At first I really don't want to talk about this issue, since one of my colleague is an Iranian who is also an avid Mousavi supporter. But then again, so many people around me voiced their support for Ahmedinejad.
Have you ever wonder why so many Iranians hate Ahmedinejad?
Simple voters overview:
1) young voters voted for Mousavi
2) old voters voted for Ahmedinejad
1) Mousavi is liberal
2) Ahmedinejad is radical
What Ahmedinejad supporters say:
- Ahmedinejad stands against US and Israel. he is strong
What Mousavi supporters say:
- Ahmedinejad is stupid. Khatami hid the nuclear program very well, but Ahmedinejad openly admit its existence
What Mousavi supporters say:
- Mousavi promise prosperity and more freedom
What Ahmedinejad supporters say:
- What Mousavi trying to achieve is against Islam, and against the will of Ayatollah Khomeini
those are the excerpts that you can find in any Persian website/blog/forum that discuss about Mousavi vs Ahmedinejad.
I'm not going to elaborate much on this, since I, myself, haven't been in Iran and see with my own eyes what is happening over there. But I hope this posting does help simplify the nature of the conflict for the readers who really don't have time to browse tens of websites
- Ariff Abdullah
One prominent figure said "A fish seller won't be a good leader for Manek Urai residents". One question struck my mind, "Why not?"
Bilal bin Rabah (r.a) and Zaid bin Harithah (r.a) were slaves and servants. Would you say they were not good enough to lead the Muslim ummah?
Before you nod in agreement with the weak statement quoted in the first line, go and do youself a favor and read the story of Jalut and Talut again. Insya Allah you will understand what I mean
- Ariff Abdullah
One hot issue in Malaysia's politic today is 'Unity Government' or UG. There are voices in support of this idea, but many disagree to have PAS and UMNO hand in hand ruling the country.
There are talks here and there saying that PAS has been trapped by UMNO by this issue. The differences between PAS top figures never been this largely gaping for quite a long time.
I have only one question: Is PAS really trapped, or is PAS the one backtrapping UMNO?
Since UMNO leaders, especially the president himself, are really excited about having a UG with PAS, they have very little space to back out now.
What if suddenly PAS came forward and claim more than half of the cabinet for PAS, PKR & DAP? What if PAS demand the Deputy Prime Minister seat be given to a Pakatan Leader? (or why not PM seat itself? hahaha, i like it!)
Two defeated heroes of PAS, Husam and Mat Sabu will not leave their PKR and DAP friends for UMNO. That is one fact that nobody can deny, not today. And these two have large crowd of supporters behind their back. Adding to that, TG Nik Aziz, himself has been clearly stating his stance on being loyal to the people's alliance.
What are PAS' options:
1) Stop everything related to UG
2) Let Nasha bring PAS down for the sake of UG
3) Take the UG offer, but bring DAP and PKR along
There is still a possibility to backfire UMNO with their own tactic. If PAS can bring DAP & PKR together, and put a claim on a large portion of the top cabinet posts, let see how UMNO will react. Let see how other BN components will react. Let see BN crumbling down by its own mortars.
Translated from a beautiful posting taken from Wardatul Shaukah's blog"
Planning, fate and love
Whenever you feel like you can't take the scorching heat of the sun, remember that the cold snow can end you in a freezing manner.
Whenever you feel like you can't take the drought of the land, remember that rain can kill you in a flooding manner.
Whenever you feel like you can't take the gray mist, remember that it will surely vanish when the sun came, bringing the seven colors of the rainbow, decorating the majestic sky.
Whenever you feel like the fate is yours for the choosing, remember that you're the one chosen by the fate.
So then, how is the concept of fate (taqdeer) that we should accept?
Only Allah (S.W.T.) owns the the rights on our fate. Only HIM, the best of all planners. The ups and downs of our life, from the time our clock started to tick, are nothing but HIS designated planning.
We, too, have plans of our own, But our plan are not only for us, but to adapt to the master plan made by HIM for us, before our own existence.
And then, fates from all corners have chosen us, with much discrepancies and differences. More often than not, we have to accept things we never asked, for everything that happened is well-planned.
Our plan should only adapt to Allah's master plan. Not for ourselves, not only for the human eyes. But, what else other than HIS blessing?
When this life is already pre-planned and inked at the Lauh Mahfuz, why would we have a plan of our own, then? Why should we be asked to work our best? Isn't it already determined in the master plan? It is just that we do not have the knowledge of what is in there, HIS master plan.
You just need to imagine about it, if all of our fate are known from before time, what is the purpose of this life? There won't be any excitement as there would be no surprise at all. We're not going to be overjoyed by the good tides, neither would we be devastated by the crushing disasters. All because we already know what is there in our life menu. Wouldn't it be annoying to live such a life? We would never know the meaning of hardwork, the meaning of love. And surely, we'll never know the meaning of sacrifice.
And the same theory applies for love. Love emerges from the looking eyes. Love emerges from the listening ears. Love emerges from constant similarities. But love to the mighty Creator is hard to grow. Why?
Because we didn't make love into a verb. If you love someone, you can also say "I don't love him/her", because that is the nature of a verb.
The love of the companions to Allah and His messenger never know pain, exhaustion and fatigue. They carried it because of the obedience, and loyalty. Whatever asked upon them by Allah and His messenger, they answered "We hear and we obey..." (Q 2:275) and they didn't have any reason to disobey or complain.
Narrated Anas (r.a.): The Prophet (S.A.W.) said "None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind."
(Bukhari, #14, book of Faith)
Umar ibn al-Khattab (r.a.) once told the messenger of Allah (S.A.W.): "O messenger of Allah! I love you more than anyone else except myself"
The messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) replies"O Umar! Your Iman is not complete until your love for me is more than your love for any human, including yourself"
Umar (r.a.) said: O messenger of Allah! Now I love you more than I love myself"
The messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) said: "Now, O Umar! Now O Umar!"
Verily, that is the meaning of love as defined by a companion of the Prophet (S.A.W.). Because love that should be claimed in this world is not the 'feeling of love', but the 'work of love'. Love is already the king in the heart, where its throne lies. Our job is to work out that love and put it in motion.
Yes, love is really beautiful if you can work on it :)
7:16 pm, Monday,
Author: Kartini Kassim
Translator: Ariff Abdullah
31. Also, they say: "Why is not this Qur'an sent down to some leading man in either of the two (chief) cities?"
32. Is it they who would portion out the Mercy of thy Lord? It is We Who portion out between them their livelihood in the life of this world: and We raise some of them above others in ranks, so that some may command work from others. But the Mercy of thy Lord is better than the (wealth) which they amass.
33. And were it not that (all) men might become of one (evil) way of life, We would provide, for everyone that blasphemes against (Allah) Most Gracious, silver roofs for their houses and (silver) stair-ways on which to go up,
34. And (silver) doors to their houses, and thrones (of silver) on which they could recline,
35. And also adornments of gold. But all this were nothing but conveniences of the present life: The Hereafter, in the sight of thy Lord is for the Righteous.
(Holy Qur'an, 43:31-35, Yusuf Ali translation)
It's nothing new when luxury has become a gauge in measuring success in this world. Since the beginning of humankind, the scale of luxury has always been the indication of where someone would be in the community.
So it was obvious when the Prophet (S.A.W.) was sent to the Arabs, bringing with him (S.A.W) the holy message of submission to the One God, the people of Makkah started to question his (S.A.W.) authority. Why didn't God send a high ranked man from two cities (Makkah and Thaif)? Why an orphan with no wordly luxury?
Verily, everything that we owned in this life is a gift from Allah. dirt-cheap or ridiculously expensive, tiny little things or larger than life, what we gained or what we were born with... everything! So who are we to question HIS way of choosing HIS messengers? How many times do we need to hear "The hereafter, in the sight of thy Lord is the righteous" before we would learn?
If the story of the Prophet (S.A.W.) didn't strike our heart yet, let us wind that clock in our mind, fast forward the time to the present. Look at our current world. Isn't it the same old story? While we're bashing the jahiliyyahs for their ignorance, aren't we practicing the same thing? The same script, just different actor. Unfortunately, the Prophet (S.A.W.) is not here anymore. But the message that he (S.A.W.) brought is still kept intact, ripe for us to take lessons from.
The best way is to stop here, and leave the rest for us to ponder ourselves... think about it, a reminder for you, and me. Wallahu'alam.
LIFE is a complex issue, but with clear purpose. As Muslims, we have been told that there's only one reason why we live in this world - to go through a test. To test whether we will abide to our responsibilities - To be HIS servants ('ubaid) and vicegerents (khulafa).
One goal, two responsibilities. Riddle of life can never have an easier answer than that. Yet, we always find ourselves in turmoils from time to time. We lose our sights on the path, a path that have been laid down upon us with complete guidance.
We face ordeals that we often think as too much for us to carry it on our fragile shoulders. We ought to take it to ourselves that we're suffering from things that are not supposed to be. We feel like all the empathy in this world could not lessen that pain we're going through.
Well, that is the purpose of this life. Ordeals, confusions and temptations to our physical, mental and spiritual strength. There would be only two outcomes, whether we passed or we failed. And it would never be easy, even though sometimes it seems so.
If we are to make a list of things that we want in this life, we would be spending our whole lifetime just to write some portions of that list. But if we are to make a list of things that we really NEED, that whole lifetime might be spent of pondering over what should we put in that very list. Because in most cases, what we want and what we need is totally different things. We know what we want, but the only one who knows what we really need in our life is HIM. HE knows what is best for us, so HE put us through many ups and downs so that HE can take us where we should be.
Some people say we can learn to be strong, but I never think that mental strength is something we can learn. We have to choose to be strong, not to learn. Do not waste our time to learn how to be strong. We should decide that we're going to be strong, and BE it!
It is not easy, but it is not impossible either. Someone, somewhere has done it, so why couldn't we? Knowing that all these things are just some tests given by Allah to make us better in our lives, is all it takes. We might get wounded in the process, but we will finally be there, if we decided to be strong.
HE knows us more than we know ourselves. Put our faith in HIM, and everything will be less painful and the wounds will heal faster, insya Allah.
The first life is a struggle
The life in the grave is a resting or waiting place before the Day of Judgment
The Day of Judgment brings about the clear understanding of what will now happen to the individual based on his own desires and actions
The Permanent or Afterlife will either be spend in luxurious splendor or miserable punishment
Chinta Mat Karo (Do Not Worry)!
"Obama is in Cairo for an outreach speech"
Or so said the news. An outreach that reached the wrong side of Muslim world, I would say....
News reported that Barrack Obama met Hosni Mubarak in a private meeting to discuss many Muslim-West issues, particularly Iran's suspected nuclear bomb effort, US occupation in Afghanistan/Iraq and (no prize for guessing) Palestine-Israel conflict.
So, here we go. Looks like Obama's idea of finding solutions for world troubles is to discuss them with a guy who helped in causing the trouble. Hosni Mubarak is one of the puppet leaders that always take side with US throughout the middle east conflicts. How come a leader of a country who supplies weaponaries and financial aids to Isreal, and a leader of a country who tightrope its border into Palestine can possibly have GOOD solution for the conflict of Palestine-Israel? That was utterly gibberish!
And Obama also reported to quote several sentences from the Holy Qur'an during his speech at Cairo University after the private meeting. As if that will make Muslims all over the world fumbling in respect and love for him... When you're up there, mr president, people see your actions, not just your words. As long as you refuse to walk the talk, it is all NiL.
For those who have their flags hoisted in the support for Obama, keep it up there waving in the null wind. Unless your patience is already thinning like ice cubes on sahara...