Sunday, November 09, 2008

RULE #1 - People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

#2 - Tag 4 people to do this quiz and those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by and cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by continue this game by sending it to other people.

1. Do you have secrets?- yeah
2. Would you fall in love with a girl younger than you?- why not?
3. Do you enjoy going to school?- yes
4. What would you do with a billion dollars?- spend a bit on my family, girlfriend, friends and acquiantance. and donate the rest to Palestine.
5. Will you fall in love with your best friend?- no.
6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?- loved by someone.
7. List out your 5 favourite songs:- anything that sounds nice heh.
8. If the person you secretly like is already attached, what would you do?- just shut up and smile:) hehehe
9. Is there anything that has made you extremely happy?- almost everything made me happy.
10. What makes you angry?- unpleasant stuff.
11. How would you see yourself in 10 years time?- an econs teacher and a part time columnist
12. Who is currently the most important people to you?- family, girlfriend and friends.
13. What is the most important thing in life right now?- education
14. how many kids you want?- 2
15. What is your favourite colour?- blue
16. Would you give all in a relationship?- yes definitely
17. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously, who would you pick?- go through a secret selection criteria.hehe
18. Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing the someone has done?- forgive yes, forget? ermmm...i'll rather make it a lesson.
19. What do you want to tell the someone you like?- I love you Siti Mariam!
20. 4 people I have tagged:-i cant remember sia....hehe..sorry...


Monday, September 15, 2008

Ahlan Ya Ramadhan


I know i came in a bit late but its not very late right?

want to wish all my muslim brothers and sisters, salam ramadhan.

may this ramadhan be a better than the previous ones.

May all of us be constantly blessed by Allah.

" O Believers, fasting has been made obligatory upon you as it has been made obligatory upon those who came before you so that you all may atttain piety." Al Baqarah: 183.


Saturday, August 02, 2008

I may not be a true traditionalist. But i have a penchant for thoughtful and meaningful words. Especially if it explains the behaviour of man. Be any race you want, but the character of man is the same. Lies, deceit, slander and the drama of life; in shakespeare's words, "All the world's a stage." I found this poem in malay, Tak seindah wajah, which means "More than it meets the eye." So here goes:

Kusangka aur di pinggir tebing
Kiranya tebu di pinggir bibir
Kusangka jujur pancaran batin
Rupanya palsu penghias zahir

Kukira hati jiwa nurani
Suci seindah wajah terbayang
Kukira puji seikhlas budi
Kulupa lidah tidak bertulang

Di manis gula semut binasa
Kail berduri bersalut umpan
Di manis kata insan terlena
Kerana budi hamba terkorban

Inikah dia lakunan hidup
Di pentas dunia insan berpura
Tipu dan daya pencapai maksud
Budi dan harta merangkum noda.

How true:(

Monday, July 14, 2008

I received a very polite comment from a kind reader of my blog. He/She commented that Karen Armstrong's view of the hijab totallly opposes with the Quran. So in my post today i will try to the best of my ability, from what i have found out from my references of the Quran, to address the comment. I have to qualify that i am NOT a trained theologist nor am i a religious scholar. I'm here to just give my views, and if any of my views are inconsistent with any of the readers' views, feel free to comment. I don't wish to instigate any argument, but a debate in an intellectual fashion would be greatly appreciated.

First, let us consider Armstrong's viewpoint of the hijab:

"We should pause to consider the question of the hijab, and the Muslim institution of the veil. It is often seen in the West as a symbol of male oppression, but in the Qur'an it was simply a piece of protocol that applied only to the Prophet's wives."

In this statement, there is a slight misapprehension toward the wearing of hijab. According to Armstrong, the hijab is 'simply a piece of protocol that applied only to the Prophet's wives.' While that is partly true, its is written in the Quran:

"And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss. " An-nur: 31.

From this verse, it is clearly stated that the believing women should guard their modesty by dressing decently by "drawing veils over their bosoms". The term believing women, logically, should also encompass the prophet's wives and his family members. Hence, saying that the veil is only a protocol that applies to the wives of the prophet is, in my opinion, a misconception.

In the chapter of Al-Ahzab Allah emphasised again:

"O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons: that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful." Al-Ahzab:33

From these verses itself, my opinion is inclined that the wearing of the hijab do not only apply to the prophet's wives, but also to the believing women i.e. muslimah. My take is probably, Armstrong might have her own interpretation of the verses. Allahua'lam.

Regarding isolation, Armstrong opposes the view of seclusion saying that 'Muslim women are required, like men, to dress modestly, but women were not told to veil themselves from view, nor to seclude themselves from men in a separate part of the house.' There is some truth in this assertion. While she did not specify the relationship of the 'men' to the muslimah, there are certain boundaries that has been set, which allow the muslimah to not seclude herself from certain male counterparts whom she have relation with. This is explained in the verse as quoted above,

"they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex." An-nur:31.

Hence, while it is uncontestable that a muslimah should not reveal her aurat to a male whom she do not have relations with i.e. non-muhrims, there are some cases where seclusion in the household from men is unjustifiable. Allahua'lam.

I hope that from the references above to support my viewpoints managed to address the quotes in my previous post. Suppose, if there are any further interpretations, please by all means post it up as a comment. May we benefit from such intellectual debates and given the gift of true knowledge from Allah, Insya'allah.

Thank You for reading.


Monday, July 07, 2008

I found myself trying to read almost every book that interests me. Bras Basah complex is the ish. It's the heaven of books and its way cheaper than any bookstore I have went to. I have a few books on my reading list already.

The first that I really want to get my hands on is 'Hikayat Abdullah'. I was ecstatic when i found the book in Bishan library only to know that it's not for loan. All i got is the introduction which discusses the main theme of the book. It discusses almost everything about the Malay society, in a logical and even stingingly criticising the malay culture at that time. What's more embarrasing is the matters addressed by Munshi Abdullah almost a decade and a half ago still bugs the malay society to this day.I'm trying to find the english version since i had trouble comprehending the classic malay prose used by Munshi Abdullah. I wasn't a sastera student. So that should be forgivable:).

The second book would be 'People of the book' written by Geraldine Brooks. It is discusses the issue of the three Abrahamaic faiths i.e. Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The term 'ahlil kitab' have always puzzled me and i really hope that this books explains if not all, a part of my doubts.

And lastly would be 'Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths' by Karen Armstrong. Somehow, this city is the central of the three monotheistic faiths. So much similarities yet so much conflicts. I'd really love to know Karen Armstrong's perspective on this.

Currently I'm reading 'The Siege of Mecca' by Yaroslav Trofimov. It recounts the historic uprising in the heart of the Islamic civilisation. More than that, it exposed the inefficiencies, worms, warts and all of the dark side of Saud's kingdom. A history book with hints of political discussions.

Before i end off, i got this from my sisters blog,

" We should pause to consider the question of the hijab, and the Muslim institution of the veil. It is often seen in the West as a symbol of male oppression, but in the Qur'an it was simply a piece of protocol that applied only to the Prophet's wives. Muslim women are required, like men, to dress modestly, but women were not told to veil themselves from view, nor to seclude themselves from men in a separate part of the house. These were later developments and did not become widespread in the Islamic empire until three or four generations after the death of Muhammad. It appears that the custom of veiling and secluding women came into the Muslim world from Persia and Byzantium, where women had long been treated in this way.In fact the veil or curtain was not designed to degrade Muhammad's wives but was a symbol of their superior status. After Muhammad's death, his wives became very powerful people: they were respected authorities on religious matters and were frequently consulted about Muhammad's practice (sunnah) or opinions. Aisha became extremely political and in 656 led a revolution against Ali, the Fourth Caliph. It seems that later other women became jealous of the status of Muhammad's wifes and demanded that they should be allowed to wear the veil too. Islamic culture was strongly egalitarian and it seemed incongruous that the Prophet's wives should be distinguished and honoured in this way. Thus many of the Muslim women who first took the veil saw it as a symbol of power and influence, not as a badge of male oppression. Certainly when the wives of the crusaders saw the respect in which Muslim women were held, they took to wearing the veil in hope of teaching their own menfolk to treat them better."

Karen Armstrong: "Muhammad: A biography of the Prophet"

Thats all folks.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Just came back from work. Caught the replay of Abadi while teasing my sister(she's one of the lead actors).Hehe. Will be heading to Atok's house later, maybe after asar. It's been a while since i met up with the clan.

My sister dreamt of me. In that dream she received a call from some hospital saying that i passed away :o. And when she reached the hospital, the doctor told her that i'm not dead, but just in a coma. She said the cause of my coma was that i was involved in an accident or something like i got beaten up.

Word. Thats scary. But then again, it's just a dream. True or not, Allahua'lam.

Ok. Thats all folks. Anyway, I'm shagged and the weathers rather sultry. hmm.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Damn shit. I typed out an entry and then its gone. My internet went bonkers and played me out. Now i gotta type another entry. But hell, im not gonna type what i typed just now. Bitch.

Anyway, this reminded me of my college days, where we had an oratorical contest. One of the contestants, might have this brooding grudge with internet and the whole IT stuff that everytime he went on stage, he will say, " Ladies and gentlemen, today i'm going to tell you why i hate computers/internet/infotech." Now i understand why.

I'm excited that i got the tics for my sisters graduation ceremony. Heh. Im proud of her. She deserve the recognition. She worked hard and earned it. Da pakai topi yg square2 tu la die! heh.
My sister:My hero.

Gotta go and rest. Will be working this weekends. Bluek!

Thats all folks. Hope my internet won't go bonkers again.

Lets pray shall we.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Alhamdulillah. My uncle and grandfather both arrived in Singapore safely.

Overheard the aunts talking of atok's experience in Mecca. It's written on my cousin's blog:

"Heard the adults talked about Atok’s experience at Mecca and it was heartbreaking. How he spent the free time he had alone by going to the places that he used to go with arwah Nenek when they went for their pilgrimages previously, how he ran after and chased this woman who looked like my late grandmother, only to realise that the woman wasn’t her when he looked at her face and lastly, how on 3 occasions, he woke up when he heard her voice telling him to wake up and not be lazy. He cried in the car on the way home. "

I know that he still misses Nenek. :(

On the day my grandfather arrived, i was thinking of visiting him the next day. But after the experience i had prior to Nenek's demise, i told myself that there might be no next time.

And now i miss my grandma even more.

Khususan Almarhumah Hajjah Rahmah Binte Mor, Al Fatihah.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

10 on the richter

In the name of Allah, Most gracious, Most merciful.

It came like a typhoon which pulled my heart strings. Devastation is too small a word. But something reminded me to rejoice:

" We will test your steadfastness with fear and famine, with loss of property and life and crops. Give good news to those who endure with fortitude, who in adversity say: 'We belong to God, and to him we shall return.' On such men will be God's blessing and mercy; such men are rightly guided." Q:2:155-157.

'I belong to God, and to him I shall return.' May i be of those who are rightly guided.

Even then, i still can't sleep. And my mother told me once before:

"Surely, in the remembrance of God all hearts are comforted. Blessed are those who have faith and do good works; blissful is their end." Q:13:28

Shall i go to sleep tonight with these phrase:

"Laaila Ha Ilallah. There is no God But Allah".

Nothing else left unsaid.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Just some daily thing I do

Just came back from my grands place. A farewell gathering before my grandfather departs for his Umrah tomorrow. Talking about umrah, i miss Mecca and Madinah. The last time i went there was a decade ago. I miss the environment, the poeple, the cultural experience and of course, looking at the Ka'aba and Sheikh Sudais and Shuraim's recitation. Listening it live brings it up to another new level altogether. Anyway i'll just hope that everything go on smoothly and my Grandfather and my uncle(they are going there together) have a safe trip forth and back. Insyaallah.

So tomorrow would be a trip to the airport to send them off, and then the family will have a function to attend. It seems that circumsicion is in trend now. Maybe because its the holidays.

Perhaps tomorrow i'll be meeting baby at night. We'll see how.

Thats all folks.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Time Machine

Tomorrow is already Thursday and i think this week passed by me quickly. Maybe because i am constantly busy at work. Anyways, im glad that weekend is coming. Im shagged. Seriously.

I have been trying to revive my economics knowledge and what have i done? I actually grabbed the TODAY newspaper, turned to the business pages with a pencil in my hand and started scribbling little economic analysis as i read the article. Glad to know that i can still recall some of the economic concepts.(:

Anyways, i was reading about the rising cost of fuel in Malaysia and its effects towards the economy as a whole. Its nice that i can explain why it is expected to cause a slowdown in the Malaysian economy and also worsen inflation. The vibe of dissecting an economic article that i had during college days just surged in me all of a sudden. I seriously miss the thrill of studying.

I found that i always reminisce of my JC days. Maybe because i miss the carefree, less-responsibility life i had back then. What you do as a student is simple; study, study and study. I have no financial worries and of course i had real friends, friends who cry with you when you're down and not hypocrites. Maybe the stress is another level altogether but well, school was fun. Seriously, i cannot wait to start studying again on my next phase(University), hehe.

On another note, i'll be taking my BTT this friday. Hope all's good. My girlfriend have been calling me every once in a while at work. Just brighten up my day of how she cares for me. I feel bad that i don't call her while im at work. I love you sayang. I really do. Can't wait to meet her tomorrow. Miss her much.

OK.Till here folks.


Monday, June 02, 2008

Of Mondays and Ambitions

Today is okay. Been feeling abit tired because it's monday. Alot of students came down to division for the CEPP programme, apparently they just want to get their Civil Defence badge.

While having the CEPP, me and Sazali got the time to talk about our future plans. And i mean we really had a serious talk. Sazali is one of the few people i have met so far that actually have their ambition and is doing something to make it real. Well, he already did.

Sazali is a sports writer and he was a sports journalist for TODAY newspaper. And so we talked about education, life plans and ambition. He wants to be a journalist, i want to be a teacher. People like him motivates me to work harder to achieve my ambition. He will even be studying this september for his degree in journalism.

I feel great that there are still people who thinks that teaching is not a dumping ground. I have heard of people saying, "Worst comes to worst, if you can't make it in.....why not just apply for teaching." First things first, teaching is not an easy job. Ask any teacher and they will say that teaching requires alot of patience. Secondly, teachers are people you should respect, teaching as a career is, to me, a noble one. You are passing down knowledge to another person and hence, is sacrosanct, divine in it's own right. Everybody starts with a teacher. Teaching will never die. Education forever. And it shall not be a dumping ground. Never.

I'm really thankful that now, im a step further to becoming a teacher. My final destination is of course to be a lecturer. I hope the University matriculation process goes well without any hiccups. I finally get to be in my dream school. Alhamdullilah. *much love to my sister. Your my inspiration babe!*

Assoc Professor Zulqarnain MN

How does that sound now brown cow?

P.s: I love Siti Mariam:)

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Henry Brooks

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Spread the Joy!


I have gotten two acceptance offers from both local universities i applied to(NUS and NTU).

I was offered Arts and Social Sciences at NUS and Mechanical Engineering at NTU. After much discussion with the family and a few friends, i decided on NUS for three reasons:

1) Its my first choice i.e. FASS, i want to do economics in university.

2) I like the buffet system in FASS which allows us to take a few different subject modules in the first year and declare our major only in the second year. I might have a change of taste:).

3) I can't lie on this. NUS FASS just got that vibe in it. One Word: Prestige. Not to say that other university lacks prestige, but it has always been my dream to go to NUS. Like a dream came true. You know?:)

so yeah.

I want to thank all those who congratulated me upon my acceptance into the university. My father, mother, sisters, familia, girlfriend,friends and acquaintances. I could not have done it without you guys. Thanks alot.

Of course, this is not only my hardwork. I owe alot to Him who listens when i seek guidance. The prayers before the papers and in the midst of baffled inquiry throughout my course of study. Thank You Allah. To you alone i pray and to you alone i seek help.

To Haters: don't hate the player, hate the game.

heh. and yes. I love you Mariam! I love u alot alot!(:

thats all folks. Till next time.


Friday, March 07, 2008


Alhamdullilah, all praise be to Allah, the owner of all things and victory of mine. To him we get these things, and to him it will return. Amma ba'du... my results turned out ok...not spectacular but good enough to give me eligibility for a number of university courses in NUS, NTU and NIE. I'm currently undergoing the choosing process. Seriously I'm not sure of what course to choose.

The choices:




Malay Studies






hmmm....choose within 3 days..

and to all the well-wishers...thanks a million!
I thank Allah again for giving me this chance. Thank you Allah. I knew you heard my prayers.

Final Countdown!


today is the day! feels so nice to be able to relax at home after working for 3 weeks non-stop. No off and work and work.



would like to wish all my peers taking their As a very good luck. Whatever the results is, doesn't matter. Just keep on walking.Aight.

now going to iron my clothes, get ready for prayers and then....jeng jeng jeng...


updates later. If i don't update that means...u noe lah what has happened.


Thursday, March 06, 2008

Mari kita lihat siapa yang kena!

I cant sleep.
Somebody sing me a lullaby please?

I keep thinking of my results tomorrow. Seriously, I've worked hard for this and if anything goes wrong then okla, gua accept juga. Heh. I tried hard, and if i fail, ok fine, aku bodoh. Or shit happens, or not suited for JC education or not good enough yet for university or....

Have been going through universities websites, advanced diploma courses on newspapers and the net and even faoundation years in certain Australian universities. And damn, Aus universities are gonna screw my cash dry if i enrol. But who said life is always cheap and easy?

One thing i hate about results day i the suspense. It can be fun but it can break you if you take it too hard. And having to face your friends, teachers, calls from acquaintances. It would be all sweet if the results are nice. But in a case of the otherwise. ehem ehem.

heh. Im just typing and i dunno whats the focus. heh but one thing for sure, im nervous. I don't wanna say anything now cos anything can happen.

We'll wait for tomorrow.


Wednesday, March 05, 2008


When i blog means there is something important.


results will be out this friday at 14 30 hrs. seriously, im not hoping much out of this.
i may make it or i won't. Now let me say this, if i make it then I thank Allah and everyone around me for their motivation and criticisms. But if i don't make it, from the bottom of my heart, i apologise for the disappointment i brought to everyone who's concerned. Neither do i expect it to turn out that way.
But whetever it is, im still hoping for the best. But i prepared myself for the worst already. I've got a few other plans in place just in case.

And to be honest, im damn scared for this friday. Every now and then, when i think about it, my heart beats faster. I get spasms and goosebumps.

watever it is, FRIDAY eh?

Penghulu segala hari.