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Visa Guidelines is back

Alhamdulillah, I got married to a lovely lady by the name of Sarah and we're enjoying our new phase in life since that momentous day.

And yeah, I graduated from the University of Nottingham and thus, escaping from the evil clutches of my medical school. woot2! probably needs a post on this as well but yeah, maybe later.

at the bottom of this blog, there is an article on visa guidelines for medical students graduated from UK medical schools under MARA scholarship who are planning to work as an FY1 doctor in the UK.

After all, it was my visa guidelines which i made 5 years ago that helped me to get to know a lot of people and for some, have now become my close friends. And it helped a lot of other people as well. So I hope that this guideline would ease your efforts a bit. Visa application is always confusing.

Scroll down to the bottom for the guideline

Monday, April 29, 2013

don't stop believin'

Hello readers,

I made this during the Occupational Therapy session ^_^

Guess what I did this afternoon? I've been running around my house telling my housemates that I passed my coursework. Let me rephrase that, I "THINK" I pass my coursework. In fact, this was what I said, "Aku rasa aku pass coursework aku" and then, I grinned like an idiot. So sad, I know. Pass coursework pon nak bagitau semua orang -_-"

Let me explain to you why I said, I "think":

Firstly, I noticed this news on our website..

..which technically means my MARKS will be available in the logbook. 

Secondly, my friends who did the module earlier told me that if you failed, you'd receive an email after 2 weeks of submission asking you to redo the coursework. And I didn't received any email till now but I didn't want to hold onto a false hope so I just assumed I haven't passed. Nonetheless, since I saw this news (the screenshot), I pretty much certain that I've passed my final coursework as a medical student. Alhamdulillah!!!

I'm so happy, thank you Allah. 4th Year has been a rough period (but first half of Year 3 was and will always be the worst). Huhu, I'm just so thankful right now.

Technically I have passed 25 credits (Paediatrics Skills) + 2/3 of 20 credits (HCE, Healthcare of the Elderly) = 38.3333333 credits for 4th Year, yeay! Just 141.666667 credits to go -_-"

But I'm happy really. I really need these silver linings to keep me going for the exams in the next 2 weeks. I know, maybe you would question whether I would be happy if my marks are not that high. Guess what? I think I would. 

Imagine this - someone who loves cheesecakes and hasn't had cheesecakes for years because he lives in a country without cheesecakes.

Guess what would make him/her happy? 

Fish and chips?
Tetttt. Wrong answer.

I am the person who hasn't had cheesecakes for years! I am more than happy to pass :)

I have failed so much in November that a mere pass is enough to make me smile. Don't get me wrong, my performance was definitely 1st class. Meaning.. my effort is the best that I can give but the result; is up to Allah to decide.

And almost anything that makes me happy during this period leading up to 13th of May would boost my morale. One of them would be the tile (featured photo) that I made whilst doing Psychiatry in Derby and another would be the inspirational comment given by a lovely lady which I put up on FB:

By the way, I don't actually know my actual marks. I really hope I pass. Would be so awkward if I didn't, haha. So yeah, just follow my updates on Twitter to find out more.

Silver linings keep coming my way. I really hope these 7 exams in May will be my future silver linings as well...

Monday, April 08, 2013

misery business

Today, I received an email that got on my nerves.

You see, I always try my best to attend Jumu'ah prayer (Friday prayer) ever since coming to the UK in 2009. Sure, there have been a few occasions where I was unable to attend due to lectures, surgery or emergency and by "a few", i mean extremely rarely. 

And now that I'm currently in the final specialty of Year 4 - Psychiatry (Yeay!), I noticed that the Central Teaching sessions begin usually at 1.30pm on Fridays. And this will be going on for the next 5 Fridays beginning this week. So obviously this is a huge deal for me!

Before I start telling you my story, there are 3 characters in my story: Me, NL (nice lady) and EL (evil lady).

The story begins with me emailing NL because she's the admin at RDH:


I noticed that the Central Teachings on Friday usually commence at 1.30pm for the afternoon session. However, on Fridays, I would have to attend the Friday prayer which is held at the Prayer Room at Royal Derby Hospital. It usually starts around 1.10pm and ends at about 1.45pm. Hence, would it be possible for me to arrive later for the afternoon session of the Central Teachings? 

Thank you. 

Best wishes, 

After a few hours, I received the reply from NL:

Hi Adlan, 

With reference to your query about attending Friday prayers, you may attend them. However, please be mindful of the email below sent from Faculty. I hope this will not affect your study. 

Best wishes, 
From: EL 
Sent: Monday, April 08, 2013 10:53 AM 
To: NL
Subject: Student and prayer time 

Hi NL, The Capitol has said that it is ok but it has to be made very clear to him that he is missing valuable teaching time and that he has no come back if he fails as a result of missing this. 

Best wishes, 

Ok cuba teka apa perasaan saya lepas dapat email ni?

A. Angry
B. Feels like setting fires
C. Time to start a rebellion

Yes, tepat sekali. It's so easy for people to get on my nerves nowadays and especially with my rebellious nature, it's even much easier. And Hosni is in my room right now getting on my nerves as I write this post because that's his favourite pastime.

Anyway, I feel offended when I got the email. EL could have rephrased the email in a way that could have been more polite and sensitive. Just because I failed in the past doesn't mean I will fail again. And what does "come back" even mean? I also find it offensive that she used colloquial language towards me who's using English as a second language.

It was a few moments later that I received the final email for this story which definitely made my day from NL:

A prayer :)

Terus padam segala api kemarahan dalam diri. Astagfirullah.

A prayer, a reminder that Allah is the one who will determine my result. A reminder that I have to try my best in my endeavours. A reminder that there is hope and that Allah is always with us.

So yeah, with this email, I would like to start a campaign called,  


Twitter hashtag: #prayformay

Yeah, ever heard a hadith that sounds like this:

"…the dua of a muslim for his brother (in Islam) in his absence is readily accepted, and an angel is appointed to his side, whenever he makes a beneficial dua for his brother the appointed angel says “Ameen and may you also be blessed with the same” " [Muslim]

So please, pray for me and pray for us. Huhu.

Another take home message is, be adamant when it comes to you being izzah. Try your best to fulfill your duties as a Muslim especially when you're not in a country that practices Islam. And if you're living in a Muslim country, be grateful cause it's easy for you to showcase your love to Allah. Highlight your izzah to the world. Show it to everyone.  Be proud, say it loud...