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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

KPop Single Chart: Fourth Week of April 2010


I really want to write more but it's hectic these days. But I'll make sure that I'll be active again in a couple of days :D.

So for a quick update, the single chart for the fourth week of April has came out! Woot! Woot! There are many entries this week and the competition will be more fierce. 2pm came back with their latest single, Without You. Honestly, when I saw their MV for the first time, it reminded me to JYP's No Love. Some of the movements seem similar. Well, I think it's not a surprise isn't it? Since JYP is their boss. Lee Hyori is still reigning the throne with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Rain has a little slide down this week to number 6. His Hip Song is on the 12th place. I'm not worried because he's still the king in the music shows. Oppa, saranghae <3.

For the fourth week (April 18-25), the chart is as following:

20. Bubble Love - MC Mong & Seo In Young
19. I'll Make Way - Brown Eyed Soul
18. 10 Reasons to Love You - Lee Seok Hoon (SG Wannabe)
17. It doesn't Make Sense - Younha
16. Dropping Rain - Kim Tae Woo
15. There is no love - Gummy
14. I Go Crazy Because of You - T-ara
13. Like a Fool - 2AM
12. Hip Song - Rain
11. I Did Wrong - 2AM
10. The Wings named you - Kim Tae Woo
09. Run Devil Run - SNSD
08. Bang! - After School
07. Scattered - Monday Kiz
06. Love Song - Rain
05. It has to be only you - YeSung
04. Magic - Secret
03. Choked Up - SeeYa
02. Without U - 2PM
01. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Lee Hyori



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Friday, April 23, 2010

KPop Single Chart: Third Week of April 2010


Hi. It's the end of semester and as usual students are getting extra busy especially for those who are the last minute types (SO LIKE ME)XD. For a quick update, let's take a look at the KPop single chart for the third week of April (April 11-18).Hyori's achievement is so impressive since her song 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' is number one as a new entry. Good job! It seems that this week, Hyori has exchanged place with Rain Bi! As long as they are on the top of charts, I'm so happy ;). Thank you so much for KPopNet4 for the update.

20. Making Love - 4Minute
19. Bubble Love - MC Mong & Seo In Young
18. How Did We Get - Lee Hyori
17. Magic - Brown Eyed Girls
16. Lupin - KARA
15. I'll Make Way - Brown Eyed Soul
14. It doesn't Make Sense - Younha
13. I Go Crazy Because of You - T-ara
12. Dropping Rain - Kim Tae Woo
11. Bring It Back - Lee Hyori
10. I Did Wrong - 2AM
09. Hip Song - Rain
08. It has to be only you - YeSung
07. Run Devil Run - SNSD
06. Swing - Lee Hyori
05. Bang! - After School
04. Magic - Secret
03. Choked Up - SeeYa
02. Love Song - Rain
01. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Lee Hyori


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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Art From Food? :)

Credits: Taman-taman Syurga













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Friday, April 16, 2010

You're Beautiful Drama Parody


You're Beautiful Drama is indeed popular because even the idols made a parody of it. The idol group, 2pm acted out certain scenes of the drama. The parody is not new but I just found the good quality video with English subtitles. I'm not familiar with 2pm members. I just knew Jay Bom, Nickhun and Taecyeon. However it is hilarious to see their parody featuring Narsha from Brown Eyed Girls, Park Gyuri from Kara and T-ara group. At first I thought..EWW...gay love? But then, it's just a parody anyway, merely to bring laughs. And of course I laughed watching it :D. I wonder why we can hear fangirl's scream in the video. Perhaps it was first released live? I don't know. I love the fact that they inserted popular songs inside the video. Without further delay, for those who love You're Beautiful Drama, enjoy the parody!

P/S: I love Park Gyuri's acting here <3.


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Course Paper Featuring...ME! ;p


Variance in Women’s Clothing in Islam

Paula Sass

Religion, as a part of greater culture, is often difficult or even impossible to separate from other values. As a result of this immersion of religion within broader general culture, Islam is defined and practiced differently in different regions and communities. This variety is exemplified by the expressed attitudes of the Muslim women who spoke in our class and by the experiences that Firuz Akhtar Mohamad Bohari, a Malaysian Muslim woman, shared during an interview[1]. While the wide spectrum of Muslim practice is evident in several areas, it is particularly noticeable in the realm of women’s dress.

Firuz, who grew up in Malaysia, studied in Iran and the United States, and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, discussed the differences in standards of women’s dress throughout the Muslim World and expressed her opinions about how these standards are related to other general cultural norms in different areas. Firuz’s father is an American-educated professor married to Firuz’s mother, who is a housewife. She defines her upbringing as “observant Muslim but open-minded.”

Malaysia’s official state religion is Islam, but only about 60% of its inhabitants are Muslims[2]. Additionally, Firuz stated, as a Southeast Asians, Malaysians generally wear bright colors and patterned fabrics. Many Malaysian Muslim women wear what Firuz referred to as “hijab,” (modest dress) specifically, a scarf that covers of the hair, ears, and neck. The wearing of “hijab” is socially acceptable, according to Firuz, and newscasters and singers dressed in “hijab” can be seen on television, and are leaders in some organizations. There are even Malay fashion magazines specifically tailored to women who choose to wear “hijab,” and women often fasten the fabric using colorful pins. During our interview, for example, Firuz wore a beige rhinestone studded “hijab” that was held in place by several pink and red sparkly pins in different shapes. However, despite the widespread wearing of the “hijab” in Malaysia among Muslim women, it is not mandated by the government in any way, so the decision about whether or not to veil and to what extent, is left up to the individual.

After attending boarding school in Malaysia beginning at age thirteen, Firuz went to Iran to complete her undergraduate studies in Persian language and literature in Iran. With regard to clothing, Firuz claims that she experienced a cultural shock upon arriving in Iran as an eighteen year old. In Iran, covering of the hair is mandatory for all women, regardless of religion (though the vast majority are Muslim). While wearing black is not required by law, Firuz expressed that when she walked amongst Iranians, she stood out because her colored clothing contrasted with the loose, black chador (long Iranian cloak) worn by many Iranian women. She explicitly stated that she thought the forcing of “hijab” onto all women and the prevalence of black were examples of culture affecting the practice of Islam. Furiz explained that she felt that the Iranian government’s enforcement of one type of Muslim religious garb had negative implications, even though she does wear “hijab.” She expressed that many of her friends in Iran were less observant of shar’ia (Islamic law), and neglected their prayers due to the resentment they felt towards Islam because it was being forced upon them. Likewise, she was uncomfortable with the widespread presence of black instead of the colorful clothing she was used to in Malaysia. She expressed that she believed that Islam is not a mournful religion, and that, therefore, entirely black clothing sends false messages about Islam’s values. Thus, it is evident, that Iranian Muslims possess a different set of beliefs about dress from those with which Firuz was raised in an observant Malaysian family. These differences are the result of the different social and cultural milieus in which Islam developed in these different regions. For example, it is thought that the black chador was introduced under the Safavid dynasty in Iran during the 16th century[3]. The absence of solid black garments in Malaysia could be explained then, by the fact that Malaysia never fell directly under the control of the Safavids, and were affected instead by other ethnic groups. Thus, the differences in clothing are matters not only of shar’ia and Qur’anic interpretation, but also matters of broader cultural influence.

Following Firuz’s studies in Iran, she came to study Islamic and Near Eastern studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where wearing any sort of religiously- inspired dress is neither governmentally mandated, as it is in Iran, nor widespread, as it is in Malaysia. As a result, Firuz explained, the women whom she knows in the United States who cover their hair are more religiously observant than those in Iran or even in Malaysia. Muslim women who wear “hijab” in the United States make a particularly conscious decision to do so, since it is not in any way encouraged by the culture in which they live. Thus, as both Firuz and the women who spoke in our class asserted, those who wear it in the United States imbue the wearing of “hijab” with greater meaning. Similarly, since these women are making an active decision to make Islam a significant part of their everyday life through wearing “hijab,” they are more likely to have made other commitments to Islam and be more observant of shari’a than Muslims who do not make as conscious of a decision to wear “hijab.” Elsewhere, donning of “hijab” may be implicitly culturally based, as it is in places where doing so is the norm or widespread (as in Iran and Malaysia), or it may even been done with explicitly secular cultural intentions. In colonial Algeria, for example, women adopted the “hijab” as a symbol of their rejection of the West and its cultural norms, independent of the religious reasons for the wearing of “hijab” that are used by women in other contexts[4]. Due to the absence of a widespread Islamic culture in the United States, women here who wear “hijab” make a choice to separate themselves from secular culture and engage in a certain manner of dress as a more purely religious act.

Additionally, Firuz has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, spending time in Egypt, Syria, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. In each of these places, Islamic-inspired dress manifests itself differently based on local custom. In Egypt, for example, to an even greater degree than in Malaysia, women who wear “hijab” do so with attention to fashion, explained Firuz. In Syria, as well, the wearing of “hijab” has an element of fashion to it, though the women there, in Firuz’s opinion, are less flashy than those in Egypt. Additionally, many Malaysian women go to study Islam in Syria, and these women tend to be more covered (than just their hair, ears and neck) and religiously observant in other ways as well. In Turkey, by contrast, wearing any sort of headscarf is forbidden in universities and government offices. As a result, some Turkish women flee to Iran in order to be able to cover themselves without experiencing discrimination because of it. Despite the prohibition, many Turkish women do wear “hijab,” often made of silk and worn tucked into the women’s clothing, as opposed to outside of it, as is customary elsewhere. These women, though considered religiously observant, partake in practices that are different from those to which Firuz had been exposed in Malaysia. For example, though there are differing opinions on smoking within Islam, it is generally frowned upon, even if it is not considered by all scholars to be haram (forbidden). Firuz claimed that in general, Malaysian women who are observant to the degree that they wear “hijab” do not smoke, or perhaps in some cases do so secretly. Turkish women with “hijab,” in contrast, are often heavy smokers who have no qualms about smoking, even in the presence of others. In Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, in the words of Firuz, women “always wear black” and are deprived of certain freedoms, including driving a car, in the name of Islam. Firuz expressed discomfort with this notion, as it is starkly different from the Islam with which she was raised in Malaysia, and expressed concern that backing such laws with religion “makes people feel badly about Islam.” These significant differences between geographical and national communities further highlights the differences in the interpretation of what is religiously expected based on other, not necessarily inherently religious, aspects of the regional culture.

Though individual Muslims are often reluctant to say that their practices are based in culture as opposed to purely in religion, to some degree, this is probably always the case. The practice of Islam globally, based in the same textual sources, varies significantly between different communities, and other aspects of culture account for these variations, even if their influence is not immediately obvious. Often, cultural differences that are not religiously based become associated with some form of religious backing, further blurring the distinction between specifically religious practices and other aspects of the broader culture. This religious backing of cultural practices is an effective and appealing technique to ensure the preservation of cultural ideals and values, since religion often holds greater authority than other facets of culture. As a result of this blurring of categories, the aspects of popular religion that are based in secular culture or in religion itself are difficult to identify and examine, though both elements are usually present.


Bibliography

Ahmed, Leila. Women and Gender in Islam. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992.

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Masterton, Aisha R. “Hijab in Iran: Many Shades of Meaning.” IslamOnline.net

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1190886545

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February 28, 2010).

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(accessed February 28, 2010).



[1] I interviewed Firuz on Monday, 2/22/10/. We had arranged to meet in a café at Washington University, but moved to a common space in a nearby academic building because the café was crowded. I took notes throughout the interview, and thus, any quotes from the interview are paraphrased.

[2] “The World Factbook: Malaysia.” Central Intelligence Agency.

[3] Masterton, Aisha R. “Hijab in Iran: Many Shades of Meaning.” IslamOnline.net

[4] Ahmed, Leila. Women and Gender in Islam. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992. 164.


Kesimpulan: Malaysia lah tempat paling best! Eceh...(homesick)

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ANJell Official Website Launched



You're Beautiful Drama might have ended last year but fans are still loving the drama. ANJell band featured in the drama is not a real one but their songs have high sales. Celebrating fan's never ending love and support, an official website of ANJell has officially been launched on 12th April. As expected, the website had a crash during the beta testing as a result of overflowing visits at the same time. I personally have visited the website and most of the informations are in Korean. I really hope that there will be a team to input data on the website in English since ANJell has a huge international fan base too. Well, we can still use Google Translate but er.....you can't get the feeling by doing that right?

Ok fellows, let's visit http://anjells.com/ together!


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KPop Single Chart : Second Week of April 2010


By the second week of April, Rain Bi has topped the chart. Oh Yeah! What did I told you before? He will definitely be at the top in no time :). His 'Hip Song' is currently on the 17th place as a new entry. Just wait and see how many stairs it will climb by next week. Hyori's Swing song which was on the 19th place last week boosted up to number 2. So number 1 and number 2 are now occupied by the King and Queen of KPop. Yeah, now that what's we call healthy competition! I feel a little bit sorry for other singers who are promoting their songs during the King and Queen's comeback. It will be extremely difficult to compete with those two. I think that's why most of them choose to return in May. Hehe~ Playing safe huh?

For the second week of April (April 4 - April 11), the chart is as following:

20. Bad Habit - ZIA
19. Magic - Brown Eeyd Girls
18. Will Love Come - Baek Ji Young & Mighty Mouth
17. Hip Song - Rain
16. Because I only Learned to Love - December
15. Turn Around - JOO
14. It has to be only you - Yesung
13. Present - K.Will
12. Bubble Love - MC Mong & Seo In Young
11. Lupin - Kara
10. I Go Crazy Because of You - T-ara
09. Dropping Rain - Kim Tae Woo
08. Magic - Secret
07. It doesn't Make Sense - Younha
06. I'll Make Way - Brown Eeyd Soul
05. I Did Wrong - 2AM
04. Run Devil Run - SNSD
03. Bang! - After School
02. Swing - Lee Hyori
01. Love Song - Rain



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Monday, April 12, 2010

Always Be There by Maher Zain (fanmade video + lyrics)

Assalamualaikum! This time let's listen to other song. Here I would like to promote Maher Zain. He's a great artist and his songs are awesome. The lyrics give huge impact to me and the music is also catchy. For the first time in my life, I actually bought songs from Amazon. I really want to support a brother in Islam by buying his original songs :) Ok this time let's listen to "Always Be There". I think it's a good song to hear especially when we feel down.



Credits: http://www.islamiclyrics.net

Alllahu Akbar…

If you ask me about love
And what i know about it
My answer would be
It’s everything about Allah
The pure love, to our souls
The creator of you and me,the heaven and whole universe
The one that made us whole and free
The guardian of HIS true believers
So when the time is hard
There’s no way to turn
As HE promise HE will always be there
To bless us with HIS love and HIS mercy
Coz, as HE promise HE will always be there
HE’s always watching us, guiding us


So when the time is hard
There’s no way to turn
As HE promise HE will always be there
To bless us with HIS love and HIS mercy
Coz, as HE promise HE will always be there
HE’s always watching us, guiding us
And HE knows what’s in all in our heart

So when you lose your way
To Allah you should turn
As HE promise HE will always be there…

HE bring ourselves from the darkness into the light
Subhanallah praise belongs to YOU for everything
Shouldn’t never feel afraid of anything
As long as we follow HIS guidance all the way
Through the short time we have in this life
Soon it all’ll be over
And we’ll be in His heaven and we’ll all be fine

So when the time gets hard
There’s no way to turn
As HE promise He will always be there
To bless us with HIS love and HIS mercy
Coz, as HE promise HE will always be there
HE’s always watching us, guiding us
And HE knows what’s in all in our heart

So when you lose your way
To Allah you should turn
As HE promise HE will always be there…

Allahu Akbar…

So when the time gets hard
There’s no way to turn
As HE promise He will always be there
To bless us with HIS love and HIS mercy
Coz, as HE promise HE will always be there
HE’s always watching us, guiding us
And he knows what’s in all in our heart

So when you lose your way
To Allah you should turn
As HE promise HE will always be there…

Allahu Akbar…

Lyrics Information

Artist: Maher Zain
Album: Thank You Allah
Lyrics: Bilal Hajji & Maher Zain
Melody: Maher Zain
Arrangement: N/A
Copyright: Awakening Records 2009

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

KPop Single Chart : First Week of April 2010


For the first week of April 2010 (28 March - 4 April), there have been new entries to the KPop scene. I'm glad that my Rain Bi has taken the fourth place as a new participant. Hope by the second week, he'll boost up to a higher place. The chart is based on 30% from Melon Chart, 30% from Bugs Chart, 20% from Dosirak Chart and 20% from Soribada Chart. Thank you so much for KPopNET4 for the awesome video of the chart.


There are a few of my favorite songs in the list including After School-Bang, 2am-I Did Wrong, Kara-Lupin. And there are a couple of songs that I'll definitely check out coz they sound good! Ok, the ranking for the first week of April is:

20. Dropping Rain - Kim Tae Woo
19. Swing - Lee Hyori
18. Heartbreaker - GDragon
17. It has to be only you - YeSung
16. Shock - Beast
15. Because I only Learned to Love - December
14. Will Love Come - Baek Ji Young & Mighty Mouth
13. Super Soul - Gil Hak Mi
12. It doesn't Make Sense - Younha
11. Present - K.Will
10. Bubble Love - MC Mong & Seo In Young
09. Going Crazy Waiting - Big Mama
08. Lupin - KARA
07. I Go Crazy Because of You - T-ara
06. Bad Habit - ZIA
05. I did wrong - 2AM
04. Love Song - Rain
03. Run Devil Run - SNSD
02. I'll Make Way - Brown Eyed Soul
01. Bang! - After School


Listen to bits of the songs from this video:


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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Beautiful Wild Song Birds

Credits: Taman-taman Syurga

It's spring now, guys. Let's grab our binoculars and look for the beautiful wild song birds. :)












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Solat Itu Soal Peribadi?

Credits: Taman-taman Syurga

Sambungan dari artikel lepas bertajuk 'Solat Itu Buang Masa?" Boleh rujuk di:

SOLAT ITU SOAL PERIBADI?

Itu kisah orang Jepun yang bukan Islam. Sekarang mari kita ikuti kisah orang Islam sendiri dengan solat.
“Maaf, solat ini soal peribadi. Siapa yang nak buat sila, dah ada surau pun dalam bangunan ini. Siapa yang tak mahu, tak boleh paksa. Itu hal masing-masing.”
“Ya, solat tidak boleh dipaksa. Tetapi kita sebagai saudara seIslam, wajib mengingatkan. Dan saya ingin mengingatkan saudara, solat bukan soal peribadi,” tekan saya.

“Mengapa?”
“Solat itu mencegah seseorang dari kejahatan dan kemungkaran.”

“Itu saya tahu. Solat boleh mencegah kemungkaran. Saya pun selalu juga dengar kuliah-kuliah Subuh. Tapi ini dalam syarikat, kita tak perlu mengulang input-input dalam kuliah Subuh tu. Di sini kita bekerja, kita berniaga…”
“Tuan, masa kita berniaga dan bekerjalah selalunya godaan dan cabaran datang. Banyak kemungkaran dalam berniaga dan bekerja,” tusuk saya perlahan.

“Kemungkaran dalam kerja? Apa tua?”
“Ponteng, curi tulang, rasuah, melawan atasan, menindas bawahan, umpat, adu domba dan sebagainya. Kemungkaran ini bukan soal peribadi. Jika seorang melakukannya, ia memudaratkan yang lain. Lama-kelamaan ia berjangkit menjadi budaya yang negatif dalam syarikat. Ini akan menjejaskan operasi dan perjalanan syarikat secara keseluruhan.”

“Kita sudah ada undang-undang dan disiplin organisasi. Itu sebagai kawalan untuk anggota kita tidak melakukan penyelewengan.”
“Undang-undang mencegah kemungkaran dari luar tetapi solat mencegah kemungkaran dari dalam. Kita perlukan kedua-dua pendekatan. Bahkan dalam apa jua keadaan pencegahan dari dalam itu yang lebih berkesan.”

“Kenapa?” tanyanya sepatah-sepatah. Pengurus bahagian sumber manusia itu masih tidak yakin betapa pentingnya kursus pemantapan solat dilaksanakan dalam organisasi itu. Sejak dari tadi saya terkial-kial untuk meyakinkan orang Islam sendiri tentang kaedah Islam mencegah penyelewengan dan salah laku dalam syarikatnya.
“Sebab solat akan membina rasa takut, cinta dan patuh kepada Allah. Orang yang begini akan meninggalkan kejahatan dengan kerelaan hati sendiri. Ataupun jika mereka tersalah, mereka akan segera bertaubat.”

“Ah, apa pula pihak atasan kata nanti. Kita anjurkan kursus solat pula, sedangkan selama ini kita giat menjalan kursus-kursus yang memberi kemahiran profesional kepada anggota-anggota kita,” katanya berterus-terang.
“Orang atasan tidak mahukah melihat orang-orang bawahan dan seluruh kakitangan syarikat ini jadi baik? Solat sangat penting untuk membentuk manusia jadi baik.”

Dia merenung muka saya lalu berkata,”tetapi kalau baik sahaja tetapi tak tahu bekerja, buat apa?”
“Dan kalau tahu buat kerja sahaja tetapi tidak jujur, buat apa?” balas saya.

Setelah melihat dia diam, saya menambah, “sebenarnya kita perlu kedua-keduanya sekali. Pemantapan solat pun perlu, peningkatan kemahiran profesional pun perlu. Alangkah baiknya jika kedua-duanya dilaksanakan secara bersepadu dalam syarikat ini. Kita tidak ada masalah, bukankah seluruh kakitangan syarikat ini beragama Islam?”
“Kos… kos dan peruntukan latihan akan bertambah,” balasnya.

Kali ini saya pula terdiam.
“Tuan, untuk program latihan kemahiran kita rela berbelanja besar. Mengapa untuk program pemantapan nilai-nilai Islam ini kita terlalu berkira?”
“Itu soal pihak atasan…” kilasnya.

“Tuan, di atas pihak atasan ini ada yang lebih atas lagi. Allah akan bertanya kepada kita, apa yang kita laksanakan untuk mendidik orang bawahan kita. Syarikat hakikatnya sebuah institusi. Kita akan ditanya oleh Allah tentang orang di bawah pimpinan kita. Bukan soal makan-minum dan kebajikan lahiriah mereka sahaja, tetapi juga soal iman dan Islam mereka.”

“Baik tu baik. Tetapi…”
“Tuan, jika syarikat terlalu berkira dalam soal-soal tarbiah begini, saya khuatir penyelewengan, rasuah, curi tulang dan lain-lain sikap negatif yang tuan katakan mula merebak dalam syarikat ini akan bertambah kronik. Pembaziran dan penyelewengan akan memporak-perandakan operasi. Produktiviti dan kualiti akan menurun. Penjualan juga akan merosot. Pembaziran berleluasa. Rasuah pula akan menyebabkan ketirisan wang yang bukan sedikit! Ini menelan kos yang lebih berbanding kos pendidikan,” pujuk saya.

Dia termenung. Sambil menepuk-nepuk tangannya ke meja dia berkata, “insya-Allah, nantilah akan saya fikirkan dulu.”
Saya menarik nafas. Begitulah cabaran dalam berdakwah. Setelah berhujah, kita perlu pasrah menyerah kepada Allah, pohon taufik dan hidayah-Nya. Apa pun benarlah seperti yang selalu diungkapkan, Islam adalah agama yang paling banyak disalah tafsirkan, bukan sahaja oleh orang bukan Islam…. tetapi oleh orang Islam sendiri.

Di Jepun, di Malaysia atau di mana sahaja, Islam sering disalah tafsirkan. Namun jangan pesimis atau kecewa. Itu bermakna peluang dan ruang untuk dakwah sentiasa terbuka!

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Friday, April 09, 2010

Rain Bi Crowned As The Winner at M! Countdown

WARNING: SEXINESS OVERLOAD

The King of KPop returned to the stage with an impressive start-number one on M! Countdown. After his latest release of Love Song MV, fans were anticipating to see him performing live. The dazzling MV just made the fans enthusiastic; hence creating more expectations for his live performance. After an absence from KPop stage for two years, Rain was still powerful by delivering the best. His voice was husky and captivating, and as expected (and hoped) he did show his chocolate abs ;p




Besides 'Love Song', Rain also performed another song from his album called 'Hip Song'. From the title itself, it is easy to predict how the dance will be. 'Hip Song' was a fast track which was fired up by his amazing dance skill. He surely has awesome stamina since it is not easy to sing along with hyper dance moves.




Claiming the first place for the first comeback stage. How awesome is that! But it is expected from an ace like Rain Bi. Being the first after 2AM's win for the previous stage, Rain seemed to be very happy. He was even laughing during the 'prize giving' ceremony. Once he was announced as the winner, the other singers kept bowing to him, giving full respect. Well, Rain is already considered a legend for South Korea, so no wonder he is highly respected by others. He is a successful sunbae for other singers even though he has not reached 30 years old yet. Impressive achievement! However, he seemed a bit lonely among the new comers. Let us hope Lee Hyori will come back soon to the stage. That way, Rain will have a 'partner' from his days to promote their songs together.





The latest news is Rain's "Love Song" MV is labeled by KBS as inappropriate for broadcasting. People may thought that the sexiness in the MV led to that matter. However, it was because Rain has broken the traffic law by running in the middle of the road! Hopefully the matter will not slow down his album promotion. Good luck Rain!
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Beautiful Candles

Credits: Taman-taman Syurga

For candle lovers, enjoy these pictures of beautiful candles!
















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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Janganlah Berburuk Sangka kepada Allah

Credits: Taman-taman Syurga

Para pembaca yang budiman, perlu untuk kita ketahui bersama bahwa ALLAH adalah Dzat yang maha sempurna, baik dari Nama, Sifat maupun perbuatan-Nya. Tidak ada satupun aib atau cela yang terdapat pada ALLAH.

Sebagai bentuk realisasi TAUHID, kita dilarang mengingkari nama dan sifat yang telah ditetapkankan oleh ALLAH Ta’ala. Kita wajib percaya dan menerima sesuatu yang telah ditetapkan ALLAH kepada para hambaNya.


Segala Sesuatu Diciptakan Dengan Hikmah

ALLAH menciptakan langit dan bumi beserta isinya, semuanya tentu mengandung hikmah yang agung dan tidak dalam rangka kesia-siaan.

ALLAH Ta’ala berfirman yang artinya, “Dan Kami tidak menciptakan langit dan bumi dan apa yang ada antara keduanya tanpa hikmah (hanya sia-sia saja). Yang demikian itu adalah anggapan orang-orang kafir, maka celakalah orang-orang kafir itu karena mereka akan masuk neraka…” (Ash-Shood: 27). Termasuk tatkala ALLAH memberikan manfaat (kebaikan) atau suatu mudhorot (musibah) pada seseorang, tentunya hal ini juga mengandung hikmah yang agung di dalamnya. Subhanallah!

Untuk itu kita harus selalu berhusnuzhon (berprasangka baik) terhadap segala sesuatu yang telah ALLAH tetapkan kepada para hamba-Nya agar kita termasuk orang-orang yang beruntung. BERSYUKURLAH! BERSYUKURLAH! BERSYUKURLAH! SAUDARA SAUDARA KU SEKALIAN!!


Rahasia di Balik Musibah

Para pembaca yang budiman, tidaklah ALLAH menimpakan suatu musibah kepada para hambaNya yang mu’min kecuali untuk tiga hal:

  1. Mengangkat derajat bagi orang yang tertimpa musibah, karena kesabarannya terhadap musibah yang telah Alloh tetapkan.
  2. Sebagai cobaan bagi dirinya.
  3. Sebagai pelebur dosa, atas dosanya yang telah lalu.

Su’udzon Itu Tercela

Su’udzon (berprasangka buruk) pada ALLAH merupakan sifat tercela yang harus dijauhi dari diri setiap orang yang beriman karena hal ini merupakan salah satu dari dosa besar. Sikap seperti ini juga merupakan kebiasaan orang-orang kafir dan munafiq. Mereka berprasangka kepada ALLAH dengan prasangka yang buruk dan mengharapkan kekalahan dan kehancuran kaum muslimin. Akan tetapi ALLAH membalik tipu daya mereka serta mengancam mereka dengan adzab yang pedih di dunia dan akhirat.


ALLAH berfirman yang artinya, “Dan supaya Dia mengazab orang-orang munafik laki-laki dan perempuan dan orang-orang musyrik laki-laki dan perempuan yang mereka itu berprasangka buruk terhadap ALLAH. Mereka akan mendapat giliran (kebinasaan) yang amat buruk dan ALLAH memurkai dan mengutuk mereka serta menyediakan bagi mereka neraka Jahannam. Dan (neraka Jahannam) itulah sejahat-jahat tempat kembali.” (Al-Fath: 6)

Adzab dunia yang akan diterima oleh orang kafir dan orang munafiq yang memusuhi ALLAH adalah berupa keresahan dan kegelisahan yang melanda hati mereka tatkala melihat keberhasilan kaum muslimin. Adapun adzab akhirat, mereka akan mendapatkan murka ALLAH serta dijauhkan dari rahmat Alloh dan dimasukkan ke dalam neraka jahannam yang merupakan sejelek-jelek tempat kembali.


Berprasangka buruk pada ALLAH merupakan bentuk cemooh atau ingkar pada takdir ALLAH, Misalnya dengan mengatakan Sepatutnya kejadiannya begini dan begitu.” Atau ucapan, “Aduhh rezeki saya akhir-akhir ini merosot terus ahh? Lagi habis semuanya memang ..…” serta bentuk ucapan-ucapan yang lain. Banyak orang berprasangka buruk pada ALLAH baik yang berkaitan dengan dirinya sendiri maupun orang lain. Tidak ada yang dapat menghindar dari prasangka buruk ini kecuali bagi orang-orang yang memahami nama dan sifat ALLAH. Maka sudah selayaknya bagi orang yang berakal dan mau membenahi diri, hendaklah ia memperhatikan permasalahan ini dan mau bertobat serta memohon ampun terhadap prasangka buruk yang telah ia lakukan.


Jauhi Prasangka Buruk Kepada ALLAH

Sikap berburuk sangka merupakan sikap orang-orang jahiliyah, yang merupakan bentuk kekufuran yang dapat menghilangkan atau mengurangi tauhid seseorang. ALLAH Ta’ala berfirman yang artinya, “Mereka menyangka yang tidak benar terhadap ALLAH seperti sangkaan jahiliyah. Mereka berkata: ‘Apakah ada bagi kita barang sesuatu (hak campur tangan) dalam urusan ini?’ Katakanlah: ‘Sesungguhnya urusan itu seluruhnya di tangan ALLAH.’ Mereka menyembunyikan dalam hati mereka apa yang tidak mereka terangkan kepadamu; mereka berkata: ‘Sekiranya ada bagi kita barang sesuatu (hak campur tangan) dalam urusan ini, niscaya kita tidak akan dibunuh (dikalahkan) di sini.’

Katakanlah: ‘Sekiranya kamu berada di rumahmu, niscaya orang-orang yang telah ditakdirkan akan mati terbunuh itu keluar (juga) ke tempat mereka terbunuh.’ Dan ALLAH (berbuat demikian) untuk menguji apa yang ada dalam dadamu dan untuk membersihkan apa yang ada dalam hatimu. ALLAH Maha Mengetahui isi hati.” (Ali-Imran: 154)


Perlu untuk kita ketahui bersama, berprasangka buruk kepada Alloh dapat terjadi pada tiga hal, yaitu:

  1. Berprasangka bahwa ALLAH akan melestarikan kebatilan dan menumbangkan al haq (kebenaran). Hal ini sebagaimana persangkaan orang-orang musyrik dan orang-orang munafik. ALLAH berfirman yang artinya, “Tetapi kamu menyangka bahwa Rasul dan orang-orang mukmin tidak sekali-kali akan kembali kepada keluarga mereka selama-lamanya (terbunuh dalam peperangan, pen) dan syaitan telah menjadikan kamu memandang baik dalam hatimu persangkaan itu, dan kamu telah menyangka dengan sangkaan yang buruk dan kamu menjadi kaum yang binasa.” (Al-Fath: 12)

    Perbuatan seperti ini tidak pantas ditujukan pada ALLAH karena tidak sesuai dengan hikmah ALLAH janji-Nya yang benar. Inilah prasangka orang-orang kafir dan Neraka Wail-lah tempat mereka kembali.

  2. Mengingkari Qadha’ dan Qadar Alloh yaitu menyatakan bahwa ada sesuatu yang terjadi di alam ini yang di luar kehendak ALLAH dan taqdir ALLAH. Seperti pendapat Sekte Qodariyah.
  3. Mengingkari adanya hikmah yang sempurna dalam taqdir ALLAH. Sebagaimana pendapat Sekte Jahmiyah dan Sekte Asy’ariyah.

Iman dan tauhid seorang hamba tidak akan sempurna sehingga ia membenarkan semua yang dikabarkan oleh ALLAH, baik berupa nama dan sifat-sifat- Nya, kesempurnaan- Nya serta meyakini dan membenarkan janji-Nya bahwa Dia akan menolong agama ini


Untuk itu sekali lagi marilah kita instropeksi diri, apakah kita termasuk orang yang seperti ini (orang gemar berprasangka buruk pada ALLAH) sehingga kita dijauhkan dari syurga ALLAH yang kekal? Kita berdo’a kepada ALLAH agar menjauhkan kita semua dari berprasangka buruk kepadaNya.


Wallahu a’lam.



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Penulis: Abu Farhan Wali Sabara
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