I am fasting today; the usual Monday Fasting as well as to coincide with the blissful month of Rejab; dubbed as the Month of ALLAH SWT. Less than 30 days before the 1st of June, a few of mind-boggling issues are saturating my head. It keeps me restless as my mind is always a curiosity one with immense questions of – “What If?”!
Initially, scientists didn’t recognize the strain and dubbed it as “SARS-like”; given the symptoms caused is similarly uncanny to SARS. An Egyptian virologist named Dr. Ali Mohamed Zaki first isolated the strain from a man’s lung back in 2012.
There are two things that are bothering my mind now – First is the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) which is rampant in the Middle East and claimed a few death & secondly is the fluctuation of Ringgit (which isn’t a big deal; but still an issue to my mind!).
As a Microbiology degree graduate, I know that virus is the most fatal of all microorganisms and what to say about coronavirus. Although the application wise is rather rusty but the ‘deja vu’ knowledge is somehow still actively embedded. I am not going to detail out about the characteristics or the syndrome by this virus (in fact, you guys can check out in various sites or in Wikipedia for in-depth information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MERS_Virus) but on what I feel. As at May, the cases involving the widespread of the virus was recorded not only Saudi Arabia, but also in Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Tunisia, The Philippines, USA and also…. MALAYSIA (one death reported, so far).
Today, news reported that the Umrah VISA for older pilgrim exceeding the age of 60 years old as well as the underage children might not be permitted!!!! And this really make me shaking my head with worrisome because Mak is 62 years old! Sigh! I am actually counting on her to guide and teach me anything that I lack throughout the whole holy journey as she has been there thrice (Subhanallah isn’t it? Her own luck bestowed by ALLAH SWT – twice with our rich cousin, having the chance to stay at ZamZam Tower & As-Safwa’ and the 3rd time was performing Hajj in 2012 : REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/the-bride-of-the-red-sea-episode-iv-the-calls-of-the-black-house-parents-performing-hajj-labbaikallah-humma-labbaik/) but NOW, it seemed that the chances are that I am going to be alone, if the VISA is permitted, of course!
The question lies unfathomable.
I felt like in the end, no matter how hard I tried to alleviate my worrisome to not to face it alone, God wants me to face it alone, you know. It’s like a sign that I have to do it alone. And IF the VISA is permitted; if not, does it mean that the time is still isn’t ripe, that have to stay here and get myself geared up before ‘welcomed’? God knows the best. Wallahualam; Inalillah. All I could do is just to pray and wish.
With recent weeks on news that Ringgit has gone weaker in comparison to other currencies, I was worried that the exchange will have me at the losing end. Nevertheless, as I am writing this blog and peruse The Net, I stumbled on an article claiming that “ringgit open higher than the US dollar” & “Ringgit leads Asia FX gains after US jobs data; rupiah weaker after GDP”; (REFER to Business Recorder site at http://www.brecorder.com/top-news/108-pakistan-top-news/170685-ringgit-leads-asia-fx-gains-after-us-jobs-data;-rupiah-weaker-after-gdp.html) with quotation in article as :-
“Malaysia’s ringgit outperformed regional peers on demand from offshore funds and lower bond yields”.
This news is dated 5th of May 2014, as in today. But I can’t have my money changed now; too much in hurry! Hope this will continue to strengthen. Amin.