Sunday, September 24, 2006

Ahlan wa Sahlan Ya Ramadhan!!!

Ahlan wa sahlan
ya Ramadhan!!!
Ramadhan...
Satu nasib tak serupa
Peluangnya sama
Najitah berbeza
Ramadhan mereka gemilang cemerlang
Mukmin berjasa di awal zaman
Ramadhan kami parah terbuang
Muslim berdosa di akhir zaman
Mereka gembira kerana kedatanganmu
Kami gembira dengan pemergianmu
Malam mereka meriah di simbah nur al-Qur'an
Tapi malam kami muram berkabung dengkur
Mereka berlumba mengejar maghfirah
Tapi kami lesu diburu nafsu
Hati mereka bercahaya digilap taqwa
Jiwa kami gelap didera dosa
Takbir mereka takbir kemenangan
Hadiah mujahadah sebulan Ramadhan
Takbir kami lesu tak bermaya
Tanda kalah lemah tak berdaya
Puasa sekadar lapar dan dahaga
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1 Ramadhan 1427
Earlier that morning, the last day of Sha'ban, I attended a crash-course with other ADNI Alumni members, aimed to switch me to a higher gear for me to start my journey through the blessed month... "The Science of Sawm-ar-Ramadhan" was the topic. We discussed about the preparation for Ramadhan, fiqh of sawm, the hikmah of sawm and other deeds in Ramadhan, and many more...
Here are little of The-Do's:
1. Talk less. Less means LESS.
2. La taghdhob. If we continue on being the same in Ramadhan as we were in other months, He do not need us restraining from food and drink...
3. Memperbanyakkan membaca & memahami ayat-ayat al-Qur'an...
ورَتِّلِ القُرْءَانَ ترْتِيْلاًََ
4. Do sadaqah and serve food for people to break their fasts
5. Memperbanyakkan tahlil dan istighfar
6. Sentiasa memohon dijauhkan dari neraka dan didekatkan kepada syurga.
On the first Ramadhan night, I didn't plan to go to the mosque near my house for tarawih prayers, and my decision was right... Kakak soon returned home saying the mosque is full and that people have to pray outside on the pavement. We prayed Isya' and tarawih congregationally at home. Ummi, Kakak, Auntie Mimi, Sara and I. Forgot to invite Acik Yati, Basma & Deena. Will do tonight, nsyaAllah.
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Oh, last night was so wonderful!
Oh, SubhanAllah Alhamduillah AllahuAkbar! Last night was SO WONDERFUL!
I do hope tonight and the coming nights will be more wonderful if not the same...
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My sahur this morning was moderate. This proves that I had a good physical warm-up alhamdulillah. Hehe... Everyone was around except Atiqah and Yusuf. Atiqah sms-ed us though, wishing us Ramadhan Mubarak and saying that she misses us so much. 5-year-old Ilyas also woke up for Sahur this morning.
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I'll break my fast at home tonight nsyaAllah, despite the college curfew at 7 p.m..
I'll be visiting Kak Yam J and few others nsyaAllah this afternoon. They're having some interesting daurah... Oh, it'll sure be exciting nsyaAllah...
Bestnye! Bestnye!
Hehehe...
As Ramadhan approaches, I've been thinking much about death... Especially because of last year's unexpected tragedy... Atok left us...
I want to achieve full 30 days this Ramadhan...
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Ya Allah... I want this Ramadhan...
Ya Allah...
Terimalah setiap amalanku pada bulan yang mulia ini...
Dengarlah setiap rintihanku meminta keampunan dariMu...
Ya Allah...
Teguhkanlah aku dalam mengharungi hari-hari di dalam madrasah ini...
Kuat, tabah dan sabar...
Ya Allah...
Sampaikanlah aku pada penghujung Ramadhan ini...
Sampaikanlah aku pada malam al-qadr...
Ya Allah...
Mohon dengan sangat...
Diberi peluang...
Mohon dengan sangat...
Mohon
dengan
sangat
sangat...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Riding For Life...

Tiba-tiba saya teringat yang saya masih belum bercerita tentang horseback riding...

Antara sukan yang saya sangat hargai adalah menunggang kuda. Saya belajar menungang kuda sejak berusia 14 atau 15 tahun... Erm... Saya tak berapa ingat... Tetapi saya hanya menunggang seminggu sekali buat seketika, dan akan berhenti buat seketika juga, mungkin dalam beberapa bulan, dan meneruskan semua sukan yang sangat menyeronokkan ini. Jadi, riding skills saya tidaklah begitu baik kerana tidak istiqamah.

Ada rakan saya tertanya-tanya kenapa riding memenatkan (kerana saya sering tidur awal jika petang itu saya menunggang kuda) sedangkan saya hanya menunggang kuda, bukannya kuda yang menunggang saya. Saya mengukir senyum lebar menampakkan barisan gigi saya yang sudah tidak berbesi ketika itu. Ya, hanya ketika itu, kerana saya hanya boleh membuka retainer saya selama tiga hari. Jika lebih dari itu, gusi saya akan terasa sakit yang teramat sangat.

Untuk pengetahuan semua, menunggang kuda adalah lebih memenatkan dari bersungguh-sungguh melakukan tiga pattern black belt 1st dan ITF berturut-turut (Kwang Gae, Po Eun dan Ge Baek).

Riding requires you to use
all main parts of your physical body.
Head, eyes, neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, chest, upper back, lower back, trunk, hips, knees, betis (this is BM), heels and toes. And of course your breathing too.

If you know any other sports that require more synchronization than horseback riding, please tell me.
Dan yang lebih mencabar, anda bukan saja perlu mengatur pergerakan setiap anggota tubuh badan anda yang saya sebutkan di atas, tetapi juga perlu memastikan bahawa pergerakan anda betul dan arahan anda difahami oleh kuda yang ditunggang.

Kuda juga seperti manusia, punya pelbagai perangai dan ragam. Ada yang baik dan sentiasa akur, ada yang ceria dan sentiasa bersemangat, ada yang penakut, ada yang cepat mengamuk, ada yang sombong dan angkuh, dan ada yang suka membuli juga!

Do you know how horses bully riders?
Easy. They tell you that they're the boss by not following your orders and doing what they want instead.

Dan seperti TaeKwon-Do, horseback riding juga boleh dikatakan sebagai addiction.

Saya pernah jatuh kuda sekali. Paling sedikit diantara adik-beradik saya yang belajar menunggang kuda. Adik saya Atiqah seringkali jatuh dari kuda, mungkin sudah berbelas kali.
Kesakitan apabila sudah terjatuh dari kuda yang lebih tinggi dari saya itu (mungkin 2 meter) memanglah amat menyakitkan. Tetapi pada saya sebagai rider, pengalaman jatuh dari kuda itu adalah sangat penting, walaupun sekali.

Kenapa saya terjatuh dari kuda?
Kerana kuda di belakang saya yang ditunggang oleh rider lain telah melompat ke depan kerana takutkan satu beg plastik yang sedang terbang di udara ditiup angin, mengejutkan kuda yang saya tunggang dari khusyuk mematuhi arahan penunggangnya.

Ya, kuda sangat cepat terkejut dan penakut.

Who would expect that tough-looking, handsome creature is actually a real freak?
Begitu jugalah manusia... Tak semestinya seseorang yang tampak ceria dan bersemangat itu tidak punya masalah peribadi yang sangat memeritkan.
Tempat pergantungan hanyalah pada Allah Yang Satu, Yang Maha Berkuasa ke atas segala-galanya, Yang Sentiasa Melihat, Yang Mengetahui setiap sesuatu dan Yang Sentiasa Memenuhi keperluan hamba-hambaNya.

Semoga sentiasa tabah menghadapi kenyataan yang masih belum pasti.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

9 September 2006 - Remember This Date

Subhanallah
I had a brand-new day today ^_^

Anyways,
Had HOPE's post-mortem today.
Inside me, I actually got upset with the impuncuality (is this the right word?) of many, esp the VIP! Huhu... The meeting don't just start an hour late but more than that!
I won't elaborate further...
My point is: can anyone give me some tips on "how to train others to be punctual, besides you yourself showing a good example" ??? Give me a list if you need to.

Credits to Nwa for accompanying your 'sumber inspirasi' for dinner this evening with her best-est pal and to Alan too for coming a very long way to deliver some cool nasyeeds and songs to me apart from meeting with your VIP. Hehe...

Guys, some of you might be wondering what am I talking about.
Don't tell me, but I'll tell you...
I tend to mix around with different groups of friends so you gotta bear with postings you don't get to understand.
And that this is MY blog, I'll write anything I want.

Thanks for reading anyways.
Good night.
Don't forget to pray.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

short stories to be shared...

*** Story 1 ***

My 11-year-old brother Musa have this habit of hiding behind a wall, waiting for his 'prey' to come near and he'll jump out, surprising that person.
One evening when my dad, Musa and I were having dinner, Raneem came into the house and headed towards the dining hall. Musa quickly got up, ready to scare her.
But in no time, Raneem appeared and surprised Musa instead, with her cute "huaarggghh" with hands up in the air. Musa jumped, and fell onto the floor, very surprised, not expecting a two-year-old girl to scare him...

End of Story 1



*** Story 2 ***

I was focusing on my work when, Nadiah, my childhood friend, mentioned something very true.
"Kite rase kan, awak ni macam ayah awak. Suka cakap 'ha' je utk reply orang bila busy."
I paused, processing the statement in my brain.
Yes. Abah use to just reply "Ha" "M'mm" or simply just nod in agreement if he's focusing on something when his child(ren) interferes.
Let me give you this example:
He's reading the newspaper in the living room. I pass by and see a cup of hot tea on the table and went towards it. "Abah, nak sikit air teh ni boleh?" "M'mmm"... But you just know that he's actually not hearing what you're asking.
And I think,,, I do that all the time, when reading, when driving, when facing the PC, etc etc...

End of Story 2


*** Story 3 ***

I found my twin. From family background to lifestyle, from favourites to interests, from dreams to reality...
^_^
Life is just much tougher without ya. Thanks!

And there's no end for this story

Sunday, September 03, 2006

A glimpse - HOPE: Palestine Revisited

HOPE
HOPE
HOPE
AllahuAkbar!
The programme went on great! Feel sorry for those who couldn't make it - whatever their reason(s) are...
Hmm... The day started out pretty hectic actually. I promised the others to bertolak dari rumah at 7:15 a.m., but I woke up at 7 a.m.! Thanks to the "message memory full" single, one-second beep ^_^'.
So everyone can conclude that I reached PWTC late, together with four of those who came with me. I drove the only car from Ampang (others slept at PanPac Hotel) and had to be quite a runner in the morning...
Anyways,
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The first slot was by Dr. Daud Abdullah from the UK. A presentation titled "Understanding The Conflict", Dr. Daud covered a wide range of topic - from how the issue started and it's agonizing growth, until the present situation...
He also mentioned something very interesting. Palestine, which was suppose to offer the Jews who refused assimilation the most secure place has turned out to be the most dangerous place for them to day!
Today, two main issues that have remained unsolved are the "refugees" and aslo "Jerusalem". Despite various resolutions being made by the United Nations - refer To Have Peace With Israel? (please scroll your mouse over and click on the underlined text) - the issues are not just held up in the air until today but eventually became worse and worse.
He concluded his presentation suggesting that the only solution for this unending war lies in the gong back to the status quo when Palestine was detached from the Ottoman Empire.
Historians, please drop your comments.
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The second slot was a forum "The Zionist Threat: Legal and Historical Perspective" moderated by Xifu Nasir (not M. Nasir but the 'hadeeth-songs' composer ok!) and the panelists were Mr. Matthias Chang and Prof A. B. Kopansky.
Matthias Chang made a preview video of his book "Brainwashed For War, Programmed To Kill". It was superb one, containing the summary of the book - the zionist agenda, the propaganda warfare, mind-control, and brainwashing operations and how these things affects us today.
And Prof Kopansky --- man, I'm just impressed with his talk. His students must like him a lot for being such a cool lecturer. He talked about the historical perspective of Zionism, how it emerged and had thrown many examples of it's impacts for the floor to hear and ponder upon.
We break for lunch at 1:45 p.m., kinda late, but alhamdulillah we managed to serve lunch for the participants although we stated in the ads that meals are not provided.
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After lunch we watched "Jenin", a documentary programme about the Israeli attack on a settlement in Palestine called Jenin. A massacre. I can't remember in what year did it happen, but if I'm not mistaken it took place before the massacre of Shabra & Shatila in Lebanon.
37 minutes, and I fell asleep for about 5 minutes before I decided to go out of the hall and watch from the screen outside the hall... It's not that it's boring, I just have that habit...
After the documentary film, our respected brother Safwan the vice-chairman of GEMA Palestin (Gerakan Mahasiswa untuk Palestin) represented the youth of Malaysia in dealing with the Palestinian issue. He presented in English! marha marha! (",) His presentation ranged from a brief description of the issue to the youth's responsibility in dealing with this issue, titled Helping The Palestinians: The Malaysian Challenge. Then Ustaz Maszlee Malik the Malaysian activist for Palestine took over the microphone, addressing the participants on what had actually happen in Lebanon - the defeat of Israel for not being able to fulfil their objectives of attack on Lebanon - and the victory of Hizbullah in saving Lebanon from further destruction. He then led the participants to where the issue actually originated. Palestine - Jerusalem - Baitul Maqdis.
And, to my great dispair, I have to get out of the hall because of some unexpected 'technical problems'.
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Conclusion was made by the Alumni Spokesperson, Syed Muhammad Muhiyuddin Al-Attas, and closing and doa recitation by the Alumni Advisor, Tuan Hj. Hasni Mohamad.
Then Xifu Nasir & Muadz performed two songs as a relaxing conclusion for the day.
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The day ended good, alhamdulillah, much better than I expected. Although not many turned up - we didn't reach our target (mainly because the promotion team started very late and only had two weeks!) - we get positive feedbacks from participants and covered the expenses for the hall and right now still working on the post-mortem and reports.
I'm actually cracking my head tonight, it's 1:30 a.m., thanks to my beloved 'twin' for waking me up from falling asleep in front of my treasured laptop while typing this out. I lost my file which contained all the info for this piece of conclusion when I left the hall during Ust Maszlee's presentation, together with some notes for the post-mortem, my mechanical pencil and eraser.
But in order to get something, you have to sacrifice something. I now know that my harddisk is not that bad after all... Hehe...
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That night, ADNI Alumni had its first Alumni Dinner. We targetted 60 people but unfortunately only about 50 turned up. Yea it was a last minute decision and we couldn't manage to get everyone come. Everyone was really busy for HOPE, I hope all can understand that...
Anyways, the food was really great! I think the dinner is really a good one. To me, it's like a reward to all alumni members who worked hard for HOPE and other alumni programmes, also for those who take the effort to participate in the alumni programmes which indirectly gave us - the execution team - moral support.
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Some ex-IICans turned up: Hajar, Mahdi, Durrah, Benjamin & Danial. Also some ex-ADNIees: Rauf (eh, ada lagi kan?)... Thanks for coming! We're really happy with your presence and we hope to keep in touch often in the future!
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Also, thanks to Hajar for 'highlighting' me in her blog. Sis, I just didn't realise that! OMG... I'm relieved though that the small step I took had helped your first day in IIC (",) thanks Hajar. May Allah bless you.
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Thank you to all for participating, praying and giving us the support we need!
May Allah shower us all strength, patience, courage and wisdom in continuing to strive in His path for His sake and for Islam.
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*** pictures coming in a few days insyaAllah ***