I was reciting the Quran after the Zuhr prayer last Sunday when I came across these familiar verses. It's from Al-Baqarah,172-173.
Ouch!Kid you not,I used to be a school Qariah when I was 9. Nothing spellbinding about my achievement in this field,just enough to bring home a consolation prize from district level competition that year.I then moved to new school-the school where Perak state Qariah champion,Salima Habibi studied in, Sekolah Kebangsaan Jelapang. So that's the end of my career as a Qariah, obviously because I stand short beside Salima. Both literally and practically.TOINK! But we became friends. Last time I met her was in 2002/2003 during one stage show in Ipoh. She sang with a band that time. And it didn't surprise me when she finally made it into Akademi Fantasia 4.She.seriously.can.sing.
And after that I'd only spent time learning Tilawah in a surau just near to my house. My neighbour,Kak Eda was my teacher back then. She was once among the top Perak's qariah and also been singing in any majlis kenduri kahwin in the neighbourhood. After finishing school,she continues used to be representing Perak for 3 years[or more] in Bintang Asli Remaja and she ended up being the last woman standing in the very first season of Akademi Nasyid.
Looking back...as the cliche goes, I do miss the good old days I had. How can time swift this fast?And how can I grow this fast? And oh, member satu dorm dekat SokSek dulu dah masuk Top 5 Anugerah Bintang Popular ni,ape kes dowhhhh?Haaaaa!SokSekian yang membaca ini ,perasan tak siapa yang aku maksudkan?
Anyway,if you're still reading this entry up till here despite my stupid English or Manglish or whatever you call it,please please please don't ask me about tarannum,makhraj and whatsoever. I forgot
almost everything about them.I can only do this much as if these verses and the "song" I used for reciting them back then have been stored somewhere at the back of my head.Don't ask me how and only Allah knows why. But yes, I'm grateful for that.Alhamdulillah.
p/s: notice the noisy honks that made up the back-up vocal sound? AHAHA,like what my uncle said "Orang india ni,kalau tak bunyi hon,tayar kereta dia tak jalanlah" LOL!
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