Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Talk in USM Kubang Krian


Dear friends, 

I am invited to give a talk this Friday at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Krian, 
Kota Bharu.

Title of my talk is All is Within, which actually is my 4th and currently writing book. So if you want to get a peep view of my 4th book, do drop by!

Details are in the poster. 

If you are in the area, hope to see you there!

Salam and Smiles,
Sis Zabrina 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

And we are raised human..

As I sat at my favourite spot in my house, waiting for the morning glory to gently kiss my face, I reflected on life.

I have this overwhelming feeling of bliss that God has made me.. well, a human!

Yes, a human being..


I mean, let's be real here.

I could be an ant, right? Or maybe a watermelon. Or perhaps a flower. A spinach? Could be a butterfly too. Or a cat? 

But, nope.  

He, Most Loving, Most Caring has made me a blessed human.

A human being who is blessed to be alive in rare ways but so frequently we take for granted of.

So I am able to smell the flowers, laugh with friends, be hugged and loved. I am able to read and giggle. Meet friends and have a cuppa. Create inventions, innovate. Bake. Exercise and sweat. Sleep and pray. Cry and heal. 

And oh, so much more.

So I asked myself a question this morning. 

What should I do that only a human being can do, to make my life worthwhile as a human God has blessed me to become?

What have I done to show that there are vast difference between me and the little bird, the cat and the butterfly?

If I just eat, sleep and poop, then what difference would I be from them, right?

This is hard question I am asking myself.

What am I doing right now to make me worth to be called a human being God created?

And what are you doing too, my friends?

Let us all think about it, shall we? 

With happiness and joy,
Sis Zabrina
Thursday, 13th Mac 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Protect ourselves

I was walking around the city that day and saw many people wearing masks over their faces.

Reason for that would be quite obvious. 

That day, the haze 'attacked' the city again.

Thanks to the greediness of some of us who don't give two hoots about caring for the environment. :-(

Their reasoning for wearing the masks is obvious. Inhaling the poisonous haze is detrimental for their health.

Actually, I should have worn my mask too. To protect myself from harm. Totally.

That's when suddenly something hit me. I remembered this particular Hadith,

Reported by `Adi bin Hatim (RA): Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, 

“Everyone of you will speak to his Rubb without an interpreter between them. He will look to his right side and will see only the deeds he had previously done; he will look to his left and will see only the deeds he had previously done, and he will look in front of him and will see nothing but Fire (of Hell) before his face. So protect yourselves from Fire (of Hell), even by giving half a date-fruit (in charity)”.

(Bukhari and Muslim)

Yes, I didn't wear my mask that day. I neglected to take the necessary action to protect my health.

But here, in this Hadith, our beloved Prophet SAW has taught us how to protect our 'health' aka faces from the Hellfire. 

By the simply act of.. Yes.. Charity!!

You got it.

Isn't it great?


By just a simple act of charity, which we pay it forward, from here on this earth, we shall be able to save ourselves and protect ourselves from the hellfire.

Amazing, isn't it?

Just a smile, or giving a dollar, or moving thorns from the path, or helping others, or giving kind words.. Just like that, we have protected ourselves from Fire of eternity.

How more simple can it get, you agree? ❤️

Sis Zabrina
Wednesday, 12th March 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

And yet, I was frowning..

As salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

That day, I was at the traffic light. It was red so naturally my car was stationery. Then I saw the man on the motorbike, a few meters infront of me came down from his bike.

I was curious. I mean, why would a man come down from his bike in the middle of the road, right?

So I watched him.

To my amazement, he bent down and picked up something. I squinted my eyes. It was a can of drink.

Yes, a can of drink. 

And he walked a few meters and bent again. And again. And again. And again. 

In his hands now I saw a couple of cans of drink. Empty cans.

Then maybe realizing some people are watching, he looked up at the cars direction and smiled.

Ya Allah.. my heart melted.

Such is his trial in life.

That perhaps money and finance is a challenge for him. Economic survival requires him to pick up the cans by the streets so he could sell them to the recycle centers.

 So that  he could eat. Perhaps pay his petrol. Maybe buy some medicines.

And he still could smile.

Smiling away.

And I was there, sitting in a cozy air-conditioned car, with an upside-down smile and heart that is heavy.

Ya Allah... Forgive me..

As I took a deep breathe, I thank Allah for this simple reminder He sent my way. 

I am thankful for all the You have given me, blessed me and showered me with, my Lord.

Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulilah.

I leave you with an image that had made me sit crying for days..

Blessings and smiles,
Sis Zabrina

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

An Election Poem

An Election Poem

As the election drawing near, here is what I feel I should do on the 5th of May 2013, this Sunday. May God bless us all, amen...

Dear friends,

Do remember that...

Love is the virtue of the Heart,
Sincerity is the virtue of the Mind,
Decision is virtue of the Will,
Courage is the virtue of the Spirit.*

And with that in mind....

I have made the Decision, 
Not from anger or frustration,
But coming from the deep Love for my country,
And its better future, 
To seek Sincere and Courageous leaders,
Whom I believe able to make Malaysia,
A better place to live in.
For me.
For you.
For us all.

*Words of Frank Floyd Wright

Copyright © Sis Zabrina 2013

Dr Zabrina A. Bakar or better known as Sis Zabrina by her readers is the creator and author of Bestselling Motivational Book Series ‘Life is an Open Secret’. She has authored 3 books and written hundreds of inspirational and motivational stories. All her stories are grounded in spirituality and are based on true life daily happenings. She blogs at And tweets at @ZabrinaABakar

Friday, April 05, 2013

Yes Sir, Thank You Very Much!


As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

Yes Sir, Thank You Very Much!

I was watching an international news channel the other day and was amazed to see a group of people talking about the good they’ve done for others.

I was immediately repulsed but it did make me ponder.

I know we should always acknowledge those who have helped us, right? Remembering the good done to us keeps us humble and reminds us to extend this good to others too.

In fact, a Chinese proverb says,

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.

And I totally agree with this.

This proverb clearly talks about the recipient of the good deeds, you agree? The one receiving should always remember the one giving.

This is gratitude.

It’s much like being thankful to our parents for raising us, our teachers for teaching us the basics like A B C to the wisdom of life, friends who are up all night, listening to our endless songs of joy and sorrow.

Of course we should always thank them.

In fact, Prophet Muhammad (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him) instructed us to thank those who help us when he said,

"He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah." (Ahmad, Tirmidhi)


He (SAW) reminded us on the importance of thanking those who have helped us and conferred favours on us. We should always be grateful.

Of course, right?

Islam is a Deen that teaches excellent manners. It is always concerned with human relationships and how we interact with each other.

But then, I continue wondering…

Why is it that not being thankful to a human being equals not being thankful to Allah, our Lord? Why is thanking a person given so much importance?

This made me realise something significant …

Obviously, the only reason one is able to help another is because Allah has allowed him to. It is by His Grace, His Love, His Mercy and His Permission that we receive help, assistance and kindness from them. And the so-called favour, help, assistance etc wont happen without Allah’s Permission. Never. Ever. Ever. 

And of course, that particular person was chosen by Allah to deliver His help to us!

And that is why we have to be thankful to the people who has helped us. It is all clear to me now.


So, my next question is,

What did the Prophet (SAW) mean by thanking? Is it merely saying “Thank You” or is there more?

He (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said,

Whoever does you a favour, then reciprocate, and if you cannot find anything with which to reciprocate, then pray for him until you think that you have reciprocated him.

 (Narrated by Abu Dawood).

So yes, we should reciprocate equally. And if we cannot find a way to return the favour, then the Prophet (SAW) said we should pray for all that is good for this person, InshaAllah.

And how should we pray for him?

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

 “Whoever has a favour done for him and says to the one who did it, ‘Jazak Allaahu khayran,’ has done enough to thank him.”

(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi & Abu Dawood)

So by saying JazakAllah Khayran to the person for helping us, sending us gifts, showing us kindness, doing us favours, we have done enough to thank him.

SubhanAllah… how beautiful and easy Allah has made it for us to show gratitude, you agree?

By making duaa for them, by saying JazakAllah Khayran, which means “May Allah reward you with goodness”, we have done our part in reciprocating them!

And who best repays favours than The Owner and The Creator of the universe right?


But this is not the point of this story.

The point here is this – what if the ones who do good deeds are the very ones who remind us of them? What if they are the ones who constantly and repeatedly demand that we should remember their deeds? What of those who are given responsibilities and then demand we thank them for carrying out what was only their duty? What about them who voluntarily give us gifts, then remind us that we should not only be thankful but we should repay them?  

This made me question their sincerity and honesty.

I could not help but wonder if they knew the consequences of their actions.

A hadeeth from our beloved Prophet Muhammad (may Allaah's peace and blessings be upon him) crossed my mind,

There are three people that Allaah will not speak to on the Day of Judgement, will not look at them, will not purify them; and for them is a painful punishment: one who lets his Izar hang below his ankles, the Mannan with what he gives, and the Munffiq who does his business with false oaths. (Muslim)

 (A mannan is one who always reminds others of the favours and good that he has done for them)

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said that Allaah will not speak to 3 types of people on the Day of Judgement.

He, the Al Mighty will not speak, will not look, will not purify and will punish these 3 types of people on the Day of Judgement.

And among these 3 are the people who always speak about the favours and good they do for others.

Astaghfirullaah, this very statement made my tummy squirm.

Just ponder over this.

Isn’t it scary when the only One who can help us on that Day refuses to not only speak but even to look at us?

Imagine Allaah turning away His face from us. Na’uzubillaah….

It would be bad enough if our parents, friends or even strangers turn away from us right?

But Allaah our Creator?

Ya Allaah, I beg and seek Your protection from such a catastrophe.

I feel sad thinking of the deed-reminders. Are they aware of the severity of their acts?

Do they know that they are only able to do all that good because Allaah has allowed them to? Don’t they realise that they are able to be the upper hand simply because Allaah has blessed them with the ability to be that? Do they actually think they could have done it all without Allaah’s permission? Can’t they feel that far from asking us to thank them, they should be thanking Allaah instead?

Instead of amplifying themselves, they should be humble in admitting Allaah’s favours on them and make sincere prayers that their deeds be accepted in the Hereafter. Instead of glorifying themselves, they should be glorifying Allaah.

I wonder what do they look for when doing good to others. Name? Fame? Or honour and respect? Or do they want recognition, credit and admiration? Could they be looking for appreciation and acknowledgement? Or possibly they want influence, control and power?

Astaghfirullaah, astaghfirullaah, astaghfirullaah…

I am reminded of a powerful quote by Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak.

Let us think, reflect and ponder over it…

If someone gave you a beautiful, expensive new hat, wouldn’t you be grateful for the generous gift? But shouldn’t you be even more grateful for the One Who gave you the head to put that hat on.

Shouldn’t we, my brothers and sisters?

More importantly, shouldn’t they too?

Think about it…

Copyright © Sis Zabrina 2013

Dr Zabrina A. Bakar or better known as Sis Zabrina by her readers is the creator and author of Bestselling Motivational Book Series ‘Life is an Open Secret’. She has authored 3 books and written hundreds of inspirational and motivational stories. All her stories are grounded in spirituality and are based on true life daily happenings. She blogs at And tweets at @ZabrinaABakar

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Monday, July 09, 2012

Sharing Wonderful News


As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

First and foremost, I would like to thank my readers here for your patience with my lack of posting this past months. Your loyalty to keep coming back, and writing to me asking why this Blog has not been updated for so long has really keep me going, honestly.

Secondly, I want to share a very happy news with my readers here.

A few days back, Alhamdulillah, I just received an email from my University, confirming that I have passed my Doctorate degree, which I have been working on in my months of absence.

So, I guess this explains the slack in Blog posting, right? :)

And thirdly, as I have graduated, alhamdulillah, I will now resume my passion for writing stories and will consolidate all my activities which I have put on hold for quite sometime. For all who has been asking about my fourth book, inshaAllah, that is now my main focus.

So, keep watching this space as it will begin to get exciting, inshaAllah!

Take care all, and JazakAllah khayran and thank you again..