Selasa, 27 Oktober 2009

The Budget, How the Government is Spending OUR Money!




I went to a forum about budget at the Chinese Assembly Hall just a few day before and I bought this book "The BUDGET. How the Government is spending OUR money".

This book is the best helper for those who are unfamiliar with those complicated budget terms and it do really an eye opener for us about how the government run our money.

I am reading it now. Just do not want all of you miss the info about it..

Try to catch it up! the issue was all around now..

Here I put the details.. (lucky me, I buy it just for 15 ringgit.. Thanks to the forum orginizer)

Author: Teh Chi-Chang
Publisher: REFSA
Year: 2009
ISBN: 9789834462963
106 pages
RM20

Isnin, 26 Oktober 2009

My Father's Notebook


I started reading the book before raya and I manage to finish it two weeks after raya..

Yes, the story started slow and hard to be understand at first.

But, to be truth after pages by pages the story became more interesting after I start to understand Kader Abdullah style of writing.

"My Father's Notebook" do bring us to discover the life of Iranian before and after the Khomeini.

Kader Abdullah does have it own way to tell story about a person life, or maybe his personal life.

It is quite interesting when a mute deaf father communicate trough his children especially the son. Hence, the son seem to be very part of his father and the son do feel he was part of his father.

However, the father do have his own planning about the son and start to send his son to school. The son grown up as an educated person and further studies to the capital city.

The story after that became more interesting, where the involvement of the son with the secret society or underground movement to change the Shah government.

One interesting part of the book is it was started with surah al-kahfi and eventhough I am really not sure why he did it, maybe it have the connection with the one of the cave that being visited by the deaf mute father. It is still one thing to discover about this book.

I do believe you will be more close to Iranian history after reading the book.

The book was written in Dutch and tranlated by an english women, and I can surely conform it was translated beautifully.

Try to enjoy the book.. (to be truth I do not really like the son because he did'nt pray and perhaps an atheis..)

But still this is one of my reading stuff..

Change A Look..

The blog had change a look a little bit..

I am posting back a few of my article about my point of view about some books..

I am hoping to write a lot about books after this..

Comments are welcome to the articles..

Hope to write new articles soon..

See ya!

Ahad, 25 Oktober 2009

Ingin Jadi Pujangga

A. Samad Ismail dalam kompilasi cerpennya “Ingin Jadi Pujangga” mencatat banyak cerita yang berkaitan dengan dunia kewartawanan malah jika dibaca secara keseluruhan kita akan nampak perkembangan sejarah Negara seiring dengan cerpen beliau yang pada hemat saya memang lahir dari sudut hati beliau.

Sungguhpun tulisan beliau dilihat sebagai karya sastera sahaja, jika dibuat kajian bentuk tulisan tersebut adalah antara peniup gelombang semangat kemerdekaan di kalangan rakyat di zaman tersebut.
Yang menariknya adalah A. Samad Ismail juga pernah meringkuk di dalam penjara semasa zaman British dan menyeludup keluar tulisan cerpen beliau dengan nama pena berbeza.

Banyak peristiwa Negara dicatat di dalam cerpen tersebut antaranya zaman komunis, Darurat, kaum tua, kaum muda, pemergian Tunku ke Indonesia, Zaman PAS masuk BN dan sebagainya.

Perkembangan pemikiran beliau juga seolah dicatat dengan sengaja, terdapat cerpen yang menyebut dengan jelas masa muda merupakan jiwa
yang ingin segalanya pantas dan penuh semangat, tetapi setelah meningkat usia, semangat itu berkurangan.

Bagi saya, tulisan beliau banyak membantu kita memahami situasi dan demografi zaman dahulu. Cubalah membaca tulisan beliau,pasti anda memahami maksud saya.

Sekali lagi, sekiranya A. Samad Ismail tidak menyeludup tulisannya, tidak berkarya, alangkah ruginya dunia penulisan Negara kita.

Sabtu, 24 Oktober 2009

Enjoy Your Life...

Written by Dr M Abd Al-Rahman Al-Arifi


A life after is far BETTER than this world but there is no wrong of having a good life here with ISLAMIC view..

Try to read this book, Enjoy Your Life, it was published by Darussalam. Actually it was written in Arabic and being translated in English by Darussalam.. Hmm I will give my review after exam week. With Allah's will.

This book was written beautifully and drag me into it's value.. Alhamdulillah..


Jumaat, 23 Oktober 2009

Asiah ‘Ali dan Wanita


This article had been written by me last year (2008), it is about a Malay book entitled Muslimat Pencorak Masyarakat. I never seen the book after that..

Selepas bertungkus lumus tidak tidur semalaman kerana menyiapkan assignment ‘Plant Breeding’, malah terpaksa melepaskan meeting GAMIS yang sewajarnya dihadiri saya terpandang sebuah buku kusam yang tersusun kemas di atas rak buku di rumah sewa.


Kulit buku yang tak menarik memang menyukarkan pembacaan saya.


Memandangkan tajuknya adalah ‘Muslimat Pencorak Masyarakat’, mungkin isinya menarik dan wajar dibaca.


Selepas memulakan pembacaan, saya teringat sebuah pepatah Inggeris “Don’t judge a book by its cover”.

Buku ini ternyata dikupas dengan baik oleh penulisnya, Asiah ‘Ali dengan membawakan tema wanita berdasarkan dalil al-Quran dan hadis.


Kali ini biar kita bicarakan bab pertama buku ini.



Kedudukan Wanita Dalam Islam:


Bab ini dimulai dengan keadaan semasa wanita yang merupakan sebahagian besar dari jumlah penduduk dunia serta menyoroti sejarah kedudukan wanita di zaman jahilliah.


Di zaman jahiliah taraf wanita adalah amat rendah sekali dan ada pula yang menganggap wanita sebagai hamba sahaya. Malah ibu bapa terlalu takut untuk memelihara anak perempuan kerana dikhuatiri akan membawa keaiban kepada keluarga.


Beliau juga secara kasar memaparkan situasi wanita di pelbagai tempat:

  • India- terdapat adat memaksa isteri membakar diri bersama mayat suaminya. Sedangkan Islam membenarkan perkahwinan semula selepas menjadi balu atau janda selepas waktu edah.

  • China- wanita dianggap hamba sahaya dan tidk berhak memiliki harta sedangkan di dalam Islam wanita diperuntukan sejumlah bahagian di dalam pemilikan harta pusaka.


Orang lelaki mendapat bahagian harta peninggalan ibu bapa dan kerabatnya dan orang perempuan mendapat bahagian dari harta peninggalan ibu bapa dan kerabatnya. Ia sedikit dari bahagian lelaki atau terbanyak mengikut pembahagianyang telah ditetapkan. An-nisa4: ayat 7


Kemudian beliau menyatakan bahawa setelah kedatangan Islam kedudukan wanita di dalam masyarakat lebih mulia dan diberikan hak-haknya. Namun begitu beliau mendapati wanita kini semakin mendapat hak-hak yang wajar dimiliki tetapi telah meminta perkara yang tidak sepatutnya.


Permintaan supaya dibenarkan berpakaian seperti lelaki, melaksanakan seks bebas dan sebagainya. Saya percaya sekiranya tulisan ini relevan dibaca pada tahun beliau menerbitkan buku ini pada tahun 1993, kini apatah lagi.


Beliau turut menyatakan pendirian islam di dalam beberapa sub-topik iaitu


wanita dan undang-undang

Wanita dan Ekonomi

Wanita dan nilai Kemasyarakatan

Wanita dan Alam Perkahwinan

Peranan Isteri dan Ibu

Bekerja dan Memimpin

Tangggungjawab Atas Kesalahan

Menuntut Ilmu

Adab dan kesopanan Wanita


Wanita Dan Undang-undang:


Undang-undang adalah terlaksana terhadap setiap insan tidak kira lelaki atau perempuan.


Jika kita meninjau perundangan di Negara Eropah, sebenarnya banyak undang-undang yang menindas wanita.


Sebelum abad ke-20- wanita tidak dibenarkan bersekolah

Sebelum 1890- wanita berkahwin tidak dibenarkan memiliki harta persendirian

Sebelum 1918- wanita tidak dibenarkan mengundi


Ini adalah bertntangan dengan Islam di mana setiap undang-undang mestilah adil dan sesuai dan melindungi kebajikan wanita.


Rasulullah juga pernah bersabda


“orang-oang dahulu binasa kerana apabila bangsawan mencuri dibiarkan dan apabila orang bawahan mencuri dijalankan hukuman. Demi Allah sekiranya Fatimah binti Muhammad mencuri (anak baginda sendiri) pasti kupotong tangannya”

Wanita dan Ekonomi


Di dalam ekonomi Islam mengambil beberapa cara:


  1. Menetapkan pembahagian harta pusaka yang menjamin pembahagian kekayaan antara manusia dengan adil.
  2. Menyekat harta kekayaan daripada terlonggok pada tangan seseorang sahaja.
  3. Islam juga menegah mewasiatkan harta kepada orang yang bukan waris lebih daripada satu pertiga dari harta yang diwasiatkannya.

Beliau juga menerangkan bahawa bahagian lelaki adalah lebih banyak daripada perempuan kerana tangggungjawab yang dimiliki oleh lelaki adalah lebih banyak berbanding dengan wanita. Lelaki yang diwajibkan memberikan nafkah.

Disinilah letaknya keadilan islam, ,meletakkan sesuatu perkara sesuai dengan tempatnya.


Wanita dan nilai kemasyarakatan.


Islam menghapuskan perbezaan antara manusia, iaitu seperti peraturan kasta, berpuak-puak, golongan bangsawan dan bawahan serta lain-lain perbezaan.

Sebagaiman firman Allah:


Maksudnya:

“ Wahai manusia. Sesungguhnya kami ciptakan kamu daripada jenis lelaki dan perempuan dan kami jadikan kamu dari berbagai bangsa dan berbagai puak supaya kamu dapat mengenali di antara satu sama lain. Sesungguhnya orang yang paling mulia di sisi Allah ialah orang yang paling bertakwa.

Al-Hujirat 49:ayat 13


Sejak dari itu wanita Islam mula terbela..


Wanita dan Alam Perkahwinan:


Beliau menerangkan bagaimana talaq boleh dilakukan sebanyak 3kali untuk memberi peluang kepada kedua-dua pihak bertentangan selepas berjauhan untuk beberapa ketika. Kuasa talaq sekalipun di tangan lelaki tetapi boleh dipindahkan ke tangan wanita.


Peranan Sebagai Isteri dan Ibu.


Asiah ‘Ali menyatkan dengan bersungguh bahawa inilah peranan paling penting dan tugas murni seorang wanita.

Beliau turut menjadikan hadis rasulullah sebagai panduan:


Sabda Rasulullah S.A.W

“syurga itu di bawah telapak kaki ibu”


Bekerja dan Memimpin:


Asiah juga menyatakan bahawa wanita juga dipertanggungjawabkan sebagai seorang pemimpin.


Hal ini tertera di dalam al-Quran.


Maksudnya:


“Dan orang-orang lelaki briman dan perempuan yang breiman, sebahagian mereka menjadi pemimpin kepada sebahagian yang lain. Mereka menyuruh kepada yang ma’ruf, mencegah dari yang mungkar, mendirikan solat, menunaikan zakat dan taat kepada Allah dan rasulnya”

Al-Taubah 9:ayat71


Tanggungjawab Atas kesalahan.


Undang-undang Islam berkaitan jenayah adalah saksama antara wanita dan lelaki.

Cth Al-MAidah : ayat 28 dan n-nur: ayat 2


Menuntut Ilmu:


Di dalam Islam perempuan dan lelaki memang diwajibkan menuntut ilmu. Ilmu ini merangkumi pelbagai aspek.


Adab dan Kesopanan Wanita:


Bagi menjaga kesucian diri, maruah serta menjamin kesejahteraan masyarakat dari sebarang fitnah dan noda, maka Islam mengenakan beberapa adab dan kesopanan.


KESIMPULAN:


Sacara keseluruhan Islam merupakan agama yang menyelamatkan golongan wanita, walaupun terdapat salah faham yang meliputi golongan bukan islam bahawa wanita Islam ditindas, sebenarnya banyak lagi yang mereka tidak ketahui akan hikmahnya seperti isu Poligami.


Heidi



For those who disbelieve god have to read such a lovely story by Johanna Spyry, it always makes me remember what have been told in al-Quran.

And your Lord has said, ‘Call on Me and I will respond to you, in other words, worship Me and I will reward you — judging [this to be the meaning] by what follows. Surely those who disdain to worship Me shall enter (sa-yadkhulūna, or [passive] sa-yudkhalūna, ‘they shall be admitted into’) Hell [utterly] humiliated’, abased.

Ghafir:60

This verse of Qur'an actually is the main point why we have to pray to Allah and told him whatever we want and believe Him (Allah) that one day He (Allah) will full fill our prayers.

This had been told beautifully in the book, at the moment when grandmama told her to say her prayer every night.

It was the time when Heidi told Grandmama that she had stop pray to God because she feels like the God didnt hear what she pray and because nothing happen after it.

Grandmama answers really struck me,

"You are wrong, Heidi; you must not think of Him like that. God is a good father to us all, and knows better than we do what is good for us. If we ask Him for something that is not good for us, He does not give it, but something better still, if only we will continue to pray earnestly and do not run away and lose our trust in Him. God did not think what you have been praying for was good for you just now; but be sure He heard you, for He can hear and see every one at the same time, because He is a God and not a human being like you and me. And because He thought it was better for you not to have at once what you wanted, He said to Himself: Yes, Heidi shall have what she asks for, but not until the right time comes, so that she may be quite happy. If I do what she wants now, and then one day she sees that it would have been better for her not to have had her own way, she will cry and say, 'If only God had not given me what I asked for! it is not so good as I expected!' And while God is watching over you, and looking to see if you will trust Him and go on praying to Him every day, and turn to Him for everything you want, you run away and leave off saying your prayers, and forget all about Him. And when God no longer hears the voice of one He knew among those who pray to Him, He lets that person go his own way, that he may learn how foolish he is. And then this one gets into trouble, and cries, 'Save me, God, for there is none other to help me,' and God says, 'Why did you go from Me; I could not help you when you ran away.' And you would not like to grieve God, would you Heidi, when He only wants to be kind to you? So will you not go and ask Him to forgive you, and continue to pray and to trust Him, for you may be sure that He will make everything right and happy for you, and then you will be glad and lighthearted again."

Isn't it beautiful? you must read this..

This story also brought me to another world of Swizerland which it had been told clearly by Spyry. I can feel the fresh air of the mountains there, I can visualize the snow and even shiver when I read the coldness.

The winter, springs and summer are beautifully visualize by her and it really interesting how she describe the characters inside.

Even the city of Frankfurt also been told like we have been there before when reading it.

The story started slow which it seems like we are focusing on uncle Alp but it does have it's own significant and brilliant idea to put it there and we can feel the changes of character of Uncle Alp.

BY the way this is really a good classic story for us to read eventhough it had been filmed since we can see the different of feeling by reading it ourself and visualize it on our own imagination.

Here I put some of the hymm that heidi told to grannie,

The golden sun
His course doth run,
And spreads his light,
So warm and bright, upon us all

'We see God's power
from hour to hour.
his love is sure,
And will endure for evermore.


My heart is sad, my eyes grow dim,
Yet do I put my trust in Him,
and in due time, all sorrow past,
In safety home I'll come at last.'