Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hati yang hadir

… Powerful, overburdening desires, however, cannot be soothed into silence. Instead, they will engage you in a tug-of-war that they will eventually win, and you will be busied throughout your prayer in the contest.

This state of affairs can be compared to a man under a tree who wants to concentrate his thoughts on a particular matter, but the chirping of sparrows keeps distracting him. He shoos them away with a stick and returns to his thoughts, but the sparrows keep coming back, and he keeps having to get up and shoo them away.

It would be said to this man, “This is like the movement of watering-camels: it will never come to an end. If you want to put an end to the matter, then chop down the tree.”

Such is the tree of desires [in the heart of the worshipper]: whenever its branches spread out, distracting thoughts are attracted to it just like sparrows are attracted to trees, and just like flies are attracted to garbage …

There are many such desires, and few a worshipper is entirely free of them. They all spring from a single root, namely, the love of this world, which is the source of every misdeed, the foundation of every loss, and the wellspring of every corruption. Whoever finds that his heart contains love of this world, such that it inclines to any worldly matter, not to use it as a provision or as an aid to the next life [but as a goal in itself], then he should never hope that the delight of intimate conversation with the divine should open up for him in prayer …
(Ihya `Ulum al-Din, 4 vols, Beirut: Dar Sader, 2000, 1.223-24)

Taken from SunniPath.com

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mengapa sekarang?

Selepas 2 bulan, kenapa sekarang baru kecoh-kecoh?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Horseshoe crab

Rupa-rupanya horseshoe crab dalam Bahasa Melayu bernama belangkas. Menariknya, haiwan ini merupakan haiwan pra-sejarah yang masih wujud sehingga sekarang.

As the HSC does not have an immune system, as do the vertebrates, microbial defense is left to a humoral system.

One can only speculate that early HSCs, known to us through the fossil record, had a similar system and that the protection from infection it provided contributed to the HSC’s survival through the millennia.

Reference: Novitsky TJ (2009) Biomedical Applications of Limulus Amebocyte Lysate. In: J.T Tanacredi et.al (eds) Biology and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs, Springer Science+Business Media,New York, pg. 316

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Muslim Brotherhood: Secret of its success

By Magdi Abdelhadi
BBC News, Cairo

Fareed Abdelkhalek is a living example of the Muslim Brotherhood's tenacity and appeal.

At 95, he is still a loyal member and - remarkably for a man of his age - has just finished a PhD thesis on "hisba", accountability in the Islamic system of government.

Mr Abdelkhalek first met the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna, in the 1940s.

It was a meeting that changed his life, Mr Abdelkhalek says at his home in Cairo.

Novel message

Unlike other preachers, Mr al-Banna had a novel message - Islam was not only about praying and fasting; it was an entire way of life.

Al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928 with a small group of people who wanted to rid Egypt of British control and cleanse it of all Western influence, arguing that colonialism had robbed their nation of its Muslim identity.

Branches across the country grew rapidly, with each running a mosque, a school and a sporting club. In under 10 years, al-Banna's followers grew to one million.

More than 80 years later, the founding notion of the Brotherhood - that Islam is not only a religion, but also a way of life - has become the underpinning principle of political Islam worldwide, posing a serious challenge not only to Muslim-majority countries, but also to the West.

One of the stated aims of the Brotherhood is to establish Islamic rule in Egypt. Critics also accuse the movement of spawning violent groups in other parts of the Middle East.

Despite being declared illegal in Egypt for the best part of its history, and suffering the full might of the coercive machinery of the state - emergency laws, military tribunals - it has not just survived but flourished.

'Exist to exist'

By all accounts, discipline and internal cohesion has played no small part.

"Every member of the Muslim Brotherhood is like a partner in a big company, so he sacrifices willingly," says spokesman Essam el-Erian, who has been jailed more than once.

If the breadwinner of the family is thrown in jail, the Brotherhood steps in, he adds.

"If you are facing a police regime, you are not alone. If you are arrested or if you are tortured, you find someone defending you," says Mr el-Erian.

Paradoxically, it's the threat of extinction which has been one of the main reasons for the group's ability to carry on.

But this has come at a price, says Ibrahim al-Houdaybi, grandson of one of the founding fathers and an emerging star of political Islam.

"The focus has become that we exist to exist. This led to the actual existence and growth of the Brotherhood, because any issue that we disagree on is postponed because we need to focus on our very existence at the moment.

"So it has benefited the Brotherhood organisationally but harmed the Brotherhood in terms of its ideas and objectives."

Islamic identity

Few doubt that the failure of the state to provide for the poor has played into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, which now runs hospitals and charities.

But there is another kind of failure which has helped it too. In a country where normal politics has broken down after nearly 60 years of quasi-military rule, the Muslim Brotherhood retains the moral high ground.

"Now they represent the most important movement because all the political actors in Egypt have become very weak," says Amr al-Shoubaki, an expert on political Islam with the Al-Ahram Centre for Strategic Studies.

"They represent the alternative - Islam is the solution, vague and unrealistic, but for many it represents a dream for justice."

Perhaps the most obvious, and least talked about, reason for the Brotherhood's popularity and endurance is that it taps into something fundamental for all Egyptians - religion.

"The Muslim Brotherhood... anchored its identity around Islam at a time of religious renewal in much of the region," says Issandr al-Amrani, a Cairo-based Middle East analyst.

But unlike many of its critics, Mr Amrani says the Muslim Brotherhood is not an Egyptian Taliban.

"It's geared towards an idea of historical progress - the idea that Muslim countries must catch up with the West, but do so without losing an Islamic identity. It's not that they advocate a return to a golden era in the 7th Century, but that they advocate a return of Islam in modern life."

Filling a void

Today, Egypt is approaching the end of an era. No one knows for sure what will happen when President Hosni Mubarak, 82, is gone, or who will succeed him.

Against that backdrop, the Muslim Brotherhood is one of the most hotly debated issues.

So much so, that the first ever drama about the group has just hit Egyptian TV screens.

The drama's script writer, Wahid Hamed, is very critical of the Brotherhood.

"They are the organisation from under whose mantle all violent jihadi movements came," he says.

But he acknowledges that it can not be ignored, especially now.

"Egypt is waiting for salvation from entrenched corruption, unemployment, problems with its infrastructure, overpopulation, and countless other problems… And the alternative which presents itself strongly on the scene today is the Muslim Brotherhood," he says.

Magdi Abdelhadi's two-part documentary, The Brotherhood, can be heard on the Monday Documentary of the BBC World Service radio.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer
Arabic Lyrics: Bara Kherigi
English Lyrics: Hamza Robertson
Artist: Hamza Robertson
Album: Something About Life
Language: Arabic / English
Arrangement: Hamza Robertson
Composition: Hamza Robertson
Copyright: Awakening (P) Awakening

Naat / Nasheed / Song: Morning Prayer

There is a reason why to Allah we pray
In the morning on every day
It’s a meeting and we must not be late
If we want to have peace we must obey and pray

There is no better feeling
Than when we pray on time
And we know the rest of our days
Will work out just fine
So we must work hard and wake up before sunrise
So we can leave our homes with the blessings of Allah

Idha hafadhta 'alal salah
Hayatuka tumla' baraka
Idha hafadhta 'alal salah
Tanal ridhaa' Allah
If you maintained your prayers
Your life will be filled with blessings
If you prayed on time
Allah will be pleased with you

No excuses of why you cannot pray
Coz we need him on everyday
So don't tell me just why you turned up late
If we want to have peace we must obey and pray


Idha hafadhta 'alal salah
Hayatuka tumla' baraka
Idha hafadhta 'alal salah
Tanal ridhaa' Allah
If you maintained your prayers
Your life will be filled with blessings
If you prayed on time
Allah will be pleased with you

Listen brother and sister it's all been said before
You're too tired now so you sleep some more
But when you wake up there's an emptiness inside
If we want to have peace we must swallow our pride

I know my friend it's not easy
But we must try believe me
And we will feel a difference
In our lives and Allah will give us strength


Monday, October 11, 2010

Sisyphean act

Endlessly laborious and fruitless.  (Wordsmith.org)

Sisyphus ialah anak kepada Aeolus dan Enarete.

Dia terkenal dengan tipu muslihatnya.

Dalam mitos orang Greek, beliau diceritakan telah ternampak dewa agung mereka yang bernama Zeus menculik peri yang bernama Aegina, anak kepada Asopus dan Metope.

Asopus menjanjikan suatu mata air ke kepada Sisyphus jika dia memberitahunya ke mana anaknya dilarikan oleh Zeus (mata air itu kini dikenali sebagai Sungai Pirene).

Zeus marah dengan pembocoran rahsia yang dilakukan oleh Sisyphus dan telah menghantar Thanatos (dewa kematian orang Greek) untuk menghukum Sisyphus.

Dengan tipu muslihatnya Sisyphus telah mengalahkan Thanatos yang menyebabkan manusia tidak lagi mati.

Gempar dengan pertumbuhan manusia yang semakin ramai, dewa-dewa Greek telah menghantar dewa yang bernama Ares untuk melepaskan Thanatos dan sekali lagi mencari Sisyphus.

Sisyphus yang sedar akan nasibnya mewasiatkan isterinya untuk menjalankan segala adat-istiadat kematiannya tetapi wasiat ini diingkari oleh isterinya.

Sekali lagi Sisyphus menipu Hades (iaitu tempat ke mana segala arwah orang yang mati dikumpul) untuk kembali ke tempat alam asal dengan alasan untuk menyempurnakan jenazahnya.

Akan tetapi dia mengingkari janjinya dan terus hidup di alam asalnya.

Kerana sifatnya yang selalu berbohong kepada dewa-dewa maka ruhnya diazab dalam Tartarus (tempat segala arwah diseksa dalam mitos Orang Greek).

Azab yang berkekalan yang dikenakan kepadanya adalah menolak batu yang besar ke puncak bukit dan apabila sampai ke puncak batu itu akan bergolek ke lurah dan ia harus mengulangi usaha menolak batu itu berulang-ulang kali tanpa henti. 

Rujukan: Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas, Ma'na Pengalaman Dan Pengalamannya Dalam Islam.

Pisang untuk lelaki

Dipetik daripada The Star

Urologist: Banana can improve man fertility
MEN can improve their fertility by eating a banana every three days, reported Sin Chew Daily.
Quoting a Singaporean urologist, the daily reported that the fruit can increase sperm count as it contains high level of magnesium to produce sperm cells.

Taking food like cashew nuts, potato, spaghetti and seafood will also have a similar effect, according to the doctor.

He advised men to avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, taking a hot shower or spending time in a sauna as these can affect the production of sperm.

Puas hati?

Dulu di sekolah menengah, naqibku berkata:

Tak ada istilah puas hati, yang sebenarnya ialah puas nafsu

Dengan naif saya mengiyakan, antara mengerti dan tidak.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Kad matrik

Jam 4.22 pagi tadi, saya, Lutfi, Din dan Helmi Rahmat selamat tiba di mahallah.

Sebaik sahaja masuk ke bilik, ternampak kad matrik yang sudah dua minggu tidak diketemukan; keciciran sewaktu lawatan ke Sterilgamma di Rawang.

"Hmmm, melayang 50 ringgit buat kad matrik baru", bisik diri dalam hati.

Apa pun, terima kasih kepada yang meletakkan kad matrik saya di atas meja sewaktu kepulangan saya ke Ipoh.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Opportunity cost

Opportunity cost yang konsepnya diilhamkan oleh failasuf British, John Stuart Mill, menurut Wikipedia bermaksud:

the cost related to the next-best choice available to someone who has picked among several mutually exclusive choices.

Contoh Opportunity cost yang boleh dibuat; saya bergegas balik ke Ipoh. Jadi opportunity cost di sini ialah kenikmatan menikmati nasi kandar.

Contoh lain? Anda buatlah sendiri!

Kos sebuah lawatan

Isi minyak di Kuantan: RM 50

Tol Lebuhraya Pantai Timur: RM 16.90

Tol Karak: RM 3

Isi minyak di Genting Sempah: RM 25

Tol Gombak: RM 5

Tol PLUS: 41.70

Tol Jambatan Pulau Pinang: RM 7

Tol Butterworth: RM 1.30

Tiket bas dari Butterworth ke Ipoh: RM 16

Jumlah kos untuk perjalanan kolektif: RM 148.60. Dibahagi 4 menjadi RM 37.15.

RM 37.15 + RM 16 = RM 53.15

RM 53.15 untuk perjalanan dari Kuantan - Pulau Pinang - Ipoh.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Alif, Said, Raja, Atang, Baso dan Dulmajid

Selepas Ayat-Ayat Cinta dan karya lainnya Habibur Rahman serta tetralogi Laskar Pelangi tulisan Andrea Hirata, trilogi Negeri 5 Menara adalah bahan sastera moden Indonesia yang berbaloi untuk dibaca.

Dibangunkan novel ini berlatarkan pesantren (di Malaysia dikenali sebagai pondok), Negeri 5 Menara berkisarkan tentang suka-duka Alif dan teman-temannya, Said, Raja, Atang, Baso dan Dulmajid yang digelar sebagai Sahibul Menara dalam menuntut ilmu di Pesantren Madani (PM).

Mengangkat tema man jadda wajadda - sesiapa yang bersungguh-sungguh dia pasti berjaya, pesan-pesan pendidikan diucapkan secara halus oleh penulis kepada pembaca. Dengan humor yang diselitkan, mesej-mesej tersirat yang menyeru ke arah kebesaran jiwa dan keberanian diri menyerap murni ke dalam diri tatkala halamannya diselak diganti halaman baru.

Menampilkan nilai-nilai adab sekitar lingkungan pendidikan pondok yang kini semakin luntur dalam kependidikan zaman kini, tulisan ini sedikit sebanyak menjentik daya fikir pembaca menilai ke mana arahnya pendidikan moden.

Sementara menanti Ranah 3 Warna, kita berikan 8.5/10 untuk Negeri 5 Menara.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Negeri 5 Menara

Seperti yang dikomentarkan oleh Abang Fendi (suaminya Dr. Farah):
Buku ini bagus dibaca terutamanya oleh pelajar-pelajar. Ia mengangkat sumpah keramat man jadda wajada menjadi nadi mengejar ilmu; sumpah keramat yang memang mensanubari di pondok-pondok tradisi tetapi sudah hilang kesaktian dan kesakralannya di menara gading kini. Bagaimanapun sesuatu yang harus diingat ialah Pesantren Gontor, citra dan visinya tidak sama dengan kepondokan tradisional yang sebenarnya. Keagungan dan trampil Gontor yang ditonjolkan tidak memalapkan tradisi kepondokan tradisional kerana cuma yang satu itu benar dan kekar tradisi ilmunya manakala yang satu itu pula superfisial sifatnya. Seperti pepatah dari negeri atas angin: not all that glitters is gold.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Baiknya mereka sehingga tidak mengenal ultimatum, apatah lagi untuk melakukannya. Semata-mata untuk menjaga hati orang lain.