Monday, 30 August 2010
For some, the verb 'give' always being denoted as having to give away money and so by spending lots of money for charity during ramadan is part of the obligation. Donations for various causes, online fundraising, charitable activities etc are some of the examples. I believe that all of them are noble acts but what about other charity acts? Those more everlasting which can be done physically.
According to the Prophet (pbuh) : “Every good deed is charity.” (Bukhari)
And He also said: ”On every person’s joints or small bones (i.e. fingers and toes), there is sadaqah (charity) due every day when the sun rises. Doing justice between two people is sadaqah; assisting a man to mount his animal, or lifting up his belongings onto it is sadaqah; a good word is sadaqah; every step you take towards prayer is sadaqah; and removing harmful things from pathways is sadaqah.” [Muslim]
Hence, there are few ways we can do to give 'physical' sadaqah this ramadan.
✔ always start the day with a smile =)
We can never underestimate the wonders behind a smile. The Prophetic teachings tell us that every smile is charity. So the 1st step is smile and spread the salaam. ^_^
✔ remember Allah always
To remember Allah is to give sadaqah with your tongue. The value and weight of dhikr are heavy and outstanding, and is our key to being rich in our relationship with Allah (Subahanahu Wa Ta’la). Allah (Subahanahu Wa Ta’la) says in Surah Al-Baqarah: ‘Remember Me, and I will remember you’ [2:152]. Let's say Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Allahuakbar!
✔ remove harm from the pathway
A noble act we often overlook is to remove something harmful from others’ pathway. It may be a piece of glass that is dangerous on the road, a needle on the floor, or a disturbing rock on a busy school road where children may trip and fall.
✔ utter good words
Our tongue can be the cause of our destruction or our salvation, yet we often speak before we think. Good words are like a plant that flourish with many fruits, as the Prophet (pbuh) said: “It is also charity to utter a good word.” (Bukhari)
✔ share your skills/talents/strenghts
This Ramadan donate your skills/talent/strength to your community by many kinds of way.
There are many other forms of physical sadaqah I have not touched upon above, such as visiting the sick, caring for an orphan, taking care of your body, looking after your parents etc. So, have you think of What form of physical sadaqah can you do this Ramadan?
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Sorry I forgot to say goodbye. By the time I realised about it, the plane has already climbed thousands feet above the ground. The same thing happened to few others before. Such a pity for them for having me as their friend. But I always look at the bright side of it where I believe we can still meet each other later in life as it will not be a forever goodbye. Brilliant! ^_^
I would like to dedicate this post to someone who is dear to me (u know who u are) the one that I forgot to say goodbye to. Ok here goes the lyrics of the song that I used to sing when our family watch the evergreen movie the sound of music. You can sing along if you like! Tata! I'll be missing you..see you again some other time insyaAllah.
From "The Sound of Music" There's a sad sort of clanging
Words by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the clock in the hall
And the bells in the steeple too,
And up in the nursery an absurd little bird
Is popping out to say "cuckoo".
Regretfully they tell us,
But firmly they compel us
To say goodbye to you.
So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, good night,
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight.
So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, adieu,
Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu.
So long, farewell, Au'voir, auf wiedersehen,
I'd like to stay and taste my first champagne
So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, goodbye,
I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye,
I'm glad to go,
I cannot tell a lie.
I flit, I float,
I fleetly flee, I fly.
The sun has gone to bed and so must I
So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye,
Friday, 20 August 2010
WHY JEWS ARE INTELLIGENT
Since I spent about 3 year in Israel for internship in few hospital there, It came to my mind about doing thesis/research of “Why the Jews are Intelligent?” It goes without denial that Jews are ahead in all aspect of life such as engineering, music, science and most obvious in business where nearly 70% of world trade/business are held by the Jews such as cosmetic, fashion, food, arms, hotels and film industries (Hollywood and others).
During the 2nd year, in December 1980, and I was about to go back to California, this idea came to me and I was wandering why God gave this gift/ability to them, is this a coincidence or is it man-made that could be produced like the goods from a factory. My thesis took about 8 years to gather all the information as accurately as possible, like the food intake, culture, religion, initial preparation of pregnancy and etc and I would compare them with other races.
Let’s start with initial preparation of pregnancy. In Israel, the first thing I noticed is that the pregnant mother would always sing and play piano and would always try to solve mathematical problems together with the husband, and I was very surprised to see the mother always carry math books and sometimes I would help her to solve some problems, I would asked, “Is this for your child in the womb?” she would answer “Yes to train the child still in the womb so that it would be a genius later on”. She would solve the problem without let-up until the child is born.
Another thing I noticed, is about the food, she loved to eat almonds and dates with milk, for lunch she would take bread and fish without the head, salad mixed with almonds and other nuts, they believed fish is good for the development of brain and the fish’s head is bad for the brain. And also it is like the culture of the Jews for pregnant mothers to take cod liver oil.
When I was invited for dinner, I always noticed that they always like to eat fish (flesh and fillet) and no meat, according to their belief, meat and fish together will not give any benefit to our body. Salad and nuts is a must, especially almonds.
They would always eat fruits first before the main meal. Their belief if you eat the main meal first (like bread or rice) then fruits, this will make us feel sleepy and difficult to understand any lesson you learn in school.
In Israel, smoking is a taboo, if you are their guest, don’t smoke in their house, they would politely ask you to go out for a smoke. According to scientist in university of Israel, nicotine would destroy the main cell in our brain and will affect the genes and DNA, resulting in generation of moron or defective brain. So all those smokers, please take note (Ironically, the biggest producer of cigarettes is… you know who.. make your own guess).
The food intake for the child is always under the guidance of the parent, first, the fruits with almonds, followed by cod liver oil. In my assessment, the Jewish child, most of them knew 3 languages, i.e. Hebrew, Arabic and English, since childhood they would be train in playing piano and violin, it is a must. Accordingly, it is believed that this practice will increase the IQ of the child and will make him a genius. And according to Jewish scientist, the vibration of music would stimulate the brain and that is why there are lots of geniuses among the Jews…
Since grade 1 to 6, they would be taught business mathematics and science subjects would be their first preference. For comparison I could see the children in California, their IQ is about 6 years back. And Jewish children were also involved in athletics such as archery, shooting and running, accordingly it is believed that archery and shooting would make the brain more focus on decision and precision.
In high school, students are more inclined to study science, they would create products, indulged in all sorts of projects , although some looks very funny or useless, but all attention is given seriously especially if it is armaments, medicine or engineering, the idea will be introduced in higher institute in polytechnics or universities.
Business faculty will be given more preference, in the last year of university, the students in business would be given a project and practically they can only pass if their group (about 10 in a group) can make profit of USD1 million. Don’t be surprised, this is the reality and that is why half of the business in the world is held by the Jews, who design the latest levis, it is being designed in the Israel university by the faculty of business and fashion.
Have you seen them how they prayed, they always shake their heads, accordingly they believed this action will stimulate and provide more oxygen to the brain, same thing with Islam where you need to bow down your head. Look at the Japanese, they always bow down their heads as their culture, lots of them are smart, they love sushi (fresh fish), is this a coincidence?
In New York, the commercial/trading center for the Jews are based in New York, catering for the Jews only, if they had any beneficial idea, their committee will give free interest loan and will make sure the business prosper. Due to this, starbuck, dell computer, cocacola, DKNY, oracle, levis, dunkin donut , Hollywood films and hundreds other businesses were under their sponsorship. Jewish graduates from faculty of medicine in new york were encouraged to register with them and allowed to practice privately with this free interest loan, now I knew why most hospital in new york and California always lack of specialist doctors.
Smoking will lead to generations of moron. During my visit to Singapore in 2005, made me surprised to see smokers are regarded as an outcast and the price of a pack of cigarettes is about USD 7, like in Israel it is a taboo and their form of government is similar to the Israelis. And that is the reason why most of their universities are of high standard, even though Singapore is only as big as Manhattan.
Look at Indonesia, everywhere people are smoking, and price of a pack of cigarette is very cheap only USD0.70 cts. and the results with millions of people, you can count the number of universities, what product they produced that can be proud of, technology.. never… can they speak other than their own language, why it is so difficult for them to master English language for example, all this is due to smoking, think for yourself.
In my thesis, I do not touch in respect of religion or race, why the Jews are so arrogant that they were being chased around since the time of Pharaoh until Hitler, for me it is about politics and survival, the bottom line is, could we produce intelligent generations just like the Jews. The answer could be in the affirmative that needs change in our daily habits of eating, parenting and I guess within 3 generations, it could be achieved. This I could observe in my grandson, for example at the age of 9 he could write a 5-page essay on “Why I love tomato”
May all of us be in peace and succeeded in producing a future generations of genius for the betterment of humankind no matter who you are.
Monday, 16 August 2010
Sunday, 15 August 2010
It’s so hard to explain
قد يصعب عليّ أن أعبر
What I’m feeling
عمّا يختلج في قلبي
But I guess it’s ok
Cause I’ll keep believing
ينبع من إيماني
There’s something deep inside
هناك شيء في الأعماق
Something that’s calling
It’s calling you and I
It’s taking us up high
يرتقي بنا إلى الأعلى
Healing, a simple act of kindness brings such meaning
الشفاء … قد يتجسّد في عمل بسيط لطيف
A smile can change a life let’s start believing
بسمة قد تغير حياة الإنسان
And feeling, let’s start healing
فلنبدأ بعمل يكون فيه شفاء
Heal and you will be healed
شفاء بشفاء .. ومع كل شفاء شفاء
Break every border
اكسر القيود والحدود
Give and you will receive
اعط تُعطى .. فالعطاء يوجب عطاء
It’s Nature’s order
نظام كوني رباني
There is a hidden force
هناك قوى خفية
Pulling us closer
تجذب بعضنا لبعض
It’s pulling you and I
تجذبني أنا وأنت
It’s pulling us up high
Healing, a simple act of kindness brings such meaning
الشفاء … قد يتجسّد في عمل بسيط لطيف
A Smile can change a life let’s start believing
بسمة قد تغير حياة الإنسان
And feeling, let’s start healing
فلنبدأ بعمل يكون فيه شفاء
Hearts in the hand of another heart and in God’s hand are all hearts
قلب بين يدي قلب و بيد الله كل قلب
An eye takes care of another eye and from God’s eye nothing hides
عين ترعى عينا .. وعين الله ترعى، و لا شيء عنه يخفى
Seek only to give and you’ll receive
إسع نحوالعطاء… و ستلقى و تعطى
So, heal and you will be healed
إشف.. و سوف تشفى
قلب بين يدي قلب و بيد الله كل قلب
عين ترعى عينا، وعين الله ترعى
كلمة طيبة صدقة
تبسمك لأخيك صدقه
كل معروف صدقة
اللهم اشف شفاءً لا يغادر سقماً
Song Name: “Healing”
Written and Produced: Sami Yusuf
Lyrics co-written: Dr. Walid Fataihi
Friday, 13 August 2010
A simple Dua yet very meaningful..=)
TaqabAllahu minna wa minkum...Rabbana taqabbal siyaamana wa qiyaamana wa ruku'ana wa sujoodana wa kulli a'maalina fi sabilika fi shahri-Ramadan. Ameen.
(May allah accept from us and from you...May Allaah subhanahu wa ta'ala accept our fasting, our prayers, our worship and all our good deeds done in the month of Ramadan. Ameen.)
p/s-For those who are going to UK & EIRE soon, here's a very good survival guide for you!very interesting and informative!=)
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Thursday, 12 August 2010
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Friday, 6 August 2010
Thursday, 5 August 2010
It's truly wonderful to be in kids' world. No worry and no hassle. So carefree and full of fun and imaginations. Being a part-time babysitter has made me realised quite a lot of interesting stuff. The thing I love best when babysitting is that we can really interact with the child and they look up to us and aren’t frightened of us at all and that’s what it should be like! And the most important thing that I've learned from kids is; do whatever it takes to achieve for something! ^_^
Besides most kids that misbehave are doing it for attention. Some are just doing it for fun but main case is they crave ATTENTION. Unfortunately, parents sometimes give into their demands easily.
Monday, 2 August 2010
sumber: halwa hati
Meh nak cerita.
Jujur, saya rasa saya perlu tulis bab ini, urgently. Ramainya kawan-kawan, adik-adik yang punya pandangan tidak tepat tentang kerjaya doktor, ilusi optik yang jauh dari yang sebenar. Sebahagiannya bila membaca blog ini, semakin rancak memasang angan-angan indah about the fantastic life, the satisfaction and nobility that this career promises. Ha? I felt sick..
Bukan sedikit bilangan doktor yang menyebut ‘kenapalah dulu aku amik medic..’
Please know that I say it on a regular basis, a minimum of once a month, and on a certain week, daily. The worse thing is, I have no other to blame but myself. I was the one who tick Medicine in the UPU form as well as the Skim Pelajar Cemerlang form after SPM. Yes, I learn a lot, I gained experiences some of which I wrote in here, but I do that for those who already (accidentally) endure this path and is looking for light at the end of the dark tunnel. I do not regret, for I know it must be the best thing that Allah has decided for me, Alhamdulillah, but I am not recommending this pathway of life to anyone outside. Stay out.
Adik-adik lepasan SPM yang pernah bertanyakan saya tentang kerjaya ini tentu telah mendapat jawapan yang sama, “Jangan.”
5 years life of medical student was grand. You get to go oversea, learn other people’s culture and values, travel, have medical knowledge, your family is proud of you, which were all fantastic. My grandmother excitedly told a faraway extended family when we met in a kenduri, ‘Anak Timah ni tengah blaja nak jadi doktorr tau’. You get the ‘glory’ of being in medicine, but without the responsibility of being a doctor. Huhu. Astaghfirullah.
I still remember how petrified I was the first time I had to go oncall when I was doing my housemanship. (Note the word : Petrified. The word is not Scared. This is another level of fear). People think that doctors are always dashing to save lives. Perhaps by Allah’s will, we do, but believe me, everytime I go oncall, I make a lot of Doa, that I won’t kill anyone.
During medical student life, your source of stress is your studies, as you have to memorise the whole bookshelf to merely pass. Being a doctor, the stress comes from having the enormous responsibility, as your mistake can cause someone his/her life, your carelessness may cause someone pain, your ignorance may delay someone from getting the right treatment. InshaAllah, the more skillful you are, the less your patient will suffer, for example, inserting a cannula into a vein or doing a lumbar puncture. The housemans know what I am blabbering about.
Every junior doctor will learn the ugliest sound of all time – no, it is not the sound of the fire alarm going off, or the sound of continuous cry of children in the mad A&E. Nope! It is the sound of the pager which goes ‘beeeeeeeeeep!’. For that reason, the doctor’s pager is affectionately called the Bleep, because that is all it does from dawn to dusk. When your bleep produces that screeching ear-piercing sound, it means that some nurses are looking for you somewhere, which also means, somebody else’s problem is about to become yours. I don’t mean to sound unkind, but if you have not sleep for the last 23 hours, dehydrated (because there is no time to drink) or is having urinary retention (because you can’t find the time to go the toilet), and then you are bleeped by a nurse for something completely insignificant and will not cause anyone’s death, like ‘doctor, can you please rewrite this drug chart?’, you will understand why so many doctors wish the little Bleep was never invented. Dear nurses, doctors are human and just in case you forget, we only have two hands.
To survive medicine, you need:
1. A good memory
For medical students, please try to understand what you read. But if you, after trying very hard, still don’t understand, just memorise it. Hafal je ok. Sebab apa yang membezakan student yang ‘terror’ dgn ‘tak terror’, ialah bila Consultant tanya, dia boleh jawab! For doctors, no excuse. Jadi doktor ni blaja dan exam sepanjang hayat. It is baddd if there are at least 10 most common cause of loss of consciousness, and you can only think of 3. I will feel unsafe to leave my mother in your hands. It’s OK if your mathematics is bad, we can use the calculator.
2. Common sense
When a patient’s oxygen level goes low and he looks somewhat breathless, before you go about starting him on a nebuliser or high flow oxygen, please correct the patient’s position from slouching to sitting upright. That maybe all he needs to breathe well.
3. A steady sensitive finger tips
No doctors can survive without this. You need your finger tips to palpate for veins to insert the cannula, feel for pulses to take blood from the arteries, aim for the gap between the spine bone to do lumbar puncture etc. There are many things in the human body that we can’t see, but we must be able to feel using the finger tips to detect the exact location before putting a needle through it. You can’t go puncturing blindly and then hoping to hit gold.
4. Able to think & act under pressure
In the event of cardiac arrest, in the midst of panicking and crying family members outside the door, we must be able to recall the steps that we learn in the Advance Cardiac Life Support course that we attend last month/year, and act accordingly. Practise makes perfect. Experience is of course, the best teacher.
On another occasion, a frail looking 25 year old man with a newly diagnosed leukaemia asked, “Doctor, what’s wrong with me? Will I die?”. Think.. think.. choose your words wisely before answering, doctors!
If you are scheduled to be oncall on malam raya – sabar, sabar, sabar.
I seriously think to be a doctor, you need to be mentally, emotionally and physically fit. InshaAllah boleh saja untuk masuk ke bidang ini, asalkan sudah berfikir betul-betul, tahu apa cabarannya, sudah berbual terlebih dahulu dengan pelajar perubatan dan doktor yang sudah bekerja dan kemudian solat istikharah mohon petunjuk Allah. Mudah-mudahan pilihan medic dibuat bukanlah kerana tiada idea akibat tidak terdedah dengan pilihan-pilihan kerjaya lain atau cuma mengikut kehendak keluarga. Sungguh, banyak lagi kerjaya di luar sana yang tidak kurang jasanya dan mulianya dalam menolong masyarakat. Bukanlah saya anti-doktor, cuma kalau menimbang, biar adil.
Statistik dalam ramai-ramai pesakit, ada berapa orang doktor, adalah penting.
Namun, statistik dalam ramai-ramai doktor, ada berapa orang doktor yang membawa risalah Islam, adalah jauh lebih penting.
Buat sahabat-sahabat yang sudah pun berada di atas jalan ini, kita adalah orang Islam yang kebetulannya doktor, bukan doktor yang kebetulannya Islam. Doktor, Jurutera, Ustazah, Cikgu, Akauntan, Pengurus Restoran – walau apapun kerjaya dan jawatan kita, kerja tetap setiap seorang dari kita adalah membawa risalah Islam ini kepada semua umat manusia, menunjukkan bahawa Islam ini adalah budaya, cara hidup, pemikiran, perasaan dan pandangan. Islam adalah Kata Kerja, bukan sekadar Kata Nama Khas.
Semoga Allah membimbing setiap langkah kita, memberi barakah pada setiap saat masa kita dan menolong setiap usaha kita, dalam menggapai redhaNya. Ameen.