Saturday, December 17, 2011

Antara Anyer dan Jakarta

"Antara Anyer dan Jakarta" was a title of a song sang by Sheila Majid back in 80s. I tried to find the meaning of "Anyer" using the Google translate but to no avail. What about the song? Nothing. It's just because I just came back from Jakarta for a conference trip cum SHOPPING trip. I was accompanied by Suzana Ahmad and Norizan.

Day 1:
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Our journey began on 12th December. At approximately 5am, the driver reached my house. Izan is already there, in a short while Suzana arrived. We headed to KLIA. The check-in was a winding queue. After checking-in it leaves us with barely enough time for fajr prayer.

At 9am, the tree stooges sat foot on the Indonesia land. We make a quick visit to the money changer and proceed for a cab. We have planned for the trip carefully and agreed to travel light as we will not be checking-in to the hotel upon arrival as the checking in time is only at 3pm. Instead, we headed towards our first destination, TANAH ABANG. It is really a shopping heaven. Shop till drop!!! From a light traveller to a HEAVY shopper, we were there until 5.30pm, thats the closing time.

TANAH ABANG is really a textile shopping heaven. You can get a product at a very reasonable price. The same material will cost three times in Malaysia. The food court was clean. We can easily get halal food there. One thing that I really salute the traders in Tanah Abang was on their solat time. Many of the traders perform their solat immediately after the azan calls for it. They perform their solat in the small trading cubicle that they have or at any available place in the shopping complex. I saw them performing solat near the escalator, the telephone booth etc. Alhamdulillah. May Allah blessed them with healthy income and earnings. From the Tanah Abang we took the BAJAI (image on the right) to the hotel. Just imagine the three of us with our bought goods crammed in the bajai and it was raining..... It cost us Rp30,000.00 from Tanah Abang to the Millenium Hotel Sirih, Jakarta.

Day 2
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After a good night rest, we planned for another trip to Tanah Abang as there are few other things that we wanted to get from there. But a short trip this time, we then hurriedly move to MONAS the National Monument to get some souvenirs and later to Mangga 2 shopping area, a place that many advice us to go. Mangga 2 dissapointed us as the goods sold over there are almost like the things we can easily get in Malaysia. Even the imitation handbags cost are almost like the cost in Malaysia. An experience we could not forget on the second day was the experience on bajai for our trip back to hotel from Mangga 2. This time the driver took us through the many squatters around Jakarta. We felt grateful for what ALLAH has bestowed us as compared to their life. However, they are very hardworking people. Always find things to do for a living.

Day 3
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Nothing excite us on day 3. Suzana was already down with fever. We were running short of cash. Ever penny spent is calculated over and over, sparing just enough for the airport tax and the cab fee. Thanks to Izan's two male friends whom were there also for the conference, they helped carry our luggage, get a cab and willing to join in a group check-in, just in case our luggage is over 20Kg!!!.

As we were waiting for boarding, an announcement was heard announcing that the MH724 is 40 minutes delayed. Everybody was sighing, longing to be home with the loved ones. Alhamdulillah we safely touched down at approximately 12 midnight and reached home one hour later.

What about the conference??? Well,, it is just an ordinary conference that everybody used to go, what's there to tell???? .......

Saturday, December 10, 2011

It's Eclipse!!!! Let's Perform Solat Kusuf.

Alhamdulillah ... a blessed morning. The sun rises, the birds chirping, the fishes swim happily. The tortoise approaches the edge of the pond as I pass by it. That's 'sunnatullah'. The lifecycle that has been designed and created by the Greatest Creator, One and ONLY - ALLAH SWT.

Only yesterday, last night before going to bed, I was busy searching for a place to spend the weekend as I felt that I need a break from the 'laborious' week. This morning, during a tazkirah, I found an answer to where I want to be. I'll make a date with a very special and dearly, the One who bestowed me with this wonderful life. A date with ALLAH SWT. This is also going to be an act of love for his Messenger, Muhammad SAW. By performing what Muhammad SAW did, it shows how we loved him, Bai Nana Lau Kana. Tonight I plan to take the kids to the surau, to together perform the solat kusuf, a solat especially done during eclipse.

A hadith says:

Bukhari :: Book 2 :: Volume 18 :: Hadith 150
Narrated Abu Bakra:
We were with Allah's Apostle when the sun eclipsed. Allah's Apostle stood up dragging his cloak till he entered the Mosque. He led us in a two-Rakat prayer till the sun (eclipse) had cleared. Then the Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, "The sun and the moon do not eclipse because of someone's death. So whenever you see these eclipses pray and invoke (Allah) till the eclipse is over."
How ignorant I was, when I don't even know that eclipse is going to happen tonight!!!! All work and No play makes me a dull girl!!!

The solat is slightly different from our ordinary solat. It is a 2 rakaat prayer but with 4 recitation of alFatihah and 4 ruku' and i'tidal. It steps are as follows:

  1. Niat.
  2. Takbiratul ihram
  3. Iftitah + AlFatihah + Surah (a long one is better - Rasullallah used to recite alBaqarah)
  4. Ruku' + tasbih (the amount is as if reciting 100 verses from alQuran)
  5. Rise for another alFatihah + Surah
  6. Ruku'
  7. I'tidal
  8. Sujud
  9. Finish the 1st rakaat. Repeat the above steps for the second rakaat (with a shorter surah)
Rasulallah used to recite alBaqarah, anNisa, alImran and alMaidah for this solat. We may do a shorter version, but longer that we normally perform. This kusuf solat can be done in jamaah or alone but is best to do it in jamaah. It's a practice that Rasullah urged us to, therefore, as a sign of love, let's do it TONIGHT and every time the eclipse occur.

wallahua'lam.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

PENTING! ....

Petikan dari email yang baru diterima:
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Assalamualaikum dan salam sejahtera,
SEGERA:
Sebagaimana yang semua sedia maklum atau mungkin ada juga yang baru dimaklumkan, pra pendaftaran kursus pelajar dan jadual waktu semester hadapan bagi program sarjana muda dan sarjana walaupun sesi hanya akan bermula Mac nanti JWK perlu dibina pada dalam minggu depan. Maaf oleh kerana kesibukan yang teramat, baru kini teringat pasal JWK . Pelajar dimestikan membuat pra pendaftaran kursus (kod dan kumpulan) semester hadapan sepenuhnya bermula 5 - 24 Disember 2011 sebelum semester menduduki peperiksaan akhir semester ini.

Bersama-sama ini disertakan Borang Permohonan Kursus Program - Sesi Mac - Julai 2012 untuk dilengkapkan oleh semua KPP dan Koordinator bagi semua kursus-kursus termasuk program master yang berkenaan. Sila edit borang mengikut keperluan program masing-masing.
Juga disertakan data ramalan untuk permohonan kursus dan pembinaan JWK tersebut.

Mohon jasa baik dan kerjasama semua untuk melengkapkan borang tersebut dan menghantar kepada saya, Zuraiti ataupun PM Maheran Nuruddin (AJK JWK) selewat-lewatnya pada 16 Disember 2011 (Jumaat).
Terima kasih saya dahulukan atas kerjasama dan perhatian yang diberikan.
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Noorwahida Shaharuddin
Pejabat Pengurusan Akademik
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The email calls for us, the coordinators to prepare the time table for the programs within A WEEK.
Dan jawapan aku ....
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Mission Impossible!!!

Program Sarjana Baru pun minggu depan! Kuliah lagi!!!

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Oh Please! two sets of time table in a week. It will drive me crazy!!!!

Please ... Please ... Please ... I am really sick n tired of this post. 2013 is too far ahead. I must do something to release the post. Everybody, please pray for me so that I can be excused from this post or any other post. I want a quiet and peaceful working situation! A more productive one. Do things that other lecturers enjoy doing.

Ya Allah, kau permudahkanlah segala urusanku. Kau lapangkanlah segala kekanganku untuk menunaikan amanahku. Dan aku pohon jua ya Allah agar aku dikeluarkan dari kesempitan masa dalam menguruskan pekerjaanku. Ya Allah, perkenanlah permintaanku. Amin.