Tuesday, June 21, 2011

As-Shifa' Magazine (June 2011)

Assalamualaikum wbt

As promised, the following is our magazine for June, where you can find my article (previously posted on this blog) together with many other great articles from great authors from IMU. Download your free copies and hesitate not to share around ;-)

Jazakumullah, may Allah bless us all. Pray for my exam insya Allah =)
This is only decorative; the theme is transformation, not exactly transformers =p

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Download an executable file version here
You can find more downloads and magazine archive at our MSOC blog here
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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Paradigm: A Shift or Caps Lock?

Assalamualaikum wbt

Author's note: This article is reserved for the next edition of As-Shifa' Magazine (in Global column) which will be released and distributed soon insya Allah ;-)

1. This time, my article will be relatively a lot more factual than many previous ones, but I think it is important, as a reference and therefore as points for us when we face Muslims and non-Muslims alike with regard to Islam and terrorism. 

2. The idea though is very simple. Islam itself by definition means peace through one of its derivations in Arabic language, from the word salam.

Peace (^_^)V
3. In fact we give salam to each other when we meet and greet by saying peace be upon you. 

4. Peace is achieved when Islam is practised, and the practice of Islam is only ones that are taught by Allah the owner of your soul and my soul and He does this by revealing Al-Quran and through the examples set by our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW, the seal of all prophets.

5. Terrorism is against peace but is almost always associated with Islam. 

6. Islamophobia that results is indicative of how the reality is twisted in a way that always puts Islam as rightly blameworthy. 

7. As it will be too long though to discuss on how this takes place, I will skip this part.
8. Instead of being in defense mode, I think it’s better to propose how in reality Islam is an ultimate religion of peace. 

9. This is not only by theory or its teaching, but also through crude facts I will present that will hopefully open your eyes and your mind.

Just another eye-catching scene ;-)
10. We’ll play with some numbers now.

11. First, as analyzed from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database, there have been 318 terrorist cases in the United States from 1950 until 2005. This includes 209 bombings and 43 arsons.

12.  Out of these, 42% were committed by Latino groups, 24% by Extreme Left Wing groups, 7% by Jewish Extremists and only 6% by Muslim Extremists.

13. Let me put this into context. First, these facts are provided by FBI, which is not even an Islamic organization.

14. So quite automatically, you can’t say that this is a bias that favors the Muslims. 

15. Second, the statistics are absolutely the opposite of the impression we get from the worldwide media i.e. Muslims are world number one terrorists. 

16. Third, we should distinguish between Islam and Muslim. 

17. What a Muslim does may or may not be in the teaching of Islam. 

18. As far as all terrorist incidents by Muslims are concern, these people are extremists and may not truly represent Islam, so it is unfair to postulate from there that Islam promotes terrorism.

19. I will try to further expound on the real concept Islam teaches us with regard to achieving peace but before that, here are few more staggering facts we should dare to swallow.

20. The US government-funded RAND Corporation reported that since September 11, 2001 until 2009, only 3 from 83 acts of terrorism were committed by the Muslims and they were the extremists. 

21. In addition, the Europol’s report titled “EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report” stated that 0.4% terrorist attacks from 2006-2008 were committed by Muslim Extremists. 

22. Do your maths now. Does that not mean that the other 99.6% were the non-Muslims?

23. Islam through Al-Quran clearly explains that peace is always the first and the best choice for Muslims. Islam teaches to forgive. Islam teaches that the most important thing is to spread the message of truth. 

24. In Surah At-Taubah, (9:5-6), even in a battle or war, Islam teaches Muslims to forgive the enemies and even escort them to protect them to a safe place, if they repent and accept Islam. 

25. I don’t think there is any other philosophy or teaching in this world except Islam that still opens the door for forgiveness and acceptance even in a war. 

26. Also, in Surah Al-Anfal, (8:69) it says, “But if the enemy inclines towards peace, do you (also) incline towards peace, and trust in Allah: for He is the One that hears and knows (all things)” which explicitly demonstrates how Islam has the inclination towards peace more than anything else.

27. Had Islam taught Muslims to become terrorists, there should be no room for forgiveness, let alone to even think about achieving peace with the enemy!

28. I shall end with this powerful message. Surah Al-Maidah, (5:8) communicates to us that we must do justice even to the people whom have hatred in us. 

29. That means, Islam strictly prohibits any form of injustice but to treat and deal with these people justly and give them what they deserve. This is the real justice!

Islam leads us to ultimate justice, by His will ;-)
30. To conclude, I hope this article will benefit Muslims and non-Muslims alike by separating the sentiment of terrorism with Islam, because there is no relationship between the two at all. 

31. We need this paradigm shift because Islam has for so long been accused and victimized with skewed and untrue portrayal. So change your paradigm now, or just lock it with the caps lock on your keyboard. OK forget it. I know, I don’t understand what I said too.


P/S: You can download the report by RAND titled 'Would-be Warriors' here or read a well-composed article that refutes the accusation towards Islam in terrorism here.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

More Free Download: (Islam: The Way of Life)

Download yours here (jpg)
And there are more artworks of mine (posters and wallpapers) at my Freebies page ;-)

May Allah bless us all insya Allah. Wassalamualaikum wbt =D
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Homestay Program in Malacca (2011) ;-)

Assalamualaikum wbt

"..... Truly Allah leaves to stray, whom He will; but He guides to Himself those who turn to Him in penitence (27). Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction." (28)
Surah Ar-Ra'd, (13:27-28)

1. Away from hectic life. Away from noisy city. Away from concrete jungle (well, there are some concretes there though). But being in a true village setting in Kampung Sungai Parit Penghulu in Malacca, the only thing we should not (and could not) be away with, is the remembrance of Allah. As only with the remembrance of Allah, do the hearts find satisfaction, not the 'vacation' itself.

2. I ain't gonna write a long post here, but will let you enjoy the video below. It was one of the activities we did during the homestay i.e river cruise. It's not only the cruising part, but something beautiful I experienced during the 'water trip' that features the most part of the video. Right, the girls sure have better stories to tell when it comes to river cruise haha (gelak angel =p). Huh? No, I'm not gonna tell you what. Ask the girls ;-)

Hit the title of the video above to visit Vimeo and watch it in bigger screen ;-)

3. To conclude, I'd like to recommend all of you to spend some time travelling to (and staying) in cool places like the above. You'll appreciate life more being near to nature and in this kind of environment. It was superawesome alhamdulillah. Congrates to my Explorace teammates. You guys batu! Eh, sorry, I mean, you guys ROCKS!! hehe =p

From left: Farhan (standing), Amirul Mukmin, Sahir and Me
Wassalamualaykum warahmatullahiwabarakatuh ;-)
Take care all.

P/S: Kg Parit Penghulu Homestay is one of the best in Malacca. They are currently holding the three-consecutive-year champion title of all the homestay places in the state. At least that was what they told me ;-)
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The Colours of Life

The Colours of Life
Picture taken on Syawal 1, 2009

THE BELOVED FAMILY-Hey, do the maths!

Dad: Mohd Hanaffi bin Hassin
Mom: Noorma bte Mamat


Mohd Ridzwan
Nurul Shuhada
Mohd Amirul Asyraf (blog owner)
Fatihah Sakinah
Nurul Ain Afifah
Ilyana Nazlin
Nur Amira Mawaddah
Mohd Aizat Aiman
Nur Anis
Mohd Amri Afiq