Saturday, December 25, 2010

Beauty of Qisas

“We made a covenant with you, that you shall not shed your blood, nor shall you evict each other from your homes. You agreed and bore witness” (AlBaqarah : 284). This verse is recorded in AlQur’an to remind us what sort of breach had Bani Israel committed in history. The history was precisely recorded with the following verse explaining how the covenant was breached. And today, the same act of tyranny is happening again in the land where Baitul Muqaddis remains.


For crying out loud, despite AlQur'an being sent upon Muhammad s.a.w and his
believers mor
e than a thousand years ago, how could the Israelis surprise Muslims with similar disobedience stated in the verses above when they declared the State of Israel in 1948? The Book of Truth (AlQur'an) has clearly reminded us to be wary of Bani Israil who disobeyed Prophet Musa a.s and other prophets sent to them. In some cases, they even killed their own Prophet. Further on from that moment when they claimed independance, killing and evicting Palestinians from their own land has always remain top Israeli agenda in that area until today.

As a society, how should we treat a group of backstabbers whose common interest is betrayal for selfish reasons? In some countries, that can be defined as treason which fits death by firing squad. The story of Banu Nadhir, Qaynuqa' & Quraidzhah Jews in Madinah Al Munawwarah during Prophet Muhammad's time is just another dot proving why some Jews deserve to die by the sword at that time. Some others were outcast while some were spared. With built-in untrustworthy and injustice attitude of the Jews during prophetic period, they were only fit for doom and condemnation.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Soalan Yang Pasti

Kita melihat dunia ini dengan nilaian yang berbeza-beza. Ada menilai dengan wang yang banyak. Ada menilai dengan isteri dan anak pinak yang ramai. Ada yang menilai dengan kuasa dan pengaruh yang luas.

Hingga kita kabur terhadap kebenaran yang menanti di depan. Miskin di dalam 'rumah'yang sempit. Berseorangan tanpa teman. Lemah dan tidak mampu berbuat apa-apa selain menyaksi semula putaran 'video' semasa hayatnya.

Tonton dan renungkan sejenak klip ini. Sebuah karya bersama Az-Zikr dan See Sharp Minor. Semoga kita sama-sama mendapat manfaatnya.

Once in a while, let’s put on our black hat

Edward De Bono in his ever popular “6 Thinking Hats” recommended a particular black hat that represents negative thinking as a manner of asking, “What could go wrong?” A bit too often nowadays we come across, thoughts of that kind swirling in the atmosphere of our society, especially in politics. Be that office politics, village politics, sultanate politics and even more so politics of the political weasels in this country’s animal farm.

Political bickering is becoming more rampant as we speak. Media is one of the grounds for people to exchange ideas and occasional curses with a sprinkle of condemnation. Beyond that level, hatred, disgust, vengeance, lust, passion and sheer entertainment continue seeping into the minds of generations; young and old alike, in the name of lifestyle indoctrination. At this point, I have to be comfortable concurring with Vanilla Ice the white rapper’s lyric, “Will it ever stop? Yo… I don’t know”

How black is black? What kind of impulse that was first being triggered in our minds when we hear the word ‘black’? Is it a color on pencil, computer cables, fabric, skin colors or wall? Or is it more generic like night’s black in the absence of light? De Bono’s black hat theory is a good method to think, but of course not to be used non-stop. There are other colors to be considered as well.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Penghayatan Jihad Dalam Bisnes

Setiap elemen positif yang dipromosikan oleh Islam pasti sesuai diadaptasi dalam kehidupan individu mahupun masyarakat tanpa batasan waktu. Begitu juga halnya dalam perihal Jihad dan Bisnes. Kedua elemen ini jelas amat dititikberatkan dalam kehidupan sebagai muslim.

Kesesuaian kedua elemen ini terus relevan samada difokus secara berasingan apatah lagi bergandingan. Umat Islam harus sedar Jihad yang lebih besar dari berperang adalah berdepan dengan hawa nafsu masing-masing sebagaimana yang diperingatkan oleh junjungan besar Rasulullah s.a.w.

Manakala kesinambungan Bisnes dalam Islam pula dinobatkan sebagai sumber utama rezeki dalam kadar 90% mengatasi lain-lain bidang. Ini juga jelas diungkap dalam salah satu Hadith Rasulullah s.a.w yang tersohor selain sirah Rasulullah s.a.w sendiri yang mencatatkan bahawa Baginda Rasulullah s.a.w pernah berniaga.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tahun Baru Warung Kopi


Sebut pasal makan dan tahun baru, tentu saja Gong Xi Fa Chai terlintas di fikiran mereka yang faham budaya bangsa Cina. Agenda makan besar sekeluarga pada hari terakhir mengikut kalendar kuno bangsa Cina ini merupakan perkara lazim bagi keluarga Cina di seluruh dunia. Secara amnya memang masih ramai orang Cina yang tahu dan mahu meneruskan adat budaya bangsa warisan berzaman ini tak kira di mana tempat tinggal mereka. Realiti penghayatan tahun baru Cina di Chinatown seluruh dunia seharusnya melayakkan bangsa ini dihormati sebagai sebuah bangsa berbudaya.

Bukan pelik bila sesebuah bangsa mampu teruskan warisan budaya walaupun peredaran masa menjanjikan hakisan nilai semasa. Banyak etnik di dunia ini yang masih tahu menghargai budaya masing-masing. Di Malaysia bangsa Melayu, Cina dan India secara automatik menjadi sinonim apabila persoalan ‘multiracial’ diutarakan. Di benua Arab barangkali darah Arab, Habsyi, Yahudi dan Parsi lebih ketara jadi pembahagi keturunan bangsa meskipun jumlah penghijrah seperti dari India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia dan lainnya bertaburan di sini sana.