19 April 2012

Will I have a chance ( Pt 1 )?

Look at him sitting at the table on the ‘wakaf’(open-sided hut) of our house all by himself with books in front but eyes staring into space, perhaps wondering,
Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan.

Will I have a chance? And what will I be?

For reasons of our own Makcik and Pakcik call this Form Two boy Arif, after the name of one of our grandchildren. He joined Almanar at the beginning of his Form One. He was the only pupil from his school who wished to join Almanar tuition but later was joined by another dozen. Because he attends afternoon school he is free in the morning to be at Almanar. I have strong personal reasons for wanting to have him, even if it means I would attend to him alone.

Arif is not from a poor family. He is clever and performed reasonably well in his UPSR exam. I cannot help feeling that he is with Almanar largely due to his parents and his sisters’ influence. You see, eleven years ago his eldest sister joined Almanar, and that was followed by three other sisters.

So Arif is the FIFTH in the family to join Almanar, a record for us. His eldest has just graduated.

Sometimes Arif comes alone to our house to study. He is encouraged to do this because I wish to see him succeed. Will he have a chance? Indeed he will, insya Allah, if only he can reduce the time he spends on Face-book!

That we have Arif, number five in succession from a family, is a sort of encouraging vote of confidence in us.


kotastar said...

Many top secrets are coming out, giving us a good dossier of Al Manar, the attractive and influential home-school run by two loving couples.It makes us want to touch ground and see it for ourselves. Yes we want to learn the secrets and the achievements.

kaykuala said...

Dear Pak Cik,
Alhamdullillah! You can say that again,Sir! Five in the family! In Marketing parlance that is somewhat 'repeat sales without need of promotions'

This phenomena is prompted by the high level of confidence on the product. How nice! I'm not surprised! Product here means both what is given, the environment and the teaching staff obviously.

This is very refreshing. To think that his other friends are in tow is the icing on the cake!

Every best wishes to all of them. Their parents' doa, aspirations and hopes are with them, certainly!


Cat-from-Sydney said...

See Pakcik! That's why my Mama forbids me from having a Facebook account. Blogging is bad enough, she said. Err...does Arif like cats? purrrr....meow!

Wan Sharif said...

The two commentaries above teared me a little.. no promotion needed.. that speaks volume!
May Allah give two of you health, strength, courage, perseverance, magfirah and rahmah sokmo!

Al-Manar said...


Do not over read between the lines, my friends. It is often the case of 'indah kabar dari rupa'. I mean this. I write what is good, keeping the unsavoury parts.

You are an old hand at the game. Mine is a matter of try and error - hit and miss. Anyway thank you. Salaam.

Al-Manar said...


Please see what I wrote above for Kotastar. I have said little of the current frustration and failure - it is a lot of past glory. Quite a few children have benefitted, no doubt but it is not commensurate with energy expended. Nevertheless thank you for your ever encouraging remarks.

Al-Manar said...


It is worrying to see the misuse of f/b. Of late I have been hearing marriages which begin with f/b friendship with totally unknown partners. Our own Arif likes cat which we fear may cause asthma. Sorry, no cats into Nuri and Almanar!

Al-Manar said...

Ayah Wang,

Harapnya semua doa doa Ayah Wang untuk kita semua dimakbulkan Allah.

Ismail aka Pak Mail said...


Five in a row from a single family. More to come... I reckon.

kaykuala said...

Dear Pak Cik,
A star that shines is always better than 10 that got left by the wayside. I'll concentrate on that 1 star as you've done. Why? it's contagious in a good way as a pull factor for other potential stars. I enjoy reading of such budding or successful stars.


Rahmah said...

carry on pakcik!! i admire your enthusiasm :)

Pak Idrus said...

Carry on Sir, you are doing a great job. Take care.

Al-Manar said...


I think that is all from one family.
Thank you

Al-Manar said...


I cannot agree more, concentrate on one star.

Al-Manar said...

Cikgu Rahmah,

I am certain you are in a totally different environment, your frustration if any being in a different sort of way.

I see you are being kept busy organising seminars etc.

Al-Manar said...

Pak Idrus,

I notice you have been keeping yourself very occupied with one thing or snother, including fixing ceiling light etc . That is how life should be - never a dull moment. Salaam to your good half.

Temuk said...

Do you foresee that at least 1 out of those 5 will one day come back to serve al-Manar? Insya-Allah.

Terus perhebatkan jihadmu, tuan!

Al-Manar said...


I can only hope and pray. It is not likely that any one with high education will find employment around this semi-rural locality unless as a teacher and that he/she gets posted around here.

Anonymous said...

Pakcik, until now, are you still addressing him as 'Arif'? hehe. His real name is Armin right?or Amin? I get confused.


Al-Manar said...

To us he is Arif