Tuesday, April 25, 2006
The type of coffee I drink is not the local kampong black coffee! That is a strict no no for I can't stomach the strong taste. I prefer Nescafe or anything similar in taste.
Whenever I go to KLCC or Midvalley's designer coffee places, nothing beats a good mug of latte. The best place to enjoy a latte is definitely the open air space of another coffee spot at the peak of Genting Highlands where we get to sip warm latte coffee while being caressed by the cool mists blowing against ourselves! Mmmmm...heavenly! :)
Once in a while however , it is a pleasure to sip hot, steaming tea that is brewed in a ceramic teapot and enjoyed with delicious homemade 'chuchor' kueh while watching the latest documentaries or teletron dramas !:P
My favourite cup of tea is our homegrown Orange Pekoe Boh Tea from the Cameron Highlands.
The aroma and flavor is definitely among the tastiest teas of the world!
Earl Grey tea is also a delicious blend of tea which I have come to love and appreciate.
Drinking tea is considered a very cultured acquired habit and from the many drinks out there , coffee and tea is definitely a Gift from Allah!
The small pleasures of life I definitely appreciate and cherish!
Alhamdulillah! Thank God for these two drinks that help to perk me up. How about you?
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Monday, April 24, 2006
Professor Razak Mohaideen's films even though considered to be run of the mill love stories are still not as crude and corrupted as the values being bandied by Yasmin. Not to say that such films are better for the development of social comment or beneficial to the public in the long run, we can still watch his films without feeling revolted by crass behaviours of it's main characters.
Novelist Faisal Tehrani exposes all the crude behaviour being expounded by 'Gubra' where Islamic values and traditional norms practiced by Muslims go down the drain in this blasphemous film that ought to be thrashed into the dustbins of the nation!
I saw Sepet and wasn't really impressed by the storyline! That film extols sexual connotations and is an attempt to introduce an atmosphere of loose morals into the Malaysian traditional family life.
True, such things are now becoming common in families that are not practicing good family values according to the tenets of Islam and Malay cultures.
To push such screwed up values as something worth watching shows the sordid agenda being brainwashed into the Malaysian cinemagoers under guise of expressions of the current Malaysian lifestyle!
I support Faisal Tehrani a 100% in his condemnation of such low class fare being pushed by this film!
Gubra is not worth your time and effort to go watch such crap! What the hell is FINAS doing?
They should ban this movie! This is what I think! To those who like such filth , well to each their own but to me this is pure BS!
I would rather watch P.Ramlee blockbuster black & white movies that had better social messages such as 'Semerah Padi, Anak ku Sazali, Hang Tuah, AntaraDua Darjat, Ibu Mertua Ku, etc.
Making films to help mould a good Malaysian society that is based on good religious values and social foundations would be a boon to the future of this country for through good supportive film media , we can help the nation to be a better place for all but to push through a loose screwed up agenda such as this filth deserves all the condemnations we can come up with!
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Today, 2nd of Rabi'ul Akhir, 1427 Hijrah , the 23rd of April,2006 at 0735am, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Allahyarham Tun Ghafar Baba died due to lung and kidney complications at the Gleneagles Specialist Hospital in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Arwah Tun Ghafar was 81 when he died.
Ghafar Baba was a classic case of a poor kampong boy who after strugging through poverty finally made it right to the threshold of the Malaysian political supremacy!
He was not a glamorous political bigshot and shunned the limelight and even refused to accept honors and titles offered to be bestowed upon him by the Malay Sultans until he retired from office as the Deputy Prime Minister in 1993.
Anwar Ibrahim was the man who screwed the late Ghafar Baba of his deputy prime ministership by rallying the Umno Youth Movement into supporting Anwar Ibrahim for the Deputy Presidentship of UMNO.
As a result, Ghafar Baba received few votes to keep him in power as the Deputy President of UMNO and the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Today, the man is dead and after being given a not so fanfare filled funeral, is now interred amongst the nation's forefathers in the Warriors Tombs cemetery at the Masjid Negara in Kuala Lumpur.
For all his efforts, the man was denied premiership through the manipulations of a political figure in the person of Anwar Ibrahim.
Maybe , history has a strange way of justice for his nemesis was ungraciously kicked out of office a few years later and received a worse fate than him in the process.
Ghafar Baba, May you rest in peace. Al Fatihah!
This is what the Kosmo tabloid newspaper reported last Wednesday in it's 19th of April, 2006 edition.
Quite a shameful achievement by this nation's university and college students not discounting the kampong girls who are the main culprits for this illegimate addition to the population of Malaysia!
I don't think this is what Tun Dr.Mahathir had in mind when he voiced out his dream to see a population of at least 70 million Malaysians by the year 2020!
Neither do I think the present 'Islam Hadhari' champion in the person of PM Abdullah Badawi wants as the achievements during his watch after taking over as the nation's top leader!
It's disgraceful to their aspirations to stand proud as the world's champions of Islam and as the current leader of the OIC! It's more apt to term the OIC @ Organisation of Islamic Countries to just ' Oh! I See!'
68,000 bastards! What the hell is happening to this nation's young Malays? Are they so bloody stupid as not to realise what a disaster they have caused to the nation's image as a so called 'Islamic Nation'?
Those mothers who gave birth to all these bastards are said to comprise of largely the 'IPTA' students. 'IPTA' meaning 'Institiut Pengajian Tinggi Awam' in Malay carrying the meaning Public Institution of Higher Learning.
These are university and college students. Supposedly the future leaders of this nation. To say that these young people are stupid is definitely wrong yet to claim that they are clever , damn..these 68,000 bastards are not something the nation can be proud of!
All the brouhaha that this nation is fast turning into a 'Taliban' style administration couldn't be further than the truth!
The recent fiasco of the DBKL turning into vice squad stormtroopers by taking action against a Non Muslim Malaysian Chinese university students couple act of kissing in public is like a classic blooper of zeroing in on a distant mosquito and missing the broad (68,000 bastards) elephant's backside right up their face!
What does JAKIM, JAIS, and all the various champions of freedom of this and that like the notorious Sisters in Islam and all the three ex and current PM's daughters have to say about this expose by Kosmo?
68,000 'anak haram'produced by the Malays is not something that the 'Islam Hadhari' government of PM Abdullah Badawi and Najib Tun Razak can sweep under the plush carpets of Putrajaya!
I gather that the KIMMA Mamaks should rethink their demands to be classified as Melayu's by this shameful achievement of their brethren's offsprings. We don't hear such records achieved by any of the other ethnicities of Malaysia.
Wonder whether this record will make it into the Malaysian Book of Records?
Melayu memang Boleh!.......Boleh Lingkop if these adulterous behaviour of the lustful young Malay idiots are left to fester uncontrolled as it is today!!!
So, what do the boisterous Sisters in Islam and their patrons in the persons of the 3 daughters of the current and ex Prime Ministers of Malaysia are gonna do about this?
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Those of you who have Hypertension @ High Blood Pressure might want to try this home remedy which I have tried for a relative of mine suffering from a severe case of Hypertension back home in Penang.
This relative of mine was due to undergo surgery to treat her critical condition.
I read about this home remedy using the Daun Sup @ Chinese Celery easily found at any wet market or even supermarkets in our nation.
Buy a handful of fresh Daun Sup @ Chinese Celery worth a ringgit or two. Cut off the roots and wash the Chinese Celery thoroughly in running water.
Cut the stems and leaves in 2 inches or so portions. Get a pot or container to boil the leaves and the stems. Do not add sugar or salt. Just plain water will do.
Boil the Chinese Celery @ Daun Sup well till the water subsides to almost half a pot or whatever utensil you are using.
Turn off the gas stove and let it cool down.
Once the boiled Chinese Celery @ Daun Sup is within drinking temperature, pour it into a glass and drink the juice and eat the leaves plus the stems together.
For those who have chronic hypertension disease, you will start to feel the relief within 10 to 15 minutes max.
We gave the boiled juice to our relative in the night before her surgery due to be done first thing in the morning.
When the doctors came to check on her in the morning before her surgery, they found that her blood pressure had normalised and they were simply amazed. The surgery was cancelled and she was later discharged from hospital.
Till this day, she has been taking this home remedy that has been proven times and times again to help normalise severe hypertension in most people.
If you are suffering from hypertension or know someone who does, try this remedy.
God Willing, you will be back to normal. The costs is a mere ringgit or two and the Chinese Celery @ Daun Sup is easily obtainable. Easy to prepare and as being a vegetable, consumable by all.
Hope this helps. It did for my relative. Surely worth trying out for yourselves.
There's not a disease or condition on Earth that Allah SWT has not created a cure for it except for Death. That's a reality everyone on Earth will face when our time is up.
In the meantime, let's help ourselves and others with tips such as these.
May Allah the Most Merciful heal us from our ailments and fortify us against infirmities !
Ameen. May God bless us all.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate and Most Merciful.
In conjunction of the Maulud of the Blessed Final Messenger of God, the Holy Prophet Muhammad bin Abdullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam), I wish to share with you :
The Final Khutbah @ Sermon of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
*This Sermon was delivered on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah 10 A.H in the Uranah Valley of Mount Arafat, Makkah, Arabia.
"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I don't know whether, after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust.
Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners.
Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.
Remember that you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon your deeds.
ALLAH has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligations shall henceforth be waived.
Your capital is yours to keep.
You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity.
Allah has judged that There Shall Be No Interest and that all interest due to Abbas ibn Abd'al Muttalib (the Prophet's Uncle) be waived.
Every right arising out of homicide in pre-Islamic days is henceforth waived and the first such right that I waive is that arising from the murder of Rabiah ibn Al Harithbin.
O Mankind, the Unbelievers indulge in tampering with the Calendar in order to make permissible that which Allah Forbade and to forbid which Allah has made permissible.
With Allah, the months are twelve in number. Four of them are holy, three of these are successive and one of them occurs singly between the months of Jumada and Sha'aban.
Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have their rights over you.
Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah's Trust and with His Permission.
If they abide by your rights, then to them belongs their rights to be fed and clothed in kindness.
Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.
And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.
O People, listen to me in earnest;
Say your five daily prayers (Salah),
Fast during the month of Ramadhan,
Give your wealth in Zakat.
Perform Hajj if you can afford to.
All Mankind is from Adam and Eve, An Arab has no superiority over a Non Arab nor does a Non Arab has any superiority over an Arab;
In addition, a White has no superiority over a Black nor has a Black any superiority over a White except by piety and good actions.
Learn that every Muslim is a brother to another Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one Brotherhood.
Remember, one day you will appear before ALLAH and answer for your deeds.
So beware, do not astray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O People, no Prophet or Apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born.
Reason well therefore, O People, and understand my words which I convey to you.
I leave behind me two things, the QUR'AN and my example, the SUNNAH and if you follow these two, you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who have listened to me directly.
Be my witness O ALLAH that I have conveyed Your message to Your people."
If Mankind can observe all of the Blessed Prophet's askings today, the whole of Mankind would be able to live in peace and common understanding.
The problem is that we tend to dwell on our differences more than to co-operate in what we have in common.
May Allah SWT bless the souls of His Final Messenger, the Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wassallam), his Blessed Companions, his Ahlul Bayt and all the souls of the Mukmins and Mukminats who are living and those who have passed on to the Yaum al Barzakh, Ameen ya Rabbal Alameen.
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala bless those who have goodness in their hearts and May Allah the Most Merciful bless us with His Guidance and shower us with His Mercy, Ameen.
Let's try to do as the Prophet's bidding in our own personal ways and see to it that this Final Sermon is passed on to the others who have yet to learn about it. InsyaAllah!
Saturday, April 01, 2006
I came across the booth of dynamic and professional looking members of the Rufaqa' Corporation comprised of the former Al Arqam movement led by Abuya Ustaz Hj.Asha'ari Muhammad when I visited the International Book Fair being held at the PWTC Expo Halls in KL.
The Al Arqam movement was instrumental in bringing a heightened sense of Islamic Way of Life here in Malaysia when they were first formed way back in 1968 by Asha'ari Muhammad!
The most obvious change that the Al Arqam movement brought to the lifestyle of Malaysia's Muslims was the implementing of the sense of dressing according to the proper dress code enjoined in Islam!
Their female followers were those who first started wearing the 'tudung' @ Muslim female headcover which is appropriate to cover the head and the bosom. I dare say that the Al Arqam are the first to properly cover themselves here in Malaysia.
Before the advent of the Al Arqam movement, Malaysian Muslim ladies went about with just shawls draped loosely over their heads and flung over their shoulders, bareheaded or with the latest perms as shown in most of the black & white Malay movies shot during the 50s,60s and the 70s!
In the 50s and 60s, visible proofs of how the Malaysian Muslims went about can be seen here in this historical photos gleaned from the history pages.
In Surah An Nur Verse 31 in the Holy Qur'an , Allah God Almighty asks the Believers to cover their modesty.
"31: Likewise tell Momin women to not let their gazes go wayward; they should also fully guard their chastity. It is also imperative for them not display their adornments, except what becomes apparent by itself when moving around normally (as intentional display would mean that they have an inner desire to express4).
And let them cover their bosoms (so that mischief-mongers cannot say that they were unaware that these ladies were noble; for otherwise they would not have pestered them ~ 33:59). While walking they should not strike down their feet, in order not to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. "
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That's one of the many benefits that the Al Arqam brought to the Malaysian Muslim scene. They were very good in building up their business enterprises and portrayed a very positive, technologically adept Muslim community in their heydays.
Their fantastic business empire's growth drew many followers from all walks of life and they had connections established in practically every government department and agency.Their followers grew to more than a 100,000 at their heights greatly worrying Mahathir's Government!
The Al Arqam also were getting established throughout Nusantara. Singapore,Brunei,Indonesia were seeing Darul Arqam communes being set up in their nations. Although they claimed not to have political ambitions , their spectacular growth caused the governments of all these countries to start getting goosebumps and really worried.
Their prayers were answered when Asha'ari started getting too big for his breeches and went on to propagate his 'Aurad Muhammadiyah' doctrine which was clearly an innovation and running contrary to the True Principles of Aqeedah in Islam!
The rest is history as we all know. To avoid arrest ,Asha'ari fled the country with his trusted aides and wives to Thailand. The Thai police following PDRM's request arrested Ashaari and his entourage and promptly handed him over to the Malaysian authorities.
Ashaari and his followers were subjected to a restoration of proper Islamic Aqeedah programme where they were rehabilitated from their deviance and gradually were released back into society but are still under probation and kept under police supervision.
He laments about his 30 over years of empire building destroyed overnight by his arrest and group's dissolving by the actions taken on him and his movement by the Malaysian government!
In a sense he's lucky that he is still allowed to live and rebuild from scratch from the ashes of his Al Arqam's demise. In other countries, he might have been executed and done with!
Malaysia is still very reluctant to go to that extreme. The most they do is to cold storage their opponents in Kamunting under the ISA!
Asha'ari has tasted the government's hospitality and has a lot to thank Allah SWT for giving him a second chance in life!
Today, he has returned with a new image, new zeal and whole new business empire!
His flagship @Rufaqa' Corporation Sdn.Bhd. is based in Bandar Country Homes, 48000, Rawang, Selangor,Malaysia. Their website is at www.rufaqa.com
Asha'ari has successfully reestablished his business ventures based on the religious and material side of life.
He has now come to a stage where his movement have successfully set up a thriving business community in 14 cities and town nationwide.
All these is done with the blessings of the Malaysian Government's Home Ministry.
As fas as they are concerned , as long as he doesn't have any ambitions to take over the government or deviate from the true teachings of Islam as he did before, they have no problems with his business and religious based ventures.
What Asha'ari is doing is not really a problem for the government as long as he doesn't repeat his previous screw ups.
During the height of the Al Arqam movement, many university students became involved in the movement and some of them dropped out from their studies raising the complaint from society that those students were being brainwashed into leaving their studies.
Many of those students ended up marrying members of the Al Arqam movement and some bcame second, third or fourth wives thus exposing the polygamy being practiced rampantly in Al Arqam's community.
Blind obedience to the movement's leaders was also another bone to pick with them by members of the Malaysian society!
In any movement, there will always be such a situation where zealous and fanatic followers tend to go overboard in venerating and hero worshipping their leaders. Such was also the case in Al Arqam and in many other groups and Tariqah's.
Sometimes the Syaikhs and Mursheeds of the various groups and Tariqah's start off their movements properly based upon the principles of the faith.
It is the overzealousness of their followers in going overboard with their 'hero worshipping' and adulation of them that gives way to their Egos to grow and expand into something out of control and eventually that immense power they start to feel gets to their heads and they start to innovate and abuse their position.
Materialistic inclinations and the awesome power they have now with them to dictate anything to their ever willing and admiring followers corrupts their inner self.
Sex,which is a most powerful tool to influence followers and lust clouds their judgement and the base self starts engorging on their moral and inbuilt system of justice.
History records that time and time again, many a nation and leaders have fallen prey to that natural sense of lust inbuilt in each and every one of us ,mankind.
Without self control and Fear of Allah, no one is safe from such sinful misdeeds.
When the Prophet SAW had scored a successful victory with his Companions over the Kaffirs of the Meccan Quraish in the Badr War, the Messenger SAW told his companions.
'We have succeeded in one war now we have to face a bigger war!' The companions asked 'Who else do we have to fight O Prophet of Allah?'
The Prophet SAW answered' It is our Nafs!'
As such, none of us are free from being challenged by our Ego's, our Lust, our Greed, etc.
Asha'ari went through such a gauntlet! The man is as vulnerable as each and everyone of us.
We ourselves are not perfect, none of us are. Doesn't mean that we can't try to improve our lot and seek a better life for us according to our own efforts and capabilities.
The Rufaqa' Corporation today is such a symbol of people who have successfully rebuilt their lifes after being through a tormentous period in their lifes.
I wish them well and hope they will keep to the track laid down by Allah SWT and His Greatest Messenger to Mankind, Muhammad ibni Abdillah, Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam! Ameen.
Here are some shots I took of them at the International Book Fair held at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.
The ladies are colorfully dressed with more vibrant tudungs today compared to the all black hijabs of yesteryears.
The men sport songkoks now instead of the Al Arqam signature serbans .
May Allah SWT guide them and us all towards the success of this world and the Akhirat, Insya Allah!
I love to see my fellow Muslims looking good and colorful, as the colors of the beautiful rainbow shining brightly in the skies after a refreshing spell of nourishing rain giving life to the earth!
Here's a visual clip I took of the pretty Mawaddah nasyid ladies of Rufaqa Corporation with their colorful tudungs and brand new image.
Allah SWT created this world in full color. No harm in being vibrant and alive as long as we live according to His Way!
It is better for the people who were with the former Al Arqam movement to start a new life with a lifestyle that they are so comfortable with that is grounded in the framework of true Islamic teachings and also in accordance with the rules of this land.
It is heartening to see them progress in line with the latest technological advances of the present world.
Their smart utilisation of the Information Technology to spread the word of Allah SWT is commendable and must be supported.
Asha'ari Muhammad must now realise that is is better to go along with the Malay parable of old 'Semakin berisi semakin tunduk' meaning that as one grows more knowledgable it is better for one to be more humble. History records all his deeds and misdeeds just as it does for each of us.
Power and position will come to us if we are blessed by Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and none can take it away from us. At the same time, if Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala wills that we lose it all, none can stop it from taking place!
Fame and fortune comes to those who are steadfast in Allah's Way and it is much more favorable than to try to please mankind with their adverse convictions and open defiance to the Truth that is in Islam.
Surely the truth shall prevail and when this world ceases to exist as we know it today and all the years before, we will then all stand before Him and be judged according to what we have done in our life!
I pray that Asha'ari Muhammad and the people in Rufaqa Corporation find their peace and sakinah in true Islam and live their lifes as sincere and obedient Muslims, servants and champions of Islam.
No more screw ups in the future and be moderate in your practices. All my best wishes for my fellow Muslims and Muslimahs in Rufaqa!
Be the best you can be and make us proud! Ameen. Insya Allahu Ta'ala Rabbul 'Alameen!