May 28, 2010

Two Different Path


Somehow it turns out that my writing mood flies back this morning :)
One more paper before reaching the end of January 2010 semester. Hope to have it nicely done on this Monday.. InsyaAllah. So many had passed in such a quick time and we might not be aware that each step taken actually cause a change to world in some way.   

Going through various online news every single day makes me wonder and at the same time worry on the world we are living in today. You see, we are walking on the same planet earth but we are living a world of our own. 

At some parts of the world....

The biggest attempt by international aid groups to break the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip has gotten underway.

Nine ships under the banner, Freedom Flotilla, began their journey to Gaza on Saturday, despite warnings from Israel that they will be stopped for “breaching Israeli law”. The vessels are carrying 5,000 tonnes of reconstruction materials, school supplies and medical equipment. 

The biggest of the nine ships set off from Istanbul, Turkey, heading to the south western city of Antalya where two other Turkish ships will be waiting to join the convoy. 

The three ships will then travel to the waters off Athens and Crete to rendezvous with the other six, before making the four-day journey to Gaza. (more)

JAKARTA, May 27 — In a bid to implement Islamic law to the letter, Indonesia’s West Aceh district yesterday started giving away long, loose skirts to cover up Acehnese women caught wearing tight jeans.

The westernmost province of Aceh on Sumatra is the sole upholder of sharia law in the predominantly Muslim, but secular Indonesia. The previous local parliament passed a controversial law in September allowing adulterers to be stoned to death. (more)

“Wearing hijab for Muslims could not be dealt with as wearing a necklace with a cross pendant for Christians,” he said.

He indicated that the sentiments against niqab or hijab were a reflection of a desire by European countries to impose their culture on others.

“I have received a recent visit by French ambassador Gilles Bonnaud and I explained these things to him. I told him that Muslims believed in the unity of humanity but also believed that each nation should stick to its traits,” he added.

“When Muslims ruled India, they did not close down temples or impose a ban on cremation. It is the duty of each nation to respect the values of the other, but with the European case, we can make it difficult for French and Belgian women who stay in Muslim countries by asking them to stick to a modest dress,” he quoted from the conversation he had with the French ambassador to Qatar. (more)

And the other parts...

A new Miss USA was crowned last night, the first American Muslim woman believed to have held the title in a pageant of beauty that has caused some divided loyalties in the Islamic community.

Rima Fakih, 24, took the prize ahead of 50 other finalists at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. She moved to the US as an infant, first to New York and then in 2003 to Dearborn, Michigan, where she now lives. (more)

The Government has gone ahead to legalize sports gambling despite protest coming from various sectors. It has been reported that Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak issued a football betting license to the Berjaya Group and it is also apt what with the FIFA World Cup which will commence in South Africa for a month, starting from June 11. Berjaya, which is owned by Tan Sri Vincent Tan, had earlier sought licensing from the Government to operate sports gambling operation however it was rejected by former Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Now, Berjaya has become the one and only football gambling company in the country. (more)

There are a lot more happening all over the world concerning Islam. These are only fews. The difference is very obvious. Some choose to stand for Islam.. firm in their beliefs yet some choose to put Islam aside.. find it no longer applicable in this modern era. 

Imagine you are travelling in a car with a friend. Both with the same destination which offers two different ways go get there. One with a massive traffic jam and the other a smooth journey all the way. You have all it takes to make your way there.; map and even GPS. You need to make a good judgement but at the end of the day only one road can be taken. How is it possible for a car to travel in two ways at the same time right?

We are not only walking on the same planet earth just like I said earlier but we are also wearing the same batch as a Muslim. We share the same planet, we share the same religion and that simply makes us share the same responsibility. The responsibility to put Islam at its right position. We have Al-Quran and Sunnah as our guidance. To lead us to the correct way. But it seems like we are taking two different path. It would be better if we have the understanding and decide to travel on the same path, isn't it?

May 20, 2010

Thousand Secrets..

It's raining outside.. heavily I would say. I like it very much when it rains..

A song to share. Very nice music arrangement, soothing lyrics and obviously matches the weather now..

Here goes..

Anugerah Istimewa
by: Mirwana

Oh hujan yang turun membasahi bumi
Rahmat dari Ilahi
Oh awan yang menangis tandanya kesyukuran
Di atas nikmat Tuhan

Sedarilah insan hanya kepadaNya 
Sujudlah bersyukurlah
Titis hujan yang gugur bersama sejuta rahsia
Anugerah istimewa hidup insan penuh bahagia

Titisan yang suci bersama kedinginan
Cetuskan ketenangan hati
Bumi yang disuburi alam indah menyanyi
Flora dan fauna pun berzikir
Berusahalah insan semai benih setia
Berbakti seikhlasnya

Titis hujan yang gugur bersama sejuta rahsia
Anugerah istimewa hidup insan penuh bahagia

Oh khalifah dunia
Ciptaan paling mulia
Segala nikmat Allah hargai sebaiknya
Panjatkan doa sentiasa kepada yang Kuasa

Thank You Allah.. You give us sunshine, You give us rain.. What more can we ask for.. Syukur to the Almighty :) 

May 16, 2010

Sick.. a whistle blow.


When breath suddenly stuck..difficult and pain. Tears keep running down unconsciously.. sudden blackouts.. Allah..A Name which will never be forgotten..

Sickness.. painful.. yet, remember..
Rasulullah(Sallallaahu alaiyhi wassallam) said, 'When a Mu'min experiences any fatigue, disease, sorrow, grief, hurt or distress, even to the extent that if a thorn has to prick him, Allah Ta'ala wipes away some of his sins for that.' (Sahih Bukhaari)
Beautiful isn't it?
Allah forgives us for every hardship He put us through.. Love of Allah.. Mahabbatullah.. Like no other..

It's very clear why Allah created hardship, obstacles and sickness in life even though He can make every dream comes true.
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alaiyhi wassallam) said, 'When Allah Ta'ala wishes good for a person, then he becomes afflicted with sickness (or hardship).' (Sahih Bukhaari)
It is only to get us closer to Him. To remember and to always rely to.. To seek for hope and help in every single thing.

This is what I meant by a whistle blow. Reminding us that life is temporary and here after is a long journey yet to come. A reminder from The Creator.

May 11, 2010

Mr.Policeman, use your gun wisely!

Despite of the preparation for final exam and internship program, I was called to write on this particular issue involving police officers and how they use their gun.

hmm.. first, it was Arwah Aminulrasyid (more: Khalid Samad & Art-Harun) and now Mohd Azizi Aziz. (more: TheStar)

The two cases were quite similar. Both cases involved teenagers and both happened on the road. One with a car and the other with a motorcycle. The different is Mohd Azizi was very fortunate to live on to tell the tale while Arwah Aminulrasyid had to keep his tale hidden.

But, the question here is.. Again? I mean, right after such a havoc created by Arwah Aminurasyid case which was shot dead by a policeman? Don't police officers take home some lessons learnt?

This is Malaysia we are living in. Not a country where you can simply  use your gun to shoot anyone who seems suspicious and "suspected" to cause harm to the public. Is there actually a necessity to shoot someone who is only a suspect? again, only a suspect...

The Home Ministry and the police department came out with an official "cover up" statement regarding this matter and did openly apologize to the victim's family. Yet, we are talking about lost of lives here. We can simply say it was a mistake or it was an accident. But, what if it is one of our family members or maybe ourself? Nauzubillah ..

Can mistake be a solid reason then?

Everybody should learn something. Government, Police, You and Me. Laws pertaining to firearms should be given serious attention and be tighten.

Please, no more shooting unnecessarily Mr.Policeman.

May 4, 2010

Palestine; a Long Story.. When Will It Ends


This week I was involved in preparing a donation drive to support a noble mission named Viva Gaza in which a ship from Malaysia and 20 more countries will be leaving for Palestine on the 16th May 2010. With a tagline; A lifeline from Malaysia to Gaza, this mission led by an NGO targets to bring helps to the Palestinian in term of medications, food, study aids and materials for construction which cost almost rm10 million. The donation will be used to support this cost and ensure that those people there get the help they needed.

When I was preparing for this donation drive, I was thinking that it would be great if the donation could reaches up a high figure. Yet, we can't force people to donate. But, lets put a hard work on our side by spreading the information. Thank you for getting me involved in such a noble effort.(from a miscommunication to a semangat thing I would like to do..hehe) Every single step counts. InsyaAllah.

Israel-Palestine War is a never ending story. It started with a conflict between Israel-Palestine which continues until this moment. I have no intention to bring you through the timeline of this war. But, let us see the implication on the world they are living today. They live in such terrifying world where people are walking with weapons day and night, children do not even know the meaning of peace, mothers lost their husbands and children each and everyday.. and do compare with the world we are living today. Ya Allah, should us all be grateful of the life we have today.

I had a discussion with a very good friend of mine regarding this issue. We came out with a conclusion about the responsibility each person holds. And I feel like sharing it to my readers as well. Well, good things are meant to be shared, aren't they?

"Palestine issue is no longer a religion issue where focuses on one specific religion to help out. It is more on human rights. Each and everyone holds an equal responsibility to lend a helping hand on the lost of life, welfare of the Palestanian, the damage of properties and many other disasters they have suffered."

This boy should be in school. But he is now holding a weapon and go for fights at his young age. Not because he wanted to, not because his religion asked him to but the surroundings made him to.

What do I have more to say? Think deeply but let your heart decide this time.

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