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Turkiye

“Kenangan Ziarah ke Bumi Istanbul, Turki (16 – 18 Mac 2007)”

Source: Al-Jazeera.net

 

News Europe, 23 July 2007: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s Prime Minister, has pledged to work for national unity and press ahead with membership of the EU after his party won a majority of parliamentary seats in elections.

 

Unofficial results gave his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party 47 per cent, up 13 points from 2002.

 

But a more united opposition means it will get only 339 out of 550 seats, slightly fewer than now.

 

“This is the first time in 52 years that a party in power has increased its votes for a second term,” Erdogan (picture) told thousands of supporters outside his party’s headquarters in the capital Ankara.

 

“We will continue to work with determination to achieve our European Union goal,” he said.
 
The move would come despite a growing disillusionment in Turkey towards joining the European bloc.

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AYA Awards

AYA Dream Malaysia Most Outstanding Youth Award 2007

 

Source: NST Online (July 22, 2007)

New Sunday Times, Focus: His parents were illiterate and he grew up in poverty. But this young engineer pressed on to become the best that he could be. Now he is helping others to do well, writes DAVID YEOW.

 

“NO one can go back in time to make a new beginning but you can start from now to create your own happy ending. Everybody has the ability to succeed provided they have a ‘can do’ spirit.”

 

These are some of the zen-like wisdom that Muhtar Suhaili (picture) not only spouts but has lived by for the last 25 years.

 

In fact “wise cracking” is Muhtar’s gift. The oldest of four children, Muhtar said that since young he had developed an uncanny ability to recognise simple truths in life and apply them.

 

He was so good at leading himself that he scored his way past his UPSR, PMR and SPM, gearing himself with honest hard work and personal pep talks alone.

 

“I also helped my dad sell fruits at the same time,” he said.

 

It did not take long for others to see the maturity and ability in him. Muhtar was given a scholarship by Yayasan Sarawak to study Mechatronics Engineering at International Islamic University Malaysia. He was also made Student Council’s President for a term. (selanjutnya…)

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Understand Yourself

Understand Yourself.. And It Will Make This Life More Meaningful”

As-Sarawaki, 12 July 2007: Alhamdulillah Praise be to The Almighty Allah SWT. Have you ever heard about tagging before? This is my first time being tagged! Thanks to Rashidi Murad for tagging me and Idham for doing such a noble job. If you are tagged, you need to write an entry related to the meme. The meme for this tag is about completing at least seventeen (mine is only twenty five) out of the twenty seven sentences. For more details, kindly click here.

 

1. A person is only as good as his/ her good deeds.
2. Friendship is always about sincerity.
3. To love is to always obey Allah.
4. Money makes me easier to do dakwah.
5. I miss the Golden Era of Islam.
6. My way of saying I care is by preaching.
7. I try to spread love and happiness by spreading Islam.
8. Pick the flowers when the sun shines.
9. To love someone is to make him/ her undertand the purpose of life.
10. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
11. When I was thirteen, what I remember the most was my parents.
12. When I was twenty one, I remember Allah’s mercy for guidance – hidayah.
13. I am most happy when others are happy because of me.
14. Nothing makes me happier than mardhatilLah.
15. If I can change one thing, I will change my past, which is impossible!
16. If smiles are happiness then I should smile most of the time.
17. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could enter the Paradise all together.
18. If you want to attain mardhatilLah then you have to struggle for it.
19. Money is not everything but something.
20. The most touching moments I have experienced is when hidayah touched my heart. Thank you Allah for everything!
21. I smile when I am happy and to make people feel good.
22. When I am happy, I say Alhamdulillah.
23. The best thing I did yesterday was islah.
24. If I ever write a book, I will give it this title,”Paradise: My Destination
25. One thing I must do before I die is to attain mardhatilLah.

 

I have decided to tag everybody for the good cause and for all noble jobs you have done. May all of us be in the best of health to perform our duty as the vicegerents of Allah on earth. I also pray that we will always be in the best form of iman in term of quality and highest Islamic esteem in this school of life. May Allah Azza Wajalla bless us fid dunya wal Akhirah! Amiin Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.

 

Wallahu a’lam bissawab.

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Departure Time 1936

Thalys Train (The Hague – Paris) Departure Time or Vertrek: 1936 ie. 7.36pm!” 

As-Sarawaki, 28 June 2007: Praise be to The Almighty God, Allah SWT. In this entry, I would like to share with all honourable visitors an article written by Syed Nadzri dated September 29, 2005 as a food for thought and wisdom to be learned. One of the matters discussed in this article is about Malaysian’s bad sense of punctuality – ‘Malaysian Time’ or sometimes we call it as ‘Janji Melayu’. But, I would rather prefer to call this bad habit as ‘Janji Malaysia’ as it is not only being practised by the Malays, but also by the Chinese, Indian, Iban, Melanau, Kedayan, Kadazan, Bajau, Javanese, Bugis etc. After all.. This habit is really quite an annoying Malaysian trait!

 

From my experience working with the Japanese in Perodua and also from the culture that being inculcated in my current company – Shell (including my outstation assignments to South Korea and European Countries), I found that most of them are really punctual and taking punctuality as a serious matter. If a meeting is scheduled to be conducted for one hour for example from 9.00am to  10.00am, then it will start at 9.00am and will end at 10.00am. Moreover, as a live reference, please see the above photograph.. The departure time for the Thalys train from The Hague, The Netherlands to Paris, France is 1936 or 7.36pm! And exactly the train will depart at 7.36pm on the dot! But ever wonder in Malaysia.. Usually if the time set for the meeting or a function is at 7.30pm, then for sure it will start at 7.45pm or 8.00pm or even 8.30pm!

 

Hopefully we can improve this situation for the better, insya Allah! Any comment, please kindly leave your reply at the end of this entry. Thank you.

 

Eternally annoying Malaysian traits

By Syed Nadzri (29/09/2005)

 

You know you’re Malaysian when… (selanjutnya…)

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Cahaya 

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”

As-Sarawaki, 22 June 2007: Alhamdulillah, this entry titled “Food for Thought, Lesson to Learn” is my fourth entry in English after Good or Bad, Hard to Say!, Purpose of Life (Erti Hidup) and This Is Islam.. Beautiful Way Of Life, Perfect Way To Live. Maybe this entry also serves as a response to a visitor who silently and anonymously been reading most of my entries and she personally requested more entries in English.

 

The wisdom of life consists in elimination of non-essentials. The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in which direction we are moving. Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him once said: “Value the worth of five things before they are replaced by the other five conditions: value your youthfulness before old age arrives, value health before sickness strikes, value your wealth before you become needy, value peacefulness before hardship comes, and value life before death arrives.”

 

In almost every moment of the day, we find ourselves being confronted with questions and opportunities. Our lives are a constant flow of decisions. What will I eat? What will I wear? Where will I go? Whom will I go with? What will I do? What will I buy? Where will I live? Life is always asking us questions. Often they seem small and insignificant, but in truth they can give significant impact to our lives. We have options.. We choose between various options a hundred times a day, and our choices impact our credibility, happiness, health, well-being, and destiny. So, always bear in mind.. Making a right decision is a might and it is crucial! Thus, make sure that every decision we make will bring rejoice for us in this wordly life and more importantly in the Hereafter.

 

Here are very interesting, wise and full of thoughts slide shows about “Packet of Biscuits” which is taken from a poem titled ‘The Cookie Thief‘ by Valerie Cox in 1996 for us to think about. (selanjutnya…)

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“California Girl (Angela Collins) Embraces Islam”

As-Sarawaki, 17 June 2007: ISLAM.. You deserve to know the truth about this beautiful way of life. Have you ever wonder.. Why even when Islam is being attacked from all corners around the globe be it physically, mentally, socially etc., and moreover, Muslims are being labelled negatively here and there, but then after all these, it is a proven fact that Islam is still the fastest growing religion in the world? There are almost 1.6 billion Muslims in the world! Kindly click this link to watch: Flash Presentation: Ever Wonder? 

 

Do you really know the truth about Islam? Islam is a complete way of life! It tells us about the purpose of life in terms of our creation and existence, our ultimate destiny, our place among other creatures and more importantly, it provides us with guidance to lead a balanced and purposeful life which will enable us to avoid the Hell-fire and be rewarded with a place in Paradise in the life after death. It is all about love, peace, family, charity and praying to One God. Simply Islam is to “Obey Allah” (Allah is the Name of the Only One True God)!

 

People of the world.. You deserve to know the truth about this beautiful way of life. Moreover, realizing the negative stereotyping about Islam and Muslims in today’s world, one important point that I humbly request you to ponder upon and to seriously consider is the following: 

“Do not judge Islam by what a few Muslims do, but please judge Islam by what is said in the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him.” 

Here is a very nice, touching and awesome flash video presentation titled “This is Islam” which is very ideal for dakwah to show that Islam is a perfect way of life. So don’t believe all you see, you hear.. Too many people wear a title of a Muslim.. But they don’t practise Islam! (selanjutnya…)

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Mukmin

“..Dan Gembirakanlah Orang-orang Yang Beriman” 

All of you have an equal responsibility, and that responsibility is to listen with an open heart and an open mind.

 

The world shows what prejudice and cultural conditioning, it is very hard to find people that are able to take a moment to think. To think about life objectively, and try to arrive at the truth about this world and the real purpose of our lives.

 

Unfortunately, when you ask most people the question; “What is the purpose of our life?”, (such a fundamental and important question), they will not tell you what they have concluded through observation or analytical reasoning. Rather, in most cases they will simply tell you what someone else said. Or they will tell you what is commonly presumed by others. What my father said the purpose of life is. What the minister said the purpose of life is. What my teacher in school said, what my friends said…

 

If I ask anyone about the purpose of eating, you see…why do you eat? Everyone will say, in one word or another, “Why, it’s for nutrition!” because nutrition sustains life. If I ask anyone why they work, they will say because it’s a necessity in order to support themselves and to provide the needs of their family. If I ask anyone why they sleep, why they wash, why they dress, etc; They will answer: “This is a common necessity for all human beings”. We can follow this line of questioning with a hundred questions and receive the similar answers from anyone in any language, in any place in the world. Simple!

 

Then I ask you the question; “Why is it, that when we ask the question what is the goal and purpose of life, (selanjutnya…)

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