Implications of SUHAKAM’s study on Mu’alaf’s Marriages.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

This is a heartfelt sharing of thoughts by Cikgu Aliya Yeoh who blogs at Musings of a Mualaf.

Cikgu Aliya is a member of The Muslim Bloggers Alliance and her writings have always been a source of pleasure, knowledge and a window into the heart and soul of a committed and dedicated revert to Islam.

She is an excellent writer and brilliant storyteller. I find her writings so alive and full of passion for Islam, life and everything that’s precious and beautiful!

To me, Cikgu Aliya is not only a good friend online but also a shining example of a true Muslimah whom Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has blessed with the best of Iman, akhlak and wisdom in helping to mould the hearts and minds of her students to be exemplary citizens of Malaysia.

Cikgu Aliya just graduated from USM! Congratulations Cikgu! All my best wishes to you and pray that you will continue to excel in your noble career as an educator! Ameen.

Okay, let’s get to the main article by Cikgu Aliya which I am featuring here today.

It’s an important insight into how Cikgu Aliya, as a Mualaf @ Revert to Islam views the report in The Star about the findings of SUHAKAM concerning their ‘studies’ on issues cropping out of marriages that involve husbands or wives who convert /revert to Islam and the implications arising out of such cases?

Cikgu Aliya’s comments are in green.

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Suhakam has completed its study on issues arising from inter-faith marriages and one spouse changing his religion and will be submitting a report to the Prime Minister’s Department soon.

Among the proposals Suhakam had come up with was for those who planned to embrace Islam to marry a Muslim to study the religion in depth before their conversion, said Commissioner Datuk Dr Abdul Monir Yaacob.

(Right. Those who intend to embrace Islam should know that it’s a one way road. That should be done accordingly and from the right people; namely PERKIM, MACMA, JIM, ABIM etc. Local Islamic Religious departments? Nahhhh…

And study the religion in depth? How much is enough? Isn’t the 1-month mandatory lessons about Islam & Fardu Ain organised by the Islamic Religious Departments enough for a start?

BTW, not everyone who want to embrace Islam intend to marry a Muslim laa Datuk.. many of us are happy to be Muslim/Muslimah on our own accord.

No need to find a husband/wife to become a Muslim. It’s the 21st century, grow up la Datuk!!!)

He added that family members should also be informed when a non-Muslim wants to embrace Islam so as to avoid problems later in relation to funeral rites or distribution of property after the person’s death.

(Yeah right… Which family in their right mind will simply accept their son/daughter/husband/wife to leave the comfort zone of one’s original religion and embrace another religion? They’d fight tooth and nail to stop the conversion from ever taking place.

Perhaps it’s wiser to suggest making it mandatory to inform the family members within 3 months after the person’s reversion to Islam.

That should give ample time for the unmarried new revert to prepare for the confrontation with family members and for the married spouse to move to another residence.

The officers in charge at the local Islamic religious departments should be responsible for that – post the letter, call up, etc- and not just buat tak apa until a revert dies 😛

A true, responsible Muslim will never hide his/her true religion & beliefs from his/her family for a long time)

“We feel that it is appropriate for non-Muslims to distribute their property, if any, to their close relatives before they convert to Islam, said Dr Abdul Monir yesterday.

(Hello.. who gives Suhakam the right to determine how a person spend his/her property?

It’s an infringement of a person’s right.

What if the person has no intention to distribute any of his/her hard-earned properties to any of his relatives because they don’t deserve it – are drunkards or gamblers?

Does that mean he/she will not be allowed to revert to Islam? Pahhhhh!!!

If this is to be applied, same should be done to those Muslims who intend to leave Islam for other religions so that the rights of those parents of murtad will be protected!

Also why should only the rights of the non-Muslim spouse be protected?

What about the rights of the Muslim spouse?

There are wives who want to embrace Islam but are prevented due to the present law that states only Muslim husbands can divorce their wives.

That leaves wives who become Muslimahs and still married to non-Muslims in a dilemma because they can’t divorce their husband nor ask for a divorce at the civil court.

I am one of the lucky few who manage to free myself (by getting a mutual divorce first without informing my ex about my intention to revert to Islam after the divorce) and pursue my dreams. What about the others?

There are husbands who want to embrace Islam but think many times due to the fact that their wives refuse to a divorce nor become Muslimahs along with the husband.

There are husbands who due to their wives’ refusal to convert to Islam, have resorted to marrying another Muslim wife to share his life with, and like any good fathers, want their children to be brought up as Muslim children.

The rights of every citizen should be protected, Muslims and non-Muslims)

Property gained after conversion to Islam would be governed by Islamic law, he added at a dialogue here.

(Of course. That’s faraid. As a born-Muslim surely you know more than I do about Islamic law, Datuk ???)

If you are a Muslim, you are bound by Islam to help anyone who sincerely intends to embrace Islam.

People who intend to revert to Islam should be helped, not prevented or discouraged by man-made laws designed to stop anyone from furthering their intention.

If I had told my family members and my former husband about my intention to embrace Islam, they will do everything to stop me. I tried to and had to wait 10 years.

If I had distributed my properties to close relatives before I embrace Islam, life would be more difficult for me as zakat is not automatically given to new reverts.

In short, people who intend to embrace Islam should be studied on case-to-case level, not simply by accepting proposals from those who have never undergone the hardships of becoming a Muslim or who are already against the reversion of non-Muslims to Islam.

If those who revert to Islam are married to non-Muslims, they should be required to settle their divorce amicably, with the Muslim husband following the Islamic rules of providing nafkah etc and the Muslim wife granted a quick divorce but without nafkah.

That should prevent husbands and wives who want to escape from responsibility.

Better still, get a divorce before embracing Islam officially.

The proposals by Suhakam is an insult to Islam and the Syariah Court. I wonder if Muslim NGOs are consulted.

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Well, that is what Cikgu Aliya feels about the subject matter?

I figure that the authorities especially the Islamic Development Department @ JAKIM, ought to seriously handle this obviously sensitive but very important matter involving the future and lives of so many people and families from both sides of the faith.

It is also a serious matter of concern to all those affected by the consequences of our fellow Malaysians from other faiths who out of their own convictions and search for their inner peace of mind and realizing the Truth of Islam decide to embrace the faith and claim their birthright to be a Muslim.

No doubt that no one has the right to stop anyone else from embracing Islam for it is a fitrah for mankind but that should not also be abused by those who embrace Islam for economic reasons or as a way out of a problematic Non Muslim marriage?

I believe that only with proper handling of this very real and quite sensitive matter by dedicated, learned and compassionate Islamic Authority officers who are sincere in seeking the amicable solution to this ultra sensitive, touchy subject will be able to deal with those who are affected by the decision of the former Non Muslims to embrace Islam, in an appropriate and acceptable manner that all who are concerned can come to accept?

I acknowledge that the cases we have here are real and must be solved amicably through the Shariah Courts based upon what Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala commands and His Final Messenger has enjoined!

Failure to do that will only see this problem be an endless source of headaches and a bone of contention that remains stuck in every Malaysian’s throat so to speak?

Let’s hope that JAKIM gets down to solving the problems faced by both the Mualaf and his or her Non Muslim family once and for all!

My sincere appreciation to Cikgu Aliya for her contribution to the Muslim Bloggers Alliance and consent to have this article republished here for the benefit of all our fellow Malaysians to read and ponder as to the situation many reverts to Islam here in Malaysia, face, day in day out?

Jazakallah Cikgu.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Welcome Brother Rizal Abu Bakar, MBA’s latest member!

Assalamualaikum dear MBA members,

I am pleased to announce our latest MBA Blogger, Brother Rizal Abu Bakar who has joined us today, Friday 21st Sya’aban 1429 Hijrah @ 22nd August 2008.

Brother Rizal blogs at http://abrizal.blogspot.com. He is 35 years old psychologist based at Canberra, Australia.

His blog contains valuable information relating to the Muslim psyche and matters relating to the benefits of Solat to the Muslim who keeps his or her prayers diligently.

I wish Brother Rizal all the best in his career and welcome to the Muslim Bloggers Alliance.

Insya Allah, we hope that with Brother Rizal in our midst, we can learn from him as to the psychological benefits that comes from Solat and Dhikr to those of us who love and worship Ar Rahman with all our
hearts.

May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala bless and guide us all towards our success both in this Duniya and in the Akhirat!

Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen.

Welcome MBA latest member, Abdul Rahman Awang !

Assalamualaikum dear Muslim Bloggers,

It is with the greatest pleasure that I wish to announce the registration of our latest MBA Blogger, Brother Abdul Rahman Awang, who blogs at http://www.myhalal.blogspot.com.

Brother A Rahman Awang is doing a great job in blogging about the halal aspects of foodstuffs in the market and has been updating hisreaders about the latest developments concerning the halal foods
worldwide.

I believe that as responsible and concerned Muslims, we must be always alert to the ways that certain food manufacturers abuse the trust that Muslims worldwide place on them to serve us only food that is fit to be consumed as per our religious regulations and stipulations.

I strongly suggest each and every MBA Blogger to add Brother A Rahman Awang’s bloglink to your blogroll.

To Brother Abdul Rahman Awang,

I wish you a warm welcome to the Muslim Bloggers Alliance and hope that you will keep us updated as to the latest news and developments in the Halal Foods situation in the local and worldwide markets.

You are doing a fantastic job in your blog! Keep it up and May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala reward you for your efforts!

Ameen.

Welcome to the Muslim Bloggers Alliance.

Check out our main website at http://themuslimbloggersalliance.org

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Ta’ala Wabarakatuh.

MENDAPAT KEREDHAAN SUAMI oleh Cikgu Aliya Yeoh

“U ni belajar la syukur, asyik tak puas hati je”
“I sebenarnya bersyukur, bukan tak syukur kerana kahwin dengan dia. Cuma… ”
“Pompuan la paling ramai tak masuk syurga”
“Ya, I tau.”
“Kalau suami tak redha pun dah jadi dosa, nak mengucap pun tak boleh masa nak mati tu, tak takut ke? kalau I, tu yang paling I takut jadi isteri. ”
“Memang I takut tapi I tak rasa apa yang I buat tu tak salah.I cuma pertahankan hak I, tu aje.”
“Habis,U nak teruskan juga?”
“Ya, demi masa depan I. Lagipun kalau isteri dah lakukan segalanya ikut hukum syarak, dan suami masih tak redha dengannya itu tak jadi hal. ”
“Siapa kata? Apa-apa hal pun isteri tak boleh buat gitu. Walaupun suami buat salah itu hal dia dgn Allah tapi isteri tetap kena jaga hati suami.”
“Maksud U?”
“Isteri kena patuh dan jaga hati suami supaya suami sentiasa redha dengannya. Jgn ambil mudah hal ni.”
“Tapi I tak nampak apa salah I. Cam yang I kata, I cuma pertahankan hak I sebagai isteri kerana selama ini I rasa dia kurang prihatin tentang hak I.”
“U ni tak faham atau buat-buat tak faham? Kalau dia tak berikan hak U seperti yang U rasa tu…tu antara dia dgn Allah swt. Tak ada kaitan dengan isteri. Isteri tetap kena taat pada suami.”
“Jadi apa isteri boleh buat? Takkan nak diamkan diri saja dan terus dianiaya? ”
“Isteri boleh mengadu kepada Allah dan kepada mahkamah syariah. Tapi kalau dua-dua buat silap dua-dua masuk neraka.”
“Bukankah isteri kena taat pada suami berdasarkan perkara-perkara ikut hukum Islam aje?”
“Betul la, masing-masing ada tanggungjawab”.
“Jadi apa masalah sehingga U tak sokong tindakan I ni? ”
“Isteri kena taat pd suami selagi tak menyalahi hukum agama. Yang hal suami tak taat pada hukum Allah, itu antara dia dgn Allah. Tak ada kaitan dengan isteri. ”
“I cuma luahkan rasa tak puashati I jer.”
“Pada dia .. luahkan perasaan itu bukan salah. Tapi kena betul cara yang U buat tu. Jangan sampai melukakan hatinya dan menyebabkan dia benci. Ingat, keredhaan untuk isteri masuk syurga ada 2…satu dgn Allah, 1 lagi dgn suami. ”
“Jadi apa yang patutnya I lakukan?”
“Cara bagi tau rasa tak puas hati pun kena cara yg betul agar suami U tak kecil hati. Kalau dia terasa hati dengan U, U dah jadi derhaka tau. ”
“Jadi apa harus I buat sekarang? I sayangkan suami I tu, bukan I sengaja nak sakitkan hati dia pula. I pun tau berdosa isteri yang sakitkan hati suami. ”
“Tau tak pe. Ingat, isteri yang suaminya tidur dalam keadaan marah padanya akan dilaknat malaikat sehingga dia memohon ampun pada suaminya, dan menebus kesilapannya tu.”
“I tau tu. ”
“Lagi satu, kalau suami U mati dalam keadaan dia marah pada U, U takkan dapat cium pintu syurga walaupun U buat banyak amal jariah semasa hidup U. ”
“Ishhh.. takkan sampai begitu sekali. ”
“U ingat I main-main ker? Isteri yang berdosa pada suami walaupun sekecil-kecil zarah akan ditolak doanya oleh Allah swt.”
“Tapi I bukan hamba suami I. I isteri dia.”
“I taulah U isteri. Tapi nak dapat gelaran isteri solehah U kena penuhi 2 syarat yang sekarang ni dah semakin kurang di kalangan para isteri. ”
“Apa 2 syarat tu? ”
“Pertama, U kena taat kepada Allah dan Rasul-Nya. Kedua, U kena taat kepada suami.”
“Contoh taat kepada suami? ”
“Perbetulkan niat U tu ketika melakukan setiap perkara. Niat yang sempurna itu tidak lain dari melakukan sesuatu untuk dapatkan keredhaan Allah. ”
“Jadi I kena sentiasa melayan suami dengan baik demi mendapat keredhaan Allah?”
“Rasullah paling kasihkan Khatijah kerana dia yang paling berjasa pada suami. Ingatlah.. berbuat baik kepada suami di dalam Islam dianggap ibadah yang utama.”
“Tapi bagaimana pula dengan hak I sebagai isteri? ”
“U takkan rugi apa-apa kalau U memelihara kewajipan U pada suami. Janji Rasulullah kepada kita, yakni mana-mana perempuan yang taatkan suaminya, patuh dan setia, apabila meninggal dunia dan suami redhainya, maka dia dijamin masuk syurga.”
“Ok, I dah faham. Mekacih kerana menegur I.”
“Sama-sama. Di dalam Islam, suami hanyalah jalan untuk isteri memperoleh redha Allah. Cinta suci hanya lahir daripada iman dan taqwa. Hati orang yang bertaqwa adalah untuk Allah dan rasulNya. Ia berlainan dengan cinta sesama manusia tanpa ketaqwaan pada Allah, yang sering dihebohkan dalam media hari ni.”
“Doakan kebahagiaan rumahtangga I. ”
“InsyaAllah. Sentiasalah hormat dan melayan suami dengan baik. Bila suami kasih, Allah akan redha dengan kita.”

Sabda Rasulullah, “Khatijahlah yang memberi kebahagiaan ketika orang lain mencelakakanku. Dialah yang menghiburku dalam penderitaan ketika semua orang membenciku. Dialah yang memberi seluruh hartanya kepadaku ketika semua orang menahan pemberiannya. Dan dialah yang menganugerahkan kepadaku anak ketika isteri-isteri yang lain tidak memberikannya.”(Shahih Bukhari dan Shahih Muslim)

Allah s.w.t berfirman yang bermaksud:
“Sesiapa yang mengkehendaki (dengan amal usahanya) mendapat manfaat di akhirat, Kami akan memberinya tambahan pada manfaat yang dikehendakinya dan sesiapa yang mengkehendaki (dengan amal usahanya) kebaikan dunia itu (sekadar yang Kami tentukan) dan ia tidak akan memperoleh sesuatu bahagian pun di akhirat kelak.”

(al-Syura: 30)

Lawatilah laman Cikgu Aliya di http://pukullima.blogspot.com/

Welcome Brother Mohd Fudzail, MBA’s latest member!

Assalamualaikum ya ikhwanul muslimin na wal muslimat.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you our latest MBA Blogger, Brother Mohd. Fudzail bin Mohd.Nor, a 44 years old Project Manager, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Brother Fudzail blogs at http://1426.blogspot.com.

Brother Mohd Fudzail was attached from 1992 until the end of 1999 with TV3.

He has been residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with his family since 2000.

Brother Fudzail published his first solo book ‘Waikato’ which was published by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka in 2001. He has won several ‘Hadiah Sastera’ awards for short stories and odes.

He was Involved with the development of Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Knowledge Village until 2002.

From 2002 to 2003, Fudzail was a consultant to Dubai World and Sheikh Yusuf Islam.

From 2003 to the end of 2006, Fudzail was managing the IT & Telecom infrastructure for several Dubai mega projects.

Since early 2007, Brother Fudzail has been managing utility and smart city projects for another iconic development in Dubai, UAE. By that, I mean http://www.thepalm.ae/

You know, the one where they have built million dollar homes on reclaimed land in the shape of palm trees viewable from the air where the rich and famous have already bought such super duper homes! 🙂

Well, that’s what the rich and wealthy do! I don’t think I’ll ever get to do that in my lifetime, being a poor da’ee…hehehehehe…

Anyway, I feel honored to have Brother Mohd. Fudzail join us here in the Muslim Bloggers Alliance and wish him a very warm welcome to our fledgling alliance of like minded Muslim Bloggers who blog for the sake of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam!

May Fudzail’s presence here stir our MBA Bloggers to start writing constructive articles for the good of the MBA members and the Ummah online and offline.

Ameen.

May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala bless us all and guide us with His Taufik and Hidayah and Shower us with His Baraqah and Rahmah!

Ameen Ya Rahman Ameen Ya Raheem!

Please protect our Brother Fudzail and his beloved family over there in Dubai and may they be blessed with a fruitful life, both in this duniya and in the Akhirat, Insya Allah!

Ya Allah, do bless each and every MBA Blogger with the best of this world and in the next!

Ameen.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatulillahi Ta’ala Wabarakatuh.

Welcome Brother Zukri Aksah, our latest MBA Blogger.

Assalamualaikum dear MBA Bloggers,

Pleasew join me in welcoming Brother Mohd Zukri Bin Aksah , who blogs
at http://zukriaksah.com.

Brother Zukri is a Training & Education Consultant.

Zukri Aksah, 36 years old, is an ex member of the GERAK Malaysia Board
of Directors and an ex Exco member of the Angkatan Muda Keadilan
Malaysia.

He can be contacted at info@zukriaksah.com and through his Mobile
Number 6- 013 951 3280.

I wish Zukri all the best in his blogging and new political career
with PAS, which he has joined officially based on his latest article
in his blog.

May Allah SWT bless and guide us all.

Ameen.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Ibrahim Ujar – Luahan rasa; Apabila wanita rela dilacurkan, dibogel dan dipertontonkan….


Hebat..hebat hingga ada orang merasa bangga jika dapat mencari rezeki dengan melacurkan diri orang lain. Tidakkah mereka rasa terhina dan keji atas dasar kerakusan ertikata “bapa Ayam” ini. Manakala wanita-wanita ini boleh dikategorikan pelacur terhormat kelas satu. Mungkin diri terasa bangga atas kurniaan Allah yang hanya sementara, mahu digunakan sebaikmungkin keindahan tersebut sehingga rela dan sanggup diri ditelanjang dan dipertontonkan. Masyallah !!! Geramnya aku..

“Semua filem menjual wanita dan rasanya semua filem yang menjual wanita akan berjaya,” beritahu Amir, spontan dalam nada berseloroh.

Melanjutkan hujahnya, Amir berpendapat, adanya babak-babak yang telah mendapat pelepasan daripada Lembaga Penapisan Filem (LPF) itu sebagai menepati kehendak skrip.

“Adegan berkemban dan mempamerkan susuk tubuh, itu semua perihal nafsu dan keghairahan wanita untuk kelihatan cantik walaupun terlarang,” jelas Amir yang faham sangat sensitiviti budaya Melayu yang dipamerkannya menerusi filem arus perdana pertamanya ini. Ujar pengarah filem Susuk, Amir Muhammad. Lagi hujahnya di sini.
Alangkah indah dan bahagianya ibubapa yang berjaya mendidik dan mencorak anak-anak sebegini rupa..memang sejuk hati ibu dan bapa. Anak-anak tidak bersalah, mereka dilahirkan dalam keadaan suci dan bersih..ibu bapalah yang mencorakkan kehidupan anak-anak samada jadi pejuang agama dan bangsa atau jadi pelalai dan perosak agama dan bangsa. Renung-renungkan kembali kerana yang akan menghadap Illahi adalah diri kita sendiri, tidakkah ada terpalit rasa hina kerana didikan yang dicurahkan tidak mengikut acuan yang sebenarnya, tidakkah rasa jijik bila mana rezeki yang dicari adalah hasil kedurjanaan yang dilakukan dimuka bumi ini.

Adakah kita masih berada di zaman jahiliah, wanita mudah diangkut ke sana-sini, tubuh mudah diratah, dijaja, dipertontonkan, diperkosa. Masihkah wanita-wanita ingin menyalahkan kaum adam atas kerakusan dan kedajalan mereka. Tidakkah ini semuanya datang dari kaum hawa sendiri. Jika perlakuan di atas boleh diperkotak-katikkan dan dilacurkan oleh segolongan “Bapa Ayam” dan memberi makan anakbini dengan rezeki sebegini, bayangkanlah apa yang akan berlaku.

“Hai Nabi! Katakanlah kepada isteri-isterimu, anak-anak perempuanmu dan isteri-isteri orang mu’min semua hendaklah mereka melabuhkan jilbab-jilbab mereka atas (muka-muka) mereka. Yang demikian itu lebih memastikan mereka agar dikenali (sebagai wanita Islam) supaya mereka tidak diganggu.” (al-Ahzab: 59)

Dalam hadisnya yang diriwayatkan oleh Abu Hurairah, Rasulullah s.a.w. bersabda:

“Ada dua golongan dari ahli neraka yang belum pernah saya lihat keduanya itu: (l) Kaum yang membawa cambuk seperti ekor sapi yang mereka pakai buat memukul orang (penguasa yang kejam); (2) Perempuan-perempuan yang berpakaian tetapi telanjang, yang cenderung kepada perbuatan maksiat dan mencenderungkan orang lain kepada perbuatan maksiat, rambutnya sebesar punuk unta. Mereka ini tidak akan boleh masuk syurga, serta tidak dapat akan mencium bau syurga, padahal bau syurga itu tercium sejauh perjalanan demikian dan demikian.” (Riwayat Muslim)

Masih tidak takutkah insan-insan yang dijadikan oleh Allah tetapi menyombongkan diri, melanggar perintah Allah sedangkan Dia Maha Pencipta..apakah perlunya kepada azab dunia baru datangnya keinsafan mutlak..apakah bila sudah lanjut umur, bila wajah mulai berkedut, gigi tertanggal..waktu itu baru nak sujud kepadaNya. Astagfirullahalngazimm..ingatlah ibubapa kita yang berada di dalam kuburan, menangis terseksa akibat kejahilan kita..fikir-fikirkanlah.

Sedih dan geram; nekadislam

Brother Bakaq @ Penarik Beca Arrested under the Sedition Act.

It is with sadness that I learn of a fellow Blogger and a member of The Muslim Bloggers Alliance @ Brother Bakaq of http://www.penarikbeca.blogspot.com has been arrested for sedition by the Malaysian Police.

He is known to be quite a simple man with no airs about him but he is a man with very strong principles and does not shy away from giving it to those who deserve it in their face – his points of view, of course!

Brother Bakaq is a straight talking guy who has not pulled any punches with anyone and has even tangled with yours truly before when we disagreed on certain issues with regards to street protests, etcetera.

We made up and have nothing but sincere admiration for each other’s commitment to see this nation be a better place for all and have almost similar interests and aspirations.

I learn from Nat and Kickdefella that Bakaq was arrested at his home in Taman Greenwood, Gombak last night by four plainclothes police officers under the Sedition Act.

It seems that the police officers confiscated his laptop and handphone and are holding him at the Commercial Crimes Division at Bukit Perdana, just close to Bank Negara.

The word is out that there will be a gathering of fellow bloggers and supporters of Bakaq at the same place today at 2.00pm.

I just hope that the authorities will be treating Bakaq properly and release him safely once they are done with their investigations.

I know that we bloggers are a pain in the ass for the ruling BN but to come down to arresting bloggers just shows the level of desperation by the powers that be to stifle the spread of unedited information that is the hallmark of the Blogosphere.

The thing that our nation’s police need to consider is that we who are Malaysian Bloggers do play an important part in the dissemination of information to the online community.

Just like the mainstream media, we too serve our nation by publishing articles and reports that concern the wellbeing of our people.

Unlike the mainstream media, we do not make money by blogging tirelessly save for a few ringgits that are paid by advertisers such as Nuffnang, Google Adsense, Advertlets, etc.

Not even enough to pay for the internet service bills, mind you.

Yet, we do blog for the good of the nation and in my case, as a means for me to spread truthful information about Islam, Socio-political views and perspectives from my point of view.

Brother Bakaq is wellknown for his apolitical stand and although he comes across as a very strong supporter of PAS, he has also taken to tasks the PAS leaders for their errors and slip ups especially recently when PAS leaders were willing to hold muqabalah talks with UMNO!

I hear that Nasharudin Mat Isa, PAS Deputy President was quite pissed off with Bakaq for attacking his overtures to UMNO together with the likes of Mustafa Ali, etc.

I don’t quite know where Bakaq is said to be guilty of sedition but I hope that this arrest will be a temporary measure to learn about the truth of Bakaq’s publishings and that he will be accorded proper respect and treatment that he deserves as a true Malaysian citizen blogger?

May Allah SWT protect and bless Brother Bakaq from harm and see him released soon.

Ameen.

Sister Zabrina’s Story of the New Emperor and His Seed

Assalamualaikum dear MBA members.

I have selected this refreshing story from one of our distinguished MBA Bloggers, Sister Zabrina A.Bakar, a motivational stories author who has published her second book ‘ Life is an Open Secret; You, Me and We’ recently.

We are pleased to have Sister Zabrina kindly consent to having her story published here for your reading pleasure.

Without further adieu, I present to you Sister Zabrina’s contribution for our main page today.

The Story of the New Emperor and His Seed- Motivational and Inspirational Story about Being Honest

Bismillaah

As Salaamu ‘alaykum and peace to all,

First of all, i apologize to all my dearest blog readers for the lack of new stories in July 2008. I had bitten more than i could chew, and well, you saw what happened- i didnt get to write stories for my blog. But, i am still very thankful to everyone who still has patiently visited this motivational blog despite the lack of new stories. So, to compensate my loyal readers, i have decided to give away another story from my latest book- Life is an Open Secret- You, Me and We. Although this is not the full version of it as i think it will be a little too long, but, i only did cut out a few paragraphs in total; and i did that for one simple reason- following the rule of blog posting that readers might lose focus if the post is tooooooo loooonngggg! And inshaAllaah, from this month of august 2008 onwards, the posting on this motivational blog will resume as usual, inshaAllaah! So, grab a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, and enjoy the story, inshaAllaah!

The Story of the New Emperor and His Seed

I usually do most of my banking electronically. But that day, for some reasons, I had to go manually. So, I decided to be brave and drive to the bank, despite the blazing sun and blistering hot weather. About fifteen minutes later, I reached my destination. As I entered the beautifully-decorated and most importantly, the fully air-conditioned bank’s lobby, I noticed that there were quite a few customers in the bank. So, I pressed the button on the small number-ticketing machine at the door entrance.

“Hmmm… Twelve more people before me? That’s not so bad” I thought, as I looked at the two digit number of yet-to-be-served-customers on my tiny white ticket.

Fortunately, I had a good book in my backpack, alhamdulillah, so, I quickly looked around for a good spot and began reading while waiting for my number to be called.

About ten minutes later, my eyes became tired and dry, so like a good patient who followed her eye doctor’s advice, I knew I needed to roll my eyeballs up, down and sideways too. I could assure you that it is definitely not a pretty sight to behold.

Just as I was about to start the exercise by lifting my book up to cover my face (didn’t want anyone to see me, of course!) suddenly my eyes caught something interesting- the bank teller.

Bank teller? Yes, the bank teller!

I just realized something. I have never paid much attention to bank tellers before, but they are the ones who receive our deposits and do all the nitty-gritty things for us, (the mostly nice but occasionally grumpy customers), right? And as they handle tons of money on daily basis, I figured one of the most important qualities that they must have is honesty, right?

Absolutely!

In fact, come to think of it, whatever it is that people decide to do in their life would really require honesty, don’t you think so? I mean would you dare to trust someone of whom you doubt their honesty? Wouldn’t it be like saying to the burglar “Excuse me (tap on his shoulder), in case you are curious, I left my house key under the doormat!”

Nope! Not going to happen, right?

Brigham Young (1801-1877) tried to explain why being honest is important:

“Honest hearts produce honest actions.”

Totally! Be it from full time jobs like computer programmers (not to sell unstable programs that crash), doctors (not to do unnecessary procedures on patients), policemen (not to protect the criminals and blame the innocent), employees (not to take home office supplies), businessmen (not to sell harmful products), lawyers (not to lie just so they could win) and all the way to part time ones like babysitters (not to invite friends into customer’s homes). Yup, they all must possess this one very important quality- the quality of an honest person.

Suddenly Felix the Cat in me became curios- if someone is said to be honest, what are we really saying about that person?

Then I remembered a hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him),

“The signs of the hypocrite are three: when he speaks, he lies, when he makes a promise he breaks it, and when he is entrusted with something he breaks that trust. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Wait a minute! Stop right there, please.

All these mentioned characteristics – lying, breaking promises and betraying trust- don’t they all sound like what a dishonest person would do?

Okay, let’s see. Say you saw your friend cheating in an examination, but when you asked him about it he denied it totally. Would you feel that he is an honest or dishonest person? If you have a colleague who would never take an extra minute for his coffee breaks, would you think that person is being honest to the company or not? Perhaps your team leader took all the credit for the success of a project you did together with him, would you honestly want to trust him with your brilliant ideas in the future? Think about it.

I absolutely love what Prophet Solomon (peace be upon him) once said in the Book of Wisdom:

“Wealth that you get by dishonesty will do you no good, but honesty can save your life.”

Subhanallah! Don’t you feel that by just becoming an honest person, we are actually wearing these protective shields like the striking orange lifejacket the beautiful stewardess painfully told us to wear just in case our plane lands in trouble, or the seat belts our wonderful mums make us buckle to avoid being thrown out of the car upon impact or the helmet we willingly put on when riding a bike to safeguard our heads in case we crash?

And all these things that we allow ourselves to be strapped on- what’s the use of it? Why are we wearing them?

Of course for only one reason, right? Peace of mind. Peace of mind, my brothers and sisters, peace of mind.

I asked myself- could we really have tranquility if at the back of our minds, we are always fearful others would find out some skeletons we carefully hide in our closets? Would we be able to sit back and relax, expecting to be in serenity knowing very well that the few cans of worms which we buried years back might be discovered by someone?

Astaghfirullah, thinking about it made the butterflies in my stomach come to life and decide to have a party in my tummy! Stop partying please, little butterflies…

No wonder a Chinese proverb once said:

“Slander cannot destroy an honest man – when the flood recedes the rock is there.”

This proverb reminded me of a few people I knew who were slandered severely during some parts of their lives. And even if it took a few years for their horrible “flood” to subside,when it actually does, those people still stood there, standing tall- as solid as a rock, as solid as the Great Wall of China and as solid as mount Everest so to speak, mashaAllah! The flood didn’t impact them a single bit.

They taught me very valuable lessons in life.

This was when I sat and asked myself- despite the lessons I think I learned from them, do I really and truly live a life of an honest person? Do you, my brothers and sisters?

Let us ponder upon it for a bit- When we borrowed a book or CD from a friend, did we return it as promised or did we make them as among our collections in our personal library? Did we whisper to others not to tell the secret a friend told us not to tell others about or did we keep mum regardless of how big the temptation was to blurt it out? Did we pay back the money we borrowed at the agreed time or did we pretend not to remember every time we bumped into the person who had so graciously lent us the money? Did we really study for our exams as we promised our mum before she left for work or did we go on to play the videogames the moment she closed the front door? Did we really care, love and protect our spouse after we pledged in the name of our Lord to do so when we slipped that ring on their fingers, or were they the first ones to take the heat from us when we needed to let off some steam? What about when we signed on those dotted lines, pledging to give full commitment and dedication to our employers, did we really do that, or did we actively find clinics that give away fake medical certificates?

Ya Allah, I surely do have a lot of reflections to do today…

I remember my dad once told me that honesty is the best policy, but unfortunately there are not too many policy holders nowadays! As funny as it sounds, I feel it is kind of worrying if you think about it, you agree? But, his words amused me so much that every single time I thought about it, I couldn’t stop smiling. I know at some level, he was absolutely right.

But why is that? Why is it that being honest is not easy to do?

Our beloved Prophet(peace be upon him) told us this once,

“Verily, this world is sweet and appealing, and Allah placed you as vicegerents therein; He will see what you will do. So, be careful of [what you do in] this world…” (Muslim)

Ahhh… No wonder. Now I got it!

This world is indeed like a funfair or carnival that is full of amazing current attractions. Where everyone looks like winners and having so much fun, too- giggling and laughing, enjoying themselves with all the sweets, candies, toys, rides and games, you agree? So, of course we would all want to have as much of those things too, right? Especially if we saw someone else licking that big huge spiraled-colored juicy lollipop!

Hey! We want one too!

And this French proverb sure doesn’t provide much help:

“The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest person.”

So, if we believe in that, what happens? In the efforts to get what we desire in life, to please someone we love, to gain wealth we dream of, to win the love of a person we long for and to achieve our career goals and ambitions, dishonesty might slowly creep into our clean and pure heart, don’t you think?

This is when the avowed enemy of our Lord would start to play his role, by slowly and gradually whispering into our hearts, increasing our desires and wants. And just like how the cunning Vince McMahon plotted the wrestling storyline in WWF, making many men (and some women too!) salivate in front of the TV set thinking “What’s going to happen next?!”, he(the avowed enemy) plans a game too with us, too.

Yup! A one-on-one between us and our conscience.

Gulp! Help! Mayday! Mayday!

But you know something? If we could actually restrain ourselves from temptations, if we could exercise self-denial from getting the pleasures of life through the wrong means, if we trust Allah in our lives and not commit fraudulent acts in any way, if we could withstand desires to get things quickly or easily by using immoral ways; if we could fight the urge to cheat, lie, betray, deceive, misled, swindle, con, rip off and trick another human being who is created by our Lord, Allah has promised us with a fantastic reward, as is mentioned below.

“Honesty leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise…” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)


SubhanAllah! Just look at what He promised us if we are honest to His creations and for treating His creations right! Totally!

He promised us something more, beyond and above what we deserve, you agree?

Just think- be honest and get Paradise in return! I couldn’t help but felt it is like our teacher saying, learn these A-B-C’s in class and I shall give you a Doctorate degree!

Don’t I want to take advantage of such an absolutely outstanding, amazing and unbelievable offer? Don’t you want to, my friends? .

Let me share with you a story I once read about the emperor and the seed.

Once there was an emperor who needed to choose his successor. So, he decided to call the young people in the kingdom and announced, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next emperor. So, I am going to give each one of you a seed today- a very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it and come back here after one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed. I will then choose the next emperor based on the plants that you bring!”

So, everyone took a seed and started planting, including a boy called Ling. After about four weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Ling kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Six months went by and Ling heard that everyone else had grown various types of trees, plants and flowers. But still, he had nothing.

Then, the day came when all the youth of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection. Although afraid, Ling went to the castle anyway. There, he was amazed at the variety of beautiful plants grown by the other youths. Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the other kids laughed at him.

When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young people. Ling just tried to hide in the back. “What great plants, trees and flowers you have grown,” said the emperor. “Today, one of you will be appointed the next emperor!” All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered his guards
to bring him to the front. Ling was terrified. “The emperor knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me killed!”

When Ling got to the front, the emperor asked his name. “My name is Ling,” he replied. All the kids began laughing, but the emperor asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, “Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!” Ling couldn’t believe it. Ling couldn’t even grow his seed. How could he be the new emperor?

Then the emperor said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But what you didn’t know was that I gave you all boiled seeds, which would not grow. All of you have brought me trees, plants and flowers. All except Ling! When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Ling was the only one with the honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the only one I know fit to be the new emperor!”

SubhanAllah! What a magnificent reward for a simple act of honesty!

This story made me ponder- do I have the courage and honesty like Ling, to have an empty pot when all my friends’ plants are growing beautifully? How many pots have I tried planting new seeds in, instead of seeds that the emperor gave me? Who are the emperors I tried to trick? Is there any emperor who gave me boiled seed to see if I am honest? What do these emperors think of me now?

What about you, my friends? Is honesty your middle name? Have you ever laughed cynically at your Lings thinking that you beat them to becoming an emperor, only to find later that they were crowned instead? Have you ever been a Ling yourself, ready to face whatever comes as long as you stayed honest? How many times have you been made the emperor because of your honesty?

So, every time we felt the urge to be dishonest, let us all remember these words-
Hail the New Emperor! And ask ourselves- is that us?

Sis Zabrina also known as Zabrina A. Bakar, is a Life Storyteller, motivational and inspirational writer and speaker; and author and creator of Islamic motivational book Life Open Secret book series http://wwww.LifeOpenSecret.com. She maintains an active blog at http://www.WisdomThruWords.blogspot.com. and social networking platform a Web 2.0 at http://www.LifeStoryteller.ning.com

Copyright © Sis Zabrina 2008

Sis Zabrina
Life Storyteller
Author of Life is an Open Secret Islamic Motivational Book Series:
Life is an Open Secret- Think about It
Life is an Open Secret- You, Me and We
Hidup Bukan Rahsia http://www.lifeopensecret.com

-18 Inspirational Stories from Ordinary life experiences-

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