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Boycott or not to boycott

Most of the Muslims out there are urging all the Muslims and the world in boycotting certain products to halt the Israeli attacks on Gaza. Most of the products are not from Israel but United States of America. My question here is where is this suggestion heading to? Are we going to benefit from it when in the real world we directly and indirectly rely on those products and companies so much? ( hey, the computer you’re using right now are using some technologies that are listed to be boycotted )

If you’re really determined to go on with boycotting those products, I suggest you start with the products and technologies that are really made and invented by the Israeli itself. First, throw your cell phone away because if you haven’t know, Israel is the developer of the modern cell phone. Next, stop reading this blog if you’re using Windows XP or Windows NP. Then, make sure that your computer are not using all Pentium MMX Chip technology, Pentium-4 microprocessors and Centrino processors. Now, you’re already half of your way to achieve your goal of boycotting those products. Next, stop installing anti-virus software because Israel are the developer of those softwares. and if you are a future doctor, I think you should also be aware of this;  Israel developed the first fully computerized, non-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer. Besides, they also invented a computerized system to ensure the proper administration of medications, Heart Attack Blood Tests Diagnosis by phone, an ingestible pill video camera to diagnose cancer, skin damage free acne treatment, and many more. Thus, still thinking boycotting those products is the best move? Unless, you are smarter and superior than them, I think wonderland is just a land for Alice.

Furthermore, we are just the minority on this planet. If it’s just the Muslims who boycott the product would it gives any big impact to those companies? I am afraid in the end, we are the one who are loosing. As an industrialized country wannabe, the challenge for Malaysia is to encourage the companies in industrialized countries to locate more of their value-added activities in the country. Ergo, by asking to boycott them, especially the US, are you actually asking those people who work for them to actually quit their job? And can you imagine how many people in the country will become jobless and what will happen to our economy? The decision is in our hand.

I am not saying that I agree with how Israel condescendingly treats Palestine. NO! I’m against them but am I agree with this idea of boycotting? I don’t think so because I can’t see the effectiveness of the decision. Maybe we can boycott products that are made by Israel but US? I don’t think so.

“As for our own feelings on boycotts, we feel that any actual economic impact will doubtless be nil, but there’s nothing wrong with taking a stand to make yourself feel better about yourself, either. Is there?”

As the quote above suggests, most of the times, we as a human always make simple decision just to make ourselves feel better because even though we know that the outcomes of the decision is not promising at all, we want to at least give some contributions even though actually it is none whatsoever. Yet, some may say they will have much actual impact other than knowing their penny aren’t going to support practices they find odious.

Ergo, what I am trying to say here is, the idea of boycotting those products actually aren’t to stop Israeli attacks on Gaza but more to our stand to show that we hate them and anything that have to do with them.There are layers of meaning here. Will this boycott of US and Israel products have any honest real practical effect on halting Israeli attacks on Gaza? I doubt it. Will it raise awareness — maybe.


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Eid ul Adha

In less than 48 hours, all the Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid ul Adha (aidil adha), the second of the 2 major Muslim holy festivals (the other is Eid ul Fitr). Eid ul Adha which is observed after the conclusion of the Hajj, falls on the 10th day of Zulhijjah (Duhl-hijja), which is the last month of the Muslim calendar.

The significance of celebrating Eid ul adha which also means the Feast of Sacrifice or Day of Sacrifice is in commemoration of the command give by Allah to Prophet Abraham (Nabi Ibrahim) to sacrifice his first born son Ishmael (Nabi Ismail) to Him. The fulfillment of this noble command of Allah by Abraham signifies his faith in Allah.

This story of Nabi Ibrahim (Prophet Abraham) who had been blessed with 2 sons; Nabi Ismail and Nabi Ishaaq (Ishak) started with a dream. In his dream, Almighty Allah told him to sacrifice Prophet Ishmael who was at that time was 7 years old to show how much he loves Allah s.w.t. When he told Ishamel about the dream, Ishmael said;

“O my father, do as Allah has ordered you. Insya-Allah, you will find that I am patient and truthful to Allah.”

After that, Prophet Abraham took his son to an open ground and after placing a sharp knife on his son’s throat, he closed his eyes. After he opened his eyes, he was so shocked to find that there was a ram in his son’s place. Allah had put a ram in the place of Prophet Ishmael because He knew Prophet Abraham loved Him and He was just testing Prophet Abraham. Thus, Muslims celebrate Eid ul Adha every year to remember this great sacrifice made by Prophet Abraham as well as reminding ourselves that we should obey Almighty Allah s.w.t even though it means to give up thing which we love and only in that way we can embrace Allah’s love.

The activies done during Eid ul Adha is nothing much different from Eid ul fitr. The day starts with a session of congregational prayers which is then followed by a short sermon, after which everyone socializes. The only different is that on eid ul adha, some of the Muslims, who can afford to do so, will offer some domestics animals, usually cow and goat, as a symbol of Abraham’s( Ibrahim’s ) sacrifice. One third of the meat is given to the poor and the rest is shared among the family, relatives and friends.

Happy eid ul adha, people~ 😀

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I had a very not-so-long boring eid holiday, thus I’ve been spending most of my time in front of my laptop reading stranger’s blog and there’s one article that really tweaked my curiosity. It’s about a girl who had been admonished for eating in public places during Ramadhan ( not even in an islamic country ) by her senior because according to her senior she need to respect the month of Ramadhan. Dad once told me not to eat in public during Ramadhan but I thought that is because it’s not nice to eat in front of a bunch of fasting people not because it’s really forbidden in Islam. The girl’s senior mentioned something about ‘imsak’. Errk, isn’t imsak the few minutes time before Subuh?

Actually, imsak is derived from the word “mesk,” which means to hold something, embrace it tightly or refrain from it. Thus in other words, the term imsak means restraint from prohibited things during the daylight hours of Ramadan, when Muslims fast. According to Jabatan Mufti Perak, imsak can be divided into several groups ; wajib for those who forgot to niat and those who eat after Subuh when he/she doesn’t realize it’s already time for Subuh. Imsak is just sunat for traveler, and woman with haid and nifas.

Ergo, for this girl’s case, in my limited-and-still-need-to-learn knowledge, the senior has no right to rebuke the girl because the code for imsak for this girl is just sunat…. Correct me, if I’m wrong.

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Eid al Fitr…

Eid al-Fitr or in my place it is spelled aidil fitri and no matter how it’s spelled or pronounced, Eid al-Fitr means the festival of fast-breaking for Muslims after we had successfully completed a month of a strict fast and participate in pious activities in Ramadhan.

Eid al-Fitr falls on the first day of Syawal, the month which follows Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. Those typical events that occur on Eid al-Fitr are to gather early in the morning in mosques to perform the Eid prayer which consists of a sermon followed by a short congregational prayer and then after the that, we usually scatter to visit various family and friends. Is eid al-fitr is all about that?

When I was a young kid, yes, I did believe that eid al-fitr means the festival of fast-breaking which also means that I’ll get new clothes and there’ll be delicious dishes that will only be served on eid such as rendang, ketupat and lemang ( those are typical Malaysian food for eid ) but now that I’m growing older, I don’t think that’s the correct definition of eid al-fitr or at least that’s not the only reason why we celebrate eid. Ramadhan is a very special month of the year but why when it comes to an end, we celebrate it? Logically, we had to be sad, right?

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father & son

i found this song in someone’s blog on wordpress.. forget whose blog is it but the thing is that I was gripped by the song the moment I listen to it.

this is actually an old song which has been recorded back by ronan keating which is also featuring Yusuf Islam a.k.a Cat Stevens.

the song is actually written by Yusuf for a musical back in 1969 about the Russian Revolution. It’s about a son who wanted to leave home and sacrifice the comfort of country life in order to join the Revolution.

when searching the information about this song, I end up reading Yusuf’s website. Reading his page, I was really amazed with his point of view especially everything that involves Islam. He was not born as a Muslim but I do think he is far more better than most of the Muslim out there which was born as a Muslim.

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why do they hate us?

Ramadhan has come…During independence day, a lot of people asked, what does independence mean to you…So, today I would like to ask, what does Ramadhan mean to you? As for me, of course I’m seeking for the Lailatul Qadar’s night. Lailatul Qadar’s night is the night where all our prayers will come true. Last year, for the whole Ramadhan, I wished for happiness and success in my life. Alhamdullilah, I think I got both of them already…My GPA is better than last year and I had a very sweet long summer… Thus, this year I’m planning to ask again for happiness and success as well as ‘ketaqwaan’. I think last year I’ve gone too far from being a good muslim… ( still remember I did post something about being a bad girl ?) So, this year I’m hoping I’ll become one of a good muslim or at least much more better than last year.

Talking about being a good Muslim, I was wondering why so many people in the world hate Islam or Muslim so much? I mean the whole world is experiencing the same thing If we do all those things according to what our Prophet and God ( Allah SWT ) asks us to do, I don’t think people will hate us. Islam loves peace but in the world today people judge us as a religion who loves to fight. Thus, my question is who should the blame goes? The people who start blaming us or those who started the fight in the first place?

Forget about Iraq, Iran or Afghanistan. Look at what happen in our own country nowadays. A lot of people had started to hate Muslim. Look at the BAR council’s meeting last few months. They were talking bad things about Islam. And despite trying to mend ourselves so that we’ll become a better Muslim, we fought! We said a lot of bad things and words to them like a child who had just lost a fight. When are we going to grow up? And I must say all those things that had been debated in the meeting are almost true but the question here is are they really a muslim or just born to be a Muslim without implementing Islam in their life? and yet we fight for them.. is it worth it?

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Last few days, while visiting n reading some of my friends’ blog, i found this doa. Quite interesting and useful I think.

Ya Allah, aku berlindung kepadaMu daripada rasa resah & sedih, dan daripada rasa lemah & malas, dan daripada sifat pengecut & bakhil, dan daripada cengkaman hutang & penindasan orang”

I wish I know the arabic version of this doa or from where it’s taken. It’s stated in the blog that this doa was always recited by Nabi Muhammad S.A.W.

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