Thursday, April 23, 2015

Isu lambang salib Kampung Medan dan Alvin Tan

Assalamualaykum,

Blog ini jarang sekali membincangkan isu semasa. Aku lebih suka ianya bersikap santai, yang boleh dijengah kembali pada ketika senggang. Tapi tadabbur aku hari ini amat bertepatan dengan isu yang sedang diperkatakan ketika ini. Isu salib di sebuah gereja di Kg Medan yang telah menimbulkan kemarahan masyarakat Melayu-Islam di situ. Begitu lantang mereka menentang pemasangan lambang salib di sebuah gereja kerana kononnya bimbang lambang salib tersebut akan dapat menggoyah akidah umat Islam. Bertepatankah tindakan mereka dengan seruan Allah dalam kitab suci kita, Al-Quran??

Surah Al-Kafirun juga menjelaskan mengenai perkara ini: 



قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الْكَافِرُونَ ﴿١ لَا أَعْبُدُ مَا تَعْبُدُونَ ﴿٢ وَلَا أَنتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ ﴿٣ وَلَا أَنَا عَابِدٌ مَّا عَبَدتُّمْ ﴿٤ وَلَا أَنتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ ﴿٥ لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ ﴿٦
Katakanlah (wahai Muhammad): "Hai orang-orang kafir! "Aku tidak akan menyembah apa yang kamu sembah. "Dan kamu tidak mahu menyembah (Allah) yang aku sembah. "Dan aku tidak akan beribadat secara kamu beribadat. "Dan kamu pula tidak mahu beribadat secara aku beribadat. "Bagi kamu ugama kamu, dan bagiku ugamaku".


Telah jelas di sini, orang-orang kafir mempunyai pendirian mereka dengan cara mereka beribadat. Dan kita pula yang mengaku beriman ini tidak akan mudah terpedaya dan mengikut cara mereka beribadat. Maka Allah simpulkan, kamu dengan ugama kamu dan aku (kita, umat Islam) dengan ugama kita. Allah tidak redha mereka dalam kekafiran tetapi Allah tidak pernah meminta kita memusuhi mereka untuk mengamalkan agama mereka.

Dalam tadabburku, surah Al-An'am (108), Allah memberi peringatan kepada kita akibat jika mencerca dan mengganggu agama mereka.


Surah Al-An'am: 108
وَلَا تَسُبُّوا الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّـهِ فَيَسُبُّوا اللَّـهَ عَدْوًا بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ ۗكَذَٰلِكَ زَيَّنَّا لِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ عَمَلَهُمْ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِم مَّرْجِعُهُمْ فَيُنَبِّئُهُم بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ ﴿١٠٨

Dan janganlah kamu cerca benda-benda yang mereka sembah yang lain dari Allah, kerana mereka kelak akan mencerca Allah secara melampaui batas dengan ketiadaan pengetahuan. demikianlah kami memperelokkan pada pandangan tia-tiap umat akan amal perbuatan mereka, kemudian kepada Tuhan merekalah tempat kembali mereka, lalu is menerangkan kepada mereka apa yang mereka telah lakukan. 

Yakinlah dengan kata-kata Allah, dan telah timbul Alvin Tan, si penderhaka negara itu, mempermainkan agama kita dengan mempermainkan laungan azan. Video tersebut telah ditonton oleh ribuan bilamana ianya dimuat naikkan di Internet. Inilah akibat golongan kecil yang tidak mengendahkan amaran Allah, terpalitlah agama, dicerca Alvin Tan dan ditonton ribuan orang. Semoga Allah mengekalkan kita dalam hidayahNya, dan semoga yang mencerca agama Allah ini diberikan hidayah olehNya setelah kalimah azan terbit dari mulut si pencerca tadi.

Wallahu a'lam.

KPI

Assalamualaikum all,

K.P.I. ~ Key Performance Index.
It's the index they use to measure your performance for a year. Every beginning of a year, the KPI will be set by the superior. For example, we must at least publish two papers for a year. Two papers is the performance index. If we managed to fulfill this basic requirement, we considered achieved the basic requirement. If we published more than that, we can be deemed excellent as a lecturer (one of the criteria). And.. the word KPI is heard being mention over and over again. And we strive hard to fulfill the KPI. Some even work extra hours to achieve the KPI. Some even come to work on weekends just to fulfill the KPI. This is how tough the working life is. And most of the time the KPI is being reviewed after each year. If achieved successfully, most likely the standard will be increased which more pressure for the workers to fulfill.

There was a post on the FB page of one of my senior and FB friend. It's a conversation that he had with a much junior friend. i borrowed the scenario as I found some truth in it:

Friend: How are you Dato'? How is your BP, glucose, cholestrol and heart doing?
Dato': Well... Alhamdulillah. Everything is ok. But... being at this age there are times when my BP go across the border.
Friend: Perhaps if you set your KPI lower, your BP will be lower as well.

Yes... I could not agree more with this. The work pressure that we have has been putting so much stress on everyone. A neighbor recently passed away at the aged of 43 living behind a wife with 4 kids and written on his death certificate something that has this meaning,"Burst capillary due to stress". I do not know the medical terms, but this is how it is being translated in laymen term. It is true that the time of death had been stamped, written by Allah SWT earlier, but the reason for the demise showed us what kind of world we are living in now. May Allah bless my neighbor and put him in jannah together with the righteous.

Therefore, let's live a balance and healthy life. Balance between the world and hereafter (akhirah). Prepare ourselves with enough supplies to live happily in the forever world. Stay healthy because there are so much that we can give when we are healthy.

By the way .... have you fulfill your Muslim KPI? Have you renewed your Muslim KPI? Let's fulfill and renew it for the better and higher standard as these will give rewards in the forever world.

Wallahu a'lam.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hakim dan sukan


Assalamualaykum...

You see the young man in purple shirt in the front? Yes. That's him. That's my boy. He is all grown up now. What more important is, he is turning into a new leaf. He is changing to a better person. From an introvert to an extrovert. He used to be behind the shadow of the sisters. But now he is out there, participating in all event. Alhamdulillah. Thank you Allah. That's what we want from him. To be confident with himself. To come forward. To get out of his shell. Alhamdulillah he manages to that. Thank you Allah. Alhamdulillah.

Hakim getting ready for an event.
Yes, being 13, he is wiser. Alhamdulillah he is more confident now. He just needs the correct exposure, trust and encouragement. This is the learning process to become a versatile leader. Professional. I prayed that he would one day become someone who will be able to deliver the words of Allah to the entire globe. Does ibu had too high hopes? No. Every mother would. Not the money that we are chasing after, But the barakah. We strive for Allah, and Allah will give us the world. Insha Allah.
It's him; getting ready to receive a baton in 4 X 100m
See... he even participated in the 4 X 100m.... something which he had never being entrusted and would not want to do before. But he did it. Alhamdulillah. Thank you Allah. 


Monday, April 20, 2015

Rekreasi Malam di Shah Alam

Assalamualaikum,

One Saturday night, we were out driving for some coffee. Coffee during the night?  Yes, we are crazy for coffee. And my husband is always willing to fulfill my coffee craving because he is fond of coffee too.
During our drive, we went to the area near the Masjid Shah Alam, the place where Shah Alam folks called Padang Kemerdekaan, as it is where the Merdeka Parade for Selangor takes place. There were lots and lots of cars there. We were wondering, what was going on there???? Only, to find that the throngs of people are actually enjoying their family time together on the green field. There were children running around happily, playing bubbles, balls and lanterns. Mothers sitting on the mat with some prepared food. There are siblings playing badminton on the field too,  Cars parked along the road with their bonnet opened, we presumed its some sort like a car boot sale. Mini stalls were set up selling drinks and snacks. The view was so intriguing.

A snapshot of the happenings. 

It was so happening!!!
Living in Shah Alam for more than 20 years, we never knew the life at this hour in this part of Shah Alam. They seemed to enjoy this activity. It is a good family recreation. It's healthy. It should be promoted. 

I was mesmerized by the scene that I forgot to capture the happenings. Only this glimpse of the event is captured as we were leaving the area.

Shah Alam ..... a convenient place to stay. Alhamdulillah.




Okra...ku

Assalamualaikum,

Ini namanya berbudi pada tanah. Alhamdulillah... musim okra di laman kecilku. Ini hasil tuaian sebelum ke pejabat. Cukup la untuk sepinggan okra goreng belacan atau rebus dan buat ulam dengan sambal belacan.

Sebelum ni, lebih kurang jumlah yang sama telah diberikan kepada jiran. Juga untuk rakan sepejabat. Alhamdulillah.


Gardening ... is really my thing. Tanah tak banyak, masa pun terhad. Ini projek suka-suka saja. Dari projek suka-suka ni, membereskan masalah tak sempat ke pasar membeli sayuran.

Besides okra, I do have other ulam-ulaman within my tiny yard. I do have the kaduk, sirih cina, belalai gajah, beluntas, cekur --- all these can become an instant replacement for vegetables. And if you are looking for hot and spicy -- the 'cili api' is also within my range. And my okra, is due for a replant, new seeds have been laid. Soon I need to transfer it to a bigger pot.

Enjoy gardening!!! 


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Who's winning the game

Assalamualaykum,

Yes, I know it has been a long absence. I have been soooo busy, exhausted with the amount of work that my physical body is almost collapse. Alhamdulillah, today, I got the chance of listeing to Mufti Ismail Menk on the Youtube while writing an article for a conference. (Phew!!! ... Now only that I have the time to look at articles).

I like this analogy that he made about the football game which many like to watch:

(This is my interpretation of what he says, not his exact words):

If you are watching a football game of the team that you like. What if your team wins? You feel that you too have won. Do you? What do you get in return for the wins. The winnings will not even take you closer to jannah.

But, if you are able to overcome shaytan, then, that is the real win. And there is a BIG reward awaits you in jannah. So, which game do you prefer to play and win??

This statement does not try to say that you cannot watch the football. But the effort that you take to watch the football (what more if you watch it live in the stadium), if you can put the same effort into worshipping Allah and get into the game of overcoming the shaytan, it will be the best for you. For your after life. Because overcoming the shaytan gives you JANNAH.

And jannah is the most beautiful place that you can never imagine. Nothing most beautiful on the earth can compare with what is in Jannah. You will look gorgeous. Your spouse will look fabulous. The fruit taste the best. And you will only hear sounds that sooth your ears. SUBHANALLAH.

Then what? Why not rush to jannah? Its the life the we chose to live in now will determine whether we are going to jannah or not. So, lets let live a life that will take us to jannah. Lets live as Allah wants us to live. To just obey HIM. Do what He wants us to do and do not do things that He had told us not to do.

Let's become a better person! Allahu Akbar.

Wassalam.