Friday, October 31, 2008
Am running late for a meeting. Can just share with you these 3 photos that were taken yesterday at the above mentioned forum at Dewan Tunku Canselor, Universiti Malaya.
Will give you the report and show you more pictures as to how the forum went later?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Dear fellow bloggers.
There will be a forum on ' Trends and Future of the Malaysian Mass Media' tomorrow at the Dewan Tunku Canselor, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
The following is the programme.
FORUM ON TRENDS AND FUTURE OF THE MALAYSIAN MASS MEDIA
30th October 2008 (Thursday), 8.00 a.m.
Dewan Tunku Canselor (DTC), University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
8.00 – 9.00 am - Registration and Welcome Coffee
9.01 am - Arrival of Y.B. Dato’ Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Hon. Minister of Information
9.10 am - Prayers
9.15 am - Welcoming Address by Datuk Rafiah Salim, Vice Chancellor, University Malaya
9.20 am - Official Opening by Y.B. Dato’ Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Hon. Minister of Information
9.40 am - Session 1
TRENDS AND FUTURE OF THE MALAYSIAN MASS MEDIA
• Media’s role in National Development
• Ethics and the Rule of Law for Bloggers
• Re-examine the Role and Effectiveness of State owned Media
• Government’s Response to Challenges of New Media.
Prof. Dato Mohamad Abu Bakar
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Head of Department,
Department of Media Studies, University Malaya
Assoc. Prof Indrajit Banerjee,
Asian Media Information & Communication Centre (AMIC), Singapore
Mr. Bhag Singh,
Bhag Sulaiman & Co.,
Advocate & Solicitor
Datuk Azman Ujang,
Editorial Adviser BERNAMA
11.30 pm - Q & A Session
12.30 pm - Lunch
2.00 pm Session 2
TRENDS AND FUTURE OF THE MALAYSIAN MASS MEDIA
• Challenges posed by the Alternative Media
• Freedom of the Press versus Responsibility in a Developing country
• Free but Responsible Journalism
• Citizen Journalism versus mainstream Media in Development
Moderator: Mr.Zainon Ahmad, Political Editor, The Sun Media Group Sdn Bhd.
Dato’ Wong Chun Wai,
The Star, Group Chief Editor
Mr.Ahirudin Atan @ Rocky
Rocky Bru Blog
Mr Bob Teoh
Sin Chew Media Corporation Bhd
Puan Norila Daud
President, National Union of Journalists
4.00 pm - Q & A Session
4.30 pm - Refreshments
5.00 pm - End of Forum
Contact : Mr Balakrishnan Kandasamy
Tel: 03-79683204 / 79683201(P)
Ms Norazah Muhamad Azha
Tel: 03-79683208 / 79683201 (P)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Assalamualaikum tuan tuan dan puan puan, pembaca blog ini yang dihormati sekelian.
Do'a saya agar tuan puan semua diberkati Allah Azza Wa Jalla dan dilindungiNya dari angkara durjana para djinn, syaitan dan manusia.
Saya ingin menengahkan masaalah hari ini yang melanda mereka yang digelar sebagai mu'alaf ataupun saudara baru.
Kita semua tahu betapa masyarakat Malaysia amat cerewet tentang bab orang menukar agama.
Kita juga sedia maklum akan kerenah birokrasi jabatan jabatan kerajaan apabila mengendalikan urusan mualaf dan yang sewaktu dengan mereka.
Bukannya hendak mempermudahkan dan melincirkan kerja kerja pentadbiran bilamana berurusan dengan para mualaf yang telah melalui ujian maha dahsyat didalam kehidupan mereka tetapi sebaliknya pegawai pegawai kerajaan ini baik di Jabatan Jabatan Agama mahupun Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara dan Jabatan Imigresyen tetapi ditambah pula kerenah birokrasi dengan ditolak pula urusan para mualaf ini ke Jabatan Keselamatan Negara pula?
Hello!!! Apa kejadahnya ini semua?
Berdosa besar menyulitkan seseorang mualaf itu didalam kerja kerja yang melibatkan hijrahnya diri mualaf itu dari alam kufur ke alam mukminin!
Barangsiapa yang terlibat didalam kerja bodoh ini bertaubatlah kamu segera!
Jangan mencari bala Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.
Tak berbaloi kawan!
Ha! Ikutilah luahan rasa kecewa seorang hamba mualaf, kawan saya , Cikgu Aliya yang mengirimkan kisah deritanya menghadapi kerenah birokrasi jabatan jabatan kerajaan ini!
"Tapi bukankah Kad Pengenalan ini sudah menunjukkan kerakyatan saya telah disahkan? Kenapa kena ada surat lain dari Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara pula?"
"Maaf. Ini prosedur."
Saya terkilan. Geram. Dua hari yang lalu saya sudah semak segala maklumat yang diperlukan dalam website JPN. Segala bahan yang dinyatakan seperti 2 keping foto terkini, salinan surat beranak, dan salinan kad pengenalan sudah saya sediakan. Bahkan saya turut bawa Surat Akuan Masuk Islam serta Kad Masuk Islam saya bersama ke Jabatan Imigresen.
Tujuan ke situ untuk memohon Pasport Antarabangsa. Biarlah ada pasport dahulu, mudah kalau hendak melancong, melanjutkan pelajaran atau menunaikan haji dan umrah pada masa hadapan.
"Tak lama. Kalau semua bahan ada, esok dah boleh ambil pasport."
Begitulah kata orang. Saya pun berharap begitu.
Kebetulan hari ini cuti khas sekolah. Saya pun bergegas ke Jabatan Imigresen pada waktu pagi. Setelah berpusing-pusing mencari tempat letak kereta, saya akhirnya berjaya ke kaunter imigresen. Nombor diberi. Saya diminta tunggu.
Setelah 30 minit, saya dipanggil.
"Puan kena ada surat pengesahan dari JPN. Semasa buat IC, tak terima surat kelulusan dari Putrajaya kah?" tanya pegawai di kaunter.
"Saya hantar semua borang saya sendiri ke Putrajaya. Tak diberi apa-apa dokumen pun, hanya kelulusan dari sana yang membenarkan permohonan pertukaran IC. Bila saya dapat IC ini pun, pihak JPN tak beri apa-apa surat pengesahan."
Saya mula tidak sedap hati. Tiada satu maklumat bertulis pun yang menyatakan bahawa orang yang bertukar nama pada Kad Pengenalan perlu mendapatkan sepucuk Surat Pengesahan Nombor Kad Pengenalan dari Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara untuk tujuan membuat pasport.
Inilah kali pertama saya diberitahu akan hal ini.
"Puan kena ke Jabatan Pendaftaran untuk mendapatkan surat ini. Maaf, tanpa surat itu, kami tak boleh proses permohonan pasport Puan."
"Kenapa masa saya kemukakan borang di kaunter pemdaftaran, saya tak diberitahu hal ini?
Tak ada pun maklumat tentang perlunya mendapatkan surat dari JPN bagi saudara Islam yang tukar nama, tertampal di mana-mana pejabat ini."
"Bukan selalu orang tukar nama."
Saya minta lihat dokumen yang diperlukan. Barulah saya tahu bahawa rupa-rupanya orang yang tukar nama, yang berbeza dengan nama pada kad pengenalan asal dan surat beranak, perlu mendapat Surat Pengesahan dari Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara.
Walaupun sudah ada Kad Pengenalan yang tertera nama barunya.
"Kalau sudah ada surat ini, apa lagi yang perlu saya buat?" saya cuba mendapatkn kepastian.
"Semua dah cukup, kecuali surat itu saja," kata pegawai tersebut.
Saya terpaksa ke Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara yang terdekat. Jaraknya 30 minit dari Jabatan Imigresen. Sesampainya di sana, pegawai di sana pula tertanya-tanya.
Saya pula yang perlu menerangkan bahawa pihak Jabatan Imigresen menegaskan bahawa mereka hendakkan Surat Pengesahan Kad Pengenalan terbaru sebelum meluluskan permohonan pasport saya.
Akhirnya mereka berjaya mengeluarkan surat tersebut kepada saya. Terima kasih kepada staf yang begitu komited dalam menjalankan tugas. Saya menerima surat yang diperlukan dalam tempoh sejam.
Sekembalinya di Jabatan Imigresen, saya kemukakan sekali lagi segala dokumen yang diperlukan. Saya sabar menunggu.
Harapan di hati, bolehlah saya dapat pasport pada keesokan hari.
"Puan, dokumen semua kami akn fakskan ke Jabatan Keselamatan di Putrajaya untuk mendapatkan kelulusan. Baru Puan bayar wang dan kami akan berikan pasport," kata seorang pegawai lelaki.
"Maksud Encik, saya perlu menunggu lagi? Mengapa perlu mendapat kelulusan Jabatan Keselamatan pula sedangkan semasa saya memohon pertukaran Kad Pengenalan saya dengan nama baru saya (yang Islam), tak pun disebut perlu melalui Jabatan Keselamatan?
Kalau sudah luluskan permohonan Kad Pengenalan baru saya ini, sepatutnya sudah diluluskan Jabatan Keselamatan Dalam Negeri, bukan begitu?" Saya menyuarakan rasa tidak puas hati saya dengan nada seorang guru yang tegas.
"Err, itu Jabatan Pendaftaran. Ini kena melalui Jabatan Keselamatan pula, sebab permohonan pasport di bawah Bahagian Keselamatan dan Paspot," pegawai lelaki itu menghulurkan saya sehelai kertas bercetak.
"Puan cuba telefon nombor ini di Putrajaya, kalau nak mereka segerakan permohonan."
"Berapa lama saya perlu tunggu sebelum saya tahu sama ada permohonan paspot saya diluluskan?"
Saya lihat surat yang dikepilkan.
"Dimaklumkan bahawa keputusan mengenai permohonan tersebut akan diberitahu kepada tuan/puan dalam tempoh satu (1) bulan dari tarikh permohonan..."
"Paling cepat, seminggu."
"Bagaimana saya nak tahu sama ada sudah lulus atau tidak?" saya terus bertanya.
"Kami akan telefon, berdasarkan nombor telefon Puan dalam borang permohonan."
"Encik sedar tak, bukan saya seorang yang sedang dan akan menghadapi masalah ini. Semua orang termasuk orang yang memeluk Islam dan bertukar nama akan menghadapi masalah yang serupa. Mengapa tidak diselaraskan semua sistem supaya tak perlu ulang beberapa kali?
Sudahlah kami diminta menunggu selama sebulan sehingga 3 bulan untuk mendapat kelulusan permohonan pertukaran nama dan maklumat lain dalam Kad Pengenalan, sekarang bila pohon pasport kena pula menunggu sebulan?
Adakah ini hukuman untuk kami yang mengikut prosedur mengisytiharkan diri sebagai orang Islam?
Kalau tak isytihar pengislaman saya dan masih kekal sebagai orang bukan Islam dalam Kad Pengenalan, tak tukar nama dan maklumat diri lain, saya tak perlu susah-susah begini pada hari ini, bukan?"
Pegawai itu diam.
"Puan telefon nombor ini mulai esok. Kalau dah lulus, kami akan telefon Puan supaya datang ambil paspot," ulangnya lagi.
Nampaknya saya perlu menunggu lagi.
Meluat sungguh dengan karenah birokrasi.
Nampaknya kerajaan dan pihak-pihak bertanggungjawab masih kurang prihatin terhadap masalah yang dihadapi oleh kami saudara baru Islam yang menukar nama dari nama asal kepada nama Islam.
Kami masih dilayan dengan pelbagai red-tape, seolah-olah masih menerima hukuman kerana bertukar nama kepada nama Islam yang berbinkan Abdullah.
Kalau mereka yang lain hendak murtad, hendak menukar nama kepada nam lain, tak apa kalau memperketatkan prosedur.
Mengapa kami pula dilonggokkan sekali?
Adakah ini salah satu sebab ramai orang yang memeluk Islam menangguhkan prosedur bertukar maklumat diri setelah memeluk Islam di Jabatan Agama Islam?
Kerenah birokrasi yang menyusahkan, melambatkan dan memberikan pelbagai masalah.
Semuanya berpunca daripada kekurangan maklumat yang tertulis di semua jabatan yang bertanggungjawab. Hanya kerana alasan yang diberi, tak ramai orang yang memeluk Islam.
Kalau saya kekal menggunakan nama asal, kekal menggunakan maklumat diri sebagai bukan Islam, menampilkan diri sebagai bukan Islam tanpa tudung, agaknya permohonan paspot saya sudah lulus pada hari ini.
Geram. Hampa. Kecewa. Very very frustrated.
Ini bukan satu hari saya bangga menjadi rakyat Malaysia.
Haa...begitulah tuan tuan dan puan puan. Cekap sungguh pegawai pegawai di jabatan jabatan Kerajaan Malaysia membuat kerja!
Cekap didalam menolak sesuatu urusan permohonan kesana kemari tanpa mengambil kira akan perasaan para pemohon itu terutamanya mereka yang mualaf ini?
Macam inikah kita hendak menggalakkan orang orang yang bukan Islam memeluk Islam dinegara ini?
Buat malu sajalah masing masing berpakaian kemas dan siap dengan tag nama segala jika kepala otak itu masih berada didalam 'Twilight Zone' era zaman yang lampau, penuh dengan prasangka perkauman, menebal didalam jiwa masing masing!
Belajar agama lah bahawa Islam itu universal dan bukan milik bangsa Melayu sahaja di Malaysia ini!
Ubah perangai, ubah minda! Maju bersama Islam bukan menjahanamkannya!
Assalamualaikum wahai Muslimin na wal Muslimat, Mukminin na wal Mukminat.
Harapan saya agar anda berada didalam kandungan sihat wal'afiat dan berkeadaan masih kekal dan tabah menghadapi segala gelombang kehidupan duniawi yang sedang melanda hidup kita dengan seribu satu macam dugaan dan cabaran.
Dikeheningan pagi ini menjelang azan subuh, hati ini tergerak menukilkan beberapa peringatan buat kita bersama akan realiti kehidupan kita ini.
Sepertimana kita sedia maklum, adanya kita sekarang ini adalah diatas Ihsan Ilahi.
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala Tuhan Maha Pencipta, Maha Penyayang,
Yang masih mahu mengekalkan kita didunia sementara ini
Walaupun segolongan besar dari kita terlalu sibuk
Sibuk dengan urusan siasah negara
Hiburan yang meleka
dan berpesta pora ikut suka....
Hati hati yang resah dengan pemilihan ke pangkat dan kedudukan sementara..
Pergolakan didalam parti dan negara..
Yang senantiasa berkacau bilau..
Berprotes sana ; berdemo sini..
Ada yang terpenjara akibat tulisan dan luahan tanpa mengambil kira..
Akan Hari Pembalasan..
Dihadapan Allah Azza Wa Jalla..
Di Yaum al Mahsyar..
Berbunuh bunuhan demi segenggam uang..
Semua berasaskan menurut rasa..
Dek penangan nafsu..
Yang senantiasa bergejolak..
Melupakan semua larangan dan suruhanNya....
Wahai teman, wahai saudara..
Marilah kita bertafakur sejenak..
Mengenang kembali akan segala perlakuan kita..
Apa masih teringat?
Ketika kita muda belia..
Sesuci embun dihujung daun..
Tatkala jiwa ini..
Masih suci tanpa noda dan dosa...
Sesuci anak anak yang riang gelak ketawa..
Ikhlas tanpa curiga
Tanpa sebarang prasangka..
Kembalilah wahai nafsul amarah...
Kesisi TuhanMu Yang Maha Pengampun, Maha Penyayang..
Sebelum tiba sa'at dan ketika
Ruh mu terbang melayang..
Berzikir bertasbih bertahmid
Monday, October 27, 2008
Those of you who have had bad experiences with service personnel will surely be able to relate with what I am going to share with you?
How many times have you been to a restaurant or cafe only to be served by a waiter or waitress who should really not have been employed to work there in the first place?
I am sure that most of you will have had many, many bad memories of lousy service and indifferent service personnel whose unprofessional attitude might have spoilt your lunch or dinners with your loved ones and made you vow to never again step in to that particular establishment!
Well, I have had plenty of such experiences and true enough, I have stayed clear from places which have people who don't know how to serve people or seriously lack the skills or intellectual capacity to improve.
Me and my spouse are regulars at Jaya Jusco Maluri and we frequent Secret Recipe for their great coffee and other pastries.
We have come to know many good natured service personnel at Secret Recipe Jusco Maluri and enjoyed their excellent heart felt service.
The latest secret at Secret Recipe Jaya Jusco Maluri is this pleasant good natured guy called Faiz. He always greets us warmly and is always top class where service is concerned.
Today, I prompted him and his friends to pose for this shot and am featuring him here with the ladies as my recommendation for those of you who love to dine at Secret Recipe to try out his great service at Jusco Maluri.
Guys like him are what draws customers like me to frequent the place again and again.
To Faiz, I say 'Congratulations young man! You surely will go far in your career if you keep this up!'.
Thanks for the great service.
Really appreciate it!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saya membaca dengan penuh minat saranan Khairy Jamaludin supaya beliau dan Mukhriz Mahathir berdebat ala Anwar Ibrahim dan Ahmad Shabery Cheek yang pernah di anjurkan oleh Agenda Daily sebelum ini.
Saya sokong cadangan ini kerana ianya akan menunjukkan kepada negara akan mutu dan kewibawaan para pemimpin pelapis Malaysia yang mahu menerajui kerajaan ataupun barisan pembangkang jika berubah pemerintah didalam pilihanraya umum ke 13 nanti?
Agenda Daily patut dihargai diatas usaha mereka mengadakan debat debat terbuka seperti ini.
Soalnya apakah kita akan dapat melihat debat bersejarah antara KJ dan Mukhriz Mahathir?
Bersama sama lah kita menantikan pengumuman debat ini!
* PS. Perenggan berkenaan faktor usia telah hamba padamkan setelah dimaklumkan tentang usia Dr.Khir dan Mukhriz sebaya oleh Blogger Pokpet. Terimakasih ya sahabat!
Hentam sajalah labu! Berdebatlah mana mana calon pemuda yang dah cukup pencalonan!
Layari blog ini untuk maklumat lanjut tentang apa pendapat blogger yang lain berkenaan perkara debat ini?
I received in my email something that I think is very important and if followed could maybe a lifesaving practice?
It concerns our dietary habits and the drinking of iced or cold water during our meals. Hope you will pass this on to your family and friends as well.
May Allah heal us all and give us a decent, healthy life here on Earth whilst we are still alive.
Heart Attacks And Drinking Warm Water
This is a very good article. Not only about the warm water after your meal, but about Heart Attacks. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating.
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.
Common Symptoms Of Heart Attack...
A serious note about heart attacks - You should know that not every heart ! attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.
You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.
A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this message sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one ! life.
Read this & Send to a friend. It could save a life. So, please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about.
May Allah bless you.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Dear brothers & sisters,
Come join me in enjoying these visual delights that have captured these precious moments in time.
I was at Bank Rakyat Bandar Tun Razak the other day when I came across these brother and sister looking so pleased with getting these ice lollies and their faces practically glowing with obvious pleasure.
I just took out our camera and snapped these delightful moments of childhood.
The black & white rendition is for Eskapisminda. Intan Suzana Ahmad. A connoiseur of such themes.
May we all treasure our children and the stages of their life as best as we can, while we can!
This group of young men came in for their dinner as well.
They are engineering students from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak @ UTAR.
What caught my attention was the slogan emblazoned across the t-shirt of one of them!
Grandma is Evil!
Now, could it be due to the T-shirt designer having seen too many screenings of P.Ramlee's 'Ibu Mertua Ku'?
Now, that character truly deserves this title!
So no inheritance from Grandma for you, you ingrate!
Serves you right for saying 'Grandma is Evil'!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuan tuan yang saya muliakan.
Waktu Jumaat tadi, saya merasa amat terkilan apabila hadir ke Masjid Saidina Othman, Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras dekat rumah saya.
Satu pemandangan yang menyakitkan hati.
Senario yang memang tidak saya suka melihat dan kalau ikut cara Jaafar 'Kalau' Taib, boleh dikatakan sebagai ' Adegan yang tidak ingin kita lihat!'.
Satu keadaan yang amat menyedihkan menyambut kedatangan saya ke masjid yang terdekat dengan tempat tinggal saya namun juga satu keadaan yang menunjukkan bahawa memang benar sekali sabda junjungan besar kita Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam seribu empat ratus dua puluh lebih tahun dahulu bahawa di akhir zaman ini, umatnya akan berjumlah sebegitu banyak sekali tetapi hanya bagaikan buih di hujung ombak lautan!
Bayangkan betapa sakitnya hati ini melihat perbuatan jahil tahap melampau peniaga kitab agama dan barang dagangan lain telah dengan selambanya meletakkan meja meja dan barang dagangannya diruang jamaah melaksanakan solat dikhemah khas yang terletak diperkarangan masjid!
Klik pada gambar gambar dibawah untuk membaca komen saya pada gambar ini dengan lebih jelas. Insya Allah!
Kalau yang melakukan kerja bodoh sedemikian itu orang orang yang jahil dalam soal agama, boleh saya terima kerana realitinya si malaon itu tidak tahu bahawa pekerjaannya itu salah dari segi bukan sahaja hukum hakam agama tetapi dari segi kebiasaan adat dan budaya timur?
Tetapi yang melonggokkan kitab kitab agama, vcd dan barang dagangan am termasuk botol botol air mineral berjampi diruang tempat jamaah Jumaat bersolat adalah orang yang kalau kita kira boleh tergolong didalam kategori orang berilmu agama dan sepatutnya bijak serta pandai?
Sayang seribu kali sayang, orang yang disangka Alim telah bertindak jahil dan zalim!
Zalim sungguh kerana orang ramai, umat Islam hari ini yang hadir disana terdiri dari kebanyakan orang yang jenis ' Mind your own business!'.
'Not this one! Sorry!'
Kalau manusia sorang ni yang orang rumah saya pernah gelarkan 'Mamak yang Melampau' memang pantang tengok benda benda macam ini dan mendiamkan diri!
Memang saya akui bahawa bilamana ianya melibatkan bab bab menegakkan Ad Deenullah, saya tidak akan berfikir panjang.
Jika keadaan itu memerlukan penglibatan saya untuk menegakkan yang makruf dan mencegah yang mungkar, saya akan bertindak! Tidak ada was was lagi ketika itu! Insya Allah!
Saya memang terlalu sayang akan agama Islam ini.
Biarlah seisi dunia ini mencerca saya kerana keras terhadap mereka yang memperlecehkan Islam, saya tidak akan ambil peduli tetapi saya amat risau bilamana memikirkan apa yang akan saya jawab didepan Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala nanti di Padang Mahsyar bila tidak mencegah kemungkaran didepan mata saya dengan apa sahaja keupayaan yang ada pada saya ini?
Saya bukan jenis Muslim yang sanggup berputih mata melihat maksiat dan kemungkaran berleluasa dihadapan saya!
Sebelum ini memang dah dua tiga kali saya menghadapi perkara yang sama.
Adakah saya akan biarkan sahaja peniaga peniaga jahil ini merampas ruang solat para jamaah di bawah khemah solat ini?
Saya akan terus pergi angkat barang barang itu dan letakkan diluar khemah tanpa berlengah lagi!
Takkan khusyuk jiwa ini mengerjakan solat bila memikirkan saf yang terputus dengan adanya barang dagangan manusia manusia yang cuma mementingkan wang ringgit tanpa mempedulikan natijah perbuatan mereka merosakkan saf saf solat!
Pernah saya ketika memunggah keluar barangan dagangan beberapa ejen insurans Takaful termasuk meja, kerusi plastik dan risalah risalah mereka, didatangi ejen ejen tersebut yang kelam kabut bertanya saya kenapa saya mengusik barangan mereka?
Saya tidak melayan soalan mereka sebab khatib sedang berkhutbah tetapi mengisyaratkan diam kepada mereka dan menepuk bahu beberapa jamaah yang sedang duduk supaya bangun membantu saya mengalih keluar barangan tersebut!
Ejen ejen itu terpinga pinga dan terpaksa mengambil keluar barangan mereka dan ruang kosong itu kemudian saya isyaratkan kepada jamaah yang sedang berdiri diluar dengan sejadah masing masing supaya membentangkan sejadah mereka diruang solat itu dan melengkapkan saf.
Saya lakukan apa yang saya tahu perkara yang betul dan patut. Tidak ada niat saya untuk menunjukkan bahawa saya ini lebih Islam dari mereka yang hadir tetapi jauh didalam hati saya; saya berasa puas!
Puas bahawa saya telah menjalankan tanggungjawab saya dan menyelesaikan satu masaalah.
Masaalah kejahilan umat Islam yang saya amat sayang sekali sebab itu saya terpaksa melakukan apa yang saya tahu orang lain tak akan buat pada masa dan ketika ini.
Entahlah tuan tuan. Sedih hati saya memikirkan semua ini.
Berbalik semula kepada peristiwa tadi.
Saya memang pada mulanya sudah bertekad didalam hati saya untuk melakukan perkara yang sama iaitu untuk memunggah keluar barangan peniaga kitab itu.
Namun, tengahari tadi hujan sedang turun rintik rintik dan saya terpaksa menyabarkan diri ini dan pergi membentangkan tikar lipat saya yang boleh memuatkan 4 orang jamaah diruang belakang khemah tadi.
Hati kecil saya menyuruh saya merakamkan keadaan ini sebagai satu iktibar kepada sesiapa sahaja yang lain, membaca artikel ini supaya faham bahawa hukum didalam Islam bagi mereka yang mendatangkan kemudaratan kepada orang orang yang sedang atau hendak bersolat adalah amat keras sekali!
Selepas menunaikan Solat Jumat dan Solat Sunat Ba`diyah, maka saya terus bangun pergi mencri peniaga kitab itu.
Saya menegurnya akan kesalahan melampau dirinya itu dan memberi peringatan terakhir supaya tidak lagi melakukan kerja bodoh itu pada masa depan!
Saya terangkan kepadanya akan hukum menyusahkan para jamaah didalam waktu solat dan saya bertanya kepadanya akan kepentingan diantara menyenangkan para jamaah selesa bersolat terhadap Allah atau merampas ruang solat mereka dan diletakkan meja dan barang dagangannya dicelah celah saff begitu?
Berkali kali sipeniaga yang tampak sebagai orang yng alim meminta maf dan berjanji tidak akan melakukan lagi!
Saya memberinya amaran terakhir dan memberitahunya bahawa barang dagangannya selamat hari ini kerana turunnya rintik rintik hujan pada waktu itu jika tidak dah lama saya angkut letak diluar khemah tersebut!
Selepas bersalam salam dengan si Alim yang bertindak jahil dan zalim, saya meninggalkan masjid.
Semasa saya berada didalam kereta saya, datang seorang tua memberi salam kepada saya dan berterimakasih kerana bertindak terhadap peniaga tadi.
Ia mengakui teramat sakit hati melihat kemungkaran tersebut tetapi sebagai orang tua telah tidak sanggup berhadapan dengan peniaga itu.
Beliau berkali kali menyatakan teramat puas hati melihat saya pergi menegur dan menasihati peniaga alim tetapi zalim dan jahil tersebut!
Semoga kita bersama sama menjaga kepentingan umat Islam kita dan bantu membantu didalam perkara kebajikan dan bersatu mencegah kemungkaran!
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Muslimin Muslimat sekelian.
Terlebih dahulu, izinkan saya mengucapkan Selamat Hari Jumaat kepada tuan tuan dan puan puan, pembaca blog ini yang saya hormati.
Semoga Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala memberkati kehidupan kita ini dengan mengekalkan Iman terhadapNya didalam dada dan jiwa kita ini serta memberikan kita keampunanNya terhadap segala dosa dosa kita yang kita telah lakukan secara sedar atau sebaliknya.
Tuan tuan dan puan puan, saudara seIslam saya,
Jumaat yang sudah, saya berkesempatan menunaikan solat Jumaat saya di Masjid Jamek Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.
Memang sesak sekali jumlah kehadiran umat Islam di kotaraya metropolitan ini sehingga para jamaah terpaksa solat dikawasan kawasan kakilima masjid dan seterusnya sehingga melimpah ke kawasan stesen LRT Masjid Jamek yang berdekatan.
Begitu ramai sekali orang orang Islam yang berada disitu Juma`at yang sudah. Sesudah solat seperti biasa tumpuan orang ramai adalah kepada para peniaga yang berada diluar masjid.
Diantara peniaga itu ada seorang peniaga wanita Melayu yang menjual pelbagai poster. Diantara poster poster itu terdapat beberapa kepingan poster yang mengandungi lukisan gambaran wajah wajah 'sahabat sahabat' Nabi Sallahu Alaihi Wassallam!
Begitu punya ramainya umat Islam tetapi tak ada seorang pun yang berani menegur perbuatan bidaah dan khurafat peniaga tersebut!
Maka seperti biasa hero tua ini juga yang kena buka mulut!
Menyatakan dengan tegas kepada peniaga itu bahawa perbuatan nya itu haram dan mengundang laknat Allah kerana menyalahi larangan Nabi Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam akan perbuatan melukis atau melakar wajah Baginda dan para sahabat sahabatnya!
Hanya setelah saya bersuara, baru wanita peniaga itu kelam kabut menyimpan poster poster khurafat itu!
Inilah salah satu daripada bukti bukti dan tanda tanda kejahilan umat Islam akhirul zaman.
Asal boleh buat duit sahaja, terus dilakukan sahaja apa apa pun demi memenuhkan dompet masing masing dengan wang ringgit!
Peduli apa dengan hukum hakam Allah? Janji senang!
Kenapa umat Islam hari ini jadi begini?
Nak tuduh mereka bodoh ; ramai yang akan datang beriya iya hendak bergaduh!
Apa nak jadi dengan umat Islam Malaysia?
Memang tepat sabda Nabi bahawa di akhir zaman ini umat Islam memang amat banyak bilangan mereka tetapi cuma bagaikan buih di ombak lautan!
Takde faedah sedikit pun!
Maka mahu tak mahu, kita ini yang mana ada sedikit sebanyak kefahaman agama, tolong lah!
Tolong lah tegur mereka ini yang sedang hanyut dibawa gelombang kemungkaran duniawi supaya bawa beringat sedikit didalam meniti kehidupan masing masing dan janganlah ikut sedap hawa nafsu diri semata mata!
Nasihatilah para remaja dan anak anak muda kita supaya hidup secara Muslim dan berusaha menjadi Mukmin.
Kemewahan sementara dunia ini tidak bererti lagi sekiranya nyawa sudah sampai ke tenggorok masing masing!
Bimbinglah umat Islam kita , baik yang muda mahu pun yang 'rumah kata pergi ; kubur kata mari' supaya diri kita berada didalam lingkungan orang orang Islam yang selamat dari mati didalam keadaan kufur terhadap Allah!
Ramai di kalangan remaja Muslim hari ini dilaporkan terlibat didalam kancah seks bebas dan salahguna dadah kerana masyarakat kita hari ini tidak berani menegur dan menasihati mereka.
Takut benar akan bahaya mati diserang dek kumpulan liar itu nanti. Macamlah kita semua akan hidup bertongkat langit?
Pernah saya membaca bahawa Malaikatul Maut itu senantiasa datang memantau diri kita sekurang kurangnya 70 kali didalam waktu sehari.
Bermakna didalam tempoh waktu satu jam, dah dua tiga kali kita dipantau Izra`il Alaihi Salam!
Hello brader! Ermm...brader tak takut sebab tak sadar akan kehadiran nya bukan?
Maka mulailah belajar!
Belajar akan hakikat sebenar kehidupan kita sebagai manusia. Manusia Muslim pulak tu!
Maka ada bab bab agama yang wajib kita tahu dan hidup mengikut undang undang Allah!
Bukan undang undang ciptaan manusia yang boleh dipinda sesuka hati didalam Parlimen dan menurut undi siapa banyak?
Bila mati nanti kita tak akan jumpa Tuan Speaker Pandikar Mulia didalam kubur kita!
Tak akan adanya Anwar Ibrahim, Kit Siang, Karpal Singh atau Berahim Ali!
Yang ada nanti hanya Malaikat Mungkar dan Nakir!
Mereka tak ambil pot bahawa kita ini orang parti apa pun!
Mereka tak kisah samada kita ini darah raja atau darah petani atau buruh kasar!
Mereka tak akan tanya kita 'drive Mercedes Kompressor atau Wira 1.5?'
Yang akan ditanya para malaikat Allah itu adalah tentang bab apa yang kita buat dengan peruntukan waktu kita hidup dibumi Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala ini?
Ini bukan bumi BN atau Pakatan Rakyat.
Ini bumi Allah! Titik!
Malaikat malaikat Allah didalam kubur kita nanti akan mempersoalkan kita akan bab Iman dan amalan amalan kita?
Ingat betul betul! Buat lah apa yang diperintah Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala dan jangan dok kalut sangat tentang hal ehwal politik duniawi semata mata!
Bimbing dan nasihat manusia manusia yang hidup bersama kita. Kasihan anak anak muda kita.
Sekiranya seorang remaja Muslim hari ini hidup tanpa memahami ajaran ajaran Islam dan membesar tanpa mempunyai nilai nilai murni sebagai seorang Mukmin, sudah pasti dirinya tidak akan ada sebarang kekangan untuk melakukan apa sahaja mengikut suka hatinya!
Sekiranya ia selama ini bebas, mengikut kehendak hati dan jiwanya tanpa merasakan dirinya itu bertanggungjawab terhadap setiap apa yang ia lakukan tanpa mengambil kira halal atau haramnya apa apa tindakannya itu, apa jaminan yang ada bahawa ianya akan menjadi seorang dewasa yang prihatin dan mempunyai perasaan kasih dan belas terhadap mereka yang disekelilingnya?
Sekiranya ia dipertanggungjawab akan urusan sesuatu firma, syarikat atau jabatan kerajaan ataupun swasta, seseorang yang selama ini tidak ambil peduli tentang betul atau salahnya setiap tindakannya itu sudah tentu akan juga tidak kisah akan urusan pekerjaannya.
Kita yang berusaha menjadi Muslim dan Mukmin yang diredhai Allah senantiasa bermuhasabah tentang diri kita dan perbuatan kita, sadar bahawa kita senantiasa dipantau oleh Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala dan para malaikatNya.
Bagi kita yang lalai dan kemudiannya sadar akan kekhilafan kita, sudah tentu akan berusaha meminta maaf kepada mereka yang kita zalimi dan memohon keampunan Allah!
Apakah akan mahu remaja atau muda mudi yang membesar tanpa ada sebarang kaitan dengan ajaran Islam untuk melakukan yang serupa?
Amat jarang sekali kita melihat keadaan sedemikian.
Namun saya tidak meletakkan titik noktah akan keadaan mereka itu. Wallahu `alam bissawab.
Mutiara mutiara didalam bentuk manusia kekadang ditemui dicelah celah kehidupan kotaraya yang penuh dengan seribu satu cabaran dan godaan terhadap insan insan yang meniti kehidupan didalam hutan batu ini.
Namun bilangan nya tidak banyak.
Apakah tujuan kita hidup hari ini jika tidak untuk berusaha bantu membantu didalam perkara kebajikan dan bersatu menentang kemungkaran seperti disuruh Nabi?
Fikir fikir lah tentang seruan saya ini dan berusahalah untuk menambah mutu kehidupan kita masing masing dan juga nasib sesama Islam dengan kita.
Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.
Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
From the moment she was photographed posing next to the roadsigns with the Jawi scripts with a not too happy look, I had an inkling that Teresa Kok was going to make the headlines!
You know, such standpoints on 'sensitive matters' will almost always get one in the media spotlight here in Malaysia for whatever that touches on the taboo subjects in Bolehland will see the media personnel flock like hungry vultures and highlight the incident in their newspapers or media broadcasting channels!
I met Teresa just once before during a DAP function where the topic was on the subject of 'Lina Joy's apostasy but we didn't get to chat much because there was a whole lot of things going on at the event.
She was cordial to a stage and willingly posed for pictures with me and MENJ, who was then with me..hehehehe...(L to R : Myself, Tony Pua, MENJ and Teresa Kok)
We all know what has happened to Teresa since she took up so many cases to fight for the underdogs especially the case where we all thought that it was a Chinese national who was forced to do the nude squat thingy at the PJ Police HQ only to turn out that the lady was actually a Malaysian Malay!
Teresa was the one who highlighted the matter in Parliament and sought justice for the woman.
One case after another and we all saw Teresa being implicated in this and that issue till she ended up being arrested under the ISA and then upon being released got into controversy over the 'almost dog food' issue.
Now Datuk Chamil Wiraya is accused of authoring a short story on her although the character is disguised as YB J but the coincidences in his story is just too much to say that it is not her that he refers to?
Now we hear Teresa doing a 'Lee Kuan Yew' by suing all her detractors left, right and all around to the tune of a hundred million ringgits in damages!
Phew!!! That's a record of sorts, I must say!
These fellas who took her to task must be having their heads spinning by now?
Utusan Malaysia, Khir Toyo, Chamil Wiraya are all facing the predicament that the late Singaporean Opposition leader, JB Jeyaretnam faced!
Lee Kuan Yew cleverly whacked JB through the courts until the man was bankrupted and now the Singapore Democrats are also facing Kuan Yew's legal suits which threaten to strip them to their bones and if LKY gets his way, even to their very bone marrows?
So, I am thinking aloud. Is Teresa doing a Lee Kuan Yew here by suing all the big shots who have been sniping at her?
From the looks of it, it sure seems to be so!
Err ...Teresa, don't sue me aa siew chier! Mahaguru58 lao pek liao...bo kaw lui!
Kam sia lu aa Teresa!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I believe that we could all take a break from all the political circus going on around us and enjoy these rib tickling answers that the young ones give to these questions.
Children's Science Exam Questions (and answers) –
Q1: Name the four seasons..
A1: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
Q2: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A2: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.
Q3: How is dew formed?
A3: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.
Q4: How can you delay milk turning sour? (brilliant, love this!)
A4: Keep it in the cow.
Q5: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A5: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.
Q6: What are steroids?
A6: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.
Q7: What happens to your body as you age?
A7: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.
Q8: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A8: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.
Q9: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A9: Premature death.
Q10: How are the main parts of the body! categorized? (e.g., abdomen.)
A10: The body is consisted into three parts - the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels, A, E, I, O, and U.
Q11: What is the fibula?
A11: A small lie.
Q12: What does 'varicose' mean? (I do love this one...)
Q13: Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarean Section'
A13: The Caesarean Section is a district in Rome .
Q14: What does the word 'benign' mean?'
A14: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Recently, I had dinner with my spouse at this new Kelantanese restaurant called Belanga Cafe at the Concourse level of The Gardens attached to Mid Valley Megamall.
The address is LG 230B, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Medan Syed Putra, 59200, Kuala Lumpur.
I had the Nasi Chok, a delicious rice porridge that is really quite nice and of a very good standard, complete with all kinds of stuff like fried anchovies, salted egg, shredded chicken, celery, fried onions, sesame seed oil, etc.
My missus had a bowl of delicious Curry Meehoon.
The friendly supervisor is Brother John Haris from Indonesia. Despite his Christian sounding name, the man is a Muslim. :)
Here's a short movie I made for you from the video clips I shot there during our visit. Worth a visit I say if you are looking for great Kelantanese food.
I hear that this restaurant used to be what was known as Kelantan Delights that used to operate at the Suria KLCC till they were pressured out of business there by the KLCC Management policies - exorbitantly rising rentals?
Its pretty hard to make a decent living nowadays, isn't it?
* Last but not least. The place has free WIFI; so those of you who have notebooks with wireless built in modems or usb dongle sticks can surf the internet for free whilst enjoying your meals at Belanga!
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Dear brothers and sisters,
As we live our daily lives, engrossed with our endless needs and desires, I wonder as to how many of us bother to reflect on the day and manner by which, our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam departed from this earthly life and what actually transpired there in Madinah al Munawwarah, the 2nd most holiest place here on Earth for us Muslims?
I came across this clear article from :
which records in the simplest terms all that took place on the day that Muhammad al Mustafa was summoned back to the Mercy of Ar Rahman, having completed his successful mission here on Earth.
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala bless the ones who have shared this with us. Ameen.
Without further adieu, here is the article which every Muslim, male and female ought to read and reflect upon at least once in his or her life and in turn, forward it to those in their list.
The Prophet's Burial
Muslim Shock at the News of His Death
It was in `A'ishah's quarters, while his head lay in her lap that the Prophet-may God's peace and blessing be upon him chose the company of God on High.
When this happened, `A'ishah laid his head down on a pillow and joined the other women of the house who rushed to her upon hearing the news and began to cry in bereavement and sorrow. The Muslims at the mosque were taken by surprise by the sudden noise.
In the morning, they had seen the Prophet and were convinced his health was improving so much that Abu Bakr, it will be remembered, sought permission to go and visit his wife at al Sunh.
`Umar Belies the News
Upon hearing the news and hardly believing it, 'Umar al Khattab returned quickly to the Prophet's quarters. Upon arrival, he went straight to Muhammad's bed, uncovered and looked at his face for a while.
He perceived its motionlessness and deathlike appearance as a coma from which he believed Muhammad would soon emerge.
Al Mughirah tried in vain to convince 'Umar al Khattab of the painful fact.
`Umar, however, continued to believe firmly that Muhammad did not die.
When al Mughirah insisted, `Umar said to him in anger, "You lie."
The two went to the mosque together while 'Umar al Khattab was proclaiming at the top of his voice,
"Some hypocrites are pretending that the Prophet of God-may God's peace and blessing be upon him-has died.
By God I swear that he did not die: that he has gone to join his Lord, just as Moses went before.
Moses absented himself from his people fourteen consecutive nights and returned to them after they had declared him dead.
By God, the Prophet of God will return just as Moses returned.
Any man who dares to perpetrate a false rumor such as Muhammad's death shall have his arms and legs cut off by this hand."
At the mosque, the Muslims heard these proclamations from `Umar al Khattab - they were shocked and stupefied.
If Muhammad truly died, woe unto all those who saw him and heard him, who believed in him and in the God Who sent him a conveyor of true guidance and religion.
Their bereavement would be so great that their hearts and minds would break asunder.
If, on the other hand, it were true that Muhammad had not died but had gone to join his Lord, as `Umar claimed, that was reason for an even greater shock.
The Muslims should then await his return which, like that of Moses, would be all the more reason for wonder.
The Muslim crowds sat around `Umar and listened to him, inclined as they were to agree with him that the Prophet of God did not die.
At any rate, they could not associate death with the man whom they had beheld in person only a few hours before and whose clear and resonant voice they had heard pray and invoke God's mercy and blessing.
Moreover, they could not convince themselves that the friend whom God had chosen for the conveyance of His divine message, to whom all the Arabs had submitted, and to whom Chosroes and Heraclius were also soon to submit, could possibly die.
They could not believe that a man could die who had shown such power as had shaken the world for twenty consecutive years and had produced the greatest spiritual storm of history.
The women, however, were still beating their faces and crying at Muhammad's house, a sure sign that Muhammad had really died.
Yet, here in the mosque, `Umar was still proclaiming that Muhammad had not died; and that he had gone to join his Lord as Moses had done; that those who spoke of Muhammad's death were hypocrites who would suffer the cutting of their arms and necks by Muhammad upon his return.
What would the Muslims believe? As they recovered from their severe shock, hope began to stir within them in consequence of `Umar's claim that Muhammad was to return, and soon they almost believed their own wishes.
Their wishful thinking had apparently painted for them the sky a beautiful blue.
Further Thoughts on Muhammad's Death
Did `Umar exaggerate when he convinced himself that Muhammad had not died, when he tried to cause the people to believe likewise?
The answer must be in the negative. In like vein, men of science tell us that the sun will continue to rise in the morning until a certain day when it will explode and disappear.
Does anyone of us accept such a claim without entertaining a doubt as to its validity and truth?
Does not everyone of us ask himself, "How could the sun explode, disappear, and go away, the sun by whose light and warmth everything in the world lives?
How could it explode and disappear and the world continue thereafter even for one day?" And yet, was the light of Muhammad any less brilliant than that of the sun or his warmth and power any less strong than those of the sun?
The sun is source of much good. But was not Muhammad the source of as much and equal good? The sun stands in communion with all beings.
But was not the soul of Muhammad equally in communion with all being?
Does not his blessed memory still fill the whole universe with its grace and beauty?
No wonder then that `Umar was not convinced that Muhammad could have died, and in truth, in one sense Muhammad did not die and will not die.
Having seen him that morning when he went to the mosque and, like all other Muslims, having thought that the Prophet had recovered his health, Usamah ibn Zayd returned to al Jurf with those of his colleagues who had accompanied him to Madinah in search of reassuring news.
He ordered the army to prepare to march to al Sham; but before the army proceeded forth, it heard the news of the Prophet's death.
Usamah ordered the army to return to Madinah. He hung his command flag on the door of 'A'ishah's quarters and decided to wait until the Muslims recovered from their shock.
At Banu Sa'idah's Court
In fact, the Muslims were wondering which step to take. After hearing Abu Bakr and knowing for certain that Muhammad had died, they dispersed.
Some of the al Ansar gathered around Sa'd ibn `Ubadah in the courtyard of Banu Sa'idah. `Ali ibn Abu Talib, al Zubayr ibn al `Awwam, and Talhah ibn `Ubaydullah gathered in the house of Fatimah; and al Muhajirun, together with the Usayd ibn Hudayr as well as Banu `Abd al Ashhal, gathered around Abu Bakr.
Soon a man came to Abu Bakr and `Umar to inform them that al Ansar were gathering around Sa'd ibn `Ubadah.
The informant added that the two leaders should go out and reorganize Muslim leadership before the division of the Muslim community got any worse.
Since the Prophet of God (may God's peace and blessing be upon him) was still laid out in his house and unburied, it was surely unbecoming that the Muslims begin to divide among themselves.
`Umar pleaded with Abu Bakr to go with him immediately to al Ansar and see what they were doing?
On the way thither, they were met by two upright and trustworthy Ansar men who, when questioned, remarked that al Ansar were contemplating separatist ideas.
When the two Ansar men questioned Abu Bakr and `Umar in turn and learned from them that they were going to al Ansar's gathering, they advised them not to go but to try to settle the Muhajirun's own affairs.
`Umar was determined to go and Abu Bakr was not difficult to persuade on this point. They came to the courtyard of Banu Sa'idah and found that al Ansar had gathered around a man wrapped up in a blanket.
`Umar ibn al Khattab asked who the man was, and he was told that that was Sa'd ibn `Ubadah suffering from a serious sickness.
`Umar and Abu Bakr, joined at this moment by a number of Muhajirun, took their seats in the assembly.
Soon, a speaker rose and addressed a1 Ansar in the following words after praising God and thanking Him:
"We are al Ansar-ie., the helpers of God and the army of Islam. You, the Muhajirun, are only a brigade in the army. Nonetheless, a group of you have gone to the extreme of seeking to deprive us of our natural leadership and to deny us our rights."
Actually, this complaint had always been on al Ansar's lips, even during the Prophet's lifetime.
When `Umar heard it being voiced again, he could hardly restrain himself. Indeed, he was ready to put an end to this situation once and for all by the sword, if needed.
Fearing that harsh treatment might aggravate rather than improve matters, Abu Bakr held `Umar back and asked him to act gently.
He then turned to al Ansar, saying:
"O men, we, the Muhajirun, were the first men to convert to Islam. We enjoy the noblest lineage and descendence.
We are the most reputable and the best esteemed as well as the most numerous of any group in Arabia.
Furthermore, we are the closest blood relatives of the Prophet. The Qur'an itself has given us preference.
For it is God-may He be praised and blessed-Who said, `First and foremost were al Muhajirun, then al Ansar, and then those who have followed these two groups in virtue and righteousness.' [Qur'an, 9:100]
We were the first to emigrate for the sake of God, and you are literally `al Ansar', i.e., the helpers.
However, you are our brethren in religion, our partners in the fortunes of war, and our helpers against the enemy.
All the good that you have claimed is truly yours, for you are the most worthy people of mankind.
But the Arabs do not and will not recognize any sovereignty unless it belongs to the tribe of Quraysh.
The princes shall be from among us, whereas your group will furnish the viziers."
At this, a member of al Ansar became furious and said: "Rather am I, the experienced warrior! On my arm every verdict shall rest. And my verdict is that the people of Quraysh may have their prince as long as we, too, may have our own."
Abu Bakr repeated his proposition that the princes of the Muslims must be of the Quraysh whereas their vizers must be of al Ansar.
Taking the hand of `Umar ibn al Khattab as well as that of Abu `Ubaydah ibn al Jarrah, who were sitting on either side of him, Abu Bakr said, "Either one of these two men is acceptable to us as leader of the Muslim community. Choose whomsoever you please."
Nomination of Abu Bakr to the Caliphate
At that moment, all the men present began to talk at the same time, and the meeting itself was on the verge of disintegration.
With his usual clear and loud voice, `Umar said:
"O Abu Bakr, stretch forth your hand and I will give you my oath of fealty.
Did not the Prophet himself command you to lead the Muslims in prayer?
You, therefore, are his successor. We elect you to this position. In electing you, we are electing the best of all those whom the Prophet of God loved and trusted."
`Umar's words touched the hearts of the Muslims present, as they truly expressed the Prophet's will up to and including the last day of his life.
On that day they had witnessed his insistence that Abu Bakr lead the prayer even in his presence.
Thus, the difference between al Muhajirun and al Ansar was dissolved, and members of both camps came forward to give their oath of fealty.
Abu Bakr's Election
On the following day, as Abu Bakr took his place at the pulpit of the mosque, `Umar ibn al Khattab rose before the congregation and said, after offering due praise to God: "
Yesterday, I presented to you a novel idea. I drew it neither from the Book of God, nor from any memory I have of the Prophet of God.
It just occurred to me that the Prophet of God would continue to lead us in this world forever and that he would survive us all. But now I know better.
God has left us His Holy Book, the Repository of His Prophet's guidance.
If we hold closely to it, God will surely guide us to the same felicity to which he guided His Prophet. God has consolidated you together under the leadership of the best man among you, of the companion of the Prophet of God-may God's peace and blessing be upon him-who was blessed by God with the honor of the Prophet's company in the cave when the Makkans were following in close pursuit. Rise and give him your oath of fealty."
All the men rose and pledged their loyalty to Abu Bakr. That was the public bay'ah,
[In Islamic political theory, "bay'ah" means the investment of the caliph with political authority. It consists of a "private" and "public" investment.
The former amounts to nomination of the caliph by a number of supporters; the latter to confirmation of the private bay'ah by the electorate at large.
It is only when the two bay'ahs have taken place and have been accepted by the caliph that he is said to have legitimately acceded to the caliphate. -Tr.] following the private bay'ah in the courtyard of Banu Sa'idah.
Inaugural Speech of the First "Rashidun" Caliph
Thereafter, Abu Bakr rose and delivered a speech, which may be regarded as one of the most illustrious embodiments of wisdom and sound judgment. After thanking God and praising Him, Abu Bakr said
"O Men! Here I have been assigned the job of being a ruler over you while I am not the best among you.
If I do well in my job, help me. If I do wrong, redress me. Truthfulness is fidelity, and lying is treason. The weak shall be strong in my eyes until I restore to them their lost rights, and the strong shall be weak in my eye until I have restored the rights of the weak from them.
No people give up fighting for the cause of God but God inflicts upon them abject subjection; and no people give themselves to lewdness but God envelops them with misery.
Obey me as long as I obey God and His Prophet. But if I disobey God's command or His Prophet's, then no obedience is incumbent upon you. Rise to your prayer, that God may bless you."
The Quest for a Burial Site
Throughout the Muslims' disputing of the question of success at the courtyard of Banu Sa'idah and in the mosque, the Prophet's remains were lying on his bed surrounded by his next of kin.
After the election of Abu Bakr, the people came to the Prophet's house to prepare for his funeral and burial.
There was disagreement as to where the Prophet was to be buried. Some Muhajirun advised that he ought to be buried in Makkah, his native town, in the proximity of his own relatives.
Others advised that he ought to be buried in Jerusalem where the Prophets were buried before him.
The latter was certainly a baffling view considering that Jerusalem was in the hands of the Byzantines, and the relations between them and the Muslims were most hostile, especially since the Mu'tah and Tabuk campaigns.
Indeed, an army which the Prophet himself had mobilized and placed under the leadership of Usamah was supposed to fight them and avenge the Muslim defeat in those campaigns.
At any rate, the proposals to bury the remains in Makkah or in Jerusalem were both rejected.
The Muslims resolved to bury him in Madinah, the city which gave him shelter and assistance and which was the first one to raise the banner of Islam.
Once this decision was made, they proceeded to look for a proper location for burial.
Some advocated burial in the mosque where he used to address the people, preach the faith, and lead them in prayer.
They thought that the most appropriate place was either the very spot of ground where the pulpit stood or the spot next to it.
This opinion, however, did not meet with approval.
`A'ishah had related that in his last days, whenever his pain increased, the Prophet used to uncover his face to curse such people as had taken the grave of their prophets as places of worship.
Abu Bakr solved the issue when he proclaimed that he had heard the Prophet say that prophets should be buried wherever they die. This opinion carried the day.
Preparing the Body for Burial
Washing the Prophet's body before burial was performed by his next of kin, by `Ali ibn Abu Talib, al `Abbas ibn `Abd al Muttalib and his two sons, al Fadl and Qutham, as well as by Usamah ibn Zayd. Usamah ibn Zayd and Shuqran, the Prophet's client, poured the water while `Ali washed the body, covered as it was by Muhammad's nightgown.
It was decided that the Prophet's body should not, under any circumstance whatever, be fully exposed.
As they performed their washing, contrary to what is usual in such cases, the body emitted beautiful smells, so that `Ali said continually: "By God, what would I give for you! How sweet you are and how wholesome you are, both alive and dead!"
Some western Orientalists sought to explain this fair scent emitted from the body of the Prophet by calling it the result of the perfume which he used so lavishly, remembering that he once declared it one of the good things he truly loved in this world.
When the washing was completed, the Prophet's body was wrapped in three shrouds: two made in Suhar and the third in Hibarah in Yaman.
When this operation was completed, the body was left where it was and the doors were flung open for the Muslims to enter from the mosque, to take a last look at their Prophet, and to pray for him.
[The reader may be thrown off by this usage of "pray upon" instead of the commonplace "pray for." In the Muslim practice nobody "prays for" the Prophet in the sense that one prays for a departed loved one. Prayer upon the Prophet is much more formal and is commanded by the Qur'an (33:56). It is a main part of Muslim worship to use the Qur'anic "pray upon" in invoking God's blessing upon His Prophet. -Tr.]
Undoubtedly, they emerged deeply moved and conscious of their terrible bereavement.
The Funeral Prayer
The room was practically full when Abu Bakr and `Umar entered the room and joined the Muslims in a funerary prayer for the Prophet.
The prayer was performed without a leader.
When it was over, Abu Bakr began to pray aloud, saying:
"Peace, mercy, and blessings of God be upon you, O Prophet of God.
We witness that the Prophet of God and His apostle conveyed the message entrusted to him by his Lord and that he exerted himself and fought in His cause until God gave victory to His religion.
We equally witness that the Prophet of God and His apostle fully performed his promise and that he commanded us to worship none but God alone who has no associates."
At the end , of every phrase, the Muslims responded together, "Amen, Amen."
When this prayer was complete, the men left and the women and children took turns taking a last look at the Prophet.
One and all, every man, woman and child, emerged from that room torn with sorrow and crushed by a sense of bereavement for the loss of the Prophet of God, the Seal of His apostles.
They were full of apprehension that some calamity might befall the religion of God in the future.
A Grave Moment of History
No man can today reconstruct this thirteen-centuries-old scene in his imagination without being filled with awe and reverence.
The anguishing view of this body laid down in a corner of the room which was to become a grave the following day and which until the day before reverberated with Muhammad's vitality, mercy, and light, filled the hearts of the faithful mourners with apprehension.
It could not have been otherwise. For, there lay the man who had called men to truth, to the path of righteousness and had struck for them the highest example of goodness, mercy, courage, chastity, purity, and justice.
As the crowds of Muslims passed by his bier despondent, disheartened, and dispirited, every man, woman, and child among them saw in the body that lay motionless before him his own father, brother, friend, trustworthy companion, Prophet, and Apostle of God.
To recall that hour is surely to reconstruct a pathetic scene. Even as he writes about it, this author is seized by the grip of its terror and can hardly overcome the consequent anguish.
Confusion of the Men of Little Faith
It was natural for the Muslims to be apprehensive of the future. Indeed, as soon as the news of the Prophet's death spread in Madinah and reached the Arab tribes in the surrounding area, Jews and Christians sprang to their feet, hypocrisy took a new lease on life, and the faith of many weak Arabs fell into confusion.
The Makkans sought to abjure Islam, and they did so to the extent of instilling fear in `Attab ibn Asid, their governor appointed by the Prophet to rule them.
Suhayl ibn `Amr, following the news of the Prophet's death, stood up in their midst and said:
"The Prophet's death shall increase the power of Islam and strengthen it.
Whoever attacks us or abjures our cause, we shall strike with the sword.
O People of Makkah! you were the last to enter Islam.
Do not, therefore, be the first to desert it.
Have faith that God will bring you final victory just as the Prophet of God-may God's peace and blessing be upon him-has promised you."
Only then did the Makkans change their minds.
The Prophet's Burial
The Arabs knew two ways of digging graves.
The Makkans made their graves flat at the bottom while the Madinese made them curved.
Abu `Ubaydah ibn al Jarrah was the gravedigger for the Makkans, and Abu Talhah Zayd ibn Sahl was gravedigger for the Madinese.
The Prophet's relatives could not choose between them.
The Prophet's uncle, al 'Abbas, sent two men to call the two gravediggers for a consultation.
Only one was found and could respond to the call, and that was Abu Talhah, the Madinese.
He therefore was commissioned to dig a grave for the Prophet of God as he knew best.
When evening came and the Muslims had taken leave of the body of their Prophet, Muhammad's relatives prepared for the burial.
They waited until a quarter or a third of the night had passed before proceeding with the burial.
In the grave, they spread out a red mantle that once belonged to the Prophet, and the men who had washed the body lowered it to its last repose.
They built over it a bridge with bricks and then covered the grave with sand.
`A'ishah said: "We did not learn of the burial of the Prophet of God-may God's peace and blessing be upon him until midnight or later"; and so did Fatimah report.
The Prophet was buried on Tuesday night, 14th of Rabi` I, two days after his death, in the year 10 A.H.
`A'ishah and the Grave Room
`A'ishah lived thereafter in her quarters, next door to the Prophet's grave, contented with her proximity to this holy precinct.
When Abu Bakr died, he was buried in the immediate vicinity of the Prophet's grave, as was `Umar ibn al Khattab thereafter.
It is related that `A'ishah used to visit the grave room without veil until `Umar was buried therein, i.e., during the time it contained only the grave of her father and husband.
But after `Umar's burial, she entered the room only when fully veiled.
Expediting Usamah's Army on Its March
As soon as the burial of the Prophet was completed, Abu Bakr commanded that the army of Usamah begin its march on al Sham in execution of the commandment the Prophet of God had issued in his last days.
Some Muslims objected to this measure just as they had during the sickness of Muhammad.
`Umar joined the ranks of these objectors on the grounds that the Muslim forces ought not to be dispersed in this grave hour.
Abu Bakr, however, did not hesitate to follow the commandment left unfulfilled by the Prophet at his death.
He refused to give credit to those who counseled that an older and more experienced general in war than Usamah be appointed to lead that army.
Al Jurf remained the rallying place for the army, and Usamah remained its leading general.
Abu Bakr went out in person to see the army off on its march.
It was there that Abu Bakr asked Usamah to absolve `Umar ibn al Khattab from his duty to go forth in the army so that he might remain in Madinah in close proximity to Abu Bakr who needed his advice in his first days of administration.
Twenty days after the army began its march northward, the Muslims launched their attack against al Balqa' and avenged the Muslims' setback in Mu'tah where Usamah's father fell under Byzantine arms.
The war cry in that campaign was "O Victor! Give death to the enemy!"
Thus Abu Bakr and Usamah fulfilled the commandment of the Prophet, and the army returned to Madinah victorious.
Usamah was at its head, riding the very horse on which his father died at the Battle of Mu'tah, and carrying high the banner which the Prophet of God had entrusted to him in person.
Prophets Leave No Inheritance
After the death of the Prophet, his daughter Fatimah asked Abu Bakr to return to her the land the Prophet kept for himself at Fadak and Khaybar.
Abu Bakr, however, answered her by quoting her father's words:
"We, the Prophets, do not leave any inheritance for anyone.
Whatever we do leave shall be given out in charity."
Continuing with his own words, Abu Bakr said:
"However, if it was the case that your father had made a grant to you of this property, then I shall certainly honor your word to this effect and fulfill for you his commandment."
At this, Fatimah answered that her father had not made any such grant to her at all, but that Umm Ayman had informed her that that might have been Muhammad's purpose.
Abu Bakr therefore resolved that the lands of Fadak and Khaybar should be kept by the public treasury of the Muslims as state domain.
Muhammad's Great Spiritual Legacy
Thus Muhammad left this world just as he had entered, without material shackles.
His only inheritance left to mankind was the religion of truth and goodness.
He had paved the ground and laid the foundation for the great civilization of Islam which had covered the world in the past and would cover the world in the future.
It was a civilization in which tawhid, or the unitization of God, was the cornerstone; and an order in which the word of God and His commandments are always uppermost, while those of unfaith are nethermost.
It was a civilization purged absolutely clean of all paganism and of all idolatrous forms and expressions, a civilization in which men were called upon to cooperate with one another for the good and moral felicity of all men, not for the benefit of any group or people.
Muhammad left to this world the Book of God, a guidance and mercy to mankind, while the memory of his own life gave the highest and noblest example for man's emulation.
One of the last sermons which the Prophet delivered to the people during his illness contained the following words:
"O Men! If I have lashed the back of anyone, let him come forward and lash my back in return. If I have insulted anyone, let him come forth and take satisfaction of me.
If I have dispossessed anyone of any wealth, let him come forth and seize his wealth from me.
If there be any such men as these, let them come forth without fear of retaliation or hatred, for neither of these become of me."
Only one man came forth to make a claim, that Muhammad owed him three dirhams; he was paid in full by Muhammad on his deathbed.
The Prophet left this world an inheritance of a great spiritual legacy whose light continues to illumine the world and will continue to illumine the world until God completely fulfills His promise and gives victory to His religion over all the religions despite all unbelievers.
May God's peace and blessing be upon Muhammad!
Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.