Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Muslims with double standards?

With the dawn of 2015, we set ourselves with new goals new aspirations and new hopes for the future. Looking back at such global events from the buying of WhatsApp by facebook, Scottish Independence Referendum, the Ukrainian Crimea Crisis, Destructions in Syria,  the slaughter in Gaza, Malaysian Planes crashes, Egypts "biased" death sentences, and the list goes on and on.

As a muslim, 2014 has unfortunately staged the islamic community in much oppresion, resentment and torment. Islamophobia is being presented in such a way, i myself cannot bear to describe what has become of it. 

Unfortunately now we muslims, as being part of the ummah, are being tested with the Charlie Hebdo incident which has striked and questions back the "morality" of muslims and the judgements they bring towards the ummah with their actions.

I of all people, resent the acts of terrorism. As i believe terrorism is done by the acts of an individual or group, that creates terror among people. Hence the core cure of these inhumane acts must be observed by the root of which instills in the hearts of these fanatics; terror. So i stand in line with France in its actions to oppose such horrendous massacres.

However, being political motivated or subjected to mindless speculations, I have yet to question the leaders of these global nations on what they SEE on terrorism. Take for the fact that during the Paris march, such people such as Benjamin Netanyahu lead the group on condemning terrorism. A man who has revolved his life with acts of terrorism with raids of massacre to Palestinian children. We cannot be able to cure terrorism if we justify terrorists by our own political "hanky-panky".

Then i meet muslims, discuss the situation; some are saddened that islam, a religion itself is being bounded by terrorism. And yet some say, "They asked for it". "Those infadels deserved it". "They saw it coming". Then i ask myself again- "what defines terrorism?"

Regardless of being the oppresed or the opressor, people seem to define their condemned acts just to justify their personal cause. Muslims of all should be the ones opposing these horrendous acts. as stated in the Quran:

[2:190] You may fight in the cause of GOD against those who attack you, but do not aggress. GOD does not love the aggressors

[2:191] You may kill those who wage war against you, and you may evict them whence they evicted you. Oppression is worse than murder. Do not fight them at the Sacred Masjid, unless they attack you therein. If they attack you, you may kill them. This is the just retribution for those disbelievers.

[2:192] If they refrain, then GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

[2:193] You may also fight them to eliminate oppression, and to worship GOD freely. If they refrain, you shall not aggress; aggression is permitted only against the aggressors.'

However that pretty picture is not what is potrayed in the hearts of muslims nowadays. I understand the sensitivity of the pictures done by Charlie Hebdo. I am amazed that they discriminate religion in such a fashion it just makes them lower than the lowest. So despite the damage that has been done, i am distraught that some muslims try to defend these actions done by terrorist. We of all people should refrain ourselves, take for example the actions done by our prophet Muhammad SAW. Being humiliated, oppressed and brought down bit by bit, our prophet has never ceased to pray for their sins. 

It is us muslims sometimes that create our own double standards, allowing muslims to do terror justifying their cause and condemning others while we should be the one opposing it. We cannot change people in an instant, but we can change ourselves. Condemn such acts, and show the beauty and peacefulness of islam. May Allah forgive us all.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Me : "Gamification!"

You: "Errr....what?...." 

Me: "Gamification! it means the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users in solving problems" (copy dari wiki lol)

You : " So?"

Me: "Believe it or not, Islam itself is a type of gamification process!..metaphorically speaking"

You : "No its not"

Ok intro agak over.

A simple word, but in a context which we actually can relate to this world. Gamification, to be more general, is a way of thinking derived from the way people play video games. Having a sense and desire of competition, achievement, self-expression, personal status, selflessness and closure.
In what way does that relate to life? 
Life itself is a competition, death is a closure, and all that comes in between it is a flunctuation of our everyday goals in life and the life hereafter. We struggle hard in this life, to develop those achievements, we express ourselves with any means possible, and we gain personal status just for the sake of improving to that closure. However nowadays we struggle too hard, just for the sake of our personal needs and greed that we forget- the biggest achievement towards this closure of life is by doing everything done for the sake of Allah سبحانه و تعالى..

So get your game face on now, n start moving

Life's a game?

What is the life of this world but amusment and play? but verily the Home in the Hereafter,- that is life indeed, if they but knew


Friday, March 21, 2014

When life gives you lemons...

Note to self: Blogging was never my "hunch", n i dont really think it would ever be, but heck its nice to have your own "cushion of protection" n express your own thoughts whenever it feels right. :)

Life's no simple walk in the park. Nor its a dark path leading to somthing uncertain. Its a path of choices, some leading to slippery slopes, some so smooth and beautiful you never want it to end, and of course some too painful and unbearable even to look back at that harsh journey. Choices that no one but yourself can take.

However, whatever unseemingly road you take, make sure u take your time to stop and stare. How hard life can take you sometimes, there is always a time to just smile and give life what you have to offer


When life gives you lemon....

“When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.”

“When life gives you lemons, chunk it right back.” 

“When life gives you lemons, you don't make lemonade. You use the seeds to plant a whole orchard - an entire franchise! Or you could just stay on the Destiny Bus and drink lemonade someone else has made, from a can.” 

“when life gives you lemon, take it. don't waste food” 

“When life gives you lemons, do NOT make lemonade. Lemonade is for losers. Make orange juice instead.” 

OR are you

“When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your D*** lemons, what the h*** am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager! ! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!” 

When life gives you lemons..............what would u do??

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


As we know, the Salah is a consequent practice we as muslims do everyday, and is is stated in the Quran as one of the 5 pillars in Islam. (Fun facts: salah in arabic actually means bowing, worship,homage or just prayer). Despite our busy hours, these times are used in reminding us which is the outmost important out of all, and that life in this world is not as important as remembering Allah S.W.T as our creator.

I was born a muslim, but didnt really grow up like one, i started my daily prayers just, u know, out of shame when others were content of doing it. It was more like a routine then a religious act. Dont get me wrong, my parents were not to be blamed. They reminded me told me and even forced me to perform, i was just a lazy kid who thought bah? 5 times? 2-3 times ok kot?? then not doing anything at all. I had a free spirit, felt like when i get older, ill pray la. However as time flew by, the habit of not praying became a routine. Whenever someone asked me to pray- i was like "you go first, sakit perut la" then ill just do somthing else. Nakal, is what malays call it. Yup i was a brat. When i attended boarding school, everyone was told to pray on time, everyday, all prayers tip top. It was a good effort, and Alhamdulillah i learnt a lot. (TQ SMSSMJ) However when the holidays came. The brat in me revealed its horns. I was missing somthing inside of me that got me lost somewhere in the arms of syaitan. Astaghfirullah Hal'azim. May Allah guide me in the darkest of my days.

In Moscow, ive taken the tendency to join the ukhwah an participate in usrah. It has been an eyeopener so far. I sometimes feel so far from being a muslim, yet at times it feels so close. Iman sure has its ups and downs that sure make u wobbly. Why is this post about salah? Its just that since coming to Moscow, i was told that by understanding the meanings in your salah, you tend to feel closer and more tranced while performing prayer. I was like, heck ill give it a try, doubt itll work but i got nothing to lose. So i searched with easy google. Found what i was looking for, and took the time to read, and remember. I had no basics in Arab, so despite the language barrier, i tried not by word, but by verses. Alhamdulillah, it felt different- knowing every meaning of the verse made you realize- your actually talking to Allah- not some gibberish that u do everyday. You find it hard to read fast cause u realize that the praises and words of worship are to beautiful to skip. In every verse try to read in arabic, then translate in whatever language u feel best for u during salah. So basically during every verse, a contempt to think that back in the days before i understood, it sounded more of a mocking than a worshiping. Masha'Allah. Its better to try step by step if memorizing all in one time seems difficult. InsyaAllah, Allah is always watching us. To those who have always known the meaning and practices it everyday, I much envy you since Allah has given u the sight to see earlier. 

Its never to late :) Together lets live as a muslim and die as a syahid

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Lessons of life

Hundreds of years ago, men have sought to undermine such things that we have achieved nowadays. You name it, Al-Khawarizmi, Ibn Battuta, Ahmed ibn Yusuf and much more have shared their knowledges with the world towards their secrets of success. These are just but some of such men that you think more people would listen to what they had to say. Never leave that till tomorrow, which you can do today. Im not sure why some people put these things off, but if i had to guess, I'd have to say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, sometimes the fear is just of making a decision, because what if your'e wrong? What if your'e making a mistake you cant undo? The early bird catches the worm. He who hesitates is lost. We cant pretend we hadnt been told. Weve heard them all, warning about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize todays present. We fear we don't have enough time to do anything. We have to learn our own lessons. We need to sweep todays possibility under tomorrows rug until theres none left, until we finally find what we are really searching for. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest of failures, even the worst, beat the hell out of never trying. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011


At some point in life, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That's how we're made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines... that are way too dangerous to cross.

nice and simple :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Mosque in Ground Zero?

Its been a while since another updated blog, i know, just getting pretty busy now. Not to mention the weather here in Russia is getting even chiller than ever. Ok back to the issue- bear in mind that ive never intended to discuss about political issues, n stuff that is far beyond my range of....power i guess, but this issues becoming a little bit disturbing- so ive been opening blogs, u-tube discussions, papers, lets just say ive been doing my homework ;).
So when i heard about the planning of building a mosque, i was thankful, and was hoping that at last muslims will be able to pray with more space and tranquility. However, sincerely, when i heard about its location (ground zero) i doubt that it was the right decision. I mean, lower Manhattan a.k.a Ground Zero was technically a memorial of the hundreds of deaths during 9/11. Unfortunately, that time, fingers were not pointing at terrorists, extremist, nor politicians- people pointed thier fingers to Islam. Terrorism was linked to a religion. During the raids of the mongolian horde, the killing spree of muslims in India, the attrocities of the Nazis to the Jews, all of these events- history has labeled them as groups of terrorists. Why? because they create terror- fear in the hearts of people.But they are never accused of thier acts with religion. So in such events such as the 9/11 why people are blinded by the fact that its not a war against islam, but a war against terrorism.
After reading through the facts- here is what i can say:
The site for this project, is whatsoever not located at the site of the former World Trade Center. It is located a few block away from this site and is located over a former Coat factory. Its range of site? Well this site is actually nowhere near the ground zero perimeter. Its 10 by 10 feet large is actually a mere spec in the area. Then why is it called Mosque of Ground Zero? Ask the media, the politicians and the speculators who always makes a fuss about things only for their own purpose. Talk about not wanting anything islamic in that area, there is actually a Halal restaurant in tha area of Ground Zero n no one is making a fuss about it. Isnt that Islamic too? 
The best part of it is that it is actually a community center- with a mosque. So the big picture is a Community center, u know basketball courts, playgrounds, but with a mosque. Imagine a community center with a small chapel- would you call it a church? But then you hear mosque- then you link it with terrorism, bombs, guns, killings, jihad, n all the nonsene. We are all discriminating a free n peaceful religion.
Perhaps the most strongest debate in this issue is that they are not breaking the law. Muslim Americans are still Americans. They have rights. Especially when talking about America when every person is able to give their thoughts, their commitment. So where is the free America, if we are not able to do something that is not against the law? Maybe Americans should read back their Federal Constitutions? I know mine.
Whats done is done, i respect the president Obamas decision in trying to create a decent tolerency towards interreligious understandings. I fear for the safety of my brothers, yet i appreciate his efforts towards this step in creating a world of diverse mutual religious understanding.