Friday, 30 May 2014

0 Let's Have A Great Life

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

First paper of Pathology is going to be on the day after tomorrow. Final exam will end on 6 July. Five days after that I am going back to Malaysia. This summer in Malaysia is going to be awesome. So please keep on tract. Your comrades are waiting. A lot of things to do, a lot of things to enjoy.

Let's have a great life and prosper!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

0 Our Society Terribly Needs Proper Education

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Cadbury-porcine issue has now been very ridiculous. It shows what is the level of our society's understanding in relegion matter. And sadly, their level is almost amature. I never thought the idea of cleaning mouth with mixture of water and soil would come out from their mind, also to do blood haemolysis to remove the remnants of the porcine. More suprisingly, the ridiculous ideas came out in international news. Damn this is so embrassing. They use the name of Islam as if they are fighting for something right. Yet actually they are just cultivating bad perceptions on Islam. With many other provocating issues against non-muslim, the pyramid of islamophobia becomes bigger and bigger everyday.

The idea of cleaning with soil came out from them because they understand Islam particularly, not comprehensively. All they know is when there is a contact with porcine or dog, it must be washed 7 times plus one time with soil. They don't know the essence and the idea of the deen (read:relegion). The deen is not just a ritual events, it is the solution of all problems and it is everything in this life. We can't blame them. In Malaysia when we say 'kelas agama' it will be equal to 'kelas fiqh' or if it is not, people will keep asking about hukum halal and haram. They just want to know what is halal and haram. Now I know why did Hassan Al-Banna write Usul 20. His writing solves many issues and he tried to bring people away from the argument of 'furu' discussion and lead to the main issue of deen.

People don't simply practice something when they know it is halal or haram. Smoking is obviously haram, not wearing hijab is more perspicuously haram, watching pornography, drug abuse, etc. Those are more clear not-to-do things that people do everyday. People will practice something when it becomes their life principle. When deen doesn't be their passion, the halal-haram is just a mere fact that they can simply do or put it off.

When the branches become bigger than the roots, the tree will collapse.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

0 Pedantic

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Pedantry, or a person who profoundly concerns about every minute details regarding particular things. Every angle, every side, every section need to be explained academically with proven evidence. Otherwise the fact or the study is useless and nonsense. I am not against this thing. In fact, some studies like medicine really need these details. We wouldn't be able to eradicate polio virus if the study of it didn't reach until cellular level and tetanus might still be a fatal, creepy disease to humanity today. Those are the merits of profound study in medicine that we couldn't dismiss nor deny.

On the other hand, in some fields, pedantic might be misery. The most apparent field is religion. In such case it would be more to burden the learner instead of help. People may feel satisfied with the knowledge but will eventually make them confuse. I am saying in the context of  person who wants to know about the law of particular matter that is out of his daily practice. For the researchers, it is more than the need for that.

What will be the worry is that people start to forget the essence or the goal of the studies. They put the details and the academic parts before the studies themselves. They are just cycling around the same circle. At this level the process of learning is no more regarded as education, rather it is making a robot. Education should cover more than our mind. 

I admire a qoute from a Turkish scholar, Fethullah Gulen;

Science is to perceive the reality of science,
Science consists in knowledge of the self,
If, then, you do not know yourself,
I wonder what kind of education you have had.

The more you study the more human you should be. That is the golden rule. Sometimes you don't need the details to be a great human.

Monday, 12 May 2014

0 Praises Are Toxic

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I don't like to be praised or receive any kind of compliment. It is actually a very great silent killer. Without denying the importance of it, most of the time it is toxic to our soul. If you want to give a compliment to me, please do it far behind me and never before me. I have had many of the toxic praises during my school ages. It was 'great' being famous and respected by fellows. Receiving letters from the girls and name being mentioned by them. At the end of the day, you get nothing. This is not a session of self praising, this is a session of regret and reflect.

I rather consider criticism instead of praise a present.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

0 Little Kids

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

There were two little Egyptian kids praying in a mosque. I went over them and asked the older-looking one, "what are you doing?"


"Praying what? Zuhur?"


"How many rakaat did you pray?"

"Hmm. 3."

"Zuhur prayer should be 3 rakaat."

He smiled. :)

Saturday, 3 May 2014

0 You Can't Force People To Be Like You

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

People when they achieve something pleasure they will tend to share and make others to feel the same. I still remember when I was in standard 4, I won a medal for a marathon running. Just after I went home I was really eager to tell it to my mother and she was very excited to hear that, I think she just made it to celebrate me. Heh. Technically it will be like that. When we grow up, our mind and maturity improve and we have a better control to share things to others compared to a child that can even share his story to an absolute stranger, that has made them cute and talkative. Haha.

Sometimes when someone in a high position or grade, he will feel something insufficient in a lower grade person. Then the higher grade person(HGP) tries to 'fix' and 'elevate' the lower grade person(LGP) to a higher level. The outcome is either he will be certainly elevated or unfortunately lowered. If the result is the former, we can greatly thank him but if it is the later and most probably it is, the LGP just being a victim to a 'concerned' HGP. This consequence is very common occuring in a society and even in my community, of course as I am not that great bookworm to know very well about others society.

The thing is because the HGP thinks he is always better than the LGP. I am not saying this in a bad way. For example when someone gets a good result in exam, he will surely feel that it's the best thing to achieve. So the unsuccesfull person will be seen as a person that is fail and not yet achieve what should he have. The problem is not on the result but on what success means. Today our mind and interest are converged to one matter. Every particular thing is seen as one meaning and other than that is false. That's why the concern of the HGP has made him try to make the LGP be just like him. Finally this society will be full of robots of the same way of thinking.

I have seen how Arab people live particularly in Egypt. Logically, I never believed how could this people dominate the world in the past. The habits and morals scream for a life-time third world society, okay that's too much. However believe or not, the fact that this society had stood above others can never be denied. What I see is typical persons can achieve success, they can have good results, being loved by people and seen as an idol to others. Yet they can never be extraordinary. To be so you have to be atypical, in a good way of course. If not, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg had graduated with first class degree.

Don't force people to be like you. They are not fail, they are great but in a different way. Maybe they are even better than you. As long as it's not aqidah-related, it's okay to be different.


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