Saturday, February 27, 2010

Inter-exam post, hehehehe.....

Salam to all. It has been a week I since my last post. Just to let you know, regarding the power problem, it has improved a lil' bit. Now, only one hour power cut off per day for my place and that's great, compare to before. Right now, I'm having my 3rd IA, as you all know. That's why I didn't have the chance to update my blog, until today. My exam will continue next week with Patho papers and practicals. Then, one week off to prepare for the big finale, the 2nd Professional exam! Truth to be told, I can say that we are now in a exam marathon! Really put our mind and physic in a maximum state of severe fatigue. Even so, it is something in your life as a student that you must bear. Maybe this is a training to test our physical and mental capability when we're going to become a real doctor, facing real life situation. I'm really sure in the future, it is going to be much tougher compare to this exam marathon, and I take this exam marathon as a practice for that kind of future, and also as a challenge to test how good and improved I am, and where I stand after 2-3 years of learning MBBS. Hence, don't see it as a negative thing, and make it as a positive thing. After all, we need that kind of stress in our life, don't you think so? Well, it is true that, "Mesti ada hikmah di sebalik apa yang berlaku, dan sesungguhnya Allah itu Maha Penyayang lagi Maha Mengetahui" Well, no time be wasted, need to revise my patho subject. May Allah grant me the knowledge not just for the exam, but for the sake of my future. Until then, my friends................

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Again...and again, haih~

Salam to all. What a great morning it is, but not so great here. Why you asked me? Because this so-called 'Incredible India' country have again started their freakin' power cut off due to the summer season. Even though it is normal everyday, but recently they cut off the power for 1-hour period frequently. Just this morning, at 6am (local time), as me is trying to read pathology, the power suddenly off! Even though they want to conserve energy, but cutting it off in the morning is not a good time for power cut off. I'm really sure housewives are, at that moment, preparing breakfast for their family, and I understand the feeling when you're busy doing something and then no power, it's so damn irritating! Henceforth, I really would like the local government of Karnataka to revise back the power cut-off schedule, and also please reduce its frequency, because we're going to have our exam and we need the freakin' light! So, try to be considerate to all of us, wouldn't you? Ok then..........



Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's day & CNY

Salam to all. Hope all of you in a pink of health! Well, one more week till my 3rd IA exam, and seriously, I haven't finish my study yet! This really suck! Hope I can manage it ASAP. Well, I think many people out there know what day is today. Well, it is Sunday, but it is also a valentine day, a day where lovers all around the world celebrate it with passion and romance (OMG, I think I had too much of romantic movie, huhuhu). But, as a Muslim we all know that we can't celebrate Valentine's day for several reason. Here I copy a statement from iluvislam.com regarding Valentine's day and the reason why Islam do not allow its believer celebrate it. May Allah bring us back to the path of truth.......

"Tindakan mengaitkan pertengahan bulan Februari dengan cinta dan kesuburan sudah ada sejak dahulu kala. Menurut tarikh kalendar Athens kuno, masa antara pertengahan Januari dengan pertengahan Februari adalah bulan Gamelion, yang dipersembahkan kepada pernikahan suci Dewa Zeus dan Hera.

Di Rom kuno,15 Februari adalah hari raya Lupercalia, sebuah perayaan Lupercus, dewa kesuburan, yang dilambangkan setengah telanjang dan berpakaian kulit kambing sebagai sebahagian daripada amalan penyucian, para pendeta Lupercus menyembahkan korban kambing kepada sang dewa dan kemudian setelah minum anggur, mereka akan berlari-larian di jejalanan kota Roma membawa potongan-potongan kulit domba dan menyentuh siapa pun yang mereka jumpai. Terutama wanita-wanita muda akan maju secara sukarela karena percaya bahawa dengan itu mereka akan dikurniakan kesuburan dan bisa melahirkan dengan mudah.*

Selain itu, sejarahnya juga berkait dengan fakta di bawah :-

Saint Valentine is a name which is given to two of the ancient "martyrs" of the Christian Church. It was said that there were two of them, or that there was only one, who died in Rome as the result of the persecution of the Gothic leader Claudius, c. 296 CE. In 350 CE, a church was built in Rome on the site of the place where he died, to perpetuate his memory.

When the Romans embraced Christianity, they continued to celebrate the Feast of Love mentioned above, but they changed it from the pagan concept of "spiritual love" to another concept known as the "martyrs of love", represented by Saint Valentine who had advocated love and peace, for which cause he was martyred, according to their claims. It was also called the Feast of Lovers, and Saint Valentine was considered to be the patron saint of lovers.

One of their false beliefs connected with this festival was that the names of girls who had reached marriageable age would be written on small rolls of paper and placed in a dish on a table. Then the young men who wanted to get married would be called, and each of them would pick a piece of paper. He would put himself at the service of the girl whose name he had drawn for one year, so that they could find out about one another. Then they would get married, or they would repeat the same process again on the day of the festival in the following year.

The Christian clergy reacted against this tradition, which they considered to have a corrupting influence on the morals of young men and women. It was abolished in Italy, where it had been well-known, then it was revived in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when in some western countries there appeared shops which sold small books called "Valentine's books", which contained love poems, from which the one who wanted to send a greeting to his sweetheart could choose. They also contained suggestions for writing love letters.

(The above quotation is excerpted, with slight modifications, from www.Islam-qa.com)


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Justeru, secara ringkasan saya boleh simpulkan seperti berikut :-

1) Kita hanya boleh merayakan perayaan yang diiktiraf oleh Islam iaitu 'Idil Fitri dan 'Idil Adha.

Nabi SAW bersabda :

(إن لكل قوم عيدا وإن هذا عيدنا)

Ertinya : Sesungguhnya bagi setiap kaum itu perayaan masing-masing, dan ini (IdilFitri dan Idiladha) adalah perayaan kita" ( Riwayat AL-Bukhari, 952 ; Muslim, 1892)

Justeru, sebarang perayaan yang disambut oleh umat Islam mestilah terhad kepada dua perayaan ini sahaja.

Bagaimanapun, jika sesuatu majlis, keraian dan sambutan itu dianjurkan bukan atas asas atau nama agama serta tiada kaitan dengannya bahkan dibuat atas dasar adat semata-mata, ianya boleh dan harus diraikan dengan syarat sambutannya tidak diserapi apa jua unsur maksiat dan syirik. Sebagai contoh sambutan kemerdekaan Negara, sambutan ulangtahun penubuhan sesebuah syarikat dan sebagainya. Cuma ia bukanlah disambut sebagai hari raya ketiga atau keempat, tetapi hanya sebagai majlis keraian setaraf dengan majlis perkahwinan dan sepertinya sahaja.

Ini bermakna, setiap tujuan dan asal usul perayaan itu perlulah disemak. Maka jika disemak perayaan Valentine ini. Ternyata ia berasal dari cerita dongeng, karut dan syirik berkaitan dewa dan sebagainya. Selain daripada asal usul, cara dan kaedah implementasnya juga mesti dilihat, jika secara adatnya ia disambut dengan dosa dan maksiat. Ia sekali lagi dilarang di atas dasar tersebut pula.

2) Tidak harus pula meniru orang kafir dan ahli maksiat dalam meraikan majlis yang dianjurkan.

Imam Ibn Taymiah dan Ibn Qayyim telah menyebut bahawa telah Ijma' (sepakat keseluruhan Ulama) melarang penyerupaan dalam meraikan perayaan agama ( atas asas agama) selain Islam. ( Iqtidha, 1/454 ; Ahkam Ahli Zimmah, 2/722)

3) Islam tidak mengiktiraf hari kasih sayang. Kasih sayang dalam Islam bersifat universal, tidak dibatasi waktu dan tempat dan tidak dibatasi oleh objek dan motif. Hal ini sesuai dengan hadis :

"Cintailah saudara seislam seperti kamu mencintai dirimu sendiri." (Riwayat Bukhari).

Islam sangat melarang keras untuk saling membenci dan bermusuhan, namun sangat menjunjung tinggi akan erti kasih sayang terhadap umat manusia.

Rasulullah saw. bersabda : "Janganlah kamu saling membenci, berdengki-dengkian, saling berpalingan, dan jadilah kamu sebagai hamba-hamba Allah yang bersaudara. Juga tidak dibolehkan seorang muslim meninggalkan (tidak bertegur sapa) terhadap saudaranya lebih dari tiga hari" (Muslim)

Kasih sayang dalam Islam diwujudkan dalam bentuk yang nyata seperti silaturahim, menjenguk yang sakit, meringankan beban tetangga yang sedang ditimpa musibah, mendamaikan orang yang berselisih, mengajak kepada kebenaran (amar ma'ruf) dan mencegah dari perbuatan mungkar.

4) Sambutan hari Valentine hari ini menjadi semakin terkeji apabila ia menjurus kepada perlakuan maksiat, mengadaikan ‘dara' kepada kekasih yang bernafsu ‘syaitan' dan dengan perlakuan seks bebas yang kononnya bagi membuktikan 'ketulenan' cinta seseorang kepada kekasihnya.

5) Islam juga melarang umatnya dari terlibat, duduk serta bersekongkol dalam majlis yang mempersendakan Islam dan bercanggah dengannya. Ini dari firman Allah yang bererti :


وَقَدْ نَزَّلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِي الْكِتَابِ أَنْ إِذَا سَمِعْتُمْ آيَاتِ اللّهِ يُكَفَرُ بِهَا وَيُسْتَهْزَأُ بِهَا فَلاَ تَقْعُدُواْ مَعَهُمْ حَتَّى يَخُوضُواْ فِي حَدِيثٍ غَيْرِهِ إِنَّكُمْ إِذًا مِّثْلُهُمْ إِنَّ اللّهَ جَامِعُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ وَالْكَافِرِينَ فِي جَهَنَّمَ جَمِيعًا


"Dan sungguh Allah telah menurunkan kepada kamu di dalam Al Qur'an bahwa apabila kamu mendengar ayat-ayat Allah diingkari dan diperolok-olokkan (oleh orang-orang kafir),maka janganlah kamu duduk beserta mereka, sehingga mereka memasuki pembicaraan yang lain. Karena sesungguhnya (kalau kamu berbuat demikian), tentulah kamu serupa dengan mereka. Sesungguhnya Allah akan mengumpulkan semua orang-orang munafik dan orang-orang kafir di dalam Jahanam" ( An-Nisa : 140 )

Diriwayatkan dari Umar r.a. bahwa dia pernah mendengar Rasulullah s,a.w. bersabda:

"Barangsiapa beriman kepada Allah dan hari akhir, maka janganlah duduk pada suatu hidangan yang padanya diedarkan arak." (Riwayat Ahmad)

Maka majlis arak yang haram itu adalah sama hukumnya dengan majlis Valentine yang mana sumber, asal usul dan cara pelaksanaannya yang terdedah kepada pelbagai jenis maksiat. Tidak harus sama sekali untuk menghadiri majlis sempena Valentine di mana-mana jua.

"Jadi adakah pergi shopping sempena 'sale' hari Valentine juga salah?

Jawabnya, sekadar membeli belah ia tidak salah, namun TIDAK DIBENARKAN menyertai sesuatu PERHIMPUNAN, SAMBUTAN KHAS kerana Valentine seperti majlis Konsert, Nyanyian dan sepertinya.

6) Hukum memberikan hadiah sempena hari Valentine juga adalah menjadi haram berdasarkan kaedah dari firman Allah :

"Janganlah kamu bantu membantu dalam perkara dosa dan permusuhan".


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Bagaimanapun hukum menjual bunga sahaja, ia tidak kurang dari kategori jualan yang syubhah, makruh atau haram khas di hari Valentine.

Diriwayatkan, ada seorang laki-laki yang memberi hadiah satu bekas arak kepada Nabi s.a.w., kemudian Nabi memberitahu bahwa arak telah diharamkan Allah. Orang laki-laki itu bertanya:

Lelaki : Bolehkah saya jual?

Nabi : Zat yang mengharamkan meminumnya, mengharamkannya juga menjualnya.

Lelaki : Bagaimana kalau saya hadiahkan raja kepada orang Yahudi?

Nabi : Sesungguhnya Allah yang telah mengharamkan arak, mengharamkajuga untuk dihadiahkan kepada orang Yahudi.

Lelaki : Habis, apa yang harus saya perbuat?

Nabi : Tuang saja di dalam parit air.

(Al-Humaidi dalam musnadnya)

Justeru, kita dapat melihat bahawa benda yang haram, maka haram juga dijualnya mahupun dihadiahkan. Dalam hal menjual bunga, ia juga boleh menjadi syubhah di hari Valentine seperti ini, kerana diketahui ianya dibeli khas untuk mearikan Valentine yang haram. Seperti juga hukum menjual anggur kepada tukang buat arak yang telah diketahui. Ia tidak dibenarkan dalam Islam menurut pendapat yang terkuat.

Para ulama juga menyatakan LARANGAN untuk saling mengirim ucapan Valentine, cinta dan kasih bersempena hari itu. Perlu dianggapkan hari Valentine itu tidak wujud dan ia adalah sebuah hari biasa sahaja."


And, I also would like to say:

GONG XI FA CAI!

To all Chinesse around the world. May the Year of Tiger brings you good luck and fortune!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

5 years had passed.......

Salam to all. Today is 9th of February. Every time this day appear, I would not forget what had happened 5 years ago. This is the day where I lost my mother. Yes, it is definitely one of the day which I really do not want to encounter, but still it will come every year, bringing out the bitter memory in my life. It's still fresh in my mind the night where she passed away. It's like a movie that keep replaying in my head. I want to accept the reality, but in truth, I can't, and still until today, can't accept the fact that she had gone! Also, in truth, I always envy with my friends, especially with my housemate whenever he contact and chat with his mother. The way he talked with his mom reminded me of her. If she is still here, she is the one who I always pour out my heart to. She's always there for me, whenever I need her. The memory of her helping me with my homework, and everything makes me wanna' scream loud and ask her to come back. But, I realize that it is impossible to do so. If I had appreciate her more during her lifetime, I may not feel so much regretful as I am now today. Really hate myself now! I pray to Allah hoping that she is placed among the "taqwa's" I MISS YOU MOTHER, AND REALLY WANT TO SEE YOU SOON........


"I always love you.....and I miss you"

Thursday, February 04, 2010

A simple reminder......

Salam. Praise to His Almighty for giving me the opportunity to write my blog on the month of February. Seem it just been yesterday since new year. How time has walk fast without we realizing the shortness of time that we had nowadays. I'm still here, in Bangalore, getting ready for my 3rd IA and final exam. Every week, there always been a tutorial and discussion for us. Also, we lucky enough to have revision classes. Thanks to the lecturers who had dedicated their life to teach us. I'm now stress with the upcoming exam, and I don't know whether I can make it or not. Lots of things must be read, and lots to be revised, but so little time I had. Sometime, at this point, I blaming myself for not study earlier. I have work to be completed soon, and with the study, really put me to the verge of want to commit suicide! (don't worry, just an expression, huhuhu). With my health recently, I feel that I'm not ready to face this part of test of my life. But, I always keep saying to myself, "Jgn mengalah Faiz, igt pesanan mak dan along." Yes, the main reason why I can still move on is because of that. I can't just let them down, seeing me being a failure. No! that's not what I want them to see me. I want them to see me as a successful doctor, who are going to dedicated my life for my patients. I want them to see me to be a guy who is kind and gentle. I do not want them to be disappointed with me at any point of my life. That's why, even when I'm down, I'm always reminding myself of that words, so that I can keep going on, and keep trying as best as I could. No one say that it is easy to be a human. We are lucky to be born as a human, and being one, we must also know the challenge that we're going to face in this world and to be prepared for it. Well, I need to get back on my study. Please Allah, grant me the strength and will to face this upcoming exam, and bless us in every step that we're going to take in this course of MBBS. Signing out~