Monday, December 19, 2011

Mahasiswa - Pendokong Politik Baru

1.Insiden menurunkan bendera oleh segolongan mahasiswa (saya percaya mereka tidak mewakili keseluruhan mahasiswa) semalam amat menyedihkan.

2. Bagi penulis, ini merupakan tindakan kurang bijak.. Dalam politik, tindakan mereka seakan-akan memberi bola tanggung kepada golongan2 yang menentang pembaharuan. Jangan salahkan rakyat terbanyak sekiranya rakyat melabel mahasiswa sebagai tidak matang! 

3. Ingin penulis tegaskan, penulis sentiasa menyokong segala usaha dalam "memperkasakan golongan muda!" or empowering the young. Justeru, desakan untuk memansuhkan/meminda beberapa klausa dalam AUKU sepatutnya disokong.

4. Tetapi, penulis sedih dengan tindakan yang kurang matang sekumpulan kecil mahasiswa ini. Sepatutnya, merekalah yang menjuarai politik baru, yang berteraskan ilmu and hujah! dan bukannya, terikut-ikut dengan politik emosi! Kalau kita mahu bermain politik emosi, kita tidak perlu golongan "cendiakawan" ini. Kita sudah banyak politikus-politikus yang hanya hebat berhujah menggunakan emosi, dan bukannya ilmu!

5. Penulis tidak mahu berhujah panjang. Penulis lampirkan gambar2 dibawah sebagai renungan bersama;

Guan Eng main "ting-ting"

Pemuda BN bakar gambar CM of Penang

p/s: apa bezanya tindakan mahasiswa semalam dengan tindakan kebudakan-budakan individu-individu diatas?

Friday, December 16, 2011

life is a struggle

whether you like it or not,
life is nothing but a struggle,
a struggle for the better,
a struggle for one's survival,
a struggle so the truth prevails over the false.

whether you realize it or not,
it's a struggle that keeps us alive,
it's a struggle that motivates us to "give" more,
it's a struggle that makes us celebrating every little things in our lives.

struggle is like any other journey,
only that,
it drains our energy,
it requires our commitment,
it tests our patience

it's a struggle,
that defines who we are,
in the eyes of the people,
and most importantly,
in the eyes of God, the Almighty! 

so folks,
do champion any cause,
that you think it's good for the people,
do choose any ways you prefer,
as long as,
it doesn't cross the boundaries,
as long as,
it makes you closer to God, the Merciful!

"salam perjuangan!"

Sunday, December 11, 2011

do spare us (them) sometimes! ;)

salam folks, and may Allah's blessing is upon you! ;)

1. i knew i've been critical on "golongan berpakaian agama" recently; but, folks, let me clarify my stand here so that there'd be no confusion later on: i've no problems with these golongan agama! in fact, i've no rights to stop them from practicing what they believe - yet, my concern is they (with their traditions) could taint the image of Islam, and thus making Islam harder to be practiced for laymen like me! it's not that i'm trying to make Islam easier than what it actually is, but let's get back to the actual teaching of Islams! do i have any proofs to claim that Islam, by rights, is easy?

2. for today's discussion, i won't come up with proofs from the Koran & Sunnah to back-up my arguments. but, let us put our logical hat up! if Islam was too complicated to be understood, don't you think people like Bilal bin Rabah, and other servants could easily believe in Islam? they don't have any degree in Islamic studies, or whatsoever, but how could they understand Islam easily? if it's very hard to explain faith (i.e. very fundamental in Islam), don't you think Bilal bin Rabah could be among the early followers of Islam? 

3. okay enough for that discussion! i'd like to bring another important aspect in Islam, which most of us rarely discuss, that is repentance..based on my experience, many Muslim speakers didn't stress much on Allah's mercy - instead, they'd focus more on the punishment side (e.g. what punishments awaiting you if you disobeyed this and that, etc)

4. so, Islam may be understood as a very rigid religion that has no (or less) mercy on its followers. is that true? absolutely, and totally NO!

5. a great Muslim scholar, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, in his book, "The Invocation of God," describes the followings (i quote);

"The gnostic then journeys towards God on these two wings (i.e awareness of his own faults, and recognition of his Lord's grace).He cannot journey without them, and if he denied one, he would be like a bird that lost a wing"

6. how could a bird fly without a wing, right? definitely, it can't! 

7. according to Ibn Qayyim again, the concept of repentance is what one of the early believers (i.e. salaf) meant when he said, "A person may commit a sin by which he goes to heaven, and a good deed by which he goes to hell. 'How?' someone asked. He replied, 'Having committed the sin, he is ever watchful in fear, regretful, timorous, lamenting, shamed before his Lord, his head in his hands and his hearts rent."

8. but folks, don't get me wrong - it's not i'm encouraging you to make sins ;( 

9. it's that, whether we like it or not, we're humane by nature, which are subject to wrongdoings! 

10. but, let's not forget the Lord's Grace - and don't forget to seek refuge from Allah from Shaitans (i.e. refer Surah Al-Mukminun, verse 97-98)

11. and if u see someone is doing sins, don't insult him/her - in fact, remind him decently, and show him the Lord's grace! and of course, don't be judgmental! ;)

this is for you, babe! ;)

i hope u're gonna have a very broad smile when u see this vid! i heart u! ;)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Islam Tulen!

1. Sejak kecil, saya sering diingatkan bahawa saya begitu bertuah dilahirkan menjadi seorang Muslim. (indeed, this is the best ni'mat from Allah to me)

2. Seingat saya (menerusi pembacaan, and perbincangan bersama rakan-rakan) masyarakat Islam pernah membina sebuah tamadun yang hebat dan disegani - Malah, Islam lah yang berjaya menaikkan martabat bangsa Arab pada zaman kegemilangan Islam.

3. Tetapi haruslah diingatkan, zaman kegemilangan Islam itu kini hanyalah tersimpan rapi dalam lipatan sejarah - Jika dilihat pada situasi semasa, kebanyakkan bangsa yang menjadikan Islam sebagai agama rasmi mereka jauh ketinggalan dalam banyak perkara - negara-negara Arab, contohnya, masih merelakan hasil petroleum mereka dicuri mentah-mentah orang orang Barat; orang Melayu contohnya masih mengungguli carta "masalah sosial" di negara kita.

4. Berdasarkan realiti semasa, tidak hairanlah jika ramai yang bersikap begitu skeptical mengenai Islam - mana mungkin, secara logiknya, agama yang begitu Agung ini menjadikan umatnya terbelakang dalam banyak perkara

5. Islam yang cuba digambarkan dalam masyarakat kita umpamanya lebih berbentuk restricted - golongan yang berpakaian agama ini lebih cenderung untuk mengharamkan sesuatu berbanding berbincang mencari jalan keluar dalam permasalahan umat manusia

6. Tidak hairanlah jika pembelajaran ilmu Islam dalam masyarakat kita (dari dulu hingga kini) hanyalah bersifat hafalan fakta-fakta - soalan-soalan kritikal yang begitu penting dalam memahami sesuatu ilmu lansung tidak digalakkan

7. Persoalan pokok seperti, "mengapa kita harus bersembahyang?" begitu jarang sekali kedengaran. Akibatnya, ramailah yang hanya melalukan sembahyang dalam bentuk fizikal, walhal tujuan asal (roh) sembahyang itu tidak difahami dengan jelas

8. Paling menyedihkan, stereotaip golongan agama adalah mereka yang sentiasa berkupiah, jalan mereka sentiasa tunduk ke bawah, bila bercakap lansung tiada kedengaran suara, tidak update mengenai isu-isu semasa, and etc.

9. Dalam erti kata yang lain, golongan agama ini bolehlah dikategorikan sebagai golongan termundur dalam hierarki kemasyarakatan - walhal, sepatutnya, golongan yang diberi kefahaman agama itulah golongan yang bertuah dan sepatutnya menjadi tunjang dalam memajukan masyarakat sepertimana firman Allah;

"Barangsiapa yang Allah berkehendak padanya kebaikan, nescaya diberikan kepadanya kefahaman dalam agama"                                                                                                  (surah Al-Fath, ayat 8)

10. Maka jika difahami ayat diatas, sudah tentu kedudukan golongan agama ini tinggi disisi masyarakat - realiti sekarang berlaku sebaliknya.

11. Oleh itu, jika kita mahu kembali membina Tamadun Islam yang hebat, kita perlulah kembali kepada ajaran Islam yang sebenar. Islam itu adalah agama yang Agung - jauh sekali menjadikan masyarakat mundur ke belakang.

12. Belajarlah ilmu Islam dari Al-Quran dan Sunnah - ingatlah "ustaz" bukanlah Rasul yang maksum dari melakukan maksiat! 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

some updates

salam folks,

1. it has been awhile since my last post - nonetheless, lately, there have been many things happening in my life

2. firstly, my 2nd eldest sis is now married, while my eldest sis is about to deliver her first baby (thus, my first nephew) within this week; i pray to Allah so that she and her-yet-to-be-born baby are in good conditions! ;)

3. my beloved aunt had just returned from Mecca, and i've noticed she's changed a lot since (for the better, for sure)..i pray to Allah so that her Hajj will be accepted

4. last week, UMNO just had her last general assembly before the 13th election; i'm pretty sure this assembly was held specifically to prepare the party members for the election; i hope UMNO, under Najib's administration, would reject all dirty politics in her campaign - to all young party members, you should remind your senior party members that we can no longer stick to old strategies to win people's vote - the political landscape has changed dramatically since 2008

5. Alhamdulillah, yesterday i managed to attend a kuliah at the nearby mosque - the message conveyed by the speaker was simple, but very reminded me again about our purpose of life; 

6. i've been talked to one of my senior colleagues - again, this conversation have reminded me that i'm not a kid anymore; hence, i should become more responsible not only to myself but people around me..i should, then, utilize my life to the fullest so that i won't be regret when i'm dead! ;)

7. yeah, that's it for now..i wish you guys all the best; remember, whatever path you may have chosen, it's the best for you; whatever problems you may encounter in your life journey, they are actually opportunities for you to grow! folks, go check Surah At-Talaq, verse #3 - it's very meaningful! ;)

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