoh few weeks before the mission left me with not being able to help my friends. but i was very thankful cause they were very understanding. jzkk =)
8th july. finally i was in sabah with my team. most of them are people that i've met, but never ever spoken to once. perhaps only virtually when we were discussing things. but after 7 long days together, alhamdulillah i think the ukhwah was built. =) btw, you guys are the best!!
back to my story; i have always said that Allah works wonders, right? listening to Prof Latiff a year ago was when Allah opened my heart to join such activities. and i was pretty shocked *in a very excited way* to know that he joins the sunathon team for my first ever relief mission. hehe. he shared a lot of things with us. i was jealous of CUCMS students to have all the very dedicated Profs at their college who are also devoted Muslims; trying to help us becoming good Muslim doctors insyaAllah. (jealous in a good way hehe..)
among the things shared was that to be a good Muslim, you have to be with your brothers and sisters. amar makruf nahi munkar should be done together right? cuz only then you can feel the sweetness of it all. we should be building ukhwah everywhere we go, while in search of redha Allah. he said that sometimes these kind of events are just reasons Allah made, for us to meet. and behind the meetings, lie reasons and hikmah too. i learnt so much from stories shared not just by both Prof Latiff and Prof Ikram, but from fellow friends, the new CUCMS buddies, the teachers of desa kenchana, the students that we met, and even the poor kids who became our 'victims' for the sunathon. all with izin Allah. =)
so basically, apart from having a great time with fellow friends, i definitely learnt a lot. it all started with a niat, and im very much thankful for all the opportunities that Allah had given me. friends met, ukhwah built, stories shared, beautiful pictures taken, minor surgeries done, techniques learnt, jokes shared, crazy teka-teki session made, beach visited, sardin-like van trip undergone and alas, very great memories created.
i pray that all the things we done there is a form of ibadah, insyaAllah. and more importantly diredhai Allah. cuz at the end of the day, that's all that matters most.
sabah mission has definitely been
the very nice peeps from cucms (",)
at taman kinabalu =)
lets do this again next year!!