Wednesday, 29 December 2010
People said, a better place for woman is the kitchen, even though how educated she is...
There are numerous opinions and views in the relationship of woman, cooking and food. But in reality, the best chef is man and the one who like to eat food is man more than woman. hehe..
Cooking. Honestly speaking, I'm still learning. I don't want to say that I can't cook but I didn't get used to cook because I stayed in the hostel since secondary school and in the campus of university. So, there was no opportunity to cook my own meal everyday. Some might questioned that why I cannot learn cook at home during school holiday or semester break, maybe because I have 2 sister that helped mom in the kitchen and I prefer to do cleaning home rather than cooking.
However, I don't want to stay at the same place which is unable to cook by my ownself. I wanna change. I want to cook and eat food that I cook. The first important thing is to develop interest in cooking, because I still can feel the difficulties to buy a lot of stuffs before cooking and face the hot oil in the kitchen. arghh..
Then, I should learn from the one who can teach me and expert in cooking. I cannot learn from my mother because she rarely cook and I only go back to home once in a month, but I know a daughter should learn from her own mother. Besides, I can learn cooking from friends or specialists..but who are willingly to teach me..? hehe.. I also can learn from books and websites. In the previous bookfair, I bought a book "Langkah Mudah Memasak" and it was useful for my housemate, I didn't try yet any of recipes from the book.
After learned all those cooking skills, please don't stop. The next step is practice. Cook whatever you know, delicious or not is other thing, but important thing is try my best. But, after I cooked, sometimes I didn't satisfy with the result, but I do appreciate my own effort, and I will keep trying. Oh ya, I have to bear in mind that hard working is the quality that I should have in practicing of cooking..hehehe...
One advice to myself: Jangan cakap tak serupa bikin.. hehehe.. Now, let's cooking..
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Alhamdulillah, All praise be to Allah, the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.
Today is the second day of KIRK (Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge) Postgraduate Semesterly Conference 2010, but I would like to thank to Allah for everything and share the meaningful experience here. The conference begin yesterday from 27 and will end tomorrow, 29 December 2010.
Honestly speaking, I am so nervous in the beginning, luckily my turn was in the second day, so I can see my friends' way who presented in the first day. Alhamdulillah, now I relieved that the paper presentation was finished, and it happened smoothly. And this conference was my first time in presenting my own paper, and I was so happy to finish it by trying my best in the presentation.
The time given to all presenters are only 10 minutes, but I presented more than that after listening the bell ringing twice from the time controller. If I stop early, the judges and the audiences were unable to understood, because the most important topic to be delivered was at the end of the slide. Actually, I need comment/s from any judges who came to listen to my presentation, but there is no comment or evaluation, luckily there are some questions from one of the audiences, and Alhamdulillah I can answer all those questions.
In fact, I didn't finish yet in writing my thesis, but following the rules given by KIRK, the conference still accept the working paper even though it is not completed yet, in a condition that the presentation covers all the topics from the thesis, or just selected important topic from the thesis.
However, I do hope that I will finish it in the beginning of next year. All the best to all my friends too, and congratulation for those who together presented their paper in these three days.. Let's struggle our best to be the best.
** To all my students, I seek an apologize for being on leave yesterday and today for preparing and presenting paper in this seminar, hope all of you can understand that studying and working at the same time is not a simple task. Thank you for your understanding.
Sunday, 26 December 2010
Alfu Mabruk special to:
Dedicate a special pray to The Almighty Allah to give both of you, happiness in the world and the Hereafter, all the time.. and bless your marriage will love and mercy..
No matter what, you're my best buddy ever..
Nothing will destroy our friendship except Allah's destiny..
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Ya Allah, I feel so great today for being able to use my finger to write something here in this blog. Alhamdulillah that Allah gave me the opportunity to live and take a deep breath for today. Alhamdulillah.. Honestly, right now I just wanna cry because I'm soo happy, but big girl don't cry... so, let's smile.. :)
Actually, I've been so rushing go here and there, since last weeks. I tried to find free time to spend in writing blog, but there were some things that more important than spending time to blogging, which is writing my thesis. I'm so relieved today for completing the working paper and abstract for the special seminar for PG IRK Students on 27-29 Dec 2010. Yeah, I'm so nervous because it will be my first time presenting my own paper relating to my thesis, but I'm sure it will be such a great experience.
Lately, my feeling towards lecturing and teaching at IIC has been in positive mode. I love my students, and I'm sure that they like me too, because I treated them like my own friends. However, I still have to manage my time wisely in completing my thesis. So, I feel so tired because the day is focusing in teaching and the night is focusing on thesis writing.. But, I'm happy to do that.
10 more days~! Yeah, 1o more days to reach a new year. Some of my targets are not accomplished yet. I plan to finish my MA by 2010, but Allah's plan is greater. Allah knows my ability. He knows my strength and weaknesses, and I do hope that there is no regret for not finishing MA by this year. Even so, I still have 10 more days to struggle my best. Allah knows~~
10 more days, there will be a new age, new target, new mission. Before I end 2010, I wanna make this year as happy as myself. I wanna end it with gratitude to Allah for His mercy and love for this year, yet, I wanna begin 2011 with new spirit and move towards the betterment.
10 more days...
21 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Today is 10th Muharram 1432H/16th December 2010. As we know, in Islam, 10th Muharram is the Day of 'Ashura. I begin with a simple question in each of my lecture class for today; What is the Day of 'Ashura? Sadly speaking, no one give a correct answer. But its okay, because it is my responsibility to let them know what is the Day of 'Ashura. That is the reason too that I share in this blog.
When is the Day of 'Ashura?
It is on 10th day of the month of Muharram in Islamic Calendar
Why it was named 'Ashura?
It was taken from 'asharah which means ten. It is on the tenth day of Muharram
What happened in the Day of 'Ashura?
Ibn Abbas RA reports that the Holy Nabi PBUH arrived in Madinah and found the Jews observing fast on the day of ‘Ashura… They said: "It is the day of great (significance) when Allah delivered Prophet Musa AS and his people and drowned Pharoah and his people, and Prophet Musa AS observed fast out of gratitude. And we also observe it." The Holy Messenger of Allah PBUH responded: "We have more right, and we have closer connection with Sayyidina Musa AS than you have"; so Allah’s Messenger PBUH observed fast (on the day of ‘Ashura) and gave us orders to observe it. [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]
This is the authentic hadith mentioned the history of the Day of 'Ashura, which the Children of Israel was saved together with Prophet Musa when they across the Red Sea from Pharaoh. So, as a gratitude, they fast to remember that historical day.
The Quranic verses mentioned about the Day of 'Ashura?
There is no exactly verse mentioned about the Day of 'Ashura, but the history can be understood in verses 49 - 56, Surah al-Baqarah.
The authentic hadith on the Day of 'Ashura?
Mu’awiyah ibn Abu Sufyan RA relates: I heard the Messenger of Allah PBUH say: "It is the day of ‘Ashura. Allah SWT has not made fasting obligatory for you. But I am fasting. He who likes to observe fast among you should do so, and he who likes not to observe it (does not have to) observe it." [Sahih Muslim]
Abu Qatada RA relates that the Holy Nabi PBUH said that the fast on the 10th of Muharram atones for the sins of the preceding year. [Sahih Muslim]
Abu Huraira RA reports that the Holy Nabi PBUH said that after Ramadan, the fasts of Muharram have the greatest excellence. [Sahih Muslim]
Hakam ibn Al-Arat RA relates: I went to Ibn Abbas RA… I said to him: Tell me about fasting on ‘Ashura. He said, "When you seen the new moon of Muharram count the (days) and (begin to) observe fast on the 9th." I said to him: "Is it how the Holy Messenger of Allah PBUH observed the fast?" He said, "Yes." [Sahih Muslim]
The misunderstanding of the Day of 'Ashura?
There are a lot of stories mentioned about the history of the Day of 'Ashura, among them are: On this day: Allah accepted the repentance of Sayyidina Adam AS after his exile from Paradise; Allah saved Sayyidina Nuh AS and his companions in the ark; Allah extinguished the fire in which Sayyidina Ibrahim AS was thrown by Nimrod; And Allah spoke directly to Sayyidina Musa AS and gave him the Commandments. On this same 10th of Muharram, Sayyidina Ayyub AS was restored to health (from leprosy); Sayyidina Yusuf AS was reunited with his father Ya’qub AS; Sayyidina Yunus AS was taken out from the belly of the fish; and the sea was divided as the nation of israel was delivered from captivity and Pharoah’s army was destroyed. ‘Ashura is also the day when the kingdom of Sulaiman AS was restored; Sayyidina Isa ('Alaihis-Salaam) was raised to Jannah; and Sayyidina al- Imam Husayn RA (the Holy Nabi’s, Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim, grandson) achieved the honor of Martyrdom.
It was also said that there are several actions and deeds that encouraged to practice in the Day of 'Ashura, BUT there is no authentic hadith support these actions. Among the actions:
- Whoever fasts on this day is like one who fasts all his life.
- Whoever clothes a naked person Allah SWT will release him from a painful punishment.
- He who visits a sick person, Allah SWT will grant him a reward that will not be decreased.
- Whoever places his hand on an orphan’s head, or feeds a hungry person or gives water to a thirsty man, Allah will feed him a feast from Paradise and will quench his thirst with Salsabil (a wine that does not intoxicate).
- Who ever takes a Ghusl on this day will enjoy excellent health and freedom from sickness and indolence.
- Whoever provides generously for his family on this day, Allah SWT will be generous to him throughout this year.
- Whoever applies Kuhl to his eyes will never suffer from eye-sore again
Actually, you can do these action on any day, not particularly in the Day of 'Ashura.
What is the lessons from the Day of 'Ashura?
- To remember the historical event in which Allah give success to the right over the wrong. Allah saved Prophet Musa from Pharaoh.
- To show the similarities of message between Prophet Muhammad and other Prophet, particularly Prophet Musa in worshiping Allah as the only God
- To differentiate between obligatory and Sunnah action, because after the revelation came about the month of Ramadan is the month of fasting, the Prophet make the fast of the Day of 'Ashura is Sunnah only.
Selamat Berbuka Puasa to all those fasting today. May Allah accept all of our deeds.. Ameen.
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Library is the most intelligent place. It contains knowledge and knowledgeable person together at the same place. A definition given in Wikipedia (HERE), Library is a collection of sources, resources, and services, and the structure in which it is housed; it is organized for use and maintained by a public body, an institution, or a private individual. In the more traditional sense, a library is a collection of books. It can mean the collection, the building or room that houses such a collection, or both.
In other words, library is the house of wisdom and information. It is alive and peaceful place that adored by everybody who loves the importance of knowledge. But I'm sure too that some might said that library is the most boring and silent place. Some also just took advantage to stay in the air-conditioner place like in the library to sleep in it and just to rest the body and mind. I don't care of others' opinion but I respect that. Each of us have our own perception on the library..
As a sharing, just coming back from National Library of Malaysia, I realized that books are the source of knowledge, so, it should not be difficult to receive this kind of sources. I really hope that anybody can get into this kind of knowledge easier especially in the place that called the House of Wisdom. As far as I concern, I really love IIUM Library compare to another library maybe because I get used to it. I went to libraries in another universities as well such as UTM and UM, but I like the services offered in IIUM especially the environment, book arrangements, borrowing system and so on.
Due my interest in books and library, I do hope that I will able to create my own personal library in the future. I have my own plans and dreams how to build my own house of knowledge and wisdom. The aim of this place is to make useful of the knowledge and appreciate the work of authors, at the same time, I can feel that books are not dead things but they are ALIVE..
More awesome library over the world can be seen HERE.
**I'm thinking about my own library, Am I thinking about my own book? hmm..
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
1. Do you know that the real Hijrah of the Prophet Muhammad was not in the month of Muharram but in the month of Rabi'ul Awwal ? (Read more at Sirah Ibn Ishaq and Wikipedia HERE)
2. The first hijrah of the Prophet was from Makkah to Abyssinia. (Read more HERE, HERE and HERE)
3. Hijrah generally refers to the migration of the Prophet and his followers from Mecca to Yathrib (now Madinah). Hijrah also regards to a change from badness to goodness in term of place, physical, spiritual, intellectual, developmental and so on..
4. The first hadith of Forty Hadith Imam an-Nawawi closely related to the concept of hijrah. The Prophet said: "Actions are judged by intentions and everyone will be judged according to his intention. So whoever emigrates for the sake of Allah and His Messenger, his hijrah will be reckoned as done for Allah and His Messenger. But whoever emigrates for worldly reasons or marrying a woman, his hijrah will be reckoned accordingly."
5. Did the Prophets other than Prophet Muhammad perform Hijrah? Most of the Messenger, if not all, migrated, such as Prophet Musa went to a country called Madyan, where he married the daughter of a righteous old man (Prophet Shu`aib, peace be upon him) and stayed with him for ten years. (Read more HERE)
6. The concept of hijrah mentioned in the Quran was stated in Surah at-Tawbah, verse 20. Allah said: "Those who believe, and suffer exile and strive with might and main, in Allah's cause, with their goods and their persons, have the highest rank in the sight of Allah: they are the people who will achieve (salvation)"
7. There is no specific du'a to end the year and to start a new year mentioned in any hadith of the Prophet Muhammad. But if you sincerely du'a to get the blessing of Allah in any day in a year, Allah will listen to that du'a.
8. The significance of Hijrah is not limited to the Islamic history or to the Muslims. The Hijrah not only reshaped - socially and politically - the Arab Peninsula, but also had its impact on worldwide civilizations, and not only for previous years, but will continuously important to the next generations.
1431H in Memory:
- A student life hijrah to a life of student and lecturer. Teaching and learning are different but in a same responsibility.
- A public transportation life hijrah to a life of responsible my own car. All thanks to Ayah~~
- A campus life hijrah to a life at a new house 'Rumah Awangan', another lesson outside class and university.
- A single life still maintain and not hijrah yet to another challenging life.hehe~~
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
The title of this Public Lecture is "Application of Fiqh Sirah in Contemporray Issues". The moderator of this lecture is YB Ir. Dr. Muhammad Fuad Abdullah and he translated every explanation of Syeikh in Arabic to Malay Language.
Ok, this entry will be divided into three parts; 1. Short Biography of Sheikh Ramadan al-Bouti, 2. Short Content of his famous book "Fiqh Sirah al-Nabawiyyah", 3. Short Sharing of his Public Lecture.
Short Biography of Sheikh Ramadan al-Bouti
- Born in 1929 in the village of Jilka, which belongs to the island of “Butan”, i.e. Ibn ‘Umar, situating inside the Turkish boundaries, north of Iraq. He immigrated to Damascus with his late father, Mulla Ramadan when he was four years old.
- Completed his legal secondary study in the Institute of Islamic Guidance in Damascus, and joined the faculty of religion at Al-Azhar University. He acquired ‘The International’ Certificate there in 1955. Next year, he joined the faculty of Arabic at Al-Azhar, too and acquired education Diploma at the end of the same year.
- Appointed as dean in the faculty of religion at Damascus University in 1960, and deputed to Al-Azhar University to attain doctorate in the roots of the Islamic law. He could acquire the relevant certificate in 1965.
- Appointed as instructor in the college of law of Damascus University in 1965, as a deputy of the college later on and as its dean then as a the chief of the Department of tenets and religions at Damascus University.
- Participated, and is still participating, in many global conferences and symposia, and is, in addition, a member in the royal society of the Islamic Civilization Researches in Amman, and member in the higher board of Oxford academy.
- Wrote no less than forty books on the sciences of religion, literature, philosophy and sociology, the problems of civilization and others.
Short Content of his famous book "Fiqh Sirah al-Nabawiyyah"
- The importance of Sirah in Islam and how to make Sirah practicable in contemporary's life
- The methodology in study the life of the Prophet
- Biography of Prophet Muhammad PBUH since his birth until his death.
- Wisdom and Lessons (دروس وعبىر) in every topic especially in historical events of Prophet Muhammad PBUH.
- The leadership of Khulafa' al-Rasyidun after the death of the Prophet.
>> Fiqh Sirah can be downloaded HERE and HERE
*His book was regularly used during my undergraduate study.
Short Sharing of his Public Lecture.
- He encouraged to read the book of Sirah during leisure time and it should be read collectively not individually to study and analyze the Prophet's teaching and his life, as it will benefit everybody.
- The application of Sirah in our life especially in today's life needs a big Jihad.
- Sirah should be implemented both internally and externally through universal way in all aspects of life.
- During the time of Khulafa' al-Rasyidun, they use Sirah of the Prophet as their main reference in every matters, but it doesn't show that they Ma'sum like the Prophet. They might did wrong action. Alla of us made wrong too. We are not perfect, but at least we practice what taught by our Prophet.
- Sirah is the soul of Islamic knowledge and it never change no matter what happens.
**Time running too fast. December is coming~~!
Friday, 26 November 2010
It is also the emotional and physical strain caused by our response to pressure from the outside world. Common stress reactions include tension, irritability, inability to concentrate, and a variety of physical symptoms that include headache and a fast heartbeat.
It's almost impossible to live without some stress. And most of us wouldn't want to, because it gives life some spice and excitement. But if stress gets out of control, it may harm your health, your relationships, and your enjoyment of life.
The definition of stress was taken from HERE and HERE.
Let's not talk about stress to not increase that feeling disorder again, but let's see the way to reduce or decrease the stress. I'm sure that each person has their own style to deal with stress as long as we try our best to remove it away.
I gather some important ways that can be used to reduce stress from my reading and I share some my own ways for personal preference.
1. Pray & Meditate.
Allah is the best place to show our feeling. HE is a very good listener. Ask His help. Pray a lots and meditate (Muhasabah) for a while why we got stress of our study, work and environment. InsyaAllah, HE will show the way and right path to all of us.
2. Go for a walk.
Leave everything for a while. Take a walk in the morning or evening and see people surrounding us. See the beautiful creatures that Allah created in this world. Walk alone so that you have time to relax yourself and don't get into any conversation. Isn't clouds in the morning and stars at night are too beautiful? :)
3. Spending time in your favorite place.
Go to a place that you like the most. If you think that Mosque is the best place, go and relax there. Bookstore is also a heaven to me. I can forget everything if I just stare at so many books, browsing and spending hours there. Or you can easily go back to your own Home because it is the comfortable place to all of us.
4. Light reading.
I love books, but not all books can reduce our stress. So, please don't choose heavy contents of the book, but get a light reading that can make us laugh and smile.
5. Ice-Cream & Chocolate.
This is the favorite choice during stress. Ice-cream will cool your mood and Chocolate will add its sweetness and creamy to yourself. But, don't take it too much because it is not really good for our health.
6. Watch movies.
It can help to reduce stress too because you just forget everything and focus what shown in the TV, laptop or cinema. Cinema is not my choice because it might add my stress when see bad things happen inside it, so, I just lock my doors and spend hours to see any movies or dramas. Don't watch serious movie because it will lead you to think so much,so, get a humor and comedy movie to enjoy yourself.
7. Open back your old diaries.
Due to my busyness, it was rarely to write diary again. But I love to refresh back old memories by open back old diaries. Then, for sure I will smile all the days.. :) Pictures always speak more than words.
8. Make yourself special.
We sometimes forget to treat ourselves in a special way. You can treat yourself with a delicious food, beautiful dress, expensive book or gadgets, and many more. Just give yourself any present and say Thank You to yourself in appreciating a hard work done by yourself. Then, it might reduce any burden on your shoulder.
9. Call a loved one.
Although I'm not prefer to do this, but it is good for you. You can share your joy and sorrow with them; family and friends. Don’t underestimate the power of human contact and friendship which can help to reduce all the tension. Be good to others, then they will do same to you.
10. Be Positive & Be yourself
This is the most important one. Try to think positive in every matter happens to you, even though it is hard and difficult for you, but still there is a Hikmah behind all of that. Be optimistic and be yourself. As these are my own ways to reduce my stress, you might have your own ways. Some people are not suitable to practice these ways because we are different and I'll appreciate our differences.
Choose your own ways. No stress, No tension. Be Positive.
Because Allah always there for us...
2.10PM, 26 November 2010
Writing in the bus in a way from KL to JB.
*Home & Family is another way to reduce stress.. ^__^
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Praise be to Allah, 'Eid Adha comes again this year. This is the first time that I celebrate 'Eid without family, but I'm sure that there is Hikmah (wisdom) behind all of this. Due to short of vacation, I have to stay at KL and I'm willingly chose to celebrate 'Eid at Aborigine Village. Alhamdulillah I'm happy because I achieved one of my dream to celebrate one of the 'Eids with needy and poor people to purify my heart and show all the gratitude to Allah.
This 'Eid, there are two important message; the importance of Sacrifice & the value of Pilgrimage (Hajj) in Islam. I'm sure all of us were reminded about these messages every time when the month of Dzulhijjah comes every year. So, I don't want to repeat the same thing over again and again.
Just to make this entry simple, I share some interesting pictures here.. ^_^
to all Orang Asli around more than 10 villages there
**Miss my HOME but begin to love my new HOME a.k.a 'Rumah Awangan'
Monday, 15 November 2010
This is not a book, but an international magazine published in Singapore. It is a 4th Issue for Sept-Oct 2010. Just a sharing that my short story of Eid Memory around the world was published there, as my story of Ramadan was published in the previous issue. Although it was just ordinary memory and writing, it was a great happiness of mine.
by Herman Hesse
I read it two months ago, not in English version, but Malay version which I got it as a free copy while attending seminar at ITNM. This book was written by German author and was translated to 57 languages of the world.
This book is a story of a son of Brahman, Siddhartha. He was on a quest to find the meaning of life. Through this book, the reader can enjoy his struggle to find his own journey in many different life experiences. He tried to find out for himself who he really is. Along the way, he meets rich people, poor people, holy people, and becomes part of their world for a short time. This book is relevant to everyone, because experience is the best lesson to all of us. We will not get happiness unless we face the difficulties and hardship.
Solving Yesterday's Problem, Today's Conflicts and Tomorrow's Challenges.
This is the latest book that I bought for my personal collection, especially it will help me in my thesis writing. I finished reading it for two days because it only contains 99 pages. Even though it is a small book, but its content is not a small issue. Original copy was written in Malay, and translated as well to English, Chinese and Tamil (as shown in the picture above) in order to serve the diversity of Malaysian Society.
It consists of questions and answers which was taken from Prime Minister's selected speeches and not directly from an interview but was supervised by himself. The questions relate to the government, developed nation, public sector transformation, integrity of civil servants, economic stability, independence and national integration, 1Malaysia Concept, the relationship between Malaysia and Asian, Malaysia and international issue, and the effect of internet technology. The answer given also not too long and perhaps accurate and easy to understand.
However, I wanna give my humble suggestion to PM if he wanna make a second edition of this book. He should give the opportunity to Malaysian in writing additional questions which is not included in this book, and the questions might be taken from different generations; students, adults, and old age people, of course from different races as well. So, it will be just and fair rather than created the questions which sometimes not be thought by themselves. And the answer must come from himself directly, not selected from any of his speeches to be clearly appreciated and aware of his leadership and responsibility to serve the citizen.
by Yusuf al-Qaradawi
I bought this book last month at Kinokuniya with different front cover page. It is a very interesting, thoughtful and important book which should be read not only by Muslims but non-Muslim as well. In this book, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi cited several major issues in our Muslim world; the accusation and the truth, the causes of extremism, the remedy of extremism and the advice from him to our Muslim youth. I did not finish reading it yet, but I can tell the important message of this book is all about moderation (Wasatiyyah) and how to be moderate not extremist.
This book can be read online HERE
by Audrey Niffenegger
I knew about this book long time ago, but just bought it last month at Bookexcess with a very cheap price compare to another Book Store. I'm still reading this book, it's all about a love story between Henry and Claire. In the beginning of reading, it is complicated to understand the real situation of time and their ages because the main message is time travel, so it is very important to understand every scene is carried on different times. Some readers criticized this book and still there are some of them adore it. Its' okay, I just wanna read and finish it. As a sharing from other readers, she said: The Time Traveler's Wife is a story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it's about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time.
**Chapter 4 and 5 is moving together. Read, think, write, and act~!
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Perkongsian Malam Puisi Riong, 12 November 2010, anjuran Berita Harian dan Institut Terjemahan Negara Malaysia. Laporan Berita Harian di SINI.
Ini pertama kali saya hadiri Majlis Puisi di mana pelbagai tokoh hadir untuk mendeklamasikan puisi karya masing-masing. Tema kali ini adalah ilmu dan kreativiti. Ada dua tokoh yang saya nantikan persembahannya iaitu Ustaz Zawawi (Pensyarah saya ketika di Pusat Matrikulasi UIA) dan juga Encik Khair Ngadiron (Bekas dean UIA dan kini CEO ITNM), tak lupa juga persembahan Ana Rafali dengan gitarnya. Oh ya, saya juga terpegun dengan pengacaraan indah Fedtri Yahya.
Kenapa saya hadir? Bukan kerana hiburan tapi kesenian dalam menghayati bait-bait puisi sastera Melayu. Mungkin ramai yang mengatakan sesiapa sahaja boleh menulis puisi, tapi tak semua puisi boleh meninggalkan kesan di dalam hati. Hanya penggunaan kata-kata indah yang mendalam maksudnya sahaja boleh menusuk hingga ke kalbu.
Puisi memang selalu dikaitkan dengan cinta, tapi secara tidak langsungnya boleh menjadi medan dakwah dan perkongsian sejarah. Penyebaran ilmu secara langsungnya diambil kira kerana puisi berkualiti memerlukan kritis dan kreativiti.
Sempat juga saya mencoretkan sebuah puisi di malam tersebut, sekadar coretan kerdil..
bintang mengiringi cahaya,
Tatkala rimbunan menutupi
akar menjadi paksi,
Tatkala akal terumbang-ambing
hati bisa membimbing,
Tatkala hilang tempat berpauh
Tuhan tak pernah jauh..
Salam Madah Pujangga,
Friday, 12 November 2010
A class of my students. Photo credited to my students.
This week, I've been very sensitive person. I don't why but perhaps it is due to the busyness to complete their carry mark before final. In addition to that, some of my students really make me disappointed because of cheating and lying to me, and honestly I cannot judge them due to their marks and performance in class, but I need their hardworks and efforts. However, there are some students who always make me smile and do their best in study of any subjects. By the way, I still will pray for all of them to get success not only in the final exam, but for their future life, insyaAllah..
My hope is that to not make them remember or not forgetting me, but I do hope that they can practice what they learned along this semester, because all the knowledge that they learned are not only for their exam but will help them to be a better person, InsyaAllah..
Besides teaching, I'm learning so many things as well. Yes, I'm learning from my students. They helped me to be a good lecturer even though I'm not really good especially I'm new. This is our process of learning from mistakes and any shortcomings. The role of lecturer is not only teaching but they will learn from students as well..
End of word, I'm so grateful to teach and learn for this semester. All the best~! Be the best among the best~!
I'm really love this quotation: "Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers." -- Richard Bach
**New shelter is waiting for me.. Nervous.. Huhu
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
Sunday, 7 November 2010
As planned earlier in the last month, I'm going back to JB for this weekend not for celebrating the Deepavali Day, but I'm waiting to go to the reunion with my friends on Saturday Night. At the same time, my bro-in-law is going to perform to Hajj, so, May Allah make everything easy for him and accepted his Ibadah InsyaAllah..
HOME always make me happy... A sweet Friday~!
6th November 2010
Something fishy happened, but this time with no bad or nice smell. It just happened in a second. Everything was my own fault...... I'm sorry dad.. I'm really sorry..
Sometimes, there are some lessons that cannot be found in class, school, college and university, but those lessons are more valuable and helpful in facing this challenging life.. Live life to the fullest~! Experience is the best lesson..
However, the Saturday Night changed the sour day into a very sweet day. I'm waiting this day for a long long time ago..... Honestly, I can't forget all memories in my first secondary school in Benut, Pontian. There were too many unforgettable memories and I learned a lot of things especially on what life is all about.. I'm not regret that I was a naughty girl previously in my school, because those days will be never forgotten..
Thanks a lot to Wan NorHanizan for willingly to be the programme organizer. We know that u had a headache but I'm sure that all of us satisfied with the simple gathering and reunion at Banafe Village, Johor Bahru. Simple is the best..
The first person I met was my old BFF. She was the first friend at secondary school known as my best buddy ever. Both of us cried because this was the first time we met after 11 years. Just imagine, 11 years are not a short distance of time. I really miss u Wana and I tried to search you since my undergraduate.. Alhamdulillah, I found u back.. and Facebook is the one who unite all of us back.. Ops! Allah is the one who did that, but Facebook is the medium of our communication..
She's working as Inspector Police at Taiping, Perak right now.
Honestly, I'm Happy. Yes, we were too happy at that night. We exchanged stories of our life, remembered back all stupid memories and the things that why we hate and love our school. Only Allah knows the meaning of happiness on that night in gathering and reunion with old friends after never met for more than 10 years. Yes we are physically and psychologically changed, but our memory never changed and this friendship will remain forever..
7th November 2010
Today, I'm going back to KL. No more sweetness, because when I'm coming to the campus, the thing that I have to think is tomorrow is working day and thesis writing still not finish yet..
But, after Maghrib prayer, my JASAian friends and I had a simple meeting and had dinner together at a restaurant. The last day we met was around 3 months ago. All of us busy with our own career and work, but we still never forget the Ukhuwwah that we build 4 years ago in a path called as "Perjuangan" still remain in our hearts. I really miss those memories.. I miss all our programmes.. I do hope that nothing can destroy this friendship except it was determined by Allah.. Our Pictures can be viewed HERE
**"Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget"
I'm tired.... But I'm happy...
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Labbaika la sharika laka labbaik..
Innalhamda wanni'mata laka walmulk la sharikalak..
Going to the Pilgrimage is the fifth pillar of Islam. It is obligatory for those who financially, physically and mentally able to perform this Ibadah, at least once in a lifetime. Allah said in the Qur'an: “... And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka‘bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses (for conveyance, provision and residence); and whoever disbelieves (i.e. denies Hajj, then he is a disbeliever of Allah), then Allah stands not in need of any of the ‘Alâmin (mankind and jinn).” (Qur’an 3:97)
Hajj Mabrur means that the Ibadah of performing Hajj is accepted by Allah for being performed perfectly according to the Prophet's Sunnah with legally earned money, avoiding sinful actions and evil deed during Hajj.
By the way, Du'a Maqbul means that the prayer and wish is accepted and answered by Allah as it is the essence of worship and the weapon of believers.
Those who get Hajj Mabrur, for sure all his du'a will be maqbul (answered) by Allah. It is because one of the reward for performing Hajj is the acceptance of their supplications (du'a). If we aske for Allah's forgiveness, He the Most Forgiving responds to our prayer as narrated in the Hadith:
Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet SAW said, “Those who perform the Hajj and those who perform the umrah are people who have come to visit Allah. If they supplicate Him He will respond to them, and if they ask Him for forgiveness He will forgive them.” (Tirmidhi 2536 and Ibn Majah)
There are a lot of rewards for those who perform Hajj in a good manner which was mentioned in the Qur'an and Sunnah. A good article about those rewards can be read HERE.
As a conclusion, I wanna give a beautiful hadith, as a reminder to all Muslimah outside there, that the best Jihad for a woman is by performing Hajj. Let's us think the reason behind this hadith:
Ummul Mu'mineen `Aishah (RA) reported:
I said: "O Messenger of Allah! (SAW), We consider Jihad as the best deed, should we not then go for Jihad?''
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "The best Jihad for you women is Hajj Mabrur (i.e., one accepted by Allah).''
(Bukhari and Muslim)
**Wish to perform Hajj by my own money in the year 2020, InsyaAllah..
Monday, 1 November 2010
"I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, saying,
'Actions are only by intentions, and every man has only that which he intended. Whoever's emigration is for Allah and His Messenger then his emigration is for Allah and His Messenger. Whoever's emigration is for some worldly gain which he can acquire or a woman he will marry then his emigration is for that for which he emigrated'."
This hadith is the first hadith compiled in the forty hadith by Imam an-Nawawi. And I'm sure that everyone of us heard and knew about the main message if this hadith. It's all about INTENTION.
Last weekend (29-31 October 2010), I went to Air Tenang Resort, Janda Baik as a lecturer accompanying IIC students who will graduate from the college. This is a compulsory programme for graduating students after studying around 3 years in IIC. Of course this is my first programme within months working here.
So, what is the connection between the hadith mentioned above and my story in Janda Baik? It will be like this.. Most of the students have different kinds of feeling while attending this programme. They have kind of perceptions that this is Ibadah Camp which relates to religious aspects only. Some of them might willingly come and some of them were not. They just want to pass their attendance, and then graduate from the college. So, all of them have different intentions, targets and aims. It's not only to students, but to lecturer as well..hmm
I don't want to tell the whole activities for 3 days and 2 nights here, but it was a good programme. They have to understand that Ibadah is not only praying and fasting. All of our actions can be considered as Ibadah if the intention is for the sake of Allah only. So, they have to purify their intentions and make all of their doings in this world as Ibadah, so InsyaAllah Allah will give the just rewards for them. If I can imagine that I am a student who participate in this programme, InsyaAllah it will be very worth and memorable after graduation, but I attended as a lecturer and facilitator, so of course, there were a lots of responsibilities..
Anyway, all the best to all graduating students. Set a good intention and best target for your future. May Allah show all of you the clear and great future of life, and make everything easier for all of you. Grab any opportunities to seek knowledge and remember that there is no ending in the process of learning..
Ma'attaufiq wannajah.. ^_^
**Good BYE October, Welcome November.. Lots of things to do in November. Allahu Yusahhil~
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
As all of us know, Qur'an is the biggest Mu'jizah that Allah revealed to Prophet Muhammad as the guidance for all mankind. As a Muslim, we should thankful to Allah for sending us the best guideline and the accurate map to get the peaceful life as the vicegerent of Allah not only in this world but importantly in the Hereafter..
I am not a Hafizah al-Qur'an, who is memorize the al-Qur'an but I try my best to be the best reader of this Holy Book. Although I have a thousand books, but I will never forget to read The Book which contained The Word of Allah once in a day. If I can't read due to special reason, I will listen to the recitation of al-Qur'an from my laptop at that time. The most important thing, I will never let my soul empty with the light of al-Qur'an.
Actually, I wanna share about the talk that I attended last week at IAIS (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia). The Public Lecture was jointly organised by IAIS Malaysia and Center for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. It was delivered by Prof. Dr. Carl W. Ernst (University of North Carolina, USA) on the topic "The Qur'an in the Popular American Imagination".
Some important points can be highlighted from the lecture:
- Most of American unable to differentiate between the Qur'an and the Bible, only some of them can tell some differences about these two Holy Books, but not in a good way.
- Christians assumption about the Qur'an was understood in two manners; Polemical and Apologetic.
- Keith Ellison is the first person who swore using the Qur'an instead of the Bible in the court, year 2007. Further info read HERE.
- There were more negative views of American towards the Qur'an compared to the positive one, especially in the context of violence against non-Muslim, sword verses, the command of hostility towards Christians & Jews, and Women issues.
- The translation of the Qur'an among Christianity is trying to refute, go against and blaming the content of the Qur'an.
- 10% of African slaves in America were Muslims. Refer to "Islam in Black America: Identity, Liberation, and Differences in Africa" by Edward E. Curtis.
- Do not forget that the Muslims' imagination towards the Bible (corruption and nonsense) might be a reason of their bad imagination towards the Qur'an.
- The Qur'an was the most wanted reading after 9/11. Among them were groups to find the truth or to put a blame on Islam.
- The Qur'an is a free subject to be taken in American selected university. Anyone can learn it either Muslim or non-Muslim. Unfortunately, only Muslims can learn the Qur'an in Malaysia.
- There should be another interesting method to learn the Qur'an which should be practiced in Malaysia, perhaps by the use of Multimedia and Arts.
- New book of the speaker is "How to Read the Qur'an: A Reader's Guide to the Qur'an as Literature".
May Allah bless the speaker and a great sharing from him. May Allah bless all of us who take the Qur'an as the most important book in our life and practice its precious contents.
Monday, 25 October 2010
As mentioned before, I'm in the progress of writing Chapter 4 of my thesis. It's all about Malaysia, especially in the context of the integration of society. So, I have to read a lots on Malaysian History. It really make me difficult to breath.......
Ok, let's see what should I read. This entry is my motivation to read again and again. Please never feel bored on Malaysian History..
The first book is The Struggle for Malaysian Independence by J.J. Raj. This book will help to understand all events which lead to the Day of Independence on 31st August 1957. There were many historical events to be focused on since I try to discover the history of Malaysian Society.
The second book is A History of Malaysia by Barbara Watson Andaya and Leonard Y. Andaya. This book is thick and contain a lots of information. But i really make me easily bored.. Argh! I'm trying my best to read and focus on the topic of British Colonialism from this book.
The third book is Speaking Out Loud for National Unity by Collin Abraham. It is the latest one compare to two books listed above. So, it discusses about Malaysia in our present days. The author also picks up the contemporary issues in his book. It make me easier to read. That's why I'm willingly to buy this book at MPH, while the rest of other books were borrowed from the library only.
Actually, three books were not enough. There are many books arranged besides me now, but I try my best to focus on these three books first. Please do suggest any books that you know to help me easily understand and use it for my thesis writing. Any suggestions and opinions are highly appreciated..
**Proud to be Muslim more than to be Malaysian..
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Karya Andrea Hirata seperti biasa tak pernah menghampakan saya. Ini adalah novel berikut selepas karya Tetralogi Laskar Pelangi mengaburkan mata pembaca dengan khayalan, mimpi dan imaginasi. Terima kasih buat penulis kerana menghasilkan tulisan yang indah dengan cerita-cerita inspirasi, tak lupa juga buat terima kasih seorang kawan yang telah membelikan buku ini jauh dari tanah seberang..
Kisah kali ini ceria dengan watak utama Ikal, Enong dan Detektif M. Nur. Ikal dan Enong itu meskipun berbeza, tapi semangat mereka yang kuat bisa menjadikan mereka teman baik secara tidak sengaja. Tuan Detektif yang pelik itu juga tidak kalah dengan semangat luar biasa sebagai seorang teman. Tapi ada satu semangat yang sangat luar biasa dari Ikal, iaitu semangat setia kepada cinta pertamanya.
Sejak ayahnya menolak satu-satunya hasrat Ikal untuk memperisterikan A Ling di dalam novel Maryamah Karpov, Ikal pergi jauh membawa diri. Cintanya pada A Ling melebihi segalanya. Akan tetapi, datang satu khabar mengatakan ayahnya sakit, dia harus pulang juga menziarahi satu-satunya ayah kesayangannya itu. Di perkampungannya, banyak kejadian telah terjadi, termasuklah kisah Enong yang diuji pelbagai ujian. Malah, berita yang benar-benar mencucuk hatinya ialah ketika mendapat tahu ada seorang lelaki sempurna telah melamar A Ling, cinta pertama pujaan hati Ikal.
Pelbagai rencana telah dirancang untuk menumpaskan musuh cintanya itu termasuklah berlawan papan catur dan pinpong, dan usaha gilanya untuk menambah ketinggian badan. Sayangnya tidak berhasil. Tapi ada satu penghasilan berjaya apabila persahabatan Ikal dan Enong semakin akrab gara-gara pembelajaran Bahasa Inggeris. Saya paling suka saat Ikal dengan mudah melontarkan kata-kata untuk sebuah puisi, dan satu baris puisi dari Bu Indra buat Ikal adalah sangat indah untuk difahami tentang bahayanya sakit cinta:
It stands up on tiptoes of insanity and misery.."
Ya, cinta itu lah penyakit dan penawar. Cinta itu lah kesengsaraan dan kebahagiaan. Cinta lah sebab utama Ikal menjadi sedemikian, malah tetap akan setia kepada A Ling yang sentiasa menginspirasinya di dalam senyap. Kisah cinta ini yang buat saya kagum, malah turut membuat saya jatuh cinta!
Pertemuan terakhir Ikal dan A Ling menjawab segala salah faham yang berlaku selama ini. A Ling dan Zinar dijodohkan, bukan bertemu secara sukarela. Ikal lega. Kehadiran Ikal ke majlis perkahwinan A Ling ibarat pertemuan pertama Ikal dengan A Ling sewaktu Sekolah Dasar. Penuh kemanisan dan kenangan.
Satu kesimpulan yang berani saya simpulkan ialah: Kerelaan agar orang lain lebih bahagia adalah kebahagiaan yang sangat bererti. Semoga A Ling bahagia dengan lelaki sempurna itu. Semoga Ikal juga bahagia dengan mimpi-mimpi yang dia bina selama ini. Tiada yang mustahil..
Kebahagiaan Sang Pemimpi yang membahagiakan orang lain.. Kisah Ikal bersambung lagi di buku yang seterusnya, "Cinta di dalam Gelas".
Selamat Membina Mimpi..
*Lelaki yang bisa buatku jatuh cinta ialah si dia yang bisa melontarkan kata-kata indah di dalam tulisan puisinya..
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Now, I'm writing this entry at KLIA while waiting my brother before he depart to Cairo, Egypt. Alhamdulillah everything was settled earlier, and I arrived here in a safe journey alone.
As stated in my previous entry about my little brother [read HERE], he finished his study in Shoubra, Cairo for 3 years, and this time he will further his higher study in the same field (Qira'at) for 4 years InsyaAllah.. It is a long time and anything could happen at that time, and I hope that everything will be fine InsyaAllah.
The Prophet (pbuh) said: "..He who treads the path in search of knowledge, Allah will make with it the path which leads to Jannah easy for him.." [Sahih Muslim].
He said again in another hadith: "If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise.." [Abu Dawud]
There are so many hadith mentioned that the path to seek knowledge is the way to get an easy path to Jannah.. May Allah make his journey to study the Qur'an as an easy way for him to enter the Jannah. May Allah accept all of our deeds..
Hopefully, all my brother's dreams will be achieved. Be smart, Be happy~!
InsyaAllah we will meet again within 4 years. Will miss you soon dear..
Allahumma Yassir fissafar~~
23 October 2010
**There is a hope in my heart to further study abroad too, InsyaAllah..
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Actually we all breath in and out everyday, but sometimes we will have a specific day that we can breath freely and feel a relief.. Like I do now, writing an entry in my blog shows that I take a breath easily which means that I'm a little bit free, where I try to find my free time to write something here..
Last weekend I went back to my home at JB, because my mom told me to do that..hehe.. Actually I'm very busy during that time, but I don't want to break my mom's heart and fulfilled her wish to go back to JB. Alhamdulillah everything was ok, and I found something interesting during my two-days at home. It is about the meaningful definition of HOME.
Home and House are totally different even though they might carry similar understanding. A House is made of walls, bricks and stones, a Home is built with love and happiness, but a house can be a Home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul. Do you see the differences? Hmm.. Thanks to my parents for building a home for my family, even though my house is not big, but I can feel that our Home is big and bigger in our hearts..
Regarding to the title of this entry, "Busy as bees". It is just a parable of sentence, because bee is an animal that always busy and never feel tired and boring of their works and responsibilities. Yes, I'm busy but I'm not a busybody.. :)
Actually, being a busy person, it will make us better in time management. I involved to be a busy student since my undergraduate and it really helped me a lot to manage time wisely. I can't imagine if I'm not busy and freely do everything that I want, but at the end, I just do nothing.. That's why I prefer to be busy..
And I'm sure if I say that I am busy, there are a lot of people outside there are busier than me. I'm grateful to Allah, although that I'm busy, but I still have time to spend with HIM during my prayer, I still have time to keep in touch with my family and friends because I appreciate all of them, and I still have time to myself. Alhamdulillah ya Allah...
Allah emphasized the importance of the time in Surah al-'Asr, He said: "By (the Token of) Time, Verily Man is in loss, Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy."
The Prophet said in a hadith: "" الوقت كالسيف إن لم تقطعه قطعك
"The time is like a sword, if you not cut the time, it will cut you"
I do appreciate every second, minute and hour in my busy days. I hope that my busy days will improve myself to be better in the future. And I'm still in the process of learning, so, I can take any example from my family or friends who are more busy than me, and take it as motivation to myself..
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans" - John Lennon
"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it" -Henry David Thoreau
"We may be very busy, we may be very efficient, but we will also be truly effective only when we begin with the end in mind" - Stephen R. Covey
**Congratulation to my cousin from Singapore, Ummi Salamah who will further study in Syria on 1st November, and not forget to my younger brother, M. Zikri, who will continue his higher study in Egypt this Saturday, 23rd Oct. Allahumma yassir~~
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Why I choose Malaysia for my thesis?
The first reason is because I am Malaysian. I was born in JB (Johor Bahru), study in KL (Kuala Lumpur) and had visited around Malaysia except Sabah. InsyaAllah i'll visit there too. So, I can say that I'm proud to be a part of the Malaysian society.
At the same time, I have an intention to make this country as an Islamic State even though it is difficult to achieve. So, as an analytical study for my thesis, I choose Madinan Society at the time of the Prophet to be the best role model and example for us to follow the way and the Sunnah of the Prophet, on how he governed Madinah to be the best well-integrated society during that time.
What is the next plan for my thesis?
I have a lot of plans. But i will make sure the important plan to make this thesis as a book and guideline for Malaysian on how to follow the Prophet's way to live in a peaceful society during his time. That's why I tried so hard to make my thesis useful and can benefit others, as well to contribute something for this beloved country.
I hope that I can end my thesis writing by the end of this year. But if I'm not able to do that, as long as I try my best, I do my best to finish it early as soon as possible even next year. I do hope as well that people surrounding me can give me support especially moral support for me and pray for my success.
Thank You so much~!
References to be read for Chapter 4:
- The Malays, their Problems and Future, by Syed Husin Ali
- The Chinese Malaysian Contribution, by Tan Teong Jin et.al
- The Malaysian Indian Dilemma, by Janakey Raman Manickan
- Malaysian Studies: Present Knowledge and Research Trends, by John A. Lent
- Islamic Political Representation in Malaysia, by Lukman Thaib
- A History of Malaysia, by Barbara Watson Andaya and Leonard Andaya
- Challenges and Choices in Malaysian Politics and Society, by Chandra Muzaffar
- A Plea for Emphaty, by Chandra Muzaffar
- Konsep dan peranan Uli Amri di Malaysia, by Abdul Monir Yaacob
**Please remind me if I read unnecessary books. TQ