Bandar Baru Bangi, 15 Januari 2014 – Sempena sambutan Maulidur Rasul, kuliah taffaquh fid deen bulan ini mengajak para hadirin untuk mengingati dan mengamalkan sunnah-sunnah Rasulullah s.a.w. Seringkali sunnah-sunnah Rasulullah s.a.w. kita lihat sebagai ibadah-ibadah khusus seperti solat dan puasa, dan juga amalan-amalan lain seperti memakai serban, kopiah atau jubah, memakai wangian dan menggunakan siwak.

Namun demikian, penyampai kuliah al-Fadhil Ustaz Fauzi Asmuni menerangkan, sunnah yang paling agung yang Rasulullah s.a.w. lakukan adalah berdakwah kepada manusia kepada Allah. Dan ini merupakan apa yang sahabat-sahabat Rasulullah s.a.w. lakukan setelah masuk Islam.

Ustaz Fauzi yang juga merupakan Naib Presiden I Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA), berkata apabila Rasulullah s.a.w. berdakwah, baginda menggunakan segala strategi dan sunnatullah alam sebagai sebab-sebab mesej Islam disebarkan luas. Penyebaran Islam bukan berlaku secara sombrono ataupun dengan hanya beribadah kepada Allah SWT.

Di sinilah kita lihat kebijaksanaan Rasulullah s.a.w. dengan berdakwah secara tersusun dengan mula-mula berdakwah kepada keluarga baginda dan kemudiannya sahabat-sahabat seperti Abu Bakar as-Siddiq r.a. pada zaman awal dakwah.

Dakwah dan pengembangan Islam secara berstrategi dan tersusun ini berlaku sepanjang kehidupan Rasulullah s.a.w. Ini dilihat dengan pengislaman pembesar-pembesar Mekah Quraisy seperti ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab r.a. dan Hamzah ibn Abdul Muttalib r.a. pada tahun kelima dakwah Nabi. Turut dikisahkan tentang penghijrahan Rasulullah s.a.w. yang dilakukan secara terancang dan cukup berstrategi.

Ustaz Fauzi mengajak para hadirin agar sama-sama mengamalkan sunnah Rasulullah s.a.w. terutamanya sunnah baginda yang paling agung yang dilakukan baginda sepanjang hidupnya iaitu berjuang ke jalan Allah SWT dengan mengambil segala sebab musabab agar agama Islam ditegakkan dan berkembang.

Kuliah yang diadakan Surau Al-Islah, Taman Kajang Mewah telah dihadiri oleh kira-kira 40 orang.

Terlebih dahulu Ustaz Fauzi menerangkan bahawa sambutan Maulidur Rasul tidak menjadi isu kerana Islam mengajar kita untuk mengingati hari-hari Allah iaitu peristiwa-peristiwa besar yang penting untuk diingatkan oleh umat Islam. Pada masa yang sama kebiasaan umat Islam di Malaysia mengamalkan sunnah Rasulullah s.a.w. dan mengingati Rasulullah s.a.w. sepanjang tahun dan bukan hanya pada Maulidur Rasul.

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Recently, I read an article in the July/August 2012 edition of Inc. magazine which states research from Stanford’s Graduate Business School found “a link between how guilty people feel when they mess up and how well they perform as leaders”. This is because when the feelings of guilt is strong, there is an associated heightened sense of responsibility.

But the article makes a distinction between guilt and shame. While apparently guilt-prone individuals are sensitive to their own obligations and hence follow through with them, people who are ashamed are prone to “beat themselves up.”

Feelings of guilt lead people to fix the wrong, while shame is self-focused.

There are lot of areas in life where I think this applies, from child rearing to leadership in the workplace and at home. I reckon we would need to be more aware of not emphasizing on shame but rather on guilt, while at the same time nurturing a mindset of responsibility and correcting mistakes (as compared to assigning blame).

The article suggests that business owners can “nurture guilt by creating cultures in which people feel comfortable taking responsibility for their mistakes.”

links:
http://www.inc.com/magazine/201207/jj-mccorvey/feeling-guilty-good-leadership.html
http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/research/leadership-guilt-flynn.html

The dust is starting to set on the news of Erykah Badu’s concert cancellation in Kuala Lumpur. The concert’s chief promoter states “The show was given full approval by Puspal in December last year. No issue was raised until The Star ran an article with an image not supplied by us.”

To me, this case is as much to do about the picture of Erykah Badu’s wearing body art with the words “Allah” written in Arabic script as well as The Star newspaper’s use of the image for promotional purposes.

Body Art
According to Badu, “the body art was inspired by a character called “The Painted Lady” from The Holy Mountain, a 1973 movie by her favourite filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky”. From the images we found on the internet of the movie, and the movie’s plot available in Wikipedia, it does appear to be a rather troubling inspiration by any acceptable standards.

She also states that “Art is often misunderstood in the realm of religion. Art can’t be censored by anyone.” – Of course we disagree. Art is indeed a manifestation of one’s values, beliefs, ideas and creativity which is communicated/expressed for the public’s acceptance or at least to influence. If left uncensored would only be misused. In any vocation, it has its responsibilities to society.

The Star
In a statement, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA), a Muslim NGO, highlighted that “despite being one of the Malaysian media players since 1971, it is difficult to understand why the Star shows ignorance of Malaysian religious sensitivity”. Indeed with the vast experience The Star has, we would like to see more of The Star being a responsible media player. One may conclude that the incident could have been a result of pure idiocy by the people in-charge or alternatively, it was an attempt to stretch the boundaries of sensitives. If the latter, the daily’s actions are signs of provocation.

We hope that this would be the last of the oversights from the newspaper. The Harakahdaily reports ISMA “urging the media outlet to be more sensitive towards Malaysia’s multi-cultural society”. ISMA continued by warning that “failure to do so would result in the daily being perceived “as pursuing its own agenda and inciting and culminating hatred and bigotry in the community””. ISMA emphasizes “what the community needs that The Star as a well distributed newspaper can provide, especially during this period of shaky race relations, are avenues and reasons for the Malaysia citizens to band together through news and stories of people living in harmony and serenity.” We hope this comes true.

Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) akan menganjurkan satu program yang dinamakan Dialog Masa Depan Agenda Islam dalam Menghadapi Cabaran Semasa di Malaysia & Antarabangsa.

Ia akan diadakan Ahad ini 26hb Feb bertempat di Dewan Cempaka Sari Presint 3 Putrajaya jam 9 pagi – 5 petang.

Butiran lanjut boleh lawati http://agendaislam.wordpress.com/.

Daftar segera, tempat adalah terhad!

Pendaftaran online : http://borangdialog.ismaweb.net

 

 

when life feels like a strangle hold
when peace does not seem near
steps taken need to be bold
otherwise we’ll be left in fear

when life expectations are not met
when peace seems non-existent
remember the journey is long and not set
we shall be strong and resilient

when life tugs in opposing sides
when peace chooses to hide
take control of the ride
we shall overcome in stride

It is interesting that Tun Dr. M had made a statement about NGOs that want to fight for Islam, Malay rights and the Malay rulers. He says that these NGOs do more harm than good, and that the founder of Jati, Datuk Dr Hasan Ali, would need to explain the objective of the NGO.

Isn’t the objective “to fight for Islam, Malay rights and the Malay rulers”? I think it’s clear enough.

I think Tun Dr. M now needs to explain why he said that these NGOs do more harm than good and that he feels “many of such groups are splitting Malays in the country”.

Is it not the main political parties have done most of the splitting? *sigh*

reference:

Dr Mahathir: NGOs like Jati can do more harm than good

To some, one of the most intriguing mysteries are how some people are successful, some are completely helpless and the rest (and maybe the majority) are in between those categories.

I get that feeling before of being helpless and not yourself. Apparently it’s a matter of will that actually breaks the cycle of defeat in the mind. That’s what I call it. A defeat in the mind. Because in that condition we are usually defeated and easily give up before trying what we set out.

Not knowing what you want to do in life aggravates the situation. Because we see ourselves forever at the will of destiny and fate. Eventually life means going through the motion, consuming what we can. The problem here is not necessarily about consuming, but rather what we don’t do – which is producing.

What else is there in life other than senseless consuming? It mostly is always producing – making and contributing something to the world. Making this world and life better is perhaps fundamentally a common definition of success.

As we learn about ourself and realise our potential the conclusion that people after the fog has settled is that life has such a strong meaning when we do our part in the well-being of ourselves and others. It will drive us and give us focus.

I just read this amazing story “Pedalling to the pilgrimage” on Al-Jazeera’s English website (http://english.aljazeera.net). It is a story of “two South Africans face thousands of kilometres of unchartered territory as they journey to Mecca for Hajj – by bicycle”.

What an incredible story of endurance and determination. In addition I learnt that they were welcomed by many along their trip and a particular mention of the warm greeting by Children in Syria and the uplifting support at the border by 3 Jordanian generals.

Indeed, such a remarkable story. And it is not over yet. They have not yet decided their trip back.

check the story here

Here’s something I came across again recently. Just think it’s good share these words of wisdom.

“Ibn al-Haytham wrote in his Doubts Concerning Ptolemy:

Therefore, the seeker after the truth is not one who studies the writings of the ancients and, following his natural disposition, puts his trust in them, but rather the one who suspects his faith in them and questions what he gathers from them, the one who submits to argument and demonstration, and not to the sayings of a human being whose nature is fraught with all kinds of imperfection and deficiency. Thus the duty of the man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads, and, applying his mind to the core and margins of its content, attack it from every side. He should also suspect himself as he performs his critical examination of it, so that he may avoid falling into either prejudice or leniency”

reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibn_al-Haitham

salam… been busy at the office and some personal things. so, really did not get the chance to update.. and yes, I was a bit lazy.

until yesterday when one of my office colleagues made a presentation saying the writing increases brain activity. so here I am back to writing.

a few things bugging me. we’ll leave that for the next entries. 🙂

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