Sunday, May 20, 2012

Epilog : The Departing Coercion

  • No one ever look forward to goodbyes. Especially when the person going away has played a significant role in our lives.
  • I've been here for almost 3 years, and being in the ascendency I've seen through 3 international student coordinators come and go.
  • None is more posh going about his job than Dr Khaled. He's always been there for all Malaysian students in the Faculty of Pharmacy, his readiness to help at any given time amazes me.
  • Unlike most(hope I'm not being stereotypical) Egyptians, he's always bold and truest to his words. I thought when Dr Attallah went away we'd have trouble replacing such great assistance.
  •  After Dr Mamdouh came in for a short while, enter Dr Khaled, ready to give his all at any given time.
  • He helped fought tooth and nail to ensure us Malaysians have a separate classes, he helped built the case to go against the Dean and the Faculty's wishes. For this I think is his greatest ever gift to us all, and we're always indebted for what he's given us. 
  • I just wish everybody else could see and purely understand what he's done to help give us this opportunity. This semester was somewhat a revelation, a separate class, fully conducted in English, gives us all a breath of fresh air into our academic journeys.
  • Now that Dr Khaled's left the university,I felt an abhorrent hole crept open in my heart. I'd always have him to talk to with regards to studies and matters pertaining to the university, always there to give great advices,pointers to help us all lead our way.
  • I pray that he'll be successful with his stint in the States. You are a credit to the Egyptian people. All the best and may Allah bless your help for we are forever indebted to you. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Palestine : A Facade? Fad? or everlasting Battle of Freedom?

  1. I respect and salute everyone on their evidential concern on the Palestinian prisoners. What really is bothersome is the fear that this support is only for a few days or weeks, as soon as the flame dies, so does all the support that goes with it.Nauzubillah'himinzalik, hopefully this is not the case
  2. Having said that, this hunger strike is not a new issue, first there was Khader Adnan then Hana Shalabi now Bilal Diab&Thaer Halahleh. If we are to support and stand with Palestinians, we need to be there for them 24/7 and 365 days a year.
  3. Some questions were raised as to where were these people rising up now when Khader Adnan was on his hunger strike? But to me that never entails anyone to call a Muslim less of a Muslim just for the sake of it. Look at the bigger picture.
  4. Amongst the positives seen from this so call sudden rise of awareness towards Palestine is that everyone is now busy googling, reading up about Palestine's history and getting on board with the recent events on Palestinian soil. Alhamdulillah, this is a cluster of positivism that would hopefully be instilled into everyone for a very long time!
  5. Furthermore, this will give a hindsight to the potential of Muslims worldwide, they would be able to put aside political inclinations and difference in various matters to come together and be strong for Palestine. MashaAllah such unity. It is what I believe Monsieur Prof Tariq Ramadan was saying 'Universality is Islam is not uniformity, but Unity with Diversity.'
  6. Remember, we as Muslims or those who are interested in such deep issues should, in my humblest of opinions at least study the history of it all. From 1920 when the British mandate started, the Arab Revolt back in 1939, the 1947 UN Partition plan, the 1948 Exodus,the Oslo Accordance, Geneva 1988 and many more.
  7. I am not for once, telling you what is right or wrong, but from a viewpoint, we need to be in the know, before haranguing the gauntlet down on the Jews. We need to learn, to get ourselves acquainted with the Palestinian issue in accordance with campaigning and posting about Palestinian freedom.
  8. Never support blindly and with no nous, Islam never preaches ignorance of such level. 
  9. Again this is from the deepest depths of my hearts, I love Palestine, and I yearn everyday for it to be free, I believe all of us do as well. But please brothers and sisters, never stop there, not only with Profile Pictures, write more, be critical of the Palestinian issues, share your knowledge about Palestine with those who are in the dark.
  10. Support for Palestine could start brilliantly by keeping them in your prayers, but as an individual one might ask what more could I do? I am a million miles away, I am not in that state, what more could I do?
  11. Indeed there's so much more we could do, how about changing our lifestyles, not spending excessively, by which I mean going about our daily lives and living it with moderation, which I believe is asked from our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), by which I mean knowing that when we complain about petty things how things are over there with the people of the Quds.
  12. Also follow the news on various Palestine based sites that consistently reports about issues in Palestine, you have aplenty Middle East Monitor,Electronic Intifada,BDS movement, Palestinkini and so much more. You also have the ever brilliant Ali AbuNimah on twitter and several other Palestine based journalists that reports on daily basis on the events occurring in Palestine.
  13. What is more, it is good that we are really concern about Palestine,but never abandon Syria, never forget the starving kids in Africa, the multitudes of unjust massacres ongoing all over the world. Keep them all in your prayers!
  14. NEVER ALLOW THIS TO BE A SEASONAL ISSUE, I BELIEVE THIS IS NOT AND NEVER SHOULD BE A FAD!  THIS IS NOT A FASHION STATEMENT MY DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, this is the REAL DEAL! and I pray that all of us will keep on going about the Palestinian issue till the day each of us will be taken away from earth, inshaAllah.
  15. Again, I salute and am proud of this uprising, be it only on Facebook, it is a good start, but don't just stop there my dear friends, go on and make a difference, may Allah bless our efforts in whatever shape or form we intend it to be and hand-in-hand we will end the Israeli Apartheid and reclaim back Palestinian soil for their people.
  16. It's an ongoing struggle, remember the Prophet (PBUH) said  'A group of my community will not cease to fight at the gates of Damascus and at the gates of al-Quds and its surroundings. The betrayal or desertion of whoever deserts them will not harm them in the least. They will remain victorious, standing for truth, until the Final Hour rises' (Recorded by Tabarani)

p/s: I invite constructive criticism of my writing in which I believe is retched with mistakes. may Allah bless your brilliant minds and beautiful souls.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Epilog : Retrospect

Social Media
  • Aku telah pun berjaya mengharungi seminggu tanpa sebarang social media impetus
  • Terasa pelbagai aspek diri dapat dipenuhi.Tidak beruntai aku sebagai seorang social media pariah.
  • Not that those who use them are bad, tapi kebergantungan yang jelas tidak sihat lagi-lagi bila kita punya perkara yang jauh lebih memerlukan tumpuan, masa itulah social media menganggu kosentrasi, khayal dude!
  • Sebab itulah aku "cuti sebentar" dari Facebook dan Twitter. Lama-lama bukak balik kot. 
  • Seronok jugak tanpa Social Media buat seketika ini. Pomodoro Technique yang diimplementasi pun lebih berkesan.
  • Membolehkan aku membaca, menulis, dan melukis! Syok jugak dapat read up on a few new things seperti web codes html etc
  • And voila! A new layout! Just tweaking a bit with the designs available, but I think I'm going to make more twitches after I finish reading a few tips and tricks from online blogging sites. ha!
  • Simplistik design ni, kan?
Midterm Hullabaloo 
  • Alhamdulillah exam midterm pun dah selesai.Markah aku memang tak selesai la kot, haha.
  • Well, I took significant gambles on a few papers. Ada yang tak baca langsung, sebab konon "nak uji tahap pemahaman dalam kelas". 
  • Exam yang sangat 50-50. Ada soalan yang bagi sakit jantung, ada yang bagi perut keroncong, ada yang bagi otak tertawa.
  • Mood seakan hilang untuk belajar, secara jujur, tidak berperasaan langsung, masuk exam --> jawab-->blah muka toya. Selesai pun tak pikiaq 2-3 kali, betul atau tak jawapan tadi. 
  • Psychologically drained. Macam-macam hal berlaku. Tapi sepatutnya kena cope well.
  • Bila mana rasa down, pasti akan ada kisah yang boleh membangkitkan semangat skit, I came across this one article here. Sangat terasa, she is a fighter! Harus bangkit untuk finale supaya balik Malaysia nanti muka tersenyum qalbu gembira!

Need to plan ahead. Work hard+smart

p/s: this is quite random. dah lama tak tulis personal stuff. I guess I am bored. Cheers bub!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

7 Powerful Tips to Avoid Anger

I read a very peculiar article on Productive Muslim that I'd like to share.

7 Powerful Tips to Avoid Anger

A man came to the Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and asked him (Peace and blessings be upon him) for advice. He (Peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“Do not become angry.” The man repeated his request for advice, and each time, the Prophet replied with this one phrase that sums up all good attitudes and behavior: “Do not become angry.” (Bukhari)
While you may not be able to avoid people’s anger and aggressive attitudes, you can surely deal with such situations in a wise and productive manner.
Anger can be like a fire. And you can’t possibly combat fire by another spark of fire, or pouring fuel onto it – this would result in a massive fire that would swallow everybody, including yourself. Whereas pouring water onto fire will curb it, if not end it entirely. Having a calm, tolerant temper can combat anger like water extinguishes fire.
Reacting calmly and tolerantly to an angry situation might first seem passive – but who cares! If you want to just add fuel to the fire, the situation will probably spiral out of control and end up in a fight of unpredictable magnitude.
I agree that being a calm, tolerant person does require a lot of self-discipline, which is normally “difficult”.

Here are some time-tested tips for averting anger:

1. You have to understand that anger is not a matter of power or ability.

“The strong man is not the one who can wrestle, but it is the one who can control himself when he is angry.” (Bukhari)

2. Regard anger as an infection

Keep due distance from those ill-tempered people, regardless of the extent of their anger and the reason behind it. Don’t react in a manner that will signal hatred. Doing so will probably just exacerbate the anger and exasperate the situation.

3. Feel free to delay your reaction

It won’t bruise your dignity nor tarnish your image. You can end your presence in this situation. Whether physically or if it’s a phone conversation, or a virtual presence with chatting, and react later when you’re mentally ready to deal positively with the situation.

4. Keep the interest of the Muslim community in mind.

”Do not be angry with each other and do not envy each other and do not turn away from each other, and be slaves of Allah, brothers. It is not halal for a Muslim to shun his brother for more than three nights.” (Imam Malik’s Muwatta)

5. React with a calming statement.

For example, “I understand how you feel, I know you must be angry, etc. Try and avert the angered person from thoughts that continue to anger them.

6. A few kind words can have a surprising effect.

Reverting the whole situation into a pleasant tone will help lessen tensions. On the other hand, harsh words trigger retaliation. Watch your words because they can set the tone for an entire situation.

7. Don’t become that person.

If you hate the attitude of the person who’s angry, know that reacting in a harsh manner will render you pretty much similar to him/her, so you’d better be careful.
Be strong and make your calm manner contain the situation. Be wise. Self-control is cornerstone to curbing people’s anger.
Remember that our beloved Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) never took revenge over a personal matter.
It is narrated that “The Prophet never took revenge for his own sake, but if the laws of Allah were violated, he would take revenge for the sake of Allah.”
Remain wise and apply the virtue of patience, which is your key tool to avert aggressive and anger attitudes.
Remember, the relationships and attitudes you cultivate within your life will impact your productivity.
So remain positive and avoid negativity!

**article written by Maha Youssuf of the Muslim Tribune. All rights reserved.

Friday, May 4, 2012


The recent hike in electrical taarifs/bills would burn a deep deep hole in our pockets, as if its not already burnt or "well-done" by the incoming summer heat! Yowza!