Patience, Perseverance and Determination

26 02 2010

WHAT DO I perceive to be the top three best traits in Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (Peace be upon him) which I should really try to emulate personally? I’d say his true-grit patience; his unequalled perseverance and doggedly-firm determination respectively.

I can only summarise what I feel about those three tall orders in poetry:

Running thin, low and weak

Patience runs thin
Perseverance goes down low
Determination gets weaker by the hour

Then I remember
And I start to ponder
Whilst I gather all strengths

What a truly patient man, O’ Prophet!
In his perseverance amidst adversity
His pure determination of sheer tolerance

What I go through now in my own life
Is like a droplet of the early morn’ dew
Evaporating in the midday sun’s rays

The Messenger went through much worse
More challenging difficulties and obstacles
All our troubles are like peanuts in butter

Much more amazing is his perseverance
After 23 years of struggle in the true path
Peace be upon him, the Chosen One won!

His strong-willed determination to remain
As the most faithful and devoted to Allah
Is his single most important Quranic character.

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Hardest act to follow — the Messenger’s life

22 02 2010

IN THE EXCITEMENT of the country’s 26th National Day Anniversary celebrations, I feel a tinge of sorrow thinking of how the Greatest leader in the history of mankind had to endure the hardships in his struggle to bring the best of Islamic civilization into this world more than 14 hundred years ago.

The Islamic world will remember the Prophet’s birth anniversary on Friday, 26 February 2010 or in the Islamic calendar, 12 RabiulAwal 1431 Hijrah. In Brunei Darussalam, the Maulidur Rasul (as it’s known in Arabic) will be celebrated with a Mass Procession at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien in the heart of the capital this Saturday.

Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (Peace be upon him) led a very simple life — not too rich, not too poor — and didn’t even live in a palatial home although God the Almighty offered to give him the best things in life including to pave the Holy City of Mekah (his birthplace) all in gold! No, it just wasn’t his style to be pampered with all the wealth of this temporary world. The Messenger of Allah passed away as a simple man in another Holy City of Medinah in Saudi Arabia at the age of 63. Let us share a video narration of the Last Moments of the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) as featured below:

“Verily in the messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the last Day, and remembereth Allah much.” [Quran 33:21]

One of the world’s leading philosophers who ever lived, Sir George Bernard Shaw in his book ‘The Genuine Islam,’ Vol. 1, No. 8, (published in 1936) wrote that if there is a new religion that will prevail in England or Europe in the next century that would be Islam. Muhammad is a wonderful man and should be called the Savior of Humanity, said Bernard Shaw (a non-Muslim).

Another non-believer, Mahatma Gandhi, considered to be one of the world’s greatest statesmen, in his statement that was published in “Young India” in 1924 said that it was not the sword that spread Islam. But the passion, courage, and faith of the prophet Muhammad to God successfully spread Islam.

A modern-day American thinker, Michael H Hart in his book ‘The 100, A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons In History,’ which was published in New York in 1978 chose prophet Muhammad as the number 1 among 100 most influential people in the history of the world.

Yusuf Islam a.k.a Cat Stevens (formerly a famous singer who has embraced the Islamic faith) beautifully narrated “The Prophet’s Last Sermon” below:

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Tiger Woods vs Hypocrisy

20 02 2010

POOR TIGER WOODS (but still filthy rich by any standards) had to feebly stood up to the world of hypocrisy that we live in now. On Friday, the still indisputably champion golfer of the world, faced a select group of family members including his own Thai-American mother, Kuntilda, as well as some close friends, associates and a few journalists in a closed door hall but beamed live to the electronic world simply to say: “I am so sorry!” in a hyped up confession.

Tiger Woods certainly lives up to his ‘animal’ name by taking such a brave and bold decision to make his worldly apologies official… and in the first week of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Tiger, at that! PERFECT TIMING is truly his trademark just as in his billion-dollars’ worth of golf swings. 😉

I still haven’t figured out totally why the brouhaha, though? The modern open-minded democratic society he grew up in has always liberated such sexual inclinations or ‘trangressions’ that he had messed himself up with, in the first place! From the United States Presidency to politicians to Hollywood/sports celebrities to teenaged students — they’ve all been there, done that! What the heck and why now? Where Tiger’s better half comes from it’s even much worse — it’s a FREE WORLD, baby! And where was she when he needed his wife the most?! Such hypocrisy of the highest order… 😛

Where I come from, confessing to such sinful acts and witnessed by at least four reliable and trustworthy men who saw with their very own eyes the actual sin being committed is tantamount to be punishable by jail sentencing on top of many lashes of the whip or cane (if found guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a Shariah Court). And it’s not only the male sinner alone, the female accomplice/s must face the music, too. But I’m no judge and jury or even a religious preacher for that matter to say all this. Suffice to say Tiger Woods is still a lucky son of a gun being a Buddhist living in a liberal hypocrisy.. oopsie-daisie, democracy, rather, like Good ‘Ol America… the Land of the Free! 🙂

If the American Society and U.S. Lawmakers per se want to prove their honest-to-goodness standards (not DOUBLE please!) of democracy of the highest world order, then I personally challenge them all, including President Barack Obama to once and for all declare NO MORE FREE SEX OR SCENES OF TRANGRESSIONS to be explicitly and implicitly depicted in Hollywood movies shown to the the whole world (whose audience includes pretty young moviegoers!). I know for sure they’ll ignore this personal plea or challenge of mine. BUT if stupid sex-crazy movies were to win the Oscars in the 82nd Academy Awards come March 7 next month, I dare say TO HELL WITH U.S. SOCIETY HYPOCRISY! Can’t they all see that basically and intrinsically, sex in movies are roots of Tiger’s and all the human race ‘trangressions’ globally, not to mention illicit pornography which has started since the bad old days of silent cinematography by Jewish-sponsored western film-making industry… 😀

You know what, I can only pray may Allah protect us from committing such ‘transgressions’ and shield us from His harshest of punishments – AMIN! 😦

P.S. At the end of the day, this Tiger Woods’ episode would eventually end up being ‘profitably exploited’ by Hollywood movie moguls… 😛

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Patriotic poetry?

19 02 2010

No Bruneian left behind!

The leader in me and you
demands nothing less
but the best from us
to build our nation
of peaceful notion,
of stable condition…

The thinker in me and you
thinks of nothing else
but the people’s survival
in good and bad times,
in prosperity and calamity,
in socio-political stability…

The patriotic nationalists in us
want our voices heard,
need our actions counted,
desire for changes to be made;
so let us be given the chance
to prove our worth as true citizens.

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A random poet

19 02 2010

Ang Pow Weekend

One fine Saturday mornin’ in Miri
Ang Pow-rich lion dancers up early
Cool winds breeze ev’r so nicely
Sights and sounds of Chinese festivity

Waiting for my kids’ brace dentistry
Outside Dr Aziz’s Orthodontology
A dead black cat lay in frigidity
Next to a rollin’ bottle, empty

Female Iban sweepers in bright green
Dust away Miri streets specky clean
Tudung-clad Malay lasses, smiley grin
Chinese Amoys so casual, in denim jean

Everybody still looks festive in spirit
Givin’ themselves shoppin’, eat-out treat
Animal of the year, Golden Tiger is it?
The dead black cat, abandoned on the street.

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The world according to America

18 02 2010

OR MY HEADING should be America according to the world is [expletive past tense]-up or to put it mildly, knocked-up! China definitely agrees with me… LOL 😀

Gold medal with a couple of F's


Bud Keene, the American coach of the US 2010 Winter Olympics Gold medallist, Shaun White, stirred up a media hype in the Vancouver Games when his vulgar [expletives] went on Live NBC TV! But then again Hollywood movies are full of [expletives] and even much worse graphically violent and sexy vulgar images, anyways… 😦

And a 53-year-old suicide pilot, disgruntled American Joe Stack, has crashed his private plane into a Texan Internal Revenue Services (IRS) building ala 9-11… Talk about a home-grown terrorist! 😉

The worst from the United States is yet to come vis-a-vis its ‘obssession’ to vanish the ‘military dictatorship’ of Iran! You know what, I just don’t get it — America claims and the United Nations’ (UN) International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concurs that Iranian President Ahmadinejad has many tricks up his sleeves to build nuclear bombs and not nuclear power for energy purpose and peaceful means as he has always reiterated.

So come on America… what’s wrong with Iran’s peaceful nuclear ambition? The US President Barack Obama is planning to do the same all along.

Is the United States so desperate to start a Third World War in this Year of the Tiger or what? Enough is enough America! it’s not yet ‘Mission Accomplished’ in Iraq and US plus NATO troops are nowhere near in ending Taliban/Al-Qaeda ‘rule’ in Afghanistan… and now the US wanna terrorize Iran? Drop dead USA! 😛

P.S. Lady Gaga might as well lead America to replace President Obama! ROFL 😀

PLK





A significant twist to N-Day & Prophet’s B’day

17 02 2010

THE 26TH NATIONAL Day Anniversary (February 23rd, 2010) celebrations falls only three days before the global Islamic celebration of the Birth Anniversary of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (Peace be upon Him) or “Maulidur-Rasul“.

It could only mean a good omen for Brunei Darussalam of the good things to come in this Golden Tiger Year, hopefully. What’s more significant is the resurgence of Islamic conservative attitude amongst the younger population of school-going age, in particular. I was in a mosque earlier and I couldn’t help being ecstatic observing a group of young teenaged boys performed the Zuhur prayers (“berjemaah“) after school.

When I was their age, such piety was a rarity. In fact, I’m quite concerned with the liberal attitude of my own son their age who finds praying more of a chore rather than an obligatory duty. My boy is more into what Lady GaGa has to say than what I have to relate to him about all things Islamic… Ggrrr! I pray that unorthodox Lady Gaga converts to become a Muslimah! LOL 😛

My young daughter (whose trendy fashion — not my taste) is another big headache for me… I’m as much to blame for being liberal-minded about the whole spiritual issue myself. Well, the parental challenges of the 21st Century cease to amaze me… 😦

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