End of Spring + Semester 2 of my Masters Degree

Remember when I said I’d try to update my blog every week in 2021? Well that’s embarrassing, because I haven’t updated for two months. But I will write something, just for the sake of documenting my recent updates.

Firstly, spring had sprung! Spring is absolutely gorgeous in Edinburgh, and I particularly loved the abundance of cherry blossoms / sakura, my favourite flower. It’s almost over though, and summer is coming. Although by the state of the weather you’d think it’s late September, honestly. Scotland truly is something else.

I’m also officially done with Semester 2 of my masters degree where I took subjects I genuinely enjoyed such as Marketing in a Digital World, Understanding Brands, Marketing Communications and Marketing Applications. Some of my assignments included: an analysis of functional and symbolic branding (I chose Adobe Photoshop and Disney respectively), a creative brief for a campaign targeting the French market to visit Scotland, a viral video concept for the charity Age UK, and a marketing plan for the Edinburgh Science Festival. We sometimes got to work with real clients this semester and it was challenging but also rewarding. Now, I’m beginning to work on my research dissertation. Wow, I really decided to do a masters degree, as if my undergraduate dissertation wasn’t torturous enough! 😛 Today marks the first anniversary of me submitting my research investigating social media engagements with Avengers: Endgame – read about it here.

Next, I …kind of… got my first promotion ever. I’ve been working part-time in digital marketing since October, 7 hours a week. Unfortunately someone in my team is leaving. But now my hours are being increased to 17.5 hours a week! Alhamdulillah, for everything. I have more time to work now since I don’t have classes anymore, just my dissertation. So I’ll have to practice effective time management. I also hope to spend some time traveling around the UK where I can.

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Could You Forgive Someone Who Brutally Murdered Your Own Daughter Due to Pure Discrimination?

Assalamualaikum wbt.

Bullying and abuse has been a hot issue lately what with the tragic and shocking local murders of three young souls: Mohd Thaqif, Zulfarhan and Nhaveen.

A girl on Twitter made a thread on how she was personally lived through the brutal murder of her mother, brother, and maid, but the murderer now walks free, living in Ipoh and going to movies because of ‘lack of evidence’. He got a good lawyer.

I just felt angry when I read that thread. I can’t imagine going through the horrific trauma of something like that. It would haunt somebody for the rest of their life.

And then a few days ago 17-year-old Nabra from the United States got murdered.

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According to the Guardian,

Asked if he thought his daughter was killed because she was Muslim, Hassanen replied: “I believe so, 100%. In the McDonald’s there’s a lot of kids, a lot of people; why did he run behind this girl especially? For what?

‘When I go to court I’m going to look him in the eye: why did you do this to my daughter? Then I’m going to forgive him and leave him to God’s face. The Lord is going to judge him. He took my daughter’s life.’

I’m just blown away and totally stunned by that answer. He said he’s going to forgive somebody who he believes brutally murdered his own daughter because of pure discrimination. Most people don’t forgive people who steal their food from the fridge. Or not giving a signal from their car before making a turn. Or becoming ‘passengers’ on group assignments.

I salute you, Mr. Hassanen, for truly acting upon the Prophet’s teachings and following his akhlaq. May we all do so, too. Ramadhan is the month of forgiveness, after all.

It’s not actually fun to hate and have revenge against someone. You are the one who suffers. You are the one who becomes terribly stressed and irritated when the guilty person doesn’t feel a thing. When you choose to forgive, you choose to set yourself free.

Lagipun, kurang sikit masa kat Padang Mahsyar sebab anda tak kata ‘kau merangkak lah cari aku kat Padang Mahsyar nanti!!!’. Cepat sikit masuk syurga InsyaAllah. Beruntung kot orang yang mampu memaafkan ni.

A reminder for myself, who often finds it hard to forgive. Allah loves to forgive those who love to forgive.