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Macam Mana Ni?

It is already the third week of semester.

 

I am so far behind in my schedule.

 

Five reviews to write, dozens of journal articles to read.

 

First two chapters to be submitted by the end of the semester

 

And another 11 weeks of traveling. Every Monday for the next 11 weeks.

 

Even then… I still found time to enjoy food!

 Nasi

Macam mana ni?

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Indeed Your Lord is Allâh, who created the heavens and the earth In six days, and Then He Istawâ (rose over) the Throne (really In a manner that suits his Majesty). He brings the night as a cover over the day, seeking it rapidly, and (He created) the sun, the moon, the stars subjected to his Command. surely, his is the creation and Commandment. blessed be Allâh, the Lord of the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinns and All that exists)! (Surah Al A’raf: 54)

 According to Wikipedia: 

The solar eclipse of July 22, 2009 was the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting as much as 6 minutes and 39 seconds in some places. This was the second in the series of three eclipses in a one-month period, being book-ended by two minor penumbral lunar eclipses, the first was on July 7 and second will be on August 6. This solar eclipse was the longest total solar eclipse to occur in the 21st century, and will not be surpassed in duration until June 13, 2132.

 

 

We performed Solat Sunat Gerhana Matahari at the An Nur Mosque around 8.40 a.m. yesterday, with almost 150 people attending. This is a sunnah of Rasulullah s.a.w.  

 

Aishah narrated that Rasulullah s.a.w. said, “The sun and the moon are two signs amongst the signs of Allah; they do not eclipse on the death or life of anyone. So when you see the eclipse, remember Allah and say Takbir, pray and give Sadaqa (charity).”

 

 

This was my first time performing the sunnah, alhamdulillah… it is only two rakaah with two ruku’s (bowings) in each rakaah. Reciting Surah Al Baqarah is encouraged during the prayer.

Subhanallah, this is a sign of the majesty of Allah. And, it is a reminder of Al Qiyamah!

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Cerita Gembira

I simply love Cameron Highlands. It is to me, a perfect place to refresh.

We had planned this uphill trip sometime back. However, due to some changes in the work schedule, my husband had to work over the last weekend, so only my parents could came along. Sorry abang… you had to miss all the fun!

 

 

Cameron Highlands

 

So… last Friday, after work, we headed for Heritage Hotel, Cameron Highlands. Why Heritage Hotel? Well, because my parents are members of Heritage Grand Vacation Club; because there are 7 nights remaining before the term expires in August, and because it is one of the easiest hotel to get under the Heritage Group.

 

For the first time, I drove all the way up, and all the way down!

 

The kids had fun, although Adik was in a sour mood since she was having a sore throat.

 

 

All in all, it was a relaxing trip. And as usual, we brought home abundance of fruits and vegetables!  

 

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Cerita Sedih

 

Someone broke into our house!

 

It was 4.00 a.m. on Monday morning. I was sleeping with the kids on the bed since Adik was not feeling too good. Abang was on another mattress in the same room. It was then that I heard some unfamiliar noise… it was as if someone else was in the house. My heart almost skipped a beat. I woke up Abang, and asked him to check things out. And he did. But he said, ‘takde apa-apa pun’. We went back to sleep.

 

After Fajr prayers, abang was looking for his handphone.

 

“Abang ingat… abang letak kat hujung tilam ni. Kat kepala. Cuba call.”

 

I did. But it went to the voicemail. I was beginning to feel uneasy. So we decided to go downstairs.

 

“Eh… mana beg abang? Abang letak kat sini tadi”

 

And that was when we realized that the bag was in the TV room, and it was open. His file (which contained some really important documents) was also open, and all the documents were scattered around. I ran upstairs to my kids’ room, and saw that all the drawers were open.

 

Rumah

 

So, we called the police, filed a police report and we also had to repair the sliding door, since he ‘cut’ the lock. The Crime Investigation Department (JSJ) came to take photos and even tried to capture the fingerprints. It felt like a scene in CSI!

 

But, alhamdulillah. He (or she, I am not too sure!) only got my husband’s handphone. Apparently, the police told us that another house nearby was also broken into at 5.30 a.m. the same morning. The thief took some cash, and even removed a bracelet from the owner’s hand while she was sleeping. Scary!

 

I thank Allah for keeping my family safe. I thank Allah for giving me the hidayah to bring my laptop and handbag into my study room (which is always locked) the night before… because I usually will leave my valuables in the living room. I thank Allah for giving me the signal that someone was in my room and woke me up.

 

I suspect that he left right after I woke my husband up.

 

On the way to KL yesterday, we were talking about how thankful we are that the person did not touch any of us. My husband made a remark, “Rasanya mamat tu pun pikir sepuluh kali… kalau ambil rantai perempuan ni dan dia terjaga, mati aku kalau dihempapnya!”

 

We had a good laugh, and I said to him, “So, be thankful that your wife is gemuk dari orang lain!”

 

May Allah protect us and our families from harm.

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Rasulullah s.a.w. said,

 

“Whoever wakes up and this world is his main concern, Allah will make him scattered and shattered, and he will feel a sense of panic and loss, and he will get nothing out of this world except that which was already decreed for him. But whoever gets up and is mostly concerned about the Hereafter, Allah will cause him to feel focused and content, and will give him a feeling of being independent, and worldly gains will come to him willingly or unwillingly.” (Al Tirmidhi)

 

I read this hadith last night and fell immediately in love with it.  

May Allah guide us to Him, always. Amin.

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Reflections on Manek Urai

  Keputusan Manek Urai

To my respected leaders,  

Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang, PAS President

Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PKR Advisor

Lim Kit Siang, DAP Advisor

 

I hope we have all learnt an important lesson from the Manek Urai by-election.

 

As much as I am thankful to Allah the Almighty for the win in Manek Urai, I am extremely disappointed with the huge decrease in majority.

 

No doubt, BN is partly to be blamed for misusing the country’s resources for this by-election. The fight was not really between UMNO and PAS, but instead was a fight between PAS and the Federal Government. It was reported that the voters in Manek Urai were paid between RM50 to RM300 to vote for UMNO. The DPM even openly promised to build a new bridge for the people of Manek Urai if UMNO wins – which I personally thought was outrageous – because a responsible government will not bribe the people by promising to build new infrastructure; it is their responsibility anyway!

 

However, I seriously think that we, Pakatan Rakyat is also to be blamed for this decline in majority because, if Manek Urai were to represent the Malaysian population, it would imply that the Malays are still divided. Equally divided, almost.

 

And If Pakatan Rakyat is serious about being THE alternative for the soon-to-vanish-from-the-face-of-the-earth coalition, there are many things that I think we should do, and I am sure that you, as our leaders, know this already.

 

We need to really unite. And unity means that a normal Malaysian would see us as Pakatan Rakyat and not PAS-DAP-PKR thing. Maybe, we even need to establish a formal coalition.

 

Additionally, please, please, please… stop attacking one another. Can we try to settle all our dissatisfactions within our own people? It looks really awful when we try to settle our ‘masalah rumahtangga’ through the mainstream media. Today DAP is unhappy with PAS. Tomorrow, PAS is attacking DAP. Even worse, the following day, a PKR member is lashing out at another PKR member. Horrible. We need to settle our differences within ourselves. Really, this HAS to stop. No matter what. We need to show some unity. PLEASE.

 

And, please… don’t ever try that ‘unity talk with UMNO’ again. It will not work. Tak ada guna nya!

 

I also think that we sometimes get too over-confident. We will tend to be complacent if we keep believing that the people are with us. Yes, most of them are, but there are still so many voters out there who are still undecided. We need to work hard and tell people what we can do for them. Maybe, we need to keep our attacks on BN at a minimum. Concentrate on what we can offer as an alternative government. Work hard at the states that we already are in control of. Prove that we can really make things a lot better under our care.

 

I am sure a lot of people have given creative and constructive comments on how we can move forward to achieve a better Malaysia. And I think that all the three parties should really sit down and work things out. We got married after the general elections, we have had time to get to know each other, so I think it is time to really get the relationship going!

 

Unless, we are happy to let BN win with a landslide majority in the upcoming General Elections!

 

I respect the wisdom and maturity that you have, and I pledge my undivided support to Pakatan Rakyat under your leadership. So, let us work harder to achieve a better Malaysia.

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Manek Urai and 100 days

This coming Tuesday will be another important day for us Malaysians.

 

The seventh by-election since 8 March 2009 is about to take place in Manek Urai – after Kuala Terengganu (Wahid Endut – PAS), Permatang Pauh (Anwar Ibrahim – PKR), Bukit Gantang (Nizar Jamaluddin – PAS), Bukit Selambau (Manikumar – PKR), Penanti (Mansor Othman – PKR) and Batang Ai (Malcolm Mussen – BN).

 

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It is also great to hear that Ustaz Nasharuddin, who is recovering from a minor surgery was there to help with the campaign. Apparently, his absence for the past few days raised speculations that he is leaving PAS for UMNO – which to me is more than impossible.

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May Allah guide the people of Manek Urai to make the right choice, Amin.

 

Anyway, I was reading Hafidz Baharom’s article on The Malaysian Insider this morning, and I just realized that Malaysia’s sixth PM has been in office for 100 days already!

 

The problem with me is this: Until and unless he clears his name from the she-whose-name-cannot-be-mentioned-or-written murder as alleged by many parties, nothing he does is acceptable to me!

 

In fact, I personally think the concept of 1Malaysia that he mooted, does not really make sense at all. DAP sometime back, has already introduced the concept of Malaysian Malaysia. Now, read this:

 

PM said, the concept of 1Malaysia is the guideline on how to achieve “bangsa Malaysia”, which translates into English as a “Malaysian race”. He specifically said this in the Parliament on 15th of June, “Jika “Bangsa Malaysia” adalah matlamat akhir perjalanan ini, maka 1Malaysia adalah penunjuk haluan kearah matlamat itu.”

 

DAP on the other hand, has stated that one of its objectives is to establish a social democratic government based on “a Malaysian Malaysia concept by forging Malaysian race with universal moral values”.

 

Macam lebih kurang sama aje? So, can someone from UMNO answer me – what happened to your Ketuanan Melayu thing?

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Tooth Matters

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2.30 p.m., 8 July 2009

“Hello”

“Mak!”

“Sayang mak.”

“Mak, gigi kakak yang goyang tu dah patah!”

“Ye ke? Alah, mak tak dapat tengok. Kakak okay?”

“Okay… mak, kakak dah dewasa…”

 

My elder twin was complaining to us that one of her front teeth was about to come out since last week. I thought it was too early for a six-year old to lose a tooth. She could have been eating too much sweet food, causing the tooth to rot. However, there were no signs that the tooth was decayed.

 

It was only yesterday that we realize, that her ‘milk’ tooth had to come out to give way to the permanent one! Aduh, cepatnya!

 

I was at work yesterday when she called, to inform that it was finally gone and she sounded extremely excited about the whole thing. When I got home, she showed me the tooth when she kept in the refrigerator. And she actually wrote this in her small notebook,

 

8-7-2009  Gigi pertama saya tercabut. Tunggu gigi kekal.

 

I actually felt quite depressed about it. I wished I was at home, by her side, when it happened.

These are things that make you wish you were a full-time housewife, to watch them grow, and to witness their many first moments… like this.

 

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