Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pra Syarat Kemenangan Kita. Siri Pertama - by Ketua DPP Malaysia (Nota Ringkas)

1. "Ia dikurniakan kepada mereka yang layak dan berpotensi. Kelayakan dan potensi itu pula dinilai setelah mereka berjaya menepati pra syarat bagi sebuah kemenangan" - Ust. Nasrudin Hassan bercakap tentang kemenangan.

2. Untuk artikel lengkap, saudara bolehlah merujuk kepada link ini -> Pra Syarat Kemenangan Kita. Siri Pertama - by Ketua DPP Malaysia

3. Hari ini, saya tak akan memperkatakan dengan panjang mengenai artikel berkenaan, sekadar nota ringkas untuk memahami apa yang cuba dihuraikan oleh Ust. Nasrudin Tantawi


Langkah Mencapai Kemenangan

4. Pra Syarat 1 : Memiliki Aqidah Perjuangan

Aqidah perjuangan:
1) Merentasi Tribulasi - Muhammad: 31
2) Perjuangan Satu Kebanggan - As Saf: 14
3) Optimis Terhadap Kemenangan Islam - At Taubah: 40
Contoh:
(a) Peristiwa Gua Thur
(b) Peristiwa diburu Suraqah

5. "Tribulasi dalam perjuangan adalah menepati ujian daripada Allah swt sebagai proses saringan dan kelayakan untuk menyandang status seorang pejuang."

6. (a) Kita perlu meletakkan Islam di tempatnya
(b) Untuk itu kita perlu menempuh tribulasi. Tiada alasan untuk tidak.
(c) Peluk tubuh adalah jenayah

7. Bentuk-bentuk Tribulasi
- Syaitan, nafsu shahwat (Faatir 6)
- Kafirun, musyrikun, munafiqun, dzolimun, fasiqun, jahilun (Al Baqarah 217)
- Kesengsaraan & penderitaan (Al Baqarah 214)
- Kekayaan & kemewahan (At Taubah 24)
- Ketakutan & kegopohan (Al Baqarah 155)
- Anak pinak, pasangan, dan kaum keluarga (At Taghabun 14)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Jangan Takut!!!


Idea baru melintasi pemikiran saya. Ia menyebabkan saya tersentak. Benak hati saya berbisik : “ Dzar, apa kata kau pakai serban ke kelas buka semester nanti?” Saya berfikir sejenak. Apa salahnya?

Ianya adalah sesuatu yang baru bagi saya Ia adalah satu perubahan. Satu hijrah! Mampukah saya lakukan? Perasaan takut dan segan segera menutupi segala deria.

Saya pernah tengok Faris dan Abang Khairul ke kelas dan tempat kerja berserban. Secara jujurnya saya sangat cemburu dengan mereka. Mereka berjaya melakukan satu perubahan. Tidakkah mereka segan atau takut.

Saya terasa ingin sangat berserban atas beberapa sebab:-

1. Ianya pakaian sunnah. Melakukannya adalah satu sunnah. Senang kata, anda dapat pahala ekstra dengan melakukannya. Bukankah dapat melakukan satu sunnah itu satu kemanisan.

2. Saya berasa tidak puas hati apabila pakaian barat dijadikan pakaian formal. Mengapa bukan pakaian sunnah, pakaian Islam menjadi pakaian rasmi Malaysia? Dengan melakukan sedimikian identiti Islam semakin terhakis dari masyarakat Malaysia. Tulisan jawi atau tulisan arab bukan lagi tulisan rasmi Negara kita. Satu persatu identiti Islam mula pudar dari hidup masyarakat kita. Oleh itu saya berazam hendak jadikan identiti Islam sebagai identiti rasmi masyarakat kita semula!

Saya sangat memandang tinggi dan menghormati sesetengah dari pemimpin Negara kita terutamanya dari Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) kerana keberanian mereka mengenakan pakaian sunnah dalam majlis-majlis rasmi. Dengan berbuat demikian, mereka menunjukkan identiti Islam masih mampu untuk dikekalkan.

3. Saya ingin melakukan perubahan supaya rakan-rakan lain tidak segan melakukan perubahan. Barangkali sebahagian dari kita segan untuk berubah menjadi baik takut-takut menjadi bahan bualan sahabat-sahabat sekeliling. Saya nak tunjukkan kepada semua, “Jangan takut buat perubahan!” Kalau anda bukan kaki surau jangan segan untuk melangkah ke surau. Kalau anda tidak bertudung, jangan segan untuk bertudung! Kalau anda bertudung biasa jangan takut untuk bertudung labuh! Saya akan tunjukkan kepada kalian kita tidak perlu takut untuk membuat perubahan!

Jadi sahabat-sahabat, jangan segan untuk berubah. Saya yakin kita mampu lakukannya

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Apabila Akhbar Melayu Mendapat Saham dari Sektor Perjudian


1. Yang halal adalah jelas dan yang haram adalah jelas. Berjudi itu haram. Itu sudah jelas. Al Quran sendiri menegahnya.

2. Baru-baru ini saya kerap membaca sebuah akhbar berbahasa Melayu di tempat kerja baru saya. Akhbar ini sangat popular di kalangan masyarakat kebanyakan khususnya yang berbangsa Melayu. Peminatnya di Facebook sahaja hampir mencecah 58000 orang dan majoritinya adalah orang Melayu beragama Islam.

3. Yang menarik perhatian saya ialah kewujudan iklan-iklan perkhidmatan untuk mendapatkan keputusan nombor ekor melalui SMS berbahasa Melayu di dalam akhbar berkenaan. Dan iklan-iklan berkenaan bukan sedikit tetapi hampir mengambil 3 muka surat dari akhbar berkenaan.

4. Ini bermakna akhbar berkenaan pastinya mendapat habuan daripada menyiarkan iklan sedemikian. Dalam erti kata lain, ia mendapat saham daripada sektor perjudian.

5. Beberapa persoalan timbul.
(a) Apakah motif akhbar berkenaan menyiarkan iklan berkenaan?
(b) Adakah kerana semata-mata mendapatkan keuntungan dari hasil penyiaran iklan berkenaan tanpa mengambil kira latar belakang pembacanya?
(c) Tiadakah sebarang penapisan dibuat sebelum iklan-iklan ini disiarkan?

6. Yang menyebabkan saya lebih bingung ialah apabila mengetahui yang pemilik syarikat akhbar berkenaan dan editor akhbar berkenaan adalah mereka yang beragama Islam.

7. Mereka seolah-olah menggalakkan orang Melayu terlibat dengan perjudian. Tindakan mereka seolah-olah menghalalkan satu perkara yang terang-terang haram.

8. Ketahuilah bahawa berjudi itu salah satu dosa besar (Al Baqarah : 219). Maka janganlah kita terlibat dengannya.

9. Dan menghalalkan satu perkara yang haram juga adalah berdosa. Kalau anda punya kuasa, dan anda membenarkan perjudian. Itu juga berdosa. Tidak kiralah judi nombor ekor ataupun judi Piala Dunia. Ia tetap berdosa.

10. Mulai hari ini, saya melancarkan kempen memboikot pembelian akhbar berkenaan! Saya juga ingin mengajak sahabat-sahabat agar jangan beli akhbar ini selagi mana masih terdapat iklan-iklan perjudian. Saya juga mengajak kita memboikot mana-mana pihak yang mempunyai kuasa tetapi terlibat menghalalkan perjudian.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What is permanent in existence? : Anaximander


Anaximander - A younger contemporary and a pupil of Thales was Anaximander. He agreed with his teacher that there is some single basic stuff out which everything comes. Unlike Thales, however Anaximander said that this basic stuff is neither water nor any other specific or determinate element, arguing that water and all other definite things are only specific variations or offshoots of something which is more primary. It may very well be, he thought , that water or moisture is found in various forms everywhere, but water is only one specific thing among many other elements, and all these specific things require that there be some more elementary stuff to account for that origin. The primary substance out of which all these specific things come, said Anaximander, is an indefinite or boundless realm. Thus, Anaximander differentiates specific and determinate things from their origin by calling the primary substance the indeterminate boundless. Whereas actual things are specific, their source is indeterminate, and whereas things are finite, the original stuff is infinite or boundless.

Besides offering a new idea about the original substance of things, Anaximander advanced the enterprise of philosophy by attempting some explanation for his new idea. Thales had not dealt in any detail with the problem of explaining how the primary stuff became the many different things we see in the world, but Anaximander addressed himself precisely to this question. Although his explanation may seem strange, it represents an advance in knowledge in the sense that it is an attempt to deal with known facts from which hypotheses can be formulated instead of explaining natural phenomena in mythical and nondebatable terms. Still, what Anaximander has to say about the origin of things has the flavor of bold speculation, for in describing the indeterminate boundless as the unoriginated and indestructible primary substance, he speaks of this as also having eternal motion. As a consequence of this motion, the various specific elements come into being as a "seperating off" from the original substance, and thus "there was an eternal motion in which heavens came to be." But first warm and cold were separated off, and from these two came moist; then from these came earth and air. Anaximander then tried to account for heavenly bodies and air currents around the earth in what appears to be a mechanical explanation of the orderly movement of the stars. He though that the earth was cylindrical in shape in contrast to Thales, who thought it was flat as a disk and floated on the water.

Coming to the origin of human life, Anaximander said that all life comes from the sea and that in the course of time, living things came out of the sea to dry land. He suggested that humanity evolved from creatures of a different kind, using as his argument the fact that other creatures are quickly self-supporting, whereas human alone need prolonged nursing and that, therefore, humanity would not have survived if this had been the original form. Commenting on Anaximander's account of the origin of humanity, Plutarch writes that the Syrians "actually revere the fish as being of similar race and nurturing. In this they philosophize more suitably than Anaximander; for he declares, not that fishes and men came into being in the same parents, but that originally men came into being inside fishes, and that, having been nurtured there--like sharks--and having become adequate to look after themselves, they then came forth and took the land." Returning again to the vast cosmic scene, Anaximander thought that there were many worlds and many systems of universes existing all at the same time, all of them perishable, there being the constant alternation between their creation and destruction. This cyclical process was for him a rigorous "necessity" as the conflict of opposite forces in nature caused what he called poetically an "injustice requiring their ultimate destruction. In the only sentence form his writings that has survived, Anaximander gathers up his chief thought by saying, again somewhat poetically, that "From what source things arise, to that they return of necessity when they are destroyed; for they suffer punishment and make reparation to one another for their injustice according to the order of time."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Yeay! I am now officially a member of the library.

As Salam 'Alaikum and Good Day!

I just registered at 'Perpustakaan Komuniti Petaling Jaya'. RM31 for the registration fee is quite worthy with the benefits I get. Now I can officially borrow any book from the library and I already did it as soon as I get the library card. Now I can spend my time reading 'Azizi Abdullah's Kawin-kawin' and 'Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice' without spending any ringgit for the books.

I would really suggest that you guys become a member of your nearest library. Trust me, it is fun and not to forget, informative as well. Reading brings you many benefits. So hurry up, don't waste this golden opportunity!

p/s: I present to you my new library card.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mengingati Abdullah di Mu'tah

Bulan Jamadil Awal akan berakhir tidak lama lagi. Jamadil Akhir bakal menyusup tiba. Sebelum detik itu berlaku, eloklah kita mengingati satu peristiwa penting yang berlaku di bulan Jamadil Awal ini iaitulah Perang Mu'tah dan Kisah salah seorang komando Islam - 'Abdullah Bin Rawahah.

'Abdullah bin Rawahah adalah seorang penyair yang mampu mengungkapkan syair-syair yang indah. Apatah lagi di medan Mu'tah. Sebelum berangkat ke medan jihad itu, beberapa sahabat telah mendoakan untuk para pejuang-pejuang itu "Semoga Allah SWT membawa kamu pulang dengan selamat bersama kejayaan dan semoga Allah SWT memelihara kamu daripada segala keburukan."

Sebagai sahutan daripada doa itu, Hazrat 'Abdullah bin Rawahah telah membaca tiga rangkap syair yang bermaksud,

"Aku ingin supaya dosa-dosaku diampunkan oleh Tuhanku. Dan aku inginkan sebilah pedang yang akan memancutkan darahku. Ataupun satu tombak yang akan mengoyak keluarkan jantung dan tali perutku.

Apabila orang-orang lalu di tepian kuburku, mereka akan berkata, "Semoga Allah SWT memberi petunjuk dan menjayakan kamu wahai pejuang.
Sememangnya engkau diberi petunjuk dan kejayaan."

Itulah dia 'Abdullah bin Rawahah yang tidak takut mengidamkan syahid di jalan Allah. Dia ditugaskan membawa panji dan tentera Islam andaikata gugurnya Zaid dan Ja'far.

Dan memang itu yang berlaku. Zaid dan Ja'far gugur. Apabila Ja'far syahid, orang ramai telah memekik memanggil 'Abdullah bin Rawahah yang pada masa itu berada di satu penjuru sedang makan seketul daging. Selama tiga hari beliau tidak mendapat sesuatu untuk makan. Sebaik sahaja mendengar panggilan itu, beliau terus membaling ketulan daging tersebut. Beliau mengutuk dirinya sendiri. "Ja'far telah syahid, tetapi kamu wahai 'Abdullah masih sibuk dengan dunia."

Beliau maju ke hadapan mengambil bendera dan mula berperang. Jarinya telah tercedera dan jari itu tergantung-gantung di tangannya. Beliau telah menekan jari yang tergantung itu dengan kakinya kemudian menarik tangannya sehingga jari itu terputus. Beliau kemudian membuang bahagian yang terputus itu lalu maju ke hadapan.

Dalam keadaan yang begitu dahsyat lagi tegang, beliau mula teragak-agak. Tiada lagi semangat dan tiada lagi kekuatan untuk melawan. Namun demikian, keraguan itu berlaku sekejap sahaja. Beliau telah berkata kepada dirinya sendiri,

"Wahai hati, apa lagi yang engkau rindukan sehingga menyebabkan engkau teragak-agak?
Adakah kerana isteri? Kalau begitu, untuknya talak tiga.
Adakah kerana hamba-hamba? Kalau begitu, mereka semua dibebaskan.
Adakah kerana kebun? Kalau begitu, kebun disedekahkan di jalan Allah SWT.

Selepas itu beliau membaca beberapa rangkap syair yang berbunyi,

"Wahai hati sesungguhnya engkau pasti mati.
Sama ada engkau suka atau pun tidak suka.
Engkau telah hidup dengan senang lenang begitu lama.
Renunglah! Engkau hanya daripada setitis air mani.
Lihatlah, orang-orang kafir datang menyerbu orang-orang Islam.
Apakah yang terjadi kepada kamu sehingga kamu tidak lagi cinta kepada syurga?
Sekiranya kamu tidak terbunuh pun.
Akhirnya kamu pasti mati juga."

Selepas itu beliau turun dari kuda. Sepupunya datang membawa seketul daging sambil berkata, "Makanlah sedikit, tegakkan tulang belakangmu. Sudah beberapa hari engkau tidak makan." Beliau lalu mengambil daging itu. Dalam pada itu kedengaran suara serangan dari satu arah. Beliau terus membuang daging itu, mengambil pedang langsung menyerbu ke arah kumpulan musuh. Beliau terus menghayun pedangnya sehingga.... sehingga beliau gugur syahid. ALLAHU AKBAR

Ya Allah, jadikanlah hidupku ini, hidup seorang 'ulama'
dan matiku, mati seorang syuhada'

Friday, May 7, 2010

What is permanent in existence? : Thales


Thales - We do not know as much as we should like about Thales of Miletus, and what we do know is rather anecdotal in nature. He left no writings. All that is available are fragmentary references to him made by later writers who recorded memorable incidents in his career. He was a contemporary of Solon and Croesus,and the years of his life are set between 624 and 546 B.C. During a military campaign against Persia, he apparently solved the difficult logistics problem of enabling the Lydian king's army to cross the wide Halys river by digging a channel that diverted part of the flow, thereby making two narrower rivers over which bridges could be built. While traveling in Egypt, Thales worked out a way of measuring the height of the pyramids,using a simple procedure of measuring a pyramid's shadow at that time of day when one's shadow is equal to one's height. It may have been during these Egyptian travels,too, that he became acquainted with the kinds of knowledge that enabled him to predict the eclipse of the sun on May 28, 585 B.C. In a practical vein, he constructed,while in Miletus, an instrument for measuring the distance of ships sighted at sea, and as an aid to navigation, he urged sailors to use the constellation Little Bear as the surest guide for determining the direction of the north.

It was probably inevitable that anecdotes should be attached to such an extraordinary man as Thales. Plato in his Theaetetus, writes about "the jest which the clever witty Thracian handmaid is said to have made out about Thales, when he fell into a well as he was looking up at the stars. She said that he was so eager to know what was going on in heaven that he could not see what was before his feet." Plato adds that "this is a jest which is equally applicable to all philosophers," apparently unaware of another incident in Thales' life that would seem to establish a very keen awareness of what was going on around him. In his Politics, Aristotle writes that "there is...the story which is told of Thales of Miletus. It is a story about a scheme for making money, which is fathered on Thales owing his reputation for wisdom... He was reproached for his poverty, which was supposed to show the uselessness of philosophy; but observing from his knowledge of meteorology (as the story goes) that there was likely to be a heavy crop of olives [during the next summer], and having a small sum at his command, he paid down earnest-money, early in the year, for the hire of all the olive-presses in Miletus and Chios; and he managed, in the absence of any higher offer, to secure them at low rate. When the season came, and there was a sudden and simultaneous demand for a number of presses, he let out the stock he had collected at any rate he chose to fix; and making a considerable fortune, he succeeded in proving that it is easy for a philosophers to become rich if they so desire, though it is not the business which they are really about." But Thales is famous not for his general wisdom of his practical shrewdness, but because he opened up a new area of thought for which he has rightly earned the title of the first philosopher.

Thales' novel inquiry concerned the nature of things. What is everything made of or what kind of "stuff" goes into the composition of things? What Thales was trying to get at which this questions was some way of accounting for the fact that there are many different kind of things, such as earth, clouds, and oceans, and that some of these things change from time to time into something else and also that they are resemble each other in certain ways. Thales unique contribution to thought was his notion that in spites of the differences between various things there is, nevertheless, a basic similarity between them all, that the many are related to each other by the One. He assumed that some single element, some "stuff", a stuff which contained its own principle of action or change, lay at the foundation of all physical reality. To him this One, or this stuff, was water.

Although there is no record how Thales came to the conclusion that water is the cause of all things, Aristotle writes that Thales might have derived it from observation of simple events, "perhaps from seeing that nutriment of all things is moist, and that heat is generated from the moist and kept alive by it...He got his notion from this fact and from the fact that the seeds of all things have moist nature, and water is the origin of the nature of moist things." Other phenomena such as evaporation or freezing also suggest that water takes on different forms. But the accuracy of Thales' analysis of the composition of things is far less important than the fact that he raised the question concerning the nature of the world. His question had set the stage for a new kind of inquiry, one which could be debated on its merits and could either be confirmed or refuted by further analysis. In spite of his notion that "all things are full of gods,"a notion that had apparently no theological significance for him and to which he turned in an attempt to explain the power in things such as magnetic powers in stones, Thales shifted the basis of thought from a mythological base to one of scientific inquiry. And, again from his primitive starting point, others were to follow him with alternative solutions, but always his problem before them.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Philosophy of Happiness

As-Salamu 'Alaikum
Peace be upon you...

What is the most important thing in life?

My answer would probably be happiness.
Everyone is searching happiness in their own way
Some seek wealth, some seek power.


Then, what is happiness in life really?

For me, It is not about satisfying desires.
It is a gift from Allah.
Sometimes, even men with wealth fail to be happy.
And a man with power can be the most unhappy chap on earth.

Therefore, to be happy, do ask from Him. InshaAllah, you will find what you are seeking for.

O Allah, grant me Happiness!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dunia yang Tidak Pernah Chukup

Sa-sunggoh-nya-lah dunia ini tidak pernah mempunyai kechukupan. Jika orang berlari mengejar kekayaan wang, dengan tidak merasa orang telah miskin dalam perkara budi. Kalau orang berlari menchari sahabat yang akan mengangkat-angkat, dengan tidak sadar ia pun telah miskin dari sahabat yang sanggup menunjok menyantuninya. Kalau orang berlari menchari pergaulan di dalam kalangan orang tinggi-tinggi, dengan sendirinya, orang itu telah kehilangan teman dalam kalangan orang rendah-rendah. Pada hal jika sa-kiranya orang beroleh ni'mat hidup di-dalam kemewahan, di-dalam harta banyak, hendaklah orang insaf pula bahawa di-balek itu terdapat ni'mat hidup yang lebeh indah lagi iaitu ni'mat jiwa, di-dalam kalangan orang-orang miskin terutama kalau sakiranya orang yang meningkat naik itu dahulunya dari dalam barisan orang miskin pula.

-HAMKA, Tuan Direktur

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Socrates’ Predecessors : Philosophy and the Natural Order

Philosophy began when humans’ curiosity and wonder caused them to ask the questions “What are things really like?” and “How can we explain the process of change in things?” What prompted these questions was the gradual recognition that things are not exactly what they seem to be, that “appearance” often differs from “reality”. The facts of birth, death, growth, and decay – coming into being and passing away – raised not only the question about personal destiny but also the larger questions of how things and persons come into existence, can be different at different times, and pass out of existence only to be follow by other things and persons. Many of the answer given to these questions by the earliest philosophers are not as important as the fact that they focused upon just these questions and that they approached them with a fresh and new frame of mind that was in contrast to that of the great poets.

The birthplace of philosophy was the seaport town of Miletus, located across the Aegean Sea from Athens, on the western shores of Ionia in Asia Minor, and for this reason, the first philosophers are called either Milesians or Ionians. By the time the Milesians philosophers began their systematic work, roughly around 585 B.C., Miletus had been a crossroads for both seaborne commerce and for cosmopolitan ideas. Its wealth made possible the leisure without which the life of art and philosophy could hardly develop, and the broad-mindedness and inquisitiveness of its people created a congenial atmosphere for intellectual activity that was to become philosophy. Earlier, Ionia had produced the genius Homer, whose Epic poetry projected upon the cosmic scene Mount Olympus, where the gods pursued lives not to different from their human counterparts on earth. This poetic view of the world also related the life of the gods to the life of humans, by describing various ways in which the gods intruded into or interfered with people’s affairs. In particular, the Homeric gods would punish people for their lack of moderation and especially for their pride or insubordination, which the Greeks called hubris. It is not that Homer’s gods are moral and require goodness; they are merely stronger than human beings and exact obedience. Moreover, when Homer suggests that there is a power that he calls “fate,” a power to which even the gods are subject, he appears to be reaching for a way of describing a rigorous order in nature to which everyone and everything must be subordinate. But his poetic imagination is dominated so thoroughly by his thinking in human terms that his world is peopled everywhere with human types, and his conception of nature is that of capricious wills at work instead of the reign physical natural laws. It was Hesiod, writing sometime in the eight century B.C., who altered this concept of the gods and “fate” by removing the gods all capriciousness, ascribing to them instead a moral consistency. Although Hesiod retains the notion that the gods control nature, he balances this personal element in the nature of things with an emphasis upon the impersonal operation of the moral law of the universe. The moral order, in Hesiod’s view, is still the product of Zeus’ commands, but to these commands are neither capricious nor calculated, as Homer thought, to gratify the gods, but are rather fashioned for the food of mankind. For Hesiod the universe is a moral order, and from this idea it is a short step to say, without any reference to the gods, that there is an impersonal force controlling the structure of the universe and regulating its process of changes.

It was this short step that Milesians Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximenes took. Whereas Hesiod still thought in terms of traditional mythology with a peopled universe, philosophy among the Milesians began as an act of independent thought. To ask, as they did, “What are things really like?” and “How can we explain the process of change in things?” indicates a substantial departure from the poetry of Homer and Hesiod and a movement toward what we should call the temperament of science. Although the Milesians can rightly be called primitive scientists, it is a fact of the history of thought that science and philosophy were the same thing in the beginning and only later did various disciplines separate themselves from the field of philosophy, medicine being the first to do so. From the very beginning, however, Greek philosophy was an intellectual activity, for it was not only of seeing or believing but of thinking, and philosophy meant thinking about basic questions in a mood of genuine and free inquiry.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Me, my car and the game

History repeated itself.
This is the story of a boy, namely - me, his car - Ferrari Kancil Ex850 and the game of futsal.

It was a couple of years ago, when the grads of KYUEM '06 planned out a reunion for the class. We were to have it our way, that is by playing futsal together. The joyous event was to be held in Shah Alam, near K-Day's place.

Everything was going smoothly before the event. Couple of my friends and I were to travel from Bangi that eventful night. At the time, we were in a LITTLE bit of rush because we were a LITTLE late from schedule. You guys might be guessing - "Why were they late?" I'll start by answering "I don't remember and I believe it is not that important to tell" because....what is more important was the consequences.

I drove my Kancil as fast as I could, pushing not only my limit, but also the car. I don't really remember what was the speed of the car at that time, but just four your information, in my driving life, my Ferrari Kancil had reached 150km/h at least. I love the game and missing one would be a nightmare.

So, from Bangi to Sg. Besi. From Sg. Besi to Seputeh. From Seputeh, to Federal Highway passing through PJ, then Subang and at last Shah Alam. This is when the real story start....

I was not very far from my destination, and believe me, I was going to reach it in time when the car started moving awkwardly and at last, stopped in the middle of the highway. The car was out of gas. Long story short I missed the game. Nightmare!

Today something similar happened.

My friends and I were to play futsal at 10pm. I was at PJ that evening and I planned to start driving to Bangi for the game after the Maghrib prayer. And guess what? The car suddenly release white smoke from the hood in the middle of the congested people-coming-back-from-work-road just before Maghrib. This time the radiator broke. I have to wait for two long hours before the tow truck arrived. This is the most awful April Fool's joke I had.

What is the problem between the car and the game? Why it had to be before the game? Like I said, history repeated itself, in a very unique way indeed.

Luckily this time, I managed to borrow my mother's Citra and sped my way for some futsal. I would not face the same nightmare twice.

At the end of the day, I was happy because I got to play the game but at the same time I was a little anxious with the car. It cost me RM600 3 weeks ago due to almost the same reason and I don't know how much it is going to cost me this time.
Needless to say, Money what makes my head goes around(upside down).

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Socrates Pt.1

Many Athenians had mistaken Socrates for a Sophist. The fact is that Socrates was one of the Sophists' keenest critics. That Socrates should have been identified with them was due to his relentless analysis of any and every subject, a technique employed also by the Sophists. But between the Sophists and Socrates there was a fundamental difference. The Sophists split hairs to show that equally good arguments could be advanced on either side of any issue. They were skeptics who doubted that there could be any certain or reliable knowledge. Moreover, they concluded that since all knowledge is relative, moral ideas and ideals are also relative. Socrates, on the other hand, had a different motivation for his constant argumentation. He was committed to the pursuit of truth and considered it his mission to seek out the basis for stable and certain knowledge. He was also attempting to discover the foundation for the good life. As he pursued his mission, Socrates devised a method for arriving at truth, linking knowing and doing to each other in such a way as to argue that to know the good is to do good, that "knowledge is virtue". Unlike the Sophists, then, Socrates engaged in argumentation, in "dialectic," not for ends destructive of truth or to develop pragmatic skills among lawyers and politicians, but to achieve creative concepts of truth and goodness.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Insha Allah, I'll find the way.

As Salam 'Alaikum
Good day

It has been a while since my last post. My life has been quite hectic recently. There are so much things to do. The tension is high, I am a little lost. Thus I'm welcoming any pieces of advice from you guys to keep me moving forward.

At this time and day, I am really hoping and praying for the intervention from Allah because 'That is the way of a Muslim'.

Right now I'm listening to Maher Zain's Insha Allah. The lyric is becoming more and more meaningful to me now. So today, I will like to share the song with you guys. Hope you'll find something good from it. For me, Insha Allah, I'll find the way, my way...



Insha Allah Lyrics

Everytime you feel like you cannot go on
You feel so lost
That your so alone
All you is see is night
And darkness all around
You feel so helpless
You can’t see which way to go
Don’t despair and never loose hope
Cause Allah is always by your side

Insha Allah x3
Insya Allah you’ll find your way

Everytime you can make one more mistake
You feel you can’t repent
And that its way too late
Your’re so confused, wrong decisions you have made
Haunt your mind and your heart is full of shame

Don’t despair and never loose hope
Cause Allah is always by your side
Insha Allah x3
Insya Allah you’ll find your way
Insha Allah x3
Insya Allah you’ll find your way

Turn to Allah
He’s never far away
Put your trust in Him
Raise your hands and pray
OOO Ya Allah
Guide my steps don’t let me go astray
You’re the only one that showed me the way,
Showed me the way x2
Insha Allah x3
Insya Allah we’ll find the way
Video & Lyrics Information

Artist: Maher Zain
Album: Thank You Allah
Lyrics: Maher Zain & Bara Kherigi
Melody: Maher Zain
Arrangement: Maher Zain & Hamza Namira
Copyright: Awakening Records 2009

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I am a thinker


I am a thinker
I like to think
I like to think about everything
I like to think on how a thing leads to another
I like to think how things move around us
Then, I start to wonder, "What a great world we are living in!"

It is so beautiful, the structure, the flow, the mechanism
It is so systematic, well-organized
Yet it is very complex
I come to a point, where I start to think
"The one who created and governs this world is extremely great!"
It cannot be human!
The power to create and govern such wonderful masterpiece is beyond the human's limit

To say that the world exist on itself like what the freethinkers used to think is also impossible
How can such a complex world can move around by itself in such a beautiful and organized manner

There must be a force, a power that is really powerful that governs this world
There must be a God!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

South Africa's FIFA World Cup 2010 video promo - Get Inspired

Assalamu 'Alaikum to all

I came across some clips that really capture my attention. They are the 2010 FIFA World Cup video commercials by FNB and this year's WC official theme song - K'naan - Waving Flag. Check it out...









Who is Francois Pienaar? Watch Invictus

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Story about a Boy Hero ... based on a true story


Tribute to ‘The Hero’ - Dr. Mas Afzal

A shocking news from Yahya and Zaim just arrived. Mas is coming home for good tomorrow. I hope it is a good news. I pray it is a good news. But life is not a bed of roses all the time. Mas is probably not only returning to Malaysia, he will also return to the mercy of the Almighty sooner than an average man does.

I quote an article from his blog (http://masafzal.blogspot.com) under the title ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ which was posted on the 26th January 2010:
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“My life is indeed, not a primrose path.

After successfully completing my high dose chemotherapy and autologous transplant back in November, I had a scan and a neck biopsy to monitor my progress from treatment. The results of my scan and biopsy came out last week, and it was obviously not what I'd hoped for.

My cancer has relapsed, yet again. And it is still the same type of cancer, ie Hodgkin's lymphoma. Not only was it found on my neck, the cancer is also detected at the liver and my pelvic bone, suggesting the aggressive nature of the disease. The prognosis, is really not good.

My doctor felt that the cancer is almost non responsive to the chemotherapy and transplant. He believes that we are reaching a dead end in terms of further curative treatment options.”
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In describing Mas, I can’t find the best word. I really can’t. He is imaginary. What he had done to the ummah in his young age is beyond my thought. To find a great young man like him nowadays is unlikely. I am hoping and praying he can live longer because he is a type of person whom the ummah really need today. He is a model leader. He is a role model for youngsters.

I remember meeting Mas for the first time back in my post-KYUEM days. It was in the Muslim Overseas Camp (MOC) 2006. He was my group’s facilitator back then. From that day onward, we have been working together, hand in hand, in assisting the KYUEM’s juniors to understand their god-serving life. At that time, he was expecting me to join him in UK, which I unfortunately, failed to do so. But we never miss the chance of meeting up if he is in Malaysia.

I never forget his word of encouragement to me when I wrote ‘Warkah Dzulaikha’ after my A-level result was out. ‘Faisal Tehrani to be’ was quite exaggerating; nevertheless it was pleasing and somehow inspiring. It motivated me when I was at my low point. So, for me, to describe him as ‘Dr Fadzilah Kamsah to be’ might be true at the time. I was not exaggerating at all when I state that. His potential is far beyond the well-known motivator. Mas always be the place for me to seek advices from.

The news I heard from Zaffan last year, on his level 3 cancer was hardly accepted. I told Bonzer about the news. He also found it difficult to swallow. He respects the man a lot. He told me how Mas woke up early in the morning, hiking hill of Sheffield to perform the Subh Prayer in the prayer room in congregation. He told me about Mas’s appearance in UK’s radio talk show. He told me how good Mas’s English is. I have to admit, at the moment, my feeling mixed up. I started to know Mas better. Parts of me were really jealous of him and his achievement. I envy him. I want to be like him. The other parts of me mourned the great loss the ummah are going to face if the situation gets worse.

Remembering few of our last encounters not so long ago, just before his convocation, Mas told me about his dream of working as a doctor in KL. He applied to have his posting in KL although his family is in Sabah. His main reason if I am not mistaken, is to continue giving his service for the KYUEMers. He recapped on how KYUEM changed his life. So he planned to give back what he got. (SubhanAllah, how noble your intention is, Mas! For the second time, I envy you). KYUEM is always in his heart. However that dream was yet to be fulfilled. Human propose, Allah disposes.

After Mas return’s to Sheffield for his convocation, he was destined to stay there due to his health condition. He needed to have further treatment there. His dream of doing his medical posting in KL shattered. I heard he had his posting there too. And tomorrow, he is returning to Malaysia, a bit later than expected. And it is not the return I was expecting.

Mas’s life journey teaches me much, too much to mention. Despite his harsh life, he never stops giving advices to others. He always reminds others of Allah. He is an exemplary young man to follow in many aspects of life; pure-hearted, strong will, dedication, leadership. Let the spirit of Mas live inside us. Let us continue the work of Mas.

‘O Allah, bless this young man with the best rewards there is for him, if a prolonged life is the best for him, bless upon him with that, for You are the best giver ’

Mas! If you are reading my post, please know that I really appreciate what you have done, you have changed my life. Knowing you is one of the greatest gifts Allah has given me. Please know that I am always by your side in your fight. My prayer will always be with you. Never stop hoping for Allah has the power to make anything impossible possible. I hope that you are always strong in facing this test. Last but not least, please know that I always look up to you, because you are my hero!!! (I would like to dedicate Mariah Carey’s ‘Hero’ to you, listen to it if you have the chance)

Mas’s last speech in Sheffield:




Mariah Carey - Hero

There's a hero if you look inside your heart
You don't have to be afraid of what you are.
There's an answer if you reach into your soul
and the sorrow that you know will melt away

And then a hero comes along
with the strength to carry on
and you cast your fears aside
and you know you can survive.

So, when you feel like hope is gone
look inside you and be strong
and you'll finally see the truth
that a hero lies in you.

It's a long road when you face the world alone,
No one reaches out a hand for you to hold.
You can find love if you search within yourself
and the emptiness you felt will disappear.

And then a hero comes along
with the strength to carry on
and you cast your fears aside
and you know you can survive.

So, when you feel like hope is gone
look inside you and be strong
and you'll finally see the truth
that a hero lies in you.

oh....Lord knows dreams are hard to follow,
But don't let anyone tear them away.
Hold on, there will be tomorrow,
In time you'll find the way

And then a hero comes along
with the strength to carry on
and you cast your fears aside
and you know you can survive.

So, when you feel like hope is gone
look inside you and be strong
and you'll finally see the truth
that a hero lies in you
that a hero lies in ... you
mmmm that a hero lies in.....you.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Favourite quotes i came across in my past years...

Assalamu 'Alaikum and good day to all

It has been more than 22 years i have been living in this glorious planet. In the 22 years of my life I came across several quotes that really inspired me and put them in some of my artworks. so i would like to share with you guys the inspiring quotes :


Lao Tzu : "A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say : we did it ourselves."




Kenneth Blanchard : "The key to successful leadership today is influence, not autorithy.




Rosabeth Moss Kantor : "Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach."




Stephen R. Covey : "Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall."




Malcolm X : “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”




Martin Luther King Jr. : “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”



Benjamin Franklin : “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Impian Abdullah Impian Aku Jua!

"Aku sangat inginkan nyawa sebanyak helaian rambut di kepalaku, kemudian engkau membunuh aku sebanyak helaian rambut itu" - Abdullah bin Huzafah ra

Aku teringin sangat mati syahid Ya Allah seperti mana Abdullah ketika ditawan oleh tentera Romawi...

Aku tahu mati syahid itu sungguh indah Ya Allah, bahkan seperti Abdullah, aku inginkan syahid berkali-kali...

Aku berdoa padamu agar kau tunaikanlah permintaanku ini...amin

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

History of Electrical Network

1882 - The first electrical network
- Pearl Street Station, NYC
- by Thomas Edison
- DC
- Lighting lower Manhattan area
- Underground cables

- Water wheel driven generator was invented
- Appleton, Wisconsin

- DC : Short distance -> excessive power loss at low voltage

1885 - William Stanley invented transformer
- raise AC for transmission & distribution

1888 - Tesla invented induction motor

1888-1893 - first single phase AC system
- Oregon City
- 2x300hp water wheel turbines
- 4kv to Portland

1893 - 1st 3-phase
- 2.3kV
- South California Edison Company

1893-1969 - frequency varied from 25Hz-133Hz
- however due to interconnection, US & Canada fixed 60Hz while Europe;50Hz

1969 - EHV; 765kV commercially used

1970 - Pacific Intertie (Oregon-California)
- 400kV
- 850 miles