Sunday, April 17, 2011

Us With The Kites Fly High

I was looking at my table watch, its 27.8 degree celsius, 10.29 am. Alhamdulillah I'm still breathing. By the way, I'm just ended packing things, cleaning the room, sweeping and cleaning some more. It's the end of the semester, one week holiday before the internship. Ahh, intern! What a headache. Let's forget that for a while. Well, I'm reminiscing the memories of five days ago, it was Tuesday, 12th April 2011.

All five of us, the roommates and ex-roommate are going out. Somehow, we plan to play the kites at Taman Layang-layang despite the cloudy weather. The clouds are getting darker, but it's not raining. I mean, not yet. Then we arrive at the park around 6 pm and getting excited because it's not raining there. So happily we are running, and falling, and running again on the beautiful wide garden with the kite flies high. But of course, happiness doesn't last forever. In life, there are times at which we are put into situations against our favor. And on that particular evening, it's one of the case. It's raining, heavily!

Experiences teaches us that though it may not be possible to change the tides, we can always learn how to swim. So it's not like we can play the kites in that kind of weather, though I see one guy at the park that don't even get bothered with the rain, so he kept playing. Well of course we back off, after all, we don't want to get fever as the exam is still around the corner. It's a little melancholy since it was so much fun playing the kites, who knows it could be that amazing once you see the kite is flying higher and higher up into the sky. It was a pleasure. Still haven't gave up on getting some fun before the end of the semester, as some of us are graduating and some will be working, so we end up eating together. Eating! such a favorite word!

So an hour passed by with talking, gossiping, story-telling, and gossiping again, and not to forget cooking. Well, we just throw everything in the pot and waiting for it to cook. Simple, but with much patient we are waiting, waiting and waiting some more, until everything is fully cooked. Alhamdulillah, done with the eating! The waitress is just asking if we want to add some more soup, but to her surprised, we already finished everything in the pot, nothing left. Of course we ate with our maximum speed since the Maghrib period is not long. So after prayer, doing some grocery shopping and back to UIA. But before that, something happened at the parking lot. There are lot of people exactly beside my roommate's car. They are shooting. Well, the veteran actor Jalaluddin Hassan was right beside me, but I was too busy eating ice-cream and of course I don't wear my spec at that time, I don't even notice him until my friends told me. Comes to think of it again, it's too funny.

So that is how we end this semester. We don't want to say goodbye. It's just a separation. As this one familiar quote that I frequently read and ended up remembering it saying that "A memory lasts forever, never does it die. True friends stay together and never say goodbye". We are indeed true friends. May Allah bless this friendship forever, always.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

God Please Let Me Die As A Believer

Again I have abandoned this blog for quite some time. Again I use the same excuse and blame the same thing, which is time. But of course, the blame is always on me. The hiatus is always for a sensible reason. By the way, since last week I've been struggling for my Final Year Project presentation, and also not to forget, EXAMS! Despite the time that is moving way too fast, I found myself trying to write something beneficial in this blog.

I am writing this as a response after watching The Divine Book: The Wakeup Project. It is indeed an unprecedented journey through faith. Consist of opinions from many intelligent and scholars, both Muslim and non-Muslim, from Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, Dr. Krish Kandiah, Ismael South and Ahmad Thomson to Jay Smith, Karen Armstrong, and many more. How God has blessed man with logic and wisdom that they are able to study the Holy Book and reach for truth and wisdom. Imam of North London Central Mosque, Ahmed Saad once said “If you are introducing Islam to someone or someone is embracing Islam, you just tell him, with the testimonial of faith, he has to say, I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah and I bear witness that Jesus is the messenger of God and he is servant just like Muhammad”.

The documentary enlightens the viewers about the similarities between Islam and Christianity rather than differences and division. Both religions follow the same message, coming from the same Creator and pushing for the same aims. But why aren’t the connection and likeness ever highlighted? It is because the dissimilarities, separation, divide and conquer are the motto for some disbelievers. There is only one God, with one message. Yet many deny.

Next, the journey continues with some of the most fascinating scientific breakthrough in the Quran. From the explanation of human embryology, the formation of rain, the ocean and the life-forms within them, nature and science, to the theory of big bang, the expansion of the universe, and the list goes on. All the scientific fact that never been reveals after 20th century, has been reveals in the Quran many centuries ago. Yet many still deny.

In the name of God, the most Beneficient, the most Merciful.

By the sun and its brilliance, and the moon when it follows the sun, and the day when it revealeth it, and the night when it draws a veil over it, and the heaven and Him Who made it, and the earth and Him Who extended it, and the soul and Him Who made it perfect, then He inspired it to understand what is right and wrong for it, he will indeed be successful who purifies it, and he will indeed fail who corrupts it. (Quran, 91: 1-10)

There are still too many remarkable story and lesson from this 10 short episodes documentary that I want to share, but too little time for me to penning every detail down. Last but by no means least, quoted from the last episode of The Divine Book saying that, it’s due time that Muslims understand, that divided we are as fragile as separate fingers... but united we are a strong fist. And a fist is what is required for what lays ahead. May Allah bless us all. Forever and always. O Allah, please let me die as a believer. Ameen Ya Rahman. Ameen Ya Rahim. Alhamdulillah, finally done with the writing! The night is getting late, so for now

Sleep like a log. the way Luffy sleep.