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"La Tahzan, InnaAllaha ma'ana" (Al- Quran: Surah At- Taubah- Verse 40)
Translation: "Be not sad (or afraid), surely Allah is with us."

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." ~Edmund Burke~

'It's not what the world holds for you, but what you bring to it' ~Anne of Green Gables~

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Being A Good Samaritan

There are cases where I think it's just not worth being good or trying to do good things or help others.

For example, if you see 'mat rempit' involved in an accident. You know you're suppose to help, but is it worth it? If a robber got shot and then caught, do we have to rush him/her to the hospital? Can we wait a little bit? How about if you're driving alone at night and you see a motorcyclist trying to hitch a ride because his motorcycle was broken? Would you stop?

Early this month, we were shocked by the news of Sufiah, once a child prodigy because she was so genius in math and got accepted into Oxford University at only 13 years old. Now she's a classy 'escort'. Suddenly, there are people who launched missions to save her. Is this worth it? She doesn't even want to be saved. I saw her interview video, with a smiling face she admitted 'I certainly got my needs fulfilled through the work... it's always been a career choice...'. Well, she sounds happy being in an 'escort' company. She looked happy & proud during the photo shoot too. Do we need to help her?

Good people will say yes, I believe.

As a fellow muslim, I'd say yes too because 'escort' is against Islamic rules. But in this case, there are a lot more that need savings. How do we prioritize?

The feeling is somehow similar to watching a documentary on tv last week. About the survival of polar bear in the arctic. I pitied the sea lion when the polar bear attacked it, but at the same time I pitied the polar bear because she was very hungry and haven't eaten for a few days. It's a dilemma.

Well, I officially announce April 2008 as my dilemma month.

But, people with good heart (can I count myself in?) are clear with what is suppose to be done. They remain kind and helpful in any situation. Even though they have to bear with the circumstances and sometimes the consequences. Good people are honored with strong heart to carry the burden of not being appreciated for their deeds. In the world where almost everyday we hear about a human losing his/ her humanity, we need more kind hearted people to balance the morale of humankind.

It's not easy being kind & sincere. I wish I can really be kind sincerely. Anyhow, we must try. It's all up to us to make this world a better place.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Speechless On Being Liberal

I have free time during work today. Not many problems reported and the others are handling them easily, I hope. I'm here to help, but looks like they managing just fine. My other tasks are still waiting for other party to confirm. So, I don't feel so bad about blogging during office hours.

Do I have to justify for my feeling guilty? Heheee...

Today, I'm gonna write about the difficulties I face while striving to become a better muslim and trying to keep my mind as open as I can. It's not easy. I guess I'm now a changed person because one time one of my close friends asked me since when I became a liberal person? I'm not really sure what's the actual meaning of liberal, so I looked it up. I think the closest meaning to my situation according to would be:
1. Open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc
2. Free from prejudice or bigotry

I'm not sure whether my change to being liberal is a good thing or not. I think it's a good thing because I'm not judgemental as I used to be. This is what I think. Feedback please :)

Anyway, I'm facing a dilemma. Perhaps you can help me balanced myself.

I'm clear about Islamic rules and yes, I support those rules 100%. I also know that I'm not in the position to judge people. I'm only a tiny person. But can you tell me how NOT TO BE JUDGEMENTAL when:

1. A muslim lady wear something that is so tight & small that most of her body parts show even thought she's covering them and when she bent down people can see her undergarments?

2. An unmarried muslim couple does more than holding hands (to clear the fact, this is not allowed)? In fact, they hold each other too close and sometimes I can see the guy placing his hand at a place that he's not suppose to.

3. A muslim drinks alcohol so openly in front of others. It's like they don't feel ashamed, but instead they feel proud because they feel they are 'modernized'.

4. Suddenly I'm exposed to a world unknown to me before this. A world where man with man, woman with woman. Gosh, I'm definitely speechless.

5. Suddenly surprised with the story of a 'muslim' having sexual relationship outside of marriage bond.

I'm in a terrible dilemma. How do I handle this? In the struggle to be open- minded, I can only tolerate little when it comes to Islamic rules. These rules are in place as a control mechanism for all of us, creatures on earth. We've seen the consequences to our societies when these rules were broken.

I'm not a really an obedient muslim. I try to be. But, I also try not to be judgemental. I can shut myself from what's happening, but if shut myself from them, I wouldn't know what's wrong and therefore, how can I help to correct it?

I'm not sure what to do. As of now, I'll keep this struggle to myself. I'll start these wrongs by correcting myself first. I'm sure as I get closer to Islam & Allah, I'll find the solutions to this dilemma.

If you're someone who shares my kind of dilemma, could you kindly share with me your found solutions?

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Fitna of Geert Wilders

If you know arabic, then you'll know that 'Fitna' means false accusation. I wonder whether Mr. Wilders knows the meaning.

What's up with Geert Wilders? Why does he hate (or afraid of) Islam so much? This is really uncomprehendable. For a person who wants to become 'the new leader of the people', he really lacks of respect & charisma. Perhaps, he doesn't have anything good to say about himself or what he plans to do when he becomes 'the leader', so he tries to shadow all that with made up stories and accusations about other things. This is what I think. If you really observe people around you, you'll see that people who always talks bad about other people are really a person who has nothing good to say about him/ herself.

I don't know Geert Wilders personally and I don't intend to. I think his name is self-explanatory. Scary.

Well Geert Wilders, I'm pretty sure that you hardly know Prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h. I'm also pretty sure that you hardly understand what's written in the Koran. So maybe you should take the initiative to understand. It's either that or you're just plain arrogant and ignorant. Because if you have understood, you would experience the ultimate level of peace they bring to the world, and to you. You need peace. You're a troubled person.

For a person who wants to be 'the new leader of the people', I don't think Geert Wilders understand the meaning of leadership. Instead of working towards harmony, he's chose chaos. For someone who's fighting for freedom, he's confused by the meaning. As most of us struggle to move forward in the meaning of freedom, he's taking a step back. It's terrifying to imagine a country with Geert Wilders as the leader.

I understand that Geert Wilders does not represent the whole of Netherland and there are still good people in Netherland that disagree with him. There are also so many non- muslims around the world that share the pain and anger that we muslims feel with the production of 'Fitna'. I thank you all for your support and understanding. Let us all strive together for peace of this world.

To Mr. Geert Wilders, get a life... and a religion. I seriously think that you need one. You have so many options to choose from and Islam is another good option for you. If only you realize it.