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BismiLLah…

Dalam penat, menghadapi timbunan kerja yang kadangkala menerbitkan tekanan… mencari-cari ruang rehat, walau diri mengerti masih banyak tugas yang menanti… (hehe, saya merepek lagi…)

Saja, mahu berkongsi video… dalam kekalutan, berfikir dan merenung sejenak kebesaranNya. Pasti bisa buat diri tersenyum, bersyukur… alhamduliLLah, masih dikurnia peluang menikmati indahnya mentari pagi, dan dingin malam yang membaluti diri… cukuplah tu..

Selamat menikmati nasyeed yg berasalkan terjemahan surah asy-Syams.

Demi matahari dan sinarnya di pagi hari
Demi bulan apabila ia mengiringi
Demi siang hari bila menampakkan dirinya
Demi malam apabila ia menutupi

Demi langit beserta seluruh binaannya
Demi bumi serta yang ada di hamparannya
Demi jiwa dan seluruh penyempurnaannya

Allah, Subhanallah … Allah, Subhanallah
Allah, Subhanallah … Allah, Subahanallah

Allah mengilhamkan sukma kefasikan dan ketaqwaan
Beruntung bagi yang mensucikan-Nya
Merugi bagi yang mengotori-Nya … Subhanallah

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Usrah@Bray

BismiLLah…

Just wanna put up a few pictures of our ‘usrah-mate’ at Bray last Saturday… (mood malas nk menulis)

intai mereka antara nampak…

 ni nak buat pengisian usrah ke nak makan?

 

 sunset @ Bray

 

p/s: Terima kasih adik-adik!

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BismiLLah…

Just feel like this nasyeed suits my soul at this moment…

 

SUNNAH BERJUANG
by Nadamurni
http://liriknasyid.com

Berjuang menempah susah
Menanggung derita menongkah fitnah
Itulah gelombang hidup samudera duka
Seorang mujahid memburu syahid.

Dibuang dia berkelana
dipenjara dia uzlah dibunuh syahid
Namun jiwa tetap mara menuju cita
membara demi Allah dan Rasul-Nya.

Berjuang tak pernah senang
Ombak derita tiada henti
Senang susah silih berganti
Inilah sunah orang berjuang.

Malamnya bagai rahib merintih sayu
Diiring serta air mata
Siangnya bagaikan singa di rimba
Memerah keringat meluah tenaga.

Berjuang memang pahit
Kerana syurga itu manis
Bukan sedikit mahar yang perlu dibayar
Bukan sedikit pedih yang ditagih.

Berjuang ertinya terkorban
Rela terhina kerana kebenaran
Antara dua pasti terjadi
Tunggulah syahid atau menang.

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Say: “Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Maula (Lord, Helper and Protector).” And in Allah let the believers put their trust.

Say: “Do you wait for us (anything) except one of the two best things (martyrdom or victory); while we await for you either that Allah will afflict you with a punishment from Himself or at our hands. So wait, we too are waiting with you.”
[at-taubah: 51-52]

Ya, tunggulah syaheed. Atau MENANG!

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BismiLLah…

If you look different, people not understand about you at all, they try to, but you sometimes know what’s going on by the way you say something and by the way they look at you.

– A lament of a 33 year-old down syndrome (DS) patient.

Terharu, sayu mendengar cerita si ibu akan perihal anak sulung perempuannya. Tidak terbayang andai ujian yang sama Allah timpakan kepada kita. Na’uzubiLLah… Kita tidak tahu sejauh mana kesabaran dan ketabahan kita menghadapinya, walaupun kita mengaku kita ada Dia sebagai tempat pergantungan, walaupuun kita mengiktiraf Dia sebagai tempat pengaduan, walaupun kita sering mengatakan mereka (the non-muslims) rugi kerana pincangnya pegangan agama mereka.

Back to the topic. Sebenarnya nak highlightkan quotation of the DS patient. What a surprise, she still has the ability to construct a sentence that will make the people reading it touched. Bagaikan tersedar dari mimpi, rupa-rupanya dia juga ada hati dan perasaan. Dia juga tahu erti cinta dan kasih sayang. Yup, despite of their intellectual disability. Mereka juga manusia! Yang mahu dilayan sama rata seperti orang lain. Seperti manusia yang tiada cacat cela dari segi fizikalnya.

Tapi malangnya, kebanyakan manusia memang memandang pada rupa. Pada fizikal manusia. Terkenang pada kanak-kanak cacat istimewa yang ditinggalkan di rumah-rumah kebajikan di Malaysia. Penuh sesak. Ibu bapa tidak pernah ambil peduli. Malu dengan kehadiran anak yang dianggap cacat serba-serbi. Walhal mereka sebenarnya mampu menjadi anak yang bijak andai diberi peluang, andai diberi perhatian.

Kadang-kadang malu dengan orang bukan Islam di sini. The so called ‘disabled’ people were treated just like they are normal. Dihantar belajar, hatta ke Universiti. Kemudahan awam, kebanyakannya mesra-pengguna, termasuk untuk orang-orang yang berkerusi roda, hilang penglihatan dsb. Di Malaysia yang majoritinya Muslim, pandang pun tak nak! Malah berusaha sedaya untuk menjauhkan diri dari orang-orang kurang bernasib baik.

Sungguh, kagum dengan semangat org-org yg kurang bernasib baik di sini. Barangkali semangat mereka untuk hidup kerana adanya sokongan dari masyarakat sekeliling untuk terus berusaha hidup berdikari. Bukan seperti di Malaysia, semangat mereka dibunuh oleh ibu bapa sendiri. Hairan bukan? Terserempak dengan pesakit orang berwajah Mongol (salah satu ciri DS) di dalam bas, orang berkerusi roda membeli-belah, orang pekak dan buta ke sekolah, bukanlah perkara yang pelik di sini. Mereka sungguh optimis!

Mungkin orang-orang di Malaysia perlu banyak belajar dari orang-orang barat tentang cara-cara bermu’amalat dengan orang-orang kurang bernasib baik. Dan tinggalkanlah matapelajaran hiburan yang menjadi subjek utama masa kini.

edisi merepek lagi. Tiba-tiba beremosi lepas dgr Lecture Understanding Disability semalam… 

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Blogdrive vs WordPress

BismiLLah…

Tibe2 je. Rindu kat blog lama. My previous blog is sooo me. Blended with the cool blue and refreshing green. (haha, puji blog sendiri). Nothing special, it’s just because it was my first blog (since August 2004), and I put much effort on it. In comparing blogdrive and wordpress, I like blogdrive as it stimulates my creativity and I’m free to put up anything I want. Plus: it’s user friendly, I should say. Lagipun masa tu baru blaja html coding. semangat sket. And I was really into it. But I would prefer wordpress more in terms of security and professionalism (professional la sgt…). Despite of all those restrictions… (only the ones who use free wordpress hosting would understand…) plus the CSS coding that I’m not familiar with. Huh! Takpe… Since I’ve started working for this blog, just go on… But the theme might change from time to time… Tukar selagi ade theme baru and suits my soul… hehe~

Tamat merepek.

Well, I’m recommending you a worth-seeing video titled “What Ancients Did For Us – Islamic World of Inventions” on youtube or just click on the link behind the title.

Mari berhenti mengagung-agungkan sarjana Barat.
Hidupkan dan kembalikan semula kegemilangan umat Islam.

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Our days in Turkey 2

BismiLLah…

Day 2 (March 12)

Subuh started at 4.30 a.m. local time (2.30 a.m Dublin time) and ended at 6.30 a.m. We woke up with sleepy eyes… but with spirit-full heart! (poyo~ sebenarnye malu le dgn org2 uncle Mohammed kalau lambat…)

We went to Bursa – the first capital city of Uthmaniyah Empire (Ottoman Empire). Situated at northwest Turkey, 4 hours away from Istanbul by car plus 30 mins ferry. Usually tourist came here for skiing on top of Uludag Hill. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t that good, and it was about to rain that we can’t climb up the hill.

Bursa is much like Dublin I guess. A province of the oldies… Ramai orang tua daripada muda. Seeing women wearing hijab is not something unusual here, in compared to Istanbul. Even some girls and young ladies wear hijab. Suka! And they love to see us with the hijab as well… 🙂

Our first destination: Ulu Camii (The Great Mosque)

Ulu Camii
Ulu Camii

An old mosque, but functioning. It has undergone a few stages of restoration to preserve the ancient values in it. Cantik, unik. We had our Zuhr prayer here. Surprisingly, the mosque was full eventhough it wasn’t Friday prayer or Eid prayer! Ma-sha’ Allah! And some people have to take turn to pray… macam solat raya kat Dublin or Closkeagh mosque pulak. ada 2 trip…

Interior part of Ulu Camii
Interior part of Ulu Camii. Fountain at the centre for ritual ablution

Our presence had really attracted so many attentions, especially from the old ladies. Just like our experience in Spain last year, some of them thought that we were from Japan. No wonder they looked at us from head to toe as we were aliens… It was too difficult to communicate with them. Macam ayam dan itik bercakap. Most of them are Turkish-speaking-only people. English or Arabic? Very little. I could remember a a young lady tried to have a chat with me in Arabic. Perhaps she saw me reading the Quran in arabic before that. (Many Turkish people can read the transliteration of Quran only, especially the young ones). She tried her best eventhough she knew very limited words. “Ana jadeed..” Yup, a new learner of Arabic language… Anyway, I appreciated her effort. 🙂

Next: Lunch at Turkish Restaurant

If you go anywhere in Istanbul, if the host offer you for a tea, never hesitate to say yes. You’ll be served with a special apple tea, and that’s how they show their politeness and appreciation.

 

Apple tea

I like it. And turkish dishes are not bad either. They eat rice too. But with the barley-like shape. Their cookings are of course, totally different from ours, Malaysians but no much difference with the dishes in Pakistani or Arabs Restaurant here.
Facts about Turkish: they have no traditional food, or costumes and so on. Since their ancestors were immigrants from all over the world, they have a mixed culture, mostly Arabs and Pakistani/Indian.

Next: Gazi Orhan Camii (The Mosque of Orhan Gazi)

Orhan Gazi, the second successor of the new established Uthmaniyah Empire (at that time called Osmanli Tribe) was the Son of Osman Gazi, the founder of the empire.

Next: The Covered Bazaar

The best place for the silks and textiles lover to shop. The price of the textiles here are mostly much lower from other bazaars in Istanbul. Bursa is famous with its silks and textiles since the rule of Uthmaniyah. It was the source of most royal silk products at that time. It received the raw silk from Iran, and occasionally China, and was the ‘factory’ for the kaftans, pillows, embroidery and other silk products for the royal palaces up through the 17th century.

 

 

 

Next: City Wall and the ‘kampung’ inside it

It says that the wall was built during the rule of Byzantine, but I’m not so sure. Such a great wall, though. If you climb up the wall, you can get a fantastic view of the city of Bursa. (Berangan macam raja memantau perjalanan rakyat.. hehe~)

The entrance of the city wall

A dervish lodge which has been converted to a Madrasah

There’s a few numbers of mosques and ‘madrasah’s inside the city wall that I can’t describe them all here. Nanti tak cukup page.. It’s better for you to go and see… hehe~

Next: Yesil Camii (The Green Mosque)

The last destination, I suppose, before we go shopping at the shop near the mosque…

 

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Our days in Turkey

BismiLLah…

Some people requested to list down the places I had visited during my 6-day stay in Turkey… dah lama, tp hari ni baru ade kemahuan kekuatan untuk menulis.. hehe

Ok, here goes…

Day 1 (March 11)

Depart from Dublin: 13:35 GMT
Arrive at Istanbul Airport: 20:45 21:15 GMT +2

 

Uncle Mohammed had been waiting for us since 20:45. Then we waited for his friend, Ramazan to bring us to the hotel. Feelings: Tired, cold, a lil bit ‘mamai’ but excited. “Betul ke dah sampai Istanbul? Inikah bumi yang disebut oleh Rasulullah dalam hadith baginda? Tak sabar untuk menjelajah!”
Unexpected: Istanbul is as cold as Dublin, and sometimes even colder! Saya tak suka sejuk.

As we arrived at the hotel, we asked Uncle Mohammed for his opinion regarding our plan – the places we want to visit and all… Alhamdulillah, he helped us a lot! At the same time, rasa mcm menyusahkan dia je.. huhu~
Unexpected: We had to add another double room apart from the family room (for 5 ppl) we had booked earlier. We were pretty sure that all 7 of us can fit in the room for 5, but unfortunately, according to the rules, it was not permitted. Ok, fine. Bajet dah lari. Let’s find a cheaper or at least a less-strict hotel.

We slept at about 2 am.

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tido jap. esok sambung. 😀

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