Monday, November 27, 2006
"I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 Lectures. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the Imams are wasting theirs by giving Lectures at all."
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher.
"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to Mosque for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"
When you are DOWN to nothing.... Allah is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank Allah for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
MJ: tgh buat pe?
NJ: tgh mencari smangat utk gi uia esok
MJ: mesti semangat!!
MJ: anggapla awak nak ke medan jihad!!
MJ: kami menanti2 kedatangan adik2!!
NJ: wah wahhh!!
NJ: seb baik awak cakap
MJ: jgn lupe perkara sepenting ni tau nela!!
MJ: kami mendoakan awak selalu!!
MJ: kalau ni lekat dalam ingatan awak
MJ: barula bermakna taaruf week awak kali ni
MJ: org lain dtg ke gombak terpinga2
MJ: awak datang dengan semangat dan halatuju yg jelas
NJ: aja aja fighting!
NJ: thanks kak yam!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
And felt very good when a world-class senior complimented my side kick! ^__^
oh, that's the outcome of a 4-days hard training a couple of years ago (December 2003), on a 1.5 meter cliff at the sea-shore of Langkawi, with my left foot bandaged (suspected a little crack after I accidentally kicked my sister's elbow bone during the training for the national-level tournament..), trained by Selangor's chief instructor of that time Sir Kenneth Khoo.
Just to refresh my own memory, since I love ITF (International TaeKwon-Do Federation) TaeKwon-Do sooo veery much! hehe.. I'll tell you about my training history...
Friday, November 24, 2006
- back from Bandung, Indonesia
- received letter from Farah in Cansas
- driver for horseback riding kids
(realized my riding boots is lost! >_<" *sob sob*)
- bank-in IIUM registration fee
- got my new glasses ^_^'
- meeting Rahmatan lil-'alameen with ADNI Alumni
- driver for horseback riding kids again
- update blog: Kembara Kami
- Rest day
- Carnival organized by JIM in Cheras
- Girls Day Out: out with my childhood pals ^_^
Semester exam results were out yesterday. As soon as I received the notice from a friend, I got nervous. My hands were shaking as I moved the mouse's cursor and typed in my Matric No. and IC No. And my heart pounded hard.
No C's this time. An A-, a B+ and a B. Now you know why I strived so hard (not hard enough actually) and get stressed out 'bout my academics each semester. It's the C's I get every semester. I get one of them in each of my result transcript. So you can now guess how bad my CGPA is.
But alhamdulillah, again and again, because I passed the matriculation school...
Soon, I'll be starting my Degree in Engineeering, insyaAllah.
A brand new life full of challenges, surprises, knowledge, experience tests (and more!) waiting ahead.
Your prayers I need to succeed in both this world and the Hereafter.
qum bir-ruhul jadiid!
p/s: kak wan maryam, kebetulan seperkara yang sama yang kita perlukan saat ini. my prayers are always with you, insyaAllah.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
16th November 2006
Two days before, late at night, I decided to follow a friend a.k.a. big sis a.k.a. comrade-in-arms for a holiday trip to Bandung, Indonesia. I waited for Mom to return home from Surabaya after midnight and asked for her permission. She told me to ask Dad. Dad was in Jakarta. [And Atiqah in Yemen; and Yusuf in Jordan (went to Lubnan & Syria); and Kakak & Abg Amin will be going to Cape Town, South Africa; and Musa & Mom to Australia; and Dad to Istanbul..... I thought a family would only go to one place together for a trip... man, this is rare...)
Anyways, the next day, on my way to a meeting with Datin Hartini for a youth expedition project to Singapore and Aceh, I sent Dad a text asking for his permission. He replied, saying yes. And I was so glad.
Actually, I was suppose to join a Mukhayyam in Ulu Yam together with many other friends of mine on the 16th... But I just love to travel elsewhere, although twice have I been to Bandung with my family. Both sounds interesting and adventurous, but there's something about a place in Bandung that's attracting me... apart from that mengembara-ingitis... hehe...
Flight was 0735 hours from LCCT-KLIA. One good thing we all realized about AirAsia - they don't delay flights like they always do last time. That's what we call IMPROVEMENT in TIME MANAGEMENT. Oh, I hope the Alumni of ADNI read this part and take note that it IS POSSIBLE for one (individual and group) to change to the better. That reminds me, Hijrah, the new year of 1428 Hijrah is coming...
I chatted with Kak Yam J throughout the 2-hour-plus flight despite that we were both very sleepy for we didn't have a good night sleep, but I guess we were just too excited about the trip and all,,, is it, Kak Yam? Hehe...
I've not been to Bandung by flight, as far as I can remember. For both trips with my family during my junior-high school time, we flew to Jakarta and took a BlueBird Kijang (it's Unser in Malaysia, and BlueBird is the best taxi service company available in Indonedia, I think) - which was not very nice last time since there was no proper highway and had to spent more than 5 hours in the car! The airport was small, maybe like the one in Kuala Terengganu, and crowded. We then took a cab to Daarut Tauhid...
Now, the real adventure begins...
Well, it's a different kind of adventure. Of course it's not like getting into the jungle in Ulu Yam, getting to do flying fox, pony riding, river crossing, mud bathing, etc... But you know what I mean...
So, Daarut Tauhid is a place - a daerah, or a very small town - which is very unique. It's attraction is it's 'Islamic aura' spread to places and people in and around it. Have you ever imagined how an Islamic state looks like? The mosque being it's centre of attention, 24-7 (especially during the weekends).
The weather in Bandung was suppose to be somewhat cool and windy, so they don't have fans or air-condition in their rooms... But now, I guess they're facing a dry season and the weather gets pretty hot during the afternoons.
somehow this man reminds me of Ustaz Asmadi and Ustaz Maszlee
The best restaurant around! They really treat us good and nice!
Jus Geurlis (er, how to spell, Kak Yam?), Jus Matahari and Ice Lemon Tea...
There's actually two parts of Darul Jannah... The first one much more beautiful since the rooms are made up of woods.
On the roof-top of one of Pak Gym's corporation buildings...
On the 19th, we did more shopping!
Bought more books and button badges.
Entrance to the toko buku above the Daarut Tauhid supermarket. I think we went there more than three times thoughout the 5 days we were there, and each time we went, we bought some (or one) book(s). Of course! They're very cheap!
Kak Yam J with a comic book she bought for 50% off.
The girl beside Kak Yam is our 'personal instructor' for that evening!
The 'teacher' poiting the notes of the song Burung Kakak Tua.
When the note no. 1 is pointed, Kak Yam, Makcik Azmah and I will have to play our angklung!
The adventure has come to an end, AlhamduLillah! We returned to Malaysia on the 20th of November, in the morning, the day Bush arrived in Bogor Airport, Indonesia.
It was a memorable trip, indeed!
A must-read Kak Yam J's post -
visit http://inspirasikembara.blogspot.com now!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Assalamu'alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,
How come I didn't know that you could convert to Judaism? See Judaism 101: Jewish Attitudes Toward Non-Jews.
There's this great thing I've been obsessed with lately called Yahoo! Answers ^_^ Helps release stress, IMO. All those unanswered questions can make you restless... I've noticed that my text messages are always questions...
I agree with the Rahmatan Lil-'Alamin concept. God, aren't you sick of hearing about all those protests, burning flags, and stuff? 8- And the Christians here aren't doing that, but pushing for dialogue instead. What happened during The Da Vinci Code launch? No protests. No rallies. Come on, do we want to be losers? 8- I'd feel like one if Muslims lost to Christians in this aspect...
And the SMS phenomena recently--I feel like a loser already 8- You get a message: "Christian-Muslim gang fight in Ampang. 6 killed" What do you do? "Ummm... Just send it to all my friends and family. I don't know if it's true, but it's news-worthy. 8- " Suddenly you're a journalist. Suddenly you have an infinite amount of prepaid credit. And suddenly there's a protest somewhere, on the brink of violence; obstructing traffic and creating noise pollution, nonetheless. How stupid can you be??? 8-
I haven't read the news completely, but regardless of who sent it, it shouldn't have blown out of proportion like this 8- It's supposedly from someone from IIUM, a Muslim-turned- Christian- turned-Muslim. Next time you get a message like this:
1) Question the source. Who sent it in the first place? Ask the person who sent it to you. If he says, "I got it from a friend," 8- which it usually is, then:
2) Evaluate it. Is the person trustworthy? Call the religious body (if any) related to the original sender (if his name's stated) and ask them if the matter's true. But the original sender's name is usually not given, so:
3) Don't spread it. More harm than good will come out of spreading the word. Would it make a real difference if there were no protests and flag burning? Remember "dialogue" earlier? I know racial and religious tension can be saved had everyone used their God-given intelligence 8- The last thing we need is a real all-out offence between the religions in Malaysia. I thought Muslims were famous for their "forums" and "seminars".. . 8-
4) Report if it gets out of hand. 8- Like, this is the "D" in "Duh." Doesn't get any Duh-er than this. Tell the authorities who you got the message from. The chain's still a chain, however long it is. If it's broken, it's still a trail. It'll lead them somewhere.
By the way, this applies to e-mails as well. I get junk from quite a few people here. Hadiths, repeat e-mails, mail-to-save- my-child. .. 8- Just trash them if you don't know the authenticity (or too lazy to check, more like). You be the judge. And up your standards, Gawd! 8-
You know whether to spread this or not...
P.S. There are times I wish we'd learned Hadiths like the Qur'an. What's Sahih and what's Dha'if...
with courtesy and permission to re-post
Muhammad Zulhilmi, 18, IIUM.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Doa Seorang Muslim terhadap saudaranya...
Diriwayatkan oleh Muslim dan Abu Daud dari Shafwan bin Abdillah ra katanya: "Saya datang ke Syam dan menemui Abu Darda’ di rumahnya, tetapi tidak ditemui dan yang ada hanyalah Ummu Darda’. Tanyanya kepadaku: "Apakah kau hendak naik haji tahun ini?" , "Memang" ujarku. Katanya pula: "Kalau begitu tolonglah doakan kami agar memperoleh kebaikan, kerana Nabi saw pernah bersabda: "Doa dari seorang muslim buat saudaranya dari belakangnya (tanpa pengetahuannya) adalah doa yang makbul."
"Dekat kepalanya ada malaikat yang bertugas. Maka setiap ia berdoa untuk saudaranya itu, malaikat akan mengucapkan "Amin! Aku juga mendoakanmu". Cerita Shafwan lagi: "Setelah aku pergi ke pasar dan ketemu dengan Abu Darda’. Maka disampaikannya pula kepadaku seperti tersebut diatas, yang menurut keterangannya diterima nya dari Nabi saw."
Demikianlah keutamaan mendoakan saudara sesama muslim. Ketika kita mendoakan kebaikan untuk saudara kita, malaikat pun turut mengucapkan doa yang sama untuk kita.
Disarikan dari: Fiqh Sunnah, Sayyid Sabiq...
thoughts put into words
a very nice one, indeed.
please pray for everyone you care...
Thursday, November 09, 2006
I don't think I performed very well, or even 'well' bcoz I only studied during the very last minutes before the exams. Erm, I have to admit that it is a bad behaviour I've been carrying with me everywhere I go for the past 19 years of my life...
But anyways, please do pray for the best results. I aim to give my CGPA an increase of more than just 0.32 points! oh, you didn't know that there's this story bout my CGPA...
My CGPA didnt start well compared to my classmates as well as my fellow friends. Increased by 0.01 for my 2nd semester, 0.02 for my 3rd semester, 0.08 for my 4th semester,,, and now I'll pray that it's not 0.16 or 0.32 but MORE!!!!
*** sadness *** i can't graduate from the iium matriculation school with a very low CGPA,,, even though it will not be included in my degree, I'll feel bad all my life... ---- bcoz__ I tend to focus on other things other than my studies, and I get very lazy when it comes to studying.
Oh-oh... I just have to change my attitude towards studying.
Started, of course, and will try my best to improve, insyaAllah. I need reminders, reminders, reminders and support from all!
and oh, I realized that I'm not the type who stand up for/to challenges.
Anyways, hols started. Today's my first day...
- edit a video for Alumni presentation for ADNI's Performance Day
- duplicate keys
- Engineering & Law friends coming over for late lunch @ raya
- ADNI Performance Day @ Engineering Dept IIUM
- TaeKwon-Do comrades coming over for late lunch @ raya
- Alumni's Convoy Raya to teachers' houses around KL & Selangor.
- get new glasses
- Alumni's Convoy Raya to members' houses around KL & Lembah Klang.
well, I can say that this IS A HOLIDAY, but I'll make sure I don't just hibernate!
I actually planned to follow Ummi on her business trip to Australia (Melboune and another place) with my li'l bro Musa for this holiday, but I decided not to when looking back carefully into my bank account. Hehe.. Bukan rezeki kot. I don't want to waste that amount of money for a one-week 100%-holiday. I mean, better save my RMs for SU-s or Alumni's or YBK's kot? And not forgetting the trip to the sacred lands Makkatul-mukarramah & Madinatul-munawwarah...
We plan and of course He is the Best Planner...
I also have to give up facilitating a group of 50 youngsters to Singapore & Acheh, a program hosted by YBK (Yasasan Basmi Kemiskinan) from 10th-17th December 2006... because lectures should have started on that date, and there's a strict NO from my parents. study - first priority, in other words.
I'll post the ads later nsyaAllah...
Hmm... It's a long post here. I think I'd stop for now.
pray to Allah for the best for yourselves, for me and for the ummah!
p/s: sayonara to beloved bro yusuf jo who flew last night,,, sallim 'ala biladissyam - lubnan, el-urdun wa suria wa asdiqa'i hunak...