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So-called 2016 Annual Review

Well, 2016 is already in the books. It’s time for us to open a new book for a new chapter of our life. A new chapter of more challenging life, more opportunities to discover and more kindness to spread.

But before that, I’d like to share the so-called Anuar Review with you.

Basically, this review is a procees that reminds me to look back on the previous twelve months, celebrate my victories and evaluate my failures.

My 2016 Annual Review will answer three questions;

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well this year?
  3. What am I working toward in 2017?

Let’s start!

What went well this year?

Al-hamdulillah, first of all, we have been blessed with a baby boy on February last year. We named our son after the name of prominent Muslim philosopher, thinker and scholar from Malaysia, Syed Muhammad Naquib bin Ali al-Attas where he is the pioneer in proposing the idea of Islamisation of knowledge.

We got the idea to name it after we attend his lecture at University of Technology, Malaysia on February 22, 2016. May Allah protect and bless our son, Muhammad Naqib with true knowledge by the rank of Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas and his grandfather and our master, Sidna Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasallam.

2016 was a year where I bought most books compare to previous years and al-hamdulillah there are several books which I should list them as “Book of Life” because these books really enlightened my spiritual connection. The books are “The Drink of the People of Purity” by Shaykh Muhammad bin al-Qasim al-Qandusi which was translated by Shaykh Abdul Aziz Suraqah and “The Muhammadan Litanies” by Shaykh Yusuf al-Nabahani and was translated by the same translator.

Of course, as a person who jumped into information and technology area, I need to keep my skills above par. I had attended several trainings and IT-related event to polish my programming skills and get exposed with the new technology updates.

I have develop two projects of my own which are ThePurityDrinks and Where’s My Spouse (Currently for personal use).

What didn’t go so well this year?

2016 was the worst year of my blogging. As you can see there are less than 20 entries in 2016 compare to previous years. (This is my new blog by the way, my old blog hosted at Blogspot). It it just lack of idea or I am very lazy to share something in my blog or maybe I need to commit to other things which are more important.

Second thing is, our Axel Creative (business that I ran with my partner) dissolved as my partner cannot run the business as he got better opportunity in his career. May Allah bless you and your family, Faris. He is good on finding and approching potential client and al-hamdulillah, I have been blessed with ideas and skills to produce a product.

Third thing, we didn’t meet our financial goal. I believe this is due to our unrealistic plans. But al-hamdulillah, we didn’t have financial problem as I am very careful at spending and I always “pay myself first” before I pay to others.

What am I working toward in 2017?

First and foremost, I need spiritual guide. I don’t want to waste my life without a true path to my Lord and His Messenger. Al-hamdulillah, I have contacted one of my friend and insha Allah, he will bring me to take nisba at Singapore in this month.

Second, become a finisher. It’s time for my behavior to match my ambitions. I saw many incredible opportunities in front of me but those things only becomes a reality if I step up and finish the work. A business can only succeed once it is launched. There are several apps projects in my repository but only a few I manage to finish and publish them.

I hope this year will be a year which I complete my existing works before I create a new one.


Well, I think, that wraps up my so-called 2016 annual review. Special thanks to family, friends and those who always be my support system for the whole year.

May Allah accept all of our deeds and may He continue to shower His blessings on us. And may Allah forgive all of us for our transgressions and may He continue to be merciful to us.


Fahmi Shah, 11 January 2017, Subang Jaya, Selangor