Monday, December 31, 2007
Another well known fact is that Aisyah r.a. married the prophet at a tender age of 7 or 9 years old, at which time she was still playing with her dolls. It was also said that Aisyah stayed with her parents until she reached puberty.
However, some people have wrongly interpreted this fact. As Aisyah was still a kid, they accused the prophet as being a pedophile. I myself have encountered with a few of these nonsense accusations, and I must admit, it was quite difficult for me to answer them.
I mean, by merely saying that the prophet married Aisyah because of a revelation from God is not enough, especially to those non believers. A more solid, reason based idea is needed here to justify this act.
And thankfully, I got the answers I was seeking at this year's Muktamar.
In a talk show during the Muktamar, Imam Yahya Hendi, one of the guest speakers, addressed this matter perfectly.
1. It is wrong to associate the 21st century with that of the 6th. Things that might of been accepted then are no longer accepted now. Cultures change drastically over the course of 1500 years. Even in Malaysia, 50 years ago, people used to get married in their early teenage years.
2. It's also wrong to associate the Arab culture with that of the Americans. Things are different over there with what is over here. An Arab guy would kiss each other when they meet. Doing something similar over here in the US, and you'd be called gay.
3. The third argument may be quite debatable. But here goes. There's actually the idea that maybe Aisyah wasn't 7 or 9 years old when she got married to the Prophet. Her actual age may have been 17/19, 27/29 or maybe even 37/39. In some cultures, people refer to big numbers by just saying the first few digits of the number, with the idea that people would understand what the real number is. For instance, a person would refer to a price of a car as twenty- seven instead of twenty-seven thousand. People may have referred to Aisyah's age with 7/9 with the idea people around her during that time would know her true age.
If so, how would you explain the stories of Aisyah playing with the dolls and what not. Waalahua'lam..
Friday, December 14, 2007
Of course I haven't had much chance yet to cover the list, but here is probably one of the most ridiculous videos I've watched. Enjoy:
With that, I'd like to wish all my fellow colleagues all the best in the coming finals and have a wonderful break. I'l be stop blogging for a while.
Until then, sayonara!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
HINDRAF- Hindu Rights Action Force
Be as it may, this is roughly what Hindraf have come up with so far:
1. A plan to 'sue the UK Government for US$4 trillion (US$1 million for every Malaysian Indian) for bringing Indians as indentured laborers into Malaya, "exploiting them for 150 years" and thereafter failing to protect the minority Indians' rights in the Federal Consitution when independence was granted'. (They could've made it to Bollywood had it not been for the UK government, you know!!)
2. Since Hindraf members 'could not afford the legal fees required, a petition was circulated with 100,000 signatures to be presented to Queen Elizabeth to appoint a Queen's counsel to argue the case'. (In other words, they want the Queen's help in suing her own government)
3. On Sunday, 25th November 2007, they held a rally to submit the petition at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur. Armed police and FRU's tried to stop the rally, using water canons and tear gas, Hindraf members replied with Molotov Cocktails. (It's worth noticing that since it was a Sunday, the British Commission was actually closed on that day.)
4. Here's the icing on the cake. May I present, Hindraf memorandum to UK Prime Minister. Oh ya!!
Laugh all you want, but I'm dead serious here! No kidding. These incidents truly happened.
Oh, Hindraf, how you color our world (Malaysia especially)!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Even as a Kelantan born and speaking person, I can't make out the shouts and screams of the YB Dato' Nozula Mat Diah. Professional la skit kite ni... Aiyoo!!
p/s: Good for Datu' Ramzi for his part in stopping the fight. He's the only person in the video I recognize.
But seriously, somethings are really out of hand now.
I was shocked, like everybody else, when I checked my bank account last Monday and found out that our generous government gave us a hefty allowance of $1336.90. Wow!! What an increase!
But let's not get too carried away yet!
I later found out that our scholarship was upgraded to $835.oo from the original $660+. But here's the catch. From now on, (like mentioned previously) there would be no more 60/40 policy, i.e, we would be paying our housings ourselves! And according to the vanderbilt website, the estimated housing cost for a student is $3,728, which makes it approximately $900+ monthly. Thus, mathematically, our monthly scholar isn't even enough to pay for housing, let alone for food and everything! Adding spice to that, students with meal plan would have to pay $400+ for their food. Kalau boleh petik duit dari pokok, senanglaa.
So, hopefully, our kind, generous, and RATIONAL government would rethink the idea of demolishing the 60/40 policy. It'll benefit everyone!
Friday, November 16, 2007
I don't know about you guys, but this is so ridiculous. I feel like biting the guys head off!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
My friend showed me this video on YouTube. It's an amateur TV recording of an interview between the Information Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Zainuddin Maidin and Al-Jazeera. Enjoy.
Whilst there may be tons of reasons why he's the Malaysian Information Minister, I'm sure his proficiency in English and temperament management skills aren't one of them. Which really contradicts to what major qualities I thought would make a good information minister. But ya, since he's the minister, and I'm just plain rakyat jelata, my conscience is probably wrong here.
But heck, anyways, for a guy interviewed by the international press all the time, his proficiency in English is a disaster. English is, by all means, the lingua franca. He's in desperate needs to master spoken English. My God! You can't tell who's worse, Sammy Vellu's Malay or Zainuddin's English (and for that matter, compare Siti's as well). And mind you, I'm not saying my English is any better than his, but then again, he is the Information Minister of Malaysia!
His inability to hold his temper is nothing to be a proud of, too! He boiled and exploded during the Al-Jazeera interview, which, most probably, led to his inability to talk fluently.
And him accusing other nations this and that really surprised me. How absurd! I really didn't see that coming. I wonder what Myanmar, Burma and Pakistan would think about those improper remarks.
That's probably about what I can come up with regarding with foulness. And may I remind the readers that my intentions are not to condemn the government nor it's policies. Not is it about politics. Case closed.
p/s: In case you can't make out the words the minister was uttering, as I'm sure many of us don't, click here. It's under About This Video section.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I'm just starting to get a hang of Flickr and there aren't many photos there yet. Do bear with me as I go on.
And again, please, only if you're interested!! Enjoy!
So it's now November. Last September, when all was excited about the 'increase' we were hampered come the end of the month when we found out there was no increase on that month's scholarship. I was expecting that, so not much was felt.
Then came October. We were more excited this time. And the JPA students, were more then ever. They hoped to be getting around 2000 bucks (97% increase) . When I checked mine that morning, I got ~400, which meant, still no increase. Again, bummer.
The shock was to the JPA students however when they found out not only did they not get the increase, they suffered a decrease! Instead of getting 1200, they only got 1000. Which meant they only get 300+ for every month. Later, I learned, according to a source (I think it was Doc V), that students under JPA did receive an increase actually, by 20% (or 25%). But then, the government changed the policy of paying our residential halls. They terminated the 60/40 policy, so now, they'll subtract the residential cost straight from our allowance, leaving the JPA students with that one thousand. huh.
So much for the increase. Such political.
Last week, I went to the annual Raya MSD open house at Washington DC and ya Allah, the food was tremendously good. The food was authentic Malay; some sort of nasi, ayam masak merah, rendang, sate, roti jala, gulai ayam, acar, and kuih raya. I think I'm missing a few. Basically, we all just hogged into the meal, and ate like I don't know what!
But I'm not here to talk about the food. Before the makan2, there were speeches from the Malaysian Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Rajmah Hussain, then there was one from the guess of honour, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the TPM's wife. The latter speech is the one I want to talk about.
Yes, in her about an hour speech (maybe less), she did mention about hari raya, for a good 15 minutes or so. Then she mentioned about all her travels to Russia, Paris, and England during the pass week. She came to US because her daughter wanted her to come visit. Then came her long, lengthy political talk. First she mentioned about the government's generosity in increasing the monthly allowance, and then the achievements achieved during their 50 years of ruling. She also told us not to believe everything in the Internet as most of them are lies about the government, which according to her, is all good. Later in her speech, she said that if we were to change governments, our country would lose it's political stability and then be like those which are in war. duhh..
So, that's my political talk for the time being.
Owh, btw, I learned later that Dato' Dr. Anwar Ibrahim's two daughters, Hana, and her younger sister (I don't remember her name) were also present at the open house. I didn't get a chance to see them though. At first the host were rather hesitant in deciding whether or not to allow the girls to come, due to the fact that Rosmah was also present. However, they later allowed them to come with the idea that Rosmah wouldn't even recognize them in the 150+ crowd. Alhamdulillah, that happened to be the case and nothing out of the norm happened, and all were happy.
Monday, November 5, 2007
I was going back from a trip to the groceries with some friends yesterday evening when at this traffic light, there were half a dozen flashing police cars parked beside the road, closing the right lane. Right away, we knew something was going on.
The traffic lights were 'generous' enough to turn red when we approached the scene, giving us a very good view of the situation. There were people crying hysterically all over the place, with police officers comforting them down. News crew were all over the place, not wanting to miss a single detail of the crime. And us? Well, we were a bit 'excited'.
Heres the video Q caught with his cellphone. Pardon the quality.
Q claimed he saw the beg mayat lying on the floor, but in the excitement, he tipped the handphone up, and thus, not catching it on camera.
The links to the news about the murder are here and here. Very, very shocking indeed.
This is the second high profile police relating event I've witnessed in my two and a half years here. The first one was during my freshman. About 20 police cars went chasing after a stolen green BMW in a cold snowy night. When the police deployed spikes strips, the bad guy was forced to turn his vehicle towards a near by building, then after being surrounded, decided to go off road. This gave the police an opportunity to ramp his car from behind. The grand finale was the part when the police, with guns drawn, pulled the guy out of the vehicle. What a night that was!
But believe it or not, there a lot of words in the K and T vocabulary that were actually derived from English. To name a few, I've listed them below:
gohek - go ahead
gostang - go stern
kona - corner
demo - them all
shupoda - shoe powder
Surely there are a lot more words then the five I've listed above. I'll update them once I come across. Being in the US, with only ~10 T and K students, it's hard to practice the dialects here.
And ya, I remember this game I used to play where the players are devided into two groups and take turns to be the police and the thieves. The game name: 'Polis-san-ti', well that was what we used to call it (and ya, I know this game is also popular elsewhere). The actual words to it? Police and thieves.
Indirectly, the people of T and K use the English language in their everyday lives. Thus, they shouldn't be intimidated, ashamed, or shy to further use it. Come on people of T and K, lets explore English!
* T and K ~ Terengganu and Kelantan.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Now let's not go to that extent.
And thus, with all this pressure, it's also so easy to give up and pull the curtain down on ourselves. But that shouldn't be the case. We run, we fall, we pick ourselves up, we dust off ourselves clean. Then we continue running. We don't stop there. We don't pick ourselves up and sit down, or just walk. We run! Yeah, like hell we run!
Think about this: A baby whose just learning to walk. Obviously he's doing something completely unfamiliar to him. It's damn hard for him! His legs are weak, they tremble with each step he takes. He may fall sometimes, and pick up a couple of bruises along the way.
But each time a baby falls, do you see him giving up? Do you see him throwing the towel and just decide not to learn to walk anymore? Check this baby:
He's falling right, ain't he? But just look at how big the smile he's got taking up his face there! I'm pretty sure that after that he'll just pick himself (or with the help of somebody) and continue walking again. And that's how the cycle goes for a baby until he actually knows how to walk.
The point I'm trying to bring out now is that, we should actually learn a point or two from this baby walking story. Sooner or later, after all those falls, after all those cuts and bruises, a baby would eventually walk, and better yet, they even start running! I mean, you don't see a grown up guy on a wheel chair and can't walk because he gave up walking during his baby years do you?
Let's learn something here, people! Hooray to the babies!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Lewis 10 had 4 Malay houses, and so we decided to divide the work among these houses. My house made pulut kuning, rendang and caramel pudding. The full menu was: Pulut kuning, rendang, nasi himpit, lodeh, bee hun sup, agar2, and caramel pudding. The open house was wonderful, and our pulut kuning was an instant hit!! heheh...
Here are some addition facts of the open house (in case anyone wanted to know):
- It was initially planned to just hold a potluck among the 4 houses in Lewis 10, but confusion had it's role, and the open house was staged instead.
- I got the pulut kuning and rendang recipes from my mother. It took till the last batch to get the pulut kuning texture the way we thought it should be.
- it could be considered that all the Malay Vandys came.
- except for the lodeh, everything else was swept out.
- Here's the best part. We forgot to preheat the lodeh later that night, and it turned out that it had a one night expiration date. The next morning, we thought of having the lodeh for breakfast, tapi apekan daya, the lodeh was basi. The smell?? Ya Rabbi!! It took 6 people to get rid of it. We put it in 3 separate garbage bags, 3 lapis each, sealed it in a box, and threw it in the dumpster. The smell was still there, even after being sealed in the box.
It was shocking when we first learned that Eid was on Friday rather than the expected Saturday, especially when you learn it the night before. We went scrambling back home to prepare ourselves to have a considerable Eid celebration.
Eid prayers was held at the Nashville Convention Center, as of with all the other Eidul Fitr prayers before. We got there before 8 and we in time for the prayers. After that, we went to ICN for breakfast. Here's some pictures up to this point.
Not to mention, I failed to show up for all three of my classes that day. But hey, it's Raya, only once in a year, I have classes almost every other day of the year!
We didn't do much for the rest of the day. However, we had a batch gathering and a potluck that night. Amid all this, raya this year was still a blast!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
I just got a parcel from my father. Last week I got a Hari Raya card from my mother too. Thanks mak and abah. Really appreciate them both. Over the pass week, the mailbox's bombarded with packages from Malaysia. Baju raya, kuih raya, serunding raya, and in some cases, even cermin mata raya!!
'Tis the season!!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Put five monkeys in a cage. Put a ladder in the cage with a bunch of bananas at the top. As soon as one monkey starts to climb the ladder, spray cold water on all the monkeys. When another tries to climb, spray cold water on all the monkeys again. Soon, no monkey will attempt to climb the ladder.
Now, remove one monkey and put a new monkey in the cage. The new monkey will see the bananas and try to climb the ladder. Not wanting to be sprayed with cold water again, the other monkeys will quickly pull him down.
Remove a second monkey and put a new monkey in the cage. Again, the new monkey will see the bananas and try to climb the ladder. Not wanting to be sprayed with cold water, the other monkeys will quickly pull him down.
Repeat this process until all five original monkeys are gone, and five new monkeys are in the cage. None will try to climb the ladder, and none will understand why.
Now, remove all five monkeys and put a brand new monkey in the cage. The monkey will quickly climb the ladder and eat the bananas. Don't spray any cold water.
Put the five original monkeys back in the cage with the one brand new monkey who has tasted the delicious bananas. Replenish the bananas.
The brand new monkey will again climb up the ladder. Despite the efforts of the older monkeys to hold him down, the brand new monkey has tasted the bananas, he will strive again until he succeeds.
When he succeeds, the other five monkeys will realize that bananas are worth the climb, and worth the risk of some cold water. They, too, will climb the ladder and enjoy the delicious bananas.
Moral of the story? I trust you be able to come with it yourself.
Mourinho is pictured here managing his last match for Chelsea against Rosenberg
Read the full coverage here and here.
And I am no Chelsea fan to be the least. Heck, I'm Liverpool all the way. But I for one had the littlest of ideas that after winning back to back English Premier League's, the Chelsea board decided to part with him. The self proclaimed 'special one's' future was sorted out earlier in the evening after Chelsea's surprise draw with lowly Rosenberg in their opening UCL match yesterday night.
Mourinho was reported to have had a sour relationship with multibillionare owner, Roman Abrahmovic regarding Chelsea's dull play style, Shevchenko, and what not. I wonder who would the Russian tycoon put at Chelsea's helm this time. And btw, Mourinho was the second manager to be fired by Abrahamovic.
My verdict: Chelsea is left in a crisis within their own ranks. Surely, the future is still in doubt for Chelsea. Mourinho's exit left Chelsea in turmoil. He's probably the only one able to contain the good atmosphere in Chelsea's star studded team.
Monday, September 17, 2007
6666/30 ~ 222.
We pray 5 times a day.
222/5 ~ 44
If you read 44 ayats everytime after solat consistently, by the end of this month, we'd khatam the Quran insyaAllah. Anybody up to the challenge?
Or yet, picture it this way. There's 30 juz in the Quran. One juz is 20 pages long (the usual resam Uthmani). 20/5 = 4. Subhanallah, by just reading 4 pages each time after prayer, we can khatam the Quran by the end of this month.
InsyaAllah, let's strive together.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
His Wiki biography here.
I was more about 6 when I first heard of his name. He was the suspect of and tried for the murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994. I remembered the case was so big, so highly publized, so long, and so talked about, that a foreign guy of my age then, even knew about it. It's even proclaimed as the 'Trial of the century'.
Way to go O. J!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
So, it's now officially Ramadhan. So I thought I would post a hadith or quran ayat regarding fasting everytime I come across one. Here's the first:
Narrated Anas bin Malik, "We used to travel with the Prophet and neither did the fasting persons criticize those who were not fasting, nor did those who were not fasting criticize the fasting ones." Sahih Bukhari
Monday, September 10, 2007
Two civilians were badly wounded when they were shot with live bullets from a police officer. And Berita Harian's title on this incident '4 polis cedera rusuhan di Kuala Terengganu'. I mean, wth? They decide to highlight the fact that 4 police were very2 slightly injured, and not the fact that the police shot two people. Stones and bullets aren't two equally matched weapons. Of course, the one with the bullets would win. Kalau yer pon gian sangat nak tembak, gune peluru getah sudah, dah cukup sakit dah, takyah la kot gune peluru hidup.
Berita Harian continues, "Melihat keadaan yang semakin tegang, polis mengambil pendekatan berundur bagi mengelakkan perkara lebih buruk berlaku, tetapi keadaan itu diambil kesempatan oleh perusuh untuk memusnahkan harta benda awam termasuk mencabut pokok hiasan, pasu bunga dan lampu isyarat."
1. Any rationally minded person would choose peace over a war. If so the police really did retreat, I don't think anybody would want to go pick a fight with them, especially ones armed with live bullets. This is just BS.
2. There's no actual proof that the rioters were the ones doing all the damages to the 'harta awam'. Sure there are pictures all over of 'kemusnahan harta awam yg berlaku', but there aren't pictures of anybody doing it. For all we know, it might of been the police themselves doing this and blaming others.
This is just insanity.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Will I be able to make it? Will you be able to make it? Waallahua'lam, but one thing for sure, let's prepare oursleves towards it. Let's greet it with open hands.
Ahlan wa sahlan ya Ramadhan!!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I can watch an episode 2-3 times and still laugh at the same joke. Their jokes are just phenomenon, LOL... They tickle me to the bone!
Here are some of the most hilarious quotes from Family Guy which I found on the net. People who don't follow Family Guy probably wouldn't get much of it though. Sorry.
Meg: I just want to kill myself I'm gonna go upstairs and eat a whole bowl of peanuts.
(Lois and Peter stare in silence)
Meg: I'm allergic to peanuts.
(Peter and Lois keep staring)
Meg: You dont know anything about me. (runs upstairs)
Peter: Who was that guy?
Bonnie: Somebody save him, he can't swim!
Peter: Oh, he's not even kicking. Kick Joe, kick.
Lois: Peter, he's a paraplegic!
Peter: That doesn't mean he can't hear. Kick Joe, kick!
Tom Tucker: A bit of breaking news. A local family is forced out of their home by ghosts. Who are they gonna call?
Diane Simmons (sighs): Ghostbusters, Tom.
Tom Tucker: No, Diane. Their insurance company. That's just stupid what you said.
Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'
Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.
(Peter has to come up with a fake name on the spot, so he looks around the room to get inspiration)
Peter Griffin: Uh... my name is...(he sees a pea)
Peter Griffin: Pea...
(he sees a woman crying)
Peter Griffin: ... tear...
(he sees a Griffin fly by)
Peter Griffin: ... Griffin. Peter Griffin
Peter: Sometimes it's appropriate to swear
(Peter is in court)
Bailiff: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you god?
Peter: I do........You bastard
Owh, I could go all night long posting these quotes, so I better stop here before I get too carried away.
The recording was so funny that I decided to search for more Becky prank calls and tada! Here they are:
And strive in GOD's way as you ought to strive. He has chosen you, and has not imposed any difficulties on your way of life, it is the way of your father, Abraham. It is He (God) who named you Muslims, both before (this) and in this (the Quran); that the messenger shall serve as a witness among you, and you shall serve as witnesses to humankind. Therefore, you shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and hold fast to GOD; He is your Gaurdian, the best Guardian and the best Helper.
May we take ikhtibar from this ayat and strive for Allah's way. InsyaAllah.
Friday, August 31, 2007
It's been 50 years now. 50 years of development, 50 years of prosperity, 50 years of peace (apart from 1969).
One way or another, Malaysia has went through a lot. And one might argue also that Malaysia is yet to develop to it's full potential. And I must say, it's true to every word. As long as there is hate, corruption, back stabbing and biting, racism, political instability, literacy, and all those other nonsense, Malaysia will never break out of the Third World cluster it finds itself in still. And as much as they want us to believe, Malaysia is no Islamic country.
But on this fine day, let's all hope and pray for the better of the country. Ameen.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The Spanish international was one of the most promosing youngsters.
Monday, August 27, 2007
According to Wikipedia, however relevant it maybe, Sufism means: a mystic tradition within Islam and encompasses a diverse range of beliefs and practices dedicated to divine love and the cultivation of the heart.
I was reading a book entitled 'Kisah Rabi'ah Al- Adawiyah: Sufi Wanita & Aramo Cinta Ilahi', which was basically telling the story of the great woman Sufi follower, Rabi'ah Al- Adawiyah. Even though I haven't read even half of the book, there were some parts of the book that really caught my attention.
Part 1: Syah Ni'matullah (another sufi follower) when asked what mazhab he was following, replied (in a poetic manner). "Wahai orang lalai, mazhab ape yg mesti kupunyai? Aku punya mazhad dan ibadah tersendiri, jauh berbeza dari mazhab Syafi'i dan Abu Hanifah. Mereka semua menempuh jalan mereka sendiri, sementara aku menikuti jalan nenek moyangku". What? Following the way of your fore fathers?
And when it is said to them, "Come to what Allah has revealed and to the Messenger," they say, "Sufficient for us is that upon which we found our fathers." Even though their fathers knew nothing, nor were they guided? Al- Maidah: 104
Part 2: The fact that most Sufis don't marry (including Rabiah Al- Adawiyah). Fact is, Islam, unlike other religions is a strong advocate of marriage. The Prophet (pbuh) has said "there is no celibacy in Islam".
And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought. Ar- Rum: 21
Part 3: According to the book, also, how relevant or not it maybe, at her prime, Rabi'ah forgot to love the prophets and condemn syaitan. In the book, Rasulullah came to her in her dream and asked her whether or not she loved him. She replied, " Wahai Rasulullah! Siapakah gerangan org yg tidak mencintaimu? Kecintaanku kpd Allah tidak memberi kalbu dah hatiku ruang utk mencintai segenap makhluk-Nya". Like, duh, everyone knows we're supposed to love the Rasul, and all beings as well.
Part 4: What's with the 'combine with Allah' stuff? A Sufis' desire is to achieve makrifat, a 'pertemuan dgn Allah'. And sometimes, according to the book, their love for Allah brings them to a thought that they can combine with Allah. Wow! I thought that was something from the Hindu teachings, moksha (if I'm not mistaken, do correct me if I'm wrong) where once you achieve this stage, you combine with God.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
"Allah the Almighty said: O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great at it." -narrated by at-Tirmidhi and al-Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal.
Again, Allah is Most Merciful. No matter what sin we do, Allah forgives. That is, of course, with the exceptence of ascribing a god other than Allah. Nauzubillah.
We run, we fall, we pick ourselves up, we dust ourselves off, and we continue running.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I was like, WOW! As of from the time I'm writing this post, there's still 18 hours of auction time. The starting price is $125000. I'm sure by tomorrow all those I-can-by-anything-I-want type of people will be rushing in trying to bid this lovely gown. And who knows what price it would be sold. I'll update later on that.
It's funny sometimes to think why people with so much money buy. I mean, heck, why buy these sorts of stuff? Is it just for the sake of buying? Because you don't have anything to buy? There's plenty of ways to spend money beneficially, not just buying gowns from somebody who's long gone. Sure some portion of the money gained from the gown would go to charity, but seriously, just how much is that portion?
Here's the link to the ebay auciton.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
So I decided to combine what Zidane said he said and the latest of what Materazzi admitted he said during the match, and hey, it finally makes sence now. So probably this time Materazzi was telling the truth.
The story goes that Materazzi was tugging onto Zidane's shirt during the match and so Zidane said, "If you want this shirt, I'll give it to you,"
Probably feeling insulted by this, the Italian replied, "I prefer the whore that is your sister,"
Honestly, any brother would've done something hearing that statement. I know I would. And then again, I've always been a keen admirer of Zidane.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Yup, truly, no kidding, it's so, so hot! The weather that is.
Temperatures are soaring up to a high of 40+ degrees Celsius everyday. It's just blazing hot. And compared to Malaysia, there's no humidity here. So no matter the heat, you don't sweat much here. Some people like it that way, other's like it when they sweat.
But one thing I know, I can't last long outdoors anymore. I rather be in the 'safety' of my apartment than go outside. The heat is just unbearable for me.
Adding to that, those who wish to enter their cars during the day time will have to have the skin to bear with the oven-like heat in the car. No kidding! Well, maybe the temperature isn't as high as in the oven, but frankly, you'd bake your butt once you put it in the seat. You'd fry your hands when you touch the steering wheel. And you sweat all over.
Surely the heat from the hell fire is thousands of times greater and stronger than what we're facing today. Already you can't take this heat, too unbearable you say. Imagine what's it like in the hell fire... So, let's prepare ourselves towards being better Muslims, and InsyaAllah gain Allah's mercy for the life in the hereafter. Ameen..
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Why don't you try Youtube?!
I was impressed with the news about 18 year old dutch singer, Esmee Denters whose claim to fame came when she was signed by Justin Timberlake for a professional contract. How did she do it? Simple. Post lots and lots of videos of herself singing on Youtube. And boy I tell you, they were good! Try it, maybe someday your Timberlake would come, too! lol..
And then there's a story of this woman even finding her soul mate via youtube. I don't know what kind of video she had on youtube, but with that, she included her name and phone number. She got lots2 and lots of phone calls everyday, probably once every few minutes or so. And one of them was lucky enough to receive her hand in marriage. Now, don't get me wrong here, I'm not encouraging anyone to do this one. But if you're desperate enough, or just for the fun of it, why don't give it a go? lol, again..
This next story really got me though. And it happened just recent, too. First, check this out:
His name is Rhain Davis. The grandfather's kid sent Manchester United a DVD of him playing soccer, and the result? He was actually signed by the giants! But talents that Rhain disposes are just extraordinary. Simply brilliant, and scary, too! At 9 years old, he's already doing samba style step-overs, dazzling runs, flip flops, turn overs, and his sprints are just breath-taking! Mesmorizing! He's certainly the future of soccer. Good luck for him!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
We MARA students receive $400 every month. So, automatically, I limit my spend to below $400 a month. I mean, how the heck can I spend more? I don't know about the rest of you, but I certainly believe that getting $400 a month than getting a huge chunk of $1200 every 3 months is much better, budget planning wise.
And my ideas are supported by the fact that I currently find some of my JPA friends in a tight money situation. JPA's excuse of still not wiring the money? They haven't received their student's spring semester result. ANY. Meaning, they haven't sent money to any of their students in the whole US, not just Vandy. WOW, what an excuse.
I mean guys, come on. It's already August if you don't mind. Spring semester ended sometime in early May! How slow do they work down there? Unless....
Unless they don't even have money in the first place to give. Now that makes sence! I don't know the truth behind this, and heck, I'm under MARA. But ya..
What say you, JPA?
Friday, July 27, 2007
This years Cup, like all other soccer tournaments, had it's fair share of surprises. Along with Japan, and South Korea, Australia, making a debut performance in the Asian Cup after ditching Oceania, were fellow favourites to win the tournament also. They, however, bowed out even earlier to the hands of Japan in the quarter finals. Very disappointing, considering the players they have at their disposal. China, also another Asia soccer powerhouse, were left stunned some part earlier in the competition.
And don't even bother knowing how Malaysia did. As if being trashed 1-5 by China wasn't enough, Malaysia fell victim to another humiliating defeat, and this time around, 0-5 to Uzbekistan. Aduhai Malaysia...
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Today Qayyum opted to go pray at the front stair case which other than the elevator, was the main way to the labs. And sure a lot of people used it, which caused me to initially feel unease to pray there, infront of the public and all.
But then Sakina said, "Ape nak malu? Kite hanya menjalankan tuntutan agama je,"
It hit me right there and then. Ya, why should we be embarrassed to pray? Why should we be embarrassed to perform our duty towards our religion? Towards Allah? Heck, we should be proud! I prayed right away, of course, after that.
Well, that was just a thought to ponder..
Thursday, July 5, 2007
You can also go help replant trees in the forest, sure, help the earth one tree at a time. But for me, it's just one of those things I'm incapable of. I do love gardening though, if that counts.
Owh, in Malaysia, orang2 kampung just love to burn their trash. Sure it's easy, and a lot of fun, too. I used to enjoy it once (i just love playing with fire). But open fires are just too hazardous to the air. God knows what gases their passing out with each burn. So, orang2 kampung di Malaysia and to whom ever it may concern, if you're reading this, please stop open fire! Bahaya2.
And we can also use solar powered cars, but then again, for me, at least, it's also something I prefer not talk about for now.
I don't see myself driving one of those to Walmart.
Solar energy by itself can be considered too. We have plenty of it, and sure enough, insyaAllah, we'll have the sun for as long as we stay on this planet. Solar energy doesn't give out pollutents, and they're one of those reproduceble energy sourses. But ya, it's expensive.
And yeah, you can also go out to the world and personally tell them to stop polluting, and start saving the world. Plenty of people are doing it, take Al Gore for example. He seems to be having a lot of fun doing it, and good for him too. I went to his talks once and his devotion to help save the world, stop global warming to be exact, woke me out of my slumber and realise just how severe the Earth is now. But again, as of now, I don't see myself capable of doing something of Al Gore's standard. So, bare with me please.
I'm finding it kinda hard to find logical ways to help save the earth now. Probably due to the lack of myself doing it, and again, my bad. Probably it's because I just woke up from bed too. But as a student, recycling is merely all I can think of for now. Whatever it is, helping the world is a responsibility we have to carry out together. After all, man was brought upon this earth as caliphs.
Friday, June 15, 2007
I just got word from my sister that a former student of my mother was killed two days ago in Egypt when another malay student ran amok.
Muhammad bin Ishak died due to severe injury to the neck, eye and head after being stabbed many times with 3 knives by another Malay student, beleived to be crazy. After being stabbed, Muhammad was able to run to the balcony of his apartment, alerting the arabs in the market below to come to his aid. The arabs arrested the suspect and sent the victim to hospital.
However, due to severe head wounds, he was unable to be saved.
This incident gave me a great sence of deja vu, reminding me of the Virginia Tech trajedy which happened just a few months back. The suspect in this incident was also believed to be suffering
mental problems and was usually left out by other students due to his problems
What grief and sarrow this incident has brought us, especially to the parents. Sending their child away was hard, receiving their jenazah is just unimaginable. Al-fatihah.
Here's the overall schedule and what I have to deal with, week in, and week out.
Classes, lectures, starts everyday (Mon-Fri) at 10.10 until 12. Then, I have lab every Tues, Wed, and Thurs, from 1.10 till 5. Test are held on a weekly basis, on Mondays, and quizzes are given out every Tuesday and Friday.
See how hectic my schedule is now? My average day ends at 5 pm. And obviously, once my lab is finished, exhaust will have the better of me, and I'll be too tired to do anything much after that. And the fact that tests are on every Monday means I hardly have a weekend anymore! What a life I have to endure. And adding salt to the wound, I even think my lab TA doesn't even like me come to think of the way he's been treating me over the week. lol!
And the personal problems I've faced during all this? Nah, too much to even start with.
But, luckily, Alhamdulillah, I'm still breathing, and as hard as it may seem, life must go on, accepting all that come my way. Let's just think it as a way of Allah to test me and my shortcomings and hope that a better person would emerge after all this.
I was talking to my father last week and he reminded me of Rasulullah's hadith, "Value five things before five, youth before old age, health before sickness, wealth before poverty, leisure before preoccupation, and life before death." (Tirmizi).
Sure, leisure before preoccupation hits me smack in the face!
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
This is about the severe damage and suffering our planet Earth is enduring today.
Monday, May 7, 2007
During school days, you would almost always be occupied with work, and there's always a place in your mind thinking about your academic. That's almost about everything that happens. And now that school's over, my mind has been stripped of it's academic thinking and I don't even know what to do anymore.
Sure there's gonna be the anual Midwest games at the end of this month. And after that, the vocally planned trip to New York. But what do I do before that? What do I do before the daily vollyball training I have to endure at 3 pm? My friend previously said that she doesn't have her day planned ahead of her anymore. I couldn't agree more. Mine is basically the same. I'm accepting life as it comes every minute, just taking what ever comes my way.
It's in the human nature to be ungrateful of what they have, and always wanting something else. Once they do get that something else, they would think back and just want back their prvious things. During the semester, I was always wanting a good little break. And now that I have one, I feel a little work would be just fine right now. This nature I mentioned would continue as a cycle and will only stop when man learns to be grateful.
Friday, May 4, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
You see, heroes of Hollywood are always handsome, young, strong men. In real life, heroes can range from people 76 years of age, to men in their early 20s. And they don't have to be handsome too.
Heroes of Hollywood hardly die at the end of the show. There's probably only a handful of those who did. These Hollywood action movie figures can duck under bullets, run through burning buildings, escape explosions, fight 10 people at one time (and win also), and so, so much more. In real life, most heroes don't live to see their success, and dodging bullets? - don't be kidding me!
And of course, at the end of the show, Hollywood heroes always end up with a beautiful girlfriend. In real life? Nah!
As we mourn the death of the 32 innocent people who died in Monday's Virginia Tech Massacre, we should honor and never forget those who died as heroes that day.
Waleed Shaalan. On the day of the shooting, Allahyarham was sitting in the front row of the lecture room when the gunman, Cho Seung-Hui, entered and opened fire. Br. Waleed was wounded from a shot and laid beside another student who was not shot, but played dead. The gunman re-entered the classroom for the second time to check for survivors. Upon approaching the unshot student, Waleed purposely made a movement to distract Cho and was shot a second time and died. The student believed that Br. Shaalan purposefully distracted the shooter to save him. May Allah bless him, place him with those who died shaheed and grant him eternal peace in Jannah. Ameen.
Professor Liviu Librescu. The professor threw himself in front of the shooter and shouted for his students to run. He was able to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom until his students had escaped through the windows. Librescu was struck 5 times. Many of his students claimed that their lives were saved because of him.
Both were very courageous men. They died so others could breathe another day. They did what others wouldn't even imagine of doing. These men, died as true heroes.
It may seem too much a movie. Like one of those Hollywood action movies you watch on television. But no, these incidents truly happened. And two men did die as heroes. After all, this is America. Things of similar situations happen every once in a while. Even Vandy has had it's share of crime. Shootings, rape, theft, and robbery. This is just what makes America, America.
In loving remembrance of brother Waleed Shaalan who died courageously. Ina Lillahi wa ina Ilayhi rajeoon. We ask Allah to forgive Waleed all his sins and grant him paradise. Ameen.
Please donate to support the family of Br. Waleed Shaalan at: http://www.msanational.org/finance/vt07donate.html
Monday, April 16, 2007
Now we may have blogs for different reasons, and for some, probably even had them back in Malaysia. I had mine here in Nashville over a year ago. My father was the one who encouraged me to start one. He told me that it would enhance my English skills. And true enough, I do feel that I'm getting better and better over time. Bukan nak perasan di sini yer, so don't get me wrong.
Here's the deal. When you blog, you would of course want to write things that others would care to read about, which are interesting things, to start with. What's the point of writing if there's no one to share it with? (That's unless you want to keep a personal, diary like blog.)
To know what people want to read, you yourself have to start reading. That's where the education process starts. But then again, reading alone won't do you much good if you don't act upon of what you've learnt. 'Ilmu tanpa amal ibarat pohon rendang tanpa buah,' that's a quote I've heard of the years, or it goes somewhat of that manner. So why not blog what you've learnt? Not only can you exercise your thoughts and knowledge, you can share it with others. And the fun part is when you can add your own spice to it. And it really is fun, no kidding!
So, if blogging is really this good, why not everyone blog? I don't know about you guys, but most of my friends in Malaysia just don't blog. Why is that the case? Shouldn't they be learning English to? What better way is there to make you read tons, practice what you've read, twist it to your flavour and then share it with others, other than by blogging? Well, I don't know.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
The government of Malaysia? Me no like!! They've done many things which I think aren't appropriate and not for the good of the country.
I wass shocked when I read the news about the idea of giving away free condoms to drug addicts.
'PROGRAM kerajaan memberi jarum suntikan dan kondom percuma kepada penagih berniat ikhlas membendung penularan penyakit berjangkit seperti HIV/Aids dan tidak wajar dituduh sebagai amalan bersubahat menghalalkan perlakuan zina. '
You make me laugh! There's lots of ways to prevent HIV from spreading. And you don't have to go to the extent of distributing free condoms. You give away free condoms, and they'll give you a whole new dimension of social problems.
And then, if HIV just don't stop spreading, what's next in line?
Saturday, April 7, 2007
But then, there was this tornado warning two nights ago and everything just changed after that. All of a sudden, it was as if it was winter again. People where pulling their jackets again, wearing gloves, and having scarves around their necks. And things really got off the hook when it started to snow today! April = snow? The equation doesn't really go, well at least at this part of the world.
So what's gone wrong with the world?
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Just to clear any doubtful minds out there, if so happens to be any, here's the definition of the word hypocrite:
a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
Hypocrites are not a new phenomena. They've been around for ages. They were there during the time of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH. A Jew by the name, Abdullah bin Ubayy, was one of them, or to be more precise, like the chief of the group. He was the one that brought the slanders upon Aisyah r.a. telling people lies about the Prophet's wife to an extent that even some of the Muslims started to believe it. The guy claimed to be a Muslim, did the things that a Muslim would do in front of others, but his whole life, Abdullah devoted in tearing apart the Muslim Ummah of his time. But of course his efforts came to no avail eventually when Allah SWT revealed:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ جَآءُوا بِالإِفْكِ عُصْبَةٌ مِّنْكُمْ
-Verily, those who brought forth the slander are a group among you.
And certainly, hypocrites didn't vanish with the death of Abdullah bin Ubayy. There were of course, more to come. In this modern age, they're everywhere. Most world leaders, not surprisingly, are hypocrites. Come on, do you honestly think that these people could rise and be so powerful if they weren't? Take the UN for instance. These people have had countless delegations over the past century to stop world poverty, hunger, child labour, and what not. Do you see these problems ever stopping? NO! All these people probably ever do week in and week out is sit in large circles, talk crap, and once they get hungry, feed their appetite with unbelievably expensive food. They talk about stopping world hunger, when they themselves can't even give up one meal to feed thousands.
And the war in Iraq? Don't even mention that one! The US call it Operation Iraqi freedom, I say Operation Iraqi Bullshit. Sorry for the language. They obviously have other intentions than just freeing Iraq. They would of left Iraq ages ago if they really wanted to free Iraq. They would've let the Iraqi people choose their own government, not a puppet that of which they could pull it's strings. If they really wanted to free Iraq, they should of left Iraq alone!
In this hypocritical world that we live in, they have this thing called a war against terrorism. My verdict: another crusade. Each and every Muslim who has the guts to go against them are called terrorist. And then they declare war against them. As simple as that! In their quest for one man, they kill thousands, innocent lives that is. On the event of 9/11, as they call it, an entire nation of Afghanistan is destroyed in their search for the masterminds of the attack, Osama Laden and his group of Al-Qaeda. They'll stop at nothing to halt this Muslim terrorist group.
Then again, you must come to think: What about the Oklahoma City bombing incident? Right away after the incident they claimed it was done by Muslim terrorist (as usual). The funny part was the fact that this CIA guy even claimed to witness a few Arab men wearing white robes speeding off in a car towards Mexico right after the bombing. Ya right. What? You wouldn't be wearing robes to do an attack would you? And how did this CIA guy know the car was speeding towards Mexico? There's no road in Oklahoma which leads directly to there! And when they finally got this Timothy McVeigh (the convicted), they didn't go about declaring war on a Christian nation to stop Christian terrorist. Don't tell me there aren't any out there!
Ku Klux Clan? They've been terrorising African-Americans back then but aren't labelled as a terrorist group. Why is that?
And what's with Israel? Israel kill Palestine = an act of defence. Palestine kill Israel = an act of violence, terrorist. Get my view? Why can't it at least be labelled the same?
Not to forget the countries who claim themselves as an Islamic nation. Ohhh, you can't fool me!!
It would take me ages to give out all the examples of hypocrisy and corruption in this world today. As Sheik Yusuf Estes puts it out so rightfully when asked how could the world operate in the right way: Change all world leaders!!